Intel Q370, QM370 and HM370 Motherboards Spotted

Reports have emerged regarding the existence of three brand new motherboards which are made to cater for Intel’s 8th Generation Core processors. What makes these motherboards rather interesting is the fact that they feature embedded 8th Generation Intel Core and Xeon E processors. The chipsets that come with these motherboards are the Q370, QM370 and HM370.
The motherboards in question are the IBase MB995 and IBase MI995. To be more specific, these motherboards, as mentioned earlier, are either equipped with Intel Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, and Xeon E processors. These processors are embedded onto their respective motherboards in the FCBA1440 socket.
Image: VideoCardz
Interestingly, the Intel LGA1151 socket on IBase’s motherboards are apparently positioned differently compared to consumer-grade motherboards. When it comes to design, both embedded motherboards do not come with “flamboyant” aesthetics. That said, it’s worth noting that these motherboards do come in two form factors: ATX (MB995) and Mini-ITX (MI995).
Of course, as many of our dear readers may have already guessed, these motherboards are not exactly aimed at general consumers. Unfortunately, it’s not known whether the IBase MB995 and IBase MI995 and their other variants will be made available in Malaysia. In addition, their official date of availability and release date in other regions were not announced either.
(Source: VideoCardz)
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Nokia 2 with 4100mAh Battery Now Available In Malaysia For RM 429

Originally launched last October, Nokia 2 has finally made its debut in Malaysia earlier this month. Essentially an entry-level device, one of its main attraction the humongous battery that HMD Global has equipped into it.
Specifically, the Nokia 2 carries a 4100mAh battery which apparently enabled it to deliver up to 2 days of battery life. Also featuring an aluminum body and 5-inch HD LTPS display, the device is running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 alongside 1GB of RAM and 8GB internal storage.

Given the rather small storage space, it made sense that HMD Global has designed Nokia 2 to be able to support up to 128GB microSD card. The Nokia 2 also comes with 8MP rear camera as well as a 5MP front camera.
Covered with 1-year of warranty by HMD Global Malaysia, the new Nokia 2 is available immediately throughout the market for RM 429. To learn more about the new device, head on to its official website.
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MWC 2018: Nubia Gaming Smartphone Prototype Has Cooling Fans And RGB Strip

Chinese smartphone company Nubia has been confirmed to be working on a gaming smartphone since early this month, and at MWC 2018, the company is showing off the first prototype of the Nubia gaming smartphone.
Little is known about the Nubia gaming smartphone, beyond the fact that co-founder Ni Fei confirmed the company’s intentions in a Weibo post in February. Even the reps at the Nubia booth here did not seem to know anything about the product, other than it being on prominent display at the company’s MWC booth.

There are, however, some additional details at the glass encased setup. The Nubia gaming smartphone prototype was naturally off-limits for attendees, but there were a few useful information that we can gather. For starters, the prototype’s design is almost certainly inspired by supercars, with an emphasis on red accents. Not too surprising, since virtually every “gaming” product usually has red accents to increase aggreesive looks.
Meanwhile, the internals have four cooling fans – two at the top, and two at the bottom. Since traditional smartphones’s internals are sealed, I’m not exactly sure how these fans would help dissipate heat. Nubia calls this setup the “turbulent flow principle”, which again has raises more questions than answers.

Other parts of the display also suggest the use of “nano carbon” materials for the Nubia gaming smartphone, as well as molecular scaling micro process in the device manufacturing. More importantly, the only working part of the prototype seems to be the RGB strip below the camera, which means the company at least knows what’s important for gamers.

Otherwise, not much else is known about the Nubia gaming smartphone. There are reports that suggest the company may be ready to release the device sometime this year, but the fact that Nubia showed off three different prototypes suggests that it may still be some way down the pipeline. Don’t be surprised if the Razer Phone remains the only gaming smartphone in the market in 2018.
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Asus ZenFone 5 & 5Z Hands On: Following the Trend

Asus has unveiled its new ZenFone 5 series of smartphones at MWC 2018, and yes, it’s clear where the Taiwanese got its inspiration from with these new devices. More specifically, we’re talking about the “notch” found on the ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z.
But looking beyond the design similarity the new phones share with the iPhone X, the 5 and 5Z are actually pretty interesting smartphones – especially in terms of value for money.

The ZenFone 5Z is the flagship smartphone in the series. It has a 6.2-inch 19:9 2246 x 1080 Full HD+ IPS display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with up to 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of fast UFS 2.1 storage – further expandable with a microSD card – and a 3,300mAh battery. On top of that, it also runs on ZenUI 5.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
As for the more affordable ZenFone 5, it’s almost a carbon copy of the higher-end 5Z; it just comes with more mid-range hardware. It features a mid-range Snapdragon 636 chipset, up to 6GB of RAM, and storage capacities topping up at 128GB.

In the camera department, both smartphones feature the very same dual-camera system on the back, which are made up of a 12MP f/1.8 primary shooter (complete with optical image stabilisation) and an 8MP f/2.2 120-degree wide-angle camera. Their selfie cameras, on the other hand, are 8MP f/2.0 shooters.
Before we get on to the actual hands on, it’s worth noting that there were no actual units of the ZenFone 5Z at the launch event – the flagship smartphone is only set to be available from June 2018 onwards. Nonetheless, only the chipset, RAM, and storage capacities that differentiate the ZenFone 5Z from the ZenFone 5, so our impressions of the latter should apply to the 5Z as well.

So let’s start with the ZenFone 5’s…familiar display. Yeap, it looks very similar to the iPhone X’s display, right down to the notch at the top of the device. Sure, the ZenFone 5’s notch is slightly smaller in comparison, but there’s no denying where Asus got the inspiration from. In fact, Asus’ global head of marketing, Marcel Campos, told The Verge that “we (Asus) cannot get away from what users want. You have to follow the trends.”
But to Asus’ credit, the ZenFone 5’s display is actually pretty darn impressive. Even though it’s not an OLED display, Asus clearly did some calibration to the phone’s IPS panel. Colours are punchy, viewing angles are good, and it is just really pleasant to look at with the minimal bezels.

Display aside, the ZenFone 5’s Snapdragon 636 chipset seems to be capable too. This, combined with Asus’ new ZenUI 5.0, make for a really polished software experience. The phone didn’t show any performance hiccup when I was opening a number of different apps, and ZenUI 5.0 just feels and looks polished – it’s quite a step up from Asus’ previous versions of Android.
If ZenUI 5.0 already runs so well on the ZenFone 5, I imagine it will run even better on the ZenFone 5Z with its extra processing power and RAM capacity.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to put the ZenFone 5’s camera to the test as much as I would’ve liked – the event space was pretty dark, so it wasn’t the most ideal setting to try out the camera. Based on the shots that I did manage to take, however, the camera does show quite a bit of promise. The camera interface did feel sluggish though, which slightly mars the shooting experience.

The Asus ZenFone 5 and 5Z’s design isn’t the most original, but there’s no denying the sheer value for money these smartphones offer – at least, that’s the case with the latter. According to Asus, the 5Z will retail from only $499, which comes up to about RM1,960. Needless to say, this is a pretty attractive price tag for a Snapdragon 845 smartphone.
However, the ZenFone 5Z will only be available from June 2018 onwards; it’s almost a certainty other phone makers will release their own Snapdragon 845 smartphones that could outvalue the 5Z. Even the ZenFone 5 isn’t set to be released until April 2018.

In retrospect, the new ZenFone 5 phones are really Asus’ most exciting phones yet. They’re well-designed – albeit not very original – they look and feel premium, and their software is quite possibly Asus’ most polished version of Android yet.
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MWC 2018: ASUS ZenFone 5 Is Here, Alongside ZenFone 5Z with Snapdragon 845

ASUS usually doesn’t announce new ZenFone devices during the early part of the year, but somehow the company has decided to change that this year by launching the ZenFone 5 series at Mobile World Congress 2018. Among the new models that were unveiled at the event is the titular ZenFone 5 and the flagship ZenFone 5Z.
At a glance, it is really hard to differentiate the ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z apart because they are essentially identical to each other in terms of design and build. There are indeed several differences though which include their processors as the ZenFone 5 is powered by the mid-ranger Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 while the ZenFone 5Z runs on the higher end Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.

Other than that, the ZenFone 5 can be obtained with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage as compared to ZenFone 5Z which goes up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB internal storage. Even the storage medium used on both phones are different as ASUS has chose to equip ZenFone 5 with eMCP while opting for UFS 2.1 chip on ZenFone 5Z.
Aside from these major differences, both ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z are equipped with the same 6.2-inch FHD+ (2246 x 1080) 19:9 IPS full screen display. They also come with two rear cameras which include 12MP Sony IMX363 sensor for the primary camera as well as f/1.8 6-elements lens, optical image stabilization for still images and electronic image stabilization for video recording.

The secondary rear camera and front camera on both devices features the same 8MP Omnivision 8856 sensor but they are paired with different set of optics in the form of f/2.2 120-degree 5-element lens and f/2.0 84-degree 4-element lens respectively. Together with fingerprint sensor, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z also support face unlocking as their main biometric security measures.
Both phones also come with dual speakers as well as support for Hi-Res Audio and DTS Headphone:X 7.1 audio enhancements. Pre-installed with ZenUI 5.0 on top of their Android 8.0 Oreo operating system, rounding up the common specifications of ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z is a 3300mAh battery.

In addition to the all-new design and hardware, ASUS has also brought forward plenty of AI-powered features to both phones. One of them is the AI Scene Detection on their rear cameras which is designed to detect and provide optimum camera settings for 16 different scenes and objects. This particular function takes advantage of the Qualcomm AI Engine for faster processing.
Another interesting AI-powered feature that the company has implemented into ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z is AI Boost which increases the performance of both phones when they run demanding apps. Also designed for multi-tasking, it also keeps a constant look at the phones’ overall conditions in order to make sure that the performance boost is kept within their limits.

There is also the AI Charging feature which would keep track of users charging habit to determine the time it takes to charge both devices while maintaining the health of their batteries. For example, slower charging time might be applied when they charged outside of peak hours while faster charging rate might be activated during the daytime as users tend to utilize these devices more during that period.
Joining the growing crowd of live animated emoji, ASUS has also unveiled its own take on the feature for both devices. Called ZeniMoji, it allows users to craft emoji video based on their facial movements and expressions which can be utilized even for live streaming sessions on Facebook.

In terms of availablity, the ZenFone 5 will be released starting April onwards while the higher end ZenFone 5Z will only be available in June. ASUS somehow choose not to reveal the price tag of ZenFone 5 but did mentioned that ZenFone 5Z will have a starting price of EUR 479 (about RM 2,292) which is why the company is claiming it as one of the most affordable Snapdragon 845-based smartphones around.
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MWC 2018: ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite Goes Official, Offers True Quad Camera Setup and More

Aside from the ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z, ASUS has also launched the ZenFone 5 Lite at its Mobile World Congress 2018 press event. Featuring a different physical design altogether, this particular device also comes with a rather peculiar camera setup.
Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 alongside another lower-end variant with Snapdragon 430, the ZenFone 5 Lite carries four cameras in total. For its rear main camera, ASUS has chosen the 20MP Sony IMX376 which is paired with f/2.0 lens while the main front camera is a 16MP f/2.2 camera.

Both front and back secondary cameras on the ZenFone 5 Lite feature the same 8MP sensor and 120-degree lens. ASUS has also equipped LED flash on both sides of the phone. Other components of the ZenFone 5 Lite also includes 6-inch FHD+ (2160 x 1080) 18:9 IPS display and 3300mAh battery.
At this moment, we have yet to receive the availability and pricing information for the ZenFone 5 Lite. Hence, we will update this post as we go through ASUS ZenFone 5 launch event at MWC 2018.
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MWC 2018: ASUS ZenFone 5 Is Here, Alongside The Sub-USD 500 ZenFone 5Z with Snapdragon 845

ASUS usually doesn’t announce new ZenFone devices during the early part of the year, but somehow the company has decided to change that this year by launching the ZenFone 5 series at Mobile World Congress 2018. Among the new models that were unveiled at the event is the titular ZenFone 5 and the flagship ZenFone 5Z.
At a glance, it is really hard to differentiate the ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z apart because they are essentially identical to each other in terms of design and build. There are indeed several differences though which include their processors as the ZenFone 5 is powered by the mid-ranger Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 while the ZenFone 5Z runs on the higher end Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.

Other than that, the ZenFone 5 can be obtained with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage as compared to ZenFone 5Z which goes up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB internal storage. Even the storage medium used on both phones are different as ASUS has chose to equip ZenFone 5 with eMCP while opting for UFS 2.1 chip on ZenFone 5Z.
Aside from these major differences, both ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z are equipped with the same 6.2-inch FHD+ (2246 x 1080) 19:9 IPS full screen display. They also come with two rear cameras which include 12MP Sony IMX363 sensor for the primary camera as well as f/1.8 6-elements lens, optical image stabilization for still images and electronic image stabilization for video recording.

The secondary rear camera and front camera on both devices features the same 8MP Omnivision 8856 sensor but they are paired with different set of optics in the form of f/2.2 120-degree 5-element lens and f/2.0 84-degree 4-element lens respectively. Together with fingerprint sensor, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z also support face unlocking as their main biometric security measures.
Both phones also come with dual speakers as well as support for Hi-Res Audio and DTS Headphone:X 7.1 audio enhancements. Pre-installed with ZenUI 5.0 on top of their Android 8.0 Oreo operating system, rounding up the common specifications of ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z is a 3300mAh battery.

In addition to the all-new design and hardware, ASUS has also brought forward plenty of AI-powered features to both phones. One of them is the AI Scene Detection on their rear cameras which is designed to detect and provide optimum camera settings for 16 different scenes and objects. This particular function takes advantage of the Qualcomm AI Engine for faster processing.
Another interesting AI-powered feature that the company has implemented into ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z is AI Boost which increases the performance of both phones when they run demanding apps. Also designed for multi-tasking, it also keeps a constant look at the phones’ overall conditions in order to make sure that the performance boost is kept within their limits.

There is also the AI Charging feature which would keep track of users charging habit to determine the time it takes to charge both devices while maintaining the health of their batteries. For example, slower charging time might be applied when they charged outside of peak hours while faster charging rate might be activated during the daytime as users tend to utilize these devices more during that period.
Joining the growing crowd of live animated emoji, ASUS has also unveiled its own take on the feature for both devices. Called ZeniMoji, it allows users to craft emoji video based on their facial movements and expressions which can be utilized even for live streaming sessions on Facebook.

Meanwhile, we have yet to receive the availability and pricing information for either these new devices. However, we were informed that the ZenFone 5Z will have a starting price of USD 479 (about RM 1,872) which is why ASUS is claiming it as one of the most affordable Snapdragon 845-based smartphones around.
Stay tuned for further information as we go through the official launch of ZenFone 5 series at MWC 2018.
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Nokia 7 Plus Hands On: HMD Global’s Next Big Phone

HMD Global unveiled quite a number of new devices here at MWC 2018. There’s the reimagined Nokia 8110, the flashy Nokia 8, and this phone right here: the unassuming Nokia 7 Plus. Even though it’s “only” a mid-range smartphone, the 7 Plus may very well be HMD Global’s most interesting phone yet.
Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, the Nokia 7 Plus is comfortably an upper mid-range smartphone. It’s also packing a 6-inch 18:9 Full HD+ IPS display with minimal bezels, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, and a 3,800mAh battery. Nothing groundbreaking, but certainly good for a smartphone of its class.

Interestingly, the 7 Plus shares the same camera system as the higher-end Nokia 8 Sirocco: its dual-camera system is made up of a 12MP primary shooter and a 13MP telephoto lens. The front-facing camera, on the other hand, is a 16MP shooter – all three cameras come with Zeiss optics.
Unlike the extravagant design of the Nokia 8 Sirocco, the Nokia 7 Plus is much more utilitarian. It’s a comfortable device to hold, the aluminium chassis gives it a solid feel, and the “ceramic-feel” coating on the back of the phone is pretty nice to the touch too. In fact, I really like the 7 Plus’ no-nonsense design.

Speaking of design, the 7 Plus is also Nokia’s first 18:9 smartphone, and it comes with pretty small bezels; it reminds me quite a bit of the Pixel 2 XL’s display, which has similarly-sized bezels. As for the display itself, it is bright and vibrant, and given the phone’s 1080p resolution – combined with the 7 Plus’ generous 3,800mAh battery – I imagine it will have very respectable battery life.
Beyond the design and display of the 7 Plus, arguably the most interesting aspect of the device lies in its software. Much like the Nokia 8 Sirocco, the 7 Plus is also an Android One smartphone. Not only will users get speedy Android updates with this phone, its software experience is as stock as it gets. It feels responsive, it’s minimalist, and it will definitely appeal to Android purists.

As mentioned, the 7 Plus shares the same camera system as the Nokia 8 Sirocco. The 12MP primary shooter can take some really good looking shots – though the 13MP telephoto lens isn’t quite as capable – the camera interface isn’t sluggish, and of course, it also comes with the new Pro Camera mode, which is very similar to what you would find on older Nokia Lumia phones. Chances are, more tech-savvy users will appreciate the mode’s intuitive user interface.

The Nokia 7 Plus is an unassuming phone, but it offers a very enticing package. It boasts a rather sleek, utilitarian design, it has a clean software experience, its large 3,800mAh battery should provide great battery life, and it also offers the same camera system as the more costly Nokia 8 Sirocco at a lower price point. However, retailing at 399 euro (that’s about RM1,915), it’s still slightly more expensive than your typical mid-ranger.
But if you want a reliable upper mid-range smartphone, the Nokia 7 Plus is certainly a promising choice, and we’re definitely excited to put it through its paces in a full review. If it delivers excellent battery life – and it likely will – as well as good camera performance, the Nokia 7 Plus may just be a winner for HMD Global.

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MWC 2018: Prototype Sony Dual Camera Module Shoots Up To ISO 51200

While Sony briefly captured our attention with its Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, the Japanese household name also had a new prototype dual camera module to show off on the MWC 2018 showfloor.
The new camera module and image signal processor are on display at Sony’s booth right after the keynote ended. According to the Sony reps at the area, the camera sensor and ISP are nowhere near ready to be included in the next Sony flagship. Instead, it serves as a proof of concept of what it can achieve: stills at up to ISO 51200 and video recording at ISO 12800.

As a baseline comparison, most camera modules on the majority of flagship smartphones only have a maximum ISO level of 3200, with the rare exceptions having double that number.
The new low-light capabilities lies in Sony’s new Image Signal Processor (ISP), known simply as the Sony Fusion ISP. According to the technical details, the Sony Fusion ISP simultaneously fires off two cameras, maximising light intake and thus processing the signal into a single bright, clear image.

Sadly, there were no additional details about the new camera module or even when it would be deployed. The device used in the comparisons at the booth was an unnamed smartphone with a large display, and a Sony Xperia XZ. The rep we spoke to also mentioned that Sony isn’t demonstrating its camera capabilities, suggesting that the sensor is still far from ready. But, ISO 12800 recording really does look impressive. There is plenty of noise, definitely, but it manages to capture motion and quite a bit of detail in an otherwise very, very dimly lit room.
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The ViewSonic XG2402 Is A 144Hz Gaming Monitor With FreeSync And 1ms Response Time

ViewSonic has released the XG2402, its new 24″ gaming monitor that comes loaded with a bunch of gaming centric features and qualities. What makes the XG2402 stand out from the rest is its 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time, which provides gamers with smoother framerates.
The XG2402 is also designed to accommodate AMD’s FreeSync anti-screen technology, so gamers using AMD’s Radeon RX series GPUs will find this monitor work more to their benefit.

ViewSonic’s new monitor also physically sports a more gamer-friendly, low-profile base, along with several new in-display presets, designed to make the most out of the onboard ColorX software.
Connectivity-wise, the XG2402 comes with a HDMI port, one DisplayPort, and a USB3.0 extension. It also has integrated speakers for gaming without the use of a headset.
The ViewSonic is already available for purchase, and will retail at an SRP of RM1,199.
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