Android One Partner, General Mobile Enters Malaysia Market

Another smartphone player has announced its arrival in Malaysia. Meet General Mobile, an AndroidOne partner that’s hoping to entice Malaysians with the promise of an affordable, pure Android smartphone.
To kick things off, General Mobile is introducing one smartphone for the Malaysian market: the GM 5 Plus. It’s a mid-range smartphone that is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage.
Besides that, the GM 5 Plus features a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display protected by Gorilla Glass 4, and the 3,100mAh battery has fast charging capabilities called GM Turbo Charge. It also uses a USB Type C port. Finally, the device packs a 13MP Sony IMX258 rear camera sensor, and a 13MP front facing shooter.

And, being an AndroidOne device, the GM 5 Plus runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with zero skins on top.
General Mobile has appointed KWS Distribution as the sold distributor for the Malaysian market. The General Mobile GM 5 Plus will be available from mid-July 2017, at a retail price of RM899.
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Moto E4 And E4 Plus Are Priced At RM639 And RM799 Respectively

Lenovo has announced the local pricing for its latest smartphones, the E4 and E4 Plus. Both of these smartphones were first debuted about three weeks ago. Lenovo’s E4 and E4 Plus smartphones are apparently made to cater for consumers who are looking for affordable smartphones.
According to Lenovo Malaysia, The smaller 5-inch E4 will be priced at RM639. This smartphone will arrive in two colour variants: Iron Gray and Blush Gold. Feature-wise, the Lenovo E4 is equipped with either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 or Snapdragon 427 SoCs. The E4 also features 2GB RAM and up to 32GB internal storage.
Next up is the larger, 5.5-inch Lenovo E4 Plus. This smartphone is priced at RM799 and it also features two colour variants: Iron Gray and Fine Gold. When it comes to specifications, the E4 Plus is equipped with the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 427 processor along with 2GB RAM and up to 32GB internal memory.
Also worth noting is the fact that the Lenovo E4 and E4 Plus features battery capacities of 2800 mAh and 5000mAH respectively. That aside, Lenovo Malaysia has also announced that both the affordable E4 and E4 Plus smartphones has already been made availble through selected local retailers.
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Motorola Launches Moto Z2 Play in Malaysia for RM1,999

Motorola has just introduced the Moto Z2 Play in Malaysia. Unveiled globally just last month, the Z2 Play is Motorola’s latest mid-range smartphone. While it’s in the same segment as the Moto G5 Plus, the Z2 Play is a class above the former in several key areas.
When it comes to hardware, the Z2 Play isn’t too different from its predecessor. It features a slightly more capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 chipset, a smaller 3,000mAh battery – it’s only 5.99mm thin, after all – and a similar design language, though the glass back has been swapped for a metal back.

Aside from that, the Moto Z2 Play also comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, a 12MP f/1.7 rear camera, a 5MP front-facing shooter, Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box, and of course, compatibility with all Moto Mods currently available in the market.
The Moto Z2 Play is now available in Malaysia at all authorised Lenovo Mobile dealers and retail outlets. According to Motorola, the first 1,000 customers to purchase the Z2 Play will receive a gift box worth RM299. It includes a Carbon Fiber Style Cap, a Z2 Play Metal Phone Frame, a Motorola selfie stick, and a “Nano Liquid” film protector.

Retailing at RM1,999, the Moto Z2 Play is not exactly on the affordable side of things – especially for a mid-range smartphone. Its predecessor, for one, was priced at RM1,799. Then again, the Z2 Play’s compatibility with Moto Mods and its feature set may justify the steep asking price.
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Lenovo Unexpectedly Announces Budget Friendly Moto C In Malaysia

Lenovo has introduced the budget friendly Moto C and Moto C Plus here in Malaysia. The devices are designed as entry level smartphones, although they still ship with Android 7.0 Nougat. Both were only announced two months ago.
The Moto C runs on an extremely modest MediaTek MT6580m processor with 1GB RAM. Storage miniscule 16GB; there’s support for microSD card expansion of up to 32GB. All this is hidden behind the 5-inch 854×480 display. As is the case with these entry level devices, there’s a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front shooter.
On the other hand, the Moto C Plus isn’t a bigger device despite the name. It’s still a 5-inch display (bumped up to 1280 x 720), and ships with a MediaTek MT6737 processor. There’s 2GB RAM available thanks to it being stuck with a slightly higher price tag, although storage is also set at 16GB (with the same 32GB microSD card support).
The Moto C and Moto C Plus will be priced at RM399 and RM539 respectively when they hit the market. Both devices are already on the Moto Malaysia website, and we’re told that they are now available in stores.
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Biostar Unveils Its RX 470D Graphics Card; Made Specifically For Cryptocurrency Miners

It looks like graphics card makers are becoming more and more aware of the immense demand for cryptocurrency mining-oriented cards. Biostar is the latest manufacturer to introduce a graphics card made specifically for this purpose. The company’s newest graphics card is called the “RX 470D.”
There are, of course, some stark differences between Biostar’s RX 470D and the original Radeon RX 470 graphics card. For example, the Radeon RX 470 comes with 2048 stream processors; the RX 470D only has 1792. Besides that, the Biostar RX 470D also features a higher memory frequency of 7000MHz, which is 1000MHz more than the RX 470.

Interestingly, despite being made specifically for the cryptocurrency mining market, the Biostar RX 470D graphics card is still fitted with display output ports. That aside, we recently wrote an article about AMD’s plans to debut the RX 560D graphics card. It seems that the “D” suffix on both the RX 560D and RX 470D may likely indicate that they are mining-specific graphics cards.
Biostar has, unfortunately, made no mention about the release date and pricing for the RX 470D graphics card. It’s also not known whether Biostar intends to make this graphics card available in Malaysia. Biostar’s competitor, Asus, has recently announced that its mining-based graphics cards won’t be coming to Malaysia.
(Source: TechPowerUp, Guru3D)
(Featured Image: TechPowerUp)
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Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro Now In Malaysia For RM 1,149

First appeared in Thailand, it has come to our knowledge that the new Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro has made its way into Malaysia. Not only that, the smartphone is priced lower in our market as well.
As per our previous report, the Galaxy J5 Pro is generally a beefed version of Galaxy J5 (2017) that was released in Europe last month. In fact, both devices looked exactly the same since they share the same metal-based physical design and 5.2-inch HD Super AMOLED display.
Samsung Galaxy J (2017) series.
The Galaxy J5 Pro also carries 13-megapixels camera on both of its front and back alongside 3,000mAh battery just like the Galaxy J5 (2017). The only factors that separated both of them apart is that the Galaxy J5 Pro carries higher amount of RAM and internal storage at 3GB and 32GB respectively.
According to DirectD, the new Galaxy J5 Pro is priced at RM 1,149 and is backed with 1-year warranty by Samsung Malaysia. With that, it will be only a matter of time before we see the new smartphone to be available in more widely manner throughout Malaysia.
(Source: DirectD)
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Ubisoft Is Making An Assassin’s Creed Anime

Assassin’s Creed is set to receive the anime treatment. Director Adi Shankar revealed on Facebook that he has been tapped to create an origin story for the popular game franchise, although no details are available yet.
Shankar’s announcement doesn’t sound all that surprising, since he has just finished making an animated series for Castlevania on Netflix. He managed to recruit some impressive talent for the Netflix series, including legendary comic writer Warren Ellis. Which raises questions about who might be brought on board for the Assassin’s Creed project.
Although, Netflix probably had a much bigger budget than Ubisoft does.
This isn’t the first time that Ubisoft has tried to get Assassin’s Creed beyond video games. There was the movie starring Michael Fassbender last year. Which flopped badly at the box office and only served to reinforce the belief that video game movies are always bad.
[Source: Adi Shankar (Facebook)]
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HP EliteDisplay S340c 34″ Curved Monitor Enters Malaysia for RM4,999

Introduced alongside the EliteBook x360, Elite X2 and two workstation machines in Malaysia is the HP EliteDisplay S340c curved monitor. With a wide 21:9 aspect ratio and high resolution display, the S340c is targeted at business professionals; its price tag certainly reflects that.
Touted as the “world’s first Skype for Business-certified curved display,” the EliteDisplay S340c is said to be ideal for making conference calls. It has a smartly-implemented pop-up webcam – with support for Windows Hello – dual microphones, as well as four speakers (7W per channel) tuned by Bang & Olufsen.

Design is also one of the most attractive aspects of the EliteDisplay S340c. The thin bezels are particularly eye-catching, and we imagine its wide 34-inch 3440 x 1440 21:9 display will be ideal for opening multiple spreadsheets. Also, the display is a 60Hz panel, which should be high enough for productivity-focused tasks; this isn’t a gaming monitor, after all.
Other specifications of the S340c include an anti-glare display, 6ms grey-to-grey response time, one DisplayPort, an HDMI 2.0 port, a single USB Type-C port, and a pair of USB 3.0 ports.

According to HP, the HP EliteDisplay S340c is now available in Malaysia. Retailing at RM4,999, this is not an affordable curved monitor, but its range of business-centric features may appeal to certain users.
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US Lifts Laptop Ban On Emirates And Turkish Airlines

The US has lifted its electronics ban from flight cabins on two more middle eastern airlines. Both Emirates and Turkish Airlines passengers can now keep their laptops and other devices with them while traveling. This follows the lifting of the ban from Etihad Airways earlier in the week.
New screening requirements have been put in place by the US Department of Homeland Security, although it is unknown what these are. Etihad was thought to be a special case as there is a US Customs and Border Control station in Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Saudia has said that it is in the process of implementing the new screening procedures, and is hoping to get the ban lifted by 19 July. Qatar Airways has said that the ban is still in place, but has not shared whether it is working on the new procedures. Admittedly, the situation is a little different for Qatar as it is currently dealing with a more pressing diplomatic spat with its neighbours.
Despite the lifting of the US ban, these airlines are still subject to a similar restriction when flying into the UK. The United Kingdom has not moved to lift any bans as of yet, and it is unknown if it is talks to implement its own security requirements.
[Source: CNN]
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Alibaba’s Tmall Genie Really Looks Like An Amazon Echo

It looks like the rumours of Alibaba competing with Amazon’s Echo have crystalised into something concrete. The Chinese online retailer has revealed the Tmall Genie, a voice activated smart speaker that does everything the Echo does; only in Chinese.
As far as looks go, there’s not much different about the Tmall Genie. It’s still a cylinder with a downwards facing speaker. Although that can be said for just about every smart speaker on set to join the market at this point in time. Even Apple has not been about to get around the design.
The heart of the Tmall Genie is the AliGenie voice assistant; which is activated by saying the product’s name in Mandarin. From there, it has the standard functions of a smart speaker, playing music, conducting internet searches, smart home control, and checking messages. It can also be told to order goods from Tmall.

As far as we can tell, the product page also says that the Genie will be able to book movie tickets and order food in the future. Which isn’t too ambitious considering that one can find almost anything on Alibaba’s network of online affiliates.
It’s likely that the product will be exclusive to China for the near future. However, Alibaba has been aggressively expanding into Southeast Asia and may try to get a head start over all the competition by bringing the smart speaker into the region first.
[Source: Tmall, via The Verge]
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