BenQ F5 smartphone unboxing

BenQ F5 unboxing

BenQ F5

For those not in the know, BenQ (yes the maker of those awesome gaming displays and projectors) also makes phones. And recently, the Taiwan brand introduced two smartphone products to the Malaysian market — the BenQ F5 and BenQ T3, both feature-packed Android-powered 4G LTE-enabled devices. We got our hands on a F5 review unit, so we thought we’d do a quick unboxing and give you a short rundown on our impressions of the device.

What’s in the box

  • BenQ F5 smartphone
  • Screen protector
  • USB wall charger
  • USB cable
  • Earphones
  • Manual & Warranty Card

BenQ F5

Playing the value game

So, the F5 is somewhat of a performer and it’s jam-packed with goodies. It sports the venerable, mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chip and a healthy 2GB RAM. Storage is more than decent at 16GB, with an option to expand further via microSD (up to 64GB). It’s 4G LTE-enabled, and can house a single-SIM. It boasts a 13MP BSI camera (from Sony) coupled with BenQ’s proprietary 4x Ultra Sensitive Mode that captures four times more light than conventional sensors. So expect some good photos, even in low light conditions. You’ll also get a 2MP front camera for selfies and video chats. The cameras come with Smile Detection Mode, Voice Control Shutter and a nifty HFR (High Frame Rate) mode that helps you capture action shots in slow-mo.

Design-wise, the F5 looks pretty good and although it has a plastic build, the soft resin backing makes it non-slip and very comfortable to hold.

What’s great also is that it runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box, with almost a plain vanilla Android experience.

At RM699.00 it’s really hard to fault, especially with 4G LTE to boot.

Nice one, BenQ.

Enjoy the unboxing pics.

Trailer for Jurassic World is here

The hero
The hero

Check out the trailer for Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy). There’s a Mososaur, yet more Raptors and a mysterious dinosaur hybrid that gives the Starlord some heebie jeebies.

Directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) and written by Derek Conolly (Safety Not Guaranteed), the cast includes Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Vincent D’Onofrio (Ass Backwards, The Judge). The movie story is set 22 years after events depicted in Jurassic Park at Isla Nublar.

Jurassic World is coming to cinemas on 12 June 2015 after a long, acrimonious delay.

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Live action Attack on Titan movie character posters revealed

Haruma Miura as Eren Jaeger
Haruma Miura as Eren Jaeger

Japanese film news site Eiga and Sanspo recently posted 13 character posters for the upcoming two live action Attack on Titan movies. Its creator, Hajime Isayama was engaged as a consultant and he even created seven new characters for the new flicks. Sanspo revealed that Hiroki Hasegawa‘s character Shikishima is a key figure of the movie, deemed “humanity’s strongest man.”

Koko Mizuhara as Mikasa Ackermann
Koko Mizuhara as Mikasa Ackermann
Kanata Hongo as Armin
Kanata Hongo as Armin
Satomi Ishihara as Hanji Zoe
Satomi Ishihara as Hanji Zoe
Nanami Sakura as Sasha Blouse
Nanami Sakura as Sasha Blouse
Takahiro Miura as Jean Kirstein
Takahiro Miura as Jean Kirstein
Hiroki Hasegawa as Shikishima
Hiroki Hasegawa as Shikishima
Ayame Misaki as Hiana
Ayame Misaki as Hiana
Pierre Taki as Souda
Pierre Taki as Souda
Jun Kunimura as Kubal
Jun Kunimura as Kubal
Shu Watanabe as Fukushi
Shu Watanabe as Fukushi
Satoru Matsuo as Sannagi
Satoru Matsuo as Sannagi
Rina Takeda as Lil
Rina Takeda as Lil

The producer Yoshihiro Sato said that he did not pay too much attention if the cast looked like the original characters because he usually goes for actors who can act out the “character’s spirits.” To appease fan worries, though, he made a point that he had many discussions with the creator of the manga for the casting approach.

The director, Shinji Higuchi (Lorelei: Witch of Ocean, The Sinking of Japan) says that with the addition of seven movie unique characters, the story will be featuring new formidable enemies. Yuusuke Watanabe (Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods, Gatchaman) is the writer of the script together with creator Hajime Isayama and film critic Tomohiro Machiyama. Isao Tsuge is in charge of the costumes.

The cast members had extensive conversations with the director before the filming. The director quoted, “They carried out their roles splendidly. One part would have no less than three costume meetings, camera tests, etc. Details on the 3-D gear and costumes were custom-made so that each character matched their manga counterpart.” He added, “Isayama-sensei was a bit embarrassed when he came to the set and saw the military drills for the first time with the cast in costume. He gave them his stamp of approval.”

The films are scheduled for opening next summer.

Via Eiga & Sanspo

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The director herself
Woman Woman demands no less than an award-winning director

Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad) is the director the new Warner Bros movie, Wonder Woman starring the vivacious Gal Gadot (Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6).

Talks have been going on for some time, hence the development is no surprise to many people. The producers of the comic-adapted movie are Charles Roven, Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder .

However, no details such as the plot, setting or anything else on the movie is known. All we know is Wonder Woman will appear in the epic Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice crossover, which is scheduled for a March 2016 release. Wonder Woman will be airing in cinemas in 2017.

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Pinc: The VR headset for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

The headset
The headset

Move  over, Samsung. Apple now has a similar VR trick up its own sleeve: Cordon Media has launched a crowdfunding campaign for its VR headset made for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus called Pinć.

Showing the fingers control
The ring control system

What’s notable is that the headset can also double as a phone case.

This means users can flatten down the optics portion of the Pinć so he/she can fit both sets into their pockets. Pinć also promises that users can interact with it with no physical buttons present — users only have to use a pair of rings called Pincher to interact with the system. It involves a special lens that users can attach to the camera of their iPhone.

Pricing wise, the company is taking pre-orders for the set for CAD99 (RM295) via their Indiegogo page.

Via Official site

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Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin key visuals and trailer are out

 

2nd key visual
2nd key visual

The official site for upcoming original animation Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin has released new key visuals and a third trailer. Penned by veteran Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, it will be animated into four episodes to be released beginning on 28 February 2015.

First key visual
First key visual

It’s a reboot and retelling of Mobile Suit Gundam, which has its origins in 2001 to 2011 with a total of 23 tankubon manga volumes. Yasuhiko will be the chief director for the adaptation partnering Sunrise Studio veteran Takashi Imanishi (Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO) as episodic director. Official scriptwriter will be Katsuyuki Sumisawa (Inuyasha, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing).

Mobile Suit Gundam Origin focuses on Char Aznable and his sister during the One Year War in the Universal Century setting. Check out the three preview videos below:

Source: Official site

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The Sammy S5, Electric Blue
The Sammy S5, Electric Blue

Recently, the premier fansite of Samsung, SamMobile claimed to have some information of the upcoming Samsung flagship smartphone – the Samsung GALAXY S6.

Before you scream “another flagship so soon?” do take the rumours with a pinch of salt. However, the site has been reliable in providing accurate information about future Samsung models in the past.

Firstly, this latest effort from Sammy was developed from the ground up hence the codename “Project Zero”. It will be the first 64-bit Android phone for Samsung, and possibly even the world’s first to take advantage of Lollipop’s 64-bit capability.Display-wise it will be a Quad HD (2560×1440) and the camera sensor is rumoured to be the IMX240 (same as Galaxy Note 4). The site insists that Samsung is still deliberating between a 16MP or 20MP camera right now. Front shooter will be a 5MP, an upgrade from previous GALAXY models.

Samsung will also preparing 32GB, 64GB and 128GB variants for storage while the processor comes in the shape of brand new Exynos 7420. This CPU is full 64-bit with four Cortex-A53 and four Cortex-A57 cores. The model might also use the Snapdragon 810, the first premium 64-bit chip from Qualcomm. RAM will be standard 3GB type, nothing new here.

The rumour mill also talks about an in-house developed LTE modem called the Exynos Modem 333, which might replace the Intel modem that has been used for Exynos 5430/5433 models. It represents a major shift for Samsung to move away from the Snapdragon stable of chips if this is true. The S6 might also use the new Broadcom BCM4773 chip that combines GPS and other sensors in one package which allows for reduction of battery usage.

Another rumour is Samsung plans to include next generation NAND storage called UFS 2.0 (Universal Flash Storage). Capable of data transfer rates of up to 1.2GB/s, as compared to current eMMC 5.0 memory that maxes out at 400MB/s.What’s more, UFS costs about the same as eMMC and draws less power too. So less boot time, app startup time, longer usage and better responsiveness.

However, it is known that Xiaomi is also looking into this technology, making 2015 an interesting year for smartphones.

Via SamMobile & ET News

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Second season of Attack on Titan anime series confirmed in 2016

The key visual from Season One
The key visual from Season One

At the end of the premiere of the compilation movie of Attack of Titan Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow,the second season of the anime was revealed for 2016 lineup. Right at the same time of the publication of the 20th tankubon volume manga. The film also revealed the release date of the second compilation film of the franchise on 27 June 2015 entitled Attack on Titan Part II: Wings of Freedom.

Part I of the compilation movie covers 13 episodes of the series and Part II rounds up the rest. Both movies are remastered with a 5.1 surround sound remaster and complete re-dubbing with the same casting.

So far, there are 14 tankubon volumes of the manga, a prequel novel and two spin offs in the franchise so far. 36 million copies of manga sold in the latest data estimate in April 2014.

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Nokia N1 tablet makes a surprise appearance

Front profile N1
Front profile N1

Well here’s a shocker: Nokia unveils the Nokia N1, a tablet. An Android tablet. Interestingly, it is not a direct Nokia product since under the terms of the sale of their Devices and Sales division to Microsoft, they are not allowed to manufacture a competing device until 2016. Nokia N1’s brand, industrial design and Nokia Z launcher software are licensed by OEM titan Foxconn.

NokiaN102
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The N1 has similar metallic chassis with the same layout of buttons, speaker grille, headphone jack and camera sensor layout like the iPad Mini.

The display is a 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 resolution IPS display with the Gorilla Glass 3 made from a single piece of the anodised aluminium. It has an 8MP rear facing camera with autofocus and a 5MP front camera fixed focus. Powered by an Intel 64-bit Atom Processor Z3580, 2.3 GHz quad-core CPU and 2GB of RAM. Graphics wise it houses a PowerVR G430 GPU with internal storage capacity of 32GB.

The thickness of N1
The thickness of N1

The N1 sports the new reversible USB Type C connector, the first pad in the industry to adopt it. Dimension are 200.7 x 138.6mm with a thickness of just 6.9mm. It weight around 318g, which is less than the iPad Mini. It sports Nokia Launcher Z on Android 5.0 Lollipop on the software front.

Priced around US$ 249 (RM840), the N1 will make its debut in China for Chinese New Year 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwJmthxJV5Q

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Fontus: A self-filling water bottle that creates water out of thin air

The Fontus
The Fontus
The Fontus

A design student from Vienna, Kristof Retezár has invented  a self-filling bike water bottle that uses humid air to produce water. It’s a called the Fontus and it condenses moisture out of the air and slowly fills up the bottle with water. Fontus has a small internal cooler that’s divided into two halves to cool water for condensation purposes. A solar panel provides power to cool the upper half of the condenser, which heats up the lower half. This cools down the upper half even further. The moving air will be slowed and cooled to create the moisture, which will then drip down into the bottle.

 

Parts of Fontus
Parts of Fontus

The creator claims that his contraption can produce 473 ml of water per hour. Any standard PET 500 ml bottle will fit the system. However, it is yet to be proven. There are even questions if the air pollution will affect the system or not, but so far Retezár stated, “the water is completely safe to drink provided that there aren’t any chemically bound toxics in the surrounding air.

According to him, his plans for the Fontus are:

Fontus can be applied in two different areas. Firstly, it may be interpreted as a sporty bicycle accessory. Useful on long bike tours, the constant search for freshwater sources such as rivers and gas stations can cease to be an issue since the bottle automatically fills itself up. Secondly, it might be a clever way of acquiring freshwater in regions of the world where groundwater is scarce but humidity is high. Experiments suggest that the bottle could harvest around 0.5 L water in one hour’s time in regions with high temperature and humidity values.

He will enter the Fontus for the James Dyson Award contest. No news if this will ever reach the commercial market or not. Ingenius nonetheles.

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Images Kristof Retezár

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