The Samsung Galaxy Premier is now official with Galaxy Nexus like specs but with improved internals and OS. Earlier, this was the purported Galaxy Nexus replacement as it was initially rumoured with bumped up specs while maintaining the same 4.65″ HD Super AMOLED display. It comes with an improved 8MP main camera with a front facing 1.9MP camera.
Naturally, this comes running with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and it carries the same Galaxy S III features such as S Beam, Pop-up Play, Smart Stay and S Voice. The Galaxy Premier comes in 8GB and 16GB capacity and if you need mode, thankfully it comes with a microSD slot which is absent in Galaxy Nexus. No word on the processor but based on earlier leaks, it should be running on a dual-core 1.5GHz processor.
Looks like Samsung is on a roll again in releasing more devices to flood the market. After introducing the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III, expect Samsung to have a model for every single price range.
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On 20th October, a large haul of 1,407 units of Samsung Galaxy Note II was stolen from KLIA cargo area. That’s a total of RM3.2million Ringgit based on the retail price of RM2,299 per unit. It happened when a man posed as the consignee came to collect the goods and the crime was only realised when the actual person came to pick it up.
In less than 2 weeks, the police had busted the gang responsible and had picked up 13 suspects. During the arrest, the police had recovered 71 units and are still tracing for the remainders. It is said that most of the units have been sold.
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“The iPad family is a rich array of barely different options.”
It seems like everyone’s taking pot-shots now.
If you think the Huawei Honor is a joke, think again. Huawei has just announced its next sequel, the Huawei 2 which comes with rather impressive hardware. It now comes with a 4.5″ IPS display that pushes 1280×720 pixels resolution. This gives a pixel density of 326ppi which is similar to the iPhone 4S/5. The Honor has also step up as a high-spec device which now runs on a 1.4GHz quad-core processor mated with 2GB RAM option (1GB version also available) and 8GB of storage.
There’s a 8MP shooter at the back and a decent battery capacity of 2,250mAh. Internally, it runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich which is currently 2 steps behind the recently announced Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Huawei Honor 2 will be available in China beginning 4th November for 1,888 Yuan which is about RM925 which makes it an affordable quad-core contender.
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Joshua Topolsky of The Verge had the privilege to check out the latest Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 devices at Google Mountain View. In a near 15 minute video above, he managed to get a one on one session with the core Android team to understand what goes behind the new line up of Nexus device and the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Hit play on the video above.
Thanks Ace for the heads up!
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Apart from the introduction of Nexus 4 smart phone and Nexus 10 tablet, Google has also refreshed its Nexus 7 line up. Initially launched as a WiFi only device with 8GB and 16GB storage options, the Nexus 7 is now available in a larger 32GB model as well. Probably seen as a response to the newly announced iPad mini, the new 32GB model is priced at US$249 which is the old price of the 16GB version. Meanwhile, the 16GB option is now sold at a lower price point of US$199.
For those that need connectivity everywhere, Google has also announced a 3G version that supports HSPA+ connectivity at US$299 with 32GB storage. The new Nexus 7s will be available for order in the UK, US, Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada beginning 13th November. Just like its latest Nexus siblings, the Nexus 7 runs on the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
For more information, head over to Nexus 7 product page.
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Despite having cancelled its event due to bad weather, Google has went ahead with the announcement of its new Nexus 4 along with its revised line up of 7″ and 10″ tablets. The Nexus 4 is no stranger thanks to pre-launch leaks which is based on LG’s flagship Optimus G.
To recap on the specs, it features 4.7″ IPS display (320 ppi) that pushes 1280×768 resolution and toughen with Gorilla Glass 2. Underneath the hood, the Nexus 4 is now powered with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro coupled with 2GB of RAM which keeps it in-line with today’s high-end Android smart phone segment.
In terms of storage, it comes in 8GB and 16GB options which doesn’t let you expand further due to lack of microSD slot. There’s a 8MP shooter at the back that shoots 1080p HD videos and a front facing 1.3MP camera that does 720p. There’s no LTE support if you’re looking for one but it supports HSPA+ speeds up to 42Mbps. On-board there’s a 2,100mAh battery and it weighs 139 grams with a thickness of 9.1mm.
Also new on the Nexus line up is its wireless charging capabilities. They have introduced wireless charging dock which they call the Wireless Charging Orb that’s slanted on one side. The Verge reported that it uses Qi wireless charging standard which possibly means that the Nokia wireless charger might just work with the Nexus 4 as well.
Most importantly, the Nexus 4 is rocking the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean which brings a host of new features includes a new lock screen, camera UI and enhanced Google Now functionality. The 8GB version is going at US$299 (about RM914) while the 16GB version is priced at US$349 (RM1067) which is rather affordable unlocked. Availability is slated for November 13 in the US and UK with Malaysian availability still unknown at this point.
For more information, head over to the Nexus 4 page.
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The long rumoured Google designed, Samsung built 10-inch tablet running Android 4.2 is now official. The 10-inch Nexus 10 features an impressive 2560×1600 resolution display pushing out approximately 300ppi. In comparison, the Retina Display on the iPad 4 pushes about 264ppi with a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels on a 9.7-inch screen.
There will be two variants — 16GB or 32GB – and for now, both will be WiFi only, though we won’t be surprised if cellular or LTE versions crop up later down the line. Powering the device is a 1.7Ghz dual-core Exynos 5250 processor paired with 2GB of RAM and a quad-core Mali T604 GPU. Match this with the latest Android Jelly Bean (version 4.2) that now supports multiple users on one device and gesture-based typing, you can expect the Nexus 10 to run smooth all day long.
In the imaging department, there’s a 5MP rear camera (1080p videos) and a 1.9MP front camera (720p videos). Power is supplied by a 9,000mAh battery, which Google says should be good for up to 9 hours of HD video playback. Speaking of video playback, the Nexus 10 also features front-facing stereo speakers for proper sound-staging when watching movies and the like.
Other specs include microUSB and Micro HDMI ports as well as two NFC chips (one on the front and one on the back).
The Nexus 10 starts from USD399 (approx. RM1,220) for the 16GB version and $499 (approx. RM1,520) for the 32GB version. It will be available on November 13th in the Google Play Store in the US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada. No official word on when the Nexus 10 will come to Malaysia but looking at how things are going, an early 2013 release looks likely.
For more information, head over to Nexus 10 product page.
Even hurricane Sandy couldn’t stop Google releasing its new line of Nexus devices but this post isn’t about that, it’s about this charming promo video Google just released. The 1 minute video talks about the new Nexus 7, the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10 but just fleetingly. The video doesn’t bore you with specs and tech. It tells you much more important things than that.
Google’s “Ask Me Anything” paints a complete picture as to where each Nexus device sits in Google’s lineup and how it can make your life better. The video also serves as a very usable guide for manufacturers to clean up their product line.
You tell wonderful stories with your videos Google, we get it. Now please fix that tablet app issue that’s been bugging you for so long, we’d all be very, very happy.
Maxis today has unveiled its revamped Wireless broadband packages with increased quota, more choices of devices and uncapped download speeds up to 42Mbps. Compared to its previous offering, the new Maxis wireless broadband comes with split data quota divided by peak times and off peak times. The off-peak times often take the bulk of the data quota which is limited to 2AM to 8AM in the morning.
While this seems to be an unfair deal, looking at the cost per GB for on-peak times of 8AM to 2AM doesn’t seem that bad after all. Starting with RM48/month plan for 1.5GB on-peak is equivalent to its previous offering but it comes with an extra quota for off peak hours. Moving up to the highest plan of RM158/month (RM148/month for Maxis subscribers), you’ll get 12GB for on-peak and a staggering 36GB for off peak which gives a massive 48GB in total. In other words, looking at on-peak itself, the subscription rates are pretty on-par to its previous offering but with an added extra bonus quota to download larger files during off-peak hours. To utilise this, we reckon you would need to schedule your downloads while you’re asleep.