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).

P1 Nostalgic Nation: Bringing Back The Good Old Days

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I’ve been slacking lately and haven’t been updating my blog as frequent. Ironically, with all the gadgets and technology we have today, life is moving faster but I’m having less time to do things for myself. This is why I miss the good ol’ days so much when things are much slower and I get to enjoy every moment of it. *sighhh*

I admit that I love technology and I’m also a gadget junkie. But I’m also quite a conservative person when it comes to traditions and culture. And ultimately, I’m such a sentimental fool. During my younger days, I love the outdoor and I’m always playing around my neighbourhood with my friends. We used to play ‘guli’, ‘gasing’, ‘kunda kundi’ and even kite flying a lot. Best part of my childhood was probably being able to make our own toys and games.

We made toys with things such as old newspapers, bamboo, ‘lidi’ (coconut leaf stem) and held them together with corn starch, strings and sellotape. Sure, I made quite a mess but the outcome of our effort was… fulfilling!

In conjunction with P1 Nostalgic Nation campaign, I have been challenged to a few tasks in honour of the good old days. The task is to create things that we used to play with and make a video out of it. So below are the three challenges that I did and I enjoyed every moment working on it.

 

#MakeABoat – PAPER BOAT

The paper boat is one of the easiest paper toys to make. Sure, it requires a little practice but eventually you’ll get the hang of it. The most common paper boat is the ‘sampan’, it’s easy to fold and the end product also doubles as a goal post for paper table football. My friends and I used to make a lot of these small ‘sampans’ during rainy days. We would then go and play these ‘sampans’ on water puddles in the field. It’s the next best thing to do besides catching tadpoles.

 

#MakeAPlane – PAPER PLANE

And during breezy days, we would play paper planes. Folding a paper plane is really easy and there are many types of paper plane you can fold. Surely the most common ones are the ‘Concorde’ paper plane. I like the conventional paper plane with its wings folded or rolled up. Makes it look like a fighter jet and it flew like one too. It was the best flying toy before I knew how to make a kite.

 

#MakeAFall – DIY TOY PARACHUTE

If you’re from my generation, you would remember ‘Ding Dang’ very well. The chocolate-coated biscuit ball treat comes with a toy and it cost us 50 sen just to get it. 50 sen to us back then was really a lot, especially when we’re still in primary school. To buy one, I would have to save up 10 sen every day from my allowance for a week just to get a box of ‘Ding Dang’. One of the best toys I’ve ever gotten from Ding Dang was a paratrooper – it’s basically a toy soldier tied to a parachute. It was THE toy back then and I had so much fun tossing the paratrooper up high and see it slowly descend from the sky. And of course, it didn’t last very long and it’s too expensive to buy another one. So I end up making my own toy parachute with plastic bags and clothes peg… and it was just as fun.

 

It’s been fun reminiscing my childhood years. Making fun things to play was the only way to keep us entertain back then and I’m really glad we had those simple things to grow up with. Today, I’m rather glad to be able to share it now with everyone on this social media era especially to the younger generation. I’m also very happy that P1 took this initiative to bring back some good memories and make it fun all over again. I’m impressed, that even as an advanced telecommunication company, P1 still connects with us Malaysians with great memories from the past. I guess technology is only good if you put it to good use. P1 knows that very well and hence you see many of their campaigns are out to connect with us.

These #P1NostalgicNation challenges started out as a competition for us bloggers to win some really attractive prizes. But due to time constraint, I almost missed out completing a few tasks. And to be perfectly honest, I almost gave up too. But I later on decided to continue because I find a need to do so, simply because I truly missed my childhood days.

Winning the grand prize or not, I’m already a winner because having live through these memories again, is an experience money can’t buy. Thanks P1, for Bringing Back The Good Old Days!

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.

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