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HUAWEI Malaysia : Repair + Warranty Deals (Limited Time)

HUAWEI Malaysia just announced repair and warranty deals for a limited time! Check out what deals they are offering, and grab them before they expire!

 

HUAWEI Malaysia : One Price Repair Deals (Limited Time)

For a limited time, HUAWEI Malaysia is offering everyone the opportunity to replace parts of their out-of-warranty devices at special all-in prices, which include both replacement parts and service fees.

The price for LCD screen replacement starts at RM99, while the back cover and mainboard replacements start at RM69 and RM159 respectively.

On top of that, if you are replacing your LCD screen or mainboard, you only need to top-up RM9 to replace the back cover!

These replacement parts will come with a 90-day warranty, starting from the day you collect your repaired device.

All you have to do is visit any HUAWEI Authorised Service Centre between 12 August 2020 until 1 October 2020.

 

HUAWEI Malaysia One Price Repair : Eligible Devices + Availability

The HUAWEI Malaysia One Price Repair deals are only eligible for these devices from 12 August 2020 until 1 October 2020.

LCD Screen Back Cover Mainboard
Y5 2018
Y6 II
Y7 2016
Y7 2018
MediaPad T1 10.0
MediaPad T3 7
MediaPad M3 lite 8
MediaPad M3
nova lite
nova 2i
nova plus
HONOR 7X
HONOR 7A
HONOR 8
HONOR 8 Pro
HONOR 9 Lite
HONOR 10
P9 Plus
P10
P10 Lite
Mate 10
Y6 II
Y7 2016
Y7 2018
MediaPad T3 7
MediaPad M3 lite 8
HONOR 7A
HONOR 9 Lite
HONOR 10
nova 2i
nova 3e
Mate 9
Mate 10
Mate 10 Pro
P10
P10 Lite
Y6 II
Y7 2016
Y7 2018
MediaPad T3 7
MediaPad M3 lite 8
nova lite
nova 2i
nova 3e
HONOR 7X
HONOR 7A
HONOR 8 Pro
HONOR 9 Lite
HONOR View 10
HONOR 10
P10 Plus
P10
P10 Lite
Mate 9 Pro
Mate 9
Mate 10 Pro
Mate 10

 

HUAWEI Care Warranty : 10% Discount

On top of the HUAWEI One Price Repair offer above, HUAWEI Malaysia is also offering a 10% discount for HUAWEI Care.

Do note that the 10% discount is only available at these selected Customer Service Centers :

  1. Customer Service Centre Eco City Mall, KL
  2. Customer Service Centre Pavillion, KL
  3. Customer Service Centre Plaza Berjaya, KL
  4. Customer Service Centre Sunway Pyramid, Selangor
  5. Customer Service Centre Klang Parade, Selangor
  6. Customer Service Centre Seremban, Negeri Sembilan 
  7. Customer Service Centre Taman Molek, Johor 
  8. Customer Service Centre Taman Flora Utama, Batu Pahat
  9. Customer Service Centre Brown Road, Penang
  10. Customer Service Centre Ixora Hotel, Penang
  11. Customer Service Centre De Garden, Ipoh
  12. Customer Service Centre Lorong Haji Ahmad, Kuantan
  13. Customer Service Centre Aman Central, Alor Setar 
  14. Customer Service Centre Air Jernih, Terengganu 
  15. Customer Service Centre Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
  16. Customer Service Centre Kuching, Sarawak 

 

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HONOR Love Week Deals 2020 : The Full List!

HONOR Malaysia just announced their Love Week 2020 campaign, offering discounts and deals for their whole range of smartphones and wearables!

Here is the full list of HONOR devices and their deals and bundles for HONOR Love Week 2020!

 

HONOR Love Week Deals 2020

The HONOR Love Week campaign kicks off today – 4 February 2020, and ends on 14 February 2020. The idea is to let you buy something nice at a discount for your boyfriend / girlfriend / boytoy / mistress / sugar boy / sugar baby.

HONOR is even offering smartwatch bundles, so you can both have matching watches! Only thing missing – the I’m With Her / Him t-shirts…

They’re also offering select deals on special days :

4 February 2020 : Buy two HONOR Band 5 for RM 214

7 February 2020 : Buy two HONOR smartwatches with deals starting from RM 884 – at least RM 214 off!

10 February 2020 : Buy two HONOR Band 5 Sport (Glacier Grey + Sakura Pink) for just RM 129!

10 February 2020 : Buy HONOR 20 PRO at RM 1,599 with freebies!

 

HONOR Love Week Deals 2020 : The Full List!

HONOR Love Week : 4 to 14 February 2020

HONOR Love Week 2020 Bundle Deals

Device #1 Device #2 RRP Sale Price
MagicWatch 2 46mm (Brown) MagicWatch 2 46mm (Black) RM 1,448 RM 1,234
MagicWatch 2 42mm (Black) RM 1,348 RM 1,134
Watch Magic RM 1,248 RM 1,034
MagicWatch 2 46mm (Black) MagicWatch 2 42mm (Black) RM 1,298 RM 1,084
Watch Magic RM 1,198 RM 984
MagicWatch 2 42mm (Black) Watch Magic RM 1,098 RM 884

 

HONOR Love Week 2020 Smartphone Deals

Model Free Gifts RRP Sale Price
HONOR 20 HONOR Band 5 Sport RM 1,399 RM 1,199
HONOR 20 PRO 3 in 1 Travelling Set + Water-Proof Bag RM 1,999 RM 1,599
HONOR 9X HONOR 10,000mAh PowerBank RM 999 RM 999
HONOR 8X (Blue and Black) HONOR 8X Gift Box RM 799 RM 699
HONOR 8X Max (Blue and Black) HONOR 8X Gift Box RM 899 RM 899
HONOR 20 Lite HONOR 10,000mAh PowerBank RM 799 RM 749

 

HONOR Love Week 2020 Wearable Deals

Model Free Voucher RRP Sale Price
HONOR MagicWatch 2
(Black) 46mm
RM 99 RM 699 RM 699
HONOR MagicWatch 2
(Brown) 46mm
RM 99 RM 749 RM 749
HONOR MagicWatch 2
(Black) 42mm
RM 69 RM 599 RM  599
HONOR Watch Magic RM 69 RM 499 RM 399
HONOR Band 5
(Black, Midnight Navy, Olive Green, Coral Pink)
n/a RM 129 RM 111
HONOR Watch Magic
(Black)
n/a RM 499 RM 399
HONOR Band 5 Sport
(Glacier Grey, Sakura Pink)
n/a RM 79 RM 69
HONOR Sport PRO
(Phantom Red, Phantom Grey)
n/a RM 299 RM 199

 

HONOR Love Week 2020 Accessories Deals

Model RRP Sale Price
HONOR 10,000mAh PowerBank
+ HONOR Band 5
RM 278 RM 159
HONOR 10,000mAh PowerBank (2 units) RM 298 RM 99
HONOR 10,000mAh PowerBank RM 149 RM 79
HONOR SoundStone Speaker RM 149 RM 99

 

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HONOR MagicWatch 2 Flax Brown Price + Availability!

HONOR just announced the MagicWatch 2 Flax Brown, which is powered by the Kirin A1 – the world’s first Bluetooth 5.1 mobile SoC!

Here is our quick primer on the new HONOR MagicWatch 2 Flax Brown, including its price and availability!

 

HONOR MagicWatch 2 Flax Brown

The HONOR MagicWatch 2 Flax Brown is their version of the HUAWEI Watch GT2, and runs on the same Kirin A1 mobile SoC.

Designed for the fitness buffs, it comes with 15 fitness modes for 8 outdoor and 7 indoor sports, like running, hiking, cycling, swimming, free training, etc.

It also comes with improved healthcare tracking capabilities. Its HUAWEI TruSleep 2.0 technology lets it track and diagnose 6 common types of sleep disorders, with over 200 suggestions on improving your sleep habit.

Its HUAWEI TruRelax technology detects your stress levels, and advises you on breathing exercises; while HUAWEI TruSeen keeps an eye on your heart rate 24/7, alerting you when it detects any abnormalities.

With water-resistance of up to 50 meters in depth, the HONOR MagicWatch 2 continues to monitor your heart rate underwater, as well as your SWOLF score, distance, speed and burned calories.

The HONOR MagicWatch 2 lets you make or receive Bluetooth calls on-the-go using earphones or through its built-in microphone and speaker. It also comes with 4 GB of internal storage, of which 2 GB is available for music storage – up to 500 songs can be stored!

 

HONOR MagicWatch 2 Flax Brown Specifications

Specifications HONOR MagicWatch 2 Flax Brown
Display 1.39-inch AMOLED display
Display Resolution 454 x 454 pixels (326 ppi)
Build Body : Metal + PlasticStrap : Fluoroelastomer / Leather
Water Resistance 50 meters
Platform HiSilicon Kirin A1
Memory + Storage 32 MB RAM + 4 GB storage
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.1 (2.4 GHz)
Sensors AccelerometerGyroscopeMagnetometerOptical Heart RateAmbient LightBarometerCapacitive
Health Features Continuous Heart Rate MonitorExercise MonitorSleep TrackingStress Test
Watch Band Strap Width : 22 mmWrist Size Range : 140-210 mm
Battery 455 mAh battery
Dimensions 45.9 mm x 45.9 mm x 10.7 mm
Weight 41 g (body only)

 

HONOR MagicWatch 2 Flax Brown Price + Availability

The HONOR MagicWatch 2 Flax Brown has a recommended retail price of RM 749 / S$248 / US$184 / £141 / A$266.

Unlike the Charcoal Black version, the Flax Brown model is initially available only at the HiHonor website, and Honor Experience Stores.

 

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HONOR MagicWatch 2 : Features, Price + Availability!

HONOR has a new smartwatch – the MagicWatch 2, which is powered by the Kirin A1 – the world’s first Bluetooth 5.1 mobile SoC!

Here is our quick primer on the new HONOR MagicWatch 2, including its price and availability!

 

The HONOR MagicWatch 2

The HONOR MagicWatch 2 is their version of the HUAWEI Watch GT2, and runs on the same Kirin A1 mobile SoC.

Designed for the fitness buffs, it comes with 15 fitness modes for 8 outdoor and 7 indoor sports, like running, hiking, cycling, swimming, free training, etc.

It also comes with improved healthcare tracking capabilities. Its HUAWEI TruSleep 2.0 technology lets it track and diagnose 6 common types of sleep disorders, with over 200 suggestions on improving your sleep habit.

Its HUAWEI TruRelax technology detects your stress levels, and advises you on breathing exercises; while HUAWEI TruSeen keeps an eye on your heart rate 24/7, alerting you when it detects any abnormalities.

With water-resistance of up to 50 meters in depth, the HONOR MagicWatch 2 continues to monitor your heart rate underwater, as well as your SWOLF score, distance, speed and burned calories.

The HONOR MagicWatch 2 lets you make or receive Bluetooth calls on-the-go using earphones or through its built-in microphone and speaker. It also comes with 4 GB of internal storage, of which 2 GB is available for music storage – up to 500 songs can be stored!

 

HONOR MagicWatch 2 Specifications

Specifications HONOR MagicWatch 2
Display 1.39-inch AMOLED display
Display Resolution 454 x 454 pixels (326 ppi)
Build Body : Metal + Plastic
Strap : Fluoroelastomer / Leather
Water Resistance 50 meters
Platform HiSilicon Kirin A1
Memory + Storage 32 MB RAM + 4 GB storage
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.1 (2.4 GHz)
Sensors Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Magnetometer
Optical Heart Rate
Ambient Light
Barometer
Capacitive
Health Features Continuous Heart Rate Monitor
Exercise Monitor
Sleep Tracking
Stress Test
Watch Band Strap Width : 22 mm
Wrist Size Range : 140-210 mm
Battery 455 mAh battery
Dimensions 45.9 mm x 45.9 mm x 10.7 mm
Weight 41 g (body only)

 

HONOR MagicWatch 2 Price + Availability

The HONOR MagicWatch 2 is available in two colour options – Charcoal Black and Flax Brown.

It has a recommended retail price of RM 699 / ~S$229 / ~US$169 / £159.99 / ~A$245.

Here are some online purchase options :

 

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HUAWEI Y9s vs HONOR 9X Comparison : 48 MP vs 48 MP!

The resemblance of the HUAWEI Y9s to the HONOR 9X is so remarkable, we decided to compare them for those who are wondering which model to get!

 

HUAWEI Y9s vs HONOR 9X Comparison : 48 MP vs 48 MP!

The HUAWEI Y9s and the HONOR 9X are remarkably alike – both offering 48 MP photography on the cheap!

However, as much as they may look alike, there are still some differences between the two smartphones…

Basic Design : Same

Both HUAWEI Y9s and HONOR 9X use the same pop-up 16 MP selfie camera, with a 6.59-inch notch-free display.

There are some minor differences in dimensions and weight, but they are basically the same in this respect.

Platform : Depends On Variant

The HUAWEI Y9s uses the same Kirin 710F as the HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition. The HONOR 9X Global Edition, on the other hand, is powered by the newer Kirin 810.

RAM + Storage : Depends On Variant

Both the HUAWEI Y9s and the HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition come with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage.

The HONOR 9X Global Edition, on the other hand, is available in 4 GB or 6 GB RAM options, and 64 GB or 128 GB storage options.

Rear Cameras : Depends On Variant

The HUAWEI Y9s has the same triple-camera setup as the HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition. The HONOR 9X Global Edition lacks their 8 MP ultra-wide angle camera.

Connectivity : Depends On Variant

Both the HUAWEI Y9s and the HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition support WiFi-N, Bluetooth 4.2 and 4G LTE Cat13 uploads and Cat12 downloads.

The HONOR 9X Global Edition, on the other hand, supports WiFi-AC, Bluetooth 5.0 as well as 4G LTE Cat18 uploads and Cat21 downloads.

Fingerprint Sensor : Depends On Variant

The HUAWEI Y9s and HONOR 9X Global Edition come with a side fingerprint sensor, integrated into the Power button.

The HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition, on the other hand, uses a rear fingerprint sensor.

Battery + Charging : Same Battery, Different Fast Charging

Both HUAWEI Y9s and HONOR 9X come with the same 4,000 mAh battery, but differ in their fast charging support.

The HUAWEI Y9s only support 10 watt fast charging, while the HONOR 9X models support 18 watt fast charging.

Price : Same!

Here in Malaysia, the HUAWEI Y9s and HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition are priced at just RM 999 / ~S$326 / ~USD239 / ~£185 / ~A$353!

 

HUAWEI Y9s vs HONOR 9X Specifications Comparison

For an easier comparison, we created this table comparing the HUAWEI Y9s against the two HONOR 9X variants :

Specifications HUAWEI Y9s HONOR 9X Malaysia HONOR 9X Global
Display 6.59-inch IPS display
Display Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels (391 ppi)
Operating System EMUI 9.1
Platform HiSilicon Kirin 710F HiSilicon Kirin 810
Processor 4 x ARM Cortex-A73
4 x ARM Cortex-A53
2 x ARM Cortex-A76
6 x ARM Cortex-A55
Graphics Processor ARM Mali-G51 MP4 ARM Mali-G52 MP6
Memory 6 GB 4 GB / 6 GB
Storage 128 GB internal storage
microSD slot (up to 512 GB)
64 GB / 128 GB
microSD (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera 16 MP camera (f/2.2)
Rear Cameras 48 MP main camera (f/1.8)
8 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.4)
2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4)
48 MP main camera (f/1.8)
No ultra-wide camera
2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4)
GPS GPS / AGPS / GLONASS / Beidou
SIM Support Dual nano SIMs, Dual Standby
4G LTE UL : Cat13 (150 Mbps)
DL : Cat12 (600 Mbps)
UL : Cat18 (200 Mbps)
DL : Cat21 (1.4 Gbps)
WI-FI 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz) 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
802.11a/ac (5 GHz)
802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5 GHz)
Connectivity Bluetooth : BT 4.2
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Side-Mounted Rear-Mounted Side-Mounted
Battery 4,000 mAh Li-Po battery
10 W fast-charging
4,000 mAh Li-Po battery
18 W fast-charging
Dimensions 77.2 mm wide
163.1 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
77.3 mm wide
163.5 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
Weight 206 g 197 g

 

HUAWEI Y9s : Where To Buy

The HUAWEI Y9s is available in two colour options – Midnight Black and Breathing Crystal – starting 29 November 2019 in a single variant :

  • 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage : RM 999 / ~S$326 / ~USD239 / ~£185 / ~A$353

Here are the online pre-order or purchase links :

Here in Malaysia, HUAWEI is offering a FREE HUAWEI Band 4 smartwatch worth RM 139. To redeem this free gift, please follow these steps :

  • Go to HUAWEI AppGallery and search for Member Center
  • Install and open the HUAWEI Center app
  • Scroll down to the Activities section
  • Tap on the HUAWEI Y9s Free Gift Redemption banner.
  • Fill in your personal information and submit them.

That’s it! HUAWEI will deliver your FREE HUAWEI Band 4 to you!

 

HONOR 9X Price + Availability

The HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition is available in either Midnight Black or Sapphire Blue colour options beginning 28 November 2019 in a single variant.

  • 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage : RM 999 / ~S$326 / ~USD239 / ~£185 / ~A$353

Here in Malaysia, HONOR is bundling it with a free HONOR Band 5 Sport.

Here are the online pre-order or purchase links :

 

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HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition : What You Need To Know!

The HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition smartphone is now out, promising to deliver 48 MP photography on the cheap.

Find out how the HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition compares against the HONOR 8X, and the HONOR 9X Global Edition!

 

HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition

Released just over a year after the HONOR 8X, the HONOR 9X promises a few nice improvements, and a pop-up camera design. Let’s take a closer look!

Pop-Up Camera + Slightly Larger Display

The HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition joins the pop-up camera fad, just to squeeze out the display notch. Together with a slightly larger 6.59-inch display, HONOR eked out a 91% screen-to-body ratio.

The pop-up camera takes about a second to extend and retract, which may be problematic if you need to quickly snap a selfie. It sports the same 16 MP sensor, but with a smaller f/2.2 aperture.

Triple Rear Cameras

The biggest upgrade is, arguably, the 8 MP ultra-wide camera – it offers a more dramatic viewpoint, especially for architectural or scenery shots.

Its headlining 48 MP main camera looks nice on paper, but defaults to 12 MP for better image quality. Unless you manually switch to the 48 MP mode, the HONOR 8X actually has a higher resolution 20 MP camera.

This camera now supports video stabilisation, albeit only for 720p videos. Its Kirin 710F processor just isn’t fast enough to handle 1080p video stabilisation.

The third “camera” is a 2 MP depth sensor that captures depth information to help the main camera differentiate the subject from its background, to deliver more accurate software bokeh effects.

Same Platform, In A New Package

The HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition runs on the Kirin 710F, which is the same Kirin 710 platform used by the HONOR 8X, just assembled with a different package.

In other words – it has the same performance as the HONOR 8X. The only real difference is that you have the option of buying the HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.

The HONOR 9X and HONOR 9X Pro Global Edition comes with the newer and faster Kirin 810, which pairs two faster ARM Cortex-A76 cores with six low-power ARM Cortex-A55 cores.

In addition, it has a faster six-core ARM Mali-G52 MP6 GPU and is fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, which means it runs cooler and uses less power than the Kirin 710 or Kirin 710F.

Larger Battery + USB Type C Port

The HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition comes with a slightly larger 4,000 mAh battery – just 250 mAh (6.7%) more than the HONOR 8X.

The big upgrade though comes in the form of the USB 2.0 Type C port. It still charges at 18 watts, but at least it is bidirectional!

Recommended : HONOR 9X | HONOR 9X Pro : Everything You Need To Know!

 

HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition vs Global Edition Differences

For your convenience, here is a table highlighting the KEY DIFFERENCES of the HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition with the Global Edition models.

Specifications HONOR 9X
Malaysia
HONOR 9X
Global
HONOR 9X Pro
Global
Platform HiSilicon Kirin 710F HiSilicon Kirin 810
Processor 4 x ARM Cortex-A73
4 x ARM Cortex-A53
2 x ARM Cortex-A76
6 x ARM Cortex-A55
Graphics Processor ARM Mali-G51 MP4 ARM Mali-G52 MP6
Memory 6 GB LPDDR4X 4 GB / 6 GB LPDDR4X 8 GB LPDDR4X
Storage 128 GB 64 GB / 128 GB 128 GB / 256 GB
Rear Cameras 48 MP main camera
8 MP ultra-wide camera
2 MP depth sensor
48 MP main camera
No ultra-wide camera
2 MP depth sensor
48 MP main camera
8 MP ultra-wide camera
2 MP depth sensor
GPS GPS / AGPS / GLONASS GPS / AGPS / GLONASS / Beidou
4G LTE UL : Cat13 (150 Mbps)
DL : Cat12 (600 Mbps)
UL : Cat18 (200 Mbps)
DL : Cat21 (1.4 Gbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
802.11a/ac (5 GHz)
802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 Bluetooth 5.0
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Rear-Mounted Yes, Side-Mounted
NFC Support No Yes

 

HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition vs HONOR 8X Specifications

For your convenience, here is a table comparing the specifications of the HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition with the HONOR 8X.

Specifications HONOR 9X
Malaysia Edition
HONOR 8X
Display 6.59-inch IPS display 6.5-inch IPS display
Display Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels (391 ppi) 1080 x 2340 pixels (396 ppi)
Protection None None
Operating System Android 9 with EMUI 9.1 Android 8.1 with EMUI 8.2
Platform HiSilicon Kirin 710F HiSilicon Kirin 710
Processor 4 x ARM Cortex-A73 (2.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.7 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A73 (2.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.7 GHz)
Graphics Processor ARM Mali-G51 MP4 ARM Mali-G51 MP4
Memory 6 GB LPDDR4X 4 GB LPDDR4X
Storage 128 GB internal memory
microSD slot (up to 512 GB)
64 GB internal memory
microSD slot (up to 400 GB)
Front Camera 16 MP camera (f/2.2)
– pop-up design
16 MP camera (f/2.0)
– 720p video recording
Rear Cameras 48 MP main camera (f/1.8)
8 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.4)
2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4)
20 MP PDAF main camera (f/1.8)
2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4)
GPS GPS / AGPS / GLONASS GPS / AGPS / GLONASS
SIM Support Dual nano SIM, Dual Standby Dual nano SIM, Dual Standby
4G LTE UL : Cat13 (150 Mbps)
DL : Cat12 (600 Mbps)
UL : Cat13 (150 Mbps)
DL : Cat12 (600 Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz only)
802.11a/ac (5 GHz only)
802.11a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz only)
Connectivity Bluetooth : BT 4.2
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Bluetooth : BT 4.2
USB : microUSB 2.0
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Rear-Mounted Yes, Rear-Mounted
Infra-Red Emitter No No
NFC Support No No
Battery 4,000 mAh Li-Po battery
18 W fast-charging
3,750 mAh Li-Po battery
18 W fast-charging
Dimensions 77.3 mm wide
163.5 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
76.6 mm wide
160.4 mm tall
7.8 mm thick
Weight 197 g 175 g

 

HONOR 9X Malaysia Price + Availability

The HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition is available in either Midnight Black or Sapphire Blue colour options beginning 28 November 2019 in a single variant.

  • 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage : RM 999 / ~S$326 / ~USD239 / ~£185 / ~A$353

Here in Malaysia, HONOR is bundling it with a free HONOR Band 5 Sport.

Here are the online pre-order or purchase links :

Its lower price point and freebie gives the HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition a fighting chance against the Xiaomi Mi 9T, which has been out for several months now, with better features like :

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  • Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 mobile platform
  • higher-resolution 20 MP front camera, with wider f/2.0 aperture
  • extra 8 MP telephoto camera
  • Bluetooth 5.0 support
  • Comes with an IR emitter
  • Comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor

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HONOR 9X | HONOR 9X Pro : Everything You Need To Know!

The HONOR 9X and HONOR 9X Pro smartphones promise to deliver 48 MP photography on the cheap.

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the HONOR 9X and HONOR 9X Pro, and how they compare against the HONOR 8X!

 

HONOR 9X | HONOR 9X Pro

Released just over a year after the HONOR 8X, the HONOR 9X and HONOR 9X Pro promise a few nice improvements, with a pop-up camera design. Let’s take a closer look!

Pop-Up Camera + Slightly Larger Display

The HONOR 9X and HONOR 9X Pro smartphones join the pop-up camera fad, just to squeeze out the display notch. Together with a slightly larger 6.59-inch display, HONOR eked out a 91% screen-to-body ratio.

The pop-up camera takes about a second to extend and retract, which may be problematic if you need to quickly snap a selfie. It sports the same 16 MP sensor, but with a smaller f/2.2 aperture.

Triple Rear Cameras

The biggest upgrade is, arguably, the 8 MP ultra-wide camera – available only in the HONOR 9X Pro – it offers a more dramatic viewpoint, especially for architectural or scenery shots.

The headline 48 MP main camera – available in both models – looks nice on paper, but defaults to 12 MP for better image quality. Unless you manually switch to the 48 MP mode, the HONOR 8X actually has a higher resolution 20 MP camera.

The last “camera” is a 2 MP depth sensor that captures depth information to help the main camera differentiate the subject from its background, to deliver more accurate software bokeh effects.

Same Platform, In A New Package

Both models run on the Kirin 810, which is the replacement for the Kirin 710 platform used by the HONOR 8X., and the Kirin 710F used in the HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition.

Specifications Kirin 810 Kirin 710 / Kirin 710F
Process Technology 7 nm 12 nm
Processor 2 x ARM Cortex-A76 (2.27 GHz)
6 x ARM Cortex-A55 (1.55 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A73 (2.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.7 GHz)
Graphics Processor ARM Mali-G52 MP6 ARM Mali-G51 MP4
4G LTE UL : Cat18 (200 Mbps)
DL : Cat21 (1.4 Gbps)
UL : Cat13 (150 Mbps)
DL : Cat12 (600 Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5 GHz) 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz only)
802.11a/ac (5 GHz only)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 4.2

The Kirin 810 offers two faster ARM Cortex-A76 cores with six low-power ARM Cortex-A55 cores, and a faster six-core ARM Mali-G52 MP6 GPU.

In addition, the Kirin 810 is fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, which means it runs cooler and uses less power than the Kirin 710 or Kirin 710F.

Side Fingerprint Sensor

Unlike the HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition, both HONOR 9X and HONOR 9X Global Edition feature a side fingerprint sensor.

Larger Battery + USB Type C Port

Both models come with a slightly larger 4,000 mAh battery – just 250 mAh (6.7%) more than the HONOR 8X.

The big upgrade though comes in the form of the USB 2.0 Type C port. It still charges at 18 watts, but at least it is bidirectional!

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HONOR 9X | HONOR 9X Pro vs HONOR 8X

For your convenience, here is a table comparing the specifications of the two HONOR 9X models against the HONOR 8X :

Specifications HONOR 9X Pro Global HONOR 9X Global HONOR 8X
Display 6.59-inch IPS display 6.5-inch IPS display
Display Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels (391 ppi) 1080 x 2340 pixels (396 ppi)
Protection None
Operating System Android 9 with EMUI 9.1 Android 8.1 with EMUI 8.2
Platform HiSilicon Kirin 810 HiSilicon Kirin 710
Processor 2 x ARM Cortex-A76
6 x ARM Cortex-A55
4 x ARM Cortex-A73
4 x ARM Cortex-A53
Graphice Processor ARM Mali-G52 MP6 ARM Mali-G51 MP4
Memory 8 GB LPDDR4X 4 GB / 6 GB LPDDR4X 4 GB LPDDR4X
Storage 128 GB / 256 GB
microSD slot
64 GB / 128 GB
microSD slot
64 GB
microSD slot
Front Camera 16 MP sensor, f/2.2
– pop-up design
16 MP sensor, f/2.0
– 720p video recording
Main Camera 48 MP main camera
8 MP ultra-wide camera
2 MP depth sensor
48 MP main camera
2 MP depth sensor
20 MP PDAF main camera
2 MP depth sensor
GPS GPS / AGPS / GLONASS / Beidou GPS / AGPS / GLONASS
SIM Support Dual nano SIM, Dual Standby
4G LTE UL : Cat18 (200 Mbps)
DL : Cat21 (1.4 Gbps)
UL : Cat13 (150 Mbps)
DL : Cat12 (600 Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
Connectivity Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Bluetooth : BT 4.2
USB : microUSB 2.0
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Side-Mounted Yes, Rear-Mounted
NFC Support Yes No
Battery 4,000 mAh Li-Po battery
18 W fast-charging
3,750 mAh Li-Po battery
18 W fast-charging
Dimensions 77.3 mm wide
163.5 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
76.6 mm wide
160.4 mm tall
7.8 mm thick
Weight 197 g 175 g

 

HONOR 9X | HONOR 9X Pro Price + Availability

Here is the official price list for the two Global Edition models :

HONOR 9X Global Edition

4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : CNY 1,399 / ~RM 829 / ~S$272 / ~USD 200 / ~£155 / ~A$293
6 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : CNY 1,599 / ~RM 948 / ~S$310 / ~USD 228 / ~£177 / ~A$335
6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage : CNY 1,899 / ~RM 1,125 / ~S$369 / ~USD 271 / ~£210 / ~A$398

HONOR 9X Pro Global Edition

8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage : CNY 2,199 / ~RM 1,303 / ~S$427 / ~USD 314 / ~£243 / ~A$461
8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage : CNY 2,399 / ~RM 1,422 / ~S$466 / ~USD 342 / ~£265 / ~A$503

 

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HONOR Band 5 To Add SpO2 + Remote Music Control!

HONOR will be adding SpO2 monitoring and remote music control to the HONOR Band 5!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about these two new features for the HONOR Band 5!

 

HONOR Band 5 To Add SpO2 + Remote Music Control!

Here is the short version of this story :

HONOR will introduce an OTA (Over-The-Air) update on 29 September 2019, which will introduce SpO2 monitoring and remote music control to the HONOR Band 5.

With this update, HONOR is hoping that consumers will consider the Band 5 to be more than just a fitness tracker.

SpO2 Monitoring In The HONOR Band 5

SpO2, which HONOR wrongly calls pulse oxygen saturation, is short for peripheral oxygen saturation.

It is an estimate of how much oxygen there is in your blood, measured using pulse oximetry.

With the 29 September OTA update, you will be able to monitor your SpO2 :

  1. Select the Blood Oxygen Monitoring option
  2. Click to start measuring your SpO2

Now, HONOR is clear to point out that this SpO2 monitoring feature is NOT certified, and is thus “not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease“, and should only be used for “personal reference“.

We would like to highlight this, because HONOR’s normal SpO2 values of 90% to 100% is too loose.

  • A healthy individual should have a SpO2 value between 96% and 99%.
  • If your SpO2 value drops below 95%, you should consider medical attention.
  • You should definitely seek medical attention if SpO2 falls below 90%.

Remote Music Control Using The HONOR Band 5

Finally, the HONOR Band 5 will receive the ability to remotely control music on your smartphone with the 29 September OTA update.

After you turn on the Music Control option in the Huawei Health app, you will be able to use the HONOR Band 5 to view and control your favourite music app!

The new remote music control capability will support a wide range of music apps like Google Play Music, Spotify, YouTube, Shazam, HUAWEI Music. It will work with any Android smartphone, as well as they are running Android 5.0 or above.

 

How To Get The HONOR Band 5 OTA Update

From 29 September 2019 onwards, you can download and install the OTA update that adds SpO2 monitoring and remote music control using these steps :

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  1. Open the HUAWEI Health app.
  2. Tap on the Check For Updates option.
  3. The HONOR Band 5 will update and restart itself automatically.
  4. The HUAWEI Health app will also update and restart itself.

Once they are both updated, the HUAWEI Health app will be version 10.0.1.011, and your Band 5 will be running firmware version 1.1.0.93.

 

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HONOR 20 Pro Icelandic Frost : Cool Colour For A Hot World!

After a preview launch in June, the HONOR 20 Pro went on sale in August 2019. But guess what – the HONOR 20 Pro is now available in a new Icelandic Frost colour option!

Now, we were not invited to this very exclusive launch, but from what we heard, the new HONOR 20 Pro Icelandic Frost is so cool, it’s just what we need for this hot, hot world!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the HONOR 20 Pro Icelandic Frost model!

 

The HONOR 20 Pro Icelandic Frost

The HONOR 20 Pro comes with a large 6.26-inch LPTS display, and runs on the HUAWEI Kirin 980 mobile SoC.

It originally launched in four colour options – Sapphire Blue and Midnight Black in Malaysia, with Phantom Black and Phantom Blue available in other countries.

Until yesterday… when HONOR unveiled to their media friends, the new HONOR 20 Pro Icelandic Frost model!

Memory + Storage

The HONOR 20 Pro Icelandic Frost (Price Check) comes with 8 GB of LPDDR4x memory and 256 GB of internal storage.

Cameras

The HONOR 20 Pro Icelandic Frost (Price Check) comes with a 32 MB front camera, and a quad camera system at the back.

  • A 48 MP main camera with f/1.4 aperture and OIS capability
  • An 8 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 and OIS
  • A 16 MP super-wide angle camera with f/2.2 aperture
  • A 2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture

The 48 MP main camera on both smartphones use the Sony IMX586 image sensor, and defaults to 12 MP because this allows for better image quality, thanks to the larger “combined” pixel size of 1.6 µm.

Battery

The HONOR 20 Pro Icelandic Frost (Price Check) has a 4,000 mAh battery, and supports 22.5 watt fast charging.

Colour

According to their press release, the Icelandic Frost colour was “inspired by the magnificence of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Iceland – capturing the wonders of the glacier lagoon where icebergs glisten in the sunset, making the smartphone shine like a diamond“.

Well, we did not check it out in person, but we can tell from the photo that HONOR was not lying about how shiny it is!

Look at that mirror finish! So shiny you can use it to reflect the sun’s glare and combat climate change!

Seriously though – it’s so shiny, it doubles as a mirror when you need to apply your make up, or to find out if you have a stalker…

 

HONOR 20 Pro Icelandic Frost Specifications

Specifications HONOR 20 Pro
Display 6.26-inch LPTS display
– 1080 x 2340 pixels (412 ppi)
Operating System Android 9.0 with Magic UI 2.1.0
System Platform HiSilicon Kirin 980
CPU 2 x ARM Cortex-A76 cores (2.6 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A76 cores (1.92 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A55 cores (1.8 GHz)
NPU 2 x NPU
GPU ARM Mali-G76
RAM 8 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 256 GB storage
Front Camera 32 MP camera
Rear Cameras 40 MP main camera (f/1.4, OIS)
8 MP telephoto camera (f/2.4, OIS)
16 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
2 MP macro camera (f/2.4)
Connectivity Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth : BT5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Rear-Mounted
Other Sensors Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass,
Proximity, Gravity, Hall Sensor,
Infra-red Sensor, Colour Temperature
NFC Yes
Battery 4,000 mAh
22.5 W wired charging
Dimensions 73.97 mm wide
154.25 mm tall
7.87 mm thick
Weight 174 g

 

HONOR 20 Pro Icelandic Frost Price + Offer For Malaysia

The HONOR 20 Pro Icelandic Frost has a launch price of RM 2,299 in Malaysia, which is approximately ~US$549 / ~£439 / ~A$809.

It is available from 21 September 2019 at retail stores onwards, with online sales kicking off on 23 September 2019. However, you can pre-order it right now!

Here in Malaysia, HONOR is bundling every purchase with a free HONOR Band 5 smartwatch worth RM 199.

 

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The HUAWEI Trump Ban – Everything You Need To Know! 5.5

Rumours have been fast spreading on instant messengers and social media about the HUAWEI Trump ban, leading to a ton of misconceptions, misunderstandings and outright BS.

In this article, we will explain the HUAWEI Trump ban, and what it means to HUAWEI and to you, the customer.

 

The HUAWEI Trump Ban Timeline Updated!

The US government’s distrust of HUAWEI goes back many years, and only grew as HUAWEI became one of China’s biggest and arguably, most visible global companies with over $100 billion in revenue and over 180,000 employees worldwide.

Circa 2010 : US intelligence officers began claiming that HUAWEI was serving as a proxy for the Chinese government

2011 : The US government squelched HUAWEI’s attempt to acquire 3Leaf Systems, a US company that offers server virtualisation solutions.

2012-10-08 : The US House Intelligence Committee released a report about its investigations into HUAWEI and ZTE, which also questioned their dealings with Iran.

2018-08-13 : US President Trump banned the use of HUAWEI and ZTE products by US government agencies.

2018-12-01 : Meng Wanzhou, HUAWEI’s global chief financial officer and the daughter of its founder, Ren Zhengfei, is arrested by Canadian authorities at the request of the United States.

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Early 2019 : The Trump government begins earnestly pressuring allies to stop using HUAWEI telecommunications equipment, particularly in building new 5G networks.

2019-05-10 : The US-Chinese trade talks failed, and President Trump immediately raised tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports.

2019-05-15 : President Trump signed an executive order barring US companies from using telecommunications equipment from sources that are “national security threats”. The US Commerce Department also added HUAWEI to the Entity List of US national security threats.

2019-05-16 : ARM issued a memo instructing their employees to suspend business with HUAWEI. Read our full report and analysis.

2019-05-19 : Google announced that it would suspend business with HUAWEI to comply with US law.

2019-05-20 : Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom, Micron and Western Digital announce that they will stop supplying HUAWEI. German chipmaker Infineon also stopped some shipments.

2019-05-20 : The Bureau of Industry and Security of the US Commerce Department announced a 90-day temporary licence to HUAWEI, partially restoring their access to US technology and suppliers.

2019-05-21 : FedEx in Singapore and Hong Kong withheld two HUAWEI packages for “delivery exception“. Read our full report and analysis.

2019-05-23 : Two packages from Japan bound for HUAWEI in China were diverted to the FedEx HQ in the United Stataes instead. Read our full report and analysis.

2019-05-25 : The SD Association removed HUAWEI as a member, but the NM Card gives an extra workaround. Read our full report.

2019-05-26 : The WiFi Alliance temporarily suspends HUAWEI, but this only affects future Wi-Fi standards. Read our full report and analysis.

2019-05-29 : HUAWEI announced a legal challenge on the constitutionality of the HUAWEI Trump ban, but it will be too late to help them. However, China has a Trump card!

2019-05-29 : Just as quietly as HUAWEI was removed as members of the the WiFi Alliance, the SD Association and the Bluetooth SIG, its membership was restored!

Even the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro was put back on the Android Q beta programme! Read our full report and analysis!

2019-05-29 : Malaysian Prime Minister (and the world’s OLDEST prime minister) Dr. Mahathir Mohammad said that Malaysia has no intention on shunning HUAWEI, and that they will “try to make use of their technology as much as possible“.

2019-05-29 : The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) told its editors to stop using HUAWEI scientists and engineers to review scientific papers for fear of “severe legal implications”.

2019-06-02 : The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) reversed their decision to ban HUAWEI scientists and engineers from reviewing scientific papers! Read our full report and analysis!

2019-06-12 : HUAWEI confirmed that they were postponing the launch of their refreshed MateBook laptop indefinitely, because they are unable to purchase the necessary components from US-based companies like Intel.

China’s Global Times reports that HUAWEI will instead launch a different laptop in July that will run Windows 10 on an ARM-based processor. Read our full report and analysis!

2019-06-14 : HONOR is moving ahead with the sale of the HONOR 20 smartphones, starting 21 June 2019. Read our full report!

At the same time, Broadcom slashed its annual revenue outlook by a whopping $2 billion, as a result of the HUAWEI Trump ban. Broadcom shares fell 6% as a result.

2019-06-17 : Microsoft starts selling HUAWEI MateBook laptops again, after removing them from the Microsoft Store when HUAWEI was added to the Entity List.

In their statement, they stated that “[Microsoft] will continue to respond to the many business, technical and regulatory complexities stemming from the recent addition of Huawei to the US Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations Entity List”

2019-06-21 : FedEx refused to deliver a HUAWEI P30 Pro smartphone to a US resident, citing the HUAWEI Trump ban. Read our full report and analysis!

2019-06-22 : FedEx reversed their stance, now claiming that it was “an operational error“. Read our full report and analysis!

2019-06-23 : HUAWEI calls the repeated delivery mistakes by FedEx “a vendetta“. Read our full report!

2019-06-24 : Despite the HUAWEI Trump ban, HONOR reported that they sold their first batch of HONOR 20 smartphones in 3 hours in Malaysia, with over a million units in China in two weeks. Read our full report!

2019-06-25 : FedEx sued the Trump Administration to block trade restrictions (like the HUAWEI ban) that force it to act as enforcement agents. UPS declined to join the FedEx lawsuit.

2019-06-29 : President Trump stunned everyone by reversing the HUAWEI ban, stating that it was “no great national emergency”; and agreeing not to introduce more tariffs… all without a trade agreement with China. Read our full report and analysis!

2019-07-14 : Reuters reported that the US Commerce Department could start approving licences for US companies to start selling again to HUAWEI in a matter of weeks.

2019-07-22 : Impatient with the US Commerce Department, the CEOs of Google, Cisco, Intel, Broadcom, Micron and Western Digital pressured Donald Trump to force the US Commerce Department to issue licenses allowing them to sell to HUAWEI once again. Read our full report and analysis!

2019-08-19 : The US Commerce Department extended HUAWEI’s temporary general licence by a further 90 days. They also added 46 more HUAWEI affiliates to the Entity List. Read our full report and analysis!

 

Who Does The HUAWEI Trump Ban Affect?

The HUAWEI Trump ban covers both HUAWEI and its sub-brand, HONOR. As it so happens, HONOR is launching their HONOR 20 smartphone today.

Together with the success of their P30 and P30 Pro smartphones, the ban could not come at a worst time.

 

What Exactly Does The HUAWEI Trump Ban Do?

Many pundits wrongly quoted Trump’s executive order as the basis for the Google and other US companies suspending supplies to HUAWEI. That is only partly true.

His executive order does not mention HUAWEI at all. In fact, it actually applies to every company listed in the US Entity List, which is over 270 pages long!

It basically prohibits “any acquisition, importation, transfer, installation, dealing in, or use of any information and communications technology or service (transaction)” by “any person… subject to the jurisdiction of the United States” to “persons owned by, controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of a foreign adversary“.

It was really the US Commerce Department’s action of adding HUAWEI (and its 68 affiliates) to the Entity List that forced US companies to stop doing business with HUAWEI.

Even without Trump’s executive order, US companies are generally prohibited from doing business with companies listed in the Entity List. They will have to apply for a licence to export products to those entities.

 

The HUAWEI Trump Ban Effects

Google

Google rescinded HUAWEI’s Android licence, as well as access to Google Play services and the Play Store. But what does that mean?

  • Current HUAWEI and HONOR devices that run on Android and were launched on, or before 16 May 2019 will continue to have access to Google Play services, and the Google Play Store..
  • HUAWEI and HONOR devices launched from 17 May 2019 onwards will not have access to Android, Google Play services, or Google Play Store.

  • HUAWEI and HONOR will continue to receive Android software updates and patches until 19 August 2019.

In other words, if you own a HUAWEI or HONOR smartphone that was launched before 16 May 2019, you have nothing to worry about… at least until August 2019.

ARM

The suspension of business between ARM and HUAWEI has no real effect in the short to medium-term, because HUAWEI can continue to manufacture existing and completed designs.

Read our full report : The HUAWEI ARM Business Suspension – How Bad Is This?

Processor Suppliers : Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom

HUAWEI has long worked on creating their own mobile SoCs, like their flagship-class Kirin 970 and Kirin 980. They have been pretty successful in this regard – all of their top smartphones run on Kirin processors.

They do not have a replacement for the Intel processors that power their MateBook laptops. However, they have apparently prepared for this eventuality by stockpiling 3 months worth of chips.

Memory Suppliers : Micron, Infineon

Fortunately for HUAWEI, most DRAM manufacturers are not US companies, or subject to US law. Whereas Micron (a US company) can no longer supply HUAWEI with memory chips, there are other DRAM companies that can make up the shortfall… including their competitor, Samsung.

Tech Organisations : WiFi, Bluetooth, SD New!

Initially, HUAWEI was quietly but unceremoniously booted from the Wi-Fi Alliance, the Bluetooth SIG and the SD Association. But two weeks later, their memberships were quietly restored. Read our full reports :

Perplexingly, the IEEE announced and retracted their ban on HUAWEI scientists and engineers serving as peer reviewers and editors in just four days.

Read our full report : The IEEE Reverses HUAWEI Ban After Just 4 Days!

 

How Does The HUAWEI Trump Ban Affect YOU?

If you own a HUAWEI or HONOR smartphone sold on or before 16 May 2019, you have NOTHING to worry about.

  • Your HUAWEI or HONOR smartphone will continue to work normally
  • You will continue to have access to Google Play services, and the Google Play Store.
  • You will continue to receive updates and security patches

If you are planning to purchase a future HUAWEI or HONOR smartphone, you should wait and see.

  • Despite the ban, HUAWEI still has access to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
  • They can still produce smartphones that run on Android, but won’t be able to install Google Play services, the Google Play Store, or apps by US companies like YouTube and Facebook.
  • HUAWEI has been working on its own mobile operating system, HongMeng OS, which is said to be undergoing trials right now.
  • Future HUAWEI smartphones may run on HongMeng OS and their own slew of apps, but there will be a dearth of third-party apps, at least initially.
  • If the ban persists, HUAWEI will likely be forced to ship future smartphones with stock Android and HUAWEI apps to replace Google Play services.

 

What About New Devices?

The partial licence from the US Commerce Department only permits “service and support” for “existing” devices that were “available to the public on or before May 16, 2019“.

HUAWEI and its affiliates can create and sell new devices. However, they will not be covered by the temporary licence, and therefore…

  • they cannot have Google Play services or Play Store, or any US apps like YouTube and Instagram, installed
  • they are not entitled to Android software updates either

That said, US companies or companies that use substantial US technologies can apply to the US Commerce Department for special licences to sell to HUAWEI. As of July 2019, over 50 applications were submitted for consideration.

 

How Will This Affect HUAWEI’s Business?

This is, no doubt, a really serious problem for HUAWEI. Losing the ability to include Google services will be detrimental to the success of future devices.

The disruption of their supply chain will start to bite if the ban persists beyond three months – that’s when their stockpile runs out. They will also lose the ability to support existing customers with software patches.

However, the issuance of the temporary licence, just days after listing HUAWEI as a foreign adversary and a national security threat, signals that the HUAWEI Trump ban is just another bargaining chip in the US-China trade war.

In all likelihood, Trump is using the HUAWEI ban to force China to accept his terms for a trade deal. He badly needs a face-saving win after numerous failures in recent months.

 

Why This Is Bad For The Global Economy + Security

President Trump’s persistent pressure on HUAWEI is forcing a decoupling of the Chinese and American economies. This is bad for the global economy, as well as global security.

The intertwining of US and Chinese economies is a form of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) that was once guaranteed by nuclear weapons.

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But with an erratic US President cutting off supply to US products and technology essential for their companies, China will continue to turn inwards to insulate their economy, even adopting a form of economic Juche.

The more their economies decouple, the more the US loses the ability to engage China positively on a variety of geopolitical issues. In fact, it may eventually lead to an outright Cold War between the US and China, if not military confrontation.

Recommended Reading : HUAWEI Legal Motion Too Late, But China Has A Trump Card!

 

The HUAWEI Trump Ban Revision History

Updated @ 2019-08-19 : Added details about the extension of HUAWEI’s temporary general licence (full report).

Updated @ 2019-07-24 : Added details about Trump agreeing to issue licenses for US tech companies to start selling again to HUAWEI (full report).

Updated @ 2019-07-15 : Added details about the slow action by the US Commerce Department

Updated @ 2019-06-29 : Added details about Trump’s shocking reversal of the HUAWEI ban (full report).

Updated @ 2019-06-25 : Added details about the FedEx lawsuit against the Trump Administration.

Updated @ 2019-06-24 : Added details about HONOR 20 sales despite the Trump ban (full report), and FedEx’s refusal to ship a HUAWEI P30 Pro to the United States (full report).

Updated @ 2019-06-20 : Added details of the diverting of HUAWEI packages by FedEx (full report).

Updated @ 2019-06-17 : Added details of Microsoft’s decision to resume selling HUAWEI MateBook laptops.

Updated @ 2019-06-14 : Added details of the upcoming HUAWEI laptop that will run Windows 10 on ARM (full report), the upcoming sale of the HONOR 20 smartphone (full report), and the impact on Broadcom.

Updated @ 2019-06-03 : Added IEEE’s reversal of its earlier decision to ban HUAWEI employees from reviewing scientific papers (full report).

Updated @ 2019-05-31 : Added many updates, including what Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir said about maximising the use of HUAWEI technologies. 

Updated @ 2019-05-29 : Added details of HUAWEI’s legal motion and Trump card (full report), as well as the restoration of their Bluetooth, WiFi, SD and Android Q rights (full report).

Updated @ 2019-05-26 : Added details of the HUAWEI WiFi Alliance suspension (full report)

Updated @ 2019-05-25 : Added how HUAWEI outsmarted the SD + microSD ban with their NM card (full report)

Updated @ 2019-05-23 : Added details about the HUAWEI ARM business suspension (full report)

Originally posted @ 2019-05-21

 

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HONOR 20 Pro Price + Offers For Malaysia CONFIRMED!

For those who are wondering if the HONOR 20 Pro is ever coming to Malaysia, good news! It will go on sale very soon, with a slew of great offers!

Here is everything you need to know about the HONOR 20 Pro launch price and offers for Malaysia!

 

HONOR 20 Series Key Features

Both the HONOR 20 Pro and HONOR 20 have the same 6.26-inch LPTS display, and run on the same HUAWEI Kirin 980 mobile SoC.

They too have the same 32 MP front camera, and the same colour options – Sapphire Blue and Midnight Black in Malaysia, with Phantom Black and Phantom Blue available in other countries.

They differ in three main areas, specifically…

Memory + Storage

The HONOR 20 has 6 GB of LPDDR4x memory and 128 GB of internal storage, with while the Pro version comes with 8 GB of LPDDR4x memory and 256 GB of internal storage.

Rear Cameras

Both devices feature a quad camera system at the back. However, there are quite big differences :

  • The HONOR 20 has a 48MP main camera with f/1.8 aperture, while the Pro version features a wider, brighter f/1.4 aperture and adds OIS capability.
  • The HONOR 20 has a 2MP depth sensor, instead of the Pro version’s 8MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 and OIS.
  • They both have the same 16MP super-wide angle camera with f/2.2 aperture.
  • They both have the same 2MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture.

The 48 MP main camera on both smartphones use the Sony IMX586 image sensor, and defaults to 12 MP because this allows for better image quality, thanks to the larger “combined” pixel size of 1.6 µm.

Battery

The HONOR 20 has a 3,750 mAh battery, while the Pro version has a slightly larger 4,000 mAh battery. They both support 22.5 watt fast charging.

 

HONOR 20 Series Specifications

SpecificationsHONOR 20 ProHONOR 20
Display6.26-inch LPTS display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (412 ppi)
6.26-inch LPTS display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (412 ppi)
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 with Magic UI 2.1.0Android 9.0 with Magic UI 2.1.0
System PlatformHUAWEI Kirin 980HUAWEI Kirin 980
Processor2 x ARM Cortex-A76 (2.6 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A76 (1.92 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A55 (1.8 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A76 (2.6 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A76 (1.92 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A55 (1.8 GHz)
NPU2 x NPU2 x NPU
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G76ARM Mali-G76
Memory + Storage8 GB + 256 GB6 GB + 128 GB
Dust + Water ResistanceNoNo
Front Camera32 MP AI camera32 MP AI camera
Rear CameraQuad Camera System
- 48 MP main camera with f/1.4 lens and OIS
- 16 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 lens
- 8 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 lens and OIS
- 2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 lens
- Laser autofocus
Quad Camera System
- 48 MP main camera with f/1.8 lens
- 16 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 lens
- 2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 lens
- 2 MP depth sensor
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C
GPSGPS : L1 + L5 Dual Band
Galileo : E1 + E5a Dual Band
QZSS : L1 + L5 Dual Band
AGPS, GLONASS ,Beidou
GPS : L1 + L5 Dual Band
Galileo : E1 + E5a Dual Band
QZSS : L1 + L5 Dual Band
AGPS, GLONASS ,Beidou
Battery4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- supports 22.5 W fast charging
3,750 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- supports 22.5 W fast charging
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-MountedYes, Rear-Mounted
Other SensorsAmbient Light, Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity, Gravity, Hall Sensor, Infra-red Sensor
Colour Temperature
Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity, Gravity, Hall Sensor, Laser Sensor
Colour Temperature
NFCYesYes
Dimensions73.97 mm wide
154.25 mm tall
7.87 mm thick
73.97 mm wide
154.25 mm tall
7.87 mm thick
Weight174 grams174 grams
Colour OptionsSapphire Blue / Midnight Black / Phantom Blue / Phantom BlackSapphire Blue / Midnight Black / Phantom Blue / Phantom Black

 

HONOR 20 Pro Price + Offer For Malaysia

The HONOR 20 Pro has a launch price of RM 2,299 in Malaysia, which is approximately ~US$549 / ~£454 / ~A$805.

HONOR will offer it in two colour options – Phantom Black, and Phantom Blue, beginning on 15 August 2019.

Coming in late to the party with the Trump headwind to boot, HONOR is eager to drive sales.

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So here are their launch offers :

  1. If you buy from an HONOR Experience Store, you will receive :
    – travel luggage
    – HONOR mini Bluetooth speaker
    – HONOR tripod selfie stick
  2. If you buy from this Shopee offer or the HONOR Online Store, you will receive :
    – HONOR Band 3
    – HONOR Flypods Lite

 

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HONOR Malaysia Announces More Price Cuts + Warranty!

HONOR Malaysia just announced a new slew of price cuts, after offering a warranty extension for select smartphone models.

Here is everything you need to know about the new HONOR Malaysia price cuts, and warranty extension!

 

HONOR Malaysia Announces More Price Cuts + Warranty!

These HONOR Malaysia price cuts are probably due to the prolonged Trump ban. But whatever the reasons are, they offer consumers a great deal on these Honor smartphones!

In addition, HONOR Malaysia is also offering a one-year warranty extension for select smartphone models.

For your convenience, we created this table comparing the HONOR Malaysia price cuts and warranty extensions!

HONOR Smartphone

Launch Price

New Price!

Discount

HONOR View20 (8 GB + 256 GB)

RM 2,499

RM 1,899
+ 2 Year Warranty

– RM 600 (24%)

HONOR View20 (6 GB + 128 GB)

RM 1,999

RM 1,499
+ 2 Year Warranty

– RM 500 (25%)

HONOR 8X

RM 849

RM 799

– RM 50 (6%)

HONOR 8C

RM 599

RM 549

– RM 50 (8%)

Note on the extended warranty : To qualify, you must make your purchase between 22 July and 30 September 2019.

 

Where To Get These HONOR Smartphones With Price Cuts?

Here are some direct purchase links to these HONOR smartphones (accurate as of 5 August 2019) :

 

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HONOR Honghu 818 Display SoC Details Revealed!

At the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in Guangzhou, HONOR President George Zhao unveiled the Honghu 818 display SoC.

Here is everything you need to know about the HONOR Honghu 818 display SoC, which promises to deliver superior images and sound quality for smart displays!

 

The HONOR Honghu 818 Display SoC

The HONOR Honghu 818 was developed by the Hisilicon research and development team over a period of 5-years. It is their first intelligent display SoC to be made available globally.

Quad-Core CPU + Quad-Core GPU

While many media reported that the Honghu 818 has an octa-core processor, they would be wrong.

The Honghu 818 has a quad-core processor, and a quad-core GPU; but in this case 4+4 really does not equal 8…

To be specific, its CPU has two ARM Cortex-A73 high-performance cores, and two ARM Cortex-A53 low-power cores. Its ARM Mali-G51 GPU, on the other hand, has four cores.

This means it is far less powerful than Hisilicon’s flagship Kirin 980 or Kirin 970 mobile SoCs or even mid-range mobile SoCs like the Kirin 650.

However, HONOR says that it is more than capable of handling heavy image processing on large displays, as well as other tasks, at the same time.

In fact, they claim that this octa-core processor’s “bandwidth utilisation rate” leads the industry by “over 50% on average”.

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Honghu 818 Image Processing Technologies

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Its image processing engine boasts these seven image processing technologies :

  • Motion Estimate and Motion Compensation (MEMC)
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) Imaging
  • Super Resolution (SR)
  • Noise Reduction (NR)
  • Dynamic Contrast Improvement (DCI)
  • Auto Colour Management (ACM)
  • Local Dimming (LD)

Those algorithms lets the Honghu 818 enhance and optimise image resolution, contrast and colour performance of the display.

Histen Audio Technology

The HUAWEI Histen audio technology optimises sound quality in four aspects :

  • ultra-wide sound field
  • transient intermodulation distortion
  • sound equalization, and
  • intelligent bass.

This allows the smart display to deliver a great audio experience without using a separate audio chip.

Honghu 818 Multimedia Decoding Capabilities

The Honghu 818 has a built-in multimedia decoder that supports hardware decoding of up to 8K video at 30 fps, or 4K video at 120 fps.

According to HONOR, the Honghu 818 can open a H.265-encoded 4K video in just 1.3 seconds, while its rivals take almost twice as long.

It can also decode images of up to 64 megapixels in resolution, which is greater than the highest-resolution DSLR cameras (Canon 5DS and Canon 5DS R), and certainly much greater than any smartphone camera.

 

The First Honghu 818 Powered Display

HONOR said that they will be launching the HONOR Vision TV, which will be the first display powered by the Honghu 818. This 55-inch smart TV will also come with a smart pop-up camera.

 

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HONOR EMUI 9.1 + Magic UI 2.1 Updates Announced!

HONOR just announced details of the EMUI 9.1 and Magic UI updates for their smartphones! Here are the full details!

 

What’s New In EMUI 9.1 + Magic UI 2.1

Both EMUI 9.1 and Magic UI 2.1 will offer these new features :

  • New EROFS (Extendable Read-Only file system) super file system to improve the read and write performance of flash memory with a 20% increase of read speed, compared to the EXT4 file system.
  • GPU Turbo 3.0 that is compatible with 25 of the most popular games currently.
  • Reduce SoC power consumption by up to 10%.
  • Illustrated functionality” that provides instructions and descriptions in a more engaging way.
  • Huawei Share OneHop allows for file transfer between Huawei MateBook, HONOR and Huawei flagship phones with a single tap.
  • New wallpapers and app icons.

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EMUI 9.1 Availability

EMUI 9.1 will be made available for these HONOR smartphones in August 2019 :

 

Magic UI 2.1 Availability

Magic UI 2.1 is available for the HONOR View20 with immediate effect.

 

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Despite Trump Ban, The HONOR 20 Sells Out In 3 Hours!

The HONOR 20 smartphone, which had the misfortune of being launched right after the Trump ban, sold out in just three hours! Here’s the full story!

 

The HONOR 20 + HONOR 20 Pro Smartphones

The HONOR 20 and HONOR 20 Pro smartphones were launched globally on 21 May 2019, with a local launch in Malaysia on 24 May 2019.

Both models have the same 6.26-inch LPTS display, and run on the same HUAWEI Kirin 980 mobile SoC.

They too have the same 32 MP front camera, and the same colour options – Sapphire Blue and Midnight Black in Malaysia, with Phantom Black and Phantom Blue available in other countries.

These two models differ in three main areas, specifically… here is a table that compares their key specifications :

SpecificationsHONOR 20 ProHONOR 20
Display6.26-inch LPTS display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (412 ppi)
6.26-inch LPTS display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (412 ppi)
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 with Magic UI 2.1.0Android 9.0 with Magic UI 2.1.0
System PlatformHUAWEI Kirin 980HUAWEI Kirin 980
Processor2 x ARM Cortex-A76 (2.6 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A76 (1.92 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A55 (1.8 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A76 (2.6 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A76 (1.92 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A55 (1.8 GHz)
NPU2 x NPU2 x NPU
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G76ARM Mali-G76
Memory + Storage8 GB + 256 GB6 GB + 128 GB
Dust + Water ResistanceNoNo
Front Camera32 MP AI camera32 MP AI camera
Rear CameraQuad Camera System
- 48 MP main camera with f/1.4 lens and OIS
- 16 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 lens
- 8 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 lens and OIS
- 2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 lens
- Laser autofocus
Quad Camera System
- 48 MP main camera with f/1.8 lens
- 16 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 lens
- 2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 lens
- 2 MP depth sensor
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C
GPSGPS : L1 + L5 Dual Band
Galileo : E1 + E5a Dual Band
QZSS : L1 + L5 Dual Band
AGPS, GLONASS ,Beidou
GPS : L1 + L5 Dual Band
Galileo : E1 + E5a Dual Band
QZSS : L1 + L5 Dual Band
AGPS, GLONASS ,Beidou
Battery4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- supports 22.5 W fast charging
3,750 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- supports 22.5 W fast charging
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-MountedYes, Rear-Mounted
Other SensorsAmbient Light, Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity, Gravity, Hall Sensor, Infra-red Sensor
Colour Temperature
Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity, Gravity, Hall Sensor, Laser Sensor
Colour Temperature
NFCYesYes
Dimensions73.97 mm wide
154.25 mm tall
7.87 mm thick
73.97 mm wide
154.25 mm tall
7.87 mm thick
Weight174 grams174 grams
Colour OptionsSapphire Blue / Midnight Black / Phantom Blue / Phantom BlackSapphire Blue / Midnight Black / Phantom Blue / Phantom Black

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Vapour Launch No More!

At that time, it was a vapour launch, because none of the phones were made available for sale… thanks to the Trump ban.

On 13 April, HONOR Malaysia Country Manager George Zhao sent us a handwritten note with a special voucher.

Based on the note and voucher, we confirmed with a source that the HONOR 20 would start in their official store and retail stores beginning 21 June 2019!

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HONOR 20, Flypods Lite + Soundstone Prices

Here are the official global and local prices :

  • HONOR 20 Pro (8GB + 256GB) : €599 / ~US$670 / ~£528 / ~RM 2,049 (estimated)
  • HONOR 20 (6GB + 128GB) : €499 / ~US$558 / ~£440 / RM 1,699
  • HONOR Flypods Lite : RM 349 / ~US$83 / ~£66 / ~€75
  • HONOR Soundstone : RM 149 / ~US$36 / ~£28 / ~€32

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The HONOR 20 Sells Out In 3 Hours!

Believe it or not, HONOR Malaysia sold out their first batch in just 3 hours!

This follows the “record-high sales of more than 1 million units sold in just 14 days in China“, according to HONOR.

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HUAWEI Outsmarts SD + microSD Ban With NM Card! 2.0

HUAWEI has just been removed as a member of the SD Association, because of the Trump ban. But they got an ace up their sleeves this time – their NM Card format!

Find out how the HUAWEI NM Card format lets them bypass the SD and microSD ban, and what else HUAWEI can do moving forward!

Updated @ 2019-05-31 : The SD Association quietly restored HUAWEI as a member. Seriously.

Originally posted @ 2019-05-25

 

What SD + microSD Ban?

The HUAWEI Trump ban keeps expanding its reach. Even the international SD Association has been forced to remove HUAWEI as a member.

This prevents HUAWEI and HONOR from making and selling any products that use the SD standards. Effectively, all future HUAWEI and HONOR smartphones can no longer be manufactured with microSD support.

 

What About Current Smartphones?

Don’t worry! Your HUAWEI and HONOR smartphones will continue to work normally with microSD cards.

These actions by the US Department of Commerce and the SD Association only apply to HUAWEI and HONOR smartphones that have not been released by 15 May 2019 onwards.

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NM Card To The Rescue!

HUAWEI now seem absolutely prescient when they released their own NM Card format together with the HUAWEI Mate20 smartphones last year.

The NM Card, or the HUAWEI Nano Memory Card in full, is 45% smaller than the microSD card. Precisely designed to mimic the shape and size of a nano SIM card, it allows for a more compact hybrid SIM tray design.

But more importantly, in the context of the Trump ban, the NM Card is a HUAWEI standard, and not a SD Association standard.

 

What Are Their Options?

Option A : Switch To NM Card

Thanks to their foresight in creating the NM Card standard, HUAWEI can easily replace microSD card slots with NM Card slots in their future smartphones.

Now, to be certain, the NM Card is neither cheap nor ubiquitous. The only company making and selling them is HUAWEI.

Hence, they have so far been introduced only in their flagship smartphones, like the HUAWEI Mate20, HUAWEI Mate20 ProHUAWEI Mate20 X, HUAWEI P30 and HUAWEI P30 Pro smartphones.

We expect HUAWEI to continue this trend, perhaps introducing NM Card into their higher mid-range devices; while simultaneously cutting prices on NM Cards.

Option B : Skip microSD Card

Switching to NM Card will not work well for their mid-range and entry-level smartphones, because the greatest appeal of microSD cards is their low cost and ubiquity.

If the Trump ban does not get resolved soon, the best option would be to skip the microSD card slot entirely and just increase the internal storage of their mid-range and entry-level smartphones.

We have already seen this trend with some Android smartphones like the OPPO R17 Pro, the Xiaomi Mi A2, and the HONOR 10. Apple iPhones never had the option in the first place, and they are still selling well!

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Why Did The SD Association Remove HUAWEI?

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The problem isn’t really the SD Association per se. It is the fact that the SD licence is owned and enforced by a US company, SD-3C LLC.

When the Trump Administration added HUAWEI to the Entity List, SD-3C LLC is forced to stop their licensing arrangements with HUAWEI.

Because Micron is a part owner of SD-3C LLC, technology of US origin is also involved – the same issue that forced ARM to sever business ties with HUAWEI.

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And HUAWEI Is Back In Again

Almost as quickly and quietly as the SD Association removed HUAWEI as a member, they restored HUAWEI’s membership around 29 May 2019.

There was no official explanation for both removing HUAWEI or restoring them, all in a matter of days.

 

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HUAWEI Legal Motion Too Late, But China Has A Trump Card!

HUAWEI today struck back at the Trump ban, by challenging its constitutionality. Meanwhile, China hints at  a Trump card, pun intended…

We examine why the HUAWEI legal motion is too late to help them, but China’s Trump card may be what they need to break through the Trump ban.

 

HUAWEI Challenges Constitutionality Of The Trump Ban

On 29 May 2019, HUAWEI filed a motion for a summary judgment in its challenge that Section 889 of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (2019 NDAA) is unconstitutional.

In the complaint, HUAWEI argued that Section 889 of the 2019 NDAA singled out HUAWEI by name, and not only bars U.S. government agencies from buying HUAWEI equipment and services, but also bars them from, contracting with, or awarding grants or loans to third parties who buy HUAWEI equipment or services — even if there is no impact or connection to the U.S. government.

Glen Nager, HUAWEI’s lead counsel for the case, said Section 889 of the 2019 NDAA violates the Bill of Attainder, Due Process, and Vesting Clauses of the United States Constitution. Thus, the case is purely “a matter of law” as there are no facts at issue, thereby justifying the motion for a summary judgement to speed up the process.

In line with a court scheduling order, a hearing on the motion is set for 19 September 2019.

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The Trump Ban Will Not Deliver Cybersecurity

HUAWEI also called on the U.S. government to halt its campaign against HUAWEI, because “it will not deliver cybersecurity“.

Banning Huawei using cybersecurity as an excuse “will do nothing to make networks more secure. They provide a false sense of security, and distract attention from the real challenges we face,” said Song Liuping, Huawei’s chief legal officer.

“Politicians in the U.S. are using the strength of an entire nation to come after a private company,” Song noted. “This is not normal. Almost never seen in history.”

“The U.S. government has provided no evidence to show that Huawei is a security threat. There is no gun, no smoke. Only speculation,” Song added.

Song also addressed the addition of Huawei to the “Entity List” by the U.S. Commerce Department two weeks ago. “This sets a dangerous precedent. Today it’s telecoms and Huawei. Tomorrow it could be your industry, your company, your consumers,” he said.

“The judicial system is the last line of defense for justice. Huawei has confidence in the independence and integrity of the U.S. judicial system. We hope that mistakes in the NDAA can be corrected by the court,” Song added.

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HUAWEI Legal Motion Too Late To Help

With a hearing set for 3.5 months later, this legal challenge is frankly too late to stop the Trump ban from doing serious damage to HUAWEI.

Depending on who you believe, HUAWEI has enough components stockpiled for 3-12 months. It’s quite possible they will run out of components for at least some of their devices before the hearing even takes place!

In the meantime, the HONOR 20 and HONOR 20 Pro smartphones that just launched are stuck in limbo, because the Trump ban prohibits them from integrating Google Play services and the Play Store.

The same issue will plague all HUAWEI and HONOR devices that were originally scheduled to be launched after 15 May 2019.

Even worse, the temporary partial licence the Trump Administration issued to let HUAWEI and HONOR support their customers runs out by 19 August 2019a full month before the motion is even heard!

Until the Trump ban is lifted or vacated on constitutional grounds, those HUAWEI and HONOR smartphones have no commercial chance outside of China. They will all have to be postponed until this crisis is over…

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The Trump Card That Will Save HUAWEI…

What will save HUAWEI is no legal challenge… but a Trump card that the Chinese government has recently hinted at using – rare earths.

Rare earths are CRITICAL to the production of electronics, and that includes everything from smartphones to fighter jets and batteries.

China controls 90% of the world’s rare earth production, and more importantly – 80% of rare earth imports by the US. This is literally the Trump card that could force Trump to back off, and save HUAWEI.

Beijing put Washington on notice about their Trump card when both Chinese President Xi Jinping and his top economic advisor, Vice Premier Liu He, made a well-publicised visit to a rare earth factory in Jiangxi, eastern China.

If that was not obvious enough, the Chinese media (often mouthpieces of the party) made sure everyone knew that rare earths was “an ace in Beijing’s hand“, and “Don’t say you haven’t been warned“.

Even China’s economic planner, the National Development and Reform Commission, said in response to a question “Do you suggest that rare earths will become a part of China’s countermeasures against the US’s unwarranted pressure?” :

What I can tell you is that if someone wants to use our rare earths to manufacture products and use them to curb China’s development, then I’m sure the people of Ganzhou and across China will not be happy with that.”

Of course, Beijing might just be hoping that the threat of using their Trump card will be enough, because this nuclear option has its drawbacks.

Then again, Beijing has never dealt with anyone like Donald Trump… For a special person like that, perhaps a Trump card truly is necessary…

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HONOR 20 Pro + HONOR 20 Price, Offers + Specifications!

The HONOR 20 Pro and HONOR 20 smartphones have just been launched, both in London and in Kuala Lumpur!

Let’s take a look at these latest HONOR flagship smartphones with 4 rear cameras – their key features, the official launch presentation, and their prices and offers!

 

What Trump Ban? HONOR 20 Series Launched!

In spite of the ongoing troubles with the Trump Administration, HONOR went ahead and launched their latest HONOR 20 series flagship smartphones!

In their launch presentation, details were short on their response to the Trump ban. They would only say that they are confident of supporting their customers, and that they are here to stay.

Now, the phones on display at the launch had Google Play services and Play Store installed. But as you will see later, they are both not available for sale just yet.

 

HONOR 20 Series Key Features

Both models have the same 6.26-inch LPTS display, and run on the same HUAWEI Kirin 980 mobile SoC.

They too have the same 32 MP front camera, and the same colour options – Sapphire Blue and Midnight Black in Malaysia, with Phantom Black and Phantom Blue available in other countries.

They differ in three main areas, specifically…

Memory + Storage

The HONOR 20 has 6 GB of LPDDR4x memory and 128 GB of internal storage, with while the Pro version comes with 8 GB of LPDDR4x memory and 256 GB of internal storage.

Rear Cameras

Both devices feature a quad camera system at the back. However, there are quite big differences :

  • The HONOR 20 has a 48MP main camera with f/1.8 aperture, while Pro version features a wider, brighter f/1.4 aperture and adds OIS capability.
  • The HONOR 20 has a 2MP depth sensor, instead of the Pro version’s 8MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 and OIS.
  • They both have the same 16MP super-wide angle camera with f/2.2 aperture.
  • They both have the same 2MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture.

The 48 MP main camera on both smartphones use the Sony IMX586 image sensor, and defaults to 12 MP because this allows for better image quality, thanks to the larger “combined” pixel size of 1.6 µm.

Battery

The HONOR 20 has a 3,750 mAh battery, while the Pro version has a slightly larger 4,000 mAh battery. They both support 22.5 watt fast charging.

 

HONOR 20 Series Specifications

SpecificationsHONOR 20 ProHONOR 20
Display6.26-inch LPTS display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (412 ppi)
6.26-inch LPTS display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (412 ppi)
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 with Magic UI 2.1.0Android 9.0 with Magic UI 2.1.0
System PlatformHUAWEI Kirin 980HUAWEI Kirin 980
Processor2 x ARM Cortex-A76 (2.6 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A76 (1.92 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A55 (1.8 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A76 (2.6 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A76 (1.92 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A55 (1.8 GHz)
NPU2 x NPU2 x NPU
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G76ARM Mali-G76
Memory + Storage8 GB + 256 GB6 GB + 128 GB
Dust + Water ResistanceNoNo
Front Camera32 MP AI camera32 MP AI camera
Rear CameraQuad Camera System
- 48 MP main camera with f/1.4 lens and OIS
- 16 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 lens
- 8 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 lens and OIS
- 2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 lens
- Laser autofocus
Quad Camera System
- 48 MP main camera with f/1.8 lens
- 16 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 lens
- 2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 lens
- 2 MP depth sensor
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C
GPSGPS : L1 + L5 Dual Band
Galileo : E1 + E5a Dual Band
QZSS : L1 + L5 Dual Band
AGPS, GLONASS ,Beidou
GPS : L1 + L5 Dual Band
Galileo : E1 + E5a Dual Band
QZSS : L1 + L5 Dual Band
AGPS, GLONASS ,Beidou
Battery4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- supports 22.5 W fast charging
3,750 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- supports 22.5 W fast charging
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-MountedYes, Rear-Mounted
Other SensorsAmbient Light, Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity, Gravity, Hall Sensor, Infra-red Sensor
Colour Temperature
Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity, Gravity, Hall Sensor, Laser Sensor
Colour Temperature
NFCYesYes
Dimensions73.97 mm wide
154.25 mm tall
7.87 mm thick
73.97 mm wide
154.25 mm tall
7.87 mm thick
Weight174 grams174 grams
Colour OptionsSapphire Blue / Midnight Black / Phantom Blue / Phantom BlackSapphire Blue / Midnight Black / Phantom Blue / Phantom Black

 

HONOR 20 Series Price + Availability

HONOR is only launching the HONOR 20 here in Malaysia, with the Pro version “coming shortly”. They also announced the prices of the HONOR Flypods Lite and HONOR Soundstone.

Here are the official global and local HONOR 20 series price list, including new HONOR accessories  :

  • HONOR 20 Pro (8GB + 256GB) : €599 / ~US$670 / ~£528 / ~RM 2,049 (estimated)
  • HONOR 20 (6GB + 128GB) : €499 / ~US$558 / ~£440 / RM 1,699
  • HONOR Flypods Lite : RM 349 / ~US$83 / ~£66 / ~€75
  • HONOR Soundstone : RM 149 / ~US$36 / ~£28 / ~€32

At the time they announced the HONOR 20 price list, they did not specify exactly when they would be available, only that they will be available “very soon“, due to the Trump ban

However, we can now confirm that they will be made available for sale starting 21 June 2019.

 

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HONOR 20 Lite Price + Deals In Malaysia Revealed!

We had earlier given you a sneak preview of the HONOR 20 Lite, also known as the HONOR 10i. Now, we reveal to you the HONOR 20 Lite price and deals in Malaysia!

 

The HONOR 20 Lite Launch Presentation

Let’s start with a quick primer on the HONOR 20 Lite and its key features by Clarissa Ng, Marketing Director of HONOR Malaysia.

Triple-Lens Camera

The HONOR 20 Lite has a triple-lens camera module that consists of an 8 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.4 aperture), a 24 MP main camera (f/1.8 aperture), and a 2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4 aperture).

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

32 MP Selfie Camera

The HONOR 20 Lite has a new, higher-resolution 32 MP front camera with a large and bright f/2.0 aperture. This is an upgrade from the 24 MP front camera of the HONOR 10 Lite.

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

Performance

The HONOR 20 Lite is powered by the Kirin 710, which is a fast mid-range mobile SoC. It comes with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage – plenty of both for most users!

For more details, take a look at our HONOR 20 Lite (HONOR 10i) Sneak Preview!

 

The HONOR 20 Lite Price + Availability In Malaysia

The HONOR 20 Lite will start selling at HONOR Experience Stores beginning 26 April 2019, at the recommended retail price of RM 949 / ~US$229 / ~£176 / ~€203.

But HONOR will make them available TWO DAYS EARLIER on Shopee and the HONOR Online Store – on 24 April 2019.

Love the HONOR 20 Lite price? Now, check out the launch deals!

The HONOR 20 Lite Deals In Malaysia

Shopee

The first 500 purchases of the HONOR 20 Lite on Shopee will receive a branded drawstring bag and RM 30 worth of Shopee Coins.

The subsequent 1,000 purchases will receive an HONOR Gift Box and RM 30 worth of Shopee Coins.

HONOR

The first 50 purchases made in the HONOR Online Store will receive an HONOR Gift Box.

The first 500 purchases at HONOR Experience Stores will receive a branded drawstring bag.

 

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The HONOR 20 Lite (HONOR 10i) Sneak Preview!

HONOR is about to launch the HONOR 20 Lite, also known as the HONOR 10i in some countries.

But before its official launch, we present to you – our sneak preview of the upcoming HONOR 20 Lite smartphone!

 

The Official HONOR 20 Lite Tech Briefing

Let’s start off with this HONOR 20 Lite tech briefing, for a quick overview of its key features!

 

The HONOR 20 Lite Up Close!

Like its predecessor, the HONOR 10 Lite, the HONOR 20 Lite has a 6.21-inch display, with a dewdrop notch. It is also powered by the same Kirin 710 mobile SOC, and uses the same design with a rear fingerprint sensor.

It does, however, have more memory and a lot more storage…. as well as a new triple-lens main camera, and a higher-resolution 32 MP front camera!

At the top, you will find the hybrid SIM tray, with a second microphone/

The Power and Volume control buttons are placed on the right side, with the left side completely clean.

Like the HONOR 10 Lite, the HONOR 20 Lite continues to use the old micro USB port. It also has the 3.5 mm audio port.

The row of holes on the left is the speaker port. The tiny hole between the micro USB port and the audio port is the main microphone.

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The HONOR 20 Lite Cameras

The HONOR 20 Lite has a new, higher-resolution 32 MP front camera with a large and bright f/2.0 aperture. This is an upgrade from the 24 MP front camera of the HONOR 10 Lite.

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

At the back, it sports a new triple-lens camera module. From left to right, they are the 8 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.4 aperture), 24 MP main camera (f/1.8 aperture), and a 2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4 aperture).

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

 

Rear Fingerprint Sensor

Like the HONOR 10 Lite, the HONOR 20 Lite uses a rear fingerprint sensor. It is very fast and accurate, and allows you to trigger specific actions with different fingers.

The only downside? You can’t use it to unlock the device while it’s attached to a car mount.

That’s when you need to use the Face Unlock feature. It uses the front camera and facial recognition algorithms to authenticate your identity.

 

Hybrid SIM Tray

The HONOR 20 Lite retained the hybrid SIM tray. This means the SIM 2 slot doubles as a microSD card slot.

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

The microSD slot will come in handy, even though there is a whopping 128 GB of internal storage.

Using a microSD card helps to protect your data, including photos and videos, in the event your phone is physically damaged or destroyed.

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Dewdrop Notch Display

The HONOR 20 Lite has a Full HD+ display with a dewdrop notch, like the HONOR 10 Lite. This display has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, and a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. However, HONOR swapped out the AMOLED panel for an IPS panel.

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

 

GPU Turbo

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

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

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

This allows the HONOR 20 Lite to boost CPU and GPU performance for completely new frames, and reduce them for frames with few changes.

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

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

 

HONOR 20 Lite vs HONOR 10 Lite

How does the HONOR 20 Lite compare against its predecessor, the HONOR 10 Lite? This table compares their key specifications :

SpecificationsHONOR 20 Lite (HONOR 10i)HONOR 10 Lite
Display6.21-inch IPS display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (415 ppi)
- 90+% display-to-body ratio
6.21-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (415 ppi)
- 90+% display-to-body ratio
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.0Android 9.0 with EMUI 9.0.1
PlatformHisilicon Kirin 710Hisilicon Kirin 710
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.7 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.7 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G51 MP4ARM Mali-G51 MP4
Memory4 GB LPDDR4x memory3 GB LPDDR4x memory
Storage128 GB
microSD card slot (share with SIM2)
32 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot
Front Camera32 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear CamerasTriple Camera System
- 24 MP camera with f/1.8 aperture
- 8 MP wide-angle camera with f/2.4 aperture
- 2 MP depth camera with f/2.4 aperture
- single LED flash
Dual Lens Camera
13 MP sensor with f/1.8 lens and single LED flash
- With 2 MP depth sensor
Connectivity4G : LTE
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : micro USB 2.0
4G : LTE
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : micro USB 2.0
SIM Support2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
NFC CapabilityNoNo
OTG CapabilityYesYes
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear MountedYes, Rear Mounted
Other SensorsE-Compass, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, G SensorE-Compass, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, G Sensor
Battery3,400 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery
- supports 10 W fast charging
3,400 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery
- supports 10 W fast charging
Dimensions73.6 mm wide
154.8 mm tall
8.0 mm thick
73.6 mm wide
154.8 mm tall
8.0 mm thick
Weight164 grams162 grams
Colour OptionsPhantom Blue / Phantom RedSky Blue / Blue / Red

 

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Get Honkai Impact 3 + Free Gift From HUAWEI AppGallery!

Mobile game players heads up! The bestselling 3D anime game Honkai Impact 3 is now available to all HUAWEI and HONOR smartphone users with a FREE gift pack through HUAWEI AppGallery!

 

What Is HUAWEI AppGallery?

The HUAWEI AppGallery is basically the HUAWEI app store for HUAWEI and HONOR smartphone users. and the first to introduce Developer Real-name Verification.

This special 4-layer detection mechanism is designed to secure the safety of applications distributed through HUAWEI AppGallery.

 

Get Honkai Impact 3 On HUAWEI AppGallery!

HUAWEI AppGallery will now distribute Honkai Impact 3, a hugely-popular 3D anime graphics game with more than 10 million downloads worldwide!

The Chinese game developer of Honkai Impact 3, miHoYo, is hoping that this partnership with HUAWEI will further boost their reach in the Asia Pacific region, by delivering the game directly to the large number of HUAWEI and HONOR mobile gamers.

 

Free Honkai Impact Gift Pack!

HUAWEI and HONOR users who are avid mobile game players will love this special in-game gift – a Honkai Impact Gift Pack.

All you need to do is go to the HUAWEI AppGallery on your HUAWEI or HONOR smartphone, and download the latest version of Honkai Impact 3 to start battling it out with other players!

 

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The Official HONOR 8C Tech Briefing, Price + Deals!

HONOR just launched the HONOR 8C – the entry-level companion to their HONOR 8X smartphone. Here are the official HONOR 8C tech briefing, price and deals!

 

The HONOR 8C Tech Briefing

Zhao Zhiwei, Head of HONOR Malaysia, shared the HONOR 8C’s key features in this video!

Display

The HONOR 8C comes with a 6.26-inch IPS display with a HD+ resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels. It is a FullView display that offers a 86.6% screen-to-body ratio.

Performance

It runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 mobile SoC, which has eight Kryo 250 cores running at 1.8 Ghz, and an Adreno 506 GPU.

RAM + Storage

The HONOR 8C comes with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal flash storage. It has a microSD card slot that supports up to 256 GB of additional storage.

Cameras

In the front, it has an 8 MP camera with a soft light flash. In the back, its 13 MP PDAF camera has a large f/1.8 aperture, and is paired with a 2 MP depth sensor.

Battery

Powering everything is a large 4,000 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery. HONOR says that it will last up to 2 days.

 

HONOR 8C Spécifications

SpecificationsHONOR 8C
Display6.26-inch IPS display
-720 x 1520 pixels (269 ppi)
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 632
Processor8 x Qualcomm Kryo 250 (1.8 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 506
Memory3 GB
Storage32 GB
microSD card (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera8 MP sensor with soft light flash (3 levels)
Rear CameraDual Lens Camera
- 13 MP PDAF camera with f/1.8 aperture
- 2 MP depth sensor
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz only)
Bluetooth : BT 4.2
USB : micro USB 2.0
Battery4,000 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery (non-removable)
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-mounted
Other SensorsGravity Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass
NFCNo
Dimensions75.94 mm wide
158.72 mm tall
7.98 mm thick
Weight167.2 grams
Colour OptionsBlue / Gold / Black

 

HONOR 8C Price + Availability

The HONOR 8C is officially priced at RM 599 / ~US$ 147 / ~£111. It will be available for retail sale from 5 April 2019 onwards in three colour options – Blue, Gold and Black.

Lazada Exclusive First Sales

HONOR partnered up with Lazada to offer the Blue and Black models starting 27 March 2019 onwards. In addition, the first 1,000 buyers will receive an exclusive tote bag featuring their catbassador of the British short-hair persuasion!

 

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

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

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

 

The New HONOR View20 Smartphone

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

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

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

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

 

HONOR View20 Price + Availability

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

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

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

 

HONOR View20 Key Features

6.4-inch Punch Hole Display

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

Flagship Processor + Graphics + AI

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

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

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

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

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48 MP + 3D TOF Cameras

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

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

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

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

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

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

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HONOR View20 Specifications

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

 

Where To Buy The HONOR View20

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

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

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

 

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

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

HONOR Band 4

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

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

HONOR Band 4 Running

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

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

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

HONOR Band 4 Price + Availability

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

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

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The HONOR 10 Lite Smartphone Review

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

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

The HONOR 10 Lite Tech Briefings

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

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

HONOR 10 Lite Price + Availability

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

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

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

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

Unboxing The HONOR 10 Lite

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

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

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

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The HONOR 10 Lite Up Close!

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

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

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

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HONOR 10 vs HONOR 10 Lite Comparison

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

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

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The HONOR 10 Lite Cameras

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

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

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

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

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Fingerprint Sensor

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

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

Next Page > Hybrid SIM, Dewdrop Notch, GPU Turbo

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Hybrid SIM Tray

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

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

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

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

Dewdrop Notch

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

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

GPU Turbo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Setting Up The HONOR 10 Lite

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

Ergonomics

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

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

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Available Memory + Storage

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

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

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

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Camera Performance – Photos

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

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

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

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

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Camera Performance – Video Recording

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

Video Sample #1 : Piano Performance

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

Video Sample #2 : Street Market

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

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Benchmark Notes

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

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

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

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

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

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

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

Our Verdict

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

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

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

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

Where To Buy The HONOR 10 Lite

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

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

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

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

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The HONOR 10 Lite Price, Offer + Tech Briefing!

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

The HONOR 10 Lite Tech Briefing

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

HONOR 10 Lite Specification Comparison

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

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

HONOR 10 Lite Price + Availability

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

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

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

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

One Day HONOR 10 Lite Offer!

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

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

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Tech ARP 20th Anniversary Giveaway Week 7 – Western Digital!

Tech ARP is now 20 years old! To celebrate, we partnered up with many of the world’s TOP BRANDS to thank you all for your loyal support with a TWENTY-WEEK GIVEAWAY!   

 

Tech ARP Is 20 Years Old & Going Strong!

Time sure FLIES when you are having fun! Twenty years ago, Ken, Chai and I got together to rebrand Adrian’s Rojak Pot as Tech ARP. We were having trouble explaining what rojak was, and that pot did not refer to marijuana / cannabis! 

That was in the good old days of sawing off pipe end caps to turn into CPU water coolers, and modifying SLAB (sealed lead acid batteries) into the world’s first power bank for our PDAs (remember those?).

Those sure were CRAZY DAYS! 

Somehow, we worked our way to the forefront of motherboard technology with our seminal BIOS Optimization Guide, which later got published as Breaking Through The BIOS Barrier : The Definitive BIOS Optimization Guide for PCs.

I don’t know how I did it, but somehow, we did all those crazy stuff while I was still in medical school! CRAZY days indeed!

Over the years, we moved from strength to strength, with Ken hand-developing our own backend, and Chai nurturing our budding forums.

Somehow, we persevered and by the miracle of surviving the passage of time, Tech ARP is Malaysia’s oldest tech website!

Today, we are still pretty much the same team, with FalconeDashkenCarolyn, Hui Xin, Alyssa, Kar Hoe and Brian Chong helping us out here and there. Thank you, guys!

 

The Tech ARP 20-Week Giveaway

To thank you all for sharing our crazy journey over the years, we have prepared a 20-week giveaway contest. Actually, a series of twenty weekly giveaway contests.

We worked with many of the world’s TOP BRANDS to bring you all some goodies. We are also sponsoring some of these giveaways ourselves. Here are some of the brands that will be sponsoring their own giveaways here soon :

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  • Acer – Special Edition Laptop!
  • AMD – AMD Ryzen CPUs!
  • BenQ – MONITOR!
  • Cooler Master – CPU coolers, gaming keyboards and more!
  • Dell – POWER COMPANIONS, speakers and more!
  • Edifier – Headphones!
  • GIGABYTE – Motherboards!
  • TP-LINK
  • Western Digital – SSDs + HDDs!

Where possible, we are opening up the giveaways WORLDWIDE. But where our brand partners wish to restrict their giveaways to certain regions or countries, we will notify you of that.

Week 1 Giveaway by Tech ARP

Week 2 Giveaway by Dell

Week 3 Giveaway by Tech ARP

Week 4 Giveaway by BenQ + Tech ARP

Week 5 Giveaway by Dotty’s + Tech ARP

Week 6 Giveaway by Pocophone!

Week 7 Giveaway by Western Digital!

All we ask is that you use your genuine personal Facebook account in our Facebook contests. We will automatically disqualify anyone who uses a Facebook account that is primarily used for contests.

 

Crowdfunding Tech ARP

As we have been for the last twenty years, Tech ARP is a crowdfunded website. We do NOT charge for our articles. So if you wish to help us out, please feel free to donate to our cause. Thank you!



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20th Anniversary Week 1 Giveaway

To kick things off, we are giving away the following prizes for the first week!

The Awesome Prize : Microsoft Lumia 950 Smartphone + Microsoft Display Dock + Tempered Glass Screen Protector

Cool Prize #1 : TP-Link Groovi Ripple Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Cool Prize #2 : TP-Link Groovi Ripple Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Cool Prize #3 : Olike Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 Car Charger with two USB ports

Cool Prize #4 : Olike Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 Car Charger with two USB ports

Contest Period : 31 August to 7 September 2018

Eligibility : WORLDWIDE *

* Tech ARP will pay for standard shipping, but you may opt to pay for expedited or express shipping services.

Week 1 Giveaway Rules

  1. Make sure you LIKE the Tech ARP Facebook page.
  2. Everyone definitely wants The Awesome Prize, but we want to know which of the Cool Prizes you prefer – the Groovi Ripple, or the Olike QC 3.0 car charger.
    So post a comment in our official Facebook post on the Week 1 Giveaway, and tell us which you prefer :
    a) TP-Link Groovi Ripple, or
    b) Olike QC 3.0 Car Charger

  1. SHARE our official Facebook post on your Facebook wall. Please make sure it is PUBLIC, so we can verify.

BONUS : Liking and sharing our posts, or commenting and tagging your friends, will give you a higher chance of winning The Awesome Prize or the prize you want!

That’s it! It’s THAT simple!

Contest Mechanics

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  1. At the end of the contest, we will randomly select FIVE contestants.
  2. If any contestant fails to meet any of the rules above, another contestant will be randomly selected.
  3. The Likes, Shares, Comments and Tags of the five verified contestants in the Tech ARP Facebook page will be calculated.
  4. The Awesome Prize winner will be randomly selected from that pool.
  5. The subsequent winners will be randomly selected from that pool, with prize preference given to those who are selected first.
  6. Each contestant may only win one prize, so if his/her number is selected again, it will be discarded and a new number randomly selected.

Got it? Go and try it out!

Note On Gaming Accounts : Contestants who use gaming accounts will be automatically disqualified. Please use your personal Facebook accounts.

 

Week 1 Giveaway Winners!

We are very excited to announce the winners for the Week 1 Giveaway!

Mohd Fahmi wins the Microsoft Lumia 950 Smartphone + Microsoft Display Dock + Tempered Glass Screen Protector!

Faridah Akmal wins a TP-Link Groovi Ripple Portable Bluetooth Speaker!

Alister Lok wins a TP-Link Groovi Ripple Portable Bluetooth Speaker!

Mohd Khairul Zaman wins an Olike Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 Car Charger!

Ivan Ng wins an Olike Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 Car Charger!

Winners, please send your full details to contest @ techarp.com.

Full Name :
Full Address :
Mobile / Contact Number :
Email Address :

LAST CALL : Those who do not submit their details by 12 PM, Friday, 19 October 2018 will forfeit their prizes.

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20th Anniversary Week 2 Giveaway

This week, Dell will be giving away prizes worth more than RM 2,000 / $500!

The Awesome Prizes : Dell PW7015M Power Companion (2 units)

Great Prizes : Dell AE215 Speaker System (2 units)

Cool Prizes : Dell WM514 Wireless Laser Mouse (3 units)

Nice Prizes : Dell AX210 USB Speaker System (6 units)


Dell PW7015M Power Companion (12,000 mAh)

Meet the Dell Power Companion – a handy device that powers select Dell notebooks and ultrabooks, as well as up to two smartphones, tablets or other USB-enabled devices, ensuring users can be more productive on-the-go.

Lightweight and compact, and featuring a 12,000 mAh 4-cell battery that provides reliable power, this compact power solution is designed to deliver in-bag charging so you can stay powered without adding bulk to your bag.

Dell 2.0 Speaker System – AE215

The Dell 2.0 Speaker System (AE215) provides high quality sound experience that fits neatly into almost any desktop setup. With premium sound professionally tuned by award-winning Waves Maxx Audio and a compact and modern design, the speakers deliver a surprising amount of full, deep bass without adding clutter to your desk.

In addition, the Dell AE215 speakers also feature a headphone jack so you can plug in your favourite headphones for a private listening experience without interruptions.

Dell WM514 Wireless Laser Mouse

The Dell WM514 Wireless Laser Mouse is a stylish, high-precision wireless mouse with long battery life. Its laser tracking feature allows for smooth tracking on virtually any surface, and provides quick response times and accurate clicking.

There is no greater option for a clutter-free workspace with its compact size, and unrestricted performance that allows mobile professionals to have all of the expected conveniences of a wireless mouse. The WM514 is also designed for comfort, allowing users to work or play for longer periods without the usual stress on the wrists or hands.

Dell AX210 USB Speaker System

Dell’s AX210 offers great sound for a PC desk with little room. These speakers are a true upgrade in audio quality and functionality. Designed to complement any Dell computer, the speakers give users a unified aesthetic at home or in the office.

Whether you’re enjoying the latest movie, playing an action-packed game, or participating in a video conference, you will be at the center of excellent sound.

Contest Period : 8 to 21 September 2018

Eligibility : WORLDWIDE *

* Tech ARP will pay for standard shipping, but you may opt to pay for expedited or express shipping services.

Week 2 Giveaway Rules

  1. Read the description of the prizes above, as well as these Dell articles :
    The 2018 Dell Precision 3000 Series Workstations Revealed!
    Why Dell Precision Is World’s Preferred Workstation!
    Dell S2719DM Ultra-Thin FreeSync HDR Monitor Preview
  2. Answer just five (5) simple multi-choice questions regarding the prizes and the three Dell articles.
  3. Tell us the sequence of the Great, Cool or Nice prizes that you prefer!
  4. If you want a shot at winning the Awesome Prize, you will need to share our contest post in Facebook. If you want more chances to win the Awesome Prize, tag your friends in our our contest post, or comment or like it.

That’s it! It’s THAT simple!

Contest Mechanics

  1. At the end of the contest, we will randomly select 5 contestants who shared our Facebook contest post. [adrotate group=”2″]
  2. If any contestant fails to answer any question correctly, another contestant will be randomly selected.
  3. The Likes, Shares, Comments and Tags of the five verified contestants to share our Facebook contest post, AND get all five questions correct will be calculated.
  4. Two winners will be randomly selected out of that pool to win an Awesome Prize each.
  5. The subsequent winners will be randomly selected from contestants who correctly answered all five questions, with prize preference given to those who are selected first.
  6. Each contestant may try multiple times but can only win one prize. If he/she has already won, a new contestant will be randomly selected.

Got it? Go and try it out!

 

Week 2 Giveaway Winners!

Here are the correct answers :

  1. How many cells are there in the Dell PW7015M Power Companion?
    4 Cells
  2. What kind of sensor does the Dell WM514 wireless mouse use?
    Laser
  3. How many models are in the 2018 Dell Precision 3000 Series Workstation family? See https://is.gd/ZM3mPj
    4
  4. Which Australian university uses Dell Precision workstations for all its engineering requirements? See https://is.gd/Uwpn5w
    Monash University
  5. What Corning technology is used in the Dell S2719DM monitor? See https://is.gd/5YcTTD
    Iris Glass

We are very excited to announce the winners for the Week 2 Giveaway!

Dell PW7015M Power Companion Winners
zy****@gmail.com
forbi****2k@yahoo.com

Dell AE215 Speaker System
– vee***@hotmail.com
– wchian****@hotmail.com

Dell WM514 Wireless Laser Mouse
– radu@*****.ro
– cheok*******@gmail.com
– open*****@gmail.com

Dell AX210 USB Speaker System
– junwah****@gmail.com
– skyline****@hotmail.com
– Tony******@gmail.com
– 
hiz****@hotmail.de
– retro_*****@yahoo.co.uk
– Koo******@gmail.com

Winners, please send your full details to contest @ techarp.com.

Full Name :
Full Address :
Mobile / Contact Number :
Email Address :

LAST CALL : Those who do not submit their details by 12 PM, Friday, 19 October 2018 will forfeit their prizes.

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20th Anniversary Week 3 Giveaway

For the third week, Tech ARP will be sponsoring these awesome prizes!

Awesome Prize #1 : honor Band SS smartwatch

Awesome Prize #2 : honor Band SS smartwatch

Cool Prize #1 : VR Box virtual reality glasses

Cool Prize #2 : VR Box virtual reality glasses

Cool Prize #3 : Kaspersky Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard

Cool Prize #4 : Kaspersky Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard

Cool Prize #5 : Honor Tripod Selfie Stick

Cool Prize #6 : Honor Tripod Selfie Stick

Contest Period : 17 September to 30 September 2018

Eligibility : WORLDWIDE *

* Tech ARP will pay for standard shipping, but you may opt to pay for expedited or express shipping services.

Week 3 Giveaway Rules

  1. Make sure you LIKE the Tech ARP Facebook page.
  2. Everyone definitely wants The Awesome Prizes, but we want to know which of the Cool Prizes you prefer :
    – the VR Box virtual reality glasses,
    – the Kaspersky foldable Bluetooth keyboard, or
    – the Honor tripod selfie stick.
    So post a comment in the prize of your choice! If you like, you can post a comment in all three prizes!

  1. SHARE the main contest post, and the prizes you want to win on your Facebook wall. Please make sure it is PUBLIC, so we can verify.

BONUS : Liking and sharing our posts, or commenting and tagging your friends, will give you a higher chance of winning The Awesome Prize or the prize you want!

BONUS : Likesshares, comments or tags on our many Samsung Galaxy Note9 posts will give you a higher chance of winning The Awesome Prize or the prize you want!

That’s it! It’s THAT simple!

Contest Mechanics

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  1. At the end of the contest, we will randomly select TEN contestants.
  2. If any contestant fails to meet any of the rules above, another contestant will be randomly selected.
  3. The Likes, Shares, Comments and Tags of the ten verified contestants in the Tech ARP Facebook page will be calculated.
  4. The two Awesome Prize winners will be randomly selected from that pool.
  5. The subsequent winners will be randomly selected from that pool, with prize preference given to those who are selected first.
  6. Each contestant may only win one prize, so if his/her number is selected again, it will be discarded and a new number randomly selected.

Got it? Go and try it out!

Note On Gaming Accounts : Contestants who use gaming accounts will be automatically disqualified. Please use your personal Facebook accounts.

 

Week 3 Giveaway Winners!

We are very excited to announce the winners for the Week 3 Giveaway!

Awesome Prize #1 Winner : Isaac Lee Eng Quin

Awesome Prize #2 : Ken-Boon Teoh

Cool Prize #1 : Yee Mee Chan

Cool Prize #2 : Thomas George

Cool Prize #3 : Jireh Phan

Cool Prize #4 : Spectre Phang

Cool Prize #5 : Vicky Loo

Cool Prize #6 : Ilrelda Koh


Winners, please send your full details to contest @ techarp.com.

Full Name :
Full Address :
Mobile / Contact Number :
Email Address :

Note : Please submit your details by 12 PM, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 or you may forfeit your prize! 😀

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20th Anniversary Week 4 Giveaway

For the 4th week, BenQ and Tech ARP will be sponsoring these awesome prizes!

Incredible Prize : BenQ EW277HDR Eye-Care Monitor

Cool Prize #1 : BenQ Travel Adaptor (White)

Cool Prize #2 : BenQ Travel Adaptor (Black)

Cool Prize #3 : Samsung Travel Adaptor (White)

Cool Prize #4 : Intel + Dell Travel Adaptor (Blue)


The BenQ EW277HDR Eye-Care monitor is part of a new range of BenQ Eye-Care monitors that feature the new Eye-Care technologies like Brightness Intelligence Plus and Low Blue Light.

BenQ specifically highlighted these HDR monitors (including the BenQ EW277HDR) as the best choices to be paired with the PlayStation 4 Pro or PlayStation 4. Here are their key specifications :

BenQ EW3270U

  • 4K UHD resolution – 3840 x 2160 pixels, HDR
  • 31.5-inch VA panel with 95% DCI-P3 colour gamut
  • Brightness Intelligence Plus, Low Blue Light, Flicker-free
  • Price : RM 1,899 (Web | App), US$ 599, £ 442.49

BenQ EL2870U

  • 4K UHD resolution – 3840 x 2160 pixels, HDR
  • 28-inch TN panel with 72% NTSC colour gamut
  • Brightness Intelligence Plus, Low Blue Light, Flicker-free
  • Price : RM 1,399 (Web | App), US$ 429.31£ 338.57

BenQ EW277HDR

  • Full HD resolution – 1920 x 1080 pixels, HDR
  • 27-inch VA panel with 93% DCI-P3 colour gamut
  • Brightness Intelligence Plus, Low Blue Light, Flicker-free
  • Price : RM 829 (Web | App), US$ 199.99£ 214.95

Would you like to own the BenQ EW277HDR Eye-Care monitor? Here’s how!

Contest Period : 24 September to 25 October 2018

Eligibility : Malaysia Only *

* Because it is large and fragile, we require the winner to collect the monitor from us in Selangor or Kuala Lumpur, with Penang as a possibility too. If necessary, the winner may send a representative. We will require a photo to be taken with the winner or representative, with some social media posts.

Week 4 Giveaway Rules

  1. Make sure you LIKE the Tech ARP Facebook page, and the contest post.
  2. You can then :
    a) Post a comment in the contest post, and tag your friends. Make sure you also use the #BenQPS4Monitor hashtag. You can tell us which Cool Prize you prefer, for example, or why you want to win the BenQ monitor.
    b) Share the contest post on your Facebook wall publicly, and use the #BenQPS4Monitor hashtag. You can tag your friends too for extra credit.
    c) Share the contest post in a relevant group, using the #BenQPS4Monitor hashtag.

  1. BONUS : Likesshares, comments or tags on our many Samsung Galaxy Note9 posts will give you a higher chance of winning The Awesome Prize or the prize you want!

That’s it! It’s THAT simple!

Contest Mechanics

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  1. At the end of the contest, we will randomly select TEN contestants.
  2. If any contestant fails to meet any of the rules above, another contestant will be randomly selected.
  3. The Likes, Shares, Comments and Tags of the ten verified contestants in the Tech ARP Facebook page will be calculated.
  4. The Incredible Prize winner will be randomly selected from that pool.
  5. The subsequent winners will be randomly selected from that pool, with prize preference given to those who are selected first.
  6. Each contestant may only win one prize, so if his/her number is selected again, it will be discarded and a new number randomly selected.

Got it? Go and try it out!

Note On Gaming Accounts : Contestants who use gaming accounts will be automatically disqualified. Please use your personal Facebook accounts.

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20th Anniversary Week 5 Giveaway

For the fifth week, Tech ARP and Dotty’s will be sponsoring these awesome prizes!

Awesome Prizes #1 : 5 x iflix Subscription (1 Year)

Awesome Prizes #2 : 5 x Dotty’s RM 100 voucher

Contest Period : 19 September to 29 October 2018

Eligibility : Malaysia Only (for Dotty’s) / Countries that iflix supports *

* The dotty vouchers are only valid in Malaysia. The iflix subscriptions are valid in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Morocco and Uganda.

Week 5 Giveaway Rules

  1. Make sure you LIKE the Tech ARP Facebook page, and the contest post.
  2. You can then :
    a) Post a comment in the contest post, and tag your friends. Make sure you tell us which prize you prefer using these hashtags – #IWantFREEiflix or #IWantFREEDottys.
    b) Share the contest post on your Facebook wall publicly, and use either hashtags. You can tag your friends too for extra credit.
    c) Share the contest post in a relevant group, using either hashtags..

  1. BONUS : Likesshares, comments or tags on any of our many Facebook posts will give you a higher chance of winning one of the Awesome prizes!

That’s it! It’s THAT simple!

Contest Mechanics

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  1. At the end of the contest, we will randomly select TEN contestants.
  2. If any contestant fails to meet any of the rules above, another contestant will be randomly selected.
  3. The Likes, Shares, Comments and Tags of the ten verified contestants in the Tech ARP Facebook page will be calculated.
  4. The Incredible Prize winners will be randomly selected from that pool, with prize preference given to those who are selected first.
  5. Each contestant may only win one prize, so if his/her number is selected again, it will be discarded and a new number randomly selected.

Got it? Go and try it out!

Note On Gaming Accounts : Contestants who use gaming accounts will be automatically disqualified. Please use your personal Facebook accounts.

 

Week 5 Giveaway Winners!

We are very excited to announce the winners for the Week 5 Giveaway!

Awesome Prize #1 Winner : Franco Kailsan

Awesome Prize #1 Winner : Liza Lee

Awesome Prize #1 Winner : Mohd Fahmi

Awesome Prize #1 Winner : Siew Hong Go

Awesome Prize #1 Winner : Haqeem Norazli

Awesome Prize #2 Winner : Vee Fah

Awesome Prize #2 Winner : Steven Khoo

Awesome Prize #2 Winner : Chai Ser Loon

Awesome Prize #2 Winner : Falcone

Awesome Prize #2 Winner : Cyrus Varrus


Winners, please send your full details to contest @ techarp.com.

Full Name :
Full Address :
Mobile / Contact Number :
Email Address :

Note : Please submit your details by 12 PM, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 or you may forfeit your prize! 😀

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20th Anniversary Week 6 Giveaway

For the sixth week, Pocophone be sponsoring these awesome prizes!

Awesome Prize : Pocophone F1

Cool Prize : Mi Band 2

Contest Period : 1 November to 14 November 2018

Eligibility : Malaysia only for Pocophone F1, Worldwide for Mi Band 2

Week 6 Giveaway Rules

  1. Make sure you LIKE the Tech ARP Facebook page, the Mi Malaysia Facebook page and the contest post.
  2. You can then :
    a) Post a comment in the contest post, and tag your friends. Make sure you tell us which prize you prefer using these hashtags :
    – #FreePocophoneF1 and #XiaomiMY, OR
    #FreeMiBand2 and #XiaomiMY.
    b) Share the contest post on your Facebook wall publicly, and use either hashtags. You can tag your friends too for extra credit.
    c) Share the contest post in a relevant group, using either hashtags..

  1. BONUS : Likesshares, comments or tags on any of our many Facebook posts will give you a higher chance of winning one of the prizes!

Note : Use #FreePocophoneF1 if you are residing in Malaysia. It will qualify you for both the Pocophone F1 and the Mi Band 2. Use #FreeMiBand2 if you are residing outside of Malaysia. It will qualify you for the Mi Band 2.

That’s it! It’s THAT simple!

Contest Mechanics

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  1. At the end of the contest, we will randomly select FIVE contestants.
  2. If any contestant fails to meet any of the rules above, another contestant will be randomly selected.
  3. The Likes, Shares, Comments and Tags of the five verified contestants in the Tech ARP Facebook page will be calculated.
  4. The Incredible Prize and Cool Prize winners will be randomly selected from that pool, with prize preference given to those who are selected first.
  5. Each contestant may only win one prize, so if his/her number is selected again, it will be discarded and a new number randomly selected.

Got it? Go and try it out!

Note On Gaming Accounts : Contestants who use gaming accounts will be automatically disqualified. Please use your personal Facebook accounts.

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20th Anniversary Week 7 Giveaway

For the seventh week, Western Digital be sponsoring these awesome prizes!

Awesome Prize : 1 TB Western Digital Blue SSD

Cool Prizes : 8 x 4 TB Western Digital Red HDD

Contest Period : 15 November to 15 December 2018

Eligibility : Klang Valley and Penang only for the HDDs*, Worldwide for SSD

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Week 7 WD Blue SSD Giveaway Rules

  1. Learn about the WD Black NVMe SSD,
  2. Answer these easy questions!

WD Black NVMe SSD

The WD Black NVMe SSD is dedicated for PC gamers who are looking to boost the performance of their gaming rigs.

Featuring sequential read/write speeds up to 3,400/2,800 MB/s, and the innovative Western Digital NVMe SSD storage architecture, it’s where blazing speed and top-tier performance combine to keep up with even the most demanding workloads. Innovative power management and thermal throttling consistently help prevent overheating to deliver smooth, fast performance.

With up to 600TBW, 1.75M hours MTTF and an amazing 5-years limited warranty, the WD Black NVMe SSD is the virtually invincible SSD you can rely on.

Important : Learn more about the 2018 WD Black 3D NVMe SSD here!

Contest Mechanics

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  1. At the end of the contest, we will create a pool of those who answered all the questions correct.
  2. If no one managed to answer all of the questions, then a pool will be created of the contestants with the most correct answers.
  3. We will then randomly select the Awesome Prize winner from that pool.

Got it? Go and try it out!

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Week 7 WD Red HDD Giveaway Rules

  1. Make sure you LIKE the Tech ARP Facebook page and the contest post.
  2. You can then :
    a) Post a comment in the contest post, and tag your friends. Please let us know if you can self-collect the HDD using the hashtag #FreeHDD.
    b) Share the contest post on your Facebook wall publicly, and use the #FreeHDD hashtag if you can self-collect the HDD. You can tag your friends too for extra credit.
    c) Share the contest post in a relevant group. Please let us know if you can self-collect the HDD using the hashtag #FreeHDD.

  1. BONUS : Likesshares, comments or tags on any of our many Facebook posts will give you a higher chance of winning one of the prizes!

Collection : Winners of the HDDs must self-collect the WD Red hard disk drives in person, as we want to avoid the risk of damage during delivery. We can arrange to meet with the winners at these locations :

  • Selangor : Mutiara Damansara
  • Kuala Lumpur : TTDI
  • Penang : Seberang Jaya

Warranty : The drives are also provided as-is, without warranty from Western Digital or Tech ARP.

That’s it! It’s THAT simple!

Contest Mechanics

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  1. At the end of the contest, we will randomly select TWENTY contestants who used the #FreeHDD hashtag.
  2. If any contestant fails to meet any of the rules above, another contestant will be randomly selected.
  3. The Likes, Shares, Comments and Tags of the twenty verified contestants in the Tech ARP Facebook page will be calculated.
  4. The Cool Prize winners will then be randomly selected from the pool of verified contestants.
  5. Each contestant may only win one prize, so if his/her number is selected again, it will be discarded and a new number randomly selected.

Got it? Go and try it out!

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The Shopee Seller Awards 2018 Caps A Landmark Year!

Yesterday, Shopee honoured its expanding community of sellers at the Shopee Seller Awards 2018. Check it out, and find out who won the Shopee Seller Awards this year!

 

The Shopee Seller Awards 2018

The star-studded Shopee Seller Awards 2018 was graced by YB Datuk Muez bin Abd Aziz, Deputy Secretary General of Consumerism and Management, Group Chief Corporate Officer, Pos Laju, and celebrities such as Nora Danish and Zoey Rahman. Leading brands such as Nestlé, Honor, and Digi shared the stage with celebrities as Shopee celebrated a landmark year.

 

Shopee All Stars and Seller of the Year

A total of 14 accolades were given out at Shopee Seller Awards 2018 to honour the best sellers across various store categories. These include Lifestyle, Telecommunication, Fashion, and Electronics, with the most-coveted prizes being the Shopee Sellers of the Year for Shopee Mall and Marketplace. To keep things interesting, users could vote for the People’s Celebrity Award through a poll in the Shopee app.

Nestlé and Mono Digital were the biggest winners on the night, taking home the Shopee Seller of the Year Award for Mall and Marketplace respectively. Additionally, Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza won the People’s Celebrity Award, named by Shopee users for her official store SimplySiti on Shopee Celebrity Squad.

Award Award Type Winner
Best in Lifestyle Shopee Marketplace Odoso
Best in Lifestyle Shopee Mall MR DIY
Best in Fashion Shopee Marketplace Grimo
Best in Fashion Shopee Mall VOIR
Best in Consumer Goods Shopee Marketplace Wako
Best in Consumer Goods Shopee Mall Watsons
Best in Electronics Shopee Marketplace iBeli
Best in Electronics Shopee Mall Honor
Best in Lifestyle Shopee Marketplace BHP
Best in Telecommunication Partners Digi
Best in Financial Services Partners FPX
People’s Celebrity Award Partners Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza
Seller of the Year Shopee Marketplace Mono Digital
Seller of the Year Shopee Mall Nestlé

 

A Landmark Year For Shopee

Shopee enjoyed robust growth in the third quarter of 2018, with Gross orders and Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) increasing 24.0% and 21.1% respectively from the second quarter.

Shopee also reinforced its position as the online shopping destination of choice in the region, with the number of users growing by around 150% in the past year.

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The past year was an exciting one for Shopee Malaysia, with the following key highlights :

  • Around 16 million downloads to date;
  • Around 600 brands and retail partners on Shopee Mall, including leading brands like Watsons, MR DIY and VOIR;
  • Around 400,000 active sellers;
  • And around 450 employees to serve our sellers and buyers.

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Honor President George Zhao Speaks @ TEDx Caohejing

On 23 October 2018, George Zhao, President of Honor, delivered his TEDx Caohejing talk in Shanghai where he shared his vision for perfection and technological innovation. Zhao also revealed how Honor received global success by becoming the top smartphone e-brand in China for four consecutive years.

 

Honor President George Zhao Speaks @ TEDx Caohejing

Here are excerpts of Zhao’s speech at TEDx Caohejing Park Salon :

“In 2015, I travelled back to my homeland to lead Honor. Although I only had B2B experience back then, I knew that I only had one option – to make Honor succeed.”

“Over the past few years, in a ‘Fearless Technology, Infinite Innovations’ environment, Honor never ceases to enhance its technology or product quality and raise its core competitiveness. Innovation, quality and service have always been and always will be our top priorities.”

“By continuously exploring these three areas, our upcoming ‘Honor Magic 2’, will be officially unveiled next week in Beijing and is bound to take smartphones to a whole new level. We believe that a company can only rise above the rest and stay relevant by delivering the best product with ultimate user experience.

As a fastest-growing mobile phone brand, Honor never adopts an opportunistic approach in devising strategies. In 2015, Honor insisted on pooling their resources to deliver the best product and service quality, instead of relying on the ‘spur-of-the-moment’.”

“In 2016, when the global smartphone market suffered a steep decline, Honor persevered and was resolute in its vision. In 2017, when the industry was skeptical about their prospects, Honor insisted that its enterprises keep their vision focused on the future and boost momentum.”

“In 2018, despite the smartphone market in China hitting a severe slump, Honor sailed through the storm. Not only did they record positive sales growth, they also remained China’s top smartphone e-brand for the year,” he added.

 

Who Is George Zhao?

Zhao started his career with Huawei in 1998, working with them for 20 years in China and around the world. This experience gave him a great insight into how we use technology in our everyday lives and how it can change our lives for the better. As the President of Honor, he is responsible for the overall business management and growth of the Honor brand.

 

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The Honor 8X Sneak Preview – Fresh From The Oven!

Two years ago, Honor launched the honor 8 smartphone with its iconic Aurora Glass finish. Here is our sneak preview of the honor 8X that we got fresh from the oven!

Find out what’s new in the honor 8X, and see why it’s really quite different from its namesake!

 

The Honor 8X Specification Comparison

First, let’s compare the specifications of the new honor 8X against the honor 8. Look at the difference :

Specificationshonor 8Xhonor 8 (Premium)
ModelJSN-L22FRD-L14 (US), FRD-L19 (EU & Asia)
Available ColoursNASapphire Blue, Sunrise Gold
Display6.5-inch IPS display
- 1080 x 2340 resolution (396 ppi)
5.2-inch LTPS LCD display
- 1080 x 1920 resolution (423 ppi)
- 1500:1 contrast ratio, 96% NTSC colour gamut
ProtectionNACorning Gorilla Glass 3
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 with EMUI 8.2.0Android 6.0 with Huawei Emotion UI 4.1
Processing PlatformHiSilicon Kirin 710HiSilicon Kirin 950
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A73 (2.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.7 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A72 (2.3 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.8 GHz)
i5 co-processor
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G51 MP4ARM Mali-T880 (650 MHz)
System Memory4 GB LPDDR4 memory4 GB LPDDR4 memory
Storage64 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot (supports up to 400 GB)
64 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot* (supports up to 128 GB)
* shared with SIM2 (L19)
Selfie Camera16 MP sensor, with f/2.0 lens
- 720p video recording
8 MP sensor, with f/2.4 lens
- 1080p video recording
Main Camera20 MP PDAF sensor with f/1.8 lens
2 MP depth sensor
Dual 12 MP cameras (monochrome + colour)
- Sony IMX286 sensor
- f/2.2 lens, dual LED flash and hybrid auto-focus
- 1080p video recording with EIS
GPS SupportGPS / AGPS / GLONASSGPS / AGPS / GLONASS
SIM SupportDual nano SIM, Dual Standby Single nano SIM (L14)
Dual nano SIM, Dual Standby (L19)
Connectivity4G : LTE FDD LTE Cat13 : 150 Mbps (UL), LTE Cat12 : 600 Mbps (DL)
3G : WCDMA
2 G : GSM
Bluetooth : 4.2 BLE
OTG, VoLTE
4G : LTE FDD LTE Cat6 : 51 Mbps (UL), 301 Mbps (DL)
3G : WCDMA
2 G : GSM
Bluetooth : 4.2 BLE
OTG, VoLTE
WiFi Capability802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz only)
Hotspot supports up to 4 devices
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz dual-band)
Hotspot supports up to 8 devices
USB PortmicroUSB 2.0USB 2.0 with USB Type C interface
Fingerprint SensorYes, rear-mountedYes, 3D fingerprint recognition, 0.4 second unlock with Smart Key customisation
Infra-Red TransmitterNoYes, with Smart Control 4.0
NFC SupportNoYes, tag read/write, P2P transfer, mobile payment
AudioHiSilicon Hi6402 audio DSP with Dolby DTS and HiRes Audio support
Dual-microphone noise reduction
Battery3,750 mAh lithium-polymer battery
18 W fast-charging capability
2,900 mAh lithium-polymer battery
18 W fast-charging capability
Dimensions76.6 mm wide x 160.4 mm tall x 7.8 mm thick71.0 mm wide x 145.5 mm tall x 7.45 mm thick
Weight175 g153 g
Launch PriceNARM 1,899 (~US$ 475)

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The Honor 8X Up Close!

The new honor 8X looks deceptively small. It actually boasts the industry’s largest display, edging out the Samsung Galaxy Note9, and matching the Apple Xs Max. Yet it still fits comfortably in our hands, thanks to extremely thin bezels and a display notch.

Despite its more modern design, honor went back a little, reintroducing the old microUSB 2.0 port. This is surprising since they first introduced the bidirectional USB-C port in the honor 8 two years ago!

They also dropped the IR transmitted at the top, which allowed the.honor 8 to be used as a remote control.

Next Page > The honor 8X Key Features

 

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New Level Of Mid-Range Performance

The honor 8X smartphone boasts the new Kirin 710 mobile SoC from HUAWEI’s HiSilicon subsidiary.

It is not the flagship-class SoC like the Kirin 950 used in the honor 8, but thanks to advances in semiconductor design and fabrication, it offers better performance with lower power consumption.

The Kirin 710 is actually a mid-range version of the Kirin 970 SoC that powers the honor 10 smartphone.

It uses the same four high-performance Cortex-A73 cores, with the same four low-power Cortex-A53 cores – just with slightly lower clock speeds.

It is paired with 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory, and 64 GB of internal flash storage.

Advances in LTE technology allows the Kirin 710 to deliver much faster Cat13 upload speeds of up to 150 Mbps, and Cat12 download speeds of up to 600 Mbps.

However, its WiFi support is limited to a/b/g/n protocols, and only in the 2.4 GHz band.

 

Display Notch

The honor 8X has a Full HD+ display, with an aspect ratio of 19:9 and a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. It features the display notch made popular by the iPhone X, to maximise its display size.

Although the notification icons nearest to the notch can appear “cut-off”, the hnor 8X is smart enough to work around the notch. In games and applications that don’t support the notification area, it just displays the main 1080 x 2240 section.

 

The Honor 8X Cameras

Hidden in the display notch is a high-resolution 16 MP camera with f/2.0 lens. It is supposedly capable of recording 1080p videos, but in our early firmware, it is limited to 720p video recording.

We were hoping that the honor 8X’s AI Camera would be based on the dual-camera design of the honor 10 and the honor 8 smartphones, they went instead with a single 20 MP camera paired with a 2 MP depth sensor.

The 20 MP camera uses a PDAF (phase detection autofocus) sensor paired with a fast and bright f/1.8 lens.

The 2 MP depth sensor has only one job – to deliver better depth perception, so the honor 8X can better differentiate the background from the subjects and more accurately apply the software bokeh effects.

Despite its high-resolution image sensor, the 20 MP camera can only record 1080p videos at up to 60 fps. It is not optically-stabilised, and surprisingly lacks electronic image stabilisation.

 

Fingerprint Sensor

To maximise display size in a relatively small form factor, honor had to use a rear fingerprint sensor. You may recall that they used a front sensor for the honor 10.

The honor 8X’s rear fingerprint sensor is very good – easy to train and works fast and accurately. The only problem that all rear fingerprint sensors have – you can’t use it while it’s attached to a car mount. If you intend to use it while driving, make sure you set-up and use the Face unlock feature.

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Triple Slot Tray

honor smartphones all have dual SIM, dual standby capabilities. However, to save space, the honor 10 offered two nano SIM trays and removed the microSD card slot. The honor 8, on the other hand, opted for a hybrid SIM tray – the second nano SIM can be swapped out for a microSD card.

The honor 8X offers the ultimate option – a triple slot tray. You can use a microSD card to expand its storage, while still using two nano SIM cards.

 

Ergonomics

With its very large 6.5-inch display, the honor 8X is definitely a much larger smartphone than the honor 8 or honor 10 smartphones.

The honor 8X is just over 76 mm wide, and 160 mm tall, but remains under 8 mm thick. It is comparable in size to the new Apple iPhone Xs Max, but quite a bit lighter at just 175 grams.

The IPS display is very bright and vivid indoors, and does a decent job outdoors despite not being an AMOLED display. The non-standard 19:9 aspect ratio, while useful in giving you more screen space, will result in some pillarboxing for movies.

Next Page > honor 8X Camera Performance – Photos + Videos

 

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honor 8X Camera Performance – Photos

honor did not reveal the model of the sensor used in the 20 MP main camera, but the photos have a resolution of 5120 x 3840 pixels, with the 4:3 aspect ratio.

Despite the high resolution, Honor appears to use a more efficient (or lossier) compression algorithm, resulting in a file size of between 3 MB and 4 MB in most photos.

Here are 8 high-resolution samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

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honor 8X Camera Performance – Video Recording

Despite its high-resolution 20 MP sensor, the honor 8X can only record 1080p videos at up to 60 fps. Here are two videos we recorded to test its video recording capabilities.

Honor 8X Video Recording Sample #1 : Piano

First off – we can see that there is no optical or electrionic image stabilisation, so the video can get very jerky. The audio also lacks sufficient noise cancellation.

On the bright side, the image quality is very good, and the colours are vivid, albeit a little oversaturated. There is also very good control of the highlights. A shame about the lack of stabilisation.

Honor 8X Video Recording Sample #2 : Food Fair

The lack of image stabilisation is obvious from the jerkiness. A real shame because the image quality is very good.

 

Never Coming – The Full Review

When HONOR loaned us this unit, they said that it was a production unit running on a beta version of the firmware.

We were planning to upgrade this preview to a full review after testing with a production firmware, but the review sample never received it.

 

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