The popular Angry Birds franchise continuse in an all new go-kart game format. Instead of sling shooting birds across the screen, the new Angry Birds Go offers a fast paced racing game set in a 3D world which is similar to Mario Go Kart. It is free to download and available on all 4 popular platforms such as Android, iOS, BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8.
Rovio, the maker of the game has also mentioned that a multiplayer experience will be coming soon sometime in Spring next year. To download, click one of the links below:
Watch the trailer of Angry Birds Go after the break.
ASUS has officially announced the PadFone mini 4.3, which offers a tablet-smart phone convergence in a compact size. While the previous PadFone models offer a 10″ tablet station, the new PadFone mini comes features a 7″ tablet and a dockable 4.3″ smart phone. In addition, it also comes with dual-sim capability.
The smart phone which powers the entire PadFone solution runs on a quad-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM and over at the front it comes with a 4.3″ display that does 960×540 pixels resolution. On-board it comes with 16GB of storage which can be expanded with microSD. Over at the back, it has a 8MP camera that’s capable of shooting burst mode of 16 frames per second.
Meanwhile the 7″ tablet station comes with a display that’s capable of pushing 1280×800 pixels resolution. In terms of battery, the smart phone and tablet comes with 1,500mAh and 2,200mAh capacity respectively. Out of the box, the PadFone mini 4.3 runs on Android 4.3 with couple of extra features thrown in by ASUS. Pricing wise, it is going for NT$11,990 which is about RM1,304 in our local currency.
Check out the hands-on video and photos by Engadget China after the break.
If you don’t fancy the Nexus 5, here comes 2 new Google Play editions with the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet and the 6.44″ Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The 2 new models joins the current HTC One & Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play editions that runs Pure Android experience with the latest 4.4 KitKat. Apart from having a more fluid experience without the usual UI skinning, another benefit of having a Google Play edition is getting quicker updates to the latest Android versions.
The WiFi only LG G Pad offers a Full HD 8.3″ display and is powered by a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Meanwhile the Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play edition retains the same specs of a top notch 6.44″ Full HD display, 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM and it also comes with the same water and dust resistance capabilities. The Z Ultra model which they are offering for Google Play is the 4G LTE edition.
So if you’re looking for a “Nexus” device with expandable micro-SD slots, these two make great alternatives. The only downside is it isn’t offered on our Malaysian Google Play store but hopefully we will get to see some entrepreneuring grey importers bringing them in.
Head after the break for the official demo of the Xperia Z Ultra Google Edition from Sony.
Qualcomm has announced a new family member in its low-mid mobile segment with its latest Snapdragon 410. It offers affordable 4G LTE connectivity on devices below US$150 mark and it is also their first ever 64-bit processor. Surprisingly even its latest Snapdragon 805, designed for Ultra HD recording and output is still on 32-bit. The new Snapdragon 410 will be first sampled by manufacturers in early 2014 and it is likely to roll out in smart phones commercially by second half of 2014.
Mid-tier smart phones are the volume movers for smart phone manufacturers and such development will definitely drive adoption of 4G connectivity. With 4G LTE networks being deployed worldwide, the adoption depends on the choice of smart phones available. What used to be exclusive to high-end devices, we are getting more choices with affordable price tags.
Most recently we’ve seen affordable 4G LTE smart phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 that’s priced at RM799 and the Lumia 625 that’s going for less than RM900 these days. By the time 4G becomes a default smart phone feature, hopefully our local telcos would have expanded their coverage extensively by then.
For those desire the power of the Galaxy Note 3 in a smaller package, you can check out the Samsung Galaxy J. Initially exclusive for Japan market, the Galaxy J is now launched in Taiwan, which opens up a possibility of it going international.
From the exterior design, the Samsung Galaxy J looks like a face-lifted version of the current 5″ Samsung Galaxy S4 but it comes with a more metallic looking back cover like the ones found on the Galaxy ATIV S. Internally, it packs the very latest 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 3GB of RAM. On-board it comes with a smaller 16GB of storage but you can expand it further with micro-SD.
Over at the front, the 5″ display retains the similar Full HD Super AMOLED as the Galaxy S4 while the back comes with a 13MP camera which is capable of shooting 4K video. Juicing up the device is a 2,600mAh capacity battery which is similar as the Galaxy S4. In terms of connectivity, it supports 4G LTE in 900MHz/1800MHz/2100MHz and also comes with IR Blaster.
Like the latest range of Samsung Galaxy device, it also supports the Galaxy Gear smart watch and runs on the current Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS. The Galaxy J is launched in Taiwan with the White colour being available this month while its Pink option will be available sometime in January next year.
You can check out Samsung Taiwan’s Galaxy J product page for more info or head after the break for the promo video and official pics.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 packs a massive 3,200mAh battery and for those looking for double battery life, there’s the Mugen Power Extended Battery with 6,500mAh capacity. If that’s still not enough, another battery maker by the name ZeroLemon has introduced an even bigger battery for the Galaxy Note 3 with a massive 10,000mAh capacity.
Like other extended batteries, ZeroLemon also offers a custom casing for it. Instead of using typical plastic, the custom case is more rugged with a 3 layer rubberised design that even includes a belt clip holster which doubles up as a kickstand. For added protection, the case also comes with protective rubber flaps covering the USB and S-Pen silo.
Despite adding more bulk to the smart phone profile, the 10,000mAh battery supports NFC for S-Beam functionality. With frugal use, this might just last close to a week for moderate users.
Like its name suggests, Zero Lemon promises 100% Zero Defect and the battery is covered by a 180 days warranty. The Extended Battery pack is going for US$59.99 on Amazon and costs about US$15.00 to ship to Malaysia.
Head after the break for more images of the massive extended battery and case.
DiGi has finally started offering the iPad Air which offers the 16GB WiFi + 4G LTE support from RM1,453. Despite its earlier registration of interest, they are only offering a single 16GB variant and there’s no 32GB, 64GB or 128GB options. Outright, the 16GB WiFi + LTE unit is priced at RM2,029.
The device is offered with DiGi’s Tablet 6GB plan which offers 6GB monthly quota at RM99/month. The plan offers 4G LTE speeds where coverage is available. Interestingly there’s no contract however you would need to pay RM576 as upfront payment which is slightly more than 5 months worth of subscription.
For more information, head over to DiGi’s iPad Air page.
The ASUS PadFone series is a rather interesting product which offers seamless convergence between phone and tablet. All 4 PadFone models produced so far comes with a full size 10-inch dockable tablet.
Now with the increased popularity of compact tablets, ASUS is releasing a new model that’s expected to be called the PadFone mini 4.3. Being a “mini” version, the PadFone mini 4.3 comes with a smaller smart phone with a 4.3″ display and a smaller station tablet that carries a 7″ screen. The launch is happening next week on 11th December but now we get an early glimpse of the device thanks to @evleaks.
Spec-wise, it is rather entry level with the display rumoured to be doing qHD resolution of 960×540 and powering the hybrid duo is a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor. As comparison, its newly updated PadFone Infinity runs on a faster 2.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM and comes with Full HD for both smart phone and tablet. The pre-updated PadFone Infinity running on Snapdragon 600 processor was launched in Malaysia about 3 months ago with a rather hefty RM2,699 price tag. You can check out our hands-on of the PadFone Infinity here.
With the previous PadFone models, the benefit of having a smart phone and tablet convergence makes more sense as it doubles up your display experience from a 5″ to a larger 10″ display. With this new one, the benefit of switching between a 4.3″ to a 7″ display doesn’t seem to be that great, especially when there’s plenty 6-7″ phablets that offer similar experience.
Check out another image of the PadFone mini 4.3 after the break.
UPDATE: Celcom has published its iPad Air plan and pricing on their website. It’s Celcom First Data Lite, Data Basic & Data Advance offers 2.5GB, 4.5GB and 10GB of data respectively.
The full iPad Air bundled pricing from Celcom are as follows:
iPad Air WiFi + 4G 16GB
iPad Lite Plan (12 months) – RM1,848
iPad Lite Plan (24 months) – RM1,598
iPad Basic Plan (12 months) – RM1,748
iPad Basic Plan (24 months) – RM1,498
iPad Advance Plan (12 months) – RM1,648
iPad Advance Plan (24 months) – RM1,248
iPad Air WiFi + 4G 32GB
iPad Lite Plan (12 months) – RM2,108
iPad Lite Plan (24 months) – RM1,858
iPad Basic Plan (12 months) – RM2,008
iPad Basic Plan (24 months) – RM1,758
iPad Advance Plan (12 months) – RM1,908
iPad Advance Plan (24 months) – RM1,508
iPad Air WiFi + 4G 64GB
iPad Lite Plan (12 months) – RM2,418
iPad Lite Plan (24 months) – RM2,168
iPad Basic Plan (12 months) – RM2,318
iPad Basic Plan (24 months) – RM2,068
iPad Advance Plan (12 months) – RM2,218
iPad Advance Plan (24 months) – RM1,818
During registration, an upfront payment between RM100-RM700 depending on plan option is required. The advance upfront payment will be rebated back to your monthly bills across 10 months.
Celcom didn’t reveal much of its iPad plan data offering but based on its existing published info, the Lite plan offers 1.5GB of data followed by Basic at 4GB and Advance at 6GB.
The iPad Air will be available at all Blue Cube outlets nationwide on 9th December onwards. Alternatively you can order yours online through Apple Store which has started selling both iPad Air & iPad mini with Retina Display.
The latest iPad mini with Retina display is now available in Malaysia on the Apple Online Store from as low as RM1,279. It makes an appearance alongside the iPad Air which was made available yesterday from RM1,599.
The official 2nd gen iPad mini Malaysian pricing are as follows:
iPad mini with Retina Display (2013)
16GB WiFi – RM1,279
32GB WiFi – RM1,599
64GB WiFi – RM1,929
128GB WiFi – RM2,249
16GB WiFi + 4G – RM1,699
32GB WiFi + 4G – RM2,029
64GB WiFi + 4G – RM2,349
128GB WiFi + 4G – RM2,679
First gen iPad mini (2012)
16GB WiFi – RM999
32GB WiFi – RM1,299
64GB WiFi – RM1,599
16GB WiFi + 4G – RM1,399
32GB WiFi + Cellular – RM1,699
64GB WiFi + Cellular – RM1,999
It is exactly a year since its previous iPad mini was launched in Malaysia. In terms of pricing, it is RM280-350 more than its predecessor with the earlier iPad mini going from as low as RM999 for the 16GB WiFi version. That’s a massive price increase for the iPad mini compared to the iPad Air vs 4th iPad with Retina display.
If you’re contented with the non-retina display model, the first gen iPad mini is now going for RM949 for the 16GB WiFi and RM1,379 for the 16GB WiFi + Cellular model on their online store.
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