If you’re looking for a stylish 7-inch tablet, ASUS says it has just the thing for you. ASUS claims the design of the new Memo Pad 7 is inspired by clutches and wallets, and it does look like one — if you squint your eyes. The new MeMO Pad 7 is powered by a Android 4.4 (KitKat) and features a 7-inch Full HD (1920×1200 pixels, 323ppi) IPS TruVivid display and an energy-efficient 1.83GHz 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 processor, there also a 4G LTE option connectivity. For imaging, you get a 5MP rear-facing camera and a 2MP front-facing camera. ASUS’ amazingly effective PixelMaster low-light technology is also available
Made with a fiberglass body and duralumin frame, the MeMO Pad 7 is 8.3mm thick and weighs 269g, making it thinner and lighter than its predecessor. Three colours are available, each featuring a different finish — there’s Rose Champagne with pearl finish, a Burgundy Red model with a dark lacquer coat that ASUS says mimics that of a grand piano, and there’s Gentle Black model with a matte-black finish and texture that according to ASUS mimics the look and feel of fine leather.
No official word on when the new MeMoPad 7 will be coming to Malaysia but we expect it to be within this year. Stay tune for our hands-on videos soon.
Better known for making laptops and motherboards ASUS is entering uncharted territory with the announcement of its first ever wearable device, the ZenWatch.
Creating a wearable is nothing like creating a laptop. While some may not mind a laptop that looks bland and plain, that wearable that you put on your wrist needs to look stylish — at the very least it needs to not look like a small computer on your wrist. While the ZenWatch isn’t something that we would call stylish, we can’t say its ugly either, so at the very least, you’re not going to look bad wearing it.
For the money, you get a stainless steel frame with rose gold accents along the side. The display is made out of curved Corning Gorilla Glass while the strap is made out of leather and can be changed to suite your preference.
The ZenWatch features a 1.63-inch (320×320 278ppi) AMOLED display, powering the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2GHz 400 processor combined with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. It comes with Bluetooth 4.0 and there is a 9-axis sensor and bio sensor embedded that allows you to check your heart rate using the watch. And as you would expect the Zenwatch runs on Google’s proprietary OS for wearables — Android Wear.
In terms of software, some interesting highlights include customisable watchfaces, an SOS app that alerts people if you’ve fallen over and presumable unconscious, plus there’s an app that allows you to use the ZenWatch as a clicker at your next business presentation. Also, if you want, you can use the ZenWatch as a shutter button and viewfinder for the camera on your ASUS phone. ASUS says the battery should last for about a day which means you like most other smartwatches, you will still have to charge the device at the end of the day.
The ZenWatch retails for €199 but there’s no word on when it will be coming to Malaysia. Stay tuned for our hands on of the ZenWatch soon.
ASUS wants to bring cheap computing to the masses, and while this isn’t ASUS’ first attempt at making cheap computers (remember the EeePC that started the netbook craze?), the just announced EeeBook X205 looks interesting. Starting at €199, the EeeBook X205 packs a quad-core Intel Atom T3735 Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, a 1366×768 LED backlit screen, a VGA webcam, a microSDXC slot and a micro-HDMI socket — all this in a package that weighs a smidgen under 1kg.
The specs may not be groundbreaking but if you need a machine for casual browsing (12 hours of browsing on a single charge, according to ASUS) and some light work, the EeeBook can work. There are four colours to choose from — black, white, gold or red — and you get a full-sized keyboard along with a large trackpad to get things done. In terms of storage, you can choose either 32GB or 64GB of flash memory on top of a generous 500GB of ASUS WebStorage for free for two years.
No word on when this EeeBook is coming to Malaysia but we’ll keep you posted. In the mean time, check out our hands-on photos with the ASUS EeeBook after the break.
Move aside ASUS ZenFone 4 and Moto E, Samsung has introduced a new contender in the entry level segment with the Galaxy V. Priced at only RM299, it offers dual-SIM connectivity, a 4″ screen, has a camera for the front and it runs on Android 4.4 KitKat.
The official specs isn’t revealed yet but based on their Vietnam model, the Galaxy V is quite a typical entry-level phone but it does get extras such as LED flash light and a front facing camera which are lacking on low cost phones. The Galaxy V’s 4″ display pushes a resolution of 854×480 pixels and it runs on an unspecified 1.2GHz processor that’s mated to 512MB of RAM. For Malaysia, the main camera is a 3MP unit and it appears to have assisted LED flash from the picture above.
Taking selfies should be a low key affair as the front camera is likely to be a basic VGA unit. On-board there’s 4GB of storage that is expandable with microSD. Keeping it juiced up is a modest 1,500mAh capacity battery which should be decent enough for average use.
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Just hours before Sony’s IFA event in Berlin, the folks at XperiaBlog had revealed more press shots of the new Xperia Z3 flagship. Remember the word “Cu” in their teaser video? That turns out to be their new colour, replacing its signature purple that was iconic on the Xperia Z, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z2.
Since the colour gold is getting too mainstream, Copper seems to be a better way to stand out from the crowd. If that and the typical black or white colours isn’t your cup of tea, there’s also a forth colour which looks like light green or lime. In terms of specs, the Xperia Z3 is now speculated to be having a similar 5.2″ Full HD display and it runs on a more newer 2.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM and expandable 16GB of storage. The back camera retains the similar 20.7MP 1/2.3″ Exmor RS sensor, while the front gets a 2MP shooter. Meanwhile the battery is a slight notch down at 3,100mAh (down from 3,200mAh on the Xperia Z2).
Sony is really revamping not just the hardware but also the looks and colour options of its line up. Earlier on, a fresh batch of images of the Xperia Z3 Compact reveals a new green and orange/red colour options that has a translucent looking effect. On top of that, there’s also a closer look at their new SmartBand that comes with an e-ink display.
Check out the rest of the images after the break.
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If you want to get a Redmi Note on contract with lower monthly commitments, Celcom is now bundling it with their Celcom First One Plan. Retailing at RM509, the 5.5″ Redmi Note can be yours from as low as RM38. On Celcom First One Plan, you’ll get 3GB of data at RM68/month while the 5GB would costs RM88/month. Also included is 60 minutes of voice calls and 60 SMS as well.
The bundled pricing are as follows:
Celcom First One Plan (3GB) – RM188
Celcom First One Plan (5GB) – RM38
At time of sign up, Celcom is requiring RM400 and RM600 as advance payment for the 3GB and 5GB plan respectively. The advance payment will be rebated back to your bill across 10 months. The Redmi Note is tied with 24 months contract duration.
To recap on the spes, the Redmi Note gets a 5.5″ HD 720p display and it runs on a 1.7GHz Octa-Core processor with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board storage. It also has a 13MP main camera and a front facing 5MP camera. Being a phablet device, the Redmi Note is generously juiced up with a 3,200mAh capacity battery.
For more information, head over to Celcom’s Redmi Note page.