Lowyat.NET https://www.lowyat.net Technology News Malaysia Tue, 26 May 2020 17:56:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 https://www.lowyat.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/cropped-ico-32x32.png Lowyat.NET https://www.lowyat.net 32 32 106951340 Sony ZV-1 Vlogging Camera Officially Announced; Available In Malaysia This July https://www.lowyat.net/2020/213888/sony-zv-1-vlogging-camera-officially-announced-to-be-released-locally-in-july/ https://www.lowyat.net/2020/213888/sony-zv-1-vlogging-camera-officially-announced-to-be-released-locally-in-july/#respond Tue, 26 May 2020 15:41:40 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=213888 Sony has officially announced their latest vlogging-focused compact camera, the ZV-1. As you may recall from our previous article, images and specifications of the device were leaked soon after the company released a teaser for it last week. As it turns out, the leaks covering the new device are mostly correct. The ZV-1 is indeed […]

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Sony has officially announced their latest vlogging-focused compact camera, the ZV-1. As you may recall from our previous article, images and specifications of the device were leaked soon after the company released a teaser for it last week.

As it turns out, the leaks covering the new device are mostly correct. The ZV-1 is indeed inspired by the Sony RX100 series in terms of features and is equipped with a 20MP 1-inch sensor, along with a fast 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens. The camera allows for 4K recording at up to 30fps with full pixel readout, and also 1080p at up to 120fps. On top of providing high quality imagery, its sensor also enables for excellent background bokeh and blurring when focusing on a subject.

The ZV-1 features Face Priority auto-exposure (AE) function with eye-tracking autofocus (AF), which will continuously track a person’s face throughout recording. This enables it to also automatically adjust to the correct exposure for faces even when the vlogger is walking through continuously changing lighting conditions. Another feature, as mentioned earlier, is the “background defocus” function that sets the aperture to its widest setting, thus producing a blurred background while the camera focuses on the vlogger.

The camera itself is not limited to just vlogging-oriented functionality. It also offers real-time AF tracking for regular video recording, and is able to take photos with shooting speeds of up to 20fps with AF and AE activated. Focusing on subjects can be easily determined by the user via touch-focus control on its vari-angle LCD display. The ZV-1 also features optical and electronic image stabilisation that smoothens out bumps and wobbles during recording.

As for audio, the new camera is equipped with a built-in 3-capsule microphone with noise reduction capability. Sony claims that it is capable of recording better audio quality than the built-in mics found on its other mirrorless or DSLR cameras. To further help with noise reduction and to muffle wind noise, the ZV-1 also comes with a windscreen accessory that covers the microphone. Other than that, it also includes a 3.5mm external microphone port and a micro-HDMI port.

The camera weighs in at approximately 294g, allowing users to easily hold it with one hand. Alternatively, they can also opt for grip accessories (sold separately) which also provides access to certain camera controls on the grips themselves.

Sony Malaysia has confirmed that the new ZV-1 compact camera will be available locally from July 2020. Pricing for the device will be announced at that time as well.

(Source: Sony Malaysia)

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This Is The New Xiaomi Mi TV Stick https://www.lowyat.net/2020/213882/xiaomi-mi-tv-stick-official-first-image/ https://www.lowyat.net/2020/213882/xiaomi-mi-tv-stick-official-first-image/#respond Tue, 26 May 2020 15:24:01 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=213882 Its existence has been known for quite some time, but it is only today that Xiaomi has officially shown the Mi TV Stick for the first time. Interesting enough, the revelation did not take place in China though. Instead, the first appearance of Mi TV Stick took place during the online launch of Xiaomi Redmi […]

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Its existence has been known for quite some time, but it is only today that Xiaomi has officially shown the Mi TV Stick for the first time. Interesting enough, the revelation did not take place in China though.

Instead, the first appearance of Mi TV Stick took place during the online launch of Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 series, Mi Note 10 Lite, and Mi 10 Lite 5G in Germany earlier today. However, the Mi TV Stick only appeared in Xiaomi Germany’s presentation for less than a minute and the company did not reveal any information regarding it though during the live webcast.

Xiaomi Mi Box 4K / Mi Box S.

Based on the remote control for the device which seems similar to the one that came with the Mi Box 4K in India, at the very least we do know that it supports Google Assistant and has Netflix together with Amazon Prime Video as its main streaming services.

That being said, early information from the rumour mill claimed that the new device has the same capability as Mi Box S which is the international name for Mi Box 4K although there are some slight differences between their remote controls. If that is true, then the new Mi TV Stick may have enough firepower to deliver 4K contents.

Unfortunately, we still need to wait for Xiaomi to officially release more details regarding Mi TV Stick. This should take place very soon though since the device has now been officially revealed to the world.

(Source: Xiaomi Germany [starts at 25:00 mark] // WinFuture)

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realme 6i Review: Long Lasting Battery Life With A Catch https://www.lowyat.net/2020/213823/realme-6i-review/ https://www.lowyat.net/2020/213823/realme-6i-review/#respond Tue, 26 May 2020 10:06:54 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=213823 Back in April, the realme 6i was launched, being the first device in the country running a MediaTek Helio G80. I’ve noted my quick impressions on the phone, and after a month, I can say that nothing much has changed as far as my opinion for the phone goes. Of course, it’s not all sunshine […]

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Back in April, the realme 6i was launched, being the first device in the country running a MediaTek Helio G80. I’ve noted my quick impressions on the phone, and after a month, I can say that nothing much has changed as far as my opinion for the phone goes.

Of course, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows with the phone. It has its sore points, which I’ll get to in a moment.

Specifications

Design

realme 6i back

As I’ve noted before, realme has a tendency to change the look of its phones quite drastically where the backplate is concerned. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially when it works out. On this, your mileage may vary, but I feel that the look on the back of the realme 6i makes for good variety. The green colouring is also quite uncommon, so if you like your phones to turn heads, then this phone will be able to do its part easily.

Overall, the phone feels good in your hands. The standard layout of having the power button on the right, with the volume rocker on the left, works too, at least initially. After awhile, I feel like the volume rocker is placed rather awkwardly. It would’ve been a little better if it were placed a little higher or a little lower, but as it is, it sits perfectly in the middle of two possible sweet spots, which means some reaching is needed when you want to adjust the volume with one hand.

The display on the phone is pretty good too. It’s clear and sharp, and the size of 6.5 inches will probably be too the liking of many. The same will likely not be said about the HD+ resolution, as Full HD+ becomes more and more common. For what it’s worth, the realme 6i does come with a screen protector pre-applied. This means you don’t have to worry too much about getting scratches on the screen, unless you go out of your way to get your own.

Speaking of which, the phone also comes with a soft case in the box. Not surprising, and it’s become something which I’ve come to expect with realme phones.

User Experience

Here’s the part where the phone becomes a bit of a roller coaster. But let’s go through the upsides first. First is the fact that the realme 6i comes with a 3.5mm audio jack. While Bluetooth headphones and earbuds are common now, nothing beats having the wired variety to fall back on when the wireless ones run out of juice.

Then there’s the experience of using the phone itself. If you don’t game on the realme 6i, then your experience will likely be fine. Even a whole day of watching videos will not negatively impact its performance. If you do play games on the phone, though, things can change, depending on if it was a very taxing game. You’ll start seeing some stuttering while scrolling, and you’ll get split seconds of unresponsiveness while typing.

As for the game in question, I was playing Final Fantasy Brave Exvius while testing the realme 6i. Things started out fine at first, but as I played longer, things started to stutter. The game remains playable, but it just won’t be the optimal experience, especially if you’re used to the buttery smooth animations. The synthetic benchmark reflect this as well.

Although, as mentioned earlier, if all you do is watch videos on the realme 6i, then you’ll encounter very few issues, if any at all. And the phone has the battery life to allow you to do so for slightly shy of 21 hours non-stop. The 5000mAh battery will also allow you to do a combination of both watching videos and playing games, and will still comfortably last you the whole day. Without the gaming bit, you can easily get two days.

That being said, when it comes to charging, you’ll probably have to do it overnight. Charging to a full charge after the phone completely runs out takes a whopping four hours, while going from 5% to 100 takes two-and-a-half hours. It’s surprisingly long, to say the least.

Camera

The realme 6i comes with a 48MP main + 8MP wide-angle + 2MP portrait + 2MP macro quad-camera combo. Overall, they behave much like the cameras in previous realme phones. Details and colour are good, and there’s less of the warm tint compared to before.

Of course, there are some quirks that you’ll have to get used to. While the wide-angle shooting mode is now easily accessible, macro remains an option buried within the camera options. For some reason, the 48MP shooting mode is also a mode on its own.

You’ll notice that we have less sample images this time round. Taking pictures have been made challenging to say the least, what with the Conditional Movement Control Order going on.

Sample Images

Competition

One of the plus points of the realme 6i is the fact that it costs less than RM900, even for the configuration with more RAM and storage. It’s generally a pricepoint where the brand does pretty well.

That being said, the realme 6i is not without competition. Here are a couple of them

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9s

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9s is a phone that we recently reviewed. It features a 6.67-inch Full HD+ display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720 chipset, up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. Its battery is rated at a similar 5020mAh.

On cameras, this comes with a 48MP main + 8MP wide-angle + 5MPmacro + 2MP depth sensor quad camera combo.

HONOR 9X Pro

Then there’s the HONOR 9X Pro. This also comes with a 5.69-inch Full HD display, and runs the Kirin 810 chipset, 6GB of RAM and 256GB of expandable storage. Its battery is notably smaller, at 4000mAh. Another key difference here is that this phone doesn’t get access to Google’s Mobile services.

For its cameras, it is equipped with a 48MP main + 8MP wide-angle + 2MP depth sensor triple camera setup.

Conclusion

The realme 6i is not too bad a phone, as its battery life is a clear plus point. It’s very well built overall, and its unique backplate can also be a consideration for those who see it as an important aspoect of the phone. The camera does well too, for a phone in this price segment.

That being said though, it’s outperformed by the competition in other areas. Depending on which you deem to be more important, its price and performance may be a sticking point for you.

If you’re looking for a phone in this price segment, whether or not the realme 6i is for you depends on if you intend to play games on it. If the answer is no, then the realme 6i is a safe pick.

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HONOR 9X Lite Hands On: HONOR 8X, Redux https://www.lowyat.net/2020/213853/honor-9x-lite-hands-on-honor-8x-redux/ https://www.lowyat.net/2020/213853/honor-9x-lite-hands-on-honor-8x-redux/#respond Tue, 26 May 2020 09:47:40 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=213853 At this point, I have made clear and overstated how the ongoing US ban on Huawei has affected the Chinese brand, and how that denial of specific services such as Google Mobile Services (GMS) has spilt over to its sister brand, HONOR. It comes as no surprise, then, that HONOR has managed to circumvent the […]

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At this point, I have made clear and overstated how the ongoing US ban on Huawei has affected the Chinese brand, and how that denial of specific services such as Google Mobile Services (GMS) has spilt over to its sister brand, HONOR.

It comes as no surprise, then, that HONOR has managed to circumvent the ban by simply recycling old hardware that predates the ban. In the case of the HONOR 9X Lite, I find myself wondering: has HONOR taken the recycling game a step too far?

A primary reason behind my pondering is because – if one didn’t know any better – you would think that the HONOR 9X is a carbon copy of its predecessor, the HONOR 8X. Besides a couple of changes in the camera and cosmetics department, you’d be forgiven for thinking as such.

 

Hard as it is to believe, I’m actually not exaggerating about the HONOR 9X Lite. Like the HONOR 8X, it has a Full HD+ display that measures in at 6.5-inches, a Kirin 710 SoC, the same 4GB RAM and 128GB of expandable storage and the same 3750mAh battery to keep it chugging along throughout the day. Even the notch housing the selfie camera is the same, as is the shape of the earpiece next to it.

Again, like the HONOR 8X, the HONOR 9X Lite comes with a microUSB port instead of a USB-C port, like the majority of all mid-range and flagship phones. On the plus side, there’s even a 3.5mm output; a rarity in a time where smartphone manufacturers are foregoing the physical audio features altogether.

Around the back of the HONOR 9X Lite, even the fingerprint scanner is also identical, both in and position, but there is also a difference in the design. Rather than use the same partitioning line of the HONOR 8X, it now shows off a very shiny, very polished glass back.

The only physical change done with the HONOR 9X Lite is, in fact, one of the sensors on its dual main camera. Specifically, the main camera comprises a 48MP AI camera and 2MP Depth sensor, instead of a 20MP main shooter that originally came with the HONOR 8X. Having used the camera briefly, the quality of images taken with the camera are above average.

Even when I try shooting in 48MP, the scenes don’t look quite as natural and almost to the point of being overtly vivid. Further, the camera takes far too long to focus in on a subject.

The HONOR 9X Lite’s story doesn’t end on the outside either. Software-wise, the phone still runs on the old EMUI 9.1; even the wallpaper that you see upon booting up the device for the first time is exactly the same as the HONOR 8X, right down to the shape and placement of the apps. That’s not to say the phone is sluggish or performs poorly; it still loads apps fairly quickly and swiping through different pages is just as responsive.

More importantly, the phone has the important distinction of having GMS loaded into it and not HMS. Primarily due to its innards from 2018.

Given the near-identical nature of the HONOR 9X Lite to its predecessor, the only question left on my mind is of its price. At the time of writing, its big brother, the more recent HONOR 9X Pro retails for RM999, albeit with Huawei Mobile Services (HWS). So, if HONOR really does want consumers to embrace a phone that is effectively two years old, it’s really going to have to sell it for considerably less than its higher-end sibling.

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Newly Refreshed Dell G3 15 2020 Gaming Laptop Arrives In Malaysia For As Low As RM 3699 https://www.lowyat.net/2020/213847/dell-g3-15-refresh-malaysia-price/ https://www.lowyat.net/2020/213847/dell-g3-15-refresh-malaysia-price/#respond Mon, 25 May 2020 15:29:57 +0000 https://www.lowyat.net/?p=213847 Dell has recently announced that several of its newly refreshed gaming laptops for 2020 have been scheduled for release in Malaysia including the Alienware m15, Alienware m17, and Dell G5. As it turns out, there is another newly refreshed gaming laptop that has been made available for our market even though Dell did not mention […]

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Dell has recently announced that several of its newly refreshed gaming laptops for 2020 have been scheduled for release in Malaysia including the Alienware m15, Alienware m17, and Dell G5. As it turns out, there is another newly refreshed gaming laptop that has been made available for our market even though Dell did not mention it in its press note for Malaysia previously.

That very gaming laptop is the Dell G3 15 which can now be obtained with the new 10th Gen Intel Core H-series processors even though its physical design looks identical to last year’s model. In Malaysia, customers can choose either Intel Core i5-10300H or Core i7-10750H alongside NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, GTX 1650 TI, or GTX 1660 Ti graphics.

Likewise, the refreshed model which is also known as the Dell G3 15 3500 is also available with 256GB or 512GB PCI NVMe solid state drive. According to the listing on Dell Malaysia’s website, the laptop also comes standard with 8GB DDR4-2933 RAM and a 60Hz VA panel for its 15.6-inch Full HD display.

Pricewise, the Dell G3 15 3500 with Core i5-10300H, GeForce GTX 1650, and 256GB SSD costs RM 3699 at the moment while the other Core i5 variant which is equipped with GeForce GTX 1650 Ti and 512GB SSD can be obtained for RM 4199.

The third variant that is currently available on the website carries Core i7-10750H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, and 512GB SSD is listed at RM 5399. Do note that the price we mentioned here are discounted price though, as per what you have noticed on the screenshot above.

To learn more about the newly refreshed Dell G3 15 gaming laptop, just head on to Dell Malaysia’s website right here.

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