Xiaomi Announces Mi Mix 2 and Redmi Note 5A Prime For Malaysia: Price Starts At RM 699

In conjunction with the official opening of Authorized Mi Store in Suria KLCC today, Xiaomi has brought out two surprises for our market. They come in the form of Mi Mix 2 and Redmi Note 5A Prime.
As you might know, the Mi Mix 2 offers a 18:9 5.99-inch display and powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 alongside 6GB of RAM and 64 GB internal storage. It also carries 12MP PDAF camera with 4-axis optical image stabilization.

In a rather surprise twist, Xiaomi decided to release Redmi Note 5A Prime using the same name as per Chinese market. If you missed it, the phone was launched in India recently as the Redmi Y1.
One of its main attraction is the phone’s 16MP f/2.0 wide-angle selfie camera which is also accompanied by an LED flash. The Redmi Note 5A Prime is also equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 435, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, and 13MP f/2.2 PDAF main camera

The pre-order for Mi Mix 2 opens starts on 11 November before released for sale on 16 November. As for Redmi Note 5A Prime, it will be available for purchase directly on 11 November.
Price-wise, the new Mi Mix 2 goes for RM 2199 while the Redmi Note 5A Prime can be obtained for RM 699. Both of these devices are currently on display at the newly opened Authorized Mi Store in Suria KLCC.

In case you wondering what is the store all about, don’t forget to check out our quick tour of Authorized Mi Store Suria KLCC right here. There is also our Mi Mix 2 review if you want to know more about the phone.
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Mi Store KL Opening Promotion Offers Mi Note 2 for RM1,599 & RM113 Rebate on Other Phones

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 was a rather interesting phablet when it was introduced last year. Initially launched in Malaysia for RM2,499 earlier this year, the Mi Note 2 can now be purchased for RM900 less on our shores.
However, this is not a permanent price cut. Rather, it’s a promotion in conjunction with the grand opening of Xiaomi’s second Authorised Mi Store in Suria KLCC. From today until Sunday, the Mi Note 2 can be purchased for only RM1,599 – that’s a pretty good deal even for a 2016 flagship smartphone.
Of course, there are a couple of terms and conditions. For one, only 100 units of the Mi Note 2 will be up for grabs every day. Essentially, only 300 units of the device are available at the discounted price; those who are interested to purchase it will need to take a number too.

On top of the Mi Note 2 discount, Xiaomi is also offering a RM113 rebate on any smartphone purchased at the Authorised Mi Store in Suria KLCC (excluding the Mi Note 2, naturally). Just like the Mi Note 2 offer, this rebate is limited to the first 100 customers every day from today until Sunday.
Xiaomi is certainly offering some good deals in conjunction with the opening of its Suria KLCC Authorised Mi Store. If you’d like a closer look at the new store, you can check out our video and photo essay of it.
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Apple iPhone X Teardown Shows Two Batteries

The iPhone X has proven to be a rather unusual device, particularly considering its battery capacity. What has proven more curious is Apple’s solution to powering the premium smartphone; sticking it with not one, but two batteries.
A Chinese Youtube channel opened the iPhone X up to display the internals, in the process revealing the interesting engineering solution. Having two batteries explains the odd 2716mAh capacity, yet raises more questions about the engineering obstacles that were overcome.

This might be the first time we’ve seen a dual battery smartphone, and we’re not entirely sure what to make of it. It’s certainly an interesting arrangement that makes maximum use of space in the iPhone. Which is perhaps an important innovation in the future of smartphones as we race towards smaller devices.
[via: Amanz]
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Samsung Opens Beta Test For The “Samsung Experience 9.0” Version Of Android Oreo

Samsung wants the public to test its next take on Android 8.0 Oreo. Vaguely referred to as the “Samsung Experience 9.0”, it appears to be the operating system intended for next year’s Galaxy S9 smartphone. Perhaps indicating that Samsung will be trying something very different.
This beta test is extremely limited, with a select number of users in South Korea, the US, and UK being allowed in. Even then, the requirements are rather stringent. South Korean users must be on a Galaxy S8 locked to SKT, KT or LG U+, while US users must be Sprint or T-Mobile network carriers, or have purchased an unlocked version for the U.S. UK users who want to get in on the beta must have an unlocked device.
There’s little information about what the beta includes as far as features go. The beta was only opened on 2 November, although Samsung is saying that additional waves of registrations will be opened at a later date. It’ll be interesting to see what Samsung has in store; especially with this new policy of using open betas to collect feedback – like it did with the Bixby voice assistant.
[Source: Samsung]
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(UPDATED) ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1070 Ti Now Available In Malaysia For RM 2649

UPDATE (2 NOV // 900PM): ASUS Malaysia has revealed the official pricing for ROG Strix GTX 1070 Ti. More info below.
ORIGINAL STORY (31 Oct // 1141AM):
About a week ago, we’ve written a report (leak) regarding Asus’ upcoming custom GTX 1070 Ti graphics cards. Today, the company has officially announce one of the graphics card we’ve mentioned inside the aforementioned report: the ROG Strix GTX 1070 Ti. In addition to this announcement, the company had also provided us with details regarding the local availability of its newest graphics card.
Before we get to that though, it’s at least worth taking a look at the design and specifications of the ROG Strix GTX 1070 Ti first. When it comes to aesthetics, the ROG Strix GTX 1070 Ti looks pretty much identical to previously released Strix-branded graphics cards. It comers with an all black cooler shroud, which houses three open-air cooling fans. Worry not RGB fanatics, this graphics card does features LED-lit areas.
As most of our dear readers may have already known, custom GTX 1070 Ti graphics cards will not feature factory overclocked clock speeds out of the box, due “restrictions” imposed by Nvidia. That said, the Asus ROG Strix GTX 1070 Ti does come with two clock speed presets which can be enabled using the Asus GPU Tweak tool. In the OC Mode clock speed preset, the ROG Strix GTX 1070 Ti has a boost clock speed of 1721MHZ (Standard Edition) and 1759MHz (Advanced Edition) and 1683MHz in Gaming Mode.
According to Asus Malaysia, the ROG Strix GTX 1070 Ti will be made available locally by 10 November 2017. Unfortunately, the company did not reveal pricing. That said, we do expect this graphics card to be priced way above RM2,000.

UPDATE (2 NOV // 900PM):
ASUS Malaysia has announced that its ROG Strix GTX 1070 Ti is now officially in our market. Gamers are able to get theirs hand on the card for RM 2,649 from today onwards.
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Zotac Reveals Local Pricing For Its Custom GTX 1070 Ti; Priced From RM2,299

Zotac Malaysia has finally announced the local pricing for three of its recently announced custom GTX 1070 Ti graphics cards. These are the GTX 1070 Ti Mini, GTX 1070 Ti AMP Edition, and GTX 1070 Ti AMP Extreme. You can learn more about these graphics cards, along with other custom GTX 1070 Ti models here.
Based on the pricing announcement by Zotac Malaysia, it seems that the most affordable custom GTX 1070 Ti graphics card by the company that one can buy is the GTX 1070 Ti Mini. This graphics card comes with a modest price tag of RM2,299. As its name implies, the Zotac GTX 1070 Ti Mini is, well… rather small. This means that consumers will be able to place the graphics cards onto most PC chassis / layouts comfortably.
Image: Zotac Malaysia FB
Next up is the slightly larger Zotac GTX 1070 Ti AMP Edition. This graphics card, according to Zotac Malaysia, is priced at RM2,469. Like the Mini, Zotac’s GTX 1070 Ti AMP Edition also features two open-air cooling fans. That said, the cooling system of this graphics card is most likely more efficient than the GTX 1070 Ti Mini; hence the price bump.
Last but not least is the beastly Zotac GTX 1070 Ti AMP Extreme. Zotac Malaysia has mentioned that this graphics card will come with a price tag of RM2,639. Major features that comes with this graphics card that are not found on its smaller siblings include three open-air cooling fans and more LED-lit areas.
Do keep in mind that all three of Zotac’s custom GTX 1070 Ti graphics cards may likely come with the same clock speeds out of the box (due to restrictions imposed by Nvidia). That said, consumers will be able to increase the clock speeds via custom overclocking profiles. Regardless, for those who are interested, the Zotac GTX 1070 Ti Mini, GTX 1070 Ti AMP Edition, and GTX 1070 Ti AMP Extreme are now available through selected local retailers.
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Rylo Makes Creating And Editing 360 Degree Video Simple

Rylo has a single goal: a fool-proof 360-camera that anyone can use. The 360-degree camera was developed by a group of ex-engineers from Apple and Instagram, and certainly sounds like it could meet the lofty ideals set by its creator.
Built from aluminium alloy, the Rylo camera weighs in at only 108 grams. Two 208-degree wide-angle lenses capture 4K video at 30 fps or still images in 6K resolution. The lenses themselves have a fixed f/2.8 aperture; equivalent to a 7mm lens on a traditional camera.
There’s no built-in storage, and users will have to rely on microSD cards. Rylo includes a 16GB card with the camera, but there is support for cards up to 256GB in size. The default card is about enough to record 34 minutes of 4K video; which is acceptable considering that the Rylo is only capable of 60 minutes of continuous recording.

A feature available with the Rylo is the “cinematic stabilisation”, which crops out unwanted shaking from the video.

Rylo footage can be edited from a smartphone using the iOS app; freeing the user from having to return to a PC to work on the video. It may be odd to see the camera only have an iOS app, but an Android-based version is said to be coming soon.
Rylo is available in the US now for US$500 (approx. RM 2,123 ) from the official website.
(Source: Petapixel, Rylo )
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Spec Sheet: Razer Phone vs. HTC U11+ vs. 2017 Flagship Smartphones

We’ve seen quite a number of smartphones released in a short period of time. There’s Razer’s first-ever smartphone, the Razer Phone, and then there’s HTC’s new and improved HTC U11+. So how do these two smartphones compare to other flagship devices released this year? Let’s find out.
The HTC U11 was a pretty good smartphone, and what it lacked in certain areas are pretty much addressed on the U11+. The new phone features a 6-inch 1440p 18:9 display with minimal bezels – it looks much sleeker than the U11 – and it comes with a more generous 3,930mAh battery too. While there’s no dual-camera system to be found here, the U11+’s 12MP UltraPixel 3 camera is still plenty capable.

As for the Razer Phone, the “smartphone for gamers,” it sports…a more conventional form factor. It has a boxy, Nextbit Robin-like design, as well as a large 5.7-inch 1440p 16:9 IGZO display with a high 120Hz refresh rate. It has a generous amount of RAM too at 8GB, along with a sizeable 4,000mAh battery. Its dual-camera system, on the other hand, is still largely a mystery – it remains to be seen just how capable Razer is when it comes to smartphone photography.

Once we compare these phones to other 2017 flagship smartphones, things get a lot more interesting. The Razer Phone, for one, is the only device with a 120Hz display – whether or not Android (and mobile games) can take advantage of the high refresh rate, however, is an entirely different question. Also, it’s worth noting that the Razer Phone, the OnePlus 5, and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 are the only three phones in the list with 8GB of RAM.
Then again, the Razer Phone, OnePlus 5, and Mi Mix 2 lack an increasingly standard feature on any given flagship smartphone: dust and water resistance. The U11+ has it, the Mate 10 Pro has it – though the more affordable Mate 10 is only IP53-rated – and really, it’s a feature any premium-tier smartphone should have.

As far as performance go, most of the phones in this list are very capable. Huawei’s Kirin 970 processor – while not as popular as other chips – is quite a powerful SoC, and the same go for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 and Samsung’s Exynos 8895 chipsets. Even though the Razer Phone is touted as a gamer’s smartphone, we imagine other devices in this list are just as capable when it comes to gaming – bar the 120Hz display, of course.

The HTC U11+ and the Razer Phone are really quite interesting flagship devices, but we’re still not quite sure just how good of a smartphone the Razer Phone is. After all, it’s the company’s very first phone, and it has to go against other phone makers with considerably more experience.
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The New HTC U11+ Upgrades The U11 In Meaningful Ways; Coming To Malaysia December 2017

As expected, HTC has unveiled its final flagship of the year in the shape of the HTC U11+. It’s a souped-up version of the U11 released earlier this year, building on the best parts of what was already a solid flagship.
In our review of the U11, we described it as missing quite a few 2017 smartphone trends, such as the 18:9 display, slim bezels, and a dual-camera setup. Well, HTC fixed two of the three on the U11+, which sports a 6-inch 18:9 2880 x 1440 Super LCD panel with minimal side bezels.
As for the camera, the HTC U11+ still uses the same 12MP UltraPixel 3 sensor from the U11 – but that’s not exactly a bad thing; in our review the camera was a pleasant surprise, with super fast autofocus and better than expected overall performance.

Another notable addition on the U11+ is the significantly larger battery; it packs a massive 3,930mAh battery – 31% larger than the 3,000mAh cell on the U11. Given that the U11 already had a solid battery life, the larger battery could mean “real” two days of battery life.
These are on top of the other flagship level hardware: Snapdragon 835 processor, 4/6GB of RAM, 64/128GB of expandable storage, 8MP front camera, BoomSound audio (which is now 30% louder), Gorilla Glass 5, and an improved IP68 rating (from IP67).

The software sees a few upgrades too, with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. HTC’s Sense UI has slimmed down greatly over the years, and Edge Sense has also been enhanced with the addition of the Edge Launcher. It is a circular app launcher that activates with a squeeze on the phone’s sides, allowing you quick and one-handed access to apps, contacts, and even toggles for some settings.
As with the U11, HTC also bundles the USonic in-ear earphones, which creates a custom sound profile after mapping the user’s inner ear. These earbuds also have active noise cancelling, making them actually pretty good value as a pair of bundled earphones. There’s also a USB Type C to 3.5mm audio jack dongle, and a U11+ Clear Shield case, which works with Edge Sense.

The HTC U11+ will be coming to Malaysia in December 2017, but its price has not been revealed. It is priced at 799 Euros (it won’t be available in the US), and will come in Ceramic Black, Amazing Silver, and a unique Translucent Black colourway, which Android Authority reports will only be available in January or February 2018. Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on whether that option will be coming our way.
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Axiata’s Boost App Expands Into The Mobile Wallet Space

Boost, the mobile payment system from Axiata, has expanded its functions into a full blown digital wallet. The app now includes QR code based payments and the option to send funds between users; a far cry from what it was back in January.
What Boost offers now is a more traditional mobile wallet system, allowing users to pay for goods and services from their phones. It’s similar to the version deployed by AliPay in that everything is built around pre-loaded funds; there is little-to-no interaction with credit cards.
Boost has also been working with partners to include discounts and coupons for users. Curiously, the online shopping section includes the option to purchase subscriptions for Spotify, iFlix, and Tonton. Users can also use Boost to buy Steam wallet credits, digital PlayStation store cash cards, Garena Shells, and Razer’s zGold-MOLPoints. Sadly, these gaming oriented options are the same kind of top up cards found in stores and don’t actually offer any savings over buying them anywhere else.
Prepaid top up options have been expanded past the original XPAX offering and now cover almost all prepaid providers in Malaysia. Payments for postpaid subscriptions are in the works, starting with Celcom (obviously). That said, the company is unable to comment on when this will be implemented.

What it has been talking about is a partnership with University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), and delivering a cashless campus. The two bodies signed an MOU to bring Boost to the 200 vendors in UTM Kuala Lumpur and Skudai. At the moment, some 25 of these vendors have already signed up to accept Boost payments.
The app is also being tested across several cash based vendors within the Klang Valley, with a focus on food trucks, pasar malams, and food courts (the example given was somewhere in the Hartamas area).
Boost is available on both Android and iOS. Those signing up should note that the only difference between the basic and premium accounts is the spending limit, and no charges apply for choosing one or the other.
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