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Dell XPS 13 (9300) Ultra-Light Laptop Hands-On Preview!

Dell XPS 13 (9300) InfinityEdge Laptop Hands-On Preview!

The Dell XPS 13 (9300) features their first-ever InfinityEdge display, with Gorilla Glass 6 protection!

Here is our hands-on preview of this magnificent ultra-light XPS 13 laptop!

 

Dell XPS 13 (9300) : Featuring The InfinityEdge Display

The Dell XPS 13 (9300) continues the evolution of the XPS 13 line, with an ultra-light chassis built from machined aluminium and woven glass fibre, with Gorilla Glass 6 protection.

With the first-ever InfinityEdge display, the XPS 13 (9300) offers a 13.4-inch display in an 11-inch form factor, that fits neatly on an airplane’s seat tray.

 

Unboxing The Dell XPS 13 (9300) Laptop

The Dell XPS 13 (9300) comes in a premium white cardboard box. Once you fully unbox it, you will find these items :

  • Dell XPS 13 (9300) laptop
  • Dell USB Type C to USB Type A dongle
  • 45 watt charger with integrated USB Type C cable
  • Power cord with localised plug
  • XPS 13 9300 Quick Start Guide + Safety and Regulatory Information

 

Dell XPS 13 (9300) : Hands-On Preview

This Dell XPS 13 (9300) is an eminently thin and light laptop. It offers a 13.4-inch display in an 11-inch form factor that weighs only 1.27 kg, and is less than 15 mm thick.

It easily fits into the smallest laptop bag, and even a large handbag. And when you can fly again, you will love how it fits onto the airplane’s seat tray!

13.4-inch Display In 11-Inch Form Factor

This Dell XPS 13 (9300) model comes with a 4K UHD+ touch display, with a resolution 3840 x 2400 pixels, colour gamut of 90% DCI-P3 and DisplayHDR 400 certification.

Dell also offers a Full HD+ display, with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and 100% sRGB colour gamut; in both touch and non-touch options.

All three display options are 25% brighter at 500 nits, and are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6 against scratches and impact.

Cameras + Security

The thin bezel at the top conceals two cameras – a regular 720p webcam, and an infra-red camera for facial recognition.

So you can either unlock the XPS 13 using the IR camera and Windows Hello, or the fingerprint sensor, which integrated into the power button.

While its 720p webcam may be rather low in resolution, it uses a new 4-element lens for sharper image quality. It also supports temporal noise reduction to improve video quality in low-light conditions.

Performance

Our Dell XPS 13 (9300) is powered by the Intel Core i7-1065G7 – a 4-core, 8-thread processor with 8 MB of cache and built-in Iris Plus Graphics.

You can opt for a Core i5-1035G1 or the Core i3-1005G1, both of which come with integrated UHD Graphics.

A redesigned cooler keeps things cool, using a single heat pipe and evaporator design with dual condensers and GORE thermal insulation. The hot air is exhausted through the hinge at the back.

It also comes with 16 GB of dual-channel LPDDR4X memory running at 3733 MHz. The memory is soldered onto the motherboard and cannot be upgraded.

Our unit came with a 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD, but you can opt for a smaller 512 GB SSD, or a larger 2 TB SSD.

Ports

Due to its ultra-slim profile – 14.8 mm at its thickest point, the XPS 13 has very limited ports.

On the left side, you will find a microSD card reader; as well as a single Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type C) port, which supports Power Delivery and DisplayPort output

On the right side, you will find a 3.5 mm microphone and headphone combo port, with a second Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type C) port, which also supports Power Delivery and DisplayPort output.

You can plug the USB Type C charging cable into either Thunderbolt 3 port. But unless you are using it on-the-go, you really only have one free port to use.

The good news is Dell actually bundles the XPS 13 (9300) with a free USB Type C to USB Type A dongle, so you can use your USB Type A drives and devices (including cables) with it.

Keyboard + Touchpad

The Dell XPS (9300) comes an edge-to-edge keyboard, and a 17% larger touchpad for maximum working comfort.  The keyboard is backlit, and comes with larger key caps!

Connectivity

Our XPS 13 (9300) comes with the Killer AX1650 module, which offers Wi-Fi 6 connectivity with 2×2 antennas, and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity.

It is much too thin to support a LAN port, but you can add LAN connectivity using a USB-C dongle.

Audio

The two long stripes on both sides of the XPS 13 are not cooling vents, but ports for its 2.5 watt stereo speakers, which are tuned with Waves MaxxAudio Pro.

Its 3.5 mm microphone / headphone combo jack is also optimised with the 360-degree Waves NX 3D virtual surround sound with head tracking.

Finally, its dual microphone array is powered by Waves MaxxVoice Pro, which supports VOIP and is Cortana Farfield-capable.

Battery + Charging

The Dell XPS 13 (9300) comes with a 4-cell smart lithium-ion battery that is rated for 52 Whr.

Dell claims a battery life of up to 18 hours and 49 minutes with the Full HD+ display, and up to 12 hours and 13 minutes with the 4K UHD+ display.

 

Dell XPS 13 (9300) : Colour Options

Our unit comes in the Frost White colour with an Arctic White woven glass fibre palm rest.

Dell also offers the Platinum Silver colour option, with a Black carbon fiber palm rest.

 

Dell XPS 13 (9300) : Specifications + Options

Specifications XPS 13 9300
Display Size 13.4-inch
Display Options 4K touch screen (3840 x 2400)
Full HD touch screen (1920 x 1200)
Full HD non-touch (1920 x 1200)
Display Features WLED backlight
60 Hz refresh rate
500 nits max. brightness
35 ms response time
1200:1 contrast ratio
Colour Gamut 4K : 90% DCI-P3
Full HD : 100% sRGB
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home
CPU + GPU Options Intel Core i7-1065G7 + Iris Plus Graphics
Intel Core i5-1035G1 + UHD Graphics
Intel Core i3-1005G1 + UHD Graphics
Memory Options LPDDR4X-3733 (8 / 16 / 32 GB)
LPDDR4-3733 (4 GB)
Storage Options PCIe NVMe SSD (512 GB / 1 TB / 2 TB)
Audio Realtek ALC3281-CG audio chip
2 x 2.5 watt speakers
Dual microphone array
3.5 mm audio jack
Wireless Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2×2)
Bluetooth 5.1
External Ports 2 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type C) ports
– with Power Delivery and DisplayPort
1 x 3.5 mm audio port
1 x microSD card slot
Camera HD webcam
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, capacitive 500 dpi sensor
Keyboard Backlit keyboard
19.05 x 18.05 mm key pitch
Touchpad 1300 x 722 pixel resolution
Battery 4-cell 52 Whr lithium-ion battery
Charger 45 watt USB Type C charger
Dimensions 296 mm wide
199 mm deep
14.8 mm thick
Weight 1.27 kg (touch screen)
1.20 kg (non-touch)

 

Acknowledgement

We would like to thank Dell for making us part of the #DellInsideCircle

 

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus : Our Hands-On Preview!

Samsung just introduced the Galaxy S21 Plus, a new flagship smartphone with an iconic new design!

Find out if the new Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus is the smartphone you have been waiting for!

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus : Our Hands-On Preview!

With a 6.7-inch display and a large battery, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus is designed for marathon gamers and binge-watchers.

Its edge-to-edge Dynamic AMOLED 2X display has a Full HD+ resolution, with an adaptive 120 Hz refresh rate.

 

New Flagship Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 in the US, South Korea and China, and the new Samsung Exynos 2100 in other countries.

They are both flagship mobile SoCs, and here is a quick comparison of their key specifications :

Specifications Samsung
Exynos 2100
Qualcomm
Snapdragon 888
Fab Process 5 nm EUV
Processor 1 x Cortex-X1 (2.9 GHz)
3 x Cortex-A78 (2.8 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (2.2 GHz)
1 x Cortex-X1 (2.84 GHz)
3 x Cortex-A78 (2.4 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.8 GHz)
GPU Arm Mali-G78 Qualcomm Adreno 660
AI Processor Triple-Core NPU Hexagon 780
Memory Support LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Storage Support UFS 3.1 / UFS 2.1 UFS 3.1
Connectivity 5G (sub-6GHz / mmWave)
4G LTE (1024 QAM)
3G WCDMA
2G GSM / CDMA

Front + Rear Cameras

The Galaxy S21 Plus comes with a 10 MP Dual Pixel front camera, with an f/2.2 aperture. The Dual Pixel capability allows for faster auto-focus.

In the back, it has a triple camera system, that consists of :

  • a 12 MP Dual Pixel main camera, with an f/1.8 aperture
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, with an f/2.2 aperture
  • a 64 MP telephoto camera, with an f/2.0 aperture, 1.1X optical zoom and 3X hybrid optic zoom.

This is basically the the same camera setup as the Galaxy S20, without the DepthVision camera.

Most of the improvements are in its camera software :

  • Improved 8K Snap, that lets you capture clear images from your 8K video footage
  • Super Steady video now supports 60 fps video recording
  • Single Take lets you capture a variety of still and video formats with a single tap.
    It is now enhanced with new pro-style settings like Highlight Video and Dynamic Slow-Mo
  • New Director’s View that lets you see, switch and select the best shot… LIVE!
  • Improved Space Zoom with new Zoom Lock capability

Samsung SmartThings Find

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus supports the new SmartThings Find capability, which lets you quickly and easily locate compatible Galaxy devices, even when they are offline.

You can also locate non-connected devices using Samsung’s new Galaxy SmartTag Bluetooth locater. Simply attach it to your keys, bag or pet, and use SmartThings Find to locate them!

Protection

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus is IP68-rated against dust and water, allowing you to immerse it in up to 1.5 metres of fresh water, for up to 30 minutes.

Its display is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus against scratches in the front.

Battery + Charging

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus comes with a large 4,800 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery, and it supports 18 watt wireless charging, as well as 25 watt wired charging.

But here’s the bad news – the Galaxy S21 Plus does NOT come with a charger in the box. It only ships with a USB-C to USB-C cable.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus : Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S21+
Model SM-G996
Display Size 6.7-inch Flat
Display Panel Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Display Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Pixel Density 394 ppi
Display Features 48~120 Hz refresh rate
1300 nits
Protection IP68, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Operating System One UI 3.1 (Android 11)
Platform Samsung Exynos 2100, or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Memory 8 GB LPDDR5
Storage Options 256 GB
External Storage None
Front Camera 10 MP Dual Pixel (f/2.2)
Rear
Cameras
12 MP Dual Pixel (f/1.8) main camera
12 MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide camera
64 MP (f/2.0) telephoto camera
– 1.1X optical zoom, 3X hybrid zoom
Connectivity 5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
Wi-Fi : WiFi-AC
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.2 Type C
GPS Support GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
Ultra Wideband Yes
NFC / MST Yes
S Pen Support No
Fingerprint Sensor In Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro,
Geomagnetic, Hall sensor,
Proximity, Ambient Light
Audio Dual stereo speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 4,800 mAh
Charging 25 watt wired,
18 watt wireless
Width
Height
Thickness
75.6 mm
161.5 mm
7.8 mm
Weight 200 g

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus : Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus comes in three colour options – Phantom Silver, Phantom Black and a new signature colour, Phantom Violet.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus : Launch Price List

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus comes in two variants globally, with these prices :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB : US$999.99 / £949 / A$1549
  • 8 GB + 256 GB : US$1049.99 / £999 / A$1649 / S$1498 / RM4299

Here are some online purchase / pre-order options :

 

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Our Hands-On Preview!

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the new ultimate flagship smartphone with an iconic new design!

Find out if the new Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the smartphone you have been waiting for!

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Our Hands-On Preview!

With a 6.8-inch display and support for the S Pen, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is designed to maximise your productivity and creativity.

Its edge-to-edge Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with curved edges, has a Quad HD+ resolution, with an adaptive 120 Hz refresh rate.

New Flagship Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 in the US, South Korea and China, and the new Samsung Exynos 2100 in other countries.

They are both flagship mobile SoCs, and here is a quick comparison of their key specifications :

Specifications Samsung
Exynos 2100
Qualcomm
Snapdragon 888
Fab Process 5 nm EUV
Processor 1 x Cortex-X1 (2.9 GHz)
3 x Cortex-A78 (2.8 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (2.2 GHz)
1 x Cortex-X1 (2.84 GHz)
3 x Cortex-A78 (2.4 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.8 GHz)
GPU Arm Mali-G78 Qualcomm Adreno 660
AI Processor Triple-Core NPU Hexagon 780
Memory Support LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Storage Support UFS 3.1 / UFS 2.1 UFS 3.1
Connectivity 5G (sub-6GHz / mmWave)
4G LTE (1024 QAM)
3G WCDMA
2G GSM / CDMA

Front + Rear Cameras

The Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with a 40 MP front camera, with an f/2.2 aperture.

In the back, it has a new quad camera system, that consists of :

  • a 108 MP main camera, with an f/1.8 aperture
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, with an f/2.2 aperture
  • a 10 MP telephoto camera, with an f/2.4 aperture, and 3X optical zoom, and
  • a 10 MP periscope telephoto camera, with an f/4.9 aperture, and 10X optical zoom

For the first time on a Galaxy smartphone, you can now shoot in 4K at 60 fps on all front and rear cameras. In addition, you can choose to take photos in a 12-bit RAW format!

And its dual telephoto cameras powers its phenomenal 100X Space Zoom capability, with Zoom Lock capability.

It also comes with other improvements like :

  • Improved 8K Snap, that lets you capture clear images from your 8K video footage
  • Super Steady video now supports 60 fps video recording
  • Single Take lets you capture a variety of still and video formats with a single tap.
    It is now enhanced with new pro-style settings like Highlight Video and Dynamic Slow-Mo
  • New Director’s View that lets you see, switch and select the best shot… LIVE!

S Pen Support

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the first S Series smartphone to support the S Pen, with Wacom’s technology.

You can use an existing S Pen from the Galaxy Note, or Galaxy Tab, or purchase a separate S Pen, or with a compatible case.

Samsung is offering two cases that are bundled with the S Pen – Smart Clear View Cover with S Pen, and Silicone Cover with S Pen.

Recommended : S Pen Covers For Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Showcase

Faster WiFi

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is also one of the first smartphones to support the Wi-Fi 6E standard.

This opens up the 6 GHz spectrum, introducing 14 additional 80 MHz channels and 7 additional 160 MHz channels.

When used with a compatible Wi-Fi 6E router, it will allow for higher bandwidths and reduced congestion.

Samsung SmartThings Find

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra supports the new SmartThings Find capability, which lets you quickly and easily locate compatible Galaxy devices, even when they are offline.

You can also locate non-connected devices using Samsung’s new Galaxy SmartTag Bluetooth locater. Simply attach it to your keys, bag or pet, and use SmartThings Find to locate them!

Protection

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is IP68-rated against dust and water, allowing you to immerse it in up to 1.5 metres of fresh water, for up to 30 minutes.

Its display is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus against scratches in the front.

Battery + Charging

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with a large 5,000 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery, and it supports 18 watt wireless charging, as well as 25 watt wired charging.

But here’s the bad news – the Galaxy S21 Ultra does NOT come with a charger in the box. It only ships with a USB-C to USB-C cable.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Model SM-G998
Display Size 6.8-inch Edge
Display Panel Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Display Resolution 1440 x 3200 pixels
Pixel Density 515 ppi
Display Features 10~120 Hz refresh rate
1500 nits
3,000,000 : 1 contrast ratio
Protection IP68, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Operating System One UI 3.1 (Android 11)
Platform Samsung Exynos 2100 or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Memory 12 GB / 16 GB LPDDR5
Storage Options 256 GB / 512 GB
External Storage None
Front Camera 40 MP (f/2.2)
Rear Main
Camera
108 MP (f/1.8)
Rear Ultra-Wide
Camera
12 MP Dual Pixel (f/2.2)
Rear Telephoto
Camera #1
10 MP Dual Pixel (f/2.4)
3X optical zoom
Rear Telephoto
Camera #2
10 MP Dual Pixel (f/4.9)
10X optical zoom
Other Rear
Camera Features
Laser Autofocus
Connectivity 5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
Wi-Fi : WiFi-6E
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.2 Type C
GPS Support GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
Ultra Wideband Yes
NFC / MST Yes
S Pen Support Yes
Fingerprint Sensor In Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer,
Gyro, Geomagnetic, Hall sensor,
Proximity, Ambient Light
Audio Dual stereo speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 5,000 mAh
Charging 25 watt wired,
18 watt wireless
Width
Height
Thickness
75.6 mm
165.1 mm
8.9 mm
Weight 227 g

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes in just two colour options – Phantom Silver and Phantom Black.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Launch Price List

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes in three variants globally, with these prices :

  • 12 GB + 128 GB : US$1199.99 / £1149 / A$1849
  • 12 GB + 256 GB : US$1249.99 / £1199 / A$1949 / S$1798 / RM5299
  • 16 GB + 512 GB : US$1379.99 / £1329 / A$2149 / S$1998 / RM5899

Here are some online purchase / pre-order options :

 

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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Preview : RDNA 2 In Action!

We have been playing around with the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT and here is our preview of the first RDNA 2 graphics card!

Take a look at our unboxing and hands-on videos, as well as the Radeon RX 6800 XT in action!

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : A Quick Primer!

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is one of three Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards. Based on the new AMD RDNA 2 architecture, they offer these key features :

  • AMD Infinity Cache – a large 128 MB data cache that dramatically reduces memory latency and power consumption.
  • AMD Smart Access Memory – offers the Ryzen 5000 series processor greater access to its GDDR6 graphics memory for better gaming performance.
  • DirectX 12 Ultimate – offering support for the next-generation games with DirectX Raytracing and Variable Rate Shading.
  • New Ray Accelerator – delivers real-time lighting, shadow and reflection realism through DirectX Raytracing.
  • Variable Rate Sharing (VRS) – dynamically reduces shading rate for better performance at little to no loss in image quality.
  • DirectStorage Support – delivers faster load times and high-quality textures in the future.

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Price + Availability

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT has a RRP of US$649, and will be available for sale starting 18 November 2020.

Custom boards will be available from brands like ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte starting in November 2020.

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Specifications

This table summarises how the RX 6800 XT compares against the RX 6900 XT and the RX 6800.

Specifications Radeon RX
6900 XT
Radeon RX
6800 XT
Radeon RX
6800
Transistors 26.8 billion
Fab Process 7 nm
Die Size 519 mm²
Total Graphics Power 300 W 250 W
Compute Units 80 72 60
Ray Accelerators 80 72 60
Stream Processors 5120 4608 3840
Game Clock 2015 MHz 2015 MHz 1815 MHz
Boost Clock 2250 MHz 2250 MHz 2105 MHz
TFLOPS 23.04 20.74 16.17
TMUs 320 288 240
Max. Texture Rate 720 GT/s 648 GT/s 505 GT/s
ROPs 128 96
Max. Pixel Rate 288 GP/s 202 GP/s
Infinity Cache 128 MB
Graphics Memory 16 GB GDDR6 (16 Gbps)
Bus Width 256-bit
Bandwidth 512 GB/s
PCIe Interface PCIe 4.0 x16

 

Unboxing The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT!

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT comes in a large and heavy cardboard box. Very heavy duty, with thick foam packaging.

Next Page > Radeon RX 6800 XT Hands-On + In Action!

 

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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Hands-On Experience!

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is a rather bulky and heavy card, because it comes with a large 2.5-slot cooler with triple axial fans.

Take a closer look at it in our hands-on video, followed by pictures of the card.

It features a die-cast aluminium backplate at the back.

Here you can see its thick heatsink, and how its cooler is designed to suck in air from the front of the card, and exhaust the hot air from the top and the bottom of the card.

It has four display connectors. From left to right : one USB Type C port, two DisplayPort 1.4 ports, and one HDMI 2.1 port.

The card uses up to 300 watts of power, and comes with two 8-pin PCI Express power connectors.

It should work with two 6-pin power cables though – both 8-pin and 6-pin cables deliver 150 watts.

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT supports PCI Express 4.0, which offers double the bandwidth of PCI Express 3.0.

However, that requires you to use a PCI Express 4.0 motherboard, like the recommended AMD X570 motherboards.

But do not fret if you are on the Intel platform. It is backward-compatible with PCI Express 3.0, and will work just fine with PCIe 3.0 motherboards.

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : In Action!

Our testbed pairs the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X processor with the ASUS CROSSHAIR VIII Hero (AMD X570) motherboard, with 32 GB of DDR4 memory.

Our benchmark results will be released tomorrow, but in the meantime, you can take a look at the Radeon RX 6800 XT in action, running 3DMark Time Spy Extreme.

Be sure to come back and check our comprehensive review tomorrow, with benchmark results!

 

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : Hands-On Preview!

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE – the Fan Edition – offers the leading features of the Galaxy S20 at a more affordable price point.

Take a look at our hands-on preview, and find out if this is the Galaxy smartphone for you!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : What’s Different?

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G comes with the best features from the Galaxy S20 smartphone, in a streamlined premium design.

The Galaxy S20 FE 5G comes with a slightly larger 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display, and a much faster 120 Hz refresh rate.

It is now powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 mobile platform with 8 GB of LPDDR5 memory, and up to 256 GB of storage capacity.

It now comes with a higher-resolution 32 MP front camera, but trades the 64 MP telephoto camera for an 8 MP telephoto camera. This telephoto camera has a 3X optical zoom, with 30X Space Zoom capability.

The Galaxy S20 FE 5G is slightly thicker and heavier than the Galaxy S20, but comes with a larger 4,500 mAh battery with 12.5% longer battery life.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : Specifications

Here is a specification comparison of Galaxy S20 FE 5G against the original Galaxy S20 :

Specifications Galaxy S20 FE 5G Galaxy S20
Model SM-G781 SM-G981
Display 6.5-inch Super AMOLED
– 1080 x 2400 pixels
120 Hz refresh
– HDR10 support
6.2-inch Super AMOLED
– 1440 x 3200 pixels
60 Hz refresh
– HDR10 support
IP Rating IP68 dust- and water-resistance
Operating System Android Q with One UI
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Samsung Exynos 990
RAM 8 GB LPDDR5
Storage 128 GB / 256 GB
External Storage microSD (hybrid, up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 32 MP, f/2.2 aperture 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Rear Cameras 12 MP main camera
12 MP ultra-wide camera
8 MP telephone camera (3X)
12 MP main camera
12 MP ultra-wide camera
64 MP telephone camera (3X)
Connectivity Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax (dual-band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor In Display Ultrasonic
Audio Dolby Atmos stereo speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 4,500 mAh battery 4,000 mAh battery
Charger 15 W fast charger
Dimensions 74.5 mm wide
159.8 mm tall
8.4 mm thick
69.1 mm wide
151.7 mm tall
7.9 mm thick
Weight 190 g 163 g

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is available in these six colour options, from left to right : Cloud Mint, Cloud Navy, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Red, Cloud Orange and Cloud White.

Here are the Galaxy S20 FE’s official price list in various countries :

  • Malaysia : RM3,399 (about US$815 / £640 / A$1159 / S$1122)
  • United States : $699.99
  • United Kingdom : £699
  • Australia : A$999

Here are online purchase options :

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : Unboxing

Let’s unbox. the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G, and see what we find inside!

Here is what you will find inside the box :

  • One Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G smartphone
  • One 15 watt Samsung fast travel charger
  • One USB Type A to USB Type C data and power cable
  • One set of Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G documents
  • One SIM tray pin

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE does not come with a free bumper case, or earphones.

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Hands-On, Where To Buy?

 

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : A Hands-On Experience!

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G comes with a slightly larger 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display.

This display has a lower resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels, but a much faster 120 Hz refresh rate.

It is built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 mobile platform with 8 GB of LPDDR5 memory, and up to 256 GB of storage capacity.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is slightly thicker and heavier than the Galaxy S20, but comes with a larger 4,500 mAh battery with 12.5% longer battery life.

In the front, it has a higher-resolution 32 MP front camera, with an f/2.2 aperture.

At the back, it has a single LED flash and a triple camera system, which consists of :

  • 12 MP main camera
  • 12 MP ultra-wide camera
  • 8 MP telephone camera, with 3X optical zoom and 30X Space Zoom capability.

The only physical buttons you will find are the Power and Volume control buttons on the right side. The left side is completely clean.

Its hybrid SIM tray is located at the top, together with a second microphone (for noise cancellation).

Its hybrid SIM tray allows you to either use two nano SIM cards, or one nano SIM card and a microSD card (for up to 1 TB of additional storage).

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G does not have a 3.5 mm audio port. All you will find at the bottom is the USB Type C port, flanked by a speaker port and a microphone port.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : Where To Buy?

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HUAWEI P40 Pro 5G Preview : Visionary Photography!

The new HUAWEI P40 Pro smartphone promises Visionary Photography, thanks to its 50MP Leica quad camera system!

We got our hands on the Deep Sea Blue model, and here is our hands-on preview of HUAWEI’s latest photography-centric smartphone!

 

HUAWEI P40 Pro : Hands-On Experience!

The HUAWEI P40 Pro is the middle brother of the new P40 family of smartphones, and is only available as 5G variants. It has a 6.58-inch OLED display, with a resolution of 1200 x 2640 pixels, and a 90 Hz refresh rate.

The only buttons you will find on the HUAWEI P40 Pro are the Power and Volume control buttons on the right side.

The SIM and NM hybrid tray is located at the bottom, next to the USB Type C data and charging port.

At the top, you will find a second microphone (for noise cancellation), next to the infra-red emitter (which enables its Smart Remote feature).

 

HUAWEI P40 Pro : Key Features

New 5G Mobile Platform

The HUAWEI P40 Pro uses the new Kirin 990 5G mobile SoC, with a triple-tier architecture :

  • two ARM Cortex-A76 high-performance cores at 2.86 GHz
  • two ARM Cortex-A76 sustained performance cores at 2.36 GHz
  • four ARM Cortex-A55 low-power cores at 1.95 GHz

It also comes with a powerful 16-core ARM Mali-G76 GPU, and a new Da Vinci neural architecture with 2 big NPUs and 1 small NPU.

Improved Cooling

Keeping the Kirin 990 5G cool is a new SuperCool system of 3D graphene film paired with ultra-thin VC to efficiently conduct heat away.

It comes only in 5G variants, powered by the Kirin 990 5G. HUAWEI will offer it with 8 GB of memory, and storage options of 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB.

Dual Front Cameras

The HUAWEI P40 Pro comes with a 32 MP front camera, which is paired with an IR depth camera. The depth camera does not take any photos but helps the 32 MP front camera add accurate software bokeh effects.

Ultra Vision Leica Quad Camera System

The HUAWEI P40 Pro’s marquee feature is its rear Leica quad-camera system, which consists of :

50MP Ultra Vision Main Camera

  • 1/1.28-inch Ultra Vision Sensor with 2.44 μm pixel size
  • RYYB colour filter array, with 4-in-1 pixel binning capability
  • Octa Photodiode Autofocus
  • f/1.9 aperture with OIS support

40 MP Ultra Wide Cine Camera

  • 1/1.54-inch sensor with RYYB colour filter array
  • f/1.8 aperture
  • Supports ultra low-light and ultra slow-motion video

12 MP SuperZoom Telephoto Camera

  • 5X optical zoom, 10X hybrid zoom, 50X maximum zoom
  • 12 MP sensor with RYYB colour filter array
  • f/2.4 aperture with OIS support

3D Depth Sensing Camera

  • real-time depth detection for accurate bokeh effects

Large, Fast-Charging Battery

Powering all that is a large 4,200 mAh battery, which supports 40 watt HUAWEI SuperCharge wired charging, and 27 watt HUAWEI SuperCharge wireless charging.

 

HUAWEI P40 Pro : Specifications

HUAWEI P40 Pro (5G)
Display 6.58-inch OLED display
– 1200 x 2640 pixels, 90Hz refresh
Protection IP68
Operating System EMUI 10.1 (based on Android 10)
System Platform HUAWEI Kirin 990 5G
Processor 2 x Cortex-A76 (2.86 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.36 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.95 GHz)
NPU 2 x Big Cores + Tiny Core
Graphics ARM Mali-G76 MC16
Memory + Storage Options 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage
8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage
8 GB RAM + 512 GB storage
Storage Expansion Yes, 256 GB NM card slot
Front Camera 32 MP selfie camera (f/2.2 aperture)
Depth camera
Rear Camera Leica Quad Camera System
– 50 MP main camera (f/1.9 with OIS)
– 40 MP ultra-wide camera (f/1.8 aperture)
– 12 MP telephoto camera (5X optical zoom, f/2.4 with OIS)
– 3D depth sensor
Connectivity 5G (NA & NSA), 4G, 3G, 2G
WiFi : Wi-Fi 6 Plus (up to 2.4 Gbps)
Bluetooth : BT 5.1
Fingerprint Sensor In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
SIM Capability Dual Active, Dual Standby
(2 nano SIM cards + 1 eSIM)
Other Sensors Gesture, Ambient Light, Proximity, Gyroscope,
Compass, Gravity, Hall, Colour Temperature, Laser
NFC Yes
Battery + Charging 4,200 mAh
– supports 40 W HUAWEI SuperCharge (wired)
Dimensions 72.6 mm wide
158.2 mm tall
8.95 mm thick
Weight 209 g

 

HUAWEI P40 Pro : Price + Availability

The HUAWEI P40 Pro is available in selected markets, with a recommended retail price of €999 / RM 3,899 / ~US$1,089 / £899.99 / ~A$1,699 / S$1,448 for the 8GB+256GB variant.

HUAWEI will offer five colour options – Black, Deep Sea Blue, Ice White, Silver Frost and Blush Gold globally, although colour options will be limited in most countries.

 

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HUAWEI Mate Xs Foldable Smartphone : Hands-On Preview!

We recently had access (for a limited time) with a few HUAWEI Mate Xs foldable smartphones, and here is our hands-on preview!

We will also share with you EVERYTHING you need to know about the HUAWEI Mate Xs, including its specifications and price!

 

HUAWEI Mate Xs : Hands-On Experience!

Let’s start with our hands-on experience with the new HUAWEI Mate Xs foldable smartphone. Be sure to check out how the Falcon Wing mechanism works, and look at how flat the display looks after it’s fully unfolded!

The only buttons you will find on the Mate Xs are located along the right edge – the Power button which doubles as the fingerprint sensor, and the Volume control buttons.

The HUAWEI Mate Xs comes with a dual-slot hybrid card tray at the top. It supports two nano SIM cards, or a single nano SIM card and an NM card (for additional storage of up to 256 GB).

Even though it comes with a substantial camera bar on the right side, there is no 3.5 mm audio jack. Only a USB Type C, which supports USB 3.1 Gen1 – basically USB 3.0.

There is no “front camera”, because of its foldable design – you can just flip it over and use the back display and the “rear cameras” for selfies. This gives you great flexibility because the Leica quad camera system offers :

  • a 40 MP main camera, with f/1.8 aperture
  • a 16 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/2.2 aperture
  • an 8 MP telephoto camera, with f/2.4 aperture, and
  • a Time of Flight camera, with f/2.2 aperture

But its main killer feature is the ability to unfold the display to create a large, tablet-like 8-inch OLED display!

When folded, the front display is 6.6-inch in size, while the rear display is 6.38-inch in size.

 

HUAWEI Mate Xs : Improved HUAWEI Mate X!

The HUAWEI Mate Xs is basically an improved version of their first foldable smartphone, the HUAWEI Mate X.

It features the same design, with an external 8-inch foldable display, and a Leica quad-camera system. But there have been some changes internally.

New 5G Mobile Platform

Instead of pairing the Kirin 980 mobile SoC with the Balong 5000 5G chip, the HUAWEI Mate Xs uses the new Kirin 990 5G mobile SoC, with a triple-tier architecture :

  • two ARM Cortex-A76 high-performance cores at 2.86 GHz
  • two ARM Cortex-A76 sustained performance cores at 2.36 GHz
  • four ARM Cortex-A55 low-power cores at 1.95 GHz

It also comes with a powerful 16-core ARM Mali-G76 GPU, and a new Da Vinci neural architecture with 2 big NPUs and 1 small NPU.

Improved Cooling

Keeping the Kirin 990 5G cool is a new flexible bionic graphite cooling system that folds with the display, and dissipates heat through both sections.

Improved Falcon Wing Mechanism

While it uses the same foldable design and foldable OLED display, the Falcon Wing mechanism has been improved somewhat.

Leica Quad Camera System

The Leica quad camera system which works as both front and rear cameras offer great flexibility due to its mix of cameras :

  • a 40 MP main camera, with f/1.8 aperture
  • a 16 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/2.2 aperture
  • an 8 MP telephoto camera, with f/2.4 aperture, and
  • a Time of Flight camera, with f/2.2 aperture

 

HUAWEI Mate Xs vs Mate X : Specifications

In this table, we compare the specifications of the new HUAWEI Mate Xs against its predecessor, the HUAWEI Mate X.

Specifications HUAWEI Mate Xs HUAWEI Mate X
Display 8-inch OLED display : 2200 x 2480 pixels
Folded main screen : 6.6-inch (1148 x 2480 pixels)
Folded secondary screen : 6.38-inch (892 x 2480 pixels)
Operating System EMUI 10.0.1 EMUI 9.1.1
System Platform HUAWEI Kirin 990 5G HUAWEI Kirin 980
Processor 2 x Cortex-A76 (2.86 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.36 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.95 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.6 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (1.92 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.8 GHz)
GPU ARM Mali-G76 MP16 ARM Mali-G76 MP24
NPU 2 x Big Core + 1 x Tiny Core 2 x Big Core
RAM 8 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 512 GB internal storage
NM Card slot (Up to 256 GB)
Front Camera None
Rear Cameras Leica Quad Camera System
– 40 MP main camera (f/1.8)
– 16 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
– 8 MP telephoto camera (f/2.4)
– ToF camera (f/2.2)
Connectivity 5G NR : Sub 6 GHz
4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth : BT5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Gen1 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Side Mounted
Other Sensors Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity,
Gravity, Hall, Infrared, Ambient Light,
Barometer, Colour Temperature
Battery 4,500 mAh battery
55W fast charging
Dimensions 78.5 mm wide
161.3 mm tall
11 mm thick
Weight 300 g

 

HUAWEI Mate Xs : Price + Availability

The HUAWEI Mate Xs is available in select countries, with these recommended retail prices :

  • Malaysia : RM 11,111
  • Australia : A$4,099
  • Europe : €2,499

That works out roughly to US$2,699 / £2,899 / S$3,699.

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realme X2 Pro Master Edition : The Full Details + Preview!

realme today gave us a sneak peek at the realme X2 Pro Master Edition, with colour schemes designed by Japanese design master, Naoto Fukasawa!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the upcoming realme X2 Pro Master Edition smartphone!

 

realme X2 Pro Master Edition

As realme’s true flagship device, the new realme X2 Pro (MY) offers everything but the kitchen sink – a large display, flagship performance and a long battery life!

But realme wanted it to be truly special, so they invited Naoto Fukasawa, Japanese Master of Contemporary Industrial Design, to create not one, but TWO, special colour schemes!

Wonder Glass Soft Touch

The realme X2 Pro Master Edition will feature a special Wonder Glass Soft Touch frosted glass back, with 0.09 mm signature lines laser engraved into it.

It will be offered in two special colour options – Red Brick and Cement, with the realme logo and Master Fukasawa’s signature engraved in gold.

90 Hz Super AMOLED Display

Like the standard realme X2 Pro (MY), the Master Edition will have a large 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display, with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels and a 90 Hz refresh rate.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+

It will naturally use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, which is just a faster version of the regular Snapdragon 855

This is the same mobile platform used in the ASUS ROG Phone 2 and the Black Shark 2 Pro gaming smartphones.

The only differences are the clock speeds of two parts in the Snapdragon 855 Plus :

  • its single high-performance Kryo 485 Gold core is clocked at 2.96 GHz, instead of 2.84 GHz.
  • its Adreno 640 GPU is clocked at 672 MHz, instead of 585 MHz.

In other words, its advantage in mobile gaming is a 4% increase in the short boost performance of the CPU, and a 14.9% increase in peak GPU performance.

Recommended : The Snapdragon 855+ vs Snapdragon 855 Comparison!

Cameras Galore!

In the front, the realme X2 Pro Master Edition will have a 16 MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture, while at the back, it will have four cameras :

  • a 64 MP main camera with 20X hybrid zoom (f/1.72 aperture)
  • a 8 MP wide-angle camera
  • a 13 MP telephoto camera
  • a 2 MP portrait camera

Large RAM + Storage + Battery!

The realme X2 Pro Master Edition will come with 12 GB of LPDDR4X memory, and 256 GB of fast UFS 3.0 storage.

To power it all, it has a large 4,000 mAh battery, which supports 50W SuperVOOC Flash Charge – letting you go from 0% to 100% in just 35 minutes!

 

realme X2 Pro Master Edition Specifications

Specifications Realme X2 Pro Master Edition
Display 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display
– 1080 x 2400 pixels (~402 ppi), 90 Hz refresh rate
– 1000 nits max brightness, 100% DCI-P3
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Operating System Android P with ColorOS 6.1
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
CPU 1 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold core (2.96 GHz)
3 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold core (2.42 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 640 (672 MHz)
RAM 12 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 256 GB UFS 3.0 storage
Front Camera 16 MP camera with f/2.0 lens
Rear Cameras 64 MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 main camera (f/1.72)
8 MP wide-angle camera (f/2.2)
13 MP telephoto camera (f/2.5)
2 MP portrait camera (f/2.4)
Connectivity 4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth : BT5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In-Display
Other Sensors Light, Proximity, Magnetic induction, Gyro-meter, Acceleration
Battery 4,000 mAh
50 W SuperVOOC
flash charging
Dimensions 75.7 mm wide
161.0 mm tall
8.7 mm thick
Weight 199 g
Colour Options Red Brick / Cement

 

realme X2 Pro Master Edition Hands-On!

The realme X2 Pro Master Edition is not available for sale, but we managed to get our hands on this hands-on of both Red Brick and Cement models :

 

realme X2 Pro Master Edition Price + Availability

The realme X2 Pro Master Edition is currently available for sale only in China. With 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of UFS 3.0 storage, it is priced at CNY 3,299 / ~RM1,958 / ~US$468 / ~£362 / ~A$690 / ~S$641.

That surprisingly makes it 18% CHEAPER than the standard realme X2 Pro (MY), which will be selling shortly for RM 2,399 / ~US$574 / ~£445 / ~A$846 / ~S$786.

 

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HUAWEI P20 Pro Pearl White Edition Hands-On Preview!

Of all of the colours the HUAWEI P20 Pro launched in, the Twilight Edition was our firm favourite. But at IFA 2018, HUAWEI announced a new P20 Pro Pearl White Edition, and today, we had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the new HUAWEI P20 Pro Pearl Edition. Check it out!

 

The Huawei P20 Pro Pearl White Edition

The HUAWEI P20 Pro Pearl White Edition has a 6.1″ OLED display with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2240 pixels. It is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 970 octa-core SoC, with 6 GB of LPDDR4 memory128 GB of internal storage, and a 4,000 mAh battery.

The front camera has a 24 MP sensor, with f/2.0 lens. The “killer feature” is its Leica-branded triple lens camera, which is made up of a high-resolution dual-lens camera, and a separate telephoto camera.

The high-resolution dual-lens camera pairs a 40 MP RGB camera with f/1.8 lens, with a 20 MP monochrome camera with f/1.6 lens. The separate 8 MP RGB camera with f/2.4 telephotos lens is capable of 3X optical zoom, and 5X hybrid zoom.

 

HUAWEI P20 Pro Specification Comparison

SpecificationsHuawei P20 ProHuawei P20Huawei P20 Lite
Display6.1" Full HD+ OLED display
- 1080 x 2240 pixels (408 ppi)
- 18.7:9 aspect ratio
5.8" Full HD+ IPS display
- 1080 x 2244 pixels (428 ppi)
- 18.7:9 aspect ratio
5.8" Full HD+ IPS display
- 1080 x 2244 pixels
- 18.7:9 aspect ratio
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1
System PlatformHiSilicon Kirin 970HiSilicon Kirin 970HiSilicon Kirin 659
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.36 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.8 GHz)
i7 co-processor + NPU
4 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.36 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.8 GHz)
i7 co-processor + NPU
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (2.36 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.7 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G72 MP12 (850 MHz)ARM Mali-G72 MP12 (850 MHz)ARM Mali-T830 (900 MHz)
Memory6 GB LPDDR44 GB LPDDR44 GB LPDDR3
Storage128 GB internal storage
microSD card (up to 256 GB)
128 GB internal storage
microSD card (up to 256 GB)
64 GB internal storage
microSD card (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear CameraTriple-lens Leica 40 MP camera system
- 40 MP RGB sensor with f/1.8 lens
- 20 MP monochrome sensor with f/1.6 lens
- 8 MP RGB sensor with f/2.4 telephoto lens
- 3x lossless zoom + 5X hybrid zoom
- laser auto-focus
- dual tone LED flash
Dual-lens Leica camera
- 12 MP RGB sensor with f/1.8 lens
- 20 MP monochrome sensor with f/1.6 lens
- laser auto-focus
- dual tone LED flash
Dual-lens camera
- 12 MP RGB sensor with f/1.8 lens
- 20 MP monochrome sensor with f/1.6 lens
- laser auto-focus
- dual tone LED flash
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE
USB 2.0 Type C
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE
USB 2.0 Type C
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE
USB 2.0 Type C
GPSYes, AGPS, GLONASSYes, AGPS, GLONASSYes, AGPS, GLONASS
NFCYesYesYes
Battery4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery3,400 mAh lithium-ion battery3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
Colour OptionsCeramic Black / TwilightCeramic Black / TwilightMidnight Black / Klein Blue / Sakura Pink
Fingerprint SensorYes, Front MountedYes, Front MountedYes, Rear Mounted

 

HUAWEI P20 Pro Pearl White Price + Availability

The new HUAWEI P20 Pro Pearl White Edition is available for purchase at RM 2,949 / ~US$ 1,075 beginning 14 September 2018.

This is a limited edition colour with only 500 units available in Malaysia. Check for availability in the official Huawei store – Web | Mobile App.

 

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 “Camera Beast” Hands-On Preview

Right after Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 5, we had the opportunity to try it out for ourselves. Take a close look at what Xiaomi calls the Camera Beast!

 

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 “Camera Beast”

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Price Check) is powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 platform, which boasts eight Kyro 260 processor cores, and an Adreno 509 GPU. Xiaomi calls it the Camera Beast because of its flagship-level photography capabilities.

Dual-Lens Camera

The Redmi Note 5 (Price Check) employs a dual camera setup, for better bokeh effects. The main 12 MP sensor features large 1.4 μm pixels, which can capture more light and deliver better results under low-light conditions. The sensor also supports Dual Pixel technology, delivering very fast autofocus speeds.

The front camera has a 13 MP sensor, complemented by an LED Selfie light. When Portrait Mode is engaged, both the front and rear cameras can add different Beautify 4.0 effects. Even without a second sensor, Xiaomi claims that the front camera will deliver a great bokeh effect in Portrait Mode, thanks to AI technology that helps to isolate the subject from the background.

Powerful and efficient processor

The Redmi Note 5 (Price Check) uses Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 636 platform based on the 14 nm process. Users will experience faster performance, whether they are editing a large spreadsheet or playing demanding games. Compared to Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Snapdragon 636 has a 40% better performance while maintaining power efficiency.

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The Redmi Note 5 (Price Check) is the first device in the Redmi family to use LPDDR4X SDRAM, which is usually only available on flagship smartphones. With up to 4GB of fast RAM, it can run more apps simultaneously and switch between programs even more smoothly.

So much packed in a small form factor

The Redmi Note 5 (Price Check) sports a 5.99 inch FHD+ 18:9 display, a large 4000 mAh battery and support for fast charging. Equipped with the latest MIUI 9 operating system based on Android Oreo, it also supports full screen display gestures, which allows users to completely hide the navigation bar, for a maximized display area.

 

Redmi Note 5 vs. ZenFone Max Pro M1

ASUS just revealed two ZenFone Max Pro M1 (ZB601KL) models to directly take on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, so here is a table comparing their specifications.

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (ZB602KL)ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (ZB601KL)Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Display6" Full HD+ display
- 1080 x 2160 pixels
- 18:9 aspect ratio, 85% NTSC
- 450 nits, 1500:1 contrast ratio
6" Full HD+ display
- 1080 x 2160 pixels
- 18:9 aspect ratio, 85% NTSC
- 450 nits, 1500:1 contrast ratio
5.99" Full HD+ display
- 1080 x 2160 pixels
- 18:9 aspect ratio, 83% NTSC
- 450 nits, 1500:1 contrast ratio
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 OreoAndroid 8.1 OreoAndroid 8.1 Oreo
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 636Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
Processor8 x Qualcomm Kryo 260 cores (1.8 GHz)8 x Qualcomm Kryo 260 cores (1.8 GHz)8 x Qualcomm Kryo cores (1.8 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 509 GPUQualcomm Adreno 509 GPUQualcomm Adreno 509 GPU
Memory3 GB / 4 GB / 6 GB LPDDR4X memory3 GB / 4 GB / 6 GB LPDDR4X memory3 GB / 4 GB LPDDR4X memory
Storage32 GB / 64 GB internal flash storage (eMMC 5.1)
microSD card (2 TB)
32 GB / 64 GB internal flash storage (eMMC 5.1)
microSD card (2 TB)
32 GB / 64 GB
microSD card (shared with SIM2)
Front Camera8 MP front camera with f/2.2 lens and LED softlight flash8 MP front camera with f/2.2 lens and LED softlight flash13 MP front camera with f/2.0 lens and LED flash
Rear CameraDual-lens camera
- 13 MP image camera with f/2.0 lens
- 5 MP depth camera with f/2.4 lens
Dual-lens camera
- 13 MP image camera with f/2.2 lens
- 5 MP depth camera with f/2.4 lens
Dual-lens camera
- 12 MP Samsung sensor with f/1.9 lens
- 5 MP Samsung depth sensor with f/2.0 lens
Connectivity4G Version A
- LTE Cat4 DL : 150 Mbps
- LTE Cat5 UL : 75 Mbps
4G Version B
- LTE Cat13 DL : 400 Mbps
- LTE Cat5 UL : 75 Mbps

WiFi : 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : microUSB 2.0
4G : LTE Cat4 150 Mbps DL, 50 Mbps UL
WiFi : 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : microUSB 2.0
4G : LTE Cat12 600 Mbps DL, LTE Cat13 150 Mbps UL
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : microUSB 2.0
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, dual standby capability (4G / 4G)
Dedicated dual SIM tray
Dual SIM, dual standby capability (4G / 4G)
Dedicated dual SIM tray
Dual SIM, dual standby capability (4G / 4G)
Hybrid SIM tray
Fingerprint SensorRear-Mounted, 0.3 Sec UnlockRear-Mounted, 0.3 Sec UnlockRear-Mounted
GPSGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, GalileoGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, GalileoGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo
Audio5-magnet speaker5-magnet speaker
Battery5,000 mAh lithium-ion battery5,000 mAh lithium-ion battery4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
Dimensions76 mm wide
159 mm tall
8.5 mm thick
76 mm wide
159 mm tall
8.5 mm thick
75.4 mm wide
158.6 mm tall
8.05 mm thick
Weight180 g180 g181 g
Available ColoursDeepsea Black, Titanium GreyDeepsea Black, Titanium GreyBlack, Gold, Lake Blue

 

Price + Availability

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There will be two models with different memory and storage capacities :

  • 3GB + 32GB : RM 799 / ~US$ 205
  • 4GB + 64GB : RM 999 / ~US$ 256

Both versions will be available in three colors – Lake Blue, Gold, and Black. A simple and elegant TPU case will be shipped in the box with every Redmi Note 5.

You can purchase them from Lazada and 11street, or offline from our Authorised Mi Stores starting 5 May 2018. Here are some offers :

  • Redmi Note 5 (3 GB + 32 GB) : RM 768
  • Redmi Note 5 (4 GB + 64 GB) : RM 954

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Redmi Note 5 Photo Samples

If you don’t believe how good the Redmi Note 5 camera is, take a look at these samples taken on that day by Allen An!

 

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro (ZS551KL) Smartphone Preview

On 17 August 2017, ASUS launched the ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro (ZS551KL) smartphone with Korean superstar Gong Yoo at the Next TV Studio in Taipei. Let’s take a look at the specifications and key features of the ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro, as well as our hands-on preview of the first unit in Taipei!

 

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro (ZS551KL) Smartphone

The new ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro smartphone is targeted at users who are into mobile photography. Hence, it boasts a dual-lens main camera system. Check it out!

Elite Photographic Capability!

Whether it is the rear cameras or the front facing selfie camera, the ZenFone 4 Pro features three high end Sony camera sensrors with superior light sensitivity, focusing speeds and features.

  • First rear camera – an industry leading Sony IMX362, 25mm 12 megapixel main camera with the following technologies:
    • A wide F1.7 aperture that allows more light into the sensor
    • Large 1/2.55” format sensor
    • Large 1.4μm pixels which give the sensor superior light sensitivity
    • Wide aperture and large pixels work together to achieve 8X brighter photos 1 in low light compared to other smartphone cameras.
    • 4-axis OIS that allows up shutter speeds up to 4 stops slower
    • Fast Dual Pixel autofocus system that achieves focus in a mere 0.03 seconds
    • A SuperPixel Engine image processor that intelligently increases light sensitivity and removes photographic “noise” after the shot.
  • Second rear camera – a Sony IMX351, 2X optical zoom (50mm), 16 megapixel camera for ultra-clear photos of distant subjects
  • Front camera – a Sony IMX319 camera that is one of the world’s best front facing cameras
    • Largest 1.4μm pixels for a front-facing camera which give the sensor superior light sensitivity
    • Super-fast Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) – a rare feature for a front camera
    • Shares the SuperPixel Engine image processor with the main rear camera

Elite Components

The ZenFone 4 Pro also featyres the latest top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC processor that has been paried with a massive 6GB of RAM.

Certain variants of the ZenFone 4 Pro also support the latest Cat 16 4CA LTE standard for up to a blazing 1000MB per second data transfer speeds on compatible networks.

Elite Audio

Matching the photographic and processing capability of the ZenFone 4 Pro is its audio prowess which includes supremely loud 5-magnet dual speakers, a three-mic system (with one dedicated for noise cancelling), Hi-Res audio support and the industry’s best virtual surround system: DTS Headphone X:7.1.

Elite Design

The window to these features is a bright, 500 nits, Full-HD AMOLED display; and the entire package is wrapped in an exqusitely slim, Corning Gorilla Glass-wrapped unibody with a rounded aluminum alloy edge. The body also houses a unique anti-spoofing IR fingerprint sensor that requires the user’s live fingerprint to rapidly unlock the phone in 0.3 seconds.

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro (ZS551KL) Specifications

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone 4 Pro
ModelZS551KL
DesignGlass-metal unibody with front and rear Gorilla Glass panels featuring 2.5D contoured edges. Rounded sandblasted aluminum alloy edge. Home button with integrated fingerprint sensor.
Display5.5" Full HD AMOLED display (1920 x 1080) High 500nits brightness for best outdoor readability Capacitive touch panel with 10 points multi-touch (support glove touch)
Operating SystemAndroid 7.1 Nougat with ZenUI 4.0
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 835
Processor4 x Qualcomm Kryo 280 cores (2.45 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kyro 280 cores (1.8 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 540
MemoryUp to 6 GB RAM
StorageUp to 128 GB internal flash storage
One microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
Main CameraDual Lens Camera System

Main Camera (25 mm)
- 12 MP Sony IMX362 sensor
- 1.4 μm pixel size
- f/1.7 aperture
- Supports Dual Pixel PDAF and laser AF
- 4-axis OIS (up to 4 stops)

Zoom Camera (50 mm - 2X)
- 16 MP Sony IMX351 sensor
- 1.0 μm pixel size
- f/2.6 aperture
Front Camera8 MP Sony IMX319 sensor
- 1.4 μm pixel size
- f/1.9 aperture
- PDAF
Connectivity4G (Dual SIM) : CAT 12 3CA - up to 600Mbps download / 100Mbps upload
4G (Single SIM) : CAT 16 4CA – up to 1000Mbps download / 150Mbps upload (Single SIM)
WiFi (Dual SIM) : 802.11ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
WiFi (Single SIM) : 802.11ad (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB 2.0 Type C - supports OTG
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, dual standby
SIM1 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
SIM2 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
Fingerprint Sensor0.3 sec ultrafast unlocking, anti-spoofing IR fingerprint sensor, supports 5 fingers and 360 degree recognition
GPSGPS, AGPS, Glonass, BDS
AudioDual Smart amp powered speakers
Hi-Res audio output support - 192kHz/24-bit standard, 4X CD quality
DTS Headphone:X 7.1 virtual surround support
3-mic system with ASUS Noise Reduction Technology
Battery3,600 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Available ColoursPure Black / Moonlight White

 

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 (ZE554KL) Smartphone Preview

On 17 August 2017, ASUS launched the ASUS ZenFone 4 (ZE554KL) smartphone with Korean superstar Gong Yoo at the Next TV Studio in Taipei. Let’s take a look at the specifications and key features of the ASUS ZenFone 4, as well as our hands-on preview of the first unit in Taipei!

 

The ASUS ZenFone 4 (ZE554KL) Smartphone

The new ASUS ZenFone 4 smartphone is targeted at users who are into mobile photography. Hence, it boasts a dual-lens main camera system. Check it out!

Dedicated To Photography!

ASUS is committed to promoting mobile photography and enabling ZenFone owners take the best photos. Therefore, all new generation ZenFone 4 family models will feature two rear or front cameras. This is because two cameras and their specialized lenses are ideal for shooting different subjects at different distances.

  • First rear camera – an industry leading Sony IMX362, 12 megapixel main camera with the following technologies:
    • A wide F1.8 aperture that allows more light into the sensor
    • Large 1/2.55” format sensor
    • Large 1.4μm pixels which give the sensor superior light sensitivity
    • Wide aperture and large pixels work together to achieve 5X brighter photos 1 in low light compared to other smartphone cameras.
    • Fast Dual Pixel autofocus system that achieves focus in a mere 0.03 seconds
  • Second rear camera – a flexible, 120-degree field of view 8 megapixel, F2.2 camera with a 200% wider view that is ideal for capturing wide landscapes, large subjects or for shooting in confined spaces.
  • Front camera – the ZenFone 4 also has a higher-than-normal resolution, 8 megapixel front camera for sharp and clear selfies.

 

Premium glass-metal unibody design

The ASUS ZenFone 4 features a beautiful glass front and back construction sandwiching a finely sandblasted, rounded metal edge. Look at it from the side: it is the very first ASUS smartphone to have a totally flat, beautiful “bumpless” design where the cameras do not protrude out from beneath the protective Corning Gorilla Glass surface

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Specifications

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone 4
ModelZE554KL
DesignGlass-metal unibody with totally flat front and rear Gorilla Glass panels featuring 2.5D contoured edges.
Rounded sandblasted aluminum alloy edge.
Home button with integrated fingerprint sensor.
Display5.5" Full HD Super IPS+ LCD display (1920 x 1080)
High 600nits brightness for best outdoor readability
Capacitive touch panel with 10 points multi-touch (support glove touch)
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 4.0
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 660
Processor8 x Qualcomm Kyro 260 cores (2.2 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 512
MemoryUp to 6 GB RAM
Storage64 GB internal flash storage
One microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
Main CameraDual Lens Camera System

Main Camera (25 mm)
- 12 MP Sony IMX362 sensor
- 1.4 μm pixel size
- f/1.8 aperture
- Supports Dual Pixel PDAF

Wide-Angle Camera (12 mm)
- 8 MP Omnivision 8856 sensor
- 1.12 μm pixel size
- f/2.2 aperture
Front Camera8 MP Omnivision 8856 sensor
- 1.12 μm pixel size
- f/2.0 aperture
Connectivity4G : CAT 12/13 - up to 600Mbps download / 100Mbps upload
WiFi : 802.11ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB 2.0 Type C - supports OTG
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, dual standby
SIM1 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
SIM2 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
Fingerprint Sensor0.3 sec ultrafast unlocking, anti-spoofing IR fingerprint sensor, supports 5 fingers and 360 degree recognition
GPSGPS, AGPS, Glonass, BDS
AudioSmart amp powered speakers
Hi-Res audio output support - 192kHz/24-bit standard, 4X CD quality
DTS Headphone:X 7.1 virtual surround support
3-mic system with ASUS Noise Reduction Technology
Battery3,300 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Available ColoursMidnight Black / Moonlight White / Mint Green

 

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (ZD552KL) Preview

On 17 August 2017, ASUS launched the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (ZD552KL) smartphone with Korean superstar Gong Yoo at the Next TV Studio in Taipei. Let’s take a look at the specifications and key features of the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro, as well as our hands-on preview of the first unit in Taipei!

 

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (ZD552KL) Smartphone

The new ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro smartphone is designed to offer selfie fans greater flexibility in taking their selfies and wefies. Let’s check it out!

Two front cameras for perfect selfies!

Like other ZenFone 4 models, the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro has two cameras on one side. This is similar to how professional photographers use separate fixed focal length lenses with their DSLR cameras for the best possible quality, and to allow them to compose photos with different perspectives.

The big difference of the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro is that its cameras face the front, so that it can shoot perfect self or group portrait photos (wefies).

2X brighter low-light selfies with ASUS SuperPixel camera!

The main selfie camera on ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro features a F1.8 aperture lens and the latest Sony Exmor RS IMX362 image sensor. It has a large 1/2.55” size format, and large 1.4μm pixels. Combined with the ASUS SuperPixel Engine that intelligently controls sensor light sensitivity and reduces image noise, ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro is able to achieve twice (2x) the light sensitivity of a typical smartphone camera and helps users take beautifully clear and vivid selfies, day or night, indoors or out.

120 degree wide-angle second front camera

The ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s second front facing, 120-degree wide angle camera allows you to capture photos and videos that fit more of your environment into the frame, so you can include a scenic background in your shot or gather even more friends together and have fun taking wefies – without needing to use an inconvenient selfie stick!

Premium Metal Unibody

The ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro features a beautifully slim, metal unibody that was created by an advanced manufacturing process known as Nano Molding Technology (NMT). Its display is covered by tough Gorilla Glass which is then contoured at the edges.

The metal unibody also features a beautiful, diamond-cut chamfer and engraved detailing around the rear camera lens that shimmers with a radiant luster when viewed from different angles. Although the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro has dual front cameras, it is only 6.85mm thick and weighs only 147 grams.

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (ZD552KL) Specifications

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro
ModelZD552KL
Design2.5D contoured Corning Gorilla Glass display with metal unibody & multiple colour selections
Display5.5" Full HD AMOLED display (1920 x 1080)
Greater than 500nits brightness for excellent outdoor readability
Capacitive touch panel with 10 point multi-touch sensing (support glove touch)
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 4.0
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 625
Processor8 x ARM Cortex-A53 (up to 2 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 506
Memory3 GB RAM / 4 GB RAM
Storage64 GB internal flash storage
One microSD card slot (up to 2 TB)
Main Camera16 MP Sony IMX351 sensor
- 1.0 μm pixel size
- f/2.2 aperture
Front CameraDual Camera System

Main Camera (25 mm)
- 12 MP Sony IMX362 sensor
- 1.4 μm pixel size
- f/1.8 aperture
- Supports 24 MP DuoPixel, instead of Dual Pixel PDAF

Wide-Angle Camera (12 mm)
- 5 MP Omnivision 5670 sensor
- 1.12 μm pixel size
- f/2.2 aperture
Connectivity4G : CAT 7 - up to 300Mbps download / 100Mbps upload
WiFi : 802.11n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.2
Micro USB 2.0 - supports OTG
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, dual standby
SIM1 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
SIM2 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
Fingerprint Sensor0.3 sec ultrafast unlocking, supports 5 fingers and 360 degree recognition
GPSGPS, AGPS, Glonass, BDS
AudioHi-Res Audio 192kHz / 24-bit support (4 X CD quality)
5 Magnet Speaker for louder sound and less distortion
DTS HeadPhoneX: 7.1 Virtual surround
Battery3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Available ColoursRogue Red / Sunlight Gold / Deepsea Black

 

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie (ZD553KL) Preview

On 17 August 2017, ASUS launched the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie (ZD553KL) smartphone with Korean superstar Gong Yoo at the Next TV Studio in Taipei. Let’s take a look at the specifications and key features of the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie, as well as our hands-on preview of the first unit in Taipei!

 

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie (ZD553KL) Smartphone

The new ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie smartphone is designed to offer selfie fans greater flexibility in taking their selfies and wefies. Let’s check it out!

Two front cameras for perfect selfies!

Like other ZenFone 4 models, the ZenFone 4 Selfie has two cameras on one side. This is similar to how professional photographers use separate fixed focal length lenses with their DSLR cameras for the best possible quality, and to allow them to compose photos with different perspectives.

The big difference of the ZenFone 4 Selfie is that its cameras face the front, so that it can shoot perfect self or group portrait photos (wefies).

20 MP high resolution main camera

The main selfie camera on ZenFone 4 Selfie features a very high 20 megapixel resolution, allowing users to shoot the most detailed selfies.

Compared to typical front facing smartphone cameras that are about 8 megapixels (3264 x 2448), the 20 megapixel (5140 x 3860) main front camera of the ZenFone 4 Selfie produces photos that look much clearer and detailed on high resolution devices like monitors, and when printed on photo paper as large as A3 size.

120 degree wide-angle second front camera

The ZenFone 4 Selfie’s second front facing, 120-degree wide angle camera allows you to capture photos and videos that fit more of your environment into the frame, so you can include a scenic background in your shot or gather even more friends together and have fun taking wefies – without needing to use an inconvenient selfie stick!

16 MP rear camera!

The rear camera has a class leading 16-megapixel resolution; provides extremely fast autofocusing with its phase detection autofocus (PDAF) system, Full HD (1920 x 1080) video recording and can perfectly illuminate subjects in low light with a gentle LED “RealTone” flash.

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Specifications

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie
ModelZD553KL
Design2.5D contoured glass display with metallic-finish unibody
Display5.5" HD IPS LCD (1280 x 720)
400 nits brightness for excellent outdoor readability
74.2% screen-to-body ratio
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 4.0
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 430
Processor8 x ARM Cortex-A53 (up to 1.4 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 505
Memory4 GB RAM
Storage64 GB internal flash storage
One microSD card slot (up to 2 TB)
Main Camera16 MP Omnivision 16880 sensor
- 1.0 μm pixel size
- f/2.0 aperture
Front CameraDual Camera System

Main Camera (31 mm)
- 20 MP Omnivision 20880 sensor
- 1.0 μm pixel size
- f/2.0 aperture

Wide-Angle Camera (12 mm)
- 8 MP Omnivision 8856 sensor
- 1.12 μm pixel size
- f/2.4 aperture
Connectivity4G : CAT 4 - up to 150Mbps download / 50Mbps upload
WiFi : 802.11n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.1
Micro USB 2.0 - supports OTG
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, dual standby
SIM1 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
SIM2 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
Fingerprint Sensor0.3 sec ultrafast unlocking, supports 5 fingers and 360 degree recognition
GPSGPS, AGPS, Glonass, BDS
Audio5 Magnet Speaker
Battery3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Available ColoursRose Pink / Mint Green / Sunlight Gold / Deepsea Black

 

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (ZC554KL) Preview

On 17 August 2017, ASUS launched the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (ZC554KL) smartphone with Korean superstar Gong Yoo at the Next TV Studio in Taipei. Let’s take a look at the specifications and key features of the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro, as well as our hands-on preview of the first unit in Taipei!

 

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (ZC554KL) Smartphone

The new ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro smartphone is designed to offer extremely-long battery life to users who are always on-the-go, and may not have ready access to a power source.

Two cameras for perfect photos!

All ZenFone 4 models will feature two cameras. This is because two cameras and their specialized lenses are ideal for shooting different subjects at different distances.

  • First rear camera – a 16 megapixel main camera with a standard 80-degree field of view,
  • Second rear camera – with a 120-degree field of view that is better for capturing wider subjects or for shooting in confined spaces.
  • Front camera – the ZenFone 4 Max Pro also has a higher-than-normal resolution, 16 megapixel front camera for sharp and clear selfies.

Massive battery for longer shooting!

The ZenFone 4 Max Pro is the series with the ultra-high 5000mAH capacity battery, capable of powering the smartphone for 46 days on standby, or simply allowing users to shoot for far longer periods than conventional smartphones.

It provides 3 hours of talk time with just 15 minutes of charging, has twice the lifespan of conventional phone batteries and can act as a backup power bank!

Reverse Charging

A useful trick of the ZenFone 4 Max Pro is its ability to double up as a power bank for charging other devices using a USB on-the-go cable.

2X Battery Lifespan

Despite the battery’s high capacity, it also has twice the lifespan of a typical smartphone’s battery thanks to advanced Asus battery management technologies that monitor its temperature and manages its charging limits.

The battery is also built in with protection against 12 safety checkpoints including excessive temperatures and overvoltage to automatically stop charging when these are detected.

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (ZC554KL) Specifications

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone Max Pro
ModelZC554KL
Design2.5D glass with metallic design & multiple colour selections
Premium metal unibody
Display5.5" HD IPS display (720 x 1280)
Greater than 400 nits brightness for best outdoor readability
Capacitive touch panel with 10 points multi-touch (support glove touch)
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 4.0
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 430
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (up to 1.4 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 505
Memory3 GB RAM
Storage32 GB internal flash storage
One microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
Main CameraDual Lens Camera System

Main Camera (25 mm)
- 16 MP Omnivision 16880 sensor
- 1.12 μm pixel size
- f/2.0 aperture

Wide-Angle Camera (18 mm)
- 5 MP Omnivision 5675 sensor
- 1.12 μm pixel size
- f/2.2 aperture
Front Camera16 MP Omnivision 16880 sensor
- 1.0 μm pixel size
- f/2.0 aperture
Connectivity4G : CAT 4 - up to 150Mbps download / 50Mbps upload
WiFi : 802.11n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.1
Micro USB 2.0 - supports OTG
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, dual standby
SIM1 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
SIM2 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
Fingerprint Sensor0.3 sec ultrafast unlocking, supports 5 fingers and 360 degree recognition
GPSGPS, AGPS, Glonass, BDS
AudioSpeaker with PMIC internal amplifier
Battery5,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Available ColoursRose Pink / Sunlight Gold / Deepsea Black

 

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The Sony a9 (α9) Hands-On Preview & Photo Samples

Last week, we shared with you the full details of the new Sony a9 (α9) full-frame mirrorless camera (also known as the Sony Alpha 9). This is the speed-focused Sony alpha camera, with a maximum shooting speed of 20 fps! Today, we will share with you more photo samples, as well as our hands-on preview of the Sony a9 (α9) (Lowest price) with three E-mount lenses!

 

The Sony a9 (α9) Hands-On Preview

Let’s start off with our hands-on preview of the Sony a9 (α9) full-frame mirrorless camera (Lowest price), paired with the FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS lens. This is not the new FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM, which was introduced together with the Sony a9.

Then let’s take a look at three Sony a9 (α9) cameras, each with a different lens. In addition to the FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS, we have the FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS lens and the FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens.

 

More Sony a9 (α9) Sample Photos

We shared some sample shots we took with the Sony a9 (α9) (Lowest price) and the FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS lens in our article – The Sony Alpha 9 (α9) FF Mirrorless Camera Revealed! Here are more sample photos with the same setup. Please note that these were cropped, but otherwise not edited in any other way.

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Sony a9 (α9) Accessories

Sony released the following accessories to compliment the new Sony a9 (Lowest price):

  • NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Battery: High-capacity battery with approximately 2.2x the capacity of the NP-FW50 W-series battery. Supports InfoLITHIUM technology, which makes it possible to view the remaining battery power as both a percentage display and five step icon on the camera’s LCD screen.
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  • NPA-MQZ1K Multi-Battery Adaptor Kit: External multi-battery adaptor kit capable of functioning as an external power supply for four Z series batteries and as a quick charger. Kit comes with two packs of NP-FZ100 rechargeable batteries.
  • GP-X1EM Grip Extension: Grip extender with same look, feel and design as α9. Enables more solid hold on camera.
  • FDA-EP18 Eyepiece Cup: Eye piece cup with locking mechanism
  • BC-QZ1 Battery Charger: Quick-charging battery charger. Charges one new Z series battery in approximately 2.5 hours.
  • PCK-LG1 Screen Protect Glass Sheet: Hard, shatterproof glass screen protector with anti-stain coating to prevent fingerprints. Compatible with touch operation and tilting LCD screen

 

Price & Availability

The Sony a9 interchangeable lens camera is now available in Malaysia.

  • Sony α9 (body only) – RM 21,799 / ~US$ 5,189 (Lowest price)
  • Super-telephoto Zoom Lens (SEL100400) – RM 12,699 / ~US$ 3,019 (Lowest price)
  • Premium Wide Angle Zoom Lens (SEL1635GM) – RM 10,899 / ~US$ 2,599 (Lowest price)
  • Compact Wide Angle Lens (SEL1224GM) – RM 7,899 / ~US$ 1,879

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The Motorola Moto G5 Plus Offer, Specifications & Preview

The Motorola Moto G5 Plus is here! We had the opportunity earlier last week to have our first-ever hands-on preview of the Moto G5 Plus smartphone. We also managed to unearth some preliminary information on the Moto G5 Plus. Check out the preview and pre-launch details!

 

The Moto G5 Plus Preview

The Motorola Moto G5 Plus is a mid-range smartphone with a 5.2″ full HD display. It runs on the new Android 7.0 Nougat operating system, and is powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC. Motorola offers variants with 3 GB or 4 GB of RAM and either 16 GB or 32 GB of storage. But we can confirm that only the top model with 4 GB RAM and 32 GB of storage will be sold in Malaysia.

Even though Motorola pegs the G5 Plus as a mid-range smartphone, it boasts a 12 MP main camera with a Dual Pixel sensor which allows for more accurate and very fast autofocus. This is usually a feature of flagship smartphone models. It is also supported by a dual LED flash, and is capable of recording 4K videos at 30 fps.

The Moto G5 Plus has a 3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery, which supports 15 W TurboPower charging. According to Moto, a 15 minute charge is enough to give you an additional 6 hours of power. In addition, the G5 Plus has a full metal chassis, and is protected in the front by Gorilla Glass 3. Motorola also gave it nano coating that repels water, but it is not water-resistant.

 

The Moto G5 Plus Specifications

SpecificationsMoto G5 Plus / Moto G Plus (5th Gen)
Display5.2" Full HD IPS display
- 1080 x 1920 pixels, 424 ppi
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3
Water-repellent nano-coating
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 Nougat
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 625
Processor8 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (2.0 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 506 GPU (650 MHz)
Memory4 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM (933 MHz)
Storage32 GB internal flash storage (eMMC 5.1)
Dedicated microSD card slot (up to 128 GB)
Front Camera5 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens
Rear Camera12 MP Dual Pixels sensor with f/1.7 lens and dual LED flash
AudioFront-ported speakers
Dual microphones
Connectivity4G LTE : Band 1, 3, 5, 8, 40
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : version 4.2
USB : microUSB 2.0 port
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, Dual Standby capability
Dual nano SIM (dedicated slots)
Fingerprint SensorYes
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Ambient Light, Proximity
GPSYes, GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS support
NFCYes
Battery3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- 15 W TurboPower charging
Dimensions74.0 mm high x 150.2 mm tall x 9.7 mm thick
Weight155 g
Available ColoursLunar Gray / Fine Gold

 

New Features On The Horizon

While the Moto G5 Plus already comes with Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed, Motorola is promising a slew of new features. While they cannot reveal much, we know that a major firmware update is scheduled for July 2017, and it will come with Moto Key.

The Moto Key upgrade will allow you to unlock any computer (with the Moto Key app installed) with your Moto G5 Plus. Just authenticate yourself using the fingerprint sensor on the G5 Plus, and presto! your computer is unlocked!

 

Price & Availability

The Moto G5 Plus is priced at RM 1,299 (~US$ 289), and is exclusively available on Lazada. You will be able to pre-order the Moto G5 Plus starting Monday, 29 May 2017, with delivery starting from 5 June 2017 onwards.

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Motorola has prepared the following pre-order and launch promotion

Pre-Order Offers (valid from 29 May to 4 June only)

  • 12-month extended warranty under the Moto Care Plan worth RM199
  • Moto Flip Case and screen protector worth RM99 (while stocks last)

Launch Offers (valid from 5 June onwards)

  • Moto Flip Case and screen protector worth RM99 (while stocks last)

Customers can check out the 0% installment plan offered by Lazada Malaysia as well.

 

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The vivo V5s “Perfect Selfie” Specifications & Preview

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

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

 

The Hands-On Preview

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

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

The Perfect Selfie

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

Ample Memory & Storage

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

App Clone

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

For The Audiophile

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

 

The vivo V5s Specifications

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

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The ZTE Blade V8 Price, Specifications & Preview

The new ZTE Blade V8 (Amazon | Lazada) smartphone was officially launched today. Designed with the youth market in mind, the Blade V8 comes with a dual-lens camera that not only produces better bokeh, it is also capable of taking 3D photos and videos. Let’s check it out in greater detail!

 

The ZTE Blade V8 Smartphone

The ZTE Blade V8 (Amazon | Lazada) is a 5.2″ smartphone that runs on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat, and is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435. It comes with 3 GB of memory and 32 GB of internal flash storage. If that’s not enough, you can add storage using a microSD card (up to 128 GB).

The ZTE Blade V8’s killer feature is the main camera, which is 3D capable, thanks to the second 2 MP camera placed away from the main 13 MP camera. This gives the camera enough stereoscopic capability to produce 3D pictures and videos. It can also improve the bokeh in normal 2D photos, and adds a refocus mode, which allows you to change the focus in the picture after you have taken it.

Its front camera is no slouch either. It boasts the same 13 MP Sony IMX258 sensor used by the main camera, paired with a f/2.2 lens, and supported by a Moonlight flash. What is a Moonlight flash? It’s actually a dedicated LED flash, with a softer glow to avoid harsh highlights when you take selfies.

 

The ZTE Blade V8 Specifications

SpecificationsZTE Blade V8
Display5.2" full HD IPS display, with 2.D edge glass cover
- 1080 x 1920 pixels, 424 ppi
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 Nougat with ZTE MiFavor UI 4.2
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 435
Processor8 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.4 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 505
Memory3 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM (800 MHz)
Storage32 GB internal flash storage (eMMC 5.1)
microSD card slot (up to 128 GB), shared with SIM2
Front Camera13 MP Sony IMX258 sensor with f/2.2 lens
- supports PDAF technology and Moonlight flash
Main CameraDual-lens camera capable of taking 3D pictures and videos
- 13 MP Sony IMX258 sensor with f/2.0 lens + 2 MP sensor
- supports PDAF and single LED flash
ConnectivityGSM : 2G / 3G / 4G LTE
WiFi : 802.11/b/g/n
Bluetooth : v4.1
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, Dual Standby
- dual nano SIM slots (hybrid SIM)
- SIM2 shared with microSD card
- SIM1 : 4G, SIM2 : 3G
Fingerprint SensorYes, integrated into Home sensor
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Proximity, Ambient light, Compass, Gyroscope, Hall sensor
FM RadioYes
Battery2730 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Dimensions71.5 mm wide x 148.4 mm tall x 7.7 mm thick
Available ColoursGrey / Rose Gold

 

The ZTE Blade V8 Price & Availability

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The ZTE Blade V8 (Amazon | Lazada) is priced at RM 999 (inclusive of GST) / ~US$ 219. It is available in the Grey colour option right now, with the Rose Gold option coming in only in June 2017.

Every ZTE Blade V8 (Amazon | Lazada) will come with a TPU case and screen protector. But those purchasing their Blade V8 online will also receive a flip case, in addition to the standard freebies (TPU case and screen protector).

 

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The Meizu Pro 6 Plus Smartphone Revealed!

Meizu just revealed their top-of-the-line smartphone – the Meizu Pro 6 Plus (Amazon | Lazada). Our first impression when we first saw it was how similar it was to the Samsung Galaxy S7 (Amazon | Lazada). Check out their presentation and our hands-on preview, and see for yourself just how similar it is to the Samsung flagship smartphone!

 

The Meizu Pro 6 Plus Key Features

In this video, the Meizu Director for Asia Pacific Region, Mr. Gary Xu, revealed the key features of the Meizu Pro 6 Plus (Amazon | Lazada). He also touched on the Meizu M5 Note (Amazon | Lazada), which they also launched at the same time.

After the launch event, we had some time to try out the Meizu Pro 6 Plus (Amazon | Lazada). Here is our hands-on preview!

Here is a summary of the Pro 6 Plus’ key features :

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Full Metal Unibody – Touted as “Stronger Than Ever”, its metal unibody has a micro-arc design that takes 30 steps and 150 hours of precise craftsmanship.

High Performance – The Meizu Pro 6 Plus boasts the same Samsung Exynos 8890 SoC that powers the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (Amazon | Lazada). It also comes with 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory and 64 GB of storage!

Large Beautiful Display – The Meizu Pro 6 Plus boasts the same beautiful Super AMOLED display used by the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (Amazon | Lazada). It’s just bigger at 5.7″!

Sony IMX386 Camera – Meizu equipped the Pro 6 Plus with the 12 MP Sony IMX386 sensor, which supports PDAF. It is paired with a f/2.0 lens that supports 4-axis image stabilisation, and a 10-LED circular flash.

USB 3.1 Type C – The Pro 6 Plus not only uses the latest bidirectional USB Type C port, it supports the USB 3.1 standard, allowing for much faster transfers.

24 W Fast Charging – The Pro 6 Plus has a 3,400 mAh battery with 24 W fast charging capability. A 30 minute charge is enough to recharge it to 60%!

The Meizu Pro 6 Plus (Amazon | Lazada) is available right now in three colour options – Gray, Silver and Gold. It is priced at RM 1,999 / ~US$ 439.

 

The Meizu Pro 6 Plus Specifications

SpecificationsMeizu Pro 6 Plus
Display5.7" Super AMOLED display
- 1440 x 2560 pixels (518 ppi)
ProtectionAircraft-grade aluminium alloy unibody, with 2.5D glass
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow with Flyme 5
System PlatformSamsung Exynos 8890
Processor4 x Samsung Mongoose cores (2.0 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.5 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T880 MP10
Memory4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
Storage64 GB internal flash storage
Front Camera5 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Main Camera12 MP Sony IMX386 sensor with f/2.0 lens
- 4-axis OIS, PDAF, laser AF, 10-LED ring flash
Connectivity4G : LTE Cat8
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : v4.2
USB : USB 3.1 Type C
SIM CapabilityDual nano SIM, Dual standby
GPSGPS / AGPS / GLONASS
Fingerprint SensorYes, built into Home button
Other SensorsHeart rate, gravity, ambient light, IR proximity, gyroscope
AudioESS ES9018K2M decoder + ADI AD45275
Battery3,400 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- supports 24 W fast charging

 

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The AMD Ryzen 5 1600X Processor First Look

The AMD Ryzen is, no doubt, the most anticipated CPU to be introduced in 2017. It is the processor that AMD fans have always wanted, but AMD did not quite deliver… until now. The AMD Ryzen 7 1800X literally blew away the competition, with its 8 cores, large 16 MB cache and highly competitive price.

Even so, not everyone can afford it. That’s where the AMD Ryzen 5 family comes in. It offers a more affordable selection of AMD Ryzen processors with 4 to 6 cores. In this article, we will share with you our first look at the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X – the top-of-the-line 6-core processor in the AMD Ryzen 5 family.

 

The AMD Ryzen 5 1600X

The AMD Ryzen 5 family is divided into two main lines – the lower-end quad-core processors and the higher-end hexa-core processors. The AMD Ryzen 5 1600X is the top-of-the-line quad-core Ryzen 5 model. It has 6 cores and 12 threads, with a 3.6 GHz base clock and a 4.0 GHz boost clock.

How does it compare against the other Ryzen 5 processors? Find out in this specification comparison of the current AMD Ryzen 5 processors.

SpecificationsAMD Ryzen 5 1600XAMD Ryzen 5 1600AMD Ryzen 5 1500XAMD Ryzen 5 1400
TDP95 W65 W65 W65 W
SocketAM4AM4AM4AM4
Process Technology14 nm FinFET14 nm FinFET14 nm FinFET14 nm FinFET
Processor Cores6644
Number of Simultaneous Threads121288
L2 Cache Size3 MB3 MB2 MB2 MB
L3 Cache Size16 MB16 MB16 MB8 MB
Base Clock Speed3.6 GHz3.2 GHz3.5 GHz3.2 GHz
Boost Clock Speed4.0 GHz3.6 GHz3.7 GHz3.4 GHz
Bundled CPU CoolerNoneAMD Wraith SpireAMD Wraith SpireAMD Wraith Stealth
Launch Price (2017-03-02)US$ 249US$ 219US$ 189US$ 169

 

Unboxing The AMD Ryzen 5 1600X

The AMD Ryzen 5 1600X does not come with a bundled CPU cooler, so you will need a Ryzen 7-compatible cooler. It comes in a rather large but light cardboard box. Let’s take a look inside!

 

A Closer Look At The AMD Ryzen 5 1600X

Let’s take a closer look at the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X CPU.

 

More AMD Ryzen Information

For more information on AMD Ryzen 5 (codenamed Summit Ridge), please take a look at our other AMD Ryzen articles :

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We will have more coverage on the AMD Ryzen 5 processors, so be sure to keep checking back! 😀

 

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The AMD Ryzen 5 1500X Processor Unboxing & Preview

The AMD Ryzen is, no doubt, the most anticipated CPU to be introduced in 2017. It is the processor that AMD fans have always wanted, but AMD did not quite deliver… until now. The AMD Ryzen 7 1800X literally blew away the competition, with its 8 cores, large 16 MB cache and highly competitive price.

Even so, not everyone can afford it. That’s where the AMD Ryzen 5 family comes in. It offers a more affordable selection of AMD Ryzen processors with 4 to 6 cores. In this article, we will share with you our first look at the AMD Ryzen 5 1500X – the top-of-the-line quad-core processor in the AMD Ryzen 5 family.

Read our complete AMD Ryzen 5 1500X Quad-Core Processor Review!

 

The AMD Ryzen 5 1500X

The AMD Ryzen 5 family is divided into two main lines – the lower-end quad-core processors and the higher-end hexa-core processors. The AMD Ryzen 5 1500X is the top-of-the-line quad-core Ryzen 5 model. It has 4 cores and 8 threads, with a 3.5 GHz base clock and a 3.7 GHz boost clock.

How does it compare against the other Ryzen 5 processors? Find out in this specification comparison of the current AMD Ryzen 5 processors.

SpecificationsAMD Ryzen 5 1600XAMD Ryzen 5 1600AMD Ryzen 5 1500XAMD Ryzen 5 1400
TDP95 W65 W65 W65 W
SocketAM4AM4AM4AM4
Process Technology14 nm FinFET14 nm FinFET14 nm FinFET14 nm FinFET
Processor Cores6644
Number of Simultaneous Threads121288
L2 Cache Size3 MB3 MB2 MB2 MB
L3 Cache Size16 MB16 MB16 MB8 MB
Base Clock Speed3.6 GHz3.2 GHz3.5 GHz3.2 GHz
Boost Clock Speed4.0 GHz3.6 GHz3.7 GHz3.4 GHz
Bundled CPU CoolerNoneAMD Wraith SpireAMD Wraith SpireAMD Wraith Stealth
Launch Price (2017-03-02)US$ 249US$ 219US$ 189US$ 169

 

Unboxing The AMD Ryzen 5 1500X

The AMD Ryzen 5 1500X comes with a bundled CPU cooler – the AMD Wraith Spire. Hence it comes in a much larger box. Let’s take a look inside!

 

A Closer Look At The Ryzen 5 1500X & Wraith Spire Cooler

Let’s take a closer look at the AMD Ryzen 5 1500X CPU and the bundled Wraith Spire cooler.

Read our complete AMD Ryzen 5 1500X Quad-Core Processor Review!

 

More AMD Ryzen Information

For more information on AMD Ryzen 5 (codenamed Summit Ridge), please take a look at our other AMD Ryzen articles :

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The New Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (9365) Laptop Revealed!

Four months after it was first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017, Dell has finally launched the new Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (9365) laptop.

Powered by the latest 7th Generation Intel Core processors, this is the world’s smallest 13″ 2-in-1 laptop. It also boasts an UltraSharp QHD+ InfinityEdge display. Check it out!

 

The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (9365) Laptop

Introducing the new Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (9365) laptop, and its key features, was Christopher Choong, Field Marketing Manager, Client Solutions Group, Dell Malaysia.

We had some time to try out the new Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (9365) laptop. Here is our hands-on preview!

Here are some of its key features :

Incredibly Mobile

The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (9365) laptop is the world’s smallest 13″ laptop. Thanks to its fan-less design, and use of a Type C USB port for power, it has an incredibly slim (8-13.7 mm) form factor. The hinge rotates 360°, allowing you to use it in four different modes – tablet, tent, laptop and stand.

Tough & Reliable

The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (9365) laptop is built with laser-cut aluminium and carbon fiber, with Gorilla Glass 4 protection for the display. Its steel hinges have been tested to last at least 20,000 rotations. It is also backed by the legendary Dell Premium Support with Accidental Damage.

Amazing Display

The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (9365) laptop comes with an UltraSharp touch display with a QHD+ resolution of 3200 x 1800, a pixel density of 276 ppi, and a wide 170° viewing angle. Dell calls it InfinityEdge, because of its extremely thin bezel. It has a maximum brightness of 400 nots, and a colour gamut of 72%, with a contrast ratio of 1000:1.

 

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The HP Spectre x360 (2017) 2-in-1 Laptop First Look

HP invited us to literally “take a spin” with their newly-refreshed 13.3″ HP Spectre x360 (Amazon | Lazada) 2-in-1 laptop. The racing outfit Grassroots Automotive (GRA) took us for a couple of laps around a racetrack while we literally tried to use the HP Spectre x360. No joke. It left some participants queasy, but not the Spectre x360… which was probably the point of the whole exercise.

But let’s leave the race for a moment and focus on our subject matter – the newly-refreshed HP Spectre x360 (Amazon | Lazada). Don’t worry – we will get back to the race in a minute. 😀

 

The HP Spectre x360 Hands-On Preview

Before the ride, we had the opportunity to try out the HP Spectre x360 (Amazon | Lazada), which has been refreshed with the new 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processors (codenamed Kaby Lake). We had enough time to do a short hands-on preview video of the experience. Check it out!

While the new 15.6″ Spectre x360 sports an NVIDIA GeForce 940MX mobile GPU, the 13.3″ Spectre x360 models (Amazon | Lazada) do not. They are powered by the Intel HD Graphics 620 processor graphics. However, they boast the same front-facing Bang & Olufsen speakers. Its other features include:

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  • The new dual fan design optimizes thermals to ensure the device runs cool during demanding activities
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors
  • Options with up to a 256GB PCIe SSD for fast performance and plenty of space to store high resolution videos and photos
  • HP TrueVision FHD Webcam with 12% wider field of view, great for web chats
  • A FHD IR camera supports Windows Hello Facial Log-In for secure, easy log in without typing a password.
  • HP Fast Charge to recharge the batteries to 90 percent capacity in just 90 minutes

 

The HP Spectre x360 Specifications

SpecificationsHP Spectre x360 13-w006TUHP Spectre x360 13-w007TU
Part NumberZ4H97PA#UUFZ4H98PA#UUF
Display Size13.3" full HD display13.3" full HD display
Display Resolution1920 x 10801920 x 1080
ProcessorIntel Core i5-7200U
- 2.5 GHz, boost up to 3.1 GHz
- 3 MB L2 cache, 2 cores
Intel Core i7-7500U
- 2.7 GHz, boost up to 3.5 GHz
- 4 MB L2 cache, 2 cores
Memory8 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM (1866 MHz)8 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM (1866 MHz)
Storage256 GB PCIe M.2 SSD256 GB PCIe M.2 SSD
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD Graphics 620Intel HD Graphics 620
Optical DriveNoneNone
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 10 (64-bit)Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)
Ports2 x USB 3.1 Type C Gen 2 / Thunderbolt 3
1 x USB 3.1 Type A Gen 1
1 x headphone / microphone combo port
2 x USB 3.1 Type C Gen 2 / Thunderbolt 3
1 x USB 3.1 Type A Gen 1
1 x headphone / microphone combo port
Thickness13.79 mm13.79 mm
Weight1.295 kg1.295 kg
Battery3-cell3-cell
Power Adaptor65 W65 W
ConnectivityIntel 802.11b/g/n/ac (1x1) WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 comboIntel 802.11b/g/n/ac (1x1) WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 combo
Warranty2 Years local on-site warranty, inclusive of 1 Year limited international warranty (part / labour / carry-in only)2 Years local on-site warranty, inclusive of 1 Year limited international warranty (part / labour / carry-in only)
Launch Price (+6% GST)RM 5,199 / ~USD 1,159RM 5,999 / ~USD 1,333

 

The HP Spectre x360 Racing Challenge

Now that we are done checking out the new HP Spectre x360 (Amazon | Lazada), let’s go for a spin with Grassroots Automotive (GRA)! 😀

 

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Fujifilm GFX 50S Mirrorless Camera Preview

In our earlier article (The Fujifilm GFX 50S  Mirrorless Camera Revealed), Makoto Oishi, the Product Planning Manager of the Fujifilm Optical Device & Electronic Imaging Products Division, explained the key features of the Fujifilm GFX 50S.

But nothing beats having some hands-on time with the actual camera, so join us for our first look at the Fujifilm GFX 50S! We will also share with you the diagram and key specifications of the Fujifilm GFX 50S mirrorless camera.

 

The Fujifilm GFX 50S Camera Hands-On Preview

Fending off the many photographers at the media hands-on session, we were able to get hold of a fully-equipped Fujifilm GFX 50S camera, with the FUJINON GF63mmF2.8 R WR and a battery grip. Check it out! 😀

For those who are wondering what the many buttons do, here are some diagrams for your reference :

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Next Page > The Complete Fujifilm GFX 50S Specifications

 

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The Complete Fujifilm GFX 50S Specifications

For a primer on the Fujifilm GFX 50S and its key features, check out our article – The Fujifilm GFX 50S  Mirrorless Camera Revealed.

Model Name FUJIFILM GFX 50S
Number of effective pixels 51.4 million pixels
Image sensor 43.8mm x 32.9mm Bayer array with primary color filter
Sensor Cleaning system
Ultra Sonic Vibration
Storage media SD Card (-2G) / SDHC Card (-32G) / SDXC Card (-256G) UHS-I / UHS-II*1
File format
Still image
JPEG (Exif Ver.2.3)*2, RAW : 14bit RAW(RAF original format), RAW+JPEG, 8-bit TIFF(In-camera Raw Conversion Only)
Movie
MOV (MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, Audio : Linear PCM / Stereo sound 48KHz sampling)
Number of recorded pixels L: (4:3) 8256 x 6192 / (3:2) 8256 x 5504 / (16:9)8256 x 4640 / (1:1) 6192 x 6192 (65:24)8256 x 3048 / (5:4) 7744 x 6192 / (7:6) 7232 x 6192
S: (4:3) 4000 x 3000 / (3:2)4000 x 2664 / (16:9)4000 x 2248 / (1:1) 2992 x 2992 (65:24)4000 x 1480 / (5:4) 3744 x 3000 / (7:6) 3504 x 3000
Lens mount FUJIFILM G mount
Sensitivity Standard Output Sensitivity : AUTO1 / AUTO2 / AUTO3 (up to ISO12800) / ISO100-12800 (1/3 step)
Extended output sensitivity : ISO50 / 25600 / 51200 / 102400
Exposure control TTL 256-zone metering, Multi / Spot / Average / Center Weighted
Exposure mode P(Program AE) / A(Aperture Priority AE) / S(Shutter Speed Priority AE) / M(Manual Exposure)
Exposure compensation -5.0EV – +5.0EV, 1/3EV step
(movie recording : -2.0EV – +2.0EV)
Image Stabilizer Supported with OIS type lenses
Shutter type Focal Plane Shutter
Shutter speed
Mechanical Shutter
4sec. – 1/4000sec (P mode), 60 min. – 1/4000 sec. (All modes)
Bulb mode (up to 60min), TIME:60min. – 1/4000sec.
Electronic Shutter*3
4sec – 1/16000sec (P mode), 60min – 1/16000sec (All modes)
Bulb mode (up to 60 min), TIME:60min. – 1/16000sec.
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter*4
4sec. – 1/4000sec (P mode), 60 min. – 1/4000 sec. (All modes)
Bulb mode (up to 60min), TIME:60min. – 1/4000sec.
Mechanical + Electronic Shutter
4sec – 1/16000sec (P mode), 60min – 1/16000sec (All modes)
Bulb mode (up to 60 min), TIME:60min. – 1/16000sec.
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter*4 + Electronic Shutter
4sec – 1/16000sec (P mode), 60min – 1/16000sec (All modes)
Bulb mode (up to 60 min), TIME:60min. – 1/16000sec.
Synchronized shutter speed for flash
1/125sec. or slower
Continuous shooting Approx. 3.0 fps ( JPEG:Endless Lossless compression RAW : 13 Frames Uncompressed RAW : 8 Frames)
*When Using the Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
Approx. 1.8 fps ( JPEG : Endless Lossless Compression RAW : Endless Uncompressed RAW : 8 Frames)
  • * Recordable frames depends on recording media
  • * Speed of continuous shooting depends on shooting environment and shooting frames
Auto bracketing AE Bracketing (2/3/5/7/9 frames) ±1/3EV – ±3EV, 1/3EV step
Film Simulation Bracketing (Any 3 types of film simulation selectable)
Dynamic Range Bracketing (100%, 200%, 400%)
ISO sensitivity Bracketing (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)
White Balance Bracketing (±1, ±2, ±3)
Focus
mode
Single AF / Continuous AF / MF
type
TTL Contrast AF
AF frame selection
Single Point AF: EVF / LCD: 13×9 / 25×17 (Changeable Size of AF Frame Among 6 Types)
Zone AF: 3×3 / 5×5 / 7×7 from 117 Areas on 13×9 Grid
Wide/Tracking AF: (Up to 9 Area)
  • * AF-S : Wide
  • * AF-C : Tracking
White balance Automatic scene recognition / Custom / Color temperature selection (K) / Preset : Daylight, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Underwater
Self-timer 10sec. / 2sec.
Interval timer shooting Yes (Setting : Interval, Number of shots, Starting time)
Flash modes
*When EF-X500 is set
SYNC. MODE
1ST CURTAIN / 2ND CURTAIN / AUTO FP(HSS)
FLASH MODE
TTL(FLASH AUTO / STANDARD / SLOW SYNC.) / MANUAL / OFF
Hot shoe Yes (Dedicated TTL Flash compatible)
Viewfinder 0.5 inch Approx. 3.69 millions dots OLED Color Viewfinder Coverage of Viewing Area vs. Capturing Area : Approx. 100%
Eyepoint: Approx. 23mm (from the Rear End of the Camera’s Eyepiece) , Diopter Adjustment: -4 – +2m-1
Magnification: 0.85x with 50mm Lens (35mm Equivalent) at infinity and Diopter set to -1.0m-1
Diagonal Angle of View: Approx. 40° (Horizontal Angle of View: Approx. 33° )
Built-In Eye Sensor
LCD monitor 3.2 inch, Aspect Ratio 4:3,
Approx. 2,360K-dot Tilt-Type, Touch Screen Color LCD Monitor (Approx. 100% Coverage)
Movie recording [Full HD (1920×1080)] 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 36Mbps up to Approx. 30 min.
[HD (1280×720)] 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 18Mbps up to Approx. 30min.
Photography functions Color, Sharpness, Highlight tone, Shadow tone, Noise reduction, Long exposure NR, Lens Modulation Optimizer, Color space, Pixel mapping, Select custom setting, Edit/Save custom setting, Store AF mode by orientation, Rapid AF, AF point display, Pre-AF, Face/Eye detection AF, AF+MF, Focus peak highlight, Focus check, Interlock spot AE & focus area, Instant AF setting (AF-S/AF-C), Depth-of-field scale, Release/Focus priority, Touch screen mode, Mount adapter setting, Red eye removal, Movie AF mode, RGB Histogram, Highlight alert, Electronic level, Preview depth of field, AE lock, AF lock, AF-ON, Multiple exposure
Touch Screen Mode
Shooting Mode
Touch AF, Focus Area, OFF
Playback Mode
Swipe, Zoom, Pinch-in / Pinch-out, Double-tap, Drag
Film Simulation mode 15 modes ( PROVIA / Standard, Velvia / Vivid, ASTIA / Soft, CLASSIC CHROME, PRO Neg.Hi, PRO Neg.Std, Black&White, Black&White+Ye Filter, Black&White+R Filter, Black&White+Gfilter, Sepia, ACROS, ACROS+Ye Filter, ACROS+R Filter, ACROS+G Filter )
Grain Effect STRONG, WEAK, OFF
Color Chrome Effect STRONG, WEAK, OFF
Dynamic range setting AUTO, 100%, 200%, 400%
Playback functions Switch slot, RAW conversion, Erase, Erase selected frames, Crop, Resize, Protect, Image rotate, Red eye removal, Voice memo setting, Copy, Photobook assist, Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Favorites, RGB histogram, Highlight alert
Wireless transmitter
Standard
IEEE 802.11b / g / n (standard wireless protocol)
Encryption
WEP / WPA / WPA2 mixed mode
Access mode
Infrastructure
Wireless function Geotagging, Wireless communication (Image transfer), View & Obtain Images, Remote camera shooting, instax printer print
Other functions Exif Print, Date/Time, Time difference, 35 Languages, My menu setting, Sensor cleaning, Battery age, Sound set-up, EVF brightness, EVF color, LCD brightness, LCD color, Image disp, Auto rotate displays, Preview exp./WB in manual mode, Preview pic. effect, Framing guideline, Autorotate PB, Focus scale units, Disp. custom setting, Sub monitor setting, Focus lever setting, Edit/Save Quick menu, Function(Fn) setting, Selector button setting, Command dial setting, Shutter AF, Shutter AE, Shoot without lens, Focus ring, AE/AF-Lock mode, Expo. Comp. button setting, Touch screen setting, Lock, Auto power off, Shooting stand by mode, Auto power save, Frame No., Save org image, Edit file name, Card slot setting, Switch slot, Movie file destination, Copyright Info
Terminal
Digital interface
USB3.0 (High-Speed) / micro USB terminal
  • * connectable with Remote Release RR-90 (sold separately)
HDMI output
HDMI micro connector (Type D)
Other
ø3.5mm, stereo mini connector (Microphone) / ø3.5mm, stereo mini connector (Headphone) / ø2.5mm, Remote Release Connector DC IN 15V Connecter *Compatible with AC-15V (Optional) Only / Hot shoe / Syncronized terninal
Power supply NP-T125 Li-ion battery (included)
Battery life for still images*5
Approx. 400frames When GF63mmF2.8 R WR is set. (Auto power save ON)
Actual battery life of movie capture*5
  • *Face detection is set to OFF
Full HD : approx. 145 min
Continuance battery life of movie capture*5
  • *Face detection is set to OFF
Full HD : approx. 70 min.
Dimensions 147.5mm (W) x 94.2mm (H) x 91.4mm (D) / 5.81in. (W) x 3.71in. (H) x 3.60in. (D)
(Minimum Depth : 41.6mm / 1.64in.)
Weight Approx. 825g / 29.1 oz. (including battery and memory card), Approx 920g / 32.5 oz. (including EVF)
Approx. 740g / 26.1 oz. (excluding accessories, battery and memory card)
Operating Temperature -10°C – +40°C (+14°F – +104°F)C
Operating Humidity 10 – 80% (no condensation)
Starting up period Approx 0.4sec.
  • * Fujifilm research
Accessories included Li-ion battery NP-T125
Battery charger BC-T125
Plug adapter
Body cap
Shoulder strap
Metal strap clip
Metal strap clip lock
Cable protector
Interchangeable electronic view finder EVF-GFX1
Hot shoe cover(Body/EVF)
Connector cover(EVF)
Vertical Battery Grip connector cover
Sync terminal cover
Owner’s manual
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The OPPO R9s Specifications & Hands-On Preview

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

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

 

The OPPO R9s Hands-On Preview

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

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The OPPO R9s Specifications

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

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

 

The OPPO R9s Price & Availability

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

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

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

 

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The Fujifilm X-A3 Mirrorless Camera Hands-On Preview

Fujifilm just launched the Fujifilm X-A3 mirrorless camera at a special Hatta Dolmat fashion show. One of the models? National artistic gymnast, Farah Ann Abdul Hadi. If you have not seen the launch video, go see it now!

We had some hands-on time with the new X-A3 mirrorless camera after the launch, and prepared a video for you. Check it out!

 

The Fujifilm X-A3 Hands-On Preview

The Fujifilm X-A3 mirrorless camera features a retro design with 3 colour options – silver, brown and pink. With a 3″ touch screen LCD display that tilts 180 degrees, it allows for selfies to be easily taken. But it’s more than just a selfie camera. The X-A3 boasts a new 24 megapixel sensor, and Fujifilm’s proprietary colour reproduction technology.

It also has built-in WiFi connectivity, which allows you to easily connect to wireless printers, like the Fujifilm Instax SHARE printer. Or you can connect your smartphone or tablet to the X-A3 to copy out files, or remotely control it.

The X-A3 has a normal sensitivity range of ISO 200 to ISO 6400, but this can be extended to ISO 100, ISO 12800 and ISO 25600. It also has a short 7 cm minimum focus distance using the XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II kit lens, which allows for macro photography.

The X-A3 supports 1080p video recording, but this is limited to just 14 minutes. It can record up to 27 minutes of video at the 720p resolution. It comes with a 1260 mAh battery that is good for about 410 photos.

The X-A3 mirrorless camera will retail for RM 2,888 (~US$ 699), including the Fujinon XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II lens.

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The Fujifilm X-A3 Specifications

SpecificationsFUJIFILM X-A3
Image SensorAPS-C CMOS sensor (23.5 mm x 15.7 mm) with primary filter
- 24.2 million effective pixels
Sensor Cleaning SystemYes, ultrasonic vibration
Maximum Photo Resolution6000 x 4000 pixels
Video Recording CapabilitiesFull HD : 1920 x 1080 @ 60 / 50 / 24 Hz (up to 14 minutes)
HD : 1280 x 1024 @ 60 / 50 / 24 Hz (up to 27 minutes)
* Requires SD Class 10 card
SensitivityStandard : ISO 200 to 6400
Extended : ISO 100, ISO 12800, ISO 25600
Exposure Control256-zone TTL metering (Multi / Spot / Average)
Shutter TypeFocal Plane Shutter
Shutter SpeedMechanical : 30 seconds to 1/4000 seconds
Electronic : 1 second to 1/32000 second
Mechanical + Electronic : 30 seconds to 1/32000 second
Continuous Shooting SpeedApproximately 6 frames per second : maximum 10 frames
Approximately 3 frames per second : maximum 50 frames
Lens MountFUJIFILM X mount
Image StabilisationLens-based
Kit LensFUJINON XC 16-50 mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II
FlashManual pop-up flash (Super Intelligent Flash)
Hot ShoeYes (dedicated TTL flash compatible)
LCD Monitor3.0 inch TFT LCD display
- 1,040,000 pixels, 100% coverage
- can tilt up to 180 degrees
Wireless CapabilityWiFi : 802.11b/g/n
Connectivitymicro USB 2.0 port
micro HDMI port (Type D)
BatteryNP-W126S lithium-ion battery (1260 mAh)
Battery LifeApproximately 410 photos
Start-Up Time0.7 seconds (High Performance mode enabled)
1.3 seconds (High Performance mode disabled)
Provided AccessoriesNP-W126S lithium-ion battery, AC-5VF power adapter, plug adapter, USB cable, shoulder strap, body cap, owner's manual
Launch PriceRM 2,888 / ~US$ 722

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The SHARP Z2 & SHARP M1 Hands-On Preview

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

 

The SHARP Z2 Smartphone

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

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

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

 

SHARP M1 Smartphone

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

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

 

The SHARP Z2 & M1 Smartphone Pictures

 

The SHARP Z2 & M1 Smartphone Specifications

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

 

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AMD Radeon RX 480 Hands-On Preview

Yesterday, we received a surprise delivered by a special courier – the upcoming AMD Radeon RX 480 graphics card! This is one of the first few Radeon RX 480 graphics cards in the country. W00t!

The detailed information on this card is under embargo, as are any benchmark results that we may get. But we were told that it’s okay to post pictures. After all, Raja Koduri, Senior Vice President and Chief Architect of the Radeon Technologies Group, publicly revealed the AMD Radeon RX 480 earlier this month!

So this is our hands-on preview of the actual working card. The real deal. The genuine muffin. Yes, for all of you to drool over until launch day. 😀

ALERT : We will have more on the AMD Radeon RX 480 at 9 PM tonight (June 29, GMT+8).

 

AMD Radeon RX 480 Hands-On Preview Video

Right after we received permission to post pictures of the Radeon RX 480, we created a hands-on preview video. Basically, a quick look of the card with our narration of its key features.

We didn’t think it would be a problem since a video offers (arguably) lower resolution views of the card than actual pictures, and the details we revealed had already been posted earlier.

Unfortunately, we received a request to take off the video, “because they are not pictures“. So while we technically did not break the NDA, we unlisted the video pending a request to reinstate it. It will be up as and when we get AMD’s go-ahead.

Updated : The video is now available for viewing!

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AMD Radeon RX 480 Up Close

The next best thing we can do right now is take photos of the card to show you. Enjoy!

 

AMD Radeon RX 480 Size

For those already measuring their cases to see if the AMD Radeon RX 480 will fit, we measured the card and added the measurements for your convenience.

As you can see, the Radeon RX 480 is “technically” a 7″ long card, but its cooler extends 6.7 cm or 2.65″ beyond the card.

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More Radeon RX 480 Information

For more information on the AMD Radeon RX 480, take a look at our previous articles :

 

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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.

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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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