Ahead of its launch event this coming Wednesday, we’ve received a unit of Lenovo’s upcoming flagship, the Vibe Z. Also known as the K910L, this is Lenovo’s first-ever LTE-enabled smartphone, and marks another major step in Lenovo’s increasing presence in the Malaysian mobile space. We’ve been using the K910 for many days now, so check out we think of Lenovo’s latest mobile darling after the jump!
Not just sticking to the top of the range flagship smartphone segment, Sony have announced the Xperia T2 Ultra; a phablet which is focused on emerging markets, packed to the brim with specs for entertainment on the go. Sporting a 6-inch 720 x 1280 TRILUMINOS display that extends to within 2.5mm of the phone’s edges, the T2 Ultra makes the most of available space and makes it a rather svelte device considering its size.
Just how similar are the Xperia Z1 Compact and the Xperia Z1? We are in Jakarta where Sony have just announced the new range of Xperia devices slated for launch next month and we decided to put them side-by-side to find out how they stack up against each other. Here’s our post on the Z1 Compact from earlier today.
After being rumoured for quite some time, the new Nokia X was finally unveiled at the recent Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona last week. Somehow, Nokia decided not to wait for long to bring the device over to Malaysia and has officially launched it for our market just moments ago.
Even though we have spent some time with Nokia X (as well as its bigger brother, the Nokia XL) at MWC, we decided to have another brief but closer walk-through with the device once again. Don’t to forget to check our subsequent post where we’ll show you how to install Android apps into Nokia X.
This time last year, the term “China Phone” was a deemed a rather derogatory one. The Chinese mobile phone company was a misunderstood underdog, more known for manufacturing the phone rather than producing handsets of their own. With the exception of a Meizu M9 or something from Huawei, China Phones were just not as desirable as a Samsung or a Sony in this day and age.
Many things have changed since then with the appearance of devices like the Xiaomi Redmi and of course this one, the Oppo N1. In an industry dominated by the specs race, unnecessary “innovation” for the sake of features and devices which look a lot like its predecessors, the China Phones may just be the shot in the arm that we need and Oppo is the heavy handed doctor to administer it.
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Samsung’s latest Galaxy smartphone has finally been unveiled, bringing along its own set of surprises. Contrary to what the many, many rumours and leaks have led us, the Samsung Galaxy S5 opts for a more refined Galaxy experience – and a handy set of new features.
It looks like according to Samsung, size clearly does matter. Today we had the chance to sit down with Samsung’s latest member of the Note family: the 12.2inch Galaxy NotePro. Sporting a 12.2Inch WQXGA Widescreen 16:10 display offering a very impressive 2560 x 1600 resolution which, when put into perspective is just shy of an Apple Macbook Pro 15inch Retina’s maximum resolution. Its other specs are nothing to turn your nose up at either.
Powered by a Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset and Adreno 330 GPU coupled with 3GB of RAM the Note 12.2 is definitely at the top end of the technology scale. The NotePro also supports LTE and has an 8MP rear camera as well as a 2MP front camera and 32GB of internal memory, expandable by microSD card of course. Rounding it up, a mammoth device like this certainly needs needs a heck of a lot of power and the NotePro has an equally gigantic 9,500mAh battery and is surprisingly light considering the size.
Making its debut in March 2014, the NotePro will be available for RM2,999, a clear premium price range, but with the features included, it does make sense to an extent. The NotePro will be available in Black & White as well as several optional accessories like the LAN Hub, Bluetooth Keyboard, S Action Mouse and HDTV Adaptor.
Hit the jump for more pictures and full specs
Not many phones under the RM500 mark are really worth taking a second look at these days with much of the focus given to the mid range and flagship smartphones. Acer have released an updated version to the Liquid Z3, the Z3s and have shown that budget doesn’t have to be budget on features. Sporting a 3.5Inch HVGA 320 x 480 screen, the Z3s also has a 5MP camera and comes with a rather smart active flip case, reminiscent of the much more expensive smart case from Apple or the power flip case from HTC! The Z3s also comes with Dual-SIM card slots as well as a pretty decent “Quick Modes” feature which tailors your device to who is using it.
The Acer Liquid Z3s will retail for a very meagre RM299 and the guys over at Storekini.com are having a Pre-Order starting TODAY at 12 noon, so keep your eyes peeled for the incredible deal that is coming up!
What happens when Lenovo decides to let the ThinkPad’s metaphorical hair down? You get the ThinkPad Yoga: all work and business in front, but flip that screen all the way and you’ve got a Windows 8 tablet “party in the rear”. First unveiled to the world last September at IFA 2013, the ThinkPad Yoga merges the 360-degree flipping screen found in the consumer IdeaPad Yoga range with the unrivalled business-class majesty of the ThinkPad.
In the tail-end of 2012, I stated that convertible laptops are not the way forward; They merge the worst parts of a tablet and a laptop instead of the best. I have used several convertibles since then, and found Lenovo’s Yoga solution to be more to my preference. However, I’ll still take a slim Ultrabok any day. Now that I’ve used another – and a ThinkPad at that – is the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga the perfect convertible laptop?
Review continues after the jump.
Lenovo’s first model in the new Vibe series, the Vibe X, is now available in Malaysia. Retailing at RM1299, it is one of the most affordable 5-inch Full HD Android smartphones you can find. In addition, the introduction of two high-megapixel count cameras (13MP at the rear, 5MP wide-angle front-facing module) makes this an interesting proposition for selfie lovers.
At the launch event held earlier today, we were able to spend some time with the new Vibe X. Check out our first impressions after the jump.
The latest addition to the company’s popular a-JAYS series, what sets the a-JAYS Five apart from the company’s other line-ups is each of the three models in the a-JAYS Five are tailored to the three major mobile platforms, namely iOS, Android and Windows Phone. As such, each model comes with a dedicated remote that support various functions on each platform.
Review continues after the jump.
Judging from the name alone, one might assume that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 TI is positioned between GTX 780 and GTX Titan in the GeForce GTX 700 family of graphics card. However, the full technical specifications that were revealed last month showed that the GTX 780 TI is not only better than GTX 780 but also surpassed GTX Titan in certain areas even though all three were built using the same Kepler GK110 GPU.
One of the differences that made it possible for the GTX 780 TI to possess such capability is the fact that NVIDIA have actually equipped a fully unlocked version of GK110 GPU into GTX 780 TI. Hence, the GTX 780 TI comes packed with 15 SMX units which are equivalent to 2880 stream processors or CUDA cores as what NVIDIA like to call them.
As a comparison, the amount of SMX/CUDA cores for GTX Titan and GTX 780 are listed at 14/2688 and 12/2304 respectively. Furthermore, the GPU speed of GTX 780 TI are also much higher than both Titan and 780 TI with a base clock of 875 MHz and boost speed of 928 MHz. Additionally, the memory speed and bandwidth of GTX 780 TI is also the highest of the bunch at 7 GHz and 336 GB/sec.
That being said, the GTX 780 TI does come short in terms of memory configurations since it only has 3 GB worth of GDDR5 memory which is similar to GTX 780 while GTX Titan has double the amount at 6 GB. Nevertheless, it didn’t stop NVIDIA from calling the GTX 780 TI as the best gaming GPU in the world (for now).
While the basic specifications of GTX 780 TI already look quite impressive on paper, it seems like the folks at GIGABYTE somehow are not contend with them and then decided to push the envelope a little bit further. The result? Say hello to the new GIGABYTE GTX 780 TI GHz Edition graphics card.
How different is this graphics card as compared to NVIDIA’s reference design then? Well, hit on the Read More link below (if available) to find out more.
Before the LG G2, there was the LG Optimus G. Announced sometime last year, it was better known as the blueprint of Google’s Nexus 4 smartphone, which was one of the best smartphones of 2012. Clearly, LG wasn’t going to rest on its laurels, and at MWC 2013 the company announced the Optimus G Pro, which was then one of the first Android smartphones to pack the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset.
LG Malaysia then finally announced the local availability of its new flagship, and offered an attractive retail price of only RM1888 for the Optimus G Pro, especially when it is often compared to the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Even now, with the new flagship G2 nowhere to be found in Malaysia, the Optimus G Pro still packs some impressive hardware. Sure, the much newer Galaxy Note 3 may have eclipsed it, but is the Optimus G Pro still a good option for those on a lower budget?
Review continues after the jump.
Lenovo’s bold new Yoga Tablet is finally available in Malaysia. While it was launched only yesterday, we were told that the new Android tablet has already been retailing for about a week or two now. The tablet, armed with an innovative integrated kickstand, is available in two screen sizes (8 and 10.1 inches) and is retailing from RM999.
After its launch event, we had some time for a quick hands on with Lenovo’s latest tablet. Head on after the jump for some first impressions of the new device.
It took them quite some time to join the party but earlier today, U Mobile have finally launched LTE network for their customers. While the coverage area is extremely limited for now but it is still interesting to note that U Mobile’s LTE network is available for both prepaid and postpaid customers.
Not only that, users are able to utilize the network through broadband dongle or LTE-enabled smartphones. That being said, the network is not accessible for Apple iPhone and iPad users even though the new iPhone 5s/5c, iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display actually support the 2600MHz spectrum that U Mobile used for their LTE network.
With that, we decided to do a simple speed test on U Mobile’s LTE network at two locations earlier today – just few hours after the launch event itself. These test were done through the official SpeedTest.net Windows Phone app on a Nokia Lumia 1020 using our personal mobile number that is tied to the telco’s U58 postpaid plan.
We have also set U Mobile’s server in Kuala Lumpur as the app’s test server. To see the results, just hit on the Read More link below (if available) to continue reading.