Thursday, September 25, 2014

Microsoft Announces New Nokia Lumia Smartphones: the Flagship Lumia 830 and Selfie phone Lumia 735 and Lumia 730 Dual SIM

At IFA 2014 in Berlin, Microsoft launched a series of new Nokia Lumia smartphones with Lumia 830, Lumia 730 Dual SIM and Lumia 735. All these Lumias come with an affordable price points and attractive design.

Lumia 830

The new flagship Lumia 830, Microsoft touted the it as the most affordable flagship device ever. The Lumia 830 packing high-end imaging technology and the latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system from Microsoft.

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The Lumia 830 sporting a 5 inch ClearBlack IPS LCD 1280 x 720 display with slightly curved 2.25D Gorilla Glass 3. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot and 15 GB of free OneDrive cloud storage.

For the camera department, it has a 10 MP PureView camera with Zeiss optics and the slimmest Optical Image Stabilization system and a 1 MP front facing camera. Other features included LTE, NFC, free global Here maps, Nokia Rich Recording, and a 2,200 mAh removable battery with integrated Qi wireless charging.

Lumia 735 and Lumia 730 Dual SIM

The Lumia 735 and Lumia 730 Dual SIM pack with a 4.7 inch HD OLED 1280 x 720 display and protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 3. Both phones has a 1.2 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor paired with 1 GB of RAM.

The Lumia 735 and Lumia 730 equipped with a 5 MP wide-angle front-shooter specially designed for selfie lover and a 6.7 MP rear camera with LED flash. Other specs are microSD card support up to 128 GB, 4G LTE connectivity (735), Dual SIM support (730) and a 2,220 mAh battery (wireless charging support only on Lumia 735).

All these brand new Windows Phone 8.1 devices will be available globally starting from September . The Lumia 830 is priced at 330 Euro (around RM1,360) while the Lumia 735 and 730 has a price tag of 219 Euro (around RM900) and 199 Euro (around RM820) respectively.

Source: Nokia

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Mi Pad is Xiaomi's First Tablet and Featuring Nvidia Tegra K1 Processor

The Chinese company, Xiaomi had just unveiled the company's first tablet, named Mi Pad in a launch event held in Beijing. Besides that, this new slate is also the world's first tablet to feature the powerful Tegra K1 SoC from Nvidia.

The Mi Pad runs on Android 4.4 with Xiaomi's MIUI. It comes with a 7.9 inch IPS Retina display with a 4:3 aspect ratio, having a high resolution of 2048 x 1536 which gives a sharp 326 ppi density. On top of that, the screen featuring a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for scratch-resistant and protection.

Under the hood, the Mi Pad is powered by a 2.2 GHz Quad-core Tegra K1 CPU with a fifth power-saver core along with a 192-core Kepler GPU. It's then paired with 2 GB of RAM, 16 or 64 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot (support up to additional 128 GB), stereo speakers and a built-in 6,700 mAh battery.

You'll find a f/2.0 8 MP camera on the rear and a 5 MP camera on the front. This slate measured at 202.1 x 135.4 x 8.5 mm and weighs at 360 g. The Mi Pad has a glossy plastic body with six colour options: Pink, Lemon Yellow, Cyan, Apple Green, White and Black.

The connectivity wise, it will support the usual Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac WiFi, no 3G or LTE version announced just yet. Unfortunately, there's no word on the Mi Pad global availability, but it will be available in China starting from June priced at CN¥1,499 (around RM775) and CN¥1,699 (RM880) for 16 GB and 64 GB, respectively.

If you can read Chinese, head to their official website www.mi.com/mipad to learn more.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Samsung Show Off It's First Ever Tizen Smartphone - the Samsung Z

Samsung debuted the industry's first Tizen powered smartphone, dubbed the Samsung Z. The homegrown Tizen OS was first appeared on the Gear 2 smartwatches, and then the original Galaxy Gear smartwatch was switches from Android to Tizen after the latest update.

This Tizen-based smartphone looks alike the Android-based Galaxy S devices, featuring a similar leather back cover with squarish design. The Samsung Z comes with a 4.8 inch HD (1280 x 720) Super AMOLED display, a Quad-core 2.3 GHz CPU, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot (support up to 64 GB).

The Samsung Z has a decent 8 MP rear camera and a 2.1 MP front shooter. It also support LTE connectivity and equipped with a fingerprint scanner and heart rate sensor beside the LED flash as the Galaxy S5. Inside, there is a 2,600 mAh battery with Ultra Power Saving Mode.

The software wise, the Samsung Z runs on Tizen Operating System with version 2.2.1. It will be available in black and gold on June 3rd at Tizen developer conference in San Francisco. The Samsung Z will launch in Russia in Q3 and other markets shortly thereafter. Unfortunately, Samsung has yet to announced the price of its Tizen smartphone.

Source: Samsung

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This is the Android-based Nokia X2 By Microsoft, the Successor to Nokia X

Not too long ago, Nokia launched the company's first ever Android-based smartphone: the Nokia X family of devices. Recently, Microsoft Mobile has announced the next generation Nokia X, welcome the Nokia X2.

The Nokia X2 runs on Nokia X software platform 2.0 with enhanced hardware and software. It's now equipped with a 4.3 inch 480 x 800 ClearBlack LCD display, powered by a Dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 200 CPU and paired with 1 GB of RAM.

The dual-SIM smartphone has a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash and a VGA front-facing camera. It comes with 4 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot support up to 32 GB. Other features included Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, Here Maps, Android apps support and a large 1,800 mAh battery.

There's a additional button alongside the Back key, Microsoft added a Home key for simple navigation. The Nokia X2 is scheduled to release in selective markets starting from July with a price tag of EUR 99 (around RM434). To be available in bright Orange, bright Green, Black and White.

To discover more about the new Nokia X2, head on to www.nokia.com.

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