Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 marked the turning point of the South Korean company, when it decided to finally embrace the use of better materials and design on its smartphones. Looking back, the Note 4 doesn’t look quite as handsome as it used to be, but it was nonetheless an important moment.
One year ahead, things could not get any more different. Samsung boldly moved ahead with a stunning new design language clad in metal and glass on the Galaxy S6, and that design is heading into the new Galaxy Note 5 as well. Both the S6 and Note 4 hit many of the right notes, so it is only logical to assume that the Note 5 continues this trend of Samsung’s resurgence in the mobile space.
When ASUS Malaysia unveiled the new ZenFone 2 line-up earlier this year, consumers were presented with five different options to choose from. Soon, they will even have even models to consider as the company is bringing in new models that are part of the expanded second generation ZenFone family with one of them being the new ZenFone Selfie.
One thing needs to be clarified before beginning this review. The Samsung Gear VR is very much an early adopter’s device. Despite this being the second Gear VR put out by Samsung – the first was meant to operate with the Galaxy Note 4 – nobody appears to know what the technology can do, or what to do with it. With that in mind, the Gear VR has some very interesting talking points and plenty of potential.
When honor launched the honor 7 in London, it didn’t come as a surprise; but no one expected the company to reveal that the honor Zero smartwatch will be making its way to Europe in the fourth quarter of 2015. The fact that consumers can decide what it will be called is even more surprising, seeing how the winner will get the opportunity to try out honor products for the next five years.
While this is very exciting news for fans of honor and smartwatches in general, how does the honor Zero fare as a smartwatch?
honor has just launched its new smartphone, the honor 7, in London. As the company’s latest flagship device, almost every single aspect of the honor 7 has been improved over its predecessor, the honor 6. In some ways, it even surpasses the honor 6 Plus. After spending some time with it, I can safely say the honor 7 is the company’s best offering yet.
Touted as the first smartphone in the world to feature Dolby Atmos technology, the Lenovo A7000 is quite a unique proposition for a smartphone. Frankly, I was quite perplexed on how Dolby managed to transfer the tech into a smartphone given how elaborate a typical Atmos setup is in an actual cinema hall. Furthermore, Dolby stated that the Atmos technology for mobile devices does not require any specialized headphones – it will work regardless of whether you use an “el cheapo” or high end pair of headphones.This just made me more curious about the level of quality that Atmos for mobile is able to deliver on the A7000.
Of course, let’s not forget the fact that A7000 is first and foremost a smartphone. So, Dolby Atmos is not the only reason that determines the overall value of the A7000. With that, let’s first take a look at A7000’s general specifications before we go further.
If I were to ask Malaysians who are the top five Android smartphone makers, chances are LG is not one of them. And that’s a pity, because this other South Korean electronics giants have been making pretty impressive phones for years, starting from the G2 in 2013. The main reason, of course, was simply because LG does not see Malaysia as a key market – its 2014 G3 flagship only started selling in Malaysia in late December last year.
This year, rather surprisingly, LG has decided to bring in its latest flagship, the G4, to Malaysia in a timely fashion. And now that we’ve got our hands on a review unit, how does it compare against the top-tier flagship smartphones?
Asus has been releasing one slim laptop after another. The UX305, for one, is an extremely slim and lightweight laptop that offers plenty value for money. The ROG G501, on the other hand, is a much beefier offering. While it’s not as slim or light as the UX305, it’s one of the thinnest and lightest gaming laptops in the market with a gorgeous chassis. The top-of-the-line model even comes with a 4K display. But the question is: is the ultra-sharp display more of a gimmick, or is there a practical side to it?
Back in June at Computex 2015, ASUS has unveiled plenty of new devices under its Zen series which was previously rather limited to notebooks and smartphones. One such device is ZenPad 7.0 – itself is just one of several ZenPad tablets that the Taiwanese company launched at the event.
The Jide Remix Ultra Tablet is an interesting case. It aims to bring the Microsoft Surface experience to the Android OS; or does it bring the Android experience to the Microsoft Surface? Either way, Jide calls the Remix an Ultra-Tablet; which is a play on Intel’s Ultrabook brand. That should tell you precisely what this was intended to be: a premium grade productivity machine.