UPDATE @ 11:25am, 23 January: As reader Boon Jia Jie points out, the minimum purchase for free shipping has also increased. More on that below.
After Mi Singapore’s raising of prices of its Mi Power Banks, it is now Mi Malaysia’s turn. The strengthening Chinese currency has resulted in Xiaomi raising the prices of two of its Mi Power Bank variants sold here.
[Update: Now with hands-on video shot from Beijing!]
Xiaomi’s meteoric rise as everybody’s favourite smartphone brand is relentless, and with the release of its first-ever flagship Mi Note phablet, the signs are that there is no slowing this train anytime soon. Shortly after the launch event, we managed to sneak some precious few minutes with the device, and here’s our first impressions.
Xiaomi’s Mi Note launch event last week was a particularly significant one for the company. Not only was this the first real global launch event by Xiaomi, the Mi Note was also the first Mi phone designed for the international market. Even Hugo Barra, the Xiaomi Global VP famed for his casual polo tee outfits, was decked in a suit; evidently, this was a big deal.
It was also a big deal for Malaysian Mi Fans, as after the event it was revealed that Xiaomi will not be releasing its current flagship, the Mi 4, into Malaysia. This was the latest in a series of let-downs from the Chinese company, and for some, it may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. After arriving to such frenzy in Malaysia, has Xiaomi-mania hit its lowest ebb?
While the buzz was all about Xiaomi’s latest flagship phablet, the Mi Note, the folks at Xiaomi Global also had some bad news for some of you who had been waiting for the Mi 4. Xiaomi Global VP Hugo Barra has confirmed that the Xiaomi Mi 4, the company’s current flagship smartphone, will not be coming officially to Malaysia.
With the release of the new Xiaomi Mi Note, suddenly the Chinese company is setting its sights on a market dominated by just a few phones: the premium phablet. This market is home to a select few devices which manage to balance a large screen with plenty of practical features to separate it from smaller-screened flagships. How does the new Mi Note fare in this elite club? And just for the sake of it, let’s throw in the Mi Note Pro as well.
As it turns out, Xiaomi’s latest smartphone isn’t a revolutionary new product, but the new Mi Note opens a new product category on its own. The Mi Note is the company’s first flagship phablet to complement the Mi 4 smartphone, and Xiaomi has set its aims very high – to take on the iPhone 6 Plus.
Introducing Malaysia’s super sleuth, Ah Lock! This self-styled master detective uses the latest gadgets at his disposal to solve Malaysia’s most mysterious cases!
This time, Ah Lock finds himself with a rather tasty case to solve. It happens all the time in shared spaces: someone always steals your food in the office fridge. Can Ah Lock crack the case before our distressed victim cracks her head?
Special thanks to Samsung Malaysia Electronics for collaborating on the project!
The ongoing Malaysia IT Fair in Mid Valley Megamall is proving to be quite interesting for prospective laptop buyers. Not only did MSI announce two new gaming laptops (including the GT80 Titan equipped with a mechanical keyboard), Acer also took the opportunity to put its new 2015 models on sale. The final surprise came from Lenovo, where the company’s 14-inch Y40-80 gaming laptop also made its debut here.
Samsung’s Malaysian launch of the new Galaxy A5 and A3 series was filled with surprises. Unlike the series’ launch in India – where the company announced a whole new Galaxy E series – the Malaysian launch had the first sighting of the Galaxy A7, which is not yet announced globally just yet.
And, lying on a random table at the launch event is what you see above: the Galaxy Note Edge. According to our sources, this unique device will be coming to Malaysia as early as next month.
Xiaomi has already unveiled the Redmi 2, but it looks like a busy January for what is now the world’s most valuable tech startup. The company has just officially announced that its “next flagship product” will be launched on 15 January in Beijing, teasing that this product will be “as thin as a cicada’s wing”.
It’s been rumoured about for some time, but it still comes as a surprise to many. Samsung has chosen the busy CES period to introduce the new Galaxy E series of smartphones in India, where the new Galaxy E5 and E7 are the more affordable alternatives to the new Galaxy A series.