On the skin, the new Moto X gets an improved finish and an aluminum frame to give it a more premium feel. There are a number of covers to choose from but as you already know, like the old Moto X, these will not be available in Malaysia.
Specs wise, the new Moto X gets a quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset over the dated 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960, but the 2GB RAM is the same as does the 16 or 32GB of on board storage. Like the old Moto X, the new one doesn’t have a microSD card slot, which is unfortunate considering Motorola made it available on the updated Moto G.
At 5.2-inch the Gorilla Glass display on the new Moto X is better and technically better with full HD resolution and a more dense 423ppi versus 312ppi in the 4.7-inch 720p screen on the old Moto X. The camera has also been bumped up with a 13MP sensor that shoots 4K video at the back (versus 10MP camera, 1080p video in the old one) while the 2MP front shooter remains the same. Speaking of cameras, the camera app on the new Moto X is pretty cool. To start the camera while the phone is in sleep mode, you just need to flick the wrist twice while holding the phone. There’s also a best shot mode to eliminate blur and closed eyelids. The dual-LED ring flash is unique as well. Battery capacity has also been upped slightly to 2,300mAh from 2,200mAh before and the device runs stock Android 4.4.4 (KitKat) and, that’s pretty much it.
As a flagship smartphone, can the new Moto X compete with the Xperia Z3 and the Note 4? Like we said, not really.
The Moto G is the best selling Android smartphone in Motorola’s history and, it’s no fluke because he Moto G seems to break a universal law, things that are cheap can’t be good. So how do you improve on a best-seller? With Motorola, it seems, incremental is the way to go — this is the new Moto G.
The display is bigger now at 5-inch (4.5-inch in the old Moto G) with IPS — for a wider viewing angle — and Gorilla Glass. Motorola has also swapped LCD for AMOLED but the display resolution remains the same at 720p which means the display’s PPI drops slightly from 326ppi on the old one to 293ppi on the new one. The other noticeable is the stereo front facing speaker and it is something we really like because now viewing videos and listening to music is much better thanks to sound that’s not muffled or directed away from you.
he biggest issue that everyone had with the old Moto G is the lack of storage both on board and expandable. In the new Moto G, while the on board storage remains unchanged (an option of 8 or 16GB), you now have a microSD card slot as well. Camera resolution is now 8MP from 5MP in the old version while at front there’s a 2MP sensor instead of 1.3MP in the previous Moto G
Other than that everything else remains unchanged, the device runs on stock Android (it’s KitKat now, Motorola says Android L will be available for the new Moto G), the processor is still the same 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 and there’s still 1GB of RAM. The battery capacity is the same as well at 2,070mAh, and the price in Malysia is very likely to remain unchanged as well, which is, just under RM700 when it is available here.
Right out Ipoh, a group of inventors and tinkerers need your support. They have developed FOBO Tire, a Bluetooth tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) that they claim is the world’s first to work directly with your smartphone, and to get the product into the market, they need funding support.
The makers say FOBO Tire is the first TPMS to use Bluetooth 4.0 to allow it to work directly with your Android or iOS device. The system also comes with an In-Car monitoring unit that works simultaneously with your smart phone to allow you to use the system even if you don’t have your phone with you.
Aside from that, FOBO Tire to comes with many features that you see in most TPM systems. You get around the clock tyre pressure monitoring, there’s an option to pair 20 FOBO Tire sets with one device to allow you to monitor more than one car, you can also pair a FOBO Tire system with up to 100 devices allowing more than one user to monitor the tyre pressure of a particular car.
There’s also a build in theft deterrent — each FOBO Tire system is locked to the specific owner’s FOBO cloud account. This means if anyone steals your FOBO Tire system, its very unlikely for anyone else to be able to use it, unless they know your FOBO cloud account password. In the event that your FOBO Tire system does get nicked, you will also be notified.
While most of the mainstream players are showcasing its flagship smart phones at IFA 2014, Lenovo has turned its attention to the the mid-range segment. They have just announced the Vibe X2 and Vibe Z2 that boast premium and stylish design, that aims to stand out in the competitive mid-tier space.
Instead of sticking to the usual hardware with a different exterior, both the Vibe X2 and Vibe Z2 uses new processors including MediaTek’s new True Octa-core processor with 4G LTE and Qualcomm’s Quad-Core Snapdragon 410 64-bit processor.
In an age of eReaders and tablets, in a society that prefers reading what’s on screen rather than what’s on paper, how do you get people to talk about a plain old printed product catalog? You take a leaf from one of the most recognisable technology brand in the world, that’s how.
Ikea has just released its 2015 catalog and the ad promoting the said catalog is one of the most brilliant pieces advertising we’ve ever seen. The YouTube video is an obvious spoof of Apple’s style of marketing a product — simple and peppered with over-the-top superfluous descriptors.
The Ikea video is interesting to watch and if you’re not too keen on a printed catalog before, after seeing how thos one is promoted, you’d probably want to pick one up just for the fun of it.
The video, posted for Ikea Singapore, is a bonafide viral hit, raking in close to 2 million views two days after it was uploaded.
Its processor comes with 4 Cortex-A53 cores running at 1.5GHz and another 4 at 1.0GHz which is mated to 2GB of RAM. The Desire 820 slots right above its current Desire 816 and it comes with a similar 5.5″ HD 720p display with Boom Sound stereo speakers at the front.
Apart from having waterproof devices, Sony is also known for making wafer-thin tablets that’s also waterproof. Alongside with the Xperia Z3, Sony has gone smaller in size with the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact that offers a more practically sized 8″ display. At 6.4mm, this is the thinnest compact tablet and its the same thickness as its current full sized Xperia Z2 Tablet. In terms of weigh, it is light as well at 280g, which is still heavier than the Huawei MediaPad X1 at 239g. Its closest contender in terms of specs would be the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, which weighs 298g and has a thickness of 6.6mm.
With Sony, there’s no compromises on the hardware as it is powered by the same 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM that’s found on its current Xperia Z3 flagship. The front 8″ IPS display does 1920×1200 pixels resolution which gives a pixel density of 283ppi. It also gets a 16GB of storage which can be expanded with microSD up to 128GB.