Here are some of the tech happenings last week.


NOKIA BANANA

HMD Global’s Head of Marketing (Malaysia and Myanmar) Liew Huey Ling holding the “reborn” Nokia 8110 in Kuala Lumpur last week.

If you’re a fan of the movie The Matrix, you must be familiar with the Nokia 8110 a.k.a. Banana phone, first released in 1996. Twenty-two years later, HMD Global, the maker of Nokia phones, has announced the return of the legendary slider phone with the bells and whistles of 4G connectivity as well as apps, including Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google Search, Facebook and Twitter.

This phone comes complete with the iconic curved slider design, giving you the chance to switch off, have fun and relax with the knowledge that all your smartphone essentials are there when you need them.

It is expected to be available here from May, and will retail for a global average retail price of 79 euro (about RM378), excluding taxes and subsidies.



BMW CONCEPT 8 SERIES

BMW Group Malaysia’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Han Sang Yun (right) and head of corporate communications Sashi Ambi pose with the BMW Concept 8 Series at the BMW Luxury Excellence Pavilion in Kuala Lumpur last week.

This big, sporty and luxurious GT car is BMW’s most “handsome” and stylish car to date.

According to the German company, this 8 Series Concept is a preview of what’s to come from the real car.

It will be the next model in the expansion of its luxury car offerings and will raise the benchmark for coupes in the segment.



LENOVO LEGION CONCEPT STORE

The state-of-the-art store offers gaming enthusiasts a real hands-on gaming experience powered by Lenovo products. Located on the ground floor of Digital Mall in Section 14, Petaling Jaya, the 86-square-metre concept store is outfitted with four gaming stations and a VR experience zone.

Launched last year, the Legion brand is dedicated at making the gaming experience even better for gamers with products inspired and co-created with gamers around the world.



SAMSUNG GALAXY S9 & S9+

Samsung Malaysia’s head of product marketing Julian Thean shows the new Galaxy S9 and S9+ at the phones preview in Kuala Lumpur last week. Both the Galaxy S9 and S9+ feature innovative camera technologies designed not just to produce amazing photos but to also help users connect more comfortably and have more fun with their phone.

These include features such as Super Slow-mo and Dual Aperture, which allow users to capture amazing moments in impeccable detail, as well as exciting innovations like AR Emoji, which offer users a fun and unique way to express themselves. For example, the Galaxy S9’s new Super Slow-mo function makes it easy for users to record special moments that pass too quickly to be seen by the naked eye ­— such as the instant a water balloon bursts, or the moment your child scores a big goal.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be available starting March 16, 2018 in Malaysia. Offered at the recommended retail price from RM3,299 to RM4,399, it will be available in Midnight Black, Coral Blue and Lilac Purple.



HOTLINK POSTPAID FLEX

Hotlink has launched the Hotlink Postpaid Flex, the first-of-its-kind plan in the market offering customers both prepaid and postpaid options.

Starting from RM30 a month, with unlimited calls and SMS to all networks and 1GB of high-speed data, Hotlink Postpaid Flex empowers customers with more choices and flexibility to create and upgrade their own Internet plan based on what they want. This includes an array of Internet passes and unlimited apps bundles to choose from.

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