Huawei nova 7 5G preorders on 7th July priced at RM1,999 with RM1,571 in free gifts!

huawei nova 7 5G

The circle is complete as Huawei has finally announced their most powerful nova series smartphone for the year to stand alongside the nova 7i and nova 7 SE. Meet the new nova 7 5G.

As midrange phones go, the Huawei nova 7 5G punches closer to a flagship phone than a midranger. It comes with a 6.53-inch OLED display with 2,240 x 1080 pixel resolution as well as a punch hole in the upper left corner for a 32MP selfie camera.

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Under the hood, the phone runs Huawei’s own EMUI user interface on a Kirin 985 5G processor paired with 8GB RAM and 256GB of non-expandable storage. As you would surmise, it has support for 5G networks with both non-standalone (NSA) and standalone (SA) network support.

The rear sports a quad-camera array that consists of a primary 64MP F/1.8 camera with PDAF, a secondary 8MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom, another 8MP camera with an ultra wide angle lens and a 2MP macro camera. Both the front and rear come with 4K video capture capabilities. There’s no optical image stabilisation here but Huawei’s experience in computational photography and their beefy NPU in the Kirin 985 helps to ensure judder free shots.

Keeping the nova 7 juiced is a 4,000mAh battery that also has 40W SuperCharge support so you can juice it up to 70% in just half an hour.

Huawei nova 7 5G price

In Malaysia, the Huawei nova 7 comes in your choice of either MidSummer Purple or Space Silver for RM1,999. It will be available nationwide from 10th July 2020. with preorders from 7th of July though they have a special bundle of free gifts for one-day only on 7th July.  If you preorder the nova 7 5G on 7th July , Huawei is throwing in a ton of free gifts worth RM1,571 which are:

1.HUAWEI CM510 Mini Speaker Pair
2.HUAWEI AP09S 10000mAh SuperCharge Powerbank
3.HUAWEI nova 7 PC Case (Forest Depths Blue)
4.HUAWEI Mobile Cloud Storage 15GB (Valid 12 Months*) Steps to Redeem.
5.HUAWEI Member Centre Rewards

In the meantime, you can point your browsers to Huawei’s official online shop at https://shop.huawei.com/my/product/huawei-nova-7 and prepare yourselves for when it is available for sale. If you’re on the fence, you can check out our review of the nova 7 5G here.

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POCO F2 Pro priced from RM2,199 coming to Malaysia this 10th June

Flagship phones with high-end hardware like a Snapdragon 865 processor are usually expected to come with a hefty price tag but the POCO F2 Pro that’s inbound for the Malaysia market up-ends this perception entirely as it comes with an impressive array of hardware, including the aforementioned top-shelf CPU and a rear camera capable of 8K video capture for just RM2,199.

POCO F2 Pro demo
The POCO F2 Pro comes with a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution and the ability to support HDR10+ content. The phone comes with the Snapdragon 865 processor, currently one of the most powerful mobile phone processors in the market and along with it 5G connectivity, 6GB RAM and 128GB of expandable storage. 

POCO F2 Pro cam

The rear quad camera array consists of a 64-MP F/1.8 primary camera with a Sony IMX686 sensor, a 13-MP ultra wide angle camera, a 5-MP macro camera and a 2-MP depth sensor. Of note is that the primary 64-MP rear camera supports 8K video capture which makes it one of the few phones in the market capable of doing so. For selfies, the POCO F2 Pro has a 20-MP camera housed in a pop-up motorised array with 120fps slo-mo video capture thrown in for good measure.

POCO F2 Pro  lazada sale
The POCO F2 comes with a fairly large 4,700mAh battery with 33W fast charging. In Malaysia, the POCO F2 Pro will come in your choice of Neon Blue, Phantom White, Electric Purple and Cyber Grey at a price of RM2,199 but you can get it in a one-day special flash sale for RM1,999 on the 10th of June on Lazada. There is also an upgunned variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage for RM2,599 and a free BlackShark Funcooler worth RM139 thrown in for good measure.

6GB RAM + 128GB storage RM2,199 (RM1,999 one day Lazada sale 10th June 2020)

8GB RAM + 256GB storage RM2,599 w/ Blackshark Funcooler (RM139)

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Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) extended till June 9 in Malaysia

In a televised address to the nation today, Malaysia Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the ongoing conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) will be extended by one month and will end on June 9th 2020.

Based on the prior modus operandi for the ongoing CMCO, which was first announced on May 1st, this means that there will be no interstate travel nor will there be trips out of the country. Most business activities will be allowed to resume operations under strict operating procedures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Conditional Movement Control Order

This means the enforcement of social distancing, the mandatory recording of temperatures and the personal details of visitors to the premises of a business establishment if there is a need for contact tracing, regular sanitisation of all critical areas and other security measures. Much like the earlier MCO that was announced earlier on in March, mass gatherings that include social gatherings, exhibitions, conferences and religious activities are still not allowed.

Conditional Movement Control Order
What this means for Malaysians is that the upcoming Hari Raya, Kaamatan and Gawai celebrations will be a more muted affair with the ban on interstate travel. Fortunately, the Prime Minister did add that close neighbours and relatives are allowed to visit each other within the state to a maximum of 20 people at a given time. Stay safe out there everyone!

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OPPO A91 now in comes in a shiny shade of Unicorn White

The workhorse OPPO A91 has recently been launched in Malaysia in a shade of Lightning Black but they’re now offering an additional shade for the phone that they’ve dubbed Unicorn White for the same price tag of RM999.

The OPPO A91 is part of their affordable A-series phone and interestingly enough is one of the first in the range to use an AMOLED panel for its 6.4-inch FHD+ display which ensures more vibrant colours onscreen. The A91’s large display has a 90.7% screen-to-body ratio and an under-display fingerprint reader.

OPPO A91 Unicorn White

On the hardware front, the OPPO A91 has a Mediatek MT6771V Helio P70 octacore processor paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage expandable via a microSD card slot.

The rear quad camera array has a primary 48-MP camera that uses pixel binning to squish 4 pixels into 1 to serve up 12-MP shots, a secondary 8-MP ultrawide angle camera, a 2-MP mono camera and a 2-MP depth sensor. The front of the OPPO A91 packs a 16-MP F/2.0 selfie camera. Both the front and rear cameras max out at 1080P video capture.

The phone comes with a 4025mAh battery that has VOOC 3.0 flash charging, allowing for a 50% charge in just half an hour. To acquire it, you can swing by OPPO’s official Lazada store or official Shopee store.

Samsung Yearly Upgrade Program gets you freebies galore with Galaxy Note9 purchase plus 10% off the next Galaxy Note

The Galaxy Note9 is Samsung’s current wunderkind flagship phone that integrates a veritable wishlist of features that smartphone users want into a svelte, glass and metal casing that’s just 8.8mm thin.

The phone combines exceptional endurance on account of a huge battery, a luscious Super AMOLED display, one of the best rear cameras ever made and a revamped S Pen stylus that lets you doodle and write, as we’ve demonstrated here at will via their Screen Off Memo mode by simply removing the stylus from the phone. Envious? You can get in on the action on the Galaxy Note9 as Samsung, for a limited time only, is offering their exclusive Yearly Upgrade Program which offers a ton of goodies as well as a 10% discount off the next Galaxy Note phone for a mere RM100 top-up when you buy the Galaxy Note9.

Basically, when you buy the Galaxy Note9, be it the 6GB RAM/128GB model or the 8GB RAM/512GB model, all you need to do is to top up the purchase price with a nominal RM100 to be eligible for the Samsung Yearly Upgrade Program. Once you’re in, you get a ton of rewards instantly for free. Gratis. On the house.

Depending on your choice of payment, you are entitled to slightly different perks. If you purchase the phone outright with cash or a one-time credit card purchase, you get a free Screen Protection Plus policy worth RM298 inclusive of SST which entitles you to fix the display for free, once, in the unlikely event you prang it by accident.

Alternatively, if you purchase the phone via Samsung’s Easy Payment Plan (EPP) scheme under the 12-month installment program, you get one month installment waived which works out to an RM308.25 discount off the the 128GB variant price of RM3,699 and RM383.25 off the 512GB variant price of RM4,599.

You’ll still need to pay all 12 installments of course but this free 1 month installment waiver is split across all payments so you’re only paying RM282.56 per month for the 128GB variant and RM351.31 per month for the 512GB variant across the 12 month installment period.

What other good stuff do we get for the Samsung Yearly Upgrade Program?

In a word, plenty. Signing up for the programme gets you a heap of 5,000 free Samsung Rewards Points that you can instantly redeem for other goods and services. Most importantly, you are eligible for a 10% discount off the purchase of the next Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone that will make its appearance next year.

There is some fine print of course. You need to purchase your Galaxy Note9 and sign up for the program as it has a limited duration that runs from now till 2 December 2018 or while stocks last. The offer is also good at all Samsung Experience Stores, Samsung Preferred Partners Platinum, SenHeng and SenQ outlets nationwide.

For more details on the Samsung Yearly Upgrade Program, swing by their official page at https://www.samsung.com/my/offer/mobile/note9-yup/

Upcoming Huawei Carnival to offer RM6 million in prizes and even cars up for grabs

Everyone loves goodies and Huawei Malaysia is looking to reward customers with an upcoming 2-day Huawei Carnival that will take place from 9 – 10 June 2018 with RM6 million worth of prizes up for grabs by simply buying any from a selected range of Huawei’s latest phones.

Some of the prizes on offer include 20 Perodua Axia cars, 60 Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design phones as well as tons of additional gifts and accessories for the P-series, Mate series and nova series phones too.  All customers have to do is to purchase any of Huawei’s selected smartphone models during the promotion period. At purchase, buyers can immediately redeem a free gift, with a different gift for each model purchased from selected redemption points nationwide. If you got it online from an e-tailer, you can have it couriered to you along with your phone.

Some of the instant prizes on offer when you participate in the Huawei Carnival promotion
Some of the redeemable prizes on offer when you participate in the Huawei Carnival promotion


Once that’s sorted out you are also entitled to participate in a lucky draw with a single device entitling a buyer to one entry with Huawei announcing the winners on 29 June 2018. If you bought your phone online you’ll have to courier the entry back to Huawei’s Malaysia office before 15 June 2018 to be eligible. There’s a bunch of additional fine print as well of course but with the introduction of 0% GST, now’s a good time as any to get in on the Huawei bandwagon and the offer includes their latest flagships, the P20 and P20 Pro which have proven to be exceptional phones in both performance and design. For more details swing by their official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HuaweiMobileMY

Redemption points for the Huawei Carnival
Redemption points for the Huawei Carnival

 

Infowatch establishes regional office in Kuala Lumpur

One of the most influential information security and data loss prevention organisations in the world, the InfoWatch Group has been active for over a decade and their proprietary solutions are used many of the world’s leading financial institutions and companies with sensitive data like the Bank of Moscow, Sukhoi and more. Now, they’ve spread their aegis to Malaysia as they’ve just set up an office in downtown Kuala Lumpur. While the InfoWatch Group has operated in Malaysia since 2012, it’s only until recently that they’ve officially established an office in the country. Once a side project of Kaspersky Labs, the Infowatch Group parted ways to become a separate entity in 2007 and evolved into a group of companies that have specialised to protect business concerns from security threats from within and without.

Infowatch press con
From right: Natalya Kaspersy – President of Infowatch Group and Cofounder of Kaspersky Lab | Vladimir Shutemov, Chief International Business Development Director of Infowatch

Currently, the InfoWatch group serves over 1,500 concerns around the globe with their unique patented cybersecurity tech that is able to monitor and prevent leaks with the ability to analyse content in non-English languages such as Indonesian, Vietnamese and Malay.

The Malaysia branch of InfoWatch will have both Russian and local experts with a focus on government agencies and large concerns in finance, insurance and healthcare industries. Natalya Kaspersky, President of InfoWatch Group flew in to inaugurate the opening of the new branch office at IFSEC Southeast Asia 2017, a regional event that brings together hundreds of the world’s best cybersecurity companies to showcase their solutions to customers. 

As part of the proceedings, she also shared her findings from InfoWatch’s inaugural report on the state of security in Southeast Asia. According to the report, data leakage incursions were relatively similar to globally announced figures though with some quaint geographical anomalies due to the nature of the digital landscape. One particularly interesting oddity in Southeast Asia is that most leaks are via a web browser or the cloud though data leaks from removable media are almost nonexistent as people mostly use mobile devices in the region. The data most often leaked in Southeast Asia is also often of a personal nature like customer databases and the like whereas state or trade secrets are not as commonly leaked. Interesting stuff, that. For more news on Infowatch swing by their official website at www.infowatch.com.

 

You can now buy OPPO’s R9s in green

The OPPO R9s has quite a few colour options available in Malaysia including red, black and gold with OPPO now adding a new shade of green to the line-up. The R9s Green Edition has a light lime green finish though the hardware under the hood is similar to its other differently hued siblings.

The phone comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD 401ppi AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable storage, a rear 16-MP camera with an F/1.7 aperture and a 3,000mAh battery with VOOC fast charging tech. The R9s Green Edition lands in Malaysia sometime in the middle of this month at a similar price to its siblings at RM1,798.

 

Inaugural Taiwan Excellence Pavilion showcases the best that Taiwan has to offer

Representatives officially launching the Taiwan Excellence Pavilion at 1 Utama mall

The New Wing of the 1 Utama shopping centre at lower concourse of the complex is now host to the inaugural Taiwan Excellence Pavilion. The area showcases working examples of some of the most innovative products from Taiwan that have been awarded their prestigious Taiwan Excellence mark.

The Taiwan Excellence Pavilion
The Taiwan Excellence Pavilion
Mr James Chi-Ping Chang, Representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia touring the exhibits at the Taiwan Excellence Pavilion
(Centre) Mr James Chi-Ping Chang, Representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia touring the exhibits at the Taiwan Excellence Pavilion

The event will also see round-the-clock product exhibitions by representatives of the various companies showcasing products at the exhibition along with cultural performances too. There is also a lucky draw with prizes worth RM10,000 up for grabs. Admission is free and the pavilion is open from today till 16 July 2017.

A selection of Taiwan Excellence awarded products at the Taiwan Excellence Pavilion at 1 Utama mall
A selection of Taiwan Excellence awarded products at the Taiwan Excellence Pavilion at 1 Utama mall

Celcom and Grab team up to offer benefits galore

From left: Zalman Aefendy Zainal Abidin, Chief Marketing Officer of Celcom Axiata Berhad, Sean Goh, Country Head of Grab Malaysia, Azwan Khan Osman Khan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Business Operations of Celcom Axiata Berhad and Tian Jiong Jian, Head of Business Development, Grab Malaysia flanked by the Celcom product and services team .

Celcom Axiata and ride-hailing app service Grab have teamed up to provide Celcom customers with a slew of benefits. The biggest perk is that all Celcom customers will enjoy zero-rated data usage when using the GrabCar app, meaning you can use all that extra surfeit of data on more important stuff like streaming that new season of Game of Thrones that’s just around the corner.

Another benefit is a beefed up loyalty programme that will offer free GrabCar rides and discounts aplenty for Celcom customers. For more details swing by Grab’s site to get a lowdown on the benefits available at http://grb.to/celcomloyalty and Celcom’s official site at www.celcom.com.my

From left: Zalman Aefendy Zainal Abidin, Chief Marketing Officer of Celcom Axiata Berhad, Sean Goh, Country Head of Grab Malaysia, Azwan Khan Osman Khan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Business Operations of Celcom Axiata Berhad and Tian Jiong Jian, Head of Business Development, Grab Malaysia flanked by the Celcom product and services team .