This is what Project Ara would actually look like

Posted:  March 2, 2015   By:    1 comment   

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We’ve been hearing off and on about Google’s Project Ara but these dummy modules from Yezz mobile at MWC 2015 are a pretty strong hint as to what it might look like when the modular phones are ready to hit the market. We already know what Google has envisioned the phone to look like but it’s unlikely that all manufactured modules will be that uniform in looks, due to the modular nature of the Ara it would likely look like an aesthetic mess of components.

Yezz unfortunately hasn’t given any indication as to how many of these modules are proof of concept and market pricing and potential availability as well as information about the actual Ara phone are still a mystery for now.

We are in Barcelona for MWC 2015 so stay tuned for more information as it comes.

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HTC One M9: Impressive quality, incremental improvements, nothing special

Posted:  March 2, 2015   By:    11 comments   

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HTC took the covers off its latest flagship smartphone — the One M9 — but after numerous, very accurate leaks, it’s hard to get really excited about the device especially when I expected a lot more from it, based on the hype created by HTC. In this case, while the build up towards the M9’s launch was impressive, the device itself didn’t really meet my expectations but before we go into that, let’s talk about what the One M9 brings to the table.

The most luxurious smartphone experience
HTC’s goal when designing the M9 was to create the brand’s most beautiful and powerful smartphone ever. At least that’s what they want you to feel and to a certain extent, the M9 meets that description — it is beautiful and it is powerful. The hairline brushed metal finish is gorgeous to look at and in your hands, the device feels like fine jewelry, like it belongs in a display cabinet at Tiffany. This is not by chance, HTC engineers cut no corners in making sure that the M9 is the most stylish and well-built smartphone you can get. Each HTC One M9 takes 300 minutes to make, going over a 70-step process.

If that’s not detailed enough, at the end of this process, each One M9 is then finished by hand to produce a fine, jewelry grade, scratch-resistant finish. This makes the M9 a joy to hold, and with its dual-tone silver and rose gold coloured finish, you will want to hold the phone all day long to show off just how exquisite it is. I know I would and that’s how special the HTC One M9 is to look at.

Yes, the One M9 looks like the One M8 looks like the One M7 but that’s not such a bad thing considering the HTC One series has always been among the more tastefully design smartphones out there, so why change a good thing? I’m willing to overlook the fact that the brand new One M9 looks virtually identical to the One M8 that was released a year a go but I can’t understand why the M9 is incredible and impressive in some aspects but so incremental and flawed in areas where it matters. I wished that the HTC engineers spent more time in cramming as much tech as possible into the M9 as they did with designing a beautiful phone.

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Samsung Galaxy S6: A stunning flagship reboot

Posted:  March 2, 2015   By:    12 comments   

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Anticipation is running high for Samsung , which has been the flag bearer for Android smart phones. With mounting competition from affordable alternatives and Apple showing no signs of slowing down, Samsung is shaken to take a bold step to maintain its position.

They had taken necessary initiatives to shed its imitator image and to move up the premium game with the use of premium materials like they did with the Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy A series. For the next Galaxy, Samsung had embarked on a full reboot with what they call Project Zero.

Going back to the drawing board, the Korean smart phone maker aspires to create something new, with a fresh new slate aiming to set a whole new standard for smart phones. For the exterior, Samsung experimented with new manufacturing processes to create a fresh yet stylish design, while its internals are optimised to give a superior performance with help from its own Samsung subsidiaries.

The result, is the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and its display technology showcase model, the Galaxy S6 edge.

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The New HTC One M9 is here

Posted:  March 2, 2015   By:    1 comment   

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After heaps of contradicting teasers and leaks, we finally have the HTC One M9 in the flesh.

Turns out the majority of the leaked info about HTC’s latest flagship were actually quite spot on, with very minimal change in terms of design down to the point it looks almost identical to the One M8, which is a little disappointing considering there wasn’t that much innovation in terms of design.

What you’ll be getting is an aluminium unibody with a distinct dual-toned silver and rose gold finish, combined with a 5-inch 1080p display that’s flanked by HTC’s BoomSound speakers on the top and the bottom. There’s a few differences but they’re mostly subtle enough that you won’t spot them at first. The One M9 is a tad bit chubbier than the One M8 at 9.61 mm thick but it is tiny bit lighter than it’s predecessor.

More after the break.

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Need WiFi in your car? Huawei’s got you covered

Posted:  March 1, 2015   By:    2 comments   

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For those who really need their internet fix, Huawei‘s CarFi pretty much lets you have your WiFi in your car wherever you’re headed to.

The Huawei CarFi is a WiFi dongle that you can plug into your car to create a 4G LTE hotspot with a download speed of up to 150Mbps and 50Mbps upload with support for up to 10 devices simultaneously, for those long hauls across the country. Simply plug it in, slot in your SIM card and it handles the rest, but it looks like you probably have to use it in conjunction with Huawei’s HiLink App. It also has a handy USB slot which you can use to charge your devices so you won’t miss your car charger.

Since the theme is “where speed meets style” Huawei even made it fire-proof with a coating of carbon fiber which makes it look very sleek indeed though we do hope you’ll never need to put the fire proof aspect to the test. No idea when we will be getting it locally but it apparently will be priced at €149 (RM603).

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Huawei debuts two entry level smartphones the Y360 and Y635

Posted:  March 1, 2015   By:    1 comment   

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Two more additions to Huawei’s entry level family tree have surfaced at MWC, namely the Huawei Y635 and the Y360.

Generally speaking the Huawei Y635 looks set to be an entry-level 4G LTE phone while the Y360 will be it’s slightly more basic sibling.

The Huawei Y635 comes in at the 5 inch mark with a 854×480 resolution 195 ppi screen and sports a 1.2GHz quad-core processor under the hood as well as a rather healthy 2,000 mAh battery. It will also feature 4GB internal memory that’s extendable via microSD. There are a lot of similarities between the two smartphones but what sets the Y635 apart from it’s sibling is that has 1GB of RAM and is supposed to have Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box and that it will have 4G LTE capabilities.

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Huawei officially shows off its Android Wear smartwatch

Posted:  March 1, 2015   By:    1 comment   

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After accidentally teasing it on an airport ad and showing it off through some videos, we finally have the scoop on Huawei’s first ever Android Wear device and frankly, they look fantastic.

Huawei is definitely going for the premium look for both their wearables, including the Talkband B2 also launched today. The watch has a circular display and looks very similar to a classical luxury timepiece and sports a sapphire crystal screen as well as a stainless steel housing that’s apparently cold forged and 40% stronger than it’s non-cold forged counterparts. Users will have the choice between a metal or leather strap and the watch will be available in gold, silver and black.

The watch itself has a compact 42mm face and a standard 18mm lug width and will come with the usual bells and whistles that most smartwatches are associated with, including a heart rate monitor and fitness tracking as well as a 6-axis motion sensor and barometric sensor. It’s display will be a 1.4 inch AMOLED screen with a 400×400 screen resolution with 286 ppi and a 10:000:1 high contrast ratio. The watch face is also fully customizable, and as luck would have it, Huawei will be providing over 40 different watch faces with the Watch.

The Watch will be available sometime “in the middle of this year” in 20 countries which unfortunately doesn’t include Malaysia but Singapore will be getting it so it could be just a matter of time before it hits our market as well.

We are in Barcelona for MWC 2015 so stay tuned for more information as it comes.

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Huawei introduces the TalkBand N1 Bluetooth headset

Posted:  March 1, 2015   By:    No comments   

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Almost as if designed to give Samsung’s Gear Circle a run for it’s money, the Chinese company has also introduced the TalkBand N1 Bluetooth headset that’s aimed at the fitness market.

Aside from being well, a Bluetooth headset, the hardware is designed to provide some basic fitness tracking on top of having 4GB internal storage; that’s roughly equivalent to 1,000 songs. The TalkBand N1 has an inbuilt accelerator that will count the number of steps you take when synched up with the appropriate Android or iOS app which in turn will give you a rough estimate of calories burned. On top of that, they’re waterproof up to one meter, so you don’t have to worry about it getting wet on a run.

The TalkBand N1 will be retailing at  €119 (RM480) and it should be hitting the shelves internationally in a few months though we don’t quite know when yet. But for when it does show up, it will be available in gold, gray or metallic pink.

We are in Barcelona for MWC 2015 so stay tuned for more information as it comes.

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Huawei’s 2nd gen TalkBand looks stylish

Posted:  March 1, 2015   By:    No comments   

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Huawei’s updated TalkBand is definitely looking spiffy, and is a much needed upgrade to their unconventional if lackluster TalkBand B1.

The Huawei B2 looks like a smartwatch for the fashion conscious, that want a more stylish kind of smartwatch perched on their wrist and they’ve given it a few much needed tweaks as well.

The TalkBand B1 was a lot more chunky rubber than the B2, with more sophisticated angles and thinner by comparison, with a choice between black, silver or champagne gold. The first two colours come with a similar rubber strap but the champagne gold version will have a brown leather strap instead. Unlike it’s predecessor, the B2 now has a touch surface for navigation and will be able to swipe through screens to show the time, stopwatch, sleep tracker, pedometer and calorie monitoring, which essentially makes it more of a fancy fitness tracker than a smartwatch but we digress.

The earpiece has gotten a tweak too, now you can’t just pop it out direct from the case but rather you have to press two buttons to get it out, and you now have to plug your micro-USB straight into the smartwatch as they have removed the charging port on the strap. In terms of battery life the TalkBand B2 will give you about seven hours of talk time or five days as an activity tracker with Android and iOS compatibility. The TalkBand B2 will be coming to Malaysia soon, and the black and white standard versions of the smartwatch will retail for €169 (RM684) and €199 (RM805) for the premium gold version.

We are in Barcelona for MWC 2015 so stay tuned for more information as it comes.

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Microsoft accidentally outs two Windows Phones ahead of time

Posted:  March 1, 2015   By:    No comments   

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