UPDATE: DiGi starts pre-order of Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 from RM1,399. RRP RM2,099. More details here.
Update: Word has is that the Galaxy Tab 7.7 will very likely be available at selected Samsung Exclusive Partner stores this Friday. By very likely, we mean most definitely.
Heads up people, DiGi just dropped the bomb on Facebook. The operator will be revealing plans for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 tomorrow. We don’t think physical units will be available tomorrow but if DiGi does what they always do, you can expect the Galaxy Tab 7.7 to be available on pre-order on DiGi Store Online. And if DiGi continues to do what we think they will do, you can expect to receive delivery of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 by Friday.
Earlier, Samsung revealed that the Galaxy Tab 7.7 will retail for less than RM2,500. Our estimates put the device around the RM2.2k mark mainly because of the 7.7-inch 1280×800 Super AMOLED Plus display – possibly the largest Super AMOLED Plus display on a consumer device to date – which will be expensive to produce, so naturally, you can expect a premium for that display.
We’re expected other operators to start revealing plans for the device soon as well. Stay tuned!
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As if its product line is not confusing enough, Samsung has just announced the Galaxy Tab 2 – the company’s first Ice Cream Sandwich tablet and the proper replacement for the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab.
Not to be confused with the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was once upon a time called the Galaxy Tab 2, the freshly announced Galaxy Tab 2 is a 7-inch tablet that shares some similarities with the Galaxy 7.0 Plus but with lower specs.
The Galaxy Tab 2 features a 1GHz dual-core processor with 1GB RAM, in comparison, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has a slightly faster 1.2GHz dual-core processor but with the same amount of RAM. However, the 7-inch (1024×600) PLS TFT LCD display on the Tab 2 is similar to the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, as is the 3MP rear camera. The front camera on is a VGA camera unit compared to the 2MP unit on the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The Tab 2 is also thicker than the Tab 7.0 Plus at 10.5mm versus 9.9mm
Other than that, you get a Samsung TouchWiz UI skin with Live Panel, HSPA+ support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, 16 or 32GB internal memory, microSD card slot and a 4,000mAh battery. There should be WiFi-only and WiFi+3G versions as well.
No word on whether this device will be coming to Malaysia but the specs suggest that this device will sit at the bottom rung of the Galaxy Tab ladder of device. So if it does make it to Malaysia expect the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 to be cheap.
The HTC Endeavor which is also know as the HTC Edge is expected to be revealed soon at the MWC 2012 event. The Endeavor will be one of HTC’s flagship device with purported Quad Core processor, a large 4.7″ 720p display and running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Just recently Android Central managed to stumble upon some interesting screenshots for the device with HTC Sense 4.0. HTC Sense is one of the better custom Android skins out there and the latest version looks refreshing from the screenshots.
Now word has it that “Endeavor” might just be another working level codename and it might be officially revealed as HTC Surpreme. All is likely to be revealed at month end and we shall see if HTC can regain ground in 2012.
Head after the break for more pics and hit up the source link for the full collection.
At the launch Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710, we had a long chat with Sirpa Ikola, the Head of Smart Devices Product Marketing for Nokia South East Asia and apart from cluing us in on the availability of the white Lumia 800, she also replied to a query about operator billing for apps purchased from the Windows Phone Marketplace in Malaysia. Since many of you are wondering about the same thing, we thought we’d share what she has to say about the matter.
Sirpa said currently operator billing is not supported in Malaysia but local operators are working with Microsoft and Nokia to bring the feature to users as soon as possible. Sirpa didn’t reveal a timeline and mentioned that the three parties and local operators are still sussing out details. She however didn’t mention which operator will offer the feature.
With operator billing, paid apps are charged to a user’s mobile bill. This means you don’t have to tie a credit card to your Windows Live ID to purchase apps. Operator billing will also allow users to pay for apps using prepaid credit. This is great news for prepaid users and for those who don’t have a credit card or don’t want to have their credit card tied up to something that is as vulnerable as a mobile phone.
This is also good news for other Windows Phone users using devices from other brands because they will also get the same convenience.
So now with local support for Windows Phone Marketplace and the launch of the Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710, will Windows Phone finally gain traction here? We certainly hope so. The mobile operating system from Microsoft certainly has a lot of potential, combine that with the marketing capabilities of Nokia and you have yourself a potent concoction to drive a lot of interest and desire to both the product and the platform. All that remains to be seen now is, will the Malaysian public buy it.