Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Huawei Honor 2 officially announced for China

Huawei officially announced the Honor replacement, Honor 2 in China on November 4 for 1888 yuan (or $302).

Huawei Honor 2 Key Specification :

  • 4.5-inch IPS display with 1280 x 720 pixels
  • 1.4 GHz quad-core processor
  • 2 GB of RAM (with a 1 GB optional)
  • 8 megapixel rear camera
  • 8 GB internal storage
  • 2230 mAh
  • Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich

The price is really cheap considered it has up to date hardware and also impressive display with 326 PPI. So, Any taker? ;)


Android 4.2 Jelly Bean : What's New?

Android has updated to version 4.2 and yet it still called Jelly Bean. However this updated version brought a bunch of updates and new user experience.

Photo Sphere: A new way to capture panorama photos, Photo Sphere creates huge multi-shot scrollable images very similar to those found in Google Maps Street View.

Gesture Typing: Lots of comparisons being made to the third party Swype keyboard, and rightfully so. You can now type by tracing the words on the keyboard with a single finger.

Multiple User Support: A feature that many people have been asking for, Android 4.2 now supports multiple user logins on a single tablet device. Widgets, wallpapers and even game save states are all tied to the unique user logins.

Wireless Screen Sharing: Watch YouTube videos, movies and anything that's on your screen to an HDTV with a wireless HDMI adapter.

Daydream: Setup your tablet to display photos, news and more while the device is idle or docked.

Expandable, Actionable Notifications: First introduced in Android 4.1, improved in Android 4.2. Interact with apps directly from the notification pane.

Google Now: A headline feature coming with the first release of Jelly Bean, Google Now is getting revamped with new kinds of cards and improved interactions.

Expecting Jelly Bean 4.2 will roll on out November 13 with unknown which Nexus devices will available.

Google announced Nexus 4, Nexus 7 32GB and Nexus 10

Google finally refreshed the NEXUS line with addition of new family in the member, Nexus 10 which is a Tablet manufactured by Samsung. Lets get started with the brand new NEXUS 4, a replacement for Galaxy Nexus and manufactured by LG.

Google LG Nexus 4 Key Specification :

  • 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS Plus with 1280 x 768 pixels
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor with 1.5GHz Quad-Core Krait CPUs
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8.0MP rear camera and 1.3MP HD front
  • 8/16GB internal memory. No expandsion slot
  • 2,100mAh
  • Wireless charging, NFC
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

LG Nexus 4 will be available starting Nov. 13 in the U.S., UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Australia with the price of 8GB and 16GB versions for $299 and $349, respectively. It'll be sold unlocked as GSM/HSPA+ compatible. No LTE at the moment.

To recap, here is the spec for Google Nexus 7 who just got 32GB version and also 3G version.

Google ASUS Nexus 7 Key Specification :

  • 7" IPS display with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels.
  • 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3.
  • 1GB of RAM.
  • 12 core ultra-low voltage nVidia GeForce GPU.
  • 8/16/32GB internal memory.
  • 1.2MP front-facing with 720p video recording.
  • 4325mAh.
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

The Google Nexus 7 price updated to 16GB version for $199, and 32GB for $249.

Finally, the most exciting tablet from Google is out as well. I guess this is the answer for iPad 4.

Google Samsung Nexus 10 Key Specification :

  • 10-inch 2560x1600 PLS display
  • Dual-core Cortex A15-based 1.7 GHz Samsung Exynos 5250 CPU
  • Mali T604 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 5MP rear camera and 1.9MP front
  • 16/32GB internal memory. No expandsion slot
  • 9,000mAh
  • NFC
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

Samsung Nexus 10 will be available from November 13th on Google Play in the US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan -- with the 16GB edition costing $399 and the 32GB version setting you back $499.

In the same time, Google updated Android Jelly Bean to version 4.2. Be sure to check out our next post on "What's new in Android 4.2?"


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Nikon announces 1 V2

Nikon 1 V series just got refreshed version and seem like met a doctor plastic surgery.

Nikon 1 V2 Key Specification :

  • 14.2 megapixels
  • 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) CMOS sensor
  • Expeed 3A image processor
  • ISO 160-6,400
  • Fixed 3" TFT LCD Screen
  • 73 Focus Point
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps) video recording

The Nikon 1 V2 camera with the 10-30mm lens will be available in late November 2012 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $899.95. The SB-N7 speedlight will be available in January 2013 and will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $159.95


Apple announces iPad 4th generation and 7.9-inch iPad mini

Apple event just happen this morning and as we expected we get to see iPad mini as well as new macbook. However we are quite surprise to see iPad 4th generation is ready to replaced the 6 months old New iPad. Lets take a look on the spec

iPad 4 Key Specification :

  • 9.7 inches Retina 1536 x 2048 pixel display
  • A6X silicon with quad-core graphics
  • 5MP Camera with 1080p HD Video Recording.
  • 9.4mm thickness.
  • 1.4lbs.
  • 10 hours of battery life still. 9 hours on 4G.
  • Lightning port
  • LTE

Basically the 4th generation iPad has similar spec and also physical design with New iPad except it running latest A6X processor that promised twice performance of the New iPad and also new lightning port that appear in iPhone 5.

Pricing stays the same as its predecessor, with a 16GB WiFi version for $499 and a 16GB model with cellular data on board costs $629.

iPad mini Key Specification :

  • 7.9-inch LED-backlit IPS screen with a resolution of 1024x768 pixels
  • Apple A5 chipset, 1GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor
  • PowerVR SGX543MP2 graphics
  • 512MB RAM
  • 5MP (iSight) rear camera (1080p)and 720p front-facing camera
  • 16/32/64GB
  • Lightning port

The iPad mini has exactly same spec with iPad 2 except the camera and latest lightning port.

The Apple iPad mini will go on pre-order next week with market availability scheduled to start on November 2. The base model costs $329, with the 32GB and 64GB version going for $429 and $529, respectively. The Wi-Fi+Cellular model pricing starts at $459 for the 16GB.

So are you excited with this new product? Share with us :)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

HTC J butterfly announced in Japan

Rumors are spreading a months ago and now it become true! HTC has unveiled the HTC J butterfly in Japan and it is the first production smartphone to have a 1080p display.

HTC J Butterfly Key Specification :

  • 5.0-inch Super LCD3 with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 display
  • Qualcomm S4 Pro 1.5GHz quad-core APQ8064 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 8MP camera and 2MP front camera
  • NFC
  • Dust and waterproof (IPX5)
  • 2,020mAh battery
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Black, red, white color variations

The HTC J butterfly is set to release in Japan on AU/KDDI in December and only exclusive to Japan market. Hopefully we see the same model in future soon for international.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

ASUS unveils the Padfone 2

Official announcement haven't ready at Milan and Asus can't wait to show off their latest Padfone 2 at Taiwan!

Asus Padfone 2 Key Specification :

  • 4.7-inch with 720 x 1280 pixels Super IPS+ display
  • 1.5Ghz Qualcomm APQ8064 quad-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32/64 GB Internal Memory
  • 1.2mp fromt camera, 13 megapixel camera with f/2.4 BSI sensor, 1080p30 or 720p60 video recording
  • NFC
  • fixed 2,140mAh battery
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Asus Padfone 2 Station Key Specification :

  • 10.1-inch IPS with 1280x800 resolution display
  • 5,000mAh

Sadly the Padfone 2 have embedded battery and no expandable SDcard. The padfone 2 station battery lfie downgraded too from 6,600 mAh to 5,000mAh in exchange slimmer and lighter profile.


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Samsung Malaysia officially launched Galaxy Note II @ Zebra Square KL

I believe Samsung Galaxy Note is no stranger to everyone. The successor, Samsung Galaxy Note II finally arrived Malaysia shore and just officially launched tonight at Zebra Square KL.

Honestly I wasn't impressed with tonight presentation. It wasn't as awesome as the launch of Samsung Galaxy S III. The venue is small and packed.

They did not demo much on Samsung Galaxy Note II function. Is just a quick touch and go. Then they proceed with quick interviewed with the artist about Galaxy Note II.

If you are clueless about Samsung Galaxy Note II, here are the key features/specification :

  • Quad-band GSM and quad-band 3G with 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support
  • Optional LTE connectivity
  • 5.5" 16M-color Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of HD (720 x 1280 pixel) resolution; Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • Android OS v4.1 with TouchWiz launcher
  • 1.6 GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU, Mali-400MP GPU, 2GB of RAM, Exynos 4412 Quad chipset
  • S Pen active stylus with deep system integration
  • 8 MP wide-angle lens autofocus camera with LED flash, face, smile and blink detection
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30fps
  • 16/32/64GB internal storage, microSD slot
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n support
  • GPS with A-GPS connectivity; GLONASS support, Digital compass
  • NFC support
  • Stereo Bluetooth v4.0
  • FM radio with RDS
  • microUSB port with USB host and TV-out (1080p) support, MHL, charging
  • Accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Great audio quality
  • Very slim at only 9.4mm
  • 1.9MP secondary video-call camera
  • Document editor and file manager comes preinstalled
  • Extremely rich video and audio codec support
  • Huge 3100 mAh battery

What distinguish between this and Galaxy S III was the extra software features :

  • Pop Up Note - allows S Note to be opened as a pop-up window anywhere on screen,\.
  • Multiwindow - multitask by having apps opened in a single screen.
  • Pop Up Video - Extended version of Samsung Galaxy S III Pop Up Play where video become a floating window on display with the touch of a button, allowing it to be repositioned to any part of the screen.

Honestly the main thing that attracted me was the Multiwindow. Unfortunately the firmware on the demo set wasn't updated, thus i have no chance to experienced it. It would be very cool thing to have. Imagine facebook and twitter on same time?

Another main attraction of Galaxy Note II was none other than the wacom stylus, S Pen. As a designer itself, I cant help it but took the S Pen and have a quick draw. Oh well, I know my drawing sucks but hey it is fun to doodle around.

The new Samsung Galaxy Note II will be available in Marble White and Titanium Gray on 19th October 2012 with retail price of RM2299. Celcom, Digi and Maxis will have bundle plan.

Hopefully I get a review set and share my experience with you all :)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Sharp announce Aquos Zeta SH-02E droid

NTT DoCoMo announced 16 new model winter lineup and one of them that grab most attention was Sharp Aquos Zeta SH-02E, LG Optimus G rival.

Sharp Aquos Zeta SH-02E Key Specification :

  • 4.9" screen with 720p resolution IGZO TFT display
  • 1.5Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 chipset
  • Adreno 320 graphics
  • 16MP camera with LED flash and 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • dust and waterproof (IP57, IP5X)
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

The Sharp Aquos Zeta SH-02E will be the first mobile phone that using IGZO technology that supposed to be more power-efficient. The Sharp Aquos Zeta SH-02E is expected to launch in November or December.


Samsung Galaxy S III mini officially unveiled

Just last night at Germany, the smaller size Samsung Galaxy S III officially unveiled. Galaxy S III mini is for those who dislike big screen like from the original Galaxy S III.

Samsung Galaxy S III mini Key Specification :

  • 4" Super AMOLED screen of WVGA resolution
  • 1Ghz dual core ST-Ericsson NovaThor chipset
  • Mali GPU 400
  • 1GB RAM
  • 5MP camera with LED flash (720p recording) and VGA front camera
  • 8/16 GB internal memory with expandable microSD
  • 1500 mAh battery
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Sadly the Samsung Galasy S III mini is totally strip down version and couldn't live up the S III name. Nevertheless, the phone will available on November with pricing $480 (Approximately RM1440).


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

HTC One X+ is official

Finally, HTC One X+ is official. We kinda miss HTC android phone don't we? Any the key difference between One X+ and One X are faster CPU, bigger battery, Sense 4+, bigger intenal memory, slight upgrade front camera and Jelly Bean on the box.

HTC One X+ Key Specification :

  • 4.7-inch SuperLCD2 display
  • 1.7 GHz Tegra 3 AP37 CPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 64GB internal memory
  • 8MP rear camera and 1.6mp front facing camera.
  • 2100mAh battery
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

HTC says the One X+ will launch in the UK and Europe early October, followed by Asia in November. U.S. release plans have yet to be revealed.