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Introducing the Lowyat.NET 2014 Community Choice Awards – We Want to Hear From You!

by Pang Tun Yau · 4 days ago · 10 Comments · 4.9k views

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[UPDATE @ 10:15pm, 17 December] Final round of prizes unveiled! 

[UPDATE @ 11:00pm, 12 December] We can now announce more prizes!

And so we edge ever closer to the end of another year, but what a year this has been. 2014 saw so many interesting changes in our favourite industry. From the steady adoption of virtual reality to the emergence of Chinese smartphone makers, there was plenty to talk about all year round.

Now, we want to hear from you. As part of the nation’s largest online community, what were the highlights of 2014 for you?

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Dual-Camera Honor 6 Plus Unleashed, the Latest Super Smartphone from China

by Pang Tun Yau · 5 days ago · 6 Comments · 8k views

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Huawei’s Honor sub-brand celebrated its first year in business earlier today in quite some style. Its birthday celebration wasn’t just to celebrate its past, but to provide a glimpse of what it has in store in the immediate future – with the introduction of several new devices. The most important is the new Honor 6 Plus, featuring two rear camera sensors.

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Hands On: Lenovo Vibe X2

by Andrew Cheng · 2 weeks ago · No Comments · 3.9k views

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Lenovo may not be as big as Samsung or Apple in the smartphone industry, but this new member of the Lenovo family, the Vibe X2, may be worth at least a second glance. With a rather interesting design language and the processing power to complement it, this smartphone might surprise a few cynics out there.

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Hands On: HP Omen Gaming Notebook, The Reincarnation of HP’s Gaming Past

by Syefri Zulkefli · 2 weeks ago · 5 Comments · 3k views

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HP and gaming rarely exist in same sentence these days but some time ago, the company was actually ambitious enough to venture into that particular area of the market. The company even acquired VoodooPC, a high performance PC company in order to push its position in the gaming market.

Together, they came out with the Voodoo Omen gaming desktop in 2008 but unfortunately, HP’s gaming ambition fizzled out not long after that. Hence, it seems a bit weird that HP has decided to bring the Omen name back to life once again in 2014. This time around though, it is reincarnated as HP Omen gaming laptop instead of its original desktop form factor.

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Reinventing Photography: Is HTC Going the Right Path with the RE Camera?

by Pang Tun Yau · 2 weeks ago · 2 Comments · 3.5k views

htc-re-camera-10It’s been called a lot of things, from a WW2-era torchlight, an inhaler and even a bidet, but one thing’s for certain: HTC definitely got people talking about its latest product, the Re camera.

It isn’t an action camera, either. Instead, the Re can be better described as a lifestyle camera, a highly pocketable device that lets you take pictures of memorable events while still being in the moment – and not peering through a viewfinder.

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Review: Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition – 2014′s Best Affordable Gaming Laptop?

by Syefri Zulkefli · 3 weeks ago · 13 Comments · 7.1k views

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When Acer Malaysia delivered the Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition to our HQ for review, the first question that popped in our minds were…this is a gaming laptop, right? It’s got a couple of feisty words in its name, looks rather intimidating with a jet black exterior…and it’s got powerful hardware.

Oddly enough, Acer Malaysia didn’t really market this laptop as a gaming machine. But with an NVIDIA GTX GPU, one thing is clear: the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition is a performance-oriented laptop, whether it is classified as a gaming laptop or a multimedia laptop.

Hence, the real question is: what is the level of performance that the Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition is able to deliver? The answer is actually pretty surprising.

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Review: HTC Butterfly 2 – HTC’s Underrated Smartphone

by Huei Song · 3 weeks ago · 9 Comments · 5.5k views

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When the HTC One (M8) was first launched, many were disappointed at how HTC kept its UltraPixel camera at the back. It’s not a bad camera per se, but the 4MP resolution is simply too small and is certainly not up to par with such a gorgeous body and unique Duo Camera setup. Fast forward six months later, HTC replied with its next smartphone.

Instead of a beautiful metal unibody, the Taiwanese company has swapped it with a polycarbonate body, and it’s water and dust resistant. Say hello to the HTC Butterfly 2.

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Building the World’s Toughest Notebooks: Panasonic Toughbook Shows the Way

by Pang Tun Yau · 3 weeks ago · 3 Comments · 2.9k views

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Easy questions often come with difficult answers. “How vast is the universe?” “Where do we come from?” “How do you build the world’s toughest notebooks?”

As it turns out, Panasonic wanted the world to know the answer for the last question too. And, like all complex answers, this one required a little bit of show and tell.

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Malaysian Home Ministry Wants to Set Up Firewall to Filter Online Content, Including YouTube

by Pang Tun Yau · 4 weeks ago · 94 Comments · 13.2k views

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The Malaysian Home Ministry is looking to set up a large-scale firewall that would essentially impact all Malaysian Internet users by filtering content that is deemed culturally unacceptable for Malaysians. This firewall would include websites such as YouTube, and the ministry is said to be working closely with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to ensure the censorship is implemented.

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Review: Huawei Honor 6 – The Smartphone To Beat

by Syefri Zulkefli · 1 month ago · 9 Comments · 8.9k views

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2014 is such an interesting year for Honor as the sub-brand of Huawei managed to make quite an impact in Malaysia even though it only released three devices into our market so far this year.

Honor’s first success in 2014 came in the form of the Honor 3C that was released in Malaysia back in April. It received  great response from local consumers, mainly thanks to its highly effective combination of high performance hardware at an affordable price point.

Fast forward to last month, Honor Malaysia released yet another smartphone into the market that was crafted under the same formula but positioned as the flagship model of the Honor family. That device is the Honor 6 which is the focus of this review.

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Review: Aorus X7 V2 Gaming Laptop

by Farhan · 1 month ago · 8 Comments · 3.7k views

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As far as gaming laptops go, the Aorus X7 v2 wanders dangerously close to overkill territory. It packs a pair of NVIDIA GeForce GTX860M in an SLI configuration, which isn’t too common on laptops of any type. Less common still is the X7 v2′s design: matte black all over and seriously mean-looking vents around the chassis, and a rear that looks like a luxury sports car. Clearly, this gaming laptop means business. But does it walk the talk?

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Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – King of Phablets

by Pang Tun Yau · 2 months ago · 11 Comments · 6.3k views

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There used to be a time when the stylus was a dead-in-the-water tech invention, one which was quickly replaced by touchscreens that became the norm to this day. Three years ago, Samsung defied that idea with the S Pen on the first-generation Galaxy Note – and it proved so popular the company never looked back.

The Galaxy Note 4 is the South Korean giants’ latest iteration of what has become Samsung’s golden child in its smartphone roster. This time around, though, there’s a new pretender hoping to take some valuable market share off the Note 4 – and the competition does not come any bigger than the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Does the Note still hold the edge?

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