Yes 4G Offers Intel-Powered Acer Iconia One 7 Tablet for FREE

Intel powered Acer Iconia One 7 tablet and Yes Huddle XS
Intel powered Acer Iconia One 7 tablet and Yes Huddle XS
Intel powered Acer Iconia One 7 tablet and Yes Huddle XS

Acer Iconia One 7 tablet is first available in Malaysia through Yes 4G. The Intel-powered tablet is FREE with Yes 4G postpaid plan for early bird promotion starting on 28 August 2014.

Yes 4G is the first and only Internet service provider in Malaysia to offer Intel-powered Acer Iconia One 7 tablet.

Acer Iconia One 7 tablet

Acer Iconia One 7 is a 7-inch tablet with WiFi only. Do not mistake it as Acer Iconia Tab 7 with 3G connectivity and phone functionality.

Iconia One 7 is powered by Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core 1.6GHz processor, 1GB RAM and 16GB storage (support microSD up to 64GB). It runs Android 4.4 KitKat.

The 7-inch IPS display gives you 800 x 1280 pixels HD resolution. The tablet has 5MP rear camera and 0.3MP front camera.

Iconia One 7 is available in 4 colours — black, blue, red and white — with textured panel back.

Acer Iconia One 7 Super Postpaid Bundle Plan

Wing K. Lee (CEO, YTL Communications), Prakash Mallya (Managing Director Sales and Marketing Intel South East Asia) and Ricky Tan (General Manager of Acer Sales & Services Sdn Bhd) at the launch of the bundle promo
Wing K. Lee (CEO, YTL Communications), Prakash Mallya (Managing Director Sales and Marketing Intel South East Asia) and Ricky Tan (General Manager of Acer Sales & Services Sdn Bhd) at the launch of the bundle promo

New subscribers of Acer Iconia One 7 Super Postpaid Bundle Plan with 24 months contract will receive FREE Huddle XS modem (worth RM480) and FREE Acer Iconia One 7 tablet (worth RM399). The Super Postpaid Bundle Plan is applicable to any Yes 4G postpaid plan, starting from RM48 per month.

Please note that this is a limited time promotion with an undisclosed end date.

Huddle XS is Yes 4G portable modem. It allows you to share Yes 4G connection with up to 5 devices through WiFi hotspot. Its battery life last up to 6 hours per charge.

The 7-inch Acer tablet from Yes 4G has pre-installed Yes wallpaper and Yes Life app. The app allows you to make free calls and SMS to other Yes users. Calls and SMS to other networks will cost 9 cents per minute/SMS.

The Acer Iconia One 7 Super Postpaid Bundle Plan will be available starting on the 28th August 2014.

For more information, please visit Yes Stores and Yes Exclusive Retail Partners nationwide, or visit Yes 4G website.

ASUS Zenfone 5 is RM599 in Malaysia, Compare Zenfone 5 vs. Zenfone 4

ASUS Zenfone 5
ASUS Zenfone 5
ASUS Zenfone 5

If you like RM299 Zenfone 4 but you wish it is bigger and better performance, then check out its elder brother – ASUS Zenfone 5, now available in Malaysia for RM599.

Specs

The 5-inch multi touch panel gives 1280×720 pixels resolution protected by tough Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and supports GloveTouch input.

It runs Android 4.3 and powered by Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core 1.6GHz processor and 2GB RAM. Phone storage is 8GB, with 5GB free lifetime ASUS WebStorage. Support MicroSD card up to 64GB.

Zenfone 5 has a 8MP F2.0 rear camera with PixelMaster technology (better low-lights shots and videos). The front camera is 2MP with F2.4 aperture. It supports Dual SIM Dual Standby. The battery capacity is 2110 mAh Lithium.

Zenfone 5 vs. Zenfone 4

ASUS Zenfone 5 (RM599) is 2 times more expensive than Zenfone 4 (RM299), does it worth the extra money? Let’s compare Zenfone 5 vs. Zenfone 4:

ASUS Zenfone 5 vs. Zenfone 4
ASUS Zenfone 5 vs. Zenfone 4

Zenfone 5 wins Zenfone 4 in almost every specification, except that they have same Android version and same Micro SD card slot capacity. You pay RM300 more for Zenfone 5’s 2GB RAM, better display, better cameras, and double battery capacity.

Thoughts

Unless you cannot afford RM600 for a smartphone, you should gift yourselves a better performance smartphone.

Zenfone 5 is your affordable general usage smartphone.

While Zenfone 4 is the smartphone for first timer who upgrade from dumb feature phone, Zenfone 5 is your affordable daily usage smartphone.

For RM599, ASUS Zenfone 5’s main competitors would be the Xiaomi Redmi 1S (RM419) and Huawei Honor 3C (RM499).

They have similar specs but using 3 different mobile processor brands – Intel, Qualcomm, Mediatek – respectively. Redmi 1S and Honor 3C are cheaper but they are only available online for limited stock (you need luck and technique to buy them).

What do you think about ASUS Zenfone 5?

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Toshiba Satellite L40 Laptop Review and Benchmarks in Malaysia

Toshiba Satellite L40 laptop

Toshiba Satellite L40 laptop

After my Toshiba Satellite S40t review, I received another Toshiba laptop for review – Toshiba Satellite L40, which looks identical to S40t until you lift up the lid and see a NVDIA GeForce sticker at the left palm rest and no touch screen display.

Read my Toshiba Satellite L40 laptop review below to find out more about the mid-range laptop’s features, performance, good vs. bad.

You are invited to read my Toshiba Satellite S40t review before continue.

Specs and Price

Toshiba Satellite L40 has many different configurations you can buy according to your requirements.

The following is the hardware specs of the L40 review unit I received (one of the best configuration):

  • Intel Core i5–3337U @ 1.8GHz
  • 14.1-inch LED backlight screen, resolution 1366×768 pixels
  • 4GB DDR3 1600Mhz RAM (expandable to 16GB)
  • 750GB Hard Disk
  • Intel HD 4000 graphics
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M with 2GB video RAM
  • Onkyo® Stereo speakers enhanced with DTS Sound
  • DVD-RW drive
  • 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0
  • HDMI out, Bluetooth, LAN port
  • HD web camera
  • Windows 8 (64-bit)
  • Weight 1.95KG

The recommended retail price for Toshiba Satellite L40 (Intel Core i5) is RM2199.

Design and Features

Toshiba Satellite L40 laptop

The review unit I received is glossy white colour, pure white, white from outside to inside, so white that you can’t find other colour on it! If you love white colour, you will fall in love to white L40 and hug it to sleep.

By the way, white colour can hide fingerprints and smudges quite well.

While I am examining L40’s body, I realised that L40 and S40t (read my review here) has the same input/output layout: DVD-RW drive, LAN port and a USB 2.0 port is at the left side; VGA out, HDMI out, 2x USB 3.0 ports, headphone and mic jacks at the right side; SD memory card reader is at the front.

Both models have the same tiled keyboard with glossy frame and matt key. The keys are not enough tactile feedback for my personal preference. I like the top row of playback control keys allow me to control music player with single key press.

Toshiba Satellite L40 laptop - keyboard layout
Toshiba Satellite L40 laptop – keyboard layout

I am glad to see L40 is too has Onkyo stereo speakers above keyboard. The DTS sound enhanced speakers gives you good and loud surround sound for music playback and gaming. I would like to have more bass though.

L40 has a large touchpad but it has some touchpad issues. It supports Windows 8 scrolling and swiping gesture but page scrolling is not smooth and mis-detects gestures a lot. Please help yourself and buy a mouse for L40.

Unlike S40t with touch screen display, you can not touch L40’s screen to navigate around in Windows 8. I was guilty for poking L40 display few times and wish it response to my fingers.

Without a touch screen panel, L40 can save the cost to give you better graphic performance – dedicated graphic card. Read on to find out the L40’s performance.

Performance

With Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, and  a dedicated graphic card, how is the Toshiba Satellite L40’s performance?

In my personal experience, I noticed L40 sometimes briefly stop responding for 0.5 second then continue its work. I also see Windows spinning cursor (indicate that it is working) quite frequently, probably busy disk activities.

Here’s PCMark 8 scores for L40:

  • Home: 2520
  • Creative: 2595
  • Work: 4205

Compare with other devices:

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PCMark8 benchmark - L40

I wonder why L40’s PCMark 8 performance (Home) is so much behind S40t? The latter is Intel Core i3 @1.9GHz and the L40 review unit is Intel Core i5 @1.8GHz.

Thanks to dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M graphic card, L40 has no problem to play most 3D video games at medium video quality.

Here’s 3DMark 11 resutls for L40:

  • Fire Strike: 953
  • Cloud Gate: 5033
  • Ice Storm: 47403

Compare with other devices:

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3Dmark11 benchmark - L40

Toshiba Satellite L40 battery life is about 3 hours with my usage: web surfing on WiFi, streaming music at 80% screen brightness.

I noticed that L40 gets warm quiet fast. You can feel the right palm rest is warm just few minutes after boot up the laptop. I definitely not recommend you to use L40 on your bare laps.

Photo Gallery

Conclusion

The Good

  • great sound output
  • full array of built-in ports
  • dedicated graphic card
  • affordable price

The Bad

  • touchpad issues, movements are not smooth
  • right palm rest gets warm fast

I can not help but compare Toshiba Satellite L40 to Toshiba Satellite S40t (read my review here).

They look alike, have same speaker, keyboard and not-so-smooth big track pad. L40 does not have a touch screen display but it has better processor and dedicated graphic card.

Both L40 and S40t are in same price range, I would recommend L40 to casual gamers who do not care about Windows 8 touch features.

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I would like to thank TOSHIBA for the opportunity to review Toshiba Satellite L40. This is a free product review with honest write-up. Interesting to submit your products for review? Get in touch with me.

Understanding Intel Bay Trail Processor Family for 2-in-1, Tablets, Notebooks and Desktops

San Francisco Bay Trail in Hayward Regional Shoreline
San Francisco Bay Trail in Hayward Regional Shoreline
San Francisco Bay Trail in Hayward Regional Shoreline (Image credit: Wikipedia)

When you read “Bay Trail” on tech sites or magazines, they are not talking about the San Francisco Bay Trail nor the Bay Trail in Melbourne.

Tech editors are referring to the Intel’s latest system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor family, codenamed “Bay Trail”.

Bay Trail is Intel’s most powerful processor to date for tablets and other mobile devices that provide balance of performance, features and battery life.

Bay Trail has 3 variants targeting different product segments: Bay Trail-T, Bay Traiy-M, Bay Trail-D.

You will learn about the features of each Bay Trail variant in this article.

Bay Trail-T: Intel Atom Z3000 series

Bay Trail-T is now know as the Intel Atom Processor Z3000 Series (Z3770, Z3740). It is Intel’s most capable, high-performance SoC to-date for tablets and 2-in–1 device.

Build on 22nm microarchitecture, Intel Atom Z3000 is high performance yet low power consumption, up to 10 hours battery life. The SoC includes Intel Burst Technology 2.0 with 4 cores 4 threads and 2MB L2 cache.

Build-in Intel HD Graphics support resolution up to 2560×1600, dual displays, and Intel Wireless Display. DirectX 11 is supported for your gaming experience.

The highlight? Intel Atom Z3000 series (Bay Trail-T) supports both Windows 8 and Android operating systems – First in mobile platform solution.

Don’t be surprise when you see a slim and light Windows+Android device!

Bay Trail-M: Intel Pentium and Celeron for Mobile

Bay Trail-M line available in 4 SKU: Intel Pentium N3510, Intel Celeron N2910, N2810, and N2805 processors.

Bay Trail-M ability to power detachable & convertible devices, touch-enabled notebooks at lower price range. Starting from USD$199 for clamshell device (notebook), USD$250 for touch-enabled notebook and USD$349 for 2-in–1 device.

Comparing to previous Pentium and Celeron processors, Intel claims that Bay Trail-M has up to 3x faster performance in productivity applications and up to 3x graphic improvement. The battery life is up to 8 hours.

Bay Trail-D: Intel Pentium and Celeron for Desktops

Bay Trail-D available in 3 SKU: Intel Pentium J2850, Intel Celeron J1850, and Intel Celeron J1750.

They are Intel’s smallest-ever package for desktop processors. It is up to 3x faster performance than previous processors.

The ability to support fanless designs, make it ideal for small form factor entry-level desktop computer and intelligent digital displays.

System running on Bay Trail D will start at USD$199.

Intel Bay Trail family in a glance

Now you know the different Bay Trail family members (T, M, D):

Intel Bay Trail family
Intel Bay Trail family
  • Bay Trail-T (Intel Atom Z) has best performance, used in 2-in–1 and tablets. Support Windows and Android.
  • Bay Trail-M (Pentium & Celeron N) is for entry-level notebook.
  • Bay Trail-D (Pentium & Celeron J) is for entry-level small form factor and desktop.

Any questions? Please ask in comment below.

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The giveaway contest ends at 12am 5 November 2013 (UTC+8). One winner will be drawn by computer and contact by email for shipping.

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 10.1 (LTE) with Intel Inside

Intel Inside Samsung GALAXY TAB 3 10.1 LTE Tablet in Malaysia
Intel Inside Samsung GALAXY TAB 3 10.1 LTE Tablet in Malaysia
Intel Inside Samsung GALAXY TAB 3 10.1 LTE Tablet in Malaysia

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 LTE version has been released in Malaysia on October 2, 2013. The tablet computer is powered by Intel Atom Z2560 processor (“Clover Trail+”) and Intel’s 4G LTE solutions.

Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 LTE version uses Intel XMM 7160 4G LTE solution, while GALAXY Tab 10.1 3G version Intel XMM 6262 3G modem.

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Intel Atom Z2560 processor

Intel Atom Z2560 is dual-core 1.6GHz processor build on 32-nanometer process technology. With Intel Hyper Threading technology, it supports 4 simultaneous application threads for better multitasking.

Build-in Intel Graphics Media Accelerator supports 3D games, 1080p HD video and 1920×1200 display. It also includes dynamic frequency scaling for power efficiency.

When compared to previous-generation Intel Atom Z2460 processor, Intel says:

“Intel Atom Z2560 provides 2x computer performance and 3x graphic capabilities.”

Intel 4G LTE chip

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 10.1 also uses Intel XMM 7160 4G LTE modem, one of “the world’s smallest and lowest power multimode-multiband LTE solutions” in market today.

The 4G LTE modem supports 15 LTE bands simultaneously, and highly configurable RF architecture with envelope tracking and antenna tuning, that enable global LTE roaming and extended battery life in single SKU.

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 10.1 (LTE) photo gallery

GALAXY Tab 3 10.1 LTE Specs at a glance

  • Processor: Intel Atom Z2560 (“Clover Trail+”) Dual Core 1.6GHz
  • OS: Android 4.2
  • Display: 10.1-inch, 1280×800 pixels
  • Memory: 1GB
  • Storage: 16/32GB
  • Camera: 3MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera
  • Connectors: earjack, MicroSD memory card slot (up to 64GB), SIM slot, micro USB port
  • Networks: 2G, 4G, 4G (800/860/900/1800/2100/2600), WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4 + 5GHz, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth, MHL
  • Battery: 6,800mAh

Price and Availability

Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 LTE is already available in Malaysia. Recommended retail price for 3G model is RM1299; GALAXY Tab 10.1 (LTE) is RM1599.

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