This year’s flagships are mostly focused on delivering the largest screen without increasing the size of the phone. Instead of having a wider device, the new screens are taller with a typical 18:9 display aspect ratio as a result of a thinner forehead and chin design.
The Galaxy S8/S8+ and Note8 are Samsung’s first attempt at an all-screen phone with its Infinity Display. Now it appears that they are bringing this big screen experience onto their next mid-range smartphones that are due in early 2018.
Fresh from IFA 2017, Sony Mobile appears to be bringing its latest Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact into Malaysia very soon. These are their latest flagship smartphones that run on a top of the line Snapdragon 835 processor and both are running on the very latest Android 8.0 Oreo.
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Sony has unveiled two new flagships at IFA 2017 – the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact. For the first time after introducing its Xperia X series, Sony now has a new compact flagship that offers top of the line hardware in a sub-5 inch form factor.
Almost everyone is having a price cut and Sony Mobile is no exception. The Sony Xperia XZ and XZs flagships are now more affordable with price reductions as much as RM500 off.
For those who care about benchmark figures, the iPhone has often come out on top despite having fewer cores and lesser RAM compared to its Android rivals. We’ve seen it on the iPhone 6s Plus and again with the iPhone 7/7 Plus.
After enjoying the #1 spot for the longest time, the iPhone 7 Plus has finally dethroned for the very first time on Antutu.
When Sony introduced its new Xperia X series last year, we thought Sony had completely gone bonkers. It replaced its high-end Xperia Z line with products that are severely overpriced for what it was offering.
The Xperia X, for example, was doomed from the start. It’s a mid-range smartphone that went on sale for RM2,499 in Malaysia. It had a Snapdragon 650 processor, a 23MP camera that doesn’t shoot in 4K and it isn’t even water resistant. Nobody is going to pay flagship price for that. The RM1,999 Xperia X Compact didn’t fare much better either.
During its investor relations event, Sony appears to have learnt their lesson and they are abandoning this whole “premium standard” category altogether.
If you’re flying long haul soon, here’s some bad news for you. The United States will be implementing a carry-on ban for most electronic devices as part of its TSA emergency amendment. This largely affects flights entering the US through the Middle East and Northen Africa.
Huawei Malaysia has officially unveiled its P10 lineup with 3 distinctive models. Apart from the P10 and P10 Plus, Huawei is also introducing the P10 Lite for the Malaysian market.
Smartphone shipments in Malaysia had dropped by 5.9% in 2016 versus the previous year according to IDC Malaysia’s latest report. They reckon this was likely caused by negative economic factors which include our depreciating ringgit against the US dollar.
Despite the annual decline, smartphone shipments had picked up in the last quarter and the top 3 brands were still able to increase their respective market share.
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The Xiaomi Redmi 3 isn’t officially available in Malaysia yet but they have announced even more variants of the Redmi 3 series in China. Following the announcement of its higher-end Redmi 3 Pro, the Chinese company now has the Redmi 3S and the Redmi 3X. The Redmi 3S looks like an updated version of the Redmi 3 but it still maintains the same starting price of 699 CNY which is below RM500.