MEIZU MX4 Review: Mid-range Android Smartphone with Best Benchmark Score (2014)

MEIZU MX4 review
MEIZU MX4 review
MEIZU MX4 review

MEIZU (魅族) is a new China smartphone brand in Malaysia. If you do not know yet, MEIZU is one of the top smartphone manufacturers in China, a competitor to the famous Xiaomi. MEIZU MX4 was announced on September 2014 and now available in Malaysia. The mid-range price smartphone has been awarded as No.1 Android Smartphone in year 2014 by Antutu! 

Surprise? Read on for my MEIZU MX4 review below.

Design

At first glance, I sense a familiar design. The golden colour MEIZU MX4 I loaned looks like an iPhone 6 gold. It has a golden color metal frame covered with golden colour curved plastic back cover.

On the front is while bezel with a capacitive circular backlight Home button at the bottom. The Home button flash when touched and glowing if you have unread notification.

The phone has minimized design with volume rocker at the left side; power button and headphones jack at the top. Mono speaker and microUSB port at the bottom. The speaker grills also looks like iPhone 6’s. The bulge back camera has a silver ring and dual tone LED flash at bottom.

Taking off the plastic back cover is easy with a back cover notch. Then, you will see the non-removable battery and microSIM card slot. No, MEIZU MX4 does not have microSD memory card slot.

MEIZU MX4’s build quality impresses me. I am bias toward metal body smartphone. With the rounded corners and curved back, it has no sharp edge. It is comfortable to grip but I am a bit worry about slippery hands.

Buggy FlyMe OS beta

Unlike other Android devices, setup MEIZU MX4 for the first time does not ask your Google account. Instead, it asks you to create a MEIZU’s FlyMe account. You may add your Google account in the setting, nevertheless.

MEIZU MX4 FlyMe OS
MEIZU MX4 FlyMe OS

MEIZU MX4 runs own developed FlyME OS on top of Android 4.4 KitKat. I like the simple and flat design but its user interface design is a bit different from the other Android skins.

FlyMe OS does not use app drawer. All your installed apps are sorted on home screen pages in 4×4 grid. I like it to show the estimated download time and speed in notification center. But I do not like the clock on top left screen.

The FlyME OS version on my loaned unit is version 4.1.7l beta. Beta software means that it is incomplete and bugs are expected.

At first, I was puzzled when I don’t find “recent apps” and “back” buttons beside the home button — the 3 important buttons for Android devices.

Then, I realize that FlyME OS adds a menu bar (SmartBar) at the bottom of app screen for back button and app options. Most of the time, the bar only has one back icon at the left. It is rather waste of display’s space to separate two buttons (back and home) into two rows.

MEIZU MX4 settings
MEIZU MX4 settings

If you dig into the phone settings, you will find the “Intelligently hide Smartbar” option, which hide the menu bar and give back  display space. After turn on the option, you can swipe up Home button for “back” command (return to the previous page).

So, how to find recent apps on MEIZU MX4? You swipe up from the bottom edge of the display to show 4 recent app icons then swipe to left to show another 4 app icons, up to maximum 8 recent apps.

MEIZU MX4 apps: Security, app store, theme store
MEIZU MX4 apps: Security, app store, theme store

FlyMe OS has a Personalization app for its theme store. You can download free or paid themes to customize your phone interface. Security app does more than protecting your phone. It is all-in-one app to free up phone space, scan for virus, manage app permission and data quota.

MEIZU MX4 apps crash
MEIZU MX4 apps crash

Generally, the FlyMe OS runs smoothly on MEIZU MX4, except that I met some default app crashes. Example: Camera app crash after taking HDR picture; Gallery app crash when try to play back a video. Plus, some apps are Chinese content only, e.g. AppCenter and Personalization.

Display and Speaker

MEIZU MX4 uses a 5.36-inch display with 1920 x 1152 pixels (~418 ppi pixel density). It is wider than Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080). A wider display is better for web surfing and text reading.

The IPS LCD touchscreen display is bright and clear, colours are correct, viewing angle is good, responsive to finger touches. No complain here.

MEIZU MX4 bottom
MEIZU MX4 bottom

However, the mono speaker is disappointed. It is loud but the sound is muddy, not crisp and burst at high volume. I would plug in a pair of headphones to avoid the poor speaker output.

Performance & Battery life

Antutu Benchmarks MEIZU MX4
Antutu Benchmarks MEIZU MX4

MEIZU MX4 is powered by 2.2 GHz MediaTek MT6595 Octa-core CPU and 2GB RAM. MEIZU MX4 did very well in my benchmark tests. It beats every 2014 smartphones in almost all tests.

Keep in mind, MEIZU MX4 only cost less than half of HTC and Samsung’s flagship phones.

The phone ranked No.1 in Antutu Benchmarks! It scores amazing 48,669 score in my test. In Geekbench tests, it scores 3,820 (multi-core) and 1,180 (single-core) – both scores are higher than Samsung GALAXY S5 (2,836 multi-core, 938 single-core).

Geekbench Benchmarks MEIZU MX4
Geekbench Benchmarks MEIZU MX4

However, MEIZU MX4 scores lower in Vellamo Metal (single-core) and 3DMark tests.

Vellamo Benchmarks MEIZU MX4
Vellamo Benchmarks MEIZU MX4
3DMarks Unlimited MEIZU MX4 score
3DMarks Unlimited MEIZU MX4 score

 

In my testing period, MEIZU MX4 is working flawlessly. I wish it can cut the user interface animations, though.

The phone uses non-removable 3100 mAh battery. It easily last for your whole day usage. In my test, playing 1 hour YouTube video drops 12% battery juice (94% to 82%). Meaning, battery life will last over 8 hours for non-stop YouTube videos.

Camera

MEIZU MX4 camera
MEIZU MX4 camera

MEIZU MX4 has a 20MP F/2.2 rear camera with dual tone LED flash, but only 2MP F/2.0 front camera. The rear camera can take 4K video; front camera can take 1080p Full HD video.

MEIZU claims that the rear camera focus speed is 0.3s. I can tell you that it has fast focus speed – tap an object on screen and it get focus instantly.

MEIZU MX4 camera app screenshots
MEIZU MX4 camera app screenshots

The Camera app has 9 modes, including the QR code scan mode and Slowmotion mode. You can swipe screen left/right or tap on the small mode icon at the top to switch camera mode. You can choose from 13 real-time colour filters to your photos and videos.

I am unable to take a HDR photo using MEIZU MX4. Regardless the camera settings, the Camera app crash immediately when snapping HDR photo.

MEIZU MX4 sample photo showing noise pixels
MEIZU MX4 sample photo showing noise pixels

Also, I notice some photos contain strange white/black noise pixels, which are unacceptable. It seems like software error for over photo optimization.

Check out some sample MEIZU MX4 sample photos below: (click to enlarge 100%)

Price and Availability

MEIZU MX4 is now available in Malaysia for RM1,099 (16GB) and RM1,299 (32GB) with 3 colours: white silver, grey, gold. You can buy MEIZU MX4 from Lazada Malaysia.

Bottom line

MEIZU MX4 has unbelievable processor’s performance, bright display and good build. You may want to buy 32GB model because it does not have memory card slot.

Best benchmark score is not everything. Poor speaker, 2MP front camera and annoying software bugs are deal breaker for me.

[box type=”info”]I would like to thank Lazada Malaysia for the opportunity to review MEIZU MX4. This is a free product review with honest write-up. Interesting to submit your products for review? Drop me a message.[/box]

Huawei Ascend P7 Review in Malaysia

Huawei Ascend P7 review by LIEWCF
Huawei Ascend P7 review by LIEWCF
Huawei Ascend P7 review by LIEWCF

Huawei Ascend P7, launched in Malaysia in June 2014, is the company’s flagship smartphone in 2014. The world’s slimmest 4G LTE Android smartphone has unique 8MP front-facing camera, dual antenna, and some other interesting features.

Read on for my Ascend P7 review below to know more about the phone’s features, performance and camera photo samples.

What’s in the box?

Huawei Ascend P7 package
Huawei Ascend P7 package

In the Huawei Ascend P7 white package box, you will find the smartphone, a charger, micro USB cable, headsets and two NFC stickers.

The NFC stickers allows you to quickly change phone settings with a tap. Example: turn on WiFi when you are home; silent phone when you are ready to bed.

Design

Huawei Ascend P7
Huawei Ascend P7

Huawei claims that Ascend P7 is the world’s slimmest 4G smartphone with 6.5mm thin. It is indeed slim and lightweight in hand.

Huawei Ascend P7 has square look with metal bumper and glass cover at the front and back. Glass covers may pick up oily smudges but easily wipe off with a cloth (hint: your shirt/pants). I prefer this than cheap plastic phone cover.

The phone has flat edges on every side, except the “waterdrop curve” bottom. The flat edges may not look less comfortable but actually not. Instead, the flat sides increase your grip to give a sense of secure, despite of the slim phone body.

I do not notice any benefit of using curved bottom. Maybe Huawei simply want to differentiate Ascend P7 from other similar shape smartphones, like Sony Xperia Z series?

Ascend P7 has no physical button on front, you only see a Huawei logo at the bottom. The front-facing 8MP camera has higher resolution than other smartphones, yet it looks the same with other smartphones’ front-facing cameras.

While the phone’s left side is blank, the opposite side is crowded by volume buttons, power button, MicroSD card slot and MicroSIM card slot.

Huawei Ascend P7 volume rocker, power button, microSD slot, SIM
Huawei Ascend P7 volume rocker, power button, microSD slot, SIM

Power button is in the middle of right side for ease of access, but it is too close with the volume button. I happened to press the wrong button couple times.

At the top is headphone jack and mic, another mic is next to middle microUSB port at the bottom. Dual mic is used to reduce background noise for clearer phone calls.

Ascend P7 back glass, according to Huawei, is made with “7-layer surface treatment using ‘spin effect’ micro-pattern design”. Frankly, I do not see anything significantly different than other smartphone with glass back cover. One thing for sure is that the back glass is tough because I dropped (accidentally, I swear!) it couple times but no crack or scratch.

The 13MP camera with metal ring is located at the top left corner of the back, with LED flash under it. At the bottom corner, you will see a small speaker grille.

Huawei Ascend P7 looks simple, clean and classy. I like the smartphone design.

Huawei Ascend P7 photo gallery

Display and Sound

Huawei Ascend P7, like other flagship smartphones in 2014, has Full HD 1920×1080 pixels fit in 5-inch display. The high DPI mobile display is crisp, bright, rich colours. The screen viewing angle is good too.

Though Ascend P7 equipped with large camera sensors (13MP & 8MP) but it has only a small speaker at the bottom back. Surprisingly, the small speaker has loud output volume. The sound quality is better than most smartphones’ mono speaker. No significant distortions at the max volume but a bit muddy.

Huawei Ascend P7 speaker
Huawei Ascend P7 speaker

Due to the flat glass back design, the speaker output is blocked when you place it on a flat surface like a table. It is fine when you are holding it, as the sound wave will bounce toward you after hitting your palm.

Huawei Emotion UI and Apps

Ascend P7 is running Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) with Huawei’s Emotion UI 2.3. It features rounded corner app icons with shadow, you can arrange apps into folders.

Emotion UI does not have app drawer, all installed apps are sitting on home screen pages. It may looks familiar for iOS users but existing Android users would prefer cleaner home screen pages.

It has a time saving feature that you can shake the phone to automatically align app icons on home screen pages.

Emotion UI supports themes. It has 9 official themes for you but do not have theme store (yet?). The default “Balance” theme will automatically rotates a collection of beautiful wallpapers on lock screen.

On lock screen, you get 4 handy app shortcuts: calendar, calculator, torch, and mirror.

Mirror app is interesting and I think girls will like it. It is a simple app make use of Ascend P7’s 8MP high resolution front camera to mimic a mirror. You can pause the screen, switch to close-up shot with one touch. Perfect for checking pimples and blackheads on your cheeks.

Swype is the pre-installed keyboard input method. It is a good input method supporting multiple languages but Huawei does not include Chinese language for the keyboard. I also did not find Chinese language in the list of downloadable languages. This is weird because Huawei is a China company and the phone is also made in China.

Huawei Emotion UI Simple home screen style
Huawei Emotion UI Simple home screen style

For elderly users, the many app icons on home screen could be confusing. Ascend P7 supports Standard and Simple home screen style. The latter has a simple layout and large icons.

Huawei Ascend P7 Phone Manager screenshots
Huawei Ascend P7 Phone Manager screenshots

Phone Manager is powered by DU Speed Booster (Google Play link), a popular Android optimizer and cleaner app. It optimizes your phone by closing apps and cleaning junk files to free up memory and storage space. In manual optimisation, you can close apps that keep running after the screen is turned off to save power.

Suspend button is a on-screen virtual button stick to the screen edge. Tap it to open quick menu: back, home, small apps (music, message, note, calculator, calendar), lock screen, clean up memory.

Huawei Ascend P7 suspend button and calculator mini app
Huawei Ascend P7 suspend button and calculator mini app

Camera

Standing out among other smartphones, Huawei Ascend P7 equipped with a 13MP F2.0 main camera and a 8MP front camera. 8MP is the highest resolution for smartphone’s front camera I ever try.

You can take a quick snapshot while phone screen is still off by double pressing the lower volume button. The fastest time is 1.2 second, or less than 2 seconds. You will see the camera launch time after taking the snapshot.

Quickly launch Camera app and capture first photo in less than 2 seconds may sounds useful but the result photo is often blurry and out of focus. I only use the camera shortcut to take a quick picture of parking lot number to remember where I park my car.

List of Ascend P7 camera modes
List of Ascend P7 camera modes

The Camera app is simple to use, it does not have scene modes but camera filters. It can take pictures automatically using Audio Control when it detects a voice reaches preset decibel level. Meaning, you can shout any word to fire the shutter. This wikipedia ‘say cheese’ page will gives you some ideas.

Watermark mode allows you to add 1 out of 10 predefined watermark images to your photo. You can customise watermark text and location. Too bad, you cannot add your own image (company logo) as watermark.

The Camera app has a Beauty mode with 10 level auto-facial enhancements for you to take more beautiful photos of persons. Don’t overuse it. Level 10 will result very fake portrait photo. I think Level 3 is good enough.

Compare different Beauty Mode levels
Compare different Beauty Mode levels (click to enlarge)

Want to take group selfie? Ascend P7 is the first smartphone to enable you take a panorama selfie (“grouphie”, “wefie”) with 8MP front-facing camera. It will take and merge 3 photos into a single 1952×1274 (2.5MP) photo. The panorama selfie has a fisheye effect where center objects will look larger. Make sure you are not standing in the center, should you mind about your head size in the photo.

Huawei Ascend P7 Panorama Selfie (grouphie) sample photo
Huawei Ascend P7 Panorama Selfie (grouphie) sample photo

Both 13MP and 8MP cameras take good photos in good lighting but have some issues under low light environment. Photos I took using front-facing camera in room with curtain down (low light) are reddish. Indoor photos taken by rear camera have high noise level.

Huawei Ascend P7 photo samples

Here are some photos taken by Huawei Ascend P7 front- and back-facing cameras, click thumbnail image for original big file size.

Performance

Unlike other smartphones which powered by 3rd party mobile processor, Huawei Ascend P7 uses their own in-house 1.8GHz HiSilicon Kirin 910 quad-core CPU, paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory, support microSD memory card up to 64GB.

Ascend P7 performance is above average but not the top line. It is good enough to be my primary phone for everyday usage. Opening and switching apps have small delay, which you may not notice until you used a top performance Android phone.

Huawei Ascend P7 benchmark results (AnTuTu & Quadrant)

Huawei Ascend P7 benchmark results (AnTuTu & Quadrant)

Based on the benchmark results, Huawei Ascend P7 performance is above Samsung Galaxy S3 but lower than S4.

  • AnTuTu Benchmark: 25397
  • Quadrant: 6988
  • Vellamo Metal: 911
  • Vellamo Multicore (beta): 1314
  • Vellamo Browser (Chrome): 1861
  • Futuremark 3DMark (Ice Storm Unlimited): 7650
  • Futuremark 3DMark (Ice Storm Extreme): 5094

Dual Antennas

Huawei claims that Ascend P7’s dual antenna design can improve signal receptions and stabilized connection even during weak signal reception to minimize battery drain.

In my unscientific tests, Ascend P7’s WiFi connection performance is better and mobile network speed on highway is faster, when comparing with other smartphones.

But, I noticed that Ascend P7 will switch to offline mode (no mobile network connection) when mobile signal is weak and unstable. Perhaps it helps to save battery juice by not searching for network during weak signal reception.

Personally, I prefer my phone to stay connected all the time even only weak signal is available. I don’t mind to charge it with a power bank later.

Battery life

Huawei Ascend P7 uses a 2,500 mAh lithium polymer battery and supports advanced power-saving mode. It last for 13 hours for my normal usage. Glad that it is another smartphone last for a whole day.

In my battery drain test, playing 1 hour full screen video will drained 20% of the phone’s battery. Meaning, a fully charged Ascend P7 can play video continuously up to 5 hours.

(left) Ascend P7 power saving plans. (right) Ultra power saving mode
(left) Ascend P7 power saving plans. (right) Ultra power saving mode

Ultra power saving plan can almost double battery life (35 mins to 60 mins) but only basic call and message functions available.

Huawei Ascend P7 specs

  • 5.0 inch touch screen, Full HD 1920×1080 resolution
  • 1.8GHz HiSilicon Kirin 910 quad-core CPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory (support microSD 64GB)
  • Android 4.4.2 (Huawei emotion UI 2.3)
  • 13MP F2.0 rear camera with flash, 8MP front camera
  • 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11b/g/n
  • 124g weight
  • 2500 mAh battery
  • Price: RM 1,499

Conclusion

Many girls would love the camera features designed for them, such as beauty mode, group selfie, mirror app. Even if taking photos is not your thing, Huawei Ascend P7 is still a good smartphone choice.

The design is nice, battery life is good, and phone management for advance users. The phone switching to offline mode on poor signal is a bit annoying. The CPU performance is a bit lacking but I am willing to use it everyday.

I would like to thank Huawei Malaysia for the opportunity to review Huawei Ascend P7. This is a free product review with honest write-up. Interesting to submit your products for review? Get in touch with me.

Hands-on: Zopo ZP998 Octa-core Smartphone with 14MP Camera

Zopo ZP998 smartphone (white)
Zopo ZP998 smartphone (white)
Zopo ZP998 smartphone (white)

ZOPO Malaysia was officially launched on 23rd July 2014 and introduced its flagship Android smartphone – ZOPO ZP998. I attended the launch event and had a brief time together with ZP998. Read on for ZOPO ZP998 features and my hands-on experience.

At first glance, ZP998 does not look like a flagship smartphone. The phone design is dull with rounded curve corners. 3 capacitive buttons at the bottom front display. The back cover is patterned plastic to improves hand grip.

It has a dedicated camera button at the right side, above the power button. The volume rocker is located at the left side.

Zopo ZP998 smartphone camera and power buttons
Zopo ZP998 smartphone camera and power buttons

The Yamaha speaker is located at the bottom of back cover. The sound output did not impress me. The speaker is not loud and the sound is muddy.

ZOPO ZP998 is powered by MTK6592 Octa-core 1.7GHz processor. It has 2GB RAM and 16GB phone storage and microSD card up to 64GB. It runs Android 4.4.2.

Asphalt 8, famous 3D car racing game, runs smoothly on ZP998, probably the game has been optimized for octa-core processor.

The screen size is 5.5-inch with Full HD 1920×1080 resolution. It is high sensitivity which allows you to use the phone with wet fingers but keep in mind that it is not water-resistant.

The phone support Dual SIM card, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA. Battery capacity is 2400mAh.

While the specs are quite common nowadays, ZP998 has equipped with 14MP rear camera with F/2.0 aperture and 5MP front camera. ZOPO claims that ZP998 is “the first Octa-core micro-SLR phone”.

What is a micro-SLR phone? We don’t know. Does it mean Micro Four Thirds? I do not think so. My hands-on experience tells me that ZP998 has no noticeable different from other smartphone’s rear camera. The shutter delay is longer than top smartphones, however.

Zopo ZP998 Smart Wake settings
Zopo ZP998 Smart Wake settings

ZOPO ZP998 supports “Smart Wake” which is not an alarm feature but unlock phone with gestures. Example: draw C on screen to unlock phone and launch Camera. However, the feature does not work smoothly.

Another interesting feature is “Tracking-Beam” which allows you to record voice with consistent volume level whether you are beside the phone or standing few meters away.

ZOPO ZP998 is a 3G smartphone, it is not 4G LTE. The ZOPO 4G smartphones are coming in later 2014.

ZOPO ZP998 price in Malaysia is RM 1,098 (~USD$348) with 1 year warranty.

ZOPO ZP998 photo gallery

About ZOPO

If you have not heard about ZOPO, no worry, you are not alone. I did not know the brand before attended the launch event, too.

ZOPO Mobile is another China smartphone manufacturer entering Malaysia market in 2014. The brand was launched in China in 2012 then become Alibaba’s strategic partner.

Instead of Asia, ZOPO entered Europe countries first, such as Spain, Italy, France, Ukraine, Russia and etc. It has over 100 experience stores worldwide now.

ZOPO Malaysia have setup 23 after-sales service point. They offer 7 days of 1-to–1 exchange and guarantee 15 working days servicing period.

Thoughts

Octa-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 5.5-inch FullHD display, 14MP + 5MP cameras, Dual SIM… ZOPO ZP998 specs is up to today’s standard and most phones at the price do not have Full HD display. It is worth to consider if you are looking for a big smartphone with high resolution cameras within RM1100 budget.

Redmi 1S vs Redmi Note: Which Xiaomi Budget Smartphone is Better?

RedMi1S vs RedMi Note
RedMi1S vs RedMi Note
RedMi1S vs RedMi Note

After several Mi 3 sales sold out in minutes, Xiaomi Malaysia to launch two cheaper smartphone models in July 2014 – Redmi 1S and Redmi Note.

  • Redmi 1S is 4.7-inch Android smartphone, price is RM419. Sale starts on 8 July 2014.
  • Redmi Note is 5.5-inch Android 4.2 smartphone, price is RM509. Sale starts on 22 July 2014.

Since the price difference is only RM90, which Xiaomi phone is better? In this article, you will learn the Redmi 1S and Redmi Note specs differences and my recommendation.

Specs: Redmi 1S VS. Redmi Note

Let’s have a glance of Redmi 1S and Redmi Note specs in the table below:

Compare Redmi 1S vs Redmi Note specs
Compare Redmi 1S vs Redmi Note specs

Redmi Note win over Redmi 1S in hardware specs. It has more RAM (2GB), bigger 5.5 inch display (same resolution). The cameras are much higher resolution than Redmi 1S – 13MP main camera and 5MP front camera. It also has bigger battery capacity (3200mAh).

With all the advantages, Redmi Note is still slimmer (9.45 mm) than Redmi 1S. Despite the 5.5-inch body, Redmi Note is only 41 gram heavier than Redmi 1S.

CPU: Qualcomm VS. Mediatek

The other main difference between Redmi 1S and Redmi Note is the processor (CPU). Redmi Note is powered by MediaTek MT6592 Octa-core 1.7GHz, whereas Redmi 1S is powered by Qualcomm MSM8228 Snapdragon 400 Quad-core 1.6GHz.

Based on my past experiences, I have a bias toward Qualcomm mobile processors. Smartphones using Qualcomm processors are generally more stable and better performance.

On the other hand, I (and many tech media friends) do not like Mediatek processor. Mediatek mobile processors are often found in budget smartphones. Somehow, the performance is less ideal (regardless core number and clock speed) and apps tend to have compatibility problems.

Did I tell you that I am bias?

Benchmark results

Benchmark test is the easiest way to show the performance but it does not necessary show the real user experience. And, different benchmark tools would show very different results.

Below is a Facebook photo showing the huge benchmark score different between Redmi 1S (2445 score) and Redmi Note (1464 score).

Post by Warren Lee.

However, to be fair, the Antutu benchmark scores I found online shows that Redmi Note (scored around 28,000+) has better scores than Redmi 1S (scored around 21,000+).

Xiaomi Redmi 1S Antutu benchmark result
Xiaomi Redmi 1S Antutu benchmark result (source)
Xiaomi Redmi Note Antutu benchmark result
Xiaomi Redmi Note Antutu benchmark result (source)

(I have yet receive either phone for product review.)

Xiaomi Malaysia wants to sell Redmi Note

If you have following Xiaomi Malaysia, you have notice that the company heavily promotes Redmi Note. They ran Redmi Note contest. Xiaomi Malaysia website only shows Redmi Note information but no sight of Redmi 1S, despite that Redmi 1S sale date is week earlier than Redmi Note.

Conclusion

As you can see now, the winner is clearly the Redmi Note. Specs wise, you get more RAM, bigger display, better cameras, and longer battery life for only extra RM90.

Redmi 1S 4.7″ display size is good for you who like one-hand-operate smartphone. However, the 1.6M front camera is not good enough for selfie.

Over to you: Are you Redmi 1S or Redmi Note?

ASUS Zenfone 5 is RM599 in Malaysia, Compare Zenfone 5 vs. Zenfone 4

ASUS Zenfone 5
ASUS Zenfone 5
ASUS Zenfone 5

If you like RM299 Zenfone 4 but you wish it is bigger and better performance, then check out its elder brother – ASUS Zenfone 5, now available in Malaysia for RM599.

Specs

The 5-inch multi touch panel gives 1280×720 pixels resolution protected by tough Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and supports GloveTouch input.

It runs Android 4.3 and powered by Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core 1.6GHz processor and 2GB RAM. Phone storage is 8GB, with 5GB free lifetime ASUS WebStorage. Support MicroSD card up to 64GB.

Zenfone 5 has a 8MP F2.0 rear camera with PixelMaster technology (better low-lights shots and videos). The front camera is 2MP with F2.4 aperture. It supports Dual SIM Dual Standby. The battery capacity is 2110 mAh Lithium.

Zenfone 5 vs. Zenfone 4

ASUS Zenfone 5 (RM599) is 2 times more expensive than Zenfone 4 (RM299), does it worth the extra money? Let’s compare Zenfone 5 vs. Zenfone 4:

ASUS Zenfone 5 vs. Zenfone 4
ASUS Zenfone 5 vs. Zenfone 4

Zenfone 5 wins Zenfone 4 in almost every specification, except that they have same Android version and same Micro SD card slot capacity. You pay RM300 more for Zenfone 5’s 2GB RAM, better display, better cameras, and double battery capacity.

Thoughts

Unless you cannot afford RM600 for a smartphone, you should gift yourselves a better performance smartphone.

Zenfone 5 is your affordable general usage smartphone.

While Zenfone 4 is the smartphone for first timer who upgrade from dumb feature phone, Zenfone 5 is your affordable daily usage smartphone.

For RM599, ASUS Zenfone 5’s main competitors would be the Xiaomi Redmi 1S (RM419) and Huawei Honor 3C (RM499).

They have similar specs but using 3 different mobile processor brands – Intel, Qualcomm, Mediatek – respectively. Redmi 1S and Honor 3C are cheaper but they are only available online for limited stock (you need luck and technique to buy them).

What do you think about ASUS Zenfone 5?

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