After increasing the price of its power banks, here comes another wave of price increase for Xiaomi. When GST starts to kick in on 1st April, Xiaomi Malaysia will be increasing the price of its Redmi Note 4G from RM589 to RM625.
Surprisingly only the Redmi Note 4G will be affected and there’s no price change for its new Redmi 2 that’s being sold at RM449. The same goes for its rest of its products including power banks, head phones, Mi Band, Mi Pad and other accessories, which have retained the same price tag, for now.
If you’re planning to get the Redmi Note 4G, you can order it now at the current price before 11:59PM on 31st March 2015.
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The Goods and Service Tax (GST) is just around the corner as the month of March draws to a close, and it’s a given that a lot of the electronics we know and love are going to get a price hike come April 1st.
So far, there haven’t been any corporations that have confirmed anything about the price hike and most are keeping mum about the specifics involving the 6% GST tax, especially since the tax will be included in production costs as well.
Hit the break for a list of items taxable.
After a couple of teasers, Xiaomi has finally unveiled its new TV. It isn’t a brand new model to replace the current Mi TV2 but an affordable option with a 40″ screen that pushes Full HD 1080p resolution at only 1,999 CNY (about RM1,175). As comparison, its 49″ Mi TV2 that does 4K resolution is priced at 3,999 CNY (about RM2,350) and it comes with a soundbar along with a wireless subwoofer.
The new 40 incher uses a Sharp SDP X-Gen panel which offers a faster 6ms response time and a 5000:1 static contrast ratio. Internally, it runs a Quad-Core 1.45GHz processor that’s mated to 1.5GB (instead of 2GB on the 49″ MiTV 2) RAM. Since it is a smart TV, it also runs as a media hub and gaming platform with Android 4.4 KitKat on board.
The hybrid 2-in-1 ASUS Transformer Book Chi series has finally arrived in Malaysia. Out of the 3 models, ASUS Malaysia is only offering the largest Transformer Book T300 Chi that comes with a 12.5″ display.
Instead of a whopping Quad HD resolution of 2560×1440, we are getting a Full HD display that does 1920×1200. However underneath, we get a better spec’ed Intel Core M (5Y61) processor with speeds up to 2.90GHz, along with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage. Connectivity wise, it supports WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth and a faster USB 3.0 port. Out of the box, it runs on Windows 8.1 and also included is a 2 years global warranty.
Now, a new thermal image shows that the HTC One M9‘s operating temperature has dropped from a extremely hot 55.4 degrees celcius down to a much more reasonable 41.7 celcius following the update, putting it around the same temperature range as it’s rivals. The smartphone’s metal body even looks like it’s doing good at dissipating heat as the image shows a rather even heat distribution though the whole device.
However, it is possible that the above results were achieved by tweaking the thermal throttling configuration of the Snapdragon 810; in short limits are imposed on the processors maximum clock frequencies once the core temp hits a certain threshold. The new update puts said treshold at a lower point so as to keep the chip frosty albeit at the cost of reduced performance.
It doesn’t look like the phone will be affected by overheating issues but performance being linked to temperature might be an issue now. How it will affect real-word benchmarks, we will find out eventually.
While you cannot remove the apps completely, you can stop them from running and slowing down your phone, as bloatware is a persistent problem with Samsung’s phones. The new TouchWiz reportedly takes up 30% less space compared to what’s on the Galaxy S5, and you will be able to disable a host of native apps inclusive the ones from Google as well as Microsoft’s OneDrive and Skype.
You can even disable S Health, S Voice and even Calculator or Maps if you see fit, but some functions might be affected without crucial apps such as Google Maps. But if you truly want a more streamlined experience, you’ll finally get to kick all that bloatware to the curb.
The HTC One M9 appears to be a mere incremental update over the One M8. If you’re looking for something more, the rumoured One M9 Plus is slowly becoming a reality as leakster @onleaks have shared a couple of more details of the new model.
His new purported render reveals a slightly bigger device but not by a lot since it is rumoured to carry a slightly bigger 5.2″ screen. What’s interesting is the back where the main camera gets a larger camera module that’s accompanied by a secondary camera. Could this be a more photographic centric device with a hardware based selective focus feature?