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

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

vivo Grand Launch Malaysia 2015 with vivo X5Pro

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

I am happy to receive an event invitation to “vivo Grand Launch Malaysia 2015”. It will be huge and new vivo smartphone will be launched, too!

“Grand Launch? Aren’t vivo smartphones already available in Malaysia?” Yes, all vivo smartphone series are selling in Malaysia and you probably using one. But the vivo Grand Launch Malaysia is in 2015. vivo Thailand was launched earlier in 2014.

vivo Grand Launch Malaysia 2015 is on 25th June 2015 at Kuala Lumpur convention Center. vivo Malaysia had a facebook contest to giveaway 10 pairs of VIP passes to vivo fans. The latest vivo X5Pro smartphone will be launched in Malaysia at the event.

vivo Malaysia published a vivo X5Pro teaser video:

vivo X5Pro specs with eye-scanner

vivo X5Pro was launched in May 2015 in China. The 5.2-inch Android smartphone has a13MP rear camera with sapphire glass and an 8MP front camera that can take 32MP picture. vivo X5Pro has a special eye recognition technology to scan your eye to unlock phone. The price in China was RMB2689 (~RM1620).

  • Display: 5.2-inch (1920×1080) Super AMOLED
  • Processor: 1.7GHz Octa-core
  • Memory: 16/32GB storage (support up to 128GB microSD card) + 2GB RAM
  • Camera: 13MP F2.0 (rear) / 8MP F2.4 (front)
  • Software: Funtouch OS 3.0 (Android 5.0)
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, Dual SIM, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB, OTG, GPS
  • Battery: 2300mAh

About VIVO

vivo Electronics was founded in 2009 in Dongguan, Guangdong province, China. It is operating in China, Indonesia, Thailand, India, and Malaysia. 4 series vivo smartphone positioning different features: Y series (camera), X series (HiFi and slim), Xplay (HiFi and Video capture) and Xshot (HiFi and Video experience).

Thought

vivo smartphones often have interesting features, such as “World’s thinnest smartphone” when X3S released, Xshot with F/1.8 aperture camera and optical image stabilization. I am looking forward to getting hands-on the X5Pro’s eye-scanner feature.

FB: vivo Malaysia

Hands-on Review: Samsung GALAXY Gear Smartwatch

Samsung GALAXY Gear smartwatch
Samsung GALAXY Gear smartwatch
Samsung GALAXY Gear smartwatch on LiewCF’s wrist

Samsung GALAXY Note 3 and GALAXY Gear smartwatch has been launched in Malaysia on September 20, 2013. I was invited to the launch event and had the opportunity to experience the products. Read on for the GALAXY Gear smartwatch features and hands-on review.

Hardware

Samsung GALAXY Gear is a smartwatch with 1.63 inch Super AMOLED (320 x 320 pixels) colour display. The watch body made of stainless steel. At the watchband, it has a 1.9 Megapixel camera. GALAXY Gear has a speaker and 2 microphones (noise cancellation).

Inside the smartwatch is 800MHz processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal memory. GALAXY Gear pairs with compatible devices via bluetooth. Samsung claims that the build-in 315 mAh rechargeable battery could last for 25 hours. Weight 73.8 gram.

Features

Samsung GALAXY Gear smartwatch
Samsung GALAXY Gear smartwatch

Without pairing with GALAXY device, GALAXY Gear is a digital wristwatch with customizable watch face. It comes preloaded with 10 different clock options and you can download more via Samsung Apps.

When pairing with supported GALAXY device (now only Note 3), Galaxy Gear notifies you of incoming calls, text messages, emails and alerts. It supports 70 apps now.

Galaxy Gear allows you to make calls (via S Voice), answer calls, and read text messages. When you receives a lengthy message, Smart Relay feature will automatically open the full content on your GALAXY device when you pick it up.

You can use S Voice to draft messages, create calendar entries, set alarms and check weather on Galaxy Gear. Photos and videos taken by Galaxy Gear 1.9MP camera is automatically sync to GALAXY device.

Pedometer app monitor your steps and sync to your GALAXY device. You can also use GALAXY Gear to control music playback on your GALAXY device.

GALAXY Gear can find your device by command your device to beep, illuminate or vibrate; reverse is also possible. Phone will automatically lock for security when GALAXY Gear goes beyond a limit of 1.5 meter.

Hands-on: Samsung GALAXY Gear

First of all, don’t be tricked by the thickness of GALAXY Gear in the photos in this article. Half of it is the security lock (avoid members of media forget to take off…). GALAXY Gear measures 11.1mm thick.

Samsung GALAXY Gear smartwatch - flip-lock
Samsung GALAXY Gear smartwatch – flip-lock

The rubber watch band has stainless steel flip-lock with build-in speaker. The smartwatch weight is OK, like a man’s stainless steel watch band.

For now, GALAXY Gear only supports GALAXY Note 3. It will support other GALAXY devices like S3, S4, and Note 2.

The watch display is bright and sharp. The touchscreen responses well to my finger swipes. Due to small display size, you need to browse through functions one-by-one. Apps icons are simple white lines on black background, wasted the colour display (save battery juice?). Display is auto rotate, you can read it from any angle.

GALAXY Gear has only a button on the right side. Press it will take you back to home screen. Double-press to activate S Voice.

Samsung GALAXY Gear smartwatch - camera
Samsung GALAXY Gear smartwatch – camera

Admit it, GALAXY Gear camera is a good spy camera. The 1.9MP camera is tiny and blends well in watch band (especially for black colour), photos/videos auto sync to your device. Swipe down from the top to open camera app. Though Samsung force shutter sound “ON” but it is not loud enough to be easily noticed.

I was disappointed that GALAXY Gear only count steps (pedometer). It does not track activity, sleep quality, heartbeats, etc.

GALAXY Gear does not support earphone, you need to lift up your wrist to talk on phone at speaker mode. It is not ideal in public places, but could be useful if you want to answer phone call while driving (dangerous!).

Samsung claims that GALAXY Gear battery last for 25 hours but we guess you would need to recharge it in external charging case after half day usage.

Photo gallery

Here are Samsung GALAXY Gear photos taken at the launch event: (click to enlarge)

Price & Availability

Samsung GALAXY Gear is available in 6 colours: Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, Lime Green. The recommended retail price is RM999 (~USD$310). You can buy GALAXY Gear at all Samsung retail outlets, authorised dealers and telco partners including Celcom, DiGi, Maxis and U Mobile.

Galaxy Gear colours
Galaxy Gear colours

Thoughts

GALAXY Gear smartwatch is a new concept and it has a great look and kind of cool to show off.

However, GALAXY Gear has limited device support, short battery life, and not support Facebook and Twitter notifications.

Will I pay RM999 for GALAXY Gear? No. But I am looking forward to GALAXY Gear 2nd generation.

Hands-on Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung GALAXY Note 3 - Air Command
Samsung GALAXY Note 3
Samsung GALAXY Note 3

Samsung GALAXY Note 3 smartphone and GALAXY Gear smartwatch has been launched in Malaysia on September 20, 2013. I was invited to the launch event and had the opportunity to experience the products. Read on for the GALAXY Note 3 features and hands-on review.

Specs

Samsung GALAXY Note 3 is the 3rd generation of the Note series – big size smartphone with a stylus (S Pen). Note 3 has wider Full HD (1980×1080) Super AMOLED display (5.7″), yet slimmer (8.3mm) and lighter (168g), with bigger battery (3,200 mAh).

Note 3 is powered by 2.3 Ghz Quad-core processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage with support microSD up to 64GB. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system. Note 3 13MP rear camera can record UHD (4K) video with 30 fps and slow motion video at 120 fps. The 2MP front camera records Full HD video at 30 fps.

On connectivity, Note 3 supports WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, IR LED for remote control and MHL 2.0. With LTE CAT4 Carrier Aggregation, Note 3 “supports the greatest number of multiple (LTE) frequencies”, according to Samsung.

Features

Samsung GALAXY Note 3 - Air Command
Samsung GALAXY Note 3 – Air Command

You can never talk about GALAXY Note smartphone without mention its S Pen stylus. Afterall, it is the main selling point of the big size smartphone. For Note 3, Samsung adds some new features to the S Pen. Now you can activate “Air Command” to show a palette of 5 features:

  1. Action Memo – allow you to handwrite a note and automatically format the hand written content to make a call, add to contacts, look up on map, search web, save to to-do list and more.
  2. Scrapbook – allow you to organize content and information from various sources, including web, YouTube and Gallery in one place.
  3. Screen Write – capture screenshot and allows you to write onto the image.
  4. S Finder – search for content on Note 3, including hand-written content.
  5. Pen Window – open small application window on top of other apps.

For non-S Pen features, Note 3 has integrated Flipboard app as your personal magazine on the large screen. Also, new Multi Window allows you to toggle between applications without closing window or opening a new page. You can now drag and drop content from one window to the other.

Improved Multi-Vision feature enables you to share and play content together simultaneously. Several Note 3 devices and connects together to create a “big screen” (video span across multiple displays).

Sounds cool? Read on for my personal hands-on experience after the Note 3 video below:

Hands-on: Samsung GALAXY Note 3

The first thing you will notice when you hold a Samsung GALAXY Note 3 smartphone is its leather-and-stitching back cover. It feels good to hold, though I am not sure it is genuine leather or not.

Samsung GALAXY Note 3 - back leather cover
Samsung GALAXY Note 3 – leather-and-stitching back cover

For the first time, Samsung dumps cheap plastic back cover for their smartphone. However, the Note 3 sides are shiny plastic (refer to photo gallery below).

Without curved corners like GALAXY Note 2, Note 3 is more square-look. My hand managed to hold Note 3 from side-to-side (151.2 mm width) but not comfortable.

You would probably hold Note 3 like a tablet – holding its left/right side, instead of stretching thumb to hold it side-to-side.

I am not a fan of stylus. Samsung S Pen is too small and too thin for me. I felt difficult to hold the pen still while scratching on Note 3. (Maybe it’s my personal problem as I seldom write with a pen anymore…)

You hover S Pen over Note 3 and press the S Pen button to activate Air Command. It works well and responsive. Action Memo can recognize my hand-written numbers. I didn’t challenge it to recognize my poor hand-writing words. My bad!

Pen Window is basically a quick launch menu to launch supported apps on top of screen. You select an app and draw an area on screen to launch the app. I think the drawing app area part is unnecessary, since apps do not opened in same size as the drawn area.

Note 3 performance is good, everything is smooth. I did a quick SunSpider 1.0.1 JavaScript benchmark, the result is 643.8ms (lower is better). For comparison, my iPhone 4S scored 1550ms.

Photo gallery: GALAXY Note 3

Check out the Samsung GALAXY Note 3 photos I took during the launch event:

Thoughts

Samsung GALAXY Note 3 is a good upgrade from Note 2. It is faster, slimmer, bigger, lighter, and bigger battery (not sure about battery life). The S Pen has more functions now.

If you are looking for a big smartphone with a smart stylus, I think GALAXY Note 3 is the one.

Samsung GALAXY Note 3 is available in Black and White colours. The recommended retail price in Malaysia is RM2399 (~USD$745). You can buy Galaxy Note 3 at all Samsung retail outlets, authorised dealers and telco partners including Celcom, DiGi, Maxis and U Mobile.