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If you’re looking for a new Sony Xperia smart phone, it is now much more affordable with up to RM200 less than before. This also includes their latest waterproof Xperia Z3 flagship smart phone which now retails for RM2,199 instead of its launch price of RM2,399. The full promo pricing are as follows:
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During Sony’s CES 2015 press event this morning, Sony Electronics COO Michael Fasulo has mentioned that they will be rolling out its Android 5.0 Lollipop sofware update for Xperia smart phones beginning of next month. The update process with start with its current Xperia Z3 range which includes the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.
So far Sony has yet to release a full smart phone update schedule but they are definitely under pressure to deliver its updates quickly. Just a few days back, Samsung has beaten most of the mainstream (non-Nexus/Moto) brands as they had quickly released its Lollipop treat for the Galaxy S5 flagship in Malaysia.
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The race is on for smart phone manufacturers to release the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop to its existing smart phone. With the Lollipop source code being released by Google, Sony has gotten the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) version to run on their current Xperia Z1, Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3 devices.
Note that the OS shown here is plain vanilla stock Android and Sony is expected to release the new Android update officially early next year with its own customised Xperia UI. For developers that can’t wait, Sony will be making the necessary binary files and AOSP source code available and it currently works for the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z2. The Xperia Z3 version will be released a bit later.
Check out the Android 5.0 Lollipop AOSP video after the break
The latest Sony Xperia Z3 series comes with a unique PS4 Remote Play feature that lets you play PS4 games remotely over WiFi without the need of a HDTV. Initially supported for the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, it looks like the earlier Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet would be supported as well as revealed in one of Sony’s app-based documentation.
According to the source, it will be officially available in November and this could come along with a software update for the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet. The PS4 Remote is pretty easy to hook up as you’ll just need to pair your PS4 DualShock 4 controller and have a proper WiFi connection to your PS4. To make it more practical, Sony has introduced a game controller mount that hooks up the wireless controller with your phone in a single piece.
Check out the PS4 Remote Play video after the break.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now official with a 4.7″ and 5.5″ display. Although they have expanded beyond its former 4.0″ screen size on the iPhone 5/5S, the new iPhone models are actually thinner at 6.9mm (iPhone 6) and 7.1mm (iPhone 6 Plus) respectively.
Considering the announcement came right after last week’s IFA 2014, we have compared the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hardware specs and dimensions with other flagship devices including the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Alpha, Sony Xperia Z3, Huawei Ascend Mate 7 and other notable flagship smart phones in the market today.
We managed to get a hands on with the newly announced Sony Xperia Z3. To see how much different, or how much similar it is with its previous models, we have compared the Xperia Z3 with the Xperia Z2 and the Xperia Z1.
One of the biggest change is the edges on the Xperia Z3. It is more rounded now which makes it more comfortable to hold but somehow we felt that the flat edges on the Xperia Z2/Z1 gives it a more elegant feel to it. With its boxy flat edges, the former flagships kinda demands more attention and care when holding it in the hands. The new one just feels quite alright without dramas, and then you realised that the new Xperia Z3 is actually thinner by almost a millimetre than its former model.
Another welcome change is the flap. On the Xperia Z2, the microUSB and microSIM cards share the same single flap cover, which is quite annoying with its long dangling cover. On the Xperia Z3, they have moved the nano-SIM and microSD card under a single flap, which you’ll hardly mess around. And this leaves a microUSB port having its own tiny little flap cover, which is much easier to manage especially when you’re charging with a power bank while on the go.
Check out the side by side hands-on comparisons between the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z1 after the break.
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.
The Xiaomi Mi 4 was just announced a few moments ago and it boast an upmarket design with updated hardware. While it isn’t packing a higher resolution Quad HD display or a newer generation of Snapdragon 805 processors, Xiaomi is calling it the fastest smart phone yet. To see how it compares with the rest of the Android players, we stack up the Mi 4 numbers against the OnePlus One, LG G3, Oppo Find 7, HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2.
Internally, the Mi 4 matches up with other flagship models that were launched in the last quarter with the usual 2.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and comes with a choice of 16GB and 64GB storage capacity. Like its previous Mi 3 smart phone, it still lacks microSD expansion and the only exterior slot is for a micro-SIM card.
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Smart phone these days are getting bigger in size and so is their appetite for power. If you glance at today’s flagship models, most of them are having batteries with an average of 3,000mAh capacities. Just two years ago, these are considered huge like the Motorola RAZR Maxx and the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Obviously with a larger battery, it takes longer to charge your smart phone up to 100%.
To address your waiting time problems, the new Oppo Find 7 comes with a unique charging feature called VOOC. This is their proprietary rapid charging technology which charges up 4X faster than conventional chargers. According to Oppo, it is capable of getting you from 0% to 75% battery life in just 30 minutes, while a quick 5 minutes charge is sufficient enough to supply 2 hours of talk time. To enable VOOC charging, you’ll need to charge the Find 7 with a special VOOC charger that comes with an integrated 7-pin microUSB cable.
On most smart phones, you’ll normally get a “fast charger” that pushes an output of 2.0 Amps. For VOOC, its charger pushes an epic max output of 4.5 Amps. That’s more than double and Oppo reckons that they have implemented its necessary fail safe protection layers to avoid overheating, overloading and long term battery degradation. When plugged in, the charger won’t charge 4.5 Amps throughout as it takes a multi-step approach as the battery level increases. This means it will charges up fairly quickly from 0% and then gradually slows down to 3.5A, followed by 2.0A and eventually to 1.0A as the battery is near to a full charge. To find out if VOOC is any better than other smart phone chargers, we’ve compared it against the Samsung Galaxy S5, Xperia Z2 and the Redmi Note.
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