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Selfie Expert OPPO F1s Black Now Available

Kuala Lumpur, 8th December 2016 — The “Selfie Expert” OPPO F1s has always been a highly popular product among Malaysians since its release. Therefore, OPPO Malaysia plans to carry on the success by spicing up the color options for the OPPO F1s.

 

The OPPO F1s Black Limited Edition

On top of the colour options of Rose Gold and Gold OPPO F1s, the Selfie Expert OPPO F1s is now available in Black Color. Consumers can now pre-order your OPPO F1s Black Limited Edition at the price of RM1,198 / ~US$299 starting from 8th December until 16th December 2016 either at the 20 selected OPPO Concept Stores in Malaysia or online preorder from OPPO here.

As for the OPPO Concept Stores, consumers may pre-order the OPPO F1s Black Limited Edition for RM100 / ~US$ 25 in the 20 selected OPPO concept stores and pay the remaining amount when it is launched on 17th December 2016, whereas for consumers who pre-order from OPPO’s Official Website will need to pay the full amount (RM1,198) for the OPPO F1s Black Limited Edition.

On top of that, consumers will get a free OPPO Selfie Stick and also an exclusive phone case only if they pre-order the “Selfie Expert” OPPO F1s Black Limited Edition within the period from 8th December till 16th December 2016.

If you want to learn more about the Selfie Expert OPPO F1s, read our comprehensive review!

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The Affordable honor 5A Smartphone Revealed

At the recent launch of the honor 8 smartphone, Allen An, E-Commerce Director of honor Malaysia also took the opportunity to reveal the new honor 5A smartphone. Check it out!

 

The honor 5A Smartphone

The new honor 5A smartphone is powered by the Kirin 620 chipset with an 64-bit octa-core CPU and comes with 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage. Its storage is further expandable via microSD (up to 128GB).

Running on Android 5.1, the honor 5A comes with a 5.5-inch HD display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution and is powered by a 3,100 mAh battery.

In terms of camera, the honor 5A packs a 13 MP primary camera on the rear and a 8 MP front shooter, equipped with flagship camera mode such as Light Painting, Professional and Time-lapse.

This smartphone comes in three colours – Black, White and Gold. The Black and White variants are priced at RM599 / ~US$149, while the Gold variant is priced at RM629 / ~US$157.

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Yes Altitude Smartphone Revealed

On June 30, 2016, YTL Communications revealed their debut smartphone – the Yes Altitude. The Altitude is designed to be an entry-level VoLTE-capable smartphone. Hence, it is priced at just RM399 (~US$99), and bundled free with the new Yes Postpaid 88 plan.

In this video, YTL Communications CEO Wing K. Lee, explains the rationale behind the Yes Altitude smartphone and details its key features. Check it out!

 

Yes Altitude Smartphone Specifications

SpecificationsYes Altitude Smartphone
Display5" IPS on-cell display (720 x 1280)
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916)
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.0 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 306 GPU
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1 Lollipop
Memory1 GB SDRAM
Storage8 GB internal flash storage
microSD slot (supports up to 32 GB)
SIM Slots2 x micro SIM slots
Dual SIM, dual standby
Connectivity4G : LTE Category 4
WiFi : 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1
Cameras8 MP rear camera with f/2.0 lens
2 MP front camera
Battery2,300 mAh lithium-ion battery
Dimensions72 mm wide
142 mm tall
8.7 mm thick
Available ColoursGold, Silver, White

 

Yes Altitude Offers

The Yes Altitude can be purchased at any Yes outlets for RM 399. Each will come with a free Yes 4G LTE prepaid card with 30 GB of free data worth about RM 190!

This means you will have 15 GB of data for 2 months – the same fantastic deal being bundled with every 2016 Samsung Galaxy J series smartphone.

The Altitude is also offered FREE, or at a discounted price of RM 199, with these two Yes 4G LTE plans.

Of course, these Yes 4G LTE bundle plans will not include the free Yes 4G prepaid card with 30 GB of free data.

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OPPO A37 Smartphone Announced

Kuala Lumpur, 27 June 2016 — Bringing consumers superior photography and meticulous design at an incredible price, OPPO has announced a new entry-level device, the OPPO A37. Available starting today at the price of RM798 / ~US$199, the OPPO A37 boasts two high-performances cameras, eye-catching design and the upgraded ColorOS 3.0, making for a superb all-around experience.

 

Brilliant photography, front and back

The OPPO A37 brings users an outstanding selfie experience, even in low-light conditions. It uses a 5 MP front camera with a 1/4-inch sensor and OmniBSI+ (backside illumination), while its extremely large 1.4 μm pixels, the biggest available in this price segment, increase light sensitivity and reduce noise. Coupled with the Screen Flash feature, which emits a flash from the display, these features ensure that the A37 takes bright and natural-looking selfies in any condition.

The Beautify 4.0 technology has been optimized using data from millions of users, and now supports 7 different levels of intelligent beautification, with two modes for different skin tones. This allows the A37 to capture your best look at any moment.

The OPPO A37 sports an 8 MP rear camera with a 1/3.2-inch back-illuminated sensor and the same large 1.4 μm pixels as the front camera, for maximum light sensitivity and minimum noise. The large pixels also work to bump up the dynamic range and give pictures a vivid depth. Meanwhile, with Ultra-HD mode, the A37 shoots five photos consecutively and combines the best parts of each, creating 24 MP photos with breathtaking color and detail.

To avoid accidental shakes when a user’s arm is outstretched to take a selfie, the OPPO A37 features Palm Shutter. By simply waving a hand in front of the camera, users can activate an automatic photo countdown, with a customizable duration. The A37 also comes packed with 9 awesome filters and a host of shooting modes, including Double Exposure and Slow Shutter, opening up endless possibilities for creativity and style.

 

Sleek, eye-catching design

The OPPO A37 evokes a sleek, understated elegance. Its 5-inch display is covered in 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4, giving a premium look without sacrificing premium durability, while the flawlessly smooth rear surface is expertly calibrated for a comfortable, stable grip.

Fitted with an internal high-strength magnesium aluminum alloy framework, the OPPO A37 weighs in at only 136 grams. It’s an impressively balanced weight, giving the phone a beautifully light, but never insubstantial, feel.

The eye-catching device comes in two lustrous metallic colors: gold and rose gold.

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Snappy performance, new triple-slot card tray

The OPPO A37 cruises on 2GB RAM and a quad-core 64-bit Snapdragon processor, for a seamless multitasking experience. It supports 16 GB ROM, expandable by another 128 GB, giving you plenty of room for all of your favorite media and memories.

An expandable memory slot sits alongside two additional 4G SIM slots supporting speeds of up to 150 Mbps. Keeping life balanced is a breeze with the new triple-slot tray.

The OPPO A37 uses OPPO’s all-new ColorOS 3.0, fully upgraded for faster, smoother and more efficient performance. Combining a leaner design and purpose-built optimizations for a range of common use scenarios, ColorOS 3.0 has a running speed that’s more than 20% faster than the previous ColorOS 2.1. ColorOS 3.0 is also customized for power-saving, with an automatic cleanup feature that adapts to user habits to keep their battery going strong throughout the day.

ColorOS 3.0 supports a special Privacy Protection feature, allowing users to easily designate any contacts, apps, files, or other content as private. Then, when users activate the feature (for example, when lending the phone to a friend or colleague), all private info will be hidden automatically so the user can share the device without any worry.

The OPPO A37 also inherits OPPO’s legacy of premium audio experiences. With Dirac HD Sound, users will enjoy audio that’s as close to the original performance as possible.

 

OPPO A37 Specifications

Dimensions/Weight
Height 143.1 mm
Width 71 mm
Thickness 7.68 mm
Weight 136g (with battery)

Basic Parameters
Color Golden, Rose Gold
Operating System ColorOS 3.0 based on Android 5.1
CPU MSM 8916, Quad-core 1.2GHz
GPU Adreno A306
RAM 2GB
Storage 16 GB (Support independent micro SD, up to128GB)
Battery 2630 mAh

Display
Size 5.0-inch
Type IPS-TFT
Resolution HD (1280 by 720 pixels)
Colors 16 million color
Touchscreen 2.5D, Corning Gorilla Glass 4

Camera
Main Sensor 8-megapixel
Front sensor 5-megapixel
Flash LED Flash
HDR Yes
Ultra-HD 16M&24M
Aperture Rear: f/2.2
Aperture Front: f/2.4

Connectivity
Malaysia Version
GSM Band 2/3/5/8
WCDMA Band 1/5/8
LTE Band 1/3/5/7/8/41

SIM Card Nano SIM, Nano SIM
Audio Effect Dirac
GPS Supported
Bluetooth 4.0
Wi-Fi 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n
OTG Supported
Sensors Light Sensor
Distance Sensor
G-sensor
E-compass

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2016 Samsung Galaxy J Series Hands-On Preview

On the 15th of June, 2016, Samsung officially launched the 2016 Galaxy J Series of affordable smartphones – the Galaxy J7, the Galaxy J5 and the Galaxy J1. All three models boast two key features  – an Ultra Data Saving (UDS) Mode, and dual SIM, dual standby capability.

After the launch event, we had some hands-on time with all three models. Hope you enjoy our 2016 Galaxy J Series hands-on preview videos!

 

2016 Samsung Galaxy J7 Hands-On Preview

 

2016 Samsung Galaxy J5 Hands-On Preview

 

2016 Samsung Galaxy J1 Hands-On Preview

Now, let’s take a look at their specifications, prices and availability.

Next Page > Optimised For Data, Dual SIM Capability, Specification Comparison, Price & Availability

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The 2016 Galaxy J Series Is Optimised For Data

Arguably the key feature of the 2016 Galaxy J series is their Ultra Data Saving (UDS) Mode. The new UDS mode is designed to reduce data usage by up to 50%. It achieves this by compressing data that is uploaded and downloaded, while restricting data usage by background applications.

According to Samsung, the UDS Mode reduced data usage by up to 62% on Instagram and 46% on YouTube! This was based on their test results using Opera Max that was carried out from April 1-25. Of course, the actual results will vary according to your usage patterns.

As a bonus, the UDS Mode also frees up RAM, and increases battery life. In fact, Samsung says that the UDS Mode will double the 2016 Galaxy J Series smartphones’ standby time!

This is perfect for the next-generation data-only 4G LTE networks like the new Yes 4G LTE network.

 

Dual SIM, Dual Standby Capability

All 2016 Galaxy J Series smartphones come with dual SIM, dual standby capability. This gives you the flexibility of using two different networks in a single device. This is particularly convenient for frequent travelers who can now use their local SIM and international SIM cards simultaneously.

 

2016 Galaxy J Series Smartphone Comparison

In this table, we will compare the specifications of the 2016 Samsung Galaxy J7, J5 and J1 smartphones.

SpecificationsGalaxy J7 (2016)Galaxy J5 (2016)Galaxy J1 (2016)
Display5.5" Super AMOLED
1280 x 720 pixels
267 ppi
5.2" Super AMOLED
1280 x 720 pixels
282 ppi
4.5" Super AMOLED
800 x 480 pixels
245 ppi
Operating SystemAndroid Marshmallow 6.0.1Android Marshmallow 6.0.1Android Lollipop 5.1.1
SoC PlatformQualcomm MSM8952
(Snapdragon 617)

or

Exynos 7870
Qualcomm MSM8916
(Snapdragon 410)
Exynos 3475
ProcessorQuad-core 1.6 GHz
Cortex-A53 &
Quad-core 1.0 GHz
Cortex-A53

or

Octa-core 1.6 GHz
Cortex-A53
Quad-core 1.2 GHz
Cortex-A53
Quad-core 1.3 GHz
Cortex-A7
Graphics ProcessorAdreno 405

or

Mali-T830MP2
Adreno 306Mali-T720
Memory (RAM)2GB2GB1GB
Storage16 GB
(User Available 10.8 GB)
MicroSD slot
(Up to 128 GB)
16 GB
(User Available 10.9 GB)
MicroSD slot
(Up to 128 GB)
8 GB
(User Available 4.1 GB)
MicroSD slot
(Up to 128 GB)
Front Camera5 MP (f/1.9)
LED flash
5 MP (f/1.9)
LED flash
2 MP (f/2.2)
Rear Camera13 MP (f/1.9) Autofocus
1080p @ 30fps
Single LED Flash
13 MP (f/1.9) Autofocus
1080p @ 30fps
Single LED Flash
5 MP (f/2.2) Autofocus
720p @ 30fps
Single LED Flash
Connectivity4G FDD LTE:
B1/B3/B5/B7/B8/B20/B28
4G TDD LTE:
B38/B40/B41
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz
USB 2.0, BT4.1 + A2DP
GPS/GLONASS/Beidou
VoLTE, NFC
4G FDD LTE:
B1/B3/B5/B7/B8/B28
4G TDD LTE:
B38/B40/B41
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz
USB 2.0, BT4.1 + A2DP
GPS/GLONASS
VoLTE, NFC
4G FDD LTE:
B1/B3/B5/B7/B8
4G TDD LTE:
B38/B40
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz
USB 2.0, BT4.1 + A2DP
GPS/GLONASS
VoLTE
Dual SIM capabilityDual Micro-SIMDual Micro-SIMDual Micro-SIM
SensorsAccelerometer
Hall Sensor
Proximity Sensor
Accelerometer
Hall Sensor
Proximity Sensor
Accelerometer
Proximity Sensor
Battery3300 mAh
(Removable)
3100 mAh
(Removable)
2050 mAh
(Removable)
Size
(Height x Width x Thickness)
151.7 x 76.0 x 7.8145.8 x 72.3 x 8.1132.6 x 69.3 x 8.9
Weight169 g158 g131 g
Available ColoursBlack, White, GoldBlack, White, GoldBlack, White, Gold
PriceRM 1049RM 849RM 449
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Price & Availability

The 2016 Samsung Galaxy J7, J5 and J1 smartphones are available beginning today, June 16, 2016 at all Samsung Experience Stores and authorised dealers, at the following recommended retail prices :

  • 2016 Galaxy J7 : RM 1,049 / ~US$ 262
  • 2016 Galaxy J5 : RM 849 / ~US$ 212
  • 2016 Galaxy J1 : RM 449 / ~US$ 112

All three models will be available in 3 colour options – BlackWhite and Gold.

 

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LEAGOO Shark 1 Hands-On Preview

On April 27th, 2016, LEAGOO revealed the LEAGOO Shark 1 [Amazon] smartphone. It boasts a large 6″ full HD display and a metal chassis, and an astounding 6,300 mAh battery. It comes to no surprise that LEAGOO claims that the Shark 1 will last 2 days of heavy use, or 3.5 days of normal use.

The LEAGOO Shark 1 [Amazon] is no lame duck either. It’s powered by a quad-core MediaTek processor and comes with 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. Check out its specifications :

SpecificationsLEAGOO Shark 1 Smartphone
Display6" LG LTPS full HD display
1080 x 1920 resolution (368 ppi)
Corning Gorilla Glass protection with 2.5D curved edge
PlatformMediaTek MT6753
Processor8 x ARM Cortex-A53 processors (1.3 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T720
Memory3 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
Storage16 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot (supports up to 128 GB)
Operating SystemLEAGOO OS 1.2 on Android 5.1
Front Camera5 MP sensor
Rear Camera13 Sony BSI-2 sensor with f/2.0 wide-angle lens and dual-tone LED flash
SIM CapabilityTwo microSIM slots
Dual SIM, dual standby capability
Connectivity4G LTE
Bluetooth 4.0
microUSB 2.0 port
GPS SupportYes
Fingerprint SensorYes, 0.39 s recognition speed, 508 ppi resolution
Available ColoursElegant Black / Modern Gold / Satin Silver

You can get more details about the LEAGOO Shark 1 in our launch coverage, where LEAGOO explains its key features. You can also check out Zul Ariffin’s testimonial about using his own LEAGOO Shark 1 smartphone.

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Shark 1 Hands-On Preview

After the LEAGOO Shark 1 launch event with Malaysian celebrity Zul Ariffin, we had the opportunity to record our own LEAGOO Shark 1 hands-on preview. Check it out below. We hope you enjoy it!

Here is the video transcript :

Here are LEAGOO Shark 1’s key features…

From the frontal aspect, it looks like the honor 5X we reviewed recently.

The fingerprint sensor in the rear aspect looks similar to the Huawei Mate 8.

Now, let’s take a closer look…

On the left side, you will find the dual SIM + microSD card slot.

The Gorilla Glass cover has a 2.5D curved edge all around.

The micro USB port is located at the bottom, together with a mic port.

There are no dedicated capacitive touch buttons in the front.

On the right side, you will find the Power button and a rocker switch for Volume.

Its specifications claim an LED flash for the front camera but it’s probably a typo. The LED flash is really for the rear 13 MP camera.

LEAGOO emphasised that the Shark 1’s rear camera uses a Sony BSI-2 sensor.

The fingerprint sensor has an activation speed of 0.39 seconds. And it allows you to unlock the LEAGOO Shark 1 with a quick touch.

The speaker vents are located at the bottom of the back.

The earphone port is located at the top, together with a second mic port.

The LEAGOO Shark 1 is powered by the 1.3 GHz MediaTek MTK6753 processor, which has eight Cortex-A53 cores and the Mali-T720 GPU.

The LEAGOO Shark 1 comes with Android 5.1 installed, and 3 GB of RAM with 2.1 GB free to use. And 16 GB of internal storage, of which 11.59 GB is free to use. Its microSD card slot allows you to add up to 128 GB of additional storage.

Its killer feature is really its 6,300 mAh Li-Po battery.

 

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LEAGOO Shark 1 Launched With Massive 6,300 mAh Battery

On April 27 2016, we were invited to the grand launch of the LEAGOO Shark 1  [Amazon] smartphone held at Connexion@Nexus in Bangsar South. Here is our coverage of the LEAGOO Shark 1 launch which also included the introduction of local heartthrob actor, Zul Ariffin as LEAGOO’s brand ambassador.


 

Has battery life been a major concern for your choice of smartphone these days? Fret not, LEAGOO is here to solve your worries with the launch of their latest flagship smartphone, the LEAGOO Shark 1. Packing a massive 6,300 mAh Li-Po battery and a huge 6-inch screen, you can have it for just RM999 (inclusive of GST) / ~US$ 249!

Don’t forget to check out our LEAGOO Shark 1 Hands-On Preview!

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LEAGOO Shark 1 Revealed

A Corning Gorilla Glass 4-protected 6-inch Full HD LG LTPS display (that has a pixel density of 368 ppi) covers almost the entire front of the Shark 1. The smartphone is powered by a MediaTek MT6753 64-bit Octa-Core processor paired with 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage (expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card). All of these, encased in a metal unibody design.

Other than the large 6-inch screen, the LEAGOO Shark 1’s other selling point has got to be its massive 6,300 mAh battery that lasts up to 3.5 days on general usage and 2 days with heavy usage on a full charge. Worried that it’ll take forever to fully charge that massive battery?

Well, LEAGOO equipped it with what they coined as Pump Express Flash Charge technology. This is a quick-charging technology using a special 9V/3A charger, a mere 30 minutes of charging time can give users a full day of use, whereas a full charge only takes 1 hour and 45 minutes.

The LEAGOO Shark 1 [Amazon] also has Reverse Charging function that enables users to charge other devices too! Despite the massive battery, the LEAGOO Shark 1 still maintains a slim profile, coming in at only 8.5mm thick. According to LEAGOO during the launch, they are in the process of applying for a Guinness World Record for having the slimmest profile with the biggest battery.

The main camera on the back of the LEAGOO Shark 1 [Amazon] features a 13 MP Sony BSI-2 stack sensor with F/2.0 aperture with dual-tone LED flash. For Selfies, there’s a 5 MP camera up front that also comes with LED flash to help out when the lighting conditions isn’t ideal.

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The LEAGOO Shark 1  [Amazon] runs LEAGOO OS v1.2 based on Android Lollipop out of the box. As with most recent smartphones, the LEAGOO Shark 1 comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, which, other than being used for unlocking the smartphone from as fast as 0.39 seconds, does double duty to serve other functions such as taking photos and launching your favourite apps too!

Last but not least, the LEAGOO Shark 1 [Amazon] is available in a choice of three colors, namely, Midnight Black, Galaxy White and Champagne Gold. It is readily available for a retail price of RM 999 (~US$ 249) at LEAGOO’s flagship store in Low Yat Plaza as well as authorised dealers and retailers nationwide.

Don’t forget to check out our LEAGOO Shark 1 Hands-On Preview!

 

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vivo V3Max Smartphone First Look

During the vivo V3Max launch, we had the opportunity to get some time with the actual vivo V3Max smartphone. We took some pictures and a video, in which we detailed its key features. Check it out! Hope you like them! 😀

vivo V3Max Smartphone – Our First Look

The vivo V3Max is a high-end smartphone with a 5.5″ full HD IPS display protected by Gorilla Glass 3 with 2.5D rounded edges. It runs on vivo’s Funtouch OS 2.5, which is based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

The vivo V3Max smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal flash storage. It also features the AKM4375 HiFi chip, which allows it to deliver a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 105 dB, and a distortion rate lower than -97 dB.

If you are into selfies, you will be glad to know that it comes with an 8 MP front camera. For even higher-resolution photos, you can use its 13 MP rear camera which has an LED flash, and features the Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) technology. This allows it to focus on subjects in just 0.2 seconds.

The vivo v3Max also comes with a faster fingerprint sensor that is capable of 360° detection, and unlocking the phone is just 0.2 seconds!

To ensure you don’t run out of power, the vivo V3Max smartphone has a 3,000 mAh battery that is paired with dual charging circuits for super fast charging. It also comes with nine charging protection systems including :
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  • Input Counter-attack Protection
  • Battery Protection
  • Output Overvoltage Protection
  • Input Overvoltage Protection
  • Output Overcurrent Protection
  • Overheating Protection
  • Temperature Protection; and
  • Cable Overvoltage Protection.

In addition to the Gorilla Glass 3 front protection, the vivo V3Max smartphone has a tough but light aluminium magnesium alloy body created through precision stamping, anodising and CNC machining. They even added a zircon sand coating to the body to give it a nice texture and better grip.

vivo V3Max Specifications

Specificationsvivo V3Max Smartphone
Operating Systemvivo Funtouch OS 2.5 (based on Android 5.1.1)
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 652
Processor4 x ARM Cortex A72 (1.8 GHz) + 4 x ARM Cortex A53 (1.8 GHz)
Memory4 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM memory
Storage32 GB internal flash storage
Micro SD slot (up to 128 GB)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 510
Display5.5" IPS display (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Gorilla Glass 3 protection
Cameras13 MP rear camera with LED flash and Phase Detection Auto Focus technology
8 MP front camera
Connectivity4G LTE Cat 7 : 300 Mbps / 100 Mbps
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1
USB 2.0 port
SIM SupportDual SIM, Dual Standby
Fingerprint SensorYes, 360° detection, 0.2 second unlocking
Other SensorsGravity, Light, Proximity, Compass
FM RadioYes
NFCNo
Audio ProcessorAKM4375 HiFi chip
- SNR : 105 dB
- distortion rate : -97 dB
Battery3000 mAh lithium polymer battery
Fast charging capable via dual-charging circuits
Dimensions77.1 mm wide x 153.9 mm tall x 7.58 mm thick
Weight168 g
Available ColourGold

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vivo V3Max Smartphone Launch

After vivo launched the V3Max smartphone in Indian on April 5, 2016, many vivo fans in Malaysia were glad to know that the vivo V3Max would hit our shores very soon. In fact, on April 13, vivo Malaysia officially announced the availability of the vivo V3Max smartphone for the Malaysian market.

vivo V3Max – Faster Than Faster

The vivo V3Max is a high-end smartphone with a 5.5″ full HD IPS display protected by Gorilla Glass 3 with 2.5D rounded edges. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal flash storage. It runs on vivo’s Funtouch OS 2.5, which is based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

In this video, vivo Malaysia’s CEO, Mike Xu gives a short presentation about vivo’s rapid expansion before revealing the vivo V3Max. Then Eric Ye, the vivo Global Product Manager, presented the key features of the new vivo V3Max smartphone. Check it out!

To power all that, the vivo V3Max has a 3,000 mAh battery which is further enhanced with dual charging circuits for super fast charging. It also comes with a fast fingerprint sensor as well as a 13 MP rear camera with Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) technology. No wonder vivo fans are eagerly waiting to buy one!

For more information on the vivo V3Max, please take a look at our article – vivo V3Max Smartphone First Look.

vivo V3Max Smartphone Pricing & Availability

The vivo V3Max is available only in the Gold colour, with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal flash storage. Its official RRP is RM 1,399 (inclusive 6% GST), which is about US$ 349. It will go on sale on April 15, 2016 at vivo authorized dealers and retail stores nationwide.

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Doogee T6 Smartphone Revealed

Doogee T6 Smartphone

The Doogee T6 is a 5.5″ smartphone with a super-long battery life, thanks to its 6,250 mAh battery! In many aspects, it is very similar to the Doogee Y200.

It has the same 5.5″ IPS display with a resolution of 720 x 1280, and comes with an 8 MP rear camera. The Doogee T6 is also powered by the same quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor and runs on Android 5.1 with 2 GB of RAM.

Beyond that, the Doogee T6 trades the fingerprint sensor, the 5 MP front camera and half the storage capacity for a dual-tone flash to support its rear camera and a much larger 6,250 mAh battery. This allows it to take better flash photography and even serve as a power bank for other devices.

Again, Doogee quotes both cameras as having higher resolutions of 13 MP and 5 MP respectively. However, that is because they perform software extrapolation to achieve those resolutions (by default). Their true resolutions are 8 MP and 2 MP respectively.

The Doogee T6 smartphone is available in either White or Black colours, and is now available for sale on GEMFIVE with the retail price of RM 599 / ~US$ 149.

 

First Look At The Doogee T6

This video shows the key features of the Doogee T6 smartphone, as well as its available RAM and storage capacity.

 

[adrotate banner=”4″]Key Specifications

  • Runs on Android 5.1
  • Quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor
  • 2 GB RAM + 16 GB flash storage
  • 5.5″ IPS display with HD resolution of 720 x 1280
  • 8 MP main camera with software extrapolation to 13 MP.
  • 2 MP front camera with software extrapolation to 5 MP.
  • 6,250 mAh lithium-ion battery (9 hour video playback / 3 days of normal use)
  • Available in black / white
  • 77 mm wide x 153.8 mm tall x 9.9 mm thick

 

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Doogee Y200 Smartphone Revealed

Doogee Y200 Smartphone

The Doogee Y200 is a 5.5″ smartphone is targeted at the youth market. As such, it has an ultra-slim profile with a thickness of just 7.6 mm, and a fast fingerprint sensor that can unlock the phone within 0.15 second. It has an IPS display with a resolution of 720 x 1280.

It is powered by the quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor with the ARM Mali-T720 GPU, and runs on Android 5.1. It has 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal flash storage.

It also features an 8 MP rear camera (with a Sony sensor and LED flash), and a 5 MP front camera. However, Doogee quotes both cameras as having a resolution of 13 MP and 8 MP respectively, because they perform software extrapolation to achieve those resolutions (by default).

The Doogee Y200 smartphone is available in either White or Black colours, and is now available for sale on GEMFIVE with the retail price of RM 699 / ~US$ 175.

 

First Look At The Doogee Y200

This video shows the key features of the Doogee Y200 smartphone, as well as its available RAM and storage capacity.

 

[adrotate banner=”4″]Key Specifications

  • Runs on Android 5.1
  • Quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor
  • 2 GB RAM + 32 GB flash storage
  • 5.5″ IPS display with HD resolution of 720 x 1280
  • 8 MP main camera (Sony sensor) with software extrapolation to 13 MP.
  • 5 MP front camera with software extrapolation to 8 MP.
  • 3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
  • Fast fingerprint sensor (0.15 sec detection)
  • All-metal unibody chassis (in black / white)
  • 77.1 mm wide x 155.5 mm tall x 7.6 mm thick

 

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Neffos C5 & Neffos C5L Smartphones Revealed

TP-LINK may be the largest global manufacturer of WiFi networking products, but they aren’t resting on their laurels. Instead of fighting for an even bigger share of the same pie, they decided to branch out into the smartphone market with their Neffos C5 and Neffos C5L smartphones.

Yesterday, we were invited to the official launch of the Neffos C5 and Neffos C5L smartphones. At hand was also the Neffos C5 Max smartphone that would be launched shortly as well. Take a look!

Now, let’s take a look at the pictures, videos and specifications of the Neffos C5 & C5L smartphones! We will also show you photos and some specifications of the upcoming Neffos C5 Max smartphone.

 

Neffos C5 Smartphone

The Neffos C5 is an Android 5.1 smartphone that is powered by the quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. It has a large 5.0″ IPS display with a HD resolution of 720 x 1280, and weighs just 141 g.

It has a 5 MP front camera, and an 8 MP rear camera with a dual-tone LED flash. In case you run out of storage, you can add a microSD card (up to 32 GB). It has a launch price of RM 539 (~US$ 135). [adrotate banner=”5″]

 

Neffos C5L Smartphone

The Neffos C5L is an Android 5.1.1 smartphone that is powered by the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage. It has a 4.5″ display with a FWVGA resolution of 480 x 854, and weighs 154 g.

It has a 2 MP front camera, and an 8 MP rear camera with an LED flash. In case you run out of storage, you can add a microSD card (up to 32 GB). It has a launch price of just RM 359 (~US$ 90).

Next Page : Neffos C5 & C5L Specification Comparison, Neffos C5 Max, Availability

 

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Neffos C5 & C5L Specification Comparison

Here is a specification comparison of the Neffos C5 & C5L smartphones :

SpecificationsNeffos C5 SmartphoneNeffos C5L Smartphone
Display5.0" IPS HD display (720 x 1280)4.5" FWVGA display (480 x 854)
Platform (SoC)MediaTek MT6735Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 (MSM8909)
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.3 GHz)4 x ARM Cortex-A7 (1.1 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T720 MP2 (450 MHz)ARM Adreno 304
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1Android 5.1.1
Memory2 GB1 GB
Storage16 GB (internal flash storage)
microSD card slot (up to 32 GB)
8 GB (internal flash storage)
microSD card slot (up to 32 GB)
CameraFront : 5 MP
Rear : 8 MP with dual-tone LED flash
Front : 2 MP
Rear : 8 MP with LED flash
NetworkLTE FDD Cat4 (150/50 Mbps)
DC-HSPA+ (42/11 Mbps)
Connectivity802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz) WiFi
Bluetooth 4.2
802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz) WiFi
Bluetooth 4.0
Dual SIM CapabilityDual SIM, Dual Standby
Battery2200 mAh lithium-ion battery2000 mAh lithium-ion battery
Dimensions72 mm wide
144 mm high
8.8 mm thick
67.7 mm wide
136 mm high
10.15 mm thick
Weight141 g154 g
Available ColoursPearl White / Dark Grey
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Upcoming Neffos C5 Max

The Neffos C5 Max is an Android 5.1 smartphone that is powered by the octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. It has a large 5.5″ IPS display with a full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920, and a large 3,405 mAh battery.

It has a 5 MP front camera, and a 13 MP rear camera with a dual-tone LED flash. In case you run out of storage, you can also add a microSD card (up to 32 GB). Its launch price and date has yet to be announced.

 

Availability

Both the Neffos C5 and Neffos C5L will be available in both Pearl White and Dark Grey colours, at RM 539 (~US$ 135) and RM 359 (~US$ 90) respectively from Lazada Malaysia on April 12, 2016 onwards.

 

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ASUS ZenFone Zoom Stars In New David Sandberg Films

22nd March, 2016 — ASUS today announced that the ZenFone Zoom (Amazon) is to star in a series of films created by filmmaker David Sandberg, the genius behind Kickstarter-funded film, Kung Fury.

With the ability to capture clear images like never before, the ZenFone Zoom (Amazon) is the world’s thinnest 3X optical-zoom smartphone, powered by an Intel Atom processor and offering an unprecedented ability to magnify subjects and see the world up close. David Sandberg has created five short films with his signature humor and attention to detail that show how ZenFone Zoom enables everyone to See the World Up Close.

ZenFone Zoom Brilliance Meets Film-Making Genius

“Kung Fury was celebrated for its homage to the 1980s’ police and martial-arts movie classics,” explained Erik Hermanson, Head of Marketing – Mobile Products, ASUS. “It’s the attention to detail in Kung Fury that makes it such a hilarious love letter to the ‘80s. David Sandberg is celebrated worldwide for his incredible gift as a special-effects master and his story-telling capabilities — this is why he’s a great fit to share the story of the ZenFone Zoom’s incredible photographic capabilities. With these films we’re able to See the World Up Close through David Sandberg’s eyes.”

Speaking of the films, Sandberg said, “When ASUS approached me to shoot five videos for ZenFone Zoom, I was excited about the zoom feature of the smartphone and the possibilities of how I could present it. ASUS gave me a blank canvas to work with — it’s rare for a client to be so open, and I really appreciate that. I am sure the end result will show how much fun we had working on this project.”

David’s iconic sense of humor and special effects mastery are evident in the films, each exploring ZenFone Zoom’s powerful optical-zoom capability. The campaign’s hero film, Round the Earth, also stars a cameo from Barbarianna (Eleni Young) of Kung Fury fame herself.

 

All-in-one (Main video)

 

Powerful Zoom

 

Ninjas

 

Big Head

 

T-Rex

 

ZenFone Zoom Specification

 

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OPPO F1 Rose Gold Variant Released

Kuala Lumpur, March 7th, 2016 — Attention to all the love birds who celebrate White Day (White Valentine’s Day) and has been looking for a fitting gift for their other half(s), you have come to a solution: OPPO is adding a touch of Rose Gold into the F series, making the “Selfie Expert” a perfectly shiny, state-of-the-art gift for the romantics.

Remaining at the price of RM1,198 as the Gold colour variant that available in late January 2016, the Rose Gold option too, features a standout 8 megapixel selfie camera that has packed with Beautify 3.0, Pure Image 2.0+, a ton of selfie-friendly functions including “Palm Shutter” and “Screen Flash” that tailored for selfie supremacy.

Backed by OPPO’s spectacular build quality and design, the selfie camera quickly grabbed the attention of all since it arrived in Malaysian market alongside its selfie ambassador, Nora Danish. To match beautiful selfies with an equally stunning outlook for the full metal body phone, a hint of rose gold is set to create another frenzy for OPPO’s sales in March.

With 5-inch display, mere 7.25 mm of thickness and slight 134-gram weight, OPPO assures F1 feels just right in your palm. The 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Screen is twice as strong as ordinary glass, making F1 extra scratch-resistant, both durable and attractive to the touch.

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OPPO F1 Rose Gold Availability & Price

The OPPO F1 Rose Gold will be available starting from 11st March 2016at the price of RM1,198 (~US$ 289) in all OPPO concept stores and authorized dealer stores, check out the versatile tone that will fit right on your palm.

 

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LEAGOO Alfa 2 Smartphone Launched

The LEAGOO Alfa 2 is an improved and upgraded version of the previous Lead 2 and Lead 2s models with a new feature of its own. The first ever LEAGOO device with an Ion Smart Touch and like all LEAGOO smartphones, it came equipped with the DUAL SIM capabilities. Priced at RM 449 (~US$ 109), the Alfa 2 is now available at every authorized LEAGOO dealers throughout Malaysia.

 

LEAGOO Alfa 2 Design and Hardware

The Alfa 2 thin metal makes for the sleekest design in the Alfa series line-up. It is only thinner than the other Alfa series model due to its curved design and a removable back cover covering its built-in 2,600mAh battery that is able to last in a single day with the mobile data on and moderate usage. The Alfa 2’s 5-inch 720p display combines with the new 2.5D arc edges design with curved edges making it feels like a premium built device.

Equipped with a 1.3 GHz Quad Core Processor coupled with 1GB of RAM that offers a smooth and stutter free user experience, it came with a built-in 16GB of ROM with an option of expandable storage via Micro SD card up to 32GB maximum. Basic applications on the Alfa 2 have no difficulties operating with smooth performance and multitasking experience for user.

 

LEAGOO Alfa 2 Display

Its 5-inch HD IPS display has a resolution of 1280×720-pixel with a pixel density of 294 pixels per inch (PPI) where colours are vivid and vibrant in its typical IPS display. The display has no problem in the direct sunlight while colours are accurate and true even when the device is being hold at an awkward angle. The Alfa 2 is an excellent one handed device with its 5-inch screen coupled with the Rear Touch Panel further enhancing the one handed user experience.

 

LEAGOO Alfa 2 Software and Features

An almost-completely stock build of Android 5.1 with just a few tweaks by LEAGOO, all of Android Lollipop’s fine touches are still available, such as the sound and notification, multiple user accounts functionality and etc works perfectly fine like they always do. Features such as the three finger for screenshot capture, two finger to switch between themes and double tap for device wake up are all available in LEAGOO’s new OS 1.1 system.

The most notable feature on the Alfa 2 was indeed its Ion Smart Touch by LEAGOO, where it can be used to navigate the home screen from left to right or scrolling through webpages or applications such as Facebook and Instagram.

Waking up the screen with only the Ion Smart Touch or simply launching an app is just a slight double tap on the back. Both of the cameras on Alfa 2 are able to fully utilize its Ion Smart Touch technology to snap photo or selfie just by the long pressing on the center of Ion Smart Touch. Checking the selfie results with Alfa 2 is just a swipe to left on the Ion Smart Touch.

With Bluetooth 4.1 available, it helps reduces power consumption by 50% and also improves the transmission efficiency by 8 times compared to the previous version 2.0 for a faster connection between devices and multiple wearable devices.

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Camera and Video

With a SONY 13-megapixel rear camera and a dual-tone LED flash packed into the device, it is not surprising that the photo quality from Alfa 2 were always crisp and generally well saturated. Photography during low-light is no longer an issue with its dual-tone LED flash, while colours were pretty accurate and sharp thanks to its dual tone flash.

Its front camera was equipped with a SONY 5-megapixel and a front LED flash, allowing selfie lovers to fall in love with LEAGOO Alfa 2 that takes beautiful photos even in low light condition. With its Ion Smart Touch, selfie can be easily taken without lifting a finger. Video recording is surprisingly amazing with its capability to record videos in 720p format with 30 frames per second.

 

Summary

The first LEAGOO smartphone with a secondary touch panel on its back is a huge leap by LEAGOO to create a smartphone that tries to change the way on how smartphone are being used. A perfect upgrade from its old predecessor with a newly implemented feature with a new hardware and software wise, the Alfa 2 is launching in the Malaysia market from March 7th 2016 onwards. The Alfa 2 is available in Midnight Black, Dazzling White, Champagne Gold and Glossy Pink.

 

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Can The Honor 5X Survive Death By Fireworks?

Have you seen a smartphone survive a box of burning fireworks? The honor team had a spare box of fireworks and wondered – can the honor 5X survive death by firework? 😀

You can now witness the durability of the honor 5X when 1000 fireworks, wrapped around the body of the smartphone, was burned to great fanfare.

After the storm of explosions, the team retrieved the honor 5X, and checked to see the status of the phone. Is it still working? Was there any problems using the phone after the explosion? Did the honor 5X survive the fireworks? Check out the video here to see for yourself!

The full-metal construction of the honor 5X features a 5.5 inch 1080p screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor that delivers great performance, 16GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, 13-Megapixel rear camera, as well as a second generation, frameless fingerprint sensor.

You can read more about the honor 5X in our article on its launch!

 

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Over 3,000 honor 5X Smartphones Sold On Pre-Order Day

The honor 5X was one of the most eagerly-awaited smartphones to hit the Malaysian market. After all, how many Android smartphones do you know has a metal chassis with a full HD display, a fast second-generation fingerprint sensor and a Qualcomm octa-core processor, and costs less than RM 950 (~US$ 220)?

If that’s not enough, it comes with a large 3,000 mAh battery and three different card slots — nano-SIM, micro-SIM, and microSD. This means you no longer need to make the difficult choice of either having extra storage, or an additional SIM for your second line. Both SIM slots are 4G enabled, and the microSD slot supports up to 128 GB of extra storage.

After honor Malaysia announced the prices and pre-order date, honor fans counted down to the day they could place their order for the new honor 5X smartphones. When the day came, they flooded the etailers with over 3,000 pre-orders of the honor 5X smartphones. And that was just on the special pre-order day.

These lucky fans have already received their honor 5X smartphones on the 19th of February. Those who were not fortunate enough to order on the special pre-order date can start purchasing the honor 5X from tomorrow, February 23, onwards.

 

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HTC One A9 & Four Other Smartphones Revealed

Last night, HTC invited us to an exclusive Chinese New Year dinner, which also doubled as an official launch event. Their tagline for the event was “Ready to bring your A_ game?“.

They also cheekily presented marshmallows for those of us who are still licking our lollipops… No guesses for what operating system the new HTC smartphone will be running! 😀

Of course, anyone who has kept up on tech rumours would have known that HTC was going to launch the HTC One A9 smartphone. What we didn’t know was that they would also reveal another four HTC smartphones at the event as well!

Neither did we expect such fantastic entertainment from our fellow members of the media. Be sure to catch the video we took of our friends with hidden talents!

 

HTC One A9 & Four Other Smartphones Revealed

Just after the tossing of the yee sang for luck in the new year, the star of the event was “served” to us on a silver platter. Presenting the new HTC One A9!

Manu Seth, Senior Director, Head of Marketing for South Asia, then took the stage to talk about the HTC One A9, before revealing the details of the other four new HTC smartphones – the HTC One ME, HTC Desire 828, HTC Desire 728 and the HTC Desire 626.

Before we could get our hands on the new HTC smartphones, it was time for some fun and games. Check out this video we took of some talented members of the media in a dance-off contest!

Seriously, our friends have hidden talents! Who would have expected them to dance so well? 😀

Okay, entertainment is over. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty details of the five new HTC smartphones!

Next Page > The 2 New HTC One Smartphones

HTC One A9

The HTC One A9 will come in Carbon Gray and Topaz Gold colours. They will have a recommended retail price of RM 2,299 (~US$539).

SpecificationsHTC One A9
Size70.8 mm wide
145.75 mm tall
7.26 mm thick
Display5.0" full HD (1080 x 1920) display
Corning Gorilla Glass protection
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 with HTC Sense
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 617
Processor4 x ARM Cortex A53 cores @ 1.5 GHz
4 x ARM Cortex A53 cores @ 1.2 GHz
GPUQualcomm Adreno 405
RAM3 GB
Storage32 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot (upgradable to 2 TB)
Main Camera13 MP BSI sensor
Sapphire covered lens
f/2.0 aperture, auto-focus
OIS (Optical image stabilization)
1080p video recording
Front CameraHTC UltraPixel
f/2.0 aperture, fixed focus
1080p video recording
Network Capabilities4G LTE : FDD Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28
4G LTE : TDD Bands 38, 40, 41
3G : 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
2 G : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.1
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz)
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
micro USB 2.0 port
SensorsFingerprint sensor
Ambient light, proximity, motion, compass, gyro, magnetic sensors
LocationGPS + GLONASS
AudioDolby Audio
Hi-Res Audio
Battery2150 mAh lithium ion battery
Quick Charge 2.0 support

 

HTC One ME

The HTC One ME will come in Classic Rose Gold and Meteor Gray colours. They will have a recommended retail price of RM 1,599 (~US$379).

SpecificationsHTC One ME
Size71.99 mm wide
150.99 mm tall
9.75 mm thick
Display5.2" WQHD (1440 x 2560) display
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1 with HTC Sense
PlatformMediaTek helio X10
Processor8 x ARM Cortex A53 cores @ 2.2 GHz
GPUPowerVR G6200
RAM3 GB
Storage32 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot (upgradable to 2 TB)
Main Camera20 MP BSI sensor
f/2.2 aperture, auto-focus
4K video recording
Front CameraHTC UltraPixel
f/2.0 aperture, fixed focus
1080p video recording
Network Capabilities4G LTE : FDD Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8
4G LTE : TDD Bands 38, 39, 40, 41
3G : 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
2 G : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.1
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz)
NFC
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
micro USB 2.0 port
LocationGPS + GLONASS
AudioHTC Boomsound with Dolby Audio
Battery2840 mAh lithium ion battery

Next Page > The 3 New HTC Desire Smartphones

HTC Desire 828 Dual SIM

The HTC Desire 828 Dual SIM will come in Dark Gray and Pearl White colours.

SpecificationsHTC Desire 828 Dual SIM
Size78.9 mm wide
157.7 mm tall
7.9 mm thick
Display5.5" FHD (1080 x 1920) display
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1 with HTC Sense
PlatformMediaTek MT6753T
Processor8 x ARM Cortex A53 cores @ 1.5 GHz
GPUARM Mali-T720
RAM2 GB
Storage16 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot (upgradable to 2 TB)
Main Camera13 MP BSI sensor
f/2.0 aperture, auto-focus
OIS (Optical image stabilization)
1080p video recording
Front CameraHTC UltraPixel
f/2.0 aperture, fixed focus
1080p video recording
Network Capabilities4G LTE : FDD Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8
4G LTE : TDD Bands 38, 39, 40, 41
3G : 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
2 G : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.1
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz)
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
micro USB 2.0 port
LocationGPS + GLONASS
AudioHTC Boomsound with Dolby Audio
Battery2800 mAh lithium ion battery

 

HTC Desire 728 Dual SIM

The HTC Desire 728 Dual SIM will come in Purple Myst and White Luxury colours.

SpecificationsHTC Desire 728 Dual SIM
Size77.8 mm wide
157.9 mm tall
7.87 mm thick
Display5.5" HD (720 x 1280) display
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1 with HTC Sense
PlatformMediaTek MT6753
Processor8 x ARM Cortex A53 cores @ 1.3 GHz
GPUARM Mali-T720
RAM2 GB
Storage16 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot (upgradable to 2 TB)
Main Camera13 MP BSI sensor
f/2.2 aperture, auto-focus
1080p video recording
Front Camera5 MP BSI sensor
1080p video recording
Network Capabilities4G LTE : FDD Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8
4G LTE : TDD Bands 38, 39, 40, 41
3G : 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
2 G : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.1
802.11 b/g/n WiFi (2.4 GHz)
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
micro USB 2.0 port
LocationGPS + GLONASS
AudioHTC Boomsound with Dolby Audio
Battery2800 mAh lithium ion battery

 

HTC Desire 626 Dual SIM

The HTC Desire 626 Dual SIM will come in Blue Lagoon and White Birch colours.

SpecificationsHTC Desire 626 Dual SIM
Size70.9 mm wide
146.9 mm tall
8.19 mm thick
Display5.0" HD (720 x 1280) display
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1 with HTC Sense
PlatformMediaTek MT6752
Processor8 x ARM Cortex A53 cores @ 1.7 GHz
GPUARM Mali-T760
RAM2 GB
Storage16 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot (upgradable to 2 TB)
Main Camera13 MP BSI sensor
f/2.2 aperture, auto-focus
1080p video recording
Front Camera5 MP BSI sensor
1080p video recording
Network Capabilities4G LTE : FDD Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8
4G LTE : TDD Bands 38, 39, 40, 41
3G : 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
2 G : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.1
802.11 b/g/n WiFi (2.4 GHz)
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
micro USB 2.0 port
LocationGPS + GLONASS
Battery2000 mAh lithium ion battery

 

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2016 Samsung Galaxy A Series Exudes S6 Elegance

Samsung Malaysia launched the new Samsung Galaxy A Series (2016) smartphones to great fanfare at Sunway Pyramid yesterday. The new Galaxy A Series looks and feels eerily identical to the elegant Samsung Galaxy S6, yet is significantly cheaper. If you always wanted a Galaxy S6 but could not afford one, you will definitely want to check out the new Galaxy A series.

Fittingly, Samsung chose the elegant Choo Mei Sze and the fun Samsung Malaysia’s Mobile Division Product Manager, Go Benn Lee, to launch the new Galaxy A smartphones which are targeted at the hip youth market.

Look at how elegant the new Galaxy A (2016) smartphones look! They really look like the Galaxy S6, don’t they?

The Samsung Galaxy A Series (2016)

Kuala Lumpur, January 28, 2016 – Samsung Malaysia Electronics today is proud to unveil its latest Galaxy A Series (2016) smartphones in a unique lifestyle setting to underline the device’s core properties of camera and storage features.

Boasting the brand’s latest in innovative design and technology, the Galaxy A Series (2016) offers Malaysian consumers a platform to express their individuality with powerful performance in three screen size options: 5.5-inch for the A7, 5.2-inch for the A5 and 4.7-inch for the A3.

The Galaxy A Series (2016) continues the latest Samsung Galaxy design heritage, combining metal and glass to create a beautifully harmonious premium design. With superior viewing experience through a larger screen size, narrower bezel of 2.7mm and combined with improved battery life, the device has never been a better fit in the user’s hand.

All three variants come equipped with an enhanced camera system for both brighter and clearer photos and videos. This advanced system includes Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)* on the front camera to prevent image blurring, as well as a front and rear F1.9 lens to allow users to take the optimum photos in low light conditions.

Additionally, the stylish smartphone is also equipped with a Quick Launch feature – double clicking the home button launches the camera in less than a second. Consumers can also take their best selfie yet with features including Wide Selfie, Palm Selfie and Beautifying Effects.

A leap from its predecessor, the new Galaxy A Series (2016) comes with a built-in memory of 16GB and a microSD slot that can add up to 128GB of external memory.

[adrotate banner=”4″]To celebrate the arrival of this new fun device, Samsung Malaysia Electronics is offering a free 32GB microSD card for every unit purchased, which adds capacity for as many as 16,000 pictures and high-definition videos without the hassle of constantly having to clear older albums.

Available in Black, Gold, White and Pink Gold colour options, the new and refreshed Galaxy A Series (2016) is available at all Samsung brand stores nationwide from 28 January 2016 onwards at a recommended retail price of RM1,899 / ~US$439 (Galaxy A7 2016), RM1,599 / ~US$369 (Galaxy A5 2016), and RM1,299 / ~US$299 (Galaxy A3 2016) inclusive of GST.

From today until 31st January 2016, there will be a roadshow at Sunway Pyramid’s Blue Concourse for the general public to experience the features that the Galaxy A Series (2016) has to offer. A number of units are up for grabs for lucky winners.

* Available in A7 and A5 models only.

 

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Wiko Mobile Introduces 3 New Smartphones

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – January 28, 2016: Always working to ensure the right balance between technology, design, quality and price, Wiko Mobile officially makes its way to the Malaysian market. The French brand introduced three game-changing devices – the FEVER, HIGHWAY PURE and LENNY2. Inspired by the “French touch”, the smartphones are designed to provide users universal access to technology and fun in a single device.

“Wiko has been successful in adapting the latest technology trends as desired by mobile users into innovative products,” said Ken Ang, Business Development Director Malaysia, Wiko Mobile. He continued, “Today, we bring Wiko to Malaysia because of the fast-growing smartphone market and ideal demographic.”

With the FEVER, HIGHWAY PURE and LENNY2, Wiko Mobile continues to hold on to its beliefs of mobile telephony: to offer quality at the best price and to maintain a close relationship with all its users, anticipating their needs and expectations.

 

Wiko FEVER – A Complete Phosphorescent Design

FEVER has something crazy and pretty unexpected… a glow-in-the-dark effect. Showing off its true self, FEVER’s phosphorescent design absorbs the daylight and reflects it once in the dark, making it the first glow-in-the-dark smartphone in Malaysia.

More than just for the night birds, the FEVER is equipped with some serious performance such as a 5.2’’ Full HD display that provides vivid images and IPS technology that allows great visibility from any angle. The slightly rounded lines fit a 2.5D curved glass and the phone has a 5mm visual thickness and a premium look, accented with metal frame and soft touch leather-effect back cover. The Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 will take charge in protecting FEVER from scratches and cracks.

The smartphone is the new way to immortalize everyday life and with FEVER’s 5-megapixel front camera and 13-megapixel rear camera, photo enthusiasts can definitely appreciate a good 16/9 landscape picture on Dual View mode. The faster the better, and FEVER comes with Octa-Core chipset and an integrated GPU for graphics optimization.

 

Wiko HIGHWAY PURE – Slimmer Than Ever

The measurement of this 4G smartphone stands at a breathtaking 5.1 mm thickness, weighing a total of 98 grams. The featherweight HIGHWAY PURE conceals a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon 410 processor, providing fast and smooth navigation.

Its 4.8-inch HD screen comes to life with the AMOLED display technology, giving photos and videos an impressive realism. The aluminium contours of the HIGHWAY PURE emphasize its ultra slim profile and comes embedded with 16 Swarovski Zirconias.

The HIGHWAY PURE is supported with Snapdragon 410 and 1.2 GHz quad-core processor developed by Qualcomm®. Effortlessly slim and light, the HIGHWAY PURE can capture moving moments with its 8-megapixel main camera and 5-megapixel front camera.

 

Wiko LENNY2 – Bigger and Better Show-Stopping Encore

LENNY2 is loaded with a 1.3 GHz Quad Core processor, 8GB ROM which can reach 64GB with the micro SD card. This fun and colourful 5” device allows users to browse between apps seamlessly with no hassle. From black and white to coral, blue and bleen, LENNY2’s classic yet rock ‘n’ roll design and dual SIM slot will be well-loved by multitaskers or connoisseurs.

As the perfect entry-level device for newcomers, the 5-megapixel main camera and 2-megapixel front camera captures the shots in a matter of clicks.

 

Wiko Mobile Accessories

Wiko Accessories
All Wiko FEVER, HIGHWAY PURE and LENNY2 devices are packaged with a screen protector and back casing. Additional accessories are also available:-
Wiko FEVER Fever Slim Case Jetlines (Black) : RM59.00 (~US$ 14)

Fever Folio Back Cover Jetlines (Black) : RM79.00 (~US$ 18)

Wiko HIGHWAY PURE  Highway Folio Back Cover W Vision (Black / White) : RM79.00 (~US$ 18)
Wiko LENNY2 Lenny2 Folio Diamond (Bleen / Coral / Blue / Black / White) : RM59.00 (~US$ 14)

Lenny2 Optional Battery Cover (Bleen / Coral / Blue) : RM39.00 (~US$ 9)

 

Price & Availability

Wiko FEVER, HIGHWAY PURE and LENNY2 are available in Malaysia through Wiko Mobile authorised retail outlets starting from today, 28 January 2016 at RM799 (~US$189), RM999 (~US$ 233), and RM299 (~US$ 69) respectively.

 

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Alcatel Flash 2 Discounted For Chinese New Year!

We have been quite effusive about the Alcatel Flash 2 smartphone‘s performance and value for money. Our review of the Flash 2 pointed out why we called it a “hidden gem” in the sub-RM 700 (US$150) segment. To top it off, Alcatel isn’t resting on their laurels, recently announcing a slew of hardware and software upgrades for the Flash 2.

If that’s not enough, Alcatel just announced a joint promotion with Lazada Malaysia to offer the Flash 2 at just RM 499 (~US$ 119)! Check out the details.

 

No Excuse To Miss Flash 2 Promotion

During the Chinese New Year of 2016, Flash 2 will join hands with Lazada, the largest e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia, to launch a promotion event under the theme of “No Excuse to Miss Flash 2”, which offers to buyers at only RM499!

“Through this attractive price promotion, we want to express thanks to our customers and hope that Flash 2 will help them capture and share wonderful moments they spend with their dearest ones during the Chinese New Year,” said Yogi Babria, E-commerce Operations Director, Mobile Internet Group, TCL Communication. “Meanwhile, in order to meet consumers’ need to color up their phones, we will soon release two covers, one in Rose Gold and the other in Mica White, for Flash 2 to bring new joy to users.”

Flash 2 has become a hot-selling star product in Southeast Asia markets by virtue of its powerful camera features, much loved stock Android UI, and superior cost performance which cherished by local consumers, and has set a number of sales records. The first batch of Flash 2 was sold out in ten minutes after launch.

It became the bestselling smartphone at the USD150 price level in the entire Southeast Asia. In the just-ended Double 12 shopping festival at Lazada, Flash 2 became the bestselling smartphone at the USD150 price level and ranked second among products in all categories in terms of sales volume. “I believe that this big promotion for the Chinese New Year will push the popularity of Flash 2 to a new height in Southeast Asia,” added Yogi Babria.

[adrotate banner=”4″]Flash 2 is the third product of the Flash series, with the other two being Flash and Flash Plus. So far, the three products have shipped nearly 200,000 units in combined sales. Flash entered the Southeast Asia markets in 2013 and built a considerable user base within a short time. For a time in 2014, Flash Plus made a phenomenal success in the e-commerce platforms in Southeast Asia, setting the record of selling 1,000 units in one minute for four consecutive times in Indonesia and the Philippines.

Flash 2, launched less than half a year ago, has become one of the most popular smartphones in Southeast Asia. Recently TCL Communication announced that it sold 83.55 million mobile phones and other products in 2015, noting that 90% of the sales were contributed by overseas markets. And among the overseas sales, the strong sales performance of the Flash series in the Southeast Asia markets was one of the major drivers of TCL Communication’s overseas expansion.

How has Flash made its rise in the Southeast Asia in a short two years and became one of the most popular brands? In addition to its advantages in mobile photography and performance, one important reason is that Flash has successfully capitalized on the golden age of smartphones in Southeast Asia. According to statistics, since smartphones in Southeast Asia have already outnumbered the local population with many people owning more than one phone, there is a significant demand for smartphones.

 

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Alcatel Banks On Stock Android Operating System

At a recent media event, Alcatel revealed that their popular Flash 2 smartphone (Amazon) will be upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in March. This relatively quick update is thanks in a large part to their use of stock Android 5.1 Lollipop in their Flash 2 smartphone (Amazon).

They appear to be very pleased with the results of their strategy of using stock Android and focusing their efforts on the hardware instead. Take a look their new blog post on why they believe other smartphone manufacturers will start adopting their strategy of using stock Android.

 

Flash 2 User Interface : Gone With the Era of Thorough Customization

Thanks to its unique openness and customizability, the Android system has been undergoing a press of reconstruction by various vendors right from the date of its birth, calling it by a good name of “thorough customization”.

Though it is eye-pleasing and easy to use, the customized UIs developed on the basis of the stock Android system have nevertheless also resulted in bloated operating system, which cause endless user complainants against “buffering” and “poor compatibility”, since it has been pre-loaded a lot of Apps which take up a large amount of ROM space. To get a simplified, more fluent operating experience, some users even tend to reset vendors’ customized UIs back to the stock Android system directly after purchasing a new phone.

More and more vendors now have opted to return to the stock Android OS for an authentic Android operating experience. On top of its purer and simpler user experience for ordinary users, the stock Android system also provides the festive tech geeks worldwide with a broader platform where they can maximize their imagination.

 

Persisting on simplicity and purity, Nexus and Flash fully embrace the stock Android

Being the most representative among stock Android mobile phones, and as Google’s own product, every Nexus series handset is equipped with the current year version of the stock Android system and becomes the ‘barometer” of Android phones worldwide with the mission of setting both the benchmark and the trend in the industry.

Launched in September 2015, the Nexus 6P well carries every hallmark of a flagship Google phone. Thanks to its outstanding performance, it was named by foreign media one of the best Android phones of 2015, well on a par with the Samsung S6 and Note5. In addition, the Nexus 6P has achieved good sales performance in the market. It is reported that consumers in Canada and other regions have to wait to get a Nexus 6P due to sellout and supply shortages.

Besides Nexus, Flash is also an extremely typical fan of the stock Android OS. As an emerging brand highly popular in Southeast and South Asia, Flash introduced in September 2015 its Flash 2 (Amazon) mobile phone, which is equipped with the stock Android L OS. Android L is a brand new OS, unveiled by Google at its 2014 Global Developers Congress. At the time, Android L could well be said to feature the largest improvement and breakthrough in the Android system since the system came into being. It has made revolutionary changes and improvement in both user experience and system performance. Its smoother and purer UI experience has won Flash 2 (Amazon) the popularity among Android fans and tech geeks.

 

With the breakthrough improvements made by Android L, will stock Android mobile phones become a “general trend”?

Firstly, Android L adopts a completely new Material Design interface design solution and can support new animation, 3D view, real time shadow and other functions and provide more flattened interfaces, smoother and softer edge corners and more fluent interface switchover effects. Such outstanding touch screen interface interactive design is well known in the industry as running head to head with iOS.

Material Design features highly imaginative creativity in the texture, layers and logical relationship of the interface switchover experience. For example, when users open the interface, the new page will not just pop up, but instead , it will unfold from a center point and utilize the projection of the former page on the bottom to create a sense of 3D space, thus providing a visual, ease-to-understand operating experience.

[adrotate banner=”4″]Secondly, Android L features considerable optimization of user experience, including the unprecedented most powerful search functions, featuring automatic recording of users’ search results by Google. While users are using other applications to process their search results, they can still easily come back.

In addition, the Android L system possesses a more fancy notification function with messages opening up like a card in the notice center. Users can directly call out the messages even on the screen locking interface and remove the notices by sliding the screen. Meanwhile, these messages will also be smartly sorted and ranked with priority so as to prevent users from missing the important ones.

Android L also greatly improves system performance and can provide a more fluent, smoother operating experience. Adopting ART as the default operating environment,  the App can run 4 times faster than what the previous negation system can deliver and give Flash 2 (Amazon) higher efficiency in running complicated Apps with complex visual effects. In addition, users can enable Android L’s battery saver mode to gain an extra 90min of running time.

While “thorough customization” is still in vogue, it is only nature for the Nexus and Flash series to return to stock Android. This is the right choice to adapt to user demand.

“We noticed that most consumers do not like to see their mobile phones crammed with a lot of software. For true Android fans, the customized interfaces of many smartphones result in not only system buffering but also unnecessary stock system interface modifications. That is why Flash 2 (Amazon) is equipped with the stock Android L OS to provide simplified but not simple, fashionable but not superfluous user experience.” Michael Chen, Deputy General Manager, Mobile Internet Group, TCL Communication, once noted.

He also disclosed that Flash 2 (Amazon) will soon be updated to the Android 6.0 Marshmallow version to bring users new functions such as mobile payment and RAM optimization management, as well as more powerful computing and power-saving functions. It is believed that with the continuous optimization of the Android system, Nexus, Flash and other stock Android mobile phones will win more consumers.

 

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OPPO F1 “Selfie Expert” Smartphone Revealed

January 21st, 2016 — OPPO F1, the first product of the newly announced F series, is now being introduced to the Malaysian market alongside its selfie ambassador, Nora Danish. Dubbed the “Selfie Expert”, F1 features a standout 8MP front-facing camera, a sophisticated photography platform, and powerful software specially designed to make capturing stunning selfies a breeze, all backed by OPPO’s spectacular build quality and design.

Introducing F1 to the Malaysian market, William Fang, Chief-Executive-Officer of OPPO Electronics said: “F1 is a selfie camera phone that we have tailored made for our local customers. It is a strategic decision for us to move our focus to a selfie-centric smartphone but we are confident that this selfie camera phone is going to be a hit in the midrange market as it is not only attractive with its extraordinary camera that assisted by selfie-focus software and hardware, its premium design, well-rounded internal builds that promises a sharper, steadier and longer lasting performance and with an irresistible price tag.”

“F1 is designed especially for selfie-lovers who can now skip all the hassle in putting on a full makeup and still look effortlessly, naturally beautiful. We are extremely thrilled to have our lovely Nora on board with us as the face of this new selfie savvy phone because Nora is truly a trend setter in mastering the art of selfies. In fact, her successful lifestyle has attracted more than 20 thousand fan ‘likes’ on Instagram on average per selfie. Her beauty, social savviness, expertise in her work and humble personality are values which are align with OPPO’s brand,” said Chen Lu, Brand Manager of OPPO Electronics

 

OPPO F1 – Tailored For Selfie Supremacy

The OPPO F1 features an 8MP front-facing camera with a wide f/2.0 aperture lens and a 1/4-inch sensor, allowing for 44% more light to enter the camera than an f/2.4 aperture lens, and resulting in shots that are 30% clearer than ones taken with an ordinary 5 MP front-facing camera. The F1 also offers OPPO’s ‘Beautify 3.0’ that removes blemishes, highlights a subject’s features and includes 3 different beautify modes along with 8 filters.

Meanwhile, to make snapping selfies in low-light conditions a seamless experience, F1 users can turn on the patented ‘Screen Flash’ feature to ensure natural-looking shots. With Screen Flash, faces will always come through bright, clear and natural. In addition, the OPPO F1 can snap selfies using hand gestures and spoken commands. By opening a palm in front of the camera, or simply by saying “Cheese!” users can activate an automatic selfie with an adjustable countdown.

Snappy performance is one more key factor in the F1’s outstanding user experience. The F1 sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 series Octa-core processor with 3GB RAM and 16GB ROM, which can be expanded by 128GB, providing abundant space for photo storage and ensuring multitasking fluency.

In addition to the outstanding selfie features, the F1 also offers a great overall photography experience. The F1 sports a 13 MP rear camera with an ISOCELL sensor for reducing pixel noise. The camera also features phase detection autofocus (PDAF), delivering a focus time of just 0.1 seconds, equivalent to the performance of an SLR camera. Meanwhile, the anti-shake optimization feature enables the camera to automatically select the clearest image from a huge buffer of image data the moment the shutter button is pressed.

The camera is backed by OPPO’s own Pure Image 2.0+ camera platform, offering a huge range of filters and plug-ins for everyone from the aspiring photographer to the meme-making savant. Users can also experiment with Ultra-HD, which creates 50 MP photos composed of four consecutive photos, or other eye-popping features like Super Macro, HDR, Double Exposure, Slow Shutter, Super GIF and more.

 

OPPO F1 – Born for beauty

OPPO believes beautiful photos need a beautiful phone to match. The 60-degree angles of the F1’s two eye-catching chamfered edges are the result of precise calculations and numerous rounds of testing to ensure an unbeatable hand feel without skimping on any of the visual impact.

Meanwhile, the OPPO’s designers scoured three countries in search of the finest aluminum alloy for the back panel. After putting the Japanese material they chose through close to 40 polishing procedures, the designers were able to make good on their vision of giving the F1 a texture like “metal silk”.

The F1 has a 5-inch display and is a mere 7.25 mm thick. Its thinness, together with its slight 134-gram weight, assures that the phone feels just right. With its 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 Screen, twice as strong as ordinary glass, the OPPO F1 is extra scratch-resistant, making for a phone that’s both durable and attractive to the touch.

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Best user experience ever

OPPO is improving its user experience all the time. And the new F1, with its featherweight price and heavy-hitting features, carries it forward again, bringing a snappy, fluid and stylish device to everyone.

With OPPO’s ColorOS 2.1, based on Android 5.1 and optimized for efficient use with the F1’s powerful battery, users can snap great photos non-stop. ColorOS is defined by efficiency and fun. With Screen Self-refresh technology, ColorOS allows the F1 to automatically adjust the screen refresh frequency to maximize battery life.

Other features include three-mode eye protection, app encryption, a security center suite, background clean-up for improved efficiency, data and energy saving, screen-off and screen-on command gestures, long screenshot, and simple mode, which is ideal for users of any age and past technology experience.

Phenomenal Dirac HD Sound is also in full effect on the OPPO F1. Providing high-fidelity stereo sound output for both earphones and speakers, Dirac HD Sound gives users an immersive, premium listening experience, regardless of which music player or app they use to jam out.

 

OPPO F1 Specifications

SpecificationsOPPO F1 Smartphone
Display5.0" IPS display
- 720 x 1280 resolution
- 294 PPI pixel density
Protection2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1 with ColorOS 2.1
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 616
- 8 x ARM Cortex-A53 processors
- Qualcomm Adreno 405 GPU
RAM3 GB
Storage16 GB internal flash storage
Upgradable to 128 GB via micro SD card
ConnectivityGSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
FDD 1/3/5/7/8/20/28
TDD 38/39/40/41
SIM SupportDual SIM Dual Standby
Front Camera8 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear Camera13 MP sensor
Audio SupportGlobally-applied Dirac HD Sound
Battery2,500 mAh lithium-ion
Dimensions71 mm wide
143.5 mm tall
7.25 mm thick
Weight134 g (with battery)

 

Availability & Price

[adrotate banner=”4″]The OPPO F1 “Selfie Expert” smartphone has a recommended retail price of RM 1,198 (~US$ 279).

Online purchases for the device start immediately on 22nd of January 2016 at 00:00:00am on OPPOStore.com.my. The first 200 customers on OPPOStore.com.my for the F1 will come bundled with a free OPPO Selfie Stick.

Customers who prefer to check out the OPPO F1 before they make their purchase, please take note that the OPPO F1 will be available for offline sales starting from 25th January 2016.

 

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ASUS ZenFone Max Offers 38 Days Of Standby Time!

ASUS today officially announced the availability of the ASUS ZenFone Max (ZC550KL) smartphone. Touting a 38-day standby time thanks to its massive 5,000 mAh battery, the ZenFone Max can even double as a power bank, charging your other mobile devices on-the-go! Take a look at its key features…

 

ASUS ZenFone Max Key Features

5000mAh battery holds charge for 38 days

ZenFone Max’s sleek frame secretes a monster battery — a 5000mAh cell custom-crafted from lithium-polymer to pack the maximum energy into the minimum space!

 

Your go-everywhere power bank

Long-lasting 5000mAh battery that smarts charge other devices! Just connect your gadget to turn ZenFone Max into an instant power bank for juicing up on the go!

 

13MP clarity with ultra-fast laser auto-focus

PixelMaster camera with f/2.0-aperture lens that captures stunning, hi-resolution photos with zero shutter lag. The ultra-fast laser auto-focus feature greatly reduces blurring and enhances image stabilization, and industry-leading Low Light mode employs pixel-merging technology to capture up to 400% brighter photos at night or in low-light scenes – without flash!

 

Look sharp, travel smooth

Surrounded by a striking metal-effect bezel that’s as stylish to behold as it is smooth to touch, so you’ll look sharp as it slips smoothly into your pocket or purse.

With the look and feel of embossed leather, ZenFone Max is finished to be as beautiful as it is powerful!

 

[adrotate banner=”4″]Maximum productivity and multimedia entertainment

Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, ample power for your daily tasks and activities. Featuring LTE Category 4 for download speeds up to 150Mbps!

 

Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 – Stunningly strong, gorilla strong

Offers twice (2x) drop-damage resistance of its predecessor, a 2.5x increase in retained strength and 85% less likely to break in daily use — making it stronger than ever before!

 

A simpler, smarter, more personalized ZenUI experience

Enjoy the freedom, connection, and expression of ASUS ZenUI, the sublime interface that makes everything easier, safer and more enjoyable than never before.

 

ASUS ZenFone Max Specifications

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone Max (ZC550KL)
PlatformAndroid 5.0 Lollipop with ASUS ZenUI
Color OptionsBlack / White
Dimensions77.5 x 156 x 10.55 ~ mm (WxDxH)
Weight202 g (with battery)
CPUQualcomm MSM8916 QuadCore 1.2GHz
GPUAdreno 306
Memory2 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
Storage16GB eMMC Flash
5GB free lifetime ASUS WebStorage
Memory SlotMicroSD card (up to 64 GB)
ConnectivityWLAN 802.11 b/g/n
Micro USB (support OTG)
Bluetooth V4.0+EDR +A2DP
Dual Micro SIM card
SIM1 Support2G/3G/4G
SIM2 Support2G/3G
Dual SIM Dual Stand By
Wi-Fi direct
Network StandardsWCDMA/TD-SCDMA/FDD-LTE
Dual SIM Dual Stand By
SIM1 Support2G/3G/4G
SIM2 Support2G/3G
NavigationGPS, GLONASS, AGPS & BDS
Display5.5inches, HD 1280x720,IPS
Scratch Resistant Corning® Glass with anti-fingerprint coating, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4, Supports GloveTouch input, 450nits brightness, ASUS TrueVivid Full Screen Lamination technology, 178˚ viewing angle
Battery5000 mAh Li-Polymer (non-removable)
Standby Time914 hours
Talk Time37.63 hours
CameraFront Camera
- 5 Mega-Pixel
- f/2.0 Aperture
- Zero Shutter Lag
- Back Light (HDR) mode with ASUS PixelEnhancing Technology
- Low Light mode
- Real Time Beautification
- Night mode
- Selfie mode
- HDR mode

Rear Camera
- 13 Mega-Pixel
- 0.03 second laser auto-focus
- LED Flash
- f/2.0 Aperture
- dual-color Real Tone flash
- Zero Shutter Lag
- Back Light (HDR) mode
- Low Light mode
- Manual Mode for DSLR-like camera settings
- Real Time Beautification
- Night mode
- Depth of field
- Selfie mode
- Panorama mode
- Rear 0.03 second laser auto-focus
SensorsAccelerator / E-Compass / Proximity / Ambient Light Sensor / Hall Sensor
AccessoriesAdapter Type + Plug
USB sync Cable
3.5mm Wired Headset with Mic
OTG Cable

 

ASUS ZenFone Max Price & Availability

The ASUS ZenFone Max is priced at RM 899 (~US$ 209), and available with immediate effect from ASUS dealers and online stores. Check out the following prices :

EXMobile VoLte 2 Smartphone & EX Watch Launched

KUALA LUMPUR, 8TH JANUARY 2016 – EXMobile today unveiled its latest VoLte series smartphones and EX Watch for the Malaysian market.

Being in this business for 6 years, EXMobile has built up a solid network with over 800 Malaysian dealers with more than 100 models released since 2009. There are also 10 service centers nationwide. EXMobile has generated over RM50 million annual revenue in 2015 and hit over 100 thousand units of device sales under its brand.

“From 2014 to 2015, 4 out of 5 top Malaysia based Taiwanese/International brand fall in market share. The only vendor with growth had put their focus on budget conscious consumers.Also,The weakening Ringgit currency has brought big impact to the mobile market, the purchasing power of local consumers has also dropped correspondingly. This gives opportunity to local mobile device manufacturer”, said EXMobile’s Head of Business Development, Mr.Leng Chong Yap.

In 2016, EXMobile intends to create a better brand awareness among local consumers with media collaboration and strategic alliance. The company will be more proactive with digital presence in social media, online advertising and provides better web experience for consumers. EXMobile will also strengthen the products’ after sales service by increasing collection point/service center, offers reliable/consistent manufacturing parts and provides responsive/streamline technical team.

The EXMobile VoLte series smartphones mark the company’s initiative on rebuilding a new brand image with the aim to release better quality and more impressive design products, which includes the Volte series. In future, EXMobile will also focus more on youth market, and will launch a series of stylish yet innovative devices to attract younger generations.

EXMobile has invited the popular local internet celebrity “MR.GST” Gee Tian Long to promote the Volte series. Alongside EXMobile’s main ambassador, Rashid Sidek, the company believes this strategy will allow them to reach more consumer groups.

 

EXMobile VoLte 2

The latest EXMobile VoLte 2 smartphone sports a 5″ Super Color TCL IPS screen with 1280 x 720 pixels and 320 PPI pixel density. The VoLte 2 has 2.5D curved glass edges and nano coating on both the front and back glass panels, presenting an elegant design and premium finish.

The EXMobile VoLte 2 is 71 mm wide, 144 mm tall and just 6.8 mm thick, and weighs just 139 grams. Under the hood, it runs on the MediaTek 6735A quad-core processor together with the ARM Mali-T720 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage that can be expanded with a microSD card up to 64 GB.

This smartphone features a 13MP f/2.2 aperture rear shooter with dual LED flash and a 5MP front camera. It also comes with a high-grade Yamaha YDA165 audio chip that supports ACC and DTS Dolby.

The VoLte 2 is powered up by a 2,200 mAh battery with up to 90 hours of standby time and 7 hours of talktime. It supports 4G LTE connectivity with Dual SIM, Dual Standby support. It runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box.

The EXMobile Volte 2 is now available at authorized stores and dealers nationwide with the retail price of RM 549 (~US$ 129). Alternatively, you can grab one online here.

EXMobile will also be releasing a high-end smartphone in the near future. This model will feature a Quad HD display, octa-core processor mated to 4 GB RAM / 32 GB flash storage, and a 4,000 mAh battery with fast charging technology. It will also come with a 16 MP OIS rear camera and 8 MP selfie camera. It will support 4G LTE connectivity with dual SIM, dual standby capability.

 

EXMobile EX Watch

The EX Watch is a new smartwatch produced by EXMobile that offers a 1.22″ HD IPS round display with 240 x 240 pixels. Its display is protected by a nanometer-tempered glass screen with a full bonding process.

The EX Watch measures 52 x 46 x 13.5 mm, and it uses a 108 MHz MediaTek MT2502A SoC paired with 128 MB of RAM and 32 MB of internal storage. It also supports up to 8 GB of additional storage via a microSD card slot. It is powered by a 350 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery.

The EX Watch watchcase is made of stainless steel, with two watchband options – stainless steel or leather –  that weighs 128 g and 62.8 g respectively. The leather strap variant will come with Silver, Black, Rose Gold, Royal Blue and Gold colour options and retail for RM 399 (~US$ 93) in Q1 2016.

Alcatel Flash 2 Smartphone Review

In the highly-competitive smartphone market, Alcatel aims to differentiate themselves by focusing on mobile photography. Today, we are going to take an in-depth look at their latest effort, the Alcatel Flash 2 smartphone. Alcatel promised that it will deliver the ultimate mobile photographic experience, which they call mobigraphy. Let’s take a look!

 

Alcatel Flash 2 Specifications

SpecificationsAlcatel Flash 2
Display5.0" IPS display
- 720 x 1280
- 294 ppi
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1 Lollipop
System ChipMediaTek MT6753
CPU1.3 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 (octa-core)
GPUARM Mali-T720MP3
Memory2 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
Internal Storage16 GB flash memory
External StoragemicroSD slot, up to 128 GB
Front Camera5 MP sensor
- 1.4μ pixel size
- f/2.2 lens
- LED flash
Rear gSight Camera13 MP ISOCELL sensor
- f/2.0 lens
- phase detection autofocus
- dual-tone flash
Connectivity- 4G LTE / HSPA / GSM
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby capability
- 802.11b/g/n WiFi
- Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP
GPSYes, with A-GPS
SensorsAccelerometer, proximity
Battery3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Available ColoursVolcanic Grey, Mica White

 

Unboxing The Alcatel Flash 2

The Alcatel Flash 2 (Lazada / Amazon) comes in a large 2-piece cardboard box. This is a generic box, so be sure to check the side label for the correct colour. This is the Volcanic Grey model. A Mica White version is also available. Unlike some smartphone manufacturers, Alcatel has no qualms pointing out that they use MediaTek chips in their smartphones.

Once you remove the white outer sleeve, you will need to cut a single security seal on the green box to gain access inside. The box is big because Alcatel provides a complete set of accessories, including a flip case!

You can take a look at our unboxing video here :

[adrotate banner=”4″]Once you remove everything, you will find the following items :
  • One Alcatel Flash 2 (Lazada / Amazon) smartphone
  • One Alcatel 5W travel charger
  • One USB cable
  • One set of earphones
  • One Alcatel Flash 2 flip case
  • One screen protector
  • One Alcatel Flash 2 Quick User Guide
  • One Alcatel Flash 2 Warranty Guide

The Alcatel Flash 2 Smartphone

The Alcatel Flash 2 (Lazada / Amazon) smartphone has a 5″ IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 720. It is powered by the MediaTek MT6753 SoC that features a 1.3 GHz octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor and the ARM Mali-T720MP4 GPU.

Its main features are its front and rear cameras. The front camera boasts not just a larger 1/4″ sensor and autofocus capability, it even comes with an LED flash. The main gSight camera at the back has a 13 MP Samsung ISOCELL sensor with a f/2.0 lens and a dual-tone LED flash.

The Alcatel Flash 2 (Lazada / Amazon) only has buttons on the right side – a Power button at the top, with a Volume rocker switch below it, and a dedicated camera shutter button all the way at the bottom. Although this may seem like a weird position, it actually works great if you are taking photos horizontally. If you are taking pictures virtually though, it works better for left-handed users.

The Alcatel Flash 2 (Lazada / Amazon) is a dual-SIM, dual-standby smartphone. This is a pretty nice feature to have at this price point. The dual-SIM, dual-standby capability means you can install and use two SIM cards. The only difference from dual-active smartphones is that all calls and messages to the other SIM card will be temporarily ignored when you receive a call from one SIM card.

Finally, the Alcatel Flash 2 (Lazada / Amazon) comes with 2 GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM to run the pure Android 5.1 operating system and apps. It also comes with 16 GB of internal flash storage. That’s expandable to 128 GB via a microSD card.

 

Flip Case & Screen Protector

The Alcatel Flash 2 (Lazada / Amazon) comes with a free flip case and screen protector. They are both necessary as it will be quite hard, if not impossible, to find compatible cases and screen protectors. The flip case is made from PVC with a faux leather feel and a clear plastic window.

Take a look at this video to see how the back cover is removed to access the SIM and microSD card slots. It will also show you how to install this flip case. The flip case actually replaces the original back cover, so once installed, it becomes one with the Flash 2 smartphone.

Unfortunately, the cover of this flip case feels thin and flimsy. It also doesn’t magnetically lock to the Flash 2 when you close it. Still, it is a free flip case, so we can’t really complain…

 

The Other Accessories

The Alcatel Flash 2 (Lazada / Amazon) comes with a 5W travel adaptor, which can be used with any power outlet worldwide. The microUSB cable they provided, however, is rather dodgy-looking.

The hands-free earphones are also of rather poor quality. They will do in a pinch (hey, they’re free!), but if you want quality audio, you need to switch to a better pair of earbuds.

Camera Performance – Photos

The Alcatel Flash 2’s emphasis on mobile photography is really obvious. Its main gSight camera uses a 13 megapixel Samsung ISOCELL sensor with a fast f/2.0 lens. That allows it to take high-resolution photos (4096 x 2304) in relatively poor lighting.

Despite their best efforts, the Alcatel Flash 2 (Lazada / Amazon) is not going to be a replacement for a dedicated DSLR or a higher-end smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy S6 (for example). The Samsung ISOCELL sensor is relatively noisy. If you blow up the picture on a desktop, you can see consistent noise (speckling and artifacts). However, they are only of real concern if you are going to make large prints of these photos.

The sensor also produced rather unsaturated photos. We would have liked them to be more vivid. That said, the gSight main camera takes very good pictures for a smartphone at this price point. In fact, you will probably only find the same photographic capability in smartphones that cost twice as much.

 

Camera Performance – Video Recording

The Alcatel Flash 2 (Lazada / Amazon) can record full HD (1080p) videos – a real feat for a smartphone at this price point. You won’t get any optical image stabilisation, but it supports EIS (electronic image stabilisation). Here is a sample video we recorded of a piano performance by Mr. Yang I-Deun.

The Alcatel Flash 2 (Lazada / Amazon) did a reasonably good job of controlling the exposure of the scene, although the bright areas were overexposed. Overall, it was rather exceptional performance for a smartphone at this price point.

Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the Alcatel Flash 2’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Alcatel Flash 2 ASUS
ZenFone 2 Laser
Samsung
Galaxy S6
Work Performance Score
(Average)
3816 3539 5078
Web Browsing 4623 3829

6788

Video Playback 2905 3835 3091
Writing 4151 4085 5918
Photo Editing 3804 2614 5357

The Alcatel Flash 2 (Lazada / Amazon) may be powered by a MediaTek chip, but it is a powerful 8-core MT6753 chip. It beat the ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser with its quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor in all aspects but video playback.

 

Battery Performance – PCMark

We then tested the Alcatel Flash 2’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

The Alcatel Flash 2 (Lazada / Amazon) lasted just over 8 hours on the PCMark stress test. This is a stress test that simulates the worst possible workload using work apps. In our real world experience, we had no problem using it for 12-14 hours with light loads, although its battery life dropped to about 6 hours while playing games.

 

Battery Recharging Performance

The Alcatel Flash 2 (Lazada / Amazon) has a large 3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery, but it does not have Fast Charging capability. Even so, it was able to recharge its battery really quickly.

Our tests showed that the Alcatel Flash 2 (Lazada / Amazon) will recharge from 17% to 100% in just 165 minutes (2 hours 45 minutes).

Overall Performance – AnTuTu Benchmark

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

Alcatel Flash 2
ASUS
ZenFone 2 Laser
Samsung
Galaxy S6
TOTAL SCORE 36345 23644 68885
Multitask 4306 4162 9298
Runtime 2535 2395 4250
CPU Integer 5651 2913 10596
CPU Float-Point 4266 2327 6307
Single-Thread Integer 1253 1218 2537
Single-Thread Float-Point 1026 981 2223
RAM Operation 2109 1148 3259
RAM Speed 2039 1724 4316
2D Graphics 1615 1022 1631
3D Graphics 8994 3656 21162
Storage I/O 1861 1433 2571
Database I/O 690 665 735

Although MediaTek chips are not as powerful or efficient as Qualcomm chips, Alcatel made up for that by using the 8-core MediaTek MT6753. The result? It beat the more expensive ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser by 53.7%!

 

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the Alcatel Flash 2’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Extreme test.

Alcatel Flash 2 ASUS
ZenFone 2 Laser
Samsung
Galaxy S6
Gaming Score 4549 2686 Maxed out!
Graphics 3966 2240 Maxed out!
Physics 9365 8876 Maxed out!
Graphics Test 1 22.3 fps 12.6 fps 59.6 fps
Graphics Test 2 14.0 fps 7.9 fps 49.6 fps<
Physics 29.7 fps 28.2 fps 39.6 fps

Despite its modest price, the Alcatel Flash 2 (Lazada / Amazon) did surprisingly well in this test. It was almost 70% faster than the ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser!

Our Verdict On The Alcatel Flash 2

We are very impressed with the Alcatel Flash 2 smartphone. At first, we doubted they could really achieve the level of performance they promised, but it looks like they really pulled it off.

The Alcatel Flash 2 (Lazada / Amazon) delivers much better camera performance than we have seen in other smartphones with the same price point. It can take 13 MP pictures with dual-tone flash, with a 5 MP selfie camera that even has its own flash! On top of that, its main camera can record full HD videos, something that many similar smartphones cannot do.

Alcatel didn’t skimp in the performance department either, opting for an 8-core MediaTek processor. That made it much faster than more expensive smartphones out there. The Alcatel Flash 2 also has a generous 2 GB of RAM, with 16 GB of internal storage. Since it runs on pure Android 5.1 Lollipop, that is more than adequate for most users.

[adrotate banner=”4″]The downside though is a shorter battery life, because the 8-core processor does sap more battery than a quad-core processor. It should last a good 8 hours though. The good news is, even though it doesn’t support Fast Charging, you can fully charge it in less than 3 hours.

Although it comes with a complete set of accessories, their quality leaves much to be desired. Probably the most useful is the screen protector. Still, we are glad that they spent the real money on the Flash 2’s hardware, instead of those accessories.

The Alcatel Flash 2 (Lazada / Amazon) is a hidden gem. It delivers a whole lot of features and capabilities at the highly affordable price of just RM 549 (Lazada) / ~US$ 129 (Amazon). If you are on a budget but want a smartphone that can double as a good camera, the Alcatel Flash 2 is definitely worth your serious consideration.

 

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