Introducing the 88 Tauri Lamborghini smartphone

The Tauri 88
The Tauri 88

Do you fancy having a smartphone that bears the marquee of one of the most famous supercars ever known? Wait, a supercar brand?

Yes, Lamborghini zooms ahead with the luxurious, limited edition 88 Tauri. It will cost any aspiring buyer about US$6000 (RM 20,100) and only 1,947 units will be produced.

The frontal angle
The frontal angle

The model is made with a mix of high quality material and design motif that is closely resembles the philosophy of the carmaker – loud and stylish. A blend of premium steel in black, gold and natural colours with leather in black, blue, red, orange and brown as optional colours.  Specs wise, it is not too shabby, as it’s touting a 5-inch Full HD screen, 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm 801 CPU, 3GB RAM and expandable 64GB of storage. A 20MP rear camera with sensor and 8MP front comes with the 88 Tauri. The makers claim that its 3,200mAh battery has a talk time of 35 hours or 1000 hours on standby.

The expensive, luxurious phone will be available in the market in late December. Speculations as to why the exact production number of 1,947 is because it is the year of birth of Lamborghini’s founder, Tonino Lamborghini.

Via SlashGear
Image credit: hi-tech.mail.ru

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Lenovo launches bold Vibe X2 in Malaysia

Lenovo Vibe X2
Lenovo Vibe X2
Can you feel the vibe?

Lenovo continues to spread its vibe across the world. The global #1 PC maker and #3 in smartphones has just unleashed the Vibe X2 in Malaysia, featuring a bold new multi-layered design and 4G LTE connectivity.

The Vibe X2 is the latest in Lenovo’s stable of affordable, high-performance devices. The device won the hearts of judges at IFA 2014, picking up a design award for its unique multi-tiered design language.

One layer is boring. How about three?

The layered design features colours of harmonious shades, complemented with a smooth finish. Lenovo apparently used sophisticated tech like robot arms and cleans rooms to get three coats of paint applied for each tone on every Vibe X2.

I have to be the first to admit. It does look cool.

What’s also cool is the Vibe Xtensions that accompany the new device. Vibe Xtensions clip-on to the Vibe X2 like the super slim Vibe X2 battery and Vibe X2 Speaker.

The Vibe X2 battery clips-on seamlessly to the phone, giving it additional 75% juice from its slender 5.1mm body.

The Vibe X2 Speaker is the first click-on speaker in the market and features JBL-enhanced audio too. Share those tunes on Spotify why don’t you! The speaker also has a built-in hands-free stand, Bluetooth and built-in battery that last up to 5 hours.

Lenovo Vibe X2

Lenovo Vibe X2
Not 3-layer tea, but no less delicious

Why have four when you can have eight?

Lenovo is the first global handset vendor to ship a device with MediaTek’s latest MT6595 4G LTE True Octa-Core processor. Yes eight cores. Based on big.LITTLE architecture the new chip has the ability to harness all eight cores simultaneously, unlike other multi-core processors. This means a couple of things to us end users — more performance, and better battery life. Music to our ears.

It may be a mid-range device (a good-looking one at that), but the X2 packs plenty of goodies for the money — 5-inch Full HD IPS display, 2GB RAM, 32GB of storage, 4G LTE, dual-SIM, 13MP autofocus rear camera with LED flash, 5MP fixed focus front camera and runs Android 4.4 KitKat.

How much for a new Vibe?

The Lenovo Vibe X2 is available now priced at RM1,199.00 (US$343).

Time to Vibe!

Alcatel gets flashy with the OneTouch Flash

one touch flash gun grey

With the whole selfie culture being part of modern day culture, it’s no surprise that every phone maker is attempting to get into the game. Alcatel is no different and they’ve recently launched their own take of the selfie phone in the form of the Alcatel OneTouch Flash.

With a 5.5-inch IPS screen, the OneTouch Flash would definitely fall into the phablet category and it does come kitted with some decent specs as well, at least for something of its price range. It’s powered by a True Octacore 1.4 GHz processor and has 8GB of storage with 1GB of memory. You get Android 4.4.2 KitKat as its OS together with its own OneTouch UI.

Of coure being a selfie phone, it has to come with some decent camera specs as well. For the main back camera, you get a 13-megapixel shooter while the front camera, which you’re likely going to be selfie-ing with most of the time, has a 5-megapixel sensor.

Lemme take a selfie!
Lemme take a selfie!

 

It isn’t the hard specs of the camera that makes the OneTouch Flash a “selfie smartphone” as Alcatel would put it though. It’s the phone’s camera functions, in this case, Alcatel’s Smart Beauty Enhancement feature. With it, pictures taken are automatically “beautified”. No need for editing and such, just snap and voila, great selfies are ready.

And if you want that added level of narcissism by sharing your photos to other people (aside from mass social media-ing it of course), there’s the HotKnot feature that allows quick file transfers with a single touch of a button.

As for battery, it comes with a 3200mAh battery so that ought to give it some decent juice for use. And because it doesn’t come with LTE support, only up to 3G, you’re not going to see a big drain in that department.

So just how much are you going to fork out for this “selfie” phablet? It’s going at a pretty decent RM699. You’re not getting the phone only though. It’ll also be bundled with its own flip cover and a Sceen Care Warranty that’ll give you a one time screen replacement in the first 12 months of the phone ownership.

That’s not all, Alcatel also has a “BEaFlasher” promo where using the said code, you can get 50% off exclusive OneTouch Flash skins from Hydraskins.com. Not bad for a RM699 value.

The phablet availability will being on 12 December 2014 in Peninsular Malaysia while our East Malaysian neighbours will be seeing it hit their shelves on 15 December. And if you want a choice of covers, the OneTouch flash comes in either Crystal White or Gun Grey.

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SyFy channel and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) are developing a new series based on the mythology of Superman, Krypton. Something like Gotham where we don’t actually get to see Batman strutting his stuff, in this series, we don’t see Superman flying around and punching baddies.

Rather, the story focuses on Superman’s grandfather who is trying to bring equality and justice to his homeworld. Ian Goldberg (FlashForward, Once Upon a Time) will be writing the script and also the executive producer alongside Goyer. The story was conceived by both of them too.

So far, no other details are known yet but in the crowded superhero TV series, it remains to be seen if the series will get any traction with the audience. Right now, DC universe already very busy with Gotham, The Flash, Constantine and future upcoming series like Titans, Supergirl and Preacher.

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Naughty Dog, makers of one of the most highly regarded game of PS3, The Last of Us, has unveiled the gameplay trailer for the fourth installment of its Uncharted series, Uncharted 4: Thief’s End. Nathan Drake, the hero of the series is back and joining him this time is his brother voiced by Troy Baker, who so happens to be the voice of Joel in The Last of Us.

Based on what we can see in the trailer, Uncharted 4′ still retains the charm of the series – crazy acrobatics and some smart comments by the hero character. What’s noticeable though is that the finer details have been enhanced which we figure, the developers have incorporated from lessons learned from The Last of Us.

There is a marked improvement in animation as well, as Drake looks quite realistic in motion, from killing his enemies to jumping with the ropes. Naughty Dog has stated that they are aiming for 60fps during gameplay though the demo gameplay video currently shows that it runs at 30fps with a 1080p resolution.

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Kadokawa has just revealed the first trailer of its upcoming anime adaptation of the popular Japanese webgame, Kantai Collection. The anime series will feature cast like Sumire Uesaka (Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!), Saki Fujita (Yozakura Quartet) and Yuka Iguchi (Girls und Panzer). The director of the series will be Keizo Kusakawa (Dog Days, Akuma no Riddle) and animated by Diomedea (Shinryaku! Ika Musume, Akuma no Riddle).

The date of airing is set on 7 January 2015.

Kantai Collection: Kan Colle is notable for its usage of girls to represent real life World War II warships and the game now has 1.7 million players. The game franchise has spread far and wide, and has had a manga adaptation, light novels and now an anime series. There’s even a PS Vita game being worked on right now.

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CD Projekt Red, the Polish company that made successful The Witcher series has announced yet another delay to its much anticipated The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from 24 Febuary 2015 to 19 May 2015.

We owe you an apology. We set the release date too hastily,” said the board of CD Projekt today, they added, “It’s a hard lesson, one to take to heart for the future. We know what we want to do to make Wild Hunt one of the best RPGs you will ever play. And we continue to work hard to achieve just that. So, we apologize and ask for your trust.

The developers cited that they want to reduce bugs as the main reason for the new delay. They also stated that the new game has “the sheer size and complexity” to back up the reason for the delay. At least they care about their players, we all know how annoying it can get when you have to keep downloading bug patches.

Now, nearing the end of our work, we see many details that need to be corrected. When we release the most important game in our studio’s history, we must be absolutely sure that we did everything we could to limit any bugs to a level that will allow you to enjoy the game thoroughly,” said CD Projekt, “With this in mind, we took another look at current workloads and what they mean for the team. Even though everyone is working at full speed, we concluded that we need another 12 weeks.

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After releasing the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 flagship phablet, Huawei Malaysia isn’t resting up. They’ve added the heat by releasing their new Ascend G7 that’s big on features but light on your pockets.

This sub-RM1000 smartphone features a 5.5-inch HD (1280×720) IPS display, impressive 13MP rear-facing camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon performance and a large 3000mAh battery. It also packs 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage space (expandable to 32GB via microSD). And for your connectivity needs, it also includes a Cat4 4G LTE radio, Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi 802.11 b/g/gn networking.

It’s also quite pretty to look at. The G Series gets Huawei’s signature craftsmanship that you now see on the likes of the Ascend P7 and new Ascend Mate 7. It’s come at a slim figure of 7.6mm and weighs just 165g. Of course this budget phablet also runs Huawei’s EMUI 3.0 atop Android 4.4 KitKat.

With a classic moonlight silver design, the Huawei G7 is something that’s going to look really good in your hands. It’s now available at all Huawei authorised dealers with a retail price of RM999.

Ryan Reynolds is back as Deadpool

The titular character
The titular character

Ryan Reynolds has confirmed his role as Deadpool in his own movie with this Tweet:

From the rather dubious and widely criticized portrayal of the talky mercenary in the flopped Wolverine movie, to widely lauded and talked about test footage, it has been quite a ride for Ryan Reynolds. It could be his ticket back to the A-List after two massive flops in DC’s Green Lantern and Turbo. Tim Miller is attached to the project as the director and it is scheduled to begin shooting next March.

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