UPDATE: Samsung announces 3 new colours for Galaxy Note 3.
The current Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is available in Black, White and rare pink. Just like its previous Galaxy devices, Samsung is said to be rolling out additional colours namely Red & a new colour called White Gold.
Gold seems to be the new Black for smart phones with iPhone 5S and now HTC One being offered in that royal colour. What’s interesting is the colour White Gold which in reality looks closer to platinium or silver. Somehow we can’t picture how that would blend well with its faux leather back cover with fake leather stitching. Who knows they might change the back cover texture altogether to brushed aluminium finish.
According to Sammobile’s internal source, the Red version will be released in the first few weeks of January while the White Gold version would be available a couple of weeks later.
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The late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live has hit the streets to
terrorise surprise unknowing strangers at Hollywood Walk of Fame. Cousin Sal, the main prankster in the video offered to help these tourists to take a photo. Instead, he makes a run for it but only to reveal that he is giving their smart phones an upgrade with the QX10 Lens Camera. It includes a short demo of its capabilities including its 10X Optical Zoom. You can check out the full clip after the break.
The Sony QX10 is officially on sale in Malaysia at RM699. It comes with a 18.2MP 1/2.3″ sensor that’s mated with its Sony G-Lens. The lens camera bolts on to your smart phone with its special latch mechanism and it supports both Android and iOS smart phones. It’s higher end model, the QX100 is priced at RM1,499 which comes with a bigger 20.9MP 1.0″ sensor and 3.6X Zoom.
If you haven’t seen it yet, check out our hands-on of the QX100 Lens Camera here.
Nokia has announced its new Lumia 525 which is an update of its current entry level Lumia 520. Based on the current numbers, the Nokia Lumia 520 is their best selling model accounting about 25% of total Windows Phone devices sold worldwide.
In terms of specs, the Lumia 525 is pretty much the same device as the Lumia 520 but comes with double the memory at 1GB of RAM. The Lumia 525 retains the same 4″ IPS display with a WVGA (800×480) resolution, dual-core 1.0GHz Qualcomm S4 processor, 8GB of internal storage and a microSD slot that supports up to 64GB. For photography, it also comes a 5MP main camera which shoots HD 720p videos.
The dimensions as expected remains unchanged with a 9.9mm thickness and it weighs 124 grams inclusive of its removable 1430mAh battery. Being an entry level device targeted at youths, the back covers are interchangeable with a choice of glossy orange, white, orange and matte black.
Head after the break for the Lumia 525 promo video and official pics.
The new HTC One Max is now available for contract from as low as RM1,638 with its Celcom First postpaid bundling. It was officially available in Malaysia since last week with the price tag of RM2,499 for its 32GB model. On Celcom, you have the option for 12, 18 and 24 months contract and the full bundled pricing as follows:
First Prime + 5GB (24 month) – RM1,638
First Premier + 5GB (24 month) – RM1,638
First Elite + 5GB (24 month) – RM1,638
First Data mPro 5GB (24 month) – RM1,688
First Prime + 1GB/3GB (12 month)- RM2,188
First Prime + 1GB/3GB (18 month)- RM2,088
First Premier + 1GB/3GB (12 month)- RM2,088
First Premier + 1GB/3GB (18 month)- RM1,988
First Elite + 1GB/3GB (12 month)- RM1,988
First Elite + 1GB/3GB (18 month)- RM1,858
The HTC One Max is currently the biggest among the HTC One family with a 5.9″ Full HD display and a massive 3,300mAh battery. Unique on the One Max is a finger print scanner which is located at the back. At this price point, the specs are a step back compared to the latest flagship devices but HTC is pushing more on premium build quality with the use of aluminium materials.
The rest of the hardware is rather identical with the smaller 4.7″ HTC One which includes a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, Boom Sound front stereo speakers and a 4MP effective ultrapixel camera. The back cover on the One Max is removable and it now comes with removable micro SD slot. You can read the hardware comparison of the HTC One here.
For more information, head over to Celcom’s HTC One Max page.
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Just a little over a month after its official global announcement at Nokia World 2013, Nokia’s largest smartphone is available in Malaysia. The Lumia 1520 gets its official Malaysia launch today and will be available in stores early December with a recommended retail price of RM2,159.
The Lumia 1520 is the largest Windows Phone to date, it packs a full HD 1080p 6-inch display pushing out a pixel density of about 367ppi (in comparison the 5.9-inch HTC One Max pushes 373ppi, the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3 386ppi while the 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra pushes 344ppi). Speaking of displays, the 1520’s display features a rather unique Assertive Display technology that offers superior outdoor visibility performance compared to other display technologies by tweaking the contrast ratio of individual pixels instead of simply increasing display brightness. You can watch a demo comparison of the Lumia 1520’s display versus a Note 3 here.
The 1520 is also the first Windows Phone device to pack Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 powerhouse quad-core processor running at 2.26GHz with 2GB of RAM. Seeing as how Windows Phone devices can perform smoothly even with dated processors, you can expect the 1520 to be blazing fast with the top-of-the-line Snapdragon processor.
Going a full 12 or 14 hours on a single charge is going to be easy with the Lumia 1520 thanks to the massive 3,400mAh battery and that frugal Snapdragon processor. Other goodies include built-in wireless charging, LTE support, four microphones for multi-microphone noise reduction during video recording and voice calls, and Nokia newest PureView camera sensor. There’s also 32GB of on board storage with support for microSD cards up to 64GB in capacity.
The 1520’s 20MP PureView camera has all the bells and whistles more powerful stablemate, the Lumia 1020, including optical image stabilization and oversampling capabilities albeit at only 2x as opposed to the Lumia 1020’s 3x lossless zoom prowess. At the front you get a 1.2MP wide angle camera that’s capable of shooting 720p videos. For a detailed spec-to-spec comparison of the Nokia Lumia 1520 with other top-end smartphones go here.
The Nokia 1520 is now available for pre-order from DiGi online store and Nokia Stores nationwide starting from today.
The Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth is the latest sub-RM800 tablet to hit the market. Targeted to teens, the MediaPad 7 Youth is decked in polished aluminium unibody shell, is just under 10mm thin and weighs 350g. As the name suggests, the MediaPad 7 Youth packs a 7-inch display but for the price you’re paying don’t expect to get full HD 1080p screen. Instead you get a 1024×600 pixel display that pushes a paltry 170ppi.
The budget basement MediaPad 7 Youth skimps on processing as well with a dual-core 1.6GHz processor 1GB RAM and 8GB. There’s a decent 4,100mAh battery and you can make phone calls and send text messages with the device but don’t expect to take great pictures with just the single 3MP rear camera.
The MediaPad 7 Youth is on sale in Malaysia now and while the RM699 RRP is enticing there are a number of better alternatives in the market that is just as cheap to buy but offer more.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 is Nokia’s first ever tablet and it ain’t holding back when it comes to dissing the competition. With its new ad, it directly mocks its main competition that’s as “thin as a pencil” urging audience to think if they bought the right tablet.
Aimed at road warriors that wants to reduce the bulk of a laptop, the ad shows off the Lumia 2520 advantage of running Windows 8 RT with Microsoft Office and its physical keyboard that doubles up as an extra battery pack. No doubt the advantage of having Microsoft Office & keyword is a clear win for doing work on the go but the iPad still leads when it comes to entertainment/games with its wide variety of apps.
Watch the ad after the break.
HTC has finally released its official gold colour for its HTC One ahead of the Christmas shopping season. It joins its existing Silver, Black, Red & Blue colour options and maintains the same official pricing, which is a similar case with the iPhone 5S which is also available in Gold.
There’s no change internally as it retails the same 4.7″ Full HD display and powered with a frugal but capable quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM. At the moment, the official mainstream HTC One in gold will be released in Europe at selected partners and so far there’s no word of its availability elsewhere.
The HTC One is one of our favourite device for 2013 but it is getting overshadowed by today’s latest flagship device that runs on newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Hopefully HTC will continue to excite the industry with their upcoming rumoured M8 device which is expected to debut in early 2014.
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UPDATE: Nokia Lumia 1520 officially launched in Malaysia at RM2,159.
The massive Nokia Lumia 1520 will be officially available in Malaysia pretty soon. Nokia Malaysia has just indicated via Facebook that pre-orders of its latest 6″ flagship will commence this week but details of placing a booking has yet to be revealed. This is probably one of the fastest roll out for a Nokia Windows Phone as it was just announced last month at Nokia World 2013.
The Lumia 1520 is the largest Windows Phone with a 6″ Full HD display pushing a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. This gives it a rather high pixel density of 367ppi (pixels per inch) which is rather close to the 5.9″ HTC One Max (373ppi) and 5.7″ Galaxy Note 3 (386ppi). For greater outdoor visibility, it comes with a rather unique Assertive Display technology which tweaks its pixel contrast ratio instead of increasing the brightness. You can watch a demo comparison of the display versus a Note 3 here.
With its eyes set upon today’s large smart phones such as the Galaxy Note 3, Nokia is not taking any chances and they have stepped up with a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. If the 32GB on-board storage isn’t enough, it also comes with a microSD slot for expansion up to 64GB. Juicing up the Lumia 1520 is a rather generous 3,400mAh battery which is 50% more than its current Lumia 1020.
In the camera department, the Lumia 1520 is a step down from its current epic 41MP shooting Lumia 1020. Instead it features a rather capable 20.7MP shooter with a sensor size of 1/2.5″. This makes it rather close with the Sony Xperia Z1‘s 20.7MP shooter with a slightly larger 1/2.3″ sensor. It also come with Optical Image Stabilisation and Zeiss optics as well. You can check out the full hardware comparison with other smart phones in our previous post.
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UPDATE: Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 now available in Malaysia at RM1,199.
Almost exactly a year after it was first introduced the Samsung announces the update the Galaxy Grand, the Galaxy Grand 2.
The dual-SIM Galaxy Grand 2 expands from the Galaxy Grand mid-range appeal with a larger 5.25-inch 1280×720 280ppi display (previous 5-inch 800×480 186ppi). Processing power also gets a boost with a 1.2GHz quad-core unit with 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of on board storage and microSD expansion for cards up to 64GB (previous 1.2GHz quad-core with 1GB RAM).
The camera looks to be unchanged from the previous Galaxy Grand with an 8MP autofocus main camera and a 1.9MP front camera at the front. Powering the Galaxy Grand 2 is a larger 2,600mAh battery (previous 2,100mAh) with a claimed 10 hours of video playback time. In terms of software, the Galaxy Grand 2 gets Android 4.3 with a host of Samsung smart features including Multi Window, Sound & Shot and Group Play. In terms of design, it features the same Faux Leather plastic back cover that’s found on the Galaxy Note 3.
The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 will be available in white, and black and pink when it is released in selective regions soon. Pricing details have not been revealed.
Head on over to after the jump for more pictures.