The Galaxy S8/S8+ is a beautiful looking thing but the all-glass exterior makes it a fragile device to use without a case. For those who want the performance of the Galaxy S8 with added durability to withstand the elements, there’s a new variant that will be announced very soon.
With 3 days to go until Samsung Unpacked 2015, we probably seeing the Samsung Galaxy S6 in its full glory ahead of launch. A set of new photos had emerged which claims to be Samsung’s latest flagship that claims to be taken from partner telco AT&T.
If these images are true, the Galaxy S6 does come with a refreshing new design which departs from the typical Samsung Galaxy models of old. Following the footsteps of the Galaxy A series, the Galaxy S6 will be having a unibody metal frame design, which means there’s no removable back covers to tinker with. Both front and back are said to be covered with glass and the metal frame has a smooth rounded edge which reminds of the current Sony Xperia Z3 along with a little hint of the iPhone 6.
The 10.1″ honeycomb tablet from HTC has been revealed as the HTC Jetstream, formerly known as the HTC Puccini. This is a 4G LTE ready tablet which is offered via AT&T network. Outright, it goes for a rather pricey US$849.99 (approx. RM2550) or US$699.99 (approx. RM2100) on 2 years contract.
The HTC Jetstream runs on a Qualcomm’s dual core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage which is upgradable via microSD. Powering the device is a 7300mAh battery rated at 12 hours of web usage. At the back, there’s a 8MP camera with dual flash and there’s a 1.3MP camera at the front. In terms of software, it runs on Android 3.1 with HTC Sense.
Overall, the HTC Jetstream is pretty high spec’ed but it isn’t as slim as today’s contenders. The Jetstream is 13mm thick and weighs 708 grams. One thing we frown upon is the price that’s way too expensive for a honeycomb tablet, even if it LTE ready.
Next question is when will HTC offer plain WiFi or 3G version? Hopefully the pricing will be competitive as they would need to battle it out with other Honeycomb players such as ASUS, Lenovo, Samsung and Motorola.
For more info, you can get more details at AT&T page.
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Super AMOLED Plus is also on the Samsung Galaxy S II. Word in the street is that this bad boy is coming to town before July. Excited?
The biggest news in the US the past week was the iPhone 4’s launch on Verizon’s network. It’s big news because, previously the iPhone was the exclusive domain of AT&T in the US and while many adore the device, a number of others blasted the AT&T network for poor data service and call connections. Americans didn’t have a choice. Like it or not, if they wanted an iPhone, they had to sign-up with AT&T. So it is understandable that a new operator offering the iPhone is a big deal in a mobile market as big as the US.
The thing that caught our attention is Apple’s treatment of this situation, it’s obvious in the ad that you’ll see after the jump that Apple’s stance is simple — choice is good and you can never have too much of a good thing. And that’s awesome. We like that approach.
Now in Malaysia, unlocked iPhones and the option to choose between three operators that offer the device is nothing new, it’ll be nice however to see similar types of ads running in Malaysia. Don’t you think?
Samsung has also introduced another new member into the Galaxy family with the Samsung Infuse 4G. This is a HSPA+ smart phone that’s tied to AT&T which features a 1.2GHz processor and a massive 4.5″ screen. The screen size puts it between the likes of Desire HD/Evo and the Dell Streak. At time of announcement, it runs on Android 2.2 Froyo with the usual TouchWiz skin you’ll probably get from the Samsung Galaxy S. There isn’t much details revealed. Even the back of the device is not revealed yet as it is still yet to be confirmed.
What’s new is that the Infuse 4G’s screen is using Super AMOLED Plus which Samsung claims as an improvement over Super AMOLED displays. From some explanation we saw, Samsung increase the sub-pixel count by 50%, which is 12 sub-pixels instead of 8 to make a screen much more visible under day light conditions. As a result, text and images should look more crisp while maintaining its vibrant colour. We can’t wait to see such display for ourselves as Super AMOLED on the Galaxy S looks awesome already.
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In a proactive move to help prevent and educate the public on the dangers of texting-while-driving, American operator AT&T produced an 11 minute short documentary on the subject.
It featured people whose lives have forever changed because of texting while driving and if you ever needed a reason to stop texting while you are behind the wheel than this is it. The video emotionally moved us and it was certainly to burn in our brains that text messages can definitely wait.
The end frame of the documentary highlights a study that reveals drivers are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident when texting and driving.
Seeing drivers texting while driving is a common sight. However a simple act of replying a short message in seconds can have devastating effects on you and your loved ones. Everybody knows how dangerous it is to close your eyes for few seconds while driving but never hesitate to reply that message which is roughly the same thing.
Now, although we can’t find any official numbers here in Malaysia of how many road accidents and death have been the direct result of texting while driving, judging by the way we Malaysians drive and the amount of time we spend on the phone while driving, we feel it is a safe assumption that the number is considerable.
People tend to ignore such warning until it is just too late. If you plan to send a message or even reply a really short one we suggest you stop driving before doing so. It is not worth to put your life at risk because of a senseless text message.
Watch this video and share with your friends and loved one the message that a life is not worth losing over a few characters and a text message especially during the upcoming New Year’s celebrations.
Please be safe everyone.
Dell has launched a new Android device called the Aero and it goes for $99.99 on AT&T’s 2 year contract or $299.99 without. As mentioned recently, the Dell Aero might be coming to Malaysia within this year as well.
The Dell Aero carries a 3.5″ 640×350 screen which is quite rare and has 2GB on board storage with microSD slot. It supports HSDPA up to 3.6Mbps, EDGE and also spots a 5 Megapixel camera.
Disappointingly as expected, it runs on Android 1.5. We hope they have a Android 2.2 update in their plans as running an older version is a turn off.
That said, we’re looking forward to the Dell Thunder which seems to be able to offer something solid.
You can check out the Dell Aero product page here.
Just a day after pre-ordering is made available, the Apple iPhone 4 had been insanely sought after with more than 600,00 pre-orders placed. The demand is so crazy that users faced difficulty pre-booking it online like its AirAsia’s “Zero Fare” fever. As comparison, the hot selling iPad took 28 days to reach 1 million units. This could set a new record for the hottest Apple product yet.
According to AT&T, the pre-orders are ten times compared to the iPhone 3GS launched a year ago. With such demand, Apple might need to look into increasing supplies before it hampers other international releases.
Due to the fact that many potential customers had problems pre ordering their units, Apple issued the following statement:
Yesterday Apple and its carrier partners took pre-orders for more than 600,000 of Apple’s new iPhone 4. It was the largest number of pre-orders Apple has ever taken in a single day and was far higher than we anticipated, resulting in many order and approval system malfunctions. Many customers were turned away or abandoned the process in frustration. We apologize to everyone who encountered difficulties, and hope that they will try again or visit an Apple or carrier store once the iPhone 4 is in stock.
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More operators are jumping into the Android bandwagon, AT&T included. Now they have introduced a new Android device from HTC called the Aria. Design wise, it does look similar with the HTC EVO 4G.
The HTC Aria is going on sale this 20th June at all AT&T stores for $129.99 after a $100 mail in rebate. The offer is tied to a 2 year contract with a smartphone data plan. More details of the device after the jump.