5 Reasons Why The HP Spectre X360 Is The Notebook For You

HP Malaysia recently launched the Spectre x360. It’s a 13-inch 2-in-1 transformable notebook. While there are many comparable notebooks to choose from, here are a few reasons why you should choose the HP Spectre x360 over the other options.
360-degree rotation & gem-cut design
As you can probably gather from the name, the HP Spectre x360 is a transformable notebook, which allows you to flip the top lid all the way to the back of the notebook’s base. This grants you multiple use scenarios – you can use it as a conventional notebook, or you can fold it back and use it as a tablet. You also have the choice of holding it in your hand as you use it, or have it rest on a desk as a stand or tent.

And instead of the usual rectangular design, HP has given the Spectre x360 a really pretty looking body with angular cuts at the rear corners. The company calls this the gem-cut design, and it really looks the part, especially when you use it in its Stand mode. Its Poseidon blue is also a gorgeous colour that complements its design.
Audio by Bang & Olufsen
With a machine like this, you’ll want to use it for as many things as possible, be it for work or for entertainment. The HP Spectre x360 comes with four speakers that have been tuned by Bang & Olufsen. This ensures that you get sound quality that’s befitting of the content that it’s accompanying.
That’s not all. With HP Audio Boost, the speakers are able to produce loud sounds without sacrificing clarity. With all this combined, you’ll be able to take your entertainment everywhere you go, and not need to have specialised audio equipment like external speakers or headphones with you.
Long-lasting battery

When you have a machine that you rely on for your work and entertainment needs, there’s no factor that’s more important than its battery life. And it’s not something you’ll need to worry about in the HP Spectre x360.
This is because the HP Spectre x360 comes with a 60Wh battery that can keep it going for up to 22.5 hours. This allows the HP Spectre x360 to keep up with you even if you work for almost the entire day. And when your other devices have run out of juice, the HP Spectre x360 is also able to charge them up while it’s asleep or hibernating.
Good connectivity options
In this wireless age, it’s important that your devices are armed with the best in such technologies. And the HP Spectre x360 comes with just what you need to make full use of them. With support for up to 802.11ac 2×2 Wi-Fi connectivity, this allows for quick flow of data, be it to or from the HP Spectre x360.

If you make use of wireless peripherals when working with the HP Spectre x360, then Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity has got you covered. This allows for both faster and more reliable data transmissions between Bluetooth devices.
Privacy protection
Last but not least, the HP Spectre x360 comes equipped with the tools you need to keep your data safe, in this privacy-conscious age. It comes with an IR camera and a fingerprint reader, to ensure that you have to be the one to personally unlock the Spectre x360 before the data within can be accessed.

As an extra, the HP Spectre x360 also comes with a camera kill switch. This physical switch turns off the front facing camera, ensuring that it can’t be hijacked to spy on you. In addition, the model with the Intel Core i7 8565U processor also comes with the HP SureView privacy screen to ensure that no one but you gets to see what’s being displayed on the screen.

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The HP Spectre x360 is available for purchase from HP’s website as well as other official retails stores. It comes with either an Intel Core i5 8265U or an Intel Core 8565U. Prices start from RM5249.
Disclosure: This article is sponsored by HP.

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Activision Blizzard Now Under Investigation For Fraud

Less than a week after Bungie formally ended ties with Activision Blizzard, the latter has now found itself in shark-infested waters with an investigation about to be conducted against it. Specifically, an investigation of claims of fraud made against the video game company.
The lawsuit is being brought forward by the lawfirm, Pomerrantz LLP. The firm is reportedly bringing together several potential investors of the video game company in order to bring forth a case against it.
There has been no official word as to the details of the lawsuit, but word on the wire has pointed to several factors. Chief among which being expanding its buyouts of employees, executives leaving en masse, and allegations of racist abuse of one employee who was working at the company at one point.
(Image source: Ars Technica)
It should also be noted that the investigation could dive into the appointment of Activision Blizzard’s new chief financial officer, Dennis Durkin, and his US$15 million (~RM61.45 million) signing bonus.
On a relative note, the lawsuit does reference the company’s split with Bungie, but besides the mention, it doesn’t seem as though the incident is remotely related to the lawsuit.
Besides being responsible for publishing Bungie’s Destiny IP, Activision Blizzard is also responsible for the release of many other video game titles, include the Call of Duty franchise, as well as World of Warcraft and Overwatch through Blizzard Entertainment.
(Source: Screen Rant, GameRant)
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Five Reasons Why The HP Spectre X360 Is The Notebook For You

HP Malaysia recently launched the Spectre x360. It’s a 13-inch 2-in-1 transformable notebook. While there are many comparable notebooks to choose from, here are a few reasons why you should choose the HP Spectre x360 over the other options.
360-degree rotation & gem-cut design
As you can probably gather from the name, the HP Spectre x360 is a transformable notebook, which allows you to flip the top lid all the way to the back of the notebook’s base. This grants you multiple use scenarios – you can use it as a conventional notebook, or you can fold it back and use it as a tablet. You also have the choice of holding it in your hand as you use it, or have it rest on a desk as a stand or tent.

And instead of the usual rectangular design, HP has given the Spectre x360 a really pretty looking body with angular cuts at the rear corners. The company calls this the gem-cut design, and it really looks the part, especially when you use it in its Stand mode. Its Poseidon blue is also a gorgeous colour that complements its design.
Audio by Bang & Olufsen
With a machine like this, you’ll want to use it for as many things as possible, be it for work or for entertainment. The HP Spectre x360 comes with four speakers that have been tuned by Bang & Olufsen. This ensures that you get sound quality that’s befitting of the content that it’s accompanying.
That’s not all. With HP Audio Boost, the speakers are able to produce loud sounds without sacrificing clarity. With all this combined, you’ll be able to take your entertainment everywhere you go, and not need to have specialised audio equipment like external speakers or headphones with you.
Long-lasting battery

When you have a machine that you rely on for your work and entertainment needs, there’s no factor that’s more important than its battery life. And it’s not something you’ll need to worry about in the HP Spectre x360.
This is because the HP Spectre x360 comes with a 60Wh battery that can keep it going for up to 22.5 hours. This allows the HP Spectre x360 to keep up with you even if you work for almost the entire day. And when your other devices have run out of juice, the HP Spectre x360 is also able to charge them up while it’s asleep or hibernating.
Good connectivity options
In this wireless age, it’s important that your devices are armed with the best in such technologies. And the HP Spectre x360 comes with just what you need to make full use of them. With support for up to 802.11ac 2×2 Wi-Fi connectivity, this allows for quick flow of data, be it to or from the HP Spectre x360.

If you make use of wireless peripherals when working with the HP Spectre x360, then Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity has got you covered. This allows for both faster and more reliable data transmissions between Bluetooth devices.
Privacy protection
Last but not least, the HP Spectre x360 comes equipped with the tools you need to keep your data safe, in this privacy-conscious age. It comes with an IR camera and a fingerprint reader, to ensure that you have to be the one to personally unlock the Spectre x360 before the data within can be accessed.

As an extra, the HP Spectre x360 also comes with a camera kill switch. This physical switch turns off the front facing camera, ensuring that it can’t be hijacked to spy on you. In addition, the model with the Intel Core i7 8565U processor also comes with the HP SureView privacy screen to ensure that no one but you gets to see what’s being displayed on screen.

Powered by 8th Gen Intel® Core i5 Processor. Intel, the Intel Logo, Intel Inside, Intel Core, and Core Inside are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries.
The HP Spectre x360 is available for purchase from HP’s website as well as other official retails stores. It comes with either an Intel Core i5 8265U or an Intel Core 8565U. Prices start from RM5249.
Disclosure: This article is sponsored by HP.

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AMD Files Lawsuit Against MediaTek For Violating APU And GPU Patents

AMD is reportedly taking legal action against MediaTek, the Taiwan-based fabless semiconductor maker. The former has accused MediaTek for allegedly infringing on patents pertaining to its APUs and GPUs in products that range from TVs to specific “smart devices”.
According to the lawsuit, which was filed with the US International Trade Commission (ITC), AMD is said to be seeking monetary compensation from MediaTek, for “past, continuing, and future infringement”. On top of that, AMD also wants the ITC to block MediaTek from infringing upon any other APU and GPU patents that it has.
Specifically, the patents that were infringed upon seem to be focused upon three patents. Two of which pertained to its acquisition of ATI Technologies back in 2006.

This isn’t the first time AMD has gone after MediaTek over patent infringements. Back in March 2017, AMD went after the company, along with other brands. Including LG, Vizio, and Sigma Design for violating US patent laws. Ultimately, the ITC ruled in favour of AMD in that case.
It should be pointed out that the lawsuit has absolutely nothing to do with the brand’s recently launched Radeon VII graphics card and 7nm Vega GPU, nor its Ryzen 3000 series CPUs that were launched during last week’s CES 2019 show. At the time of writing, AMD has yet to comment on the lawsuit.
(Source: Seeking Alpha via Tom’s Hardware, KitGuru)
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Razer Phone 2 Goes Official In Malaysia For RM 3449

As promised, today marked the official launch day for Razer Phone 2 in Malaysia. First shown to the world last October, the gaming phone is the company’s second smartphone after the original model was launched back in November 2017.
Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, the Razer Phone 2 also features 5.72-inch 1440p IGZO 120Hz display alongside 8GB of RAM and 64GB UFS internal storage. Another signature feature of the device is its dual front-firing speakers with support for Dolby Atmos and enhanced by dual amplifiers.

Photography-wise, the Razer Phone 2 comes with two cameras on its back: a 12MP sensor with a wide-angle f/1.75 lens as well as another 12MP sensor with a telephoto f/2.6 lens. There is also another 8MP f/2.0 camera on its front.
Complete with wireless charging and Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0+ support, the device is powered by a substantial 4000mAh battery. Yes, let’s not forget there is also an Chroma RGB-laden Razer logo on the back of Razer Phone 2.

The new Razer Phone 2 can be obtained in Malaysia for RM 3449 through several retailers as shown above. It can also be obtained from telcos such as Maxis and U Mobile.
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Samsung Galaxy M Series To Debut On 28 Jan; Features Infinity V Display

After it was being rumored for quite some time, Samsung has now officially acknowledged the existence of its upcoming phone series called Galaxy M by launching a mini-site for it. However, it looks like the Galaxy M series is not meant for a wide global release, at least for the time being.
As revealed by Samsung India, the Galaxy M series will be receiving its official launch on 28 January. At the same time, the series will also be made exclusive to Amazon India who has also opened its own mini-site for the Galaxy M series.

While the exact specifications of Galaxy M series device have not yet been revealed, the product images for Galaxy M series on these mini-sites showed that the product it is equipped with the Infinity V display which comes with a teardrop-shaped notch. In terms of physical design, the Galaxy M series seems to follow the same design language as per Galaxy A9 (2018) and Galaxy A7 (2018).
Other than that, the Galaxy M device is also shown to feature a dual rear camera setup that is inclusive of an ultra-wide camera. The mini-sites have also teased the battery size of the phone which will be quite large and supports an unknown fast charging tech that is said to be three times faster than conventional charging.

All in all, there are still many aspects of the Galaxy M series are not yet known at the moment. At the very least, consumers now able to see how the phone (or phones) looks like but of course, we are also wondering whether the series will make its way into Malaysia or otherwise.
(Source: Samsung India // Amazon India)
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Sony Mobile Division Gets Restructured; May See The End Of Xperia Compact Line

CES is not exactly a prominent event within Sony Mobile’s calendar which is why many expect that we’ll only be hearing more about the upcoming Xperia XZ4 during MWC next month. Nevertheless, Digital Trends recently managed to have a short chat with Sony Mobile Vice President of Marketing, Don Mesa, at the event where he shared more on the division’s direction for the coming future.
But one of the things he shared spelled a grim future for the Xperia Compact line of phones. Mesa told Digital Trends, “We stuck with Compact for a very long time, because of the ease of use. There’s always room for different sizes, but people want a lot more surface area for their content now.”

Truth to be told, Sony Xperia Compact devices were among the very few that maintained a form factor that’s closer to five inches. This is opposed to most phones these days that are going over six inches in size, despite bezels getting thinner.
To be clear, Mesa did not say specifically if Sony Mobile is truly giving up on the Xperia Compact line. But if that’s really the case, it will be a very unfortunate turn of events for those who preferred smaller phones. Rather than looking for more pocketable phones that are also more comfortable to use with one hand, the only option left will be to get used to the ever-growing size of phones.

Mesa also mentioned that the new head of development for Sony Mobile is Kimio Maki who was the very person that made Sony a highly regarded name in the world of cameras. So if it’s of any consolation, we may see Sony Xperia phones improve in terms of camera performance very soon.
(Source: Digital Trends)
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Rumour: Apple “iPhone 11” To House Triple-Cameras Setup; iPhone XR Model To Feature Dual-Camera

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple will be joining the triple camera club sometime this year. The high-end model for the fruit company’s “iPhone 11” is set to feature a triple-camera main setup. At the same time, Apple will be adding an extra lens to its refresh iPhone XR line-up for 2019.
This news from WSJ corroborates with an earlier render of the supposed iPhone 11, which has a square camera module similar to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. But situated more to the corner instead of a middle of the phone. The new camera is said to be the hero feature for this year’s premium iPhone model.
However, the triple-camera system is said to be reserved only for a “larger” iPhone 11 model. The smaller model will still rock dual cameras at the back.

Back from September 2019, I bring you the very 1st and very early glimpse at which I guess #Apple will unveil as #iPhoneXI!!! Yes, time has already come to meet the new #iPhone through gorgeous 5K renders made on behalf of new coming Partner @digitindia -> https://t.co/b6SxFUS2tx pic.twitter.com/97jrlTHQ5G
— Steve H.McFly (@OnLeaks) January 6, 2019

The same report also says that Apple will have three models just like 2018, with two sporting OLED displays and one LCD model. Similar to how the iPhone Xs and Xs Max featured OLED displays, while the iPhone XR only came with an LCD display.
WSJ claims that the 2019 model development is now entering the final stages, where major designs can’t be changed. We should be seeing the phone launched sometime in the third quarter.
(Source: WSJ via 9to5Apple)
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Moza Mini-S 3-Axis Gimbal Can Extend Itself For Extra Reach

Introduced at the recent CES 2019 tradeshow, the Moza Mini-S from Gudsen is a three-axis gimbal for smartphones. Not only it is compact for storage, it even can be extended for extra reach.
The gimbal features a cradle that accommodates smartphones up to 88mm wide, so phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro can fit in the cradle comfortably. What makes this gimbal different from other comparable products is its compact form. It can fold itself in half, reducing the amount of space needed to store the Moza Mini-S.
Like the recent DJI Osmo Mobile 2, it has a 1/4-inch tripod hole at the bottom of the handle. The internal 2200mAh battery can last eight hours on a single charge. Controls for the Moza Mini-S is handled by a dedicated joystick within reach of the thumb, and a few additional buttons to control zoom, recording and mode change.
Shooting modes out of the box include support for tracking objects, time-lapse, a Vertigo Mode zooming effect, and an Inception Mode that replicates the rotation seen in the movie Inception. The extendable arm on the Moza Mini-S meanwhile adds 30cm to the gimbal for overhead shots. This is useful to record video from a different POV.
Neither price nor availability plans has been confirmed, but it is expected to start shipping sometime in March.
(Source: Newsshooter via DPreview)
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Samsung Galaxy S10 Specs Leak Out In A Torrent; Galaxy S10+ Will Have A 5G Variant

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is due to be unveiled officially on 20 February 2019. But it seems that a few people have taken a very clear peek behind the curtains. So much so that, barring any sudden changes, there may not be anything new left for Samsung to officially reveal.
In a series of tweets by XDA’s Max Weinbach (@mweinbachXDA), it looks like there will be four variations of the phone. Aside from the standard Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10+, there will be a Galaxy S10 Lite, as well as a Galaxy S10+ 5G. Because there are four variations of the phone, the spec combination can get pretty confusing as well.

This down is more rumors than facts I know but I think its accurate:Ultra Wide: 16MP, F1.9, 123 degrees, no auto focus or OISNormal: 12MP, F1.5/2.4, 78 degrees, auto focus and OISTelephoto (S10+ only): 13MP, F2.4, 45 degrees, auto focus and OIShttps://t.co/FgfoGhKP3W
— Max Weinbach (@mweinbachXDA) January 13, 2019

To start, there are apparently two variants to the rear camera setup. One involves a 12MP f/1.5-2.4 dual aperture sensor with autofocus and OIS, going with a 123-degree ultra-wide 16MP f/1.9 sensor. Another variant, reportedly only available on the S10+ and S10+ 5G, comes with a third sensor – a telephoto 13MP lens with autofocus and OIS as well.
And then there’s the memory and storage configurations. The S10 Lite supposedly sports 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The S10 itself has 6GB of RAM, with a choice between 128GB and 256GB of internal storage. The S10+ is where it gets a little messy, with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and three choices of storage options – 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. Going to the extreme end of things is the S10+ 5G, supposedly with 12GB of RAM and 1TB of internal storage.

Storage:S10 Lite: 128GBS10: 128GB/256GBS10+: 128GB/256GB/512GBS10+ 5G: 256GB/512GB/1TBFolding phone (not 100% sure): 512GB/1TB
— Max Weinbach (@mweinbachXDA) January 13, 2019

Weinbach himself says that all this came from three different sources, and that this is a “true grain of salt moment.” In the end, it’s probably best to wait for the Galaxy Unpacked event coming at the end of February. Assuming these spec figures are accurate, it would also cost quite a lot, especially for the top-of-the-line model.
(Source: Max Weinbach / Twitter [1], [2], [3])
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