Can’t wait for the ASUS ZenFone 2 in Malaysia? DirectD is offering it now as a grey import unit. Before you start drooling over the anticipated 4GB RAM specs, the ZenFone 2 on offer is the lower spec ZE550ML version.
What you’ll get is a 5.5″ display that does HD 720p resolution and its Intel Quad-Core 1.8GHz Atom Z3560 processor is mated to 2GB of RAM. For storage, it has 16GB which is expandable with microSD up to 64GB. Imaging wise, it gets a 13MP camera with dual-LED flash while the front gets a 5MP main shooter. Keeping the lights on is a 3,000mAh battery which is non-removable. On top of that, it also supports 4G LTE as well as dual-SIMs.
So how much is it? Like most direct imports that gives you an early ownership advantage, it will cost you a premium at RM999. For now, they are offering the ZenFone 2 in either White or Red colours.
If you are willing to wait, ASUS Malaysia is targeting for Q2 2015 release in our local market. Hopefully there’s no further delays like the current version.
Following its new mid-range models like the Galaxy A, Samsung has just announced is new Galaxy Tab A tablet series. It was recently shown to the Russian media and there are 2 versions available – the Galaxy Tab A with a 8″ screen and a Galaxy Tab A Plus which comes with a full-sized 9.7″ screen.
Unlike the previous Galaxy Tablets, the new Galaxy Tab A uses a more squarish 4:3 display aspect ratio instead of a widescreen 16:9 format that’s better suited for watching videos. Resolution wise, it is quite low rate with 1024×768 pixels, which makes the Galaxy Tab A Plus having a similar display as the iPad 2 at 132ppi. Even a cheap RM599 device like the Honor Tablet could do 1280×800 resolution.
Powering both models is likely to be a 64-bit Quad-Core Snapdragon 410 unit that’s mated to 2GB on the Galaxy Tab A Plus and 1.5GB on the smaller Galaxy Tab A. On-board there’s 16GB of storage which can also be expanded with microSD up to 128GB.
HTC is probably hoping their latest flagship smartphone becomes the hottest thing on the market, but probably not like this.
A recent GFXBench benchmark test of the HTC One M9 found the device hitting a surface temperature of 55.4 celcius, which is ridiculously hot, and considering other tested phones ran a lot cooler it possibly something that wasn’t in the other smartphones tested; which could very well be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset powering the HTC One M9.
Samsung’s Galaxy S6 is the Korean company’s first flagship smartphone to not support microSD storage expansion; which is a first in a long line of devices that had memory expansion, even supporting App to SD card, so what happened here?
The brand came up with it’s own UFS 2.0 storage which uses the same “Command Queue” tech as Solid State Drives that work by accelerating the speed of command execution resulting in about 2.7x faster performance than eMMC 5.0 memory that was part of the previous batch of Samsung’s flagships. And the Galaxy S6 has one under the hood.
U Mobile today has unveiled some interesting new plans for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. With its value for money proposition, U Mobile wants to make the iPhone more accessible to all. One of the new features is new financing option called U Microcredit, that lets you purchase the phones on installment with a subsidised plan.
Customers can now get the iPhone 6 starting from RM 98/month, as opposed to most plans from other telcos that require a hefty upfront payment and are essentially stuck to their plan for a set amount of time at minimum.
The Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact are getting their Lollipop updates alongside a firmware update in the Nordic and Baltic regions. Sony originally planned to release it last month and they’ve overshot their initial date but we’re just happy that it has finally landed.
Android 5.0 is included in the update and brings a handful of new features to users, including a new interface based on Material Design, a new lock screen, profiles and a guest mode as well as the ability to ship apps to an SD card. We’re expecting to see more countries getting the update as time goes on, with ours hopefully soon.
Watch the official Sony Xperia Lollipop walkthrough video after the break.
Sony has refrained itself from launching a new flagship smart phone at MWC 2015 and had instead launched the Xperia Z4 Tablet. Now it appears its new Xperia Z4 smart phone could be released very soon as @Onleaks have shared a couple of high resolution press photos of the new device.
Looking at the picture above, HTC isn’t the only one taking the “don’t fix it if it ain’t broke” route for its design. The Xperia Z4 looks very similar to the model it replaces. If you look hard enough, you’ll notice that the front camera has been repositioned, while the speakers are now more discreetly placed towards the edges like its previous Xperia Z2. It was also speculated with no surprise that the new Xperia Z4 won’t differ much from the current Xperia Z3 with a marginally thinner body (Z4: 7.2mm, Z3: 7.3mm) while roughly maintaining the same height and width.