Acer Iconia Tab 7 (A1-713) is Your Budget 3G Android Phablet in Malaysia

Acer Iconia Tab 7 (A1-713)
Acer Iconia Tab 7 (A1-713)
Acer Iconia Tab 7 (A1-713)

ACER Iconia Tab 7 has officially arrived in Malaysia. It is a 7-inch tablet with 3G connectivity and phone functionality — Phablet.

ACER Iconia Tab 7 price in Malaysia is RM499. With the affordable price, it comes with basic hardware.

Iconia Tab 7 uses a 7-inch display with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. It is only 8.9mm thin and weighing at only 305g.

The phablet is powered by Mediatek’s quad-core 1.3Ghz processor with 1GB RAM and 16GB storage, supports microSD memory card up to 32GB. It has 2MP rear camera and 0.3MP front camera.

ACER Iconia Tab 7 runs Android 4.2.2, upgradable to Android 4.4 KitKat. It has a SIM slot (not Dual SIM) for 3G connectivity and supports phone functionality. You can use the 7-inch device as your mobile phone.

The battery life last for 6 hours. You could buy ACER Iconia Tab 7 (RM499) in Malaysia from StoreKini.com online store and TESCO with free gifts, such as casing, screen protector, power bank, mobile credit.

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If you have limited budget and looking for a phablet (phone + tablet), ACER Iconia Tab 7 should be in your list.

It will run most apps without problem but you probably can forget about taking sharp photos with its 2MP camera. The 6 hours battery life is another concern, too.

Alternatively, ASUS FonePad 7 (FE170CG) (8GB version) dropped price to RM429 in August 2014. It has less phone storage space but supports dual-SIM and longer battery life.

7 New ACER Devices in Malaysia: Aspire Switch 10, Iconia One 7, Aspire ES1-511, All-in-Ones, and More

The official launch of the Acer – A Touch More Connected
The official launch of the Acer – A Touch More Connected
The official launch of the Acer – A Touch More Connected

Acer Malaysia officially launched Acer Aspire Switch 10 2-in–1 notebook. Along with Aspire Switch 10, Acer also introduced 6 more products, including new Acer Iconia One 7, Iconia A1, Acer Aspire ES1–511 notebooks and new Aspire All-in-One (AIO) series.

1. Acer Aspire Switch 10

Acer Aspire Switch 10
Acer Aspire Switch 10

Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a 2-in–1 Windows 8.1 notebook consists of tablet and keyboard dock, connected via a magnetic hinge.

The multi-touch IPS display is 10.1-inch with 1366×768 pixels resolution, provides wide viewing angle of up to 178-degree.

It is powered by Intel Atom Z3745 1.86GHz processor, 2GB RAM. The storage space is 32GB eMMC on tablet plus 500GB with keyboard dock. 2MP front webcam for 1080p video recording; no rear camera.

For connectivity, it has a micro USB port on tablet, USB 2.0 port on dock, micro SD card reader, HDMI micro port. Supports Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n.

Aspire Switch 10’s 22Wh battery provides battery life up to 8 hours, Acer says. The 2-in–1 notebook includes free license of Microsoft Office 365 Home & Students.

Aspire Switch 10 price in Malaysia is RM 1,399.

2. Acer Iconia One 7

Acer Iconia One 7
Acer Iconia One 7

Acer Iconia One 7 is 7-inch (1280×800) Android tablet powered by Intel Atom Z2560 1.6GHz processor with 1GB RAM and 16GB eMMC storage. 2MP rear camera and HD camera at front. Its weight is 330g with build-in 3680 mAh battery, estimated battery life of up to 7 hours.

Iconia One 7 price in Malaysia is RM399.

3. Acer Iconia A1–830

Acer Iconia A1
Acer Iconia A1

A1–830 is 7.9-inch Android tablet with aluminium build. Same as Iconia One 7, A1–830 is powered by same Intel Atom processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage.

The screen resolution is 1024×768, a 4:3 aspect ratio suitable for web browsing and ebook reading.

Iconia A1–830 has 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, plus two speakers. The battery is 4000 mAh Lithium Polymer.

Iconia A1–830 price in Malaysia is RM 599.

4. Acer Aspire ES1–511

Acer Aspire ES1-511
Acer Aspire ES1-511

Aspire ES1–511 is the cheapest Acer E-series notebook. The display is 15.6-inch with resolution 1366×768 pixels. Powered by Intel Celeron Quad-core N2930 1.83GHz processor, 2GB RAM and 500GB SATA hard disk. The notebook runs Windows 8.1 with Bing*.

It equipped with a DVD drive, 1x USB 3.0 port, 2x USB 2.0 ports, SD card reader, HDMI port. Supports WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Gigabit Ethernet, and Bluetooth 4.0.

The 15.6″ notebook weight 2.4KG with 36 Wh 3-cell Li-ion battery pack, offers battery life up to 4.5 hours.

Aspire ES1–511 price is Malaysia is RM 999.

[box type=”info”]*Note: Windows 8.1 with Bing is cheaper licensing for PC maker’s low-cost computers that PC maker cannot change the Windows default search engine. User can change the default search engine, anyway.[/box]

New Acer Aspire All-in-One (AIO) series

Acer introduced 3 new Aspire All-in-One (AIO) desktop computers with Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater with 2 build-in stereo speakers:

Acer Aspire U5–620

Acer Aspire U5-620
Acer Aspire U5-620

23-inch 1920×1080 display, Windows 8.1, Intel Core i5 2.6GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB SATA HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX850M 2GB, BlueRay combo. Feature special hinge that allow it to tilt all the way to flat with only one finger, awarded Computex 2014 d&i (design and innovation) award. Price: RM 3,499

Acer Aspire Z3–615

Acer Aspire Z3-615
Acer Aspire Z3-615

23-inch 1920×1080 display, Windows 8.1, Intel Core i3 3.0GHz, 4GB RAM, 1TB SATA HDD, DVD writer. Price: RM 2,399

Acer Aspire ZC–606

Acer Aspire ZC-606
Acer Aspire ZC-606

19.5-inch 1600×900 display, Windows 8.1 with Bing, Intel Celeron 2GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB SATA HDD, DVD writer. Price: RM 1,299

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/AcerMalaysia

9 Great Lenovo Back-to-School Offers for Malaysia Students

Lenovo back-to-school deals banner

Lenovo back-to-school deals banner

Lenovo Malaysia is offering college and university students an exclusive rebate promotion throughout May 5th till July 6th, 2014.

Students can buy 9 eligible products, including notebooks, desktops, tablet, and smartphones, with instant rebate and free gifts from 18 participating Lenovo outlets across Malaysia.

The offers includes instant rebate of RM50 to RM100, and wireless mouse & bluetooth headset (while stock last).

Here is list of the eligible products, specs, price and how to claim your free gifts.

Notebooks

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Lenovo notebook G40–70

  • 4th gen. Intel Core i5–4200U 1.6GHz processor
  • Windows 8.1
  • 4GB RAM
  • 1TB SATA HDD
  • DVD-RW
  • ATI Radeon R5-M230 2GB
  • 14″ HD Widescreen LED
  • Free gifts:
    • McAfee Internet Security
    • Lenovo Wireless Mouse
    • RM100 Instant Rebate
  • Price: RM 1,999

Lenovo notebook Z510

  • 4th gen. Intel Core i5–4200M 2.5GHz processor
  • Windows 8.1
  • 4GB RAM
  • 1TB SATA HDD
  • DVD-RW
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT740M 2GB
  • 15.6″ HD Widescreen LED Anti-Glare
  • Free gifts:
    • McAfee Internet Security
    • Lenovo Wireless Mouse
    • RM100 Instant Rebate
  • Price: RM 2,999

Lenovo notebook G400s

  • 3rd gen. Intel Core i3–3110M 2.40GHz processor
  • DOS
  • 4GB RAM
  • 500GB SATA HDD
  • DVD-RW
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT720M 2GB
  • 14″ HD Widescreen LED
  • Free gifts:
    • FREE: McAfee Internet Security
    • FREE: Lenovo Wireless Mouse
    • FREE: RM50 Instant Rebate
  • Price: RM 1,499

Lenovo notebook Flex 10

  • Intel Celeron N2805 1.45GHz processor
  • Windows 8
  • 2GB RAM
  • 500GB SATA HDD
  • Intel HD graphics
  • 10.1″ HD WLED Multi-touch
  • Free gifts:
    • Lenovo Wireless Mouse
    • RM50 Instant Rebate
  • Price: RM 1,199

Desktop

Lenovo Desktop H530s
Lenovo Desktop H530s

Lenovo Desktop H530s (Pentium)

  • Intel Pentium G3220 3.00GHz processor
  • Windows 8.1
  • 2GB RAM
  • 500GB HDD
  • Tray in RAMBO
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 19.5″ LCD monitor
  • 1-year on-site warranty
  • Free gifts:
    • Lenovo Wireless Mouse
    • RM100 Instant Rebate
  • Price: RM 1,499

Lenovo Desktop H530s (Intel Core i3)

  • 4th gen. Intel Core i3–4330 3.5GHz processor
  • Windows 8.1
  • 4GB RAM
  • 1TB HDD
  • Tray in RAMBO
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT635 2GB
  • 19.5″ LCD monitor
  • 3-year on-site warranty
  • Free gifts:
    • Lenovo Wireless Mouse
    • RM100 Instant Rebate
  • Price: RM 2,099

Tablet

Yoga Tablet 8

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8

  • MTK 8389 1.2GHz Quad-core Processor
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB eMMC + up to 64GB microSD
  • 8.0″ LED IPS Multi-touch display (1280×800)
  • Rear facing 5MP camera & front-facing 1.6MP camera
  • 2-cell battery (6000 mAh)
  • Free gifts:
    • Jabra Bluetooth Headset
    • RM20 KFC voucher
  • Price: RM 999 (with Folio case)

Read also: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 review

Smartphones

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Lenovo A680 Smartphone

  • MTK 6582M 1.3GHz Quad-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB storage
  • 5MP rear-facing camera & 0.3 front-facing camera
  • 5.0″ display (854×480)
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • Free gift: RM50 instant rebate
  • Price: RM 499

Lenovo S660 Smartphone

  • MTK 6582M 1.3GHz Quad-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage
  • 8MP rear-facing camera & 0.3MP front-facing camera
  • 4.7″ qHD display (960×540)
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • Free gift: RM50 instant rebate
  • Price: RM 749

Read also: Compare 6 All-New Lenovo A- and S- Series Smartphones: S860, S650, S660, A859, A680, A526 (May 2014)

How to claim?

Every student is eligible to buy up to two units of the listed products of the promotion. Here is the steps to claim your instant rebate and free gift:

  1. Register at http://bit.ly/mybts14 (required Student ID no.)
  2. After registration, you will receive a “Lenovo Promotion Voucher” with voucher code in your mailbox. Print it.
  3. Bring the voucher and a copy of your student ID to selected authorized Lenovo retailers (listed below) for your instant rebate (except for Lenovo tablet).
  4. Free gifts will be delivered to your address as submitted in Step 1.
lenovo back-to-school shops
lenovo back-to-school shops

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[Review] Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 is Best Tablet for Watching Movies

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 banner

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 banner

If you have a tablet, then you probably buy a tablet stand too. Do you wish your tablet has a stand so that you do not need to bring tablet stand every time you go out?

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 is the first Android tablet with kickstand to enable multiple usage modes: Hold, Tilt, and Stand. Is the unique design brings good user experience? How is the tablet’s performance and battery life?

Read my Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 review here for details.

Design

LENOVO Yoga Tablet 8 Tilt mode with kickstand
LENOVO Yoga Tablet 8 Tilt mode with kickstand

My first impression about Yoga tablet 8 is good. The silver color metal body with battery cylinder on the side reminds me the Apple Magic Trackpad I am using.

Hold the tablet horizontally, below the display you see a pair of front-facing stereo speakers. The laser-etched back housing make the tablet comfortable to hold, not slippery. It prevents smudges and oily fingerprints.

The kickstand is integrated with battery cylinder. You flip it over to open kickstand. The hinge is stable to hold your tablet still. Covered by kickstand are the SIM slot and microSD card slot.

At one side of the kickstand is the 5MP rear facing camera and power button is located at the edge near the camera. micro USB port is next to the power button.

LENOVO Yoga Tablet 8 back camera and power button
LENOVO Yoga Tablet 8 back camera and power button

The power button is big and you need to press it quite deep (1cm?) to activate its function (sleep, wake, power on/off).

The opposite side of the power button is the 3.5mm headset jack, and above that is the volume rocker and microphone.

Kickstand

LENOVO Yoga Tablet 8 Stand mode side view
LENOVO Yoga Tablet 8 Stand mode side view

The kickstand maximum angle about 70 degree. It is quite straight for a small 8″ tablet which you will using in close distance.

Though Lenovo product tour video demo the kickstand hinge with adjustable angle, I found that it is easily fall back in lower angles. The kickstand is small and need to place on a still and flat surface.

As you can see, Yoga Tablet 8 has a different body shape than all other tablets. It took me few days to get familiar with its shape.

LENOVO Yoga Tablet 8 Hold mode
LENOVO Yoga Tablet 8 Hold mode

As in Lenovo’s demo, I prefer to hold the battery cylinder with one hand in vertical mode for reading. The ergonomic grip is more comfortable than holding other flat tablets. But, the tablet weight and smooth surface on battery cylinder, make it feels slippery to hold for long usage.

If you hold Yoga Tablet 8 horizontally with speakers at the bottom , it won’t be comfortable because of the battery cylinder.

When watching video on sofa, instead of using the tablet’s kickstand, I prefer to hold Yoga Tablet 8 horizontally by resting my index finger under the battery cylinder. It is Stand-mode upside down in the air.

Display

LENOVO Yoga Tablet 8
LENOVO Yoga Tablet 8

Yoga Tablet 8 is using 8-inch LED IPS multi-touch display with 1280×800 pixels resolution, which converted to 188.68 PPI. The screen resolution is common among budget tablets.

I did not notice colour balance problem. I enjoy using Yoga Tablet 8 for web surfing and reading articles, and watching video.

The viewing angle is good, I can read on screen text clearly in any modes – hold, stand, or tilt. Lenovo claims that it has 178 degree viewing angle.

Sound

Every tablet should have front-facing speakers. Sadly, most tablets put their poor little speakers at the back or side.

Yoga Tablet 8 is one of the few tablets with front-facing stereo speakers. Better still, Lenovo make the audio output better with Dolby Digital Plus enhancement.

Depends on the tablet mode you are using, the volume buttons act differently. Volume up/down button are not fixed, the volume function can switch depends on the tablet alignment. For example, the volume up button in stand mode will become volume down button when you flip the tablet upside down.

It is quite confusing at first but become natural later – regardless the tablet alignment, the upper volume button increases volume, or vice versa.

Watching videos and listening to music on Yoga Tablet 8 is a pleasant experience. It may not be the top class audio output but better than average tablets.

Software

Yoga Tablet 8 runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It does not have app drawer, all installed apps are on the home screens. You can arrange apps in folders, you know, just like how iOS works. The app icons are cute looking with rounded corners and shadow.

Yoga Tablet 8 apps screenshot
Yoga Tablet 8 apps screenshot

The tablet includes a Smart Side Bar software that slide out from the home screen’s edge offer you quick access to frequently used apps in hold and stand modes. It appears that the sound setting also changed according to the mode you are in.

However, the mode detection is not always right. Good to know that you can manually tell the tablet which mode you are using via the quick settings menu.

Performance

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 uses 1.2 GHz Quad-core MTK 8389 processor and 1GB RAM.

It is not the top performance processor like MediaTek’s True 8-core CPU but normal tablet tasks such as web surfing, games, video playback can be handled without sweat.

While no problem handling multiple background apps, I noticed that sometimes Yoga Tablet 8 shows loading spinner after exit app. Not a big issue, it is one to two seconds waiting before return to home screen.

Yoga Tablet 8 benchmarks
Yoga Tablet 8 benchmark scores: Quadrants (left) and Antutu. (click to enlarge)

Here are the benchmark test scores for your references:

  • Antutu: 10238
  • Quadrant: 4861
  • Vellamo HTML5: 1549
  • Vellamo Metal: 496
  • 3DBenchmark Ice Storm: 2959

Compare to Gphone EVO with 8-core CPU (read my review here) , Yoga Tablet 8 (quad-core) is about 50% slower.

Battery life

One of the selling feature of Yoga Tablet 8 is its huge battery capacity – 6000 mAh.

In my test, the battery drained 8% after playing 1 hour YouTube video, meaning it could play non-stop video for around 12.5 hours.

Normal usage should last up to 18 hours as Lenovo claimed. During my review period, I only charge Yoga Tablet 8 every couple of days. Very nice!

Camera

Yoga Tablet 8 has dual cameras: 5MP back; 1.6MP front. The camera app has both photo and video buttons sitting side-by-side, allows you to take photo or video without changing shooting mode.

The front camera could not capture moving objects in indoor (low light). I only get 1 good take out of 10 of my selfie with baby:

Yoga Tablet 8 front camera test - indoor (click to enlarge)
Yoga Tablet 8 front camera test – indoor (click to enlarge)

Do not expect high quality photo using the 5MP back camera. As shown in the sample picture below taken in good light condition, the result is over exposed, low contrast. The details are lost.

Yoga Tablet 8 front camera test - outdoor (click to enlarge)
Yoga Tablet 8 front camera test – outdoor (click to enlarge)

Here is sample indoor video taken by Yoga Tablet 8 back camera:

Specs

  • Processor: MTK 8389 Quad Core 1.2GHz
  • OS: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • Display: 8.0″ LED 1280800 IPS Multi-touch
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 16GB EMMC, up to 64GB microSD
  • Dimension: 8.4“ x 5.7” x (0.1–0.3)”
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
  • Sensor: G-Sensor & Ambient Light Sensor
  • GPS/Voice Call/3G/WiFi: Yes
  • Speaker/Mic/SIM: Yes
  • Camera: 1.6MP front, 5.0MP back
  • Ports: 1x micro-USB, 1x 3.5mm audio jack
  • Battery: 2 cells 6000mAh
  • Weight: 400g

Price: RM 999

Verdict

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8’s build quality is good, the unique cylindrical design is comfortable to hold.

With kickstand, front-facing stereo speakers and long battery life, Yoga Tablet 8 is the best tablet for watching movies.

However, there are other cheaper 7“ or 8” tablets with higher resolution, better performance, and less weight.

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I would like to thank LENOVO for the opportunity to review Yoga Tablet 8. This is a free product review with honest write-up. Interesting to send your products for review? Get in touch with me.

6 Latest Lenovo Devices You Need to Know

Models and Khoo Hung Chuan, Country General Manager, Lenovo Malaysia, showcasing the latest Lenovo range at the Lenovo Limitless Possibilities Launch.
Models and Khoo Hung Chuan, Country General Manager, Lenovo Malaysia, showcasing the latest Lenovo range at the Lenovo Limitless Possibilities Launch.
Models and Khoo Hung Chuan, Country General Manager, Lenovo Malaysia, showcasing the latest Lenovo range at the Lenovo Limitless Possibilities Launch.

Lenovo Malaysia announced latest range of products designed for all “Doers”. The product line-up consists of Yoga, Flex and K series smartphone. Here’s top 5 Lenovo devices you need to know.

#1. Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro - tent mode
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro – tent mode

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is 13.3-inch Ultrabook with super high-resolution QHD+ (3200×1800) multi-touch display that can flip back 360 degree to offer 4 different usage modes: Laptop, Tablet, Stand, Tent.

It is powered by 4th generation Intel Core processor and offer up to 6 hours battery life for FullHD playback.

Price is starting from RM 4,199 (~USD$ 1,284)

#2. Lenovo Flex 14

Lenovo Flex 14 stand mode
Lenovo Flex 14 stand mode

Lenovo Flex 14 is dual-mode 14-inch multi-touch laptop that flips 300 degrees from laptop to stand mode. It includes stereo speakers with Dolby Advanced Audio.

Price is starting from RM 2,299 (~USD$ 703)

#3. Lenovo Flex 20

Lenovo Flex 20 All-In-One PC
Lenovo Flex 20 All-In-One PC

Lenovo Flex 20 is All-In-One (AIO) PC with 19.5-inch multitouch display (1600×900) and support 2 usage modes: stand mode and table mode.

In table mode’s Aura Interface, two or more users can enjoy pre-loaded multi-user games and educational apps together around a single screen.

Price is starting from RM 2,299 (~USD$ 703)

#4. Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga stand mode
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga stand mode

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga is business Ultrabook with 12.5″ display that – like Lenovo Yoga – rotates 360 degree to offer 4 different usage modes: Laptop, Tablet, Tend, Stand.

When switching between modes, Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga’s multimode back-lit keyboard automatically rises and keys lock to offer more comfortable grip. You can also take hand-writing notes using the included stylus.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga uses magnesium-allow frame and Corning Gorilla Glass to offer tough body and smudge-resistant display.

Price is starting from RM 4,639 (~USD$ 1,419)

#5. Lenovo Yoga Tablet

Lenovo Yoga Tablet
Lenovo Yoga Tablet

Lenovo Yoga Tablet is Android 4.2 tablet with build-in kickstand and front facing Dolby Digital Plus speakers. It is available is 8-inch and 10.1-inch sizes, both are HD display (1280×800 pixels). The battery life last up to 18 hours of WiFi web browsing.

Price is RM 999 (~USD$ 306) for Yoga Tablet 8 and RM 1,299 (~USD$397) for Yoga Tablet 10.

#6. Lenovo K900 Samrtphone

Lenovo K900 smartphone
Lenovo K900 smartphone

Lenovo K900 is Android 4.2 smartphone powered by Intel Atom processor. Full HD 1080p 5.5-inch display and 6.9 mm thin brushed metal casing. The smartphone features 13M f1.8 camera with dual LED flash.

Price starting from RM 1,499 (~USD$ 458) for 32GB K900.

➤ For more information and other products, please visit Lenovo