Maxis Continues Strong Growth in Q3 2017; Average Data Usage At All-Time High

Maxis has recently announced its financial figures for the third quarter of this year, and the report holds quite a few interesting data about its customer base. With strong growth across the board, the company’s investments into its 4G infrastructure appears to continue to pay off.
One of the most interesting bits of data revealed in its report is the fact that Maxis subscribers use an average of 7.4GB of 4G LTE data per month. This is a huge 41% increase compared to the same quarter in 2016, which recorded an average of 4.4GB.
The company’s data also shows that LTE network traffic is tripled from Q3 2016 to Q3 2017. Plus, given that 75% of its subscribers are using a 4G LTE phone, we can expect these figures to steadily increase.
However, the national average figure pales in comparison when only Sabah and Sarawak subscribers are taken into account. The average amount of data per subscriber is a whopping 12GB a month in East Malaysia, which is partly due to the fact that fibre and broadband rollout in the two states have not been as rapid and robust as in the Peninsular.

That said, Maxis has also rolled out its MaxisONE Home Fibre broadband service in East Malaysia during this quarter, offering download speeds of up to 100Mbps. It also has the MaxisONE 4G Combo that combines a home and mobile plan into one.
Maxis has also continued to invest heavily on its network. Up until Q3 this year, it has already spent RM647 million on its network. Surprisingly, this isn’t as high as previous years (it spent RM1.2 billion in 2016 and RM1.3 billion in 2015). Nonetheless, it is already widely acclaimed as the best 4G LTE network in Malaysia, even on independent reports such as on OpenSignal.

With a 89% nationwide 4G LTE coverage and an increasingly data-heavy user base, the Maxis LTE network appears to be holding up pretty well for now. And with initiatives like the MaxisOne Prime home + mobile plans alongside its existing postpaid and prepaid plans, the company is gearing up to secure an even larger subscriber base.
The full Q3 2017 report can be viewed here.
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Razer’s First Smartphone Leaks Again: 120Hz IGZO Display, 8GB RAM, 4,000mAh Battery

Razer’s very first smartphone is set to be announced later this week, but a UK retailer just posted a product listing of the upcoming smartphone. Dubbed simply as the “Razer Phone,” it comes with pretty respectable hardware.
Based on the (very) pixelated image of the Razer Phone, it appears to resemble the Nextbit Robin’s square-esque design quite a bit. Interestingly, the phone is said to feature a 5.72-inch 120Hz IGZO display too, although the product listing didn’t specify the panel’s exact resolution.
Just like a previous leak suggested, the Razer Phone’s dual-camera system is mentioned here again: it consists of a 12MP f/1.75 wide-angle shooter with a 13MP f/2.6 zoom camera. Chances are, the phone’s dual-camera system can shoot in Portrait Mode too.

Previous leak of the Razer Phone.
Other specifications of the Razer Phone detailed in 3G UK’s product listing include Dolby Atmos stereo front-facing speakers, 8GB of RAM, as well as a generous 4,000mAh battery. Although it’s not mentioned in the product listing, this phone should also be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset.
Razer is set to announce its first smartphone tomorrow on 1 November 2017. We’ll find out then if these specifications are the Razer Phone’s final hardware.
(Source: 3G UK via SlashGear)
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Nokia 2 Goes Official: Features Snapdragon 212, Aluminum Body, and 2 Days Battery Life

HMD Global has announced its new smartphone called Nokia 2 at a launch event in India. As per what we have learned through a recent leak, the new device is generally an entry-level smartphone with a rather huge battery.
Built with 4100mAh battery, the company claimed that Nokia 2 offers up to 2 days of battery life. Aside from that, the new smartphone is also powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 quad-core processor which runs at a clock speed of 1.3GHz. It also comes standard with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage with support for microSD card of up to 128GB.

Just like its previous devices, HMD Global still retain the usage of aluminum for Nokia 2’s chassis which is rather interesting given its entry-level status. At the same time, the new phone also comes with a 5-inch HD screen that features an LTPS display panel.
HMD Global has also implemented an 8MP camera on Nokia 2’s back together with another 5MP front facing camera. Of course, Nokia 2 is pre-installed with close-to-stock Android Nougat 7.1.1 which can be updated to Android Oreo 8.0 when its ready for the phone.

Scheduled for release throughout the world starting from mid-November, the LTE-enabled and IP52-certified Nokia 2 carries a price tag of EUR 99 (about RM 487). Its availability in Malaysia is not known at the moment.
(Source: Nokia)
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OPPO R11s And R11s Plus Pop Up On TENAA With Full Specs In Tow

We have seen promotional photos of the upcoming OPPO R11s. Now TENAA, the Chinese certification body, has given us the full specs of two different models – the OPPO R11s and R11s Plus.
From the listing on TENAA, there will in fact be two models in the R11s series. The R11s will be the smaller model, while the R11s Plus is – naturally – the larger variant. The specs according to the TENAA listings are as follows:
OPPO R11s

Quad-core processor
6.01-inch 1080 × 2160 AMOLED screen
4GB RAM
64GB Internal storage
microSD support up to 256GB
20MP selfie camera
16MP + 20MP rear camera
Android 7.1.1
Rear fingerprint scanner
3120mAh battery

OPPO R11s Plus

Quad-core processor
6.43 inch 1080 × 2160 AMOLED screen
6GB RAM
64GB internal storage
microSD support up to 256GB
20MP selfie camera
16MP + 20MP rear camera
Android 7.1.1
Rear fingerprint scanner
3880mAh battery

The camera spec does differ from the earlier leak that we saw. While the official OPPO website says the rear camera has a 20MP camera, the company did not share what is the resolution of the second sensor.
OPPO will be launching the two phones on 2nd November, so we should be getting official specs from OPPO by then during the launch event. Stay tuned for more information.
(Source: GSMArena via TENAA 1, 2)
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Jobstreet Data Breach: How To Find Out If You Are Affected

As per our previous report, there were tons of data that involved Malaysian users were leaked online recently including from the popular job portal, Jobstreet. If you’re wondering whether your credentials for the site or otherwise, there is now a way to verify that.
Created by an Australian security expert Troy Hunt, Have I Been Pwned? is a very handy online tool that users can utilize to check if their data have been compromised. According to the statistics that were displayed on its homepage, almost 4.8 billion compromised account can be found through the site which was launched in December 2013.

The site is rather simple to use: all you got to do is insert your user name or email address into its search engine. The search result will then list down the services that contain your data although it will not display your details out in the open for obvious reason. Of course, it will also let you know if your details were not being compromised.
Meanwhile, a tweet by the website stated that the Jobstreet data breach involved almost 4 million accounts. All these accounts were determined through their unique email addresses which themselves were part of 17 million rows of leaked data that belonged to the portal, according to additional explanation by Troy.

With that, do head on to Have I Been Pwned? to verify the status of your Jobstreet account. Remember, vigilance and awareness are your best defense.
(Source: Have I Been Pwned? – 1, 2 // Troy Hunt – 1, 2)
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The Last of Us Part II’s New Trailer Is Brutal

It has been close to a year since we’ve seen the reveal trailer of The Last of Us Part II. Well, at Paris Games Week 2017, a lengthy new trailer for the upcoming game has been revealed, and be warned – it’s pretty darn gruesome.
This new trailer of The Last of Us Part II is in fact an in-game cutscene running on a PlayStation 4 Pro, and it didn’t show Ellie or Joel. Instead, it reveals quite a number of brand new characters. That being said, Neil Druckmann – the director and writer of the upcoming sequel – assured fans that the game “is still very much about Ellie and Joel.”
The Last of Us Part II is expected to be released sometime in 2018. Those who can’t wait to learn more about the game will be happy to know that we “won’t have to wait as long for the next big reveal,” as Druckmann puts it.
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OPPO R11s And R11s Plus Pop Up On TEENA With Full Specs In Tow

We have seen promotional photos of the upcoming OPPO R11s. Now TEENA, the Chinese certification body, has given us the full specs of two different models – the OPPO R11s and R11s Plus.
From the listing on TEENA, there will in fact be two models in the R11s series. The R11s will be the smaller model, while the R11s Plus is – naturally – the larger variant. The specs according to the TEENA listings are as follows:
OPPO R11s

Quad-core processor
6.01-inch 1080 × 2160 AMOLED screen
4GB RAM
64GB Internal storage
microSD support up to 256GB
20MP selfie camera
16MP + 20MP rear camera
Android 7.1.1
Rear fingerprint scanner
3120mAh battery

OPPO R11s Plus

Quad-core processor
6.43 inch 1080 × 2160 AMOLED screen
6GB RAM
64GB internal storage
microSD support up to 256GB
20MP selfie camera
16MP + 20MP rear camera
Android 7.1.1
Rear fingerprint scanner
3880mAh battery

The camera spec does differ from the earlier leak that we saw. While the official OPPO website says the rear camera has a 20MP camera, the company did not share what is the resolution of the second sensor.
OPPO will be launching the two phones on 2nd November, so we should be getting official specs from OPPO by then during the launch event. Stay tuned for more information.
(Source: GSMArena via TEENA 1, 2)
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Apple May Use Mediatek And Intel Chips In Future iPads And iPhones

Thanks to the ongoing litigation with Qualcomm, Apple is considering to use MediaTek and Intel chips for its upcoming iPads and iPhones.
Previously, Apple has exclusively been using Qualcomm for the modem chips in all iPhones up to the iPhone 6 family. From iPhone 7 onwards, Apple has been using a mix of Intel and Qualcomm modem chips in its devices.
The report from Wall Street Journal says that Qualcomm has stopped sharing the important testing software with Apple since earlier this year – around the time of the lawsuit. At the same time, Apple wants two or more suppliers in its supply chain for royalty negotiations, which is why the company is looking to add Mediatek into its supplier list.

Of course, nothing is really set in stone. Apple can easily change its suppliers before shipping the upcoming devices, and this can happen as late as June. That’s up to three months before the expected launch of the next iPhones.
Apple’s justification for the move is due to Qualcomm’s unfair licensing terms. Plus, even Samsung is following Apple in as the two companies are teaming up against Qualcomm on this lawsuit. We will have to wait and see if Apple will drop Qualcomm completely from its devices in the future, replacing the chipmaker’s chips with those from Mediatek and Intel.
(Source: WSJ via 9to5Mac)
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Asus To Release ROG Strix GTX 1070 Ti Locally By 10 November

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.
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MSI Vortex G25VR Now In Malaysia, Retails For RM11,299

MSI has announced the availability of its latest compact form factor PC, the Vortex G25VR, in Malaysia. Sporting an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU in a tiny 2.5L body, it will retail for RM11,299 and is available immediately.
The MSI Vortex G25VR is a refreshed version of the original Vortex, which had a cylindrical body similar to that of the Mac Pro. However, it was a lot more powerful with up to two GTX 980 GPUs fitted inside. The Vortex G25VR dials it down a little bit, but its body is a lot smaller, with a capacity of just 2.5 liters.

Designed to look like a console, the Vortex G25VR can be placed horizontally or vertically. The Malaysian variant packs an 8th gen Intel Core i7-8700HQ processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5 GPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and dual storage bays comprising a 256GB NVMe SSD and a 1TB 7200rpm hard drive.
The MSI Vortex G25VR comes pre-installed with Windows 10 Home Plus, and has a two year warranty as standard. It is priced at RM11,299, and can be viewed and experienced at the MSI Concept Store in Kuala Lumpur.

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