Maxis Announces NeXT X1 Smartphone: 2 Years 1-to-1 Warranty, 6GB Data, RM98 A Month

Maxis has unveiled its next “all-in-one” smartphone package, the NeXT X1. Again focusing on first time postpaid users, as well as those looking for the simplicity and convenience of an all-in plan, the NeXT X1 also has plenty of after-sales features.
The NeXT X1 is essentially a higher-end version of the NeXT M1 phone that Maxis introduced earlier this year. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable internal storage. The display is a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS panel, with Dragontrail glass, while the camera solutions are pretty straightforward with 16MP rear and 8MP front cameras. Rounding up the specs list is a 3,000mAh battery, a rear fingerprint sensor, and Android 7.

However, the hardware is just half the story. Maxis is placing a greater emphasis on the after sales service as a differentiator once again on its NeXT smartphones. The first half of this is a robust warranty program. The NeXT X1 comes with a 2-year warranty with a two-time, no questions asked 1-to-1 device replacement if something unfortunate happens to the device during the warranty period. There’s also a one-time screen replacement warranty that’s valid for 12 months.
The other half is the bundled, ready-to-use data plan that comes with the NeXT X1. It comprises of a 6GB data quota (3GB all-day + 3GB weekend), 50 minutes free calls to all networks, and on-demand internet booster packs that go as low as RM4/GB. This plan is exclusive to the NeXT X1 bundle, and costs RM98 a month (phone + plan) for 24 months.

The Maxis NeXT X1 is now available today in Steel Grey at all Maxis channels, including its online store, physical Maxis Centres, and Maxis Exclusive Partners nationwide. The older NeXT M1 is also still available as a more affordable option, priced at RM78 a month.
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Confirmed: TM Is Renaming 1Mbps and 2Mbps Streamyx Packages To “Broadband”

TM has revealed that it will indeed rename some of its Streamyx package as “Broadband”. This is based on the official statement provided by the company as a response to our query regarding this particular leaked image.
According to the statement which is available at the end of this article, Streamyx 1Mbps and 2Mbps will soon be called Broadband while at the same time, customers of these packaged will be known as “pre-Unifi customers”. The company also stated that these packages are not widely available although customers are more than welcome to subscribe if they want to.
While TM has indeed consolidated all of its consumer and business products under UniFi as their umbrella brand, the company has clarified that these Broadband packages are among selected products that will not be branded as UniFi despite having the logo appeared on the leaked image.
The renaming will take place in coming days although it will not have any effect on existing packages or their experience. Nevertheless, let’s not forget that there is a year-end promo apparently going on right now under the Bonanza Campaign promotion which new customers able to obtain Streamyx and UniFi with a 24-months discount.

“All TM Consumer and SME products are sold by our Mass Market cluster, now known as unifi. As we have previously announced, we are moving towards a more focused go-to-market approach in line with our convergence proposition under the single unifi brand. However, there are still products in our portfolio that are not branded as unifi, due to the differences in customer experiences.
Thus in line with our brand and market strategy, we are renaming our lower speed Streamyx packages (Streamyx 1Mbps and 2Mbps) to ‘Broadband’, while its subscribers will be known as pre-unifi customers. These Streamyx packages are currently not widely offered to the market due to the wide availability of unifi but going forward, if customers require these lower speed packages, they will be offered these broadband packages. This is part of our ongoing journey to offer a true convergence experience to all Malaysians.
This renaming exercise will be rolled out progressively in the days ahead. There will be no change to the existing plans and service experience that we have committed to our customers. You will start to notice the changes coming to effect soon, especially in our collaterals.
Rest assured we remain dedicated to providing a great experience to all our customers and look forward to continuously serving you better.”
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Dell Launches New Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop In Malaysia: Offers New Design and GTX 1060 Max-Q

Dell today has officially launches the latest iteration of Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming laptop in Malaysia. Originally announced to the world in August, the company has decided to adopt a new design for the laptop featuring a full-length grille on its back.
Instead of the red and black theme in the previous model, Dell has draped the new Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming in single colorway instead. The laptop currently comes in black with some red trim on its touchpad and logo. A red version will also be released for Christmas shopping season.

In terms of hardware options, users can choose either 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7300HQ or Core i7-7700HQ processor for their laptop which is the same option as previous Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming laptop. However, the new model can be fitted with more DDR4-2400 RAM at up to 16GB as well as 256GB PCIe M.2 solid state drive.
Additionally, it also can be obtained with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB graphics card. That being said, do note that this is the Max-Q variant of the card. 1TB 5400rpm hard drive and 56 Whr 4-cell battery with quick charge capability are standard across all variants.
Price-wise, the new Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming laptops can be obtained from RM 3899 onwards which is slightly higher than its predecessor that is still available for sale at the moment. For further details, head on to Dell Malaysia’s official website.
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This Is The New Razer Phone: Made For Gamers, Coming This Month For USD 699

It was not supposed to be revealed until 4AM Malaysian time tomorrow but thanks to what seems to be a lapse in scheduling by The Verge’s Circuit Breaker, we now have the first official look at the new Razer Phone.
The short 1-minute clip has confirmed majority of the leaks that we’ve seen before regarding the new smartphone which is apparently designed for gamers. For example, the new Razer Phone does indeed feature a rather square-ish design.

Made from the same metal chassis as per Razer Blade laptops, the clip has also confirmed the existence of the 5.7-inch IGZO 120Hz display on the phone. As you can see in the comment above, the screen apparently has similar experience as per iPad Pro 10.5.
Other than that, the clip has also revealed that Razer Phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 8GB of RAM, and 64GB storage. The phone also carries two sets of stereo speakers with each of them is equipped with individual amplifiers.
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Photography-wise, the phone’s rear camera is consisted of two 12MP sensor with wide angle and telephoto lens. Not to forget, Razer Phone comes standard with a 4000mAh battery as per rumored before.
According to the video, gamers can expect to see the new Razer Phone this month and it will carry a price tag of USD 699 (about RM 2958). Since The Verge has already took the video down, guess you just have to wait to see the new phone in full glory once officially revealed by Razer tomorrow morning.
(Source: Circuit Breaker – video has been removed)
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Bonanza Campaign Price List for UniFi and Streamyx Appears Online: RM 139 for 30Mbps, RM 89 for 8Mbps

A set of brochures that depict promotional pricing for Streamyx and UniFi has appeared on Lowyat.NET Forums. While it is indeed common to see promo pricing for both services from time to time which depends on the ingenuity of respective TM authorized resellers, these price list were apparently obtained from TMpoint in Kemaman, Terengganu.
With the exception of UniFi Lite 10Mbps which still costs RM 129 per month, the rest of the packages receive noticeable price cut as listed below:
UniFi Advance 30Mbps: RM 139/month (original price: RM 199)
UniFi Pro 100Mbps: RM 239/month (original price: RM 329)
BB 1Mbps: RM 68/month (original price: RM 110)
BB 2Mbps: RM 83/month (original price: RM 130)
BB 4Mbps: RM 88/month (original price: RM 140)
BB 8Mbps: RM 89/month (original price: RM 160)
In another post, the UniFi Advance Plus 50Mbps was also listed at RM 189 per month instead of its standard monthly fee of RM 249.
The same post also revealed that these pricing were apparently part of a new promotion called “Bonanza Campaign”. They apparently already being listed on what we assume as the backend system that authorized resellers use to register their customers despite the fact that the promotion has not yet been announced by TM itself.
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As interesting as the pricing might be, there is one huge catch though: these pricing are only valid for 24 months. Once that period is over, they will be reverted to their original pricing. Meanwhile, TM’s customer service has generally verified the existence of the new promo according to a screenshot shared by another forumer.
The new Bonanza Campaign promotion will apparently last until 31 December 2017. We are now reaching out to TM to obtain official information regarding this new promotion. So, stay tuned.
(Source: Lowyat.NET Forums – 1, 2, 3. Thanks to Alpina, Xeron, and tzh2001 for sharing the details!)
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Bonanza Campaign Price List for Streamyx and UniFi Appears Online: 30Mbps at RM 139 and More

A set of brochures that depict promotional pricing for Streamyx and UniFi has appeared on Lowyat.NET Forums. While it is indeed common to see promo pricing for both services from time to time which depends on the ingenuity of respective TM authorized resellers, these price list were apparently obtained from TMpoint in Kemaman, Terengganu.
With the exception of UniFi Lite 10Mbps which still costs RM 129 per month, the rest of the packages receive noticeable price cut as listed below:
UniFi Advance 30Mbps: RM 139/month (original price: RM 199)
UniFi Pro 100Mbps: RM 239/month (original price: RM 329)
BB 1Mbps: RM 68/month (original price: RM 110)
BB 2Mbps: RM 83/month (original price: RM 130)
BB 4Mbps: RM 88/month (original price: RM 140)
BB 8Mbps: RM 89/month (original price: RM 160)
In another post, the UniFi Advance Plus 50Mbps was also listed at RM 189 per month instead of its standard monthly fee of RM 249.
The same post also revealed that these pricing were apparently part of a new promotion called “Bonanza Campaign”. They apparently already being listed on what we assume as the backend system that authorized resellers use to register their customers despite the fact that the promotion has not yet been announced by TM itself.
Click to view slideshow.
As interesting as the pricing might be, there is one huge catch though: these pricing are only valid for 24 months. Once that period is over, they will be reverted to their original pricing. Meanwhile, TM’s customer service has generally verified the existence of the new promo according to a screenshot shared by another forumer.
The new Bonanza Campaign promotion will apparently last until 31 December 2017. We are now reaching out to TM to obtain official information regarding this new promotion. So, stay tuned.
(Source: Lowyat.NET Forums – 1, 2, 3. Thanks to Alpina, Xeron, and tzh2001 for sharing the details!)
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#LYNSessions Ep 4: Morten B & Dushyan from Maxis

It’s easy to forget that the telco business has been around for decades, and in the last five years, developments in the Malaysian telco industry has accelerated to keep up with the shift in mobile technology.
Maxis has been in the thick of the Malaysian telco industry almost from the start, and with the industry at its most competitive, the company relies on its upper management to steer through new technologies and curveballs from the competition. The vision and future of the company lies, almost thoroughly, in their hands.
We sat down with Morten Bangsgaard, CTO of Maxis, as well as Dushyan Vaithiyanathan, Head of Consumer Business, as they explain the challenges the company has faced and the innovations it has rolled out to stay ahead of the competition. They also explain, among other things, why Maxis remains one of the most expensive telcos to subscribe to, how it uses data analytics to provide personalised offers that are tailored to the individual, and why Maxis may never offer an unlimited data plan.

Interested to be featured on #LYNSessions? Drop us an e-mail to newsdesk[AT]lowyat.net and you might be the chosen one!
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Cooler Master Showcases Its RGB Hard Gaming Mousepad

Cooler Master has unveiled its latest product in the form of a mousepad. Dubbed the RGB Hard Gaming, Cooler Master’s newest mousepad is, according to the company, made for “pro-level gamers.” In addition, this mousepad also comes with plenty of interesting features, which may (or may not) help you to achieve that pro-level gamer status.
When it comes to design, the Cooler Master RGB Hard Gaming mousepad, like any other mouse pad in the market, comes in an all black colour scheme. That said, what makes this mousepad even more “interesting” is that it is endowed with LED-lit areas on its outer edges (RGB, of course). To power the LEDs on this mousepad, Cooler Master has fitted it with a generously long 1.6m braided USB cable.
Speaking of which, it’s worth keeping in mind that the Cooler Master RGB Hard Gaming measures in at 350mm x 264mm. Meanwhile, this mousepad also has a thickness of 2mm and it weighs around 808 grams. Finally, the RGB Hard Gaming is “blessed” with a warranty period of two years as well.
Unfortunately, Cooler Master has not mentioned the local pricing and date of availability of the RGB Hard Gaming. If the company intends to bring this mousepad in Malaysia, then we do expect it to make an announcement regarding the aforementioned details soon.
(Source: TechPowerUp)
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Data Breach: MCMC Meets All Telcos, Investigation Almost Complete

In response to the recent data breach involving Malaysian telcos, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has organized several meetings with them. In fact, the first meeting took place almost immediately after our initial discovery two weeks ago.
According to MCMC’s Chief Operating Officer, Dr Mazlan Ismail, the meetings were held in order to make sure that the telco are in tune with the situation. It is indeed important for them to grasp the situation especially that the Commercial Crime Investigation Department of PDRM is now visiting the telcos as part of its investigation.

With the latest meeting took place last week, the telcos have apparently decided to wait for police to complete its investigations before making any further comments. Interestingly though, the wait might be over soon as the Communications and Multimedia Minister, Salleh Said Keruak has stated that the investigation is almost completed.
The minister further revealed that authorities have apparently able to pinpoint several sources that have potentially leaked the massive amount of data into the wild. Well then, we hope that MCMC and telcos will be able to brief consumers regarding the data breach as soon as possible.
(Source: Bernama, New Straits Time, The Star)
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Android’s New Fast Pair Feature Makes It Easier to Connect Bluetooth Devices

Connecting Bluetooth devices to your Android phone isn’t always a seamless task. In an attempt to make the pairing experience a much more pleasant one, Google is introducing a new feature dubbed Fast Pair on Android.
In essence, Fast Pair works very much like Apple’s very simple wireless pairing between the iPhone and AirPods. In Android’s case, Bluetooth devices that support the new feature will be automatically recognised by any given Android phone – provided it is running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above – once the two are in close proximity.
Once the Android phone recognises the Bluetooth device, users will just need to tap on the notification to start the pairing process, which is done via good ol’ Bluetooth. If there’s a companion app for the Bluetooth accessory, Android will automatically offer to download it too.

While this is definitely a very convenient way to connect a Bluetooth device to your phone, very few accessories currently support Fast Pair. According to Google, only two products are Fast Pair-enabled right now: the Google Pixel Buds and the Libratone Q Adapt On-Ear headphones. Soon, the Plantronics Voyager 8200 series wireless headsets will support the feature too.
Hopefully, more Bluetooth devices will support Fast Pair in the future. Accessory makers who want to adopt the new feature can reach out to Google here.
(Source: Android Developers Blog)
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