We’re getting more curious on this little 5″ Android tablet device after being teased that its coming to Malaysia. It so happen that the folks at iFixit has done a teardown on the Dell Streak as well. Now we’re able to take a closer peek on the device and what goes inside.
According to their findings, the Dell Streak has easy access to its battery and it seems easy to dismantle as well. The components are connected using standard ZIF cable which is good for ease of removal. However they found that the back plastic cover is a little cheap for a $600 device like this. Another discovery they shared is that the front Gorilla glass is bonded together with the LCD. If you cracked the glass, you would need to replace the whole thing including the LCD which would probably cost a bomb.
iSuppli Corp a research company has torn down a Blackberry Torch to find out what goes inside and how much does it cost. A long list of components had came up to $171.05. Add that with an estimated $12 cost to manufacture, the Torch costs $183.05 to roll out from the factory.
In the tear down, apart from a new GPS IC from CSR, most of other components are similar or virtually identical to previous Blackberry such as the Bold 9700. The touch screen display is reported to be similar as the BlackBerry Storm 2 9550 and it shares the same accelerometer as well.
When it comes to component costs, the most expensive was the 3.2″ 480×360 touch screen LCD which came up to $34.85. The next expensive was the memory subsystem at $34.25 followed by the circuit board and enclosure plastics at $23.35.
If you want to know more, hit the link for full component and price breakdown.
T-Mobile was one of the pioneers of Android devices when it introduced the G1/HTC Dream. Today T-Mobile has announced its successor, the G2 which happens to be the first to support T-Mobile’s HSPA+. T-Mobile claims that its HSPA+ network is capable of giving “4G-like” speeds.
According to AndroidCentral, the G2 is supposedly the upcoming HTC Vision that has a slider keyboard. There’s nothing much on T-Mobile’s site except for a registration of interest and its rumoured for release in September.
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HTC today has announced the arrival of HTC Aria, a new addition to its line up of Android devices. It was first revealed as an AT&T exclusive device in the US and now it has finally arrived in Malaysia. This joins the recent Android offering of HTC Wildfire, Legend and Desire.
The HTC Aria’s specification is quite identical with the slightly older HTC Legend. It features a 3.2″ touch screen with a decent 320×480 HVGA resolution but there’s no mention if it is using SLCD or AMOLED. It is also powered with a 600MHz processor, 512MB of ROM and 384MB of RAM. For expandable storage it comes with removable microSD slot. The HTC Aria comes bundled with a 2GB microSD in the box.
The rest of the bells and whistles are standard such as Internal GPS, G-Sensor, 5.0MP Camera, 3G with HSPA support up to 7.2Mbps, WiFi 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP support. The OS installed is Android 2.1 Eclair with our favourite HTC Sense.
Strangely, the HTC Aria uses a smaller 1200mAh Lithium-Ion battery which is lower than the 1300mAh version used on the HTC Wildfire and Legend. So in a nutshell, this looks like a HTC Legend with a new design and a lower capacity battery.
The HTC Aria will retail at RM1799 at participating dealers and it will also be made available at DiGi Centres & Specialised stores in early September 2010. No bundling details have been revealed and we believe this will be similar to DiGi’s HTC Legend bundling on DG Smart Plan.
You can get more details on the HTC Aria here.
Check out photos, videos and press release after the jump
In addition to the hourly and daily pass, mobile Internet users can now opt for a 100MB monthly pass for RM18/month. This is all well and good but be warned that access data usage over the data cap will be charged an average of RM0.05/10kB.
If you do the math that’s RM0.18/MB or RM18/100MB or a whopping RM180/GB. If you’re using your mobile phone as a modem occasionally, you will know how easy it is for you to hit 1GB so be careful. Obviously this also means that the smaller data cap plan you opt for the more expensive the data is.
The charges however only applies to all of the monthly plans except for the new 100MB monthly pass. So we’d recommend you really study your data usage first before signing up for a particular plan.
The good thing with the Maxis plans is that all plans are now speed free, that means you get the best speed the network can offer at the time of browsing. This makes it much, much easier to choose a plan that’s right for you.
As a comparison, U Mobile offers 100MB at 384kbps download for RM10/month and 300MB at 1.0Mbps download for RM20/month. The U Mobile 300MB plan looks like a better deal compared to the Maxis one.
Also, Maxis has revised the data cap for its discontinued RM99/3GB plan. Subscribers who are on this plan (we suspect most of the Maxis iPhone owners are) will get their data cap bumped up to 6GB/month but Maxis reserve the right to either throttle, block or charge for excess use. Says so in the FAQ here (see FAQ #2).
Maxis! Make up your mind! This open ended clause is extremely favourable to you. Don’t threat your customers like that.
Click here to get the details from Maxis.
How about an offbeat post to kick-start your Wednesday morning. We have no idea the sexy German lady narrator is on about but those little monsters sure are cute