Huawei Watch GT 2 Goes Official; Still Features Up To Two Weeks Battery Life

Huawei has officially unveiled the Watch GT 2 during the Mate 30 launch event in Munich, Germany last night. Just like the original Watch GT that was launched last year, the model also still comes in 46mm and 42mm sizes.
As for differences between the two sizes, the 46mm sports a 1.39-inch AMOLED display with a 22mm strap, while the 42mm features a 1.2inch AMOLED display with 20mm strap. With a difference in size, also comes a difference in battery life.

Huawei says that with typical usage, the 46mm series is capable of running for 14 days in a single charge. On the other hand, the 42mm series only runs for seven days. Additionally, the 46mm Watch GT2 is also the only one that supports Bluetooth calling.
Fitted with Huawei’s own Kirin A1 chipset, the Watch GT 2 is running on the company’s homegrown OS, Lite OS. Comes standard with support for GPS, GLONASS, and Bluetooth 5.1, it also features an optical heart rate sensor that can still be used while swimming.
Speaking about swimming, the Watch GT 2 has a 5ATM rating which means that it is capable to withstand water depth for up to 50 meters for 10 minutes. Aside from that, the smartwatch also features a built-in voice-based running coach.

Equipped with 2GB of internal storage, you not only able to control music playback on your phone but also upload and play songs directly on the Watch GT 2 as well as listen to them through its built-in speaker.
The Watch GT2 46mm variant is priced at €249 (~RM1,151) while the smaller 42mm variant costs €229 (~RM1,059). While both models will be made available in Europe starting October, Huawei has yet to announce any pricing or availability details for Malaysia.
(Source: Huawei.)
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Suicide Squad: James Gunn’s Version Will Be Cool & Tonally Different From David Ayer’s

Most would agree that David Ayer’s Suicide Squad was an epic failure. (Honestly, it’s rather unfair to even call it a David Ayer film considering how much the studio meddled with the product). Despite its shortcomings, though, I think most would also agree that the casting was brilliant for the most part, which is why in a highly unorthodox move, Warner Bros/DC is rebooting Suicide Squad while maintaining some of the original cast members, who will be returning as their established characters.
One of them is Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang. In an interview with Comicbook.com, Jai Courtney discussed if the shift was going to be weird, as well as what we can expect from a James Gunn — yes, the talented Guardians of the Galaxy helmer will be directing The Suicide Squad — rendition. He said:
“I don’t think it’s going to be weird. It’s kind of funny that we’re getting it up to go again and there’s a bunch of new people and a bunch of old people, too. It’s going to be different, for sure, but I think everyone’s welcoming that challenge and welcoming the new energy in.
I loved David [Ayer], I loved working with David, I’d work with David again in a heartbeat. But Gunn, too, is quite prolific and really, obviously, does know what he’s doing. I’m excited to see what he brings to it. It’s going to be tonally different but very cool as well. The world has evolved from where we were at at that point; he’s going to have his own take on it, and it’s going to be great.”
GOTG director, James Gunn
Director James Gunn previously mentioned that he will be drawing heavily from the John Ostrander run of the Suicide Squad comics.
“I have been an enormous fan of [Suicide Squad] in all its [DC Comics] incarnations – but to me there will always be something special about the [John Ostrander] run. Black ops military tales with disposable, often forgotten super villains?! Pure perfection.”
The Suicide Squad is set to hit the big screens on 6 August 2021.
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Nokia 7.2 Arrives in Malaysia Today with A Price Tag of RM 1299

Fresh from IFA 2019, HMD Global today has launched several new phones in Malaysia including its latest mid-range Android One model, the Nokia 7.2. Together with Nokia 6.2 (more on that later), it carries a triple camera setup on its back.
As opposed to the Nokia 6.2 though, the optics on the rear camera module on Nokia 7.2 were designed by the world-renowned optical company, ZEISS which is a long-time collaborator of Nokia. In terms of sensor, the Nokia 7.2 main camera is equipped with a 48MP sensor alongside an 8MP ultra-wide camera and 5MP depth camera.

On the front, the Nokia 7.2 carries a 20MP selfie camera which is housed within the phone’s teardrop-shaped notch on its 6.3-inch Full HD+ PureDisplay screen. Other than that, the Nokia 7.2 also comes with a 3500mAh battery.
Available from today onwards, the Nokia 7.2 in Malaysia comes standard with 6GB of RAM, 128GB internal storage, and RM 1299 price tag. In terms of colours, the Black model will be made available in Malaysia first before followed by Green and Ice starting from next week onwards.
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AirAsia Improves In-Flight WiFi; Plans To Roll Out To Entire Fleet Next Year

Internet connectivity is, to say the least, a very important part of our lives. One of the times when being disconnected is an inevitability is while you’re in a flight. AirAsia has offered in-flight connectivity before, powered by ROKKI. The low-cost carrier is now in the process of improving its in-flight connectivity service. The new service will also simply be known as AirAsia WiFi, though it’s still powered by ROKKI.
AirAsia representatives said that each plane will have a bandwidth of 50Mbps. With the carrier’s estimates, each individual passenger will be able to get connection speeds of about 2Mbps. It’s not much, but you’ll still be able to stream videos and make video calls as if you were on a broadband connection.

As part of the new service’s trial, AirAsia now offers 10MB of free data on selected flights. The trial will be ongoing throughout the month, but representatives from the carrier say it is looking into expanding this trial period. More can be purchased upon logging into the in-flight Wi-Fi, based on the table below.

On the face of it, this is a massive improvement over the carrier’s current offering, in both speed and price. That said, for now the connection on board is still quite choppy. My experience involves a number of disconnections, which led to the loss of the free 10MB data allocation. This could be an issue if you’ve paid for more data on board.
At the time of writing, only six planes operated by AirAsia Malaysia (carrier code AK), and two planes with AirAsia Thailand (FD) have been armed with the new equipment. The carrier says that the equipment will be rolled out to the rest of the fleet over the course of next year. The equipment in question refers to Inmarsat’s GX Aviation broadband, which makes use of the Ka-Band spectrum.

As of now, the plan for the rollout only applies to AirAsia flights. No plans have been annpinced for the long haul AirAsia X flights just yet.
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Adam Devine Talks Righteous Gemstones, Hollywood Wild Parties & Comic Book Characters He’d Like to Play

The Righteous Gemstones is incredibly funny — let’s just get that out of the way right away. Created and written by one of the funniest men on the planet, Danny McBride, The Righteous Gemstones follows a megachurch-owning family of evangelists. The satirical series constantly pokes fun at the hypocrisy of religion, particularly these mega-church owning families who sit on their high horses. The comedy series is anchored by a talented bunch of actors including Adam Devine (Pitch Perfect), Edi Patterson (Vice Principals), Danny McBride (The Disaster Artist) and the legendary John Goodman.
Recently, Lowyat.net (and a few other journalists from around the SEA region) got the opportunity to have a conference call interview with Adam Devine. Devine, who comes off as a genuinely nice guy, had a lot of share about the series, among other stuff as well.

Religion is always a tricky topic to navigate. How do you think the show gets away with mocking the hypocrisy of these megachurches without alienating certain portions of the audiences?
No one likes hypocrites, I think that’s a pretty universal truth across the board that no one likes when people are saying one thing and doing another. Especially people that are taking advantage of other people on such a grand scale like some of this megachurch pastors are.
How do you think audiences in Asia will relate to the show?
You know, I think they’re really gonna love it. It’s fun and it’s something everyone can relate to. It’s about this family that runs a giant megachurch, which like any family that runs a giant conglomerate, there’s a lot of greed, there’s a lot of in-fighting… and it’s also very funny. So, I think people are going to dig it!
I read a story about you bumping into Danny McBride while partying with Seth Rogen. How did it go from that to being cast in the show?
[LAUGHS] I had a small part in the movie neighbours. The premiere had just happened and this was at an after-party in some hotel room. We’re all partying and having a good time and Danny McBride comes up behind me — and I’m such a fan — and grabs me by the shoulder and says, ‘oh, I know this little man.’ And I turn around and go, ‘you’re Danny McBride!’ And he goes, ‘Yeah, I know.’ And then I go, ‘You’re a bright shooting star’ which is an embarrassing thing to tell someone. Then I immediately grabbed my girlfriend and said, ‘we have to get out of here.’
Luckily when he thought of me for this role, he did not remember that at all. And when I brought it up to him, he was like, ‘Thank God, I was partying too cause I don’t remember that even a little bit.’ So I think Danny just thought of me for it [the role] and thank God because it’s such a fun show to work on.
What attracted to you do this show, apart from admiring Danny [Macbride]?
Well, that’s first and foremost. I’ve admired Danny for so long. But it was the idea for the show. It was something I haven’t seen before and as soon as he said, ‘this family of evangelical preachers who run a megachurch,’ I was like, ‘oh! I’m in.’
You see these people throughout the years that are embezzling money, getting caught doing cocaine, getting caught with hookers, and the fact that nobody has done a show about these maniacs (he clarifies that not all of them are maniacs, a lot of them are great people, but there’s definitely some maniacs in the bunch) and I think that this was the perfect show to bring that to light.
Were/are you religious and how much of those experiences did you bring into your character, Kelvin Gemstone?
I mean yeah, I grew up in the Catholic church. I went to Catholic elementary school and I went to church every Sunday and a lot of Wednesdays, so I was definitely raised in the church. I was actually jealous of my friends that went to these big megachurches because the Catholic religion is very traditional and these Christian megachurches were awesome. They had rock climbing walls for the kids, they had a popcorn machine, it seemed like every day was a party for these kids. And I was just kneeling on wooden panels. So it was way less fun for me.
When thinking about the character of Kelvin, I looked at some of these Megachurch pastors, especially the youth pastors and how they’re desperately trying to cling on to being cool and hip, even if it comes across as a little forced. Kelvin is doing his best job to be cool and hip when in fact, he’s not. He’s been born into this life of privilege and that doesn’t lend itself to being the coolest person.
How did you build your chemistry with the other cast members?
You know, I think it came pretty easy. It was different on Workaholics because I created that show and those were my best friends, so I knew I was gonna have great chemistry with them. But for this one, I just knew that Danny and I had very similar comic sensibilities and I knew that we would click comedically and we did right off the bat. And also, I got to know him very well and he’s truly just a great guy. Beyond him being lights out funny, he’s a really good person.
And Patterson, who plays my sister on the show, I’ve been a fan of hers for a while since watching Vice Principals and I love seeing her at the Groundlings, which is a comedy school here in Los Angeles and she is magnificent, she’s on the mainstage, she’s so funny. And of course, John Goodman is just a legend and is just such a great actor and it’s been a total honour and privilege to watch him work and get to know him as a person, study him and see what he does on set every day and try to rip a page out of his playbook.
What sorta different headspace did you need to be in when playing Kelvin Gemstone, when compared to your characters in say, Modern Family or Workaholics?
Well, although Kelvin’s wardrobe is obviously insane, he’s kinda the straight man as far as the siblings go. The audience sorta sees the show through his eyes. My character in Workaholics was such a maniac and it was kinda anything goes, but for Kelvin, I’m definitely more subdued and is sorta a voice of reason.
What did you do to prepare for the role?
I ended up watching a lot of YouTube videos on these megachurch pastors and just see how they dressed, see how they talk, see how they walk on stage and took a lot of things from them. On top of that, I’m a standup comedian so as far as having the stage presence to be on top of that stage and be in front of that crowd when preaching, that came kinda naturally to me and I really found myself having a great time especially during those giant church scenes.
What was it like working with John Goodman?
Oh, are you kidding me? It was awesome! You know, I said this before I even got the show, that he has one of the best careers of all time. He got to be a huge sitcom star, then he got to be a movie star for a long while and then he’s now sorta segued into being a sort of character actor that has such gravitas to him that you can’t help but stare at him when he’s on-screen.
He’s truly amazing. And working with him, you truly see him just pop into this next gear, when the camera comes around on him and it’s just close-up. You see him reach down and come up with a take that you’ve never seen before. It’s really impressive and I really hope I learn something from this guy.
How much freedom did you have in making this character your own?
A lot. Danny works super hard on the script and gets it to a place where it’s almost hard to fail and then he lets you do what you want to do. I never had an idea that he shot down. Every time you wanted to try something, we did another take and tried something. As far as being an actor goes, you can’t ask for a better job and a better boss.
You voiced The Flash in The Lego Batman Movie. What comic book character would you like to play in a live-action setting?
You know, I had my eyes set on Deadpool, but Ryan Reynolds beat me to it… that handsome man. You know, I don’t really know. That’s a really great question. I think The Flash would be great. Also, I feel like playing The Riddler or The Joker would be fun. Something darker!
Catch The Righteous Gemstones same time as the U.S. every Monday at 10 am exclusively on HBO GO and HBO (Astro Ch 411/431 HD). The episode encores on the same day at 11 pm on HBO.

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The First Person To Buy iPhone 11 In Singapore is A Malaysian

Today marked the first day of iPhone 11 release in selected markets throughout the world including our Southern neighbour, Singapore. Naturally, throngs of eager customers have camped outside of Apple Store over there including the first-ever Apple Store in Southeast Asia at Orchard Road.
Here is how the scene looks like according to Michael Josh of the famed tech blog, GadgetMatch:

Scenes from outside the Apple Store in Singapore one of the first countries in the world to get the new iPhone 11. Doors about to open! #shotoniPhone11Pro pic.twitter.com/qID9iXaQrK
— Michael Josh (@michaeljosh) September 20, 2019

Interesting enough, the first ever customer for iPhone 11 in Singapore is not a Singaporean. Instead, the honour goes to this 17-year old guy from Johor Bharu:

17 year old from Malaysia is the first guy to buy the iPhone in Singapore. He bought both the 11 and the 11 Pro. And a watch. pic.twitter.com/ikO5Ue5b7W
— Michael Josh (@michaeljosh) September 20, 2019

Given the fact that the iPhone 11 will be released in Malaysia just one week after Singapore instead of more than a month as per previous iPhone models, so this is rather surprising. Then again, if you live not far from an actual Apple Store, you might as well just go for it.
(Source: Michael Josh – 1, 2.)
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Huawei Confirms The Mate 30 Series Does Not Come With Google Mobile Services

The relationship between the US and Huawei right now is shaky at best. Because of this, the latter’s access to Google’s Mobile Services has also been uncertain for the longest time. With the launch of the Huawei Mate 30 series, the company has confirmed that the new phones will not be using the search giant’s apps and services.
Huawei CEO Richard Yu ended the two-hour presentation talking about Huawei Mobile Services (HMS). Part of it confirms that the Mate 30 series cannot pre-install the Google Mobile Services (GMS) core. As a result, the phones will have to make use of the aforementioned HMS core.

Yu claims that there are over 45000 apps integrated with the HMS core. The company plans to incentivise growth of its HMS ecosystem with US$1 billion, which will be split into development, user growth and marketing funds.
All in all, this basically confirms earlier reports of the Mate 30 series not having the full Android experience. It’s still possible for the US ban to be reversed, but it remains to be seen if that actually happens.
(Source: Huawei / YouTube)
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The Huawei Vision TV Is A Lot Like The HONOR Vision

The HONOR Vision smart TV was announced back in late July. Another announcement came in early August, with more details on the smart TV, as well as its price. Now, it looks like its Huawei’s turn to announce its own Vision smart 4K TV.
The Huawei Vision is a lot like the HONOR Vision, which isn’t exactly surprising.To start, it has a popup camera for video conference calls. It also features the Chinese tech giant’s new operating system, HarmonyOS. This allows it to, like the HONOR Vision, act as a multi-device hub for other smart home devices.

Voice commands also make an appearance on the Huawei Vision, alongside facial recognition and tracking capabilities. A built-in AI mode also acts to help protect the eyes of viewers in some form. It also comes with a touchpad-equipped remote that charges over USB-C. It also supports what’s known as a “one-hop projection” from Huawei phones.

Like the HONOR Vision’s first announcement, Huawei has not released availability and pricing details for its Vision smart TV. That said, the company is pushing out 65-inch and 75-inch models first, with 55- and 85-inch ones to come later.
(Source: The Verge. Image: Huawei)
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Huawei Mate 30 Series Now Official; Features Kirin 990 5G SoC, Quad Camera Main Array

Huawei broke its silence today with the official announcement of its flagship Mate 30 smartphone series. The direct successor to last year’s Mate 20 series, the brand’s new series sports new hardware and feature improvements over its predecessors.
Firstly, both the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro are fitted with Huawei’s newest chipset, the Kirin 990 5G. The new chipset is the first to integrate a 5G unit on to its chip. Further, the phones are equipped with Huawei’s new 18.4: 9 Horizon display. In terms of memory, both devices will house 8GB RAM.
Regarding the display sizes, the Mate 30’s display measures in at 6.62-inch, while the Mate 30 Pro’s display is smaller at 6.53-inches, albeit with a larger notch than the Mate 30. Ironically, Huawei says that the notch on its Mate 30 Pro is still smaller than its competitor, specifically, the recently launched iPhone 11 Pro.

In regards to their battery sizes, the Mate 30 houses a large 4200mAh, while the Mate 30 Pro houses an even larger 4500mAh. In addition to the massive batteries, both devices also include Huawei’s 40W wired and 27W wireless SuperCharge technology,

One piece of technology making its debut with the Mate 30 series is Huawei’s Side-Touch buttonless technology. The new feature essentially allows Huawei to remove physical volume buttons; instead, Side-Touch allows users to control the volume by simply sliding your thumb up or down the sides of the phones.
The feature’s not just relegated to volume control either. When in camera mode, Side-Touch also acts as a virtual shutter button, and just like the volume control, the feature is accessible on both sides, regardless of your camera orientation.

That brings us to the next part of the Mate 30 Series: the main quad-camera modules. Despite sporting the same number of camera sensors, believe us when we say that there is a distinction between the two models. In the case of the Mate 30, the phone houses a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide + 40MP f/1.8 SuperSensing wide + 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens with OIS + Laser focus. Adding to its impressiveness, the camera has a maximum ISO of 204800 and a 45X zooming range (3x Optical, 30x Digital).
Moving on to the Mate 30 Pro, the phone’s quad-camera system comprises a 40MP f/1.8 ultra-wide Cine camera, a 40MP f/1.6 SuperSensing Camera, an 8MP f/2.4 Telephoto lens with OIS, and a 3D depth-sensing camera instead of laser focus. On top of that, the ISO range is even greater, topping out at 409600.

The Mate 30 Pro’s camera isn’t just limited to photography either. Thanks to the Cine Camera sensor, the phone is also capable of recording 4K video at 60 fps, capture time-lapse video in 4K HDR+, and at maximum ISO level of 51200.

The Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro are slated for release in Europe this October. In terms of price, the Mate 30 with 8GB+128GB will retail for 799 Euros, while the 8GB+256GB will retail for 1099 Euros. There’s also a 5G variant of the Mate 30 Pro that retails for 1199 Euros, although there’s no word as to when this model will be reaching our shores.

At the time of writing, Huawei Malaysia did not provide a local pricing or availability.
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Porsche Design Huawei Mate 30 RS Officially Revealed: Costs Almost RM 10,000

Alongside the new Mate 30 series, Huawei has also unveiled the brand-new Porsche Design Mate 30 RS. According to the company, the new model is the fifth handset to come from the collaboration between Huawei and Porsche Design.
True to the leak that we have seen earlier this week, the Mate 30 RS features a leather back cover that surrounds the middle glass area which houses the phone’s rear quad-camera setup. The Mate 30 RS carries the same set of cameras from Mate 30 Pro which include the 40MP ultra-wide f/1.8 Cine Camera, 40MP f/1.6 SuperSensing Camera, 8MP f/2.4 telephoto camera, and 3D depth sensing camera.

In terms of processor, the Mate 30 RS is equipped with the newly announced Kirin 990 5G processor just like the Mate 30 Pro 5G. Similarly, the phone also features the same 4500mAh battery that supports 40W wired and 27W wireless Huawei SuperCharge technology.
However, the Mate 30 RS does come standard with 12GB of RAM and 512GB internal storage which is the largest memory and storage option in the Mate 30 series. The rest of the phone’s specs were not yet officially revealed at the time this article is published.

Meanwhile, its availability and pricing in Malaysia are not known yet at the moment. Nevertheless, we do know that the Mate 30 RS is going to command a very hefty price tag since it was revealed at Munich that the Mate 30 RS will be available for EU 2095 which equals to around RM 9,706.
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