Malaysia

POCO M3 launches with Snapdragon 662, triple rear cameras

Is it a worthy successor?

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POCO has been teasing the global launch of the POCO M3 for quite some time now and the brand has finally unveiled the new phone. Expanding its lineup in the affordable segment, the POCO M3 is supposed to be an all-rounder that’ll succeed the POCO M2.

Going with a fresh design, the phone has a significantly large POCO branding on the rear. It gets a side-mounted physical fingerprint scanner along with a large camera module on the rear. POCO says the rear is designed to be anti-fingerprint, so you don’t have to worry about smudges.

The POCO M3 sports a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with a water-drop notch, Gorilla Glass 3 protection, and a maximum brightness of 400 nits. Powering the phone is an octa-core Snapdragon 662 processor with 4GB RAM. Storage options include 64GB and 128GB, along with a microSD card option for expansion.

On the rear is a triple camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary sensor, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front is an 8-megapixel camera for selfies. Software options include portrait mode, night mode, and 120fps slo-mo.

Backing these internals is a massive 6000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging. The phone comes bundled with a 22.5W fast charging brick and the phone will be available in Cool Blue, POCO Yellow, and Power Black color options. It runs MIUI 12 out-of-the-box and is based on Android 10.

Pricing and availability

USA

  • 4GB+64GB — US$ 149
  • 4GB+128GB — US$ 169

Special Black Friday pricing are as follows: US$ 129 for 4GB+64GB and US$ 149 for 4GB+128GB

Philippines

  • 4GB+64GB — PhP 6,990
  • 4GB+128GB — PhP 7,990

As part of the first sale in The Philippines, a 48-hour deal for both variants will be available on November 27 and 28 at early bird prices of PhP 5,990 (4GB+64GB) and PhP 6,990 (4GB+128GB).

In addition, those who purchase POCO M3 on November 27 from 12AM-2AM will receive a free gift — the Mi In-Ear Headphones Basic Piston Earphone, while stocks last.

Malaysia

  • 4GB+64GB — MYR 599
  • 4GB+128GB — MYR 699

 

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Tales of ARISE releases on Sept 9

Collector Edition also announced

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Tales of ARISE

The long-running Tales series (25 years now!) has a new title coming! Tales of ARISE will be released in Southeast Asia on September 9, 2021.

Here’s the release date trailer to get you hyped.

What is Tales of ARISE?

The game will follow the story of Rena — the star that has been ruling the Dahna planet with an iron fist for the past 300 years. Renans have been depleting Dahna of its natural resources, enslaving most of the planet’s population in order to do so.

This tale follows the fight to free Dahnans of their fate and will be experienced through the eyes of Alphen, an iron-masked Dahnan fighting to free his people, and Shionne, a girl from Rena, who’s on the run from her countrymen. They will be joined through their journey by characters like Rinwell and Law that will help them in their fight for freedom.

Southeast Asia Game Editions

Tales of ARISE

All pre-orders and Day-1 retail package version will receive a new costume for Alphen and Shionne, as well as outfits accessories and new cooking recipes and ingredients.

  • Tales of Arise retail package version is only available for the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 in Southeast Asia.
  • The package version includes pre-order digital bonus only for the first production. The number of initial production is limited and will end as soon as it runs out.

Digital Platforms

On Digital platforms, a Deluxe and an Ultimate edition will be available. The Deluxe edition will have the following items:

  • Premium Item Pack, containing gold, cooking items and Boosts
  • Premium Costume Pack, including 8 full costumes and 6 accessories
  • Premium Travel Pack, allowing for better cooking and crafting abilities as well as discounts in shops

The Ultimate Edition will have all the content from the Deluxe Edition as well as new costumes for the characters including special costumes in collaboration with other BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment games.

Tales of ARISE

A physical Collector Edition will be available and include the same content as the Ultimate Edition, along with an exclusive figurine, a Steelbook, an Artbook and the game’s Soundtrack. This edition can be purchased at participating retailers in Southeast Asia.

A special Hootle Edition will be available exclusively and in limited quantities on the BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Asia store at a later date. This edition will include, in addition to the base game, a metal case, an Artbook, the Soundtrack, a 15 cm Hootle plush along with 4 accessories, Hootle DLC for the game as well as stickers and 3 art prints.

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Genshin Impact players can now buy Genesis Crystals at Codashop

Genesis Crystals are the in-game currency

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Coda Payments or Coda announces that players of the 2020 huge hit open-world RPG Genshin Impact can now buy in-game currency via Codashop.

This option is available to players in the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Cambodia. Just follow these steps:

  • Simply go to codashop.com
  • Enter unique Genshin Impact user ID on Codashop
  • Select the server where you play
  • Choose payment method

The Genesis Crystals will be immediately credited to the account after completing the payment.

By making a single API connection to Codashop, miHoYo has made it possible for gamers to pay using 45 popular local payment methods and for some of the biggest brands in Southeast Asia, including GoPay, OVO, ShopeePay, LinkAja, Indosat, Tri in Indonesia, Globe, Smart, PayMaya, GCash in Philippines, and TNG, U Mobile, Boost, Celcom in Malaysia to contribute to the game’s continued success by promoting it to their users.

Genshin Impact launched in September 2020 as a cross-platform game that can be played on mobile, PC, and console. It was also recognized in December 2020 by Apple as the iPhone Game of the Year. The game is free-to-play, and players can unlock premium features by purchasing Genesis Crystals.

SEE ALSO: Should you play Genshin Impact?

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Samsung Galaxy A-Series makes its way to Malaysia

4 new Samsung Galaxy A-series phones!

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The newest set of Galaxy A series smartphones launched in various markets on March 17. Each market had its own set of A-series phones. For Malaysia it’s the following: Galaxy A72, Galaxy A52, Galaxy A32, and Galaxy A32 5G.

We’ve got the low down for you in this video.

But if you don’t feel like watching, here’s a quick rundown of everything that’s coming to Malaysia.

Galaxy A32 and Galaxy A32 5G

The Galaxy A32 5G shares components and specs comparable to flagships from the past with some features from flagships of the present. It’s rocking a 6.5inch HD+ PLS TFC LCD display with a 60Hz refresh rate. Housed inside its Infinity-V display is a 13MP f/2.2 selfie shooter.

On the back it’s rocking a quad-camera setup: 48MP f/1.8 main, 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, 5MP f/2.4 macro, and 2MP f/2.4 depth. It goes up to 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage that’s expandable up to 1TB.  Supporting all these is a 5,000mAh battery.

Galaxy A52

The Galaxy A52 carries the legacy of the Galaxy A51 — one of Samsung’s best-selling handsets in 2020. It stays true to its earworm of a song which says it has an awesome screen (6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED, 120Hz), awesome camera (Front: 32MP f/2.2, Rear: 64MP f/1.8 main, 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, 5MP f/2.4 macro, and 5MP f/2.4 depth), and long-lasting battery life (4,500mAh battery with power optimization via ONE UI 3).

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy A52 First look: Awesome and affordable?

Galaxy A72

The Galaxy A72 follows much of the same beats as the A52 with its awesomeness with a few different specs. It’s rocking a 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with a quad camera setup. That’s 64MP f/1.8 main, 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, 8MP f/2.4 telephoto, and a 5MP f/2.4 macro lens.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy A72 First look: Stepping up

Pricing and availability

Galaxy A72 (8GB+256GB)

  • MYR 1,899
  • Awesome Violet, Awesome Blue, Awesome White, Awesome Black
  • Freebie: Clear Standing Cover (worth MYR 109)

Galaxy A52 (8GB+256GB)

  • MYR 1,499
  • Awesome Violet, Awesome Blue, Awesome White, Awesome Black
  • Freebie: Clear Standing Cover (worth MYR 109)

Galaxy A32 5G (8GB+128GB)

  • MYR 1,199
  • Awesome Violet, Awesome Blue, Awesome White, Awesome Black
  • Freebie: Soft Clear Cover (worth MYR 39)

Galaxy A32 (8GB+128GB)

  • MYR 1,099
  • Awesome Violet, Awesome Blue, Awesome White, Awesome Black
  • Freebie: Soft Clear Cover (worth MYR 39)

 

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