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.
In a recent report by the IDC, it showed that in the recent quarter, about 400 million smartphones were sold and if you compare that to Microsoft’s earnings report, only 4.5 million of them were Lumia devices. That’s 1.1% of the market share. To contrast, Samsung moved around 85 million devices in that same quarter.
OPPO has taken the covers off its first smartphone of the year with Vietnam as their debut market. As teased previously, the OPPO F series is their new mid-range smartphone lineup that promises premium photography at a reasonable price.
In terms of appearance, it looks like an improved version of its OPPO R7 series with some minor tweaks on the unibody metal design. It resembles closely with the R7 Lite and it gets a couple of upgrades in the hardware department.
Not too long after its teaser went public, the OPPO F1 has finally appeared ahead of its launch. According to OPPO, this is their new mid-range device that focuses on producing premium-quality images.
As mentioned earlier, it looks like another OPPO R series that’s touched up with rounded edges along the sides. Now we finally have a clearer look thanks to a Vietnamese tech site that managed to get a proper hands-on.
OPPO is kickstarting 2016 with a brand new phone that’s going to be revealed in January. Having seen a barrage of R series smartphones (R7, R7 Plus, R7s), the Chinese smartphone maker will be introducing an all new F series that’s focused on “premium-quality mobile photography”.
With the Mobile World Congress and Samsung’s Unpacked just around the corner, rumours are beginning to stack up, especially regarding what is likely going to be their flagship device, the Galaxy S7.
Earlier, we reported that we could potentially see a bigger Samsung Galaxy S7 edge to better differentiate it from the regular S7, but now, it seems that the device could be even bigger than we initially thought.