The 7.9″ Retina Display that does 326ppi (pixels per inch) is still the same and it retains the same size and weight as the previous iPad mini with Retina Display, which is now known as the iPad mini 2. Don’t expect any performance improvements with this one as it is powered by the same A7 chip with a M7 motion co-processor like the previous iPad mini and iPad Air.
Aside from the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9, the other big thing Google revealed earlier today was, arguably, the most interesting. It’s the Nexus Player and it is the first device running Google’s new Android TV platform.
Essentially, think of the Nexus Player like a media player but instead of running on Android that’s designed for smartphones and tablets, the Nexus Player gets a dedicated OS that promises to deliver a more customised TV-viewing experience. Developed by ASUS together with Google, the Nexus Player allows you to stream content — stream music, movies, and TV shows — and play Android games on it. You can also mirror your Android smartphone display with the Nexus Player which makes it a real multi-talented media player.
Accompanying the Nexus Player is a minimalist remote with a built-in microphone for voice search. Google says, you can also play casual Android game with the remote. There’s also a gamepad that goes along with the Nexus Player but this is sold separately and is probably reserved for the more serious gamer. It also looks like there’s an option to link up to four controllers to the player. We’re not sure if you can link other controllers — a PS4 gamepad for example — to the Nexus Player but it would be good if you could because that would mean you’re not tied to the one dedicated gamepad for the Nexus Player.
The Nexus Player includes 8GB of internal storage and there’s support for the latest 802.11ac WiFi standard. If you want one, you’ll have to get a friend in the US to get one for you. The Nexus Player is only available via Google Play Store and sells from US$99 (about RM326). The game controller will set you back US$39 (about RM128). The Nexus Player will be available to preorder on Friday through the Google Play Store. Full details here.
So what do you think? Better than an Apple TV?
The Mi Router with 1TB storage isn’t the only gadget that’s heading to Malaysia. A quick check on our local SIRIM database reveals a new Xiaomi smart phone with 4G LTE and 802.11ac WiFi has been certified locally. Carrying the model number 2014715, we can’t be 100% sure if this is the Mi 4 or its affordable Redmi Note 4G.
A quick check on TEENA database (China’s SIRIM equivalent) reveals that its Mi 4 smart phone models carry the 201421X model number while its Redmi Note 4G models are having 201402X model numbers. Malaysia isn’t the only one having this incoming model as our southern neighbours in Singapore have spotted both the 2014715 device and the R1D Mi Router on their certification database as well.
When it comes to 4G devices, only the Redmi Note 4G has support for FDD-LTE that’s compatible with our local 4G LTE standards. Their flagship Mi 4 and Redmi 1S 4G variants only supports TDD-LTE that’s being used in China and India. So with that, it is highly likely that Xiaomi is bringing in the Redmi Note 4G edition to Malaysia.
The Nexus 6 ticks all the right boxes if you’re looking for a high-spec device. The front gets a 5.96″ Quad HD AMOLED display that’s accompanied with a pair of front stereo speakers. Underneath it gets a mighty 2.7GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB RAM. There’s an option for 32GB or 64GB of storage which unfortunately is non-expandable.
For taking pictures, you’ll be delighted to know that it gets a 13MP f/2.0 shooter that comes with Optical Image Stabiliser while selfie shots are handled by a 2MP front unit. Keeping the Nexus 6 running for its rated 24 hours of usage is a 3,220mAh capacity battery.
UPDATE: Maxis reveals its Galaxy Note 4 plans from RM1,699.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be on sale starting tomrorow and if you’re planing to get one with Maxis, it will be offered from RM1,699 with its MaxisOne Plan. Based on past offers, the RM1,699 bundle price is likely to be tied with 24 months contract of MaxisOne Plan of RM128/month. Outright, the Galaxy Note 4 is priced at RM2,499 for the Exynos N910C version that comes with 32GB of storage.
The Gear Circle wireless bluetooth headset (worth RM299) will be given out for free to the first 100 people that signs up with them at their roadshow. Samsung will be organising 5 Galaxy Note 4 roadshow events starting tomorrow and the Maxis booth will be present at Sunway Pyramid Blue Concourse Area beginning tomorrow 17th October until 19th October.
If you have registered your interest earlier, they will be offering additional early bird privileges.
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The affordable Honor 6 with high-spec internals is going on sale today exclusively through its online store, VMall.my. The Octa-Core smart phone with Cat 6 4G LTE is priced at RM999 and it will be available exactly 11:58AM today (16th October) to those who have pre-booked earlier.
Delivery for the Honor 6 Black colour unit will commence next week on 21st October. Also available for purchase are add-on accessories such as in-ear headphones from RM68 or its Ultra-Thin Power Bank at RM148.
To recap on the specs, the Honor 6 is quite an compelling device for its price with a 5″ Full HD display and it runs on a 1.7GHz Octa-Core Hi-Silicon Kirin 920 processor that’s mated to 3GB of RAM. Taking pictures are handled by a 13MP Sony BSI camera and there’s also front facing 5MP camera, 16GB of expandable storage and a decent sized 3,100mAh capacity battery.
If you’ve registered and can’t wait to get one, head over to VMall.my before 11:58AM.
HTC has been a pioneer when it comes to Android devices. Not only they were the ones who made the first Nexus smart phone but they were also among the first to come out with a premium Android tablet with the HTC Flyer. Now with the Nexus 9, HTC is finally back in the game with tablet that’s not only high in spec but also premium to touch and use. The bezels are thin and it also gets brushed metal sides while the back gets a soft grip finish with subtle curves.
Like the number suggests, the Nexus 9 is a 9″ tablet (8.9″ IPS LCD to be precise) and it does a more squarish 4:3 display aspect ratio like the iPad mini and the Xiaomi Mi Pad. Resolution wise, it pushes a similar 2048×1536 pixels that does a respectable 287 ppi (pixels per inch). In front, it is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and like what you would expect from HTC, is the inclusion of its BoomSound front stereo speakers.
As the Nexus smart phone numbering gets bigger, so does the size. The latest Nexus 6 is a 6″ monster that’s developed together with Motorola and it runs on the very latest Android 5.0 Lollipop. The exterior bears a lot of similarities with the latest Moto X but underneath it gets the ultimate 2.7GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM and it comes with a choice of 32GB or 64GB storage capacities.
The front 5.96″ Quad HD AMOLED display pushes 493 ppi (pixels per inch) and it is toughen with Gorilla Glass 3. Like the latest Moto models, it also gets a front pair of stereo speakers while taking pictures are handled by its 13MP f/2.0 camera that’s enhanced with Optical Image Stabilisation. Illumination for the main camera is provided by a ring shaped twin LED flash that’s also found on the Moto X. Meanwhile the front gets a modest 2MP camera for selfies.
Android L is now officially known as Android 5.0 Lollipop. This marks the next release of Google’s platform which covers from smart watches to smart phones, tablets and onto the big screen. Regardless of what Android device from different brands you’re on, the new update promises better continuity, making it easier to pick up from where you left off. So this explains its latest theme, be together, not the same.
Some of the major changes including its new Material Design, that’s more fluid regardless of what screen you’re on. In terms of performance, Android is switching its runtime from Dalvik to ART which promises better performance that can scale up with the latest multi-core processors.
Android L, the next version of Android is expected to be released very soon. Google themselves have released a video teasing what the next candy or confectionery version after KitKat could be. If you’re still guessing, someone has managed to spot a line of code on Android.com which indicates that Android L could end up being called Lollipop.
Apart from having a new operating system, Google will be continuing its Nexus line up with the introduction of Nexus 6 phablet by Motorola and a Nexus 9 tablet by HTC. After seeing leaked photos of the Nexus 6, serial leaker @evleaks has sprung into action, revealing the official press render as shown above. Like its current Moto X, it gets dual-front stereo speakers and the 5.9″ display dominates a large area of the front. This would mark the first Nexus phablet and it is said to be pushing an ultra high Quad HD resolution of 2560×1440 pixels.
Meanwhile the Nexus 9 is seen to be a performance beast with an updated 64-bit Tegra K1 chipset that could be mated with 4GB of RAM. Rumour has it that reveal of the Android L along with the new Nexus devices could be a low key affair with just a simple announcement online.
Watch the Android L teaser video after the break.