UGreen PB133 Power Bank Review: Cheap Charging Cometh

Next to a smartphone, a power bank is usually something you never leave home without these days seeing how the average phone these days tends to guzzle juice like lobsters at a freeflow seafood buffet. They also tend to cost a pretty penny but UGreen’s PB133 power bank looks set on offering significant charging capacity without costing an arm and a leg.

Depending on where you buy it and if it’s on special, the UGreen PB133 tends to retail for under RM50 though we got ours for about RM36 not including shipping via UGreen’s official online Malaysia store on Shopee. They also have a special discount code available that offers a 10% discount which knocks the price down even more. Just apply the code UGRE0617A when you’re purchasing it on their official Shopee store.

UGreen PB133 Power Bank review contents

While the brand doesn’t have a physical presence in Malaysia, they’ve made a name for themselves as purveyors of affordable accessories including docks, cables and the like. 

The PB133 power bank comes in a basic white box and has the usual quick start guide and a short USB Type-A to micro-USB cable that allows you to charge the power bank itself. Bar the cable, the only thing in the box is the power bank itself.

In terms of build and design, the PB133 has the dimensions of a hefty cigarette pack with rounded corners and edges to make it easier to grip. The sides have a slightly knurled texture as well to prevent it from slipping in your hands with one end having a series of LED lights to indicate remaining power while a side-mounted power button rides shotgun. At 4 dots, it’s at 75-100% capacity which decreases in 25% increments as you drain juice from the battery with 2 LEDs indicating the 25-50% mark and so on until you drain it dry.

UGreen PB133 Power Bank bottom

To charge the 10,000mAh battery you have the option to do so via a microUSB port or a USB Type C port. Output is via two USB Type-A ports with one having 5V/2.1A output while the other is 5V/1.0A for smaller devices. These two ports are able to charge most devices in current service today but understandably don’t have support for any proprietary fast charging tech like Huawei’s SuperCharge tech, Oppo’s FlashCharge or other more mainstream fast charging technologies.

UGreen PB133 Power Bank front

Build quality is reassuringly sturdy and while it’s obviously made of plastic, it doesn’t creak or bend when held. This is reflected in the ports itself that remain firm without any wiggling even with repeated use. Perhaps the one quibble with the design is that it’s a tad on the bulky side which means you can’t hold it with your phone in one hand at the same time; something that may be necessary if you are reliant on the provided cable. A longer cable would have been nice but at what you’re paying for, it’s not an issue.

UGreen PB133 Power Bank Performance

On paper, the UGreen PB133 power bank has a 10,000mAh battery with two USB outputs with one port offering 5V/2.1A and another offering 5V/1A output. Both ports can be used simultaneously so you can charge two items at the same time, assuming you have two charging cables to spare. 

UGreen PB133 Power Bank angled

We tested it with a Galaxy Note10 that was drained dry. On paper, the Note10 has 25W fast charging.baked in. When plugged up to the PB133, it commenced charging immediately but did not exhibit any fast charging capabilities.

For the Galaxy Note10, it got about 10% in 15 minutes or so in an air conditioned room. This remained relatively consistent throughout the charging process and it topped off at 100% in about 2 hours and 10 minutes or so. This was repeated several times and exhibited similar results, give or take a few minutes with each iteration.

UGreen PB133 Power Bank charging

On paper, the UGreen PB133 is capable of charging the Note10’s 3,500mAh battery at least twice with a third nearly full 70% charge thereabouts and it managed to achieve this handily. Our power bank is new so it’s capable of achieving this in the first few dozen or so charging cycles but as with any other power bank, this capacity will reduce over time to about two full charges or so which is still plenty.

One particular bonus with the PB133 is that it supports pass-through charging, allowing you to charge the power bank itself while continuing to charge your other devices at the same time. The only quibble here is that the ports are spaced quite close to each other due to the nature of the design which makes it a really tight fit. Charging it on a normal 5V/2A charger that you see bundled in most modern smartphones took awhile and the PB133 only managed to get a full charge in about 5 or so hours.

UGreen PB133 Power Bank chunky
The chunky nature of the UGreen PB133 Power Bank means its a bit of a handful to hold with your phone when charging.


As it stands, the UGreen PB133 lacks modern niceties that flagship phone users would find necessary like wireless charging, fast charging tech and the like but it has it where it counts with a compact form factor, sturdy build quality and a very modest price. This is something worth picking up as a back-up to keep anywhere you need a top-up for your phone.

Specifications
Price RM35.99
Input 5V/2.1A
Total output 5V/2.1A
Battery capacity 10,000mAh 37Wh
Charging time 5 hours (via 5V/2.1A adaptor)
Size/Weight 92 x 65 x 23mm / 130g
Review unit courtesy of UGreen. Available for purchase online at Shopee. Apply the code UGRE0617A for a special 10% discount!

What we liked Affordably priced, sturdy design, multiple ports for charging
What we didn’t Doesn’t cater to fast charging phones, only has a short bundled micro-USB cable
What we say The UGreen PB133 is an affordably priced power bank with good build quality and a generous number of ports that lacks fast charging support for high-end phones but is otherwise a highly portable back-up measure.

Huawei’s cheapest 5G-capable smartphone the nova 7 SE 5G is here for RM1,499

Midrange phones are both an art and a science to design as you have to cram in as much value as possible while prioritising features that you’d enjoy on higher end smartphones in a more affordable form factor.

In that regard, Huawei’s new nova 7 SE may just hit that sweet spot as it culls features from their higher end smartphones like the new P40 series phones and has 5G capability too for just RM1,499.
Huawei nova 7 SE

Huawei nova 7 SE free gifts and launch promotion

The Huawei nova 7 SE will be available for purchase in Malaysia from 19th June 2020 onwards which is just in time to kick off their anticipated Huawei AppGallery Carnival sales.

huawei nova 7 SE rewards

When you buy the phone, you will get a generous array of free gifts worth RM1,256:

– Huawei Band 4 smartband
– nova phone casing
– 3 free months of Huawei Video access
– 6 free months of Huawei Book access
– 15GB free storage for 1 year in Huawei Cloud Storage
– RM1,000 worth of Member Center rewards
– AppGallery Carnival 2020 free gifts while stocks last

Plus your purchase of the nova 7 SE puts you in the running for a lucky draw to win one of 3 Proton X70 sedans which is one impressive way to score a literal free ride. 

Huawei nova 7 SE specifications and price


The nova 7 SE comes with quite a solid ensemble of hardware for the price of entry. For RM1,499, you’re getting a large 6.5-inch FullView display with 2,400 x 1080 pixel resolution and a tiny punch hole for a 16-MP selfie camera. The rear camera is a quad array that has a 64MP F/1.8 primary camera, a secondary 8MP with an ultra wide angle lens, a 2MP bokeh sensor and a 2MP macro camera for close-up work.

 

Powering the phone is a Kirin 820 5G processor which has, as you’d likely surmise, 5G connectivity to cover your bases when it rolls into Malaysia. This is paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage while a 4,000mAH battery that has 40W SuperCharge support along with a compatible charger in the box keeps it juice for quite awhile.

As with all Huawei phones of recent vintage, the nova 7 SE runs Huawei’s own EMUI user interface and uses their own AppGallery for sourcing applications. In Malaysia, it comes in your choice of Space Silver, Crush Green and Midsummer Purple.

If you’re on the fence, check out our in-depth review of the Huawei nova 7 SE here. The Huawei nova 7 SE is available on the Huawei online store and Huawei Experience stores nationwide.

Huawei nova 7 5G


Huawei is also set to debut another 5G-capable nova series phone that they’ve dubbed as the nova 7 5G though pricing and launch details have not been finalised as yet.

What we do know is that it has a 6.53-inch OLED display with FHD+ resolution, packs a Kirin 985 5G processor with 5G connectivity, has up to 8GB RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of storage.

huawei nova 7 5G

The rear quad camera array is slightly beefier with a primary 64MP camera, an 8MP with 3x optical zoom, an 8MP ultra wide angle camera and a 2MP depth sensor for bokehs. Up front, the phone has a 32MP selfie camera. Keeping it powered is a 4,000mAh battery with 40W SuperCharge charging like the nova 7 SE. In China, the 128GB variant was priced at CNY2,999 (about RM1,800) while the 256GB variant was priced at CNY3,399 (about RM2,040) but we’ll keep you posted on details. The y have however released a slew of teasers online about the nova 7 SE with a series of short commercials. Here’s one:

Here’s the insider buyer’s guide for the best bargains at the Huawei AppGallery Carnival this 19-30th June 2020

Huawei Malaysia is ramping things up by several notches with their upcoming Huawei  AppGallery Carnival where they will be offering crazy bargains for all their gear from notebooks to smartphones. To make things even more exciting, they’re offering lucky draws worth up to RM2 million and – get this – a special one-day sale on 19th June with even crazier bargains than usual.

Huawei AppGallery Carnival 7What’s happening on 19th June for the Huawei AppGallery Carnival?

Huawei will be debuting their new nova 7 SE 5G smartphone that is currently the cheapest 5G capable smartphone in Malaysia and the FreeBuds 3i wireless earbuds which sports noise cancellation tech. There’s no official price on these two new devices but they’re rated to be very affordable indeed.

On 19th June, you’ll have to stay up late from 12.00PM to 1AM but the rewards are impressive as you can enjoy discounts up to RM400 off on the nova 7i, the Huawei MatePad Pro and the Huawei MediaPad M6. 

The Huawei nova 7i retails for RM1,099 but for this small window of time you can get it for RM869. The same goes for the MatePad Pro which usually costs RM2,399 but which will retail for RM2,199. The smaller MediaPad M6 which costs RM1,899 will cost just RM1,499 which is an RM400 discount along with a free M-Pen stylus.
Huawei AppGallery Carnival 5

RM160 voucher for the P30 Pro, Watch GT 2, M5 Lite and Free Buds 3

You can also claim an RM160 voucher between 12-19th June on the Huawei online store, on Shopee and on Lazada and cash it in to purchase the P30 Pro, the Watch GT 2, M5 Lite and Free Buds 3 with the aforementioned discount. 

Huawei AppGallery Carnival 6

Crazy Huawei App Gallery Carnival flash deals

You can get the Huawei AM61 Sport Bluetooth earphone at a bonkers RM61.90, the Band 4 at just RM6.19, the Huawei T5 at just RM61.90 and the Huawei X Gentle Monster Eyewear for just RM619 at 10.08AM on 19th June on the Huawei store and Lazada official online store. The clincher here is that there are limited quantities of each item so you need to be fast on the trigger to get them.

Huawei AppGallery Carnival 6

Deep discounts on 19th June for Huawei’s best gear – including the MatePad Pro


For one day only to kick off the Huawei AppGallery Carnival, Huawei will also offer additional markdowns on their best gear to make it even more tempting.  The Mate30, which retails for RM2,499 will go for just RM1,999 on this special day.

The Mate30 Pro which retails for RM3,599 will go for a staggering RM3,099 which is an RM599 discount. The MatePad Pro premium bundle inclusive of the Smart Magnetic keyboard will retail for RM2,798 (original price RM2,898) and throw in a free M-pencil worth RM299 too. Here’s a summarised table of the good stuff:
huawei appgallery carnival

For more details on the Huawei Appgallery Carnival, swing by the Huawei online store, Huawei’s Lazada store and Shopee store.

Get RM40 e-vouchers in the PUMA Online store with Samsung Rewards points

Samsung Rewards PUMA

Now that interstate travel is allowed in some fashion, it’s time to refresh your wardrobe with a bit of retail therapy. In that regard, the Samsung Rewards programme now lets you cash in 1,400 rewards points in exchange for an RM40 e-voucher for the PUMA online store.

There’s a bit of fine print of course. The RM40 e-voucher is only good with a minimum purchase of RM350 and it’s only viable for one redemption while stocks last. But that aside, it’s a pleasant way to cash in Samsung Rewards points.

For the uninitiated, Samsung Rewards points are earned via conducting transactions with Samsung Pay which works on many Samsung Galaxy phones including the new Galaxy S20 series, the Galaxy Note series, the Galaxy A71 and more. The offer is also available only until 31st August 2020 so you’ll need to hustle if you’re keen to cash in on the deal.

Samsung Rewards PUMA

Razer Kishi controller for Android phones makes mobile gaming great again

Gaming on an Android smartphone is a bit of a mixed bag with a selection of gaming-focused smartphones but few, if any, universal gaming controllers that made the mark. Until now that is as the Razer Kishi universal gaming controller for Android phones is now in the house and available in Malaysia.

razer kishi

Originally debuted at CES 2020, the Razer Kishi works with all Android smartphones with a USB Type-C connection and has a flexible centrepiece that extends that clamps onto the sides of a smartphone for gamers to play landscape style. 

The control setup is like a traditional gamepad with clickable analog thumbsticks, two shoulder buttons, two analog triggers, multi-function buttons and an 8-way direction pad. 

razer kishi 2

Heavy gamers will appreciate the fact that the Razer Kishi has passthrough charging, allowing for users to hook up a charging cable to the controller to juice a paired up smartphone without having to detach the controller. 

Users of the Razer Kishi have a distinct advantage over those who are solely dependent on using the touchscreen as the controls not only offer extra tactility but also free up the screen so that your fingers don’t block the view. That’s a huge bonus for games like Call of Duty Mobile and PUBG. 

razer kishi side angle

Razer Kishi controller price and availability

The Razer Kishi is now available for RM369 in Malaysia on the official Razer store online. Swing by their official page at https://www2.razer.com/ap-en/store/razer-kishi

Razer Kishi price

Malaysia telcos to offer 1GB free data daily until 31 December as part of Economic Recovery Plan

According to an announcement today by the Prime Minister of Malaysia Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the government has extended the prior free data initiative all the way to the end of the year with participating telcos offering 1GB of free data daily as part of the ‘Pelan Jana Semula Ekonomi Negara’ or Short-Term Economic Recovery Plan worth RM35 billion with RM10 billion as a direct cash injection by the government.

malaysia economic recovery plan telco

The free 1GB of data will be offered from 8AM to 6PM daily and will continue until 31 December 2020 to allow Malaysians access to education, productivity (video conference applications) and news by participating telco companies which include Maxis, TM, Celcom, Yes, Digi and U Mobile.

Also announced is free unlimited access to the Ministry of Health and other government related websites along with unlimited use of the government’s applications related to COVID-19 that include MySejahtera, MyTrace and Gerak Malaysia . For more details on the Short-Term Economic Recovery Plan, swing by www.penjana.treasury.gov.my

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Over 10 million Honor 9X series have been shipped across the planet 

Honor has just announced that they have shipped over 10 million Honor 9X series smartphones worldwide since the series’ debut in July 2019 which is quite a feat indeed. For the uninitiated, the Honor 9X series consists of three phones in a Goldilocks fashion with the Honor 9X, the Honor 9X Pro and the Honor 9X Lite. According to Honor, these impressive figures are a step-up from its predecessor, the Honor 8X which sold over 10 million phones on its own.

honor 9x lite cameras

The latest addition to the triumvirate is the recently released Honor 9X Lite that clocks in at just RM799 but which offers a 6.5-inch Fullview FHD+ display, the Kirin 710F processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB of storage and a rear 48MP AI Ultra-Clarity dual camera array on the rear with a 8-MP selfie camera up front. It also runs on their own in-house EMUI 9.1 user interface with Google Play for applications. 

honor 9x camera

 

A 3,750mAh battery keeps it juiced while a microUSB port allows for charging and docking duties. In Malaysia, the Honor 9X Lite comes with a free 10,000mAh power bank and a free RM70 online voucher when you buy it on their online store which you can view at https://www.hihonor.com/my/product/honor-9x-lite

honor 9x lite price

Only 10,000 units of the Oppo Ace2 Evangelion limited edition phone exist – take our money!

The Neon Genesis Evangelion series from Studio Gainax  remains one of the cornerstones of sci-fi anime with a following in the millions and a multimedia empire that sees the show and its characters plastered on everything from soda cans to video games. Now, Oppo has taken the next logical step and have created a special limited edition OPPO Reno Ace2 exclusively for the China market.

 

OPPO x Evangelion Ace2

Based on a recent post on Weibo, the OPPO Ace2 Evangelion edition is a fans’ dream come true with unique packaging, a unique design and basically every aspect of it tweaked to make any fan keel over in paroxysms of joy. The OPPO Reno Ace2 itself is kitted out in EVA Unit-01’s signature purple and neon green livery with black trim at strategic points. 

OPPO Ace2 Evangelion

Under the hood, the OPPO A2 has a Snapdragon 865 chip which marks it as a flagship-grade phone; no surprise seeing its prestigious pedigree, 8GB LPDDR5 RAM, 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage, a vibrant 90Hz display and a 4,000mAh battery with 65W fast charging support. Even the software has been tweaked with Evangelion themed wallpapers.

OPPO Ace2 Evangelion

 All this is crammed into a very unique casing that resembles an EVA Entry Plug, the so-called cockpits used to drive these multi-storey machines along with a charger and cable done up in NERV livery, wired headphones and as a very impressive touch – a miniature Spear of Longinus SIM card ejector. Just don’t go flinging it at supernatural entities, mind. I don’t think it’ll actually take anything out at this size and scale.

OPPO Ace2 Evangelion images

All this magnificence will cost you a surprisingly fair CNY4,399 which is about RM2,676. One problem though – it’s an exclusive available only for the China market and there are only 10,000 of these babies running around so if you want one, you’ll have to source the secondary gray market to get one.

 

OPPO Watch x Evangelion


It gets even better. If you’re particularly well heeled, OPPO is also issuing a jaw droppingly gorgeous OPPO Watch done up in EVA Unit-02’s red and black colour scheme with Asuka’s face smirking at you as screen wallpaper.

OPPO Watch Evangelion

All this is wrapped up in a box with EVA-02 in mid-stride about to curb stomp something into goo. This sleek looking OPPO Watch will cost you CNY2,199 which is about RM1,338. And yes, there’s only 10,000 of them running around.

OPPO Watch Evangelion Asuka

OPPO Enco W31 x Evangelion

Last but not least, OPPO has also issued a unique version of their Enco W31 wireless headphones. They’re functionally identical to a stock unit but have Ayanami Rei’s distinctive white and blue livery on the headphones and a pre-upgrade EVA-00 emblem in burnt yellow on the casing.

OPPO Enco W31 Evangelion

The packaging is equally eye-catching with a yellow Unit 0 on the cover. This unique Enco W31 variant retails for CNY 399 which is about RM273. And yes, like the rest there’s only 10,000 of them puttering about.

Evangelion OPPO Enco W31
You can admire these exquisite offerings on the official OPPO China store here but you’ll need to be fairly creative (or resourceful) to get a unit (get it!, er…we’ll stop now) over to our shores and there’ll likely be a hefty markup for shipping and other associated fees. All of the above devices will be available in China starting today on June 1st. There’s also a unique charging pad done up in NERV livery too for CNY299 which is about RM180 but there’s only 5,000 of these babies running around in circulation.

You can also catch their jaw-dropping trailer for the Oppo x Evangelion Ace2 below which uses CGI rather than the usual drawn animation.

[Source: Weibo, OPPO ]

Lenovo Legion 2020 Line-up lands in Malaysia

Lenovo Malaysia has just announced a massive array of new gaming laptops, desktops, monitors and more from their Lenovo Legion range spearheaded by the new Legion 5pi and Legion 5i gaming notebooks, all of which have a bevy of new features.

On top of the usual refreshed specifications that include the latest Intel 10th Gen processors, the new Lenovo Legion 2020 gaming laptops line-up sports what the brand calls TrueStrike keyboards which have 100% anti-ghosting capabilities and integrate soft-landing switches to ensure a more tactile, responsive gaming experience. They also have an anti-grease coating so you can, theoretically, use it after tackling a bag of Lays chips.

To keep the hardware cool, the new Lenovo Legion 2020 range sports what they call as Legion Coldfront 2.0 tech which uses a combination of hardware and software to keep temperature levels manageable and shunt heat away from critical parts of the hardware. On the other side of the coin, Lenovo has a Dual Burn feature that dials the processor and graphics card to its maximum safe thresholds for better performance.

Lenovo Legion 5i & Lenovo Legion 5

The Lenovo Legion 5i and Legion 5 are both 15.6-inch gaming laptops that will come with TrueStrike keyboards, Legion Coldfront 2.0 thermal management tech and enhanced battery life. In terms of specifications, the Legion 5i will have an Intel CPU, up to 16GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB SSDs with WiFI 6 connectivity and prices starting from RM4,199 with availability from June 2020. 

The Legion 5 will have the AMD Ryzen 7 4000 H-series mobile processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX2060 graphics with prices starting from RM3,599 and availability from June 2020.
Lenovo Legion 5i

Lenovo Legion 5Pi

The beefed up Lenovo Legion 5Pi has 10th Gen Intel Core H-series processors, up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX2060 or GTX processors and have, according to Lenovo, beefier cooling arrays to keep all that hardware cool on top of a nifty logo on the back and a stylish Iron Grey finish. Prices start from RM6,399 and it will hit stores in June 2020.

Lenovo Legion 5pi


Lenovo Legion 7i

The Legion 7i has an all-metal chassis with RGB-lit lighting vents and serious hardware in the form of 10th Gen Intel COre i8 H-series overclocked CPUs and more under the hood. There’s no price yet but it’s slated for arrival sometime later this year.

Lenovo Legion 7i

Lenovo Legion Tower 5i

For those who want a more static gaming rig, the Tower 5i has swanky blue LED lighting and AMD Ryzen desktop CPUs with availability and pricing slated for later this year.

Lenovo Legion 5i tower

Both the Lenovo Legion 5i and Legion 5Pi are up for preorders with free goodies galore that include cashback rebates, Steam Wallet credit, a Legion gaming backpack and more. Buyers who acquire the Legion 5Pi can also get the 43.4-inch Lenovo Legion Y44W 144Hz Curved gaming monitor too while stocks last as part of the deal which amounts to a staggering RM5,436. Check them out participating Lenovo Exclusive stores or online at https://lenovo.my/legionpreorder/

Digi PhoneFreedom 365 plans offer OPPO A9 2020 with 200GB data, unlimited calls for RM98 per month

Digi OPPO A92 PhoneFreedom 365

Digi is rolling out a unique package just in time for Ramadan as they’re bundling the OPPO A9 2020 with their Digi PhoneFreedom 365 plan which throws in a whopping 200GB of data, unlimited calls and more along with the phone for just RM98 a month.

Digi OPPO A92 PhoneFreedom 365
To refresh your memory, the OPPO A9 2020 was released on the tail end of 2019 and has a 6.5-inch HD+ display up front, runs Android 10 on a Snapdragon 665 octacore processor paired with 7GB RAM and 128GB of storage. The rear comes with a centreline mounted quad camera array that consists of a primary 48MP camera, an 8-MP ultra wide angle camera, a 2MP mono camera and a 2MP portrait camera. Up front, the phone has a single 16MP selfie camera. The phone also has stereo speakers too.

Digi Oppo A92 PhoneFreedom 365
To power it, the OPPO A9 2020 has a 5,000mAh battery charged via a USB Type C port. Currently, the OPPO A9 2020 retails for RM999 but if you’re in need of a phone to get about and already use this much data and calls, it’s worth a look. For more details on the Digi PhoneFreedom 365 plan visit their page at digi.my/rpf365/Oppo-HQ