Nexus S

Maxis offering Nexus S from RM799 outright

UPDATE: Maxis Nexus S unit is using S-LCD, not Super AMOLED as reported earlier.

Yeap, you read that right. You can get the Nexus S from RM799 outright without any contract from Maxis. All you need to do is sign up for any Value Plus Internet plan and the Nexus S is your for RM799 at selected Maxis centres and MEPs. The offer starts today until stocks of the device is all sold.

It’s not a bad deal but if you’re in market for a decent Android smartphone, do take into account that the newer 1.4Ghz single-core Galaxy W is just RM200 more at RM999 outright. In terms of specs there’s really nothing much separating the two devices, both have 5MP cameras and 512MB RAM. Aside from that the Galaxy W shoots video in 720p which the Nexus S can’t but on the flipside the Nexus S has a bigger and better screen (4-inch Super AMOLEDS-LCD versus 3.7-inch S-LCD on the Galaxy W). You also get NFC with the Nexus S, on the Galaxy W you don’t.

The big deal is with the Nexus S being a Google phone, you can be sure that the Nexus will get Ice Cream Sandwich sooner that the Galaxy W, actually sooner than most Android devices.

And that’s pretty much it. We’re not discounting that this is still a decent deal if you don’t mind the trade-offs.

Head on over to after the jump for details on the selected Maxis centres and MEPs and answers to some of your frequently asked questions.

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Google Ice Cream Sandwich event happening on 19th October

After its initial delay, Google and Samsung has finally confirmed that the Ice Cream Sandwich media event is happening next Wednesday, 19th October. Instead of San Diego, the venue is now shifted to Hong Kong which is closer to home.

There’s no mention of the device but with Samsung still in the picture, it is likely that the Galaxy Nexus will be revealed. You can catch it streaming live on their youtube channel. The event starts at 10AM Hong Kong time which is similar to Malaysia.

Meanwhile on Google’s HQ, the Ice Cream sandwich statue has finally appeared. Watch the unveiling after the break.

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Galaxy Nexus product launch postponed

UPDATE: Word has it that the product launch event was postponed due to Steve Jobs recent passing. “We believe this is not the right time to announce a new product as the world expresses tribute to Steve Jobs’s passing,” the spokesperson said. “We do not have information on the rescheduling of the event.”. ( SOURCE )

With less than 5 days away till Samsung Unpacked event, Google and Samsung has announced that they will postpone the launch of their upcoming device, the Galaxy Nexus.

They didn’t explain the reasons behind the last minute postponement but had released the following statement:

“Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall. We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will be shortly announced.”

There are couple of speculations over the move with one of it being Steve Jobs recent passing. Another possibility are issues on either device or software that needs to be ironed out before launch. Despite not giving any new launch dates, we hope the delay is a short one.

If you missed it earlier, the Galaxy Nexus was revealed in video which gives a clear view of the upcoming device and Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.


(Updated with video) First real look at the Google Galaxy Nexus

Update: More drool inducing stuff. Now we’ve got a 1min 30sec video of the Google Galaxy Nexus running on Ice Cream Sandwich. Watch after the jump.

Boom! Here it is, the first real look at the Google Galaxy Nexus (aka Nexus Prime) and oh boy does it look good! We seriously can’t wait for this bad boy to come to Malaysia.

Actual specs on the device is still up in the air with the processor (1.2GHz dual-core vs 1.5Ghz dual-core), camera (5MP vs 8MP) and battery (1,750mAh vs 2,050) being strong argument points at the moment.

What do you think?

In any case, we’ll be doing live commentaries when the Galaxy Nexus breaks cover at the Samsung Unpacked in San Diego on October 12, Wednesday at 0230hrs Malaysian time.

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Nexus Prime officially named Galaxy Nexus. Full specs leaked

The Nexus Prime is probably the most anticipated Android device right now. As the shape and design of the device have been all but revealed, focus now turns to its specifications. Ahead of its launch, BGR revealed the full specifications of the device once codenamed Nexus Prime. Here’s the low down on the device that will officially be called the Samsung Galaxy Nexus:

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 9mm thin
  • 4.65-inch 1280 x 720-pixel Super AMOLED HD with curved glass
  • TI OMAP 4460 dual-core Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.2GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32GB of built-in storage
  • 5MP rear camera with 1080p HD video capture, 1.3-megapixel front camera
  • LTE/HSPA depending on carrier
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n
  • NFC
  • 1,750 mAh battery

BGR says that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be a pure Google Experience device which means there will be no third-party UI skins or modifications. So TouchWhiz fans, you’re not getting any on the new Google phone. It’s cool that the Galaxy Nexus will be getting Ice Cream sandwich but we’re pretty bummed that its running a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor instead of the 1.5Ghz Exynos unit rumoured earlier. We were really looking forward to an 8MP camera as well. In any case, as you know, numbers only tell one side of the story. How the hardware performs in real-life is another thing altogether.

We’ll be giving live commentaries during the Samsung Unpacked event happening in San Diego on October 12, Wednesday at 0230hrs Malaysian time. The Samsung Galaxy Prime is set to be revealed then, so stay tuned.


If this is the Nexus Prime, it looks good

Samsung teased us with a glimpse of the Nexus Prime in a teaser video yesterday but the bright blue glow in the video denied us from having a clearer look at what is to be unpacked this October 11. Today, thanks to the Photoshopping prowess of Reddit user Greyhaven7, we have a much clearer picture of this sexy soon to be released Nexus phone.

The picture gives us a much more defined look at the Nexus Prime with its curve form-factor clearly seen here and once again, we have to say the device looks gorgeous from this angle. In the picture, we can also see a bump at left side of the image similar to the one on the Galaxy S II.

The Nexus Prime is expected to feature a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a high-def 4.65-inch screen pushing 1280×720 pixel resolution, NFC and an 8MP camera with 1080p video capabilities. All this in a shell that is expected to be just 8mm thin.

All will be revealed at the Samsung Unpacked event happening in San Diego next week. We’ll be around to give you live a commentary as the event happens on October 12, Wednesday at 0230hrs Malaysian time. So stay tuned.

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Samsung gives a glimpse of the Nexus Prime

The iPhone 4S is old story. The next big thing will come from Samsung and Google in the form of a new Nexus phone. Almost certainly going to be called the Nexus Prime, the new device is pushed into the limelight on the back of Apple’s uninspiring iPhone 4S announcement. Now all attention is on this new Nexus, a symbol of everything that is awesome about Android.

Check out this official teaser video for the upcoming Samsung Unpacked event and pay close attention to min 00:21, you can catch a glimpse of what Samsung and Google will unveil come October 11.

Upon closer inspection, we see a power button and what looks like docking terminals on the top part of the mystery device. What is also prominent is a camera protrusion on the left side of image indicating a possibly large image sensor. Also worth noting is the slender curved shape of the device and it slim form-factor.

If this is the Nexus Prime, it looks gorgeous from this angle. The Nexus Prime is expected to feature a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a high-def 4.65-inch screen pushing 1280×720 pixel resolution, NFC and an 8MP camera with 1080p video capabilities. All this in a shell that is expected to be just 8mm thin.

The Nexus Prime is expected to take the stage next week at the Samsung Unpacked event in San Diego. We’ll be around to give you live commentary as the event happens on October 12, Wednesday at 0230hrs Malaysian time.


Samsung Unpacked 2011 at CTIA: Google Episode. Nexus Prime to debut?

Shortly after Apple revealed its new iPhone event, something else is brewing at the Android camp. Samsung has announced another Unpacked event which is different this time around. While Unpacked is where Samsung introduces new devices, the upcoming event has Google stamped all over.

For those that have followed, Google + Samsung are said to be working on a new Nexus device. The possibility to launch the device next month couldn’t have been any better as the current Nexus S launched in December is due for a replacement.

Another possibility is that Android Ice Cream Sandwich is making its debut. So a brand new device and a brand new OS to show up on 11th October 2011? We truly hope so. Since this is partly a Google showcase, they are also providing live feed through Youtube at on the event day.

No doubt it will be an exciting showdown between the latest iPhone and Android smart phones next month. Android fans would be marking 11th October on their calendars.


Maxis lowers Nexus S price and bundled pricing

With the recent launch of high end Android devices, Maxis has finally lowered its Nexus S pricing. At time of launch, the Nexus S was offered at a rather pricey RM2499 outright and offered as low as RM1499 on contract.

With the launch of Samsung Galaxy S II at RM2099, the Nexus S which is based on its predecessor, Galaxy S is becoming a tougher choice to consider despite its “Pure Google” experience. Now they have reduced the outright selling price to RM2299 and 24 months contract pricing to RM1199. The Samsung Galaxy S II is sold at RM2099 and its currently offered at RM1199 as well on 24 months contract.

As compared previously, the Nexus S lacks 720p HD recording and there’s not even an option to expand your storage with microSD. Let’s be honest, if given a choice between the Nexus S, Galaxy S II and HTC Sensation, the Nexus S is still an overpriced device with older generation features.

Check it out on Maxis Android page.

By the numbers: Nexus S vs. HTC Incredible S vs. iPhone 4

We put it out in the open that the recently launched Nexus S is probably one of the most overpriced smart phones in the local market today (this is of course not considering absurdities like the Vertu et all). We find this rather odd considering a similarly speced HTC Incredible S that was launched on the same day is close to RM500 cheaper than the Google phone.

Is the premium on the Nexus S warranted? Some seem to think so. The supporters claim that the Nexus S delivers a pure, unadulterated Google experience and that being the only device currently available that’s running the latest version of the Android OS — Android 2.3 Gingerbread — the additional cost is warranted.

But is it? Is the Nexus S a better phone compared to its closest competitor the HTC Incredible S for it to command such a high price? Spec for spec how would both of this top shelf Android devices compare with the iPhone 4?

We’ve compiled all important specs for you to compare you can make the right choice. Head on over to after the jump to get all the details.

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Google announces Nexus S 4G

Google has announced another new official Android device, the Nexus S 4G. This comes after the original Nexus S device and it also runs on the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. Just like the Nexus S, the Nexus S 4G is co-developed with Samsung and it also features the same 4″ Contour Display with Super AMOLED. The device currently is available via Sprint which allows it to take full advantage of its 4G WiMAX network. Before you get someone in the US to buy one for you, do realise that this Nexus S 4G runs on CDMA/EV-DO network instead of GSM network.

At the same time, Google has also announced that existing Sprint customers will be able to utilise Google Voice while keeping their same number. For those who didn’t know, Google Voice lets you stay connected on multiple platforms with just 1 number. You can read up more about this in our previous post here.This sounds similar to Yes‘s voice service where all your devices can share the same ID. Watch the demo video after the break to get a clearer picture.

Nexus S 4G will be made available for online order this coming spring and shall make their way to Sprint retailers and Best Buy stores in the US.

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Singapore launches the Nexus S, same price as Incredible S

Reader benjamin pointed out that the Nexus S was launched in Singapore on the same day as Malaysia and if anything the Singapore launch of the Nexus S proves that Malaysians are paying far too much for the Google phone.

As we’ve mentioned earlier the Malaysian pricing for the Nexus S is perplexing considering the roughly similarly spec-ed HTC Incredible S which was also launched on the same day is priced RM500 cheaper at RM1,999 without contract.

Now with the Nexus S available in Singapore we have a pricing reference that’s closer to home which further strengthens our argument that the Malaysian Nexus S is expensive.

The Nexus S retails for SG$828 outright with GST (+7%). At today’s exchange rates that equates to about RM1,990 — the same price as the HTC Incredible S. If you take into account that tourist get the GST refunded back to them when the leave the country then you realise that the Nexus S is even cheaper. Typically, gadgets in Singapore are slightly cheaper, to the tune of RM200 to RM300 cheaper on average, this means that whichever way you look at it someone, somewhere is trying to capitalise on the Nexus S being a Google phone.

Here’s the thing, Android has always been about the mass adoption of smart phones. If it is possible to price a Google phone competitively we’re sure that the Google way would have made it certain that the device will be priced competitively.

At RM2,499 the Nexus S — no matter how good or how pure of a Google experience it brings — is way too much money for our liking.