Google Pixel 2 Is Facing Battery Drain Problems After February Security Update

Owners of the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL are reportedly having issues with their devices after installing the recent February security patch. Users on both Reddit and the Google Pixel User Community are complaining about their batteries draining faster than usual, as well as having phones that feel warmer when performing simple tasks.
The effects of the patch appear to vary from person to person, but the general consensus is a loss of between two to three hours of screen on time. A substantial decline considering that one of the main selling points of the Pixel 2 happened to be the impressive battery life.
Other users are also noting that there is a slight increase in heat generated while using the phone for just about anything; including simple tasks like checking social media. Some more technically adept users have already ruled out any potential background apps using extra processor cycles.

Google has not commented on the matter yet, and it doesn’t look like an answer will be forthcoming any time soon. Instead, we are only left to speculate that the patch has introduced some new processes to the phone; and that the increase in heat generation is somehow related to the reduction in battery life.
[Source: Reddit, Pixel User Community]

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Rumour Of Uber Ditching Southeast Asia Resurfaces

Rumours of Uber preparing to sell its Southeast Asian operations to Grab have resurfaced. CNBC is citing a source close to the matter who claims that Uber is in talks to surrender its business in this region in exchange for a stake in Grab.
Nothing in this story is particularly new, with a similar rumour appearing last month. There, it was said that new Uber investor Softbank wanted the company to focus more on its core markets in America and Europe.
A retreat from Southeast Asia would mimic the company’s experience in China. Where it was pushed out of the market and ultimately sold the business to rival Didi-Chuxing.

Softbank has a stake in all major ridesharing companies in Asia; with a hand in Didi-Chuxing, Grab, and Uber. It’s believed that the Japanese company wants to reduce competition across its many interests. Although, there’s no direct proof that this is the case.
With that in mind, Uber had previously claimed that it would be instead expanding its reach across the world, rubbishing claims that there would be any further exits from existing markets.
Neither Uber nor Grab has responded to the rumours.
[Source: CNBC]
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Huawei Mate 10 CNY Promo Offers RM400 Discount And Gifts

If you have been thinking of spending your ang pow money on a brand new smartphone, Huawei Malaysia has some good news for you. As part of its Chinese New Year Promo, the company is slashing RM400 off the price of the Huawei Mate 10.
Originally retailing for RM2699, Huawei is offering the Mate 10 for just RM2299 for a limited time only. It certainly is a solid price for the phone, especially since its market price hasn’t dropped even though it is several months since it made its debut in Malaysia.
On top of that, Huawei is also bundling a Premium Gift Bundle worth RM239, and a hotel voucher worth RM600 for all three colour options: Black, Champagne Gold, and Mocha Brown. However, Wow Phone is bundling even more, with original premium Huawei accessories worth a total of RM899 (according to the retail page) – and the price of the phone remains at the promotional RM2299 in Black, Champagne Gold, and Mocha Brown.

The Mate 10 offers good value for RM2299. Packed with a Kirin 970 chipset with 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable storage, 4000mAh battery and even an AI chipset built in, the Mate 10 even features the same 12MP + 20MP dual camera setup as the Mate 10 Pro.
Speaking of which, the Mate 10 Pro is also available for 12% off its RM3099 retail price. A few retailers have begun offering the Mate 10 Pro for just RM2739 in Shopee, where it is available in both Mocha Brown and Midnight Blue.
(Source: Huawei Malaysia (Facebook))
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Nokia 7 Plus Leaks Out: Features 18:9 Display, Zeiss Dual Camera and Android One

Back in October 2017, HMD Global has launched a mid-range smartphone called Nokia 7 for the Chinese market. However, the company has yet to make it available in other markets until now but all is not lost though. As it turns out, HMD Global is also working on another device called Nokia 7 Plus based on the new renders released by the prolific leaker, Evan Blass.
The specs of the device is not yet known at the moment but quite a number of things are very apparent from the leaked renders. For example, the Nokia 7 Plus is equipped with an 18:9 full screen display as well as dual rear camera that were crafted through HMD Global’s partnership with Zeiss.

Another factor that made the upcoming Nokia 7 Plus rather interesting is that it will be released as an Android One device as reflected by the label on its back. Since all Nokia smartphones from HMD Global is already running stock Android, we do wonder how Android One will change things around.
Additional information from the rumor mill pointed out that the device is likely to be equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 as well as up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage. With MWC 2018 is just around the corner, we expect this device to make appearance over there.
(Source: evleaks – 1, 2)
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Key Specifications Of Intel Core i9-8950HK CPU Leaked

Just a few days ago, we’ve written an article regarding the alleged release date of Intel Coffee Lake-H equipped notebooks. It seems that one of those processors, the Intel Core i9-8950K, has got some of its key specifications leaked recently. The leak first came from folks at VideoCardz who spotted a listing on 3DMark, which contains the Core i9-8950K on an unnamed MSI notebook.
According to the specifications listed on 3DMark’s database, the Intel Core i9-8950K will feature a base clock speed of 2.9GHz and a maximum Turbo clock speed of around 3.9GHz. In addition, this processor will come with six CPU cores and twelve threads. The TDP, while not stated on the 3DMark database, is expected to be around 45W and above.
Image: VideoCardz
Looking at the unnamed MSI notebook itself, VideoCardz have stated that the laptop will come with two GTX 1080 GPUs and it may utilise Intel’s HM370 chipset. Knowing this, it wouldn’t be surprising then to see the Core i9-8950K be used inside high-end, pricey gaming notebooks. Those aside, we do urge our dear readers to take this one with a grain of salt, at least until Intel makes its Coffee Lake-H CPU lineup official.
(Source: VideoCardz)
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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Android Oreo Update Roll Out Might Have Been Halted

As what you might have heard, owners of Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in several markets throughout including Malaysia have recently receive Android 8.0 Oreo update for their devices. However, reports have started to trickle in that Samsung might have halted the roll out.
According to the well-known Samsung enthusiast site Sammobile, the update has apparently been removed from Samsung’s server. Hence, the site which also maintain a depository of firmware for Samsung smartphones has also removed the said update which is labeled as G950/G955-FXXU1CRAP from its collection.

The reasons behind the halt is not yet known at the moment but at the same time, those who have already receive and implement the update on their device should not be worried as well. Sammobile has also stated that Samsung already working on a new firmware update for Galaxy S8 and S8+ to replace the version that it pulled out this week according to its sources.
So, those who have felt that their devices have been sidelined from receiving the Android Oreo update for the past few days can now rest easy knowing that is not exactly the case. That being said, this also means that the wait for proper Oreo update on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ continues further.
(Source: Sammobile)
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New Qualcomm X24 LTE Modem Can Achieve A Crazy 2Gbps in Download Speeds

Qualcomm has announced that it had began sampling its new X24 LTE modem. The new modem is its first announced Category 20 LTE modem, and can supports download speeds upwards of 2Gbps.
“As the world’s first announced Gigabit LTE modem to achieve speeds of up to 2Gbps, the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem sets a major mobile industry milestone, designed to provide enhanced mobile broadband and deliver an extremely important gigabit coverage layer for commercial 5G networks and mobile devices that are expected to start launching in 2019,” said Serge Willenegger, senior vice president and general manager, 4G/5G and Industrial IOT, Qualcomm Wireless GmbH.
The new modem is built on the new 7nm FinFET die lithography, and Qualcomm claims that it will feature the ‘most advanced cellular features’ of any commercially available 4G LTE modem to date.

To provide context, the download speeds of Qualcomm’s current X16 LTE modem (used in the company’s Snapdragon 835 processor) caps out at 1Gbps; half the speed of the new X24 LTE modem. It’s upcoming X20 LTE modem, which will be a part of the new Snapdragon 845, only has download speeds of up to 1.2Gbps. Those speeds aren’t slow by any measure, but it is exciting to know that there now is an LTE modem that is touching the 2Gbps territory.
If you’re heading down to MWC 2018, Qualcomm will be having a live demonstration at the event, alongside with partners that include Netgear, the Australian telco Telstra, and renowned Swedish networking and telecommunications company, Ericsson.
(Source: Qualcomm)
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Rumour: Sony Xperia XZ Pro To Feature 18:9 Display

New information about the Sony Xperia XZ Pro suggests that the device will feature a display with the 18:9 ratio. The information was spotted through a filing on HTML Benchmark, where the phone was being tested for its ability to render web content. The filing also shows that the phone was running on Android 8.1 when it was being tested.
The accuracy of the filing is somewhat suspect, as the document refers to the phone as the Xperia XZ2 Pro. It’s possible that the ‘2’ could be a typo, especially since the majority of leaks to date have referred to it as the Xperia XZ Pro.
Then there’s the display resolution that is listed as 424 x 848. While it’s very unlikely that this will be the actual resolution of the display, what is interesting to note is that the numbers reflects a 2:1 ratio, hinting again at the possible 18:9 ratio display. Again, this bit of news isn’t conclusive, so as always, we do ask our readers to take its with a heavy pinch of salt.

The Sony Xperia XZ Pro is rumoured to be making its debut during MWC 2018 this year. It is reported that it will launch with a Snapdragon 845 processor, a 5.7-inch 4K OLED display, and a dual camera setup for its main camera array.
(Source: Gizmo China via Trusted Review, Tech Radar)
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Canon Will Finally Bless Its Mirrorless Cameras With 4K Video Capture

Canon’s M-series is about to get an upgrade. After numerous models launched under the M-series – Canon’s line up of mirrorless cameras, word is that it will finally put 4K video capture into the lineup for the first time.
PetaPixel is reporting that Canon is set to introduce its first mirrorless cameras with 4K video capture. This could be a huge milestone for Canon as it will be Canon’s first APS-C sensor camera to have 4K.
Second, this could be Canon’s first affordable 4K camera; mirrorless cameras from Canon are generally priced around RM5000. This could end up competing with Sony’s A6500.
Canon has been saving the 4K features of its cameras for the high-end model so far. The cheapest 4K equipped Canon camera you can get today is the 5D Mark IV. While the other models make do with Full HD video. This is a stark contrast to the other players in the market. Sony has enticed users by offering a more affordable 4K camera to the masses with the A6300.

The device is rumoured to be called as the EOS M50. It will reportedly be using the EF-M mount and will be released sometime this month before the CP+ event take place on 1 March.
(Source: Canon Rumors via PetaPixel)
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Panasonic Lumix ZS200 Offers 15x Zoom In A Travel-Friendly Form Factor

Panasonic Lumix ZS200 compact camera that packs a 1-inch sensor with a wide and long lens. All in a package that is barely bigger than your typical smartphone.
At the heart of the camera is a 1-inch sensor, similar to the sensor that is used in the Sony RX100 Mark V in size. It also has a 3-inch touch screen on the rear that is unfortunately fixed in place; however there is also a 2.3 million-dot EVF with 0.53x magnification for an alternate way to compose photos.
Not only that, the Lumix ZS200 can record 4K 30/24p videos, while the Panasonic 4K PHOTO mode includes nifty features such as Post Focus for after-capture refocusing and Sequence Composition where a series of action shots can be combined in-camera to create a composite image.
Panasonic opted to fit in a wider and longer lens into the Lumix ZS200, with a lens range of 24-360mm and aperture of f/3.3-6.4. It does not have the fastest lens but it is perfect as a compact travel camera. Other features include both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity for remote camera controls and image transfers to connected devices.

The Panasonic Lumix ZS200 will retail at US$799 (RM 3,106) when it goes on store shelves starting in March.
(Source: DPReview )
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