You’ve seen smartphones touting water resistance, splash resistance and all the other fancy buzzwords that are used to convey one basic message: Your smartphone should survive an unfortunate meeting with water.
But how important is that? Also, what’s the difference between water resistance and plain splash resistance? And, what’s that peculiar code that’s sometimes next to a manufacturers water resistant rating and sometimes not? Well, here’s where you can get your answers
The Moto X4 is finally official at IFA 2017. It’s their most stylish smartphone yet and it comes with a dual-camera setup. Unlike its other metal bodied smartphones, the X4 gets an anodized aluminium frame with Corning’s Gorilla Glass wrapping both front and back. The back also gets a 3D contoured design for a unique look.
The iPhone is turning 10 years old by the end of this month and there’s one feature which Apple has reluctant to upgrade for the longest time. Despite having excellent battery life from a relatively small battery capacity, Apple has not made any significant changes when it comes to charging.
While other smartphones are pushing faster charging and wireless charging support, Apple is still bundling a basic 1Amp power brick with its current top of the line iPhone 7 Plus. The way you charge may soon change with its upcoming iPhone due later this year.
If you’ve been hoping that Google‘s upcoming Pixel smartphones — the Pixel and Pixel XL — would be water resistant like the Galaxy Note7, it looks like you’re out of luck because Android Police believe that the new duo from Google will have almost “no enhanced water resistance at all“.
Competing in a market with Apple and Samsung is definitely tough to do, more so when you have affordable Chinese brands chipping away at your market share. You have to juggle between innovating, designing, marketing and setting price points. So far, Sony has been on the short end of the stick but they were once in a very different position.
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It takes a lot to remove a word from your smartphone model’s identity; evolving the Sony Xperia M series meant dropping the “Aqua” name on the Xperia M5 Dual. It’s going to take a lot more than product placement in a Bond film to revive the Japanese giant, or at least their mobile division, if they want to continue the Xperia brand.
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Promised to help you integrate healthier habits and a fitness focused lifestyle, it aims to rival other heart-rate monitor (HRM) equip wearables like Fitbit, Garmin, Polar and Jawbone. Habitual behaviour can either make you fit as an ox with a diet to boot, or drown you to becoming a sluggish sloth but how does Sony’s sequal match up?
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UPDATE: Sony Malaysia will be launching the Xperia Z5 Compact Dual, Xperia Z5 Dual and Xperia Z5 Premium Dual.
Given their recent troubles, this will be a make or break device(s) for Japanese company; with the Z5 line has the potential of being their saving grace. The three devices are slated to make an official appearance in Malaysia on the 29th October during this special invite-only event (you can sign up here). If you’re lucky enough to score yourself these exclusive invites, you’ll be in store for some lucky draws, giveaways and door gifts.
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In another leak just before official release the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua has been spotted once again in a new set of photos, this time coloured white and following Sony’s traditional OmniBalance design.
Following design aesthetics from it’s predecessor the Xperia M2 Aqua, the smartphone is likely to be waterproof up to IP68 standards but there doesn’t appear to be any flaps covering it’s microUSB ports so we won’t be entirely sure till we get our hands on the actual unit. It also looks to have front facing stereo speakers similar to the Xperia Z3 and the device is rumoured to feature a 5.2-inch (720 x 1280) display, 2GB RAM, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera and Android 5.0 Lollipop. Other specs potentially include the Snapdragon 610 chipset (1.5GHz quad-core processor) and 16GB internal storage.
More images after the break.
Looking for a mid-spec smart phone that you can take to the swimming pool? The Sony Xperia M2 Aqua is now being offered on contract via Maxis. Retailing at RM999, Maxis is offering the waterproof device from RM399 with 24 months contract of MaxisOne Plan which comes with unlimited talk and SMS along with 2GB of data at RM128/month. For those prefer to commit less, it is also available at RM599 with MaxisOne Plan Lite which comes with 1GB of data and unlimited calls/SMS within Maxis network for RM78/month.
To recap on the specs, the Xperia M2 Aqua is similar with its earlier Xperia M2. It gets a 4.8″ display that does qHD resolution of 960×540 and it is powered by a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM. It also has 8GB of on-board storage which is expandable via microSD. For high speed downloads, it also supports 4G LTE.
For imaging it gets an 8MP camera at the rear that can be triggered with a dedicated camera button, while the front sports a basic VGA camera. With a 2,330mAh capacity battery embedded, the Xperia M2 Aqua weighs 149 grams and has a thickness of 8.6mm. Like the latest Xperia Z3 series, the Xperia M2 Aqua boasts the highest waterproofing on a smart phone with its IP68 rating. This lets you submerge the phone under 1.5 metres of fresh water up to 30 minutes.
For more info, head over to Maxis’s Xperia M2 Aqua page.