Nokia’s answer to Lower-Mid range market with Nokia Lumia 620 priced at RM799


If you wanted to get a phone that do not break your bank and not entirely ready to give up on specs, the Nokia Lumia 620 might just be the answer. Well, the only thing you have to give in is that the Lumia 620 is running Windows Phone 8 OS. We are not saying that the WP8 is not a good OS, just that more people will be expecting an Android device and this will be a disappointment. WP8 is a very solid and gracefully simple OS a mobile device can have. The only downside of it is that it is not yet matured enough to compete with the likes of Androids and iOS in terms of their solid ecosystem and the amount of apps available for these platforms.

Apart from that, the Nokia Lumia 620 is a brilliant phone as far as value for money is concern. For just RM799, features a 3.8inch ClearBlack screen with 246 ppi, 7 interchangeable back covers to suit your moods everyday, 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon s4 processor with 512MB RAM together with 8GB onboard storage capacity expandable to 64GB via microSD card. Surprisingly, it also offers NFC (you dont really need it but some just likes it to be there) alongside with the 5MP camera with 720p video.

For RM799, the specs above are considered very good and could be a very good choice of a mid level smartphone despite the lack of LTE support and running WP8 (We honestly dont think WP8 is a con for this phone but we think most people do. If you do, you suck! =D). If Nokia is not for you, HTC offers a device, HTC 8S, almost similar to the Lumia 620 but with a larger 4inch display might get some of your attention. But well, it is not so worth your money priced at RM999 but it might look more stylish and slimmer.

Nokia Lumia 620 will be available tomorrow.

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HTC Windows Phone 8X and 8S announced

HTC has announced last night its latest line up of Windows Phone 8 devices – HTC Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S. In the event which was held together with Microsoft, these new devices are considered signature devices for the new Windows Phone 8 platform where both parties are working closely together. Obviously such announcement won’t go too easy on Nokia which has been aggressively pushing Windows Phone all the way with its Lumia range.

When Windows Phone was first announced in 2010, HTC introduces a wide variety of models that is almost too similar with its Android models such as the HTC Desire and Desire HD. For Windows Phone 7.5, they have introduced HTC Titan and HTC Radar which looked slightly refreshed.

This year, HTC went with a totally new design which they worked from ground up. As a result, this year’s Windows Phone 8 looked nothing like other HTC smart phones that we’ve seen. The new 8X and 8S comes with a unibody like plastic shell with a choice of vibrant colours, an approach which is seen as taking a leaf out of Lumia’s design book.

HTC Windows Phone 8X
Similar to the HTC One series naming convention, the 8X is HTC’s flagship device for the Windows Phone platform. Like its rivals, it features a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 Processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage which is non expandable. Over at the front it has a 4.3″ Super LCD2 display that does HD 720p resolution and it is toughen with Gorilla Glass 2.

The differentiator of the 8X is its beats audio enhancement which comes with a exclusive built-in amp for both head phone jack and speaker. Next is the camera where it features the same 8MP found on the HTC One X which comes with backlit sensor, f/2.0 aperture, 28mm lens and dedicated HTC Imagechip. The front of the camera is a key highlight as well with a wide angle 2.1MP camera with f/2.0 aperture that does full 1080p video.

The 8X comes with a built-in 1,800mAh battery and it weighs 130grams which a thickness of 10.12mm. NFC connectivity also comes as standard as well but there’s no wireless charging which is found on the Lumia 920. In total, there are 4 colours to choose from – blue, black, yellow and red.

For more info on the 8X, head over to their product page.


HTC Windows Phone 8S
Next is the Windows Phone 8S which is the affordable alternative to the 8X. It has a smaller 4″ Super LCD display that does 800×480 with Gorilla Glass and it is powered with a 1.0GHz dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor. The RAM is less as well at 512MB and it comes with 16GB of storage which is expandable with microSD. In terms of design, it comes with a dual-tone look which is somewhat similar to the Sony Xperia NXT and it comes in a wide variety of colours as well.

It also comes with beats audio enhancement but without the amps that’s found on the 8X. Over at the back it has a 5MP camera that does 720p HD videos and it lacks a front facing camera for video calls. Powering the 8S is a 1,700mAh battery and NFC is unfortunately not included. Overall the 8S is 10.28mm thick and weighs 113grams. Both 8X and 8S are using micro SIM as standard.

Full product details over at Windows Phone 8S page.

HTC Windows Phone 8X

HTC Windows Phone 8S


How Samsung Galaxy SIII stands up against iPhone 4S, HTC One X and Lumia 900

Ok, not that the Samsung Galaxy SIII is unveiled, we this it is the best time to do a comparison with other flagship smartphones like the Apple iPhone 4S, HTC One X and the Nokia Lumia 900. This might let you see things clearer between these mighty smartphones. You judge for yourself. But specs does not really show the whole picture of a smartphone. But as far as we know/think/assume, the Samsung Galaxy SIII is a hell of a user-friendly phone.

Check this table out!

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Correction: The HTC One X has a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. My bad.

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Mobile World Congress 2012: Wrap-up [MWC2012]

At what must be one of the most beautiful venues on earth to have a conference such as this, we’ve got Mobile World Congress 2012, a yearly event which takes the whole world’s mobile device market and gathers it up into one big week-long masterpiece. Of course it’s not as perfectly simple as that, and if you’ve never been to the event or have never tried to follow along with the news that spills forth from it before, you may very well have a hard time fitting all the pieces together. That’s why we’ve got this easy to read, easy to decipher guide for you to work your way through all of the devices and services announced, displayed, and teased during the events – have a look!


What we’re going to do here is separate everything by brand. First there’s a big set of smartphone and tablet manufacturers, then we’ve got Google, then the big processor manufacturers, Microsoft, and the rest. I should also let you know that we’re not quite done yet here, with a selection of other oddities still up our sleeves set for release over the next few days as well. Continue checking our [MWC 2012 portal] for the full pack!

One of the first events we attended was an LG booth preview, this meeting / miniature keynote had us also able to check out the full line of devices announced the week before MWC 2012 by LG. We were able to check out the full LG Optimus L-Style family including the L7, L5, and L3 in all their mid-range glory. Next we had a peek at the all-powerful LG Optimus 4X, a Tegra 3 toting next generation smartphone following up on the original world’s first dual-core smartphone, the LG Optimus 2X. Another follow-up nest-generation device we got to handle was the LG Optimus 3D Max, and the LG response to the Galaxy Note, the LG Optimus Vu, a massive smartphone / tablet hybrid with a 4×3 height x width ratio.

Sony decided to doll out a couple more Xperia devices, each of them slightly unsurprising to a fine degree. We first got official word that the Xperia P existed, then got a hands-on experience with the device. We also finally got to handle the fabled Sony Xperia U in all its square goodness.

“HTC brought its A-game and threw it all out on the floor”

If there was one smartphone manufacturer that brought their A-game and threw it all out on the floor, drew a line in the sand, and said “let’s do this thing”, it was HTC. They both introduced and described their brand new hero line of devices, HTC One. This line of devices features high-quality sound from Beats Audio, fabulous high resolution and sharp displays, HTC ImageSense for fabulous photos inside of Sense 4.0, and a high quality overall experience in each device. The devices dropped like this: first there’s the HTC One V – the lowest spec’d device with a classic shape.

Then there’s the HTC One S international version and the T-Mobile HTC One S as well – note here right away that the HTC One naming scheme will stick around no matter which carrier these devices are on, HTC holding strong to their hero line guarantees. Plus there’s the HTC One X as well as its AT&T relative by the same name. HTC One X is the hero of heroes and comes with either an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor or a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor depending on if you get the international or AT&T version, respectively. We got hands-on looks at the HTC One V, the HTC One S, and the HTC One X as well.

“Nokia was a fantastic force this year”

Nokia was another fantastic force this year at MWC 2012, not least of all because of their awesome set of booths which both showed off their devices and provided press and brand friends an excellent place to work and relax during the week’s madness. The devices Nokia dropped were pretty neat too, starting with the Nokia Lumia 900 DC HSPA Global Edition which we also got hands-on time with. There was also the physical keyboard toting Asha 202, 203, and 302 which we also got hands-on time with right after the release event. There was but one mid-range touchscreen device from the group in the Lumia 610 (hands-on), then the giant game-changing device that rattled the whole event was the Nokia 808 Pure View complete with an undeniable 41 megapixel camera on its back – have a look at our hands on with 41 megapixels as well, and head to our Nokia MWC 2012 round-up for a different guide to the awesome madness.

Three companies that brought one device each that triggered our “must touch” sensors were ViewSonic, Toshiba, and Panasonic. For the first manufacturer it was for the ViewSonic ViewPhone 4S, complete with an ultra high-resolution display and the ability to use two SIM cards. Then there was Toshiba with their unnamed NVIDIA Tegra 3 toting tablet complete with 7.7-inches of HD display and an ultra-thin profile. Then for Panasonic we got two hands-on looks t the ELUGA device, first in a classic hands-on experience, then with the dunking of the device in the water for good fun had by all.

The folks at ZTE surprised us with several new devices including both Windows Phone and Android in a wide array of configurations. Perhaps the most impressive of these was an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor toting smartphone by the name of ZTE Era. We got hands-on with the ZTE Era as well as the Windows Phone Tango smartphone ZTE Orbit.

“Samsung had an odd set of devices on hand”

Samsung had a highly odd set of devices on hand for us to get hands-on experiences with including the Samsung Galaxy Beam with its cool projector top and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 with its Galaxy Note abilities, S-pen (the tablet having no slot despite the silo on the original Galaxy Note,) and Galaxy Tab 10.1 stylings. For those of you looking for one solid device with no such super odd abilities on top, check out our hands-on with the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S Blaze, complete with everything you need for speedy daily living.

Two more groups that surprised us with some super excellent devices running high-powered processors were Huawei and Fujitsu. With Huawei we got hands-on with both the MediaPad 10fhd and the Ascend D Quad, a device which you’ll also see a massive amalgamation of this weekend in a post about the model they made specifically for and of this device. It’s a horse ascending into the air, all made out of the Ascend D Quad smartphone! Then there was the Fujitsu unnamed NVIDIA Tegra 3 smartphone which despite it having no finalized features just yet, seemed pretty impressive at the time.

ASUS revealed several new tablets in their now-named Transformer Pad series including the brand new 300 series as well as the high powered ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity 700 LTE. Then of course we got another glimpse of the ASUS Padfone, this time with a release date and a stylus headset!

We covered the Google keynote for the Mobile World Congress main series of keynotes, of course, it having Eric Schmidt speaking on the development of the world for countries and communities that have no access to the internet at all. He also spoke on privacy and how Google Chrome as well as Android have it and continue to allow you the control to keep yourself as private as you like. He also spoke of legal matters and there were quite a few above-average quotable moments also, especially in the Q and A section of the keynote. Schmidt mentioned Google Bucks and 3D-capable personal robots as well. Check out our round-up of the Google keynote for all of this information arranged once more.

“Qualcomm took some awesome shots at the competition with the Snapdragon S4”

For processor power we go to see great offerings from each of the big powerhouses, first up Texas Instruments with their OMAP 5 2x dual-core SoC as well as information on how they’ll be teaming up with Harman and iRobot for future OMAP 5 toting devices. Qualcomm took some awesome shots at the competition with the Snapdragon S4 and Gobi 5th gen while we took a look at the Qualcomm Snapdragon MDP for S4 and spoke with the team, this resulting in the note that Intel is still uncompetitive in the mobile marketplace.

Intel certainly does appear to be taking a good run at the market recently, on the other hand, here at Mobile World Congress with the Orange Santa Clara Medfield phone in all its glory. Then there’s NVIDIA, which if you simply take a peek at our hands-on with Shadowgun Deadzone multiplayer, you’ll only see a tiny fraction of what we’ll be publishing soon – and don’t forget about the massive amount of Tegra 3-toting smartphone released this past week alone.

Microsoft took each of these chipmakers and put them all in one room together with the Windows 8 Publishers Preview, having a tablet each from each manufacturer to show off Windows 8 for the consumers of the future. We also saw the preview on a wide variety of computers and saw how it all works together as you would expect it to. The app interface was incredibly fast and fluid, the shoe system worked extremely well on tablets as well as any PC with the ability to run a USB stick. You can also download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview right this second if you’d like to.

Of the oddities we’ve posted thus far, I recommend you check out the following: Skype for Windows Phone and MTV’s under the thumb Social TV for starters, then FXI Cotton Candy the world’s smallest PC to keep your sweet tooth hungry. You of course then must also view our look at the Neonode 3D touch for tablets and phones hands-on experience we’ve got along with the one vehicle we checked out: RIM’s own BlackBerry vehicle, the QNX Porsche 911 complete with BlackBerry phone and PlayBook tablet integration.


iPhone’s Retina Display no more the highest resolution display

Apple’s Retina Display used to be the highest resolution display and they hold that title for quite some time with all the flagship devices from Samsung, Motorola and even HTC fall short on the resolution. Apple’s Retina Display have an incredible 326ppi (pixel per inch) which Steve Jobs says that our normal human eyes can only see up to 300ppi and beyond that resolution, reading from a screen will be like reading from an actual paper. And we cannot deny that the Retina Display is simply awesome and makes the icons on iOS looks so crisp and clear with all the wordings so pleasant to our eyes. No sign of pixelation can be identified on the Retina Display and Apple is very proud of it. Until now.

Sony’s new device announced on CES 2012, the Sony Xperia S showcases a higher resolution display compared to iPhone’s Retina Display (iPhone 4 and 4S) with 338ppi in a 1280×720 pixels from the 4.3-inch screen. Although it is not much difference with only a mere 12ppi more than the Retina Display, but that means the iPhone’s Retina Display is no more the king of screen resolution. Great job there, Sony. But the screen resolution is only one part of what makes a phone great.

Tired of your iPhone friends keep telling you how high their iPhone’s screen resolution is? Get the Sony Xperia S to shut them off forever! But that depends on what Apple is up to with the next iPhone.

Other smartphones which comes close to Retina Display’s resolution:

Galaxy Nexus – 316ppi @ 4.65-inch 1280x720pixels
Sony Ericsson Xperia ray – 296ppi @ 3.3-inch 854x480pixels
Samsung Galaxy Note – 284ppi @ 5.3-inch 1280x720pixels
Motorola RAZR – 256ppi @ 4.3-inch 960x540pixels
Nokia Lumia 800 – 252ppi @ 3.7-inch 800x480pixels
Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S – 233pp @ 4.2-inch 854x480pixels
Samsung Galaxy SII – 218ppi @ 4.3-inch 800x480pixels


Digi selling HTC Sensation XL in Malaysia on 15th November 2011

Another one of the best Android Smartphone out there will be up on sale in Malaysia on the 15th of November 2011. HTC Sensation XL is certainly a great phone out there spotting 4.7-inch screen(800×480 pixel) with Android Gingerbread powered by a single-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor with 768MB RAM. On top of that, a 8MP camera with 720p HD video recording and 16gb internal storage comes in the box!

The specs cannot really compete with some of the best Andriod devices out there but the HTC Sensation XL comes with Beats Audio Technology and a awesome large screen for the multimedia freaks. It comes with the iBeats headphones in the box like the Sensation XE.

As for the moment, the price or Digi package for the phone is still unknown. All that is known is that the device will be coming to Cubic Platform at Sunway Giza, Kota Damansara tomorrow. But full details will be out very very soon. Stay tuned.

Here is the HTC Sensation XL promo video:

Who is planning to get one of these monsters!