First revealed to the world back in October, the new Acer Iconia W4 which made its debut in Malaysia at PIKOM PC Fair in KLCC today is pretty much the Taiwanese company’s second attempt to deliver full Windows 8.1 experience in a small 8-inch form factor. Joining the ASUS Transformer T100 which was released in October, the Iconia W4 is also the second Windows 8.1 tablet to be powered by the Bay Trail-based 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3740 processor in our market.
When the Iconia W3 was released into the market earlier this year, the device’s TN display was criticized for its low brightness and bad viewing angles. Acer promised to fix that problem and true enough, the Iconia W4 is equipped with an 8-inch 1280×800 IPS display instead that is way brighter and also has a better viewing angle than Iconia W3’s display.
The new tablet also features 2GB LPDDR3 memory and a built-in 64GB eMMC as its internal storage. As per most tablets out there, there are not much I/O ports on Iconia W4 as we are looking at micro USB, micro HDMI, 3.5mm combo audio jack and a microSD card slot. There is also a pair of stereo speakers located at the bottom area of the tablet.
There are still more to see of the new Acer Iconia W4 Windows 8.1 tablet. Click on the Read More link below (if available) to see further.
This week we have something a little different in for review. Enter the Ducky Shine3 DK9008 Mechanical Keyboard! Coming in a whole array of colour options as well as mechanical switches the Ducky is a decent keyboard from Taiwan and will be my keyboard of choice just for the fact that it has very interesting lighting modes!
The Ducky Shine3 DK9008 retails for RM469 but for today, Black Friday, the great guys at Storekini are slashing the price to RM399! Don’t sleep on this as it is a great keyboard and the cut in price makes it better!
We were fortunate enough to get a brief hands-on with the Lumia 1520 ahead of the official launch in Malaysia. The Lumia 1520 is Nokia’s first foray into the Phablet segment and is actually the first Windows Phone Phablet in the market as well. Check out the video on Lowyat.TV to see what all the fuss is about!
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Back in 2011, when smartphones were relatively small, comfortable one-handed devices, Korean giants Samsung introduced a smartphone unlike any other that was available in the market: it was obtrusively large, and it had an integrated stylus – something not seen since the days of PDAs.
Many, including most of us at HQ, saw the Samsung Galaxy Note as one of the most ridiculous ideas to hit mass production. A phone is a phone, you use it with one hand, not two.
But lo and behold, the original Galaxy Note was a runaway success. Turns out, as the shift from feature phones to smartphones gained more traction among consumers, they began demanding more from these devices. Chief among them was a larger screen for content consumption, and Samsung were the first to introduce such a device to the market.
Fast forward two years, and Samsung’s released the third iteration of its hugely successful Galaxy Note series. Amidst greater competition from other companies, offering anything from a larger screen to a fingerprint scanner, is the new Galaxy Note 3 still the top dog among phablets?
Article continues after the jump.
What makes a watch “smart”? For some, it is the ability of a watch to tell you more than just the time; the watch is “smart” enough if it could have an alarm, a stopwatch and timer, other physical dials and additional hands on the face that give it that sophisticated look. For others, it’s the ability to extend the functionality of a smart device, such as a smartphone, onto a user’s wrist: a smartwatch.
While most digital watches already feature some pretty useful functions, Samsung is going one step further with the new Galaxy Gear smartwatch. For decades, we grew up watching television shows and movies where a watch was yet another cool accessory in the arsenal of our heroes. David Hasselhoff not only had KITT to assist him, but his watch allowed direct access to his car when the going gets rough. Spy shows of the 60s and 70s had spies snapping stealthy pictures with their specially-commissioned watches, while the younger generation would be familiar with a Power Ranger going “It’s Morphin’ Time!” onto their unique watches.
These watches are no mere watches, and that’s what Samsung is offering: a watch that is essentially a smartphone strapped to your wrist. But is it really the case?
Article continues after the jump.
Alongside the new Surface Pro 2, we have also managed to have a brief hands-on experience with the new Type Cover 2 for the Surface family. Yup, you read that right – the new Type Cover 2 is compatible with the whole Surface line-up including first generation Surface RT and Surface Pro as well as the newer Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2.
One of the major traits that differentiate Type Cover 2 from its predecessor is the backlighting on its keys. Not only that, the Type Cover 2 also comes with proximity sensor that enables the cover’s lights to be turned on and off automatically depending on user’s presence. Apparently, the throw distance of the Type Cover 2’s keyboard is shorter than its predecessor which should make typing on it feels faster. However, our time with it were rather too brief to detect the differences.
Meanwhile, the area surrounding Touch Cover 2′s keyboard is draped in suede-like material that is similar to Touch Cover as opposed to the grippy plastic on the original Type Cover. The use of the material extends to the back of Touch Cover 2 as well which is again fairly different from the original Touch Cover.
Article continues after the jump, hit on the Read More link below (if available) to learn about the new Type Cover 2 for Microsoft Surface further.
A follow-up to the Surface Pro tablet that were announced in June 2012, the newly launched Surface Pro 2 certainly looks like an exact mirror image of its predecessor. In fact, it is really hard to differentiate both of them apart if it were not for the logos on their kickstands as the original Surface Pro is printed with Windows logo on it while the newer Surface Pro 2 is etched with the word “Surface”.
Of course, it is not exactly a surprise as the new Surface Pro 2 is built from the same VaporMg chassis with dark titanium finish that Microsoft used for the original Surface tablets. Additionally, the Surface Pro 2 also has similar thickness and weight as per Surface Pro at 13.46mm (0.53 inch) and 907 grams (2 lbs) respectively.
Comes standard with Windows 8.1, the similarities of Surface Pro 2 and its predecessor didn’t stop there either as the new tablet have the similar I/O ports as per the first generation Surface Pro: a full-size USB 3.0, microSDXC card reader, 720p front and rear cameras, combo audio jack, mini DisplayPort and cover port. Even the locations of these ports on Surface Pro are similar to the original Surface Pro.
Top: The original Surface Pro. Bottom: Surface Pro 2.
Microsoft have also retain the 10.6-inch 1920×1080 ClearType 10-point touch display for Surface Pro 2 and the support for active digitizer pen which is included with each Surface Pro 2. However, they claimed that the display of Surface Pro 2 has a 46-percent increase in colour accuracy over the display on the original Surface Pro although I honestly not able to tell the difference with my naked eyes.
So then, what made Surface Pro 2 different from the original Surface Pro? What are the actual improvements that Microsoft have done to their in-house flagship Windows 8.1 Pro tablet? Well, read on further (through the Read More link below, if available) to find out.
Last night marked the release of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C in Malaysia and Lowyat.NET was on hand at both the larger events to check out how things were. At the DiGi launch, Pang and Lucas decided that while waiting for their interviews to be ready they would shoot a first impression and hands on video with the units at DiGi… With a Samsung Galaxy Note 3… Split screen….
Find out what we thought about the new Apple handsets and interestingly enough, how the Note 3 faired recording video for Lowyat.TV.
Do note that this was all done in 1 take and no cuts in between!
Pardon the incoherent babbling, it WAS pretty late at night!