Many were disappointed when Xiaomi announced that the Mi 4 will not make it to Malaysia. However, its plastic variant, the new Xiaomi Mi 4i, will arrive on our shores as early as next month. That being said, just how does it compare against its own family of products and other competitors?
As promised, Xiaomi yesterday officially unveiled its brand new global smartphone in the form of the Mi 4i in New Delhi, India. This is the first time that the company has launched a product that is specifically targeted for markets outside of China, and the device apparently has been under development for the past 18 months according to Hugo Barra, the Vice President of Xiaomi Global.
Hence, it is not surprising to see that the country is the first market to receive the new smartphone but worry not, Mi Fans in Malaysia: you can expect to see Mi 4i to be on sale starting in May. In the meantime, read on further to have a closer look at the new smartphone.
2014 was a watershed year for smartphones. With the emergence of the Chinese smartphone makers, virtually every major smartphone company was caught off-guard. Consumers now had access to better made smartphones at significantly lower prices; who would want to pay double the amount for virtually the same phone?
In the midst of all this, another smartphone maker came virtually out of nowhere. Calling themselves OnePlus, the company released the OnePlus One or what it called the “2014 Flagship Killer”, boasting premium hardware for about half the price of, say, the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the HTC One M8. Now that we’re into 2015, is this still one of the best value-for-money smartphones you can buy?
It appears that TM has quietly begun to offer faster UniFi speed at 30Mbps and 50Mbps for residential customers in selected areas around Klang Valley. Apart from being speedier than the existing maximum speed of 20Mbps, the monthly fees for some of these new residential packages seem to be cheaper than the existing 20Mbps offerings from TM.
Recently, Maxis approached us with a very interesting proposition. Alongside a few other publications, the local telco wanted us to really test out its “no bill shocks” promise for its customers, which is a statement made as part of its 2015 “Unmatched Customer Experience” programme. We were told we could do virtually anything we wanted to see if we could break the company’s many fail-safe measures to ensure the consumer does not end up with, well, a bill shock at the end of the month.
How could we even say no to that?
“Dude, is that the new S6 edge?”
It was like a scene right out of a TV commercial. But there I was, in my neighbourhood mamak coffee shop with some friends when I took the Galaxy S6 edge out of my pocket when my non-tech savvy friend asked that very question. I’ve had my fair share of curious glances and questions with the devices I use, but this, frankly, was the first with a Samsung.
This on its own is already a big win for Samsung, but read on.
Honor, a sub-brand of Huawei, definitely turned more than a few heads when it unveiled the Honor 3C. More recently, the Honor 6 is also quite a noteworthy device, boasting flagship hardware with a very affordable price tag of RM999 – well, RM1,059 now due to GST. That being said, how did the Honor 4X fare? Can this RM619 smartphone live up to its siblings’ popularity?
Aorus unleashed this beast, the X7 Pro and it got us thinking, is this just another gaming laptop or does it have more to offer? The design and quality build screams gaming as it does not want to be locked up in an office room. Sporting an intimidating all black exterior and two graphic cards powered with a 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, the Aorus X7 Pro is definitely a performer. The real question is: Is it worth the price?
Xiaomi’s first entry into the premium headphones market is here. The Mi Headphones are targeted at audio enthusiasts seeking for “true sound representation” priced at a level that is accessible by more than just enthusiasts. From our review of the Mi In-Ear Piston earphones, we already know what Xiaomi is capable of with its audio products, but how would these headphones fare in the trained ears of an audio engineer?
The Order 1886 had a lot of promises. This PlayStation 4 exclusive caught many gamers attention with its “cinematic approach” and beautiful graphics. After spending a good five to six hours with it, I was unfortunately left a little disappointed. However, I do need to clarify one thing: The Order 1886 was a very enjoyable experience.
Now that WhatsApp has officially rolled out free voice calls for Android users, what about the rest of us who are using iOS, Windows Phone and other platforms? If you didn’t know already, there are plenty of alternatives for you to choose from, and a quick check to your respective app stores will show a handful of messaging apps that offer free VoIP calls.
Here are a few of the best VoIP apps that you can try out.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge preorder starts today but if you do not wish to pay the full price to own these two most beautiful smartphones from Samsung, you can also purchase them at a subsidised price from a local telco. All big three telcos in Malaysia – Maxis, Celcom and Digi, have already started their preorders for the device, and they come with freebies too.