Microsoft launches Lumia 535 and festive promotion

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Microsoft Malaysia announces the availability of the Lumia 535 Dual Sim in Malaysia at the price of RM429 – making innovation affordable to everyone featuring integrated Microsoft experiences, a spacious 5-inch display and a 5-megapixel front facing camera.

The Lumia 535 has a 5-inch qHD display, much bigger than its predecessor, the Lumia 530. The screen of the 535 is IPS, which better also much better that the previous model. The high brightness mode in the Lumia 535 is designed to make the device easier to use in sunlight.

Powering the Lumia 535 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, which isn’t the greatest chip despite its quad-core spec. It comes with 8GB internal drive with additional 15GB free OneDrive and the micro SD upgradable to 128GB so you’ll never run out of space.

The Lumia 535 Dual Sim helps people do more of what they want, for less with five great integrated Microsoft experiences:

  • Make memorable Skype video calls and seamlessly switch between voice and video with built-in Skype integration.
  • Access, edit and share Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents and OneNote notebooks wherever you are, with the pre-installed original Office suite.
  • Save and sync photos, videos and Office documents securely with 15GB of free OneDrive cloud storage.
  • Connect with work and personal e-mail while on the go, with Microsoft Outlook built-in.
  • Connect and play with friends wherever you are, using your Xbox Live avatar and gamer profile as Windows Phone is the only phone with Xbox Live built in.

The Lumia 535 Dual Sim also comes with a host of exciting features:

  • Experience the one-swipe Action Center, Word Flow, Live Folders and Consumer VPN with the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Denim update preloaded.
  • Showcase photos and videos or get even more productive with Office on the large, 5 inch qHD display.
  • Fit more memorable backgrounds or add more friends into Skype video calls and selfies with the 5 MP wide angle front facing camera.
  • Packs speed with a powerful quad-core processor to enjoy websites, leading apps and games, and smooth multitasking for switching between these experiences.
  • Never miss a call or text, and be reachable on both SIM cards at any time with Smart Dual SIM for maximum flexibility.

The Lumia 535 Dual SIM is expected to be available in Malaysia next week onwards. The Lumia 535 Dual SIM will be available in a range of colours including orange, white, cyan and black.

Festive Promotion

In conjunction with the holiday season, Microsoft Devices have also announced that the Lumia 535 Dual Sim will be having a special promotion. From sales start to end of December, the Lumia 535 will be bundled with RM99 worth of free gifts which includes a 2200mAh power bank, 16GB memory card, screen protector, keychain and a Christmas notepad.

HP reveals stylish and affordable Windows Notebook PC – The HP Stream

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HP is never short of surprises, especially during the festive season. Yes, this next product from HP is surely to be a perfect gift for holiday.

To bring out the festive joy, HP introduces a NEW kind of notebook PC – the HP Stream. HP’s latest and innovative Windows notebook PC provides unsurpassed value in a thin and light package, and includes value-added services with free cloud storage for instant access and sharing of content with 1TB of Microsoft OneDrive for one year; Office 365 Personal for one year to edit, share or collaborate in real-time. Now you can enjoy the best of both worlds in a thin, light and affordable notebook PC with the power for most every day computing tasks.

You can also enjoy your entertainment experience in high-definition with an 11.6” HD display or 13.3” HD display. While the innovative fanless design with high efficiency Intel ® Celeron ™ processor and 32GB of eMMC flash memory allows for quiet, cool operation and quick file recall.

The HP Stream will be available in Malaysia from 1 January 2015 onwards for starting price of RM1,099.  The HP Stream comes in stunning colours of Orchid Magenta or Horizon Blue.

HP unleashes the OMEN Gaming Notebook

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HP turns up the heat by summoning the HP Omen, a hardcore gaming PC that is packed with performance, portability and wicked style. As chilling as it may sound, the HP Omen is devilishly good looking.

The HP Omen is powered by the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M and Intel Core™ i7 Quad Core processor for high performance with stunning graphic. While most games are designed to run in full HD, the HP Omen offers a 15.6-inch diagonal, 1080p touch-enabled display – optimised for smooth frame rates with rich colours the way games are built to be seen.

The standard 128GB solid-state drive (SSD) enables games to load 2-3 times faster than conventional hard drives, while the optional 256GB and 512GB PCIe SSD drives will triple the load speed. Consumer will also have a choice of 8GB or 16GB DDR3, and graphic memory of 2GB or 4GB GDDR5 that will deliver fast, stutter-free frame rates and most of all, stunning graphics.

The HP Omen is cloaked in blackness with solid aluminum chassis, the HP Omen is optimised for pure gaming experience. It comes with a customisable backlit keyboard with seven zones of multicolour lighting and with six programmable function keys for accurate and faster keystroke. And with Beats Audio technologies and speakers, the HP Omen will bring your gaming experience to a whole new dimension.

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At only 19.9mm thin and weighs no more than 4.68lb, the HP Omen is portable and sleek. Being the wicked one, it can surely handle the heat – the industrial design of HP Omen was engineered from ground up to manage thermals. With dual fans to pull cool air through the bottom of the system, pushing hot air through exhaust fans at the rear of the system. That keeps hot air away from the keyboard so it won’t burn your hands.

The Omen comes with a HP Omen Gaming Mouse X9000 and the HP Omen Gaming Backpack.

The HP OMEN is now available for order in Malaysia via hp.com/my/OMEN at a starting price of RM6,999 includes the NVIDIA GTX860M with 4GB GDDR5, Intel Core i7 Quad Core Processor, 16GB DDR3 system memory, and a 512GB SSD.  The HP OMEN Gaming Mouse X9000 is priced at RM149 and the HP OMEN Gaming Backpack also at RM149.

U Mobile signs partnership with ZTE and Huawei

U Mobile signs partnership with ZTE and Huawei

What more can I say, U Mobile just gets better and better every day. The most dynamic and innovative telco is staying true to their commitment by extending their partnership with two leading network solutions providers – ZTE Corporations and Huawei Technologies.

U Mobile recently announced an aggressive expansion strategy to strengthen its network through the roll-out of 1,000 3G and 1,000 4G LTE sites worth up to RM1.5 billion of total investment. Through this partnership, both ZTE and Huawei are chosen to be the preferred partners to rollout U Mobile’s landmark network expansion due to their track record of being one of the leading global telecommunication solutions providers with extensive experience in the field and state-of-the-art technology and network.

I can understand why U Mobile is putting so much trust on their partners.

ZTE Corporation has a global presence in 160 countries, and is one of the industrial leaders in network technology innovation, delivering superior business products and business solutions to its clients around the world. Huawei Technologies on the other has well established end-to-end capabilities for various network carriers, enterprise and consumer markets by providing competitive solutions and services that have been deployed in over 170 countries and regions, serving more than one-third of the world’s population.

Huawei is also the first Chinese brand to enter Top-100 Interbrand list. That is quite an accomplishment..

U Mobile signs partnership with ZTE and Huawei

U Mobile officially inked the partnership in the presence of YB Dato’ Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Minister of Communication and Multimedia Malaysia, as well as Madam Ma Jia, Chargé d’affaires a.i. & Minister Counsellor, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Malaysia. This partnership also celebrates the four decades of diplomatic relationship between Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China, attesting to the strong ties between the two nations.

Photo #1 caption: (from left to right) Steven Ge, Chief Executive Officer of ZTE Corporation Malaysia, Wong Heang Tuck, Chief Executive Officer of U Mobile Sdn Bhd, and Abraham Liu, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Technologies Malaysia shaking hands to solidify the momentous partnership between U Mobile with ZTE Corporation and Huawei Technologies.
 
Photo #2 caption: (from left to right) Steven Ge, Chief Executive Officer of ZTE Corporation Malaysia, YBhg Dato’ Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi, Chairman for Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, YB Dato’ Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Minister of  Communication and Multimedia Malaysia, Wong Heang Tuck, Chief Executive Officer of U Mobile Sdn Bhd, Madam Ma Jia, Charge d’affaires a.i. & Minister Counsellor, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Malaysia, YBhg Dato’ Sri Robin Tan, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Berjaya Corporation Bhd and Abraham Liu, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Technologies Malaysia.

BenQ Introduces Their First Range of 4G LTE Smartphones in Malaysia

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BenQ has officially join the bandwagon with their first range of 4G LTE smartphones.

BenQ, which apparently stands for “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life” is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumer’s lives. Well, at least that’s what written on their profile.

But to many of us growing up in the PC era, BenQ is better known for their IT equipments. If you still have an old PC at home, take a look at the CD/DVD-rom drive, it’s probably a BenQ brand.

BenQ ventures bravely into the Malaysian market by bringing in two of their newest 4G LTE smartphones to the consumers, the 5-inch F5 and 4.5-inch T3. While the smartphones are different in size, these smartphones are equipped with QHD display and powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2GHz quad-core processor and are running on Android 4.4 KitKat. Being the new kids on the block, these new smartphones from BenQ truly raises an eyebrow – for the kind of specs they are offering, it’s pretty amazing to see how they can actually lower down the cost of the phones.

Both of the BenQ smartphones boast a couple of features that are quite unique. The 4x ultra sensitivity mode feature on the F5 anf T3 is an innovative technology developed by BenQ that enhances picture quality in various light settings. A killer feature when taking photos in low-light condition. While the F5 packs a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and 13-megapixel rear camera, the T3 is no short of decent pixels too bragging a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 0.3-megapixel VGA front camera.

Blue light can be harmful to our eyes and may cause age-related macular degeneration which can lead to significant vision loss. BenQ is well aware of this issue and therefore incorporated into the F5 and T3 a feature to minimize blue light exposure with the low blue light technology.

As for memory, the F5 is beefed up with a 16GB internal storage with 2GB RAM while the T3 has only 4GB internal storage with 1GB RAM. However, both phones supports microSD slot and expandable up to 64GB of storage space.

Built quality if commendable. Their rigid form feels really comfortable in the palm of my hand. What I like most of these smartphones are the anti-slip plastic cover on the back. It gives the phones a matte and sophisticated look while staying firm in our grip.

The F5 is now available at RM699 and the T3 is retailing at RM499.

Nokia is back with Nokia N1 Android Tablet

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Come 2014, many would have thought that Nokia, the Finnish giant phone maker has fallen off the edge. And with the recent acquisition by Microsoft, we probably won’t hear much of them ever again.

Well, it looks like we’re all wrong.

Nokia is back and they are back to take on Apple’s iPad Mini with their very own 7.9-inch display Nokia N1 Android-based tablet. It weighs just over 300 grams and will be running Android Lollipop.

Nokia N1

The 6.9mm thick device packs a 2.3GHz 64-bit processor and features an 8-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front-facing camera.  The tablet will arrive in China for Chinese New Year before being offered in other regions.

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Nokia N1 will be selling at $249 plus taxes. The Nokia N1 may weigh in as the same category with the iPad Mini, but we will have to see the outcome in the ring. No news when it will be in Malaysia but will keep you guys updated on this.

U Mobile offers FREE Internet Roaming for Postpaid and Now Prepaid Users

U Mobile CMO Jasmine Lee and CEO, Wong Heang Tuck launches the FREE Internet Roaming service for its Prepaid customers

U Mobile’s Vision 2,000,000 is kicking into high gear with the innovative telco moving aggressively into the last quarter of the year with yet another amazing product launch.

U Mobile was the first telco in the market to offer Free Internet Roaming for its postpaid customers in May 2014. Today, they extended this offer to their prepaid customers too. with a top-up of RM50, prepaid customers get to enjoy complimentary FREE Internet Roaming up to 50MB a day up to 30 days in 8 countries including Australia, Cambodia, HK, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

So what can I do with only 50MB of data a day? Well, according to the CMO of U Mobile, Ms Jasmine Lee, 50MB is sufficient for your daily social media activities such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, WeChat, Line, Kakaotalk, and checking your daily emails. Just avoid downloading any heavy attachments and streaming videos.

And what happens if you exceeded your 50MB daily quota? Well worry not as any additional data exceeded will only cost you RM7.50 for every 1MB and upon reaching 4MB and above, it’s a flat rate of RM30 per day for unlimited Internet Roaming.

So if you’re an avid traveller and you’re not on U Mobile network yet, you may want consider switching to U Mobile now. No, I’m not a reseller and I’m not paid for this but the package U Mobile offered is just too good not to share.

You can find out more of U Mobile’s FREE Internet Roaming service at the website – www.u.com.my.

Huawei Malaysia Announces 6-inch Huawei Mate 7

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Huawei today announces its first single-touch fingerprint smartphone in Malaysia, the Huawei Mate 7. The single-touch fingerprint technology on the Mate 7 enhances user experience at the same time providing a peace of mind whether it’s for work or play.

The single-touch fingerprint reader, which is located behind the phone and right below the camera, allows user to access the phone 80% faster than the conventional keying in of 4-digit pass code. The reader can support up to five sets of different fingerprint records and can be allocated to guest mode and enhance mode. Switching from guest mode to enhance mode will enhance security to private folders, applications, or payment information – this even works with wet fingers and under light rain condition.

The Mate 7 boasts an octa-core architecture with Huawei’s intelligent Kirin 925 processor that consist of four large A15 1.8GHz and four small A7 1.3GHz chipsets. Such intelligent architecture allows the Mate 7 to react to specific app or function with a greater power management.

Perhaps the highlight of the Mate 7 is its 6-inch crystal clear display, which is a rare commodity in the smartphone industry. And its strong aluminium alloy body with ultra-slim narrow bezel gives the Mate 7 a rigid form and yet maintaining its elegance. The 13 megapixel rear-facing camera and 5 megapixel front-facing camera makes the Mate 7 even sexier for a smartphone.

The Huawei Mate 7 comes in two variants – the standard and premium version. The standard Huawei Mate 7 supports a single LTE sim card with a micro-SD card supporting up to 32GB. As for the Premium Mate 7, it supports a single LTE sim card and a micro-SD slot, with the slot being able to support yet another LTE sim card.

The Mate 7 is available in three colours with the pricing as follow:

  • Standard Version – RM1,799 (2GB RAM and 16GB ROM) – Moonlight Silver and Obsidian Black.
  • Premium Version – RM1,999 (3GB RAM and 32GB ROM) – Amber Gold.

Both the standard version of the Mate 7 will be available at all authorised Huawei dealers nationwide from November 14 onwards and the premium Mate 7 will be available on a later date (TBA).

HP Malaysia Announced HP Pavilion X2 2-in-1 PC

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HP Malaysia recently announced the availability of their stylish and ultra-portable HP Pavilion x2 detachable PC. The HP Pavilion x2 2-in-1 PC enables user new ways to work and play and to simplify their life with a single device that transforms from tablet to laptop. Now this is not the first, but HP is making it cool and affordable.

The new HP Pavilion x2 (not to be mistaken with the older 11.6-inch Pavilion x2) is a full-featured 10-inch Windows tablet that shifts to a full-featured laptop. It comes with a detachable dual-purpose keyboard with cover which protects the screen and serves as a multi-angle stand.

This ultra-portable, versatile and highly-affordable 2-in-1 PC is powered by the latest-generation Intel Atom® processor, features front-facing speakers, a single USB port, a mini HDMI port, and a battery that lasts up to an impressive 11.45 hours!

The HP Pavilion x2 is available now for a starting price of RM1,199.

All New iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch

Tim Cook and co. finally reveals the next generation of iPhones in an Apple Event early this morning after much pressure from the consumers demanding for bigger screen iPhones. The new iPhones, now with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays are Apple’s first foray into phablet territory after trailing behind its rivals. That’s not the only first, Apple is also introducing itself into the wearable market too with the new Apple Watch.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Tim Cook and iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch “Retina HD” display and is nearly a millimeter thinner than its predecessor while the iPhone 6 Plus will have a 5.5-inch display. Both iPhones will be powered with Apple’s new A8 processor and M8 sub-processor.

Both new iPhones, which comes in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB varieties, will be available in gold, white and “space gray”. The iPhones will be available on sale in the United States on September 19 with preorders begin on Friday.

Apple Watch

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Apple also unveiled its first wearable gadget but it’s not the iWatch. Instead, it’s called the Apple Watch. Apple Watch features a Retina display (protected by sapphire crystal in some models) and is filled with sensors that can track everything from your heart rate to daily activities and exercise. Just like many Android based smartwatch in the market, the Apple Watch too needs to pair along with an iPhone to gain its full functionality.

The display is a touchscreen and comes equipped with a special “digital crown” that can be used for navigating around apps and also functions as a home button for the watch’s interface.

Apple Watch will come in two different sizes and three different collections — the Watch, Watch Sport and Watch Edition, each of which uses a different finish. Apple Watch comes in a stainless steel finish, Watch Sport is made of “lightweight anodized aluminum” and Watch Edition is 18-karat gold.

Apple Watch will begin at $349 and is expected to go on sale in early 2015.

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