Flexible displays on smartphones are the in thing right now while its a trend we’re not really sure will catch on, it is one the Samsung is keen to exploit. This is probably the first of many TV spots we’ll see from the Korean manufacturer showcasing what it claims it the first smartphone in the world with a curved display — the oddly named Galaxy Round.
So what benefits does a curved screen have over a flat one? The ad seems to tell us that users will appreciate the ergonomics. The ad also seem to tell us that sliding your fingers over a curved plane feels more natural than a flat one. Anyways, we’re still not sold on the idea of a curved screen device.
Head on to after the jump to watch the ad and tell us why would you want a curved screen smartphone over a flat screen one.
The curved LG G Flex is now official in Korea, boasting it as the world’s first real curved smart phone. While the Samsung Galaxy Round is curved horizontally, the G Flex curves vertically like the Nokia 8110 “Banana Phone” with similar design as the Galaxy Nexus. The device was leaked with clear details last week.
With this curved shape, the G Flex offers more design benefits such as reduction of distance between the mouth and microphone while audio loudness is increased by 3db compared to typical flat designed smart phones. In addition, the display in landscape mode claims to offer an IMAX-like experience for video playback and gaming. LG has mentioned that this is a perfect fit in a back pocket but reality is that most of us would be keeping their phones over at the front.
The 6″ display on the G Flex is the largest Plastic OLED display that’s plastic base instead of using glass. The P-OLED display claims to be brighter and precise as it uses real RGB that contains all 3 sub-pixels in one pixel. Meanwhile its battery developed by LG Chem is the first ever curved battery that carries a rather huge 3,500mAh capacity.
While most smart phones today including the curved Galaxy Round offers Full HD resolution, the G Flex 6″ display falls short by offering a notch down 720p resolution of 1280×720. In pixel density terms, the G Flex offers a rather low 245 ppi (pixels per inch).
Since most phones are rather prone to drops and scratches, the LG G Flex introduces a new feature called Self Healing. Yes it sounds like a Sci-Fi feature and LG claims that its special coating is able to recover itself from typical daily scratches and nicks.
The LG G Flex also carries similar features from the LG G2 such as Knock on and the rear mounted key buttons with colour illumination. In terms of hardware, it packs a capable 2.26GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It also packs a 13MP rear camera with a 2MP front facing unit along with 4G LTE support including LTE Advance. Overall, it weighs 177 grams and has a thickness of 8.7mm.
Head after the break for its official press images.
The water and dust resistive Sony Xperia Z1 is now available for contract bundling on U Mobile. Retailing at RM2,399, the Xperia Z1 with its 20.7MP shooter is offered from as low as RM1,188.
There are 3 contract plans options which are tied with 24 months duration. The bundled pricing as follows:
Ultimate Device 68 – RM1,880
Ultimate Device 98 – RM1,630
Ultimate Device 158 – RM1,188
During sign up, U Mobile requires an upfront payment between RM240 to RM912 depending on plan.
To recap on the specs, the Xperia Z1 runs on a top of the line 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage. It comes with a 5″ Full HD display and packs a rather generous 3,000mAh. For imaging, it boast a 20.7MP shooter with Sony G-Lens and a larger sensor size of 1/2.3″.
For more information, head over to U Mobile’s Sony Xperia Z1 page.
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If you plan to be the first to get an iPhone 5C or iPhone 5S on contract, DiGi has started its virtual queue on Facebook where the first 250 can secure their priorty spot, skipping the long queues on launch day.
To maintain yourself in the line, you are required to share from the DiGi promo tab with the hashtag #DiGiFASTLINE. The virtual queue will close at 12AM on 30th October and the Top 250 people on the line will be announced around 12PM-5PM on the same day. As the iPhone 5C/5S is officially launched in Malaysia on 31st October, the redeption still commence during the midnight launch.
If you are among the lucky top 250 participants, your device can be collected at the following outlets:
DiGi Store Petaling Jaya, SS2
DiGi Store Johor Bahru, Taman Molek
DiGi Store Kota Kinabalu, Api-Api
DiGi Store Kuching, Jalan Kulas Tengah
DiGi Store Penang, Pulau Tikus
To start queuing up for an iPhone 5C/5S on DiGi, head over here.
As revealed last week, the iPhone 5S is priced from RM2,399 for the 16GB model while the colourful iPhone 5C starts from RM1,999 also for its 16GB model. It is a hefty RM200-350 price over its previous iPhones which is normally priced at RM2,199 for 16GB. Earlier Maxis has accidentally revealed its Maxis One Club plans
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UPDATE: We’ve pitted the Xperia Z1 against the Lumia 1020 and Galaxy Note 3 in another camera shootout. Find out how does it compare after the new software update here.
The 20.7MP shooting Sony Xperia Z1 has just gotten an update which brings the firmware version up to 14.1.G.2.257. Camera performance is expected to receive a boost which is very much needed to close the gap with its competition.
So we’ve finally updated ours through the desktop PC Companion software and we’ve compared some shots taken before and update the software update. However do note that there’s some slight lighting variations as there’s a 30 minute difference between the 2 shots taken. On some shots, it does appear that the Xperia Z1 is able to capture more details but at some shots, the difference is barely noticeable. Comparing the 2, it does look less smudgy especially with low light shots.
Overall, we believe there’s still room for improvement on the Xperia Z1 and now they have another direct challenger in the form of the Lumia 1520 which also comes with a 20.7MP camera but with a smaller 1/2.5″ sensor. Watch this space as we will conduct another round of camera shootout against the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
For Xperia Z1 owners out there, do you face significant quality improvements? Drop your thoughts in the comments below and it would be great if you can share some sample shots as well.
Head after the break for sample comparison of the Xperia Z1.