Malaysia

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.

Gaming

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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Genshin Impact

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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Malaysia

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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