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The HONOR View20 Preview : 48 MP + TOF Cameras FTW?

The new HONOR View20 smartphone boasts a 48 MP main camera, paired with a 3D TOF camera. Is the 48 MP camera a game changer? What on earth is a 3D TOF camera?

In our preview, we will take a close look at the HONOR View20, and share with you details on its 48 MP main camera, and the 3D TOF camera!

 

The New HONOR View20 Smartphone

The HONOR View20 is built around the new Hisilicon Kirin 980 mobile SoC, with two variants – 6 GB RAM with 128 GB storage, or 8 GB RAM with 256 GB storage.

The large storage capacity is important, because the View20 lacks a microSD card slot.

The HONOR team extended their experience with advanced nanolithography coating technologies to develop a new V-shaped colour gradient with a gleaming effect for the View20’s back panel.

They also managed to pack a large 4,000 mAh battery into its svelte form factor, with 22.5 watt fast charging capabilities.

 

HONOR View20 Price + Availability

The HONOR View20 will be available in four colour options, three of which are shown in this video :

It will be available in two variants, with the following launch prices :

  • 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage : €569 / £499 / CNY 2,999 / RM 1,999
  • 8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage : €649 / £579 / CNY 3,499 / RM 2,499

 

HONOR View20 Key Features

6.4-inch Punch Hole Display

Like the recently-launched HUAWEI nova 4, the HONOR View20 has a 6.4-inch display with a punch hole 25 MP front camera, which allows it deliver a 91.8% screen-to-body ratio.

Flagship Processor + Graphics + AI

The HONOR View20 is powered by the Hisilicon Kirin 980, which is the first 7 nm mobile SoC in the world. It is also the first to come with two NPUs, a Cat.21 modem and support for faster LPDDR4X-2133 memory.

The Kirin 980 also uses a new 2+2+4 cluster architecture, with two ARM Cortex-A76 high-performance cores running at 2.6 GHz, two additional ARM Cortex-A76 cores running at 1.92 GHz and four ARM Cortex-A55 cores running at 1.8 GHz for background or less-intensive workloads.

It also comes with a 24-core ARM Mali-G76 GPU and two NPUs, which should double both its graphics and AI performance.

On top of that, it supports LTE Category 21 download speeds of up to 1.6 Gbps, as well as dual frequency GPS (L5 + L1) for 10X more accurate positioning.

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48 MP + 3D TOF Cameras

While the HUAWEI nova 4 opted to go with a triple camera setup, the HONOR team chose a dual camera module for the View20. It pairs a 48 MP main camera with a 3D TOF camera.

The 48 MP main camera has a large ½-inch Sony IMX586 sensor, with 48 million pixels – each 0.8 micron in size. It is paired with a fast, bright f/1.8 lens, which would give it excellent low-light performance.

The second camera is a ToF (Time of Flight) camera, which does not actually take any photos.

Paired with an LED emitter that sends out pulses of invisible near infra-red light, its sensor captures the reflected light to create a 3D map of objects and their distances.

This 3D TOF camera also allows the View20 to more accurately separate the subject of your photograph from the background, for better retouching of the subject and background blurring.

It can also turn the View20 into a motion-controlled gaming console with compatible games.

Next Page > The HONOR View20 Specifications, Where To Buy?

 

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HONOR View20 Specifications

SpecificationsHONOR View20HONOR View10
Display6.4-inch All-View display
- 1080 x 2310 pixels
5.99" FullView Display
- 1080 x 2160 pixels
- 18:9 aspect ratio, 402 ppi
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie with Magic UI 2.0.1Android 8.0
PlatformHisilicon Kirin 980HiSilicon Kirin 970
Processor2 x ARM Cortex-A76 cores (2.6 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A76 cores (1.92 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A55 cores (1.8 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.8 GHz)
NPUHiSilicon M1 x 2HiSilicon M1
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G76 MP24ARM Mali-G72 MP12
Memory6 GB / 8 GB LPDDR4x memory4 GB / 6 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
Storage128 GB / 256 GB internal flash storage
No microSD card slot
64 / 128 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera25 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens13 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear CamerasDual Camera System
- 48 MP Sony IMX586 sensor with f/1.8 lens
- Time Of Flight (TOF) camera
- single LED flash
Dual-Lens Camera System
- 20 MP main camera with PDAF and f/1.8 lens
- 16 MP sensor with f/1.8 lens
Connectivity4G : LTE
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Type C
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band)
Bluetooth 4.2
USB 2.0 Type C
SIM Support2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
NFC CapabilityYesNo
OTG CapabilityYesYes
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-MountedYes, Integrated Into Home Button
Other SensorsE-Compass, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, G SensorE-Compass, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, G Sensor
Battery4,000 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery
- supports 22.5 W SuperCharge fast charging
3,750 mAh LiPo battery (non-removable)
Dimensions75.4 mm wide
156.9 mm tall
8.1 mm thick
74.98 mm wide
157.0 mm tall
6.97 mm thick
Weight180 grams172 grams
Colour OptionsPhantom Blue / Sapphire Blue / Red / BlackNavy Blue / Midnight Black / Beach Gold / Aurora Blue / Charm Red

 

Where To Buy The HONOR View20

The HONOR View20 will be available in four colour options, three of which are shown in this video :

It will be available in two variants, with the following launch prices :

  • 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage : €569 / £499 / CNY 2,999 / RM 1,999
  • 8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage : €649 / £579 / CNY 3,499 / RM 2,499

 

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The Samsung Eco Plastic Packaging Initiative Revealed!

Samsung Electronics announced today that they are replacing their plastic packaging materials with paper and other environmentally sustainable alternatives. Here are the full details of the Samsung eco plastic packaging initiative!

 

The Samsung Eco Plastic Packaging Initiative

Beginning this first half of 2019, Samsung will replace plastic packaging used in their products – from smartphones to home appliances – with environmentally-sustainable materials like recycled or bio-based plastics and paper.

They already formed a task force to look into all aspects of this move – from design and development to purchasing, marketing and quality control. Here are some actions that Samsung will undertake with immediate effect :

Mobile and wearable devices

  • The plastic used for holder trays will be replaced with pulp moulds.
  • Plastic bags for accessories will be replaced with eco-friendly materials
  • The glossy exterior of Samsung chargers will be replaced with a matte finish to eliminate plastic protection films

Home Appliances

  • The plastic bags used to protect home appliances during delivery will be replaced with bags manufactured using recycled materials and bioplastics (made from plastic waste and non-fossil fuel materials like starch or sugar cane).

While the Samsung eco plastic initiative is not a complete removal of plastic from their ecosystem, it is a significant move towards a plastic-free future. By 2030, Samsung aims to use 500 thousand tons of recycled plastics, and collect 7.5 million tons of discarded products (both cumulative from 2009).

 

Sustainable Paper Initiative

Samsung aims to use only paper fibre materials that have been certified by global environmental organisations like the Forest Stewardship Council, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Scheme and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative for packaging and manuals by 2020.

 

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FB Messenger, Instagram + WhatsApp Integration Clarified!

Since the story broke about the Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp integration plan, the world exploded in a mixture of shock, apoplexy, and righteous indignation.

Take a DEEP BREATH and CALM DOWN. Let us tell you exactly what the FB Messenger + Instagram + WhatsApp integration plan is really about, and what it really means for Facebook and all of us…

 

The FB Messenger + Instagram + WhatsApp Integration Plan Clarified!

What Is Going On?

The New York Times broke the story on 25 January 2019, that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is working to integrate the messaging services that power Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.

Essentially, he wants all three platforms to use the same messaging platform or protocol to communicate.

Are The Three Apps Being Merged?

NO.

Some reports (looking at your, Forbes and BBC!) have claimed that WhatsApp is merging with Facebook Messenger and Instagram, or that WhatsApp and Instagram will be integrated with Facebook Messenger. That is NOT TRUE.

Facebook is not going to combine all three apps into a single mega-app – the one app to rule them all. WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger will continue to be separate apps.

What Exactly Has Changed?

NOTHING at the moment. This FB Messenger + Instagram + WhatsApp integration project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019, or early 2020.

Until the new unified messaging protocol is complete and implemented in all three apps, nothing will change. At the moment, all three apps continue to use their existing messaging protocols.

What We Know About The Messenger + Instagram + WhatsApp Integration Plan So Far

Let’s enumerate what we know about the FB Messenger + Instagram + WhatsApp integration plan :

  1. All three apps will still function independently
  2. All three apps will use the same messaging protocol
  3. The new unified messaging protocol will support end-to-end encryption

Why Does Facebook Want To Do This?

Migrating all three apps to a unified messaging protocol or platform has some real advantages for Facebook :

  • far less work is needed to maintain a single platform or set of protocols, than three different platforms or sets of protocols
  • it will extend the reach of their three apps, helping to “encourage” users of one app to use the other two apps.
  • it will make it easier for them to harvest more information, to create more accurate user profiles.
  • it should make it easier to introduce or extend new features into all three apps, e.g. time-limited Stories.

Is This Good Or Bad For Users?

There are some potential advantages for users…

  • users of any one of those three apps will be able to communicate with each other, without installing the other apps.
  • users of any one of those three apps will be able to share data (photos, videos, files, etc.) with each other, without installing the other apps.
  • it will introduce end-to-end encryption to Instagram, which does not yet support it.
  • potentially, it could mean end-to-end encryption will be enabled by default for Facebook Messenger (which currently only supports end-to-end encryption if you turn on Secret Conversations).
  • it could promote greater accountability and transparency, with a reduction in fake accounts and profiles.

On the other hand, the tighter integration has some serious potential ramifications…

  • it will be harder to obfuscate or separate your profile in one app, from your profiles in the other two apps.
  • any bug or vulnerability in the unified messaging protocol will affect all three apps.
  • any successful attack will cause far greater damage, with far more data lost or stolen.
  • it does not address serious privacy concerns – even if end-to-end encryption is enabled by default for all three apps in the new unified messaging protocol, the metadata isn’t.
  • it may make it more difficult for users to consider alternative apps or services.
  • abusing one app (intentional or otherwise) could get you banned or blocked on all three apps.

How Serious Are These Concerns?

The New York Times reported that Mark Zuckerberg’s “championing” of the FB Messenger + Instagram + WhatsApp integration plan led to “internal strife” over privacy concerns. How bad?

Apparently, it led to the founders of both Instagram (Kevin System and Mike Krieger) and WhatsApp (Jan Koum and Brian Acton) leaving Facebook. Dozens of WhatsApp employees also clashed with Mark Zuckerberg over this integration plan.

But Don’t Panic Just Yet…

There is no need to be one of those headless chickens running around, screaming that the world has ended or is about to end. The WhatsApp Messenger you have come to rely on has not changed, or will change for many more months to come.

The project is still in its infancy. Facebook is internally planning to complete the project by the end of 2019, and probably early 2020. There is still the better part of the year to consider alternative messaging apps out there.

 

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Techies, Here Are Your HUAWEI Best Mates For 2019!

We just kick off 2019 with a new list of resolutions. Many of us will want to do better at work, but not at the expense of our family and friends. That means working smarter, not just harder. These three HUAWEI Best Mates are designed to help you achieve that.

In this article, we will take a look at the three HUAWEI Best Mates. Find out if these HUAWEI devices are your best mates for 2019!

 

Your HUAWEI Best Mates For 2019

Whether you are a high-powered executive or a graduate in your first job, the best way to impress your boss is not to work longer and harder, but to deliver results quickly and efficiently.

HUAWEI recently released three devices to help you do just that – work SMARTER and achieve MORE with LESS effort – the Mate 20 Pro smartphone, the MateBook X Pro laptop, and the Watch GT.

Your Best Mate #1 : HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro

Powered by the latest HUAWEI Kirin 980 processor, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro (MY | US | UK) boasts industry-leading CPU and GPU performance with twice the AI performance of its predecessor.

It features an iconic four-point camera design, with three high resolution cameras that deliver incredibly detailed photos and videos in standard, telephoto and ultra-wide angles.

With 128 GB of internal storage, you can bring all of your data wherever you go. Yet you never have to worry about data security, because you can safely store your sensitive data in a private and encrypted space!

And when you need to, you can easily and quickly share files with any computer using HUAWEI Share. Working on the go has never been easier!

You also never have to worry about running out of power on-the-go. It has a large 4,200 mAh battery that lasts a full day, with QuickCharge 2.0 technology that recharges 70% of its capacity in just 30 minutes!

In fact, you can use your Mate 20 Pro (MY | US | UK) to wirelessly recharge other compatible smartphones using its unique Wireless Reverse Charging capability!

Your Best Mate #2 : HUAWEI MateBook X Pro

The HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (MY | US | UK) is no ordinary laptop. It boasts a stunning 3K FullView touch display with 91% body-to-screen ratio, in an incredibly thin and light body.

The HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (MY | US | UK) also comes with the world’s first recessed camera, which reduces the dangers of being hacked by malicious individuals.

Its security-by-design goes beyond the camera. Your sensitive work documents are kept safely encrypted, and accessible only by your fingerprint.

And if you need to share your data, you can use HUAWEI Share to wireless transfer files to your other best mate – the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro (MY | US | UK). This lets you seamlessly switch back and forth the two Best Mates!

Your Best Mate #3 : HUAWEI Watch GT

While smartwatches are nothing new, the HUAWEI Watch GT (MY | US  UK) stands out with its 2 week battery life, and 5 ATM water-resistance. It is also the first smartwatch in the world to feature a double chipset design.

Wearing it allows you to receive important notifications of appointments, alarms and even messages, while you are swimming or jogging. Stay connected no matter where you are!

The HUAWEI Watch GT (MY | US  UK) also features the new HUAWEI TruSeen 3.0 heart rate monitor to help you track your health, and faster and more accurate GPS positioning using three satellite systems.

This third HUAWEI Best Mate lets you keep up with your work, while you keep healthy!

 

Where To Buy The 2019 HUAWEI Best Mates

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei MateBook X Pro

Huawei Watch GT

 

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The HUAWEI Balong 5000 Multi-Mode 5G Chipset Revealed!

HUAWEI just revealed their Balong 5000 multi-mode 5G chipset, officially firing their first salvo in the 5G wars. Here is what they revealed…

 

The HUAWEI Balong 5000 Multi-Mode 5G Chipset

The HUAWEI Balong 5000 supports 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G operation on a single chip, which reduces latency and power consumption when exchanging data between different modes. It is also the first 5G chipset whose performance data HUAWEI has officially revealed.

Performance

The Balong 5000 can deliver 5G bandwidth that is 7 to 10 times faster than top 4G LTE speeds on the market today.

  • At Sub-6 GHz low-frequency bands (the main spectrum used for 5G), it can achieve download speeds up to 4.6 Gbps.
  • On the mmWave spectrum (high-frequency bands used as extended spectrum for 5G), it can achieve download speeds up to 6.5 Gbps.

Dual Architecture

The HUAWEI Balong 5000 is also the world’s first chipset that supports both standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) network architectures for 5G.

The non-standalone 5G network architecture is built on top of legacy 4G LTE networks, whereas standalone 5G has its own independent architecture.

By supporting both SA and NSA, the Balong 5000 can adapt to meet different user and carrier requirements throughout different stages of 5G development.

Connected Vehicles

HUAWEI also pointed out that the Balong 5000 is the world’s first multi-mode chipset to support Vehicle to Everything (V2X). This will enable it to provide stable, low-latency communications for connected vehicles.

 

HUAWEI Balong 5000 Smartphone

HUAWEI will release 5G smartphones powered by the Balong 5000 at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

 

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The Nokia 3.1 Plus Price + Specifications Revealed!

HMD Global just announced the Nokia 3.1 Plus – their latest Android One smartphone with a 6-inch display and a dual-lens cameraHere are its key features and specifications, as well as its price, availability!  

The Nokia 3.1 Plus Features

MediaTek Helio P22

The Nokia 3.1 Plus runs on the MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762), which has eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores running at up to 2 GHz. It comes with 3 GB of memory, and 32 GB of eMMC 5.1 flash storage.

Large Display, Large Battery

The Nokia 3.1 Plus has a 6-inch HD+ display with a 18:9 aspect ratio. And to make sure you get to enjoy it for hours on end, it has a 3,500 mAh battery.

Dual Lens Camera

The Nokia 3.1 Plus has a dual lens camera at the back – a main 13 MP PDAF camera coupled with a 5 MP depth sensor. The main camera has a bright f/2.0 lens, while the depth sensor has a f/2.4 lens.

The depth sensor does not take any pictures. It helps the main camera separate the subject from the background, allowing it to apply software bokeh to the background with great accuracy.

 

Nokia 3.1 Plus Price + Availability

The Nokia 3.1 Plus comes in the Blue, Baltic and White colour options. However, only the Blue colour will be available for purchase in Malaysia starting 25 January 2019, with an official price of RM 699 / ~$169 / ~£129.

Customers who purchase it in Malaysia will receive free gifts worth RM 109a rugged case, tempered glass screen protector and a 5,200 mAh powerbank.  

 

Nokia 3.1 Plus Specifications

SpecificationsNokia 3.1 Plus
Display6-inch IPS display
- HD+ resolution (720 x 1440 pixels)
- 18:9 aspect ratio, 268 ppi pixel density
Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.0
System PlatformMediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762)
Processor8 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (Up to 2.0 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorPowerVR GE8320 (650 MHz)
Memory3 GB LPDDR4x SDRAM (1600 MHz)
Storage32 GB eMMC 5.1 flash memory
microSD card slot (up to 400 GB)
Front Camera8 MP camera with f/2.2 lens
Rear CameraDual Lens Camera
- 13 MP PDAF sensor with f/2.0 lens
- 5 MP depth sensor with f/2.4 lens
- single LED flash
Network CapabilityLTE Cat4
- up to 150 Mbps DL
- up to 50 Mbps UL
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1
USB : micro USB 2.0
Audio : 3.5 mm port
SensorsProximity, Accelerometer, E-Compass, Ambient Light, Gyroscope
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-Mounted
AudioSingle speaker
FM Radio
Battery3,500 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Dimensions76.44 mm wide
156.68 mm tall
8.19 mm thick
Weight180 g
Available ColoursBlue

 

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Learn How HUAWEI nova 3 Lets You Game Like A Pro!

Mobile gaming is all the rage with Generation Z, and the HUAWEI nova 3 is designed specifically to deliver the best possible mobile gaming experience. Let’s find out exactly how the HUAWEI nova 3 achieves that!

How HUAWEI nova 3 Lets You Game Like A Pro!

Large 6.3-inch FullView Display

The HUAWEI nova 3 (MY | US | UK) smartphone has a large 6.3-inch FullView display with a Full HD+ resolution and an ultra-wide 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

The larger and wider FullView display lets you see more, giving you a distinct advantage over your opponents with smaller displays. You will also have a more immersive and enjoyable mobile gaming experience!

Flagship-Class Gaming Performance!

The HUAWEI nova 3 (MY | US | UK) is powered by the really, REALLY fast Kirin 970 – a top-of-the-line mobile platform designed for flagship smartphones. Its 8-core processor and a 12-core GPU easily handle even the most graphics-intensive games, but that’s not all.

The flagship-class Kirin 970 is coupled with an astounding 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage, that can be further expanded with a 256 GB microSD card!

Dedicated AI NPU!

The HUAWEI nova 3 (MY | US | UK) also comes with a dedicated AI Neural Processing Unit (NPU) that further boosts its performance, while conserving power for longer gaming sessions.

Its AI algorithms automatically determine when to boost performance, and when to conserve power. What this means is you get better performance AND battery life!

Go Further With GPU Turbo!

Did you know that the HUAWEI nova 3 (MY | US | UK) is one of the few smartphones to feature GPU Turbo? It is a proprietary hardware and software combination that delivers 60% better GPU performance efficiency, with 30% lower power consumption!

With GPU Turbo, you will be able to enjoy better gaming performance, and game far longer than your opponents!

Long-Lasting Battery

The HUAWEI nova 3 (MY | US | UK) has a large 3,750 mAh battery that delivers hours of mobile gaming, and goes even further with GPU Turbo and AI resource allocation! And it supports 18 watt fast charging so you can catch a quick recharge during your coffee break, and get right back to your game!

Surround Yourself With Histen 5.0!

The display and gaming performance are only two of the gaming experience triumvirate. Real gamers know just how important audio is to their performance and enjoyment. To address this, HUAWEI nova 3 (MY | US | UK) introduces Histen 5.0!

Designed to be used with headphones or earphones, Histen 5.0 is 7.1-channel 3D audio system that analyses the audio content and automatically adjusts the equaliser settings to deliver the best possible soundscape. Its integrated AI algorithms also creates directional audio cues to give you a distinct advantage over your competitors.

 

HUAWEI nova 3 Price + Availability

The HUAWEI nova 3 comes in four vibrant colours that will appeal to mobile gamers – Red, Black, Iris Purple and Primrose Gold. It’s also available at a very attractive price of RM 1,699!

Here are some direct purchase links for your convenience :

 

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Slash Your Realme Angpau For Free Devices + Other Gifts!

Find out how to get free Realme devices and other gifts by slashing your Realme Angpau this Chinese New Year! Try the Realme Angpau For You! game, and you could win yourself a free Realme smartphone!  

 

Slash Your Realme Angpau For Free Devices + Other Gifts!

To celebrate Chinese New Year 2019, Realme Malaysia is giving away a bunch of free devices and other gifts.

All you have to do is participate in the Realme Angpau For You! interactive game! to unlock Realme prosperity gifts, such as Realme C1, Realme 2 and Realme 2 Pro smartphones. Olike smartbands, OPPO selfie sticks and shopping vouchers for Lazada and Shopee!

“The Realme Angpau For You! campaign is our innovative spin of the century old tradition of the handing out of angpaus, which symbolizes happiness and good fortune for the New Year. We want to thank our Malaysian fans for their continuous support and provide them with attractive gifts, through a fun and interactive game, as they celebrate a prosperous and lucky new year,” said Tiffany Teh, Brand Manager, Realme Malaysia.

 

The Realme Angpau For You! Game

Daily Mystery Instant Prize

In the Realme Angpau For You game, you can slash your angpau every day to win a mystery instant prize! But note that every player will only get ONE CHANCE to participate in the lucky draw!

Weekly Realme Smartphone Prizes

To win the weekly Realme smartphone prizes, here is what you need to do ;

  1. Like the official Realme Malaysia Facebook page
  2. Share the post for weekly prizes posted on the Realme Malaysia Facebook page
  3. Share the thread on your Facebook page with the #RealmeCNY and #RealmeAngpau hashtags

Only FOUR (4) winners will be selected each week, and the contest ends on 10 February 2019. So what are you waiting for? Slash your Realme angpau to unlock your free gifts today!

 

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The OPPO R17 Pro Smartphone In-Depth Review!

The OPPO R17 Pro is only the third smartphone to feature a dual aperture camera, after the Samsung Galaxy S9+ and Galaxy Note9. But is that all that is unique about it?

In our comprehensive review, we will take a close look at the OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) , and show you why we gave it our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

Updated @ 2019-01-22 : Added a new Corning Gorilla Glass 6 section and new information in other sections. Also added two new battery recharging speed comparisons.

Originally posted @ 2019-01-05

 

New Design, New Focus

The OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) is quite unlike previous OPPO smartphones. Instead of focusing on its selfie capabilities, it now focuses on its rear camera, boasting a new dual-aperture main camera paired with a secondary telephoto camera.

It also features a very premium design, with a large waterdrop display with as well as a new 3D misted glass design for its chassis. OPPO even opted to embed the fingerprint sensor into the display!

 

OPPO R17 Pro Price + Availability

The OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) has a recommended retail price of RM 2,699 / ~US$ 643 / ~£499. It was made available for purchase on 1 December 2018.

Here are some direct purchase links :

 

Unboxing The OPPO R17 Pro

The OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) comes in a very premium purple box. Quite a step above their previous models.

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Once you fully unbox theOPPO R17 Pro (MY | US), you’ll find the following items :

  • One OPPO R17 Pro smartphone
  • One OPPO R17 Pro TPU bumper case
  • One OPPO R17 Pro User Guide + Information Guide
  • One 50 watt OPPO SuperVOOC power adaptor
  • One OPPO SuperVOOC USB Type C cable
  • One pair of earphones
  • One SIM tray ejection pin

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The OPPO R17 Pro Up Close!

The OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) has a large 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

But thanks to its thin bezels, and water drop notch, it is not a particularly large device.

It is protected by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 6, and has a 3D misted glass back with a beautiful colour gradient.

The OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 platform using Android 8.1.0. It comes with a whopping 8 GB of LPDDR4x memory, and 128 GB of internal flash memory.

All that is powered by a large 3,700 mAh battery, in a chassis that is only 7.9 mm thick, and weighs just 183 grams.

 

OPPO R17 Pro Specifications

SpecificationsOPPO R17 Pro
Display6.4-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (402 ppi)
- 91.5% display-to-body ratio
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 6
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1.0 with ColorOS 5.2
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 710
Processor2 x Qualcomm Kryo 360 Gold cores (2.2 GHz)
6 x Qualcomm Kryo 360 Silver cores (1.7 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 616
Memory8 GB LPDDR4x memory
Storage128 GB internal flash storage
No microSD card slot
Front Camera25 MP Sony IMX576 sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear CamerasDual Aperture Camera
- 12 MP Sony IMX362 sensor with f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures
- Optically stabilised (OIS) with dual-tone LED flash

Telephoto Camera
- 20 MP sensor with f/2.6 lens

ToF Camera
- 43,200 pixel sensor with LED NIR pulsed emitter
Connectivity4G : LTE
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
SIM Support2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
NFC CapabilityYes
OTG CapabilityYes
Fingerprint SensorBuilt Into Display
Other SensorsE-Compass, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, G Sensor
Battery3700 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery
- supports 50 W SuperVOOC fast charging
Dimensions74.6 mm wide
157.6 mm tall
7.9 mm thick
Weight183 grams
Colour OptionsRadiant Mist / Emerald Green
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How To Setup The OPPO R17 Pro

Here’s a quick guide on how to setup the OPPO R17 Pro smartphone :

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Waterdrop Notch + Thin Bezels

Like many top-of-the-line Android smartphones trying to one-up Apple’s notched design, the OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) features a small “waterdrop notch“.

Also known as a raindrop or dewdrop notch, it gives you a much larger notification area on both sides.

Together with the thin bezels, the waterdrop notch allows the OPPO R17 Pro to deliver an astounding 91.5% screen-to-body ratio. This maximises the display size without increasing the size of the device.

 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 710

The OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) runs on the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, which is a 10 nm mobile SoC. it has eight Kryo 360 cores with an Adreno 616 GPU, a Spectra 250 ISP, a Hexagon 685 DSP and the X16 LTE modem.

It has a 2+6 cluster architecture with two high-performance Kryo 360 Gold cores (based on the ARM Cortex-A75) running at 2.2 GHz, and six Kryo 360 Silver cores (based on the ARM Cortex-A55) running at 1.7 GHz for less intensive tasks.

The Snapdragon 710 offers 20% better CPU performance and 35% better GPU performance than the Snapdragon 660, with 30% lower power consumption. It also has twice the AI performance!

 

Large Storage But No Expansion Option

The OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) comes with a large 128 GB storage capacity, but there is no expansion option. It only has a single tray for two nano SIM cards.

Although 128 GB should be more than enough for most users, it would have been nice if OPPO had made it a hybrid SIM slot instead. This would have given those who don’t need a second SIM slot, the option of using it for a microSD card.

The microSD card is also useful for another reason. The OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) is not water-resistant, so storing your recorded photos and videos on the microSD card protects them, in case you accidentally drop your phone into water… or let a car run over it.

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In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

Fascinatingly, the OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor. This gives you the convenience of a front fingerprint sensor with a large display.

It’s surprisingly quite accurate and fast to use. But in case you need more login options, you can use a passcode and/or facial recognition.

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The OPPO R17 Pro Front Camera

The R17 Pro (MY | US) continues OPPO’s tradition of high-resolution selfie cameras. It boasts a 25 MP front camera built around the Sony IMX576 sensor, and a bright f/2.0 lens.

The f/2.0 lens allows for better low-light performance, which is important since the R17 Pro does not have a front LED flash. It also supports real-time HDR, which will greatly increase the dynamic range of your selfies.

This 25 MP front camera takes photos with a resolution of 5760 x 4312 pixels, and a 4:3 aspect ratio. But despite its very high resolution, the front camera is limited to recording 1080p videos.

 

Three Cameras? Or Two?

The OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) has what appears to be three cameras at the back. Yet OPPO only mentioned two cameras, so what’s the deal with the third camera? Let’s break it down for you…

Dual Aperture Main Camera

The main camera is a dual aperture camera that is eerily similar to that to Samsung Galaxy S9+ and Galaxy Note9 smartphones. Built around the 12 MP Sony IMX362 sensor, it automatically switches its aperture between f/1.5 and f/2.4 depending on the lighting condition.

This allows for better pictures in low-light conditions, while allowing for greater depth of field in bright conditions. We will share some photo samples with you later, but you can also check out the amazing photos we took in Sydney and the Blue Mountains!

The Sony IMX362 is also a Dual Pixel sensor, which is an autofocus technology that uses the dual photodiodes in every pixel on the image sensor for phase-detection autofocus. This allows for faster and more accurate focusing, because it uses many more autofocus pixels, instead of just a few dedicated pixels (usually less than 5% of the total).

The main camera also supports 3-axis optical image stabilisation, which compensates for hand shake in three dimensions.

2X Telephoto Camera

Like the Samsung Galaxy S9+ and Galaxy Note9, the OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) has a 2X telephoto camera with f/2.6 lens. However, instead of using the same 12 MP sensor as the main camera, they opted for a higher resolution 20 MP sensor.

Here are some comparisons to show you the utility of the telephoto camera :

Time-of-Flight Camera

The third camera is a ToF (Time-of-Flight) camera.

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Paired with an LED emitter that sends out pulses of invisible near infra-red light, its sensor captures the reflected light to create a 3D map of objects and their distances.

Its 43,200 pixel sensor does not allow for very detailed 3D profiles, and from what we understand, the system is limited to a range of about 3 meters.

So its utility is probably limited. Perhaps why OPPO did not mention it in their website at all.

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3D Misted Glass Design

The OPPO R17 Pro‘s case has an etched surfaced that OPPO calls 3D misted glass. It has a satin-like feel that is resistant to fingerprint smears.

The Radiant Mist case, in particular, is really a sight to behold, with its beautiful blend of blue and purple hues.

The satin-like surface will feel a little slippery, but that’s not going to be a problem if you use its bundled bumper case. We love how the bumper case is coloured, and actually complements the hues.

 

Corning Gorilla Glass 6

The OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) is not just beautiful, it’s also very tough. In fact, OPPO claims that it is the first smartphone in the world to be protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6!

According to Corning, this 6th-generation Gorilla Glass is up to twice as tough as Gorilla Glass 5. It can tolerate 15 consecutive impacts on a rough surface from a height of 1 meter without breaking!

 

SuperVOOC Battery

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The OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) has, not one, but two batteries – each with a maximum capacity of 1850 mAh. This gives it a total of 3,700 mAh (14.24 Wh).

This bi-cell battery design is necessary to support SuperVOOC fast charging. The special 50 Watt SuperVOOC charger and cable it comes with, will recharge its battery about 10X faster than an ordinary USB charger.

In fact, OPPO says that a 10 minute charge will bring the battery from 0% to 40%. We will put it to the test later in this review…

 

Ergonomics

Despite its slightly larger 6.4-inch display, the OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) is physically smaller than the Samsung Galaxy Note9! Of course, one may argue that it’s not a true 6.4-inch display due to its display notch… even though it is a small waterdrop notch.

Its curved edges make it a better fit in the hand, and the back surface has a silky-smooth feel. But as advertised, it is resistant to fingerprint smears.

The AMOLED display is really brilliant. The colours are more vivid, and it is brighter under sunlight, than typical LCD displays. The FHD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels though is a non-standard 19.5:9 display ratio that will result in some pillarboxing when you watch movies.

 

Available Memory & Storage

The OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) does not allow monitoring of the available system memory, but this workaround showed that with a clean system, it has 5.46 GB of free memory.

This is just over 68% of its 8 GB memory, and is more than enough to run several memory-guzzling apps at the same time. However, it does point to a considerable amount of bloat.

There is also A LOT of storage space for you to use, because you can’t just pop in a microSD card for extra storage. The OPPO R17 Pro comes with 128 GB of internal flash storage, with about 105 GB of free space.

That is enough space to store about 28,000 photos, 23 hours of 1080p videos, or 4.5 hours of 4K videos.

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OPPO R17 Pro Camera Performance – Photos

The OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) has a main 12 MP camera that automatically switches between the f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures.

The maximum 12 MP resolution is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio, with 4032 x 3024 pixels, and a file size of between 3.5 MB and 5 MB.

Here are eight full-resolution unedited samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

We have more samples in our separate article – OPPO R17 Pro Photos Of Sydney + The Blue Mountains!

The resolution and detail of the OPPO R17 Pro‘s main 12 MP camera is really amazing. Download the original photos and expand them to see how much detail it captured.

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Like the Samsung Galaxy S9+ and Galaxy Note9, it was especially good at night or low-light shots, capturing details in the shadows that is just not possible with other smartphone cameras.

But watch out when it switches to the f/1.5 aperture. It makes for great low-light performance, but it naturally creates a very narrow depth of field. You must be careful in framing the shot, or focusing on the subject, or it may end up out-of-focus.

You can take advantage of the wider f/1.5 aperture in manual mode too, to create a nicer bokeh effect for portraits.

Its ToF camera seems to be used as a depth sensor, to help the main camera separate the subject from the background. This allows it to apply a software bokeh effect to the background in the Portrait mode.

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OPPO R17 Pro Camera Performance – Video Recording

The OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) can record not just 1080p videos, but also 4K videos. Surprisingly, its front camera can only record 1080p videos even though it has a much higher-resolution sensor.

Video Recording Test #1 : Piano Performance (1080p)

In this video, watch carefully when we switch between the main camera and the telephoto camera, and back. You will see that while the main camera is stabilised, the telephoto camera is not.

The audio range is surprisingly rich and balanced. However, it has rather poor noise cancellation capabilities, which means you will record a lot of background noise.

Video Recording Test #2 : Piano Performance (4K)

When we switched to 4K, we immediately noticed a drop in the main camera’s stabilisation capabilities. It is still optically stabilised but no longer electronically stabilised. Basically, it performs just like the telephoto camera.

Video Recording Test #3 : Xmas Carnival (1080p)

This 1080p video recording shows the effectiveness of the main camera’s OIS and EIS capabilities. While rather impressive, it could do with a little fine-tuning.

You may note some jerkiness when we pan the R17 Pro. It means the EIS has been overly optimised for static shots. It needs to be “loosen” for better stabilisation while walking.

Video Recording Test #4 : Xmas Carnival (4K)

When you record in 4K, there is basically no electronic image stabilisation. You can literally feel every step we took.

But note too how much detail it captures, and how well it adjusts to changing lighting conditions.

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Video Recording Test #5 : Street Market (1080p)

Again, this shows just how stable the video is at 1080p. But note the presence of wind noise. OPPO should look at adding wind reduction capabilities to the R17 Pro.

Video Recording Test #6 : Street Market (4K)

Because the flooring is not entirely flat in the street market, this video will show you just how much of a difference EIS makes in a video recording.

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the OPPO R17 Pro’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 Honor Play OPPO R17 Pro Samsung Galaxy S9 Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Performance Score (Average) 7361 6475 5618 5379
Web Browsing 7695 6572 5357 5278
Video Editing 5499 5387 5265 4413
Writing 6649 5617 4673 5056
Photo Editing 13326 10740 7560 7427
Data Manipulation 5764 5331 5616 5147
Review Links Honor Play Review   Galaxy S9 Review Galaxy A7 2018 Review
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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 is impressively fast. It was just 12% slower than the Honor Play‘s Kirin 970, and 15% faster than the Exynos 9810 used in the Samsung Galaxy S9.

 

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

Next, we tested the OPPO R17 Pro’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Ice Storm Unlimited Samsung Galaxy S9 Honor Play OPPO R17 Pro Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Gaming Score 39588 31622 15354 15354
Graphics 45577 37351 15788 15788
Physics 27116 20576 14005 14005
Graphics Test 1 267.9 fps 208.9 fps 136.5 fps 136.5 fps
Graphics Test 2 157.2 fps 132.8 fps 45.8 fps 45.8 fps
Physics Test 86.1 fps 65.3 fps 44.5 fps 44.5 fps
Review Links Galaxy S9 Review Honor Play Review   Galaxy A7 2018 Review
Price Check MY | US | UK MY | US | UK MY | US MY | US | UK

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 performed as well as the Exynos 7885 used in the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018. This means it is about 40-50% as fast as flagship SoCs in 3D games.

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the OPPO R17 Pro’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

Work 2.0 OPPO R17 Pro Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Honor Play Samsung Galaxy S9
Battery Capacity 3,700 mAh 3,300 mAh 3,750 mAh 3,000 mAh
Battery Life 11 hours 54 mins 11 hours 25 mins 9 hours 56 mins 9 hours 6 mins
Review Links   Galaxy A7 2018 Review Honor Play Review Galaxy S9 Review
Price Check MY | US MY | US | UK MY | US | UK MY | US | UK

The OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) did very well in this test, delivering almost 12 hours of battery life!

That is about 2 hours (20%) longer than the Honor Play, which has a similarly-sized battery.

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Battery Recharging Performance

The OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) comes with a 50 watt SuperVOOC power adaptor and cable. But while you can use any other USB Type C cable, it is important that you use the special SuperVOOC cable.

Using Standard USB Cable

Without SuperVOOC Honor Play Samsung Galaxy
A7 2018
Samsung Galaxy
S9
OPPO R17 Pro
Battery Capacity 3,750 mAh 3,300 mAh 3,000 mAh 3,700 mAh
Battery Life 18 Watts 7.75 Watts 18 Watts 50 Watts
Review Links 92 mins 115 minutes 108 Minutes 199 minutes
Price Check 40.8 mAh / min 28.7 mAh / min 27.8 mAh / min 18.6 mAh / min
Review Links Honor Play Review Galaxy A7 2018 Review Galaxy S9 Review  
Price Check MY | US | UK MY | US | UK MY | US | UK MY | US

With an ordinary USB Type C cable, it took us 199 minutes (3 hours, 19 minutes) to fully recharge the R17 Pro. That means it charges roughly as fast as a 5 watt USB charger…

Using SuperVOOC Cable

With SuperVOOC OPPO R17 Pro Honor Play Samsung Galaxy
A7 2018
Samsung Galaxy
S9
Battery Capacity 3,700 mAh 3,750 mAh 3,300 mAh 3,000 mAh
Charger Output 50 Watts 18 Watts 7.75 Watts 18 Watts
Recharging Time 33 minutes 92 mins 115 minutes 108 Minutes
Recharging Speed 112 mAh / min 40.8 mAh / min 28.7 mAh / min 27.8 mAh / min
Review Links   Honor Play Review Galaxy A7 2018 Review Galaxy S9 Review
Price Check MY | US MY | US | UK MY | US | UK MY | US | UK

With the bundled SuperVOOC cable, it only took us less than 33 minutes to fully recharge the R17 Pro! Amazing!

SuperVOOC is roughly 3X faster than fast chargers used in other smartphones. For example, it took the Honor Play 92 minutes to fully recharge its similarly-sized battery using an 18 watt fast charger.

This gives the OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) an incredible battery life : recharging ratio of 21.5 : 1. A rule of thumb – for one hour of battery life, you just need to charge it for 3 minutes!

The downside though is that if you forget to bring the SuperVOOC cable, the R17 Pro will recharge half as fast as other smartphones.

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Our Verdict + Award

After the gimmicky OPPO Find X, we were pleasantly surprised by the OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US). It may not run on a flagship-class processor, but it is definitely a much better device.

Like the Find X, the R17 Pro has a large and beautiful 6.4-inch AMOLED display, albeit with a waterdrop notch. On the plus side, it has better Gorilla Glass 6 protection.

The OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) is their first smartphone to feature a dual-aperture camera. That is far more useful and practical than the pointless sliding camera in their Find X flagship device.

It takes great photos, automatically switches its aperture to deliver the best photos for the lighting condition. We sure are glad we took it on our trip to Sydney and the Blue Mountains!

It also takes great 1080p videos, with the the ability to switch between the main and telephoto cameras. However, it’s a pity that 4K videos, and videos recorded by the telephoto camera, are not stabilised.

The new in-display fingerprint sensor may seem to be a gimmick, but it’s not. It’s surprisingly quite accurate and fast, and is practical to use.

We LOVE its SuperVOOC flash charging capability. It only takes just 33 minutes to recharge the OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) from 20% to 100%. But if you forget to bring the SuperVOOC cable, it will take 6X longer to recharge, making it twice as slow as other smartphones…

We also need to point out the lack of a microSD card slot. Sure, the R17 Pro has a large storage capacity, but we would like the option to add storage, or keep our photos and videos on a microSD card.

That said, the OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) offers a great combination of leading-edge features in a beautiful package, and an attractive price point. It certainly did well enough to earn our Reviewer’s Choice Award. Great job!

 

Where To Buy The OPPO R17 Pro?

The OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) has a recommended retail price of RM 2,699 / ~US$ 643 / ~£499. It was made available for purchase on 1 December 2018.

Here are some direct purchase links :

 

OPPO R17 Pro Specifications

SpecificationsOPPO R17 Pro
Display6.4-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (402 ppi)
- 91.5% display-to-body ratio
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 6
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1.0 with ColorOS 5.2
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 710
Processor2 x Qualcomm Kryo 360 Gold cores (2.2 GHz)
6 x Qualcomm Kryo 360 Silver cores (1.7 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 616
Memory8 GB LPDDR4x memory
Storage128 GB internal flash storage
No microSD card slot
Front Camera25 MP Sony IMX576 sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear CamerasDual Aperture Camera
- 12 MP Sony IMX362 sensor with f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures
- Optically stabilised (OIS) with dual-tone LED flash

Telephoto Camera
- 20 MP sensor with f/2.6 lens

ToF Camera
- 43,200 pixel sensor with LED NIR pulsed emitter
Connectivity4G : LTE
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
SIM Support2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
NFC CapabilityYes
OTG CapabilityYes
Fingerprint SensorBuilt Into Display
Other SensorsE-Compass, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, G Sensor
Battery3700 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery
- supports 50 W SuperVOOC fast charging
Dimensions74.6 mm wide
157.6 mm tall
7.9 mm thick
Weight183 grams
Colour OptionsRadiant Mist / Emerald Green

 

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How To Live Life To The MAX With The HUAWEI Y MAX!

We, the people, voted with our wallets for larger displays every single year. And the new HUAWEI Y MAX smartphone delivers on that with its incredibly large 7.12-inch display, second only to the HUAWEI Mate 20 X!

Let’s find out how such a large display, and other features in the HUAWEI Y MAX, will help you live your life to the max!

 

Live Life To The MAX With The HUAWEI Y MAX!

It’s A Big World With Its Big Screen!

Everything about the new HUAWEI Y MAX screams MASSIVE. And why not? It sports one of the world’s largest display – a 7.12-inch dewdrop display!

Just shy of the HUAWEI Mate 20 X‘s incredible 7.2-inch display, the HUAWEI Y MAX has a 24% larger display area than the Samsung Galaxy Note9, and a 20% larger display area than the Apple iPhone XS Max!

Enjoy Dolby Atmos Panoramic Audio!

Its large display is backed by the most advanced Dolby Atmos sound system with powerful dual speakers that deliver an immersive audio experience for music, videos and games!

Large Memory + Storage Capacities

The HUAWEI Y MAX has a large memory capacity of 4 GB, so you will have no problem running multiple apps at the same time. And it comes with a whopping 128 GB of internal storage, which you can top up with an additional 256 GB of external storage!

Extra Large Battery

What’s the use of a large, powerful smartphone if you can’t enjoy it on-the-go? You will never have to worry with the HUAWEI Y MAX, because it literally has a 5,000 mAh powerbank built-in! Now you can watch movies and game without worrying about battery life!

Maximum Intelligence

The HUAWEI Y MAX comes with dual rear cameras, but these are no ordinary cameras. They have been coupled with a smart AI system that recognises 22 categories of images, and over 500 scenes. The AI system then automatically optimises the shooting mode to deliver the best possible photos!

Elegance Without The Guilt

Everyone loves the feel of leather, but Generation Z shun real leather. Using advanced nanoscale laser etching and special soft-touch paint, HUAWEI created a delicate leather-like texture on the Y MAX’s body.

Now, you can enjoy the pleasant soft textured feel of leather that is highly-resistant to fingerprint smears… without the guilt!

Do More, Pay Less With The HUAWEI Y MAX!

The new HUAWEI Y MAX lets you see more, play more and do more, while PAYING LESS than its competitors!

  • It has a massive 7.12-inch display that beats flagship smartphones from Samsung and Apple!
  • It delivers an immersive 3D soundscape with Dolby Atmos powering its dual speakers!
  • It has 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage, that is further expandable by 256 GB!
  • It has a massive 5,000 mAh battery, letting you work and game for hours without worry!
  • It has a smart AI system that intelligently optimises the shooting mode to make sure you take the best pictures possible!
  • It lets you enjoy a unique leather-like textured body without the guilt of real leather!

And best of all… you get to enjoy all that for only RM 1,299. What an incredible deal!

 

HUAWEI Y MAX Price + Availability

Here are some direct purchase links for your convenience :

  • HUAWEI Online Store : RM 1,299 with free HUAWEI Y MAX Flip Cover
  • HUAWEI Official Store on Lazada : RM 1,299 with RM 200 worth of freebies!

 

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OPPO R17 Pro Photos Of Sydney + The Blue Mountains!

The OPPO R17 Pro boasts a new dual-aperture camera that promises to match the Samsung Galaxy Note9, and Samsung Galaxy S9+ smartphones.

To test it out, we took it on a trip to Sydney and the nearby Blue Mountains. Check out the photos we took with the OPPO R17 Pro!

Updated @ 2019-01-18 : Corrected a few mistakes, and added more details.

Originally posted @ 2018-12-29

Don’t forget to read our OPPO R17 Pro Smartphone In-Depth Review!

 

The OPPO R17 Pro Cameras

The OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) has a 25 MP front camera with a Sony IMX576 sensor and f/2.0 aperture. In the back, it boasts a new dual camera setup that is similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy Note9 and Galaxy S9+.

The main rear camera is a 12 MP Sony IMX362 shooter with dual-aperture – f/1.5 and f/2.4 – exactly like the dual-aperture camera of the Samsung Galaxy Note9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones. Its secondary rear camera though is a higher resolution 20 MP telephoto camera with f/2.6 aperture.

In addition to the hardware, the R17 Pro also features the OPPO AI Ultra-Clear Engine, which automatically optimises the captured image to deliver the best possible output.

How We Tested In Sydney + The Blue Mountains

While many Instagrammers and social media influencers touch up their photos to create more stunning posts, we wanted to show you the OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) can deliver without editing or filters.

This is important because a good graphics editor can turn even a terrible picture into a work of art. But how many of us are good at editing photos, or even have the time to do it?

So we intentionally used the OPPO R17 Pro the way most users would – with automatic settings, and no artificial lighting or setup. This would also let us evaluate just how effective the AI Ultra-Clear Engine is in delivering a great final output.

Sydney Central Railway Station

The Sydney Central Railway Station is the largest train station in the state of New South Wales, and is a heritage building.

The OPPO R17 Pro’s mechanical aperture will automatically switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4, depending on the lighting condition. This allows to adapt to changing ambient light. ensuring better low-light pictures while ensuring highlights are not blown out in bright conditions.

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Three Sisters + Jamison Valley

The Three Sisters are a famous rock formation in the Blue Mountains, right next to the town of Katoomba.

The three rocks, known individually as Meehni (922 m), Wimlah (918 m), and Gunnedoo (906 m), tower over the lush Jamison Valley.

We took these pictures with the OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) at around sunset.

Katoomba Cascades

The Katoomba Cascades is a small segmented waterfall that feeds into the main Katoomba Falls waterfall. It’s a great place for a picnic and pictures (because it’s relatively safe to climb).

Scenic Railway

The Scenic Railway is the most exciting ride in Scenic World, the main tourist attraction in the Blue Mountains.

We took two videos of the Scenic Railway with the OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) to test its 4K UHD video recording capability. Check them out :

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At Scenic World, you also get to check out the Three Sisters and Jamison Valley, from the east. The OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) delivered really great results in this picture.

Even though it was really bright, it automatically stopped down to the f/2.4 aperture, eliminating glare and giving it greater depth of field. Look at how rich the colours are.

Incidentally, the Blue Mountains isn’t really blue in colour. It got its name from the blue haze that is created from sunlight reflecting off dust, water vapour and the oils from the eucalyptus trees that blanket the area.

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Circular Quay

For all cruises and cross-harbour ferries, the Sydney Circular Quay is where most of the action is.

Fast ferries to Parramatta and Manly, as well as the various wharfs in the area, provide an affordable and scenic way to enjoy Sydney.

It is also close to The Rocks and other tourist attractions, including the Customs House and Darling Harbour.

Sydney By Ferry

Catching the many Sydney ferries is an AWESOME and highly affordable way to take in the sights. Here are some great views from the Taronga Zoo.

The ferries also stop at Luna Park, to the north of Sydney Harbour.

The Sydney Cross-Harbour Ferry, in particular, will bring you under the Harbour Bridge…

And past the famous Sydney Opera House!

The ferries are rather unstable platforms because they go really fast, but this was not a problem for the OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US), as the pictures show. That’s because both of its rear cameras are optically-stabilised.

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Darling Harbour

The nearby Darling Harbour is also a great place to visit.

The ICC Sydney (International Convention Centre) is just unique for its architecture, there are also some interesting buskers showing off their skills along the harbour side and nearby park.

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OPPO R17 Pro Photos Of The Sydney CBD

Exploring the Sydney Central Business District (CBD) is extremely easy using train. Then all you need to do is wander around on foot.

The most popular stations are Central, which is located close to Chinatown and Paddy’s Market, or Circular Quay, near many tourist attractions like the Harbour Bridge and The Rocks.

Just behind the Circular Quay, you will find the Sydney Customs House, and the Sydney Gateway Plaza.

Sydney boasts a mix of fresh bold architecture and grand old Victorian architecture.

Only in Australia will you find the LGBT flag flying high on top of a town hall, with a Christmas tree right underneath it. We present to you – the Sydney Town Hall!

Thanks to the magic of perspective, the Sydney Tower Eye appears shorter than we expected…

No trip to Sydney is complete without a stop in Chinatown, and Paddy’s Market for souvenirs and food!

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Even as it gets dark, the OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) does not fail to deliver really great pictures. Its camera automatically switches to the wider f/1.5 aperture for more light.

It also helps that OPPO used the excellent Sony IMX362 sensor, which boasts large 1.4 µm pixels and Dual Pixel autofocus capability. This lets it focus faster and take better pictures in low-light conditions.

We especially like the photo above. It is actually a very hard scene for smartphones to handle. But the OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) did a great job of controlling the highlights of the bright background, while bringing out the details of the darker foreground.

Next Page > OPPO R17 Pro Photos Of The Harbour Bridge + The Rocks

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OPPO R17 Pro Photos Of The Harbour Bridge + The Rocks

A short distance northwest of the Circular Quay is The Rocks, a historic tourist destination at the south end of the Harbour Bridge.

There is a famous weekend market, called The Rocks Market, that usually opens from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.

At the end of The Rocks Market is the Dawes Point Park, located right UNDER the Harbour Bridge!

Don’t forget to check out the Create NSW building right next to The Rocks Market. It houses the Museums and Galleries of NSW, The Australian Ballet and the Sydney Art Exchange.

At the end of the Dawes Point Park, you will find the Dawes Point Battery, a heritage artillery fortification. Many boys (at heart) have pretended to shoot at passing boats using the cannons on display here.

Walk down from Dawes Point Battery to Dawes Point (on the left) and the Hickson Road Reserve (on the right), and you will have the opportunity to take some great shots of the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

Where To Buy The OPPO R17 Pro

Impressed with the OPPO R17 Pro’s photographic capabilities? You can grab one for just RM 2,699 / ~US$ 643 / ~£499! Here are some direct purchase links for your convenience :

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The Official HONOR Band 4 + Band 4 Running Tech Briefing!

At the official launch of the HONOR 10 Lite smartphone, HONOR also launched the HONOR Band 4 and Band 4 Running wearables. Check them out!

HONOR Band 4

The HONOR Band 4comes with multi-sports function. It recognises swim strokes, record swimming speed, distance, calories, and more.

Featuring a full touch screen display with 2.5D edge glass that is resistant to scratches, the Band 4 is designed to cater to your fitness needs, whether it’s outdoor running, indoor running, outdoor walking, outdoor cycling, or swimming.

HONOR Band 4 Running

The HONOR Band 4 Running on the other hand, is designed to be versatile. You can switch between two different wearing modes instantly :

Wrist Mode : Wrap it around your wrist for a trendy look, or
Foot Mode : Attach the band body to your shoe buckle to turn your running shoes into a smart workout companion!

The Band 4 Running has a new six-axis sensor and an upgraded running posture monitoring algorithm which raises the accuracy of running distance measured to over 95%.

HONOR Band 4 Price + Availability

The Band 4 comes in Black, while the Band 4 Running comes in Red and Green colour options. They will be available for sale on 9 January 2019 onwards, at the following price points :

  • HONOR Band 4 : RM 149 / ~US$ 37 / ~£29
  • HONOR Band 4 Running : RM 79 / ~US$ 19 / ~£15

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The OPPO F9 Jade Green Hands-On Preview!

OPPO invited us to an exclusive showcase of their new F9 Jade Green smartphone, where we got some hands-on time. Here is our hands-on preview of the limited-edition OPPO F9 Jade Green smartphone!

Why Jade Green?

It has become an OPPO trend to introduce a smartphone model with limited colour options, and dribble out additional colours over time.

Just 3 months ago, OPPO introduced the F9 Starry Purple. Now, to kick off 2019, they are introducing the limited-edition OPPO F9 Jade Green.

Why? Because Chinese New Year is right around the corner, and they believe the Jade Green colour would be popular with Chinese users.

According to OPPO, this is a limited edition, with a single production run of a few thousand units.

The OPPO F9 Jade Green Up Close!

At an exclusive OPPO event, we got some hands-on time with the OPPO F9 Jade Green. Here is a video of our hands-on look at the limited-edition Jade Green model.

OPPO F9 Specifications

SpecificationsOPPO F9
Display6.3-inch LTPS display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (409 ppi)
- 450 nits maximum brightness
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1.0 with ColorOS 5.2
PlatformMediaTek Helio P60
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.0 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (2.0 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G72 MP3 (800 MHz)
Memory6 GB LPDDR4x memory
Storage64 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera25 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear CamerasDual Lens Camera
- 16 MP sensor with f/1.8 lens
Telephoto Camera
- 2 MP depth sensor with f/2.4 lens
Connectivity4G : LTE
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 4.2
USB : micro USB 2.0
SIM Support2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
NFC CapabilityNo
OTG CapabilityYes
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-Mounted
Other SensorsE-Compass, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, G Sensor
Battery3,500 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery
- supports VOOC fast charging
Dimensions74.0 mm wide
156.7 mm tall
7.99 mm thick
Weight169 grams
Colour OptionsTwilight Blue / Sunrise Red / Starry Purple / Jade Green

OPPO F9 Jade Green Price + Availability

The OPPO F9 Jade Green will retail at RM 1,199 / ~US$ 292 / ~£229.

Pre-order will begin on 9 January and end on 11 January 2019, while actual sales will kick off on 12 January 2019 :

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Nokia 8.1 To Debut With PureDisplay + ZEISS Optics!

HMD Global is attempting to move up the value chain with their new Nokia 8.1 smartphone, which will feature ZEISS optics. Here are the details…

The Nokia 8.1 Smartphone Revealed!

HMD Global is pitching the Nokia 8.1 as a “value flagship” device, with two main selling points – PureDisplay and ZEISS optics. Here is a summary of its key features…

Qualcomm Snapdragon 710

The Nokia 8.1 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, the same mobile SoC that powers the impressive OPPO R17 Pro.

It boasts 35% faster graphics performance, and 20% better CPU performance than the previous-generation Snapdragon 660 mobile SoC.

Nokia PureDisplay

The Nokia 8.1 has a large 6.18-inch PureDisplay with a Full HD+ resolution, and a maximum brightness of 500 nits. PureDisplay is Nokia’s term for a HDR 10 display.

ZEISS Optics

Its main camera has a 12 MP sensor with ZEISS optics that support optical image stabilisation (OIS). It is paired with a 13 MP depth sensor. In the front, it has a 20 MP front camera.

Pure Android Pie

Nokia 8.1 will also be part of the Android One programme, which means it will run pure Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box.

Nokia 8.1 Price + Availability

The Nokia 8.1 will be available in a single colour – BlueSilver, starting from 18 January 2019. It has a recommended retail price of RM 1,699 / ~US$ 414 / ~£325.

On 18 January 2019, you will be able to purchase it here.

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The HONOR 10 Lite Smartphone Review

The HONOR 10 arrived 8 months ago, impressing us with its five key features. Now they are introducing a Lite version – the HONOR 10 Lite, at a more affordable price point.

The HONOR 10 Lite is positioned below the HONOR 10, but offers a larger Full HD+ display and a microSD card slot. Let’s take a close look, and see what else it offers!

The HONOR 10 Lite Tech Briefings

Let’s start with a video of the exclusive pre-launch tech briefing.

Now watch Zhao Zhiwei, Head of HONOR Malaysia, who shares the HONOR 10 Lite’s key features at the launch.

HONOR 10 Lite Price + Availability

The HONOR 10 Lite is avaialble in two variants, at the following price points :

  • 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage : RM 749 / ~US$ 182 / ~£143
  • 3 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : RM 799 / ~US$ 194 / ~£152

The 32 GB model will be available for sale starting 9 January 2019 in two colours – Midnight Black, and Sky Blue.

The 64 GB model, on the other hand, will be available for sale at a later date, in Sapphire Blue and Shiny Red colour options.

Unboxing The HONOR 10 Lite

The HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) comes in a plain an artic blue box, sealed by two security stickers. Let’s take a quick look and unbox it!

To keep costs low, Honor provided only the essentials in the Honor 10 package :

  • One Honor 10 Lite smartphone
  • One clear TPU bumper case
  • One 10 W Huawei fast charger
  • One micro USB cable
  • One SIM tray extractor pin

Next Page > The HONOR 10 Lite Up Close + Full Specifications

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The HONOR 10 Lite Up Close!

The HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) is built around the mid-range Kirin 710 SoC, with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. Its large 6.21-inch display has a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, and a dewdrop notch.

Even though it is a cheaper version of the HONOR 10, it also comes with the stunning Aurora Glass back, although the effect is more pronounced with the Sky Blue version, and less so with our Blue review sample.

Like the HONOR 10, it is powered by a 3,400 mAh battery, However, it only supports 10 watt fast charging, instead of the more advanced 22.5 watt HUAWEI SuperCharge technology.

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HONOR 10 vs HONOR 10 Lite Comparison

Look at how the new HONOR 10 Lite compares against the HONOR 10.

SpecificationsHONOR 10HONOR 10 Lite
Display5.84-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2280 pixels (432 ppi)
6.21-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (415 ppi)
- 90+% display-to-body ratio
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1Android 9.0 with EMUI 9.0.1
PlatformHisilicon Kirin 970Hisilicon Kirin 710
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.8 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.7 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G72 MP12ARM Mali-G51
Memory4 GB LPDDR4x memory3 GB LPDDR4x memory
Storage128 GB
No microSD card slot
32 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot
Front Camera24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear CamerasDual Camera System
- 16 MP RGB sensor with f/1.8 lens
- 24 MP monochrome sensor
- single LED flash
Dual Lens Camera
13 MP sensor with f/1.8 lens and single LED flash
- With 2 MP depth sensor
Connectivity4G : LTE
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 4.2
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
4G : LTE
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : micro USB 2.0
SIM Support2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
NFC CapabilityYesNo
OTG CapabilityYesYes
Fingerprint SensorIntegrated Into Home ButtonYes, Rear Mounted
Other SensorsE-Compass, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, G SensorE-Compass, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, G Sensor
Battery3,400 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery
- supports 22.5 W SuperCharge fast charging
3,400 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery
- supports 10 W fast charging
Dimensions71.2 mm wide
149.6 mm tall
7.7 mm thick
73.6 mm wide
154.8 mm tall
8.0 mm thick
Weight155 grams162 grams
Colour OptionsPhantom Blue / Phantom Green / Midnight Black / Glacier GreySky Blue / Blue / Red

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The HONOR 10 Lite Cameras

The HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) appears to use the same high-resolution 24 MP front camera, with a fast f/2.0 lens, as the HONOR 10.

The bright f/2.0 lens allows it to better handle low-light conditions – important since the front camera does not have any flash.

At the back, it sports an upgraded dual-lens camera from last year’s HONOR 9 Lite smartphone. It consists of a 13 MP camera with an f/1.8 lens, supported by a 2 MP depth sensor.

The depth sensor does not actually take any pictures. Instead, it lets the camera to more accurately differentiate the subject from its background, allowing for more realistic software bokeh effects.

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Fingerprint Sensor

Honor opted to go with a rear fingerprint sensor with the Honor 10 Lite. It is very fast and accurate, and allows you to trigger specific actions with different fingers.

The only downside? You can’t use it to unlock the device while it’s attached to a car mount. That’s when you need to use the Face Unlock feature. It uses the front camera and facial recognition algorithms to authenticate your identity, so it will work even with the Honor 10 Lite mounted on your car’s dashboard.

Next Page > Hybrid SIM, Dewdrop Notch, GPU Turbo

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Hybrid SIM Tray

Unlike the Honor 10, the HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) has a hybrid SIM tray. This means the SIM 2 slot doubles as a microSD card slot.

You can either use a second nanoSIM card, or a microSD card for extra storage capacity. But not both at the same time.

The microSD slot will come in handy, because the HONOR 10 Lite only has 32 GB of internal storage.

There is also a higher-capacity 64 GB model, but microSD storage offers additional peace of mind – even if the phone is physically damaged or destroyed, you can still recover your data or photos and videos from the microSD card.

Dewdrop Notch

The HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) has a Full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, and a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. It features a dewdrop notch that is noticeably smaller than that of the Honor 10.

The display notch allows for notifications to be confined to the top, giving you more space for your work… or really, your games. Heh… In games or apps that do not support the notch, it will simply “disappear” by turning black.

GPU Turbo

GPU Turbo is a hardware and software combination that increases the “efficiency” of the GPU by up to 60%.

It does not mean you get a 60% boost in frame rate, although Honor says it will greatly reduce the jitter rate (variance between the highest and lowest frame rates), while appreciably increasing the overall frame rate.

How does GPU Turbo work? From what we understand, it uses a proprietary algorithm in the graphics driver to detect the change between the current frame being rendered, and the next one.

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This allows the HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) to boost CPU and GPU performance for completely new frames, and reduce them for frames with few changes.

The only downside? GPU Turbo support is currently limited. Extremely limited.

From what we understand – it will only work with PUBG MobileMobile Legends: Bang Bang and King Glory. Naturally, game support will be extended to more games over time.

Next Page > HONOR 10 Lite Setup, Ergonomics, Memory + Storage

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Setting Up The HONOR 10 Lite

Setting up the HONOR 10 Lite is easy, and takes no more than 10 minutes if you are setting it up as a new device. Take a look at a video of the setup process.

Ergonomics

The HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) is definitely much larger than the Honor 10(Price Check). In fact, it is about the same width as the Samsung Galaxy S9+ and the OPPO R17 Pro – they both have similar-sized displays, albeit shorter than both of those examples.

Its 6.21-inch IPS display is bright, although not as vivid as an AMOLED display. The non-standard 19.5:9 aspect ratio of the main display section gives you more screen space for gaming, but you will get some pillarboxing while watching movies.

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Available Memory + Storage

The HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) comes with 3 GB of memory, of which 1.83 GB (61%) is available for use. That’s actually pretty good, giving you enough free memory to run several memory-guzzling apps at the same time.

It also comes with 32 GB of internal storage, of which just over 22.6 GB (70%) is available for use. That’s enough for over 5,500 photos, or 4.25 hours of 1080p videos.

Next Page > HONOR 10 Lite Camera Performance – Photos + Videos

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Camera Performance – Photos

The HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) has a depth-sensing dual-lens camera, with a 13 MP image sensor paired with f/1.8 lens.  Photos from this camera have a 4:3 aspect ratio, with 3264 × 2448 pixels and an average file size of between 3 MB and 5 MB.

Here are 6 high-resolution samples from this 13 MP camera for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

The photos from the HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) are surprisingly good for its price point. It also has the brightest lens we have seen at this price point.

Just note that it does not have a macro mode, so has trouble focusing on near objects. Also, its bright lens greatly narrows its depth of field, so make sure you focus properly on the subject, or it will appear out of focus.

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Camera Performance – Video Recording

Although its image sensor and processor is more than capable of handling 4K videos, the HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) can only record 1080p videos.

Video Sample #1 : Piano Performance

The image quality is not comparable with flagship smartphones, but is good for its price point. That said, there are some focus seeking issues, and a notable lack of stabilisation.

Video Sample #2 : Street Market

In this walkthrough of a street market, you can see that the HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) lacks image stabilisation. This is a shame, because electronic image stabilisation is not expensive from a software or performance point of view to implement.

Next Page > HONOR 10 Lite Gaming Performance + Verdict

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Benchmark Notes

For some odd reason, recent HONOR review samples (like the Honor 8X) appear to disable the installation of PCMark and AnTuTu. This prevents us from testing its work, as well as battery performance.

With that in mind, we would counsel that you take the 3DMark gaming performance results with a pinch of salt. We cannot be sure if this review sample is using the same firmware as an actual retail unit.

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

Here is the HONOR 10 Lite’s score running 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Ice Storm Unlimited Honor Play HONOR 10 Lite OPPO R17 Pro Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Gaming Score 31622 16505 15354 15354
Graphics 37351 19183 15788 15788
Physics 20576 11087 14005 14005
Graphics Test 1 208.9 fps 120.7 fps 136.5 fps 136.5 fps
Graphics Test 2 132.8 fps 63.7 fps 45.8 fps 45.8 fps
Physics Test 65.3 fps 35.2 fps 44.5 fps 44.5 fps
Review Links Honor Play Review   OPPO R17 Pro Review Galaxy A7 2018 Review
Price Check MY | US | UK MY MY | US MY | US | UK

The Kirin 710 appears to have a slight 7.5% performance advantage over its rival, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, which powers the OPPO R17 Pro.

A closer examination of the results will show that its ARM Mali-G51 GPU is faster than the Snapdragon 710’s Adreno 616 GPU. On the other hand, it has a slower CPU.

Our Verdict

At first glance, the HONOR 10 Lite is hardly a notable smartphone. Those of us who are used to flagship devices will dismiss it. In fact, we would naturally favour the Honor 10 over it.

But we are not its target market. The HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) is designed for the lower mid-range market, against rivals like the Realme 2 and Realme 2 Pro. In that regard, it is a formidable competitor.

The HONOR 10 Lite offers a large dewdrop display with a new processor in an elegant package, and a great price point. It also boasts a dual-lens camera with very bright f/1.8 lens.

Unfortunately, we are unable to give you a complete verdict because we are unable to test its work and battery performance. But we hope we have provided you with enough information in this review to make an informed decision if this is the right smartphone for you.

Where To Buy The HONOR 10 Lite

The HONOR 10 Lite is available in two variants, at the following price points :

  • 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage : RM 749 / ~US$ 182 / ~£143
  • 3 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : RM 799 / ~US$ 194 / ~£152

The 32 GB model will be available for sale starting 9 January 2019 in two colours – Midnight Black, and Sky Blue.

The 64 GB model, on the other hand, will be available for sale at a later date, in Sapphire Blue and Shiny Red colour options.

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The HONOR 10 Lite Price, Offer + Tech Briefing!

Today, HONOR officially revealed the HONOR 10 Lite smartphone at a very attractive price point. We will have a review of it shortly, but in the meantime, here are the official HONOR 10 Lite tech briefing, price and offer!

The HONOR 10 Lite Tech Briefing

Zhao Zhiwei, Head of HONOR Malaysia, shares the HONOR 10 Lite’s key features in this video!

HONOR 10 Lite Specification Comparison

Here is a specification comparison of the new HONOR 10 Lite, and its big brother, the HONOR 10.

SpecificationsHONOR 10HONOR 10 Lite
Display5.84-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2280 pixels (432 ppi)
6.21-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (415 ppi)
- 90+% display-to-body ratio
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1Android 9.0 with EMUI 9.0.1
PlatformHisilicon Kirin 970Hisilicon Kirin 710
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.8 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.7 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G72 MP12ARM Mali-G51
Memory4 GB LPDDR4x memory3 GB LPDDR4x memory
Storage128 GB
No microSD card slot
32 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot
Front Camera24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear CamerasDual Camera System
- 16 MP RGB sensor with f/1.8 lens
- 24 MP monochrome sensor
- single LED flash
Dual Lens Camera
13 MP sensor with f/1.8 lens and single LED flash
- With 2 MP depth sensor
Connectivity4G : LTE
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 4.2
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
4G : LTE
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : micro USB 2.0
SIM Support2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
NFC CapabilityYesNo
OTG CapabilityYesYes
Fingerprint SensorIntegrated Into Home ButtonYes, Rear Mounted
Other SensorsE-Compass, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, G SensorE-Compass, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, G Sensor
Battery3,400 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery
- supports 22.5 W SuperCharge fast charging
3,400 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery
- supports 10 W fast charging
Dimensions71.2 mm wide
149.6 mm tall
7.7 mm thick
73.6 mm wide
154.8 mm tall
8.0 mm thick
Weight155 grams162 grams
Colour OptionsPhantom Blue / Phantom Green / Midnight Black / Glacier GreySky Blue / Blue / Red

HONOR 10 Lite Price + Availability

The HONOR 10 Lite will come in two variants, at the following price points :

  • 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage : RM 749 / ~US$ 182 / ~£143
  • 3 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : RM 799 / ~US$ 194 / ~£152

The 32 GB model will be available for sale starting 9 January 2019 in two colours – Midnight Black, and Sky Blue.

The 64 GB model, on the other hand, will be available for sale at a later date, in Sapphire Blue and Shiny Red colour options.

One Day HONOR 10 Lite Offer!

On 9 January 2019, Honor Malaysia will offer the 32 GB HONOR 10 Lite at a special price of RM 699 / ~US$ 170 / ~£133.

In addition, if you purchase before 1 PM on 9 January 2019, you will receive the HONOR 10 Lite on the same day! This express delivery offer is limited to the first 500 deliveries in the Klang Valley.

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Edifier W860NB Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Review!

Are you looking for an affordable pair of active noise cancelling Bluetooth headphones? The Edifier W860NB might just be what you are looking for.

It is one of the few Bluetooth headphones in the market that offers active noise cancellation capabilities at an affordable price point.

Read our in-depth review of the W860NB active noise cancelling Bluetooth headphones, and find out why we gave it our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

Updated @ 2019-01-02 : Updated the review with additional points and information. Corrected several minor mistakes.

Originally posted @ 2018-12-02


 

Why Active Noise Cancellation?

One of the most important gadgets any frequent traveller must have is a good pair of headphones with active noise cancellation (ANC) capability.

Whether you want a good night’s sleep, listen to music or watch a movie during a flight or a road trip, active noise cancellation is the way to go.

Passive noise cancellation using over-ear headphones or in-canal earphones may be sufficient for use in an office, but is quite useless onboard a flight. You can turn up the volume to hear through the noise, but that could damage your hearing.

The best way to listen to music or a conversation in a movie is to use active noise cancellation to literally “erase” the ambient noise. Then you can hear without actually turning up the volume!

 

Edifier W860NB Specifications

Let’s kick this review off with a quick look at its key specifications :

SpecificationsEdifier W860NB
TypeOver-Ear Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones
Ergonomic FeaturesAdjustable headband (up to 6 cm longer)
Padded headband and ear cups, with faux leather covers
Noise CancellationYes, Active Noise Cancellation
Connectivity OptionsWireless : Bluetooth 4.1
Wired : 3.5 mm audio cable
Touch ControlsSkip Forward / Backwards
Volume Increase / Decrease
Pause / Resume Track or Call
NFC SupportYes
Bluetooth CapabilitiesBluetooth v4.1 with support for :
- Qualcomm aptX
- A2DP SBC (sub-band coding)
Bluetooth Range10 meters / 30 feet
Audio Drivers40 mm Neodymium Driver
Frequency Response20 Hz ~ 20 kHz
Sensitivity97 dB
Battery1,400 mAh lithium-ion battery
Rated Battery LifeStandby : 1,500 Hours
Music Without ANC : 45 Hours
Music With ANC : 25 Hours
Rated Charging Time4 Hours (5 V @ 1 A)

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Edifier W860NB Price + Availability

The W860NB has a recommended retail price of US$ 119.99 in the US, and RM 499 here in Malaysia. Here are some direct purchase links for your convenience :

 

Unboxing The Edifier W860NB

The Edifier W860NB (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) comes in a large premium cardboard box. Let’s unbox it and see what we find inside!

Once you fully unbox it, this is what you will find inside :

  • One pair of W860NB active noise cancelling headphones
  • Storage case and usual manual
  • USB Type A to micro-USB 2.0 charging cable
  • 3.5 mm audio cable with aircraft plug adaptor

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The Edifier W860NB Up Close!

The W860NB (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) is an elegant-looking pair of wireless headphones.

We like how Edifier chose to use a very nice smooth matte surface that is fingerprint smear resistant.

The W860NB is also very well-built, with a good blend of quality plastics, metal and faux leather. It has a good heft, and feels like a premium pair of cans.

Nestled in both ear cups are 40 mm neodymium drivers with titanium dome diaphragms, designed to deliver strong bass with a wide soundstage.

Despite its modest price point, the W860NB boasts touch controls, as well as a very nice storage case and all the accessories you’ll ever need.

Overall – this is a nice hassle-free buy-and-enjoy package, but let’s delve deeper and see what we find, shall we?

 

Touch Control + Buttons

The W860NB (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) has two Power buttons on the right ear cup.

The Power button turns on its Bluetooth connectivity and touch controls, while the ANC switch turns on its active noise cancellation circuitry.

Note that they work independently of each other. You can actually turn on the active noise cancellation capability without “turning on” the W860NB.

In fact, you can also listen to music using the 3.5 mm audio cable without, yes, “turning it on” using the Power button.

The W860NB has Bluetooth touch controls on the right ear cup as well. They only work when you are connected to your smartphone or music player using Bluetooth.

The touch controls allow you to change tracks and volume, or accept and end calls, without touching your smartphone or music player.

Just swipe right or left to skip ahead or backwards, and swipe up and down to control the volume. Tapping the centre twice pauses and resumes your music, or accepts and ends a phone call.

 

Audio + Charging Ports

On the left ear cup, you will find the 3.5 mm audio port. It allows you to connect the W860NB directly to your smartphone or music player, or the airline’s audio jack, using the provided aircraft port adaptor.

Hidden under a rubber cover is a micro-USB port that serves as a charging port. Edifier did not include a USB charger, only a USB cable which you can connect to your computer, your smartphone’s USB charger or even a power bank.

They quote a charging time of 4 hours with a 5 watt charger or USB 3.0 port. If you are recharging it using an older USB 2.0 port though, it should take twice as long.

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How Comfortable Is The W860NB?

The W860NB (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) has an adjustable headband that is padded at the top, and wrapped in soft faux leather.

The headband can be extended by 3 cm on each side, in 9 steps. When fully retracted, it is small enough to fit a child of about 8-9 years of age.

Its ear cups are also padded and covered in faux leather. Being designed for travel, the ear cups are on the small side. They hug your ears, preventing slippage even when you shake your head to the music.

On the other hand, faux leather does not breathe like real leather. So it will get humid inside the smaller space pretty quickly if you are wearing them in warmer weather.

Incidentally, the ear cups can be folded inwards, for a more compact form factor. It won’t fit the provided storage case, but it will be easier to store in your bag!

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Active Noise Cancellation

Active noise cancellation is conceptually simple. One or more microphones pick up ambient noise, which is used to generate opposing sound waves that cancel out the noise before it reaches the user’s ears. However, it has not been easy or cheap to implement.

For one thing – noise detection and the generation of its opposing sound waves happens in real-time. It is complicated by the need to mix the noise-cancelling sound waves with the actual audio output (of your song or movie).

The W860NB (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) is one of the few affordable wireless headphones to boast active noise cancellation. It has an ANC microphone at the side of each ear cup, pointing backwards.

From what we can tell, the W860NB uses analogue negative feedback circuitry to generate up to 97 dB of noise cancelling sound waves. Analogue noise cancellation is simpler and cheaper to implement, but limits its active noise cancellation to the lower frequencies.

For active noise cancellation of higher frequencies, they would need to add a fast digital signal processor to handle the complex noise cancellation algorithms.

 

Noise Cancelling Performance

We tested the W860NB (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) on eight flights, and many road trips.

We tried to record the effect of its noise cancellation capability using a cardioid microphone, the best examples of which you can see in this video.

Before you watch it, please keep in mind that it was quite impossible to fully isolate our microphone in the ear cup. So the actual effect is more pronounced than what you’ll hear in this video.

In the airplane cabin clip, you can distinctly hear how the W860NB cuts out the low-frequency rumble, but the higher-frequency sound of the air-conditioning is still audible.

In the car cabin clip, when active noise cancellation is turned on, the low-frequency road noise is cut out. But you can still hear the higher-frequency wind noise, and even the radio music in the background.

Turning on active noise cancellation will markedly reduce low-frequency noise. This gives you a better appreciation of whatever you are listening to. However, this includes voices of people around you. In fact, airline announcements were clearer with ANC turned on, than turned off.

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Edifier W860NB vs. Sony WH-1000XM2

This is a grossly unfair comparison, to be sure. But this is something quite a few of our readers will want to know – how does the W860NB (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) compare against a premium ANC wireless headphone that costs 3X as much – the much vaunted Sony 1000XM2 (US | UK | MY)?

Based on our subjective tests using the awesome Sony ZX300 Walkman (US | UK | MY), here is how the W860NB compares in active noise cancellation performance to the Sony 1000XM2, in our opinion :

  • about 80% as good in the lower frequencies, and
  • about 50% as good in the higher frequencies.

This is very good performance. Impressive actually, when you consider their large price difference.

 

Qualcomm aptX Support

The W860NB (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) supports the proprietary Qualcomm aptX audio codec. When used with smartphones, music players and other devices that support aptX, it can deliver lower latencies and better audio quality.

The aptX audio codec is more efficient than the default SBC (Sub-Band Coding) Bluetooth audio codec, delivering a higher bit rate with lower latency.

The lower latency is especially important when you watch a movie with wireless headphones, because nothing is more distracting than a movie with unsynchronised audio!

However, make sure you enable aptX on your smartphone or player, or you will end up using SBC. Most smartphones, for example, default to SBC, even if they officially support aptX. In fact, you may need to make the change in Developer Options.

The W860NB does not support the newer and more advanced aptX-HD, which delivers HD Audio over Bluetooth; or aptX Low Latency, which promises a very low latency for better video and gaming performance.

This is something for Edifier to look into adding into the next version.

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Edifier W860NB : Our Verdict + Award

Anyone who has ever tried using headphones with active noise cancellation on a flight will appreciate what a difference they make.

They will also realise just how useful noise cancellation can be in other applications – better audio clarity at lower volumes, concentrating better in a noisy office, sleeping better, etc.

The key impediment for the widespread adoption of active noise cancellation can be summed in one word – COST.

Headphones with active noise cancellation are generally much more expensive than regular headphones, and some are prohibitively so.

That is how the W860NB stands out above its competitors. Its affordable price point allows you to literally equip a family of three with W860NB wireless headphones for the same price you would pay for a single pair of Sony 1000XM3 (US | UK | MY) headphones!

But just how effective is its noise cancellation capabilities?

The W860NB (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) is best at cancelling out low-frequency noise. At higher frequencies, it is limited to passive noise reduction courtesy of its over-ear design and padding.

That means it will effectively cut out most of the annoying rumble of jet engines and road noise; leaving voices quite audible.

If you really need to cut out the higher frequencies, then you need to splurge on headphones that perform digital noise cancellation like the Sony WH-1000XM2 (US | UK | MY) or the latest Sony 1000XM3 (US | UK | MY) headphones.

The ability to block voices may or may not be a good thing, depending on your point of view. It may be nice to cut out annoying chatter and crying babies, but that may mean you won’t be able to hear important announcements or alerts

The W860NB also impressed us in other ways. it has very useful touch controls on its right ear cup, and a large battery with enough battery life to last even the longest flight and then some. We also like its classy matte finish, and excellent build quality.

Overall, the W860NB (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) offers a great combination of features, at a great price point. It really punches above its weight.

We are so impressive with its value proposition, we gladly award it our Reviewer’s Choice Award! Great job, Edifier!

 

Where To Buy The W860NB?

The W860NB has a recommended retail price of US$ 119.99 in the US, and RM 499 here in Malaysia. Here are some direct purchase links for your convenience :

 

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The Samsung Galaxy Note9 Live Translation Guide

One of the least talked-about features of the Samsung Galaxy Note9 is its augmented reality Live Translation capability. It is a very useful feature, actually the most useful Bixby feature in our opinion.

So we created this guide to show you how use it to quickly translate foreign languages during your travels or in the kitchen!

What Is Samsung Live Translation?

Live Translation is a key feature of Bixby Vision in flagship Samsung smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note9. It identifies and translates 54 languages, and overlays the translated text over the original text.

The first-generation Samsung Bixby Vision was already capable of live translation, so a more accurate description of this new feature is AR (augmented reality) Translation.

In the original Bixby, the translation appears as a separate card. But in the Samsung Galaxy Note9, the translation appears as part of the image. Hence, our opinion that it should have been called AR Translation.

Samsung Live Translation In Action!

In this video, we tested Live Translation on the Samsung Galaxy Note9 smartphone.

And here is Live Translation in action on the Samsung Galaxy S9!

How To Use Live Translation

Please note that before using Live Translation, you need to first create and log into your Samsung Account. You also need to have Internet connectivity.

Step 1 : Launch the Samsung Camera app

Step 2 : If the Camera app is not in Auto mode, switch to the Auto mode.

Step 3 : Tap on the Bixby Vision icon on the lower left corner of the screen

Step 4 : Point the camera at the text you want to translate.

Step 5 : Live Translation will automatically convert the text to your preferred language.

Step 6 : You can also tap on the Text icon to select a specific area to translate.

Note : The default automatic language detection only works for 33 languages. The remaining 21 languages require manual selection to work.

Languages Supported By Live Translation

Live Translation will visually recognise the following 54 languages

Afrikaans, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Kyrgyz, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Marathi, Mongolian, Nepali, Norwegian, Pashtu, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese.

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Realme Malaysia Offers 360 Degree After Sales Service

Realme just announced that they now offer 360 degree after sales support. in Malaysia!

With a click of a button on the Realme website, Realme fans can now easily find an authorised service centre in Malaysia to help them with software and hardware issues that may affect their Realme devices

Furthermore, fans can also  drop an email, contact a hotline, or reach out to its social media pages and e-commerce sites.

“As a young brand in the country, we take pride in delivering exceptional customer experiences and value to improve overall satisfaction for Malaysian fans. By providing 360 degree support, we hope that this will provide further trust in the brand by showcasing our strength in the after sales service, as well as ensuring that current customers are taken care off too. Additionally, as Realme authorized OPPO to offer the after-sales service, we are also thankful for the strong support from OPPO,” said Tiffany Teh, Brand Manager, Realme Malaysia

Realme Malaysia Support Channels

From now onwards, fans can reach out to receive support for their Realme devices in various ways :

  • Drop an email to service.my@realme.com
  • Call the hotline number: 1800 818018. The hotline is available from 9AM to 6PM every day except Sunday and public holidays
  • Visit any of the 21 authorized service centers offer various kinds of services including help desk, device inspection and software updates. The Realme website also enables fans to search all locations of its after-sales service centers
  • Fans can also reach out to Realme Malaysia via its Facebook and Instagram pages and e-commerce sites for after-sales service support

“In India, Realme’s official website has been updated to list all Realme independent authorized service centers, along with a convenient ‘Callme service’ which includes free pick-up and return in India. We hope to bring the same service to Malaysia, as we aim to provide consumers with good experience not only on products but also service.” added Teh

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iPhone XS vs Galaxy Note9 – Which Is Better In Low Light?

Both the Samsung Galaxy Note9 and the Apple iPhone XS claim to have the world’s best cameras. While both take great photos in good light, how do they perform in low-light conditions?

Let’s find out in our photo and video comparison of the Apple iPhone XS and the Samsung Galaxy Note9. See for yourself which smartphone has the best low-light camera performance!

Updated @ 2018-12-25 : Minor updates of the article, with some additional information.

First posted @ 2018-12-18


 

iPhone XS vs Galaxy Note9 – Low Light Camera Performance!

We compared the Samsung Galaxy Note9‘s low light performance against the iPhone X back in September, just before the Apple iPhone XS (US | UKShopee | Lazada) was released.

The iPhone XS maintained the same dual-lens camera module from last year’s iPhone X, with software improvements like Smart HDR and better tone mapping. The only hardware upgrade we could tell was the ability to record stereo sound for its videos.

What this means is the  iPhone XS has very similar photographic capabilities to the Samsung Galaxy Note9. They both use 12 MP image sensors with 1.0 µm pixels, paired with f/2.4 lens that offer 2X optical zoom with optical image stabilisation. Where they really differ in is their wide-angle cameras.

The iPhone X’s wide-angle camera uses a 12 MP image sensor with 1.22 µm pixels, paired with f/1.8 lens that support optical image stabilisation.

The Galaxy Note9, on the other hand, uses a 12 MP image sensor with larger 1.4 µm pixels, paired with a Dual Aperture lens that can switch between  f/1.5 and f/2.4. It also supports optical image stabilisation.

Here is a table comparing the key features of their main cameras.

Main Camera SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy Note9Apple iPhone XS / XS Max
TypeDual Camera System with wide and telephoto lensDual Camera System with wide and telephoto lens
Main Camera Features- 12 MP Dual Pixel sensor
- 1.4 µm pixel size
- can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures
- optical image stabilisation (OIS)
- 12 MP sensor
- 1.22 µm pixel size
- f/1.8 aperture
- optical image stabilisation (OIS)
Telephoto Camera Features- 2x optical zoom
- 12 MP sensor
- 1.0 µm pixel size
- f/2.4 aperture
- optical image stabilisation (OIS)
- 2x optical zoom
- 12 MP sensor
- 1.0 µm pixel size
- f/2.4 aperture
- optical image stabilisation (OIS)
Built-in FlashDual-tone LED flashQuad-LED flash
Video Recording Capabilities4K video : up to 60 fps
1080p video : up to 60 fps
720p video : Up to 960 fps
4K video : up to 60 fps
1080p video : up to 240 fps
720p video : 30 fps
Camera Switching While Recording VideoYesNo
Live Focus CapabilityYesNo
Dual Capture CapabilityYesNo

As you can see, there are other differences between the two camera systems :

Now, let’s take a look at how well they both perform in low-light conditions!

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iPhone XS vs Galaxy Note9 – Low Light Video Shootout

Let’s kick it off with a comparison of their low-light video recording capabilities. This time, we tested them with and without their flash turned on.

With and without the flash, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | UKShopee | Lazada) was definitely better at recording low-light videos than the Apple iPhone XS (US | UKShopee | Lazada).

It is not just about the brightness. Thanks to its quad-lens flash, the iPhone XS has better control of the light. But it lacks contrast compared to the Galaxy Note9.

Here is an example of a night dancing session at the Curve. The singers are on a well-lit platform, but the dancers are not lit by street lights. The Samsung Galaxy Note9 was not mounted on any gimbal.

Despite the changing brightness of the scene, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 did a great job of instantly adjusting the brightness of the subjects. This is not an easy feat when we switched focus to the dancers, because the background is much brighter.

What we ended up with is a happy balance of reasonably bright subjects without overly bright backgrounds. In fact, you can see right into the restaurant behind the dancers!

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iPhone XS vs Galaxy Note9 – Low Light Photo Shootout

Let’s start with a dimly-lit shot. Here we have four toys with some indirect lighting.

Dimly-Lit Scene

When you try to take a poorly-lit scene, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | UKShopee | Lazada) automatically switches to the wide f/1.5 aperture. The depth-of-field was much shallower, so you need to be careful about framing the shot, or focusing on the subject, or it will be out-of-focus.

But look at how well the colours turn out. Even in the low light, the colours appear vivid, especially the red lightsaber and Mario’s red shirt. You can also make out that his jeans is blue in colour.

The photo taken by the Apple iPhone XS (US | UKShopee | Lazada) was darker, so the colours are noticeably muted. And Mario’s jeans now appears to be black, instead of blue. Its f/1.8 aperture is definitely no match for the Galaxy Note9’s wider f/1.5 aperture.

Extremely Low Light

We turned off the background light, and it’s almost completely dark. Yet, we can make out all four toys, including Darth Minion, using the Samsung Galaxy Note9.

Unfortunately, it was so dark with the iPhone XS, we can barely frame the shot. You can just about see a little of the baby leopard’s head, but that’s about it.

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Bright Night Scenes

These two photo comparisons will look at street scenes that are lit up by street lights.

In both cases, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | UKShopee | Lazada) delivered brighter and more realistically-lit photos than the iPhone XS (US | UKShopee | Lazada).

 

iPhone XS vs Galaxy Note9 – Our Verdict

When we first posted our Galaxy Note9 vs iPhone X comparison, some iPhone fans criticised us for not using the newer iPhone XS. Never mind the fact that they were not available when we did the test. Never mind the fact that both the iPhone X and iPhone XS have the same camera hardware.

To be fair to these Apple fans, the iPhone XS (US | UKShopee | Lazada) introduces some new software improvements. Squeezing a little extra out of old hardware is something Apple engineers are very good at.

But no matter how clever they are, they just cannot beat the superior optics and sensor in the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | UKShopee | Lazada), and by extension, the Samsung Galaxy S9+. In every test, the Samsung smartphone was superior in low light conditions.

Not only does the Galaxy Note9 have a larger and brighter f/1.5 aperture, its image sensor has 32% larger pixels – 1.4 microns vs. 1.22 microns. They both allow for significantly better low-light camera performance, whether you are taking photos or recording videos.

Whatever Apple may put on the billboards, the Galaxy Note9 and Galaxy S9+ has superior photography and videography performance. This is yet another reason why we gave it our Editor’s Choice Award!

 

Where To Buy The Samsung Galaxy Note9?

Malaysia

  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB) : RM 3,299 (Lazada | Shopee)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB) : RM 4,199 (Lazada | Shopee)

United States

  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB, International Unlocked) : $732
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB, US Unlocked) : $899.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB, International Unlocked) : $992.49
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB, US Unlocked) : $1,149.99

United Kingdom

  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB) : £661
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB) : £929.99

 

Where To Buy The Apple iPhone XS?

Malaysia

United States

United Kingdom

 

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The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition Smartphone Revealed!

Vivo just revealed the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition smartphone with 3X rear cameras! Find out what else the NEX Dual Display Edition offers!

 

The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition Revealed!

The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition is the industry-first dual-display smartphone with a triple rear camera setup. In addition to its dual-screen display, it has an astounding 10 GB of RAM!

Dual Display Design

The 6.39-inch Ultra Full View Display in the front has a Super AMOLED panel, and an improved screen-to-body ratio of 91.63%, without a display notch!

The additional 5.49-inch Super AMOLED at the back allows greater flexibility in using the rear cameras. Snapping high-quality selfies is now easier as users can use the main cameras along with the rear screen to get the perfect angles.

The rear display also features a Lunar Ring that creates a glowing band of colours to signify notifications. It can even pulse in tune with your music!

Triple Camera Setup

The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition’s triple camera setup consists of a 12 MP Dual Pixel main camera (featuring a Sony IMX363 sensor and 4-axis OIS), a specialised Night Video Camera and an innovative Time of Flight (TOF) 3D Camera.

The Night Video Camera helps users film clear and stable footage in motion and low-light environments, while the TOF 3D Camera lets users to see the world with an added dimension.

Its 3D sensing capabilities not only enables point-to-point distance measuring but also supports 3D Modeling of the user’s face for enhanced facial recognition, protection and personalized beautification.

Different Camera Modes

Vivo has created more innovative camera modes for NEX Dual Display Edition such as Mirror Mode and Pose Director.

Mirror Mode allows users to see themselves in the rear display while being photographed or filmed while Pose Director can show a posed image or video in the rear display as reference for imitation.

Coupled with other camera modes such as AI Scene Recognition, AI Filters and AI Portrait Framing with the diffusion lighting from the Selfie Softlight as part of the Lunar Ring, it is now easier to capture the perfect shot.

Flagship Performance

The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor and comes with 10 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage.

It also boasts In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology, TOF 3D Camera and 3D sensing technology for enhanced facial recognition protection, allowing the NEX Dual Display Edition to provide faster and more secure ways to unlock the two displays.

 

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Play ManaBox And Win Samsung Devices + Other Prizes!

From now until 30 December 2018, you can win HUNDREDS of Samsung Galaxy devices and prizes by playing ManaBox! Find out what prizes you can win, and how you can win them!

 

Play ManaBox And Win Samsung Devices + Other Prizes!

ManaBox is Samsung’s very own Augmented Reality (AR) mobile game that launched on 23 November 2018! It’s more than a free game though, because you can win hundreds of Samsung Galaxy devices and other prizes by playing ManaBox!

  1. Download “ManaBox” on the Google Play Store or App Store
  2. Catch the Mana Boxes
  3. Unbox and redeem rewards daily

Catch Cheeky, Cutey, Fiesty, and the Golden Box to collect Mana Coins and redeem rewards such as beverages, movie tickets, Grab vouchers and hundreds of Samsung Galaxy devices!

 

ManaBox Golden Prizes

Prizes Quantity
Samsung Galaxy Watch 42mm 50
Samsung Galaxy A9 100
Samsung Galaxy Note9
(Exclusive for Samsung Users ONLY)
35
Total 185
  1. The redemption of the Golden Prizes will be based on the skillset that the Member accumulated in playing ManaBox. There will be total 185 Golden prizes throughout the Contest Period.
  2. The following is the steps to redeem Golden Box:
    a. Once Golden box is caught, it will be saved in Member’s Inventory for 7 days; Member need to view Golden Box in the Inventory and press redeem to proceed.
    b. Member will receive a Unique ID and press swipe to be redirect to Samsung site to fill in the verification form with required information including name as per IC, Address, Contact Number, email address, verification code and others within 10 working days from the date of issuance of Unique ID, failing which the said Prize will be removed from the Inventory.
    c. Samsung and/or the authorised Samsung representative will call the Member within 10 working days from the date of submission by Member. The Member(s) is required to provide necessary information (Name as per IC, Address, Contact Number, email address, verification code, etc) for verification.
    d. Upon verification, Samsung will arrange the delivery of the prize to the Member within 30 working days from the prize announcement is made or such other period as may be determined solely by Samsung. There will be an announcement on the successful Member who manages to catch Golden Box made on Samsung’s platforms (including but not limited to Samsung official website, ManaBox App and/ or Samsung Mobile Malaysia’s Facebook page) and/or media channels.
  3. Each Member is eligible to win one (1) Golden Prize throughout the Golden Box Period.

 

Other ManaBox Prizes

  • Starbucks Grande-sized beverages
  • Giant RM 20 e-voucher
  • Lazada RM 10 e-voucher
  • Grab RM 5 e-voucher
  • GSC or TGV movie ticket
  • Kenny Rogers Roasters Quarter Meal e-voucher

 

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The 2018 TikTok Trends And Challenges Revealed!

TikTok rounds up the celebrities, creators, challenges and soundtracks that made the 2018 trend! Find out all the trendy songs and TikTok challenges that made the list right here!

 

The 2018 TikTok Malaysian Trends Revealed!

TikTok looks back on the most popular celebrities, creators, challenges and hits that made 2018 a year to remember

One of the most unforgettable 2018 moments for Malaysia included the inaugural 1 Million Audition which generated over 52 million views from 62,000 video submissions!

 

Find Your Favourite Celebrities On TikTok!

Celebrities from all over the world made TikTok their playground this year with its easy-to-use features allowing them to give fans a sneak peek into their moments.

A diverse list of stars who gained a massive following on the platform, including K-pop chart-toppers WINNER and BLACKPINK, as well as American social media personality Baby Ariel, who tops the list with almost 30 million followers on TikTok.

In Malaysia, the most popular celebrities on TikTok are actress Janna Nick (@jannanick95), singer Baby Shima (@babyshima), and singer cum TV host Danny Ah Boy (@dannyahboy)

 

TikTok Launchpad For Local Creators!

As a platform to engage a growing fan base and a global audience, TikTok also served as the launchpad for an array of local creators.

Social media maven Holly H, content producer Gil Croes, choreographer Awez Darbar along with K-Pop dancer Sona are among the creators who made waves globally.

Other popular creators in Malaysia include Findy Yong (@findyyong_), Syasha Rushdiena (@syasyarushdina) and Alieff Irfan (@irfxn_).

 

Trendy Videos And Soundtracks

TikTok has increasingly become a launchpad for diverse videos set to catchy music.

Among the most trending soundtracks of 2018 used on TikTok videos by Malaysians include

  • Down in the DM by DJ Flex/ Yo Gotti
  • Delícia Tchu Tcha Tcha by Mike Moonnight & DM’Boys featuring DJ Pedrito
  • DDU-DU DDU-DU by BLACKPINK

 

The 2018 TikTok Year In Rewind

Malaysia Global
Most Popular Celebrities
  1. Janna Nick
  2. Baby Shima
  3. Danny Ah Boy
  4. Aiman Tino
  5. Wawa Zainal
  6. Amyra Rosli
  7. Fasha Sandha
  8. Izzue Islam
  9. Emma Maembong
  10. Aeril Zafrel
  1. Baby Ariel
  2. Zach King
  3. Marshmello
  4. BLACKPINK
  5. Supatsara Thanachat
  6. Daddy Yankee
  7. WINNER
  8. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
  9. Alan Walker
  10. Little Big
Most Popular Creators
  1. Findy Yong (findyyong_)
  2. Syasha Rushdiena (syasyarushdina)
  3. Alieff Irfan (irfxn_)
  4. Hafizam Kamar (hfzam18)
  5. Farrah Khairina (farrahmzm)
  6. Akid Zulkiflee (akiddos)
  7. Angel Low (angelloweee)
  8. Nurul Nurizzati (itsrosenicotine)
  9. Jack Huah (jackhuah0408)
  10. Qiu Wen (qiuwen1014)
  1. Gil Croes
  2. Holly H
  3. Awez Darbar
  4. Xime Ponch
  5. Our Fire
  6. Andressa Fontinele
  7. Dancer Sona
  8. Flo
  9. ひなた (imomuhi)
  10. Ashleigh Ross
Most Popular Challenges
  1. #DuetWithMe
  2. #RaindropChallenge
  3. #DinoRoar
  4. #PumpLikeThat
  5. #DidiDance
  6. #CountOnMe
  7. #KataManis
  8. #IReallyReally
  9. #DduDuDuDance
  10. #SiriSiri
  1. #LemonsForLeukemia
  2. #SnapYourLife
  3. #CountOnMe
  4. #FilterTransition
  5. #PopLikeThat
  6. #Stairshuffle
  7. #RainDropChallenge
  8. #ReactToThis
  9. #ChooseYourCharacter
  10. #HalloweenBattle
Most Popular Soundtracks
  1. Down in The DM by DJ Flex / Yo Gotti
  2. Delícia Tchu Tcha Tcha (Feat Dj Pedrito) by Mike Moonnight & DM’Boys
  3. DDU-DU DDU-DU by BLACKPINK
  4. Run Free (feat. IVIE) by Deep Chills
  5. 2002 by Anne-Marie
  6. Pump by Valentino Khan
  7. Girls Like You by Maroon 5
  8. Bahagia by Eza Edmond
  9. Luar Biasa (Feat Alif) by Ismail Izzani
  10. Lagi Syantik by Siti Badriah
  1. Havana (feat. Young Thug) by Camila Cabello
  2. Run Free (feat. IVIE) by Deep Chills
  3. Solo (feat. Demi Lovato) by Clean Bandit
  4. El Chombo by Dame Tu Cosita feat. Cutty Ranks
  5. Down in The DM by DJ Flex / Yo Gotti
  6. Please Don’t Go by Joel Adams
  7. Dura by Daddy Yankee
  8. Counterparty by Hipinoze
  9. In My Feelings by Drake
  10. Delícia Tchu Tcha Tcha (Feat Dj Pedrito) by Mike Moonnight & DM’Boys

 

TikTok Challenge In East Asia!

Malaysians and Singaporeans are most active on TikTok on Saturday afternoons, while users in Vietnam get their TikTok fix just before weekend dinners between 6:00pm and 8:00pm.

Philippines and Thailand get busy with TikTok from 8:00pm onwards on Saturdays, while Indian users create videos the most from 11:00pm all the way until 1:00am.

Many of the biggest trending videos of 2018 came from TikTok challenges, which allowed fans from all over the world to participate in local conversations in their communities.

Among the most popular challenges include the #RainDropChallenge which made waves all over the world, especially in the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam.

In Malaysia, other challenges that filled everyone’s feed include #DuetWithMe which allowed users to sing, dance or act along their favourite personality or clips. The other challenge #dinoroar where users made a velociraptor appear on screen via the dinosaur filter and reacted creatively to it in their TikTok video.

See Yourself On TikTok!

Want to see how your own year went? Revisit your own journey with TikTok this year on the “My Year in Rewind” TikTok in-app experience which will be launched on 24 December 2018.

 

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The Maxis 4G LTE Network Is Down! What Should We Do?

At around 4:55 PM today, the entire Maxis 4G LTE network went down, taking with it mobile broadband for all Maxis users. What should you do, if you are on the Maxis 4G LTE network?

 

The Maxis 4G LTE Network Is Down! What Should We Do?

When the Maxis 4G LTE network went down, it took all mobile Internet connectivity. So you won’t be able to use any Internet-based services like Telegram, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, etc. However, you can still make calls and send SMS messages.

Maxis was fast in addressing the issue, immediately putting out this Maxis 4G LTE network advisory when you call their 123 support number :

The key thing to note is that only their 4G LTE network is down. To restore Internet connectivity, you only need to switch to the 3G network.

Now this means you will experience slower Internet connectivity, but it’s better than no Internet at all. It should tide you over until they fix their 4G LTE network.

Apple iPhones

  1. Go to Settings > Mobile Data > Mobile Data Options > Voice & Data
  2. Select 3G, instead of LTE or 4G

Samsung Smartphones

  1. Go to Settings > Connections > Mobile Networks
  2. Click on Network mode
  3. Select 3G/2G (auto connect) or 3G only

HUAWEI Smartphones

  1. Go to Settings > Wireless & Networks > Mobile Network
  2. Disable the 4G option

Oppo Smartphones

  1. Go to Settings > Dual SIM & Cellular > Preferred Network Type
  2. Select 3G/2G (Auto)

 

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Over 60 FREE Movies Now Available On iflix Mobile Web!

iflix Mobile Web is giving users the gift of FREE MOVIES this Christmas season! Find out how you can enjoy these FREE MOVIES on iflix Mobile Web!

 

Over 60 FREE Movies Now Available On iflix Mobile Web!

iflix Mobile Web works exactly like the original iflix app, but is easier to access and use. It now enables users to play without the need to download and sign up on site.

 

Aren’t There Already Free Movies On iflix?

Yes, iflix already offers iflixFREE content such as movies, television shows, documentaries and football. These are now available on iflix Mobile Web without sign-up.

In addition, iflix has moved over 60 movies from the VIP tier to the free tier in celebration of this holiday season! Here are some of top FREE movies you can enjoy on iflix right away!

  • The Hunger Games 
  • The Hunger Games Catching Fire 
  • The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 
  • The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 
  • Kick Ass 
  • What To Expect When You’re Expecting 
  • John Wick (2014)
  • Magic Mike 
  • The Expendables 
  • The Expendables 2 
  • The Expendables 3
  • Paranormal Activity 
  • Scream 4 
  • Ringu 
  • Ringu 2 
  • Ringu 0 Birthday 
  • Law Abiding Citizen 
  • The Lincoln Lawyer 
  • Looper 
  • The Cabin In The Woods 
  • Twilight Saga: New Moon 
  • Twilight Saga Eclipse 
  • Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1 
  • Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 
  • The Mechanic

 

So Easy To Use!

Users only need to go to m.iflix.com on their Android smartphones (iOS coming soon!) and click any iflixFREE video to immediately start playing. What’s even better is that iflix Mobile Web loads faster and only takes 140kB of space on any mobile phone to run!

Like the app, users have the option to create an account if they want to and upgrade to iflixVIP and receive a 30-day VIP free trial that gives full access without any ads.

 

iflix Mobile Web Available Soon For iOS!

The iflix Mobile Web is currently only available for Android users but will soon be available to users of IOS as well.

 

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HUAWEI Mate 20 with Triple Leica Cameras In-Depth Review!

As the huge crowds at the HUAWEI Mate 20 sales launch show, the HUAWEI Mate 20 has been a huge MAJOR success.

We were amongst the first to receive the HUAWEI Mate 20, and here is our in-depth review. Find out why it won our Editor’s Choice Award!

Updated @ 2018-12-08 : Added a few updates, including new photos from Sydney.

Originally posted @ 2018-11-16

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series

Instead of one flagship device, HUAWEI released three smartphones in the Mate 20 series. Let’s compare their specifications :

SpecificationsHUAWEI Mate20 XHUAWEI Mate20 ProHUAWEI Mate20
Display7.2-inch OLED display
- 1080 x 2244 pixels (345 ppi)
- DCI-P3 colour gamut
6.39-inch OLED display
- 1440 x 3120 pixels (538 ppi)
- DCI-P3 colour gamut
6.53-inch IPS display
- 1080 x 2244 pixels (381 ppi)
- DCI-P3 colour gamut
System PlatformHiSilicon Kirin 980HiSilicon Kirin 980HiSilicon Kirin 980
Memory6 GB LPDDR4x6 GB or 8 GB LPDDR4x4 GB or 6 GB LPDDR4x
Storage128 GB internal storage
NM card slot (up to 256 GB)
128 GB pr 256 GB internal storage
NM card slot (up to 256 GB)
128 GB internal storage
NM card slot (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear CameraTriple Leica Camera System
- 40 MP wide-angle camera with f/1.8 lens
- 20 MP ultra-wide-angle camera with f/2.2 lens
- 8 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 lens
Triple Leica Camera System
- 40 MP wide-angle camera with f/1.8 lens
- 20 MP ultra-wide-angle camera with f/2.2 lens
- 8 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 lens
Triple Leica Camera System
- 12 MP wide-angle camera with f/1.8 lens
- 16 MP ultra-wide-angle camera with f/2.2 lens
- 8 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 lens
ConnectivityNetwork : LTE Cat. 21, LTE Cat. 13
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB 3.1 Type C
Network : LTE Cat. 21, LTE Cat. 13
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB 3.1 Type C
Network : LTE Cat. 21, LTE Cat. 13
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB 3.1 Type C
Water-ResistanceSome, IP53Yes, IP68Some, IP54
Battery5,000 mAh Li-Po battery
- supports fast-charging
4,200 mAh Li-Po battery
- supports fast-charging
- supports 15 W wireless charging
4,000 mAh Li-Po battery
- supports fast-charging
- supports 15 W wireless charging

HUAWEI Mate 20 Series Price + Availability

After overtaking Apple, HUAWEI is aiming its sights at Samsung. It is a steep mountain to climb, with a huge gap in their sales, and the overwhelming popularity of the Samsung Galaxy Note9, but they’re counting on the Mate 20 will help them gain on Samsung.

They officially released the Mate 20 smartphones for sale on 27 October 2018, with overwhelming response.

Here are their official retail prices :

  • HUAWEI Mate 20 with 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storageRM 2,799 / ~US$ 700
  • HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro with 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage : RM 3,599 / ~US$ 900

And here are some direct purchase links for your convenience :

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Unboxing HUAWEI Mate 20

The HUAWEI Mate 20 (US | UK | MY) comes in a black premium cardboard box. Let’s unbox it and see what we find inside!

Once you fully unbox the HUAWEI Mate 20 (US | UK | MY), you will find the following items :

  • One HUAWEI Mate 20 smartphone
  • One HUAWEI Mate 20 TPU bumper case
  • One HUAWEI Mate 20 Quick Start Guide + warranty information
  • One 22.5 watt HUAWEI SuperCharge power adaptor
  • One USB Type C data and charging cable
  • One pair of earphones and microphone
  • One SIM tray ejection pin

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The HUAWEI Mate 20 Up Close!

The HUAWEI Mate 20 (US | UK | MY) boasts a large 6.53-inch IPS display, with a resolution of 1080 x 2244 pixels. But thanks to its thin bezels, it does not feel like an overly large device.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 (US | UK | MY) runs on the new HiSilicon Kirin 980 platform using Android Pie. It comes with 6 GB of LPDDR4x memory, and 128 GB of internal flash storage. All that is powered by a large 4,000 mAh battery, in a chassis that is only 8.3 mm thick, and weighs just 188 grams.

Dewdrop Notch

The HUAWEI Mate 20 (US | UK | MY) has a large 6.53-inch IPS display, with a resolution of 1080 x 2244 pixels. To maximise the display area, while minimising the actual device size, it uses very thin bezels and a dewdrop notch. Also known as a raindrop notch, this is a very small notch that gives us a larger  notification area.

HUAWEI Kirin 980

Although Apple was the first to launch smartphones with a 7nm mobile SoC, the HUAWEI Kirin 980 is technically the first 7 nm mobile SoC in the world. It is also the first to come with two NPUs, a Cat.21 modem and support for faster LPDDR4X-2133 memory.

The Kirin 980 also uses a new 2+2+4 cluster architecture, with two ARM Cortex-A76 high-performance cores running at 2.6 GHz, two additional ARM Cortex-A76 cores running at 1.92 GHz and four ARM Cortex-A55 cores running at 1.8 GHz for background or less-intensive workloads.

It also comes with a 24-core ARM Mali-G76 GPU and two NPUs, which should double both its graphics and AI performance. On top of that, it supports LTE Category 21 download speeds of up to 1.6 Gbps, as well as dual frequency GPS (L5 + L1) for 10X more accurate positioning.

For more details, check out The Official HUAWEI Kirin 980 Tech Briefing + Demos!

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Hybrid SIM + NM Card Tray

The HUAWEI Mate 20 (US | UK | MY) comes with a hybrid SIM + NM card tray. It has slots for two nano SIM cards, but the second SIM slot can be filled with an NM card for extra storage (up to 256 GB).

What is an NM card? Short for Nano Memory, the NM card is a HUAWEI invention that is basically a smaller version of the microSD card. In fact, it is shaped exactly like a nano SIM card, and is designed to fit the same slot.

While NM card may be the future, it is quite hard to get hold of – only HUAWEI makes and sells them. And they are pricier than microSD cards – the 128 GB NM card costs £55 in the UK, and RM 299 here in Malaysia.

Unless you are prepared to pay a premium for an NM card, be prepared to live without additional storage…

Fingerprint Sensor

The HUAWEI Mate 20 (US | UK | MY) features a rear fingerprint sensor, located right below the square camera module at the back. This is a very fast and accurate fingerprint sensor that is easy to train and use.

Like all other rear fingerprint sensors – it cannot be used while the Mate 20 is mounted on a car dashboard.

Its close proximity to the Leica camera module increases the risk that you will smear their lenses while trying to locate the sensor… which is made even more likely by the sensor’s almost completely flat profile, which offers little tactile sensation.

Fortunately, the cutout in the TPU case that comes with the HUAWEI Mate 20 (US | UK | MY) helps guide your finger to the sensor.

Next Page > The HUAWEI Mate 20 Front Camera + Leica Triple Cameras

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The HUAWEI Mate 20 Front Camera

The HUAWEI Mate 20 (US | UK | MY) has serious photography chops. In the front, it has a very high-resolution 24 MP camera with f/2.0 lens.

In this close-up shot, you can just about make out the light sensor to its upper left, and the row of tiny speaker ports.

The front camera takes 24 MP photos with a resolution of 5632 x 4224 pixels. Despite its very high resolution, the front camera is limited to recording 720p videos.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Leica Triple Cameras

The HUAWEI Mate 20 (US | UK | MY)’s key selling point though is its Leica triple camera system in the back. It consists of three different cameras, supported by an LED flash :

  • 12 MP sensor with standard lens and f/1.8 aperture
  • 16 MP sensor with wide-angle lens and f/2.2 aperture
  • 8 MP sensor with 2X telephoto lens, and f/2.4 aperture

All three cameras support laser autofocus, phase focus and contrast focus, as well as HUAWEI AI Image Stabilisation. Let’s check out how useful the three cameras are in these three photo comparisons, which you can click on to check out the full, original photos :

1X View vs. Wide-Angle View

Wide Angle vs. 1X Video vs. 2X Zoom (Vertical)

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Wide Angle vs. 1X Video vs. 2X Zoom (Horizontal)

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Hyper Optical Pattern

The HUAWEI Mate 20 (US | UK | MY) is available in four colours – Black, Twilight, Midnight Blue and Emerald Green. They all have a special glass texture which is non-slip and anti-fingerprint.

The Midnight Blue and Emerald Green colours are unique though, because they have a unique Hyper Optical Pattern, which you can see below.

The Hyper Optical Pattern is not just about looks though. It also imparts a matte finish that gives you a better grip, with a textured surface that is resistant to fingerprint smears.

Bigger Battery + Wireless Charging

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The HUAWEI Mate 20 (US | UK | MY) come with a bigger 4,000 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery, which should allow it to last longer, especially with its more efficient 7 nm Kirin 980 SoC.

It supports the HUAWEI SuperCharge fast charging technology. With its 22.5 watt charger, you just need 30 minutes to get from 1% to 58%!

It also supports 15 watt fast wireless charging. However, it does not support reverse wireless charging. That feature is only available in the Mate 20 Pro.

Ergonomics

Despite its larger 6.53-inch display, the HUAWEI Mate 20 (US | UK | MY) is slightly smaller than the Samsung Galaxy Note9!  Of course, one may argue that it’s not a true 6.53-inch display due to its display notch.. even though it is a small dewdrop notch.

Thanks to its relatively small form factor, it fits quite well in our hands. It is still a two-handed device, of course, but it will fit better in your pocket than the longer Galaxy Note9. We also like its textured back which gives a better grip, and is more resistant to fingerprint smears.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 (US | UK | MY) lacks the higher-resolution and more brilliant WQHD+ OLED display of the higher-end HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro, or the Samsung Galaxy Note9. But it’s not something you would notice unless you compare them side-by-side. More importantly, it’s bright enough to use outdoors without looking washed out.

Please note that its FHD+ resolution of 1080 x 2244 pixels results in a non-standard 18.5:9 display ratio. Watching movies will result in some pillarboxing – a black bar on each side of the movie.

Available Memory & Storage

The HUAWEI Mate 20 (US | UK | MY) does not allow monitoring of the available system memory, but this workaround showed that with a clean system, it has between 2.9 GB and 3.3 GB of free memory.

That is between 48% and 55% of its 6 GB memory, and is more than enough to run several memory-guzzling apps at the same time. However, it does point to a considerable amount of bloat.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 (US | UK | MY) comes with 128 GB of internal flash storage, with about 113 GB of free space to use. This is enough space to store about 31,000 photos, 19 hours of 1080p videos, or 11 hours of 4K videos.

There is thankfully A LOT of free space for you to use, because you can’t just pop in a microSD card for extra storage. The Mate 20 offers storage expansion only using their NM card. You can buy 128 GB NM card for £55 in the UK, and RM 299 here in Malaysia.

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HUAWEI Mate 20 Camera Performance – Photos

The HUAWEI Mate 20 (US | UK | MY) has a main 12 MP camera with f/1.8 lens. The maximum 12 MP resolution is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio, with 4608 x 3456 pixels, and a file size of between 3 MB and 5 MB.

Here are fourteen full-resolution unedited samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

The resolution and detail of the HUAWEI Mate 20‘s main camera is truly incredible. Download the original photos and expand them to see how much detail it captured.

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We especially love its macro capability, which allows you to take really close-up shots. Many competing cameras lack a macro mode, and have trouble focusing close up.

The f/1.8 aperture naturally creates a very narrow depth of field, with a nice bokeh effect. But you have to be more careful in framing the shot, because the subject may end up out-of-focus.

If you need a stronger bokeh effect, the HUAWEI Mate 20 (US | UK | MY) has a Wide Aperture mode, which is very similar to the Live Focus capability of the Samsung Galaxy Note9.

It basically uses the main camera as a depth sensor, to help the telephoto camera in separating the subject from the background. This allows the Mate 20 to apply a software bokeh effect to the background. You can adjust the amount of bokeh effect after taking the photo.

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HUAWEI Mate 20 Camera Performance – Video Recording

The HUAWEI Mate 20 (US | UK | MY) can record not just 1080p videos, but also 4K videos, from its main camera. Surprisingly, its front camera can only record 720p videos even though it has a much higher-resolution sensor.

HUAWEI has traditionally been weak in video recording capabilities, so let’s see how well the Mate 20 fares in this regard…

Video Recording Test #1 : Piano Performance (1080p)

In Mr. Yang’s live rendition of one of Emil Chau’s best songs – Friends, you can see just how sharp and detailed the video is, and just how well its electronic image stabilisation (EIS) worked. Note too how the Mate 20 allows you to switch between its three cameras while recording the video.

The only problem we have with the Mate 20 is its rather poor noise cancellation capabilities. It really detracts from its rather rich audio range.

Instead of focusing on the audio from the back, and using the other microphones to cancel sound from other directions, it just recorded from all directions.

Video Recording Test #2 : Piano Performance (4K)

In his rendition of The Last Waltz from 1967, you will see some autofocus issues in the beginning. But the image quality was very good, and so was its electronic image stabilisation (EIS) capabilities.

Its ability to zoom in and out of the scene was also incredibly useful, although there’s a weird jerk after each switch. It’s certainly not seamless as it is with the Samsung Galaxy Note9.

The recorded audio was, however, richer than the Galaxy Note9, albeit with less than stellar noise cancellation. However, in this video, the lack of noise cancellation worked to its benefit – you can hear people from the sides and the back singing.

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Video Recording Test #3 : Street Market (1080p)

The HUAWEI Mate 20 (US | UK | MY) does not support optical image stabilisation (OIS), but it has pretty good electronic image stabilisation (EIS) capabilities. While not as smooth as smartphones with OIS cameras, it does a good job of preventing you from creating nausea-inducing videos.

Video Recording Test #4 : Street Market (4K)

When we switched to 4K, EIS was thankfully still enabled. However, we noticed that it was less effective at this higher resolution, compared to when we recorded the 1080p video above.

Do note though how much richer the audio recording is. HUAWEI definitely did a better job in the audio department, although they could do better at noise cancellation.

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the HUAWEI Mate 20’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 HUAWEI Mate 20 Honor Play Samsung
Galaxy Note9
Samsung
Galaxy A7
Performance Score
(Average)
10215 7361 5557 5379
Web Browsing 10960 7695 5763 5278
Video Editing 6147 5499 5410 4413
Writing 12506 6649 5421 5056
Photo Editing 20262 13326 5898 7427
Data Manipulation 6514 5764 5316 5147
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The new HiSilicon Kirin 980 demonstrated just how fast it is. It beat the Honor Play, which uses the last-generation Kirin 970, by almost 39%! It was almost 84% faster than the Exynos 9810 used in the Samsung Galaxy Note9, and is 90% faster than the Exynos 7885 used in the Galaxy A7 2018.

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

Next, we tested the HUAWEI Mate 20’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Ice Storm Unlimited HUAWEI Mate 20 Samsung
Galaxy Note9
Honor Play Samsung
Galaxy A7
Gaming Score 61595 42598 31622 15354
Graphics 72523 51199 37351 15788
Physics 40327 26825 20576 14005
Graphics Test 1 386.2 fps 330.2 fps 208.9 fps 136.5 fps
Graphics Test 2 266.4 fps 167.9 fps 132.8 fps 45.8 fps
Physics Test 128.0 fps 85.2 fps 65.3 fps 44.5 fps
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The HiSilicon Kirin 980 once again proved its superiority. It was almost twice as fast as its predecessor, the Kirin 970 (which powered the Honor Play.

Impressively, it proved to be 45% faster than the Samsung Galaxy Note9, and was 4X faster than the Galaxy A7 2018!

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the HUAWEI Mate 20’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

Work 2.0 HUAWEI Mate 20 Samsung
Galaxy A7
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Honor Play
Battery Life 12 hours 19 mins 10 hours 25 mins 10 hours 15 mins 9 hours 56 mins
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Even though it has the same battery capacity as the Samsung Galaxy Note9, and is almost twice as fast in the Work 2.0 test, the Mate 20 lasted two hours longer in this stress test!

This means the HUAWEI Mate 20 (US | UK | MY) is about 20% more efficient than the Galaxy Note9. VERY IMPRESSIVE!

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Battery Recharging Performance

The HUAWEI Mate 20 comes with a 22.5 watt HUAWEI SuperCharge power adaptor. Let’s see how fast it recharges the 4,000 mAh battery.

It took the HUAWEI Mate 20 (US | UK | MY) just over 118 minutes (1 hour 58 minutes) to recharge its battery from 20% to 100%. Not particularly good performance, considering it’s using a high-powered 22.5 watt charger.

The Samsung Galaxy Note9, in comparison, took under 107 minutes (1 hour 47 minutes) to recharge its 4,000 mAh battery with a less powerful 15 watt charger. The Note9 is thus 9% faster and 14% more efficient than the Mate 20 in this aspect.

This slower battery recharging speed gives the HUAWEI Mate 20 (US | UK | MY) a battery life : recharging ratio of 6.3 : 1 – a good ratio. A rule of thumb – for one hour of battery life, charge it for 9.5 minutes.

The fastest recharging happened up to the 90% level. This took just under 84 minutes. Then the recharging speed slowed down, and it took a further 35.5 minutes to top up the remaining 10%.

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Our Verdict + Award

The HUAWEI Mate 20 (US | UK | MY) is a seriously impressive smartphone. Powered by the very powerful HiSilicon Kirin 980, it trounced its rivals in both work and gaming performance. If that’s not impressive enough – it delivered all that performance with an exceptionally long battery life!

It also boasts serious camera chops with a 24 MP front camera, and a Leica triple lens camera. Far from being a marketing ploy, the Mate 20 delivers incredibly detailed photos with a very useful automatic macro mode, and a Wide Aperture mode for greater bokeh effects.

Its video recording capabilities was less impressive, but only in comparison to its more expensive rivals like the Samsung Galaxy Note9 and the Samsung Galaxy S9+.

Now, it’s not perfect. HUAWEI made a particularly controversial decision in swapping out the microSD card slot for the new NM card slot. Only HUAWEI currently makes and sells NM cards, so buying the Mate 20 means you either pay HUAWEI a premium for their new NM card, or stick to internal storage.

HUAWEI also made the questionable decision of limiting the front camera to 720p video recording. Now, we understand the need to differentiate the cheaper HUAWEI Mate 20 (US | UK | MY) from its more expensive Mate 20 Pro brother. However, why set the limit to 720p, and not 1080p? It is, after all, the year 2018… not 2016.

But other than these two issues we are pointing out, the HUAWEI Mate 20 (US | UK | MY) is an exceptionally good deal. Hence, we have no qualms awarding it our Editor’s Choice Award. Congratulations, HUAWEI, on a job well-done!

HUAWEI Mate 20 Purchase Links

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Full HUAWEI Mate 20 Specifications

SpecificationsHUAWEI Mate20
Display6.53-inch IPS display
- 1080 x 2244 pixels (381 ppi)
- DCI-P3 colour gamut
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
System PlatformHiSilicon Kirin 980
Processor2 x ARM Cortex-A76 cores (2.6 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A76 cores (1.92 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A55 cores (1.8 GHz)
NPUHiSilicon M1 x 2
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G76 MP24
Memory4 GB or 6 GB LPDDR4x
Storage128 GB internal storage
NM card slot (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear CameraTriple Leica Camera System
- 12 MP wide-angle camera with f/1.8 lens
- 16 MP ultra-wide-angle camera with f/2.2 lens
- 8 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 lens
ConnectivityNetwork : LTE Cat. 21, LTE Cat. 13
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB 3.1 Type C
GPSGPS (L1 + L5 dual band) / AGPS / Glonass / BeiDou / Galileo (E1 + E5a dual band) / QZSS (L1 + L5 dual band)
NFCYes
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-Mounted
Other SensorsGravity, Ambient Light, Proximity, Gyroscope, Compass, Hall Sensor, Laser Sensor, Barometer, Infra-red, Colour Temperature
Water-ResistanceIP54
Battery4,000 mAh Li-Po battery
- supports fast-charging
- supports 15 W wireless charging
Dimensions77.2 mm wide
158.2 mm tall
8.3 mm thick
Weight188 grams

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Find Out What’s New In Huawei EMUI 9.0!

Huawei just launched EMUI 9.0! Find out what new features it will introduce to current and future Huawei smartphones!

 

Huawei EMUI 9.0 For Android 9 Pie

EMUI 9.0 is Huawei’s latest operating system based on Android 9 Pie. Conceptually, it adopts a nature-inspired design that Huawei promises will transform the experience of their phones through sight, sound and touch.

 

Huawei EMUI 9.0 Key Features

1. Sight

EMUI 9.0 applies scenes of nature in everything from color selections to default caller portraits, using a combination of hillside, ice and rocks images.

It also implements a Smart Color Picker technology to ensure that even users who are not apt at choosing get the best colours to scroll through.

The AI interface, screensaver, and UI elements have been improved to deliver a more comfortable viewing experience. Huawei, for instance, reorganised various UI elements to minimise stress on the eyes – lights and shadow are replicated within this design such as the clock hands casting shadows on the clock face.

2. Sound

Photography and music have always been one of the biggest selling points of smartphones. With EMUI 9.0, users will be able to immerse themselves in a more natural experience with real-world sounds.

Ambient nature sounds like birds chirping and flowing water as ringtones and alarm alerts are among the many soothing sounds that will greet Huawei users.

3. Touch

EMUI 9.0 comes with a new mode of navigation for its users. Gestures will replace the traditional navigation bar without the phone losing any of its functionalities. You’ll be able to ::

  • swipe inwards from the edge of the screen to go back
  • swipe up from bottom to go to the Home Page
  • swipe up from the bottom and pause to access the multitasking interface

Especially for mobile gamers, EMUI 9.0 is able to reduce the touch-response delay by 36% when compared to EMUI 8.1 through its GPU Turbo 2.0 technology.

 

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Huawei AppGallery Offers Direct Carrier Billing!

Huawei AppGallery now offers direct carrier billing with partners like DiGi, Hotlink, Maxis and U Mobile!

Find out how this new payment option can transform your mobile experience!

 

Huawei AppGallery Offers Direct Carrier Billing!

HUAWEI’s global network is built on 20 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest technological advances to consumers around the world.

In its latest move, Huawei AppGallery announces direct carrier billing partnerships with DiGi, Hotlink, Maxis, and U Mobile.

This service offers subscribers of the telco companies the purchase of digital content through its own online app.

Huawei smartphone users can experience smooth, quick and convenient payment process on Huawei AppGallery by enabling DiGi, Hotlink, Maxis, and U Mobile users to be charged through direct carrier billing.

Play First, Pay Later!

This direct carrier billing through Huawei AppGallery will allow users of the said 4 telco carrier companies to purchase a wide range of in-app products such as games and customized themes through their postpaid accounts. The final online bill will be paid through their monthly phone bill.

 

The payment integration provides telco companies and app merchants an all-in-one mobile ecosystem that is seamless and secure for Huawei smartphone users.

The direct carrier billing service aims to enhance customer experience and empower users with more control of their spending habits on apps.

 

Be Rewarded When You Use Huawei AppGallery!

Huawei smartphone users can also enjoy rewards using the easy payment method. With any in-app purchases of games on AppGallery Carnival Collection or any themes of Carnival Themes collection on Huawei Themes App, Huawei smartphone users can enjoy rewards, discounts and offers from Lazada, Starbucks and many more.

Stay Tuned For More!

Stay tuned for more up updates on The Huawei AppGallery Carnival that is currently running now until 31 December 2018.

 

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The New Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones Are Here!

The Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless noise-cancelling headphones have just been unveiled. Discover what Sony’s latest noise-cancelling wireless headphones offers!

 

The New Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones Are Here!

The new Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones with Next-level Noise Cancellation was just unveiled! This headband-style around ear headphone model offers features from the previous WH-1000XM2 (US | UK | MY) model while adding multiple key improvements.

Next-level Noise Cancellation

The Sony WH-1000XM3 (US | UK | MY) features a new HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1, a processor with approximately four times better performance than its predecessor.

This feature can negate transport noise and cancel out daily background sounds such as street noise and human voices.

It also features Dual Noise Sensor technology that captures ambient noise with dual microphones and cancels the noise through the processor.

Superior Sound

These headphones deliver high-resolution audio based on a 40mm driver unit with a Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragm that handles heavy beats and can reproduce a full range of frequencies up to 40kHz. This enables you to listen to your music the way the artist intended.

The HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1 works not only for noise cancelling but also for delivering sound quality with 32-bit audio signal processing. This offers high sound quality, best-in-class signal-to-noise ratio and low distortion for portable devices.

Smart listening

The activity recognition feature—Adaptive Sound Control—automatically detects your physical situation and adjusts to changes. With Adaptive Sound Control, you can hear ambient sounds together with music when walking, announcements while waiting, and be immersed in music with noise cancellation when traveling..

This smart listening experience is enabled by the SENSE ENGINE. Personal preferences can be customized with the Sony Headphones Connect App.