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vivo V21 + V21e Smartphones : What You Need To Know!

vivo V21 + V21e Smartphones : What You Need To Know!

vivo just launched their V21 and V21e smartphones, offering a phenomenal 44 MP front camera as their killer feature!

Here is what you need to know about the new vivo V21 and V21e smartphones!

 

vivo V21 + V21e Smartphones : 44 MP Selfie FTW!

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

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

And now, here is a quick overview of their key features :

Performance

The vivo V21 is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U, while the V21e runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G.

They both have 8 GB of RAM, with the ability to expand it with 3 GB of Extended Memory (virtual memory).

They both come with 128 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded using a microSD card.

44 MP Selfie Camera

Both smartphones come with a 44 MP selfie camera, with a wide f/2.0 aperture; and support for Super Night Selfie and AI Night Portrait.

The higher-end vivo V21 boasts two world leading features :

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

Triple Rear Cameras

Both models feature the same triple camera setup – a 64 MP main camera, an 8 MP wide-angle camera, and a 2 MP macro camera.

The higher-end vivo V21 main’s camera has a slightly wider f/1.79 aperture, compared to f/1.89 for the V21e.

6.44-inch AMOLED Display

They both come with a 6.44-inch AMOLED display, which is HDR10 certified.

The higher-end vivo V21’s display is brighter at 500 nits, and comes with a higher 90 Hz refresh rate.

Large Fast-Charging Battery

Both models run on a large 4,000 mAh battery, which supports 33 watt fast charging. And yes, they both come with the 33 watt charger in box!

 

vivo V21 + V21e : Specification Comparison

We created this table to make it easy for you to compare both models :

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

 

vivo V21 + V21e : Price + Deals

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

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

Here are online purchase options :

If you pre-order either smartphone from now until 4 May 2021, you wlll receive :

  • 1-year extended warranty
  • 1-year screen crack protection
  • RM 50 instant rebate
  • free gifts worth RM349 (V21) / RM209 (V21e)

 

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HUAWEI Vision S 4K Smart TV : What You Need To Know!

HUAWEI just officially launched their Vision S, powered by their own HarmonyOS operating system!

Here is what you need to know about the new HUAWEI Vision S 4K smart TV!

 

HUAWEI Vision S : HarmonyOS Smart TV

Powered by HarmonyOS, the HUAWEI Vision S comes in two sizes – 65-inch and 55-inch, both offering smart features like :

  • interconnectivity,
  • interactive capabilities,
  • multi-device collaboration, and
  • of course, multimedia prowess

Let’s take a quick look at what you need to know about this new smart TV!

 

HUAWEI Vision S : Specifications

To make it easy for you to compare the two models, here is a table comparing their key specifications :

Specifications HUAWEI
Vision S
65-inch
HUAWEI
Vision S
55-inch
Size 65-inches 55-inches
Resolution 4K UHD
3840 x 2160 pixels
Colour Gamut 92% DCI-P3
Refresh Rate 120 Hz
Brightness 350 nits
Contrast Ratio 5000:1
Backlight Type Direct LED
Operating System HUAWEI HarmonyOS
Memory 3 GB
Storage 32 GB
Camera 13 MP magnetic camera
Speakers 2 x 10 W full frequency
2 x 10 W tweeters
Voice Input 6 microphones
Far-field voice pickup
Remote Control Bluetooth voice remote control
OneHop Projection (NFC)
Connectivity Wi-Fi : 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz
3 x HDMI 2.0 ports
1 x AV-in port
1 x USB 3.0 port
1 x SPDIF (coaxial) port
Power Consumption 230 watts 190 watts
Display Only Size 1449.3 mm wide
837.2 mm high
72.1 mm thick
1230.1 mm wide
714.1 mm high
73.0 mm thick
Display + Base Size
1449.3 mm wide
876.4 mm high
336.7 mm thick
1449.3 mm wide
753.6 mm high
258.0 mm thick
Display Only Weight 19.5 kg 14.2 kg
Display + Base Weight 20 kg 14.7 kg

 

HUAWEI Vision S : Key Features

Double Refresh Rate, Double Speakers!

Its 120 Hz display, coupled with Advanced Motion Estimation and Motion Compensation (MEMC) promises to offer much more immersive and smoother visuals.

On top of that, it is fitted with twice as many speakers than other smart TVs – two Full Frequency Speakers and two High Frequency Speakers, with a 1 litre sound cavity!

1080p HUAWEI MeeTime Calls!

The HUAWEI Vision S supports MeeTime calls, letting you engage in high-definition video calls at up to 1080p resolution without being connected to a HUAWEI smartphone!

All you need to do is set the Vision S to use your HUAWEI ID during the installation process, and you can make 1080p MeeTime calls directly on it!

OneHop Projection!

The HUAWEI Vision S comes with OneHop Projection built-in, activate with a tap of your HUAWEI smartphone on the HUAWEI Share icon on its remote control!

You will be able to project your smartphone contents onto the display, and navigate by simply swiping left and right on your smartphone!

Mirror Control

The Mirror Control capability turns your smartphone into a touchpad for the Vision S.

This gives you handy touch controls for easier input, without worrying about the remote again.

 

HUAWEI Vision S : Price + Deals!

The HUAWEI Malaysia Vision S will be available in two sizes, at these price points :

  • 65-inch : RM 3,999 (about US$975 / €807 / A$1259 / S$1,294)
  • 55-inch : RM 2,999 (about US$731 / €605 / A$944 / S$970)

You can pre-order them right now :

If you pre-order one, you will receive these free gifts!

Vision S 65-inch
Pre-order period : Now until 2 May 2021
Free gifts : HUAWEI WiFi AX3 router + HUAWEI FreeLace Pro *
* only on the HUAWEI Lazada Store + HUAWEI Online Store

Vision S 55-inch
Pre-order period : Now until 12 May 2021
Free gifts : RM200 instant rebate **
** only on the HUAWEI Shopee Store + HUAWEI Online Store

 

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Dr Clo Disinfectant Sticks : Do They Work Against COVID-19?

Dr Clo sterilisation sticks from South Korea are being marketed as a way to prevent COVID-19.

Let’s take a look at their claims, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Dr Clo Disinfectant Sticks : Chlorine Dioxide Sanitisers

Dr Clo disinfectant sticks, also known as Dr Clo sterilisation sticks, were developed by NON Corporation from South Korea.

Originally sold as a sanitising deodorant, it started being marketed as 99.9% effective against the COVID-19 virus, SARS-CoV-2.

That brought them a lot of attention, and many of our readers asked us to fact-check their claims. That was the basis of our original fact check.

 

Dr Clo Disinfectant Sticks : Claims Removed

Dr Clo Malaysia recently reached out to us, and explained that they made mistakes in their marketing materials.

Those mistakes have been corrected based on what I addressed in my original article, removing these claims :

  • 99.9% effective against COVID-19
  • Tested, verified and approved by US FDA
  • Disinfects a space of up to 16 feet in radius

However, Dr Clo Philippines continues to make the claims above, so we will address them below as well.

They also shared new test reports from Korea, to prove that Dr Clo is both safe and effective.

I would like to thank Mr. Ng Lyp Hau, the Director of Dr Clo Malaysia, for sharing the new information with us.

Let’s check out what’s changed and what’s new with Dr Clo Disinfectant Sticks!

 

Dr Clo Disinfectant Sticks : TLDR Summary

Here is a quick summary on Dr Clo disinfectant sticks :

  1. They are registered with the US FDA as a general purpose sanitiser.
  2. Class I refers to the low risk devices, not the quality or efficacy of the product.
  3. They were registered as 510(K) exempt from proving safety or efficacy, so they were not tested or approved by the US FDA.
  4. The KR Biotech lab test only proves that an aqueous chlorine dioxide solution can kill SARS-CoV-2 virus, not the actual chlorine dioxide gas released by the disinfectant sticks.
  5. The Seoul National University lab test showed that the chlorine dioxide gas they release inside a small sealed chamber can reduce SARS-CoV-2 virus load completely in one hour, .
  6. Their internal test shows that they emit between 0.01 and 0.02 ppm of chlorine dioxide, below the NIOSH / OSHA limit of 0.1 ppm for 8 hours.

There does not appear to be enough evidence to prove that the Dr Clo Disinfectant Sticks can protect you against COVID-19, and I’m glad to note that they have mostly removed this claim.

Happily, they also shared some evidence that the chlorine dioxide gas released is below the NIOSH / OSHA limit.

If you wish to purchase these sanitising deodorant sticks, you can do so at the official Dr Clo store.

Make sure you buy the original ones, because at least we know that they emit low levels of ClO2 gas.

 

Dr Clo Warning : Do NOT Hang It On Your Body!

According to the Dr Clo’s FAQ 2.0 (posted March 2021), Dr Clo is not meant for users to hand on their bodies. The correct way to use it is to place it indoors.

Yet many of Dr Clo influencers love showing how easy it is to strap it around their necks.

 

Dr Clo Disinfectant Sticks : Do They Work Against COVID-19?

Dr Clo made a number of claims about their disinfectant sticks, including being over 99.9% effective against the COVID-19 virus.

Let’s examine each claim, and see what the FACTS really are!

Claim #1 : Dr Clo Is US FDA Approved / Tested / Verified
Verdict : Registered, But Not Tested, Verified Or Approved

When we first fact-checked their claims, Dr Clo’s Facebook posts claimed that their sanitisation sticks were tested, verified and approved by the US FDA.

Dr Clo told us that it was a mistake, and they removed all references to US FDA approval, verification or testing.

However, a quick check revealed that at least their subsidiary in the Philippines continues to make this claim (here, here, here), as well as the Dr Clo official store.

So let us make it very clear – Dr Clo disinfectant sticks were NOT TESTED , NOT VERIFIED and NOT APPROVED by the US FDA.

Dr Clo was only registered as a 510(K) exempt general purpose disinfectant, with the Registered Establishment Number of 3013383068.

With the exception of certain reserved devices, the US FDA does NOT require Class I products to even prove that they are safe and effective.

As a 501(K) exempt device, “a premarket notification application and FDA clearance is not required before marketing the device“.

The US FDA only requires the manufacturer “to register their establishment“, which was what Dr Clo did.

Therefore, Dr Clo disinfectant sticks were registered, but not tested, verified or approved by the US FDA.

Claim #2 : Dr Clo Is Class 1 Medical Device
Verdict : Correct, Because It Doesn’t Require FDA Approval

Most people will assume that Class 1 products are superior to Class 2 or Class 3 products. That’s not true.

Dr Clo is a Class 1 product because it’s just a disinfectant, and therefore, does not require FDA testing or approval!

Class 1 products are those that are the least likely to pose a risk to our safety. Hence they generally do not require testing or approval by the US FDA. Examples of Class 1 products include :

  • Toothbrush – manual or electric
  • Tongue depressor
  • Bandages
  • Disinfectants

Class 2 products are those that pose more risk because they come into contact with your internal organs, or are diagnostic tools, etc. Examples of Class 2 products include :

  • Blood pressure cuffs
  • Pregnancy test kits
  • Syringes
  • Surgical gloves
  • Contact lenses

Class 3 products are those that either sustain / support life, are implanted, or could potentially pose risk of injury. Examples of Class 3 products include :

  • Breast implants
  • Pacemakers
  • Cochlear implants
  • Ventilation machines

Claim #3 : Dr Clo Is Medical Grade / Hospital Grade Disinfectant
Verdict : Not Until They Are US EPA Certified

Dr Clo claims that their disinfectant sticks are Hospital / Medical Grade Disinfectants. That would true, if their disinfectant sticks are registered with the US EPA.

This is important because hospital-grade disinfectants are certified based on DIS/TSS-1 Jan 22, 1982 EFFICACY DATA REQUIREMENTS Disinfectants for Use on Hard Surfaces.

At the very minimum, a hospital-grade disinfectant must be tested against Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus, and their efficacy approved by the US EPA.

As per Dr Clo’s FAQ 2.0 (posted March 2021), their disinfectant sticks are not registered with the US EPA.

Claim #4 : Dr Clo Was Certified Effective Against COVID-19 Virus
Verdict : Only In Labs, Using Solution / Sealed Chamber

Konkuk University : Using Solution

In December 2020, NON Corporation announced that their Dr Clo disinfectant sticks were proven to be 99.9% effective against SARS-CoV-2, the COVID-19 virus.

This was based on a laboratory test conducted by KR Biotech Co. Ltd under the Institute of Infectious Disease Control of Konkuk University.

In that test, KR Biotech dissolved an entire Dr Clo disinfectant stick in 100 ml of warm water for 24 hours, to create an aqueous chlorine dioxide solution.

That concentrated chlorine dioxide solution reduced the SARS-CoV-2 virus titre (amount of virus) by 99.93% after just 30 seconds.

However, the actual Dr Clo disinfectant stick works by releasing small amounts of chlorine dioxide gas over 50 days, so the laboratory test was completely pointless.

The KR Biotech test results do not prove that the chlorine dioxide gas from Dr Clo disinfectant sticks can actually destroy the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the air, much less prevent you from getting infected.

Lots of things can kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including ordinary soap! But that does not mean these substances can effectively kill SARS-CoV-2, or prevent an infection, when dispersed into the air.

Seoul National University : Using Sealed Chamber

A month after we published our fact check on 3 February 2021, NON had Professor Cho Nam Hyuk from the Seoul National University test the efficacy of their Dr Clo sanitisation stick against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

In that test, Professor Cho used a sealed chamber measuring 25 centimetres on each side, with a cubic capacity of 15.625 litres.

He ran two tests – one with a Dr Clo disinfectant stick attached to the top of the sealed chamber, and one without.

At first glance, the results are impressive, showing a steady drop of plaque-forming units (p.f.u.) with the Dr Clo disinfectant stick active in the sealed chamber.

After one hour, no more SARS-CoV-2 p.f.u. could be detected.

However, I have to point out a few troubling points about this study :

A. The sealed chamber is very small – measuring just 25 cm x 25 cm x 25 cm.

It would not be an accurate reflection of the real world discharge of the Dr Clo disinfectant stick, which promises a protective radius of 16 feet (4.88 metres).

The sealed chamber has a cubic capacity of 0.01562 m³ – much smaller than the rated protective volume of 17,157 cubic feet or 486 m³.

B. The Dr Clo disinfectant stick appeared to be activated for 16 hours, prior to the test.

That would have led to a very significant accumulation of chlorine dioxide within the sealed air chamber.

If true, it would not be an accurate reflection of the real world concentration of chlorine dioxide released by the Dr Clo disinfectant stick.

C. It took about 252 seconds for the chlorine dioxide gas to reduce the virus load in the air chamber by half.

While better than the baseline of 11 minutes, 4 minutes is still a long time because SARS-CoV-2 is a highly-contagious virus that infects in SECONDS.

A normal person takes about 12 to 20 breaths a minute. That’s an average of 67 breaths in the 4 minutes 12 seconds it takes for the chlorine dioxide gas to cut the viral load by half.

It does not appear that the chlorine dioxide gas from the Dr Clo disinfectant stick can destroy the SARS-CoV-2 virus fast enough to matter.

Claim #5 : Dr Clo Passed EU REACH SVHC Test
Verdict : Absolutely, Chlorine Dioxide Is Not Even In The List

To prove that Dr Clo is safe, NON Corporation had it tested by the Korea Testing and Research Institute (KTR) for toxins and carcinogens.

What KTR did was test the Dr Clo disinfectant sticks against the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

This is a red herring because the SVHC is a list of chemicals that are “carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction“. In other words, it is limited to chemicals that could cause cancer.

Just because a chemical is not in that list, does NOT mean it is safe to breathe in.

In fact, the same ECHA warns that chlorine dioxide is dangerous, and can be fatal if inhaled, is toxic if swallowed, and can cause severe skin burns and eye damage.

The ECHA dossier for chlorine dioxide gas lists its LC50 (lethal concentration over 4 hours) at 32 ppm. In other words, it is considered a “very toxic” gas at 32 ppm.

The US FDA has also warned about the dangers of chloride dioxide, calling it “a powerful bleaching agent that has caused serious and potentially life-threatening side effects“.

But of course, it all boils down to the dose. After all, even oxygen and water can be toxic at high doses.

Claim #6 : Dr Clo Emits 0.01-0.02 ppm ClO2 – 10X Safer Than WHO Guidelines
Verdict : Not Quite, But Should Be Safe

WHO does not actually have guidelines for ClO2 gas limits. However, both NIOSH and OSHA in the United States set ClO2 exposure limits at 0.1 ppm (up to 8 hours).

Dr Clo shared with us a document on their internal measurement of chlorine dioxide, showing ClO2 readings of 0.01 ppm and 0.02 ppm.

That would certainly make it safe to breathe in, albeit not quite “10X safer”, because the NIOSH and OSHA exposure limits are based on an 8-hour work session.

While we have no reason to doubt the accuracy of their internal test, it would be good if Dr Clo can verify it with an independent test that they can release publicly.

It would also be good for Dr Clo to share with us the concentration of ClO2 gas over time inside a sealed gas chamber.

This would assure the public that there won’t be a dangerous build-up of chlorine dioxide gas inside their car, home or even the refrigerator.

 

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2021 Acer Nitro 5 : Ryzen 9 + RTX 3080 FTW!

Acer just introduced the 2021 Nitro 5 gaming laptop, powered by Ryzen 9 and GeForce RTX 3080!

Here is what you need to know about this new super-fast Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop!

 

2021 Acer Nitro 5 : Ryzen 9 + RTX 3080 FTW!

The 2021 Acer Nitro 5 just got a MASSIVE upgrade! You can now opt for the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX mobile processor, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics!

It even comes with two DDR4-3200 slots with up to 32 GB memory, and two M.2 slots of PCIe NVMe SSDs! On top of that, it comes with Wi-Fi 6 and Killer Ethernet E2600 connectivity built-in.

The 2021 Nitro 5 boasts a 15.6-inch IPS display with a 165 Hz refresh rate with a QHD resolution, or a stupendously fast 360 Hz refresh rate with a FHD resolution. Both options offer a 3 ms response time for minimal ghosting.

To ensure the 2021 Nitro 5 can withstand even the most intense gaming sessions, it features a revamped thermal system with dual fans and four exhaust fans. On top of that, Acer CoolBoost and NitroSense lets you monitor fan speed, and increase it when you need that extra performance.

It also comes with a multitude of ports – a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C port, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 port with power off charging capability, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, and HDMI 2.1 port and a 3.5 mm audio jack.

The 2021 Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop sure looks fantastic, doesn’t it?

 

2021 Acer Nitro 5 : Specification Comparison!

Acer is introducing six variants, in three phases, and here are their key specifications :

 

2021 Acer Nitro 5 : Pre-Order Deals!

As part of their Zero to Nitro campaign, Acer Malaysia is offering these pre-order deals for the 2021 Nitro 5!

27 to 29 April 2021

Get RM 200 TNG e-Wallet top-up, a Predator Hybrid Backpack, a Predator Galea 350 gaming headset and a Predator Mousepad worth RM 967 when you purchase :

  • Acer Nitro 5 with AMD Ryzen R7 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 [8GB RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD, 15.6” 144Hz FHD] @ RM 4,899

You can pre-order it at the Shopee Official Store and Acer e-store!

10 to 12 May 2021

Get RM 200 TNG e-Wallet top-up, a Predator Utility Backpack, a Predator Galea 350 gaming headset and a Predator Mousepad worth RM 967 when you purchase :

  • Acer Nitro 5 with AMD Ryzen R7 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 [16GB RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD, 15.6” 144Hz FHD] @ RM 5,799
  • Acer Nitro 5 with AMD Ryzen R7 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 [16GB RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD, 15.6” 165Hz QHD] @ RM 6,399
  • Acer Nitro 5 with AMD Ryzen R7 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 [16GB RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD, 15.6” 165Hz QHD] @ RM 8,999

You can pre-order them at the Shopee Official Store, Acer Certified Store – NBP and Acer e-store!

 

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Epson EpiqVision Mini EF-12 : Portable Laser Projection TV!

Epson just launched their EpiqVision Mini EF-12 portable laser projection TV!

Take a look at its key features, and find out if this is what you have been looking for!

 

Epson EpiqVision Mini EF-12 : Portable Laser Projection TV!

The Epson EpiqVision Mini EF-12 is a compact and lightweight laser projector that allows you to enjoy a cinema experience at home, at up to 150-inches in display!

Built around the Epson 3LCD Technology, the EpiqVision Mini EF-12 offers Full HD resolution at 1000 lumens of brightness!

Low Maintenance Cost

The Epson EpiqVision Mini EF-12 uses a laser light source with a rated lifespan of 20,000 hours.

Epson says that with 5 hours of daily use, that gives you more than 10 years of enjoyment, with little to no maintenance costs.

Epson Online Meetings (Powered By Zoom)

The EpiqVision Mini EF-12 is Zoom-ready, allowing you to quickly conduct online video conferencing without additional software.

Android TV + Chromecast Built-In

With Android TV built-in, this laser projector lets you stream movies, shows and games from Google Play, YouTube and other sources.

You can also cast your favourite entertainment app or game using Chromecast from any Android or iOS device, Windows or Mac computer!

Bluetooth Yamaha Speaker

The Epson EpiqVision Mini EF-12 has a Yamaha speaker built-in, which also works as a standalone Bluetooth speaker for your mobile devices!

Automatic Setup

Thanks to its built-in camera, it automatically adjusts the necessary horizontal and vertical keystone correction, screen distortion and focus level!

 

Epson EpiqVision Mini EF-12 : Price + Availability!

The Epson EpiqVision Mini EF-12 is available in mid-April 2021, with a retail price of RM 4,980 (about US$1,202 / £873 / A$1,576 / S$1,617).

Here are online purchase options in other countries :

 

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Xiaomi Redmi 9T Review : Long-Life 48MP Smartphone!

We put the Xiaomi Redmi 9T to the test, and came back pretty impressed with this long-lasting 48 MP smartphone!

Take a look at the Redmi 9T, and find out why we gave it our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Launch Presentation

The Redmi 9T is Xiaomi’s latest entry-level smartphone with a 48 MP camera, and a massive 6,000 battery.

Confusingly, it is the 4G little brother of their Redmi Note 9T – perplexing nomenclature, indeed!

For those who did not catch the official launch presentation, you can take a look in this video :

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Specification Comparison

To help you differentiate between the Redmi 9T (4G) and the Redmi Note 9T (5G), here is their specification comparison.

Specifications Redmi 9T Redmi Note 9T
Display 6.53-inch IPS
– 1080 x 2340 pixels, 395 ppi, 400 nits
Protection Gorilla Glass 3 Gorilla Glass 5
OS MIUI 12 (based on Android 10)
Platform Qualcomm
Snapdragon 662
MediaTek
Dimensity 800U
Memory 4 GB / 6 GB
Storage 64 GB / 128 GB
microSD (Up to 512 GB)
Front
Camera
8 MP camera (f/2.05) 13 MP camera (f/2.3)
Rear
Cameras
48 MP wide (f/1.79)
8 MP ultra-wide (f/2.2)
2 MP macro (f/2.4)
2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4)
48 MP wide (f/1.79)
2 MP macro (f/2.4)
2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4)
Connectivity 4G / 3G / 2G
WiFi-AC (2.4 + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB 2.0 Type C
5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
WiFi-AC (2.4 + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB 2.0 Type C
GPS GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
NFC No Yes
Fingerprint
Sensor
Yes, Side-Mounted
IR Emitter Yes
Audio FM radio (with earphones)
Dual speakers (Hi-Res Audio certified)
3.5 mm audio jack
Battery 6,000 mAh 5,000 mAh
Charging 18 watt wired
Width
Height
Thickness
77.3 mm
162.3 mm
9.6 mm
77.3 mm
161.2 mm
9.1 mm
Weight 198 g 199 g

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Price + Availability

Xiaomi will offer the Redmi 9T in four colour options – Carbon Gray, Twilight Blue, Sunrise Orange and Ocean Green.

It will be available for purchase, in two variants :

  • 4 GB + 64 GB : RM 599 (approximately US$148 / £109 / A$191 / S$196)
  • 6 GB + 128 GB : RM 699 (approximately US$173 / £128 / A$223 / S$229)

And here are some online purchase options :

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Unboxing

The Xiaomi Redmi 9T comes in a simple white cardboard box. Once you fully unbox it, this is what you will find inside :

  • Xiaomi Redmi 9T smartphone
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9T clear TPU bumper case
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9T user guide and warranty card
  • Xiaomi MDY-11-EP power adaptor (22.5 watt)
  • USB Type A to USB Type C power and data cable
  • SIM tray pin

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Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Key Features

Here is a quick run-through of the Xiaomi Redmi 9T’s key features.

6.53-inch FHD+ Dot Drop Display

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

This display has a pixel density of 395 ppi, and a maximum brightness of 400 nits.

It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, and is TUV Rheinland-certified for low blue light.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 662

The Redmi 9T is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 – a mid-range mobile SoC released in early 2020.

It has an 8-core processor, with four high-speed Qualcomm Kryo 260 Gold cores running at 2.0 GHz, and four low-power Qualcomm Kryo 260 Silver cores running at 1.8 GHz.

In addition to the Qualcomm Adreno 610 GPU, and 3rd Generation Qualcomm AI Engine, it offers 4G LTE and WiFi-AC connectivity.

Memory + Storage Options

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

It also comes with a microSD card slot, in a triple card tray that also supports two nano SIM cards.

This is a big advantage for those who need additional storage, as well as the ability to support two SIM cards.

Five Cameras

The Xiaomi Redmi 9T has an 8 MP selfie camera, with a f/2.05 aperture, hidden in a teardrop notch. A decent front camera at this price point.

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

  • a 48 MP main camera, with f/1.79 aperture and 4-in-1 Super Pixel capability
  • an 8 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/2.2 aperture
  • a 2 MP macro camera, with f/2.4 aperture, and
  • a 2 MP depth sensor, with f/2.4 aperture
  • a single LED flash

This is really a triple camera system since the depth sensor does not capture any images, only provides depth data for better software bokeh effects.

Fingerprint Sensor

While many entry-level smartphones do not come with a fingerprint sensor, Redmi 9T has one on the side – an FPC102x sensor.

It is actually built into the Power button, which is more useful than a rear sensor if you attach it to your car’s dashboard.

Power + Charging

Powering all that is a massive 6,000 mAh battery, which supports 18 watt fast charging.

Oddly enough, it comes with a 22.5 watt Xiaomi MDY-11-EP charger in the box, so that’s a nice “freebie”.

Audio Port + IR Emitter

Those who are still hanging onto their wired earphones will be happy to learn that the Redmi 9T comes with a 3.5 mm port at the top.

In addition, it also comes with an IR emitter that lets you use the Redmi 9T as a remote control.

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Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Camera Performance + Photo Samples

The Xiaomi Redmi 9T’s 48 MP main camera takes 12 MP photos by default, with a resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels.

The 48 MP sensor basically combines four pixels into one large “virtual pixel”, for better image quality and low-light performance.

The Redmi 9T produces pretty good photos with more than enough detail at 12 MP, unless you are planning to print large format photos.

There are three issues with this camera though, which we will go through below. In the meantime, take a look at three of the better photo samples we took.

Very Narrow Depth Of Field

First – its large f/1.79 aperture makes for better low-light performance, but has very narrow depth-of-field.

If you take a look at the these photos, you can see how only a small segment is in focus.

This is great for portraits, giving you a nice bokeh for the background. However, if you do not frame and focus properly, you will end up with an out-of-focus photo.

Long Minimum Focus

This camera has a rather long minimum focus, which makes for tricky close-up shots. It doesn’t help that the Redmi 9T won’t tell you when the camera cannot focus properly.

If you take pictures of close-up objects, you will more than likely end up with a bunch of out-of-focus photos.

Post Processing Issues

Finally – its AI post-processing sometimes can wipe out details.

If you look at this photo, you can’t really tell the yellow flower petals apart because the saturation boost just wiped out the detail and contrast.

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Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Battery Life

The Xiaomi Redmi 9T comes with a massive 6,000 mAh battery.

To test its battery life, we turned off Automatic Brightness, and set its display brightness to 50%.

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

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

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

Work 2.0 Redmi 9T Black Shark
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Galaxy
S20 Ultra
Galaxy
Note10+
Note20
Ultra
Battery Capacity 6,000 mAh 4,000 mAh 5,000 mAh 4,300 mAh 4,500 mAh
Battery Life 19 hrs
50 mins
12 hrs
25 mins
11 hrs
32 mins
10 hrs
32 mins
10 hrs
9 mins
Battery Utilisation
(per min.)
4.03 mAh 4.30 mAh 5.78 mAh 5.44 mAh 5.91 mAh
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Will you look at that? Almost 20 hours of battery life, and this was based on running work apps non-stop!

This is incredibly long battery life – almost twice as long as the Galaxy Note20 Ultra!

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Recharging Speed

Take a look at how fast it recharges its 6,000 mAh battery.

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Battery Capacity 5,000 mAh 4,300 mAh 4,500 mAh 4,000 mAh 6,000 mAh
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The Xiaomi Redmi 9T may support 18 W charging, and even comes with a 22.5 watt fast charger, but it sure is slow at charging.

It takes over 3 hours to fully recharge its 6,000 mAh battery from 20% – almost twice as slow as the next slowest smartphone – the Black Shark 2 Pro!

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Work Performance

We tested the Redmi 9T using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 Note20
Ultra
Galaxy
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S10+
Redmi 9T
Mobile Platform Exynos
990
Exynos
9825
SD
855+
Exynos
9820
SD 662
Performance Score 10523 8981 8384 7846 5986
Web Browsing 8865 8293 6768 8583 5844
Video Editing 6232 9166 5948 5524 3423
Writing 11112 9579 9226 9076 6657
Photo Editing 30789 19376 17595 10710 12031
Data Manipulation 6825 6155 6339 6450 4799

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 is a mid-range mobile SoC released in early 2020. So it isn’t surprising to see that it’s only about half as fast as a flagship SoC like the Exynos 990.

Even so, it offers pretty good work performance at this price point. Unless you are comparing smartphones side-by-side, you probably won’t notice the difference.

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T Gaming Performance : 3DMark

For gaming, we first tested the Redmi 9T using 3DMark, with these results :

3DMark Note20
Ultra
B Shark
2 Pro
Galaxy
Note10+
Galaxy
S10+
Redmi 9T
Device Exynos
990
SD
855+
Exynos
9825
Exynos
9820
SD 662
Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL) 6642 6258 5037 4470 1174
Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) 5722 5386 4794 4314 1098
Sling Shot 8128 8127 4883 4343 1844

Needless to say, the Xiaomi Redmi 9T is no speedy Gonzales, when it comes to games.

On average, it only offers about 20% the gaming performance of a flagship chip like the Exynos 990, which powers the Galaxy Note20.

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T Overall Performance : AnTuTu

We then tested the Redmi 9T using AnTuTu, yielding these results :

AnTuTu Note20
Ultra
B Shark
2 Pro
Galaxy
Note10+
Galaxy
S10+
Redmi 9T
Device Exynos
990
SD
855+
Exynos
9825
Exynos
9820
SD 662
AnTuTu Score 522735 434168 348397 330549 173559
CPU 146783 126170 101187 100272 64505
GPU 215205 188158 156700 149930 31734
Memory 89376 65052 72051 68188 40377
UX 71371 54788 18459 12159 36943

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 has decent CPU and memory performance, but falls short in the graphics department.

It’s good enough for work and the average mobile game. But don’t count on it to push the envelope when it comes to gaming.

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Xiaomi Redmi 9T : A Quick Wrap

When we first received the Xiaomi Redmi 9T, we didn’t think much of it. But after a few weeks of trying it out, we came away pretty impressed with a few aspects.

But we also had some concerns, so let’s do a quick wrap…

Fantastic Battery Life

The Xiaomi Redmi 9T has seriously great battery life. This is a smartphone you can count on for a full day’s work without a power bank.

We have actually gone 2 days without recharging, so most users will probably never have battery anxiety with this phone!

Nice Large Display

The large 6.53-inch IPS display is pretty nice, especially at this price point. You would expect a 720p display without protection, but no, this is a Full HD+ panel with Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

It is not particularly bright though, with 400 nits of maximum brightness. So don’t be disappointed if it appears a little washed out in bright sunlight.

Small Niceties

There are a couple of small features that could be very important, and yet are no longer available in other smartphones :

  • 3.5 mm audio port
  • IR emitter
  • Triple card tray with microSD card slot

Pretty Decent Camera

Forget about the 48 MP marketing. It’s really a 12 MP camera. And it’s a nice camera at this price point.

Just watch out for the narrow depth-of-field, inability to take close-up photos and potential over-processing.

Not For Serious Gaming

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 is a pretty good processor at this price point, and offers decent work performance.

However, it has a rather weak GPU. Perfectly fine for those playing simple mobile games, but not for serious gamers.

Slow Charging

Xiaomi may quote a 18 watt charging capability, and even pack a 22.5 watt fast charger in the box. But this baby sure takes its time recharging.

Fortunately, its long battery life ensures that you really don’t need to keep it plugged more than once a day.

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Our Verdict + Award

The Xiaomi Redmi 9T offers a lot of decent features and a very long battery life, at a great price point.

There are very few smartphones at this price point that would offer you a large Full HD display, a decent processor and camera system, with a large battery.

This is why we believe it deserves nothing less than our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Where To Buy?

The Redmi 9T is available for purchase, in two variants :

  • 4 GB + 64 GB : RM 599 (approximately US$148 / £109 / A$191 / S$196)
  • 6 GB + 128 GB : RM 699 (approximately US$173 / £128 / A$223 / S$229)

And here are some online purchase options :

 

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How Fast Can You Type On The Galaxy Tab S7 Keyboard?

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7+ come with a Book Cover with an integrated kickstand, S Pen compartment and keyboard.

While most tablets offer keyboard options, you will be surprised at just how fast you can actually type on the Galaxy Tab S7 keyboard! Take a look…

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Keyboard : What Is It?

The Samsung Book Cover Keyboard is an accessory for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7+ tablets.

It protects the tablet from damage, and comes with an integrated kickstand, S Pen compartment and keyboard.

Its two-piece design transforms your Galaxy Tab S7 or Tab S7+ tablet into a laptop, that quickly turns into a tablet whenever you want.

It is available for both Galaxy Tab S7 models. They only differ in their sizes (prices as of 14 December 2020):

Samsung Book Cover Keyboard for Galaxy Tab S7+

Samsung Book Cover Keyboard for Galaxy Tab S7

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Keyboard : How Fast Can You Type On It?

To showcase how fast you can type on the Book Cover Keyboard, Samsung brought in expert stenographer Jongheon Im.

Stenographers are trained to type as fast as a person speaks, so they need to be very fast!

In this video, Im is asked to transcribe a minute of speech on two regular keyboards, and then on the Galaxy Tab S7+ with the Book Cover Keyboard.

While Im is most comfortable with the special stenography keyboard, she felt that it was more comfortable to type on the Book Cover Keyboard, than an actual laptop keyboard.

In the end, she managed to type at around 700 strokes per minute on the Book Cover Keyboard, compared to 670 strokes on a laptop keyboard.

Frankly, most of us would expect to type faster on a laptop keyboard than a tablet keyboard… but as our review pointed out – the Book Cover Keyboard is really nice to type on, especially with its 26% larger keycaps and 18.3 mm key pitch.

We highly recommend it for anyone who purchases the Galaxy Tab S7 or Galaxy Tab S7+ tablet.

 

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Fact Check : Lazada Delivery Man Caught Licking Package?

Photos of a Lazada delivery man licking and spitting on a package is going viral, with warnings to sanitise packages you receive from Lazada and other delivery services.

Find out what happened, and decide for yourself if he really did lick that package!

 

Claim : Lazada Delivery Guy Caught Licking Package!

This Facebook post, and similar variants, are going viral on social media and WhatsApp, showing what appears to be a Lazada delivery man licking and spitting on a package.

Please sanitize your Lazada packages today! This is what we saw from our CCTV.

Let’s continue to be vigilant. This CCTV footage was taken at the house of our friend in AAV only today.

They often have Lazada and Shopee deliveries so they already setup a drop off / sanitation table in their garage.

The CCTV footage shows 2 Lazada delivery guys with masks on their chin and one of them rubbed his face on the package then spat on it.

PLEASE PLEASE be careful with your deliveries. Sanitize and sanitize again!

There are evil people!

 

Lazada Delivery Guy Caught Licking Package : The Facts

This Facebook post appears to be genuine, but is being disputed by the Lazada delivery man caught in the images above.

Here is what we know so far…

Fact #1 : The Incident Happened On 3 December 2020

In social media, the posts are often shared stating that “it happened today”, or “this just happened”, or left unsaid.

The original post appears to have been removed, but based on our investigations, the incident happened at around 5:30 PM on 3 December 2020.

Fact #2 : The Incident Happened In Manila

You may have seen people claiming that this happened “locally”, but that lacks context.

The incident did not happen in Singapore or Malaysia or even Thailand.

It happened outside a home in Ayala Alabang in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila in the Philippines.

Fact #3 : The Lazada Delivery Man Disputed The Claim

The Lazada delivery man, Justine Rainer Israel of Pasay City, publicly disputed the claim.

In a Facebook post (now removed), he accused the OP (Original Poster) of discrimination, saying that rich people like them look down on poor people like him.

Here is the rough English translation, please correct us if we are wrong :

I am the one in the picture. Yes, I stuck my face on it but I did not lick or spit on your item or parcel.

You are rich, we are poor like that. You will do it, you will see something wrong.

I waited for more than 20 to 30 minutes at your gate in Ayala Alabang in the middle of the heat.

I sat down because it was tiring to wait for you rich people to collect your item, but why are you so judgemental?

I AM NOT CRAZY TO DO THAT. YES, I WORK TO EARN A LIVING. SUFFERING IN THE HEAT EVEN WHEN HUNGRY, JUST TO DELIVER THE ITEM YOU NEED, RIGHT?

JUST BECAUSE WE HAVE NO MONEY. YOU ARE RICH. THAT”S WHAT YOU DO TO THOSE OF US WHO WORK FOR A LIVING.

I used your item to cover my face to protect from the heat because you took so long to come out. God bless to all of you wherever you are. I hope you will be happy forever!

Fact #4 : Netizens Dispute His Claim

While some netizens commiserated with the Lazada delivery man, other netizens pointed out that :

  • it was wrong to remove the face mask and place the package against his face and mouth
  • the Lazada delivery team was only there for less than 6 minutes
  • he was seen in the CCTV footage swinging the package and hitting it against his leg

 

Lazada Delivery Guy Licking Package : Should You Be Worried?

Should you be worried if your local Lazada delivery guy, or any other delivery guy for the matter, licks your packages, or spits on them?

Other than the fact that it is highly unsanitary, the risk of catching COVID-19 from packages is practically nil, although it has been considered a possible mode of transmission.

So far, there has been no record of anyone getting infected by COVID-19 through fomites – contaminated objects like that package.

That said, it is a good idea to wipe down any parcel or package you receive. But more importantly, you should always maintain good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap, or using a hand sanitiser.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe During RMCO!

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 120Hz Refresh Rate Explained!

One of the new features introduced in the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is a 120 Hz refresh rate for its Super AMOLED display!

Find out what this 120 Hz refresh rate means, and how it allows for smoother scrolling and a more realistic gaming experience!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : A Quick Primer!

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G comes with the best features from the Galaxy S20 smartphone, in a streamlined premium design.

The Galaxy S20 FE 5G comes with a slightly larger 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display, and a much faster 120 Hz refresh rate.

It is now powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 mobile platform with 8 GB of LPDDR5 memory, and up to 256 GB of storage capacity.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : 120 Hz Refresh Rate Explained

The display refresh rate is the frequency at which the display refreshes the image on screen every second. Hence, it is measured and described in Hz.

The usual refresh rate of 60 Hz means the image on the display gets refreshed 60 times a second.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G comes with a Super AMOLED display that can refresh at up to 120 Hz – 120 times per second.

The higher refresh rate offers smoother visuals, and less motion blur. This gives you a better visual experience, whether you are gaming or browsing the web.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : Where To Buy?

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Galaxy Watch Active 2 : RM250 Instant Rebate Deal!

Samsung just announced a special RM250 instant rebate deal for the Galaxy Watch Active 2 Aluminium in November 2020!

 

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.

It was recently upgraded with 7 additional features including :

  • Running Analysis + VO2 max
  • Fall Detection
  • Chat History + Photo View
  • Seamless Music + Scroll Capture

 

Galaxy Watch Active 2 : RM250 Instant Rebate Deal!

From now until 30 November 2020, every purchase of the Galaxy Watch Active 2 Aluminium will be entitled to a RM250 instant rebate deal!

Qualifying Models Colour
Options
RRP Price After
Instant Rebate
Galaxy Watch Active 2

40 mm, Aluminium
Pink
Black
RM 999 RM 749
Galaxy Watch Active 2
– 44 mm, Aluminium
RM 1,099 RM 849

Here are some online purchase options in Malaysia :

And here are purchase options in other countries :

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 | Tab S7+ : Malaysia Price + Deal!

Find out what’s the difference between the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ tablets, and what are their prices and launch deal in Malaysia!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 | Tab S7+ : What’s Different?

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ is a larger variant of the Galaxy Tab S7 premium tablet, but they are very similar in many ways :

  • powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
  • display supports 120 Hz refresh rate
  • 8 MP front camera, with 13 MP and 5 MP ultra-wide cameras at the back
  • quad speaker system, tuned by AKG
  • in-display fingerprint sensor

In addition to a larger and better display, the Galaxy Tab S7+ comes with an ultra-low latency S Pen, and a larger battery.

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus Review : Powerful + Versatile!

For an easier comparison, here is a table comparing their key specifications :

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
Display Size 11-inch 12.4-inch
Display Type LTPS LCD Super AMOLED
Resolution 1600 x 2560 pixels (276 ppi) 1752 x 2800 pixels (266 ppi)
Display Features 120 Hz refresh rate, 500 nits 120 Hz refresh rate, HDR10+
Operating System One UI 2.0 (Android Q)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
Processor 1 x Kryo 585 Prime core (3.0 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650 (660 MHz)
RAM + Storage 6 GB + 128 GB 8 GB + 256 GB
External Storage MicroSD Slot (up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 8 MP camera
Main Cameras 13 MP main camera (f/2.0 aperture)
5 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2 aperture)
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.1
WiFi-AX
USB 2.0 Type C
S Pen 26 ms latency
Lithium Titanate battery
9 ms latency
Lithium Titanate battery
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In-Display
Audio Quad Speakers tuned by AKG (with Dolby Atmos)
Battery 8,000 mAh 10,090 mAh
Dimensions 165.3 mm wide
253.8 mm tall
6.3 mm thick
185.0 mm wide
285.0 mm tall
5.7 mm thick
Weight 502 g 575 g

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 | Tab S7+ : Malaysia Price + Availability

Here is the official price list for both models, together with their colour options :

  • Galaxy Tab S7 : RM 3,299 (roughly US$790 | £600 | A$1090 | S$1080)
    Available in Mystic Black or Mystic Silver colour options
  • Galaxy Tab S7+ : RM 4,599 (roughly US$1,100 | £836 | A$1520 | S$1508)
    Available in Mystic Black, Mystic Silver or Mystic Bronze colour options

They will be available for purchase from these online Samsung stores, starting 28 August 2020 :

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 | Tab S7+ : Malaysia Deal!

Samsung Malaysia will be offering free gifts worth up to RM 1,491 with every purchase of a Galaxy Tab S7 or Galaxy Tab S7+ from 28 August until 31 October 2020.

  • Samsung Keyboard Cover worth RM999
  • Samsung 128GB microSD card worth RM139
  • 1 Day Pass to Colony Sdn Bhd worth RM60
  • 6-Month subscription to Clip Studio Paint worth RM 221
  • 4-Month subscription to YouTube Premium worth RM72

Note : The 128GB MicroSD card must be redeemed through Samsung Redemption Portal, before or on 15th November 2020, failing which the redemption submission will be disqualified and considered as null and void.

 

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HUAWEI 9.9 Super Sale : The Full List Of Deals!

On 9 September 2020, HUAWEI Malaysia is offering a special one-day super sale of their products, and here is the full list of their 9.9 deals!

 

HUAWEI 9.9 Super Sale : The Full List Of Deals!

Here is the full list of deals for the HUAWEI 9.9 super sale, divided into different categories :

HUAWEI 9.9 Super Sale : Flash Deals!

Validity : These flash deals start at 10:08 AM on 9 September 2020.

Product Platform RRP Flash Deal Price
HUAWEI AM61 Earphones HUAWEI Store RM 205 RM 99
HUAWEI FreeLace HUAWEI Store RM 369 RM 199
HUAWEI CP395 Car Charger HUAWEI Store RM 289 RM 99
HUAWEI Gentle Monster
+ HUAWEI nova 7i
HUAWEI @ Lazada RM 2,797 RM 999
HUAWEI CM510 Mini Speaker HUAWEI @ Shopee
HUAWEI @ Lazada
HUAWEI Store
RM 99 RM 9.90

HUAWEI 9.9 Super Sale : Discounts + Free Gifts!

Validity : These discounts and free gifts are only valid for purchase on 9 September 2020.

Product RRP Promo Price Free Gifts
HUAWEI Watch GT 2 (Black) RM 799 RM 599 Green Strap
HUAWEI MatePad Pro RM 2,399 RM 2,399 M-Pencil +
Smart Magnetic Keyboard
HUAWEI MateBook D 15
(8 GB + 256 GB)
RM2,299 RM 1,999 Mouse
HUAWEI WS5200 RM 169 RM 99
HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro RM 3,599 RM 1,999 Extended Warranty
+ CP39S
HUAWEI P30 Pro RM 3,899 RM 2,399
HUAWEI MateBook 13 R5 RM 3,499 RM 2,999 Mouse + Backpack
HUAWEI WiFi Q2 Pro RM 499 RM 399

HUAWEI 9.9 Super Sale : RM199 Voucher

From 2 to 9 September, you will be able to grab an online voucher worth RM199 on either the HUAWEI Store, or HUAWEI Lazada Store, which you can use to buy these products :

Product RRP Promo Price
HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 RM 679 RM 480
HUAWEI Sound X RM 1,299 RM 1,100
HUAWEI nova 5T RM 1,399 RM 1,200
HUAWEI P40 Pro+ RM 4,999 RM 4,800

HUAWEI 9.9 Super Sale : New Arrival Promotions

Product Platform RRP Promo Price Free Gifts
HUAWEI Watch Fit HUAWEI @ Shopee
HUAWEI @ Lazada
HUAWEI Store
RM 998 RM 898 Buy 2, get RM 100 off!
HUAWEI MatePad HUAWEI @ Shopee
HUAWEI @ Lazada
HUAWEI Store
RM 1,399 RM 1,399 Keyboard
HUAWEI MatePad T10 HUAWEI @ Lazada
HUAWEI Store
RM 799 RM 499

 

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realme Fan Fest 2020 : One Day Deals For Malaysia!

realme Fan Fest 2020 kicks off tomorrow, with a slew of deals on their mobile devices and accessories.

Take a look at what they are offering, and see if they are enticing enough to bite!

 

realme Fan Fest 2020 : One Day Deals For Malaysia!

What is a realme Fan Fest? Who knows? Brands now make up all sort of reasons to throw prices.

Who cares anyway? What matters really is what deals they are offering, and if they are worth it.

This time around, realme is splitting their deals between their two official online stores.

realme Fan Fest 2020 : One Day Deals on Shopee

Here are the realme deals in their official Shopee store :

  • realme 6i : Only RM 499 (RM 200 discount)

  • realme Buds Q : Only RM 89 (RM 40 discount)

  • realme Dart Charge Power Bank 30W : Only RM 149 (RM 50 discount)

  • realme Buds Air : Only RM 249 (RM 50 discount)
  • realme Buds Air Neo : Only RM 149 (RM 50 discount)
  • realme Buds Wireless : Only RM 99 (RM 50 discount)
  • realme Watch : Only RM 249 (RM 50 discount)
  • realme Band : Only RM 99 (RM 30 discount)
  • realme 10,000 mAh Power Bank 2 : Only RM 99 (RM 30 discount)
  • realme 10,000 mAh Power Bank: Only RM 99 (RM 30 discount)
  • realme Adventurer Luggage : Only RM 249 (RM 50 discount)
  • realme Adventurer Backpack : Only RM 99 (RM 50 discount)

realme Fan Fest 2020 : One Day Deals on Lazada

Here are the realme deals in their official Lazada store :

  • realme 6 : Only RM 699 (RM 300 discount)

  • realme C12 : RM 529 (with free Buds Classic)

 

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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 M20 Infinity-V Smartphone In-Depth Review!

The Samsung Galaxy M20 is the first mid-range Samsung smartphone to offer a large 6.3-inch Infinity-V display, a large 5,000 mAh battery and dual rear cameras at an incredibly affordable price.

Find out if this is the smartphone for you in our in-depth review!

 

The Samsung Galaxy M20 First Impressions + Specifications

The Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) is designed to be an affordable mid-range smartphone that offers dual rear cameras and a long battery life.

It comes in two variants – a base model with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, and a higher-end model with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage.

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy M20
Display6.3-inch Infinity-V display
-1080 x 2340 pixels (409 ppi)
- 19.5:9 aspect ratio, >90% screen-to-body ratio
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
System PlatformSamsung Exynos 7904
Processor2 x ARM Cortex-A73 (1.8 GHz)
6 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.6 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G71 MP2
Memory3 GB / 4 GB
Storage32 GB / 64 GB
microSD card (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera8 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear CameraDual Camera System
- 13 MP main camera with f/1.9 lens
- 5 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 lens
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz only)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Battery5,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- supports 15 W fast charging
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-mounted
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Virtual Light Sensor
NFC / Samsung PayNo / No
Dimensions74.5 mm wide
156.4 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
Weight186 grams
Colour OptionsCharcoal Black / Ocean Blue

 

Samsung Galaxy M20 Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) has two colour options – Charcoal Black and Ocean Blue. Which do YOU prefer? The Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) was originally launched in India on 5 February 2019, in two variants :

  • 3 GB + 32 GB : ₹10,990 / ~RM 652 / ~US$ 159 / ~£120
  • 4 GB + 64 GB : ₹12,990 / ~RM 771 / ~US$ 188 / ~£141

Here is the official Galaxy M20 price for Malaysia :

  • 4 GB + 64 GB : RM 799 / ~US$ 195 / ~£147

Here are some direct purchase links :

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The Samsung Galaxy M20 Up Close!

The Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) is designed around a large 6.3-inch Infinity-V display, and a large 5,000 mAh battery.

This display has a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, with more than 90% screen-to-body ratio!

Let’s take an up close look at the Samsung Galaxy M20, and its key features!

The SIM tray is located on the left side, with the Power and Volume control buttons on the right. The 3.5 mm audio port is located at the bottom, next to the USB Type C port.

 

Samsung Exynos 7904

The Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) runs on the new Samsung Exynos 7904 mobile SoC.

With a 2+6 architecture, the Exynos 7904 has two fast Cortex-A73 cores running at 1.8 GHz, and six low-power Cortex-A53 cores running at 1.6 GHz.

It also has a dual-core ARM Mali-G71 GPU to accelerate graphics and games.

 

Memory + Storage

The Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) has two variants – a base model with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, and a higher-end model with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage.

There is considerable bloat though. Out of the 4 GB memory capacity, 1.9 GB or just under half is available for use. We definitely recommend going with 4 GB of RAM.

The operating system and built-in apps take up just under 13 GB, which leaves you about 51 GB of free space. In the base model which has 32 GB of storage, you will only have about 19 GB of free space to use.

 

Triple Card Tray

Don’t worry about running out of storage space though. The Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) comes with a triple card tray.

This allows you to use two nano SIM cards, and a microSD of up to 512 GB in capacity.

 

Fingerprint Sensor

The Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) comes with a rear fingerprint sensor, aligned centrally.

 

V-Notch

Covering most of the front is a large 6.3-inch IPS display, which Samsung calls an Infinity-V display because of its V-shaped notch.

The smaller V-notch allows for a larger display area, specifically space for more notifications. Barring the complete removal of the notch, this is about as good as it gets!

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy M20 Cameras, Battery Life + Recharging Speed

 

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Samsung Galaxy M20 Cameras

Concealed within the teardrop notch of the Samsung Galaxy M20’s Infinity-V display is an 8 MP selfie camera with f/2.0 lens.

The front camera does not have a dedicated LED flash, but is supported by screen flash instead.

In the back, it has a 13 MP main camera with f/1.9 lens, and a secondary 5 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 lens.

The ultra-wide angle camera is really useful for certain shots. Let’s show you what the difference between the main camera (with a 76° angle) and the ultra-wide angle camera (120°)

 

Battery Life

We tested the Samsung Galaxy M20’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

Work 2.0 Samsung Galaxy M20 Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 OPPO R17 Pro Realme 3
Battery Capacity 5,000 mAh 4,000 mAh 3,700 mAh 4,230 mAh
Battery Life 12 hours 49 mins 12 hours 19 mins 11 hours 54 mins 10 hours 35 mins
Battery Utilisation 5.20 mAh / min. 4.33 mAh / min. 4.15 mAh / min. 5.33 mAh / min.
Review Links Redmi Note 7
Review
OPPO R17 Pro
Review
Realme 3
Review
Price Check MY | US MY MY | US MY

Thanks to its large 5,000 mAh battery, the Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) lasted almost 13 hours! This is not just screen-on time. It’s running the Work 2.0 benchmark over, and over again, for over 12.75 hours!

 

Battery Recharging Performance

The Samsung Galaxy M20 supports 15 watt fast charging. Let’s see how fast it recharges its 5,000 mAh battery!

Recharging Speed OPPO R17 Pro Samsung Galaxy M20 Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Realme 3
Battery Capacity 3,700 mAh 5,000 mAh 4,000 mAh 4,230 mAh
Charger Output 50 Watts 15 Watts 10 Watts 10 Watts
Recharging Time 33 Minutes 123.5 minutes 133 mins 190 minutes
Recharging Speed 90 mAh / minute 32.4 mAh / minute 24.0 mAh / minute 17.8 mAh / minute
Review Links OPPO R17 Pro
Review
Redmi Note 7
Review
Realme 3
Review
Price Check MY | US MY | US MY MY

The Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) took 2 hours and 3.5 minutes (123.5 minutes) to recharge its battery from 20% to 100%.

This gives it a good battery life : recharging ratio of 6.2 : 1. A rule of thumb – for one hour of battery life, you will need to charge it for 9.5 minutes.

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Samsung Galaxy M20 Photo Samples

Here are eight full-sized unedited photo samples taken using the Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US).

At the full 13 MP resolution, the photos are 4128 x 3096 pixels in size, with file sizes between 3 MB and 4 MB.

Click on them to expand – you can also download them to “peek” at the pixels!

The Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) produced very good pictures, particularly when you consider its price point. However, you need to be aware of two issues.

Its wide aperture is great for low-light photography, but introduces a narrow depth-of-field. That means you may need to “help” it focus on your subject, or it will turn out blur – out of focus.

The other thing is that it requires some distance to focus properly. So macro shots will be a challenge.

 

Samsung Galaxy M20 Video Samples

Despite sporting a 13 MP camera, the Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) only supports 1080p video recording. Here are two video samples :

Video Sample #1 : Live Performance

The image quality was excellent, but it was painfully obvious that it was not even electronically-stabilised.

There were also some exposure issues – sometimes it was overly dark, and when we tapped on the subject to correct – the background got overblown.

But on the bright side, the audio quality was very good. It was richer, with a markedly widerly range, than most smartphones at the same price range.

Video Sample #2 : Auto Show

This walk around of a small auto show demonstrates just how important stabilisation is when you record a video.

We can understand the lack of optical image stabilisation, but why didn’t Samsung throw in electronic image stabilisation?

This is a real shame, because the image quality was good, even though there were some exposure issues.

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy M20 Performance, Our Verdict

 

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the Samsung Galaxy M20’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 Realme 3 OPPO R17 Pro Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Samsung Galaxy M20
Performance Score 7309 6475 6145 5359
Web Browsing 7779 6572 5684 5348
Video Editing 5292 5387 5099 4702
Writing 7479 5617 6433 4982
Photo Editing 13871 10740 11091 7554
Data Manipulation 4921 5331 5255 4673
Review Links Realme 3
Review
OPPO R17 Pro
Review
Redmi Note 7
Review
Price Check MY MY | US MY MY | US

Samsung Exynos processors have never been particularly strong at work performance, and the Samsung Exynos 7904 is no exception. It was 13% slower than the Redmi Note 7 which uses the 2-year old Qualcomm Snapdragon 660.

 

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We then tested the Samsung Galaxy M20’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Ice Storm Unlimited Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Realme 3 OPPO R17 Pro Samsung Galaxy M20
Gaming Score 26746 20205 15354 13358
Graphics 29525 19444 15788 13499
Physics 20118 23414 14005 12885
Graphics Test 1 164.1 fps 119.9 fps 136.5 fps 112.0 fps
Graphics Test 2 105.4 fps 65.3 fps 45.8 fps 39.8 fps
Physics Test 63.9 fps 74.3 fps 44.5 fps 40.9 fps
Review Links Redmi Note 7
Review
Realme 3
Review
OPPO R17 Pro
Review
Price Check MY MY MY | US MY | US

The Samsung Exynos 7904 was not fast at games either, with its dual-core ARM Mali-G71 GPU.

It was actually half as fast as the Redmi Note 7 which uses the 2-year old Qualcomm Snapdragon 660. It was closest in performance to the OPPO R17 Pro, which uses the MediaTek Helio P60.

 

Our Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) is an interesting mid-range contender. It comes with a large 6.3-inch Full HD+ display and a large 5,000 mAh battery to keep it going for hours and hours…

It also comes with a nice complement of cameras. Its 8 MP front camera boasts a fast, bright f/2.0 lens. In the back, it has an excellent 13 MP main camera, with a very useful secondary ultra-wide angle 5 MP camera.

However, its muted colour makes its chassis look like a budget device, a far cry from the premium look of the cheaper Realme 3!

We also wish Samsung added electronic image stabilisation to their camera. It would have made the Galaxy M20 (MY | US) a more compelling device. After all, the Redmi Note 7 offers electronically-stabilised video recording at the same price point!

The Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) is a good effort by Samsung to defend its lower mid-range market share. However, it will find strong headwinds from Chinese smartphones like the Redmi Note 7 and the Realme 3.

 

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HONOR 20 Lite Price + Deals In Malaysia Revealed!

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

 

The HONOR 20 Lite Launch Presentation

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

Triple-Lens Camera

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

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

32 MP Selfie Camera

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

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

Performance

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

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

 

The HONOR 20 Lite Price + Availability In Malaysia

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

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

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

The HONOR 20 Lite Deals In Malaysia

Shopee

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

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

HONOR

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

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

 

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The Black Shark 2 Tech Briefing, Price + Deals Revealed!

Coming just two weeks after its global launch in Beijing, the Black Shark 2 is here to take down the ROG Phone and the Razer Phone 2!

Here is everything you need to know about Black Shark 2 – the official tech briefing, as well as its price and deals!

 

The Black Shark 2 Gaming Smartphone

Black Shark 2 (8GB | 12GB) is a gaming-optimised smartphone, very similar to the ROG Phone and the Razer Phone 2. It was designed to take both its competitors down in five key aspects of mobile gaming – gaming performance, gaming control, vision, hearing and vibration.

Flagship Class

The Black Shark 2 (8GB | 12GB) runs on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 mobile platform, and comes with either 8 GB RAM and 128 GB of storage, or 12 GB RAM and 256 GB of storage.

Direct Touch Liquid Cooling System 3.0

The Black Shark 2 (8GB | 12GB) features a direct touch liquid cooling system that keeps the entire device cool, as opposed to just cooling the CPU and GPU.

Ludicrous Mode

To guarantee maximum gaming performance with no dropped frames, the Ludicrous Mode locks the CPU into its maximum clock speed.

5-Hour Gaming Battery Life

Despite its size, the Black Shark 2 (8GB | 12GB) only comes with a 4,000 mAh battery.  However, they assure us that it will let you game for up to 5 hours before it needs a recharge.

Fast Charging While Gaming

The Black Shark 2 (8GB | 12GB) supports 27 watt fast charging, which gives you 30 minutes playing time with a quick 5-minute charge, and one full hour of gaming with just 10 minutes of charging.

You don’t even have to stop playing. Even if, for example, you are playing PUBG, it will recharge to 15% in just 30 minutes.

X+2 Antenna

To ensure maximum wireless connectivity, the Black Shark 2 (8GB | 12GB) features an enhanced X+2 antenna design. The two additional side antennas help the X-type smart antenna transfer data wirelessly no matter how you grip the phone.

Low Latency Touch Screen

It claims to have the “world’s lowest latency touch screen“, with a response time of only 43.5 ms, slightly less than the iPhone XS at 45 ms and the Galaxy S10 at 60 ms.

AMOLED Display With DC Dimming

The Black Shark 2 (8GB | 12GB) has a large 6.38-inch AMOLED display with DC dimming to reduce strain on the eyes.

It also boasts an integrated DSP with MEMC (Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation) capabilities to eliminate unwanted judder and blur.

Gaming Audio

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Its audio system is designed specifically for gamers, with dual front-facing speakers. They are also 25% larger than speakers of a standard smartphone.

It also comes with three gaming microphones – two of them noise-cancelling microphones in the front to  ensure clear in-game voice chats.

4D Gaming Experience

The Black Shark 2 (8GB | 12GB) can recognise different environments, weapons, movements and actions (e.g. hits), and can automatically vibrate itself to create a 4D gaming experience.

Host Mode

If you want to play on a larger display, you can connect it to a TV or monitor using a HDMI cable. Play your games like a console with the optional GamePad 3.0 accessory.

 

Black Shark 2 Price + Deals Revealed!

The Black Shark 2 (8GB | 12GB) is available in two variants, and two colour options :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB (Only Shadow Black) : RM 2,499 / ~US$ 612.50 / ~£ 467
  • 12 GB + 256 GB (Shadow Black or Frosted Silver) : RM 2,999 / ~US$ 735 / ~£ 560

The 8 GB model is available for purchase with immediate effect. The 12 GB model is available for pre-order from 1 April to 5 April, 2019.

 

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The Official Samsung Galaxy M20 Price + Deals Revealed!

The Samsung Galaxy M20 offers a large 6.3-inch Infinity-V display, a large 5,000 mAh battery and dual rear cameras! Let’s take a look at the Samsung Galaxy M20 price and deals for early adopters!

 

The Samsung Galaxy M20 Smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy M20 is designed to be an affordable mid-range smartphone that offers dual rear cameras and a long battery life.

Its new Samsung Exynos 7904 mobile SoC has a 2+6 architecture, with two fast Cortex-A73 cores and six low-power Cortex-A53 cores.

There are two known variants – a base model with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, and a higher-end model with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage.

In the front, it has a large 6.3-inch Infinity-V display, with a teardrop (or V-shaped) notch that conceals an 8 MP selfie camera with f/2.0 lens and screen flash capability.

In the back, it has a 13 MP main camera with f/1.9 lens, and a secondary 5 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 lens. Right next to them is a rear fingerprint sensor.

Powering all that is a large 5,000 mAh lithium-ion battery, giving it the battery capacity of a typical power bank!

 

Samsung Galaxy M20 Price + Deals!

The Samsung Galaxy M20 has two colour options – Charcoal Black and Ocean Blue. Which do YOU prefer?

The Samsung Galaxy M20 was originally launched in India on 5 February 2019, in two variants :

  • 3 GB + 32 GB : ₹10,990 / ~RM 652 / ~US$ 159 / ~£120
  • 4 GB + 64 GB : ₹12,990 / ~RM 771 / ~US$ 188 / ~£141

Samsung will officially launch the Galaxy M20 in Malaysia as an online exclusive on 20 March 2019, as part of the Samsung Super Brand Day on Shopee! Here is the official Galaxy M20 price for Malaysia :

  • 4 GB + 64 GB : RM 799 / ~US$ 195 / ~£147

 

Special Galaxy M20 Deals!

In addition to the great Galaxy M20 price, Shopee will offer these special deals :

  • The first 100 purchasers will receive a RM 100 cash voucher* + Logitech X50 Bluetooth speaker + JBL T450 wireless headset = RM 327 value in total
  • The next 900 purchasers will receive Logitech X50 Bluetooth speaker + JBL T450 wireless headset = RM 227 value in total
  • The subsequent 2,000 purchasers will receive the Logitech X50 Bluetooth speaker worth RM 98

These are really great deals, so make sure you be amongst the first 3,000 purchasers of the Galaxy M20 at Shopee!

* This cash voucher is only valid for the next purchase during the 27/3 Shopee Mega Sale, which takes place from 21-27 March 2019.

Samsung Quiz On Shopee (18-20 March)

There will also be a Shopee Quiz, where you can answer simple questions to win Samsung cash vouchers and Shopee coins!

Samsung Tablets, Wearables + Accessories Vouchers (18-22 March)

From 18-22 March, Shopee will give out cash vouchers for the purchase of Samsung tablets, wearables and accessories.

  • Tablets + Wearables : RM 100 off a minimum spend of RM 2,000, or RM 60 off a minimum spend of RM 1,000
  • Accessories : RM 50 off a minimum spend of RM 500, or RM 30 off a minimum spend of RM 300

 

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Realme Fans Festival Deals with Shopee + Lexis Hotel Group!

For the next TWO DAYS, Realme is offering special deals in the Realme Fans Festival n collaboration with Shopee Malaysia and the Lexis Hotel Group. Here are the full details!

 

Realme Fans Festival Deals

During the Realme Fans Festival from 6-7 March 2019, Realme will offer the Realme C1 smartphone in the 2 GB + 32 GB configuration for the first time! There will also be three different types of Realme deals :

Full Day Realme Deals

Model Current Price Super Brand Day Price Savings
Realme C1 (16 GB) RM 449 RM 399 – RM 50 (11%)
Realme C1 (32 GB) RM 469 RM 469
Realme 2 (32 GB) RM 549 RM 549
Realme 2 (64 GB) RM 659 RM 659
Realme 2 Pro (4 GB + 64 GB) RM 849 RM 699 – RM 150 (17.7%)
Realme 2 Pro (4 GB + 64 GB) RM 949 RM 799 – RM 150 (15.8%)
Realme 2 Pro (8 GB + 128 GB) RM 1,099 RM 899 – RM 200 (18.2%)
Realme Earphones RM 39 RM 29 – RM 10 (25.6%)
Realme Backpack RM 199 RM 149 – RM 50 (25.1%)
Realme T-Shirt RM 39.90 RM 9.90 – RM 30 (75.2%)

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Win Lexis Hotel Vouchers!

Realme Malaysia also partnered with the Lexis Hotel Group to offer free stays at their resorts!

Realme Facebook Contest

If you purchase any Realme 2 Pro, Realme 2 or Realme C1 smartphone, you will be eligible to win a 2D1N stay with breakfast for 2 pax at the Sky Pool Villa at the Grand Lexis Port Dickson, worth RM 2,332!

Step 1: Share a picture of your proof of purchase of your Realme phone on your Facebook profile page (Make sure to set your profile as public)

Step 2: Use the hashtag #RealmeFansFes

Step 3: Wait for the winner announcement and enjoy your vacation

At the end of the contest, Realme Malaysia will randomly select 8 lucky winners!

Realme Shopee Contest

TWO (2) top spenders in the Realme Fans Festival will stand a chance to win a 2D1N stay with breakfast for 2 pax at the Premium Tower Seaview at the Grand Lexis Port Dickson, worth RM 816.20!

Shopee Facebook Contest

Shopee will select four winners randomly from those who have completed these steps :

  • Liked the contest announcement post
  • Follow the official Realme store on Shopee
  • Unlock the milestone of 200 new followers for each tier (up to four tires)

Shopee Instagram Contest

Shopee will select four winners randomly from those who have completed these steps :

  • Liked the contest announcement post
  • Comment with #ShopeexRealme

 

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The Shopee Seller Awards 2018 Caps A Landmark Year!

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

 

The Shopee Seller Awards 2018

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

 

Shopee All Stars and Seller of the Year

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

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

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

 

A Landmark Year For Shopee

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

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

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

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

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Honor 10 Price, Availability & Presentation Revealed!

Wondering how much the Honor 10 will cost? You’re in luck! Here are the full details of the Honor 10 price and availability details, including its launch presentation by George Zhao!

Don’t forget to read our Honor 10 review!

 

Honor 10

Officially launched in London on 15 May 2018, the Honor 10 is one of the most eagerly-anticipated mid-range smartphone of 2018. Here was its launch presentation by George Zhao Zhiwei, Head of Honor Malaysia.

It is built around the powerful Kirin 970 SoC with a dedicated NPU, and boasts a 5.84″ Full HD+ display with a “notch”. It also comes with a dual-camera system, and large memory and storage capacities. Here are its key specifications :

SpecificationsHonor 10
Display5.84" Full HD+ IPS display
- 1080 x 2280 pixels (432 ppi)
- 19:9 aspect ratio
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1
PlatformHisilicon Kirin 970
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.8 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G72 MP12
Memory4 GB
Storage128 GB
No microSD card slot
Front Camera24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear CameraDual Camera System
- 16 MP RGB sensor with f/1.8 lens
- 24 MP monochrome sensor
- single LED flash
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, Dual Standby
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 4.2
USB 2.0 Type C
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFCYes
Fingerprint SensorYes, front-mounted
Infrared EmitterYes
Battery3,400 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery (non-removable)
Dimensions71.2 mm wide
149.6 mm tall
7.7 mm thick
Weight153 g
Available ColoursPhantom Blue / Phantom Green / Midnight Black / Glacier Grey

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Honor 10 Price & Availability

The Honor 10 launched in London with an official price of £399 for the 128 GB model. This works out to be around RM 2,139 as of 18 May 2018. However, we have good news!

The Honor 10 will be available for sale in Malaysia for a low, low price of RM 1,699 / £318! But if that’s not enough, Honor Malaysia is giving a RM 100 cash back, which means the Honor 10 will cost only RM 1,599 / £299!!!

The Honor 10 goes on sale on 24 May 2018, and the special RM 1,599 price ostensibly lasts from 24 May to 31 May. On 1 June 2018, it would be priced at RM 1,599. This basically removes the 6% GST tax concern from everyone’s mind.

The Honor 10’s price of RM 1,599 / £299 / US$ 403 is the lowest price globally. It’s a whopping 14% cheaper than the Chinese launch price of RMB 2,999 / RM 1,869 / £336 / US$ 471!

The Honor 10 will be available in three colour options – Phantom Blue, Glacier Grey and Midnight Black.

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Price List & Pre-Order Offers Revealed!

Right after Korean superstar Gong Yoo launched the ASUS ZenFone 4 family of smartphones at the Next TV Studio in Taipei, ASUS Malaysia revealed the ZenFone 4 price list and pre-order offers! Check them out below!

Updated @ 2017-08-20 : Added more details on the upcoming arrival of the ASUS ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Pro, as well as purchase links for the ZenFone 4 pre-order offers.

Originally posted @ 2017-08-17


 

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Price List & Specifications

You may have earlier seen the specifications and hands-on previews of the five ASUS ZenFone 4 models. If not, well, check them out below :

ASUS Malaysia will only bring the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro, ZenFone 4 Selfie and ZenFone 4 Max Pro to Malaysia, at least in the beginning.

We heard though that the ASUS ZenFone 4 (with Snapdragon 630), and possibly the ZenFone 4 Pro too, will come in the first week of September 2017. Let’s take a look at what’s actually coming…

 

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro will retail in Malaysia for RM 1,799 / ~US$ 429, inclusive of the 6% GST.

 

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie will retail in Malaysia for RM 1,299 / ~US$ 309, inclusive of the 6% GST. ASUS Malaysia will also bring in a slightly smaller 5.2″ variant (Model ZB520KL), which will be priced at RM 899 / ~US$ 214.

 

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro will retail in Malaysia for RM 1,099 / ~US$ 259, inclusive of the 6% GST.

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Pre-Order Offers

If you pre-order the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro, ZenFone 4 Selfie or ZenFone 4 Max Pro between 17–24 August 2017, you will get an ASUS ZenPower 10050 mAh power bank, and these goodies from ASUS Malaysia (while stocks last), and their e-commerce partners, Lazada and Shopee.

Here is a comparison table of the ASUS ZenFone 4 price list and pre-order freebies :

Pre-Order Bundle Gifts ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro
(RM 1,799)
ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie
(RM 1,299)
ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro
(RM 1,099)
ASUS ZenPower 10050 mAh
power bank
(worth RM 99)
Selfie Stick
OTG Cable
Micro USB Cable
16 GB Micro SD Card

So if you are looking to buy any of these ASUS ZenFone 4 models, go pre-order them now :

 

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