The new Microsoft Surface 2 will go on sale in Malaysia this Friday on 14th March. It will be priced at RM1,399 for the 32GB version and RM1,699 for the larger 64GB capacity unit. In terms of specs, the Surface 2 runs on a Windows RT 8.1 and is powered by a Nvidia Tegra 4 (T40) 1.7GHz Quad-Core processor mated to 2GB of RAM. It comes with a 10.6″ screen that does Full HD 1920×1080 pixels resolution and boasts a battery life with 10 hours of usage.
Along with the new Surface 2, Microsoft Malaysia is also bringing in their latest Touch Cover 2 and Type Cover 2 which are priced at RM379 and RM409 respectively.
Meanwhile, the previous generation Surface RT has been slashed to RM1,199 for the 64GB version while the Surface Pro with 128GB storage is now priced at RM1,899. Its smaller storage capacity models appears to have been discontinued. Pricing for the original Touch Cover and Type Cover has been revised as well to RM279 and RM319 respectively. If you’re not looking for the latest, the Surface Pro 128GB model seems to be a rather good buy right now.
If you’re looking for a real portable laptop replacement, you should consider the Surface Pro 2 which runs on a full fledged Windows 8.1. That comes with a Intel Core i5 processor with a choice of either 4GB and 8GB of RAM with storage capacity up to 512GB. There’s no word on its pricing and availability at the moment.
Tablets are usually the “betweener” device that slots right between your daily smart phone and the desktop computer. With the new Galaxy NotePro 12.2, Samsung Malaysia is calling this as a progressive tablet which is designed to take on most of your day to day work in a portable device. Priced at RM2,999, the Galaxy NotePro 12.2 is rather expensive for a typical Android tablet.
In the working environment, the desktop computer is simply irreplaceable even with the best tablet available. However for some high management folks, a tablet might just fit the bill provided that it comes with the right tools and features to get the job done. That’s an area where the NotePro 12.2 aims to accomplish.
Read on to find out more about Samsung’s high-end large screen tablet.
The Samsung Gear 2 is their second take of making a connected wearable device for its line of Galaxy Smart Phones. In their first version, the Android based Galaxy Gear stood out from the crowd with an integrated camera and a built-in speakerphone on the strap. Less than 6 months later, a new one is introduced which runs on Tizen OS along with updated internals.
Since watches are fashionable items, Samsung has taken most of its electronics away from the strap and the new Gear 2 allows seamless swapping of its watch straps. The microphone and integrated camera is now moved to the watch body. Other new features include a heart rate sensor which is now embedded on the back plate and a IR Blaster which can be used to control your home entertainment appliances.
Has the move to Tizen OS alter the way the Gear works? Not really. From our initial hands-on from Mobile World Congress, the interface is pretty much the same as the previous Galaxy Gear but now they have added a Home Button. Some usability has been changed slightly, for instance the camera function. Previously all you need to do is to swipe downwards from the home screen to activate the camera. On the Gear 2, you would need to load the camera by swiping through the home screen interface, which is a couple of steps extra.
If we compare both the Gear 2 and the original Galaxy Gear, the new version is lighter and thinner than before. We like the fact that the new Gear is also water and dust resistant (IP67 rated) which gives more confidence to take this anywhere outdoors in either rain or shine.
Besides the Gear 2, Samsung has also announced the cheaper Gear 2 Neo and a more sporty focused Gear Fit. The new Gear wearable devices are expected to be available on 11th April alongside the Galaxy S5 flagship smart phone.
Head after the break for more hands-on video and photos of the Samsung Gear 2 Smart Watch
The Samsung Galaxy S5 won’t be available until 11th of April but the Korean maker wants to iterate that it is the smart phone worth waiting for by releasing its official hands-on video. It goes through its new camera features as well as its unique Download Booster and Ultra Power Saving Mode.
To recap on the specs, the Galaxy S5 runs on a 2.5GHz Quad-Core processor and the screen has upsized a bit to 5.1″ while maintaining its Full HD resolution. It features a new uprated 16MP camera which focus faster and packs a number of new camera features as well. Also new on the Galaxy S5 is a heart rate sensor at the back while the front home button now doubles up as a finger print scanner.
Watch them after the break.
The Lenovo Vibe Z will be available from as low as RM688 on Celcom this coming Saturday. This is Lenovo’s first 4G LTE enabled device and it runs on a high spec 2.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 processor from Qualcomm with 2GB of RAM and a 5.5″ Full HD Display.
As a special launch promo, the first 30 customers which signs up with Celcom’s First Plan with mPro or mPro Plus data plan will be eligible to get device at the special RM688 price with additional RM50 shopping voucher. The special launch event is happening at their Blue Cube @ Sunway Oasis Boulevard Outlet at Sunway Pyramid. However it wasn’t mentioned if there’s a contract duration to it. If it is 24 months, the RM688 pricing is rather normal for phone contract bundling as the Vibe Z is priced outright at RM1,799.
Continuing on the spec, the Lenovo Vibe Z has a rear 13MP camera and a front facing 5MP unit. On-board you’ll get a rather generous 3,000mAh capacity battery and 16GB of storage. If you need to store more photos and videos, you probably might need to invest in a micro USB thumbdrive as the Vibe Z lacks a microSD expansion slot. It is rather thin with a rather slender 7.9mm body and over at the back, it comes with laser etched back cover which gives a fabric like feel to it.
Head after the break for additional hands-on photos of the Lenovo Vibe Z.
In terms of design, it is pretty much the same as the earlier leaks with tray slots on both sides for SIM and microSD card, a dual-camera set up at the back and the headphone jack now moved to the bottom. If you look at the shot of the ear piece, it appears that there’s a transparent plastic or glass layer over it. When compared to the current HTC One, the edges at the back are much smoother and the corners are much rounder as well.
Surprisingly the unit shown here has the same aluminium treatment as the current HTC One with a matte metal finish instead of having a brushed aluminium treatment that we saw earlier. This could be a prototype or perhaps there’s some slight variations with materials for telco specific models.
Check out the full gallery after the break.
The All new HTC One is confirmed to be carrying its UltraPixel camera technology which made its appearance on the current HTC One. The UltraPixel camera boast low light capabilities with its larger 2.0 micron pixel size and f/2.0 aperture size which lets in more light when taking pictures.
However on the current HTC One, the actual camera sensor is only 1/3″ and produces a rather low effective 4MP image. Came along with it is an Optical Image Stabiliser for more stable handheld shots.
In our previous Camera Comparison with the HTC One, it didn’t produce as much detail when compared with its other 8MP and 13MP rivals but it did perform at certain areas during low light conditions. Now with the new HTC One, hopefully they would bump up the camera perhaps with a larger sensor.
The new HTC One is confirmed to be carrying a dual-Camera based on the tons of leaks we’ve seen earlier on. Apart from that, the new smart phone will also feature a two tone LED flash light which is likely to be similar to the one that’s found on the current iPhone 5S for more natural colours.
One possible theory is that each camera will have a different standard wide angle and tele lens which both are utilised at the same time. After both pictures are taken, the depth of field could be change after that. This could be a “hardware” version of Nokia’s refocus app or more recently Samsung’s Selective Focus feature on the Galaxy S5. We will only find out more when the new HTC One gets revealed on 25th of March.
Watch the new teaser video after the break.
We are just 2 weeks away from HTC’s announcement of their new One flagship aka the M8. As smart phone manufacters come out with smart covers with cut out windows, @Evleaks has revealed that HTC will be having a similar accessory for the All New HTC One.
As shown above, the new M8 will be accompanied by a series of colourful flip covers which are able to tell the time with a number of customisable information/notifications as well. It does look similar to Alcatel Magic Flip LED cover but @Evleaks claims that the front cover consists of an array of holes where each dot will be illuminated by the screen itself.
For this to work efficiently, the new HTC One would be better off using AMOLED displays where each pixels can be activated individually. At the back, the flip cover also has cut out holes for both twin cameras and twin LED flash.
Head after the break for another image of the Flip Case.
Oppo has been teasing its upcoming Find 7 flagship device and now its purported design has appeared on Red Dot design website. The device shown above gives us a better idea of what to expect when it gets revealed on March 19th in Beijing. Design wise, it looks like a slightly bigger version of the Oppo Find 5 with a slender side profile and a slightly curved buttom edge. This matches the earlier leaked image of its back.
The Oppo Find 7 will be available in 2 versions. There’s a high end model that runs on a 2.5GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm processor with a 5.5″ QHD (2560×1440) display and a more mainstream model with a 2.3GHz Quad-Core processor with a 5.5″ Full HD display.
Most recently the Oppo Find 7 appears to have another trick up its sleeves. A purported sample image from the new smart phone suggests that it will come with a rather epic 50MP shooter. Now more samples have surfaced as well and you can check them out after the break.
Maxis and DiGi is offering free calls to Malaysia Airlines hotline at +603 7884 1234 for family and friends of passengers on this morning’s MH370 flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. This is applicable for all postpaid and prepaid subscribers on both networks.
The Beijing bound B777 aircraft went off the radar at 2:40AM local time and the fate of its crew and passengers are still unknown. Malaysia Airlines is issuing regular updates every 2 hours. You can keep up with the official updates on their website here.