Cashless payments on the rise

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Radi El-Fassed, Progresif’s Head of Product Development, Dr Gyorgy Ladics, BIBD Chief Operating Officer  and Hajah Nurul Akmar binti Haji Mohd Jaafar, BIBD Head of Retail Banking addressing the media on cashless payment trends yesterday
 

We are heading towards a cashless society. It takes two to tango though – the consumers and also the merchants (retailers). It was easier to adopt when a bank introduces newer convenient services then such as ATMs, followed by online banking and transferring money through your mobile phones to another account. Now BIBD has provided a better platform where you can pay your services and goods through your mobile on selected merchants. This basically mean you don’t have to use physical money to pay over the counter. All you need is just your smartphone and waalaaa, you don’t need your change back physically and plus you will look cooler just by paying your items using your phone.

Yesterday BIBD emphasized how branchless banking have made it so convenient for their customers as it allows everyone and anyone to have access to financial services and they don’t even have to physically drop by a bank to do so. I was quite surprised that BIBD NEXGEN Wallet has generated more than 14 million worth of transactions in 2018 alone. That’s pretty high for such a small country like Brunei Darussalam. This really shows how technology has made it easier for the flow of money from one account to another account at your finger tips. Actually I am a high user of BIBD NEXGEN Wallet as I have received and send payments through the BIBD mobile app.

The next step now is to actually capitalized on the latest featured made possible by BIBD and Progresif and that is making payments to the merchants using your phone through BIBD’s QuickPay and Progresif’s Progresif Pay.

Present during the demonstration and press conference were  Dr Gyorgy Ladics, BIBD Chief Operating Officer , Hajah Nurul Akmar binti Haji Mohd Jaafar, BIBD Head of Retail Banking and Radi El-Fassed, Progresif’s Head of Product Development.

In the press release, Mubashar Khokhar, BIBD’s Managing Director and CEO, said that whilst BIBD have placed efforts into encouraging the adoption of a digital Bruneian economy via our own technologies that resulted in over 140,000 BIBD NEXGEN banking users, they remain cognisant we need to go further and evolve if we were to create more impact for a truly digital economy.

With mobile penetration, it will create even a bigger digitized financial ecosystem and it will help spur the economy due to the convenience. This will also be a win-win situation for both consumers and even the merchants because of the lowered set-up costs and the barrier to entry (in business) is low too.

So far, they are 100ish merchants that have used QuickPay and one of the leading merchants is Fuel’d, a popular healthy food joint in Kiulap. As more people getting the hang of using digital payments through mobile phones, future merchants/retailers will see the surging demand of cashless payments through means of paying through your mobile phones.

Progresif’s latest product Progresif Pay have entered the market and now they have even bettered their mobile app. You don’t have to be a Progresif subscriber to make use of Progresif Pay (Awww, nice of you) and you can switch numbers through the App as well at your convenience. I am happy for the fact that you’re able to buy iTunes credit through their e-credit tab on the Progresif Pay. Now that’s very convenient.

If you really want to know more about BIBD’s QuickPay and Progresif’s Progresif Pay, head over to MSME Festival to be held at the BRIDEX International Conference Centre 28th to 31st March and you will see some vendors (especially the ice-cream vendors) making use of these said services. You will see how convenient it is to make payments and furthermore, it is secured.

What I am more excited is that you can even pay through means of NFC where you simply tap on your smartphone on the merchant payment terminal and your transaction will be completed, just like that. Easy, huh? I know Brunei is currently behind when it comes to NFC or payments through mobile phones but the momentum is slowly growing and kudos to the first 100 merchants in believing the power of cashless transactions.

We are definitely heading on the right direction and thank you to BIBD and Progresif on making this service available in the Brunei market.

 

 


A demo on how easy it is making payments over the counter through means of your mobile phones
 

 

Samsung S10 a huge hit

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Officially unveiling the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10e was Radin Sufri Radin Basiuni, Acting CEO of DST as the Guest of Honour accompanied by Juliana Sim, General Manager of DSTIncomm last weekend
 

Last weekend reported high sales since the release of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Prima 4G phone plans last Saturday 9th March, at selected DST branches and all DSTIncomm stores and guess who was one of them buyers? Meeeee……..

Farah Saiman was one of the first few early customers to register for the Samsung Galaxy S10+ phone plan. When asked about why she chose a DST 4G phone plan she comments, “I’m always loyal to brands that I know will offer the best services. I’ve been with DST for a long time and their 4G plans have always been affordable. I’m very keen to stick with DST because they always make an effort to give subscribers more value for their money, like increasing in our monthly data bundles. I’m glad that they’re offering Samsung models as part of their package as well, as I’m also a fan of the brand. Also, since DSTIncomm is the authorized distributor for Samsung, I know I can trust DST and DSTIncomm when it comes to support services both for my phone plan and for the phone itself”.

Khaliq Roziman was another customer who braved the switch between phone brands while subscribing to DST’s 4G phone plan. He comments, “I needed a new phone and I’ve never used a Samsung phone before. I heard so many positive reviews over the past few weeks about the Samsung Galaxy S10 and it has some really cool features so I got excited when I heard DST was offering the phone plan. As a long time Easi prepaid user with DST, the Prima 4G phone plans are actually really affordable. I get more data for the same amount than when I’m on prepaid and I could pay a cheaper upfront as well for this amazing phone. Thanks DST.”

 

 


Farah Saiman is a proud S10+
 


Khaliq Roziman has converted from IOS to Android with the S10
 

The 4G postpaid phone plans of the Samsung Galaxy S10 family flagship models offer various monthly subscriptions and upfront payments. Customers looking for an unlimited data, voice and text plan retailed at $85 or $105 monthly, can grab the Samsung Galaxy S10e for an upfront price for as low as B$242.

DSTIncomm, a retail subsidiary of DST, also reported high sales since its preorder release with more stock coming in this week due to high customer demand. DSTIncomm sells both boxsets and DST’s 4G phone plans.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 comes with a stunning new design, crystal clear screen, the world’s first ultra-sonic finger print scanner and super-sharp triple lens camera. Among other highlights include the wireless powershare giving S10 users the ability to share power with their friend’s device or charge a Samsung Bud at the same time.

For more information on the latest phone plans and other products from DST, visit dst.com.bn

 

 


Here is the first customer at of the Phone Bundle at DST’s Airport Mall branch last weekend
 


I was lucky enough to get a bundle set of the S10e
 

Trade-in is back at Concepts Computer

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Happy birthday, Alice (left) with Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer with the new Iconia tablet
 

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You can get for this price if you trade-in your old IT equipments
 

It’s been while since I’ve been playing with a tablet. Only sometimes I do and I’m not sure what the trends are now when it comes to tablets. But now with a competitive pricing, many brands are looking to make tablets more affordable than before.

Acer has recently introduced their latest Iconia model – Iconia One 7” and it’s only priced at BN 98. Yes, you heard that right. A tablet that costs less than BND 100. The only catch is that you can trade-in your old IT stuff or equipment to get this value. The trade-in items even include broken desktops, CPUs, printers and so on. The regular price of this tablet is BND 168. This is really ideal gift for a festive season and now it’s available from Concepts Computer.

The new Acer Iconia One 7 B1-790 tablet, a new and sleek 7-inch slate running Android, is targeted at young or new users or families looking for an affordable tablet for their household. This is also ideal for kids and children as entry level too and ideal for browsing, reading and watching videos or netflixing.

The Specs.
High-resolution display of 720 by 1290 dpi and IPS LCD Panel
Quad Core 1.3 Hz processor
16GB flash storage
Dual cameras
1GB memory ram
Battery life up to 7 hours on a single charge
250 grams, pretty light
Wifi connectivity

Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer, said that their company will always listen to the needs of their consumers and hence why the affordable Iconia is now available in the local market. He believes the Acer Iconia One 7 B1-790 tablet will be a hit among consumers.

For more information regarding the Acer Iconia One Tablet or any other trade-in promotion, you ca visit Concepts Computer showroom or call 223 3551/2/3.

 

 

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The trade-in offer is back again 😀
 

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You can benefit good pricing for trade-in
 

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You can bring in your old, broken IT equipments and enjoy the trade-in offer from Concepts Computer on selected items
 

Expansion on Acer monitors

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Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer (right) with Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive at Concepts Computer
 

Concepts Computer, with the support of Acer, will be expanding their range of Acer monitors to encompass all users from basic everyday office work to specific gaming or graphic-intensive use. With Acer, the keywords for ensuring they meet the needs of customers are Quality and Affordability, which is why Concepts will be offering monitors from $108 for basic 19.5 inch monitors to $338 for 31.5 inch curved, graphics-capable monitors and even all the way up to $1,398 for high-end gaming needs.

First on offer will be the Acer K202HQL HDMI monitors, entry level monitors perfect for use in offices especially when it comes to equipping multiple PC at cost-effective prices. These affordable display-solutions offers hassle-free usability, as easy as plug and play, and small footprint as to be space-saving. The Acer K202HQL will come with free HDMI cable and will only cost $108.

Next on offer is the Acer ET322QR, a curved flat-panel monitor which is perfect for watching movies or even working on graphic media especially because of the clear and vibrant colours it can produce. With the integrated Flicker-less technology and BlueLight shield, the Acer ET322QR will be easy on the users eyes so as to be optimal for long use. The Acer ET322QR will be available for $338 and comes with 3 years warranty.

Lastly, Concepts Computer will be also be introducing the latest iteration of their highly praised 34 inch gaming monitor, the Acer Predator X34P will be available for $1,398 and will be Nvidia G-Sync ready. The Acer Predator X34P has been made curvier, so as to increase the wrap-around effect, making the gaming experience more immersive. With premium styles and materials, the Acer Predator X34P will be the perfect ultra-wide G-synccapable gaming monitor for many Bruneian gamers.

Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer, speaking to the media, said, “Concepts Computer is doubling our efforts to ensure that we have affordable and wide-ranging products to offer the Bruneian IT market. This is also seen with our previous introduction of the large range of ACER notebooks, and also with the introduction of the full range of IT peripherals from both Epson and Logitech.” He continued, “We also believe that with the support of OnTime Service Network, the authorised service provider for Acer in Brunei, we can ensure peace of mind when using Acer products for our loyal local customers,”

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive at Concepts Computer, also added, “We have been slowly increasing our core offering of gaming products, from the addition of new gaming equipments from ACER and LOGITECH. It’s plain to see that we have placed importance on Brunei’s small but hardcore gaming scene, and we hope with the addition of the ACER Predator series of premium gaming monitors, it will complement the other products we have on offer and adds something positive for local gamers active in Brunei.”

For more information on Acer monitors or any other products and services, please call 2233551, 2233552 or 2233553 or visit your nearest Concepts Computer showroom.

Cuckoo turns 2 in style

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Wong Yong Lin, Chairman of CUCKOO International Brunei, Mr Wong Kim Guan, Managing Director of CUCKOO Brunei, Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Haji Adanan bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Haji Mohammad Yusof as Guest of Honour, Mr. KC Hoe, CEO of CUCKOO International Malaysia and Toh Seng Lee, President Director of CUCKOO Indonesia during the 2nd year anniversary of CUCKOO Brunei. Image taken from The Bruneian.
 

This year marks CUCKOO Brunei’s 2nd anniversary, and to commemorate the milestone, the company hosted a double celebration for its guests, business associates and the media with a gala dinner.

Held at the Serambi Suluh Ballroom, Tarindak D’Seni in Kota Batu, guests joined CUCKOO Brunei to celebrate its achievements and milestones throughout the two years.

During the event, the Managing Director of CUCKOO Brunei, Mr Wong Kim Guan shared the accomplishments of reaching 8,000 in CUCKOO user acquisition in just two years, making CUCKOO a household name in Brunei. Mr Wong Kim Guan also announced CUCKOO Brunei’s upcoming target for 2019 which is to extend a market share of 22% household in Brunei.

In conjunction with the anniversary, CUCKOO Brunei launched CUCKOO’s new office and store facelift. CUCKOO also launched a major new community oriented corporate social responsibility project on behalf of its CUCKOO Home Appliance brand, the CUCKOO Care Foundation.

The long-term global initiative will aim to assist the communities in two areas – competencies for convenient access to clean, safe drinking water – with support to be tailored to the needs of local communities within the country.

 

 

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Celebrating in style
 

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Q10 Multi Pressure Cooker is finally launched in Brunei
 

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Before the event kicked off
 

 

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Proud of my friend, Wong Hui Ting, who is such an articulate speaker
 

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Eya, Hui Ting and Malsdaud
 

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Missing the gang since I’m still outstation
 

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This was when Cuckoo Brunei turned 1 😀
 

The icing on the cake was the launching of its latest product, the three in one temperature, mild-alkaline K-Top Water Purifier and the Q10 Multi Pressure Cooker.

“The water purifier has four filters with a six-stage filtration system and an antibacterial stainless-steel water tank instead of a plastic one, that will be priced at an affordable range for the community, making it easier for customers to own a unit of the latest water purifier”, Wong said.

CUCKOO is a well-known home appliance brand from South Korea. In South Korea, a CUCKOO water purifier is sold every minute and a CUCKOO rice cooker is sold every 10 seconds. Today, CUCKOO has successfully extended its operations to 30 countries across 5 continents.

In August 2016, CUCKOO Brunei joined the CUCKOO family. Within 18 months period, CUCKOO Brunei has sold countless water purifiers to Bruneians through a revolutionary ownership plan and introduced multi-cookers and air purifiers to the Bruneian audience. In 2017, CUCKOO’s global turnover hit a record of USD $760 million. By September 2018, CUCKOO Brunei achieve a growth in sales within a year’s time and accumulated 8,000 Bruneian customers and thus, opened 10 Brand stores nationwide.

For more information about CUCKOO, please call the CUCKOO Careline at 233 3330 or visit www.cuckoobrunei.com or CUCKOO Brunei’s Facebook page or simply follow their IG @cuckoobrunei

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launched today

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The All-new powerful Samsung Galaxy Note 9 now available at Incomm
 

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Noorlelawati Haji Talip is the first customer who bought from Incomm. She also received extra goodies from Incomm for being the first customer.
 

Today saw the launch of the all-new powerful Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The launch took place at Incomm at Gadong outlet and enthusiasts made their way to the counter to collect their pre-orders online. The advantage for the pre-order customers is that they are able to enjoy a free upgrade to 512GB internal memory and an extended 3 months warranty (a total of 15 months warranty).

Among the pre-order customers were the Standard Chartered customers who enjoyed extra privilege where they were given BND 120 off the deal. Almost 100 SCB customers signed up for the deal and one of my friends said that it’s definitely the best deal in town and cheaper than regional countries.

Kudos to Incomm for the exciting pre-order promotion they had as they managed to secure more than 100 pre-orders.

 

 

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Customers checking out the demo unit while waiting for the queue at Incomm
 

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Minul sold his iPhone X 256 for BND 1,300 and he used his SCB card to get the awesome pre-order deal from Incomm
 

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The second customer of the Galaxy Samsung Note 9
 

 

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The queue earlier on today
 

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Customers over the counter
 

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Accessories for the Note 9
 

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Accessories for the Note 9
 

So what’s the big fuss about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9? Let’s see what the specs are according to the website and marketing materials. It definitely has the biggest screen to date and what’s new is the stylus which now has a remote capability. As for capacity, it has the largest to date as well if you choose the 512GB edition. The standard one is 128GB. It has the biggest battery life too, 700mAh better than the previous model, beefing it up to 4,000mAh. That’s quite handy for a person like me, a high user of social media which technically drains the battery on my phone.

These are just some of the quick takeaways I can mention for now until I get to play around with the demo unit which will be arriving pretty soon in Brunei waters. Gone are the days when the Note 7 caught into trouble but now with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, it has redeemed itself and ready to give a good challenge to the iPhone X which has been a huge success worldwide.

According to the reviews on certain websites, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is definitely the benchmark of all smartphones because of its battery life span and also its super high memory ram of 6 to 8G (amazing). The only thing now is for those with the Note 8 if they were to upgrade to a Note 9, would it make a huge difference? I do believe those who haven’t own a Note would definitely appreciate this powerful phablet.

 

Concepts reaches another milestone

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Eric Tang, Retail Sales Manager for Epson Malaysia handing over a moment to Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer for High Achiever Award for Retail Business Development by Epson

Concepts Computer has done it again. First, the company was awarded Microsoft Partner of the Year and recently, the company was presented with the High Achiever Award for Retail Business Development by Epson in recognition of its business and customer service excellence in the country for the year 2017.

The plaque was presented to Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer by Eric Tang, Retail Sales Manager for Epson Malaysia last weekend.

Epson brand has been performing very well under the leadership of Concepts and they have been working together for the past three years or so. Epson is known for their L-series printers and 3LCD projectors.

According to Vincent Pao, Concepts Computer has always operated with the premise of providing high quality IT solutions to the Bruneian market, while maintaining affordability and quality after-sales service.

Congratulations once again to Concepts for their milestone and keep up the great work!!

 

 

Acer Day

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Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer and Alice Chan, Chief Financial Officer of Concepts Group with representatives from Acer Malaysia during the Acer Day in Brunei held at The Empire Hotel & Country Club
 

Held for the second consecutive year, Acer Day this year sees Brunei joining other countries in Pan Asia Pacific to celebrate a special season dedicated to rewarding Acer customers. Acer Day 2018 is being concurrently held in 20 countries. Besides Brunei, other countries hosting Acer Day for the first time are Bangladesh, Cambodia, Mongolia, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka; these countries join China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam which participated in the inaugural edition last year.

Acer Pan Asia Pacific President Andrew Hou recounted, “The inaugural Acer Day launched last year was well received by the public. It generated more than seven million clicks on the campaign video across social networking sites, and over 2,500,000 page views on the microsite. As we continue to seek ways to engage with customers, we will continue to invest in Acer Day while looking to broaden its scope in the hope that Acer Day will become the most representative annual campaign.”

This year’s edition is themed ‘Acer Day – Play Music Together’ and it draws inspiration from the belief that music is the best language that transcends borders and race. Acer hopes to connect people via the Acer platform through music and colour. Acer aspires to close the gap with consumers through this Acer Day campaign and at the same time, build an image of “Young, Trendy and Technology” around Pan-Asian countries.

In conjunction with Acer Day 2018, Acer is introducing several new products in the gaming line including the Predator Helios 500 gaming laptop. Also introduced are the Nitro 5 laptop which is designed for casual gamers seeking great performance at a superb price and the Nitro 50 desktop that offers performance that exceeds expectations for superior gaming performance and graphic-intensive tasks.

 

 


Richard Soo, Miri & Brunei Branch Manager, Acer Malaysia
 


Edmund Hoh, Product Manager, Acer Malaysia
 


Jeffrey Lai, Product Manager, Acer Malaysia
 

Predator Helios 500

 

Designed to take up to an overclockable NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 graphics and powered by up to 8th Gen Intel Core TM i9 processors and up to 64GB of memory, the Predator Helios 500 keeps the action going. With its offer of premium gaming experiences, this is one beast that makes good gaming company at home and on the go. Extreme gamers were in mind when the Predator Helios 500 was developed, thus it is little wonder that this machine chews up graphic-intensive AAA titles and live streaming with ease.

For a gaming laptop, the display is ‘huge’ at 17.3 inches with FHD IPS and delivering high-brightness (300 nits) visuals. It also supports NVIDIA® G-sync technology with super fast and crisp 144Hz refresh rates, allowing for blur and tear-free gameplay. Two built-in stereo speakers with subwoofer, Acer TrueHarmonyTM technology and Waves MaxxAudio® sound technology deliver immersive, incredible sound and hyper-realistic 3D audio using Waves NxTM.

The Predator Helios 500 sports a dual-fan system that features Acer’s proprietary AeroBladeTM 3D metal fans and five heat pipes that boost the thermal system and keep the laptop running at optimal temperatures. With the preloaded PredatorSense application, gamers can monitor, control and customize overclocking, lighting, hotkeys, temperature and fan control from one central interface.

The Predator Helios 500 connects wirelessly with Killer Doubleshot Pro Gigabit Internet connection, Bluetooth 5.0 and NVMe RAIDO SSDs for ultra-fast connection.

The Predator Helios 500 will be available at Concepts Commercial Suppliers, Bridgelink, Netcom, DCL Communication, Yappie, and selected authorized resellers in Brunei. In Brunei, the Predator Helios 500 will be available in two options:

 


Predator Helios 500 will be showcased during the TechXpo 2018
 


Predator Helios 500
 

 

Acer Nitro 5

 

Powered by 8th Gen Intel® Core TM i7+ processor, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB RAM, the Acer Nitro 5 is targeted towards mainstream users who enjoy the thrill of gaming with friends and building their own network of like-minded players. The Acer Nitro 5 delivers a smooth and responsive computing experience enabled by Intel® Optane TM memory to accelerate everyday tasks.

Ideal for rapid boot-up time and shortening in-game loading time, the Acer Nitro 5 is equipped with a super-fast 16GB Intel Optane memory paired with a 1TB HDD for storage. The 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display offers brilliant imageries with uncompromised audio quality for an immersive experience during gameplay or movie watching thanks to its Dolby AudioTM and Acer TrueHarmonyTM technology.

With the Acer CoolboostTM technology that features dual fans to deliver superior fan speeds and cooling ability, the Nitro 5 keeps the system running optimally. Users are also able to manually control the cooling process with the NitroSense application.

Priced at BND1,428 the Acer Nitro 5 is available at all Acer authorized resellers in Brunei.

 

 


Acer Nitro 5
 

Acer Nitro 50 Desktop

 

Designed for outstanding casual gameplay at affordable prices, the Acer Nitro 50 series desktop is powered by 8th Gen Intel® CoreTM i7 processor, comes with 8GB of DDR4 RAM upgradable to 64GB and equipped with NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 to offer superior gaming performance and handle graphic- intensive tasks.

The desktop is capable of delivering stunning 4K resolution visuals and supports up to four displays simultaneously for immersive game play. With up to 1TB HDD and 128GB SSD storage, storing high- resolution files is definitely not a problem. The optional wireless charging deck which supports wireless charging for any Qi-enabled wireless device is a bonus to power up mobile devices even when in the game.

Priced at BND 1,518, the Acer Nitro 50 desktop is bundled with Acer wireless keyboard and mouse and is available at all Acer authorized resellers in Brunei.

 

 


Acer Nitro 50 Desktop
 

“Play Music Together” and Enjoy Fabulous Prizes and Gifts from Acer

From 1st August to 30th September 2018, customers who purchase selected Acer devices in the Acer Aspire, Acer Swift, Acer Spin, Acer Switch or Predator series will be rewarded with value-added gifts such as a TT eSports Predator Gaming Chair, Predator Cestus 300 Gaming Mouse, Microsoft Office 365 Personal or an earphone.

 

 

 

Customers who are interested to grab fantastic offers during this Acer Day “Play Music Together” campaign, will be available at Concepts Commercial Suppliers, Bridgelink, Netcom, DCL Communication, Yappie and selected authorized resellers in Brunei.

 

The All-New Powerful Samsung Galaxy Note 9

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The all-new powerful Note SAMSUNG Galaxy Note 9, coming to Brunei soon

Big exciting news normally comes with there’s a new flagship model of either a Samsung or iPhone. Today, let’s talk about the latest edition to the Samsung family – the all-new powerful Note SAMSUNG Galaxy Note 9.

Incomm has already announced it’s pre-order online on their website and there are already a buzz going around because of the cool deals they offer especially when you signed up with Standard Chartered credit card promo (EVEN BETTER deal). Well, more on that later. Let’s talk about the phone itself first.

Mind you, I am not a big fan of huge phones and the only Samsung phone I owned is the Galaxy Edge 7 and it was already a good smartphone for everyday use. Now comes an entirely big smartphone or I would label as phablet.

Let’s see what the specs are according to the website and marketing materials. It definitely has the biggest screen to date and what’s new is the stylus which now has a remote capability. As for capacity, it has the largest to date as well if you choose the 512GB edition. The standard one is 128GB. It has the biggest battery life too, 700mAh better than the previous model, beefing it up to 4,000mAh. That’s quite handy for a person like me, a high user of social media which technically drains the battery on my phone.

These are just some of the quick takeaways I can mention for now until I get to play around with the demo unit which will be arriving pretty soon in Brunei waters. Gone are the days when the Note 7 caught into trouble but now with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, it has redeemed itself and ready to give a good challenge to the iPhone X which has been a huge success worldwide.

According to the reviews on certain websites, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is definitely the benchmark of all smartphones because of its battery life span and also its super high memory ram of 6 to 8G (amazing). The only thing now is for those with the Note 8 if they were to upgrade to a Note 9, would it make a huge difference? I do believe those who haven’t own a Note would definitely appreciate this powerful phablet.

For me, the biggest selling point would be the battery life span and the storage (up to 1TB, 512GB internally and 512 external). Some would argue of the price tag but fret not because check out Incomm’s pre-order deal as well as what Standard Chartered has to offer for those who are hungry for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (Read further below).

 

 

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Multi-tasking at best
 

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The newly powered Stylus with remote
 

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Comes in handy with low light too
 

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Now you can use the stylus to take shots especially selfies and wifies
 

 

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I am drawn to the battery capacity
 

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Some of the minor upgrades from the previous model
 

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You can sync and use it on your desktop. How convenient and useful especially when it comes to work and presentation.
 

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Awesome deal from DSTIncomm and SCB

 

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Special offer when you pre-order from DSTIncomm
 

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Do you have Standard Chartered Credit Card? Because you can enjoy further discounts.
 

Now let’s see the deals offered by DSTIncomm. According to their Facebook Page, this is what it stated

 

Pre-order the all-new Powerful Note, Samsung Galaxy Note9 128Gb @ all DSTIncomm branches. With minimum Pre Order deposit $100.

Enjoy free upgrade to 512GB + $120 off + 15months warranty at DSTINCOMM when you pay with SCB Card.

Hurry!! Get to feel the 6.4″ screen, first time ever Note 9 S Pen with Bluetooth and Optimised Gaming Experience with Fortnite now available on Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

 

Rano says: Now this is a super awesome deal!!! A free upgrade when you pre-order for the price of BND 1,338 thru DSTIncomm. If you buy the 512G version after the pre-order period, you will be paying at least BND 1,750. So that’s a huge BND 300 discount at least. Furthermore, customers of the Note 9 will enjoy an additional 3 months of warranty, a total of 15 months warranty provided by DSTINcomm so you will have a peace of mind. DSTIncomm has hinted there will be special gifts given to the pre-order customers. So more reason to pre-order your unit now until 21st August 2018 and enjoy the awesome deal!!! You can click here to pre-order.

Want further, better deal? Here goes. If you pay with Standard Chartered credit card, you can enjoy a further reduction of BND 120 on top of the upgrade. Those who apply for a 12-month 0% EasyPay plan with this offer will also enjoy a processing fee waiver. This offer is valid until 21st August 2018 and it’s only for the first 100 credit cardholders.

Those interested to test the demo unit, you can have that privilege during the upcoming TechXpo at International Convention Centre from 18th to 21st August 2018. There will also be a Photo Booth for you to experiment with the camera features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

 

Baseus now in Brunei!!!

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Paul Lim and Tim Ang, founders of Chipmac Technology, launching Baseus products at their store last weekend
 

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Ribbon cutting ceremony before a flock of crowd entered Baseus store
 

 

BASEUS actually is a brand slogan which means “base on use” or in other words, “to overcome difficulties with the greatest ease”. This is a company that was established in 2009 in China, creating phone accessories especially for iPhone models.

So what’s so special about Baseus accessories when there are tons of accessories available in Brunei? For one, it has a strong branding presence as a third-party accessories provider for Apple’s iPhones. Secondly, the prices are quite competitive and reasonable to begin with.

This is the first presence of Baseus in Brunei which was made possible by Chipmac Technology. The ribbon cutting ceremony was officiated by Managing Directors Tim Ang and Paul Lim of Chipmac Technology.

Tim Ang was excited that Baseus, an international brand, which had penetrated markets such as Taiwan, Korea, Brazil, the Philippines and Russia, is now available in Brunei Darussalam. He explained, the company shares three objectives – to share with consumers the latest mobile accessories available in the market, to provide customers with high grade refurbished Apple products as they are both economical and environmentally friendly, and to provide innovative repair service for Apple products.

Previously Chipmac Technology provided repair service for Apple products as well as selling refurbished iPhones. Now they have expanded their business by selling Baseus products. I hope to send my Apple products especially my iMac and Macbook Air for some cleansing and perhaps, even increasing my RAM 😀

During the launch, they had a special discount for a few days where customers can enjoy 15% discounts on the accessories as well as lower priced refurbished iPhones. I managed to scoop a few accessories for myself especially the wireless charging iPhone X casing – my best purchase of the month 😀

Baseus is located at Airport Mall, next to DST and you can still enjoy 15% discounts on all Baseus products until 11th August 2018. You can also follow them on Facebook though they don’t have an IG account just yet. For more details, you can call 234 2503 / 881 4942.

Ps. Thank you, Paul, Tim, Jennifer and Fatin for your warm hospitality.

 

 

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The crowd enjoying the 15% discount and still ongoing until 11th August
 

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The Managing Director of Chipmac Technology appreciating the customers and media during the launch
 

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Plenty of accessories to choose from
 

 

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Perhaps my best accessory purchase of 2018. I couldn’t find such accessory when I was in Singapore recently. Even at Sim Lim Square. I was surprised this was available at Baseus and I bought it without second thoughts. Furthermore, you can still enjoy 15% discount.
 

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This can be very useful. I didn’t get this since I already have one in my car.
 

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A bluetooth speaker which also charges your iPhone X wirelessly. Awesome much!!
 

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Another battery powered casing for the iPhone X
 

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My purchases last weekend 😀
 

 

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This can come in handy. Speaking of which, I have only 50g left on my iPhone :/
 

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Kurapak, this might come in handy for you while driving HAHA *jokes*
 

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Thank you for the invitation 😀 Much appreciated
 

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