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There Are Various Xiaomi Mi 4 Variants, Including an LTE Model for International Markets

by Pang Tun Yau · 25 mins ago · No Comments · 120 views

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Xiaomi’s latest flagship smartphone, the highly-anticipated Mi 4, has just been announced. Featuring top-tier specs while still maintaining the same price tag as its previous flagship, some will consider the Mi 4 to be the true 2014 flagship killer – a term coined by another Chinese smartphone company, OnePlus.

However, there has been some confusion about the Mi 4′s LTE capabilities. This being a device made in China, many consider the Mi 4′s LTE radios to not be compatible with the LTE bands outside of China. We spoke to a Xiaomi rep earlier to clarify the matter.

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Xiaomi Announces Flagship Mi 4 Smartphone

by Pang Tun Yau · 4 hours ago · 11 Comments · 7.8k views

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At its annual product launch happening right now, Xiaomi has announced its flagship smartphone for this year: the Mi 4. Featuring hardware that Xiaomi claims bests the other flagships in the market, are we looking at the best Android smartphone of the year?

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4 Things to Expect at Xiaomi’s July 22 Product Launch Event

by Pang Tun Yau · 4 days ago · 2 Comments · 9.1k views

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Xiaomi’s annual product launch event will be held in Beijing next Tuesday, where the company is expected to announce a host of new devices for the year. The most anticipated among these would be Xiaomi’s latest flagship smartphone, which may be called the Mi 4. With just a few days to go before the official announcement, the rumour mills have already gone into overdrive.

Here’s what to expect at next week’s Xiaomi event.

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TEDxKL Offers Lowyat.NET Readers Special Rates for Tickets

by Pang Tun Yau · 4 days ago · No Comments · 1.1k views

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The popular TEDx series returns to Kuala Lumpur for another year, where 13 influential people from a diverse set of practices will be presenting their stories to Malaysian attendees. This year’s TEDxKL will be held at the Calvary Convention Centre on August 9, and will carry the theme “The Open Future”. As the official forum partner for TEDxKL, Lowyat.NET readers get to enjoy special rates for the admission tickets! Read on to find out more.

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Jolla Expands into Asia, Starting with India

by Pang Tun Yau · 4 days ago · 1 Comment · 502 views

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Finnish smartphone startups Jolla is expanding into the Asian market. The company has just announced that it will be arriving soon to India, where the Jolla smartphone will be exclusively available at India’s largest e-commerce marketplace, Snapdeal.com.

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[Update] Spec Sheet: ASUS ZenFone 4, 5 and 6 Compared

by Pang Tun Yau · 4 days ago · 21 Comments · 63.3k views

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[Update] The table for the hardware on the ZenFone models have been updated to reflect recent changes to the variants available in Malaysia.

Yesterday, ASUS finally launched its new ZenFone range of Android smartphones in the Southeast Asian region. Powered by Intel’s Clover Trail+ range of processors, these smartphones take the word “budget” and “affordable” to new low levels. With retail prices starting from only RM299, the new ZenFone 4, 5 and 6 could well be the smartphones to watch.

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[Update: New Model Added]Samsung Malaysia Lowers Retail Prices of Selected Smartphones

by Pang Tun Yau · 4 days ago · 8 Comments · 6.2k views

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[Update: 11:50am, July 18] Samsung Malaysia has added another model, the Galaxy Note 3 Neo, to the lineup. More details below

Samsung Malaysia has revised the retail prices of some of its smartphones ahead of the festive season. A full-page advertisement run on a national newspaper showed that devices such as the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3 and several others now feature price reductions of up to RM300 from their original retail prices.

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Ever Wondered What Awaits at the Reebok One Challenge 2014?

by Pang Tun Yau · 6 days ago · No Comments · 260 views

The Reebok One Challenge returns later this year, to be held in Putrajaya on September 14. One of the year’s toughest races, this year’s challenge will feature again be a test on both your physical ability as well as your mental strength, featuring a mix of long-distance running as well as obstacle courses. It is likely that whatever that you go through physically and mentally come race day isn’t possible to be replicated, but the brave men at Reebok Malaysia have released a video demonstrating a simulation of the race.

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Review: Xiaomi Mi 3 – How can Something So Good be this Cheap?

by Pang Tun Yau · 1 week ago · 50 Comments · 24.1k views

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Recently, I went to a restaurant in one of the newly-opened shopping malls in town. Upon getting a table, I placed my phone on the table to prevent squishing my keys against the phone. The waiter took my order, made a quick glance to the table and left.

Less than a minute later, he came back. “Excuse me sir,” he began, “may I know where you got your phone from?” he said, pointing to the Xiaomi Mi 3 lying on the table.

This question, alongside its variations, was one I faced almost everywhere I went. Granted, there should be more owners of the Mi 3 these days, but I still see curious glances whenever I use this phone in public. How is it that a smartphone which costs less than RM800 demand such attention?

As it turns out, that was a pretty easy question to answer.

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Did A Twitter Account Really Predicted the Outcome of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final?

by Pang Tun Yau · 1 week ago · 5 Comments · 3.5k views

Earlier this morning, Germany won the World Cup, beating Argentina via Mario Gotze’s goal scored in the 23rd minute of extra time. Many claimed it was a goal worthy of winning football’s greatest prize, crafted by a young man destined for greatness. For Gotze, this could only have been written in the stars.

Or was it? A Twitter account claims to have mentioned the exact sequence of events that unfolded at the Maracana stadium early this morning, where the account tweeted that Germany would not only win the World Cup, but also have a goal scored in the second half of extra time, and that Gotze would score it – close to a full 12 hours before the match started. Whoaa…

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[Update: Bung Finally Apologises] Bravo! Malaysian MP Embroiled in Hitler Twitter Storm After Germany Wins World Cup Semis

by Pang Tun Yau · 2 weeks ago · 16 Comments · 13.8k views

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[Update 3 @ July 10, 12:43pm] After drawing ire from the Prime Minister Najib Razak, Bung Moktar has finally apologised for his tweet. Read more for details.

[Update 2 @ July 10, 12:37am] Unsurprisingly, the sheer virality of the news has gained international attention. Read more below.

[Update] The German Ambassador to Malaysia has condemned Bung Moktar’s Hitler reference. More below.

In case you missed the big news from the World Cup in Brazil early this morning, the first semi-final match between Germany and Brazil saw the European giants humbling the host nation 7-1, in one of the most shocking football results in recent times. Naturally, Germany supporters were elated at not only reaching the World Cup final, but also in the manner of reaching it.

Unfortunately, some fans can and do go a little overboard at times like these. It’s mostly harmless when someone like you and I share victorious status updates, but when you’re an MP and you make a reference to a dark side of world history…that’s another story. Case in point: controversial Member of Parliament Bung Moktar.

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Samsung Offers the Galaxy Tab S at a RM500 Discount for Samsung Galaxy Life App Users

by Pang Tun Yau · 2 weeks ago · 11 Comments · 2.8k views

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Samsung’s latest Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab S, will be available to the public starting from this Friday. To celebrate the occasion, the company has announced several offers, including a RM500 discount off the retail price of the Galaxy Tab S for Galaxy Life app users.

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