Update: Celcom updates us on the revised pricing for the Xperia Play. RRP is now cheaper by RM250. Celcom Exec subsidised pricing is now cheaper too as a result. Details here.
Holy guacamole! Will you look at that. Out of nowhere, Celcom — the BlackBerry-centric operator — will be offering a line of the latest Android smartphones including the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play along with LG Optimus Black and the just released HTC Wildfire S. Could this be a sign of Celcom’s eagerness to get into the mobile device game? We sure hope so.
The Xperia Play retails for RM1,899 and will be available from Celcom for as low as RM968 when you subscribe to one of the operators Celcom Exec plans.
In terms of the Celcom Exec plans, it is the same deal as previously with RM88, RM118 and RM250 packages. Typical to Celcom, there will be an upfront fee imposed as well. the amount varies depending on the plan you choose and the duration of the subscription contract. Refer to the chart after the jump for details.
The information we got from regular tipster Rakyat Biru didn’t reveal the availability date for these devices, we’re assuming Celcom will make an announcement soon.
Big shoutout to Rakyat Biru for the awesome tip!
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At RM1,099 outright, the HTC Wildfire S is probably the country’s cheapest Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone. The Screen size is similar with the original Wildfire at 3.2-inches but thankfully the screen resolution is much better at 320×480 pixels, double the outgoing model but don’t expect fancy Super LCD or Super AMOLED screen technology though the screen is strengthened with Gorilla Glass.
Powering the Wildfire S is a 600Mhz processor with 512MB of RAM and 512 of internal storage. The device accepts MicroSD expansion up to 32GB. Imaging comes in the form of a 5MP rear camera with LED flash but regrettably there’s no HD video recording support.
Other than that, you get the whole gamut of features that are standard in any contemporary smartphone including Bluetooth 3.0, 7.2 HSDPA (HSUPA 384Kbps) and GPS. At 1230mAh, the Wildfire’s battery capacity is smaller than what we would like
The HTC Wildfire S will be available in ‘Bloom Pink’, ‘Silver White’ and ‘Dark Gray’ at all HTC authorized resellers.
Head on over to after the jump for a promo video of the HTC Wildfire S.