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Samsung has just announced its new Galaxy Grand, a new addition to the Galaxy Android family which comes with a 5″ display. While it sits between the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II in terms of dimensions, the Galaxy Grand is a rather mid-spec device with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and a lower screen resolution of 800×480. As a result, the screen pixel density is rather low at about 186 ppi (pixels per inch).
The Galaxy Grand reminds us of last year’s HTC Sensation XL with its big screen on a mid-spec hardware smart phone. It also include 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage which is expandable with micro SD, 8MP camera, 2MP front facing shooter and a 2,100mAh battery.
Running on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, the Galaxy Grand also comes with the similar features of its higher end siblings such as Zero Shutter Lag camera, Direct Call, Pop up Play, S Voice and Multi-Window. According to Samsung, there are 2 models available – GT-I9082 (dual sim) and GT-I9090 (single SIM). Overall it is 9.6mm thick and it weighs 162 grams which makes it slightly thicker than the Note II (9.4mm). So far no details on its release date and pricing but it is said to be targeted at Asian & European markets.
The Nexus 4 is one of the most talked about Android phones at the moment and while we know that LG is planning to make the device available in Malaysia before Christmas the question that a lot of people is asking is how much will it sell for here.
In markets where the Nexus 4 is sold directly by Google, the 16GB version can be had for US$349 or about RM1068 outright but we know that in countries where the device is sold by retailers — like it will be in Malaysia — the pricing of the device will be more than what Google is offering.
So how much is the Nexus 4 in Malaysia? A LowYat.Net forum posting by a senior forum member has listed the price of the Nexus 4 pricing as RM1,799, RM100 off from what we expected.
While this is not yet confirmed, you can’t expect the Nexus 4 store price to be far off. We’re certainly looking forward to LG commenting on this.
Big thanks commenter Poh for the heads up.
For a lot of people, camera performance is a key differentiator when it comes to choosing a smartphone. And today’s top of the line devices are among the most accomplished digital shooters ever incorporated into a phone. Yes, cameras in smartphones are getting better and better but which one is the best out there?
This post is not going to answer that question but if wondering between the Nokia Lumia 920 and the iPhone 5 which one records the best video and audio at a concert, then this might help you make a choice.
The video recording compares the Nokia Lumia 920 and the iPhone 5 side by side. It’s an interesting comparison and its surprising to see how much better one is over the other at a concert.
DiGi has just released its service plans for the iPad mini and iPad 4, and that’s pretty much a signal to expect Celcom and Maxis to follow suit in a few more days.
On the skin of it, the DiGi plans do not offer any savings from the retail price of the devices but the yellow telco is offering considerable savings on the accompanying data plans (the plans are tied to contract terms, of course). Across all the iPad data plans on offer, there is no excess charge if you exceed the allocated data limit but download speeds will be throttled down to what we can only assume as excruciatingly slow connection speeds. So if you’re on the cheapest data plan, you might want to be frugal with you connection because surfing on a tablet consumes more data than surfing on a smartphone.
For full details on the DiGi iPad plans, click here.
With dual subscription of DG Smart Plan 88 and DG SmartPlan which comes with 8GB data respectively, 2 units of HTC One X can be yours for just RM1,499 (RM750 each). You could also sign up 2 units of Samsung Galaxy S III for just RM1,899 (RM950 each). Normally DG Smart Plan 88 comes with 5GB/month but with the Jualan Internet 2X promo, they have given extra 3GB. The total monthly subscription is RM168/month.
For full details, head to DiGi Jualan Internet 2X Ganda page.
The splash-proof Sony Xperia Tablet S has finally arrived in Malaysia with the 16GB WiFi version being priced at RM1,399. The WiFi + 3G version is also available at RM1,799 for 16GB and RM1,999 for 32GB respectively.
To recap on the specs, the Xperia Tablet S runs on a 1.4GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM and comes with 9.4″ IPS display that does 1280×800 pixels resolution. For expansion, the Xperia Tablet comes with a full size SD card slot at the side. In the camera department, it has a 8MP HD camera at the rear and a front facing 1MP HD camera. Design wise, it still retains the similar slopping look and it is 8.8mm thick at the thinnest and 11.85mm at the thickest point.
Compared to its predecessor, the new Xperia Tablet S comes with a aluminium back for better durability. It also has splash resistant capabilities being able to withstand up to 10 litres of running water for 5 minutes. Out of the box, it runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
As a special Christmas promo, those that pre-order for the 3G version will stand a chance to win another 3G unit for free. In addition, they are also giving out a free carrying case for the Xperia Tablet S and cleaning kit worth RM188.
For more information, head over to Sony Xperia Tablet Promo page.
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The offer is actually similar to the earlier discounted iPhone 5 promo for loyal customers. However this time around, Maxis is waiving the advance payment which lets you fork out less cash during registration.
For more details, head over to Maxis One Club iPhone 5 promo page.
In other news, Maxis has announced that they have ran out of stocks for its iPhone 5 32GB and 64GB models. So far they haven’t announce any tentative dates when they would replenish their 32GB and 64GB units. Those who have pre-booked will be notified once stocks have arrive. If you are still thinking of which plan to get, do check out our iPhone 5 plan comparison.
Thanks @khhork87 for the tip!
A few days back, Australian police issued a warning to citizens, to be wary of using the Apple Maps on their iDevices. This came about after drivers in the Australian Outback were misled by faulty data from the application that led them to the middle of a national park, some 70 Kilometres away from the their intended destination. The map misstep left the weary travelers exposed to the elements and without access to basic necessities, or more critically, access to a mobile networks to call for help for more than 24 hours.
Seeing this as an opportunity, Samsung’s communications team in Australia lost no time, in once again poking fun at the deficiencies of Apple’s home brewed navigation software.
Samsung installed “vehicles lost in the Outback” in highly visible public locations, next to signs that read:
“Oops, should have got a Samsung Galaxy S III.
Get Navigation you can trust.”
Right on the heels of the iPhone 5 launch, LG has listed the Nexus 4 as “coming soon” on its Malaysian website. Earlier, LG mentioned that it wants to make the Nexus 4 available in Malaysia in time for Christmas and it looks like LG is keeping good to that promise.
Featuring Android’s latest 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, a Gorilla Glass 2 4.7-inch 1280×768 pixels (320 ppi) IPS display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, a Gorilla Glass rear panel and built-in wireless charging capabilities, the Nexus 4 is arguably one of the best Nexus smartphone Google has ever conceived .
The Nexus 4 made headlines when it was first announced thanks to is very attractive pricing with the 8GB version retailing for US$299 (about RM915) and the 16GB version selling for US$349 (about RM1068) outright. But before you jump for joy, there has been issues with the Nexus 4 retail price in countries where the device is sold by retailers rather than direct from the Google Play store. In markets where the Nexus 4 is sold via retailers — like it will be in Malaysia — LG has increased the RRP of the device substantially.
Judging by the comments from our previous post, many expect the Nexus 4 to retail for around RM1.9k or below. The Nexus 4 could be LG’s ticket to gain much needed traction and awareness in this market and LG would be smart to price the device competitively against the likes of the Galaxy S III and the One X+. If they get it right, the Nexus 4 will put LG prominently on the radar of consumers who previously would not even consider the brand at all.
The Malaysian Apple Online Store now offers the unlocked iPhone 5 without contract. If you don’t plan to get one with telco contract, you won’t need to wait much longer as the iPhone 5 are listed as “in-stock” at time of writing. The free shipping takes 1-3 business days after shipping which means you should be able to receive it by next week. As comparison, the iPad mini is still listed with 2 weeks shipping time.
In terms of pricing, there’s no surprises with the 16GB going for RM2,199 followed by the 32GB at RM2,499 and 64GB at RM2,799. To order yours, head over to the Apple Store iPhone 5 page.
Alternatively, Senheng & SenQ are selling them at their nationwide outlets starting today.