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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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Nokia goes all-in on more Android One phones

HMD Global confirms

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More than two years ago, Nokia started its comeback story. After selling out to Microsoft, the former market leader resurrected its properties under a new direction. Now, after setting up shop anew, Nokia is one of recent history’s success stories.

With success in the bag, Nokia has set its sights towards the future. In a recent interview with Neowin, Vijay Thangavelu, HMD Global’s country manager for Malaysia and Myanmar, described the company’s plans for future success.

Among others, Nokia’s plan includes a stronger dedication to its current market. Notably, the company earned back a lot of respect because of its current feature phone lineup. Rather than attack the lucrative premium phone market, Nokia injected a lot of volume into the budget-friendly market. The company created affordable but memorable feature phones across the two years.

Spotting this key strength, Nokia will reinforce this lineup in the future. “Our smartphones in the Android One family offer a high-quality software experience designed by Google,” Thangavelu said. “At this point in time, we are confident that the Android One programme will continue delivering the best user experience on a Nokia smartphone.”

Powered by Google, the Android One program punctually delivers the latest Android software experience to participating phones. Over time, the program has become synonymous with the vanilla Android experience. Throughout its recent success, Nokia has partnered with Android One frequently. Given Thangavelu’s statement, Nokia will still go all-in on more Android One phones in the future.

Unfortunately, Thangavelu declines to comment on other potential developments. When asked about the recent PureView acquisition and the penta-camera phone, he asks everyone to just “stay tuned.”

Regardless, his statements have shed some optimistic light on Nokia’s future. Prepare for more of Nokia’s Android Ones in the future.

SEE ALSO: Android 9 Pie finally available for Nokia 8 Sirocco

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#ArtistsofSEA: Celebrate the diversity of Southeast Asian art

Plus tips on how to support your local creatives

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Image source: @porkironandwine

Need a little pick-me-up to start off the year? Have some more visual inspiration! In my previous article, I slightly touched on how Twitter is now the go-to social media site of choice for many in the artist community when it comes to sharing their work. While that article was written in the spirit of #Inktober, this one is a little different: we’re going local.

Filipino artist Caleb (@porkironandwine, whose work on Filipino mythology you may have seen around) saw an opportunity: to shine the spotlight on the oft-underrepresented diversity of talent from fellow artists in Southeast Asia.

His tweet blew up and now has more than five thousand retweets at the time of writing and nearly eight thousand likes — and the #ArtistsofSEA hashtag remains in full swing. Here are some of the amazing artists who shared their work using the tag.

Cambodia

Indonesia

Malaysia

Philippines

Singapore

Thailand

Vietnam

Finding adequate appreciation and just pay for their work are struggles that all creatives can relate to. Hashtags such as #Inktober, #PortfolioDay, #ArtistsofSEA, and more work to not only help artists network and build community through mutual appreciation, but also connect them with work opportunities. Our Southeast Asian cultures provide an amazing base for inspiration. Supporting local artists can help them share that in their home countries and the wider world.

Here’s how we can help:

  1. Buy their merchandise. Many artists sell prints, accessories, and wearable merchandise at local conventions. Some are stocked in specialty stores. Look out for events near you! Most of them also have online shops.
  2. Pay for commissions. If you find an artist whose style you love, consider commissioning them. Artists price commissions depending on how elaborate the work is and how many elements are included; you can have a unique piece at any price point.
  3. Hire them for projects. Whether it’s personal or for work, consider hiring local artists for bigger creative projects that last a longer term.
  4. Pass their information on. You can also share the contact details and online accounts of artists you think fit other people’s projects if they’re seeking recommendations. Someone wants a statement piece for their home? Refer them to prints. A friend needs a graphic designer for their business? Share what you know.
  5. Retweet their work — and NEVER repost without credit. For those on a budget, supporting local artists doesn’t always need money. Simply retweeting and sharing their work from their official accounts — NEVER repost without their permission and full credit — is enough to do your part to help widen their reach.

This list is definitely not exhaustive and represents only a portion of artists sharing their work. You can continue to follow it and see more over here. Happy browsing!

SEE ALSO: Local artists from the Philippines gather to tackle mental health stigma

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5 video games shortlisted for esports at SEA Games 2019

For PC, mobile, and consoles

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One of the best news to come out of the upcoming SEA Games in 2019 — at least for gamers — is the inclusion of esports as part of the 56 total sports being held at the event.

The announcement was made late last month, but what it didn’t mention was the list of video games included in the tournaments. Well, we now have the shortlist.

As of now, there’ll be five games to look forward to. For PC, we have Dota 2 and StarCraft II; on mobile, they’ll be Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and Arena of Valor; finally, console gamers will see Tekken 7.

One more title will be inserted into the console lineup, which will be decided in the coming weeks. The games for PC and mobile seem to be locked.

A total of six medal events will be spread out — two for each platform. There’ll be no gender divisions, so male and female competitors will play for the same medals.

Because Razer is a major sponsor, chances are the mobile games will be played on the Razer Phone 2; the gaming company may also be providing systems for the PC division. The consoles will be either the PS4 or Xbox One X/S.

The 30th SEA Games will transpire in the Philippines in November 2019.

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