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Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 For Entry-Level Laptops!

Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 For Entry-Level Laptops!

Qualcomm just introduced the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 – a new compute platform for entry-level laptops!

Here is what you need to know about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2!

 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 For Entry-Level Laptops!

On 24 May 2021, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. launched their Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 – their second-generation entry-level compute platform!

This new computer platform will allow brands to introduce always-on, always-connected Windows PCs and Chromebooks with enhanced camera and audio capabilities, integrated LTE connectivity, AI acceleration and more!

Always On, Always Connected!

Devices powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 are Always On, Always Connected, just like your smartphone.

Its power-efficiency allows the device to stay in connected standby mode for weeks, keeping you connected whether for work, school or entertainment.

Improved Performance

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 delivers up to 10% faster system performance over “most competing platforms”, with up to twice the battery life of those platforms – up to 19 or more hours of continuous use!

Built-In Artificial Intelligence

The Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 comes with the fifth-generation Qualcomm AI Engine built-in, to accelerate security applications and more accurate voice recognition, amongst other uses.

Enhanced Camera + Audio

This new Qualcomm compute platform is also designed to enhance camera and audio quality, with virtual surround sound, echo cancellation and noise suppression.

Enterprise-Grade Security

Windows devices powered by this new compute platform are Microsoft Secured-Core PCs, with support for Windows 10 Hypervisor.

Its always connected LTE capability also allows faster manageability for IT administrators managing enterprise and education laptops.

 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 : Key Specifications

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen features eight Kryo 468 CPU cores, running at up to 2.55 GHz; with support for two LPDDR4x memory channels (up to 2133 MHz).

It comes with the Qualcomm Spectra 255 image signal processor, the Qualcomm Hexagon 692 DSP, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon X15 LTE modem built-in.

It supports 4G LTE, as well as 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity.

 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 : Availability

Devices based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 are expected to be commercially available this summer 2021.

 

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Xiaomi Redmi 9T Review : Long-Life 48MP Smartphone!

We put the Xiaomi Redmi 9T to the test, and came back pretty impressed with this long-lasting 48 MP smartphone!

Take a look at the Redmi 9T, and find out why we gave it our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Launch Presentation

The Redmi 9T is Xiaomi’s latest entry-level smartphone with a 48 MP camera, and a massive 6,000 battery.

Confusingly, it is the 4G little brother of their Redmi Note 9T – perplexing nomenclature, indeed!

For those who did not catch the official launch presentation, you can take a look in this video :

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Specification Comparison

To help you differentiate between the Redmi 9T (4G) and the Redmi Note 9T (5G), here is their specification comparison.

Specifications Redmi 9T Redmi Note 9T
Display 6.53-inch IPS
– 1080 x 2340 pixels, 395 ppi, 400 nits
Protection Gorilla Glass 3 Gorilla Glass 5
OS MIUI 12 (based on Android 10)
Platform Qualcomm
Snapdragon 662
MediaTek
Dimensity 800U
Memory 4 GB / 6 GB
Storage 64 GB / 128 GB
microSD (Up to 512 GB)
Front
Camera
8 MP camera (f/2.05) 13 MP camera (f/2.3)
Rear
Cameras
48 MP wide (f/1.79)
8 MP ultra-wide (f/2.2)
2 MP macro (f/2.4)
2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4)
48 MP wide (f/1.79)
2 MP macro (f/2.4)
2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4)
Connectivity 4G / 3G / 2G
WiFi-AC (2.4 + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB 2.0 Type C
5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
WiFi-AC (2.4 + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB 2.0 Type C
GPS GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
NFC No Yes
Fingerprint
Sensor
Yes, Side-Mounted
IR Emitter Yes
Audio FM radio (with earphones)
Dual speakers (Hi-Res Audio certified)
3.5 mm audio jack
Battery 6,000 mAh 5,000 mAh
Charging 18 watt wired
Width
Height
Thickness
77.3 mm
162.3 mm
9.6 mm
77.3 mm
161.2 mm
9.1 mm
Weight 198 g 199 g

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Price + Availability

Xiaomi will offer the Redmi 9T in four colour options – Carbon Gray, Twilight Blue, Sunrise Orange and Ocean Green.

It will be available for purchase, in two variants :

  • 4 GB + 64 GB : RM 599 (approximately US$148 / £109 / A$191 / S$196)
  • 6 GB + 128 GB : RM 699 (approximately US$173 / £128 / A$223 / S$229)

And here are some online purchase options :

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Unboxing

The Xiaomi Redmi 9T comes in a simple white cardboard box. Once you fully unbox it, this is what you will find inside :

  • Xiaomi Redmi 9T smartphone
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9T clear TPU bumper case
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9T user guide and warranty card
  • Xiaomi MDY-11-EP power adaptor (22.5 watt)
  • USB Type A to USB Type C power and data cable
  • SIM tray pin

Next Page > Xiaomi Redmi 9T Key Features

 

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Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Key Features

Here is a quick run-through of the Xiaomi Redmi 9T’s key features.

6.53-inch FHD+ Dot Drop Display

The Redmi 9T sports a large 6.53-inch Dot Drop display, with a FHD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

This display has a pixel density of 395 ppi, and a maximum brightness of 400 nits.

It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, and is TUV Rheinland-certified for low blue light.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 662

The Redmi 9T is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 – a mid-range mobile SoC released in early 2020.

It has an 8-core processor, with four high-speed Qualcomm Kryo 260 Gold cores running at 2.0 GHz, and four low-power Qualcomm Kryo 260 Silver cores running at 1.8 GHz.

In addition to the Qualcomm Adreno 610 GPU, and 3rd Generation Qualcomm AI Engine, it offers 4G LTE and WiFi-AC connectivity.

Memory + Storage Options

Xiaomi is offering two memory and storage options – 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage, and 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage.

It also comes with a microSD card slot, in a triple card tray that also supports two nano SIM cards.

This is a big advantage for those who need additional storage, as well as the ability to support two SIM cards.

Five Cameras

The Xiaomi Redmi 9T has an 8 MP selfie camera, with a f/2.05 aperture, hidden in a teardrop notch. A decent front camera at this price point.

At the back, it has a camera system that consists of :

  • a 48 MP main camera, with f/1.79 aperture and 4-in-1 Super Pixel capability
  • an 8 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/2.2 aperture
  • a 2 MP macro camera, with f/2.4 aperture, and
  • a 2 MP depth sensor, with f/2.4 aperture
  • a single LED flash

This is really a triple camera system since the depth sensor does not capture any images, only provides depth data for better software bokeh effects.

Fingerprint Sensor

While many entry-level smartphones do not come with a fingerprint sensor, Redmi 9T has one on the side – an FPC102x sensor.

It is actually built into the Power button, which is more useful than a rear sensor if you attach it to your car’s dashboard.

Power + Charging

Powering all that is a massive 6,000 mAh battery, which supports 18 watt fast charging.

Oddly enough, it comes with a 22.5 watt Xiaomi MDY-11-EP charger in the box, so that’s a nice “freebie”.

Audio Port + IR Emitter

Those who are still hanging onto their wired earphones will be happy to learn that the Redmi 9T comes with a 3.5 mm port at the top.

In addition, it also comes with an IR emitter that lets you use the Redmi 9T as a remote control.

Next Page > Camera Performance + Photo Samples

 

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Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Camera Performance + Photo Samples

The Xiaomi Redmi 9T’s 48 MP main camera takes 12 MP photos by default, with a resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels.

The 48 MP sensor basically combines four pixels into one large “virtual pixel”, for better image quality and low-light performance.

The Redmi 9T produces pretty good photos with more than enough detail at 12 MP, unless you are planning to print large format photos.

There are three issues with this camera though, which we will go through below. In the meantime, take a look at three of the better photo samples we took.

Very Narrow Depth Of Field

First – its large f/1.79 aperture makes for better low-light performance, but has very narrow depth-of-field.

If you take a look at the these photos, you can see how only a small segment is in focus.

This is great for portraits, giving you a nice bokeh for the background. However, if you do not frame and focus properly, you will end up with an out-of-focus photo.

Long Minimum Focus

This camera has a rather long minimum focus, which makes for tricky close-up shots. It doesn’t help that the Redmi 9T won’t tell you when the camera cannot focus properly.

If you take pictures of close-up objects, you will more than likely end up with a bunch of out-of-focus photos.

Post Processing Issues

Finally – its AI post-processing sometimes can wipe out details.

If you look at this photo, you can’t really tell the yellow flower petals apart because the saturation boost just wiped out the detail and contrast.

Next Page > Battery Life + Recharging, Performance

 

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Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Battery Life

The Xiaomi Redmi 9T comes with a massive 6,000 mAh battery.

To test its battery life, we turned off Automatic Brightness, and set its display brightness to 50%.

Why 50%? That is actually slightly higher than the average indoor brightness level of 40% during the day, and is what we usually use in all our mobile battery life tests.

It is important to fix the brightness level, to make sure the screen brightness does not change as the ambient brightness changes.

We then ran the PCMark Work 2.0 battery life test until its battery capacity dropped to 20% several times, and this was the best result we obtained :

Work 2.0 Redmi 9T Black Shark
2 Pro
Galaxy
S20 Ultra
Galaxy
Note10+
Note20
Ultra
Battery Capacity 6,000 mAh 4,000 mAh 5,000 mAh 4,300 mAh 4,500 mAh
Battery Life 19 hrs
50 mins
12 hrs
25 mins
11 hrs
32 mins
10 hrs
32 mins
10 hrs
9 mins
Battery Utilisation
(per min.)
4.03 mAh 4.30 mAh 5.78 mAh 5.44 mAh 5.91 mAh
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Will you look at that? Almost 20 hours of battery life, and this was based on running work apps non-stop!

This is incredibly long battery life – almost twice as long as the Galaxy Note20 Ultra!

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Recharging Speed

Take a look at how fast it recharges its 6,000 mAh battery.

Galaxy
S20 Ultra
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Note10+
Note20
Ultra
Black Shark
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Redmi 9T
Battery Capacity 5,000 mAh 4,300 mAh 4,500 mAh 4,000 mAh 6,000 mAh
Charger Output 25 watts 25 watts 25 watts 27 watts 18 watts
Recharging Time 57.5 mins 63 mins 66.5 mins 67 mins 184 mins
Recharging Speed
(per minute)
69.6 mAh 54.6 mAh 54.1 mAh 47.8 mAh 26.1 mAh
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The Xiaomi Redmi 9T may support 18 W charging, and even comes with a 22.5 watt fast charger, but it sure is slow at charging.

It takes over 3 hours to fully recharge its 6,000 mAh battery from 20% – almost twice as slow as the next slowest smartphone – the Black Shark 2 Pro!

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Work Performance

We tested the Redmi 9T using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 Note20
Ultra
Galaxy
Note10+
BS 2 Pro Galaxy
S10+
Redmi 9T
Mobile Platform Exynos
990
Exynos
9825
SD
855+
Exynos
9820
SD 662
Performance Score 10523 8981 8384 7846 5986
Web Browsing 8865 8293 6768 8583 5844
Video Editing 6232 9166 5948 5524 3423
Writing 11112 9579 9226 9076 6657
Photo Editing 30789 19376 17595 10710 12031
Data Manipulation 6825 6155 6339 6450 4799

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 is a mid-range mobile SoC released in early 2020. So it isn’t surprising to see that it’s only about half as fast as a flagship SoC like the Exynos 990.

Even so, it offers pretty good work performance at this price point. Unless you are comparing smartphones side-by-side, you probably won’t notice the difference.

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T Gaming Performance : 3DMark

For gaming, we first tested the Redmi 9T using 3DMark, with these results :

3DMark Note20
Ultra
B Shark
2 Pro
Galaxy
Note10+
Galaxy
S10+
Redmi 9T
Device Exynos
990
SD
855+
Exynos
9825
Exynos
9820
SD 662
Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL) 6642 6258 5037 4470 1174
Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) 5722 5386 4794 4314 1098
Sling Shot 8128 8127 4883 4343 1844

Needless to say, the Xiaomi Redmi 9T is no speedy Gonzales, when it comes to games.

On average, it only offers about 20% the gaming performance of a flagship chip like the Exynos 990, which powers the Galaxy Note20.

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T Overall Performance : AnTuTu

We then tested the Redmi 9T using AnTuTu, yielding these results :

AnTuTu Note20
Ultra
B Shark
2 Pro
Galaxy
Note10+
Galaxy
S10+
Redmi 9T
Device Exynos
990
SD
855+
Exynos
9825
Exynos
9820
SD 662
AnTuTu Score 522735 434168 348397 330549 173559
CPU 146783 126170 101187 100272 64505
GPU 215205 188158 156700 149930 31734
Memory 89376 65052 72051 68188 40377
UX 71371 54788 18459 12159 36943

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 has decent CPU and memory performance, but falls short in the graphics department.

It’s good enough for work and the average mobile game. But don’t count on it to push the envelope when it comes to gaming.

Next Page > A Quick Wrap, Verdict + Award

 

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Xiaomi Redmi 9T : A Quick Wrap

When we first received the Xiaomi Redmi 9T, we didn’t think much of it. But after a few weeks of trying it out, we came away pretty impressed with a few aspects.

But we also had some concerns, so let’s do a quick wrap…

Fantastic Battery Life

The Xiaomi Redmi 9T has seriously great battery life. This is a smartphone you can count on for a full day’s work without a power bank.

We have actually gone 2 days without recharging, so most users will probably never have battery anxiety with this phone!

Nice Large Display

The large 6.53-inch IPS display is pretty nice, especially at this price point. You would expect a 720p display without protection, but no, this is a Full HD+ panel with Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

It is not particularly bright though, with 400 nits of maximum brightness. So don’t be disappointed if it appears a little washed out in bright sunlight.

Small Niceties

There are a couple of small features that could be very important, and yet are no longer available in other smartphones :

  • 3.5 mm audio port
  • IR emitter
  • Triple card tray with microSD card slot

Pretty Decent Camera

Forget about the 48 MP marketing. It’s really a 12 MP camera. And it’s a nice camera at this price point.

Just watch out for the narrow depth-of-field, inability to take close-up photos and potential over-processing.

Not For Serious Gaming

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 is a pretty good processor at this price point, and offers decent work performance.

However, it has a rather weak GPU. Perfectly fine for those playing simple mobile games, but not for serious gamers.

Slow Charging

Xiaomi may quote a 18 watt charging capability, and even pack a 22.5 watt fast charger in the box. But this baby sure takes its time recharging.

Fortunately, its long battery life ensures that you really don’t need to keep it plugged more than once a day.

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Our Verdict + Award

The Xiaomi Redmi 9T offers a lot of decent features and a very long battery life, at a great price point.

There are very few smartphones at this price point that would offer you a large Full HD display, a decent processor and camera system, with a large battery.

This is why we believe it deserves nothing less than our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Where To Buy?

The Redmi 9T is available for purchase, in two variants :

  • 4 GB + 64 GB : RM 599 (approximately US$148 / £109 / A$191 / S$196)
  • 6 GB + 128 GB : RM 699 (approximately US$173 / £128 / A$223 / S$229)

And here are some online purchase options :

 

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HUAWEI MatePad T 10s : Hands-On Preview!

HUAWEI just introduced the MatePad T 10s – an affordable 10.1-inch tablet with 4G LTE connectivity for the family!

Take a look at the new HUAWEI MatePad T 10s, and find out what it offers!

 

HUAWEI MatePad T 10s : Hands-On Preview!

The HUAWEI MatePad T 10s boasts a 10.1-inch IPS display with a Full HD+ resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, and TÜV Rheinland-certified Eye Comfort.

This display is enhanced by HUAWEI ClariVu technology, which automatically optimises colour, brightness and saturation. It also uses a Super Resolution algorithm to upscale lower-resolution content.

Build around the HUAWEI Kirin 710A platform, it comes with 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card (up to 512 GB).

Impressively, this affordable tablet comes with built-in 4G LTE connectivity, ensuring that you can stay connected wherever you are. Powering all that is a large 5,100 mAh battery, that supports 10 watt fast charging.

 

HUAWEI MatePad T 10s : Price + Availability

The HUAWEI MatePad T 10s is available for sale starting 10 October 2020, with this recommended retail price :

  • 3 GB + 64 GB : RM 999 (about US$241 | £186 | A$334 | S$327)

Here are online purchase options :

 

HUAWEI MatePad T 10s : Specifications

Specifications HUAWEI MatePad T 10s
Model AGS3-L09
Display 10.1-inch IPS
– 1920 x 1200 pixels (224 ppi)
Protection None
Operating System EMUI 10.1 (based on Android 10)
Platform HUAWEI Kirin 710A
Processor 4 x Arm Cortex-A73 (2.0 GHz)
4 x Arm Cortex-A53 (1.7 GHz)
GPU Arm Mali-G51
Memory 3 GB
Storage 64 GB
External Storage microSD Card (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera 2 MP fixed focus camera (f/2.4)
– 720p video recording
Rear Camera 5 MP auto focus camera (f/2.2)
– 1080p video recording
Connectivity 4G LTE (WCDMA / GSM)
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
GPS Support GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
Fingerprint Sensor None
Other Sensors Ambient Light, Distance, Gravity
Audio Stereo speakers tuned by Harman Kardon
Single microphone
Battery 5,100 mAh
Charging 10 watt charger
Size 240.2 mm wide
159 mm tall
7.85 mm thick
Weight 450 g

 

HUAWEI MatePad T 10s : Box + Contents

The HUAWEI MatePad T 10s comes in a white cardboard box.

When fully unboxed, these are the items you will find inside :

  • One HUAWEI MatePad T 10s tablet
  • One set of HUAWEI MatePad T 10s documents (not shown here)
  • One 22.5 watt HUAWEI SuperCharge fast charger
  • One USB Type A to USB Type C cable
  • One SIM tray pin

Next Page > HUAWEI MatePad T 10s : A Closer Look!

 

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HUAWEI MatePad T 10s : A Closer Look!

Let’s take a closer look at the HUAWEI MatePad T 10s tablet, and its key features.

Front Camera

In the front, it has a 2 MP fixed focus camera with an f/2.4 aperture. This camera supports 720p video recording.

Rear Camera

In the back, it has a 5 MP camera with a slightly wider f/2.2 aperture, and 1080p video recording capability. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with an LED flash.

Power + Volume Control Buttons

The only buttons you will find are the Power and Volume control buttons, both located along the top edge  (if held horizontally) together with the front and rear cameras.

Ports + Speakers

The ports are all located at the bottom – a USB 2.0 Type C port, and a 3.5 mm audio port, next to the SIM tray.

It also comes with two Harman Kardon-tuned speakers, one at the bottom here, and one at the top.

SIM + microSD Card Tray

The SIM and microSD card tray is located at the bottom, next to the 3.5 mm audio port and USB-C port.

Unlike other tablets in the same price range, it comes with 4G LTE connectivity, and supports a single nano SIM card.

The MatePad T 10s only comes with 64 GB of storage, but fortunately, it also supports a microSD card, which lets you add up to 512 GB of additional storage.

 

HUAWEI MatePad T 10s : Where To Buy?

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HUAWEI MatePad Pro 5G : Everything You Need To Know!

HUAWEI just upped the ante by introducing the 5G variant of their MatePad Pro premium tablet, with a few tweaks under the hood!

Here is everything you need to know about the new HUAWEI MatePad Pro 5G tablet!

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro 5G : Everything You Need To Know!

If you read our review of the HUAWEI MatePad Pro, you will know that we were so impressed with its performance and value proposition, we gave it our Reviewer’s Choice Award.

HUAWEI has just upped the ante by introducing a 5G variant, called, obviously enough – the MatePad Pro 5G.

Kirin 990 5G Mobile Platform

The main difference is its processor – it uses the HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G mobile SoC, which has a built-in Balong 5G modem.

This is a multi-mode modem that lets the MatePad Pro connect to 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G networks.

In addition, the Kirin 990 5G is faster than the non-5G variant, with an additional NPU :

  • two ARM Cortex-A76 high-performance cores at 2.86 GHz
  • two ARM Cortex-A76 sustained performance cores at 2.36 GHz (2.09 GHz for Kirin 990)
  • four ARM Cortex-A55 low-power cores at 1.95 GHz (1.86 GHz for Kirin 990)
  • two Big Core NPUs + one Tiny Core NPU (1 Big + 1 Tiny for Kirin 990)

3D Graphene Cooling System

To keep the Kirin 990 5G cool, the HUAWEI MatePad Pro 5G features the industry’s first ultra-thick 3D graphene cooling system.

This cooling system is enhanced by AI thermal management, to help keep the tablet cool during scenarios that generate large amounts of heat – downloading on 5G, wireless / reverse wireless charging.

Faster Charging + Wireless Reverse Charging

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro 5G supports 40 watt fast charging – twice as fast as 20 watts fast charging supported regular MatePad Pro tablets.

It also supports 27 watt wireless charging – almost twice as fast as 15 watts wireless charging supported by regular MatePad Pro tablets.

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro 5G : Specifications

For your convenience, we created this table to make it easier for you to compare the 5G, 4G and Wi-Fi versions of the HUAWEI MatePad Pro :

MatePad Pro
(5G)
MatePad Pro
(4G)
MatePad Pro
(WiFi)
Model MRX-AN09 MRX-AL09
MRX-AL19
MRX-W09
MRX-W19
Display 10.8-inch LCD display
– 2560 x 1600 pixels, 540 nits, DCI-P3 colour gamut
Operating System EMUI 10.1 (based on Android 10)
System Platform HUAWEI Kirin 990 5G HUAWEI Kirin 990
Processor 2 x Cortex-A76 (2.86 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.36 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.95 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.86 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.09 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.86 GHz)
NPU 2 x Big Core + Tiny Core Big Core + Tiny Core
Graphics ARM Mali-G76 MC16
Memory +
Storage Options
6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage (AL09 / W09)
8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage (AL09 / W09 / W19)
8 GB RAM + 512 GB storage (AN09 / AL19)
Storage Expansion Yes, 256 GB NM card slot
Front Camera 8 MP selfie camera (f/2.0 aperture)
Rear Camera 13 MP main camera (f/1.8 aperture)
Network 5G NR + 4G 4G LTE NA
Connectivity WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.1
USB : USB 3.1 Gen1 (with OTG)
GPS W09/W19 : GLONASS / Beidou / Galileo / QZSS
AL09/AL19 : GPS / AGPS / GLONASS / Beidou / Galileo / QZSS
M-pencil Optional, 4096 pressure levels
Fingerprint Sensor No
Other Sensors Ambient Light, Hall, Gyroscope,
Compass, Gravity, Colour Temperature
NFC No
Audio HUAWEI Histen 6.0
Battery
+ Charging
7,250 mAh
– 40 W fast charging
– 27 W wireless charging
– 7.5 W reverse wireless
7,250 mAh
– 20 W fast charging
– 15 W wireless charging
– 7.5 W reverse wireless
Dimensions 246 mm wide
159 mm tall
7.99 mm thick
246 mm wide
159 mm tall
7.2 mm (AL09/ W09)
7.99 mm thick (AL19/W19)
Weight 492 g AL09/W09 : 460 g
AL19/W19 : 492 g

HUAWEI MatePad Pro 5G : Price + Deals!

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro 5G is available for sale here in Malaysia at the RRP of RM 3,299 (about $773 / £626 / A$1128 / S$1080)

It will be available in the Forest Green colour, with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage, starting 26 June 2020.

Every HUAWEI MatePad Pro 5G will come with these free gifts :

  • HUAWEI Video (valid until 30 November 2020)
  • 3 Months dimsum subscription (valid until 30 November 2020)
  • 3 months Qello Concert subscription (valid until 30 November 2020)
  • 3 months The Explorer subscription (valid until 30 November 2020)
  • 50 GB HUAWEI Cloud Storage (12 months, valid until 31 December 2020)

In addition, you have the option to purchase the Smart Magnetic Keyboard at RM 499, with a free HUAWEI M-Pencil worth RM 299.

 

Cheaper HUAWEI MatePad Pro Alternatives

If you don’t need 5G or 4G connectivity, you can opt for the HUAWEI MatePad Pro (Wi-Fi) variant, which is available in the Midnight Grey or Pearl White colour options for just RM 2,399 / ~US$551 / ~£445 / ~A$909 / ~S$790

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Yoodo : What’s New + Upcoming For 2020!

Yoodo is celebrating its 2nd anniversary by unveiling 20 new and upcoming features for 2020! Here are the details!

 

New Brand Logo For 2020 : Yoodo powered by Celcom!

The first major announcement – their new brand logo –Yoodo powered by Celcom. It is designed to convey the innovative edge of Yoodo and the vast network coverage of Celcom.

“Yoodo understands the needs and wants of the modern consumer. We treat them as individuals, giving them greater freedom of choice and control.” said Chow Tuck Mun, Head of Yoodo. “Yoodo powered by Celcom assures and empowers Yoodo users on the vast options, choices, and freedom that are available to them.

 

New Yoodo Features For 2020

Yoodo announced these new product features for 2020 :

  • Renew Anytime : users can completely customise the data, voice and SMS of their mobile plans anywhere and at any time without having to complete the full month cycle.
  • Power Pass : a flexible data booster that offers 100GB of data for 60 mins at RM2.
  • new data add-ons for TikTok, Viu, Call of Duty Mobile, Boostm and an upcoming add-on for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.
  • Enhanced Roam Like Home : which now offers a 3-day and 7-day pass, so users can use their mobile plan abroad for lower than RM5 per day.
  • Yoodo Rewards : Customers who purchased a total of 10 Add-Ons will get 1 free and those who have purchased 10 days worth of Roam Like Home passes will get 1 additional day free.

 

Yoodo eSports + Active Sports Activities For 2020

Yoodo will be sponsoring and organising a series of thrilling esports tournaments across 2020. These tournaments include :

  • Player Unknown’s Battleground (PUBG MOBILE) National Championship (PMNC) 2020, and
  • PUBG MOBILE Campus Championship (PMCC) 2020

Yoodo is also the Official Digital Telco sponsor for :

  • ESL MY Championship 2020 – Call of Duty: Mobile Season 1,
  • Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League – Malaysia & Singapore Season 5,
  • Yoodo FV Major 2020, and
  • the Malaysia Premier Futsal League.

 

New Yoodo Promos For 2020

To commemorate their 2nd anniversary, Yoodo is bringing back the 20GB for RM20 promotion that is available now for all users!

 

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Finally, A Postpaid Plan That Sizes According To Your Needs!




Celcom Xpax just introduced a new postpaid plan – XP Lite, with a low-entry price and sizes according to your needs.

Find out why this is the new plan that offers the best value for your money, with flexibility to boot!

 

The Celcom Xpax XP Lite Postpaid Plan At A Glance!

Celcom Xpax XP Lite is a brand-new postpaid plan that is designed to appeal to those who want a flexib.

  1. It’s highly-affordable, starting at just RM 28 per month!
  2. It is flexible – size up for more Internet, only when you need it!
  3. Enjoy FREE unlimited Internet every day, just by staying on the plan!
  4. Grab the opportunity to gear up with the latest smartphones!

 

Why Celcom Xpax XP Lite Gives You The Best Value For Your Money

The new Celcom Xpax XP Lite plan has a starting price of just RM 28 per month, making it the cheapest postpaid plan in Malaysia.

Best of all – it gives you access to the best network in Malaysia!

 

Free Yourself To Choose + Add On This Postpaid Plan!

Celcom Xpax also designed XP Lite to be highly flexible, letting you customise the plan your way.

Start with 1 GB of Internet with unlimited calls for just RM 28 per monthAnd if you need more Internet, just size up with L or M Passes!

XP Lite Pass L M
Monthly Internet 12 GB total
(1 GB + 11 GB)
5 GB total
(1 GB + 4 GB)
FREE Video Walla 3 GB 3 GB
Total Internet 15 GB 8 GB
Pass Price RM 30 per month RM 10 per month
Total Cost RM 58 per month
(RM 28 + RM 30)
RM 38 per month
(RM 28 + RM 10)

You can also enjoy UNLIMITED INTERNET with the L or M pass using the Celcom Life app – just purchase the Ultra Hour Pass from as low as RM 1!

 

FREE Grab Vouchers With Celcom Xpax XP Lite Passes!

If you sign up for XP Lite through the Celcom Online Shop, you will receive :

  • a RM 5 Grab voucher, if you subscribe with M Pass!
  • a RM 20 Grab voucher, if you subscribe with L Pass!

This promotion ends on 30 November 2019, so hurry!

 

Gear Up This Awesome Postpaid Plan With A FREE Phone!

Celcom Xpax is giving away limited units of the OPPO A1k smartphone for FREE with the XP Lite with L Pass, and other smartphones at MASSIVE DISCOUNTS!

 

Stay On Celcom Xpax XP Lite + Get Rewarded!

Stay on the Celcom Xpax XP Lite plan for more than 6 months to get rewarded with free unlimited Internet every day, or free 1 GB of Video Walla bandwidth!

XP Lite Pass L M
Stay On Bonus
(7th Month Onwards)
FREE 1 hour of
Ultra Hour Pass every day!
Free 1 GB Video Walla

 

Enjoy A FREE Size Up From Celcom Xpax!

Everyone can enjoy a free Size Up from one scoop to double scoops from Inside Scoop, Ice Cream Bar and Sweet Escape on 28 November!

For every Saturday from now until 30 November 2019, you will get a FREE SIZE UP of from Regular to Large at these Green Mug outlets in East Malaysia :

  • Green Mug Lintas : Plaza 2, Lintas Plaza, Kota Kinabalu
  • Green Mug Kingfisher Outlet : Plaza Kingfisher 6, Kota Kinabalu
  • Green Mug @ Gaya Street : Lot 115, Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu
  • Green Mug Kiosk @ EG Mall : Stall F11, Golden Hill Commercial Park, EG Mall, Kota Kinabalu
  • Green Mug Kiosk @ Asquare : 4A, Jalan Centre Point, Kota Kinabalu
  • Green Mug Suria Mall : Lower Ground Floor, Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, Kota Kinabalu
  • Green Mug Miri : LG 12A, Bintang Megamall, Miri

Can you really find a better deal than this? #CelcomXpax #XPLite

 

Celcom Xpax XP Lite : Where To Get This Awesome Postpaid Plan

To sign up and size up with Celcom Xpax XP Lite to get these benefits :

  • Size Up to L / M Pass for extra 14 GB or 7 GB Internet respectively
  • Stay On with L Pass, and get FREE 1 hour Ultra Hour Pass every day!
  • Stay On with M Pass, and get FREE 1 GB Video Walla
  • Gear Up with a FREE phone with L Pass
  • Get more with Unlimited Internet from only RM 1 with Ultra Hour Pass

>>> Get all those XP Lite benefits here! <<<

 

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Neffos C7 Lite + Neffos X20 | X20 Pro Details Revealed!

TP-Link just announced the Neffos C7 Lite smartphone that is based on Android GO! They also revealed details of the upcoming Neffos X20 and X20 Pro smartphones. Here are the full details!

 

The Neffos C7 Lite Android GO Smartphone

The Neffos C7 Lite is their latest Android GO-based smartphone after the C5 Plus and it comes loaded with many new features like:

  • 4G LTE baseband chip for fast wireless internet
  • Anti-electromagnetic interference design
  • High-standard antenna structure
  • 5.45 inch Full View Display
  • Tall 18:9 aspect ratio
  • Compact size for one-handed use
  • Contoured display glass and rounded sides allow for easier handling
  • Optimized earpiece speaker and mic for call quality
  • Opens apps 15% faster
  • Core apps with less space in the built-in storage
  • 16 GB memory
  • Memory-card slot that handles cards up to 128 GB of storage
  • 8 megapixel camera with autofocus on the back
  • 5 megapixel front-facing option for selfies
  • Beautification Mode for covering imperfections
  • Selfie Flash feature

The Neffos C7 Lite is scheduled to be launched in Malaysia by early May 2019.

 

Coming Up : Neffos X20 + X20 Pro

TP-Link also revealed that the new Neffos X20 and X20 Pro smartphones which they will launch in June 2019, will be the first smartphones to use their custom NFUI 9.0 operating system.

NFUI 9.0, which is based on Android 9.0 Pie, will offer new features such as:

  • Improved Bokeh Portrait (available on both rear and front cameras)
  • AI Beauty mode for better selfies
  • Scene Recognition (camera detects up to 17 different scenes and objects)

 

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Maxis And Celcom Tops 2019 Opensignal Report!

The 2019 Opensignal Malaysian Mobile Network Experience report reaffirmed that Maxis and Celcom continue to dominate the Malaysian mobile network market over the other four players- Digi, U Mobile, Unifi and Yes.

Find out more about the 2019 Opensignal report findings, and what it means for your mobile network experience in Malaysia!

 

The 2019 Opensignal Malaysian Mobile Network Experience Report

The 2019 Opensignal Malaysian Mobile Network Experience report was compiled from over 1.9 billion measurements collected from over 744, 691 devices using the Opensignal app in Malaysia. The report covered a 3-month period from December 2019 through February 2019.

In t which was compiled over a 3 month period (December 2018-February 2019), Maxis and Celcom has emerged winners ahead of their rivals Digi, U Mobile, Unifi and Yes.

 

The 2019 Opensignal  Key Findings

The 2019 Opensignal Malaysian Mobile Network Experience report clearly showed that Maxis and Celcom are very much ahead of their other rivals in the Malaysian mobile network market.

Here are the key findings from the 2019 Opensignal report :

  • Maxis and Celcom are almost equal in distancing themselves from the other four telco operators such as Digi, U Mobile, Unifi and Yes.
  • Maxis won the Download Speed Experience category with an average connection of 17.9 Mbps
  • Celcom won the Upload Speed Experience with an average connection of 6.3 Mbps.
  • Maxis and Celcom were the only two operators to earn Good ratings in the video application metric; DiGi, U Mobile and Unifi all had either Fair or Poor ratings.

 

2019 Opensignal Regional Performance

The 2019 Opensignal report also showed the regional performance of Malaysia’s mobile operators in 11 Malaysian regions/cities with some rather unique results, such as;

  • In the 4G Availability metrics, Yes was the clear winner in Kuala Lumpur and Seberang Perai / Penang with scores above 95% – an exceptional level of LTE access.
  • Celcom had 4G Availability scores above 90% in Alor Setar, Ipoh, Johor Baharu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Terengganu, Malacca and Seberang Perai/Penang.
  • In Ipoh, all five operators improved on their national Upload Speed Experience results while in Download Speed Experience, there were significant increases from four of the operators over their national averages.

 

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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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The 2018 HP Spectre x360 13 Laptop Revealed!

HP just released the new HP Spectre x360 13, the latest edition from its range of premium laptops. Here is everything you need to know about the 2018 HP Spectre x360 13 laptop!

 

The 2018 HP Spectre x360 13 Laptop Revealed!

The 2018 HP Spectre x360 13 features a new design that includes a new Poseidon Blue colour and is HP’s first consumer notebook with privacy camera kill switch. It comes equipped with the world’s longest battery life in a quad-core convertible.

 

 

Bold Design And Great Audio

The redesigned 2018 HP Spectre x360 13  is available in the all-new Poseidon Blue with pale brass accents. It features a gem cut design achieved through aluminum CNC machining.

The USB-C port is angled on the right side of the device for better cable management while dual chamfer design makes the lid easier to lift from any side.

The unique design of the speaker pattern is also purposeful with each hole micro-drilled for better acoustic transparency to deliver great audio experience by Bang & Olufsen.

Security Features

The 2018 HP Spectre x360 13 has also been equipped with leading security features. A privacy camera kill switch acts as a physical on/off switch to electrically turn off the webcam when not in use.

It also comes equipped with HP Sure View, an integrated privacy screen to help users avoid prying eyes in public areas.

 

 

 

 

Great Connectivity And Battery Lifespan

The 2018 HP Spectre x360 13  is also built to deliver an Always-On, Always-Connected PC experience. This includes long-lasting battery life with up to 22.5 hours.

The optional gigabit-class 4G LTE on the 13-inch device and ultra-fast Wi-Fi with up to 1 gigabit download speeds on the HP Spectre x360 13 ensure connectivity from almost anywhere.

Connected modern standby allows emails, calendars, and contacts to be constantly updated. The wake on fingerprint reader and wake on voices enable full log-on almost instantaneously.

Powerful Function

The 2018 HP Spectre x360 13 is designed for mobile professionals on the go with the 8th generation Intel Quad Core processors. The two USB-CTM Thunderbolt ports support dual 5K displays and is ideal for users who are into content creation.

The 15-inch convertible features a new thermal design and the optional NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti with Max Q design.

 

 

2018 HP Spectre x360 13 Price + Availability

The 2018 HP Spectre x360 13  retails from RM 5,249 / ~US$ 1,252 / ~£992 and is available at HP Online Store and authorised HP resellers in Malaysia.

 

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The Acer Swift 7 2018 – World’s Thinnest 4G LTE Laptop Revealed!

The annual Acer Day is back! In addition to many great offers, Acer Malaysia also launched the Acer Swift 7 2018 – the world’s thinnest 4G LTE laptop! Check it out!

 

The Acer Swift 7 2018 – World’s Thinnest 4G LTE Laptop Revealed!

The Acer Swift 7 2018 is the world’s thinnest 4G LTE laptop at just 8.98 mm. Powered by a 7th Gen Intel Core processor with 8 GB of LPDDR3 memory, the Swift 7 2018 also comes with a 256 GB PCle SSD, and up to 10 hours of battery life.

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It boasts a 14-inch Full HD IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and narrow bezels, and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. Its HD webcam in the front supports HDR and 720p video recording. But arguably the most important feature it comes with is its built-in 4G LTE connectivity that will allow you to get connected and work on-the-road.

The Swift 7 2018 users also enjoy better security with ease thanks to the fingerprint reader and Windows Hello login capability. Further enhancing the security feature is the enterprise-grade Trusted Platform Module (TPM) to keep your critical workplace data secured.

 

Acer Swift 7 2018 Price + Availability

In conjunction with Acer Day 2018, Acer is offering a variety of offers and discounts.

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Customers who purchase the Acer Swift 7 2018 will also get a protective sleeve, a USB Type C to HDMI adapter and USB Type A adapter in the box!

The Acer Swift 7 2018 is priced at RM 6,399 / ~US$ 1,599 and is available for purchase immediately at all Acer Official Online Stores and authorized resellers nationwide.

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The Yoodo Fully-Digital, Fully-Customisable 4G Service Revealed!

Celcom just launched Yoodo – their new fully-digital, fully-customisable 4G service! Here’s everything you need to know about Yoodo, and what it means for Malaysian consumers.

 

The Yoodo Digital 4G Service

Yoodo is a fully-digital, fully-customisable mobile service that runs exclusively on the Celcom 4G network. It is essentially what Yes has been since June 2016 – a 4G-only network with fast mobile Internet and VoLTE capability.

Some people are calling Yoodo a new telco, or a MVNO (mobile virtual network operator). Neither are accurate, because Yoodo is a Celcom service. To explain what Yoodo is, and what it offers, there is no one better than Farid Yunus, Head of Yoodo.

Now, watch how easy it is to sign-up and customise a Yoodo plan!

 

Free! Free! Free!

Yoodo offers a bunch of freebies right out of the door :

  • Free SIM card – you can order a Yoodo SIM card for free, even without customising or paying for your plan!
  • Free delivery – the SIM card is delivered to you in 1-3 days for free!
  • Free tethering – you don’t have to pay to share your data with your laptop and other mobile devices!
  • Free changes and cancellation – you can change your plan, or leave Yoodo at anytime, without any fees!

For those who cannot wait 1-3 days for the free standard delivery, Yoodo offers an Express Delivery option in the Klang Valley – for RM 15, you will receive the SIM card in just 2 hours!

 

The Yoodo Price List

Not only is Yoodo fully digital, it is fully customisable. You only select the services you want to pay for.

Data Per Month $ Calls Per Month $ SMS Per Month $
0 GB RM 0 0 Mins RM 0 0 SMS RM 0
2 GB RM 20 50 Mins RM 5 50 SMS RM 3
5 GB RM 30 100 Mins RM 7 100 SMS RM 5
10 GB RM 50 200 Mins RM 9 200 SMS RM 8
15 GB RM 60 2000 Mins RM 12 2000 SMS RM 20
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30 GB RM 85
40 GB RM 95
50 GB RM 110
75 GB RM 140
100 GB RM 150
5 GB for Facebook +RM 10
10 GB for YouTube +RM 20

If you don’t need mobile Internet, you can actually get away with just paying RM 5 for 50 minutes of voice calls, or just RM 3 for 50 SMS messages. The cheapest mobile Internet option is 2 GB of data for RM 20.

The maximum cost (without add-ons) is RM 182 per month, with 100 GB of data, 2000 minutes of calls and 2000 SMS messages.

 

Roam Like Home

If you are travelling overseas, you can purchase a Roam Like Home pass for RM 10 per day, to make use of your domestic data quota at no additional charge. The Roam Like Home pass is currently available only for these 12 countries :

  • Bangladesh
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand

 

Why Is Celcom Launching Yoodo?

With the exception of Yes, which uses a pure 4G LTE network, all other mobile networks in Malaysia employ a hybrid analog-digital network. This allows them to continue using their existing 2G and 3G networks, while supplementing them with the faster digital-only 4G LTE network.

They will all need to migrate their users to a fully-digital network to free up spectrum, and eventually upgrade their network to 5G. Creating these digital-only services allow them to do that, without disrupting their existing hybrid network.

They also need to catch up with Yes, which has been touting the speed and availability of their 4G LTE network.

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Upgrade To A Maxis 4G SIM Card & Win RM 1 Million!

Maxis and Hotlink customers who upgrade their 3G SIM card to a 4G SIM card now be a part of a RM1 million giveaway campaign!

To ensure customers enjoy the best 4G experience on their smartphones, Maxis has introduced the RM1 million 3G SIM Swap campaign, where it will reward a total of RM1 million in cash to Maxis and Hotlink customers who upgrade to a 4G SIM card.

Originally posted @ 2017-04-25

Updated @ 2017-05-18 : Added a new section on the first 20 Maxis customers to win.


 

Upgrade To A Maxis 4G SIM Card & Win RM 1 Million!

Beginning 25 April, customers who successfully complete their SIM swap will be automatically eligible to participate in the RM1 million giveaway campaign.

There will be three rounds throughout the campaign. Customers will be eligible to participate in all three rounds, as long as they haven’t won. So, the earlier customers participate, the more opportunity they have to win.

The three rounds will take place on 3 May, 16 May and 21 May 2017 respectively.

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Customers can check if they are using an active Maxis 3G or 4G SIM card by dialing *100# or visiting their nearest Maxis Centre or participating dealer.

To participate in the campaign, Maxis / Hotlink customers just need to:

  • Bring their active 3G SIM card to any Maxis Centre/participating Hotlink dealer to perform the SIM swap
  • Also bring proof of identity, e.g. their Identify Card or valid Passport, to prove that they are the rightful owner of the SIM card

Once their SIM swap is successfully completed, they will be automatically eligible to participate in the RM1 million giveaway.

 

20 Maxis Customers Have Won So Far!

To date, Maxis has given away RM450,000 to 20 winners from the first and second rounds. This is the final week of the campaign, so try your luck! The final round of winners will be announced on 21 May 2017.

To share how excited and surprised the first 10 Maxis customers were when finding out about their win, Maxis put together this video on their reaction :

To erase any doubt, each customer was contacted by a Maxis customer service representative from Maxis’ 123 number, which appeared as “Hotline Malaysia” on their phone.

 

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Maxis 4G-LTE Advanced On The Samsung Galaxy S8

The new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ (Amazon | Lazada) have just arrived, and now Maxis customers can enjoy the fastest phone on the fastest network. With Maxis 4G-LTE Advanced, customers will experience more than 50x faster speeds than the average mobile Internet speed in Malaysia on their Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada).

 

Maxis 4G-LTE Advanced On The Samsung Galaxy S8

The LTE Advanced (LTE-A) standard allows for download speeds of up to 150 Mbps – about 15X the average speed (10 Mbps) of Internet broadband in Malaysia.

You can download movies, stream videos faster and more, whether indoors or outdoors, on the amsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) with Maxis 4G-LTE Advanced. Maxis claims it also guarantees zero buffering on YouTube HD 98% of the time.

Maxis 4G-LTE Advanced is currently available to more than 40% of Malaysians, with more sites being built every day.

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Maxis 4G LTE tops YouTube Video Checkup Test in all states

Kuala Lumpur, 27 March 2017 – Maxis has emerged as the telco that consistently delivers smooth high-definition (HD) video streaming, according to YouTube’s Video Checkup tool. This web tool, which was officially launched last week in Malaysia only, provides YouTube users with a score of different telcos in a specific area based on YouTube playback quality.

 

The Maxis 4G LTE Video Checkup Test Results

The results for Maxis’ network performance showed clear leadership across the country :

“Malaysians love the Internet and we believe in delighting our customers with a great mobile Internet experience. This is why Maxis continues to make significant investments to strengthen our network infrastructure so customers can enjoy a differentiated 4G experience on their phones, These results show that HD video streaming is better with Maxis No. 1 4G,” said Morten Bangsgaard, Maxis’ Chief Technology Officer.

He added, “We are glad that such a diagnostic tool has been launched. It provides transparency of different network experiences, and gives users a clear and reliable measure that comes from the aggregation of YouTube data that is gathered from actual user experience.”

The top ratings for buffer speeds on Maxis 4G LTE across 14 states is unequivocal:

According to YouTube, a rating of 4.0 stars is the highest possible rating at this time, as 4.5+ stars are reserved for future technology that support higher bandwidth video such as Virtual Reality (VR) and 360-degree videos.

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The increased use of video has driven a growing demand for Maxis mobile data, which doubled from 1.5GB last year to 4.0GB per month in 2016. There was also a tremendous growth in the penetration of 4G-enabled devices, which increased to 43% of total Maxis subscribers in 2016. Maxis 4G traffic grew 7 times in 2016 mainly used for good quality video streaming.

According to a statement released by Google, “Today, most viewers of YouTube in Malaysia primarily watch videos from their smartphones, with two thirds of Malaysia’s YouTube watchtime coming from mobile devices. Much of this on-the-go watchtime comes from consumers using mobile data plans. The growth momentum for this trend looks strong, as mobile watchtime in Malaysia grew by 84% over this past year.”

 

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ASUS Announces The ZenPad 3S 10 LTE Tablet!

Kuala Lumpur, 20 January 2017ASUS today announced ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (Z500KL), the ultimate Android-powered tablet for cinematic entertainment on the go. The elegantly simple ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (AmazonLazada) is crafted with a slim, compact 5.8mm-thin aluminum chassis and features a stunning 9.7-inch QXGA (2048 by 1536) 2K resolution touchscreen.

ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (AmazonLazada) offers a comprehensive set of entertainment-focused features, including ASUS Tru2Life video-enhancement technology and an incredibly loud, clear and immersive audio system with virtual 7.1-channel surround-sound support.

ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (AmazonLazada) is also the first ASUS tablet to include a fingerprint sensor that allows the tablet to be rapidly locked or unlocked, and which can be work with apps for authentication. ZenPad 3S 10 LTE also supports the optional ASUS Z Stylus, which gives a natural pen-on-paper feel and works with many useful productivity apps.

Elegantly simple: Premium all-aluminum design with class-leading ultra-slim bezel

ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (AmazonLazada) has a chassis milled from a single block of aluminum to give it a pure, uncluttered appearance. This state-of-the art construction results in a chassis that is a mere 5.8 mm thick — even thinner than a typical smartphone. The metal rear surface and rounded edges are finely sandblasted to give it a smooth matte texture. Its simple elegance is enhanced with brilliant diamond-cut chamfers around the edges. All these premium design and construction elements combine to make ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (AmazonLazada) not only exquisitely luxurious to look at, but also comfortable to hold.

The display is bordered by the world’s thinnest 5.32 mm-thin bezel for a tablet, giving the ZenPad 3S 10 LTE a class-leading screen-to-body ratio of 78%. This makes the ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (AmazonLazada) one of the most compact and slim 9.7-inch tablets available.

Stunning display: 9.7-inch QXGA IPS display with ASUS Tru2Life and ASUS TruVivid

ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (AmazonLazada) houses a stunning 9.7-inch IPS touchscreen display with a sharp QXGA (2048 by 1536) 2K resolution, making it ideal for viewing high-resolution digital photos and HD movies.

Further enhancing its video playback quality, ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (AmazonLazada) features exclusive ASUS Tru2Life video-enhancement technology that increases the sharpness and contrast of videos. ASUS Tru2Life intelligently analyzes every single pixel in every single video frame and optimizes them for brightness, contrast, color and sharpness before the frame is displayed.

The display also features ASUS TruVivid direct-bonding technology to enhance clarity and brightness while reducing glare. ASUS TruVivid does this by reducing the number of glass layers from the typical six needed in a typical tablet, to just two. Together, ASUS Tru2Life and TruVivid technologies make ZenPad 3S 10 LTE’s screen easily readable — even in in bright sunlight.

Incredible audio: Powerful 5-magnet speakers, smart amplifiers and DTS Headphone

Matching ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 LTE’s superb display is its audio capability. The tablet features a powerful stereo audio system with new five-magnet speakers incorporating NXP smart amplifier technology. The speakers feature extremely strong voice coils that give them loud and clear audio. The smart amplifier incorporates algorithms allow the speakers to be driven at much higher volumes than a standard amplifier, intelligently limiting the coil travel to prevent both audio distortion and long-term speaker damage.

ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (AmazonLazada) also supports DTS Headphone:X virtual 7.1-channel surround-sound technology. DTS Headphone:X automatically optimizes and tunes attached headphones to simulate the immersive effect of a 7.1-channel surround-sound home theatre system.

Outstanding battery life: High-capacity 7800mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0

ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (AmazonLazada) has a high-capacity 7800mAh battery that can power it for 16 hours for movie watching. This battery also features Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology that delivers a full charge in about three hours — incredibly fast for such a high-capacity battery.

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Powerful components: Hexa-core Snapdragon 650 processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC storage

Powering ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (AmazonLazada) is a set of powerful components that includes a hexa-core Snapdragon 650 processor supported by a generous 4GB of RAM. For storage, the tablet has up to 32GB of onboard eMMC memory and a micro SD Card reader that can support micro SD Cards up to 128GB in capacity.

Completing its multimedia features are the front-facing 5MP camera and 8MP rear camera. The front camera is ideal for selfies, with an 85° field of view that enables a 140° panoramic selfie shooting capability. The rear camera features ASUS PixelMaster photographic technologies, including Low Light mode that combines four pixels on the sensor into a single, extremely light-sensitive pixel for shooting sharper photos in dark environments, or to remove the need for a harsh flash to illuminate subjects.

Designed for ease of use: ASUS ZenUI 3.0, ZenMotion and optional ASUS Z Stylus

ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (AmazonLazada) offers a very user-friendly interface, with ASUS ZenUI 3.0 featuring ZenMotion touch gestures and an optional ASUS Z stylus. ZenMotion allows apps to be launched from standby simply by tapping or writing characters on its blank screen. For example, double-tapping the screen will wake the device up, writing ‘e’ will open email, writing ‘w’ will open Microsoft Edge browser, or writing ‘v’ will open Windows Movie & TV app. The apps assigned to each onscreen gesture can also be customized.

ZenPad 3S 10 LTE is also the first ASUS tablet to feature a fingerprint sensor that allows the tablet to be rapidly locked or unlocked, and also works in supported apps for authentication.

A thriving ZenPad community

ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (AmazonLazada) owners can join a thriving global community of fellow ZenPad users on the ASUS ZenPad Content Hub at http://www.asus.com/lifestyle/zenpad/. Here, ZenPad owners can learn new tips and tricks for using their ZenPad, improve their photography skills, get help and support, read hardware and app reviews, or browse the latest educational, social and entertainment content shared by ASUS or their fellow ‘ZenFans’.

Asus ZenPad 3S 10 LTE Pricing & Availability

ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (AmazonLazada) will be available from 20th January 2017 in Malaysia at retail price of RM1799 / ~US$ 399 (folio cover included). Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

 

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New Digi Home Broadband Plans Announced

Subang Jaya, 15 November 2016Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (Digi) today announced the availability of its latest home broadband plans that offer customers ample internet quota for streaming movies, TV shows and music from the comfort of their living rooms.

The new Digi home broadband plans address Malaysians’ changing demand for digital content. Malaysians are increasingly moving towards digital entertainment that allows them to watch content whenever and wherever they want rather than remain tied to time belts.

 

The New Digi Home Broadband Plans

All new Digi Home Broadband plans come with 19 free streaming channels partners at the moment including popular streaming services YouTube, Dailymotion and a slew of Astro’s and Media Prima’s radio stations. Those using any of these channels can stream for free without using up their monthly internet quota.

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Customers can also look forward to enjoying live and on-demand content and offers from top content providers like dimsum which streams the Best Asian content, iflix, Netflix, Astro on the Go, Tonton, HyppTV Everywhere, Viu and HeroTalkies. Music streaming partners in this Digi Broadband offer include Spotify, Sing! Karaoke by Smule, Deezer, Raku, Apple Music, Joox and many more.

Customers who sign up for the new plans now get a 30-day access to 11 premium channels on Astro on the Go for free and 2 months full access to iflix (worth RM20), sponsored by Digi.

The new Digi Home Broadband plans are affordably priced at RM30, RM60 or RM100 and give customers the flexibility of choosing either a prepaid or a postpaid payment method depending on the plan. The plans come with 6GB, 20GB and 50GB internet quota respectively.

 

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2X More Data For All MaxisONE Customers

Kuala Lumpur, 10 November 2016 – More data upgrades for nearly 1.5 million MaxisONE plan (MOP) customers. Between 15 and 19 November, all MOP customers will be automatically upgraded with a minimum of 2x more data quota at no extra cost. That’s up to 50GB a month with this free upgrade.

“We have seen that customers love data and are enjoying more things on our No. 1 4G network. It’s also clear that more customers are using phones on weekends, especially for entertainment and video, which is why we have added a weekend data allocation. Our continuous MaxisONE plan upgrades are based on this increasing usage. This is our commitment in giving our customers the best solutions and data experience,” said Dushyan Vaithiyanathan, Maxis’ Head of Consumer Business.

The following upgrades are automatic and free for all new and existing customers:

  1. EVERY MOP customer will get upgraded to 2x more data. For example, MOP98 customers will get upgraded to 10GB from 5GB, for FREE for life
  2. EVERY MOP customer will also get FREE 4G weekend data. So, MOP98 customers will get an additional 10GB of 4G weekend data quota for FREE
  3. Finally, all MaxisONE Share supplementary lines will also get upgraded to 2x more data to 10GB, again at no extra cost

What’s more, MOP customers can also enjoy RM1 4G smartphone deals with the Power of One RM1 sale. Current and new MOP customers get to choose from a wide range of 4G smartphone best-sellers for just RM1 including Huawei P9, Samsung J7 and J5, Oppo F1, as well as RM1. Pocket WiFi, RM1 Google Chromecast and RM1 Home WiFi extenders.

Maxis will also be enriching its MaxisONE Business and FlexiShare plans with similar upgrades for its business customers very soon.

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MaxisONE Deals – 4G Smartphones At Just RM1!

Kuala Lumpur, 2 November 2016 – Over a million MaxisONE plan (MOP) customers can now enjoy Malaysia’s No.1 4G network with brand new 4G devices at just RM1. Check out what Maxis is offering in their latest MaxisOne deals!

 

MaxisONE Deals Of 4G Smartphones At RM1!

Current and new customers get to choose a wide range of RM1 devices, from the best-selling 4G smartphones such as Huawei P9, Samsung J7 and J5, Oppo F1, ASUS ZenFone Go to wifi and home solutions like Pocket WiFi, Chromecast, and wifi extender. Even MaxisONE business customers get to benefit from these MaxisOne deals, on top of business solutions like mPOS and mDrive going on a discounted monthly fee of RM1 for 3 months.

To get hold of these devices, customers just need to be on the MOP98 plan and above.
Even existing customers who are still in contract but with less than 3 months can also get these offers.

“We had a tremendous response from the massive auto-upgrade of data and shareable DataPool introduced earlier this year for our MOP customers. In the last one year alone, we added over 800k MOP customers and our base is now approaching 1.5 million. Moving forward, we want to continue to provide the best deals to appreciate our ONE Plan customers,” said Dushyan Vaithiyanathan, Maxis’ Head of Consumer Business.

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Digi VoLTE (Voice-over-LTE) Is Now Available!

Shah Alam, 26 October 2016Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (Digi) today announced that the Digi VoLTE (Voice-over-LTE) feature is now available on its 4G LTE network nationwide. VoLTE is a next-generation voice call technology that allows customers to enjoy better voice call quality for those with VoLTE-capable devices such as the newly launched Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

 

Digi VoLTE

With Digi VoLTE, voice calls are connected over a 4G LTE network. Up to now, cellular voice calls in Malaysia for all telcos are generally made over 2G and 3G networks. The higher bandwidth of the 4G LTE network makes it ideal to transmit higher fidelity voice calls that Digi customers can now enjoy. Along with that, Digi VoLTE also comes with a noise cancellation capability that eliminates most background noise for a clearer call experience.

Another advantage of VoLTE is that it allows customers to simultaneously surf the web, download or stream content from the internet at 4G LTE speeds while engaged on a voice call. Up to now, the need to use 3G or 2G infrastructure to connect voice calls means internet activity while on calls will not be as fast as experienced on Digi’s 4G LTE network.

“We are excited to bring this next-generation technology to customers. VoLTE is an evolution of voice call technology. We have been placing voice calls on the 2G and 3G network for years now and it’s a natural shift that we’re bring the higher capacity of our 4G network to offer customers a higher quality call experience.”

“We have been working hard to bring innovation to the market and VoLTE is one of the many things we have in the pipeline for our customers. This is yet another step forward as we move towards our ambition of becoming our customers’ favourite partner in digital life,” said Digi’s Chief Marketing Officer, Loh Keh Jiat.

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To enjoy these new features, which come at no additional cost, both devices making and receiving the call must be VoLTE-capable with the feature switched on and with both customers located within Digi’s 4G LTE coverage area. Digi’s 4G LTE network now reaches 78% of Malaysians nationwide in 225 major cities and towns making it widely accessible for those with the appropriate devices to enjoy an improved call quality.

Digi customers who bought the newly launched iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be among the first to experience VoLTE as the smartphone comes equipped for it. Customers with earlier versions of the iPhone, including the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, 6, 6 Plus and SE will also be able to enjoy VoLTE calls as long as they’ve upgraded their iOS version to 10.1 and activated VoLTE from the device settings. VoLTE capability in devices from other manufacturers will be rolled out soon in stages.

Meanwhile, customers with devices that are not VoLTE-capable need not worry as there are no changes to the way they enjoy Digi’s voice calls.

 

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Yes 4G LTE Network Launch Coverage

On the 30th of June 2016, YTL Communications officially unveiled the Yes 4G LTE network. As a fully digital network with VoLTE capability, it is the most advanced 4G LTE network in Malaysia promising faster mobile Internet and HD audio.

This event also makes Yes the 5th mobile service provider in Malaysia, providing much needed competition. In fact, Yes fired a shot across their rivals’ bows with an amazing line of prepaid and postpaid plans. Watch CEO Wing K. Lee tell you why the Yes 4G LTE network is superior to the other mobile services in Malaysia.

They even brought in an expert panel (moderated by Bloomberg Malaysia’s Sophie Kamaruddin) to talk about the importance of developing Malaysia into a 4G nation.

If that was not enough, YTL Communications also launched their own smartphone – the Yes Altitude. This is part of Yes 4G’s strategy to make 4G more accessible to the Malaysians from all walks of life.

The launch was officiated by the Malaysian Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Seri Panglima (Dr.) Salleh Said Keruak, together with YTL Corporation Berhad Chairman Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Panglima (Dr) Yeoh Tiong Lay, YTL Corporation Berhad Managing Director Tan Sri Dato’ (Dr.) Francis Yeoh Sock Ping, YTL Communications Executive Directors Dato’ Yeoh Seok Hong, and Dato’ Yeoh Soo Keng, as well as Chief Executive Officer Wing K. Lee.

For more coverage of the new Yes 4G LTE network, please take a look at the following articles :

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Yes 4G LTE Prepaid & Postpaid Plans Revealed

Yesterday, Yes became Malaysia’s 5th telco when they launched their new 4G LTE network. As the most advanced 4G LTE network and the first to offer VoLTE capability in Malaysia, Yes aims to be Malaysia’s 4G data leader in pricing and performance.

During the launch held at the swanky Majestic Hotel, YTL Communications CEO Wing K. Lee took the existing telcos to task, and showed how the new Yes 4G LTE prepaid and postpaid plans offer much better value for our money.

YTL Communications CEO Wing K. Lee also announced the availability of the new Yes Altitude smartphone to complement their new VoLTE-capable network. Now, let’s check out new Yes 4G LTE prepaid & postpaid plans!

 

Yes 4G LTE Prepaid Plan

The starter pack for the new 4G LTE prepaid plan will only cost RM 10 (inclusive of 6% GST), and will come with the following preloaded features :

  • 500 MB of 4G LTE Internet (valid for 7 days)
  • FREE basic Internet (as long as the account is active)
  • RM 5 preloaded credit (for calls and SMS messages)
  • FREE calls and SMS messages to all Yes numbers
  • Flat rate of 9 sen per call block / SMS to all other networks

Here are the data pack top-ups you can purchase. The prepaid top-up with best bang for your buck is the Monthly 30 top-up. The RM 30 top-up buys you 30 days of network access and 4GB of LTE or broadband data.

Next Page > Yes 4G LTE Postpaid Plans, Yes Altitude Bundles

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Yes 4G LTE Postpaid Plans

There will be five Yes 4G LTE postpaid plans, ranging from RM 48 per month all the way to RM 158 per month. What’s really exciting is that they all offer the most mobile Internet quota in the market. Check them out!

Yes takes aim at their rivals by comparing their Postpaid 88 “Hero plan” against their “similar” offers. However, please note that the Yes Postpaid 88 plan actually costs RM 88 per month.

The RM 70 price is after the RM 18 deduction (first 11 months) for the RM 198 you must prepay to receive the free Yes Altitude smartphone. Ultimately, you still end up paying RM 88 per month.

Even though the Yes graphic above is a bit misleading, Yes is undoubtedly offering a lot more data at a much lower price point. Maxis, Digi, Celcom and UMobile will be hard-pressed to charge so much for their plans.

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Yes Altitude Bundles

Yes is currently offering the new Yes Altitude smartphone at a subsidised price of RM 199 (~US$50) with the Yes Postpaid 48 plan.

The Yes Altitude smartphone will come free with the Yes Postpaid 88 plan. However, you must prepay RM 198, which will be refunded in the form of 11 monthly rebates.

 

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Yes 4G LTE Network With VoLTE Capability Revealed

On the 15th of June, 2016, YTL Communications CEO Mr. Wing K. Lee announced that Yes will be launching their 4G LTE network, with VoLTE capability. When launched on the 30th of June, Yes will officially become Malaysia’s 5th mobile telecommunications service provider.

The announcement was made during the official launch of the 2016 Samsung Galaxy J series of affordable smartphones at the KL Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC).

 

Yes 4G LTE Network With VoLTE Capability

Mr. Wing K. Lee revealed that the Yes 4G LTE network not only covers 85% of the Malaysian population, it is the most advanced LTE service in Malaysia. In fact, it will be the only 4G LTE network to support Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and High Definition Voice Service.

“We are proud to have built the nation’s first 4G network with a massive 85% population coverage,” said Mr. Wing K. Lee. “Stay tuned for our official 4G LTE launch on 30th June for the unveiling of our innovative service plans!”

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30 GB Data Free With Every Galaxy J Series Smartphone

To celebrate this major milestone, every purchase of a new 2016 Samsung Galaxy J series smartphone will come with a free Yes 4G Prepaid SIM card. Once activated, the SIM card will give you 30 GB of FREE mobile data that can be used over a period of 2 months.

Yes will announce their data plans on the 30th of June. Then you can decide whether you wish to top-up the prepaid account at the end of the free 2-month trial. Stay tuned for our coverage of their data plans!

 

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