vivo Malaysia Launches X5Pro with Phase-Detection AutoFocus

vivo Grand Launch Malaysia 2015
vivo Grand Launch Malaysia 2015
vivo Grand Launch Malaysia 2015

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 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 servicce centers and narly 1,000 employees in Malaysia.
vivo has over 2,000 point of sales, 10 servicce centers and narly 1,000 employees in Malaysia.

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

vivo X5Pro smartphone
vivo X5Pro smartphone

vivo X5Pro — the “Touch By Beauty” smartphone —  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.

vivo X5Pro PDAF technology
vivo X5Pro PDAF technology

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.

vivo X5Pro specifications

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-core 1.5GHz
  • Storage: 2GB RAM + 16GB storage (support up to 128GB microSD card using SIM2 slot)
  • Operating system: Funtouch OS 2.1 (Android 5.0 Lollipop)
  • Camera: 13MP F2.0 front camere, 8MP F2.4 back camera
  • Display: 5.2-inch FullHD (1920×1080 pixels) Super AMOLED
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 2G/3G/4G, WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, OTG, microUSB
  • Sensors: accelerometer, light sensor, proximity sensor
  • Dimension: 147.9 x 73.45 x 6.44mm
  • Battery: 2450mAh li-po battery

vivo X5Pro price in Malaysia is RM1,599.

LINK: vivo Malaysia

Google Photos: Free Unlimited Storage for Photos and Videos

Google Photos
Google Photos
Google Photos

In case you do not know. Google+ Photos allows unlimited photos and videos upload to Google Drive cloud storage. I have been using Google+ Photos to automatically backup photos in my smartphone but it only stores photos with resolution up to 2048 x 2048 pixels or videos not longer than 15 minutes. Higher resolution photo and long video will be automatically resized, or count to your Google Drive storage space if you want to store in original full-size photos and videos.

4MP resolution is fine for online sharing, but doesn’t you like FREE Unlimited auto backup for your high resolution photos & videos? Now You Can!

New Google Photos (without the “+”) standalone product has been announced at Google I/O 2015. Google Photos gives you unlimited online storage for all your photos and videos, auto organize and allows you to easily share them to anyone.

Upgrade from Google+ Photos, Google Photos now stores unlimited photos with resolution up to 16MP and 1080p Full HD videos. Higher resolution photos and videos will still be auto compressed.

You may choose “Original” storage size to backup your higher resolution (greater than 16MP or 1080p) photos and videos in their original file size to maintain exact quality.

A comparison between Original and High quality storage size shows that Google Photos has a rather good image compression technology that I do not notice the difference between two samples.

Google Photos compression
Google Photos compression

Besides backup and store your files, Google Photo also automatically organizes your memories by people, places, and things that matter.

You do not need to tag or label them. You do not need to create photo albums. All you need to do is do a simple search to find any photo. Example: search “dogs” and Google Photos will show you all of your dog photos. Magic!

Google Photos search
Google Photos search

Google Photos can auto enhance your photos for the best look. You can create photo collages, animations, movies and more in the app. Swipe left to open Assistant view, where Google Photos automatically creates a collage or a story based on the photos and videos you took in a recent trip.

Google Photos Assistant

It is easier to share your photos and videos now with Google Photos. Besides sharing via other apps, you can now create a link to share multiple photos and videos or album. Recipients of your share link do not need to install an app or login, they can save your images in their own Google Photos with a single tap.

Google Photos is now available on Android, iOS and web. (rolling out… yet available in Malaysia at writing)

via Google Official Blog

What to Expect for iPhone 5S?

iPhone 5S concept design
iPhone 5S concept design
iPhone 5S concept design

So far, Apple introduced its iPhone – with one exception – in rhythm. The date for the phone would be accordingly revised October 2013. But this time, many expect an earlier date. Reason: Apple needs to catch up! Other smart phones are the current iPhone 5 superior in many respects.

That’s why many think we know: Apple will soon release a better equipped version called “iPhone 5S“. Even a more favorable cost-method no longer applies as excluded. First design studies and possible feature lists are already circulating on technology websites and blogs. So what will bring the iPhone allegedly coming?


The iPhone is not only high-tech, but also fashion object. Therefore the unanimous opinion: the glass and metal materials mainly used to stay at the top iPhone series.
The rumors of a cheaper iPhone model will not tear nonetheless: conceivable that this model then gets a plastic housing. It would be nothing new: The iPhone models 3G and 3GS stuck in a plastic sleeve. As unlikely is a smaller iPhone. The iOS has not yet been prepared for this.

Display and Camera

It has long been a retina display at all the top smartphones the rule rather than the exception. Newer models can display full HD videos without scaling. IPhone coming from the fans at least expect that Apple will catch up. The dream of a bending-display or even a 3D holographic screen is probably still unfulfilled.
Tellingly are probably the speculations about the built-in camera: next iPhone model it should snap pictures with twelve megapixels – technically quite feasible.


Samsung and Apple warring for months in court – yet Apple is still good Samsung customer when it comes to semiconductor chips. That could change with the next-generation iPhone. Rumor of Apple’s upcoming A7 chip will already be done – and no longer be produced by Samsung.

At interfaces and extensions Apple will probably maintain its course: As an extension, there is a USB port for the iPhone 5 although already – but what the Lightning interface to give up, though it can still make money with additional hardware?

Release Date

It’s true: The iPhone does not lead technologically far in all areas – yet it still sells better than any other smartphone. This success is not based on the weight of features, but the successful concept.

Therefore, Apple could still leave time with a new model quite well. And maybe that’s also wise: Finally, from an iPhone much more is expected than any other smartphone. Only technically catch up with competitors is not enough there.
But who knows, maybe Apple surprised not only with a premature date, but also a completely new iPhone concept.

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Sony Xperia Z: High Specs Android Smartphone with Water & Dust Resistant

Sony Xperia Z water resistance
Sony Xperia Z
Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z is Sony’s brand new flagship Android smartphone in 2013. First announced at CES 2013 in January, it has since won 13 awards. Sony Xperia Z has a 5-inch Full HD display, powered by Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 13 MP camera and support 4G LTE.

Xperia Z specs

Let’s check out the Xperia Z specs sheet.

  • OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (Android
  • 4.2 upgradable)
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad-core
  • Memory: 16GB, 2GB RAM. Support microSD up to 64GB
  • Display: 5-inch TFT Full HD (1080p), 1920×1080 pixels, 443 ppi. 10 fingers multitouch.
  • Camera: 13 MP Exmor RS camera with auto focus an flash; 2MP Exmor R front facing camera (1080p)
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct, DLNA, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, microUSB.
  • Network: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE; Micro-SIM
  • Durability: IPX5/7 (Water-resistant) & IP5X (Dust-proof). Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
  • Battery: non-removable Li-ion 2330 mAh battery
  • Dimension: 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm
  • Weight: 146 gram

Sony Xperia Z retail price in Malaysia is RM2199 (Check Amazon price).

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