It is so rare for a top exec from one company to publicly praise the product of another (competitor) company. But then again, Hugo Barra is not a normal top executive. The VP of Xiaomi Global has gone on record to state that the new iPhone 6 is “the most beautiful smartphone ever built”.
Close to seventeen hours after the highly-anticipated pre-orders for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were opened by local telcos DiGi and Maxis, the experience remains exceptionally erratic. The Maxis Online Store remains inaccessible, while DiGi’s one is a hit-and-miss affair. Eager customers are obviously not happy, venting their frustration at every available comment box online. Behind the scenes, both companies have been working on counter-measures to work around the issues faced.
[UPDATE @ 8:03pm] The Maxis Midnight Express is now live. More below.
[ORIGINAL ARTICLE @ 7:43pm]
With pre-orders for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus going live at midnight, Maxis will be unveiling its own special delivery service for those who make their pre-orders for the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Say hello to the Maxis Midnight Express, which will be unveiled later tonight.
Xiaomi has been quiet beyond its weekly flash sales recently, but behind the scenes the company is working on expanding its after-sales services. Several people have spotted that a Xiaomi service centre is set to open in Plaza Low Yat within the heart of Kuala Lumpur to cater for the increasingly large Xiaomi user base in the country.
DiGi is going big and loud with its upcoming iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launches in Malaysia. Besides being the first local telco to announce the two new iPhones’ availability in the country (by about ten minutes), it has also introduced a virtual queueing system with a twist. It’s called QueLi, and it offers you the chance of being one of the first to own the new iPhone in Malaysia, without having to queue to get it. Here’s how QueLi works.
Modern Sleek. That is the design philosophy behind Samsung’s latest phablet, the Galaxy Note 4. The South Korean company shared plenty of details behind its new Note 4 and Note Edge smartphones via its official blog, detailing key design decisions behind the two smartphones, from choice of material, the removal of the controversial fake stitching along the back cover, and even the curvature of the Edge Screen on the Galaxy Note Edge.
Fan meet-ups are a regular phenomenon for Chinese smartphone companies in its home markets as a way of showing appreciation for fans’ support for the brand. There has been some pretty epic ones we’ve seen in China, where the meet-ups are exceptionally epic – and now Oppo is planning to hold one here in Malaysia.
When Sony introduced the original Xperia Z smartphone to the world, it also introduced a manufacturing and philosophical shift in its flagship smartphone strategy: to have a six-month cycle for its Z series of flagship Android smartphones. As a result, since the Xperia Z debuted at CES 2013, we’ve now got four Z-series smartphones in under two years: the Z, Z1, Z2 and now the Xperia Z3.
The company’s faced some pretty harsh criticism over this move, as many consumers feel that they are being short-changed for buying a premium smartphone that’s only going to be a flagship for six months. But since using both the Xperia Z2 and the Z3 almost back-to-back, I’m beginning to see some semblance of logic in Sony’s apparent madness.
And then there was another one. Following the footsteps of our sister sites Hype Malaysia, Lipstiq.com, Autofreaks.com, Wanista and our e-commerce site Storekini, the Lowyat Networks family of publications has expanded to include yet another exciting addition. Say hello to Fourth Official, Malaysia’s latest one-stop sports portal!
Somewhat reluctantly, Apple quickly announced the new iPad mini 3 shortly after announcing the iPad Air 2. The new smaller iPad received very little on-stage time unlike the new iPad Air and the new iMac with Retina Display, and it is likely due to the lack of proper hardware improvements over last year’s iPad mini with Retina Display.