UPDATE: OnePlus 3 is now open for pre-orders on Lazada Malaysia.
The OnePlus 3 is finally hitting Malaysia and you can get one outright without contract or invitation codes. Announced last month, the OnePlus 3 is looking like a flagship killer that’s back with a vengeance.
UPDATE: OnePlus 3 is officially priced at RM1,888 in Malaysia.
UPDATE: The Nexus 5X is now available in Malaysia.
If you’re looking for the latest Moto X, it is definitely heading to Malaysia soon. The Moto X Play with the model number XT1562 has just passed our local SIRIM certification under distributor Brightstar.
The Nexus 6 with its high-spec hardware and pure Android Lollipop experience is coming to Malaysia very soon. Its international variant with the model number XT1100 just passed SIRIM certification, which means it is going on sale very soon. The Nexus 6 which was announced with Android 5.0 Lollipop is the biggest Nexus smart phone yet.
It jumps into the large phablet category with a 5.96″ Quad HD (2560×1440) AMOLED display. Underneath the hood, it runs on Qualcomm’s 2.7GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM, that’s also powering the Galaxy Note Edge. For storage, there are 2 versions – 32GB and 64GB, and most probably we would be getting the smaller 32GB option. If you need more storage, the Nexus 6 unfortunately lacks a microSD expansion slot.
UPDATE: Brightstar has released the list of Moto X 2014 Dealers in Malaysia. View them after the break.
After appearing on our SIRIM database, the Motorola Moto X (2014) is now officially available in Malaysia. Distributed by Brightstar, the 5.2″ pure Android experience smart phone is offered at RM1,888. That’s quite a huge jump from the previous model that was priced at RM1,499.
To recap on the specs, the Moto X for 2014 gets a 5.2″ Full HD display and it runs on a 2.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM. For Malaysia, they are offering 16GB of storage which isn’t expandable. The rear gets a 13MP main camera with a unique ring flash while selfies are taken with a 2MP camera.
It gets a front facing speaker and it is juiced up with a rather little 2,300mAh capacity battery. No problems with faster downloads as it supports 4G LTE with nano-SIM slot. The benefits of having a Moto is a stock Android experience and quicker access to the latest version of Android. If you’re interested, it is available now at selected Brightstar authorised dealers, listed after the break.
Your personal gadgets are essential in your day to day life and if your business depends on it, Maxis is giving peace of mind with its Maxis Device Protection program. When your smart phone gets damaged or simply fails at critical moments, the extra protection helps you to get going with immediate replacement and it costs from as low as 50 sen a day. They will even provide a replacement SIM card if you lose your device completely and there’s no more waiting for warranty and repair claims.
The protection coverage is provided by Brightstar and there are 2 plan options available depending on the value of your device.
How do you convince reluctant people to switch phones? Trading up their existing device for a new one seems to be an easier option. Now Brightstar is offering a Trade Up program which aims to drive up ownership of the BlackBerry Z10 smart phone. The trade up value is quite attractive and depending on model, your phone could fetch as high as RM1,800. Strangely, the trade value of your device also depends on the Z10 model that you’ll pick. If you opt for the Z10 LTE version, you will get a slightly higher value.
Some of the smart phone trade up value are listed as follows:
iPhone 4 8GB – RM1,065 (Z10 3G), RM1,084 (Z10 LTE)
iPhone 4 16GB – RM1,080 (Z10 3G), RM1,099 (Z10 LTE)
iPhone 4S 16GB – RM1,304 (Z10 3G), RM1,323 (Z10 LTE)
iPhone 5 16GB – RM1,668 (Z10 3G), RM1,687 (Z10 LTE)
BlackBerry Bold 9900 – RM934 (Z10 3G), RM953 (Z10 LTE)
BlackBerry Q10 – RM1,227 (Z10 3G), RM1,246 (Z10 LTE)
BlackBerry Z10 3G – RM983 (Z10 3G), RM1,002 (Z10 LTE)
Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB – RM1,169 (Z10 3G), RM1,188 (Z10 LTE)
Samsung Galaxy S4 16GB – RM1,585 (Z10 3G), RM1,604 (Z10 LTE)
Samsung Galaxy Note II – RM1,434 (Z10 3G), RM1,453 (Z10 LTE)
Of course, it is subject to the condition of the device as well. If you look at the list above, it is funny to see that Brightstar has also included their latest BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 into the trade up list. On top of that, even its more expensive Q10 is listed with a lower value than the older Galaxy Note II and iPhone 4S.
If you’re interested to switch to a BlackBerry Z10 with this trade up program, just visit one of Brightstar’s participating dealers and they will evaluate your current phone to determine the balance price you need to pay for a new Z10. The current BlackBerry Z10 retail price is listed as RM1,799 for the 3G version and RM1,899 for the 4G LTE version.
For more information and full list of trade up models, head over to Brightstar’s BlackBerry Trade Up promo page.
Brightstar Malaysia, authorized distributor for BlackBerry products in Malaysia, is currently running a promotion offering a price cut of RM466 across the full BlackBerry PlayBook range.
Promotional prices for the PlayBook:
16GB — RM1,133 (was RM1,599)
32GB — RM1,433 (was RM1,899)
64GB — RM1,733 (was RM2,199)
In addition, Brightstar is also offering discounts up to RM899 when you purchase the PlayBook together with a BlackBerry smartphone. More details here.
The discounts are following a trend that suggests BlackBerry is trying to clear stocks of its unsuccessful PlayBook tablet. Just recently in the US, RIM announced that is it giving away a free PlayBook with every two purchased. Closer to home, we saw previously Celcom and Maxis offering a similar combo deal to the one that Brightstar is offering.
Things are not looking good for the Canadian tech company as Reuters report RIM shares plummeting to a seven-year low as the manfacturer’s US market share takes a nose-dive from a respectable 24% last year to a dismal 9% in the third quarter of this year.
Will RIM be able to recover from this downward spiral? It’s not impossible but RIM needs to get its a$$ in motion to catch up with the advancements made by Apple and Google.