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Google Home - Smart Speaker & Home Assistant

Google Home - The Virtual Assistant You Never Knew You Needed

The release of Google Home marks Google's first foray into the smart home market. If there is one thing Google is good at, it is a powerful search engine. There are skeptics who question the ability of Google to inject its strength into a smart home device. Obviously, Google is not going to disappoint you by merely following the trend of jumping into the smart home bandwagon like some companies. Instead, the Google Home takes advantage of your Google account and search history to give you a unique experience. 

Its Google Home shows that it can take Google's strength and improve it significantly as a viable smart home device. For the first time ever, the Google Home provides a home hub device that enables you to leverage all Google products and services without having to click on a screen. 

The Design

At first glance, the Google Home bears some resemblance to an air refresher or a small vase. Thanks to its clean, crisp look, Google Home definitely does not look out of place with your modern interior design. It exudes minimalist vibes with its silhouette. 

Since the customizable bases can be easily snapped on and off, you can change the base color to suit your preference. As of now, Google offers two types bases: metallic and fabric bases. When you compare Google Home to its rival, Amazon Echo, the former certainly looks more gorgeous than the latter's all-black canister shape. At the same time, its shorter shape makes it easier to blend into its surroundings.

What Can Google Home Do For You

You will be surprised to find its upper area is highly responsive to touch. Simply move it clockwise or counterclockwise to change the volume. To start or stop the music, a tap will suffice. It is fascinating that you can long-press the Home button to execute commands without using the wake words such as "Hey Google" or "Ok, Google." 

Whenever you activate your Google Home through the top or using the wake word, its four multi-colored lights will twist and whirl to indicate that it has received your command. In addition, Google Home can serve your needs well with its built-in Google Cast and Chromecast feature. Set up a Chrome Cast and tell your Google Home to cast your favorite songs or videos to your sound speaker and television. 

Google Home comes with its two built-in microphones which are capable of picking up your voice command from across a room. After all, Google Home has been designed to champion the voice-based experience. Depending on where you stay, Google continues to improve its support for multiple languages as well as regional accents. 

Since some people voice out their concerns about the idea of Google always listening to you all the time, Google promises that it does not constantly recording it and incorporates a mute button which totally turns off Google Home's listening feature. Furthermore, Google even enables you to peek at all the dates Google Home sends back and forth. 

The Power of Voice Command

When it comes to listening to your voice command, Google Home can pick up your voice without any hassle. Among other voice commands you can instruct your Google Home are: 

Checking your calendar, setting an alarm or snooze it

Finding out the weather, perform a calculation

Hail a cab or Uber

Playing the news

Answering a question involving a quick Google search 

And others

In terms of creativity, Google Home is able to give creative answers/replies. Instead of talking mechanically to a machine, communicating with this Google device feels natural. For instance, the Australian version knows the right answer to give if you are asking for "the nearest servo". Knowing Google, it is no surprise that Google Home is packed full of humor and Easter eggs. If you are fan of pop cultures and others, Google Home can offer cheeky answers that leave you rolling on the floor laughing. 

One of the best things about its voice command is that it can customize answers for the entire family based on who is talking. First, each family member needs to download the Home app into his/her phone. Next, your family members need to train the Home to recognize their voices by repeating the magic wake works several times over. Amazingly, it offers individualized responses to questions about calendars and traffic. On request, it can also play personal playlists. 

If you love to cook or are learning to cook, Google Home can be used as a source of recipes. All you need to do is to search for a recipe on your smartphone and send any of the results to the Google Home. It can walk you through the ingredients and step-by-step directions. Google Home is a friend who patiently waits until you tell it that you are ready to proceed to next step. 

Hidden Smart Features 

Your Google Home device can even support iOS as well (Apple users can take advantage of Google connectivity). If you are a smart home enthusiast, Google Home allows you to interact with different brands of connected powerpoints, light globes, and others. So far, there are more than 70 home automation partners which let users control devices via Google Assistant on Google Home. Needless to say, the growing number of supported brands and products means that Google Home is going to be more versatile than ever. 

Google Home gives you a glimpse of what the current voice command technology can do. As it is likely to receive more updates from Google in the future, it is safe to say that Google Home will not be obsolete in a short time. With the combination of top-notch recognition and responsiveness, Google Home will an amazing virtual assistant you can get.

 

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This post was written by Aaron Tam from iPrice Group.

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BlackBerry Passport LTE Review

BlackBerry Passport LTE Review – Power-Packed Machine That Will Not Let You Down 

Once upon a time, BlackBerry was one of the most dominant forces in the arena of mobile phones. As a name that is synonymous with pleasures of productivity, most BlackBerry fans have fond memories of BlackBerry when they relish the iconic sound of physical keyboard clicks, and BBM as the influential messaging app in the mobile space. With the release of BlackBerry Passport LTE, Blackberry is poised to regain its dominance once more. The BlackBerry Passport LTE is a power-packed machine that reflects the ethos of BlackBerry's business-focused mindset. 

Simple Design that Takes Care of Hard Tasks

At 4.5 inch, the BlackBerry Passport LTE flaunts its distinctive square shape which is about the same size as a regular passport. Boasting a premium design, the BlackBerry Passport LTE comes with a lovely metal frame, high-grade polycarbonate backing, ultra-high-resolution display screen, and clever keyboard. The main highlights of BlackBerry Passport LTE are its keyboard and display screen. Both are well-made that every BlackBerry fan will count it as among the best BlackBerry models.

Since it weighs 196g, the BlackBerry Passport LTE is a lightweight design but it still offers excellent and solid grip. With its 3.5mm wide, this BlackBerry model is actually wider than other phablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus. It is interesting to note that these phablets also offer larger display screens. Despite this, the amazing BlackBerry Passport LTE has been designed specifically to accommodate its physical keyboard. As a result, it adds more value and pleasantness when you are using its physical keyboard. 

Supremacy of Physical Keyboard

With the exception of certain BlackBerry models, it has been said that BlackBerry is nothing without its signature physical keyboard. In this BlackBerry Passport model, it uses the three-row physical keyboard instead of the four-row physical keyboard that you find in models such as BlackBerry Q10 and BlackBerry Bold.

Impressively, this new physical keyboard presents the perfect blend of physical and virtual keyboard (the context-sensitive row sitting on the bottom edge of the display). Those who are hardcore BlackBerry physical keyboard purists may need some time to adjust to this keyboard. However, it does not take that long time to get acclimated. Once you get used to it, there will be a number of features and gestures which give this physical keyboard an extra edge.

Since the physical keyboard is touch-enabled, you can just swipe a finger upward underneath any of suggested words from predictive word and the entire world will fall into place. If you get the wrong word, all you need to do is just slide to the left on the keyboard and it will delete the last word you typed. If you crave for a tactile typing sensation, this BlackBerry Passport LTE can satisfy your craving.

Gorgeous Display Screen

Its 4.5-inch display screen (1440 x 1440 resolution) boasts 452 pixel density. This enables it to deliver sharper and more vivid display quality. While it has been the standard practice of normal smartphones to show about 40 characters per line, the BlackBerry Passport LTE can show about 60 characters on every line. Thanks to its width, reading tons of texts on its display screen has been an awesome experience. When it comes to quality of the texts, all of them look crisp and you can view them comfortably without having to zoom in or changing to wider landscape mode.  

The BlackBerry Passport LTE showcases gorgeous image and video quality. Furthermore, this BlackBerry smartphone offers accurate color on its display. With such incredible level of depth and detail, it helps you to enjoy an immersive viewing experience. It also features IPS LCD technology which is capable of ensuring the visibility of its content even in bright outdoor lighting or direct sunlight.

Mighty Performance

When you take a look at its hardware and specs, you will realize quickly that BlackBerry Passport LTE houses impressive gear that pushes its performance to the next level. The combination of both quad-core processors and 3GB of RAM allows you to cruise through most operations. As you marvel at its speed and responsiveness, everything just works out fine without a hitch. In terms of internal storage, the BlackBerry Passport LTE offers 32GB of storage space. It can support up to 128GB microSD card.

The Helpful BlackBerry Assistant

Now, BlackBerry has its own version of Siri, Cortana, and Google Now in the form of the BlackBerry Assistant. With this BlackBerry's virtual assistant, you can do almost everything. Just press the dedicated voice button and start talking. From making calls and sending text messages to dictate notes and create calendar events, the BlackBerry Assistant will assist you. If you do not like the idea of talking to your smartphone, you can always choose to type it instead. 

Verdict

The BlackBerry Passport LTE is a magnificent smartphone which is the perfect embodiment of power and productivity. Well-rounded and versatile, this remarkable BlackBerry smartphone is highly recommended for those that enjoy spacious typing experience.

 


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Author Bio: Aaron Tam is an editorial writer from 
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Sony Xperia XA1 Dual SIM

Sony Xperia XA1 Dual G3116 is a Breath of Fresh Air that Changes Everything

In an oversaturated market of metal and glass smartphone models, Sony has brought its Sony Xperia XA! Dual G3116 as a real contender to defy the established rules. In short, it is a breath of fresh air that changes everything. Despite being a part of Sony's mid-range smartphone models, Sony Xperia XA1 Dual G3116 aims to deliver something more refreshing to its users. While Sony Xperia XZs represents Sony's flagship offering in its current top-of-the-line inventory, one should not underestimate how Sony Xperia XA1 Dual G3116 can hold its own.

Dare to Be Different

At first glance, Sony Xperia XA1 Dual G3116 seems out of place with its good old polycarbonate block. Although the current trend emphasizes bezel minimalism these days, Sony has been brave enough to push its own signature style. In fact, it manages to exude its own majesty due to its pleasantly elegant and distinct. Since its 5 inch is framed between big top and bottom bezel areas, this arrangement actually makes it taller than it looks.

Despite its all-plastic construction, it still does not change the fact that Sony Xperia XA1 Dual G3116 is solid and not as fragile as it looks. Yet, it is narrow enough for you to use it comfortably with just one hand. The metal home key of Sony is also strategically-placed so that you can feel and press without even having to look at it. As usual, there is a dedicated camera key for a quick snap. Like its name, Sony Xperia XA1 Dual G3116 supports microSIM that gives the flexibility and freedom of using two SIM cards. If Sony wants to create a more intuitive interaction with its Sony Xperia XA1, it has succeeded spectacularly.  

Sharper Display Quality

To be honest, Sony Xperia XA1's 720 x 1280 resolution has nothing to wow about. However, its HD display screen is something worth talking about. It manages to excel in terms of color balance and outdoor visibility; these two qualities are somewhat lacking in most smartphones. At the same time, this HD screen works best at this diagonal because you can save a lot of power.  

Exhilarating Performance with Powerful Octa-Core Processor

On paper, its octa-core MediaTek Helio P20 processor may cast some doubts about its performance. However, it will surprise you because it is clocked at 4x 2.3GHz and 4 x 1.6Ghz. You can compare its power with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625. Since it made with a 16nm process, it also emphasizes the essentials of frugality. Sony Xperia XA1 comes with 3GB of RAM that should be more than enough to handle any given challenges without noticeable hiccups. Sony Xperia XA1 also brings something to make your experience an exhilarating one.

Thanks to its Qnovo Adaptive Charging feature, it will monitor battery health and adjust charging current accordingly. If you battery hits low, you can trust Stamina mode to disable certain functions to preserve battery power. While it houses the humble 2300mAh battery, it is designed to ensure a long-lasting performance. Fascinatingly, it learns your charging patterns and adapts to them. As a result, you can even enjoy up to to twice the battery lifespan.

Simple & Steady Interface

When it comes to its interface, Sony Xperia XA1 boasts Android 7.0 Nougat with Sony UX on top. This combination adds a lot of value because you can enjoy the common apps from Google with Sony's own unique twist. These twists include plenty of options for theme and extra personalization. Sony also incorporates its signature Sketch and Movie Creator apps that present incredible video and image editing abilities. In short, it is simple, steady, and fluid experience as you navigate around with Sony Xperia XA1.

Superior 23MP Exmor RS Camera Sensor

When you talk about Sony, you will be familiar with its good track record with its smartphone camera technology. The biggest selling point about Sony Xperia XA1 is its 23MP rear camera with predictive hybrid autofocus. Its Exmor RS camera sensor enables you to get brighter photos even in low-light condition. With its 24mm-wide angle rear lens, you can fit every subject you need in one photo. If you have smaller subject, you can get five times close with its highly versatile 5x Clear Image Zoom.

As for its 8MP front camera, it offers equally impressive photo quality as well. Its 23mm-wide angle lens allows your front camera to capture all the action you want. This means that you can always enjoy a great wefie experience with Sony Xperia XA1. Overall, you can expect its rear and front cameras to boast sharp and vivid photo qualities.

Verdict

As mentioned earlier, Sony Xperia XA1 Dual G3116 is a well-built mid-ranger model. Although it does not enjoy the benefits of higher-end features such as fingerprint sensor and water-resistant, its attractive price should sway you into making the best decision of your life. Geared to cater to needs of younger generation, Sony Xperia XA1 Dual G3116 brings impressive features at a modest price.

 

 

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Author Bio: Aaron Tam is an editorial writer from
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LG Watch Urbane – Where Luxury Design Watches Can Also Be Smart Watches

At Expansys Asia we took an unbox review of the LG urbane 3rd generation and the latest from LG Watches released since April 28th. To be honest the Smart Watch looks more like a luxury brand watch than a Smart Watch. A great feat by the LG manufactures in coming up with a better design and comfort feel; let’s take a look in detail.

 

 

 

Similar to its sibling LG G Watch R, LG Watch Urbane has a round body with 1.3 inch / 320x320 (~245 ppi) P-OLED circle display. Equipped with 410mAh battery, the watch will be functioning for the whole day at normal usage. The watch also comes with Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Cortax A7, 512 RAM and 4GB internal memory. It uses a 9-axis combination sensor of Gyro, Accelerometer and Compass. The watch also includes a 4.0 Bluetooth Low energy efficiency.

 

LG Watch Urbane is the first full metal body smart watch introduced by LG. With its classy and cleaner outlook, Urbane can be the best looking and most fashionable smart watch gear arguably. Available in two colours – Gold with brown leather band and Silver with black leather band, the Urbane would satisfy and suit most of its consumers with different preferences. Instead of Yellow Gold, Urbane uses Rose Gold

 

With the stitched leather band, the Urbane give a feel of high-end fashion item. The body of the watch is quite big though, especially for those consumers with a smaller wrist, but this is all you can choose as all Android Wear gears are with this “standard” size.

 

 

For internal spec, the Urbane is the first smart watch which runs the Android Wear 5.1.1, said to be more user friendly and functional with the hands-free gestures and other update features:

-       Flicking your wrist can scroll up and down through your Google Now cards, more convenient when your other hand is occupied.

-       With a tap or swipe to the left can now access the app list and contact list, instead of searching the app or using voice control.

-       Ability of WIFI connection leave Urbane operates on its own. Even if the smartphone is not around, with connection to the WIFI, Urbane can still receive all notifications whenever the smart phone is connected to data network.

-       With the Always-on display, the screen will turn into mono-tone when the Urbane is in stand-by mode while an app is operating. Save users’ the time to re-open the app.


-       The Draw Emoji function certainly adds functionality to the Urbane, but for those who has a “special” drawing sense would probably opt for typing.

In addition to the watch, you can connect it using Bluetooth with any of your Bluetooth enabled devices or Smartphone that runs on Andrioid.

 

What’s in the box? The package comes with the W150 LG Urbane, charging cradle and USDB cable, travel adapter and the manual.

 

 

Here we have identified the Pros and Cons for the LG Watch Urbane:

 

Pros:

-       Improved stylish design with metal frame and stitched leather strap.

-       22mm leather strap is swappable with any watch band with your preference.

-       Features the latest software of Android Wear 5.1.1 which brings better user experience with updated applications.

-       Equipped with IP67 dust/water resistant and PPG heart rate sensor

 

Cons:

-       Relatively big metal frame size which may not suit smaller wrists.

-       Does not support GPS functionality.

-       Quite an expensive smart watch compared to other Android wear in the market.

 

The big step forward took by LG in its smart wearable is moving to the right direction, with the evidence of the higher-end appearance and upgraded user-friendly software of the LG Watch Urbane. The LG Watch Urbane would arguably be the best smart watch in the current market. Consumers should still take note that the latest software of Android Wear 5.1.1 would possibly soon be rolling out to other smart watches, but it is always excited to get your hands on new-tech before others do.

 

The LG Watch Urbane is now available at EXPANSYS:

Gold with Brown Leather Band:

http://www.expansys.my/lg-watch-urbane-gold-274671/

Silver with Black Leather Band:

http://www.expansys.my/lg-watch-urbane-silver-274670/

 

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Sony Xperia Z3- Unboxing photos

Finally it comes. Have a quick look on key Features and enjoy the unboxing album here.

-Premium design and the highest waterproof rating
(Waterproof and dust tight (IP65 and IP68)*)

-a premium phone with Cyber-shot and Handycam technologies
(20.7 Mpixels / 1/2.3" Exmor RS™, G Lens (27mm wide angle lens with bright F2.0), digital zoom 8X / Flash: LED / Video: 4K / Front: 2.2 Mpixels)

-The only smartphone with PS4™ Remote Play


-A fully-loaded smartphone with a 2-day battery life! (3100 mAh)

 


 

 

 

 

 

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HTC Butterfly 2 - Unboxing album

HTC butterfly 2 comes with more or less the same look as the previous Butterfly model, but its spec is as good as the HTC's flagship HTC One M8. It supports the most LTE bands around the world. Let's look at its appearance now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check Specifications and other details here!

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Sony Xperia C3 the Selfie Smartphone!

 

Sony Xperia C3 the Selfie Smartphone!


Sony mobile released its newest flagship of Xperia C3 commonly classified as a selfie smartphone. Not only is Sony making such smartphones in the market, but Nokia is also planned to release Nokia Lumia 730 and Nokia Lumia 735 both selfie phones. But what's so special about a selfie phone? I can guess smartphone user habits have evolved and smartphone manufacturers are always finding new functions and features to meet customer demands.


Sony Xperia C3 according to a third party Analysis company Strategy Analytics is the worlds best selfie phone. The research available on the sony website shows that Sony Xperia C3 had better rankings based on image assessment which were things like picture quality, regular light photoage, close proximity , individual shots to group shots outdoors both day and night. The assessment was taken within 2 days in Shenzhen , China.


The sample range of smartphones compared with the Xperia C3 were Apple iPhone 5S, HTC, HTC one M8, LG G2, Nokia Lumia 1020 & the Samsung Galaxy S5.

 


 

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Results by surveyors showed Xperia C3 rate 3.5 out of 5 the highest in the sample range for Average image quality rating and the highest proportion of votes 50% for the best image quality through a selfie.


More details can be find in the report here  http://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/legal/testresults/xperia-c3/#overall-findings


Enough of the selfie, now lets take a look at the features of the Xperia C3 device available at Expansys. Xperia C3 comes loaded with the latest Android OS Kitkat 4.4,

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The device bezel frame spots a glossy look thats not meant to be metallic  The phone screen size is about 5.5 inches IPS Display slightly bigger than the flagships Xperia Z2 (5.2 inches) and Xperia T3 (5.3 inches)


The Xperia C3 has a 5MP front selfie camera, with an LED flash , earpiece at the top and mic set on the bottom.


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Power button can be found on the middle slot on the right hand side of the phone with the volume locker below it, and a dedicated camera button on the bottom right something you rarely see in smartphones this days. On the left side has the micro sd card and USB port. If you are not sure about why a USB port, but the great function is allowing it to stick your pen drive into it that has videos that you can playback via the pen drive. It works exactly the same was as it would on a PC where you have an external device connected. Most fanatic users would play games from their external hard drives. I cannot imagine not doing so, if you are using a 5.5 inch HD display Sony device.


The SIM Tray of Xperia C3 is located on the top right hand side of the phone and it comes with a Micro type SIM.

 





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Internal processor of the phone is a 1.2 GHz Quad Core QualComm snapdragon. Sony has really worked on optimizing the processor to make the Xperia UI smooth and rarely lags unless memory is

full. Internal memory capacity is around 32GB, with 1GB RAM that  can easily be extended to 32GB using a micro SD chip.

 


Battery of the Xperia C3 is built in to its solid case form that is well protected . A battery capacity of 2500 mAH allows you to use talktime for up to 24hrs , standby up to 1071 hours, music streaming to about 93 hours and video play to 10 hours, which is pretty good for a Sony device.

 


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With all its amazing features, the smartphone only weighs 150 grams very light for a phone of its size and dimension of around 156mm (height)  x 78.5mm ( width)  x 7.6 mm (thickness). Still at 7.6mm its very thin for a phablet.



Camera features


The Xperia C3 inherits the same functions as the previous Sony flagships smartphones of using 1280x 780 pixels TRILUMINOS display for mobile. The Camera lens however has 8 Mega pixels on the rear and the most key enhance function is the front camera that is 5MP wide angle lens. The ultra wide angle lens is about 25mm and can take a 80 degrees shot, so within an arms length you can still take a picture shot of group.

 



The Sony Xperia C3 comes with 2 models the  D2502 which is a Dual SIM ( Micro SIM) that is 3G network frequency or the D2533 which is a single SIM (Micro SIM) with 4G LTE capabilities

 


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Both models come in 3 colors, mint, white and black.


Pros


  • A Slick phone good for taking selfies , has a wide angle front camera lens (25mm, 80 degrees) including the custom selfie app!

  • Quick 400 Snapdragon processor makes the Xperia UI run smoothly

  • A dedicated camera button

  • Xperia camera apps that enhance videos and photos

  • Available in 3G Dual SIM or LTE models.

  • Has a nice USB port for video viewing through extended memory


Cons

  • There are several more similar spec smartphones at a cheaper price available in the market like the

  • Not dust proof or water splash proof  like the other xperia smartphones


Conclusion


Irresistible phone worth having if you want to capture the moments through selfies. The xperia C3 has all the best camera and video functions to enjoy that moment too!  

 

Visit the product page for more details


 




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Sony Xperia C3 - Unboxing photos

There are 2 models for Sony Xperia C3

- LTE version

- Dual sim 3G version

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please see price and specifications here

 

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ASUS ZenFone 6 - A601CG Dual SIM - Unboxing Album

ASUS ZenFone 6's whopping 6-inch HD IPS+ display provides wider viewing angles. Featuring the damage and scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 screen with GloveTouch lets you easily use your device while wearing gloves.

ZenFone 6 is equipped with 2x2 Intel Atom multi-core processor powered by Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, you can easily handle multi-tasks and deliver an immersive gaming experience, with a longer battery life.

ZenFone 6 also supports Dual SIM that is ideal for travellers, it lets you handle your personal life and work with ease.

We have some photos for you here.

 

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HTC One E8- Unboxing photos

HTC One E8 is a mirror of M8,however, it comes with different material. Its shell is made of polycarbonate. What people like about this model is because of its Ergonomic dual-curved design, it makes the phone comfortable to hold. E8 is slightly thicker than M8 but lighter. E8 has the Motion Launch™ gesture controls for intuitive use and easy shortcuts. It has a built-in seflie tools with a 5MP front facing wide-angle camera.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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