S-CSL Introduces Superstar Smartphones

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Here comes the Superstar of budget smartphones as S-CSL unveils 2 more Android smartphones that will meet everyone’s budget. The Switch MARS Mi450 and Switch PLUTO Mi406 are the latest Android smartphones to join their precedents, the Switch Mercury Mi501 and Switch Star Mi460. All of them have Dual SIM Dual Standby capability and all of them are below RM1k. I managed to spend some time with the Switch MARS Mi450 and here’s my take on it so far.

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Up Close and Personal – Hands-On Review

The Switch MARS Mi450 is an Android 4.0 ICS smartphone with 4.5” qHD LCD Capacitive Touchscreen. At first glance, the MARS bears similar outfit with many Android smartphones out there. It has a solid built candy bar form and is equipped with front and back camera with LED flash. Although having a plasticky body, the MARS feels really nice in my hand. It’s slightly non-slip back cover feels really tough too and it doesn’t crack easily when you try to pry it off to remove the battery.

Check out my hands-on video review here:

Performance

Under the hood, the 1.2GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset delivers remarkable performance on the MARS Mi450. Powered with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the responsiveness of the touchscreen is rather fluid and doesn’t feel that cheap at all. In fact, it feels far greater than certain SONY Xperia range which is about the same price.

Playing graphic intensive games on the MARS Mi450 is pretty fun too. Games such as Temple Run, Subway Surfer and Asphalt run without much fuzz on it. You can also get into multiplayer competition with the integrated Wi-Fi.

Multimedia and Display

The 4.5” qHD LCD Capacitive Touchscreen delivers a moderate 540×960 display which is pretty good for surfing and even to watch video on it. Although the screen doesn’t shout HD all over, it still delivers crisp and rather detailed display. The responsiveness of the capacitive touchscreen is admirable with the Snapdragon chipset.

Equipped with a 5.0 megapixels auto-focus camera with LED flash on the back, the MARS Mi450 snaps pretty good images. The front 0.3 megapixels is nothing to shout about but good enough to make Skype calls.
The MARS Mi450 also comes equipped with FM radio built-in and standard MP3/MP4 player. You can play most multimedia file on it and the sound quality is pretty reasonable. No beats audio or whatsoever but still delivers great music any time.

Dual SIM Dual Standby

Now this is probably something you hardly heard of from any other bigger brands but dual SIM phones have been around for quite some time already. Adopting Dual SIM into the MARS Mi450 allows user to switch between two different mobile networks instead of having two different devices. Its dual standby mode allows user to make and calls using their selected mobile network of their choice.

Memory and Storage

The MARS Mi450 comes with 4GB built-in storage with 512MB of RAM. This configuration is just good enough for this device to run most of the commonly used Apps such as WhatsApp, Waze and quite a lot more. If in need of more storage space, there’s always a microSD expansion slot.

Other Notable Features

Other notable features are connectivity tools such as v.2.1 Bluetooth, DLNA and A-GPS support. The S-UNNO app allows users to make calls to anyone in the world at low cost rates, regardless of whether they are at home, work or travelling, right off their mobile phone.
It empowers the users with true mobility and economical communication, without having to subscribe to costly mobile plans.

Summary

All-in-all, the MARS Mi450 is power-packed device but without the heavy price tag. I like the Switch MARS Mi450 for the fact that it is powerful enough for my day-to-day usage of apps and tough enough even when I stuff it into my jeans’ pocket.

For the price tag of RM699, the Switch MARS Mi450 is definitely a tough contender in the budget phone category.

You can find out more specifications here.

This Device Could Be the New Samsung Galaxy S4

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Specs and Features Leaked Hours before Launch.

It has become a norm that days or even hours before any flagship products are being launched, there will definitely a train of speculations and even leaked photos.

Hours before the much awaited Android phone since… er the Galaxy S3, a set of photos and videos which originated from a Chinese forum, was stumbled upon and could very well suggest what the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be like.

The device has been measured and it suggests the as-rumoured 1080p HD display could be true with its 4.99-inch screen. According to Redmondpie, the device is powered with an Exynos 5410 (8-core) processor clocked at 1.8GHz, allied to a PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage.

The launch event will kick off in NYC hours later on Friday early morning but I won’t jump in joy just yet. This could be a very thoroughly planned prank but if this device for real, we’ll definitely be in for some excitement.

(Image Source: 52Samsung | via SammyHub)

Make a Harlem Shake Video with this App

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Just like many Thor memes that I did before, this time I decided to jump on the Harlem Shake bandwagon and made a video of it.

Called the ‘Harlem Shake Creator Lite‘, the free app will guide you through step by step to create your very own Harlem Shake video on your Android devices. It takes less than a minute to record and create your very own Harlem Shake video which you have an option to upload it to YouTube.com, just like I did.

Of course, the ‘Lite’ version of the app is FREE and comes with banner ads and you’re not able to save it to your device. However, with the ‘Pro’ version, you can save every version of Harlem Shake videos on your Android devices without the banner ads in your face.

So let the Harlem Shake fiesta begins!

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