Let’s face it, no matter how many times Hugo Barra calls the Xiaomi Mi4i a “flagship” smartphone, it’s not. The Mi4i lacks the raw power and many advance features that are present in what we consider flagship phones, like the iPhone 6, and the Galaxy S6. But that doesn’t mean you should discount the Mi4i as just another cheap phone from China, because the Mi4i is not just another cheap phone from China.
Despite the competitive pricing, the engineers and designers at Xiaomi looked into every detail to ensure that the Mi4i delivers a performance and user experience that belies its bargain basement asking price, it probably is the most advanced smartphone you can get for under RM800 and here’s why.
It has been a while since Samsung announced a high-end tablet and its next model, the Galaxy Tab S2 could be the thinnest tablet yet at only 5.5mm. At the moment, that title is being held by the Dell Venue 8 7000 at 6.0mm and as comparison, the Galaxy S6 is currently 6.8mm thick.
According to serial leakster @OnLeaks, the Galaxy Tab S2 will have the dimensions of 237.17mm x 169.58mm x 5.5mm, which is more compact and thinner than the current Galaxy Tab S at 6.6mm. He also added that the new high-end tablet will have a Galaxy S6 inspired design, so you can probably expect a metal frame with glass both front and back.
In terms of specs, the Galaxy Tab S2 is likely to feature its current performance king Exynos Octa 7 processor as the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. For the display, similar to its Galaxy Tab A series, it would be having an iPad-like 4:3 display aspect ratio, which is the current trend adopted by newer Android tablets.
Looks like the ASUS ZenFone 2 isn’t going to be the only phone with huge RAM as Lenovo has announced that they are outputting the Lenovo K80, with the same amount of RAM.
The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are Samsung’s first flagship devices that come without a removable battery and a microSD slot. For Malaysia, we are only getting the 32GB capacity version which some consumers have complained that’s too little.
If you’ve been holding out from buying the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, word has it that Samsung could be bringing its larger 64GB option after all. However do expect to pay more for the added storage. According to a tipster, the Galaxy S6 64GB would be priced at RM3,099 while the Galaxy S6 edge 64GB will be priced even more at RM3,599. As comparison, the current Galaxy S6 and S6 edge in 32GB capacity are priced at RM2,599 and RM3,099 respectively. So in short, you’re paying RM500 extra for double the storage.
From the looks of it, that’s a lot to pay for just 32GB extra considering Apple charges about RM424 for a 48GB jump from 16GB to 64GB with its post-GST pricing. However this is partly due to Samsung’s Universal Flash Storage 2.0 that performs much faster than other eMMC 5.0 based storage. So far we dont know when it is going on sale but we are told that it is coming soon.
If you have RM3,099 at hand, would you go for a 64GB Galaxy S6 or a 32GB Galaxy S6 edge?
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Teased repeatedly before the New Delhi launch by Xiaomi over their twitter, the China giant’s mysterious global Mi phone is none other than the Xiaomi Mi4i, which is the cheaper, more plastic sibling of the Mi4.
LG’s wearable will also become available in Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, Ireland, India, Italy, Spain, Japan as well as the UK and the US later this month.
Samsung Malaysia is releasing their first range of tablets for 2015 with the arrival of the Galaxy Tab A. Unlike the past tablets from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab A series is now going for a squarish 4:3 display aspect ratio like the iPad instead of the usual 16:9 wide screen display.
From its launch in Russia and most recently in the US, the Galaxy Tab A will come in 2 sizes – a compact 8″ and a 9.7″ size. Both are having similar processors, with a 64-bit Quad-Core Snapdragon 410 but the 9.7″ gets 2GB RAM while the smaller 8″ unit settles for 1.5GB. There’s 16GB of on-board storage but you can expand with microSD up to 128GB extra. For the US market, Samsung is throwing additional 100GB of OneDrive storage for 2 years, which is similar to the Galaxy S6.
For taking pictures, it gets a 5MP main and 2MP front camera and out of the box, it runs on the latest Android 5.0 with TouchWiz on top. Both models are available in WiFi and 4G LTE models and keeping the lights on is a 4,200mAh battery on the 8″ and 6,000mAh capacity unit on the full sized 9.7″ version. Probably the biggest let down would be the display, as it settles for a lower 1024 x 768 resolution. How well does it all hold together? We’ll find out next week as the local media event is happening on 29th April. Stay tuned for further details on the Galaxy Tab A for our Malaysian market.
The new device could be the Mi 4i which was spotted recently in benchmarks and Singapore’s IDA certification body. From what is known so far, the device is likely to be a international version of the Mi 4 but it carries a lower spec hardware of a Snapdragon 615 Octa-Core processor with 2GB of RAM. If priced competitively, this could be a compelling mid-range smart phone.
Like previous Xiaomi launches, they could have extra surprises as well. Who knows they might just reveal its new Redmi Note successor that’s rumoured to come with a Full HD display.
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28th April will be a big day for HTC as they will be holding an event to reveal its latest flagship for the Malaysian market. While we expect the HTC One M9 to appear officially in Malaysia, its other new flagship device, the HTC One M9+ was recently spotted on SIRIM.
HTC Malaysia could be quite literal when it hinted its upcoming event to be “More Than One”.
Xiaomi will be announcing a new global phone this Thursday but here in Malaysia, there are 2 new smart phones being spotted in our local SIRIM database. As promised by Xiaomi, the Mi Note is heading for Malaysia in Q2 and it has just passed certification with the model number 2015011. It supports dual-SIMs and most importantly it supports our local 1800MHz/2600MHz 4G LTE bands. The same device was also spotted in Singapore’s IDA database with the marketing name “Mi Note”.
Meanwhile the 2nd device with the model 20140215 is none other than the Mi 4 3G version. Which is quite surprising considering Xiaomi mentions that they have no plans to bring the Mi 4 due to lack of full 4G LTE support especially the 2600MHz band that’s widely used in Malaysia.