ASUS ZenPad 7.0: World’s 1st Tablet with Interchangeable Functional Cover

Models pose with ASUS ZenPad
Models pose with ASUS ZenPad
Models pose with ASUS ZenPad

ASUS ZenPad 7.0 (Z370CG) and ZenPad C 7.0 (Z170CG), ASUS brand new tablet series, were officially launched during ASUS Zensastion Roadshow in Mid Valley Megamall at the end of August 2015. The new 7-inch Android tablet has a new outlook design and customizable functionality with interchangeable covers (ZenPad 7.0).

ASUS ZenPad launch event at Mid Valley Megamall
ASUS ZenPad launch event at Mid Valley Megamall

The beauty of new design is the embossed-leather patterning back cover, which is influenced by fashion accessories such as clutch bags and wallets, giving the tablet a luxury feel.

The front is a 7-inch display with thick top and bottom bezel, surrounded by a metallic frame. ZenPad C 7.0 has a similar design, except that the back cover is not interchangeable.

All aspects of the tablet’s display — including contrast, sharpness, colour, clarity, and brightness — are optimized by
ASUS VisualMaster, a suite of visual enhancement technologies that combine hardware and software, including ASUS Tru2Life and ASUS TruVivid.

ASUS ZenPad is also the world’s first tablet to integrate DTS-HD Premium Sound. It provides high-fidelity sound from multimedia content with DTS-HD encoding and transforms stereo audio into virtual surround sound. You will also get full 360-degree surround sound when listening with headphones. ASUS SonicMaster will enhance other non-DTS-HD encoded audios.

ZenPad 7.0

ASUS ZenPad 7.0
ASUS ZenPad 7.0

ZenPad 7.0 is powered by a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage (supports microSD memory card up to 128GB). It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and ASUS ZenUI.

The display is 7-inch WXGA (1280×800) IPS panel with Corning Gorilla Glass1. Its 8MP rear-facing and 2MP front-facing cameras are powered by ASUS’s PixelMAster technology to capture better-looking photos, videos and selfies.

ASUS ZenPad 7.0
ASUS ZenPad 7.0

It supports mobile network (no 4G) with a micro SIM. The 13Wh Li-polymer battery provides up to 8 hours battery life. The dimension is 189 x 110.9 x 8.7mm, Weight is 272 gram.

The interchangeable cover design allows you to easily customise the tablet with functional back covers for additional features and colour options. (Read ZenPad 7.0 accessories later)

ZenPad 7.0 specs and price
ZenPad 7.0 specs and price

ZenPad 7.0 C Dual SIM

ASUS ZenPad C 7 (Red)
ASUS ZenPad C 7 (Red)

On the other hand, ASUS ZenPad C 7.0 is the junior using the same Intel Atom 64-bit Quad-Core CPU, but 1GB RAM and 8GB storage (support microSD card up to 64GB). Its 7-inch IPS panel display’s screen resolution is 1024×600 pixels. The front and rear cameras are 0.3MP and 5MP respectively. ZenPad 7.0 C is dual-SIM phablet supporting 2G/3G networks.

ASUS ZenPad C 7.0 dual SIM and microSD slots
ASUS ZenPad C 7.0 dual SIM and microSD slots

ASUS ZenPad 7.0 (Z370CG) price in Malaysia is RM 749 (free one extra Zen Case). ZenPad C 7.0 price is RM 529. Both are now available for sale at ASUS Store Online.

The following table compares ZenPad 7.0 (Z370CG) and ZenPad C 7.0 (Z170CG): (click to enlarge)

Compare ZenPad 7 vs ZenPad C 7.0
Compare ZenPad 7 vs ZenPad C 7.0

ZenPad 7.0 accessories

ASUS ZenPad is the world’s first tablet to feature an interchangeable cover design that lets you easily customize the tablet with functional back covers.

Audio Cover (RM 249)

ZenPad Audio Cover
ZenPad Audio Cover

Audio Covers brings 5.1-channel surround sound to ZenPad. It includes four satellite speakers, one center channel speaker, and one subwoofer to provides surround-sound experience when watching videos or listening to music. Audio Cover sound output is 6x louder volume than the tablet alone.

ZenPad Audio Cover
ZenPad Audio Cover

It last up to 6 hours of continuous usage on a single charge. Audio Cover also double as a stand for conveniently watching videos or getting some work done.

Power Case (RM 109)

Power Case
Power Case

Power Case extends ZenPad’s battery life up to 15 hours of usage, long enough for your whole day usage or longest international flights.

Power Case
Power Case

It is compact and seamlessly attaches to ZenPad, giving you power on the go without the need to carry portable batteries and extra cables.

Zen Clutch (RM 119)

Zen Clutch
Zen Clutch

Zen Clutch is a fashionable protection case features a leather finish and is available in black and white colours. Its folding design also serves as a stand for typing or watching videos.

Zen Clutch
Zen Clutch

Zen Case

Zen Case
Zen Case

Zen Case is another stylish accessory featuring fine leather texture that allows you to outfit ZenPad in 5 colours: Obsidian Black, Pearl White, Aqua Blue, Vibrant Orange, and Aurora Metallic.

For more information, please visit www.asus.com/my

All prices mentioned are inclusive 6% GST.

JOI KinderTab, the Malaysia Pre-school Education Tablet

The Intel Atom-powered JOI KinderTab
The Intel Atom-powered JOI KinderTab
The Intel Atom-powered JOI KinderTab

Parents with pre-school kids know this well–kids are the shared user of our tablet. It is a magical device to keep your children sitting still and quiet. But, also the No.1 reason your tablet get destroyed. Ouch!

How about a dedicated child-friendly tablet for your young one? JOI KinderTab is an Android tablet in a rugged package with educational apps build for pre-school learning.

Brought to you by Intel Malaysia, SNS Network and Myteach, JOI KinderTab is 7-inch (1024×600 pixels) Android 4.4 tablet, powered by Intel Atom processor (Z3735G), 1GB RAM, 16GB storage (expandable to 32GB), VGA front camera, 2MP back camera and built-in 2600 mAh battery. Not a powerful machine but should be enough to satisfy your kids.

The tablet comes with a Bumpee casing & stylus. The casing protects your KinderTab from drops and bumps. It has handles at the side for your kids easily carrying it around and a stand at the back for reading, watching videos and doing activities.

JOI Kinder is building for pre-school learning with pre-loaded educational apps, including contents based on the National Preschool Curriculum (Kurikulum Standard Prasekolah Kebangsaan). The contents cover English and Science subjects. Bahasa Malaysia, Mathematics and Chinese will be coming soon.

The child-friendly tablet built-in parental control to limit your kid’s access and parents can decide which apps to be accessible by your kid. Parents can track your kid’s learning progress via an app, too.

You can switch JOI Kinder Tab to normal Android mode, in case you “borrow” the tablet from your kid.

JOI Kinder Tab price is RM529 (inclusive GST), available at AEON departmental store and buy online at Gloo.com.my, Lazada.com.my, Lelong.com.my, and Myteach360.com

Zenfone 2: 12 Great Features You Need to Know

ASUS ZenFone 2 and model
ASUS ZenFone 2 and model
ASUS ZenFone 2 and model

ASUS ZenFone 2 is the 2015 flagship Android smartphone of the company. It comes with many new and useful features that you want to know about. Read on to learn more.

Tell us which is your favourite ZenFone 2 feature in the comment.

(Note: “ZenFone 2” here is referring to ZE551ML variant with 4GB RAM.)

World’s first 4GB RAM smartphone

ASUS ZenFone 2 is the world’s first 4GB RAM smartphone while other more expensive Android flagship smartphones have 2GB or 3GB RAM.

Plenty of available RAM means that you do not need to worry about phone’s memory usage. The system does not need to kill apps to allocate free memory for new running apps. You do not need to remove background apps to make your phone runs faster.

The result is better multitasking and faster app switching.

Powerful 64-bit Intel Atom processor

ZenFone 2 is powered by Intel Atom Z3580 processor. It is a 64-bit Quad-core processor with 2.3GHz speed and supports up to 4GB DDR3 RAM with Dual 32-bit channel. ZenFone 2’s PowerVR 6430 graphic processing unit (GPU) supports OpenGL 3.0 and up to 7x faster than ZenFone 5.

The result? You get up to 3x better performance and 7x faster gaming experiences than its predecessor.

PixelMaster Camera 2.0

ASUS ZenFone 2 camera and rear key
ASUS ZenFone 2 camera and rear key

PixelMaster Camera 2.0 is a combination of the ASUS-developed imaging system and camera hardware to deliver high-quality photos. ZenFone 2 has 13MP rear camera with F/2.0 aperture and dual-color LED flash, 5MP front camera with 80-degree wide-angle lens.

PixelMaster Low-Light mode allows the camera captures 400% brighter photo and video in low-light conditions.

PixelMaster Backlight (HDR) mode able to capture clear photos of backlight objects by automatically merging multi-shots with different exposures with ASUS Pixel Enhancing Technology.

5.5-inch Full HD display

ASUS ZenFone 2
ASUS ZenFone 2

ZenFone 2 is 5.5-inch Super Bright IPS Full HD (1920×1080 pixels) display with 403 pixel per inch (PPI). Thanks to the high 72% screen to body ratio, the 5.5-inch display fits into the body of a traditional 5-inch device.

The IPS panel reaches the 72% of the NTSC allows you to see more precise colors. The 400 nits brightness display allows you to read the screen under sunlight outdoor.

250Mbps 4G LTE-A with Carrier Aggregation

ASUS ZenFone 2 is one of the few smartphones in the market that support latest 4G LTE-A (LTE-Advanced) to offer high download speed up to 250Mbps.

Carrier Aggregation allows your phone to use more than one carrier to increase transmission bandwidth. Watch the cute video by Qualcomm below to understand Carrier Aggregation:

Currently, up to 32 countries are supporting Carrier Aggregation and more in future. Hopefully, it will come to Malaysia soon.

Supports 5 satellite navigation systems

ZenFone 2 supports 5 satellite navigation system with up to more than 60 satellites to pinpoint your position. According to ASUS, it works wherever you go, even you are under a bridge, or in the middle of skyscrapers.

The 5 supported satellite navigation systems are:

  1. Global Positioning System (GPS): Global coverage. Owned by United States.
  2. GLObal NAvigation Satellite System (GLONASS): Global coverage. Owned by Russian.
  3. BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS): Regional coverage, expanding to global coverage by 2020. Owned by China.
  4. Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS): Regional coverage with limited accuracy, viewed as GNSS augmentation service. Owned by Japan.
  5. Satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS): “a system that supports wide-area or regional augmentation through the use of additional satellite-broadcast messages”

Rear key

ASUS ZenFone 2
ASUS ZenFone 2

ZenFone 2’s volume buttons have been moved to the back as a “rear key”. The concentric-circle design key is part of the phone’s ergonomic design, now you feel more natural to adjust the volume level and snap selfies by pressing the rear key, regardless you are left-handed or right-handed.

Fast Touch Response Time

ZenFone 2 has one of the quickest touch response time of only 60ms. Most smartphones have response time over 70ms. A shorter response time gives you no lag feeling when you tap or drag on the screen, as well as more smoothness gameplay.

Dual SIM Dual Active

You can use two SIM in ZenFone 2. It is not Dual SIM Dual Standby, but Dual SIM Dual Active (DSDA). Dual SIM Dual Active is enabled by the dual transceiver, one for each SIM. Both SIMs are active at all the time. SIM1

ASUS ZenFone 2 supports Dual SIM Dual Active
ASUS ZenFone 2 supports Dual SIM Dual Active

For example, when you are calling a friend from SIM1, you can still receive messages or calls from SIM2 during the SIM1 call. You can hold a current SIM1 call and answer the SIM2 call.

In short, you can always receive calls from both SIMs and say bye-bye to miss an incoming call.

ZenUI Instant Update

ZenUI, the ASUS customized Android user interface, for ZenFone 2 has Instant Updates feature to always keep the system updated. ASUS made ZenUI into 30+ apps that can updated separately via Google Play Store. As a result, you do not need to wait for months for a big system update. Your ZenUI apps are always updated.

Privacy and Security

SnapView is your private space in ZenFone 2 to store personal photos, files and apps. You can easily switching in and out SnapView by unlocking the phone using different password/pin/pattern.

ASUS ZenFone 2 ZenUI Kids Mode
ASUS ZenFone 2 ZenUI Kids Mode

ZenUI Kids Mode allows you to manage apps, content and play time for children to play with your ZenFone 2.

Trend Micro Dr. Safety app is pre-loaded in ZenFone 2 to protect you against malicious websites, online threats and privacy risks.

Quick charge technology

ZenFone 2 non-removable 3000mAh Li-Polymer battery with BoostMaster quick charge technology. It can charge up to 60% in 39 minutes. After charged more than 60%, the system will slow down to maintain low temperature.

Amazing! Intel Compute Stick Turn Your TV into a Computer

Intel Compute Stick
Intel Compute Stick
Intel Compute Stick

Intel Compute Stick is 4-inch long plug-and-play device which transforms any HDMI display or monitor into a computer. It was officially launched in Malaysia on May 21, 2015 at the Intelligent Generations showcase in Intel Penang.

“What we’re unveiling today is a culmination of the work we’ve built on a foundation laid down by 50 years of Moore’s Law. In fact, the Intel Compute Stick was a brainchild of local engineers here in Intel Malaysia and we are extremely proud of having brought this game changing idea to fruition,” said Sumner Lemon, Country Manager, Intel Malaysia and Singapore.

Simply plug the Intel Compute Stick into any HDMI port of your TV or monitor, connect wireless keyboard & mouse, and you have a fully functional computer.

Intel Compute Stick specs and price

Intel Compute Stick features
Intel Compute Stick features

Intel Compute Stick is powered by Intel Atom Z37735F Quad-core 64-bit 1.33GHz (up to 1.83GHz) processor with Intel HD Graphics.

Despite the small body (103mm x 37mm x 12mm), Intel Compute Stick has a full size USB2.0 port to connect your peripherals, a micro SD card slot for memory expansion. For connectivity, the stick supports WiFi 802.11bgn and Bluetooth 4.0.

Intel Compute Stick output audio via HDMI. The attached display needs to have speaker/audio output, else you will not getting any sound from the stick computer.

Intel Compute Stick is available in two operating system: Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu (Linux). The Windows version has higher spec of 2GB RAM and 32GB eMMC storage space. 1GB RAM and 8GB storage for Ubuntu version.

HDMI port does not provide enough power, Intel Compute Stick needs to draw from external power adapter. HDMI extension cable and power adapter with USB cable are included.

Intel Compute Stick price in Malaysia is RM599 (Windows 8.1) and RM499 (Ubuntu).

Thought

I like the idea of having a full functional computer in a 4-inch stick. It is portable and convenient. I like Intel Compute Stick includes a USB port and memory card slot.

I have a Chromecast stick but it is limited to media streaming. I have smartphone and laptops, wireless mirror is not reliable, and wired HDMI connection exposes ugly cable. Intel Compute Stick will easily upgrade my home’s dumb “Smart” TV into a powerful computer. Sounds great, right?

But, do you know that, for RM600, you can buy a mini Windows 8 tablet with HDMI output? The competition from low-cost Windows tablets make Intel Compute Stick seems like an expensive gimmick gadget.

If Intel willing to slash Compute Stick’s price, it would be great to use as thin client in a large scale.

Do you like the Compute Stick idea? Will you buy an Intel Compute Stick?

Dell InnoLifestyle Bloggers Boot Camp #DellAIOcampaign

Dell Inspiron 23 all-in-one desktop

Dell Inspiron 23 all-in-one desktop

LiewCF is invited to Dell InnoLifestyle Bloggers Boot Camp (hashtag: #DellAIOcampaign) on 30th April 2015 to discover the different usage perspectives of Dell latest series of Inspiron 23 7000 All-in-One (AIO) desktops. All the right features, all in one.

Dell Inspiron 23 7000 series is 23-inch all-in-one desktop with one-cord setup, no annoying cable clutter. The computer ports are built into the desktop base. It is powered by Intel Core i7 processor with latest Intel RealSense Technology.

Intel RealSense 3D camera refines the way you interact with computer. It can understand your hand natural movements, head movements, even your facial expressions. For example, you can play a game by waving your hand in the air and execute commands with hand signs. Also, Intel RealSense 3D camera allows you to experience 3D scanning at home — scan real-life object then share the digital version or print a copy using 3D printer.

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Dell Inspiron 23 7000 series features new aluminum and steel design.  Its flexible arm can adjusts from 90 to 180 degrees to give you the choice of vertical or horizontal viewing.

Dell InnoLifestyle Bloggers Boot Camp to be filled with informative and entertaining programs. It is my honor to be invited to the event. Did I tell you that I will get to meet celebrity host Baki Zainal too?

For more information, please visit Dell Malaysia (facebook).