There are still more than one week to go before the consumer launch of ASUS ZenFone 2 in Malaysia takes place but it turns out that we don’t have to wait till 9 May to know the price of the smartphone. According to a series of images that seems to be snapped during a closed door event for local dealers, the ZenFone 2 is apparently priced at as low as RM 599 and that is already inclusive of GST.
In addition to announcing Microsoft Edge and the ability for Android as well as iOS developers to convert their apps to Windows 10, the company has also showed off its new Continuum feature for Windows 10 phones during the company’s first keynote Build 2015 last night. It is slightly different from the one that is made for 2-in-1 devices and tablets though which was first announced last year.
Up to this point, Leagoo mainly made smartphones for budget-conscious consumers. The RM599 Leagoo Lead 7, for example, has a generous 4,000mAh battery that also doubles as a power bank. With the Elite 2, it seems like the Chinese company is stepping up its game in hopes of capturing the mid-range smartphone market as well.
Microsoft’s diversification of Windows 10 continues with the introduction of the Windows 10 IoT Core Insider preview, which is essentially the Windows 10 preview for tiny computers. At the moment the preview only supports the Raspberry Pi 2 and Intel Minnowboard, but it intends to expand the range over time.
TIDAL, the new music streaming service that offers lossless high-fidelity streaming, is now in Malaysia. The service that’s now owned by international music icon Jay Z is available for Malaysians looking for a premium music streaming experience from as low as RM14.90 per month.
Samsung is planning on injecting some 10 trillion won (about RM32 billion) into its semiconductor business this year to meet growing demand for its electronic components. The semiconductor business continues to prop up Samsung’s bottom line, while its devices and smartphones are currently experiencing slow demand.
Fonkraft Technologies has started a crowdsourced campaign on Indiegogo to raise funds for what the company is calling the world’s first crowdsourced modular smartphone. The company looks to be racing Google’s Project Ara to the market, which is nice to see another take on the modular smartphone concept.
Microsoft is not prepared to reveal any new details about the Hololens, but it did tease a little more of the promising device with a promo video shown at the 2015 Build Conference. Called a “A Close Look at the Hardware”, the video doesn’t really show much about the hardware but provides another look at the VR headset.
Microsoft surprised developers at its Build Conference last night by announcing that it is working on a way to get both Android and iOS apps to run on Windows Mobile (the new name for Windows 10 on smartphones). This is massive news for Windows Phone users who have traditionally been treated as an afterthought by developers; it could also make Windows based smartphones a whole lot more attractive to consumers.