First announced at CES 2014 earlier this year, ASUS today is launching their new ZenFone smartphone for South East Asia region here in Jakarta. Running on Android, the ZenFone series is powered by Intel Atom Z2000 family of dual-core processors and is available in the size of 4-inch as well as 5-inch and 6-inch.
Now that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is finally available in Malaysia and worldwide, what’s next for the Korean company? The Galaxy S5 Zoom of course, Samsung has recently sent out an invitation for an event called Samsung Media Day, scheduled for 29 April 2014 at the Red Dot Design Museum in Singapore.
After being rumoured for some time, the personal assistant within the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update has finally been revealed by Microsoft. Called Cortana (yup, from the Halo video games universe), it was unveiled on stage at the opening keynote of the Microsoft Build Developer Conference just moments ago.
Can’t wait to see the All New HTC One codenamed M8 to be officially unveiled by the Taiwanese company? HTC has just started a countdown timer on its homepage, saying the “best is about to get better” in approximately 4 days, 12 hours and 44 minutes (at the time of writing) so if you are sitting at the edge of you seat anticipating its arrival, it’s time to open up your calendar and set a reminder to tune in to see what HTC has got to offer.
This was my first Mobile World Congress. Attending the world’s largest trade show in the mobile industry had always been a dream of mine since I joined the industry, and while I felt ready to power through the four-day event, nothing quite prepared me for the actual experience of walking through the show floor. Here’s what I learned from covering Mobile World Congress 2014.
At MWC 2014, the alternative mobile platform Tizen finally made its long-awaited appearance. Touted as a “dead in the water” project after seeing countless delays, the platform emerged from the shadows with a bang, powering Samsung’s latest wearable devices, smart cameras, and even a prototype smartphone.
At MWC 2014, Yota Devices almost stole the show from its more mainstream contemporaries with its announcement of the second-generation YotaPhone. With no rumour or leak to speak of prior to MWC, the second-generation YotaPhone proved to be a very, very pleasant surprise with its new touch-enabled e-ink display. The company also took the opportunity to show off its first-generation YotaPhone, which is already on sale in Russia and parts of Europe. Check out a demo of the second-generation YotaPhone as well as a brief hands-on after the jump.
With a rugged outlook and jet black leather pants, it’s hard to imagine that Marc Dillon is a COO and co-founder to one of Finland’s hottest startups. The 11-year ex-Nokia veteran speaks with a demeanour unlike most professionals, and his energy is infectious as he interacts with everyone he meets at Jolla’s MWC 2014 booth. With such positive energy, it is still surprising when he says, without a hint of doubt, “I believe this is gonna be the year of Sailfish”.
This is Lowyat.NET’s exclusive interview with Jolla’s Marc Dillon.
The days leading up to MWC 2014 were dominated by news of both Oppo and Xiaomi expanding their presence in the region. It was, largely, well received, as most of our readers enjoying the potential for growing smartphone options. The situation bears another look now that MWC is past. So are both Oppo and Xiaomi still viable options now that we know what is to come in the next 6 months?
At Sony’s regional event to showcase its latest devices from MWC 2014, the company has also shared some information about the devices’ availability in Malaysia. Yup, the Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia M2, Xperia T2 Ultra, Sony Smartwear and also the Xperia Z1 Compact will all be coming to Malaysia – and they’re all coming next month!
After making its debut at CES 2014 and teasing the “pre registration” from Sony Malaysia, at an event in Jakarta, Sony have finally announced the arrival of the Z1 Compact. The original Z1 was one of the Lowyat.NET team’s favourite phones of 2013 and with the Z1 Compact coming in and trimming the size down while keeping it feature packed, the Z1 Compact may be one of our favourites from 2014.
In addition to the next-generation Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches, Samsung’s new wearable, the Gear Fit arguably stole the limelight – even away from the company’s new flagship, the Galaxy S5. A super light smart band, the Gear Fit is the world’s first wearable device featuring a curved Super AMOLED display. The Gear Fit isn’t just a nice-looking accessory; it is a full-fledged smart band with plenty of new features including a heart rate monitor, pedometer, fitness tracker and even a sleep tracker. Best of all, Samsung also claims the Gear Fit can last up to 3-4 days on a single charge.
Check out our hands on and first impressions of the Gear Fit smart band here.