Earlier on, it was speculated that the upcoming Nexus 5 will be carrying a new MEMS camera that offers high speed auto focus in a compact package. MEMS maker DigitalOptics has refuted such claims and the Nexus 5 is said to be using Sony’s sensor instead.
While clarifying the situation, DigitalOptics has also announced Oppo as the first smart phone maker to utilise their MEMS camera. The smart phone in question is the recently announced Oppo N1 which features a 13MP rotatable camera that works for both front and back.
To recap on the specs, the Oppo N1 is powered with a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM and comes with a rather generous 3,610mAh battery. Over at the front it has a large 5.9″ Full HD IPS display and it even has a discreet touch pad at the back. You can read up more on the Oppo N1 here.
It would be interesting to see how would the Oppo N1 fare against today’s smart phone cameras. Now if only they bring the device to Malaysia soon.
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UPDATE: Apple Malaysia to offer iPhone 5C/5S on its Online Store on 31st October.
If you’ve been waiting to get an iPhone 5C or iPhone 5S in Malaysia, mark your calendar this November 1st. Apple has just announced its next two phase of iPhone 5C/5S availability and us folks in Malaysia will be getting it under 24 days.
At the moment, a couple of retailers have started selling imported units of the iPhone 5C from RM1,915 and the iPhone 5S from RM2,849. In terms of official unit pricing, the iPhone 5S pricing shouldn’t stray too far away from the iPhone 5 pricing when it was launched last year however due to fluctuating currency exchange between USD and RM, a slight increase might be expected.
On November 1st, we would expect the 3 big telcos – DiGi, Celcom and Maxis to offer the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S simultaneously on contract and for those who want to purchase outright, there’s always the Apple Online Store and authorised retailers such as Senheng.
This time around, the new iPhone 5C/5S arrives quicker in Malaysia in just 51 days since its announcement on September 11th. As comparison, the iPhone 5 took 91 days to reach Malaysia on 14th December 2012.
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Samsung has finally revealed its Galaxy Round dubbed as the world’s first curved display smart phone. It comes with a 5.7″ Full HD Super AMOLED 1080p display, which is similar as the current flagship Galaxy Note 3 but in a curved shape. The back also features the same faux leather textured surface found on the Note 3.
In terms of specs, it runs on a 2.3GHz quad-core processor (likely to be Snapdragon 800) with 3GB of RAM and is juiced up with a 2,800mAh battery. It also packs a 13MP camera which is similar to the Galaxy S4 & Note 3. Overall it is 7.9mm thick and weights 154 grams. The Galaxy Round will be initially released in South Korea for about 1.09 million Won which is about RM3,250 if converted directly.
Just as the name suggests, the Galaxy Round features “Round Interaction” which lets you peek on notification and missed calls by simply rocking the device. You can see this in action after the break.
The HTC One Max with its images leaked numerous times is set to be announced sometime next week in multiple location. It is said that the global announcement is happening on October 15th in China, followed by October 16th in Hong Kong and October 18th in Taiwan.
The invitation above teases a few liners mentioning a finger that opens up a new window and you’re invited to immerse in sound with us. No doubt this confirms the earlier speculation that the HTC One Max will come with a finger print scanner located at the back of the device below the camera lens. Hopefully it is as easy to set up and use as the iPhone 5S’s Touch ID.
In terms of specs, the HTC One Max is the Taiwanese maker answer to the recent rise of phablets with a bigger 5.9″ display with updated top notch hardware including Snapdragon 800 processor, stereo front facing speakers and its Ultrapixel camera. The actual specs are quite sketchy at the moment with some suggesting that the One Max might be running on the lower Snapdragon 600 processor instead.
The current 4.7″ HTC One remains one of our favourite android smart phones and expectations are rather high for its bigger brother. The smart phone to beat is definitely the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which we currently find it hard to fault in terms of performance and usability. Obviously the aluminium clad HTC One Max will score more points in build quality but hopefully the price and specs are compelling enough to bring some competition to the table.
The next iteration of iPads are expected to be announced 2 weeks from now on 22nd October. What’s new is a 5th generation 9.7″ iPad and a 2nd generation iPad mini which is likely to come with Retina Display.
From the stream of leaks on the new tablets, the new full sized iPad is expected to be as thin as the current iPad mini and probably offered in the same colour scheme as the new iPhone 5S.
Internally, hardware is definitely given a bump and rumour has it that Apple might including the Touch ID into the new devices. The Apple event will also reveal a couple of new Macs as well. All shall be revealed in 2 weeks from now.
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UPDATE: 5.7″ Samsung Galaxy Round officially revealed.
Curved or flexible display seems to be the next big thing for Korean makers LG & Samsung with both of them aiming to launch curved smart phone in these couple of months. @evleaks which is well known for revealing official press images of upcoming devices have posted a couple of pictures of Samsung’s upcoming smart phone with curved display. The upcoming device is purportedly called as the Samsung Galaxy Round.
From the looks of it, the upcoming curve device looks like a curled up Galaxy S4. It doesn’t look ergonomically designed for calls as compared to Nokia 8110. At the bottom, there’s a noticeable bigger port which indicates micro USB 3.0 that was first introduced on the Galaxy Note 3.
Announcing a smart phone curve or flexible display is certainly news worthy but in the end it all boils down to usability. Now these makers are merely churning out phones for the sake of showcasing their capabilities, simply to prove a point that they can. It is expected that these new displays are a notch down as the new curved Samsung device is said to be having a 4.7″ screen with 720p resolution as opposed to today’s Full HD display.
We’ve seen new technology that come and go like 3D stereoscopic displays in 2011 with the LG Optimus 3D and HTC EVO 3D. Is a curved smart phone a game changer? We’ll have to see what benefits it will bring over the standard flat display panels.
Head after the break for another leaked product shot of the curved smart phone