Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Motorola Moto G is official

As we expected, Motorola is making the Moto G easy on the wallet, giving it a starting price of $179 unlocked while having the most features can be found in Motorola X.

Motorola G Key Specification :

  • 4.5" with 720p resolution
  • 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 400 chipset with Cortex-A7 processor
  • Adreno 305 GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8/16 GB internal memory0
  • 5MP back facing camera with 720p video recording
  • 1.3MP front facing camera
  • 1,950mAh
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

The Motorola Moto G comes with an attractive $179 price tag for the 8GB version, while the 16GB variant costs $20 more. The phone launches today in Brazil and parts of Europe and will also be available in a dual-SIM variant. Motorola plans to launch the phone in a total of 30 countries, including the US and on 60 different carriers by the beginning of 2014.

The back of the Moto G is removable and Motorola provides a variety of colored backs including black, white, dark and light blue, pink, yellow and red. Other accessories include flip covers and colored protective cases in addition to JBL wireless speakers.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Apple iPad mini 2 and iPad Air go official

The new iPad Air (not iPad 5) is officially unveiled along with iPad Mini 2. The big news, of course, is that the mini model now has a Retina display.

Apple iPad Mini 2 Key Specification

  • 7.9" with 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • 1.3 GHz dual core A7 chipset with ARMv8-based Cyclone cores with M7 motion co-processor
  • PowerVR G6430 (quad-core graphics)
  • 16/32/64/128 GB internal memory
  • 5 MP back facing camera
  • 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm
  • 331 g / 341 g (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

The TouchID rumors didn’t pan out and the mini 2 has a regular Home button. The Apple iPad mini 2 runs iOS 7 out of the box with color options of Silver & White and Space Grey & Black. As usual there will be Wi-Fi and 3G/LTE versions.

The Apple iPad mini 2 will be available in November starting at $399, which is notably higher compared to the $339 starting price of the first iPad mini last year.

The Apple iPad Air brings a new name, new design and more power. It received the new Apple A7 chipset along with the M7 motion co-processor. The other major upgrade is the design – it's based on the iPad mini and has narrower bezels (43% smaller) that make the tablet easier to handle.

The tablet is 20% thinner and now measures just 7.5mm, thinner than the iPad 2. The weight also went down big time - from 653g to 469g.

Apple iPad Air Key Specification

  • 9.7" IPS LCD screen with 1536 x 2048
  • 1.3 GHz dual core A7 chipset with ARMv8-based Cyclone cores with M7 motion co-processor
  • PowerVR G6430 (quad-core graphics)
  • 16/32/64/128 GB internal memory
  • 5 MP back facing camera
  • 240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm
  • 469 g / 478 g (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

Color options are Silver and white and Space gray and the Apple iPad Air will be available on November 1 starting at $499.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Nokia unveils Lumia 1320 and 1520 at Nokia World 2013

Today, Nokia finally announced a smartphone that as huge as 6". Nokia Lumia 1320 will be on mid range while 1520 is the first WP smartphone that running quad core and also 1080p screen resolution.

Nokia Lumia 1320 Key Specification

  • 6" ClearBlack IPS LCD display with 720p resolution
  • 1.7GHz dual core Krait processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB Internal memory with microSD slot
  • 5 MP camera
  • 3400mAh
  • 220 grams
  • 164.2 x 85.9 x 9.8 mm

Nokia Lumia 1320 will become available early next year in orange, yellow, black and white flavors. The first countries to get it are China and Vietnam, with more Asian and European markets following shortly after. Nokia's suggested retail price before taxes or subsidies is $339.

Nokia Lumia 1520 Key Specification

  • 6" ClearBlack IPS LCD display with 1080p resolution
  • 2.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB Internal memory with microSD slot
  • 20 MP PureView camera with OIS
  • 3400mAh
  • 209 grams
  • 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm

The Lumia 1520 uses a 26 mm wide angle 20MP PureView camera with 6-lens Zeiss optics and a 1/2.5 inch BSI sensor. The camera has OIS and makes use of oversampling, which results into smaller res photos with less noise and also allows for lossless zooming. There is no xenon flash though, only a Dual LED one. Video recording maxes out at 1080p@30fps.

Nokia has also revamped the Nokia Camera app, integrating the Nokia Smart Camera and the Nokia Pro camera functionality inside the regular camera UI and allowing for a seamless camera mode changing.

Nokia has also developed a new app called Nokia Storyteller. It plots out all the photos you've taken on the HERE map. You can zoom in to specific locations and see the actual photos grouped by date of taking and location. It also integrates all your specialty photos - like cinemagraphs and Action shots (it would even animate the latter).

A new app called Nokia Beamer would also allow you to stream your smartphone's screen to any device with a web browser.

Software-wise, the Nokia Lumia 1520 will come with the latest stuff that Microsoft and Nokia have on offer. It's Windows Phone 8 with a little something called Lumia Black and it includes all the latest software enhancements from both companies. It comes with stuff like Nokia HERE Drive+ with global free turn-by-turn navigation, true offline support and audible speed limit warnings, the new Nokia Camera app, the Nokia Storyteller app, the Nokia Beamer app, but also Microsoft's new suite of Bing apps and customized ringtones for individual contacts, something that hasn't been available on Windows Phone so far. The Lumia Black update premiers on the Nokia 1520, but will be available as an update to other Lumias in the beginning of 2014.

The Nokia Lumia 1520 will launch in yellow, red, white, and black later this autumn, starting in Hong Kong, Singapore, China, the U.S. (an AT&T exclusive), France, Germany, UK and continuing to other European markets for a retail price of $749 before taxes and subsidies.


Friday, October 18, 2013

Fujifilm announces X-E2 and XQ1

Fujifilm has announced the X-E2 - its latest mid-range mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The X-E2 gains many of the upgrades seen in the X100S, including on-sensor-phase-detection that underpins the company's unique digital-split-image focus aid. Beyond this the 16MP X-Trans camera has received a series of hardware adjustments and revisions in response to feedback about the X-E1.

Fujifilm X-E2 Key Specification

  • 16 megapixels
  • APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm) CMOS Sensor
  • EXR Processor II Image Processing
  • ISO 200-6400
  • 3" fixed LCD screen with 1,040,000 screen dots
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p) video recording
  • Lithium-Ion NP-W126 rechargeable battery
  • 350 grams
  • 129 x 75 x 37 mm

The X-E2 will be available from November 2013 at a recommended selling price of $999.95 body-only or with the XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 LM zoom for $1,399.95.

In the same time, Fujifilm's new XQ1 enthusiast compact takes the fast lens and slim design from last year's XF1 and adds a 12 megapixel 2/3" X-Trans II CMOS sensor with hybrid autofocus. The XQ1 features a 25-100mm (equivalent) F1.8-4.9 lens with optical image stabilization, with AF times as quick as 0.06 seconds, according to Fuji. Other features include a 3-inch LCD, focus peaking, 1080/60p video recording, and Wi-Fi.

Fujifilm XQ1 Key Specification

  • 12 megapixels
  • 2/3" (8.8 x 6.6 mm) CMOS Sensor
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • 25–100 mm f1.8-4.9
  • 3" fixed LCD screen with 920,000 screen dots
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 480 (30p) video recording
  • Lithium-Ion NP-48 rechargeable battery
  • 206 grams
  • 100 x 59 x 33 mm

You'll be able to pick one up for yourself this month for under $500, in your choice of silver or black.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Panasonic unveils tiny Lumix DMC-GM1 ILC and compact 12-32mm lens

Camera with big sensor is getting small and smaller isn't?? Today Panasonic released its Lumix DMC-GM1, a tiny camera which can literally fit in the palm of your hand. Don't be fooled, though: it shares the same 16 megapixel sensor as the GX7 and also offers silent shooting at shutter speeds as high as 1/16000 sec, Wi-Fi, and 1080/60i video recording. The GM1 is joined by a new 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 Lumix G Vario lens, which is equivalent to 24-64mm when attached to a Micro Four Thirds camera. The lens can 'collapse' down to nearly the size of a pancake lens when the camera is not in use. It will be available separately for $349.99.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 ILC Key Specification :

  • 16 megapixels
  • Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) CMOS
  • IS 200-25600
  • 23 Number of focus points
  • 3" fixed LCD with 1,036,000 screen dots
  • 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 24p), 1280 x 720p (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p) video recording
  • 99 x 55 x 30 mm
  • 204 g

The DMC-GM1 ships with the 12-32mm lens described below for $749.99. If you want a little more to hold on to, Panasonic will sell a metal grip for $99.


Nikon D5300 adds pixels, Wi-Fi, and GPS while leaving AA filter behind

Nikon has announced its new D5300 midrange DSLR, replacement for the D5200. New features include the omission of an AA filter from its 24MP CMOS sensor, a larger 3.2in articulated LCD and also a slightly larger optical viewfinder, 1080/60p video, and built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. Nikon claims that the D5300's Expeed 4 processor improves performance (allowing for 5 fps burst shooting) and photo quality, while reducing power consumption.

Nikon D3100 Key Specification :

  • 24 megapixels
  • APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) CMOS
  • Expeed 4 Imaging Processor
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (25600 with boost)
  • 39 Number of focus points
  • 3" fully articulated LCD with 1,037,000 screen dots
  • 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps) video recording
  • Lithium-Ion EN-EL14a or EN-EL14 rechargeable battery
  • 125 x 98 x 76 mm
  • 480 g

Nikon D5300 will be available by this month, in your choice of black, red, or gray for $1399.99 / £828.98 with the new 18-140 F3.5-5.6G lens.


Sony announces A7 and A7R: first full-frame mirrorless cameras

This is the moment waited by everyone, a full frame mirrorless! A full frame mirrorless interchangeable lens! Sony has announced the A7 and A7R - the world's first consumer-oriented full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. Externally, the two bodies are nearly identical and feature a pentaprism-like EVF housing, generous handgrip and plenty of manual controls. The differences are internal - sporting a 36 megapixel sensor, the A7R has no optical low-pass filter and is limited to contrast-detect autofocus, while the less expensive A7 has a 24 megapixel sensor with a low-pass filter and on-chip phase detection.

Both bodies are designed around the Sony NEX E-mount, though new 'FE' lenses are needed to take advantage of the larger sensor. They also feature a new BIONZ X processor, XGA OLED 'Tru-finder', 3-inch LCD, Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC, and 60p video recording. Existing lenses for Sony's NEX range of APS-C mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras will mount and work as expected, though the scene will be cropped (though Sony gives you the option not to do so if you can live with some inevitable vignetting). Sony Alpha lenses can also be mounted via either the LA-EA3 or LA-EA4, the latter of which includes SLT autofocus technology. See our first impressions report for more.

Sony A7 Key Specification :

  • 24 megapixels
  • Full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm) CMOS
  • Bionz X image processing
  • ISO 100-25600
  • 117 Number of focus points
  • 3" tilting LCD with 1,230,000 screen dots
  • 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) video recording
  • Built-In WiFi and NFC
  • NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery
  • 127 x 94 x 48 mm
  • 474 g

Sony A7R Key Specification :

  • 36 megapixels
  • Full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm) CMOS
  • Bionz X image processing
  • ISO 100-25600
  • 25 Number of focus points
  • 3" tilting LCD with 1,230,000 screen dots
  • 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) video recording
  • Built-In WiFi and NFC
  • NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery
  • 127 x 94 x 48 mm
  • 465 g

The A7 will be sold in a body-only kit for $1699 or with a new 28-70 F3.5-5.6 OSS lens for $1999. The A7R is not bundled with a lens, and is priced at $2299. Both cameras are expected to ship in December.


Sony introduces large-sensor 'high-zoom' Cyber-shot RX10

Want a all rounder camera that come with high zoom and fast lens? You ask for it, you got it! Sony just launch the RX10, a camera packed with 1" sensor and also Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 24-200mm f2.8 lens.

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Key Specification :

  • 20 megapixels
  • 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) BSI-CMOS
  • Bionz X Image processing
  • ISO 125- 12800
  • 24–200 mm f2.8
  • 25 Number of focus points
  • 3" tilting WhiteMagic LCD with 1,290,000 screen dots
  • 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p) ,1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) video recording
  • Built-In WiFi and NFC
  • NP-FW50 battery
  • 129 x 88 x 102 mm
  • 813 g

Sony expects the RX10 to become available for purchase in November with a $1300 MSRP.


Monday, October 14, 2013

HTC One Max goes official

HTC wouldn't miss the phablet race. Share the similarity with HTC One and HTC One Mini, the One Max officially see the light of the world.

HTC One Max Key Specification :

  • 5.9" 1080p with IPS display
  • 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 chipset Krait 300 processor
  • Adreno 320
  • 2GB RAM
  • 4MP back facing UltraPixel camera with 1080p@30fps video recording (Without Optical Image Stabilization)
  • 2.1MP front facing camera with 1080p video recording
  • 16/32 GB internal memory with expandable microSD
  • 3,300 mAh
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5.5
  • 217g
  • 164.5 x 82.5 x 10.29mm

HTC One Max comes with a fingerprint sensor on its back. You can easily unlock the device by just swiping your finger on the small square sensor below the camera or enabled quick app launch, which means that you can make the One Max automatically start an app of your choice depending on the finger you use for unlocking it. There is no Beats Audio support but the stereo BoomSound speakers are on board, bigger and louder than ever.

HTC One Max is going to hit the European and Asian markets by the end of this week. The exact pricing is yet to be revealed, though.

Personally, the spec is abit disappointing. Almost similar with HTC One except bigger, more battery and come with microSD slot. Doesn't seem worth to upgrade if you're current HTC One owner.


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Round goes official

Just few hours ago we saw the leaked images of Samsung new device that features curve screen and now it is official as Galaxy Round!

Samsung Galaxy Round Key Specification :

  • 5.7" Super AMOLED with 1080p resolution
  • 2.3GHz quad-core processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 13MP back facing camera
  • 32GB internal storage
  • LTE
  • 2800mAh
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • 151 x 79 x 7.9mm

Samsung says that it has also developed new software experiences to take advantage of the curved design such as tilting the phone while it's sitting on a table to check notifications, battery life and the time. Throughout the interface Samsung is working to make the software feel more at home on a curved display, offering tilt-based interfaces for some apps.

Samsung says that this curved design makes the Galaxy Round comfortable to hold, and the company has also included several unique features that take advantage of the concave screen. One such feature is the "Roll Effect," which allows the user to view information like the date, time, missed calls and battery level when the screen is off and the device is tilted from side to side. The curved display is also said to create a smoother-looking transition when flipping between multiple home screens.

The device is exclusive to SK Telecom in Korea at the moment starting October 10th in "Luxury Brown" with pricing set at 1.09 million won (about $1015), with no details on a broader release at this point.


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Nikon launches D610 full-frame DSLR with updated shutter mechanism

Within a year, Nikon D610 is here to replace the D600. The D610 appears to be a very minor refresh, with a quiet continuous shooting mode, improved white balance and faster continuous shooting touted as its major changes. Beyond this, the D610 is essentially the same camera as the D600 and, given its launch at the same $2000 SRP, it's extremely likely that the D610 replaces the older camera.

Nikon D610 Key Specification :

  • 24 megapixels
  • Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) CMOS Sensor
  • Expeed 3 Imaging Processing
  • 100 - 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (50 - 25600 with boost)
  • 39 Number of focus points
  • 3.2 fixed LCD screen with 921,000 Screen dots
  • 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps) video recording
  • Water and dust resistant
  • Lithium-Ion EN-EL15
  • 850 grams
  • 141 x 113 x 82 mm
  • $1999 (body only), $2599 (with 24-85mm F3.5-4.5 lens)

The Nikon D610 D-SLR will be available in late October 2013.


Monday, October 7, 2013

Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 24MP DSLR

Ricoh has announced the Pentax K-3 - a 24 megapixel APS-C DSLR. The K-3 gains a 27-point autofocus system and a more advanced 86,000 pixel metering sensor, compared with the K-5 II. Rather than offering versions with an without an optical low-pass filter, the company has found a way to selectively use the image stabilization system to mimic its effect. It also offers twin SD card slots and USB 3.0 connection.

Ricoh Pentax K-3 Key Specification :

  • 24 megapixels
  • APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) CMOS Sensor
  • Prime III Imaging Processing
  • ISO 100 - 51200
  • 27 Number of focus points
  • 3.2" fixed LCD with 1,037,000 Screen dots
  • 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p) video recording
  • Weather and dust resistant
  • Lithium-Ion D-LI90
  • 800 grams
  • 131 x 100 x 77 mm
  • $1299 / £1099 body only, $1699 / £1449 with 18-135 WR lens, $1599 / £1399 for limited edition silver body

The PENTAX K-3 will be available for purchase online at and retailers nationwide in November 2013.


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Oppo N1 announced with 5.9-inch screen, rotating camera and optional CyanogenMod

In Beijing, Oppo announced its new high-end Android phone, the N1. It is world first smartphone with a rotatable camera, for high-quality selfies. And it's also the first phone to officially support CyanogenMod, after the project went commercial last week.

Oppo N1 Key Specification :

  • 5.9" IPS display with 1080p resolution
  • 1.7GHz quad core Snapdragon 600
  • Adreno 320
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32 GB internal memory
  • 13mp back facing camera
  • 3610 mAh
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 170.7 x 82.6 x 9mm
  • 213 grams

The back of the Oppo N1 is especially interesting. Firstly, there sits the 13MP camera with CMOS sensor and f/2.0 aperture and Oppo's specially-designed in partnership with Fujitsu IPS imaging chip. Oppo dubs the N1 as the first Android smartphone to feature 6 piece lens design. The whole camera module rotates 206 degrees allowing it to act as a front-facing camera as well. According to Oppo, the swivel mechanism of the N1's camera has been put through 100,000 times of rotating in a durability test. This means the Oppo N1's camera can be swivelled 40 times a day for 7 years and it'll be as good as new.

Below the camera, there is a touch sensitivity where feature the O-Touch and depending on the gesture that you make, the phone is can either play next song, browse the web or do a custom action. For example you can long touch the back of the phone while the camera app is on and it'll take a shot with the front facing camera. The supported gestures are long press, sliding and double tapping.

Oppo has also made a special bluetooth camera accessory dubbed O-Click. It is essentially a remote control for the camera and can operate within 50 meters away from the phone - perfect for self group shots. It's also included in the retail box of the Oppo N1.

Lastly, at the event Oppo announced their rumored partnership with Cyanogen. While no further details were given, the Oppo N1 is going to be able to run pure Android thanks to CyanogenMod. It's speculated that customers will be able to choose between Color OS and CyanogenMod upon ordering the N1 from the Oppo website.

The Oppo N1 will be priced at $571 (3498 CNY). China Mobile customers can already pre-order the Oppo N1 and expect it to arrive some time October. Oppo is yet to announce exact dates for worldwide availability.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Nikon 1 AW1 is world's first rugged, waterproof digital mirrorless

Nikon has announced the 1 AW1, the world's first rugged, waterproof mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. It has also made AW versions of its 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and 10mm f/2.8 lenses that are both shock and waterproof.

Nikon 1 AW1 Key Specification :

  • 14 megapixels
  • 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) CMOS sensor
  • EXPEED 3A Imaging Processor
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 3" LCD with 921,000 dot resolution
  • 1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p) video recording
  • waterproof to 15m, shockproof from 2m
  • Lithium-Ion EN-EL20
  • 114 x 72 x 37 mm
  • 201 g

On the glance of the spec, The Nikon 1 AW1 features similar underlying to the J3. The 1 AW1 includes built-in GPS, altimeter and depth gauge, and its pop-up flash is also waterproof. The camera includes three modes that attempt to optimize underwater photographs.

The Nikon 1 AW1 will cost around $800 with 11-27.5mm lens and $1,000 with the 10mm f/2.8 added to make a two-lens kit.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

BlackBerry Z30 is now official

The company just announces the Z30 which also first Blackberry shipped with BB OS 10.2 out of box.

Blackberry Z30 Key Specification :

  • 5" Super AMOLED display with resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels
  • 1.7GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8MP back camera with 1080p video recording
  • 2MP front camera with 720p video recording
  • LTE
  • NFC
  • 2,880mAh
  • BB OS 10.2
  • 140.7 x 72 x 9.4mm

The new BB OS version 10.2 brings some improvements to the BlackBerry ecosystem including BB Priority Hub, message previews in the lockscreen as well as Wi-Fi Direct support, multiple alarms and standard Unicode emojis. BlackBerry Q10 and Z10 users would be happy to know that the company will be launching the BB 10 version 10.2 update in mid-October.

The Blackberry will be price at RRP RM1998 in Malaysia.


Fujifilm unveils X-A1: an entry-level mirrorless with a conventional sensor

Fujifilm has announced the X-A1, the entry level mirrorless in their X-mount family. Despite its lowly position in the lineup, the X-A1 retains the 920k-dot tilting rear screen and Wi-Fi offered by the X-M1. Sadly it wasn't come with the X-Trans Sensor.

Fujifilm X-A1 Key Specification :

16 megapixels
APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm) CMOS Sensor
EXR Processor II
ISO 200 - 6400
49 Number of focus points
3" Tilting LCD screen with 920,000 dots
1920 x 1080 30p video recording
Built-in WiFi
NP-W126 battery
117 x 67 x 39 mm
330 g
Price : f $599 with the XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS standard zoom

The Fujifilm X-A1 will be available by September 2013.


Asus announces new PadFone Infinity 2, Snapdragon 800 inside

Asus has announces new version of the Padfone Infinity flagship. The new Padfone Infinity 2 come with latest processor and also microSD slot. The camera also got slightly upgrade. It's still a 13MP one, but is now capable of 3MP high-quality photos made of a bigger 13MP picture by combining 3 pixels into one and known as PixelMaster. There is also 35fps burst mode, but the resolution is only 3MP.

Asus Padfone Infinity 2 Key Specification :

  • 5.0" IPS with 1080p display
  • 2.2Ghz Quad core Snapdragon 800 chipset four Krait 400 cores
  • Adreno 330
  • 2GB RAM
  • 13MP back camera with 1080p@30fps video recording
  • 2MP front camera with 1080p@30fps video recording
  • 16/32GB internal memory with microSD slot
  • LTE
  • 2400 mAh
  • Android 4.2 Jelly bean
  • Padfone Infinity 2 Price : $640
  • PadFone Station Price : $240

There is no official launch date of the new Padfone Infinity 2.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Apple unveils iPhone 5c and 5s

This morning, Apple officially launches two brand new iPhone, the 5c and also 5s. Well, the 5c is a replacement for current iPhone 5 since iPhone 5 officially obsolete. iPhone 5c is much affordable while iPhone 5s stand up as premium model. The iPhone 5c is thicker than the iPhone 5 - 9mm vs. 7.6mm - and heavier - 132g vs. 112g. Also, instead of aluminum it is made of hard-coated polycarbonate.

iPhone 5c Key Specification :

  • 4.0" LED-backlit IPS LCD with 1136 x 640 Retina Display
  • 1.3 GHz Dual-core Apple A6 chipset
  • PowerVR SGX 543MP3
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16/32/64GB internal memory
  • 8MP (1.3 µm pixel size) back camera with 1080p video recording
  • 1.2MP front camera with 720p@30fps video recording
  • LTE
  • 1,507 mAh
  • iOS 7
  • 124.4 x 59.2 x 8.97 mm
  • 132 grams
  • White, Blue, Green, Yellow and Pink

iPhone 5s Key Specification :

  • 4.0" LED-backlit IPS LCD with 1136 x 640 Retina Display
  • Dual-core Apple A7 chipset (64-bit)
  • 1GB RAM (TBC)
  • 16/32/64GB internal memory
  • 8MP (1.5 µm pixel size) back camera with 1080p video recording
  • 1.2MP front camera with 720p@30fps video recording
  • LTE
  • 1,570 mAh
  • iOS 7
  • Space Gray (Black+Gray back), Gold (White+Golden back), and Silver (White+Silver back)

Here the major difference between new iPhone 5c and the 5s

  • - iPhone 5s is made by Aluminum while 5c by plastic
  • - iPhone 5s has Touch ID home button with fingerprint scanner
  • - iPhone 5s has Dual LED flash (one cool, one warm)
  • - iPhone 5s has A7 chipset and support 64 bits

iPhone 5c and 5s will be available by 20 September 2013 in the US, China, the UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Singapore. By December the availability will be expanded to more than 100 countries. In addition, iOS 7 will be available to download by 18th September.

So, does the new iPhone live up your expectation?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Olympus Officially Announces OM-D E-M1 and M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 'Pro' zoom

Finally! After few months of rumors and a year of hope, Olympus officially announces OM-D E-M1. The true flagship for the company micro four third. Why I said a year of hope? Because rather than calling it the follow-up to the E-M5, Olympus says that the E-M1 is actually the 'successor' to the E-5, a Four Thirds DSLR introduced back in 2010. Yes the new has on-chip phase detection, which promises to focus legacy Four Thirds lenses (using the optional MMF-3 adapter) at much faster speeds than previous Olympus m4/3 cameras. I personally tested it with my Olympus 14-54mm f2.8-3.5 II from Robin Wong and indeed, it focuses quick! It is comparable with DSLR speed even it isnot as fast as native micro four third lens.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Key Specification :

  • 16.3 megapixels
  • Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) CMOS Sensor
  • TruePIC VII imaging processor
  • ISO 100-25600 in 1/3EV or 1EV increments
  • '5-axis' IS
  • 81 Number of focus points
  • 3″ Tilting 1,037,000 dot LCD
  • Electronic Viewfinder with 2,360,000 resolution
  • 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
  • Built-in wireless
  • Dust, splash, freeze resistant
  • BLN-1 lithium-ion
  • 130 x 94 x 63 mm
  • 497 grams
  • $1399.99 Body only

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 will be available in October 2013 and available in Black

Olympus also unveiled a high-end standard zoom to match the E-M1, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO. It offers a 24-80mm equivalent range, is dust-, splash- and freeze-proof, and uses a manual focus clutch design similar to the 12mm F2 and 17mm F1.8 primes.

Olympus has also announced the development of a matching M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO telezoom, which is scheduled to be released by the end of 2014.


Friday, September 6, 2013

Xiaomi announces Mi3 - you pick Tegra 4 or Snapdragon 800

Remember Xiaomi, remember Hugo Barra from Google? Anyway the Chinese handset manufacturer officially announce its latest high-end handset, the Mi3. Wrapped up in a nice-looking aluminum-magnesium body that is available in a variety of colors, the Mi3 is claiming to be the world's first handset to go on sale with NVIDIA's (for China Mobile) latest processor on-board or a Snapdragon 800 (for China Unicom).

Xiaomi Mi3 Key Specification :

  • 5" IPS display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 1.8GHz Tegra 4 processor Cortex-A15 cores
  • 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 Krait 400 cores
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32/64 GB internak memory
  • 13MP back camera
  • 2MP front camera
  • 3050mAh
  • Android 4.2.1 skinned with MIUI v5
  • 144mm × 72mm × 8.1mm
  • 145 grams

The Xiaomi Mi-3 will cost RMB1999 ($327) for the 16 gig model and RMB2499 ($408) for the 64 GB. The device will go on sale in China in October, after which it will start selling across Hong Kong and Taiwan. No word about the rest of the world, though.


Lenovo announces the 7-inch S5000 tablet and Vibe X smartphone

Looking for thin and light, and be a stylish yet affordable tablet? Then Lenovo S5000 will be one of your choices. At just 7.9mm thin, and weighing in at just 8.68 ounces, combined with chrome accents and a laser-etched "fabric-feel" surface around back.

Lenovo S5000 Key Specification :

  • 7" with 1280x800 resolution
  • 1.2GHz quad-core CPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 5MP back camera
  • 1.6MP front camera
  • 16GB internal memory
  • 3450mAh
  • Android 4.2

No word on pricing or availability just yet.

Aside of table, Lenovo also launches new addition to their premium line of Android-powered smartphones, the Vibe X. It look very slim and sleek with only 6.9 mm thickness.

Lenovo Vibe X Key Specification :

  • 5" IPS display with 1920x1080 resolution
  • 1.5GHz Quad-core processor MediaTek 6589T
  • 2GB memory
  • 16GB internal memory
  • 13MP back camera
  • 5MP front camera
  • 2000mAh
  • Android 4.2
  • 144 x 74 x 6.9 mm
  • 121 grams

No word on pricing or availability just yet as well.


Alcatel One Touch Hero phablet are official - Stylus included

Alcatel is serious in making smartphones now. On first glance it look very much alike the Alcatel One Touch Idol X just launch recently in Malaysia except, the bezel look much thinner and the screen goes bigger. Same One Touch UI spotted as well.

Alcatel One Touch Hero Key Specification :

  • 6" IPS display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 1.5Ghz Quad core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory with microSD slot
  • 13MP back camera with 1080p video recording
  • 2MP front camera with 1080p video recording
  • 3400 mAh
  • Android 4.2

It is worth to mentioned that Alcatel prepared a bunch of accessories for the One Touch Hero such projector dock, MagicFlip and E-Ink covers and Bluetooth-enabled accessory phone. Hit the source for more details.

The phablet will be available by October with unknown pricing.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Samsung announces Galaxy Note 3 and new Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition

If last night IFA Sony announcement wasn't exciting enough for you, here we have Samsung that unveils new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and also the Note 10.1 known as 2014 edition.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Key Specification :

  • 5.7" Super AMOLED screen with 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 processor (LTE Model)
  • 1.9 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 (3G model)
  • Adreno 330 (LTE model)
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32/64GB internal memory with microSD slot
  • 13MP back camera with 4k video recording
  • 2MP front camera with 1080p video recording
  • Color : Black, White, Pink
  • 3200 mAh
  • Android 4.3
  • 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm
  • 168 grams

Beside spec improvement, the Galaxy Note 3 also bring new S Pen features known as Air Command. A small pop-up window that's brought up automatically by the S Pen offers quick access to features like Action Memo (which can link memos to actions), a scrapbook, the S Finder search option, and the updated S Note. Well it make's multitasking to be faster and easier. Great features that wouldn't hurt to have. Same goes to the 4K recording.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Key Specification :

  • 10.1" Super clear LCD screen with 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 processor (LTE Model)
  • 1.9 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 (3G model)
  • Adreno 330 (LTE model)
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16/32/64GB internal memory with microSD slot
  • 8MP back camera with 1080p video recording
  • 2MP front camera with 1080p video recording
  • Color : Black, White,
  • 8220 mAh
  • Android 4.3
  • 243.1 x 171.4 x 7.9 mm
  • 535 grams

The Note 3 will be available starting September 25 in 140 countries globally, while the Note 10.1 (2014) will go on sale later in Q3.

Sony unveils QX lens cameras for Androids and iOS

Along with Sony Xperia Z1, Sony also unveils 2 new lens-style cameras, QX10 and also QX100. Both have their own optics, image sensor batteries, memory card slots, zoom controls and shutter buttons and can use an Android or iOS device as viewfinder. Pairing is done with NFC if available then the image is streamed over Wi-Fi.

Sony Cyber-shot QX10 Key Specification :

  • 18.2 megapixels
  • 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) Exmor R™ CMOS sensor
  • BIONZ image processor
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 25–250 mm F3.3 - F5.9 G Lens
  • 1440 x 1080 (30 fps) video recording
  • 62 x 62 x 33 mm
  • 105 grams

Sony Cyber-shot QX100 Key Specification :

  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) Exmor R™ CMOS sensor
  • BIONZ image processor
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 28–100 mm F1.8 - F4.9 ZEISS Lens
  • 1440 x 1080 (30 fps) video recording
  • 63 x 63 x 56 mm
  • 179 grams

The new Cyber-shot QX100 and QX10 lens-style cameras will available later this month for about $500 and $250, respectively.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sony officially announces Xperia Z1 - 20.7 Megapixels camera with G Lens

Sony is ready for the new flagship in Berlin, IFA. Sony Xperia Z1 is officially announces after few leaked and it is an improvement of the current Sony Xperia Z.

Sony Xperia Z1 Key Specification :

  • 5" TFT triluminous display of 1920 x 1080 pixels and X-Reality for mobile
  • 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory with microSD slot
  • 20.7MP EXMOR RS back facing camera with 1080p video recording
  • 2MP front facing camera with 1080p video recording
  • IP58 Waterproof
  • LTE
  • NFC
  • 3000 mAh
  • Android 4.2.2
  • 44 x 74 x 8.5mm
  • 170 grams

Nothing surprising but the camera is worth mentioning. It using 1/2.3" EXMOR RS sensor size with Sony own imaging processor known as BIONZ. The G lens is 27mm wide with F2. We are looking forward for the performance of this phone camera. Abit disappointed though it wasn't available Android 4.3 out of box and also no 4k video recording.

Sony camera also included few new features :

  • Social Live : Broadcast precious moments live from Xperia Z1 to Facebook and get your friends comments right on your screen.
  • Info-eye : Innovative visual search function that provides related information on landmarks and on items such as books or wine simply by capturing them with the camera.
  • Timeshift burst : Capture the perfect shot every time - Xperia Z1 takes 61 images in 2 seconds - a second before and after pressing the shutter - so you can scroll back and forth to find the perfect image.
  • AR Effect : Overlay a selection fun, customizable animations to create pictures using Sony SmartAR augmented reality technology.

The Sony Xperia Z1 will be available this month in Black, White and Purple.

Alcatel One Touch Idol X officially launches in Malaysia

While many of you might had forgotten, Alcatel is back to business since last few years. They adapted into android OS and as been releasing a lot budget smartphones. However, today Alcatel officially launches their high end model, One Touch Idol X.

Alcatel One Touch Idol X Key Specification :

  • 5" IPS display with 1920 X 1080 resolution
  • 1.5 GHz Quad Core MediaTek's MT6589 chipset Cortex A-7 processor
  • PowerVR SGX544
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory
  • 13MP back camera with 1080p video recording
  • 2MP front camera with 1080p video recording
  • 2000mAh battery
  • Dual SIM
  • 140.4 x 67.5 x 6.9 mom
  • 120 grams
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • Colors : Slate and Red
  • Price : RM1,099

Honestly, I like the Idol X design. While it doesn't look too flashy but still outstanding with the 6.9mm thickness and also the zero bezel (2.4mm edge to edge). The display obviously is great thanks to the IPS technology and also 1080p resolution.

Alcatel claim that they built and used their own UI in this phone, known as OneTouch UI. One first glance, OneTouch UI resemble a lot MIUI, Huawei Emotion UI and also iOS7 in terms of simplicity, neat and squarish icon. It is worth to mentioned too that the UI doesn't have apps drawer that vanilla android should have.

There are two flaps on left and right for SIM slot. I am not sure whether both SIM can work on 3G simultaneously or only one on 3G while another on EDGE only.

Overall, Alcatel One Touch Idol X definitely a worth buying smart phones for user who looking for budget, but high performances by whooping the price tag as low as RM1,099. Of course here the good news for you all. Alcatel will be partner with Lazada and starting today the One Touch Idol X will be available at the online store for RM999. Th promo will be available 2 weeks from now before it hit the retail store with the original price.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

HTC announces the Desire 601 and Desire 300

Seem like HTC is holding back the rumors HTC One Max and went ahead to launches the Desire 601 and Desire 300. The HTC Desire 601 is aim for mid-range, while the new Desire 300 is an entry level smartphone.

HTC Desire 601 Key Specification :

  • 4.5" with 540 x 960 pixels
  • 1.4Ghz dual-core Snapdragon 400 chipset
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal memory with microSD slot
  • 5MP back facing camera with 1080p video recording
  • VGA front facing camera
  • LTE
  • 2100 mAh
  • Android 4.2.2
  • 134.5 x 66.7 x 9.9 mm
  • 130 grams

The HTC Desire 601 will have all the HTC Zoe features despite the camera not Ultrapixel. The HTC Desire 601 will launch in October 2013 with unknown price.

HTC Desire 300 Key Specification :

  • 4.3" with 480 x 800 pixels
  • 1Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory with microSD slot
  • 5MP back facing camera with WVGA video recording
  • VGA front facing camera
  • 1650 mAh
  • Android 4.2.2
  • 131.8 x 66.2 x 10.1 mm
  • 120 grams

HTC Desire 300 may not use HTC Zoe, but it comes with Blinkfeed. The smartphone will launch in October 2013, too.


Meizu MX3 goes official with Exynos 5 Octa and 8MP camera

Meizu has officially announced its latest flagship smartphone, MX3 which come with Flyme 3.0 user interface, which is said to bring 324 updated interactions and 1,579 new visual features.

Meizu MX3 Key Specification :

  • 5.1-inch display with 1800 x 1080 pixels
  • Exynos 5 Octa chipset - four Cortex A15 cores running at 1.6 GHz and quad Cortex A7 clocked at 1.2 GHz
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32/64/128GB internal memory
  • 8MP back facing camera
  • 2MP front facing camera
  • NFC
  • 2,400mAh
  • Android 4.2
  • 139 x 71.9 x 9.1 mm
  • 143 grams

Meizu MX3 is equipped with Wolfson audio chip that gives 113dB signal-to-noise ratio with a low distortion rate of 0.002%. The Dirac HD codec and a dedicated audio amplifier are also present along with the triple-mic setup for a better voice clarity.

Meizu MX3 will be available starting from CNY2,499 (about $410) and reaching CNY3,999 (about $650) for the 128GB version. Unfortunately, there is no word on the global availability of the smartphone.


Monday, September 2, 2013

Acer launches Liquid S2 - the first 4K-capable smartphone

IFA is not here yet and Acer has jumped the gun announcing the first smartphone with 4K video recording support, Liquid S2.

Acer Liquid S2 Key Specification :

  • 6" Full HD IPS display with 1920 X 1080 resolution covered by Gorilla Glass 3
  • 2.2Ghz Quad Core Snapdragon 800 chipset
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory with microSD slot
  • 13MP back facing camera with 4k video recording (60fps)
  • 2MP front facing camera with 1080p video recording
  • LTE support
  • 3300 mAh
  • Android 4.2.2
  • 166 x 86 x 8.99mm

The Acer Liquid S2 will launch at the end of October across Europe, but there's no word on specific countries availability or price just yet.


Sunday, September 1, 2013

LG announces G Pad 8.3

LG finally back to tablet business. LG G Pad 8.3 share the same design language with the latest LG G2. LG claim that it the first 8-inch tablet with a Full HD display.

LG G Pad 8.3 Key Specification :

  • 8.3" IPS display with 1920×1200 resolution
  • 1.7Ghz Quad Core Snapdragon 600 chipset
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Internal memory
  • 5MP back facing camera
  • 1.3MP front facing camera
  • 4600mAh
  • Android 4.2.2
  • 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3mm
  • 338gram

It is abit bigger and heavier than Google Nexus 7 2. LG hasn’t specificed any network connectivity so it’s likely that the G Pad 8.3 is Wi-Fi only, unlike the Nexus 7 which also supports LTE.

The LG G Pad 8.3 will go on sale in North America, Europe and Asia as well as other regions starting in the fourth quarter of 2013. No prices have been mentioned so far and will be revealed at launch.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Sony Launches NEX-5T and A3000 Mirrorless Camera and Zeiss 16-70mm F4 OSS, 18-105mm F4 G, and black 50mm F1.8 E-mount lenses

Sony has announced the Sony Alpha NEX-5T, boasting all the same features that the Alpha NEX-5R offered with the addition of NFC. Of course, smartphone and tablets with NFC can easily paired up with NEX-5T now.

Sony NEX-5T Key Specification :

  • 16.1 megapixels
  • APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm) CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ Imaging Processor
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 25 Number of focus points
  • 3″ Tilting 921,600 pixel LCD
  • Wireless built in
  • NFC built in
  • Lithium-Ion NPFW50
  • Price : $700 (with 16-50mm)
  •           $550 (Body only)
  • Availability : Early September

Guess it wasn't a worth upgrade from NEX-5R.

Of course, Sony is offering a SLR-alike Mirrorless now. Pretty much like Panasonic G series.

Sony A3000 Key Specification :

  • 20.1 megapixels
  • APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm) CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ Imaging Processor
  • ISO 100 - 16000
  • 25 Number of focus points
  • 3″ Fixes 230,400 pixel LCD
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • Lithium-Ion NPFW50
  • 128 x 91 x 85 mm
  • Price : $400 (with 16-50mm)
  • Availability : Early September

Oh mai. Look at the price! It is consider cheap compare with other competitors. I guess it wont hurt to have it and the spec is pretty decent like entry level DSLR.

Sony also announces three new E-mount lenses for NEX system cameras: the Carl Zeiss T* 16-70mm F4 zoom, 18-105mm F4 G power zoom, and a black version of the existing 50mm F1.8. All three feature Sony's OSS Optical SteadyShot image stabilization.

Covering an equivalent range of 24-105mm (in 35mm format), the Zeiss 16-70mm F4 zoom uses lens coatings to reduce flare and ghosting, and uses four aspherical elements and a glass ED element.

The 18-105mm F4 power zoom covers a 27-157.5mm equivalent range and is operated via a lever on the side of the lens barrel. The lens uses two ED glass elements and three aspherical elements.

The 50mm F1.8 will be familiar to NEX fans as it's already in Sony's lineup in a spiffy new shade.

The black 50mm F1.8 and 16-70mm F4 zoom will be ready to ship to consumers in September; the 50mm prime will cost about $300 and the 16-70mm will cost about $1000. The 18-105mm F4 power zoom will be available in December for $600.