Right after the recent BlackBerry Jam event, the upcoming BlackBerry 10 devices in full rendering had been purportedly revealed in a video which has been taken down. Apart from the full touch screen Blackberry L series device, there’s also a new BlackBerry 10 N series which features a full QWERTY keyboard.
Earlier on, some details of the devices were leaked with the L series having a 4.2″ 1280×768 356ppi display and N series having a 3.1″ 720×720 (330ppi) display. This is certainly good news for BlackBerry loyalist that prefer the tactile feel of a physical keyboard.
So far there’s no detail specification of the BlackBerry 10 N device but from the photos, it looks like a BlackBerry Bold 9900 with a bigger screen. The new UI with its Flow, Glance and Peek for BlackBerry 10 is certainly refreshing and it is interesting to see how RIM would adapt the experience on a keyboard + touch screen form factor. Both BlackBerry 10 devices are expected to launch in early 2013 and hopefully it will bring the much needed excitement for RIM among consumers.
Head after the break for more product images and Lowyat.Net’s hands-on video of the new BB OS 10 on a Dev Alpha B device.
With more Sony Xperia devices getting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, Sony Mobile has given its Xperia sola something extra. The Xperia sola with its Floating Touch feature lets you perform hovering actions on screen without touching the display. This lets you expand drop down menus on web pages and pre-select text links before clicking on them.
With the new ICS update for Xperia sola, they are introducing a new feature called Glove Mode, like the title suggest lets you interact with the display even if you are wearing gloves. This comes just in time for the winter season at the upper hemisphere. The feature is an extension of Floating Touch and bikers that wear gloves would certainly find this useful.
Head after the break for the demo video.
The new iOS 6 brings a host of new improvements including its all new Maps which cuts its dependency on Google Maps. However after being rolled out, it had sparked a massive wave of complaints including missing landmarks, data and distorted satellite views. Clearly the half baked maps was a disaster, especially for users that rely on maps on a daily basis.
In a surprise turn of events, Apple CEO Tim Cook has written a public letter to explain the situation and apologise for the frustration that their users face. He added that Apple has created their new maps from ground up in order to offer better experience with turn by turn navigation, voice integration, flyover and vector maps.
We wonder what would Steve Jobs do if he was still around today.
UPDATE: Cabinet lifts RM500 price cap for Smart Phone rebate program. Read on for more.
During the Budget 2013 announcement yesterday, one of the mobile phones related highlight is the RM200 off rebate for smart phone purchase by youths aged 21 to 30 years old with an income of RM3,000 and below. This will enable more youths to stay connected on the go with currently 22% of the population is said to be smart phone users. The rebate is set to benefit 1.5 million Malaysian youths which will cost about RM300 million next year.
The mechanics of such rebate is not clear but it is said to be eligible through an authorised dealer with the Youth Communication Package. While going through authorised dealer with a possible contracted plan is seen as fraud prevention, we hope it is not tied to a single provider and a limited choice of handsets. Youths should be given the freedom to choose their desired model and telco.
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The HTC One X+ details makes another early appearance again and this time on a telco brochure in the UK. The HTC One X+ is seen as a refresh of the current flagship One X that comes with a new improved quad-core Tegra 3 processor that runs up to 1.7GHz. Internally the One X+ comes with a massive 64GB of storage and it runs on the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The rest of the specs remain unchanged with 8MP camera and beats audio enhancement. There’s no mention of the screen size but it is likely to maintain the same 4.7″ Super LCD2 screen. Apart from the One X+, it is also rumoured that there will be a 5″ Android device coming from HTC but so far there isn’t much details on that yet.
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LG has just announced its latest 5″ smart phone, the Optimus VU II. It has just been 7 months since the original Optimus VU was introduced and already LG has released a successor so soon. The new Optimus VU II now gets an updated 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 S4 processor, bumped up 2GB of RAM and a bigger 2,150mAh battery. As comparison, previous version had 1GB of RAM and 2,080mAh battery.
It still maintains the same with a 5″ display that does 1024×768 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio. It is 9.4mm thick and weighs 159 grams. The Optimus VU II runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and it also comes with NFC and wireless charging.
So far the announcement is for the Korean domestic market only. Originally seen as a competitor for Galaxy Note, this could be seen as a reaction to close the gap with the Note II that’s being rolling out globally.
Most phone cases are just that, cases. Aside from protecting your device from scuffs and dings, the run-of-the-mill phone case doesn’t really do much else.
Well…that’s before the ReadyCase.
The ReadyCase is only 3mm thick but it packs more goodies than any other smartphone case out there. It has a rear panel that houses an interchangeable camera lens ring so you can attach various lenses made for the iPhone, a holder for an accompanying 8 or 16GB thumb drive (the thumbdrive doubles as an adjustable kickstand both in portrait and landscape mode). There are slots for you to store your headphones and cables, and there’s even an integrated multi-tool that can be two types of knives, a screwdriver and a bottle opener.
The people behind the ReadyCase say that the case will be made out of “aerospace grade composite materials” and is asking for US$40 from you to fund the development of the case with a goal of $15,000 by late October. If they do get enough funds the case is expected to ship early next year.
Head over to after the jump to check out what the ReadyCase can do.
The iPhone 5 uses the new Nano SIM which supposedly is different from your typical SIM cards. Its maker had earlier mentioned that one can’t simply cut a nano SIM from standard SIM cards because of its 15% reduction in thickness. Some have suggested shaving off 0.09mm by using sandpaper to match the nano SIM dimensions.
While that sounds like a lot of hassle, it seems that the thickness is something you need not worry about as many has tried using their cut out nano SIMs without any issues. @l33tdawg from HITB has confirmed that the Nano SIM can be cut from the standard sim and it will work fine on the iPhone 5. It was said that the iPhone 5 has sufficient depth so there shouldn’t be any issues having your freshly cut nano SIM stuck in the phone. Head over to HITB to check out the iPhone 5 review.
CNet Asia which earlier showed a guide about cutting and shaving the Nano SIM to spec also has confirmed that thickness does not matter. As long as the dimensions fit into the tray, you should be able to use it without issues.
So there you have it. Instead of paying for a telco issued nano-SIM card, you now have a cheaper option to cut it out with a puncher. If the makers of nano SIM intended to make thickness as a deterent to self-cutting, they have obviously failed to do so with the iPhone 5. While it works for the iPhone 5, this technique might not necessary work with future nano SIM devices that has less tolerance on height.
Thanks to @l33tdawg for the tip!
Sony Mobile has announced that its latest entry level Xperia miro and Xperia tipo dual will be coming to Malaysia soon. The Xperia miro is priced at RM699 while the Xperia tipo dual is priced at RM559. So far no availability dates for the Xperia miro but the dual-SIM Xperia tipo dual will be hitting the stores beginning 7th October. The single SIM version of the Xperia tipo will be available later in November with retail price unknown currently.
To recap on the specs, both Xperia miro and tipo runs on a modest 800MHz single core Qualcomm processor and 512MB of RAM. Both comes with a 480×320 resolution display with the miro having a 3.5″ screen while the tipo has a smaller 3.2″ screen. The Xperia miro is a notch higher with 4GB of on board storage, 5MP camera and it also comes with a front facing VGA camera as well. The Xperia tipo dual has a smaller 2.9GB storage and a 3.2MP camera.
Both devices packs a 1,500mAh battery which is generous for an entry level category and both are running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. If the on board storage is not enough, both devices come with micro SD slot for expansion.
Head after the break for our brief hands-on of the two devices.
Samsung has started rolling out its latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S III beginning with users in Poland. The update is expected to be released gradually by markets and Malaysian users should be getting the update soon. Along with the OS update, Samsung has improved some of its Samsung specific features such as an improved Pop-up play, new Easy Mode and Blocking Mode.
Samsung has also released a full list of other devices that will be upgraded to Jelly Bean, which includes:
Galaxy S II
Galaxy S Advance
Galaxy S II LTE
Galaxy Ace 2
Galaxy Ace Plus
Galaxy Mini 2
Galaxy S Duos
Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
Galaxy Note 10.1
There’s no timeline for the above mention devices but hopefully they will get them soon within this year.
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