Somehow, this one (and Celcom’s too) missed our radar. Like a ninja, DiGi have quietly put up the registration of interest (RoI) pages on their official website recently for two new iPads that were announced by Apple last month: iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display.
Through the RoI pages, customers are asked to note down their colour of choice for the iPad which comes in two options: Space Gray and Silver. Furthermore, DiGi also asked customers to choose their preferred amount of storage (up to 128GB) as well. As the RoI pages didn’t contain any deadlines, do note that these pages might be closed down without any warning.
Since Celcom have announced that they are going to release iPad Air on 9 December, I predict that the same date applies to DiGi too although the release date for iPad Mini with Retina Display is still anyone’s guess. Expect plenty of information regarding both devices to be revealed by both telcos in the new few weeks as we get closer to December.
It was a big day for Microsoft. Late last night, the company announced the arrival of possibly the app that every Windows Phone 8 user had been waiting for: Instagram. A few hours later, Microsoft also announced that popular GPS navigation app, Waze, is now also available for the platform. Two new apps that already exist on other platforms may not sound like much, but for Microsoft and its WP8 ecosystem, this is huge.
So huge, that it may be time to truly take Windows Phone seriously as an alternative to Android and iOS.
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Today, HTC launched its first Phablet here in Malaysia, the HTC One Max and just like what was speculated, it will retail for RM2,499. The rather luxurious price is for the 16GB version of the device and HTC have said that there are no plans to bring in the 32GB version of the device. Disappointingly, HTC have also confirmed that the battery cover will be a separate purchase with no plans of bundling them and will retail for “about RM300″. Unfortunately, the cover will not be available now, rather at a later date.
We can’t say we are happy with this price nor with the fact that its not bundled with one of the most interesting things about the device. In fact, the Lumia 1020, at RM2,499 is probably a better buy with the camera grip bundled in.
Yesterday, Logitech have officially take the drape off their Powershell Controller + Battery for iPhone which was leaked out back earlier this year. Available in United States right away, the product is essentially a case with built-in gamepad-style controller buttons that takes advantage of the game controller support in iOS 7. The case is also able to charge users device while in use as it also includes an internal 1500mAh batter.
While it is a norm to see a new products to be released in United States first, I’m a little bit surprised that Logitech Malaysia website have listed the new product as “Coming Soon”. Not only that, the website has also published the price for the case at RM 399 – slight higher than its U.S price tag of USD 99.99 (RM 321).
It is not known on how soon will Logitech Malaysia release the new Powershell Controller + Battery for iPhone in our market since they have yet to publicly announce it to consumers here. However, the official press release did mentioned that the product is expected to be available outside of US next month. So, the chances to see the case in Malaysia are actually quite high.
It is indeed a joyful day for Windows Phone 8 users out there. Not only Instagram is finally made available to them but there is another well-known app that has also arrived on the platform. That app is Waze, a community-based traffic and navigation application which is already quite popular on Android and iOS.
If you are not familiar with the application, here is list of features that you can expect from Waze for Windows Phone 8 according to the developer team:
- Live routing based on community-generated, real-time traffic and road info.
- Community-contributed road alerts including accidents, hazards, police traps, road closures and more.
- Automatic re-routing as conditions on the road change.
- Learns your frequent destinations, commuting hours and preferred routes.
- Finds the cheapest gas station along your route.
- Simple sharing of your ETA, expected delays and a heads up upon arrival./p>
- Earn points and move up the ranks in your community as you contribute road info.
- Live maps, constantly edited and updated by Waze community map editors.
Now that Waze is finally available for the operating system, Windows Phone users can now be at ease as many thought that the app will not see the light of the day after Waze was acquired by Google earlier this year. If you are ready to experience Waze on your Windows Phone device, click on this link to download it for free from Windows Phone Store.
Local telco Celcom have announced that they will be releasing the new Apple iPad Air in Malaysia starting from Monday, 9 December 2013. The version that they will carry is the 4G version, which will be able to take advantage of the telco’s LTE network.
User are able to register their interest for the tablet on Celcom’s website right away. There is no mention on the availability of iPad Mini with Retina Display though although customers are already able to register their interest for it also through Celcom’s website.
Celcom is the only one who already announced their commitment for iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display though as DiGi have also set up the registration of interest page for both devices on their website. It is unknown for now whether DiGi will also be releasing the iPad Air on 9 December but knowing Apple, the chances are rather high.
After posting numerous teaser online, Nokia Malaysia are finally ready to launch the new Lumia 1520 6-inch full HD phablet in Malaysia. The launch will take place on 26 November according to the media invite that have just landed in our inbox.
Surprisingly, the event will also see the launch of Nokia MixRadio service as well. The free music service (subscription-based option that offers enhanced features is available as well) which is exclusive to Nokia Lumia owners is actually a rebranded Nokia Music service which have just landed in Malaysia last month.
So, here comes the golden question: how much will the Lumia 1520 cost? Will it be around the range of Lumia 1020…okay, let’s not go there.
Listen up Windows Phone 8 users; the day that many of you might have been waiting for is finally here: Instagram for Windows Phone* is now available for download. Announced at the recent Nokia World 2013 in Abu Dhabi, Windows Phone is the third platform to receive an official client from the hugely popular photo sharing social network after iOS and Android.
However, the Instagram client for Windows Phone is currently still in beta stage. According to the team, they are focusing on bringing the app to Windows Phone users as swiftly as possible which is why some functionalities might be missing from it such as video capture and upload.
To date, there are more than 150 million Instagram users throughout the world and with the addition of official support for Windows Phone, the amount of Instagram users will increase even further. So, head on to this link to download the app and start sharing your snapshots to Instagram (officially) right from your Windows Phone devices.
*Only compatible with Windows Phone 8. Sorry, Windows Phone 7.8 users!
In what seems to be the most powerful Snapdragon mobile processor that the company have ever produced, Qualcomm earlier today have unveiled the latest addition to the company’s high-end Snapdragon 800 processor series in the form of Snapdragon 805. With up to 40-percent more graphics power than its predecessor, the new processors is apparently designed to deliver Ultra HD experience on mobile devices and Ultra HD TVs.
While the existing line-up of Snapdragon 800 processors are already able to deliver Ultra HD experience if you can recall the announcement back at CES earlier this year, the new Adreno 420 GPU in Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 apparently able to bring that experience further with the new support for hardware tessellation and geometry shaders. The new SoC also features HQV video processing engine and 4K H.265 hardware decoder.
The CPU section of Snapdragon 805 is rather impressive as well; its Krait 450 quad-core CPU is able to run at a maximum speed of up to 2.5GHz per core. Additionally, the SoC also supports memory bandwidth of up to 25.6 GBps which is way higher than previous Snapdragon 800 processors. Not enough with that, Snapdragon 805 also comes with gigapixel throughput camera support and sensor processing with gyro integration through its custom DSP which is designed to provide fast and high quality mobile photography experience.
In terms of connectivity, Qualcomm partners have the options to integrate the new Snapdragon 805 SoC with either Qualcomm’s own Gobi MDM9x25 or the newly announced Gobi MDM9x35 LTE Advanced modem, together with the 2-stream dual-band Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip.
As impressive all the features above might sound, products based on Snapdragon 805 SoC is expected to be available only in the first half of 2014. So, don’t ditch your Snapdragon 800-based products just yet.
MediaTek is not a foreign name when it comes to smartphones and tablets as the company is responsible for producing processors that are equipped into those devices especially in the low and mid-range segment of the market. That doesn’t mean they don’t have much to show though as the company have just announced their brand new MT6592 system-on-a-chip (SoC) which is claimed to be the world’s first true octa-core processor for mobile devices.
The new MediaTek MT6592 SoC is equipped with eight ARM Cortex-A7 CPU cores that are able to run at a clock speed that goes as high as 2GHz per core. While the SoC is capable of running all eight core at the same time, its architecture is rather scalable and comes with scheduling algorithm that monitors temperature as well as power consumption that helps the processor perform optimally at all times.
Equipped with ARM Mali GPU, the SoC supports full HD display, H.265 and VP9 video codecs, 16-megapixels camera, and Ultra HD 4Kx2K playback. It also features MediaTek’s own in-house technology called ClearMotion which is said able to provide smoother video playback by converting video with frame rate of 24 or 30 fps to 60fps automatically.
To complete the whole package, the MediaTek MT6592 SoC also comes standard with multi-mode cellular modem together with the support for dual-band 801.11n Wi-Fi, Miracast, Bluetooth, GPS and FM tuner. The SoC is expected to be featured on Android Jelly Bean devices by end of 2013 followed by Android Kit Kat devices sometime in early 2014.
Apple is rumoured to be developing an “iPad Pro” tablet for an early-2014 announcement. The tablet will be a larger-screen variant of the original 9.8-inch iPad, and rumours indicate that the display will be a massive 12.9 inches across – almost two inches larger that 11.6-inch hybrids available today.
According to a report in the Korea Times, a “first-tier” display supplier – likely to be either Samsung or LG – is already manufacturing these 12.9-inch screens with a view to the new iPad’s announcement early next year. More interesting is the display’s resolution: an official at an Apple supplier in Korea said the following:
“The 12.9-inch iPad will have improved picture quality. As the Apple partner intends to boost its lineup for displays that have almost ultra high-definition (UHD) quality, the upcoming iPad will provide very clear quality similar to that of UHD.”
The large-screen iPad is likely a move to counter Samsung’s slow but steady chipping of Apple’s previously unassailable market share in tablets. A Strategy Analytics analysis reported that last quarter alone Samsung’s tablet market share was only 6.9% away from Apple’s, the first time that Samsung’s market share difference was narrowed to a one-digit figure.