Leaked iPad 5 Back Shell Shows Size Difference

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With iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S selling more than 9 million units two weeks after it was launch, it is time to shift our attention to a bigger picture, the iPad 5. It has been rumoured that Apple will be having yet another event mid in mid of October and it is speculated that Apple will be introducing a new range of iPads, including the rumoured iPad 5.

Leaked photos of iPad 5 parts have been floating around for a number of weeks now and Chinese part supplier sw-box.com recently released a detailed video of the slate-gray enclosure of the assuming iPad 5. This latest video does a good job detailing the physical differences between the iPad 4 and iPad 5.

As shown in the video, the iPad 5 adopts a similar design to the currently shipping iPad mini. We’ll just have to wait for a couple weeks more to find out.

Samsung Upped the Ante with Golden Galaxy S4

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Just two weeks after Apple unveiled its champagne-gold iPhone 5S, Samsung is quick to respond and doubled up with not just one, but two versions of Golden Galaxy S4.

In a clever move to keep them in the spotlight, Samsung Arabia revealed the Galaxy S4 Gold Brown and Gold Pink editions via Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday.

At the moment, it looks like the devices will only be available in the Middle East, should there be a demand for these new colours, we’ll most likely to see some gold variant in other market as well.

Do you like the golden Galaxy S4? Share your thoughts in the comments.

[Source: The Verge]

Maxis Introduces Latest Postpaid Plans for Galaxy Note 3 – FREE Gear for MOC Customers

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Maxis Berhad finally unveils the latest postpaid plans for the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 today during the global launch of Samsung’s latest Note series device. The promo from Maxis may be later than the rest but it’s also pretty tempting to both new and existing users.

For this launch, Maxis unveils three attractive plans strictly for the Galaxy Note 3 promo.  The plans are TalkMore78™ + 3GB Internet, TalkMore78™ + 1GB Internet and SurfMore75™.

The lowest price plan would be the SurfMore75™, it requires a monthly commitment of RM75 over 24-month contract and you can get the device for as low as RM1, 599.

The intermediate plan is the TalkMore78™ which requires a monthly commitment of RM126 over 24-month contract and the device price is RM1, 399. This plan comes with 1GB of Internet data usage.

And for the premium plan, the TalkMore78™ requires a monthly commitment of RM146 over 24 months contract and the device is yours for only RM1, 199. However, this plan comes with 3GB of Internet data usage. So the phone price for this plan is definitely way much cheaper if you compare with the rest.

Both plans require an advance payment of RM600 for 24-month contracts. This advance payment will be credited into your monthly bill over a 5-month period.

Even greater news for Maxis One Club (MOC) member. Maxis is giving away the Samsung Gear FOR FREE to the 1st 800 MOC customers nationwide!

 

So if you’re ready to get your brand new Galaxy Note 3 from Maxis, head on down to their nearest Maxis Center now: http://new.maxis.com.my/content/maxis/en/personal/support/store-locator.html

P1 Celebrates 5th Anniversary with Truly Unlimited Broadband Plans

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In celebration of its 5th Anniversary, Packet One Networks (P1) launched a special unlimited quota promotion for two of its award-winning wireless home broadband plans. In line with their new tagline ‘Keep Playing with No Limits’, P1 invites all Malaysians to keep playing without limit, or in this, without quota.

Yes, you heard me right. P1 wants to bring back the fun and joy of being online and connected via their high-speed broadband service without the worry of data limit or extra charges. What sort of fun? Fun and data-intensive online activities include video and music streaming, playing online games, live video chats, and the sharing of big files including high resolution photos and images.

Now don’t we have to worry about all the FUN when our data usage hits critical by 2nd or 3rd week? Well, not any more – P1 will not have a quota cap; throttle the speed of users upon high usage; restrict users on any applications; or limit the time when the quota can be used. Woohoo! Now that’s truly living up to the spirit of Keep Playing with No Limits‘.

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The ForHome™ 99 and 149 offers a speed up to 1Mbps and 2Mbps with unlimited quota for the affordable prices of just RM99 and RM149 respectively for a limited time only.

Beside the unlimited home broadband plans, P1 will also triple the usage quota of their bestselling on-the-go broadband plan – ToGo™ 69 – during this promotion period. Consumers will enjoy 15GB of data for only RM69.

All award-winning ForHome™ plans come with free plug-and-play WiFi-enabled modems. Enjoy instantaneous connectivity and broadband sharing with the wiring and installation. However, the unlimited plans do not come bundled with voice service but with a nominal fee, they can opt for the add-on service and enjoy high quota plans with 300 free call minutes monthly, which you can use to make calls to local fixed and mobile numbers plus popular IDD countries.

For more information on P1’s 5th Anniversary – Keep playing without limits promotion, please visit p1.com.my.

 

Samsung Malaysia Launches Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear

The GALAXY Note 3 and GALAXY Gear makes their Malaysian debut – From left to right: Vincent Chong, Head of IT and Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Malaysia Electronics; Kwon Jae Hoon, Managing Director, Samsung Malaysia Electronics; Justin Joo, Business Manager, IT and Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Malaysia Electronics; Matthew Ng, Head of Sales, IT and Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Malaysia Electronics.

Samsung Malaysia Electronics today announces the launch of Galaxy Note 3, the third generation of its highly successful Galaxy Note series and its wearable gadget Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Today’s launch highlights the innovative features of both devices that help consumers design their life in easy and joyful ways and also to provide hands-on experience of their new devices to the media.

 

GALAXY NOTE 3 – NOTEWORTHY PERSONAL COMPANION

Making every day routines easy and enjoyable – The GALAXY Note 3 and GALAXY Gear are catered to people living an active and cosmopolitan lifestyle, giving them unrestrained connectivity – no matter where, when and how they would like to be connected.

Samsung GALAXY Note 3 comes with a wider (5.7inch) full HD Super AMOLED display, yet slimmer (8.3mm) and lighter (168g) hardware design, and more powerful and longer lasting (3,200mAh) battery. Also, equipped with a 13 megapixel rear camera with Smart Stabilization and LED flash, Samsung GALAXY Note 3 enables users to crisply capture every visual story in their lives, even in low light and active situations. Samsung GALAXY Note 3 offers the latest LTE technologies – CAT4 Carrier Aggregation and supports the greatest number of multiple frequencies. Incorporating the industry’s largest* 3GB RAM; the GALAXY Note 3 also provides faster and more powerful performance.

The event also highlights its revolutionary S Pen – the advanced S Pen is designed to be fully functional as a communication driver between the phone and the user by creating essential input and control features.

A simple click of the S Pen button while hovering over the screen introduces users to Air Command, a palette of five powerful features that truly make tasks easier and faster. With the Air Command feature, there is no need to toggle between screens, memorize commands or look up different menus. The Air Command feature provides access to the following key functions:

  • Action Memo allows users to handwrite a note, and automatically execute a function or convert that hand written information into formatted content. Action Memo can instantly initiate a call, add to contacts, look up an address on a map, search the web, save a task to a to-do list, and more
  • Scrapbook enables users to organize or track down content and information from various sources including the web, YouTube and Gallery in one place so that users can easily look back at collected content all at once. When consumers save content for future use, Scrapbook also collects source material or URLs allowing them to easily refer back to the original source.
  • The Screen Write feature captures the full screen image of the current page on the device and allows users to write comments or additional information onto the captured image.
  • S Finder allows users to expansively search for content on their device regardless of the type. By putting in keywords or filters such as date, location, and content type, users can search related documents, events, communication threads, and even the Help page – all in one place. In addition, users can also search for hand-written content in their Notes and memo applications, as well as symbols and formulas.
  • Pen Window allows users to use the S Pen not only for drawing sketches or writing notes, but now also for opening a small application window for a true multitasking experience. Simply by drawing a window of any size, anywhere on the screen, users can easily and quickly open another application window such as YouTube, calculator or Browser without pausing current activity on the screen.

Hands on experience with GALAXY devices – Excitement abuzz as people experience Samsung’s latest innovation for the first time!

To get that premium look, Samsung GALAXY Note 3 adds a soft and textured-touch back cover, delicate stitching and endures strengths of classic notebooks and planners. Samsung GALAXY Note 3 will be available in Jet Black and Classic White. For personalization, there is a selection of specially designed colourful and premium cases for the Galaxy Note 3 too.

SAMSUNG KNOX & FIND MY MOBILE – ENHANCED SECURITY FOR GALAXY NOTE 3

The new GALAXY Note 3 also comes with enhanced privacy and security protection provided by Samsung KNOX. Users can activate Samsung KNOX with ease which allows them to run and store security-sensitive applications and data inside a protected execution environment called “container.” The security inside the container is strengthened by system-level protection of Samsung KNOX against malware and phishing attacks as well as hacking attempts on physical devices when devices are stolen or lost. Furthermore, the GALAXY Note 3 is equipped with an improved Find My Mobile feature that allows users to disable the phone when it is stolen or lost.

 

GALAXY GEAR – FIRST STEP INTO WEARABLE TECH

Samsung at the forefront of wearable technology – Go Benn Lee, Product Manager, Mobile Division of Samsung Malaysia Electronics highlighting the benefits of GALAXY Gear in bringing passions to life through its innovative features such as S Voice, Memographer and Smart Relay.

GALAXY Gear is a new concept device that allows users to live life in the moment while staying connected. Marketed to be the perfect companion to GALAXY Note 3, GALAXY Gear provides users smart freedom to choose how, why, when and where they are connected. GALAXY Gear will notify users and give them quick previews of incoming texts, emails and more coming from GALAXY Note 3.

 

Bigger, faster, better – Luke Au, Product Manager, Mobile Division of Samsung Malaysia Electronics, showcasing the standout features of the Samsung GALAXY Note 3 such as its 3GB RAM, 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display and enhanced S Pen functionality.

Experiencing Smart Freedom through GALAXY devices – A perfect ally to GALAXY Note 3, the GALAXY Gear allows people to live in the moment whilst staying connected no matter where they are or what they are doing.

GALAXY Note 3 is available in 32GB internal storage along with an additional microSD card slot, while GALAXY Gear is available in 4GB internal storage. Both models are set to retail starting September 25.

The Samsung GALAXY Note 3 and GALAXY Gear will be available at all Samsung retail outlets, authorised dealers and telco partners including Celcom, Digi, Maxis, and U Mobile.

For further information, please visit www.samsung.com/my or visit Samsung Mobile Malaysia Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/samsungmobilemalaysia.

Pre-Order Your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with Celcom, DiGi or U Mobile Now

It looks like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be hitting Malaysian shore pretty soon as major telecommunication companies like Celcom, DiGi and U Mobile are opening pre-order page on their website. However, we haven’t heard of seen anything from Maxis website as for now.

DiGi

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DiGi is set to charge ahead with a slew of 24-month packages with EPP and with the cheapest package being the DG SmartPlan 58. For a monthly commitment of RM58, you can purchase the device for RM1,879. And of course, the premium package is DG SmartPlan 148 with a monthly commitment of RM148 and the device price at RM1,319. Pre-order starts today and you can expect to get your unit after September 25.

Pre-book your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from DiGi here.

U Mobile

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U Mobile is gaining reputation since after they expended their RAN coverage and they too have open their pre-booking slot on their website. The pre-booking window is from 18-23 September and consumers can expect to get their devices after the 25th.  However, U Mobile does not have details of their packages but only a form for customers to submit their interest.

Pre-book your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from U Mobile here.

Celcom

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According to some sources, Celcom is the first to open up their pre-booking site and the packages their offering are pretty tempting. Their lowest package, the Celcom First Data mPro Plus has a monthly commitment of RM88 over 24 months contract and price of the device is only RM1,588. Their premium package is rather tempting, for a monthly commitment of RM128, you only pay RM1,538 for the device and you get the Samsung Galaxy Gear worth RM999 for FREE! But of course, it’s only for their 1st 100 customers. So if you really want the Galaxy Gear for FREE, then you better sign up quick.

Pre-book your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from Celcom here.

 

 

Singtel Announces iPhone 5S and 5C Price Plans

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Looks like our neighbour down south will be first to receive the much anticipated iPhone 5S and 5C while Malaysians have to wait a little longer before they can get their hands on it. Singtel today announces the pricing plans for the iPhone 5S and 5C variants.

The iPhone 5S will retail starting from $698(RM1798) for the 16GB model when bundled with SingTel’s cheapest two-year contract. The 32GB model will cost $818(RM2106), while the 64GB model will go for $968(RM2494) under Singtel’s SuperLite plan.

The iPhone 5C will start at $468(RM1206) for the 16GB model under the same plan, and as for the 32GB model, it will be $698(RM1798).

It is still unknown when will Maxis, Celcom and even DiGi will make an official announcement of the arrival of iPhone 5S and 5C, but I’m quite sure no Malaysians will be travelling down to Singapore to get their hands on a non-contract set for now, at least not with the current exchange rate.

Pricings are based on $2.58 conversion rate.

 

[Source: Straits Times]

TrueMove’s Touching Thai TVC – Stealth Ninjas Slicing Onions Comments

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Perhaps one of the most touching YouTube clip I’ve seen so far and it’s definitely worthy of an award in the near future. TrueMove, a Thai Telco company recently released a TVC entitled ‘Giving’ and it has been making waves on the social networks. The 3-minute clip can easily put any Hollywood movie to shame and I truly envy the creative agency that came up with this idea. How good? Then you got to watch it for yourself.

This clip is so touching that it can easily put any cool guy to tears. Just read some of the comments left on the YouTube page and see the quirky and yet touching messages left behind. Yep, those damn ninjas are to blame for the tear jerking moments.

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Prawn Mee (Hokkien Mee) @ Restoran Kam Heong, PJ State

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Looking for a good prawn mee place in PJ besides Lim Mee Yoke? Well, then you should try out this prawn mee stall at Restoran Kam Heong in PJ State. One of the best prawn mee I’ve tried so far.

Restoran Kam Heong is cornershop restaurant located somewhere along Jalan Tengah, off Jalan Sultan just nearby Menara MBPJ. If you’re familiar with PJ State, then you should know where Public Bank and HSBC Bank are located. Well, Restoran Kam Heong is located right behind these two banks.

Restoran Kam Heong has been around for decades. It’s a hawker-style restaurant dishing out some of the best food in PJ district. We used to frequent the same restaurant for duck rice when I was younger. The duck rice stall is still there, but they only serve lunch and dinner crowd.

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As for the prawn mee, I usually patronise Restoran Kam Heong in the morning for breakfast. Unlike many other prawn mee that I’ve tasted, the prawn mee served here at Restoran Kam Heong is the closest to my liking… and wifey’s too. There are many names for prawn mee in Malaysia. Prawn Mee is better known as Hokkien Mee in the northern region especially in Penang. In Ipoh and the southern region, it is known as ‘Har Meen’ in Cantonese or ‘Hae Mee’ in Hokkien. But no matter what it’s called, you can tell it’s a prawn mee from its distinct ‘prawny’ smell.

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Prawn Mee is usually served with yellow noodle and rice noodles in a fragrant stock, which is made from fresh shrimps and dried prawns, as well as pork or chicken.  Some places in PJ and KL, they even served with slices of hard-boiled egg.

Somehow, I particularly like this prawn mee for some reason. Perhaps it’s because the soup is tasty and less ‘prawny’ than others. Yes, some prawn mee stalls have that heavy ‘prawny’ stench and I don’t really fancy that kind of smell, let alone putting it in my mouth. Served with generous portion of tauge (beansprouts), kangkung and pork, just one bowl of it in the morning can last you till late noon. And if you want a little more heat to your prawn mee, you can always mix in a little bit of sambal.

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RM5.50 for a bowl of Prawn Mee, I’m definitely keeping this bowl dry!

Google Map Location:

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Restoran Kam Heong
Prawn Mee Stall,

8, Jalan Tengah (Off Jalan Yong Shook Lin)
Petaling Jaya, Selangor 47300

Hunger Rating : My Hunger : 4 Satisfaction Rating : My Hunger : 4

Hunger Rating is to tell how hungry I am at the moment of time and Satisfaction Rating is the overall rating for the food and presentation.

Tech Kaiju Arena Face-Off: Ninetology U9X1 vs Lenovo K900

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Tech Kaiju Arena is blogging initiative by Ninetology to promote creative and responsible blogging. DECODING GALVIN has taken up the challenge to do a review on two Android devices in the most light-hearted manner. In this post, I will be giving my unbiased views and opinions to my fellow readers on these two devices. So, if you like what you read, don’t forget to share this post.

INTRODUCTION

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As a war between giant androids and monstrous green robots wages on, humankind has fallen behind with choices and decisions that are ever harder to make. While all these latest monstrous androids may closely look-alike, they are indeed different in many ways in agility, strength and sizes. And here’s an epic battle between these two green giants, in a round by round combat to find out the top green giant that will serve humankind better.

 

ROUND 1 – SIZE MATTERS

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While many of these monstrous giants are getting bigger and bigger, size does play an important role in the survival of the fittest. Ninetology U9X1 stands tall at 137.8 mm with the width of 69.9 mm. With a depth of 10 mm, the U9X1 is rather slim and mean. Equipped with a 4.8-inch display, its Super AMOLED HD is good resolution up to 720 x 1280 pixels. Weighing at 160g, the Ninetology U9X1 is definitely a Mark III category green android giant.

The Lenovo K900 is a relatively new green android giant. Standing really tall at 157 mm, it has the width of 78 mm but with a slimmer form of 6.9 mm. its IPS LCD 5.5-inch capacitive display, screams 16M colors with resolution up to 1080 x 1920 pixels. The Lenovo K900 is categorized as a Mark IV green android giant.

The K900 thumps U9X1 in viewing experience with larger screen size but being big all the time isn’t all that good. The K900 can be rather clumsy at times due to its massive size.

Verdict: Ninetology U9X1 ZERO (0) – (1) ONE Lenovo K900

 

ROUND 2 – CORE STRENGTH

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Being this gigantic you need to run nuclear engine. While the K900 may not be running on nuclear engine, It is however, packed with a Dual-core 2 GHz Intel Atom Z2580 processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. Such processing prowess enables the K900 to do multi-tasking without any complication. The K900 also pushes 5499 points in the Quandrant Standard test, a rather impressive results for a bulky giant.

On the other hand, the U9X1 is running on slower MediaTek’s 1.2GHz Quad Core processor. Although having only 1GB memory, its 16GB internal storage and expandable to 32GB via MicroSD slot gives it the edge. On the Quandrant Standard test, the U9X1 pushes 4045 points putting it way on top of other noticeable Android giants such as Samsung Galaxy Nexus and LG Optimus 2X.

Quad-core processor power keeps the U9X1 ahead in battle of Androids although it is still way behind the monstrous K900.

Verdict: Ninetology U9X1 ZERO (0) – (1) ONE Lenovo K900

 

ROUND 3 – SUPER CAMERA

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All the latest Android giants are equipped with super cameras, a distinction feature of each individual Android. Ninetology’s U9X1 too comes with 13-megapixel back camera and 2-megapixel front facing camera. Its superpower includes f2.0 Aperture, 2nd Generation BSI, HDR, Zero Shutter Delay, Panorama shooting, Face Detection, Fast Burst Shot, HD video recording (Video Effect).

The K900 is equipped with similar 13-megapixel back camera with autofocus and dual-LED flash and a front facing 2-megapixel. Its superpower includes geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and a vast collection of photo effects.

While both giants are equipped with similar super camera, the K900 once again thumps the U9X1 in image quality and consistency. While the K900 shoots rather decent photos, the U9X1 is still rather inconsistent with its colour and struggling on autofocus.

Verdict: Ninetology U9X1 ZERO (0) – (1) ONE Lenovo K900

 

ROUND 4 – STRONG BUILT AND FORM

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After three rounds, it is pretty obvious that the K900 is on a league of its own. Even though the rigid unibody form of the K900 is built with metallic brush finish, its enormous size makes it rather hard to handle with single hand and even harder for a human with smaller palm size. In this case, its metal body is much suited for the K900 to endure any hard knocks or tumbles.

U9X1 on the other hand is sleek and handles easily with a single hand. The glossy finish shines fear into enemy’s eyes although it is only to cover up the weak construct of its plastic body. The U9X1 is built for agility but the volume and power buttons scream for help for being too weak and small.

While it’s great to have a bigger and stronger built, the K900 may not fit comfortably into the front pocket of your jeans and pants. However, the U9X1 slips in easily into any pocket of your shirt or pants.

Verdict: Ninetology U9X1 (TIE) Lenovo K900

 

ROUND 5 – PRICE WAR

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It’s obvious now that these Android giants are from different category and the one from the higher category will definitely step as a winner. But this last round will prove to be the decisive point for humankind. The price war is definitely the toughest round especially with more and more same category Android giants emerging on this planet. The Mark IV Lenovo K900 may be well as tough and as powerful, it also losing out in the price war especially with a price tag of RM1,699. Much tougher green giants from similar category are striking at around that price which may easily put the K900 to shame.

However, the U9X1 strives at the price war. With the price tag of RM1,099, the U9X1 is definitely one of the toughest giants in its category. The humankind will definitely benefit more from an Android giant that excel in the price war. And with more Android giant like Ninetology’s U9X1 out to compete, the world will definitely be a better place.

Verdict: Ninetology U9X1 ONE (1) – (0) ZERO Lenovo K900

 

SUMMARY

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This post is made possible thanks to the good people from Ninetology for loaning both the U9X1 and K900 to us. However, I would like to put in some extra comments from a layman’s point of view. The Ninetology U9X1 is a new smartphone player in Malaysia, and it’s definitely getting some recognition over the short period of time. Their U9 series Android smartphones are definitely making a hit amongst Malaysians who are looking for quality smartphones but without the high price tag.

After spending a week with the U9X1, I’m quite happy with its overall performance. Speed and processing prowess are not much of an issue. The only thing I find very uncomfortable is the glossy and plastiky body. Then again, a silicon or rubber casing can fix that problem easily.

So ask me if I will recommend the U9X1 to anyone, I would say, give it a try yourself first. It’s a matter of choice and preference. I like the U9X1 for the price tag and the awesome Quad-core I’m getting, but it may not be the same to you. So in this case, my preference for an smartphone is the price tag and with the quad-core thrown in, the U9X1 definitely won my vote.

Verdict: Ninetology U9X1 ONE (1) – (0) ZERO Lenovo K900

 

Full Ninetology U9X1 specs: http://www.ninetology.com/u9/products/x1/
Full Lenovo K900 specs: http://shopap.lenovo.com/my/en/smartphones/k-series/k900/index.html?cid=my:sem:rGf3yN|g-c

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