LG Mobile has announced via their Facebook page that their Optimus smart phone line will be upgraded to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. They have named 3 receipients – LG Optimus 2X, LG Optimus 3D and LG Optimus Black. The update will be rolled out for open models starting in Europe beginning this month and this will be followed by a global roll out later on.
Malaysian users should expect the update soon and it is likely to happen before the year is out. So LG finally is on the Android Gingerbread bandwagon. It look them long enough but like the saying goes, it is better late than never.
Apple announced that the iPhone 4S will be launching in 15 more countries this November 11 and unfortunately Malaysia is not on the list.
The countries are: Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, El Salvador, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania and South Korea
Here’s an interesting fact, the combined population of the first four countries on the list above is still smaller than our own population and yet these countries get the iPhone 4S faster than Malaysia. So much for as soon as possible Maxis.
Apple says the iPhone 4S will be available in over 70 countries by the end of this year. One of these countries may or may not be Malaysia, do you still its worth waiting?
The Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V is now available in Malaysia. Priced at a smidgen under RM1,000, the Xperia neo V runs Android 2.3.4 (which means you get the additional enhancements mentioned here) and features a 3.7-inch Reality Display with Mobile Bravia Engine.
Powering the device is a 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 with 512MB RAM (similar setup to the recently released Xperia pro) but with just 320MB of on-board storage. In terms of cameras, you get a 5MP rear camera that shoots 720p HD videos (sorry, no Exmor R) while the front camera is standard VGA.
Priced at RM999, the Xperia neo V is competing squarely with the Samsung Galaxy W, which is also priced at RM999. The two devices are very closely speced but the Galaxy W brings with it an overclocked Snapdragon MSM8255T (1.4Ghz on the Galaxy W vs 1Ghz on the neo V) and more on-board storage (2GB on the Galaxy W vs just 320MB on the neo V though the neo V comes with a 2GB micro SD card included). On the other hand, the Xperia neo V comes with Sony Ericsson’s very effective dual-mic active noise cancellation feature.
While the faster processor in the Galaxy W is appreciable, raw processing power is just one part of what makes a smartphone better than the other. Software-hardware optimisation, user experience, overall design, call quality and more, all combine to make a smartphone great.
These two devices are pretty evenly matched that even we find it hard to recommend one over the other. Best advice — try before you buy.
Is it a tablet or is it a smartphone? Whatever it is, the Samsung Galaxy Note is creating quite a stir and a lot of anticipation. We have a feeling that many are wondering when the Galaxy Note will be launched in Malaysia and for how much.
While we don’t have confirmed information on that, we know that Jakarta will play host to the regional launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note on November 8 and we will be reporting on the event LIVE as it happens, so stay tuned for the latest.
Closer to home, we’re expecting the Galaxy Note to be available a little later after that.
Those who are waiting for the Motorola RAZR, pay close attention.
IMCC is now taking pre-orders — yes, actual pre-orders. None of that register your interest mumbo jumbo — for the device. To sweetened the deal IMCC will throw in a Motorola Bluetooth headset for free. You can secure a unit for just RM100.00 but full details on pricing and availability is not yet available. We’re estimating the price for the RAZR to be around RM2,200 or less.
Having said that, its conceivable that the Motorola RAZR should arrive in a couple of weeks. Motorola has stated that the RAZR will launch in Singapore on November 11. We’re inclined to think that a Malaysia launch will be around the same time.
On a similar topic, Official distributors for Motorola in Malaysia, Brightstar Malaysia, has opened registrations of interest for the Motorola RAZR as well. Check it out here.