U Mobile issues out RM5 million of free weekly deals for TERER THURSDAY

While telco provider U Mobile is best known for their distinctive bright orange hue and their rather affordable phone plans, they’ve now taken things up a notch with an absolutely bananas rewards campaign for both prepaid and postpaid customers called TERER THURSDAY.

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Essentially, every Thursday, customers will get a series of free deals, starting today. For the first TERER THURSDAY, you can enjoy a free Chatime drink worth up to RM6.50. According to U Mobile, subsequent TERER THURSDAYS will see treats from Krispy Kreme, Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC), 7-11, Starbucks, OLDTOWN White Coffee, Kenny Rogers and more hopping onto the bandwagon for a year. To get in on the gravy train of freebie goodness, you’ll need to be a prepaid or postpaid U Mobile customer and get the MyUMobile app downloaded. Once that’s done, you’re all set.

On that note, U Mobile is also offering a Christmas Rewards Campaign where they’ll be doling out deals and treats galore for a dozen days leading up to Christmas including iPhones and more. For more details on TERER THURSDAY, swing by www.u.com.my/rewards/TERER-THURSDAY.

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[Review] Battlestar Galactica: Squadrons

The remake of the original Battlestar Galactica series from the late 70’s saw the wholesome sci-fi series with Mormonesque undertones replaced with a far grittier remake that retained the framework of the show but thrust in all manner of post 9/11 allegory and a radical change in some parts of the series that had some fans going into epileptic fits of apoplexy. ‘Starbuck a woman?’ They said before frothing at the mouth and gnashing their teeth on the carpet.

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Lo and behold, the remade Battlestar Galactica series in 2004 spawned four seasons of the eponymous space carrier dodging murderous robot Cylons before wrapping it all up in a major WTF-moment of them finally finding ‘Earth’. That’s not counting the two prequel series set before the start of the show and the made-for-TV movies after too. Alas, the series just fizzled out over the years once more, the hype just died down and while there has been talk of a movie, it has so far remained relegated to the nether depths of developer hell thus far. Imagine our surprise when Battlestar Galactica: Squadrons popped up on Google Play for download.

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Developed by Canadian-based developed studio Ludia, the game is essentially a card collection game of sorts with combat PvE mechanics and a ton of in-app purchases with a number of associated timers and resources to keep an eye on.

The Fall
Battlestar Galactica: Squadrons, as you’d likely surmise, revolves around collecting fighters of various sorts to take part in battles against a whole stream of Cylon enemies. For the uninitiated, the Cylons are your average sentient robot race rising up in armed rebellion and have an obsession, at least in the remake, of mimicking humanity by creating organic bodies for themselves. That and putting humanity as a species into the history books. As the leader of Galactica’s fighter squadrons, it’s your job to make sure the latter does not come to pass.

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The tutorial initiates you into the mechanics of the game in a fairly smooth fashion and doles out some resources to get you started. The game gives you a couple of new fighters of fairly low level to play with and then tosses you into your first battle. It’s a turn-based affair versus a pair of push-over obsolete Cylon Raiders. You shoot them. They shoot you. Rinse and repeat until one side or the other explodes. The sequence of each turn varies based on the speed and initiative of each combatant: the faster you are, the earlier you go in the turn. When it reaches the turn of each unit you control, you get to choose to attack or use a special ability be it to debuff the enemy, buff your side or perform a special attack of some sort. Each different type of fighter you will encounter and collect has different abilities which is why a diverse ‘squadron’ in a fight is needed to win.

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Once you’ve mopped the floor with the first tutorial dogfight, the management bits set in. The storyline of the game takes places across most of Season 1 split across a dozen plus ‘chapters’. The first time you play through a chapter, the game will run through a few lines of dialogue from the characters in the miniseries. As you complete missions, you’ll gradually rescue additional capital ships to join your ragtag fleet. You start off with only the Battlestar Galactica but later on can get a bunch of auxiliary ships that unlock additional abilities such as a black market to buy upgrades or new ships.

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Like any element of a collectible game, there’s a ton of things to collect. In BSG: Squadrons, you collect fighters, each of which comes in five different types and four different variants
delineated by colour. In a rock-paper-scissors fashion, red coloured fighters beat green ones and green ones trump blue ones while blue coloured fighters squish red ones. Purple coloured ships trump gold ones and vice versa. The circle of gaming life, so to speak. Unfortunately, it gets more complicated as fighters are also divided into different variants like bombers, support craft or recon craft, each stronger or weaker in a fight with other ship types with different abilities. Still with us? Good. It goes bananas as each craft in a certain colour also comes in a certain rarity. Bronze star graded ships are crap and only have at most two special abilities. Four star gold elite ones have the full monty with up to four special abilities at their disposal. The clincher here is that each fighter has to be levelled up in battle so you’ll have to go through a serious amount of grinding to get anywhere in the game.

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The ingame battles offer quite a lot of depth with tangible nuances in each encounter. Well, in theory anyway. Unfortunately after you leave the safe harbours of the first one or two chapters, the game ramps up the difficulty level rapidly with incredibly tough enemies in every colour of the rainbow. Some constantly regenerate meaning that you have to whale on them like mad to even put a dent in them. Others are armoured like a flying tank and can call in additional ships to help them out too. To add insult to injury, they can even attack all the ships in your posse at once. While the odds are not insurmountable, you’ll either need a lot of real world cash or a lot of patience to grind your ships up to the proper levels to even survive a firefight which means constantly revisiting completed missions and grinding them over and over again for loot and experience points.

The Fleet
In between the story missions, you get to gaze on the fleet of capital ships that you have acquired over the course of the campaign and tinker with your fighters. While there is no customisation, so to speak, you can pay the cost in Metal to level up your fighters. You can also expend Water – that’s a resource too – to purchase components which then go to fighter upgrades. What you’ll constantly be stressing out over though is your population which is another resource that affects your random card unlocks; lower population means crappier free stuff doled out to you daily. Barring a few circumstances you don’t get extra population handed out to you for free. Whenever you encounter random battles outside of the storyline missions, a counter starts ticking and you start losing people until you either complete the random battle or flee which incurs a fixed cost on population too.

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If you happen to lose a battle, you’ll have to fork out ‘Cubits’, ingame currency to repair them. Keep botching missions and things can get very expensive. Every time you sortie out on storyline missions or random battles, you’ll also have to fork out ‘Tylium’ that recharges every few minutes. Of course, you can always pay real world cash for Cubits or better ships by paying a whopping RM220 bucks for a top-tier card pack that promises a four star gold ship. If you’re as frugal as the rest of us, you’ll just have to grit your teeth and grind, grind, grind.

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In terms of audio, there’s little of note barring the title screen which has the US version of the theme song rather than the more popular Gayatri Mantra opening. Battles ingame are complemented by an unexceptional amount of beeping, blooping and whooshes. Granted, you can’t hear anything in space but more decent explosions would be nice. The fleet management screens simply have bland background music. Fortunately, the main saving grace here are the luscious visuals. You can zoom in and rotate the camera to ogle each and every one of your fighters and for fans of the show, it’s a treat seeing all the new ship variants.

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Lore fans aside though, it’s a fairly steep solo romp that ought to last you a good two dozen or so hours, tops if you just aim to finish the campaign. There’s no multiplayer available so once you’ve collected your amazing fleet of exotic fighters, there’s really no one else to sic them on barring the woefully dim but ridiculously overpowered AI.

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For those who love Battlestar Galactica, the game is a wonderful homage to the show and an eye opener as it adds little bits of flavour text for each ship and fighter that you acquire. There’s dozens of new ships, both friendly and hostile, that you’ll see in the game over the Miniseries’ spartan Mark II Viper, Raptor and Raider. For those who aren’t hyped up on the mythos of the game, it’s a competently done collectible card romp that’s best in small doses.

WHAT WE LIKED Lots of flavour text and lore for BSG fans, interesting new fighter designs, faithful to series mythos, engrossing card mechanics
WHAT WE DIDN’T Fairly steep pay walls, difficulty curve spikes dramatically
WE SAY A competently done collectible card game rich in Battlestar Galactica lore that’s well worth a whirl if you’re fairly patient

 

[Lifehack] Is it cheaper to take Uber or Grab in Malaysia? iPrice crunches the numbers.

Like any grizzled urbanite stuck in the middle of downtown Kuala Lumpur doing the daily grind, you’re familiar with the mainstays that get you from point A to B across town short of driving your own car: your best bud who happens to own a car, a cab, Uber or Grab. The first option is highly situational and dependent on how liberal you are in plying him with post-lunch coffee and post-Friday, pre-weekend margaritas. The other options are more straightforward.

The interesting question is – which option is cheaper? For the best bud option, the pricing is highly variable depending on their mood with a rough day often resulting in a form of ‘surge’ pricing resulting in a far higher ratio of drinks compared to distance. That option aside, the other three – cabs, Uber and Grab – are an interesting choice to ponder.

Taxis are traditionally the priciest option but often the most convenient one at hand – assuming there is a taxi within earshot who doesn’t attempt to price gouge you with an astronomical sum. The other two options – Uber and Grab – are extremely competitive propositions with both coming up with a host of promotions to win hearts and minds.

While the average city dweller doesn’t exactly have the time to crunch the numbers, top price comparison site iPrice has done so on our behalf and revealed some rather interesting figures, which are on the provided infographic below and which also encompasses several other countries in Southeast Asia. According to iPrice, the fares they crunched don’t involve extraneous mechanics like Uber’s infamous Surge pricing or discount/referral voucher mechanics, and relied on overall fare and its various price components (flagfall, distance travelled and cost over time) so it’s a straight on metaphorical apple for apple scenario. What iPrice found was that:

– Ride hailing services are cheaper than hailing a cab in all countries mentioned.
–  After crunching the numbers, Uber is the cheapest option for long distances beyond 20KM in Malaysia while Grab is the cheaper option for shorter distance sprints below 5KM. Something interesting to consider next time.
– Uber is the cheapest option in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam for both long and short distance rides.
– Grab is the cheapest option in the Phillipines and Singapore for both long and short distances.

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Infographic: iPrice. Click the image to get the full-sized infographic

 


QNAP launches QTS 4.3 firmware and NAS solutions in Malaysia

Building on their reputation as a solid provider of NAS storage solutions, QNAP today announced the release of QTS 4.3, a smart NAS operating system that integrates a host of features and enhances functionality for both home and office use. QTS 4.3, without delving into the nitty gritty is essentially firmware for their NAS solutions, supports 64-bit architecture and is modularised to support piecemeal updates of selected functions rather than having to update the firmware entirely with a series of apps that encompasses commonly used functions to make it easier to use.

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Arthur Yeh, Head of Business Development of QNAP Asia Pacific

At the launch of QTS 4.3 in Malaysia, Arthur Yeh, Head of Business Development of QNAP Asia Pacific and Alvin Ting, QNAP Sales Manager for Malaysia took the stage to share more about their newly launched firmware and emphasised the long term cost savings of an organisation investing in their own private cloud over commercially available cloud storage solutions and that QTS 4.3 makes the whole affair a more efficient, easier to access affair.

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One of QNAPs NAS solutions on display at the launch

To make QNAP’s QTS 4.3 easy to use, QNAP has created a series of apps that handles all the critical functions that users would use on a private cloud. Part of the QTS 4.3 suite includes QmailAgent, Qcontact, QNAP Hybrid Backup Sync, QVPN and Qtier. Qmail agent is a mailroom client as part of a private cloud while Qcontact acts as a private contact storage system. QNAP Hybrid Backup sync acts as a multi- location back-up and synchronisation tool for NAS storage. QVPN assists users to create a a secure connection and to turn the NAS into a VPN server. The Qtier app helps to optimise data across storage tiers. All this builds on QTS 4.3’s ability to act as a private cloud to store and share content. For the average chap at home, you can setup a QNAP NAS with QTS 4.3 and then use it as a home media storage center to pipe videos to your devices and vice versa.

QNAP also showcased a range of NAS setups for different needs and use cases that come with a variety of different bay configurations ranging from a compact NAS the size of a smartphone all the way up to a 30-rack behemoth and configurations including one with an AMD CPU and another with Thunderbolt 3 support too. For more details on QTS 4.3 and QNAP products, swing by www.qnap.com.

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From left (seated): Arthur Yeh, Head of Business Development of QNAP Asia Pacific and Alvin Ting, QNAP Sales Manager for Malaysia

11street’s Black Friday specials beckon

 

There’s more than just buying awesome tech and all the usual gadgetry when you’re shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. After all, a man (or woman) has to eat and get something to bring around all their gear when they’re out and about right? Well, we’ve delved the depths of 11street’s copious cornucopia of bargains and spotted several interesting ones right here.

72 325ml cans of 100 Plus soda for RM76.99

 

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While your tastes may vary, 100Plus is that traditional standby in the fridge when you need to pop a cool one after a workout or, in our case, after a long raid in Eve Online. This deal on 11street scores you 72 cans of the good stuff for RM77 which works out to about RM1.06 a can, which sounds good if you aim to save a bit. With Chinese New Year around the corner, keeping a carton or two of them around will come in extremely handy seeing the upcoming blazing hot El Nino weather that usually rolls in around that time. Plus, brownie points for grateful guests when you issue them all refreshingly cool ones straight out of the fridge. Only one pickle though – they’re all original flavour variants so no mixing and matching for you.

 

 

A Deuter GoGo 25l backpack for RM146.28.

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Regardless of who you are, you’re still going to have to schlep your gear from somewhere to somewhere else. This 25l Deuter GoGo backpack is the decent looking, expedient solution to do so. While it originally retails for RM269, this sturdy Deuter backpack comes at a 46% discount on 11street. The bag comes with padded shoulder straps, is anatomically designed for comfortable carry even with a full payload and has a two-way U-shaped zip to allow for easy access to the main compartment. There’s enough space inside to keep a day’s worth of clothing and a bit extra too for a weekend trip and mayhaps a tablet or a compact camera. A zippered front pocket allows for immediate access to crucial stuff like your gym pass while mesh side pockets let you keep a water bottle or other knick knacks handy. It comes in four colours – purple, blue, black and green.

 

A NESCAFÉ Gold Blend barista coffee machine with 370g of refills for RM239

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Those of us here at the Hitech Century office center our lives on this humble bean. If you appreciate coffee, this deal is one of those that jump out at you as it gets you your caffeine fix in an even tastier, better looking fashion. While you can manually pour hot water and brew up your own mug of NESCAFÉ Gold Blend brew, this barista coffee machine takes it to the next level. Unlike a capsule coffee machine, this baby takes NESCAFÉ  Gold Blend powder right and water from a built-in reservoir along with jets of high pressure water to take your cup of java to the next level. Props for using easily refillable reloads and they even throw in a 200g jar of the stuff along with a 170g refill pack for half off at RM239 even though it costs RM456.70 at full retail. Score it on 11street here.

 

The ultimate Samsung Galaxy J series phone guide

No idea which J series phone to buy? Read this first

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While Samsung is best known for their higher end Galaxy S and Note series flagship phones, they’re a dab hand at making workhorse and entry level phones too, which is what their Galaxy J series is all about. The Galaxy S7 edge rightly rules the roost as their crown jewel of the smartphone throne with arguably the best camera among 2016’s crop of phones along with the hardware and looks to match, but their J series blowers exemplify bang for the buck with a price range that ranges from RM299 for their budget J1 Mini Prime all the way to their top-of-the-J-series-line J7 Prime which we had the pleasure to review awhile back. While the maxim of getting what you paid for is exemplified by the Galaxy J series which offers better specs the higher you go up the model line along with a higher price tag, it becomes a bit of a complication as to find out just what your tech and price sweet spot is; understandable seeing as this year has not one, not two but eight different J series phones available in the market.

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Essentially, all the phones in the Galaxy J series line by default have a dedicated dual SIM card and a dedicated microSD card so you needn’t have to fumble around with a Faustian bargain of having to trade in a SIM card for a microSD card to eke out more storage on your phone. Where they differ is in terms of the camera, the user interface for certain higher end models and in terms of processor speed, storage and RAM. Long story short: the higher the model number, the better the hardware and the higher the price. If you’re wont to pore at specs, here’s how the line-up measures up apple for apple.

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Some specific examples however in the J series line-up are optimised for certain use cases. Assuming price isn’t the determining factor, some models are ideal for certain needs. If you’re chuffed, you can saunter on to Samsung’s official store on Lazada here.

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Here’s a quick guide to how the J series line-up works:

Love Wefies? Get the Galaxy J7 Prime or J5 Prime


The beefed up version of the earlier J7, the J7 Prime notably has more RAM, double the storage and also has a rear facing 13-MP F/1.9 aperture and a front facing 8-MP F/1.9 selfie camera. The earlier flagship Galaxy S6 also had a similar F/1.9 aperture lens setup so it’s a sweet camphone too for what you pay for with better than average low light performance so shots indoors and after sundown don’t look like recreations of a gonzo horror movie. What makes the J7 Prime ideal for wefies is a built-in ‘Wide Selfie’ mode that stitches a wider front-facing panoramic shot so you can fill in a good sized rugby team into your shot without having to get a six foot long selfie stick. The J7 Prime also has a palm gesture that snaps a shot with a gesture of your palm without having to press the button too. Handy, that. If the J7 Prime is too rich for your blood, the J5 Prime has similar functionality, ergo the Wide Selfie and Palm Capture mode though the front-facing camera is a more modest 5-MP with an F/2.2 aperture. The J7 Prime retails for RM1,199 while the J5 Prime retails for RM899 though if you can spare the extra cash, the J7 Prime’s larger display, extra storage and better camera are well worth it.

Prolific web surfer or iflix (and Netflix) junkie? Get the 2016 edition J7, J5 or J3


If you’re wont to surf the web, watch videos like there’s no tomorrow and digest website feeds like we here at the Hitech Century office devour crisps and Garrett’s popcorn, you’ll need a smartphone with hefty battery life along with a ton of data and a decent screen to go with it too.

While pundits say otherwise, Samsung’s Super AMOLED displays are capable of serving up some lusciously rich colours onscreen and great viewing angles when watching videos which is just what the 2016 editions of the Galaxy J3, J5 and J7 are capable of. All three phones come with a HD Super AMOLED display in different sizes with the J3 sporting a 5-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, the J5 a slightly bigger 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display and the J7 capping out at a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display. While HD resolution isn’t the crispest on the block, it’s still more than enough for video streaming on all the usual channels in including YouTube, iFlix and NetFlix if you’re of a mind.

Video performance notwithstanding, the main reason why these three phones are rather appealing is that they all have a unique Ultra Data Saver mode that’s built on Opera’s Max architecture to halve data usage rates. Long story short: your data bill at the end of the month won’t have you cringing in terror. That’s a win for us. The 2016 edition of the J7 retails for RM999, the J5 at RM799 and the J3 at RM599. If you’re not hurting on budget, you might as well get the J7 which has the largest display of the three and when you’re streaming a video or scrolling through a website, every inch of the display counts.


On a tight budget? First phone? Get the J2 Prime, J1 Ace or J1 Mini

 

If you’re on a tight budget, you’ll need to eke out every dollar for what it’s worth when you’re chunking out a smartphone. In that case, you have quite a price range to play with for the sub- RM500 for Samsung’s J series range. At the top at just under half a grand is the Galaxy J2 Prime that sports a 5-inch qHD display, a 1.4GHz quadcore processor, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB of expandable storage and a rear 8MP camera with a front 5-MP camera.

The J1 Ace represents a middle ground between the two budget phones with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, which offers lusher colours onscreen though it’s at WVGA resolution, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB of expandable storage. The rear has a 5-MP camer and the front has a 2-MP selfie camera. Modest, yes, but decent for RM399.
If your budget is even tighter than that, the J1 Mini Prime offers a 4-inch WVGA touchscreen, a 1.2GHz quadcore processor paired with 1GB RAM and 8GB of expandable storage with a rear 5-MP camera and a front-facing VGA camera for a mere RM299 smackeroos. If all you need is to make calls and get some basic web surfing done, this trio of budget blowers will serve you in good stead.

If you’ve made up your mind already, check out Samsung’s online store on Lazada or any of their dealers or concept stores nationwide.

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Ministry of Domestic Trade teams up with Microsoft and online e-tailers to combat counterfeit software

It is a rare thing for all of Malaysia’s largest e-tailers – 11street, Lazada, Lelong, Mudah and Logon gather in one place but gather they did as they all took part in a first-of-its-kind initiative to unite together to combat counterfeit software. They, along with representatives from Microsoft and representatives of the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-Operatives and Consumerism (MDTCC) today signed a memorandum of understanding along with a collective pledge to ensure that software sold on their respective platforms is authentic. To wit, Malaysia’s largest e-tailers aim to remove the sales of counterfeit Microsoft software which can potentially be loaded with malware, trojan horses and worse.

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Tuan. Mohd. Roslan bin Mahayudin, DIrector of Enforcement, MTDCC said on this momentous occasion,”The Malaysian government has always put a high priority on digital development. WIth increasing access to the digital world, the importance of cyber security cannot be over emphasised. Our partnership with the online marketplaces and Microsoft Malaysia will play a  pivotal role in ensuring that netizens are safe from unscrupulous individuals or criminal organisations who thrive on unsuspecting cyber victims.”

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E-tailer 11street as part of the initiative also shared steps they have undertaken to combat the problem. Henry Ho, General Manager of Merchandising, 11street said,”We have a comprehensive risk management team that actively monitors vendor listings to combat counterfeit software and are working closely with Microsoft to reinforce and enhance our means to detect counterfeits. 11 street will continue to strive to be one of the top online marketplace for consumers.”

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Hans-Peter Ressel, CEO of Lazada added that ,”We have advanced algorithms in place that monitor and flag unusual activity or behaviour which gets investigated by our risk management teams to eliminate counterfeit software from our vendors.” Hans added,”Battling counterfeit software is not just combating vendors but also an initiative to educate consumers on the risks of buying illegal software and identifying them.” This inaugural initiative is part of a genuine software initiative where users are able to logon to www.howtotell.com to find out if their software is genuine.

 

Up-close with Huawei’s new MediaPad M3 tablet

Decent slates running Android aren’t particularly common these days but Huawei has attempted to resolve their complication nicely with their new MediaPad M3 tablet that has just hit shelves in Malaysia.

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Huawei held an intimate media preview of their latest slate and shared a few points of what makes it one of the hottest Android slates to hit the market in recent memory. It comes in two configurations, both with identical specs bar storage capacity. The 32GB version retails for RM1,699 while the 64GB version retails for RM1,999. Here’s what makes it one of the most attractive Android slates ever…

Hefty Hardware
Huawei’s latest 8.4-inch Android slate is sized to about the dimensions of an iPad Mini 4 though with better hardware and a slightly larger size to accommodate its larger 8.4-inch 359ppi display. Running Android Marshmallow 6.0, the MediaPad M3 comes with a Kirin 950 2.3GHz octacore processor, the same running on the Huawei Mate 8 phone which was constructed with the 16Nm FinFet architecture for enhanced efficiency.

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Complementing this is a generous 4GB  RAM and either 64GB or 32GB of expandable storage. A built-in hybrid SIM means that the slate can also function as an ersatz phone to make calls if needed. It also has a pair of matching front and rear 8-MP cameras, both capable of capturing 1080p video if needed. The rear camera however possesses autofocus while the front is a fixed focus camera. Other mod-cons include a fingerprint reader up front that doubles as the home button which demonstrated an impressively swift .470 millisecond unlock time.

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You’re able to use it as a touchpad of sorts too with swipes up and down allowing you to browse through content while a long press acts as a back key of sorts when tabbing through apps and pages. A large 5,100mAh battery keeps it juiced for a good day and a half plus of heavy use while a micro USB port allows for charging and docking when needed.

 

Aural Array
Rather than placing it as an afterthought, the MediaPad M3 prioritises audio quality. Most middling slates just plunk a mono speaker on one corner of the slate, mayhaps two if you’re particularly fortunate but the MediaPad M3 bolts on two hefty speakers, side mounted on each end of the tablet and also has them tuned by Harman Kardon too. It also adds in a an AK4376 Digital-to-Analogue converter chip from Asahi Kasei’s foundries for superior sound reproduction. The AK4376 has been favourably received by pundits and has seen limited but growing service in a number of phones with an audio-centric bent.

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Fortunately, the MediaPad M3  doesn’t require ‘courage’ to use, as Apple sums it up and still retains a conventional 3.5mm audio jack which allows for use with a traditional pair of cans if needed. If you’re one for newer gear, it’ll still handily support Bluetooth audio playback on your favourite pair of headphones. The slate supports lossless audio including WAV and Flac file playback so music via a suitable pair of headphones promises to be a treat.

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The speakers on the Huawei MediaPad M3 have been tweaked by harman kardon



Visionary View
The MediaPad M3’s front 8.4-inch WQXGA touchscreen comes with a 1,600 x 2,560 pixel resolution display up front that comes with several unique refinements.

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The MediaPad M3 served up good viewing angles

According to the boffins at Huawei, the tablet comes with Huawei’s ClariVu 3.0 imaging tech that dynamically adjusts colours onscreen to look their best. Compared to an iPad Mini 4, it has a slightly larger, sharper display. The MediaPad M3 has an 8.4-inch , 1,600 x 2560 pixel display while the iPad Mini 4 has a smaller 7.9inch 1,536 x 2,048 pixel display at 324ppi.

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Every pixel counts and in the  media preview, Huawei demonstrated footage that displayed luscious hues oncreen with vividly coloured flowers, vibrantly deep seas and all the usual imagery you’d see at a test reel at a local telly store to impressive effect. The tablet’s Emotion UI, version 4.1 also has an option to let you tweak the warmth or coolness of the colour settings and kick in a blue light filter to minimise eye fatigue as needed.

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Vivo’s V5 phone sports a huge 20-MP selfie cam for RM1299

While selfie oriented phones are a recently created phone variant, they have proven rather popular of late with a horde of manufacturers hopping on to the bandwagon. Vivo’s V5 selfie phone is the latest addition for selfie fans and packs quite a few impressive features to make it one of the most powerful selfie phones ever.

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Vivo’s V5 phone is a selfie phone that comes with a humongous 20-MP front facing camera with an F/2.0 aperture that integrates a soft light for more pleasing portrait shots. The rear comes with a 13-MP camera with LED flash.

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The rest of the hardware orients it towards a workhorse role with a 5.5-inch 720p display, a MediaTek MT6750 1.5Ghz octacore processor running Android 6.0 paired with 4GB RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. It also has a unique AK4376 chipset to ensure better music quality while a 3000mAh battery keeps things running for awhile. It also has a fingerprint sensor that offers fast unlocking in 0.2 seconds.

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The whole affair weighs 154g and is 7.5mm thin with an all-aluminum casing that comes in a shade of burnished  Crown Gold or Rose Gold for RM1299.

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Preorders begin now until 25th November and come with a unique gift box of goodies while stocks last with the phones available at authorised dealers and retail stores nationwide by 26 November onwards. For more details on the Vivo V5 swing by www.vivo.my

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Vivo representatives and Dato Siti Nurhaliza showcasing the new Vivo V5

Samsung’s epic SUHD TVs are now available on Lazada

When Samsung’s epic KS9000 series curved SUHD TVs made their initial debut at CES 2016 and at the Samsung SEA Forum earlier this year, they made for quite a showing with impressive crisp 4K resolution imagery, brilliantly deep blacks and exquisitely rich colours on account of their Quantum Dot Colour tech along with a surprisingly intuitive user interface based on their own homebrewed Tizen OS. They also proved to be remarkably adept at managing the usual horde of devices festooning as well as hooked up to the average family home telly as it was able to automatically detect connected hardware wired up via HDMI cable while it’s provided One Remote control was smart enough to control everything that was hooked up to it including Bluray players, speakers and the like.

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The crown jewel of their 2016 SUHD series, their 65-inch and 78-inch KS9000 curved SUHD TVs were centerpieces of a home entertainment system with a price and size to match. Barring a few selected retailers and their home concept stores, they were also somewhat elusive if you wanted to see them up close before you snagged one. Now, you can acquire them on Samsung’s official online store on Lazada, which officially opened up a couple of days ago. The TVs on their online store are all officially sourced straight from them, so you’ll enjoy the same warranties which include a two year warranty and the customer service that you’d come to expect from the brand plus you’ll get a host of additional benefits by buying it online if you play your cards right including cashback shopping bonuses and more via the Shopback app (you can get a recap of what it does here) when you rack up purchases on Lazada. Swing by Samsung’s official online store here.

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