Wow, Apple‘s doing it again. They’re taking yet another stab at reinventing the way we listen to music with a home speaker that they’re calling the….HomePod.
Hmm, we’re not too sure how we feel about that name, but the specs do seem enticing.
Machines is having a special promo in conjunction with its new outlet opening at Sunway Velocity Mall in Cheras. Starting tomorrow 13 May until 21 May, they are giving additional discounts on the iPhone 5S, Apple Watch, Beats headphones and accessories.
If you’re looking for the cheapest iPhone, they are offering the iPhone 5S 16GB for RM999 instead of their current selling price of RM1,188. The iPhone 5s on offer is available only in Space Grey or Silver.
The iPhone has been the forefront of many technological innovations, although some of which were closer to popularisations than actual inventions. Then again nothing is truly invented until Apple does it right? Now it seems that Apple is “reinventing” the smartphone by removing the headphone jack.
Whether they actually choose to label it as such remains to be seen, but this bold design choice by the Cupertino company doesn’t seem to be going down well with at least 200,000 of their loyal fanbase. Well, to pacify the angry mob, Apple’s got the AirPods for you — at least we think that’s what they’re going to be called.
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Apple has just announced that a Wireless Speaker from beats can be a potential danger and they want you to stop using it immediately. The affected device is the Beats Pill XL wireless speaker and Apple wants you to return it back for RM1,175, as part of its recall campaign that’s applicable in Malaysia. According to the official notice, they have initiated the recall exercise after finding that the Pill XL’s built-in battery is prone to overheating, which can be a serious fire risk.
UPDATE: HTC is throwing extra promotion for beatssolo (RM499) & urbeats (RM199) at their Pavilion, KL roadshow.
The HTC One series is officially available in Malaysia with IMCC accepting orders right after midnight. The One X is officially priced at RM2,099 while the One V is priced at RM999 and will be available at participating stores and dealers today onwards.
For those that are looking for a good pair of headphones to go along with the beats audio enhanced HTC One X, there’s a special combo that includes the Solo Beats by Dr. Dre for RM2,998. The Solo Beats itself cost RM1,199 but it is offered at a discounted price of RM899 when bundled with the HTC One X. That’s RM300 extra savings.
During the media preview, HTC has shared that the beats audio enhancement for the One series now runs everywhere across all multimedia apps on the device. It is no longer restricted to its own apps but it also extends to YouTube, 3rd party video players, online radio and music players.
If you’re interested, head over to IMCC’s HTC One X + Solo Beats page.
In case you didn’t know, HTC is doing a roadshow for the HTC One series at Pavilion KL today (2nd April) until 8th April. If you plan to sign up with a plan, the telcos including DiGi will be there as well.
DiGi is cranking up the beats by offering Beats Solo headphones for the first 5 customers that order the HTC Sensation XL from their online store. Normally out of the box, the Sensation XL is bundled with in-ear urBeats and the Beats Solo is an on-Ear headphone with a RM1030 price tag.
According to the T&Cs, the campaign will run until 11.59PM on 8th January so that’s 4 days to go. The 5 eligible subscribers are picked based on the first 5 that successfully purchased the HTC Sensation XL from the online store each day. Winners will be contacted by email in the next working day and the Beats Solo headphone will be shipped together with your Sensation XL order.
The Sensation XL which is sold RM2099 outright is offered as low as RM1399 with 24 months contract on DG Smart Plan 68. To recap on the specs, it comes with a large 4.7″ 800×480 display, 1.5GHz single core processor, 768MB RAM, 8MP Camera and a generous 16GB of storage.
For more information, head over to DiGi’s website.
The HTC Sensation XL goes on sale today, no surprises there. DiGi is offering the device with its DG Smart Plan package for as low as RM1,399, no surprises there either. What is a surprise is the device’s pricing. At RM2,099, the HTC Sensation is spec-for-spec, too expensive.
For RM2,099 outright, you get 4.7-inch 800×480 pixel Android Gingerbread device with a single-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor with 768MB RAM. Of course there’s 16GB of internal storage, an 8MP rear camera with 720p HD video recording and a 1.3MP front camera as well.
But to price the HTC Sensation XL above the Motorola RAZR at RM1,999 and the Samsung Galaxy S II at RM1,899 and even the Samsung Galaxy Note at RM2,299 — all of which have faster processors, more RAM and shoot 1080p videos — will greatly affect the appeal of the device. HTC is banking on the Beats Audio technology for the premium pricing but how much emphasis do you place on sound quality over overall performance?
Update: We forgot to mention the HTC Sensation XE. At RM1,999 outright the Sensation XE brings a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 768MB RAM, 1,730mAh battery and a 4.3-inch Super LCD Gorilla Glass display pushing 540×960 pixel resolution. You also get an 8MP rear camera that shoots 1080p videos, and you get the Beats audio feature as well. So what is the point of this lower specced yet more expensive Sensation XL then?
Also, how much better is the sound quality of the Sensation XL compared to the cheaper but more powerful dual-core devices? We’re no audiophiles but we’re guessing not by much. If given the choice we’d go for the more powerful dual-core devices that with the 720p HD displays and additional RAM. Better yet, we’d wait a little longer to find out how much the Galaxy Nexus is going to cost and maybe just get that.
The HTC Sensation XE is making its way to all telcos fast. Now it is also available on U Mobile for postpaid bundling with their new postpaid plans from as low as RM1,299 with 24 months contract of U88.
For those that want a HTC Sensation XE with lowest commitment, there’s the U28 which comes with 1GB of data. On U28 plan of RM28/month, the Sensation XE goes for RM1,699 with no upfront fees required. For a bit more, there’s U58 with 2GB data and 300 minutes of calls that offers the device for RM1,499. U Mobile’s offering is quite affordable with generous allowance of data.
For more information, head over to U Mobile’s phone deals page.
Thanks to tessiemah for alerting us at the comments.
Beats and HTC fans, the HTC Sensation XL is here and it goes on sale tomorrow. Cubic Platforms at Sunway Giza, Kota Damansara is the place to be if you want to get your hands on one. You can get one with DiGi’s SmartPlan as well though we don’t have full details at the moment but expect it to surface soon.
Other resellers are prepping to sell the HTC Sensation XL as well. IMCC has already put up a placeholder on its website saying the device is “coming soon” and we assume official HTC outlets will carry the device starting from tomorrow as well.
The HTC Sensation XL is a mid-range 4.7-inch 800×480 pixel Android Gingerbread device powered by a single-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor with 768MB RAM. There’s 16GB of internal storage, an 8MP rear camera with 720p HD video recording and a 1.3MP front camera as well. What makes the Sensation XL special is the inclusion of Beats Audio technology which should make the device a shoe-in for users who like their music mobile and in high fidelity.
Like the Sensation XE, the Sensation XL will come bundled with a set of iBeats headphones (which HTC are calling upbeats) in the box. The headphones are designed to make the most out of the Beats Audio technology integrated in the device. There will also be a “special edition” HTC Sensation XL, which comes with a pair of wireless Beats Solo headphones. We’re not sure if this version will come to Malaysia.
So who’s getting one tomorrow?