6 Best Features of Samsung GALAXY S6 and GALAXY S6 Edge Smartphones [Sponsored]

Samsung GALAXY S6 and GALAXY S6 Edge
Samsung GALAXY S6 and GALAXY S6 Edge
Samsung GALAXY S6 and GALAXY S6 Edge

Samsung unpacked the flagship smartphone of the year – Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge – at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 in Barcelona on 2nd March 2015.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge received the special honor of “Best New Handset, Tablet or Device” from the GSMA at Mobile World Congress 2015. [SamsungTomorrow]

LiewCF was invited to watch the live telecast together with other media and blogger friends in the early morning event hosted by Samsung Malaysia. And we had hands-on S6 and S6 Edge sample units!

Here are the 6 best features of Samsung GALAXY S6 / S6 Edge:

1. Glass and Metal Body

Samsung GALAXY S6 / S6 Edge looks different than all previous GALAXY S series models. First thing you will notice is the seamless glass panel at the front and back and the metal body. The slim phone body is only 6.8 mm/7mm (edge) thin.

The glass panels uses Corning Gorilla Glass 4, which is tougher and withstand more drop damages “up to 2X better than competitive glass designs”.

Samsung S6 Edge has the world’s first curved display on both sides, made possible by Samsung’s glass crafting technology and quality control.

2. Wireless charging and Fast Charging

Today we have two major wireless charging standards: Qi by Wireless Power Confortium (WPC) and Powermat by Power Matters Alliance (PMA).

Samsung GALAXY S6 / S6 Edge supports both WPC and PMA wireless charging technology. Meaning, you can use (almost) any wireless charging pad in the market with your GALAXY S6 / S6 Edge.

They also support fast charging, which is 1.5 times faster than the GALAXY S5. Low battery warning? Charge GALAXY S6 / S6 Edge for only 10 minutes and they can provide up to 4 hours of usage!

3. Better cameras

Samsung GALAXY S6 / S6 Edge equipped with fast F1.9 lenses for both front (5MP) and rear (16MP) cameras. The big aperture allows more lights to sensor for better image quality, even in low light conditions.

Galaxy S6 Rear camera
Galaxy S6 Rear camera

The GALAXY S6 and GALAXY S6 Edge camera supports smart Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) to reduce action blur image and record stable video footage. Plus, the phone camera has real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR) and use IR Detect White Balance that provide advanced light sensitivities and crisp camera solutions. These camera features help you to take clear and superior photos and videos quality in any light condition.

Moreover, “Quick Launch” features will launch camera app in only 0.7 second when you double-click the S6 / S6 Edge home key button.

4. Top Hardware

Inside GALAXY S6 / S6 Edge slim body (6.8 mm / 7.0mm Edge) is the word’s first 14nm with 64-bit octa-core (4×2.1GHz + 4×1.5GHz) processor. The fast processor is back with 3GB LPDDR4 RAM and UFS 2.0 flash memory (32GB/64GB/128GB) providing high performance, fast memory speed but lower power consumption.

5. Ultimate Screen Experience

The 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen offers 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution (577ppi pixel density). The display also brighter (600cd/m²) to enhance visibility under sunlight. Did I also mention that it’s the World’s First Dual Edge Display? Yes DUAL! When you view images or video on the curved display, it’s as if you’re watching them on a wide screen TV. Not only that, you get to manage up to five favourite contacts on the edge screen by color coding and illuminating each of their notifications even when your Samsung Galaxy S6 is face down. Thus, checking messages, emails & missed calls has never been easier.

6. Enhanced Security and Fingerprint Reader

The GALAXY S6 and GALAXY S6 Edge are build on the upgraded Samsung KNOX and already integrates with leading Mobile Device Management Systems (MDMs). The improved fingerprint scanner (the Home button) is touch-type, instead of swipe-type. Simply place your finger on the scanner to for quick authentication. GALAXY S6 / S6 Edge fingerprint scanner can be used for Android security, unlock safe files in Samsung’s private mode.

*This is a sponsored post.

Acer Unveils New Liquid Series Smartphones in Malaysia (X1, Jade, Z500)

Acer Liquid X1 Jade Z500 smartphones

Acer Liquid Smartphones appeals to people of different lifestyles

Acer Malaysia recently launched three new smartphones – Acer Liquid X1, Liquid Jade and Liquid Z500.  All three smartphones are priced attractively below RM1, 000 and is running on Android 4.4 KitKat. Read below to find out more on each model.

Acer Liquid X1 Jade Z500 smartphones
Acer Liquid X1 Jade Z500 smartphones

Acer Liquid X1

The main hero of the new liquid series would be the 5.7 inch Acer Liquid X1. With a powerful 1.7GHz Octa-core processing performance, LTE connectivity and 2GB RAM, it is said to offer impressive imaging experience and speedier performance.

Design wise, the HD IPS display is fitted with a single piece of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for a sleek loo2k. Professionals may like the leather texture that provides a better grip of the 8.5mm and 160g smartphone.

For trigger happy folks, the Acer Liquid X1’s 2MP wide-angle front camera and 13MP rear camera with F1.8 aperture and 0.3 second ultra-fast focus capability should suffice.

For those who like to multitask, the Acer Liquid X1 comes built with AcerRAPID™ design which allows users to quickly launch the camera, pick up phone calls or access user’s favourite apps with the touch of a finger. The AcerFLOAT™ feature allows users to open more than one app and multitask.

The Acer Liquid X1 also comes with some new and interesting applications such as

  • Acer SnapNote for note taking during presentation and save it as PDF/JPG/PPT format
  • Acer LiveScreen to share seamlessly with other LiveScreen devices
  • Acer Extend where the smartphone’s screen can be extended to desktop PC or notebooks interactively

Acer Liquid Jade

The 5-inch HD IPS display Acer Liquid Jade at 7.5mm thin, weighing 110g and fitted with the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 was awarded with the Good Design Award in Japan last month.  The Liquid Jade smartphone features a 13MP rear camera with 0.3 second focus and F1.8 aperture. Apps such as Acer Extend, SnapNote, QuickMode and System Doctor are standard features in the Acer Liquid Jade.

Acer Liquid Z500

Introduced recently in Berlin, Germany at the IFA 2014, the 5-inch HD IPS screen Acer Liquid Z500 at only 8.65mm thin is for users who seeks the best entertainment as it has HD front speakers that delivers DTS Studio Sound™. The Liquid Z500’s 8MP auto focus rear camera with F2.0 aperture delivers good quality photos in low light conditions.

The Acer Liquid X1, Liquid Jade and Liquid Z500 is priced at RM999, RM799 and RM499 respectively. For more information, visit www.acer.com.my

[box type=note]This article is written by Geek Mommy, who tries to makes sense of the tech world for the less techie while managing a household, a part-time job & keeping a toddler busy.[/box]

BlackBerry Passport in Malaysia: Features, Specs, Price

BlackBerry Passport
BlackBerry Passport
BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry Passport, the company’s 2014 flagship smartphone, is now available in Malaysia. BlackBerry Passport features a 4.5-inch square (1:1 ratio) display and new QWERTY touch-enabled keyboard.

After the all touchscreen BlackBerry Z30 last year, BlackBerry Passport is no longer following the common smartphone design in the market. It is square shape.

BlackBerry Passport’s 4.5-inch display has 1440 x 1440 pixels (453 ppi) covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The wider display allows you to see more content in width, without rotating your phone. You will see full desktop version of websites, view more map details, and view more columns in documents.

BlackBerry Passport design
BlackBerry Passport design

BlackBerry Passport’s physical keyboard is also touch-enabled. It responses to finger swipes to scroll web pages, move cursor and more.

Inside the square body, BlackBerry Passport is powered by a quad core 2.2 GHz processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB memory. It equipped with a 13MP OIS rear camera and 2MP front camera.

Enhanced by BlackBerry Natural Sound Technology,
BlackBerry Passport’s speakers and a quad microphone system able to deliver better call sound quality.

BlackBerry Passport has a huge 3450 mAh build-in non-removable battery. The company claims that it has up to 30 hours battery life.

BlackBerry OS 10.3

BlackBerry Passport and Porsche Design P’9983 are the first devices with pre-installed with BlackBerry OS 10.3 with new features like BlackBerry Blend, BlackBerry Assistant, and Amazon Appstore.

BlackBerry Blend
BlackBerry Blend
  • BlackBerry Blend brings messages and content on BlackBerry smartphone to your computer and tablet. You will able to get notifications, BBM or text messages, access documents, calendar, contacts and media on Mac, Windows, Android and iOS devices – even when you don’t have BlackBerry phone with you.
  • BlackBerry Assistant is your personal assistant on BlackBerry (think: Siri, Google Now). It allows you to send commands through voice and text.
  • Amazon Appstore allows you to directly buy, install, and run Android apps on BlackBerry smartphone. No conversion needed. Amazon Appstore is operated by Amazon.com for its Fire devices (Android clone devices). It has fewer apps than Google Play store, the total apps is more than 240,000 in June 2014.

BlackBerry Passport specs in a pic

BlackBerry Passport Spec Sheet
BlackBerry Passport Spec Sheet

Price and Availability

BlackBerry Passport launch
L-R: Mr. Ben Quirin, Managing Director of Indochina at BlackBerry and Mr Koay Seng Tian, Product Manager at BlackBerry Malaysia flanked by models at the launch of the BlackBerry Passport in Malaysia

BlackBerry Passport will be available through BlackBerry’s authorized carrier, Celcom, from October 10, 2014; and through other partners ranging the product from November 1, 2014. BlackBerry Passport retail price in Malaysia is RM2,399.

For more information, please visit BlackBerry.com/Passport

Samsung GALAXY Alpha with Metal Frame in Malaysia

Samsung GALAXY Alpha
Samsung GALAXY Alpha
Samsung GALAXY Alpha

Samsung GALAXY series smartphones are well-known for their polycarbonate (read: plastic) material cases. If you ever wish Samsung releases a smartphone with metal material case, GALAXY Alpha is the closest so far.

Samsung GALAXY Alpha is Samsung’s first smartphone with metal frame and soft back cover. It is slimmer than iPhone 6 with only 6.7mm thin (exclude protruding camera).

Features

Samsung GALAXY Alpha design
Samsung GALAXY Alpha design

The Android phone’s 4.7-inch display is Super AMOLED with 1280×720 pixels resolution. It is powered by Samsung’s octa-core Exynos 5430 sytem-on-chip (4x 1.8GHz + 4x 1.3GHz), 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. No micro SD slot for memory expansion.

The main camera is 12MP resolution and front camera is 2.1MP. The 4G LTE smartphone supports USB 2.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4G+5GHz, VHT80 MIMO, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC. It does not support MHL and DLNA.

The 4G LTE smartphone is single-SIM and uses Nano-SIM size (same as iPhone 5/6 and HTC One M8)

GALAXY Alpha weight 115 gram only with 1,860 mAh battery, which is much smaller than Samsung GALAXY S5’s 2,800 mAh battery.

Samsung GALAXY Alpha includes features such as Ultra-Power Saving Mode, S Health, Finger Print Scanner, and Private Mode. It is also compatible with Samsung Gear Fit and Gear 2 wearables.

Samsung GALAXY Alpha price in Malaysia

Samsung GALAXY Alpha is now available in 4 colours: Black, White, Gold, Silver. The price is RM 1,899 in Malaysia.

HTC Butterfly 2: HTC Delivers Yet another Beautiful Butterfly

HTC Butterfly 2
Models with HTC Butterfly 2
Models with HTC Butterfly 2

HTC Malaysia launched Butterfly 2 that promises to deliver best-in-class experience in a stylist, iconic Japanese minimalistic design.

The splashing launch by the poolside at Tropicana Golf Club was an appropriate venue to demonstrate the water resistant Smartphone with Jonathan Putra picking up a call right after falling into the pool to Ben Jern Loh taking photos of the goldfishes underwater.

Let’s dive into the key features of this new beauty.

13MP Duo Camera

The HTC Butterfly 2 is built with the latest HTC Sense 6 experience, HTC Duo Camera and an intuitive Motion Launch advanced sensor.

It claims to bring a new dimension of mobile imaging by combining Japan’s first Smartphone with a Duo Camera that features a 13MP camera, a dual flash and Full 1080p HD Video Recording to produce fantastic videos. This is good news for all you wannabe shorties filmmakers who can’t invest in a professional camcorder. The 5MP front-facing camera also ensures that your selfies always look the best.

HTC Sense 6

Moving on to the HTC Sense 6 experience, it simply means that the product has sixth sense. Not the spooky M Night Shayamalan type but intuition from its built-in motion sensors.

The Motion Launch allows you to just swipe the Smartphone to active the device; Auto Answer allows you to answer a call by putting the Smartphone to your ear without touching the screen and a double tap turns the lock screen on and off. Even my 16-month old son could use this Smartphone. I think this brings “user friendliness” to a whole new level.

Water resistant & dustproof and more

HTC Butterfly 2 is water resistatant
HTC Butterfly 2 is water resistatant

The Butterfly 2 is water resistant and dustproof at IPX5, IPX7 (International Protection Marking which means the device has water protection up to certain immersion) but you do not have to close the ports as it intuitively does it.

It also has anti-stain finishing on the Canvas White model. So lovers of all things white don’t have to handle this Smartphone with a glove or bring a microfiber cloth to wipe it every other minute.

For those of you who don’t like to lug a power bank around, HTC brings you good news as the Butterfly 2 boasts of an Extreme power saving mode that makes your battery last even longer.

It also boost of the latest HTC BoomSound Technology to create an immersive, powerful and crystal clear sound with rich bass through to treble.

HTC Butterfly 2 VS. One M8

HTC Butterfly 2
HTC Butterfly 2

Some of you may be wondering, what’s the difference between the One M8 and Butterfly 2 as the specifications are rather similar, albeit a slighter faster CPU and water resistance features?

Well, it’s all about meeting customers’ needs and HTC is reaching out to the lifestyle, youth and female market. Rest assured that this was not an overnight decision as their marketing research showed that more than fifty percent of the overall Butterfly series were bought by females, as shared by Wayne Tang, Product Marketing Manager at HTC South Asia.

Buyers of gadgets are no longer your typical male geeks or professionals but everyday people, which include mummies who carry their Smartphones more than their credit cards with them everywhere they go.

The buying power for gadgets is moving to the gentler side and HTC acknowledges this fact by providing a lifestyle Smartphone to suit the masses and female needs. One M8 is HTC’s flagship Smartphone for executives and those who prefer metallic finish. So there’s a clear distinction between the two Smartphones.

If you’re looking for a stylish Android Smartphone with polycarbonate finishing and don’t mind forking out more for the dual camera, Sense UI, and water resistance features, this is the Smartphone for you.

HTC Butterfly 2 specifications

HTC Butterfly 2 design
HTC Butterfly 2 design
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz Quad-core
  • OS: Android with HTC Sense
  • SIM card type: Nano SIM
  • Memory: 16GB storage, 2GB RAM, support microSD memory card up to 128GB
  • Size: 1145.4 x 70.2 x 9.99mm
  • Weight: 151 g
  • Display: 5.0 inch, Full HD 1080p
  • Network: 2G/3G/4G LTE
  • Connectivity: NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, DLNA, MHL and HDMI via micro USB port
  • Sound: HTC BoomSound Dual frontal stereo speakers with build-in amplifiers
  • Camera: 13MP F/2.0 28mm Duo camera with secondary camera to capture depth information. 5MP front camera
  • Battery: 2700 mAh Li-polymer battery (embedded)
  • Durability: Water resistant: IPX5, IPX7; Dustproof IP5X
  • Price: RM 2299

Price & Availability

The HTC Butterfly 2 is available in Canvas White and Rouge Red at a suggested retail price of RM2,299 at HTC authorized retailers. Refer below for the full specifications.

Event photos

[box type=”note”]This article is written by Geek Mommy, who tries to makes sense of the tech world for the less techie while managing a household, a part-time job & keeping a toddler busy. [/box]

Photos credit: HTC Malaysia