ZTE http://www.stuff.tv/sg/zte/features en-SG Opinion: Is this the era of budget phones? http://www.stuff.tv/sg/opinion-era-budget-phones/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is the tide turning in the battle between budget and flagship phones? Melvin Tang and Tein Hee Seow engage in a war of words </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Opinion: Is this the era of budget phones?" alt="Opinion: Is this the era of budget phones?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Budget%20smartphone.jpg?1408001795" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Xiaomi&rsquo;s been taking Singapore by storm with its low-cost phones. Now that more brands have joined the fray, the situation has changed, but the winner is still undeclared.</p> <p>Online editor Tein Hee Seow and magazine editor Melvin Tang take sides in the upcoming price war.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/stufftv-0" title="View user profile.">StuffTV</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Melvin says yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="643" height="482" title="Cheap is good, good is cheap" alt="Opinion: Is this the era of budget phones?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Budget%20smartphones%20main_1.jpg?1408001795" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For most things, the Singaporean mantra when it comes to buying has always been that the product in question must be &ldquo;cheap and good&rdquo;. Even better if it&rsquo;s being sold at a significant discount, which explains why the entire country becomes sale central for almost two whole months during the Great Singapore Sale.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s why it&rsquo;s always been kind of weird that smartphones were being seen as luxury goods. They had to be, because everyone was going for the latest and most expensive models, with some even upgrading before their telco contracts were up. Taxi uncles, housewives, and even the elderly were sporting expensive flagship phones, despite not having a clue how to use them.</p> <p>Thanks to the introduction of Xiaomi&rsquo;s low-cost phones into the market, everything&rsquo;s changing. Thousands of its handsets are snapped up in mere minutes, largely because they&rsquo;re so much cheaper than everything else, making the term value-for-money mean something again. After all, it&rsquo;s really hard to say no to a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/xiaomi-s-redmi-1s-now-comes-4g-lte/news">S$169 smartphone that does just about everything</a>.</p> <p>Come to think about it, do we really need top-of-the-line specs to browse Facebook, chat on WhatsApp, and play Candy Crush?</p> <p>Barring new innovations in form or function that&rsquo;ll actually come in handy, unless you&rsquo;re constantly pushing your device to its limits with power-intensive games and apps, you really don&rsquo;t need a top-end model. Brands are quickly wising up to that fact too, focusing on providing better value-for-money rather than engage in an expensive all-out spec war. We get what we need for less, and they spend less to make more. Sounds like a win-win situation to me.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re not convinced, Asus has the ZenFone range starting from S$249, Nokia&#39;s recently launched the Lumia 635 at S$239, and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/who-sells-under-s100-smartphones-singapore-zte-does/news">ZTE&#39;s just launched the S$169 Blade L2</a>. Tell me you aren&rsquo;t even a little tempted to get those over a S$1000 smartphone if you aren&#39;t a heavy user.</p> <p>Make no mistake, affordability is the new killer feature, and its time is now.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/battle-budget-best-smartphones-you-can-buy-under-s250-singapore/feature">the best smartphones you can buy for under S$250 in Singapore</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/melvin-tang" title="View user profile.">Melvin Tang</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tein Hee says no </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Budget phones? Pfft, they&#039;re still far from being superphones like these" alt="Opinion: Is this the era of budget phones?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/s5-g3-m8-z2-vs_0_1.jpg?1408001795" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>I want everything but the kitchen sink in a smartphone.</p> <p>Think devices like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a>, with its insanely fast smooth performance and HTC Sense user interface. Oh, and let&rsquo;s not forget that sleek metal finish that&rsquo;ll make you swoon. I want the best screen and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3&#39;s 2K screen</a> comes to mind. The phone must have a ridiculously long battery life that should last beyond a day of heavy usage. It must have the best camera so I won&rsquo;t need to carry a DSLR to capture quick snapshots.</p> <p>A friend highlighted to me that you can get almost all that from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/xiaomi-mi3/review">Xiaomi Mi3</a>&nbsp;and soon, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/mi4-official-xiaomis-fastest-android-phone-yet/news">Mi4 will be a near match to this year&#39;s flagship models</a>.&nbsp;The word, however, is almost. Even though both Xiaomi phones are nearly half the price of the high-end models, and have decent hardware that&rsquo;s sufficient for daily use, it ain&rsquo;t enough.</p> <p>No wireless charging capabilities, no 2K screen, no deal.</p> <p>On some level, I&rsquo;m also a bit of a brand snob. Try showing off a Meizu phone. Mei what? Not many people have heard of that, and they&rsquo;ll dismiss it as another knockoff brand. The fixation with brand, however, is also stemmed in the after-sales support by these companies. Who doesn&rsquo;t want to get their money&rsquo;s worth when they pay a few hundred dollars, heck, even more than S$1000, for the latest gadgeet? At least with these branded models, I&rsquo;m assured that service support isn&rsquo;t too far.</p> <p>Try doing that with newer companies like OnePlus. Service centres are scarce, unlike the big boys such as Samsung, Sony and HTC which have multiple service centres across the island. Admittedly, Xiaomi&rsquo;s making an effort, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/xiaomi-s-red-army-budget-smartphone-dominator/news">launching its service centre and warehouse here</a> to provide repair services and speedier delivery to customers.</p> <p>If there&rsquo;s one reason to get an affordable smartphone from a Chinese company, it&rsquo;s for my annual in-camp training. At least, I won&rsquo;t feel the heartache when I chip or crack a sub-S$200 smartphone&rsquo;s screen, which also lets me stalk my friends on Facebook or WhatsApp them.</p> <p>But ultimately, I&rsquo;ll stick with my tried, tested and branded devices. I believe in paying for quality.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feat">Smartphone supertest: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/opinion-era-budget-phones/feature#comments Asus Opinion Smartphones Stuff Says Xiaomi ZTE Thu, 14 Aug 2014 04:22:02 +0000 Melvin Tang 1444794 at http://www.stuff.tv Who sells sub-S$100 smartphones in Singapore? ZTE does http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/who-sells-under-s100-smartphones-singapore-zte-does/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Joining the ranks of budget-friendly Android smartphones are the ZTE Blade VEC 4G, Blade L2, and KIS 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Who sells sub-S$100 smartphones in Singapore? ZTE does" alt="Who sells sub-S$100 smartphones in Singapore? ZTE does" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ZTE%20phones.jpg?1407911582" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">For years, ZTE&rsquo;s most notable presence in Singapore was at CommunicAsia, never extending beyond that trade show. But the Chinese company is finally moving forward in the consumer space, and is also issuing a challenge to Xiaomi&rsquo;s affordable smartphone range.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The Blade L2 is priced at S$169, a coincidental match to Xiaomi&rsquo;s Redmi 1S here. Specs-wise, the ZTE Android smartphone has a few advantages, including a larger 5in screen and the latest Android 4.4 loaded within. Similar to the Redmi 1S, the Blade L2 also has dual-SIM capabilities, so no annoying switches between your personal and work line.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="ZTE Blade L2" alt="Who sells sub-S$100 smartphones in Singapore? ZTE does" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ZTE%20Blade%20L2.jpg?1407911582" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The Android KitKat upgrade, by the way, applies to all three devices. This upgrade and the S$99 price tag for the ZTE KIS 3 should get your attention. At a dollar shy of breaching the hundred mark, this is one of the cheapest Android 4.4 smartphone available here. The specs, which include a 4in WVGA screen and dual-core processor, aren&rsquo;t mindblowingly spectacular, but for that price and as a secondary phone, it&rsquo;s worth a second look.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="ZTE KIS 3" alt="Who sells sub-S$100 smartphones in Singapore? ZTE does" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ZTE%20KIS%203.jpg?1407911582" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Arguably, most users would buy the Blade L2 and KIS 3 without a telco contract to retain their existing 12GB data. But getting the Blade VEC 4G through a telco makes more sense since you&rsquo;ll want 4G speeds to go with it. The flagship model is available through SingTel, and with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/singtel-new-cheaper-plans-waive-4g-payment-singapore/news">the telco&rsquo;s recent 4G waiver</a> plus the usual phone subsidy thrown in, you&rsquo;ll be paying a fraction of the S$299 pegged to the Blade VEC 4G. This gets you a 5in full HD device, complemented by an 8MP camera, 2300mAh battery and 16GB of internal storage.</p> <p dir="ltr">Both the Blade VEC 4G and KIS 3 will be available from 23 August, while the Blade L2 is currently&nbsp;from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lazada.sg/zte-blade-l2-5-white-95693.html">online retailer Lazada</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/8-chinese-smartphones-that-will-revolutionise-the-mobile-war/feature">The Red Army: Xiaomi&#39;s Redmi and 7 other revolutionary Chinese smartphones</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="ZTE Blade VEC 4G" alt="Who sells under S$100 smartphones in Singapore? ZTE does" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ZTE%20Blade%20VEC%204G.jpg?1407911582" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rise of the Chinese smartphones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>ZTE is just one of the many Chinese smartphone makers that have focused its attention on Singapore recently. Others like Xiaomi, Oppo and OnePlus have finally embarked on its global expansion, while the pioneering Huawei is still making its presence felt.</p> <p>Read more about the rise of Chinese smartphones and why you should pay attention to them in our September issue of Stuff Singapore, coming soon to a newsstand near you.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/who-sells-under-s100-smartphones-singapore-zte-does/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/who-sells-under-s100-smartphones-singapore-zte-does/news#comments Android Android 4.4 KitKat Smartphones ZTE Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:30:01 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1444705 at http://www.stuff.tv Oppo Find 7 availability and all the other news you might have missed http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/oppo-find-7-availability-and-all-other-news-you-might-have-missed/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We’ve filtered out the biggest news of the week for you to read </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Oppo Find 7 availability and all the other news you might have missed" alt="Oppo Find 7 availability and all the other news you might have missed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gallery-1_2.jpeg?1403063429" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You might have been too caught up with all the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/e3-2014">excitement from E3</a> to fully grasp what else have been happening in the world of tech. Fret not &ndash; <em>Stuff&rsquo;s</em> got you covered. Here are the top five stories that you might have and shouldn&#39;t miss this from the past week.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Oppo Find 7 is coming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After months of speculation and waiting, the oppo Find 7 is finally (well, almost) available in South East Asia, priced at S$719. Its biggest selling point is its high-resolution 2K, 5.5in screen and ultra HD multi-shot feature that enables you to take 10 photos and combine them into a massive 50MP image. Now, we just have to wait till its July release.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: O</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/oppo-find-7-available-july-priced-s719/news"><strong>ppo Find 7 available from July, priced at S$719</strong></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The oppo Find 7 is coming" alt="The oppo Find 7 is coming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gallery_8.jpeg?1403063429" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ZTE stamps its entry into South East Asia with its smartphone range </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another Chinese handset vendor has decided to make its mark on South East Asian soil &ndash; ZTE has unveiled its flagship Nubia Z5S Mini and claims it will be available a little after the local launch of the Blade L2 and KIS 3. If you&rsquo;ve been wanting a cheaper handset you can expect one of these to hit our shores by the end of this year.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/zte/zte-unveils-flagship-nubia-z5s-mini-south-east-asia/news">ZTE unveils flagship Nubia Z5S Mini in South East Asia</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="ZTE stamps its entry into South East Asia with its smartphone range " alt="ZTE stamps its entry into South East Asia with its smartphone range " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gallery-2_5.jpeg?1403063429" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More rumours of the LG G smartwatch surface </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s no secret that LG&rsquo;s got its purported G smartwatch in the making. But now, new specs have been leaked, indicating that it might be arriving with up to 36 hours of battery life, storage of up to 4GB, and a battery charge time of about two hours. Sounds impressive to you? You&rsquo;ll just have to wait till Google&rsquo;s annual I/O conference, where it might make its debut.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lg/purported-lg-g-smartwatch-come-long-battery-life-and-massive-storage/news">Purported LG G smartwatch to come with long battery life and massive storage&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="More rumours of the LG G smartwatch surface" alt="More rumours of the LG G smartwatch surface" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gallery-3_5.jpeg?1403063429" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is Google launching a health service called Google Fit? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s no surprise if Google wants to stand alongside Samsung and Apple in the health service space, especially since there&rsquo;s money in assembling and analysing data from various fitness trackers and apps. To carry that out though, it&rsquo;ll need strategic partners, and this is what we&rsquo;ll be looking out for at the Google I/O conference.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/google-takes-apples-healthkit-its-own-google-fit/news">Rumour: Google takes on Apple&rsquo;s HealthKit with its own Google Fit</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Is Google launching a health service called Google Fit?" alt="Is Google launching a health service called Google Fit?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gallery-4_4.jpeg?1403063429" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This might just be Microsoft’s biggest move yet… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Kinect-like motion gestures on Nokia&rsquo;s next Lumia smartphone might seem like something out of the movie <em>Minority Report</em>, that is, if the rumours circulating around are true. This hardware, that may be nicknamed McLaren, might allow you to answer your phone by bringing it to your ear or cover it to mute, amongst others. Say bye-bye to those buttons.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/you-might-sport-kinect-motion-gestures-next-windows-phone/news">Kinect-like motion gestures might appear on the next Windows Phone</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="This might just be Microsoft’s biggest move yet… " alt="This might just be Microsoft’s biggest move yet… " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gallery-5_2.jpeg?1403063429" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/oppo-find-7-availability-and-all-other-news-you-might-have-missed/news#comments Google LG Microsoft Nokia Oppo Round-up Wednesday ZTE Wed, 18 Jun 2014 03:33:33 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1439436 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on with the ZTE Nubia Z5S Mini smartphone http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/hands-zte-nubia-z5s-mini-smartphone/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Something tells us you might be getting this as a backup device </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Hands-on with the ZTE Nubia Z5S Mini smartphone" alt="Hands-on with the ZTE Nubia Z5S Mini smartphone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/IMG_0132_0.JPG?1402714125" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The first thing you&rsquo;d expect when someone uses the term &ldquo;mini&rdquo; on a smartphone is a device that sits at about 4.3in to 4.5in.</p> <p>But, when we held the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/zte/zte-unveils-flagship-nubia-z5s-mini-south-east-asia/news">ZTE&rsquo;s Android powered flagship Nubia Z5S Mini</a>&nbsp;the first time,&nbsp;its 4.7in display was a bit of a stretch for our petite fingers. In comparison, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini</a>&#39;s&nbsp;4.5in screen might be a better fit.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FEATURE PACKED AND LIGHTWEIGHT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The back is removable, which can be changed to fit a brightly-coloured backing, a big bonus for those who are either picky or keen on regularly customising your smartphone.</p> <p>Its specs too are a far cry from belonging in the bin; it comes with LTE capability, contains a generous 2000mAh battery power, 2GB RAM, HD display, Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon 600 processor, a 13 megapixel back camera, as well as a 5 megapixel front camera for you selfie kings and queens.</p> <p>But we have to admit we&rsquo;re a tad bit upset that it comes with an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It&rsquo;s slightly old-fashioned by today&#39;s standards and considering it&rsquo;s not even out in the market yet, it should at least be on Android 4.4 (KitKat). Otherwise, the Nubia Z5S Mini&rsquo;s specs are bang on for a cheaper handset. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>Also, you&rsquo;ve got to have some patience before you can try it out for yourself. ZTE claims the Nubia Z5S Mini, along with the Blade L2 and KIS 3, will hit our shores by the end of this year. Keep checking&nbsp;<em>Stuff&nbsp;</em>for all of the details, we&rsquo;ll update them as soon as we have them. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/zte-declares-smartphone-war-apple-and-samsung/news">ZTE declares smartphone war on Apple and Samsung</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Hands-on with the ZTE Nubia Z5S Mini smartphone" alt="Hands-on with the ZTE Nubia Z5S Mini smartphone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0134_0.JPG?1402714125" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Hands-on with the ZTE Nubia Z5S Mini smartphone" alt="Hands-on with the ZTE Nubia Z5S Mini smartphone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0136_0.JPG?1402714125" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/hands-zte-nubia-z5s-mini-smartphone/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/hands-zte-nubia-z5s-mini-smartphone/feature#comments Android Smartphones ZTE Sat, 14 Jun 2014 02:47:08 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1439091 at http://www.stuff.tv ZTE declares smartphone war on Apple and Samsung http://www.stuff.tv/sg/zte-declares-smartphone-war-apple-and-samsung/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So where does Xiaomi sit in with the cheap handset vendor’s go-to-market strategy? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="ZTE proclaims smartphone war with Apple and Samsung " alt="ZTE proclaims smartphone war with Apple and Samsung " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/photo%20%2831%29.JPG?1402623907" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you own a Samsung smartphone or an iPhone, watch out. ZTE&rsquo;s planning on taking those units straight out of your hands and replacing them with its own smartphones.</p> <p>At a press event in Bali, ZTE&rsquo;s CIS handset business unit president, Jacky Zhang, said the time is ripe and after being in operation for more than 16 years, the company is ready to establish itself in the retail market, especially within Asia-Pacific.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Standing taller above the rest </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&ldquo;In terms of product and cost, our offering is better than Samsung. I don&rsquo;t think we can beat them in such a short time, but we can catch up, at least in the next two to three years,&rdquo; ZTE mobile terminal general manager, Ni Fei, claimed.</p> <p>But if we consider specs and its price point, ZTE&rsquo;s biggest competition comes from fellow <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/xiaomi/xiaomi-drops-mi3-price-to-339-in-singapore/news">affordable handset vendors, Xiaomi </a>and Huawei. The latter has attempted to promote its cost-friendly smartphones in South East Asian sphere for the last three years, but&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/xiaomi/guess-what-xiaomi-s-redmi-sold-out-again/news">Xiaomi has been the dominant force</a> thus far.</p> <p>However, ZTE doesn&rsquo;t think it&rsquo;s on a level playing field with Xiaomi as it&rsquo;s got a presence in more than 150 countries, while Xiaomi has etched itself to just a few. Furthermore, ZTE targets specific groups of users, while Xiaomi&rsquo;s is more of a one-size-fits-all model.</p> <p>Outside of Indonesia, specifically Singapore, you can expect ZTE to soon engage in some form of co-branding (it&rsquo;s being mum about with whom) as well as &ldquo;copy some of Xiaomi&rsquo;s go-to-market strategies&rdquo;, according to Fei.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/zte/ces-2014/zte-s-mobile-goes-modular/news">ZTE&#39;s mobile goes modular</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="ZTE proclaims smartphone war with Apple and Samsung " alt="ZTE proclaims smartphone war with Apple and Samsung " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%20%2830%29.JPG?1402623907" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/zte-declares-smartphone-war-apple-and-samsung/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/zte-declares-smartphone-war-apple-and-samsung/news#comments Android Smartphones ZTE Fri, 13 Jun 2014 01:34:03 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1438974 at http://www.stuff.tv ZTE unveils flagship Nubia Z5S Mini in South East Asia http://www.stuff.tv/sg/zte/zte-unveils-flagship-nubia-z5s-mini-south-east-asia/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED: The Chinese company also plans to launch the Blade L2 and KIS 3 very soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="ZTE unveils flagship Nubia Z5S Mini in South East Asia" alt="ZTE unveils flagship Nubia Z5S Mini in South East Asia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ZTE%20Nubia.jpg?1402587858" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/opinion-how-many-xiaomi-redmis-were-sold-within-8-minutes-singapore/feature">Xiaomi has been dominating the affordable smartphone space</a>&nbsp;but now, another handset vendor intends to make its mark within South East Asia.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Where and when will it be available? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to ZTE CIS handset business unit president, Jacky Zhang,&nbsp;Asia-Pacific is a primary market target for ZTE. &quot;We have focused on B2B businesses in the past but now, we are ready to establish our brand in the retail market, and we are confident that our products will suit the consumers&rsquo; needs,&quot; said Zhang.</p> <p><strong>UPDATED:</strong>&nbsp;If the number of smartphones to choose from isn&rsquo;t tough enough, ZTE will also be ramping up its rollout within the region with the Blade L2 and KIS 3 smartphones in the coming months.</p> <p>Pricing for the units are currently provided in Indonesian Ringgit - the&nbsp;Nubia Z5S Mini will cost RP3,999.000 (S$422), the&nbsp;Blade L2 at RP1,699.000 (S$179), and the&nbsp;KIS 3 at RP999,000 (S$105); so you can expect the Singapore pricing to be similar to that.&nbsp;</p> <p>And there&#39;s a range of colours to choose from - white front with a black back, white front with white back, black front with white back, and black front with black back. If these options are too common for you, there will be four backs (blue, green, yellow, and pink) for you to customise them.</p> <p>The Blade L2 and KIS 3 will debut in Singapore before the Nubia Z5S Mini does, but all that can be said for now is that the range will be available by end 2014. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/modular-smartphones-are-building-blocks-tech-shambles/feature">Modular smartphones are the building blocks of a tech shamble</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="ZTE unveils flagship Nubia Z5S Mini in South East Asia" alt="ZTE unveils flagship Nubia Z5S Mini in South East Asia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%20%2830%29_0.JPG?1402587858" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/zte/zte-unveils-flagship-nubia-z5s-mini-south-east-asia/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/zte/zte-unveils-flagship-nubia-z5s-mini-south-east-asia/news#comments Android Smartphones ZTE Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:17:19 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1438950 at http://www.stuff.tv Modular smartphones are the building blocks of a tech shambles http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/modular-smartphones-are-building-blocks-tech-shambles/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you’re hoping a Lego-style phone will boost the industry and save the environment, we&#039;ve got some bad news... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="548" height="411" title="Modular smartphones are the building blocks of a tech shambles" alt="Modular smartphones are the building blocks of a tech shambles" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ara_1.jpg?1395159251" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I was a kid, I loved Lego. Heck, as an adult, I love Lego. There&rsquo;s something wonderful about starting out with a pile of bricks and ending up with an object you had in your head. But that kind of modular flexibility is rare in technology. Instead, there&rsquo;s a tendency towards appliance devices, with smartphones, tablets and PCs locking out users, finally eradicating the (somewhat romanticised) notion of being able to upgrade components to eke out yet more years of life from cherished kit.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like many advances in technology, this all seems so obvious and so simple. Why throw away an entire phone if you want more storage, a better camera, or some snazzy new feature everyone claims Samsung just copied from Apple while simultaneously running adverts about how stupid iPhone owners are? Instead, just bolt on the bits you want &mdash; literally. The tiny snag is the concept as it stands doesn&rsquo;t make a great deal of sense &mdash; it&rsquo;s smoke-and-mirrors simplicity rather than the real thing.</p> <p>From an engineering perspective, it&rsquo;s a nightmare. Today&rsquo;s devices are carefully considered as complete units, their svelte forms only possible because engineers spend countless hours refining designs, devising bespoke components, and making the best use of the tiny amount of available space. Replace a case with a bunch of block-based components that could be attached in a somewhat random fashion, and you suddenly have all kinds of issues with routing, redundancy, compatibility and efficiency; there&rsquo;s even the extra space taken up by the enclosures for the components themselves.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/oDAw7vW7H0c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The assumption waste would be reduced also seems questionable. Mobile technology evolves at a blistering pace, and so how long would modular components truly remain compatible for? How long would it be before Exciting New Module X required Expensive New Motherboard Y? Although it might be possible to upgrade specific components in a piecemeal fashion, chances are you&rsquo;d see a similar lifecycle for the bulk of them, hindering any eco-friendly savings. Even if you generously assume some kind of Magic Modular Phone, where the screen and motherboard could last for a decade, upgrading components alone will still have environmental impact; these things still need making and shipping, and old parts will (unlike a whole device) retain little resale value, leading to waste.</p> <p>From an industry perspective, the concept of modularity is an even bigger ask. It was hard enough for the EU to convince manufacturers to settle on a charging standard, and even then the likes of Apple wriggled out of doing so by selling adapters. Now imagine getting everyone to agree on a modular standard. And should that miracle occur, what then? Major jumps in technology around such limitations would be less likely, innovation stemmed if components all had to adhere to a strict interchangeable spec. Every phone would soon resemble every other, while economy of scale would counter-intuitively be given a beating as well; because although these devices would all be akin to Lego, everyone would be manufacturing their own bits and pieces, in a vastly fragmented ecosystem.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Project Ara" alt="Project Ara" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-project-ara-02_0.jpg?1395159251" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So what first seems like a simple, obvious idea is in reality a mess waiting to happen, and one that will offer few benefits for the end user. They won&rsquo;t save a great deal of money, few will care about interchangeable parts anyway, some will wonder why there are big gaps on the back of their smartphones if they can&rsquo;t get the various bits to line up properly, and a few geeks will proclaim it the best thing ever, before getting distracted approximately eight seconds later by some great new Google robot that gets injected directly into your hypothalamus.</p> <p>Really, it&rsquo;s all a distraction anyway. What we should be doing is encouraging manufacturers, carriers and service providers to support gadgets for longer, and for developers to ensure apps are highly optimised to the point they&rsquo;ll happily run on years-old devices. And when devices finally reach the end of their useful lives, they should be recycled and reused. But that kind of idealism costs money and so it&rsquo;s probably just as unrealistic as that of Phonebloks.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/motorola-s-project-ara-will-bring-upgradability-smartphone-hardware/news" target="_blank">Motorola&#39;s Project Ara: the modular smartphone that&#39;ll never be obsolete</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Phonebloks concept" alt="Phonebloks concept" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/phonebloks-concept.jpg?1395159251" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/modular-smartphones-are-building-blocks-tech-shambles/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/modular-smartphones-are-building-blocks-tech-shambles/feature#comments Google Project Ara Smartphones ZTE Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:18:50 +0000 Elissa Loi 1433857 at http://www.stuff.tv ZTE’s mobile goes modular http://www.stuff.tv/sg/zte/ces-2014/zte-s-mobile-goes-modular/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola isn’t the only one that getting into the modular mobile game </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="904" height="678" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ecomobius.jpg?1389252073" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A couple of months back, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/motorola-s-project-ara-will-bring-upgradability-smartphone-hardware/news">Motorola announced</a> that they&rsquo;re working on a modular smartphone codenamed Project Ara. We&rsquo;ve yet to see any hints of what it&rsquo;ll look like even in this CES but ZTE has also decided to jump into the whole modular smartphone bandwagon.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/nigel-yap-0" title="View user profile.">Nigel Yap</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/zte/ces-2014/zte-s-mobile-goes-modular/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/zte/ces-2014/zte-s-mobile-goes-modular/news#comments CES 2014 Smartphones ZTE Thu, 09 Jan 2014 07:21:14 +0000 Nigel Yap 1431036 at http://www.stuff.tv