Samsung will be introducing a variety of new smart phones into Malaysia as 4 new devices have been spotted in our local SIRIM database. Their current top of the line Galaxy Note Edge has been listed with the model number SM-N915F that’s likely to feature a 2.7GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM. The official release date isn’t known yet but it should be happening within the next month or so. Expect the price to carry a premium over the Galaxy Note 4 and hopefully it is much cheaper than the asking price by grey importers.
Also making an appearance is the Galaxy A7, its mid-range offering that comes with a 5.5″ Full HD display. For Malaysia, it appears that we are getting the dual-SIM (SM-A700FD) version that runs on an Octa-Core Snapdragon 615 processor (1.5GHz Quad Core + 1.0GHz Quad-Core).
If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. That’s probably’s HTC’s approach with its new One M9 (aka Hima) that’s expected to debut at MWC 2015. Following its earlier leaked photos, the folks at Phandroid have gotten themselves clearer shots of the upcoming flagship device. It confirms the design similarity with the existing HTC One M8 with an all metal unibody design.
There are some noticeable and welcomed differences on the new One M9. The power button has been shifted to the right side, towards the middle (like Sony Xperia Z series) for easier reach, while the volume rocker buttons have been shifted lower as well. Meanwhile the back gets a more squarish camera module with dual-tone LED flash but it lacks a secondary Duo Camera that was featured on last year’s model.
Qualcomm is having a rough start for 2015. After speculation of delays and production issues, it was reported that Samsung has decided to drop Qualcomm’s top of the line Snapdragon 810 processor from its new Galaxy S6 flagship smart phone. Citing overheating issues, Samsung will turn to their very own Exynos solution for their next big thing.
So is there a serious problem with the latest Octa-Core Snapdragon 810 processor? Not really, according to their home rival LG. The LG G Flex 2 which was the first smart phone to be announced with the new processor will be available in South Korea on 30th January. This dispels reliability issues of the new processor and LG has shown confidence to go to market with it.
LG’s Vice President for Mobile Product Planning, Woo Ram-Chan says that “I am very much aware of the various concerns in the market about the (Snapdragon) 810, but the chip’s performance is quite satisfactory”. So is Samsung’s allegation unfounded? Or Qualcomm overheating claim was unfairly made as an excuse for them to stick to its own supply of Exynos processors?
OPPO aspires to be a global smart phone player and they have been keeping up with their Find flagship series. Last year, its Find 7 had made headlines for having a Quad HD display, a top of the line 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM and a VOOC fast charging feature that charges from 0 to 75% in just 30 minutes. For 2015, a new replacement is due and the above device is alleged to be its new Find 9.
From the appearance, it looks like a 5.5+ inch device and it looks like it tries to maximise its display space by shifting its earpiece and front facing camera closer to the edge. Design wise, it is more squarish than the current Find 7 which has a subtle curve at the top and bottom. Since it is still early, we would take this purported leak with a pinch of salt.
Word has it that the new Find 9 could be rocking Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 810 processor that’s mated with 4GB of RAM. With its secret relation with OnePlus, this could be the basis of what to expect on the new OnePlus Two smart phone. After all, the current OnePlus One is loosely based on the current Find 7, minus a Quad HD display, microSD and removable battery.
Hopefully OPPO would do better with its software as its current ColorOS 2.0 is still based on Android 4.4 KitKat. While the Chinese smart phone players are getting better with its hardware and design, there’s lots of room to improve when it comes to delivering the latest Android updates.
When the OPPO N3 was announced, the display was downsized to a 5.5 incher from its initial 5.9″ size on the previous N1. To fill the phablet gap in their current offering, OPPO has announced its U3 which comes with a 5.9″ Full HD display that occupies 75% of its front.
Powering the device is a 64-bit MT6752 MediaTek 1.7GHz Octa-Core processor with 2GB of RAM and there’s also 16GB of storage which can be expanded with microSD. For the camera, unfortunately it doesn’t carry the anticipated 4X Optical Zoom as rumoured earlier on. Instead it settles for a 13MP Sony IMX214 camera, while the front gets a 5MP shooter that’s assisted by a soft illuminated flash. Keeping the device running is a 3,000mAh capacity battery.
Like its OPPO Find 7, the U3 also supports VOOC rapid charge and its 13MP camera is able to produce 50MP photos via PureImage 2.0+ resampling. It also supports dual-SIM (micro-SIM + Nano-SIM) and 4G LTE with both in standby. Overall it is 8mm thick and it weighs 195g which is quite heavy. Out of the box, it runs on its proprietary Color OS 2.0.1 that’s still based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. So far there’s no word of its pricing and its international availability.
Xiaomi has been quiet lately when it comes to its online flash sales. If you’ve been wanting to buy the Redmi Note 4G, it is available from Lazada Malaysia next Tuesday, 27th January at 12PM. The 4G enabled phablet is priced at RM589 and you can opt for cash on delivery as well as direct debit options as well.
To recap on the specs, the Redmi Note 4G has a 5.5″ HD 720p display and it runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 processor with 2GB of RAM. On-board it has 8GB of storage which is expandable up to 64GB. It retains the same 13MP + 5MP camera combination and juicing up the device is a 3,100mAh capacity battery.
For more info, head over to Lazada’s Redmi Note 4G page.
Thanks @KevinNgTK for the heads up!
WhatsApp Web is now live and ready to use on your desktop computer. This is made possible on Chrome and setting it up is as easy as scanning a QR code from your mobile device. In terms of availability, it currently works on Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, BlackBerry 10 and Nokia S60. Sorry iPhone users, it isn’t available due to platform limitation.
For this to work, make sure you’re having the latest WhatsApp version (Android: 2.11.498) and you’ll find a new “WhatsApp Web” option in the menu. If it doesn’t show up, it might take a while or you can try restarting your phone.
Samsung usually offers a couple of variants of its flagship models. It either comes with a mainstream Qualcomm Snapdragon unit or their in-house developed Exynos processor. According to a report by Bloomberg, Samsung is reported to have dropped plans of putting a Qualcomm processor in their upcoming Galaxy S6 that’s due in the next few months. The reason? Heat issues with the new Snapdragon 810 processor.
Apparently the new Qualcomm top of the line processor had overheated during Samsung’s tests, which prompts them to stick to their very own in house solution. From a business point of view, it also makes more sense for Samsung to support its own semi-conductor business instead of going to third parties like Qualcomm. The decision would affect Qualcomm negatively as Samsung is their 2nd biggest customer, contributing 12% of its total sales. In Malaysia, Samsung has already showed preference for its Exynos variants when it introduced its Galaxy Tab S and most recently its Galaxy Note 4.
Here’s an easier way of buying Huawei’s Ascend Mate 7 Premium high-spec model. Online store Vmall.my has started pre-orders for their flagship phablet which is price at RM1,999. Actual shipments of the device will start on 4th February, just in time for the upcoming Chinese New Year holidays.
The Ascend Mate 7 is quite a compelling device with a 6″ Full HD IPS display and it runs with a capable Hi-Silicon Kirin 925 1.8GHz Octa-Core processor. It gets a 13MP Sony BSI main + 5MP front camera, expandable microSD slot, Cat 6 4G LTE and a large 4,100mAh capacity battery. In addition, the Ascend Mate 7 also comes with a rear mounted fingerprint scanner which unlocks instantly in any direction. Out of the box, it runs on Android 4.4 with its own EMUI 3.0 interface.
The standard version with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage is priced at RM1,799, while the Premium high-spec version gets 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. In terms of colours, the Premium version is only available in Amber Gold, while the standard version comes in either Silver or Black. You can read the full details in our earlier Malaysian Ascend Mate 7 launch post.
It is quite surprising to see a Huawei device on VMall, as the online store had initially became Honor exclusive after the introduction of its Honor 6 and Honor Tablet. For more information, head over to VMall’s Ascend Mate 7 Premium product page.
The Mi Note marks Xiaomi’s entry in the flagship phablet category and it is obvious that the iPhone 6 Plus is their primary target. With its thinner and more compact dimensions than the iPhone 6 Plus, they also pride themselves of having a flush camera design that doesn’t stick out like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Because of this, they had released a video starring its President and Co-Founder Bin Lin with a frying pan and an iPhone 6 Plus. This was showed during the Mi Note launch at Beijing last week. Watch the video after the break.