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.
With 2 weeks away from the OPPO N3‘s big launch in Singapore, its camera continues to be teased again and this time there’s a demo video of its swivelling action. So far we can confirm that the N3 will feature a 16MP camera that’s based on a larger 1/2.3″ sensor. In terms of build quality, you can expect durable materials and it still retains the same phablet sized 5.9″ screen.
After having revealed its N3’s rotatable camera with a leather texture surface, here comes another teaser shot revealing a partial front view of the device. The metallic frame is visible and the front has a chiselled look. If you’re wondering what does the other side of the camera module looks like, check out teaser video after the break. It is quite similar with its current OPPO N1.
It seems that Malaysia is a gold mine for device manufacturers. We are seeing new brands coming in and, more and more frequently, brands are launching devices in Malaysia faster than many other markets (if you exclude Apple), so it’s no surprise that ZTE — one of the most prolific wireless telecommunications device manufacturers in the world will be launching five new devices for the Malaysian market.
With quality and affordability at the heart of the company’s philosophy, ZTE aims to provide Malaysians with what the brand believes are superior product offerings at affordable prices.
One of the five phones will be the STAR1, a 5-inch smart phone that features a full HD IPS LCD display (1080×1920 pixels, 441 ppi), LTE connectivity, 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB of on board storage. There’s also option to expand storage with microSD up to an additional 64GB. In terms of cameras, the STAR1 gets an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. The device runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat and is powered by a 2,300mAh battery.
ZTE says the STAR1 will be offered at an incredibly affordable price. The ZTE STAR1 will be launched alongside four other models with ranging specifications to accommodate the different consumer demands and budgets, including:
A quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon device with a 13MP camera
A quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek device with a 5-inch FWVGA (854×480) display
A 7.5mm thin device with octa-core 1.4GHz MediaTek processor and a 8MP camera
A dual-core 1.2GHz ultra affordable smart phone
ZTE’s announcement is happening next week and we’ll keep you posted on updates as it happens, so stay tuned.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is officially launched in Malaysia. Currently there is only one variant available, the N910C featuring an Exynos octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on board storage, the device will retail for RM2,499 and will be available from Friday 17th October. As an added incentive, you can get a Free Gear Circle bluetooth headset when you get the Galaxy Note 4 at the five Samsung roadshow venues nationwide.
N910C model that will be available in Malaysia comes with a 5.7-inch Quad-HD AMOLED display, an Exynos 1.9GHz Octa-Core Processor that’s mated to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage with expandable microSD slot (up to 128GB). It also gets a larger 16MP main camera with optical image stabilisation while selfie fans would be happy to know that its front camera gets a larger 3.7MP shooter with wide selfie mode. The battery is a slightly larger 3,220mAh capacity battery and it also gets a Fast Charging feature that does 0-50% in 30 minutes.
Check out our hands-on video and photos after the break. If you haven’t seen it yet, do check out our first impressions post.
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If you’re looking to get the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, you can give Senheng a try. The device is available from participating Senheng stores from October 17 onwards. We’ve been informed that stocks are limited so you’ll have to be quick if you want to get one. In addition, Senheng will throw in a dual-car charger worth RM69 for free with the Note 4 and you can also purchase the Hatchz 8,000mAh powerbank worth RM179 and Mocran tempered glass screen protector worth RM109 for RM199 as a purchase with purchase promo.
Senheng will also offer rebates when you trade-in the following devices for the Note 4:
Galaxy S4: RM432 rebate
Galaxy Note 2: RM323 rebate
Galaxy S3: RM242 rebate
Galaxy Note 3: RM666 rebate
The Galaxy Note 4 retails for RM2,499 and Malaysia is getting the Exynos variant, model number N910C, with an octa-Core processor (4x Cortex A53 cores at 1.3GHz + 4x Cortex A57 cores at 1.9GHz) that’s mated to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage. If you’re curious as how to the Samsung Exynos processor compares with other processors, check out the comparison here. Also, check out our hands-on and first impressions of the Galaxy Note 4 here.
More details of the upcoming OPPO N3 have been trickling in. Ahead of its global launch, OPPO’s CEO Tony Chen has revealed that the upcoming N3 will feature a larger 1/2.3″ camera sensor that’s capable of shooting 16MP pictures. Through his Weibo account, he mentions that the N3 promises superior imaging capabilities thanks to a bigger sensor. The main differentiator is definitely its swivelling camera, making this a capable selfie-centric device.
The 1/2.3″ sensor size is similar with Sony’s Xperia Z1, Z2 and Z3 which is larger than most smart phones that usually comes with a 1/3.06″ image sensor. Meanwhile both the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 cameras are having 1/2.6″ sensors.
Since the N3 would be OPPO’s high-end device for the next 6 months, the specs are speculated to include the latest Snapdragon 805 processor that’s mated with 3GB of RAM. Meanwhile the display is likely to retain the same 5.9″ Full HD screen as its current Oppo N1. We’ll find out more in 2 weeks time.
Google will be announcing its new Nexus smart phone with Android L which is expected to be called the Nexus 6. While the device isn’t announced officially yet, its video pre-roll ad has appeared online. Fortunately for us, somebody has managed to capture it before it was pulled down.
From a sequence shown above, it shows a large device with the new Android L icons below. The ad ends with “Android – be together. not the same”. During its playback, the ad is linked to a “Be Together Not the Same” page that’s obviously not working at the moment. Not sure what that means but we’ll find out soon enough.
Check out the video after the break.
When we hear Vertu, it’s not the phones that come to our minds first, because it’s not their highlight, but they do have it. The same can’t be said for Bentley however. Everyone, from all income groups, have heard the name of the infamous car brand, that’s known to be luxurious and extremely pricey.
These two luxury brands have formed a partnership months ago, with intention to create a series of luxury smartphones. The first, being named “Vertu for Bentley”, is an Android smartphone that is not only made of the finest materials (like every other Vertu phone), but also running on considerably high specs. The device will feature the Bentley brand, with their logo just at the bottom of the screen.
Material wise, Vertu phones have always been made of interesting and expensive materials. Vertu for Bentley does not fall short of that high Vertu standard. It begins with the device’s housing, made of quilted calf leather that highlights Bentley’s all-time Newmarket Tan. Another coupled material is titanium, that’s masterfully knurled with diamonds to give a tactile finish, and a ceramic pillow to give off that sleek finish that a Bentley has.