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Wedding Invitation Scam : Don’t Install APK File!

Please watch out for the wedding invitation scam, and find out why you should NEVER install any APK file from strangers!

Find out what’s going on, and warn your family and friends!

 

Wedding Invitation Scam Gone Viral!

A new scam has gone viral on social media in Malaysia – the wedding invitation scam. In this scam, scammers contact their victims on WhatsApp, pretending to send them an APK file as a wedding invitation!

Here is the Malay version of the scam messages, and their English translations.

Dengan rasa kesyukuran, Menjemput Tuan ZAITON OTHMAN Ke Majlis Perkawinan Anak Kami
Sila Klik instal Apk untuk dapatkan kad kahwin digital kami ⬇️⬇️
Sila klik instal nampak kad kahwin digital kami 🙏, agar nak tau Siapa 😀

With gratitude, Inviting Mr. Zaiton Othman to our Son’s Wedding
Please click install Apk to get our digital wedding card ⬇️⬇️
Please click install to see our digital wedding card 🙏, to know who this is 😀

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Wedding Invitation Scam : Don’t Install APK File!

This is yet another example of a Mobile Application Scam, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : APK Is Android Installation File

First, it is important to know that APK files are not used to deliver wedding invitations, or photos and videos.

Short for Android Package Kit, an APK file is used to install software in Android devices. Think of it as the Android equivalent of an EXE installation file for Windows software.

Fact #2 : You Should Never Install APK File, Unless You’re An Expert

APK files, by definition, are merely installation files for Android devices. They can be used for legitimate purposes, as well as nefarious purposes.

However, legitimate Android apps are mostly delivered through proper mobile app platforms like Google Play Store and the HUAWEI App Gallery, where they are often scanned for malware before people are allowed to download and install.

Therefore, you should never download and install an APK file outside of legitimate mobile app platforms, unless you are an expert who needs to “sideload” an APK for a specific reason.

Now, this does not mean that only Android devices are vulnerable. Apple is slated to offer the ability to sideload apps too with iOS 17.

Fact #3 : Scammers Use APK Files To Install Malware

In most, if not all, cases where you receive an APK file from a stranger on WhatsApp, Telegram, through email or social media platforms, it is likely to contain malware.

Scammers use APK files containing malware to gain access to your phone. After you install these malware APK files, scammers can do anything – read your messages, steal your photos and videos, gain access to your TAC / OTP alerts, etc.

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Fact #4 : APK File Scam Not Limited To Wedding Invitations

These mobile application scams are not just limited to wedding invitations, or offers to deliver illicit photos and videos. Scammers have also convinced their victims to install these APK malware files to :

  • book cheap temporary maid / cleaning services
  • book cheap air-conditioning services
  • book exclusive restaurants
  • receive special discounts
  • make investment transactions

Fact #5 : Scammers Use Social Engineering + Stolen Data

It is important to remember that scammers will use a combination of social engineering and stolen / purchased data to convince you to install their APK malware.

They may know your name, your MyKad number, your address and your telephone number. They may even know who is in your family, and even have your bank account or credit card details. All that information can be purchased from unscrupulous sources.

In some cases, scammers have taken over social media accounts and used them to trick the account holder’s family and friends into installing such APK malware files.

No matter who tells you to do it – even if they are your family member or friend, NEVER download and install an APK file.

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Fact #6 : Bank Negara Malaysia Warned About Mobile App Scam

Bank Negara Malaysia has long warned consumers about such mobile application scams.

Be wary of clickable hyperlinks that redirects you to a site, or downloads an application to your phone. Banks will no longer send you any clickable hyperlinks via SMS!

Only download applications from your smartphone’s official application platforms (e.g. Google Play Store, [Apple] App Store, Huawei App Gallery).

Fact #7 : PDRM Confirmed This Is A Scam

On Monday, 19 June 2023, PDRM Commercial Crimes Investigation Department (CCID) Director Datuk Seri Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf warned the public about this wedding invitation scam:

This new tactic asks for an individual to open the link prepared to receive the wedding invitation. However, that’s the trick to steal information from the public and to make online transfer. The public are advised to avoid getting caught up in any message from questionable sources.

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PDRM Offers Up To 60% Discount On Traffic Offences!

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) is offering a 60% discount programme on selected traffic offences!

Find out how you can pay for your traffic offences with up to 60% discount!

 

PDRM Offers Up To 60% Discount For Traffic Offences!

On 19 March 2023, the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) announced that it is offering up to 60% discount on selected traffic offences, in conjunction with the 216th Police Day!

From Monday, 20 March until Friday, 31 March 2023, you will be able to pay for your traffic offence fines with up to 60% discount either at all police district or contingent headquarters, or online using its MyBayar Saman app or website.

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PDRM Traffic Offences : How To Get 60% Discount?

Here is what you need to know about the March 2023 PDRM discount for selected traffic offences.

Discount Up To 80%

PDRM is offering up to 80% discount on traffic summonses, from Monday, 20 March until Friday, 31 March 2023.

Where To Pay PDRM Traffic Fines

PDRM will allow you to pay for your traffic fines at these physical venues:

  • Summon Payment Counters at Police District Headquarters
  • Summon Payment Counters at Police Contingent Headquarters

Instead of queuing up at the police headquarters, you should use the online MyBayar Saman portal or app :

The PDRM launched MyBayar Saman as an alternative payment option, instead of paying over-the-counter, or using private collecting agents like MyEG.

This would also save the public money as MyBayar Saman is FREE, and does not collect service charges. They can also pay their fines at their convenience, without wasting time queuing to pay.

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Discounts Do NOT Apply To All Traffic Offences

The discounts being offered do NOT apply to all traffic offences. Here is a list of traffic offences that will not be reduced under this programme :

  • Causing accidents
  • Summon for court hearing
  • Summon with a warrant status
  • Offences involving heavy vehicles
  • Overtaking another vehicle dangerously
  • Driving on the emergency lane
  • Non-compoundable offences
  • Not obeying traffic lights
  • Overtaking across double lines
  • Modification of vehicle exhausts
  • Op Selamat summonses

 

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Maybank: New Secure2u Activations Only On MAE App

Maybank will only allow new Secure2u activations on their MAE app, instead of their Maybank2u app!

 

Maybank : New Secure2u Activations Only On MAE App

From 26 September 2022 onwards, Maybank will only allow new Secure2u activations on their MAE e-wallet app, instead of their Maybank2u banking app.

Secure2u is a mobile app-based authentication method for your banking transactions, which replaces the SMS TAC that is vulnerable to SIM swap attacks.

This change only affects new Secure2u activations. If you have already activated Secure2u on your Maybank2u banking app, then you can continue to use the Maybank2u app to approve your transactions as usual.

Maybank will also move two Amanah Saham National Berhad (ASNB) services from the Maybank2u app to the MAE app permanently, starting 7 October 2022.

  • View own and child’s account balance(s)
  • Make transfers to own account(s) via Favourites

This shifting of features is part of Maybank’s push to “encourage” its customers to switch to their MAE e-wallet app, and it plans to phase out the Maybank2u app eventually.

By moving customers to MAE, Maybank is hoping that they might start using its e-wallet feature, as well as reduce its need to develop and maintain two separate mobile apps.

 

12-Hour Activation Delay For Secure2u In MAE

To further strengthen the appeal of the MAE app, Maybank is going to boost the security of its Secure2u feature.

Starting on 22 October 2022, the Secure2u feature in the MAE app will be enhanced with a 12-hour activation period to prevent unauthorised activations.

Those who activate Secure2u in MAE on a new device will need to wait at least 12 hours, before they can begin using the Secure2u feature to authenticate any transaction.

The idea is to give the account owner at least 12 hours to detect any potential fraudulent attempt to activate Secure2u on unauthorised devices.

 

How To Set Up Secure2u In MAE

Setting up Secure2u in the MAE app is straightforward :

  1. Install the MAE app from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or HUAWEI AppGallery.
  2. Launch the MAE app, and tap More.
  3. Tap on Settings at the top of the screen.
  4. Tap on Maybank2u and log into your Maybank account.
  5. Tap the toggle button next to Secure2u to enable it.
  6. Tap on Activate Now.
  7. Key in and confirm your mobile number.
  8. Maybank will send a One-Time Password (OTP) to you via SMS.
  9. Key in the OTP number and confirm your device name to authorise the change.

That’s it! Then you just need to use your MAE app (instead of SMS TAC) to authenticate your future banking transactions on Maybank.

 

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Can’t Book 5-11 Yo Vaccine Appointment? Here’s The Fix!

If you can’t book the vaccine appointment for your 5-11 year-old child, here are the solutions to fix that problem!

 

Many Parents Can’t Book 5-11 Yo Vaccine Appointment!

Many parents are complaining that they are unable to book the vaccine appointment for their 5-11 year-old children!

They received the link in MySejahtera to book their child’s vaccine appointment, but the link does NOT work!

No matter how many times they tap / click on it, nothing happens.

Note : If you did not receive the “Click here to book your dependent’s appointment” link, please wait. The MySejahtera team appears to be releasing that option in batches to reduce load on their servers. Your turn will come shortly.

 

Can’t Book 5-11 Yo Vaccine Appointment? Here’s The Fix!

If you can’t book the vaccine appointment for your 5-11 year-old child, here are the solutions to fix that problem!

Solution #1 : Update MySejahtera

As I mentioned in my earlier guide, the booking system is only available in MySejahtera 1.1.6 and above.

You may see the vaccine booking option appear in an earlier version of MySejahtera, but it will NOT work until you update to version 1.1.6 or later.

So if you have this problem, first go to the Apple App Store / Google Play Store / HUAWEI AppGallery and update to MySejahtera 1.1.6 or later.

If MySejahtera does not update properly in your Android smartphone, please make sure you allow the Files and media permission :

Step 1 : Go to Settings > Apps > MySejahtera > Permissions.

Step 2 : Tap on Files and media under the Denied list.

Step 3 : Tap on Allow all the time.

Solution #2 : Force Close MySejahtera

If you had earlier updated to MySejahtera 1.1.6 (or newer), then you should try restarting MySejahtera by “force closing” it. Not just use the Home button, which only minimises it.

In Android, tap on the App Overview button, and swipe up / press on the X button to “force close” it.

For iOS devices with a Home button, double tap on the Home button, and swipe up to “force close” it.

For iOS devices without a Home button, swipe up and hold, and then swipe up on MySejahtera to “force close” it.

Then reopen MySejahtera, and see if the booking system now works.

Solution #3 : Clear MySejahtera App Cache

If the two solutions above still does not work, you can try to clear the App Cache if you are using an Android device.

Step 1 : Go to Settings > Apps > MySejahtera

Step 2 : Scroll down and tap on the Storage option.

Step 3 : Tap on the Clear cache option at the bottom.

Step 4 : Log into MySejahtera and see if the booking system works!

Solution #4 : Delete MySejahtera App Data

If Solution #3 did not solve your problem, you can repeat the steps above, and tap on Clear data instead of just tapping on Clear cache.

But be warned that this step will wipe out your login data, so you will need to log into MySejahtera after this. It will be similar to deleting and reinstalling MySejahtera.

I hope this guide helps you solve the vaccine appointment booking problem in MySejahtera!

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How To Enable + Disable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera Ver. 5.0

Here is our UPDATED video + pictorial guide on how to ENABLE and DISABLE MySJ Trace in MySejahtera!

Updated @ 2022-01-24 : Added a solution for MySJ Trace not working on Android 12 devices.

Updated @ 2022-01-06 : Added two solutions for people who cannot enable MySJ Trace.
Updated @ 2022-01-02 : Added a new method on disabling MySJ Trace, and a new video guide.
Updated @ 2021-12-30 : Added two methods on disabling MySJ Trace, and a new video guide.
Originally posted @ 2021-12-29

 

Why Enable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera?

MySJ Trace is a new MySejahtera feature, which allows for more accurate contact tracing, and removes the need to manually check out from locations.

Once enabled, your phone will use Bluetooth to communicate with other phones that have MySJ Trace enabled, to determine the distance and length of contact. This eliminates the need to manually check-out.

The proximity data it collects allows Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) to accurately determine if you are a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person.

Obviously, this feature only works if everyone has MySJ Trace enabled, so please enable it!

Read more : What You Need To Know About The New MySJ Trace Feature!
Read more : MySJ Trace : Answers To Your Frequently Asked Questions!

 

Why Disable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera?

Some people are worried that the government is using MySJ Trace to track their movements, but that’s really not possible.

Others are worried about the battery life that the persistent Bluetooth connection will consume. As it uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, the power consumption is very low.

Even so, the battery consumption is a valid concern for some users, especially those who are using smartphones with very small or ageing batteries.

However, I highly recommend you try MySJ Trace before turning it off and on like that. From my personal experience, it really uses very little power.

Read more : Can The Government Use MySJ Trace To Track You 24/7?

 

How To Enable + Disable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera!

I created this video to show you how to enable and disable MySJ Trace in MySejahtera.

Note : This is the extended version, which includes the method to permanently disable MySJ Trace.

For those who prefer a step-by-step guide with pictures, please skip to the next section.

 

How To Enable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera?

MySJ Trace is (currently) NOT mandatory and is an opt-in feature, so you actually have to manually enable it, if you want to participate.

Step 1 : Update to the MySejahtera version that has MySJ Trace.

Step 2 : Open MySejahtera, and you will see a black MySJ Trace section in the default Check-in screen.

Step 3 : Tap on Setup MySJ Trace to begin the setup process.

Step 4 : Tap on the Start button in the initial explainer screen.

Step 5 : Tap the I agree button to consent to give your “interaction information” for the past 14 days to the Malaysia Ministry of Health for “contact tracing purposes”.

Step 6 : In the App Permissions screen, tap on the Allow button.

Step 7 : First, you will be asked to allow MySejahtera to access your smartphone’s location. Tap on While using the app.

Step 8 : Next, you will be asked to allow MySejahtera to detect your location all the time. Tap on Allow all the time.

Step 9 : Now, you will be asked to enable Bluetooth, if it is not already enabled.

Step 10 : Once all necessary permissions have been enabled, just tap on the Close button.

That’s it! You have now activated MySJ Trace in MySejahtera.

 

What If You Can’t Enable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera?

Quite a few people have reported to us that tapping on the Allow button doesn’t do anything (Step 6). Here are some solutions…

iOS Devices : Manually Turn On Bluetooth

In your iOS device, there are two ways to turn on Bluetooth :

  1. Go to Settings > Bluetooth, and tap on the toggle to turn it on
  2. Pull down the Notification Center, and tap on the Bluetooth icon to turn it on.

After turning on Bluetooth manually, set up MySJ Trace again from Step 3. It should now work.

Android Devices : Manually Turn On Bluetooth + Location

In your Android device, there are two ways to turn on Bluetooth :

  1. Go to Settings > Connections, and tap on the Bluetooth toggle to turn it on
  2. Pull down the notification tray, and tap on the Bluetooth icon to turn it on.

After turning on Bluetooth manually, you should also manually enable Location permission :

Step 1 : Go to Settings > Apps > MySejahtera > Permissions.

Step 2 : Tap on the Location option under the list of Allowed permissions.

Step 3 : Tap on Allow All the time.

After this, set up MySJ Trace again from Step 3. It should now work.

Android 12 Devices : Enable Nearby Devices

MySJ Trace may stop working once your device is upgraded to Android 12.

Here is what you need to do to get MySJ Trace working again with Android 12 devices:

Step 1 : Go to Settings > Apps > MySejahtera > Permissions.

Step 2 : Tap on the Nearby devices option under the list of Not allowed permissions.

Step 3 : Tap on the Allow option.

MySJ Trace will now work without further action!

Read more : Why MySJ Trace Stopped Working With Bluetooth Enabled?

 

How To Disable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera?

Quickly + Temporarily Disable MySJ Trace

MySejahtera does not offer any option to turn off MySJ Trace once you set it up, but if you prefer to turn off MySJ Trace to “protect your privacy“, or to save a little power, there is an easy way to do it.

All you have to do is disable Bluetooth connectivity, and MySJ Trace is immediately disabled. That’s because MySJ Trace relies on Bluetooth to determine your proximity to other users.

You can do that by pulling down the notification tray in your smartphone, and tapping on the active Bluetooth icon to disable it. Alternatively, you can disable it in your device settings.

Once disabled, the MySJ Trace section in the MySejahtera check-in screen will now ask you to setup again. But there is no need to set it up again.

Whenever you want to re-enable MySJ Trace, all you have to do is re-enable Bluetooth, and MySJ Trace will immediately start working again. Essentially, your smartphone’s Bluetooth connectivity now acts as a toggle for MySJ Trace.

Permanently Disable MySJ Trace

For those who want to permanently disable MySJ Trace, without disabling Bluetooth, reinstalling MySejahtera works for both Android and iOS devices. This is the only known solution for iOS devices.

Android devices, on the other hand, have two alternatives – disabling location permission, or clearing app data.

Option A : Disable Location Permission

Here are the steps to disable Location Permission for MySejahtera in your Android device :

Step 1 : Go to Settings > Apps > MySejahtera > Permissions.

Step 2 : Tap on the Location option under the list of Allowed permissions.

Step 3 : Tap on Allow only while using the app or Deny.

That’s it! Once you go out, MySJ Trace will be permanently disabled in MySejahtera.

Credit : I would like to thank Kyle Hudsons for pointing this out to us.

Option B : Clear MySejahtera App Data

Here are the steps to clear the MySejahtera app data in your Android device :

Step 1 : Go to Settings > Apps > MySejahtera > Storage.

Step 2 : Tap on Clear data. You will be warned that this will remove your MySejahtera account information and database.

Please be warned that if you proceed, your MySejahtera account information will be cleared, together with your past contact history.

Your COVID-19 vaccination history and certificate are stored in the cloud and remain safe, but you will need to log into your MySejahtera account again.

So please do NOT proceed unless you remember your MySJ ID and password!

Step 3 : If you are sure, tap on the OK option to clear the MySejahtera data.

Step 4 : Launch MySejahtera, and log into MySejahtera using your MySJ ID (either your mobile number or email address), and your password.

After you log in, you will see that MySJ Trace has been disabled. You will need to setup MySJ Trace (again) to enable it.

 

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MySejahtera with MySJ Trace now available for Android + iOS!

The new MySejahtera with support for MySJ Trace is now available for all Android and iOS devices!

Here is what you need to know!

 

MySJ Trace : A New MySejahtera Feature!

MySJ Trace is a new MySejahtera feature, which allows for more accurate contact tracing using Bluetooth technology. It also removes the need to manually check out from the locations you checked in earlier.

Once enabled, your phone will automatically communicate with other phones that have MySJ Trace enabled as well, to determine the distance and length of contact. This eliminates the need to manually check-out.

This allows Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) to more accurately determine if you are a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person.

Obviously, this feature only works if everyone has MySJ Trace enabled, so its effectiveness will depend greatly on how many people activate it.

Read more : What You Need To Know About The New MySJ Trace Feature!
Read more : Can The Government Use MySJ Trace To Track You 24/7?

 

MySejahtera with MySJ Trace : Now Available For Android + iOS!

MySJ Trace is currently available only in MySejahtera version 1.1.3 and above.

It was first introduced in MySejahtera version 1.1.3 which is available only from the HUAWEI AppGallery

But on 25 December 2021, it was also introduced in MySejahtera version 1.1.4 in the Google Play Store, so all Android users will have access to it.

On 30 December 2021, it was finally introduced in MySejahtera version 1.1.4 in the Apple App Store, for both iPhone and iPad!

Read more : How To Enable + Disable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera!

 

MySJ Trace : How To Enable It In MySejahtera?

MySJ Trace is (currently) NOT mandatory and is an opt-in feature, so you actually have to manually enable it, if you want to participate.

Step 1 : Update to the MySejahtera version that has MySJ Trace.

Step 2 : Open MySejahtera, and you will see a black MySJ Trace section in the default Check-in screen.

Step 3 : Tap on Setup MySJ Trace to begin the setup process.

Step 4 : Tap on the Start button in the initial explainer screen.

Step 5 : Tap the I agree button to consent to give your “interaction information” for the past 14 days to the Malaysia Ministry of Health for “contact tracing purposes”.

Step 6 : In the App Permissions screen, tap on the Allow button.

Step 7 : First, you will be asked to allow MySejahtera to access your smartphone’s location. Tap on While using the app.

Step 8 : Next, you will be asked to allow MySejahtera to detect your location all the time. Tap on Allow all the time.

Step 9 : Now, you will be asked to enable Bluetooth, if it is not already enabled.

Step 10 : Once all necessary permissions have been enabled, just tap on the Close button.

That’s it! You have now activated MySJ Trace in MySejahtera.

If at any time you do not wish to temporarily deactivate it, you can simply disable Bluetooth, and turn Bluetooth back on again when you need it.

 

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PDRM : 50% Discount On Traffic Offences For 1 Month!

PDRM is offering up to 50% discount on traffic offences for 1 month! Here is what you need to know!

 

PDRM : 50% Discount On Traffic Offences For 1 Month!

On 17 June 2021, the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) announced that they will offer 50% discount on traffic offences from 18 June until 18 July 2021.

The discounts will also apply to fines in the black list category, but will NOT include

  • summonses under court review,
  • major offences committed in 2021,
  • offences involving heavy vehicles, or
  • offences exhaust modification.

 

How To Get 50% Discount On Traffic Offences

The 50% discount on traffic offences is only valid for ONLINE PAYMENT.

In fact, PDRM announced that they will close all payment counters in police district and contingent headquarters, to prevent people queuing up and creating new COVID-19 clusters.

To get the 50% discount, you will need to use one of these options :

  1. MyBayar Saman online : https://mybayar.rmp.gov.my/
  2. Google Play Store
  3. Apple App Store
  4. HUAWEI App Gallery

PDRM also shared that MyBayar Saman has been upgraded to allow companies and business entities to register as a user, and make payments.

 

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HUAWEI MatePad Pro In-Depth Review : A Great Bargain!

We had some time with the HUAWEI MatePad Pro – a premium 10.8-inch tablet built around the Kirin 990 flagship platform.

Find out why we love its complete tablet experience so much, we gave it our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro : 10.8-inch Flagship Tablet

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro (US | UKMY | SG | AU) is a flagship tablet with a 10.8-inch display. It uses an LCD panel, with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 and a wide DCI-P3 colour gamut.

Built around the HUAWEI Kirin 990 flagship mobile platform, it features fast CPU and GPU cores and two neural processing cores.

HUAWEI is offering it in 5G, 4G and Wi-Fi variants, with 6 GB or 8 GB memory options, and storage options of 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB.

Our review sample is the Wi-Fi only model (MRX-W09), with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage. Here is our hands-on experience!

Holding the MatePad Pro vertically, on the left side, you will find its SIM / NM card tray.

In 5G / 4G models, the tray accepts either two nano SIM cards, or one nano SIM card and an NM card.

In Wi-Fi only models like this one – the tray only accepts a single NM card.

The Volume control buttons are located at the top of the right side, near the front and rear cameras.

Next to it is another one of the five microphones that are used to help you record better audio with noise cancellation.

The Power button is located at the top, near the Volume control buttons on the right side. You will also see two rows of speaker ports at the top.

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro actually has a Harman Kardon-tuned quad-speaker system. The other two speakers are located at the bottom, flanking its USB Type C port.

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro : A Complete Package

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro (US | UKMY | SG | AU) can be purchased as a tablet alone. But HUAWEI offers a bundle (Midnight Grey | Pearl White) which includes the Smart Magnetic Keyboard and M-pencil.

The Smart Magnetic Keyboard doubles as a case, and offers two stand angles, and a keyboard with 1.3 mm keystroke travel.

The HUAWEI M-pencil is a full-sized stylus with a built-in battery, that lets you writer and draw directly on the MatePad Pro with 4,096 pressure levels.

Both accessories lock magnetically to, and is powered by the MatePad Pro. The M-pencil can also be recharged by any device that supports the Qi wireless charging standard.

This nice bundle (Midnight Grey | Pearl White) gives you a complete tablet experience, right out of the box.

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro : Price + Availability

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro is available in the Midnight Grey or Pearl White colour options at these launch prices :

  • 5G (6GB + 128GB) : €599
  • 5G (8GB + 256GB) : €699
  • Wi-Fi (8GB + 256GB) : RM 2,399 / ~US$551 / ~£445 / ~A$909 / ~S$790

Malaysia

Occasionally, HUAWEI offers the MatePad Pro with a free Smart Magnetic Keyboard and a free M-Pencil – saving you RM 798!

Singapore

United States

United Kingdom

Australia

Next Page > HUAWEI MatePad Pro Key Features + Specifications

 

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HUAWEI MatePad Pro : Key Features

Flagship Kirin 990 Mobile Platform

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro (US | UKMY | SG | AU) uses the latest Kirin 990 mobile SoC, which also powers the P40 Pro smartphones.

The HiSilicon Kirin 990 features a triple-tier architecture, with :

  • two ARM Cortex-A76 high-performance cores at 2.86 GHz
  • two ARM Cortex-A76 sustained performance cores at 2.09 GHz (2.36 GHz for Kirin 990 5G)
  • four ARM Cortex-A55 low-power cores at 1.86 GHz (1.95 GHz for Kirin 990 5G)

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

The regular Kirin 990 has with 1 Big Core NPU + 1 Tiny Core NPU, while the Kirin 990 5G has 2 Big Core NPUs + 1 Tiny Core NPU.

RAM + Storage

Our review sample was the MRX-W09 model, with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage.

Out of the 8 GB of RAM, 5.46 GB is available to use – more than enough to easily run multiple apps at the same time.

For perspective, high-end mobile games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 use less than 1.2 GB of RAM.

And out of the box, you have a whopping 241 GB of free storage space – enough to store some 68,000 photos!

256 GB of storage is definitely more than sufficient for most users. But if you ever run out of storage, you can always add additional storage through an NM card.

The NM card is basically a microSD card in the size of a nano SIM card. However, because it is a proprietary HUAWEI storage technology, NM cards cost more than microSD cards, and are harder to come by.

10.8-inch DCI-P3 Display

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro (US | UKMY | SG | AU) comes with a large 10.8-inch display, with a high resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels.

Thanks to its punch hole camera and narrow 4.9 mm bezels, it has a very impressive 90% screen-to-body ratio.

The display has a maximum brightness of 540 nits, which allows for pretty good viewing outdoors, just not under direct sunlight.

More importantly, its wide DCI-P3 colour gamut allows it to accurately replicate the digital movie experience.

Front Camera

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro comes with a decent 8 MP front camera, hidden in a punch hole.

Surprisingly, it can record 4K videos at 30 fps, or 1080p videos at 60 fps. And its large f/2.0 aperture allows for better low-light performance.

Rear Camera

At the back, it has a 13 MP camera with a large f/1.8 aperture for even better low-light performance.

Like the front 8 MP camera, it is capable of recording 4K videos at 30 fps, or 1080p videos at either 30 fps or 60 fps.

This camera is supported by a single LED flash, and a microphone for better audio recording.

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro : Specifications (5G / 4G / Wi-Fi)

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

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

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HUAWEI MatePad Pro : Battery Life

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro comes with a massive 7,250 mAh battery. To test its battery life, we turned off Automatic Brightness, and set its display brightness to 50%.

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

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

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

That’s a phenomenal 14 hours of battery life on a large 10.8-inch display! Very impressive!

Do remember that the display was set to a slightly higher brightness while running the benchmark non-stop for a full 14 hours.

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro : Recharging Speed

Our Wi-Fi only model supports 20 watt fast charging, like the 4G models. But do keep in mind that the 5G models support 27 watt fast charging.

Take a look at how fast the HUAWEI MatePad Pro recharges its 7,250 mAh battery using 20 watt fast charging!

Impressive! The HUAWEI MatePad Pro only took 1 hour 38.5 minutes to fully recharge its battery from 20% to 100%.

That gives it a recharging speed of about 58.9 mAh per minute, which is actually faster than some devices that support 25W or 27W fast charging.

This gives it a good battery life : recharging ratio of 8.5:1. A general rule of thumb – for one of hour battery life, you just need to charge it for 7 minutes.

Incidentally, it recharged fastest up to the 90% point, which took just 1 hour 15.5 minutes. The final 10% required an additional 23 minutes.

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro Work Performance : PCMark

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

Work 2.0 Galaxy
S20 Ultra
Galaxy
Note10+
MatePad Pro Black Shark
2 Pro
Mobile Platform Exynos 990 Exynos 9825 Kirin 990 Snapdragon 855+
Performance Score
(Average)
10678 8981 8575 8384
Web Browsing 9287 8293 6723 6768
Video Editing 6331 9166 5656 5948
Writing 11660 9579 10969 9226
Photo Editing 29560 19376 15991 17595
Data Manipulation 6849 6155 6952 6339
Review Links Galaxy S20 Ultra Galaxy Note10+ Black Shark 2 Pro
Price Check US | UKMY | SG | AU USUKMY US | UKMY | SG | AU UKMY | SG | AU

The Kirin 990 may not be as fast as the greatly improved Samsung Exynos 990, but it certainly offers flagship-class performance.

You will note that it is slightly faster than the Snapdragon 855+, which is overclocked version of Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 855 mobile SoC.

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro Gaming Performance : 3DMark

We tested its gaming performance using 3DMark, with these results.

3DMark Galaxy
S20 Ultra
Black Shark
2 Pro
Galaxy
Note10+
MatePad Pro
Mobile Platform Exynos 990 Snapdragon 855+ Exynos 9825 Kirin 990
Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL) 6723 6258 5037 4865
Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) 5848 5386 4794 4283
Sling Shot 8075 8127 4883 4323
Review Links Galaxy S20 Ultra Black Shark 2 Pro Galaxy Note10+
Price Check US | UKMY | SG | AU UKMY | SG | AU USUKMY US | UKMY | SG | AU

The HiSilicon Kirin 990 is definitely not as fast as the new Samsung Exynos 990, or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, but it’s no slouch.

It roughly performs at the same level as last year’s Exynos 9825 that powered the Samsung Galaxy Note10+, can easily handle any games thrown at it.

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro Gaming Performance : AnTuTu

We then tested it using AnTuTu, yielding these results :

AnTuTu Galaxy
S20 Ultra
MatePad Pro Black Shark
2 Pro
Galaxy
Note10+
Mobile Platform Exynos 990 Kirin 990 Snapdragon 855+ Exynos 9825
AnTuTu Score 518159 446098 434168 348397
CPU 151510 135977 126170 101187
GPU 218164 144098 1881588 156700
Memory 78457 100944 65052 72051
UX 70028 65079 54788 18459
Review Links Galaxy S20 Ultra Black Shark 2 Pro Galaxy Note10+
Price Check US | UKMY | SG | AU US | UKMY | SG | AU UKMY | SG | AU USUKMY

According to AnTuTu though, the HUAWEI MatePad Pro (US | UKMY | SG | AU) is actually slightly faster than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, and just 14% slower than the Samsung Exynos 990.

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HUAWEI MatePad Pro : Our Verdict + Award

If you are looking for a powerful tablet that is also affordable, the HUAWEI MatePad Pro (US | UKMY | SG | AU) will be right at the top of the list.

Built around the powerful Kirin 990 mobile platform, it comes with a large 10.8-inch DCI-P3 display, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.

All that is powered by a large 7,250 mAh battery (which lasted 14 hours in our test!), packed in a sleek metal chassis that is less than 8 mm thin, and weighs just 460 grams.

Best of all – HUAWEI is only selling it at the RRP of RM 2,399 / ~US$551 / ~£445 / ~A$909 / ~S$790.

Its closest competitor is the 11-inch Apple iPad Pro, and that costs a whooping RM 3,949 / ~US$923 / ~£739 / ~A$1,342 / ~S$1,285 – a 65% premium over the MatePad Pro!

And it gets even better when you add in the accessories. To make it easier to compare, we created this table :

HUAWEI MatePad Pro
(8GB + 256GB)
Apple iPad Pro
(11-inch)
Difference
Tablet Only RM 2,399
~US$551
~£445
~A$909
~S$790
RM 3,949
~US$923
~£739
~A$1,342
~S$1,285
+65%
Tablet
+ Stylus
+ Keyboard
RM 3,197
~US$747
~£596
~A$1,086
~S$1,040
RM 5,847
~US$1,367
~£1,091
~A$1,986
~S$1,903
+83%

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro with all of its accessories has a RRP of RM 3,197 / ~US$747 / ~£596 / ~A$1,086 / ~S$1,040.

But while Apple products have fixed prices, you can actually get the full MatePad Pro bundle at lower prices. For example, the official bundle deals for Midnight Grey | Pearl White here in Malaysia.

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro definitely wins hands down, based on value proposition alone. You can actually buy two full MatePad Pro bundles (Midnight Grey | Pearl White) for the price of a single 11-inch iPad Pro bundle, and have enough money leftover for a nice meal for two!

That is why we are very glad to give the HUAWEI MatePad Pro (US | UKMY | SG | AU) our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro : No Google Mobile Services?

Now, let’s address elephant in the room – the HUAWEI MatePad Pro (US | UKMY | SG | AU) runs on EMUI 10.1, with HMS (HUAWEI Mobile Services), instead of GMS (Google Mobile Services).

This means you no longer have access to the Google Play Store, and have to use HUAWEI AppGallery instead.

This is really not a big issue for many users, because HUAWEI has worked hard to add many key apps to their AppGallery. You can see just how many apps are already available on AppGallery in this video :

Even so, there is simply no way for HUAWEI to replicate the tons of Android apps that are already on Google Play Store.

For apps that are not available on the HUAWEI AppGallery, you will have to use HUAWEI Phone Clone, or directly download their APK installation files from APK repositories.

The lack of Google Play Services and the Google Play Store will, undoubtedly, be an issue for many users. Some Android require GMS for certain features :

  • Telegram : GMS is required for location services. You can use it, you just cannot search for a location, or share your location.
  • Gmail : You will have to use a different email client, like Outlook. Or just use a web browser to get access to Gmail.
  • YouTube : The YouTube app requires GMS, so you will have to watch YouTube on a web browser.
  • Grab : The Grab app requires GMS for mapping functions. You can use it, but you won’t be able to locate your current position, or track your trip.

That’s why we cannot give the MatePad Pro our Editor’s Choice Award, even though it would have qualified.

But if you can live with what’s available on HUAWEI AppGallery, or are comfortable downloading from APK repositories, then the HUAWEI MatePad Pro (US | UKMY | SG | AU) offers truly great value for your money.

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro : Price + Availability

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro is available in the Midnight Grey or Pearl White colour options at these launch prices :

  • 5G (6GB + 128GB) : €599
  • 5G (8GB + 256GB) : €699
  • Wi-Fi (8GB + 256GB) : RM 2,399 / ~US$551 / ~£445 / ~A$909 / ~S$790

Malaysia

Occasionally, HUAWEI offers the MatePad Pro with a free Smart Magnetic Keyboard and a free M-Pencil – saving you RM 798!

Singapore

United States

United Kingdom

Australia

 

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HUAWEI nova 7 Series : How To Install The Apps You Want!

Wondering what apps you can install on the upcoming HUAWEI nova 7 smartphones?

Here are two ways to install the apps you want on the HUAWEI nova 7 5G and the nova 7 SE, as well as the nova 7i.

 

HUAWEI nova 7 Series : A Quick Comparison

HUAWEI is about to launch their nova 7 5G and nova 7 SE smartphones, following the introduction of the nova 7i.

Here is a table comparing their key specifications :

Specifications Nova 7 5G Nova 7 SE Nova 7i
Display Size 6.53-inch 6.5-inch 6.4-inch
Display Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
(403 ppi)
1080 x 2400 pixels
(405 ppi)
1080 x 2310 pixels

(398 ppi)

Operating System EMUI 10 with HUAWEI Mobile Services
Platform Kirin 985 5G Kirin 820 5G Kirin 810
Processor 1 x A76 core (2.58 GHz)
3 x A76 cores (2.4 GHz)
6 x A55 cores (1.84 GHz)
1 x A76 cores(2.36 GHz)
3 x A76 cores (2.22 GHz)
6 x A55 cores (1.84 GHz)
2 x A76 cores (2.27 GHz)
6 x A55 cores (1.88 GHz)
GPU Mali-G77 MP8 Mali-G57 MP6 Mali-G52 MP6
Memory 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB
Internal Storage 128 / 256 GB
UFS 3.0
128 / 256 GB
UFS 3.0
128 GB
UFS 2.1
External Storage None NM Card (up to 256 GB) NM Card (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera 32 MP, f/2.2 16 MP, f/2.0 16 MP, f/2.0
Main Cameras 64 MP main, f/1.8
8 MP 3X telephoto, f/2.4
8 MP ultra-wide, f/2.4
2 MP macro, f/2.4
64 MP main, f/1.8
8 MP ultra-wide, f/2.4
2 MP macro, f/2.4
2 MP depth, f/2.4
48 MP main, f/1.8
8 MP ultra-wide, f/2.4
2 MP macro, f/2.4
2 MP depth, f/2.4
Connectivity 5G, Bluetooth 5.1
WiFi-AC
USB 2.0 Type C
5G, Bluetooth 5.1
WiFi-AC
USB 2.0 Type C
4G, Bluetooth 5.1
WiFi-AC
USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Under Display Side-Mounted Side-Mounted
Battery 4,000 mAh 4,000 mAh 4,200 mAh
Charging 40 W fast charging 40 W fast charging 40 W fast charging
Dimensions 74.3 mm wide
160.6 mm tall
8.0 mm thick
75 mm wide
162.3 mm tall
8.6 mm thick
76.3 mm wide
159.2 mm tall
8.7 mm thick
Weight 180 g 189 g 183 g

 

HUAWEI nova 7 Series : How To Install The Apps You Want!

All HUAWEI nova 7 series smartphones run on EMUI 10 with HUAWEI Mobile Services replacing Google Mobile Services.

Many potential buyers are concerned about what apps they can install on HUAWEI Mobile Services. So here are the two ways you can install the apps you want.

Using HUAWEI Phone Clone

HUAWEI Phone Clone offers an easy way to migrate all of your favourite Android apps from your old smartphone to any HUAWEI nova 7 series smartphone.

HUAWEI Phone Clone comes pre-installed on the HUAWEI nova 7 series smartphone, and you are given the option to use it during the installation process.

Just let it link, and sync both devices, to transfer all of the data and apps from your old smartphone to your HUAWEI nova 7 series smartphone. It’s that easy!

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Using HUAWEI AppGallery

HUAWEI AppGallery is the replacement for Google Play Store, and serves as a way for HUAWEI to deliver apps through HUAWEI Mobile Services (which replaces Google Mobile Services).

When it first started out, it was quite bare, but HUAWEI spent an incredible amount of time, money and resources to entice developers to add their apps.

Here is a quick look at the number of apps you can now download through HUAWEI AppGallery.

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Note : Apps That Require GMS

Do note that some Android apps require GMS for some features.

  • Telegram : GMS is required for location services. You can use it, you just cannot search for a location, or share your location.
  • Gmail : You will have to use a different email client, like Outlook. Or just use a web browser to get access to Gmail.
  • YouTube : The YouTube app requires GMS, so you will have to watch YouTube on a web browser.
  • Grab : The Grab app requires GMS for mapping functions. You can use it, but you won’t be able to locate your current position, or track your trip.

 

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HUAWEI P40 Smartphones : What Apps Can You Install?

A big concern for anyone buying any of the HUAWEI P40 series smartphones is what apps can you install without Google Play Store.

Find out what apps HUAWEI AppGallery offers, and what you can do if an app you want is not in there.

 

HUAWEI P40 Smartphones : A Quick Primer

HUAWEI launched three P40 series smartphones, all running on EMUI 10 using the Kirin 990 platform :

  • HUAWEI P40 : 6.1-inch OLED display, Leica triple camera system, 3800 mAh battery
  • HUAWEI P40 Pro : 6.58-inch OLED display, Leica quad-camera system, 4,200 mAh battery
  • HUAWEI P40 Pro+ : 6.58-inch OLED display, Leica penta-camera system, 4,200 mAh battery

 

HUAWEI AppGallery

HUAWEI AppGallery is the replacement for Google Play Store, and serves as a way for HUAWEI to deliver apps through HUAWEI Mobile Services (which replaces Google Mobile Services).

When it first started out, it was quite bare, but HUAWEI spent an incredible amount of time, money and resources to entice developers to add their apps.

Here is a quick look at the number of apps you can now download through HUAWEI AppGallery on the P40, P40 Pro or P40 Pro+ smartphones :

 

HUAWEI P40 Series : Directly-Available Key Apps

As you can see in the video above, there are now thousands of apps in the HUAWEI AppGallery for the HUAWEI P40 series.

We went through and found the key apps that many people (especially in Malaysia) will want to install :

Communications : WeChat, Viber, Truecaller, KakaoTalk, DingTalk

Social Media : Snapchat, TikTok, VK, Weibo, BIGO LIVE

Telco : Maxis, Celcom, MyDigi, Hotlink, myunifi, Yoodo, Tune Talk, XOX, Singtel

eWallet : Touch n’ Go eWallet, Boost

Shopping : Lazada, Shopee, ZALORA, Carousell

Banking : RHB, Public Bank, Ambank, UOB Singapore, DBS, SCB

Video + Audio : VLC, MX Player, iflix, VIU, dimsum, JOOX

Work : Microsoft Office, WPS Office, OfficeSuite

Games : Knights of Valour, Asphalt 9, Plants vs Zombies, Honkai Impact 3

 

HUAWEI P40 Series : Apps Available Through Links

Sometimes, you will be redirected to the app’s official website to download the APK (Android Package).

  • Facebook
  • WhatsApp

In some cases, you will be redirected to the mobile website to make use of the service :

  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Google Maps
  • Maybank2U

 

What About Apps Not Available In HUAWEI AppGallery?

As you can tell, HUAWEI AppGallery still lacks many important apps, but does that mean you should forego the HUAWEI P40 series smartphones?

Now, your HUAWEI P40 series smartphone may lack Google Play Store, but it still runs on Google Android. So, all those apps you want can actually be “side-loaded” into your HUAWEI P40 series smartphone.

Safest Way : Directly From Official Website

The safest way is to visit the official website for the apps you want on your HUAWEI P40 series smartphones, and look for the Download APK link.

Tap on it to download the app APK file, and then install it (you will be asked to allow installation from Unknown Sources), and you are ready to go!

Alternative : APK Mirror Website

If the official website of the app does not offer a Download APK option, then you have to resort to an APK mirror website.

Basically, these are websites that offers downloads of installation (APK) files from Google Play Store. Just search for the apps you want, download them on your HUAWEI P40 series smartphone, and install!

However, note that there is a risk that they may be tampered with, or injected with malware. So it is best to stick with reliable, trustworthy APK mirror websites like APKMirror, F-Droid or APKPure.com.

 

HUAWEI P40 Series : Where To Buy?

Here in Malaysia, you can purchase the HUAWEI P40 series smartphones through the official HUAWEI online store :

 

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HUAWEI AppGallery Festival Freebies For January 2020!

HUAWEI just shared with us details of their upcoming AppGallery Festival freebies for January 2020!

Find out what FREEBIES you can get through THREE (3) different ways!

 

HUAWEI AppGalley Festival Freebies For January 2020!

HUAWEI Mobile Services (HMS) is planning to kickstart 2020 with an AppGallery Festival!

For the whole month of January 2020, HUAWEI users will receive a wide range of perks such as vouchers from selected app partners like Agoda, Lazada, SHAREit and VIU, HUAWEI Points and HUAWEI smartphones.

With the theme New Year, New Start, the HUAWEI AppGallery Festival for January 2020 will feature three main promotions :

  • Download Apps & Get HUAWEI Points
  • Receive New Year Gifts at the Gift Center
  • Play & Win HUAWEI Smartphones

All three events are accessible only via HUAWEI AppGallery.

AppGallery Festival Freebie #1 : Download Apps and Get HUAWEI Points!

During the campaign period, users will be rewarded with 5 HUAWEI Points worth RM 5 (~US$1.25) when they download selected apps in the AppGallery.

In Malaysia, there are 16 apps participating in this event, so users have the opportunity to redeem up to 80 HUAWEI Points worth RM 80 (~US$20).

These HUAWEI Points can be used for in-app purchases (IAP) on HMS products including on the AppGallery, Themes, Mobile Cloud, etc.

AppGallery Festival Freebie #2 : New Year Gifts @ Gift Center!

When the AppGallery Festival kicks off in January 2020, HUAWEI users can claim app vouchers and gift packs from the Gift Center in the AppGallery.

The gift package includes RM20 Lazada shopping vouchers, one month free VIU Premium subscriptions, two months iFlix VIP subscriptions, seven days camScanner subscriptions, and more.

AppGallery Festival Freebie #3 : Play Games and Win HUAWEI Smartphones!

Players of Guns of Glory, Jellipop Match, Mobile Royale, Rise of Kingdoms and Saint Seiya will stand a chance to win HUAWEI smartphones by buying in-game items and paying through HUAWEI In-App Purchases (IAP).

This event is divided into three phases and open to gamers in Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The top 30 spenders across the four participating countries will win a HUAWEI smartphone.

The first phase will run from 1st-7th January 2020 with the HUAWEI Nova 5T as the prize. The smartphone prizes for Phase 2 (8th-14th Jan) and Phase 3 (15th-31st Jan) will be revealed on the starting date of each phase.

How to win?

  1. Download the participating game(s) from AppGallery
  2. Play and purchase in-game items
  3. Pay via Huawei IAP with bank card (credit/debit) payment method
  4. Participants can spend on more than one game to accumulate the spending amount
  5. The top 30 in-game spenders across the participating countries will win a HUAWEI smartphone

So mark your calendars and participate in the HUAWEI AppGallery Festival to start 2020 on a high note with various gift packs and rewards!

 

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1 Million Mate30 Phones Sold In 3 Hours In China! How About Malaysia?

HUAWEI sold an amazing 1 million units of the HUAWEI Mate30 Series smartphones in just 3 hours in China!

But what about Malaysia, where HUAWEI just kicked off public sale of the HUAWEI Mate30 Series smartphones?

 

HUAWEI Mate30 Phone Sales In Malaysia

The HUAWEI Mate30 smartphones were just released for public sale a week ago, after an exclusive referral sales program.

Even so, HUAWEI Malaysia says that 70% of their Mate30 Series vouchers have already been redeemed from the HUAWEI Member Centre!

What exactly is driving the sale of the HUAWEI Mate30 smartphones here in Malaysia? Let’s find out…

 

Why The HUAWEI Mate30 Is Popular In Malaysia

Here are some reasons why we believe HUAWEI Mate30 has so far struck a clear note with Malaysians.

No GMS? No Problem!

First, let’s get the elephant out of the room – the worry about HUAWEI Mobile Services, instead of Google Mobile Services.

Malaysians are generally quite tech-savvy and have quickly embraced solutions to the problem, as this video demonstrates :

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Greatly Expanded HUAWEI AppGallery

Thanks to massive investment in the HUAWEI AppGallery, it has seen a massive expansion in the number of apps. More importantly – many key apps were launched within a month!

Over a period of just two months – from September to October 2019 – there were 200,000 new users of HUAWEI App Gallery, with 100 million apps downloaded in Malaysia alone!

On a daily basis, HUAWEI reported over 1.5 million downloads, and that 27 popular or critical apps were added in a single month.

SuperSensing Cine Camera

Malaysians LOVE to take photos and videos with their smartphones, and they are very particular about image quality and camera features.

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro is particularly popular because of its 40 MP SuperSensing Cine Camera, which supports 4K 60fps video recording, with these groundbreaking features :

  • an ISO of up to 51200,
  • Cinematic Time-lapse capability,
  • real-time video bokeh effect, and
  • an ultra-slow motion mode that records at up to 7680 fps!

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Interactive AI Gesture Control

This is a really cool feature that seems to have impressed many Malaysians.

Its 3D Depth Sensing Camera and a Gesture Sensor are used to identify your face and detect your gestures, which are then used by its Tiny-Core NPU to interpret your gestures.

By simply looking at the screen, and swiping your hands, you can “command” the Mate 30 Series smartphone to perform many commands like unlocking the screen, change pages, and take screenshots.

AI Private View + AI Auto Rotate

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Series smartphones offer an AI Private View mode, which hides your private messages if it cannot recognised the face of the person viewing them!

They also have an AI Auto-Rotate capability, that uses the front 3D camera to analyse your eye orientation to automatically determine if they should lock the rotation of the display.

Multi-Screen Collaboration

The HUAWEI Multi-Screen Collaboration feature is incredibly powerful and useful.

Enabling it lets you easily drag-and-drop files between your Mate 30 Series smartphone and laptop. It even lets you use your laptop’s keyboard to type messages directly on your phone!

Long Battery Life!

Malaysians are prodigious smartphone users, which is why we always have a power bank handy!

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Series smartphones though, comes with a large 4200 mAh (Mate30) or 4500 mAh (Mate30 Pro) battery, which means they last a full day and then some!

And when it’s time to recharge them, it appears Malaysians love its super-fast 40W wired charging and world-leading 27W wireless charging capabilities!

 

HUAWEI Mate30 Telco Deals For Malaysia!

It looks like more Malaysians will soon become HUAWEI Mate30 owners, thanks to a bevy of new offers from Malaysia’s top telcos. Let’s check out the new HUAWEI Mate 30 Series telco deals for Malaysia!

Celcom : One-Time Purchase Offers

Celcom Offers RRP Plan Price / Month One-Time Purchase Price
HUAWEI Mate30 RM 2799 RM 188 RM 299
Buy Mate30 Free P30 RM 2799 RM 188 + RM 48 (Sub Line) RM 1599
RM 148 + RM 48 (Sub Line) RM 1699

Celcom : Instalment Packages

Celcom Instalment Packages RRP Plan Price / Month Device Price / Month (Plan + Device Price) / Month
HUAWEI Mate30 (Owned) RM 2799 RM 188 RM 28 RM 216
HUAWEI Mate30 (Rental) RM 2799 RM 188 RM 15 RM 203

Digi : Instalment Package (Owned)

Digi Instalment Package RRP Plan Price / Month Device Price / Month (Plan + Device Price) / Month
HUAWEI Mate30 (Owned) RM 2799 RM 160 RM 28 RM 188

Maxis : Instalment Packages

Maxis Instalment Package RRP Plan Price / Month Device Price / Month (Plan + Device Price) / Month
HUAWEI Mate30
Buy 1 Free 1
RM 2799 RM 188 + RM 48 (Sub Line) RM 99 RM 335
HUAWEI Mate30 Pro
Buy 1 Free 1
RM 3899 RM 188 + RM 48 (Sub Line) RM 199 RM 435

 

HUAWEI Mate30 : Where To Buy?

For those who want to buy the HUAWEI Mate30 directly, here are some online purchase links :

 

HUAWEI Mate30 Pro : Where To Buy?

For those who want to buy the HUAWEI Mate30 Pro directly, here are some online purchase links :

 

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The HUAWEI nova 5T Rewards Guide For Malaysia!

As we revealed earlier, HUAWEI nova 5T users will be entitled to weekly rewards through the HUAWEI Member Center app.

In this guide, we will show you how to redeem these free gifts and offers from the HUAWEI nova 5T Rewards programme!

 

HUAWEI nova 5T Rewards

In our article looking at the top 5 reasons to purchase the HUAWEI nova 5T, we shared that every nova 5T user will be entitled to rewards worth up to RM 1,000.

Released on a weekly basis from 16 September 2019 onwards, HUAWEI Malaysia shared some of those freebies and deals with us :

  • Viu : 3 months premium subscription
  • PUMA : Save up to RM 120 with a minimum purchase of RM 400
  • Sunway Lagoon : 37% discount on entrance tickets
  • Free deals from GSC, Photobook Malaysia, Baskin-Robbins, etc.

 

HUAWEI nova 5T Rewards Weeks 1 + 2 : MyNews

Kicking off the first week of the HUAWEI nova 5T Rewards programme is a free gift and a great offer from MyNews!

From 16 to 22 September and from 23 to 29 September, HUAWEI nova 5T users can visit any MyNews outlet nationwide to redeem one FREE unit of Tropicana Essentials, and purchase a second unit with a 50% discount!

 

How To Redeem Your HUAWEI nova 5T Rewards

To redeem your HUAWEI nova 5T rewards, you just need to follow these three simple steps :

  1. Download the Member Center app from the HUAWEI App Gallery
  2. Register with your HUAWEI ID
  3. Start enjoying your big rewards!

 

HUAWEI nova 5T Price + Availability

The HUAWEI nova 5T has an official recommended retail price of RM 1,599 / ~$379 / ~£309 / ~A$559.

Official retail sale will kick off on 7 September 2019, with special offers worth up to RM 1,127 :

  • Member Center rewards worth up to RM 1,000,
  • a HUAWEI SuperCharge Car Charger worth RM 127,
  • and also 1-year extended warranty (must claim by 30th September).

You can grab this offer at the official HUAWEI Online Store!

If you are an existing HUAWEI nova user, we highly recommend you take advantage of the special HUAWEI nova 5T Level-Up Program!

 

HUAWEI MediaPad M5 lite Price + Availability

At the same time, HUAWEI is also making the MediaPad M5 lite tablet available for sale on 7 September 2019 onwards, with an official recommended retail price of RM 1,299 / ~$309 / ~£249 / ~A$459.

Every purchase of the MediaPad M5 lite will come with these FREE gifts worth RM 268!

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

 

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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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Huawei AppGallery Offers Direct Carrier Billing!

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

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

 

Huawei AppGallery Offers Direct Carrier Billing!

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

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

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

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

Play First, Pay Later!

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

 

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

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

 

Be Rewarded When You Use Huawei AppGallery!

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

Stay Tuned For More!

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

 

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