Celcom Home Wireless Broadband Is Here: Provides Data of Up To 1TB

Celcom has quietly launched a new wireless broadband service for its consumer customers. Available in three different plans, the telco stated that customers will be able to obtain up to 1TB Internet connection instantly.
According to its official website, the most affordable plan is the Home Wireless Gold which provides 25GB of data alongside another 40GB for Video and Music Walla applications. Similarly, there is also the Home Wireless Gold Plus that offers combination of 50GB general quota and 100GB for their Video/Music Walla apps.
On another hand, the Home Wireless Platinum customers will receive 150GB for general usages and 1TB for their video as well music steaming applications as long as they are one of Celcom’s Video or Music Walla partners. These plans are priced at RM 74.20, RM 106, and RM 159 per month respectively.
Alongside 30-days return policy, Celcom stated that up to 64 devices can be connected to its home wireless broadband device. However, the telco didn’t provide further information regarding the actual device that it is using to deliver this service at customer’s premise.
While Celcom has yet to publish the FAQ and TnC documents for its home wireless broadband service on the website, the telco’s customer service has stated to us that these plans come with 24 months contract. Customers are also apparently able to subscribe to these plans through Celcom Blue Cube and Celcom Center immediately.
(Source: Celcom)
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Samsung Officially Launches Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ In Malaysia

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are officially available in Malaysia today. Malaysia is in the first wave of countries where Samsung is launching its flagship smartphones.
Samsung only launched the two smartphones less than a month ago at its Unpacked event at MWC 2018. This time around, Samsung focused on refining its previous flagship, with a few key updates.
Starting tomorrow (16 March), Malaysians can head over to Samsung outlets nationwide to check out the Galaxy S9 and S9+ for themselves. Samsung is also holding a series of roadshows in popular malls around the country, where Malaysians can not only experience the new phone for themselves, but also be rewarded for purchasing them at the roadshows.

There will be a total of three roadshows nationwide taking place from 16-18 March: Pavilion KL, Queensbay Mall Penang, and Aeon Bandar Datuk Onn in Johor Bahru. Those who purchase the Galaxy S9 or S9+ will receive a free Samsung Wireless Charger Stand worth RM279, and purchase with purchase (PWP) perks including 30% off the new Samsung Gear Sport, and RM50 off any accessory for the S9.
In addition, those who up to use the trade up program at the roadshows may get an extra trade up value of up to RM400 for selected devices. Customers will also be eligible for 0% easy payment plan for up to 12 months.

For more about the Galaxy S9 and S9+, check out our review here. You can also find out how the two devices stack up against other 2018 flagships in our spec sheet comparison here. Finally, if you are looking to get the device via one of our telcos, our comprehensive telco plan comparison will definitely help.
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Spotify Is Testing Native Voice Functions In Its App

Spotify is testing built-in voice functions in its app. Users can already use other voice assistants such as Google Assistant, Bixby or Siri to play songs on Spotify. Having it natively, however, should translate to a better user experience in the long run.
TechCrunch confirmed the existence of the voice control feature shortly after being alerted to it by Twitter user Hunter Owens. Right now the voice search is enabled only for a small subset of users. The alpha-test stage are usually used to figure out features that works, major bugs or other major features that needs to be added or fixed.

I spy @Spotify laying the foundation for a smart speaker… pic.twitter.com/n1slxIFUNA
— Hunter Owens (@owens) March 14, 2018

With the voice search function, logically this could lead to the development of a voice-assisted speaker, like the Google Voice or Amazon Echo. However the two mentioned speakers are already Spotify compatible. Spotify needs to present a compelling reason why users should get its speakers if it ever becomes a reality.
(Source: TechCrunch)
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60,000 NAND Wafers Damaged At Samsung Plant Due To Power Outage

Samsung has lost tens of thousands of NAND wafers after one of its fabrication plants in Pyeongtaek, Korea, suffered from a power outage. The situation lasted for approximately half an hour, causing the machinery inside the plant to shut down.
While a half hour power outage may seem like a small thing to the normal consumer, a power outage in an environment that operates high-end machinery can result in a catastrophic situation.
In Samsung’s case; the plant is populated with state of the art hardware that creates circuitry and wafers that are too small for the naked eye to see. When the power outage occurred, Samsung tallied the total number of NAND wafers damaged to be at 60,000 units. The damaged wafers could account for as much as 11% of Samsung’s monthly NAND output, and 3.5% of the world’s NAND wafer production.
NAND wafers are vital components in the creation of NAND memory controllers, which in turn are used in the creation of solid-state drives (SSDs). Just to be clear; these memory controllers aren’t the same as the memory chips that are currently in short supply. But, considering what just happened, it won’t be surprising if Samsung will be increasing the price of NAND controller in the short-term.
In relation to that, Samsung has also been putting its NAND production into overdrive, which means that the Korean giant is undoubtedly going to be addressing the situation within the coming months.
(Source: OC3D)
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Vivo V9 Leaks Ahead Of Launch

Vivo is getting ready to announce its new Vivo V9 smartphone in a couple of days. With its launch fast approaching, it seems that Vivo is just deliberately leaking its new phone ahead of its announcement.
The phone is already live on Vivo India’s website leaving little surprise left for the phone’s launch. Powering the V9 will be the Snapdragon 626 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Vivo’s new phone will have a large 6.3-inch with 2280×1080 resolution. The V9 will be another Android smartphone that is following the iPhone X’s footstep of having a top-notch on top of its 19:9 IPS touchscreen. There’s also a 3260mAh battery onboard and a fingerprint sensor on the back.

Just as its previous smartphones, the new V9 comes with that high megapixel front-facing camera. The 24MP f/2.0 aperture selfie camera will ensure user’s selfies to be as detailed as possible. There’s a handful of features to enhance V9’s selfie experience such as AI Face Beauty, gender detection, AR stickers, Face Beauty Video, filters, and HDR support.
Furthermore, the dual camera set up on the back of the V9 will be a 16MP + 5MP cameras. Vivo is adding a lot of features to the camera such as slow-motion, AI Face Beauty, time-lapse mode, Live Photo, portrait bokeh mode, shot refocusing, and UHD video capture to name a few.

The device will come with Android 8.1 Oreo with Vivo’s customised FunTouch OS 4.0 out of the box. Hardware wise, the V9 is made of a metal unibody construction that weighs 150g and 7.89mm thin.
The phone will be available in either black or gold, although pricing is yet to be determined. Funnily enough, the website placeholder price stands at ₹10 000 000 or RM 602 700. Stay tuned for more information on the V9 as the launch is just around the corner.
(Source: Vivo via GSMArena)
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Grab Officially Formalises Partnership With KTMB

Grab has announced a partnership with Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTMB) that will see the two transportation bodies collaborate to offer discounts on rides. This is not technically a new partnership, but rather the formalising of an existing agreement that has been going on since last year.
As part of the exchange, passengers of KTMB will receive discounts during festive periods, while Grab will be placing designated pick-up and drop-off zones at all majorKTMB stations. Eight zones are already in place in Salak Selatan, Bank Negara, Serdang,Batu Caves, Kajang, Kuala Lumpur, Nilai, and Sungai Buloh; with the rest slowly rolling out to the rest of the train routes.
Grab is providing discounted rides to and from KTM Kuala Lumpur Railway station for the upcoming KTMB Skypark Link Run 2018 on 15 April 2018 (Sunday) as one of the first promotions of this newly formalised agreement. Participants will be able to use the promo code KTMBSPLR to recieive RM5 off 2 rides to and from the main venue of the run.
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Sony Xperia XZ2 & XZ2 Compact Malaysian Pre-orders Open Next Week

Officially announced back at MWC 2018, the Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are set to be available for pre-order as early as next week in Malaysia. Considering the fact that these phones were only introduced globally a couple of weeks ago, this is a very timely launch.
Our source told us that Sony Mobile Malaysia is planning to open pre-orders for the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact by the end of next week. Unfortunately, the local retail prices of these devices are not known yet, although there’s a chance they will be priced similarly to their predecessors.

In terms of specification, both the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact come with 5.7-inch and 5-inch 18:9 Full HD+ displays respectively, Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, IP65/68 ratings, dual front-facing speakers, and Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Naturally, they have different battery capacities: 3,180mAh on the XZ2, and 2,870mAh on the Compact.
Aside from that, both phones also sport identical 19MP rear cameras, which can now record 960fps slow motion videos in 1080p instead of only 720p. Their front-facing cameras, on the other hand, are 5MP shooters.

The Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are expected to be officially launched in Malaysia next week. We should learn more about the pre-order details for these two phones then.
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Garmin Forerunner 645 Music Now Available in Malaysia For RM 1999

Made its debut at CES 2018 earlier this year, the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music (FR645M) is now available in Malaysia. The new model carries the reputation as the first ever Garmin running watch to feature music playback and storage capability.
Users are able to approach this feature in two ways with the first being the traditional method of transferring the music files and playlists from their PC to the watch via Garmin Express software. Alternatively, they can choose to have their playlists from iHeartRadio or Deezer into the watch.

According to Garmin, the FR645M has enough storage to fit about 500 songs. To listen to these songs, users can pair the watch with their own Bluetooth headphones or speakers although we not sure why you are running with the latter.
As for other new features, a lot of them were adapted from the higher-end or multi-sport models such as Forerunner 935 and Fenix 5. The list is rather extensive but among them are the latest Elevate wrist heart rate sensor, support for pool swimming, and lactate threshold tracking as well as the addition Training Status, Training Effect, and Training Load metrics by FirstBeat.

Not to forget, the FR645M also supports the latest version of Garmin Connect IQ app framework. Additionally, the watch also comes with NFC capability to support the Garmin Pay contactless payments although to our knowledge, this is something that has not yet been supported by merchants or banks in Malaysia.
In terms of battery life, the watch is apparently able to last up to 7 days in smartwatch mode or 5 hours when its GPS and music playback is activated. The new Garmin Forerunner 645 Music can now be obtained directly from Garmin’s distributor in Malaysia, Aeco Tecnologies for RM 1999.
(Source: Garmin Malaysia)
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Huawei Nova 2 Lite Lands In Malaysia: Available For RM 799

As promised, Huawei today has officially launched its Nova 2 Lite in our market. It is the latest addition to the company’s Nova series in Malaysia and features a set of hardware that seems to cater for the lower mid-range market.
Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 instead of Huawei’s own Kirin SoC, the Nova 2 Lite also carries a 5.99-inch IPS 18:8 display with HD+ resolution. It also comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage alongside EMUI 8.0 on top of its Android Oreo 8.0 operating system.

The new phone is also equipped with dual rear camera that is a combination of 13MP and 2MP sensors while there is also another 8MP camera on its front. With the support for face unlocking, rounding up Nova 2 Lite’s general specifications is a fingerprint sensor on its back and 3000mAh battery.
Priced at RM 799, consumers in Malaysia are able to get their hands on the new Nova 2 Lite starting from 23 Mac onwards.
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Neffos N1 Makes Its Debut In Malaysia; Priced At RM1,099

TP-Link’s smartphone division, Neffos, has officially launched the N1 in Malaysia. On that note, Malaysia is also the first country where Neffos is launching its new dual-camera flagship.
Diving immediately into the hardware of the phone; the N1 houses an eight-core MediaTek Helio P25 SoC, 4GB RAM, and a internal storage capacity of 64GB – which can be expanded to 128GB via the dedicated micro SD card slot. The display on the N1 measures in at 5.5″, and has Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution.
Of course, the highlight of the phone is its dual 12MP main camera array; both using Sony’s IMX386 sensors. Also on the back is a fingerprint sensor for biometric verification. The front-facing camera of the N1 uses 8MP sensor.

Software-wise, the phone is running Neffos’ NFUI on top of Android 7.1.1 Nougat, which should be upgradable to Android 8.0 Oreo, though Neffos did not state when that update will be made available. To power it all up, the N1 packs a 3,260mAh battery.
The Neffos N1 will retail at an SRP of RM1,099, and will be available in one colour: Space Black. In addition, Neffos will also be making the phone available for purchase on Lazada as well, with the first 30 customers receiving an exclusive premium gift worth RM299.

Also present at the launch were the Neffos C7 and C5A. Both phones were announced a couple of month ago, and both phones released in an effort to cover the mid-range and entry-level smartphone market. Price-wise, the C7 and C5A will retail at RM599 and RM299, respectively.

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