Acer Liquid C1 Smartphone with Intel Atom Inside

Models taking photo using Acer Liquid C1
Models taking photo using Acer Liquid C1
Models taking photo using Acer Liquid C1

Acer Liquid C1 smartphone is the first ultra-smart (phone) in Malaysia powered by the Intel Atom Z2420 “Lexington” processor. It is targeting the mid-range smartphone segment.

While Intel is the king of PC processors, the giant is new in the smartphone processor market and it is competing with other ARM processors: Apple Ax, Qualcomm Snapdragon, Nvidia Tegra, Samsung Exynos, etc.

SEE ALSO: Acer Liquid C1 smartphone review. Why is it disappointed?

Acer Liquid C1 Specs, Release Date, Price, Promo

Acer Liquid C1 with Intel Atom
Acer Liquid C1 with Intel Atom

Acer Liquid C1 is a 4.3-inch display (960×540) smartphone with 1.2GHz Intel Atom processor inside, 1GB RAM with 4GB storage, support 32GB microSD memory card.

Liquid C1 runs Android 4.1 Ice Cream Sandwith and upgradeable to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean once available. 8MP autofocus rear camera capbable for 5 fps burst shooting. The front camera is only 0.3MP VGA resolution.

With 2000 mAh battery, Liquid C1 can provide 9 hours of battery life on single charge. The phone weight 140 gram with dimensions 127.3 x 65.5 x 10 mm.

Models using Acer Liquid C1
Models using Acer Liquid C1

Acer Liquid C1 release date is end of March 2013, the retail price in Malaysia is RM999 (~USD$320). Customers can get a special 3-day trial (till April 15th) to test Acer Liquid C1. Visit Acer Malaysia Facebook Page for more information.

SEE ALSO: Acer Liquid C1 smartphone review. Why is it disappointed?

➤ Acer Malaysia

ASUS FonePad, 7-inch Android Tablet that Make Calls Under $300

ASUS FonePad
ASUS FonePad
ASUS FonePad

At Mobile World Congress 2013 (MWC2013), ASUS has officially announced ASUS FonePad, a 7-inch tablet phone or phonelet. Read on to learn about the specs and price.

ASUS FonePad is powered by Intel Atom Z2420 1.2 GHz processor. The 7-inch display is 1280×800 resolution. 1GB RAM. 8GB/16GB storage, support microSD card up to 32GB. Unlike Nexus 7, FonePad has dual camera: 3MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera.

READ ALSO: Nexus 7 tablet review

FonePad specs is quite similar to Nexus 7, except that FonePad is powered by Intel ATOM processor, has 3MP rear camera, and it is a phone! Don’t confuse FonePad with ASUS PadFone (PadFone 2, PadFone Infinity), which is a smartphone with tablet dock. ASUS also has a cheaper 7-inch tablet (can’t make calls) called MeMO Pad.

ASUS FonePad is available in 2 colors: Titanium Gray and champagne Gold. The retail price start from USD$249 (RM772), available in

LiewCF’s Buying Advice

If you want to have both tablet and a smartphone for under USD$300 (RM1000), ASUS FonePad would be an ideal choice. By the way, get a bluetooth headset too. Covering your face with a tablet to make call looks very stupid.

➤ ASUS FonePad

ASUS TAICHI Convertible, VivoTab Smart Windows 8 Tablet, MeMO Pad Android Tablet (Price & Specs)

Asus Taichi event group photo
Asus Taichi event group photo
(L-R) Li Huai Pin, Country Product Manager of Tablets; Alex Feng, Country Product Manager of Notebooks (credit to Goldfries.com)

In January 2013, ASUS Malaysia launched 3 new products — ASUS TAICHI dual-screen Windows 8 convertible, VivoTab Smart Windows 8 tablet, and MeMO Pad 7-inch Android tablet. Read on to find the the specs, price and my first impressions of the products.

ASUS TAICHI

ASUS Taichi dual-screen ultrabook
ASUS Taichi dual-screen ultrabook

ASUS TAICHI is the world’s first dual-screen Windows 8 convertible. The back-to-back 11.6-inch screens both have 1920×1080 pixels. The back screen is 10 point touch screen, while front screen is not touch-enabled.

Tai Chi is a Chinese system of slow meditative physical exercise for relaxation and balance and health. source

ASUS Taichi button
ASUS Taichi button to switch display modes

With the unique TAICHI button on the keyboard, you can switch ASUS TAICHI in 4 display modes:

  1. Notebook mode — works like notebook, back screen is off.
  2. Tablet mode — close the lid and TAICHI becomes a tablet.
  3. Mirror mode — both screens display the same content.
  4. Dual-screen mode — display different content on each screen, as if the back screen is an external monitor.

There’s also a “screen lock” switch at the side of the notebook to turn off the tablet display.

Frankly, I don’t see how two back-to-back screen would be useful. And that unique feature add weight and size and cost to the notebook. The concept sounds cool but less practical.

Specs

  • Intel Core i5 processor
  • tablet screen: 11.6” Full HD (1920×1080) with 10 point touch
  • notebook screen: 11.6” Full HD (1920×1080)
  • Windows 8
  • Integrated HD Graphics 4000
  • 5M with Auto Focus 1080P Camera on tablet side
  • 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD
  • Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0
  • 32GB Asus Cloud storage for 3 years
  • 1.25 KG weight

ASUS TAICHI 21 price is RM 3,999 in Malaysia.

ASUS VivoTab Smart

ASUS ViVoTab Smart
ASUS ViVoTab Smart Windows 8 tablet

ASUS VivoTab Smart is a 10.1-inch Windows 8 tablet. It is powered by Intel Atom dual-core CPU. Weighing at only 580 gram and 9.7mm thin. VivoTab Smart has a 8MP F/2.2 rear camera for those who like to take photo using a tablet.

ASUS VivoTab Smart does not comes with keyboard dock nor stand. You can complete it with TransBoard wireless keyboard (RM249) and TransSleeve Cover (RM169).

Since there is no sign of Microsoft’s Surface Pro coming to Malaysia, you may consider ASUS VivoTab Smart as a cheaper Windows 8 tablet that support all PC hardware and Windows desktop software.

Specs

  • 10.1-inch (1366×768) 5 point touch display
  • Intel Atom dual-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 64GB storage
  • Support WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) and 3G/LTE
  • 580g
  • 9.5 hours battery life

ASUS VivoTab Smart price in Malaysia is RM 1,799 (WiFi model) and RM 2,099 (WiFi + 3G/LTE model).

ASUS MeMO Pad

ASUS MeMo Pad
ASUS MeMo Pad

ASUS is the manufacturer of the famous Google Nexus 7. MeMO Pad is a cheaper 7-inch Android tablet.

READ ALSO: Nexus 7 tablet review

ASUS MeMO Pad is powered by 1GHz VIA WM8950 CPU and 1GB RAM, running Android Jelly Bean. The 7-inch 10-point multi-touch display has a resolution of 1024×600 pixels. No GPS. Unlike Nexus 7, ASUS MeMO Pad supports SD card expansion up to 32GB. You also receive 5GB of ASUS WebStorage (free for life) with purchase of MeMO Pad.

Specs

  • VIA WM8950 1GHz CPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB/16GB storage with microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • 5GB free ASUS WebStorage
  • 7-inch (1024×600) multi-touch display
  • 1MP front camera
  • weight: 358 g

ASUS MeMO Pad retail price is at RM 499 in Malaysia. It is available in 3 colors: Sugar While, Titanium Gray and Cherry Pink.

➤ Visit ASUS for more information.

Celcom Offer Samsung ATIV Smart PC Windows 8 Tablet with 3G

Samsung ATIV Smart PC
Samsung ATIV Smart PC
Samsung ATIV Smart PC

Celcom offer Samsung ATIV Smart PC, the Samsung’s first Windows 8 3G tablet. Visit Blue Cube Sunway Iconic on 25 January 2013 to receive Celcom exclusive offers including Liquipel vouchers and Samsung Keyboard Dock & Pouch.

Samsung ATIV Smart PC

Samsung ATIV Smart PC is a Windows 8 tablet that support 3G connectivity. Meaning, you can run full Windows desktop software such as Microsoft Office suite on the tablet; support  USB “plug and play” to PC peripherals such as printer; Access Internet on-the-go using 3G data connection.

In short, Samsung ATIV Smart PC is a full Windows 8 computer in tablet size that closes the gap between work and leisure.

Now, let’s learn about the hardware specs of the Windows 8 tablet. Samsung ATIV Smart PC is powered by Intel Atom processor for a balance in between processing power and battery life. The 11.6-inch touchscreen display has a resolution of 1366×768 pixels.  It has 2GB RAM and 64GB storage space, support Micro SD. The build-in 30WH battery provides battery life up to 10 hours continuous video playback.

You would be delighted to find that Samsung ATIV Smart PC has a 8 MegaPixel (MP) rear camera to take photos and then edit & upload them all on the tablet, as well as a 2MP front camera for video conference calls.

For connectivity, ATIV Smart PC supports WiFi (802.11 n/g/b/a), Bluetooth 4.0, and 3G/4G LTE. It also has a USB2.0 port and mini HDMI for data input/output.

Like Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung ATIV Smart PC includes a S-Pen & S-note for note taking and easily add remarks on documents. It’s convenience! When you need to do a lot of typing (that’s me!), a magnetic keyboard dock instantly turn the tablet into a 11.6-inch notebook.

Samsung ATIV Smart PC retail price is RM2499 (~USD833) in Malaysia. With Celcom First Data plan, you can get it from RM1,758. Read on for the details.

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Buy Samsung ATIV Smart PC with Celcom First Data

Since ATIV Smart PC supports 3G connectivity, it would be a good idea to subscribe a data plan for it. Celcom now offer Samsung ATIV Smart PC from RM1758 with Celcom First Data + Voice plans. The Celcom First Data + Voice plan start from RM48. Celcom has the widest network coverage in Malaysia and offer best network quality for messaging, calls, web surfing, etc.

Check out Celcom Samsung ATIV Smart PC plans in the table below:

Celcom Samsung ATIV Smart plans
Celcom Samsung ATIV Smart plans

Celcom exclusive offer

Are you interested to buy Samsung ATIV Smart PC? Visit Blue Cube Sunway Iconic on 25 January 2013 for Celcom exclusive offers. The first 200 customers who sign up with any Celcom First Data plan will receive Liquipel,  water safe nano-coating, service voucher worth RM90. The first 30 customers will get FREE Samsung Keyboard Dock & Pouch worth RM550.

Visit Celcom website for more information.

*This post is sponsored by Celcom