The Xiaomi Mi 4 was just announced a few moments ago and it boast an upmarket design with updated hardware. While it isn’t packing a higher resolution Quad HD display or a newer generation of Snapdragon 805 processors, Xiaomi is calling it the fastest smart phone yet. To see how it compares with the rest of the Android players, we stack up the Mi 4 numbers against the OnePlus One, LG G3, Oppo Find 7, HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2.
Internally, the Mi 4 matches up with other flagship models that were launched in the last quarter with the usual 2.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and comes with a choice of 16GB and 64GB storage capacity. Like its previous Mi 3 smart phone, it still lacks microSD expansion and the only exterior slot is for a micro-SIM card.
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Ever wonder how is it like to pair and use an Android Wear device? LG has just released its official hands-on video of its G Watch that’s running on Google’s Android Wear. The LG G Watch is compatible with any Android device that’s running on a minimum of Android 4.3 Jelly bean and pairing the device appears to be very simple with the Android Wear app.
Navigating around the watch is done using touch gestures which involves swipes from the edges. You can see a couple of functions in action in the hands-on video itself. If you’re interested, some online retailers in Malaysia have started selling the LG G Watch from as low as RM825 while the better spec Gear Live is offered at RM999.
Check out the LG G Watch hands-on demo after the break.
LG G3 has announced its new LG G3 Beat, its mid-tier variant of their current LG G3 flagship. Like most mini offerings in the market, the LG G3 Beat retains the similar floating arc metallic design but gets shrunk with a smaller 5″ display. The specs are a step down with a 5″ IPS display that does HD 720p resolution (294ppi) and it runs on a mid-tier 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage via microSD.
The battery is smaller too at 2,540mAh capacity while the camera gets a step back at 8MP. For taking selfies, the front gets a modest 1.3MP camera. LG hasn’t taken away all of its new tricks as the LG G3 Beat also gets its fast Laser AutoFocus feature and it also supports 4G LTE connectivity. Overall it is 10.3mm thick and weighs 134 grams. It is currently running on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat with LG’s new flat UI design. It is available in South Korea starting tomorrow and it will be rolled out internationally a few weeks later. Outside of Korea, the LG G3 Beat would be called as the LG G3 S.
The Samsung Gear Live which was announced during Google I/O 2014 is now available in Malaysia. Among the 3 smart watches available, the Gear Live stands out as the only Android Wear device with a heart rate sensor underneath. If you want to get one for your wrist, on online retailer TechBug has listed the Gear Live at RM999.
From the appearance, it looks like a Samsung Gear 2 smart watch with the same 1.63″ Super AMOLED display that does 320×320 pixels resolution. Powering the watch is a 1.2GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. Like the new Gear smart watches, it is also water and dust resistant with IP67 rating.
If you’re looking for something different, they are also selling the LG G Watch as well at RM999. On Lelong, another retailer expansys is selling it slightly cheaper at RM825. In terms display, the Gear Live has an upper hand as the LG G Watch’s 1.65″ display has a lower 280×280 pixels resolution.
The LG G3 is a spec topping smart phone with a high-end Quad HD display coupled with a top of the line processor. With newer smart phones featuring water resistance like the Xperia Z2 and Samsung Galaxy S5, can the LG G3 survive accidental spills and drops into water? The answer appears to be yes, sort of.
LG had never advertised the LG G3 as a water resistant device but someone has tried their luck to see if it survives. After leaving it in a filled sink for close to 2 hours, the LG G3 appears to be working fine without any issues. This is a similar story with the HTC One M8, where it survives being submerged for about 90 minutes despite not claiming to be water resistant.
We don’t recommend trying this yourself as damages by water would definitely void its standard warranty. However it is good to know that LG has secretly added some water protection in case of unforeseen mishaps.
Watch the video of the LG G3 being submerged after the break.
The LG G3 stands out from the rest with its top spec internals and a striking exterior. To share its thought process behind its approach, LG has released its design video which covers its exterior, usability and even its user interface. They also talked about how they improved its rear mounted volume and power buttons so that it can be better felt without looking.
While the LG G3 isn’t officially available here, you can get it through a couple of grey importers in Malaysia. Initially introduced at RM2,699, the LG G3 is now sold at RM1,979 through DirectD which is quite a bargain for its specs. The unit on offer is the international version which supports 4G LTE and comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB of on-board storage.
Watch the LG G3 Design Story video after the break.
LG prides themselves with their Knock Code security feature that offers greater level of security while making it easy to unlock. To prove that Knock Code is better than any other unlocking methods out there, they have released a series of videos where other unlocking methods can be easily bypassed and eventually get you into trouble. It covers popular unlocking methods including pin number, swipe, face unlock and even finger print unlocking on the Galaxy S5.
The LG Knock Code is currently available on the latest LG G3 as well as other models including the LG G Flex, LG G Pro 2, LG G2 and LG G2 mini. If you’re wondering how it works, you can watch our hands-on demo from MWC 2014 here.
In the mean time, check out all 4 Knock Code videos after the break.
The LG G3 is not only new with their hardware but they have also revamped its user interface with a flat and minimalistic design. To explain its design principles, LG has released a 3 minute long video on its new user interface.
With mobile screens becoming clearer thanks to high resolution displays, most smart phone makers tend to put more details on its native icons and apps to emphasize on screen quality. After time, this doesn’t seem to be a good idea as the experience gets cluttered. Even with the LG G3′s Quad HD display, they have decided to focus on better usability with greater emphasis of content.
Its latest UI uses a unique design style which employs light fonts, flat graphics and circular motifs which are similar to Apple’s iOS 7. To take a step further, they even use “mature-feeling” colours for a more toned down look so that the content doesn’t get overpowered. You can watch the LG G3 UI video after the break.
The LG G3 is currently one of the highest spec device which stands above the current flagship models from Samsung, HTC and Sony. Not only it comes with a Quad HD display, it also boasts a 13MP camera which is assisted with OIS+ (Optical Image Stabilisation) and Laser Auto Focus feature. LG aims to simplify the usage of smart phones and the new enhanced camera promises better pictures in any given situations.
For security, the LG G3 also comes with its unique Knock Code which secures your device in a rather convenient way. To unlock your device, you just tap in a programmable sequence regardless of size or location of the screen. You can check out our hands-on with the Knock Code feature on the LG G Flex and LG G Pro 2.
Check out LG G3′s latest commercial after the break which highlights these 2 new features.
Now IPMart is offering the LG G3 with more colour options – Silk White, Metallic Black and Shine Gold and it is slightly cheaper at RM2,599. You can pre-order now as stocks are listed to be available next Monday, 16th June. The model which they are offering is the high-spec version which comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB of on-board storage that can be expanded with microSD up to 128GB.
To recap, the LG G3 boast a high resolution 5.5″ Quad HD display and runs on the current top of the line 2.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor. The back camera is a 13MP unit which is assisted with optical image stabiliser and a unique LaserAF for a more assuring capture of epic moments. If you’re wondering how does the LG G3 compare with other smart phones like the Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, HTC One M8 and Oppo Find 7, check out our spec comparison here.
For more information, head over to IPMart’s LG G3 listing. Take note that these are grey-import AP sets and warranty is supported by IPMart themselves.