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This is the HTC One (E8), the One M8′s Plastic Twin

by Pang Tun Yau · 1 day ago · 6 Comments · 1.7k views

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HTC’s excellent One (M8) remains one of my favourite smartphones of this year. It managed to get a lot of things right, from the beautifully-designed chassis, very light software skin and surprisingly good battery life, but stumbled a little at the final hurdle: the camera. Many bemoaned the fact that HTC retained the 4MP UltraPixel sensor, while adding the depth sensor for some genuinely cool effects. Don’t get me wrong, it is a much-improved camera compared to last year’s HTC One, but I personally wished it captured images at higher resolutions.

It is a criticism HTC has heard many times, and perhaps it is for that same reason the company has come out with the One (E8): a similarly-designed smartphone featuring a polycarbonate shell and a large 13MP rear camera sensor. It is also priced significantly cheaper too: the One (E8) is rumoured to be priced at RM1,699 when it is launched later this year. So how’s the One (E8) like?

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Hands On: Gigabyte P35W v2 Gaming Laptop

by Chief Chapree · 2 days ago · 3 Comments · 2.2k views

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You might be familiar with Gigabyte motherboards and graphics cards but how about Gigabyte laptops? Well, we are not surprised if this is actually the first time that you heard of it. Truth be told, the Taiwanese company actually has quite a number of laptops under its wings that are designed for various types of users; from gaming all the way to enterprise.

However, only a handful of them are officially available in Malaysia through its sole notebook distributor for our market, Illegear. At the moment, the only type of Gigabyte laptop that is officially released into Malaysia is gaming laptops which include this particular model: the P35W v2.

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[Update: Now With Video!] Hands On: Xiaomi Mi 4

by Pang Tun Yau · 7 days ago · 13 Comments · 24.4k views

Xiaomi’s Mi 4 is finally here. Offering its trademark combination of high-performance hardware with exceptionally low retail prices, the Mi 4 looks set to be yet another winning product from the Chinese company. After the launch event, Xiaomi invited members of the media to the experience zone, where we could see, touch and feel the Mi 4 for ourselves.

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Read more for our first impressions of the Xiaomi Mi 4.

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Eyes-On: The Liquid-Cooled AMD Radeon R9 295X2 Dual-GPU Graphics Card

by Chief Chapree · 2 weeks ago · No Comments · 1k views

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What is better than one graphics card? Well, the obvious answer would be two (or more) graphics cards. However, some users prefer to have them in one single package and even though there are only a handful of users out there that are actually able to afford dual-GPU graphics card, GPU companies have no problem fulfilling that request year after year.

One such product that was released in Malaysia recently is this monstrous Radeon R9 295X2, the latest and the greatest (so far) from AMD.

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Review: Xiaomi Mi 3 – How can Something So Good be this Cheap?

by Pang Tun Yau · 3 weeks ago · 53 Comments · 29.7k views

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Recently, I went to a restaurant in one of the newly-opened shopping malls in town. Upon getting a table, I placed my phone on the table to prevent squishing my keys against the phone. The waiter took my order, made a quick glance to the table and left.

Less than a minute later, he came back. “Excuse me sir,” he began, “may I know where you got your phone from?” he said, pointing to the Xiaomi Mi 3 lying on the table.

This question, alongside its variations, was one I faced almost everywhere I went. Granted, there should be more owners of the Mi 3 these days, but I still see curious glances whenever I use this phone in public. How is it that a smartphone which costs less than RM800 demand such attention?

As it turns out, that was a pretty easy question to answer.

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Hands On with Calyx M High-Resolution Audio Player: Audiophile Quality Meets Portability

by Chief Chapree · 3 weeks ago · 3 Comments · 1.6k views

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There might be no short of portable audio players in the market these days but for the audiophiles crowd, their choices are usually quite limited. It is understandable though since there are not much products out there that are able to deliver the level of audio quality that this particular group of users demanded.

So, this is where the Calyx M High-Resolution Audio Player comes into the picture.

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Hands-On With Nokia Treasure Tag WS-2: A Simple Tool To Help Locate Your Valuables

by Chief Chapree · 3 weeks ago · 2 Comments · 868 views

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Ever wish there’s a way to find keys, bags or other valuables via your smartphone? Well, earlier this year Nokia has actually introduced one such method through an accessory that the company called Treasure Tag.

The Nokia Treasure Tag is essentially a small box that houses a sensor with Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC functionalities as well as a single button and a rubber loop for users to hand the Treasure Tag on their items. Operating the device is also as simple as how its physical design looks like although it is completely dependent on the Treasure Tag app.

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Hands-On with Nokia Lumia 930: The Latest Windows Phone 8.1 Flagship Device In Malaysia

by Chief Chapree · 4 weeks ago · 4 Comments · 3.4k views

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By now, you most probably have met or heard of the Nokia Lumia 630 which is the first Windows Phone 8.1 device to be released in Malaysia and is also designed as yet another low-cost entry point to Windows Phone world. So, now it is time to introduce you to its high-end counterpart: the brand new Nokia Lumia 930 that will be officially available in Malaysia starting from next week onwards.

You might recall that sometime ago, Nokia has actually launched a Windows Phone smartphone called Lumia Icon for the US market. Well, the Lumia 930 is essentially the GSM version of Lumia Icon.

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First Look: Hands On With The Huawei Honor 6

by Lucas Lau · 1 month ago · 8 Comments · 5.2k views

Fresh from the launch in Beijing last week, we managed to get our hands on Huawei’s latest midrange smartphone, the Honor 6. The Huawei Honor 6 is the latest in the line of low-cost, high-performance devices to come out of the middle kingdom and with a name as large as Huawei behind it as well as the crazy specs it is packing, the Honor 6 looks like a great alternative in the industry today.

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First Look: Hands On With The BlackBerry Z3

by Lucas Lau · 1 month ago · 4 Comments · 2.6k views

BlackBerry haven’t been having the greatest last 12 months, losing their CEO and BB10 not getting the reception they had hoped. With John Chen taking the helm things have finally come with some semblance of stability and in one of the most pessimistic headlines ever from their Q4 earnings, BlackBerry didn’t lose AS MUCH as we thought.

The BlackBerry Z3 is the first of the new family of BB10 devices that BlackBerry are releasing. Codenamed Jakarta, the Z3 has already been in the wild for a month or 2, making its debut in Indonesia and drawing smatterings of praise from the people who were fortunate to get their hands on one. We managed to get our hands on a Z3 ahead of its local launch today and we are pretty impressed with what we found. Rome wasn’t built in a day, BlackBerry won’t be rebuilt in one either. This is a wonderful start to the FY15 set of devices and a great value proposition for its price.

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[LYTV] Quick Look: Acer Iconia A1-830 and Iconia One 7 Android Tablet

by Chief Chapree · 1 month ago · No Comments · 952 views

Part of its recent massive launch event, Acer Malaysia has added two new models into its Android tablets line-up for our market in the form of Acer Iconia A1-830 and Iconia One 7. Despite powered by the same 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core quad-threading processor, they are two distinctively different products.

The fact that there are RM 200 differences in their pricing also helps separate them from each other. We will take a closer look at them in a separate hands-on article but for the meantime, do enjoy the video above for a quick glimpse at both of the new Acer Iconia Android tablets.

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First Look: Xiaomi Mi Pad

by Pang Tun Yau · 1 month ago · 20 Comments · 10.9k views

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It isn’t often that companies would freely reveal a beta product to the public. Then again, Xiaomi has always prided itself in being different. Its first-ever tablet, the Mi Pad, was announced last month in a “closed beta testing stage”. But at Xiaomi’s official launch event in Malaysia several weeks ago, both Xiaomi co-founder Bin Lin and Xiaomi Global VP Hugo Barra were seen toting their own Mi Pads – and weren’t shy in showing them off to members of the media.

We met Barra again a few days ago, and once again he was carrying his Mi Pad about. We had a glimpse of the Mi Pad at the launch event earlier, and here’s what we think of it.

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