First Real Photos Of The Samsung W2018 Android Flip Phone Appear Online

Samsung is set to release a new flip-phone for the China market. The Samung W2018 is the latest W series flagship flip-phone for 2018, and features top-of-the-line hardware in a handsome-looking design.
Underneath the classic flip design is a flagship Android smartphone. It will supposedly come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. As it is a flip phone, it has two screens; both are 4.2-inch 1080p AMOLED touch displays.

Other features includes a 12MP camera at the rear, a 5MP selfie shooter, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and a tiny 2,300mAh battery. There’s no word on the Android OS version yet.
Price wise the Samsung W series flip phones have always been on the premium end. Last year’s Samsung W2017 was priced at 20,000 yuan (about RM 12,625) – a luxury purchase, for sure. Other than China, there are no news of availability in other countries including Malaysia.
(Source: @smildesign (Weibo) & MMDJJ_ (twitter) via Playfuldroid)
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Here’s What The Intel Kaby Lake G CPU Looks Like

By now, most of our dear readers may have already heard of the Intel-AMD cross license agreement to produce a brand new processor. This processor will be based on on Intel’s Kaby Lake platform and it will feature graphics technologies from AMD (Kaby Lake G). Interestingly, folks at Bits and Chips have apparently leaked an image showcasing the processor in all its glory.
For those who may not be aware, Intel Kaby Lake G processors will be available in notebooks sometime in Q1 2017. What makes Kaby Lake G even more interesting is the fact that it’ll come with the HBM2 memory controller as well. This means that the CPU, GPU, and HBM2 module will all be placed onto one interposer. The image below shows this:

Finally we will have serious gaming ultrabooks! pic.twitter.com/f788pYRqjg
— Bits And Chips – Eng (@BitsAndChipsEng) November 9, 2017

That said, many readers may have expected Intel’s Kaby Lake G CPUs to be fitted with AMD Vega graphics. As it turns out, Kaby Lake G processors will feature Polaris graphics instead of Vega. The addition of a faster memory controller (HBM2) should allow the Polaris graphics chip inside Kaby Lake G to perform somewhat better compared to existing Polaris-based notebook GPUs.
Regardless, it’s still far too early to tell whether or not Intel’s Kaby Lake G will live up to the hype. Yes, alleged performance numbers of this processor have been leaked, but we’d advice our readers to take those with a grain of salt, for now.
(Source: Bits and Chips)
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#LYTV: Samsung Innovation Museum in Suwon, South Korea

Few are actually aware of the existence of the Samsung Innovation Museum. Located in the heart of the Samsung Digital City HQ in Suwon, South Korea, the museum serves as a reminder of Samsung’s rich history, as well as a deep look at the progress of technology, and the future it holds.
We were invited to visit Samsung Digital City, which included a brief tour of the Samsung Innovation Museum. It was ultimately way too short to fully experience the interactive nature of the museum, which includes recreated samples of famous inventions, a collection of Samsung’s earliest TVs and mobile phones, and the semi-transparent displays used to relay more information on the exhibits.
The Samsung Innovation Museum is a fully-guided tour, where prior bookings are required on weekdays. Entrance, however, is free. Find out more information at its official website.
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First Real Photos Of The Samsung W2018 Android Flip Phone Appears Online

Samsung is set to release a new flip-phone for the China market. The Samung W2018 is the latest W series flagship flip-phone for 2018, and features top-of-the-line hardware in a handsome-looking design.
Underneath the classic flip design is a flagship Android smartphone. It will supposedly come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. As it is a flip phone, it has two screens; both are 4.2-inch 1080p AMOLED touch displays.

Other features includes a 12MP camera at the rear, a 5MP selfie shooter, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and a tiny 2,300mAh battery. There’s no word on the Android OS version yet.
Price wise the Samsung W series flip phones have always been on the premium end. Last year’s Samsung W2017 was priced at 20,000 yuan (about RM 12,625) – a luxury purchase, for sure. Other than China, there are no news of availability in other countries including Malaysia.
(Source: @smildesign (Weibo) & MMDJJ_ (twitter) via Playfuldroid)
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(Updated) Unnamed CEO Of A Local Telco Was Detained in Dubai For Drugs Possession

The CEO of a local telco in Malaysia was detained at the Dubai International Airport for drug possession. Reports on this are scarce at the moment, but it appears this figure served a prison sentence and was only sent back to Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
According to a report on TV3’s Buletin Utama earlier today, which was later corroborated by a report in Harian Metro, the figure was detained at the Dubai International Airport for possession on 18 September after landing in Dubai from Amsterdam.
The individual was then detained for two weeks at the airport detention centre for investigations, before being sent to the Al-Aweer Prison to serve his sentence. This figure has since been released and sent back to Kuala Lumpur last Tuesday (7 November).

Both reports did not reveal who this figure is.
The big four major telcos in Malaysia (Celcom, Digi, Maxis, and U Mobile) have moved swiftly to confirm that their CEOs are not the unnamed individual.
UPDATE 11:50pm: Tune Talk CEO Jason Lo has released a statement after allegations surfaced that he was the individual who was detained. The statement is as follows:
“Here’s the story in case you didn’t know. I landed in Dubai, at the airport my friend tries to stop a fight. Then he gets hit and I jump the guy who turns out to be an undercover cop. I go to lock up and this guy stalls his statement for weeks. It was horrible. Not as horrible as coming out and hearing rumours of being locked up for every other reason under the sun.”
(Via Lowyat Forums)
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Unnamed CEO Of A Local Telco Was Detained in Dubai For Drugs Possession

The CEO of a local telco in Malaysia was detained at the Dubai International Airport for drug possession. Reports on this are scarce at the moment, but it appears this figure served a prison sentence and was only sent back to Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
According to a report on TV3’s Buletin Utama earlier today, which was later corroborated by a report in Harian Metro, the figure was detained at the Dubai International Airport for possession on 18 September after landing in Dubai from Amsterdam.
The individual was then detained for two weeks at the airport detention centre for investigations, before being sent to the Al-Aweer Prison to serve his sentence. This figure has since been released and sent back to Kuala Lumpur last Tuesday (7 November).
Both reports did not reveal who this figure is.
The big four major telcos in Malaysia (Celcom, Digi, Maxis, and U Mobile) have moved swiftly to confirm that their CEOs are not the unnamed individual.
(Via Lowyat Forums)
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The Second Generation HP Spectre 13 Hands On: Offers Improved Design and Hardware

Depending on who you asked, the original HP Spectre 13 is an object of beauty. Featuring sleek design that is combined with thin and light physique as well as decent hardware made it a highly stylish and premium productivity machine. Based on that foundation, here comes the second-generation HP Spectre 13.
In fact, HP has retained many of the characteristics from the original Spectre 13 for its successor. For example, the second-generation model is still really thin and light at 10.4mm and 1.1kg respectively. Just like the original model, the chassis is also still made from aluminum and carbon fibre.

The company has also retained the same “hidden hinges” design as well as the raised section at the rear area of the laptop. Despite these similarities though, the second-generation Spectre 13 looked not only slightly different to me but also better than the original model.
This is due to several changes that HP has implemented on the new model including thinner bezels on its display and narrower body. These changes could likely be the reasons why the laptop’s Bang & Olufsen speakers are now located on top of the keyboard instead on its sides as per the original model.

While they might not be much and could be subtle to some but the impact of these changes is enough to provide an updated look to the new iteration of Spectre 13. At the same time, the new ceramic white colorway looked absolutely gorgeous as well although the laptop will still be made available with the dark ash silver paintjob that was previously offered with the first-generation Spectre 13.
Similar to the original model, the keyboard on second-generation Spectre 13 is quite comfortable to use as far as my initial experience with it is concerned. The keys feel very responsive and the tactile feedback on them are quite good given the laptop’s slim physique. At the same time, it seems that HP might have enlarge the laptop’s touch pad but I not able to confirm it myself since the company didn’t provide the touch pad’s actual dimensions.

Among the concern that we’ve raised in our review of the original Spectre 13 is its I/O ports which consisted of only three USB Type-C ports. Unfortunately, this remain the same case as per its successor which is understandable since the industry is transitioning to the new standard. Nevertheless, this still means that the potential owners of the new model might have to live the dongle life for the time being.
How about the internal hardware on the second-generation Spectre 13? At this moment, HP has yet to reveal the exact options that will be made available in Malaysia although the generic specifications for the laptop that have been announced by the company include up to 8th Gen Intel Core i7 U-series quad-core processor, 16GB LPDDR3 memory, and 1TB PCIe-based solid state drive.

HP has made touch display panel which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass NBT as a standard on second-generation Spectre 13. Resolution-wise, the 13.3-inch display on the laptop can be obtained with either FHD or 4K although as mentioned earlier, HP has not yet reveal such details for Malaysia.
With that help of the new processor, HP claims that the new model has a longer battery life at up to 11 hours and 30 minutes. It also comes with HP Fast Charge feature which enables its battery to go from empty to 50% in just 30 minutes.

In terms of price, HP Malaysia is still keeping it a secret but I certainly expect it to be quite premium given that the first generation Spectre 13 itself was already priced from RM 5,999 to RM 6,899 at launch. Consumers can expect to see the new second-generation Spectre 13 in Malaysia this coming December – just in time for the Christmas.
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Samsung Offers To Repair Appliances Damaged In Penang And Kedah Floods

Samsung Malaysia has pledged to provide free repair services for all Samsung-branded appliances and mobile devices damaged in the recent Penang and Kedah floods. Those affected by the natural disaster can contact their nearest Samsung service centre for more information, or to set up a home visit.
Appliances that are difficult to move, such as washing machines and refrigerators, will need to be first inspected by an authorised Samsung technician. Arranging for this to happen can be done by calling the Samsung careline at 1800-88-9999. Keep in mind that this is only for larger appliances that cannot simply be carried over to the service centres.
Other smaller appliances and mobile devices can be brought to any Samsung service centre in Penang or Kedah for inspection and repair. Mobile device owners are asked to first back up any data if possible, as Samsung will not be responsible for the loss of any information after the repair.
Those affected who wish to take Samsung up on this offer can get more information by calling 1800-22-8899 (For mobile devices) or 1800-88-9999 (For other products).
According to Samsung, this offer only covers the following areas:

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honor Double 11 Sale Offers RM299 Smartphone & Various Discounts

We’re still two days away from the major 11/11 sale, but certain brands have already started their promotion. honor, for one, is currently offering major discounts on some of its products, including a smartphone for only RM299.
The smartphone in question is the honor 4C. Originally retailing at RM569, the phone is currently offered for only RM299. Another noteworthy discount is the honor 7: it’s listed at RM599 instead of its original RM1,199 price tag. The honor 7 Enhanced with 32GB of storage is also discounted to RM649.
While these promotions sound pretty good, they’re only available for purchase from 10AM to 11AM every day. This flash sale will last until this Saturday on 11/11.
The honor 7.
Aside from the flash sale, honor is giving pretty good discounts on other products as well. You can get a protective cover for your honor 8 for only RM5, a quick charger for RM24, and even a USB Type-C converter for RM14. The full list of items on discount are detailed here.
honor’s Double 11 sale is also offering several new products, including the Huawei Mate 10 (RM2,699), the Nova 2i (RM1,299) in Aurora Blue, the honor 6A Pro (RM699), as well as Huawei’s new Smart Scale (RM199). Not only can it measure your weight (naturally), the Smart Scale can also analyse your body fat percentage. It can connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth too.

These products – aside from the flash sale items – will be available for purchase from now until 11 November this Saturday. More details on honor’s Double 11 offer can be found here.
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OnePlus 5T Won’t Feature Wireless Charging; May Cost the Same as OnePlus 5

The OnePlus 5T is set to be introduced on 16 November, and leading up to the launch of the new phone, several new information have surfaced. It’s now confirmed that the 5T will not support wireless charging, and on top of that, it may be sold at the same price point as the OnePlus 5.
Pete Lau, the co-founder of OnePlus, pondered on the idea of wireless charging on the company’s forum. According to Lau, OnePlus’ decision to not implement wireless charging comes down to OnePlus’ Dash Charge feature. “Wired quick charging solutions like ours clearly outshine wireless on quantitative measures,” Lau wrote.
Lau also elaborated that wireless charging isn’t as convenient as conventional wired charging. “You can’t pick up your phone to game or take a photo while charging,” he explained. However, Lau did mention that OnePlus will consider adopting wireless charging “when the time is right.”

Wireless charging aside, the OnePlus 5T retail prices have been leaked as well. According to TechRadar, which claims that it has seen confidential documentation, O2 – a major telco in the UK – will offer the OnePlus 5T at the same price point as its predecessor. Not surprisingly, the 5T will also be available in two storage options: 64GB and 128GB.
Then again, these are still leaked information, so take them with a grain of salt. It’ll be interesting if the OnePlus 5T will cost the same as the OnePlus 5 though – we imagine the 5 will receive a price cut if that’s the case.
(Source: OnePlus Forum, TechRadar)
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