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ZenFone 3 Deluxe: ASUS’ best storms into Malaysian premium smartphone market

Make no mistake. ASUS wants a piece of the lucrative premium smartphone segment, currently dominated by Apple, Samsung and Huawei. With that ambition in mind, it took a brave step to not only create its most impeccably built device yet, but also one of the most powerful smartphones in the world. The ZenFone 3 Deluxe is beautiful, powerful, and comes with a stiff price tag that may be off-putting for ZenFone fans. Like it or not, it’s finally available on Malaysian shores, after its debut earlier in August. Continue Reading

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ZTE Blade V7 Lite review: Now everyone can have a metal phone

I remember the days when smartphones were plastic or polycarbonate, as some would like to call it. The Nokia Lumia and HTC One made polycarbonate sexy, just as how the iPhone 4 made metal and glass the benchmark of premium-looking phones. These days though, metal smartphones, whether partially or all-in have become the standard amongst the flagships. This also hasn’t stopped smartphone makers from pushing the envelope further. We’ve seen mid-rangers go ‘premium’ with metal, too.

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Xiaomi’s new Mi 5 is a powerhouse armed with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

At Hesperia Tower, away from the hustle of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 at Fira Grand Via in Barcelona, Xiaomi has just announced its new flagship smartphone – the Mi 5. The Mi 5 may be the first commercially available Qualcomm Snapdragon 820-powered device when it hits its home market of China on 1 March.

The Mi 5 is better than its predecessor in every way – from design and build to compute performance; to camera and battery life. Continue Reading

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