Tablets are a good and convenient distraction for restless kids, that’s why you see more and more kids using tablets these days and Samsung believes that there is a big enough market that it has created an Android tablet designed specifically for kids.
The Galaxy Tab 3 Kids is based on the Galaxy Tab 3 but designed — both in hardware and software — for a much younger target audience in mind. The device gets a bright yellow shell casing with an orange rubber bumper that looks like it withstand many drops and bumps. As an option, Samsung also makes a matching prop stand with an integrated stylus for the device.
Being designed for kids the Tab 3 Kids get a pretty kiddish spec sheet as well. The 7-inch display pushes a lowly 1024×600 pixels (about 170ppi), there’s WiFi, Bluetooth, a 4,000mAh battery, a 3-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front camera. Powering the device is a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM. The kids also get Android 4.1 on top of a kid specific UI skin complete with its own app store. In addition to that there’s also a Time Management feature that allow parents to set usage time limits and automatically locks the device once the usage time is up.
The Galaxy Tab 3 Kids was first announced in late August of this year and Samsung will be introducing the device to the Malaysian market this week. Pricing details is not available at the moment but we’ll update this post when we get it.
BlackBerry has finally announced its premium Porsche Design P’9982 that runs on their latest BlackBerry 10 OS. Underneath the internals are the same as the BlackBerry Z10 but comes with a much generous 64GB of on-board storage. If that’s not enough, there’s also an expandable microSD slot that supports up to additional 64GB.
It is powered with the similar dual-core 1.5GHz with 2GB of RAM and the screen retains the identical 4.2″ display that does 1280×768. Juicing up the device is a 1,800mAh battery and it also supports 4G LTE with our local telcos(Band 3, 7) supported. For imaging, it comes with a 8MP main shooter and a front facing 2MP camera that does 720p video.
What you get for the premium price tag is the use of more upmarket materials. The back is wrapped with Italian Leather while the frame is made of stainless steel. For that extra exclusivity, the Porsche Design BlackBerry comes with a special BBM Pin number that starts with 2AA prefix. BlackBerry also offers a variety of accessories including a uniquely designed leather sleeve and multi-coloured leather back covers.
On the software side, there’s a customised Porsche Design look and feel as well. With the use of premium materials, the Porsche Design P’9982 is slightly thicker at 9.5mm (Z10: 9.0mm) and heavier at 140 grams (Z10: 137.5grams).
Being a Porsche Design, the P’9982 is priced at a rather premium 1,500 Pounds which is about RM7,600 if converted directly. It will be available through Harrods and Porsche Design Online Store. As comparison, its previous BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9981 which is based on the Bold 9900 was released in Malaysia at RM6,338.
Check out the BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9982 promo video and unboxing after the break.
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Samsung’s next Galaxy flagship might pack a 2560×1440 pixels in a 5-inch AMOLED display with an effective pixel density of 560ppi, according to a Samsung presentation deck.
The deck was material for Samsung’s Analyst Day where Samsung’s top rank executives talk about the company’s future direction and strategy to analysts. The deck, prepared for Samsung’s Display division top executive Kinam Kim, outlines, amongst other things, the specifications for displays to be released in 2014 and beyond, and in one slide, Samsung indicated that WQHD displays could make it into its flagship smartphones like the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4.
Also evident in the deck is Samsung’s belief in flexible displays being the next big thing for mobile devices allowing the company to grow beyond just smartphones and tablets and tap into new markets like wearables in the next couple of years. Samsung also plans to enter the automotive market with its flexible displays. You can view the full deck here.
While Samsung may have lofty ambitions for ultra high resolution displays for mobile devices next year, its not the only manufacturer that plans to go before 1080p in smartphones. Vivo from China is also setting it sights on smartphones with pixel-packed displays. Its Xplay3S smartphone is rumored to feature a 5.5-inch display with a 2560×1440 pixel WQHD as well and it this is indeed the case, then things are certainly looking sharp for 2014.
The Galaxy Note II gets a new lease on life with a fresh firmware update. The Note II has been running Android 4.1.2 since its release but now both the 3G (N7100) and LTE (N7105) version get Android 4.3 bringing with it a number of much needed enhancements and features that improve the device’s performance considerably and improve the device’s usability. With the update the Galaxy Note II gets support for the Galaxy Gear, the Samsung KNOX security software and Samsung Wallet.
While Samsung doesn’t provide changelogs for its updates here are some of the changes and improvements that comes with the new firmware, amongst others:
As always, the update is released in batches and as of writing, Malaysia is not yet on the list but we expect it to be available soon, and it’s a good thing that local operators don’t usually install bloatware in their devices because that helps in making updates available here faster.
Once available you can update your Galaxy Note II using the Samsung KIES software (which is sometimes faster than OTA) or you can get it over-the-air direct to your device by going to Settings > More > About Device > Software update > Update. If you got the update, do let us know. We’ll be more than happy to share it here.
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Google Now was introduced together with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and it was seen as Google’s answer to Apple’s Siri. On the latest Android 4.4 KitKat, the functionality of Google Now is much more integrated and can been triggered by simply saying “OK Google” and even “OK Jarvis”. For older Jelly bean devices, Google Now can be activated by swiping the Home button upwards.
So what can you do with Google Now? Here’s a rather interesting infographic by TrendBlog which you can check out after the break. Don’t forget to try out the easter eggs as well.
Qualcomm which is well known for making smart phone processors have been rather busy with a smart watch of their own. It’s called Toq and will be officially launched on 2nd December. The only barrier is the price of US$350, which is about US$70 more than the Galaxy Gear.
On the up side, the Toq smart watch brings a couple of new features to the table with its 1.55″ Mirasol display which uses ambient light to increase visibility instead of relying back-lighting in outdoor conditions. Qualcomm claims that this technology allows the Toq to last a couple of days in a single charge, which is a big advantage over the Galaxy Gear.
For charging, the Toq is juiced up via WiPower LE. This allows easy wireless charging by simply dropping the watch into a dock. Qualcomm has also released a matching pair of wireless earphones which is sold as an optional add-on. The ear phones also charged wirelessly on the same dock. Just like the Galaxy Gear, the strap is not replaceable as it houses the wiring to the battery that’s embedded on the watch clasp.
At the moment, Toq supports only Android devices with version 4.0.3 and above. If you’re interested to get one, the Toq smart watch can be ordered online on their website beginning 5th December.
Watch the promo video and images of the Toq smart watch after the break.
The current Nexus 10 which is developed by Samsung is expected to be replaced soon with a new Nexus 10 2014 edition that runs on with the latest Android 4.4 KitKat. Surprisingly LG is said to be manufacturer of the newer model and its images and specs have been leaked ahead of imminent launch.
The surfaced details reveal that the new Nexus 10 will come with a 10″ IPS display that does 2560×1600 which pushes the same pixel density of last year’s 300 ppi (pixels per inch). Powering the device is the latest 2.3GHz Snapdragon processor and comes with 3GB of RAM, making this a direct rival to the recently launched Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014).
From Tesco UK Nexus 10 product page brief appearance, the new tablet is listed as having a 10MP rear camera and 4MP front camera. The numbers are rather odd and do note that this could be unconfirmed specs details prior to release. Even its purported 200mm width and 117mm height is questionable as it is similar to its smaller Nexus 7 dimensions.
The current Nexus 10 isn’t really a popular device and it wasn’t launched officially in Malaysia. Some online retailers such as IPmart have been doing grey-imports for the tablet and now they are doing a clearance sale at RM1,099 for its 16GB WiFi version. It retains the same high resolution 2560×1600 10″ display but it is powered with a dual-core 1.7GHz Exynos 5250 processor and 2GB of RAM.
Huawei’s President has revealed that they are currently working on a Ascend P6 successor, dubbed as the P6S which will be powered on a true octa-core processor. The processor is said to be an updated version of Huawei’s own quad-core K3V2 processor which is currently powering its 6.2mm super slim Ascend P6. There’s no further details on the Ascend P6S but we might see some slight hardware bump internally and probably a slight change in terms of thickness.
While we’ve heard about Octa-Core processors since the announcement of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 (i9500), the Korean’s Exynos solution actually consist of 2 sets of quad-core processors which switches depending on scenarios. Samsung will be releasing an updated Exynos 5 solution soon which allows all 8 cores to be fired up for maximum performance. Meanwhile, MediaTek which is gaining popularity in low-mid level smart phones is also working on a true octa-core solution of their own as well.
For current Ascend P6 owners, Huawei has mentioned that they will be releasing an Android 4.4 KitKat update which will be rolled out sometime in January next year. Unlike its mainstream competitors, looks like they have skipped its Android 4.3 software upgrade plans and went straight for the latest. The Huawei Ascend P6 is currently priced at RM1,399 in Malaysia and it is offered as low as RM499 with Maxis contract.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 packs quite an enduring battery life from its 3,200mAh standard battery. This gives us about 1 and a half day worth usage in our typical usage. If that’s not enough, Mugen Power is giving an extended alternative with its 6,500mAh battery, which is double of the standard bundled battery.
With the increase of battery capacity, it adds more bulk to the Galaxy Note 3′s 8.3mm thickness. To keep it in place, Mugen has included a customised back cover with a choice of black and white colours. The back cover even comes with a kickstand which is pictured after the break. Another plus point is that the Note 3 Extended battery is NFC compatible as well.
If you’re interested, you can order from Mugen’s website for US$98.50. It will start shipping on 6th December and there’s an additional US$11.40 delivery charge via DHL to Malaysia. For a slight discount, you can get the discount code from their Facebook page here.
The Galaxy Gear smart watch has just gotten much smarter as it now supports almost all app notifications. Previously notifications on the Galaxy Gear was rather limited and as a result, you would constantly need to refer to your phone most of time. With the latest update, now you can receive notifications from WhatsApp, Hangout and more.
The improvements came just at the right time as its rival Pebble smart watch has just recently announced full iOS 7 notifications support making it much useful than ever. If you have a Galaxy Gear, you would need to update the Galaxy Manager software which is being rolled out starting today. The Galaxy Manager also lets you pick apps that you wish to receive notifications on your watch. To update manually, you can head over to the Samsung Apps Store.
Apart from the Galaxy Note 3 and Note 10.1, the Galaxy Gear is also supported on more Galaxy devices. Just recently the Galaxy S4 has just received its Android 4.3 update which comes with support for the smart watch and this should be followed shortly for Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III.
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