If you’re looking for a cheap deal for smart phone on contract but don’t necessary need the latest, DiGi is offering a year end promo on selected models. The MeeGo powered Nokia N9 is being offered for FREE while the Sony Xperia S and Galaxy W are offered for only RM499. The Galaxy S II which is Samsung’s flagship of last year is offered as well at RM699.
All these devices are tied with 12 months contract of DG Smart Plan of RM68/month. Along with DiGi’s Jualan Internet promo, you’ll get 5GB data each month as well. For a period of 12 months, the total minimum subscription costs only RM816 which makes the total cost of ownership less than RM1,600. All 4 devices requires an upfront payment of RM500 which will be rebated back to your bill. The Sony Xperia S looks like a tempting buy among the lot with a 4.3″ 1280×720 resolution display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 12MP camera and 32GB of storage.
The offer is now available from their Online Store and will be available at DiGi’s centre at SoHo KL from 25th December 2012 onwards. As usual, stocks are expected to be limited and it is based on first come first served basis.
For more information, head over to DiGi.
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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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The Sony Xperia S is now priced at RM1,599 while the smaller 4.0″ sibling Xperia P is priced at RM1,399. Meanwhile the 3.7″ Xperia sola has been reduced slightly at RM899 which is similar as the Xperia U.
The latest Xperia acro S and Xperia ion remains unchanged at RM1,699 & RM1,788 respectively. This promotion is valid starting tomorrow 17th August until 2nd September 2012.
Head after the break for the full details.
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Sony Xperia S users, your big day has finally arrived! Sony Mobile today announced that it has started releasing the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the device.
In addition to the new operating system, the update brings some new Sony Mobile applications as well (“WALKMAN”, “Album” and “Movies”).
From Sony Mobile’s official blog:
The “WALKMAN” application blends the best of signature Sony audio technology with social features; to discover the music your friends like and share personal favorites. Facebook integration gives you a visual way to interact with content – accessing album art, artist images and information, directly from Gracenote
The “Album” application brings new intuitive ways to sort and browse high quality photos and videos in blazing speed, as well as providing instant viewing, commenting and sharing of photos on Facebook and other online albums, leveraging the great camera capabilities of Xperia S
The “Movies” application streamlines the playback and viewing of movies in high quality audio and video, whilst using intelligent database search to grab movie posters and information for a richer experience
ICS for the Sony Xperia S is available now via OTA or via Sony’s device management software for the PC and Mac. For those of you who want to get the update via OTA, note that the file size is 200MB. While you can still update OTA on 3G, WiFi is you best option.
For a step-by-step run through on how to update you Xperia S, head over to after the jump.
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The new Sony Xperia NXT Series comes with an iconic transparent belt that lights up when awaken or there’s an incoming call. Unfortunately the transparent belt seems to be under utilised with most notifications relying on the standard LED notification.
We know a lot of people are asking if they can use the transparent belt as a notification light instead. Now the request seems to be answered through an app developed by Rundgong with no rooting required. Setting up is pretty easy and you’ll just need to pick the model and what type of illumination is used for missed calls and SMS.
The Xperia S and Xperia P comes with a single white LED option while the Xperia U has a wider array of colours. To differentiate the notification, you can set the blink rate or keep it as always on until the screen is unlocked. Users of the Xperia U with its multi LED belt will certainly be benefiting a lot from this app while the Xperia P won’t be as useful as the transparent belt illumination is rather dim for our liking.
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The Sony Xperia S will be getting its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update sometime in end June. If you can’t wait to have a peek, Thailand based SonyXP.com has managed to get their hands on a Xperia S running on the latest Android 4.0.
The first thing you’ll notice is the lock screen how has a slide to camera, which gives you direct access to the camera mode. This seems redundant as one can easily access the camera through Fast Capture mode via dedicated camera button. As expected, some UI has been redesigned for ICS but it still retains the clean and sleek Sony look and feel. Other notable difference include a revamped media gallery and music player. Overall, there’s no drastic changes in terms of home screen and app listing, and that’s a good thing for consistent user experience.
Thanks @Khainiz94 for the alert!
There Sony Mobile support forum guys had gotten a little mix up with their models and the Xperia S is only getting the OS upgrade in later part of Q2 which is somewhere end June/early July. Earlier they have mistakenly announced that the roll out is coming out in the next couple of weeks around end May/early June window. Apparently this wasn’t a delay as the roll out schedule has always been end Q2 2012.
However, here’s probably a good reason to wait out a little longer. It is said that the Xperia NX which is an equivalent to the Xperia S will be getting the very latest Android 4.0.4 of Ice Cream Sandwich. This would probably iron out more bugs and has better power management. If people are made to wait, hopefully it is really worth the wait.
Sony Xperia S users that have been longing for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich may not need wait much longer. According to Sony Mobile, they are sticking to their late May/early June timeline to rollout ICS update to Xperia S users. This came as a forum member speculated that Sony would probably delay such roll out as late as July.
Currently Sony has already upgraded a number of 2011 Xperia handsets including the Xperia arc S, Xperia ray and Xperia neo V to the latest version. The remaining models including the original Xperia arc & Xperia play is expected to receive them in the next few months as well.
So far Sony has proven itself to be proactive in rolling out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, which is a major improvement since their early Xperia X10 days. The rest of its 2012 Xperias such as the Xperia P, Xperia U and Xperia sola are expected to be upgraded soon.
The tear down looks easy with a couple of screws that’s colour coded. The inner back cover houses the NFC module that’s connected by a ribbon cable. The battery inside looks like a standard Sony Ericsson which is reported to be easily replaced.
Head after the break for some photos and disassembly video.
In the past 2 years, the Android smart phone players are getting obsessed with having the biggest screen, the most core processor and the thinnest dimensions. We are seeing more brands jumping onto the dual-core bandwagon with screens being upsized beyond the standard 4.3”, which was considered huge back then.
Sony which is formerly known as Sony Ericsson in particular hasn’t been keeping up with such trend with the former flagship the Xperia arc S running on a single core 1.4 Ghz processor and still having a moderate sized 4.2” display. Despite that, there’s still one thing that stands out from Sony, and it is the design of their phones.
Early this year, Sony has revealed its new Sony Xperia NXT series of handsets with the Xperia S. It was also the first Android smart phone under the new Sony Mobile branding, after Sony has acquired full ownership over Sony Ericsson. It is interesting to note that Sony retains its familiar “s & e” slimeball logo with the new brand.