You Can Get the Huawei MateBook for RM4,500 Off If You’re Quick

Huawei’s first-ever Windows 10 machine, the Huawei MateBook, will be available for purchase at a steal this coming Monday. Usually retailing at a whopping RM5,399, you can get the tablet (along with a couple of neat accessories) for only RM1,599.
Of course, there is a catch to this very good deal: you can only get the MateBook at that price point in a flash sale happening next week. On top of that, there are limited units up for grabs – it’s safe to assume you’ll have to be quick to enjoy this promotion.

On top of the MateBook itself, this promotion also bundles in the MateDock as well as the MatePen; collectively, all three of these items go for RM6,167. Essentially, you’re saving a whopping RM4,568. Then again, it’s worth noting that the MateBook was released back in 2016, but this is still a very good deal.
In terms of specifications, the MateBook comes with a 12-inch 2160 x 1440 IPS touch display, a sixth generation Intel Core m5 processor paired with 8GB of RAM, as well as a 256GB SSD. It also comes with a 4,430mAh battery – which can supposedly provide up to 10 hours of usage – and a 5MP front-facing camera.

The flash sale for the Huawei MateBook will be happening this Monday on 22 January. Set to begin from 3PM onwards, you’d have to be quick to get the tablet for only RM1,599. You can place your order here once the flash sale has started.
(Source: Facebook (Huawei Mobile))
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Vivo Chinese New Year Promotion Includes Discounts For V7 Series

With just a month away from Chinese New Year, vivo has kicked off its CNY promotion on its official store in Lazada.
The Chinese company is offering a number of products on special discounts for CNY, which even includes its flagship V7 series. The vivo V7 and V7+, launched in Malaysia just a few months ago, are now seeing up to RM300 in discounts.
The vivo V7 is now going for just RM999, while the the V7+ sees a RM100 discount to RM1399. The V7 is only available in Matte Black, while the V7+ is available in Matte Black and Gold colourways.
On the other hand, popular smartphone retailer Satu Gadget is also offering the vivo V7 for RM999, and has the Gold colour available. It is also bundling free gifts with each purchase, including a selfie stick, Remax microUSB cable, Sandisk 32GB microSD card, and a 3D2N hotel voucher.

There is also an offer for the vivo Y53 entry-level smartphone. The Snapdragon 425-powered device is now going for 25% off its retail price, at just RM599.
For those who purchase the V7 or V7+ during this period, vivo is also including some CNY goodies. Customers will receive a free backpack, a 2018 notebook, a 16GB memory card, and vivo red packets. Meanwhile, those who purchase the Y53 will receive a complimentary vivo Gift Box, tempered glass screen protector, and vivo red packets.
Check out the vivo official store in Lazada for more offers.
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AMD’s Ryzen 5 2600 CPU Possible Specifications Listed Online

It’s not even been a month since AMD’s press conference at CES 2018 this year, yet a listing of what could be the company’s Ryzen 5 2600 CPU has appeared on the SiSoft website. First discovered by the German online tech site HardwareLuxx, the specs sheet lists the CPU’s ID as “AMD Ryzen: ZD2600BBM68AF_38/34_Y.”
The 38/34 refers to the CPU’s base and boost clockspeed which – if this list to be believed – will be rated at 3.4GHz and 3.8GHz. The codename also points out that the CPU will have a total of 6-cores and 12-threads. While this has yet to be confirmed by AMD, those clockspeeds would theoretically put this CPU in between the currently existing Ryzen 5 1600X and Ryzen 5 1600 CPUs.

But that’s not all that was listed on the page. Scrolling a little further down, you can see that the CPU in question was actually tested on the ASUS CROSSHAIR VII HERO, a yet-to-be-released motherboard that could ship out around the same time that AMD’s Desktop 2000 series CPUs hit the market in April.
As we had first reported in our CES 2018 coverage, AMD has had quite a successful 2017 with the launch of its Ryzen CPUs, and the company is hoping to keep the momentum going with its Ryzen Desktop 2000 series CPUs. The new Ryzen Desktop 2000 series CPUs will be fabricated using a 12nm lithography, and will also feature AMD’s new and improved Zen+ microarchitecture.
(Source: SiSoft via Videocardz, AMD (1) (2))
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U Mobile To Launch Its Own E-Wallet Service This Year

In a remark to member of the media, U Mobile has confirmed that it will be launching e-wallet service very soon. This was revealed by the telco’s CEO, Wong Heang Tuck alongside the extension of its shared service’s partnership with Ericsson.
According to Heang Tuck, the telco is currently waiting to receive approval for its e-wallet service from Bank Negara Malaysia. He added that U Mobile is expecting this to happen soon in which will allow the company to launch the e-wallet service within this year.

With this, U Mobile has just become the latest company with relation to telecommunication industry to join the local e-wallet scene which seems to be attracting plenty of players as of late. There are already quite a number of them in the BNM list including Axiata Digital eCode, Valyou, Maxis Broadband, and XOX Com.
Since we will be facing with so many options once all these e-wallet services begin to be available to wider audience starting from this year onwards, it will be interesting to see how all these companies will compete against each other in order to obtain trust (and business) from consumers.
(Source: Bernama via NST)
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Google Shares Early Iterations of the Pixel 2 & Pixelbook

It’s not often we get a glimpse of smartphones in their pre-production state (especially officially). However, in an interview with the head of design for hardware products at Google, Ivy Ross, we got a look at some early prototypes of the Pixel 2 and Pixelbook.
Looking at the many iterations of the Pixel 2, it seems like Google always kept the two-tone design of the phone; some of the prototypes also had a more squarish design than others. Aside from that, it’s likely Google experimented with different screen sizes for the Pixel 2 – there are distinctly taller or wider devices.
The Pixelbook, on the other hand, had some interesting iterations too. Some of the pre-production models had much larger glass shades, and even the Pixelbook Pen sees several different iterations.

According to a tipster who spoke with 9to5Google, Google supposedly experimented with swappable backplates for the Pixel 2 as well; perhaps inspired from the now shelved Project Ara modular smartphone. Some small aesthetic touches were apparently considered too, including a fingerprint sensor in one of Google’s four signature colours – green, yellow, blue, and red.

It’s certainly interesting to see early iterations of gadgets, especially from a company like Google. According to Ross, Google design devices that are “friendly, emotionally-appealing and easy to fit into your life and your home.”
(Source: Google Blog via 9to5Google)
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MSI Chinese New Year Promo Offers Up to RM399 Discount

Chinese New Year may still be a month away, but MSI is already running a promotion in conjunction with the festive season. For a limited time, certain MSI laptops are currently going for as much as RM399 off.
Six MSI laptops with different configurations are discounted during the promotion period. These include four different models of the MSI GL62M laptops, the MSI GE63VR, as well as the MSI GE73VR. Out of the six laptops, the GL62MM with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (4GB GDDR5) is the most affordable. Originally going for RM3,999, you can now get it for RM3,699 – that’s RM300 worth of discount.

Aside from a GTX 1050 GPU, the GL62M also comes with a 15.6-inch Full HD display, an Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor paired with 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, as well as a 1TB SATA HDD. Naturally, it also comes with Windows 10 Home out of the box.
If you’re looking for something more powerful, there’s the GE63VR. Equipped with a GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5) GPU, this gaming laptop features a 15.6-inch Full HD 120Hz display, a Core i7-7700HQ processor paired with 8GB of RAM, a fast 128GB NVMe SSD, as well as a 1TB 7200RPM SATA HDD. Listed at RM7,199, MSI is offering RM399 discount this laptop, lowering it down to RM6,800.

The full list of discounts on these MSI laptops can be found here. Note that this promotion will end on 28 February 2018, and it’s only available while stocks last.
(Source: Facebook (MSI Gaming))
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Maxis’ New Hotlink RED Prepaid Pack; Includes Free 10GB Data For Facebook

Maxis has announced a new Hotlink Red prepaid pack. While the name remains the same, Maxis has tweaked the basic offerings available to new prepaid users; providing what it believes is the best for those just adopting mobile internet.
The RM10 Hotlink Red pack includes RM5 of preloaded airtime, 300MB mobile data, and 10GB high-speed data dedicated solely for Facebook. It’s a prepaid subscription, so there’s not much else to mention at this point.

Maxis has also revamped its mobile prepaid internet passes for the release of the new prepaid offering. The restructured “data plans” offer a choice between free zero-rated mobile chat (Line, WeChat, WhatsApp) and social media (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Pinterest).
Existing Hotlink users can also opt into the new Red subscription through the Hotlink RED App, by going to ‘My Account’ and selecting ‘Change’ next to ‘Rateplan’; or by dialing *100*6*1#.
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OPPO A83 Is On Its Way To Malaysia: The Lower End Counterpart To F5

OPPO has announced that it will be releasing the OPPO A83 in Malaysia later this month. The device which has been launched in China and Taiwan is the latest addition to the company’s 18:9 smartphone line-up in Malaysia after the release of OPPO F5 last year.
Interestingly, the A83 is actually powered by the same MediaTek Helio P23 MT6763T as per F5. Not only that, the phone is also equipped with similar memory and internal storage configurations at 4GB and 32GB respectively. The A83 also carries a 13MP f/2.2 rear camera which is identical to the F5 Youth.

Of course, there are quite a number of components that differentiate A83 and F5 apart. For example, the A83 comes with a slightly smaller 5.7-inch display which also has lower screen resolution at 1440×720. Despite being enhanced by the same AI-based technology, the front camera on A83 is equipped with 8MP sensor as opposed to 20MP on F5 and 16MP on F5 Youth.
Rounding A83’s general specifications is its 3180mAh battery which not far off from the 3200mAh battery that present inside F5. Consumers in Malaysia are able to get their hands on the new OPPO A83 starting from next Tuesday, 23 January onwards although the actual price for the device has not been revealed at the moment.
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Specifications Of Intel Coffee Lake-H Notebook CPUs Leaked

A few weeks ago, we’ve written an article regarding Intel’s new processors that will be making their debut this year. This time round, one rather interesting leak has surfaced containing the names and specifications of notebook CPUs we can expect from Intel this year. These processors are, of course, based on the company’s Coffee Lake CPU architecture.
To be more specific, Intel’s upcoming lineup of mobile processors are categorised as “Coffee Lake-H” series of CPUs. Coffee Lake-H processors include the likes of the Core i5-8300H, Core i5-8400H, Core i7-8750H, Core i7-8850H, and Core i9-8950HK. Both the Core i5-8300H and Core i5-8400H feature four CPU cores and eight threads; while the Core i7 and Core i9 processors come with six CPU cores and twelve threads. Differences can also be found on their respective clock speeds.
In addition to the Coffee Lake-H mobile processors, Intel is also apparently going to introduce two brand new Xeon processors for the notebook market. These are the Xeon E-2176M and Xeon E-2186M – both of which feature six cores and twelve threads. Those aside, do take this leak with a grain of salt for now, at least until Intel makes an official announcement. Regardless, it looks like 2018 will indeed be a good year to get yourself a notebook, especially now that the CPU core counts are about to be increased.
(Source: Chiphell via Reddit)
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iOS Facebook Messenger Bug Causes Typing To Freeze Mid-Sentence

A bug in the recent update for the iOS version of Facebook Messenger is reportedly causing the app’s keyboard to freeze up. According to reports from The Verge and TechCrunch, the bug is frustrating many iOS users because it only allows them to type out a few words on the app’s keyboard before freezing up.
To give the world a more detailed look at the bug, a Twitter user called @brian_books actually took a screen recording of the problem.

@messenger your app is totally broken on iOS 11 right now. I can only type 1-2 words. pic.twitter.com/Dx82BJVwEm
— Brian's Book Blog (@brians_books) January 18, 2018

Now, before you start shaking your fist at Facebook, books also pointed out in his Twitter post that the bug seemed to only kick in because of the autocorrect function. So until Facebook rolls out a remedy for this irritating bug, you’ll just have to turn off the function.
On that note: Facebook had told TechCrunch that it is aware of the bug and that it is currently looking into it, but fell short on saying what was the cause and how it plans on rectifying the issue.
(Source: The Verge, TechCrunch, Twitter)
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