Samsung has finally released its 4 minute product video of the newly revealed Samsung Galaxy S 4. While the hardware bit looks impressive, the key difference lies in its smart features such as Group Play, Sound & Shot, S Voice Drive, Dual Shot, Dual Recording & etc which is demonstrated in the video above.
In addition to that, the Galaxy S 4 includes of a couple of gestures and eye-tracking features such as Smart Scroll, Smart Pause, Air Gesture and AirView which lets you hover through the screen with your fingers like a S-Pen. Would these features be something you’ll use on a day to day basis?
The Samsung Galaxy S IV product page is finally up over here.
HP launch the Android 4.1 running Slate 7 features a stainless steel frame construction with a soft touch plastic back panel. The average 7-inch 1024×600 pixel display pushes roughly 170ppi. Powering the device is an A9 1.6GHz processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage. There’s also Beats Audio embedded into the device but judging by the price, we’re pretty sure that the enhancement is nothing more than just some gimmicky software trickery. There’s a 3MP camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front for chatting, videos and photos as well. Other “smart” features include the ability to print wirelessly using compatible HP printers.
7-inch Android tablet that sells for US$169 (about RM530) with its sights set on the Nexus 7, as far as cheap tablets go, the Slate 7 looks like any other in a seas of cheap tablets with nothing special to differentiate it from the race. The device will go on sale in the U.S. in April.
HTC has finally revealed its latest flagship device which they aim to regain back a major foothold of the Android smart phone segment. Following last year’s HTC One series, the new device is simply called the new HTC One.
The new HTC One offers a completely redesigned body with a fresh approach in both hardware and software. Beginning with the hardware design, the new HTC One uses a full aluminium body that’s put together with zero gap construction for that seamless sturdy feel. Metal construction is always more premium to hold but it is often marred with antenna reception issues. For the new HTC One, they have overcome this challenge by integrating the antenna into its aluminium shell.
The new HTC One offers nothing but spec topping hardware which includes a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Quad-Core processor at 1.7GHz, 2GB of RAM and a choice of either 32GB or 64GB of storage and there’s no expandable microSD slot just like its former HTC One series.
The new HTC One also comes with a fully redesigned HTC Sense that’s running on top of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The home screen now has something called BlinkFeed which is a customisable Live Feed which is similar to Windows Phone Live Tiles. This is a radical change from the typical Android home screen interface that comes out of the box. Somehow the new HTC One looks like a mishmash of different phones and OS interfaces in one.
In front, the new HTC One offers the same 4.7? screen size as the One X but instead it pushes a Full HD resolution of 1920×1080 that gives a pixel density of 468ppi. In terms of connectivity, there’s a Infrared port for remote control use, NFC and 4G LTE which is subject to market availability. In terms of juice, it is powered by a 2,300mAh non-removable battery. Compared to the HTC Butterfly, the new HTC One is slightly thicker and heavier at 9.3mm and 143 grams.
Audio input has been improved as well with the availability of dual mics that’s HDR capable, making it usable to record concerts with loud volume. HTC hasn’t forgotten the basic phone call as well. Apart of voice cancellation, the new HTC One constantly monitors ambient noise and will automatically adjusts the in-call volume to ensure conversations are heard loud and clear.
New for camera is HTC’s new UltraPixel camera. There’s no official mention of Megapixels and HTC has made it clear that they are more focused on image quality by looking into pixel size instead. The new HTC One boasts a large 1/3? sensor which claims to allow 300% more light and it now comes with Optical Image Stabiliser. Other camera features include a f/2.0 aperture, 28mm wide angle lens and it is able to shoot HDR videos. Over at the front, the new HTC One has a 2.1MP camera with a wide angle 28mm lens that’s also capable of shooting in HDR.
The new HTC One will be available very soon in March 2013 in over 80 countries and more than 185 operators worldwide. So far there’s no mention of Malaysia or its participating operators but we hope that HTC will shed more light on Malaysian availability soon.
DiGi is offering a year end promo on selected models. The MeeGo powered Nokia N9 is being offered for FREE while the Sony Xperia S and Galaxy W are offered for only RM499. The Galaxy S II which is Samsung’s flagship of last year is offered as well at RM699.
All these devices are tied with 12 months contract of DG Smart Plan of RM68/month. Along with DiGi’s Jualan Internet promo, you’ll get 5GB data each month as well. For a period of 12 months, the total minimum subscription costs only RM816 which makes the total cost of ownership less than RM1,600. All 4 devices requires an upfront payment of RM500 which will be rebated back to your bill. The Sony Xperia S looks like a tempting buy among the lot with a 4.3? 1280×720 resolution display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 12MP camera and 32GB of storage.
The offer is now available from their Online Store and will be available at DiGi’s centre at SoHo KL from 25th December 2012 onwards.
The Samsung Galaxy Camera is now officially launched in Malaysia with the price tag of RM1,899. The Android camera will hit the stores starting tomorrow, 29th November. No telco bundlings are mentioned but for a limited time promo, the first 5,000 buyers will get a free Hotlink Prepaid Broadband SIM Pack with the Galaxy Camera.
This Samsung Galaxy Camera is running a recent Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS on a 1.4GHz Quad-Core Exynos processor that’s also found on the Galaxy S III. In terms of imaging, the Galaxy Camera has a 1/2.3? BSI sensor that does 16.3MP. You’ll also get 21X Optical zoom which also comes with optical image stabilisation. Over at the back, it has a large 4.8? Super Clear LCD screen that does a respectable 1280×720 pixels resolution. In burst mode, the Galaxy Camera lets you snap photos at 4 fps and videos up to 120fps.
Since Samsung is positioning this as an always connected device, one can share photos instantly with WiFi and 3G connectivity built in. Despite having a 3G micro-SIM slot, it doesn’t let you make phone calls however it is still possible to make Skype calls using its built in microphone and speakerphone. On-board, there’s 8GB of storage which is expandable up to 64GB using microSD. Overall, it is 19.1mm thick and weighs 300g with its 1,650mAh removable battery.