Following its announcement at MWC 2015, the HTC One M9 will be released first at their home ground Taiwan. It will be available for purchase at HTC outlets in Taiwan starting next Monday, 16th March, followed by its local telcos on 23rd March onwards.
In terms of price, the HTC One M9 with 32GB on-board storage is going for 21,900 Taiwan Dollars which is about RM2,556. Another surprise is its bigger 64GB model, which is priced at 23,900 Taiwan Dollars, which is equivalent to RM2,790 if converted directly. The HTC One M9 will come with 3 colours and the gold colour unit is said to be available only in the following month.
To recap the specs, the HTC One M9 retains a similar 5.0″ Full HD Super LCD 3 display as its predecessor and it runs on a 64-bit Snapdragon 810 Octa-Core processor with 3GB of RAM. Like its predecessor, it gets a microSD slot supporting up to 128GB cards and its famed BoomSound front facing stereo speakers. For taking pictures, its main camera gets upsized to a 20MP shooter and its own Ultrapixel camera has been moved to the front for selfie duties. The battery has been upgraded slightly to a larger 2,840mAh capacity unit which is also non-removable. While the front appearance remains unchanged from the previous One M8, HTC has made some slight design revisions at the sides where it gets a dual-tone look.
So far no word on its Malaysian availability yet but we sure hope HTC would bring this in soon considering its rival Samsung would be pushing its new Galaxy S6 flagship worldwide starting next month. If you haven’t seen it yet, do check out our first impression and hands-on video of the HTC One M9 here.
For those who enjoy music on the go, Digi has introduced its new Music Freedom service that allows you to download and stream music for a minimal flat fee. At RM3/month, you could save a lot as it won’t utilise your precious monthly data quota. For moments when you’re discovering new tracks, you can download them anytime without the need of having fixed WiFi access.
As an introductory offer, Digi is giving 90 days free trial to those who activate from now until 30th June 2015. The Music Freedom subscription is only applicable to Prepaid and Postpaid DiGi subscribers with an active internet plan. Subsequently you will be charged a flat rate of RM3/month.
To activate you can only do so by downloading their Digi Music Freedom app which is available for both Android and iOS. Apart from letting you subscribe to the unlimited music usage package, the Music Freedom app claims to offer extra rewards such as free concert tickets and there’s even a music streaming counter to remind you how much data you’ve saved with their new offering.
Before you start listening, take note that this no data charge offer is only applicable for Deezer, Spotify, Rdio, KKBOX, SoundHound, Digi Music Play, hitz fm, ERA fm, MY FM, Q.us and BE-AT.TV. Other music apps would be utilising your data quota. The RM3/month offer doesn’t come with premium subscription service, so if you want the full Spotify experience, you’ll need to subscribe for it separately at RM14.90 per month.
For more information, head over to Digi Music Freedom page.
Not too long ago, Xiaomi announced the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro but didn’t hint at any successor to the Mi 4 smartphone. If this teased image is true, we might get a successor this year by the name of the Xiaomi Mi 5.
According to GizmoChina, the Mi 5 could be announced in Q4 of 2015, which is more than a year since the Mi 4 initially hit the market. There’s no official word on what features the Mi 5 will have under the hood but it’s speculated the smartphone would likely be around 5 inches because the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro have larger 5.7 inch screens and Xiaomi probably won’t want to launch another larger sized flagship smartphone this year.
The image above was posted by Xiaomi CEO and co-founder Lei Jun that was showing various prototypes of Xiaomi smartphones including the Redmi Note, the Mi 2, Mi 3, and Mi 4. He also said that Xiaomi tends to make five or six protoypes for each phone before the final version is ready, so we might only get a proper peek once Q4 draws closer.
Remember the weird Japanese LTE ad from Docomo? Now they are back with a 2nd video to promote its faster 4G LTE-Advance service.
With the love for food and the hate of waiting, this is probably the best way to communicate its faster download speed that goes up to 225Mbps with aggregation. Watch both videos after the break including a behind the scenes clip.
Rumour has it that LG is going to launch a something that sports even higher-end specs than LG’s G4 smartphone; which could very well be the G4 Note phablet.
Likely made to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the next generation iPhone 6 Plus, the image above shows that the phablet is going to sport the same curvy looks as the G Flex 2 and could mark LG’s return to the high end market. It’s unfortunate that we don’t have any specs yet but these image leaks look quite promising.
The speculated release timing for both the G4 and the G4 Note are with expectations for the G4 to hit in the first half of the year while the G4 Note should make it’s appearance in the second half.
Over the years Samsung’s Super AMOLED display tech has been improving with leaps and bounds, with the Galaxy Note 4 being proven to have the best display in the mobile world last year by DisplayMate.
The new Galaxy S6 is another showcase for Samsung’s display technology and it’s more than just a curved screen with a higher resolution. DisplayMate have put the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge through a rigorous battery of testing to see if it can top last year’s Galaxy S5 and the Note 4.
If you’re planning to buy an iPhone 6 in Malaysia, most likely you’ve been disappointed by the recent price increase. U Mobile, the 4th telco to offer the iPhone 6 on contract wants you to know that all is not doom and gloom.
With its ongoing registration of interest, U Mobile has revealed more details of its offering which are one of a kind in Malaysia. For starters, they would be offering the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at previous lower prices, while stocks last.