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Update: Picture of the actual device right after the jump. @jnoathan who contributed the picture also mentioned that the device will be called the Huddle XS. Also, @dieselelectric highlighted something we forgot to mention earlier — unlike the original Huddle, the Huddle XS features non-removable battery. Thanks guys! More details of the Huddle XS here.
In addition to the launch of its very own 4G Android smartphone, Yes is also working on a new version of its Huddle 4G mobile WiFi router and while we’ve heard about this a number of times since last year, there has not been any solid information about the device. That is, until now.
In the treasure trove of geekdom that is the LowYat.Net forums, we found very detailed albeit not officially confirmed information about the new Yes Huddle.
Like the old Huddle, the new Huddle is an off-the-shelve solution by Korean manufacturer Infomark and it’s the device you see pictured above. Overall, the new Huddle will be thinner and have a smaller footprint than the original but the device is said to have a longer battery lifespan – 7.8 hours claimed compared to the 5 hours in the original Huddle. The new Huddle is also thinner at 12.5mm compared to 18mm in the original. As far as we know, there won’t be any colour options, the new Huddle will only be offered in white.
The new Huddle also features an improved operation status indicator with three separate LEDs in charge of displaying power, WiMAX and WiFi status indicators making the power and wireless status levels easier to read at a glance. Although we would prefer a proper screen that can display information in more detail.
In terms of pricing, a source in the LowYat.Net forums said that it will retail for RM480 and is likely to be offered for free with a 24 months contract. Launch detail has not been revealed yet but it looks like it will happen soon if not at the same time as the Eclipse launch.
The Huddle is one of our favourite mobile router because of its long lasting battery and the consistent high-speed performance offered by the Yes 4G network. The new Huddle improves on all the critical aspects of the old Huddle and is set to be another popular device from Yes. However we would like to see Yes offer a special upgrade scheme for existing or long-standing customer to incentivise them to purchase the new device. Hopefully they’ve thought about that already.
The Samsung Galaxy S Advance that retails for RM1,299 is now available for contract bundling on Celcom. As usual, you have a choice of 3 plans with 12 and 18 months duration.
On the highest plan Celcom Exec 250, it goes as low as RM598 with 18 months contract. For those that want to commit less, it can be yours for RM978 with 12 months contract of Celcom Exec 50 with 1GB of data.
To recap on the specs, the Galaxy S Advance is dual-core 1GHz Android smart phone with a 4.0″ Super AMOLED display & 768MB of RAM. According to Celcom’s website, the S Advance comes with a 16GB built-in storage while the earlier press release from Samsung Malaysia mentions 8GB. Storage is also expandable via microSD.
For more information, head over to Celcom.
UPDATE 2: Yes Eclipse 4G Smart Phone launched at RM1,688. Read more about it here.
UPDATE 1: Unconfirmed pricing of the Eclipse is RM1,680 outright. The phone is said to be offered for free with a 24-months contract. Monthly pricing for this plan is not yet known. If the pricing is indeed true, the Eclipse is way overpriced for its specification considering that you can get a current dual-core Android for the same amount of money or even less. The Eclipse is looking to be a device that will easily Eclipsed by its peers.
According to the dealer that posted, the device will be running on a single core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor, 512MB of RAM and 2GB of built-in storage. The screen is 4.1″ TFT that does a respectable resolution of 800×480. There’s a 5MP camera at the back with LED and a front facing VGA camera for video calls. Speaking of video calls, it was mentioned that the phone can make a 4 way video call simultaneously. In terms of dimensions, it is 12.9mm thick and weighs about 135 grams.
Yes is expected to offer bundling package like the other devices previously. More pricing and details shall be revealed this Wednesday.
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The update is currently being released across several countries but it is not considered as a global release just yet so users in Malaysia may or may not have received the update. If you’re an i900G owner, check Kies of any update notifications. If there is any please do let us know so that we can update this post. Thanks in advanced.
In the meantime, check out the new features you will enjoy with ICS on the Galaxy S II. Here’s a comparison between a Galaxy S II running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a Galaxy S II running ICS.
Thanks @baliriot for the headsup!
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