The Surface Pro 3 is now officially in Malaysia and Microsoft is calling it the tablet that can replace your laptop. It is available now with a choice of 5 configurations and the pricing are as follows:
Core i3, 4GB RAM + 64GB Storage – RM2,729
Core i5, 4GB RAM + 128GB Storage – RM3,299
Core i5, 8GB RAM + 256GB Storage – RM4,199
Core i7, 8GB RAM + 256GB Storage – RM4,999
Core i7, 8GB RAM + 512GB Storage – RM6,779
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is their first metal smart phone in the Galaxy line up that are running with Android OS. However this isn’t the first time Samsung has made metal device. They have shared on their global blog that Samsung has been making metal phones way back since 2006.
According to their designers, the Galaxy Alpha was inspired by their Samsung Card Phone (SGH-P310) that’s thin and comfortable to hold. To match the same characteristics, Samsung had turned to metal and the result is their thinnest Android smart phone at 6.7mm and it’s also lightweight at 115 grams. As comparison, the iPhone 5S weighs 112 grams and it is 7.6mm thick.
It is a busy time for smart wearables and Samsung has announced its Gear S, its first ever standalone smart watch that comes with 3G connectivity. Unlike its previous Gear Smart Watches, the Gear S has a 3G SIM slot underneath which lets you make calls and SMS.
If you like the display on the Gear Fit, you’ll be pleased to know that the Gear S comes with a 2″ curved AMOLED display that does 480×360 pixels resolution which is probably the highest for a smart watch currently. Powering the device is a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and it runs on Tizen OS like its predecessor. Also built-in is a heart rate sensor, barometer and even a UV sensor as well.
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LG didn’t want to wait until next week’s IFA 2014 and they have announced its LG G Watch R, its answer to the Moto 360. The design looks pretty good and it blends in like a normal day to day watch without shouting that its smart. This is their second Android Wear device after its original LG G Watch.
While the Moto 360 is a looker with its thick steel frame and round display, we are not fond of its black band at the bottom of the screen. The folks of LG seems to have a better technical know-how and managed to deliver a full active round display on the G Watch R. It does look premium with a stainless steel frame and has a classy looking bezel.
ASUS is introducing a smart watch and its called the ZenWatch. After showing a teaser sketch yesterday, they have just released a teaser video which shows short glimpse of the ZenWatch design. We probably can expect some premium touches like brush aluminium surfaces like its premium feeling ZenBook series.
The only thing left unanswered is its specs and its price. Word has it that ASUS might be undercutting the competition with a lower tag and hopefully it could be as cheap and cheerful like its ZenFone line up. Enjoy the teaser video after the break.
The Nokia Lumia Cyan Update roll out is now complete as it has finally arrived on the Lumia 620, Lumia 720 and Lumia 820 in Malaysia. This brings all of its previous Windows Phone 8 devices up to speed with the current Windows Phone 8.1.
Among some of the new features include a revamped home screen with transparent tiles, gesture based Word Flow keyboard and Action Centre. The update should be pushing to Malaysian units now and if you haven’t gotten it yet, you can try checking manually under Setting > Phone update.
To get to know the new features of Windows Phone 8.1, watch the official hands-on after the break.
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Altel, a telco under subsidiary Puncak Semangat has launched a bold campaign to create a mobile plan that you really want. They have just kicked off a new site called Altelnativ.my where they want to hear your grouses of your current provider so that they can come out with a solution to ease your pain.
At the moment, the site is nothing but a simple questionnaire of your current telco experience but they will be introducing a forum soon. Altelnativ acts as a sharing platform and they are giving incentives for active forum members that contribute. Is this going to be all talk? or is Altel actually taking action to create probably the first crowd source mobile plan in Malaysia? We’ll see if this materialises when the forum is up.
For more information, head over to Altelnativ‘s website.
LG will be taking on the Moto 360 with a round smart watch of their own. To give a peek of its new wearable device, LG has just posted a new teaser image showing off its more traditional watch design.
The new device is said to be called as the LG G Watch R and it is likely to be running on the same Android Wear operating system as its current rectangular G Watch. It will be officially revealed at the upcoming IFA 2014 which is happening next week. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check out its earlier video teaser after the break.
The fast pace of technology has changed the way we consume content. With the growing internet penetration for both home and mobile, demand for online content is set to grow whether its social, application, music or music.
As more people are switching to online, there’s still a gap when it comes to local content. Most of the content consumed are from overseas and there’s a huge untapped opportunity for our budding local content makers. To instil interest and awareness of content development, the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is organising KL Converge, a 3 day event that’s happening on 17 to 19 September at KL Convention Centre.
Faster 4G LTE connectivity shouldn’t be limited to flagship models and HTC is joining the bandwagon of offering affordable 4G smart phones with its new Desire 510. The Desire 510 is a notch below its current RM999 Desire 610 and it comes with a 4.7″ FWVGA (854×480) display and a Quad-Core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 processor mated to 1GB of RAM.
There’s 8GB of storage on board which can be expanded with microSD cards up to 128GB capacity. For taking pictures, it settles for a basic 5MP camera and a front facing VGA unit. Juicing up the Desire 510 is a removable 2,100mAh capacity battery and it runs on the current Android 4.4 KitKat with the latest Sense 6 UI. Being an entry-level device, it lacks HTC’s signature BoomSound stereo speakers and goes for a standard rear mounted loudspeaker. Overall it weighs 158 grams and it is 9.99mm thick.
In terms of availability, the Desire 510 will be sold in selected European markets, Asia and partner telcos in the US. The Desire 510 polycarbonate body comes with a choice of Terra White and Meridian Grey colours. There’s no pricing for the device yet but it is likely to be priced below RM900 once it arrives here. If you’re looking for a really affordable 4G LTE device, Oppo Malaysia recently has announced the Neo 5 which is priced at RM598.