[EXCLUSIVE NEWS] ASUS ZenFone 4-series Availability, Pricing & Early Bird Bundles

Taipei - The ASUS ZenFone 4-series has finally announced today, introduced 6 models; ASUS ZenFone 4, ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro, ZenFone 4 Selfie, ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro, ZenFone 4 Max and ZenFone 4 Max Pro.

Here are the exclusive news and update on the availability, pricing and also early bird bundles for Malaysia market. We are getting 3 models first which are the ZenFone 4 Selfie, ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro and ZenFone 4 Max Pro. Then it will follow by ZenFone 4 as early as first week of September. No words or confirmation of the ZenFone 4 Pro and the ZenFone 4 Max will be made available in Malaysia anytime soon.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

Let's start off with the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie 4 Pro. The main highlight of the device is the 120-degree wide view dual selfie cameras, 24-megapixel DuoPixel camera technology assisted with soft-light flash. It packed with two Sony IMX362 12 megapixel dual pixel sensor on f/1.8 aperture lens. This meant the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro gonna have ultra wide lens and ultra fast auto-focus selfie camera. The rear camera is a 16-megapixel f/2.2 aperture lens with dual LED flash.

Under the hood is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-core 14nm processor with 4GB of RAM. The onboard storage is 64GB that can further expand via microSD card up to 2TB.

The ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro sports a 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display and to keep the lights on is a 3,000 mAh battery that supports Qualcomm Fast Charging.

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro comes with 3 colors; Rogue Red, Sunlight Gold, and Deepsea Black.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie

There is also a more budget-friendly ZenFone 4 Selfie that features dual selfie cameras featuring 20-megapixel f/2.0 along with a 120-degree f/2.4 secondary camera. It also gets a 16-megapixel PDAF rear camera.

The standard ZenFone 4 Selfie powered by slightly lower performance, Snapdragon 430 Octa-core 14nm process and paired with a generous 4GB of RAM.

The ZenFone 4 Selfie sports a 5.5-inch 720p HD IPS display and packed 3,000 mAh battery.

Storage wise, it packed with a 64GB onboard storage and can further expand up to 2TB via microSD card. There are 2 variants of standard ZenFone 4 Selfie and Malaysia will only be getting the higher spec model; ZD553KL.

The standard ZenFone 4 Selfie has 4 color options; Rose Pink, Sunlight Gold, Deepsea Black, and Mint Green.

ZenFone 4 Max Pro

Lastly, the battery monster ZenFone 4 Max Pro. This round, the device gets 5,000 mAh battery and feature dual rear cameras with 120-degree wide view.

Under the hood is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 Quad-core processor mated with 3GB of RAM. 32GB internal storage that can be upgraded up to 2TB via microSD card.

Like it previous generation, the ZenFone 4 Max Pro sports 5.5-inch 720p HD IPS display.

Camera wise, the ZenFone 4 Max Pro has new dual camera setup featuring two 16-megapixel cameras; one is standard wide and a secondary 120-degree wide angle. This camera setup is very similar to the LG G5, G6 and V20. The front-facing camera ain't that bad, it sports a 16-megapixel f/2.0 aperture lens with soft-light flash.

The ZenFone 4 Max Pro has 3 color options; Deepsea Black, Sunlight Gold and Pink Rose.

All the new ASUS ZenFone 4-series runs on ASUS's latest ZenUI 4.0 based on Android 7.0 Nougat. Fingerprint scanner are all located on the front home button along side with capacitive return and menu buttons.

Pricing, Availability & Pre-orders

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro, ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie and ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro will be available on for sale in Malaysia on 25th August 2017 onwards. There will be a pre-order session between 17th to 24th August 2017 through ASUS e-commerce partners Lazada Malaysia and Shopee.

For those who pre-ordered will receive bundle gifts that include ASUS Selfie Stick, OTG Cable, microUSB Cable, Screen Protector and ASUS ZenPower 10,050 mAh Power Bank. The ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro will get an extra 16GB microSD card with the pre-order.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (ZD552KL) - RM 1,799
ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie (ZD553KL) - RM 1,299
ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (ZD554KL) - RM 1,099

We will get our hands on and the first impression on the new ASUS ZenFone 4-series. Do follow us on Facebook to get the latest news and update.

Nokia 8, Their First Android Flagship Smartphone

HMD Global has revealed the company's first Nokia Android Flagship smartphone today, the Nokia 8. The company played very safe design and nothing much "wow" features being introduced into this device. We are not seeing any trendy slim bezel nor tall ratio display.

The Nokia 8 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, 64GB onboard storage and sports 5.3-inch QHD IPS display. Nokia did include always-on-display (AOD) on the LCD panel which is not favorable for a non-OLED panel. It will show calls, emails, SMS and also social network notification in the future.

Nokia 8 is the company first device Nokia-branded Android phone to feature Zeiss optics on the front and rear cameras. The rear sports dual 13-megapixel camera sensor, an RGB and a monochrome sensor that similar to the Huawei flagship P & Mate series.

Nokia has this "Bothie Mode" that activate both front and the rear cameras to capture photos, video s and also support live broadcasting to Facebook and YouTube through the camera interface. This is a camera gimmick that may lead to a trend especially more and more user would like to use "Live" feature on their social platform.

With the Bothie mode function, Nokia also includes an integration of Nokia's Ozo Audio. This Ozo technology is used on Nokia's futuristic camera for virtual reality filming and now HMD bringing the audio feature over the Nokia 8. This would be a great feature to capture videos that use both front and rear cameras at the same time capture 360-degree of audio.

Here's the sample video recorded on Nokia 8 with Nokia Ozo Audio;

The Nokia 8 will be joining the existing Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 as the flagship device in the range. It will go on sales across in Europe as early next month, September and priced at 599 euro which translated to around RM 3,028. Not sure it would reach to Malaysia shores anytime soon as the Nokia 6 has only recently reached to Malaysia.

Source: The Verge

Samsung Malaysia Open Register-of-Interest of Their Upcoming Galaxy Note8

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 that will be unveiled on 23rd August 2017 has opened a register of interest of the device.

On the ROI page, there are few features mentioned that the Galaxy Note8 would probably be equipped. That would be a larger than 6-inch display, Bixby that features on the Galaxy S8-series, advanced security, enhanced stylus, better battery life, superior camera, better internal memory, dust and water resistance.

For those who are interested to get the updated and latest news of the Note8, you may register it HERE and receive the update through email when its made available here in Malaysia.

Samsung Galaxy Note8 Register-of-Interest

ASUS ZenFone 4-series Photos Leaked Ahead Launch Tomorrow

As shared previously, ASUS is announcing its new generation of ZenFone smartphone in Taipei tomorrow. Ahead of its official launch, notorious leaker Evan Blass shared clear images of the ASUS ZenFone 4 series.

We are expecting four models to be announced tomorrow or could be five that includes, ZenFone 4, ZenFone 4 Selfie, ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro, ZenFone Max and the fifth that didn't mention could be the ZenFone 4 Pro.

Here's are the images of the ZenFone 4-series;

ASUS ZenFone 4 | ZenFone 4 Pro

The standard ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Pro could differ by powerful SoC, RAM and storage size. From the image clearly, the ZenFone 4 will be getting dual-camera setup and flush camera rear glass.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie | ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

Finally, the ZenFone's selfie is back in after being left out for 2 generations and this time it comes with two models, the standard ZenFone 4 Selfie and ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro.

The Selfie-centric smartphones market are very tough with competitions from OPPO and vivo. Both of the ASUS ZenFone Selfie are equipped with dual front-facing cameras and features high megapixel camera which are up to 24 megapixels.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Max

Lastly the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max are getting similar design with the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom featuring dual camera setup and metal unibody matte finishing on the rear. Of course, it will live with the massive battery capacity in the device.

All the specification are yet to be announced and confirmed, do follow us on Facebook to get the latest news and update as we will be at the launch in Taipei tomorrow.

[REVIEW] LEAGOO M6. Most Affordable 4G VoLTE Supported Android Smartphone

LEAGOO Malaysia has recently announced another budget Android smartphone and this round it supports 4G VoLTE.

The LEAGOO M6 probably is the cheapest VoLTE enabled Android smartphone except for the YES Altitude which selling the same price of RM399. On LEAGOO M6 hand, it has a better specification and newer operating system.

Check out a quick unboxing of the LEAGOO M6;

The company also first-time collaborated with YES, Telco ISP where every unit LEAGOO M6 is bundled with a YES 4G LTE SIM Pack.

The SIM Pack pre-loaded with 500MB 4G LTE, FREE calls, and SMS within YES networks users.

Another feature the LEAGOO M6 has is dual-camera setup where it sports an 8-megapixel plus a 2-megapixel camera on the rear. This setup allows us to create bokeh-effect photo taking.

The front camera is a 2-megapixel camera assisted with a single LED soft flash-light.

Here are some camera samples taking with the LEAGOO M6;
(all the photos were not post edited/photoshopped and uploaded to Flickr straight from the LEAGOO M6)

Rear Cameras
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Applied bokeh-effect

The front facing camera with beautify mode.


The LEAGOO M6 support dual 4G SIM and Dual Standby

It also has a dedicated microSD card slot for storage expansion.

The M6 runs on LEAGOO FreeMe OS on top the latest Android 7.0 Nougat.

The overall user experience on the device is very much pleasing and without much lags or delays despite it only has 1GB of RAM. This is because of the optimized Android 7.0 Nougat user experience.

There are no issues to load modern smartphone games like Asphalt, Mobile Legends and etc.

A leather flip case is bundled along with the device and the quality is quite good. Unfortunately, it doesn't support lock/unlock the screen by closing/opening the cover.

The LEAGOO M6 live up as the best budget VoLTE Android smartphone. It priced at only RM 399 and comes with 3 color options; Champagne Gold, Titanium Grey and Garnet Red.

LEAGOO M6 is available now at all authorized LEAGOO resellers and as well LEAGOO Official Online Store.