Intel Atom x3 Smartphone and Tablet under RM400: JOI Phone 5 and JOI 7 Lite

SNS JOI Phone 5 and JOI 7 Lite launch
SNS JOI Phone 5 and JOI 7 Lite launch
SNS JOI Phone 5 and JOI 7 Lite launch

JOI 7 Lite tablet (RM299) and JOI Phone 5 smartphone (RM399) from SNS Network are Malaysia’s first Intel Atom x3 mobile devices.

Both JOI 7 Lite tablet and JOI Phone 5 smartphone are powered by Intel Atom x3-C3130 processor, runs on Android 4.4 stock operating system, 1GB RAM and 8GB storage (expandable up to 32GB). The devices support Dual SIM with Dual 3G, either one for data.

JOI 7 Lite tablet
JOI 7 Lite tablet

JOI 7 Lite phablet is 7-inch display with 1024×600 pixels resolution. It has a 2-megapixel rear camera and a front-facinng VGA camera. Its battery capacity is 2,600mAh.

JOI 5 Phone
JOI 5 Phone

JOI Phone 5 smartphone’s display is smaller than JOI 7 Lite but has higher resolution–5-inch with 1280×720 pixels. It has 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera. Its removable battery is 2,100mAh.

JOI 7 Lite and JOI Phone 5 specifications
JOI 7 Lite and JOI Phone 5 specifications

JOI Lite 7 tablet price is RM299. JOI Phone 5 smartphone price is RM399. Both prices are inclusive of 6% GST). JOI mobile devices are available at major AEON departmental stores, as well as online channels Gloo.com.my, Lazada.com.y, and Lelong.com.my.

SNS JOI Phone 5 and JOI 7 Lite
SNS JOI Phone 5 and JOI 7 Lite

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Visit: http://joi.com.my

Intel Atom x3 processor

Intel Atom x3 processor
Intel Atom x3 processor

Intel Atom x3 series is 64-bit multi-core processor with integrated 4G LTE and 3G Intel modem for entry and value tablets, phablets and smartphones.

The system-on-a-chip (SoC) will run Android and Windows 10 Mobile. Support Dual cameras up to 13MP (front) and 5MP(rear), maximum 1GB RAM and 32GB storage. For connectivity, the SoC supports WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS & GNSS, FM radio, NFC, Miracast wireless display, and Dual SIM Dual Standby.

Intel Atom x3 processor series have 3 models: x3-C3130, x3-C3230RK, and x3-C3440.

The Intel Atom x3-C3440 Quad-core processors has a burst speed up to 1.4GHz and integrated 4G LTE modem, support OpenGL 3.0, and includes a multi-radio with WiFi, Bluetooth, FM radio in a LTE/WLAN antenna sharing design.

Intel Atom x3-3130 (dual-core, up to 1.0GHz) and Intel Atom x3-3230RK (quad-core, up to 1.2GHz) processors are 3G modem only, support OpenGL 2.0, no NFC.

Comparing to Intel Atom x3-3130, Intel Atom x3-3230RK has better performance and supports Full HD (1920×1080 pixels) display resolution.

Both JOI 7 Lite tablet and JOI Phone 5 smartphone–Malaysia’s first Intel Atom x3 mobile devices–uses Intel Atom x3-3130 processor.

Learn more: http://www.intel.com/atom

vivo Grand Launch Malaysia 2015 with vivo X5Pro

vivo Grand Launch Malaysia
vivo Grand Launch Malaysia
vivo Grand Launch Malaysia

I am happy to receive an event invitation to “vivo Grand Launch Malaysia 2015”. It will be huge and new vivo smartphone will be launched, too!

“Grand Launch? Aren’t vivo smartphones already available in Malaysia?” 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
  • Camera: 13MP F2.0 (rear) / 8MP F2.4 (front)
  • Software: Funtouch OS 3.0 (Android 5.0)
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, Dual SIM, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB, OTG, GPS
  • Battery: 2300mAh

About VIVO

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).

Thought

vivo smartphones often have interesting features, such as “World’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 X5Pro’s eye-scanner feature.

FB: vivo Malaysia

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?

Review: Kingston MobileLite Wireless Reader for Memory Card and USB Storage

MobileLite Wireless reader review
MobileLite Wireless reader review
MobileLite Wireless reader review

Do you want to watch downloaded videos on your mobile devices but not enough storage space to save the videos? Do you want to share photos in camera with friends without computer?

Would you be interested if a portable device can do both, plus charge your phone? Let me introduce you the Kingston MobileLite Wireless.

Kingston MobileLite Wireless is a wireless memory card reader. It can read and wirelessly share your memory card and USB flash drive/external drive to multiple devices, as well as charge your device using its build-in battery pack.

Lazada Malaysia gave me a MobileLite Wireless for the following review and the online store is selling the device with great discount.

Design

MobileLite Wireless reader
MobileLite Wireless reader package

In the MobileLite Wireless package, you will get the wireless reader, a microSD card adapter, and a USB to micro USB cable.

MobileLite Wireless is a simple gray and black rectangle shape plastic box. It is about 5-inch long, about the size of average power bank. It is surprisingly lightweight, despite that it has build-in battery.

At one end of MobileLite Wireless is a SD memory card slot. The other end is a USB port and a Micro-USB port.

Power button is located near to the Micro-USB port. Above power button, you see 3 LED indicators: Internet, wireless, Battery/Power.

Features

What does MobileLite Wireless do? It does 4 things at once:
1. read memory cards and USB storage (flash drive, external drive)
2. stream memory card and USB storage contents
3. charge your phone and other devices via USB port
4. connect to Internet WiFi

MobileLite Wireless supports wireless connection of up to 3 devices at once. You can plug in your camera’s memory card into MobileLite Wireless and instantly share photos to your friends’ smartphones.

You can also copy video files to USB storage and use MobileLite Wireless to stream and share with your family.

Phone not enough storage? Move photos and videos to memory card, wirelessly.

Phone is low battery? MobileLite Wireless is also a power bank with 1810mAh battery capacity enough to fully charge iPhone 5S once.

I was wondering why it has an “Internet” LED indicator then I figured out MobileLite Wireless can connect to WiFi network and allows you upload photos directly to Facebook, Twitter or email as attachment and tether Internet connection.

Your phone would need to disconnect from existing WiFi network and connect to MobileLite Wireless’ WiFi for files streaming. By tethering Internet connection, MobileLite Wireless can keep your phone (up to 3 devices) stay online while sharing files. Nice!

Setup

MobileLite Wireless cannot work without its mobile application named, you guessed it, MobileLite. It is a free app on App Store, Google Play and Amazon appstore.

  1. Power on MobileLite Wireless by press & hold the Power button for 3 seconds. (Press Power button once will activate power bank feature)
  2. Download and install MobileLite app by Kingston Digital.
  3. Connect to MobileLiteWireless WiFi network on your device.

    Connect to MobileLiteWireless WiFi connection
    Connect to MobileLiteWireless WiFi connection
  4. Launch MobileLite app.

All MobileLite Wireless settings are in the app. You can rename its WiFi name, check battery level, firmware version, setup WiFi security (default is no password), and connect MobileLite Wireless to another WiFi network.

Using

MobileLite app screenshot: (left) home screen, device settings
MobileLite app screenshot: (left) home screen, device settings

Simply plug in SD card (or microSD card adapter) or USB storage (flash drive, external drive) to MobileLite Wireless and you will see the files listed in the app’s home screen. You can plug in both USB storage and SD memory card at once.

Maximum 30 files from each storage will be listed on home screen. Photos are listed with preview thumbnails. Supported file types (jpg, mov, mp4, pdf, etc) can be viewed directly in the MobileLite app.

Tap “SEE ALL” to reveal all files and folders on the storage type in file manager, where you can view, copy, move, delete file(s) and create new folder.

For supported file type (photo) on iOS, you can use “Share button” (a box with up arrow) share the file using Message, Mail, Twitter, or Facebook.

Follow the following steps to copy photos and videos from iPhone to MobileLite Wireless:

  1. Tap on the three horizontal lines icon at the top right hand side to reveal side menu.
  2. Tap “Copy from Photos” under IMPORT.
  3. Select target album.
  4. Select the photos and videos you want to copy, then tap “Done”.
  5. Under “Select Destination” choose where to save the files: USB storage, SD Card, Offline Files.
  6. Tap “Copy Here” to copy files to the target destination. You can also choose or create a folder destination.

If you have SD card and USB storage plug in MobileLite Wireless together, you can also copy/move files in between them.

The app does not offer a way to auto select and copy all files (photos). You need to tap them one-by-one to copy in batch. It is tiring when you have hundreds photos on memory card want to copy.

In my test, wirelessly copy ten 12 megapixel photos (2.6MB–3.4MB) from SD memory card to iPhone took about 13 seconds. Faster than I thought. The copied files are saved in the app under “OFFLINE FILES”.

iOS tip: Do NOT use “Share button” to save the photos to your iPhone/iPad. It is very slow…

Generally, the MobileLite app works fine with little lag here and there (probably reading file information wirelessly).

Sometimes the MobileLite app complains that your device is not connected to the MobileLite Wireless Reader, even it is already connected. A refresh or switching view in the app will get rid the warning message.

I also experienced app crash on my iPhone 4S, maybe not enough system memory?

Wired connection

MobileLite app is for mobile devices only. Does MobileLite Wireless reader support your computer?

Yes, the reader works with Windows, Mac OS X and Linux but only wired connection. You connect the micro USB port end to USB port on your computer to use MobileLite Wireless reader.

SD card and USB storage plugged in MobileLite Wireless will be mounted and shown on your computer – just like a normal memory card reader you have.

Specs

  • Storage input: USB and SD (SD, SDHC, SDXC, microSD with adapter)
  • Network: WiFi 802.11g/n with WPA2 security
  • Battery: built-in Li-ion 1810mAh
  • Dimensions: 124.8mm x 59.9mm x 17.3mm
  • Weight: 98g
  • Filetype support: store any file type, playback and viewing are based on the mobile device’s supported format. (general supported filetypes: MP3, WAV, M4V, MP4, JPG, TIF, PDF)

Verdict

Kingston MobileLite Wireless reader is a convenient gadget to have. With the lightweight device, I could:

  • share photos taken by my DSLR
  • stream movie to my wife’s iPhone
  • charge my phone on emergency
  • forget about memory card reader for my notebook.

I do not need to carry power bank and memory card reader again!

I hope the MobileLite app will be polished for stability and performance. It would be great if it can increase concurrent connection from maximum 3 to at least 5.

Though can be accessed via wired USB connection, it would be great if wireless connection with desktop is supported – something like portable NAS.

Where to buy?

Kingston MobileLite Wireless reader is available online at Lazada Malaysia at MYR$145 (retail price is MYR$250).

[box type=”info”]I would like to thank Lazada Malaysia for the opportunity to review MobileLite wireless. This is a free product review with honest write-up. I got to keep the product after review. Interesting to submit your products for review? Get in touch with me.[/box]

Google WiFi Passport Available for Android Users in Jakarta, Indonesia

Google WiFi Passport banner

Google WiFi Passport banner

Google WiFi Passport is a public WiFi connection service by Google, which is now testing in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Unlike other public WiFi networks that requires you to enter passwords or register on web portal, Google WiFi Passport is one-time login. After connecting, you’ll be online for the next 24 hours in hotspot.

Currently, there’s 90 hotspots around Jakarta – hotels, residences, malls.

The service gives you 3GB Internet data for a day, or 7GB over 7 days and 10GB over 30 days.

Google WiFi Passport is exclusively available for Android users and works for Android devices running version 2.2 (Froyo) and above.

Google WiFi Passport app
Google WiFi Passport app

Friends in Indonesia can now install WiFi Passport app and buy Google WiFi Passport voucher from these outlets to activate the service.

You can get free 10 days WiFi Passport voucher at official events, or buy 20 days voucher for 20,000 IDR (~RM5.70) and 50 days voucher for 50,000 IDR (~RM14.25).

Thoughts

I am never a fan of free WiFi at café because it is either cannot connect or too congested, I use my own mobile data plan.

Google WiFi Passport service seems interesting at cheap price rate and generous data quota. I would like to use it if I visit Jakarta. However, I hope WiFi Passport will support PC and iOS devices soon.

Have you tried Google WiFi Passport service? Please share with us in the comment below.

➤ Google WiFi Passport [via Google Operating System]