Seen as the little brother of its popular Moto G, it fulfils the lower price segment while maintaining its reliable pure-Android experience. For under RM400, the Moto E is expected to shake up the entry-level segment starting with its 4.3″ qHD display (960×540) that does 256 ppi (pixels per inch) and toughen by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.
It runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor with 1GB of RAM and comes with 4GB of on-board storage that’s expandable up to 32GB using microSD. It also gets a basic 5MP camera and it is juiced up by a 1,980mAh battery that claims to last a full day of average use. As seen earlier in the certification listing, the Moto E that’s heading to Malaysia will support dual-SIM cards. Overall, this would be a serious contender against the ASUS ZenFone 4 which is offered at a bargain basement price tag of RM299.
The Moto E will be running with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. Being a Moto device, you can expect its Android 4.4.4 update to be ready when it goes on sale on 13th August. Its exact pricing would be revealed closer to its actual sales day. As comparison, the Moto E is sold in India at 6,999 Rupees which is about RM380. Motorola has been doing very well in India as they have sold over a million smart phones through Flipkart in just 5 months.
Watch the Moto E promo video after the break.
The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 gets a special dash of colour with the arrival of its Gold colour edition. In terms of price, it is similar with its usual Black and White colour options at RM999.
To recap on its specs, the Galaxy Grand 2 offers a 5.25″ display that does HD 720p resolution and it runs on a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor that’s mated to 1.5GB of RAM. It has 8GB of on-board storage which is expandable with microSD. You’ll also get a decent 8MP main camera, a front facing 1.9MP unit and a large 2,600mAh capacity battery that’s rated to last 10 hours of video playback. At the moment it is still running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and comes with the usual TouchWiz enhanced features including Multi Window, Sound & Shot and Group Play. The Galaxy Grand 2 is a dual-SIM capable device with support for 3G HSPA+ up to 21Mbps.
For the full smart phone specs, you can head over to Samsung’s Galaxy Grand 2 product page.
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Huawei is the official smart phone of the Arsenal football club and after 6 months into the partnership, they have announced its Ascend P7 Arsenal Edition. At the back of the device, you’ll find the Arsenal crest printed underneath its Gorilla Glass 3 protected panel and everything else is pretty much the same as the standard Ascend P7. On the software front, it gets a special edition Arsenal Football themes along with pre-installed football apps including FIFA 2014, BBC iPlayer and Yakatak Soccer.
Just to reiterate the specs, the Ascend P7 is one of the slimmest 4G LTE smartphone at 6.5mm thick and it gets a Full HD 5″ display in a premium body that’s held together with an aluminium frame. Underneath its slender profile is Huawei’s in-house Quad-Core 1.8GHz Kirin 910T processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage. The cameras on the Ascend P7 stands out with a 13MP BSI unit with 5-piece ISP lens and f/2.0 aperture size while the front gets a massive 8MP shooter that is able to take impressive panorama selfies. You can find out what we think of the Ascend P7 in our hands-on video during its Malaysian launch.
For the true gunners fan, you might need to wait as the availability and pricing has yet to be revealed. If you’re really looking forward to get one, you can register your interest over at their Arsenal Smart Phone website over here.
Before the arrival of Xiaomi and Huawei’s entry-level smart phones, the Motorola Moto G was a game changer with its decent offering that came with an attractive price. In fact, it was doing very well in a lot of markets and became Motorola’s best selling smart phone ever.
With new cheaper alternatives flooding the market, Motorola is seen to be preparing for its new Moto G successor. Carrying the model number XT1068, the photo above is reported to be the new Moto G replacement model. In terms of design, it retains the same curvy shape but gets a more prominent earphone and microphone grill at the front. Spec-wise, the Moto G appears to have retained the same proven Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor, a HD 720p resolution display and dual-SIM card capability. The only noticeable upgrade is its 8MP camera which should offer a big improvement over the current 5MP shooter. It may not sound much but hopefully the price would be a deal breaker once it goes on sale in Malaysia. Its closest competitor in terms of spec is the Xiaomi Redmi 1S which offers a faster 1.6GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage for just RM419.
Just recently, Motorola has released its refreshed Moto G with 4G LTE and microSD slot in Malaysia at RM799. While it looks more expensive than other cheap and cheerful offerings in the market, the Moto G 4G LTE edition is among the cheapest 4G LTE smart phones you can buy right now. Another plus point of buying a Moto G is access to the latest Android updates. A few days go, they had rolled out its Android 4.4.4 update to Moto G users in Malaysia.
The selfie-centric Acer Liquid E3 smart phone is now available in Malaysia. It is priced at RM799 outright but if you’re interested, it can be yours for RM599 right now as part of its introductory offer. You can pick up a unit at All IT Hypermarket, Tesco Outlets and PC Depot. If you pre-order yours online via StoreKini, they are giving additional screen protector and a 2,300mAh power bank for free.
The Liquid E3 is a mid-spec smart phone which runs on a Quad-Core 1.2GHz Mediatek MT6589 processor and we are getting 2GB of RAM with generous 16GB of storage in Malaysia. When we first spotted the Liquid E3 at MWC 2014, it had just 1GB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage. The front gets a 4.7″ IPS display that does HD 720p resolution. The key highlight is the front facing camera which is a 2MP shooter that’s assisted with a LED flash light. If you love taking Selfies, the Liquid E3 makes it easier to take the shot single handedly with its rear mounted AcerRapid Key. Over at the back, it gets a higher resolution 13MP camera with f/1.8 aperture.
With a 2,000mAh non-removable battery on-board the Liquid E3 is 8.9mm thick and weighs 135 grams. Out of the box, it runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean which Acer says it will be upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat later on. Check out our hands-on with the Acer Liquid E3 after the break.
Vivo, which is yet another Chinese smart phone maker is now accepting pre-orders for its photography focused Xshot smart phone. The Vivo XShot is priced at RM1,599 and the pre-orders are done via Facebook private messaging. To sure a unit, they would require a deposit of RM100 upfront. At the moment, they haven’t reveal its actual launch date but it is likely to be available sometime in mid-August as its pre-order period is happening from now until 5th August. For the first 100, Vivo Malaysia is also giving exclusive gift packages as well.
The Vivo XShot is available in two specs – Elite and Flagship versions. The top of the line flagship variant comes with a faster 2.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage while the Elite version is a notch down with a Snapdragon 800 that’s mated to 2GB of RAM, while the storage is halved to 16GB capacity. For now, only the Elite version is available and the Flagship variant is expected to be priced higher at RM1,799.
Remember Gionee? Just a couple of months back they had introduced its Gionee Elife S5.5 which boast an incredibly slim profile of just 5.5mm. Now they have pushed the limits again as a new model was spotted that’s just 5.0mm thick. The discovery was found through TEENA, a certifications body similar to our very own SIRIM.
Apart from being super-thin, the new Gionee has been ultra light as well weighing at just 94.6 grams, which is pretty impressive considering the front packs a decent sized 4.8″ HD 720p AMOLED display. In terms of processing, it is mid-tier affair with a Quad-Core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage which is likely to be non-expandable.
The back features a flat metallic looking design but it isn’t clear if it is actually made out of metal. It could still be plastic based with metallic appearance like its current Mi 3 smart phone. Over at the front, it is similar to what we have seen earlier but the 3 capacitive buttons below appears to be exaggeratedly enlarged which raises suspicion if this leak is genuine.
The Mi 4 is said to be retaining its 5″ display size and is likely to be pushing Full HD resolution as its predecessor. The internals are expected to be pushing the top of the line 2.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM as well as support for 4G LTE. In terms of price, it is likely that the Mi 4 would follow its Mi 3 launch price of 1,999 Yuan (16GB) and 2,499 Yuan (64GB) which is equivalent to RM1,023 and RM1,280 respectively.
Google will take steps to address concerns raised by the European Commission about in-app purchases in mobile games and in particular about inadvertent purchases by children. By the end of September 2014, Android developers won’t be able to call apps available through Google Play with in-app purchases “free”; the default settings on Android will be changed so that payments are authorised prior to every in-app purchase, unless the consumer actively chooses to modify these settings; targeted guidelines will be developed for its Android developers to prevent direct exhortation to children as defined under EU law; and time-framed measures will be put in place to help monitor apparent breaches of EU consumer laws.
Google has not announced whether these changes to Google Play would be worldwide or contained only within Europe, or whether non-game apps with in-app purchases would also stop being described as “free.”
UPDATE: Moto G 4G Edition gets Android 4.4.4 update as well. Thanks @OngTk for the tip!
After receiving its Android 4.4.3 software update, the Moto G is now getting another upgrade to the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat. This comes just less than a month after Google had released the latest version for its Nexus line of devices.
Apart from having the latest security and stability fixes, the new update also introduce a newer dialler interface, ability to pause video recording and a new Motorola Alert personal security feature. The update is being pushed over the air and we recommend downloading this using WiFi. If you haven’t receive any update alerts, you can try checking manually at Settings > About Phone > System Update.
One of the key benefits of owning a new Motorola device like the Moto G, Moto X and Moto E is access to the very latest Android versions. At the moment, most smart phones including flagship models are still running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. If you’re looking for a new Moto device, they had recently released the Moto G with 4G LTE and microSD slot in Malaysia for RM799.
Thanks to @MNazyrulB for the tip!