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Friday, October 24, 2014

Sony Xperia E3 with 4G LTE is priced at RM 659


The Sony Xperia E3 was announced alongside with its flagship brothers Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact at IFA 2014. Both Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact are now available in Malaysia for RM 2,399 and RM 1,899 respectively, while the Xperia E3 is on its way to Malaysia with the retail price of RM 659.
The Xperia E3 is the company cheapest 4G LTE smartphone with a 4.5" 480 x 854 pixels display and 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1 GB of RAM. It has a 5 MP camera at the back, 1.3 MP front and 4 GB expandable storage.

The device is running on Android 4.4 KitKat and juicing up it is a 2,330 mAh battery. Black and white will be available in Malaysia first while the rest of the colors are expected to arrive in later date.


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus coming to 36 more countries


The Apple iPhone 6 and Plus are continuing its release with 36 more countries adding to the first 22 in its 2 waves of availability.


Countries who are scheduled to get the iPhone 6 pair are India and China on the 17th of October, Israel on the 23rd, the Czech Republic, Poland and South Africa(among others) would get the newest iPhone on the 24th.

The biggest release date is going to be on Halloween day otherwise known as October 31st and will be released in 23 countries: Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Guam, Hungary, Iceland, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, South Korea, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Thailand. Sadly, Malaysia is not included.

By the end of october, the newest generation of iPhones would be available in 69 countries with Apple still on track to release the iPhone in a total of 115 countries by the end of 2014.Should that eventuate, this would make the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus the quickest iPhone launch in history.

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Huawei Honor 6 Review


Ever since Xiaomi has entered Malaysian market, flagship device is not expensive at all. Huawei has introduced the Honor brand back to April, which is another new brand but powered by Huawei. The Honor 3C was a hot selling model because of its low price tag but with 2 GB of RAM. Now there's a new device looking to take down Xiaomi. And, it is the Honor 6.  

Huawei Honor 6 official photos

  
  
Specifications
- Dimensions: 139.6 x 69.7 x 7.5 mm
- Weight: 130 g
- Display: 5" Full HD (1,080 x 1,920 pixels) TFT LTPS
- Processor: 1.7 GHz quad-core + 1.3 GHz quad-core HiSilicon Kirin 910T
- RAM: 3 GB
- Memory: 16 GB, microSD card slot
- Camera: 13 MP Camera, 1080p video recording, 5 MP front
- Battery: 3,100 mAh
- OS: Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Video Review




Unboxing

    


The retail package
The retail package is same as Honor 3C, it comes with screen protective film for front and back, MicroUSB cable, AC adapter and the device. That's all you'll get in the box.

Design



           





The Honor 6 takes the design language over the Ascend P7 but with some changes. It still have the double glass design but the back is no longer a Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Under the glass you'll see the radial groove pattern with tiny dots.

Huawei Honor 6 live photos and handling
The sides of the phone are made out of plastic but it has an IR blaster placing on top of the phone coupled with a 3.5 mm headphone jack. With the IR blaster, the Honor 6 is able to act as universal remote control but this feature will be present through software update in the future. The buttons are all at the right side and there's a MicroSIM and MicroSD slots covered by a flap. Not sure is it my wrong feeling but I always feel that the flap didn't cover tight. The bezels are narrow and, yes, it is another smartphone with nice handling after the Ascend P7.

Display



 




The Honor 3C was praised with its brilliant 5" HD display, and so on for the Honor 6. It sports the same 5" display but the resolution has been up to 1080p and it is using JDI panel.

The 5" display
It has a crystal clear and sharp display, the viewing angle is impressive too. The color saturations are good and you can change the color temperature in the settings. Speaking at the screen sensitivity, it appears that sometime the screen is over responsive even gloves mode is disabled.

Performance
Being the world's first octa-core smartphone with LTE connectivity, the Honor 6 runs on an upgraded HiSilicon Kirin 920 processor backed up with Mali-T624 GPU and 3 GB of RAM. Although it's much faster than Kirin 910T found on the Ascend P7, but the gaming performance is still not as good as its competitors. The phone heats up quickly when it is perfoming heavy apps or games like Real Racing 3.

Benchmark results

  
 
It scored 11,763 on Quadrant Standard and 40,574 on AnTuTu benchmark, which is quite impressive. However, the real life performance might be different.

Software

 
 
The Honor 6 is runnng on Android 4.4.2 KitKat with EMUI 2.3.

Android 4.4.2 KitKat | EMUI 2.3

   
 
The lockscreen features magazine unlock, which willdisplay different wallpaper with information each time you are at the lockscreen. You can disable it and switch to regular lockscreen maybe because all of the informations are displayed in Chinese.

Lockscreen (Magazine) | Lockscreen (Normal) | Homescreen | Themes selection

 
 
The homescreen lacks of applications drawer and you are able to download themes and change it.

Notification area | Quick settings

     

The notification area and quick settings are now splitted into two. Swipe down from the top left half corner will show your notification area while swipe down from the top right half will show your quick settings.

Simple home | Phone manager | Suspend button
Switching from standard home to simple home is easy, all you need to do is long press the homescreen and choose simple home, then it will turn your homescreen to simple. Phone manager app helps you to look up the trash and optimize your phone. Suspend button allows you to clear the memory with just one touch, lock the phone and open up a small app.

Camera

 


The 13 MP camera at the back comes with Sony BSI sensor and dual-LED flash.

Camera interface
Image qualities are decent but the dynamics range didn't perform well. Thankfully, capture with HDR mode has solved the problem. The camera also features all focus mode, which is actually a refocus feature.


Camera samples

The camera also features all focus mode, which is actually a refocus feature. The 5 MP front camera captures nice selfie shoot, and it comes with panorama selfie mode, also known as groufie. However there might be some imperfection in the photo as maybe someone will move and spoil the photo, and it takes quite a while too.



Battery

 
 
To overcome the powerful processor and LTE network from draining battery, the Honor 6 packs a 3,100 mAh battery.

Battery life
 
I have tried on playing Asphalt 8 and browsing the web for around four hours, and at last it takes more than half of the battery life, which means the Honor 6 can last for around 8 hours on heavy usage. The battery standby is decent too.

Final Words

It's hard to believe that the Honor 6 is only priced at RM 999. The display is just too good in its class and the camera is impressive too. Last but not least, can you believe it features 3 GB of RAM? The processing power may not as good as other competitors, and the finishing may not premium after all, but I believe no one is going to complain much on it. People might just #TakBolehTahan!

Pros

- Low price tag
- Impressive camera
- Brilliant display

Cons

- Finishing feels cheap
- Only available online
- Performance not as good as its competitors

Written by: Charles

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Google Nexus 6 is now official, manufactured by Motorola


Google has officially announced its latest flagship device - Nexus 6. Unlike previous years, the Nexus 6 is manufactured by Motorola this year instead of LG who manufactured the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5.


The Nexus 6 has a 5.96" AMOLED display with Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) resolution, that's 493 ppi. The screen is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which can resist scratches. Being the latest flagship device, the Nexus 6 packs a 2.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor with 3 GB of RAM.


The camera has been upgraded from 8 MP to 13 MP with dual-LED ring flash. It still have optical image stabilization, which would be prefect when you're recording 4K video. The front-facing unit is still a 2 MP shooter.

Just like the Nexus 9, the Nexus 6 also comes with dual front-facing speakers, but not BoomSound speakers. The phablet features 3,220 mAh battery rated for 24 hours talk time. It is not compact and light at all, measures 82.98 x 159.26 x 10.06 mm and weighs 184 g.


The Google Nexus 6 is running on latest Android 5.0 Lollipop. It will be available in Midnight Blue and Cloud White with 32 GB and 64 GB options.


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