Oh Google Nexus 5, you are a cheeky device indeed, after making a quick appearance at the Google Play Store less than 2 weeks back, it looks like the device yet again made its way to another online retailer but this time from a Dutch website with a price tag of €460, that’s way more expensive than the USD$349 version we saw in the Play Store but Google Nexus devices have been known to be more expensive when sold outside of the company’s own store.
The device has been removed already but just in case you wish to see the specs again, the Nexus 5 comes with a 5” 1080p display in a body that measures at 131 x 86 x 9mm (86mm could possibly be a typo), 8mp rear camera, is powered by Snapdragon 800, runs on Android 4.4, and has 2,300mAh battery on board. As shown on the leaked press images yesterday, it will be available in black and white, carrying the same rubbery finish as the new Nexus 7 tablets.
It looks like the international variant of the Sony Xperia Z1f aka the Xperia Z1 mini might be a real deal after all. It has recently been reported that Sony has scheduled an event for 12 November 2013 in Shanghai, China, where the company will unveil not only the Xperia Z1S, but also another mysterious device codenamed Xperia Taichi.
The Xperia Z1S is supposed to be the same as the X1F that was announced in Japan just weeks back, a 4.3” 720p version of the existing Xperia Z1 camera phone. Apart from a smaller size and a smaller battery, the Z1F/S packs all the same goodness under its hood like the 20MP rear camera with G Lens, 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a water and dust proof construction that is made out of glass and aluminum.
As for the Xperia Taichi, according to rumors, it’s the company’s mid-range phablet device that comes with a 6” 720p display and will be the first to run on a true octa-core processor from MediaTek.
As usual, take this with a pinch of salt, the rumor was leaked out from a Chinese source with no official invitation so it could very well be just only a rumor.
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You knew this was inevitable: Apple has finally announced the new iPad mini with Retina display. The new 7.9-inch iPad mini not only has the same 2048 x 1536 Retina resolution as the 9.7-inch iPad, but Apple has packed the little tablet with its latest A7 64-bit processor as well, making the svelte tablet even faster. While the new iPad mini got the “least” improvements compared to the iPad Air and the new Macbook Pros, it was certainly an improvement that everyone was waiting for, making it extremely desirable and definitely more so than it’s bigger brother the iPad air.
The new iPad Mini will be available in Black and White and will in stores (US and select countries) come November. No word yet on local availability date. As for pricing, the iPad Mini with retina display will run from US$399 for the Wi-Fi model 16GB and US$529 for the LTE one.
While there is no fingerprint ID or Surface Pro 2 like keyboards, the iPad Mini with retina display certainly is shaping up to be one heck of a tablet.
What happens when you create a tablet in a similar way to what the MacBook Air was to laptops? You get the new Apple iPad Air. It’s the lightest, full-sized tablet in the world, while retaining the outgoing iPad’s 9.7-inch Retina display. While very much looking like they enlarged the iPad Mini, the iPad air is thinner at an astounding 7.5mm thick and weighs in at just 1lb! Apple have also redesigned the face of the iPad by shrinking down the bezel to make it a lot more comfortable to hold and use.
Not forgetting about the internals, Apple have alluded to it all keynote and have put in the same 64bit A7 processor from the iPhone 5S into the new iPad Air. Tossing aside the cumulative charts that Apple love to use to illustrate how fast their devices are, the new iPad Air is definitely miles faster than its predecessor and a very logical upgrade for someone with an older device.
The new iPad Air will be out in the US and other Wave 1 and Wave 2 countries from November 1st and will retail at US$499 for the WiFi 16GB model and US$629 for the LTE Variant. No gold here but it will be available in Black And White. There is no confirmation on when Malaysia will be receiving their new iPads at the time of writing.
(IMage Source: The Verge)
It wowed us back in June at WWDC, it wowed us again today. Apple’s gorgeous new Mac Pro workstation has officially been launched at the company’s event today, alongside the refreshed MacBook Pro and new iPad Air.
The new, radically redesigned Mac Pro is powered by an Intel Xeon E5 12-core processor, and can be configured to pack up to a mind-boggling 64GB of RAM. There’s also two AMD FirePro D300 (or even a D500) professional GPUs with up to 6GB of VRAM, while storage options can be configured up to 1TB of flash storage via PCI-Express. As for connectivity options, the new Mac Pro is no slouch either: there are six Thunderbolt 2 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, and two Ethernet ports, and an HDMI port.
The Apple Mac Pro will be available in selected markets from December, with the base model – sporting a “modest” set of specs such as a 3.7GHz quad-core Xeon processor, 12GB of RAM, dual AMD FirePro D300 and a 256GB SSD – costing a princely $2999 (the higher-end configuration costs $3999). There’s no mention yet if the workstation will be available in Malaysia, however.
At the ongoing Apple event today, the company has announced refreshed variants of its MacBook Pro laptops. The biggest addition here to both its 13- and 15-inch variants are the inclusion of Intel’s latest 4th-gen Haswell processors, as well as the new Intel Iris integrated graphics.
The new MacBook Pro laptops retain their Retina displays, and as usual are thinner and lighter than its predecessors. The MBP 13, for example, is now a mere 1.8cm thick and weighs 1.57kg. The MBP 15 shares the same thickness as its little 13-inch brother, but weighs about 0.5kg more.
Underneath, both the MBP 13 and 15 are equipped with Intel Haswell processors, while the MBP 15 gets the more powerful Intel Iris Pro integrated graphics and a dedicated NVIDIA GT750M GPU. The MBP 13 only packs the standard Intel Iris integrated graphics card.
Connectivity wise, both MacBook Pros sport two Thunderbolt 2 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI-out and a microSDXC card slot. Also, both laptops can be configured to pack up to 512GB SSDs and 16GB of RAM. Finally, the integrated battery is good for 9 hours of use on the MBP 13, and 8 hours on the MBP 15.
Both the MacBook Pro 13 and 15 will run on the new OS X Mavericks, and is available now at the Malaysian Apple Online Store. Prices for the MBP 13 start from RM4199, while the MBP 15 is retailing from a cool RM6499.
For more information about the new Macbook Pro laptops, head on to Apple’s official product page here.
In addition to the numerous devices launched today, Apple has also announced that its new desktop OS, OS X Mavericks, is now available. Amazingly, Apple is offering Mavericks as a free download for all current OS X users, as far back as the 2007 iMac and MacBook Pro.
The move is seen is a salvo to its biggest competitor, Microsoft, which sold its Windows 8 Pro OS last year for $199, with no affordable alternative to users older versions of Windows looking to upgrade. Even better, OS X Mavericks is available for download from today.
Nokia World 2013 has just ended, and I am currently feeling rather underwhelmed by the whole affair. Months ago, the world was left waiting in anticipation of the Lumia 1020. Fitted with unprecedented 41MP camera, it promised to win the arms race for the best smartphone camera in the world. Depending who you ask, they may have succeeded in that attempt.
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