I’m pretty sure you’ve all seen the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Note III and Galaxy Gear, we’ve shared our hands on video on both gadgets and if that’s not enough, Samsung has released its own 18 minutes long video diving into the details of what both devices offer.
On top of a larger and better screen, faster processor, more RAM and a new faux leather back casing, the Note III comes with a redesigned S Pen and a collection of new features specially catered for the company’s very own Stylus. It has a new Air Command feature that lets you quickly access some of these features. The video will dive down deep into the details of the apps. Personally, I’m glad it has 3GB of RAM because it sure looks like Samsung packed a whole load of features into the phablet.
Check out the video below and also get a very through view of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch from Samsung when paired to the Note III.
On top of introducing new Windows 8 Ultrabooks and an AIO PC, Lenovo also announced several mobile devices – the Lenovo S5000 tablet and Lenovo Vibe X smartphone, both featuring a sleek design with “intelligent performance and a vibrant viewing experience”.
First up, the Lenovo Vibe X, aka IdeaPhone S960, is a 5” Full HD smartphone powered by a MediaTek processor clocked at 1.5GHz with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage on board. It comes with a 13MP rear shooter and a large 5MP front wide-angle camera at 84-degree, making it the perfect device for selfies; yes it also has a face enhancement feature that gives you the skin you wish you really have. Other specs include 2,000mAh battery, and runs on Android 4.2.
Design wise, the Vibe X is made using polycarbonate with advanced mold, laser-engraved 3D tactile finish. Coupled with Gorilla Glass 3 on board, Lenovo managed to design the device measures at only 6.9mm thin, with a weight of approximately 121grams.
The S5000 tablet is a 7” tablet with a modest resolution of 1280 x 800 with 350 nit brightness and full HD wide-viewing angle. It has some average specs under its hood like a 1.2GHz Media Tek 8389 processor, 5MP rear shooter, 1.6MP front camera, Android 4.2 OS, 3G connectivity and a 3,450mAh battery.
The Lenovo Vibe X will be available in China starting in October and in countries where Lenovo smartphones are being sold in beginning of December. The S5000 will be available in Q4 2013. Lenovo also announced the K900 smartphone which will also be available later this year.
While most phone manufacturers are showing off their latest and greatest at the on-going IFA 2013 in Berlin, Germany, it looks like Xiaomi and Nvidia made some exciting announcements in an event in Beijing, China – the Xiaomi MiPhone 3 aka Mi3 that is powered by the latest Nvidia Tegra 4 processor.
Beneath the 5” Full HD display with 441ppi is a 1.8GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 processor (for China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA network) with 2GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal storage. The back comes with a 13MP Sony camera with dual-LED flash, while the front is designed with a 2MP camera. It has a pretty generous 3,050mAh battery on board and with Tegra 4-PLUS-1 CPU on board, the device can last longer in a single charge thanks to the power efficiency of the chip.
The Tegra 4 variant is only compatible with one of China’s telco, Xiaomi Mi3 also ships with Snapdragon 800 chipset on board that is compatible with China Unicom’s WCDMA network and China Telecom’s CDMA2000 network.
We won’t be seeing the device in Malaysia anytime soon, but with Hugo Barra, the former VP of Google Android, joining Xiaomi to help the China company expand their business globally, let’s keep our fingers crossed that Malaysia is on his list; Xiaomi definitely does make some pretty good device and it’s a pity how it doesn’t ship outside its home country.
If you have been following us long enough, you might have noticed that regional-level product launches don’t usually take place in Malaysia. Yesterday was different though as Sony Mobile decided to host the Southeast Asian launch event for their new Sony Xperia Z1 right here in Kuala Lumpur, just hours after the device was officially unveiled at IFA 2013 in Berlin.
Previously codenamed as Honami, Sony claims that they have included the very best of their camera expertise into the new smartphone. Hence, one of the main highlight for the Xperia Z1 is its rear camera which utilizes a custom made 1/2.3-inch 20.7-megapixels Exmor RS sensor as well as a F2.0 27mm wide angle Sony G lens and BIONZ For Mobile image processing engine.
According to the company, the combination of all the tech that we mentioned above have resulted in level of performance and quality that are equal to conventional compact digital camera. In addition to that, Sony have also introduced the Xperia Camera Applications into the Xperia Z1 which includes apps such as Social Live, Info-eye, Timeshift-burst and AR Effect to further enhanced the photography experience on the device. Not to forget, the device also comes together with a 2-megapixels full HD front-facing camera.
There are still plenty of the new Sony Xperia Z1 for you to see after the jump, so click on the Read More link below to continue.
Acer may have the first to announce an 8” Windows 8 tablet earlier this year, but it looks like Toshiba too has something similar to offer, but with a cheaper retail price of USD$330 made possible by using the latest Intel Atom processor. The company just took the curtains off its brand new 8″ Windows 8 tablet, the Toshiba Encore. The tablet runs on Windows 8.1 and since it is a device worked closely with Microsoft, it also packs dual mics and a 2MP front camera that are Skype-certified, making it a perfect companion for work and play.
“Encore is poised to re-energize the opportunity for Windows tablets in the market. Our fundamental approach to designing Encore was to create a better convergence of hardware and software so the overall app experience and capabilities on a Windows-based device is better than ever. Windows has a lot to offer for a tablet user, and with the new features that Windows 8.1 brings, we believe that Encore will deliver more choice against a range of competitive tablets.” — Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division.
The tablet features an 8” multi-touch HFFS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800. Beneath that display is the new Intel quad-core Bay Trail processor with 32GB of internal storage expandable via microSD. Other specs include a Micro USB 2.0 port, micro HDMI port, dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS, and it ships with full version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 on board. No words about local availability, but the Encore tablet will be available in other parts of the world in November, with a retail price of USD$329.99.
Samsung’s Unpacked Episode 2 last night saw three of its highly-anticipated devices finally unveiled, as the Galaxy Note 3 took centre stage, with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch not far behind. Surprisingly, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition managed to sneak past the rumour mills and straight into the event halls.
While the Galaxy Note 3 was, naturally, the star of the show, there was plenty of interest in Samsung’s first ever wearable device, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Its deep integration with a synced smartphone means there is little need to actually take your phone out of your pocket when you have your Galaxy Gear with you. It’s a cool concept, but is yet to be more than a niche market…for now.
Samsung’s flagship phablet was also unveiled to much fanfare last night, and the major surprise of the Galaxy Note 3 wasn’t the fact that there was no fingerprint scanner as was rumoured, but the use of faux leather as a back cover. Now, the plastic back cover of previous Galaxy smartphones has always been a bone of contention for many, and the faux leather is likely to cause a similar response. There is little doubt, however, that the Galaxy Note 3 will still prove to be top dog in the category its previous iterations helped pioneer.
Finally, there’s the refreshed Galaxy Note 10.1. Despite the rather awkwardly long name, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is quite a powerhouse, sporting an incredible 2560 x 1440 resolution in its 10.1-inch display. There’s also a similar Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset used in the Galaxy Note 3, too. Oh, and the faux leather makes an appearance here as well.
Did we also mention there’s a pink variant to the Galaxy Note 3?
At the on-going IFA 2013, Asus also made several announcements, including a refreshed Fonepad 7. Like its predecessor, the 7” tablet comes with telephony capability, perfect for those who want smartphone features in a tablet-sized display. This refreshed version comes with some minor changes, including a new non-slip finish, faster HSPA+ 3G with up to 42Mbits/s download speeds, and an additional speaker at the front.
The Asus Fonepad 7 is powered by an Intel AtomTM Z2560 processor with Hyper Threading technology that offers seamless multitasking performance. Running on Android 4.2, the 7” tablet has a crisp 1280 x 800 resolution with IPS technology, 5MP rear camera (compared to 3.2MP on the previous generation), 1.2MP front camera, and has a 3.950mAh battery on board. Users can pick between 8GB/16GB/32GB of internal expandable storage.
At the same time, Asus also took the curtains off two new affordable Android tablets – the MeMO Pad 8 and MeMO Pad 10 featuring an 8” and a 10” IPS display respectively with a resolution of 1280 x 800. Powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, both the MeMO Pad 8 and MeMO Pad 10 have high-quality dual speakers with ASUS SonicMaster audio technology, and 8/16GB of expandable storage.
What sets these two tablets apart is that while the MeMO Pad 8 comes with a 5MP rear shooter, the MeMO Pad 10 features only a 2MP rear shooter. Both models also capture 720p HD videos and have a 1.2MP front camera on board.
Love the Samsung Galaxy Note III but you’re hoping for a larger screen because 5.7” isn’t big enough of an asset for you? No problem, along with the Note III announcement at the on-going Samsung Unpacked event happening in Berlin, Germany, the company also unveiled the Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) that features the same design along with a faux leather back.
The Note 10.1 packs a 10” WQXGA Super clear LCD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600. Beneath the hood is a 1.9GHz Octa Core processor (for 3G / Wi-Fi only versions) / 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 chipset (LTE Version) with 3GB of RAM, and most importantly of all, it will feature the new S Pen and all the new S Pen features such as Air Command, Scrapbook, Multi-Window enhancements and Pen Window found on the Galaxy Note III.
Specs wise, the Note 10.1 2014 Edition will run on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box, supports dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac support, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, has an 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, and a whopping 8,220mAh non-removable battery. There will be several different variants - Wi-Fi Only, Wi-Fi and 3G, and Wi-Fi and LTE with 16/32/64GB expandable storage options, and each combination will be available in either Jet Black or Classic White. The Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) will be available globally starting from Q3 2013.
“The new GALAXY Note 10.1 is the most progressive 10-inch tablet, delivering the best viewing and multitasking experiences. It is the most recent demonstration of Samsung Mobile’s focus on constant product innovation to stay aligned with shifting consumer interests. The GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) unites a range of features that will consistently surprise consumers as they realize how much easier and more enjoyable it makes their everyday lives.” – JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics.
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As you might have heard, Sony Mobile is having their Southeast Asia launch for newly announced Sony Xperia Z1 today. Over there, Cheong Wah Tong, the Head of Market for Sony Mobile Malaysia, have just confirmed that the new Xperia Z1 is expected to arrive in Malaysia by first week of October.
Alongside from the smartphone, the Sony Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 attachable lenses will also arrive at the same time as well. Unfortunately, no local pricing for any of them are available at the time being.
Stay tuned for our first look of all three devices coming your way soon enough.
Remember that Legria Mini video camera that was introduced by Canon last month? It looks like Sony too has something similar to offer with the new HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder, but instead of focusing on video bloggers, this Music Video Recorder, as its name suggests, is built with superb Full HD image quality and dynamic studio-quality sound designed and engineered specifically for musicians.
A perfect tool for struggling music artists, the USD$300 Music Video Recorder offers unparalleled audio that records CD-quality sound in uncompressed Linear PCM or internet-ready AAC. With a 120-degree X-Y stereo microphone on board, users can capture every detail of music performances from soloists and groups to orchestras and bands. Video wise, with back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor on board, and a wide-angle 120-degree lens, it can record every single moment in Full HD 1920 x 1090/30p.
Other features include Auto Lip Sync, 2.7” color LCD, built-in Wi-Fi with Sony PlayMemories Mobile app on board, and NFC connectivity for One Touch sharing. The device is scheduled to be launched this December.
Along with the Sony Xperia Z1 smartphone and the QX smartphone camera lenses announcement last night, Sony also introduced some new camcorders and cameras, including this HD action cam, the HDR-AS30V. Designed for the active individuals who are always on the go, it features a very compact design (25% smaller and 35% lighter than the previous generation action cam) that fits snuggly and comfortably onto a helmet.
The Action Cam features Wi-Fi, NFC and GPS connectivity, allowing users to immediately capture sharp 11.9MP still images or Full HD videos and share them out instantly. The Action Cam also features back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor to capture more lights into its footage, record Full HD 1080 60p/50/ and 1080 30p/25/ for fast-moving action, STD HD and VGA videos, as well as slow-motion modes for tracking a golf swing or BMX flip – HD SLOW 2x (1280 x 720 60p) and HD SLOW 4x (1280 x 720 120p).
Other features include ultra-wide angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with 170 degree field of view, Sony SteadyShot on board, expandable memory via Memory Stick Micro and MicroSD, built-in stereo microphone, HDMI output, Sony One Touch sharing via NFC, and Sony PlayMemories Mobile application.
Finally, along with the Action Cam, sony also introduced an optional wearable Live-View remote, a waterproof accessory that can be strapped onto your wrist so you can control the camera nd monitor shots. Other accessories include new mounts like a Universal Head Mount Kit, Chest Mount Harness and a Roll Bar Mount. The Action Cam is expected to head the shelves by the end of the month for USD$299.99.
Samsung’s latest flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 3, has finally been unveiled. The successor to the device that introduced a totally new segment in the smartphone market, and facing increasing criticism over the increasingly jaded Galaxy design language, the Galaxy Note 3 is arguably one of the most important devices to be launched by the company this year.
Shortly after its launch event, I was able to catch a glimpse of the powerhouse of a smartphone for a brief hands-on. Check out the first impressions after the jump.