Benchmark scores may be just a bunch of numbers put together, but it is still a tool used by many to gauge the performance of a device and for phone manufacturers to brag how good their devices are compared with their competitors. We’ve seen before how Samsung and other phone manufacturers were found to be guilty of throwing in string of codes to help give them a little boost when used with popular benchmarking software and it looks like Futuremark will not be tolerating such “cheaters”.
Futuremark recently announced that they have delisted several devices from Samsung and HTC for breaking their rules. According to Futuremark, in 3DMark Android v184.108.40.2062, “devices with suspicious benchmark scores have been delisted from the Device Channel”. If you visit the Best Mobile Devices list in Futuremark, delisted devices have been unranked with their scores removed, and are placed at the bottom of the list.
The devices guilty of “cheating” include HTC One, HTC One Mini, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition both Exynos and Snapdragon versions, as well as both Exynos and Qualcomm versions of the Galaxy Note III.
To be fair, Google Chrome has kind of had voice search for a while now. But that required you to click on the microphone icon and generally went unnoticed by most people. The new Chrome Voice Search transforms that search into something closer to Google Now.
Anyone who wants to try it out should head on to the Chrome Web Store and install the app. It’s a fun novelty to play around with; at least until Google adds the option to search from any open tab instead of just the web search.
The “super-sized” HTC One Max has finally reached our Malaysian shore for a rather hefty price of RM2,499 (or RM2,388 in our very own Storekini), but if you do not wish to pay for the full price to own this high-end 5.9” Android device from HTC, Celcom is now offering it with its postpaid plans from as low as RM1,638.
Celcom is offering the HTC One Max with one of its Celcom First postpaid plans along with a mobile internet plan with the option of a contract duration from 12 to 24 months.
Update: ASUS Malaysia has reached out to us regarding the retail prices. With the exception of the MemoPad 8, all retail prices shown here are correct.
Back at Computex 2013 and IFA 2013 a few months back, ASUS announced several new tablets: the MemoPad HD 7 and FHD 10, as well as the MemoPad 8 and FonePad Note 6. While the MemoPad HD 7 is already available in Malaysia and the FonePad Note 6 was teased to arrive in October (which did not happen), there is no word on the others about their upcoming availability in Malaysia.
However, a leaked image sent to us revealed that these devices will be heading to our shores very soon. The MemoPad 8 and FHD 10 as well as the Galaxy Note competitor, the FonePad Note 6, are all set to be available next month. More importantly, the prices for these devices have also been leaked.
To recap, the ASUS MemoPad HD 7 is powered by a quad-core 1.6GHz processor, and has a 7-inch display with 1280 x 800 resolution, a 5MP rear camera and a 1.2MP front facing HD camera, as well as dual stereo speakers with ASUS SonicMaster technology. It measures 127mm from side to side and weighs only 350g. The MemoPad 8 will retail for
RM699 (Update: it’s RM649 according to ASUS) and will be on sale from next month.
As for the MemoPad FHD 10, the tablet is powered by an Intel Atom Z2560 1.6GHz dual-core processor and has a 1920 x 1200 Full HD IPS 10.1-inch display. There’s also a 5MP rear camera and a 1.2MP front-facing camera, all in a body that is 9.5mm thick and weighs 580g. It will be sold at RM1199, and will also be available from next month.
Finally, the FonePad Note 6 was one of the highlights of ASUS’ IFA announcements. With top tier specs such as a 6-inch Full HD IPS display, Intel Atom Z2580 2GHz dual-core processor with 2GB of RAM, dual frontal stereo speakers with SonicMaster technology and a bundled digitizer stylus, it was soon touted as competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note. And, given our shock at the leaked retail price for Malaysia, it could very well be. The ASUS FonePad Note 6 FHD will be available in Malaysia next month for a jaw-droppingly affordable RM1399. We’re not sure if that’s a typo, but at that price, that’s one hell of a device.
Given that the new devices will be available as early as next week, we’ll soon find out for sure.
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Just moment ago, Nokia Malaysia have officially launched the new Lumia 1520 for our market and have announced that it will be heading to stores next month with a price tag of RM 2159. At the same time, they have also revealed that the online pre-order program for the program will start from today onwards at…yup, you guess it, Lowyat.NET’s own Storekini online shop.
For RM 1999, pre-order customers will be receiving an iGo stylus, Macsonic 5200mAh powerbank and Kingmax 32GB microSD card alongside their spanking new Lumia 1520. In addition to that, the first 100 pre-order customers will receive a Coloud Bool WH-530 headphones too.
This pre-order program will last until 5 December 2013. For further details or to place your order, just point your browser starting from 6PM today to Storekini through this link.
As per our report last week, Nokia Malaysia are scheduled to officially announce the arrival of Nokia Lumia 1520 into the country today and that is exactly what they did just moment ago. Nokia Malaysia have confirmed that the brand new device which is the first Windows Phone phablet in the world will be heading to retail stores starting first week of December in Klang Valley and mid-December for the rest of the country.
In terms of pricing, the new Nokia Lumia 1520 will carry a price tag of RM 2,159 which is slightly lesser than the price that was announced at Nokia World Abu Dhabi last month. Customers are able to pre-order the device at RM 1999 at Lowyat.NET’s own Storekini as well as 20 Nokia Stores throughout the country and DiGi’s online store starting at 6pm, today.
Details on the Storekini’s Nokia Lumia 1520 pre-order program are coming shortly, so stay tuned for that. At the meantime, check out our hands-on first look at the gigantic Windows Phone on Lowyat.TV and our earlier brief look at the device during Nokia World right here.
It’s the holiday season once again, school holidays have started, parents are all busy clearing their annual leave so what better way to celebrate a hardworking year than to travel? Google has just made travelling to a foreign country a lot easier with the introduction of Google Street View for selected airports, train and subway stations around the globe – 16 international airports, over 50 train and subway stations, and even a cable car station in Hong Kong.
Having to transit in an airport if you have very limited time between your flights is definitely one of the worst things about travelling. With Google Street View, you can now check out the airports before hand, find the check-in counter, the baggage claim, or even find the place to rent a vehicle in your destination. The airports that have Street View include Madrid, Tokyo International Airport, Dubai and more. For those traveling to Hong Kong, Google has expanded Street View to cover the train and subway stations in the busy city.
Visit Google now to find out more.
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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