Last Updated: Jun 03, 2014
Most cameraphones offer users a number of features that aren't available to standard smartphones that have cameras. This includes fast focus, better quality lenses and better resulting images or videos. Quite often, you won't find such features in an entry-level smartphone much less one going for below RM300, which is why we were quite impressed with the performance shown by the ASUS ZenFone 4, the company's entry-level offering for their new range of ZenFone smartphones. How exactly does the ASUS ZenFone 4 impress and does it offer more than just cameraphone capabilities? Check out our full review of the ASUS ZenFone 4 below to find out.
Last Updated: May 27, 2014
The OPPO Neo fills out the role of the entry-level smartphone in OPPO's first wave of smartphones for the Malaysian market and like the rest of it's first wave siblings, it packs in a unique design with key features you won't find in most other entry-level smartphones. The question remains though, are these features enough for you to buy the OPPO Neo? Read our full review of the OPPO Neo to find out.
Last Updated: May 25, 2014
The smartphone landscape is changing rapidly as smartphones with components that would normally have been installed inside premium priced smartphones are turning up in entry-level to midrange smartphones. The Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ is one of these smartphones, combining an octa-core or eight-core processor with midrange pricing along with other top-of-the-range features and tech specs. Find out which features may suit you best with our in-depth review of the Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ smartphone.
Last Updated: May 18, 2014
Coming to the Malaysian market, the OPPO Find 5 mini slots in nicely between the OPPO R1 and OPPO NEO smartphones both in terms of tech specs and features along with pricing. Going for the same slim design as the other two smartphones, it offers features that should make it well-suited for the entry-level to midrange user. Does it suit your needs and purposes? Is it just right for you? Read our review of the OPPO Find 5 mini smartphone to find out.
Last Updated: May 16, 2014
While the recently unveiled Xiaomi MiPad looks to be the only tablet to be using the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor and chipset, the Tegra K1 apparently made the benchmarking rounds recently. While it isn't with the 3GB RAM MiPad, it is a device running the Tegra K1 with 4GB RAM. Apart from the 192-core Kepler GPU graphics, the Tegra K1 comes in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Running through AnTuTu, 3DMark, Basemark X and every other benchmark available the Tegra K1 beat the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 and NVIDIA's own Tegra 4 by a long shot. Check out the benchmarks for yourself:
Last Updated: May 05, 2014
Today's latest smartphones can now record 4K video and this includes the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Wanting to see just how far today's smartphone cameras have gone, photographer Alec Weinstein paired up the Galaxy Note 3's 13MP camera against a Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR with a SIGMA 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. Bear in mind that the EOS 5D Mark III has been tweaked somewhat to get similar colour, contrast, saturation and sharpening, but the results are still decidedly better for the Galaxy Note 3. Granted, the Galaxy Note 3 is recording in 4K video but the resulting video has been downsized to 1080p and that the EOS 5D Mark III is definitely an excellent camera. Check out the video for yourself below and marvel with us at how far cameraphones have got:
Last Updated: May 02, 2014
Premium looks don't always mean premium performance, especially when the price of the mobile device isn't at a premium. Unfortunately, there aren't that many premium looking Android smartphones out there that both perform well and cost affordable but OPPO hope to change that perception with the OPPO R1, their second smartphone for the Malaysian midrange market. Does it fulfill all of the above? Read our full review about the OPPO R1 to find out.
Last Updated: Apr 25, 2014
The ASUS ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 6 were recently announced for South East Asia, including Malaysia. One of the most notable features of the ASUS ZenFone smartphones is the PixelMaster Camera Technology. While each of the ASUS ZenFone smartphones are competitively priced below RM1000 (RM299 for the ASUS ZenFone 4, RM599 for the ASUS ZenFone 5 and RM899 for the ASUS ZenFone 6), ASUS spared no expense for the camera components. This includes a 5-element Largan lens, high quality camera sensors from Sony and Panasonic and some really awesome camera filter algorithms.
Last Updated: Apr 21, 2014
Following the trend of other smartphone makers offering their own user interfaces, ASUS have revealed the ZenUI with their latest range of ASUS ZenFone smartphones. The ZenUI takes the best from the latest batch of user interfaces while making it their own and this includes providing flatter icons while providing a not so invasive user interface like some others we could name. Integrating well with Google Now and Google Calendar the ZenUI is smooth and zippy, while providing a complete toolbox of features and functions that should make your ASUS ZenFone smartphone even more useful right out of the box. Here is a break-down of some of the more notable ZenUI elements:
Working in tandem with the Google Calender and Weather feature the What's Next feature combines all of these reminders and information into a simple to understand timeline. It offers smart reminders for upcoming events and tasks while providing Timely Notification for unusual, postponed, canceled or changed events so that you'll always stay on top of things.
Last Updated: Apr 18, 2014
The idea for a rotating camera on a phone is not new, in fact it has been tried many times before. However, the Oppo N1 takes this feature makes it its own and then adds on a whole bunch of other unique features you won't find on any other smartphone. What exactly are these unique features and is it worth your time? We certainly think so, but for the rest read on and find out in our review of the Oppo N1.