Rumour: Samsung To Announce Galaxy Tab S4 With 10.5″ Display At MWC 2018

It seems Samsung won’t just be launching it Galaxy S9 series smartphones during MWC 2018. According to the grapevine, the company might also be announcing the Galaxy Tab S4, the successor to last year’s Galaxy Tab S3.
Rumours of the device started cropping up online when a specs sheet and listing for a tablet appeared on GFXBench with the model number SM-T835; a serial number style that is usually employed by Samsung. Also, since the Galaxy Tab S3 had the model number SM-T825, it’s not surprising that many of us (ourselves included) would come the same conclusion.
According to the list, the new tablet sports a 10.5″ display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels and five finger gesture support. The sheet doesn’t list down the full name of the Qualcomm processor, but judging from its model number, it’s very likely that the tablet will be rocking a Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM.

Also, if the sheet if to be believed, the tablet will also have an internal storage capacity of 64GB at launch. It also looks like the tablet will sport a 12MP camera in the rear and a 7MP front-facing camera, both of which will be able to capture Full HD video.
Unfortunately, the list doesn’t say if the Galaxy Tab S4 will come with its own S-Pen, much like its predecessor. We’ll just have to wait until next week for Samsung’s keynote at MWC 2018 (assuming they do announce it).
(Source: GFXBench via Tech Radar, Trusted Review, Hot Hardware)
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Samsung Gear IconX (2018) Lightning Review: Refined, Long-lasting Wireless Earbuds

The first Gear IconX weren’t very good wireless earbuds. While it was a good first attempt on Samsung’s part at a pair of wireless earbuds, the original IconX had limited battery life, not to mention other niggling issues like iffy wireless performance.
Well, after spending some time with the new Samsung Gear IconX (2018), Samsung definitely managed to solve many of the original model’s issues. On top of that, the new IconX also brings with it a whole suite of other improvements.
What Is It?

On the surface, not much has changed with the new Gear IconX. It still sports mainly the same design as its predecessor, and of course, it’s still a pair of completely wireless earbuds. Most of the changes are actually under the hood, including much, much better battery life, and improved wireless performance. Just like its predecessor, the new Gear IconX comes with a case that doubles as the charger too.

There are two ways to listen to your favourite tunes on the Gear IconX: you can either stream to the earbuds via Bluetooth, or you could transfer music files to the IconX’s 4GB internal storage. Depending on which mode you’re in, the battery life will be different – Samsung said users can expect to get about seven hours of usage in standalone mode, and five hours if the IconX is streaming over Bluetooth.
Is It Any Good?

As far as wireless earbuds go, the Gear IconX works wonderfully well. While the audio quality isn’t incredible, it’s more than adequate to enjoy my favourite music while I’m working out. The fit is quite snug too, so I’m confident the earbuds won’t fall off even in the most rigorous of workouts.
Aside from that, I absolutely love the Ambient Sound Mode on the Gear IconX. I can hear what’s going on around me, and it’s especially useful – and important, safety-wise – when I’m out for a run at public places like a park.

And then we have one of the most impressive features of the 2018 Gear IconX: its battery life. On average, I can get about four to five hours of usage in streaming mode, which is pretty darn close to Samsung’s claimed battery life. If you’re in a pinch, 10 minutes of charging with the case (yes, it’s capable of quick charging) gives enough juice for about an hour of usage – very useful.
Another feature that I find rather fun to use is the Running Coach function. Once activated, it can give you simple instructions, detect whether you’re walking or jogging, track how long you’ve been running, and interestingly, it can even detect the distance you’ve run. I got on a treadmill to see how the IconX’s tracked distance compare, and it’s surprisingly accurate.
The Bad Stuff. Tell Me.

Although the Gear IconX fits quite snugly in my ears, its noise isolation could’ve been better. I’ve tried the different tip sizes bundled with the wireless earbuds, but none of them managed to really block out ambient noise. Of course, the fit will differ from one person to another, so this may not even be an issue to other users.
Another oddity I faced with the Gear IconX is occasional audio dropout. Sometimes, either one of the earbuds will stop outputting audio for a short while, which can get pretty annoying after some time. However, this doesn’t happen very frequently, so I can’t say for certain if this is an isolated issue.

I’m also not a fan of the Gear IconX’s pill-shaped charging case. It isn’t a dealbreaker by any stretch, and it fits in my pockets just fine, of course, but it would’ve been more pocket-friendly if it was flatter. Because of this, I rather keep it in my backpack most of the time.
Should I Buy It?

The Gear IconX (2018) is a well-rounded pair of wireless earbuds. Its battery life has improved immensely, it has decent audio quality, and it comes with features consumers may find useful. My only real issue with the IconX lies in its noise isolation (or lack thereof), but it’s worth noting that some users may not face the same issue.
At RM799, the new Gear IconX is not the most affordable pair of wireless earbuds, but it’s certainly a very good one. If you’re looking to upgrade from a pair of wired earphones, the IconX is definitely worth looking into.

Photography by Soh Li Jin and Leon Lam.

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Huawei P20 Plus Will Have A 4000mAh Battery And Always On Display

Firmware files for the soon-to-be announced Huawei P20 Plus have managed to get leaked, providing us with a glimpse of what’s in store. There’s little to be gleaned from the information, although it the presence of an Always On Display APK provides some hints as to the display type.
The first Huawei device with an Always On Display option was the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and it came with an OLED screen. Chances are that the specifications will apply this time around, although we can’t say for certain if this will be the case.
The reported screenshot of the Always On Display on the new Huawei P20 Plus
Additionally, Android’s own APIs have revealed that the P20 Plus will feature a 4,000mAh battery, while the P20 will have a 3,3320mAh unit. Differences in battery capacities are to be expected across phone sizes, but in this case it appears to be substantial gap between the two.
Earlier leaks have already pointed towards triple-camera sensors, HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC and a larger push for AI in photography. Huawei is set to launch the new P20 family on March 27 in Paris, according to an invite to the event sent out to the media.
(Source: XDA Developers)
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HTC Desire 12 Retail Box Leaked

The retail box of the HTC Desire 12 has somehow made its way onto the internet; complete with device specifications printed on the back. At this point, the only thing we don’t know is what the smartphone actually looks like.
From the look of things, the Desire 12 uses a MediaTek chip with four 64-bit cores, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage with microSD support up to 2TB and a 5.5-inch 18:9 HD+ screen (1440 x 720 pixels).
Imaging is handled by a 12MP rear camera with Phase Detect AutoFocus and 1080p video recording support built in. Selfies are taken with a front-facing 5MP Back-illuminated Sensor (BSi) which could translate to decent low-light selfie shots. Powering everything is a 2,730mAh battery alongside support for dual-SIM onboard.

There is no listing on the version of Android on box, but we are likely to see Android 8.0 Oreo on the Desire 12.
HTC as a company is not fairing well in the smartphone market as it faced lackluster sales last year. Looking to return to the entry and mid-range market could help the bottom line, but it looks like an uphill battle considering the increasingly saturated mobile market.
On that note, there is no telling when HTC plans to release or announce the Desire 12. With that in mind, Mobile World Congress is just around the corner and is perhaps the most likely time for something to happen.
(Source: Android Authority)
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Get Up To 27% Off One Of The Best ANC Wireless Headphones

The Sony WH-1000XM2 over-ear headphones, which was launched at during IFA 2017, is widely recognised as one of the best wireless headphones with active noise cancelling (ANC) in the market. For a limited time only, you can get them for up to 27% off.
The headphones are the successor of the original WH-1000X, and comes with Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) and Ambient Sound mode. The WH-1000X also has an airplane-friendly Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing mode for more comfortable long-term use in the air, and a simple touch-based control on its earcups. The WH-1000XM2 also supports Sony’s Hi-Res Audio format, which offers high quality audio playback for supported formats.

Not only that, Sony’s WH-1000XM2 also features a whopping 30-hour battery life, as well as a quick charge function that gives 70 minutes of play time with just 10 minutes of charging. The headphones also comes with its own carry-case and cable, allowing you to plug the headset directly into an airplane’s in-flight entertainment system.
The RM1599 retail price is admittedly high for a pair of headphones, but for a limited time, you can get them for just RM1163 – about 27% off its retail price. A seller on Lazada is offering the Black colourway for RM1203, while Lazada itself has some promo codes that shaves up to RM40 off the price tag – but they are limited, so it’s best to cop them when you can.
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Sony Is Developing A Taxi Hailing Platform

It looks like Sony is venturing into a new business. Nikkei reports that the Japanese company is turning to taxis that could better use the AI technologies. Sony has managed to assemble six taxi companies with a total of 10,000 taxi vehicles in Japan to join in the new venture. Although it’s not necessary without competition.
The taxi-hailing platform will be AI-powered that can help taxis by learning about the weather, traffic and events. Automating the dispatch system and making more efficient use of drivers. An example provided was that the platform can direct taxis to crowded events where demand is expected to be high. There will also be a payment system on the platform which could benefit Sony with a constant stream of income.

Building a taxi-centric platform only makes sense for Sony because of Japanese legislation that bans any ride-sharing services that uses private cars. Which sort of limits the reach of ride-sharing companies like Uber. However, has not did not stopped Uber itself from attempting to enter market.

Uber is planning to team up with local taxi provider – Daiichi Koutsu Sangyo to provide a taxi platform; while Toyota recently invested a large sum of money into JapanTaxi app and is also working on its own AI taxi system.
Sony hasn’t announced any release date on its AI taxi venture. For the time being, the platform that Sony is developing is focused on the Japanese market only.
(Source: Nikkei via Engadget)
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New Variations of Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus Coming To Malaysia On 23 Feb

Xiaomi Malaysia has confirmed that it will be releasing additional variations of Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus into our market later this week. While there will be no change to their general specifications, these new models will offer different memory and internal storage configurations as compared to the variations that were made available in Malaysia few weeks ago.
At the moment, only Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus with 3GB of RAM as well as 32GB internal storage are available in Malaysia. With this confirmation by Xiaomi Malaysia, this means that consumers will be able to get their hands on Redmi 5 with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage as well as Redmi 5 Plus with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage soon.

According to the mini contest that Xiaomi Malaysia has launched in conjunction with the launch, both devices will apparently be released on this Friday, 23 February. The company has not revealed the prices of either devices but as a comparison, the 3GB/32GB Redmi 5 is currently being listed at RM 679 while the 3GB/32GB Redmi 5 Plus goes for RM 749.
We’ll keep you posted once we hear more from the folks at Xiaomi Malaysia regarding these new models.
(Source: Xiaomi Malaysia – 1, 2)
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Images Of Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact Leak Online Ahead Of MWC 2018

Just a day after the Japanese electronics giants tweeted this teaser video, an image of the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact prototype has leaked online. Not only that it looks almost identical to the curvatures that the company showed in the the video, the timing of the leak is rather on point as well since we are only a week away from Sony’s MWC 2018 event.
The image, which was first posted on Xperiablog by a Disqus user who goes by the handle Grisha, shows the purported Xperia XZ2 Compact with a bulging rear. Placed side by side with Sony’s older Xperia Z5 Compact, the prototype actually several millimeters higher off the ground than its predecessor.
According to the blog, the design language of the Xperia XZ2 Compact seems to fall in line with Sony’s ‘plate + human’ design concept that reportedly first appeared back in 2015. It’s a weird move for Sony to make, given that other major smartphone brands would want to maintain a thinner, and not thicker design for their phones.

Grisha also mentioned that the Xperia XZ2 Compact will have a fingerprint sensor situated at the back of the phone and just under the camera, suggesting that the phone’s main camera will be fixed in the center of the phone. Sadly, Grisha also mentioned that the phone won’t be coming with a 3.5mm audio jack.
The prototype of the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact seems to harken back to Sony’s ‘plate+human’ concept, which first came to light back in 2015.
Now, before you start jumping to conclusions, it’s important to remember the Xperia XZ2 Compact in the picture above is still, effectively a prototype and can still be subjected to any last minute changes. In fact, it might not be released into the market.
On that note though, there’s also no saying if this design will be used across the board with all of Sony’s other Xperia phones. So, until Sony’s official announcement next week, we strongly advise that you take this news with a relatively big pinch of salt.
(Source: Disqus via Xperia Blog)
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SNS Network Launches Joi 7 Lite LTE: A Sub-RM 500 Android Tablet

It has been a while since we heard about new products from the Joi division of SNS Network which is IT distribution and retail company based in Ipoh, Perak. As it turns out, the brand has actually announced a new device earlier this month in the form of Joi 7 Lite LTE tablet.
Despite sharing the same name as per another tablet that the brand released in 2015, the new Joi 7 Lite LTE is a different product altogether in terms of design and internal hardware. For example, the 2018 model is much slimmer at 8mm although somehow heavier than its 2015 counterpart at 248g.
Additionally, this year’s model also carries a MediaTek MT8735P processor as opposed to the Intel Atom chip inside the 2015 iteration. The new model also carries double the amount of storage than its 2015 predecessor at 16GB alongside a larger 3400mAh battery and LTE connectivity.

Nevertheless, there are indeed several characteristics that SNS Network has retained for the 2017 model. Among them is the 7-inch IPS display although it has a much higher resolution at 1280×800. Not to forget, the Joi 7 Lite LTE also still features 1GB of RAM which is rather small for a device that is released in 2018.
Price-wise, the new Joi 7 Lite LTE can be obtained immediately for RM 449 from GLOO retail stores throughout the country.
(Source: Joi – 1, 2)
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Swype Keyboard Has Been Discontinued; No Future Updates Coming

It would appear that the original swiping-based keyboard is no longer around. Nuance has confirmed that it is no longer supporting Swype, and has redirected all efforts into working on the direct-to-business Dragon dictation technology.
The change in direction for Nuance wasn’t widely made known, and only recently discovered from a Reddit user contacted support for help with a crash problem on the Pixel 2. In response, Nuance said:
“However, we are sad to announce that Swype+Dragon for Android has faced end of development. Here is a statement from Swype Product Team:
Nuance will no longer be updating the Swype+Dragon keyboard for Android. We’re sorry to leave the direct-to-consumer keyboard business, but this change is necessary to allow us to concentrate on developing our AI solutions for sale directly to businesses.
We hope you enjoyed using Swype, we sure enjoyed working with the Swype community.”
XDA Developers then reached out to the company to confirm the statement, and were told that development on Swype+Dragon has been stopped. Nuance had also apparently made a Zendesk post saying that it would be stopping work on the iOS version of Swype earlier this month; which seems to have gone unnoticed.

Swype has proven to be one of the more popular mobile keyboard apps available, although its popularity has waned with the arrival of Swiftkey and Google’s own Gboard. That said, there are likely more than a few Swype users who will be disappointed by the news.
For now, the Swype app is still available on the Google Play store; and chances are it won’t be fully taken down. Just keep in mind that no future updates are coming and that it might stop working as both Android and iOS introduce new updates.
[Source: Reddit, XDA Developers]
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