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iPhone 12 Malaysia: Pre-order starts from 6 November, available on 13 November

Malaysians can finally get their hands on Apple’s new iPhone 12 series on 13th November and you can pre-order your unit in Malaysia from next Friday, 6th November. This has been revealed by Digi and you can buy it on contract via its PhoneFreedom365 instalment program.

[ UPDATE 30/10/2020 10:30 ]: Digi has confirmed that all 4 models – the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available on the 13th of November.

From the looks of it, the 6.1″ iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro will go on sale first while the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be released at a later date. Apart from Digi, you will be able to purchase the new devices from authorised Apple retailers and other participating telcos. According to retailer Machines, pre-orders will begin at 9.00pm on 6th November.

To recap, below are the official iPhone 12 pricing in Malaysia:

5.4″ iPhone 12 mini
64GB – RM3,399
128GB – RM3,599
256GB – RM4,099

6.1″ iPhone 12
64GB – RM3,899
128GB – RM4,099
256GB – RM4,599

6.1″ iPhone 12 Pro
128GB – RM4,899
256GB – RM5,399
512GB – RM6,299

6.7″ iPhone 12 Pro Max
128GB – RM5,299
256GB – RM5,799
512GB – RM6,699

The standard iPhone 12 comes in 5 colours – White, Black, Blue, Green and Red, while the Pro variants come in 4 options – Graphite, Silver, Gold and Pacific Blue. The latest iPhone models are powered by Apple’s new 5nm A14 Bionic chip and they are also the first iPhones to support 5G. However, that note that only the US models support mmWave bands. In terms of design, the sides are now flat, which is similar to its previous iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 series.

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Unlike the previous two generations, the new iPhone 12 now comes in two sizes – 5.4″ and 6.1″, and both of them now feature an OLED-based Super Retina XDR display that pushes Full HD+ resolution. According to Apple, the iPhone 12 mini is the world’s smallest, lightest and thinnest 5G smartphone.

Meanwhile, the Pro series now get a larger display with the 12 Pro featuring a 6.1″ screen while the Pro Max variant gets a larger 6.7″ display. On top of that, the iPhone 12 Pro series is now offered with a minimum of 128GB storage.

Apart from the display and battery, the Pro Max also comes with a better camera setup. The new big screen iPhone uses a larger sensor for its main camera and it also gets a sensor-shift optical image stabilisation. On top of that, the telephoto camera offers 2.5x optical zoom versus 2.0x on the smaller 12 Pro.

As part of its sustainability efforts, Apple no longer includes a charger and Earpods in the box. As a result, the new box is now smaller which contains the iPhone, a USB-C to lightning cable along with your usual documentation and SIM ejector tool. For those that need a charger, the original Apple 20W USB-C power adapter is currently going for RM99.

Compared with last year’s iPhone 11 series, the iPhone 12 release in Malaysia is slightly delayed as the devices are arriving 3 weeks after first wave countries such as Singapore. Which model are you getting? Let us know in the comments below.

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Alexander Wong