U Mobile aims to acquire 2 million new subscribers by 2015. Extra freebies if it achieves its target

Posted:  September 17, 2014   By:    2 comments   

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The challenger telco U Mobile has kicked off its new Vision 2 million campaign, with an ambitious goal of getting 2 million new subscribers on its network. Just recently, U Mobile has embarked on a massive network expansion plan where it will invest in building 2,000 new 4G LTE and 3G sites nationwide.

If it does achieve its goal of 2 million new subscribers by 31st December 2014, they will be making this coming New Year’s Day celebration extra special with Free on-network calls and Free Internet surfing on 1st January 2015. In addition, those that port in from other network to U Mobile Prepaid from 16th September onwards will get Free Internet for 1 year (250MB x 12 months), provided they top up RM30 each month.

For existing U Mobile subscribers, they are making it more rewarding for you and your friends to jump on board to their network. With every successful referral, both you and your friend will get RM3 free credit. That’s not all, you’ll also get 10% of their monthly top ups for the first 6 months.

Switching to U Mobile is rather easy as well. All you’ll need to do is to purchase a starter pack from any 7-Eleven and you can perform the MNP port-in online without the need of queuing up at a service centre. For more information, visit U Mobile’s Vision 2 Million page.

To achieve 2,000,000 new subscribers, U Mobile would need to get an average of 18,868 customers per day from now until 31st December. So far it looks like they are on track with their counter showing 17,500 for its first day.

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Oppo N3 launch happening in Singapore on 29 October

Posted:  September 17, 2014   By:    No comments   

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Oppo has officially sent out invites for its new Oppo N3 launch that’s happening on 29th October. This is their photography/selfie centric smart phone which replaces its current Oppo N1.

So far there’s no further details or clues of what to expect but we’ve seen a couple of renders which is still a question mark if it is the real deal. What we would expect is a better camera than the previous one and similar features that’s found on its current Find 7 flagship such as VOOC Rapid Charging and possibly a Quad HD display.

When the Oppo N1 was launched, it was priced at RM1,798 with a 5.9″ Full HD display, Quad-Core Snapdragon 600 processor and a 13MP rotatable camera. We expect Oppo to pack higher specs for this one as this would be their high-end flagship for the year end.

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New Oppo N3 rear render reveals a different design

Posted:  September 17, 2014   By:    No comments   

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UPDATE: Oppo N3 launch happening on 29th October in Singapore. Details here.

Oppo will be launching its new photography and selfie centric N3 smart phone next month. A few days back, we’ve seen a front render of the purported Oppo N3 which came with a weird looking cylinder shape at the top. Now a new render has appeared that looks different and this time is shows the rear end of the device.

It looks more squarish with a flat top end like its current N1 and it appears to be rotatable as well. Also present are twin LED lights next to its main camera. The body seems to be a unibody design and there are metallic looking buttons or slots visible at the sides. So far we can’t be sure if this is a real deal or they are just merely prototype concept designs.

Which do you prefer? This design or the previous one?

Check out the full size of the Oppo N3 render after the break.

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Infographic: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 numbers at a glance

Posted:  September 17, 2014   By:    No comments   

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is their latest flagship with hardware topping specs and a new body to match. To get to know this latest phablet and its signature S-Pen stylus better, Samsung has released an infographic that highlights its hardware, features and dimensions at a glance.

From our hands-on with the Galaxy Note 4, the latest model is much improved on the exterior design as it uses a more premium feeling metal frame. For a more realistic pen like experience, the S-Pen stylus has been improved with double the pressure sensitivity over the previous model. The only hardware downside that’s not listed here is the micro-USB connector which uses a more traditional USB 2.0 instead of a faster USB 3.0. However it does get a Fast Charging feature that lets you charge from 0-50% in just 30 minutes.

Wondering how does the Galaxy Note 4 stack up against the latest 4.7″ iPhone 6 and 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus? Do check out our spec and dimensions comparison post.

View the full Galaxy Note 4 infographic after the break.

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NFC on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is restricted for Apple Pay only

Posted:  September 17, 2014   By:    No comments   

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Apple is probably the last to adopt NFC (Near Fields Communication) on its smart phones. Before you get excited about the ease of exchanging contacts, pairing bluetooth devices or transferring files, you might want to know that Apple will be limiting its NFC functionality to Apple Pay only. The new mobile payment feature will be launched this week starting in the US and it uses NFC that’s mounted at the top of the device.

Considering Apple Pay is quite a new feature concerning money and personal security, Apple seems to be extra cautious by keeping its NFC hardware off limits to 3rd party developers for now. When Apple introduced Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5S, it was a closed system as well but now Apple has open up some access to developers with iOS 8.

Apparently Apple had demonstrated the use of iPhone 6’s NFC to unlock hotel room doors at their Apple event last week. So it’s highly possible that Apple will open up a wider range of NFC functions later on.

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Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Posted:  September 17, 2014   By:    3 comments   

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 marks its 4th generation of its large form factor smart phone that’s paired with its signature S-Pen stylus. Announced during IFA 2014, this will be their current flagship device until the Galaxy S5 gets replaced early next year.

As most would expect, the Galaxy Note 4 gets upgraded specs with a choice of 2 processor variants and boasts further improvements with its S-Pen. In every new upgrade for the Note series, the screen gets bigger from 5.3″ on the original Note, to 5.5″ on the Note II and finally a bigger 5.7″ screen on the Note 3. This time around, Samsung has decided that 5.7″ is enough on the Note 4 and it gets upgraded to a higher Quad HD resolution that its competitors have been shouting for months now.

Read on for our first impressions with the Galaxy Note 4.

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Apple hits new pre-order record for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Opens up to 22 more countries next week

Posted:  September 16, 2014   By:    No comments   

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Steve Jobs used to say that nobody wants to buy a bigger phone. Now it appears that Apple has proven its own founder wrong as the latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have achieved a new milestone with over 4 million units pre-ordered in the first 24 hours.

The first batch of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be delivered this coming Friday, 19th September in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK. As the demand is overwhelming, Apple anticipates many of its orders to be delivered next month in October.

Despite having huge demand, Apple is opening up the new iPhones to more countries next week on 26th September. The 22 countries include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates. Nope, Malaysia isn’t on the list unfortunately.

From its announcement, Apple is targeting to reach out to 114 countries by end of this year so it looks like we would probably get it before the Christmas holidays. As comparison, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C took 50 days from its announcement to reach Malaysia.

Related iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus Posts
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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Specs and Dimensions compared with other flagship smart phones

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This beautiful short film shot entirely with the iPhone 5S show that it’s not what you have but how you use it

Posted:  September 16, 2014   By:    3 comments   

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This stunning piece of filmatic art by Markus Kontiainen was shot at 120fps entirely on his iPhone 5S. He spent over 35 days touring some of the most iconic cities in Asia and used his iPhone to capture the journey.

Where most are content with taking selfies and pictures of food with the sophisticated, and highly capable equipment that is the modern smartphone today, this inspiring visual artwork — that you must watch — goes a long way to show that it’s not the equipment that you have, it’s how you use it.

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Panasonic sets the standard for phone cameras

Posted:  September 16, 2014   By:    5 comments   

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From the Lumia 1020 to the Galaxy K Zoom, combining a smartphone with a better than standard camera is something that many manufacturer have experimented on with varying degrees of success. The Lumia 1020, while effective, requires that you have a relatively high degree of knowledge in photography for it to be fully exploited. The Galaxy K Zoom is easier to use but is bulky and doesn’t offer that much more of an advantage over a really good camera phone.

Meet the Panasonic DMC-CM1 phone camera. A camera-centric smartphone that could very well re-write the standard for the category. Inside is a large 1-inch image sensor that’s on par with some of the top-tier point-and-shoot cameras in the market today (like our favourite PNS right now, the Sony RX100) but the CM1 successfull avoids the many pitfalls that many smartphones of this type stumble into. For starters, it’s really good to look at and while at 21mm thick, the CM1 is easily three times thicker than your standard smartphone, it hides its bulk very well.

But looking good and sleek is just part of the battle won if Panasonic really wants to carve a niche in the camera-centric smartphone segment. Looking at the camera spec-sheet however, we’re inclined to say that you can expect big things with the CM1. The 1-inch sensor packs 20MP and is mated to some high end glass — a f/2.8 Leica DC Elmarit lens to be exact. Instead of a digital shutter, Panasonic opted to use a mechanical shutter instead, for better control and feel there’s also a manual control ring too. And then there’s Panasonic track record of making some very capable PNS cameras, you can expect the CM1 to not disappoint in this respect as well.

As a phone, the CM1 is not to shabby either (on paper at least). There’s a 4.7-inch 1080p display packing 468ppi. You get a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on board storage that’s expandable up to an additional 128GB with microSD and a 2,600mAh battery. The device runs on Android 4.4 KitKat and there’s support for 4K videos.

The CM1 will go on sale in France and Germany this November for around €900 or RM3,755 — that’s a price that will make even iPhone buyers weep. If the phone does well in these two markets, Panasonic may consider making it available elsewhere as well.

So is the CM1 coming to Malaysia? Looking at the price and the nonexistent smartphone presence here, we don’t think so but we sure would love to give it a try.

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Google wants to put a smartphone in the hands of 5 billion people

Posted:  September 16, 2014   By:    1 comment   

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Google believes cheap smartphones is the next big thing and the technology giant wants to put smartphones in the hands of 5 billion people in developed countries who couldn’t previously afford them — enter the Android One platform.

First announced in June this year, Android One aims to make smartphones even cheaper (sub US$100 mark) for developing markets like India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. At the same time Google is also working with operators through the Android One platform to provide affordable connectivity packages for these devices.

Three months after the initiative was announced, the first batch of Android One devices are now ready to enter the market in India with three partner vendors — Micromax, Karbonn Mobiles and Spice. The devices will be sold specifically online initially but will available in brick and mortar stores not long after that. In keeping with the budget theme, these Android One devices will also come bundled with some amount of data with a partner operator in India. Among them is Airtel that’s offering 200MB of data monthly for the first 6 months.

To bring device development costs down even further, Google is giving vendors a device template to build off from. This includes references for hardware specifications, design and software requirements. The other benefit of this is that it makes it delivering the latest version of Android and other software or services updates to Android One devices quicker, making Android One an ambitious effort to put a smartphone in as many people in the world as possible.

So what do you get with cheap? For around RM370, There’s the Spice Android One Dream Uno with a 4.5-inch (854×480 pixel, 217ppi) display, plain vanilla version of the latest Android OS, a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of on board storage that is expandable up to an additional 32GB with microSD. You also get a 1,700mAh battery, dual-SIM support, a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera, and 3G.

In addition to the three vendors, Acer, Alcatel OneTouch, Asus, HTC, Intex, Lava, Lenovo, Panasonic, Xolo and Qualcomm have shown interest to support the Android One initiative with releases in more countries planned for next year.

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