uCloudlink Announces GlocalMe Inside Initiative, Alongside Two World Phones

uCloudlink today has announced its new initiative called GlocalMe Inside which aims to help manufacturers deliver smartphones that can seamlessly stay connected in more than 100 countries throughout the world. Prior to this, the Hong Kong-based company made a mark in the industry through its GlocalMe portable Wi-Fi service which is designed for travelers to stay connected abroad.
Tapping into uCloudlink’s own CloudSIM technology, the GlocalMe Inside global data solution would allow third party manufacturer integrate the tech directly into their phones. While this idea might sound rather straight forward, there is one major technical requirement that manufacturers must meet before they implement GlocalMe Inside.

Specifically, the phones must be able to support a large group of frequency bands across multiple cellular standards including FDD-LTE, TDD-LTE, GSM, and WCDMA according to uCloudlink’s co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Simon Tan. This requirement is quite a challenge by itself since Simon pointed out that only a handful of chipset from Qualcomm and Spreadtrum are able to deliver the required multi-band capability.
Phones with GlocalMe Inside integration will come pre-installed with GlocalMe Connect app which allows users to manage and monitor their data usages on such phones. Users can also utilize the app to purchase additional data which is said to be as competitive as local data charges or even faster connection speed if the need arises.

Even though the company is pitching the integration to third party manufacturers, uCloudlink itself has also launched two new phones that feature the GlocalMe Inside integration. Manufactured by Elitek, one of them is called the World Phone S1 which is essentially a mid-range smartphone.
Built with a 5.5-inch full HD display, the S1 also comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 alongside 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage. The phone also features 13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, and NFC capability as well as 2950mAh battery with the support for 9V/2A fast charger.

The other GlocalMe Inside phone that uCloudlink has launched today is a feature phone called World Phone P1. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 205, this particular device also comes standard with a 2.4-inch QVGA display, 2MP autofocus rear camera, 2MP fixed focus front camera, and 2950mAh battery.
Available for sale starting from 15 May onwards, the GlocalMe Inside World Phone S1 can be obtained for USD 339.99 (about RM 1331) and is accompanied by 20GB of data quota that can be used throughout the world for 1 year. The release date for the GlocalMe Inside World Phone P1 is not yet known at the moment but it will be priced at USD 239.99 (about RM 940) and also features the same 20GB global data quota with 1-year validity.

These World Phones will be made available through GlocalMe’s official website at first before making their way to Amazon in the near future. uCloudlink has also started to look for suitable local partners that would help the company release these World Phones throughout the world.
For those who are interested to get their hands on the GlocalMe Inside World Phone S1, they can register their interest on the company’s website right here.
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Intel Coffee Lake-X and Cannon Lake-X CPUs Will Run On New X399 Chipset

A leaked document posted on Twitter has confirmed that Intel will be releasing a new X399 chipset. Not to be confused with AMD’s X399 chipset for Threadripper, Intel’s own X399 chipset will support its upcoming Coffee Lake-X and Cannon Lake-X High-end Desktop (HEDT) CPUs.
The image shows a cropped portion from a document taken from Intel’s website. Posted by Twitter user @momomo_us, the unannounced chipset for both Coffee Lake and Cannon Lake-based HEDT CPUs are listed down in the fourth column of the table.
It’s clear that Intel intends to make the X399 chipset support the new CPUs, just as they did with Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X on its current X299 HEDT chipset. Unfortunately, the table doesn’t seem say if the new chipset will retain the same LGA 2066 layout or if it will be using an entirely new array.

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— 188号 (@momomo_us) April 25, 2018

Having said that, it’s very unlikely that Intel would actually change the number of pins on the X399 chipset, especially since it’s only been about a year since the company first launched the X299 chipset.
(Source: Hot Hardware via Twitter)
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Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 May Be In Development; Rumoured With Qualcomm Snapdragon 660

Xiaomi might be readying a new Mi Pad tablet. Firmware files pointing to a yet unrevealed tablet from the Chinese manufacturer, although the data is still inconclusive as to whether it really is a new device.
The code examined by XDA Developers shows a tablet that is poised to be another mid-range tablet, much like Xiaomi’s previous tablets. Based on the firmware files, the upcoming tablet looks to be packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset with Android 8.1 plus Xiaomi’s customised MIUI 9 on top.
Though it is hard to confirm these type of leaks, XDA Developers does suggest a couple of interesting points to convince that the leak is legit. Firstly, that there are a couple of terms used in the firmware files that mention the word “pad” and also “tablet”. The firmware states that the tablet’s pixel density is at 320 DPI which suits a budget tablet. Next, the battery is rated at 6000mAh which is too big for a smartphone to have.

Files from the tablet’s camera configuration show that Xiaomi has put in a single 13MP OmniVision OV13855 sensor with a f/2.0 aperture on the back while the selfie camera will have a single 5MP Samsung S5K5E8 sensor with a f/2.0 aperture. Don’t expect any 4K video recording on the tablet but there will be a Portrait mode on the camera.

Back in October, a Xiaomi executive mentioned that it is working on a new tablet but there hasn’t been any update ever since. Currently, it has been about a year since the Mi Pad 3 was launched. So, it’s about time for Xiaomi to update its tablet offering.
(Source: Gizmo China via XDA Developer)
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Huawei Mate 10 & Mate 10 Pro Prices Drop to All-Time Low

We’ve seen some pretty good deals on the Huawei P20 phones, but Huawei’s other flagship smartphones, the Mate 10 series, are heavily discounted too. In fact, we’ve never seen the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro listed at these prices before.
Let’s start with the Mate 10 first. Normally retailing at RM2,699, the more affordable device in the series is listed at only RM1,869 now by both G Store and Wow Phone. Do note that there are very, very limited units left at the time of writing.

The Mate 10 Pro, on the other hand, is offered by G Store for merely RM2,599 now – that’s RM500 worth of savings. On top of that, you can also use the code GSTORE30BD to get an additional RM30 discount. Much like the Mate 10, stocks are also very limited for the Pro model.
If you’d like to learn more about the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, check out our comprehensive review of the phone.
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Possible Samsung Android Go Device Spotted On Geekbench

A new benchmark on Geekbench suggests that Samsung is readying its first Android Go device for sale. The device, with the model number SM-J260G may be branded as the Samsung Galaxy J2-Core once it is released to the market.
From the benchmark seen on Geekbench, the unannounced device will have 1GB of RAM and Android 8.1 on board. These two hallmarks are indications of Android Go, the cut-down Android Oreo build design for low-spec smartphones. Plus there is a mention of “universal7570_go” in the system information listing, so that is another clue.
The phone is also seen with a quad-core processor, which from the system information listing may be the Exynos 7570. This, alongside the lower RAM count, further hints that the phone is heading to the lower-end of the market.
Samsung, naturally, has not said anything about the smartphone just yet. If the specifications are what we think they are, this could be the first Android Go phone from Samsung. In that case, it may not even see a global realise; possibly being limited to developing markets.
(Source: SamMobile, GeekBench)
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Philips Launches New 43-inch 4K Monitor: The First Monitor With DisplayHDR1000 Certification

Philips has announced the new 43-inch Philips Momentum 436M6 monitor. What makes this 4K monitor stand out is that it is the first PC monitor in the world to receive a DisplayHDR 1000 certification.
The DisplayHDR 1000 is a display certification given by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA). It is the highest certification standard that is bestowed on screens that can display HDR content at up to 1000 nits of brightness. This will put the Philips Momentum monitor in the same ballpark to some high-end TVs. However, according to Phillips, the monitor will not always run on its peak 1000 nits brightness, instead, it will sit around 720 nits for normal use.

Other specs include 4000:1 contrast ratio, local dimming, 8-bit colours, quantum dot tech, and it uses an MVA panel to provide better contrast and deeper black level. Philips lists the refresh rate for the monitor at around 23-80Hz, or 60Hz while running in 4K resolution. The monitor has Philip’s Adaptive Sync Technology which means that it will work with AMD’s FreeSync technology.
Connectivity-wise, the Philips Momentum 436M6 monitor comes with two USB 3.0 ports, a single port for USB-C 3.1, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, and Mini DisplayPort 1.2. The monitor is also equipped with Philips’ Ambiglow tech that can feature light effects around the edges of the monitor based on the colour displayed on the screen. A couple of 7W speakers are present on the monitor as well.
Being a high-end monitor, the Philips Momentum 436M6 will not come cheap. It is priced at $999.99 which is equivalent to RM 4000. Expect the monitor to arrive sometime in June.
(Source: Philips via Ars Technica)
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Get a Free TV When You Buy This RM1,299 Wireless Speaker System

Looking for a new TV or a wireless speaker system for your home? Well, you can buy the Harman Kardon Aura Plus and get a free TV. Yeap, you can get an LED TV absolutely free of charge when you buy a speaker.
This deal is currently offered by M Gadgets on Lazada. Not only is the Aura Plus discounted to RM1,299 from RM1,999, the retailer is also throwing in a Sharp Aquos LED TV. While M Gadgets did not specify the exact model, it’s a 32-inch TV worth RM899.

If you’re interested in this offer, you can place your order right here. Head on to our deals page for more discounts on other products.
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Celcom Home Wireless Is Now Official – Here’s What You Get

Celcom has officially launched its Home Wireless internet plan. As per our earlier report, the company’s new internet plan will be available in three packages – Gold, Gold Plus, and Platinum.
The basic Home Internet Gold package costs RM74.20, and users will get 25GB of data and an additional 40GB to be used to stream content on Walla. The Gold Plus package costs slightly more at RM106, but at that price you get 50GB of data plus 100GB for Walla.
Its top-of-the-line Home Wireless Platinum package goes for RM159. At that price, consumers get 150GB of data and a whooping 1TB of data to stream music and videos on Walla. Celcom also promises average transfer speeds between 30Mbps and 40Mbps for all its packages.

You can sign up for Celcom’s Home Wireless package by visiting the nearest Blue Cube centre or any Celcom certified partner. Consumers will be required to sign up for a 24-month plan, but will not need to make any advance payment upfront. Consumers will also get a Huawei B618 modem worth RM1,500.
Should anything happen to the modem (e.g. accidentally being dropped, unable to function properly) within 30 days of subscribing, Celcom will replace it with an identical modem free of charge, and no questions asked.

In conjunction with the launch, Celcom is giving consumers visiting the Homedec exhibition at KLCC a chance to win a 1-year free subscription to its Home Wireless Gold and Platinum packages. Bear in mind, this special prize will only be effect for the duration of the exhibition, which begins today (26 April 2018) and ends on 29 April 2018.
For existing Celcom FIRST Gold Plus, Gold Supreme, Platinum, and Platinum Plus members, a RM15 rebate will also be applied if they register for the new Home Wireless Platinum package during the Homedec exhibition.
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Windows 10 Lean Revealed Through Insider Programme

Microsoft appears to have yet another version of Windows 10 in the works. This one being an even more cut down version of the operating system, being a whole 2GB smaller than other existing builds.
Windows 10 Lean, as it is currently known, trims its size by removing things like the desktop wallpaper and Registry Editor. Reports also say that it doesn’t allow Microsoft Office to be installed either; which is a bit of a puzzle. That, and Microsoft Edge appears to be extremely buggy by not showing download prompts.
The test build is also known as Windows 10 CloudE. Indicating that it may instead be destined for enterprise users. Which would make sense to remove things like wallpapers and restrict access to apps.
Despite this, the existence of Windows 10 Lean is a puzzle. There doesn’t seem to be a need for yet another slimmed down version of Windows. Not since Microsoft is currently working on releasing Windows 10 S.
Chances are that the two operating systems will exist alongside each other in a form of enterprise/home split. With Windows 10 S going to regular consumers, and the Lean version aimed at businesses. Although this is purely speculation at this point.
[Source: ZDnet]
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Google Introduces New Gmail Features; Including Snooze Mode, Self Destructing Emails

Google is rolling out new features for Gmail, introducing several new features designed to increase productivity. For the most part, these improvements are designed around quality of life for people who use email to communicate; including offering an option for extra confidentiality.
A redesigned interface makes it easier to interact with the emails, having moved the options bar next to each individual message thread. Saving the time needed to move back and forth between the toolbar at the top.

Also new to the toolbar is the ‘Snooze’ button, which allows people to put off looking at an email until later. Something that may end up being surprisingly useful. On the other hand, Gmail will also provide reminders to respond to emails that have been ignored for too long.

Self destructing emails make an appearance with the new Confidentiality Mode. This allows the sender to set an amount of time for the recipient to read the message before it gets deleted forever. If that isn’t enough, the sender can also opt to disable the option to forward, copy, download, or print emails as well.
The new features will be rolling out for users over the next few weeks.
[Source: Google Blog]
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