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Alcatel makes comeback in Malaysia with 3 budget smartphones

Including an Android Go smartphone

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Alcatel has returned to Malaysian shores — this time with three smartphones that won’t break your bank.

This new lineup by Alcatel includes the Alcatel 5V, Alcatel 3L, and the Alcatel 1, all of which are actually below MYR 1,000. All three phones sport FullView displays, with only the 5V featuring a notch above its display. Both the 5V and the 3L have an HD+ display resolution while the Alcatel 1 has a 960 x 480 screen. You will be getting more display with the 5V at 6.2 inches, while the 3L and Alcatel 1’s screens measure at 5.5 and 5 inches, respectively.

Alcatel 3L

The processing power of these phones differ according to their price tag, although they are all MediaTek chipsets. The 5V is powered by an MT6762 processor with 3GB of RAM and the 3L is running on an MT6739 chip with 2GB of RAM. The entry-level Alcatel 1 is an Android Go smartphone which comes with a modest 1GB of RAM. It does, however, run on the same processor as the 3L.

The Alcatel 5V features a 12MP + 2MP dual rear camera setup which is equipped with AI scene recognition, plus an 8MP selfie shooter. The 3L comes with a standard 13MP/5MP rear and front camera package. Both the 5V and 3L have a Face Unlock feature which isn’t by any means secure, but comes in handy. The Alcatel 1 in this aspect sports only a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP selfie camera which is a far cry even by today’s entry-level standards. On the plus side, all phones come with Android Oreo out of the box.

Alcatel 1

They come in contrasting battery sizes, as well. The top-tier 5V packs a 4000mAh battery, with the 3L and 1 carrying 3000mAh and 2000mAh batteries, respectively. Only the Alcatel 5V features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, plus an all-glass body design.

Alcatel’s latest lineup is now available at all authorized retail stores nationwide. The 5V is priced at MYR 898, the 3L at MYR 498, and the Alcatel 1 at MYR 298.

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POCO M2 Pro launching soon, specs listed on Geekbench

Launching on July 7

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File photo: POCO X2

POCO India has started teasing the launch of its next phone and it’s scheduled for July 7. However, even this phone — the POCO M2 Pro — couldn’t hide through the internet and its specs have popped up on the benchmarking tool, Geekbench.

Company teasers have already shown-off a quad-camera setup but we’re yet to know the nitty-gritty. The model listed on Geekbench is powered by a Snapdragon 720 SoC alongside 6GB of RAM. The phone shall ship with Android 10 out-of-the-box. The company has already confirmed it’ll support 33W fast charging.

According to the rumor mill, the POCO M2 Pro shall have a quad-camera setup on the rear. It’ll consist of a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor, a 5-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.

This will be the first phone in the M-series and will play an essential role in framing the brand’s presence in the Indian market. So far, POCO has launched only two phones in India since its debut. However, at the beginning of this year, POCO parted ways from Xiaomi to operate as an independent brand.

Xiaomi already leads the market while OPPO and vivo have an extremely strong on0-ground presence. Samsung too has a considerable chunk due to its revered brand perception. Realme has consistently shown radical growth and it’s going after Xiaomi with all its might.

With an increasingly competitive market like this, POCO has a lot to accomplish. Currently, the brand only has the POCO X2 on sale.

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Last of Us Part II has a Limited Edition PS4 Pro

It looks sleek

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It’s a curious time to be offered a PS4 Pro what with the PS5 being months away from launch. That said, this one’s a Last of US II PS4 Pro — one of the most awaited sequels of the current generation.

The PS4 Pro in question also happens to look pretty damn sleek with only Ellie’s tattoo as the major discernible design along with the game’s title. Ellie, by the way, is now the lead in this PS4 Classic’s sequel.

The Last of Us Part II continues the story of zombie apocalypse survivors Joel and Ellie. Set five years after the events of the last game, Ellie is all grown up and set to embark on a revenge tour against aggressors still unintroduced.

Going back, launching alongside the PS4 Pro are the Limited Edition DualShock 4 controller and a Limited Edition Wireless Headset — everything pictured on top of this article in case you missed it.

Pricing are as follows:

PH SG MY TH ID VN
PS4 Pro Limited Edition Console

 

PhP 23,990 SGD 599 N/A THB 14,990 IDR 6,999,000 VND 11,490,000
DUALSHOCK4 Limited Edition

 

PhP 3,490 SGD 84.90 MYR 279 THB 2,090 IDR 899,000 VND 1,590,000
Wireless Headset Limited Edition

 

PhP 5,980 SGD 149 MYR 449 THB 3,490 IDR 1,590,000 VND 2,490,000

The Last of Us Part II PS4 Pro will come with the game and the DualShock 4 controller. The Limited Edition DualShock 4 and Wireless Headset will also be sold separately. All items will be available when the game launches on June 19, 2020.

SEE ALSO: The Last of Us Part II Southeast Asia pricing and availability

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The Last of Us Part II official pricing and availability

Plenty of editions to choose from

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The hotly anticipated game The Last of Us Part II is finally here and we now have official pricing and availability.

The Last of Us Part II continues the story of zombie apocalypse survivors Joel and Ellie. Set five years after the events of the last game, Ellie is all grown up and set to embark on a revenge tour against aggressors still unintroduced.

The game will come in several editions most notable of which is the Ellie edition. The standard edition which gives you a physical copy of the game will retail as follows:

  • Philippines — PhP 2,990
  • Singapore — SG$ 79.90
  • Malaysia — MYR 239
  • Indonesia — IDR 829,000
  • Thailand — THB 1,890
  • Vietnam — VND 1,390,000

There’s also a Digital Deluxe Edition which will net you the following: PS4 Dynamic Theme, Set of 6 PSN Avatars, Digital Soundtrack, Digital Mini ArtBook from DarkHorse.

Here’s a list of the price and what you’re getting for each one.

Special Edition

PhP 4,399 | SG$ 114.90 | MYR 249 | IDR 1,199,000 | THB 2,590 | VND 1,890,000

  • Steel Book case with full game
  • 48-page Mini Art Book from Dark Horse

Collector’s Edition

PhP 10,599 | SG$ 269.90 | MYR 839 | IDR 2,899,000 | THB 6,690 | VND 4,790,000

  • Steel Book case with full game
  • 12″ Ellie statue
  • 48-page Mini Art Book from Dark Horse
  • Replica of Ellie’s Bracelet
  • Lithograph Art Print and Thank You Letter
  • Set of 5 Stickers
  • Set of 6 Enamel Pins

Ellie Edition

PhP 13,899 | SG$ 359.90 | MYR 1,099 | IDR 3,799,000 | THB 8,990 | VND 6,190,000

  • Steel Book case with full game
  • 12″ Ellie statue
  • 48-page Mini Art Book from Dark Horse
  • Replica of Ellie’s Backpack
  • Replica of Ellie’s Bracelet
  • The Last of Us II Logo Patch
  • 7″ Vinyl Record featuring music from the original soundtrack
  • Lithograph Art Print and Thank You Letter
  • Set of 5 Stickers
  • Set of 6 Enamel Pins

Pre-order starts May 4, 2020 with the official launch of the game on June 19, 2020. All pre-orders will come with a limited edition The Last of Us Part II T-shirt featuring Ellie’s tattoo printed on the back, while stocks last. Click here to find out where to pre-order.

SEE ALSO: New release dates for The Last of Us II, Ghost of Tsushima

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