Smartphone shipments in Malaysia had dropped by 5.9% in 2016 versus the previous year according to IDC Malaysia’s latest report. They reckon this was likely caused by negative economic factors which include our depreciating ringgit against the US dollar.
Despite the annual decline, smartphone shipments had picked up in the last quarter and the top 3 brands were still able to increase their respective market share.
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Finally, after months of beta trials, Samsung Pay is going official in Malaysia. This is a mobile payment service that allows you to make payments at card terminals using your Galaxy smartphone. Initially available only for Maybank VISA card holders, Malaysian Samsung Pay users will soon be able to cards issued from other banks and networks.
The Consumer Electronics Show is a big deal. It’s a show where a lot of really cool stuff gets showcased by all kinds of companies — big and small. But, not everything that gets showcased there will make it to our region.
That’s why Samsung‘s decided to host what I’d like to call a mini-CES here in the Southeast Asian region — only it’s all Samsung products, obviously. It’s called the Samsung Southeast Asia and Oceanic Forum and this year, they’ve got quite a few interesting things to showcase — most of which can be controlled by Samsung’s Smart Home app..
The LG G6 will feature a massive 5.7″ Quad HD display on a smaller footprint. The South Korean smartphone maker is calling it a FullVision display as it occupies almost the entire front of the phone. This is made possible with an unconventional 18:9 display aspect ratio which pushes 2,880×1,440 pixels resolution.
Having additional pixels on the screen would be wasteful if existing apps can’t take full advantage of it. To address that, LG is introducing a new UX 6.0 interface which has been teased ahead of its big reveal.
Huawei is launching the P10 next week and it was teased with the tagline “Change the way the world sees you”. If you’ve been following their teasers on their official Twitter account, they have been dropping obvious hints that Huawei isn’t settling for the traditional black and white.
Lenovo will be launching the Moto G5 next week at MWC 2017 in Barcelona. If you can’t wait, we now have the full picture thanks to a premature listing on an online retail site. Fortunately, the photos and hardware specs were captured before the page was pulled down.
HTC’s latest smartphone duo – the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play are officially launched in Malaysia. Announced a month ago, the HTC U series wants to stand out with a 4-way 3D glass back which gives it a distinctive look in various lighting conditions. Another differentiation would be its HTC Sense companion that tries to learn from you through continuous machine learning.
It’s raining phones with ASUS’ 38 Days of Storm giveaway. If you need a phone that doesn’t require frequent charging, here’s your chance to win yourself a brand new ZenFone 3 Max.
If you’re looking for an affordable phablet under RM1,000, you can now get the newer Redmi Note 4 in Malaysia. This isn’t the earlier version that came with a 10-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor. Instead, it runs a Snapdragon 625 processor that’s based on a smaller 14nm process.