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Samsung Forum 2016 (Southeast Asia) Coverage

Samsung Forum 2016 (Southeast Asia) Coverage

On the 1st of February 2016, Samsung unveiled their 2016 line of products at the Samsung Forum 2016 (Southeast Asia). Held in sunny Kuala Lumpur, the Samsung Forum 2016 showcased Samsung’s technological prowess in everything from wearable technology to laundry cleaning technology.

Samsung Forum 2016 (Southeast Asia) Coverage

Some of the Samsung products revealed at the Samsung Forum include the new Curved SUHD TVs with quantum dot displays, the new Samsung AddWash washing machine, the Internet-connected Family Hub Refrigerator and the Windows tablet, Galaxy TabPro S!

Take a look at two of the presentation videos we managed to record…

 

Samsung 2016 Home Appliances Revealed

In this video, Sasitorn Khoopatanakul and Ken Ding reveals the new Samsung Twin Cooling Plus and Internet-connected Samsung Family Hub refrigerators. They also show off the new Samsung AddWash range of washing machines. Finally, they showcase the Samsung 360 cassette air-conditioner that not only looks good but is more efficient and powerful.

 

Samsung 2016 Mobile Devices Revealed

In this video, Joehan Martinus reveals that the Samsung Gear S2 classic smartwatch will be available in premium 18K Rose Gold and Platinum finishes. He also reveals the new Windows 10-powered Samsung Galaxy TabPro S tablet.

Finally, Nicholas Wodtke shows off the new mySamsung app. We will have an in-depth session with him later on. More to come on the mySamsung app!

 

More Samsung Forum Videos & Coverage

We are in the midst of preparing a slew of video clips and a ton of pictures of the new Samsung products that have been revealed in the Samsung Forum 2016. We also have exclusive media sessions with Samsung on the new mySamsung app, and Samsung Pay. We will add the links to these and more to the list below :

So check back here later for more on the latest Samsung products from the Samsung Forum 2016!

 

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Lee Kwang-soo Launches Samsung Galaxy S7 edge To Great Fanfare

South Korean superstar, Lee Kwang-soo, flew into Malaysia to help launch the new Samsung Galaxy S7 edge smartphone to great fanfare. His fans started lining up for the best spots by 3 AM, and hundreds of them thronged the Suria KLCC Concourse by 10 AM.

In this video, Lee Sang Hoon, President of Samsung Malaysia Electronics officially launched the Galaxy S6 edge, before Lee Jui Siang, Vice President, Mobile and IT Business Unit, Samsung Malaysia Electronics, detailed the unique features of the new Samsung Galaxy S7 edge smartphone.

Of course, many of you already know all that. After all, we had earlier posted our Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Preview, including our first experience using it with the Gear VR. In fact, you are probably one of those who tried to buy a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge in the first pre-order, and the second pre-order. [adrotate banner=”5″]

 

Lee Kwang-soo Is In The House!

As the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is no stranger to many of those who attended, the real star of the event was truly the Korean superstar, Lee Kwang-soo. Almost a thousand of his fans screamed and mobbed him as he joined the Samsung Malaysia team in launching the Galaxy S7 edge smartphone. Check it out!

Samsung Malaysia also reserved 100 units of the Galaxy S7 edge smartphones in a special sale earlier in the morning. They came with an exclusive ticket to meet and greet Lee Kwang-soo, and get his autograph!

Somehow, I managed to snag one of these tickets! Lucky me!

Lee Kwang-soo was a really nice guy. Even though his handlers kept insisting that we are not allowed to take photos with him, he readily offered to snap photos with his fans.

 

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Email Snafu In Second Galaxy S7 edge Pre-Order

The second Samsung Galaxy S7 edge pre-order was a smashing success. Even more successful than the first pre-order, by all indications. Even though the second pre-order had less discount and fewer freebies than the first pre-order, Samsung sold twice as many Galaxy S7 edge smartphones in 1/3rd the time – 2,000 in 1 hour, instead of 1,000 in 3 hours!

In the first pre-order, successful customers got a shock when they received their confirmation email with the title of “Samsung Gear S2 Pre-order”. But the email contents were correct, so the reuse of the Samsung Gear S2 pre-order email template only resulted in some chuckles.

The second pre-order also has its own email snafu, but this time, it’s far, FAR more serious. Take a look for yourself and see if you can spot the problem :

 

Did you figure it out? Take a second or third look, if you must. It’s obvious, but you would be surprised how many people miss it the first time around. 😀

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Will Samsung Honour This Email Snafu?

If you haven’t figured it out yet, Samsung reused the email template from the first Galaxy S7 edge pre-order. They corrected the title but left everything in the content unchanged.

This is a BIG problem because the first pre-order offers a 20% discount, a complimentary 128 GB microSD card and an extra year of warranty, while the second pre-order only offers a smaller 15% discount and a complimentary 64 GB microSD card, with no warranty extension.

Those who received the first pre-order email wrongly are now asking – will Samsung Malaysia honour the contents of their confirmation email?

We just reached out to Samsung Malaysia, and will update you on what their decision is on this issue.

But even if they are unable to honour the admittedly wrong contents of these second batch emails, those who succeeded in the second pre-order should be happy that they are getting a great deal. It is still better than paying full price for the Galaxy S7 edge without any freebie, right? 😀

 

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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Pre-Order Chaos

If you are not up and awake, you have just missed the biggest tech offer this week – the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Pre-Order. Samsung fans who waited up in the wee hours of the morning will not only get to be amongst the first 1,000 people in Malaysia to own the Galaxy S7 edge, they will enjoy an incredible 20% discount off the retail price, an extra year of warranty plus a free 128 GB microSD card!

Samsung set 5 whole days for the pre-order, but frankly, we expected the Galaxy S7 edge pre-order to sell out within hours, and it looks like we would be right. Right after the stroke of midnight when the Galaxy S7 edge pre-order mini-site was activated, it has been hammered so hard, it was impossible for us to even load the registration page properly.

In fact, it is now just past 2 am and we still have not been able to completely load the registration page.

Update @ 2016-03-07 : Samsung has just announced an extension of the pre-order campaign, with a new deal. Check it out!

 

Some People Succeeded

Our friend, Tc Pun, somehow managed to complete the process and pre-order his Galaxy S7 edge at about 1 am. His friend also made it about 15 minutes later. They had to use Telerik Fiddler to do it though. It pays to be a techie! 😀

What’s really funny though is that when he received the pre-order confirmation by email, it was titled as the Samsung Gear S2 Pre-order… 😀

Looks like someone at Samsung Malaysia reused the Samsung Gear S2 pre-order email template and forgot the change the title… Oh well, at least the email contents are correct! 😀

 

Sold Out!

As of 8:30 am, we can confirm that Samsung Malaysia sold all 1,000 Galaxy S7 edge smartphones they reserved for this pre-order. They probably sold out hours ago but we didn’t wait up to check! 😀

* From the comments of disgruntled customers who failed to register themselves for the pre-order, it looks like the entire pre-order sold out at around 3 am.

So we were right that the Galaxy S7 edge smartphones would sell out in hours, not 5 days as allocated by Samsung Malaysia. That said, maybe they will extend the offer, or introduce a different offer? We will find out soon enough! 🙂

 

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Why Samsung Pay Outperforms Apple Pay & Android Pay

Bloomberg recently reported that Samsung Pay has less than half the users of Apple Pay5 million versus 12 million. That puts it on the same level with Android Pay, which is frankly impressive in its own right. However, the chart below does not tell the whole story.

Apple Pay vs Android Pay and Samsung Pay | Credit : Bloomberg

Apple Pay has so many more users because they had a year-long head start over its two rivals. If we consider how long they were in the market, Samsung Pay and Android Pay signed up an average of a million users per month. Apple Pay, on the other hand, averaged 706,000 new users per month.

That means, both Android Pay and Samsung Pay are growing 42% faster than Apple Pay.

 

Why Samsung Pay Did So Well

Samsung Pay only worked with the 5 Samsung Galaxy devices during the survey (the newly announced Galaxy S7 and S7 edge do not count). Yet, they managed to sign up as many users as Android Pay, and sign new users 42% faster than Apple Pay.

That is likely due to the fact that Samsung Pay is easier to implement than both Apple Pay and Android Pay. Samsung Pay works with the old magnetic stripe terminals as well as the newer NFC payment terminals. Apple Pay and Android Pay, on the other hand, only works with NFC payment terminals.

In other words, Samsung Pay works with any credit card terminal anywhere, while Apple Pay and Android Pay will only work at retailers that have upgraded to the new NFC terminals.

 

Samsung Pay Demonstration

At the recently-held Samsung Forum 2016, we were given an exclusive briefing and demonstration of Samsung Pay. Check out just how easy it is to pay using Samsung Pay. This is why Samsung will have an easier time driving its adoption over their two rivals.

The only downside with Samsung Pay is that it is limited to Samsung’s top-of-the-line Galaxy smartphones. If Samsung adds support for their other smartphones with NFC chips, their adoption would probably be much higher. Here are the 7 Samsung Galaxy smartphones that support Samsung Pay :

In H2 of this year, consumers in Australia, Brazil, Spain, Singapore and the United Kingdom will be able to try out Samsung Pay on their Samsung Galaxy smartphones.

 

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First Gear VR Experience With Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

At the sneak peek of the new Samsung Galaxy S7 edge smartphone yesterday, we were also given the opportunity to try out the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge with the Gear VR Consumer Edition virtual reality headset. In fact, Samsung took us (virtually) to the Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain, through seven 3D videos.

If you are wondering, this is exactly the same Samsung Gear VR Consumer Edition (SM-R322) that was launched on the 20th of November 2015. Although it was officially designed for the Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 edge / S6 edge+ and the Galaxy Note5, it appears that they had already planned to make it compatible with the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones as well.

The Samsung Gear VR Consumer Edition (Amazon) is the improved version of the Gear VR Innovator Edition (Amazon). It not only supports more devices, it also comes with an improved touchpad on the right side of the headset. Another improvement is the addition of a cutout in the Gear VR frame to allow the insertion of a headphone jack. This allows for a more immersive experience.

If you look closely at the lower left corner of Gear VR’s front, you will see the labels next to the adjustment locks that this is the Gear VR Consumer Edition (Amazon) originally released for the Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 edge / S6 edge+ and the Galaxy Note5.

Incidentally, the Consumer Edition of the Samsung Gear VR is 19 percent lighter than the original Innovator Edition, and features better foam cushioning.

 

Performance

[adrotate banner=”4″]The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge unit you see paired with the Gear VR Consumer Edition (Amazon) in this article is an engineering sample. So there were some glitches in getting Oculus VR to start up. For some reason, it loaded Google search with the keyboard instead.

But once we “fixed” the problem, it performed exactly like the Note5 did with the Gear VR Consumer Edition. That’s no surprise since both devices have similar sized screens (5.5″ vs. 5.7″) with the same resolution – 1440 x 2560.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Smartphone Revealed

This morning, Tech ARP was invited to an exclusive media preview of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge smartphone. This is a sneak peek as the Galaxy S7 edge will only be available in Malaysia from the 18th of March 2016 onwards.

Check out the exclusive details we squeezed from Samsung Malaysia, and take a look at the video and pictures we took at the event!

 

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Revealed

Samsung Malaysia’s Mobile Division Product Manager, Go Benn Lee, kicked off the big reveal with a presentation on what’s new in the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge smartphone. Check it out!

Later, we managed to browbeat him into answering some questions about the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. Check out what we found out :

 

One Model, Three Colours

Samsung Malaysia will only bring in a single model – the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge with 32 GB of internal storage. The Galaxy S7 edge will come in three colours though – Black Onyx, Silver Titanium and Gold Platinum.

They made this decision based on the popularity of the Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge+. They also chose not to offer larger storage capacities because the Galaxy S7 edge comes with a microSD slot, which supports up to 200 GB of additional storage.

This does not mean that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will never make it to Malaysia. That is still a possibility.

 

It’s The Exynos Processor

[adrotate banner=”4″]Samsung is using two different processors for the Galaxy S7 edge – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, and their own Exynos 8890. Samsung revealed earlier that international versions of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge would use the Snapdragon 820 processor, while those sold in South Korea will feature the Samsung Exynos 8890 instead.

Today, we can confirm that the Galaxy S7 edge smartphones to be sold here in Malaysia will feature Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 processor. In other words, we will be getting the South Korean model.

 

Pre-Order & Special Bundle

Samsung Malaysia is preparing a pre-order opportunity, which could possibly coincide with a media event scheduled for the evening of March 17th. We will keep you updated on this.

You may be wondering if Samsung is going to throw in a free Gear VR headset with every Samsung Galaxy S7 edge smartphone. Well, we tried our best to weasel out something… anything… but they were very coy. They would neither acknowledge or deny that such a bundle would be forthcoming. They however assured us that it will be “a very special offer” that will make us go “WOW!” 😀

Next Page > First Look At The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Smartphone

 

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

The new Samsung Galaxy S7 edge smartphone has a 5.5″ display but looks and feels like a 5″ device. This is due to the virtually bezel-less edges. And if you loved the Galaxy S6 edge’s curves, you will love the dual curved edges of the Galaxy S7 edge.

The Galaxy S7 edge retains the Galaxy S6 edge’s front camera, but uses the 12 megapixel Sony IMX260 sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus capability, paired with a much faster (brighter) f/1.7 lens. What this means is not only better low-light performance, but near-instantaneous focusing in the dark or with moving subjects.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge‘s  other two “killer features” would be its IP68 dust- and water-resistance rating, and its Hybrid SIM capability. You can take the Galaxy S7 for a swim at an instant – there is no need to prepare it in any way. Just jump right in! Too bad the Galaxy S7 edge does NOT support USB-C. That would have been another nice feature to have.

It also comes with two SIM slots, the second of which doubles as a microSD slot that supports up to 200 GB of additional storage. In other words, you can either use a second SIM card, or a microSD card, not both. Still, this is an improvement over the Galaxy S6 edge for many users.

The Galaxy S7 edge also features an “Always-on Display“, which shows basic information like the time, date, battery life and notifications at all times. This allows you to check those information at a glance. The Galaxy S7 edge will also feature an improved Edge Screen, which now offers more options and twice the width for more widgets / shortcuts.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge supports fast charging in both wired and wireless mode, just like the Samsung Galaxy Note5. But you may not need that as much because the Galaxy S7 edge comes with a large 3,600 mAh battery1,000 mAh (38.5%) more than the 2,600 mAh battery in the Galaxy S6 edge!

To top it off, Samsung listened to our complaints of the Galaxy S6 edge getting really hot, especially when taking photos and recording videos. They somehow managed to squeeze in a heatpiped cooler to better dissipate heat from the internal components.

 

Excited? So Are We!

We can’t wait to get our hands on the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge! If you are eager to get one yourself, be sure to check back because we will have more details and coverage for you. A media event has already been scheduled for the evening and night of March 17th. You can count on us to be there. If you want live updates, make sure you like our Facebook page!

 

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HTC One A9 & Four Other Smartphones Revealed

Last night, HTC invited us to an exclusive Chinese New Year dinner, which also doubled as an official launch event. Their tagline for the event was “Ready to bring your A_ game?“.

They also cheekily presented marshmallows for those of us who are still licking our lollipops… No guesses for what operating system the new HTC smartphone will be running! 😀

Of course, anyone who has kept up on tech rumours would have known that HTC was going to launch the HTC One A9 smartphone. What we didn’t know was that they would also reveal another four HTC smartphones at the event as well!

Neither did we expect such fantastic entertainment from our fellow members of the media. Be sure to catch the video we took of our friends with hidden talents!

 

HTC One A9 & Four Other Smartphones Revealed

Just after the tossing of the yee sang for luck in the new year, the star of the event was “served” to us on a silver platter. Presenting the new HTC One A9!

Manu Seth, Senior Director, Head of Marketing for South Asia, then took the stage to talk about the HTC One A9, before revealing the details of the other four new HTC smartphones – the HTC One ME, HTC Desire 828, HTC Desire 728 and the HTC Desire 626.

Before we could get our hands on the new HTC smartphones, it was time for some fun and games. Check out this video we took of some talented members of the media in a dance-off contest!

Seriously, our friends have hidden talents! Who would have expected them to dance so well? 😀

Okay, entertainment is over. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty details of the five new HTC smartphones!

Next Page > The 2 New HTC One Smartphones

HTC One A9

The HTC One A9 will come in Carbon Gray and Topaz Gold colours. They will have a recommended retail price of RM 2,299 (~US$539).

SpecificationsHTC One A9
Size70.8 mm wide
145.75 mm tall
7.26 mm thick
Display5.0" full HD (1080 x 1920) display
Corning Gorilla Glass protection
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 with HTC Sense
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 617
Processor4 x ARM Cortex A53 cores @ 1.5 GHz
4 x ARM Cortex A53 cores @ 1.2 GHz
GPUQualcomm Adreno 405
RAM3 GB
Storage32 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot (upgradable to 2 TB)
Main Camera13 MP BSI sensor
Sapphire covered lens
f/2.0 aperture, auto-focus
OIS (Optical image stabilization)
1080p video recording
Front CameraHTC UltraPixel
f/2.0 aperture, fixed focus
1080p video recording
Network Capabilities4G LTE : FDD Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28
4G LTE : TDD Bands 38, 40, 41
3G : 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
2 G : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.1
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz)
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
micro USB 2.0 port
SensorsFingerprint sensor
Ambient light, proximity, motion, compass, gyro, magnetic sensors
LocationGPS + GLONASS
AudioDolby Audio
Hi-Res Audio
Battery2150 mAh lithium ion battery
Quick Charge 2.0 support

 

HTC One ME

The HTC One ME will come in Classic Rose Gold and Meteor Gray colours. They will have a recommended retail price of RM 1,599 (~US$379).

SpecificationsHTC One ME
Size71.99 mm wide
150.99 mm tall
9.75 mm thick
Display5.2" WQHD (1440 x 2560) display
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1 with HTC Sense
PlatformMediaTek helio X10
Processor8 x ARM Cortex A53 cores @ 2.2 GHz
GPUPowerVR G6200
RAM3 GB
Storage32 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot (upgradable to 2 TB)
Main Camera20 MP BSI sensor
f/2.2 aperture, auto-focus
4K video recording
Front CameraHTC UltraPixel
f/2.0 aperture, fixed focus
1080p video recording
Network Capabilities4G LTE : FDD Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8
4G LTE : TDD Bands 38, 39, 40, 41
3G : 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
2 G : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.1
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz)
NFC
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
micro USB 2.0 port
LocationGPS + GLONASS
AudioHTC Boomsound with Dolby Audio
Battery2840 mAh lithium ion battery

Next Page > The 3 New HTC Desire Smartphones

HTC Desire 828 Dual SIM

The HTC Desire 828 Dual SIM will come in Dark Gray and Pearl White colours.

SpecificationsHTC Desire 828 Dual SIM
Size78.9 mm wide
157.7 mm tall
7.9 mm thick
Display5.5" FHD (1080 x 1920) display
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1 with HTC Sense
PlatformMediaTek MT6753T
Processor8 x ARM Cortex A53 cores @ 1.5 GHz
GPUARM Mali-T720
RAM2 GB
Storage16 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot (upgradable to 2 TB)
Main Camera13 MP BSI sensor
f/2.0 aperture, auto-focus
OIS (Optical image stabilization)
1080p video recording
Front CameraHTC UltraPixel
f/2.0 aperture, fixed focus
1080p video recording
Network Capabilities4G LTE : FDD Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8
4G LTE : TDD Bands 38, 39, 40, 41
3G : 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
2 G : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.1
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz)
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
micro USB 2.0 port
LocationGPS + GLONASS
AudioHTC Boomsound with Dolby Audio
Battery2800 mAh lithium ion battery

 

HTC Desire 728 Dual SIM

The HTC Desire 728 Dual SIM will come in Purple Myst and White Luxury colours.

SpecificationsHTC Desire 728 Dual SIM
Size77.8 mm wide
157.9 mm tall
7.87 mm thick
Display5.5" HD (720 x 1280) display
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1 with HTC Sense
PlatformMediaTek MT6753
Processor8 x ARM Cortex A53 cores @ 1.3 GHz
GPUARM Mali-T720
RAM2 GB
Storage16 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot (upgradable to 2 TB)
Main Camera13 MP BSI sensor
f/2.2 aperture, auto-focus
1080p video recording
Front Camera5 MP BSI sensor
1080p video recording
Network Capabilities4G LTE : FDD Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8
4G LTE : TDD Bands 38, 39, 40, 41
3G : 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
2 G : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.1
802.11 b/g/n WiFi (2.4 GHz)
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
micro USB 2.0 port
LocationGPS + GLONASS
AudioHTC Boomsound with Dolby Audio
Battery2800 mAh lithium ion battery

 

HTC Desire 626 Dual SIM

The HTC Desire 626 Dual SIM will come in Blue Lagoon and White Birch colours.

SpecificationsHTC Desire 626 Dual SIM
Size70.9 mm wide
146.9 mm tall
8.19 mm thick
Display5.0" HD (720 x 1280) display
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1 with HTC Sense
PlatformMediaTek MT6752
Processor8 x ARM Cortex A53 cores @ 1.7 GHz
GPUARM Mali-T760
RAM2 GB
Storage16 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot (upgradable to 2 TB)
Main Camera13 MP BSI sensor
f/2.2 aperture, auto-focus
1080p video recording
Front Camera5 MP BSI sensor
1080p video recording
Network Capabilities4G LTE : FDD Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8
4G LTE : TDD Bands 38, 39, 40, 41
3G : 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
2 G : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.1
802.11 b/g/n WiFi (2.4 GHz)
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
micro USB 2.0 port
LocationGPS + GLONASS
Battery2000 mAh lithium ion battery

 

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Microsoft Malaysia’s Windows 10 Media Treasure Hunt

On the 3rd of February, Microsoft Malaysia organised a treasure hunt for the Malaysian media. It was a way to familiarise the participants with the Surface Pro 4 and Lumia 950, as well as a great way to start 2016 with a bang!

 

The Windows 10 Treasure Hunt

Microsoft Malaysia began the treasure hunt by briefing all five teams (teams Blue, Green, Grey, Red, and Yellow) about the key features of two Windows 10 devices – the Surface Pro 4 and Lumia 950. Innovative characteristics such as Windows Hello, Edge annotation, superior camera optics, and multitasking functions were used by each team to finish their respective challenges.

Each team had to complete six challenges at six stations, with the help of the Microsoft Senior Leadership Team (SLT) – Michal Golebiewski (Chief Marketing & Operations Officer) and Bruce Howe (General Manager of Consumer Channel Group). After collecting their respective survival kits, containing a Surface Pro 4, Lumia 950, cereal bars and an energy drink, the teams were off to attempt their first challenge.

Participants attending the Windows 10 Treasure Hunt briefing at Coffee Planet

Each station had a particular challenge that required either the Surface Pro 4 or Lumia 950 to complete. Station one was at Avenue K, and the challenge was to sing along with buskers on a song unknown to each team. As an answer to this challenge, the Surface Pro 4 was used as a multitasking device, activating its snap assist function, allowing each team to refer to the song lyrics and the karaoke video of the song simultaneously. The SLT joined in the fun, belting their lungs out as well!

At Station two (at Break Out, Avenue K), the challenge was to take a picture of a hidden message in low light conditions. For this challenge, the Lumia 950 flung into action with its 20 MP Carl Zeiss optics, allowing each team to identify the message with a breeze, even in low light situations.

Team Green at the Microsoft Authorized Reseller Store attempting the last minute challenge

Station three was a security challenge, where teams were required to find the right Bryan. The catch was that there were actually four similarly dressed individuals, of which one was required to unlock a Surface Pro 4 with Windows Hello – an inherent biometric security feature within Windows 10. Windows Hello successfully identified the right Bryan 100% of the time, across all five teams. Of course, more fun and physical activities ensued in the process.

Team Blue at Avenue K attempting the Windows Hello challenge

The next challenge at Station four, was a game of vocabulary. It required each team to go to a DoGreatThings microsite and with the use of nothing but a digital pen, to solve a crossword puzzle and share their answers via e-mail. The Surface Pro 4’s sensitive 12.3-inch PixelSense display with 3:2 aspect ratio was ideal for comfortable viewing and note-taking, allowing each team to use the digital pen and Surface as if it were the real thing.

 

Team Grey at Aseana Cafe attempting the annotation challenge

Each team would then have to make their way to Station five (Microsoft Authorized Reseller (MAR) Store at Suria KLCC) for their next challenge. This challenge aimed at replicating real-life working scenarios, with tight deadlines. It required each team to proofread a PowerPoint presentation with the use of the Lumia 950. A cool and nifty Windows 10 feature, called Continuum, allowed each team’s Lumia phone to literally work like a PC. With the use of an additional docking station available at the MAR Store, each team was able to complete their proofreading task in under 15 minutes! Now that’s what you call productivity.

Team Green at the Microsoft Authorized Reseller Store attempting the last minute challenge

At Station six, also known as the Bonus Round, was a test of wits. A levitating Master Yoda was present to guide each team to find a similarity between a picture he was holding, and the Surface Pro 4. After completing the challenge, participants were then told where lunch would be served.

The treasure hunt ended with all teams, albeit exhausted but thoroughly engaged, having lunch with both Michal and Bruce at Tujo Bar-serrie & Grill, where both the team and individual winners were announced. With a full belly, and an enhanced experience with Microsoft’s Surface and Lumia devices, each team left the treasure hunt with an enriched understanding of Windows 10 and greater sense of camaraderie.

 

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Tech ARP Server Upgrade In Progress

We apologise for the recent server issues. Even though we migrated Tech ARP to its own server last month, it looks like we have already outgrown it! We will have to temporarily put our galactic conquest on hold until our server upgrade is complete. 😀

Over the last 3 months, we have seen a 25% increase in Tech ARP’s readership and a 19% boost in our Alexa rankings. Thank you for supporting our work! 😀

[adrotate banner=”4″]Our new SSD-cached server originally served both Tech ARP and The Rojak Pot, but the massive traffic on both websites caused our new server ran out of memory and crashed several times. So on January 3, 2016, we gave each site its own server.

Now, it’s time to upgrade Tech ARP to a new faster server with full SSD storage. However, this will mean we have to take Tech ARP out of commission for an hour or so.

We apologise for the inconvenience while we get both Tech ARP and The Rojak Pot faster servers. Then we can resume our galactic conquest! 😀

 

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Alcatel Flash 2 Giveaway Contest (Results)

As our review of the Alcatel Flash 2 noted, it is a hidden gem that offers a great deal of features and capabilities. Designed around the Alcatel mobigraphy concept, the Alcatel Flash 2 (Lazada / Amazon) has a great main camera with a dual-tone flash, as well as a high-resolution selfie camera with its own flash. That’s why we know this would make a great prize for our first giveaway contest of 2016 – the Alcatel Flash 2 Giveaway Contest!

 

What’s At Stake?

The prize is our Alcatel Flash 2 (Lazada / Amazon) review sample. This is a full retail set that includes the Alcatel Flash 2 flip case and screen protector, as well as a pair of hands-free earphones.

Find out more about the Alcatel Flash 2 (Lazada / Amazon)  and what’s included in the package in our Alcatel Flash 2 Smartphone Review!

 

How Do I Win It?

You can do it one of two ways… or both ways. It’s really up to you. 😀

Method #1 : Facebook

  1. Like the Tech ARP Facebook page
  2. Like this Contest Post in the Tech ARP Facebook page
  3. Tag 2 friends in the comments below the Contest Post.
  4. Share the Contest Post (REMEMBER to set it to Public so we can track!)

Method #2 : Email

  1. Subscribe to our mailing list. You will find it on the right side bar of our articles.
  2. Email a link to Tech ARP, or any of our articles to your friends
  3. CC or BCC contest @ techarp.com in your email so we can track

That’s it! It’s that simple. You don’t need to think of any slogans, dance for us, or do any funny shit. Just click, click, click from the comfort of your chair and you are done! 😀

You may participate as many times as you wish, using either or both methods. But make sure you read and follow the instructions.

The Alcatel Flash 2 Giveaway Contest ends at midnight, the 31st of January 2015 (GMT+8), so make sure you complete either (or both) methods before then to qualify!

At the end of the contest, we will collate all of the results (both Facebook and email methods) and randomly select one winner from the combined pool.

 

Flash 2 Giveaway Contest Terms & Conditions

  • Contestants are allowed to participate using either (or both) the Facebook and email methods as many times as they wish, but repetitions will not be counted.
  • Facebook users must use their personal Facebook account. Corporate and contest gaming accounts will be automatically disqualified.[adrotate banner=”4″]
  • Email users will be automatically disqualified if they send emails to fake email accounts.
  • Once the winner is announced, the contest winner will have 7 days to provide Tech ARP with the mailing details. Failing to do so will result in the nullification of the results, and a new winner will be selected instead.
  • Tech ARP will deliver the prize through mail or courier service to the winner. Tech ARP will, however, not be responsible for any loss or damage that occurs during the delivery of the prize.
  • In the event where a winner gives up the prize(s), either intentionally or by neglect or refusal to provide his/her details in a timely fashion, his/her rights to the prize will be rendered null and void.
  • Under unexpected circumstances where the prize(s) is not available, Tech ARP has the right to substitute the prize(s) with another prize of similar value.
  • Tech ARP has the right to disqualify any participant who violates the terms of this contest. The rules and regulations are subject to change by Tech ARP without prior notice. Complaints will not be entertained.
  • Tech ARP reserves the right to amend or delay or even cancel the contest due to any unexpected circumstances.

 

Flash 2 Giveaway Contest Privacy Policy

Any personal information that you submit will only be used by Tech ARP for promotional and communications purposes only.

Any personal information that you submit will not be sold or used or shared with a third-party, without your prior consent.

 

Contest Results!

We are very excited to announce the Alcatel Flash 2 contest results! This time, a total of 442 contestants participated. Thank you for making it such a success!

We have not only selected the winner of the Alcatel Flash 2, we have also pre-selected a backup winner, in case the first winner does not get back to us on time. Let’s see who won!

The winner must PM or email us with your details within 7 days of this announcement, or the prize will go to the backup winner, and so on.

  1. Full Name
  2. Mobile / Telephone Number
  3. Full Address

If you did not win this time, don’t worry – our sister website has a contest running right now! Check out the EXMobile iCute Plus Giveaway Contest!

 

Help Us Help You!

Tech ARP will be sponsoring many of these prizes and delivery of all prizes at substantial cost to the team. If you would like to help us defray our costs, you can do so by visiting more of our sponsors or participating in our forums. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

Tech ARP 2015 Giveaway : Dell Portable HDD (Results)

Less than two weeks remain for the last giveaway contest for the year 2015 – a 1 TB Dell Portable HDD!

The 1 TB Dell Portable HDD will also come with mystery swag, which we will randomly pick to include in your package!

This contest will run from December 1st, until midnight, December 31st (GMT+8).

PS. For our regular readers, you can check out the original contest page with the previous prizes and results.

 

How Do You Win The Dell Portable HDD?

This year, we are not only rewarding everyone who participates in the Tech ARP forums and the Tech ARP Facebook page, we are also going to reward our readers! So there are three ways you can win prizes in our 2015 giveaway :

Participate In The Forums Just come over to the Tech ARP forums, and join the discussion! Every post you make gives you a chance to win the prize for the week throughout the entire contest. The more you post, the higher your chances of winning a prize!
Facebook Share, Like & Comment Just Like the official Tech ARP Facebook page, and then Share, Like and/or Comment any picture or post on our Facebook page. Every Share, Like or Comment that you leave on our Facebook page gives you an entry in the contest. The more you share, like or comment, the higher your chances of winning a prize!
Read Our Articles When you read our articles, be sure to look out for the icon on the right. It will be randomly placed in the pages of various articles and reviews in Tech ARP. When you see it, you can :
– take a screenshot, or
– just copy the URL
and email it to us at contest @ techarp.com.

As usual, the results of this contest will be posted in this page, so please make sure you check back often. Some prizes have a short time limit and must be redeemed quickly. We will not be responsible if those prizes “expire” because you take too long to respond.

Please note that all prizes are provided as-is. That means we will not be responsible for any damage or loss of function/parts before, during or after delivery.

 

Official Rules & Instructions For The Forum Contest

You will need to be a registered member of the Tech ARP Forums so if you have not registered earlier, you will need to register before you can participate. Don’t worry – registration is FREE and the process is very simple!

[adrotate banner=”4″]Note : Please tell your friends to identify you as their Referral during the registration process so you will get credit for it.

After registering your account, all you need to do is participate in the Tech ARP Forums during the contest week. Every post you make (whether it’s a new thread, or a reply to someone else) gives you a chance to win the prize of the week. The more posts you make, the more you are likely to win.

At the end of the contest month, we will randomly select 10 Potential Winners from the pool of qualifying posts or referrals (of which there could be multiple instances of the same contestant), which will go into the Contest Pool.

 

Official Rules & Instructions For The Facebook Contest

You will need to have a Facebook account to participate, so if you have not registered your account in Facebook, you will need to do so before participating.

  1. Once you have a Facebook account, log into your Facebook account and go to the Tech ARP Facebook page.
  2. Click on the Like button to like the Tech ARP Facebook page (if you have not already done so).
  3. Scroll down the Tech ARP Facebook page and if you see any article or news post you like, and Share them on your wall, or Like them, or post a comment.
  4. That’s it! It’s that simple. Just doing that qualifies you for the contest of the week.
  5. To qualify for the next and following weeks’ contest, just make sure you come back to our Facebook page every week, and like or share some of our news posts or articles!

At the end of each contest month, we will randomly select 10 Potential Winners from all those who Liked our Facebook page, and Shared, Liked or Commented in at least one of our news posts or articles, which will go into the Contest Pool. The more likes and comments you have, the more likely you are to win. Please note that we count all likes and comments, even if they are of older posts, or those that you liked or shared before this contest.

Important Note : Due to the number of fake accounts set up expressedly for the purpose of “gaming” these contests, we will be using the number of Friends as a multiplier (adjusted with a divider*). That means your Likes and Shares will be multiplied by the number of Friends associated with your Facebook account when determining the “final number” of entries to be entered into the Contest Pool.

Also, as a point of clarification – each Like and each Share will be treated separately. If you liked and shared a post, that will be considered equivalent to two likes or two shares. If you have 10 Friends associated with your account, you will receive 2 x 10 = 20 entries.

* A divider may be applied to avoid a single participant with thousands of fans from automatically winning all of the contests.

 

Official Rules & Instructions For The Article Reading Contest

You will need a valid email account for this contest, because your emails will be considered as proof of participation :

  1. All you need to do is browse or read our articles, reviews and editorials and look out for the icon on the right.
  2. When you see the icon, either take a screenshot OR copy the URL of the page in which you saw the icon. There may be more than one icon placed in the pages of every article / review.
  3. Email us the screenshot or the URL of the page with the icon.
  4. You can accumulate several screenshots and URLs in a single email. They will be counted separately for the purpose of determining a Potential Winner.

At the end of each contest month, we will randomly select 10 Potential Winners from all those who sent us qualifying emails. The more URLs or screenshots you send us, the more likely you are to win. The list of Potential Winners will go into the Contest Pool.

 

Determining The Winners

At the end of each contest month, there will be 30 Potential Winners in the Contest Pool, consisting of :

  • 10 Potential Winners from the Tech ARP Forums contest
  • 10 Potential Winners from the Tech ARP Facebook contest
  • 10 Potential Winners from the Tech ARP Article Reading contest

The final prize winners will then be randomly drawn from the Contest Pool.

There may be multiple instances of the same Potential Winner in the Contest Pool, due to the fact that some participants may be more active / luckier than others.

[adrotate banner=”4″]If the same person wins two (or more) prizes in that particular contest month, he/she will receive the Dell Portable HDD with the highest value, and another winner will be randomly selected from the Contest Pool.

The results of this contest will be posted in this page, so please make sure you check back often. Some prizes have a short time limit and must be redeemed quickly. We will not be responsible if those prizes “expire” because you take too long to respond.

Please also note that if you do not contact us within 14 days of the announcement of your winning, your prize will forfeited and offered to other contestants in a new contest cycle.

 

Dell Portable HDD Contest Results!

We are very excited to announce the results of the Dell Portable HDD contest results! This time, we pre-selected a backup winner, in case the first winner does not get back to us on time. Let’s see who won!

The winner must PM or email us with your details within 14 days of this announcement, or the prize will go to the backup winner, and so on.

  1. Full Name
  2. Mobile / Telephone Number
  3. Full Address

If you did not win this time, don’t worry – our sister website has a contest running right now! Check out the EXMobile iCute Plus Giveaway Contest!

 

Help Us Help You!

This Dell Portable HDD as well as its delivery is sponsored entirely by Tech ARP. If you would like to help us defray our costs, you can do so by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

2016 Samsung SUHD TV Models Revealed

At the recent Samsung Forum 2016, we were given the first look at the 2016 Samsung SUHD TV models to hit the market in the coming months. Join us as we share with you the videos and pictures we took of these new Samsung SUHD TV models.

 

Samsung KS9000 SUHD TV

Samsung’s flagship SUHD TV in 2016 will be the Samsung KS9000 series, which tops out with the 65″ Samsung 65KS9500. This series is the first Samsung curved TV to feature what Samsung calls a “bezel-less” display. Of course, there is still a thin bezel, so it’s not a true “bezel-less” display. It just appears bezel-less from the optimal viewing distance.

Check out this video we took of the 65″ Samsung KS9000 SUHD TV :

Like all of Samsung 2016 SUHD TVs, the Samsung KS9000 series uses a 10-bit quantum dot display, with a 1,000 nits HDR (high dynamic range) capability. Samsung also introduced a 360° design philosophy, in which the TV is designed to look elegant at all angles – even from behind.

 

Samsung 8K SUHD TV

This behemoth is a 98″ SUHD TV with an 8K display. It features the same quantum dot display of the KS9000 series SUHD TVs, just with a much higher resolution and obviously in a much more opulent size. Check out the video and pictures we took of it :

In case you are wondering, yes, you can order this 98″ 8K Samsung SUHD TV for your mansion. There is no price indication, but when it comes to bespoke models like this, if you have to ask – you can’t afford it! 😀

 

Other New Samsung SUHD TV Models

All of the 2016 Samsung SUHD TV models will feature Samsung’s own cadmium-free, 10-bit quantum dot display. They also boast improved HDR performance – with a peak brightness of 1,000 nits.

These SUHD TV models, as well as their 2016 Smart TVs will feature a new Smart Hub with simplified access to the user’s content and games.

They will also come with a new Samsung Smart Control remote, which replaces multiple remote controls. The 2016 SUHD TVs and Smart TVs will automatically recognise game consoles, home theatre systems and even OTT boxes connected to them, and the Smart Control remote will automatically control them all – no setup required!

2016 Samsung Galaxy A Series Exudes S6 Elegance

Samsung Malaysia launched the new Samsung Galaxy A Series (2016) smartphones to great fanfare at Sunway Pyramid yesterday. The new Galaxy A Series looks and feels eerily identical to the elegant Samsung Galaxy S6, yet is significantly cheaper. If you always wanted a Galaxy S6 but could not afford one, you will definitely want to check out the new Galaxy A series.

Fittingly, Samsung chose the elegant Choo Mei Sze and the fun Samsung Malaysia’s Mobile Division Product Manager, Go Benn Lee, to launch the new Galaxy A smartphones which are targeted at the hip youth market.

Look at how elegant the new Galaxy A (2016) smartphones look! They really look like the Galaxy S6, don’t they?

The Samsung Galaxy A Series (2016)

Kuala Lumpur, January 28, 2016 – Samsung Malaysia Electronics today is proud to unveil its latest Galaxy A Series (2016) smartphones in a unique lifestyle setting to underline the device’s core properties of camera and storage features.

Boasting the brand’s latest in innovative design and technology, the Galaxy A Series (2016) offers Malaysian consumers a platform to express their individuality with powerful performance in three screen size options: 5.5-inch for the A7, 5.2-inch for the A5 and 4.7-inch for the A3.

The Galaxy A Series (2016) continues the latest Samsung Galaxy design heritage, combining metal and glass to create a beautifully harmonious premium design. With superior viewing experience through a larger screen size, narrower bezel of 2.7mm and combined with improved battery life, the device has never been a better fit in the user’s hand.

All three variants come equipped with an enhanced camera system for both brighter and clearer photos and videos. This advanced system includes Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)* on the front camera to prevent image blurring, as well as a front and rear F1.9 lens to allow users to take the optimum photos in low light conditions.

Additionally, the stylish smartphone is also equipped with a Quick Launch feature – double clicking the home button launches the camera in less than a second. Consumers can also take their best selfie yet with features including Wide Selfie, Palm Selfie and Beautifying Effects.

A leap from its predecessor, the new Galaxy A Series (2016) comes with a built-in memory of 16GB and a microSD slot that can add up to 128GB of external memory.

[adrotate banner=”4″]To celebrate the arrival of this new fun device, Samsung Malaysia Electronics is offering a free 32GB microSD card for every unit purchased, which adds capacity for as many as 16,000 pictures and high-definition videos without the hassle of constantly having to clear older albums.

Available in Black, Gold, White and Pink Gold colour options, the new and refreshed Galaxy A Series (2016) is available at all Samsung brand stores nationwide from 28 January 2016 onwards at a recommended retail price of RM1,899 / ~US$439 (Galaxy A7 2016), RM1,599 / ~US$369 (Galaxy A5 2016), and RM1,299 / ~US$299 (Galaxy A3 2016) inclusive of GST.

From today until 31st January 2016, there will be a roadshow at Sunway Pyramid’s Blue Concourse for the general public to experience the features that the Galaxy A Series (2016) has to offer. A number of units are up for grabs for lucky winners.

* Available in A7 and A5 models only.

 

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Wiko Mobile Introduces 3 New Smartphones

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – January 28, 2016: Always working to ensure the right balance between technology, design, quality and price, Wiko Mobile officially makes its way to the Malaysian market. The French brand introduced three game-changing devices – the FEVER, HIGHWAY PURE and LENNY2. Inspired by the “French touch”, the smartphones are designed to provide users universal access to technology and fun in a single device.

“Wiko has been successful in adapting the latest technology trends as desired by mobile users into innovative products,” said Ken Ang, Business Development Director Malaysia, Wiko Mobile. He continued, “Today, we bring Wiko to Malaysia because of the fast-growing smartphone market and ideal demographic.”

With the FEVER, HIGHWAY PURE and LENNY2, Wiko Mobile continues to hold on to its beliefs of mobile telephony: to offer quality at the best price and to maintain a close relationship with all its users, anticipating their needs and expectations.

 

Wiko FEVER – A Complete Phosphorescent Design

FEVER has something crazy and pretty unexpected… a glow-in-the-dark effect. Showing off its true self, FEVER’s phosphorescent design absorbs the daylight and reflects it once in the dark, making it the first glow-in-the-dark smartphone in Malaysia.

More than just for the night birds, the FEVER is equipped with some serious performance such as a 5.2’’ Full HD display that provides vivid images and IPS technology that allows great visibility from any angle. The slightly rounded lines fit a 2.5D curved glass and the phone has a 5mm visual thickness and a premium look, accented with metal frame and soft touch leather-effect back cover. The Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 will take charge in protecting FEVER from scratches and cracks.

The smartphone is the new way to immortalize everyday life and with FEVER’s 5-megapixel front camera and 13-megapixel rear camera, photo enthusiasts can definitely appreciate a good 16/9 landscape picture on Dual View mode. The faster the better, and FEVER comes with Octa-Core chipset and an integrated GPU for graphics optimization.

 

Wiko HIGHWAY PURE – Slimmer Than Ever

The measurement of this 4G smartphone stands at a breathtaking 5.1 mm thickness, weighing a total of 98 grams. The featherweight HIGHWAY PURE conceals a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 410 processor, providing fast and smooth navigation.

Its 4.8-inch HD screen comes to life with the AMOLED display technology, giving photos and videos an impressive realism. The aluminium contours of the HIGHWAY PURE emphasize its ultra slim profile and comes embedded with 16 Swarovski Zirconias.

The HIGHWAY PURE is supported with Snapdragon™ 410 and 1.2 GHz quad-core processor developed by Qualcomm®. Effortlessly slim and light, the HIGHWAY PURE can capture moving moments with its 8-megapixel main camera and 5-megapixel front camera.

 

Wiko LENNY2 – Bigger and Better Show-Stopping Encore

LENNY2 is loaded with a 1.3 GHz Quad Core processor, 8GB ROM which can reach 64GB with the micro SD card. This fun and colourful 5” device allows users to browse between apps seamlessly with no hassle. From black and white to coral, blue and bleen, LENNY2’s classic yet rock ‘n’ roll design and dual SIM slot will be well-loved by multitaskers or connoisseurs.

As the perfect entry-level device for newcomers, the 5-megapixel main camera and 2-megapixel front camera captures the shots in a matter of clicks.

 

Wiko Mobile Accessories

Wiko Accessories
All Wiko FEVER, HIGHWAY PURE and LENNY2 devices are packaged with a screen protector and back casing. Additional accessories are also available:-
Wiko FEVER Fever Slim Case Jetlines (Black) : RM59.00 (~US$ 14)

Fever Folio Back Cover Jetlines (Black) : RM79.00 (~US$ 18)

Wiko HIGHWAY PURE  Highway Folio Back Cover W Vision (Black / White) : RM79.00 (~US$ 18)
Wiko LENNY2 Lenny2 Folio Diamond (Bleen / Coral / Blue / Black / White) : RM59.00 (~US$ 14)

Lenny2 Optional Battery Cover (Bleen / Coral / Blue) : RM39.00 (~US$ 9)

 

Price & Availability

Wiko FEVER, HIGHWAY PURE and LENNY2 are available in Malaysia through Wiko Mobile authorised retail outlets starting from today, 28 January 2016 at RM799 (~US$189), RM999 (~US$ 233), and RM299 (~US$ 69) respectively.

 

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honor 5X, honor 7 Enhanced & honor Band Z1 Revealed

Yesterday, honor officially launched the honor 5X smartphone, the honor 7 Enhanced Edition smartphone and the honor Band Z1 smartband. Join Allen An, honor Malaysia’s Director of E-Commerce, as he talks about honor’s achievements and how these new devices are part of their aggressive push for more market share this year.


Malaysian pop duo, Thomas & Jack, also attended the event as the honor brand ambassadors. Take a look at the photos we took at the event!

Now, let’s take a look at the details of the honor Band Z1, and both the honor 5X and honor 7 Enhanced Edition smartphones.

Page 2 : honor Band Z1 Smartband

 

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honor Band Z1

26 January 2016 – honor today launched its first smartband, the honor Band Z1 featuring a deceptively simple design paired with advanced and intelligent technology. The Band Z1 is the perfect accessory for active and trendy users on-the-go, thanks to its subdued and understated look.

 

Elegant and refined look

Inspired by Scandinavian minimalism that takes inspiration from nature, practicality, and appearance – the surface of the Band Z1 is devoid of any buttons, which in turn accentuates the simplicity of its circular surface.

To create the tough yet refined look that is the Band Z1, steel is used as its main material. A combination of CNC machining, hand polishing and sand polishing techniques were used to achieve the stylish finish. It is also scratch resistant and durable enough to withstand your active lifestyle Additionally, the beautiful strap makes it elegant enough to be worn for a night out with friends.

 

Convenient Notifications

The 1.06 inch 128 x 128 pixels resolution touchscreen on the Band Z1 features a touch-sensitive button-free operation. Access your notifications, alarms and the clock with just a simple swipe. Plus, the soft-lit PMOLED screen is unique as it is vivid enough when in a darkened area – such as a cinema or a club – yet is legible enough in sunlit locations as well.

With its large display and ample memory, the honor Band Z1 supports caller display and allows you to read messages and emails. It currently supports English, German, Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Japanese.

 

Accurate health tracking

Thanks to the high accuracy G-sensor, as well as honor’s advanced algorithm software, the honor Band Z1 can automatically detect and log your walking, running or sports activities accurately. The data recorded includes number of steps taken, calorie consumption, exercise time and distance – all this without the need to install any app on the smartphone.

In addition, the capacitive sensor and Polysomnography (PSG) can intelligently distinguish between wake and sleep, as well as taking users’ light and deep sleep states. Thanks to the design of the Band Z1, it will not leave any compression marks on the wrists as you sleep since it fits the curvature of the wrist perfectly.

 

Premium and smart functions in one

[adrotate banner=”4″]The bracelet strap material is stain-resistant and comes in three different colours – Classic White, Classic Black, and Cream. Thanks to precision design and manufacturing, the honor Band is IP68 certified, making it dust-proof and waterproof to a depth of 1.5 m

As for platform support, the honor Band Z1 supports Android 4.4.4 and above for non-Huawei smartphones, Android 5.0 and above for Huawei smartphones, as well as iOS 7.0 and above. It has a standby battery life of up to 14 days, or 3 days of continuous use on a single charge.

The honor Band Z1 retails for RM 259 (~US$ 59), and is available now from VMALL.MY, Lazada and DirectD.

Page 3 : honor 5X and honor 7 Enhanced Edition

 

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honor 5X and honor 7 Enhanced Edition

26 January 2016 – Together with the Band Z1, honor also unveiled the new honor 5X to Malaysians today, bringing digital natives a meticulously designed metallic device that features a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 pixels Full-HD display, and a second-generation frame-free metallic fingerprint reader. Packed with an array of innovative functions and multimedia capabilities, the honor 5X is equipped to provide advanced yet intuitive experiences 24/7.

Also introduced was the new honor 7 Enhanced Edition, an updated model of the popular honor 7 smartphone. It now features 32GB of built-in storage, EMUI operating system version 4.0, and includes a Fast Charging Adaptor. It also now comes in Gold as an exclusive colour for the model.

 

Premium Metal

Inspired by the famous Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain, honor 5X’s sleek body blends the museum’s distinctive curved design with ergonomics principles to sit comfortably in the users’ hands. Made with a diamond-polished aluminium alloy and accentuated with a ceramic coating applied with a special brushing technique, honor 5X features a unique finish that stands out in the crowd.

 

Smarter fingerprint technology

honor 5X’s rear panel houses a second-generation, frame-free fingerprint sensor that offers stellar performance, accuracy and a 0.5-second unlocking time. The adaptive sensor boasts a self-learning capability that enhances scanning precision over time through the re-recording of registered fingerprints. The reader also supports intuitive gesture controls such as making a call or launching an app during locked mode, taking photos, pulling down and hiding the notification bar as well as cancelling alarms.

 

Spectacular Full HD display

Featuring a 5.5-inch 10-point multi-touch Full-HD IPS panel with a 1920×1080 pixel display and 16.7 million colours, the honor 5X also boasts a high 72.5 percent screen-to-body ratio. The pixel-by-pixel dynamic contrast adjustment control enables improved contrast under different lighting conditions and visibility through glare.

 

Professional camera at your fingertips

[adrotate banner=”4″]Capture every special moment with the honor 5X. Its cutting-edge cameras capture high-quality images with excellent clarity and dynamic colour reproduction.

The 13MP back-facing camera features an F2.0 aperture, 28mm wide-angle lens, a blue glass infrared filter, and a macro mode for close-up shots. With a SmartImage 3.0 image processor and anti-reflective coating on the camera lens, the honor 5X can easily capture vivid images even in low light.

The 5 MP front-facing camera includes a wide-angle F2.4 aperture lens, 22mm wide-angle lens, and an 88-degree viewing angle – making the honor 5X the perfect selfie tool. It is also complemented by a host of exciting new photo shooting modes such as ultra-snapshot, watermarks and object tracking, as well as video recording modes, which includes time-lapse and slow motion mode.

 

Smooth and responsive experience

Powered by a Qualcomm 64-bit octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board memory, the honor 5X has the muscle to offer a high-performance experience, and to run modern 3D games. It also comes with a large 3,000 mAh battery, integrated SmartPower 3.0 technology and an eight-point power saving plan that reduces power consumption by up to 30 percent.

As the first metallic honor phone to feature three different card slots — nano-SIM, micro-SIM, and microSD —you no longer need to make the difficult choice of either having extra storage, or an additional SIM for your second line. Both SIM slots are 4G enabled, and the microSD slot supports up to 128GB.

 

Enhancing the Honor 7

Based on the current top-seller model, the honor 7 Enhanced Edition adds a few new features to the already solid and superb model. It now comes with 32GB of on-board storage, up from 16GB. It also comes with a 9V2A Fast Charger, giving the honor 7 enhanced edition the ability to charge at twice the rate of the standard charger. It will come pre-installed with EMUI 4.0 out of the box, with updates planned in the near future.

The honor 5X will be available in three colours — Gold, Grey, and Silver, while the honor 7 Enhanced Edition will be available in Gold colour. Registration for interest for both devices begins today, and the official retail prices will be announced at a later date.

 

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Alcatel Flash 2 Upgrades Announced

Yesterday, we were invited to an Alcatel media briefing on the future roadmap of the Alcatel Flash 2 smartphone we reviewed earlier. If you recall, we pegged it as a hidden gem that delivers a whole lot of features and capabilities at a highly affordable price. Well, Alcatel just announced a bunch of Flash 2 upgrades!

In this video, Yogi Babria, the Flash E-Commerce Operations Director, revealed the new Alcatel Flash 2 upgrades in both hardware and software. Check it out!

 

Hardware Flash 2 Upgrades

Alcatel will offer two new back covers – a semi-translucent Mica White back cover, and a Rose Gold back cover. These back covers will be sold offline in stores, and will offer users the ability to change the look of their Alcatel Flash 2 smartphones.

Alcatel will also extend the Flash 2‘s mobile photography capabilities with the introduction of two lens upgrades.

The Flash 2 lens kit will consist of a fisheye lens and a macro lens, offering greater creative opportunities with the Alcatel Flash 2 smartphone.

The new lenses require the installation of a new back cover with a new lens cap. The lens cap not only ensures that the lenses are firmly attached, it also ensures maximum image quality using the two lenses.

 

Software Flash 2 Upgrades

[adrotate banner=”4″]On the software front, the biggest news is Alcatel’s announcement of an Android Marshmallow upgrade for the Flash 2 smartphone. They expect the Marshmallow update to be ready by March. This rather early upgrade is thanks to the fact that the Alcatel Flash 2 uses pure Android, instead of a customised Android operating system.

You don’t have to wait until March for a software upgrade though. Coming up next week is a major firmware upgrade that will greatly improve the Flash 2‘s photographic capabilities. It will improve the autofocus accuracy in selfies, as well as its macro performance. So watch out for the upgrade next week!

The winner of our Alcatel Flash 2 Giveaway Contest won’t have to worry though. We will upgrade it to Android Marshmallow before we ship it out! 😀

If you have no idea what the fuss is about, read our Alcatel Flash 2 Smartphone Review. Find out why we called it a hidden gem!

 

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OPPO F1 “Selfie Expert” Smartphone Revealed

January 21st, 2016 — OPPO F1, the first product of the newly announced F series, is now being introduced to the Malaysian market alongside its selfie ambassador, Nora Danish. Dubbed the “Selfie Expert”, F1 features a standout 8MP front-facing camera, a sophisticated photography platform, and powerful software specially designed to make capturing stunning selfies a breeze, all backed by OPPO’s spectacular build quality and design.

Introducing F1 to the Malaysian market, William Fang, Chief-Executive-Officer of OPPO Electronics said: “F1 is a selfie camera phone that we have tailored made for our local customers. It is a strategic decision for us to move our focus to a selfie-centric smartphone but we are confident that this selfie camera phone is going to be a hit in the midrange market as it is not only attractive with its extraordinary camera that assisted by selfie-focus software and hardware, its premium design, well-rounded internal builds that promises a sharper, steadier and longer lasting performance and with an irresistible price tag.”

“F1 is designed especially for selfie-lovers who can now skip all the hassle in putting on a full makeup and still look effortlessly, naturally beautiful. We are extremely thrilled to have our lovely Nora on board with us as the face of this new selfie savvy phone because Nora is truly a trend setter in mastering the art of selfies. In fact, her successful lifestyle has attracted more than 20 thousand fan ‘likes’ on Instagram on average per selfie. Her beauty, social savviness, expertise in her work and humble personality are values which are align with OPPO’s brand,” said Chen Lu, Brand Manager of OPPO Electronics

 

OPPO F1 – Tailored For Selfie Supremacy

The OPPO F1 features an 8MP front-facing camera with a wide f/2.0 aperture lens and a 1/4-inch sensor, allowing for 44% more light to enter the camera than an f/2.4 aperture lens, and resulting in shots that are 30% clearer than ones taken with an ordinary 5 MP front-facing camera. The F1 also offers OPPO’s ‘Beautify 3.0’ that removes blemishes, highlights a subject’s features and includes 3 different beautify modes along with 8 filters.

Meanwhile, to make snapping selfies in low-light conditions a seamless experience, F1 users can turn on the patented ‘Screen Flash’ feature to ensure natural-looking shots. With Screen Flash, faces will always come through bright, clear and natural. In addition, the OPPO F1 can snap selfies using hand gestures and spoken commands. By opening a palm in front of the camera, or simply by saying “Cheese!” users can activate an automatic selfie with an adjustable countdown.

Snappy performance is one more key factor in the F1’s outstanding user experience. The F1 sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 series Octa-core processor with 3GB RAM and 16GB ROM, which can be expanded by 128GB, providing abundant space for photo storage and ensuring multitasking fluency.

In addition to the outstanding selfie features, the F1 also offers a great overall photography experience. The F1 sports a 13 MP rear camera with an ISOCELL sensor for reducing pixel noise. The camera also features phase detection autofocus (PDAF), delivering a focus time of just 0.1 seconds, equivalent to the performance of an SLR camera. Meanwhile, the anti-shake optimization feature enables the camera to automatically select the clearest image from a huge buffer of image data the moment the shutter button is pressed.

The camera is backed by OPPO’s own Pure Image 2.0+ camera platform, offering a huge range of filters and plug-ins for everyone from the aspiring photographer to the meme-making savant. Users can also experiment with Ultra-HD, which creates 50 MP photos composed of four consecutive photos, or other eye-popping features like Super Macro, HDR, Double Exposure, Slow Shutter, Super GIF and more.

 

OPPO F1 – Born for beauty

OPPO believes beautiful photos need a beautiful phone to match. The 60-degree angles of the F1’s two eye-catching chamfered edges are the result of precise calculations and numerous rounds of testing to ensure an unbeatable hand feel without skimping on any of the visual impact.

Meanwhile, the OPPO’s designers scoured three countries in search of the finest aluminum alloy for the back panel. After putting the Japanese material they chose through close to 40 polishing procedures, the designers were able to make good on their vision of giving the F1 a texture like “metal silk”.

The F1 has a 5-inch display and is a mere 7.25 mm thick. Its thinness, together with its slight 134-gram weight, assures that the phone feels just right. With its 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 Screen, twice as strong as ordinary glass, the OPPO F1 is extra scratch-resistant, making for a phone that’s both durable and attractive to the touch.

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Best user experience ever

OPPO is improving its user experience all the time. And the new F1, with its featherweight price and heavy-hitting features, carries it forward again, bringing a snappy, fluid and stylish device to everyone.

With OPPO’s ColorOS 2.1, based on Android 5.1 and optimized for efficient use with the F1’s powerful battery, users can snap great photos non-stop. ColorOS is defined by efficiency and fun. With Screen Self-refresh technology, ColorOS allows the F1 to automatically adjust the screen refresh frequency to maximize battery life.

Other features include three-mode eye protection, app encryption, a security center suite, background clean-up for improved efficiency, data and energy saving, screen-off and screen-on command gestures, long screenshot, and simple mode, which is ideal for users of any age and past technology experience.

Phenomenal Dirac HD Sound is also in full effect on the OPPO F1. Providing high-fidelity stereo sound output for both earphones and speakers, Dirac HD Sound gives users an immersive, premium listening experience, regardless of which music player or app they use to jam out.

 

OPPO F1 Specifications

SpecificationsOPPO F1 Smartphone
Display5.0" IPS display
- 720 x 1280 resolution
- 294 PPI pixel density
Protection2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1 with ColorOS 2.1
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 616
- 8 x ARM Cortex-A53 processors
- Qualcomm Adreno 405 GPU
RAM3 GB
Storage16 GB internal flash storage
Upgradable to 128 GB via micro SD card
ConnectivityGSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
FDD 1/3/5/7/8/20/28
TDD 38/39/40/41
SIM SupportDual SIM Dual Standby
Front Camera8 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear Camera13 MP sensor
Audio SupportGlobally-applied Dirac HD Sound
Battery2,500 mAh lithium-ion
Dimensions71 mm wide
143.5 mm tall
7.25 mm thick
Weight134 g (with battery)

 

Availability & Price

[adrotate banner=”4″]The OPPO F1 “Selfie Expert” smartphone has a recommended retail price of RM 1,198 (~US$ 279).

Online purchases for the device start immediately on 22nd of January 2016 at 00:00:00am on OPPOStore.com.my. The first 200 customers on OPPOStore.com.my for the F1 will come bundled with a free OPPO Selfie Stick.

Customers who prefer to check out the OPPO F1 before they make their purchase, please take note that the OPPO F1 will be available for offline sales starting from 25th January 2016.

 

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Logitech “Be Free” & “Save The Couch Potato” Campaigns

The ‘Be Free’ and ‘Save the Couch Potato’ campaigns were created to provide solutions and meet the evolving demand of the consumer. The products featured in the ‘Be Free’ campaigns, the Logitech K480, Logitech K380 and Logitech M337, were designed specifically to address the needs of the consumers who use multiple devices with different operating systems. Additionally, the Logitech K400 Plus, was created to ‘Save the Couch Potato’ and designed for those who want to work, create and relax from the comfort of their couches.

The Logitech K480 was designed from the need to be able to connect to multiple devices with different operating seamlessly. With its Bluetooth connectivity and Easy-Switch function, consumers can ‘Be Free’ and work with up to three devices simultaneously. The Logitech K480 has received positive feedback from the general public.

Stemming from the simple idea of having the flexibility to choose, the Logitech K380 was developed following positive feedback of the Logitech K480. It’s ability to easily recognize different operating systems once connected to a device is a prime example of how Logitech aims to address the needs of the consumer who use more than a single device.

The Logitech K380 is also smaller and more compact than its predecessor which makes it more portable and easy to carry around. Additionally, the Logitech M337 also allows users to ‘Be Free’ as it easily connects to devices regardless of preferred operating system.

The Logitech K400 Plus was launched in response to the growing Smart TV and PC-to-TV Entertainment market. Aimed at saving the ‘Couch Potato’, the Logitech K400 Plus offers us the ease of controlling their TV via their PC from the comfort of their couches. In designing the Logitech K400 Plus, Logitech collaborated with other electronics manufacturers to create the perfect living room keyboard. Since it’s debut in South East Asia, the Logitech K400 Plus has received tremendous feedback.

 

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Future-Ready Workplace With New 2016 Dell Computers

January 14, 2016 – Dell today announced a comprehensive range of end-user 2016 Dell computing solutions that address the diverse demands of mobile workers and professionals worldwide. Designed to help users stay productive, these solutions bring the latest computing technologies within sleek form factors that meet the needs of a tech-savvy workforce always on the go.

Together with an industry-leading portfolio of software, peripherals and services, Dell is solidifying its position as an end-to-end IT solutions provider, by delivering the most secure, manageable and reliable systems available today. In partnership with Microsoft and Intel, these systems ship with the new Windows 10 platform and 6th Generation Intel Core processors or the latest Intel Xeon processors for mobile workstations, enhancing customers’ everyday experience.

“2015 has been an amazing year for us, so we wish to continue meeting our customers’ most pressing computing needs by bringing together industry-leading solutions to deliver powerful and beautifully-balanced products to our customers.” said KT Ong, General Manager, Commercial Business, Dell Malaysia. “We are investing in this part of our business like never before, bringing new innovations to market that are redefining the role of the PC – whether it’s an ultra-mobile 2-in-1 or a desktop that now handles workloads for a mobile workforce who require a robust collaboration solution.”

Michal Golebiewski, Chief Marketing and Operations Officer, Microsoft Malaysia elaborates on this unique partnership, “Microsoft is accelerating its vision of being the productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world. Our goal is to empower every organization and individual to do more and achieve more, and nowhere is this more evident than with Windows 10. As of January this year, more than 76% of our enterprise customers are on active pilots of Windows 10, and we now have over 22 million devices running Windows 10 across enterprise and education customers. We are proud that together with Dell, we’re able to bring the familiarity of Windows together with top-notch computing solutions to businesses in Malaysia to address the working demands of an ever evolving workplace.”

 

Getting Future-Ready With New 2016 Dell Computers

In this video, Tan Hiang, the Senior Brand Manager (EUC) of Dell South Asia gives his presentation about getting the workplace future-ready. Then he reveals the slew of new Dell computers (including tablets, 2-in-1s, Precision ultrabooks, etc.) that is being launched that very day. Check it out!

 

New Latitude 13 7000, Latitude 12 7000, Latitude 11 5000

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The Latitude portfolio was founded upon business-class security, manageability and reliability. The entire Latitude 3000, 5000 and 7000 Series has been completely refreshed with thin and light designs, excellent efficiency and powerful processing options.

Dell has elevated its commercial lineup by taking design cues from its highly acclaimed XPS line, so commercial customers can enjoy the same sleek form factor and unique materials that deliver light weight and rigidity throughout the lineup.

With an emphasis on creating beautiful products that people will be proud to carry, the addition of the Latitude 13 7000 Series Ultrabook™, Latitude 12 7000 Series 2-in-1, and Latitude 11 5000 Series 2-in-1 build off of the key pillars that IT demands while offering the high performance needed for today’s fast-paced and demanding work environments.

 

Precision Workstations Boasts More Power

Redesigned inside and out to meet the needs of creative professionals, the new mobile workstations combine the beauty of thinner, lighter industrial designs and brilliant displays with the performance of the latest graphics technology, new processors and faster memory and storage.

Significant updates have also been made to the entry fixed line of Dell Precision tower solutions to meet the needs of customers who require peak performance at an affordable price. Enhanced with certifications for professional applications and innovative support, the Precision workstations allows professionals to experience uninterrupted workflow for higher efficiency.

This portfolio makes huge leaps in performance with configuration options including the new 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processors, first Intel® Xeon® processors for mobile workstations and future Intel Xeon processors E3-1200 product families. The latest professional graphics from AMD and NVIDIA deliver significant compute capacity and best-in-class visual performance.

Innovative new screen options include the first PremierColor 4k Ultra HD displays with 100% minimum Adobe RGB color gamut. On the other hand, Full HD and UHD options on its InfinityEdge display offers a virtually borderless screen to give a 15.6″ viewing area in a shockingly small form factor.

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2016 Dell OptiPlex Desktops Optimize the Modern Workplace

The fully revamped OptiPlex portfolio, the world’s most secure and manageable commercial desktops, changes perceptions about the commercial desktop with its smaller, faster and more energy-efficient Micro Form Factor, Small Form Factor, and Mini Tower designs. The rapidly evolving workforce requires businesses to invest in technology that enables employees to work faster, make better decisions, and be more productive and collaborative.

The Mini Tower is 43 percent smaller than the previous generation and Micro desktops can save more than 7,700 square feet of valuable workspace when replacing 10,000 legacy desktops – this is important as companies are reimagining a more collaborative and future-ready work environment. The updated portfolio, which is leveraging a new 3000/5000/7000 model numbering structure to simplify product comparison and selection for customers, includes:

  • OptiPlex 7040: Enterprise-class desktop with premium management and security and the most expandability, including discrete graphics, dual hard drives and triple display, all in an innovative, compact design;
  • OptiPlex 5040: A full-featured commercial desktop with advanced performance, best-in-class security and manageability, without sacrificing the business-critical features;
  • OptiPlex 3040: A business desktop offering best-in-class security, manageability and high performance at the lowest entry price point for a commercial desktop;
  • OptiPlex 24 7000 Series All-In-One (7440): The world’s most secure all-in-one with an ultra-sleek and premium design, a 23.8-inch Full HD display and an optional 4K Ultra HD display;
  • OptiPlex 22 3000 Series All-In-One (3240): An all-in-one experience with business-class performance, productivity features, and new 21.5-inch Full HD display.

 

2016 Dell Peripherals

As the No. 1 monitor brand worldwide, Dell unveiled a new collection of CES Innovation Award-winning monitors, including a stunning Ultra HD 4K OLED monitor and two new InfinityEdge monitors that offer a virtually bezel-less display.

The Dell UltraSharp 30 Ultra HD 4K OLED monitor is Dell’s first OLED monitor, bringing together the advantages of OLED display technology to PC professionals working in color-critical environments such as graphic arts and photography. The monitor delivers a cutting-edge typical contrast ratio of 400,000:1 that delivers “True Black”, coverage of industry color spaces such as AdobeRGB and DCI-P3, brilliantly detailed Ultra HD 4K resolution and an ultra-fast response time of 0.1 ms.

The Dell UltraSharp InfinityEdge monitors feature the world’s first InfinityEdge displays with ultra-thin borders on all sides. Designed with a complementing arm that offers greater adjustment flexibility and integrated cable management, this recipient of 2016 CES Awards in Innovation and Eco-Design helps maximize workspace and minimize desktop clutter. Both the 27-inch Quad HD and 23.8-inch Full HD monitors support unparalleled screen performance, color precision and extensive connectivity.

Critical to productivity and multitasking, Dell offers a comprehensive ecosystem of accessories to complete the working experience. The recently announced Dell Dock and the Dell Thunderbolt Dock offer commercial users the opportunity to effectively integrate displays, mice and external keyboards. Both new docks are equipped with the next generation USB Type-C ports which supports USB, DP, Thunderbolt and power through a single cable in a slim form factor.

The Dell Dock is essential for desk workers, hotel cubes and hot desks, and conference room collaboration; while the Dell Thunderbolt Dock with Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 technology, is a flawless fit for power users and traditional workstation clients, such as Dell Precision customers.

 

2016 Dell Document Hub and Multifunction Printers

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As part of Dell’s end-to-end solutions for business customers, the new H-Series and S-Series multifunction printers are designed to meet the online collaboration needs of businesses of all sizes. With 64 percent of workers performing at least some of their work tasks at home and half of desktop users incorporating other devices as well, it has become necessary for offices to offer complete printer connectivity wherever workers may be and whatever devices they may be using.

The new H-Series printers (models H625cdw, H825cdw, and H815dw) include the Dell Document Hub, which allows customers access to multiple cloud storage services at the same time, such as Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Salesforce or Evernote for easy sharing and printing. The printers provide direct access to the Document Hub from the printer or PC for office-based employees, while remote employees can access it as an app on their mobile device or PC. Ideal for smaller organizations and executive offices, the printers provide easy Wi-Fi set up by SMBs and micro-businesses with limited or no IT teams.

The S-Series smart/multifunction printers (models S2825cdn and S2815dn) are designed for the robust security needs of larger enterprises with built-in security features, easy scanning to SharePoint On-Premise, as well as printing from Android and iOS devices using the Dell Document Hub app.

 

2016 Dell Computer Pricing & Availability

Product Starting Price (including GST)
Latitude 7000 series E7270 RM 5,180 (~US$ 1,205)
Latitude 7000 series E7470 RM 5,198 (~US$ 1,209)
Latitude 5000 series E5270 RM 4,428 (~US$ 1,030)
Latitude 5000 series E5470 RM 5,778 (~US$ 1,344)
Latitude 5000 series E5570 RM 5,383 (~US$ 1,252)
Latitude 3000 series E3470 RM 3,251 (~US$ 756)
Latitude 3000 series E3570 RM 3,255 (~US$ 757)
Latitude 11 5000 Series 2-in-1 (5175) Available in the coming weeks
Latitude 12 7000 Series 2-in-1 (7275) Available in the coming weeks
Latitude 13 7000 Series Ultrabook (7370) Available in the coming weeks
Precision 17 7000 Series: 17” – 7710 RM 7,652 (~US$ 1,780)
Precision 15 7000 Series: 15” – 7510 RM 7,922 (~US$ 1,842)
Precision 15 5000 Series: 15” – 5510 RM 9,143 (~US$ 2,126)
Precision 15 3000 Series: 15” – 3510 RM 6,404 (~US$ 1,489)
Precision Tower 3000 Series – 3620 RM 3,784 (~US$ 880)
Precision Tower 3000 Series – 3420 RM 3,832 (~US$ 891)
OptiPlex 7000 Series Micro Desktop – 7040 RM 3,445 (~US$ 801)
OptiPlex 5000 Series – 5040 RM 3,103 (~US$ 721)
OptiPlex 3000 Series Micro PC Desktop – 3040 RM 2,416 (~US$ 562)
OptiPlex 24 7000 Series All-in-One – 7440 RM 4,242 (~US$ 987)
OptiPlex 22 3000 Series All-in-One – 3240 RM 3,451 (~US$ 803)
Dell UltraSharp 27 InfinityEdge Monitor U2717D RM 2,389 (~US$ 556)
Dell UltraSharp 24 InfinityEdge Monitor U2417H RM 1,099 (~US$ 256)
Dell UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD 4K Monitor with PremierColor UP3216Q RM 5,399 (~US$ 1,256)
Dell Docks & Dell Thunderbolt Docks Available in the coming weeks. Pricing to be announced upon product availability
Dell Color Smart Multifunction Printer  H625cdw RM 1,999 (~US$ 465)
Dell Color Cloud Multifunction Printer H825cdw RM 2,279 (~US$ 530)
Dell Cloud Multifunction Printer H815dw RM 2,109 (~US$ 490)
Dell Color Smart Multifunction Printer S2825cdn RM 2,159 (~US$ 502)
Dell Smart Multifunction Printer S2815dn RM 1,999 (~US$ 465)

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ASUS ZenFone Zoom Offers 3X Optical Zoom & OIS

We were invited to the ASUS Zensation event on the 13th of January 2016 for the official launch and first look of the ASUS ZenFone Zoom smartphone. Thanks to a unique periscope arrangement of the 10-element Hoya lens array, the ASUS ZenFone Zoom is the world’s thinnest smartphone to feature an actual optical zoom lens! Join us as we take a look at this exciting new smartphone from ASUS.

 

Launching The ASUS ZenFone Zoom

ASUS held the exclusive media launch event at the swanky Pan-Asian restaurant, Ruyi & Lyn in Bangsar.

In this video, Li Huai Pin, Country Product Manager (Smartphone) from ASUS Malaysia gives us a technical briefing of the new ASUS ZenFone Zoom smartphone. He also revealed that the new ASUS ZenFone Zoom smartphone will be priced at RM 2,099 (~US$ 489) and available for sale by the end of January 2016.

Then Peter Tan, an award-winning photographer and photography judge, shared his experience trying out the ASUS ZenFone Zoom‘s photographic capability for the previous 4 days. He also showed off the various photos he took with the ZenFone Zoom, to demonstrate its photographic prowess.

Now, let’s take a closer look at the new ASUS ZenFone Zoom smartphone in the next page!

ASUS ZenFone Zoom Key Features

The ASUS ZenFone Zoom was definitely designed to offer the ultimate photographic capabilities in a compact smartphone. The emphasis on its photographic features is obvious in its list of key features :

See the world up close: 3X optical zoom and OIS, 10-element lens, Real Tone flash and laser focus

ZenFone Zoom is the world’s thinnest smartphone optical-zoom smartphone, with a 13MP PixelMaster rear camera and 3X lens in a body that measures just 5mm at the edges. The innovative 10-element digital eye was created by the optics experts at Hoya. Glass, synthetic and prismatic lenses are meticulously configured in a dual-prism periscope arrangement to maximize incoming light and capture the best possible photo quality. Built-in optical image stabilization (OIS) ensures sharper, steadier shots every time — even at maximum 3X optical magnification.

The rear camera benefits from dual-LED Real Tone flash to create the most natural illumination for indoor portraits, generating the perfect combination of yellow and white to capture lifelike colors and skin tones. ZenFone Zoom’s rear lens also has laser auto-focus to point and shoot with total clarity in just 0.03 second.

Pocket-sized DSLR experience: Periscopic design, pro results and premium finish

Designing the word’s thinnest optical-zoom smartphone required innovative thinking, with ASUS engineers rotating ZenFone Zoom’s lens mechanism to create a compact, intricately-calibrated periscope-style layout. Coupled with a Panasonic SmartFSI® image sensor, ZenFone Zoom captures more light and more color — revealing detail and beauty in both natural and low-light compositions that other smartphone cameras will never see.

ZenFone Zoom’s design takes its cue from the look and feel of professional DSLR cameras, with dedicated buttons for shooting, recording and telephoto operations. Its strong unibody frame is precision-crafted to a metallic finish that’s cool and smooth to the touch, with a choice of premium Pure Black or sleek Ceramic White on the rear — and diamond-cut to create four stunning patterns across the back and sides. ZenFone Zoom even has an integrated a safety loop and many stylish strap options, for confident shooting from any angle.

The intuitive ZenUI Camera app makes it a cinch to capture professional-quality photographs. ASUS-exclusive Super Resolution mode applies multi-frame-fusion technology to create incredibly-detailed photos. Four high-resolution 13MP shots are fused to create a single image of with clarity that’s four times (4X) greater than a single shot. Night or day, ZenFone Zoom captures more detail and less noise — and Super Resolution shots of up to 52MP.

ZenFone Zoom excels at macro photography, enabling extreme close-ups as near as 5cm (2-inch) to reveal new and unseen worlds of detail, and is ready to turn pro with one tap — with Manual mode allowing instant adjustment of shutter speed, exposure value, white balance, ISO and a host of other professional-grade settings.

PC grade performance: 64-bit quad-core power, 4GB RAM, 250Mbit/s LTE and Full HD IPS display

ZenFone Zoom’s 64-bit quad-core Intel® Atom processor carefully balances brilliant performance and superb power efficiency, empowered by Intel’s sophisticated 22nm Silvermont architecture. Intel’s new Tri-Gate transistors have three times (3x) more surface area than planar transistors, enabling the flow of more electrons to increase computing performance and reduce power leakage. ZenFone Zoom also has a huge 4GB of fast dual-channel DDR3 RAM, and up to 128GB of storage as an option.

Featuring LTE Category 4+ for download speeds up to 250Mbit/s, and a 60ms touch-response time, ZenFone Zoom delivers fast, fluid experience anywhere; and with a high-capacity 3000mAh battery, users are able to work and play from dawn to dusk. ZenFone Zoom also benefits from exclusive ASUS BoostMaster[1] technology for turbo-speed charging taking the battery from 0% to 60% in just 39 minutes.

[adrotate banner=”4″]ZenFone Zoom’s expansive 5.5-inch 1920×1080 Full HD IPS display offers wide 178-degree viewing angles, and a fantastic 403ppi pixel density to render every image in eye-popping detail. The display includes exclusive ASUS TruVivid technology, which seamlessly transforms the conventional four-layer design into an innovative two-layer construction with full lamination. Fusing the cover-glass and touch-panel layers eliminates the air gap, bringing everything closer to the user’s touch.

The Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 display offers twice (2x) the drop-damage resistance of its predecessor, a 2.5X increase in retained strength and is 85% less likely to break in daily use — making it safer and stronger than ever before.”

[1] The 18W BoostMaster adapter is included only with the 2.3GHz/4GB ZenFone Zoom model.

Now, let’s take a look at its full specifications, price and availability!

ASUS ZenFone Zoom Specifications

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone Zoom
ModelZX551ML
Processor2.5 GHz Intel Atom Z3590 (quad-core)
Graphics ProcessorPowerVR G6430 GPU
Operating SystemAndroid 5.0 Lollipop with ASUS ZenUI
Display5.5" Full HD IPS display
- 1080 x 1920 resolution
- 403 ppi pixel density
- 400 cd/m2 maximum brightness
- full-screen lamination
Display ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 4 with oleophobic coating
Main Camera- 13 MP Panasonic SmartFSI sensor
- Hoya f/2.7-4.8 lens
- 10-element lens array in periscope arrangement
- 3X optical zoom
- Optical image stabilization (OIS)
- Laser auto-focus
- Real-toen dual LED flash
Front Selfie Camera- 5 MP sensor
- f/2.0 aperture
Network Standards- GSM / GPRS / EDGE
- WCDMA / HSPA+/DC-HSPT+
- FDD-LTE
- Single micro SIM
Wireless Connectivity- 802.11ac
- WiFi Direct
- Bluetooth 4.0
Memory4 GB mDDR3 SDRAM
Storage- 128 GB internal flash storage
- microSD card slot (supports up to 64 GB)
Location SensorsGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
Other SensorsAccelerometer, proximity, ambient light, gyro, digital compass and Hall-effect sensors
Connectors- 3.5mm audio jack
- microUSB 2.0 port
Battery3,000 mAh non-removable lithium-ion polymer battery
Dimensions78.84 mm wide
158.9 mm tall
5 mm to 11.95 mm thick
Weight185 g
Available ColoursPure Black, Ceramic White

 

ASUS ZenFone Zoom Price & Availability

The ASUS ZenFone Zoom has been priced at RM 2,099 (~US$ 489) and will be available for sale by the end of January 2016. If you are overseas, check out these ASUS ZenFone Zoom offers :

Samsung 3S Smart Service Contest

Kuala Lumpur, January 7, 2016 – As part of Samsung Malaysia Electronics Sdn Bhd’s focus and on-going commitment to provide top notch after sales service, the company today organised a 3S Smart Service contest for its service centre (SVCs) and call centre (CCC) staffs nationwide. Samsung’s customer service stands firm to their 3S motto; speed, solution and satisfaction.

Samsung’s 3S Smart Service contest served as an ideal platform for customer service officers to level up their customer service skills as well as product and technical knowledge to offer the best in class quality services that responds to the needs and preferences of customers. The contest is also aimed at encouraging the SVCs and CCCs to continuously strive for customer service excellence to boost customer satisfaction.

“The key objective of 3S Smart Service Contest is to highlight the importance of mastering a high level of Technical Knowledge and Repair skills. At the same time, to show empathy to our valued customers that we care for them,” said Park Jae Doo, Director, Customer Satisfaction Team, Samsung Southeast Asia & Oceania.

The Samsung Smart Service programme is designed specifically to meet the needs of Samsung customers through a personalised and convenient service experience. Samsung’s dedicated teams are trained to provide the quickest resolution for their consumers’ devices, deliver express in-home technician for convenience and operate a steadfast 24/7 care line to answer all customers’ inquiries. Other services provided by Samsung include in-store software updates, free set-up and installations, component replacements and fast off-site repairs.

To ensure that consumers will benefit from easily accessible service points around Malaysia, there are a total of 151 smartphone service points and 94 service points for consumer electronic products. The brand also has 126 Brand Stores and dealers nationwide where customers can drop off and collect their phones easily. Express Service Centres on the other hand are centrally located in most major cities in Peninsular and East Malaysia.

 

Samsung 3S Smart Service Contest Tour

Take a tour with Samsung as they show you how they put their top 85 engineers and customer service officers through the gruelling tests in this contest!

 

Samsung Engineer Taking Apart A Samsung Smartphone

Watch this Samsung engineer take apart a Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphone. It doesn’t look easy at all! 😀

 
 

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Kenxinda Flattop Ruggedised Mobile Devices Revealed

The smartphone market today can be divided into three segments – the premium segment, medium segment and the budget segment. The premium segment is dominated by Apple and Samsung with smartphones that are made from the best materials available and offer superior user experience. The medium segment is dominated by the likes of OnePlus and Xiaomi with an emphasis on performance. Finally, we have the budget segment with entry-level smartphones at very low cost.

While the premium segment remains relatively rarefied, the medium segment is getting squeezed by the budget segment. With many small manufacturers entering the smartphone market, it is getting harder for them to differentiate their products in such a saturated market.

Kenxinda aims to penetrate this difficult market with focusing on the niche ruggedised devices market. Hence, on the last day of 2015, they officially launched the Kenxinda Flattop series of ruggedised mobile devices, as well as the Kenxinda W3 smartwatch. The stars of the launch were, without doubt, their Flattop series of ruggedised mobile devices.

 

Kenxinda Flattop Launch Video

 

Kenxinda Flattop Ruggedised Mobile Devices

The Kenxinda Flattop mobile devices are waterproof, dust-proof and shock-proof. They are designed to work in harsh conditions, being IP68-certified and MIL-STD-810G rated. That means they will take pretty much all the abuse you can throw at them and still work.

Kenxinda launched a mix of 7 devices – 5 smartphones, together with one feature phone and one power bank. The Kenxinda smartphone models (W5 to W9) run on Android 5.0.1 Take a look at their key specifications and recommended retail prices :

ModelBasic SpecificationsPrice
Kenxinda Flattop W9 Smartphone1.3 GHz octa-core processor
2 GB RAM + 16 GB storage
6.0" HD display
8 MP rear + 5 MP front cameras
4000 mAh battery
4G LTE, dual SIM, dual standby
RM 2,299
~US$ 539
Kenxinda Flattop W8 Smartphone1.3 GHz octa-core processor
2 GB RAM + 16 GB storage
5.5" HD display
8 MP rear + 5 MP front cameras
3000 mAh battery
4G LTE, dual SIM, dual standby
RM 1,699
~US$ 399
Kenxinda Flattop W7 Smartphone1.3 GHz quad-core processor
1 GB RAM + 8 GB storage
5.0" HD display
8 MP rear + 5 MP front cameras
2800 mAh battery
4G LTE, dual SIM, dual standby
RM 1,399
~US$ 329
Kenxinda Flattop W6 Smartphone1.3 GHz quad-core processor
1 GB RAM + 8 GB storage
4.5" QHD display
5 MP rear + 2 MP front cameras
2600 mAh battery
4G LTE, dual SIM, dual standby
RM 1,099
~US$ 259
Kenxinda Flattop W5 Smartphone1.3 GHz quad-core processor
1 GB RAM + 8 GB storage
4.0" display
5 MP rear + 2 MP front cameras
2800 mAh battery
4G LTE, dual SIM, dual standby
RM 899
~US$ 209
Kenxinda Flattop W3 Feature Phone32 MB RAM + 32 MB storage
2.2" TFT display (240 x 320)
< 3 MP rear camera
1800 mAh battery
2G connectivity
RM 239
~US$ 59
Kenxinda Flattop Max7 Power Bank10400 mAh lithium-ion battery
Output current : 2.1 A
Input current : 1.5 A
RM 299
~US$ 69

Kenxinda also demonstrated the ruggedised capabilities of these mobile devices, subjecting them to water, dust and dirt. We were also given the opportunity to throw these mobile devices around. You can check out their demonstration here.

 

Kenxinda W3 Smartwatch

Kenxinda also launched a smaller and more affordable smartwatch – the Kenxinda W3. The name is confusing since Kenxinda also has a Flattop feature phone with the same model number.

[adrotate banner=”4″]The Kenxinda W3 has a 1.44″ LCD display with a resolution of 128 x 128 pixels, and even a 0.8 MP camera built-in! It even has telephony capability through a SIM slot that supports the quad-band GSM network (you don’t need an LTE connection on a smartwatch and the GSM connectivity offers the best battery life).

It has 32 MB of RAM and 32 MB of internal storage, with a microSD slot for additional storage. Its 300 mAh battery is sufficient to provide up to 50 hours of use. The Kenxinda W3 also comes with an integrated FM radio and Bluetooth 3.0 support.

Unbelievably, Kenxinda is pricing the Kenxinda W3 smartwatch at just RM 169 (~US$ 39), with a FREE Bluetooth earphone to boot!

 

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Tech ARP In 2016 – End Of An Era, Beginning Of A New One

Happy New Year, everyone! Welcome to 2016!

We are so excited to start the new year! 2015 has been a significant year for Tech ARP. It was a year in which we revived not one, but two websites from dormancy.

 

Tech ARP – Then & Now

In 2015, we brought Tech ARP up from its low simmer over the last few years, to full blast! We started slow but we finished strong in the end.

Thanks to the phenomenal efforts of Team ARP’s Ken and Chai, we not only migrated Tech ARP to a new SSD-cached cloud server, we also revamped its backend and design. Check out the culmination of their joint effort!

 

The new website not only looks sleeker and loads faster, it also allows Team ARP to invite new writers to join the team. So let us know if you would like to join Team ARP and contribute to our never-ending quest to write about our passion – technology!

 

The Rojak Pot – Then & Now

Tech ARP originally started as Adrian’s Rojak Pot in 1998 (yes, we are now of legal age!!!) at the URL of www.rojakpot.com. I named it as such because I wrote about everything under the sky. Eventually, it got pretty big and focused on Tech. Hence we renamed it as Tech ARP, with the ARP paying homage to its humble origins.

In 2015, we revived www.rojakpot.com, and rebranded it as The Rojak Pot. The idea was to return to its roots and use it to write about more diverse topics – from health and medicine to politics and military affairs, from scams and hoaxes to food reviews and satire. Basically – a literal rojak!

Take a look at how Adrian’s Rojak Pot looked like in 2001, and how The Rojak Pot looks like today :

The Rojak Pot was revived only 6 months ago, but we have already published 137 articles and racked up over half a million visitors! It has been an amazing reboot of our original website, and we are looking forward to bringing our eclectic mix (rojak) of articles to more readers in 2016!

If you like the style of articles we write at The Rojak Pot, and would like to join our team, let us know! 😀

Oculus CV1 & HTC Vive Virtual Reality Test Drive

Earlier this month, we attended an exclusive NVIDIA event in Singapore. The event started with a briefing on how NVIDIA was going to deliver near real-time ray tracing to the masses, with a demo of that capability on an NVIDIA Shield tablet.

As a bonus, we were also given the opportunity to try out not only the Oculus CV1, but also the HTC Vive, virtual reality headsets. As the software being demonstrated was still under embargo, we could not take any pictures of the display. But we still managed to take videos and pictures of the experience. Check them out!

 

The Oculus CV1

This is likely the same Oculus CV1 + Xbox 360 controller setup they used at E3. We had a few minutes to try out some of the titles they prepared – Edge of Nowhere, EVE Valkyrie, AirMech VR, etc.

The experience was amazing although we can see that virtual reality is still not ready for prime time. The Oculus CV1 still did not have sufficiently high resolution to be really immersive. The headset itself, while reasonably light, was still cumbersome and it can get a little steamy inside. Although the cable was not noticeable once you start playing, we like the freedom that a wireless solution like the Samsung Gear VR offers.

The biggest problem was the controller. The Xbox 360 controller was, perhaps, not the best controller for these games. Or maybe I’m just too used to PC gaming. During the test drive, we needed “outside” help to realign our orientation. Perhaps a dedicated button on the headset to realign orientation would be useful.

 

The HTC Vive

NVIDIA set up two rather large HTC Vive booths, each with a HTC Vive headset and a lighthouse system inside. We got to experience a slew of virtual reality experiences and apps over 20 minutes. We also got to try out the Chaperone safety system, which warned us whenever we come close to the wall.

The HTC Vive was amazing. Although it looks heavy, the headset was quite comfortable. It was immersive and fun to use. The controllers were quite intuitive to use although they obviously do not allow for precise control. The Chaperone system also worked very well, warning us when we approached a wall.

However, we were a little frustrated by the cumbersome cabling. Even if you don’t actually trip over the cables, you “feel” them get in the way when you walk all over the room. That kind of disrupted the experience.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, Everyone!

All of us in Team ARP would like to wish all our Christian readers a very merry Christmas, and everyone else happy holidays!

If you are travelling this holiday season, we wish you safe travels. If you are enjoying the holidays at home, don’t forget to check out some of the holiday freebies we have posted, and grab them while they are still available! 😀

We would also like to wish you all a Happy New Year as we count down to 2016. May the new year bring us even more joy and happiness!

Team ARP

Pixelmator for Mac Is Now FREE! (Updated)

The year-end and new year holiday season is upon us! From now until the first few days of 2016, the Internet will be replete with a ton of offers and freebies to celebrate the end of 2015, and a new start to 2016.

Here at Tech ARP, we will be posting some of the best offers and freebies, so check back often! In the meantime, enjoy this freebie – Pixelmator for Mac!

 

How To Download Pixelmator For Free!

Pixelmator for Mac is a full-featured photo editor for the Mac. It lets you enhance and touch up photos, sketch, draw and paint, add text and shapes, apply dazzling effects, and more. It retails for US$29.99, but you can now download, own and use Pixelmator for FREE!

All you have to go to this special Pixelmator landing page and answer a single question based on this free issue of the Mac|Life magazine. Here are a few cheat questions and answers for those of you who are too lazy to even make the effort :

What was the slogan for the Apple ad campaign we feature on p98?
Think different
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What is the name of the robot arm featured in our Crave section (p19)
Dobot
On p. 59, we recommend the 7 best apps for?
Making movies
On what page will you find the Pixelmator giveaway offer?
77
What $9.99 Boy & Bear album do we recommend in our $50 iTunes Card section on p20?
Limit of Love
What Pixar film do we recommend in our $50 iTunes Card section on p20?
Inside Out
In this issue we’ve reviewed an Olympus camera that looks like a lens on p76. What is the name of the camera?
Olympus Air A01
What Pixar film do we recommend in our $50 iTunes Card section on p20?
Inside Out

Whether you use the spoilers above or not, we strongly suggest you pay Mac|Life back by downloading their free issue.

 

The Pixelmator Offer Has Been Suspended

Sadly, Pixelmator has suspended the offer, probably due to the overwhelming response.

However, since they did not tie the Pixelmator offer to the Apple Store (it came in the form of a ZIP file download), you will have no problem getting a copy of it from those who managed to download it earlier, or from peer-to-peer sharing networks.

Not to worry though. We have just announced the Creatable + MacPhun Design Freebie Bundle! Go download it right now!

Creatable + MacPhun Design Freebie Bundle

The year-end and new year holiday season is upon us! From now until the first few days of 2016, the Internet will be replete with a ton of offers and freebies to celebrate the end of 2015, and a new start to 2016.

Here at Tech ARP, we will be posting some of the best offers and freebies, so check back often! In the meantime, enjoy this freebie from Creatable and MacPhun Software!

 

Creatable + MacPhun Design Freebie Bundle

Creatable and MacPhun Software have jointly released a Design Freebie Bundle of 27 resource packs worth $456, but is now FREE to download and use!

 

The Creatable + MacPhun Design Freebie Bundle consists of the following software :

  • Focus CK for Mac – $60 value
  • Simple Icons Set – $50 value
  • Photoshop Actions by Filterlicious – $24 value
  • UI Kit for Apple Watch Apps – $29 value
  • Mac Mockups Set – $18 value
  • Monobrand iOS UI Kit – $38 value
  • Lightroom Presets by CreativePresets – $19 value
  • Retro Jam UI Kit – $19 value
  • Exeo UI Kit – $35 value
  • Workspace Hero Images – $12 value
  • Gradient Presentation Template – $9 value
  • Royal UI Kit – $9 value
  • Tech Brochure & Newsletter Template – $23 value
  • Party Vector Icons – $4 value
  • Combinations UI Kit – $6 value
  • Boost UI Kit – $28 value
  • Winter Watercolor Backgrounds – $8 value
  • 48 Watercolor Backgrounds – $10 value
  • Artistic Backgrounds – $5 value
  • Sketch Art Photoshop Action – $5 value
  • Realistic Painting Action V2 – $5 value
  • Anaglyph PS Action – $3 value
  • Creative Design Business Cards – $3 value
  • Creative Corporate Design Letterhead – $3 value
  • Quick Paint PS Action – $3 value
  • Stationery Mockups – $3 value
  • Christmas Infographics & Illustrations – $20 value
  • Business Infographics – $5 value

Although some of them are Mac-specific, many of the resources can be used with Windows and Linux PCs.

 

How To Download The Design Freebie Bundle

Just click here to get to the Creatable + MacPhun Design Freebie Bundle landing page. Once you are there, just click on the Get This Free > link, and this screen will pop-up :

Just key in your email address and click Continue >>

You will receive an email with a secure link to download those resources.

Please note that you only need to do this once, because the offer is for ALL 27 resources. You do not have to “purchase” each free resource individually.

Enjoy!

Chord Mojo : Studio Quality Audio For Smartphones!

On the 9th of December 2015, we were invited to the launch and tech briefing of the Chord Mojo from Chord Electronics. What is the Chord Mojo? It is a portable digital-to-analogue converter and amplifier designed to deliver studio quality audio from your smartphones and tablets. Check it out!

 

Chord Mojo – Smartphones Deserve Better Audio

In this video, Chord Electronics CEO John Franks, talks about Chord Electronics and why the Chord Mojo is so important in reinventing audio for smartphones. He also talks about how the Chord Mojo is specifically designed for mobile devices like smartphones, being very portable even with 8-10 hours of battery life.

 

How It Delivers Studio Quality Audio From Your Smartphone

In this video, the designer of the Chord Mojo and Chord Hugo, Robert Watts, goes into the technology that powers the new Chord Mojo. Learn how the Chord Mojo delivers studio quality audio from your mobile devices!

 

Chord Mojo Features & Specifications

  • The Mojo works with your iPhone, Android or Windows smartphone
  • The Mojo is also compatible with your Mac, PC or Linux computer.
  • The Mojo has three digital inputs – USB, coaxial and optical.[adrotate banner=”4″]
  • The Mojo’s lithium-ion polymer battery charges in just 4 hours to provide up to 10 hours of use.
  • You can connect up to two (2) pairs of headphones or earphones with the Mojo (4 Ω to 800 Ω)
  • The Mojo plays all files from 32 kHz to 768 kHz, and even DSD 512.
  • The Mojo is fully automatic, and remembers its last-used settings.
  • The Mojo case is precision-machined from a single solid block of aluminium.
  • The Mojo is entirely designed and manufactured in Great Britain.
  • Output power @ 1 kHz, 600 ohms : 35 mW
  • Output power @ 1 kHz, 8 ohms : 720 mW
  • Output impedance : 0.075 ohms
  • Dynamic range : 125 dB
  • THD @ 3 V : 0.00017%

 

Availability & Price

The Chord Mojo is available right now and officially priced at £ 399 or US$ 599. Centre Circle Audio and Visual (the authorised distributor here in Malaysia) declined to reveal their local price, so Malaysians will need to call them up to find out how much the Chord Mojo costs here.

LEAGOO Launches First Flagship Store in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, 16 Dec 2015 – LEAGOO had officially opened their first flagship store in Malaysia, located at Plaza Low Yat second floor. This flagship store will function as the retail for their line of smartphones and accessories, as well as a collection point and after sales service. LEAGOO is fairly new to the Malaysian smartphone market and they are currently focusing on the entry to mid level smartphone market around RM69 – RM999 price range.

In conjunction with the opening of the flagship store, the Business Development Manager of LEAGOO, Yiau Chee How has also revealed their plans to open more flagship store across all major cities in Malaysia. On top of that, LEAGOO will be opening their new headquarters in Shah Alam soon in February 2016. LEAGOO also plans to reveal their new flagship smartphone series in the first quarter of 2016, they have not finalized the name for the series yet.

In terms of new product, LEAGOO also showcased their latest Alfa 8 and Alfa 6 smartphones, aimed at the entry level market. Alfa 8 retails for RM269, while the Alfa 6 retails for RM319. The Alfa 8 is powered by 1.3 GHz quad core processor, 4.0″ IPS screen, 1800 mAh battery, 1 GB of memory, 8 GB of internal storage and 5MP camera. The Alfa 6 has mostly similar specifications, except it has smaller 1600 mAh battery, bigger 4.5″ IPS screen. Both the Alfa 8 and Alfa 6 supports dual SIM.

After the the flagship store opening ceremony was completed, the first 100 lucky customers are eligible to purchase any device or accessory for RM9.90 from their store. Below is the lucky first customer who got his hands on their current flagship smartphone Elite 1 for just RM9.90. (Elite 1 retails at RM999)