Compare ASUS ZenFone Selfie VS ZenFone 2: Which Should You Buy?

ASUS ZenFone Selfie (right) VS ZenFone 2
ASUS ZenFone Selfie (right) VS ZenFone 2
ASUS ZenFone Selfie (right) VS ZenFone 2

ASUS ZenFone Selfie has been launched in Malaysia at the end of August 2015. The new Android smartphone equipped with 13MP front camera with flash. How does it compare with ASUS ZenFone 2? Let’s find out in this article.

ASUS ZenFone Selfie launch in Malaysia
ASUS ZenFone Selfie launch in Malaysia

ASUS ZenFone Selfie design is same as the company’s 2015 flagship smartphone — ZenFone 2, except that you will notice a big front camera on ZenFone Selfie at first glance, and that explain its name.

ASUS ZenFone Selfie launch in Malaysia
ASUS ZenFone Selfie launch in Malaysia

ZenFone Selfie’s rear and front cameras are both 13MP resolution. The rear camera has laser focus for fast autofocus. The front camera is 13MP with dual-tone flash — a great upgrade from ZenFone 2’s 5MP front-camera.

Thanks to the laser focus, ZenFone Selfie camera focus is a lot faster than ZenFone 2. Saving camera shoot is also faster, comparing to ZenFone 2 which could take up to 1-2 seconds to save a photo.

ASUS ZenFone Selfie 13MP front camera with flash
ASUS ZenFone Selfie 13MP front camera with flash

ZenFone Selfie display is same 5.5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) but uses Corning Gorilla Glass 4, which is 2x more drop-damage resistance than Corning Gorilla Glass 3 used on ZenFone 2.

ASUS drops Intel Atom processor and uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor in ZenFone Selfie. It has 3GB RAM, 1GB less than ZenFone 2. Only 32GB storage model is available, supporting microSD memory card up to 128GB.

Both ZenFone Selfie and ZenFone 2 supports Dual SIM cards, but the latter only allows mobile data from 1 SIM slot. ZenFone Selfie is Dual-SIM-Dual-Standby, support 3G/4G networks on both SIM slots (only one SIM card can connect to 3G/4G at a time).

Both ZenFone 2 and ZenFone Selfie are using 3000 mAh Li-Polymer battery, but we expect Qualcomm Snapdragon processor to be more battery efficiency — longer battery life.

ASUS ZenFone Selfie
ASUS ZenFone Selfie

Refer the table below for a glance of ZenFone Selfie vs. ZenFone 2:

compare zenfone selfie vs zenfone 2
Compare ZenFone Selfie vs ZenFone 2

ZenFone Selfie price in Malaysia is RM 1,049 and available in 3 lovely colours: Pure White, Chic Pink, Aqua Blue.

Conclusion

ASUS ZenFone Selfie
ASUS ZenFone Selfie

I recommend ZenFone Selfie over ZenFone 2, the former is a welcome upgrade from the already good ZenFone 2.

ZenFone Selfie has better front & back cameras, tougher glass, and supports Dual 4G SIMs. These features are more important and useful than 4GB RAM in your daily phone usage. Also, I bet you will hardly notice the difference between 3GB and 4GB phone memory.

Plus, ZenFone Selfie is RM150 cheaper than ZenFone 2!

ZenFone Selfie photo gallery

Hands-on Review: HTC ONE E9+ in Malaysia

HTC One E9+
HTC One E9+
HTC One E9+

HTC One E9+ has been launched in Malaysia on 30 July 2015, priced under RM2K and available in shining gold colour. Check out my hands-on first impression and phone specifications.

If you cannot afford HTC One M flagship series (HTC One M9+ in 2015), then the HTC One E series is the affordable choice with similar specifications.

E9+ has similar flagship design as HTC One M9+. The golden metal frame gives it a luxury feel. The non-removable back cover is not metal nor glass, but a plastic with a smooth touch.

HTC One E9+ 20MP camera
HTC One E9+ 20MP camera

The 20 mega pixel rear camera bulge with golden ring is standing out from the smooth surface at the very top of the phone.

At the front, you get the 5.5-inch 2K WQHD (1440×2560 pixel) display, dual front-facing speakers with HTC Boom Sound, and HTC UltraPixel front camera.

Both rear 20MP camera and UltraPixel front camera are using the same camera sensor as HTC One M9+.

The volume rocker and the power button is at the right side. Don’t need to stretch your finger to reach the power button.

Dual SIM & microSD card slots are under a long cap at the left side of the phone.

HTC One E9+ dual SIM and microSD card slots
HTC One E9+ dual SIM and microSD card slots

HTC E9+ is 4G Dual SIM Dual Active, you can use both nano SIM cards at the same time. Also, you do not need to sacrifice an SIM slot to install microSD memory card. This is good!

Inside the beautiful design, the HTC One E9+ is packed with latest MediaTek’s flagship processor — Helio X10 64-bit 2GHz octa core processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, supports microSD memory card up to 2TB (if you have one). It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with HTC Sense 7.

HTC One E9+ gold sepia and classic rose gold
HTC One E9+ gold sepia and classic rose gold

HTC One E9+ price in Malaysia is RM1,899. Available in Gold Sepia and Classic Rose Gold colour.

“Our newest HTC One E series builds on the momentum of the flagship phones with sophistication and style,” said Faisal Siddiqui, President, HTC South Asia and India. “The HTC One E9+ continues to buuilld on HTC’s innovation and design, with very good features that is sure to delight our customers.”

For more information, please visit http://www.htc.com/sea

HTC One E9+ photo gallery

Thought

Overall, I am impressed by HTC One E9+ design and build. It is sleek and elegant with a luxury feel (GOLD!). It has smooth performance during my hands-on period. I will need to do a detail phone review to reveal its real life daily performance.

I think RM1900 for a like-flagship smartphone is expensive. We have many choices under RM1500 in the market now… What do you think?

This is #HTC E9+ in #LiewCF hand. Nice build, though not metal. RM1,899 in Malaysia.

A photo posted by Liew Cheon-Fong (@liewcf) on

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