In time for the year-end festive season, you might have realized that plenty of manufacturers have decided to release new smartphones into our market as of late. One of them is TCL Mobile who has just launched the new Alcatel One Touch Flash in Malaysia yesterday.
Built with a 5.5-inch 720p IPS display, TCL Mobile boldly claim it as one of the world’s best selfie smartphone due to its 5-megapixels front-facing camera. While we can’t vouch for the claim at the moment, there are definitely more to the phablet than just a substantially sized front camera.
Microsoft’s first Lumia smartphone is here in Malaysia. The Lumia 535, priced at RM429, is Microsoft’s first smartphone launched after the acquisition of Nokia’s Devices division. The brand may be different, but does that mean the soul of a Lumia device has gone too? We take a quick look at the Microsoft Lumia 535 to find out.
When Acer Malaysia delivered the Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition to our HQ for review, the first question that popped in our minds were…this is a gaming laptop, right? It’s got a couple of feisty words in its name, looks rather intimidating with a jet black exterior…and it’s got powerful hardware.
Oddly enough, Acer Malaysia didn’t really market this laptop as a gaming machine. But with an NVIDIA GTX GPU, one thing is clear: the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition is a performance-oriented laptop, whether it is classified as a gaming laptop or a multimedia laptop.
Hence, the real question is: what is the level of performance that the Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition is able to deliver? The answer is actually pretty surprising.
“It is the thinnest smartphone in the world,” says Oppo. That was indeed a bold claim by the smartphone manufacturer from China but not that it come without any merit. With a thickness of only 4.85mm, the Oppo R5 is really thin but of course, there are more to Oppo R5 rather than being such a thin device.
When Oppo N1 was first announced to the world last year, its rotating camera was pretty much the talk of the town. The idea of having such camera is quite interesting since it allows users to utilize the same high resolution 13-megapixels camera for both rear shots and front-facing selfies.
Fast forward to last week, the Chinese manufacturer has upped the ante by revealing the successor to Oppo N1 in the form of Oppo N3. Despite featuring a smaller 5.5-inch full HD IPS display (the N1 has 5.9-inch full HD IPS display), the N3 in general features plenty of improvements over its predecessor.
Fresh from its unveiling at IFA 2014 few months ago, HP has recently released the brand new Pavilion x2 into Malaysian market. Powered by a 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3745D processor which is a part of the Intel Bay Trail-T family, the Pavilion x2 is essentially a detachable 2-in-1 PC and is equipped with a 10.1-inch 1280×800 touch display.
There used to be a time when the stylus was a dead-in-the-water tech invention, one which was quickly replaced by touchscreens that became the norm to this day. Three years ago, Samsung defied that idea with the S Pen on the first-generation Galaxy Note – and it proved so popular the company never looked back.
The Galaxy Note 4 is the South Korean giants’ latest iteration of what has become Samsung’s golden child in its smartphone roster. This time around, though, there’s a new pretender hoping to take some valuable market share off the Note 4 – and the competition does not come any bigger than the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Does the Note still hold the edge?
The original NVIDIA Shield was an ambitious step by the company into the handheld console market. It had originally promised remote streaming of PC games, but fell slightly short when the limitations of the feature were made known. This second attempt is something completely different. The NVIDIA Shield Tablet makes people wonder just where this whole thing is going, and if tablets really are the future of mobile gaming. We managed to sit down with the device for a few minutes to find out.
When Sony introduced the original Xperia Z smartphone to the world, it also introduced a manufacturing and philosophical shift in its flagship smartphone strategy: to have a six-month cycle for its Z series of flagship Android smartphones. As a result, since the Xperia Z debuted at CES 2013, we’ve now got four Z-series smartphones in under two years: the Z, Z1, Z2 and now the Xperia Z3.
The company’s faced some pretty harsh criticism over this move, as many consumers feel that they are being short-changed for buying a premium smartphone that’s only going to be a flagship for six months. But since using both the Xperia Z2 and the Z3 almost back-to-back, I’m beginning to see some semblance of logic in Sony’s apparent madness.
Just moments ago, Acer Malaysia has taken the drape off a new laptop for our market but as opposed to most of the company’s other laptops which are usually made for mainstreams users, this particular model is designed for multimedia and gaming. It comes with feisty name too.
So, here it is: say hello to the new Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition.
Apple making a large-screen smartphone? You must be joking.
But this isn’t Steve Jobs’ Apple any more. This is Tim Cook’s Apple, a company that’s more open to feedback from its users, instead of one that makes you believe its one phone is the best phone you’ll ever get…until the next year, when the new iPhone is the best phone you’ll ever get.
Now, there’s a choice. Last year there were the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s; it wasn’t a difficult decision the last time. For 2014, there’s the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, a huge 5.5-inch phablet catered for those yearning for a big iOS-running smartphone that can do everything.
It can hardly be denied that the Apple’s next-generation iPhone, the iPhone 6, is one of the year’s most anticipated devices. With rumours about the device circulating for months before the actual release just a few weeks back, one can tell that this is perhaps also the most important iPhone ever made.
But when it was eventually announced, it was safe to say many were let down in more ways than one. I know I was. But that just made me curious, and I felt the need to judge it for myself. Thankfully, I stumbled upon an Apple store selling the new iPhones.