ASUS ZenFone Zoom with 3x optical zoom to be available in Malaysia. ASUS took almost a year since CES 2015 to make the smartphone available in 2016.
Beside premium build quality and high hardware specs, the highlight of the new ZenFone Zoom is 3x optical zoom camera with Hoya 10-element lens.
Read on to learn more about ASUS ZenFone Zoom.
Slimmest 3x Optical Zoom Smartphone
ASUS ZenFone Zoom is not the first smartphone with optical zoom. For instance, Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom has optical zoom camera but it looks more like a compact camera, instead of a smartphone.
ZenFone Zoom is the world’s thinnest optical zoom smartphone, with 3x zoom 13MP camera packed in a slim body with only 5mm at the edges.
The innovative 10-element lens (4x aspherical lens, 4x glass lenses, 2x prism lens) was created by Hoya. The lens is configured in a dual-prism periscope arrangement to maximize incoming light and capture the best possible quality photo.Â Of course, the unique design also keeps the smartphone’s camera module to the slimmest.
Here’re the specs of ASUS ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML)Â Â rear camera:
13MP with PixelMaster technology
Hoya 10-element camera lens
3x optical zoom (focal length: 28-84mm), 12x total zoom
Panasonic SmartFSI sensor
0.03s laser auto focus
32-second long exposure
5cm close-up macro
4 stops Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
Dual-LED Real Tone LED Flash
Physical camera shutter and video recording buttons.
Not to forget also, the front camera is 5MP with F/2.0 aperture.
ASUS ZenFone Zoom Design
At first glance, ASUS ZenFone Zoom reminds me about the Nokia Lumia 1020 which has the similar big camera part at the back. The latter has no optical zoom, though.
Unlike previous ZenFone series with plastic back cover, ZenFone Zoom has premium build quality.
The unibody metal frame is polished with a smooth finish. The back cover is real leather crafted using traditional Italian tailoring skills.
The camera module is available in Pure Black or Ceramic White colours. It is protected by a dedicated frame made from aerospace-grade alloys.
Also, every ZenFone Zoom comes with a leather strap for your confident shooting.
ASUS Malaysia Country Manager, Jimmy Lim said: “â€¦ Now, with the ASUS ZenFone Zoom, we offer users a smartphone that has not only the look and feel of a DSLR camera, but the advanced features to match. With ASUS ZenFone Zoom, we are putting professional photography within the reach of everyone.”
PC Grade Performance
ASUS ZenFome Zoom is not only about the optical zoom camera. Packed inside the smartphone are high-end hardware specs.
It is powered by 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom 2.5Ghz processor with 4GB dual-channel DDR3 RAM and 128GB storage. Supports LTE Category 4+ for download speed up to 250Mbit/s.
The built-in 3,000mAh battery with BoostMaster technology only takes 39 minutes to charge from 0% to 60%.
The display is 5.5-inch with 1920×1080 Full HD IPS display with 403ppi and 60ms touch-response time. The latest Corning Gorilla Glass 4 is used to protect the phone from drop-damage.
Price and release date in Malaysia
ASUS ZenFone Zoom price in Malaysia is RM 2,099 (inclusive 6% GST). The release date is around end-January 2016.
MOIBA is an association that owns the largest members associated with the mobile industry giants in South Korea, including major companies such as SK Telecom, LGU+, KT, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and other 370 companies in various related fields.
The two days event from the 8th to 9th September showcased top mobile apps from Korea and Malaysia. There were presentations and demonstrations by top selected app developers from both countries, sharing of success strategies as well as lessons learnt during the app development from conceptual to marketing stage.
During the launch on the second day, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Ubinuri Inc., My Appszil Asia Sdn Bhd and MDec to signify the collaboration of the promotion and localization of Korean apps in Malaysia.
Mobile apps is a fast growing market and those who have ventured into this industry many years ago are now greatly rewarded as being the pioneers in a leading industry. Paul Noh, CEO and Arnold Kang, Marketing Director of UbiNuri shared that the top five countries with the highest app revenue are Japan with a 1.4x growth, US, South Korea, Germany and the UK. The fast emerging countries were India, Mexico and Indonesia.
As for South Korea with a population of 50 million, they have a very high Smartphone penetration of up to 83%. It comes as no surprise that up to 93% of them are Android users, thanks to Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics. It is also estimated that Smartphone usage per day is up to 219 minutes. The healthy app market size is valued at $2.7 billion and Korea commands 50% market share of top 10 games. In-store app purchases are up to 70%. It was also shared that Koreans loves to try new games. Hence, there is a short life span for games. Up to 22.3% games developed would bring in significant revenue 6 months later.
Malaysia is also considered an emerging country and to support this, MDeC developed an eco-system called ICON to cultivate talents, nurture them and provide market access. From 2011 to 2014, it partnered with enterprises such as Microsoft, Nokia, ECS and Amazon to upskill their developers for the e-commerce market. From 2013 to 2014, ICON 3 (third stage) partnered with major cloud, enterprise and social platforms to scale up in technology and ultimately increase revenue. The Icon programme has successfully generated revenue of RM 3.2 million in the past three years and trained 1,193 app developers.
En Ahmad Sahar, Trainer from My Appszil shared an important insight to mobile development and this picture clearly explains it. Your apps should be designed for both IOs and Android devices.
The Korean app developers, shared the following words of advice to budding developers
play as many games as possible
develop the games and push out to the market as fast as possible. Then improve on it further based on customer’s feedback
it’s a long arduous journey, so you must persevere
Below are the 10 Korean mobile apps that were showcased during the event:
Reading and learning in English is now more exciting with the Reading Adventure app. Designed to deliver clear text and vibrant images, the app brings top quality contents that integrated with audio voices of professional natives. It has a total of seven levels and 350 interactive e-books.
BridgeCall is a free call service that lets you make calls without needing to launch its app. It automatically connects to calls for â€˜freeâ€™ between BridgeCall users using the phone’s default calling app. More than 2 million users are already enjoying BridgeCall to make free calls to their loved ones and we foresee it being a popular app here in Malaysia as well.
FAMY is a Light, fast, and accurate location tracking application. Key features include Accurate Location Tracking, Storing History of Movement Paths, Group Location Sharing and Sending SOS message. A practical App that schools and even parents could consider using as a safety measure.
Boto the Pink Dolphin is an education app consisting of attractive characters and stories based on the curriculum developed by the talented youth education centre at the KIM Research Institute, an expert agency for child creativity and a child education expert at the Child and Family Studies Department in the Seoul National University. This app has been localized and includes a â€˜Malayâ€™ version.
Invention savers aim to nurture young creative minds and educate them on the principles of basic invention. By venturing through the game land, the player can unconsciously develop interest on invention and learn the history of popular inventions.
Damyeongi V1.0 Go Board Game
Damyeongi V1.0 is a Go game app that puts a large number of users with a number of powers in order. The Go game is a brain game that must be completed within one hour without interruption.â€¬â€¬â€¬
The legend of RC Racing game, RE-VOLT Classic is a 3D Racing Game for Android. Gamers can race radio-controlled cars through the neighborhood and beyond in the classic arcade racer RE-VOLT! Fast paced, exciting driving, explosive weapons and unique track designs will deliver a larger than life racing experience.
God Summoners is a RPG game on mythological heroes and gods can be played by configuring a strategic team through the characterâ€™s attributes for easy and convenient automatic battle. You can also can play the game on a Samsung smart TV by downloading the â€œGod Summonersâ€ App.
In Happy Chicken Town, you and your friends grow by helping each other. The casual game also offers in-app purchases. A capable â€˜CEOâ€™ must be able to decorate the restaurant and ensure customer satisfaction.
MOIBA is the organization representing South Koreaâ€™s mobile carriers, manufacturers, contents and solutions combined to lead the smart mobile South Korea under the government support.
Since the establishment in 2009, MOIBA has been playing significant roles for the vitalization of the Mobile Internet industry and to help small and medium sized businesses to generate competitiveness in difficult environment by implementing the improvement of regulations, policy suggestions, supporting businesses, cooperation between large organizations and small and medium sized businesses that establish the coexistence and co-prosperity.
MOIBA provides support to the small and medium sized organizations to help them to enter the global market as most of businesses do not have experiences in regional or global expansion.
South Koreaâ€™s biggest content aggregator with more than 6,500 apps and a latent pool of 1,100 developers worldwide.
Since its inception in June, 2003, Ubinuri has been committed to distributing software applications to Korean mobile phone users. Having worked with hundreds of developers from around the world over the last 8 years, Ubinuri is emerging as an important hub for distributing applications to the fast-growing Korean mobile phone market.
Working with major Korean mobile service operators, including SKT, KT, and LGU+, and hundreds of application developers around the world, Ubinuri is developing a critical ecosystem within which Korean mobile users have ready access to the most valuable mobile phone applications the world has to offer.
My Appszil (Asia) Sdn Bhd (MASB) is an associate company of Ubi-Nuri Inc. MASB business model focuses on 3 key areas in the mobile apps industry which are training, creating solutions and publishing; including operating the local app store in Malaysia.
Our training programs are based on individualized learning skills where there will be no more than 12 students per class to ensure effective learning. Our trainers are all highly qualified and have been in the apps industry for more than 10 years. We intend to create â€œtechnopreneursâ€ from our efforts to spur the mobile apps economy in the region to compete with rest of the world.
Selected participants of the training program of ours will also gain the opportunity to be sponsored for internship programs with our partners in USA, Korea, Japan and Indonesia. Other participants of our training program with the relevant experiences will also be allowed to participate in this internship program under their own expense. This is to enable them to gain the relevant working experiences and knowledge to succeed in the app industry.
MyAppszil is also a solutions provider to business organizations where â€œwe listen to understandâ€ the needs of the business when we use our experience to tailor make, design, develop and implement solutions exclusively for your organization. We have a good track record in deliverance to our customers and we have been providing customers with cutting edge technology solutions since 2012.
With the presence of our MyAppszil application store,MyAppszil will be able to provide the worldâ€™s application developers with critical services in the Asian markets, including application localization, training and local support. Our ultimate goal is to make it as easy as possible for application developers around the world to enter the Asian local mobile phone application markets.
The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) was incorporated in 1996 to oversee the development of the MSC Malaysia and to advise the Malaysian Government on legislation and policies, as well as to set breakthrough standards for multimedia operations.
Established in the same year, MSC Malaysiaâ€™s primary focus was to create an ideal and conducive platform to nurture Malaysian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the ICT sector, to become world-class businesses whilst attracting participation from global ICT companies to invest in and develop cutting edge digital and creative solutions in Malaysia. Seventeen years on, MSC Malaysia has driven the development of the Malaysian ICT industry, enhanced technology adoption, and has made significant strides in increasing the economic impact and footprint of ICT for the nation.
Xiaomi, Chinaâ€™s leading smartphone company who believes that high-quality technology doesnâ€™t need to cost a fortune, is living up to its promise by giving Malaysians a chance to own a stunning 5.7 inch full HD display, 64 GB Mi Note at a very affordable price.
Steve Vickers, General Manager, Xiaomi Southeast Asia, said, â€œWe are truly excited to bring Mi Note, Xiaomiâ€™s most beautifully designed flagship to Malaysia. We believe that Mi fans in Malaysia will appreciate such high-quality innovation made available to them at an incredible price.â€
Before we dive in on the design and performance, Vickers shared what some of the tech critiques have to say:
Mi Noteâ€™s 3D back panel is crafted from Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and has a curved ergonomic shape with aluminium frame. The trend now is for curved edges and Mi Note has this as well. The rounded edged are added to the 2.5D front panel, extending the smoothness from back to the front. This gives you a better grip of the smartphone.
During the launch, two demo videos were shown to test the durability of the glass. Needless to say, Mi Note survived the metal ball drop and drop test with glass in tact and not a scratch on its ultra-thin 6.95mm frame.
Mi Noteâ€™s 5.7â€ Sharp full HD display has an incredible contrast ratio of 1400:1, delivers richer colours and crystal-clear view for a spectacular viewing experience even under harsh sunlight thanks to Xiaomiâ€™s Sunlight Display Technology.
Built for performance
This sleek beauty is fitted with a 3,000mAh Sony/LG 4.4V high-density Li-ion battery. It also comes with Quick Charge 2.0 which means it charges 75% faster than conventional methods. To meet the needs of heavy users, Mi Note runs on a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz processor and 3GB LPDDR3 RAM. LPDDR is a type of double data rate synchronous DRAM for mobile computers.
Trigger happy folks
The 13MP rear camera that comes with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) will ensure no blurry images. One point to note is that the OIS is not protruding and is flat, which gives the smartphone a sleek look. The 4MP front camera with 2-micron large pixels which is 40% larger than other average camera, is best for selfies and even comes with a Beautify mode, which intelligently guesses a personâ€™s age and gender in order to apply 36 smart filters.
Instead of carrying two smartphones, you can now manage calls and messages on two separate SIM cards with Mi Noteâ€™s 4G dual SIM, dual standby that fits micro and nano SIMs. Users are able to tailor preferred network and data settings for each card with intelligent dual SIM features, like creating custom SIM labels. Mi Note also automatically selects which SIM to use when you call or text someone based on history.
For the love of music
Mi Note is packed with a professional Hi-Fi audio system for minimal-loss, studio-grade sound quality. It has a dedicated sound card for 24-bit/192KHz lossless playback support and a unique two-stage amplifier to ensure a high degree of quality when using headphones with levels as high as 600 ohms.
Having sold 34.7 million smartphones in the first half of 2015, up by 33% year-on-year sales, Xiaomi is a company to be reckoned with. One of Wiredâ€™s headline, â€œXiaomiâ€™s great new phone is a lot like iPhone. Apple should take noteâ€. Xiaomi is certainly moving in the right direction to collaborate closely with leading world-class suppliers like Corning, Qualcomm and Sharp for the Mi Note.
HAPPY FIRST ANNIVERSARY to Mi Malaysia!
Launched end May 2014, Mi Malaysia has their own Mi fan club. Hereâ€™s a photo of them excitedly showing off the Mi Note at the recent launch in KL.
[box type=”note”]This article is written by Geek Mommy,Â whoÂ tries toÂ makes sense of the tech world for the less techie while managing a household, a part-time job & keeping a toddler busy.[/box]
OPPO Malaysia launched two of its latest R7 series smartphones — OPPO R7 Plus and OPPO R7 Lite — on July 7, 2015 at Shangri-La Hotel Grand Ballroom, Kuala Lumpur.
The annual OPPO event invites OPPO dealers and media friends to celebrate the company’s latest products.
This is the 10th year of OPPO and 2nd year in Malaysia. OPPO already gains 10% market share in Malaysia, it claims.
The latest two R7 series smartphones will be available in Malaysia in August 2015. Pre-order starts on July 11, 2015.
OPPO R7 Plus
OPPO R7 Plus is a 6-inch smartphone with full metal unibody at 7.75mm slim and 2.5D arc edge FullHD display. The fingerprint scanner at the back is exclusively for unlocking the device.
It is powered by Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 1.5GHz processor and 3GB RAM. Storage is 32GB and support up to 128GB microSD memory card. However, installing a memory card will take up an SIM slot of the Dual 4G nano SIM system.
OPPO R7 runs new ColorOS 2.1(Android 5.1) with shorter boot up speed, faster performance. The user interface and icons also get redesigned. It includes customizable on-screen and off-screen gestures commands.
OPPO R7 Plus equipped with 13-megapixel rear camera with dual flash and 8-megapixel front camera. The camera app takes only 0.7 to launch.
OPPO R7 Plus camera gives you faster focus time and more stable images by using the “New Flash Shot” technology, which consists of dual-drive hybrid focus system, laser focus (infrared), Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF), anti-share optimisation, contrast detection focus.
OPPO R7 Plus battery capacity is 4,100mAh and support OPPO VOOC Flash Charge system. 5 minutes charging time can power up the phone to 2 hours talk time.
“[OPPO R7 Plus]So perfect! Just like a full symphony!”, said Candice Liu, CEO Assistant of OPPO Malaysia.
OPPO R7 Lite
OPPO R7 Lite is smaller and cheaper than OPPO R7 Plus. It has the same metal unibody, 2.5D curved screen, Snapdragon 615 processor, 13MP & 8MP cameras.
However, OPPO R7 Lite’s processor will be underclock to a “slower but yet confirm” clock speed. It has 16GB storage and 2GB RAM.
OPPO R7 Lite’s display is 5-inch with HD resolution. It does not have a fingerprint scanner at the back. Supports Dual SIM with micro + nano. The battery capacity is 2,320mAh, not support VOOC Flash Charge.
OPPO VOOC accessories
OPPO has VOOC Fast Charging accessories allow you to quickly charge OPPO smartphone wherever you are:
VOOC Fast Charging car charger, price is RM148
VOOC Fast Charging power bank (6,000mAh), price is RM178
Price and Availability
OPPO R7 Plus price in Malaysia is RM1,998, only gold colour. OPPO R7 Lite price is RM1,298, available in Gold and Silver colours. Prices are inclusive 6% GST.
Pre-orders for both models can make at OPPO stores and OPPO website from 11 July 2015. R7 Plus and R7 Lite will available in August 2015 in Malaysia.
vivo, China’s leading smartphone brand, marked its official entry to the Malaysian market by launching vivo X5Pro at the vivo Grand Launch Malaysia 2015.
With the motto “Dare to push the limit and continue to bring new surprises”, vivo did many industry “firsts”.
vivo first smartphone–vivo X1– was launched in 2012. vivo X3 and vivo X5Max broke the world’s thinnest smartphone record. vivo Xplay 3S is the world’s first 2K screen smartphone in 2013. In 2014, vivo released Xshot smartphone with F1.6 large aperture and optical image stabilization (OIS). vivo X5Pro is the company’s latest smartphone in 2015.
Mr. Alex Feng, Vice President of vivo Global, addressed that vivo has full confidence in the Malaysian market. Since its inception, the brand is committed to pursuit of fun, vibrancy, and appealing to the youth.
vivo started their international strategy in 2014 and has been registered in over 100 countries, including Thailand, India, Myanmar and Indonesia.vivo smartphones started selling in Malaysia since 2014. With the official entry to the Malaysia market, vivo will localize their innovation and position their brand to appeal more towards the fashionable Malaysian youths.
vivo smartphones started selling in Malaysia since 2014. With the official entry to the Malaysia market, vivo will localize their innovation and position their brand to appeal more towards the fashionable Malaysian youths.
vivo has over 2,000 point of sales, 10 service centers and nearly 1,000 employees in Malaysia. In 2015, vivo Malaysia will continue to increase brand investment. “We are expecting 3000 point of sales and 20 service centers in 2015”, said Mr. Lewis Zhang, CEO of vivo Malaysia.
vivo X5Pro — the “Touch By Beauty” smartphone — Â is released at vivo Grand Launch Malaysia. The phone features curves that resemble a drop of water has double-sided 2.5D glass and metallic frame design in 6.44mm thin body.
X5Pro 13-megapixel rear camera comes with PDAF (Phase-Detection AutoFocus) technology that simulates human eyes’ positioning principle for faster focusing. The camera’s Smart Beauty Mode can identify multiple facials’ gender and skin quality and touch up accordingly.
New Funtouch OS 2.1 (based on Android 5.0 Lollipop) uses less power and less memory usage. Smart Wake 2.0 allows you to create custom gestures to launch phone apps with a single touch, even from a locked screen.
X5Pro continues to offer Hi-Fi audio experience with its custom AKM AK4375 audio chip.
vivo X5Pro in Malaysia does not have the eye-scanner feature as I mentioned previously. When asked by LiewCF during the press conference, vivo answered that the eye-scanner feature does not work perfectly. It has been removed to ensure good user experience. vivo promised to improve the eye-scanning feature.