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Marking the second new Nokia device to be released into our market this week after Asha 500 Dual SIM, Nokia Malaysia have officially confirmed that the new Lumia 525 is coming to retail stores starting from tomorrow, 20 December onwards.
As previously mentioned, the Lumia 525 is almost similar to Lumia 520 in terms of design and specifications. However, the Lumia 525 is equipped with more memory than Lumia 520 at 1GB and it also comes standard with Lumia Black update which made it the second Lumia device in our market to feature the new update after Lumia 1520.
While the Lumia 520 was released into the market with a price tag of RM 599 back in April, Nokia Malaysia have listed the new Lumia 525 at a much lower price of RM 499. To learn more about it, head on over to www.nokia.com.my.
Remember when the Sony Lens-Style camera QX10 and QX100 were launched, they were impressive but lacks in so many ways, they received pretty mediocre reviews from major tech sites around the world? Well, guess what? Sony just released a firmware update to both lenses, giving them the update they deserve from day one. First up, both the QX10 and QX100 can now take pictures with a maximum ISO of 3,200 and 12,800 respectively, and have been given widescreen 1080p video recording. The QX100 also received an additional Shutter Priority mode when shooting, to help with action shots and long exposures.
Sony also updated its PlayMemories Mobile app for both Android and iOS. I remember mentioning in my review how the PlayMemories app lacks the ability to allow users to view back on the photos they have taken and it looks like Sony has fixed the flaw. The latest update brings a new quick photo browser to allow users to easily review their recent shots within the app. As for iOS users who lacks NFC to connect to the cameras simply by tapping, Sony says that the app should connect to the cameras twice as quickly as before.
So Sony QX10 and QX100 users, it’s time to give your beloved lens-style camera an update and do let us know how you’re liking it.
So, U Mobile’s LTE network was finally launched for consumers yesterday and all eligible customers are already able to utilize the network immediately after the launch event. In fact, we ourselves did a quick speed test in two locations that are covered by the network just hours after it went live.
The U Mobile LTE network is generally accessible to smart devices and broadband dongle that support the 2600MHz LTE spectrum that the telco used. However, not for Apple iPhones and iPads though.
For older iPhones and iPads, this is most probably due to the fact that they don’t come with the support for the spectrum. However, even the newer iPhone 5S, iPhone 5c, iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display that do have the support are not able to utilize U Mobile’s LTE network as well.
It turns out that the reason behind this restriction is because U Mobile do not have any agreement with Apple to support their devices, as revealed by a number of tweets to their customers on Twitter. For, there is still no official indication on whether that will change anytime soon. So, you might need to look somewhere else for the time being if you want LTE connectivity for your Apple devices.
So far, the new Intel Atom Z3000 series processor (previously codenamed as Bay Trail-T) are represented by two Windows 8.1 tablets in our market: the ASUS Transformer Book T100 and Acer Iconia W4. Users will soon have another option to consider: say hello to the new Toshiba Encore.
Just like Transformer Book T100 and Iconia W4, the new Encore tablet features the new 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core processor together with 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM as its memory. It also comes with an 8-inch 1280×800 HFFS display, 2-megapixels front facing camera, and 8-megapixels rear camera.
In Malaysia, the Toshiba Encore is equipped with 64GB eMMC as its internal storage. Last but not least, the tablet will also comes standard with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013. Priced at RM 1499, users should be able to spot the new tablet at retailers in early January 2014.
To learn more, do head on to pc.toshiba-asia.com.
Since Microsoft agreed with Nokia to a $1 billion per year deal back in 2011 for Nokia to exclusively develop Windows Phone devices, many were expecting the American giants to someday buy the Finnish company out entirely. However, not many expected a deal to be concluded as quickly as it did in September, where Microsoft bought out Nokia’s Devices and Services divisions.
What may have accelerated this deal could have been the rapid rise of the Lumia brand compared to the Windows Phone platform itself. TechCrunch’s Alex Wilhelm did a Google Trends search for both “Lumia” and “Windows Phone”, and the results were apparent: more people were interested (and hence, searched on Google) of Nokia’s Windows Phone family brand than Windows Phone itself. And, given that Nokia’s Lumia smartphones make up about 90% of all Windows Phone devices sold, the Lumia name could possibly be even more valuable to Microsoft than Nokia.
Of course, the Google Trends query applies for worldwide searches for both terms, and will be slightly different in other regions in the world. Nevertheless, for a third-party brand to be more synonymous than the platform it is running on does put Microsoft in quite a situation…but not one that $7 billion cannot handle.
Samsung will reportedly announce its next-gen flagship smartphone at MWC 2014 in February next year, and the rumoured Galaxy S5 may even pack a stunning QHD, or 2K, or 2560 x 1440 display. It was already revealed that Samsung is working on these super sharp displays for its 2014 flagship, but what’s surprising is in how quickly it will be adopted: MWC is a mere two months away, indicating that Samsung is ready to blow minds – and the competition – with its Galaxy S5 smartphone.
Then again, Samsung’s not the only one preparing a 2K display smartphone. Chinese manufacturers Oppo have begun teasing its next flagship device, the Find 7. The Find 5, announced last year and vaguely made available in Malaysia in Q1 this year, was one of the first smartphones in the world to introduce a 5-inch Full HD display. With the Find 7, Oppo are reportedly ready to push this further, explicitly indicating a 2K display in an image tweeted yesterday. There’s no mention of a release date, so the race is on between the two to announce only the second 2K smartphone in the world.
Hang on. Second?
Yup, there already is one Android smartphone that packs a similarly pixel-dense display, though you may not have heard of it just yet. Another Chinese manufacturer, Vivo announced in October its Vivo Xplay 3S, the first-ever smartphone in the world to feature a 2560 x 1440 display. Interestingly, the smartphone is not yet available, nor has there been any official unveiling, save for this by China Mobile – though the rumours pegged that the device will be available in China by the end of this year.
I guess the race is still on to be the first to hit the market, then.
Thanks to the recent listing on Nokia Malaysia’s website, we are aware of its upcoming arrival into our market. True enough, the company have earlier today confirmed to us that the new Nokia Asha 500 will be made available in Malaysia from tomorrow onwards.
Part of the new Asha trio that were unveiled at Nokia World in October, the Asha 500 shares a number of features with Asha 502 that was released in Malaysia last month such as the transparent multi-layered body shell, the new swipe-based camera interface and updated version of Fastlane. However, the Asha 500 comes with a slightly smaller display at 2.8-inch as well as a 2-megapixels camera and no flash.
Hence, the Asha 500 Dual SIM is priced much lower than Asha 502 at RM 249. Together with a dual SIM standby time of up to 22 days, users are able to obtain the Asha 500 in five different colourways: bright red, yellow, cyan, white and black. To learn more, head on to www.nokia.com.
At today’s Limitless Possibilities event by Lenovo Malaysia, the company also revealed that its upcoming flagship Vibe X smartphone will be coming to Malaysia “very early” in 2014, with a release sometime in the first quarter. The Vibe X, which is also known as the S960, was announced in September this year at IFA 2013, alongside the Yoga 2 Pro and ThinkPad Yoga Ultrabooks.
To jog the memory, the Lenovo Vibe X is powered by a Mediatek MT6589T 1.5GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of non-expandable storage and a 2000mAh battery. There’s a 5-inch Full HD IPS display protected by Corning’s latest Gorilla Glass 3, while Lenovo’s also fitted the Android 4.2-running Vibe X with a 13MP rear camera as well as a 5MP wide-angle front-facing camera that also sports facial enhancement software.
Besides that, Lenovo Malaysia also announced that a refreshed edition of its current flagship, the K900, is available from today. The refreshed K900 smartphone now has double the internal storage to 32GB, and sports a new sleek black colourway. Its retail price has also been retained at RM1499.
Check out the other new devices unveiled by Lenovo Malaysia at its Limitless Possibilities event here.
It took them quite some time to join the party but earlier today, U Mobile have finally launched LTE network for their customers. While the coverage area is extremely limited for now but it is still interesting to note that U Mobile’s LTE network is available for both prepaid and postpaid customers.
Not only that, users are able to utilize the network through broadband dongle or LTE-enabled smartphones. That being said, the network is not accessible for Apple iPhone and iPad users even though the new iPhone 5s/5c, iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display actually support the 2600MHz spectrum that U Mobile used for their LTE network.
With that, we decided to do a simple speed test on U Mobile’s LTE network at two locations earlier today – just few hours after the launch event itself. These test were done through the official SpeedTest.net Windows Phone app on a Nokia Lumia 1020 using our personal mobile number that is tied to the telco’s U58 postpaid plan.
We have also set U Mobile’s server in Kuala Lumpur as the app’s test server. To see the results, just hit on the Read More link below (if available) to continue reading.
Lenovo is betting big on multi-mode devices as the standout feature of the PC+ era. Today, Lenovo Malaysia showcased a total of nineteen devices at its Limitless Possibilities event, with almost every one of them a new product. The company’s hero products from IFA 2013 also made their debut here, such as the sexy Yoga 2 Pro and ThinkPad Yoga Ultrabooks. In addition, the new Yoga Tablet is also now available in Malaysia.
Check out the new Yoga devices and more after the jump.
It’s December 2013 and as promised by Sony last month, they have started rolling out Android 4.3 update for selected devices – Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra, bringing a list of performance tweaks and new features to these two flagship devices. First up, the 6.4” Z Ultra will be blessed with the Smart Social Camera suite in the Android 4.3 update, giving users some of the features found on the Z1 – sharing media across social networks and the super fun AR effect.
Other changes include Project Butter performance & UI optimization, improved apps (messaging, TrackID, MyXperia, WALKMAN, Album, and more), a new custom interface experience called “Xperia Themes” with downloadable UI packs from Sony Select, the latest Android security enhancements, and more.
So all you Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra users, it’s time to check for an update and do let us know if it’s out. As for the rest of the Sony Xperia users, according to the blog post from the company, they will be rolling out the update for the remaining Xperia products soon so stay tuned.