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 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.
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 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’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
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.
vivo X5Pro is the smartphone launched at vivo Grand Launch Malaysia 2015. This is an unbox article to show you what you will get for RM1,599 vivo X5Pro smartphone.
What’s in the box?
It is a white colour hardcover box with minimize design. You see a big “X5Pro” on top of it and “vivo” logo on sides. Opening the box from the top to reveal the carefully wrapped X5Pro smartphone.
Take out the phone and removes its tray, you see a paper box containing SIM removal, quick start guide, warranty card in Malay language, and–surprise!–a frosted case for the phone. The free frost case is a good bonus for X5Pro owners.
The bottom of the packaging box are square shape rounded corners USB power adapter (output: 5V/2A), microUSB cable and vivo XE600i in-ear headphones.
The vivo XE600i in-ear headphones worth about RM96 (RMB158) if you buy it separately. Its specs are better than Mi headphones on paper:
Frequency rage: 20Hz-22000Hz
Nominal impedance: 16ohm
Cable length: 1.25m
That’s all you get in vivo X5Pro box. Did I mention that all of them are white colour?
vivo X5Pro has a thin flat body with double-sided “2.5D” glass panels and metal frame. The curved edges are smooth and improve grip in your hand. Sadly, the “2.5D” glass looks nothing more than another glass panel for me.
The three capacitive buttons at the front are not backlight. The bottom has two grill holes, one for speaker and another one for mic. It looks awkward familiar from this viewing angle (hint: iPhone 6).
The volume rocker, power/sleep button and SIM/microSD card slot are on the right side. You will have to sacrifices an SIM slot to install a microSD memory card. The opposite side of the phone is clean.
The 13MP rear camera is located at the top left corner at the back with single LED flash beside it. The camera bump is small, but you will wish it is as flat as the phone’s glass surface. Good to know that the camera is covered by aÂ sapphire glass protecting it from scratches.
vivo X5Pro runs Funtouch OS 2.1 based on Android 5.0 Lollipop, but the user interface looks more like iOS than Android. For example, it does not use Android recent apps listing and app drawer. And, you swipe from phone’s bottom to reveal quick settings and recent apps icons.
As a result, it will be a learning curve for both iPhone and Android users.
Overall, the vivo X5Pro unbox experience and first impression are good but not outstanding. LiewCF’s review of vivo X5Pro is coming soon. Please sign up LiewCF Newsletter to read the review in your email inbox!
I am happy to receive an event invitation to â€œvivo Grand Launch Malaysia 2015â€. It will be huge and new vivo smartphone will be launched, too!
â€œGrand Launch? Arenâ€™t vivo smartphones already available in Malaysia?â€ 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
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).
vivo smartphones often have interesting features, such as “Worldâ€™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 X5Proâ€™s eye-scanner feature.
Acer Malaysia launches newÂ Liquid Jade Z smartphone with 64-bit processor, 13MP F1.8 camera and 4G Dual SIM, as well as new members ofÂ 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 is 5-inch HD display Android smartphone featuring F1.8 bigÂ aperture cameras for both 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera.Â 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.Â The retail price of Acer Liquid Jade Z is RM799 (inclusive 6% GST) in Malaysia.
Liquid Z520 price
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
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:
Acer Quick Mode — 3 different modesÂ 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.
Â 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.
Acer Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) — Acer free cloud solution enable you to sync your music, video, files between computer with phone/tablet.
Acer Reading Mode — adjust screen colour to reduce Blue Light rays to protect your eyes.
Acer EXTEND — link your Acer smartphone to computer and share content in between, drag & drop files, copy & paste links.
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.
With many smartphones in the market, Acer Liquid Jade Z stand out from the crowd with its slim and lightweight body with F1.8 bigÂ aperture for both front &Â rear cameras and support 4G Dual SIM, yet still keep its price under RM800. AweSoMe!
Also, I am surprised by the AcerÂ 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.Â Last week, my friend bought a RM380 smartphone with similar specs, but only 0.3MP front camera! Wish Liquid Z220 was launched earlier!
MEIZU (é…æ—) is a new China smartphone brand in Malaysia. If you do not know yet, MEIZU is one of the top smartphone manufacturers in China, a competitor to the famous Xiaomi. MEIZU MX4 was announced onÂ September 2014Â and now available in Malaysia.Â The mid-range price smartphone has been awarded as No.1 Android Smartphone in year 2014 by Antutu!Â
Surprise? Read on for my MEIZU MX4 reviewÂ below.
At first glance, I sense a familiar design. The golden colour MEIZU MX4 I loaned looks like an iPhone 6 gold. It has a golden color metal frame covered with golden colour curved plastic back cover.
On the front is while bezel with a capacitive circular backlight Home button at the bottom. The Home button flash when touched and glowing if you have unread notification.
The phone has minimized design with volume rocker at the left side; power button and headphones jack at the top. Mono speaker and microUSB port at the bottom. The speaker grills also looks like iPhone 6â€™s. The bulge back camera has a silver ring and dual tone LED flash at bottom.
Taking off the plastic back cover is easy with a back cover notch. Then, youÂ will seeÂ the non-removable battery and microSIM card slot.Â No, MEIZU MX4 does not have microSD memory card slot.
MEIZU MX4’s build quality impresses me. I am bias toward metal body smartphone. With the rounded corners and curved back, it has no sharp edge. It is comfortable to grip but I am a bit worry about slippery hands.
Buggy FlyMe OS beta
Unlike other Android devices, setup MEIZU MX4 for the first time does not ask your Google account. Instead, it asks you to create a MEIZU’sÂ FlyMe account. You may add your Google account in the setting, nevertheless.
MEIZU MX4 runs own developed FlyME OS on top of Android 4.4 KitKat. I likeÂ the simple and flat design but its user interface design is a bit different from the other Android skins.
FlyMe OS does not use app drawer. All your installed apps are sorted on home screen pages in 4×4 grid.Â I like it to show the estimated download time and speed in notification center. But I do not like the clock on top left screen.
The FlyME OS version on my loaned unit is version 4.1.7l beta. Beta software means that it is incomplete and bugs are expected.
At first, I was puzzled when I don’t find â€œrecent appsâ€ and â€œbackâ€ buttons beside the home button — the 3 important buttons for Android devices.
Then, I realize that FlyME OS adds a menu bar (SmartBar) at the bottom of app screen for back button and app options. Most of the time, the bar only has one back icon at the left. It is rather waste of displayâ€™s space to separate two buttons (back and home) into two rows.
If you dig into theÂ phone settings, you will find the â€œIntelligently hide Smartbarâ€ option, which hide the menu bar and give back Â display space. After turn on the option, you can swipe up Home button for â€œbackâ€ command (return to the previous page).
So, how to find recent apps on MEIZU MX4? You swipe up from the bottom edge of the display to show 4 recent app icons then swipe to left to show another 4 app icons, up to maximum 8 recent apps.
FlyMe OS has a Personalization app for its theme store. You can download free or paid themes to customize your phone interface.Â Security app does more than protecting your phone. It is all-in-one app to free up phone space, scan for virus, manage app permission and data quota.
Generally, the FlyMe OS runs smoothly on MEIZU MX4, except that I met some default app crashes. Example: Camera app crash after taking HDR picture; Gallery app crash when try to play back a video. Plus, some apps are Chinese content only, e.g. AppCenter and Personalization.
Display and Speaker
MEIZU MX4 uses a 5.36-inch display with 1920 x 1152 pixels (~418 ppi pixel density). It is wider than Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080). A wider display is better for web surfing and text reading.
The IPS LCD touchscreen display is bright and clear, colours are correct, viewing angle is good, responsive to finger touches. No complain here.
However, the mono speaker is disappointed. It is loud but the sound is muddy, not crisp and burst at high volume. I would plug in a pair of headphones to avoid the poor speaker output.
Performance & Battery life
MEIZU MX4 is powered by 2.2 GHz MediaTek MT6595Â Octa-core CPU and 2GB RAM. MEIZU MX4 did very well in my benchmark tests. It beats every 2014 smartphones in almost all tests.
Keep in mind, MEIZU MX4 only cost less than half of HTC and Samsungâ€™s flagship phones.
The phone ranked No.1 in Antutu Benchmarks! It scores amazing 48,669 score in my test. In Geekbench tests, it scores 3,820 (multi-core) and 1,180 (single-core) â€“ both scores are higher than Samsung GALAXY S5 (2,836 multi-core, 938 single-core).
However, MEIZU MX4 scores lower in Vellamo Metal (single-core) and 3DMark tests.
In my testing period, MEIZU MX4 is working flawlessly. I wish it can cut the user interface animations, though.
The phone uses non-removable 3100 mAh battery. It easily last for your whole day usage.Â In my test, playing 1 hour YouTube video drops 12% battery juice (94% to 82%). Meaning, battery life will last over 8 hours for non-stop YouTube videos.
MEIZU MX4 has a 20MP F/2.2 rear camera with dual tone LED flash, but only 2MP F/2.0 front camera. The rear camera can take 4K video; front camera can take 1080p Full HD video.
MEIZU claims that the rear camera focus speed is 0.3s. I can tell you that it has fast focus speed â€“ tap an object on screen and it get focus instantly.
The Camera app has 9 modes, including the QR code scan mode and Slowmotion mode. You can swipe screen left/right or tap on the small mode icon at the top to switch camera mode. You can choose from 13 real-time colour filters to your photos and videos.
I am unable to take a HDR photo using MEIZU MX4. Regardless the camera settings, the Camera app crash immediately when snapping HDR photo.
Also, I notice some photos contain strange white/black noise pixels, which are unacceptable. It seems like software error for over photo optimization.
Check out some sample MEIZU MX4 sample photos below: (click to enlarge 100%)
Price and Availability
MEIZU MX4 is now available in Malaysia for RM1,099 (16GB) and RM1,299 (32GB) with 3 colours: white silver, grey, gold. You can buy MEIZU MX4 from Lazada Malaysia.
MEIZU MX4 has unbelievable processorâ€™s performance, bright display and good build. You may want to buy 32GB model because it does not have memory card slot.
Best benchmark score is not everything. Poor speaker, 2MP front camera and annoying software bugs are deal breaker for me.
[box type=”info”]I would like to thank Lazada Malaysia for the opportunity to review MEIZU MX4. This is a free product review with honest write-up. Interesting to submit your products for review? Drop me a message.[/box]