Huawei Honor 7 with Smart Features Launched in Malaysia

Honor 7 and models

Huawei Honor 7 has been launched in Malaysia on September 21st, 2015. The fully metallic body flagship smartphone comes with some smart features. Read on to find out more.

Honor 7 in LiewCF's hand
Honor 7 in LiewCF’s hand

Honor 7 is an Android phone with 5.2-inch Full HD display and metallic body that air-brushed with a ceramic coating.

The frame-free fingerprint reader at the back allows 360-degree fingerprint authentication with self-learning capability that enhance accuracy during use. The fingerprint reader also supports gesture controls to answer calls, take photos, stop alarm, clear notifications.

Honor 7 and models
Honor 7 and models

Honor 7 is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 935 octa-core 2.2Ghz processor, 3GB RAM and 16GB storage (support up to 128GB microSD memory card). Its L-shaped circuit board helps eliminates overheating problem.

Honor 7 20MP camera and fingerprint scanner
Honor 7 20MP camera and fingerprint scanner

Its rear-facing camera is 20MP Sony IMX 230 sensor with F/2.0 aperture and PDAF fast-focusing technology, capable to record 4K video. The 8MP front-facing camera is wide-angle F/2.4 aperture lens with LED flash. The “soft light” feature allows better light for selfie or wefie.

Honor 7 and models
Honor 7 and models

The camera app has a “Good Food” mode allows you take more delicious food photos. Slow shutter modes to shoot car light trails, silky water, and star tracks. You can take time-lapse video using too.

Honor 7 Smart Key
Honor 7 Smart Key

The Smart Key is configurable for shortcuts (snapshot, voice recording, torch, screenshot) or open app. You can press it once to take a snapshot, press and hold to launch torch, double press to launch Google search. The Smart Key has Open API allows app developers to create app to utilize the button.

It is dual nano SIM but second SIM does not support mobile data. The phone use a non-removable 3,100mAh battery with quick-charging capability.

Honor 7 photo gallery

Don’t remember where you put your Honor 7? With its always-on Smart Voice Trigger (powered by Hi6402 low-power chipset), you can name your phone and say “Dear (phone name), where are you?” and it will alert its location to you.

It can act as an universal infrared remote controller, supporting 90% device and 230 brands. You can also take full screenshot with double tap the screen with your knuckles.

Honor 7 grey and silver
Honor 7 grey and silver

Huawei Honor 7 price is RM1,399 (inclusive 6% GST), available in two colours: Mystery Grey and Fantasy Silver. It comes with 1-year warranty and 6-month free replacement for broken screen.

Register for interest is available from September 22nd, 2015, you will get free RM50 voucher, first 1,000 registrants get free 32GB SD card. The phone  joins MYCYBERSALE Malaysia online sales carnival on 28 September 2015.

Honor 7 launch event photos

Xiaomi launches their most beautiful flagship Mi Note in Malaysia

Malaysia Mi Note Launch -- Steve & Louis

Xiaomi, China’s leading smartphone company who believes that high-quality technology doesn’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.

Malaysia Mi Note Launch -- Steve & Louis
Steve Vickers (General Manager, Xiaomi Southeast Asia) and Louis Shue (Product Manager for Xiaomi in Malaysia and Singapore)

Steve Vickers, General Manager, Xiaomi Southeast Asia, said, “We are truly excited to bring Mi Note, Xiaomi’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.”

Before we dive in on the design and performance, Vickers shared what some of the tech critiques have to say:

Premium with a touch of glass

Mi Note front view
Mi Note front view

Mi Note’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 Note’s 5.7” 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 Xiaomi’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 person’s age and gender in order to apply 36 smart filters.

Staying connected

Instead of carrying two smartphones, you can now manage calls and messages on two separate SIM cards with Mi Note’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.

Mi Note’s 4G dual SIM, dual standby that fits micro and nano SIMs.
Mi Note’s 4G dual SIM, dual standby that fits micro and nano SIMs.

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.

Price

RM 1,549, inclusive of GST

Availability

Mark 28 July on your calendar and go to www.mi.com to place your orders. For more info, visit http://www.mi.com/my/minote/

Force to be reckoned with

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 Wired’s headline, “Xiaomi’s great new phone is a lot like iPhone. Apple should take note”. 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.

Finally…

HAPPY FIRST ANNIVERSARY to Mi Malaysia!

Launched end May 2014, Mi Malaysia has their own Mi fan club. Here’s a photo of them excitedly showing off the Mi Note at the recent launch in KL.

Malaysia Mi Fans
Mi fans were all fiery red with excitement over the new Mi Note. Who wouldn’t be?

[box type=”note”]This article is written by Geek Mommy, who tries to makes sense of the tech world for the less techie while managing a household, a part-time job & keeping a toddler busy.[/box]

11street Launches Online Shopping App for iOS and Android

Model browsing 11street app
Model browsing 11street app
Model browsing 11street app

11street Malaysia launches online shopping app for iOS and Android with mobile exclusive promotions.

Launched in April 2015, 11street has become one of the largest online marketplaces in Malaysia with more than 350,000 product listings.

More than 50% of 11street traffic comes from mobile devices. The e-mall in Malaysia launches its online shopping app for iOS and Android on 27 May 2015 for free downloads.

11street app screenshot
11street app screenshot

The mobile apps enable consumers to access the hot selling products and services much easier, especially on the “Shocking Deals” section with Lowest Price Guarantee. The 11street mobile app is build to accept credit cards and bank transfers payments. Also, you can view your membership benefits, check order status and uses discount coupons in the mobile app.

11street Credit Blossom promotion
11street Credit Blossom promotion

In conjunction with the mobile app launch, you can enjoy the following mobile exclusive promotions:

  • Credit Blossom – 1000 units of up to RM 1,111 shopping credits will be made available for mobile shoppers to download on a daily basis starting from June 1st –30th, 2015.
  • Shocking Weekend – One product item will be selected and featured every weekend from Friday to Sunday for mobile purchase at 50 percent discount from May 29th, 2015 onwards.

The 11street mobile app is available as free download from Apple AppStore and Google Play Store. Other mobile operating system devices like BlackBerry and Windows Phone still can access the 11street’s mobile-optimized website.

Link: www.11street.my

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

LINE Dragonica Mobile Online Game Download Starts in June 2015

LINE Dragonica Mobile
LINE Dragonica Mobile press conference
LINE Dragonica Mobile press conference

Asiasoft Corporation Public Company Limited, parent company of CIB, is partnering with LINE Corporation for channeling & distribution LINE Dragonica Mobile in Southeast Asia in June 2015.

LINE Game was started in 2012, now has 44 games available with over 546 million total downloads as of March 31st, 2015.

LINE Dragonica Mobile is Asiasoft’s first channeling game launched in Malaysia through LINE platform. More channeling game titles are coming in next few months.

LINE Dragonica gameplay

LINE Dragonica Mobile is an action based role-playing (ARPG) mobile game with left/right navigation based on the popular PC online game, Dragonica Online. Dragonica Online (Dragon Saga) is a successful online game title in 39 countries and had more than 18 million registered users.

LINE Dragonica Mobile
LINE Dragonica Mobile

Developed by Studio Funnigloo, Dragon Saga – Prelude (or Dragonica Mobile version) was launched in April 2014. It has similar game modes and combat system as the PC version, and all original beautiful graphic and features are successfully transferred into mobile version.

LINE Dragonica Mobile has 6 playable classes: Knight, Gladiator, Wizard, Warlock, Thief, Assassin. Players can take part in Daily mission, Story line,  Quests, PvP, Avatar Costume and others.

The mobile game will be available in 6 Southeast Asia countries: Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines.

LINE Dragonica Mobile download available on both iOS AppStore and Google Play Store on 10th June 2015. Register now to receive free special items.