Xiaomi introduces the Mi Band, its first wearable device

Posted:  July 22, 2014   By:    2 comments   

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During the Mi 4 announcement, Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun did a surprise “one more thing” by introducing the Mi Band. Like the name suggests, it is a fitness and sleep tracker and comes with a variety of colours.

Designed to be worn at all times in any situation, the Mi Band gets your usual IP67 water and dust resistance. Interestingly it boasts an ultra long 30 day standby time from its 45mAh battery. This is partly due to its Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and it is supported on its Xiaomi Mi 3 and Mi 4 running on the latest MIUI with Android 4.4.

Apart from tracking your day to day activities, the Mi Band also functions as a vibrating alarm and it also vibrates when you have incoming notifications on your phone. Since it is paired with your Mi device, it can unlock your smart phone without requiring a passcode when your band is within range. This is similar with Personal Unlocking which was previewed during Google I/O with an Android Wear device.

What’s more amazing is the price of just 79 Yuan, which is about RM40 in our local currency. So far there’s no mention when it will be released internationally but it suddenly makes other fitness bands in the market look severely overpriced. For more information, you can head over to Xiaomi’s Mi Band product page.

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Compared: Xiaomi Mi 4 specs versus other flagship smart phones

Posted:  July 22, 2014   By:    7 comments   

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The Xiaomi Mi 4 was just announced a few moments ago and it boast an upmarket design with updated hardware. While it isn’t packing a higher resolution Quad HD display or a newer generation of Snapdragon 805 processors, Xiaomi is calling it the fastest smart phone yet. To see how it compares with the rest of the Android players, we stack up the Mi 4 numbers against the OnePlus One, LG G3, Oppo Find 7, HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2.

Internally, the Mi 4 matches up with other flagship models that were launched in the last quarter with the usual 2.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and comes with a choice of 16GB and 64GB storage capacity. Like its previous Mi 3 smart phone, it still lacks microSD expansion and the only exterior slot is for a micro-SIM card.

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HTC One E8 is coming to Malaysia very soon

Posted:  July 22, 2014   By:    2 comments   

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The affordable HTC One E8 is finally making its way to Malaysia, offering high-spec performance at a lower price tag. One of our eagle eyed readers had spotted the One E8 being listed on SIRIM’s database. If you’re not familiar, the One E8 is simply the economical version of the HTC One M8 with premium aluminium body swapped for a plastic build. The internals are identical with a 5″ Full HD display, top of the line 2.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB RAM and the same 2,600mAh capacity battery. If you’re not a fan of the One M8′s duo 4MP camera set up, HTC had replaced it for a mainstream 13MP shooter on the E8.

The HTC One E8 has proven to be a runaway success when it was launched in China. They have sold a massive 50,000 units in just 15 minutes which is quite remarkable. In the land where Xiaomi is taking China by storm, pricing is a critical factor and HTC appears to have done it right with its 2,800 Yuan (about RM1,445) price tag. This is almost half the price of its expensive HTC One M8 (RM2,399) and it will definitely give other flagship smart phone makers a run for their money.

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Xiaomi reveals its best ever smartphone, the Mi 4

Posted:  July 22, 2014   By:    4 comments   

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Xiaomi has just lifted the covers off its latest flagship smartphone the Mi 4, a device that distinctively offers affordable performance and now in a premium built body.

The Xiaomi Mi 4 comes with a 5-inch 1080p, fully laminated display and top notch hardware: it runs on the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 system chip clocked at up to 2.5GHz, and comes with a plentiful 3GB of RAM. Just like last year with the Mi 3, Xiaomi claims that the Mi 4 is the fastest smartphone in the world at the moment, something that we’re eager to check in the near future.

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Another purported Xiaomi Mi 4 image leaked ahead of launch

Posted:  July 22, 2014   By:    No comments   

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The new Xiaomi Mi 4 will be announced shortly but if you can’t wait, here’s another purported image of the upcoming flagship device. The new image shows its side profile which reveals its metallic frames with chamfered edges.

It certainly looks like an iPhone and Xiaomi isn’t hiding the fact that it tends to mimic the Cupertino company’s designs especially with its iPad + iPhone 5C looking Mi Pad. We will know if this is the real deal very shortly as the event starts at 2PM. You can check out the live event update over here.

The Mi 4 is expected to bring its flagship smart phone on par with the rest with a newer 2.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM. It is speculated that the display retains a similar 5″ FulL HD screen while the camera would be enhanced with possibly a 13MP or 16MP shooter. Also expected is support for faster 4G LTE which is lacking with their current smart phones. In its event teaser, Xiaomi has been emphasizing the usage of steel and it could referring to its metallic frame body as shown above.

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Lenovo revises its smart phone pricing. Vibe Z with 4G LTE now at RM1,299

Posted:  July 22, 2014   By:    2 comments   

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If you’re looking for a new smart phone from Lenovo, they have slashed their pricing ahead of the Raya holiday season. Its flagship Lenovo Vibe Z K910 smart phone which comes with 4G LTE and a high-end Snapdragon 800 processor is now going for just RM1,299 (Launched at RM1,799). The device is not bad and it was recently upgraded to Android 4.4.2 KitKat as well.

The new revised pricing was released by retailer IMCC Network on their Facebook page.

You can check out the latest Lenovo smart phone price list after the break.

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Facebook lets you save social items so you can read them later

Posted:  July 22, 2014   By:    No comments   

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The newsfeed on Facebook is always buzzing with breaking news, funny videos and photos that could be worth sharing. Sometimes you would stumble upon interesting things which you can’t view immediately but would love to get back to it sometime later. To keep you hooked to the things that matter, Facebook is introducing its new Save feature on its mobile app as well as desktop version.

There are similar offerings out there such as Instapaper and Readability but having it natively within Facebook keeps it more seamless regardless on which device or platform you’re on.

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Moto E goes on sale in Malaysia next month via Lazada

Posted:  July 22, 2014   By:    2 comments   
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Hans-Peter Ressel, Chief Commercial Officer, Lazada Malaysia

The even affordable Motorola Moto E is going on sale in Malaysia very soon. Priced below RM400, the Moto E will be sold through Lazada on 13th August.

Seen as the little brother of its popular Moto G, it fulfils the lower price segment while maintaining its reliable pure-Android experience. For under RM400, the Moto E is expected to shake up the entry-level segment starting with its 4.3″ qHD display (960×540) that does 256 ppi (pixels per inch) and toughen by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.

It runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor with 1GB of RAM and comes with 4GB of on-board storage that’s expandable up to 32GB using microSD. It also gets a basic 5MP camera and it is juiced up by a 1,980mAh battery that claims to last a full day of average use. As seen earlier in the certification listing, the Moto E that’s heading to Malaysia will support dual-SIM cards. Overall, this would be a serious contender against the ASUS ZenFone 4 which is offered at a bargain basement price tag of RM299.

The Moto E will be running with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. Being a Moto device, you can expect its Android 4.4.4 update to be ready when it goes on sale on 13th August. Its exact pricing would be revealed closer to its actual sales day. As comparison, the Moto E is sold in India at 6,999 Rupees which is about RM380. Motorola has been doing very well in India as they have sold over a million smart phones through Flipkart in just 5 months.

Watch the Moto E promo video after the break.

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VIDEO: MediaTek MT6795′s 480fps slow-mo capability demonstrated

Posted:  July 21, 2014   By:    No comments   

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Just recently MediaTek has announced its new MT6795 processor which aims to take on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor. Taking a huge leap from its low-cost credentials, the MT6795 is their first 64-bit True Octa-Core processor that supports 4G LTE connectivity and high-resolution 2K display. It is targeted for upcoming premium smart phones and each of its 8 cores can run up to 2.2GHz.

The new Soc (System on Chip) also boast incredible multimedia playback and recording, which supports recording and playback of 480fps videos in Full HD resolution. That allows epic recording of slow-motion videos at 1/16 of a second. If you’re wondering how is it like, MobileGeeks has gotten a hands-on with a MT6795 reference unit that’s using Sony’s IMX220 20.7MP camera sensor.

Can MediaTek convince mainstream players to adopt their processors in their upcoming flagships? Recently Sony is said to be planning up to 5 new smart phones next year with MediaTek chips on board and this new MT6795 could possibly be an option. With Chinese smart phone brands flooding the market with cheap and decent smart phones, MediaTek might be an inevitable choice in the near future.

You can watch the 480fps playback in action after the break.

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Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 gets new Gold colour in Malaysia

Posted:  July 21, 2014   By:    No comments   

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The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 gets a special dash of colour with the arrival of its Gold colour edition. In terms of price, it is similar with its usual Black and White colour options at RM999.

To recap on its specs, the Galaxy Grand 2 offers a 5.25″ display that does HD 720p resolution and it runs on a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor that’s mated to 1.5GB of RAM. It has 8GB of on-board storage which is expandable with microSD. You’ll also get a decent 8MP main camera, a front facing 1.9MP unit and a large 2,600mAh capacity battery that’s rated to last 10 hours of video playback. At the moment it is still running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and comes with the usual TouchWiz enhanced features including Multi Window, Sound & Shot and Group Play. The Galaxy Grand 2 is a dual-SIM capable device with support for 3G HSPA+ up to 21Mbps.

For the full smart phone specs, you can head over to Samsung’s Galaxy Grand 2 product page.

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