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Samsung’s Not Alone, Other Phone Manufacturers Are Boosting their Benchmark Results Too

by Huei Song · 11 months ago · 19 Comments · 36 views

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It looks like Samsung is not the only smartphone manufacturer that boosts up its benchmark results to get higher scores, AnandTech recently discovered that other major smartphone manufacturers including Asus and HTC are doing the same thing. As shown on the image above, they’ve compiled everything into a table, showing which phone manufacturer cheats in which benchmarking app.

According to AnandTech’s findings, besides Apple, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and the latest Motorola devices, almost every single OEM they’ve worked with before has shipped before at least one device that has a CPU optimization. AnandTech also pointed out that most of the inflated scores provide less than 10% increase in GPU and CPU performance benchmarks.

Visit AnandTech for an in-depth look on the things they found. I have to admit, I never knew what benchmarking was until I started working in this industry, I never bother about these numbers when purchasing a phone then and now, but unfortunately to some, a better score means a better phone and that’s probably why all these phone manufacturers are still pulling stunts like this. Anybody here actually purchase a new device based on these scores?

(Source: Engadget, AnandTech)

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Presenting a LYN Social Experiment: Living on a 64kbps Connection

by Pang Tun Yau · 11 months ago · 33 Comments · 890 views

As we enter the age of 4G LTE connectivity, it is easy for those living in big cities to take fast Internet speeds for granted. Almost every local telco today offer high speed 3G Internet for its postpaid and prepaid customers, with the some already rolling out the latest 4G LTE connections in selected areas around the country.

But what about those who don’t even get to enjoy a basic Internet connection? For every area with LTE in Malaysia, there are dozens more with only 2G (EDGE) connections. For every angry consumer who audibly complains about the slow 3G connection on their Galaxy or iPhone smartphones, there are more who are still using basic feature phones.

With the new #Hotlink prepaid plan, local telco Maxis looks to be changing all that. For as long as the prepaid line is active, those on #Hotlink can enjoy free unlimited Internet data on their phones. Of course, there’s a little caveat beneath it: users will only receive Internet speeds of up to 64kbps. The idea is not for you to be able to post a selfie on Instagram, but for you to send and receive potentially important emails or instant messages on WhatsApp. Some may not get it just yet, but it could prove to be the catalyst of something amazing.

That got us wondering, however. What can you do on a 64kbps connection?

To find out, I was forced have willfully volunteered myself to be part of a unique experiment conceived here at HQ.

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First Look: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 LTE, Powered By Intel Atom Z2560 Dual-Core Processor

by Syefri Zulkefli · 11 months ago · 3 Comments · 401 views

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Let’s get this fact out first: this is not the first Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 in Malaysia. Prior to the 10.1-inch model, the Korean giant have actually released the Galaxy Tab 3 in 7-inch and 8-inch form factors. However, the 10.1-inch version is rather interesting though as it is powered by an Intel Atom Z2560 processor instead of the ARM-based processor as per its smaller siblings.

Previously codenamed as Clover Trail+, the Intel Atom Z2560 system-on-chip features a dual-core HyperThreading-enabled CPU that runs at 1.6GHz. At the same time, the processor is also equipped with a dual-core PowerVR SGX 544M2 GPU with a clock speed of 400MHz.

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Samsung have also included an Intel XMM 7160 4G modem in order to enable LTE connectivity on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. With a thickness of 7.95mm, the 512 grams tablet also features a 1280×800 149ppi TFT display, 1GB of RAM and 16GB worth of internal storage. There is also a 3.15-megapixels camera on its back together with a 1.3-megapixels front camera.

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Celcom Unveils BlackBerry Z30 Deals – Free BlackBerry Z10, Concert Tickets and More

by Huei Song · 11 months ago · 1 Comment · 156 views

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Malaysia is the one of the first countries in the world to get to see the latest BlackBerry Z30 and if you want to be one of the first in the world to own one, the device will soon go on sale exclusively from Celcom, from only RM738; it even comes with freebies such as a BlackBerry Z10, concert tickets and more.

To be available this Saturday, 5 October 2013 at Blue Cube Sunway Pyramid and selected Celcom Xclusive outlets – Full Line Communications Sdn. Bhd in Shah Alam and Gateway Sdn. Bhd. In Wangsa Maju, all you need to do is sign up for a 24 month contract to any Celcom First Voice + Data mPro bundle plans from as low as RM128/month. The first 200 customers will also get a FREE BlackBerry Z10 LTE worth RM1,899, an Urbanears Headset worth RM340, a pair of Alicia Keys concert tickets worth RM590 and Alicia Keys’ Girl on Fire album download.

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Looking at the amount of freebies, this is definitely one very attractive deal. After the promotion, Celcom will offer the BlackBerry Z30 from RM1,238 on 24-month plans. All new registrations will come with a free Urbanears Headset while stocks last. The details isn’t updated on Celcom’s website yet, we’ll keep you updated as soon as we see it. Meanwhile, find out more about the BlackBerry Z30 in our hands on video below.

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Samsung’s Curved OLED Screen Smartphone May Debut as Early as Next Week

by Pang Tun Yau · 11 months ago · 1 Comment · 9 views

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 with Curved Display Rumours Gain Momentum

Take that, LG. Just as LG announced that its first smartphone featuring a curved OLED display will debut this month, a Samsung executive has confirmed that its much-rumoured limited edition Galaxy Note 3 with its own curved OLED screen will debut as early as next week.

Rumours of a Samsung smartphone with a curved OLED display is nothing new. The Youm display technology by Samsung was announced earlier this year at CES 2013, and just last week, CNET noted that the Korean giants are working on a limited-edition Galaxy Note 3 Active, complete with a waterproof chassis and unbreakable curved OLED display.

The biggest challenge for both companies, of course, is down to costs. Both the LG and Samsung curved display smartphones will reportedly be produced in very low quantities, as operating costs for mass-production of the displays are still too high, as revealed by a Samsung Malaysia Electronics executive I spoke to recently.

(Source: D Daily (translated) via Unwired View)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 LTE Powered by Intel Atom is Now Available in Storekini.com for Only RM1,549

by Huei Song · 11 months ago · 2 Comments · 379 views

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 LTE that is powered by Intel Atom has officially landed in Malaysia earlier today and if you’re hoping to land your hands on one, you may do so now at our very own Storekini.com. Launched just today by both Samsung and Intel, the latest 10.1” tablet from Samsung features a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor as well as a Intel XM7160 model, which provides for LTE connectivity right from the tablet. It has a 1280 x 800 display with 149ppi, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage on board. Retailing at RM1,599, you can purchase it from Storekini.com at only RM1,549.

If you missed out on yesterday’s post, Storekini also has an on-going sale offering the Sony Xperia Z1 (today’s the last day of preorder), Beats Audio headset and more. On top of that, the online store is also selling the Parrot AR Drone for a discounted price of RM1,188 (RRP RM1,299). Visit Storekini.com now for more information.

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LG Says that it’s Working on the LG Z, the Company’s First Curved Smartphone, Will Debut This Month

by Huei Song · 11 months ago · 2 Comments · 7 views

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Remember that whole flexible / curved smartphone displays that went a little crazy during CES? Samsung showed off a curved OLED phone, Sharp also had its own version to show off and it looks like LG will not be missing out on the fun, after all, they do have a curved OLED 3D TV. LG recently told ZDNet that the company is working on a curved display smartphone.

To be called the LG Z, the device will feature a 6” display and it will look somewhat similar to its curved television with a concave shape. The phone is said to be in production already and should be ready to meet the world later this month, possibly around the same time as Samsung will debut its curved Galaxy Note 3.

Anyone here fancy a smartphone with a curved display? I must admit, I’m pretty intrigued by what Samsung showed off at CES, and if these manufacturers can develop additional software that puts the new design to good use, it’ll definitely be something great to look forward to.

(Source: UnwiredView, ZDNet Korea)

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[UPDATED] Quick Camera Comparison: Nokia Lumia 1020 vs Sony Xperia Z1

by Lucas Lau · 11 months ago · 36 Comments · 1.9k views

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EDIT: By your request, we’ve done some further testing with the 2 devices shooting portraits in low light, low light flash and natural light settings. While i’m sure you don’t want to see our ugly mugs up close and personal, we’ve roped in the venerable Ashley “Summerash” Khoo for your viewing pleasure!

Since we got the Lumia 1020, many of our readers have asked for a camera shootout between the 20.7MP Sony Xperia Z1 and the Mammoth 41MP Lumia 1020. To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t sure which would fare better because as we all know, it’s not just about the Megapixels when talking about cameras and imaging. So we decided to do a quick test with a couple of things lying around the office and a landscape shot as a “teaser” test before we go into a deeper shootout with more devices in the future.

The tests were conducted with both stock apps (not the Pro Camera app for the Nokia), on Full Automatic and same focus points on each picture. Colour was not corrected and 100% crops were taken with a 600 x 450 selection, pixel for pixel despite different file sizes.

So which camera did better out of the 2? Hit the jump to find out!

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[Opinion] Why Mobile Phone Benchmarks Don’t Tell You Anything About A Phone

by Lucas Lau · 11 months ago · 18 Comments · 105 views

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In light of this morning’s news about Samsung modifying some code to boost their benchmark results for the Galaxy Note 3, giving a 20% increase in scores, I got thinking, are benchmarks THAT important anyway?. This is not the first time they have been “caught” doing so as well; When their flagship Galaxy S4 came out, they also boosted their CPU and GPU clock speeds in hopes for those bigger numbers. Shame on Samsung right? Wrong. Shame on anyone who actually thinks that a phone’s benchmark score on AnTuTu or Quadrant actually means anything when you’re choosing a phone.

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Vertu Announces The New Vertu Constellation That Features a New Design and a “More Affordable” Price

by Huei Song · 11 months ago · 2 Comments · 307 views

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Say hello to a brand new Android device from luxury phone maker, Vertu, called The Constellation. The Constellation, also known as the rumored Constellation V, is the company’s second take on making Android phones and it looks like this time round, Vertu has taken a new design approach to make its devices more appealing to the mass market. By removing all the usual shiny and expensive pieces on the exterior, including the ceramic pillow earpiece, Vertu hopes that its new “less is more” approach of a more neutral outlook will attract more buyers.

“It tested extremely well [in study groups] in China and Russia. In terms of design and appearance, it is being luxury but not too bling, too wild, too pushy, so I’m very happy and very confident.” – Vertu’s CEO Massimiliano Pogliani.

But don’t be deceived by its new plain outlook, the new Constellation, is designed with the largest piece of tough sapphire glass on a Vertu device. It also features a grade 5 titanium body wrapped around by the finest leather that has been “carefully selected for its exquisite feel and natural grain from one of Europe’s oldest tanneries”, and is available in a wide range of colors including dark brown, orange, black, light brown and cherry.

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The new Constellation is a lot more affordable compared to the company’s first Android phone, the Ti, retailing at €4,900, about RM21,500. For comparison’s sake, the Vertu Ti starts at RM34,500. Unfortunately though, the new Constellation will not entitle buyers to the full Vertu Concierge service found on the Ti.

As for the specs, it has a 4.3” 720p display and beneath that is a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, and an Adreno 320 MSM8260A Pro GPU. Other specs include Android 4.2, 13MP rear camera, 1.3MP front shooter, 1,800mAh battery, NFC, and 32GB of internal storage.

(Source: Engadget)

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The Intel-Powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 LTE Lands In Malaysia For RM 1599, Wi-Fi Version Goes For RM 1299

by Syefri Zulkefli · 11 months ago · 1 Comment · 365 views

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Intel Malaysia and Samsung Malaysia have just moments ago jointly announced the availability of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 LTE here in our market. Powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor (previously codenamed Clover Trail+), the tablet is priced at RM 1599.

The Android 4.2 tablet is also equipped with Intel XMM 7160 modem which provides the LTE connectivity to it as well as 10.1-inch 1280×800 149ppi display, 1GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. Also available is the Wi-Fi version which features the same Atom Z2560 SoC and is priced at RM 1299.

Stay tuned for our initial hands-on experience with the new tablet coming your way very soon.

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Samsung Caught Boosting Benchmark Results for Note 3, Increase Scores by 20 Percent

by Huei Song · 11 months ago · 6 Comments · 17 views

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It looks like Samsung did it again, just months after the company was caught boosting its benchmark result for its flagship Galaxy S4 device, the company is said to be boosting its benchmarks again, this time,  for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 that was launched a few weeks back. Last time round, a string of code called “BenchmarkBooster” was discovered by Anandtech, and suspecting that Samsung might pull off the same thing again, Ars Technica decided to do some investigating and found something similar.

Ars Technica discovered that despite having almost identical hardware with the Galaxy Note 3 N9005 (Snapdragon 800 version), the LG G2’s score was far behind. They then found that when certain benchmarks are detected, the CPU will be put on full throttle with all four cores running at 2.26GHz at all times; when idle, 3 of the 4 cores will shut off to conserve power while the fourth one drops down to 300MHz mode. It is not normal for benchmark apps to put all 4 cores to full speed.

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Ars Technica then did some tweaking about on some of the most popular benchmarking apps, and found that the “normal” result is about 20% lower than what we see. This puts the benchmark scores on par with the LG G2. Read Ars Technica for the full in-depth discovery of Samsung’s boost that affects most popular benchmark apps including Geekbench, Quadrant, Antutu, Linpack, GFXBench and of course, Samsung’s very own benchmarks. If it’s any consolation at all, with all the boosters disabled, the Note 3 still outperforms the G2 in terms of benchmark results.

At the end of the day, benchmark results are just numbers and I guess with all 4 cores pushed to their maximum limit, you can get to see the maximum performance of the Note 3. Let’s see what Samsung’s response will be this time round.

(Source: GSMArena, Ars Technica)

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