Video – OPPO R7 and R7 Plus Take Stunning Pictures!

Before OPPO unveils their latest OPPO R7 and OPPO R7 Plus this Wednesday 20 May, rumors have been going around on the specs.

The Chinese company has always keeping the market in suspend but gradually releasing some details as the date comes closer.

Judging from the latest commercial video below. OPPO is continuing their effort on the camera just like what they have done for their R5 and N3.

According to gsmarena.com,  the rear camera in the Oppo R7 will have Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), a technology commonly used in a high-end standalone digital camera. This is an algorithm that lets the camera take multiple photos for a few seconds before and after you press the shutter button, then automatically select the best one of the bunch. On the other hand, PDAF allows for a focus time of just 0.1s. Supposely, this technology makes the R7 much faster than their  competitors when comes to camera startup time.

The Oppo Pure Image 2.0+ image processor fitted in the R7 enables the capture of 50 MP photos. The front-facing camera will be 8 MP.

OPPO did not officially announce the price of the product but according to phonearena.com, China’s JD.com is accepting pre-orders for the R7 at the equivalent of $483 USD

ASUS ZenFone 2 (4GB RAM) Available on 16 May, Pre-order Starts Today

Users who pre-order ZenFone 2 from 14th May will receive it on 16 May, the official availability date of ZenFone 2 (4GB RAM)

Singapore, (14 May 2015) – The highly anticipated ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) ‘Monster Performance’ smartphone with the 4GB RAM will be available in Singapore from 16 May onwards.

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The ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage will be available at all ASUS Authorised Retailers, ASUS Brand Stores, Asus Online Store, M1 and StarHub Shops. For users looking for the ultimate mobile performance, the ZenFone 2 is also available with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage at Singtel Shops on the same day.

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ASUS will start a pre-order for the ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage on the ASUS Online Store and Lazada on 14-15 May. With this program, users can purchase the world’s first 4GB RAM smartphone ahead of the official availability date, and even get it delivered straight to their doorstep on 16 May. The ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) sports a luxurious all-new ergonomically-curved design with ultra-slim edges, 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display and 72% screen-to-body ratio. The flagship model is running on a 2.3GHz 64-bit Intel® Atom™ processor with ultra-fast 4G/LTE and fast-charging 3,000mAh battery.

 

Availability & Pricing

The ZenFone 2 (ZE5551ML) with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage will be retailing at $429 at all ASUS Authorised Retailers, ASUS Brand Stores, Asus Online Store, M1 and StarHub Shops from 16 May onwards.

The ZenFone 2 (ZE5551ML) with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage will be retailing at $499 on the same day at Singtel Shops.

For those who are keen to get the ZenFone 2 with 4GB RAM ahead of its official availability date and have it delivered straight to their doorstep on 16 May, pre-order will be open from 14 -15 May on the ASUS Online Store and Lazada.

The website links for pre-order are as follows:

ASUS Online Store: http://store.asus.com/sg/category/B4160

Lazada: http://www.lazada.sg/asus-ze551ml-zenfone-2-4gb32gb-silver-498414.html

More photo on the Zenfone 2’s Singapore Launch here

FIRST QUARTER SMARTPHONE SALES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA REACHED 18 MILLION IN UNITS AND USD4.2 BILLION IN WORTH

Demand for Phablets surged to over 1.1 million units; Indonesia and Malaysian are biggest markets

SINGAPORE – In the Southeast Asia region where six of the seven markets are developing markets, smartphone sales continue to intensify each consecutive month. Latest GfK data shows that smartphone take-up has passed the halfway mark in the overall handset market which includes basic feature phones, making up 55 percent in March 2014 across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Smartphone sales volume continue to break its own record month after month to reflect its continued staggering growth of 43 percent in the first three months of this year compared to the same period in 2013. In value terms, the popular gadget generated nearly USD4.2 billion within January to March this year—25 percent more compared to a year ago.

“Demand for mobile handsets is stabilizing as indicated by the slight two percent growth in volume sales, but we continue to see consistent deepening of smartphone penetration in this region,” highlighted Gerard Tan, Account Director for Digital World at GfK Asia. “More than half the market today is contributed by smartphones and the trend will be sustained as the switchover in emerging markets takes precedence.”

The top three growth markets for smartphones according to sales volume in quarter one was Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand which reported 68, 59 and 45 increased sales respectively. Indonesia is also the largest market with consumers there buying over 7.3 million units or two-fifth of the region’s smartphones.

“The intensified penetration in Thailand and Vietnam was likely driven by the 3G launch last year, which served as a catalyst tipping consumers in these two countries towards the smartphone segment,” said Tan. “At the same time, a mix of Chinese and local brands have penetrated into the smartphone market of emerging countries with very attractively priced models to appeal to the low-end segment, managing to convert those consumers who cannot afford the premium phones.”

This apparent trend is reflected by the fact that smartphones priced lower than USD100 turned in the strongest growth to become the largest contributing segment in dollar terms, accounting for over 30 percent in the first quarter.

Meanwhile, phablets, or large smartphones with screen size measuring over 5.6 inch have become increasingly sought after. Over 1.1 million units worth a total of USD567 million have been sold, with Malaysia and Indonesia being the biggest markets for this sector.

“Several popular international brands have officially announced the launch of a number of flagship models in the next two quarters of this year, and this could likely be holding consumers back from their purchases in anticipation of the new models,” commented Tan. “We can be expecting these events to play a major contributing role in boosting the smartphone market further across this region to turn in yet another stellar performance,” he concluded.

Source: GFK Singapore link: http://bit.ly/1tNdgEh