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Are you ready for 4K? Sony Malaysia launches the Xperia Z5 series

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Anticipation is running high for the latest iteration of the Xperia line-up; mainly due to the 4K screen on the Xperia Z5 Premium Dual, and the same 23-megapixel sensor found on all three that gave the number 1 smartphone camera spot to Sony (judged by DxOMark). But will this trio be enough to revitalise the ailing Japanese mobile division of this multinational conglomerate?

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Sony Malaysia opens registration of interest for their Xperia Z5 line

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UPDATE: Sony Malaysia will be launching the Xperia Z5 Compact Dual, Xperia Z5 Dual and Xperia Z5 Premium Dual.

Given their recent troubles, this will be a make or break device(s) for Japanese company; with the Z5 line has the potential of being their saving grace. The three devices are slated to make an official appearance in Malaysia on the 29th October during this special invite-only event (you can sign up here). If you’re lucky enough to score yourself these exclusive invites, you’ll be in store for some lucky draws, giveaways and door gifts.

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Sony Xperia Z5 is the best mobile camera according to DxOMark

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In our most recent camera shootout, we tested the best Sony had to offer, which at the time was the Xperia M5, that placed 7th out of 10, overall. Worrying for Sony, who had relative success in supplying cameras to other flagships (iPhones, Samsungs and etc); success that has not streamed down to their own phone cameras, at least when field tested. A new change comes in the form of the latest Sony Xperia Z5 line, that’s been tested by the guys at DxOMark, showing a vast improvement.

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Sony’s Xperia Z5 Premium future-proof for 4K but will display mainly in 1080p

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IFA brought some great devices, but at the same time Sony was busy as well releasing their latest smart phones and the Xperia Z5 Premium was one of them. What blew most people away was the fact that Sony decided to pack a 4K display on the 5.5-inch device – a first in the smartphone industry. But it certainly isn’t cheap because native 4K content isn’t easy to find. Sony’s latest statement answers some questions but we’ll have to see how well it attempts to levitate this problem.

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Sony Xperia Z5 Premium pushes the world’s first 4K resolution smart phone

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The display is the most looked at component on a smart phone, and Sony’s latest and greatest has broken all conventions with the new Xperia Z5 Premium. It packs a 4K display at the front which is basically 3840×2160 pixels crammed into a 5.5″ screen, giving an insane pixel density of 806 pixels per inch. If you can’t imagine how big a deal this is, it is like squeezing 4x Full HD displays into a single smart phone.

This a huge leap not only for Sony but also for the smart phone industry where most players are still reluctant to jump onto the Quad HD bandwagon due to power and cost practicality.

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The World’s Thinnest 4K TV has arrived in Malaysia with Android TV on board

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Sony unveiled their 4K lineup of TVs in during CES 2015 and now the ultra-thin Android powered TVs are here for the Malaysian market.

The new models will be going by  X8300C, X8500C, X9300C and X9000C being the ultra thin model and the X9400 being the huge 75 inch premium model. All of the above will be run by the same 4K Processor X1 chip that allows the TV to scale up 1080p content to 4K quality without sacrificing any clarity or detail. The screens will feature a 3840 x 2160 4K resolution as well as the TRILUMINOUS tech to accurately reproduce brilliant colours as well as the X-tended Dynamic Range contrast enhancement to provide deeper blacks.

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YouTube Mobile App now supports 1440p video playback

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Got a Quad HD smart phone but want to get higher quality content? Not to worry as YouTube has upped its maximum supported video quality to 1440p resolution allowing you to watch sharper videos on your mobile device provided you have the screen resolution to support it. We’ve updated our YouTube app and tried it with the Oppo Find 7 as you can see in the picture above, and it works great. If you have mobile device with a Full HD 1080p display, the highest resolution videos you can watch on YouTube will be 1080p.

Other Quad HD devices include the LG G3, Samsung Galaxy Tab S and the Galaxy NotePro 12.2. At 1440p resolution, beautifully produced videos are wonderful to look at but also note that 1440p videos will use up more data as well, which is something you have to be mindful of when watching high-res videos using mobile data quota. We strongly advise using WiFi for this visual indulgence.

At time of writing, the latest YouTube app (5.9.0.10) isn’t available for mobile users in Malaysia just yet but it is likely to be rolled out in stages so you’ll have it in your device soon. If you can’t wait, you can try downloading the latest YouTube APK file manually which is what we did on the Oppo Find 7.

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Which Smart Phone can stand the heat for 4K Video Recording? Watch this non-scientific test

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If you want to capture moments with greater detail, most new smart phones today lets you record videos at a higher 4K resolution. Not only it takes up bigger file size, taking a video in 4K is more hardware intensive and generates significantly more heat than standard Full HD 1080p formats. To find out which is the coolest, some folks at Btekt had compared the Samsung Galaxy S5 , Samsung Galaxy Note 3 , Sony Xperia Z2 and LG G3 heat generation by applying ice cubes on top.

It is interesting to point out that all smart phones except for the Xperia Z2 have 5 minutes recording limit for 4K mode. So after 5 minutes, they just left the screen on for the remainder of the test while the Xperia Z2 camera continues to roll. Considering the Xperia Z2 is able to take 4K videos without restrictions, storage was the only barrier as the video was uncompressed and it quickly takes up the remaining space on the device.

After the experiment, the LG G3 surprisingly came out on top as the coolest device as it was the last one to melt the ice completely. The Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3 tied in the last spot and it is suspected that it could be due to its AMOLED display which could be warmer. Considering both the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2 being water resistant devices, it is strange that they need to shrink wrap them for this experiment. Check out the ice melting experiment after the break.

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Cameras Compared: Lumia 1020 vs Xperia Z1 vs Note 3 Video Test

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UPDATE: Lumia 1020 vs Xperia Z1 vs Note 3 Photo photo samples compared.

We had tested out the Nokia Lumia 1020, Sony Xperia Z1 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 over the weekend. While in the midst of compiling the comparison photos, here are some sample video comparison for the 3 latest smart phones.

The Nokia Lumia and Xperia Z1 shoots at a maximum of Full HD 1080p resolution while the Note 3 is capable of shooting 4K videos. Having 4K seems to be a plus point for the Note 3 on paper, but it is hard to judge its playback due to lack of 4K hardware at the moment. However it is interesting to point out that YouTube does support 4K videos and it can be triggered as Original HD under the quality settings.

Watch the samples after the break.

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