Sony still hasn’t launched any flagship smartphones this year and we are now in the second quarter of 2015.
But according to a report from Japan, Sony may be announcing a new phone on the coming 20th April which is essentially next week. The new flagship is predicted to be the long awaited Sony Xperia Z4 but there’s also a chance that it might be the Sony Xperia Z3 Neo instead, which has also been leaked very recently.
It’s still up in the air because not all the rumours and leaks add up but Sony has been rumoured to no longer be launching more than one flagship at a time so which phone exactly will be getting the announcement next week is up to debate, if the phone is even the Z4 or the Z3 Neo at all.
Remember that mystery personal mobility device Xiaomi was talking about? turns out that Xiaomi has become one of the investors to Ninebot Inc, who also just announced a strategic alliance with Segway; with the two companies to produce more innovations in the short-distance transportation industry.
In the press conference held in Beijing at the JW Marriott Hotel, Ninebot revealed that they had raised $80 million in Series A funding from Xiaomi Technology, Sequoia Capitial and Shunwei Foundation among others, and funding is to go into development of products including electric driving, mobile internet and man-machine interaction on top of well, making more Segway type products. Segway President Rod Keller has high hopes for the merger and is quite confident over the future of the company.
Xiaomi is already known to handle everything from air purifiers to CCTVs, so adding a personal mobility device to it’s repertoire of products doesn’t seem too far fetched. But the question is, would be it as ‘cheap’ as they are known to be?
Xiaomi has hit their best ever online sales record, selling 2.12 million phones over 12 hours, equating to a total revenue of RMB 2.08 billion (about US 335 million) in sales, beating it’s own record of 1.16 million phone sold last year during Singles day. Of the items sold were over 38,000 Mi TVs and over 770,000 smart appliances, inclusive of 200,000 Mi Bands and 247,000 Mi Power Strips.
Not one to slack, Xiaomi already shipped 500,000 orders within 12 hours with the first order reaching a customer just 1 hour 27 minutes into the sale, with a grand total of 3.05 million orders in that span of time. Last year they sold a grand total of 61.12 million smartphones and it looks likely that they might just top that number this year with worldwide sales.
No, we don’t have a real image of it yet, but Samsung’s first round smartwatch codenamed the Orbis has been confirmed to launch as the Samsung Gear A and is likely to be Samsung’s most premium smartwatch offering yet.
The Gear A will have two variants available, with one sporting standard Bluetooth connectivity and another one with 3G and calling support, with both models likely to have WiFi support as well. It’s a pretty smart move on Samsung’s part as the 3G model is likely to be more expensive than it’s simpler counterpart. The two main model numbers are SM-R720 and SM-R730, with the R730 likely the one with 3G support.
It’s pretty obvious that they are trying to take the Apple Watch to task on this one, and with the Apple Watch nearing release date, Samsung really needs to up the ante.
Not too long ago we got wind that Sony’s new selfie snapper smartphone was to be the successor of Sony’s Xperia C3, and now we have what looks like a proper render of the smartphone.
From what we can tell, the smartphone has a pretty huge front facing camera with LED flash, and the smartphone will purportedly be launching in June or July this year with Android Lollipop under the hood. The phone will come available in three colours, black, white and turquoise as pictured in the image itself. Still no real news on what hardware lies within this midranger, but we hope to find out more soon.
After leaks that gave us a peek at the upcoming Sony Xperia Z4 specs and press renders it looks like the real deal has been spotted in the wild. The new images basically cover all the bases of the phone, showing that it’s seriously sticking to Sony’s Xperia Z series styling from top to bottom, as well as an exposed microUSB port. With the amount of leaks trickling out, it’s likely that the phone might be getting a launch, possibly very soon.
More images after the break.
The implementation of GST in Malaysia has caused a stir for prepaid users as there was confusion on the extra 6% tax on top ups/reloads. To make things clear, 6% GST will be applied to all telco services whether it is postpaid or prepaid with the exception of international roaming charges. So if you’re buying a RM10 top up, you have to pay RM10.60 and a RM50 top up would cost you RM53. There’s no running away from it at the moment.
As consumers were caught unaware of the new charges, things got more confusing when Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Haji Ahmad Maslan declared that there shouldn’t be any price increase of prepaid reloads. You can probably imagine the chaos at phone shops and convenience stores nationwide. Even some shops were reported to stop selling prepaid reloads as they had gotten fed up with justifying the added charges.
New renders of the HTC One M9+ have cropped up and they’re looking pretty similar to ones we’re seen before but shows off the colour variants that the smartphone will likely have with the HTC M9+ set to launch on April 8th in Beijing.
In terms of specs, the phone is said to have a 5.2″ quad-HD display, 64-bit MediaTek CPU as well as 3GB RAM with the huge rear camera allegedly being a 20 megapixel unit. As far as the colours go, they don’t deviate much from what HTC is already used to, with black, silver and gold colour options seemingly available.
We will find out more when the device gets officially launched in China.
Ever wanted to check out a double decker truck? well get ready for April because OPPO is sending one on tour over the whole of Malaysia with their “Turn Over Tour” roadshow that will let people play with their latest smartphones and maybe even take a few home with you!
Possibly one of the most eagerly awaited Android builds yet, Android 5.1.1 would be coming soon, not with major improvements in aesthetics or performance, but to plug a memory leak that has afflicted some users since the Android 5.0.1 update.