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POCO X3 NFC : Powered By New Snapdragon 732G!

The POCO X3 NFC was just unveiled – the first smartphone to be built around the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G mobile platform!

Here’s what you need to know about the new POCO X3 NFC smartphone, including its price, deals and specifications!

 

POCO X3 NFC : Powered By New Snapdragon 732G!

Built around the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G mobile platform, the POCO X3 NFC smartphone promises to deliver high-end gaming performance at a fraction of the usual cost.

Gaming Performance

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G has two high speed Kryo 470 cores, with six low-powered cores, and an Adreno 618 Elite Gaming series GPU.

To ensure peak performance even during strenuous gaming sessions, it’s kept cool by an enlarged copper heat pipe with multiple layers of graphite – their LiquidCool Technology 1.0 Plus, which promises to reduce processor temperature by up to 6 degrees.

Complementing its gaming performance is a 120 Hz display with a 240 Hz touch sampling rate, to ensure both silky-smooth gameplay.

Gameplay also becomes more immersive, thanks to its integrated Z-axis linear motor, which delivers over 150 vibration modes for haptic feedback.

Cameras

In the front, the POCO X3 NFC has a 20 MP camera with f/2.2 aperture, with a 4-in-1 Super Pixel capability – combining four pixels for better low-light performance.

In the back, it has a 64 MP main camera using the Sony IMX682 sensor and an f/1.89 aperture. It also supports 4-in-1 Super Pixel, for better low-light performance at ¼ the resolution.

This camera is also supported by a 2 MP depth sensor, to allow for more accurate software bokeh effects.

It also has two other cameras in the back – a 13 MP ultra-wide camera with an f/2.2 aperture, and a 2 MP macro camera, with f/2.4 aperture.

Battery

POCO X3 NFC promises to last up to two days on a single charge, thanks to its large 5,150 mAh. And it supports 33W fast charging, allowing it to be fully recharged in just 65 minutes.

Its increased charging speed is achieved through the Middle Middle Tab (MMT) technology, which delivers power to the battery in the middle, letting the module charge upwards and downwards simultaneously.

This allows for faster and more consistent charging speed, while ensuring better battery longevity, compared to traditional battery layouts.

 

POCO X3 NFC : Price + Deals!

The POCO X3 NFC is available from 9 September 2020 onwards, in two colour options – Shadow Gray and Cobalt Blue, in two variants :

  • 6 GB + 64 GB : RM 899 (about US$216 / £164 / A$297 / S$295)
  • 6 GB + 128 GB : RM 1,099 (about US$264 / £201 / A$363 / S$361)

On 9 and 10 September 2020, both variants will be available with these exclusive early bird deals :

  • 6 GB + 64 GB : RM 799 + POCO mousepad + BlackShark Fun Cooler *
  • 6 GB + 128 GB : RM 949 + POCO digital pouch + BlackShark Fun Cooler Pro *

* The free BlackShark Fun Cooler and Fun Cooler Pro are limited to the first 500 purchasers each.

 

POCO X3 NFC : Specifications

Specifications Galaxy Z Fold2
Display 6.67-inch IPS display
– 1080 x 2400 pixels, 395 ppi
– 120 Hz refresh, 240 Hz sampling
– 84% NTSC colour gamut
– 1,500:1 contrast ratio
– 450 nits max. brightness
– HDR10 support
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front)
IP53 splash-proof
Operating System MIUI 12 based on Android 10
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G
Processor 1 x Kryo 470 Gold (2.3 GHz)
1 x Kryo 470 Gold (2.2 GHz)
6 x Kryo 470 Silver (1.7 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 618
RAM 6 GB LPDDR4X
Storage 64 GB / 128 GB (UFS 2.1)
External Storage microSD (hybrid, up to 256 GB)
Front Camera 20 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Rear Cameras Main : 64 MP Sony IMX682, f/1.89
Ultra-Wide : 13 MP, f/2.2
Macro : 2 MP, f/2.4
Depth Sensor : 2 MP, f/2.4
Connectivity 4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.1
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
3.5 mm headphone jack
Fingerprint Sensor Side-Mounted
Audio Stereo speakers
– 4 cc upper speaker, open cavity
– 1 cc lower speaker
Battery 5,160 mAh battery
Charger 33 W fast charger
Dimensions 76.8 mm wide
165.3 mm tall
9.4 mm thick
Weight 215 g

 

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Redmi Note 9 Pro : Cheap 64 MP Quad Camera Smartphone!

The Redmi Note 9 Pro is the latest mid-range smartphone from Xiaomi, offering a 64 MP quad-camera system on the cheap!

Find out if the Redmi Note 9 Pro is the smartphone you have been waiting for!

 

Redmi Note 9 Pro : Cheap 64MP Quad Camera Smartphone!

The Redmi Note 9 Pro is the latest mid-range smartphone from Xiaomi, offering a 64 MP quad-camera system on the cheap!

Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G Mobile Platform

The Redmi Note 9 Pro is built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G mobile platform, with two Kryo 465 Gold high-performance cores, six Kryo 465 Silver low-power cores, and the Adreno 618 GPU.

Fabricated on the 8 nm process technology, it is power-efficient, running cooler and offering a longer battery life.

64 MP Quad Camera with 4K Video Recording

The Redmi Note 9 Pro comes with a quad-camera system, which is comprised of :

  • a 64 MP main camera that supports 4-in-1 SuperPixel low-light capability, and 4K video recording,
  • an 8 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture,
  • a 5 MP macro camera with 2 cm to 10 cm focal range
  • a 2 MP depth sensor (for software bokeh, doesn’t take any photos)

6.67-inch Display

The Redmi Note 9 Pro comes with a really large 6.67-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

It has a rather low peak brightness of 450 nits, and a reasonably wide colour gamut of 84% NSTC. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 in the front and back.

Large, Fast-Charging Battery

The Redmi Note 9 Pro comes with a large 5,020 mAh battery, and supports 30W wired charging, allowing you to recharge up to 57% in just 30 minute.

 

Redmi Note 9 Pro : Specifications

Specifications Redmi Note 9 Pro
Display 6.67-inch IPS display
– 1080 x 2340 pixels
– 450 nits max. brightness
– 1500:1 contrast ratio
– 84% NTSC colour gamut
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front + back)
Operating System MIUI 11 based on Android 10
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
CPU 2 x Kryo 465 Gold core (2.3 GHz)
6 x Kryo 465 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 618 (500 MHz)
RAM 6 GB RAM
Storage 64 GB / 128 GB
microSD card slot (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera 16 MP sensor with f/2.48 aperture
Rear Cameras Quad Camera System
– 64 MP main camera with f/1.89 aperture
– 8 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture
– 5 MP macro camera
– 2 MP depth sensor
Connectivity Network : 4G LTE, 3G
Wi-Fi : Wi-Fi-ac (2.4 / 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB Type C 2.0
Infra-Red : IR emitter
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Side-Mounted
NFC Yes
Battery 5,020 mAh Li-Ion battery
– 30W wired charging
Dimensions 76.68 mm wide
165.75 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
Weight 209 g

 

Redmi Note 9 Pro : Price + Availability

The Xiaomi is offering the Redmi Note 9 Pro in three colour options – Interstellar Grey, Glacier White and Tropical Green, in one variant, at least initially :

  • 6GB + 128GB : RM 1,099 / ~US$254 / ~£207 / ~A$392 / ~S$360

The pre-order kicks off today, 11 May, and ends on 17 May 2020. Every pre-order will entitle you to a free 10,000 mAh Redmi Power Bank.

Delivery and retail sale will begin on 18 May 2020.

 

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Xiaomi Mi Note 10 | Note 10 Pro : 108MP Penta-Camera FTW?

Xiaomi just launched the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro – two mobile photography beasts with five rear cameras, including a 108 MP camera!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the new Xiaomi Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro smartphones!

 

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 | Note 10 Pro : 108 MP Penta-Camera FTW?

Xiaomi is pulling out all the stops with both models, equipping them with 5 rear cameras, including a 108 MP Samsung HMX camera!

Let’s dive into their key features…

Penta Camera System with 108 MP Main Camera!

Their marquee feature is, without doubt, the penta camera system which consists of :

  • a 108 MP Samsung HMX camera (f/1.69 aperture) with OIS
  • a 12 MP telephoto camera with 2X zoom (f/2.0)
  • a 5 MP telephoto camera (f/2.0) with 5X zoom and OIS
  • a 20 MP wide-angle camera (f/2.2)
  • a 2 MP macro camera

The 108 MP main camera defaults to 27 MP, to ensure maximum image quality in low-light conditions, and smaller file sizes. There is an option to turn on 108 MP if you need the ultra-high resolution.

Incidentally, the Pro version uses a 8P lens design for its 108 MP shooter, while the standard version uses a 7P lens setup.

3D Curved AMOLED Display + Back

Both models come with a large 6.47-inch 3D curved AMOLED edge-to-edge display, with ultra-thin bezels.

Their backs are covered in 3D curved glass for a more comfortable grip and protection. They are protected in the front and back by Gorilla Glass 5.

Performance + Storage

Both models are built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, a mid-range mobile SoC which is also used by the Samsung Galaxy A80.

It has two fast Kryo 470 Gold cores at 2.2 GHz, six low-power Kryo 470 Silver cores at 1.7 GHz, and an Adreno 618 GPU running at 700 MHz.

The Mi Note 10 comes with 6 GB LPDDR4x memory, and 128 GB UFS 2.1 storage. The Pro version, on the other hand, has 8 GB LPDDR4x memory and 256 GB UFS 2.1 storage.

 

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 | Mi Note 10 Pro Specifications

Specifications Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro
Display 6.47-inch AMOLED display
– 1080 x 2340 pixels (~398 ppi)
– 600 nits max brightness, 100% DCI-P3
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Operating System Android P with MIUI 11
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
CPU 2 x Qualcomm Kryo 470 Gold core (2.2 GHz)
6 x Qualcomm Kryo 470 Silver cores (1.7 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 618 (700 MHz)
RAM 6 GB LPDDR4x 8 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 128 GB UFS 2.1 storage
256 GB UFS 2.1 storage
Front Camera 32 MP camera with f/2.0 aperture
Rear Cameras 108 MP Samsung HMX main camera (f/1.69)
20 MP wide-angle camera (f/2.2)
12 MP portrait camera (f//2.0)
12 MP telephoto camera (f/.0)
5 MP telephoto camera (f/2.0)

2 MP macro camera
108 MP Camera Lens 7P Lens 8P Lens
Connectivity 4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In-Display
Other Sensors Light, Proximity, Magnetic induction, Gyro-meter, Acceleration
Battery 5,2260 mAh
30 W
fast charging
Dimensions 74.2 mm wide
157.8 mm tall
9.67 mm thick
Weight 208 g
Colour Options Midnight Black / Glacier White / Aurora Green

 

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 | Mi Note 10 Pro Price + Deals

Both models are available in three colour options – Midnight Black, Glacier White and Aurora Green.

Recommended : Xiaomi Mi Note 10 | Note 10 Pro Colour Comparison!

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 has an official launch price of RM 2,099 and SGD 699, approximately US$503 / £387 / A$734.

In Malaysia, it will be available at selected Mi Stores from 7-15 December 2019, with a special 12/12 online sale. During this time, every purchase will come with a RM 100 voucher for other Mi Store products.

In Singapore, sales will kick off on 7th December 2019, with a SGD 50 voucher for other Mi Store products.

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro version has an official launch price of RM 2,499 and SGD 799, approximately US$599 / £461 / A$874.

In Malaysia, it will be available at selected Mi Stores from 7-15 December 2019, with a special 12/12 online sale. During this time, every purchase will come with a RM 100 voucher for other Mi Store products, as well as a 12 Months Screen Replacement warranty.

In Singapore, sales will kick off on 14th December 2019, with a SGD 50 voucher for other Mi Store products.

 

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro – Everything You Need To Know!

Xiaomi just launched the Redmi Note 8 Pro, offering 64 MP photography at ridiculous price points!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro, including its key features, price and availability!

 

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Revealed!

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (Lazada | Shopee) is more than just the Redmi Note 8 with a 64 MP camera. In fact, it is built upon the MediaTek Helio G90T mobile platform that is optimised for mobile gaming!

In this video, Allen An, Xiaomi Country Manager of Malaysia and Singapore, explains what the Redmi Note 8 Pro offers!

More Premium Design

Despite the very similar names, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (Lazada | Shopee) is quite different from the Redmi Note 8. Not only does it boast a more premium curved design, it come with these features :

  • a larger 6.53-inch Dot Drop display with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, and 84% NTSC gamut
  • 6 GB LPDDR4x memory and 64 GB / 128 GB storage options
  • 20 MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • 64 MP Samsung ISOCELL GW1 camera
  • 4,500 mAh lithium-ion battery

Gaming-Centric MediaTek Helio G90T

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (Lazada | Shopee) uses the MediaTek Helio G90T, which is a 12 nm gaming-centric mobile platform.

It has two high-performance Cortex-A76 cores running at 2.05 GHz, and six low-power Cortex-A55 cores running at 2.0 GHz. And it comes with the Mali-G76 GPU running at 800 MHz.

64 MP Samsung GW1 Camera

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (Lazada | Shopee) is the world’s first smartphone to feature a 64 MP main camera built around the Samsung GW1 sensor, paired with a 2 MP depth sensor.

In addition, it comes with two additional cameras like the Redmi Note 8 :

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  • a new 8 MP wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture
  • a new 2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 lens

In the front, it sports a higher-resolution 20 MP camera with a bright f/2.0 aperture.

Faster Charging Larger Battery

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (Lazada | Shopee) comes with a larger 4,500 mAh battery.

Like the Redmi Note 8, it supports 18 watt fast charging. But the good news is – it comes with a 18 watt fast charger.

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 vs Redmi Note 8 Pro Comparison

Specifications Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Display 6.3-inch Dot Drop display
– 1080 x 2340 pixels (409 ppi)
– 84% NTSC, 1500:1 contrast ratio
6.53-inch Dot Drop display
– 1080 x 2340 pixels (395 ppi)
– 84% NTSC, 1500:1 contrast ratio
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front + back)
IP Rating NA
Operating System Android 9 Pie
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 MediaTek Helio G90T
CPU 4 x Qualcomm Kryo 260 Gold cores (2.0 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kryo 260 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A76 cores (2.05 GHz)
6 x ARM Cortex-A55 cores (2.0 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 610 ARM Mali-G76 (800 MHz)
RAM 3 GB / 4 GB LPDDR4x 6 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 32 GB / 64 GB / 128 GB storage 64 GB / 128 GB UFS 2.1 storage
Front Camera 13 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture 20 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture
Rear Cameras 48 MP Samsung GM1 camera with f/1.79 aperture
8 MP wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture
2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 lens
2 MP depth sensor with f/2.4 lens
64 MP Samsung GW1 camera with f/1.89 aperture
8 MP wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture
2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 lens
2 MP depth sensor with f/2.4 lens
Dual SIM Capability Dual SIM, dual active capable
Connectivity 4G : LTE Cat 13 UL, Cat 13 DL
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Rear-Mounted
Other Sensors Proximity, Ambient Light, Acceleratometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
NFC No Yes
Battery 4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery 4,500 mAh lithium-ion battery
Charger 18 W fast charging (maximum)
10 W fast charger in box
18 W fast charging (maximum)
18 W fast charger in box
Dimensions 75.3 mm wide
158.3 mm tall
8.35 mm thick
76.4 mm wide
161.35 mm tall
8.79 mm thick
Weight 190 g 200 g

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Price + Availability

There are three Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro models :

Both models will be available for sale starting 12 October 2019, with three colour options – Forest Green, Mineral Grey and Pearl White.

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Pre-Order Deals

Xiaomi is offering these deals for the pre-order period from 8 to 11 October 2019 :

You can grab these pre-order deals here – Lazada | Shopee

 

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 – Everything You Need To Know!

Xiaomi just launched the Redmi Note 8, offering 48 MP photography at ridiculous price points!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 8, including its key features, price and availability!

 

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Revealed!

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (Lazada | Shopee) builds upon the Redmi Note 7 that was launched just 6.5 months ago, offering a faster and more efficient Snapdragon 665 mobile platform and expanded photographic capabilities.

Join Allen An, Xiaomi Country Manager of Malaysia and Singapore, for his presentation on what’s new!

Same Key Features

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (Lazada | Shopee) retains many of the Redmi Note 7‘s key features :

  • a large 6.3-inch Dot Drop display with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, and 84% NTSC gamut
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection in both front and rear aspects
  • 3 GB / 4 GB LPDDR4x memory and 32 GB / 64 GB / 128 GB storage options
  • 13 MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • 48 MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 camera
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • 4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery

Faster + More Efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 AIE

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (Lazada | Shopee) replaces the old 14 nm Snapdragon 660 AIE platform, with a new 11 nm Snapdragon 665 AIE platform.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 actually has a slightly slower CPU, but makes up for it with a much faster Adreno 610 GPU.

More importantly, it is built on the smaller 11 nm process technology, which reduces its power consumption and thermal output.

Expanded Photographic Capabilities

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 first introduced a 48 MP main camera built around the Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 sensor, paired with a 5 MP depth sensor.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (Lazada | Shopee) uses the same 48 MP Samsung GM1 camera, but pairs it with a 2 MP depth sensor instead while offering expanded photographic capabilities through two additional cameras :

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  • a new 8 MP wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture
  • a new 2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 lens

The Redmi Note 8 Has Faster Charging… Well, Not Quite

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (Lazada | Shopee) supports 18 watt fast charging. However, it only ships with a 10 watt fast charger.

If you wish to make full use of its faster charging capability, you will need to purchase a separate 18 watt fast charger.

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 vs Redmi Note 7 Comparison

Specifications Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
Display 6.3-inch Dot Drop display
– 1080 x 2340 pixels (409 ppi)
– 84% NTSC, 1500:1 contrast ratio
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front + back)
IP Rating NA
Operating System Android 9 Pie
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
CPU 4 x Qualcomm Kryo 260 Gold cores (2.0 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kryo 260 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kryo 260 Gold cores (2.2 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kryo 260 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 610 Qualcomm Adreno 512
RAM 3 GB / 4 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 32 GB / 64 GB / 128 GB storage
microSD hybrid slot (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera 13 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture 13 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture
Rear Cameras 48 MP Samsung GM1 camera with f/1.79 aperture
8 MP wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture
2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 lens
2 MP depth sensor with f/2.4 lens
48 MP Samsung GM1 camera with f/1.8 aperture
5 MP depth sensor with f/2.4 lens
Dual SIM Capability Dual SIM, dual active capable
Connectivity 4G : LTE Cat 13 UL, Cat 13 DL
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Rear-Mounted
Other Sensors Proximity, Ambient Light, Acceleratometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
NFC No
Battery 4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
Charger 18 W fast charging (maximum)
10 W fast charger in box
10 W fast charging (maximum)
10 W fast charger in box
Dimensions 75.3 mm wide
158.3 mm tall
8.35 mm thick
75.21 mm wide
159.21 mm tall
8.1 mm thick
Weight 190 g 186 g

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Price + Availability

Like they did with the Redmi Note 7, Xiaomi will offer three Redmi Note 8 models :

  • 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage : RM 599 / ~US$ 143 / ~£117 / ~A$212
  • 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : RM 799 / ~US$ 191 / ~£156 / ~A$282
  • 4 GB RAM + 128 GB storage : RM 899 / ~US$ 214 / ~£176 / ~A$318

They will make the 4 GB + 64 GB model available for sale starting 12 October 2019, while the other two models will start selling on 18 October 2019.

There are three colour options – Space Black, Neptune Blue and Moonlight White.

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pre-Order Deal

If you pre-order the 4 GB + 64 GB model from 8 to 11 October 2019, you will receive a FREE pair of Mi True Wireless Earbuds Basic worth RM 99 / ~US$24 / ~£19 / ~A$35.

You can grab this pre-order offer here – Lazada | Shopee

 

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Xiaomi Mi 9T Price List + Special Offer In Malaysia Revealed!

Excited about the new Xiaomi Mi 9T smartphone? Here is the official Mi 9T price list… and the 1-day-only special offer for Malaysia!

 

The Xiaomi Mi 9T Smartphone

The Xiaomi Mi 9T, also known as the Redmi K20, boasts a pop-up front camera and a 48 MP triple camera system at the back!

Recommended : Xiaomi Mi 9T (Redmi K20) – Everything You Need To Know!

 

Xiaomi Mi 9T Colour Options

Xiaomi is offering the Mi 9T (MY) in three colour options – Carbon Black, Glacier Blue and Flame Red.

The Glacier Blue and Flame Red colour options have a dynamic holographic design, while the Carbon Black option has a textured carbon fibre design.

The back cover is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which is rated to survive 1.6-meter drops on hard, rough surfaces up to 80% of the time.

Recommended : The Xiaomi Mi 9 In-Depth Review – 48MP Flagship FTW!

 

Xiaomi Mi 9T Price + Availability!

Here is the official Xiaomi Mi 9T price list :

  • 6 GB + 64 GB : RM 1,199 / ~US$289 / ~£228 / ~€256
  • 6 GB + 128 GB : RM 1,399 / ~US$337 / ~£266 / ~€299

The 64 GB model will start selling on 25 June 2019, with pre-booking beginning immediately.

The 128 GB model will only be available from 29 June 2019 onwards.

 

Xiaomi Mi 9T Launch Offer!

At 10 AM on 25 June 2019, Xiaomi will sell the 64 GB model at a special price of RM 1,099 / ~US$265 / ~£209 / ~€235

To take advantage of this special offer, you need to PRE-BOOK your unit NOW. Do NOT wait until 10 AM on 25 June, as units are limited!

 

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The Sony Xperia XZ2 + Xperia XZ2 Compact Revealed!

Sony Mobile just unveiled their latest flagship smartphones – the Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact. Find out what these new Sony Xperia smartphones offer, and check out the amazing pre-order promotion Sony has prepared!

 

The Sony Xperia XZ2 + Xperia XZ2 Compact Revealed!

Launched at the recent Mobile World Congress 2018, these new Sony flagship smartphones come with huge advancements in camera, display and audio technology, as well as a new design to better fit your hand.

 

The Sony Xperia XZ2

The Sony Xperia XZ2 has a 5.7” HDR Full HD+ 18:9 display that up-converts non-HDR content to near High Dynamic Range (HDR). It also introduces a new haptic experience – the new Dynamic Vibration System analyses audio data and lets you feel the action in your hands.

The Xperia XZ2 runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 platform, and is powered by a 3,180 mAh battery.

The Sony Motion Eye camera introduces the world’s 1st 4K HDR Movie recording capability. It also supports Super slow motion video recording at 960 fps in Full HD quality.

The new fluid 3D glass is built with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and a metal frame for extra durability and a premium feel. Certified IP65/IP68, the XZ2 is designed to withstand water splashes and spills.

Sony will offer the Xperia XZ2 in four colour options – Liquid Silver, Liquid Black, Deep Green and Ash Pink.

 

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact has a 5″ HDR Full HD+ extended display, and front-facing stereo speakers with Hi-Res Audio support. It also runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 platform, and is powered by a 2,870 mAh battery.

The Sony Motion Eye camera introduces the world’s 1st 4K HDR Movie recording capability. It also supports Super slow motion video recording at 960 fps in Full HD quality.

it is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and anti-scratch polycarbonate. Certified IP65/IP68, the XZ2 Compact is designed to withstand water splashes and spills.

Sony will offer the XZ2 Compact in four colour options with a smooth frosted finish – White Silver, Black, Moss Green and Coral Pink.

 

Price & Availability

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The Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are available in Malaysia from April 2018 onwards, priced at RM 3,299 (~US$ 845) and RM 2,899 (~US$ 743) respectively.

The pre-order for the XZ2 will open from 23 March until 4 April, with free gifts worth up to RM 1,088. The pre-order bundle includes :

  • a pair of SONY ZX770BN Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones,
  • a Hardshell Premium backpack,
  • Sony Exclusive Touch n Go Card with RM 100 pre-loaded,
  • a phone case, and screen protector.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note FE Up Close – What An Incredible Bargain!

Fans of the Samsung Galaxy Note7, and those who prefer a front fingerprint sensor, rejoice! The Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition, Galaxy Note FE is here, and it’s an incredible bargain. We will share with you our hands-on look at the Galaxy Note FE, and share with you its key features, specifications and price.

Updated @ 2018-01-05 : Added details of the new Samsung Galaxy Note FE price cut.

Originally posted @ 2017-12-01

 

What Is The Samsung Galaxy Note FE?

When Samsung recalled their Galaxy Note7 phablets, they were left with about 2.5 million of them. That’s not a lot by their usual sale volume, but still a very large number of devices to dispose of.

Instead of disposing them, Samsung refurbished approximately 400,000 of them for sale in South Korea as the Samsung Galaxy Note FE (Price Check). The only hardware difference was the replacement of their original 3,500 mAh battery with a slightly smaller 3,200 mAh battery that had undergone their new 8-point battery safety check protocol.

On the software end, it now comes with Android 7.0 Nougat, and supports Samsung Bixby, albeit without Bixby Vision and Bixby Voice.

To their surprise, the Samsung Galaxy Note FE (Price Check) was very well-received – completely selling out in South Korea. That led to Galaxy Note7 fans to call for it to be introduced to other countries as well. And now, the Galaxy Note Fan Edition is here in Malaysia and several other countries!

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The Samsung Galaxy Note FE Up Close

The Samsung Galaxy Note FE (Price Check) has a 5.7″ Super AMOLED display with a 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution. It has a metal-glass design, with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both front and rear aspects.

Like the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, it is powered by the Samsung Exynos 8890 Octa SoC. However, it comes with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage (there are 128 GB options in some countries). It is also IP68-rated for dust- and water-resistance.

The Samsung Galaxy Note FE (Price Check) has the same front and rear cameras as the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. It has a 5 MP front camera with f/1.7 lens, and a 12 MP main camera with f/1.7 lens, OIS capability and a dual-tone LED flash.

For additional storage, a microSD card can be installed. However, the Galaxy Note FE only comes with a hybrid SIM slot. That means the microSD card shares the same slot as the second nanoSIM card.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note FE S Pen

The Samsung Galaxy Note FE (Price Check) uses the same S Pen as the Galaxy Note7. It boasts a smaller pen tip and increased pressure sensitivity. It is also the first S Pen to be water-resistant.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note FE Specifications

In this table, we compare its specifications to the Samsung Galaxy Note7 :

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy Note FESamsung Galaxy Note7
Display5.7" Super AMOLED dual-edge display
- 1440 x 2560 pixels (577 ppi)
5.7" Super AMOLED dual-edge display
- 1440 x 2560 pixels (577 ppi)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5 (front & back panels)Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front & back panels)
Operating System (At Launch)Android 7.0 NougatAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow
System PlatformSamsung Exynos 8890 OctaSamsung Exynos 8890 Octa
Memory4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
Storage Options64 GB / 128 GB internal flash storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 200 GB
64 GB / 128 GB internal flash storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 200 GB
Front Camera5 MP sensor with f/1.7 lens5 MP sensor with f/1.7 lens
Rear Camera12 MP Sony / Samsung (1.4 µm) sensor with f/1.7 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and LED flash12 MP Sony / Samsung (1.4 µm) sensor with f/1.7 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and LED flash
Dual SIM capabilityHybrid dual SIM (dual active capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
Hybrid dual SIM (dual active capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
ConnectivityNetwork : LTE Cat. 16 (1 Gbps / 150 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Network : LTE Cat. 16 (1 Gbps / 150 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Fingerprint SensorYes, Home ButtonYes, Home Button
Iris ScannerYesYes
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRMAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRM
BixbyYes
(Without Bixby Vision + Voice)
No
S PenYesYes
Water & Dust ResistanceIP68IP68
Battery3,200 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (WPC and PMA)
3,500 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (WPC and PMA)
Dimensions153.5 mm tall
73.9 mm wide
7.9 mm thick
153.5 mm tall
73.9 mm wide
7.9 mm thick
Weight169 g169 g
Colour OptionsBlue Coral, Silver Titanium, Gold Platinum, Black OnyxBlue Coral, Silver Titanium, Gold Platinum, Black Onyx

 

The Samsung Galaxy Note FE Price & Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Note FE (Price Check) is available in a select number of countries. Here in Malaysia, they priced it at RM 2,599 / ~US$ 610 at launch, with a further price cut to RM 2,199 / ~US$ 539 on 1 January 2018.

Here is a table to show you the discount when the Galaxy Note FE was first launched in South Korea, and when it was finally launched here in Malaysia.

Samsung Galaxy
Note7
Samsung Galaxy
Note FE
Difference
Price (USD) $849 $610 $239 (28%)
Price (MYR) RM 3,199 RM 2,599
RM 2,199 (1/1/18)
RM 600 (19%)
RM 1000 (31%)

The Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition (Price Check) is not just RM 1,800 (~US$ 440) cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check), it will also appeal to Galaxy Note fans who prefer a front fingerprint sensor.

The Samsung Galaxy Note FE (Price Check) is now available for purchase at all Samsung Experience Stores, authorised dealers and selected channel partners. Two colour options are currently offered – Coral Blue and Black Onyx.

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The OPPO R9s Black Edition Price & Specifications

Back in January, OPPO launched the R9s smartphone in the Gold and Rose Gold colours. Now, they have finally launched the OPPO R9s Black Edition. What’s really new about it? How much does it cost? Let’s find out!

 

What Is The OPPO R9s Black Edition?

In this short video, Ken Ng, OPPO Malaysia’s Product Manager, reveals the key features of the new OPPO R9s Black Edition (LazadaAmazon) smartphone.

Basically, it is the OPPO R9s smartphone we previewed earlier, just in a matte black colour.

 

The OPPO R9s Black Edition Specifications

SpecificationsOPPO R9s
Display5.5" Full HD IPS display
- 1080 x 1920
Display ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 (Marshmallow) with ColorOS 3.0
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 625
Processor8 x ARM Cortex A53 cores (2.0 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 506 GPU
System Memory4 GB LPDDR3 memory
Storage64 GB internal flash storage
microSD slot (up to 128 GB)
Front Camera16 MP sensor, with f/2.0 lens
- Screen Flash technology
Rear Camera16 MP Sony IMX398 sensor, with f/1.7 lens
- dual PDAF technology
Dual SIM SupportDual SIM, Dual Standby, with two nano SIM card slots
Fingerprint SensorYes, 0.2 second recognition
Battery3010 mAh lithium-ion polymer (Li-Po) battery (non-removable)
- supports VOOC flash charging
Dimensions74.3 mm wide x 153 mm tall x 6.58 mm thick
Weight147 g
Available ColoursGold / Rose Gold
Launch PriceRM 1,798 / ~US$ 399

 

Price & Availability

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The OPPO R9s Black Edition (LazadaAmazon) is available right now with a slightly higher price of RM 1,828, RM 30 more than a regular OPPO R9s. Even so, this is about RM 270 / ~US$ 60 cheaper than other countries.

 

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 Review – Leaving Apple In The Dust!

We are one of the fortunate few to receive a pre-launch unit of the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) smartphone. This is the most anticipated smartphone from Samsung since the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, which was a huge hit. Will the Galaxy S8 live up to expectations? Or did the high bar the Galaxy S7 edge prove too hard to surmount? Read on and find out!

 

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Specifications Compared

Samsung is offering two variants in the Galaxy S8 family. The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) is the smaller model with a 5.8″ display; while the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is a larger model with a 6.2″ display. We compare their specifications against the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy S8+Samsung Galaxy S8Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Display6.2" Super AMOLED dual-edge display
- 1440 x 2960 pixels (529 ppi)
5.8" Super AMOLED dual-edge display
- 1440 x 2960 pixels (570 ppi)
5.5" Super AMOLED dual-edge display
- 1440 x 2560 pixels (534 ppi)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5 (front & back panels)Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front & back panels)Corning Gorilla Glass 4 (front & back panels)
Operating System (At Launch)Android 7.0 NougatAndroid 7.0 NougatAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
System PlatformSamsung Exynos 8895
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Samsung Exynos 8895
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Samsung Exynos 8890 Octa
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Memory4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
Storage Options64 GB internal flash storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 256 GB
64 GB internal flash storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 256 GB
32 GB / 64 GB internal flash storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 200 GB
Front Camera8 MP sensor with f/1.7 lens8 MP sensor with f/1.7 lens5 MP sensor with f/1.7 lens
Rear Camera12 MP Sony / Samsung (1.4 µm) sensor with f/1.7 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and LED flash12 MP Sony / Samsung (1.4 µm) sensor with f/1.7 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and LED flash12 MP Sony / Samsung (1.4 µm) sensor with f/1.7 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and LED flash
Dual SIM capabilityHybrid dual SIM (dual active capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
Hybrid dual SIM (dual active capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
Hybrid dual SIM (dual standby capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
ConnectivityNetwork : LTE Cat. 16 (1 Gbps / 150 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Network : LTE Cat. 16 (1 Gbps / 150 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Network : LTE Cat. 8 (450 / 50 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 4.2 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 2.0, NFC, GPS
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear MountedYes, Rear MountedYes, Home Button
Iris ScannerYesYesNo
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRMAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRMAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRM
Water & Dust ResistanceIP68IP68IP68
Battery3,500 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (WPC and PMA)
3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (WPC and PMA)
3,600 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (Qi and PMA)
Dimensions159.5 mm tall
73.4 mm wide
8.1 mm thick
148.9 mm tall
68.1 mm wide
8.0 mm thick
150.9 mm tall
72.6 mm wide
7.7 mm thick
Weight173 g152 g157 g
Colour OptionsMidnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple GoldMidnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple GoldBlack Onyx, Silver Titanium, Gold Platinum
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The Samsung Galaxy S8 Hands-On Look

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) has a large 5.8″ Super AMOLED display with a WQHD+ resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. But thanks to its Infinity Display design, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is actually narrower than the Galaxy S7 edge! This means it will better fit smaller hands, while offering a larger display.

The new Infinity Display almost covers the entire front aspect of the Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada). Samsung achieved this by removing the physical Home button and making it part of the display. It is pressure-sensitive, and works like a physical button.

Samsung maintained the metal-glass design of the Galaxy S7 edge, but upgrades the glass protection to the latest Gorilla Glass 5. The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) also boasts the same IP68 dust- and water-resistance rating as the Galaxy S7 edge.

What’s really new is the iris scanner that first appeared in the ill-fated Galaxy Note7, and the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Samsung also introduced a better front camera. We will look into them in greater detail shortly.

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) received a nice boost to its front camera. It now pairs an 8 MP sensor with the f/1.7 lens. It is capable of recording 4K videos at 30 fps, and has great low-light capability.  its low-light capability will come in handy, as the front camera does not have flash support, not even screen flash.

Samsung maintained the same excellent 12 MP sensor from the Galaxy S7 edge, which boasts large 1.4 μm pixels and Dual Pixel autofocus technology. That doesn’t mean the sensor is capable of delivering twice as many pixels of resolution though.

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

The slight camera bump in the Galaxy S7 edge is now eliminated, probably because the entire device is now 0.3 mm thicker. However, the back is not perfectly flat, because of the protective ring around the camera and fingerprint sensor. That is not a bad thing, just something to note.

 

Hybrid SIM & Fingerprint Sensor

This is the European model (SM-G950F), so it does not have a hybrid SIM tray. If you want dual SIM, dual standby capability, you will need to get the South East Asian model (SM-G950FD). This gives you some flexibility – you can choose to use either a second SIM card, or a microSD card, but not both at the same time. The microSD slot supports microSD cards of up to 256 GB in size.

With the removal of the physical Home button, Samsung moved the fingerprint sensor to the back of the Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada). This is not unique as many smartphones have a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor (e.g. Huawei Mate 9, Honor 5C). However, the Galaxy S8 fingerprint sensor is awkwardly placed next to the camera sensor, instead of the more natural position below the camera sensor.

The higher position makes it harder for the user to reach (because the Galaxy S8 is a tall device). Being offset makes it harder for left-handed users to use, and makes it easy for all users to smear the main camera lens with their oily fingerprints. Obviously Samsung is aware of this problem, because the Galaxy S8 will alert you to clean the main camera lens!

Sadly, we did not like this fingerprint sensor. It is harder to use, as our video later will show, although its usability improves with practice. But the good news is – the Samsung Galaxy S8 also supports new alternative login methods like iris scanning and face recognition.

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Iris Scanner & Facial Recognition

These are new abilities for a Samsung Galaxy S series smartphone. They were first introduced in the Galaxy Note7, The iris scanner was surprisingly easy to set up and use, and so, it quickly became our favourite way to log into the Galaxy S8.

The iris scanner works best if you are not using glasses or contact lenses though, and it may not work in bright sunlight. Its accuracy may also be affected by dirt and fingerprint smudges on the iris camera and LED sensor. Finally, the iris scanner takes longer to log in than the fingerprint sensor, but the coolness factor is undeniable.

The facial recognition feature is easier and faster to use because it does not require you to align your eyes with the sensor focus circles. However, it is less secure than the iris scanner or fingerprint scanner.

 

IP68 Dust & Water Resistance

Like the Galaxy S7 edge, the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) is IP68-rated for dust- and water-resistance. Best of all, you don’t even have to prepare it in any way before you dunk it into water! For more information how how Samsung achieved this feat, take a look at our Samsung Galaxy S7 IP68 Engineering Explained.

Officially, the Galaxy S8 can withstand complete immersion in water up to 1.5 m in depth, for up to 30 minutes. That means you can take it for jogs in the rain, reading in the shower or soaking in bath. Heck, you can even take it for a swim!

There are some caveats though. The IP68 rating applies to a specific set of test conditions : 15-35 °C, 86-106 kPa, 1.5 metre, 30 minutes. Even so, water may enter and damage the Galaxy S7 edge if it is exposed to “water moving with force“, like running water from a tap or waterfall, or ocean waves.

In other words, this is not a waterproof phone like the Oukitel K10000 Pro or the Kenxinda ruggerdised smartphones. It is IP68 water-resistant, so you need to be gentle with it. You can read more about this in our article – Samsung Galaxy S7 IP68 Engineering Explained.

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 Setup Process

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) runs on Android 7.0 Nougat, and is very easy to set-up. If you are setting it up as a new device, it should take you only 5-7 minutes to finish the setup process.

 

The Ergonomics

Looking at the specifications, you would expect the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) to be a large phablet. After all, it has a large 5.8″ display. Yet, it feels smaller than its predecessor, the 5.5″ Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, and even 5.2″ smartphones like HTC 10.

Despite the large display, it is narrower at just over 6.8 mm wide. This makes it a better fit for smaller hands. Because it’s narrower, the Galaxy S8 also fits pockets better. That said, it is longer and will poke out of shallower pockets.

The large Super AMOLED display is beautiful as always. Despite claims of red screen issues, our review unit had no such problems. However, the WQHD+ resolution of 1440 x 2960 results in a non-standard 18.5:9 display ratio. Watching movies will result in some pillarboxing – a black bar on each side of the movie.

The Gorilla Glass 5 back looks fabulous… at first. It is easily smudged by oily fingerprints, because it lacks the oleophobic coating of the front Gorilla Glass 5 cover protecting the display. The smudges are particularly obvious on the Midnight Black version.

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Available Memory & Storage

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) comes with 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory, of which 1.5 GB (37.5%) is available for use. There is a fair bit of bloat. That said, 1.5 GB of memory is enough to run several applications simultaneously. In fact, it is more memory than what some low-end smartphones ship with!

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) comes with 64 GB of internal flash storage, with 52.6 GB of free space for you to use. That is enough space to store about 12,000 photos, or 6.5 hours of 1080p videos, or 2.5 hours of 4K videos. If that’s not enough, you can top it up with a microSD card (up to 256 GB).

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Camera Performance – Photos

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) uses the same excellent 12 MP camera as the Galaxy S7 edge. It will use either the Sony IMX260 sensor, or Samsung’s own ISOCELL S5KL1 sensor. They are both identical in specifications and performance – with Dual Pixel autofocus technology and 1.4 μm pixels.

The maximum 12 MP resolution is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio. Each picture has a resolution of 4032 x 3024, and a file size of between 3.8 MB and 4.8 MB. Here are 6 high-resolution samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

It’s no surprise that the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) performed exactly as its predecessor, the Galaxy S7 edge, in this respect. It still remains one of the best, if not the best, smartphone camera out there today.

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Camera Performance – Video Recording

Like its predecessor, the Galaxy S7 edge, the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) is capable of recording 4K videos from both front and back cameras. However, this time, Samsung has limited the 4K recording time to just 10 minutes. This was likely done to ensure that the sensor does not overheat the battery that lies next to it.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge has no such limitations, and is thus, a better smartphone for 4K video recording. However, the Galaxy S7 edge is somewhat limited by the 4 GB file size limit. When you record a long 4K video, it will be broken up into separate files that are about 11 minutes in length, with a short recording gap in between.

Below are six video samples, all taken without the use of gimbals.

 

Test #1 : Blues Band (1080p)

We really liked how the Galaxy S8 captured this rendition of Mongo Santamaría’s 1962 hit Watermelon Man. The audio quality was very good, albeit lacking the wider dynamic range of the HTC 10 (when HiRes Audio is enabled). The noise reduction is decent, although the background noise is still audible, especially at around the 3:20 mark.

 

Test #2 : Blues Band (4K)

In this video, note the incredible amount of detail captured by the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada). We are particularly impressed with its ability to capture detail in the darker foreground, while not overblowing the much brighter background. It also demonstrated decent image stabilisation, although it’s far from being the best we have seen.

 

Test #3 : Street Market (1080p)

In this test of the Samsung Galaxy S8’s image stabilisation capability, you will note that it does a rather decent job of smoothing out the jerkiness during our walk. It is not the best we have seen, but it’s still pretty good.

 

Test #4 : Street Market (4K)

The 4K video is noticeably jerky. This is probably because it can only rely on OIS (optical image stabilisation), but there’s no EIS (electronic image stabilisation).

 

Test #5 : Night Dancing (1080p)

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) exhibited great control of the scene. It captured great detail in the much darker foreground, while doing a very respectable job of controlling the highlights in the much brighter background. There was also no abrupt changes in the exposure when we panned from a brighter scene to a darker one. Very good!

 

Test #6 : Night Dancing (4K)

The resolution in this 4K video is amazing, considering the fact this was taken at night with limited light. The camera’s f/1.7 lens really helped to deliver great low-light performance.

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the Samsung Galaxy S8’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Huawei Mate 9 ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra HTC 10
Work Performance Score
(Average)
6049 7593 6313 6105
Web Browsing 7261 8717 6257 5782
Video Playback 3799 4987 4287 3321
Writing 6936 7883 7166 7463
Photo Editing 6996 9702 8262 9694

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) is as fast as the Snapdragon 820-powered HTC 10 in work applications, but slower than the Huawei Mate 9 which is powered by the Kirin 960.

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the Galaxy S8’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

This is amazing. The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) has a relatively small 3,000 mAh battery, but it lasts as long as the Huawei Mate 9 (4,000 mAh) and the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra (4,600 mAh). In fact, it lasts more than twice as long as the HTC 10, which has the same battery capacity!

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Battery Recharging Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with an adaptive fast charger with a power output of 15 W. Take a look at how fast it recharged the 3,000 mAh battery.

It took the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) just 87 minutes (1 hour 27 minutes) to recharge its battery from 18% to 100%. This is a battery life : recharging ratio of 8.4 : 1 – a truly amazing performance.

The fastest recharging happened up to the 85% level. This took just 57 minutes. Then the recharging speed slowed down, and it took a further 30 minutes to top up the remaining 15%.

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Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the Galaxy S8’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Huawei Mate 9 ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra HTC 10
Gaming Score 29509 27853 17719 23171
Graphics 33279 36605 21124 27512
Physics 21130 15164 11328 14925
Graphics Test 1 173.1 fps 202.5 fps 115.2 fps 136.6 fps
Graphics Test 2 124.3 fps 131.1 fps 76.3 fps 106.4 fps
Physics Test 67.1 fps 48.1 fps 36.0 fps 47.4 fps

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) edged out the Huawei Mate 9 in this test. Its GPU was slightly slower, but its CPU was significantly faster than the competition. It can definitely handle any game you throw at it, and then some!

 

Overall Performance

AnTuTu is a nice benchmark for testing various performance aspects of Android devices.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Huawei Mate 9 ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra HTC 10
TOTAL SCORE 175422 123167 76096 113813
3D SCORE 74336 40114 18816 50700
– 3D (Marooned) 43953 23313 10861 34778
– 3D (Garden) 30383 16801 7952 15922
UX SCORE 52159 39975 26794 30890
– UX Data Secure 7996 7943 5077 6319
– UX Data Process 5866 6985 4198 3379
– UX Strategy Games 11165 11860 7503 5433
– UX Image Process 22716 5580 6879 9521
– UX I/O Performance 4416 7607 3137 6238
CPU SCORE 38513 31992 23689 21915
– CPU Mathematics 10996 9680 6950 8494
– CPU Common Use 10939 11139 6311 5931
– CPU Multi-Core 16578 11173 10428 7490
RAM 10414 11086 6797 10308

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) really pulverised the competition in this test. It was 42% faster than the Huawei Mate 9, 54% faster than the HTC 10, and 2.3X faster than the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra.

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Our Verdict & Award

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) is a work of design and engineering marvel. Even with greater scrutiny and safety protocols in place, Samsung managed to squeeze in a plethora of new technologies into the Galaxy S8.

First and foremost is the Infinity Display, which is almost bezel-less and covers almost all of the front aspect. To achieve this, Samsung integrated a pressure-sensitive Home button into the display itself, and moved the fingerprint sensor to the back.

The Infinity Display also allowed Samsung to increase the display size while reducing the width of the device. The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) has a large 5.8″ display in a form factor that equivalent to a regular 5″ device. It makes for a better fit for smaller hands, and most pockets.

The new 18.5 : 9 aspect ratio is useful for viewing two different screens at the same time, but introduces pillarboxing when you watch movies. Samsung allows you to stretch the videos to fit the entire screen, but you will lose the upper and lower parts of the videos. So it’s a trade-off.

As their flagship smartphone, it comes as no surprise that the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) is fast… very fast actually. It also has plenty of memory and Samsung thankfully upgraded the internal storage to 64 GB. This should be more than enough for most users, even if they enjoy recording 4K videos.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) retained the same amazing camera used in its predecessor, the Galaxy S7 edge. It takes the same excellent pictures and videos, even in low-light conditions. It only loses out a little in its image stabilisation and audio fidelity capabilities. Even so, this is still one of the best smartphone cameras in the market.

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We also love what Samsung did with its battery. The Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) comes with a smaller batter than the Galaxy S7 edge, but it actually lasted an hour longer (12 hours) in our stress test! That puts it on par with smartphones with 5,000 mAh batteries. Best of all – you can completely recharge it in less than 1.5 hours!

The offset fingerprint sensor, though, was awkward to use. We highly recommend that Samsung move the fingerprint sensor to the more conventional position below the main camera in their next device. We far prefer the iris scanner, which is really easy (and cool!) to use.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) proves that Samsung still has the magical touch. They continue to lead the field in developing new technologies that are not only awe-inspiring, but actually add new practical capabilities. The boys and girls are Cupertino better buck the hell up, because Samsung is leaving them in the dust with the Galaxy S8!

There can be no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S8 deserves our Editor’s Choice Award. Job well done, Samsung!

 

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The Evolution Of The Samsung Galaxy S8 Smartphone

Samsung has done it again – creating a smartphone with features that make people go oooh and ahhh. Two of them actually. But they didn’t start from scratch. The new Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones had their genesis in their two highly-acclaimed predecessors – the Galaxy S7 edge and the Galaxy S6 edge. Let’s take a look at the evolution of the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone!

 

The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge is famous for being the first smartphone to feature a display that curved at the two edges. But it also marked Samsung’s first foray into an all metal-and-glass design with a non-removable battery. It had an aluminium unibody chassis with Gorilla Glass 4 protection on both front and back aspects.

You may not recall it, but it was also the first Samsung smartphone to support wireless charging and Samsung Pay. Needless to say, the Galaxy S6 edge was very sexy, and impressed us greatly. The only things we didn’t like about it – the lack of a microSD slot, and the bottom location of the 3.5 mm audio port.

 

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

The popularity of the Galaxy S6 edge ensured that Samsung would retain the curved edge display for the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.  They also retained the magnificent Quad HD Super AMOLED display. Why fix something that’s not broken?

Samsung fixed the biggest gripe users had with the Galaxy S6 edge, restoring the microSD slot in the form of a Hybrid SIM tray. They also renewed their emphasis on the main camera by using a new 12 MP Dual Pixel camera with f/1.7 lens. It was arguably the best smartphone camera of 2016.

But what the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is probably best known for is its IP68 design. It is the first non-ruggerdised smartphone to be IP68 dust- and water-resistant all the time. That means you can immerse it in water without prior preparation, and it does not look like a brick!

What we didn’t really fancy – the limited internal storage (it had just 32 GB of storage initially), and the 5 MP front camera, which was so 2015.

 

The Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung built upon their highly-successful Galaxy S7 edge to create the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. It maintained the same curved screen and IP68 protection, albeit with a higher resolution WQHD+ display and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

The removal of the edge moniker suggests that Samsung has decided to only use the trademark curved AMOLED displays in their Galaxy S family going forward. Samsung also removed the Home button completely, creating an incredible Infinity Display.

Samsung maintained the same highly-acclaimed 12 MP Dual Pixel camera from the Galaxy S7 edge, but gave the front camera a new 8 MP sensor with autofocus capability. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ also boast the iris scanner that was first introduced with the Galaxy Note7.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones have a dedicated button that activates the new Bixby artificial intelligence assistant. They can also be connected to the Samsung DeX dock, which provides you with a desktop-like computing experience.

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The Evolution Of The Samsung Galaxy S8

To better illustrate the evolution of the Samsung Galaxy S8, we prepared this detailed specification comparison of the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones, with their predecessors.

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy S8+Samsung Galaxy S8Samsung Galaxy S7 edgeSamsung Galaxy S6 edge
Display6.2" Super AMOLED dual-edge display
- 1440 x 2960 pixels (529 ppi)
5.8" Super AMOLED dual-edge display
- 1440 x 2960 pixels (570 ppi)
5.5" Super AMOLED dual-edge display
- 1440 x 2560 pixels (534 ppi)
5.1" Super AMOLED dual-edge display
- 1440 x 2560 pixels (577 ppi)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5 (front & back panels)Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front & back panels)Corning Gorilla Glass 4 (front & back panels)
Operating System (At Launch)Android 7.0 NougatAndroid 7.0 NougatAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 5.0 Lollipop
System PlatformSamsung Exynos 8895
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Samsung Exynos 8895
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Samsung Exynos 8890 Octa
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Samsung Exynos 7420
Memory4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM3 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
Storage Options64 GB internal flash storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 256 GB
64 GB internal flash storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 256 GB
32 GB / 64 GB internal flash storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 200 GB
32 GB / 64 GB / 128 GB internal flash storage
No microSD slot
Front Camera8 MP sensor with f/1.7 lens8 MP sensor with f/1.7 lens5 MP sensor with f/1.7 lens5 MP sensor with f/1.9 lens
Rear Camera12 MP Sony / Samsung (1.4 µm) sensor with f/1.7 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and LED flash12 MP Sony / Samsung (1.4 µm) sensor with f/1.7 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and LED flash12 MP Sony / Samsung (1.4 µm) sensor with f/1.7 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and LED flash16 MP Sony / Samsung sensor (1.1 µm) with f/1.9 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and LED flash
Dual SIM capabilityHybrid dual SIM (dual active capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
Hybrid dual SIM (dual active capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
Hybrid dual SIM (dual standby capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
None, single SIM only
ConnectivityNetwork : LTE Cat. 16 (1 Gbps / 150 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Network : LTE Cat. 16 (1 Gbps / 150 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Network : LTE Cat. 8 (450 / 50 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 4.2 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 2.0, NFC, GPS
Network : LTE Cat. 6 (300 / 50 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 4.1 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 2.0, NFC, IR Remote, GPS
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear MountedYes, Rear MountedYes, Home ButtonYes, Home Button
Iris ScannerYesYesNoNo
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRMAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRMAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRMAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRM
Water & Dust ResistanceIP68IP68IP68None
Battery3,500 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (WPC and PMA)
3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (WPC and PMA)
3,600 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (Qi and PMA)
2,600 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired only)
- wireless charging (Qi and PMA)
Dimensions159.5 mm tall
73.4 mm wide
8.1 mm thick
148.9 mm tall
68.1 mm wide
8.0 mm thick
150.9 mm tall
72.6 mm wide
7.7 mm thick
142.1 mm tall
70.1 mm wide
7.0 mm thick
Weight173 g152 g157 g132 g
Colour OptionsMidnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple GoldMidnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple GoldBlack Onyx, Silver Titanium, Gold PlatinumWhite Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Green Emerald

 

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Huawei P10 Plus, P10 & P10 Lite Price, Specifications & Briefing

Fresh off their 2017 MWC revelations, Huawei knows we are all eager to know more about the new Huawei P10 Plus, P10 and P10 Lite smartphones. So they flew Justin Zhang, Huawei’s Senior Director of Smartphone Product Line Marketing, all the way from Shanghai to give us a product briefing on the new Huawei P10 PlusP10 and P10 Lite smartphones

Let’s check out the presentation, specifications, prices and availability! Stay tuned for our hands-on previews of the three Huawei P10 models.

 

The Huawei P10 Plus, P10 & P10 Lite Product Briefing

Justin Zhang, Huawei’s Senior Director of Smartphone Product Line Marketing in Shanghai, briefed us on the Huawei P10 family’s key features.

Here are some key points :

  • The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus boast the latest Gorilla Glass 5 protection, and the first under-glass fingerprint sensor.
  • The Huawei P10 family will feature the unique Hyper Diamond-Cut finish with micro pyramid facets.
  • The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus will have an improved dual lens camera, with a 12 MP RGB sensor and a higher-resolution 20 MP monochrome sensor.
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  • The Huawei P10 retains the original Summarit-H f/2.2 lens.
  • The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus will have a Leica front camera with f /1.9 lens.
  • The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are powered by the Kirin 960, while the Huawei P10 Lite is powered by the Kirin 655 SoC.
  • The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus come with the Huawei SuperCharge capability, for low-voltage, low temperature fast charging.
  • The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus boast four LTE antennas (4×4 MIMO) and two WiFi antennas (2×2 MIMO) for better connectivity.

 

The Huawei P10 Plus, P10 & P10 Lite Specifications

SpecificationsHuawei P10 PlusHuawei P10Huawei P10 Lite
Display5.5" WQHD IPS display
- 1440 x 2560 pixels, 534 ppi
5.1" Full HD IPS display
- 1080 x 1920 pixels, 432 ppi
5.2" Full HD IPS display
- 1080 x 1920 pixels, 423 ppi
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5Corning Gorilla Glass 5Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 NougatAndroid 7.0 NougatAndroid 7.0 Nougat
PlatformHiSilicon Kirin 960HiSilicon Kirin 960HiSilicon Kirin 658
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A73 (2.36 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.8 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A73 (2.36 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.8 GHz)
1 x ARM Cortex-A53 (2.36 GHz)
3 x ARM Cortex-A53 (2.12 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.7 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G71 MP8 (1037 MHz)ARM Mali-G71 MP8 (1037 MHz)ARM Mali-T830 MP2 (900 MHz)
Memory6 GB LPDDR4 (1800 MHz)4 GB LPDDR4 (1800 MHz)4 GB LPDDR3 (933 MHz)
Storage128 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot (up to 256 GB, shared with SIM 2)
64 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot (up to 256 GB, shared with SIM 2)
32 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot (up to 128 GB, shared with SIM 2)
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, Dual Standby
- hybrid SIM2 slot, shared with microSD card
Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- hybrid SIM2 slot, shared with microSD card
Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- hybrid SIM2 slot, shared with microSD card
Selfie Camera8 MP sensor, with f/1.9 Leica lens8 MP sensor, with f/1.9 Leica lens8 MP sensor
Main CameraDual lens camera with f/1.8 Leica Summilux lens
- 12 MP RGB sensor + 20 MP monochrome sensor
- supports OIS, comes with dual LED flash
Dual lens camera with f/2.2 Leica Summarit lens
- 12 MP RGB sensor + 20 MP monochrome sensor
- comes with dual LED flash
12 MP camera with f/2.2 lens and LED flash
Fingerprint SensorYes, built into Home buttonYes, built into Home buttonYes, built into the back
ConnectivityNetwork : 2G / 3G / LTE
WiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth : v4.2, A2DP, LE
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Network : 2G / 3G / LTE
WiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth : v4.2, A2DP, LE
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Network : 2G / 3G / LTE
WiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth : v4.2, A2DP, LE
USB : micro USB 2.0
Battery3,750 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)3,200 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Dimensions74.2 mm wide
153.5 mm tall
6.98 mm thick
69.3 mm wide
145.3 mm tall
6.98 mm thick
72.0 mm wide
146.5 mm tall
7.20 mm thick
Weight165 g145 g142 g
Available ColoursGreenery, Dazzling Blue, Dazzling Gold, Graphite Black, Rose Gold, White Ceramic, Mystic Silver, Prestige GoldGreenery, Dazzling Blue, Dazzling Gold, Graphite Black, Rose Gold, White Ceramic, Mystic Silver, Prestige GoldGraphite Black, Rose Gold, White Ceramic, Sapphire Blue
Launch PriceRM 3,099 / ~US$ 679RM 2,499 / ~US$ 549RM 1,299 / ~US$ 289

 

Price & Availability

Malaysians can start pre-ordering the Huawei P10 Plus, P10 and P10 Lite smartphones starting 23 March 2017 at the Huawei Experience Store, Lazada and Vmall. Delivery and actual sales will begin on 31 March 2017 for the Huawei P10 and P10 Lite, while the Huawei P10 Plus will be available from 15 April 2017 onwards.

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The Huawei P10 Plus and P10 models will be available in two colour options – Prestige Gold and Graphite Black. The Huawei P10 Lite will be offered in the Sapphire Blue colour. The other colour options for all three models will only be introduced somewhere between the middle of May and June, 2017.

Huawei will also bring in the Huawei Nova Lite in April 2017.

 

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The OPPO R9s Specifications & Hands-On Preview

OPPO just launched the OPPO R9s at an amazing price of RM 1,798 / ~US$ 399. The OPPO R9s (LazadaAmazon) emphasises the main camera, which now boasts a 16 MP Sony IMX398 sensor with a f/1.7 lens. This makes the OPPO R9s (LazadaAmazon) one of the most affordable smartphones with a top-of-the-line main camera.

In this article, we will share with you the full specifications, and our hands-on preview, of the OPPO R9s (LazadaAmazon) smartphone. Check it out!

 

The OPPO R9s Hands-On Preview

We had a few minutes to try out the OPPO R9s (LazadaAmazon) after its star-studded launch event. Check out our hands-on preview of the OPPO R9s!

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The OPPO R9s Specifications

Here are the OPPO R9s specifications. We will update them with more details, as soon as we get them from OPPO.

SpecificationsOPPO R9s
Display5.5" Full HD IPS display
- 1080 x 1920
Display ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 (Marshmallow) with ColorOS 3.0
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 625
Processor8 x ARM Cortex A53 cores (2.0 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 506 GPU
System Memory4 GB LPDDR3 memory
Storage64 GB internal flash storage
microSD slot (up to 128 GB)
Front Camera16 MP sensor, with f/2.0 lens
- Screen Flash technology
Rear Camera16 MP Sony IMX398 sensor, with f/1.7 lens
- dual PDAF technology
Dual SIM SupportDual SIM, Dual Standby, with two nano SIM card slots
Fingerprint SensorYes, 0.2 second recognition
Battery3010 mAh lithium-ion polymer (Li-Po) battery (non-removable)
- supports VOOC flash charging
Dimensions74.3 mm wide x 153 mm tall x 6.58 mm thick
Weight147 g
Available ColoursGold / Rose Gold
Launch PriceRM 1,798 / ~US$ 399

 

The OPPO R9s Price & Availability

The local pricing for the OPPO R9s (LazadaAmazon) is an astounding RM 1,798 (~US$ 399) here in Malaysia. This is about RM 300 / ~US$ 69 cheaper than other countries!

The OPPO R9s (LazadaAmazon) can be pre-ordered from now until 13 January 2017 from OPPO Malaysia’s website, Lazada Malaysia, 11Street and the 1,200 OPPO sales points across Malaysia. It will also be available through Maxis and Celcom.

Delivery and first retail sales of the OPPO R9s (LazadaAmazon) will begin on 14 January 2017. It will be available first in Low Yat Plaza, Kuala Lumpur and VivaCity Megamall, Sarawak.

 

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The OPPO R9s Launch & Presentation

OPPO launched their latest smartphone – the OPPO R9s on 5 January 2017, at a star-studded event here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It renews their focus on mobile photography, with the OPPO R9s (LazadaAmazon) focusing more on the main camera. Join us for the OPPO R9s launch event and presentation!

 

The OPPO R9s Launch & Presentation

The OPPO R9s launch event kicked off with an awesome dance routine. Check it out!

In this video, Ken Ng, OPPO Malaysia’s Product Manager, revealed the key features of the new OPPO R9s (LazadaAmazon) smartphone. Then the Ninja Photographer, Zung, showcased the amazing photos he took using the OPPO R9s!

Finally, OPPO brought out the star-power. New OPPO brand ambassador, Lee Min-ho, appeared on screen while local celebrities Fattah Amin and Amber Chia showed off the new OPPO R9s smartphone!

 

The OPPO R9s Price & Availability

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OPPO Malaysia CEO William Fang revealed the local pricing for the OPPO R9s (Lazada, Amazon) and it’s an astoundingly good price. The OPPO R9s smartphone will retail for just RM 1,798 (~US$ 399) here in Malaysia. This is about RM 300 / ~US$ 69 cheaper than other countries!

The OPPO R9s (LazadaAmazon) can be pre-ordered from now until 13 January 2017 from OPPO Malaysia’s website, Lazada Malaysia, 11Street and the 1,200 OPPO sales points across Malaysia. It will also be available through Maxis and Celcom.

Delivery and first retail sales of the OPPO R9s (LazadaAmazon) will begin on 14 January 2017. It will be available first in Low Yat Plaza, Kuala Lumpur and VivaCity Megamall, Sarawak.

Next Page > The OPPO R9s Official Press Release

 

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The OPPO R9s Official Press Release

Kuala Lumpur, 5th January 2017 –The OPPO R9s was announced at an event in Kuala Lumpur today. Powered with a 16MP rear camera, extra-wide f/1.7 aperture, coupled with the new Dual PDAF technology, OPPO, the camera phone expert now introduces a smartphone packed with improved rear camera technology that enables users to capture clear photos anytime, anywhere.

In addition to that, the R9s also introduces OPPO’s VOOC Flash Charge technology for speedy charging and lightning-quick fingerprint access. Now, with the R9s, users are able to effortlessly capture professional-grade photos all day.

OPPO is no stranger to the world of innovative camera phones. Two years ago, the brand introduced the OPPO N3’s motorized swivel camera that can track objects as they move and can rotate up to 206 degrees, also flaunting a Schneider Kreuznach-certified lens.

In addition to that, the F1s garnered positive feedback and incredible sales. This time, the brand decides to up the rear camera game by introducing massive improvements to the R9s’s 16MP rear camera, enabling users to capture even moving objects clearly.

“As this year will be the year of mobile photography, we at OPPO Malaysia would like provide users with a camera that is able to capture photos that are crisp, clear and bright. With the R9s, now it’s clear”, said Chen Lu, Brand Director of OPPO Malaysia.

 

All-new IMX 398 sensor and Dual PDAF technology

Last year, the OPPO F1s rose to success, thanks to its superb selfie-snapping ability. The new R9s carries forward that brilliant suite of front camera features and rounds them off with a rear photography experience that elevates its predecessor’s. The device sports an impressive 16 MP front camera, paired with a large f/2.0 aperture and OPPO’s Screen Flash technology that produces excellent night shots.

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At the center of the R9s’ rear camera prowess is the all-new Sony IMX398 sensor – a customized 1/2.8 inch sensor that Sony and OPPO developed together. With this sensor and an extra-wide f/1.7 aperture that captures 40% more light than previous generations, the R9s’ rear camera offers phenomenal focusing speed, noise reduction and low-light performance, allowing users to snap breathtakingly clear and beautiful images in a matter of seconds.

The R9s’ camera uses Dual PDAF technology, a next-generation upgrade from standard PDAF solutions. The first generation of PDAF has only “a half” pixel for focusing, but the Dual PDAF increases by 100% the area of the sensor’s pixel array equipped with the special photo diodes necessary for phase-detection autofocus, allowing lightning-fast focusing — even in low light — and producing crystal-clear images.

“Our research efforts revealed that users’ dissatisfactions with rear cameras is that images typically appear blurry, or are dark and with visible poor pixel performance. Determined to solve this problem, we aimed to produce a smartphone with a rear camera that allows users to snap clear, crisp photos anytime, anywhere”, explains Ken Ng, Product Manager, OPPO Malaysia.

 

Head-turning ultra-fine “six-string” antenna lines

The R9s introduces a stylish and innovative take on the rear antenna lines used to ensure a strong signal. The thick white bands that traverse the back of most phones have been replaced with two sets of three ultra-fine lines. Though these lines measure at a mere 0.3 mm, the “six-string” design manages to imbue the R9s with an effortless sophistication, evoking the elegant lines of a stringed instrument.

The fresh look is coupled with stronger performance than ever – the device is equipped to operate on six frequency ranges, dynamically choosing the best one for 4G and Wi-Fi signals.

The new design sees the R9s’ body equipped with 98.9% of metal, with a screen-to-body ratio of 72.9 %, making its visual a subtle, refined and distinguished one, with superb signal reception to boot.

 

Powerful, long-lasting performance to keep users snapping away

The R9s sports a Qualcomm octa-core processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM, and cruises seamlessly on ColorOS 3.0 (based on Android 6.0). Storage-wise, the 64 GB onboard can be expanded by an additional 128 GB, ensuring users will have plenty of room to store their crystal-clear shots. Meanwhile, the R9s’ fingerprint reader gives users exceptionally fast 0.2s touch access, and intelligently refines its image of the user’s fingerprint over time.

The R9s is also backed with a 3,010 mAh battery and OPPO’s industry-leading VOOC Flash Charge technology, for seamlessly fast charging that are low-voltage, so your phone’s internals will never be taxed with excess heat.

With its head-turning design, powerful performance and superb all-around photography experience, the R9s is set to let users capture their lives in style!

 

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Samsung Unveils New Galaxy Note7 Phablet

2 August 2016Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. continues to drive the smartphone market with the Galaxy Note7 by building on the company’s category-defining leadership with innovative features that set a new standard for large-screen devices. With refined craftsmanship, premium materials and a unique, symmetrical edge design, the Galaxy Note7 features:

  • A water resistant body and S Pen (IP68)*
  • Top-of-the-line security that combines Samsung Knox with biometric authentication including a new iris scanning feature
  • Immersive entertainment features with HDR video streaming capabilities.

The Galaxy Note7 strikes a balance between work and play, enabling people to achieve more than what they thought possible on a smartphone.

“The Galaxy Note7 combines productivity and entertainment, with strong security features. Powering a robust ecosystem, it is the ideal device for those who want to achieve more in life,” said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “Life moves faster than ever now so we created the Galaxy Note7 to help users get things done more easily wherever, whenever.”

 

Galaxy Note7 S Pen: Quickly and Easily Bring Ideas to Life

The enhanced Galaxy Note7 S Pen is more than just a writing tool – it is the gateway to getting more done efficiently and accurately. Users can bring ideas to life the moment inspiration strikes without unlocking the screen by using Screen off memo and simply pinning the memo to the Always On Display. The S Pen also gives users the ability to easily create and share GIF animations with Smart Select.

In addition, the new Air Command functions, including Magnify and Translate, enable users to zoom in on the screen or convert languages with a simple hover of the S Pen. It is even easier to access the best of the S Pen’s creative abilities with Samsung Notes, a new unified app allowing users to jot down handwritten notes, draw, or edit memos from one location.

The new S Pen writes with ease and precision. The smaller 0.7mm tip and improved pressure sensitivity provides a real pen-like experience. With the peace of mind that IP68 water resistant provides, the Galaxy Note7 S Pen lets users jot down their thoughts without interruption, even when the screen gets wet.

 

Advanced Security: Now in the Blink of an Eye

Samsung understands the importance of keeping content on users’ phone protected. Coupled with Samsung Knox, an industry-leading security platform, the Galaxy Note7 provides heightened security and privacy, with highly advanced biometric authentication, including fingerprint scanner and iris scanning technology. The Galaxy Note7 offers more authentication options that can be used interchangeably depending on how people use their phones, wherever they are, or whatever they are doing.

The Galaxy Note7 instills a new level of user confidence with Secure Folder, a separated folder that adds an extra layer of authentication to keep private and personal information safe. The iris recognition technology will also be used to authenticate secure purchases that are made on Samsung Pay**. The Galaxy Note7 will also support Samsung Pass, bringing authentication such as iris scanning and fingerprint recognition to more apps and services.

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Best-in-Class Entertainment

The phone is one of the most important screens in a user’s life because it’s with them all of the time. The Galaxy Note7 features a gorgeous, curved 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED screen delivering a bold and immersive picture on a smartphone. It is ready to stream HDR video, enabling a cinema-like experience including brighter colors and a deeper black, which ensure users get the full experience that the filmmaker intended. The Galaxy Note7 also features Game Pack, available through Google Play, including top game titles, an easier redemption process and new user benefits.

By pairing the Galaxy Note7 with the new Gear VR powered by Oculus, users can experience premium virtual reality almost anywhere. Galaxy Note7’s incredible Super AMOLED screen and powerful processor delivers an ultra-immersive experience. The vast and ever growing library of apps, photos, games and more puts, users in the center of the action. Whether it’s next level gaming or journeying to places users have never been before, there’s always something new to discover.

For people who live to create, tell stories and transport people to entirely new worlds, the Galaxy Note7 can be used with the new high-resolution (3840 x 1920) Gear 360 camera, to capture, edit and share 360-degree images videos on the go. These memories can then be shared with friends via platforms including YouTube 360 and Facebook, and can be relived with the ultra-immersive Gear VR.

 

Galaxy Foundation with Refined Craftsmanship

With Galaxy Note7, Samsung continues to defy boundaries of engineering to perfect the user experience through innovative design. Every edge, surface and detail of the device’s design has been refined to provide a comfortable grip, easier one-handed operation, and durability with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Although the Galaxy Note7 features a large-screen, the unique front-to-back symmetrical dual-edge curve remains balanced and light with the sleek feel users have come to love from the Galaxy series. The curved screen lets the Galaxy Note7 add the powerful Edge Panel for one-tap user access to applications, news and functions.

The Galaxy Note7 is equipped with the advanced camera that was introduced on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge The dual-pixel sensor technology, wide aperture and fast auto focus, work together to create sharp and beautiful photos even in low-light environments.

In addition to 64GB of internal memory, the Galaxy Note7 offers expandable storage and microSD support up to 256GB. The Galaxy Note7 is equipped with a 3,500mAh battery, easy Power Management UX through Smart Manager, and charges quickly using the new USB-C port. Recharge the Galaxy Note7 wherever wireless charging is available.

A new line of accessories will be available to complement the Galaxy Note7, including the new S View Standing Cover, a light and portable cover that can be used to prop the device at a 60-degree angle for easy viewing of content, as well as an IP68 water resistant Backpack for on-the-go charging.

 

Creating a Phone+ Ecosystem of Connected Experiences

The Galaxy Note7 is more than just a smartphone; it’s a connection point to Samsung’s ecosystem of devices, software and services. Users can monitor their fitness activities on the Gear Fit2 or Gear IconX and track their data through S Health 5.0.** In addition to accurate and robust fitness tracking and measurement, the new S Health enables users to stay connected to family and friends by sharing fitness updates or competing in friendly challenges with one another.

With the Galaxy Note7, consumers can use the iris scanner to access value-added Samsung services like Samsung Pay** for quick and easy mobile payments.

The Smart Switch feature has been enhanced further with Samsung Cloud, which supports a seamless device experience by providing continuous backup and easy transfer of content including data, apps, settings and layouts between devices. Galaxy Note7 users will be able to use up to 15GB of free space to store and restore information on Samsung Cloud.**

The Galaxy Note7, available in Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium and Black Onyx, will arrive on Malaysian shores starting 19th August 2016 and will retail at RM3,199. To be the first to own the revolutionary Galaxy Note7, get ready for the online pre-order commencing from 8th to 10th August 2016 where only 4,000 units will be available for order! Stay tuned for more updates on the great deals extended exclusively for this pre-order only.

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Samsung Galaxy Note7 Product Specifications

 

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