U Mobile has started its registration of interest for the Sony Xperia S. The registration is open from now until 13th March and those that registered will be informed with the full details on the next day. You’ll have a choice of 10 pick up points to collect your Xperia S across peninsular Malaysia.
So looks like the official availability is happening next week. No details of pricing yet and over at Singapore, it is available at SGD$745 (RM1,789). To be the first to know about their plans and bundling, sign up over at U Mobile.
Thanks to Jeff for the tip!
UPDATE: We compared the new iPad with other tablets. View the comparison here.
Samsung has published a comparison table that highlights why its Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, announced at MWC last month, is better for content creation than the new iPad. The Korean company is banking on its tablet’s ability to work with two apps simultaneously on one screen as well as its unique S-Pen stylus input to entice users.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 comes pre-installed with a number of apps developed by Samsung that allows users two run two apps side by side on one screen. Third party apps can offer the same functionality as well so long as the apps support the Google instancing API that enables this side-by-side feature.
In addition, the Galaxy Note 10.1 also features a Wacom digitizer and a pressure sensitive stylus that is superior to your average capacitive stylus that’s sold by third party manufactures as an accessory for the iPad.
Interestingly, the table doesn’t highlight some of the advantages the new iPad has over the Galaxy Note 10.1, namely the much higher screen resolution and the updated A5X SoC featuring a new quad-core GPU (though the Galaxy Note 10.1 is rocking a 1.4Ghz dual-core processor while the new iPad is powered by a 1Ghz unit).
So what do you think, which one’s better?
The full 85-minute new iPad presentation is now available for viewing here. If you have the time, we do recommend you take a look at it. If you don’t have an hour and twenty minutes to spare, you can check out the super compressed 90 second version here.
With a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels the Retina Display on the new iPad packs four times more pixels than the iPad 2. Not only that, with a total pixel count of 3.1 million pixels, the new iPad’s Retina Display has one million extra pixels than a 1080p HDTV (1920 x 1080). When viewed at a distance of 10-inches — Apple considers this as the normal viewing distance – the individual pixels are indistinguishable from one another and by that definition the display on the new iPad is able to carry the Retina Display moniker. We have a problem with Apple’s definition but we’ll save that argument for a later date.
In this post we’ll just share with you a side-by-side comparison of the iPad 2’s standard 1024 x 768 pixels uploaded by AnandTech. Take a look at the icon comparison after the jump. Immediately you can see that the bump in pixels makes a world of a difference and that’s going to pull a lot of “oohs” and “aahs”.
Still pictures can only show you so much, to really see if the new iPad’s Retina Display is all that, we’ll have to wait for the official Malaysian launch to experience it for ourselves. Unfortunately, we don’t have a firm indication on when that will happen. We’re shooting for March 16 at the same time as Singapore but this is purely speculation at the moment.
One of the biggest gripes that people had with the iPad 2 was its poor excuse for a camera. At the front, the iPad 2 spotted a 0.3MP VGA camera and at the back you get an equally pathetic 0.7MP shooter that was capable of shooting grainy 720p videos.
With the new iPad apple upgraded the camera. Now called the iSight camera, the new iPad has a rear shooter with 5MP and a backlit sensor. Complementing the sensor is the same 5 element lens array used in the iPhone 4S with a fairly large f/2.4 aperture and a built-in hynrid infrared filter. In addition, you also get a face detection system that can detect up to 10 faces simultaneously and of course 1080p video.
So naturally you can expect the new iPad to be able to take much better pictures and videos than the iPad 2. But how good is the camera on the new iPad? Well head on over to after the jump to check out the official samples released by Apple.
These are official samples so Apple would have chosen the absolutely best pictures, videos and lighting conditions to show off what the new iPad can do, still the shots look pretty darn good.
Didn’t stay up in the wee hours of the morning to catch the new iPad announcement? No time to sit down and watch the full 85 minute presentation? We’ve got just the solution for you. Here’s a 90 second recap of the highlights from yesterday’s announcement, just perfect for your lunch time viewing. Enjoy!
First, watch the video. Done? Ok good. Now awe in amazement knowing the fact that that video was made entirely using iMovie on the iPad. It’s amazing what such a simple device can do. Just think, if a novice can crack a decent quality video edit, imagine what a pro can do with the the iPad. The possibilities are indeed limitless.
And if you consider that 48 hours of videos are uploaded on YouTube every minute, you can see how the iPad with the new iMovie makes a compelling case for consumers. Videos are the next frontier in user generated content and the new iPad, with its quad-core graphics performance, the 5MP camera with backlit sensor and enhanced optics, and the updated iMovie, is primed to make the most out of this surging trend. Imaging shooting a concert in 1080p, editing it right after and uploading it immediately when you’re done. Or imagine a roving reporter shooting, editing and uploading the content right from the field. Imagine the advantages and potential.
More and more people are uploading videos online and even more want to make their videos look good. Similarly, these same people don’t want the fuss, complication and cost normally associated with full editing suite.
Apple’s combination of easy to use yet immensely powerful software and the gratification of being able to create amazing user generated content so quickly and easily on an intuitive device like the iPad will be the biggest pulling factor for consumers to hit Apple stores come launch day.
In yesterday’s iPad announcement Tim Cook said “Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you can’t create on an iPad”, we can certainly agree with what he said. While we still think that there is still very little to get excited about with the new iPad, overall Apple has once again shown why it is unbeatable in the tablet market segment.
With the iPad and easy to use yet amazingly powerful apps like iMovie, Apple has created the perfect marriage of software, operating system, applications and cloud solutions that all work seamlessly together to give the user a simple yet immensely rewarding and satisfying experience.
And this, ladies and gentlemen is why the new iPad doesn’t need to be revolutionary, because as it is right now, it’s already perfect.
The Sony Xperia S is finally available in Singapore with a price tag of SGD$745 from an online retailer. According to the store, the units are sourced from authorised distributor/agent and not AP set with limited warranties. This is about RM1,789 in our local currency which is rather competitive among the current crop of dual-core Android smart phones in the market.
With availability in Singapore, we can expect it to be available in Malaysia soon. How much will it be? We reckon it will be priced under RM2000. If priced competitively, the Xperia S will give other smart phone players a run for their money.
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Thanks @cklooi for the tip!
Check out the first of what will surely be a series of commercials for the new iPad. The focus is on the new iPad’s 2048 x 1536 pixel Retina Display and that’s pretty much expected as the new display will be a key selling point and one of the most visually dramatic and appealing feature when you first pick up the new iPad.
With a high definition display, improved graphic performance and an improved 5MP camera that can shoot 1080p videos, the new iPad brings enough improvements to bring the masses by the droves to Apple stores to get one but for us we expected much more. The “resolutionary” new iPad brings welcomed improvements to Apple’s iconic tablet but it is by no means the game changer that it used to be.
The iPad will still dominate the tablet market. Nothing on other tablet right now offer a more complete user experience. If anyone asks us which tablet to get, we’d still point them to the direction of the nearest Apple store but the same time we’d tell them to keep an eye on the horizon because the next big thing in tablets might be coming from somewhere unexpected.
What do you think about the new iPad? Yeah or meh? iPad 2 owners, will you make the move? Share your thoughts in the comments section.