The Samsung Galaxy S5 which was just announced is expected to come to Malaysia as well as other markets on 11th April. For those who are thinking whether the Galaxy S5 is worth an upgrade, we’ve compared it with its 5.7″ Galaxy Note 3 phablet and the 5″ Galaxy S4.
Although the Galaxy S5 is only 0.1″ bigger in display, it is overall a little bit thicker, wider, taller and heavier than the outgoing model. It is slightly thicker at 8.1mm (Galaxy S4: 7.9mm), and tips the scale slightly higher at 145 grams (Galaxy S4: 130 grams). While its processor gets beefed up with a 2.5GHz Quad-Core processor, it is still mated with just 2GB of RAM. You’ll also get a longer battery life with an expanded 2,800mAh capacity which is 200mAh more than the Galaxy S4 but 400mAh less than the Galaxy Note 3.
The obvious new advantage for the Galaxy S5 would be its new integrated finger print scanner on the home button and a heart rate sensor at the back. Design wise, we are liking the back of the Galaxy S5. Although it is obviously a removable plastic cover, the textured back which is similar to the Nexus 7 gives it a more upmarket feel. Much better we say, than the Galaxy Note 3 faux leather back cover. We’ve taken a couple of pictures comparing the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 by hand.
Head after the break for the full comparison including hardware specs and photos of devices taken side by side.
Samsung has started rolling its Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to Galaxy S4 non-LTE units which carries the model number (GT-I9500). If you’re using the 4G LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505), you might need to wait a little longer. The new update brings the latest KitKat goodies including UI changes as well as improvements on their native apps. A camera shortcut has been added on the lockscreen and the keyboard for landscape mode is reported to have been improved for faster typing.
At the moment the KitKat update is rolling out in phases with Russian and Indian units reported to have received it already. It shouldn’t take too long before it reaches our official Malaysian units. The update would be pushed directly to the phone Over the Air (OTA) or it can be downloaded manually using Samsung Kies 3 through your computer. Like the recent Galaxy Note 3 KitKat update, we recommend doing a full backup and perform a full factory reset if your phone is giving you problems after the update.
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If Gold or Red phones are too mainstream, Samsung has gone back to black with its Samsung Galaxy Black Edition. Available in either Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 mini, the Black Edition models comes with an all black exterior with a leather-like back cover similar to the Galaxy Note 3. For those who find the current Galaxy S4 back cover being too flashy with its reflective finish, this would be a better alternative.
In terms of specs, the Galaxy S4 Black Edition is similar to the Galaxy S4 4G LTE model (i9505) with a quad-core 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor while the Galaxy S4 mini retains the same modest dual-core 1.7GHz processor. Both models will be available in Russia first followed by other markets. The Galaxy S4 Black Edition is priced at RUB23,000 (Approximately RM2,100) while the mini goes for RUB16,000 (Approx. RM1,500).
Head after the break for pics of the Galaxy S4 mini Black Edition.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 (i9500) in Malaysia has finally received its Android 4.3 update which brings a couple of new improvements including official support for its Galaxy Gear smart watch. The new software also offers improved performance with new camera firmware, retweaked TouchWiz and better RAM management. Hopefully this would improve the battery life and lag issues we’ve been facing especially when it comes to camera.
The update package is about 674MB to download and it is available over the air. To start updating, just head to Settings > More (Tab) > About Device > Software Update.
The HTC One Max is officially revealed yesterday as the biggest member of the current aluminium clad HTC One series. While it is bigger on the exterior, its internals are identical to the 4.7″ HTC One.
So where does the HTC One Max stand in the sea of large screen smart phones? In terms of dimensions, it isn’t the biggest as the Xperia Z Ultra sports a tablet-like 6.44″ TFT Full HD display. However it is worth pointing out that the Xperia Z Ultra is thinner (6.5mm) and lighter (212g) than the One Max. With a thickness of 10.29mm, the One Max is thinner than the Lumia 1020 (10.4mm) and its 5″ cousin, the HTC Butterfly S (10.6mm). Comparing the battery capacity, the One Max tops the list with a larger 3,300mAh battery which is 100mAh more than the Galaxy Note 3.
For the first time for HTC, the One Max features a fingerprint scanner that’s located at the back. Unlike the iPhone 5S’s home button with discreet Touch ID, the One Max fingerprint scanner is rather conventional with the typical finger swipe motion. To unlock the device from sleep, you would still need to hit the power button the sides before swiping your finger at the back.
The achilles heel on paper has got to be the processor. For a high end device to launch in the final quarter of 2013, we would expect the One Max to run on a faster 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor but HTC has decided to stick to a familiar 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor that was used by the original HTC One. Surprisingly even its earlier HTC Butterfly S runs on a faster 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor.
Performance shouldn’t be a big issue as the Snapdragon 600 processor has proven itself on the HTC One with a buttery smooth experience. We dare say that the HTC One is much smoother and has better battery life than the Galaxy S4 non-LTE edition.
The next question would be when will it reach Malaysia and how much would it sell for. The Xperia Z Ultra which is now available with 4G LTE support is currently priced at RM2,199 with 16GB of storage. If the HTC One Max gets priced at RM2,399, would you choose it over the Galaxy Note 3 or Xperia Z1? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. If you haven’t seen it yet, do check out our first hands-on impressions of the HTC One Max here.
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When the Galaxy Gear smart watch was revealed, it was only compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition. Now Samsung has finally announced that more Galaxy models such as the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III will soon be able to pair with their smart watch.
This is made possible through a Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update which is expected to be rolled out to Galaxy S4 users in October while Galaxy S III and Note II users will start receiving it in December. Just recently, HTC has started rolling out Android 4.3 update for HTC One internationally as well.
The Galaxy Gear is currently priced at RM999 in Malaysia and it is given out free to eligible customers who purchase a Note 3 on contract with Maxis, Celcom and DiGi. We still think that the Galaxy Gear would have gotten more traction if they open up to more devices such as Pebble Smart Watch which is compatible with both iOS and Android platform. Even Sony’s own smart watch is at least compatible with most Android devices.
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Earlier on we’ve seen a drop test for the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Now here’s another torture test but this time with the Motorola Moto X and Galaxy S4 in the mix in a series of drop, slide and dunk test into water. Surprisingly the American made Moto X was a clear winner among the 4 as it survived all 3 tests rather well. The Galaxy S4 disappointingly died in both drop and dunk test which is a huge contrast to what we’ve seen in Samsung’s official torture test video.
Check out the torture video after the break.
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With the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C being revealed, how would they stack up against the current crop of smart phones? To find out, we’ve pitted the latest flagship smart phone numbers side by side for easy reference. Among the devices compared include the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, HTC One, HTC Butterfly S, LG G2, Sony Xperia Z1, Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Nokia Lumia 925 and Nokia Lumia 1020.
It is also interesting to see what has changed exactly a year ago when the iPhone 5 was launched. Compared with the latest smart phones in September 2012, the iPhone & Windows Phone didn’t change dramatically. However for Android devices, the displays had gone Full HD with larger size and processors getting higher bumps in clock speed while manufacturers putting more effort in trimming down the thickness.
Dimension wise, the iPhone 5 / 5S is still the thinnest and lightest in this comparison with exception of the Huawei Ascend P6 which is merely 6.18mm thick and the ultra large Xperia Z Ultra at 6.5mm. In terms of pixel density, the HTC One is still the highest at 469ppi which crams a Full HD resolution into a smaller 4.7″ screen.
If battery capacity is what you’re looking for, the Xperia Z Ultra and Galaxy Note 3 packs the most with 3,200mAh. For the photography enthusiasts, the 2 notable players here with the Lumia 1020 having the largest sensor size at 1/1.5″ with a insanely high 41MP. This is followed by the recently launched Xperia Z1 which packs a respectable 1/2.3″ sensor that does 20.7MP.
The Sony Xperias are the only water friendly device in this comparison which carries a IP58 Water resistant rating. Another alternative for underwater use would be the Galaxy S4 Active (not shown here) which comes with a lower IP57 rating.
With 4G LTE being deployed, it is worth pointing out that all models do come with LTE support however do be wary that it depends on the version that’s available in Malaysia. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is available in both 3G only and 4G LTE variants while the 6.4″ Sony Xperia Z Ultra that we have here is the HSPA+ version.
If you’re in the market for a new smart phone, which would you pick? As usual if you spot any errors, do alert us in the comment section below.
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Samsung’s water resistant Galaxy S4 Active is now now available on contract with Celcom. Retailing at RM1,899 outright, the Galaxy S4 Active is offered from as low as RM1,338 on its Celcom First plan with Mobile Internet add-on.
The full bundled pricing are as follows:
Celcom First Prime with 1GB/3GB Internet (12 months) – RM1,638
Celcom First Prime with 1GB/3GB Internet (18 months) – RM1,588
Celcom First Premier with 1GB/3GB Internet (12 months) – RM1,538
Celcom First Premier with 1GB/3GB Internet (18 months) – RM1,488
Celcom First Elite with 1GB/3GB Internet (12 months) – RM1,438
Celcom First Elite with 1GB/3GB Internet (18 months) – RM1,338
To recap, the Galaxy S4 Active has similar specs as the original Galaxy S4 LTE specs with a 1.9GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm processor and 4G LTE support. However there’s a slight notch down in couple of aspects including a lower 8MP camera and a 5″ Full HD display which uses TFT LCD instead of Super AMOLED. Despite being a water resist device, the back cover is removable which gives you access to its 2,600mAh battery.
For more information, head over to Celcom’s Galaxy S4 Active page.
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The water resistant Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is now available in Malaysia with the price tag of RM1,899. This is Samsung’s answer to the water friendly devices coming from Sony such as the Xperia Z, Xperia ZR and the recently launched Xperia Z Ultra.
In terms of specs, it is rather similar to the original Galaxy S4 but with some minor changes here and there. While the front 5″ Full HD 1080p display size is retained, the S4 Active uses the standard TFT LCD display instead of Super AMOLED that’s found on the S4 models. Powering the device is a 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor (similar to the S4 LTE version) with 2GB of RAM and it comes with 16GB of on-board storage. Another change is the main camera which is swapped with a 8MP shooter instead. For those who are looking forward to get the fastest mobile internet speeds, don’t fret as the S4 Active supports 4G LTE connectivity as well.
In terms of size, the Galaxy S4 Active is obviously bulkier than the standard S4 but comes with more rugged body construction. It weighs 153 grams (23 grams more than S4) and has a slimness of 9.1mm (1.2mm thicker). Rated with an IP67 water and dust resistance, the S4 active can be submerged under 1 metre for 30 minutes which is similar to the Xperia Z. On the plus side, the volume rocker on the S4 Active doubles up as a camera shutter button which is useful when taking pictures underwater. The back cover is still removable despite being a submersible device, giving access to the 2,600mAh battery, microSD and micro SIM slots.
For more information, head over to Samsung Malaysia’s Galaxy S4 Active page.