We’ve managed to get our hands on the one of the very first batch of the sellout Google Nexus 7 (this one is the even rarer 16GB version) and while we’re going through the motions with the world’s first Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet, we’re sure there are a few things that you’d like to know about the device as well.
So as always, send your questions in in the comments section, we’ll gather and reply to as many of them as we can.
To start you off here are answers to some of the questions that you might have:
1. Where/How did you get the device?
It’s from our source in the US. Sorry we can’t offer more details as the source requests for anonymity
2. How much did you get it for?
We paid RM950 for the 16GB version
3. When will the Nexus 7 come to Malaysia?
We have no info on this just yet. We’re still looking for info and once we here anything solid, we’ll let you know.
Hope that helps for now. Looking forward to your questions.
In the meantime check out some of the related post about the Nexus 7:
The Nexus 7 is Probably the Most Difficult Device to Unbox
The Nexus Ninjas are Back in Probably Their Best Unboxing Video Yet
An Enterprising Online Retailer is Taking Orders for the Google Nexus 7
Introducing Google’s Nexus 7 tablet
If you’re looking for a mid-range dual-sim smart phone, Samsung’s Galaxy S Duos has surfaced on the web and it looks similar with its high end sibling, the Samsung Galaxy S III. The only give away is its larger and rounded home button and smaller phone dimension that houses a 4.0″ display.
Under the hood, it is reported to be powered by a mid-level 1GHz Qualcomm MSM7227A processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage which is expandable via microSD. The 4.0″ display pushes a resolution of 800×480 and the device is juiced up with a 1,500mAh battery. Over at the back it has a 5MP camera and there’s a front facing VGA camera. It is 10.5mm thick and it weighs 120g. Out of the box, it runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Overall, the hardware looks rather identical as the HTC Desire V which also supports dual-sim.
No official details yet on availability and pricing but this is one of the better looking dual-sim phones to look out for. We’ll take this over the Galaxy S III knock offs any day. Before this, Samsung has made a couple of high end dual-sim phones which didn’t make it to the Malaysian market. One of it includes a dual sim Samsung Galaxy S II for China market that comes with a 4.52″ Super AMOLED Plus screen, dual-core 1.2GHz processor and a large 1,800mAh battery.
Google has now introduced Handwrite, a new way to search on Google with your smart phone and tablets. To enable this, head to the Settings link on the mobile Google search and enable HandWrite, then save. You’ll see a “g” scribbled icon at the bottom right which you can toggle anytime on mobile Google search to start writing.
We tested it ourselves and the accuracy is pretty good. Obviously you would need to write clearly for it to register properly. HandWrite supports 27 languages but you’ll need to change your language preference in order to switch from English. This means you would need to change your default language to Chinese for it to recognise Chinese characters. In a rush for time situation, we feel that swyping is overall faster than writing. No doubt it is still a nice feature that comes built-in with the default mobile Google web page.
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After a barrage of entry level smart phones, Sony is expected to bring up the big guns next. One of it is the Sony LT30p (Mint) that comes with a 13MP camera, dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Krait processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage that’s expandable via microSD. With the Xperia S specs starting to look dated, the LT30 looks like a worthy high end device to keep Sony up to par with its rivals.
While it is yet to be announced officially, Mobile-Review has managed to get an early preview of the device. In terms of design, it looks more minimalist with no fancy transparent belt and illumination. Over at the front, it is all black with no dedicated buttons which is replaced with default on-screen buttons. The left houses the micro USB port without cover flaps, while the rest of the buttons such as power, volume rocker and dedicated camera is placed on the right. Interesting to point out is the microSD expansion and Micro-SIM slot which is placed at the right side with a flush cover. With all the necessary ports and slots placed externally, the LT30p lacks a removable back cover which is a good thing to avoid collecting dust like the Xperia S.
The LT30p runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and in terms of performance, it is still seen to be a notch lower than the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X. In terms of display, while it offers a similar 4.3″ screen with 1280×720 resolution as the Xperia S, it might be possible that it will feature WhiteMagic for bright outdoor viewing.
Head after the break for more pics of the LT30p.
This coming Hari Raya, Celcom is offering a lower commitment iPhone 4S bundling plan from as low as RM48/month. The plan comes with 1.5GB data with calls and SMS charged seperately at 15sen/min for calls and 10 sen/sms. Compared to its standard offering, this plan is more suited for low spenders that uses more data with occasional call/SMS usage.
There are 2 contract durations available – 12 months and 24 months which requires an upfront payment of RM200 and RM300 respectively. The upfront payment is rebated back to your bill across 12 months.
Bundled pricing of the iPhone 4S as follows:
iPhone 4S 16GB (12 months) – RM1,898
iPhone 4S 16GB (24 months) – RM1,758
iPhone 4S 32GB (12 months) – RM2,218
iPhone 4S 32GB (24 months) – RM2,068
iPhone 4S 64GB (12 months) – RM2,528
iPhone 4S 64GB (24 months) – RM2,388
The plan offering is valid until 15th September 2012.
For more information, head over to Celcom’s iPhone 4S promo page.
Thanks rakyatbiru for the heads up!
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DiGi now bundles the current Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 tablets which comes in both 7.0″ and 10.1″ sizes. Since they are capable of making phone calls and SMS, it is also bundled on their usual DG Smart Plan which comes with monthly data and optional phone calls.
The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0″ version is going from as low as RM499 while its bigger 10.1″ sibling is going for as low as RM649 on 24 months DG Smart Plan 88. Outright, the 7.0″ is priced at RM1,299 and the 10.1″ at RM1,499.
The full bundled pricing on different plans and duration below:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0″
DG Smart Plan 48 (12 months) – RM999
DG Smart Plan 48 (24 months) – RM899
DG Smart Plan 68 (12 months) – RM949
DG Smart Plan 68 (24 months) – RM699
DG Smart Plan 88 (12 months) – RM799
DG Smart Plan 88 (24 months) – RM499
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1″
DG Smart Plan 48 (12 months) – RM1,199
DG Smart Plan 48 (24 months) – RM1,049
DG Smart Plan 68 (12 months) – RM1,099
DG Smart Plan 68 (24 months) – RM849
DG Smart Plan 88 (12 months) – RM999
DG Smart Plan 88 (24 months) – RM649
On top of the normal subscription, DiGi is also throwing 6 months of rebates up to RM210 savings especially for those that sign up with 24 months contract on Smart Plan 68 & 88. At the moment, the tablets are not available thru the online store but it’s available at selected DiGi authorised outlets.
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The Sony Xperia go is a rugged little device that’s priced below RM1,000. Apart from being able to toss it into a swimming pool, the Xperia go is designed for more extreme situations. Check out the video above which subjects the Xperia go to unusual use case scenario including burying it into sand, blasting it with firemen grade hose and even running it over with a car.
More videos of Xperia go rugged test videos after the break
While the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is yet to make an appearance, one of its commercial has appeared online. The ad showcases how multitasking is improved with its multi screen feature where the web browser and S-Note application can be running side by side. It now even allows you to drag and drop items between them. Also new is a Shape Match feature which auto-shapes and tidies up your illustration after drawing graphs and charts with the stylus.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 is expected to be commercially available soon with with upgraded specs. It is said to be featuring a 1.4GHz quad-core processor that’s similar to the Galaxy S III, 2GB of RAM, InfraRed Port, 5MP rear camera, 1.9MP front facing camera and is juiced with a 7,000mAh battery. This is based from the unboxing done in Korea and hopefully they carry the similar configuration for international models.
The water and dust resistant Sony Xperia go is now available on contract with Celcom from as low as RM338. As usual, there are 3 plans available – Celcom Exec 50 + 1GB, Celcom Exec 50 + 3GB and Celcom Exec 250 which comes with 5GB data. In terms of contract duration, you have a choice of 12 months and 18 months.
For those plan to sign up, there’s also an upfront payment of RM300 for the Celcom Exec 50 plans and RM600 if you choose Celcom 250. This advance upfront payment will be rebated back to your account evenly across 12 months.
Just to recap on the specs, the Xperia go is a rugged device with IP67 rating which is similar as its predecessor, the Xperia active. It comes with a 3.5″ scratch resistant display that does 480×320, a dual-core 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of on board storage.
For more information, head over to Celcom.
Maxis is offering discounted bundled pricing for port-in customers where the iPhone 4S & HTC One X is offered from as low as RM799 while the Samsung Galaxy Note & Nokia Lumia 900 from as low as RM599. The special pricing is tied with 24 months contract of Maxis Value Plus 50 postpaid voice plan + 1GB data plan that costs RM98/month (RM50 + RM48).
As comparison, the devices are normally offered at RM1,850 for the iPhone 4S, RM1,449 for the HTC One X & Samsung Galaxy Note and RM1,309 for the Nokia Lumia 900 on the similar postpaid + 1GB data subscription. This is a substantial savings of RM650-1051 off the usual bundle. The only turn off in this case is the hefty upfront advanced payment where Maxis is asking for RM1,500 for the iPhone 4S and RM1,000 for the other 3 smart phones. The advanced payment as usual be refunded into your next bill which is used to knock off your upcoming usage charges. For those getting the HTC One X, they are throwing in urbeats headphones worth RM599 for the first 3000 customers.
The offer is not just limited to MNP (Mobile Number Portability) customers porting in from other telcos but also valid for existing Maxis postpaid customers. The offer is valid until 20th August and while stocks last.
For more information, head over to Maxis.
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