The Samsung Galaxy S4 Unveiled: New King of Android Smartphones or perhaps the New King of Smartphones?

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Earlier, Samsung held an event to announce it’s highly anticipated Galaxy S4 device (successor of the highly successful Samsung Galaxy S3) and it appears to meet all the expectations thrown at it. It is one of the most important event for Samsung this year (Check out how HTC and LG troll Samsung in the event). As a successor to the S3, it looks fairly similar to the GS3 physically (yeah the plastic build remains) but internally, it packs a much powerful package.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 includes either an Exynos 5 chip from Samsung or a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor (depending on your region), with a full 2G of RAM and a huge 2,600mAh batter. You’ll be able to get this beast with 16, 32, or 64 G of storage, along with a microSD slot for expansion. We have an improvement in camera to 13MP from 8MP and many great software which come along with it. Though most of the software is not very useful or not something which will be useful in everyday usage, but the question is why not? Anything is better than nothing right?

It spots a 5-inches 1080p Super AMOLED screen which is longer. Yeah longer. And no one says anything this time. But undoubtedly, the screen looks amazing with over 400ppi available for your eyes to lust. 441ppi to be exact. It is also thinner and lighter than the Galaxy S3. In fact, it is only 0.1mm thicker than the iPhone 5. And it runs the most current version of Android which is the Android 4.2.2. And yes, yes the smart scroll is there which allows you to scroll up and down by tilting the device up and down and to pause videos when you are not paying attention. Sounds neat.

We dont have any pricing yet but it is expected to be priced similarly to the price of Samsung Galaxy S3 when it is first launched last year. We can start seeing it available as early as April and when it arrives in our shores, it will be May at the earliest.

So what is your verdict? Will the Samsung Galaxy S4 be the ONE? Will the iPhone remain at the top with iPhone 5S? Will HTC or NOKIA come out with an answer?

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Nokia’s answer to Lower-Mid range market with Nokia Lumia 620 priced at RM799

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If you wanted to get a phone that do not break your bank and not entirely ready to give up on specs, the Nokia Lumia 620 might just be the answer. Well, the only thing you have to give in is that the Lumia 620 is running Windows Phone 8 OS. We are not saying that the WP8 is not a good OS, just that more people will be expecting an Android device and this will be a disappointment. WP8 is a very solid and gracefully simple OS a mobile device can have. The only downside of it is that it is not yet matured enough to compete with the likes of Androids and iOS in terms of their solid ecosystem and the amount of apps available for these platforms.

Apart from that, the Nokia Lumia 620 is a brilliant phone as far as value for money is concern. For just RM799, features a 3.8inch ClearBlack screen with 246 ppi, 7 interchangeable back covers to suit your moods everyday, 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon s4 processor with 512MB RAM together with 8GB onboard storage capacity expandable to 64GB via microSD card. Surprisingly, it also offers NFC (you dont really need it but some just likes it to be there) alongside with the 5MP camera with 720p video.

For RM799, the specs above are considered very good and could be a very good choice of a mid level smartphone despite the lack of LTE support and running WP8 (We honestly dont think WP8 is a con for this phone but we think most people do. If you do, you suck! =D). If Nokia is not for you, HTC offers a device, HTC 8S, almost similar to the Lumia 620 but with a larger 4inch display might get some of your attention. But well, it is not so worth your money priced at RM999 but it might look more stylish and slimmer.

Nokia Lumia 620 will be available tomorrow.

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Maxis reveal iPhone 5 plans, Celcom open for pre-order!

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Maxis has revealed the plans for iPhone 5 and it looks almost similar to the iPhone 4S plan when the 4S first came out. The RRP of the device remained unchanged as ever pricing from RM2199 for 16GB model. Here is how the pricing goes:

iPhone 5 16GB – RM2,199
iPhone 5 32GB – RM2,499
iPhone 5 64GB – RM2,799
iPhone 4S 16GB – RM1,799
iPhone 4 8GB – RM1,449

For the bundled plans, Maxis is offering plans as low as RM100 per month and giving almost similar talk time, SMSes and Data. For more information, click on the image above. If you plan to get in contract with Maxis, you will be entitled to get the iPhone 5 for a cheaper price as such:

iPhone 5 16GB
iValue 1 (12 months) – RM1,699
iValue 1 (24 months) – RM1,399
iValue 2 (12 months) – RM1,599
iValue 2 (24 months) – RM1,149
iValue 3 (12 months) – RM1,199
iValue 3 (24 months) – RM449
iValue 4 (12 months) – RM1,099
iValue 4 (24 months) – FREE

iPhone 5 32GB
iValue 1 (12 months) – RM2,049
iValue 1 (24 months) – RM1,699
iValue 2 (12 months) – RM1,899
iValue 2 (24 months) – RM1,499
iValue 3 (12 months) – RM1,549
iValue 3 (24 months) – RM749
iValue 4 (12 months) – RM1,399
iValue 4 (24 months) – RM299

iPhone 5 64GB
iValue 1 (12 months) – RM2,349
iValue 1 (24 months) – RM2,049
iValue 2 (12 months) – RM2,249
iValue 2 (24 months) – RM1,799
iValue 3 (12 months) – RM1,849
iValue 3 (24 months) – RM1,649
iValue 4 (12 months) – RM699
iValue 4 (24 months) – RM299

Click here to get to Maxis iPhone page!

In the other hand, Celcom is NOW allowing pre-ordering of iPhone 5 but strangely, no plans have been reveal yet from the blue side. Here is how the page for pre-ordering looks like.

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If you are interested, click here to head there!

iPad Mini to cost RM1009 in Malaysia? [Rumor]

There is an insider information from a reliable source that says the new iPad mini will cost RM1009 in Malaysia. It is reported that the pricing is now in the system of retailers and shops that will be selling it. Compared to the price in Singapore which is SGD449 (around RM1120), the Malaysian price is alot cheaper. But it is normal that the price in Malaysia is cheaper because all Apple products in Malaysia are comparatively cheaper than in Singapore.

But if the iPad mini were to be priced at RM1009, it will be cheaper than the currently available iPod touch which cost RM1049 for the 32GB unit (iPod touch does not come in 16GB anymore). So the question is, will Apple be dropping the price of iPod touch in Malaysia after the iPad mini becomes available?

Regarding the availablity of iPad mini, it will be expected to come together with iPhone 5 and iPad 4th Gen. And the best guess we can give after so many rumors going around is that they will all be available before Christmas. Thats for sure! So wait up!

Contract Pricing for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 compared: Maxis vs Celcom vs Digi

The Samsung Galaxy Note II officially goes on sale in Malaysia today with the big 3 telcos – DiGi, Celcom and Maxis offering contract bundle plans for the device. Retailing at RM2,299, the 5.5″ Android phone-tablet with quad-core 1.6GHz processor is also available without contract at Samsung Elite Partners and there’s also a roadshow happening at MidValley from today until Sunday.

For most people, getting outright can be blow to your wallet. If you’re already using or thinking of getting a postpaid plan with data, having a contracted plan with a telco makes more sense with subsidised Galaxy Note II pricing. We have compared the plans and pricing from all 3 telcos in Malaysia to find out the total minimum cost of owning a Galaxy Note II.

First of all, the comparison made is based on the minimum cost of ownership possible. This is assuming you don’t exceed the minimum monthly commitment or incur access charges. In real life scenario, this might vary especially for DiGi’s Smart Plan where you’re only paying for data, while calls and SMS are charged separately. For Maxis, Value Postpaid plan bundling, we have taken the lowest Value Plus plan which is RM30/month for comparison sake.

In terms of contract duration, all 3 telcos offer 12 months contract while only Maxis and DiGi offer the longest 24 months option. Celcom in the other hand has a middle ground option of 18 months, which is their longest contract duration available. Click on the tables below for larger size.

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24 Months

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For DiGi, there’s extra monthly rebate savings for those that opt for auto-billing but we have omitted it as not all might choose this payment option. On Maxis, it is worth pointing out that Maxis One Club members will get to enjoy free advance payment waiver for all TalkMore 78 and Value Postpaid plans.

When deciding which plan is for you, the minimum ownership cost is just for a baseline reference. You would need to think about your current call, SMS and data usage pattern to find out which plan is suited for your need. There’s also network coverage and service quality to consider as well. Since you’re committing to a contract, it is best to stay with a telco that has optimal service at your area as cancelling a contract halfway would attract unnecessary penalty charges.

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Complete pricelist of iPad mini line-up: Pricing starts at RM761 [Unconfirmed]

Many have been wondering how much will the iPad mini cost when it hits the market. Will it be competitive in the 7-inch tablet market? Well we hope so.

Recently there is a complete line up of the iPad mini prices published in a German weblog. The price looks very competitive to us. You can actually get a 64GB version iPad mini for a price lower than a 16GB iPad 3rd Gen. Provided if you are not concerned about the smaller screen.

Here is the list:

  • 8GB iPad mini Wi-Fi in Black – $249 (RM761)
  • 8GB iPad mini Wi-Fi in White – $249 (RM761)
  • 16GB iPad mini Wi-Fi in Black – $349 (RM1067)
  • 16GB iPad mini Wi-Fi in White – $349 (RM1067)
  • 32GB iPad mini Wi-Fi in Black – $449 (RM1373)
  • 32GB iPad mini Wi-Fi in White – $449 (RM1373)
  • 64GB iPad mini Wi-Fi in Black – $549 (RM1680)
  • 64GB iPad mini Wi-Fi in White – $549 (RM1680)
  • 32GB iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular in Black – $549(RM1680)
  • 32GB iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular in White- $549 (RM1680)
  • 64GB iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular in Black – $649 (RM1985)
  • 64GB iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular in White- $649 (RM1985)

We assume that Cellular means we will be able to make phone calls from it. But dont keep your hope up just yet because this might not be true or it might just not work in countries other than US or Canada. But overall, we think the price is very competitive and we will see a huge sales of this device in the holiday seasons.

What about the rumored 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display?

What you think about the price? Worth considering?

*We hope the currency used is USD and not Euro. If it is Euro, the cheapest iPad will cost around RM987. Which is still cheap in our opinion. But not that competitive anymore. But anyway, the price will be revealed soon (23rd Oct). So stay tuned.

*Pricing converted in current conversion rate in a direct conversion.

Roundup on Apple’s iPhone 5 Event!

The Apple iPhone 5 event was packed with juicy stuffs and we are sure Apple fans will be very happy with the new iPhone 5. Yes, the iPhone 5 is announced together with lots of other stuffs. Although most of the things announced about the iPhone 5 was leaked in a way or another, this is still very exciting. Here is a highlights and list of info round up you want to know.

Here’s everything that Apple announced at today’s keynote:

Everything Apple Announced At Today’s iPhone 5 Event [Mega-Roundup]

iPhone 5

  • New4-inch 326ppi Retina display, with 1136×640 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Same width, but slightly taller
  • A6 CPU is 2x faster than iPhone 4S A5 CPU
  • New 8-pin Lightning sync-cable replaces old 30-pin connector
  • LTE, HSPA+, and DC-HSDPA cellular data and 802.11 a/b/g/n Wifi
  • Battery life has been improved to 8 hours of 3G/LTE talk time
  • Camera has been upgraded to 8 megapixel sensor, with hybrid IR filter, five element lens, and f/2.4 aperture
  • Panorama feature can create 28megapixel photos
  • Screen has 44% more color saturation and improved integrated touch sensors
  • Three new microphones on the iPhone 5 and Enhanced Audio
  • It’s 7.6mm thin which is 18% thinner than the iPhone 4S
  • At 112 grams it’s also 20% lighter than iPhone 4S
  • Comes in black and white at 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB
  • Price is the same as iPhone 4S when it is first announced (expected to be RM2199)
  • Pre-orders start September 14th, and ship on September 21st (Singapore will be getting it on 21st September, expect Malaysia to get it on October 2012)

Everything Apple Announced At Today’s iPhone 5 Event [Mega-Roundup]

Lightning Connector

  • New 8-pin Lightning sync-cable replaces old 30-pin connector
  • 80% smaller than the old iPod cables
  • Improved durability
  • An adapter will be available so you can still use old accessories with the iPhone 5

New iPods

  • iPod Nano has been redesigned with a 2.5inch display
  • iPod Nano now has Bluetooth, Lightning port, widescreen video, and longer battery life
  • Lightning port and FM Tuner integrated to iPod Nano and it comes in 7 different colors
  • New iPod Touch now comes with same 4inch display as the iPhone 5, an A5 processor, and Lightning port.
  • iPod Touch battery life last 40 hours, and it’s got the same iPhone 5 iSight camera, and is only 6.1mm thin
  • There’s a new iPod Touch Loop accessory so you can wrap it around your wrist and not drop it
  • Siri and AirPlay mirroring comes to the iPod Touch now, along with improvements for wireless across the board
  • Siri is now available on the iPod Touch
  • 2GB iPod Shuffle, RM169, 16GB iPod Nano, RM529, and new 32GB iPod Touch, RM1049 , 64GB version for RM1399, available in October.

Everything Apple Announced At Today’s iPhone 5 Event [Mega-Roundup]

New EarPods

  • Apple spent 3-years designing new headphones they’re calling EarPods
  • The EarPods are supposed to fit almost everyone’s ear and direct sound into the eardrum
  • They have the same inline mic and volume control point
  • They will be included with iPhone 5, iPod Touch and iPod and are available now.

Everything Apple Announced At Today’s iPhone 5 Event [Mega-Roundup]

New iTunes

  • iTunes for Mac has iCloud built-in
  • New edge to edge design features an album view that expands when you click on individual albums
  • Split screen view lets you browse your full library will adding songs to a playlist
  • Select “play next” to add songs to the new “Up Next” queue feature
  • Search has been improved for inline viewing
  • iTunes for iOS has been redesigned, runs across all stores, books, music and video.
  • iTunes for Mac store now looks similar to iOS counterpart
  • Facebook likes integrated into every entry
  • Available in late October

Everything Apple Announced At Today’s iPhone 5 Event [Mega-Roundup]

iOS 6

  • Maps search engine now finds points of interest and has 3D flyover views of cities
  • From Notification Center you can tap to Tweet or Post to Facebook
  • Safari now has fullscreen mode so it can use the entire display
  • PhotoStream lets users share photos, like, and comment on them, but it’s not integrated with Facebook
  • Siri has been upgraded to know more about sports, movies, restaurant reviews, Facebook integration, etc.
  • Apps not optimized for 16:9 aspect ratio are centered with black bars so they work as intended
  • Release date – September 19th (So everyone iDevices, get updated soon!!)

Everything Apple Announced At Today’s iPhone 5 Event [Mega-Roundup]

Quick Stats

  • 83 million people visit the Apple store every quarter.
  • 7 Million copies of Mountain Lion have been downloaded so far
  • Apple is No. 1 in U.S. market share for notebooks for last three months
  • 17 million iPads were sold between April and June
  • The iPad commands 68% of the tablet market share, but 91% of all tablet web traffic
  • 350 million iPods have been sold to date
  • Apple has sold 600 million earbuds over the years
  • Along with 380 retail stores, Apple opened up a new store in Barcelona. It’s awesome and has gorgeous limestone.

Price Drops

  • iPhone 4 (8GB) should be priced at RM1199 contract free
  • iPhone 4S (16GB) should be RM1799 contract free
  • iPhone 3GS is no longer for sale, goodbye!

So will you get the new iPhone 5? or any of the gorgeous iPods? I am so very tempted!
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