AMD Ryzen Mobile Notebooks May Finally Be On Their Way To Malaysia

Even though the AMD Ryzen desktop APUs were only released to the market last week, their notebook counterpart which is called Ryzen Mobile was launched back in October 2017 after it was announced at Computex 2017. Still featuring the mix of Zen CPU and Vega GPU, the Ryzen Mobile-based notebooks are not yet available in Malaysia for the time being but that might change soon.
This is based on a recent post published by AMD Malaysia on its Facebook page which clearly stated that “Ryzen Mobile is coming soon”. Alongside the teaser, the company is also running a mini contest with Ryzen Mobile (and Chinese New Year) as its theme which further strengthen the original teaser.
The full line-up of AMD Ryzen Mobile processors as shown at CES 2018, including the newly unveiled Ryzen 3 models.
However, the teaser didn’t provide any exact details regarding the Ryzen Mobile-based laptops that will be released in Malaysia. That being said, the list of potential models is actually quite small since there are only a handful of Ryzen Mobile laptops around for the time being.
Among them are the Ryzen Mobile iterations of Acer Swift 3, HP Envy x360, and Lenovo Ideapad 720s which were revealed alongside the processors themselves last October. The line-up grew further at CES 2018 last month with the unveiling of the refreshed Acer Nitro 5 as well as the addition of Ryzen Mobile option for the Dell Inspiron 5000 series.

Furthermore, we have yet to see such laptops from ASUS even though its name was mentioned at the chip’s launch announcement and one of AMD’s CES 2018 presentation. While ASUS did released its Ryzen-based laptop in Malaysia recently but the ASUS ROG Strix GL702ZC is equipped with a desktop Ryzen chip instead of a Ryzen Mobile processor.
We are now reaching out to AMD and its OEM partners for further details but given the Chinese New Year holiday season, we don’t expect to receive immediate reply. Nevertheless, we’ll keep you posted once we receive any updates from them.
(Source: AMD Malaysia – 1, 2)
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Asus Outs ROG Gladius II Origin Gaming Mouse

Asus has unveiled its latest product in the form of a gaming mouse called the ROG Gladius II Origin. This is apparently only the company’s third gaming mice under the “Gladius” series. Asus’ ROG Gladius II Origin does come features that may entice PC gamers who are looking to get a new gaming mouse.
When it comes to design, Asus seem to have gone for a more minimalistic look for the ROG Gladius II Origin. It comes with an all black body along with three LED-lit zones, which is customisable via the company’s ROG Armoury app. The sides of this gaming mouse is endowed with a rubberised material for better grip.
Specifications-wise, the Asus ROG Gladius II Origin gaming mouse features two Omron switches for its main buttons. In addition, this gaming mouse also has an optical sensor which is rated for 12,000 DPI. Besides that, the new Asus mouse weighs 100 grams and measures in at 126mm x 67mm x 45mm as well. Interestingly, the ROG Gladius II Origin also comes with two detachable cables: braided and rubber.
Those aside, the Asus ROG Gladius II Origin has already been made available in selected regions for a price of US$100 (around RM388). Unfortunately, Asus Malaysia has not made any announcement regarding the availability of this gaming mouse locally at the time of writing.
(Source: Tom’s Hardware, TechPowerUp)
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Gigabyte Debuts Aorus Z370 Ultra Gaming 2.0 Motherboard With Better VRMs

Gigabyte has apparently released a second revision of its Aorus Z370 Ultra Gaming motherboard. Dubbed the Aorus Z370 Ultra Gaming 2.0, the company’s latest motherboard is said to come with a major improvements in its VRMs. Besides that, new components to aid cooling on the motherboard were also added.
Despite this, the overall look of the Aorus Z370 Ultra Gaming 2.0 motherboard is pretty much identical to its predecessor. It still features an all black PCB along with LED-lit components, albeit slightly less on the new motherboard. For those who may not be aware, the Aorus Z370 Ultra Gaming 2.0 motherboard is equipped with the Intel LGA1151 socket, which means it’s compatible with Coffee Lake CPUs.

Those aside, let’s look at the changes that Gigabyte has bestowed onto the Aorus Z370 Ultra Gaming 2.0. As mentioned earlier, the company did improve the VRMs on this motherboard. To be more specific, the older Aorus Z370 Ultra Gaming came with a 7-phase CPU VRM; the revised mainboard now features an 11-phase VRM setup. This will, of course, improve the motherboard’s overclocking capabilities.
Another new addition that comes with the Aorus Z370 Ultra Gaming 2.0 is that Gigabyte now provides users with one free M.2 SSD heatsink as well. Sources claim that the Aorus Z370 Ultra Gaming 2.0 may come with a price tag of around US$170 (about RM660). Unfortunately, it’s not known whether Gigabyte will be making this motherboard available in Malaysia anytime soon.
(Source: TechPowerUp, Overclock3D)
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Twitter For Mac App Shut Down; Support Ends in 30 Days

Twitter has shut down its Mac-based client, and is now directing Mac users towards its browser based site. The app itself is no longer available on the Apple App store, with support supposedly ending in 30 days from the announcement.
Mac users have expressed mixed feelings towards the removal of the app. Some worry that this could spell doom for other Mac-based Twitter clients like Tweetdeck, while others are more than relieved to see the problematic app go away. Shortly before its removal, Twitter for Mac had an impressive rating of 1.5 stars out of five.

We’re focusing our efforts on a great Twitter experience that’s consistent across platforms. So, starting today the Twitter for Mac app will no longer be available for download, and in 30 days will no longer be supported.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) February 16, 2018

In all fairness, Twitter has always lacked the will to keep its Mac app updated and running. The app itself was originally a third party application that Twitter bought over, and has since barely supported.
There’s no indication that a new app is being relased, with Twitter saying that it is focusing efforts “on a great Twitter experience that’s consistent across all platforms.” Which could sound ominous for those who have just had their apps taken away from them.
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Fujifilm X-H1 Features New Movie Modes And First X-Series 5-axis In-body Stabilisation

Fujifilm has announced the X-H1, a new addition to the X-series line of mirrorless cameras. It features a movie-centric feature-set and a 5-axis in-body stabilisation (IBIS) for shake-free image and film recording.
The X-Trans image sensor is a 24-megapixel APS-C unit, similar to the one used in the X-T2 model. In this case, Fujifilm has added DCI 4K capture at 23.97p and 24p, on top of Full HD recording at 29.9p. It can record F-Log for better grading control in post-production.
Thanks to the new 5-axis IBIS, it can record shake-free videos and images at slower shutter speeds; up to 5.5 stops of light. Coupled with fast 14fps continuous-shooting (with the electronic shutter), the X-H1 should be very capable camera in the hands of a photographer or a videographer.

Fujifilm also added a new Film Simulation mode called ‘Eterna’ that simulates cinematic film. Recording videos can now be done predominantly on the touchscreen, which uses the ‘Movie Silent Shooting’ mode where most of the camera’s dials and buttons are disabled to prevent accidental changes.

Fujifilm will be shipping the X-H1 from March onward and will be pricing the body for USD 1,899.95 (RM 7,384). The body kit with the Vertical Power Booster Grip (which boosts the camera capabilities) will be available for USD 2,199.95 (RM 8,550).
(Source: DPReview)
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Samsung Is Scrambling To Find New Buyers For Its OLED Panels

It’s no secret that Samsung has been stuck with a surplus of OLED Displays ever since Apple announced to the world that it was cutting production of the iPhone X by half, from 40 million units down to 20 million units.
According to the Nikkei Asian Review, the Korean electronics giant been “increasingly selling OLED panels to outside clients,” but even that has been a bit of an uphill battle. It had hoped that other smartphone makers would’ve jumped at the ‘opportunity’ to use OLED panels for their phones, but the high cost of Samsung’s panels has been a major hurdle, and why many of them still stick to the cheaper LCD panels.
Another hurdle that Samsung has to face is competition; Chinese OLED makers have reportedly been expanding production capacity, meaning that Samsung is set to enter into extremely competitive price war.

Lastly, it doesn’t help Samsung’s odds that its national rival, LG, struck a deal with Apple that would see the former supplying the latter with OLED displays for its yet-to-be announced 6.5″ iPhone, which is rumoured to be making an appearance later this year.
Samsung’s OLED panels sell at a whopping US$100 (~RM389) a pop, but come with a multitude of features, such as touch sensors, displaying colors in high resolutions, and the ability to be bent around the edges, giving manufacturers the ability to create phones with near bezel-less displays.
(Source: Nikkei Asian Review via 9to5Mac)
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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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