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The honor 8 Wins The International Design Award!

16 May 2017The Honor 8 was recently recognized for its sleek and beautifully-crafted design by the International Design Awards (IDA) in Los Angeles. Honor’s latest flagship smartphone received Silver (second place) under the “Media and Home Electronics” category for IDA’s 2016 competition.

The IDA’s annual competition recognizes, honors and promotes legendary design visionaries and uncovers emerging talents in Architecture, Interior, Product, Graphic and Fashion Design on a global level. The rigorous judging process, which consists of over 1000 entries from 52 countries, awards professional and emerging designers for their achievements in terms of design, creativity, usability and innovation.

honor 8

Since its official global launch, the Honor 8 (Amazon) has received popular recognition from media publications and consumers. The device has been praised for its intricate design and flawless craftsmanship. The Sapphire Blue variant, especially, has garnered positive responses from the public for its unique and sleek appearance.

Malaysia was one of the first few markets to experience the Honor 8, the latest flagship device that accentuates the unique personality and style of digital natives. The device comes with a 2.5D glass body and diamond-cut aluminium alloy edges that create an ultra-narrow bezel.

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The Honor 8 (Amazon) is also unique due to its 3D grate design and 15-layer craftsmanship on the back of the device that reflects beautifully from any light source.

The Honor 8 (Amazon) combines stunning beauty with great power; the device runs on the Kirin 950 processor built on a 16nm architecture with 4GB RAM that provides flawless multitasking and seamless gaming.

The Honor 8 (Amazon) is a testament of Honor’s commitment to meeting the demands of today’s digital natives. A versatile device, the stunning and sparkling Honor 8 is a fashion statement on its own and an accessory that gives hardcore performance to fit the lifestyle of digital natives.

For more information, read our comprehensive Honor 8 Aurora Glass Smartphone Review!

 

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The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom – iPhone 7 Plus Killer At Half The Price!

Ever since they were announced at Computex 2016, ASUS has churned out a number of ZenFone 3 models, like the ZenFone 3 Ultra phablet and the eponymous ZenFone 3 smartphone. But what mobile photographers have been waiting for was ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL).

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) is the photography-focused ZenFone 3 model designed to take on the Apple iPhone 7 Plus (Amazon | Lazada) head-to-head, and beat it in every aspect. Yet it costs only half as much! Don’t believe us? Read on and find out for yourself!

 

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom vs. The Apple iPhone 7 Plus

We are serious about the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) taking on the Apple iPhone 7 Plus (Amazon | Lazada). Check out this comparison of their specifications and see how they compare with each other!

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone 3 ZoomApple iPhone 7 Plus (32 GB)
Display5.5" Full HD AMOLED display
- 1080 x 1920 pixels
- 500 nits brightness
5.5" Full HD IPS display
- 1080 x 1920 pixels
- 625 nits brightness
ProtectionPremium aluminium-alloy frame
2.5D contoured Corning Gorilla Glass 5
IP67-rated dust and water-resistance
Dual-ion exchange strengthened glass
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowApple iOS 10
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 625Apple A10 Fusion
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (2.0 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.4 GHz)
2 x Apple Hurricane cores (2.34 GHz)
2 x Apple Zephyr cores (2.34 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 506PowerVR 7XT GT7600 Plus
Memory4 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM (933 MHz)3 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
Storage64 GB internal flash storage
microSD card (up to 2 TB, shared with SIM2)
32 GB internal flash storage
No microSD card slot
Front Camera13 MP PixelMaster camera
- Sony IMX214 sensor
- f/2.0, 5-element Largan lens
7 MP camera with f/2.2 lens
Main Camera12 MP PixelMaster 3.0 camera
- Sony IMX362 sensor (1.4 µm pixels)
- f/1.7, 6-element lens
- Dual Pixel PDAF technology
- 4-axis, 4 stops Optical Image Stabilization for steady photos
- 3-axis Electronic Image Stabilization for shake-free videos
12 MP camera
- Sony Exmor RS sensor
- f/1.8, 6-element lens
- Optical image stabilisation
Zoom Camera12 MP sensor (unknown model) with f/2.6 lens
- 2.3X fixed optical zoom
- 12X maximum zoom (digital + optical)
12 MP sensor with f/2.8 lens
- 2X fixed optical zoom
- 10X maximum zoom (digital + optical)
Connectivity4G : LTE Cat4
WiFi : 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth : 4.2
4G : LTE Cat12
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth : 4.2
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, Dual Standby with Hybrid SIM tray
- nano SIM slot 1 (3G / 4G)
- nano SIM slot 2 (3G / 4G) / micro SD
Single nano SIM only
NFC CapabilityNoYes
GPSGPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDSGPS, AGPS, GLONASS
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-MountedYes, built into Home button
Audio192 kHz / 24-bit Hi-Res Audio support
5 magnet speaker with NXP Smart Amp
Dual microphone with noise cancellation
VoLTE support
DTS Headphone:X virtual surround sound technology
No Hi-Res Audio support
Stereo speakers
FM RadioYesNo
Battery5,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
Supports reverse charging
2,900 mAh lithium-ion battery
No reverse charging support
Dimensions77 mm wide x 154.3 mm tall x 7.99 mm thick77.9 mm wide x 158.2 mm tall x 7.3 mm thick
Weight170 grams188 grams
Colour OptionsNavy Black, Glacier Silver, Rose GoldRose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black, Jet Black
PriceUS$ 329US$ 769

We will go into more detail later, but first, let’s unbox the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom!

 

Unboxing The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) is a premium smartphone, so it comes to no surprise that ASUS gave it the full treatment. It even comes with a soft case and a pair of ZenEar earphones!

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Inside the box, you will find the following items :

  • One ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) smartphone
  • One ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom soft case
  • One set of ASUS ZenFone 3 User Guide, Warranty leaflet and IMEI stickers
  • One 10 W ASUS charger with a 3-pin adaptor
  • One USB Type C cable
  • One pair of ASUS ZenEar earphones with four spare earbuds
  • One SIM card tray ejector pin

Next Page > The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom Key Features

 

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The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL)

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom has a 5.5″ display like the iPhone 7 Plus, but it is slightly smaller and lighter. Instead of the usual IPS display though, the ZenFone 3 Zoom uses an AMOLED display that is protected by the latest Gorilla Glass 5 cover with a 2.5D edge, and a full metal unibody chassis.

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) uses the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC as the ZenFone 3 smartphone. It comes with 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory and 64 GB of internal flash memory. All that is powered by a large 5,000 mAh battery.

The button placements are the same as that of other ZenFone 3 models – the Power and Volume control buttons are on the right side, with the hybrid SIM slot on the left side, and the fingerprint sensor on the back.

Like many thin devices, the audio port on the ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) is located at the bottom, next to the bidirectional Type C USB port. But note that it is still using USB 2.0 standard, not the latest USB 3.1 standard.

 

Hybrid SIM & Fingerprint Sensor

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) has dual SIM, dual standby capability. It has a hybrid SIM tray for two nano SIM cards. The second SIM card tray (SIM2) doubles as a microSD card slot (up to 256 GB). Both SIM1 and SIM2 support 3G and 4G connectivity, but only one SIM card can connect to the 3G / 4G network – the other can only connect to a 2G network.

The ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) has an all-aspect fingerprint sensor located at the back, just under the main cameras. Our tests showed that it requires just 10 finger presses to register a fingerprint, and is very fast and accurate in recognising the registered fingerprint.

 

The ZenFone 3 Zoom Cameras

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) boasts a 13 MP front camera, built around the Sony IMX214 sensor and a 5-element Largan lens with f/2.0 aperture. It does not have a dedicated LED flash but uses screen flash instead, like the Apple iPhone 7 Plus (Amazon | Lazada).

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Like the iPhone 7 Plus, the ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) has a dual camera system, with a main camera and a zoom camera. This is different from the dual-lens camera of the Huawei Mate 9 or the Honor 8 smartphones, which combines images from two cameras with the same focal length.

Its main camera boasts the Sony IMX362 sensor with large 1.4 µm pixels, and Dual Pixel PDAF technology. It is coupled to a 6-element lens with f/1.7 aperture, and boasts 4-axis, 4-stops optical image stabilisation as well as 3-axis electronic image stabilisation capabilities.

The zoom camera has a 12 MP sensor of unknown model, paired with a 59 mm f/2.6 lens. This gives us a 2.3X optical zoom over the main camera. The Apple iPhone 7 Plus (Amazon | Lazada) has a similar zoom camera, with a shorter 2X zoom and an f/2.8 lens.

Next Page > The Initial Setup, Ergonomics, Available Memory & Storage

 

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Setting Up The ZenFone 3 Zoom

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and is very easy to set-up. If you are setting it up as a new device, it should take you only 5 minutes to finish the setup process.

 

The Ergonomics

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) is a 5.5″ smartphone that is 7.7 cm wide, so it is a two-handed device. But because it’s reasonably thick at just under 8 mm, it offers better grip than its thinner rivals. The large display with its full HD resolution is just perfect for watching movies. We also applaud ASUS for using an AMOLED display – it is generally more vivid and power-efficient.

We especially like the satin finish of the anodised aluminium chassis. It is smooth and comfortable to touch, and is resistant to fingerprint smears. Adding on the provided soft case greatly increases grip, but the Power button may be harder to activate.

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Available Memory & Storage

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) comes with 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory, of which 2.2 GB (55%) is free to use. That is more memory than some smartphones ship with! You will never run out of memory with the ZenFone 3 Zoom!

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) also has 64 GB of internal flash memory. Of that, just under 52 GB is available to use. If that’s not enough, you can top it up with a microSD card (up to 256 GB).

Next Page > Camera Performance – Photos

 

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Camera Performance – Photos

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) uses the excellent Sony IMX362 sensor for its main camera, which boasts very advanced optical and electronic image stabilisation and a fast f/1.7 lens. The full 12 MP resolution is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio. Each picture has a resolution of 3928 × 2944 and a file size of between 4 to 8 MB.

Here are 16 high-resolution samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

As the picture show, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) can really produce amazing pictures. The automatic HDR capability worked great too, adding dynamic range whenever the light permits. The final result – very vivid colours, even in low light. For that, we have to thank the Sony IMX362 sensor with its large 1.4 µm pixels, and the fast f/1.7 lens.

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Next Page > Camera Performance – Video Recording

 

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Camera Performance – Video Recording

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom’s photographic capability extends beyond just photos. It is capable of recording videos at resolutions of up to 2160p (4K) at 30 fps. It also boasts advanced optical and electronic image stabilisation as well as support for Hi Res Audio. Let’s check out how well it does…

 

Test #1 : Blues Band (1080p)

The image stabilisation seems to do a very good job, but notice the occasional jerks. We have no idea why it happens, but it seems to only afflict the 1080p video recordings. It did produce very good audio though, and had good control of the bright background.

 

Test #2 : Blues Band (4K)

Electronic image stabilisation appears to be turned off, so there is more wobbling at 4K, but there’s no sign of the sudden jerks in our 1080p example above. The resolution at 4K is amazing!

 

Test #3 : Rainbow Waterfall

This is another test of the ZenFone 3 Zoom’s image stabilisation capabilities. Oddly enough – there is no sign of the sudden jerks. This probably means that the jerks we saw in the first video is likely to be software-related. Probably errors in electronic image stabilisation.

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Test #4 : Logging Camp

A 4-wheel drive ride is a great way to test the advanced image stabilisation capabilities of the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom. As you can see, it did a pretty good job on this rugged logging trail. It may not appear so, but we were seated at the back shaking non-stop. 😀

 

Test #5 : Jungle Ride

Here is another video on the same 4×4 Hilux truck ride through the Pahang jungle. Nice job on the image stabilisation, ASUS!

Next Page > Work Performance, Battery Life & Recharging Speed

 

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom ASUS ZenFone 3 Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) OPPO F1s
Work Performance Score
(Average)
6655 6405 4954 3884
Web Browsing 7595 8045 5143 3688
Video Playback 4545 3469 4515 3789
Writing 7264 7316 4948 4141
Photo Editing 7824 8246 5243 3933

Both the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) and the original ZenFone 3 smartphone use the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, so it’s no surprise they perform about the same. They both did much better than the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017), and the OPPO F1s in this test.

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro is so popular because it has a large 5,000 mAh battery. The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) with a large 5,000 mAh battery as well, even though it’s much smaller in size. But more importantly, it has a much longer battery life of 17.25 hours –  33% longer than the Galaxy A9 Pro!

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Battery Recharging Performance

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) comes with a 10 W charger, instead of more powerful 15-18 W chargers common in other flagship devices. Take a look at how fast it recharged the 5,000 mAh battery.

It took the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) about 160 minutes (2 hours 40 minutes) to recharge its battery from 20% to 100%. This is 20% longer than what the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (with a similar 5,000 mAh battery) took with its 15 W charger. Overall, it has a battery life : recharging ratio of 6.5 : 1, which is good but not exceptional.

Next Page > Gaming & Overall Performance, Our Verdict & Award

 

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Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the ZenFone 3 Zoom’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom ASUS ZenFone 3 Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) OPPO F1s
Gaming Score 13844 13956 13540 7666
Graphics 13372 13484 13548 7511
Physics 15797 15903 13510 8265
Graphics Test 1 80.3 fps 80.5 fps 81.1 fps 49.4 fps
Graphics Test 2 45.6 fps 46.1 fps 46.2 fps 24.4 fps
Physics Test 50.1 fps 50.5 fps 42.9 fps 26.2 fps

Like the ZenFone 3, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) did well in this test, matching the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017), and coming in twice as fast as the OPPO F1s.

 

Overall Performance

AnTuTu is a nice benchmark for testing various performance aspects of Android devices.

ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom ASUS ZenFone 3 Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) OPPO F1s
TOTAL SCORE 63218 62761 56431 41486
3D SCORE 12966 18816 15458 4868
– 3D (Marooned) 7878 10861 10511 3188
– 3D (Garden) 5088 7952 4947 1679
UX SCORE 24089 26794 18496 17640
– UX Data Secure 5713 5077 5295 4885
– UX Data Process 2991 4198 2612 2542
– UX Strategy Games 4193 7503 3671 2829
– UX Image Process 7893 6879 3373 3885
– UX I/O Performance 3299 3137 3545 3499
CPU SCORE 20683 23689 16459 14336
– CPU Mathematics 4264 6950 3132 3142
– CPU Common Use 6673 6311 5199 4805
– CPU Multi-Core 9746 10428 8128 6389
RAM 5480 6797 6018 4643

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) did well in this test, beating the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) by 12%, and the OPPO F1s by 52%.

 

Our Verdict & Award

While ASUS may not make a point about it, it is obvious that they are targeting the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) squarely at the Apple iPhone 7 Plus (Amazon | Lazada). They even eschewed the innovative zoom camera in the original ASUS ZenFone Zoom for the same dual camera system used in the iPhone 7 Plus. However, they were not aiming to copy, as much as beat, the iPhone 7 Plus on as many aspects as possible.

The iPhone 7 Plus has a 7 MP front camera with f/2.2 lens? ASUS gives the ZenFone 3 Zoom a 13 MP front camera with f/2.0 lens!

The iPhone 7 Plus has a 12 MP Sony Exmor RS main camera with f/1.8 lens? ASUS tops that with the latest 12 MP Sony IMX362 sensor with Dual Pixel PDAF technology and a f/1.7 lens!

The iPhone 7 Plus has a 12 MP zoom camera with 2X optical zoom and f/2.8 lens? The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom gives you a 12 MP zoom camera with 2.3X optical zoom and f/2.6 lens!

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This isn’t just about beating the iPhone 7 Plus (Amazon | Lazada) on specifications. The ASUS PixelMaster 3.0 camera on the ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) is amazing. It produces some of the best pictures and videos we have ever seen. Its 4K video recording and audio recording quality was especially good.

ASUS didn’t just stop at the ZenFone 3 Zoom’s photographic capability. To make sure the photos and videos look great on the device itself, they opted for an AMOLED display, instead of a regular IPS display. They even packed in a large 5,000 mAh battery, in a form factor that is smaller and lighter than the iPhone 7 Plus (Amazon | Lazada) with its puny 2,900 mAh battery.

But arguably, what’s most impressive about the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) is the fact that it delivers its superior capabilities at half the price of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus (Amazon | Lazada)! We don’t know how ASUS managed to do that, but we think their efforts deserves no less than our Editor’s Choice Award! Congratulations, ASUS!

 

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The vivo V5s “Perfect Selfie” Specifications & Preview

Dubbed as the “Perfect Selfie” smartphone, the vivo V5s boasts an incredible 20 MP front camera with a dedicated soft LED flash. Get its full specifications and catch our hands-on preview!

Don’t forget to check out our coverage of the star-studded vivo V5s launch event!

 

The Hands-On Preview

We had a short opportunity at the end of the launch event to do a hands-on preview. Check it out!

Here is a summary of the vivo V5s’ key features :

The Perfect Selfie

The vivo V5s is equipped with a 20 MP Sony IMX376 sensor with f/2.0 aperture and an updated Selfie Softlight. It also comes with the Face Beauty 6.0 and Group Selfie that allow you to create better selfies and wefies.

Ample Memory & Storage

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It comes with 4 GB of memory and 64 GB of internal storage. If that is not enough, you can add a microSD card for up to 256 GB of additional storage.

App Clone

The vivo V5s offers the App Clone feature, which allows you to use up to two accounts to log into the same social media apps. Current supported apps include WhatsApp, Line, BBM, WeChat, Zalo and Viber.

For The Audiophile

It also boasts a 32-bit Asahi Kasei AK4376 DAC with headphone amplifier. The AK4376 is capable of achieving -106dB THD+N and 125dB SNR.

 

The vivo V5s Specifications

Specificationsvivo V5s
Display5.5" IPS HD display
- 720 x 1280 pixels (267 ppi)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0.1 with Funtouch OS 3.0
System PlatformMediaTek MT6750
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.5 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.0 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T860 MP2 (520 MHz)
Memory4 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM (667 MHz)
Storage64 GB internal flash storage (eMMC 5.1)
microSD card slot (shared with SIM2, up to 256 GB)
Front Camera20 MP Sony IMX376 sensor with f/2.0 lens and Selfie Softlight flash
Rear Camera13 MP camera with f/2.2 lens and single LED flash
Connectivity4G : LTE Cat 6
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth : v4.2 with A2DP
USB : microUSB 2.0
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, Dual Standby
Hybrid SIM - SIM2 shared with microSD card slot
GPSYes, with A-GPS and GLONASS
Audio32-bit Asahi Kasei AK4376 DAC with headphone amplifier
FM RadioYes
Fingerprint SensorYes, integrated with Home button
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Proximity, Compass
Battery3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Dimensions75.5 mm wide x 153.8 mm tall x 7.6 mm thick
Weight154 g
Available ColoursGold, Rose Gold, Matte Black

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The vivo V5s Price & Key Features Revealed!

On 3 May 2017, vivo officially revealed the vivo V5s. Dubbed as the “Perfect Selfie” smartphone, it boasts an incredible 20 MP front camera with a dedicated soft LED flash. Check out the star-studded launch event, and get briefed on the vivo V5s price and availability, as well as its key features!

Don’t forget to check out our hands-on preview of the vivo V5s!

 

The vivo V5s Launch Gambit & Presentation

The vivo V5s launch kicked off with an amazing drum performance. Check it out!

Then Winston Wu, vivo Product Manager, gave a presentation on the key features of the new vivo V5s “Perfect Selfie” smartphone.

Here is a summary of the vivo V5s’ key features :

The Perfect Selfie

The vivo V5s is equipped with a 20 MP Sony IMX376 sensor with f/2.0 aperture and an updated Selfie Softlight. It also comes with the Face Beauty 6.0 and Group Selfie that allow you to create better selfies and wefies.

Ample Memory & Storage

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The vivo V5s comes with 4 GB of memory and 64 GB of internal storage. If that is not enough, you can add a microSD card for up to 256 GB of additional storage.

App Clone

The vivo V5s also offers the App Clone feature, which allows you to use up to two accounts to log into the same social media apps. Current supported apps include WhatsApp, Line, BBM, WeChat, Zalo and Viber.

For The Audiophile

The vivo V5s boasts a 32-bit Asahi Kasei AK4376 DAC with headphone amplifier. The AK4376 is capable of achieving -106dB THD+N and 125dB SNR.

 

vivo V5s Price & Availability

The vivo V5s will come in three colour options – Matte Black, Gold, and Rose Gold. It will be available for pre-order on 3rd May, 2017 with the retail price of RM 1299 (GST inclusive) / ~US$ 289. The vivo V5s will officially go on sale in Malaysia on 10 May 2017.

 

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The OPPO R9s Black Edition Price & Specifications

Back in January, OPPO launched the R9s smartphone in the Gold and Rose Gold colours. Now, they have finally launched the OPPO R9s Black Edition. What’s really new about it? How much does it cost? Let’s find out!

 

What Is The OPPO R9s Black Edition?

In this short video, Ken Ng, OPPO Malaysia’s Product Manager, reveals the key features of the new OPPO R9s Black Edition (LazadaAmazon) smartphone.

Basically, it is the OPPO R9s smartphone we previewed earlier, just in a matte black colour.

 

The OPPO R9s Black Edition Specifications

SpecificationsOPPO R9s
Display5.5" Full HD IPS display
- 1080 x 1920
Display ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 (Marshmallow) with ColorOS 3.0
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 625
Processor8 x ARM Cortex A53 cores (2.0 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 506 GPU
System Memory4 GB LPDDR3 memory
Storage64 GB internal flash storage
microSD slot (up to 128 GB)
Front Camera16 MP sensor, with f/2.0 lens
- Screen Flash technology
Rear Camera16 MP Sony IMX398 sensor, with f/1.7 lens
- dual PDAF technology
Dual SIM SupportDual SIM, Dual Standby, with two nano SIM card slots
Fingerprint SensorYes, 0.2 second recognition
Battery3010 mAh lithium-ion polymer (Li-Po) battery (non-removable)
- supports VOOC flash charging
Dimensions74.3 mm wide x 153 mm tall x 6.58 mm thick
Weight147 g
Available ColoursGold / Rose Gold
Launch PriceRM 1,798 / ~US$ 399

 

Price & Availability

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The OPPO R9s Black Edition (LazadaAmazon) is available right now with a slightly higher price of RM 1,828, RM 30 more than a regular OPPO R9s. Even so, this is about RM 270 / ~US$ 60 cheaper than other countries.

 

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The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom Smartphone Launched!

23rd March, 2017 — ASUS today announced ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada), the world’s slimmest and lightest 5.5-inch smartphone with a high-capacity 5000mAh battery and a dual-camera system that delivers photographic perfection.

 

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom

ZenFone 3 Zoom’s innovative dual-camera system consists of two cameras: A main camera with an f/1.7-aperture, 25mm wide-angle main lens paired to a 12MP SONY IMX362 sensor with large 1.4µm pixels (1/2.55in sensor size); and a dedicated 59mm, 12MP zoom camera with an instant 2.3X optical zoom and a 12X total zoom.

This setup ensures sharp focus for subjects at any distance. ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) also has the first ASUS SuperPixel Camera that enables it to shoot photos quickly and clearly in night-time or low-light environments. The SuperPixel Camera combines advanced hardware and software enhancement by ASUS SuperPixel technology to achieve light sensitivity that is 2.5 times[1] (2.5X) greater than that of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus (Amazon | Lazada), and 10 times that of an average smartphone.

ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) houses an incredible 5000mAh battery that has a much higher capacity than that of an average smartphone. This is paired to a powerful yet energy-efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 14nm processor, enabling the new smartphone to achieve an amazing 6.4 hours of continuous 4K UHD video recording and an outstanding 42 days of standby time.

The high-capacity battery also gives ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) the ability to double up as a power bank to charge other devices. Remarkably, the high power density of the battery allows it to be fitted into a super-slim, 7.9mm full-metal chassis that weighs a mere 170 grams, making it the world’s thinnest and lightest 5.5-inch smartphone with a 5000mAh battery.

[1] Compared to the iPhone 7 Plus (Amazon | Lazada) main camera (f/1.8 with 1.22µm pixel size)

[2] Compared to average smartphone cameras (f/2.0 with 1.0µm pixel size)

 

Built for photographic perfection

The ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) is the most accomplished camera smartphone to date from ASUS, with a list of new features designed to make it unrivalled in mobile photography. These include:

Dual-camera system — ZenFone 3 features an all-new ASUS SuperPixel Camera for unbeatable low-light photography, plus a dedicated 12MP, 59mm camera for instant 2.3X optical zoom and 12X total zoom, making the best camera mode for different subject types and focal lengths instantly available to photographers.

The main SuperPixel Camera is ideal for shooting general subjects and macro shots as close as 10cm, while the optical-zoom camera is excellent for distant subjects. The biggest advantage of having two cameras with lenses of different focal lengths is the ability to let users switch lenses and compose in different perspectives.

ASUS SuperPixel CameraZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) features a new main ASUS SuperPixel Camera that can shoot photos quickly and clearly in night-time or low-light environments. The SuperPixel Camera consists of three main components:

  • Large 1.4-micron pixel size — Larger pixels increase the camera’s sensitivity to light, and decrease the graininess of resulting photos, especially those shot in low-light environments. ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) uses the Sony IMX362 sensor with pixels measuring 1.4 microns (µm) wide pixels and a 1/2.55-inch sensor size, which is one of the largest of any smartphone camera sensors, making the camera excellent for low-light photography.
  • Large f/1.7 lens aperture — the large aperture allows for more light to enter the sensor compared to other smartphone cameras.
  • ASUS SuperPixel technology — A combination of the new ASUS SuperPixel engine hardware and image digital-signal-processing software that that boosts light sensitivity up to four times (4X) by intelligently controlling ISO levels while shooting, and removing noise in post-shot processing.

High-resolution SuperPixel selfiesZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) features one of the highest-resolution front-facing cameras of any smartphone. It has a 13MP SONY IMX 214 sensor with an f/2.0 aperture lens that shoots high-resolution selfies and also benefits from ASUS SuperPixel technology to achieve twice the light sensitivity. It also features a new ‘screen flash’ mode that uses the display as a flash in low-light environments.

ASUS 0.03s TriTech+ autofocus ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) has an improved ASUS TriTech+ autofocus system with new Dual Pixel PDAF technology as one of its three focusing technologies along with the second-generation laser autofocus and subject tracking autofocus. ASUS TriTech+ automatically chooses the best technology to use depending on the subject, and achieves focus in an amazingly fast 0.03 seconds — the world’s fastest autofocus.

  • Dual Pixel PDAF — Each pixel on the sensor is now divided into two phase-detection sections that can detect the movement of subjects by analyzing the variations between the light rays hitting the two sensors. Working together with all the other 12-million pixels on the sensor, ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) is able to achieve rapid phase-detection autofocus even in low-light conditions.
  • Second-generation laser autofocus — Which has three times (3X) the range of standard laser focusing systems which can benefit shooting close-up subjects within 1.5 meters.
  • Subject-tracking autofocus — The system cleverly tracks moving subjects while the user is shooting, so they will never be out of focus. Subject tracking is enabled by default for both still images and videos.

RAW file supportZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) offers photographers the freedom to shoot and store compositions in RAW format. RAW files save the full data of the photo captured by the camera’s sensor and are ideal for enhancement with editing software, where users are able to uncover fine details in areas of shadow, or recover overexposed areas in the highlights, with much less degradation of of image quality when compared to editing JPEG image files. RAW support will be available with Android 7.0 ‘Nougat’.

Full Manual mode — This mode enables full control over ZenFone 3 Zoom’s extensive camera settings. These includes white balance, exposure value (EV), focus, and ISO settings, and an impressive shutter-speed selection of between 1/16000 sec and 32 seconds. In ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada), this mode also allows users to override the automatic camera selection and choose to use either the 25mm, f/1.7 lens of the main camera or the 59mm lens of the zoom camera.

Continuous autofocus 4K UHD video recording — For video recording, ZenFone 3 Zoom’s subject tracking autofocus system allows the smartphone to continuously focus on subjects while recording video at stunning 4K UHD resolution.

ZenFone 3 series camera featuresZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) also comes with all the powerful photographic features of the ZenFone 3 series including:

  • Four-axis optical image stabilization (OIS) and three-axis electronic image stabilization (EIS) to prevent hand movements from blurring photos or making videos appear shaky.
  • Ultra-sharp 4K UHD video recording at 3840 x 2160 resolution.
  • RGB Color-correction sensor that automatically adjusts the colors in a photo to look natural and accurate.
  • 48MP Super Resolution mode that combines four native 12MP photos to create a single image with exceptional 4X clarity, greater detail and less noise.
  • 19 different unique and versatile modes that optimize the camera to shoot scenes or add special effects to photos.

 

Ultra-large 5000mAh battery and reverse-charging ability

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With a charge rating of 5000mAh, ZenFone 3 Zoom’s battery has one of the highest capacities of any smartphone — and the world’s highest capacity in its class.

Paired with the powerful yet battery-efficient 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, this high-capacity battery enables ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) to achieve an amazing 6.4 hours of continuous 4K UHD video recording time, or 42 days of standby time, without worrying about running out of charge.

ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) is the world’s slimmest and lightest 5.5-inch 5000mAh smartphone, and is a mere 7.9mm thin and weighs just 170 grams. ZenFone 3 Zoom’s high battery capacity also lets it double up as a high-speed power bank for charging other devices via an automatic reverse-charging capability.

 

Strong-yet-beautiful display

ZenFone 3 Zoom’s display is a 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED panel with high 500cd/m2 brightness for outdoor-readable images with extreme clarity and contrast, and a color gamut that is more than 100% of the NTSC color space. It also features a blue-light filter that prevents eye strain over long periods of viewing.

ZenFone 3 Zoom (Amazon | Lazada) is also one of the first smartphones to have a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 display cover panel that is 70%-more resistant to drop damage compared to the previous Gorilla Glass generation. This panel has been crafted and shaped to fit within the phone’s beautifully small, sandblasted aluminum-alloy body. A fingerprint sensor is conveniently placed at the back of the smartphone for easy accessibility.

 

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The Infinix Zero 4 Pro, Zero 4 & HOT 4 Pro Smartphones Revealed!

Infinix Mobile just launched three new smartphones – the Infinix Zero 4 Plus, the Infinix Zero 4 and the Infinix HOT 4 Pro. Let’s check out their key features, specifications and hands-on preview.

 

Who Is Infinix?

Infinix is a new smartphone brand that was established in 2013. With an established presence in Africa, South Asia and South America, they are now expanding into South East Asia. Here is a primer by Marco Beh, Country Manager of Infinix Mobility Malaysia.

 

The Infinix Zero 4 Pro, Zero 4 & HOT 4 Pro Presentation

Janson Kwan, General Manager of Thorus Technology Malaysia, then presented the key features of the Infinix Zero 4 Pro, Zero 4 and Hot 4 Pro smartphones.

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The Infinix Zero 4 Pro, Zero 4 & Hot 4 Pro Specifications

SpecificationsInfinix Zero 4 PlusInfinix Zero 4Infinix Hot 4 Pro
Display5.98" Full HD IPS display
- 1080 x 1920 pixels
5.5" Full HD IPS display
- 1080 x 1920 pixels
5.5" HD IPS display
- 720 x 1280 pixels
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3 with 2.5D curved edgeCorning Gorilla Glass 3 with 2.5D curved edgeNone
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0Android 6.0Android 6.0
PlatformMediaTek helio X20MediaTek MT6753MediaTek MT6737
Processor2 x ARM Cortex-A72 cores (2.0 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.85 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.4 GHz)
8 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.3 GHz)4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.3 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T880ARM Mali-T720ARM Mali-T720
Memory4 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM3 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM2 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
Storage64 GB internal flash storage
microSD card (up to 128 GB)
32 GB internal flash storage
microSD card (up to 128 GB)
16 GB internal flash storage
microSD card (up to 128 GB)
Selfie Camera13 MP sensor with single LED flash8 MP sensor with single LED flash5 MP sensor
Main Camera21 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens, OIS, laser AF and dual-tone LED flash16 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens, OIS, laser AF and dual-tone LED flash13 MP sensor with single LED flash
SIM CardSingle micro SIM slotTwo micro SIM slotsTwo micro SIM slots
Fingerprint SensorYes, rear-mountedYes, rear-mountedYes, rear-mounted
Battery4000 mAh lithium-ion battery3200 mAh lithium-ion battery4000 mAh lithium-ion battery
Dimensions82.97 mm wide x 160.5 mm tall x 8.25 mm thick76.0 mm wide x 151.5 mm tall x 7.75 mm thick76.2 mm wide x 152.6 mm tall x 8.8 mm thick

Next Page > The Key Features & Hands-On Preview, Price & Availability

 

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The Infinix Zero 4 Plus & Zero 4 Key Features

The Infinix Zero 4 and Zero 4 Plus smartphones use in-plane switching (IPS) LCD panels, with a full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 and support for up to 16 million colours. The Infinix Zero 4 has a 5.5″ screen, while the Infinix Zero 4 Plus has a slightly larger 5.98″ screen. Both are protected by Gorilla Glass 3.

Both of these smartphones boasts a main camera with f/2.0 lens with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) capability that helps to reduce hand shake and low light blurring. The Infinix Zero 4 Plus comes with a 20.7 MP sensor, while the Infinix Zero 4 has a 16 MP sensor.

The Infinix Zero 4 Plus is powered by a 10-core processor, and comes with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. The Infinix Zero 4, on the other hand, has an octa-core processor, and comes with 3 GB of RAM with 32 GB of storage. With 4,000 mAh and 3,200 mAh batteries respectively, both smartphones will last hours on-the-go.

 

The Infinix Zero 4 Plus Hands-On Preview

Here is our hands-on preview of the top-of-the-line Infinix Zero 4 Plus smartphone.

 

The Infinix HOT 4 Pro Key Features

Powered by Android M, XOS and an advanced smart voice technology, the Infinix HOT 4 Pro features a 5.5” HD display and dual high-quality stereo speaker with a rated battery life of up to 48 hours.

The integrated smart fingerprint feature allows for secure ID access, eliminating complicated passwords. It can also be configured to wake dormant apps and enable privacy control in certain applications.

Its star feature – 3D Stereo Surrounding uses Dirac Stereo Widening allows users to immerse themselves in an exceptional multi-media experience with its dual high-quality stereo speakers. It also boasts a 13 MP main camera with five lens elements, and a 5 MP front camera – both equipped with a soft LED flash.

Thanks to its large 4,000 mAh battery, the Infinix HOT 4 Pro is designed to function for up to two days without recharging.

 

Price & Availability

The Infinix Zero 4 is available right now for RM 999 (~US$ 219) in the Lilac Grey colour. The other colours will follow later in the year, starting with Galaxy Blue in June.

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The Infinix Zero 4 Plus will only be available in early April 2017. The price will be revealed then.

Infinix Zero 4 and Zero 4 Plus customers will enjoy the following benefits, in addition to the standard 1-year warranty :

  • 6-month screen warranty (redeemable once)
  • 1-on-1 replacement for any hardware malfunction (first 15 days)

The Infinix HOT 4 Pro is available right now for RM 599 (~US$ 133) in the Lilac Grey, Champagne Gold and Galaxy Blue colours.

 

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The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 (SM-A720F) Review

We covered the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 quite extensively after its launch, with a look at its new IP68 capability and the 7 upgrades since the 2016 model. But there is nothing like a full review, and that’s what we are proud to share with you today – our comprehensive review of the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 (SM-A720F) smartphone!

 

The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 Specifications

Here are the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 specifications, compared against the 2016 model.

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy A7 (2017)Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 4Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Dust- And Water-ResistanceIP68-rated
- water submersion up to 1.5 m for up to 30 minutes
Not water-resistant
Display5.7" Super AMOLED (1080 x 1920 pixels)
- Always On Display
- Corning Gorilla Glass 4
5.5" Super AMOLED (1080 x 1920 pixels)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 4
System PlatformSamsung Exynos 7880 OctaSamsung Exynos 7580 Octa
Processor8 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.9 GHz)8 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.6 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T830MP2ARM Mali-T720MP2
Memory3 GB RAM LPDDR3 (1066 MHz)3 GB RAM LPDDR3 (933 MHz)
Storage32 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot (up to 256 GB)
16 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot (up to 128 GB)
Front Camera16 MP fixed focus camera with f/1.9 lens5 MP fixed focus camera with f/1.9 lens
Rear Camera16 MP PDAF sensor with f/1.9 lens13 MP sensor with f/1.9 lens
Connectivity4G : LTE Cat.6
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2, NFC
4G : LTE Cat.6
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2, NFC
Fingerprint SensorYesYes
USB PortUSB Type Cmicro USB 2.0
Battery3,600 mAh lithium-ion (non-removable)
- supports Fast Charging
3,300 mAh lithium-ion (non-removable)
Wireless Charging SupportNoNo
Samsung Pay SupportYesYes
Dimensions77.6 mm (wide) x 156.8 mm (tall) x 7.9 mm (thick)74.1 mm (wide) x 151.5 mm (tall) x 7.3 mm (thick)
Weight186 g172 g
Launch PriceRM 1,899 / ~US$ 419RM 1,899 / ~US$ 499
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Unboxing The Samsung Galaxy A7

The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 comes in the ubiquitous white Samsung cardboard box. Not as fancy as the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge‘s classy black box, but hey, it’s a completely different segment. Watch us unbox the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 in this video, and look at what we found inside!

Inside, you will find the following items :

  • One 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 smartphone
  • One Samsung 15 W adaptive fast charging travel charger
  • One USB 2.0 to Type C USB cable
  • One pair of Samsung earphones
  • One SIM card tray extractor
  • One set of  Quick Start Guides and Warranty Cards and a Region Lock Guide

Next Page > The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 Quick Tour & Key Features

 

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The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 Quick Tour

Before we go into the details of the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7, let’s take a quick 2-minute tour of its key features.

The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 has a large 5.7″ display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. It also uses a Super AMOLED panel, which gives very rich and vivid colours and true black. Perfect for watching full HD videos.

It is also notable as being the first Samsung Galaxy A series smartphone to boast IP68 dust- and water-resistance. That means it is rated to withstand complete immersion in water up to 1.5 m in depth, for up to 30 minutes.

On the left side of the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7, you will find two Volume buttons and the SIM1 tray. On the right side are a Power button and curiously, the speaker ports.

The microSD card and SIM2 card tray is located at the top of the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7, together with a microphone port. It supports microSD cards of up to 256 GB in capacity. The second microphone port is located at the bottom, together with the bidirectional Type C USB port and the 3.5 mm earphone port.

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Dual SIM, Dual Standby

The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 has dual SIM, dual standby capability, like the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (Amazon). However, it has two dedicated nano SIM trays, instead of a hybrid SIM tray.

The SIM1 tray is located on the left side, while SIM2 shares the same tray as the microSD card. This is not a hybrid SIM tray so both a microSD card and a second nano SIM card can be used at the same time.

 

Fast Fingerprint Sensor

The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 comes with a fingerprint sensor integrated into the Home button. Our tests showed that it requires about 21 finger presses to register a fingerprint.

However, it is very fast in recognising the fingerprint after it’s registered, and it has 360 degree fingerprint recognition.

Next Page > Initial Setup, Ergonomics, Available Memory & Storage, Cameras

 

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Initial Setup

When you power up the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 for the first time, it will take only about 24 seconds to boot up. If you set it up as a fresh device, it should take no more than 5 minutes to complete the initial setup. Check out our quick 3-minute video on the initial setup process.

 

Ergonomics

The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 is a large smartphone. It is actually larger and a bit thicker than the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (Amazon), so it is best for those with larger hands. Nevertheless, this is a two-handed device.

Both the front and back are protected by Gorilla Glass 4, with a 2.5D edge cut for the front and a 3D curve for the back. The back glass cover naturally lacks the oleophobic coating of the front, which is great for grip, but makes it an absolute magnet for fingerprint smears.

As usual, the Super AMOLED display is a delight for the eyes. It may not be a QHD display like those on the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (Amazon), or the HTC 10 (Amazon).

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Available Memory & Storage

The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 comes with 3 GB of LPDDR3 memory, of which half is available for use. This is about par with other smartphones with 3 GB of memory (e.g. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, OPPO F1s), and enough free memory to run several apps at the same time.

The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 also comes with 32 GB of internal flash memory. Once you deduct 8.9 GB for the Android 6.0 operating system and apps, you have 23.1 GB of free space to use. This is pretty decent, allowing you to store about 4,000 photos, or record 180 minutes of 1080p video.

Don’t worry about running out of storage space with the Galaxy A7 though. It has a dedicated microSD slot that supports microSD cards of up to 256 GB in capacity.

 

Front & Rear Cameras

The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 boasts a 16 MP front camera that uses Samsung’s own S5K3P8SX BSI sensor. It is capable of recording 1080p videos at 30 fps. Thanks to its f/1.9 lens, it has great low-light capability equivalent to that of the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (Amazon) and Galaxy S6 edge (Amazon) smartphones. It will come in handy since the front camera does not have flash support, not even screen flash.

The main camera uses the same 16 MP Samsung S5K3P8SX sensor, paired with a single LED flash. It also boasts the same fast f/1.9 lens, which allows for better low-light performance. Let’s take a look at some sample pictures and videos in the next page!

Next Page > Camera & Video Recording Performance

 

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Camera Performance

The 16 MP Samsung S5K3P8SX BSI sensor has great resolution, which is obvious in the close-up shots of the rubber balls, cauliflower and flowers. However, it has a tendency to blow out the highlights (the bright reflections on the glass elevator) and white balance issues in certain scenes (the Dala horse).

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Video Recording Performance

Despite sporting a 16 MP sensor, the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7‘s rear camera is limited to recording 1080p videos, even though it is capable of recording 4K videos. This is Samsung’s way of differentiating the Galaxy A7 from their premium models like the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (Amazon).

Also disappointing is the lack of optical or electronic image stabilisation. While this is another product differentiation decision, I wished they would at least enable electronic image stabilisation.

To test the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7‘s video recording capabilities, we recorded both a lion dance, and a street dance at night. Check them out!

First off, you can tell that there is a complete lack of image stabilisation. The videos were rather jerky, even though they were taken with two hands. Using a gimbal like the Osmo Mobile is highly recommended.

The bright background was completely overblown. But as long as it does not affect the main subjects, it actually acts as a kind of bokeh effect. The audio fidelity was also pretty good.

We were more impressed with the night scene. The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 did well in the Gangnam Style street dance, even though it was pretty dim. The subjects were reasonably well-exposed, and the noise level was surprisingly low. The bright areas were overblown, as expected, but because they were in the background, it helped to keep focus on the subjects.

Next Page > Work Performance, Battery Life & Recharging Performance

 

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Work Performance : PCMark

We tested the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7‘s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) ASUS ZenFone 3 honor 5C OPPO F1s
Work Performance Score
(Average)
4954 6405 5357 3884
Web Browsing 5143 8045 5643 3688
Video Playback 4515 3469 4487 3789
Writing 4948 7316 5944 4141
Photo Editing 5243 8246 5469 3933

The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 is not the fastest smartphone in this comparison, particularly in the Web Browsing and Writing tests. However, it came up tops in the Video Playback test. Overall, it was a decent, if unspectacular performer, in this benchmark.

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7‘s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 lasted an astounding 12 hours on the PCMark stress test on its 3,600 mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (Amazon) is the only Samsung smartphone to comes close to its battery life, and that’s because it has a 5,000 mAh battery.

In our real world experience, we had no problem using it for a full day with light loads.

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Battery Recharging Performance

The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7‘s remarkable battery life is thanks to its 3,600 mAh battery, which is about 9% larger than the 2016 model. But does it take much longer to recharge? Let’s find out!

The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 supports quick charging, and even comes with a 15 W fast adaptive charger. Our tests showed that the Galaxy A7 will recharge from 18% to 100% in just 100 minutes (1 hours and 40 minutes). This is very good performance, with an incredible battery life : recharging ratio of 7.2 : 1.

Next Page > Overall & Gaming Performance, Verdict & Award

 

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Overall Performance – AnTuTu Benchmark

AnTuTu is a nice benchmark for testing various performance aspects of Android devices.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) ASUS ZenFone 3 honor 5C OPPO F1s
TOTAL SCORE 56431 62761 53417 41486
3D SCORE 15458 18816 9842 4868
– 3D (Marooned) 10511 10861 5795 3188
– 3D (Garden) 4947 7952 4047 1679
UX SCORE 18496 26794 19297 17640
– UX Data Secure 5295 5077 5577 4885
– UX Data Process 2612 4198 2706 2542
– UX Strategy Games 3671 7503 4109 2829
– UX Image Process 3373 6879 3144 3885
– UX I/O Performance 3545 3137 3761 3499
CPU SCORE 16459 23689 19254 14336
– CPU Mathematics 3132 6950 4198 3142
– CPU Common Use 5199 6311 5947 4805
– CPU Multi-Core 8128 10428 9109 6389
RAM 6018 6797 5024 4643

The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 did not do so well in the CPU tests, coming in between the honor 5C (Amazon) and the OPPO F1s (Amazon). However, it did well in the 3D tests, coming in close to the performance of the ASUS ZenFone 3 (Amazon).

 

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7‘s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) ASUS ZenFone 3 honor 5C OPPO F1s
Gaming Score 13540 13956 11560 7666
Graphics 13548 13484 11067 7511
Physics 13510 15903 13698 8265
Graphics Test 1 81.1 fps 80.5 fps 63.4 fps 49.4 fps
Graphics Test 2 46.2 fps 46.1 fps 38.8 fps 24.4 fps
Physics Test 42.9 fps 50.5 fps 43.5 fps 26.2 fps

The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 did well in this 3D gaming test, virtually matching the performance of the ASUS ZenFone 3 (Amazon). It was only slightly slower in the Physics test.

 

Our Verdict & Award

The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 is a big upgrade from the 2016 model, offering IP68 dust- and water-resistance, a 20% faster processor, twice as much storage and a new 16 MP front camera. It also boasts the new bidirectional Type C USB port and a bigger fast charging battery.

The dual 16 MP cameras of the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 is a unique development. It appears to be Samsung’s first salvo at OPPO and their focus on high-resolution front cameras. In fact, its dual 16 MP cameras appear to be a direct competitor against the OPPO R9s, which was launched at the same time.

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Samsung is also positioning the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 as the affordable version of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (Amazon). It packs many of the Galaxy S7 edge‘s key features with some tradeoffs. For example, it has higher-resolution 16 MP cameras but they can only record videos at 1080p, instead of 4K. They also lack both optical and electronic image stabilisation.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (Amazon) still boasts the better cameras, a higher resolution QHD display and a wireless charging capability. The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7, on the other hand, has better battery life, a larger display and separate SIM and microSD slots.

So which Samsung smartphone should you get? Samsung would love for you to buy the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (Amazon). But if you can’t afford it, that’s where the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 comes in.

Despite our misgivings about the lack of image stabilisation of its cameras, and the 1080p restriction on video recordings, we are impressed with major upgrades Samsung packed into the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7. We think it deserves our Reviewer’s Choice Award. Congratulations, Samsung!

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The OPPO R9s Valentine Red Edition Is Still Available!

The OPPO R9s Valentine Red Edition “Now, It’s Clear” OPPO R9s is now available at the price of RM1,798 / ~US$ 399 for Malaysians who adore a sleek red colour. The pre-order can be made from 7th February 2017 to 13rd February 2017 at OPPO point-of-sale stores.

It was available online at OPPO’s official website with a special laser engraving service, but it quickly sold out within hours.

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OPPO R9s Valentine Red Edition Pricing & Availability

Priced at RM1,798 / ~US$ 399, OPPO Malaysia will be start selling limited units of the OPPO R9s Valentine Red Edition R9s on 14th February 2017 onwards.

 

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The Neffos X-Series Consumer Launch Coverage

Neffos revealed the Neffos X1 and Neffos X1 Max smartphones to the media at an exclusive event last month. They reserved the best for the official consumer launch at Sunway Pyramid yesterday. Not only did they publicly revealed the Neffos X1 and Neffos X1 Max smartphones, they also revealed the new Neffos brand ambassador – Fazura!

Fazura did not just come to grace the event, she also sang two songs to a delighted crowd, before giving us a more intimate Q&A session after that. Join us for our coverage of the Neffos X-Series consumer launch!

 

The Neffos X-Series Consumer Launch

MC Kevin Chong kicked off the event with a welcome speech by Neffos Senior Marketing Manager, Kelvin Lim. Then came the big reveal – Fazura is the Neffos brand ambassador!

 

Fazura, Live @ The Neffos X-Series Consumer Launch!

Fazura then wowed the crowd with her cover of Sheila Majid’s “Dia” and Adele’s “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”.

 

The Media Q&A Session With Fazura & Neffos

The media later had an intimate Q&A session with Fazura and Neffos. Enjoy!

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The Neffos X1 and X1 Max Price & Availability

Both the Neffos X1 and the Neffos X1 Max will be available in two variants. Here are their prices :

Neffos X1 with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage : RM 849 / ~US$ 189
Neffos X1 with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage : RM 769 / ~US$ 169

Neffos X1 Max with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage : RM 1,199 / ~US$ 259
Neffos X1 Max with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage : RM 999 / ~US$ 219

Only the Neffos X1 is available right now. The Neffos X1 Max will only be available in March 2017.

For our hands-on previews and the specifications of the Neffos X1 and the Neffos X1 Max, please read our article The Neffos X1 Max & Neffos X1 Hands-On Preview.

 

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7 Reasons The 2017 Galaxy A Series Puts The A In Auspicious!

The much awaited Chinese New Year is just around the corner and everyone who celebrates this festive occasion will be making their way home to be reunited with their beloved families. After all, it is a new opportunity to turn over a new leaf, embark on a new unplanned journey or just look forward to a brand new year of excitement.

 

7 Reasons The 2017 Galaxy A Series Puts The A In Auspicious!

Samsung’s newly launched 2017 Galaxy A Series (Lazada, Amazon) can help brighten your Chinese New Year celebration – here’s how…

 

1. Celebrate Non-stop in Rain or Shine

These days, the weather gets unpredictable. If you are suddenly caught in the rain, you will have a peace of mind knowing that your new Samsung Galaxy A Series (2017) (LazadaAmazon) will remain operational, unscathed even in the rain. How? This is the first Galaxy A Series that is rated IP68, making it resistant to dust and water, for those carefree Chinese New year house visits, rain or shine! That way, you don’t have to worry about the gloomy skies and the sounds of thunder. Celebrate non-stop this Chinese New Year!

 

2. No TV, No Problem

With kids constantly switching to Disney Channel, don’t be sad if you don’t get the chance to hold the TV remote to catch up on your favourite Hong Kong drama. Be the master of your own entertainment and stream your favourite festive contents this Chinese New Year using your new 2017 Galaxy A Series which now sports a Full HD Super AMOLED Display.

The 2017 Galaxy A Series (LazadaAmazon) boasts vivid 5.7-inch (A7) and 5.2-inch (A5) Super AMOLED screen displays for your non-stop entertainment, so you never miss an episode of your favourite TV series wherever you are. Maybe, just maybe, your younger nephews and nieces will start to inch closer to you and join you, mesmerised by the smartphone screen’s vivid display!

 

3. #FestiveSelfies, #OOTD & #CNYHoChiak

Take that family wefie during Reunion Dinner with the whole family gathering around the table. Sneak in a shameless selfie or two with gorgeous #OOTDs, or dive deeper into your inner photographer and start taking pictures of mouth-watering CNY dishes to fill your #CNY2017 photo album. With 16 preloaded filters inside, your Instagram page will be Instafamous in no time!

The Samsung Galaxy A Series (2017) (LazadaAmazon) comes equipped with 16MP front and rear camera with f1.9 lens and Light+ feature that can help you snap all those precious moments even in lowlight conditions. Instantly share these photos on Facebook, and get started on tagging your many family members!

 

4. No Cash, No Worries

Seeing your closest relatives and cousins this Chinese New Year? How about taking your little cousins out to the nearest shopping mall, and buy them a meal when they least expect an unplanned surprise? Now, with Samsung Pay, payments are never the same again! Just swipe up on your Galaxy A device, select your preferred payment card, authenticate with your fingerprint or PIN number, and tap the device on the payment terminal! Make secure and convenient mobile payments anywhere and look cool doing it while the rest of the queue looks on enviously!

 

5. Style You Can Afford

To add a touch of style, the Samsung Galaxy A Series (2017) (LazadaAmazon) with its premium build can definitely add some sparkle to your festive get-up. The Gold Sand model radiates youth and prosperity whilst the Black Sky is a colour option that exudes a mysteriously classy and elegant aura. Measuring at 7.9mm thin, this slim device can fit into any pocket and look dashing on any palm! Now when relatives ask you what’s new, whip out your 2017 Galaxy A Series (LazadaAmazon) and wave it like the fashionista that you are!

 

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6. Powering You Through The Day

Family visits are part of the CNY trend. You’ll continue from one house to the other, and the next thing you know, your power bank is almost drained and you’re scrambling to find a power outlet to recharge your device. Fret not because the Samsung Galaxy A Series (2017) (LazadaAmazon) comes with bigger batteries and supports fast charging! Just plug in your device to a power source and be amazed at how quickly your battery power restores just so that the device can keep you company throughout the day. The Galaxy A7 (2017) comes with 3,600mAh while the Galaxy A5 (2017) comes with 3,000mAh battery capacity.

 

7. More Space, More Memories

With dozens of people to celebrate this Chinese New Year with, naturally you would worry if your smartphone will run out space when it comes to capturing great moments. With the new Samsung Galaxy A Series (2017) (LazadaAmazon), get expandable storage of up to 256GB to fit all your memories (and silly selfies with family and friends) into a single, handy device. That’s right, there’s no need to free up some space. Keep all your favourite memories on the go!

 

Want An Auspicious New Year?

The new 2017 Galaxy A Series (LazadaAmazon) is available at all Samsung brand stores nationwide from 25th January 2017 onwards at a recommended retail price of RM1,899 / ~US$ 419 (Galaxy A7 2017) and RM1,699 / ~US$ 369 (Galaxy A5 2017) inclusive of GST.

What are you waiting for? Join the in-store pre-order and be the first to own the new 2017 Galaxy A Series (LazadaAmazon), even before Chinese New Year! Head to selected Samsung participating outlets from now until 22nd January 2017 to place an order and receive a complimentary Samsung Level U Pro wireless headphones worth RM399. Pre-order collection will start on 25th January 2017.

For online pre-orders, check out Samsung’s online stores on Lazada and 11street.

 

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WIKO Mobile Malaysia Introduces UFeel Fab

19 January 2017 – Say bonjour to Ufeel Fab, the largest member of the urban-chic Ufeel range. Characterised by a sleek metal and Soft Touch finish with elegant, ergonomic 2.5D curved display for optimal size and grip for users’ comfort, Ufeel Fab’s neo-retro design is a feast for the eyes.

 

UFeel Fab

“The Wiko brand is about fun and making life simpler for users. Part of that simplicity is satisfying users’ daily needs in a smartphone. With the new Wiko Ufeel Fab you get a stylish smartphone with a sleek urban look that delivers a power-packed experience. Merging the right technology and at a competitive price, Wiko is absolutely thrilled to present our customers in Malaysia this latest exciting smartphone in the Ufeel range,” said Wiko Mobile Malaysia Business Development Director, Mr Ken Ang.

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Equipped with fingerprint sensor technology for boosted security, speed and functionality, the Ufeel Fab is able to personalise five customisable actions by registering different fingers using one or both hands. Easy to set up and user-friendly, the possibilities are limitless for various customisation such as launching the camera, checking e-mails or even calling your loved ones – all recorded in a single action on your smartphone.

As the largest smartphone of the Ufeel range, power and size are the main attraction of Ufeel Fab. The XL 5.5” HD screen has a high resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels to project sharp, bright images and text for enhanced viewing comfort. Equipped with 4000 mAh battery and able to function as a Powerbank, the Ufeel Fab is a true powerhouse that users can rely on. Enjoy the ultra-fast, immersive multimedia experience backed by Quad-Core processor and 4G LTE for quick start up, download and upload speeds.

Proudly designed in France, the Ufeel Fab also has user friendly interface with Smart Actions feature for intuitive experience, and its Phone Assist feature provides easy app and settings management. For photo-taking enthusiasts, Ufeel Fab has a 13MP sensor and 5P lens for luminous photos as well as a 5MP Selfie flash front shooter.

 

UFeel Fab Availability &Pricing

Available in tasteful True Black colour, the Wiko Ufeel Fab retails at RM799, and is available at all authorised retail outlets throughout Peninsular and East Malaysia.

 

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Galaxy S7 edge Black Pearl Now Available In 128GB

Kuala Lumpur, 11 January 2017 – Start your 2017 afresh in a chic new colour. Exuding a mysterious yet enthralling vibe, the glossy new colourway of Black Pearl for Galaxy S7 edge subtly radiates quality and luxury in the palm of your hand. The latest colour variant of the highly popular Galaxy S7 edge, the Black Pearl colour also comes with 128GB internal memory, in comparison with the standard 32GB variant currently in the market, and will available in Malaysia on 12 January 2017.

 

Galaxy S7 edge Black Pearl

The new Galaxy S7 edge Black Pearl (Lazada, Amazon) follows the popular Blue Coral and Pink Gold editions released last year. While those were largely inspired by calming, natural hues, Black Pearl is designed to be modern and striking, perfect for those who love exploring the latest trends. The sleek black finish blankets the entire device – edges and all – and adds depth to its glass design. The result is a stylish all-black aesthetic that captures the essence of the colour in its purest form.

As if the allure of the new all-black colourway was not enough, the already massive internal memory of 128GB also receives another storage boost with an external memory support of a whopping 256GB via microSD slot. With the ultra-storage, users can store and watch movies anywhere at any time, directly out of their pocket and onto the palm of their hand.

New colour and a bigger storage aside, the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge brings a new way of thinking what a phone can do. This flagship smartphone brings with it cutting-edge features including its IP68 dust and water resistance, a professional-grade Dual Pixel Sensor + 12MP rear camera that is able to take crisp, clear photos even in the dark, and a powerful processor to get you through the day effortlessly.

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“At Samsung, we are constantly evolving to offer the best products to our customers. We listen to their demands and we give them what they want. The new Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 128GB in Black Pearl (LazadaAmazon) is a new edition created for the modern day user who is effortlessly chic, who often stores and consumes content constantly while on-the-go. This new Black Pearl variant, like other colour editions introduced for the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge before it, captures the essence of a unique persona, much like its owner,” said Mr Lee Jui Siang, Vice President, IT & Mobile Business Unit, Samsung Malaysia Electronics.

The 128GB Galaxy S7 edge Black Pearl (LazadaAmazon) will be available in Malaysia from 12 January 2017 onwards at a recommended retail price of RM3,399 / ~US$ 749 at participating Samsung Experience Store outlets.

In addition to the Galaxy S7 edge Black Pearl (LazadaAmazon) and the other aforementioned editions, the Galaxy S7 edge is also available in 32GB variant in distinctive colours of Black Onyx, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium, Pink Gold and the latest Blue Coral at RM 3,099 / ~US$ 689 nationwide. All prices stated are inclusive of 6% GST.

 

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The Neffos X1 Max & Neffos X1 Hands-On Preview

Neffos recently launched the Neffos X1 Max and Neffos X1 smartphones at a glitzy event. We had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with both the Neffos X1 Max and the Neffos X1 smartphones. Here are both models, side-by-side. You can see that with the exception of their sizes, they look identical!

If you want to know more about these new Neffos smartphones, we present to you our hands-on preview of the Neffos X1 Max and Neffos X1 smartphones!

 

The Neffos X1 Max & Neffos X1 Specifications

First, let us show you what are the differences between the two models. Other than their obvious difference in size and weight.

SpecificationsNeffos X1 MaxNeffos X1Neffos X1 Lite
Display5.5" Full HD IPS display
- 1080 x 1920 pixels (403.4 ppi)
5" HD IPS display
- 720 x 1280 pixels (293.7 ppi)
5" HD IPS display
- 720 x 1280 pixels (293.7 ppi)
System PlatformMediaTek Helio P10MediaTek Helio P10MediaTek MT6750
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (2.0 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (2.0 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.5 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.0 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T860MP2 (728 MHz)ARM Mali-T860MP2 (550 MHz)ARM Mali-T860MP2 (520 MHz)
Memory3 GB / 4 GB LPDDR3 (933 MHz)2 GB / 3 GB LPDDR3 (933 MHz)2 GB LPDDR3 (667 MHz)
Storage32 GB / 64 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot (up to 128 GB)
16 GB / 32 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot (up to 128 GB)
16 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot (up to 128 GB)
Front Camera5 MP sensor5 MP sensor5 MP sensor
Rear Camera13 MP Sony IMX258 sensor
- f/2.0 lens, PDAF technology
13 MP Sony IMX258 sensor
- f/2.0 lens, PDAF technology
13 MP sensor
- PDAF technology
NetworkFDD-LTE / WCDMA / GSM
GSM : Band 2 / 3 / 5 / 8
WCDMA : Band 1 / 5 / 8
FDD-LTE : Band 1 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 20
FDD-LTE / WCDMA / GSM
GSM : Band 2 / 3 / 5 / 8
WCDMA : Band 1 / 5 / 8
FDD-LTE : Band 1 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 20
FDD-LTE / WCDMA / GSM
GSM : Band 2 / 3 / 5 / 8
WCDMA : Band 1 / 2 / 5 / 8
FDD-LTE : Band 1 / 3 / 7
SIM CapabilityDual nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual standby capability
SIM1 : 2G / 3G / 4G
SIM2 : 2G / 3G / 4G
Dual nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual standby capability
SIM1 : 2G / 3G / 4G
SIM2 : 2G / 3G / 4G
Dual nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual standby capability
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n (2.4, 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.1
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n (2.4, 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.1
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n (2.4, 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.1
GPS SupportGPS / GLONASS / GALILEOGPS / GLONASS / GALILEOGPS / GLONASS
Fingerprint SensorFast Fingerprint Sensor (0.2 s detection)Fast Fingerprint Sensor (0.2 s detection)Fast Fingerprint Sensor (0.2 s detection)
Battery3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- supports Fast Charging
2,250 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- supports Fast Charging
2,550 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Dimensions76 mm wide x 152.8 mm tall x 7.85 mm thick71 mm wide x 142 mm tall x 7.95 mm thick71.2 mm wide x 142.6 mm tall x 8.5 mm thick
Available ColoursCloudy Grey / Sunrise GoldCloudy Grey / Sunrise GoldCloudy Grey / Sunrise Gold
Launch Prices3 GB + 32 GB : RM 999 / ~US$ 219
4 GB + 64 GB : RM 1,199 / ~US$ 259
2 GB + 16 GB : RM 769 / ~US$ 169
3 GB + 32 GB : RM 849 / ~US$ 189
RM 499 / ~US$ 119
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The Neffos X1 Max Hands-On Preview

The Neffos X1 Max is the phablet model, with a 5.5″ full HD IPS display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. It is powered by the octa-core MediaTek Helio P10, and comes in two variants – 3 GB RAM with 32 GB storage or 4 GB RAM with 64 GB storage.

The Neffos X1 Max is scheduled to arrive in March 2017. The 3 GB RAM variant with 32 GB storage will be priced at RM 999 / ~US$ 219, while the 4 GB variant with 64 GB storage will be priced at RM 1,199 / ~US$ 259.

 

The Neffos X1 Hands-On Preview

The Neffos X1 is a 5″ smartphone with a 720p IPS display, and the same MediaTek Helio P10 processor. It comes in two variants – a 2 GB RAM variant with 16 GB storage, and a 3 GB RAM variant with 32 GB storage.

The Neffos X1 is available right now, with an online promotion to boot. The 2 GB RAM variant with 16 GB storage will be priced at RM 769 / ~US$ 169, while the 3 GB variant with 32 GB storage will be priced at RM 849 / ~US$ 189.

 

 

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The Neffos X1 and X1 Max Smartphone Launch Event

Neffos just kicked off 2017 with the launch of the new Neffos X1 and Neffos X1 Max smartphones. First revealed at iFA 2016, they have now arrived!

Neffos is the smartphone brand of the networking giant TP-LINK. They first started with entry-level models like the Neffos C5 and C5L, before trying their hand at the mid-range Neffos C5 Max. If you want to know how well they did, take a look at our Neffos C5 smartphone review!

Now, they are moving up the value chain with the new Neffos X1 family. Join us for our coverage of the Neffos X1 and X1 Max launch event!

 

The Neffos X1 and X1 Max Launch Show

Neffos kicked off the Neffos X1 and X1 Max launch with a really cool dance routine. Check it out!

 

The Neffos X1 and X1 Max Presentation

After the Neffos X1 and X1 Max were officially launched, Wayne Zhang, Neffos Product Manager, presented the key features of the new smartphones. Then Robert Hu, Neffos Sales Director, revealed the launch prices of both smartphones.

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The Neffos X1 and X1 Max Price & Availability

Both the Neffos X1 and the Neffos X1 Max will be available in two variants. Here are their prices :

Neffos X1 with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage : RM 849 / ~US$ 189
Neffos X1 with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage : RM 769 / ~US$ 169

Neffos X1 Max with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage : RM 1,199 / ~US$ 259
Neffos X1 Max with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage : RM 999 / ~US$ 219

Only the Neffos X1 is available right now. In fact, Neffos has an online promotion, where the first 50 buyers of the Neffos X1 (2 GB model) in the Cloudy Grey colour, will receive a free accessories bundle containing a Groovi Bluetooth speaker worth RM 159, a Neffos X1 case and a screen protector.

The Neffos X1 Max will only be available in March 2017.

Next Page > The Official Neffos X1 and X1 Max Press Release

 

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The Official Neffos X1 and X1 Max Press Release

12 January 2017 — Poised to take the year 2017 by storm, Neffos today officially announced the arrival of the much anticipated Neffos X1 and X1 Max – the brand’s darling of the IFA 2016 – to the Malaysian market. Unfettered by the highly competitive smartphone landscape, Neffos is fielding its new Android wonder that boasts impeccable design, state-of-the-art mobile technologies and customer-centric features in its bid to propel the brand to be a serious contender in the mobile arena.

Created for the consumers of tomorrow, the Neffos X Series pushes the boundaries of smartphone design, imaging prowess, mobile security, and processing performance that caters to the ever-evolving consumer lifestyle. Adhering to the brand’s ‘Close to You’ mantra, the new Neffos X1 and X1 Max exhibits human-oriented philosophy and design approach with the aim to seamlessly connect people and technology together. Bringing innovative ideas closer to reality, the Neffos X series is the stepping stone towards making life simpler for Malaysians.

“The new Neffos X Series smartphones are the perfect combination of smart technology and stylish design. They bring unparalleled value to our customers by prioritizing features that help them stay closer to everything and everyone around them,” said TP-Link co-founder and Chairman, Jeffrey Chao.

 

TOP-NOTCH CAMERA AND SUPERFAST UNLOCKING PERFECTLY IN 0.2 SECONDS

Embodying the perfection of 0.2 seconds, the X Series is made to fulfill the needs of consumers’ that desire fast-paced connectivity and interactivity. With a rear camera of 13-megapixel Sony sensor with backside illumination and 5P lens system as well as fast PDAF (phase-detection auto-focus) accurately by 0.2 seconds, the X series makes capturing precious moments similar to blinking an eye.

Giving the picture-taking more quality, the camera also features an f/2.0 aperture lens for taking clearer shots in low light and providing a shallow of depth of field. Worry no-more about low light photography, because the Neffos X series also comes with Real-time Night shooting, dual-tone flash can light up even the darkest subjects therefore making your night images clear as daylight.

In addition, the camera also include the standard features such as HDR, Time Lapse, and Panorama. The live-shooting mode crosses over to the 5-megapixel front camera, and the Real-time Beautify mode makes taking selfies more intuitive. The perfect selfie is just one tap away with the Neffos X series.

With its super-fast fingerprint ID locking system, the Neffos X series provides more security and timely convenience as the phone unlocks in just 0.2 seconds perfectly. Programmed by sophisticated algorithms, it can refine fingerprint data with use, thus the more a user unlocks the phone, the more accurate and fast it gets over time.

 

INSPIRED DESIGN

Stylishly sleek and built with premium materials, the Neffos X1 and X1 Max features metallic body exterior that was inspired by the rocks found in streams — smoothed by the water over time without losing their mettle. Every detail has been refined to make the phones look and feel familiar, and give consumers the best user experience.

One highlight of the design is the dual-curved back that tapers towards the sides and allows for a more ergonomic fit. The subtle curves also makes the X series easier to hold and operate one-handed compared to other devices of similar size.

The Neffos X series also have super-thin bezels of up to 2.75mm[1], and smooth, chamfered edges that measure only 0.6mm. With the length of the phones kept to a minimum, screen-to-body ratio is high at 76 percent.

The screen makes use of full in-cell technology with “touch and display driver integration” (TDDI), which is light and 0.2mm thinner than the usual lamination used on other smartphones. It also provides high control precision in games and apps, and seamless screen integration for much improved image quality while also extending battery life.

A 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass sits on top of the X1 Max’s display to make swiping through screens feel natural. The X1 Max display — gorgeous at 5.5 inches — has a high, 1,800:1 color contrast for best-in-class entertainment. Colors are rendered with utmost accuracy and vibrancy. Details are sharp and viewing angles are excellent even at awkward angles. The Neffos X series device are perfect for playing graphics-rich games and watching TV shows and movies.

 

UNCOMPROMISED PERFORMANCE

The Neffos X1 and X1 Max runs on the Octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 chipset with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage*, which can be expanded with a microSD card up to 128GB. The phones supports dual-band Wi-Fi and multiple LTE bands for fast internet access where available, thus capable to handle anything from typical smartphone activities, like web browsing and video streaming, to demanding games. Powering the Neffos X1 is a 2,250mAh battery while the X1 Max gets a larger 3,000mAh capacity which features unique capability as the X1 Max supports fast charging with 50% charging in just 30 minutes!

 

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

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The Neffos X1 and X1 Max are available in two colours, which are Cloudy Grey and Sunrise Gold. The Neffos X1 is priced at RM 769 for 2GB RAM with 16GB ROM and RM 849 for 3GB RAM with 32GB ROM while the X1 Max will be priced at RM 999 RAM for 3GB with 32GB ROM and RM1199 for 4GB RAM with 64GB ROM.

The Neffos X1 is now available at all authorised Neffos retailers and resellers nationwide while the X1 Max will hit the stores in March 2017.

On top of that, the Neffos X Series also comes with a two-year warranty as consumers can enjoy a peace of mind while owning a Neffos smartphone. The two-year warranty programme also offer services for selected mechanical and technical issues excluding accidental damage or broken screens. Neffos is also providing a one-on-one device exchange to customers whose Neffos device experience damages beyond repair within the first three months of purchase.

[1] X1 Max: 2.75mm narrow edge, 7.85mm of the body, X1: 2.95mm narrow edge, 7.95mm of the body

 

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The OPPO R9s Specifications & Hands-On Preview

OPPO just launched the OPPO R9s at an amazing price of RM 1,798 / ~US$ 399. The OPPO R9s (LazadaAmazon) emphasises the main camera, which now boasts a 16 MP Sony IMX398 sensor with a f/1.7 lens. This makes the OPPO R9s (LazadaAmazon) one of the most affordable smartphones with a top-of-the-line main camera.

In this article, we will share with you the full specifications, and our hands-on preview, of the OPPO R9s (LazadaAmazon) smartphone. Check it out!

 

The OPPO R9s Hands-On Preview

We had a few minutes to try out the OPPO R9s (LazadaAmazon) after its star-studded launch event. Check out our hands-on preview of the OPPO R9s!

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The OPPO R9s Specifications

Here are the OPPO R9s specifications. We will update them with more details, as soon as we get them from OPPO.

SpecificationsOPPO R9s
Display5.5" Full HD IPS display
- 1080 x 1920
Display ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 (Marshmallow) with ColorOS 3.0
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 625
Processor8 x ARM Cortex A53 cores (2.0 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 506 GPU
System Memory4 GB LPDDR3 memory
Storage64 GB internal flash storage
microSD slot (up to 128 GB)
Front Camera16 MP sensor, with f/2.0 lens
- Screen Flash technology
Rear Camera16 MP Sony IMX398 sensor, with f/1.7 lens
- dual PDAF technology
Dual SIM SupportDual SIM, Dual Standby, with two nano SIM card slots
Fingerprint SensorYes, 0.2 second recognition
Battery3010 mAh lithium-ion polymer (Li-Po) battery (non-removable)
- supports VOOC flash charging
Dimensions74.3 mm wide x 153 mm tall x 6.58 mm thick
Weight147 g
Available ColoursGold / Rose Gold
Launch PriceRM 1,798 / ~US$ 399

 

The OPPO R9s Price & Availability

The local pricing for the OPPO R9s (LazadaAmazon) is an astounding RM 1,798 (~US$ 399) here in Malaysia. This is about RM 300 / ~US$ 69 cheaper than other countries!

The OPPO R9s (LazadaAmazon) can be pre-ordered from now until 13 January 2017 from OPPO Malaysia’s website, Lazada Malaysia, 11Street and the 1,200 OPPO sales points across Malaysia. It will also be available through Maxis and Celcom.

Delivery and first retail sales of the OPPO R9s (LazadaAmazon) will begin on 14 January 2017. It will be available first in Low Yat Plaza, Kuala Lumpur and VivaCity Megamall, Sarawak.

 

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The OPPO R9s Launch & Presentation

OPPO launched their latest smartphone – the OPPO R9s on 5 January 2017, at a star-studded event here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It renews their focus on mobile photography, with the OPPO R9s (LazadaAmazon) focusing more on the main camera. Join us for the OPPO R9s launch event and presentation!

 

The OPPO R9s Launch & Presentation

The OPPO R9s launch event kicked off with an awesome dance routine. Check it out!

In this video, Ken Ng, OPPO Malaysia’s Product Manager, revealed the key features of the new OPPO R9s (LazadaAmazon) smartphone. Then the Ninja Photographer, Zung, showcased the amazing photos he took using the OPPO R9s!

Finally, OPPO brought out the star-power. New OPPO brand ambassador, Lee Min-ho, appeared on screen while local celebrities Fattah Amin and Amber Chia showed off the new OPPO R9s smartphone!

 

The OPPO R9s Price & Availability

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OPPO Malaysia CEO William Fang revealed the local pricing for the OPPO R9s (Lazada, Amazon) and it’s an astoundingly good price. The OPPO R9s smartphone will retail for just RM 1,798 (~US$ 399) here in Malaysia. This is about RM 300 / ~US$ 69 cheaper than other countries!

The OPPO R9s (LazadaAmazon) can be pre-ordered from now until 13 January 2017 from OPPO Malaysia’s website, Lazada Malaysia, 11Street and the 1,200 OPPO sales points across Malaysia. It will also be available through Maxis and Celcom.

Delivery and first retail sales of the OPPO R9s (LazadaAmazon) will begin on 14 January 2017. It will be available first in Low Yat Plaza, Kuala Lumpur and VivaCity Megamall, Sarawak.

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The OPPO R9s Official Press Release

Kuala Lumpur, 5th January 2017 –The OPPO R9s was announced at an event in Kuala Lumpur today. Powered with a 16MP rear camera, extra-wide f/1.7 aperture, coupled with the new Dual PDAF technology, OPPO, the camera phone expert now introduces a smartphone packed with improved rear camera technology that enables users to capture clear photos anytime, anywhere.

In addition to that, the R9s also introduces OPPO’s VOOC Flash Charge technology for speedy charging and lightning-quick fingerprint access. Now, with the R9s, users are able to effortlessly capture professional-grade photos all day.

OPPO is no stranger to the world of innovative camera phones. Two years ago, the brand introduced the OPPO N3’s motorized swivel camera that can track objects as they move and can rotate up to 206 degrees, also flaunting a Schneider Kreuznach-certified lens.

In addition to that, the F1s garnered positive feedback and incredible sales. This time, the brand decides to up the rear camera game by introducing massive improvements to the R9s’s 16MP rear camera, enabling users to capture even moving objects clearly.

“As this year will be the year of mobile photography, we at OPPO Malaysia would like provide users with a camera that is able to capture photos that are crisp, clear and bright. With the R9s, now it’s clear”, said Chen Lu, Brand Director of OPPO Malaysia.

 

All-new IMX 398 sensor and Dual PDAF technology

Last year, the OPPO F1s rose to success, thanks to its superb selfie-snapping ability. The new R9s carries forward that brilliant suite of front camera features and rounds them off with a rear photography experience that elevates its predecessor’s. The device sports an impressive 16 MP front camera, paired with a large f/2.0 aperture and OPPO’s Screen Flash technology that produces excellent night shots.

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At the center of the R9s’ rear camera prowess is the all-new Sony IMX398 sensor – a customized 1/2.8 inch sensor that Sony and OPPO developed together. With this sensor and an extra-wide f/1.7 aperture that captures 40% more light than previous generations, the R9s’ rear camera offers phenomenal focusing speed, noise reduction and low-light performance, allowing users to snap breathtakingly clear and beautiful images in a matter of seconds.

The R9s’ camera uses Dual PDAF technology, a next-generation upgrade from standard PDAF solutions. The first generation of PDAF has only “a half” pixel for focusing, but the Dual PDAF increases by 100% the area of the sensor’s pixel array equipped with the special photo diodes necessary for phase-detection autofocus, allowing lightning-fast focusing — even in low light — and producing crystal-clear images.

“Our research efforts revealed that users’ dissatisfactions with rear cameras is that images typically appear blurry, or are dark and with visible poor pixel performance. Determined to solve this problem, we aimed to produce a smartphone with a rear camera that allows users to snap clear, crisp photos anytime, anywhere”, explains Ken Ng, Product Manager, OPPO Malaysia.

 

Head-turning ultra-fine “six-string” antenna lines

The R9s introduces a stylish and innovative take on the rear antenna lines used to ensure a strong signal. The thick white bands that traverse the back of most phones have been replaced with two sets of three ultra-fine lines. Though these lines measure at a mere 0.3 mm, the “six-string” design manages to imbue the R9s with an effortless sophistication, evoking the elegant lines of a stringed instrument.

The fresh look is coupled with stronger performance than ever – the device is equipped to operate on six frequency ranges, dynamically choosing the best one for 4G and Wi-Fi signals.

The new design sees the R9s’ body equipped with 98.9% of metal, with a screen-to-body ratio of 72.9 %, making its visual a subtle, refined and distinguished one, with superb signal reception to boot.

 

Powerful, long-lasting performance to keep users snapping away

The R9s sports a Qualcomm octa-core processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM, and cruises seamlessly on ColorOS 3.0 (based on Android 6.0). Storage-wise, the 64 GB onboard can be expanded by an additional 128 GB, ensuring users will have plenty of room to store their crystal-clear shots. Meanwhile, the R9s’ fingerprint reader gives users exceptionally fast 0.2s touch access, and intelligently refines its image of the user’s fingerprint over time.

The R9s is also backed with a 3,010 mAh battery and OPPO’s industry-leading VOOC Flash Charge technology, for seamlessly fast charging that are low-voltage, so your phone’s internals will never be taxed with excess heat.

With its head-turning design, powerful performance and superb all-around photography experience, the R9s is set to let users capture their lives in style!

 

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The Flash Plus 2 Review – Feature Packed At A Great Price

Alcatel OneTouch recently rebranded their Flash smartphone division as a separate brand – Flash. Building upon their success with the Flash 2 smartphone, they introduced the Flash Plus 2 (Amazon | Lazada). For our coverage of the launch, take a look at our article – Flash Plus 2 Smartphone Revealed!

The Flash Plus 2 (Amazon | Lazada) promises to offer even more value for money with a renewed focus on delivering mobigraphy – the ultimate mobile photographic experience. Let’s take a look!

 

Flash Plus 2 Smartphone Specifications

SpecificationsFlash Plus 2
(2 GB Variant)
Flash Plus 2
(3 GB Variant)
Display5.5" IPS display (1080 x 1920 pixels, 401 ppi)
1000:1 contrast ratio (typical), 160° viewing angle
MiraVision 2.0 image technology
ProtectionAsahi Dragon Trail Glass
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
SoC PlatformMediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755)
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.8 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T860 MP2 GPU (550 MHz)
Memory2 GB LPDDR33 GB LPDDR3
Storage16 GB eMMC internal flash storage (10.4 GB free)
microSD slot (supports up to 128 GB)
32 GB eMMC internal flash storage (25.4 GB free)
microSD slot (supports up to 128 GB)
Front Camera5 MP sensor with 1.12 μm pixel size
f/2.2 wide-angle lens (84.4°)
LED flash with CRI of 80
Rear Camera13 MP OmniVision OV13853 sensor
Phase-detection auto-focus (PDAF) technology
5P wide-angle f/2.0 lens (76.5°) with blue optical glass filter
Dual-tone LED flash
1080p video recording at 60 fps
ConnectivityTDD: B38/B40/B41; FDD: B1/B3/B5/B7
LTE CA4 R9 Cat.4 (150 Mbps / 50 Mbps)
UMTS 850/900/1900/2100
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
BT4.1/GPS/AGPS/Micro USB 2.0
Dual SIM CapabilityDual SIM Dual Standby
SensorsLight sensor, proximity sensor, G-Sensor, Accelerometer, E-Compass, Hall sensor, Gyro sensor
Fingerprint SensorYes, integrated with Home button
Audio CapabilityAKM4375 Chipset + NXP9890 Audio Amplifier
Stereo FM radio
Dual-microphone noise cancellation
Battery3,000 mAh lithium ion battery
Talk time: 16hrs(2G) / 15hrs(3G)
Standby time: 528hrs(2G) / 405hrs(4G)
Music Playback (headset default vol)(54h) / (speaker default vol)(12h)
Video Streaming WIFI (4h)
WIFI browsing (6h)
Video -H.264 (1080P) HW mode Video H.264 (1080P) (6h)
Fast Charging Capability9V / 1.67A fast-charging technology
Powered by the TI BQ25896 fast-charging chip
Size76.4 mm wide x 152.6 mm tall x 8.2 mm thick
Weight157 g
Available ColoursVenus Gold / Luna Silver
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Unboxing The Flash Plus 2

The Flash Plus 2 (Amazon | Lazada) comes in a classy matte black box. The heart-shaped accent above the Flash Plus 2 logo has a fingerprint imprint, just in case you are not aware that the Flash Plus 2 has a fingerprint sensor. 🙂

With all the contents unpacked, you will find the following items:

  • One Flash Plus 2 (Amazon | Lazada) smartphone
  • One 15 W Travel USB charger
  • One set of Quick Start Guide, Warranty Certificate, Safety and Warranty Information booklets
  • One “Welcome to Flash Community” card
  • One micro-USB cable

Surprisingly, the Flash Plus 2 does not come with earphones, a case or a screen protector. They were notable accessories in the Flash 2 smartphone package.

Next Page > Design & Build, Inside The Flash Plus 2, Setting It Up

 

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Design & Build

With a 5.5″ display, the Flash Plus 2 (Amazon | Lazada) is a phablet, hence the “Plus” in its name. Beneath the display, there is a home button flanked by a pair of backlit capacitive keys. The home button does double duty as a fingerprint sensor, which allows the Flash Plus 2 to be unlocked in a fraction of a second.

While fingerprint sensors aren’t new, the Flash Plus 2 is the first to include one in this price segment. The choice of combining it with the home button may not be to everyone’s taste though. It requires the Flash Plus 2 to be woken up from standby (by pressing on the home button or power button) before being unlocked.

The Power button and Volume control buttons are located on the right side of the Flash Plus 2, near the top. That is not a very ideal location for the power button, although most users will just use the Home button to wake up the Flash Plus 2.

On the bottom, you will find the micro USB 2.0 port near the left edge, with the microphone port near the right edge. You will find a second microphone port at the top of the Flash Plus 2 (Amazon | Lazada), together with the headphone port. The two microphone ports helps with the noise cancellation, allowing for clearer audio to be recorded.

The biggest change from the previous Flash 2 smartphone is immediately apparent from the back. The Flash Plus 2 is the first model to feature a metal case. Now, it does not have a metal frame, or even a unibody design. Instead, it features a swappable metal back cover in the choice of two colours – Luna Silver and Venus Gold.

Even though it still uses a plastic frame, the metal back cover stiffens the Flash Plus 2, and gives it a more premium feel. The brushed aluminium finish also gives it a classier look. The top half of its back is dominated by its 13 MP camera, accompanied by a dual-tone LED flash. The bottom half features a speaker vent with a slight bump to maximise audio output when placed on flat surfaces.

While phablets are usually less ergonomic for those with smaller hands, the Flash Plus 2 (Amazon | Lazada) fits our hands quite well. This is probably due to the rounded edges on its back. They allow for a more comfortable grip, although the brushed finish feels a little slippery. On the other hand, the finish is virtually impervious to fingerprint smudges!

 

Inside The Flash Plus 2

Now, we will show you how to carefully remove the metal back cover to gain access to the two SIM slots and the microSD card slot.

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Setting Up The Flash Plus 2

When you power up the Flash Plus 2 (Amazon | Lazada) for the first time, it will take about 36 seconds to boot up. If you set it up as a fresh device, it will take you no more than 5 minutes to complete the initial setup. Check it out!

Next Page > The Flash Plus 2 Cameras, Display & Performance, Our Verdict

 

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The Flash Plus 2 Cameras

Like its predecessor, the Flash 2 smartphone, the Flash Plus 2 (Amazon | Lazada) is focused on photography. Flash even coined a term for the ultimate mobile photography experience – mobigraphy. To achieve that, the Flash Plus 2 (Amazon | Lazada) has a 5 MP front camera that not only uses larger 1.12 μm pixels, it is supported by a dedicated LED flash. The front camera also has a 84.4° wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture.

The 13 MP main camera at the back features PDAF (phase-detection autofocus) technology, which allows for faster focusing. It has a bright f/2.0 lens with a wide angle of 76.5° and a blue optical glass filter. It is supported by a dual-tone LED flash, for more realistic skin tones.

The main camera is not only capable of recording full HD (1080p) videos, it can even do so at 60 fps. So the Flash Plus 2 (Amazon | Lazada) is not only great for taking photos, it’s great for taking videos. But with limited storage, it’s best to add a microSD card if you intend to take many videos.

 

Display

The Flash Plus 2 (Amazon | Lazada) comes with a 5.5″ Full HD OGS (one glass solution) display with a pixel density of ~401 ppi. Coupled with MiraVision 2.0 technology, we find it very pleasing to our eyes in use. The screen looks crisp, with colours that aren’t overly vivid, while remaining properly saturated.

The screen brightness was pretty satisfactory, although the adaptive brightness feature does seem a little slow in responding to changes in ambient light levels. The viewing angles are mostly acceptable with minimal colour shift when viewing from an indirect angle.

The Full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 is perfect at this price point. It offers much greater resolution than competing devices with 720p displays, and you can really tell the difference. On the other hand, it saps less power than QHD displays (1440 x 2560) without a noticeable difference in sharpness.

The Flash Plus 2 (Amazon | Lazada) uses Asahi Dragon Trail Glass to protect its display. This is similar to Gorilla Glass, offering a little extra ruggedness as well as high scratch resistance. Despite not fitting the Flash Plus 2 with a screen protector, we had not encountered any scratches within our period of use.

 

Performance

Under the hood, the Flash Plus 2 (Amazon | Lazada) is powered by the MediaTek Helio P10 SoC. Also known as the MediaTek MT6755, it has an octa-core processor that consists of a set of 4 ARM Cortex-A53 cores running at 1.8 GHz, and a set of 4 ARM Cortex-A53 cores running at 1 GHz. It also has a dual-core ARM Mali-T860 MP2 GPU to handle 2D and 3G graphics.

The Flash Plus 2 (Amazon | Lazada) comes in two variants. The basic model has 2 GB of LPDDR3 memory and 16 GB of internal flash storage. A higher-end model comes with 3 GB of LPDDR3 memory and 32 GB of internal flash storage. The model we tested came was the 2 GB model with 16 GB of storage.

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As expected, the Flash Plus 2 (Amazon | Lazada) generally ran very smoothly, and switched between apps instantly. However, we did notice some slight lag after 2-3 days of continuous use. It could be due to the lack of polish in the UI, or an overly aggressive memory saving algorithm.

So, how does the processing package compare to other smartphones? Here are some results from common benchmarks :

AnTuTu Benchmark : 41,896
GeekBench 3 : 781 (Single Core), 3014 (Multi-Core)
Basemark OS II : 879 (Overall Score), 506 (Graphics Score)

This is decent performance, albeit nothing to shout about. Overall, this is no speed demon, but it’s fast enough to get the job done.

 

Our Verdict

The Flash Plus 2 (Amazon | Lazada) is big jump in quality and capability from the Flash 2 smartphone. If you were impressed by the performance and value offered by the Flash 2 smartphone, you will undoubtedly be impressed by the Flash Plus 2. It is better than its predecessor in every way, and yet remains affordably priced.

Now, the Flash Plus 2 (Amazon | Lazada) is not designed to take on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (Amazon | Lazada) or the HTC 10 (Amazon | Lazada). It is targeted at those who want an affordable phablet with decent performance and photographic capabilities. In that perspective, the Flash Plus 2 has certainly achieved its goal.

At its price point, you will be hard-pressed to find a smartphone with similar performance and photographic capabilities, a fast fingerprint sensor and build quality. The Flash Plus 2 (Amazon | Lazada) challenges the perception that you can’t have a decent smartphone with good photographic capabilities at an affordable price point. We can’t wait to see what Flash will come up with next!

 

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Wiko Ufeel Prime Latest Smartphone Launched

22 November 2016 – Wiko’s latest smartphone, Ufeel Prime, has hit Malaysian shores. With its premium sleek metal design and sophisticated colours, Ufeel Prime has an impressive display and is power-packed with performance and security features for trendy urbanites.

Proudly designed in France, Ufeel Prime showcases ultra-premium sleek metal design, sophisticated colour, with amazing camera and fingerprint sensor technology. The fingerprint sensor technology allows users to personalise their smartphone with various possibilities such as instantly unlock, open Instagram, access to encrypted files, launch the camera function or make a specific call. Most importantly, the device allows users to record five different fingerprints – affording higher protection for users’ data.

 

Ufeel Prime

Ufeel Prime is the newest member of Wiko’s Ufeel range. It features an impressive 5” FHD display and high resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels which is supported by The Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with 4GB RAM making gaming and watching movies while on-the-go both easy and pleasurable.

 

Outdoor viewing is a delight for Ufeel Prime users. The smartphone is capable of ensuring optimal colours and contrasts in a thinner phone with its 460 nits brightness and full lamination. Its CABC display technology automatically adjusts brightness for different content, contributing to power savings over time, perfect for urbanites who frequently watch videos or image-share with other users.

Available in two premium colours, Gold and Anthracite, Ufeel Prime has 32GB ROM storage with an option to extend to 64GB via micro SD card to easily hold users’ content. In addition, the combined hardware makes a great support for intense usage like 1080P videos and 3D games, making the Ufeel Prime a choice option for multi-taskers who need an all-in-one phone for work and pleasure.

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Ufeel Prime has a 13MP Sony IMX 258 Sensor and 5P Lens with blue optical filter to produce high resolution images with improved colour shading. For today’s quick and stylish urbanites, Ufeel Prime comes with 8MP front-facing camera with Selfie flash which is perfect for low-light conditions. Its easy adjustable settings in Professional Mode will make photos look their very best at every angle.

“The Ufeel Prime has a personality of its own. With its premium design, advanced functionality and security features, Ufeel Prime is ideal for urbanites who wish to have a smartphone that is stylish and provides the latest technology, at a competitive price,” added Ang.

The Wiko Ufeel Prime smartphone retails at RM899, and is available at all authorised retail outlets throughout Peninsular and East Malaysia.

 

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The Moto Z, Moto Z Play & Moto Mods Revealed

Lenovo recently revealed the Moto Z and Moto Z Play smartphones, along with their very interesting range of Moto Mods and Style Shells. While it’s been a while since we have had any Moto phones launched in the country, it’s refreshing to see them launching the Moto Z range first as an announcement of their comeback.

 

Moto Z, Moto Z Play & Moto Mods Launch

 

The Moto Z & Moto Z Play Specifications

SpecificationsMoto ZMoto Z Play
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0.1 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Display5.5" AMOLED display
1440 x 2560 pixels (535 ppi)
5.5" Super AMOLED
1080 x 1920 (403 ppi)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 4Corning Gorilla Glass 4
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 820
Quad-core (up to 1.8GHz)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Octa-core (up to 2GHz)
Graphics ProcessorAdreno 530Adreno 506
Memory4 GB RAM3GB LPDDR3
Storage64 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot (up to 2 TB)
32 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot (up to 2 TB)
Selfie Camera5 MP
85° wide angle lens
LED Flash
5 MP
85° wide angle lens
LED Flash
Main Camera13 MP with F1.8,
Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS)
Laser Autofocus
Colour Balancing (CCT) dual LED Flash
16 MP with F2.0
Laser Autofocus
Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF)
Colour Balancing (CCT) dual LED Flash
AuthenticationFingerprint ReaderFingerprint Reader
Battery2600 mAh
TurboPower™ - 7 hours of power
in 15 minutes of charging
3510 mAh
TurboPower™ - 8 hours of power
in 15 minutes of charging
SIM Card SupportDual Nano-SIMDual Nano-SIM
OthersFront-ported speakers
4-mic support
Water repellent nano-coating
NFC, USB Type-C
Moto Mods™ connector
Front-ported speakers
3-mic support
Water repellent nano-coating
NFC, USB Type-C
3.5mm Stereo
Moto Mods™ connector
Dimensions155.3 mm tall
75.3 mm wide
5.19mm thick
156.4 mm tall
76.4,, wide
6.99 mm thick
Weight136 g165 g
Available ColoursBlack/Lunar Grey
White/Fine Gold
Black/Silver
White/Fine Gold
Launch PriceRM 2,699RM 1,799
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Moto Mods & Style Shells

The key feature of the Moto Z line-up is its expandability using modules called Moto Mods. They are magnetically attached to the Moto Z and Moto Z Play, adding additional functions to the phones without looking too out of place.

There are only 4 modules to choose from at the moment, but, rest assured – more Moto Mods will be added soon. Lenovo Malaysia also mentioned that these Moto Mods will be compatible with any future Moto Z line-up.

Also available are Style Shell back covers that lets you transform your phone to fit your style, though, they can only be used when no Moto Mods are attached.

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The Moto Z Smartphone

The Moto Z is the flagship device within the two new phones. It is razor thin, just 5.2mm. So thin, they had to remove the 3.5mm stereo output as a result! (Not to worry, A USB Type-C to 3.5mm stereo adapter is included!)

The Moto Z has a 5.5″ Quad HD AMOLED display. The powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, along with 4 GB of RAM, allows the Moto Z to perform without a hitch! There’s 64 GB of internal flash storage. The Moto Z is also dual SIM, dual standby capabable.

The Moto Z smartphone features a 13 MP main camera with f/1.8 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS), as well as laser autofocus. A 5 MP camera equipped with 85° wide-angle lens takes centre stage on the front of the Moto Z. It also comes with LED flash, just in case you need to take selfies in the dark. Charging comes in the form of a proprietary system, called TurboPower, which enables the Moto Z to get up to 7 hours of power in 15 minutes of charging!

 

The Moto Z Play Smartphone

The Moto Z Play might seem like the cheaper alternative to the flagship, but don’t let that fool you! While it is slightly thicker at 6.99mm, it packs a 3510 mAh battery, to provide Moto’s longest lasting smartphone ever!

The Moto Z Play also has a 5.5″ display, but is a Full HD Super AMOLED panel instead. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, along with 3 GB of RAM, still manages to provide a smooth user experience. Internal flash storage had been reduced to 32 GB. The Moto Z Play is also a dual SIM, dual standby smartphone.

The Moto Z Play smartphone has a 16 MP main camera with f/2.0 lens. While it drops optical image stabilisation (OIS), it adds phase detection autofocus (PDAF) to go along with its laser autofocus to give it zero shutter lag. On the front, is has the same 5 MP front camera setup with the flagship Moto Z. The Moto Z Play also comes with TurboPower charger. A 15 minutes charge is enough for up to 8 hours of use.

There are some similarities between both the Moto Z and Moto Z Play. Both shares the ability of expanding storage via a dedicated microSD card slot (up to 2 TB). The Moto Z and Moto Z Play also shares the usage of a USB Type-C connector. Also standard is the water repellent nano-coating, while it is no means waterproof, it’s helpful against accidental splashes.

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Pricing & Availability

The Moto Z and Moto Z Play are priced at RM2,699 and RM1,799 respectively. They are available on Lazada and 11street, and in retail stores.

 

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The honor 8 Aurora Glass Smartphone Review

Boasting a unique Aurora Glass finish on its back, the new honor 8 smartphone is truly a work of art that has to be seen to be appreciated. But it is not just a good-looking smartphone. The honor 8 also features a dual-lens main camera, like its brother – the Huawei P9So join us as we take a close look at the honor 8 smartphone!

 

The honor 8 Smartphone Specifications

First up, we would like to point out that the honor 8 is available in 5 different models, with 3-4 colours, depending on the location. But they basically consist of two versions – a standard honor 8 model, and a premium honor 8 model. Check out their specifications :

Specificationshonor 8 (Standard)honor 8 (Premium)
ModelFRD-L02 (India), FRD-L04 (US), FRD-L09 (EU & Asia)FRD-L14 (US), FRD-L19 (EU & Asia)
Available ColoursPearl White, Midnight BlackSapphire Blue, Sunrise Gold
Display5.2" LTPS LCD display
- 1080 x 1920 resolution (423 ppi)
- 1500:1 contrast ratio, 96% NTSC colour gamut
5.2" LTPS LCD display
- 1080 x 1920 resolution (423 ppi)
- 1500:1 contrast ratio, 96% NTSC colour gamut
ProtectionNippon Electric Glass (NEG)Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 with Huawei Emotion UI 4.1Android 6.0 with Huawei Emotion UI 4.1
Processing PlatformHiSilicon Kirin 950HiSilicon Kirin 950
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A72 (2.3 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.8 GHz)
i5 co-processor
4 x ARM Cortex-A72 (2.3 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.8 GHz)
i5 co-processor
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T880 (650 MHz)ARM Mali-T880 (650 MHz)
System Memory4 GB LPDDR4 memory4 GB LPDDR4 memory
Storage32 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot* (supports up to 128 GB)
* shared with SIM2 (L09)
64 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot* (supports up to 128 GB)
* shared with SIM2 (L19)
Selfie Camera8 MP sensor, with f/2.4 lens
- 1080p video recording
8 MP sensor, with f/2.4 lens
- 1080p video recording
Main CameraDual 12 MP cameras (monochrome + colour)
- Sony IMX286 sensor
- f/2.2 lens, dual LED flash and hybrid auto-focus
- 1080p video recording with EIS
Dual 12 MP cameras (monochrome + colour)
- Sony IMX286 sensor
- f/2.2 lens, dual LED flash and hybrid auto-focus
- 1080p video recording with EIS
GPSGPS / AGPS / GLONASSGPS / AGPS / GLONASS
SIM SupportSingle nano SIM (L02, L04)
Dual nano SIM, Dual Standby (L09)
Single nano SIM (L14)
Dual nano SIM, Dual Standby (L19)
Connectivity4G : LTE FDD LTE Cat6 : 51 Mbps (UL), 301 Mbps (DL)
3G : WCDMA
2 G : GSM
Bluetooth : 4.2 BLE
OTG, VoLTE
4G : LTE FDD LTE Cat6 : 51 Mbps (UL), 301 Mbps (DL)
3G : WCDMA
2 G : GSM
Bluetooth : 4.2 BLE
OTG, VoLTE
WiFi Capability802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz dual-band)
Hotspot supports up to 8 devices
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz dual-band)
Hotspot supports up to 8 devices
USB PortUSB 2.0 with USB Type C interfaceUSB 2.0 with USB Type C interface
Fingerprint SensorYes, 3D fingerprint recognition, 0.4 second unlock with Smart Key customisationYes, 3D fingerprint recognition, 0.4 second unlock with Smart Key customisation
Infra-Red TransmitterYes, with Smart Control 4.0Yes, with Smart Control 4.0
NFC SupportYes, tag read/write, P2P transfer, mobile paymentYes, tag read/write, P2P transfer, mobile payment
AudioHiSilicon Hi6402 audio DSP with Dolby DTS and HiRes Audio support
Dual-microphone noise reduction
HiSilicon Hi6402 audio DSP with Dolby DTS and HiRes Audio support
Dual-microphone noise reduction
Battery2,900 mAh lithium-polymer battery
18 W fast-charging capability
2,900 mAh lithium-polymer battery
18 W fast-charging capability
Dimensions71.0 mm wide x 145.5 mm tall x 7.45 mm thick71.0 mm wide x 145.5 mm tall x 7.45 mm thick
Weight153 g153 g
Launch PriceRM 1,699 (~US$ 425)RM 1,899 (~US$ 475)

The standard honor 8 models are priced at RM 1,699 / ~US$ 425 with 32 GB of storage, and is available in either Pearl White or Midnight Black. The premium honor 8 models are priced at RM 1,899 / ~US$ 475 with 64 GB of storage, and either Sapphire Blue or Sunrise Gold colours.

 

Unboxing The honor 8 Smartphone

The honor 8 comes in a white two-piece cardboard box with a textured surface. The tall and thin design presumably allows more units to be placed side-by-side on a counter. The inner box slides downwards and is secured by a single clear security sticker. Be careful once that sticker is cut, because the inner box will slide right out!

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Inside the honor 8 box, you will find the following items :

  • One honor 8 smartphone
  • One set of honor 8 Quick Start Guide & Huawei warranty leaflet
  • One SIM card tray extractor pin
  • One set of six IMEI stickers
  • One 18 W Huawei quick travel charger
  • One USB 2.0 cable with USB Type C interface

Next Page > The honor 8 Up Close, Hybrid SIM, Fingerprint Sensor & OTG Support

 

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The honor 8 Smartphone Up Close

The honor 8 has a large 5.2″ LTPS display that covers almost its entire front – with a 72% screen-to-body ratio. To achieve that, honor eschewed the use of physical buttons, in favour of virtual on-screen buttons. In fact, it only has two physical buttons – a Power button and a Volume rocker switch on the right side.

The honor 8 has an infra-red transmitter at the top, which can be used as a remote control in conjunction with the built-in Smart Controller app. It is also the first honor smartphone to feature the new Type C USB interface. It is still a USB 2.0 port, but the Type C interface is bidirectional – you no longer have to worry about plugging the cable in the wrong way.

Even though the honor 8 is the same size as the honor 5C, they managed to squeeze in a 2,900 mAh lithium-polymer battery while reducing its thickness to just 7.45 mm. They even fit in the 3.5mm audio port, albeit at the bottom, together with the USB port.

 

Hybrid SIM

The honor 8 has dual SIM, dual standby capability. However, only the FRD-L09 and FRD-L19 models come with the hybrid SIM slot that allows for a second nano SIM card. These two models are only sold in Europe and Asia. The other models only support a single nano SIM.

Of course, the hybrid SIM slot means you have to choose between using a second nano SIM card, or a microSD card. You can’t use both simultaneously.

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Fingerprint Sensor & OTG Support

The honor 8 boasts a new 3D fingerprint sensor that can actually detect the ridges of the finger. This allows for more accurate detection of your fingerprint. With an auto-learning ability, the honor 8’s fingerprint sensor can recognise your fingerprint and unlock the honor 8 in just 0.4 seconds.

On the other hand, the honor 8 (like the honor 5C) does not support USB OTG (On-The-Go) drives. If you plug any USB OTG flash drive into its USB port, it will not be detected. The honor 8 also requires you to use the Huawei HiSuite software to access its files from your computer. This also limits what you can copy out from the honor 8 smartphone.

Next Page > Cameras, Aurora Glass, Initial Setup, Memory & Storage

 

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Cameras

The honor 8 has an 8 MP front camera with an f/2.4 lens. It will deliver a maximum photo resolution of 3264 x 2448 in the 4:3 format. Again, a wider 16:9 format will crop that to 3264 x 1840. It will record videos in 1080p quality with electronic image stabilisation.

Its killer feature is the dual-lens camera at the back. It is actually two individual cameras, each with a Sony IMX286 sensors with f/2.2 lens. One camera captures the image in monochrome, while the other captures the same image in colour. They are then combined to deliver sharper and more detailed pictures. The camera is supported by a dual LED flash, and a laser autofocus system.

The photos have a maximum resolution of 3968 x 2976 in the 4:3 format. If you prefer a wider format, the honor 8 will do that by cropping the image to 3968 x 2240 (16:9). It is capable of recording video in full HD quality (1080p) with electronic image stabilisation.

 

Aurora Glass

The honor 8 has a 2.5D glass body on both sides with diamond-cut aluminium alloy edges to create an ultra-narrow bezel. Its 3D grate design and 15-layer craftsmanship on the back of the device, combines with the glass/metal back to create what honor calls Aurora Glass.

The Aurora Glass back gives the honor 8 a very reflective surface at the back. The only catch – it naturally lacks the oleophobic coating of the front screen for a proper grip. However, that means its highly-reflective back is easily smudged by fingerprint smears, which detracts from its lustre.

 

The Initial Setup

This video will show you the initial setup process when you power up the honor 8 for the first time. If you do not need to restore a backup, the whole setup process should take about 5 minutes. Note how fast it takes to register a fingerprint.

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Available Memory & Storage

The honor 8 comes with 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory. The Android 6.0 operating system and honor-preloaded apps take up about 1.3 GB of memory, leaving you with 2.4 GB (60%) of free memory. Very good!

This is a premium honor 8 model (FRD-L19), which comes with 64 GB of internal flash memory. This is expandable via a microSD card (up to 128 GB). Fresh out of the box, the honor 8 has 53.2 GB of available space (excluding the system files), of which 51.38 GB is free to use.

In the standard honor 8 models which come with 32 GB of internal flash memory, we can estimate that they will have about 19 GB of free space.

Next Page > honor 8 Camera & Video Recording Performance

 

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Camera Performance – Photos

The honor 8‘s dual-lens camera has not one, but two, 12 MP Sony IMX286 sensor with reasonably fast f/2.4 lens. The photos have a maximum resolution of 3968 x 2976 in the 4:3 format. Check out these photo samples.

The honor 8 delivered excellent resolution in these photos. If you blow them up to 100%, you can see the amount of detail that is not possible in other smartphone cameras. The edge resolution (between elements of different colour), in particular, was very impressive. The amount of noise is also very low, even in dark areas.

While the honor 8 does not have the most user-friendly camera app in the industry, the photos produced by its dual-lens camera is very, very impressive. Even without turning on HDR, the colour are very vivid and visually pop out.

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Camera Performance – Video Recording

The honor 8 can record full HD (1080p) ideos with electronic stabilisation. This is an improvement over the honor 5X, whose main camera does not support electronic stabilisation. Here is a sample video we recorded of a piano performance by Mr. Yang I-Deun.

And this is a sample video taken at a street market.

The honor 8 did a great job maintaining focus and controlling exposure in the videos we took. Even bright backgrounds were not overblown. The honor 8 does not support optical image stabilisation, probably because it would prevent the dual-lens system from being in sync, but its electronic image stabilisation still did a decent job.

You should also notice that it records better audio than most smartphones. The piano music sounds richer, even through the background noise. And in the street market footage, the ambient sounds sound clearer and more authentic.

Next Page > Work Performance, Battery Life & Recharging Performance

 

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the honor 8‘s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

honor 8 ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra HTC 10 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Work Performance Score
(Average)
6350 6313 6105 4892
Web Browsing 8073 6257 5782 6908
Video Playback 4396 4287 3321 3218
Writing 6231 7166 7463 4629
Photo Editing 7352 8262 9694 5563

The honor 8 is powered by the top-of-the-line Kirin 950 SoC. These PCMark results show that the Kirin 950 proved to be more than a match for the Snapdragon 820 that powers the HTC 10, and the Snapdragon 652 that powers the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra. In fact, it was 30% faster in this benchmark than Samsung Galaxy S7 edge‘s Exynos 8890!

 

Battery Performance – PCMark

We then tested the honor 8‘s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

The honor 8 lasted just over 10 hours on the PCMark stress test. This is 1.5 hours less than the honor 5C, but is excellent considering it uses a more powerful processor and graphics processor, and comes with twice the memory. The HTC 10, for example, lasted just over 5.5 hours on the same test!

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Battery Recharging Performance

The honor 8 has a large 2,900 mAh lithium-polymer battery, with Fast Charging capability. honor claims that it will recharge from 0% to 47% in just 30 minutes. Let’s see if that’s true…

Our tests showed that the honor 8 will recharge from 17% to 100% in just 146 minutes (3 hours 26 minutes). This is decent, but not exceptional quick charging performance. It fully recharges the battery about 20% faster than the honor 5C, which does not support quick charging and uses only a 5 W charger.

That said, we can see that the honor 8 recharges fastest in the first 90%, before it tapers off to a slower recharging pace for the last 10 percent. Recharging 47% (from 17% to 64%) took 36 minutes in our test.

Next Page > Overall & Gaming Performance, Our Verdict & Award

 

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Overall Performance – AnTuTu Benchmark

AnTuTu is a nice benchmark for testing various performance aspects of Android devices.

honor 8 ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra HTC 10 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
TOTAL SCORE 90737 76096 113813 131246
3D SCORE 17706 18816 50700 40824
– 3D (Marooned) 9829 10861 34778 23336
– 3D (Garden) 7877 7952 15922 17488
UX SCORE 34550 26794 30890 42765
– UX Data Secure 7338 5077 6319 8169
– UX Data Process 5513 4198 3379 5966
– UX Strategy Games 9745 7503 5433 10745
– UX Image Process 5017 6879 9521 13878
– UX I/O Performance 6937 3137 6238 4007
CPU SCORE 32255 23689 21915 37882
– CPU Mathematics 10483 6950 8494 11831
– CPU Common Use 8543 6311 5931 10875
– CPU Multi-Core 13229 10428 7490 15176
RAM 6226 6797 10308 9775

The honor 8 did well in AnTuTu, coming in only 20% and 31% slower than the HTC 10 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge respectively.

It was actually 12% and 47% faster than the HTC 10 in the UX and CPU tests, but its 65% slower 3D performance pulled down its overall results.

 

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the honor 8‘s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

honor 8 ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra HTC 10 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Gaming Score 18659 17719 23171 28650
Graphics 19993 21124 27512 33685
Physics 15127 11328 14925 18810
Graphics Test 1 122.5 fps 115.2 fps 136.6 fps 162.9 fps
Graphics Test 2 67.4 fps 76.3 fps 106.4 fps 133.1 fps
Physics Test 48.0 fps 36.0 fps 47.4 fps 59.7 fps

The honor 8 is roughly equal to the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra in gaming performance. This means the ARM Mali-T880 GPU in the Kirin 950 is about as fast as the Qualcomm Adreno 510 GPU.

 

Our Verdict

The honor 8 is more than just a more powerful version of the honor 5C smartphone. Yes, they are both 5.2″ smartphones powered by Kirin processors from HiSilicon, a Huawei company. But the honor 8 is really a whole different beast targeting a different market.

The honor 8 is very fast, and comes with 4 GB of RAM and up to 64 GB of internal flash storage. On top of that, its dual-lens camera produces excellent photographs and videos. It even comes with a new 3D fingerprint sensor that activates the phone in just 0.4 seconds.

The honor 8 also looks the part of a premium smartphone, thanks to its Aurora Glass finish. This is honor’s top-of-the-line smartphone for those who want nothing but the best without paying through the nose.

Now, all that extra capability comes at a price, and it comes to no surprise that the honor 8 costs twice as much as the honor 5C. Even so, it costs less than half of what their competitors charge for equivalent smartphones.

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So are we impressed with the honor 8? Hell, yeah!

If we have any gripes, it is the lack of USB OTG support and the requirement to use the Huawei HiSuite to manage files using a computer. This unnecessarily makes it a pain to access the files in the honor 8 smartphone.

honor continues to impress us with their ability to focus on creating no-nonsense Android smartphones with practical features. Even the dual-lens camera proved to be a practical way to improve the quality of photos and videos taken using a smartphone.

We like the honor 8 enough to give it out coveted Editor’s Choice Award. Congratulations, honor!

 

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The LEAGOO T1 Plus Launch & Hands-On Preview

On 8 November 2016, LEAGOO officially launched the LEAGOO T1 Plus. The T1 Plus is a 5.5″ phablet with a focus on selfies. Its killer feature? A 13 MP front selfie camera with a Sony IMX219 sensor and an LED flash.

Check out the LEAGOO T1 Plus presentation and specifications. We will also share with you our own hands-on preview.

 

The LEAGOO T1 Plus

In this video, LEAGOO Product Manager, Eric Wong, reveals the key features and specifications of the T1 Plus.

The LEAGOO T1 Plus runs on Android 6.0, and is powered by the MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor. It comes with 3 GB of LPDDR3 memory and 16 GB of internal flash memory. [adrotate banner=”4″]

It boasts the 13 MP Sony IMX219 sensor for both the front and rear cameras, both of which have f/2.2 lens. The front camera has a single LED flash, while the rear camera has a dual-tone LED flash.

The 5.5″ display has a relatively low HD resolution of 720 x 1280, but it is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 with a 2.5D curved edge. It has a unibody chassis carved out of an aviation-grade magnesium-aluminium alloy, allowing it to achieve a slim 7.5 mm profile.

The LEAGOO T1 Plus also comes with a fast fingerprint sensor, and a relatively small 2,660 mAh lithium-ion battery. It will retail for RM 699 / ~US$ 175 in 3 different colour options – Champagne Gold, Rose Gold or Titanium Grey.

 

Specifications

Here are the rest of its specifications :

SpecificationsLEAGOO T1 Plus
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 with LEAGOO OS 2.0 UI
Display5.5" HD display (720 x 1280)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 4
System PlatformMediaTek MT6737
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.3 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T720 MP2
Memory3 GB LPDDR3 (640 MHz)
Storage16 GB internal flash storage
microSD card (up to 128 GB), shared with SIM2
Front Camera13 MP Sony IMX219 sensor with f/2.2 lens and single LED flash
Main Camera13 MP Sony IMX219 sensor with f/2.2 lens and dual-tone LED flash
Dual SIM, Dual StandbyYes, two micro SIM cards
SIM2 shared with microSD card
Connectivity4G : LTE Cat4
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1, microUSB 2.0
GPSYes, with GLONASS and BEIDOU
Fingerprint SensorYes, unlocks in 0.19 seconds
360 degree recognition
Battery2,660 mAh battery (non-removable)
Available ColoursChampagne Gold, Rose Gold, Titanium Grey
Launch PriceRM 699 / ~US$ 175

 

Our Hands-On Preview

After the launch, we had a few minutes to try out the LEAGOO T1 Plus. Here is our hands-on preview video. Enjoy!

 

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The SHARP Z2 & SHARP M1 Hands-On Preview

SHARP Mobile just launched the SHARP Z2 and SHARP M1 smartphones. These are mid-range 5.5″ smartphones that run on Android 6.0. They feature full HD displays, and boast large memory and storage capacities. We had the opportunity after the launch to have some hands-on time with both new SHARP smartphones. Take a look!

 

The SHARP Z2 Smartphone

The SHARP Z2 is a 5.5″ smartphone, powered by the 2.3 GHz deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 flagship processor with Tri-Cluster CPU architecture. It promises to offer a balance of high performance, with up to 30% less power consumption.

The SHARP Z2 comes with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal flash storage. It also supports dual SIM, dual standby capability and its storage is upgradable via a microSD card.

The SHARP Z2 smartphone boasts a 16 MP main camera with phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) capability, and an 8 MP front camera with f/1.8 lens for great selfies. It also supports fast charging, recharging 50% of its 3,000mAh battery in just 30 minutes.

 

SHARP M1 Smartphone

The SHARP M1 is a 5.5″ smartphone, powered by the MediaTek MT6753 octa-core processor running at 1.3 GHz. It has 3 GB of RAM, with 64 GB of internal flash memory.

The SHARP M1 comes with 13 MP front and rear cameras, and features curved 3D Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It also has dual SIM, dual standby capability, and a microSD card slot that supports microSD cards of up to 64 GB in capacity. [adrotate banner=”5″]

 

The SHARP Z2 & M1 Smartphone Pictures

 

The SHARP Z2 & M1 Smartphone Specifications

SpecificationsSHARP Z2SHARP M1
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
Display5.5" LTPS display (1080 x 1920)5.5" LTPS display (1080 x 1920)
System PlatformMediaTek MT6797MediaTek MT6753
Processor2 x ARM Cortex-A72 (2.3 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.4 GHz)
8 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.3 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T880ARM Mali-T720
Memory4 GB RAM3 GB RAM
Storage32 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot (up to 128 GB)
64 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot (up to 64 GB)
Selfie Camera8 MP camera with f/1.8 lens13 MP camera
Main Camera16 MP camera with PDAF13 MP camera
SensorsAL/Proximity, E-Compass, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, MagneticAL/Proximity, G-sensor, E-Compass
FM RadioYesYes
Battery3,000 mAh lithium-ion2,600 mAh lithium-ion
SIM Card SupportDual SIM, Dual StandbyDual SIM, Dual Standby
Dimensions76 mm wide
153 mm tall
8.4 mm thick
76.9 mm wide
155 mm tall
7.6 mm thick
Weight160 g151 g
Available ColoursGold / SilverHanayome White / Pure Pink
Launch PriceRM 1,199 / ~US$ 299RM 899 / ~US$ 225

 

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The Sharp Z2 & Sharp M1 Smartphones Revealed

On 1 November 2016, Commtiva Technology announced their strategic partnership with SHARP to launch SHARP Mobile in Malaysia. Spearheading the debut of SHARP Mobile in Malaysia are two new mid-tier smartphones – the SHARP Z2 and the SHARP M1.

Also present at the launch was Mr. Iwaki Junichi, SHARP Mobile General Manager, and Mr. T. Wakasumi, Managing Director of SRSSC. Join us for the launch of the SHARP Z2 & SHARP M1 smartphones!

Don’t forget to check out our hands-on preview of the SHARP Z2 and SHARP M1 smartphones!

 

SHARP Z2 & M1 Launch Event

Jerry Ang, Commtiva Technology Product Manager, explains the key features of the new SHARP Zs and SHARP M1 smartphones. James Lowerance, Commtiva Technology Sales Director then reveals the prices and availability of the two new SHARP smartphones.

 

SHARP Z2 Smartphone

The SHARP Z2 is a 5.5″ smartphone, powered by the 2.3GHz deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 flagship processor with Tri-Cluster CPU architecture. It promises to offer a balance of high performance, with up to 30% less power consumption.

The SHARP Z2 comes with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal flash storage. It also supports dual SIM, dual standby capability and its storage is upgradable via a microSD card.

The SHARP Z2 smartphone boasts a 16 MP main camera with phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) capability, and an 8 MP front camera with f/1.8 lens for great selfies. It also supports fast charging, recharging 50% of its 3,000mAh battery in just 30 minutes.

 

SHARP M1 Smartphone

The SHARP M1 is a 5.5″ smartphone, powered by the MediaTek MT6753 octa-core processor running at 1.3 GHz. It has 3 GB of RAM, with 64 GB of internal flash memory.

The SHARP M1 comes with 13 MP front and rear cameras, and features curved 3D Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It also has dual SIM, dual standby capability, and a microSD card slot that supports microSD cards of up to 64 GB in capacity.

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SHARP Z2 & M1 Specifications

SpecificationsSHARP Z2SHARP M1
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
Display5.5" LTPS display (1080 x 1920)5.5" LTPS display (1080 x 1920)
System PlatformMediaTek MT6797MediaTek MT6753
Processor2 x ARM Cortex-A72 (2.3 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.4 GHz)
8 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.3 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T880ARM Mali-T720
Memory4 GB RAM3 GB RAM
Storage32 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot (up to 128 GB)
64 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot (up to 64 GB)
Selfie Camera8 MP camera with f/1.8 lens13 MP camera
Main Camera16 MP camera with PDAF13 MP camera
SensorsAL/Proximity, E-Compass, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, MagneticAL/Proximity, G-sensor, E-Compass
FM RadioYesYes
Battery3,000 mAh lithium-ion2,600 mAh lithium-ion
SIM Card SupportDual SIM, Dual StandbyDual SIM, Dual Standby
Dimensions76 mm wide
153 mm tall
8.4 mm thick
76.9 mm wide
155 mm tall
7.6 mm thick
Weight160 g151 g
Available ColoursGold / SilverHanayome White / Pure Pink
Launch PriceRM 1,199 / ~US$ 299RM 899 / ~US$ 225

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Sony Xperia XZ & Xperia X Compact Smartphones Revealed

Sony Mobile just revealed two new additions to their X smartphone series – the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact. They also revealed an exclusive pre-order campaign with 11street, from today until October 4. Check out the full details below!

 

The Sony Xperia XZ & Xperia X Compact Revealed

Andrew Cheong, Country Director (Malaysia) at Sony Mobile kicked off the launch event with a keynote speech on the two new Sony X series smartphone.

Then Lawrence Lim, Business Manager of Sony Mobile Malaysia, covered the key features of the Sony Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact smartphones.

 

Sony Xperia XZ & Xperia X Compact Specifications

SpecificationsSony Xperia XZSony Xperia X Compact
Display5.2" TriLuminos display
- 1080 x 1920 pixels
4.6" TriLuminos display
- 720 x 1280 pixels
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass with 2.5D curved edge
Capless water- and dust-resistance (IP65/IP68)
Corning Gorilla Glass with 2.5D curved edge
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0.1 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 820Qualcomm Snapdragon 650
Processor4 x Qualcomm Kyro (2.2 GHz)2 x ARM Cortex-A72 (1.8 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.8 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 530Qualcomm Adreno 510
Memory3 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM3 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
Storage64 GB internal flash storage
microSD slot (shared with second SIM slot) - up to 256 GB
32 GB internal flash storage
microSD slot (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera13 MP Sony Exmor RS sensor with f/2.0 lens
5-axis stabilization
1080p video recording capability
5 MP Sony Exmor R sensor with f/2.4 lens
Rear Camera23 MP Sony Exmor RS sensor with LED flash
Triple image sensors - image sensor, laser AF sensor, RGBC-IR sensor
Predictive Hybrid Autofocus capability
5-axis stabilization
4K video recording capability
23 MP Sony Exmor RS sensor with LED flash
Triple image sensors - image sensor, laser AF sensor, RGBC-IR sensor
Predictive Hybrid Autofocus capability
5-axis stabilization
4K video recording capability
Network4G : LTE Cat 9 (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 26, 28, 29, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41)
3G : UMTS HSPA+
WiFi : 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz
4G : LTE Cat 6
3G : UMTS HSPA+
WiFi : 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz
ConnectivityGPS + GLONASS
WiFi Miracast, Google Cast
Bluetooth 4.2
NFC, DLNA
GPS + GLONASS
WiFi Miracast, Google Cast
Bluetooth 4.1
NFC, DLNA
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, Dual Standby
Hybrid SIM (nano SIM x 2, or nano SIM + microSD)
Single nano SIM
Audio CapabilityHigh Resolution Audio capability
Front Surround Sound
Stereo Audio Recording
High Resolution Audio capability
Front Surround Sound
Stereo Audio Recording
Fingerprint SensorYes, on Power buttonNo
Battery2,900 mAh lithium-ion battery
Qnovo Adaptive Charging with Quick Charge 3.0 support
2,700 mAh lithium-ion battery
Qnovo Adaptive Charging with Quick Charge support
Dimensions72 mm wide x 146 mm tall x 8.1 mm thick65 mm wide x 129 mm tall x 9.5 mm thick
Weight161 g135 g
Available ColoursForest Blue, Mineral Black, PlatinumMist Blue, Universe Black, White
Launch PriceRM 2,699 / ~US$ 675RM 1,999 / ~US$ 499

 

Availability & Offers

The Sony Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact smartphones will be available for sale in Malaysia beginning 7 October at Sony Mobile Stores, Sony Centres, and authorised dealers. The Xperia XZ will be available in the Dual SIM variant (Hybrid SIM slot) and the Xperia X Compact will be available in the Single SIM variant.

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All Xperia XZ users will gain access to exclusive content in the Xperia Lounge (including 12 movie downloads), Qoo10 15% discount coupon and 20% off storewide on Zalora. In addition, users can also obtain a code via Xperia Lounge to stand a chance to win a brand new wardrobe from Zalora.

In addition, those who pre-order on 11street during the exclusive pre-order period will receive complimentary gifts worth RM 600 (~US$ 150) such as the Sony Bluetooth Headset, screen protector for Curve Display, back casing and an OTG 3.0 64GB Type C Connector.

Furthermore, 11street customers who participate in a lucky draw will stand a chance to bring home a Cristiano Ronaldo Signed and Framed Real Madrid 2015-2016 jersey worth RM 3,000.

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Improved Camera Technology

Sony’s first flagship of the X series, Xperia XZ, and premium Xperia X Compact bring new and improved camera technology to give the best pictures from Xperia yet. Maximising Sony’s acclaimed image sensor, two additional assisting sensors have been added to make Sony’s triple image sensing technology. This allows you to capture beautiful images in motion with true to life colours in virtually any condition.

The technology includes Sony’s original Exmor RS for mobile image sensor which provides a powerful blend of high quality image and autofocus (AF) speed combined with Predictive Hybrid AF to intelligently predict and track subjects in motion for blur-free results.

Added to this is the Laser AF sensor with distance sensing technology which captures beautiful blur-free photos in challenging low light conditions. And what’s more, you will enjoy superb true to life colours thanks to the RGBC-IR[i] sensor with colour sensing technology which accurately adjusts the white balance based on the light source in the environment.

The 23MP main camera not only gives you clear shots, but also super-fast start-up going from standby to capture in 0.6seconds[ii] at the touch of a dedicated shutter release button. Advanced features have been added for those who want more flexibility with manual settings to further enhance the shooting experience and creative possibilities, such as shutter speed and focus controls.

With videos being ever more popular for capturing and sharing unique moments on social media, both models bring significant advancements in the evolution of image stabilisation, cultivated in Sony’s Handycam camcorders, with Sony’s SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode to enable superb video recording. Now with 5-axis stabilization, you can shoot smoother videos[iii] even when walking or capturing extreme close-ups[iv].

Xperia XZ provides a 13MP front camera for the selfie perfectionist, with its super high sensitivity as high as ISO6400 and 24mm wide angle lens it will make the best of your pose even in low-light and group selfies. Xperia XZ also offers the highest quality recording in 4k so you get sharp, crisp footage that is full of detail.

[i] RGBC-IR stands for Red, green, blue, clear and infrared

[ii] Based in internal protocol defined by Sony Mobile Communications

[iii] 5-axis stabilisation feature is only available in Full HD video resolution

[iv] 5-axis stabilisation is activated only when the camera recognises macro video. Other situations will be recorded as 3-axis(pitch/yaw/roll) only

 

Premium design

With its stunning loop surface design, the 5.2” glass display and metal back of the Xperia XZ become one, to provide a perfect fit and beautiful feel in the hand. The loop surface is inspired by a monolithic form, whilst ALKALEIDO metal with high brightness and high purity provides shine and a feeling of depth which both enhance its premium design.

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Xperia XZ is available in a brand new blue colour inspired by the beauty of nature – Forest Blue – along with stylish classics, Mineral Black and Platinum.

Adding a popular Sony form factor to the X series, the Xperia X Compact packs mighty technology into its small frame. Its 4.6” screen and loop surface design make it extra comfortable to hold and is ideal for an operation with just one hand. Xperia X Compact’s premium design can be clearly seen via its high-gloss finish and solid feel. It also follows our new signature blue colour expression with a Mist Blue colour hue together with timeless Universe Black and Stylish White.

Sony’s expertise in functional design is carried through to the Xperia XZ with a water resistant[i] design to take the worry out of a little splash of water. In addition, the fingerprint sensor power button[ii] on Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact is intuitively placed on the side of the phone, so you’re able to pick up and securely unlock in a single movement and adds to the comfortable fit in the hand.

 

Intelligent Features

We’ve incorporated intelligent features into our smartphones so that they can assist you to make your daily life more convenient, more efficient, and more enjoyable. Both models feature new Battery Care[i] complemented by Qnovo adaptive charging which work in harmony to keep your battery healthy and make the lifespan last up to twice as long[ii].

Qnovo adaptive charging monitors and adjusts the charging current to avoid damage for battery longevity whilst Battery Care controls the charging based on learned habits and avoids excess charging by pausing charge at 90% and only completes the charging just before it’s needed.

Xperia Tips also recognises user habits to provide personalised tips and recommendations, helping you optimise your own personal user experience while Smart Cleaner automatically maximises performance by cleaning the cache from certain apps based on learning their usage so optimal performance is achieved at all times.

[i] Battery Care not available in all markets

[ii] Qnovo adaptive charging is featured on all X series models. 2x battery lifespan refers to Xperia X and Xperia X Performance with Qnovo enabled when compared to Xperia Z2. During laboratory battery capacity retention cycle testing conducted by Sony Mobile Communications and Qnovo Incorporated, the battery cell used in Xperia Z2 achieved a lifespan up to 2 times longer with Qnovo. The result may vary depending on conditions and environment.

 

Accessories

Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact each have a range of matching optional Style Covers in corresponding colours including Style Cover Touch (SCTF10/20) which lets you access your favourite smartphone widgets through a smart window without needing to open the case.

For easy video viewing, Style Cover Stand (SCSF10/20) has an auto on/off function with adjustable viewing angle. Each model will be supplied with the new USB Type-C charger for easy charging.

 

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The ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL) Phablet Review

The ASUS ZenFone 2 family of smartphones and phablets was notable for its use of Intel Atom processors, as well as their ambidextrous design. While the Intel Atom processors were powerful, they guzzled power and had trouble gaining traction in the smartphone market.

Hence, it comes as no surprise when ASUS revealed in Computex 2016 that the new ZenFone 3 series would be powered by Qualcomm processors instead. That decision probably contributed to Intel’s decision to quit the smartphone market for good.

You may have already seen our sneak peek of the new ASUS ZenFone 3 models at Computex 2016. Today, we are going to take a look at the big daddy of the ZenFone 3 series – the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL) phablet!

 

ASUS ZenFone 3 Specifications Comparison

Here is how the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra compares against the other two ZenFone 3 models :

SpecificationsZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL)‏ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL)ZenFone 3 ‏(ZE552KL)‏
Display5.7" Super AMOLED
(1920 x 1080 pixels, 386 ppi)
79% screen-to-body ratio
3,000,000 : 1
contrast ratio
ASUS TruVivid technology
Bluelight Filter
6.8" IPS display
full-screen lamination
(1920 x 1080 pixels, 324 ppi)
79% screen-to-body ratio
178˚wide-viewing angle
ASUS TruVivid technology
Bluelight Filter
5.5" Super IPS+ display
(1920 x 1080 pixels, 401 ppi)
500 nits brightness
77.3% screen-to-body ratio
2.1mm slim bezel
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 4Corning Gorilla Glass 42.5D contoured Corning Gorilla Glass
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
ASUS ZenUI 3.0
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
ASUS ZenUI 3.0
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
ASUS ZenUI 3.0
SoC PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 820
(MSM8996)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 652
(MSM8976)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
(MSM8953)
ProcessorQuad-core Kyro (2.15 GHz)4 x ARM Cortex-A72 (1.8 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.4 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (2.0 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.4 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 530 (624 MHz)Qualcomm Adreno 510Qualcomm Adreno 506
MemoryUp to 6 GBUp to 4 GB LPDDR3Up to 4 GB LPDDR3
StorageUp to 128 GB (UFS 2.0) internal flash storage
microSD slot (Supports up to 2 TB)
Up to 128 GB internal flash storage
microSD slot (Supports up to 2 TB)
Up to 64 GB internal flash storage
microSD slot (Supports up to 2 TB)
Front Camera8 MP, f/2.0 aperture
85˚ wide-viewing angle, Auto Focus
8 MP, f/2.0 aperture
85˚ wide-viewing angle, Auto Focus
8 MP, f/2.0 aperture, Fixed Focus
Rear Camera23 MP Sony IMX318 sensor
0.03 second TriTech auto-focus
6P Largan f/2.0 aperture lens
4 Stop OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
3-Axis EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization)
Dual-LED real tone flash
Sapphire lens protection
23 MP Sony IMX318 sensor
0.03 second TriTech auto-focus
6P Largan f/2.0 aperture lens
32 second long exposure
4 Stop OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
3-Axis EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization)
Dual-LED real tone flash
16 MP Sony IMX298 sensor
0.03 second TriTech auto-focus
6P Largan f/2.0 aperture lens
32 second long exposure
4 Stop OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
3-Axis EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization)
Dual-LED real tone flash
Sapphire lens protection
ConnectivityFDD Band 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 26 / 28 / 29 / 30
LTE Cat. 13 (600 Mbps / 150 Mbps)
UMTS:
Band: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
USB 3.0 Type-C, BT4.2 + A2DP + EDR
GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS/BDSS
FDD Band 1 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 26 / 28
LTE Cat. 6 (300 Mbps / 50 Mbps)
UMTS: B1/B2/B5/B6/B8/B19
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
USB 2.0 Type-C, BT4.2 + A2DP + EDR
GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS/BDSS
FDD Band 1 / 2 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 20
LTE Cat. 6 (300 Mbps / 50 Mbps)
UMTS: B1/B2/B5/B8
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
Wi-Fi 802.11ac/USB 2.0 Type-C
BT4.2/GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS/BDSS
Dual SIM capabilityDual SIM Dual StandbyDual SIM Dual StandbyDual SIM Dual Standby
SensorsAccelerator / E-Compass / Gyroscope / Proximity sensor / Hall sensor / Ambient light sensor / RGB sensor / IR sensorAccelerator / E-Compass / Gyroscope / Proximity sensor / Hall sensor / Ambient light sensor / RGB sensor / IR sensorAccelerator / E-Compass / Gyroscope / Proximity sensor / Hall sensor / Ambient light sensor / RGB sensor / IR sensor
Fingerprint SensorYes, rear mounted below camera bumpYes, integrated with Home buttonYes, rear mounted below camera bump
Audio Capability5 magnet speaker
ASUS SonicMaster 3.0
Dual 5 magnet speakers
ASUS SonicMaster 3.0
FM Radio
5 magnet speaker
ASUS SonicMaster 3.0
Battery3000 mAh4600 mAh
Talk time: 34 hrs (3G)
Wi-Fi browsing (14.5 hrs)
Video Playback (12.5 hrs)
3000 mAh
Fast Charging18 W (9V, 2A) Adapter
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology
BoostMaster Fast Charging : 60% battery capacity in 39 minutes
18 W (9V, 2A) Adapter
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology
BoostMaster Fast Charging : 60% battery capacity in 45 minutes
10 W (5V, 2A) Adapter
Size156.4 mm tall x 77.4 mm wide x 4.2 ~ 7.5 mm thick186.4 mm tall x 93.9 mm wide x 6.8 mm thick152.59 mm tall x 77.38 mm wide x 7.69 mm thick
Weight170 g233 g155 g
Available ColoursMetal finish:
Glacier Silver
Titanium Gray
Shimmer Gold
Metal finish:
Glacier Silver
Titanium Gray
Metallic Pink
Glass finish:
Sapphire Black
Moonlight White
Shimmer Gold
Aqua Blue

 

Unboxing The ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra comes in a very premium black cardboard box, with a drawer for the accessories! Check it out!

Inside the box, you will find the following items :

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  • One ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL) phablet
  • One set of ASUS ZenEar earphones
  • One set of ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra Quick Start Guide and warranty card
  • One 18W ASUS quick charger (supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0)
  • One Type C USB cable
  • One SIM tray ejector pin
  • Two serial number and IMEI stickers

ASUS is marketing the ZenFone 3 Ultra as a premium phablet, and they sure made sure it came with premium accessories. Very nice!

Next Page > Hands On The ZenFone 3 Ultra, Hybrid SIM, Fingerprint Sensor, Cameras

 

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The ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL) Phablet

With a 6.8″ display, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra is a large phablet. It is just a little smaller than the ASUS ZenPad 7.0 tablet, albeit thinner at 6.8 mm. The large screen is just perfect for watching movies, because it has a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920. Flip it horizontally for the ultimate full HD movie player on-the-go.

Thanks to its metal chassis carved out of aerospace-grade aluminium alloy, it has a very premium feel. It has a significant heft at 233 g / 8.2 oz though, so calls are best made with a Bluetooth earpiece.

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra places the Power button on the right, but retains the centrally-aligned Volume buttons at the back from its predecessor, the ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL). We would still consider it an ambidextrous device.

Incidentally, it boasts two powerful 5-magnet speakers. However, they are both located at the bottom, so you can’t really enjoy stereo sound when you watch movies on the ZenFone 3 Ultra horizontally.

 

Hybrid SIM & Fingerprint Sensor

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra has Dual SIM, Dual Standby capability. The two nano SIM card trays are located along the right edge, just above the Power button. The second SIM card tray is a hybrid SIM tray though. It supports either a second nano SIM card, or a microSD card, but not both at the same time.

The ZenFone 3 Ultra boasts a fast fingerprint sensor, integrated into the Home button. ASUS did not quote a specific detection time, but we can confirm that it is a fast fingerprint sensor. It takes 18 finger presses to train the fingerprint sensor though.

 

Cameras

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra sports a decent 8 MP front camera for selfies. While not as good as the 16 MP front camera of the OPPO F1s “Selfie Expert” smartphone, it has a higher resolution than the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, and is capable of recording 1080p videos. The only downside? It doesn’t even support screen flash.

The killer feature of the ZenFone 3 Ultra is its new PixelMaster 3.0 camera at the back. It features a 23 MP Sony IMX318 sensor, which boasts new features like fast hybrid autofocus and 3-axis electronic image stabilization.

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ASUS paired it with f/2.0 Largan lens with 4-axis, 4-stop optical image stabilization, and a second-generation laser auto-focus sensor.

What all that means is you can capture very high resolution photos and videos in poorly-lit conditions. Any blurring that occurs due to hand shakes and wobbles will be greatly reduced or eliminated.

Focusing is also much faster, thanks to the new laser sensor that accurately detects the range of objects in low light at up to 1.5 m away.

In addition to 1080p videos, the PixelMaster 3.0 camera can also shoot 4K videos. To top it off, it encodes the 4K videos using HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) to keep the file size small while maintaining a high level of image quality.

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Setting Up The ZenFone 3 Ultra

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, which should be familiar to many Android users. It is very easy to setup. If you are setting it up as a new device, it should take you only 5 minutes to finish the setup process.

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It’s Alive!

When you power it up for the first time, you will revel in how sharp the 6.8″ IPS display looks. This is partly because the screen is laminated with the Gorilla Glass 4 cover. This not only makes the display thinner, it also increases contrast and reduces internal reflections.

Holding the ZenFone 3 Ultra in one hand is possible, but the weight means you will end up hooking your little finger around the bottom to prevent it from slipping. There is a One Hand Operation mode you can enable, but the ZenFone 3 Ultra is best used with two hands.

 

Available Memory & Storage

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra comes with either 3 GB or 4 GB of LPDDR3 memory. Our review sample came with 4 GB of memory. Only 3.5 GB is usable, of which 1.5 GB is used by the Android operating system and background apps. This leaves only 2.1 GB of free memory to use.

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra also comes with generous storage capacities of 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB of flash memory. Our review sample came with 64 GB of flash memory. Out of the box, just under 52 GB is available for use. That should be plenty enough for most users, but is expandable via a microSD card (up to 2 TB).

Next Page > PixelMaster 3.0 Camera Performance – Photos & Video Recording

 

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Camera Performance – Photos

The resolution of the new PixelMaster 3.0 camera is amazing. The full 22.5 MP resolution is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio. Each picture has a resolution of 5488 x 4096 and a file size of 4-7 MB.

The noise level is remarkably low for such a high resolution sensor. The edges can get fuzzy at the edges, but only noticeable when you fully blow up each picture. The biggest issue is probably the camera’s tendency to blow out the highlights. You can see that in the clouds that lack definition, and light reflecting off the fruits and rubber balls.

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Camera Performance – Video Recording

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra is capable of recording 1080p and 4K videos, with both 4-axis optical and 3-axis electronic image stabilization enabled. To test its video recording capabilities, we recorded a piano performance and a koi pond in both 1080p and 4K resolutions. Check them out!

As the videos show, the optical and electronic stabilization worked very well, greatly reducing the amount of hand shake. Remember, this is a rather heavy and large phablet, so the user will tend to shake more.

The amount of detail captured, especially in the 4K videos, is amazing. However, you can also see how the highlights are blown out. This is especially noticeable in the bright background behind the pianist, and the surface of the koi pond.

Until ASUS fixes this propensity to blow out the highlights, you will lose the details in the bright areas of any image.

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Work Performance – PC Mark

We tested the ZenFone 3 Ultra‘s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra HTC 10 honor 5C Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Work Performance Score
(Average)
6313 6105 5357 4892
Web Browsing 6257 5782 5643 6908
Video Playback 4287 3321 4487 3218
Writing 7166 7463 5944 4629
Photo Editing 8262 9694 5469 5563

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor powering the ZenFone 3 Ultra did very well in this test, beating even the Snapdragon 820 processor used by the HTC 10, and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge‘s Exynos 8890 processor.

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the ZenFone 3 Ultra‘s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

Thanks to its 4,600 mAh battery, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra lasted almost 11.5 hours in this test. This is twice the battery life of the HTC 10 smartphone! Of course, the ZenFone 3 Ultra has 50% more battery capacity, but it also has a much larger display that uses more power.

It was not the best battery life we have seen in a phablet though. The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro still has the most exceptional battery life at 13 hours, albeit with a slightly larger 5,000 mAh battery and a longer recharge time.

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Battery Recharging Performance

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra comes with an 18W fast charger that supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. What this means is you can recharge 60% of its battery in just 45 minutes.

It actually took the ZenFone 3 Ultra just under 114 minutes (1 hour 55 minutes) to recharge its battery from 16% to 100%. That’s a battery life : recharging ratio of 6:1 – very impressive!

As the chart shows, the fastest charging happens up to about the 80% point. It took only 60 minutes to recharge from 16% to 80%.

Next Page > Overall & 3D Performance, Our Verdict

 

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Overall Performance

AnTuTu is a nice benchmark for testing various performance aspects of Android devices.

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TOTAL SCORE 76096 113813 53417 131246
3D SCORE 18816 50700 9842 40824
– 3D (Marooned) 10864 34778 5795 23336
– 3D (Garden) 7952 15922 4047 17488
UX SCORE 26794 30890 19297 42765
– UX Data Secure 5077 6319 5577 8169
– UX Data Process 4198 3379 2706 5966
– UX Strategy Games 7503 5433 4109 10745
– UX Image Process 6879 9521 3144 13878
– UX I/O Performance 3137 6238 3761 4007
CPU SCORE 23689 21915 19254 37882
– CPU Mathematics 6950 8494 4198 11831
– CPU Common Use 6311 5931 5947 10875
– CPU Multi-Core 10428 7490 9109 15176
RAM 6797 10308 5024 9775

The ZenFone 3 Ultra was fast in 2D graphics and CPU performance, but it did rather poorly in the 3D tests. It was far slower than top-of-the-line smartphones like the HTC 10 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, but it was also twice as fast as the Kirin 650-powered honor 5C.

 

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the ZenFone 3 Ultra’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

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Gaming Score 17719 23171 11560 28650
Graphics 21124 27512 11067 33685
Physics 11328 14925 13698 18810
Graphics Test 1 115.2 fps 136.6 fps 63.4 fps 162.9 fps
Graphics Test 2 76.3 fps 106.4 fps 38.8 fps 133.1 fps
Physics Test 36.0 fps 47.4 fps 43.5 fps 59.7 fps

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra did better in this test, coming in just 24% slower than the HTC 10, and 38% slower than the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

 

Our Verdict

Make no mistake – the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra is a large, weighty phablet. You will either love it, or hate it.

If you want a large phablet to replace the cumbersome tablet + smartphone combo you have been using so far, you will love the large, beautiful 6.8″ display, and appreciate how solid and premium it feels. No cheap plastic for ASUS’ premium phablet. It even comes with the best earphones ASUS makes.

But if you want something svelte and light, the ZenFone 3 Ultra is definitely not for you. You will never fit it into a pocket, or actually use it with a single hand. That’s why ASUS made the ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 3 Deluxe models. The ZenFone 3 Ultra is meant for those who want a large phablet, period.

As far as performance goes, you are unlikely to be disappointed. It may not do well in 3D games, but it’s speedy enough in everything else. And it is absolutely fantastic as an entertainment device. Videos look great on the 6.8″ display, and the audio output is remarkably clear and loud.

It also has a long battery life, and recharges quickly – something you will appreciate if you are always on-the-go and have little access to a power point. Heck, it even supports reverse charging, allowing you to play the hero to your friends when they forget to bring their power banks.

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The PixelMaster 3.0 camera is really quite something. With 22.5 MP of resolution with a fast lens and advanced optical and electronic image stabilization, it can really deliver great photos and videos. The blown-out highlights are a disappointment though. ASUS should really work on correcting it.

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra is, no doubt, the best phablet ASUS has ever made. A premium phablet, made out of metal and glass. It represents a massive upgrade in features and build quality over its predecessor, the ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL). ASUS is definitely trying to move up the value chain.

However, such premium features come with a premium price. ASUS actually priced it at a premium over its nearest competitor, the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro. You will have to decide if that the better PixelMaster 3.0 camera, larger storage capacity and screen size are worth the price premium.

 

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Why Apple iPhones Are So Expensive Rev. 2.0

Whenever Apple releases a new iPhone, it has become tradition for rabid Apple and Android fans to trade barbs in a childish display of fandom rivalry. Facebook and blogs will be replete with taunts and jeers on both sides. It was not good enough that they didn’t like the rival platform, they had to make sure the other side knew how much they hated their platform. Check out some of their work when Apple launched their new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones :

Now that Apple has officially announced the iPhone 7, there is a new comparison out :

Of course, the comparison is hardly accurate, since the Nexus 6 is not water-resistant, just splash-resistant. The iPhone 7, on the other hand, has IP67-rated water resistance. It is also a fact that Apple iPhones have always lagged Android smartphones in features and specifications. In fact, Apple iPhones will always cost more… often far more, than an equivalent Android smartphone.

Updated @ 2016-09-13 : Updated the article for Apple iPhone 7, including new information on Apple iPhones and Android smartphones.

Updated @ 2016-01-26 : Ported it over to the new Tech ARP

Originally posted @ 2014-11-24

 

Apple iPhones Will Always Cost More

Frankly, the differences between an Apple iPhone and an Android smartphone have diminished in recent years, with both platforms borrowing features and ideas from each other. Arguing about who came up with which feature first will become nothing more than a pissing contest.

Whatever features that are unique to a particular platform will eventually be introduced in the competing platform. That’s what we want because it gives us the freedom to choose between the two platform without worrying about losing some key features we cannot do without.

Even so, one thing will remain certain – Apple will always price their iPhone models at a premium. That brings us to arguably the most vitriolic opinion that Android fans have about the Apple users – that they are all rich idiots who are getting fleeced by Apple into paying a ridiculously high price for the iPhones especially since they are using “dated” hardware or “older technology”.

Well, we are not going to go into why Apple iPhones are not using “dated” hardware or “older technology” in this editorial, but we are going to address this perception that Apple users are stupid to pay so much money for a smartphone. Then we are going to show you why Apple iPhones are so expensive.

Why Pay So Much For An iPhone?

Let’s take a look at the top 3 reasons why Apple users are willing to pay top dollar for their Apple iPhones.

1. It’s More Than Just A Smartphone

First of all, the Apple iPhone is more than just a smartphone. When you purchase an Apple iPhone, you are purchasing the iPhone ecosystem as well – everything from access to the 2.0 million apps (as of June 2016) in the Apple App Store to the free iMessage, FaceTime and iCloud services. Android users may argue that they have similar features but what they have is sometimes a pale shadow of what the Apple iOS platform currently offers.

For example, the Apple iPhone can automatically and continuously back itself up to iCloud since October 2011 with iOS 5. If something bad happens, the user can restore the entire contents of the iPhone using nothing more than an Internet connection. You don’t even need to use iTunes on a computer to perform this backup and/or restore process.

When we first wrote this editorial 3 years later in 2014, no Android smartphone could do that. Of course, we had no doubt even then that they would eventually implement something similar.  True enough, Android 6.0 Marshmallow introduced such an ability in October 2015 (4 years after iOS), although it only works with Android apps that “target API version 23“.

2. It’s About Software Assurance

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You are also buying “software assurance” in the form of iOS upgrades and updates. The recently released iOS 10, for example, was made available for the following devices, immediately and simultaneously :

Google also releases Android upgrades on a periodical basis. However, those upgrades are not made available for many Android smartphones (even if they are of the same generation), and often, they are made available long after Google releases them.

This is due to the fact that the Android platform is “highly fragmented” – there is a wide variation in hardware features and packaged software, as well as manufacturer preferences. This has resulted in significantly slower or shorter “software assurance”, especially for older or less popular models.

Google released Android 6.0 Marshmallow on October 5, 2015. It took Samsung 4 months to start releasing it for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smartphones. ASUS also took 4 months to start rolling out their Marshmallow update for the ZenFone 2 Laser and ZenFone Zoom smartphones. That’s actually fast, because in the past, they would take about twice as long to release a major operating system update.

Of course, many brands choose not to offer the upgrade at all. Some, like HTC, promise an Android 6.0 Marshmallow upgrade for several smartphones, but remain stuck in development hell. The Marshmallow upgrade for the HTC One M7 was even scrapped, after being announced. In the meantime, Android 7.0 Nougat was just released…

3. It’s The Apple Experience

When someone considers the cost of a platform, it should be done holistically because when you buy an Apple iPhone, you are really buying an experience.

Apple iPhone users (generally) want a smartphone that “just works“. They do not care so much about specifications, as much as they do the experience of using the iPhone. They do not care so much about the number of features, as they do the experience of those features that are available. For that, they are willing to pay top dollar.

The less fragmented nature of the iOS platform also makes it very easy for them to transition from one model to another. The user interface and apps work exactly the same, whether you’re using the new iPhone 7, or the much older iPhone 5.

The Android platform allows for a customisable experience, but Apple fans don’t really want that. Or at least they are willing to sacrifice that for the familiarity of a consistent user interface.

Now, let us show you exactly what they are paying so much for. The real reasons why Apple iPhones are so expensive…

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Why Apple iPhones Are So Expensive

Many people consider Apple elitist for selling the iPhone at very high prices, and there’s no doubt that they have the highest profit margin in the industry. However, their profit margin isn’t an accurate reflection of their nett profit per unit.

What most people forget is that the price of each iPhone includes a lot of ancillary costs, so comparing the profit margin of Apple iPhones vs. Android smartphones is like comparing apples to oranges (pun intended).

1. Apple iOS And Services Are Not Free

Android manufacturers can get away with low margins and therefore, lower prices, because Google provides the Android OS free of charge. On top of that, Google finances the infrastructure for free services that they provide to the Android platform, like Google Hangout and Google Drive.

With the exception of any custom software or services provided by the Android smartphone manufacturer, everything on the Android platform is being financed and maintained by Google.

Apple, on the other hand, has development teams working on the iOS operating system, as well as supporting software and services like iTunes, the App Store, iMessage, FaceTime and iCloud. They also build and maintain their own infrastructure to support those services.

All that comes at significant cost. Apple’s massive 500,000 sf data center in Maiden, North Carolina, for example, costs a whooping US$ 1 billion to build.

2. Apple Uses Their Own Processors

Apple designs their own processors for the iPhone – a cost that no Android manufacturer has to bear. On top of that, their processors cost more to make because they have a lower production run than the Qualcomm or MediaTek processors that most Android devices use.

3. They Just Cost More To Produce

All-in-all, the costs of the parts used to make an iPhone are consistently much higher than that of an Android phone. Here’s what research firm HIS calculated as the cost of manufacturing the iPhone 6 :

Apple iPhone 6 with 16GB of built-in memory costs $200 to build in parts and labor, while a 128GB model requires $247 to put together. The iPhone 6 Plus production costs on the other hand, range between $216 for a 16GB model and $263 for the 128GB version.

The most expensive component in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is their display. Made by LG Display and Japan Display, the component costs $45 for the iPhone 6, and $52.50 for the iPhone 6 Plus. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 covers the screen of both models.

Apple’s 20nm A8 processor is made by TSMC and, combined with an attached co-processor, costs about $20. NXP Semiconductors provides the NFC chip for the iPhone 6 range. Combined with the rest of its built-in sensors, it costs $22 for both devices.

As you can see, the production cost of the Apple iPhone 6 is higher than what some Android smartphones are selling for, even if those Android smartphones have similar or even better specifications on paper. This is why the iPhone will always be more expensive than comparable Android smartphones, even if Apple somehow sees it fit to sell it at cost.

If you tack on their substantial ancillary costs, you can see why Apple has to sell their iPhones at a premium. The research firm HIS calculated the iPhone 6‘s profit margin as 69%, but that does not include ancillary costs. Apple’s nett profit is certainly much lower once you factor everything in, albeit still much higher than the industry norm.

 

Does This Mean That Apple iPhones Are Better?

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No. I’ve said it many times before, and I will say it again. Both platforms have their pros and cons, and they are getting closer in capability as they leapfrog each other in features. Whatever new idea or feature that’s introduced in one platform will eventually make it to the other platform, so it would be stupid to insist that one platform is significantly superior to the other.

It is this convergence of features and capability that will eventually limit Apple’s reach. If you can get a good Android smartphone with all of the key features you need at a much lower cost, it will be harder for many users to justify paying a premium for the Apple experience.

Ultimately, it all depends on the kind of user you are, and how much you are willing to pay. You won’t go wrong with either platform, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Just because Apple iPhones are so expensive does not mean they are better than Android smartphones. But it doesn’t mean you are not getting your money’s worth either.

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The honor 8 Smartphone With Aurora Glass Revealed

On the 6th of September, 2016, honor officially launched the honor 8 smartphone in the Malaysian market, right after the global launch in Paris. Boasting the unique Aurora Glass back cover, the new smartphone is really a work of art that has to be seen to be appreciated. Let’s check it out!

 

honor Ambassadors & Launch Gambit

honor tapped Brooklyn Beckham, model, budding photographer and eldest son of David Beckham, as their global ambassador. But locally, honor Malaysia selected a few of their most ardent fans as their ambassadors. Check out who they are, and watch the honor 8 launch gambit!

 

The honor 8 & honor 5A Smartphones Revealed

Now, Allen An, E-Commerce Director of honor Malaysia, reveals the honor 8 smartphone. Join him as he explains the new smartphone’s key features!

 

The honor 8 Smartphone Key Features

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Intricate design with flawless craftsmanship 

The honor 8 has a 2.5D glass body on both sides with diamond-cut aluminium alloy edges to create an ultra-narrow bezel. Its 3D grate design and 15-layer craftsmanship on the back of the device, combines with the glass/metal back to create what honor calls Aurora Glass.

Dual-lens camera system

The honor 8 boasts a dual-lens 12MP camera with dual ISPs, 1.25 μm pixels, and a f/2.2 aperture at the back. Selfie fans will be delighted with the 8MP front-facing camera with 1.4 μm pixels.

With great beauty, comes great power 

The honor 8 runs on the Kirin 950 processor with an 8-core CPU up to 2.3HGz with 16nm FinFET architecture.

 

Price & Availability

The honor 8 comes in four colour variants – Sapphire Blue, Sunrise Gold, Pearl White and Midnight Black.

The Pearl White and Midnight Black standard variants come with a 4GB RAM and 32GB storage space, priced at RM1,699 / ~US$425. The premium Sapphire Blue and Sunrise Gold variants with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage space are priced at RM1,899 / ~US$475.

All four colour variants will be available for sale on September 8.

 

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The HTC 10 Smartphone Review – Power Of 10 Revealed!

The HTC 10 is one of the most anticipated smartphones of 2016. With the tagline “Power of 10“, the HTC 10 was designed to be the best smartphone HTC ever made. A smartphone that is truly a perfect 10/10 in their eyes. Let’s find out how true that really is!

Let’s start by checking out the full specifications.

SpecificationsHTC 10
Display5.2" Super LCD 5 display
- 1440 x 2560 resolution (564 ppi)
- curved-edge Gorilla Glass 3 protection
Operating SystemAndroid 6 with HTC Sense
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 820
Processor4 x Qualcomm Kyro cores (2.2 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 530 GPU
Memory4 GB LPDDR4 memory
Storage32 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot, supports card capacities up to 2 TB
Front Camera5 MP BSI sensor (1.34 µm pixel)
- f/1.8 aperture, 23 mm focal length
- Optical image stabilisation (OIS)
- 1080p video recording
Rear Camera12 MP HTC UltraPixel 2 sensor (1.55 µm pixel)
- f/1.8 aperture, 26 mm focal length
- Optical image stabilisation (OIS)
- Dual-tone LED flash
- 4K video recording with Hi-Res Audio
AudioHTC BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition with Dolby Audio 4
- Hi-Res Audio certified with Hi-Red Audio earphones
- Three microphones with noise cancellation
Network2G : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G : 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G LTE : FDD Band 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 28, 32; TDD Band 38, 40, 31
- Supports Cat 9 LTE : 450 / 50 Mbps
SIM CapabilitySingle nano SIM slot
Fingerprint SensorYes, integrated with Home button
Other SensorsAmbient light, proximity, motion, compass, gyro, magnetic
GPSGPS + GLONASS + Beidou (Europe & Asia)
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : Bluetooth 4.2
USB : USB 3.1 Type C
Earphone : 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Others : NFC, DisplayPort, DLNA, Miracast, Google Cast, AirPlay, HTC Connect
Battery3,000 mAh lithium ion battery
- Talk time on 3G/4G : Up to 27 hours
- Standby time on 3G/4G : Up to 19 days
- Quick Charge 3.0 allows up to 50% charge in 30 minutes
Size71.9 mm wide
145.9 mm tall
3.0 to 9.0 mm thick
Weight161 grams
Available ColoursCarbon Grey / Topaz Gold

The HTC 10 comes in two colour options – Carbon Grey or Topaz Gold. Our review sample is the Carbon Grey version. Let’s check it out!

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Unboxing The HTC 10

The HTC 10 smartphone comes in a unique flat white box with rounded corners. It comes shrink-wrapped with a security sticker on one side. Let’s check out what’s inside!

Inside, you will find the following items :
  • One HTC 10 smartphone
  • One set of HTC Hi-Res Audio-certified earphones, with two sets of replacement earbuds
  • One 15 W HTC quick charger with one Type C USB cable
  • One set of nano SIM guide, warranty & user licence agreement, safety & regulatory guide
  • One set of four labels
  • One HTC SIM card slot extractor

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The HTC 10 Smartphone

The HTC 10 has a large 5.2″ Super LCD 5 display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560. The display is protected by a 2.5D curved-edge Gorilla Glass 3 cover. This is a peculiar choice since similar premium-grade smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge use the much tougher and scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 4.

The full metal chassis is a beauty to behold. Its chamfered edges give it a really futuristic look that feels great in the hand. The matte finish looks great and is easy to maintain, since it’s highly resistant to fingerprint smudges. Take a look for yourself in this hands-on video :

Eschewing the dual SIM, dual standby trend, HTC chose to support only a single nano SIM card. You will find the nano SIM card slot on the right side, just above the Volume control and power button. The card slot on the left is for the microSD slot, that supports microSD cards of up to 2 TB in capacity.