PlayStation 4 Pro Monster Hunter: World Rathalos Edition Coming To Malaysia In Jan 2018

Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced that the upcoming PlayStation 4 Pro Monster Hunter: World Rathalos Edition will be launched in Malaysia by the end of January 2018. The company further stated that the console which also carries 1TB hard drive will be released in limited quantities.
From the name itself, it is quite clear that its not just a typical PS4 Pro bundle. While still draped in black, the console features a huge silhouette of Rathalos complete with flames coming out of its mouth. Gold colored icons as well as the game’s logo can also be seen on the console.
The DS4 controller for PlayStation 4 Pro Monster Hunter: World Rathalos Edition.
The special edition PS4 Pro will also be accompanied by a specially-themed DualShock 4 controller together with a 3-month PS Plus membership and 1-year extended warranty voucher for the console. Of course, gamers will also receive the game itself together with the PS4 Pro.
In terms of price, the PS4 Pro Monster Hunter: World Rathalos Edition will go for RM 2,048 which is RM 249 more than the standard PS4 Pro set. While its exact release date has not yet been revealed by SIE, we do expect it to be out in Malaysia around Monster Hunter: World release date which will take place on 26 January 2018.
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OnePlus 3 And 3T Can Now Update To Android 8.0 Oreo

OnePlus has released the Over The Air (OTA) Android 8.0 Oreo update for OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T models. On top of the OS update, it comes with additional add-ons via OxygenOS 5.0.
Some of the additional features of the update includes:

OnePlus Parallel Apps mode, where users can clone apps for multiple accounts
Picture-in-picture mode
Android Oreo features such as Auto-fill and Smart Text Selection
September Security patch
New Quick Settings design
Upload photos directly to Shot
New folder design

The update brings the OnePlus 3 and 3T on par with other high-end models in the market, and also spells the end of the update cycle of the smartphone. The company had only promised to provide updates for the OnePlus 3 and 3T until Android Oreo. Security updates will still be issued, but it is the end of the line for new official Android builds from here on end.
The update will be rolled out incrementally to all users over the next few weeks. Users can head to their settings menu to check if the OTA is ready, or to start the update manually.
(Source: XDA-Developers )

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Samsung Galaxy S9 May Ship With ‘Tuned By AKG’ Bluetooth Headphones

Samsung may become the first manufacturer to ship wireless earphones with its smartphones. As a rumour from Weibo claims that the upcoming Galaxy S9 will include Bluetooth earphones in the box.
The post claims that the Galaxy S9 will feature a set of wireless ‘tuned by AKG’ earphones. Similar to what was found in the Galaxy S8, albeit without the cable.
While it sounds like the Galaxy S9 will not be including an audio jack, the same Weibo post explains that this is not the case. At least the current prototype retains the option for wired audio, although that may change over the development period.

The quality of the sound coming from the Bluetooth headset may just be average, as users can expect better audio quality from wired headphones. Still, this may change the industry as companies continue to find ways to stand out in the every growing market; Samsung may just be on to something if this rumour is true.
(Source: Weibo via SlashGear )
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Germany Describes Smartwatches For Children As Spy Devices; Issues Nationwide Ban

Germany has taken steps to ban smartwatches aimed at children. The country described such devices as spying devices which would allow criminals to track the movement of children or use them to listen in on conversations.
The Federal Network Agency, Germany’s telecommunications regulator, pointed to the lax security measures being implemented in such devices. President Jochen Homann claims that the apps used to communicate with children can also be used to listen to surroundings without being detected. Something he regards as an unauthorised transmitting system.
According to research from the Agency, parents have been using this very function to listen to teachers in classrooms.
Studies from Norway have also shown that such devices transmit and store data without encryption. Vulnerabilities that opened the way for criminals to intercept and tamper with the transmissions. That said, it’s unclear if the Norwegian studies had any effect on the German decision to ban the smartwatches.
At the moment, all German parents are being advised to destroy childrens’ smartwatches if they have any. Such devices are also being pulled from stores, and schools have been instructed to keep an eye out for smartwatches in classrooms. Those traveling to the country should also keep the new ban in mind when crossing the border.
[Source: BBC]
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Sony Xperia X Receives Whopping RM1,200 Price Cut in Malaysia

The Sony Xperia X was launched last year with a hefty RM2,499 price tag, which was then reduced to RM2,199 after several months. Now, the mid-range phone is going for RM1,200 less – that’s a drastic price cut.
However, this is not an official price cut from Sony; it’s an ongoing promotion offered by DirectD. Originally retailing at RM2,199, the Xperia X is now going for only RM999 from the retailer. While this is still a one-year-old phone, the Xperia X’s feature set certainly offers pretty good value for money, especially for RM999.

However, we did some digging on e-commerce sites, and we found an even better deal: a retailer on Shopee is offering the Xperia X for only RM959 – it even comes with a charging dock. Unfortunately, Lazada doesn’t offer quite a good of a deal. The lowest listing we could find goes for slightly more at RM1,099.
At these price points, the Xperia X offers really good bang for your buck. It features a 5-inch Full HD IPS display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 chipset paired with 3GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, a 23MP rear camera with Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, a 13MP front-facing camera, as well as a 2,620mAh battery.

If you’d like to learn more about the Sony Xperia X, you can read our comprehensive review of the mid-ranger right here.
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Lenovo Tab 4 Series Lands in Malaysia; Priced from RM749

Over the weekend, Lenovo Malaysia launched the Lenovo Tab 4 series of Android tablets on our shores. Two tablets in the series are now available in Malaysia: the Tab 4 8 and Tab 10 Plus.
Let’s start with the more capable Tab 4 10 Plus: it features a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset paired with 3GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, as well as a generous 7,000mAh battery. It also comes with a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing shooter.
And then we have the more affordable Tab 4 8. As its name suggests, it is an 8-inch tablet with a 1280 x 800 IPS display, a Snapdragon 425 processor paired with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, a 4,850mAh battery, and much like the bigger Tab 4 10 Plus, it also ships with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. In the camera department, the Tab 4 8 is equipped with 5MP rear and 2MP front-facing cameras.

The Lenovo Tab 4 8 and Tab 4 10 Plus are now available in Malaysia, and they can be purchased at Lenovo retail outlets nationwide. The Tab 4 8 is available in two colours (Polar White and Aurora Black) for RM749, while the Tab 4 10 Plus retails at RM1,299 – it is only available in Aurora Black.
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PowerColor RX Vega 64 Red Devil Graphics Card Spotted

Another day, another custom RX Vega graphics card being spotted. This time round, a custom RX Vega 64 graphics card from folks at PowerColor has been pictured. Dubbed the RX Vega 64 Red Devil, PowerColor’s new graphics card will, according to VideoCardz, be launched soon in selected countries. For those who may not be aware, there are currently very little custom RX Vega graphics card available in the market today.
That aside, when it comes to design, the PowerColor RX Vega 64 Red Devil graphics card features a black and red coloured cooler shroud, which houses three 100mm open-air cooling fans. It’s worth noting that the RX Vega 64 Red Devil is a 2.5-slot thick graphics card, so it’s best to make sure there’s enough room in one’s system before buying it.

Besides that, the cooling system inside this graphics card is said to cover the entire length of the PCB. Speaking of which, folks at VideoCardz mentioned that the PCB design of this graphics card is actually not that different compared to the one on the reference Radeon RX Vega 64 – only slightly wider on the custom card. Video outputs on this graphics card include two DisplayPort and HDMI ports each.
Unfortunately, aside from images of the RX Vega 64 Red Devil, details such as its key specifications, date of availability, and pricing was not mentioned.
(Source: VideoCardz)
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Nokia 3310 3G Arriving in Malaysia Soon

Announced just a couple of months ago, the 3G variant of the modern-day Nokia 3310 may be arriving in Malaysia very, very soon. If you don’t quite fancy the current 3310, this may be the version for you.
We first spotted the Nokia 3310 3G while we were going through SIRIM’s database; phones have to be registered with the certification body first before they can be officially sold on our shores. Registered under Avaxx and TNS Mobile with the model number “TA-1006,” this is in fact the 3G variant of the Nokia 3310.

In comparison to the standard Nokia 3310, the 3G model comes with dedicated Facebook and Twitter apps; it also features larger internal storage at 64MB instead of only 16MB. Other specifications of the phone include a 2.4-inch QVGA display, a 2MP rear camera, as well as up to 27 days of standby time.
Now that the Nokia 3310 3G is already registered with SIRIM, we imagine it will only be a matter of time before it’s officially sold here in Malaysia. Considering that the current 3310 retails at RM239, the 3G model should go for slightly more.
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Possible Huawei Nova 3 Or P11 Plus Leaked Online

A new smartphone from Huawei may be heading our way soon, if the leaked photos are to be believed. The alleged Huawei Nova 3 looks to have carried some design ideas from the Huawei Nova 2i, but makes a couple of significant changes.
The pictures show a similar dual-camera setup as the Nova 2i, albeit with a more pronounced bump. There is still an 18:9 screen with rounded corners, which we suspect will have a 1080p resolution.
However the biggest change is that Huawei has managed to put in a front-mounted fingerprint scanner / home button, which suggests the phone will be a bit larger than the Nova 2i. This collaborates with the images, where it is estimated that the screen will be around the size of the Nova 2 Plus (5.5-inch or larger).

The phone will have a USB Type-C for connectivity, and retains the 3.5mm audio jack; audio fans can rest assured the phone will support their old headphones. There is also seems to be a single bottom-fired speaker. We wish the Huawei group would hop on the stereo speaker bandwagon pretty soon.
No specifications have been leaked along with the photo. But it shouldn’t be too far off from its predecessor.
(Source: IT Home via Android Headlines )
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Celcom to Offer Huawei Mate 10 Pro from RM115/Month With EasyPhone

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro will be launched in Malaysia pretty soon, and if you wish to get your hands on the device, you may do so with Celcom. The telco recently unveiled its Huawei Mate 10 Pro bundle on its EasyPhone instalment plan, allowing you to purchase the device from as low as RM115 a month.
As always, Celcom is offering the Huawei Mate 10 Pro tied to its latest postpaid plans – Celcom First Gold Plus / Gold Supreme / Platinum / Platinum Plus. EasyPhone is a 24-month instalment plan that lets you own the latest 4G LTE smartphones at an affordable monthly rate. The price varies depending on the postpaid plan you sign up for, and you can also sign up for the optional hassle-free device protection for an additional RM30 a month.

Note: Prices shown is not inclusive of monthly postpaid plan fee. Total monthly commitment = Plan Monthly Commitment + EasyPhone Monthly Commitment for Huawei Mate 10 Pro.
Celcom will start offering the Huawei Mate 10 Pro from 24 November 2017 onwards. Check out Celcom now to find out more about the Celcom Huawei Mate 10 Pro EasyPhone bundle. Meanwhile, read up on our full review of the device for an in-depth look at Huawei’s flagship smartphone.

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