Pricing of iPad mini and iPad 4 is out, starting from just RM999!

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Switch Malaysia has posted the pricing of iPad Mini and iPad with Retina Display (we assume is iPad 4th Gen) on their Facebook page this morning and to our surprise, the 16GB model just cost RM999. That is cheaper than we previously predicted RM1009. Hurry, head over to the Switch outlet around Malaysia to get one of it now! iPad with Retina Display is also available now. Pricing is as above. Rejoyce! Merry Christmas people!

Head on to the Switch FB page if u do not believe us!

*Update: iPad mini pricing is also out in Apple Malaysia online store now! Click here for more!

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Celcom and Digi join Maxis for the iPhone 5 party!

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Celcom and Digi now also have the iPhone 5 up on their official webpages. Similar to Maxis, you can now register your interest for iPhone 5 on Celcom webpage now [Click Here] but for Digi, the iPhone 5 “coming soon” is there but no option to register your interest or what so ever. Anyway, if you are interested in taking the Celcom package/contract for iPhone 5, do register your interest now.

The pricing and the bundled plans for iPhone 5 for all the telco will be out soon latest by this weekend hopefully. Stay tuned for more info on the pricing and package for iPhone 5. I cant wait for it!!

Maxis is the first telco you can register your interest for iPhone 5 in Malaysia

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With the news that the iPhone 5 will reach Malaysia in 14th Dec 2012, the first telco to go online with the “register your interest” page is Maxis. Expect Celcom and Digi to have their own by this week.

If you are interested in iPhone 5 on contract under Maxis, go here to register your interest! By registering, you be the first in line when the phone arrives! Have fun registering!

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Apple iPhone 5 finally here in Malaysia on 14th Dec 2012 [Not Rumor!!]

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For those who are waiting for the iPhone 5 to reach Malaysia, its been a very very long suffering wait. But guess what? Apple finally announces that the iPhone 5 will officially (not the one brought in and sold with a ridiculously high price) available in Malaysia on the 14th December 2012. Which is a Friday. We will have our very own black Friday! YAY!! Together with us, a list of other countries will also be getting the iPhone 5 on the 14th. South Korea will be getting it on the 7th.

This is how the Apple press info looks like:

iPhone 5 Arrives in South Korea & More Than 50 Additional Countries in December

CUPERTINO, California—December 3, 2012—Apple® today announced iPhone® 5 will be available in South Korea on Friday, December 7, with more than 50 additional countries being added in December, including Brazil, Russia and Taiwan. iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a stunning new 4-inch Retina™ display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing fast performance; and ultrafast wireless*—all while delivering even better battery life.**

iPhone 5 is currently available in 47 countries around the world including the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and the UK. iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features including: Shared Photo Streams, Facebook integration, all-new Maps app, Passbook® organization and even more Siri® features and languages.

iPhone 5 comes in either black & slate or white & silver for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model, $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model. iPhone 5 will be available through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

iPhone 4S is available for just $99 (US) and iPhone 4 is available for free with a two-year contract from participating carriers.

iPhone 5 will be available in South Korea on Friday, December 7 and on Friday, December 14 in Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Grenada, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela. iPhone 5 will also be available on Friday, December 21 in Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Egypt, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St.Vincent & the Grenadines, Tunisia, Uganda and Vietnam.

*Network speeds are dependent on carrier networks. Check with your carrier for details.
**Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

Press Contacts:
Natalie Harrison
Apple
harri@apple.com
(408) 862-0565

Teresa Brewer
Apple
tbrewer@apple.com
(408) 974-6851

We are expecting the iPhone 5 to be priced at the same price as the iPhone 4S when it first launch in Malaysia which it RM2199 for the cheapest model. If you want to be on a telco contract to utilize the bundled package, Maxis, Celcom and Digi will all 3 be selling it simultaneously. And do expect the register your interest for the iPhone 5 soon. If you want the contract free/outright iPhone 5, Apple will be selling it in the Apple online store.

So rejoice for all who are waiting for the iPhone 5! The wait is finally over!!!! I cant wait for it!

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The All New Samsung Galaxy SIII: Everything you have to know

Samsung announces the new Galaxy, Samsung Galaxy SIII yesterday in a soothing event in London they called the Samsung Mobile Unpacked Event 2012.The event is held around 2am local time in a big hall with a huge stage, too huge for a mobile event we would say. And the whole event was accompanied by an amazing orchestra which makes the evening just so cozy and warm while Samsung introduces us to their new flagship smartphone.

We think that it is the best smartphone by Samsung to date. In the hardware side, the new Galaxy get an usual, normal upgrades from the SII but in software wise, the SIII is remarkable. Samsung is officially in the human like interactive smartphone business now. And that is just awesome.

Here is all you have to know about the new Samsung Galaxy SIII and little bit about the other announcements made in the event.

Hardware:

Screen: 4.8” Super Amoled HD display
Storage: 16/32/64GB(coming soon) depending on model, plus expandable MicroSD card
Cloud storage: 50GB Dropbox for two years
Colour: Pebble blue or marble white (White is my personal fav)
Battery: 2,100mAh
Camera: 8MP rear; 1.9 MP front (capable of HD recording)
Resolution: 720 x 1280 px (306ppi, around 20ppi lesser than the iPhone but with a much bigger screen)
RAM: 1GB
Dimensions: 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.55 mm
Weight: 133g
Operating System: Android 4.0.4
Processor: Exynos 4 Quad (1.4GHz) Awesome Awesome processor

Software:

Samsung says that their new Galaxy SIII can see, listen and response to our normal human behavior and predicts what we want to do. This is an amazing stuffs we have there in a smartphone which we use in our daily life. “It is designed for Humans” they said. Lets see what are the great software tweaks we have here.

Smart Stay
To prevent the Galaxy SIII’s screen to turn off or black out by itself after a certain time frame, it has a new feature called the Smart Stay which will keep the device’s screen awake as long as you are. It uses the front-facing camera to “see” you and detect whether you are opening your eyes or not. If you close your eyes, the screen will automatically dim off. That is one great feature seeing that most of us are really annoyed when our smartphone’s screen turns off while you are reading a website or ebook. Especially for those who sets the screen to dim off every 5 seconds, this is for you.

S Voice
Here is a Siri competition and we would say that it is really similar to Siri with the human like interaction and how it can understand human speech. We have to do more hands-on on this to see how well it works. But it certainly looked great. One thing the S Voice have that Siri don’t is that, S Voice can be activated by just saying “Wake up” or any other command you like to set. No physical touch is needed to activate the S Voice(AWESOME).  The device is always ready for your command and once you say “Wake up, Galaxy” or “Wake up, Buddy”, it will automatically wake up and wait for your next command. This is really useful while you are driving or when both your hands are occupied. =)

Direct Call
So you are messaging a friend and you think the message will be really long. Well, just raise your phone to your ears like how you speak on a phone and a phone call will be made to the friend of yours. Simple but not really so useful. But it is definitely something good to have on your phone.

Smart Alert
This is another great feature in the new Galaxy SIII. Lets say you are really busy and u did not have the time to event turn on your phone to check for any notifications, missed calls or messages. But this new features will give you a small buzz if you have any notifications when you pick your phone up. There is no need to turn it on, just pick it up and you will know if you missed anything while you were away. Smart.

S-Beam
By using NFC and Direct WiFi, the Galaxy SIII can be used to send media or any file just by touching it’s back on another SIII. And Samsung claims that this is the fastest file transfer available now.

Buddy Photo Share
Take a group photo, SIII detects the faces, tagged them based on contact list images, prompt if you want to send the photo to people in the photo. You can also tap on a face in a photo to make a call or message that person. Hmm, not bad.

Pop Up Play
This feature actually lets you watch a video in a smaller window while you do something else like browse the web, etc. I personally don’t see how this is useful. Maybe Samsung made this feature to boast how good the quad-core processor is.

Intelligent Camera
Ok, the camera is pretty amazing. 8MP with LED flash. And it can now take 20 or 8 burst-shots and automatically chooses the best one for you. Although in the demo of this in Mobile Unpacked event, the “best” photo it chooses is not so well “best”. Or maybe we should say, it chooses the clearest, not the best.
Apart from that, you can also snap picture will recording a video now. Which is really useful at times.

Others:

Samsung announces that there is an optional wireless charger for the SIII. Just leave the device on the charging slot and it will charge wirelessly. And they also announce that they will have their own version of Apple Store called the Samsung Mobile Pin which have the same concept with the Apple store where people can experience and touch and feel everything. Lastly, The Galaxy SIII will be available in the end of May. 29th May 2012 to be exact. And we expect it to be available locally around Mid June or the end of June.

That’s about all you have to know about the event and the all new Samsung Galaxy SIII. So what do you think? It is awesome? Tell us what do you think at the comment section. Come on, tell us how excited you are, or you think this is just another regular smartphone?

UPDATE: The Galaxy SIII will be priced in the bracket of RM1800-2100 to keep the market competitive. Just all hope it will be RM1799! You WISH!!

Click here to see how the Samsung Galaxy SIII stands among the other flagship smartphones.

Click here for the Samsung Galaxy SIII commercial.

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ASUS Malaysia: Transformer Prime before CNY mostly at RM2199

The long awaited ASUS Transformer Prime will finally be here before the Chinese New Year Week. That means it will be here next week!

It is safe to say that it will be priced at RM2199 although there is no official announcement from ASUS Malaysia, but there are sources which priced the ASUS Transformer Prime at RM2199 and there are also pre-ordering already available a month ago from a few places and websites (With Keyboard Dock). Maybe you can get it cheaper without the Keyboard Dock.

And it is quite certain that we will be getting the Transformer Prime which is earlier announced and not the recently unveiled Transformer Prime in CES 2012 which comes with HD screen (1080p display with a 1920×1200 pixel SuperIPS+ screen) and improved front facing camera.

If you want a brand new toy to show off to your relatives this coming Chinese New Year, the ASUS Transformer Prime will blow them off!

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