During the recent Mobile World Congress, Intel has launched a number of new Intel Atom system-on-a-chip (SoC) processors which are based on a platform codenamed Clover Trail+. Each of these processors feature a dual-core x86 CPU and PowerVR SGX 544M2 dual-core GPU. One of them is at the heart of the newly announced ZTE Geek which was revealed earlier today at the on-going Intel Developer Forum in Beijing.
Powered by the Intel Atom Z2580 chipset (the same chip that powers Lenovo K900) that features a 2.0GHz dual-core CPU with Intel Hyper-Threading technology, the ZTE Geek is also equipped with a 5-inch display that capable of displaying output at a maximum resolution of 1280×720 and covered by Gorilla Glass. Other than that, it also comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage as well as an 8-megapixels rear camera, 1-megapixel front-facing camera, wireless charging capability and 2300mAh battery.
Said to come standard with Android Jelly Bean, ZTE didn’t announce any details regarding the device’s pricing and availability in the market though. Let’s see if ZTE will made it available throughout the world or stick to the company’s native market in China.
In case you haven’t noticed it yet, SIRIM’s database is slowly becoming one of our favorite hangout spot as of recent. In fact, one of the device that we found in the database (the Samsung Ativ S) was officially launched earlier this week just few days we published our findings. So, it is quite obvious that we are not done with exploring the database just yet because here comes yet another unreleased product that is listed within it.
When the new BlackBerry Z10 is launched in Malaysia last month, the variant that was released into our market – STL100-1 – doesn’t come with LTE connectivity. While we have no idea if and when BlackBerry will eventually release the LTE-capable variant (STL100-2) to consumers, it has appeared on the SIRIM’s database. The device is registered under two well-known official BlackBerry distributor in Malaysia – Brightpoint International and Brightstar .
Physically, there are no differences between both STL100-1 and STL200-2 variant of BlackBerry Z10 but they are indeed equipped with different chipsets internally. The STL100-1 is powered by TI OMAP 4470 system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor which features a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU and PowerVR SGX 544 GPU while the STL100-2 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 that gives the unit a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU and Adreno 225 GPU.
Since we don’t have the STL100-2 variant on our hand right now, we are not able to determine if there are any performances differences between it and STL100-1 but these videos suggested that the LTE-capable variant of BlackBerry Z10 might have slight performance advantages. Interesting indeed.
Meanwhile, we also spotted Samsung Galaxy S 4 in the database as well. While it is needless to say the device will be made available in Malaysia sooner or later, only the Exynos-powered GT-I9500 variant (similar to the one that we reviewed recently and has no LTE connectivity) is currently listed over there. Of course, we can’t kill off the rumor of dual variants just yet since the smartphone is not even available in the market for the time being.
If you haven’t already visit the Google Play Store on your Android device yet, it’s time to do so because Google has just released a new redesign to its application store. Google has been rumored to be working on a new design for its Play Store for weeks now and starting from late last night, the internet search giant has officially rolled out the changes that is not only prettier, but is also faster than before.
We haven’t really gotten our hands on the new Play Store yet, but according to Google, the new look is a whole lot simpler and easier to browse thanks to larger images and larger touch target for users. Play Store 4.0 will group together similarly themed content and offers new recommendations as you scroll down; the checkout feature has also been simplified.
The changes have already taken effect and are currently being rolled out to your Android tablets and smartphones running on Android 2.2 and above. However, do note that because our local Play Store does not offer Music, Movies or Books, the new changes might not be as nice as we see in the pictures.
Find out more over at Google.
After activating their LTE network for selected Apple devices as well as announcing new LTE-covered areas, today seems to be a very productive day for Maxis. That being said, it seems that the telco is still not done yet as they have also announced that they will be expanding their LTE network to cover even more areas soon including those outside of Klang Valley.
According to the company’s Joint Chief Operating Officer, Mark Dioguardi, Maxis has planned to offer their LTE service in Penang and Johor Bharu by the third quarter of 2013. The expansion will be done together with the company’s plan to include more areas in the Klang Valley as part of their LTE coverage.
It is an interesting plan indeed especially considering that Celcom is also planning to deploy their own LTE network in those cities by the middle of 2013. That being said, Celcom still has yet to offer their LTE services to consumers at the time being which made us wonder if their plans are still on track. Additionally, things are rather quiet at DiGi’s camp as well.
All in all, it is quite obvious that Maxis are quite aggressive in rolling out their LTE service to the market while there are still no firm indication from other players. On another hand, we are rather curious on how Maxis are allowed to activate the 1800MHz frequency band (which allows the telco to support Apple devices) even though to our knowledge, the official LTE frequency band for Malaysia is still limited to the 2600MHz.
Well, guess that’s another story for another day.
For those who haven’t been following our updates, your iPhone 5, 4th generation iPad and iPad mini are now supported by Maxis LTE. This means you can enjoy internet speeds of up to 75Mbps (typical average speeds of 10Mbps to 30Mbps) right on your mobile.
To receive that update (if you haven’t already done so when the update was released earlier this morning), make sure you are running on the latest iOS version – iOS 6.1.3. To update, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Once done, go to Settings > General > About and you should be prompted for a Carrier Settings Update; update it and ensure that the Carrier is Maxis 14.1 before rebooting the device.
One done, you can turn on/off your LTE at Settings > General > Cellular.
For those using Maxis iPhone 5, 4th Generation iPad or iPad mini, have fun with your newfound speed; just make sure you’re within the coverage area.
More information about Maxis 4G LTE available in this link.
Well, this is hardly a surprise anymore, judging from the comments and replies, your iPhone 5 running on Maxis 4G LTE is all but confirmed. Maxis has just updated its main page showing that the iPhone 5 is now on its 4G LTE network.
There’s a little surprise too, according to Maxis’ LTE page, starting from tomorrow onwards, it will cover a larger area including Bangsar, Mont Kiara, Damansara Heights, Sunway, Kelana Jaya and even selected parts of USJ.
Just a little note, the iPhone 5 device bundling still remains the same, Maxis still offers the iPhone 5 with its iValue plans. Just so you know, those using a Cellular + Wi-Fi iPad mini as well as the 4th generation iPad, it’s compatible with Maxis 4G LTE as well. More information available over at Maxis.
Remember the Sony Xperia SP? The mid-range smartphone from Sony Mobile was launched last month with little fanfare from the company, alongside the Xperia L. However, it appears that the Xperia SP has got a little something up its sleeve: the introduction of native support for the Sony PlayStation’s DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller.
While there has been no official word from Sony Mobile just yet, the video below clearly shows how easy it is to pair a DUALSHOCK 3 controller via USB-OTG (one-time only) from the phone’s settings and then via Bluetooth for easy subsequent wireless pairing. According to Xperia Blog, this support is currently only seen on Xperia SP devices, and not on the other existing Xperia devices, including the flagship Xperia Z.
The video also mentions that the DUALSHOCK 3 controller will work on most games that list support for standard USB controllers, and the Xperia devices’ easy mirroring to a HDTV could technically transform an Xperia smartphone into a gaming console.
The iPhone may be an amazing device liked (and hated) by many, but I’m sure most, if not all, of you can agree that it lacks in so many way. Apple has been rumored to be working on the next update – iOS 7, that is supposed to take design queue from Apple’s very own OS X to give it its much needed functionalities.
No further official information have been released with regards to iOS 7, but check out this concept video developed by designer, F. Bianco, that shows off his version of iOS 7. The video even pulled out OS X’s Mission Control feature to give the iPhone and iPad a much needed enhancement. There are also other things that will make the iOS much more appealing to everyone else such as widget, more shortcuts on lock screen, and more.
Yes I agree, the iPhone now looks like an Android phone now. Do note that this is only a fan-designed concept video of the iOS 7.
It has been rumored that Apple will officially take the curtains off iOS 7 at the next WWDC event, which will happen in June this year, so fingers crossed that the company has got something exciting to announce.