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!
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.
Now that the whole Flappy Bird incident has finally slowed down a little, it’s about time to move on and discover other games. I was browsing around for apps to install the other day, and I’m pretty certain it’s because of the kittens, I stumbled across Naughty Kitties, a game for iOS devices that involves cats and spaceships, how could I have resisted that?
Hot on the heels of the Galaxy NotePro 12.2 we just saw earlier this week Samsung announced the arrival of the Galaxy TabPro family to complement the existing device in the Pro series of devices. Available in 12.2, 10.1 and 8.4inch flavours, the TabPro is very similar to the NotePro with the exception of battery size, 2GB RAM and the omission of the S Pen from the TabPro range.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Late last month, Razer have announced yet another addition to their family of music/gaming headphones under the Kraken series called Kraken Forged Edition. It is the fourth model in the series and recently made an unannounced appearance at Razer’s booth during the PIKOM PC Fair in KL Convention Centre last weekend.
As you can see above and also from its name, the Razer Kraken Forged Edition is made of metal (aircraft-grade aluminium, to be specific) and finished with matte texture. The closed cup headphones is said to be hand-assembled to ensure its premium quality and comes with a pair of 40mm audio drivers that are made from neodymium magnets just like other versions of Kraken headphones before it.
Additionally, Razer stated (in their own words) that the Kraken Forged Edition is tuned to deliver “booming bass, clear mids and crisp highs” which again sounds exactly like the original Kraken headphones that was released in 2012. To ensure comfort during long use, the company fitted the headphones with thick leatherette ear cushions.
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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.
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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?
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