Full Hardware Specifications Of Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 Confirmed In Leak

Just weeks after image renders of what could be the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 were leaked, the tablet’s full hardware specifications has been more or less confirmed with a new leak. According to a report by SamMobile, the Galaxy Tab S4 will have a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display, with a 16:10 aspect ratio and resolution of 2560 x 1600.
The latest leak also confirms an earlier report about the tablet’s internals; the Galaxy Tab S4 will house a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. Additional features also include a USB 3.1 port, Bluetooth 5.0, and Wi-Fi 802.11ac. The tablet will also ship out with Android 8.1 Oreo installed when it become officially available.
In terms of cameras, the Galaxy Tab S4 will feature a 13MP main camera and a 8MP front-facing camera. Powering all this is a sizeable 7300mAh battery, which is significantly bigger than the 6000mAh battery used in the previous Galaxy Tab S3. The tablet will also come with an AKG-tuned audio system, but more importantly, it will also support Samsung’s DeX productivity platform.

Contrary to the rumours, the Galaxy Tab S4 won’t have an in-screen fingerprint sensor. In its place, it appears that the tablet will be adopting Samsung’s iris scanner technology as one of its security layers.
Once again, Samsung has not confirmed an official launch date for the Galaxy Tab S4. However, there’s now a very high possibility that the company could unveil the device at the IFA 2018 convention, which is happening this September in Berlin, Germany.
(Source: SamMobile)
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PC Shipments See Growth For The First Time Since 2012

Gartner has released a positive preliminary report about the PC market. Global shipments increased for the first time in the second quarter of 2018; although analysts at the company warn that this is not a sign of market recovery.
Worldwide PC shipments hit 62.1 million units in Q2 2018. Representing a 1.4 percent increase over the same period last year. While it isn’t much, this is the first increase the industry has seen since the first quarter of 2012.
“PC shipment growth in the second quarter of 2018 was driven by demand in the business market, which was offset by declining shipments in the consumer segment,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “In the consumer space, the fundamental market structure, due to changes on PC user behavior, still remains, and continues to impact market growth. Consumers are using their smartphones for even more daily tasks, such as checking social media, calendaring, banking and shopping, which is reducing the need for a consumer PC.”

Lenovo and HP control the lion’s share of the market, both of which ending Q2 with a 21.9 percent share each. Following this Dell, which managed to avoid seeing its shipments decline over the years.
Despite the good news, Kitagawa cautions that this may only be an outlier and cannot last. This growth has been fueled by the enterprise sector which needs to replace older computers running on Windows 7. As the company pointed out before, this will lead to flat growth for the next two years. After which will see further decline unless the industry can find some new ideas.
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VirtualLink Consortium To Introduce New USB Type-C Connector For VR Headsets

PC VR headsets may be a fun experience for many, but anyone who owns one knows that setting them up is often frustrating due to its numerous cables. Acknowledging the issue, a new consortium seeks to introduce VirtualLink. A new open industry standard that comprises a single cable standard for next-generation VR headset.
The new VirtualLink standard – which is backed by AMD, NVIDIA, Oculus, Microsoft, and Valve – will effectively replace the multiple cables needed to power VR headset with a single USB Type-C connector. Having a single cable to supply the power, display, and data needed for a headset simplifies the setup process, as well as reduces the setup time for the headsets.
Technically speaking, the new VirtualLink standard will need four DisplayPort HBR 3 channels for video, a single USB 3.1 Gen 2 channel with 2 channels for data, and 27W of power to power it through. The application of a single USB Type-C cable also opens up the possibility of bringing VR to small form factor devices with a USB Type-C port. This includes ultra-thin notebooks, as well as Next Unit Computing (NUC) PCs.

The companies pushing for the VirtualLink standard is not all that unusual. Both NVIDIA and AMD have been pushing for a greater adoption of the medium since Oculus introduced its Oculus Rift. On that note, Oculus clearly wishes to make its future VR headsets more approachable with the VirtualLink standard. In Microsoft’s case, the implementation of VirtualLink would also greatly improve its endeavour for future Mixed Reality headsets.
It should be made clear that at this stage, VirtualLink is still in the pipelines, and its consortium members have not mentioned anything about products that could possible implement it. If anything, the consortium’s official announcement has merely been a call-to-arms to other companies in the industry to get involved in the creation of the first iteration of VirtualLink.
(Source: VirtualLink, AnandTech)
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Mastercard Patents Technology For Blockchain Payments On Credit Cards

Mastercard has won a patent that may see it embrace blockchain payments and cryptocurrencies. The patent itself is for a method of managing “fractional reserves of blockchain currency”. Which is essentially just allowing cryptocurrency transactions.
There’s still a long way to go before Mastercard is capable of delivering the use of blockchain currencies. For starters, payments using the blockchain take far longer than most credit card users would like. With transactions taking up to several minutes to complete. A lifetime when it comes to the near seamless and instantaneous nature of credit cards.
Working out how to apply the blockchain is another matter. One of the benefits of using cryptocurrencies is that the transactions are anonymous. Something that banks and merchants would rather not happen. Since the benefit of regular banking is the ability to always know who is on the other side of the payment.
No guarantees have been made that Mastercard will actually build a product around this patent. Large corporations are known to protect their ideas with patents; limiting competitors from jumping a potential new revenue stream before they are ready. In this case, Mastercard is likely hedging its bets and making sure that it has something in place in the event that blockchain payments really take off.
[Source: CNBC]
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unifi and Streamyx Speed Upgrade Eligibility Check Begins Today

As promised by TM, the company has updated its website to allow both unifi and Broadband (also previously known as Streamyx) customers to check whether they are eligible for the speed upgrade that will take place soon. At the same time, the site also provides the timeline for those who are eligible for the upgrade.
In order to check your upgrade eligibility, you need to provide their name, identification document number, and service ID which is stated on their monthly bill. Do make sure that the reCAPTCHA check appears in the login form before clicking the “Verify Now” button.

Otherwise, you will experience a long “loading” time which actually will lead you to nowhere since you technically didn’t complete the form’s security check. At the time we tried to login, the reCAPTCHA check somehow was missing from the form when we used Google Chrome.
Hence, we recommend using other browser and, in our experience, the reCAPTCHA check functions normally on Microsoft Edge. Once you able to go through, you would be able to see the list of your unifi account or accounts if you have more than one.

From there, you then able to see whether the account is eligible for speed upgrade as well as the timeframe of the upgrade.
As opposed to the information on the Broadband Improvement Plan page which briefly appeared on unifi’s website earlier this week, it turns out that speed upgrade eligibility check is just a basic check and you don’t have to provide any consent in order to receive the upgrade. Additionally, the eligibility check site also stated that the upgrade will begin in August as per original announcement instead of today.
(Source: unifi)
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OnePlus 6 Review: Excellent in Its Own Way

Year after year, OnePlus releases commendable flagship smartphones with good value for money. This is pretty much unchanged with the OnePlus 6: it still gives decent bang for your buck, and it’s OnePlus’ best flagship smartphone to date.
However, the OnePlus 6 is still not the best phone in its class. But depending on how you look at it, that’s totally fine: it still has its own appeals that make it the best phone for certain folks.

Not surprisingly, the OnePlus 6 comes with some of the best hardware in the market now. It has Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset, a nice and vibrant 6.28-inch Full HD+ Optic AMOLED display, and generous RAM and storage capacities.
That being said, the OnePlus 6 does have a couple of missing features you would’ve expected to find on a flagship smartphone. The most notable one is the lack of any noteworthy IP rating – you can’t submerge the phone without risking permanently damaging the phone.

Unlike its predecessor, the OnePlus 6 comes with a glass and metal construction, which looks and feels great. It gives the phone a nice heft (it’s weighs 177g), and the glass back is really nice to the touch. However, it’s also quite slippery, and I actually lost grip on the phone a couple of times throughout the review period.
Small bottom bezel gives the phone a truer “all-screen” design.
Aside from that, I’m quite a fan of the OnePlus 6’s front design too. Yes, it has a notch at the top, but you can easily hide it with a software trick. And what I particularly like is how minimal the bottom bezel is, giving the phone a much truer “all-screen” design than most devices in the market now – the Oppo Find X notwithstanding.

Naturally, the OnePlus 6’s rear fingerprint sensor is fast and accurate too. Despite its unconventional oval shape – most rear fingerprint sensors are rounded – I had no issues at all unlocking my phone with it. Oh, it’s also worth noting that this phone comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Very odd speaker placement.
Speaking of which, while I love the inclusion of the 3.5mm port, I don’t understand why OnePlus decided to put the speaker grille at the bottom left of the phone. In landscape mode, I would almost always cover the speaker with my hand whenever I’m gaming or watching a video. Of course, I could turn the phone the other way around to solve this, but the odd speaker placement is still worth a mention.

As far as design go, the OnePlus 6 does pretty well in this regard. I love the minimal bezels of the phone – though some may take issue with the notched display – and despite the slippery nature of the glass back, it adds a premium touch.
User Experience

One of the main appeals of OnePlus devices is a refined software experience, and the same remains true for the OnePlus 6. Running on OxygenOS based on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, it feels largely like a refined version of stock Android. It is fast, zippy, and very responsive. In fact, it’s probably the fastest 2018 flagship I’ve tested so far – it just feels faster than the competition.
Refined software experience defines OxygenOS.
On top of that, OnePlus also added a number of useful features to OxygenOS. The Ambient Display shows me important information whenever I pick up the phone – though I wish it was an Always On Display instead – and the Screen Off Gestures are quite fun to use too.
I can, for example, draw a “W” when the OnePlus 6 is asleep to launch the camera – very convenient. The Face Unlock feature is fast and accurate too, and it is especially useful when I can’t reach for the rear fingerprint sensor.

Beyond software, the OnePlus 6 is absolutely incredible when it comes to performance. Gaming on it is simply a joy, and switching between different apps and multitasking feel fast and effortless. This level of performance shouldn’t come as a surprise: the Snapdragon 845 – along with OxygenOS’ refinement – is one capable chipset.
Incredible performance.
And then we have the OnePlus 6’s 6.28-inch 2280 x 1080 19:9 Optic AMOLED display. Thanks to the nature of OLED panels, the display’s black levels are very good, and colours are also vibrant. Basically, the OnePlus 6 has a great looking display befitting a flagship smartphone.

As for battery life, the OnePlus 6 is quite impressive too. On average, I can get at least five hours of screen on time with this phone. Considering the fact that the OnePlus 6 only has a 3,300mAh battery – pretty small compared to its other competition – this is pretty darn good battery life.
Fast charging on the OnePlus 6 is also very good, as expected. In our testing, the phone charged up to 57% within 30 minutes of charging. Not too shabby.

Not many phone makers can offer a software experience as refined as OxygenOS on the OnePlus 6, and that really defines the user experience of the phone. Couple that with excellent performance and good battery life, and you have a really pleasant to use daily driver.

OnePlus has always struggled to deliver excellent camera performance with its devices, and while this still applies to the OnePlus 6 (to a certain extent), it is by no means a horrible phone for photography. In fact, I’d argue it’s the best camera OnePlus has ever released.
The best camera OnePlus has ever released.
In daytime conditions, the OnePlus 6’s 16MP + 20MP dual-camera system can deliver sharp, flattering images, which is something most phones – especially flagships – can do nowadays. But what particularly impressed me was the camera’s low light performance. The interface is still very responsive in low light conditions, there’s no noticeable shutter lag, and the final images look very good too.

Without a doubt the OnePlus 6 has a great camera system, but so are its main competition. Compared to smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S9+ and Huawei P20 Pro, the OnePlus 6 is not in the same league when it comes to photography. It’s still a very good performer, of course, but it’s not as good as other high-end, flagship smartphones.
Not class-leading camera performance.
But for what it’s worth, I thoroughly enjoyed photographing with the OnePlus 6. I especially love the simple, intuitive interface, and the general responsiveness of the camera app regardless of lighting condition.
Sample Images


The most affordable OnePlus 6 retails at RM2,399 for the 64GB model with 6GB of RAM, and the price goes up to RM2,799 and RM3,099 for the 128GB and 256GB variants – with more RAM at 8GB – respectively. It’s a wide price range, and the OnePlus 6 has quite a number of notable competition.
Samsung Galaxy S9+

Samsung’s Galaxy S9+ is easily one of the best flagship smartphones in the market now, and it has a number of advantages over the OnePlus 6. The S9+ has a better camera system, a sharper, more impressive-looking display, support for expandable storage, and an IP68 rating.
But in terms of pricing, the OnePlus 6 certainly has the upper hand. The most affordable Galaxy S9+ retails at a whopping RM3,799, while the OnePlus 6 only goes for RM2,399 for the same storage and RAM capacities. That’s a huge price difference, and even though prices for the Galaxy S9+ have gone down quite a bit since it was launched, the OnePlus 6 is still the more affordable option.

On top of that, you’re also getting a more stock version of Android with the OnePlus 6. Depending on how much you care about software experience, it may be the more attractive option over the Galaxy S9+.
Huawei P20 Pro

Huawei has come a long way since it entered the premium smartphone market in earnest a few years back, and the P20 Pro is an excellent flagship device. It has one of the best – if not the best – camera systems in the market now, it feels (and looks) more premium than the OnePlus 6, and it has a larger 4,000mAh battery along with IP67 rating.
In terms of pricing, you can now get the P20 Pro for as low as RM2,899. The equivalent OnePlus 6 variant with 128GB of storage, on the other hand, retails at RM2,799 – that’s RM100 less. It’s also worth noting that the OnePlus 6 has more RAM at 8GB, compared to the P20 Pro’s 6GB of RAM.

Given the slight price difference between the two, the P20 Pro may look like the better buy, but there are certain aspects of the phone that don’t quite stack up to the OnePlus 6. Software experience and refinement, for one, is much better on the OnePlus 6, not to mention slightly better performance level.

The OnePlus 6 is a very, very good flagship smartphone. It has great value for money, excellent software experience, a fast chipset, as well as commendable battery life. While it doesn’t have the absolute best camera performance in the market, its dual-camera system is still very good.
But OnePlus could’ve added more features to the OnePlus 6 to make it an even more impressive smartphone. Better water resistance is one thing, and it would’ve been great if it had a larger battery capacity for improved battery life. I would happily live with a slightly thicker phone if it means better longevity.
The best phone for those who value excellent software experience.
If you’re in the market for a good flagship smartphone with equally good value for money, the OnePlus 6 should definitely be in your consideration – especially if you value good software experience above all else.

Photography by Soh Li Jin.
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TM Throttles unifi Basic Speed From 30Mbps To 128kbps After 60GB Quota Is Over

TM has previously stated that it will reduce the connection speed of unifi Basic 30Mbps plan once subscribers hit the plan’s 60GB quota per month. However, the exact throttled speed was not included in the plan’s FAQ when the company updated unifi’s official website last weekend.
Earlier today though, the said FAQ document has finally been updated to include the actual figure. As it turns out, the connection speed will be reduced all the way down to 128kbps after the 60GB quota is fully utilized by unifi Basic 30Mbps subscribers.

As mentioned previously, TM is not offering any data add-ons for unifi Basic plan at the moment. Hence, the company recommends heavy data users to consider unifi Lite or unifi Advance plans instead which offer unlimited data.
(Source: unifi – PDF )
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Canon Updates EF L-Series Telephoto Zoom Lenses

Canon has launched the updated models of its EF70 L-Series Telephoto Zoom Lenses. The lenses in question are the EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM and the EF70-200mm f/4L IS II USM.
Both lenses comes with new features and updates. They feature optics that utilise one fluorite and five UD elements, allowing both lenses to deliver superior image quality that is backed with stunning resolution and contrast. The EF70-200 f/2.8L IS III USM also features key IS performance upgrade of up to 3.5 stops, whicle the EF70-200 f/4L IS II USM has a total of five stops, along with three mode selections.
In terms of lens construction, the EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM comprises 23 elements in 19 groups and weighs in at approximately 1.5kg, while the EF70-200mm f/4L IS II USM has 20 elements in 15 groups and has a weight of approximately 780g.

The lenses are also coated with a new Air Sphere Coating (ASC) technology, which is designed to suppress flaring and ghosting, further contributing to allowing photographers to capture an even higher image quality.
The Canon EF70-200mm f/4 IS II USM is already available, and will retail at RM5499. Sadly, Canon said that the EF70-200mm f/2.8 IS III USM will only be available in Malaysia on another date in the future.

In conjunction to the launch of the lens, Canon will also be hosting a bunch of promotions at its new opened Canon Image Square outlet in Mid Valley from 16 July to 22 July 2018. One of these promotions includes a 50% discount off an Extender with the purchase the new EF70-200mm f/4L IS II USM lens.
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Samsung Unveils First Ever 10nm Class 8Gb LPDDR5 DRAM

Samsung Electronics has announced its latest memory-related product in the form of the company’s first ever 10nm class 8Gb LPDDR5 DRAM. Interestingly, as far as we know, this is the first product that’s using the LPDDR5 memory standard. Samsung mentioned that its new DRAM is aimed towards “5G and AI-powered mobile applications.”
Several key specifications of Samsung’s LPDDR5 DRAM was revealed by the company in its press release. Firstly, it has a maximum data rate of up to 6400Mbps at 1.1V, which Samsung claims to be about 1.5 times faster than the current LPDDR4X memory standard. In addition, the “memory banks” of the company’s latest DRAM is now doubled to 16.
It is worth noting, however, that Samsung’s 10nm Class 8Gb LPDDR5 DRAM has not entered volume production. That said, the company did mention that it plans to mass produce the aforementioned DRAM, along with its previously announced memory standards (DDR5 and GDDR6) soon.
Knowing that, we’ll likely only be able to see products being equipped with Samsung Electronics’ LPDDR5 DRAM sometime next year. Either way, it seems that the company is indeed determined to dominate the “memory market” with its upcoming products. What this means for us consumers, however, are faster, more efficient products in the near future…hopefully.
(Source: Samsung)
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OPPO Find X Automobili Lamborghini Edition Might Be Released In Malaysia

Earlier today, OPPO has not only officially launched its new Find X flagship model in our market but has also showcased the Find X Automobili Lamborghini Edition at the phone’s Malaysian launch event. During the media Q&A, the company has stated that the special edition phone might be heading to our market.
According to Nikki Chen, the Branding Director of OPPO Malaysia, the local division is still waiting for further information from its headquarters in China. This is because OPPO Malaysia is observing the process of the device’s rollout over there before it is able to decide whether to bring the device or otherwise to our market.

In general, the Find X Automobili Lamborghini Edition has the same hardware as per the standard version. What actually made it different though is that the phone features carbon fibre theme alongside engraved Lamborghini logo on its back.
At the same time, the special edition model also comes with 512GB internal storage and SuperVOOC fast charger technology that allows the phone to be fully charged in 35 minutes. Of course, it is also priced much higher at EU 1699 when the phone was revealed at its global launch event in Paris.
Hence, be prepared to pay quite a premium price for OPPO Find X Automobili Lamborghini Edition if OPPO Malaysia decides to bring it over to our market.
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