Xiaomi Opening 6 New Mi Stores in Malaysia

Xiaomi will be opening quite a number of Mi Stores locally in the near future. The company will be launching new outlets in Selangor, Malacca, Johor Bahru, Penang, Kota Kinabalu, and even Alor Setar.
We previously wrote that Xiaomi will be opening three new Mi Stores nationwide, and it seems like these three will be a part of the six stores announced today at the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5’s launch event. The Selangor branch will be located in 1 Utama, while the Penang and Kota Kinabalu outlets are in Prangin Mall and Imago Shopping Mall respectively.

And then we have the Johor Bahru Mi Store, which seems to be operational already in Paradigm Mall. As for the one in Malacca, it’s located in Dataran Pahlawan. Last but certainly not least is the Alor Setar outlet in Aman Central, Kedah.
These six outlets will join five other existing Mi Stores throughout Malaysia. These include the very first outlet in Queensbay Mall, Penang; Suria KLCC; IOI City Mall, Putrajaya; Nu Sentral; and Mi Suria Sabah.

Without a doubt Xiaomi is strengthening its offline presence in Malaysia, and it’s doing a pretty good job. Hopefully, the company will open even more outlets nationwide in the future.
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Lazada Introduces New App Features In Conjunction With 6th Birthday Festival

Lazada is celebrating six years in Malaysia, and is introducing a range of new mobile centric features. These include a new chat feature for contacting sellers, the Lazada Wallet, and offline QR code links.
New to the platform is a more personalised shopping experience; one that is powered by a new artificial intelligence platform. What it generally does is highlight select deals based on each user’s shopping history and app interactions. Ultimately, Lazada hopes that each app will become personalised to the immediately display items that each individual user may be interested in.
Also new is a chat feature to connect buyers and sellers. It’s currently in beta, and will only be available to a small number of merchants for now. Through the Chat Now feature, customers will be able to ask questions about products before making a purchase.

Shopping is also made easier with the option for customers to ‘follow’ favourite stores; receiving additional notifications on new arrivals and promotions. Offline stores are also given the option to provide QR codes for shoppers to scan and be linked to their Lazada store instead.
The Lazada 6th Birthday Festival is taking place 25 to 27 April 2018. It will offer up to 90% discounts on brands. Lazada partners – like CIMB, Petronas, or AirAsia – are also offering additional benefits for shopping through the online retailer.
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Lands in Malaysia for Only RM799

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is of the most interesting budget-focused smartphones to launch this year, and it is now in Malaysia. Carrying a very, very competitive price tag with great value for money, the Redmi Note 5 may just be the mid-range smartphone to beat.
Let’s talk about the hardware of the Redmi Note 5. It features a 5.99-inch 18:9 Full HD+ display with minimal bezels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset – it comes with the same semi-custom Kryo 260 cores found in the higher-end Snapdragon 660 – paired with 3GB or 4GB of RAM, up to 64GB of expandable storage, and a generous 4,000mAh battery.

While these hardware are pretty great for a mid-range smartphone, the Redmi Note 5’s biggest differentiator is its dual-camera system. Made up of a 12MP f/1.9 primary shooter – with a large 1.4μm pixel size – and a 5MP sensor to capture depth information, it promises great camera performance and fast autofocus, thanks to the camera’s dual-pixel autofocus system.
For those who are more into selfies, the Redmi Note 5 features a 13MP front-facing shooter. It supports Xiaomi’s AI-powered Beautify 4.0 algorithm – which subtly enhances your selfies – and even a Portrait Mode to simulate bokeh effects.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 will be available for pre-order tomorrow on Lazada; it can be purchased at Mi Stores nationwide from 5 May onwards. The 32GB model with 3GB of RAM retails at RM799, while the 64GB variant with 4GB of RAM goes for RM999. To learn more about the Redmi Note 5, check out our hands on right here.
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Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 Launching in Malaysia Mid-May

The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 was launched in Indonesia and India recently, and it seems like the mid-range smartphone will be coming to Malaysia too – it’s set to be available here as early as next month.
Unlike other Asus smartphones before this, the ZenFone Max Pro ships with stock Android 8.1 Oreo, though it’s not exactly an Android One device. Nonetheless, this feature alone is really one of the most attractive aspects of the phone.

Aside from that, the Max Pro also comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset, which is essentially an underclocked Snapdragon 660 SoC. The former features the very same Kryo 260 cores as the higher-end Snapdragon 660, making it a pretty interesting mid-range SoC. That being said, both chipsets have different GPUs; the 636 has an Adreno 509 GPU, while the 660 comes with an Adreno 512 GPU.
Other specifications of the ZenFone Max Pro include a 6-inch Full HD+ 18:9 IPS display, up to 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, a 16MP or 13MP primary rear camera paired with a 5MP sensor, two front-facing camera options – either a 13MP or 8MP snapper – and a huge 5,000mAh battery.

The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 will be launched in Malaysia sometime in the middle of May next month. Although Asus Malaysia did not confirm the exact launch date, the company did mention it will take place after the 14th General Election on 9 May.
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Samsung Galaxy A6+ Full Image Renders Spotted Online

Leaks have confirmed the existence of the Samsung Galaxy A6+. It looks to be another mid-range phone that rounds out Samsung’s Galaxy A range; and we expect that a third phone in the series will appear this year.
Samsung is sticking with the current trend of tall screens as the Galaxy A6+ will have an 18:9 screen. The company also looks to have removed the front physical button; moving the fingerprint sensor to the back.
Samsung Galaxy A6+ In Gold
Underneath the metal body are decidedly mid-range specifications. It is slated to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. As this is a Samsung phone, microSD support will be present, and, depending on region, dual SIM slots.
Samsung Galaxy A6+ In Blue

The Samsung Galaxy A6+ is set to appear on store shelves sometime this year, alongside the Galaxy A6. The Plus variant is set to feature three different colours – Black, Gold and Blue. There are no confirmation on Malaysian distribution plans, but based on precedence, we should be seeing this model being sold locally.
(Source: Winfuture.de via PhoneArena)
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Nikon Developing A Pro Mirrorless Camera To Compete With Sony

The race to be the leader in the mirrorless camera market is heating up. After rumours of Canon testing its Pro mirrorless camera, Nikon is set to follow suit in developing a pro mirrorless camera of its own.
Reports by a Japanese news outlet, SankeiBiz have surfaced on Nikon’s plan for the camera. Word is that Nikon is rapidly developing its Pro mirrorless camera with a timeline set to launch it within a year from now. An early announcement should be expected later this year at Photokina where Canon will also reveal plans for its mirrorless camera as well.

The sudden interest in the mirrorless format is not surprising. Sony has found huge success in its lineup of mirrorless cameras over the years; mostly recently with the A7 Mark III. The A7 III has been praised for the features and price that it offers to consumers. Not only that, Sony has shown the capabilities of its mirrorless technology in last year’s A9 camera. Sony’s head starts in the tech have left Canon and Nikon to try and play catch up.
It will be interesting to see what Canon and Nikon come up with to challenge Sony. We should be seeing the mirrorless format to be the main focus of many companies in the next couple of years instead of the more traditional DSLR cameras.
(Source: SankeiBiz via PetaPixel)
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ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 Goes Official: Offers Pure Android, Snapdragon 636, 5000mAh Battery

Not to be confused with last year’s ZenFone Max Plus M1, ASUS yesterday has unveiled the ZenFone Max Pro M1 through simultaneous launch events in Indonesia and India. While their form factor and shared design characteristic might make both phones looked rather similar to each other, the new ZenFone Max Pro M1 is a different beast altogether.
Built with a 6-inch full HD+ IPS display, the new phone also features Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor with LPDDR4X memory of up to 6GB. Depending on the RAM configurations, the phone also includes up to 64GB internal storage.
Surprisingly, ASUS has opt for a standard Android 8.1 Oreo for the phone instead of the company’s own ZenUI although the ZenFone Max Pro M1 is not an Android One device. Other than that, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 also comes with dual rear camera setup which features either 13MP or 16MP sensor as the main snapper while being accompanied by another 5MP depth sensor.

As for its front camera, the phone is equipped with either 8MP or 16MP sensor together with an LED flash. Alongside a 5-magnets speaker and smart audio amplifier by NXP, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 comes standard with 5000mAh battery that also supports fast charging.
In Indonesia, the price of ZenFone Max Pro M1 starts at IDR 2.299 million (about RM 647) for the variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage. On another hand, the 4GB/64GB and 6GB/64GB models are listed at IDR 2.799 million (about RM 787) and IDR 3.299 million (about RM 928) respectively.
As for India, similar variants are listed at INR 10999 (about RM 647), INR 12999 (about RM 765), and INR 14999 (about RM 883). However, all ZenFone Max Pro M1 for the Indian market will feature the same 13MP main rear camera sensor and 8MP front camera instead of the multiple options available in Indonesia.

Meanwhile, it is not yet known whether ZenFone Max Pro M1 will make its way to Malaysia but our industry sources have indicated that the chances of the phone to be released here is rather high.
Furthermore, ASUS Malaysia have early on confirmed that it will be having two ZenFone-related event in the next two months which means the launch opportunity for the phone is already there. Nevertheless, we’ll keep you updated once we hear more from ASUS.
(Source: ASUS Indonesia, ASUS India)
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PayPal Now Works With Samsung Pay

PayPal has announced that it is now rolling out the ability to use it as a payment option while using Samsung Pay. The partnership was originally announced back in July 2017, but is only now being pushed to consumers.
Activating PayPal as an option isn’t too different from adding any other payment card. Following the same procedure without including any additional steps for payment.

PayPal’s announcement also informs users that their payment details will not actually be transmitted over Samsung Pay. Instead, it uses a tokenisation system that creates a virtual account for the fund transfer whenever a payment is requested. Allowing users to maintain their privacy and preventing merchants from collecting too much information.
Samsung Pay is one of the more interesting virtual wallets available. Mostly due to the technology on Samsung’s flagship smartphones that allow them to interact with traditional magnetic stripe readers. Which generally means it works with places where other virtual wallets may not.
[Source: PayPal]
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Nvidia Flaw Opens Door For Nintendo Switch Hack

A flaw in the Nintendo Switch’s Nvidia chip has opened it up to hackers, allowing the possibility for pirates to run their own games on the console. What is slightly more worrying for Nintendo is that this hack cannot be patched for the millions of Switches already in the hands of consumers.
The problem lies with the ROM of the Nvidia Tegra X1 chip, where the “Boot and Power Management Processor” can be tricked into executing any additional code that is up to 65,535 bytes in size. Which is any enough backdoor for more hackers to exploit; although it may require a bit more technical knowledge than the average gamer will have.
This flaw was originally identified months ago, with both Nintendo and Nvidia alerted to its existence. However, despite the secrecy, there is little either company can actually do to fix it. Altering the ROM will require Nintendo to recall all the sold consoles and fix them at the factory.

That said, it is likely that this flaw will be corrected on all future versions of the Nintendo Switch. Preventing it from spreading out of control.
Details of the exploit are already available on GitHub, although it isn’t all that easy to follow. Those that can follow it should be able to jailbreak their own Switches; paving the way for running additional software that hasn’t been approved by Nintendo. Or just pirate games really.
[Source: TechCrunch]
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Razer Buying Up MOL Global In A Deal Worth RM 238 Million

Razer has announced its intention to buy the remaining shares of MOL Global, which operates one of South East Asia’s most well-known e-payment network. Once the USD 61 millon (about RM 238 million) deal is approved, the company will become a fully owned subsidiary of Razer.
Truth to be told, this acquisition has been set in motion for quite some time. In the middle of last year, Razer actually took up some stake in MOL Global, just as the company appointed MOL to be the distributor of its online currency – zGold and zSilver.

Through the acquisition, Razer technically will soon has a strong foothold in the e-payment service throughout the region. This is due to MOL Global’s extensive service network and clients such as like 7-Eleven, Grab, Uniqlo, PlayStation Store SEA, Facebook, and many more. Not to forget, there is Lazada as well in which both companies have recently launched a regional-level partnership in the form of Razer Game Store.
Meanwhile, MOLPoints and zGold will also be merged into a single unified digital currency as a direct result from this deal. For the time being though, it is still business as usual for MOL Global.
(Source: Razer – PDF)
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