UPDATE: Celcom is also offering the iPhone 5S on 24 months plan option with the 16GB unit offered as low as RM1,638. Head after the break for the 24 months pricing.
Celcom has finally revealed its iPhone 5S pricing by email to those who have pre-registered earlier. On 12 months contract, the iPhone 5S can be yours from RM1,738 for the 16GB model on their RM238/month commitment plan or as low as RM1,638 on 24 months duration.
During sign up, there’s an upfront payment between RM150-
RM450RM650 which will be rebated back to your monthly bills. In the chart above, there’s additional “Savings” which is likely to be in a form of monthly rebate from the monthly subscription fees but overall, you would still need to fork out more than RM2,000 to get an iPhone 5S from Celcom tonight.
Celcom will be having a midnight launch event today at Blue Cube, Sunway Pyramid and it starts at 8PM. They also giving out extra goodies as well for the first 100.
In terms of retail pricing, Celcom lists the 16GB version at RM2,349, 32GB at RM2,699 and 64GB version at RM2,999. That’s slightly lower than the retail pricing that’s being listed by Apple Online Store and Machines which starts at RM2,399 for the 16GB model. Apart from Celcom, the other 2 big Malaysian telcos – DiGi & Maxis are offering the new iPhone 5S/5C as well.
Thanks @LowYikMing for the heads up!
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UPDATE: Celcom reveals iPhone 5S plans with bundled pricing from RM1,738.
It is happening at Blue Cube at Sunway Pyramid from 8PM onwards and they are offering special deals and offers for the first 100 customers. There’s no mention what are the terms like but it is likely tied with specific contract plans. According to the invite details, the first 100 will get a phone case, a “self-repair” screen protector plus a RM500 Voucher or Mystery gift. More details over at Celcom’s special event page.
Pricing wise, the iPhone 5S starts from RM2,399 for 16GB while the iPhone 5C at RM1,999 for the same storage size. You can get the full iPhone pricing details here.
Apart from Celcom, DiGi too is having a midnight release for the iPhone 5C/5S where they had a virtual queue which ended at midnight early this morning. So far there’s no news from Maxis but earlier it’s purported Maxis One Club bundled details had a short appearance before it was taken down.
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The iPhone 5S and 5C will be available in Malaysia from 31 October and one of the more prominent Apple authorised resellers in the country, Machines, have confirmed that they will have stock of the iPhone 5S in store on launch day.
To make it easier for Apple fans to get a hold of their iPhone 5S of choice Machines have also created a Facebook page that updates readers on availability of iPhones at their various store locations. The page will be updated daily and you can check it out here.
The chart uploaded on the page is riddled with errors at the moment but we expect the people running Machine’s Facebook page to get that fixed shortly considering there are already a number of people complaining about the glaring mistakes. Update: Looks like they’ve updated the chart.
If you plan to be the first to get an iPhone 5C or iPhone 5S on contract, DiGi has started its virtual queue on Facebook where the first 250 can secure their priorty spot, skipping the long queues on launch day.
To maintain yourself in the line, you are required to share from the DiGi promo tab with the hashtag #DiGiFASTLINE. The virtual queue will close at 12AM on 30th October and the Top 250 people on the line will be announced around 12PM-5PM on the same day. As the iPhone 5C/5S is officially launched in Malaysia on 31st October, the redeption still commence during the midnight launch.
If you are among the lucky top 250 participants, your device can be collected at the following outlets:
DiGi Store Petaling Jaya, SS2
DiGi Store Johor Bahru, Taman Molek
DiGi Store Kota Kinabalu, Api-Api
DiGi Store Kuching, Jalan Kulas Tengah
DiGi Store Penang, Pulau Tikus
To start queuing up for an iPhone 5C/5S on DiGi, head over here.
As revealed last week, the iPhone 5S is priced from RM2,399 for the 16GB model while the colourful iPhone 5C starts from RM1,999 also for its 16GB model. It is a hefty RM200-350 price over its previous iPhones which is normally priced at RM2,199 for 16GB. Earlier Maxis has accidentally revealed its Maxis One Club plans
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The iPhone 5C & iPhone 5S are the latest smart phones coming from Apple, a company that has changed the way we use touch screen smart phones. While iPhones are generally more responsive and fluid than other platforms, a recent study shows that its latest devices are rather inaccurate when it comes to touches.
OptoFidelity has tested the new iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S and an 18 month old Galaxy S III with their own robotic machine which tests display responsiveness and accuracy down to a mm. As shown above, surprisingly the new iPhones fared pretty badly while the Galaxy S3 screen is rather accurate except for its edges. Being a mm off doesn’t sound much but it is quite a big deal when it comes to typing on the keyboard.
In a close up test on the on-screen keyboard accuracy, it appears that the left most key and the 2 right most key on the iPhone 5C/5S would be highly inaccurate. This would probably mean keys such as Q, O and P would be harder to register.
You can check out the accuracy results of the on-screen keyboard and a video of the OptoFidelity machine after the break.
UPDATE: Before Maxis removed its iPhone 5S & iPhone 5C contract plan page, tipster @wong_dominic has managed to get a screenshot of its purported Maxis One Club offering. View the full image after the break.
UPDATE 2: Official Maxis iPhone 5S/iPhone 5C Plans and pricing revealed.
Just couple of hours ago, Apple has released its official iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S pricing in Malaysia. Now Maxis’s iPhone 5S pricing has appeared as well with a slight price difference from what we have seen earlier.
The outright iPhone 5S and 5C retail pricing from Maxis are as follows:
iPhone 5S 16GB – RM2,349
iPhone 5S 32GB – RM2,699
iPhone 5S 64GB – RM2,999
iPhone 5C 16GB – RM1,999
Basically it is RM50 cheaper for the 16GB and 32GB version while the 64GB unit is RM150 lower. For the iPhone 5C the price remains unchanged at RM1,999 and comes with a single 16GB variant on Maxis. Nevertheless, it is still much more expensive than the iPhones launched in the past few years. Of course, it will be cheaper to own when bundled with contract postpaid plans. The full Maxis bundled plans and pricing are expected to be revealed soon and those who have pre-registered would be notified by email.
In case you’re wondering, the page above was stumbled upon by @wong_dominic via twitter which currently is not available. It could be possible that this is not the finalised pricing so we would rather wait until Maxis officially reveals their plans.
Thanks @wong_dominic for the alert on Twitter.
Check out the purported Maxis One Club offering after the break.
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Apple has quietly rolled out its iOS 7.0.3 update which provides necessary improvement and bug fixes. It is available to download over the air in Malaysia which can be done under Setings > General > Software Updates.
Some of the new additions include a new iCloud Keychain that lets you track personal passwords across different devices and the ability to search the web and wikipedia from spotlight search. Also this update finally address the bug allowing people to bypass the lock screen. Well, just in time before the iPhone 5S & 5C hits Malaysia next Thursday with a rather expensive price tag.
The file size is about 68MB on the iPhone 5 and entire process including download with installation shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes.
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UPDATE: Maxis One Club iPhone 5C/iPhone 5S plans surfaced. More details over here.
UPDATE 2: Machines provides updated info on iPhone 5S availability in all its stores here.
UPDATE 3: Celcom offers the iPhone 5S from RM1,638 with 24 months contract.
The iPhone 5C & iPhone 5S will be officially available in Malaysia next Thursday on 31st October and now its official pricing has been revealed on Apple’s Online Store. The iPhone 5C is priced from RM1,999 for the 16GB model while its high end iPhone 5S is priced from RM2,399.
That’s quite a remarkable RM200 increase on the iPhone 5S from the usual RM2,199 for a 16GB unit. It gets worse with larger storage as the 32GB and 64GB models are RM250 and RM350 extra respectively compared to the previous iPhone 5 pricing. Even for the iPhone 5C, the RM400 price difference between the 16GB and 32GB model is quite hard to comprehend.
The full Malaysian iPhone 5C & iPhone 5S pricing below with comparison of last year’s iPhone 5 pricing:
iPhone 5C 16GB – RM1,999
iPhone 5C 32GB – RM2,399
iPhone 5S 16GB – RM2,399
iPhone 5S 32GB – RM2,749
iPhone 5S 64GB – RM3,149
iPhone 5 (December 2012)
iPhone 5 16GB – RM2,199
iPhone 5 32GB – RM2,499
iPhone 5 64GB – RM2,799
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The HTC One Max is officially revealed yesterday as the biggest member of the current aluminium clad HTC One series. While it is bigger on the exterior, its internals are identical to the 4.7″ HTC One.
So where does the HTC One Max stand in the sea of large screen smart phones? In terms of dimensions, it isn’t the biggest as the Xperia Z Ultra sports a tablet-like 6.44″ TFT Full HD display. However it is worth pointing out that the Xperia Z Ultra is thinner (6.5mm) and lighter (212g) than the One Max. With a thickness of 10.29mm, the One Max is thinner than the Lumia 1020 (10.4mm) and its 5″ cousin, the HTC Butterfly S (10.6mm). Comparing the battery capacity, the One Max tops the list with a larger 3,300mAh battery which is 100mAh more than the Galaxy Note 3.
For the first time for HTC, the One Max features a fingerprint scanner that’s located at the back. Unlike the iPhone 5S’s home button with discreet Touch ID, the One Max fingerprint scanner is rather conventional with the typical finger swipe motion. To unlock the device from sleep, you would still need to hit the power button the sides before swiping your finger at the back.
The achilles heel on paper has got to be the processor. For a high end device to launch in the final quarter of 2013, we would expect the One Max to run on a faster 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor but HTC has decided to stick to a familiar 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor that was used by the original HTC One. Surprisingly even its earlier HTC Butterfly S runs on a faster 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor.
Performance shouldn’t be a big issue as the Snapdragon 600 processor has proven itself on the HTC One with a buttery smooth experience. We dare say that the HTC One is much smoother and has better battery life than the Galaxy S4 non-LTE edition.
The next question would be when will it reach Malaysia and how much would it sell for. The Xperia Z Ultra which is now available with 4G LTE support is currently priced at RM2,199 with 16GB of storage. If the HTC One Max gets priced at RM2,399, would you choose it over the Galaxy Note 3 or Xperia Z1? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. If you haven’t seen it yet, do check out our first hands-on impressions of the HTC One Max here.
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iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C hopefuls can now register their interest to purchase the device with Maxis. The operator follows DiGi and Celcom in announcing that it will also make the iPhone 5S/5C available presumably on October 31 as announced by Apple.
Expect Maxis, Celcom and DiGi to announce pricing, plans and pre-order details anytime after the Hari Raya Haji holidays. For now, Maxis is the only operator that will be able to take advantage of iPhone’s LTE connectivity as it is the only operator that currently offers LTE data together with its voice plans. Celcom and DiGi currently offer data-only LTE plans.
If contract purchase is not your thing, expect retail stores line SenHeng to make the iPhone duo available soon after the October 31 launch if not on launch day itself. The Malaysian Apple Online store have also started advertising the new iPhones in anticipation of the local launch so you will be able to order direct from them as well.
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