Intel’s Upcoming 760p and 660p SSD Pop Up On Online Shopping Site

A popular Taiwanese online shopping site recently listed two of Intel’s upcoming NVMe SSDs, the Intel 760p and 660p, on its store. The discovery of these SSDs were posted online by several sources, and intel (no pun intended) hints at the 760p being the cream of the crop of the two.
The 760p will supposedly have sequential read and write speeds of 3,200MB/s and 1,600MB/s respectively, as well as random access read speeds of 320,000 IOPS and write speeds of 280,000 IOPS. Further, the 760p will reportedly be using Intel’s 64-layer 3D NAND technology, along with a TLC (triple level cell) NAND. In terms of size, it looks like the 760p will be available in storage capacities from as low as 128GB and up to 2TB.
The Autobuy listing, which listed Intel’s yet to be announced 760p and 660p SSDs.
Moving forward, the Intel 660p is the lower tier of the two models, and reports suggest that this model will be the more budget-friendly variant of Intel’s new generation SSDs. Specs-wise, the 660p will have sequential read and write speeds of 1,800MB/s and 1,200MB/s respectively, while both its random access read and write speeds will hover within the 150,000 IOPS zone.
One interesting factor to take note of is that there won’t be a 128GB or 256GB variant of these SSD models. Instead, their lowest capacity will be starting from 512GB, with the highest capacity peaking at 2TB. As for the controller, the 660p will be using a QLC NAND, instead of the TLC NAND controller that is used by the 760p.

There still isn’t any official word from Intel as to when these SSDs will be made available locally, nor how much they would all cost at launch. Once we get that information, we’ll definitely update this page with the appropriate information.
(Source: TechPowerUp)
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Rumour: Intel To Ditch AMD’s Vega M GPU With Next-generation Core G-Series CPUs

Intel and AMD may have made heads turn with the announcement of their new Intel with Radeon graphics processors earlier last week, but now rumors are suggesting that Intel may just drop the Radeon maker’s mGPU (mobile GPU) in favour of making its own discrete GPU a little later down the road.
The rumour is surprising, considering that Intel and its OEM partners have yet to officially roll out its EMIB (Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect) technology to the mass market.

The creation of the new CPU and GPU module combo couldn’t have been done without the help of AMD, but none of this detracts from the fact that Intel has its eyes set on making its own discrete GPUs in the future. According to tech site TechPowerUp, details regarding Intel’s future ‘Arctic Sound’ and ‘Jupiter Sound’ graphics IP had emerged on a Twitter post by Ashraf Eassa – a well-known tech stock commentator.
The information itself is scarce, but Ashraf himself had indicated that the 12th and 13th generation of Intel processors looks likely to roll out with Intel’s own discrete GPUs, which in turn would be fabricated using the same EMIB technology.
(Source: TechPowerUp)
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Microsoft Surface Book 2 Is Officially Coming To Malaysia

Microsoft today has officially announced that its Surface Book 2 is coming to Malaysia later this year. The inclusion of our country into the list is part of the market expansion for the detachable laptop which was originally announced to the world last October.
However, the exact launch date of Surface Book 2 in Malaysia is not yet known at the moment. That being said, the announcement has hinted that it might take place between February and April of this year.
(Source: Microsoft)
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CES 2018: Razer Introduces Nommo Speaker Series, Now Available For Malaysia

While Razer created a storm at CES 2018 by unveiling Project Linda which was essentially a concept laptop shell for Razer Phone, the company has also presented another new product at the event. Made for daily enjoyment regardless of gaming, music, or movies, the new offering comes in the form of a stereo speaker series called Nommo.
According to Razer, the new speakers series is designed to deliver full range audio output alongside accurate position awareness through the implementation of true left and right stereo imaging. In general, Razer has crafted three different models under its new Nommo speaker series although they do share the same cylindrical design for their satellite speakers.
Razer Nommo Chroma.
Equipped with a 3-inch driver that is made from glass fiber, each of Nommo speaker also come with rear-firing bass port. There is also a set of volume and bass control knobs on the base of the right satellite speaker that works together with the automatic gain control feature that Razer has implemented into Nommo in order to ensure clean and even bass output.
For users that can’t live without RGB lights, they can opt for the Nommo Chroma instead which comes with the famed Razer Chroma lighting alongside USB connectivity and built-in DAC. Users can also choose to get their hands on the higher-end Nommo Pro THX-certified speakers which not only come with Chroma lighting but also features a different setup and extended capabilities.

Razer Nommo Pro satellite speakers.
For example, the Nommo Pro features a 2.1 setup instead of 2.0 arrangement as per Nommo and Nommo Chroma since it comes with a dedicated downward-firing subwoofer. Enhanced by Dolby Virtual Surround Sound technology, the satellite speakers for Nommo Pro are also different from their lower-end counterparts since they are equipped with 3-inch drivers coated with Dupont Kevlar fiber alongside 0.8-inch silk-woven tweeters.
Furthermore, users are able to utilize Nommo Pro in so many ways including optical connector, 3.5mm audio jack, USB, and even Bluetooth. The 2.1 speaker system also comes with a dedicated control pod and its own mobile app although users can still set the system’s EQ and bass levels through Razer Synapse.
Razer Nommo Pro’s control pod.
The subwoofer for Razer Nommo Pro.
In terms of availability, the Nommo and Nommo Chroma are readily available for Malaysian consumers through Razer’s online store for RM 529 and RM 799 respectively. Expect both speakers to appear at local retails store very soon although the release date and Malaysian pricing for the Nommo Pro is not yet known at the moment.
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Bitcoin Lost Approximately RM14,000 In Value Yesterday

For traders and miners of cryptocurrency, yesterday was a day in which their digital wallets shrunk just that little bit more.
In just a span of an hour and a half yesterday afternoon, Bitcoin went into freefall. The value of the digital currency fell from an approximate RM56,000 to RM42,000 before ultimately stabilising around the RM43,000 mark.
The value of Bitcoin is now hovering at RM43,000.
And it wasn’t just the value of Bitcoin that was affected either; the value of other major cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum, Ripple, and Litecoin also suffered from the drop, while other less popular cryptocurrencies saw their values lose half their value.
To break it down a step further, Ripple lost nearly 40% of its value on the market, while Ethereum had its value drop by 26%.
The South Korean government is seeking to ban the cryptocurrency.
There are a multitude of reasons that may explain the sharp decline. The first reason falls under restriction and regulations of two countries: South Korea and China. South Korea, in particular, is seeking to ban the digital medium, primarily because of its decentralized nature, and the fact that it is untraceable. It’s ironic, considering that it is one of many countries that are heavily invested in the trading of the cryptocurrency.
China has also been coming down hard on cryptocurrency activity, and it is also considering blocking domestic access to the foreign exchanges and platforms that allow for centralized trading.

To be fair, this isn’t the first time that the Chinese government has tried to impose a ban on the cryptocurrency, and despite its best efforts, the country still holds the title of having the largest mining community of Bitcoin worldwide.
At this stage, it is likely that the value of Bitcoin will fall even further, but how far and fast is anyone’s guess. But don’t be too disheartened if you’re a newcomer and you’ve already invested some money into the cryptocurrency. There’s talk in the Crypto Market subgroup on Reddit that a rebound is highly likely this April.
Naturally, this is all just speculation and heresay, so we do advise you to take this bit of news with the metaphorical grain of salt.
(Source: Reddit, The Next Web, Bloomberg (1) (2), Twitter, The Independent)
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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Price Revised in Malaysia; Now Retails at Only RM1,049

Initially launched in Malaysia back in July 2017, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2’s price tag has just been revised for our local market. Originally going for RM1,199, the large smartphone is now retailing at only RM1,049, saving you RM150.
This, of course, is an official price revision from Xiaomi Malaysia itself. The Mi Max 2 is now listed at RM1,049 on the company’s official Lazada store. Interestingly, popular retailer G Store is currently selling the phone for slightly lower at RM1,039 too.

The Mi Max 2 is a large device, but it comes with an equally large battery too. Packed with a very, very generous 5,300mAh battery, Xiaomi claims it can provide up to two days of battery life – it’s quite an impressive figure. Aside from that, the Mi Max 2’s power-efficient Snapdragon 625 chipset should further improve the phone’s battery life.
Other specifications of the Mi Max 2 include a 6.44-inch 1080p display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, a 12MP rear camera – it uses the same sensor as the Xiaomi Mi 6‘s primary rear shooter – a 5MP front-facing camera, as well as an all-metal chassis.

If you’d like to get the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 at the new price tag, you can do so on Xiaomi’s official Lazada store here.
(Source: Facebook (Mi Malaysia))
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Xiaomi Redmi 5A Now Going for Only RM339 Today (Updated)

Update (17/1/2018): It appears the Xiaomi Redmi 5A will be available for purchase at RM339 every Wednesday for the whole month of January. The article has been updated to reflect this.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5A was launched in Malaysia just last month in conjunction with the grand opening of the Authorised Mi Store in IOI City Mall. Retailing at only RM399 at launch, the budget-friendly device is even more affordable today: it’s now going for just RM339.
This promotion is a part of Lazada’s Flash Sale, and it valid every Wednesday this whole month. Two colours of the Redmi 5A are discounted: the Grey and Gold models. Unfortunately, the Rose Gold model is not in stock.

In terms of specifications, the Redmi 5A’s hardware are decidedly on the lower-end side of things. After all, it’s meant to be an affordable smartphone. It comes with a 5-inch 720p IPS display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor paired with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, and a 3,000mAh battery.
Rounding out the Redmi 5A’s specifications are a 13MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus, a 5MP front-facing shooter, and Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.

The Xiaomi Redmi 5A was already a very affordable smartphone at RM399, and now that it received further price cut by Lazada itself, it’s really quite a good buy for those who are on a budget. You can purchase the Redmi 5A for RM339 here.
(Source: Facebook (Lazada))
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Thunderobot Officially Launches In Malaysia; Prices Starting From RM4499

Gaming laptop brand Thunderobot has officially begun selling products in Malaysia. There are four products available at launch; with a range of additional accessories set to be launched later this year. Although, we had already spotted the Thunderobot official store on Lazada earlier this week.
As we reported earlier, Thunderobot is offering the 911SE, 911GT, ST Plus, and Dino here in Malaysia. These are largely entry and mid-range laptops, although the higher end of the range are capable of running virtual reality software and games.

The laptops are available through Lazada, the official online retailer for the brand, or through any of the authorised dealers. Lazada is also offering first dibs on the Thunderobot Hunter M301 gaming mouse by bundling it with each purchase of a Thunderobot laptop. This is a limited time offer, although the online retailer is not giving a precise timeline for how long it will last. We’re told that the mouse is only available for the first 50 customers.
For reference, the Thunderobot the ST Plus is priced at RM4899; the 911SE at RM4499; the 911GT at RM7099; and the Dino at RM8899.

Thunderobot’s gaming peripherals and accessories include a range of mechanical keyboards, gaming mice, headphones, and laptop bags. The keyboards feature switched from Cherry, and include a chrome finish on top of the RGB lighting.
There’s no pricing yet on these accessories, and are scheduled for a release at some point after Chinese New Year. In fact, the aforementioned Hunter M301 gaming mouse from Lazada purchases is the only peripheral that will appear in Malaysia before that time. Although, it will not be sold separately.
Speaking of additional products, Thunderobot also has plans to introduce two more mid-range laptops at some point in 2018. The particulars of these two laptops is as yet uncertain.
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vivo X20 UD Appears On TENAA With Synaptic’s In-Display Fingerprint Scanner

vivo’s first smartphone with Synaptic’s in-display fingerprint scanner has been certified by TENAA under the model name vivo X20 UD. From the looks of it, vivo is interested in beating the more illustrious competition to deploying the technology.
The vivo X20 UD shares some similarities with the vivo X20 Plus. It has a 6.43-inch 18:9 display with a 2160 x 1080 pixel resolution. An AMOLED panel is being used; a necessity for getting the Synaptic sensor to work. The gaps in between the pixels allows the sensor to read the crests and valleys of the fingerprint and unlock the phone.

Other specifications includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, 4GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Imaging is handled by a dual camera setup on the back; sporting a 12MP f/1.8 primary shooter and a 5MP secondary camera. The selfie unit is a 12MP f/2.0 shooter. Everything will be powered via a large 3,800mAh battery.
Pricing is still up in the air, but the vivo X20 Plus is priced at 3,498 yuan (approximately RM2,220) in its native country of China. We will just have to wait and see when or if vivo Malaysia will bring this model into the Malaysian market.
(Source: GSMArena )
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Sony Xperia XZ Pro To Feature Snapdragon 845

A leaked website screenshot has revealed several specifications for the upcoming Sony Xperia XZ Pro. The Pro is expected to be announced at Mobile World Congress at the end of February; mostly since it didn’t make an appearance at the recently concluded CES 2018.
The image lists 6GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS internal storage. The storage can be further supplemented with a microSDXC card of up to 256GB. The processor of choice is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, corroborating an earlier leak.
Other rumoured specifications are the 5.7-inch 4K OLED display, and dual camera setup on the back. The front selfie shooter is said to be a 13MP sensor, while the rear twins are a combination of an 18MP sensor with a pixel size of 1.33μm and a 12MP sensor with a pixel size of 1.38μm.
The alleged website screenshot showing the Xperia XZ Pro listing
Sony is expected to retain the IP68 water- and dust-resistance rating on all its smartphones with the XZ Pro; and should be including a respectable 3,450mAh battery.
MWC 2018 is just a month or so away, and if the report is correct, we will be seeing this phone at Barcelona.
(Source: MyDrivers via PhoneArena )
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