UPDATED: Added Nokia & BlackBerry into Malaysian launch dates comparison.
Everyone wants to get their hands on their latest models right after it is being announced. With strong demand, manufacturers would want to get their devices into market before the competition comes out with a better model. So how long have we waited for the latest smart phone in Malaysia? We have compared global announcement and local availability dates of various iPhone and Android smart phone models to give an illustrations on our wait times.
Historically Apple has been reducing the roll out waiting time for Malaysia with the exception for iPhone 3GS which took a rather short 53 days. After that, the iPhone 4 took slightly more than 100 days which is then shorten to 72 days for the 4S.
For those still waiting for the illusive availability of the iPhone 5, so far we have waited about 59 days to-date. If Apple wants to beat the iPhone 4S in terms of waiting time, they have 13 more days to go which can be indicated if the telcos start their Registration of Interest by next week.
Apple isn’t the only one doing this as the other smart phone contenders too have been busy shortening its roll out wait times. As seen above, the Galaxy S II had taken more than 4 months for it to reach Malaysia but has shorten it to as little as 27 days for the Malaysian launch of the Galaxy S III. Other players too have strive to bring down the wait time under 2 months. The fastest roll out we’ve seen for Malaysia is the Motorola RAZR which took just 3 weeks to reach our shores.
Nokia and RIM in the other hand have taken more than 100 days to make their current models available after its initial announcement. Hopefully they can do better with their upcoming line up.
Overall we have been getting our latest gadgets quicker than before. Now it all depends on manufacturers if they can supply as quickly as possible while demand is still strong. Otherwise, it is their own loss if consumers are spending their money with something newer in the market.
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UPDATE: Added BlackBerry Bold 9900 into the comparison.
In our previous Samsung Galaxy S III spec comparison, we compared it with its direct rival the HTC One X and its former Galaxy predecessors. Now we are comparing it with the rest of the notable flagship models including the Sony Xperia S, Huawei Ascend D Quad, iPhone 4S and the Nokia Lumia 900.
With the Xperia S in the picture, Sony is in the lead for having the highest pixel density for squeezing 1280×720 pixels display into a compact 4.3″ screen. In terms of camera, it is the highest among the lot at 12MP. However it is one of the thicker and heavier models of the lot. In our review, the Xperia S performs admirably well despite being a dual-core processor and we appreciate the polished interface it has to offer.
Huawei too is going quad core with its Ascend D Quad which is expected to be released in mid 2012. It uses its in-house K3V2 processor which is clocked either at 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz. It is one of the smaller quad-core phones with a 4.5″ screen that has better pixel density at 326ppi. For those that feel 4.7″ or 4.8″ is too big in the hands might find the Ascend D Quad as a more comfortable choice.
In terms of cloud storage, it is worth pointing out that both Apple & Microsoft are bundling their own storage in the form of iCloud and SkyDrive. Overall, looking at all flagship devices launched this year, all of them are on the Micro-SIM bandwagon. So for those who are still using a standard SIM format, you are likely to convert/cut your SIMs if you’re getting a new high end phone soon.
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With its QNX-based BB10 devices scheduled for release only in the second half of this year, RIM has a lot of advertising to do to drive interest to its existing product line. Canadian company is doing just that.
Take a look at RIM’s latest series of advertising highlighting the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and what some would consider the platform’s best assets, but would expressions like “I’m about action, not distraction” and “we need tools, not toys” sway you to the Bold side?
Take a look at the ads past the jump and let us know what you think. Oh, and if you’re wondering, the silly superheroes are omitted in the ads, thankfully.
As for us, we’re not thoroughly convinced. The ads come across as trying too hard and honestly, the faster RIM gets their BB10 devices into the market, the better. We so want to believe, RIM. Make us believe.
For this coming Chinese New Year, Maxis is doing a buy 1 and get another 50% off promo on BlackBerry. However it is limited to the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and you have a choice between a Curve 9300 and a Curve 8520 for discounted purchase.
To entitle for this promo, you would need to get the Bold 9900 bundled with 24 months. The Bold 9900 goes for RM1,630 on BIS 55 which comes with 500MB (with free 500MB extra) and RM1,390 on BIS 90 which comes with 3GB of data. Then you have a choice to get a Curve 9300 at RM434 or the Curve 8520 at RM299. From the site, it appears that the additional device is contract free with no additional subscription required.
For more information, head over to Maxis BlackBerry Page.
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Just in time for Christmas, Brightstar has introduced the white version of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Curve 9360. This gives BlackBerry hopefuls some exclusivity especially during the holiday season.
On top of that, the first 1,500 customers that registers their white BlackBerry Bold 9900 device will receive RM300 AirAsia vouchers. Meanwhile the 1st 1,500 customers of the white BlackBerry Curve 9360 will get RM150 AirAsia vouchers instead. To add more peace of mind, Brightstar is giving 24 months warranty for the new BlackBerry devices provided that you register within 2 weeks of purchase.
U Mobile now offer the latest BlackBerry devices up for bundling. The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is offered as low as RM1,299 with 24 months contract of Unlimited BIS at RM68/month. Meanwhile, the slider Torch 9810 is offered as low as RM1,149 on 24 months contract of the same plan.
For more information, head over to U Mobile’s BlackBerry Page.
On 24 months contract of DG Smart Plan 68, the Torch 9800 is offered at RM979, while the Bold 9780 at RM879 and Curve 9300 at RM379. Outright, the 3 are offered at RM1600, RM1312 and RM876 respectively. If BlackBerry devices are not your thing, DiGi is also offering the HTC Desire HD at RM729 and LG Optimus One at RM179 on contract. The prices above are applicable if you sign up through their online store with full details here.
Apart from that, those that buy the latest BlackBerry (Bold 9900, Torch 9810 & Curve 9360) on contract from 10th October till 10th December will stand a chance to win another BlackBerry. They are giving 30x Curve 9300, 20x Bold 9780 and 10x Torch 9800 with one given out daily. For more info on the FREE BlackBerry offer, head over here.
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UPDATE: iPhone 4S is confirmed shipped with 512MB.
Apple has yet to confirm how much RAM the iPhone 4S has. Based on the current A5 configuration in the iPad 2, we expect the iPhone 4S to have 512MB of RAM. Some observers are saying the iPhone 4S will ship with 1GB of RAM. Guess we will have to wait till it ships to know for sure.
With the iPhone 4S revealed, let’s compare it against other flagship smart phones. We compare it spec by spec against the BlackBerry Bold 9900, HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XE, Nokia N9, Samsung Galaxy S II and the existing iPhone 4.
While the iPhone 4S is similar in terms of dimensions compared to the original iPhone 4, it is actually 3g heavier. Just to recap, internally the 4S runs on a dual-core A5 processor, increased RAM, a new 8MP camera and supports both CDMA/GSM networks.
With all of them compared, the iPhone 4S isn’t really ground breaking. If this is going to be Apple’s flagship device for another year, they are seriously being left in the dust as the Android contenders are gearing up in terms of hardware specs.
If you’ve been delaying your smart phone purchase until now, what is your verdict? Drop your comments below.
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Maxis has released not just one but two new BlackBerry devices running on the latest 7 OS. Apart from the Bold 9900, Maxis is also offering the Torch 9810 which is also available on BIS Pro and BIS Standard.
As revealed yesterday, the Bold 9900 is offered as low as RM1390 on 24 months contract of BIS pro which comes with 3GB of data. For the Torch 9810, it is offered as low as RM1350 on the same 24 months contract of BIS Pro. Outright, the Bold 9900 is priced at RM2188 while the Torch 9810 at RM1988.
For more information, head to Maxis BlackBerry page.
Full package offering after the break.
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Maxis is late out of the starting blocks with this one but it’s always better late than never. With not much fanfare, Maxis has just released details on its BlackBerry 9900 plans allowing you to purchase the device for as low as RM1,390 with a contract sign-up.
Only two plans are on offer with the Bold 9900. The Maxis BIS Pro gives you 3GB of data for RM90/month and the Maxis BIS Standards brings 500MB of data to the Bold 9900 for RM55/month. With the BIS Standard, if you sign-up with a contract you also get an additional 500MB free for the duration of your contact with Maxis.
Oddly enough there are no additional incentives to encourage users to sign-up with the introduction of the Bold 9900 to Maxis.
Big thanks to Yunus for the tip via email.