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How To Setup Your Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Tablet!

How To Setup Your Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Tablet!

In this guide, we will show you how to setup your new Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra for the first time!

 

How To Setup Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : A Video Guide!

We have the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra tablet with us, and soon you will get yours too.

Let us show you how to setup the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra for the first time, as a new device!

The process is very easy as our video shows, so you will be able to enjoy using it within minutes!

 

How To Setup Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Step-By-Step Instructions

It is very easy to setup the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra as a new device.

This should take no more than 10 minutes, will be much longer if you are transferring data from an older tablet.

  1. Press the Power button to start up your Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra tablet.
    It will take 23 seconds to boot up for the first time.
  2. Click Start to begin the setup process.
  3. The first thing you need to do is select a language.
  4. Next, you will need to select your country or region.
  5. Then, the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra will reboot – a process that takes about 32 seconds.
  6. After it boots up again, you will be asked to agree to the EULA (End User Licence Agreement) and the Privacy Policy.
    You can skip sending Samsung your Diagnostic Data.
  7. In the next screen, you will have the opportunity to turn off certain Samsung apps and services.
    These are all key features that will greatly impact your use of the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, so I recommend that you leave them all enabled.
  8. Next, you will be allowed to log into your Wi-Fi network for Internet connectivity.
    Select your Wi-Fi network and key in the password to connect.
  9. Once your Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra connects to the Wi-Fi network, it will automatically look for updates, and prepare the device.
    It can take a few minutes to finish, so don’t fret.
  10. Next, you will be given the option to transfer apps and data from your old tablet.
    This is a long process, which you can do now, or do it later after setting up the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.
    To do it later, or set it up as a new device, simply click on Don’t copy.
  11. Now you will be asked to log into your Google Account, or create a new one.
    To skip for now and do it after setting up the tablet, click on Skip.
    But you will lose access to certain Google services until you log in.
  12. Next, you will be given the option of disabling certain Google services.
    Generally, I would recommend leaving them enabled, except sending Google your usage and diagnostic data.
  13. Now you will be asked to protect your Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra by selecting a preferred login method – Face recognition, Fingerprint, Pattern, PIN or Password.
  14. If you select the Face Recognition or Fingerprint option, you will need to select a secure screen lock method using Pattern, PIN or Password.
  15. Next, you will need to go through the Face Recognition / Fingerprint training process
  16. After that, you will be asked to log into your Samsung account, or create a new one.
    To skip for now and do it after setting up the tablet, click on Skip.
    But you will lose access to certain Samsung services until you log in.

That’s it! You have successfully setup the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra as a new device! Enjoy!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Price + Availability

Samsung is offering the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra in five RAM + storage capacity options globally :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB
  • 12 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB
  • 16 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB

But over here in Malaysia, it is available with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage for RM 5,899 (about US$1,387 / £1,063 / A$1,877 / S$1,892.

Here are some online pre-order options :

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Battery Life + Recharging Speed!

Take a look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra’s battery recharging speed, and how its two refresh rate options affect its battery life!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Two Refresh Rate Options

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra tablet offers two refresh rate options (Settings > Display > Motion smoothness) :

  • High : Get smoother animations and scrolling with a 120 Hz screen refresh rate
  • Standard : Get longer battery life with a 60 Hz screen refresh rate

You may think that this is similar to the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s 120 Hz display, but you would be wrong.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra has an Adaptive mode that dynamically refreshes between 1 Hz and 120 Hz for better battery life.

The 120 Hz refresh rate option in the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is fixed at 120 Hz. This guarantees you an ultra-smooth 120 Hz refresh rate all the time, at the expense of battery life.

In the next section, we will look at how the two refresh rate options affect the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra’s battery life.

Read more : Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Hands-On Experience!
Read more : Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Unboxing : What’s Inside?

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Battery Life Comparison!

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra comes with a massive 11,200 mAh battery, which is more than the size of the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s 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 3.0 battery life test until its battery capacity dropped to 20% several times, and this was the best result we obtained with 60 Hz and 120 Hz refresh rates :

Astoundingly, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra only has a battery life of 6.5 hours with High refresh rate enabled, and a more acceptable 8 hours with the Standard refresh rate!

This is a slight improvement over last year’s Galaxy Tab S7 Plus. There is no doubt that its much larger 14.6-inch Super AMOLED display is a significant drain on battery life.

Let’s compare its battery life against the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, and the Galaxy S22 Ultra smartphone which uses the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 mobile SoC.

Standard Refresh Rate (60 Hz)

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra delivers the best battery life with the Standard refresh rate of 60 Hz.

The Tab S8 Ultra appears to use 9% more power than the Tab S7 Plus, but I have to point out that it has a 39% larger display.

Fortunately, the battery life deficit is “covered” by its 11% larger battery.

Work 3.0 S22 Ultra
(60 Hz)
Tab S7 Plus
(60 Hz)
Tab S8 Ultra
(60 Hz)
Display Size 6.8-inch 12.4-inch 14.6-inch
Battery Capacity 5,000 mAh 10,090 mAh 11,200 mAh
Battery Life 14 hrs 15 mins 7 hrs 55 mins 8 hrs
3 mins
Utilisation
per min.
4.68 mAh 16.99 mAh 18.55 mAh

High Refresh Rate (120 Hz)

Switching on the High refresh rate of 120 Hz cut its battery life by 17.6% – almost 1.5 hours!

But the data shows that its larger 14.6-inch display only used 3.4% more power than the Tab S7 Plus.

Work 3.0 S22 Ultra
(120 Hz)
Tab S7 Plus
(120 Hz)
Tab S8 Ultra
(120 Hz)
Display Size 6.8-inch 12.4-inch 14.6-inch
Battery Capacity 5,000 mAh 10,090 mAh 11,200 mAh
Battery Life 10 hrs
38 mins
6 hrs
11 mins
6 hrs
38 mins
Utilisation
per min.
6.27 mAh 21.76 mAh 22.51 mAh

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Battery Recharging Speed!

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra supports up to 45 watts of wired fast charging, but unfortunately, does not come with the charger in-the-box.

So we relied on the standard 15 watt Samsung fast charger than shipped with their previous smartphones and tablets – something we believe most users will end up doing.

Recharging Speed Tab S8 Ultra Tab S7 Plus S22 Ultra
Display Size 14.6-inch 12.4-inch 6.8-inch
Battery Capacity 11,200 mAh 10,090 mAh 5,000 mAh
Charger Output 15 watts 15 watts 15 watts
Battery Life 86.5 mins 86 mins 64.5 mins
Recharging Speed
(per minute)
103.6 mAh 93.9 mAh 62.0 mAh

Interestingly, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra recharged faster with a standard 15 watt charger, than the Tab S7 Plus or even the Galaxy S22 Ultra!

This is really good news. It means that Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra owners need not worry too much about its recharging speed with the older 15 watt chargers.

In fact, you don’t need to splurge on a new 45 watt fast charger. The Tab S8 Ultra fully recharges its massive battery from 20% to 100% in just under 1.5 hours with the standard 15 watt Samsung charger!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Price + Availability

Samsung is offering the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra in five RAM + storage capacity options globally :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB
  • 12 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB
  • 16 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB

But over here in Malaysia, it is available with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage for RM 5,899 (about US$1,387 / £1,063 / A$1,877 / S$1,892.

Here are some online pre-order options :

 

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He continues to devote countless hours every day writing about tech, medicine and science, in his pursuit of facts in a post-truth world.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Hands-On Experience!

Here is our hands-on look at the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra tablet, its new low-latency S Pen and its Book Cover Keyboard!

Find out why this tablet will offer you a 2-in-1 laptop-like experience!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra + S Pen : Hands-On Experience!

Samsung just sent us the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra – their largest and most powerful tablet, with a massive 14.6-inch Super AMOLED display!

As you will see in this video – this is a really large tablet, and it is pretty hefty too at 726 grams. But it is very solidly built, and weighs half as much as a typical laptop.

It also comes with a new full-size S Pen with an ultra-low latency of just 2.8 milliseconds.

The Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra runs on the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 mobile platform boasts a powerful Adreno 730 GPU as well as eight processor cores in a triple-tier architecture :

  • a Cortex-X2 prime core running at up to 3 GHz,
  • three sustained-performance Cortex-A710 cores running at up to 2.4 GHz, and
  • four energy-efficient Cortex-A510 cores running at 1.7 GHz.

Powering all that is a massive 11,200 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery, with 45 watt fast charging capability!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Book Cover Keyboard : Hands-On!

This year, Samsung included the really awesome Book Cover Keyboard with every Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra tablet.

This cover not only provides really solid protection for the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, it also converts it into a 2-in-1 tablet with a kickstand!

In addition, the Book Cover Keyboard has a special S Pen cover that prevents your precious S Pen from falling and getting lost.

As I shared in my Galaxy Tab S7 Book Cover Keyboard review last year, this is a must-have accessory, and I’m really glad Samsung included it as part of the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra package.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Display 14.6-inch Super AMOLED Display
– 60 Hz or 120 Hz refresh rate
Protection Gorilla Glass 5 (Front + Back)
OS One UI 4.1 (Android 12)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
CPU 1 x Arm Cortex-X2 core (3.0 GHz)
3 x Arm Cortex-A710 cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x Arm Cortex-A510 cores (1.7 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 730
Memory +
Storage
Options
8 GB RAM + 128 GB
12 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB
16 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB
External Storage microSD (up to 1TB)
Front Camera 12 MP main camera, f/2.2
12 MP ultra-wide camera, f/2.4
Main Cameras 12 MP main camera, f/2.0
6 MP ultra-wide camera, f/2.2
Connectivity Wi-Fi : Up to Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth : BT 5.2
USB : USB 3.2 Type C
S Pen Yes, 2.8 ms latency
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Under Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyroscope,
Geomagnetic, Hall, Light, Proximity
GPS GPS, Beidou, Galileo, Glonass, QZSS
NFC No
Audio Quad speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 11,200 mAh Li-Po battery
Charging 45 watt wired charging
Dimensions 326.4 mm wide
208.6 mm tall
5.5 mm thick
Weight 726 grams

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Price + Availability

Samsung is offering the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra in five RAM + storage capacity options globally :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB
  • 12 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB
  • 16 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB

But over here in Malaysia, it is available with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage for RM 5,899 (about US$1,387 / £1,063 / A$1,877 / S$1,892.

Here are some online pre-order options :

 

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Dr. Adrian Wong has been writing about tech and science since 1997, even publishing a book with Prentice Hall called Breaking Through The BIOS Barrier (ISBN 978-0131455368) while in medical school.

He continues to devote countless hours every day writing about tech, medicine and science, in his pursuit of facts in a post-truth world.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Unboxing : What’s Inside?

Let’s unbox the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, and see what we find inside!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Flagship Class Performance!

Samsung just launched the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra – their largest and most powerful tablet, with a massive 14.6-inch Super AMOLED display!

It runs on the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 mobile platform boasts a powerful Adreno 730 GPU as well as eight processor cores in a triple-tier architecture :

  • a Cortex-X2 prime core running at up to 3 GHz,
  • three sustained-performance Cortex-A710 cores running at up to 2.4 GHz, and
  • four energy-efficient Cortex-A510 cores running at 1.7 GHz.

Powering all that is a massive 11,200 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery, with 45 watt fast charging capability!

If you want the biggest and most powerful Android tablet, this is the ultimate choice!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Unboxing : What’s Inside?

Samsung just sent us the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, which comes in a large and hefty box, with two security stickers.

Please check the label to make sure you have the right device, and that the two security stickers are intact.

Now, let’s take a look at the box, and see what we find inside!

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

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra tablet
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra keyboard cover
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra S Pen
  • Set of Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 documents
  • USB Type A to Type A data and power cable
  • microSD tray ejector pin

Unfortunately, the package does not include the 45 watt power adaptor, not even the standard 15 watt Samsung charger.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Display 14.6-inch Super AMOLED Display
– 60 Hz or 120 Hz refresh rate
Protection Gorilla Glass 5 (Front + Back)
OS One UI 4.1 (Android 12)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
CPU 1 x Arm Cortex-X2 core (3.0 GHz)
3 x Arm Cortex-A710 cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x Arm Cortex-A510 cores (1.7 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 730
Memory +
Storage
Options
8 GB RAM + 128 GB
12 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB
16 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB
External Storage microSD (up to 1TB)
Front Camera 12 MP main camera, f/2.2
12 MP ultra-wide camera, f/2.4
Main Cameras 12 MP main camera, f/2.0
6 MP ultra-wide camera, f/2.2
Connectivity Wi-Fi : Up to Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth : BT 5.2
USB : USB 3.2 Type C
S Pen Yes, 2.8 ms latency
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Under Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyroscope,
Geomagnetic, Hall, Light, Proximity
GPS GPS, Beidou, Galileo, Glonass, QZSS
NFC No
Audio Quad speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 11,200 mAh Li-Po battery
Charging 45 watt wired charging
Dimensions 326.4 mm wide
208.6 mm tall
5.5 mm thick
Weight 726 grams

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Price + Availability

Samsung is offering the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra in four RAM + storage capacity options globally :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB
  • 12 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB
  • 16 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB

But over here in Malaysia, it is available with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage for RM 5,899 (about US$1,387 / £1,063 / A$1,877 / S$1,892.

Here are some online pre-order options :

 

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Dr. Adrian Wong has been writing about tech and science since 1997, even publishing a book with Prentice Hall called Breaking Through The BIOS Barrier (ISBN 978-0131455368) while in medical school.

He continues to devote countless hours every day writing about tech, medicine and science, in his pursuit of facts in a post-truth world.

 

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Samsung Galaxy A33 : Exclusive Hands-On Preview!

We recently had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the Samsung Galaxy A33 that was just launched, and here is our hands-on preview!

 

Samsung Galaxy A33 with 48 MP Quad Camera System!

Samsung just launched their Galaxy A33 mid-range smartphone, which boasts a 48 MP quad-camera system!

We had the exclusive opportunity to get some hands-on time with the Galaxy A33 smartphone recently, and here is our hands-on video experience!

6.4-inch Super AMOLED Display

The Samsung Galaxy A33 comes with a large 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display.

It has a Full HD+ resolution, and a dynamic refresh rate of up to 90 Hz!

Performance

The Samsung Galaxy A33 runs on the new Samsung Exynos 1280 mobile platform, which has a dual-tier CPU architecture :

  • four sustained-performance ARM Cortex-A78 cores running at up to 2.4 GHz, and
  • four energy-efficient ARM Cortex-A55 cores running at 2.0 GHz

It also comes with a ARM Mali-G68 GPU running at 1.0 GHz.

Memory + Storage Options

The Samsung Galaxy A33 comes with 8 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of internal flash storage.

The memory capacity can be expanded through the RAM Plus feature, while storage can be expanded through a microSD card (up to 1 TB).

Cameras Galore!

The Samsung Galaxy A33 is targeted at those who love to take photos and videos.

In the front, it has a 13 MP camera, with an f/2.2 aperture, and in the back, it has a quad-camera system that consists of :

  • a 48 MP Dual Pixel camera with f/1.8 aperture
  • an 8 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 aperture
  • a 5 MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture, and
  • a 2 MP depth camera with f/2.4 aperture

IP67 Dust + Water-Resistance!

You will also love the fact that the Galaxy A33 is IP67-rated for dust and water-resistance! That means it can withstand immersion in up to 1 metre of fresh water for up to 30 minutes!

Battery + Charging

The Samsung Galaxy A33 comes with a large 5,000 mAh battery, that supports up to 25 watts of fast charging.

The only downside – Samsung is not providing the 25 watt charger in-the-box.

 

Samsung Galaxy A33 Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy A33
Display 6.4-inch Super AMOLED
– 90 Hz dynamic refresh rate
Protection IP67
OS One UI 4.1 (Android 12)
Platform Samsung Exynos 1280
CPU 2 x ARM Cortex-A78 cores (2.4 GHz)
6 x ARM Cortex-A55 cores (2.0 GHz)
GPU ARM Mali-G68 (1 GHz)
Memory +
Storage
8 GB + 128 GB
External Storage microSDXC
Front Camera 13 MP camera, f/2.2
Main Cameras 48 MP OIS camera, f/1.8
8 MP ultra-wide camera, f/2.2
5 MP macro camera, f/2.4
2 MP depth camera, f/2.4
Connectivity Wi-Fi : Up to Wi-Fi 5
Bluetooth : BT 5.1
USB : USB Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Under Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope,
Geomagnetic,
Hall, Light,
Virtual Proximity
GPS GPS, Beidou, Glonass, Galileo
NFC Yes
Battery 5,000 mAh Li-Po battery
Charging 25 watt wired charging
Dimensions 74.0 mm wide
159.7 mm tall
8.1 mm thick
Weight 186 grams

 

Samsung Galaxy A33 Colour + Availability!

Here in Malaysia, the Galaxy A33 smartphone is available in four colour options :

  • Awesome Peach
  • Awesome Blue
  • Awesome White
  • Awesome Black

It will be offered in only one variant, at this price point :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB : RM 1,499 (about US$359 / £269 / A$487 / S$487)

 

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He continues to devote countless hours every day writing about tech, medicine and science, in his pursuit of facts in a post-truth world.

 

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Samsung Galaxy A53 : Exclusive Hands-On Preview!

We recently had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the Samsung Galaxy A53 that was just launched, and here is our hands-on experience!

 

Samsung Galaxy A53 with 64 MP Quad Camera System!

Samsung just launched their Galaxy A53 mid-range smartphone, which boasts a 64 MP quad-camera system!

We had the exclusive opportunity to get some hands-on time with the Galaxy A53 smartphone recently, and here is our hands-on video experience!

6.5-inch Super AMOLED Display

The Samsung Galaxy A53 comes with a large 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display.

It has a Full HD+ resolution, and a dynamic refresh rate of up to 120 Hz!

Performance

The Samsung Galaxy A53 runs on the new Samsung Exynos 1280 mobile platform, which has a dual-tier CPU architecture :

  • four sustained-performance ARM Cortex-A78 cores running at up to 2.4 GHz, and
  • four energy-efficient ARM Cortex-A55 cores running at 2.0 GHz

It also comes with a ARM Mali-G68 GPU running at 1.0 GHz.

Memory + Storage Options

The Samsung Galaxy A53 comes with 8 GB of RAM, and 256 GB of internal flash storage.

The memory capacity can be expanded through the RAM Plus feature, while storage can be expanded through a microSD card (up to 1 TB).

Cameras Galore!

The Samsung Galaxy A53 is targeted at those who love to take photos and videos.

In the front, it has a 32 MP camera, with an f/2.2 aperture and the ability to combine pixels for better low-light performance.

In the back, it has a quad-camera system that consists of :

  • a 64 MP Dual Pixel camera with f/1.8 aperture
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 aperture
  • a 5 MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture, and
  • a 5 MP depth camera with f/2.4 aperture

IP67 Dust + Water-Resistance!

You will also love the fact that the Galaxy A53 is IP67-rated for dust and water-resistance! That means it can withstand immersion in up to 1 metre of fresh water for up to 30 minutes!

Battery + Charging

The Samsung Galaxy A53 comes with a large 5,000 mAh battery, that supports up to 25 watts of fast charging.

The only downside – Samsung is not providing the 25 watt charger in-the-box.

 

Samsung Galaxy A53 Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
Display 6.5-inch Super AMOLED
– 120 Hz dynamic refresh rate
Protection IP67
OS One UI 4 (Android 12)
Platform Samsung Exynos 1280
CPU 2 x ARM Cortex-A78 cores (2.4 GHz)
6 x ARM Cortex-A55 cores (2.0 GHz)
GPU ARM Mali-G68 (1 GHz)
Memory +
Storage
8 GB + 256 GB
External Storage microSDXC
Front Camera 32 MP camera, f/2.2
Main Cameras 64 MP OIS camera, f/1.8
12 MP ultra-wide camera, f/2.2
5 MP macro camera, f/2.4
5 MP depth camera, f/2.4
Connectivity Wi-Fi : Up to Wi-Fi 5
Bluetooth : BT 5.1
USB : USB Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Under Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope,
Geomagnetic,
Hall, Light,
Virtual Proximity
GPS GPS, Beidou, Glonass, Galileo
NFC Yes
Battery 5,000 mAh Li-Po battery
Charging 25 watt wired charging
Dimensions 74.8 mm wide
159.6 mm tall
8.1 mm thick
Weight 189 grams

 

Samsung Galaxy A53 Colour + Availability!

Here in Malaysia, the Galaxy A53 smartphone is available in four colour options :

  • Awesome Peach
  • Awesome Blue
  • Awesome White
  • Awesome Black

It will be offered in only one variant, at this price point :

  • 8 GB + 256 GB : RM 1,849 (about US$439 / £336 / A$599 / S$599)

 

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Dr. Adrian Wong has been writing about tech and science since 1997, even publishing a book with Prentice Hall called Breaking Through The BIOS Barrier (ISBN 978-0131455368) while in medical school.

He continues to devote countless hours every day writing about tech, medicine and science, in his pursuit of facts in a post-truth world.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S22 Hands-On Preview + First Impressions!

I just had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the new Samsung Galaxy S22 smartphone, and here are my first impressions!

 

Samsung Galaxy S22 : Hands-On Experience!

The Samsung Galaxy S22 arguably offers the best bang for your buck in the new Galaxy S22 family!

Here is our hands-on experience of this compact flagship smartphone!

6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display

The Samsung Galaxy S22 comes with a large 6.1-inch display, with a Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel.

Its wide colour gamut of 100% DCI-P3, a peak brightness of 1300 nits, and a contrast ratio of 2 million:1 will guarantee the best possible image quality, whether indoors or outdoors.

Gamers will love its high dynamic refresh rate of up to 120 Hz, with a touch sampling rate of up to 240 Hz.

The display is truly magnificent. In addition, it is super bright, so there’s no problem using it outdoors in bright sunlight!

4nm Flagship Mobile Platform

The Samsung Galaxy S22 is built around the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 mobile SoC, which is fabricated on the latest 4nm Samsung process technology.

Together with a powerful Adreno 730 GPU, it has eight processor cores in a triple-tier architecture :

  • a Cortex-X2 prime core running at up to 3 GHz,
  • three sustained-performance Cortex-A710 cores running at up to 2.5 GHz, and
  • four energy-efficient Cortex-A510 cores running at 1.8 GHz.

So far, it has no problem handling everything I threw at it, but I will have proper benchmark numbers up for you shortly.

Memory + Storage Options

Samsung will be offering just two memory and storage options :

  • 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage
  • 8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage

Unfortunately, it does NOT support any storage expansion through a microSD card.

Cameras Galore!

As a Samsung flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S22 comes with a smorgasbord of cameras!

In the front, it has a 10 MP camera, with a wide f/2.2 aperture.

In the back, it has a triple-camera system that consists of :

  • a 50 MP Dual Pixel camera, f/1.8 aperture,
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide angle camera, f/2.2 aperture, and
  • a 10 MP telephoto camera with 3X optical zoom, f/2.4 aperture

Built To Last

The Samsung Galaxy S22 has a tough Armor Aluminium frame, and is protected in the back and front by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+.

Thanks to its heft and Armor Aluminium frame, it feels really solid in my hand.

On top of that, it is IP68-rated against dust and water ingress. That means it can withstand immersion in up to 1.5 metres of fresh water for up to 30 minutes.

Battery + Charging

The Samsung Galaxy S22 comes with a 3,700 mAh battery, which supports wired charging at up to 25 watts, and wireless charging at up to 15 watts.

Despite having a relatively small battery, the Galaxy S22 appears to have a long battery life. I will have its battery test results up shortly.

It also supports Wireless PowerShare, allowing you to recharge other smartphones and wearables like the Galaxy Buds2.

 

Samsung Galaxy S22 : Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S22
Display 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display
– 120 Hz dynamic refresh rate
– 240 Hz touch sampling (Game Mode)
– 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut
– 1300 nits peak brightness
– 2 million:1 contrast ratio
Protection Armor Aluminium + Gorilla Glass Victus+
Water Resistance IP68
OS One UI 4.1 (Android 12)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
CPU 1 x Arm Cortex-X2 core (3.0 GHz)
3 x Arm Cortex-A710 cores (2.5 GHz)
4 x Arm Cortex-A510 cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 730
Memory +
Storage
8 GB RAM + 128 / 256 GB storage
External Storage NA
Front Camera 10 MP camera, f/2.2
Main Cameras 50 MP Dual Pixel camera, f/1.8
12 MP ultra-wide camera, f/2.2
10 MP 3x zoom camera, f/2.4
Connectivity Wi-Fi : Up to Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth : BT 5.2
USB : USB Type C
S Pen No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Under Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyroscope,
Geomagnetic,
Hall, Light, Proximity
GPS GPS, Beidou, Galileo, Glonass, QZSS
NFC Yes
Battery 3,700 mAh Li-Po battery
Charging 25 watt wired charging
15 watt wireless charging
Wireless PowerShare
Dimensions 70.6 mm wide
146.0 mm tall
7.6 mm thick
Weight 168 grams

 

Samsung Galaxy S22 : Price + Availability

Samsung is offering the Galaxy S22 in four colour options – Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, Green and Pink Gold.

I had the opportunity to attend an exclusive Samsung preview event, to check out the colours for ourselves.

Note : Samsung only allowed us to use digital cameras, so the video is not stabilised as it would be with smartphones that I generally use.

Here in Malaysia, it is available starting 10 February 2022 in two variants, at these price points :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB : RM 3,499 (about US$836 / £617 / A$1,164 / S$1,122)
  • 8 GB + 256 GB : RM 3,699 (about US$884 / £652 / A$1,230 / S$1,186)

You can now pre-order the 8 GB + 256 GB model from now until 3 March 2022, to receive this offer!

Here are some online pre-order options : RM3,699 | RM3,699 | RM3,699 | RM3,699 | RM3,699

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 : What You Need To Know!

Samsung just introduced the Galaxy Tab A8 – a tablet targeted at families!

Take a look at the new Samsung Galaxy Tab A8, and find out if this is the tablet for you!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 : What You Need To Know!

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is a thin and lightweight tablet designed for learning and entertainment, with a very attractive price tag.

It has a large 10.5-inch display, with a sleek metal body that is only 6.9 mm thick and weighs just 508 grams.

Powered by an octa-core processor, it comes with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded through a dedicate microSD card slot.

The large display not only gives you a more immersive viewing experience, its multi-window support allows you to split the screen in half to do two things at the same time!

On top of that, this highly-affordable tablet comes with four speakers that support Dolby Atmos surround sound, for exceptional audio clarity and depth.

Don’t worry about the Galaxy Tab A8 running out of juice. It has a massive 7,040 mAh battery, which supports 15W fast charging!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 : Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Tab A8
Model SM-X200
Display 10.5-inch TFT Display
– 1200 x 1920 pixels
Protection NA
Water Resistance NA
OS One UI 3 (Android 11)
Platform UNISOC Tiger T618
CPU 2 x Arm Cortex-A75 cores (2.0 GHz)
6 x Arm Cortex-A55 cores (2.0 GHz)
GPU Arm Mali-G52 MP2
Memory +
Storage
3 GB + 32 GB
4 GB + 64 GB
External Storage microSD slot (up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 5 MP camera
Main Cameras 8 MP camera
Connectivity Wi-Fi : Up to Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB Type C 2.0
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Side-Mounted
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Geomagnetic,
Hall Sensor, Light Sensor
GPS GPS, GLONASS, QZSS
NFC No
Audio Quad speakers with Dolby Atmos
Battery 7,040 mAh Li-Po battery
Charging 15 watt fast charging
Dimensions 246.8 mm wide
161.9 mm tall
6.9 mm thick
Weight 508 grams

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 : Price + Availability!

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is available in three colour options – Gray, Silver and Pink Gold, with two variants globally :

  • 3GB + 32GB
  • 4GB + 64GB

Here in Malaysia, it is only available in 3GB + 32GB variant in either the Gray or Pink Gold colour options, with a recommended retail price (RRP) of RM999 (about US$238 / £178 / A$336 / S$322).

From now until 28 February 2022, every purchase will come with two freebies :

  • one Samsung Clear Edge Cover worth RM99
  • one year Samsung Care+ coverage plan worth RM110

Here are some online purchase options :

 

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vivo V23e 5G Preview : What You Need To Know!

The brand-new vivo V23e 5G smartphone is here, offering a magnificent 44MP front camera for selfie-lovers!

Take a look at what else the vivo V23e 5G offers, and find out if this is what you have been waiting for!

 

vivo V23e 5G : For Photography Enthusiasts!

The new vivo V23e 5G smartphone is designed for photography enthusiasts, offering really great front and rear cameras at an affordable price point.

Those are some of the most important characteristics many consumers are looking for in their smartphones during the pandemic.

6.44-inch Display

The vivo V23e 5G smartphone comes with a massive 6.44-inch display, with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

It uses an AMOLED panel, which delivers much better colour gamut and brightness than regular LCD displays.

High-Performance Mobile SoC

The MediaTek Dimensity 810 is a new and faster mid-range mobile SoC, with an integrated 5G modem, and :

  • two high-performance Arm Cortex-A76 cores running at up to 2.4 GHz,
  • six power-efficient Arm Cortex-A55 cores, and
  • an Arm Mali-G57 MC2 GPU to accelerate 2D and 3G graphics

It also features a Multi-Turbo software that intelligently optimises network speed, heat dissipation, AI and gaming performance.

RAM + Storage

The vivo V23e 5G comes with 8 GB of LPDDR4x memory, with an additional 4 GB of extended RAM, giving up to 12 GB of RAM – more than enough to handle multiple memory-hungry games and apps at the same time!

There’s also no need to worry about storage – its 128 GB internal storage is plenty enough for a multitude of games and apps. And if you run out, you can top up storage through a microSD card!

44 MP Selfie Camera

When it comes to photography, the vivo V23e 5G offers both great selfie shots from its 44 MP front camera, with a wide f/2.0 aperture for great selfies even in low light conditions.

The front camera automatically focuses on your eye area, to ensure that you are always in focus; with software enhancements to deliver a natural portrait look.

You can also opt for Multi-Style Portrait to create portraits in a variety of distinct styles!

You can also take photos in really dark conditions using its Front Camera AI Extreme Night feature, which uses multi-frame noise reduction to combine multiple shots into one bright and clear shot!

It also supports Steadiface Selfie Video, which ensures that your face remains stable and clear, no matter how you move.

50 MP Triple-Camera System

In the back, it has a 50 MP main camera with a wide f/1.8 aperture, together with an 8 MP wide-angle camera, and a 2 MP macro camera for really close-up shots (as close as 4 cm).

The main camera supports Double Exposure, allowing you to take two different photos and combine them for a unique double-exposed shot!

5G Connectivity

While 5G connectivity is still not available in Malaysia, and sparse around the world, the integrated 5G modem means you’re future-proofed.

More importantly though are its other connectivity options. It comes with support for dual-band WiFi-AC, Bluetooth 5.1 and a reversible USB Type C port.

Sleek + Light

The vivo V23e 5G features a premium glass-covered chassis, with a smooth anti-fingerprint finish.

It has a sleek profile that is just under 7.5 mm thick, and weighs just 172 grams.

Large Fast Charging Battery

To power all that, the V23e comes with a large 4,050 mAh battery, which gives you a full day of usage and then some!

On top of that, it supports 44 watt flash charging – a quick 30 minute flash charge will restore its battery life to 69%! Best of all – vivo included the charger in the box!

 

vivo V23e 5G : Specifications

Specifications vivo V23e 5G
Display 6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED Display
– 1080 x 2400 pixels
OS Funtouch OS 12 (Android 11)
Platform MediaTek Dimensity 810 (MT6873)
CPU 2 x Arm Cortex-A76 cores (2.4 GHz )
6 x Arm Cortex-A55 cores
GPU Arm Mali-G57 MC2
Memory 8 GB + 4 GB Extended RAM
Storage 128 GB
microSD support
Front Camera 44 MP camera (f/2.0)
Main Cameras 50 MP main camera, f/1.8
8 MP wide-angle camera, f2.2
2 MP macro camera, f/2.4
Connectivity Network : 5G / 4G / 3G
Wi-Fi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth : BT 5.1
USB : USB Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In-Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Ambient Light,
Proximity, E-compass, Gyroscope
GPS GPS, Beidou, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS
NFC No
FM Radio Yes
Battery 4,050 mAh Li-Po battery
Charging 44 watt FlashCharge
Dimensions 74.28 mm wide
160.87 mm tall
7.36-41 mm thick
Weight 172 grams

 

vivo V23e 5G : Colour Options

The vivo V23e 5G is available in two colour options – Sunshine Coast on the left, and Cosmic Aurora on the right.

 

vivo V23e 5G : Price, Availability + Deals!

The vivo V23e 5G has a launch price of RM1,599 – approximately US$378 / £286 / A$532 / S$517.

For a limited time, every pre-order will come with free gifts worth RM550

  • Automatic Soap Dispenser Gift Box
  • Viu TV membership (1 month)
  • 1 Year Extended Warranty
  • 1 Year Screen Crack Protection

There is also a V23e 4G version with a launch price of RM1,399 – approximately US$330 / £250 / A$466 / S$453.

For a limited time, every pre-order will come with free gifts worth RM491

  • Backpack
  • Viu TV membership (1 month)
  • 1 Year Extended Warranty
  • 1 Year Screen Crack Protection

Buying either model will also get the opportunity to purchase any vivo TWS 2 wireless earphones at 50% off! There are also daily rewards from now until 17 December 2021!

 

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100% Correct : MagSafe 3, SDXC + HDMI 2.0 In 2021 MBP!

Back in February 2021, we gave you all a sneak peek at what the 2021 Apple MBP would offer in terms of connectivity.

We said back then that “Apple will not only introduce a new MagSafe 3 connector in the upcoming 2021 MacBook Pro, they will also bring back the SD card slot!

Take a look at what we revealed back then, and what Apple just revealed earlier today!

 

We Were Right About MagSafe 3 In 2021 MBP!

In our February 2021 sneak peek of the 2021 MBP’s connectivity options, we shared that Apple will bring back their long-missed MagSafe connector.

It would be a brand new connector with a slimmer profile called MagSafe 3, which would be bidirectional with 5 pins, and have a slimmer profile.

Take a look at the picture we shared in February, showing MagSafe 3, next to two Thunderbolt ports and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

And take a look at the connectors on the left side of the actual 2021 MacBook Pro. Pretty much the same, right?

 

We Were Right About SDXC Card Reader + HDMI 2.0 In 2021 MBP!

In our February 2021 sneak peek, we also shared that Apple would bring back the sorely-missed SDXC card reader, as well as the HDMI 2.0 port.

Here was the picture we shared in February, showing the SDXC card reader, together with the HDMI 2.0 port.

Doesn’t it look EXACTLY like the actual right side of the 2021 MacBook Pro?

We also revealed back then that the OLED Touch Bar would finally be banished… hopefully for good. It was an expensive boondoggle that MBP users were forced to pay for.

 

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vivo X70 Gimbal Smartphones : What You Need To Know!

vivo just introduced the X70 Pro and X70 smartphones featuring ZEISS optics and a unique gimbal camera!

Find out if the new vivo X70 gimbal smartphones are what you have been waiting for!

 

vivo X70 Gimbal Smartphones : What You Need To Know!

vivo just launched their X70 series of professional photography flagship smartphones, with two models – the X70 and the X70 Pro.

Both models come with ZEISS optics for their cameras, and a unique Ultra-Sensing Gimbal Camera, to allow users to capture the best possible photos and videos, even in the most challenging conditions.

Here is what you need to know about the new vivo X70 series smartphones…

Large AMOLED Display

Both the vivo X70 and X70 Pro come with a large 6.56-inch AMOLED display, with a resolution of 1080 x 2376 pixels.

They both support a 120 Hz refresh rate and a 240 Hz response rate, as well as HDR10+ support and Hi-Rest certification.

There is a subtle difference between the two models though – the vivo X70 display has a 2.5D edge, while the Pro version has a 3D curved edge.

Performance

Both models are powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 – a 5G mobile SoC built on the 6 nm process, with eight processor cores that consists of :

  • a high-performance A78 core running at 3 GHz,
  • three sustained-performance cores running at 2.6 GHz, and
  • four high-efficiency A55 cores running at 2 GHz.

In addition to its 8 processor cores, it has a 9-core Arm Mali-G77 MC9 GPU, and a 6-core MediaTek APU 3.0 AI processor.

RAM + Storage

The vivo V70 comes with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, while the Pro version comes with a whopping 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.

Even though they both come with a lot of memory, they support Extended RAM 2.0 – giving them additional 4 GB of memory on call!

There is no option to upgrade storage through a microSD card, but they both come with more than enough storage for most users, and most importantly – it’s super fast UFS 3.1 flash storage!

Cameras Co-Engineered With ZEISS

Both models have a high-resolution 32 MP front camera, with a triple camera system for the X70 and a quad camera system for the X70 Pro.

Both camera systems were co-engineered with ZEISS and feature lenses with ZEISS T* coating to reduce unwanted light flares, ghosting, stray light and other image artifacts.

The pièce de résistance of both models is the unique Ultra-Sensing Gimbal Camera, which is coupled with the Gimbal Stabilisation 3.0 technology, to let you capture steady images and video even in the most challenging conditions.

They also support VIS 5-Axis Ultra Stable Video technology, which integrates enhanced optical image stabilisation (OIS) with electronic image stabilisation (EIS) to aggressively stabilise the X/Y-axis as well as Z-axis rotation for silky-smooth video.

Rounding that up is a slew of AI-enhanced photography and videography technologies, like Real-Time Extreme Night Vision, Super Night Video, Pure Night View, Pro Cinematic Mode and more.

Battery + Charging

The vivo X70 Pro and X70 come with large batteries – 4,450 mAh and 4,400 mAh capacities respectively, for a long battery life.

On top of that, they both come with a USB charger in-the-box, which supports 44W FlashCharge for extremely fast charging.

 

vivo X70 Gimbal Smartphones : Specifications

To make it easier for you to decide between the two models, we created this table to compare their key specifications :

Specifications X70 Pro X70
Display 6.56-inch AMOLED
– 1080 x 2376 pixels resolution
– 120 Hz refresh rate, 240 Hz response rate
– HDR10+, Hi-Res
Platform MediaTek Dimensity 1200
– 1 x Arm Cortex-A78 core @ 3 GHz
– 3 x Arm Cortex-A78 cores @ 2.6 GHz
– 4 x Arm Cortex-A55 @ 2 GHz
– Arm Mali-G77 MC9 GPU
– 6-core MediaTek APU 3.0
Operating System Funtouch OS 12 (Android 11)
Memory 12 GB LPDDR4X 8 GB LPDDR4X
Extended RAM 4 GB
Storage 256 GB, UFS 3.1 128 GB, UFS 2.1
Front Camera 32 MP, f/2.45
Rear Cameras 50 MP, f/1.75
12 MP, f/1.98
12 MP, f/2.2
8 MP, f/3.4
40 MP, f/1.75
12 MP f/1.89
12 MP, f/2.2
Connectivity WiFi : Up to Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth : BT 5.2
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
GPS GPS, Beidou, GLONASS, QZSS, A-GPS
OTG Yes
NFC Yes
Fingerprint Sensor In-Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Colour Temperature,
Ambient Light, Proximity, E-compass, Gyroscope
Linear Motor Yes
IR Emitter Yes
Battery 4450 mAh battery 4400 mAh battery
Charging 44 watt FlashCharge
Dimensions 73.21 mm wide
158.3 mm tall
7.99-8.08 mm thick
75.39 mm wide
160.1 mm tall
7.55 mm thick
Weight 183-184 g 181-182 g

 

vivo X70 Gimbal Smartphones : Price + Pre-Order Deals

The vivo X70 is priced at RM2,499 – approximately US$598 / £437 / A$822 / S$806.

Here are the freebies you will get if you pre-order one from now until 1 October 2021 :

  • Protection Plus : 1 year extended warranty + 1 year screen crack protection
  • Premium Gift Box : Bluetooth speaker + car charger + 1-month Viu subscription

The vivo X70 Pro is priced at RM3,299 – approximately US$789 / £577 / A$1,085 / S$1,064.

Here are the freebies you will get if you pre-order one from now until 1 October 2021 :

  • Protection Plus : 1 year extended warranty + 1 year screen crack protection
  • Premium Gift Box : Bluetooth sound bar + 1-month Viu subscription

 

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2021 HUAWEI MatePad Pro : What You Need To Know!

HUAWEI just launched the 2021 MatePad Pro, which runs on the new HarmonyOS 2!

Here is what you need to know about the 2021 HUAWEI MatePad Pro tablet!

 

2021 HUAWEI MatePad Pro : What You Need To Know!

The 2021 HUAWEI MatePad Pro looks superficially like the 2020 HUAWEI MatePad Pro, but they are quite different beasts altogether.

It is now much bigger 12.6-inch tablet, built around the Kirin 9000E mobile platform and runs on the brand new HarmonyOS 2 operating system!

Flagship Performance

The 2021 HUAWEI MatePad Pro is built around the Kirin 9000E, the world’s first 5nm 5G mobile SoC.

It has a triple-core CPU architecture, with a boosted Cortex-A77 core at 3.13 GHz, three high-speed Cortex-A77 cores at 2.54 GHz, and four low-power Cortex-A55 cores at 2.05 GHz.

It has a 22-core Mali-G78 GPU, and two Neural Processing Units – one Big-Core NPU and one Tiny-Core NPU.

Memory + Storage

The 2021 MatePad Pro comes with 8 GB LPDDR4x memory and 256 GB built-in storage, with the option of adding an NM card for additional storage (up to 256 GB).

Large OLED Display

The 2021 HUAWEI MatePad Pro sports a massive 12.6-inch OLED display, with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels.

Thanks to its ultra-narrow 5.6 mm bezels, this FullView Display offers a 90.1% screen-to-body ratio.

On top of that, it has a colour accuracy of ∆E < 0.5, making it a great portable second monitor for professional photographers!

Improved HUAWEI Share Capabilities

The 2021 HUAWEI MatePad Pro offers improved HUAWEI Share, offering the next level of device connectivity :

You can not only mirror your HUAWEI smartphone onto your tablet, you can also transfer and share files across multiple devices even laptops, simply by dragging and dropping them!

2nd Generation HUAWEI M-Pencil

HUAWEI is introducing the 2nd generation M-Pencil with the MatePad Pro. This optional stylus has a much lower input lag – as low as 9 ms, with 4,096 levels of pressure and tilt sensitivity.

Designed to give you the natural writing experience, it offers the feel of a real pencil on paper. It also supports HUAWEI FreeScript, which transforms handwritten content into machine-encoded text in real time.

If you need to switch into different modes like Instant Shape or Instant Table, all you need to do is double-tap it!

HUAWEI Smart Magnetic Keyboard

The HUAWEI Smart Magnetic Keyboard is a full-sized keyboard with a key travel of 1.3 mm; and supports Bluetooth and wireless charging.

This magnetically-paired keyboard quickly converts the MatePad Pro into a full-fledged laptop, offering greater working productivity.

Large Battery + Super Fast Charging

The 2021 HUAWEI MatePad Pro tablet comes with a large 10,050 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery built-in for a very long battery life.

On top of that, it supports 40 watt SuperCharge, when used with a 40 watt HUAWEI Super Fast Charger.

 

2021 HUAWEI MatePad Pro : Specifications

Here is how the 2021 HUAWEI MatePad Pro compares to the 2020 MatePad Pro!

Specifications MatePad Pro
2021
MatePad Pro
2020
Display Size 12.6-inch 10.8-inch
Display Panel OLED LCD
Display Resolution 2560 x 1600 pixels
Max. Brightness 400 nits 540 nits
Colour Gamut DCI-P3
Operating System HarmonyOS 2 EMUI 10.1 (Android 10)
System Platform HUAWEI Kirin 9000E HUAWEI Kirin 990
Memory 8 GB 6 GB / 8 GB
Storage 256 GB 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB
External Storage 256 GB NM Card
Front Camera 8 MP selfie camera
Rear Cameras 13 MP main camera
8 MP wide-angle camera
13 MP main camera
Connectivity WiFi-AX
Bluetooth 5.2
USB Type C
WiFi-AC
Bluetooth 5.1
USB Type C
Stylus Optional
M-pencil Gen 2
Optional
M-pencil
Fingerprint Sensor No
NFC Support No
Audio 8 Speakers
HUAWEI Histen 7.0
4 Speakers
HUAWEI Histen 6.0
Battery 10,050 mAh 7,250 mAh
Charging 40 W SuperCharge 20 W fast charging
Dimensions 286.5 mm wide
184.7 mm tall
6.7 mm thick
246 mm wide
159 mm tall
7.99 mm thick
Weight 609 g 492 g

 

2021 HUAWEI MatePad Pro : Price + Deal!

The 2021 HUAWEI MatePad Pro will be available for sale in Malaysia from 18 June 2021 onwards, in the Matte Grey colour.

It has an official launch price of RM 3,999 (about US$970 / £686 / A$1,253 / S$1,286). Here are online purchase options :

It is available for pre-order from 10 to 17 June 2021, with the following free gifts :

  • 2nd Generation HUAWEI M-Pencil
  • HUAWEI Smart Magnetic Keyboard
  • HUAWEI Classic Backpack
  • 50 GB HUAWEI Cloud Storage (3 months)
  • HUAWEI Video VIP Access (1 month)

 

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vivo V21 Smartphone : Our Hands-On Preview!

The new vivo V21 boasts a phenomenal 44 MP front camera, and a triple camera system as its killer features!

Take a look at our hands-on preview of vivo V21, and find out if this is the smartphone you have been waiting for!

 

vivo V21 + V21e Smartphones : 44 MP Selfie FTW!

On 28 April 2021, vivo launched their V21 and V21e smartphones, both offering a phenomenal 44 MP front camera as their killer feature!

Let’s start with this official vivo V21 series promotional video, which gives you a quick overview of their key features.

To make it easier for you to differentiate the two models, we created this table comparing their key specifications :

Specifications vivo V21 vivo V21e
Display Size 6.44-inch
Display Panel AMOLED
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Brightness 500 nits 430 nits
Refresh Rate 90 Hz 60 Hz
Operating System Funtouch OS 11.1 (Android 11)
Platform MediaTek
Dimensity 800U
Qualcomm
Snapdragon 720G
RAM 8 GB
Storage 128 GB
Front Camera 44 MP OIS (f/2.0) 44 MP (f/2.0)
Rear Cameras 64 MP OIS (f/1.79)
8 MP wide-angle (f/2.2)
2 MP macro (f/2.4)
64 MP (f/1.89)
8 MP wide-angle (f/2.2)
2 MP macro (f/2.4)
Connectivity Network : 4G LTE
Wi-Fi : 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Bluetooth : BT 5.1
USB : Type C
GPS GPS, Beidou, Galileo, GLONASS
Battery 4,000 mAh
Charging 33 W fast charging
Dimensions 73.90 mm wide
159.68 mm tall
7.29 mm thick
74.37 mm wide
161.24 mm tall
7.38 mm thick
Weight 176 g – 177 g 171 g

 

Unboxing The vivo V21 Smartphone!

The vivo V21 comes in a premium-looking box. Once you unbox it, this is what you will find inside.

  • vivo V21 smartphone
  • vivo V21 clear TPU bumper case
  • Set of vivo V21 documents
  • vivo V3330L0A0-UK charger (supports 33 watt Flash Charge 2.0)
  • USB-A to USB-C data and power cable
  • USB-C to 3.5 mm audio adaptor
  • One pair of wired earphones
  • SIM tray ejection pin

 

vivo V21 Smartphone : Our Hands-On Experience!

vivo sent us a unit of the V21 smartphone to try out, so here is our hands-on experience and its key features!

6.44-inch AMOLED Display

The vivo V21 comes with a large 6.44-inch AMOLED display, which is HDR10 certified.

While this is the same size as the V21e, it comes with a brighter 500 nits panel, which supports a higher 90 Hz refresh rate.

Performance

The vivo V21 is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U, which is a new mid-range mobile SoC, roughly equivalent to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G.

It has two fast ARM Cortex-A76 cores running at 2.4 GHz for sustained performance, six power-efficient ARM Cortex-A55 cores running at up to 2.0 GHz, and a tri-core ARM Mali-G57 MC3 GPU.

Memory + Storage

The V21 comes with 8 GB of RAM, but has the ability to expand it with 3 GB of Extended Memory (virtual memory).

It also comes with 128 GB of internal UFS 2.2 storage, which offers 110% faster read speed and 95% faster write speed, compared to the vivo V20.

Its storage can be further expanded using a microSD card – shared with SIM2 in a hybrid SIM tray.

44 MP OIS Selfie Camera

The vivo V21 comes with a 44 MP selfie camera, with a wide f/2.0 aperture; and support for Super Night Selfie and AI Night Portrait.

This 44 MP selfie camera boasts two world-leading features :

  • its 44 MP selfie camera supports optical image stabilisation (OIS), which allows you to take super-steady photos and videos even while walking!
  • it is the first phone to feature Dual Selfie Spotlight, for radiant selfies even in low light conditions!

Triple Rear Camera System

The vivo V21 features a triple camera setup, that consists of:

  •  a 64 MP main camera with f/1.79 aperture,
  • an 8 MP wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture,
  • a 2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture, and
  • a single LED flash.

The 64 MP main camera with a 4-axes OIS technology, allowing you to take photos and record videos with incredible stability.

Large Fast-Charging Battery

The vivo V21 has a large 4,000 mAh battery, which supports 33 watt fast charging. And yes, it comes with the 33 watt FlashCharge 2.0 charger in box!

Heck, vivo even threw in a USB-C to 3.5 mm audio adaptor, and a pair of earphones too.

 

vivo V21 + V21e : Price + Availability

Both models are available for purchase with immediate effect, at these launch prices :

  • V21 (8 GB + 128 GB) : RM1,599 (about US$390 / £280 / A$502 / S$518)
  • V21e (8 GB + 128 GB) : RM1,299 (about US$317 / £228 / A$408 / S$421)

Here are online purchase options :

 

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NXP iMX 8M Plus To Use Kingston eMMC Memory!

Kingston just announced that their eMMC memory has been selected to be used in the NXP iMX 8M Plus reference board!

 

NXP iMX 8M Plus To Use Kingston eMMC Memory!

On 8 April 2021, Kingston Technology announced that their eMMC embedded memory will be featured in NXP iMX 8M Plus evaluation kits.

Although Kingston did not reveal which eMMC part was selected, the picture they released appears to show the EMMC08G-MB29, which boasts these key features :

  • 8 GB capacity
  • 3D TLC in pMLC NAND memory
  • eMMC 5.1 standard
  • 11.5 x 13 x 0.8 mm package size

They will be used as storage in the NXP iMX 8M Plus reference boards, which will be used for development and engineering verification.

 

NXP iMX 8M Plus : What Is It?

The NXP iMX 8M Plus is an application processor – a System-On-a-Chip (SoC) designed for infrastructure solutions like smart home, intelligent city and industrial IoT devices.

  • two or four ARM Cortex-A53 processors (up to 1.8 GHz)
  • a neural processing unit (NPU) operating at up to 2.3 TOPS
  • ARM Cortex-M7 controller (up to 800 MHz)
  • 32-bit DDR4 and LPDDR4 interface (up to 4.0 GT/s)
  • dual image signal processors (ISP) : up to 12 MP, up to 375 MPixels per second
  • two MIPI CSI camera interfaces
  • two Gigabit Ethernet LAN interfaces
  • two USB 3.0 / 2.0 with Type C PHY
  • PCI Express Gen 3 support
  • 14 nm FinFET process

 

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First Look : 2021 MacBook Pro MagSafe 3 + SD Card Slot!

Exclusive on Tech ARP – the first look at the 2021 MacBook Pro ports, including a brand new MagSafe 3 port and an SD card slot!

Here is the first ever look at the MagSafe 3 connector, the SD card slot, and other ports that will ship with the 2021 MacBook Pro!

 

First Look : 2021 MacBook Pro MagSafe 3 + SD Card Slot!

Apple fans who miss the MagSafe port and the SD card reader in their MacBook laptops will have something to cheer for this year!

Apple will not only introduce a new MagSafe 3 connector in the upcoming 2021 MacBook Pro, they will also bring back the SD card slot!

New Apple MagSafe 3 Connector!

The new MagSafe 3 connector is bidirectional and has 5 pins, and will lock and detach magnetically like the previous two generations.

The MagSafe 3 connector is not compatible with older MacBook computers, and has a pill-shaped design with a thinner profile.

The MagSafe 3 port is located on the left side of the 2021 MBP, next to two Thunderbolt 3 (USB4) ports, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.

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Return Of The SD Card Reader!

We are also glad to report that Apple will (finally) bring back the SD card reader that many photographers LOVED, and bemoaned when Phil Schiller killed it in 2016.

Now that Schiller is out of Apple, it looks like it’s been resurrected for the 2021 MacBook Pro. Utility finally trumped cumbersome!

The SD card reader is located on the right side, together with a third Thunderbolt 3 (USB4) port and a HDMI 2.0 port.

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2021 Apple MacBook Pro : What Else Is New?

So what else is new in the 2021 MacBook Pro, other than MagSafe 3 and the resurrected SD card reader?

14-inch + 16-inch Models

There will be two 2021 MacBook Pro models – with 14-inch and 16-inch displays.

Apple M1X SoC

There will no longer be Intel CPU options, only the Apple M1X SoC.

Nothing much is known about the Apple M1X, other than it is a more powerful version of the M1 that has stunned many with its performance.

But rumours have it that it will have 12 processor cores, split into two performance clusters :

  • P Cluster (Performance) : 8 x Firestorm (?) cores
  • E Cluster (Efficient) : 4 x Icestorm (?) cores

It will have a more powerful GPU than Apple M1‘s 8-core GPU.

Memory

The Apple M1X will use the same unified memory design as the M1, built directly onto the package for near-instantaneous access.

However, it will offer larger memory options – 24 GB and 32 GB are possible – in addition to 16 GB currently available with the M1.

External Display Support

A big limitation of the Apple M1 is its support for just one external display of up to 6K resolution at 60 Hz.

The 2021 MacBook Pro will support at least two external displays, if not more, via its Thunderbolt 3 and HDMI ports.

OLED Touch Bar Gone!

Good riddance to the pointless OLED Touch Bar. That’s gone for the 2021 MacBook Pro models.

 

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OPPO Reno5 Pro Powered By MediaTek Dimensity 1000 Plus!

The OPPO Reno5 Pro smartphone is basically the Reno5 powered by the new MediaTek Dimension 1000 Plus!

Take a look at what the OPPO Reno5 Pro offers, and find out if it’s worth the price difference!

 

OPPO Reno5 Pro Powered By MediaTek Dimensity 1000 Plus!

OPPO is introducing the Reno5 Pro as a more powerful variant of their Reno5 5G smartphone.

Let’s start with this presentation on the OPPO Reno5 Pro.

AMOLED Display

The OPPO Reno5 Pro comes with a 6.5-inch AMOLED display, with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

This display has a high colour gamut of 100% sRGB, with a maximum brightness of 800 nits.

You can toggle between a 60 Hz and 90 Hz refresh rate, and the display has a 180 Hz sampling rate.

Mid-Range Performance

The OPPO Reno5 Pro is powered by the new MediaTek Dimensity 1000 Plus, which has eight CPU cores :

  • 4 x Arm Cortex-A76 core @ 2.6 GHz
  • 4 x Arm Cortex-A55 cores @ 2.0 GHz

They are paired with the Arm Mali-G75 MC5 GPU, with AV1 hardware decoding capability.

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Memory + Storage

The OPPO Reno5 Pro comes with 12 GB of RAM, and 256 GB of storage. The larger storage capacity is important, because it does not support external storage through a microSD card.

Cameras Galore

The OPPO Reno5 Pro has a high-resolution 32 MP front camera, with an f/2.4 aperture. Despite its high resolution, it only supports 1080p video recording, at up to 30 fps.

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

  • a 64 MP main camera, with f/1.7 aperture
  • 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

The 64 MP main camera can record videos at up to 4K @ 30 fps, or 1080p @ 60 fps.

Beyond that, OPPO is trying to promote their new Dual-View capability, which combines videos from both the front and rear cameras.

5G Connectivity

5G connectivity is a key selling point for the OPPO Reno5 Pro, which supports both 5G SA (Standalone) and 5G NSA (Non-Standalone) modes.

However, you are unlikely to be able to actually utilise this capability for quite some time, as the 5G rollout will take years.

Small Fast-Charging Battery

The OPPO Reno5 Pro has a small 2,175 mAh battery, but it supports 65 watt SuperVOOC 2.0 fast charging capability.

And yes, it comes with the charger in-box.

 

OPPO Reno5 Pro : Specifications Compared

Here is our comparison of the key specifications of the Reno5 Pro with its cheaper brother, the Reno5 :

Specifications Reno5 Reno5 Pro
Model CPH2145 CPH2201
Display 6.4-inch AMOLED 6.5-inch AMOLED
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Pixel Density 410 ppi 402 ppi
Colour Gamut 93% DCI-P3
135% sRGB
97% NTSC
100% sRGB
Display
Brightness
430 nits to 600 nits 500 nits to 800 nits
Display
Features
90 Hz refresh rate
180 Hz sampling rate
Protection None
Operating System ColorOS 11.1 (Android 11)
Platform Qualcomm
Snapdragon 765G
MediaTek
Dimensity 1000+
Memory 8 GB 12 GB
Storage Options 128 GB 256 GB
External Storage None
Front Camera 32 MP (f/2.4)
Rear Cameras 64 MP (f/1.7) main camera
8 MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide camera
2 MP (f/2.4) macro camera
2 MP (f/2.4) depth sensor
Connectivity 5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
Wi-Fi : WiFi-5
Bluetooth : BT 5.1
USB : Type C
5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
Wi-Fi : WiFi-6
Bluetooth : BT 5.1
USB : Type C
GPS Support GPS, Gelileo, GLONASS, BeiDou, QZSS
NFC Yes
Fingerprint Sensor In Display
Other Sensors Geomagnetic, Proximity, Optical, Pedometer
Accelerometer, Gravity, Gyroscope
Battery 2,150 mAh 2,175 mAh
Charging 65 watt wired
Width
Height
Thickness
73.4 mm
159.1 mm
7.9 mm
73.2 mm
159.7 mm
7.6 mm
Weight 172 g 173 g

 

OPPO Reno5 Pro : Price + Availability

The OPPO Reno5 Pro is available in the Galactic Silver and Starry Black colour options.

It will be available for purchase starting 27 January 2021, with a recommended retail price of :

  • Malaysia : RM2,599, which is about US$643 / £468 / A$827
  • Singapore : S$899

Here are direct purchase / pre-order options online :

 

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T : New Entry-Level 5G Smartphone!

Xiaomi just introduced a new entry-level 5G smartphone – the Redmi Note 9T!

Take a look at the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T, and see if this is what you have been waiting for!

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T : New Entry-Level 5G Smartphone!

Xiaomi just introduced a new entry-level 5G smartphone – the Redmi Note 9T! This is the 5G big brother of their Redmi 9T. Confusing naming, indeed!

6.53-inch FHD+ Dot Drop Display

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

It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and is TUV Rheinland-certified for low blue light.

MediaTek Dimensity 800U

The Redmi Note 9T is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U mobile platform, with 5G and WiFi-AC connectivity.

It has an 8-core processor, with two high-speed ARM Cortex-A76 cores running at 2.4 GHz, and six low-power ARM Cortex-A55 cores running at 2 GHz.

It comes with the ARM Mali-G57 MC3 GPU, and a built-in AI accelerator.

Memory + Storage Options

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

Five Cameras

In the front, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T has an 13 MP selfie camera, with a f/2.3 aperture. At the back, it has a triple-camera system that consists of :

  • a 48 MP main camera, with f/1.79 aperture and 4-in-1 Super Pixel capability
  • a 2 MP macro camera, with f/2.4 aperture, and
  • a 2 MP depth sensor, with f/2.4 aperture

Power + Charging

Powering all that is a large 5,000 mAh battery, which supports 18 watt fast charging. Oddly enough, it comes with a 22.5 watt charger in the box.

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 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 Size 6.53-inch IPS
Display Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 395 ppi
Display Brightness 400 nits
Protection Gorilla Glass 3 Gorilla Glass 5
Operating System MIUI 12 (based on Android 10)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 MediaTek Dimensity 800U
Memory 4 GB / 6 GB
Storage Options 64 GB / 128 GB
External Storage 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 Support 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 Note 9T : Price + Availability

The Redmi Note 9T will be available for purchase starting 11 January 2021, in two variants :

  • 4 GB + 64 GB : 229 (approximately RM1133 / US$281 / £207 / A$361 / S$372)
  • 6 GB + 128 GB : 269 (approximately RM1331 / US$330 / £243 / A$424 / S$436)

 

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Apple M1 Gaming : Watch It Run The Witcher 3! 😲

Windows gaming on the ARM-based Apple M1 is possible!

Watch how well the Apple M1 runs The Witcher 3 using CrossOver 20!

 

Apple M1 Gaming : Watch It Run The Witcher 3 On CrossOver 20!

MrMacRight successfully ran The Witcher 3 on CrossOver 20, using the 2020 Apple MacBook Pro with the new ARM-based Apple M1 SoC.

Here was his recorded gameplay of The Witcher 3 at the 1080p resolution, with the Medium graphics and post-processing presets, and VSync enabled.

He could not get the FPS counter to work, but it looks smooth and very playable, albeit with some visual artefacts.

Basically – Apple M1 gaming is not only possible, it is possible to play Windows games!

Video Credit : MrMacRight

 

Windows Gaming On Apple M1 : Rosetta 2 + Windows API Translation!

That quick gameplay showcase of The Witcher 3 shows that Windows gaming is possible on the Apple M1.

The ability to run The Witcher 3 on CrossOver 20, and at such playable frame rates, is important for two reasons.

Windows App Compatibility

The Witcher 3 is a 64-bit Windows-only game, so you wouldn’t expect it to run well on the ARM-based Apple M1, right?

Running it on the Apple M1 involves translating Windows API calls using CrossOver, and then translating x86 instructions to ARM instructions using Rossetta 2.

Yet it not only worked, it ran pretty well on the Apple M1!

Performance

While AppleGamers was not able to obtain a frame rate, The Witcher 3 appears to run pretty well at the 1080p resolution.

That shows that the Apple M1’s integrated 8-core GPU is fast, and will have no problem handling native ARM games at 1080p, and likely 1440p as well.

 

Apple M1 : A Quick Primer

The Apple M1 is the first ARM-based SoC (System on a Chip) designed by Apple for use in Mac computers.

Packing 16 billion transistors, it is the first chip to be manufactured on the new 5 nm TSMC process technology.

It comes with 4 high-performance Firestorm CPU cores, 4 power-efficient Icestorm cores, an 8-core GPU, and a 16-core Neural Engine.

As the M1 is based on the ARM architecture, you can natively run iPhone and iPad apps on it. However, existing macOS apps will have to be ported over, or translated on-the-fly using Rosetta 2.

It is currently available in these Apple Mac computers :

  • 2020 MacBook Air : US | UK | AU | MY | SG
  • 2020 MacBook Pro 13-inch : US | UK | AU | MY | SG
  • 2020 Mac mini : US | UK | AU | MY | SG

 

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HUAWEI P40 Pro Plus : Key Features, Price + Availability!

HUAWEI just launched the P40 Pro Plus / P40 Pro+ smartphone, featuring a 50MP Leica penta-camera system!

Here is a quick overview of the new HUAWEI P40 Pro Plus – its key features, price and availability!

 

HUAWEI P40 Pro Plus : A Quick Primer

The HUAWEI P40 Pro Plus is the big brother of the new P40 family of smartphones. It has a 6.58-inch OLED display, with a resolution of 1200 x 2640 pixels, and a 90 Hz refresh rate.

It comes only in 5G variants, powered by the Kirin 990 5G. HUAWEI will offer it with 8 GB of memory, and storage options of 256 GB and 512 GB.

In front, it has a 32 MP camera, with a depth camera. But its marquee feature is its rear Leica penta-camera system, which consists of :

  • a 50 MP main camera with f/1.9 aperture (OIS support),
  • a 40 MP ultra-wide camera with f/1.8 aperture,
  • an 8 MP 10X SuperZoom camera with f/4.4 aperture (OIS support),
  • an 8 MP 3X telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture (OIS support), and
  • a 3D depth sensor

Powering all that is a large 4,200 mAh battery, which supports 40 watt HUAWEI SuperCharge wired charging.

 

HUAWEI P40 Pro Plus : Specifications

HUAWEI P40 Pro+ (5G)
Display 6.58-inch OLED display
– 1200 x 2640 pixels, 90Hz refresh
Protection IP68
Operating System EMUI 10.1 (based on Android 10)
System Platform HUAWEI Kirin 990 5G
Processor 2 x Cortex-A76 (2.86 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.36 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.95 GHz)
NPU 2 x Big Core + Tiny Core
Graphics ARM Mali-G76 MP16
Memory + Storage Options 8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage
8 GB RAM + 512 GB storage
Storage Expansion Yes, 256 GB NM card slot
Front Camera 32 MP selfie camera (f/2.2 aperture)
Depth camera
Rear Camera Leica Penta Camera System
– 50 MP main camera (f/1.9 with OIS)
– 40 MP ultra-wide camera (f/1.8 aperture)
– 8 MP 10X SuperZoom camera (f/4.4 with OIS)
– 8 MP 3X telephoto camera (f/2.4 with OIS)
– 3D depth sensor
Fingerprint Sensor In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
Other Sensors Gesture, Ambient Light, Proximity, Gyroscope,
Compass, Gravity, Hall, Colour Temperature, Laser
NFC Yes
Battery + Charging 4,200 mAh
– supports 40 W HUAWEI SuperCharge (wired)
Dimensions 72.6 mm wide
158.2 mm tall
9.0 mm thick
Weight 226 g

 

HUAWEI P40 Pro Plus : Price + Availability

The HUAWEI P40 Pro Plus is available in selected markets, with a recommended retail price of €1,399 for the 8GB+512GB variant.

HUAWEI will offer just two colour options – Ceramic Black, and Ceramic White.

 

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HUAWEI P40 Pro : Key Features, Price + Availability!

HUAWEI just launched the P40 Pro smartphone, featuring a 50MP Leica quad camera system!

Here is a quick overview of the new HUAWEI P40 Pro – its key features, price and availability!

 

HUAWEI P40 Pro : A Quick Primer

The HUAWEI P40 Pro is the middle brother of the new P40 family of smartphones. It has a 6.58-inch OLED display, with a resolution of 1200 x 2640 pixels, and a 90 Hz refresh rate.

It comes only in 5G variants, powered by the Kirin 990 5G. HUAWEI will offer it with 8 GB of memory, and storage options of 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB.

In front, it has a 32 MP camera, with a depth camera. But its marquee feature is its rear Leica quad-camera system, which consists of :

  • a 50 MP main camera with f/1.9 aperture (OIS support),
  • a 40 MP ultra-wide camera with f/1.8 aperture,
  • a 12 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture (OIS support), and
  • a 3D depth sensor

Powering all that is a large 4,200 mAh battery, which supports 40 watt HUAWEI SuperCharge wired charging.

 

HUAWEI P40 Pro : Specifications

HUAWEI P40 Pro (5G)
Display 6.58-inch OLED display
– 1200 x 2640 pixels, 90Hz refresh
Protection IP68
Operating System EMUI 10.1 (based on Android 10)
System Platform HUAWEI Kirin 990 5G
Processor 2 x Cortex-A76 (2.86 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.36 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.95 GHz)
NPU 2 x Big Core + Tiny Core
Graphics ARM Mali-G76 MP16
Memory + Storage Options 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage
8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage
8 GB RAM + 512 GB storage
Storage Expansion Yes, 256 GB NM card slot
Front Camera 32 MP selfie camera (f/2.2 aperture)
Depth camera
Rear Camera Leica Quad Camera System
– 50 MP main camera (f/1.9 with OIS)
– 40 MP ultra-wide camera (f/1.8 aperture)
– 12 MP telephoto camera (f/2.4 with OIS)
– 3D depth sensor
Fingerprint Sensor In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
Other Sensors Gesture, Ambient Light, Proximity, Gyroscope,
Compass, Gravity, Hall, Colour Temperature, Laser
NFC Yes
Battery + Charging 4,200 mAh
– supports 40 W HUAWEI SuperCharge (wired)
Dimensions 72.6 mm wide
158.2 mm tall
8.95 mm thick
Weight 209 g

 

HUAWEI P40 Pro : Price + Availability

The HUAWEI P40 Pro is available in selected markets, with a recommended retail price of €999 for the 8GB+256GB variant.

HUAWEI will offer five colour options – Black, Deep Sea Blue, Ice White, Silver Frost and Blush Gold.

 

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HUAWEI P40 : Key Features, Price + Availability!

HUAWEI just launched the P40 smartphone, featuring a 50MP Leica triple camera system!

Here is a quick overview of the new HUAWEI P40 – its key features, price and availability!

 

HUAWEI P40 : A Quick Primer

The HUAWEI P40 is the little brother of the new P40 family of smartphones. It has a 6.1-inch OLED display, with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

It comes in 4G and 5G variants, powered by the Kirin 990 and Kirin 990 5G respectively. HUAWEI will offer it with either 6 GB or 8 GB of memory, and either 128 GB or 256 GB of storage.

In front, it has a 32 MP camera, with an IR camera. But its marquee feature is its rear Leica triple-camera system, which consists of :

  • a 50 MP main camera with f/1.9 aperture,
  • a 16 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture, and
  • an 8 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture (OIS support)

Powering all that is a large 3,800 mAh battery, which supports 22.5 watt HUAWEI SuperCharge wired charging.

 

HUAWEI P40 : Specifications

HUAWEI P40 (5G) HUAWEI P40 (4G)
Model ANA-NX9, ANA-AN00, ANA-TN00 ANA-LX4
Display 6.1-inch OLED display
– 1080 x 2340 pixels
Protection IP53
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 MP16
Memory + Storage Options 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage
8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage
8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage
Storage Expansion Yes, 256 GB NM card slot
Front Camera 32 MP selfie camera (f/2.0 aperture)
IR camera
Rear Camera Leica Triple Camera System
– 50 MP main camera (f/1.9 aperture)
– 16 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2 aperture)
– 8 MP telephoto camera (f/2.4 with OIS)
Fingerprint Sensor In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
Other Sensors Gesture, Ambient Light, Proximity, Gyroscope,
Compass, Gravity, Hall, Colour Temperature, Laser
NFC Yes
Battery + Charging 3,800 mAh
– supports 22.5 W HUAWEI SuperCharge (wired)
Dimensions 71.06 mm wide
148.9 mm tall
8.5 mm thick
Weight 175 g

 

HUAWEI P40 : Price + Availability

The HUAWEI P40 is available in selected markets, with a recommended retail price of €799 for the 8GB+128GB variant.

HUAWEI will offer five colour options – Black, Deep Sea Blue, Ice White, Silver Frost and Blush Gold.

 

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Samsung Exynos 990 Performance : How Fast Is It?

The new Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphones are powered by the Exynos 990 – the latest, greatest mobile platform developed by Samsung themselves.

But just how fast is the Samsung Exynos 990, compared to other mobile platforms? Let’s find out!

 

Samsung Exynos 990 : What You Need To Know

The Samsung Exynos 990 builds upon Samsung’s first mobile platform with an integrated 5G modem – the Exynos 980, but focuses on performance instead of 5G connectivity.

It boasts a range of significant improvements – new Samsung Mongoose 5 (Exynos M5) and ARM Cortex-A76 cores, and a new Arm Mali-G77 GPU.

Faster Processor + GPU

According to Samsung, its new custom Mongoose 5 (Exynos M5) cores are 20% faster than the Mongoose 4 (Exynos M4) cores used in the flagship-class Exynos 9825 used in the Galaxy Note 10 smartphones!

Its Arm Mali-G77 GPU uses the new Valhall architecture, and promises to offer a 20% boost in graphics performance or power efficiency.

Faster LPDDR5 Memory

The Exynos 990 will be the first Samsung mobile platform to use the new LPDDR5 memory, which offers a 31% higher clock speed – increased from 2093 MHz to 2750 MHz.

This allows it to deliver up to 5,500 Mbps or 687.5 MB/s in memory bandwidth. It should also allow for lower power consumption.

Faster NPU + DSP

Its AI capabilities also received a big boost with a new dual-core NPU and improved digital signal processor (DSP) that can process over 10 trillion operations (TOPS) per second!

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : 60Hz vs 120Hz Battery Life!

 

Samsung Exynos 990 Work Performance : PCMark

We tested the Exynos 990 using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 Exynos 990 Snapdragon 855 Exynos 9825 Snapdragon 855+ Exynos 9820
Device Galaxy S20 Ultra Xiaomi Mi 9 Galaxy Note10+ Black Shark 2 Pro Galaxy S10+
Performance Score
(Average)
10678 9471 8981 8384 7846
Web Browsing 9287 7792 8293 6768 8583
Video Editing 6331 6038 9166 5948 5524
Writing 11660 10919 9579 9226 9076
Photo Editing 29560 20161 19376 17595 10710
Data Manipulation 6849 7356 6155 6339 6450

Well, this is quite a nice surprise! Samsung Exynos has historically been rather poor at work performance.

The last-generation Exynos 9825 and Exynos 9820, for example, were significantly slower than their Qualcomm counterparts – the Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon 855+.

But the new Exynos 990 was 36% faster than the Exynos 9820 (its predecessor), and 13% faster than the Snapdragon 855.

 

Samsung Exynos 990 Gaming Performance : 3DMark

For gaming, we first tested the Exynos 990 using 3DMark, with these results :

3DMark Exynos 990 Snapdragon 855+ Snapdragon 855 Exynos 9825 Exynos 9820
Device Galaxy S20 Ultra Black Shark 2 Pro Xiaomi Mi 9 Galaxy Note10+ Galaxy S10+
Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL) 6723 6258 5487 5037 4470
Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) 5848 5386 4808 4794 4314
Sling Shot 8075 8127 7241 4883 4343

Not bad at all! Samsung caught up with Qualcomm in gaming performance as well.

The new Exynos 990 was 7.5% faster than the Snapdragon 855+, that powered high-end gaming smartphones like the Black Shark 2 Pro, in Sling Shot Extreme, matching it in the easier Sling Shot benchmark.

Notably, the Exynos 990 was 50% faster than its predecessor, the Exynos 9820 that powered the Galaxy S10+.

 

Samsung Exynos 990 Gaming Performance : AnTuTu

We then tested the Exynos 990 using AnTuTu, yielding these results :

AnTuTu Exynos 990 Snapdragon 855+ Snapdragon 855 Exynos 9825 Exynos 9820
Device Galaxy S20 Ultra Black Shark 2 Pro Xiaomi Mi 9 Galaxy Note10+ Galaxy S10+
AnTuTu Score 518159 434168 371473 348397 330549
CPU 151510 126170 126011 101187 100272
GPU 218164 188158 156318 156700 149930
Memory 78457 65052 77763 72051 68188
UX 70028 54788 11381 18459 12159

Will you look at that? The Samsung Exynos 990 was 19% faster than the Snapdragon 855+, and 57% faster than its predecessor, the Exynos 9820!

 

Samsung Exynos 990 Performance : How Fast Is It?

In summary, the new Samsung Exynos 990 represents a whole new level of performance.

Compared to its predecessor, the Exynos 9820, it was generally 36% faster in work performance, and 50%-60% faster in games.

Compared to the Snapdragon 855+, it was 13% faster in work performance, and 7%~19% faster in games.

In just one year, Samsung has made significant strides in improving the performance of their Exynos mobile platforms.

Too bad we do not have access to the Snapdragon 865… but at least we know that the Exynos 990 can deliver excellent work and gaming performance!

 

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Samsung Exynos 990 : Everything You Need To Know!

Samsung just unveiled details of the Exynos 990 mobile platform, which boasts the new Arm Mali-G77 GPU and a new dual-core NPU!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the new Samsung Exynos 990 mobile platform!

 

The Samsung Exynos 990 Mobile Platform

The Samsung Exynos 990 builds upon Samsung’s first mobile platform with an integrated 5G modem – the Exynos 980, but focusing on performance instead of 5G connectivity.

It boasts a range of significant improvements – new Samsung Mongoose 5 (Exynos M5) and ARM Cortex-A76 cores, and a new Arm Mali-G77 GPU.

Faster Processor + GPU

According to Samsung, its new custom Mongoose 5 (Exynos M5) cores are 20% faster than the Mongoose 4 (Exynos M4) cores used in the flagship-class Exynos 9825 used in the Galaxy Note 10 smartphones!

Its Arm Mali-G77 GPU uses the new Valhall architecture, and promises to offer a 20% boost in graphics performance or power efficiency.

Faster LPDDR5 Memory

The Exynos 990 will be the first Samsung mobile platform to use the new LPDDR5 memory, which offers a 31% higher clock speed – increased from 2093 MHz to 2750 MHz.

This allows it to deliver up to 5,500 Mbps or 687.5 MB/s in memory bandwidth. It should also allow for lower power consumption.

Faster NPU + DSP

Its AI capabilities also received a big boost with a new dual-core NPU and improved digital signal processor (DSP) that can process over 10 trillion operations (TOPS) per second!

No Built-In Modem

Interestingly, the Samsung Exynos 990 does not appear to have a built-in modem, not even for 3G and 4G connectivity.

Instead, it appears to be designed to be paired with the new Samsung Exynos Modem 5123 multi-mode 5G modem with transfer rates of up to 7.35 Gbps in mmWave, and 5.1 Gbps in sub-6GHz.

Recommended : Samsung Exynos Modem 5123 – What You Need To Know!

120 Hz Display Capability

In addition to 10-bit video and HDR display support, the Exynos 990 comes with a 120 Hz refresh rate driver.

Better Photographic Capabilities

Its advanced image signal processor (ISP) not only supports up to six image sensors, it can process images from three of them concurrently! It supports sensor resolutions of up to 108 MP.

Its Multi-Format Codec supports encoding and decoding of 8K videos at up to 30 fps, or 4K UHD videos at up to 120 frames per second. It also supports HDR10+ with dynamic mapping in videos.

 

Samsung Exynos 990 vs. Exynos 980

Features Samsung Exynos 990 Samsung Exynos 980
Process 7 nm EUV 8 nm FinFET
Design Tri-Cluster (2+2+4) Bi-Cluster (2+6)
Processor 2 x Mongoose 5 cores (2.73 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 cores (2.5 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 cores (1.9 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A77 cores (2.2 GHz)
6 x ARM Cortex-A55 cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Arm Mali-G77 MP11 Arm Mali-G76 MP5
NPU Yes, Dual-Core Yes, Integrated
Memory LPDDR5 LPDDR4x
5G Modem Separate Exynos Modem 5123
– 5.1 Gbps DL
Integrated 5G NR Sub-6 GHz
– 2.55 Gbps DL / 1.28 Gbps UL
LTE Modem Separate Exynos Modem 5123
– DL : Cat.20 8CA (1.6 Gbps)
DL : Cat.16 5CA (1 Gbps)
UL : Cat.18 2CA (200 Mbps)
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
Storage UFS 3.0 / UFS 2.1 UFS 2.1 / eMMC 5.1

 

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Cooler Master MM710 Honeycomb Gaming Mouse Revealed!

Cooler Master just unveiled the MM710 lightweight gaming mouse that features a unique honeycomb shell design!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the new Cooler Master MM710 gaming mouse!

 

The Cooler Master MM710 Gaming Mouse

Thanks to its honeycomb shell, the MM710 is Cooler Master’s lightest mouse – weighing just 53 grams! It is further paired with an ultra-light braided cable.

The light weight of the Cooler Master MM710 allows for quicker movements, and less fatigue and wrist pain during long gaming sessions.

Lightweight Honeycomb Design + Ultraweave Cable

The Cooler Master MM710 features a new, perforated honeycomb shell that reduces its weight to less than 53 grams. This also necessitates a redesign of its internal components, to increase durability and reduce flex on the mouse sides.

It is paired with a durable and light Ultraweave cable to reduce cable pull while swiping. They both allow for faster movements while reducing fatigue during long gaming sessions.

PixArt PMW3389 Optical Sensor + Omron Switches

The Cooler Master MM710 features the PixArt PMW3389 optical sensor, which supports up to 16,000 DPI.

Paired with a 32-bit ARM processor, the mouse is fully customisable via software – sensor sensitivity, button response time, surface tuning, lift-off distance, polling rate and more!

For greater durability, its left and right buttons use Omron switches that are rated for 20 million presses.

Superior PTFE Mouse Feet + Ambidextrous Design

The Cooler Master MM710 features an ambidextrous design, with a slight hump to provide extra palm support for gamers who prefer the claw grip.

It is also small enough to fingertip for most hand sizes, while allowing smaller hands to use the palm grip.

For a low-friction, consistent glide, its feet use 95% pure PTFE that is significantly better than the standard mouse feet.

 

Cooler Master MM710 Price + Availability

The Cooler Master MM710 is available with immediate effect, at these recommended retail prices :

Here are some direct purchase links :

 

Cooler Master MM710 Specifications

Specifications Cooler Master MM710
Model MM-710-KKOL1, MM-710-KKOL2, MM-710-WWOL1, MM-710-WWOL2
Grip Type Claw, Palm, Fingertip
Material ABS Plastic
Colour Black, White
Surface Treatment Matte, Glossy
RGB Lighting No
Mouse Sensor PixArt PMW3389
CPU / DPI Rate 7 Levels – 400, 800, 1200 (default), 1600, 3200, 6400, 16000
Tracking Speed 400 ips
Lift Off Distance < 2 mm
Polling Rate 1000 Hz
Mouse Acceleration 50 g
Processor 32-bit ARM Cortex M0+
Memory 512 KB
Buttons 6 buttons
L + R buttons use Omron switches (20 million presses)
Cable Fixed, ultraweave cable (1.8 m)
Dimensions 62.6 mm x 116.6 mm x 38.3 mm
Weight 53 g / 0.117 lbs
Warranty 2 Years

 

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HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro – 4G vs 5G Price + Specifications!

Thumbing their nose at the Trump ban, HUAWEI is offering their new Mate 30 Pro smartphone in both 4G and 5G variants!

Here is a quick primer on the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 4G and 5G variants – their key features and differences!

 

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro Smartphone

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro is built around the brand new Kirin 990 platform, with a triple-tier architecture :

  • two ARM Cortex-A76 high-performance cores at 2.86 GHz
  • two ARM Cortex-A76 sustained performance cores at 2.36 GHz
  • four ARM Cortex-A55 low-power cores at 1.95 GHz

It also comes with a powerful 16-core ARM Mali-G76 GPU, and a new Da Vinci neural architecture.

However, unlike the Mate 30, HUAWEI will offer it in two variants – 4G with 1 big + 1 small NPUs, and 5G with 2 big + 1 small NPUs.

In the front, it has a 32 MP selfie camera, but in the back, it features a new SuperSensing Quad Camera that consists of :

  • a 40 MP SuperSensing main camera (f/1.6)
  • a 8 MP telephoto camera with 3X optical zoom (f/2.4)
  • a 40 MP ultra-wide camera (f/1.8)
  • a 3D Time-of-Flight camera

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro is powered by a large 4,500 mAh battery, and supports 40 W wired charging, and 27 W wireless charging.

 

HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro Specifications

Specifications HUAWEI
Mate 30 Pro (4G)
HUAWEI
Mate 30 Pro (5G)
Display 6.53-inch OLED display
– 1176 x 2400 pixels (~409 ppi)
– HDR10 + DCI-P3 colour gamut
Protection Gorilla Glass 6 + IP68
Operating System Android 10 with EMUI 10
System Platform HiSilicon Kirin 990 HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G
CPU 2 x ARM Cortex-A76 cores (2.86 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A76 cores (2.36 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A55 cores (1.95 GHz)
NPU 1 Big-Core + 1 Tiny-Core 2 Big-Core + 1 Tiny-Core
GPU ARM Mali-G76 MC16
RAM 8 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 256 GB UFS 3.0 storage
NM Card (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera 32 MP with f/2.0 lens
3D ToF camera
Rear Cameras 40 MP main camera (f/1.6)
8 MP 3X telephoto camera (f/2.4)
40 MP ultra-wide camera (f/1.8)
3D ToF Camera
Connectivity 4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth : BT5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Type C
5G : NSA and SA modes
4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth : BT5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass
Battery 4,500 mAh
40 W wired charging
27 W wireless charging
Dimensions 73.1 mm wide
158.1 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
Weight 198 g

 

HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro Colour Options

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro is available with either a glass or vegan leather back, with these colour options :

  • Glass : Emerald Green, Space Silver, Cosmic Purple, Black
  • Vegan Leather : Forest Green and Orange

 

HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro Price + Availability

The 4G model is priced at €1,099, with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB of UFS 3.0 storage.

The 5G model is priced at €1,199, with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB of UFS 3.0 storage.

We expect HUAWEI to roll both out sometime in October 2019.

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HUAWEI Mate 30 Price, Specifications + Colour Options!

Thumbing their nose at the Trump ban, HUAWEI unveiled their new Mate 30 smartphone!

Here is a quick primer on upcoming HUAWEI Mate 30 – its price, specifications and colour options!

 

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Smartphone

The HUAWEI Mate 30 is built around the brand new Kirin 990 platform, with a triple-tier architecture :

  • two ARM Cortex-A76 high-performance cores at 2.86 GHz
  • two ARM Cortex-A76 sustained performance cores at 2.36 GHz
  • four ARM Cortex-A55 low-power cores at 1.95 GHz

It also comes with a powerful 16-core ARM Mali-G76 GPU, and a new Da Vinci neural architecture with one big NPU and one small NPU.

However, unlike the Mate 30 Pro, it lacks 5G connectivity…

In the front, it has a 24 MP selfie camera, but in the back, it features a new SuperSensing Triple Camera that consists of :

  • a 40 MP SuperSensing main camera (f/1.8)
  • a 8 MP telephoto camera with 3X optical zoom (f/2.4)
  • a 16 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)

The HUAWEI Mate 30 is powered by a large 4,200 mAh battery, and supports 40 W wired charging, and 27 W wireless charging.

 

HUAWEI Mate 30 Specifications

Specifications HUAWEI Mate 30
Display 6.62-inch OLED display
– 1080 x 2340 pixels (~389 ppi)
– HDR10 + DCI-P3 colour gamut
Protection IP53
Operating System Android 10 with EMUI 10
System Platform HiSilicon Kirin 990
CPU 2 x ARM Cortex-A76 cores (2.86 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A76 cores (2.36 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A55 cores (1.95 GHz)
NPU 1 Big-Core + 1 Tiny-Core
GPU ARM Mali-G76 MC16
RAM 8 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 128 GB UFS 3.0 storage
NM Card (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera 24 MP with f/2.0 lens
Rear Cameras 40 MP main camera (f/1.8)
8 MP 3X telephoto camera (f/2.4)
16 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
Connectivity 4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth : BT5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass
Battery 4,200 mAh
40 W wired charging
27 W wireless charging
Dimensions 76.1 mm wide
160.8 mm tall
8.4 mm thick
Weight 196 g

 

HUAWEI Mate 30 Colour Options

The HUAWEI Mate 30 is available with either a glass or vegan leather back, with these colour options :

  • Glass : Emerald Green, Space Silver, Cosmic Purple, Black
  • Vegan Leather : Forest Green and Orange

 

HUAWEI Mate 30 Price + Availability

It is officially priced at €799, with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB of UFS 3.0 storage.

We expect HUAWEI to roll it out sometime in October 2019.

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Samsung Exynos 980 – Samsung’s First 5G Mobile Platform!

On 4 September 2019, Samsung unveiled their first 5G mobile platform – the Exynos 980!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the Samsung Exynos 980 5G mobile platform!

 

The Samsung Exynos 980 5G Mobile Platform

The Samsung Exynos 980 is the first Samsung mobile platform to come with an integrated 5G modem, introduced as part of their drive to introduce the next-generation 5G smartphones.

The integration of the 5G modem will not only drive down the cost of implementing 5G, it will help reduce power consumption and space utilisation.

The Exynos 980 is, furthermore, fabricated on the 8 nm FinFET process to reduce chip size and increase power efficiency.

Samsung Exynos 980 CPU + GPU

The Samsung Exynos 980 is designed to be an upper mid-range mobile platform, with a bi-cluster CPU architecture :

  • two ARM Cortex-A77 high-performance cores running at 2.2 GHz
  • six ARM Cortex-A55 power-efficient cores running at 1.8 GHz

It also comes with a relatively powerful 5-core version of the ARM Mali-G76 GPU.

Samsung Exynos 980 Multi-Mode 5G Modem

The Samsung Exynos 980’s integrated multi-mode modem supports 2G to 5G connectivity.

It offers gigabit download speeds in the 4G LTE mode, and up to 2.55 Gbps download speeds in the sub-6 GHz 5G mode.

The modem also supports E-UTRA-NR Dual Connectivity (EN-DC), which combines 2CC LTE and 5G connectivity to maximise mobile downlink speed of up to 3.55 Gbps.

In addition, it supports the new Wi-Fi 6 standard – IEEE 802.11ax, that provides faster speed and greater stability.

Faster Neural Processing Unit (NPU)

The Samsung Exynos 980 comes with an integrated NPU that is 2.7X faster than its predecessor, allowing for expanded AI capabilities.

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Better Photographic Capabilities

The Samsung Exynos 980 supports sensors of up to 108 MP in resolution.

Its advanced image signal processor (ISP) not only supports up to five sensors, it can process images from three sensors concurrently!

Its Multi-Format Codec supports encoding and decoding of 4K UHD videos at up to 120 frames per second. It also supports HDR10+ with dynamic mapping in videos.

 

Samsung Exynos 980 Specifications

In this table, we compare the specifications of the Samsung Exynos 980, to the flagship-class Exynos 9825 used in the new Samsung Galaxy Note10 smartphones.

Features Samsung Exynos 9825 Samsung Exynos 980
Process 7 nm EUV 8 nm FinFET
Design Tri-Cluster (2+2+4) Bi-Cluster (2+6)
Processor 2 x Mongoose 4 cores (2.7 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A75 cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 cores (1.9 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A77 cores (2.2 GHz)
6 x ARM Cortex-A55 cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU ARM Mali-G76 MP12 ARM Mali-G76 MP5
NPU Yes, Integrated Yes, Integrated
Memory LPDDR4x-3600 LPDDR4x
5G Modem Separate Exynos 5100 Integrated 5G NR Sub-6 GHz
– 2.55 Gbps DL / 1.28 Gbps UL
LTE Modem DL : Cat.20 8CA (2 Gbps)
UL : Cat.20 3CA (316 Mbps)
DL : Cat.16 5CA (1 Gbps)
UL : Cat.18 2CA (200 Mbps)
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
Storage UFS 3.0 / UFS 2.1 UFS 2.1 / eMMC 5.1

 

Samsung Exynos 980 Availability

The Samsung Exynos 980 will only begin mass production by the end of 2019, and the first smartphones using it should appear in the first quarter of 2020.

 

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Samsung Galaxy A10s (SM-A107) : What You Need To Know!

Samsung just introduced the Galaxy A10s smartphone, targeted at young Millennials.

Here is everything you need to know about the new Samsung Galaxy A10s, including its price, key features and specifications!

 

The Samsung Galaxy A10s Smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy A10s (Price Check) is designed to target features that Millennials favour, including a very affordable price tag.

Millennials, for example, consume most of their content on smartphones, so the Galaxy A10s (Price Check) comes with a large 6.2-inch Infinity-V display with HD+ resolution.

They also play a lot of mobile games, and socialise on their smartphones, so Samsung gave it a large 4,000 mAh battery to last a full day.

To help them take better “Instagrammable” photos, its 13 MP main camera is paired with a depth sensor that lets you apply bokeh effects to your pictures for that professional portrait look.

Taking great Instagram selfies should be pretty easy with its 8 MP front camera, that has a wide and bright f/2.0 aperture.

It has just 2 GB of RAM, but comes with 32 GB of internal eMMC 5.1 storage. If that’s not enough, you can add a microSD card to add up to 512 GB of additional storage.

Its MediaTek helio P22 is a mid-range platform with old A53 CPU cores and an average GPU. Don’t expect too much from it when it comes to gaming, especially with 2 GB of RAM.

Curiously, it seems to lack dual-band WiFi or Bluetooth 5.0 or even a compass – features commonly found in other mid-range devices, and ostensibly supported by the helio P22.

This means it will have slower WiFi speeds, and will not come with an e-compass. GPS functionality is still there, so Google Maps and Waze will work, but they won’t be able to give you an accurate heading.

 

Samsung Galaxy A10s Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy A10s
Model SM-A107
Display 6.2-inch PLS display
– 720 x 1520 pixels
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie
Platform MediaTek helio P22
Processor 4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (2.0 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.5 GHz)
GPU IMG PowerVR GE8320 (650 MHz)
Memory 2 GB LPDDR3
Storage 32 GB internal storage
microSD slot (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera 8 MP with f/2.0 aperture
Rear Cameras 13 MP camera with f/1.8 aperture
2 MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture
Connectivity 4G : LTE
WiFi : 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz only)
Bluetooth : BT 4.2
USB : micro USB 2.0
Dual SIM Yes, Dual nano SIMs, dual standby
Samsung DeX No
NFC No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Rear-mounted
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Light, Proximity
Battery 4,000 mAh battery
Dimensions 75.8 mm wide
156.9 mm tall
7.8 mm thick
Weight 168 g
Colour Options Green / Black / Red

 

Samsung Galaxy A10s Price + Availability

What’s most exciting about the Samsung Galaxy A10s (Price Check) is, arguably, its price.

It is available with immediate effect with a recommended retail price (RRP) of RM 529 / ~US$126 / ~£103 / ~A$187.

At launch, it is available in three youthful colour options – Green, Black and Red.

Here are some direct purchase links for your convenience :

 

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HUAWEI MediaPad M5 lite Price + Pre-Order For Malaysia!

At the launch of their nova 5T smartphone, HUAWEI also announced the availability of the MediaPad M5 lite tablet.

Here is everything you need to know about the official MediaPad M5 lite price and pre-order deal for Malaysia!

Here is a summary of its key features :

  • 10.1-inch Full HD IPS display with HUAWEI ClariVu technology
  • Enhanced Eye-comfort mode (low blue light) for children
  • Quad speakers tuned by Harman Kardon for more bass and less distortion
  • HUAWEI Histen 5.0 3D surround sound technology
  • HUAWEI M-Pen lite stylus has 2,048 levels of sensitivity
  • 7,500 mAh battery that takes less than 3 hours to fully recharge
  • Metal body with 2.5D curved glass edge

 

HUAWEI MediaPad M5 lite Specifications

SpecificationsHUAWEI MediaPad M5 lite
Display10.1-inch IPS display
- 1200 x 1920 pixels, 221 ppi
Operating SystemAndroid 8.0
PlatformHiSilicon Kirin 659
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (2.4 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T830 MP2
Memory3 GB LPDDR3 memory
Storage32 GB internal storage
microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera8 MP FF camera
Rear Cameras8 MP AF camera
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 4.2
USB : USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C
Fingerprint SensorYes, Side Power Button
Other SensorsGravity, Ambient Light, Distance, Hall, Compass
Battery7,500 mAh lithium-ion battery
- supports 18 W fast charging
Dimensions162.2 mm wide
243.4 mm tall
7.7 mm thick
Weight475 g
Colour OptionsSpace Gray

 

HUAWEI MediaPad M5 lite Price + Availability

It is available for pre-order from 29 August until 5 September 2019, with an official recommended retail price of RM 1,299 / ~$309 / ~£249 / ~A$459.

Recommended : HUAWEI nova 5T Malaysia Price + Pre-Order Confirmed!

 

HUAWEI MediaPad M5 lite Pre-Order Deal

Every unit you pre-order will receive these exclusive gifts :

  • a HUAWEI Mini Speaker worth RM99, and
  • a HUAWEI M-Pen Lite worth RM159

 

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Xiaomi Redmi 7A Price, Specifications + Availability Confirmed!

Xiaomi just launched the highly-affordable Redmi 7A smartphone! Here are its official price list, specifications and availability!

 

The Xiaomi Redmi 7A Smartphone

The Xiaomi Redmi 7A is their new entry-level smartphone, offering a major upgrade over the Redmi 6A.

It has a better design built around a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 platform, a larger 4,000 mAh battery, and splash resistance.

The Redmi 7A has a 5 MP front camera, with a 12 MP rear camera. It also has a 5.45-inch HD+ display, with low blue light eye protection certified by TÜV Rheinland.

 

Xiaomi Redmi 7A Specifications

SpecificationsXiaomi Redmi 7A
Display5.45-inch IPS display
- 720 x 1440 pixels
- 70% NTSC colour gamut
ProtectionSplash-resistant coating
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 439
Processor8 x ARM Cortex-A53 (2.0 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 505 (650 MHz)
Memory2 GB LPDDR3 memory
Storage16 GB / 32 GB
microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera5 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens
Rear Cameras12 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth : BT 4.2
USB : micro-USB 2.0
SIM Support2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
Hybrid SIM tray
IR EmitterNo
Fingerprint SensorNo
Other SensorsGyroscope, Accelerometer, Distance, E-Compass, Ambient Light
Battery4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
- supports 10 W fast charging
Dimensions70.41 mm wide
146.30 mm tall
9.55 mm thick
Weight165 grams
Colour OptionsMatte Black, Matte Blue, Gem Blue, Gem Red

 

Xiaomi Redmi 7A Price + Availability

Globally, the Xiaomi Redmi 7A is available in four colour options – Matte Blue, Matte Black, Gem Blue, and Gem Red.

In Malaysia, it is only available in Matte Blue and Matte Black, at the following price points :

  • 2 GB + 16 GB : RM 399 / ~US$97 / ~£78 / ~€86
  • 2 GB + 32 GB : RM 439 / ~US$107 / ~£85 / ~€95

Xiaomi is only making the 2 GB + 16 GB model available online, starting 22 July 2019 on Shopee, and 26 July on Lazada.

 

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