Samsung Galaxy Note 8 May Launch on 23 August

Samsung’s next Note device, the Galaxy Note 8, has been rumoured to be launching in August for quite some time now. Well, we now have an even more specific launch date: the Note 8 will likely be unveiled on 23 August.
Previously, the August launch date of the Galaxy Note 8 was reported by Reuters. Now, two more news outlets out of Korea are reporting the same month. The Bell, however, mention that the Note 8 will be introduced on 23 August at an Unpacked event set to take place in New York.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
More likely than not, the Galaxy Note 8 will be unveiled in August, although there’s always a chance it’s not happening on the 23rd itself. What’s more interesting is the fact that Samsung isn’t delaying the launch of the Note 8 at all; even the Galaxy S8 devices were delayed for a bit.
As far as specifications go, rumours are saying that the Note 8 will come with a slightly larger 6.3-inch display than the Galaxy S8+. Of course, it will be the same unconventional – but very sleek-looking – 18.5:9 Super AMOLED display too. The Note 8 is also said to feature a dual-camera system and Samsung’s signature S Pen.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be a vital device in Samsung’s catalogue, especially after what happened with its predecessor. With August drawing near, we can expect Samsung to start sending out invites to the Note 8’s launch very soon.
(Source: The Verge)
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Intel Skylake-X Performs Worse In Gaming Compared to Kaby Lake

Intel’s new Skylake-X CPUs appear to perform worse than the existing Kaby Lake family of processors. To be more specific, the Core i7-7800X fails to provide better performance than the Core i7-7700K in benchmarks done by folks from TechSpot.
Before we dive into the gaming benchmarks, it’s worth noting that the Skylake-X Core i7-7800X CPU features higher core counts, higher L3 cache, and significantly higher L2 cache compared to the Core i7-7700K. Despite this, the former processor does come with lower clock speeds out of the box.
Image: TechSpot
Image: TechSpot
Some of the games that were tested are World of Tanks, Grand Theft Auto V, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Based on TechSpot’s findings, it can clearly be seen that the Core i7-7700K is performing better in gaming compared to the Core i7-7800X. Overclocking also tells a similar story. Do keep in mind that both CPUs are paired together with a GTX 1080 Ti graphics card.
According to Overclock3D, the reduction in gaming performance of the Intel Skylake-X processor may be down to the new “mesh” bus architecture that Intel has implemented with this CPU. Kaby Lake CPUs feature Intel’s “ring” bus architecture. That said, one has to remember that the Skylake-X processor may perform significantly better in applications that are well optimised for higher core counts.
Regardless, if you’re a gamer is eyeing on getting a swanky new Core i7-7800X CPU, you may want to reevaluate your options.
(Source; TechSpot, Overclock3D)
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PC Market Continues To Decline Due To Parts Shortage

The global PC market continues its slow descent. This time due to higher prices caused by a parts shortage. There was marginally good news for HP as it regained top PC vendor spot; but that was a Pyrrhic victory as sales continue to slump.
PC sales totally 61.1 million units in the second quarter of 2016, down by 4.3 percent from the same period last year. This marks the 11th straight quarter of decline for sales, and there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight.

Analysts from both Gartner and IDC are blaming this continued problem on a shortage of DRAM, solid state drives, and LCD displays. All of which have resulted in increasing prices for computers. The parts shortage has also impacted vendors who have been locked into enterprise contracts to supply PCs for a fixed price before problems began.
The PC slump has even begun to be seen in Asia Pacific, which has traditionally shown to have resilient sales. GST reform in India has slowed sales due to uncertainty, and China has been slow overall.
People are buying fewer PCs than ever, possibly due to smartphones replacing them as media consumption devices. It’s going to be a rough time for manufacturers, but the numbers have to reach an equilibrium at some point.
[Source: Gartner, IDC]
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MSI Unveils The X299 XPower Gaming AC Motherboard

MSI has just unveiled its new feature-packed X299 motherboard. The company’s flagship motherboard is called X299 Xpower Gaming AC. According to MSI, this motherboard is specifically designed for hardcore overclockers and PC enthusiasts who demand the highest possible performance out of their X299 motherboard.
That said, the “monstrous” capabilities of MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC motherboard aren’t quite reflected on its overall aesthetics. In fact, MSI has chosen to go with the “safe” all black colour scheme for its new flagship motherboard. Despite this, there are a few “flamboyant” elements present, namely, RGB-lit areas and a very interesting heatsink design – it almost looks like Iron Man’s “Arc Reactor.”

Aesthetics aside, the MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC does come with a few useful features. For instance, the motherboard is equipped with a 14 phase power design, which increases its overclocking capabilities. Besides that, MSI has also introduced its M.2 Shiel FROZR technology on its newest motherboard, which the company claims will be able to reduce thermal throttling on M.2 SSDs.
Speaking of which, the X299 Xpower Gaming AC is fitted with five M.2 slots as well. This motherboard also comes with eight RAM slots which supports quad channel DDR4 memory with frequencies of 4133MHz+. Dual channel DDR4 memory support is also available (4500MHz+). Expansion slots include four PCIe 3.0 x16 slots and one PCIe 3.0 x1 slot.

Unfortunately, MSI has not mentioned the local pricing and date of availability of its X299 XPower Gaming AC motherboard. Despite this, given the fact that it’s a flagship motherboard, we do expect the X299 XPower Gaming AC to come with a rather hefty price tag.
(Source: MSI)
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LG V30 Will Be Introduced on 31 August at IFA 2017

LG smartphones have been quite interesting in recent times. The LG G6 is a much better device than its predecessor, and the Korean company’s mid-range Q6 smartphones are pretty impressive too with their FullVision displays. With these devices in mind, expectations are high for the LG V30, and it’s set to be unveiled on 31 August.
According to various sources, LG has sent out invites to an event on 31 August. Although the invite itself didn’t specify if it’s a launch event for the LG V30, the large “V” does foreshadow this. Interestingly, this means the V30 will be announced earlier than the LG V20, which was unveiled in September last year.

Naturally, not much is known about the LG V30, although rumours are suggesting that the premium device will lose its predecessors’ secondary displays. On top of that, the V30’s display is also said to be similar to the dual-curved display of the Samsung Galaxy S8+; chances are, the former will feature the G6 and Q6 smartphones’ FullVision displays too.
Other rumoured specifications of the V30 include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, an OLED display, support for wireless charging, as well as an IP68-rated chassis.
The LG V20.
In retrospect, LG hasn’t unveiled a “true” 2017 flagship smartphone: the LG G6 is powered by last year’s Snapdragon 821 chipset, after all. Chances are, the LG V30 will be more interesting than the G6. The V30 will be unveiled on 31 August, a day before IFA 2017 officially starts.
(Source: CNET)
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Louis Vutton Has A RM12,000 Android Wear Smartwatch

Louis Vutton believes that people want a luxury smartwatch, and it might not be wrong. The Tambour Horizon is an Android Wear 2.0 powered smartwatch designed for people with a lot of money and have run out of ways to spend it.
The devices itself isn’t just a pretty face. It was built in collaboration with both Google and Qualcomm, and packs some substantial hardware. Powering it is a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor paired with 512 MB RAM. There’s also 4GB of onboard storage.
Despite this, it lacks a heart rate monitor. Possibly because nobody is going to be worried about tracking their cardiovascular performance while wearing something this expensive.

The Louis Vutton website doesn’t actually list all the prices for the Tambour Horizon; it instead asks visitors to call for an inquiry. Which is all anyone needs to know about the target market. That said, we understand that the smartwatches start at $2450 (about RM10500), and go all the way up to $2900 (about RM12500) for the most expensive model.
We’re not sure if there actually is a market for extra premium smartwatches. Apple seems to be believe so with some editions of the Apple Watch, and claims to have sold a substantial number.
However, Apple is usually an outlier when it comes to market forces and it remains to be seen if an Android powered device can have the same impact. We supposed having a luxury brand name like Louis Vutton will help sales along.
[Source: Louis Vutton]
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Pavo Comms Launches Mcalls: Incorporating Y33 Prepaid Plan and MMSpot App

Last year, Pavo Communications made it into the news by launching speakOUT prepaid packages which include a special package for tourist that offers 100GB of Internet quota. Today, the local MVNO has launched yet another new set of offerings called Mcalls which consisted of two main elements: the Y33 prepaid plan and MMspot mobile app.
Priced at RM 30, the Y33 plan is targeted at the youth market and comes standard with 5GB worth of data which can be refreshed monthly for RM 30. With 12-months validity, the plan also includes 33 mins of free local calls to all networks and 33 free local SMSes.
Voice and SMS charges under Pavo Comms’ Mcalls Y33 plan.
Customers will also receive RM 2 worth of air time and 6 M-Airtime loyalty rewards points when they first signed to the plan. In terms of connectivity, Pavo Communications still riding on Digi which means Mcalls subscribers will be able to tap into the telco’s LTE network.
Speaking about the M-Airtime loyalty points which customers would receive whenever they top up their accounts, it can be used to redeem rewards and savings for services and shopping through the MMspot Android or iOS app. According to Pavo Communications, there are more than 1,200 business partners already involved with the program throughout the country.
Some of the fetures within Pavo Comms’ MMspot mobile app.
Alongside the launch of Mcalls and MMspot, Pavo Communications has also decided to open a flagship store in Sunway Pyramid. Focusing on delivering digital lifestyle experience to consumers everywhere, it serves as customer service center and retail store for the company.
We still going through the official launch event of Mcalls at the moment, so stay tuned for more updates coming your way soon.
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U Mobile Performing Network Upgrades; Customers May Experience Service Disruption

U Mobile will be undergoing a scheduled system upgrade that will last from the end of this month until mid-August. As a result, its customers may notice some service disruption until the exercise is complete.
The upgrades are set to take place on the following dates and times:

18 July 2017 (12.00 am – 6.00 am)
3 August 2017 (12.00am – 6.00am)
8 August 2017 (12.00 am – 6.30 am)
9 August 2017 (12.00 am – 6.30 am)

U Mobile expects full service to be restored by 10 August, but we know that it usually takes a couple of days for any new problems to be sorted out. The upgrading work will happen at times when most people will be asleep and shouldn’t affect too many people.
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Xiaomi Likely Introducing New Lanmi Sub-brand with Lanmi X1 Smartphone

There are plenty of reports saying that Xiaomi will be unveiling a new sub-brand soon to take on Oppo and vivo, and a recent report from China claims that the upcoming brand will be called “Lanmi,” which translates to blue rice. More interestingly, the first device to be launched under the sub-brand is reportedly the Lanmi X1, which seems to be a rather capable mid-range smartphone.
According to GizmoChina, which is sourcing a popular Chinese tech blogger, the Lanmi X1 will be powered by the very capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset. Interestingly, there are said to be two main variants of the phone too. One variant of the X1 will reportedly come with a 5.5-inch 2160 x 1080 display, a dual-camera system, as well as a rear fingerprint sensor.
Alleged leak image of the Lanmi X1.
Another model of the X1, on the other hand, will feature similar specifications, but it will instead have a front-facing fingerprint sensor. Both variants of the X1 can be configured with up to 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM.
If these information are accurate, it’s likely the Xiaomi Lamni series will be positioned between the high-end Mi devices and the more budget-friendly Redmi lineup. Of course, until Xiaomi itself confirm the existence of the Lamni sub-brand – and the Lamni X1 – take these unofficial details with a grain of salt.
(Source: GizmoChina)
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Sol Republic Amps Air and Relays Sport Wireless Are Now In Malaysia

Designed for users that want to have high quality audio while being on the go, Sol Republic today has launched two wireless headsets for consumers in Malaysia. The first in the list is the Amps Air earbuds which feature ultra-light form factor and come standard with its own storage case that also acts as a portable charger.
Equipped with a 2,200mAh battery, this allows the case to charge Amps Air for at least 15 times. Alternatively, it can also be used to charge user’s smartphone as well as since the case also features a separate USB port.
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The Amps Air earbuds themselves have a battery life of around 3 hours which might not be long enough for an average runner going through marathon distance but not bad for daily commute and gym workouts. Made to withstand sweat and rain, the earbuds also come with integrated dual microphones which allows them to deliver crisp voice calls.
Another product that Sol Republic has launched in Malaysia today is the Relays Sport Wireless which suitable for users that prefer to have a more traditional sports wireless headset since it has a cord that tied each earphone and allow users to hang them on their neck when not in use.
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According to Sol Republic, the battery within Relay Sports Wireless is able to last up to 8 hours and is equipped with quick charge capability that allows the headphones to deliver one hour of music by charging them for just 10 minutes. The company also provides them with two separate audio profiles that are designed for indoor and outdoor usages.
Priced at RM 900 and RM 400 respectively, both Sol Republic Amps Air and Relays Sport Wireless headphones can be obtained through RadioShack branches throughout Malaysia. The brand’s distributor for Malaysia and Singapore, Dynamic Fox also stated that they can be purchased through Lazada Malaysia but we believe that might only be possible slightly later since we have yet to sport official units for either products on the e-commerce platform.
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