#LYTV: OPPO Find X First Impressions

After making its global debut in Paris just few weeks ago, OPPO has recently launched its new flagship, the Find X in Malaysia earlier this week. While it going to be a while before the phone rolls out into retail store as it will only be released into our market on 5 August, our team managed to get a brief first look at the device during the launch event.
As a refresher, the main highlight of the phone is what OPPO dubbed as the stealth 3D cameras which uses a motorized system to push the camera upwards when activated. By making the camera section of the phone hidden when not in use, it allows Find X to deliver a full screen experience without the notch that is commonly associated with phone that comes with such display.

The camera section contains a combination of 16MP and 20MP sensors for its rear camera. There is also 25MP sensor for the front camera which is also equipped with an array of other sensors that help strengthen Find X’s face 3D Face Recognition security feature.
Other than that, the Find X is also equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 8GB of RAM, 256GB internal storage, and 3730mAh battery. It also supports the company’s own VOOC fast charging technology which allows it to achieve full battery capacity in 90 minute.

Now available for pre-order, the OPPO Find X is priced at RM 3699. We’ll take a closer look at the new phone for our review soon enough but for the meantime, don’t to forget to check out our YouTube channel for more videos!
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The ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ Gaming Monitor Could Retail For More Than RM10000 In Malaysia

The ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ gaming monitor was announced back in June, but the display has yet to make it to our shores. However, if and when this state-of-the-art 27-inch monitor does come into Malaysia, it’s most certainly going to cost a pretty penny.
According to an ASUS representative whom we spoke to at the company’s All Out event, the ROG Swift PG27UQ is almost likely to have a retail price that exceeds the RM10000 mark, and with good reason. Firstly, it’s one of only two gaming monitors that supports 4K HDR resolution; the only other monitor with similar hardware is the Acer Predator X27 gaming monitor.
On top of that, the monitor has a refresh rate of 144Hz and a screen response time of 4ms. It’s also equipped with the latest generation of NVIDIA’s G-Sync module, which is the driving force behind the monitor’s HDR function. Naturally the monitor is also fitted with ASUS’ Aura Sync RGB LEDs, and even projects the ROG symbol both at the bottom and through the top of display’s neck.

Adding on to that, the colour accuracy of the ROG Swift 27UQ is manually calibrated at ASUS’ factory, ensuring that each and every unit meets the DCI-P3 colour gamut.
Given its price, it’s also very likely that ASUS won’t be bringing in more than a few units of the ROG Swift PG27UQ at a time either. This is because while the demand for 4K gaming monitors has definitely increased among PC gamers, 4K monitors with HDR and really high refresh rates are quite literally a new market area for ASUS. As such, ASUS will definitely want to test the waters in Malaysia and see how many people would be willing to become early adopters of this gaming monitors.
ASUS provide any official availability and pricing for the monitor, and this is merely just speculation on our part. So do take this news with a pinch of salt; at least until ASUS gives us more information about the monitor.
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Grab the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 for Only RM2,699 Now

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is just around the corner, but if you’re itching to get the latest Note device – for now, anyway – the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is currently being offered at a pretty good price. In fact, you can grab it for merely RM2,699 now.
However, oddly enough, this only applies to the Galaxy Note 8 in Soft Pink. Originally retailing at RM3,999, Switch Solution on Shopee is listing this particular variant of the Note 8 for only RM2,699. That’s RM1,300 worth of savings right there.

If you want other colours of the Note 8, you’ll have to pay slightly more: the Orchid Grey and Midnight Black models are listed at RM2,949 from the same retailer on Shopee. Still quite a good offer nonetheless, of course, and all variants of the Note 8 from Switch Solution come with official one year warranty from Samsung Malaysia.
It’s been a while since the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was introduced, but it’s still a very capable flagship smartphone. Check out our comprehensive review of the Note 8 if you’d like to learn more.
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ASUS Showcases Professional And Gaming Monitors At Special All Out Event

ASUS is one of PC makers in the world that not only produces its own PC components, but also its own PC monitors. On top of that, it actually produces monitors for both its gaming and professional market segments. To that end, ASUS Malaysia held a special All Out monitor showcase event at its office to give a look at all the monitors that it currently sells in Malaysia.
For its gaming monitor segment, ASUS actually has a fair number of AMD Freesync monitors on hand. A couple of these variants – the VG255H and VG245H – essentially come with a higher than average 75Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time, and are available in sizes between 25-inches and 27-inches.
ASUS also had the ROG Strix XG258Q on the floor; the company’s only Freesync monitor that also features a refresh rate of 240Hz and 1ms response time.

On the professional side of things, ASUS was also showcasing several of its Designo series monitors, which included the MZ27AQ and the MX34VQ. Both these monitors feature a more streamlined design and a thinner profile; ASUS says that this makes them look more suited for a corporate and office environment.
The two models also share a couple of key features. The first is that both of them are 1440p monitors, although the MX34VQ is a curved and ultra-wide monitor, and therefore has a resolution of 3440 x 1440, versus the MZ27AQ’s native resolution of 2560 x 1440. The second feature is that both monitors come built with Harman Kardon speakers that, to our surprise, actually sounded pretty decent.

With regards to the MX34VQ, the monitor also comes equipped with a Qi wireless charging platform, although it should be noted that it the platform doesn’t seem to support fast wireless charging.
All of the monitors mentioned in this article are already available for purchase at all authorised ASUS resellers and stores.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Coming to Malaysia Soon

It appears the recently announced Xiaomi Mi Max 3 will be coming to Malaysia. So far, the new phablet was only announced for the Chinese market. If the Mi Max 3 does make it here in the near future, Malaysia will be one of the first countries to receive the device – that’s quite a big deal.
In our routine search of SIRIM’s database, Xiaomi Malaysia registered a device with the model number M1804E4A just yesterday on 19 July. Of course, this is none other than the Mi Max 3, and it appeared in SIRIM’s database on the same day it was announced in China.

The Mi Max 3, much like its predecessor, features a large display and battery capacity. Now sporting a huge 6.9-inch Full HD+ 18:9 display, the phablet also comes with a sizeable 5,500mAh battery. Like most mid-range Xiaomi phones this year, the Mi Max 3 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 chipset too.
Rounding out the specifications of the Mi Max 3 are 4GB or 6GB of RAM, up to 128GB of expandable storage, a 12MP + 5MP dual-camera system, and an 8MP front-facing shooter.

For the time being, it’s not known yet exactly when – or if – the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 will be arriving in Malaysia. Considering the fact that even the Mi 6X and Mi A2 Lite have been registered with SIRIM too, there’s a good chance these three devices will be launched simultaneously on our shores.
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Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Unveiled with Large 6.9-inch Display & 5,500mAh Battery

Xiaomi has introduced the Mi Max 3, and it’s bigger than ever. Now sporting a huge 6.9-inch display and an equally large 5,500mAh battery, this phablet is…quite a sizeable device. Of course, it still continues Xiaomi’s aggressive pricing strategy too.
One of the main appeals of Mi Max phones has always been their large displays, and Xiaomi took it a step further and expanded the Mi Max 3’s display to 6.9-inch – the Mi Max 2 only had a 6.44-inch screen. Of course, it’s now a taller 18:9 Full HD+ display, so the overall dimension of the new phablet is still largely similar to its predecessor.

Aside from that, the Mi Max 3 is equipped with a huge 5,500mAh battery, compared to the Mi Max 2’s slightly smaller 5,300mAh cell. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset, the Mi Max 3 should be able to provide a good level of performance too. After all, it’s the same SoC that’s under the hood of the excellent Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.
Other specifications of the Mi Max 3 include up to 6GB of RAM, two storage options (64GB or 128GB), a 12MP + 5MP dual-camera system – with AI enhancements – as well as an 8MP front-facing shooter.

The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is currently announced only for the Chinese market, and it retails at 1,699 Chinese yuan (about RM1,015) for the 64GB model with 4GB of RAM. The higher-end 128GB variant with 6GB of RAM, on the other hand, goes for 1,999 yuan (about RM1,195).
(Source: Xiaomi)
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New Streamyx Promo Appears In The Wild: RM 90 for 4Mbps and Below; RM 100 for 8Mbps

Since earlier this month, we have noticed the appearance of new promotion for Streamyx which is also known as Broadband or pre-unifi depending on who you asked. Under this particular promotion, consumers apparently able to obtain the service for less than RM 100 as opposed to the current pricing which starts at RM 110.
Based on the images and Facebook postings that we have gathered for the past few days, the 1Mbps, 2Mbps, and 4Mbps packages have the same price of RM 90 per month. They also come standard with wireless router and DECT phone for free.

As for the 8Mbps package, it costs RM 100 per month and customers will also receive unifi TV set top box with access for basic unifi TV channels alongside wireless router and DECT phone. For comparison, the same package is currently priced at RM 160 per month.
There is one huge catch though: according to some of the Facebook listings, these packages are available only for new registration. In other words, this promotion is not applicable for existing Streamyx subscribers.

According to Rozeman who shared the image above as well as his conversation with unifi’s Twitter-based customer support, the promotion was apparently conceived as part of marketing strategy which could mean that it is only available in certain places. In a way, it seems like a repeat of last year’s RM 99 unifi Lite promotion that was eventually “delayed” by TM.
We are now reaching out to TM for further clarifications. So, stay tuned.
(Source: Facebook – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 // Rozeman)
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Nokia 6.1 Plus with Android One Is The Nokia X6 For International Market

While HMD Global might have not made publicize this at the moment but it is generally known that the company has the intention to bring Nokia X6 to markets outside of China. As it turns out, Hong Kong become the first such market and the phone has also received a new name: Nokia 6.1 Plus.
Aside from the name, the phone also comes with Android One label on it although the version in China already pre-installed with stock Android Oreo anyway. Other than that, it is pretty much the same Nokia X6 that the company released over there back in May.

You are still looking at a phone with a notched 5.8-inch Full HD+ display and powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636. For the Hong Kong market, the model comes standard with 4GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 64GB e-MMC internal storage.
Featuring a combination of glass body and aluminum frame, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is also equipped with 16MP + 5MP dual rear camera setup and 16MP selfie camera although surprisingly, none of these cameras are Zeiss branded as opposed to the standard version of Nokia 6.1. A 3060mAh battery with support for quick charging completes its general specifications.

In Hong Kong, the Nokia 6.1 Plus carries a price tag of HKD 2288 (about RM 1185) and will be made available on sale over there starting from 24 July onwards. No words on when the phone will be making its debut in our shores but given that HMD Global has just released Nokia 6.1 in Malaysia, it might take a while before we see the phone here.
(More info: Nokia Mobile Hong Kong // Video: HMD Global via NokiaCamp)
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Sony Reveals New Limited Edition Marvel’s Spiderman PlayStation 4 Bundle

The trend of exclusive limited edition Playstation 4 bundles continues with the upcoming release of Marvel’s Spider-Man. Coinciding with the launch is a special PS4 featuring white spider logo from the game; and a special red DualShock 4 controller.
The bundle comprises of a customised Amazing Red 1TB PS4 Pro console featuring Spider-Man’s spider, a matching DualShock 4 wireless controller, Marvel’s Spider-Man Blu-ray, and digital content. Spider-Man fans will note that the logo in this case is white – matching the suit in the game – instead of the usual black spider.

Marvel’s Spider-Man is a new open world take on the superhero game genre. Borrowing elements from games like the Batman Arkham series and Grand Theft Auto. We had a hands on experience with the game at E3 earlier this year and it proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

The bad news is that this limited edition bundle has only been announced for the U.S. and Canada, where it will retail for $399.99. No news about the rest of the world yet, but it should be heading out here at some point. Marvel’s Spider-Man releases worldwide on 7 September.
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Apple Confirms That The New Keyboard Membrane Is To Keep Dust Out

Internal documents circulated to Apple’s authorised service centres have explained the nature of the membrane in the new MacBook Pro keyboard. As suspected, it is meant to prevent dust and debris from clogging the butterfly key mechanism.
Apple is still not publicly admitting that the upgrades are meant to fix a design flaw with the MBP. With marketing material only talking about the quieter keyboard; a feature that seems more like a side effect of adding the membrane than being anything intentional.
On that note, iFixit has published a more rigorous test of the MBP membrane. Subjecting it to a powered paint additive to simulate dust buildup over time. In this case, the membrane did what it is meant to do and prevented any of the powder from entering the mechanism.
However, the test involving larger particulates (in this case sand) resulted in the keys getting stuck.

The teardown of the MBP also reveals just how difficult it is to actually get to the keyboard to fix it. There are several rivets holding the chassis together, requiring them to be broken before the keyboard can be accessed. In other words, this is no easy replacement job.
Apple is unlikely to ever come out and say that it was trying to fix a problem with the keyboard on the 2017 MBP. Not when people are discovering some newer problems with the MBP 2018.
[Source: iFixit, Macrumours]
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