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!
The HTC Desire 210 is a new entry level dual-sim device that’s priced at RM299 outright. Positioned below the Desire 310, the Desire 210 is a notch below with a smaller 4″ WVGA display and runs on an entry level dual-core 1GHz MediaTek MT6572M processor with 512MB RAM. It gets 4GB of storage, 5MP camera (supports HD 720p video), front VGA camera and a small 1,300mAh capacity battery. Like most MediaTek processor based smart phones, it runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
Meanwhile, the Xperia E1 is a music centric device that’s priced outright at RM459. While it features a similar 4″ WVGA display, the Xperia E1 runs on a more reputable dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor but is mated with just 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. The main camera is a smaller 3MP shooter but battery life could be better with its larger 1,700mAh capacity battery. It also comes with dual-SIM and it stands out for having a loud-speaker that does 100db. Out of the box, the Xperia E1 is running on a newer Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
Both devices are available for free on either MaxisOne or MaxisOne Plan Lite options over a period of 24 months. During sign up, you would need to pay an advance payment of 2 months subscription for the Desire 210 while the Xperia E1 would require 4 months worth. For loyal Maxis customers with good payment records and port-in customers from other operators, the advance payment requirement would be waived. The MaxisOne Plan is now offers true limitless talk and SMS and you can read up more about its plan over here.
Xiaomi Malaysia will start selling its 5.5″ Redmi Note beginning this coming Tuesday, 22nd July at 12PM. The affordable mid-tier phablet is priced at RM509 and Xiaomi will be stocking up a total of 5,000 units for next week. If you guessed the price correctly, Xiaomi has sent out F-codes which lets you purchase a unit without the hassle of rushing in at 12PM. You can view the full list of eligible winners here.
To recap on the specs, the Redmi Note that we are getting here is the high-spec version with a MediaTek 1.7GHz Octa-Core processor with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage. The front gets a 5.5″ HD 720p IPS display and a 5MP camera while the back gets a 13MP camera. Complimenting its huge display is a large removable 3,200mAh battery which is similar capacity as the Xperia Z2 and Galaxy Note 3. To spot the difference with other Xiaomi smart phones, you can refer to our spec comparison over here.
For the upcoming sale, its flagship Mi 3 and Redmi 1S are taking a break this round. However its power bank will be restocked with its usual 10,000 units of 10,400mAh version and 5,000 units of its smaller 5,200mAh unit. Remember to login at www.mi.com/my early before noon next Tuesday.
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Just in time for the Raya holidays, U Mobile is now offering the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom on contract from as low as RM449. Carrying the retail price of RM1,699, the Galaxy K Zoom is a photography centric smart phone which boasts a 20.7MP main camera with a 10X optical zoom. On U Mobile, you can get the Galaxy K Zoom without forking out additional upfront payment if you make the purchase by credit card and opting in to subscribe via auto-debit.
As an added bonus, they are also including a Free battery travel charger kit along with RM1,500 worth of Galaxy Life privileges.
If you’re using the ASUS ZenFone 5 in Malaysia, they are now pushing a new software update that’s about 30MB in size. While it isn’t the new Android 4.4 KitKat that many would hoped for, it improves the ZenFone 5 in several areas including WiFi/Bluetooth connectivity, power consumption, telephony, audio and software stability.
The latest firmware carries the version number WW_user_184.108.40.206 and it is updated automatically over the air. If you haven’t received any notification yet, you can check it manually under Settings > About > System Update. Take note that this is for official ASUS Malaysia units which comes with 2GB of RAM instead of its earlier announced 1GB variant.
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