Leica Sofort Afternoon Tea with MHB Digital at Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur

[In Partnership with Leica Malaysia and Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur]

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We recently headed over to Altitude at Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur for the Leica x YL Camera afternoon tea with Banyan Tree KL. Altitude is located on Level 53, and offers a calming environment with a panoramic view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline (which includes the Petronas Twin Towers!), that’s a perfect setting for morning coffee, light lunches, afternoon tea, or even to enjoy handpicked wines or craft beers, paired with a casual menu.

We were in luck as the hotel gave us a preview of their Festive Afternoon Tea at Altitude, Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur, which is available from 1 to 31 December 2018, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm priced at RM98 nett per person which includes premium coffee and tea selections.

The afternoon tea menu at Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur includes Christmas Spice Tuiles, Orange Coral Crisp, Christmas Duck Bon-Bon, Truffle Mushroom Macaroon, Smoked Eel with Horseradish Mousse Choc, Foie Gras Grissini, Boston Lobster Panna Cotta with Avruga Caviar, Smoked Christmas Turkey Breast Sandwich. Christmas Egg Nogs, Buche de Noel, Strawberry Mousse with Chocolate Jelly, Christmas Mince Pie Macaroon, Vanilla Cup Cake, Assorted Christmas Cookies, Spiced X-Mas Walnuts, Classic Scones, and The Fruity Cranberry Scones.



The Leica SOFORT is Leica’s first instant camera which was specifically created to help frame those special and magical moments, moments that must be kept forever, although they are gone in a flash. Moments that must be framed and captured to hold in your hand – transformed into lifelong memories that you can relive again and again.

The Leica SOFORT is available in White, Orange, and Mint with the product name SOFORT displayed discreetly on the camera body, giving users an ideal fusion of style and function while capturing spontaneous and magical moments in analogue pictures.

The compact and stylish Leica SOFORT is at home whether on an outdoor adventure or at a tea party. With it, you can let your creativity flow and dive into the atmosphere and when you encounter a special moment, simply frame it, and capture it – quickly, intuitively and creatively! The simple operation and variety of manual settings of the Leica SOFORT gives the freedom of convenience or for you take control of the  focusing distance, flash and exposure compensation.

The Leica SOFORT has a programme suitable for every occasion. Just pick the one you need, concentrate on your subject and let the Leica SOFORT do the rest.

The various modes available on the SOFORT include:

  • Macro
  • Bulb
  • Automatic
  • Self timer
  • Party and People
  • Sport and Action
  • Double Exposure
  • Selfie



The Leica Sofort is available for purchase on the YL Camera website (https://www.ylcamera.com.my/) or at their retail outlets at PJ33 and Pudu Plaza. YL Camera started their operation in 1999, at Pudu Plaza, Kuala Lumpur, founded by photography enthusiast Desmond Liew, to cater the needs for amateurs and professional photographers, repair and service, buy and trade in used cameras and lenses. Since then, YL Camera has grown into a well-known name in the local photography community, expanding from a small kiosk to two large branches in Pudu Plaza, Kuala Lumpur and Jaya 33, Petaling Jaya. Today, YL Camera sells a large selection of cameras, lenses, photo and video equipment, and mobile gadgets, and are a firm favourite among many local professional photographers.

YL Camera carries stock of the equipment and accessories listed on their website ensuring that they can deliver the items to customers within two (2) business days or faster, as compared to one to two weeks by other retailers. For niche products, they even offer pre-order service, and they even offer free shipping for purchase above RM50 to all over Malaysia, while international shipment service is also available.

YL Camera has its own in-house repair and service center with specialists with years of experience to repair and service camera equipment, and they are committed to always providing customers with fair and competitive pricing.


For more info, head over to the following sites:

YL Camera: https://www.ylcamera.com.my/

Leica: http://en.leica-camera.com/Photography/Leica-SOFORT/Leica-SOFORT

Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur: https://www.banyantree.com/en/malaysia/kuala-lumpur

MHB Digital: http://www.mhbdigital.com


You have a view of both the KL Tower and Petronas Twin Towers from Altitude!


Altitude is located at:

Level 53, Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur,
2 Jalan Conlay,
50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Telephone: +603 2113 1823

Email: Altitude-KL@banyantree.com

Operating hours: All Day 11:00 – 23:00 with Afternoon Tea from 14:30 to 16:30


YL Camera Outlets are located at:

Lot UD8H-8L, Upper Ground Floor Pudu Plaza
Jalan Landak off Jalan Pudu
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: +603 2110 2261/+6016 218 7810

The Accessories-Pro Shop
Upper Ground Floor Pudu Plaza
Jalan Landak off Jalan Pudu
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: +6012 638 2261

Operating Hours: Monday – Saturday (10:30am – 9pm); Sunday & Public Holiday (10:30am – 8pm)



Lot PG-23 Ground Floor, Jaya 33 Section 13
Jalan Semangat,
46100 Petaling Jaya,

Tel No: +603 7958 6163

Operating Hours: Monday – Saturday (10:30am -9pm); Sunday & Public Holiday (10:30am – 8pm)



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MHB’s 6th Anniversary High-Tea at Element Kuala Lumpur Hotel

[Special Event]


MHB (http://hottestbloggers.com) is a digital and influencer content marketing agency which believes that digital publicity should be engaging while being affordable and cost-effective. We believe in conveying our clients’ message through ethical, high-quality, and trustworthy content in a lifestyle and non-hard sell manner that will stand out from all the junk, tabloid clutter and fake news, capturing the attention of consumers as well as providing positive brand awareness.

MHB is trusted by many brands including Montblanc, Ball Watch, Panasonic, Sony, Leica, Fujifilm, Calvin Klein Watches & Jewelry (Swatch Group Malaysia), Nivea, Chevrolet, Olympus, Lenovo, Casio, Carlsberg, Johnnie Walker, GUESS, Dolce & Gabbana, Hugo Boss and Gucci fragrances, Givenchy, Ricoh, and many more to provide quality and ethical digital media publicity.

We also have strategic media partnerships with many top brands such as Calvin Klein fragrances (Luxasia), Kerastase, Nissan, Ice Watch, Storm London, and more! On a local level, we work with prominent brands like Celcom, Poh Kong, 1 Utama, Atria Shopping Centre, EcoWorld, Encorp, De Jouer, Beaute Library, Nomi Tomo, Shawn Cutler and numerous other brands in need of affordable yet cost-effective digital publicity.

We provide cost-effective advertising packages to suit various brands and budgets, from independent stores to SMEs, all the way to MNCs and global brands.

To celebrate our 6th anniversary, we partnered with Xiaomi, Poh Kong and Element Kuala Lumpur Hotel for a delectable ARTEASTRY high-tea at Trace, the hotel’s all day dining restaurant. The name ARTEASTRY stands for Art, Tea and Pastry, and high-tea is set against the modern, artistic features of Element Kuala Lumpur, providing an ideal combination for a weekend social gathering with family and friends. TRACE restaurant & bar is situated at level 40 of KL’s tallest eco-friendly hotel, and offers a first of its kind artistic high tea while you enjoy breathtaking views of the city skyline.

Our ARTEASTRY experience began with the arrival of a contemporary bento box, beautifully decorated with synthetic grass and black, shiny modern slates – very Instagrammable indeed! The bento box is filled with delicious morsels such as dainty savoury bites containing Waffle with Salmon and Crème Fraiche, Apple Duck in Savoury Cone, Chicken Sliders in Mini Croissant with Tomato Relish, Tomato and Basil Macaroon, Confit Portobello Mushroom and Swiss Cheese Bruschetta. A must-have during high-tea are scones, and the light and fluffy Earl Grey Tea infused Scones at TRACE are served with clotted Cream and Strawberry Jam.



The dessert is the highlight of the ARTEASTRY experience, and sets this high tea apart from the typical presentation of buffet spreads or three-tiered cake stands. “The Red Splash” dessert is literally splashed on your table. The chef places a white chocolate sphere and paints an edible artwork on the table with drops and strokes of Framboise a la Mascarpone, Raspberry Confit, Raspberries, Meringue Sticks, Vanilla Soil, Sponge Fingers and Mango Chutney on a piece of “newspaper-like” food grade paper.  To end the performance, we got to pick the white chocolate sphere and drop it in the middle of the art piece, creating a delectable mess on the table.

The ARTEASTRY is priced at RM128nett for 2 persons, and is available on weekends (Saturday & Sunday), from 1.00pm to 5.00pm at the TRACE Restaurant and Bar, in Element Kuala Lumpur.


With our Managing Editor Tim Chew and official photographer Andy Kho in the middle


The event was supported by Poh Kong who provided us with beautiful pearl necklaces


Mi A1


The event was also supported by Xiaomi who provided us with their latest model – the Mi A1. The Mi A1 runs on stock Android to offer a high-quality software experience designed by Google, underscoring Xiaomi’s commitment to providing more choices for users. Priced at RM999 in Malaysia, the Mi A1 is a beautifully-designed device that combines hardware innovations, including an optical zoom dual camera setup, with great Google-designed software.

Mi A1 incorporates a dual camera configuration similar to that in Mi 6, Xiaomi’s latest flagship device, with wide angle and telephoto lenses used to incredible effect. The two lenses allow Mi A1 to calculate what is in the foreground and what is in the background, creating a depth-of-field effect that typically requires a DSLR lens to achieve, allowing the user to create photos of unparalleled clarity and colour. In addition, an improved Beautify mode that makes selfies look more natural, now works with the both the front 5MP camera as well as the 12MP dual rear camera. Mi A1 supports 2x optical zoom, which makes photos of distant subjects remain clear, while 10x digital zoom is also supported.

While all that sounds pretty good on paper, how does it perform in real life? So we decided to snap some pics using the phone’s front and back cameras during the high-tea to see the results.

Here are the photos we shot with the Mi A1. Click on the individual photos to open a larger version.



Although it was a rather cloudy day, we were surprised to find that the indoor photos taken in the restaurant were sufficiently exposed, rendering bright and realistic colours as well as the option to be more artsy with the bokeh feature. The contrast and level of details were also pretty impressive for a mid-range smartphone, as seen in the photos of the pool.

The rear camera produced some very natural looking skin tones when shooting people, and even bokeh for portrait shoots. The girls were also impressed that the front camera allowed for decent selfies with an auto-beautify function – something every influencer loves.

Mi A1 is Xiaomi’s first Android One phone, with a software experience designed by Google, offering users a simple, pure Android phone that stays fresh over time with OS upgrades. As an Android One smartphone, Mi A1 comes with the most popular Google services built-in as default, such as free unlimited high quality storage from Google Photos.

Available in Black, Gold and Rose Gold, Mi A1 has an attractive full-metal body design that measures just 7.3mm in thickness, with discreet separation lines for a seamless look and rounded edges for great hand feel. It also comes with a rear fingerprint sensor.

Featuring a 5.5-inch 2.5D curved glass screen featuring Corning® Gorilla® Glass protection, Mi A1 also boasts a 10v power amplifier for deeper lows and higher volumes, ensuring it provides an immersive media experience. A dedicated amplifier also provides support for high-impedance headphones (up to 600 ohms).

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor based on the 14nm manufacturing process, as well as a 3080mAh battery, 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage making it a real value for money mid-range smartphone indeed!


Tech Specs & Features:

  • Premium full-metal body
  • Dual camera, optical zoom:
  • 12MP wide angle + 12MP telephoto
  • Exceptional portrait photography with background blur
  • Beautify, for natural selfie enhancements
  • 5MP front camera
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625 with 14nm FinFET technology (Octa-core 2.0GHz)
  • 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage
  • Up to 128GB microSD expandable storage
  • 5.5-inch full-HD Corning® Gorilla® Glass display
  • 3080mAh battery, USB Type-C port
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • IR blaster, with Mi Remote App
  • Dual SIM (3-choose-2 hybrid SIM tray)
  • Dimensions: 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3mm
  • Weight: 165g
  • Available in Black, Gold and Rose Gold
  • Stock Android


For more info, head over to:

Element Kuala Lumpur – http://www.elementkualalumpur.com/ or telephone 603 2771 3351 or email element.kualalumpur@elementhotels.com

Xiaomi – http://www.mi.com/my/

MHB – https://hottestbloggers.com/



Lenovo Launches the ANTVR headset, VIBE X3 and the VIBE K4 Note in Malaysia

[Tech & Gadgets]



Lenovo launched their new TheaterMax, as well as two (2) smartphones equipped with the technology – the VIBE X3 and VIBE K4 Note smartphones in Malaysia on 3 March 2016. TheaterMax is an immersive experience powered by Lenovo Virtual Reality (VR) technology, converting any multimedia content to become VR-enabled, giving users a cinematic experience when viewed through a VR headset.




TheaterMax bring the experience of exploring, watching and interacting to a whole new level.

Exploring: Watch videos and games come to life when you pair a TheaterMax equipped smartphone with the Lenovo ANTVR headset, giving you vibrant visuals and rich surround sound.

Watching: Watch movies with TheaterMax’s widescreen cinematics of vivid colors and immersive sound quality in the palm of your hand. 

Interacting: You can turn Lenovo smartphone into a gaming console with TheaterMax with smooth graphics, life-like surround sound and responsive 3D gameplay although you’re probably going to need a Bluetooth controller.




In a collaboration with successful kickstarter company ANTVR, Lenovo has developed a minimalistic, foldable VR headset to be bundled with its TheaterMax devices. The Lenovo ANTVR headset is equipped with an aspherical lens in a compact package with a folding design that weighs only 160 grams. The VR headset also provides a 100-degree-wide viewing angle and is suitable for those who wear glasses as well. The Lenovo ANTVR headset will be bundled as a free add on (subject to availability) with the TheaterMax devices – the VIBE X3 and VIBE K4 Note.

Lenovo VIBE X3
Lenovo VIBE X3

Lenovo VIBE X3

The VIBE X3 incorporates the world’s first large chambered front stereo speakers for a louder output and improved bass performance, paired with an all-new Dolby ATMOS® lifelike audio experience. The smartphone was engineered with Lenovo Sound featuring the industry’s highest performance 32-bit mobile audio DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) with unprecedented dynamic range to play any audio format. The VIBE X3 also ensures ultralow distortion and superior audio clarity.

The VIBE X3 also comes with an advanced sound input and recording capabilities, with a 3-microphone system and state-of-the-art Wolfson® audio codec that effectively filters out ambient noise and greatly enhances sound quality. The phone’s amazing 21MP PDAF rear camera comes with 4K Ultra HD video recording capabilities while the 8MP front camera will definitely satisfy those who like taking selfies.

The phone also features a vibrant 5.5” Full HD display with a 178 degrees wide viewing angle, a high contrast level of 1500:1 and 16M colors with Lenovo Screen colour optimization that provides dynamic colours and greater details on the high resolution screen.

The phone is powered by a 3,500mAh battery that allows users to watch up to three (3) movies in full HD, while a top of the line 64-bit Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 808 hexa-core processor with 3GB of RAM delivers top level performance. A 32 GB in-built storage capacity (expandable up to 128GB via microSD) should give you sufficient space to store your music, movies and games, while you stay connected with LTE.


Processor: Qualcomm®  Snapdragon™ 808 hexa-core 1.8 GHz processor

OS: Android™ 5.1, Lollipop

Display: 5.5” Full HD wide-view display (1920×1080)


Rear – 21MP PDAF rear camera with 6-piece modular lens and 4K Ultra HD video recording capability

Front – 8MP fixed-focus camera

Memory: 3GB DDR3 RAM

Storage: 32GB (128GB microSD expandable)

Sound: 2x 1.5W large chamber (1cc) front-facing speakers with Lenovo Sound audio enhancement optimizations

Connectivity: 4G LTE

Size: 154 x 76.5 x 9.3mm

Weight: 175g

Battery: 3,500 mAh embedded battery

Price: RM1,899

Colour: Pearl White

Lenovo Vibe K4
Lenovo Vibe K4

Lenovo VIBE K4 Note

The Lenovo K4 Note featuring a vibrant 5.5” Full HD display with a 178 degree wide viewing angle and 1080p clarity, together with colour optimization and high-contrast technologies to further enhance the quality of the visuals.

The smartphone also comes with Lenovo’s configured 3-microphone system and Wolfson® audio codec that’s found in the flagship VIBE X3 (above). Its twin front ported stereo speakers comes with Dolby Atmos® that minimizes noise and voice distortion when playing voice clips and songs. The smartphone comes with a 13MP PDAF rear camera and a 5MP fixed-focused selfie camera.

Powering the VIBE K4 Note is a 3,300mAh embedded battery, while a 64-bit MediaTek® MT6753 octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM combine to deliver performance. The in-built storage of 16 GB is expandable up to 128GB via microSD and the phone is LTE capable.


Processor: 64-bit MediaTek®  MT6753 octa-core processor

OS: Android™ 5.1, Lollipop

Display: 5.5” Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS


Rear – 13MP PDAF rear camera dual LED CCT flash

Front – 5MP fixed-focus selfie camera

Memory: 3GB DDR3 RAM

Storage: 16GB (128GB microSD expandable)

Sound: 2x 1.5W dual front-facing speakers

Connectivity: 4G LTE

Size: 153.6 X 76.5 X 9.1mm

Weight: 160g

Battery: 3,300mAh (Li-polymer, embedded)

Price: RM999

Colour: Matte White and Matte Black




“More than 50 percent of digital content is consumed on mobile devices today, and smartphones continue to be users’ primary personal entertainment device. We expect the proportion will continue to grow in the future and the expectations of newer, more sophisticated functionalities along with it. The Lenovo TheaterMax, powered by Lenovo VR, sets us apart with our commitment to design cutting-edge smartphones that meets the needs of consumers at an extremely friendly price point,” said Lydia Foo Mun Yee, Country Lead, Lenovo Smartphone, Malaysia.

“We have listened to our customers’ needs and want to offer the promise of a cinematic like experience in their homes at a friendly price point. As such, we are bundling the ANTVR headset with the Lenovo VIBE X3 and the VIBE K4 so that customers can experience the best of what our TheaterMax smartphones have to offer” added Lydia.

The Lenovo ANTVR headset is valued at RM99 and will be available as a bundle with two (2) following devices:

·        The Lenovo VIBE X3 priced from RM 1,899 in the colour Pearl White with the headset as a complimentary add-on (subject to availability)

·        The Lenovo VIBE K4 Note priced from RM 999 in the colours Matte White or Matte Black with the headset as a complimentary add-on (subject to availability)

These bundles are available starting from 4th March 2016 at selected stores and retailers while stocks last.

For more info, head over to http://lenovomobile.com.my/ or http://www.facebook.com/lenovomy


Photo credits: Andy Kho Photography (www.andykho.com) using the Fujifilm X-T10

Wiko FEVER, HIGHWAY PURE and LENNY2 Launched in Malaysia

[Tech & Gadgets]


Wiko Mobile officially launched in Malaysia on 28 January 2016. In five years, Wiko has become the No. 2 smartphone vendor in France, and has seven (7) million users over more than 30 countries. The new French smartphone player in the Malaysian market introduced three (3) new devices – the FEVER, HIGHWAY PURE and LENNY2. The smartphones are inspired by the “French touch”, and are designed to provide users universal access to technology and fun in a single device.

“Wiko has been successful in adapting the latest technology trends as desired by mobile users into innovative products,” said Ken Ang, Business Development Director Malaysia, Wiko Mobile. He continued, “Today, we bring Wiko to Malaysia because of the fast-growing smartphone market and ideal demographic.”

With the introduction of the FEVER, HIGHWAY PURE and LENNY2 in Malaysia, Wiko hopes to introduce Malaysian consumers to its beliefs of mobile telephony: to offer quality at the best price and to maintain a close relationship with all its users, anticipating their needs and expectations.


Wiko Fever (2)

Wiko Fever (1)


The FEVER has something really unexpected for a smartphone – a glow-in-the-dark effect, which when you come to think of it, is pretty useful! The FEVER’s phosphorescent design absorbs the daylight and reflects it once in the dark, making it the first glow-in-the-dark smartphone in Malaysia (optimized glow effect on white colour version). The FEVER is equipped with a 5.2’’ Full HD display that provides vivid images and IPS technology that allows great visibility from any angle. The slightly rounded lines fit a 2.5D curved glass and the phone has a 5mm visual thickness and a premium look, accented with metal frame and soft touch leather-effect back cover. The screen uses Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 while powering the FEVER is an Octa-Core chipset and an integrated GPU for graphics optimization.

The FEVER comes with a 5-megapixel front camera and 13-megapixel rear camera, for photo enthusiasts to snap 16:9 landscape pictures on Dual View mode.


Highway Pure


This 4G smartphone is extremely thin – 5.1 mm to be exact, and weighs a total of 98 grams. The HIGHWAY PURE runs on a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 410 processor, while its 4.8-inch HD screen uses AMOLED display technology. The aluminium contours of the HIGHWAY PURE emphasize its ultra slim profile and comes embedded with 16 Swarovski Zirconias which would definitely appeal to the fairer sex.

The HIGHWAY PURE has a 8-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera.


Wiko Lenny2


The LENNY2 comes with a 1.3 GHz Quad Core processor, 8GB ROM which can be expanded to 64GB with the micro SD card. This entry level 5” device is available in black and white, coral, blue and green, LENNY2’s comes equipped with a 5-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front camera.


All Wiko FEVER, HIGHWAY PURE and LENNY2 devices are packaged with a screen protector and back casing.

Additional accessories are also available:-

Wiko FEVER ·        Fever Slim Case JetlinesRM59.00 (Available in Black)


·        Fever Folio Back Cover Jetlines

RM79.00 (Available in Black)

Wiko HIGHWAY PURE ·        Highway Folio Back Cover W VisionRM79.00 (Available in Black and White)
Wiko LENNY2 ·        Lenny2 Folio DiamondRM59.00 (Available in Bleen, Coral, Blue, Black and White)


·        Lenny2 Optional Battery Cover

RM39.00 (Available in Bleen, Coral and Blue colours)


Wiko FEVER, HIGHWAY PURE and LENNY2 are available in Malaysia through authorised retail outlets from 28 January 2016 priced at RM799, RM999, and RM299 respectively.

For more info, head over to http://my-en.wikomobile.com or http://www.facebook.com/wikomy


Huawei MediaPad M2 8.0

[Tech & Gadgets]

Written by Tim Chew, Managing Editor of Malaysia’s Hottest Bloggers.




Recently we got our hands on the Huawei MediaPad M2 8.0 which is Huawei devices’ latest tablet. We decided to do a little shoot with Andy Kho shooting MHB blogger Stephanie Lim at Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur. We shot in three (3) different locations inside the hotel – Gobo Upstairs Grill & Lounge, SkyBar and inside one of the hotel rooms.

The Huawei MediaPad M2 8.0 was designed to offer a seamless audio experience paired with stunning visuals. This very slim tablet comes with a best-in-class audio, the device has dual stereo speakers and a PA power amplifier that creates clear tones with amplified volume, producing a balanced audio system that further enhances users’ entertainment experience.

The Huawei MediaPad M2 8.0 utilizes Clari-Fi® music restoration technology by Harman Kardon along with Super Wide Sound 2.0 (SWS 2.0) that projects 180-degrees surround sound effect for a music quality with low distortion rate that allows users to listen to their favourite tunes with a lot more accuracy and sharpness. Complete with Huawei’s ClariVu® technology and 8-inch FHD IPS touchscreen, the device adjusts its display functions according to its environment, providing users ease of use and amazing visuals.

Inspired by the theme of classical music, Huawei MediaPad M2 8.0 has a metal body and a sleek metallic texture that allows user-friendly grip. The parallel design of the stereo with dual speakers facilitates a harmonious acoustic enhancing feature that makes it an ideal home theatre on-the-go.




Although the front camera is only 2 megapixel and thus not the best for selfies, Stephanie just couldn’t resist trying out the camera’s beauty mode and snapped this pic.


Not too bad for a 2MP camera.


Technical Specs

  • Size









  • Color


  • Display

• 8.0-inch FHD IPS touch display

  • CPU

Hisilicon Kirin 930, Octa-Core 2.0GHz

  • Operation System

• Android 5.1

  • Memory


ROM : 32GB

Micro SD up to 128GB

  • Network



LTE-FDD:Band 1/3/7/8/20;

LTE-TDD:Band 38/40

  • GPS


  • Connectivity

Wi-Fi Direct

Wi-Fi hotspot 802.11ac/a/b/g/n

Bluetooth: 4.0


  • Sensors

• Ambient Light Sensor

• Accelerometer

• Proximity

• Hall sensor

• Compass

  • Camera

• 8 MP (Rear) AF camera

• 2 MP (Front)

  • Audio

Audio formats: MP3, FLAC, APE, WAV, OGG, MIDI, 3GP, and AAC

  • Video

Video formats: MP4/3GP/3G2/AVI/MKV

Image formats: JPEG, GIF, BMP, WBPM and PNG

  • Emotion UI

• EMUI 3.1

  • Battery

4800 mAh

  • In the box

Handset × 1

Charger × 1

Headset x 1

USB cable × 1

Quick Start Guide × 1

Warranty Card × 1






tomcat says – The Huawei MediaPad M2 is light and slim, has beautiful aesthetics and provides nice and rich sound from its dual speakers. The speakers are so powerful I normally have it at 25% loudness when I’m in a room otherwise it’ll be too loud! It’s great for entertainment and can play most games without any noticeable lag. However setting the graphics for games like World of Tanks to medium or high results in markedly decreased performance in terms of frames per second which makes the game jerky. It runs fine on the minimum plus a little extra graphics option but anything more than that will noticeably affect gameplay. Games like Clash of Clans and Boom Beach run smoothly unless there’s a hoard of 200+ enemies attacking at the same time which will then cause the game will slow down a bit.

It’s great for entertainment and you can watch about two full length movies before it needs to be charged which makes it good for long haul flights. Bring a large powerbank along and that should last you for most of your flight.

Besides gaming and movies, I’ve been using the M2 for checking social media like Facebook and Instagram, Gmail, and reading the news on apps like BBC. It certainly beats squinting at a smartphone screen and in fact when the M2 is around I don’t use my smartphone for anything other than calls or What’s App Messenger.

Quite an handy companion and it’s great for chilling and browsing social media, listening to some music or watching a movie when you’re in the bedroom or out and about. The premium metal design will get it some looks as well as most people are used to seeing either iPads or plasticky tablets.


Huawei Mediapad M2 8.0 available at all Huawei authorized stores nationwide from late November 2015 and is priced at RM 1,499.00

More info at http://consumer.huawei.com/my/


Photo credits: Andy Kho Photography (www.andykho.com)

Model: Stephanie Lim – http://www.stephanielim.net/

Venue: Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur (more info at http://www.shangri-la.com/kualalumpur/traders/)

Honor 7 Smartphone – Latest Flagship by Honor

[Tech & Gadgets]



Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, recently launched its latest Huawei honor 7 smartphone in Kuala Lumpur.

Honor is a sub-brand of Huawei and has been in the Malaysian market since April 2014. While Huawei smartphones target the more premium market, honor was introduced to meet the needs of Huawei’s younger consumers namely the ‘always on’ digital natives, a group that lives on the internet, spending one third of their time online for social and entertainment, shopping, studying or simply staying connected.

With that in mind, honor has a no-stores, no-gurus, no-contracts approach which is something very different in the mobile device marketplace, enabling customers to get the best technology at a great value price which holds quite to its tagline “Your unfair advantage”.

The new honor 7 is a fully metallic flagship smartphone that comes equipped with a host of innovative smart functions and multimedia capabilities that can be unlocked by using smart buttons and a gesture-enabled fingerprint reader.

Speaking at the launch, Allen An, Director of E-Commerce Malaysia, said: “Developed to make operating it as simple as possible, the honor 7’s solid performance will be a true reflection of user’s identity. Its multi-functionality enables digital natives – especially young working adults – to outperform their peers no matter if it is at work or leisure. Its smart and multimedia capabilities will also inspire action and creativity that will surprises everybody in their circles.”

“The device’s precise dimensions and metallic finish offer an optimal form-factor and premium feel, making it a highly reliable smartphone. All of these will allow digital natives to keep their competitive edge in today’s fast paced society,” An added.






The honor 7’s fully metallic body is air-brushed with a ceramic coating, offering a very premium look, while the device’s 5.2-inch encasing and well positioned buttons and sensors allows for ergonomic single-handed operation.

The honor 7’s frame-free metallic fingerprint reader allows for rapid 360-degree fingerprint authentication from various angles and even has a self-learning capability that allows scanning accuracy to be enhanced through the subtle re-recording of registered fingerprints during use. The reader also supports intuitive gesture control that enables you to answer calls to take photos.

The smartphone is powered by the HiSilicon octa-core Kirin 935 processor with its A53, 3GB RAM and 16GB ROM memory, ensuring that you can run the most resource intensive apps without a hitch. Its L-shaped circuit board keeps the device cool while Huawei’s Signal+ technology and a smart dual-antenna design allows for the networks with stronger signals to be found at 80-times the average speed of similar devices. The smartphone comes with a long-lasting 3,100mAh battery, which offers good standby and use times, and the device also has quick-charging* capabilities.


The honor 7’s rear camera is a monster 20MP camera, which is powered by a Sony IMX 230 sensor and honor’s PDAF fast-focusing technology that allows its f/2.0-aperture lens to capture vivid low-light-condition images. The 8MP front-facing camera comes with a wide-angle f/2.4 aperture lens and built-in LED flash which has an image enhancement capabilities and panorama feature, helping you to take selfies or groufies.

For those of you who love snapping photos of your food, the honor 7 has a Good Food mode that adjusts the colour to help you to take nice food shots. The device is also equipped with various filters and has the Huawei P8’s revolutionary light-painting capability through which users can construct vibrant artistic images.

The honor 7 was designed to redefine mobile Internet experiences, and thus offers smart capabilities aided in part by its smart key, an additional button placed on the left-side of the device that can be used for quick Google searches on-the-go. A really useful feature is the fingerprint reader on the back of the device which also functions as a camera trigger, enabling you to take selfies by just tapping their index finger on the fingerprint scanner in camera mode.

The honor 7 also comes with voice capabilities, such as the ability to be woken up with a designated command, like “Dear honor”. Follow that up with a “where are you” and the device will call the user to find out its location. Taking screenshots is also much easier with its knuckle-tap feature that allow you to tap the screen twice with your knuckles for an instant full-screen capture.

The honor 7 is also available in Mystery Gray.


My first thoughts is that this is one sleek and sexy flagship smartphone with its metal body and a great camera! There’s just no equivalent for the 20MP camera at this pricepoint at the moment so the honor 7 rules supreme in that department. There’s also the fingerprint scanner which is pretty useful and convenient for unlocking your phone. I have an honor 7 with me so look out for my product review in coming weeks.

The honor 7 is currently available in two colours, Mystery Gray and Fantasy Silver for RM1,399.00  at Vmall.my (*quick-charging charger sold separately).

For more info, head over to www.facebook.com/HuaweiHonorMY or vmall.my





Lenovo VIBE P1 and VIBE P1m Launched in Malaysia

[Tech & Gadgets]



Lenovo Malaysia introduced two (2) new VIBE smartphone models on 19 November 2015 – the VIBE P1 and VIBE P1m targeted at heavy users. The new VIBE smartphones come equipped with a large battery, and feature a manual power saver switch to instantly extend battery life and an OTG (On-The-Go) Charging function to charge other USB-connected devices, such as Bluetooth headsets and portable speakers. Both the VIBE P1 and VIBE P1m come with high-performance processors to run apps and games seamlessly, and also supports 4G LTE.

“Lenovo’s new VIBE P1 and VIBE P1m allows users to do more for less with its massive battery capacity and smart power saving features. These new additions to our smartphone product range is perfect for those who have an always-on lifestyle,” said Foo Mun Yee, Country Lead, Lenovo Smartphone, Malaysia.

The VIBE P1 comes with a huge 5000mAh battery, one of the highest-capacity batteries in its class. This should be able to satisfy heavy users who can now use the phone throughout the day, and it has the ability to charge other devices when needed. The VIBE P1 comes with a 24W quick charge function that can rapidly charge the phone battery so you won’t have to keep it plugged in hours on end.




The VIBE P1 has a 1.5GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 615 64-bit octa-core processor for users to run multiple apps, surf the web and stream videos all at once. The smartphone has Wi-Fi Boost which provides 5G WiFi support for improved Wi-Fi speed and range. Pairing the VIBE P1 with smart devices, is easy using the wireless NFC (Near-Field Communication) technology, while an embedded fingerprint scanner on the home button supports black screen unlock, providing greater convenience and security.

The VIBE P1 does not skimp on audio quality, with a smart PA technology boosting audio output, and a sealed sound chamber for improved resonance and better bass. It comes with a 13MP rear camera with fast-focus PDAF technology and a 5MP selfie camera with multiple shooting modes and beautification features.

Aesthetics wise, the phone has a premium metal-and-glass design, with a slender aluminum frame measuring just 4mm along the sides, and a subtly curved rear metallic cover for improved ergonomics. The screen is made of Gorilla Glass 3, a thinner and lighter iteration of Corning’s scratch-and crack-resistant protective glass.



The VIBE P1m features a long-lasting 4000mAh battery with a quick charge function which allows users to get a quick power boost when they are in a hurry. The VIBE P1m was engineered to be “life proof” with its splash-proof capability via nano-coating technology. Under the 5-inch HD screen is a MediaTek 64-bit quad-core processor and 2GB RAM, make the VIBE P1m quite the value-for-money option.

The VIBE P1 is available in Platinum and Graphite Grey, while the VIBE P1m is available in Onyx Black and Pearl White. The VIBE P1 will be available in Malaysia through authorised retail stores starting from 19 November 2015, with a suggested retail price of RM1,199.00

The VIBE P1m will be available via online retailer Lazada.MY starting from 19 November 2015 and will be available in authorised retail stores in December, with a suggested retail price of RM649.00



Lenovo VIBE P1

Processor : Qualcomm®  Snapdragon™ 615 64-bit Octa-Core 1.5GHz
OS : Android™ 5.1, Lollipop
Display : 5.5” Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS
Memory : 2GB DDR3 RAM
Connectivity : 4G LTE
Size : 152.9 X 75.6 X 4.6-9.9mm
Weight : 187g
Battery : 5000mAh (Li-polymer, embedded)
Price : RM1,199
Colour : Platinum and Graphite Grey



Lenovo VIBE P1m

Processor : MediaTek MT6735P 1.0GHz 64-bit Quad-Core
OS : Android™ 5.1, Lollipop
Display : 5.0-inch HD (1280×720) IPS
Memory : 2GB DDR3 RAM
Connectivity : 4G LTE
Size : 141.0 X 71.8 X 9.3-9.5mm
Weight : 148g
Battery : 4000mAh (Li-polymer, embedded)
Price : RM 649
Colour : Onyx Black and Pearl White


For more info, head over to http://lenovomobile.com.my/