The barely 2 months old Samsung Galaxy S4 non-LTE version (9500) has gotten a massive price cut of RM349. Launched at RM2,199 with 16GB storage, the Samsung flagship device is now priced as low as RM1,850 outright for official Samsung Malaysia units. The 5.5″ Galaxy Note II is even affordable now at only RM1,680, making it quite an attractive buy.
Retailer IMCC has released its current Samsung Galaxy pricing as follows:
Samsung Galaxy S4 – RM1,850 (Previously RM2,199)
Samsung Galaxy Note II – RM1,680 (Previously RM1,999)
Samsung Galaxy S III – RM1,380 (Previously RM1,699)
Samsung Galaxy Grand – RM1,040 (Previously RM1,299)
For a flagship device to drop this much in such a little time is rather shocking. Another retailer IPMart has also dropped its Galaxy S4 pricing as well to as low as RM1,869.
In the mean time the recently rolled out Galaxy S4 4G LTE version (9505) with 32GB of storage is seen to be slashed as well to RM2,299 from its initial RM2,499 pricing. Thanks @abdulmj for the heads up.
Could this be an indication that more Galaxy models are coming to Malaysia? We won’t be surprise considering the Galaxy Mega, Galaxy S4 Active and Galaxy S4 Zoom are expected to make a local debut soon. Perhaps the rugged Galaxy S4 Active would be priced between the S4 non-LTE and 4G LTE version. With a water resistant credentials and LTE support, that might just demand a slight premium over the standard non-LTE S4.
For those waiting for the Galaxy S4 and without the need of LTE, the RM349 savings definitely certainly worth the wait.
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The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is the smallest model of Samsung’s new range of top tier Galaxies. With the flagship Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Mega put side by side, all 3 looked rather identical with similar design, materials and even button placements. It’s almost as if Samsung is trying to make choosing a device as easy as Small, Medium and Large.
To recap, the Galaxy S4 mini comes with a 4.3″ qHD display and it is powered by a Qualcomm dual-core 1.7GHz processor with 1.5GB of RAM. Right in the middle is the flagship Samsung Galaxy S4 with a 5.0″ Full HD display that’s powered with a choice of 1.2GHz/1.6GHz Octa-core or 1.9GHz Quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. The largest of them all is the Galaxy Mega with a 6.3″ 720p HD display that runs on the same processor and RAM as the Galaxy S4 mini.
Watch the Galaxy S4 mini hands-on video with stacked up comparison after the break.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is now official ahead of Samsung’s upcoming June 20th event. Just like the Samsung Galaxy S III mini, the Galaxy S4 mini is the little sibling of its current flagship Galaxy S4. Even the design is rather identical as well.
Just like the name suggests, it comes with smaller dimensions packed with mid-range level hardware. Over at the front, the Galaxy S4 mini comes with a pocketable 4.3″ Super AMOLED display that does a modest qHD resolution of 960×540. Powering the device is a dual-core 1.7GHz processor with 1.5GB of RAM which is similar as its big bro Galaxy Mega. On-board it comes with 8GB of storage (5GB usable) which can be expanded with microSD card. In the imaging department it has a front facing 1.9MP camera and a main 8MP camera at the rear. Dimension wise, the Galaxy S4 mini is 8.94mm thick and weighs a rather light 107 grams.
Out of the box, it runs on the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and it is powered with a rather generous 1,900mAh battery. In terms of variants, there will be 3 versions – 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+ and 3G Dual-SIM which comes in both Black Mist and White Frost colours. The 4G LTE model will have an added support for NFC. For those craving for TV remote features, you’ll be pleased to know that it comes with a built-in InfraRed Blaster port as well.
Head after the break for more product images.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes in 2 version, the non-LTE version (9500) that is powered by Exynos 5 1.6GHz/1.2GHz Octa-Core and the LTE version (9505) that runs on Qualcomm 1.9GHz Quad-Core processor. So far Malaysians are getting the non-LTE version officially and from our initial hands-on, the battery life is quite a let down despite having one of the largest with 2,600mAh capacity. In our heavy day to day usage, the non-LTE Galaxy S4 struggles to last up to 12 hours and in comparison, the Sony Xperia Z and HTC One that comes with a smaller 2,300mAh-2,330mAh battery lasted longer. The HTC One which we have is able to give us 14 hours of usage with 3 hours on-screen time which is remarkable.
GSMArena has managed to get their hands on both Galaxy S4 versions which comes with the same specs except for processor and LTE support. After conducting a battery life test, it is surprising how much difference a processor makes when it comes to prolonging the life of its huge 2,600mAh battery. Below are some of the results from the test in hours:
Galaxy S4 (9505) LTE: 18:03
Galaxy Note II: 16:57
Xperia Z: 16:03
HTC One: 13:38
Galaxy S4 (9500) Non LTE: 11:01
HTC One: 9:58
Galaxy Note II: 8:48
Galaxy S4 (9505) LTE: 7:24
Galaxy S4 (9500) Non LTE: 6:58
Xperia Z: 6:37
Galaxy S4 (9505) LTE: 12:30
Galaxy S4 (9500) Non LTE: 11:29
Galaxy Note II: 11:27
HTC One: 10:02
Xperia Z: 5:39
In the talk time test, the LTE version gave a remarkable full 7 hours lead over its non-LTE version while for web browsing, the gap is smaller with 26 minutes. Compared to its competitors, the only area which Galaxy S4 wins big is the video playback with more 11 hours of usage which is even longer than the Galaxy Note II that comes with a larger 3,100mAh battery.
Could the Exynos 5 Octa-core processor being too advanced for its time? In terms of benchmark figures, it is no doubt a performer but we expected so much more from its larger 2,600mAh battery. It is surprisingly that the HTC One and even the iPhone 5 are able to push more hours from its smaller battery capacities when it comes to web browsing. Looking at the full comparison list, it looks like Qualcomm is much more energy efficient processor.
Hopefully Samsung would be able to fix these power inefficiency issues in their upcoming software updates. If you’re interested in the Galaxy S4 LTE version, Maxis has indicated that it will be coming soon.
Hit the source link for the full battery life comparison.
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The Galaxy S4 mini is a persistent rumour and judging by Samsung’s propensity to churn out devices that are variants of variants of variants, the S4 mini is looking very plausible considering Samsung makes the Galaxy S III mini with a 4.0-inch Super AMOLED display (800×480) and a 1GHz dual-core NovaThor processor that’s selling for a Ringgit under RM1,000 right now.
In any case here’s the latest batch of images that, by the looks of it, is a smaller version of the Galaxy S4. Popular speculated specs include Android 4.2.2, a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display (960×540, 256ppi), a 1.6GHz dual-core processor and even possible a dual-SIM variant. Expect the S4 Mini (or GT-i9190) is likely to carry some of the “smart” features from the Galaxy S4.
If the rumour does hold water then you’re looking at a pretty decent mid-range device — provided that the price is right.
More images after the jump.
Apart from the usual hardware specs, the Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with a host of smart features that uses gestures, eye tracking, NFC and Infrared port. Obviously taking a subtle jab at iPhone, they have released a commercial demonstrating S4’s capability in a graduation party setting.
Not a bad way to show off but the reality is that the smart features may not work properly if the environment isn’t ideal. When we tried on our own Galaxy S4, features such as smart scroll, smart pause and smart rotation doesn’t really work as smooth as intended. However we gotta admit that it is a neat party trick and a conversation starter.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 was just launched in Malaysia last weekend with the Octa-Core version at RM2,199. To recap, the Octa-Core version (i9500) comes with 8 cores which runs in either 1.6GHz quad-core or a 1.2GHz quad-core sets for maximum efficiency. If you’re looking for 4G LTE support, there’s the 1.9GHz Quad-Core version (i9505) which supports our local LTE bands and that model will be coming a bit later.
In terms of packaging, the box looks rather unique and it is better than the Galaxy S III with its wooden grain design. The box is rather eco-friendly with the usage of 100% recycled paper and soy-based ink for printing. Inside the box, you’ll get your typical manuals, white colour USB cable, headphones with buds and power adapter. Since this is a black mist colour unit, we would prefer if they provided the accompanying cables and plugs in black instead.
In the hands, the Galaxy S4 feels just like its predecessor. Build of the device doesn’t wow us but it feels good in the hands with its thinner dimensions. The back panel is very reflective on the Black Mist as if it is a mirror with dotted spots all over. As comparison, the Frost White version has a solid glossy white look.
Watch the unboxing of the Galaxy S4 after the break.
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Samsung has released a design story video of its current flagship, the Galaxy S4. While the design isn’t a big difference from its Galaxy S III predecessor, its designers emphasises on evolution and how to make lives better. Although that sounds like all fluff, the Galaxy S4 currently has one of the best hardware specs with a choice of a Octa-Core or Quad-Core processor, a 5″ Full HD screen and a large 2,600mAh battery which is one of the biggest in its class.
Other differences lies in the software where they have added more “Smart” features that enhances usability. Although they try to demonstrate more attention to the details, we can’t help to feel that they could have made it perfect with premium materials being used.
Watch the video after the break.
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Finally Celcom too has revealed its Galaxy S4 plans which is bundled on their usual Celcom First postpaid plans. To give consumers more choice, they have 3 Celcom First voice plans with an option for 1GB, 3GB and 5GB of monthly data. For those who don’t talk much, there’s the Celcom First Data mPro Plus which offers 5GB of data and 60min calls & 60min SMS for 88/month.
In terms of contract, the Celcom First Data mPro and other 5GB mobile data options are offered with only 24 months contract period. For those that prefer to commit to a shorter period, the 12 and 18 months option is only for plans with 1GB/3GB data plan.
Full bundled pricing as follows:
Celcom First Prime + 1GB/3GB (12 months) – RM1,888
Celcom First Prime + 1GB/3GB (18 months) – RM1,788
Celcom First Premier + 1GB/3GB (12 months) – RM1,788
Celcom First Premier + 1GB/3GB (18 months) – RM1,738
Celcom First Elite + 1GB/3GB (12 months) – RM1,688
Celcom First Elite + 1GB/3GB (18 months) – RM1,598
Celcom First Prime + 5GB (24 months) – RM1,338
Celcom First Premier + 5GB (24 months) – RM1,338
Celcom First Elite + 5GB (24 months) – RM1,338
Celcom First Data mPro Plus (24 months) – RM1,388
For the 5GB data plans, an upfront advance payment of RM700 is required during sign up. For other plans of 1GB/3GB, the advance payment ranges between RM250-450.
Today at Celcom’s roadshow, they are giving lucky draw where vouchers up to RM750 will be given away. If you’re the lucky one, the Galaxy S4 can be yours for only RM588.
For more information, head over to Celcom’s Galaxy S4 page.
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Maxis has finally uncovered its Samsung Galaxy S4 bundled plans where it is being offered from as low as RM1,149. The flagship device is bundled with either SurfMore 50/75 and TalkMore 48/78 with bolt-on internet.
In terms of Galaxy S4 model, Maxis is offering the Exynos Octa-core variant which Non-LTE model and it is clearly shown on their promotional images. For those waiting for the 4G LTE version which runs on a quad-core Qualcomm processor, Maxis states that it is coming soon without mentioning any dates.
The bundled pricing for the Galaxy S4 as follows:
SurfMore50 (12 months) – RM1,849
SurfMore50 (24 months) – RM1,749
SurfMore75 (12 months) – RM1,699
SurfMore75 (24 months) – RM1,499
TalkMore48 + 1GB (12 months) – RM1,849
TalkMore48 + 1GB (24 months) – RM1,749
TalkMore48 + 3GB (12 months) – RM1,699
TalkMore48 + 3GB (24 months) – RM1,499
TalkMore78 + 1GB (12 months) – RM1,699
TalkMore78 + 1GB (24 months) – RM1,499
TalkMore78 + 3GB (12 months) – RM1,599
TalkMore78 + 3GB (24 months) – RM1,149
For 12 months contract, an advance payment of RM250 is required while 24 months contract would require a hefty RM1,000 upfront. The advance payment is rebated back to your account across 5 months. In terms of colours, Maxis is offering both Black Mist and White Frost.
If you’re interested in getting it today, Maxis says that it will be available at all Maxis Centres and exclusive partners. Alternatively you can head to their roadshows happening at The Gardens, Queensbay Mall and Danga Bay. Note that the earlier mentioned Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre event is actually meant for Corporate customers only.
For more information, head over to Maxis’s Galaxy S4 product page.
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