The smart phone battleground has shifted to the affordable segment and Acer has joined the ring with its new Liquid X1. With the ambition of becoming a Top 5 smart phone brand in Taiwan, the Liquid X1 is packing decent specs for an affordable price of TWD$7,990, which is about RM842.
It gets a 5.7″ IPS HD 720p display and underneath, it runs on a 1.7GHz Octa-Core MediaTek MT6592 processor with 2GB of RAM which is a similar combination that’s powering the Redmi Note. On top of that, it also has 16GB of on-board storage, a microSD card slot, a 13MP f/1.8 main camera and a 2,700mAh capacity battery. For faster internet connectivity, the Liquid X1 also supports 4G LTE with speeds up to 150Mbps.
Samsung Mobile has released another teaser for its upcoming Galaxy Note 4. The new video emphasises on crafting using the S-Pen, to communicate beyond words. Earlier on, Samsung China had also released a similar pre-launch teaser which touches on communicating from the heart.
The Galaxy Note 4 will be launched in Berlin during the upcoming IFA 2014 which is happening on 3rd September. It’s S-Pen is the key differentiator in the Note series and they had also released a video highlighting the significance of handwriting over typing.
Check out the teaser video after the break.
Looks like Sony might have more things to show at the upcoming IFA 2014. Apart from its upcoming Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, here comes an official photo that reveals a smaller tablet and a new smart wearable device.
The photo above was spotted on Sony’s SmartBand Summer School page and it is alleged to be an 8″ tablet that could be called as the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Like its other tablets, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is water resistant and also seen here is a new smart watch as well.
To recap on the specs, the Oppo Neo 5 gets a 4.5″ display that does 854×480 resolution and it runs on a proven 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor that’s mated to 1GB of RAM and has 4GB of on-board storage. There’s also an expandable microSD slot supporting up to 32GB, a 5MP main camera and a front facing 2MP shooter. Out of the box, it runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with its own ColorOS running on top of it. Keeping the lights on is a 1,900mAh which gives it an overall weight of 132.5grams and a thickness of 9.2mm.
For more information, visit Oppo Malaysia’s Neo 5 product page.
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The LG G Watch is their first smart wearable device and the South Korean company is not letting the Moto 360 have all the attention. In a world where most smart watches are square in shape, LG has released a teaser indicating that they are introducing a round smart watch of their own at the upcoming IFA 2014 in Berlin.
For the Moto 360, it comes with a solid stainless steel frame that surrounds a circular display. Let’s see if LG can deliver a watch with full rounded display without the black gap at the bottom.
Watch the 30 second teaser after the break.
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 appears to be out now and authorised retailer SenHeng has started advertising the device for RM1,299. Malaysia is probably the first to have the Galaxy Mega 2 and it was earlier spotted on SIRIM and on Samsung’s Firmware release. As comparison, the previous Galaxy Mega (6.3) which came with 16GB storage was priced at RM1,599.
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 is listed with a 6″ HD TFT display, which is likely to be 1280×720 resolution that equates to 245ppi (pixels per inch) and powering the device is a Quad-Core 1.5GHz processor that’s mated to 1.5GB of RAM. It has 8GB of storage that’s expandable with microSD card and the back comes with a 8MP main camera. The rest of the hardware specs including processor type is still unknown and it isn’t listed yet on Samsung Malaysia website.
At the moment, SenHeng is running a promotion with Maybank credit cards. If you swipe with their card with Easy Payment Plan, you could get 1 month free instalment payment with 24 months duration and a free 10,000mAh powerbank as well as a dual car charger. More details over here.
Thanks to Hei Byran for the tip!
Samsung will be announcing the Galaxy Note 4 next month which marks the 4th generation of its popular high-end series. Many had tried to emulate the Note since its debut in 2011 but nothing has come close to its multi-functional S-Pen that has gotten better with every iteration.
With less than 2 weeks away from its Unpacked event, Samsung has released a teaser video highlighting the importance of writing. As the keyboards have dominated the way we communicate, Samsung strives to put your handwriting and drawing skills back to good use with its stylus.
Is the S-Pen mightier than the keyboard? We’ll find out soon enough on September 3rd. Watch the Galaxy Note 4 teaser video after the break.
If you’re using the HTC One M7, the latest Android 4.4.3 KitKat is rolling out now via OTA (Over the Air) update. The upgrade for last year’s flagship is quite quick considering its current One M8 was just updated several weeks ago.
With the file size of 605MB, it is advisable to download this using WiFi. If you haven’t gotten any notification yet, you can try checking manually under Settings > About > Software. Apart of having the latest Android 4.4.3 with security fixes, the new software update with the version number 6.13.707.1 also updates the Camera, Gallery and HTC Sync Manager.
Now they had acknowledged an issue affecting a small number of iPhone 5 that suffers shorter battery life and as a result it requires more charging than usual. They added that this only affected selected units that were purchased between September 2012 and January 2013.
If you’re facing similar issues, you can check if you qualify by entering your serial number over here. The serial number can be obtained under Settings > General > About. The battery replacement program will commence in Malaysia beginning next Friday, 29th August 2014 and you can send your phone to your nearest Apple Authorised Service Providers which can be located here. It is advisable to perform a full back up using iTunes or iCloud and then perform a full data wipe before sending your device in.
This isn’t the first time Apple has offered a replacement program. A few months back, Apple had admitted an issue with the power/wake button for the iPhone 5 and had also offered free replacement as well.
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Samsung will be unveiling their next big thing next month with the Galaxy Note 4. For those love taking pictures, the folks over at Sammobile has managed to get a scoop on its imaging capability.
According to their sources, the Galaxy Note 4 will be packing a 16MP sensor from Sony (IMX240) and it is enhanced with optical image stabilisation. Like the current flagship devices, it is capable of shooting 4K videos at 30fps and Full HD resolution at 60fps. For taking photos, it takes a maximum of 16MP in 16:9 aspect ratio or 12MP in 4:3.
With the growing trend of taking selfies, Samsung is finally bumping up its front facing camera to a 3.7MP unit that takes a higher WQHD (2K) resolution videos at 2560×1440.