ASUS has finally announced the arrival of the FonePad 7 tablet that’s capable of making voice calls. Retailing at RM999, the FonePad 7 is an incremental upgrade over its previous FonePad.
Powering the device is an Intel Atom Z2560 processor with 2 cores running at 1.6GHz with 1GB of RAM and it comes with 16GB of storage. Storage can be expanded with microSD card as well. Over at the front, it retains the same 7″ IPS LCD display that does a resolution of 1280×800. For better sound, the FonePad 7 comes with dual front facing stereo speakers as well. In the imaging department, it comes with a 5MP main camera that supports Full HD video and a front facing 1.2MP camera.
The battery capacity of 3,950mAh is smaller than the original 7″ FonePad but it promises up to 10 hours of use. Overall it weighs 340 grams and has a thickness of 10.5mm. In terms of connectivity, it is not 4G LTE compatible however it supports HSPA+ with download speeds up to 42Mbps.
If you’re looking to get this on contract, Maxis is offering the device as low as RM299 on SurfMore 75 or RM449 on SurfMore 50 with 24 months contract. More details on the Maxis FonePad 7 plans here.
For more information, head over to ASUS’s FonePad 7 product page.
Watch the promo video after the break.
Sony has announced that it has started rolling out a new Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update for its current Sony Xperia Z1 flagship device. The new update is said to have improved its camera algorithm for better performance. Its Social Camera platform is also improved making its camera apps such as Burst Mode, Superior Auto, AR Effect and Panorama mode to run more smoothly.
In addition, the display is also tweaked for better viewing while power management is improved for better battery life. The larger 6.4″ Sony Xperia Z Ultra will be updated as well with improved touch screen sensitivity towards touch, various pens & styluses. So far they didn’t reveal market specific roll out dates and hopefully they would this get it out soon in Malaysia.
In our recent camera comparison test, the Xperia Z1 sample photos left a lot to be desired. Hopefully with this update, the Xperia Z1 would redeem itself as a compelling imaging smart phone.
Angry Birds may be one of the most popular mobile gaming title since Snake but catapulting various kinds of birds into shacks made by pigs is getting a lame. It’s a good thing then that Rovio is coming out with Angry Birds Go — a spin-off of the Angry Birds franchise that has all the makings of a surefire hit.
Judging by the pre-release trailer (that you can view after the jump), Angry Birds Go is a combination of everything that made Angry Birds great repackaged into a kart racing game that looks good and promises to be fun and addictive. Aside from racing, the game promises a lot of variations as well with upgradeable vehicles and character power-ups.
Angry Birds Go will be available free on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 8. Blackberry 10 users will be happy to know that the game will be available on their platform as well.
The Samsung Galaxy Round gets unboxed and it currently retails at more than RM3,000 in South Korea. Overall, it looks rather identical as the Galaxy Note 3 but due to its curved shape, the Galaxy Round uses a rather different battery design which is a long rectangle instead of the usual square shaped battery. From the video, the battery looked rather normal without any fancy curved shape. Interestingly, the Koreans get two batteries in the box and it seems to be a norm for their market.
To recap, the Galaxy Round features a Galaxy Note 3-like specs with a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor with 3GB of RAM and comes with a similar sized 5.7″ Full HD AMOLED Display. The major difference is the lack of S-Pen stylus and comes with a smaller 2,800mAh battery. You can read more about the Galaxy Round here.
Watch the unboxing after the break.
With 4G coverage expanding particularly in the Klang Valley, Maxis has finally introduced its 4G LTE MiFi modem which allows you to create a mobile hotspot. The MiFi modem worth RM500 is bundled for free with its wireless broadband plans of RM88/month and above. If you’re planning to get one, below are the list of eligible broadband options:
RM88/month (5GB Peak + 15GB Off Peak)
RM128/month (7GB Peak + 21GB Off Peak)
RM158/month (12GB Peak + 36GB Off Peak)
The Peak hours are defined as 8AM to 2AM while off peak is a 6 hour window between the 2AM to 8AM. All wireless modem bundles are tied with a 12 month contract. During sign up, there’s a RM100 activation fee and an upfront payment of RM240 which will be rebated back across 12 months.
The bundled device is a Huawei E5776 which supports Cat4 4G LTE with speeds up to 150Mbps. On Maxis network, the claimed average download speeds is about 10-30Mbps with the potential of going up to 75Mbps. The MiFi is capable of connecting up to 10 WiFi devices and has a claimed battery life of up to 10 hours with its rather huge 3,000mAh battery. You can check out more details of the Huawei 4G MiFi modem here.
For more information, head over to Maxis Wireless Broadband.
Apple has finally confirmed its upcoming special event that’s happening on October 22 with the theme “We still have a lot to cover”. After unveiling their iPhones for 2013, it is natural to expect Apple to revamp its line up of iPads with their 5th generation 9.7″ tablet with Retina display and their 2nd generation iPad mini.
So what’s new? Apart from bumping up in the processor department, the new iPads are expected to come with a slimmer design profile similar to its current range of iPhone 5/5S. Rumour has it that the new iPads would also incorporate the seamlessly easy to use Touch ID.
iPads aside, Apple is also expected to introduce its new line up of Macs running on their latest OS X Mavericks. The event is happening 7 days from now so mark your calendars this 22nd October (or 23rd October Malaysian time).
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