The yet to be announced Nexus 4 has gotten its very own full blown review, thanks to the same guys that leaked early product shots of the device. This is probably the worst leaked ever for a new device.
In terms of exterior design, the Nexus 4 has a flat front surface as opposed to the curved contour glass on the Galaxy Nexus. Dimension wise, both devices are quite identical with the Nexus 4 being 1.5mm shorter but it is slightly wider by 1.3mm due to its larger 4.7″ display. Overall, the Nexus 4 is 9.2mm thick and weighs 139 grams. As comparison, the Galaxy Nexus is 8.9mm thick and weighs 135 grams.
With a pre-production unit running on Android 4.1.2, the unit was obviously riddled with bugs which resulted buttons not responding which needed soft resets. The camera software was buggy too with saturation and contrast problems while benchmark scores were pretty disappointing as well. No surprises there since the software is not final and the Nexus 4 is expected to run on a newer Android 4.2 version.
Of course it is premature to judge the Nexus 4 with a prototype review and the final product would obviously be better. Now if only the final product comes with a better camera and larger storage capacity of 16GB or 32GB.
Hit the source link to read the Russian review translated into English.
ASUS is expected to reveal its upcoming ASUS PadFone sequel, the PadFone 2 next Tuesday on 16th October. The ASUS PadFone which comes with a dockable phone and a tablet station is a unique convergence device which also comes with an optional keyboard dock. While we are still days away from the event, the new model is revealed early with product images and video.
From the leaked images, the new PadFone uses a different docking mechanism which now appears to be simpler with a slide in dock as opposed to the original in-tray docking mechanism. The PadFone 2 comes with a 4.7″ display (increased from the previous 4.3″), quad-core Qualcomm 8064 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, a larger 2,140mAh battery and a 13MP camera at the rear. Instead of Super AMOLED, ASUS has gone with Super IPS+ display that pushes 1280×720 pixels.
Head after the break for more images and a video of the PadFone 2.
The iPad Mini is now said to be officially revealed in an event happening on 23rd October. It is pointed out that the date is on a Tuesday which is unusual considering Apple has often launched products on a Wednesday. However the timing of the launch is interestingly. It is exactly 3 days ahead of the purported Microsoft Surface tablet launch and one day ahead of Galaxy Note II US launch event.
So far the iPad Mini has been revealed in several leaks like the iPhone 5. In terms of hardware, there isn’t much details apart from a 7.85″ display and the use of the latest lightning connector. The launch of a smaller iPad may signify a shift of Apple’s direction as Steve Jobs had earlier dismissed tablets smaller than 10″ as dead on arrival.
Hopefully the iPad Mini will be able to WOW the crowd over the current crop of 7″ tablets.
Celcom has finally announced that they too are offering nano SIM for the iPhone 5. New Celcom First subscribers or existing Celcom subscribers that have been with them for more than 12 months can change to the new nano SIM for free. For other subscribers under 12 months tenure, a RM5 charge applies.
The nano SIM from Celcom is now available for postpaid customers at their 80 Celcom branches and Blue Cube outlets nationwide. Prepaid customers will be able to get it next Monday, 15 October onwards.