Compare: Samsung Galaxy J1, J5, J7 (2016) with Free 30GB Yes 4G SIM Card

Samsung Galaxy J series with Free Yes 4G SIM card
Samsung Galaxy J series with Free Yes 4G SIM card
Samsung Galaxy J series with Free Yes 4G SIM card

Samsung Galaxy J series (2016) with data saving feature and better specs than last year has been launched in Malaysia on 15th June 2016. The promotional bundle package with Yes 4G gives 30GB free mobile data in Malaysia.

In this article, I will compare the Samsung Galaxy J1 vs J5 vs J7 and compare Galaxy J series of 2016 vs. 2015.

Samsung Malaysia Electronics and YTL Communications management presenting the new Samsung Galaxy J Series (2016) bundled with a free Yes 4G LTE mobile data plan
Samsung Malaysia Electronics and YTL Communications management presenting the new Samsung Galaxy J Series (2016) bundled with a free Yes 4G LTE mobile data plan

Compare Samsung Galaxy J1 vs J5 vs J7 (2016)

Compare Samsung Galaxy J1 vs J5 vs J7 (2016)
Compare Samsung Galaxy J1 vs J5 vs J7 (2016)

Firstly, let’s talk about the common features of new J1, J5, and J7.

  1. All three Android smartphones support Dual-SIM cards.
  2. Their display panel is Super AMOLED.
  3. Support MicroSD external memory up to 128GB
  4. They are 4G smartphone supports TDD/FDD LTE (meaning, it will work with your 4G LTE networks)

Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016)

Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016) white
Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016) white

Samsung Galaxy J1 is the most affordable J series smartphone at only RM 449. Its display is only 4.5-inch 480×800 pixels (WVGA), as well as smaller storage (8GB) and less RAM (1GB).

On paper, J1’s 1.3GHz Quad-Core processor is faster than Galaxy J5’s 1.2GHz Quad-Core processor.

Galaxy J1 cameras are F/2.2 aperture 5MP main camera and 2MP front camera. Can record HD video (1280×720) at 30 frame-per-second.

The dimension measures 132.6 x 69.3 x 8.9 mm, weight is 131 gram. With the smaller body, J1 also has a smaller battery capacity (2050mAh).

Samsung Galaxy J5 vs J7 (2016)

Samsung Galaxy J7 (Gold)
Samsung Galaxy J7 (Gold)

Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 are close siblings with similar design and specs.

Both of them have same HD resolution display, 16GB storage, and 2GB RAM. Their cameras are same 13MP main camera and 5MP front camera with flash. Main and front cameras are F/1.9 big aperture for brighter photos.

Samsung Galaxy J5 (black)
Samsung Galaxy J5 (black)

The small differences found display size, processor, battery capacity:

  • Display size: Galaxy J7 display is 5.5-inch, slightly bigger than Galaxy J5’s 5.2-inch display.
  • Processor: Galaxy J7 processor is 1.6 GHz Octa-Core, faster and more processor cores than 1.2GHz Quad-core processor in Galaxy J5.
  • Battery capacity: Galaxy J7 has 3,300 mAh battery while Galaxy J5 battery is 3,100 mAh.

Also, Galaxy J7 is RM200 more expensive (RM 1049 vs RM 849).

I would recommend Galaxy J5 over Galaxy J7. The 0.3-inch display size and processor speed different are not significant.

Photo gallery: Samsung Galaxy J series (2016)

Data saving powered by Opera Max

Benefits of Ultra Data Saving mode
Benefits of Ultra Data Saving mode

The Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 come with Ultra Data Saving (UDS) Mode. Samsung claims that UDS allow you to save up to 50% mobile data and increase battery standby time by 2x. UDS is not found on Samsung Galaxy J1.

Ultra Saving Mode enabled on Samsung Galaxy J series
Ultra Saving Mode enabled on Samsung Galaxy J series

As far as I know, UDS is merely the repackage of Opera Max — a free app that compresses data and restricts background apps to save data. Turning on UDS mode will launch the pre-installed Opera Max app to compress mobile data.

Opera Max is a highly rated app. It has been downloaded over 10 million times and received high 4.3 out of 5.0 rating from 196,913 total reviews.

Feel free to install the app and start saving data usage, even you are not using Samsung Galaxy J series.

Free Yes 4G LTE Prepaid SIM card

Free Yes 4G LTE SIM for every Galaxy J series
Free Yes 4G LTE SIM for every Galaxy J series

Every Samsung Galaxy J series (2016) sold in Malaysia is bundled with a FREE Yes 4G LTE prepaid SIM card. You may activate free 30GB data on http://activate.yes.my

After activation, you can enjoy free 2 months access. You get the following goodies each month:

  • 15GB free data
  • 100 minutes off-net voice call
  • 100 off-net SMS
  • Unlimited on-net calls and SMS

“As Malaysia’s 4G champion, we have updated our entire network with the most advanced LTE service complete with VoLTE (Voice-Over-LTE) — another Malaysia’s first…”, said Mr. Wing K. Lee, CEO of YTL Communications.

Video call using Yes 4G VoLTE technology with Mr. Wing K. Lee, CEO of YTL Communications
Video call using Yes 4G VoLTE technology with Mr. Wing K. Lee, CEO of YTL Communications

The High-Definition Voice service using VoLTE technology is built by Samsung for Yes 4G network.

The Yes 4G LTE plans and prices to be launched on 30th June 2016.

Compare Galaxy J series: 2016 vs. 2015

The Samsung Galaxy J series (2016) is an update to last year’s Galaxy J series. Every phone model in the series receives some spec upgrades. Here are the brief specs comparisons.

Galaxy J1: 2016 vs 2015

Samsung Galaxy J1: 2016 vs 2015
Samsung Galaxy J1: 2016 vs 2015

Compare to last year Galaxy J1 (2015), the new Galaxy J1 (2016) has better and bigger display, faster quad-core processor, double RAM and double storage space.

The most significant upgrade is Galaxy J1 (2016) now supports 4G LTE networks.

Galaxy J5: 2016 vs 2015

Samsung Galaxy J5: 2016 vs 2015
Samsung Galaxy J5: 2016 vs 2015

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) only receives small upgrades after a year. The new J5 is 512MB more RAM but same 16GB storage and Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. The 5MP front camera is now f/1.9 aperture to capture more light.

The notable upgrade is battery capacity, which upgraded to 3100mAh from 2600 mAh.

Galaxy J7: 2016 vs 2015

Samsung Galaxy J7: 2016 vs 2015
Samsung Galaxy J7: 2016 vs 2015

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) powered by a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor and receives 512MB more RAM upgrade. Like J5, J7 does not get storage upgrade and 5MP front camera is F/1.9 big aperture. Battery capacity has been upgraded to 3300 mAh from 3000 mAh.

Where to buy Samsung Galaxy J series (2016)

Samsung Galaxy J1, J5, J7 (2016) is available beginning 16 June 2016 at all Samsung Experience Stores and authorised dealerships. The recommended retail price (inclusive 6% GST) is RM 449, RM 849, and RM 1049) respectively. Available in 3 colour options — Black, White, and Gold.

For more product information, please visit http://www.samsung.com/my

Sony Xperia Z3+ Premium Smartphone with Dual-SIM and Two-day Battery Life

Sony Xperia Z3+
Sony Xperia Z3+
Sony Xperia Z3+

Sony Xperia Z3+ Dual, a premium addition to the Xperia Z3 series flagship smartphone, is now available in Malaysia. Z3+ has more powerful performance, two-day battery life, Sony camera technology, and waterproof design.

Slimmer and Waterproof

Sony Xperia Z3+ side
Sony Xperia Z3+ side

Xperia Z3+ is slimmer (6.9mm) and lighter (144g), it is waterproof and dust-tight (IP65/68) to be used in any weather.

Packed in rounded edges metal frames with Gorilla Glass 4 panel, Z3+ now has a capless USB port, make it easier and more convenient to charge your Z3+ — while still waterproofing.

You still find the dedicated camera button on Z3+, but the magnetic charging pin has been removed for a more seamless and minimalist design. Interestingly, Z3+ still keep the loop hole at the bottom for your cute phone straps and charms.

Sony Xperia Z3+ bottom
Sony Xperia Z3+ bottom

Snapdragon 810 and two-day battery

Xperia Z3+ is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64-bit processor and 3GB RAM. The internal storage is 32GB and support microSD memory card up to 128GB. For fast wireless connection, Xperia Z3+ Dual supports Dual SIM 4G LTE Cat 4 and Wi-Fi MIMO.

The built-in battery 2930 mAh offers up to 2-day battery life with Sony Stamina Mode turned on, which reduce phone’s background activities when you turn off the screen.

Sony Cameras

Sony applies Cyber-shot & Handycam technologies in both of Xperia Z3+ main camera and front camera. The 20.7MP main camera uses an Exmor RS image sensor, BIONZ mobile processing engine and 25mm wide-angle G lens.

The camera’s ISO12800 sensitivity and 1/2.3 image sensor allows you to capture details even in low light conditions. It also records and output 4K high-resolution video.

5MP front camera uses Exmor R for mobile image sensor for a better selfie in any light. 25mm wide-angle lens is great for group selfies (wefie).

Sony Xperia Z3+
Sony Xperia Z3+

Improved Superior Auto mode for main and front cameras automatically optimises settings for best picture and can recognize up to 52 different scenes.

During my hands-on period, the Z3+ camera indeed well performance. The focus speed is fast and can capture a clear photo in low light environment.

Sony Entertainment

Xperia Z3+ features 5.2-inch Full HD IPS display (1920×1080) with TRILUMINO and X-Reality technologies for sharper and more vivid colours.

Sony’s DESS HX audio technology will upscale your MP3 or AAC tracks in Z3+ to near High-Res Audio quality. For your wireless music listening, Sony new LDAC codec transmit data 3x more efficiently than legacy codec over Bluetooth.

Z3+ can sense both the type and style of any headsets and automatically adjust audio settings accordingly for your best sound experience.

With PS4 Remote Play, you can connect your Xperia Z3+ to your PlayStation 4 (PS4) via home Wi-Fi and uses DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller to play your favourite PS4 games.

Xperia Z3+ users will enjoy access to Xperia Lounge Gold for exclusive competitions and offers; first to try new apps; enjoy latest movies, TV episodes and music.

Price and Colours

Models posing with Sony Xperia Z3+
Models posing with Sony Xperia Z3+

Sony Xperia Z3+ price in Malaysia is RM2,599, available in Copper and Black colours.

For more information, please visit www.sonymobile.com

Xperia Z3+ photo gallery

Oppo R7 Plus and OPPO R7 Lite with New Flash Shot Technology Launched in Malaysia

OPPO R7 series launch in Malaysia
OPPO R7 series launch in Malaysia
OPPO R7 series launch in Malaysia

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
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.

OPPO R7 Plus back
OPPO R7 Plus back

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
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 back
OPPO R7 Lite back

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
OPPO VOOC Car Charger
OPPO VOOC Car Charger
OPPO VOOC power bank
OPPO VOOC power bank

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.

OPPO R7 series launch event

Intel Atom x3 Smartphone and Tablet under RM400: JOI Phone 5 and JOI 7 Lite

SNS JOI Phone 5 and JOI 7 Lite launch
SNS JOI Phone 5 and JOI 7 Lite launch
SNS JOI Phone 5 and JOI 7 Lite launch

JOI 7 Lite tablet (RM299) and JOI Phone 5 smartphone (RM399) from SNS Network are Malaysia’s first Intel Atom x3 mobile devices.

Both JOI 7 Lite tablet and JOI Phone 5 smartphone are powered by Intel Atom x3-C3130 processor, runs on Android 4.4 stock operating system, 1GB RAM and 8GB storage (expandable up to 32GB). The devices support Dual SIM with Dual 3G, either one for data.

JOI 7 Lite tablet
JOI 7 Lite tablet

JOI 7 Lite phablet is 7-inch display with 1024×600 pixels resolution. It has a 2-megapixel rear camera and a front-facinng VGA camera. Its battery capacity is 2,600mAh.

JOI 5 Phone
JOI 5 Phone

JOI Phone 5 smartphone’s display is smaller than JOI 7 Lite but has higher resolution–5-inch with 1280×720 pixels. It has 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera. Its removable battery is 2,100mAh.

JOI 7 Lite and JOI Phone 5 specifications
JOI 7 Lite and JOI Phone 5 specifications

JOI Lite 7 tablet price is RM299. JOI Phone 5 smartphone price is RM399. Both prices are inclusive of 6% GST). JOI mobile devices are available at major AEON departmental stores, as well as online channels Gloo.com.my, Lazada.com.y, and Lelong.com.my.

SNS JOI Phone 5 and JOI 7 Lite
SNS JOI Phone 5 and JOI 7 Lite

Gallery

Visit: http://joi.com.my

Intel Atom x3 processor

Intel Atom x3 processor
Intel Atom x3 processor

Intel Atom x3 series is 64-bit multi-core processor with integrated 4G LTE and 3G Intel modem for entry and value tablets, phablets and smartphones.

The system-on-a-chip (SoC) will run Android and Windows 10 Mobile. Support Dual cameras up to 13MP (front) and 5MP(rear), maximum 1GB RAM and 32GB storage. For connectivity, the SoC supports WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS & GNSS, FM radio, NFC, Miracast wireless display, and Dual SIM Dual Standby.

Intel Atom x3 processor series have 3 models: x3-C3130, x3-C3230RK, and x3-C3440.

The Intel Atom x3-C3440 Quad-core processors has a burst speed up to 1.4GHz and integrated 4G LTE modem, support OpenGL 3.0, and includes a multi-radio with WiFi, Bluetooth, FM radio in a LTE/WLAN antenna sharing design.

Intel Atom x3-3130 (dual-core, up to 1.0GHz) and Intel Atom x3-3230RK (quad-core, up to 1.2GHz) processors are 3G modem only, support OpenGL 2.0, no NFC.

Comparing to Intel Atom x3-3130, Intel Atom x3-3230RK has better performance and supports Full HD (1920×1080 pixels) display resolution.

Both JOI 7 Lite tablet and JOI Phone 5 smartphone–Malaysia’s first Intel Atom x3 mobile devices–uses Intel Atom x3-3130 processor.

Learn more: http://www.intel.com/atom

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 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 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