UPDATE: Unconfirmed Celcom Galaxy Nexus plans.
UPDATE 2: DiGi starts pre-order of Samsung Galaxy Nexus from RM1,399.
If you’re looking for bundle offer for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, you can now expect both DiGi & Celcom to offer the device at subsidised pricing with the usual plans like the Galaxy Note. As usual Maxis is still staying away from Android devices, except for its recent Motorola RAZR bundling.
Originally planned for December release, the Galaxy Nexus is currently slated on the 13th January, which is just 2 Fridays away. For those who can’t wait, you can get a Galaxy Nexus from grey importers for as low as RM2040.
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Samsung’s mammoth Galaxy Note has shipped over a million units in 2 months. Not bad considering it hasn’t launch in US yet. According to Samsung, they have been getting strong demands in both Europe and Asia with countries like France, Germany Taiwan and Hong Kong showing a steady rise.
This also shows that the sheer 5.3″ size didn’t really put off consumers from wanting it. In Malaysia, the Galaxy Note is proven a hit just like its Samsung Galaxy S II sibling.
If you’re wanting to own a Galaxy Note for free, the Galaxy Note Angry Birds competition is still running until year end. There are 3 Malaysians on the Top 10 right now and the highest is on the #3 spot.
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The Galaxy Nexus is the one of the earliest gadgets to look out for in 2012. Samsung has hinted that it will be available in Malaysia just before Chinese New Year and we are seeing grey importers selling it just slightly above RM2000.
For those that prefer to buy their gadgets with contract, DiGi seems be to dropping some hints on the Galaxy Nexus from a little tweet of theirs. The recent mention of it does arouse some expectation that telco will be offering it soon.
Previously, the predecessor model Nexus S was offered by Maxis for an ridiculously high price of RM2499 outright. Today Maxis is throwing its Nexus S for a special price of just RM799 outright while stocks last. Hopefully DiGi will bundle the Galaxy Nexus more competitively.
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After getting lots of flak for abandoning its previous star models, Samsung seems to be making a U-turn on its decision and is reconsidering them for its OS upgrade exercise. We all know that it is not impossible for the Galaxy S since its similar Nexus S model is able to run Ice Cream Sandwich perfectly.
On the memory limitation, perhaps Samsung would need to scale back on some of its TouchWiz custom skin in order to maintain a fluid user experience. As usual, no datelines were given but probably will come after the first wave of ICS update which is happening in Q1 2012.
The phones that LG has identified to be able to receive the update are:
Optimus Sol — Release date in Malaysia unknown
Prada phone by LG 3.0 — Release date in Malaysia unknown
Optimus LTE — Not available in Malaysia
myTouch Q — Not available in Malaysia
Eclipse — Not available in Malaysia
The range if LG devices will be extended to the following starting from the third quarter of 2012.
Optimus Big — Not available in Malaysia
Optimus Q2 — Not available in Malaysia
Optimus EX — Not available in Malaysia
Despite the timeline, LG says that exact update release dates will vary depending on market and operator. Considering there’s almost no operator customisation for smartphones in Malaysia, you can expect the updates to be available for local units shortly after it becomes globally available.
In comparison, Samsung has announced that a selected range of its Galaxy devices is scheduled to receive Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update within the first quarter of next year while Sony Ericsson has indicated ICS update roll out to start by March 2012.
Official statement from LG via its Facebook page right after the jump.
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Sony Ericsson is working on a super smartphone, that’s no secret. What is still a secret – apart from the final specifications – is the name of the device. If this recently discovered trademark filing made by Sony Ericsson in the US on December 13 is anything to go by, then the new device could very possible be called the “Xperia Ion”
The device that we’re referring to is right now only known as the LT28at, and judging by the preliminary specs this will be the Android to look out for come 2012.
The LT28at is said to have a large 4.55-inch HD Reality Display with 1280×720 resolution. Other unconfirmed specs include a speedy dual-core 1.5GHz processor. The main highlight of the LT28at is the massive 13MP camera that features a back-lit Exmor R sensor. On top of that, the front facing camera is said to be capable of doing 720p videos.
Unfortunately at the moment, the LT28at is targeted for the US market with LTE capabilities. However, there are indications that a GSM version will also be built – we’re keeping our fingers crossed for that one.
In any case, the LT28at and the Nozomi is expected to be revealed sometime next month and we might be able to be among the first to secure a hands-on of both devices. No promises though.
Whatever it is, we’re keeping a close eye on what Sony Ericsson has in store for January 2012 and, as always, will keep you updated, so keep it locked on.
It appears to be raining BlackBerry Playbooks. If Maxis Playbook + BlackBerry combo isn’t attractive enough, Celcom is now throwing the Playbook at low prices while stocks last. You can now get a Playbook from Celcom WITHOUT contract at the following prices:
BlackBerry Playbook 16GB – RM1,088
BlackBerry Playbook 32GB – RM1,388
BlackBerry Playbook 64GB – RM1,688
As comparison, the prices above were previously tied with 24 months contract for existing Celcom BlackBerry contract extensions but now it is offered outright.
The only problem though is that the offer is valid until 31st November 2011. Either this is a typical typo or Celcom is using a different Calendar system that we are not aware of.
If you have been eyeing for a playbook, head over to Celcom’s Playbook page.
Looks like Celcom has added another plan offering for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. Apart from the usual Celcom Exec 50 + bolt on data, they have now introduced a new Broadband Basic + Pay Per Use plan which costs RM68/month. This is similar to what DG Smart Plan is offering with data being bundled first and voice/sms usage are being charged as additional usage, making it perfect for those that rarely make calls.
On this new Broadband Basic, you’ll get a generous serving of 4GB data while calls are charged at 15sen/min and SMS at 10sen each. In terms of contract price, it is higher than the previous plans at RM1388 for 12 months and RM1328 for 24 months. For just mere RM60 difference, you might as well go for the shorter 12 months period instead. The upfront payment for this Broadband Basic + Pay Per Use plan is RM150 which will be rebated back over 10 months period.
For more information, head over to Celcom’s website.
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While you’re lounging around this lazy post-Christmas arvo, spend the next hour of your day and watch BBC’s documentary of Steve Jobs:
Broadly considered a brand that inspires fervour and defines cool consumerism, Apple has become one of the biggest corporations in the world, fuelled by game-changing products that tap into modern desires. Its leader, Steve Jobs, was a long-haired college dropout with infinite ambition, and an inspirational perfectionist with a bully’s temper. A man of contradictions, he fused a Californian counterculture attitude and a mastery of the art of hype with explosive advances in computer technology.
Insiders including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, the chairman who ousted Jobs from the company he founded, and Jobs’ chief of software, tell extraordinary stories of the rise, fall and rise again of Apple with Steve Jobs at its helm.
With Stephen Fry, world wide web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee and branding guru Rita Clifton, Evan Davis decodes the formula that took Apple from suburban garage to global supremacy.
Still can’t wait to get a Galaxy Nexus? Now an online retailer is selling it for just RM2040.78 with free shipping within Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. Obviously this is a grey import (AP unit) which they offer 1 year warranty.
They are also offering Easy Payment Plan that lets you purchase over 6 or 12 months installment from RM187/month. For those without credit card, there’s a Cash on Delivery option where you pay by cash upon delivery to your doorstep.
The price and payment options are very tempting but if you can wait, we would recommend getting the official Samsung Malaysia unit with full service & warranty support locally. The Galaxy Nexus go officially on sale in Malaysia in a couple of weeks time before Chinese New Year. Since an AP set is now going as low as RM2040, our earlier predicted price range of RM2000 and below is very likely.
Head over to the IPMart Galaxy Nexus page.
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