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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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Razer holds first ever SEA Games bootcamp for esports teams

Held in partnership with one of the best eSports teams in the world

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Preparations for the upcoming 2019 Southeast Asian Games are underway, especially with eSports now added to the competition. Razer, the official eSports partner for the SEA Games has an idea on how to make preparations more interesting. The global gaming lifestyle brand wants to bring esports teams from all participating countries to train them by learning from the best players in the world.

Razer officially rolls out the Razer SEA Games eSports Bootcamp, a two-day training camp for eSports teams participating in the Dota 2 tournament for the SEA Games. The bootcamp will feature a series of mentorship sessions and practice games for all the competing teams from Singapore (Team X) , Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia (PG.Barracx), and the Philippines (Sibol). With the inclusion of eSports in this year’s SEA Games, Razer’s Global Sports Director David Tse hopes to “bring eSports to the next level.”


To guide these teams to success, Razer taps upon a global eSports powerhouse in the Evil Geniuses. EG’s Dota 2 coach, Sam “Bulba” Sosale will mentor the five participating teams to compete at the highest level for the upcoming tournament.

“Evil Geniuses is excited to help some of the best players in Southeast Asia prepare for it,” Sosale said. As of writing, members of the EG’s Dota 2 team are competing in the Upper Bracket semifinal round of The International 9 in Shanghai.

The Razer SEA Games eSports Bootcamp will run from September 2 to 3, 2019 in Singapore. As a treat, Evil Geniuses is hosting their first ever meet-and-greet in Southeast Asia on September 1. Fans will have a chance to get up close with members from EG’s Dota 2 team: Arteezy, SumaiL and s4, along with Bulba. Fans will also get a chance to win signed jerseys from their favorite players.

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Buy the Samsung Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK edition now

You better hurry!

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BLINKs, it’s officially here — the Samsung Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK Edition is now available for purchase.

The BLACKPINK edition package comes with the Galaxy A80 smartphone in either Angel Gold or Phantom Black along with the BLACKPINK case, charging stand, a photocard, and a mesh pouch for PHP 34,990 (US$ 685). The separate BlackPink Edition package is valued at PHP 5,999 (US$ 118) but buying online now will net you the package for free.


There’s also a free Nanofixit Screen Protection with 1 year screen cracking insurance warranty of up to PHP 5,000 (US$ 98) as well as a free Klook Voucher worth PHP 1,000 (US$ 20). This specific package is only currently available on July 14 via online purchase.

As an additional offer, you can trade in your old your old smartphone or tablet for the Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK Edition for some discounts as well as an additional PHP 4,000 (US$ 78) token.

Availability in other Southeast Asian countries

A similar package is available in Malaysia for MYR 2,499 (US$ 607.58). However, they have an additional color option which is ghost white and instead of the Nanofixit Screen Protection, the package comes with a Samsung Galaxy Fit worth MYR 369 (US$ 85). This package is only available to the first 1,000 buyers.

In Singapore, the package only includes the Galaxy A80 along with the BlackPink case, charging stand, and photocard. The suggested retail price is SG$ 898 US$ 662). The BLACKPINK merchandise is valued at SG$ 188 (US$ 139).

The Samsung Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK edition was first announced in Bangkok, Thailand and also goes on sale today starting at THB 21,990 (US$ 719). During the launch, we also saw the Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Watch in BlackPink edition.

Samsung Galaxy A80

The Samsung Galaxy A80 was first launched in April, also in Bangkok, Thailand along with the Samsung Galaxy A70 which at the time already had a BLACKPINK Edition.

The Galaxy A80 sports a set of triple cameras, octa-core Snapdragon 730G chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 3700 mAh battery, and 4G LTE support. It also runs Android 9.0 out of the box.

This is Samsung’s unique answer to the “notch problem” with its rotating camera mechanism. It was announced early in April but didn’t hit certain markets right away.

SEE ALSO: GadgetMatch in BLACKPINK’s area thanks to A Galaxy Event

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PlayStation Days of Play features limited edition console

Along with discounted top-tier games

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Sony PlayStation won’t be at E3 2019 but they’re making up for with the the Global Days of Play sale. The sale, which will run from June 7 to 17, includes a limited edition console, peripherals, and discounts on some much-coveted game titles.

If you’ve been itching to get a PlayStation 4 (PS4), since we still don’t know exactly when the next generation PlayStation is coming, then you can’t go wrong with this limited edition. First thing you’ll notice on the Days of Play PS4 are the embossed PlayStation icons. It has a Steel Black color on top and dark gray at the bottom. It comes with a matching DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller.

Also included in the sale are PS4 exclusive titles like the recently released Days Gone, the ever-popular Marvel’s Spider-Man, and 2018 Game of the Year God of War.

Here are pricing details on what’s up for grabs in different markets in Southeast Asia.

Philippines:

PS4™ DAYS OF PLAY LIMITED EDITION 2019 1TB – PHP 17,990
PS4™Pro God of War Bundle (1TB) with free DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller – PHP 23,990
PS4™ NBA 2K19 Bundle (500GB) with free DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller – PHP 20,490
PS4™ DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller – PHP 2,290 (normal SRP: PHP 2,990)
PS4™ software titles from as low as PHP 829

Singapore:

PS4™ DAYS OF PLAY LIMITED EDITION 2019 1TB – SGD 449
PS4™ STARTER PACK (1TB) with free DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller – SGD 479
PS4™Pro (1TB) with free DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller – SGD 599
PS4™ DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller – SGD 59.90 (normal SRP: SGD 79.90)
PS4™ software titles from as low as SGD 21.90

Malaysia:

PS4™ DAYS OF PLAY LIMITED EDITION 2019 (1TB) – MYR 1,349
PS4™ software titles from as low as MYR 59

Indonesia:

PS4™ DAYS OF PLAY LIMITED EDITION 2019 (1TB) – IDR 5,199,000
PS4™ software titles from as low as IDR 229,000

Thailand:

PS4™ DAYS OF PLAY LIMITED EDITION 2019 1TB – THB 11,990
PS4™Pro God of War Bundle (1TB) with free DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller – THB 14,990
PS4™ PARTY BUNDLE (500GB) with free DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller – THB 11,990 (normal SRP: THB 12,990)
PS4™ HITS (500GB) with free DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller – THB 11,990
PS VR BEAT SABER All-In-One Pack – THB 11,990
PS4™ DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller – THB 1,490 (normal SRP: THB 1,990)
PS4™ software titles from as low as THB 590

Vietnam:

PS4™ DAYS OF PLAY LIMITED EDITION 2019 1TB – VND 8,990,000
PS4™ DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller – VND 1,090,000 (normal SRP: VND 1,390,000)

If you’re in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, or Thailand and are not a PlayStation Plus subscriber yet, now’s a great time to become one. There’s a 30% discount on the PS store for three months and 12 months membership subscriptions. Customers can also get the 12 months PS Plus membership card from retail stores and get three extra months. Solid deal!

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