It was a moment that seemed to come out of an Apple announcement: just as Xiaomi co-founder and CEO Lei Jun was wrapping up his extensive presentation of the company’s latest flagship Mi 4 smartphone, a new slide appeared in the backdrop, bearing the words, “One more thing…”. Soon after, the world was introduced to the Mi Band, a fitness, activity and sleep tracker that costs a fraction of the competition.
Xiaomi’s Mi 4 is finally here. Offering its trademark combination of high-performance hardware with exceptionally low retail prices, the Mi 4 looks set to be yet another winning product from the Chinese company. After the launch event, Xiaomi invited members of the media to the experience zone, where we could see, touch and feel the Mi 4 for ourselves.
Read more for our first impressions of the Xiaomi Mi 4.
What is better than one graphics card? Well, the obvious answer would be two (or more) graphics cards. However, some users prefer to have them in one single package and even though there are only a handful of users out there that are actually able to afford dual-GPU graphics card, GPU companies have no problem fulfilling that request year after year.
One such product that was released in Malaysia recently is this monstrous Radeon R9 295X2, the latest and the greatest (so far) from AMD.
Recently, I went to a restaurant in one of the newly-opened shopping malls in town. Upon getting a table, I placed my phone on the table to prevent squishing my keys against the phone. The waiter took my order, made a quick glance to the table and left.
Less than a minute later, he came back. “Excuse me sir,” he began, “may I know where you got your phone from?” he said, pointing to the Xiaomi Mi 3 lying on the table.
This question, alongside its variations, was one I faced almost everywhere I went. Granted, there should be more owners of the Mi 3 these days, but I still see curious glances whenever I use this phone in public. How is it that a smartphone which costs less than RM800 demand such attention?
As it turns out, that was a pretty easy question to answer.
There might be no short of portable audio players in the market these days but for the audiophiles crowd, their choices are usually quite limited. It is understandable though since there are not much products out there that are able to deliver the level of audio quality that this particular group of users demanded.
So, this is where the Calyx M High-Resolution Audio Player comes into the picture.
Ever wish there’s a way to find keys, bags or other valuables via your smartphone? Well, earlier this year Nokia has actually introduced one such method through an accessory that the company called Treasure Tag.
The Nokia Treasure Tag is essentially a small box that houses a sensor with Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC functionalities as well as a single button and a rubber loop for users to hand the Treasure Tag on their items. Operating the device is also as simple as how its physical design looks like although it is completely dependent on the Treasure Tag app.
By now, you most probably have met or heard of the Nokia Lumia 630 which is the first Windows Phone 8.1 device to be released in Malaysia and is also designed as yet another low-cost entry point to Windows Phone world. So, now it is time to introduce you to its high-end counterpart: the brand new Nokia Lumia 930 that will be officially available in Malaysia starting from next week onwards.
You might recall that sometime ago, Nokia has actually launched a Windows Phone smartphone called Lumia Icon for the US market. Well, the Lumia 930 is essentially the GSM version of Lumia Icon.
Since the day I started taking photos I’ve been taught to treat my camera like a tool to help me make the photographs I want and not an antiquity to be placed behind glass boxes and behind many layers of laser triggered security for curious tourists to gawk at. To be a true workhorse, a camera should never be babied and while you should not abuse a camera for the sake of it, that scratch on the body is not going to make your pictures lose resolution. The moment I laid eyes on the Leica T, I knew that everything I had ever known would the thrown out the window.
Fresh from the launch in Beijing last week, we managed to get our hands on Huawei’s latest midrange smartphone, the Honor 6. The Huawei Honor 6 is the latest in the line of low-cost, high-performance devices to come out of the middle kingdom and with a name as large as Huawei behind it as well as the crazy specs it is packing, the Honor 6 looks like a great alternative in the industry today.
BlackBerry haven’t been having the greatest last 12 months, losing their CEO and BB10 not getting the reception they had hoped. With John Chen taking the helm things have finally come with some semblance of stability and in one of the most pessimistic headlines ever from their Q4 earnings, BlackBerry didn’t lose AS MUCH as we thought.
The BlackBerry Z3 is the first of the new family of BB10 devices that BlackBerry are releasing. Codenamed Jakarta, the Z3 has already been in the wild for a month or 2, making its debut in Indonesia and drawing smatterings of praise from the people who were fortunate to get their hands on one. We managed to get our hands on a Z3 ahead of its local launch today and we are pretty impressed with what we found. Rome wasn’t built in a day, BlackBerry won’t be rebuilt in one either. This is a wonderful start to the FY15 set of devices and a great value proposition for its price.
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Part of its recent massive launch event, Acer Malaysia has added two new models into its Android tablets line-up for our market in the form of Acer Iconia A1-830 and Iconia One 7. Despite powered by the same 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core quad-threading processor, they are two distinctively different products.
The fact that there are RM 200 differences in their pricing also helps separate them from each other. We will take a closer look at them in a separate hands-on article but for the meantime, do enjoy the video above for a quick glimpse at both of the new Acer Iconia Android tablets.
It isn’t often that companies would freely reveal a beta product to the public. Then again, Xiaomi has always prided itself in being different. Its first-ever tablet, the Mi Pad, was announced last month in a “closed beta testing stage”. But at Xiaomi’s official launch event in Malaysia several weeks ago, both Xiaomi co-founder Bin Lin and Xiaomi Global VP Hugo Barra were seen toting their own Mi Pads – and weren’t shy in showing them off to members of the media.
We met Barra again a few days ago, and once again he was carrying his Mi Pad about. We had a glimpse of the Mi Pad at the launch event earlier, and here’s what we think of it.