Instead of the recently launched Optimus VU II, we are getting the earlier Optimus VU model instead which is powered by Quad Core Tegra 3 4-Plus-1 processor. The 5.0″ display pushes 1024×768 pixels resolution. Compared to the Galaxy Note, the Optimus VU appears to be more squarish due to its 4:3 display aspect ratio. Over at the back, it comes with a 8MP shooter and is powered by a 2,080mAh battery.
The Optimus VU weighs 168 grams and has a thickness of 8.5mm. A Rubberdium stylus is also included. When the Optimus VU has announced, it ran on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Hopefully it comes running with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box when it goes on sale.
No pricing and availability exact dates we’re mentioned but it will definitely be having a tough fight against the Samsung Galaxy Note II.
Finally the multi-convergence ASUS PadFone is finally launched in Malaysia. Revealed officially months ago at MWC, it features a 4.3″ Android ICS Smart phone that’s dockable into a 10.1″ tablet form factor. In addition, the tablet is also expandable into a “notebook” form factor with a matching keyboard dock. This offers 3 different usability in a single solution.
In terms of specs, the PadFone runs on dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm 8260A Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM with
32GB 16GB of storage. Over at the back, it comes with a 8MP f/2.2 camera with assisted flash and has a front facing VGA camera. Juicing up the “Fone” is a 1,520mAh battery and it runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
When plugged into the PadFone station, it expands the display to a IPS 10.1″ at 1280×800 resolution and it comes with a front facing 1.3MP camera. The key benefit of this is having to share just one 3G data plan for both Fone and Tablet usage. In addition, the larger battery in the PadFone Station works as a battery pack that charges the PadFone while being docked. The keyboard dock also comes with battery that also acts as extra juice for the entire combo.
At time of launch, both the “Fone” and PadFone station is priced at RM2,399. The dockable keyboard is sold separately with pricing yet to be confirmed. So what happens if a call comes in while the “Fone” is being docked? There’s a stylus headset which is a pen stylus that doubles up as a phone receiver. This probably looks less silly when answering calls than to hold the entire tablet onto your face. The stylus headset is sold separately at RM179. In terms of warranty, ASUS is giving 2 years warranty for the PadFone and 1 year warranty for the PadFone station.
For more information, head over to ASUS.
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At MWC, Huawei has also revealed its MediaPad 10 FHD tablet. Just like its current product line up, Huawei is claiming it as the World’s First 10-inch quad core tablet that runs on its own proprietory 1.5GHz quad core processor. The biggest highlight of the MediaPad 10 FHD is its 1080p HD 10″ IPS screen that pushes a massive 1920×1200 resolution. In terms of connectivity, it supports up to 84Mbps connectivity with HSPA+ with support for LTE networks.
It comes with a 8MP camera at the back and a front facing 1.3MP. In the press release, it mentioned having 2GB of RAM for storage, which we incline to believe is a typo. Overall it weighs 598 grams and has a thickness of 8.8mm.
We are having trouble digesting its World First claims on the MediaPad 10 FHD. The thinner and lighter 10.1″ ASUS Transformer Prime which is available here is already running quad-core and now there’s the Transformer Infinity (also known as TF700) which also does 1080p display. Unless of course Huawei’s “first” is specifically referring to the exact size of 10″. The Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD is said to be rolling out globally in Q2 this year.
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After announcing the ultra slim Ascend P1 S, Huawei is raising the bar with its Ascend D Quad which claims to be the world’s fastest smart phone. In terms of specs, the Ascend D Quad is challenging the big boys of smart phones with its own K3V2 Quad Core 1.2GHz/1.5GHz processor.
Over at the front, the Ascend D has a high resolution 4.5″ 720p HD display which gives a pixel density of 330ppi. That’s higher than the iPhone 4S at 326ppi. Other details revealed include 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, Dolby 5.1 surround sound, a 8MP BSI Camera that supports 1080p HD video recording and a front facing 1.3MP camera. The Ascend D comes with a 1800mAh battery and overall has a thickness of 8.9mm.
Apart from the Ascend D, there are other variants as well in the series. The Ascend D quad XL offers similar hardware but instead comes with an extended 2500mAh battery for longer usage. Finally there’s the Ascend D1 which runs on a lower 1.5GHz dual-core processor with a lower capacity 1670mAh battery. The Ascend D quad will be available in Q2 this year.
Head after the break for the promo video and photos.
On the processor aspect, the HTC One X runs on quad core, while the One S comes with 2 and lastly the One V runs only on a single core. In terms of OS, all 3 runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The HTC One V is probably the only Ice Cream Sandwich device launched with a single core right now.
In terms of dimensions, the HTC One S is the thinnest at only 7.8mm, followed by the HTC One X at 8.9mm and lastly the One V at 9.24mm. For storage, the HTC One X and One S doesn’t come with a expandable microSD slot however it is available on the One V. It is also interesting to note that the HTC One X comes with NFC support.
What do you think of the new HTC devices? Drop your thoughts in the comments below.
UPDATE: HTC One X, One S and One V specification and features compared.
We’re pretty sure that many of you are looking forward to the launch of the HTC One series here in Malaysia. We’re pretty stoked about the three devices as well. HTC look like they’ve gotten their act together and will be bringing a lot of awesome for this year, and that’s always a good thing for all of us gadget junkies.
At the launch, HTC says the One series will begin shipping globally in April. In addition, the devices are expected to be available through more than 140 mobile operators and distributors globally. Are Malaysian telcos included in this list of 140 operators?
Why yes, tipster @TheGadgetGuy18 pointed us to the press release page for the HTC One series and found some interesting nuggets of information — DiGi and Maxis are listed in the 140 mobile operators that will be getting the newly announced HTC devices.
We’ve spoken to a few people in the know and you can definitely expect the One X, S and V to be available here by April. In terms of pricing, we don’t have any information on that yet but the top of the line One X with the quad-core Tegra 3 should not go beyond the RM2.3k mark.
Super duper thanks to @TheGadgetGuy18 for the tip.
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At MWC, ASUS has revealed its ASUS Padfone which has been teased and shown for the longest time. This time around, the Taiwanese maker has enhanced the overall package by offering a 3-in-1 solution: Smart Phone + Tablet + Keyboard dock.
The main focus is the smart phone which is powered by Qualcomm’s 1.5GHz dual-core snapdragon S4 processor with 1GB of RAM and storage between 16GB-64GB built in. For display, it has a 4.3″ qHD Super AMOLED that supports a resolution of 960×540. The phone has a 8MP f/2.2 camera at the back and a front facing VGA camera for video chat. It weighs 129 grams and is 9.2mm thick. In terms of battery, it is rated at 1,520mAh.
Plugging it into the tablet’s “Fone” dock, it offers a familiar 1280×800 IPS screen and a front facing 1.3MP camera. With the phone docked, the tablet uses the phone’s 8MP camera for imaging. In total, both keyboard + phone weighs 724 grams which is rather heavy for a 10.1″ tablet.
There’s not much details about the keyboard dock but based on the photos, it does look like the keyboard dock used in the original ASUS Eee Pad Transformer. Even the front appearance of the tablet looks like the original Transformer as well.
Another nifty new feature is the stylus which can be picked up and used as a handset. We wonder which one would look more silly, talking to an oversized tablet or a pen? The ASUS PadFone runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and no pricing or availability details have been revealed yet.
So is this Smart Phone + Tablet + Keyboard dock solution practical? Having a Smart Phone docked within a tablet looks clean but it does look cumbersome if you just want to take out your phone and make a call the old fashion way. We’ll see how it goes once it is available here.
Head after the break for promo video and photos of the PadFone.
The Nokia 808 PureView has created a lot of buzz with its epic 41MP camera. A worthy successor of the Nokia N8, the Nokia 808 PureView is a mobile photography marvel that boasts a biggest sensor with the highest megapixel count ever for a smart phone.
Figures aside, let’s take a look at some sample photos that were released by Nokia. The result is simply impressive and the earlier suggested theory behind the teaser was right after all. Head after the break and be amazed! Be warned, the original photos are 10-12MB each.
ASUS has revealed the Transformer Pad 300 which offers quad-core Android performance at a lower price point. While it maintains the same Tegra 3 processor from the Transformer Prime, the Transformer Pad 300 has a plastic body instead of the premium brushed aluminium. However what you do get is a choice of 3 colours as shown in the photo above.
It still maintains a 10.1″ screen that does 1280×800 and there’s 16GB of on board storage. Just like the Transformer Prime, it also runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Dimension wise, it is slightly thicker at 9.9mm and weighs 635 gram. All that reduction and shortfalls has made the Transformer Pad 300 US$100 cheaper than the price, which means that it is likely to be priced under RM2000 if it reaches Malaysia.
One more front pic after the break.
UPDATE: Nokia 808 PureView Sample Photos here.
Nokia has finally revealed its super camera phone with the Nokia 808 PureView which was earlier teased as a Nokia N8 successor. The Nokia 808 PureView comes with a colossal 41MP sensor with Carl Zeiss optics which widens the gap with other rival camera phones.
While having a 41MP censor, it actually takes 38MP photos at 4:3 aspect ratio and 34MP photos at 16:9. On most camera phones, zooming in would normally distort the image by over-scaling. With the Nokia 808 Pureview, zooming in for 5MP-8MP will appear lossless, maintaining its true details. For full HD 1080p videos, you could zoom up to 4X without losing any details.
Just like the N8, it comes with Xenon Flash but in addition, it also comes with assisted LED for videoshooting in the dark. For audio, the 808 PureView has Rich Recording that boasts CD-like quality which is capable of recording stereo sound up to 140-145db. That’s 4X louder than conventional mics which is greatly appreciated in extreme audio conditions such as concerts.
On the smart phone aspect, the Nokia 808 runs on Symbian Belle with a 1.3GHz single core processor, 512MB RAM with 16GB of on board storage that’s expandable with microSD. The front features a 4″ AMOLED display that does 640×360 resolution with Gorilla Glass. With a big bulge for the lens, the 808 PureView is 17.95mm thick and weighs 169 grams. There’s also HDMI, DLNA, NFC & a built-in FM Transmitter.
The Nokia 808 PureView is priced at €450 which is about RM1800, and it is expected to ship in May 2012. It’s a pity that it doesn’t run on Windows Phone and the screen resolution of 640×360 is rather low compared to what its camera could do.
Head after the break for more details & video demos.