Just when you thought Chinese smart phone maker Gionee is going crazy thin with its 5mm smart phone, check out what Vivo is up to now. In a pursuit for absolute slimness, Vivo is reported to be making a super thin device that’s slimmer than 4mm. That’s like stacking 2 of the latest 50 sen coins together.
Apart from our 4 telcos in Malaysia, Yes, the 4G WiMAX operator is also offering the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on contract. The 5.7″ phablet is priced at RM2,499 outright and it can be yours from as low as RM799.
Unlike the typical telco contracts, the package from Yes is a little different. The contract on offer is actually for its Yes Huddle XS MiFi which comes in either 8GB (RM128/month) or 10GB (RM158/month) monthly subscription. Unlike the usual 4G LTE telcos, Yes doesn’t come with any SIM and you’ll need to carry the Huddle XS device wherever you go for connectivity, which could be impractical for some people.
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If you’ve struggled to get a Xiaomi smart phone during flash sales, here’s an easier option from DiGi. The Xiaomi Mi 3, Redmi Note and Redmi 1S are now offered without contract with DiGi Easy Prepaid. With its offered price of RM809, RM549 and RM459 respectively, it is RM40 more than the original retail price but you do get 12 months free internet of 250MB/month.
For those who plan to use DiGi in the long run, can consider taking up a postpaid contract where it is offered for Free with 24 months duration. The Mi 3 is offered for free on DG Smart Plan 148 while the Redmi Note is free on Smart Plan 108. The entry-level Redmi 1S is free with DG Smart Plan 78.
For more information, head over to DiGi’s Xiaomi Smart Phone promo page.
Priced at RM419, Lazada also offers more payment channels including Direct Debit and Cash on Delivery. Like its previous sale, those in the Klang Valley can receive their orders within 48 hours, while the rest in Peninsular Malaysia should be receiving them in 72 hours.
To recap on the specs, the Redmi 1S features a 4.7″ HD 720p display and it runs on Qualcomm’s 1.6GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Also included is a 8MP camera, front facing 1.6MP camera, a microSD slot and a 2,000mAh removable battery. It supports dual-SIMs with 3G connectivity along with your standard Bluetooth and WiFi.
If you’re interested, head over to Lazada’s Redmi 1S page.
The affordable ASUS ZenFone series was recently updated to Android 4.4 KitKat. If you’re wondering if ASUS will continue its software support, don’t fret as the ZenFone series is said to be receiving its Lollipop update. However you would need to wait a while as it is scheduled for April 2015 release.
The roll out will cover the different variations including ZenFone 4（A400CG、A450CG), ZenFone 5（A500CG、A501CG）and ZenFone 6（A600CG、A601CG). Also part of its Lollipop roll out is the PadFone S scheduled for April and the PadFone Infinity (A86) that’s targeted for June 2015.
Sony has been at the forefront when it comes to high-end waterproof devices since its Xperia Z. To take its Xperia devices to the next level, Sony is about to open their very first Xperia Aquatech Store in Dubai. Targeted for completion on 3rd December, the Xperia Aquatech Store is currently built under the sea about 4 metres under the surface which promises an experience like no other.
Obviously this will be used to showcase their current waterproof range including the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact along with its water resistant wearables. Access to the underwater store would be by invitation only and those who are lucky enough will be escorted by trained divers. Once inside the store, you will be able to stand on the seabed and breathe normally.
Currently Sony claims to have the highest waterproofing for a smart phone and tablet with its IP68 rating. Earlier on, someone has managed to unbox the latest Xperia Z3 underwater. If you haven’t seen it yet, do check out our first impressions and hands-on with the Sony Xperia Z3 over here.
HTC will be updating its current smart phone line up to Android 5.0 Lollipop. If you’re curious to know how it looks like, here’s a little peek thanks to a couple of screenshots that have surfaced online. It follows the same Material Design approach while the 3 on-screen navigation icons below remains unchanged.
Another thing you’ll notice is a change of font style which is different from its current Sense 6.0 interface. Do note that this is still an early build so things may change in the final release.
HTC One M8//One M7 – January-February (Google Play Edition by end December)
HTC Desire EYE, HTC One (M8) Dual SIM, HTC One (M7) Dual SIM, HTC One (E8), HTC One (E8) Dual SIM, HTC Butterfly 2 – January-March
HTC One Mini 2, Desire 816 – March-April
HTC One Max, HTC One Mini, HTC Butterfly S – March-May
Google will be pushing out Lollipop officially on 3rd November and HTC has pledged 90 days for them to update their current flagships to the latest Android version. For the past releases, HTC has been doing a pretty good job when it comes to updates especially with their One M7.
UPDATE: The Acer Smart Phone event has been postponed to 18th November.
Acer will be launching several new smart phones in Malaysia
next Tuesday, 4th November on 18th November. From its invitation, we get a glimpse of its new Liquid X1 and Liquid Jade smart phones which were announced several months back.
Just to refresh your memory, the Liquid X1 is quite a well kit device for its price. It features a large 5.7″ IPS display that does HD 720p resolution and it is powered by MediaTek’s 1.7GHz Octa-Core processor with 2GB of RAM that’s similar with the Redmi Note. On-board it gets generous 16GB of on-board storage which can be expanded via microSD slot. The back has a 13MP f/1.8 camera and packs a 2,700mAh battery.
OPPO is now available on U Mobile and they are offering a bundling package for the OPPO Neo 5 and entry level OPPO Joy. Instead of the usual postpaid bundling where you get a cheaper phone with long contract, U Mobile bundles these OPPO devices outright with additional value.
The OPPO Neo 5 that comes with 4G LTE connectivity is priced at RM598, but when you purchase it together with U58 postpaid plan, you’ll get free 6 months subscription that’s worth RM348. Meanwhile for the entry level OPPO Joy, you can get the bundle at RM348 which comes together with RM20 top up, a free sim pack worth RM8 and free 250MB internet for 4 months, if you maintain a minimum top up of RM30/month.
To recap on the specs, the OPPO Neo 5 is their most affordable 4G LTE offering with a 4.5″ screen (854×480 pixels) that’s running on a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM . Meanwhile the OPPO Joy is their entry level device with a 4″ (800×480) display and runs on a dual-core 1.3GHz processor with 512MB of RAM.
In terms of hardware, the MX4 Pro will have a slightly bigger 5.5″ Quad HD display that does 2560×1536 and underneath it runs on Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa processor that consists of 4x A15 cores and 4x A7 cores. There’s 3GB of RAM and storage is shown to be a 16GB version which is likely to be accompanied with a bigger 64GB variant. The benchmark device info also reveals a 19MP shooter at the back and a front facing 5MP camera. This matches its earlier speculation that it will use Sony’s 20.7MP camera from its Xperia flagship series.
The home button on the MX4 Pro looks more “Samsung” than an iPhone which is mimicked by its MX4 model. Earlier on, there are early MX4 Pro renders that suggests a more oval shaped button but the recent live photos suggests a more squarish look. The home button is speculated to double up as a finger print scanner like Apple’s Touch ID. The MX4 Pro is expected to be announced in China by end of November.
Check out the earlier image renders as well as the MX4 Pro specs after the break.