Longing for the latest Nexus 9 tablet with Android 5.0 Lollipop? You can buy one in Malaysia thanks to DirectD which has been quick enough to offer grey import units locally. At the moment, they are only offering the WiFi version and the 16GB capacity unit is priced at RM1,459.
The recently introduced Nexus 9 is an 8.9″ tablet that’s manufactured by HTC. The display pushes a 2048×1536 resolution in 4:3 aspect ratio that’s similar to the iPad mini and Xiaomi Mi Pad. It is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and like other HTC devices, it also has a pair of front firing Boom Sound stereo speakers.
This year Malaysians have witness the invasion of Chinese brands in our local smart phone scene. Before the year is out, another Chinese maker, Meizu is finally arriving in Malaysia officially with its MX4 smart phone. This 5.36″ flagship device will be priced at RM1,099 for its 16GB version and it comes with a choice of 3 colours – Grey,Silver and Gold.
Lazada will be one of their online retail channels and pre-orders are expected to happen very soon ahead of its 28th November 2014 release. Meizu is distributed locally by Blue Kor Sdn Bhd and recently they have just started their Meizu Malaysia Facebook page.
Just recently WhatsApp has added a new feature which let users know if their message was read by their recipients. Represented by double blue ticks, a number of people have frown upon such feature which claims to have adverse effects on relationships.
Now it seems that WhatsApp is taking these complaints seriously. In their latest update for Android (WhatsApp version 2.11.444), there is now a setting that lets you opt out from sending Read Receipts.
The HTC Desire EYE won’t be the only HTC device that’s coming to Malaysia. It’s Re Camera is heading here too as it gets spotted in our local SIRIM certification database. Re is basically HTC’s answer to the GoPro but it is designed for the regular joe that uses it more for selfies and casual action shots.
The Re Camera was announced last month and it is shaped like a mini periscope for a natural handheld experience. There’s nothing much to mess around as you’ll get a big button at the back while its microUSB charging and microSD slots are placed at the bottom.
The ZenWatch is ASUS first smart wearable device that’s powered by Android Wear. If you’re thinking of getting one for your wrist, ASUS Malaysia is expected to bring this to our local market by early 2015.
Announced during IFA 2014, the ZenWatch incorporates some of its Zen design philosophy with the use of stainless steel frame that wraps around its slightly curved display. To withstand day to day abuses, the front display is toughen with Gorilla Glass and it is water resistant as well. For that contemporary look, the ZenWatch comes with a leather strap which is user replaceable to suite your personality.
The 4G enabled Redmi Note is going to be announced in Malaysia very soon. Following its recent announcement in Singapore, Mi Malaysia Facebook page has posted a similar teaser of their upcoming phone with faster connectivity.
In terms of sales availability, we reckon it is likely to happen probably within a week from its announcement. To stand a chance of getting one without the mad rush, Mi Malaysia is also giving away 10 F-Codes to those who share and guessed the product correctly. The upcoming device will be revealed exactly 3PM on Monday, 17th November. Coincidentally, Xiaomi will also open its first exclusive service centre at Low Yat Plaza on the same day.
The Redmi Note 4G is priced at S$229 in Singapore which converts to RM592 in our local currency. In terms of specs, the exterior looks the same as the current dual-SIM 3G Redmi Note with a 5.5″ HD 720p display. Underneath however you’ll get a Quad-Core 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor that’s mated to 2GB of RAM and it also comes with 8GB of storage. The cameras are the same with a 13MP main camera and a front facing 5MP shooter for selfies.
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Priced at RM999, the Ascend G7 is a mid-spec 4G LTE device with upmarket aspirations. To recap on the specs, it features a 5.5″ HD 720p display and it runs on a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 410 processor that’s mated to 2GB of RAM. On-board it has 16GB of on-board storage which can be expanded via microSD. Similar with the Ascend Mate 7, it also has a 13MP Sony BSI camera and a front facing 5MP unit.
Huawei Malaysia has officially announced its new Ascend Mate 7 phablet which will be available starting tomorrow 14th November. There are 2 variants available, the standard version with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage is priced at RM1,799 while its higher-spec premium version (3GB RAM with 32GB storage) is priced at RM1,999. In terms of colours, the standard Ascend Mate 7 will be available in either Moonlight Silver or Obsidian Black, while the Premium unit is only available in Amber Gold.
To recap on the specs, the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 is quite a beast with a 6″ Full HD IPS Neo display and it runs on their own Hi-Silicon Kirin 925 Octa-Core processor. It also gets a 13MP Sony BSI camera and a front facing 5MP camera. With power users in mind, Huawei is packing a generous serving of 4,100mAh capacity battery and it supports a faster Cat 6 4G LTE connectivity. Build wise it feels upmarket with its metal body and despite its large screen and battery capacity, it feels slightly bigger than the Galaxy Note 4. Out of the box, it runs on Android 4.4 KitKat with their latest EMUI 3.0.
One of the key highlight is its single touch finger print scanner that’s mounted at the back. Unlike other fingerprint scanners that require swiping motion or pressing of a home button, the fingerprint scanner on the Mate 7 can unlock immediately upon recognised touch thanks to its higher 508ppi (pixels per inch) scanner. This allows you to unlock with your fingerprint in any direction even with wet fingers. For better peace of mind, Huawei is offering one year one-on-one swap policy for Ascend Mate 7 owners. As an added bonus, they are also giving a free smart cover worth RM128.
You can compare the specs of the Ascend Mate 7 versus other flagship smart phones over here. Check out our hands-on photos after the break.
Google’s Nexus devices will be receiving its Lollipop treat starting today. The Android 5.0 update covers the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. This came shortly after the Lollipop update announcements were made for non-nexus smart phones like the Moto G (2014) and LG G3.
If you’re using one of these devices, it should be arriving shortly via OTA (Over the air) update. Alternative if you can’t wait, you could flash it manually with the official images which can be downloaded from Google’s Developer site. Take note that this requires some technical know-how and it is recommended to backup all your files before proceeding with the update.
The Honor 6 is probably one of the best phones priced under RM1,000. If you’re looking for something cheaper, the Honor 3C Lite is coming to Malaysia very soon. This is basically a refreshed version of its cheap and cheerful Honor 3C that was priced at RM499.
Despite its “Lite” monicker, the Honor 3C Lite still has a 5″ IPS 720p HD display and it runs on a 1.3GHz Quad-Core MediaTek MT6582 processor that’s similar with the Honor 3C. It gets just 1GB of RAM but storage wise, it could be packing 16GB of storage, assuming if we are getting the same spec as Russia. If you need more, there’s a microSD expansion slot and like its predecessor, it will support dual-SIMs on 3G.