Last year’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ were launched at a critical time for Samsung as they were just recovering from the Galaxy Note7 fiasco. Samsung wasn’t just trying to win back the trust of their customers, but they also aim to set a new benchmark on what a smartphone could be. The result is a stunning flagship duo with the Infinity Display taking centre stage. Arguably, Samsung was the company that made “Full View” smartphones a trend for 2017.
Fast forward a year later, we have these two, the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+. At first glance, you might think Samsung is getting complacent by recycling the same design. If improvement means to you a larger screen, more cameras and bigger battery, then you’re going to be disappointed. However, if you look deeper, you’ll find that these two smartphones are very different from its predecessors.
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Like the Wakandans in Black Panther, smartphone makers happened upon a source of incredible power with near unlimited potential: The 18:9 aspect ratio display with super slim bezels. Whoever wielded this power could put big screens into small smartphone bodies in a way that hadn’t been done before, opening up a world of possibilities when it came to smartphone design.
However, for the most part, everyone became obsessed with putting even bigger displays into even larger smartphone bodies. That is, until today. Today, Sony launched two brand new smartphones — the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact — and one of them is the kind of smartphone I’ve been pining for since I reviewed the iPhone 8. There’s just one problem.
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I’m really happy Google’s now making hardware because if there was any company with a taste for what good products should look and feel like, it’s everyone’s favourite search engine. One of their latest products is this guy, the Google Home Mini and it’s the cutest smart home device I’ve ever seen.
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There’s no denying that Xiaomi‘s original attempt at the “bezel-less” smartphone, 2016’s Mi MIX, was an impractical device. It was big, thanks to the large screen and not so slim 17:9 aspect ratio, heavy, and a little too slippery because its innards were encased in a polished ceramic shell.
But I loved the crap out of that smartphone. It was fascinating, edgy and a big middle finger to the already established cookie cutter smartphone look. Needless to say, I was really excited for the new Mi MIX 2 because I was hoping Xiaomi would make it more bonkers than ever.
But they went ahead and did exactly the opposite.
When it comes to smartphones, many would consider a Xiaomi for its great hardware at an affordable price. Their Redmi Note 4 is still undoubtedly the best value for money smartphone you can buy for less than RM1,000.
However, there are purists that are not fond of Xiaomi’s MIUI custom Android interface and they would prefer a device that comes with a stock Android experience. If you’re one of them, the latest Xiaomi Mi A1 is just the phone for you. This is their first smartphone powered by Android One.
Samsung had a rough time last year with the Galaxy Note7. After initiating massive recalls and efforts to inspire customer confidence, the Korean smartphone maker appears to be making a huge comeback with the Galaxy S8 and S8+. It was reported that Samsung had sold 15% more Galaxy S8 units compared to the Galaxy S7.
With a product gap of almost 2 years, Samsung has finally introduced its new Galaxy Note8. To make up for lost time, Samsung is doing more just than rehashing its current flagship with an extra stylus.
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Oh, how heads turned when people saw the ZenFone 3. Shiny, glass, metal and with a price tag that shocked the world after the super bang-for-your-buck ZenFone 2 series. It was a bold move by the company but ultimately, at least in Malaysia, things didn’t go so well.
This year, they’re sticking to their guns and the ZenFone 4 plus its high-end brother — the ZenFone 4 Pro — share a lot in common with last year’s ZenFone 3 series. However, the question now is: Have they learned their lesson?
Everyone loves a bargain especially when you can find a phone that offers more for less. Unfortunately, due to our unfavourable foreign exchange rates, there aren’t much bargain flagship smartphones these days. The rather recent OnePlus 3T/5 and Xiaomi Mi Note 2 are priced well above the RM2,000 mark and if you’re looking for anything cheaper, you would have to settle for a mid-range alternative.
Now, that’s no longer the case with the arrival of the honor 8 Pro. It has top notch specs, higher resolution 2K display and a larger battery that could put its more expensive rivals to shame. Read on for our first impressions of this new RM1,999 flagship contender.
The flagship smartphone gave every Sony Mobile fan a shiver of excitement has finally landed on our shores and it only took them a couple of months. On paper, it has all the flagship-level specifications one would need to compete with the very best, which is a good thing.
But, is the Sony Xperia XZ Premium really worth RM100 more than what is arguably the best Android smartphone in the market right now? Well, I try to find out.
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HTC, famous for its premium built phones had made a drastic move this year with its U series. Ditching its metal build for glass is a huge gamble and the original U series didn’t really live up to expectations. That’s mainly due to its high pricing and underwhelming hardware for 2017.
Perhaps, the timing wasn’t right and HTC aims to make a comeback by releasing the U11 in conjunction with their 20th anniversary. According to HTC, the U11 is their real flagship successor of the HTC 10 while continuing its current glass approach of the U series. To stand out from the crowd, they have also introduced a new “squeezable” interaction feature.