Maxis Offers Huawei Mate 10 Pro and More At RM 1 Through Share Line Promo

What can you get for RM 1 these days? For Maxis customers, the answer to that question is likely to be a smartphone. This time around, it is not just any device though: it’s the Huawei Mate 10 Pro that will be released into the market later this week.
Of course, there is a huge catch to this promotion which is apparently part of the telco’s year-end sale even though it might have existed in one form or another previously. In order to be eligible for the RM 1 deal, customers have to sign up to MaxisOne Plan 188 together with Share Line which costs RM 48 per month for each line.
A general look at all the MaxisONE plans for Huawei Mate 10 Pro.
In a way, that seems to like a good deal given the fact that the Mate 10 Pro has a RRP of RM 3,099. Then again, let’s not forget that the promo comes with 24-months contract tenure and you are paying at least RM 236 per month for your Maxis bill throughout that duration.
Meanwhile, there are also other devices that you can obtain for RM 1 through MaxisONE Share Line promotion including Huawei Mate 10, Samsung J7+, Samsung J7 Pro, OPPO F5, and OPPO A71. The promo also allows customers to get their hands on two sets of Samsung J5 Prime, Samsung J3 Pro, or Samsung J3 as well as a combination on Huawei Nova 2i and MediaPad T2.
(L-R) Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro: just two of the smartphones available through MaxisONE Share Line RM 1 promo.
For further information, check out Maxis official website or visit the nearest Maxis Centre for even faster clarifications.
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OnePlus 5 Will Be Discontinued Soon

Now that the OnePlus 5T has been introduced, the OnePlus 5 will be discontinued once the device is sold out. This is confirmed by OnePlus India’s general manager, Vikas Aggarwal.
This isn’t exactly a surprising move: the OnePlus 3 was also discontinued when the OnePlus 3T was unveiled. Chances are, once stocks of the OnePlus 5 are depleted in Malaysia, it won’t be available for purchase anymore.
If that’s the case, there’s a very high chance the OnePlus 5T will be brought into Malaysia officially. Mobile2Go, for one, is already teasing the arrival of the device on our shores. Of course, it remains to be seen if the retailer is bringing in official sets or merely parallel imports.

In comparison to its predecessor, the OnePlus 5T offers a sleeker 18:9 6-inch 1080p AMOLED display with very minimal bezels. On top of that, it also comes with a new dual-camera system consisting of a 16MP primary camera and a 20MP dedicated low-light shooter; both sensors come with f/1.7 lenses too.
Other specifications of the OnePlus 5T include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset paired with up to 8GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of non-expandable storage, a 16MP selfie camera, a 3,300mAh battery, as well as Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box.

Hopefully, it will only be a matter of time before the OnePlus 5T officially enters Malaysia. For the time being, if you’re more keen to get the OnePlus 5, it’s best to act fast before it’s sold out locally.
(Source: The Indian Express via GSMArena)
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11street Purchases Can Now Be Paid Offline At 7-Eleven Via MOLpay Cash

As e-commerce gaining massive traction in Malaysia, it also helps accelerate the development of payment systems in Malaysia and it has come to an extent that online purchases these days are no longer exclusive to users with credit card alone. One such platform that has recently implemented offline payment is 11street through a partnership with MOLPay.
Under the collaboration, 11street customers can now pay for their purchases over at more than 2,200 7-Eleven throughout Malaysia. Processed through MOLPay Cash option, this allows not only any customers that didn’t own credit or debit cards to shop at the popular e-commerce platform but also for those who prefer not to use their cards or online bank transfers.

Even though the partnership was officially announced today, the offline payment option apparently has been implemented for some time with more than 10,000 orders have been processed using MOLPay Cash at 7-Eleven. That being said, the newly announced payment option does have certain limitations according to 11street’s FAQ.
For example, it can’t be used for mobile top-up, e-vouchers, and products that cost more than RM 2,000. At the same time, the transaction ID and verification code for each purchase that utilizes the MOLPay Cash option are only valid until the following day after the purchase was made at 11:59pm.
Still, the minimum amount of purchase that users need in order to be able to utilize the payment option is actually quite low at only RM 1. All in all, the new payment option should help 11street to become accessible to even more customers than before.
(Image: 11street)
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Acer Predator Helios 300 Review: Mid Range Value

The Acer Predator Helios 300 was announced alongside the much more exciting Triton 700 earlier this year. While the Triton understandably grabbed all the attention, the Helios 300 has its own significance: it offers a fairly strong set of hardware for its mid-range price.
The Helios 300 comes in two variants: one with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, and another with a GTX 1050 Ti. Currently, Malaysia only has access to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 version of the laptop. After spending some time with the laptop, I think it might make a lot of sense for Acer to consider bringing the GTX 1050 Ti variant as well.
Specifications

Design

Acer takes no chances with the Helios 300 here. Everything plays very safely within the design language of the Predator brand. It’s not exactly dull, but the choices certainly don’t inspire any sort of excitement. I can’t exactly blame Acer for going down this path, as the Helios 300 serves an introduction to the Predator line.
That is not to say that the Helios 300 is unpleasant to look at. I personally like the aesthetics of the entire Predator brand. Something about those red accents speaks to me in a manner that the competition doesn’t. My only concern is that Acer may not have done enough to make the Helios stand out enough when placed on display alongside its brethren.

That said, the chassis has a bad habit of attracting fingerprints and smudges; both of which appear to be difficult to remove. This unpleasant surprise was something we discovered when attempting to clean up the Helios for the pictures in this review.
One other small issue is that the edges the palmrest doesn’t seem to have any rounding-off on the plastic chassis. It leaves a rather acute angle where it should curve away. This proved to be an issue when resting your hands on the palmrest over extended periods of time, as the edge digs into your forearms and gets uncomfortable after some time.
User Experience

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” seems to be the theme of the Predator series thus far. Acer isn’t taking any chances and if you’ve used one then you have a pretty good idea about how the entire range feels. I suppose this is a good thing; experiments with gaming laptop design tend to take on an outlandish bent and fail to be practical.
While the Helios 300 may not provide an excellent user experience, it is extremely adequate for what it is. The keyboard is perfectly fine for typing and is comfortable enough over long periods of use. More hardcore gamers may find that there isn’t enough travel on each keypress, but the keyboard is more than good enough to cater to a more casual audience.

Meanwhile, Acer has even fitted the company’s proprietary-designed Aeroblade 3D fan design on the Helios 300. Honestly, it seems to be a piece of over-engineering on this laptop: on paper it certainly sounds like an added benefit to a mid-range gaming laptop, but the GTX 1060 doesn’t exactly produce that much heat, even when being pushed to the limits of its performance. It isn’t quite necessary here in my opinion, and may have helped shave a bit off the retail price. Nonetheless, keeping the laptop cool is always a positive feature.
Battery life on the Helios 300 is rather average. It lasted about three hours and 40 minutes streaming Netflix shows on Chrome, or roughly about good enough to finish one of those overly long blockbuster movies. It is never wise to be gaming on battery, but you could eke out one round of Dota 2 or PUBG. It isn’t the best of ideas, of course: there is already enough tension within the games to worry about running out of battery in those final moments.
Benchmarks

Competition
Dell Inspiron 7000 Gaming

Dell’s Inspiron 7000 Gaming series laptops have always sort of skirted around the territory of entry level gaming machines. As far as specifications go, the Inspiron 7000 Gaming isn’t too far off from the Helios; Dell also makes the smart move for offering both the 1050 Ti and 1060 GPU options for a wider price range.
The model that is the most direct competition for the Helios 300 retails for RM6,599 (vs RM5,999 for the Acer laptop). For RM600 less for the Helios 300, the buyer gets half the RAM than on the Inspiron (8GB vs 16GB), but the same overall hardware (Core i7, GTX 1060, 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD). On the other hand, Dell also offers a RM5,399 model with the same Core i7 processor, but with 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD + 1TB hard drive, and a GTX 1050 Ti.
Lenovo Legion Y720

Lenovo’s well known for packaging good hardware at a competitive price, but surprisingly the Helios 300 offers a better package – for RM100 less. Both laptops offer 15.6-inch Full HD displays, GTX 1060 GPUs, the same Core i7-7700HQ processors, and 8GB of RAM, but Acer manages to add a 256GB SSD in addition to a 1TB HDD in the Helios 300 – the Legion Y720 only packs a single 1TB hard drive.
At RM6,099 for the Legion Y720 and RM5,999 for the Helios 300, Acer’s offering certainly has better value for money.
MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro

This is perhaps the closest competition that Acer has in this space. The MSI Leopard Pro GP62MVR is virtually identical to the Helios 300 in terms of general hardware: Core i7,7700HQ, 8GB RAM, GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5, 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD.
Both the MSI Leopard Pro and Predator Helios 300 cost RM5,999 for the same hardware setup (though you should be able to find them for several hundred Ringgit less in the market). In the end, it really boils down to which brand one prefers over the other.

Conclusion

Nvidia’s introduction of the GTX 1050 Ti leaves the GTX 1060 gaming laptops in a bit of a no-man’s land. The differences between the two mobile GPUs aren’t exactly huge considering the price differences, and may not be worth the upgrade for more casual users. By the same token, the jump from the GTX 1060 to the GTX 1070 is a large one, both in performance and price.
If Acer would have offered the GTX 1050 Ti version of the Helios 300 here in Malaysia, the company would be offering a great lower mid-range gaming machine with a respectable finish.
That said, for a GTX 1060-equipped laptop, the Acer Helios 300 certainly offers quite a lot for its asking price. The combination of a 256GB SSD with a 1TB hard drive is especially generous when compared to the competition, with only MSI matching it pound for pound. Considering that Dell and HP offers GTX 1050 Ti laptops for only RM600 less than the Helios 300, the combination of a GTX 1060 and a 256GB SSD is definitely worth a punt.
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PlayStation 4 Pro Monster Hunter: World Rathalos Edition Coming To Malaysia In Jan 2018

Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced that the upcoming PlayStation 4 Pro Monster Hunter: World Rathalos Edition will be launched in Malaysia by the end of January 2018. The company further stated that the console which also carries 1TB hard drive will be released in limited quantities.
From the name itself, it is quite clear that its not just a typical PS4 Pro bundle. While still draped in black, the console features a huge silhouette of Rathalos complete with flames coming out of its mouth. Gold colored icons as well as the game’s logo can also be seen on the console.
The DS4 controller for PlayStation 4 Pro Monster Hunter: World Rathalos Edition.
The special edition PS4 Pro will also be accompanied by a specially-themed DualShock 4 controller together with a 3-month PS Plus membership and 1-year extended warranty voucher for the console. Of course, gamers will also receive the game itself together with the PS4 Pro.
In terms of price, the PS4 Pro Monster Hunter: World Rathalos Edition will go for RM 2,048 which is RM 249 more than the standard PS4 Pro set. While its exact release date has not yet been revealed by SIE, we do expect it to be out in Malaysia around Monster Hunter: World release date which will take place on 26 January 2018.
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OnePlus 3 And 3T Can Now Update To Android 8.0 Oreo

OnePlus has released the Over The Air (OTA) Android 8.0 Oreo update for OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T models. On top of the OS update, it comes with additional add-ons via OxygenOS 5.0.
Some of the additional features of the update includes:

OnePlus Parallel Apps mode, where users can clone apps for multiple accounts
Picture-in-picture mode
Android Oreo features such as Auto-fill and Smart Text Selection
September Security patch
New Quick Settings design
Upload photos directly to Shot
New folder design

The update brings the OnePlus 3 and 3T on par with other high-end models in the market, and also spells the end of the update cycle of the smartphone. The company had only promised to provide updates for the OnePlus 3 and 3T until Android Oreo. Security updates will still be issued, but it is the end of the line for new official Android builds from here on end.
The update will be rolled out incrementally to all users over the next few weeks. Users can head to their settings menu to check if the OTA is ready, or to start the update manually.
(Source: XDA-Developers )

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Samsung Galaxy S9 May Ship With ‘Tuned By AKG’ Bluetooth Headphones

Samsung may become the first manufacturer to ship wireless earphones with its smartphones. As a rumour from Weibo claims that the upcoming Galaxy S9 will include Bluetooth earphones in the box.
The post claims that the Galaxy S9 will feature a set of wireless ‘tuned by AKG’ earphones. Similar to what was found in the Galaxy S8, albeit without the cable.
While it sounds like the Galaxy S9 will not be including an audio jack, the same Weibo post explains that this is not the case. At least the current prototype retains the option for wired audio, although that may change over the development period.

The quality of the sound coming from the Bluetooth headset may just be average, as users can expect better audio quality from wired headphones. Still, this may change the industry as companies continue to find ways to stand out in the every growing market; Samsung may just be on to something if this rumour is true.
(Source: Weibo via SlashGear )
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Germany Describes Smartwatches For Children As Spy Devices; Issues Nationwide Ban

Germany has taken steps to ban smartwatches aimed at children. The country described such devices as spying devices which would allow criminals to track the movement of children or use them to listen in on conversations.
The Federal Network Agency, Germany’s telecommunications regulator, pointed to the lax security measures being implemented in such devices. President Jochen Homann claims that the apps used to communicate with children can also be used to listen to surroundings without being detected. Something he regards as an unauthorised transmitting system.
According to research from the Agency, parents have been using this very function to listen to teachers in classrooms.
Studies from Norway have also shown that such devices transmit and store data without encryption. Vulnerabilities that opened the way for criminals to intercept and tamper with the transmissions. That said, it’s unclear if the Norwegian studies had any effect on the German decision to ban the smartwatches.
At the moment, all German parents are being advised to destroy childrens’ smartwatches if they have any. Such devices are also being pulled from stores, and schools have been instructed to keep an eye out for smartwatches in classrooms. Those traveling to the country should also keep the new ban in mind when crossing the border.
[Source: BBC]
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Sony Xperia X Receives Whopping RM1,200 Price Cut in Malaysia

The Sony Xperia X was launched last year with a hefty RM2,499 price tag, which was then reduced to RM2,199 after several months. Now, the mid-range phone is going for RM1,200 less – that’s a drastic price cut.
However, this is not an official price cut from Sony; it’s an ongoing promotion offered by DirectD. Originally retailing at RM2,199, the Xperia X is now going for only RM999 from the retailer. While this is still a one-year-old phone, the Xperia X’s feature set certainly offers pretty good value for money, especially for RM999.

However, we did some digging on e-commerce sites, and we found an even better deal: a retailer on Shopee is offering the Xperia X for only RM959 – it even comes with a charging dock. Unfortunately, Lazada doesn’t offer quite a good of a deal. The lowest listing we could find goes for slightly more at RM1,099.
At these price points, the Xperia X offers really good bang for your buck. It features a 5-inch Full HD IPS display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 chipset paired with 3GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, a 23MP rear camera with Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, a 13MP front-facing camera, as well as a 2,620mAh battery.

If you’d like to learn more about the Sony Xperia X, you can read our comprehensive review of the mid-ranger right here.
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Lenovo Tab 4 Series Lands in Malaysia; Priced from RM749

Over the weekend, Lenovo Malaysia launched the Lenovo Tab 4 series of Android tablets on our shores. Two tablets in the series are now available in Malaysia: the Tab 4 8 and Tab 10 Plus.
Let’s start with the more capable Tab 4 10 Plus: it features a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset paired with 3GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, as well as a generous 7,000mAh battery. It also comes with a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing shooter.
And then we have the more affordable Tab 4 8. As its name suggests, it is an 8-inch tablet with a 1280 x 800 IPS display, a Snapdragon 425 processor paired with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, a 4,850mAh battery, and much like the bigger Tab 4 10 Plus, it also ships with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. In the camera department, the Tab 4 8 is equipped with 5MP rear and 2MP front-facing cameras.

The Lenovo Tab 4 8 and Tab 4 10 Plus are now available in Malaysia, and they can be purchased at Lenovo retail outlets nationwide. The Tab 4 8 is available in two colours (Polar White and Aurora Black) for RM749, while the Tab 4 10 Plus retails at RM1,299 – it is only available in Aurora Black.
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