Celcom today announced a complete revamp of its “First” plans for 2015. Rebranded as “First by Celcom”, the operator says the new plans will bring a “first of its kind personalised Internet and call plan” that will “boost the standard of customer experience”. So confident is Celcom of it’s new “First by Celcom” plans that CMO Zalman Aefendy said that they are expecting a 50% jump in subscription, thanks to the new plans.
The new plans are unique in the market in that they are able to adjust data, voice, and text quota according to the usage patterns of the users. Celcom calls this feature the “Optimiser” and it works by giving additional minutes, SMS or data, if you’ve used up your quota.
Example, if you’ve used up your voice and SMS quota, the Optimiser will add more into your plan, for the month. Similarly, if you’ve used up your data quota, the Optimiser feature will come in to top it up for you. More about this a little later. Let’s talk about the new plans.
Sony Pictures is having an IT security nightmare as confidential documents and conversations are being leaked online. A week ago, the script of the upcoming Bond flick, Spectre had also being leaked ahead of its 2015 release.
The image you’re seeing above is allegedly the new upcoming Sony Xperia Z4, which would make a product placement appearance in the new James Bond movie. Like the current Xperia Z3, it uses metal frames with rounded edges. The front stereo speaker grills have shifted closer to the edge for a more cleaner look. This could be a tentative concept design for the upcoming flagship but it does look like a pleasant progression from its current design.
The source also added that the Xperia Z4 would be released in May or November, which is a little too long. However it could be possible that Sony is returning to a single flagship per year approach to boost profitability.
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Samsung is expected to cut down on its smart phone models by 30% next year, in a bid to improve its smart phone margins. The South Korean maker is likely to retain its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series as their flagship products and the biggest change should be coming from the competitive entry to mid-range segments. If you look at their affordable offering, Samsung has a gazillion number of models that’s hard to keep track with.
In an attempt to streamline their offering, they have announced its Samsung Galaxy A line up which consists of Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5 and a newer Galaxy A7. Now here comes a new Galaxy E series which could be an affordable range that follows the same naming convention.
We’re still unsure of what the device will be called. Popular guesses include, the One M9 — which is obvious — and the HTC Hima, as purported by upleaks but this could just be a code name for all we know.
In terms of specs, the new HTC could have a 5-inch 1080p or a 5.5-inch display running QHD resolution, up from the One M8‘s 5.0-inch Full HD display.
Expect the device to run either a Snapdragon 805 or 810 2x quad-core chipset at around 2.0GHz for the high performance core and 1.5GHz for low-power processing. 3GB RAM is also mentioned (2GB on the current One M8).
In terms of camera, rumours say it’s either a 16MP rear camera with optical image stabilization or, based on the latest upleak info, 1 20.7MP rear unit with 13MP or a 4MP ultrapixel camera at the front.
Other rumored specs include 3,500 mAh or 2,840 mAh battery, Android 5.0 Lollipop plus HTC Sense 7.0 UI and LTE Cat6 connectivity plus support for VoLTE.
The new HTC is likely to be announced at CES, early next year and we hope HTC is going to bring a whole lot more with the new flagship because anyone can make a device with the latest processor and camera but it’s the innovative features and design that’s going to win customers.
Samsung has been getting a lot of pressure this year from the high-end and entry-level smart phone segments. For 2015, the Korean smart phone maker will be introducing its new Galaxy S6 from a clean slate with Project Zero. The new flagship won’t be just another incremental update in both hardware and appearance. According to some sources, Project Zero will be breaking its own mould so hopefully we can expect a design that’s totally brand new.
Getting a mobile device is a big deal because they cost a lot. Even if you’re going for a budget device, it still costs money and the risk of losing or damaging the device is high, and most of the time it’s your wallet that’s going feel the pitch.
It’s a good thing then there is now a service the protects your mobile device from accidental damage and then some.
From RM179 per year (depending on the price of the phone), the Ingram Micro Cover Plus – Essential service protects your device and accompanying accessories against accidental damage including liquid or water damage, as well as phone bill and contract burden up to RM1,000 for pre-paid and post paid subscribers on any mobile network. The service is underwritten by Zurich Insurance Malaysia and offers repair and replacement for your mobile device up to RM3,500 in value.
You also get worldwide coverage, free pick-up and delivery for repairs and replacement with like-for-like device. There’s 3 months warranty on all repairs made and an additional 3 months extended warranty on top of your device manufacturer’s warranty. There is also a dedicated toll-free technical hotline which operates from 8a.m. to 8p.m. (Monday – Friday) to assist and guide noobs on how to use their mobile devices.
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It looks like Huawei is close to launching a new smartphone and if the specs revealed in a type approval submission made in China are true, the new Honor is going to be a high-end device.
Dubbed the Honor 6X, the device a 5.5-inch display with a chassis that’s purported to an aluminium frame, a 1.8 GHz octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, and 32GB ROM as well as a microSD card slot.
Beyond this, the spec-sheet submitted to the Chinese authorities also suggests that the Honor 6X will feature a dual camera with dual LED flash setup. Details are still scarce on how Huawei is going to optimise this dual camera setup but it would seem that we won’t have to wait long to find out because the Honor 6X is expected to be announced by the end of the year.
Just when you thought Chinese smart phone maker Gionee is going crazy thin with its 5mm smart phone, check out what Vivo is up to now. In a pursuit for absolute slimness, Vivo is reported to be making a super thin device that’s slimmer than 4mm. That’s like stacking 2 of the latest 50 sen coins together.
UPDATE: DiGi starts registration of interest for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in Malaysia. Available 6th November.
After all that #NextBigThing teaser by Maxis, it is now DiGi’s turn to arouse curiousity of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. To make it less obvious, they have used 2 pineapples with different sizes and a caption #BigorBigger.
As far as we know, the new iPhones won’t be launched in here this month as Apple has bypassed Malaysia for October behind 68 countries. Perhaps we are getting it in November maybe? What do you guys think?
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Android L, the next version of Android is expected to be released very soon. Google themselves have released a video teasing what the next candy or confectionery version after KitKat could be. If you’re still guessing, someone has managed to spot a line of code on Android.com which indicates that Android L could end up being called Lollipop.
Apart from having a new operating system, Google will be continuing its Nexus line up with the introduction of Nexus 6 phablet by Motorola and a Nexus 9 tablet by HTC. After seeing leaked photos of the Nexus 6, serial leaker @evleaks has sprung into action, revealing the official press render as shown above. Like its current Moto X, it gets dual-front stereo speakers and the 5.9″ display dominates a large area of the front. This would mark the first Nexus phablet and it is said to be pushing an ultra high Quad HD resolution of 2560×1440 pixels.
Meanwhile the Nexus 9 is seen to be a performance beast with an updated 64-bit Tegra K1 chipset that could be mated with 4GB of RAM. Rumour has it that reveal of the Android L along with the new Nexus devices could be a low key affair with just a simple announcement online.
Watch the Android L teaser video after the break.