The latest Android 4.4.3 KitKat update is now rolling out to HTC One M8 users in Malaysia. It is over 650MB in size and we recommend updating the software using WiFi.
Apart from the usual security and stability updates, the software also improves the One M8′s wireless connectivity as well as tweaks to its native apps including Camera, Gallery and Settings. If you haven’t received any notification, you can check manually at Settings > About > Software on your phone.
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If taking Selfie is too passé, the Huawei Ascend P7 with its “Groufie” (Panorama Selfie) mode might be what you’re looking for. It is now available from Celcom from as low as RM688 on contract. Retailing at RM1499 outright, the Ascend P7 offers 4G LTE in a super slim and premium body of just 6.5mm. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check out our hands-on with the Ascend P7 here.
Also available is the Honor 3X, which is the bigger brother of the Honor 3C that’s priced at RM1,099. It gets a large 5.5″ HD 720p display with 1.7GHz Octa-Core processor from MediaTek and it is mated to 2GB RAM. There’s also expandable 16GB of storage, 13MP + 5MP cameras, 3,000mAh capacity battery and support for dual-SIM cards.
The bundled pricing for both devices are as follows with 24 months contract.
Huawei Ascend P7
Celcom First One Plan 3GB (RM68/month) – RM838
Celcom First One Plan 5GB (RM88/month) – RM688
Huawei Honor 3X
Celcom First One Plan 3GB (RM68/month) – RM538
During sign up, there’s an upfront payment of RM500 required for First One Plan 3GB and RM600 for First One Plan 5GB. The advance payment will be rebated back to your monthly bills across 10 months.
For more information, head over to their Huawei promo page.
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The Mi 3 had went on sale in Malaysia for about 2 months now and if you still struggling to purchase a unit, Xiaomi is now offering an easier solution. For the first time in Malaysia, they are offering a pre-sale of the Mi 3 where you can purchase a unit without the mad rush of a flash sale. It is happening at 12PM tomorrow (31st July) at their Mi Online store. If you look at the image above carefully, you will notice a fine line of text at the top and bottom where they are giving out extra freebies through their Facebook page.
According to Xiaomi, there’s no rush and all you need to do is to make a payment immediately at 12PM. The only catch is that you would need to wait a little longer for the phone and depending on demand, it can take up to 4 weeks. A typical order during its weekly flash would normally take about 6-8 working days to be delivered. They didn’t mention any sales duration and it is likely there’s a closing time for the sale.
Outright, the Mi 3 is priced at RM769 for the 16GB capacity version and if you opt for the Essentials Bundle, it would cost a total of RM805 which comes with additional screen protectors and Flip Case. To get to know the Mi 3 better, you can check out our unboxing and hands-on video.
The Mi 4 is currently their latest pride an joy with better hardware and premium exterior design. If you compare both Mi 4 and Mi 3, the Mi 3 is still the thinnest and lightest among its current Xiaomi smart phones. In China, the Mi 4 has gone on sale but only in 3G variant for China Unicom. A 4G model will be made available in September but that only supports TDD-LTE which is commonly used in China. For the rest of the world including Malaysia, Xiaomi will be releasing a 4G FDD-LTE version and they are targeting that for year end release.
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Following the Nokia Lumia 1320, its higher-spec brother the Lumia 1520 too is receiving its Lumia Cyan update. Microsoft has also just updated their availability list with a total of 4 Lumia models currently up to date with the latest Windows Phone 8.1.
If you haven’t received any notification yet on your Lumia 1520, you can check manually under Settings > Phone update.
Thanks @Steady2Twit for the alert!
With thousands killed and over a million affected in the on going Gaza crisis, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission has started a humanitarian fund. Now anyone with a mobile phone can send their contributions via SMS from as low as RM1. No matter how big or small, every single contribution can make a difference to those in need.
Your mobile donation can be made with the denomination of RM1, RM3, RM5, RM10 or RM20. All you need to do is SMS “GAZA” followed by the amount (e.g. “GAZA 5″ for RM5 or “GAZA 20″ for RM20) to 13999. All contributions will be channelled through MCMC’s humanitarian fund.
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Looks like Microsoft is going big with its cameras. At an internal meeting this week, Stephen Elop was reported to have teased 2 new Windows Phone 8.1 devices, one with a large front camera for Selfies and another model which claims to be an affordable PureView device.
The Selfie-centric device, codenamed Superman has the biggest front facing camera on a Windows Phone at 5MP, surpassing its usual 1.2MP/1.3MP shooters. The device is expected to come with a compact 4.7″ display and it is likely to be powered by a popular Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM an has support for 4G LTE. This could be going directly against Sony’s Selfie-centric camera, the Xperia C3.
Next is a device that’s called Tesla or rumoured to be the Lumia 830. Stephon Elop apparently has labeled this device as an affordable high-end phone with a PureView camera. From the purported leaked images, the Lumia 830 is having a large black colour camera housing like the Lumia 1020 and comes with a standard assisted LED illumination instead of Xenon flash. You can check out the shots of the rumoured 830 after the break.
The new Lumia Cyan update is now being rolled out to Lumia 1320 units in Malaysia, bringing its operating system to the latest Windows Phone 8.1. This follows after its initial roll out on the Lumia 625 and Lumia 925 about 2 weeks ago.
If you haven’t receive the update, you may check for it manually at Settings > Phone Update. There are 8 more models pending for update which includes Lumia 520, Lumia 525, Lumia 620, Lumia 720, Lumia 820, Lumia 920, Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520. You can check on the current update status over at Nokia’s Windows update availability list.
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The affordable BlackBerry Z3 smart phone has finally arrived on Celcom and it can be yours for only RM288. Retailling at RM699 outright, the BlackBerry Z3 is tied with 24 months contract with their new First One Plan 3GB option at RM68/month.
What you’ll get is 3GB of mobile internet along with 60 minutes of voice and 60 SMS per month. If you need more internet, you can top up additional quota at RM15 per GB or RM50 for 5GB. During sign up, there’s an advance payment of RM500 required upfront which they will rebate back to your bill across the first 10 months. As part of its Raya promotion, you can opt to pay your advance payment + device price (RM788) via credit card with 0% interest instalments for 24 months.
To recap on the specs, the BlackBerry Z3 is an entry level 5″ BlackBerry 10 OS device and it runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor mated to 1.5GB of RAM and has 8GB of expandable storage via microSD. There’s also a 5MP camera, front facing 1.1MP unit and a decent 2,500mAh capacity battery. You can find out more about the device in our hands-on with the BlackBerry Z3.
For more information, visit Celcom’s BlackBerry Z3 page.
For those using U Mobile’s Prepaid plans, you can now make more voice calls at a cheaper rate thanks to its new Voice Plan add-on. Available with a choice of RM20 (V20) and RM30 (V30), the new voice plans are essentially bulk voice add-ons that are activated for 30 days validity. For its V20 add-on, you’ll get 100 minutes of onnet (U Mobile to U Mobile) and 100 minutes offnet (calls to other networks) for RM20. Meanwhile, its V30 option gives you more at 180 minutes onnet and 180 minutes offnet, which is a equivalent to 8.3 sen/minute assuming if you fully utilised both onnet and offnet quotas.
If you can’t finish your voice minutes within the validity period, U Mobile allows you to carry forward unused minutes but only if you renew your voice plans of the same value. The only catch is there’s a limit of 200 minutes for V20 and 300 minutes for V30 at any one time. Overall, this is an affordable add-on for those who wish to make a lot of phone calls on U Mobile. Its prepaid voice calls are normally charged at 20 sen/minute (10sen/30sec block).
To subscribe, you can dial *118*3*6*1# and select the appropriate package. Alternatively you can SMS “ON V20″ or “ON V30″ to 28118.
For more information, head over to U Mobile’s Prepaid Voice Plans.
Xiaomi is doing things differently from the rest. If you always have a question that’s begging to be answered, Xiaomi is opening up a Q&A channel on their global Facebook page.
Your questions can cover anything from their management, product, MIUI team and etc. You can leave your questions now until Friday, 1st of August and they will try to answer immediately. Just recently they have announced the Mi 4 and Mi Band in China.
For the Mi 4, their China Unicom 3G version will be available next week while its 4G version (TDD-LTE) is targeted for September release. For the rest of the world including Malaysia, Xiaomi will be releasing a FDD-LTE version of the Mi4 much later towards the end of the year. The Mi 4 is priced at 1,999 Yuan (about RM1,025) for the 16GB model, and 2,499 Yuan (about RM1,280) for the 64GB version. Meanwhile its Mi Band is priced at 79 Yuan, which is about RM40 in our local currency. You can compare the specs of the Mi 4 against other flagship Android models over here.
Watch the promo video and our 10 minute interview session with Hugo Barra after the break.