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

AweSoMe! Acer Liquid Jade Z and Liquid Z Series Smartphones Starts from RM299 in Malaysia

Acer Liquid Smartphones and Acer Aspire E series
Acer Liquid Smartphones and Acer Aspire E series
Models together with Johnson Seet, Head of Mobile Notebook & Smart Handheld, Acer Sales and Services with Jeffrey Lai, Product Manager, Mobile Notebook & Smart Handheld at the launch of the Acer Liquid Smartphones and Acer Aspire E series.

Acer Malaysia launches new Liquid Jade Z smartphone with 64-bit processor, 13MP F1.8 camera and 4G Dual SIM, as well as new members of Z-series smartphones: Liquid Z520 and Liquid Z220. Read on for their specs and official prices in Malaysia.

Liquid Jade Z specs

Acer Liquid Jade Z
Acer Liquid Jade Z

Acer Liquid Jade Z is 5-inch HD display Android smartphone featuring F1.8 big aperture cameras for both 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. It is powered by Mediatek 64-bit quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage (support microSD card up to 32GB).

With only 7.9mm slim and 110 grams weight, Liquid Jade Z is one of the slimmest 4G LTE dual SIM smartphone in the market. The retail price of Acer Liquid Jade Z is RM799 (inclusive 6% GST) in Malaysia.

Liquid Z520 price

Acer Liquid Z520
Acer Liquid Z520

Acer Liquid Z520 is another 5-inch Android smartphone in Z-series. With only RM499, you get a smartphone with quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera. Liquid Z520 supports 3G Dual SIM and DTS Studio Sound.

Liquid Z520 price in Malaysia is RM499, available in black and white colours.

Acer Liquid Z220

Acer Liquid Z220
Acer Liquid Z220

If you are looking for cheap smartphone from branded company, check out the Acer Liquid Z220. It is only RM299!

Liquid Z220 is a 4-inch Android 5.0 Lollipop smartphone powered by Qualcomm dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB storage, supports 3G Dual SIM. 5MP rear camera with flash and 89-degree wide angle view, and 2MP front camera for selfie.

6 Unique Features of Acer smartphones

Acer smartphones comes with some useful features to enhance your user experience:

  1. Acer Quick Mode — 3 different modes for children (Basic), senior citizens (Easy), and personal use (Standard). You can set password lock and limit app usage in Basic mode. Easy mode features easy and clear user interface.
  2.  Acer Float Apps — launch floating apps on top of your current apps. 9 floating apps are Buttons, Text, Stopwatch, Browser, Camera, Maps, Notes, Calculator, Calendar.
  3. Acer Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) — Acer free cloud solution enable you to sync your music, video, files between computer with phone/tablet.
  4. Acer Reading Mode — adjust screen colour to reduce Blue Light rays to protect your eyes.
  5. Acer EXTEND — link your Acer smartphone to computer and share content in between, drag & drop files, copy & paste links.
  6. Voice Camera — simply say a word to switch camera mode and take pictures. Say “Cheese” to take a picture. Say “Selfie” to switch to front camera and take selfie photo with 3 seconds countdown. Other voice commands also available, “HDR”, “Bright Magic”, “Panorama”, etc.

LiewCF’s Thought

With many smartphones in the market, Acer Liquid Jade Z stand out from the crowd with its slim and lightweight body with F1.8 big aperture for both front & rear cameras and support 4G Dual SIM, yet still keep its price under RM800. AweSoMe!

Also, I am surprised by the Acer Liquid Z220 price. For only RM299, you get a smartphone with latest Android 5.0, 1GB, 8GB storage, 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, plus 3G Dual SIM!

I could not find other branded smartphone under RM300 with the similar specs. Last week, my friend bought a RM380 smartphone with similar specs, but only 0.3MP front camera! Wish Liquid Z220 was launched earlier!

Hands-on: Zopo ZP998 Octa-core Smartphone with 14MP Camera

Zopo ZP998 smartphone (white)
Zopo ZP998 smartphone (white)
Zopo ZP998 smartphone (white)

ZOPO Malaysia was officially launched on 23rd July 2014 and introduced its flagship Android smartphone – ZOPO ZP998. I attended the launch event and had a brief time together with ZP998. Read on for ZOPO ZP998 features and my hands-on experience.

At first glance, ZP998 does not look like a flagship smartphone. The phone design is dull with rounded curve corners. 3 capacitive buttons at the bottom front display. The back cover is patterned plastic to improves hand grip.

It has a dedicated camera button at the right side, above the power button. The volume rocker is located at the left side.

Zopo ZP998 smartphone camera and power buttons
Zopo ZP998 smartphone camera and power buttons

The Yamaha speaker is located at the bottom of back cover. The sound output did not impress me. The speaker is not loud and the sound is muddy.

ZOPO ZP998 is powered by MTK6592 Octa-core 1.7GHz processor. It has 2GB RAM and 16GB phone storage and microSD card up to 64GB. It runs Android 4.4.2.

Asphalt 8, famous 3D car racing game, runs smoothly on ZP998, probably the game has been optimized for octa-core processor.

The screen size is 5.5-inch with Full HD 1920×1080 resolution. It is high sensitivity which allows you to use the phone with wet fingers but keep in mind that it is not water-resistant.

The phone support Dual SIM card, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA. Battery capacity is 2400mAh.

While the specs are quite common nowadays, ZP998 has equipped with 14MP rear camera with F/2.0 aperture and 5MP front camera. ZOPO claims that ZP998 is “the first Octa-core micro-SLR phone”.

What is a micro-SLR phone? We don’t know. Does it mean Micro Four Thirds? I do not think so. My hands-on experience tells me that ZP998 has no noticeable different from other smartphone’s rear camera. The shutter delay is longer than top smartphones, however.

Zopo ZP998 Smart Wake settings
Zopo ZP998 Smart Wake settings

ZOPO ZP998 supports “Smart Wake” which is not an alarm feature but unlock phone with gestures. Example: draw C on screen to unlock phone and launch Camera. However, the feature does not work smoothly.

Another interesting feature is “Tracking-Beam” which allows you to record voice with consistent volume level whether you are beside the phone or standing few meters away.

ZOPO ZP998 is a 3G smartphone, it is not 4G LTE. The ZOPO 4G smartphones are coming in later 2014.

ZOPO ZP998 price in Malaysia is RM 1,098 (~USD$348) with 1 year warranty.

ZOPO ZP998 photo gallery

About ZOPO

If you have not heard about ZOPO, no worry, you are not alone. I did not know the brand before attended the launch event, too.

ZOPO Mobile is another China smartphone manufacturer entering Malaysia market in 2014. The brand was launched in China in 2012 then become Alibaba’s strategic partner.

Instead of Asia, ZOPO entered Europe countries first, such as Spain, Italy, France, Ukraine, Russia and etc. It has over 100 experience stores worldwide now.

ZOPO Malaysia have setup 23 after-sales service point. They offer 7 days of 1-to–1 exchange and guarantee 15 working days servicing period.

Thoughts

Octa-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 5.5-inch FullHD display, 14MP + 5MP cameras, Dual SIM… ZOPO ZP998 specs is up to today’s standard and most phones at the price do not have Full HD display. It is worth to consider if you are looking for a big smartphone with high resolution cameras within RM1100 budget.

Samsung GALAXY Core 2 Dual SIM Price in Malaysia is RM599

Samsung GALAXY Core 2
Samsung GALAXY Core 2
Samsung GALAXY Core 2

Samsung GALAXY Core 2 – the latest entry-level Android smartphone of Samsung — was available in Malaysia ahead Hari Raya 2014 celebration.

Samsung GALAXY Core 2 is 4.5-inch (480×800) Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) smartphone powered by quad-core 1.2 GHz processor, 0.75GB RAM, 4GB storage and support microSD up to 64GB.

The main camera is 5MP with flash and auto focus. Front camera is VGA resolution. GALAXY Core 2 supports Dual-SIM, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth v4.0. Not support MHL, NFC, DLNA.

Samsung GALAXY Core 2 vs Core
Samsung GALAXY Core 2 vs Core

Comparing to last year Samsung GALAXY Core (GT-I8262), Samsung GALAXY Core 2 only has small upgrades. CPU upgrades to quad-core but same 1.2 GHz clock speed. Display size is 0.2-inch larger which you will barely notice, as well as 200 mAh battery capacity increased.

However, Samsung decided to slash storage space and memory for GALAXY Core 2. GALAXY Core has 8GB storage and 1GB RAM, but GALAXY Core 2 only has 4GB storage and 0.75GB RAM (what an odd number!).

Samsung GALAXY Core 2 price in Malaysia is RM 599, available in white and black from Samsung retail outlets and authorised dealers.

Thought

I won’t recommend Samsung GALAXY Core 2 based on its specs and price in Malaysia. You can buy cheaper Lenovo A526 (RRP RM469) with similar specs, or pay RM100 more for Lenovo S650 for better specs.

I would recommend Moto G (no 4G LTE) if you don’t mind using 8GB smartphone without memory expansion slot.

Of course, we cannot left out Xiaomi every time we talk about value-for-money smartphones. Xiaomi Redmi 1S is only RM 419 in Malaysia with much better specs, provided you manage to buy it online…

➤ Samsung Malaysia