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OPPO is now available on U Mobile and they are offering a bundling package for the OPPO Neo 5 and entry level OPPO Joy. Instead of the usual postpaid bundling where you get a cheaper phone with long contract, U Mobile bundles these OPPO devices outright with additional value.
The OPPO Neo 5 that comes with 4G LTE connectivity is priced at RM598, but when you purchase it together with U58 postpaid plan, you’ll get free 6 months subscription that’s worth RM348. Meanwhile for the entry level OPPO Joy, you can get the bundle at RM348 which comes together with RM20 top up, a free sim pack worth RM8 and free 250MB internet for 4 months, if you maintain a minimum top up of RM30/month.
To recap on the specs, the OPPO Neo 5 is their most affordable 4G LTE offering with a 4.5″ screen (854×480 pixels) that’s running on a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM . Meanwhile the OPPO Joy is their entry level device with a 4″ (800×480) display and runs on a dual-core 1.3GHz processor with 512MB of RAM.
In terms of hardware, the MX4 Pro will have a slightly bigger 5.5″ Quad HD display that does 2560×1536 and underneath it runs on Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa processor that consists of 4x A15 cores and 4x A7 cores. There’s 3GB of RAM and storage is shown to be a 16GB version which is likely to be accompanied with a bigger 64GB variant. The benchmark device info also reveals a 19MP shooter at the back and a front facing 5MP camera. This matches its earlier speculation that it will use Sony’s 20.7MP camera from its Xperia flagship series.
The home button on the MX4 Pro looks more “Samsung” than an iPhone which is mimicked by its MX4 model. Earlier on, there are early MX4 Pro renders that suggests a more oval shaped button but the recent live photos suggests a more squarish look. The home button is speculated to double up as a finger print scanner like Apple’s Touch ID. The MX4 Pro is expected to be announced in China by end of November.
Check out the earlier image renders as well as the MX4 Pro specs after the break.
With Android Lollipop now official, most manufacturers will be working hard to deliver the latest Android on their flagship device. For Samsung, the Galaxy S5 is reported to be receiving the new update in December as reported earlier. You can also expect Samsung to extend the same Lollipop goodness for their latest Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Alpha as well.
Apart from having the latest Material Design appearance, the new Lollipop OS promises better performance with its ART runtime. Potentially this would also improve overall battery life as well. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check out the early preview of Android Lollipop with TouchWiz after the break.
About a month ago, Dell had showed off its new Venue 8 7000 Android tablet and it will be officially available by the end November at US$499 (about RM1,635) in the US. At 6.0mm thin, this makes it the thinnest tablet yet, beating the iPad Air 2 by a mere 0.1 millimetre.
In terms of specs, the Venue 8 7000 gets a high solution 8.4″ 2560×1600 display which is similar to the Galaxy Tab S 8.4. As comparison, the iPad Air 2 has a 9.7″ display that does 2048×1536 resolution.
Underneath it runs on Intel’s Quad-core 2.33GHz Atom Z3580 processor that’s mated to 2GB of RAM. Its imaging capability is quite interesting as well as it comes with a total of 4 cameras. There’s a front facing camera, a rear 8MP shooter and another 2 more at the back for Intel’s RealSense technology that allows you to measure distances between two points.
At the moment, there’s no word of it heading to the rest of the world including Malaysia. Check out the promo video after the break.
OPPO will be having a launch event next Wednesday and it looks like the OPPO N3 won’t be the only device to show up. In typical OPPO fashion, they have posted another teaser but this time it showed another device next to the highly anticipated N3.
Some had speculated that the other smart phone will incredibly thin below 5mm. It is no secret that OPPO has its own obsession of making slim phones. Several months back, they had introduced the OPPO R3 which is the world’s thinnest 4G LTE smart phone at only 6.3mm thin. This could be the upcoming R5 which was rumoured earlier.
Going back to the OPPO N3, this will be a major replacement of its current N1 smart phone. The rotatable camera will come with a larger 16MP 1/2.3″ sensor and more interesting is that it can rotate electronically.
When it comes to smart phones, we have the mainstream processors such as Qualcomm which powers most flagship models and MediaTek that offers affordable performance in the low price segment. Several brands do have their own in-house developed processors which includes Samsung’s Exynos and Huawei’s very own Hi-Silicon. Now joining the list of having home-grown processors is LG where they have introduced its new NUCLUN processor that comes with 8 cores using ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture.
The LG NUCLUN (pronounced NOO-klun) consists of 4 cores for high performance (ARM Cortex-A15 @ 1.5GHz) and another 4 cores for power efficiency (ARM Cortex-A7 @ 1.2GHz). With 4G LTE being crucial in any new device, it also supports LTE-A up to 225Mbps downloads.
The debut device for the NUCLUN is the LG G3 Screen, which is an up-sized phablet version of its LG G3 flagship. It gets a bigger 5.9″ display but pushes a more standard Full HD instead of a higher Quad HD resolution. The new NUCLUN Octa-Core processor is mated with 2GB of RAM and it comes with 32GB of storage that’s expandable with microSD. The rest of the specs are similar with a 13MP Optical Image Stabiliser camera for the rear and a front facing 2MP shooter. It is also juiced up with a similar sized 3,000mAh capacity battery.
Without LG’s official mobile presence in Malaysia, don’t expect this to come to Malaysia with local warranty. Perhaps we might get a chance if our local grey importers decide to bring them in.
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The new 2nd generation Motorola Moto G is officially announced in Malaysia with the retail price tag of RM688. It comes in either black and white colours, and it will be available at retails stores in Malaysia beginning tomorrow 25th October. At the moment, they are only offering the Dual-SIM 3G version that comes with 8GB of on-board storage. As comparison, the previous first gen Moto G was priced at RM698 for the 8GB version and RM798 for the 16GB unit.
To recap on the specs, the 2nd gen Moto G features a 5.0″ 720p HD IPS display that’s protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and it runs on Qualcomm’s 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor that’s mated to 1GB of RAM. It gets an upgraded 8MP main camera while selfie shots are handled by its 2MP front shooter. Both cameras are capable of shooting HD 720p videos at 30fps. The 2nd gen Moto G also gets a pair of stereo speakers that are placed at the front.
With 2,070mAh capacity battery, the new Moto G is rated to last up to 24 hours in a single charge, which is as frugal as its predecessor. Out of the box, it runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat and you can expect it to be upgraded to the latest Lollipop. Earlier on, retailer DirectD was spotted selling the 2nd gen Moto G at RM699 but that comes bundled with a RM50 KFC voucher.
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UPDATE: Moto G 2nd gen is now officially announced at RM688.
If you’re looking for the latest 2nd gen Moto G, it is finally here in Malaysia. After being spotted in our local SIRIM database, local retailer DirectD is now selling the new Moto G at RM699. This is the XT1068 version which comes with Dual-SIM with 3G connectivity.
The new Moto G is an incremental upgrade over the original Moto G as it gets a slightly bigger from 4.5″ to 5.0″ IPS display that also does 1280×720 pixels resolution, front firing stereo speakers, microSD expansion slot and upgraded cameras (8MP + 2MP).
The rest of the specs are similar with a Quad-Core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Meanwhile the battery is still non-removable at 2,070mAh capacity. Being a Moto device with vanilla Android, you can expect it to be among the first to run on Android 5.0 Lollipop.
If the thought of this makes you hungry, DirectD is also giving additional RM50 KFC voucher as well.
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ZTE wants to sell you affordable smartphones and in line with that goal, the Chinese manufacturer today announced five new smartphones for the Malaysian market. These Android powered smart phones are affordable priced, ranging between RM388 to RM1,088. At time of launch, all 5 are running on Android 4.4 KitKat.
Xiaomi or better known internationally as Mi has been expanding rapidly to more countries this year. To ensure a consistent experience and better sense of security for its international users, Hugo Barra has shared that Mi is migrating most of its online services outside of China.
The first phase of having its e-commerce stores hosted overseas is nearing completion with data centres located in the US and in Singapore. When it is completed by end of this month, most international users including Malaysia will experience better performance when making orders online. To speed up page loads, they also rely on Akamai’s global CDN for its static pages.
With Cloud storage and services becoming more important, Mi will be migrating its MIUI services from Beijing to Amazon AWS data centres in Oregon, USA and Singapore. This not only reduces latency but also offers faster Mi Cloud syncing up to 2X-3X faster for Malaysian users. For countries without Amazon AWS services such as India and Brazil, Mi will be investing into local data centres to cater for those markets.
Following its earlier security concerns, Hugo stresses that Mi is taking user data and security very seriously and the latest migration complies with high privacy standards as well as local data protection regulations.
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