OPPO Upcoming Models To Feature 10x Lossless Zoom Camera; OnePlus 7 May Feature The Same Lens

OPPO once showed a prototype smartphone with a lossless 5x zoom dual camera module at MWC 2017, but didn’t put the phone into production. Now, the company recently sent out invites to a new smartphone launch, with hints of the same camera tech with twice the zoom range.
Spotted by My Smart Price, the invite to the event by OPPO features a prominent number 10 alongside imagery of a prism. The original 5x zoom camera uses prisms alongside lenses to achieve lossless 5x zoom capabilities.
Invite sent to media for the OPPO event in Beijing
The zoom lens design was developed in cooperation with CorePhotonics and uses a 90-degree angular prism to direct the light to a vertically positioned stabilized camera sensor. Camera advancements means we can have high resolution sensors without the bulk; this could be the main reason why the original prototype did not go into production.
The launch event is slated to take place today, and may even give some insight to OnePlus’ future smartphone models. The company typically uses models created by OPPO and tweaks the hardware and software to its specification. More information on the new OPPO model will be shared here once details are made available to the general public.
(Source: MyDrivers, My Smart Price via GSMArena)
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Netflix Raises Subscription Cost in The US By US$2

Like all businesses do, Netflix recently increased the subscription fee of its online streaming service for its users base in the US. Previously charged US$11 (~RM45), US subscribers will now have to pay US$13 (~RM53) in order to gain continued access to the same content.
While the US$2 increment will most certainly not break the bank, many have pointed out that the total amount of Netflix’s highest package is still cheaper than HBO’s plan in the US, which stands at US$15 (~RM61) a month. Additionally, the price increase will undoubtedly help Netflix to pay for more of its original shows and films.
Naturally, the price hike did have a positive effect on the value of Netflix, with its value having raised 6.5% per share on the stock market.

For now, the price hike only seems to be applicable to the US market. At the moment, it doesn’t look like Netflix has any plans of increasing the price for its subscription plans in Malaysia. If the price hike for its US market is any indication, however, it’s likely that any such action from the brand won’t be an unreasonable one either.
(Source: Associated Press)
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Chronological Timeline Shortcut Comes To Twitter For Android Via Sparkle Button

iOS users have had this for about a month now, but the feature is finally here for Android. On the Twitter app’s top right corner, you’ll find a sparkle button that lets you switch between “Top Tweets” and the reverse chronological timeline.
That said, it looks like it shares a few features – or kinks, depending on your perspective – as its iOS counterpart. Having “Top Tweets” show first is still the default, and that you’ll still have to make the switch every once in a while.

Android, we got you. Starting today, tap to switch between latest and top Tweets. pic.twitter.com/7rXo3BNEJ6
— Twitter (@Twitter) January 15, 2019

On the bright side, it means that users of the Twitter app on Android won’t have to go on a deep dive into the app settings just to change this, unlike before. Now, looking at the latest tweets takes only a single tap from the homescreen.
The only platform that’s missing this shortcut now is the web version. You’ll still have to dig your way to your account settings to make the switch.
(Source: Twitter)
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iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS, and iPhone XR Official Smart Battery Case Confirmed for Malaysia Release

This is something that has been rumored for quite a while, but it is only today that Apple has officially unveiled the Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS, and iPhone XR. This is not the first time that the company has released such case for its iPhone though since the company first did so a few years ago with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s.
While the design might look relatively the same, the new Smart Battery Case for the current generation of iPhone is still slightly different from its predecessor. This is due to the fact that the case is also designed to support Qi-certified wireless charger just like the three iPhones themselves.
At the same time, the case also supports USB-PD chargers. According to listing on Apple’s website, the Smart Battery Case is able to increase talk time of up to 39 hours as well as 22 hours of Internet usages and video playback of 24 hours depending on specific iPhone model.
Regardless of the model that you choose, the Smart Battery Case is priced at RM 539 each. Despite their appearances on Apple Malaysia’s official website, they are still not available for purchase at the moment though but nevertheless, it is only a matter of time before that changes.
(Source: Apple Malaysia – 1, 2, 3)
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Nike Adapt BB Comes with Self-Lacing System That Can Be Adjusted via Phone App

Nike has officially unveiled the new Adapt BB shoes which are equipped with the company’s power-lacing system called Nike Adapt. In general, these shoes are the evolution of the self-lacing Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 and Back to the Future shoes that the company released in 2016.
According to Nike, the shoes are equipped with specially designed motor and gear (shown below) that automatically senses the amount of fit that the wearer needed when he or she puts on the shoes. Through the shoes’ FitAdapt technology, the wearer can then customize the fit level at any given time using either the manual buttons on the shoes or through a phone app.

The phone also allows Adapt BB shoes to receive new firmware updates from time to time which would help improve their fit further and provide additional features. In terms of build, the Adapt BB shoes feature upper areas that are made from a combination of Flyknit and QuadFit mesh while their midsoles are equipped with Cushlon foam.

In order to keep the motorized parts of the shoes running (aha), Nike has also included a wireless charging pad alongside these shoes. The new Nike Adapt BB will be made available starting this February with a price tag of USD 350 (about RM 1435) although their release date for Malaysia is not yet known at the moment.
(Source: Nike)
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HONOR View20 Reportedly Launching In Malaysia On 26 January

Several weeks ago, we reported that the HONOR View20 would officially be launching in Malaysia sometime this month. We now have confirmation from a trusted source that the HONOR will specifically bringing it next premium flagship device into the country on 26 January.
It makes sense that HONOR Malaysia would launch the View20 on that date, especially when you consider the fact that the brand will be hosting its global launch event four days prior in Paris, France.
To recap, the HONOR View20 is a premium smartphone, and one of the first devices on the market to be fitted with the new 48MP f/1.8 Sony IMX586 camera sensors. Other hardware specifications include Huawei’s Kirin 980 SoC, between 6GB and 8GB RAM, and up to 256GB of non-expandable storage.

Beyond that bit of information, we still don’t have any information on the View20’s local pricing, bundles, or special packages at launch in Malaysia. Guess we’ll just have to wait until the supposed launch date to find out more about the phone’s pricing.

Until then, you can find out more about the phone by checking out our writer’s hands-on and first impression of the View20, which we managed to play around with a little more than a week ago.
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Rumour: Nintendo To Bring SNES Games To Switch Online Subscribers

When Nintendo first announced the Switch Online subscription, the company promised a growing list of NES games to subscribers, starting with 20. Now, it looks like the company is adding SNES games to the list as well.
A Twitter user going by KapuccinoHeck has unearthed code hidden in the online service that suggests up to 22 SNES games will be added to the list.

I was finally able to look around NES Online's strings a bit myself and noticed the sheer amount of SNES games planned.Here's a list for you folks out there:#NintendoSwitch
— Kapu | gamers will perish (@KapuccinoHeck) January 13, 2019

Another dataminer, going by SnowmealDome (@OatmealDome), shared that there are four different emulator types while going through code for the NES Switch app. Two of them are for the NES and SNES. The remaining two remain as unknowns, but it suggests that there are two more generations of Nintendo classic consoles that may be included on the Switch.

I was looking through the NES Switch app with @KapuccinoHeck and @Simon1844. I found four emulator types:
Kachikachi (NES Classic)Canoe (SNES Classic)Hiyoko (???)Count (???)
This could mean there will be two new Classic consoles and/or three new consoles for Switch Online.
— SnowmealDome (@OatmealDome) January 13, 2019

All that said, Nintendo has not said anything about them officially. But it’s a lot to look forward to, between the 22 SNES games and the two other possible console emulators.
(Source: KapuccinoHeck / Twitter, OatmealDome / Twitter via TechSpot)
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Sony Interactive Entertainment Announces Two Dual Packs; Available Starting 17 January

Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced two Dual Blu-ray Disc packs. As the name would suggest, each one comes with two previously best-selling games on PlayStation 4 (PS4).
The first pack is called the PS4 Masterpiece Pack. This pack contains the Game of the Year for 2018, God of War, which sees Kratos surviving the world of Norse mythology and his son named Atreus. Another critically acclaimed game, Detroit: Become Human, is also bundled in this pack. This game takes you through the story of Androids as the begin to develop personalities and, to put it simply, become human.
On the other hand, the second pack is a special one devoted to the The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki series, also known as The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel. This pack is called the PS4 Sen no Kiseki Entry Pack. It consists of The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki I Kai – Thors Military Academy 1204, and its direct sequel, The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II Kai – The Erebonian Civil War.
Both PS4 Dual Packs will be available starting 17 January 2019. The PlayStation Mastepiece Pack will be priced at RM209, while the Sen no Kiseki Entry Pack will have a price of RM169. It’s important to note though that the latter is only available in Traditional Chinese and Korean.
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GeForce RTX 2060 Now Available On NVIDIA Malaysia Online Store: Starts At RM 1599

Just over a week after the graphics card was first announced to the world, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 is now officially available in Malaysia. One of the first destinations that gamers are able to obtain the new card in our market is NVIDIA’s own GeForce Official Store on Lazada Malaysia.
In fact, the company has actually come out a dedicated page for users to easily check out all the RTX 2060 that are readily available for them to purchase. With 13 models from 5 board partners, here is how the price list looks like:
RM 1599: GALAX GeForce RTX 2060RM 1659: ZOTAC GeForce RTX 2060 Twin FanRM 1719: ZOTAC GeForce RTX 2060 AMPRM 1749: ASUS Turbo GeForce RTX 2060 6GRM 1750: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Ventus 6G OCRM 1849: GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060 OCRM 1899: GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060 WF2 OCRM 1950: ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 2060 6GRM 1959: GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming OCRM 1999: GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming OC ProRM 2099: GIGABYTE Aorus GeForce RTX 2060 Extreme 6GRM 2159: ASUS ROG GeForce RTX 2060 6GRM 2380: ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2060 OC Edition
Alternatively, gamers out there should be able to get their hands on RTX 2060 through their favorite retailers as well. Of course, do note that the arrival date, card options, and pricing vary from one store to another.

For the meantime, don’t forget to check out our initial look at the GeForce RTX 2060 right here.
(Source: NVIDIA Official Store @ Lazada Malaysia.)
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Razer Phone 2 Hands On: Just An All-Round Good Phone

Three months after the official unveiling, the Razer Phone 2 is finally here in Malaysia. We’ve seen that it’s a lot more than just a gaming phone – it’s a pretty good phone in general, price notwithstanding.
Now that the phone has officially launched in Malaysia, we spent some time with the phone to get a feel of what it’s like in our hands.

To start, it sports thick bezels at the top and the bottom – a design choice that you don’t see all that often anymore. But it’s done for good reason, and that reason are the stereo speakers situated at the top and bottom of the display. That said, the event floor where the phone was launched was not a good place for us to judge speaker performance, so we weren’t able to conduct a proper test on it.
The thick bezels also has the added benefit of making it a little more comfortable to hold in landscape mode. And when you’re not holding it in landscape mode, it’s a good place to place the front facing camera, negating the need to place notches or cutouts on the display.
The phone looks sturdy and certainly feels the part. However, and despite these qualities, it also feels a lot lighter than I was expecting.

Round the bottom we see the sole USB-C port. With the top of the phone also looking plain; a blatant reminder that the Razer Phone 2 comes without a 3.5mm jack.

Round the back, we see the dual 12MP camera setup, as well as the Razer logo with Chroma lighting. It seems that Razer does not provide a case in the box, so you’ll have to be careful about the unfortunate camera bump.

The volume rocker on the left side are split between two very small buttons. While this choice of design will clearly mitigate accidental presses on them, I can’t help but feel that they should be a little bigger, just so that they’re more comfortably accessible by right-handed people.

On the flip side, the power button and fingerprint sensor combo is at the best possible position, at least for a right hander. Because it’s placed almost exactly at the middle, you can allow the bottom-right corner of the phone to rest on your palm, and your thumb still sits perfectly on the fingerprint sensor. As a result, you don’t have to grip the sides with the entirety of your palm, or use your pinky as a support for the phone to prevent it from falling.

Then we get to one of the Razer Phone 2’s key features – the 120Hz display. You actually have the option to choose between 60Hz, 90Hz and 120Hz refresh rates. As it is, scrolling through the display at 60Hz already looks pretty smooth, so going from 60Hz to 120Hz is like the sun and moon. You’ll likely appreciate the difference the other two options present when playing games, but I personally could not tell the difference between the 90Hz and 120Hz refresh rates.

The camera also comes with a lot of options. This includes portrait and beauty modes which are getting more and more commonplace. On the other hand, you’re given the option to adjust the colour temperature, a feature that is still surprisingly rare among smartphone camera software. That said, we didn’t get the opportunity to test the camera out much due to the less-than-conducive lighting.

Given everything we knew about the Razer Phone 2, we’d really love to find out what exactly it can do when we put it through its paces. On a personal level, I would especially love to find out if it can live up to Razer’s claims of it having the loudest speakers despite also having an IP67 rating, which is more impressive than it sounds.
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