When AMD announced their brand new Radeon R9 200 graphics cards series few months ago, they have also announced the R9 290X Battlefield 4 Edition cards at the same time. Hence, we thought that such arrangement are limited to the high-end R9 290X/290 GPU but it seems like things now might have changed as GIGABYTE have recently unveiled a trio of non-R9 290 BF4 Edition cards.
Instead, these cards are equipped with R9 270, R9 270X and R9 280X GPUs. Out of the three cards, the R9 280X (GV-R928XOC-3GD-GA) and R9 270X (GV-R927XOC-2GD-GA) come standard with GIGABYTE’s own Windforce 3X triple-fan cooling setup while the R9 270 (GV-R927OC-2GD-GA) features Windforce 2X dual-fan setup.
In terms of specifications, the GPU on these cards run at a maximum speed of 1100MHz for the R9 280X and R9 270X, while the R9 270 is able to go up to 975MHz. Of course, each of the graphics cards above also comes with a game key that users can use to redeem for Battlefield 4 through EA’s Origin store which is why they are labelled as BF4 Edition in the first place.
GIGABYTE didn’t provide any release or pricing information for these new R9 200 series BF4 Edition graphics cards but since all of them have appeared on GIGABYTE Malaysia’s official website, it is very possible that these cards will be made available at local retails soon enough.
Things seem to have evened out over at BlackBerry HQ after the departure of former CEO Thorsten Heins as well as some key members of the organisation. BlackBerry’s new CEO John Chen is confident that BlackBerry is here to stay and today issued an open letter to all their valued enterprise customers. In that letter, Chen said that BlackBerry would return to their heritage and roots – delivering enterprise grade, end-to-end mobile solutions and won’t be ditching hardware, keeping it as one of four target areas along with cross-platform messaging.
Question is, what about the consumers who are not enterprise customers? What loyal BlackBerry users expect from BB10 and 2014? Hopefully what John Chen says is right and 2014 is indeed the year to show that BlackBerry is here to stay. They better hurry though, it looks like Microsoft is getting very comfortable in that 3rd place…
Samsung is rumoured to be preparing a launch for a lower-end variant of its flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 3. The device, which may be called the Galaxy Note 3 Lite, is set to make its debut early next year, at the Mobile World Congress which is held in February.
Early reports prior to the Note 3′s launch indicate that Samsung had been testing different screen sizes for the Note 3. In addition, there were also rumours that Samsung were working on an “Active” variant for the phablet, not unlike the Galaxy S4 Active. SamMobile’s insider seems to have it on good authority that the Korean company will indeed be bringing a lower-end Galaxy Note to the market with the Note 3 Lite.
SamMobile further speculates that the phablet, whose model number will be SM-N7505 (the Note 3′s number is SM-N9000/9005), will be available sometime in February or March in black and white colourways. It is likely that the device may feature a 5.5-inch LCD panel and a smaller 8MP camera, while the S Pen should also be included – it is after all, a Galaxy Note.
Oppo has recently announced on its Google+ page that it will be launching the international version of its latest flagship Android smartphone – the Oppo N1, on 10 December 2013 and it looks like we Malaysian users might be able to purchase it on their online store with free shipping. According to the post shared by Oppo, the phone is priced at USD$599 (about RM1,930) and if you visit the link provided, you will be brought to a page that tells you that you can purchase Oppo products from Oppostyle, the company’s own online store with free shipping for orders of USD$100 and above.
Announced back in September, the Oppo N1 stands out from the crowd of smartphones with a 206-degree swiveling camera located on the top of the device. The camera has a f2.0 13MP sensor and features a six-element lens similar to those found on the Nokia Lumia 925, 1020 and the new iPhone 5S, making it the the first Android smartphone with such lens. But that’s not all, touted as a camera phone, the N1 also has the company’s own image signal processor (ISP), slow shutter mode, dual-mode LED flash that automatically detects when the camera is used at the front or back, and customizable brightness on the LED flash light.
It has a 5.9” Full HD IPS display and is powered by a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM on board. Other specs include 16/32GB of internal storage, and a 3,610mAh battery on board. But wait, that’s not all the goodies the N1 brings, it runs on the company’s own Color OS but in addition to that, it looks like Oppo will be offering the CyanogenMod Edition with CyanogenMod pre-installed.
So, anyone here getting the Oppo N1? Visit our previous post to find out more about the device or bookmark Oppostyle online store to purchase it on 10 December 2013, fingers crossed that the N1 will be up for order then.
Remind me not to try shop for game consoles during their release day in Germany. As you can see from the video below, it was an utter madness as soon as retailer’s doors were open with people racing and running over each other in order to grab PlayStation 4.
So hardcore. Apparently, it happened in France too.
Well, that is something you would never see in here as far as game consoles go. In Malaysia, we queue for hours (you can see that during the past two PlayStation 3 launch event) but rest assured, they never turned into a stampede. Let’s hope it will stay the same for PS4 although I’ve to admit that it is quite humorous seeing the epic rush above.
While there are plenty of telcos in Malaysia that have received their share of LTE spectrum from the government, there are only two major players that have widely roll out the LTE service for consumers in general. Obviously, those two telcos are Maxis and Celcom.
In fact, Celcom have revealed that they are working to have even more active LTE sites – 1200 in total – by mid-2014 according to their financial report for the third quarter of 2013 which was announced earlier today. As a comparison, the telco’s previous aim was around 300 sites within the second quarter of 2013.
However, Celcom didn’t specify the area that these new LTE areas will be. For now, the telco claimed that their LTE network have covered major population areas in Klang Valley, Ipoh, Penang and Johor Bharu as of September 2013. There is also a mention in the report on their partnership with Altel which was first made public in July this year. Through the spectrum sharing agreement, it will apparently allow Celcom to deliver data speed of up to 150Mbps at each of their LTE locations.
Additionally, they have embarked on a RM 100 million effort to improve coverage, speed, customer experience, and fibre infrastructure in Klang Valley, Eastern regions of Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Sarawak, major highways, and tourist areas which are expected to be completed by April 2014. Not to forget, Celcom apparently have also spent around RM 200 million to improve their overall network quality to cover plenty of issue including the much dreaded dropped calls problem.
Judging from all these facts that Celcom have listed in their new financial report, the telco seems to put a lot of effort in order to make sure that their network stays competitive and compelling to users. Nevertheless, I do hope all those hundreds of millions ringgit that Celcom are spending will indeed make their network better since the current consensus by MCMC (and general consumers alike) is that telcos are not working hard enough to provide quality experience to their customers.
Last week, Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google wrote an article in his Google+ page teaching users how to switch to Android from an iPhone. He mentioned that that many of his iPhone friends are converting to an Android and how an iPhone will switch to Android and “never switch back” but it looks like his theory might not apply for tablet users. Over Black Friday last week in the U.S., both the iPad mini and iPad Air were the top sellers in Walmart and Target and 40% of the buyers were Android smartphone users.
According to a survey done on 125,000 shoppers, the 16GB iPad mini was top seller at Walmart, 16GB iPad Air at Target, and 32GB Microsoft Surface RT at Best Buy. But not everyone goes after the latest and greatest, the 2nd hottest item in Best Buy is the 16GB iPad 2 followed by the 16GB Amazon Kindle Fire. The breakdown of the top 5 spots on the 3 stores are as shown in the image above.
According to InfoScout who did the survey, those using an Android smartphone made 40% of the Apple iPad buyers. Could it be because iOS is a better operating system for a tablet form factor compared to Android? More information about the survey available in InfoScout.
Speaking of iPad Air and the Retina iPad mini, it looks like they might arrive in our shores as early as this Thursday, 5 December 2013. senQ’s Facebook page just teased a “best year end gift for you or your loved one” that will be arriving on the said date, the latest Apple iPad perhaps?
As you might know, Lowyat.NET’s own Storekini is one of the official retailers that provides pre-order program for the brand new Nokia Lumia 1520. During the initial announcement, we have mentioned that the first 100 pre-order customers will receive a Coloud Boom Headphone WH-530 as a gift but things have now changed though.
Instead, all Nokia Lumia 1520 pre-order customers will now receive the headphones alongside their new device which is the most advanced Windows Phone device to date. Additionally, they will also receive other pre-order gifts that are exclusive to Storekini such as the Kingmax 32GB microSD card, MacSonic 5200mAh power bank and iGO stylus.
Not to forget, pre-order customers are also able to obtain the Lumia 1520 at RM 1999 instead of it’s standard retail price tag of RM 2159. So, there you have it – head on to Storekini before 5 December to place your order or to learn more about the device, check out our hands-on experience with device through the video above and during our time at Nokia World recently.