The iPad mini with Retina Display is now available in Malaysia via the Apple Online Store. The highly-awaited tablet is now available from RM1279. The release of the smaller iPad comes just 24 hours after the new iPad Air was made available in Malaysia via various outlets.
Announced back in October, the new iPad mini with Retina Display pushes the smaller iPad firmly to flagship status, featuring the latest A7 64-bit processor and, more importantly, fitting a Retina Display onto the 7.9-inch display – a feature many had been clamouring for.
Currently, the new iPad mini with Retina Display is only available at the Apple Online Store, with the pricing as follows:
- 16GB: RM1279
- 32GB: RM1599
- 64GB: RM1929
- 128GB: RM2249
WiFi + LTE:
- 16GB: RM1699
- 32GB: RM2029
- 64GB: RM2349
- 128GB: RM2679
Apple is promising delivery times between 5-7 business days for the iPad Mini Retina. At the time of writing, none of the major telcos have announced any plans for the iPad mini with Retina Display yet, although Maxis have released a teaser for the tablet with a “Coming Soon” tag.
Head on to the Apple Online Store now to find out more.
Russian company Yota Devices have finally made official its revolutionary new smartphone, the YotaPhone. First seen almost exactly a year ago, the YotaPhone is markedly different from any other smartphone in the market today, with the introduction of a second display at the back of the device.
The YotaPhone is powered by an older Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro dual-core 1.7GHz processor with 2GB of RAM, 32GB onboard storage, 13MP rear camera, LTE connectivity, 1800mAh battery, and of course, a 4.3-inch 720p LCD display, as well as a secondary 4.3-inch 640 x 360 e-ink display. In terms of specs, the Android 4.2.2-running YotaPhone definitely does not seem to justify the rather high price tag, but Yota Devices have taken steps to ensure that the YotaPhone’s e-ink display is more than just a marketing gimmick.
For starters, the YotaPhone will come pre-installed with “YotaPhone apps” that make use of the secondary display, and utilizes unique gestures to “throw” information from the main display to the rear always-on display. At this point, if you’re wondering about how the secondary display will affect battery life, well…you shouldn’t. E-ink displays are more often seen in e-book readers, and these monochromatic displays are known for their battery-sipping properties.
What’s more of a concern is in the device’s heat management. To alleviate the issue, Yota’s engineers have devised a patent-protected system that dissipates heat from the processor away from the heat-sensitive electronic paper display, while still maintaining a chassis that is acceptably thin and light (the YotaPhone maxes out at 9.99mm and weighs 146g). On top of that, an SDK has been released as promised for third-party developers to introduce more ways to use the e-ink display.
The YotaPhone is available now via the company’s official online store for €499 (around RM2200). Unfortunately, despite the online availability the YotaPhone will only be available in the its native Russia and selected European countries. By the middle of next year, Yota Devices CEO Vlad Martynov estimates that the YotaPhone will only be available in over 20 countries worldwide.
We were fortunate enough to get a brief hands-on with the Lumia 1520 ahead of the official launch in Malaysia. The Lumia 1520 is Nokia’s first foray into the Phablet segment and is actually the first Windows Phone Phablet in the market as well. Check out the video on Lowyat.TV to see what all the fuss is about!
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Ahead of the media launch event for the HTC One Max on Thursday, our sources have told us that HTC’s first phablet would retail for a pretty steep RM2,499. Putting things into perspective, RM2,499 was the price of the Nokia Lumia 1020 and with this new development, the 1020 look like a whole better buy. Coming out of frequencies Asia a few months ago, we were hoping for the One Max to be bundled with the awesome battery case, but as far as we know, that is not the case.
We have 2 days until the official launch to see if the price really is RM2,499 for the phone only but for now, stocks are apparently already available. Head on over to your nearest HTC store to check it out.
EDIT: The Playstation Blog has already confirmed the retail price in Malaysia to be RM1,799 console only, RM1,899 with camera and controllers to retail for RM249 each. The PS4 will be available on the 20th of December. Check out the link here! – Thanks willichs88 and Imagine!
Sony Malaysia is holding a press conference regarding its highly-anticipated next-gen console, the PlayStation 4. We’re expecting the company to announce everything about the new console, from the retail price, availability, as well as everything in between. Just like our earlier liveblog on the new Apple iPad Mini Retina Display and iPad Air, we will be giving live updates for everything that happens during the press conference, and after.
Do join us as we discuss all about the PS4 from 3pm. Share your thoughts in the liveblog above!
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Confirming an earlier tweet from last week, Jolla’s Sailfish operating system will be powered by Nokia’s HERE mapping and positioning technology. In addition, the company also announced that Jolla smartphone owners will be able to download Android apps from Yandex, an alternative Android store.
The integration of Nokia’s HERE technologies was one of the most anticipated features that was yet to be announced by Jolla, and further strengthens the company’s Nokia roots. Having a mapping solution with up-to-date map data and location information from over 190 countries in the world is a clear advantage for the fledgling platform. Earlier this week, it was also announced that another alternative mobile operating system, Tizen, would be integrating HERE’s technologies.
In addition, Jolla has also finally shared details on the company’s distribution of Android apps to its users. A Russian-based alternative Android app store, Yandex, which was selected after the company considered “a number” of alternative app stores. Yandex has over 85,000 Android apps in its store, with the most popular apps available such as Facebook, Twitter, Viber, WeChat, Skype, Foursquare, as well as Angry Birds. Yandex also supports in-app purchases and is available in 37 languages.
Finally, the Jolla website has also been updated to reveal more about its upcoming device, which is slated to be released by Christmas this year. Head on to jolla.com to find out more.
In yet another twist in the tale that is BlackBerry, it was revealed that the Canadian company would be calling off the sale of the company in favour of raising US$1b from its largest shareholder as well as other institutional investors. BlackBerry’s largest shareholder, Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd, has agreed to buy US$250 million of the seven-year subordinated debentures, which will be convertible into common shares at $10. BlackBerry did not name the other institutional investors participating in the deal.
CEO Thorsten Heins would also be stepping down in two weeks, succeeded in the interim by former John Chen, CEO of Sybase – a database software company that SAP AG acquired in 2010. Chen, who will also be BlackBerry’s new executive chairman, joined private equity group Silver Lake as senior adviser a year ago.
What does this mean for BlackBerry? Despite the drop of about 12% to share prices this morning, the future may be in this glimmer of hope that with change and new funding, the former mobile powerhouse will have its time in the sun again. For now, only time will tell.
HTC Malaysia has today announced the local availability of its HTC One Mini smartphone. The device, a smaller variant of its flagship HTC One, is available from today at a retail price of RM1699.
The HTC One Mini was announced at the end of July this year, and features a 4.3-inch 720p Super LCD 3 display, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with 1GB of RAM. The smartphone’s 16GB of storage is, unfortunately, non-expandable.
What’s also interesting about the One Mini is the fact that the 4MP UltraPixel camera from the flagship HTC One is also fitted on the HTC One Mini – though the Optical Image Stabilisation feature has been omitted. Similarly, the other software enhancements found on the HTC One such as HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Zoe as well as HTC BoomSound also makes an appearance on the HTC One Mini.
The HTC One Mini is available in two colours, Stealth Black and Glacial Silver. Find out more about the HTC One Mini at HTC’s official website here.
Confused between choosing the HTC One Mini or the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini? Check out our cheat sheet here!