The Sony Xperia Z1 is currently Sony’s flagship smart phone with top notch hardware that’s mated with a 20.7MP 1/2.3″ camera. If the 5 incher is too big, now a mini version has surfaced which is rumoured as the Xperia Z1 f. In terms of design, it looks rather identical and packs the same 20.7MP shooter, 2.2GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM as its bigger sibling.
Being the “mini” version, it comes with a smaller 4.3″ screen that does 1280×720 pixels resolution and a smaller 2,300mAh battery. In terms of dimensions, it is slightly thicker at 9.4mm compared to the Z1’s 8.5mm. Just like the new Xperia devices, it also comes with IP58 rated water & dust resistance capabilities.
Currently it is just a rumour and there’s a possibility that the so called leaked document is a fake. However we won’t be surprised if this is real as Sony does make similar designed phones in smaller packages like its Xperia S, Xperia P and Xperia U in its 2012 NXT series.
The 5″ Sony Xperia Z1 is priced at RM2,399 for its 16GB 4G LTE version which makes it similar priced as the Galaxy Note 3 with 32GB and 4G LTE support. If the mini version is real, this would be a compelling competitor against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom that’s priced at RM1,699.
You can check out the alleged Xperia Z1 f full spec sheet after the break.
After dropping the iPhone 5C/5S, the folks at Android Authority has turned their attention to the new 5.7″ Samsung Galaxy Note 3. With a rather plasticky textured back, the Galaxy Note 3 is subjected to the usual drop onto the back, sides and front. Find out how does the Galaxy Note 3 fare after the break.
UPDATE: As we come closer to imminent iPhone 5C & iPhone 5S launch in Malaysia, iPMart has reduced its pricing with the iPhone 5C 16GB going for RM1,915 followed by iPhone 5S 16GB at RM2,849, 32GB at RM3,249 and 64GB at RM3,449.
UPDATE 2: It’s official. iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S Malaysia launch happening on 1st November.
UPDATE 3: Malaysia Apple Online Store reveals official iPhone 5C price from RM1,999 and iPhone 5S price from RM2,399. Full pricing details here.
The iPhone 5C & iPhone 5S has officially rolled out in a several first wave countries including Singapore. While the new iPhones have yet to reached Malaysia officially, a couple of online retailers including a group buying site have started offering the iPhone 5S and 5C locally. If you can’t wait to buy one, read on.
Local retailer IPmart has listed the colourful iPhone 5C 16GB units at RM2,149 while the higher spec iPhone 5S is listed at RM2,999 for the Black 16GB model and RM3,399 for the White 32GB unit. Alternatively, Groupon Malaysia is also offering the iPhone 5C at RM2,199. For more bling, Lazada is selling the Gold iPhone 5S at a hefty RM4,199 for 16GB and RM4,299 for the 32GB model.
Obviously these are considered grey-import / AP set units. So for warranty claims, you would need to send your iPhones back to the place you’ve gotten from. If you think these prices are crazy, that’s the cost to bear as an early adopter in Malaysia which gives you the pleasure of holding an exclusive phone for a couple of months before it is officially rolled out in Malaysia. Last year, the iPhone 5 was launched in Malaysia in December and it is very likely that we would be getting the 5C/5S much earlier than that.
According to some industry sources, the iPhone 5C & iPhone 5S might be rolled out as early as late October or early November. We reckon it is more worth while to wait for a couple of months for Malaysian units.
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The LG G2 flagship smart phone boast a new 13MP camera which comes with Optical Image Stabilisation. To demonstrate how Optical Image Stabilisation works, LG has released an interesting video featuring a chicken named Lizzy. Apparently chickens have a rather steady head during body movements, making it an interesting alternative for steady action shots.
So far there’s no word when will LG bring this flagship model to Malaysia. You can compare the G2’s hardware spec and dimensions in our comparison post here.
Watch the full video after the break.
The Sony Xperia Z1 is expected to go on sale in Malaysia on the first week of October and now its pricing has been revealed at RM2,399. To recap the specs, the Xperia Z1 is the successor of its 5″ Xperia Z which boasts uprated specs of 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm 800 processor, improved 5″ Triluminos display and larger 20.7MP camera that’s mated with a 1/2.3″ Exmor RS Sensor and Sony’s G Lens.
Like the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, the Xperia Z1 also retains its IP58 rated water & dust resistance and the overall body construction is improved with the use of aluminium frame around the sides. On-board it comes with 16GB of storage which fortunately is expandable with microSD card memory.
For RM2,399, the Xperia Z1 is similarly priced with its new rival the Galaxy Note 3 which also comes with 4G LTE connectivity. In terms of specs, the Galaxy Note 3 seems to be more generous with 32GB of storage, 3,200mAh battery and larger Full HD 5.7″ display but it lacks the water resistant capabilities that the new Xperias are famous for. However it is worth pointing out that the Xperia Z1 key differentiation is its 20.7MP shooter which packs a bigger sensor. For more comparison of the specs and dimensions, you may refer to our recent smart phone comparison post.
You can check out our earlier hands-on of the Xperia Z1 over 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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HTC One users in Malaysia should be receiving a notification soon as HTC has started rolling out its latest Android 4.3 update to international units. This is the 2nd major OS update since its debut with Android 4.1.2 out of the box.
At time of launch, its direct competitor the Galaxy S4 was already rocking Android 4.2.2 but HTC has managed to catch up a few months later with an update that brought a host of new enhances to its Sense 5 interface. Currently HTC hasn’t reveal roll out dates specifically for Malaysian users but it is expected within the next couple of weeks. Just keep on eye for software update notification.
Meanwhile the previous flagship HTC One X has finally received its Android 4.2.2 update which comes with Sense 5. If you haven’t receive it yet, you can head to Settings > About > Software Updates. Thanks @kok_hong_tan for the heads up!
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Google’s eBook store, Play Books, is now available in Malaysia and it is accessible on both iOS and Android devices. If you have multiple devices, books are seamlessly synced across your devices allowing you to continue reading your favourite paperback even if you change devices.
A quick browse reveals that books are reasonably priced (Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs is RM40, Ender’s Game is RM22 and Catching Fire is RM27) but the selection, while varied, is rather limited. If you have a more avant garde taste in books you might not be able to find what you’re looking for.
The Books app is pre-installed in some Android devices but if it’s not just head on over to Google Play store or the Apple App Store and search for Google Play Books and you’re set. Alternatively you can access the Google Play Store website here.
Update: The PadFone Infinity that’s on sale in Malaysia caries the A80 model number. This runs the mid-range Snapdragon 600 processor. The newer A86 PadFone Infinity runs the Snapdragon 800 is not available in Malaysia. At the moment, ASUS has no plans to bring the A86 model here.
The top-of-the-line PadFone Infinity is now available in Malaysia with a retail price of RM2,699 for the 32GB version together with the tablet docking station.
The PadFone Infinity is a hybrid device of sorts. It consist of two components: one is the LTE smartphone which houses a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, a full-HD 1080p 5-inch Super IPS+, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP f2/0 rear camera and a 2,400mAh battery pack. The other is the tablet docking station that has a 10-inch 1920×1200 touchscreen along with a 5,000mAh battery.
The smartphone docks into the tablet station allowing you to use the device as a tablet when you want to. The advantage of this is that your data and other essential stays intact whether you’re in tablet or smartphone mode. It’s a novel idea and one that has many potential.
You cah check out what we think about the ASUS PadFone Infinity here.
Stock prices are not the only things taking a dive at BlackBerry. The former leader in mobile communications have revised the retail pricing for two of its high-end devices less than a year after their respective launches — the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10.
The Z10 range (both the LTE and 3G versions) get a RM389 price cut from RM2,288 to RM1,899 and RM2,188 to RM1,799 respectively. Meanwhile the Q10 is now RM390 cheaper from RM2,388 to RM1,998.
Current prices for the range of BlackBerry smartphones:
BlackBerry Q5 – RM1,299
BlackBerry Z10 (3G) – RM1,799
BlackBerry Z10 (4G LTE) – RM1,899
BlackBerry Q10 (4G LTE) – RM1,998
BlackBerry Z30 (4G LTE) – RM1,998
The troubled device manufacturer announced on Friday that it would cut 4,500 jobs as it prepares to absorb losses in the tune of close to US $1 billion due to a massive inventory of unsold devices. In Malaysia, BlackBerry distributor Brightstar recently launched a trade-up program early this month where consumers can get the Z10 for a hefty discount (up to RM1,800 off) when they trade in their old smartphone. More recently, Celcom is running a “buy one free one” promotion in conjunction with the launch of the BlackBerry Z30. The promotion gives one BlackBerry Z10 free with every purchase of a BlackBerry Z30. The operator will be giving away 200 units of the Z10 for this promotion.
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