In the picture you can see the trademark Sony Omni Design power button. On the right, you see another button. From our interpretation, it doesn’t look like a volume rocker but more like a dedicated camera button. Are you seeing it? Or are we over analysing things?
Whatever it is, the device shown in the picture doesn’t resemble any Xperia device Sony has released to date so its definitely something new. Let’s hope it will be the device that we’re all expecting to see this September 5.
Japan, like the US and a few other key markets, were among the first countries to start selling the iPhone 5 and if Nikkei’s sources are reliable, it’s a good indication of when we can expect the new iPhones to hit Malaysia. If we had to guess, it would be somewhere between November and December perhaps even as early as October. What’s certain is that Celcom, DiGi and Maxis will offer the new iPhones at the same time.
Persistent rumours say that Apple is working on two new iphones. One will be an update of the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 will receive the “S” moniker and a minor refresh with an updated processor, improved camera hardware including a dual-LED flash as well as an embedded fingerprint scanner. There’s also a new gold color option on the same anodised aluminium body.
The other new iPhone is rumoured to be a mid-range contender called iPhone 5C. Hardware specs are expected to meet a price point down to the rumoured plastic body. The device is said to be offered in numerous colours and should be priced around US$400 about RM1,330 at today’s exchange rate.
Apple is expected to make the announcement about the new iPhones on September 10 in the US (early September 11 in Malaysia).
We’re approaching the holiday and shopping season and understandably, manufacturers are scrambling to release devices in time for the buying frenzy.
Latest to hit the rumour scene is HTC with not one but two unconfirmed devices — one, a large format smartphone with a 6-inch (thereabouts) display and the other is this one, the HTC Zara.
Obviously, the name and existence of this device is unconfirmed by HTC but judging from the measured response from the Senior Global Online Communications Manager in HTC, Jeff Gordon, the Zara may just be real.
Earlier, the same Gordon dismissed alleged leaked images of a rumoured large format HTC device, dubbed the HTC Max, as fake but when he was showed the image of the Zara on Twitter, his response was “HTC doesn’t comment or rumors and speculations.” which leaves a lot of room for interpretation.
The HTC Zara looks to carry much of the awesomeness of the HTC One and bring it down to a more value-oriented price point. The body of the HTC Zara is said to be made of plastic instead of aluminum. Rumoured specs include a 4.5-inch qHD (960×540, approx 204ppi) display, an 8MP rear camera, a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 1GB RAM, MicroSD expansion and a 2,100mAh battery. You can also expect HTC Sense 5.5 and Android 4.3.
In terms of availability, the HTC Zara — if real — is expected to make its debut within this year.
Sony will be unveiling its latest smartphone — the 20.7MP Xperia i1– to the region’s tech media right here in Malaysia and its happening soon, a Philippine tech site revealed.
The site, Yugatech, has received an invite to attend an event in Malaysia from September 4 to 6 which the site believes is for the much rumoured Sony Honami smartphone.
After the early launch of the Xperia Z Ultra (Malaysia gets the device much earlier than other countries), Malaysia is a key market for Sony. With the regional launch of a key device happening here, the brand is indeed looking to establish a stronger foothold in this market.
The Sony Honami (aka Xperia i1) is expected to feature a 5-inch Full HD Triluminous display with X-Reality and a Quadcore Snapdragon 800 processor. The device’s calling card is its 20.7MP sensor with a large — for a smartphone — 1/2.3″ sensor mated to a new lens element bearing the same name as Sony’s top-line G Lens series, seen for the first time on a Sony smartphone.
Other specs have not been revealed but its a pity to see Sony opting for a slower LED flash instead of a Xenon flash that’s found on the Lumia 1020 and S4 Zoom. A Xenon flash goes off faster and brighter allowing for better low light pictures.
As the event is happening soon, we expect Sony Mobile Malaysia to issue invites for local media soon. Stay tuned.
Apart from the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung is expected to announce a smart watch at its upcoming Unpacked event on 4th September. Rumoured as the Galaxy Gear, the specs are said to be powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Exynos 4212 processor with 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth and NFC Connectivity. In terms of screen, it is rumoured to be a 1.67″ AMOLED display that does 320×320 and comes with a 2MP camera which is likely to be used for video conference. So far there’s no mentions whether the smart phone would be using a flexible curved display.
Honestly, having a dual-core processor seems to be rather overkill and hopefully it won’t be a device that you would need to charge on a daily basis. As comparison, a more basic monochrome and non-touch screen smart watch like the Pebble would last nearly a week with average use. What do you look for in a smart watch? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Sony might be one of the first to jump on a 13MP pixel count bandwagon early this year but the photo quality could have been better. Recently we’ve seen the Lumia 1020 from Nokia boasting 41MP while Samsung has its own Galaxy S4 Zoom that comes with an optical 10X zoom lens.
Now Sony is said to be working on a new interesting device that would compliment camera photography with its very own Lens Camera as shown above. Imagine a compact lens which functions like a standard compact camera which can be bolted on to your existing smart phone device with clamps and magnets. It is said to come with Bionz processor, WiFi and NFC connectivity for that seamless attachment to your smart phone. From the looks of it, it seems to be more practical on smart phones with a flat back surface like the iPhone 5, Xperia Z and Nexus 4.
There are 2 models available – DSC-QX10 and a DSC-QX100. The first QX10 lens is said to be having a 1″ sensor that is reportedly similar to the Nikon 1 while the 2nd model QX100 comes with a 10X Zoom lens and a 1/2.3″ sensor. Pretty impressive specs but we are curious to know how much these 2 would cost in comparison with the new specialised phone-cameras/camera-phones in the market today. The specs isn’t official yet but it is likely that any Android or iOS device might be able to use this via WiFi. So far, it is rumoured that the lens camera would be revealed at IFA in Berlin on the 4th of September.
Head after the break for more photos of the lens camera.
More details of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3 have surfaced and this time its alleged hardware specs have been revealed with 2 variants to be made available. Similar to the Galaxy S4, the Galaxy Note 3 is said to be running in 2 processor models – a 1.8GHz Exynos Octa-Core processor without 4G LTE (SM-N900) and a likely Snapdragon 800 version with 4G LTE (SM-9005).
Other details revealed include a marginally bigger 5.68″ Full HD Super AMOLED display that does 1920×1080 pixels resolution, 3GB of RAM, a 13MP camera with Optical Image Stabiliser and a 3,200mAh battery. As comparison, the current Galaxy Note II comes with a 5.5″ HD AMOLED Display (1280×720), a 8MP main shooter and a 3,100mAh battery.
Storage capacity wise, the Note 3 will be available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions but the 32GB option is said to be the main focus in most markets. There’s no mention of a S-Pen stylus but it should be included like any other Note products.
It is still too early to speculate but if the specs are true, we are leaning towards the Qualcomm 4G LTE variant over the Exynos version due to its significant battery life difference in the current Galaxy S4. All shall be revealed on 4th September which isn’t too far away.
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Before BlackBerry announces its next big thing, its upcoming BlackBerry Z30 also known as the A10 or Aristo has gotten itself a rather detailed hands-on review. The 5 minute long video from Vietnam gives a closer look around the device which is the new big brother of the current BlackBerry Z10 full touch screen device.
If the earlier leaked spec sheet is the real deal, the Z30 runs on a faster dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm processor with 2GB of RAM and comes with a bigger 5″ Super AMOLED display that pushes 1280×720 pixels resolution. You’ll get a 8MP camera at the rear and a front facing 2MP camera. Storage wise, it comes with 16GB with expandable microSD slot up to 64GB. Powering the device is a purported 2,800mAh battery which is rather generous and overall is 9.4mm thick. In terms of design, the placement of buttons and ports remain unchanged from the Z10 however the back features a carbon-fibre like weave design just like the back of the popular Motorola RAZR series.
Watch the Z30 hands-on video and detail photos after the break.
If you’re looking for the next iteration of the popular iPhone, it is time to make a date on 10th September. According to AllThingsD, the next iPhone will be unveiled in a special event in less than 20 days. Will it be an iPhone 5S or a mid-range iPhone which is rumoured as the iPhone 5C as shown above? Who knows it could be both.
After the revealing the iOS 7, the iPhone hasn’t been breaking away from the competition like it used in previous generation. With the new iOS offering a fresh breath of life in the experience, it would be interesting to see what would Apple bring to the table in terms of hardware in the upcoming models. For the iPhone 5S, we won’t expect much change in terms of design but hopefully the internals would impress.
For now, 10th September isn’t official yet but that’s not stopping anyone from keep an eye out on them. Check out more photos of the purported iPhone 5C after the break.
For those seeking exclusivity, it looks like BlackBerry and Porsche Design has gotten themselves busy with a new premium device. Based on the BlackBerry Z10, the above device is the purported Porsche Design P’9982 that is wrapped with upmarket materials. Obviously this is only for the selected few but it we reckon it won’t be as expensive as Vertu Ti.
So far there’s no word on the specs but it is likely to maintain the same internals of the Z10 which consists of 4.2″ display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and a 8MP camera. The device is expected to run on BlackBerry 10 OS with the a custom Porsche Design theme.
Last year, the Porsche Design P’9981 was launched at RM6,338 which is 3 times more than the BlackBerry Bold 9900 that its based on. So no surprises if the new one is priced above RM6,000 mark when it gets here.
Head after the break for more images of the upcoming BlackBerry Porsche Design.