Think that transparent displays are the future of the mobile industry and can’t wait to land your hands on a real transparent gadget that you can work and play with? Well, the future is nearer than you think, Grippity recently announced the “world’s first” transparent tablet and is available for purchase in KickStarter from as low as USD$159.
Powered by none other than Android operating system, the 7” tablet has a transparent dual-sided multi-touch display. Don’t be deceived by that rather horrible looking grip surrounding the tablet, it’s designed in a way that makes it comfortable for you to use in whatever position you are at – standing up, sitting down or even lying down on your bed, you will be able to use all ten fingers to interact with the display, while keeping your palms at a neutral ergonomic posture.
Other specs include semi-transparent 7” LCD display with a resolution of 800 x 480. Upper 25% non-transparent for thumbs input. Back sided capacitive multi-touch panel, front sided multi-touch panel with extended programmable touch area, Android 4.2 upgradable to Android 4.4, ARM Cortex A8 512k RAM, IR transmitter to control TV, SD card slot, 4GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
Check out their KickStarter page to find out more.
The LG G2 flagship smartphone from LG may still be pretty new and haven’t even made its way to Malaysia yet, but it looks like the G3 rumors has already started. The latest report for the next flagship smartphone from LG, presumably called the LG G3, is in the specifications department.
First up, remember when LG showed off a 5.5” smartphone IPS LCD panel with 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD) back in August? According to ZDNet Korea, the G3 should feature the QHD screen but the size of it has not been confirmed yet. Other specs include a 16MP rear camera and an octa-core processor developed by the Korean company itself with the codename LG Odin. The processor will not only be used in the G3, but also for the next generation LG tablet.
I guess 2014 will be all about the 2560 x 1440 smartphone displays, Samsung is reported to announce the Galaxy S5 in MWC 2014 that features a QHD display, Oppo has already started to tease its Oppo Find 7 that features a 2K display, and Vivo, a Chinese manufacturer, has already launched the first-ever smartphone in the world to feature a 2560 x 1440 display. Will a pixel-dense display and perhaps a faster (64-bit maybe?) processor be enough to convince you to upgrade your smartphone next year?
Earlier this week, the leading leaker in the industry – @evleaks – has revealed an interesting screenshot of a Start Screen on Windows Phone 8 that provides the first glimpse on how dual-SIM capability works on the OS. Said to come from Nokia Moneypenny which is rumoured to be a dual-SIM device that runs on Windows Phone Blue / WP 8.1, the shot showed two cellular signal indicator on the top left of the screen.
Both of the indicators are also labelled 3G which could mean that the device might be able to support active 3G in both SIM card slot. In addition to that, the shot also shows numbered Phone and Message icon on the screen’s Live Tiles which most probably refers to the two individual SIM cards inside the device. At the bottom of the screenshot, there is also a set of Windows Phone virtual control button that have been leaked previously as one of the new features for Windows Phone Blue.
Since dual-SIM phones are very popular in emerging markets including right here in Malaysia, a Nokia Lumia device with such functionality might able to push Windows Phone to even more users especially among budget-oriented users which are the main customers of dual-SIM devices. Of course, it is only official until Nokia reveal this device themselves but given @evleaks excellent track record, this is indeed a good initial glimpse into Windows Phone future.
Remember the Ubuntu Developer Preview? The developer-centric platform for the new alternative mobile operating system was announced for the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 devices back in February, before an expanded feature set was released in October. Unfortunately, the process of installing the OS required some knowledge in flashing an Android device, not to mention the lack of support for several features that make Ubuntu impractical for use as a primary device.
Now, Canonical has announced that dual-booting Ubuntu and Android on a single Nexus device is now possible. For now, only the Nexus 4 is supported, but the dual-boot feature works seamlessly via the Ubuntu Dual Boot app, making it a pain-free process.
If you’re feeling adventurous, head on to the this Wiki guide for a step-by-step guide on dual-booting Ubuntu to your Nexus 4.
Always wanted to donate some of your stuffs to the underprivileged children but have no idea how you can help? Well, no problem, thanks to MyTeksi and Science of Life Studies 24/7 (SOL 24/7) , donating things to these underserved children is as easy as booking a cab. MyTeksi and SOL 24/7 are currently having an on-going collaboration to help collect used (and hopefully new too) toys and English children books, which would be donated to 2,000 underprivileged children in the rural areas of Malaysia. Called “Delivering Happiness”, the charity drive will gather all these toys and books from the general public to fill 20 toy libraries in rural areas like Minusuh in Sabah, Kulim in Kedah and Sungai Suloh in Johor Bahru.
So how can you help? From 28 December to 19 January 2014 (only weekends), prepare 5 toys and 5 English children books suitable for children between the age of 8 to 14. After that, book a cab using the MyTeksi app from your location to MyTeksi headquarters (MYTEKSIHQ). MyTeksi will send a cab over and all you need to do is pass him the items and they will be on their way to put smiles on these children’s faces.
Christmas and New Year is supposed to be a jolly season celebrated by everyone around the world, so let’s come together to give these underprivileged children a jolly season they would remember and a fantastic year ahead.
Samsung is rumoured to be ready to flood the tablet market early on in 2014, with as many as four tablets to debut at February’s Mobile World Congress (MWC). Most of them are pretty standard affairs, but one of them stands out like a sore thumb: a 12.2-inch slab that may be called the Galaxy Note Pro.
If the “Pro” moniker sounds familiar to you, it is because another rumoured tablet would be sporting the Pro tag too: last month rumours emerged that Apple is working on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro that supposedly packs an “almost UHD resolution display”. As for this Galaxy Note Pro, SamMobile reports that the internal hardware will mostly mirror the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, such as 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM and a 2560 x 1600 resolution display. It may even sport a similar faux leather back cover, as can be seen in the leaked image above.
What about the other three tablets, then? Judging by the same rumour, Samsung will be using the “Pro” moniker heavily, with another two tablets to be called the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 (indicating the screen size), and the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1. The inclusion of a “Pro” suffix is likely due to the Korean giants also introducing a Galaxy Tab Lite, a budget 7-inch tablet that may retail below 100 euros.
All the Pro Samsung tablets will supposedly come will WiFi and LTE connectivity; the cheaper Galaxy Tab Lite will come with WiFi and 3G options. They will all reportedly be announced in time for MWC 2014, where Samsung is also expected to unveil its first Tizen-based devices.
Remember the Gajah Inkcase e-ink smartphone casing we saw back in June? The casing that adds a second display to your smartphone that was announced back in Computex 2013 will be making their way to Malaysia very soon (via official channels of course) and thanks to Oaxis, we’ve been playing with one for a couple of weeks now and I must say, I am impressed with it, especially at how it never fails to turn heads.
The Inkcase is available for several smartphones in the market namely the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2 and iPhone 5/5S. The one we have here today is one for the iPhone 5. The casing looks like your typical iPhone casing except that it has a rather thick back, a display and a micro USB port right at the bottom so you can easily charge it up; it kind of reminds me of a casing with an embedded battery pack except for the fact that there is no lightning port to connect to the iPhone instead, the InkCase relies on Bluetooth connectivity.
Review continues after the break.
You don’t need to pay thousands of Ringgit to own a smartphone that supports LTE connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 that made its way to Malaysia not too long ago is a pretty affordable mid-range Android device with LTE on board, so you can enjoy the fastest mobile internet on your phone wherever you go, if you’re within the coverage area that is.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 retails at RM799 but if you do not wish to pay the full price for the phone, you can get it at a subsidized price when you sign up for a contract with one of the major postpaid telcos in Malaysia – Maxis, Celcom and DiGi. Maxis is offering the Galaxy Ace 3 from as low as RM149, Celcom from RM388 and DiGi from RM0:
Motorola may have ceased its operations in Malaysia, but that doesn’t mean there will not be any Moto products making their way here via official channels. According to an insider, the Moto G – arguably the best value-for-money Android smartphone right now – will be officially coming to Malaysia in early January.
The Moto G is intended for a large worldwide distribution, with particular emphasis on emerging markets such as Asia and South America. At its official announcement in Brazil, Motorola confirmed that Malaysia would be one of the countries receiving the Moto G, but with the lack of the company’s regional presence, it was unclear how this would be accomplished.
An insider told Lowyat.NET that the Moto G will be launched in Malaysia on January 10 via one of Motorola’s official distributors, and will retail at a price that will likely be a very pleasant surprise, supposedly staying very close to the $199 US retail price. We’re also told that the 8GB variant will not be available here.
To recap, the Moto G is a 4.5-inch 720p LCD display, and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM. There’s also a 2070mAh battery fitted in the 11.6mm chassis, and feature colourful interchangeable covers.
Now that the Moto G’s arrival is all but confirmed, will you be getting one?
Looks like Tizen isn’t really dead in the water after all. Culling rumours of a potential cancellation of the Tizen project, Samsung will be holding a special event shortly before February’s Mobile World Congress to finally unveil the first Tizen devices. The project has seen its fair share of delays, having been officially unveiled at this year’s MWC, where Samsung initially announced that it will be unveiling the first Tizen-based devices in August or September. Obviously, that didn’t happen, but with an event already scheduled for February 23, 2014, it looks like we’ll finally be seeing some fruits of about two year’s worth of development, in addition to some seriously strong industry support for the Tizen project.
Read more about Tizen and other alternative mobile operating systems here.
(Source: Tizen Experts)
If the fancy luxury smartphones in the market like Vertu or even ones from Tag Heuer does not suit your taste, how about this one from Gresso that is made out entirely of solid titanium? Known for pimping up iPhones with luxurious stuffs such as diamonds, and for making premium feature phones like this, Gresso has decided to jump into the Android smartphone market to produce a mid-range Android device that is crafted entirely out of grade 5 solid titanium, with a price starting from USD$1,800.
Called the Gresso Radical R1, the basic device that costs USD$1,800 is made out of solid titanium but add USD$500 to that and you will be able to score a logo plate with white or yellow 18K gold. The Radical R1 has only 999 units to sell with the unit number nicely etched to the titanium back of the device. It features a durable titanium case, titanium logo, and for the first time in the smartphone manufacturing process, sensor keys made out of titanium.
As with most luxury handsets, if you have the money to purchase something like that, the specs should be the least of your worries but nonetheless if you’re curious, it features a 4.5” qHD display, is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, has a 8MP rear camera with an odd 36GB of internal storage, dual-SIM support, and runs on Android 4.1.2. So, fancy a titanium phone? Check out Gresso to find out more.
Before the LG G2, there was the LG Optimus G. Announced sometime last year, it was better known as the blueprint of Google’s Nexus 4 smartphone, which was one of the best smartphones of 2012. Clearly, LG wasn’t going to rest on its laurels, and at MWC 2013 the company announced the Optimus G Pro, which was then one of the first Android smartphones to pack the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset.
LG Malaysia then finally announced the local availability of its new flagship, and offered an attractive retail price of only RM1888 for the Optimus G Pro, especially when it is often compared to the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Even now, with the new flagship G2 nowhere to be found in Malaysia, the Optimus G Pro still packs some impressive hardware. Sure, the much newer Galaxy Note 3 may have eclipsed it, but is the Optimus G Pro still a good option for those on a lower budget?
Review continues after the jump.