Today is the 11th of December and as promised, Asus has finally officially taken the curtains off its Padfone Mini, a 4.3” smartphone. Like its larger sibling, the Padfone Mini comes with a tablet dock, but it too has also been shrunk to a smaller size of 7”.
The Padfone Mini was launched just hours ago in Taiwan and as expected, it also packs less powerful hardware under its hood to allow for a more affordable price tag – 1.4GHz Snapdragon MSM8226 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 960 x 540 resolution on phone and 1,280 x 800 on the tablet, 16GB of expandable storage, Android 4.3 out of the box with 1,500mAh and 2,200mAh batteries in the smartphone and tablet respectively. Camera wise, it has an 8MP rear shooter on board with some custom features such as Hi-Light “Owl Mode” and high speed continuous shooting.
The device is currently available in Taiwan for NT$11,990 (approximately RM1,300) and according to Engadget, Asus plans to expand it to the U.S., Europe and Asia; let’s keep our fingers crossed that Malaysia is in that list.
It follows the Lumia design language and features a single button like an Asha device but apparently, the Nokia device shown above – codenamed “Normandy” – is running on Android. Not only that, the device might be heading to market in 2014. Yup, the biggest Windows Phone advocate in the market are actively crafting an Android device for consumers according to The Verge.
The Verge’s vast insider sources also stated that the Nokia Normandy is designed to for low-end segment of the market just like the existing Asha series. Normandy apparently will be using a highly customized version of Android, similar to what Amazon have done for their Kindle devices. It will also support popular Android apps such as Skype and many more.
Nokia Normandy is scheduled to hit the market in 2014 according to Nokia’s staff that are working on it but since Microsoft acquisition of Nokia’s devices division have been green lit by almost everyone, it is hard to say if the device will see the light of the day or else. Nevertheless, we are pretty sure that many consumers out there are very curious and are eager to see Nokia’s take on Android operating system.
It looks like two new devices have recently been given a vanilla treat by Google, the Mountain View company just took the curtains off the Google Play editions of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3. They are available in Google Play Store immediately for the folks in the US.
As with existing Google Play Edition devices – the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, both these devices feature the exact same hardware as the original version, except for it runs on stock Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. This means that the Sony Xperia Z Ultra features the same 6.4” 1080p display, is powered by 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 8MP rear camera with Exmor RS sensor, 2MP front camera and 3,000mAh battery. One thing to note though is that the Z Ultra listing in Google Play Store lacks the Xperia branding so maybe Sony has got something interesting to announce at a later date.
The LG G Pad 8.3 on the other hand also features the same 8.3” 1080p display as the original G Pad. Powered by a Snapdragon 600 processor, it has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 5MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front shooter. It will also run on the latest Android version – 4.4 KitKat, out of the box.
The Phonebloks concept that we first saw and then later picked up by Motorola (Project Ara) is without a doubt the best thing that could happen to a mobile device, and it looks like Chinese phone manufacturer, Xiaomi, is interested in the concept too. Lei Jun, the CEO and founder of Xiaomi, recently posted several photos to his Weibo account, showing off a Magic Cube, a similar modular phone project with the company’s logo intact.
The pictures have since been removed but nothing in the internet stays hidden. As you can see from the image above, while it may have a similar module concept that allows you to customize the “blocks” you like, it doesn’t seem to be as versatile as Phonebloks – the main board and display doesn’t look like they can be upgraded but hey, it’s a lot slimmer than Phonebloks, I must say.
Speaking of Xiaomi, remember when the ex-VP of Android, Hugo Barra, joined the company with hopes to expand the business beyond its home and neighboring country? Well, Singapore may be its first target market, for the Southeast Asia region at least. In a recent press conference in Taiwan, Hugo Barra announced that Xiaomi wants to tap into the Southeast Asia market and could be starting with Singapore.
“I’ve been spending a lot of time with potential partners in other countries, in Southeast Asia primarily. We just came back from a trip to Singapore a few weeks ago and we are trying to get our operations for Southeast Asia set up as quickly as possible.” – Hugo Barra.
For all the loyal Nokia N9 fans out there, Jolla has just breathed new life into your device! In a thread posted on Maemo.org, titled “Porting Saifish onto an N9, there are step by step instructions on how to get the MeeGo successor up and running on your device. I know that there are many fervent N9 fans out there and this, surely is amazing news. Don’t forget, this is not an official solution and there are some bugs so porting should be at your own risk, but have fun and perhaps this is a good reason to get your N9 out from retirement!
Missed the recent pre-order program for Nokia Lumia 1520? Fret no more, it seems like Nokia Malaysia have retained the RM 1999 price tag that they offered during the device’s pre-order period according to a recent post of their official Facebook page.
However, the company didn’t specify exactly how long the promo will last although the posters for the promo do mention “while stocks last”. Furthermore, they also stated that the promo is only available at certain stores but again, those stores were not listed out by Nokia Malaysia.
While customers are able to purchase the new Lumia 1520 for less than its standard retail pricing of RM 2159 just like during its pre-order period, the device will not accompanied by the free Coloud Boom Headphones that was given to all pre-order customers. Still beats paying the full price, nevertheless.
[Source: Nokia Malaysia @ Facebook]
I guess it’s safe to say that most flagship 5” smartphones in the market has a “mini” version – the HTC One mini, Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, Sony Xperia Z1f/s (a 4.3” Xperia Z1 for the Japanese market / the rumored international Z1 mini), and it looks like the Asus Padfone Infinity is no exception. Asus will soon be taking the curtains off its Padfone mini, the manufacturer has already sent out an invitation to media in its home country for a Padfone mini launch event.
But we don’t have to wait till then to check out how it will look like, thanks to @evleaks, images of the Padfone mini have made their way to the internet ahead of the launch, showing off not only a smaller smartphone, but also a smaller tablet dock. Like most of the “minis” out there, the Padfone mini will come with a 4.3” display and less powerful hardware on the inside such as a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, a lower resolution display and only 3G connectivity instead of LTE. It will work like the existing Asus Padfone but instead of a full-sized 10” tablet, the Padfone mini will have a 7” dock.
Unfortunately though, the invitation is only for Taiwan with no hints of whether it’ll get an international launch. If it does, will its new mini size and hopefully a more affordable price tag attract you to the Asus Padfone mini?
Ten online personalities with different spheres of influence – ranging from Fashion and Beauty, to Food, Travel and Technology – compete with one another in a series of unorthodox challenges, in which they attempt to assert their own influence in areas that may be dominated by the other respective contestants; each of them vying for ultimate prize: the title of “The Influencer”.
In the opening episode of this series, our contestants are assembled at the Headquarters of Nokia Malaysia for a Technology-themed challenge – with a twist. How well will the not-so-tech-savvy contestants fare in this trial? Also, how flexible are the tech whizzes in the group to adapt when they are thrown a curveball and forced to emerge out of their comfort zones for this episodes’s second challenge?
Find out who will emerge victorious in this episode, and who will be eliminated from moving on to the next round.
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