It’s not every day that you can get Apple devices for such a cheap price. If you happened to be in Malaysia during the weekend, you might have witnessed the chaos a sale event did inside a mall. What was up for grabs? Just US$ 50 iPhones.
As reported by The Verge, a Malaysian Apple reseller was supposed to have a warehouse sale over the weekend but had to cancel it due to the overwhelming crowd that lined up for the sale.
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The retailer, Switch, planned to sell excess stocks of (mostly display units) iPhones and other Apple devices. As usual, there was only a limited number of discounted units: 10 units of iPhone 5s for US$ 50, and only one unit each of the 16GB iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi) for US$ 77, 2011 MacBook Air (64GB) for US$ 128, and a 24-inch iMac for US$ 255. They were selling a total of 200 sale items including iPhone models 5s to 7, iPad minis and Pros, Apple TVs, MacBooks, iMacs, and iPod Touches.
Of course, these kinds of events attract buyers, especially those who are into massive discounts, even though the available products are relatively old. Interested buyers lined up at least 19 hours before store opening and the line (or maybe lines) circled the complex before reaching the parking lot. An estimate of 11,000 people wanted to get their chance of purchasing discounted Apple devices. To accommodate the early birds (those who can actually buy the stocks), the retailer handed out queue tickets. But when they opened, a lot of people still wanted to get in and avail of the items.
To the store’s credit, they did post the price and number of units available online ahead of the sale, although that didn’t prevent people’s high expectations. Despite the event being canceled, the retailer still offers discounts on new MacBooks and iPhone Xs.
Razer Game Store hits Malaysia and the Philippines this weekend
In time for Singles’ Day
Remember that partnership between Lazada and Razer to bring a new region-centric digital game store to Southeast Asia? Well, it’s finally making its way to Malaysia and the Philippines.
We first reported about this back in April when the Razer Game Store arrived in Singapore. An expansion for the rest of the region was promised then, but we’re only seeing it come to fruition now.
Beginning November 11, which happens to be Singles’ Day and the start of Lazada’s major 11.11 sale, anyone with access to the online store in Malaysia and the Philippines can purchase from a wide selection of PC games.
This adds to the aforementioned Singapore store, as well as the one offered for Thailand, bringing the total in the region to four. Teaming up with Lazada means there are multiple ways to purchase the titles, minus the hassle of exchange rates and uncertainty with authenticity.
Apple iPhone XR available for pre-order on October 19
We’re finally on the cusp of getting a more affordable iPhone. All six colors of the iPhone XR will be available for pre-order starting October 19, 12:01 am (GMT+8) on apple.com/sg and the Apple Store app.
The iPhone XR was launched alongside the iPhone XS and XS Max last month, offering the same flagship features as its high-end brothers have but with a few differences here and there.
The same A12 Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine — one of the most powerful chipsets found in a smartphone today — powers the iPhone XR. It allows for better gaming and camera performance, a more immersive AR experience, and more efficient processing resulting in longer battery life compared to previous generations.
Instead of OLED, the iPhone XR’s display will be LCD — a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display — the most advanced of its kind according to Apple. It’s also an all-glass phone that supports wireless charging, and is wrapped with aluminum around the edges instead of stainless steel. The body is water-resistant with a rating of IP67, and is safe from everyday spills including coffee, tea, and beer. Liquid damage is not covered under Apple’s warranty, however.
In the camera department, the iPhone XR sports the same wide-angle lens found on the iPhone XS and XS Max, but doesn’t come with the 2x telephoto zoom lens. You can still achieve that bokeh effect through Portrait Mode, thanks to internal improvements to the ISP, Neural Engine, and software algorithms. In front, the notch that houses the latest TrueDepth camera system also enables Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting, plus Face ID for security and authentication.
In Singapore, the iPhone XR will be available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage models in black, white, blue, yellow, coral, and (PRODUCT)RED starting at SG$ 1,229 (US$ 892) beginning Friday, October 26 at 8:00 am.
It will also be available in more than 50 countries and territories on the same date, including Malaysia, India, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Other countries in Southeast Asia like Cambodia, Myanmar, and Vietnam will get the iPhone XR starting November 2.
Through Apple GiveBack, customers can trade in their eligible device for an Apple Store Gift Card or a refund of up to SG$ 850 on their purchase. Trade-in values will vary based on the condition and model of your smartphone.
Vivo Y81i arrives as affordable full-screen smartphone
Notch and all
Vivo may be becoming more aggressive in the midrange and premium segments, but that doesn’t mean they’re letting go of the budget range just yet.
The Y81i is a testament to that, and it just unveiled itself in Malaysia. It’ll retail for MYR 599, which converts to around US$ 144.
It’s similar to the recently launched Y81 in a lot of ways, including the notched 6.22-inch 720p display, 13- and 5-megapixel rear and front cameras, and 3260mAh battery.
The main differences — and reason why this model is cheaper — is the lower-end MediaTek MT6761 processor, 2GB of memory, and 16GB of storage for the Y81i.
There’s no fingerprint scanner on board, but it does come with face recognition for quick unlocking.
The available colors are black and red. No word yet when this will reach other countries.
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