Jan 31, 2015

Motorola Moto G 4g (2015)

Motorola moto G 4G

Motorola Moto G 4G LTE was silently debuted in Brazil today and already available for sale online. This is the updated version of most-loved budget phone, the Moto G 2nd gen, that was released late last year. The most notable upgrade would obviously be the LTE cat3 (band7 2600), couple with updated HSPA 42.2/5.7Mbps speed, up from 21/5.7. The LTE version also includes a beefier 2,390mAh battery (up from 2,070) which in return adding up 6 grams to its weight (155g from 149g) Other aspects of the phone remains the same: 5" 720p screen, 8/2MP camera combo, Snapdragon 400. This LTE version will be shipped out with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop while the HPSA version still stuck at 4.4.4 KitKat.

ps: Motorola is kind enough to double the ROM from 8 to 16 GB!

Jan 15, 2015

Oppo R1C; The phone with Sapphire back panel

Oppo R1C

Oppo R1C is the first smartphone launched by the company this year of 2015. The most prominent feature of this phone is the back cover, which comes with Sapphire glass panel. However, it's a bit strange to note that no info were given about the front panel, either it is also Sapphire or not. The body was beautifully crafted into a thickness of just 6.85mm. The screen uses LTPS (low temperature polysilicon) LCD technology, with 5" 720p panel. It is powered by the mid-range Snapdragon 615 octa-core chipset, with 2GB of RAM. It got 16GB of build in memory plus with expendable microSD slot up to 128GB. The rear camera was from Sony at 13MP f/2.0 aperture, plus 5MP front facing camera. This phone will be powered by 2,420mAh battery with ColorOS 2.0.1 (android 4.4) UI baked in. It is priced at 2499 RMB ($403)

Samsung Z1; The first TizenOS phone

Samsung Z1

Samsung Z1, the first official TizenOS-based phone, was launched today in India for a mere INR 5,700 ($92). Nothing much to say about the spec of the phone, as this is a low-end budget phone.It is powered by Spreadtrum SC7727S, a dual-core Cortex-A7 chipset running at 1.2GHz, coupled with 768MB of RAM. It got a 4" 480x800px PLS LCD (Samsung proprietary IPS-contender). Camera wise, 3.15MP on the rear plus a VGA shooter up front.

#andrdcndy note: Samsung should have produced a better well-rounded phone as their first official TizenOS device. The specs for this phone is really a spec for a two year old device. Look at what had happened to their previous BadaOS, got nowhere really. Learn the lesson.

Jan 7, 2015

Nokia N1; The first Android-powered Nokia Tablet

Nokia N1

Nokia N1 is the first Android powered tablet by Nokia (the part that wasn't sold to Microsoft). The tablet was launched in China on Jan 7, 2015 after being teased for months since Nov. The specs for this device is quiet impressive; 7.9" 4:3 1536x2048px IPS panel with LED backlight, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Intel 64-bit Atom Z3580 running at 2.3GHz Quad-core with 2GB of RAM, dual 0.5W stereo speakers capable of outing 90 dB of sound, one-piece Aluminum body with surface anodization for satin-finished feel. This device will come bundled with Nokia own Z Launcher on top of Android 5.0 Lollipop. It is rumored to be priced at about $250 (which is really great)