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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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Honor Play Player Edition debuts in Malaysia

For fans of PUBG

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Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has launched the gamer-targeted Honor Play Player Edition in Malaysia.

The Player Edition unveiling comes just a month after the launch of the standard edition Honor Play. Design-wise, this phone remains the same with the exception of a more futuristic look on its shell from its circuit board-like lines. The black variant in particular looks a tad more sleek due to its red accents around the camera and the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor

This phone will set you back MYR 1,299, but don’t you worry. You’re not paying an extra MYR 50 just for a different design, because Honor is throwing in a couple of mobile gaming goodies to enhance your gaming experience. An Ipega 9087 smartphone gaming controller will be included with the Player Edition, alongside some PUBG stickers if you’re a fan.

The specs sheet, however, remains the same throughout the device. Like the standard edition, the Honor Play sports a 6.3-inch display on the front in Full HD+ resolution. Under the hood lies a slightly aged but still powerful Kirin 970 processor plus 4GB of RAM. Unfortunately, there is no extra horsepower or a bump in RAM for the Player Edition although it is centered around gaming. The phone carries 64GB of expandable storage.

The Player Edition features GPU Turbo, a feature seen in many of Huawei smartphones that helps optimize gameplay and battery at the same time. Speaking of which, the phone packs a larger than average 3750mAh battery which is charged via USB-C. Cameras still remain an important aspect of every smartphone, with this handset featuring a 16MP + 2MP dual rear camera setup and a 16MP selfie snapper.

The Honor Play Player Edition is now available at Honor’s online store on hihonor.com and Shopee.

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Pocophone F1 launches in Southeast Asia

It’s ready to slay flagships!

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The Pocophone F1 is now officially available in Southeast Asia but variants vary depending on the market.

The Southeast Asian launch was held in Indonesia wherein Xiaomi claims to be ranked second among smartphone manufacturers. Pocophone Global Head Alvin Tse said phones that will be sold in Indonesia are also made in the country.

Price and availability

The variants that will come to Indonesia are 6GB RAM with 64GB storage which will retail for IDR 4,499,000 and the 6GB with 128GB storage which will retail for IDR 4,999,000. They will be available for purchase first on Lazada and will come in either Steel Blue or Graphite Black.

Indonesia will also get the Armoured Edition which uses Kevlar instead of polycarbonate material. The Armoured Edition will retail for IDR 5,199,000.

Malaysia will offer the Pocophone F1 in Steel Blue and Graphite Black, as well. The 6GB/64GB variant will retail for MYR 1,237 while the 6GB/128GB variant will sell for MYR 1,428. However, prices will increase to MYR 1,299 and MYR 1,499 respectively from September 10 onwards due to the implementation of the Sales and Services Tax (SST).

Singapore will offer the same versions and will be available at Authorized Mi Stores and Lazada. The 6GB/64GB variant will retail for SG$ 449 while the 6GB/128GB variant is priced at SG$ 499. Both come in Steel Blue and Graphite Black.

The Philippines will offer the same variants as Malaysia and Singapore’s. Pricing and availability information are here.

Limited Armoured Edition

Asked why the Armoured Edition isn’t coming to all markets at launch, Tse said that as a small team they “need to pick their battles.” However, he did add that “nothing is set in stone” and that they will “listen to the market.”

If certain markets demand more of the Armoured Edition Pocophone F1, they won’t hesitate to bring it to said market. He said they are placing their confidence in “what the majority wants.”

Xiaomi’s new venture introduced a smartphone that highlights the essentials for power users while keeping the cost to a minimum. Tse said the company’s mission is to provide users with a product that gives them access to top-of-the-line technology today without driving up the price.

For a more detailed look you can read or watch our review.

If that’s not enough, we also have a live unboxing.

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Budget Samsung Galaxy J2 Core debuts in Malaysia

Samsung’s first Android Go phone!

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The Android Go-powered Galaxy J2 Core is now available in Malaysia at a very affordable price tag.

It’s probably one of Samsung’s most bang-for-your-buck smartphones you will ever come across, modestly priced at MYR 379 or about US$ 92.

First of all, the Galaxy J2 Core features a 5-inch display at a 960 x 540 resolution. It packs Samsung’s own Exynos 7570 processor, alongside 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage.

The lightweight Android Go OS means software won’t take a toll on the phone’s entry-level hardware. Samsung promises a full day’s use with the 2600mAh battery, which sounds impressive.

The camera setup of this handset isn’t much to shout about, with an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP selfie shooter. All these specs, however, pale in comparison to the Nokia 2.1, which is only a tad more expensive at RM 415 (US$ 100), featuring a more powerful specs sheet.

Samsung’s first ever Android Go smartphone is currently available at Samsung retail and authorized stores nationwide.

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