Sony has started 2012 with a bang with its line up of Sony NXT series. The Sony Xperia S which was first announced in January broke new grounds with its 4.3” display that pushes a high 1280×720 resolution. That’s a massive 342 ppi (pixels per inch) which was the highest pixel density at that time. It also marks Sony’s foray into dual-core processors and its refreshed mobile brand that dropped the “Ericsson” name.
When the Xperia S was launched, its other cousin the Xperia ion which is Sony’s first LTE device was only available at selected markets. Fast forward 8 months later, the Xperia ion is finally available for Malaysia that now comes in international HSPA+ variant. Read on to find out more of this Xperia S’s bigger brother.
In an ever changing environment, hybrid devices have been appearing in all sorts of shapes and sizes. When companies tried to combine the tablet and phone, we’ve seen phones that try to mimic a tablet and tablets that come with phone functionality. There’s no standard formula of converging the 2 together but ASUS has taken a radical approach in offering phone, tablet and “notebook” form factor in a single integrated solution.
The result is the ASUS PadFone which is their next evolution following its success of the ASUS Transformer tablet series. The Eee Pad transformer tablets is probably today’s best example of a seamless tablet + keyboard form factor which started the wave of hybrid tablet designs in the market.
Now let’s get right into this unique 3-in-1 hybrid phone tablet hardware.
The newly available Samsung Galaxy Note II is by some margin, the best Android device in the market right now. Here’s a quick look at some of the interesting features of the device which is demonstrated with a hands-on video.
Retailing at RM2,299, the Galaxy Note II comes with a massive 5.5″ HD Super AMOLED display, a quad-core 1.6GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and the unit we are getting comes with 16GB of storage. While the device has gone bigger in screen size with top spec hardware, the Galaxy Note II comes with additional new features that makes the large screen and stylus combo more productive.
Among the new features include a new enhanced S-Pen with AirView, Smart Rotation and multi-view support which lets you view 2 apps side by side. It also inherited the new features from the Galaxy S III such as Smart Stay and various gesture based actions.
Do watch this space as we will be having an in-depth review soon.
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Being a middle child usually comes with its own dilemma. This is what the HTC One S faces when it was launched in Malaysia. The big brother HTC One X has being in the spotlight as the flagship product while the HTC One V is a lower entry device that rides on the popular iconic design of earlier HTC models.
Despite being a betweener device with 4.3″ display, the HTC One S still has something to shout about. It is the thinnest HTC smart phone yet at only 7.8mm. While the big brother One X uses polycarbonate plastic, it uses aluminium just like the smaller HTC One V. So does the One S stand a chance of being a recommended device from the line up? Read on to find out.
In the past 2 years, the Android smart phone players are getting obsessed with having the biggest screen, the most core processor and the thinnest dimensions. We are seeing more brands jumping onto the dual-core bandwagon with screens being upsized beyond the standard 4.3”, which was considered huge back then.
Sony which is formerly known as Sony Ericsson in particular hasn’t been keeping up with such trend with the former flagship the Xperia arc S running on a single core 1.4 Ghz processor and still having a moderate sized 4.2” display. Despite that, there’s still one thing that stands out from Sony, and it is the design of their phones.
Early this year, Sony has revealed its new Sony Xperia NXT series of handsets with the Xperia S. It was also the first Android smart phone under the new Sony Mobile branding, after Sony has acquired full ownership over Sony Ericsson. It is interesting to note that Sony retains its familiar “s & e” slimeball logo with the new brand.
Huawei doesn’t really come top of mind when it comes to Android smart phones as they have better known for its entry level models. Of course Huawei has got bigger plans and they won’t want to stay in the value segment for long. At CES, Huawei surprised the industry with its ultra slim Ascend P1 S and at MWC, they have revealed their quad core smart phone, the Ascend D Quad.
Recently we we’re given the opportunity to try out their mid-tier device, the Huawei Honor. Read on to find out how does the Huawei Honor perform and if it is any good.
Everything is going 3D these days. We have the latest movies available in 3D and TVs from most brands are having 3D on their flagship models. Now 3D comes to smart phones and they have finally arrived in Malaysia.
How does 3D work on a smart phone? Is it just a mere gimmick? We’ve given the opportunity to review the latest 3D smart phone from LG – the LG Optimus 3D. Read on to learn our findings.
Android smart phones today are getting slicker and powerful but it is often limited to manufacturer’s flagship models. While there are more cheap and cheerful Androids today, they tend to sacrifice in terms of design and aesthetics. What if there’s something sleek without burning a hole in your pocket? That’s where LG aims to offer with its Optimus Black. Read on for the full review.
The HTC Incredible S was launched in Malaysia just few months ago, about the same time as the Nexus S. Priced just slightly below the RM2000 mark, the Incredible S looks rather attractive considering it looks like a smaller sibling to its larger Desire HD.
Apart from the screen size which differentiates the Desire HD’s 4.3″ from the Incredible S’s 4.0″, the difference lies with the internals. First up, the Incredible S has a larger 1450mAh battery compared to the Desire HD’s 1230mAh which on paper should provide longer battery life. The screen on the Incredible S is a better S-LCD variant and it is also said to be using toughen Gorilla Glass. There’s also a front facing 1.3MP camera but video calls are not supported on the Incredible S.
The rest of the hardware features are rather similar as it also runs on 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 single core processor and a generous 768MB of RAM. Internally, the Incredible S has 1.1GB of storage which is 400MB less than the Desire HD. At time of review, the Incredible S runs on Android 2.2 Froyo but its upcoming Android 2.3 Gingerbread update should be available by now.
As previewed several months back, the Android Mini Collectibles Series 2 is finally here in Malaysia. The TakenShop is an authorised online retailer in Malaysia where you can order these collectibles locally without incurring expensive international freight charges.
For the collectibles, you are able to purchase random individual pieces at RM32/each while a complete box set is sold at RM465. The individual pieces are completely random and you won’t know know which design you’ll get. For serious collectors, you are guaranteed to get 11 of the base designs in the complete box set with some of them repeated like the Greeneon, Bluebot, Hexcode and IceBerg. The fun however doesn’t stop there as there’s a mystery design in every box set. We are told that there are 3 mystery designs in total. Read on for the full unboxing.