After unleashing the new Transformer Book T100 (in two different wave, nevertheless) and Transformer Book Trio in our market, ASUS Malaysia have now announced that they have released yet another Windows 8-based Transformer Book in our market. This particular model is called the Transformer Book T300 and just like the T100, it is also a 2-in-1 device as the top part of T300 can be detached to be used as a tablet.
However, almost everything about the Transformer T300 is much more powerful or larger than the T100. For example, the T300 is powered by the 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor and is equipped with a 13.3-inch 1920×1080 IPS touch display. It is also comes with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 128GB SSD. In terms of battery life, ASUS claimed that the T300’s is able to last up to 8 hours via it’s 6710mAh battery.
The new ASUS Transformer Book T300 will be made available in Malaysia starting from this week onwards with a price tag of RM 3399. The full specifications sheet is available after the jump but in case you need to know more, head on to the nearest ASUS Malaysia’s dealer or visit my.asus.com.
Today is the 11th of December and as promised, Asus has finally officially taken the curtains off its Padfone Mini, a 4.3” smartphone. Like its larger sibling, the Padfone Mini comes with a tablet dock, but it too has also been shrunk to a smaller size of 7”.
The Padfone Mini was launched just hours ago in Taiwan and as expected, it also packs less powerful hardware under its hood to allow for a more affordable price tag – 1.4GHz Snapdragon MSM8226 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 960 x 540 resolution on phone and 1,280 x 800 on the tablet, 16GB of expandable storage, Android 4.3 out of the box with 1,500mAh and 2,200mAh batteries in the smartphone and tablet respectively. Camera wise, it has an 8MP rear shooter on board with some custom features such as Hi-Light “Owl Mode” and high speed continuous shooting.
The device is currently available in Taiwan for NT$11,990 (approximately RM1,300) and according to Engadget, Asus plans to expand it to the U.S., Europe and Asia; let’s keep our fingers crossed that Malaysia is in that list.
It looks like two new devices have recently been given a vanilla treat by Google, the Mountain View company just took the curtains off the Google Play editions of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3. They are available in Google Play Store immediately for the folks in the US.
As with existing Google Play Edition devices – the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, both these devices feature the exact same hardware as the original version, except for it runs on stock Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. This means that the Sony Xperia Z Ultra features the same 6.4” 1080p display, is powered by 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 8MP rear camera with Exmor RS sensor, 2MP front camera and 3,000mAh battery. One thing to note though is that the Z Ultra listing in Google Play Store lacks the Xperia branding so maybe Sony has got something interesting to announce at a later date.
The LG G Pad 8.3 on the other hand also features the same 8.3” 1080p display as the original G Pad. Powered by a Snapdragon 600 processor, it has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 5MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front shooter. It will also run on the latest Android version – 4.4 KitKat, out of the box.
I guess it’s safe to say that most flagship 5” smartphones in the market has a “mini” version – the HTC One mini, Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, Sony Xperia Z1f/s (a 4.3” Xperia Z1 for the Japanese market / the rumored international Z1 mini), and it looks like the Asus Padfone Infinity is no exception. Asus will soon be taking the curtains off its Padfone mini, the manufacturer has already sent out an invitation to media in its home country for a Padfone mini launch event.
But we don’t have to wait till then to check out how it will look like, thanks to @evleaks, images of the Padfone mini have made their way to the internet ahead of the launch, showing off not only a smaller smartphone, but also a smaller tablet dock. Like most of the “minis” out there, the Padfone mini will come with a 4.3” display and less powerful hardware on the inside such as a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, a lower resolution display and only 3G connectivity instead of LTE. It will work like the existing Asus Padfone but instead of a full-sized 10” tablet, the Padfone mini will have a 7” dock.
Unfortunately though, the invitation is only for Taiwan with no hints of whether it’ll get an international launch. If it does, will its new mini size and hopefully a more affordable price tag attract you to the Asus Padfone mini?
Following the arrival of iPad Mini with Retina Display at Apple Malaysia’s online store last week, the new tablet is now heading to external retailers this week. According to Mac City, Machines and Switch, the scheduled availability date for the tablet has been set at 12 December which is this coming Thursday.
As usual, the pricing for iPad Mini with Retina Display at these retailers are identical to Apple Malaysia’s online store which ranging from RM 1279 for 16GB W-Fi variant to RM 2679 for 128GB 4G model. Just like the equally new iPad Air, customers are able to obtain iPad Mini with Retina Display either in Space Grey or Silver colourway.
So, if you are planning to order an iPad Mini with Retina Display from Apple Malaysia’s online store today, don’t do that just yet. Instead, head on to your favourite Apple retailers this Thursday to obtain your new iPad right away if possible – rather than waiting for the delivery guy to send it over.
The iPad Air may have already been in our Malaysian market for a couple of days now but Celcom and DiGi both just unveiled their iPad Air bundle earlier this morning. If you wish to get the latest full-sized iPad from Apple but do not wish to pay the full price, check out what these 3 telcos have got to offer when you sign up for a contract with them:
*DiGi’s iPad Air bundle comes with zero contract but if you port out or change plan before 24 months, the upfront and advance payment you made during purchase will be forfeited.
Today is the 9th of December and if you’ve been patiently waiting to see what Celcom has got to offer for it’s iPad Air bundle, here it is. Celcom is offering the new iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, from as low as RM1,248 when you sign up for a Celcom First iPad data plan. The telco is offering the device with a 12- or 24-months contract with a monthly commitment from as low as RM50.
Celcom isn’t the only one who unveiled their iPad Air bundle, it looks like DiGi too has taken the curtain off their iPad Air deals and as with previous iPad “bundles”, DiGi is offering the iPad Air with zero contract but tries to tie you down with attractive rebates.
Unfortunately though, the telco has some pretty limited deals – only 1 variant and 1 tablet plan option – 16GB iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular (Silver) for the price of RM1,453 with an upfront payment of RM576 and advance payment of RM50. The early payment will be rebated back to you on a monthly basis and will be forfeited if you end the contract before 24 months.
Made available in Malaysia just 4 days ago, the iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular is also available with Maxis. For those who prefer to purchase the Wi-Fi only option or do not wish to sign up for a contract, the iPad Air is also available on the Malaysian Apple Online Store, as well as via various Apple resellers like senQ, Switch and more. Check out our recap post for the iPad air and find out where you can land your hands on one today, just in time for Christmas.
First revealed to the world back in October, the new Acer Iconia W4 which made its debut in Malaysia at PIKOM PC Fair in KLCC today is pretty much the Taiwanese company’s second attempt to deliver full Windows 8.1 experience in a small 8-inch form factor. Joining the ASUS Transformer T100 which was released in October, the Iconia W4 is also the second Windows 8.1 tablet to be powered by the Bay Trail-based 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3740 processor in our market.
When the Iconia W3 was released into the market earlier this year, the device’s TN display was criticized for its low brightness and bad viewing angles. Acer promised to fix that problem and true enough, the Iconia W4 is equipped with an 8-inch 1280×800 IPS display instead that is way brighter and also has a better viewing angle than Iconia W3’s display.
The new tablet also features 2GB LPDDR3 memory and a built-in 64GB eMMC as its internal storage. As per most tablets out there, there are not much I/O ports on Iconia W4 as we are looking at micro USB, micro HDMI, 3.5mm combo audio jack and a microSD card slot. There is also a pair of stereo speakers located at the bottom area of the tablet.
There are still more to see of the new Acer Iconia W4 Windows 8.1 tablet. Click on the Read More link below (if available) to see further.