Sony has officially announced the availability of its single SIM Sony Xperia tipo in Malaysia at the price of RM499. This is one of the cheapest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smart phone you can get right now. The Xperia tipo comes after the Xperia tipo dual that comes with dual-sim support, priced at RM559.
To recap the specs, it is powered by a modest 800MHz Qualcomm processor, 512MB of RAM and 2.9GB of storage which is expandable with microSD. The front has a 3.2″ TFT display that does 480×320 pixels resolution. It comes with a 3.2MP camera that shoots VGA resolution videos. Powering the device is 1,500mAh battery which is rather generous for a entry level device.
Overall it weighs 99 grams and has a thickness of 13mm. Three colours are available – Classic White, Deep Red and Navy Blue. For a limited time, Sony is also bundling a CTIA stereo handset worth RM75. Visit the Xperia tipo page for more info.
We think that Sony devices are great. They are well built and feels good in your hand unlike plasticky feel Samsung devices. This will prove to be a strong competition for Samsung’s Galaxy Y which dominates the entry level market now. Lets see what happens now.
[Samsung Galaxy SII]
The Galaxy SII despite being an older model replaced by the new super thin and powerful Galaxy SIII, it is still a very capable phone sporting a 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus display and 1.2GHz dual-core processor (albeit running on TI OMAP4430 variety). And if you dont mind that it is an older model, you can now get it for only RM1499 outright. That is a RM200 price slash from RM1699 previously. And the best part is that the Galaxy SII can be updated to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
[Samsung Galaxy S Advance]
Same goes to the Samsung Galaxy Advance which also got a RM200 price slash to an incredible pricing of just RM1099. This is a pricing of a budget phone and you still get a dual-core 1.0GHz processor, 4.0″ Super AMOLED display with generous serving of 768MB RAM.
If you need a smartphone urgently and you are tight in budget, these 2 smartphones are the answers. If you have all the money in the world, you should opt for the Samsung Galaxy SIII or sit and wait for the next iPhone or the rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (with a even larger screen).
Samsung Galaxy S II i9100G owners can now do the happy dance as Samsung has started rolling out Android 4.0 update for the TI OMAP-based device.
The update is currently being released across several countries but it is not considered as a global release just yet so users in Malaysia may or may not have received the update. If you’re an i900G owner, check Kies of any update notifications. If there is any please do let us know so that we can update this post. Thanks in advanced.
In the meantime, check out the new features you will enjoy with ICS on the Galaxy S II. Here’s a comparison between a Galaxy S II running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a Galaxy S II running ICS.
Samsung confirms that the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab wont be getting the latest Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich. The reason for this was explained by Samsung saying that the combination of TouchWiz skin, video calling features, widgets and localisation as a hindrance for a possible update. Another reasoning is the lack of available memory capacity. But there is always a way to get the Ice Cream Sandwich to your beloved Galaxy S and Tab unofficially!
Or it is time to get the Galaxy Nexus!!!
Samsung Electronics announced that they will be providing all the Galaxy devices with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) on the 1st quarter of 2012. Galaxy SII and Galaxy Note will get it first followed by the others.
The ICS-upgradable devices are the GALAXY S II, GALAXY S II LTE, GALAXY Note, GALAXY R, GALAXY Tab 10.1, GALAXY Tab 8.9, GALAXY Tab 7.7, and GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus. I do not know about the rest but it is pretty sad to see only limited devices will receive the upgrade. Cannot wait for it? Get the Galaxy Nexus, the first ICS powered smartphone. If you want to find out if any particular device will be receiving the upgrade or not, just drop us a comment below.
The ASUS highly anticipated tablet is official for a few weeks now and there haven’t been much news about it. But now we have a video on the Transformer Prime running Ice Cream Sandwich with its Tegra 3 Quad-core processor. And it looks yummy! Especially with the thickness of only 8.3mm! Check on the short video running through various demos and a highly demanding game which looks really good and smooth.
Here you go:
The ASUS Transformer Prime will ship in the US on December and we expect it to reach here around January 2012 (finger crossed). It will not ship with the Ice Cream Sandwich but ASUS promises an upgrade.
If you do not know how good this tablet is, check out ASUS’s official Transformer Prime’s page recently put up.
We have to say that what we love most on the Transformer Prime is the processor. What do you love most on the Transformer Prime?
Samsung UK recently confirms that the famous Samsung flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S2 will be getting Ice Cream Sandwich update but no there is no confirmed date yet. With Samsung UK confirming the news, we can be sure that the Android Ice Cream Sandwich updates will be available for Galaxy S2 worldwide including Malaysia. Our prediction will be around early 2012 because Samsung will have to tweak the version with its own look and feel and the TouchWiz user interface.
Samsung Galaxy S2 is currently running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). And the Ice Cream Sandwich is very highly anticipated by all the Android users out there!
We will keep you posted on the exact date the Ice Cream Sandwich will be available for Galaxy S2. Stay tuned.
The Ice Cream Sandwich source code is already out in the wild for people who cannot wait for the official Samsung’s version of the update.
Here is the Ice Cream Sandwich introduction video: