Malaysia

OPPO going after 5G, IoT with new central hub in Malaysia

Promises smart devices, “intelligent connectivity”

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OPPO is positioning itself as more than a smartphone maker. The company kicked off this initiative when they introduced the OPPO AR Glasses in China and is now further strengthened by the introduction of more smart devices at their new Asia Pacific Hub located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

With the region accouting for 50 percent of the company’s global smartphone sales, it makes sense for its new central hub to be in the rising tech space of the region. This move is also part of OPPO’s “Think Globally, Act Locally” strategy — a move that many other companies have also been slowly adopting.

The company says its investing over US$ 7 billion to its research and development initiatives that involve 5G, 6G, AI, AR, and big data. A huge amount of resources will be poured into developing both software and hardware to go beyond the Internet of Things (IoT) and into “Intelligent Connectivity.”

Speaking of 5G, the company has already made it known that the OPPO Reno3 Pro will be equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765. That’s Qualcomm’s latest chip that comes with 5G integration.

The company also promised that its next flagship will also feature the more powerful Snapdragon 865 which also has support for 5G. The company’s primary 5G partner is telecommunications company Maxis.

New devices launched

To further show their commitment to 5G, OPPO launched the OPPO 5G CPE T1. It’s a connection hub built for both the home and the office. Equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem, it is one of OPPO’s first devices that will help shore up its 5G efforts.

Also announced during the event is the OPPO Enco Free true wireless headphones. This, alongside the OPPO Enco Q1, means the company is broadening its product portfolio way beyond smartphones which is what they have been primarily known for in recent years.

Computers

HP unveils Experience Hub flagship store in Malaysia

X-Hub for short

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Computer company HP on Wednesday announced the opening of the HP Experience Hub (X-Hub) flagship store in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The X-Hub is a seamless online-to-offline (O2O) experiential retail experience for tech consumers.

The physical store in Malaysia is combined with an integrated O2O platform to create a seamless omnichannel commerce journey across six Southeast Asian countries.

More immersive retail experience

The Experience Hub unifies the retail experience across the Southeast Asia region, connecting the Kuala Lumpur flagship store to 82 online stores spread across Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, with Thailand and Vietnam to follow in March 2022.

Online consumers may be able to personally interact with HP Live Advisors, a team of dedicated experts based on the X-Hub via real-time video calls and chat functions.

These will be made available in preferred local languages, while live streams on the latest HP products is also made possible via the HP Virtual Showroom.

This way, consumers will be able to continue shopping without having to be in Malaysia physically.

Interactive ‘Test Drive’ stations

As for customers who want to visit the physical store in Malaysia, there are interactive ‘Test Drive’ stations to experience all of HP’s technology.

These stations include:

  • Premium (High-end consumer devices)
  • Gaming (Laptops, desktops, and monitors)
  • Commercial (Business-grade devices)
  • Print (Home and office printing)

Visitors can also access personalization services such as custom engraving and printing, or connect to in-store or online HP Live Advisors for real-time inquiries.

Location

The HP X-Hub flagship store in Malaysia is located at Pavilion Bukit Jalil (level 4) in Kuala Lumpur.

The flagship store was created in partnership with Thunder Match Technology Sdn Bhd, Malaysia’s largest tech retailer. HP also partnered with Shopee and Lazada. Both of which support the online experience.

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Gran Turismo 7 physical edition pre-order starts Jan 7

Standard and 25th Anniv Editions available

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The much-anticipated flagship racing game for the PlayStation is here. Gran Turismo 7 is officially releasing on March 4, 2022. Those who want to make sure the game lands on their laps that day can pre-order physical editions starting January 7, 2022.

Pricing are as follows:

PS5 Standard Edition — PhP 3,490 / SG$ 97.90 / MYR 299 / THB 2,290
PS4 Standard Edition — PhP 2,990 / SG$ 79.90 / MYR 249 / THB 1,990
25th Anniversary Edition PS5/PS4 — PhP 4,490 / SG$ 123 / MYR 379 / THB 2,890

All pre-orders include the following:

  • 100,000 CR (in-game credit)
  • Three-car pack, including:
    • MAZDA RX-VISION GT3 CONCEPT Stealth Model
    • Porsche 917 LIVING LEGEND ’14
    • Toyota Supra GT500 ’97 (Castrol TOM’S)

All Physical Pre-orders include a Metal and Leather Keychain. Those who pre-order the 25th Anniversary Edition will get the following bonuses:

  • “Gran Turismo 7” PS5 Disc with PS4 Game Voucher*2
  • Exclusive SteelBook case
  • 1,000,000 CR (in-game credit)
  • FIA Gran Turismo Championships World Series Model – Toyota GR Yaris with country-specific livery
  • 30 manufacturer & partner PSN Avatars
  • The Music of Gran Turismo Official Soundtrack

Gran Turismo 7

Gran Turismo is a staple racing game for the PlayStation. Whether you’re a competitive or casual racer, collector, tuner, livery designer, or photographer, you’ll find something to like on Gran Turismo 7.

The new game brings back GT Simulation Mode where you can buy, tune, race and sell your way through a rewarding solo campaign as you unlock new cars and challenges. If you love going head-to-head with others, hone your skills and compete in the GT Sport Mode.

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Horizon Forbidden West Physical Edition Pre-order starts Dec 14

Are your wallets ready?

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Horizon Forbidden West is one of the most awaited titles for the PlayStation 5. It’ll kick-off Sony PlayStation’s many upcoming exclusives for 2022. It’s set to launch on February 18, 2022 and pre-orders for the Physical edition will begin on December 14, 2021.

Here are the pricing for the Physical Edition:

PS5 — PhP 3,490 | SG$ 97.90 | MYR 299
PS4 — PhP 2,990 | SG$ 79.90 | MYR 249

Customers who pre-order any edition of Horizon Forbidden West Blu-ray Disc Version will receive the Nora Legacy Outfit and Spear to use in the game which can be redeemed via PlayStation Store (PS Store).

Additionally, physical pre-order customers will stand a chance to get one of the three (3) different physical pre-order incentives: “Focus Keychain”, Horizon Forbidden West Cap or “Tremortusk 3D Puzzle”. Check with local retailers for details of the physical pre-order mechanic.

Pre-order here: Philippines | Singapore | Malaysia

Horizon Forbidden West is the sequel to the 2017 hit Horizon Zero Dawn. The new game will continue the story of Aloy. There will also be plenty of new enemies to test your mettle against. Here’s the latest trailer showcased on The Game Awards 2021.

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