The waterproof Sony Xperia Z2 hasn’t been launched in Malaysia just yet. If you can’t wait, it is now available through grey importers such as DirectD at RM2,499. Obviously this is a premium to pay to be an early adopter. Best of all, they are selling the Purple colour unit which is a rare colour. While it isn’t supported by Sony officially, it comes with a local 24-months warranty via Brandstar.
To recap, the Xperia Z2 comes with a 5.2″ Full HD display and runs on a newer 2.3GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor. Unlike the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8, the Xperia Z2 is more generous with 3GB of RAM. New on the latest model is a pair of front stereo speakers and a built-in Digital Noise Cancellation that works with an optional set of earphones. They have retained the same 20.7MP camera as the Xperia Z1 but now it is capable of shooting a higher 4K resolution video.
You can check out our hands-on of the Xperia Z2 which gives a brief comparison with the current Sony Xperia Z1.
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Celcom has finally revealed its Galaxy S5 offering to those who have registered their interest with them. As usual they offer 3 Celcom First plans consisting of Celcom First Prime (RM40), Celcom First Premier (RM80) and Celcom First Elite (RM150) with contract duration of 12 months, 18 months and 24 months. These plan requires additional bolt on data plan of either 1GB or 3GB.
For those who use internet more than making calls, Celcom is also offering the mPro Plus Plan of RM88 which comes with 5GB of data.
The full bundled pricing are as follows:
Prime + 1GB/3GB (RM78/RM98) – RM1,888
Premier + 1GB/3GB (RM118/RM138) – RM1,788
Elite + 1GB/3GB (RM188/RM208) – RM1,688
Prime + 1GB/3GB (RM78/RM98) – RM1,838
Premier + 1GB/3GB (RM118/RM138) – RM1,738
Elite + 1GB/3GB (RM188/RM208) – RM1,538
Prime + 5GB (RM128) – RM1,338
Premier + 5GB (RM168) – RM1,138
Elite + 5GB (RM238) – RM988
mPro Plus 5GB (RM88) – RM1,538
As usual, there will be an upfront payment ranging from RM350-RM1200 depending on contract option and tenure. The payment will be rebated back to your bill across 10 months period.
Those that registered their interest earlier will also get additional 5GB data for 2 months if you sign up on 11-13 April at Blue Cube @ Sunway Pyramid, Laman Seri, Publika, Celcom Centre – Penang and Celcom Centre Taman Molek Johor Bharu. The first 200 people in line that buys a Galaxy S5 with Celcom First + mPro plan also stand a chance to purchase a Galaxy Tab 3 Lite or Galaxy Y Neo for only RM55.
Check out the full plan details after the break.
HP Malaysia today has introduced its new Slate 6 VoiceTab. Priced at RM999, the Android phablet comes with a 6″ 720p HD display and support for Dual-SIM cards. Powering the device is a Quad-Core 1.2GHz Marvell PXA1088 processor mated to 1GB of RAM and it comes with 16GB of on-board storage. The removable shimmering back cover gives access to a microSD expansion slot, 3,000mAh capacity battery and SIM card slots that consists of 1 normal SIM for 2G and 1 micro SIM slot that supports 3G.
For taking pictures, the Slate 6 VoiceTab gets a 5MP main and front facing 2MP camera. Complimenting the 6″ 1280×800 display is a dual front facing stereo speakers that offers a better gaming and video playback experience. In the hands, it feels quite solid and the matte textured back gives it a decent appearance and feel. At 8.98 mm thickness and weighing 160g, HP says that their Slate 6 VoiceTab is one of the thinnest and lightest 6″ device.
While the power button on the right side makes it reachable for single handed use, oddly the microUSB charging port is placed at the top together with its headphone jack. Out of the box, the software interface feels rather fluid and it runs on a plain vanilla Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
The Slate 6 VoiceTab is now available via HP’s Online Store. Every purchase also comes with a free screen protector and a carry case. Stay tuned for our hands-on experience.
You can check out the official video and a couple of hands-on shots after the break.
Project Ara is a new modular smart phone concept which allows easy add-on and removal of components. This is made possible with an aluminium endoskeleton which acts as a mainboard and each customisable component is slot into place with electro-permanent magnets. The project was first mooted by PhoneBloks and Motorola. After Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility, the project is still retained under Google.
After much talks and teasing, their first working prototype is said to be available next month according to a report by MIT Technology Review. The phone’s endoskeleton will come with 8 slots at the back and 2 slots at the front. Some of the modules available include displays, buttons, camera, power, sensors and even medical monitoring.
The ecosystem will be open and Google would need to work hard to convince manufacturers and consumers to look at Project Ara as a sustainable smart phone solution. Ideally everybody can maintain their smart phone for a longer life span and an upgrade is just a module swap away. Obviously being modular has its own compromise but the trade off in terms of power, weight and size is below 25% which they claim to be an acceptable compromise. To cater for different user demands, there’s also a possibility of a mini and phablet size Endoskeleton in the future.
Google isn’t alone in its pursuit for a modular smart phone. ZTE has its own concept called Eco-Mobius but it is limited to just 4 modules – Screen, Camera, Battery and a combo of processor and memory
Check out some work in progress images of Project Ara after the break.
Like last year’s HTC One series, the Taiwanese smart phone maker is expected to release multiple variants of the current HTC One M8. Now a new blurry leaked image from EvLeaks has appeared which claims to be the HTC M8 Ace. The image doesn’t really tell much of its size or specs but this might be the larger version of the current M8.
When the HTC One M8 was announced, EvLeaks had tweeted 2 more potential One variants – M8 Ace and M8 mini that will be coming from HTC’s camp. It is likely that the additional models would be having a similar design with different sizes. As smart phone makers are eyeing for 2 flagship device launches per year, HTC could be packing a higher spec model for the second half of this year.
When the 5.9″ HTC One Max was released last year, it carried over the same 1.7GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 600 processor and 2GB of RAM as its smaller 4.7″ HTC One. At a high launch price of RM2,499, the One Max was underspec’ed and overpriced next to the Galaxy Note 3 and Xperia Z1 that was launched around the same time. Hopefully the next phablet from HTC would be something more compelling if they plan to come back in a big way.
The new Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a 2,800mAh capacity battery which is 200mAh more than the Galaxy S4. The Galaxy S4 came in 2 versions (Octa-Core non-LTE and Quad-Core 4G LTE). Among the two, the 4G LTE version powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon had delivered a longer battery life compared to its Samsung Exynos equivalent.
With the Galaxy S5 running on Qualcomm’s high-end 2.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor and a slightly bigger 5.1″ Full HD display, naturally we would expect longer usage especially with its larger battery capacity. On GSMArena’s battery test, the new Galaxy S5 manages to push a longer Talk Time and Web Browsing usage even than the Galaxy Note 3 that packs a larger 3,200mAh battery. However when it comes to video playback, the Galaxy S5 seems to struggle and it manages a shorter usage than its former Galaxy S4 non-LTE version.
Most recently, the Galaxy S5 found to be one of the brightest smart phone displays ever. In auto brightness, the Galaxy S5 reported to be 47% brighter than the Galaxy S4 and 6% brighter than the Galaxy Note 3 in bright ambient lighting. This could probably the reason behind its shorter video playback compared with its predecessor.
With the new HTC One M8 thrown into the picture, it gets a little bit more interesting. Despite having a much smaller 2,600mAh capacity battery, the M8 manages to push a respectable talktime and web browsing usage that’s quite close to the Galaxy S5. What’s even more amazing is last year’s HTC One (M7) which manages to push close to 10 hours of web browsing usage which is probably the result of its frugal power management.
HTC’s Brand Ambassador Robert Downey Jr is back and now he has gotten his very own HTC One M8. Nothing that we didn’t know already, the video boasts its twice in a row award at Mobile World Congress for Smart Phone of the year. The Iron man star made his debut with HTC’s Here’s to Change campaign last year.
Watch the one minute video after the break.
Huawei’s upcoming flagship smart phone, the Ascend P7 is expected to be revealed in Paris on the 7th of May. It evolves from its current slim Ascend P6 smart phone and comes with upgraded hardware to keep up with the times. The new Ascend P7 could be featuring a Full HD display that’s slightly larger at 5″ and underneath it is powered with an updated Hi-Silicon 1.6GHz Quad-Core processor mated to 2GB of RAM.
For taking pictures, the Ascend P7 is said to be carrying a 13MP rear and a rather large 8MP front facing camera for clearer selfies. Another nice addition is the support for faster 4G LTE and a slightly larger 2,460mAh capacity battery with 16GB of on-board storage. The previous Ascend P6 possess a rather slim thickness of just 6.18mm and it is interesting to see if Huawei can still maintain a slender profile on its new model.
Initially available exclusively in China, Oppo has finally open up international pre-orders for its Oppo Find 7a. The Oppo Find 7 flagship smart phone comes in two versions and the Find 7a is the lower spec of the two.
To sweeten the deal, Oppo is giving extra freebies including an additional cover and an extra battery. Pre-orders can be made over at their OppoStyle website but unfortunately Malaysia isn’t one of its covered regions. The local availability of the Find 7a should be happening pretty soon within the next few months.
In the US, it is priced at US$499 (about RM1,630) while in Europe it is going for €399 (about RM1,788). As comparison, the Oppo Find 7a is priced in China at 2,998 Yuan which is about RM1,585. So it is safe to assume that we will be paying a couple of hundred more when it gets here.
To recap on the specs, the Find 7a comes with a Full HD 5.5″ Display and runs on a respectable 2.3GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM. The rest of the specs are similar to its high-end Find 7 model but the battery has a slightly smaller capacity at 2,800mAh. Some of the cool features of the Find 7 include a VOOC rapid charge that juices up the battery from 0 to 75% in 30 minutes and a 13MP camera that is able to re-sample images up to 50MP resolution.
You can check out our-hands on with the Oppo Find 7 smart phones after the break.
Samsung tries to make an all weather device on the Samsung Galaxy S5 which comes with dust and water resistance with IP67 rating. This isn’t the first time they released a water resistant device. In our hands, the previous Galaxy S4 Active which is also IP67 rated had failed to work, after being thrown into a pool. We believed this is due to its removable back cover design which has a higher risk of failure if its rubber linings are not sealed properly.
Surprisingly the latest HTC One M8 appears to be water friendly as well and it never boast any water resistant capabilities at all. Sony on the other hand has made its name with water resistant products ranging from its compact Xperia Go, Xperia Z smart phone, Xperia Z Ultra phablet and its Xperia Z2 Tablet.
During the Malaysian Galaxy S5 launch, the guys from Samsung re-emphasise that their device is designed for usage in the shower or outdoors in the rain and not for submerging into water. They are probably more conservative this time around but the IP67 rating actually means that it is actually capable of submerging into water up to 1 metre deep for 30 minutes.
Samsung has never advertised the Galaxy S5 as a pool friendly device but can it live up to the definition of IP67 rating? The guys TechSmartt had tested it in a swimming pool and even a front loading washing machine. Watch the video to see if it survives.