Sony’s ultra-slim Xperia T3 is now offered on contract with Maxis. This mid-tier 4G LTE smart phone is priced at RM1,399 outright and with Maxis current Raya promotion, it can be yours for just RM599. To recap on the specs, the Xperia T3 features a 5.3″ HD 720p display with a Quad-Core 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400 processor that’s mated to 1GB of RAM and has 8GB of storage. Even with a decent 2,500mAh capacity battery, the Xperia T3 is only 7mm thick. You can read up more on the device in our announcement post.
In terms of bundling, the device is tied with 24 months contract on their new MaxisOne Plan which offers limitless talk and SMS.
MaxisOne Plan Lite – 1GB (RM78/month) – RM799
MaxisOne Plan – 2GB (RM128/month) – RM599
Motorola will be announcing a couple of devices at their upcoming event at September 4th. As a final gift from retiring serial leaker @evleaks, the picture above is what the new Moto X+1 would look like.
This is the sequel of its highly customisable Moto X and it appears with different back cover designs. The screen is noticeably larger and it gets a front facing speaker grills like the current Moto E. According to early speculation, this can be a real high-end device with a 2.5GHz Quad-Core processor that’s running with a pure Android experience on top.
When the Moto X was launched, it was exclusive in the US and eventually it was sold internationally without its customisation options. They could follow the same route with the next model but hopefully it won’t take too long to release internationally. All shall be revealed on 4th September.
Huawei will be announcing its new Ascend Mate 7 at the upcoming IFA 2014 in Berlin. If you’re wondering how it looks like, the device which is available in 2 variants have appeared on China’s TENAA certification listing which comes with supporting photos.
The two devices are actually identical and the difference lies on the radios with one supporting GSM/TD-LTE/CDMA while the other does GSM/TD-LTE/TD-SCDMA. In terms of specs, they are listed with a 1.8GHz Octa-Core processor with 2GB of RAM, while the screen is a 6 incher with Full HD resolution. It is also speculated that there would be a high-spec version which comes with 3GB of RAM and a display that pushes a higher Quad HD 2560×1440 resolution. Either that model has been canned or it is still in the process of certification.
The exterior design especially the back looks very similar with the HTC One Max. Even the fingerprint scanner is located at the back, which we find it very impractical to unlock if the device is lying on the table.
Head after the break to get a better view of the the Ascend Mate 7.
Recently Oppo Malaysia has teased a new smart phone which is expected to bring 4G LTE connectivity to the masses. Now the device turns out to be the Neo 5, which basically an updated version of its Oppo Neo that comes with 4G LTE connectivity.
Priced at RM598, this is probably the one of most affordable 4G LTE smart phone you can get. In terms of specs, it is similar with the previous Neo with a 4.5″ screen that does 854×480 pixels resolution. It runs a more trusted 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM, which is quite similar to the Moto G 4G LTE edition. On-board it gets 4GB of on-board storage but it is expandable with microSD card up to 32GB.
When phablet devices like the Galaxy Note first came out, people laughed at its then-considered humongous size. Then came the bigger tablets in 7-8″ sizes that could make phone calls. If you’re doubting anyone would buy any of them as a daily device, IDC has reported an increase of such devices sold in Asia.
According to the recent IDC Tablet tracker report, about 13.8 million tablets were sold in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) and a quarter of them are capable of making voice calls. That marks a 60% growth year on year for such devices.
If you’re using the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo, you are not going to be stuck with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for long. Samsung has been reported to have rolled out its Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for Galaxy Note 3 users in India.
The update is a big one at about 495MB in size and it can be obtained via OTA (Over the Air) update or through your PC via Samsung Kies. Apart from the usual security and stability updates, the new firmware claims to offer performance improvements including battery life and a new album art support on the home screen.
The added advantage of the Redmi series over its Mi 3 and Mi 4 is having a microSD slot which allows you to expand your storage beyond its current 8GB capacity. Unfortunately the expansion slot is quite pointless as the native camera app won’t save to SD and there’s no option to move apps to SD storage as well unless you are adventurous enough to root your device. So how would an average joe use the expansion storage then?
Now Xiaomi has released an update for the Redmi Note where it lets you select SD card storage for the Camera, Gallery, Video and Music apps. The only thing though, it isn’t pushed through an OTA (Over The Air) update and you would need to update your phone manually.
UPDATE: Lazada will deliver the Redmi 1S within 48 hours within the Klang Valley and 72 hours for Peninsular Malaysia.
Here’s another way to buy a genuine Xiaomi smart phone. Lazada Malaysia will be offering the affordable Redmi 1S next Wednesday, 27th August at 3.00PM. Similar to the official Mi Store offering, the Redmi 1S is priced at RM419 and it comes with a 4.7″ HD 720p display with a Quad-Core 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 processor and 8GB of storage.
If you’ve been struggling to get a unit from Xiaomi’s weekly Tuesday flash sales, this can be a better alternative. Also for those without a credit card, you can pay with Cash on Delivery with Lazada if you’re residing in the Klang Valley, Johor Bahru and Penang. To get to know the Redmi 1S better, you can check out our unboxing and its hand-on comparison.
To buy one, head over to Lazada’s Redmi 1S product page.
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ASUS will be announcing something special on their own at the upcoming IFA 2014 event in Berlin. With their latest teaser from Twitter, ASUS is going to introduce their very own smart watch which is said to be running on Android Wear.
There isn’t much details of their device at this moment and it will be unveiled on 3rd September 2014. At the moment, some of the Android Wear smart watches including LG’s G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and the beautiful Moto 360 smart watch. With ASUS having its premium Zen design approach, it will be interesting to see what they would come out with for a smart wearable device.
Oppo has just posted a teaser of its upcoming new 4G smart phone which has the shape of an Oppo Find 7. Nope, it isn’t the Find 7 mini. From the picture, this appears to be the Oppo R831S, which is an affordable entry-level 4G LTE device that could be priced below RM1,000.
According to its China’s spec-sheet, the R831S gets a 4.5″ display that does 854×480 resolution and it runs on a Qualcomm 1.2GHz Quad-Core processor that’s mated to 1GB of RAM. In the imaging department, it gets a 5MP camera at the back while the front gets a 2MP camera. Juicing up the device is an average 1,900mAh capacity battery. In China, it is priced at 1,099 Chinese Yuan which comes up to about RM565.
Of course, its specs and official product name might be tweaked once it gets here. A new 4G LTE smart phone for about RM600-700 would definitely compete directly with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 4, Moto G 4G LTE edition and our local Ninetology U9Z1T.