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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : How Good Is Its Main Camera?

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 only comes with a 12 MP main camera, but you will be really surprised at how good its camera really is!

Learn more about its 12 MP Sony IMX555 main camera, and take a look at the photo samples we took!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Sony IMX555 Main Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes with the same 12 MP main camera as the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 FE.

Built around the Sony IMX555 sensor, it has a wide f/1.8 aperture. Let’s take a look at how good this camera really is.

The Sony IMX555 is a 12.2 MP CMOS sensor, with a square pixel array of 4032 x 3024 pixels.

This is a Dual Pixel sensor, which means it uses dual photodiodes in every pixel for faster and more accurate phase-detection autofocus.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 supports the new HEIC file format, so each 12 MP picture is only about 2-3 MB in size – about half of the usual JPEG file format.

That basically means you can store twice as many photos as you would with an older smartphone.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : How Good Is Its Camera?

Even though we are under a CMCO lockdown, we had the opportunity to test the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2’s main camera out.

Here are eight high-resolution Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 photo samples for you to check out.

For faster loading, we reduced the resolution, but they are otherwise unedited.

We are glad that Samsung did not skimp on the main camera, using the same Sony IMX555 sensor and wide f/1.8 aperture as the Galaxy S20.

The detail and colour rendition of this camera is really good, with fast autofocus, courtesy of its Dual Pixel capability.

The wide f/1.8 aperture is great for bokeh and low-light photography, but it introduces a very narrow depth of field.

So be very careful when you take close-up shots, as you can end up with the shot focused on the wrong subject.

To be sure, tap on the subject you want, so the Galaxy Z Fold 2 “knows” what you want to focus on.

If you can keep that in mind, you will end up with very nice shots from the Galaxy Z Fold 2!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is offered in two colour options – Mystic Brown and Mystic Black.

It is available globally from September 2020 onwards, at these recommended retail prices :

  • Malaysia : RM 7,999 (25 September 2020)
  • Singapore : S$2,888 (18 September 2020)
  • United States : US$1,999 (18 September 2020)
  • United Kingdom : £1,799
  • Australia : A$2,999 (25 September 2020)

Here are online purchase options :

 

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Scan MySejahtera At Petrol Station, Or Get Fined RM1K?

CPRC says it’s not mandatory, but PDRM says you can be fined RM1,000 for failing to register MySejahtera at the petrol station!

So which is it? After flip-flopping, they finally clarified their stance… hopefully, for the LAST TIME!

 

Register MySejahtera At Petrol Station, Or Get Fined RM1K?

According to PDRM, you must register MySejahtera at the petrol station, even if you do not enter the convenience store! Otherwise, you could be subject to a RM1,000 fine!

Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department deputy director DCP Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid confirmed this, saying “If the people do not register or scan, how will the police trace them if there are Covid-19 cases in the area?

As petrol stations are high-traffic public spaces, it is mandatory to register your visit using MySejahtera, as well as wear a face mask have your temperature scanned, and use a hand sanitiser.

However, it appears that petrol station operators may not be aware of this requirement either, as they do not put up MySejahtera QR codes at their pumps for motorists to register their visits…

 

But Didn’t CPRC Say MySejahtera Not Necessary At Petrol Station?

This email shows the CPRC (Crisis Preparedness and Respose Centre) team saying that it is NOT necessary to register your visit using MySejahtera if you are merely refuelling at the pump or making payments.

Sadly, it appears that CPRC and PDRM are not on the same page. CPRC says it’s not necessary, but PDRM insists it is mandatory.

 

Latest MySejahtera SOP For Petrol Stations : To Scan Or Not?

On 10 November 2020, Malaysia’s Senior Minister for Security Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri, issued an updated SOP on the use of MySejahtera in petrol stations in this press conference.

Here is a summary of the updated MySejahtera SOP for petrol stations :

MUST Scan MySejahtera / Register Manually

  • Making payments or purchases inside the petrol station’s convenience store.
  • Using the ATM machines inside the petrol station’s convenience store.
  • Using the petrol station’s toilet or surau.
  • Sending your car to the petrol station’s workshop.
  • Sending you car for a manual car wash.

DO NOT Need To Scan MySejahtera / Register Manually

  • Self-serving at the pump, and paying using their credit or debit cards or online app.
  • Paying the cashier through the pigeonhole.
  • Self-inflating your own tyres.
  • Using the auto car wash, unless you are paying inside the petrol station’s convenience store.
Situation Scan MySejahtera or
Register Manually?
Making payments inside the petrol station store YES
Making purchases from the convenience store YES
Using the toilet or surau YES
Sending car to petrol station’s workshop YES
Sending car for manual car wash YES
Self-serving at pump, and
paying with credit / debit card / mobile app
NO
Paying cashier through pigeonhole NO
Inflating tyres with air NO
Driving car through auto car wash NO

 

MySejahtera : Why Use It At Petrol Station?

MySejahtera is a mobile app developed by the Malaysian government. It serves as a contact tracing tool, as well as a way to disseminate verified information on COVID-19 in Malaysia.

Its users can log their movements by quickly and simply scanning a QR code at public places. This is a safer option to signing a logbook, because you won’t need to touch the logbook or use a shared pen.

Even though petrol pumps in Malaysia are generally self-served, petrol stations are high traffic public areas with pump attendants and employees, as well as other customers, who may be infected.

Registering your visit with MySejahtera at the petrol station will allow the authorities to quickly and accurately perform contact tracing if any infected person was at the petrol station.

That’s why they made it mandatory to register your visit with MySejahtera at the petrol station, even if you don’t enter the convenience store.

 

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Kirin 9000 | Kirin 9000E : World’s First 5nm 5G Mobile SoCs!

The HUAWEI Kirin 9000 and Kirin 9000E lay claim to being the world’s first 5G mobile SoC built on the 5 nm process technology.

Find out what HUAWEI’s latest and possibly last 5G platforms offer, and how they differ!

 

Kirin 9000 | Kirin 9000E : World’s First 5nm 5G Mobile SoCs!

The Kirin 9000 and Kirin 9000E are HUAWEI’s most powerful mobile SoCs (System on a Chip) – the brains of their new Mate 40 Series smartphones.

Fabricated on the latest 5 nm EUV process technology, they pack a whopping 15.3 billion transistors. That’s 30% more transistors than the Apple A14, which HUAWEI makes a point to note.

CPU Performance

They both have eight Arm Cortex cores, with a triple-tier architecture :

  • a boosted Arm Cortex-A77 core running at 3.13 GHz
  • three high-speed Arm Cortex-A77 cores running at 2.54 GHz
  • four low-power Arm Cortex-A55 cores running at 2.05 GHz

HUAWEI claims that they will deliver 10% better performance with 25% better power efficiency than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+.

GPU Performance

The Kirin 9000 has a 24-core Mali-G78 GPU that is supposedly 52% faster than the Snapdragon 865+, with 50% better power efficiency.

The Kirin 9000E has a 22-core Mali-G78 GPU, which should be slightly less powerful.

NPU Performance

The Kirin 9000 has 2 Big-Core NPUs and 1 Tiny-Core NPU that deliver up to 2.4X better performance with 2.5X better power efficiency than the Snapdragon 865+.

The Kirin 9000E has just 1 Big-Core NPU and 1 Tiny-Core NPU.

Integrated 5G Modem

Both mobile SoCs come with an integrated Balong 5000 multi-mode 5G modem.

HUAWEI claims it offers up to 5X faster upload speeds and 2X faster download speeds than the separate Snapdragon X55 modem that is paired with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+.

ISP Performance

They both also feature ISP 6.0 – their 6th generation image signal processor.

Compared to the Kirin 990, it offers 50% higher bandwidth, 48% better noise reduction capability, and better HDR video processing capability.

 

Kirin 9000 | Kirin 9000E : Specifications Compared

We created this table for an easier comparison of both mobile SoCs :

Specifications Kirin 9000 Kirin 9000E
Fab Process 5 nm EUV
Transistors 15.3 Billion
CPU 1 x Arm Cortex-A77 (3.13 GHz)
3 x Arm Cortex-A77 (2.54 GHz)
4 x Arm Cortex-A55 (2.05 GHz)
NPU 2 x Big-Core
1 x Tiny-Core
1 x Big-Core
1 x Tiny-Core
GPU Mali-G78 MP24 Mali-G78 MP22
Memory
Support
LPDDR5 / LPDDR4X
ISP ISP 6.0
Modem Balong 5000

 

Kirin 9000 | Kirin 9000E : Availability

The Kirin 9000 will debut in the Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro+ smartphones.

The Kirin 9000E will debut in the Mate 40 smartphone.

 

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HUAWEI Mate40 | Mate40 Pro | Mate40 Pro+ Details!

HUAWEI just introduced the new Mate40 Series flagship smartphones, powered by the world’s first 5 nm mobile processors! Here is what you need to know!

 

HUAWEI Mate40 | Mate40 Pro | Mate40 Pro+

The HUAWEI Mate40 family consists of three flagship models – Mate40, Mate40 Pro and Mate40 Pro+.

Built around the new Kirin 9000 and Kirin 9000E – the world’s first 5 nm mobile platforms, they offer a new level of CPU, GPU and AI performance, with integrated 5G connectivity.

HUAWEI Mate40

The HUAWEI Mate40 is a slightly smaller IP53-rated smartphone, with a 6.5-inch display and a resolution of 1080 x 2376 pixels.

Built around the Kirin 9000E, it comes with 8 GB LPDDR5 memory, 256 GB UFS 3.1 storage, and a 4,200 mAh battery with support for 40 watt wired charging.

It has a 13 MP front camera, and a triple camera system with a 50 MP main camera, 16 MP ultra-wide camera and an 8 MP telephoto camera with 3X optical zoom.

HUAWEI Mate40 Pro

The HUAWEI Mate40 Pro is a slightly larger IP68-rated smartphone, with a 6.76-inch display and a resolution of 1344 x 2772 pixels.

Built around the Kirin 9000, it comes with 8 GB LPDDR5 memory, 256 GB UFS 3.1 storage, and a 4,400 mAh battery with support for 66 watt wired charging and 50 watt wireless charging.

It has a 13 MP front camera with a 3D depth sensor, and a triple camera system with a 50 MP main camera, 20 MP ultra-wide camera, a 12 MP periscope camera with 5X optical zoom, and a laser autofocus system.

HUAWEI Mate40 Pro+

The HUAWEI Mate40 Pro+ is a slightly larger IP68-rated smartphone, with a 6.76-inch display and a resolution of 1344 x 2772 pixels.

Built around the Kirin 9000, it comes with 12 GB LPDDR5 memory, 256 GB UFS 3.1 storage, and a 4,400 mAh battery with support for 66 watt wired charging and 50 watt wireless charging.

It has a 13 MP front camera with a 3D depth sensor, and a quad camera system with a 50 MP main camera, 20 MP ultra-wide camera, 8 MP periscope camera with 10X zoom, a 12 MP telephoto camera with 3X optical zoom, and a ToF camera.

 

HUAWEI Mate40 | Mate40 Pro | Mate40 Pro+ : Specifications

We created this table to make it easier for you to determine how the three models differ :

Specifications Mate 40 Mate 40
Pro
Mate 40
Pro+
Model OCE-AN10 NOH-NX9 NOP0AN00
Display Size 6.5-inch OLED 6.76-inch OLED
Display Resolution 1080 x 2376 pixels 1344 x 2772 pixels
Display Features DCI-P3 colour gamut
90 Hz refresh rate
240 Hz sampling rate
Protection IP53 IP68
Operating System EMUI 11 (based on Android 10)
Platform Kirin 9000E Kirin 9000
Processor 1 x Arm Cortex-A77 (3.13 GHz)
3 x Arm Cortex-A77 (2.54 GHz)
4 x Arm Cortex-A55 (2.05 GHz)
NPU 1 x Big-Core
1 x Tiny-Core
2 x Big-Core
1 x Tiny-Core
GPU Mali-G78 MP22 Mali-G78 MP24
Memory 8 GB LPDDR5 12 GB LPDDR5
Storage Options 128 GB / 256 GB 256 GB
External Storage NM Card (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera 13 MP camera (f/2.4) 13 MP camera (f/2.4)
+ 3D depth sensing camera
Rear Main
Camera
50 MP (f/1.9) 50 MP (f/1.9) 50 MP (f/1.9)
Rear Ultra-Wide
Camera
16 MP (f/2.2) 20 MP (f/1.8) 20 MP (f/2.4)
Rear Periscope
Camera
12 MP, 5X (f/3.4) 8 MP, 10X (f/4.4)
Rear Telephoto
Camera
8 MP, 3X (f/2.4) 12 MP, 3X (f/2.4)
Rear Special
Camera
Laser Autofocus ToF Camera
Connectivity 5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.2
USB : USB 3.1 Gen1Type C
GPS Support GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, NavIC
Fingerprint Sensor In Display
Audio Dual stereo speakers
Battery 4,200 mAh 4,400 mAh
Charging 40 watt wired 66 watt wired
50 watt wireless
Width
Height
Thickness
72.5 mm
158.6 mm
8.8 / 9.2 mm
75.5 mm
162.9 mm
9.1 / 9.5 mm
75.5 mm
162.9 mm
8.8 mm
Weight 184 g / 188 g 212 g 230 g

 

HUAWEI Mate40 | Mate40 Pro | Mate40 Pro+ : Price + Availability

The HUAWEI Mate40 will be available in five colour options (from left to right) – Mystic Silver, White, Black, Green, Yellow.

It has a launch price of €899 with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage.

 

The HUAWEI Mate40 Pro will be available in five colour options (from left to right) – Mystic Silver, White, Black, Green, Yellow.

It has a launch price of €1,199 with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage.

The HUAWEI Mate40 Pro+ will be available in two colour options (from top to bottom) – Ceramic White and Ceramic Black.

It has a launch price of €1,399 with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage.

 

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Xiaomi Disses 15W MagSafe With 80W Mi Wireless Charging!

Just after Apple introduced their 15W MagSafe wireless charger, Xiaomi unveils the 80W Mi Wireless Charger!

Take a look at how fast a modified Mi 10 Pro recharged wirelessly using this new 80W wireless charger!

 

Xiaomi Disses 15W MagSafe With 80W Mi Wireless Charger!

Apple may have wowed their fans with the new 15W MagSafe wireless charger, but Xiaomi just showed us the future of wireless charging.

Introducing the new 80W Mi Wireless Charging Technology by Xiaomi!

As this video showed, the 80W Mi Wireless Charging Technology recharges the 4,000 mAh battery of a modified Mi 10 Pro astoundingly quickly :

  • 0% to 10% : 1 minute
  • 0% to 50% : 8 minutes
  • 0% to 100% : 19 minutes

In comparison, last year’s 30W Mi Wireless Charging Technology took much longer to recharge a similar battery :

  • 0% to 50% : 25 minutes
  • 0% to 100% : 69 minutes

 

80W Mi Wireless Charging : May It Come Soon!

Xiaomi has not announced when they will actually introduce 80W Mi Wireless Charging in a production smartphone, or offer the charger for sale.

However, based on the fact that they recently introduced the Mi 10 Ultra with 50W wireless charging capability, we could see 80W wireless charging introduced as early as next year!

 

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Galaxy Note20 vs Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G : What’s The Difference?

The new Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G smartphones have now been officially launched!

And here is a quick comparison of their key features and specifications!

 

Galaxy Note20 vs Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G : What’s The Difference?

The new Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G look very similar, but they are really quite different devices.

Here is a quick comparison of the key differences between the Galaxy Note20 and the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G.

Different Displays

The two models come with different displays with different resolutions :

Display Features Galaxy Note20 Galaxy Note20
Ultra 5G
Display Type Super AMOLED+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Display Size 6.7-inch 6.9-inch
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels 1440 x 3088 pixels
Refresh Rate 60 Hz Up to 120 Hz
Peak Brightness 1050 nits 1500 nits
HDR Support HDR10+
Display Protection Gorilla Glass 5 Gorilla Glass Victus

Performance

They are both powered by the Samsung Exynos 990 globally, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ in the United States, South Korea and China.

To ensure optimal performance in any condition, they are both kept cool by the world’s slimmest vapour chamber.

The Galaxy Note20 comes with 8 GB of memory, while the Note20 Ultra 5G comes with 12 GB of memory.

They both come with 256 GB of internal storage, but the Note20 Ultra 5G supports the addition of a microSD card for up to 1 TB of additional storage.

More importantly, this is the latest LPDDR5 memory, which is not only 1.5 times faster but also uses 20% less power, compared to LPDDR4X.

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Different Cameras

They both come with a new triple camera system in the rear, but with different cameras.

The Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G not only comes with a 108 MP main camera, it has a 5X optical zoom camera.

The Galaxy Note20, on the other hand, has a higher resolution 64 MP telephoto camera, with 3X Hybrid Optic Zoom.

Cameras Galaxy Note20 Galaxy Note20
Ultra 5G
Main Camera 12 MP camera (f/1.8) 108 MP camera (f/1.8)
Ultra Wide Camera 12 MP camera (f/2.2) 12 MP camera (f/2.2)
Telephoto Camera 64 MP camera (f/2.0)
3X hybrid zoom
12 MP camera (f/3.0)
5X optical zoom
Laser AF System NA Laser Autofocus

Super Resolution Zoom

Both devices feature zoom cameras, but here is how they differ :

  • Galaxy Note20 offers 3X Hybrid Optic Zoom, with up to 30X Super Resolution Zoom.
  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G gives you 5X Optical Zoom, with up to 50X Super Resolution Zoom.

Their advanced zoom capabilities also extend to video recording, albeit up to 20X zoom for the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G, and 12X zoom for the Galaxy Note20.

The New S Pen

Both devices come with the new S Pen, which supports Air Actions and comes with a new lithium titanate battery that gives it 24 hours of standby time.

There is a difference that many people may not realise. The Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G’s S Pen has an ultra-low latency of just 9 ms, while the S Pen for the Galaxy Note20 has a 26 ms latency.

The almost-instantaneous response time will give you the feel of working with an actual pen or pencil – an experience that artists will greatly appreciate.

Battery Capacities

The Galaxy Note20 has a 4,300 mAh battery, while the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G comes with a slightly larger 4,500 mAh battery.

They both support 25 watt fast charging, and come with a 25 watt fast charger in the box.

Colour Options

Samsung is offering both devices in the signature Mystic Bronze colour, as well as two different colour options :

  • Galaxy Note20 : Mystic Gray, Mystic Bronze
  • Galaxy Note20 5G : Mystic Green, Mystic Gray, Mystic Bronze
  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G : Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic White

 

Galaxy Note20 vs Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G : Specifications

To help you decide which model best suits you, here is a table comparing their key specifications :

Specifications Galaxy Note20 Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G
Display 6.7-inch Infinity-O Display
Super AMOLED+ Panel
6.9-inch Infinity-O Display
Dynamic AMOLED 2X Panel
Display Features HDR10+, 60 Hz, 1050 nits HDR10+, 120 Hz, 1500 nits
Display Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels 1440 x 3088 pixels
Display Protection Gorilla Glass 5 Gorilla Glass Victus
IP Rating IP68
Operating System One UI 2.5 (Android 10)
Processor Samsung Exynos 990
Memory 8 GB LPDDR5 12 GB LPDDR5
Internal Storage 256 GB
External Storage NA Hybrid MicroSD Slot (up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 10 MP camera (f/2.2)
Main Cameras 12 MP main camera (f/1.8)
12 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
64 MP telephoto camera (f/2.0)
– 3X Hybrid Optic Zoom
– 30X Super Resolution Zoom
108 MP main camera (f/1.8)
12 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
12 MP telephoto camera (f/3.0)
– 5X Optical Zoom
– 50X Super Resolution Zoom
Laser Autofocus
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0
WiFi-6
USB 3.2 Type C
S Pen 26 ms latency
Lithium Titanate battery
9 ms latency
Lithium Titanate battery
Fingerprint Sensor In Display Ultrasonic Sensor
Battery 4,300 mAh 4,500 mAh
Charging 25 W 25 W
Dimensions 75.2 mm wide
161.6 mm tall
8.3 mm thick
77.2 mm wide
164.8 mm tall
8.1 mm thick
Weight 192 g 208 g

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 : Where To Buy In Malaysia?

Samsung is offering these models with these specifications :

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 (8 GB + 256 GB) : RM 3,899
  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G (8 GB + 256 GB) : RM 4,299

Here are the direct online purchase links (desktop / mobile) for Malaysia :

Here are the direct online purchase links (mobile) for Malaysia :

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G : Where To Buy In Malaysia?

Samsung is offering one model with these specifications :

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 256 GB) : RM 5,199

Here are the direct online purchase links (desktop / mobile) for Malaysia :

Here are the direct online purchase links (mobile) for Malaysia :

 

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MySejahtera / Logbook : Register Or Get Fined RM1,000!

With the number of COVID-19 cases rising in Malaysia, here’s a timely reminder – register yourself at all public places using MySejahtera or the logbook, or get fined RM1,000!

 

MySejahtera / Logbook : Register Or Get Fined RM1,000!

Malaysia has so far weathered the COVID-19 pandemic with relatively few cases, thanks to a relative strict Movement Control Order, and a mandatory requirement to wear a face mask in public from 1 August 2020 onwards.

But with the surging number of new cases, the Malaysian government appears to be ramping up enforcement checks on businesses.

Malaysian netizens have shared videos and photos of recent enforcement checks, where those who did not register themselves either using the MySejahtera app or a logbook were fined RM1,000 per person!

 

MySejahtera : What Is It?

MySejahtera is a mobile app developed by the Malaysian government. It serves as a contact tracing tool, as well as a way to disseminate verified information on COVID-19 in Malaysia.

Its users can log their movements by quickly and simply scanning a QR code at public places. This is a safer option to signing a logbook, because you won’t need to touch the logbook or use a shared pen.

 

MySejahtera / Logbook : What’s The SOP?

On 4 October 2020, the Malaysia Ministry of Health issued another reminder on the mandatory registration SOP using MySejahtera or a logbook.

Please note that EVERY PERSON – including children and domestic helpers – must be registered. If they do not have a smartphone, they must register using the logbook.

Also, if you are registering yourself using the physical logbook, please write in your FULL NAME and telephone number. You can be fined if you write in only your first name.

Premise Owner

  • Make sure visitors undergo temperature screening and scan the QR code using MySejahtera
  • In the event you do not have a QR code, make sure visitors record their particulars in a logbook
  • Make sure visitors with symptoms or high risk status are not allowed into your premise

Members Of The Public

  • Make sure you perform temperature screening and scan the QR code using the MySejahtera app, or record your details in the logbook, every time you enter a premise.
  • Perform a risk analysis from time to time.

Those who fail to register themselves at public premises risk being fined RM1,000 per person, per offence.

The Malaysia Ministry of Health has proposed that this fine be increased to RM10,000. The proposal was submitted to the Malaysian Parliament in August 2020, but has yet to be approved.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Preview : Unboxing + Hands-On!

We had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 smartphone in both colour options!

Join us for the unboxing and hands-on experience of the latest Samsung foldable smartphone!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : A Quick Primer!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the successor to the Galaxy Fold – the first Samsung foldable smartphone.

It is about the same size as the Galaxy Fold, but has a larger 7.6-inch Infinity Edge display, now protected by Ultra-Thin Glass; with a new dual-cam hinge mechanism.

In the front, it now sports a much larger 6.2-inch cover display, offering a smartphone experience without unfolding the device.

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+, it comes with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB / 512 GB of internal storage, as well as a slightly larger 4,500 mAh battery.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Specifications

Specifications Galaxy Z Fold2
Main Display 7.6-inch Infinity Flex Display
Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel
1768 x 2208 pixels (373 ppi)
120 Hz refresh rate max.
Cover Display 6.2-inch Super AMOLED Display
HD+ (816 x 2260 pixels)
Operating System Android Q
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
Processor 1 x Kryo 585 Gold (3.1 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold (2.4 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650
RAM + Storage 12 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB (UFS 3.1)
External Storage NA
Front Camera 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Cover Camera 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Rear Cameras Main : 12 MP, f/1.8, Dual Pixel
Ultra-Wide : 12 MP, f/2.2
Telephoto : 12 MP, f/2.4
Connectivity 5G : Sub6 / mmWave
4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax (dual-band)
Ultra Wide Band (UWB)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Side Sensor
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro,
Geomagnetic, Hall sensor,
Proximity sensor, Light sensor
Audio High dynamic dual speakers
Dolby Atmost support
Battery 4,500 mAh battery
Charger NA
Dimensions
(Folded)
68.0 mm wide
159.2 mm tall
16.8 mm thick
Dimensions
(Unfolded)
128.2 mm wide
159.2 mm tall
6.9 mm thick
Weight 282 g

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is offered in two colour options – Mystic Brown and Mystic Black.

It is available globally from September 2020 onwards, at these recommended retail prices :

  • Malaysia : RM 7,999 (25 September 2020)
  • Singapore : S$2,888 (18 September 2020)
  • United States : US$1,999 (18 September 2020)
  • United Kingdom : £1,799
  • Australia : A$2,999 (25 September 2020)

Here are online purchase options :

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Unboxing

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes in a large black box, roughly twice the size of a regular Samsung smartphone box. Here is the official unboxing video by Samsung :

Fully unboxed, you will find these items :

  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Brand Story Leaflet
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Quick Start Guide
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 smartphone
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Premier Service Leaflet
  • AKG Earphones (USB Type C)
  • USB data cable (Type C to Type C)
  • USB fast charger

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Hands-On In Both Colour Options!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has the same design language as the Galaxy Note 20 smartphones, with two colour options.

The signature Mystic Bronze colour has a satin matte finish, which they call a haze finish. The Mystic Black colour, on the other hand, has a highly-reflective mirror finish.

The Cover Screen is now much bigger at 6.2-inch, and encompasses almost the entirety of the front.

The Main Screen is slightly larger in size, but appears significantly larger because the large notch at the upper right corner has been replaced by a tiny punch hole for the front camera.

You can see the crease along the centerline, but it appears to be less noticeable than in the Galaxy Fold.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has two front cameras. The first is the 10 MP Cover Camera, with f/2.2 aperture. This is the “front camera” when the device is folded.

When it’s unfolded, the Display Camera becomes the front camera. It is also a 10 MP camera with f/2.2 aperture.

At the back, it comes with three cameras, supported by an LED flash, but no laser autofocus system like the Note20 Ultra.

  • Main Camera : 12 MP Dual Pixel sensor, f/1.8 aperture
  • Ultra-Wide Camera : 12 MP sensor, f/2.2 aperture
  • Telephoto Camera : 12 MP sensor, f/2.4 aperture

The Power button (with an integrated fingerprint sensor) and Volume control buttons are located along the right edge.

The SIM tray is located on the left edge, right at the bottom.

The top is clean. You will only find a speaker and a microphone here.

At the bottom, you will only find the USB Type C port, with a second set of microphone and speaker ports.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Where To Buy?

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is available globally from September 2020 onwards, at these recommended retail prices :

  • Malaysia : RM 7,999 (25 September 2020)
  • Singapore : S$2,888 (18 September 2020)
  • United States : US$1,999 (18 September 2020)
  • United Kingdom : £1,799
  • Australia : A$2,999 (25 September 2020)

Here are online purchase options :

 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Malaysia Price + Launch Deal!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is now available in Malaysia, and here are its official price and launch deal!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : A Quick Primer!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the successor to the Galaxy Fold – the first Samsung foldable smartphone.

They both have the same inward folding design, but the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 features a bevy of improvements inside and outside :

  • Much larger 6.2-inch Cover Screen
  • Slightly larger 7.6-inch Main Screen with Ultra Thin Glass protection
  • Replacement of the large display notch, with a tiny punch hole for the front camera
  • 120 Hz Dynamic Refresh Rate mode
  • New Hideaway Hinge with Sweeper technology
  • Cover Camera : 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
  • Front Camera : 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
  • Rear Camera (Main) : 12 MP Dual Pixel, f/1.8 aperture
  • Rear Camera (Ultra-Wide) : 12 MP, f/2.2
  • Rear Camera (Telephoto) : 12 MP, f/2.4
  • Multi-Active Window lets you open multiple files from the same app and view them side-by-side
  • Multi-Window Tray lets you open multiple apps at the same time, with drag and drop capabilities.
  • Split Screen Capture lets you capture the screen of one app, and transfer it into a different app.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Malaysia Colour Options

Here in Malaysia, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is available in two colour options – Mystic Black (left) and Mystic Bronze.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Malaysia Price + Launch Deal!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a recommended retail price of RM 7,999 (about US$1,918 / £1,476 / A$2,636 / S$2,622).

It is available for retail purchase starting 25 September 2020, at :

Every purchase of the Galaxy Z Fold 2, from now until 31 October 2020, will come with these freebies :

  • one FREE pair of Galaxy Buds Live (worth RM699)
  • One-Time Inner Screen Crack Protection against accidental damage within one year of purchase.
    Note : The protection does not include the exterior screen.

In addition, every Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes with Galaxy Z Concierge, which gives you 24/7 one-on-one assistance from Samsung experts.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Purchase with Purchase Deal!

Samsung Malaysia will also offer you 20% off these Galaxy Z Fold 2 covers, from now until 25 October 2020 :

  • Leather Cover : RM 319 (RRP : RM399)
  • Aramid Standing Cover : RM 299 (RRP : RM239)

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Trade-In Deal!

Finally, you can trade-in your old device and save up to RM3,940 off the Galaxy Z Fold 2!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Specifications In Malaysia

Specifications Galaxy Z Fold 2
Main Display 7.6-inch Infinity Flex Display
Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel
1768 x 2208 pixels (373 ppi)
120 Hz refresh rate max.
Cover Display 6.2-inch Super AMOLED Display
HD+ (816 x 2260 pixels)
Operating System Android Q
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
Processor 1 x Kryo 585 Gold (3.1 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold (2.4 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650
RAM + Storage 12 GB + 256 GB (UFS 3.1)
External Storage NA
Front Camera 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Cover Camera 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Rear Cameras Main : 12 MP, f/1.8, Dual Pixel
Ultra-Wide : 12 MP, f/2.2
Telephoto : 12 MP, f/2.4
Connectivity 5G : Sub6 / mmWave
4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax (dual-band)
Ultra Wide Band (UWB)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Side Sensor
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro,
Geomagnetic, Hall sensor,
Proximity sensor, Light sensor
Audio High dynamic dual speakers
Dolby Atmost support
Battery 4,500 mAh battery
Charger NA
Dimensions
(Folded)
68.0 mm wide
159.2 mm tall
16.8 mm thick
Dimensions
(Unfolded)
128.2 mm wide
159.2 mm tall
6.9 mm thick
Weight 282 g

 

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AMD Athlon Gold 3150C + Athlon Silver 3050C Revealed!

AMD just introduced the Athlon Gold 3150C and Athlon Silver 3050C mobile processors with Radeon Graphics!

Here is what you need to know about the new AMD Athlon 3000 C-Series mobile APUs!

 

Athlon Gold 3150C + Athlon Silver 3050C : Zen Comes To Chromebooks!

The two new AMD Athlon 3000 C-Series mobile processors come with integrated Radeon Graphics cores. That makes them APUs, instead of pure processors.

Built on the older Zen architecture and fabricated on the 14 nm process technology, they are designed to power Chromebooks.

At launch, AMD is introducing these two Athlon 3000 C-Series processors, both with a 15 W TDP :

  • AMD Athlon Gold 3150C : 2C/4T | up to 3.3 GHz | 5 MB cache | 3 graphics cores
  • AMD Athlon Silver 3050C : 2C/2T | up to 3.2 GHz | 5 MB cache | 2 graphics cores

These Athlon 3000 C-Series processors will be used in mid-level Chromebooks, offering better performance than the old AMD A-Series APUs, but less than the AMD Ryzen 3000 C-Series processors.

The AMD A-Series APUs, with a 6 W TDP, will continue to ship in entry-level Chromebooks.

Although they are not part of these processors, Chromebooks based on the AMD Athlon 3000 C-Series will feature Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 connectivity.

 

Athlon Gold 3150C + Athlon Silver 3050C : Specifications

Specifications Athlon Gold
3150C
Athlon Silver
3050C
Architecture Zen
Process 14 nm
Cores / Threads 2 / 4 2 / 2
Base Clock 2.4 GHz 2.3 GHz
Boost Clock 3.3 GHz 3.2 GHz
L1 Cache 128 KB
L2 Cache 1 MB
L3 Cache 4 MB
Graphics Cores 3 2
Graphics Clock 1.1 GHz
TDP 15 W

 

Athlon Gold 3150C + Athlon Silver 3050C : Availability

AMD will only say that their partners – HP, ASUS and Lenovo – will introduce six Chromebook laptops in 2020, powered by the new Ryzen and Athlon 3000 C-Series APUs.

No specifics about the models and choice of processor yet. We will keep you updated when we learn more.

 

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Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : Battle Of The Flagships!

Your fancy new flagship smartphone is probably powered by a Snapdragon, Exynos or Kirin mobile platform, but just how fast are they really?

Find out which is the fastest flagship mobile SoC in our little performance comparison!

 

Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : Battle Of The Flagships!

So we managed to get our hands on the fastest mobile platforms available in the market today :

Snapdragon
865+
Exynos
990
Kirin
990
Process 7 nm N7P 7 nm EUV 7 nm EUV
CPU
Cores
1 x Kryo 585 Gold
(3.09 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold
(2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver
(1.8 GHz)
2 x Exynos M5
(2.7 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76
(2.5 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55
(2.0 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76
(2.86 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76
(2.09 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55
(1.8 GHz)
GPU Adreno 650 Mali-G77 MP11 Mali-G76 MC16
Memory
Support
LPDDR5 LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Storage
Support
UFS 3.0 UFS 3.0 UFS 3.0
5G Modem Snapdragon X55
(Separate)
Exynos 5123
(Separate)
Balong 5000
(Integrated)

Now you may be wondering – what about MediaTek? They get a pass because they cheat at benchmarks.

 

Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : TLDR Summary

For those who are too lazy to drill down into the results, here’s a quick and dirty summary.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus is definitely the superior mobile platform.

In most benchmarks, it was significantly faster than both the Samsung Exynos 990 and the HUAWEI Kirin 990.

Snapdragon
865+
Exynos
990
Kirin
990
PCMark Work 2.0 Winner -16.3% -30.6%
Computer Vision Winner -16.9% -23.2%
3DMark Vulkan Winner -11.4% -33.7%
3DMark OpenGL Winner -4.5% -30.1%
Geekbench Multi-Core Winner -3.2% -3.7%
Geekbench Single-Core -21.1% -2.2% Winner
AnTuTu Overall Winner -9.5% -22.8%
Average Winner -6.1% -21.4%

You are unlikely to notice the small 6% performance difference between the Snapdragon 865+ and the Exynos 990.

However, the 21% performance deficit of the HUAWEI Kirin 990 versus the Snapdragon 865+ will be noticeable. So will its 14% performance deficit against the Exynos 990.

Even if TSMC was allowed to continue making Kirin 990 for HUAWEI, it is no longer a competitive flagship mobile platform.

 

Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : PCMark Work 2.0

Snapdragon 865+ Exynos 990 Kirin 990
Work 2.0 Score Winner -16.3% -30.6%
Web Browsing 2.0 Winner -27.2% -43.3%
Video Editing Winner -18.5% -26.2%
Writing 2.0 Winner -12.0% -13.4%
Photo Editing 2.0 -10.7% Winner -45.6%
Data Manipulation Winner -29.6% -26.9%

 

Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : PCMark Computer Vision

This is a benchmark that tests the AI capabilities of these mobile platforms :

  • image recognition with TensorFLow
  • graphical barcode scanning with ZXing
  • optical character recognition with Tesseract

Snapdragon 865+ Exynos 990 Kirin 990
Computer Vision Winner -16.9% -23.2%
TensorFlow -44.2% -5.0% Winner
ZXing Winner -18.1% -3.6%
Tesseract -19.9% Winner -56.6%

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Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme

We tested them using the Sling Shot Extreme test in 3DMark, using both Vulkan and OpenGL ES 3.1 graphics API.

Vulkan is a newer graphics API, with much lower overhead, and can therefore deliver better performance than OpenGL ES which is supported by more games.

3DMark rendered the game at the 2560 x 1440 resolution, allowing for a fair comparison irrespective of the devices’ actual display resolution.

Snapdragon 865+ Exynos 990 Kirin 990
Vulkan Overall Winner -11.4% -33.7%
Vulkan Graphics Winner -17.0% -48.8%
Vulkan Physics -6.3% -9.1% Winner
OpenGL Overall Winner -4.5% -30.1%
OpenGL Graphics Winner -6.2% -41.3%
OpenGL Physics -2.4% -4.0% Winner

 

Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : Geekbench

Snapdragon 865+ Exynos 990 Kirin 990
Multi-Core (MC) Winner -3.2% -3.7%
MC Crypto -27.2% -23.9% Winner
MC Integer Winner -4.2% -6.0%
MC Floating Point Winner -2.9% -7.7%
Single-Core (1C) -21.1% -2.2% Winner
1C Crypto -33.2% -10.3% Winner
1C Integer -19.4% -3.7% Winner
1C Floating Point -23.8% Winner -3.1%

 

Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : AnTuTu

Snapdragon 865+ Exynos 990 Kirin 990
Overall Winner -9.5% -22.8%
CPU Winner -9.0% -15.7%
GPU Winner -6.8% -37.6%
MEM -2.6% -11.5% Winner
UX Winner -18.3% -25.5%

 

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 : 7 New Features Coming Up!

Samsung is introducing 7 new features to the Galaxy Watch Active 2 through a new firmware update.

Check out what those 7 features are, and when they are coming to your Galaxy Watch Active 2!

 

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 : A Quick Primer

Introduced last year, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is an active lifestyle smartwatch, with a slew of healthcare and activity monitoring features.

It is 5 ATM and IP68-rated and comes in two sizes – 44 mm and 40 mm, and in two styles :

  • lightweight aluminium, with a casual Fluoroelastomer (FKM) band
  • premium solid stainless steel, with a leather strap

They can be further personalised with a range of stylish straps and watch face options.

 

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 : 7 New Features Added!

Samsung is introducing 7 new features to the Galaxy Watch Active 2 through a new firmware update. Here is a quick look at what’s coming!

Running Analysis + VO2 max

The updated Galaxy Watch Active 2 will feature a new standalone Running Analysis feature that can provide metrics, to help you improve performance and reduce injury :

  • asymmetry
  • regularity
  • stiffness
  • vertical oscillation
  • ground contact time

You will also be able to measure VO2 max – an indicator of the maximum amount of oxygen you can utilise during intense exercise.

This is a common measurement used to determine your fitness and performance capacity. You can use it to track your training progress, and help improve your endurance.

When you select Running under the exercise feature in Samsung Health, your Galaxy Watch Active 2 will automatically perform both Running Analysis and measure your VO2 max.

For an accurate reading, you should only measure VO2 max while running outdoors at high intensity for at least 20 minutes.

Fall Detection

The new Fall Detection feature will help you care for yourself and your loved ones, even when you are apart during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When a potential fall is detected, you are immediately given the option to send an SOS notification to up to four pre-designated contacts. This ensures that help is never too far away!

Here are the steps to activate Fall Detection :

  • Open the Galaxy Wearable app
  • Select SOS
  • Turn on Detect falls
  • Add the contacts you want to receive your SOS notifications.

Chat History + Photo View

With the new update, you can now view emoticons and photos directly from your wrist with Photo View.

And with Smart Reply, you will be given a suggested response for both messages and images, based on advanced photo recognition technology, so you can send a reply!

Your Galaxy Watch Active 2 will also now show your chat history, instead of a single message, so you can understand the context of that message. No more switching to your phone to check out the full conversation!

You will also be able to send both AR Emoji Stickers and Bitmoji Stickers from your Galaxy Watch Active 2!

Seamless Music + Scroll Capture

The new firmware update will also give you instant access to your playlist on your phone, giving you a seamless music experience across your devices.

 

Finally, the updated Galaxy Watch Active2 will support a Scroll Capture feature, which lets you take a scrolling screen capture from your smartwatch that is automatically sent to your smartphone.

This lets you screen capture message threads, workout information and more, from your Galaxy Watch Active 2!

 

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 : Firmware Upgrade Availability

Samsung will start rolling out this Galaxy Watch Active 2 update starting today. Availability will vary by market and operator.

The update will initially be available for the Bluetooth version, and roll out to LTE versions shortly thereafter.

Please make sure you update your Galaxy Wearable app!

 

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 : Where To Buy?

Here are the online purchase options :

 

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Galaxy Tab S7 Book Cover Keyboard Review : A Must Get!

Find out why the Samsung Book Cover Keyboard is a must-have accessory for the new Galaxy Tab S7+ and Galaxy Tab S7 tablets!

 

Samsung Book Cover Keyboard : Galaxy Tab S7 | Tab S7+

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ and Galaxy Tab S7 are both premium laptops powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+.

Many of their key features are similar. The larger Tab S7+ however comes with a larger and better display, with a larger battery.

Here in Malaysia, they both come bundled with an ultra-low latency S Pen, and the Book Cover Keyboard. But in countries where the Samsung Book Cover Keyboard is optional, this is a must-get accessory.

 

Samsung Book Cover Keyboard : Price + Availability

The Samsung Book Cover Keyboard is available for both Galaxy Tab S7 models. They only differ in their sizes :

Samsung Book Cover Keyboard for Galaxy Tab S7+

Samsung Book Cover Keyboard for Galaxy Tab S7

 

Samsung Book Cover Keyboard for Galaxy Tab S7+ : Unboxing

The Samsung Book Cover Keyboard comes in a separate retail box. Here is our unboxing video.

 

Samsung Book Cover Keyboard : A Must-Have!

The Samsung Book Cover Keyboard uses a two-piece design – a front keyboard cover, and a back cover that doubles as a kickstand.

It transforms your Galaxy Tab S7 or Tab S7+ tablet into a virtual laptop, thanks to its integrated keyboard and touchpad.

The kickstand with its “free stop hinge” lets you freely adjust the angle of the tablet all the way to 165°.

But the downsides with a kickstand design – it takes up more space, and works best on a flat surface.

It is rather heavy at 502 grams, but gives you not just a keyboard but a large trackpad as well. In fact, its trackpad is much larger than the trackpad from the Galaxy Tab S6‘s Book Cover Keyboard.

It also has 26% larger keycaps than the Tab S6 version, with a 18.3 mm key pitch. However, its odd-shaped Enter key will get some getting used to.

The Book Cover Keyboard also has an S Pen compartment which nicely fits over its dock, ensuring that you will never lose it.

This compartment is cleverly locked magnetically, and flips open when you need to take out the S Pen, or put it back.

The back cover is thick enough to properly protect the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+’s camera bump.

But that’s really not an issue because the S Pen compartment bulge conveniently keeps the camera bump off any surface you place it on.

 

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11th Gen Intel Core (Tiger Lake) : What You Need To Know!

Intel just unveiled Tiger Lake – the 11th Gen Intel Core mobile processor family, built on the 10nm SuperFin process technology!

Here is what you need to know about the new 10nm mobile processors that will soon come to a laptop near you!

 

11th Gen Intel Core (Tiger Lake) : A Quick Primer!

11th Gen Intel Core, codenamed Tiger Lake, is the newly-launched mobile processor family, designed for thin and light laptops.

Built on the new Willow Cove microarchitecture, and fabricated on the 10 nm SuperFin process, it offers a bevy of new features :

  • LPDDR4X Support : allows for fast and more power-efficient LPDDR4X memory.
  • New Intel Iris Xe graphics : significantly improved graphics performance, with up to 96 EUs
  • New Intel DL Boost instruction set : enables neural network inferencing on integrated graphics, with native support for INT8
  • Hardware Security : through Intel Control Flow Enforcement Technology (CET) and Intel Total Memory Encryption.
  • AV1 CODEC Support : hardware decoding for power-efficient 4K streaming
  • PCI Express 4.0 Support : allows for higher PCI Express bandwidth
  • Dolby Vision Support : allows for 20% better power consumption
  • Thunderbolt 4 Support : adds support for up to four Thunderbolt 4 ports

 

11th Gen Intel Core (Tiger Lake) : Official Tech Briefing

For those who want an in-depth look at the 11th Gen Intel Core (Tiger Lake) mobile processors, what’s better than the official Intel tech briefing?

 

11th Gen Intel Core (Tiger Lake) : Specifications

Intel is offering their Tiger Lake processors in two package designs, with two variable TDP ranges.

UP3-Class 11th Gen Intel Core Processors (12-28W)

Specifications Core i7
1185G7
Core i7
1165G7
Core i5
1135G7
Core i3
1125G4
Core i3
1115G4
Fab Process 10 nm
Core / Thread 4 / 8 2 / 4
Base Clock (28W) 3.0 GHz 2.8 GHz 2.4 GHz 2.0 GHz 3.0 GHz
Single Core Turbo 4.8 GHz 4.7 GHz 4.2 GHz 3.7 GHz 4.1 GHz
Multi-Core Turbo 4.3 GHz 4.1 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.3 GHz 4.1 GHz
L2 Cache 5 MB 2.5 MB
L3 Cache 12 MB 8 MB 6 MB
Graphics Cores 96 80 48
Graphics Clock 1.35 GHz 1.3 GHz 1.25 GHz
Memory Support DDR4-3200
LPDDR4x-4266

DDR4-3200
LPDDR4x-3733

TDP 12 W to 28 W

UP4-Class 11th Gen Intel Core Processors (7-15W)

Specifications Core i7
1160G7
Core i5
1130G7
Core i3
1120G4
Core i3
1110G4
Fab Process 10 nm
Core / Thread 4 / 8 2 / 4
Base Clock (15W) 1.2 GHz 1.1 GHz 1.1 GHz 1.8 GHz
Single Core Turbo 4.4 GHz 4.0 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.9 GHz
Multi-Core Turbo 3.6 GHz 3.4 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.9 GHz
L2 Cache 5 MB 2.5 MB
L3 Cache 12 MB 8 MB 6 MB
Graphics Cores 96 80 48
Graphics Clock 1.1 GHz
Memory Support LPDDR4x-4266
TDP 7 W to 15 W

 

11th Gen Intel Core (Tiger Lake) : Performance

Intel is targeting their top-of-the-line Tiger Lake processor – the Core i7-1185G7 – against the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U.

We have to point out that this may not be quite a fair comparison since the Ryzen 7 4800U is an 8-core, 16-thread processor with an 8-core Vega GPU and a 15W TDP.

But that’s what Intel is showcasing – a face-off between their Core i7-1185G7 and the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U.

 

Intel Evo : Project Athena Second Edition

Intel is also introducing the Intel Evo platform, as part of the Project Athena Second Edition program.

Based on 11th Gen Core processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics, Intel Evo laptops must meet the Project Athena Second Edition experiences :

  • Consistent responsiveness on battery
  • System wake from sleep in less than 1 second
  • Nine or more hours of real-world battery life on systems with FHD displays
  • Fast charging with up to a four-hour charge in under 30 minutes on systems with FHD displays

To qualify for the Intel Evo platform and branding, laptop designs will have to meet or exceed these minimum specifications :

  • Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) 802.11ax
  • Thunderbolt 4
  • ≥ 256GB PCIe / NVMe SSD
  • ≥ 8GB Dual Channel Memory
  • Bluetooth 5 with Audio Offload
  • > 2 digital microphones of at least 63dB Signal to Noise ratio and +/- 1dB matching
  • High fidelity audio codec / speaker tuning and Intel Smart Sound Technology
  • Speaker Sound Pressure Level >78dB @ 50 cm and bass frequency <353 Hz
  • User-facing camera ≥ HD/720p @ 30fps
  • Voice Assistant with WoV – Cortana Premium Far Field requirements (≥4 m effective)

 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : What You Need To Know!

Samsung just unveiled their next-generation foldable smartphone – the Galaxy Z Fold 2, with larger cover and main displays!

Here is everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 smartphone!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : A Quick Primer!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the successor to the Galaxy Fold – the first Samsung foldable smartphone.

It naturally comes with a bevy of improvements, which should hopefully correct many of the criticisms of their first effort.

Larger Cover + Main Screens

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is about the same size as the Galaxy Fold, but comes with a slightly larger 7.6-inch Main Screen and much larger 6.2-inch Cover Screen.

The Main Screen looks much larger, because of the narrow bezels and the removal of the large notch. On top of that, it now adaptively changes its refresh rate from 11 Hz to 120 Hz.

Samsung Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) now protects the Main Screen, making it more durable and giving it a more refined feel (so they say!).

Hideaway Hinge + Sweeper Technology

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 utilises the Hideaway Hinge with a dual-cam design, first introduced in the Galaxy Z Flip. This enables its free standing capabilities, including its new Flex mode.

The Hideaway Hinge also features sweeper technology from the Galaxy Z Flip – protecting the hinge by repelling dust and dirt. It uses a third-generation design to deliver the same protection in a smaller space.

Finally, Samsung is letting you customise your Galaxy Z Fold 2 with four Hideaway Hinge colours – Metallic Silver, Metallic Gold, Metallic Red and Metallic Blue.

Flagship Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes with a bevy of cameras :

  • Cover Camera : 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
  • Front Camera : 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
  • Rear Camera (Main) : 12 MP Dual Pixel, f/1.8 aperture
  • Rear Camera (Ultra-Wide) : 12 MP, f/2.2
  • Rear Camera (Telephoto) : 12 MP, f/2.4

The main camera features a Bright Night sensor, which is 1.65X larger than that used in the Galaxy Z Flip, which allows for better low-light performance.

It also comes with the same flagship camera features introduced in the Galaxy Note 20 smartphones – Pro Video, Single Take, Bright Night and Night Mode.

Multitasking Galore

The large Main Screen allows for significant multitasking capabilities :

  • Multi-Active Window lets you open multiple files from the same app and view them side-by-side
  • Multi-Window Tray lets you open multiple apps at the same time, with drag and drop capabilities.
  • Split Screen Capture lets you capture the screen of one app, and transfer it into a different app.

Galaxy Z Premier Service

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 users will have access to Galaxy Z Premier Service, with on-demand concierge support from a dedicated team of product experts.

You can make appointments, to connect one-on-one with Samsung experts. On top of that, you will have one-time device protection against accidental display damage for one year.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 will be available in two colour options – Mystic Black (left) and Mystic Bronze (right).

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Specifications

Specifications Galaxy Z Fold2
Main Display 7.6-inch Infinity Flex Display
Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel
1768 x 2208 pixels (373 ppi)
120 Hz refresh rate max.
Cover Display 6.2-inch Super AMOLED Display
HD+ (816 x 2260 pixels)
Operating System Android Q
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
Processor 1 x Kryo 585 Gold (3.1 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold (2.4 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650
RAM + Storage 12 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB (UFS 3.1)
External Storage NA
Front Camera 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Cover Camera 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Rear Cameras Main : 12 MP, f/1.8, Dual Pixel
Ultra-Wide : 12 MP, f/2.2
Telephoto : 12 MP, f/2.4
Connectivity 5G : Sub6 / mmWave
4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax (dual-band)
Ultra Wide Band (UWB)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Side Sensor
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro,
Geomagnetic, Hall sensor,
Proximity sensor, Light sensor
Audio High dynamic dual speakers
Dolby Atmost support
Battery 4,500 mAh battery
Charger NA
Dimensions
(Folded)
68.0 mm wide
159.2 mm tall
16.8 mm thick
Dimensions
(Unfolded)
128.2 mm wide
159.2 mm tall
6.9 mm thick
Weight 282 g

 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 : Key Technologies Explained!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 boasts a slew of improved technologies, including Ultra-Thin Glass and a new hideaway hinge with sweeper technology.

Join Samsung mobile experts who will help to explain the key technologies of the new Galaxy Z Fold2 foldable smartphone!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 : A Quick Primer!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is the successor to the Galaxy Fold – the first Samsung foldable smartphone.

It naturally comes with a bevy of improvements, which should hopefully correct many of the criticisms of their first effort.

It is about the same size as the Galaxy Fold, but has a larger 7.6-inch Infinity Edge display, now protected by Ultra-Thin Glass; and a much larger 6.2-inch cover display.

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+, it comes with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB / 512 GB of internal storage, as well as a slightly larger 4,500 mAh battery.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 : Key Technologies Explained!

Samsung arranged for their experts to help explain what’s new in the Galaxy Z Fold2 smartphone in these videos.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 Cameras + Flex Mode

The foldable design will give you greater flexibility in using the Galaxy Z Fold2’s cameras :

  • the Flex mode lets you take group selfies or long exposure photos without a tripod,
  • Capture View mode lets you preview what you are recording live,
  • Dual Preview lets you use both main display and cover display simultaneously, and
  • Rear Cam Selfie lets you use the rear camera for high-resolution selfies,

The new rear camera also comes with a Bright Night sensor, which is 1.65X larger, allowing for better low-light performance.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 Design

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is about the same size as the Galaxy Fold, but has a larger 7.6-inch Infinity Edge display, thanks to smaller bezels.

On top of that, the team also removed the large display notch, replacing it with a tiny punch hole for the front camera.

Finally, the Mystic Bronze colour option comes with the haze finish – an advanced surface treatment, with a satin matte finish.

Users will be allowed to personalise their devices using customisable hideaway hinges, with five colour options – Metallic Red, Metallic Silver, Mystic Bronze, Metallic Gold and Metallic Blue.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 Hinge + Sweeper Mechanism

Unlike the Galaxy Fold, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 now uses a dual cam mechanism, which was first introduced in the Galaxy Z Flip.

It is also now built with a stronger retention force to maintain the 180 degree angle, and prevent the device from accidentally folding.

The built-in sweeper mechanism protects the dual cam hinge by repelling dirt and dust, while being sturdy and reliable enough to last more than 200,000 folds and unfolds.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 Multitasking Capabilities

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 also comes with improved software to support its larger, dual displays.

  • Multi-Window Tray and Edge Panel were integrated, letting you run an application in full screen / split / pop-up screens, as you prefer
  • The Multi-Active Screen capability lets you perform actions like drag and drop.
  • The Split Screen Capture lets you capture the screen of a window, instead of the entire display
  • New Pop-Up Window design minimises finger movements while using the large display.

 

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Xiaomi 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera Technology!

Xiaomi just unveiled their 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera Technology, which is being put into mass production!

Here’s a quick primer on what will soon be coming to a Xiaomi smartphone near you!

 

Xiaomi Under-Display Camera Technology!

Xiaomi has been working on their Under-Display Camera technology for quite some time. Their first generation effort did not go far – it didn’t even leave their lab.

Their second generation Under-Display Camera technology was good enough to showcase to the public, but never made it to production.

That changes with their new 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera technology!

 

Xiaomi 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera Technology!

In the 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera Technology, Xiaomi has greatly improved the “full-screen effect” through better pixel arrangement, and optimisation of their camera algorithm.

The new pixel arrangement of the display allows light to pass through the gaps between the sub-pixels. This allows each pixel to retain a complete RGB sub-pixel layout without sacrificing pixel density.

Xiaomi claims that their unique pixel arrangement doubles the number of horizontal and vertical pixels, compared to competing solutions – delivering the same pixel density over the camera, as the rest of the display.

According to Xiaomi, the display area over the camera will have the same brightness, colour gamut and colour accuracy as the rest of the display.

The Xiaomi 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera technology also adopts a special circuit design to hide more components under the RGB sub-pixels to further increase light transmittance to the camera below.

Xiaomi claims that these improvements allow the new under-display camera to deliver the same performance as conventional front cameras.

That’s why they are confident enough to put it into mass production, with plans to introduce these under-display cameras in their smartphones next year.

 

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Fitbit Sense : World’s Most Advanced Health Smartwatch?

Fitbit Sense is said to be the most advanced health smartwatch in 2020, featuring the world’s first EDA sensor in a smartwatch!

Find out what else is new about the Fitbit Sense, its key features, as well as its price and availability!

 

Fitbit Sense : World’s Most Advanced Health Smartwatch?

Unveiled today, 26 August 2020, the Fitbit Sense introduced the world’s first electrodermal activity (EDA) sensor in a smartwatch, to help manage stress.

On top of that, it comes with advanced heart rate tracking technology, a new ECG app and an on-wrist skin temperature sensor.

Electrodermal Activity (EDA) Sensor

The new EDA sensor in Fitbit Sense measures electrodermal activity responses, just by placing your palm over the watch face.

Measuring your EDA responses using the EDA Scan app can help you understand your body’s response to stressors, and help you manage stress.

You can also pair it with guided mindfulness sessions in the Fitbit app to see how your body’s EDA responses change with meditation and relaxation.

Track your EDA responses on a graph on-device, as well as in the mobile app, to gauge your progress over time.

Fitbit Stress Management Score

Fitbit is also introducing a new Stress Management Score, which is available in the new stress management tile in the Fitbit Sense.

Your Fitbit Sense can calculate how your body is responding to stress based on heart rate, sleep, and activity level data, giving you a Stress Management Score ranging from 1-100.

A higher score would indicate that your body is showing fewer physical signs fo stress. Fitbit Premium members will get a detailed breakdown on how the score is calculated based on over 10 biometric input :

  • exertion balance (impact of activity),
  • responsiveness (heart rate, heart rate variability and electrodermal activity), and
  • sleep patterns (sleep quality)

Improved Heart Care Technologies

Fitbit Sense is their first smartwatch to feature an ECG app to assess your heart rhythm for signs of atrial fibrillation – a condition that affects more than 33.5 million people globally.

Simply hold your fingers on the corners of the stainless steel ring around the watch, and hold still for 30 seconds!

Fitbit Sense also comes with PurePulse 2.0 technology, with an all-new multi-path heart rate sensor, and updated algorithm.

This improved heart rate technology powers other critical heart health features like personalised, on-device high and low heart rate notifications.

With 24/7 continuous heart rate tracking, Fitbit Sense can detect and send a notification if your heart rate falls outside normal thresholds.

Design + Build

The Fitbit Sense are built to last, using aerospace-grade aluminium and stainless steel for that polished, high-tech look, and water resistance – at up to 50 meters.

It comes with a larger AMOLED display, which not only has a higher resolution but is also more responsive. It also comes with an integrated ambient light sensor to automatically dim the display for easier viewing in low light.

The Sense will last over 6 days on a single charge, with a new magnetic charger that is cross-compatible with the Fitbit Versa 3. A quick 12 minute charge will provide you with a full day of use.

Fitbit Premium

Every Fitbit Sense will come with 6 months of access to Fitbit Premium, which unlocks deeper analysis of your data and more personalised insights.

It also delivers advanced sleep tools, hundreds of workouts from brands like Aaptiv, barre3, Daily Burn, Down Dog, as well as trainers and influencers like Ayesha Curry, Charlee Atkins and Harley Pasternak.

Also launching today in the US is Fitbit Premium + Health Coaching, a new virtual one-on-one coaching service that gives you access to a certified health professional and a personalised plan using your Fitbit data – all through the Fitbit app.

You will have unlimited check-ins with your coach, a personalised action plan to help you stay on track, as well as all the benefits of Fitbit Premium.

 

Fitbit Sense : Price + Availability

The Fitbit Sense is available for pre-orders starting today (26 August 2020), with worldwide availability in October 2020.

It will be offered in two colour options – carbon / graphite stainless steel, and lunar white / soft gold stainless steel, at these price points :

  • United States : $329 (Carbon | Lunar White)
  • Canada : $429.95
  • Mexico : $9,499
  • Europe : €329.95
  • United Kingdom : £299.99 (Carbon | Lunar White)
  • Australia : A$499.95 (Carbon | Lunar White)
  • New Zealand : $579.95
  • Japan : ¥39,990
  • India : ₹33,999
  • Hong Kong : HK$2,680
  • Singapore : S$488
  • Malaysia : RM 1,498

Every Fitbit Sense will come with six months of Fitbit Premium, which can be extended after that here in Malaysia for RM39 per month or RM335 per year.

In the United States, Fitbit Premium is available for $9.99 per month, or $79.99 per year. Fitbit Premium + Health Coaching is also available in the US for $54.99 per month.

 

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Fitbit Versa 3 : Now With GPS + Active Zone Minutes!

Fitbit just launched their Versa 3 smartwatch – now upgraded with built-in GPS and Active Zone Minutes!

Find out what else is new about the Fitbit Versa 3, its key features, as well as its price and availability!

 

Fitbit Versa 3 : Now With GPS + Active Zone Minutes!

Unveiled today, 26 August 2020, the Fitbit Versa 3 now comes with built-in GPS and Active Zone Minutes, as well as the ability to answer calls!

On top of that, it comes with an in-app workout intensity map and enhanced PurePulse 2.0 technology to help you stay on top of your fitness goals.

Motivation On Your Wrist

The Fitbit Versa 3 has built-in GPS, which gives you real-time pace and distance during your runs and rides – no phones necessary. And you can measure the intensity of your activity with Active Zone Minutes.

Let Music Move You

Download and play songs and podcasts from Pandora and Deezer, and control Spotify directly from your watch.

Stay Connected On-The-Go

You can receive call, text and smartphone app notifications directly on your wrist. And thanks to its built-in speaker and microphone, you can answer calls, or get quick answers from Google Assistant and Alexa!

Long Battery Life

The Fitbit Versa 3 will last over 6 days on a single charge, with a new magnetic charger that is cross-compatible with the Fitbit Sense. A quick 12 minute charge will provide you with a full day of use.

Fitbit Premium + Health Coaching

Also launching today in the US is Fitbit Premium + Health Coaching, a new virtual one-on-one coaching service that gives you access to a certified health professional and a personalised plan using your Fitbit data – all through the Fitbit app.

You will have unlimited check-ins with your coach, a personalised action plan to help you stay on track, as well as all the benefits of Fitbit Premium :

  • deeper analysis of your data and more personalised insights,
  • advanced sleep tools, and
  • workouts from brands like Aaptiv, barre3, Daily Burn, Down Dog, as well as trainers and influencers like Ayesha Curry, Charlee Atkins and Harley Pasternak.

 

Fitbit Versa 3 : Price + Availability

The Fitbit Versa 3 is available for pre-orders starting today (26 August 2020), with worldwide availability in October 2020.

It will be offered in three colour options – black / black aluminium, pink clay / soft gold aluminium and midnight / soft gold aluminium.

Here are the official launch prices for various countries around the world :

  • United States : $229
  • Canada : $299.95
  • Mexico : $6,499
  • Europe : €229.95
  • United Kingdom : £199.99
  • Australia : A$399.95
  • New Zealand : $449.95
  • Japan : ¥29,990
  • India : ₹25,999
  • Hong Kong : HK$1,980
  • Singapore : S$378
  • Malaysia : RM 1,148

In the United States, Fitbit Premium is available for $9.99 per month, or $79.99 per year. Fitbit Premium + Health Coaching is also available in the US for $54.99 per month.

In Malaysia, Fitbit Premium is available for RM39 per month or RM335 per year.

 

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Fitbit Inspire 2 : Fitness Tracker With 10 Day Battery Life!

Fitbit just launched their Inspire 2 fitness tracker – with a 10 day battery life and a year of free access to Fitbit Premium!

Find out what else is new about the Fitbit Inspire 2, its key features, as well as its price and availability!

 

Fitbit Inspire 2 : Fitness Tracker With 10 Day Battery Life!

Unveiled today, 26 August 2020, the Fitbit Inspire 2 comes with a brighter and more vibrant display, with the longest battery life of any Fitbit device – 10 days!

On top of that, it comes with advanced features like Active Zone Minutes, 20+ goal-based exercise modes, advanced sleep tools, 24/7 heart rate tracking and many other fitness features.

24/7 Health Habit

The Fitbit Inspire 2 lets you track your activity and challenge yourself to do more with 24/7 heart rate tracking, and Active Zone Minutes.

You can also take advantage of Fitbit Premium’s step-by-step nutrition and fitness programs in the Fitbit app.

Sleep Better At Night

Track how well you sleep, and spot your nighttime trends with Sleep Score. Then view a detailed breakdown with Fitbit Premium so you can get more out of each night’s sleep.

Track ‘Em All

The Fitbit Inspire 2 lets you monitor your heart rate 24/7, track your menstrual health, and provide visibility of your food and hydration intake, along with your weight – right on your wrist.

Stay Motivated

With on-wrist celebrations and personalised insights from Fitbit Premium, you will be motivated to stay on track, as you reach for your health and fitness goals.

Long Battery Life

The Fitbit Inspire 2 has the longest battery life of any Fitbit device – over 10 days on a single charge!

Fitbit Premium

Every Fitbit Inspire 2 will come with 12 months of access to Fitbit Premium, which unlocks deeper analysis of your data and more personalised insights.

It also delivers advanced sleep tools, hundreds of workouts from brands like Aaptiv, barre3, Daily Burn, Down Dog, as well as trainers and influencers like Ayesha Curry, Charlee Atkins and Harley Pasternak.

Also launching today in the US is Fitbit Premium + Health Coaching, a new virtual one-on-one coaching service that gives you access to a certified health professional and a personalised plan using your Fitbit data – all through the Fitbit app.

You will have unlimited check-ins with your coach, a personalised action plan to help you stay on track, as well as all the benefits of Fitbit Premium.

 

Fitbit Inspire 2 : Price + Availability

The Fitbit Inspire 2 is available for pre-orders starting today (26 August 2020), with worldwide availability in October 2020.

It will be offered in three colour options – black, desert rose and lunar white (from left to right).

Here are the official launch prices for various countries around the world :

  • United States : $99.95
  • Canada : $129.95
  • Mexico : $2,999
  • Europe : €99.95
  • United Kingdom : £89.99 (Black | Rose | White)
  • Australia : A$179.95 (Black | Rose | White)
  • New Zealand : $199.95
  • Japan : ¥21,470
  • India : ₹10,999
  • Hong Kong : HK$880
  • Singapore : S$168
  • Malaysia : RM 498

Every Fitbit Sense will come with 12 months of Fitbit Premium, which can be extended after that here in Malaysia for RM39 per month or RM335 per year.

In the United States, Fitbit Premium is available for $9.99 per month, or $79.99 per year. Fitbit Premium + Health Coaching is also available in the US for $54.99 per month.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 | Note 20 Ultra Comparison!

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphones have now been officially launched!

And here is a quick comparison of their key features and specifications!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 | Note 20 Ultra : Virtual Launch

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphones were unveiled on Wednesday, 5 August 2020!

But instead of a grand live show, it will be a virtual launch, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 | Note 20 Ultra : A Summary!

Here is a quick summary of the key features of the latest Samsung Galaxy Note devices!

Different Displays

The two models will come with different displays with different resolutions :

  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra : 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X, curved edges
  • Galaxy Note20 : 6.7-inch Super AMOLED+ (FHD+), flat

But both displays will support 120 Hz refresh rates, with HDR10+ colour.

Performance

They will both be powered by the Samsung Exynos Octa 990 globally, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ in the United States.

To ensure optimal performance in any condition, they are both kept cool by the world’s slimmest vapour chamber.

The Galaxy Note20 will come with 8 GB of memory, while the Note20 Ultra will have 12 GB of memory.

More importantly, these will be the latest LPDDR5 memory, which is not only 50% faster but also uses 20% less power.

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Improved Cameras

They both have a triple camera system, but with different cameras :

  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra : 108MP main camera, 12MP ultra-wide, 12MP telephoto, laser AF
  • Galaxy Note20 : 12MP main camera, 12MP ultra-wide, 64MP telephoto

Improved Video Recording

Both devices will support up to 8K video recording at 24 fps, as well as 720p video recording at up to 120 Hz.

But a key new feature is the Pro Video Mode, which introduces :

  • adjustable zoom speed, for smoother and more dramatic zoom action
  • adjustable audio source, letting you focus audio recording in a specific direction
    – default, front, rear, USB and Bluetooth (with Galaxy Buds Live)

50X Space Zoom | 30X Space Zoom

Samsung is not going to use the Galaxy S20 Ultra‘s folded lens design, replacing 100X Space Zoom with :

  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra : 5X Hybrid Optic Zoom with 50X Super Resolution Zoom
  • Galaxy Note20 : 3X Hybrid Optic Zoom with 30X Super Resolution Zoom

Mobile Gaming

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 devices will come with a free Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription in select countries, giving you access to 100+ specially selected games.

On top of that, Samsung is giving it serious gaming chops, with an AI Game Booster feature, a high-resolution display with 120 Hz refresh rate and 240 Hz touch rate.

In addition, they also reduced the Bluetooth audio response time, to reduce audio lag.

Improved S Pen

They will both come with a lithium titanate battery that gives it 24 hour standby time. However, the S Pen for the Galaxy Note 20 has a 25 ms response time, while the S Pen for the Note 20 Ultra has a 9 ms response time.

The new S Pen will also support Anywhere actions – general Air actions that will work with any app :

  • Move Backwards
  • Home
  • Recent App
  • Smart Select
  • Screen Capture

Battery Capacities

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will come with a slightly larger battery than the “regular” Note 20 :

  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra : 4,500 mAh
  • Galaxy Note20 : 4,300 mAh

They will both support wireless charging with reverse charging capability, of course.

New Colours

Samsung will offer three colour options per model :

  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra : Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic White
  • Galaxy Note20 : Mystic Green, Mystic Gray, Mystic Bronze

Rumours have it that Samsung will also introduce Mint and Purple colour options, even a BTS Limited Edition… eventually.

Ultra-Wideband Technology (UWB)

Both devices will support Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology, which enables the newly-announced Google Nearby Share feature – letting you share files by pointing at compatible devices.

UWB technology also allows the Galaxy Note20 devices to function as digital keys. And in the future, Samsung will introduce SmartThings, which lets you locate objects using AR (Augmented Reality).

Samsung DeX

Naturally, the Galaxy Note20 devices support Samsung DeX, which has been enhanced to support wireless projection. So yes, you no longer need a cable to use Dex!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 | Note 20 Ultra : Specifications

To help you decide which model best suits you, here is a table comparing their key specifications :

Specifications Galaxy Note 20 Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Display 6.7-inch Infinity-O Display
Super AMOLED+ Panel
6.9-inch Infinity-O Display
Dynamic AMOLED 2X Panel
Display Features HDR10+, 60 Hz HDR10+, 120 Hz, 1500 nits
Display Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels 1440 x 3088 pixels
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, IP68
Operating System One UI 2.0 (Android Q)
Platform Samsung Exynos 990
Processor 2 x Mongoose 5 cores (2.7 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 cores (2.5 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 cores (2.0 GHz)
GPU ARM Mali-G77 MP11
Memory 8 GB LPDDR5 12 GB LPDDR5
Internal Storage 128 GB / 256 GB 256 GB / 512 GB
External Storage Hybrid MicroSD Slot (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera 10 MP camera (f/2.2)
Main Cameras 12 MP main camera (f/1.8)
12 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
64 MP 3X Hybrid Zoom camera (f/2.0)
108 MP main camera (f/1.8)
12 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
12 MP 5X Optical Zoom camera (f/3.0)
Laser focus sensor
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.1
WiFi-AX
USB 2.0 Type C
S Pen 25 ms response time, 4096 levels
Lithium Titanate battery
9 ms response time, 4096 levels
Lithium Titanate battery
Fingerprint Sensor 3D Sonic Max
Battery 4,300 mAh 4,500 mAh
Charging 25 W 25 W
Dimensions 75.2 mm wide
161.6 mm tall
8.3 mm thick
77.2 mm wide
164.8 mm tall
8.1 mm thick
Weight 192 g 208 g

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra : Price + Availability

In Malaysia and Singapore, Samsung will only bring in one model with these specifications :

  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 256 GB) : RM 5,199 | S$1,898 (about US$1,240 / £944 / A$1,727)

In the United States, Samsung is introducing two models :

  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 128 GB) : US$ 1,299 (about RM 5,450 / £992 / A$1,813)
  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 512 GB) : US$ 1,449 (about RM 6,080 / £1,107 / A$2,022)

In the United Kingdom, Samsung is introducing two models :

  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 256 GB) : £1,179 (about RM 6,478 / US$1,544 / A$2,155)
  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 512 GB) : £1,279 (about RM 7,027 / US$1,675 / A$2,337)

In Australia, Samsung is introducing three models :

  • Note20 Ultra 4G (12 GB + 256 GB) : A$1,849 (about RM 5,560 / US$1,325 / £1,012)
  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 256 GB) : A$1,999 (about RM 6,011 / US$1,432 / £1,094)
  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 512 GB) : A$2,199 (about RM 6,612 / US$1,576 / £1,203)

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 : Price + Availability

In Malaysia and Singapore, Samsung will bring in these models with these specifications :

  • Note20 4G (8 GB + 256 GB) : RM 3,899 | S$1,398 (about US$929 / £708 / A$1,295)
  • Note20 5G (8 GB + 256 GB) : RM 4,299 | S$1,548 (about US$1,205 / £780 / A$1,427)

In the United States, Samsung is introducing one model :

  • Note20 5G (8 GB + 128 GB) : US$ 999 (about RM 4,189 / £763 / A$1,398)

In the United Kingdom, Samsung is introducing two models :

  • Note20 4G (8 GB + 256 GB) : £849 (about RM 4,665 / US$1,112 / A$1,556)
  • Note20 5G (8 GB + 256 GB) : £949 (about RM 5,214 / US$1,243 / A$1,740)

In Australia, Samsung is introducing two models :

  • Note20 4G (8 GB + 256 GB) : A$1,499 (about RM 4,492 / US$1,071 / £818)
  • Note20 5G (8 GB + 256 GB) : A$1,649 (about RM 4,942 / US$1,178 / £899)

 

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Vettons : New eCommerce Platform For Smarter Shopping!

Vettons is a new e-commerce platform that promises to make it easier for consumers to buy original products from authorised retailers.

Find out what advantages Vettons offers over their competitors, both to consumer and retailers in Malaysia!

 

Vettons : New eCommerce Platform For Smarter Shopping!

Launched on 7 July 2020, Vettons is a new e-commerce platform that promises to deliver smarter and safer online shopping.

As Head of Marketplace, Derek Ng, explains, Vettons is focused on guaranteeing a safe shopping experience, and making it easy for companies to sell and deliver their products.

To guarantee that only genuine products are sold on their platform, they vet companies applying to join their platform to ensure that they are authorised to sell those products.

They also work with brands and have a zero-tolerance policy – companies that sell counterfeit products on their platform are banned.

This not only guarantees consumers a safer shopping experience, it also elevates companies selling genuine products, giving them greater visibility.

On top of that, Vettons make it easy for them to deliver their products using geolocation tagging with smart logistics through their three logistic partners.

 

Vettons : How To Start Shopping?

The Vettons app is available on both Apple App Store and Google Play Store :

 App Store            Google Play

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note20 Visual Teaser : A Liquid Clue!

Samsung will soon unveil the Galaxy Note20 smartphones, and their new visual teaser has a liquid clue!

Take a look at their latest Galaxy Note20 teaser campaign, and see if you can figure out what it means!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Visual Teaser : A Liquid Clue!

Just over a week ago, Samsung published a series of videos featuring a liquid symbol that continuously changes shape.

These visual clues will now feature on the façades of iconic landmarks around the world, giving us a taste of what’s to come.

The installation will make its debut at the COEX building in Seoul on July 23, followed by appearances at Times Square in New York, FNAC in Madrid, Piccadilly and Waterloo in London, and Central Railway Station in Warsaw.

“As the world faces unprecedented times, connections with people and access to information are more important than ever. As a leading brand, we have a responsibility to help society move forward,” said Stephanie Choi, Senior Vice President and Head of Marketing Team, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics.

“Our first virtual Galaxy Unpacked will be broadcasting from Korea, where we will be revealing new products focused on meaningful innovations that make this promise possible, and this campaign is designed to give our consumers an early glimpse. We encourage you to join us on August 5th to learn more.”

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 : Rumoured Specifications

Here are the rumoured specifications for the Galaxy Note20 models. For more details, please see Samsung Galaxy Note 20 : Pre-Launch Sneak Peek!

Specifications Galaxy Note 20 5G Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G
Display 6.7-inch Infinity-O Display
Super AMOLED + Panel
6.9-inch Infinity-O Display
Dynamic AMOLED (LPTO) Panel
Display Features HDR10+, 120 Hz refresh rate
Display Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels 1440 x 3040 pixels
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 7, IP68
Operating System One UI 2.0 (Android Q)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ / Samsung Exynos 992
Memory 8 GB LPDDR5 12 GB LPDDR5
Internal Storage 128 GB / 256 GB 256 GB / 512 GB
External Storage Hybrid MicroSD Slot (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera 40 MP camera
Main Cameras 12 MP main camera (f/1.8)
12 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
64 MP 30X Space Zoom camera (f/2.0)
108 MP main camera (f/1.8)
12 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
12 MP 50X Space Zoom camera (f/3.0)
Laser focus sensor
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.1
WiFi-AX
USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor 3D Sonic Max
Battery 4,300 mAh 5,000 mAh
Charging 25 W 45 W
Dimensions NA NA
Weight NA NA

 

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Phone Hack Fact Check : Argentina Is Doing It?

Warnings about a new phone hack called Argentina Is Doing It are circulating on social media.

Find out what the Argentina Is Doing It phone hack is all about, and if it’s really true!

 

Argentina Is Doing It : A Video Phone Hack?

Messages about this new phone hack, called Argentina Is Doing It, started circulating today on WhatsApp and Twitter :

Just a heads up….They are going to start circulating a video on WhatsApp that shows how the Covid19 curve is flattening in Argentina. The file is called “Argentina is doing it”, do not open it or see it, it hacks your phone in 10 seconds and it cannot be stopped in any way. Pass the information on to your family and friends.

Now they also said it on CNN

Hackers are going to start circulating a video on WhatsApp that shows how the Covid19 curve is flattening in Argentina. The file is called “Argentina is doing it”, do not open it or see it, it hacks your phone in 10 seconds and it cannot be stopped in any way. Pass the information on to your family and friends.

Now they also said it on CNN

There is a video circulating WhatsApp that shows how the Covid19 curve is flattening in Argentina. The file is called “Argentina is doing it”, do NOT open it or see it, it hacks your phone in 10 seconds and it cannot be stopped in any way. RT!!

 

Argentina Is Doing It Phone Hack : Complete Bullshit

As you may surmise from the HOAX overlay we placed on the screenshots, there is no such phone hack that uses a COVID-19 video called Argentina Is Doing It. Here are the reasons why…

Reason #1 : There Is No Such Video

There is no COVID-19 video called Argentina Is Doing It. It simply does not exist.

Reason #2 : Argentina Is Far From Flattening The Curve

And such a video on Argentina flattening the curve is unlikely to be created for some time to come, because Argentina is FAR from flattening the curve.

As this graph shows, the number of new cases are increasing weekly. On 16 July, over 3600 new cases were detected, bringing the total of COVID-19 cases to just under 115,000.

Reason #3 : The Story Is Illogical

Consider this for a second – how would anyone know what hackers are planning to do? Or what they are calling it?

If hackers actually created such a malware, they would have released it. Why wait?

Reason #4 : A Video Cannot Hack Your Phone Just Like That

While not completely impossible, it would be impossible for a video to hack phones that easily.

It is plausible for a video to be created to exploit a bug in a specific video player or operating system, just like how the Android wallpaper malware worked.

Such a malware would only be able to attack specific operating systems (Android or iOS), or a specific media player. It cannot just work on every phone – that only happens in movies.

Reason #5 : CNN Never Reported On Such A Video

While the hoax claims that CNN reported on this video, they did no such thing. There is no CNN report on a phone hack using a video called Argentina Is Doing It.

The most recent post on CNN about Argentina’s COVID-19 situation was a report on 26 June 2020, about the reimposition of the Buenos Aires lockdown, due to accelerated COVID-19 spread.

 

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OPPO 125W Flash Charge | 65W AirVOOC : Vapourware?

OPPO just unveiled 125W Flash Charge  and 65W AirVOOC – the fastest battery charging technologies in the world!

Find out if these new OPPO flash charging technologies are really useful, or just vapourware!

 

OPPO 125W Flash Charge | 65W AirVOOC : A Quick Primer

OPPO 125W Flash Charge is a wired fast-charging technology, that is built around a Double 6C cell battery, with multiple tab winding technology, and three parallel charge pumps.

This allows it to recharge a 4,000 mAh battery to 41% in 5 minutes, and to full capacity in just 20 minutes! Crazy fast!

OPPO 65W AirVOOC, on the other hand, is their improved wireless fast charging technology that will deliver the same performance as wired 65W SuperVOOC fast charging.

By using parallel dual charging coils, it can fully recharge a 4,000 mAh battery in just 30 minutes! Crazy fast for wireless charging!

Recommended : OPPO 125W Wired + 65W Wireless Charging Tech Details!

 

OPPO 125W Flash Charge | 65W AirVOOC : Vapourware?

First, we have to point out that these are, as far as we know, still prototypes that may or may not make it to the market.

After all, OPPO announced their 120W Super FlashCharge last year, and nothing come of it. No phone launched with 120W flash charging capability, not even from OPPO.

So will OPPO introduce 125W flash charging or 65W AirVOOC? Unlikely anytime soon.

For one thing, they are brand new, only in prototype stage, and would be prohibitively expensive to add to any smartphone.

Smartphone manufacturers, whether OPPO or another brand, will need to test and certify the safety of these new battery charging technologies.

On top of that, they have to consider the cost. Apple and Samsung are reputedly considering removing bundled chargers to reduce cost.

Will any smartphone brand be willing to allocate a bigger cost budget for 125W Flash Charge or 65W AirVOOC capability? We doubt it…

 

OPPO 125W Flash Charge | 65W AirVOOC : Useful?

The OPPO 125W Flash Charge and 65W AirVOOC technologies are incredibly impressive, from a technical perspective.

We would personally love it if all smartphones come with it. However, will consumers pay top dollar for a particular smartphone just because it has 125W Flash Charge or 65W AirVOOC capability?

We doubt it. After all, how often do you really need to recharge your smartphone?

Smartphones now have much larger batteries, and the industry has made great strides in reducing power consumption. Most smartphones can now easily last 10-12 hours on a single charge, with heavy use :

At most, you will need to recharge your smartphone at the end of your work day, and that takes what – just 60 to 90 minutes with a regular fast charger?

So, in our humble opinion, the 125W OPPO Flash Charge is nothing more than a technology showcase that will unlikely be introduced in any smartphone anytime soon.

 

What We Are Rooting For : 65W AirVOOC!

The OPPO 65W AirVOOC technology, on the other hand, has the potential to be a real game changer. Wireless charging is the future.

That said, its current implementation, which requires two Peltier heat pumps to keep cool, is not practical, and highly inefficient.

But if OPPO can improve it to the point it only requires a fan to keep cool, or better still – passive cooling, everyone will want to implement 65W AirVOOC!

So we are rooting for OPPO to continue improving AirVOOC, particularly their work on single coil wireless flash charging, which should reduce thermal output.

 

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OPPO 125W Wired + 65W Wireless Charging Tech Details!

OPPO just unveiled 125W wired flash charging and 65W wireless charging – the fastest in the world!

Get briefed on the new OPPO flash charging technologies, and find out if they really matter!

 

OPPO Reveals 125W Wired + 65W Wireless Charging Technologies!

Let’s start with the official tech briefing on the two new fast charging technologies.

OPPO 125W Flash Charge (Wired)

The new OPPO 125W wired flash charging technology is built around a Double 6C cell battery, with multiple tab winding technology – allowing for a much higher input current of 12.5 A.

The new battery charging technology also uses three parallel charge pumps, which converts the charger input of 20V @ 6.25A into 10V @ 12.5A, with a 98% conversion efficiency.

To ensure the battery charges safely, OPPO added 10 new temperature sensors, to make sure the phone temperature do not exceed 40°C.

At 125W full power, it will recharge a 4,000 mAh battery to 41% in 5 minutes, and to full capacity in just 20 minutes.

However, this is a prototype technology, which will not soon make it into any phone.

OPPO 65W AirVOOC (Wireless)

OPPO claims that the 65W AirVOOC will deliver the same charging performance as 65W SuperVOOC, thanks to parallel dual charging coils with an 88% charging efficiency.

This allows it to fully recharge a 4,000 mAh battery in just 30 minutes! Crazy fast for wireless charging!

To ensure that the phone temperature does not exceed 40°C, the AirVOOC wireless charger uses two thermoelectric coolers (Peltier heat pumps) to whisk the heat away from the charging phone.

However, anyone who has ever used a Peltier can tell you that it gets very hot on the other side!

While OPPO claims an 88% transmission and receiving efficiency, the power required for thermoelectric cooling will greatly reduce AirVOOC’s power efficiency.

 

Two OPPO GaN Fast Chargers

OPPO also announced two fast chargers that use GaN technology to greatly reduce their sizes.

This is the OPPO 50W mini SuperVOOC charger, which is about the size of a business card, and weighs just 60 grams.

And this is the OPPO 110W mini flash charger, which offers 110W of pulse charging in a charge the size of a regular 18W fast charger.

 

OPPO 125W Flash Charge | 65W AirVOOC : Vapourware?

First, we have to point out that these are, as far as we know, still prototypes that may or may not make it to the market.

After all, OPPO announced their 120W Super FlashCharge last year, and nothing come of it. No phone launched with 120W flash charging capability, not even from OPPO.

So will OPPO introduce 125W flash charging or 65W AirVOOC? Unlikely anytime soon.

Find out WHY in our opinion piece : OPPO 125W Flash Charge | 65W AirVOOC : Vapourware?

 

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Will TikTok Be Banned In Pakistan After Student’s Death?

Will TikTok be banned by Pakistan after the death of a student today, like how PUBG was suspended recently?

 

Student’s Tragic Death While Shooting TikTok Video

Earlier today, 10 July 2020, a 14 year-old student in Pakistan accidentally shot himself while shooting a TikTok video, in the Bagan neighbourhood of Abbottabad, Pakistan.

The 14 year-old student, identified as Abdul Samad, was killed after he accidentally fired the gun while filming himself on TikTok.

 

Will TikTok Be Banned In Pakistan After Student Death?

This new tragedy follows a string of unfortunate deaths in Pakistan, while teenagers and children attempt to make popular TikTok videos :

  • June 2020 : 17 year-old boy accidentally pulled the trigger of his father’s gun while filming himself holding the gun to his temple in a TikTok video.
  • April 2020 : 22 year-old man died after being hit by a train, while performing a TikTok challenge at the Jumma Goth railway station.
  • March 2020 : a policeman was accidentally shot and killed while trying to snatch his gun back from a female friend who took his gun to film her TikTok video
  • December 2019 : 16 year-old boy accidentally shot himself while recording a TikTok video.

Considering PUBG was recently suspended after a student committed suicide, it seems likely that Pakistan may be forced to order a suspension of TikTok after this student’s death.

Recommended : India Bans 59 Chinese Apps, Including TikTok and WeChat!

Should TikTok be held responsible for these deaths? Arguably, they have to consider if it is really smart to allow videos of people showing off and shooting guns on a short video platform that many children and teenagers use unsupervised.

There is no age check so anyone can watch those videos, irrespective of how young they are. Heck, you don’t even need an account to watch!

 

TikTok Controversies Keep Piling Up!

While TikTok is very popular with children and teenagers, it keeps getting wracked by controversies, some of its own doing.

It was caught spying on what we type in other apps, not once but TWICE. Coupled with Chinese belligerence in the Himalayas, that led to India banning TikTok together with 58 other Chinese apps.

Its penchant for promoting TikTok challenges led to deaths and injuries from the Skull Breaker / Tripping Jump Challenge.

Recommended : Skull Breaker Challenge Continues To Injure Children!

More recently, it powered the George Floyd Challenge, which was not only extremely racist but also dangerous for children to imitate.

Recommended : George Floyd Challenge Exposed : Racist + Dangerous!

 

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TikTok Reverse-Engineered : A Peek At How It Works!

TikTok is getting exposed as a really bad piece of malware, and it doesn’t help when people like bangarlol claim to have reverse-engineered it, giving us a peek at how it all works!

 

TikTok : Controversies After Controversies

TikTok is a Chinese social networking service built around short video clips. Developed and owned by ByteDance which is based in Beijing, it is very popular amongst young people and even children.

This has led to numerous controversies as TikTok proved slow or reluctant to remove dangerous or racist videos :

TikTok has also been dogged by accusations of snooping on users, but that got serious recently, when they were caught twice spying on what we typed, followed by a ban by the Indian government.

 

TikTok Reverse-Engineered : A Peek At How It Works!

bangorlol, who claims to reverse-engineer apps for a living, claimed to have figured out how TikTok worked, and what it was “harvesting” from its users.

Data Harvesting Gone Mad?

He warned that TikTok is a “data collection service” that is “essentially malware that is targeting children“, collecting everything they can get their hands on, even data unnecessary for the features they offer.

  • other apps that you installed, even those you deleted!
  • everything on your network, including network configuration and devices!
  • your GPS location – roughly once every 30 seconds!

This data collection is so critical that the TikTok app is disabled if you block communications to their data analytics host at the DNS level.

What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You?

The TikTok app itself is specially designed to obfuscate (make it difficult to figure out) what they are really doing.

The First Taste Of Fame…

According to bangorlol, the TikTok service will entice you by letting your first post get more likes, giving you a taste of going viral.

This will hopefully hook you into using their app, which would lead to more users as your friends will want to join in too.

Remote Payload?

bangorlol found code that allows for the downloading of a remote file, unzipping it and then executing the binary – something no legitimate app will ever do.

Can’t Be Bothered With SSL But Encrypt The Data They Collect?

Apparently, TikTok has not been using SSL (HTTPS) for a long time, leaking user email addresses through their HTTP REST API, as well as the real names and birthdays of their users.

Yet they took the effort to encrypt all of the data they collect from their users, even changing the encryption keys with every update, so you don’t know what they’re collecting.

 

TikTok Reverse-Engineered : The Full bangorlol Post

For those who want to read bangorlol’s full post, here it is :

I reverse-engineered the app, and feel confident in stating that I have a very strong understanding for how the app operates (or at least operated as of a few months ago).

TikTok is a data collection service that is thinly-veiled as a social network. If there is an API to get information on you, your contacts, or your device… well, they’re using it.

  • Phone hardware (cpu type, number of course, hardware ids, screen dimensions, dpi, memory usage, disk space, etc)
  • Other apps you have installed (I’ve even seen some I’ve deleted show up in their analytics payload – maybe using as cached value?)
  • Everything network-related (ip, local ip, router mac, your mac, wifi access point name)
  • Whether or not you’re rooted/jailbroken
  • Some variants of the app had GPS pinging enabled at the time, roughly once every 30 seconds – this is enabled by default if you ever location-tag a post IIRC
  • They set up a local proxy server on your device for “transcoding media”, but that can be abused very easily as it has zero authentication

The scariest part of all of this is that much of the logging they’re doing is remotely configurable, and unless you reverse every single one of their native libraries (have fun reading all of that assembly, assuming you can get past their customized fork of OLLVM!!!) and manually inspect every single obfuscated function. They have several different protections in place to prevent you from reversing or debugging the app as well. App behavior changes slightly if they know you’re trying to figure out what they’re doing. There’s also a few snippets of code on the Android version that allows for the downloading of a remote zip file, unzipping it, and executing said binary. There is zero reason a mobile app would need this functionality legitimately.

On top of all of the above, they weren’t even using HTTPS for the longest time. They leaked users’ email addresses in their HTTP REST API, as well as their secondary emails used for password resets. Don’t forget about users’ real names and birthdays, too. It was allllll publicly viewable a few months ago if you MITM’d the application.

They provide users with a taste of “virality” to entice them to stay on the platform. Your first TikTok post will likely garner quite a bit of likes, regardless of how good it is.. assuming you get past the initial moderation queue if thats still a thing. Most users end up chasing the dragon. Oh, there’s also a ton of creepy old men who have direct access to children on the app, and I’ve personally seen (and reported) some really suspect stuff. 40-50 year old men getting 8-10 year old girls to do “duets” with them with sexually suggestive songs. Those videos are posted publicly. TikTok has direct messaging functionality.

Here’s the thing though.. they don’t want you to know how much information they’re collecting on you, and the security implications of all of that data in one place, en masse, are fucking huge. They encrypt all of the analytics requests with an algorithm that changes with every update (at the very least the keys change) just so you can’t see what they’re doing. They also made it so you cannot use the app at all if you block communication to their analytics host off at the DNS-level.

For what it’s worth I’ve reversed the Instagram, Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter apps. They don’t collect anywhere near the same amount of data that TikTok does, and they sure as hell aren’t outright trying to hide exactly whats being sent like TikTok is. It’s like comparing a cup of water to the ocean – they just don’t compare.

tl;dr; I’m a nerd who figures out how apps work for a job. Calling it an advertising platform is an understatement. TikTok is essentially malware that is targeting children. Don’t use TikTok. Don’t let your friends and family use it.

 

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India Bans 59 Chinese Apps, Including TikTok and WeChat!

After TikTok was exposed for spying on what we type, it got banned by India together with 58 other Chinese apps, for cybersecurity reasons.

Here is everything you need to know about this new ban, including the full list of banned apps!

 

India Bans 59 Chinese Apps, Including TikTok and WeChat!

Just two days ago, we showed how TikTok was caught spying on what we type in other apps, not once but TWICE.

The very next day, TikTok joined WeChat as part of a ban by India on 59 Chinese apps identified as malicious or posing data and privacy risks to their users.

The Ministry of Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India.

The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures.

Based on input from the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) and representatives from both inside and outside the Indian Parliament, the Indian government announced the ban of 59 Chinese apps.

No doubt, the recent high altitude fatal brawl between Chinese and Indian troops in the Himalayas played some part in this decision.

Recommended : TikTok Caught Spying What We Type In Other Apps… TWICE!

 

India Bans 59 Chinese Apps : The Full List

  1. TikTok
  2. Shareit
  3. Kwai
  4. UC Browser
  5. Baidu map
  6. Shein
  7. Clash of Kings
  8. DU battery saver
  9. Helo
  10. Likee
  11. YouCam makeup
  12. Mi Community
  13. CM Browers
  14. Virus Cleaner
  15. APUS Browser
  16. ROMWE
  17. Club Factory
  18. Newsdog
  19. Beutry Plus
  20. WeChat
  21. UC News
  22. QQ Mail
  23. Weibo
  24. Xender
  25. QQ Music
  26. QQ Newsfeed
  27. Bigo Live
  28. SelfieCity
  29. Mail Master
  30. Parallel Space
  31. Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
  32. WeSync
  33. ES File Explorer
  34. Viva Video – QU Video Inc
  35. Meitu
  36. Vigo Video
  37. New Video Status
  38. DU Recorder
  39. Vault- Hide
  40. Cache Cleaner DU App studio
  41. DU Cleaner
  42. DU Browser
  43. Hago Play With New Friends
  44. Cam Scanner
  45. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
  46. Wonder Camera
  47. Photo Wonder
  48. QQ Player
  49. We Meet
  50. Sweet Selfie
  51. Baidu Translate
  52. Vmate
  53. QQ International
  54. QQ Security Center
  55. QQ Launcher
  56. U Video
  57. V fly Status Video
  58. Mobile Legends
  59. DU Privacy

 

India Bans 59 Chinese Apps : The Implications

This ban by India means that Apple App Store, Google Play Store and even the HUAWEI AppGallery must stop providing access to those 59 banned apps in India.

If you already have them installed, then they will still work. You just cannot install them from official app stores within India.

If you still wish to download and install them, Android users can download and install their APK (Android Application Package) installation files from their official websites and APK repositories.

Apple iOS users, as usual, are out of luck, unless they are using jailbroken devices.

 

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HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (2020) Review : Ultra-Light Beast!

The 2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro is a premium ultra-light laptop, targeted at the discerning business user and professional content creators.

While HUAWEI doesn’t come right out to say it, it seems squarely designed to offer a cheaper and better Windows 10 alternative to the 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro.

Let’s take a close look at the new HUAWEI MateBook X Pro, and see how it bests the much-vaunted 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro!

 

2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro : Specifications

First, let’s take a look at the specifications of our review sample, which is the top-of-the-line model :

Specifications HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (2020)
Display 13.9-inch LTPS touchscreen display
– 3000 x 2000 pixels, 260 ppi
– 450 nits maximum brightness
– 100% sRGB, 1500:1 contrast ratio
– 10-point touch, anti-fingerprint coating
– Corning Gorilla Glass protection
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Processor Intel Core i7-10510U
– 4 cores, 8 threads
– 1.8 GHz base clock, 4.9 GHz boost clock
– 1 MB L2 cache, 8 MB L3 cache
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce MX250 (2 GB GDDR5)
Memory 16 GB LPDDR3-2133
Storage 1 TB PCIe SSD (Samsung MZVVLB1T0HBLR)
Connectivity Intel Wireless-AC 9560
– WiFi-AC (2×2 MIMO, 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
– Bluetooth 5.0
Camera 1 MP front camera (720p)
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, integrated into Power button
Ports 1 x 3.5 mm stereo jack
1 x USB-A port (USB 3.0, 10 W max)
1 x USB-C port (USB 3.1, 10 W max)
1 x USB-C port (15 W max)
Audio 4 x digital microphones
4 x speakers
Battery 56 Whr Lithium-polymer battery
Charger 65W HUAWEI USB-C power adaptor
Dimensions 304 mm wide
217 mm deep
14.6 mm thick
Weight 1.33 kg

 

2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro : Price + Deal!

HUAWEI is offering the 2020 MateBook X Pro in two colour options – Space Grey and Emerald Green.

Here in Malaysia, only one variant will be available for sale starting 16 May 2020 :

  • Core i7, MX250, 16GB, 1TB : RM 7,999 / ~US$1,845 / ~£1,495 / ~A$2,843 / ~S$2,615

Every purchase will come with these free gifts :

  • HUAWEI Sound X Bluetooth speaker
  • HUAWEI Bluetooth Mouse
  • HUAWEI Backpack
  • HUAWEI Band 4

Here are online purchase options in various countries :

 

2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro : Unboxing

The 2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) came to us in a large brown box, but that’s just the shipping box. Inside is the actual white retail box, which is what you will find in a retail store.

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

  • HUAWEI MateBook X Pro laptop
  • HUAWEI MateDock 2 dongle
  • HUAWEI MateBook X Pro documents
  • HUAWEI USB-C Charger (65W) + USB-C power cable

 

2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro : Hands-On Experience!

The 2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) is a compact, premium ultra-light laptop, that packs the very best that HUAWEI has to offer.

Display

Despite its larger 13.9-inch display – the 2020 MateBook X Pro is slightly smaller than the 13-inch MacBook Pro, thanks to its narrow bezels which gives it an incredible 91% screen-to-body ratio.

In addition, this is a 10-point touchscreen display, with a higher resolution of 3000 x 2000 pixels, and 100% sRGB colour gamut.

The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, and an anti-fingerprint coating – helping to keep it scratch-free and smudge-free.

Build Quality

Thanks to its CNC-machined metal unibody, it is only 14.6 mm thick and weighs just 1.33 kg – making it thinner and lighter than the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

HUAWEI also gave it a sandblasted finish for that premium look and feel. We are also glad to note that the finish is smear-resistant.

Keyboard + Touchpad

The 2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) comes with a full-size keyboard with back-lit chiclet keys that are 16 mm in size.

Its multi-touch touchpad is large for a Windows 10 laptop, measuring 12 cm x 7.7 cm (4.7″ x 3″) – almost as large as the Force Touch trackpad on the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Naturally, it doesn’t have a Touch Bar and that’s just fine because it gets hot at the strip above the keyboard. Precisely where the Touch Bar is on the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and precisely why that’s such a stupid idea.

Next Page > 2020 MateBook X Pro : A Closer Look!

 

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2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro : A Closer Look!

Available Ports

Like all ultra-thin laptops, the 2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) lacks ports. On the left side, you will find a 3.5 mm audio jack, and two USB Type C ports.

The USB Type C port with the charging icon is a USB 3.1 port with a maximum power output of 10 watts. The other USB Type C port has a higher power output of 15 watts.

They both support 40 Mbps transfer rates, and DisplayPort output, and double as the MateBook X Pro’s charging port.

On the right side, you will find a single USB 3.0 Type A port. It would have been nice if HUAWEI added a third USB Type C port here, but we cannot underscore how important it is to have this Type A port.

Many of us still have many USB Type A devices – thumb drives, portable drives, mouse, etc. so having even a single USB Type A port would let you use them without resorting to a dongle.

Dongle

That brings us to the next point – . The lack of ports on ultra-light laptops virtually require you to purchase a USB Type C dongle.

Fortunately, HUAWEI includes their MateDock 2 dongle with the 2020 MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK), which offers these ports :

  • USB Type A : supports USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 drives
  • USB Type C : supports USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 drives
  • HDMI 2.0 : supports video resolution up to 3840 x 2160 (30 Hz) or 2160 x 1440 (60 Hz)
  • VGA : supports WUXGA resolution up to 1920 x 1200 (60 Hz)

Recommended : HUAWEI MateDock 2 : A Nifty Little USB-C Dongle!

Pop-Up Camera

HUAWEI was able to squeeze in the large 13.9-inch display into a form factor smaller than the 13-inch MacBook Pro because they used extremely thin bezels.

Unfortunately, this meant displacing the camera, which is usually hidden in the top bezel of the display.

They opted to hide the 720p camera and an LED light under a special camera key on the keyboard. It pops-up when you press on it, and pressing it again hides it.

This is a great security measure because the camera is physically blocked until you actually need to use it – no hacker will be able to surreptitiously use it to take your photos or videos!

There is only one problem with such a design – it takes photos and videos at an unflattering upward angle. You will also always appear to look upwards on video conferences, and videos that you record.

Fingerprint Sensor

It may not seem obvious, but the 2020 MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) comes with a Goodix fingerprint sensor built into the Power button, located on the upper right edge of the keyboard.

This is a useful feature for those on-the-go, because it lets you login without keying your password in public.

Quad Speakers + Microphones

The 2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) comes with four speakers offering both tweeters for clear treble, and woofers for deep, resonant bass.

It also comes with quad microphones, which not only offer 360° sound reception up to 4 meters away, but also noise cancelling capabilities.

HUAWEI Share Multi-Screen Collaboration

The 2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) supports HUAWEI Share for multi-screen collaboration.

It basically lets you connect your smartphone, and use it directly on the MateBook X Pro!

You can control the apps and files on your phone directly on the laptop, even drag and drop files!

The only downside? It is limited to HUAWEI and HONOR smartphones with NFC.

HUAWEI MeeTime

The 2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) also supports HUAWEI MeeTime, which is their version of Apple FaceTime – a free, proprietary video call service.

It offers some advantages over its competitors – FaceTime, WhatsApp, etc. but can only be used by HUAWEI devices.

Recommended : MeeTime : Free Voice + Video Calls On HUAWEI Devices!

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2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro : Performance

Our 2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) came powered by the 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10510U processor, which is a 4-core, 8-thread processor with a 1.8 GHz clock speed that ramps up to 4.9 GHz during intensive tasks.

The processor has Intel UHD Graphics built-in, but can switch to the NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics (with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory) for more strenuous graphics demands.

Our unit came with 16 GB of LPDDR3 memory, and a 1 TB Samsung PCIe SSD. Keeping all that powered is a large 56 Whr lithium-ion polymer battery.

Work Performance : PCMark 10

The Intel Core i7-10510U processor was powerful, delivering high scores in PCMark 10.

It is, frankly, overkill for basic work applications, but will be very helpful in tackling compute-intensive tasks, like rendering videos.

Gaming Performance : 3DMark Time Spy

The NVIDIA GeForce MX250 is entry-level mobile graphics, and it shows – it’s slightly slower than a desktop GeForce GT 130.

That means it will be good enough for esports gaming, at the lower 1080p resolution with lower quality settings.

Battery Life : YouTube + Modern Office

HUAWEI claimed 13 hours of video playback, albeit with the display set to 150 nits (⅓ of max brightness).

YouTube Screen-On Time

We locked the brightness at 50% and streamed YouTube videos in theatre mode using WiFi.

The 2020 MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) lasted 9 hours 11 minutes before its battery dropped to 10%.

PCMark 10 : Modern Office

With the brightness locked at 50%, we then ran PCMark 10’s Modern Office benchmark until it powered off.

The 2020 MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) lasted 7 hours 40 minutes before its battery dropped to 3%.

Battery : Recharging Speed

Its recharging time was even better, especially up to the 90% point. Here are the times it takes to recharge from 10% :

  • 25% : 12 minutes
  • 30% : 16 minutes
  • 50% : 31 minutes
  • 60% : 39 minutes
  • 75% : 52 minutes
  • 90% : 72 minutes
  • 95% : 84 minutes
  • 100% : 121 minutes

Its 65W fast charger takes about 35 minutes to hit mid-point, but 2 hours 1 minute to fully recharge its battery.

That gives it a battery life : recharging time ratio of 4.6:1 for video streaming, and 3.8:1 for office work.

As a rule of thumb, you will need to recharge its battery about 16 minutes for every hour of battery life.

 

2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro : Verdict + Award

Despite its innocuous looks, the 2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) is truly an ultra-light beast.

It is smaller and lighter than the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and yet boasts a touchscreen display that is larger and offers a higher 3K resolution!

On top of that, it comes with a powerful quad-core 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, with NVIDIA GeForce MX250 mobile graphics, 16 GB LPDDR3 memory and a spacious 1TB PCIe SSD.

Its large 56 Whr battery lasts a phenomenal 9 hours 11 minutes in our test, and recharges in just 2 hours. That means you can really be on-the-go all-day with this ultra-light laptop.

That said, 2020 MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) is not a gaming machine. The GeForce MX250 will handle games like Civilizations VI and Dota 2 just fine, but don’t expect it to take on Red Dead Redemption 2!

And if you are expecting more ports, then it’s not for you. You have to learn to live with two USB Type C port – one of which you will need to use to recharge the laptop!

But the good news is unlike most ultra-light laptops, the MateBook X Pro comes with one USB Type A port, and a MateDock 2 dongle. That gives you great flexibility, right out of the box.

Now, the biggest impediment for many people would be its price. Like other premium ultra-light laptops, the 2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) costs a pretty penny.

There are really no two ways about it. It is expensive to make super-thin, ultra-light laptop computers that are this powerful. Especially one with a large, 3K touchscreen.

The truth is – the 2020 MateBook X Pro offers great performance and features in a really light and compact form factor, and it is at least 20% cheaper than a comparable 13-inch MacBook Pro!

For those reasons, we believe the 2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (MY|SG|UK) deserves our Reviewer’s Choice Award. Congratulations, HUAWEI!

 

2020 HUAWEI MateBook X Pro : Price + Deal!

HUAWEI is offering the 2020 MateBook X Pro in two colour options – Space Grey and Emerald Green.

Here in Malaysia, only one variant will be available for sale starting 16 May 2020 :

  • Core i7, MX250, 16GB, 1TB : RM 7,999 / ~US$1,845 / ~£1,495 / ~A$2,843 / ~S$2,615

Every purchase will come with these free gifts :

  • HUAWEI Sound X Bluetooth speaker
  • HUAWEI Bluetooth Mouse
  • HUAWEI Backpack
  • HUAWEI Band 4

Here are online purchase options in various countries :

 

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