Every mobile user is different with those who like talk a lot while there are others who just need mobile data. As telcos try to create a single plan to cater for the average users, they are often expensive or skewed towards particular a type of usage pattern.
To give greater flexibility, operator SingTel from our southern neighbour has introduced Easy Mobile which lets you customised your postpaid plan to suit your lifestyle. It allows you to tweak your plan either for more calls, text or even data usage on a monthly basis. Read on to find out more.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime or also known as the Galaxy F series has been speculated for quite a while now. According to a fresh report, the upcoming device apparently is going to be called as Galaxy S5 LTE-A which is sold exclusively through SK Telecom on the 19th June.
Instead of the speculated 5.2″ display, the Galaxy S5 LTE-A will be having the same 5.1″ display size as the Galaxy S5 but pushes Quad HD instead of the standard Full HD resolution. If you look closely at the teaser image above, you can spot a very fine WQHD in the Super AMOLED logo which confirms the Quad HD resolution of 2560×1440. The report also added that it will be powered by a newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 and it is likely to be mated with a more generous 3GB RAM as well.
So far there’s no word if such smart phone will be available outside of South Korea. In the past, we’ve seen 2 different speculations with one that looks like the Galaxy S5 with a perforated back and another version by @EVleaks which reveals a brushed metal back design. If the Galaxy Note 4 is taking too long to launch, Samsung might just release it internationally as a stop gap measure to counter competing smart phones with Quad HD displays.
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If you’re watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup using your TV then you’re doing it wrong. Astro — the official broadcaster of the 2014 FIFA World Cup — says it has much more to offer football fans this World Cup season with ‘Astro Go 2014 FIFA World Cup’ app.
Beyond being able to stream all 64 World Cup matches live to your device (tablets, smartphone and computer) while you’re away from the telly, the app brings a suite of features that enhances your TV viewing experience like being able to switch between six different live camera feeds on the fly. You can also pause and rewind live matches to catch instant replays as well as read about team/player profiles and other match stats.
To get you into the groove of things, you can watch 30 group stage matches live for free on the app. Beyond that, full access to all the features will set you back RM100 including all 64 matches plus over 100 hours classic matches and highlights from previous FIFA World Cups. Non-Astro subscribers can subscribe to the service for the same price as well. If you want, Astro is also offering pay-per-view for selected matches at RM6 per match.
The ‘Astro Go 2014 FIFA World Cup’ App can be downloaded for iOS (here) and for Android tablets and smartphones (here), while the web version can be accessed via www.stadiumastro.com. For more information on Astro on the Go, please visit www.astroonthego.com.
Here’s another autonomous drone to get your saliva glands working. Say hello to the Airdog, an autonomous quadcopter drone that follows your every action-packed move.
The Airdog differs with the Hexo+ in a number of ways. First, the Airdog comes with a wrist-mounted controller allowing you to control device without a smartphone. This makes the Airdog more versatile especially when you’re recording in wet or muddy conditions.
Next you have sports-specific profiles that changes the attitude of the drone to give you camera angles that match the action and other sports-specific functionality. For example if you’re surfing, the drone can be set to idle at the beach until the moment when you need it. When the perfect wave hits, you can trigger the drone to take off and come find/follow you. Should the battery run low while you’re still in action, it’ll fly itself back to the coast and land again. There will be similarly tailored profiles for other sports. Other features include the ability to program in your own flight paths or record a flight path that you like that you can fine tune later, and the ability to control the drone using a standard RC controller. The Airdog is designed for GoPro cameras and even includes a gimbal for better image stabilisation.
The people behind Aridog needs US$200,000 on Kicktarter to get the concept of the ground. Backers can get the unit for a special early-bird price of around US$995 to US$1,195. Retail shoppers can expect to part with $1,500 if and when it hits the shelves in October if things go according to plan.
Stop looking silly and throw away that ridiculous monopod. Get this instead.
Hexo+ camera is not your ordinary action cam, it can fly and not only that it’s an autonomous drone too. That means it automatically follows and records you while you’re doing your thing by tracking your phone
You can set the distance at which you want the drone to follow you and the device has a top speed of of 70km/h so it’s plenty fast for the most of us but you’re not going to be able to use it for long as . If you want one you can’t buy it just yet but you can support the project via Kickstarter.
The inventors of the Hexo+ camera need US$50,000 to get it off the air and you’ll need to pledge at least $499 for just the drone or US$699 will get you the drone plus a camera — both setup includes a stabilising gimbal as well. They targets to have the first batch shipped to backers by May 2015. At the time of writing this the project has 432 backers who’ve pledged over 4 times the US$50k target!
The dual-SIM Xiaomi Redmi 1S will be going on sale in Malaysia very soon. Tipster @szeseong has done a bit of searching to and has found the affordable smart phone carrying the model number 2013029 listed in SIRIM’s certification database. In terms of price, the Redmi 1S is listed at 799 Yuan in China which converts to about RM420 in our local currency today.
During Xiaomi’s launch event last month, they did mention June as the availability month for the Redmi 1S. To recap on the specs, the Redmi 1S gets a 4.7″ IPS display that pushes a decent 720p HD resolution and it runs on a mid-tier 1.6GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM. It also comes with 8GB of expandable storage with microSD slot and a 8MP main camera. Keeping the lights on is a 2,000mAh capacity battery which is replaceable under its removable back cover. The dual-SIM slots support 3G and 2G connectivity respectively.
The Redmi 1S is an upgrade over the original Redmi which was sold in Singapore. The classic Redmi is running on MediaTek’s Quad-Core 1.5GHz processor and it came with just 4GB of storage. Since Xiaomi is having a weekly sale every Tuesday at 12PM, the Redmi 1S might just hit their online store on 24th June. For now, those who are in the market for a new device can purchase the Mi 3 smart phone at a much reduced RM769 price tag tomorrow.
You can check out the Xiaomi Redmi 1S SIRIM listing and our hands-on video after the break.
Thanks @szeseong for the tip!
UPDATE: Moto E is going on sale in Malaysia on 13th August.
The even cheaper Moto E is heading our way in Malaysia as it gets certified by our very own SIRIM. Like the Moto G, we will be receiving the Dual-SIM version which carries the model number XT1022. The Moto E will be affordably priced below RM500 as it is currently sold for 89 Pounds (RM487) in the UK and 6,999 Rupees (RM380) in India.
To recap on the specs, the Moto E gets a 4.3″ qHD (960×540) display and runs on a lower end 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor that’s mated to 1GB of RAM. It packs only 4GB of on-board storage but fortunately it has a microSD slot which accept cards up to 32GB capacity. There’s a 5MP main camera without flash and it lacks a front facing camera. Juicing up the device is a 1,980mAh non-removable battery which should provide all day usage with its frugal processor. In terms of connectivity, it gets 802.11n WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 LE and 3G HSPA+ connectivity with speeds up to 21Mbps.
The Moto E will face stiff competition from other affordable smart phones that are priced below RM600. However the key advantage is that it will be among the first to receive the latest Android 4.4.3 KitKat, a move that’s very rare for entry level smart phones.
You can check out the certification listing as well as Moto E’s promo videos after the break.
Thanks NightFelix for the tip!
Quad HD displays are becoming the standard for flagship smart phones launched in the second half of 2014. We’ve seen Oppo, LG and even Lenovo having a smart phone with Quad-HD display. Now Alcatel appears to be the next player as its upcoming One Touch D820 was spotted in GFXBench with a Quad HD display.
The purported benchmark reveals a 4.6″ screen that does a whooping 2560×1440 resolution. If this is real, this would be the highest pixel density display for a smart phone at 638 ppi (pixels per inch)! As comparison, the Find 7 and LG G3’s 5.5″ display does 538 ppi. Somehow we feel that 4.6″ is too small considering its current Octa-Core flagship, the One Touch Idol X+ is having a 5″ Full HD display.
The new device runs on MediaTek’s latest Octa-Core MT6595 processor with 4G LTE support and mated to 3GB of RAM. On-board storage is believed to be 16GB while the main camera is capable of shooting 4K resolution videos. Out of the box, it is listed to run with the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat. With a Quad HD display, an Octa-Core processor and 4G LTE connectivity, this device will definitely get some attention in the coming months.
The recently announced Samsung Galaxy Tab S will be launched in Malaysia next week on the 24th of June. This is probably the quickest roll out from Samsung in Malaysia after being announced internationally just last Friday. Based on SIRIM’s certification, we would be getting the 4G LTE variants for both 8.4″ and 10.5″ sizes.
To recap on the specs, both Galaxy Tab S will be having a high resolution 2560×1600 Super AMOLED display and runs on a Quad-Core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 3GB of RAM. The design mimics the Galaxy S5 with its perforated back cover look and boast a super thin 6.6mm thickness and weighing 467 grams for the 10.5″ LTE version. The home button in front also doubles up as a finger print scanner and you’ll also get the Ultra Power Saving Mode that was first introduced on the Galaxy S5. You can read up more details of the Galaxy Tab S here.
If you can’t keep up with the number of tablets being offered by Samsung, check out our Samsung Galaxy tablets comparison or you can see how does the new Galaxy Tab S stacks up against other high-end tablets.
Xiaomi will be selling 7,000 units of its Mi 3 smart phone tomorrow and now they have just announced additional RM120 discount. The Mi 3 will be sold at only RM769 instead of its original RM889 price for tomorrow’s sale. It is offered only with 16GB storage and in Metallic Grey colour.
If you have have been holding out for a Mi 3 smart phone, mark your calendars tomorrow at 12PM. With limited 7,000 units and an even lower price tag, the Mi 3 smart phone is definitely a hot seller. Also going on sale is 10,000 units of its 10,400mAh Power Bank at RM36 and 5,000 units of its smaller 5,200mAh unit at RM25. Considering this is a “Summer Sale”, it isn’t clear if the price will return to RM889 after this.
For first timers, do check out our past Buyer’s Guide on what you need to know. If you haven’t already, do register for a Xiaomi account and have a PayPal account on standby that’s linked to a credit card. The sale is happening at 12PM (noon) tomorrow, Tuesday 17th June at www.mi.com/my.
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