iPhone 8 and 8 Plus “Pre Order” Appears on Lazada, Starting from RM3,999

That didn’t take very long, did it? Even before the official pre-order for the new iPhone 8 has gone live, pre-order listings for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus has appeared on Lazada Malaysia – here’s your chance to be one of the very first owners in Malaysia.
So far, there’s only one seller offering the iPhone 8 pre order, and it’s none other than the popular DirectD (though its store name on Lazada is Wow Phone). Surprisingly, the “reseller fee” imposed on these new iPhones are not as high as they used to be – DirectD’s decision to source the phones from Hong Kong instead of Singapore may be a reason.
For both models, all three colourways (Silver, Gold, Space Grey), as well as both storage options (64GB and 256GB). So, how much is the iPhone 8 pre order units being sold for?

For the iPhone 8, the 64GB option is listed at RM3,999, while the 256GB model is priced at RM4,799. As for the iPhone 8 Plus, the 64GB variant costs RM4,599 while the 256GB unit is yours for RM5,399.
Since the seller stated that the units are sourced from Hong Kong, where the pre orders are happening at the same time as the US (15 September), we can calculate the mark-up more accurately.
In Hong Kong, the 64GB iPhone 8 goes for HK$5,988 (about RM3,220) while the 256GB variant costs HK$7988 (about RM3,920). Meanwhile, the iPhone 8 Plus 64GB is priced at HK$6,888 (about RM3,700) and the 256GB model retails at HK$8,188 (about RM4,400). In general, the markup rate is somewhere between RM800 to RM1,000.

As we mentioned, the markup isn’t as high as previous years, where some guy made the news for buying the iPhone 6 Plus (64GB!) for RM7,800.
And, these prices are noticeably lower than individual sellers in the forum, who are sourcing their units from Singapore. Interestingly, these sellers are also opening pre-orders for the iPhone X, which is not available for pre-order until 27 October.
In any case, we would still recommend that those interested to purchase the new iPhone 8 to hold for a little and wait for the local availability – there is less worry about warranty issues. After all, the local telcos have already posted teasers on their websites that the devices are “coming soon”. And, if last year’s launch is to be benchmarked, the wait for the new iPhone may not take too long: the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus went from international launch to local availability in just over a month.
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ASUS ROG Zephyrus To Be Available in Malaysia For RM 15,999, Pre-Order Begins Now

UPDATE – 14 Sep 245PM: ASUS ROG Zephyrus is now available for pre-order. Read more for details.
ORIGINAL STORY – 12 SEPT: Few weeks ago, it has come to our attention that the new ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX510 ultra slim gaming laptop will be making its way into our market within this month. Today, we have learned that the laptop will be released in Malaysia with a price tag of RM 15,999.
This particular information was revealed in the ASUS Malaysia’s product guide for September and October 2017 on its official website. True to our previous report, the document stated that ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 for Malaysian market is indeed equipped with Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 24GB DDR4 RAM, and 1TB PCIe3 x4 NVME M.2 solid state drive.

Originally launched at Computex 2017, let’s not forget the laptop’s NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q graphics card which provides the graphical power to the laptop’s 15.6-inch 120Hz IPS display. Not surprisingly, the high speed display panel also supports NVIDIA G-Sync technology.
The product guide also revealed that each purchase of ROG Zephyrus will be accompanied with free ROG Centurion 7.1 gaming headset and ROG Gladius II gaming mouse which are valued at RM 1,969 in total. Additionally, there is also a pair of VIP tickets to the grand final of ROG Masters International that will take place in KLCC this November.

Despite this revelation, the exact release date for ROG Zephyrus is still not yet known at the moment. We have reached out to ASUS Malaysia for further information, so stay tuned.
(Source: ASUS Malaysia)

UPDATE (115PM):
As it turns out, the gaming laptop will be launched in Malaysia later this week. Moments after we published this article, ASUS Malaysia has sent us this media invite and has confirmed that more information regarding ROG Zephyrus release in our market will be presented at this launch event.

UPDATE – 14 Sep 245PM
The new ASUS ROG Zephyrus is now open for pre-order immediately through ASUS Authorized dealers throughout Malaysia. Additionally, the free ROG Centurion 7.1 gaming headset, ROG Gladius II gaming mouse, and VIP tickets to ROG Masters 2017 International Grand Finals are only available for the first 12 pre-order customers.

ASUS Malaysia will contact these future Zephyrus owners directly, if they managed to one of the first 12 pre-order customers. Gamers can generally expect to get their hand on the new ultra slim gaming laptop by end of September.
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Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro Hands On: An Affordable MacBook Pro Alternative

Last year, Xiaomi introduced the Mi Notebook Air, which is meant to take on the Apple MacBook Air. Well, now there’s the Mi Notebook Pro; a competitor to the higher-end MacBook Pro. Unlike Apple’s offering, the Mi Notebook Pro has a key advantage: affordability.
However, beyond value for money, is the Mi Notebook Pro a good alternative to the MacBook Pro? Based on our brief time with the laptop, it’s…an “okay” alternative. But it’s worth noting that the Mi Notebook Pro is without a doubt a very good Windows laptop, especially for its asking price.

First up, specifications. The Mi Notebook Pro features eight generation Intel Core processors, an Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU, up to 16GB of RAM, a 256GB PCIe SSD, as well as a fingerprint sensor built into the trackpad’s top-right corner. Its display, on the other hand, is a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 display.
Respectable hardware, ordinary display.
That’s right. While the Mi Notebook Pro sports some respectable hardware, its display is really the odd one out here. It’s not a bad display by any means – it can get pretty bright – but the 1080p resolution don’t quite match up to the MacBook Pro’s sharp Retina Display.

Display aside, the Mi Notebook Pro has very good build quality with a solid hinge. Its metal construction gives a good sense of durability, and the laptop feels like a really premium product. However, the Mi Notebook Pro is still a little rough on the edges; literally. Its edges are quite sharp, which slightly mars the laptop’s premium construction.
Not the best keyboard, but good enough for a pleasant typing experience.
And then we have the keyboard. While it’s slightly on the shallow side of things, the keys have very good tactile feedback, which makes for a pleasant typing experience. However, I do find the keyboard to be a tad too “soft.” but the standard layout takes little to no effort to get used too, which is good.

One of the most beloved hardware on a MacBook is its incredibly accurate trackpad, and I’m happy to report that the Mi Notebook Pro has one of the best Windows-based trackpad I’ve ever tried. Its large enough to use comfortably, my fingers glide effortlessly on the trackpad’s surface, and most importantly, it’s a pretty darn accurate trackpad. Is it on the same level as a MacBook Pro’s trackpad? Well, not exactly, but it’s certainly one of the best trackpads I’ve tested on a Windows machine.
One of the best Windows trackpads around.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to put the Mi Notebook Pro’s through its paces in my brief time with the laptop. Its MX150 GPU, however, should be powerful enough to run most popular games well, including Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, and even PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – the graphics settings have to be turned down to get playable frame rate, of course.

The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is certainly an impressive Windows laptop, but in comparison to the Macbook Pro…it’s not quite on the same level. Sure, the former has better connectivity options – such as an SD card reader – but its build quality isn’t as refined as the MacBook Pro, not to mention the lower resolution display. Aside from that, there’s also the fact that macOS and Windows are two different operating systems, but this comes down to user preferences.
Value for money is the main appeal here.
Then again, what the Mi Notebook Pro lacks in other areas is made up with its affordable price tag: it retails from 5,599 Chinese yuan, which comes up to about RM3,590. At that price point, not many Windows laptops can match up to the Mi Notebook Pro, especially in terms of sheer value for money.

And that’s really Xiaomi’s main appeal with most of its products: value for money. The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is without a doubt a compelling Windows laptop, but the thing is, it will most probably not be sold here in Malaysia – not officially, anyway. Parallel importers will likely bring it in, but expect the retail price to be marked up considerably.

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Apple A11 Bionic Benchmark Scores Surfaces; On Par With A10X Fusion

Alongside the announcement of its new lineup of iPhones, Apple has also debuted its new mobile processor called the A11 Bionic at its recent September 2017 keynote. Alleged benchmarks have recently surfaced, which showcases the “ludicrous” performance output of Apple’s new SoC. Interestingly, the A11 Bionic chip managed to obtain significantly higher benchmarks scores compared to its competitors.
For those who aren’t aware, Apple’s new A11 Bionic mobile processor features six cores: two high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. You can read more on the processor here. That aside, let’s talk about the alleged benchmark scores, shall we?
According to the benchmark scores found on Geekbench’s database, Apple’s A11 Bionic SoC boasts an impressive average single-core score of around 4,200. Meanwhile, the new mobile processor also managed to rack up an average multi-core score of around 10,000. Interestingly, the benchmark scores of the A11 Bionic SoC is somewhat on par, if not slightly better compared to the A10X Fusion chip (10.5-inch iPad Pro).
Now, let’s compare this with the processor found inside the Samsung Galaxy S8+. The mobile SoC on this phone comes with an average single-core score of 2,000 along with an average multi-core score of about 6,500 on Geekbench – there’s definitely a significant difference in performance between that SoC and the A11 Bionic chip.

What’s even more impressive is the fact that the A11 Bionic SoC also comes with higher Geekbench 4 benchmark scores compared to notebook CPUs like the Intel Core M3, M5 and M7 (2016 MacBook) and it boasts almost similar benchmark scores compared to the new Core i7-7567U (13-inch MacBook Pro) as well.
With these kind of performance, we wouldn’t be too surprised to see Apple manufacturing its own notebook CPUs in the future (or not). Of course, benchmarks scores can only say so much about a mobile processor. Other factors like efficiency, heat output and power consumption are also worth considering when comparing processors; so one shouldn’t be too quick to judge the A11 Bionic solely by its Geekbench scores.
Regardless, it’ll be interesting to see how well the A11 Bionic chip handles real life usage when Apple’s new iPhones become available.
(Source: Geekbench via Firstpost, AppleInsider, MacRumors)
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oBike Fined RM17,000 By MBPJ; Operations Now Restricted To Subang Jaya

Bicycle sharing service oBike has been fined RM17,000 by the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) after having its bicycles removed from the city. According to reports, the location of the bicycles amounted to an obstruction on public places; especially since the service does not have permission to operate anywhere outside of Subang Jaya.
The fine was issued shortly after council officials confiscated bicycles illegally parked in SS2 last week. Although the incidents only began making news early this week.
As far as Selangor Transportation Committee chairman Teng Chang Khim is concerned, the company has been illegally operating in Petaling Jaya. He has also said that oBike will have to launch a new pilot programme in Subang Jaya; where it actually does have persmission to place its bicycles.
Part of the problem lies with how the transportation is placed out in the open for people to use. Teng says that the station-less concept is too messy, and that oBike must convert to using docking stations. Despite this, the chairman maintains that he is in favour of the bike sharing concept and wants to see it succeed.
MBPJ has said that it has halted the process of drawing up guidelines for bicycle sharing services. This is due to the Subang Jaya Town Council being appointed to draft the guidelines for the state. Possibly due to it actually having a process capable of dealing with oBike’s business model.
[Source: The Star]
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Doom And Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Will Appear On The Nintendo Switch This Year

The Nintendo Direct livestream made two announcements that we never expected to hear. Both Doom and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus are heading to the Nintendo Switch. Neither game is something that would be found on the traditionally family friendly platform; indicating some sort of strategy shift within Nintendo.
The ultra-violent Doom may experience a little trouble getting on the Switch, as Bethesda is splitting the game’s multiplayer portion into a digital download. This is apparently because the single player campaign is the only thing that will fit on the game cartridge. Fortunately, the multiplayer download will be made free for those who buy the game.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is the much awaited followup to Wolfenstein: The New Order. It’s set to appear on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC next month; but will only be ported to the Switch at some point in 2018. The delay is not entirely unexpected, but the early announcement of the port certainly was.
Bethesda is clearly a massive fan of the Switch, seeing that it has already promised to port The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to the console. This particular port now has a 17 November release date. Doom is also scheduled to be released during the holiday season this year.

Nintendo is seeing something of a revival with the Switch. It’s somehow managed to convince major developers to get on board with the console, and has lined up a large number of titles that nobody ever dreamed of being associated with Nintendo. It’s difficult to see how gamers will react to having these first person shooters on the platform, but it is very interesting to see where Nintendo will go from here.
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Xiaomi Malaysia To Announce Mi A1 This Week (UPDATE: Pre-Order Begins On 16 Sept)

(UPDATE – 14 Sept, 1130AM): Xiaomi Malaysia has announced pre-order details for Mi A1. Learn more below.
Ahead of its release in our market which is scheduled to take place towards end of September, Xiaomi Malaysia today has revealed that it will be announcing the brand-new Mi A1 this week. However, the exact nature and date of the announcement is not yet known at the moment.
Specifically, we have no idea what will Xiaomi Malaysia will unveil during that announcement or even when exactly it will take place. At this moment, it could be anything: pre-order period, pre-order freebies, release date, price, and many other possible information.

Speaking about pricing though, we have noticed a small number of retailers have begun to take pre-order for the new Android One smartphone. For example, this retailer in Kluang, Johor is accepting orders from customers for RM 1,199.
However, it then decided to remove the original announcement for unknown reason. We also found a listing on Lazada Malaysia which looks quite legit but with a lower pricing of RM 1,099. (UPDATE: Listing has been removed.)
Meanwhile, the well-known retailer DirectD which is usually in the forefront of pre-order didn’t reveal its Mi A1’s pricing even though it will be taking pre-order for the smartphone very soon. Satu Gadget also didn’t reveal its Mi A1’s price tag as well but already accepting pre-orders with deposit of RM 100.

With all the signs above, it is almost certain that the Mi A1 will arrive in Malaysia within this month just like what Xiaomi has promised during its launch in New Delhi last week. For the meantime, don’t forget to check out our first impression of Xiaomi Mi A1 which is the company’s first ever Android One smartphone right here.
(Source: Xiaomi Malaysia, Xiaomi Keluang via KLGadgetGuy, Lazada Malaysia, DirectD, Satu Gadget)

UPDATE – 14 Sept, 1130AM:
Xiaomi Malaysia has announced that the official pre-order will begin on this coming Saturday, 16 September. It can done through several location as listed in the announcement below:

However, Xiaomi didn’t announce the pricing though and stated that it will be revealed during the pre-order time itself.
(Source: Xiaomi Malaysia)
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Apple Launches New RM400 urBeats3 Wired Earphones, Available Later This Fall

On top of announcing new iPhone 8, iPhone X, Apple TV 4K and Apple Watch Series 3, Apple also launched new urBeats3 earphones. The Cupertino company also added some new colours to its existing line of headphones.
First up, the urBeats3 earphones look similar to the previous generation. However, the earpiece is now slightly tilted. Apple says that it gives an “optimal ergonomic fit that combines sleek style with iconic Beats sound for all-day wear”. Everything else looks pretty similar, you still get the Beats logo right behind the earpiece, and the inline call, music and volume control also looks similar.

Some of the highlights of the new urBeats3 wired earphones includes a fine-tuned acoustic design that offers you an exceptional listening experience, has a variety of eartip to provide individualised fit for noise isolation, magnetic earbuds, and more. There’s also RemoteTalk button that can activate Siri, take calls, and lets you control your music with just one push.
The new urBeats3 earphone is available in two options – one with a Lightning port for those of you who are using the current iPhone 7, or those who plan on getting the upcoming iPhone 8 or iPhone X. There’s also a traditional 3.5mm audio port option for use with any other devices that you may own. The new urBeats3 earphones is listed on Apple Malaysia’s online store for RM400, and will be available for purchase “this fall”.

On top of that, Apple also released new colour options for some of its existing music accessories including a new Silver and Matte Gold BeatsX headphone, and a new Lightning Dock in Gold.
(Source: Apple via: 9to5Mac)
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Celcom, Digi and U Mobile Teases iPhone 8 as Coming Soon

Well, that was quick. Apple officially took the curtains off its latest iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus less than two days ago, and it looks like local telcos are already teasing the devices. Celcom, Digi and U Mobile have all listed the iPhone 8 as coming soon on their respective websites.
Sadly though, no further information has been provided by the telcos. They simply have the latest iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus picture, along with text that says “Coming Soon”.

Apple officially launched the iPhone 8 about a day ago at its Steve Job Theater located in its brand new spaceship-like campus. It is an incremental update to the previous iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, with a similar design. However, Apple has replaced the back with glass, giving it a new wireless charging capability. Apple also upgraded the 4.7” iPhone 8 and 5.5” iPhone 8 Plus with True Tone technology similar to the iPad Pro.
As for the inside, they are powered by the new A11 Bionic processor that is much more powerful than the A10 Fushion chip found on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Other specs include an upgraded 12MP camera, new portrait Lighting modes, supports ARKit, fast charging, and more. Check out our previous post to find out more about the iPhone 8.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be available for preorder in selected markets on 15 September 2017, and will go on sale starting from 22 September. Unlike previous iPhones, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will come in only two storage options – 64GB and 256GB.
Strangely though, According to Apple, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will first be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK, the US, and US Virgin island.
Both iPhone 8 will be available in Andorra, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, India, Isle of Man, Isreal, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia and Slovenia beginning 29 September 2017.
In case you are lazy to go through the list, Malaysia is not listed on both launch dates. Hopefully, since our local telcos are teasing the iPhone 8, this means that the launch might be happening sooner than we thought – the third wave of the iPhone 8 launch perhaps?
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Confirmed: UberEATS Malaysia To Be Launched Soon, Trial Run Happening Right Now

Uber is more known as a ride hailing company but truth to be told, they do offer additional services in selected markets such as UberEATS which is essentially an on-demand meal delivery service. If you have been wishing to have this particular service in our market, guess what: it will indeed be launched in Malaysia really soon.
This was confirmed by Uber Malaysia itself through two separate postings on its Instagram page this week. In fact, the company has also revealed that UberEATS is doing trial run in Kuala Lumpur at the moment and users might be able to spot its riders on the streets.

However, it seems that the trial run is being done internally though as UberEATS app still showed coming soon status for Kuala Lumpur. Nevertheless, the map in the app did also seems to already display the coverage for UberEATS in the city:

Meanwhile, do head on to Google Play and Android App Store to download UberEATS app for your devices in case you want to get prepared ahead of UberEATS imminent launch in Malaysia.
(Source: Uber Malaysia – 1,2 // UberEATS Malaysia)
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