Samsung Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A30 Now Officially In Malaysia For RM 799 Onwards

Just a few hours after launching Galaxy M, Samsung has unveiled two more new phones in Malaysia. True to its promise, the company has officially launched the new Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A30 for our market.
Almost all the information regarding both devices that we heard prior to the official launch today was indeed true. Among such information was the pricing of each device as Galaxy A50 is priced at RM 1199 while the Galaxy A30 can be obtained for RM 799.
While both Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A30 are equipped with 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U display and 4000mAh battery, there are plenty of things separated them apart. One of the main differences is their camera setup as the Galaxy A50 is equipped with triple rear camera setup while the A30 comes with dual rear camera system.
Specifically, the Galaxy A50 carries a combination of 25MP, 5MP, and 8MP sensors on its back while the Galaxy A30 offers 16MP and 5MP sensors. Both phones are also equipped with different 25MP and 16MP sensors respectively for their selfie cameras.
Same goes for their processors since Galaxy A50 is powered by Exynos 9610 while Galaxy A30 is running on Exynos 7903. In Malaysia, Galaxy A50 is being released with 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage alongside the Galaxy A30 which comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
Local consumers are able to get either of these phones immediately through all Samsung retailers throughout Malaysia from today onwards.
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New Apple iPad Mini Features A12 Bionic Chip, Advanced Retina Display, and Apple Pencil Support

Besides its refreshed iPad Air, the second tablet that Apple launched is a new and refreshed iPad mini. Like its predecessor, the iPad mini is a 7.9-inch tablet. Designed for the Apple user who prefers a compact and ultra-portable design over the conventional iPad tablets.
There several things to love about the new iPad mini, chief among which being the new A12 Bionic processor powering the device. For context, the A12 Bionic chipset was first introduced with the launch of Apple’s current iPhone XS and XR series. The chipset later found its way into iPad Pro tablet series.
Another feature to grace this iPad mini is that it now supports the first generation Apple Pencil. Thus transforming the device into a notepad, allowing its users to digital jot down important notes during meetings, or randomly doodle a cartoon, should they be so inclined.

Above all else, and just like the new iPad Air, the new iPad mini also features an advanced Retina Display, complete with True Tone technology. The new 7.9-inch display means that the tablet is 25% brighter, and even has the highest pixel density of any iPad made to date.
As an extra added bonus, the new iPad mini also now comes with improved main and front-facing camera sensors. With the ability to capture photos in detailed, high resolution, and table Full HD (1920 x 1080) videos.

Pricing for the iPad mini starts at US$399 (~RM1625) for the Wi-Fi model, and US$529 (~RM2155) for the model with Wi-Fi and mobile SIM card support. As per our earlier report with the iPad Air, we’ll be posting up local pricing for the tablet in a separate article. So stay tuned.
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All New 7.9-inch Apple iPad mini Coming Soon To Malaysia; With A Starting Price of RM 1699

Just like the new 10.5-inch iPad Air, Apple will be bringing in the equally new 7.9-inch iPad mini into our market. Similarly, there is no exact Malaysia release date for it at the moment but the company has revealed the tablet’s local pricing through its official website.
For easy reference, here is the price tag for the respective variants of the new 7.9-inch iPad mini:
Wi-Fi64GB: RM 1699256GB: RM 2349
Wi-Fi + Cellular64GB: RM 2249256GB: RM 2899
Powered by Apple’s own A12 Bionic chip, the new model is equipped with 7.9-inch Retina display and also supports Apple Pencil. It also carries the same camera as per the equally new 10.5-inch iPad Air which consisted of an 8MP f/2.4 rear camera and 7MP FaceTime HD camera.
It applies to battery life as well as the new 7.9-inch iPad mini also can be utilized up to 10 hours of web surfing through Wi-Fi or 9-hours through mobile data. Meanwhile, we’ll keep you updated once we hear more information regarding the imminent arrival of the new iPad mini model in Malaysia.
(Source: Apple Malaysia)
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Pet Sematary Early Reviews Are Highly Positive: ‘Vicious and Deeply Unsettling’

The official press screening of Pet Sematary hasn’t taken place yet, but the early social media reactions and reviews from those who were lucky enough to attend South by Southwest 2019 are in and they’re nothing if not unequivocally positive. The film has been called “vicious” “brutal” and “one of the best Stephen King adaptations to date.”
Look, I’ve been pretty vocal in the past about my general disinterest of the horror genre. But over the past couple of years, that has slowly started to change all thanks to films like Get Out, A Quiet Place, Gerald’s Game as well as the thoroughly binge-worthy series The Haunting of Hill House. And these positive early critical reactions toward Pet Sematary only furthers my interest. I can’t wait to check this movie out during the press screening!

Here are some of the first reactions by critics who attended this year’s South by Southwest:

#PetSematary is *vicious* and I LOVED it. Super brutal visuals and was thrilled to see Widmyer & Kölsch fully embrace the deeply unsettling themes of mortality from the book. And WOW Jeté Laurence. They really pushed it with this adaptation & it worked for me – big time. #sxsw
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) March 17, 2019

#PetSematary is a fucking BLAST. Holy shit! I’m giddy right now. One of the best King adaptations to date!
— Chris Evangelista (@cevangelista413) March 17, 2019

#PetSematary (2019). Holy hell! Not only does it greatly improve upon the original film, but it manages to reach Kubrick/SHINING level heights! I was terrified, blown away and impressed. #SXSW
— Preston Barta @ SXSW (@PrestonBarta) March 17, 2019

#PetSematary got me. it’s scary as shit, it’s having tons of fun, it doesn’t skimp on gore, and it’s somehow even darker than the book. really impressed and satisfied. #SXSW19
— lindsey romain (@lindseyromain) March 17, 2019

#PetSematary hits you like a terrifying and emotional brick. The film manipulates the source material to its own morbid delight. The “big” change is just as effective and menacing as you’d expect it to me. This film is DARK. #SXSW
— Zomboy Productionz @ SXSW (@ZProductionz) March 17, 2019

Apart from these early Twitter reactions, some critics have also published their detailed reviews. As of right now, Pet Sematary has an 86% ‘fresh’ score (average rating: 7.9/10) on Rotten Tomatoes, with a total of 14 reviews counted.
Pet Sematary synopsis:
Dr Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his neighbour Jud Crandall, setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unspeakable evil with horrific consequences.
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Crytek Releases Neon Noir Ray-Tracing Demo; Is API And Hardware Agnostic

Realtek recently released a video demo that is capable of executing smooth real-time ray-tracing. All without the need of NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX or Quadro RTX series graphics cards.
It’s called Neon Noir, and because it’s made by Crytek, the video tech demo is powered by none other than a heavily modified CRYENGINE. The video demo itself is about a minute and 52 seconds in duration, but more importantly, Crytek states its ray-tracing demo was rendered using an AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 GPU.
In conjunction with that point, Crytek also points out that its new CRYENGINE ray-tracing feature is both API and hardware agnostic. As explained by Tom’s Hardware, this form of ray-tracing is designed to leverage the most recent GPUs and the DirectX 12 (DX12) and Vulkan APIs.

Real-time ray-tracing is a feature that is still building up momentum among PC gamers. To be fair, both AMD and NVIDIA’s hardware are able to perform ray-tracing calculations and tweaks, but it’s clear that the latter’s Turing GPU architecture would stand the benefit the most from NVIDIA’s demo.
On another note, and to be fair, Neon Noir isn’t as visually impressive as other hybrid ray-tracing benchmarking software, such as UL’s Port Royal test. That was designed specifically to benchmark graphics cards with ray-tracing capabilities. That said, the video demo is still pretty impressive.

At the moment, there’s no telling if Crytek intends to make Neon Noir a publicly available benchmark just like the UL’s 3DMark or Unigine’s Heaven or Superposition. Guess we’ll just have to wait until this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) kicks off to learn more.
(Source: Tom’s Hardware)
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Apple Announces New 10.5-Inch iPad Air; Features A12 Bionic Chip and Advanced Retina Display

Apple has lifted the veil off two new tablets. One of those two tablets happens to be an all-new iPad Air.
The iPad Air sports an ultra-thin, 10.5-inch form factor, and is powered by Apple’s A12 Bionic chip and AI-driven Neural Engine. Like previous Apple iPads, the display of the iPad Air is a Retina display with True Tone technology. By comparison, the new display is almost 20% larger than its predecessor and even comes with half a million more pixels packed into the display.
For connectivity, the iPad Air comes with the Wi-Fi and Gigabit-class LTE antenna as Apple’s iPad Pro. Further, the tablet also comes with eSIM support technology built-in, making it theoretically compatible with wireless data packages in more than 180 countries around the world.
The new iPad Air is also compatible with the Apple Pencil. Although, it should be noted that only the first generation Apple Pencil seems to be compatible with the new tablet.
The new iPad Air will be available in three colour options; silver, space gray, and gold. It will also come in two storage configurations, which is 64GB and 256GB. Pricing for the iPad Air for now is listed as US$499 (~RM2032) for the model with just Wi-Fi, and US$629 (~RM2562) for the model with Wi-Fi and mobile SIM card support.

Do note that we will be posting the official Malaysian pricing in a separate article shortly, so keep an eye out for that.
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The New 10.5-inch Apple iPad Air Price in Malaysia Starts From RM 2199

Simultaneously with the unveiling of the new 10.5-inch iPad Air, Apple has also revealed the pricing of the new iPad for Malaysia. While the release date of the new tablet is not yet known at the moment, we now know that it will be made available starting from RM 2199.
Here is the full price list:
Wi-Fi64GB: RM 2199256GB: RM 2849
Wi-Fi + Cellular64GB: RM 2749256GB: RM 3399
Equipped with 10.5-inch Retina display alongside the support for Apple Pencil, the new iPad Air model is powered by the company’s own A12 Bionic chip. It is also equipped with 8MP f/2.4 rear camera together with 7MP f/2.2 FaceTime camera as well as TouchID sensor as its biometric security feature.
According to Apple, the 30.2Whr battery on the new 10.5-inch iPad Air is able to deliver up to 10 hours of web surfing for the Wi-Fi version. The cellular model on another hand can be last up to 9 hours of surfing through mobile data network.
Meanwhile, we’ll keep you noted once we heard more regarding the tablet’s exact release date for our market once we receive such information from Apple.
(Source: Apple Malaysia.)
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Redmi 7 Now Official: Featuring Snapdragon 632, 12MP Camera, 4000mAh Battery

Xiaomi today has expanded the lineup of its sub-brand, Redmi by launching the new Redmi 7. Just like its predecessors such as Redmi 6A and Redmi 6, the new model thread nicely between entry-level and lower mid-range market.
Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Redmi 7 also carries 6.26-inch HD+ display alongside up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage. The phone is also able to support up to 512GB of expandable storage.
Photography-wise, the camera on its back is a combination of 12MP and 2MP sensors while on the front is another 8MP camera. Completing its general specifications is a 4000mAh battery and the phone is also accompanied by a 5V2A charger.
In terms of price, the 2GB/16GB version of the phone has been listed at CNY 699 (about RM ) while the 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB variants are priced at CNY 799 (~RM) and CNY 999 (~RM) respectively. It is not known whether Redmi 7 will be making its way to Malaysia anytime soon; so we’ll keep you posted once we hear more from Xiaomi.
(Source: Xiaomi China – 1, 2)
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You Can Now Get The Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti For RM4889

If you’re in the market for an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, it’s clear that the card isn’t going to be cheap. On average, the GTX 2080 Ti retails between RM5000 and RM7000, the most expensive variant of the card currently retailing for RM6999.
There are exceptions to this rule, however. In this instance, local distributor of Zotac graphics cards, Sun Cycle Sdn Bhd, is currently offering the Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti for an asking price RM4889.

At the price, you get a card with a custom dual-fan cooling solution, a customised backplat for added rigidity, the simple Spectra lighting to illuminate the minimalist RGB on the card. Specs-wise, the card still features 11GB GDDR6 based on NVIDIA’s TU102 Turing GPU architecture. A 352-bit memory bus, and a boost clockspeed of 1545MHz.
Since it is a Geforce RTX series graphics card, buying the Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti means gamers qualify for NVIDIA’s Triple Threat package, and will automatically get Battlefield V, Anthem, and Metro Exodus added absolutely free of charge.

So, if this has peaked your interest in the card, we do suggest that you move fast to secure a unit for yourself. As at the time of writing, the official NVIDIA GeForce Lazada store only had three more units available for sale.
(Source: Zotac via Facebook)
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Samsung Galaxy M20 Now Available For RM799; Exclusively On Shopee

As per an earlier report, Samsung has officially launched its Galaxy M series smartphone in Malaysia. Specifically, the model Samsung Malaysia will be bringing into the country is the Galaxy M20.
Specs-wise, the Samsung Galaxy M20 features an Exynos 7904 SoC, a 6.3-inch Full HD+ Infinity V display, and two memory and storage configuration to choose from – 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB. Both configurations come with a dedicated microSD card slot for expandable storage of up to 512GB.
For security, the Galaxy M20 features a fingerprint scanner installed into the back of the phone.

A primary feature of the Galaxy M20 is its large 5000mAh non-removable battery, as well as 15W fast-charging. In terms of its camera, the phone’s main camera is a dual 13MP main and 5MP ultra wide-angle setup, while the front-facing camera uses a 8MP sensor. Physical connectivity is handled through the phone’s USB-C port.
The Samsung Galaxy M20 will be available exclusive on Shopee, and will retail for RM799. In conjunction with the launch of the phone, Shopee will be holding an exclusive launch bundle on 20 March. Where the first 1000 buyers who purchase the phone will be given a Logitech X50 Bluetooth speaker and JBL T450 headphones absolutely free of charge.

Following that, the next 2000 buyers following that will only receive the Logitech X50 as a free gift. Additionally, both consumer groups will receive a RM100 cash voucher.
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