Editorial

The Complete List of “Free” Phones Offered by Major Malaysian Telcos

by Huei Song · 4 days ago · 3 Comments · 6.2k views

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So, you’re not a fan of the latest and greatest smartphones in the market. For you, a simple smartphone to keep you connected with your family and friends is more than enough, and would rather not cut a huge hole in your pocket just to own one. Here is a list of all the phones you can get for “free” from local telcos – Maxis, Celcom, U Mobile and DiGi.

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Magic: The Casual Gathering – Playing MtG Without Being Competitive

by Farhan · 4 days ago · No Comments · 639 views

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Having played in the Magic 2015 pre-release to mark my return to the game, I decided to start looking for alternative ways of playing the game. Particularly ways that are less competitive or formats that are not found in Duels of the Planeswalkers. Magic the Gathering is full of alternative formats, completely due to the sheer number of people who get bored playing standard competitive Magic and want something new.

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[Update: More Samples] How is the Camera on the Xiaomi Mi 4?

by Pang Tun Yau · 6 days ago · 3 Comments · 8k views

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Xiaomi’s latest flagship smartphone, the Mi 4, is interestingly packed with a camera sensor that is used by two other Chinese flagship smartphones. The second-gen IMX 214 stacked CMOS sensor from Sony made its appearance first on the OnePlus One as well as the Oppo Find 7 and Find 7a. It is indeed odd for three flagship smartphones to feature a similar camera sensor, but each smartphone has its own software tweaks to separate it from the rest.

At Xiaomi’s experience zone for the Mi 4, we managed to capture some sample shots to have an initial assessment on how the camera performs.

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[Update: Mi 4 vs. Mi 3] Spec Sheet: Is the Xiaomi Mi 4 the True 2014 Flagship Smartphone Killer?

by Huei Song · 6 days ago · 12 Comments · 16.6k views

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Update: We included a comparison of the Xiaomi Mi 4 and Mi 3 so hit the break to check it out.

How many of you are impressed with the Xiaomi announcements earlier today? Its flagship smartphone, the Mi 4, features some of the latest and most powerful hardware under its 5” hood and what makes it even more attractive is that it comes with a pretty affordable price tag – starting from approximately RM1,099.

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

by Pang Tun Yau · 2 weeks ago · 2 Comments · 9.6k 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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[Update] Spec Sheet: ASUS ZenFone 4, 5 and 6 Compared

by Pang Tun Yau · 2 weeks ago · 21 Comments · 63.8k 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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[Feature] Taking Magic: The Gathering From The PC To The Tabletop

by Farhan · 2 weeks ago · 1 Comment · 1k views

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Magic 2015 – Duels of the Planeswalkers arrived on the iPad late last week. While I do not own an iPad, the news piqued my interest in the world’s most popular card game once again. I will admit that I have played Magic: the Gathering on and off since I was 13, mostly off as I remain easily distracted by other games and haven’t been convinced to spend that much money on cards. However, I did have quite a bit of fun playing the previous incarnations of Duels of the Planeswalkers. So how hard could it be to transfer all that practice in the virtual version of the game to the tabletop environment?

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The Last Word: At The End, All That’s Left Is A New Beginning

by Lucas Lau · 3 weeks ago · 38 Comments · 5.3k views

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Today marks my last day at Lowyat.NET.

4 years ago, I moved back to KL from Singapore to take up the job as a writer for Lowyat.NET under my then editor and now one of my best friends Wern Shen. I won’t lie, that first step into the industry was somewhat a leap 2 footed into the unknown, new city, new industry and new people.

Looking back now, I’m glad I did it.

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All You Need to Know About The International Dota 2 Championships

by Farhan · 3 weeks ago · 3 Comments · 2.1k views

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The World Cup may be causing millions to lose sleep, but now gamers will have another reason to stay up into the late hours of the night. The highly anticipated The International Dota 2 Championship, also known as TI, starts tonight with the Phase One playoffs. There will a be a large number of games being played, especially during the phase two playoff stages when 16 teams play each other in a round robin format tournament. This means that there will be 120 games of Dota 2 being played over four days.

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Telco Price Comparison: Xiaomi Mi 3

by Pang Tun Yau · 4 weeks ago · 2 Comments · 6.1k views

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Without a doubt, the Xiaomi Mi 3 is one of the most exciting devices to be released in the country. Featuring flagship-level specs at almost a third of what you’d expect to pay for a flagship smartphone, the device is also one of the most elusive, available (officially) only via Xiaomi’s flash sales at an eye-wateringly affordable price of RM769.

But what if you are one of the many, many frustrated people who can’t get their hands on the Mi 3 via the flash sales? Your only hope lies with the local telcos, specifically the big three: DiGi, Maxis and Celcom. Of the three, DiGi is the only one offering the Mi 3 both with an off-contract prepaid plan as well as a postpaid plan – though that offer has since ended. On the other hand, the postpaid bundles offered by all three telcos give steep discounts on the device price, so if you’re interested, read on.

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Mobile Game Review: Romans in My Carpet

by Farhan · 4 weeks ago · No Comments · 2.4k views

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Romans in my Carpet is a game that feels like it should have been released as an early access game on Steam. The look and feel of the game is similar to those being pushed out by hopefuls who just want to get their great idea out the door and maybe sell a copy or two. However, this game was instead designed as a mobile game for both iOS and Android. While the mobile aspect probably helps this title, it feels like it could be so much more.

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[Feature] The Steam Summer Adventure: Lord of the Microtransaction

by Farhan · 4 weeks ago · 1 Comment · 762 views

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Steam’s Summer Sale has dealt the usual massive amount of damage to wallets. The badge crafting meta-game has also returned to entice the collectors in us to buy even more games and participate in the voting events. This summer, Steam added extra mechanics to encourage gamers to spend more, and maybe interact with each other. Mostly, it just gave Gabe Newell more money to sleep on.

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