From the very same guys who brought you the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge bend test, SquareTrade decided to seriously up the ante by bringing in five phones to be be dropped, bent and dunked to see who comes out on top.
They have plans to increase their staff to 1,500 employees this year and the successor to the OnePlus One, which is likely to be called the OnePlus Two, is estimated to be available by the third quarter of this year with better hardware than it’s predecessor. OnePlus sold over a million smartphones last year and they’re ambitiously planning to ship out between three to five million units this year, especially with the new model on the way.
No details yet on the new phone but we expect they will become available as we approach Q3. In the mean time, if you want to snag the OnePlus One locally, you can pick one up from Maxis.
Google has released a new handwriting keyboard for Android, aptly named Google Handwriting Input.
The app will run on any device sporting Ice Cream Sandwich and up, with support for both cursive and print writing. Once downloaded you can switch it out with your regular keyboard and it sports the same styling as the Google Keyboard so you’ll feel right at home. You even have the option to swap back and forth from your regular keyboard on the fly.
In a nutshell, the app will allow you to enter emojis by drawing and it’s apparently great for languages that are difficult to type on with a standard keyboard. It’s also a neat alternative to touchscreen typing or voice input plus Google claims it’s capable of handling even the ugliest of handwriting.
If you want to check it out for yourself, you can download it free at the Google Play store, though it seems to not be available for Malaysian users yet but you can still get it via an APK downloader.
If you’re looking to buy a Galaxy S6 on contract but not from Celcom, Digi or Maxis, you can probably consider this option from 4G WiMAX operator Yes. Instead of a usual smart phone mobile plan, Yes is bundling it together with its Super Postpaid Broadband package that comes with a Huddle XS MiFi hotspot.
The Galaxy S6 which retails at RM2,599 (with GST) can be yours at RM846.94 (inclusive of 6% GST) with 24 months contract of Yes Super 158 plan (10GB).
Xiaomi’s entry-level Redmi 2 is now available on contract with Digi’s new Smart Plans that offers either more voice or more data. To recap on the Redmi 2, this RM419 entry level smart phone offers a 4.7″ HD 720p screen, Quad-Core Snapdragon 410 processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB storage that’s expandable with microSD. It also gets a 8MP main + 2MP front camera, along with a 2,200mAh capacity battery.
The free Redmi 2 bundling is applicable for SmartPlan 108 and 148. Below is the full pricing with 24 months contract:
SmartPlan 78 EPP – RM59
SmartPlan 78 – RM239
SmartPlan 108 / 108 EPP – RM0
SmartPlan 148 / 148 EPP – RM0
As usual, you would need to fork out an advance payment along with a month subscription during sign up. This amounts from RM180 to its full retail price of RM419 during sign up. For EPP, the bundling price is cheaper since you are charged the full 24 month subscription onto your credit card.
For more info, head over to Digi’s Redmi 2 page.
The next flagship to be revealed is the LG G4 on the 28th of April. In its second teaser, LG focuses on its new IPS Quantum display which pushes a similar Quad HD resolution of 2560×1440 as the previous LG G3. While the resolution and 5.5″ screen size provides the same 538ppi pixel density, the new Quantum display promises 25% brighter and 20% wider colour range than its previous model.
The LG G4 isn’t much of a surprise anymore as it was leaked quite extensively over the weekend. The back of the device comes with a full leather back option with stitching details, along with its signature rear mounted volume rocker and power button. The camera has been confirmed to be a f/1.8 16MP unit while the front gets a larger 8MP shooter.
Check out the LG G4 teaser video after the break.
Huawei today has announced its new flagship smart phone line up with their new P8. Dropping its Ascend naming, the latest flagships now come in two sizes, the 5.2″ P8 and a larger 6.8″ P8 Max phablet. Both screens are still pushing Full HD 1080p resolution and powering the device is their in-house developed 64-bit Kirin 930/935 Octa-Core processor that boasts 2X the performance of its former Ascend P7.
With most brands focusing on premium design, Huawei has stepped up with a better crafted unibody metal design with a larger screen to body aspect ratio. Although the 5.2″ is big in size, it is roughly the same size as the 4.7″ iPhone 6. The P8 is still incredibly slim at 6.4mm while its larger P8 Max phablet has a respectably thin side profile at 6.8mm.
Xiaomi has two events scheduled for April, one for the 23rd and one for tomorrow, with the former likely to be for the Xiaomi Mi 4i and the latter could very well be for a new Redmi phone, the Xiaomi H3Y which could very well be the Redmi Note 2. We still don’t know what exactly Xiaomi’s trasport product is going to be but they’ve announced today that they have dealings with Ninebot and Segway so it’s likely to be something along those lines in the future.
Just when you thought unboxing videos are boring, someone has to up the ante. Last year you saw an underwater unboxing of the Xperia Z3 just to show off just how waterproof it was and recently HTC decided to be very different and had a rather smashing ad that involved putting the bat to it’s competitors. Not to be left behind, Samsung has released not one but two ridiculously creative unboxing videos that you really shouldn’t miss.