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Sony outs Rube Golberg-esque teaser videos for its Android tablets

The Sony S1 and S2 Honeycomb tablets are something of a curiosity at the moment. Apart from some preliminary specs and some press handout pictures, not much is known about the two tablets that marks Sony’s first attempt at grabbing a piece of the tablet market pie.

While the tablet is set to launch sometime in September, Sony has started releasing a series of teaser videos to showcase some of the capabilities of the Honeycomb pair.

Although there’s a lot to look at in the videos, there’s nothing really telling when it comes to exposing details on the S1 and S2 tablets. There’s five videos in the series (excluding the prologue), guess we’ll have to wait just a little bit more to see if this Sony duo has what it takes to duke it out with the iPad 2 and the much-hyped Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

There’s a very likely chance that these two tablets will make here. Question now is, will you wait a little longer to see what the Sony tablets have to offer or pounce on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 as soon as its launched here?

Check out parts one to three of the Sony “Two will” teaser video series for the S1 and S1 tablets after the jump. Tell us what you see.

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Motorola Xoom 3G now available for RM2599


IMCC has announced via facebook that the 3G version of the Motorola Xoom is finally here with a RM2599 price tag. It comes with 32GB of storage as well. This is RM500 more than the WiFi version offered by most retailers. Whether this price difference is worth the integrated 3G connectivity depends on you. If it was us, we would prefer to invest in a MiFi device which we could share the connectivity with multiple devices.

Maxis too will be bundling this device as well with its Ultimate plans but as we all know, it won’t be affordable on a monthly and upfront basis.


All your questions answered: ASUS Eee Pad Tranformer with Keyboard Dock


We’ve just gotten our hands on the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer keyboard dock and we must say we are pretty impressed with the extra capabilities the add-on has to offer. While most keyboard docks are merely giving extra input, the ASUS keyboard dock offers 2x USB ports at both sides, a SD memory card reader, a touch pad, on-board battery and a full QWERTY keyboard with several hot keys.

Got a question for this Android Honeycomb tablet with its feature packed dock? Drop us a line in the comments and we will answer them as we explore more of this transformed tablet.

Keep it locked on to as we will share our views and findings for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer in a review soon.

ASUS Malaysia offers special price for Transfomer keyboard dock to pre-order customers

Looks like ASUS Malaysia is trying to make amends on the blunders made earlier at the Eee Pad Transformer launch.

Pre-order customers will be getting a special price for the all important keyboard dock purchase. The dock retails for RM429 but all the 150 pre-bookers will be able to purchase the accessory for RM300.

Though this doesn’t mean that the dock will be available this Saturday. Instead interested pre-bookers will be required to put in a deposit when they collect their Eee Pad on May 28. ASUS Malaysia says that they will inform interested customers when shipment of the dock arrives before the end of June.

So ASUS Eee Pad Transformer pre-bookers, will you be claiming your pad this weekend? To those who are still on the fence, ASUS Malaysia reminds that unclaimed units will be sold to public after 12pm on the same day.

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer: all 150 pre-order units snapped up. All important keyboard dock coming in June

ASUS Malaysia has updated their Facebook page to confirm that all 150 pre-order units have been pre-ordered. This of course doesn’t mean that the pre-orders will translate to actual sales because those who have pre-ordered still have the option to opt out of the purchase.

Also ASUS Malaysia has updated via Facebook that the all important keyboard dock is coming “early June” though details are still scarce. The update mentioned that stock of the dock will be sold together with the Eee Pad Transformer. There’s no mention of early-adopters being able to purchase the dock saperately and how much is it going to cost.

So if you’ve pre-ordered and you know that you can only collect your pre-order Eee Pad on May 28, would you still make the purchase now that you know that the Pad and dock is coming “early June”? Or would you wait just a couple of weeks more for the pad+dock to arrive?

The price of the standalone dock is an unknown but we know the price of the dock+pad. For RM1,799, you get the dock and the Eee Pad. That’s RM301 additional if you were to buy the Pad by itself. Question is, would the standalone dock be cheaper or more expensive than RM301?

We might just forgo the Eee Pad pre-order purchase and wait for the dock+pad to arrive instead.

With everyone update, ASUS Malaysia makes if even more difficult for consumers to decide. It’s like they are deliberately sabotaging themselves.

And so our opinion remains. ASUS Malaysia could’ve done a better job with the whole thing. Though interest for the Eee Pad Transformer is still strong despite the many faux pas the marketing team has committed. Let’s hope they’ve gathered a lot of learning from this and make other launches awesome.

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer now on pre-order. Could’ve been done better we think

The Malaysian launch of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is certainly out of the ordinary to say the least.

After creating some considerable buzz about its Honeycomb tablet with a countdown page on Facebook, ASUS Malaysian had gone and shoot themselves in the foot with a lackluster launch event that wasn’t a launch at all. The event was more of an announcement as no units were immediately available for purchase.

As if that wasn’t weird enough, ASUS opened pre-orders for the Eee Pad a day after the product was announced. We felt that it would be better to do pre-orders before you actually launch the product and have the product ready for purchase on the day of launch. It’s so much more conducive that way.

Then pre-order itself is messy. Firstly, instead of having a proper website to capture customer information for better management of stocks etc., ASUS Malaysia organised the pre-order on its Facebook fan page. To pre-order you need to type the following: “I Love Eee Pad Transformer! I want to pre-order the tablet now”.

There is no mention if variations of this sentence will be accepted as a legit pre-order or not and we’re not sure if it will be.

To pre-order head on over to this page. It’s no surprise to see that the page has more questions than actual pre-orders. The whole process is very confusing to a lot of people and it’s poorly executed.

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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer announced in Malaysia

After 6 days of suspense, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer has been officially launched announced in Malaysia. The event this morning was more like a press announcement rather than a launch since it is not available for sales.

According to ASUS Malaysia’s Facebook page, pre-order details will only be revealed tomorrow to the disappointment of many hoping to try out or purchase the tablet today.

Price wise, the 1GHz dual-core ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is going at RM1498 for the tablet only while a combo with the keyboard dock goes for RM1799 as spotted earlier by our sharp-eyed reader. The model which we are getting is the WiFi only version with 16GB of storage. It is interesting to note that ASUS priced the tablet only just RM1 lower than the entry level iPad 2 16GB WiFi model.

When they started their countdown on Facebook, there was quite an attention gained for this device. A dual-core device with a real physical keyboard, who wouldn’t be interested? After the timer ran out, many Eee Pad transformer hopefuls were disappointed that it was merely a media launch with no roadshows or sales activity on ground. This was a wasted momentum created by Asus which could have been translated to actual sales of the tablet.

On the pre-ordering, ASUS should have taken the opportunity to conduct a registration of interest during its earlier countdown instead of after the event. With the pre-ordering activity taking place only tomorrow, next question is when the Eee Pad Transformer be made available in the market? Hopefully we will get more answers tomorrow on ASUS Malaysia’s Facebook page.

Since we’re on the topic of Android tablets, wonder what happened to the HTC Flyer and Maxis’s RM199 offer?


ASUS Eee Pad Transformer pricing revealed

While we are about 6 days away from the launch of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, many are asking how much will it be? The affordable Acer Iconia Tab A500 is priced at RM1599 while the Motorola Xoom is priced at RM2099.

Someone discovered from the ASUS Facebook contest T&C that the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer with the keyboard dock is priced at RM1799. Next to the price, it is written Approximate retail value (“ARV”) which we believe is the likely pricing at launch.

The model that is being offered as the price for the contest seems to be the 16GB version which is half of the on-board storage of the Acer Iconia and Motorola Xoom. We’re now wondering if ASUS will offer a 32GB version of the Transformer as well. If they do, we won’t expect it to cost much more than RM2000. Most likely it should retail for slightly below RM2000.

Despite the smaller storage size, the Eee Pad looks very tempting because of its very attractive price. On top of the 10-inch Honeycomb tablet, a full physical keyboard dock can all be had under RM2000. That is great value for money.

For more details on the specs of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer click here.

One of us is tempted to sell off our iPad 2 for this. What do you think?

Thanks to sharp-eyed zhenny at the comments!

Six days to ASUS Eee Pad Transformer launch in Malaysia

Tablets, tablets and more tablets are coming to Malaysia. We are spoiled for choice.

Asus has put up a countdown page on their Facebook page counting down to the launch of the Eee Pad Transformer, and it’s less than six days till the other much anticipated Honeycomb tablet will be hitting Malaysia stores.

In conjunction with the launch, ASUS Malaysia is holding a contest from May 9 to May 30 where you can stand a chance to win an Eee Pad Transformer. All you need to do is to get 5 of your friends to “like” to ASUS Malaysia fan page. Hit up the source link for more details.

The Eee Pad Transformer comes with a 10.1″ IPS display with 10-finger multi-touch support. The Android Honeycomb device runs on Nvidia’s dual-core Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of RAM and a choice of 16GB or 32GB of on-board storage. Imaging comes in the form of a 5MP back camera and a 1.2MP front camera. There’s also a mini-HDMI out and a special keyboard dock that transforms the Eee Pad Transformer into a netbook of sorts. There is no 3G version for the Eee Pad Transformer.

Malaysia retail price is expected to be around RM1,500 and below RM2,000 with the keyboard included.

The l33t geeks from Lowyat.Net got their hands on a seeding unit of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, click here to find out what they think.

Will the Eee Pad Transformer revive ASUS to be a dominant player in the tablet market just like it was during the netbook days?

We can only wait and see, and the Transformer is indeed an interesting device. In the meantime head on over to after the jump to watch the ASUS Eee Pad Story — a series of YouTube videos made by Asus to promote the Eee Pad Transformer.

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Motorola Xoom RM400 cheaper elsewhere

Update: Courts Mammoth is also selling the Xoom for RM2,099. RM400 cheaper than Maxis RRP.

Want to get the Motorola Xoom RM400 cheaper? You best try authorised dealers instead of operators.

Like this one for example.

IMCC is selling the Motorola Xoom for RM2,099, RM400 cheaper that the RRP that Maxis puts out for the device. With the money save, you can get a MiFi device to go with your WiFi Xoom. Settle!

The IMCC website looks a little bit suspect though but they claim that there are an “authorised dealer” of some sort.

You can check IMCC out here. You’ll notice that almost every device they sell is at least RM100 cheaper than most places. Interesting…


Motorola Xoom and Dell Streak 5 plans from Maxis. Here’s what we think

Maxis has released their latest tablet service plans for the Motorola Xoom and the Dell Streak 5, and here are our observations on what they have to offer.

Motorola Xoom.
There’s not much of a service plan for the Motorola Xoom from Maxis. The Maxis Motorola Xoom plan is in actual fact a “get one free Motorola Defy” promo where you purchase the Xoom for RM2,499 from Maxis and then signup for a 3GB data plan with your choice of Maxis Value Plus plan to get the free Defy.

There is no option to purchase the Xoom with any other Maxis service plan.

Retailing for RM2,499 outright, you can’t deny that the WiFi only, 32GB Motorola Xoom is overpriced. Against it’s closest competitor, the WiFi 32GB iPad 2, priced at RM1,799, the Xoom is RM700 more expensive. In fact, for RM2,499, you can get the “top-of-the-line” 64GB 3G+WiFi iPad 2.

We’re not saying that the Xoom is not a capable tablet but it is really that awesome to command such a high price premium over its closest rival? We don’t think so.

With regards to the service plan, we’d rather Maxis offer just data plan with a MiFi device. If they can do it with the WiFi iPad why can’t Maxis do the same for the Xoom? It makes more sense and we’d gladly carry a MiFi — that is lighter, smaller and would probably have a better battery life — over an additional phone which we won’t be using to make calls on anyway.

So the Maxis Motorola Xoom service plan is lacking any appeal for us.

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Motorola Xoom available from Maxis starting tomorrow. RRP RM2,499

Update: Take a closer look at the camera specs stated in the image above. Maxis got it the other way around. Fellow techie Amanz pointed it out.

As a follow up to the April announcement, Maxis has started sending out email reminders to those who’ve signed up for the Motorola Xoom ROI announcing that the device will be available at any Maxis Centres from tomorrow (May 6).

Not much new information has been revealed. The retail selling price for the Xoom will be RM2,499 and customers who subscribe to a 24-months 3GB Maxis data plan will get a Motorola Defy worth RM1,599 for free.

Assuming that you don’t offset the cost of the device with the price of the free Motorola Defy, the RM2,499 Xoom is on the steep side considering that a similarly specced WiFi Xoom retails for US$599 — which is equivalent to about RM1,800 at today’s exchange rates. That is a difference of almost RM700 or about 28% on top of the US price. Also consider that for the same RM2,499 you could get the top of the line 64GB 3G+WiFi iPad 2. This makes the Xoom a bit of a tough sell in our opinion.

The Motorola Xoom is the first tablet in Malaysia to run on Google’s Honeycomb tablet OS and comes in 3G+WiFi or WiFi only versions. Maxis is bringing the WiFi only version at the moment.

As we’ve noted during the earlier announcement, we’d rather Maxis bundle the Xoom with a MiFi rather than a mobile phone as it is more practical considering that connecting the Xoom to the internet with the Defy functioning as portable hotspot will be an issue for the phone’s battery life.

No other details are available at this point in time but we’ll keep you posted if we find anything news.

Thanks @Blaze_edge for calling this in.