Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Arrives in Malaysia for RM539

If you’re looking for a new budget-friendly device, you may want to check out Xiaomi’s latest offering in Malaysia. Going for only RM539, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A offers pretty good value for money, especially for those who want a device with a large display.
Considering its affordable price tag, the Redmi Note 5A’s specifications aren’t exactly high-end, but they’re quite respectable for a device at this price point. The Note 5A features a 5.5-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor paired with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, and a 3,080mAh battery.

In the camera department, the Redmi Note 5A has a 13MP rear camera complete with phase detection autofocus, as well as a 5MP front-facing shooter. This device also comes with a metal body, which should give it a solid feel in hand.
Right now, the Redmi Note 5A is available for pre-order from DirectD; every pre-order from the retailer will come with a Xiaomi 10,000mAh power bank worth RM85. The device itself, on the other hand, will be officially available from 11 October onwards on Xiaomi Malaysia’s Lazada store.

Retailing at RM539, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A is certainly one of the most affordable Android smartphones in Malaysia. If you’re interested, you can place your pre-order for the device on DirectD’s online store; note that the retailer is currently listing the device slightly higher at RM549.
(Source: Facebook (Mi Malaysia))
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#MYCyberSale2017: The Best Gadget Deals

This week, the Malaysian digital e-commerce space is set alight with the annual MYCyberSale 2017 event. This event is the biggest yet, with a record number of merchants and online platforms entering the fray. With so much participation, this is easily a great time to shop if you’re looking for something – there’s a ton of discounts available, and it can be further reduced with a litany of coupon codes everywhere.
We’ve gone through some of the most popular e-commerce sites for some deals, and we’ve listed the best ones we’ve found so far. Keep in mind that we’ll be updating the site over the course of the week, so be sure to keep checking in! (New products will be listed at the top, so it’s easier to find).
Xiaomi Mi A1 – RM969

We’ve said it before and will say it again: this is a really good phone for its price. The Mi A1 strikes a good balance between price and performance, with a dual-camera setup with 2x optical zoom, and pure Android to keep the software light.
RM969 isn’t the cheapest price we’ve seen, but this is worth highlighting simply because of the seller’s promotion: a free 64GB Samsung Evo Plus microSD card, which alone costs RM95.90 (the cheapest we found in Lazada; its RRP is RM169).
Huawei P10 Lite – RM818

Huawei’s devices keep dropping in price – which is great for those looking for a bargain. With a Kirin 655 octa-core processor with 4GB RAM, the P10 Lite is a perfectly capable mid-range smartphone. It has a 5.2-inch Full HD display, 32GB of expandable storage, 12MP rear and 8MP front-facing cameras, as well as a 3,000mAh battery. It also has a glass back and a rear fingerprint sensor. This listing comes with a free Huawei case as well.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 – RM809

The original best value for money smartphone series, the Redmi Note 4 is within RM5 of its lowest-ever price of RM805 several months ago. For this price, you get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 4GB RAM, a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a 13MP f/2.0 rear camera with PDAF and dual-tone flash, a 5MP f/2.0 front camera, a massive 4,100mAh battery, a fingerprint sensor, and a metal body.

More deals are being updated, stay tuned!
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#LYTV: HP Envy 13 Unboxing

The HP Envy 13 is one of the most interesting ultraportables we’ve seen in quite some time. Not only does it sport a premium look and build, it’s also one of the first laptops to be powered by Intel’s latest 8th generation processors in Malaysia; here’s our unboxing of the Envy 13.
There are quite a number of different configurations for the Envy 13, but even the base model boasts some respectable hardware. These include a 13.3-inch Full HD IPS display, a Core i5-8520U processor paired with 8GB of RAM, 256GB of fast PCIe NVMe SSD, as well as Intel UHD Graphics 620.
Some configurations of the Envy 13 also come with a dedicated GPU – an Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU, to be specific. While it’s not an awfully powerful GPU, it’s plenty capable at running most modern games well with some tweaking here and there. If you’d like to learn more about the HP Envy 13, you can do so here.
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D-Link DIR-850L Firmware Update For TM UniFi Customers Is Here

True to what the company has stated two weeks ago, the new firmware update for D-Link DIR-850L router is now available for TM’s customers. While TM itself has yet to make any official announcement regarding it, the update can be downloaded immediately from D-Link Malaysia’s official website.
Unlike the firmware update for the retail version that D-Link uploaded two weeks ago, there is only one firmware that users need to apply on their router. The step-by-step guide which is inclusive of photos is available alongside the firmware and its release note inside the zip file.

Developing…
(Source: D-Link Malaysia)
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Pixel 2 Can Switch Into Do Not Disturb Mode While You Are Driving

There appears to be a new feature in the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL which Google didn’t talk about during the announcement. A description hidden under something called Pixel Ambient Services indicates that the phones will be enter to automatically enter Do Not Disturb mode when the user enters a vehicle.
Android Police first reported the unusual option and posted a screenshot of the Pixel Ambient Services app from the Google Play Store. The image clearly shows a notice referring to feature listed underneath a toggle for driving mode.
From what we can gather, it refers to a Do Not Disturb mode that will active while you are in a moving vehicle. A condition that the description states will be determined by the device motion and Bluetooth connections. Which most probably means that you have to connect your phone to your car via Bluetooth in order for this feature to work.

However, there is no description mentioning how does the feature determine whether you are the driver or the passenger of the vehicle, we’re guessing that passengers will most likely have to turn off the feature with the toggle. Although, we admit that most people will not be connecting their Bluetooth to cars that don’t belong to them.

The feature however will most likely be a Google Pixel exclusive feature as the app shows the always-on music scanning feature called: Now Playing as well. More details on the Do Not Disturb feature will only be available after Google starts shipping the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
[Source: Android Police]
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Arrives in Malaysia for RM549

If you’re looking for a new budget-friendly device, you may want to check out Xiaomi’s latest offering in Malaysia. Going for only RM549, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A offers pretty good value for money, especially for those who want a device with a large display.
Considering its affordable price tag, the Redmi Note 5A’s specifications aren’t exactly high-end, but they’re quite respectable for a device at this price point. The Note 5A features a 5.5-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor paired with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, and a 3,080mAh battery.

In the camera department, the Redmi Note 5A has a 13MP rear camera complete with phase detection autofocus, as well as a 5MP front-facing shooter. This device also comes with a rear fingerprint sensor and a metal body.
Right now, the Redmi Note 5A is available for pre-order from DirectD; every pre-order from the retailer will come with a Xiaomi 10,000mAh power bank worth RM85. The device itself, on the other hand, will be officially available from 11 October onwards.

Retailing at RM549, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A is certainly one of the most affordable Android smartphones in Malaysia. If you’re interested, you can place your pre-order for the device on DirectD’s online store.
(Source: Facebook (DirectD))
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Bethesda Releases PC System Requirements For The Evil Within 2

Bethesda has announced the PC system requirements for its upcoming, highly anticipated game: The Evil Within 2. This game is set for release on 13 October 2017, and PC gamers are able to pre-purchase the game on Steam now for a modest price of RM236.99. For those who are not aware, The Evil Within 2 tells the story of detective Sebastian Castellanos (same protagonist as the first The Evil Within) who is now on a mission to find his daughter, Lily.
That aside, let’s talk about the PC system requirements for The Evil Within 2. According to Bethesda, this game requires – at minimum – an Intel Core i5-2400 / AMD FX-8320 or better processor. In addition, the one must also have 8GB RAM and 40GB of HDD space. When it comes to graphics, to run this game at “acceptable” framerates, one would require either a Nvidia GTX 660 or AMD HD 7970 graphics card or better.

That said, in order to run The Evil Within 2 “smoothly”, one would, obviously, have to own more powerful PC components. Bethesda has recommended the Intel Core i7-4770 or an AMD Ryzen 5 1600X CPU. Besides that, RAM capacity has also been increased to 16GB. Finally, The Evil Within 2 requires either a Nvidia GTX 1060 (6GB) or an AMD RX 480 8GB graphics card as well – anything higher would be better, of course.
Regardless, it remains to be seen whether The Evil Within 2 will run smoothly on PC during launch day. If able, we’d suggest our dear readers to wait until reviews of this game on PC comes out before actually buying it – just in case the game runs horrendously on PC.
(Source: Steam)
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Intel Coffee Lake Desktop CPUs Are Now Available In Malaysia; Priced From RM509

Intel’s recently launched lineup of Coffee Lake desktop processors are now available here in Malaysia. The availability of these processors were spotted on ETECH PC’s store on Lelong.my and Compuzone’s Facebook page. It’s worth noting, however, at the time of writing, only four Coffee Lake desktop SKUs are available in Malaysia – Intel launched six Coffee Lake CPUs.
When it comes to pricing, the most affordable Intel Coffee Lake CPU that’s currently available in Malaysia is the Core i3-8100, which is priced at RM509. Next up is the Core i3-8350K processor that features an unlocked multiplier. This CPU comes with a modest price tag of RM765. Besides that, the Intel Core i5-8400 has also been made available in Malaysia for a price of RM809.
Image: Compuzone
Interestingly, the most powerful Coffee Lake CPU, Intel Core i7-8700K, is also available for purchase locally. This Intel processor has recently been endowed with numerous positive reviews, especially in terms of gaming. The Core i7-8700K is currently priced at RM1,599. Do keep in mind that the prices for the aforementioned Coffee Lake desktop CPUs are based on ETECH PC’s listing. Other major retailers in Malaysia have not listed their respective pricing for these CPUs.
As mentioned in our previous article, Intel Coffee Lake CPUs may face scarce availability in 2017. This means that stock may be limited in the coming months. If you’re interested in purchasing a Coffee Lake CPU, it’s best to act fast before they run out.
(Source: ETECH PC, Compuzone)
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Windows 10 Mobile Is Dead: Time To Let It Go

It is widely known that Microsoft didn’t really have a clear stand on its Windows 10 Mobile operating system. However, a recent set of tweets from a prominent member of Windows’ team has finally clear things up.
According to Joe Belfiore who is the company’s Corporate Vice President for Windows, Microsoft is not working on any new features for the operating system although fixes and security patches will continue to be delivered to users. The same case applies for hardware as well.

Of course we'll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates, etc. But building new features/hw aren't the focus. https://t.co/0CH9TZdIFu
— Joe Belfiore (@joebelfiore) October 8, 2017

While this might not be the actual official announcement form Microsoft that might have been waited by anticipated by the industry but the message should already be clear enough for most users out there especially Microsoft and Windows enthusiasts. Truth to be told, it is a long time coming since progress for the operating system seems to have stalled not long after Microsoft sold off its mobile business to HMD Global and Foxconn’s FIH Mobile.
Furthermore, there are also other signs including reduced support on older devices. Not to forget, Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft himself already switched to Android even though the phone that he used might carry plenty of Microsoft services in it.

To Microsoft’s credit though, it is not that the company didn’t make any effort to push its mobile OS which was also pointed by Belfiore in a separate tweet. Nevertheless, it is not enough to make the platform stand strongly against the giants that are Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.
As an avid Windows 10 Mobile user myself, I do find the news rather disappointing but it is not something that is shocking given the signs that have appeared for the past few months. At the very least, the message is now very clear: time to let it go.
(Source: Joe Belfiore – 1, 2)
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Dell Teases the 2018 XPS 13: Slimmer than Ever, Only USB-C Ports

The Dell XPS 13 was recently refreshed with Intel’s 8th generation processors, and now, the company teased the upcoming refresh of the well-loved ultraportable. Featuring slimmer chassis and a new colour option, the 2018 XPS 13…foregoes some key features too.
Dell gave TechRadar an early look at the upcoming XPS 13 during a tour of the company’s Texas headquarters. Although Dell did not give too much details on the unreleased laptop, TechRadar did manage to get some information. The new XPS 13’s palm rest area, for one, features a new woven glass fiber material – no more carbon fiber here.

In comparison to the current generation XPS 13, the new laptop has a better positioned webcam too (possibly with support for Windows Hello); right in the middle of the bottom bezel instead of the lower left corner. This is still an awkward position, of course, but it’s definitely an improvement.
Naturally, the 2018 XPS 13 is also noticeably thinner than its predecessor, though it’s not exactly the slimmest ultraportable we’ve seen. On top of that, the slimmer profile also comes with some sacrifice: the new XPS 13 only has three USB Type-C ports now. The SD card slot? It’s been replaced with a microSD slot.

We imagine some consumers won’t be thrilled with Dell’s decision to forego full-size USB ports and the SD card reader on the 2018 XPS 13, but it is a trend with new ultraportables. Nonetheless, we can expect more details to be revealed at CES 2018 next year; perhaps Dell will finally add a dedicated GPU in the XPS 13.
(Source: TechRadar)
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