As mentioned previously, Acer Malaysia is about to launch couple of new notebooks today and one of them is the Acer Aspire P3. The 11.6-inch convertible Ultrabook will be available from today onwards and will come with either Intel Core i3 or Intel Pentium processors.
The price tag for the device has been set at RM 1,999 for the Core i3 model while the Pentium-based unit is priced at RM 1,799. Stay tuned for our hands-on with it coming your way very soon but for the meantime, check out the specifications sheet of the new Acer Aspire P3 right after the jump.
UPDATE (236PM): We just received the info from Acer that the Intel Core i5 version of Aspire P3 which also comes with 4GB worth of RAM will be made available in Malaysia sometime in June through selected retailers.
No price were given though.
UPDATE (741PM): The Core i5 version will be priced at RM 2299.
Ever since it was announced at New York alongside Aspire R7 and Iconia A1, our eyes are locked on the Acer Aspire P3 since it is the first out of those three devices that will be made available in Malaysia. There are other reasons as well including its uncanny resemblance to Microsoft Surface which made us wonder how does it fare against Microsoft’s own Windows 8 tablet.
Anyway, we found out that we might be able to see it sooner than we expected. According to a blog post by a local blog advertising network which have been appointed by Acer Malaysia as one of the marketing platform for the device, 22 May will be the release date for Acer Aspire P3 in our shores. Furthermore, the convertible Ultrabook is said to be powered by the third generation Intel Core i3.
Meanwhile, we predict that the Malaysian price for Aspire P3 will not be far different from its listed starting price of around RM 2397 (USD 799.99) in United States considering that the price tag of the previously released Acer Iconia W700 – which features identical 11.6-inch display size and Intel Core i3 processor series – is also within the same price range.
Well, let’s see if our prediction will hit the spot this coming 22 May.
While Samsung Malaysia’s official website has yet to reflect this at the time this article is written but it is now official for our market: all Samsung’s Windows PCs now belongs to the Ativ series – a move that was announced late last month at the global level. With that, the focus of Samsung Ativ series has now expand beyond the existing Ativ Smart PC products and Ativ S Windows Phone 8 device.
Here is a summary of how the move affects Samsung’s Windows-based PC lineup:
Unlike United States, Samsung Malaysia didn’t announce any new notebooks but nevertheless, the Ativ Book 5 and Ativ Book 6 are still included in the table above for easy reference. Apart from the new naming scheme, Samsung also announced that they will be introducing several new Ativ features this year and the first of them is called SideSync technology.
Through the technology, users are able to switch from PC to an Android-based Samsung smartphone seamlessly. Connected together through a USB cable, among tasks that users are able to do are responding to a text on the phone using PC keyboard, view contents from the phone on PC screen and edit files on the phone from PC as well as drag and drop files from each other. The app will be pre-installed on all Windows 8 Ativ products from now on.
Have a spare iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch lying around the house? With the help of a free app called Presence by People Power, you can easily turn that device into a free wireless video camera with real-time video and audio streaming.
Available on the App Store, Presence is a simple idiot-proof app that you can download for free. Setting up is simple – all you need is an email address and password to register for an account. Install it on all the devices you wish to use as a CCTV, turn on the webcam feature, and you can easily monitor all the video live using another iOS device. The app, announce late last month, also offers motion detection that automatically starts recording when it detects a motion and will even email the video clip to users.
The app is still in its early stage, all the features are available for use for free though, it’s a bit laggy on my side. It has already reached version 1.0.2 with improved reliability of the camera so hopefully it won’t be too long before the developers can have a perfectly working app to save you hundreds and even thousands of Ringgit on a new CCTV.
Visit iTunes for more information or to download the app on your iPhone 3GS and above, 3rd Generation iPod Touch and above, and iPad that are running on iOS 5 or later.
Just moments ago, Acer has revealed several new product in a media conference at New York including Iconia A1, Aspire R7 and Aspire P3 . Naturally, some of you might wonder how soon that these devices will be released in Malaysia.
Well, we believe that at least one of them is heading to our market very soon – specifically, the Acer Aspire P3 – thanks to an e-mail that was forwarded to us (the source refuse to reveal his/her identity) containing marketing pitch for the device. Among many things that are listed in it are the duration of the marketing campaign for device which has been scheduled to be between middle of May to early June as well as the main features of Acer Aspire P3 as shown below:
Somehow, there is no mention of Aspire R7 or Iconia A1 in the pitch which could either mean that they will be released separately or the agency have planned different marketing strategy for them altogether. Nevertheless, we will be keeping a close look (as usual) at these new machines Acer for their imminent arrival in Malaysia.
[Image and announcement source: Engadget]
Earlier today, Lenovo Malaysia marked the arrival of the company’s latest addition to the ThinkPad family: the ThinkPad Helix. Announced back at CES this year, this new Ultrabook from the company features a “rip and flip” design, allowing the ThinkPad Helix to be used in four different “modes” as was shown before in the IdeaPad Yoga and ThinkPad Twist.
In addition, despite being a hybrid device the ThinkPad Helix is specced to be as uncompromising a device as possible, featuring the latest Intel Core i7 processor and a hefty 256GB of speedy SSD storage.
Article continues after the break.
Samsung has just announced its latest tablet, the Galaxy Tab 3. Featuring lower-end specs and Samsung’s iconic design language, the Galaxy Tab 3 looks set to cater to another target market in its product portfolio.
The Galaxy Tab 3 sheds close to 40g off the Galaxy Tab 2‘s weight, and is also smaller in every dimension, including thinner side bezels. Powered by a more powerful 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Samsung’s latest tablet also runs on a newer version of Android (4.1 Jelly Bean) than the Galaxy Tab 2.
Otherwise, this is pretty much the same tablet. The Galaxy Tab 3 retains the same 7-inch 1024 x 600 TFT screen, the same 3MP rear and 1.3MP front facing cameras, similar 8 or 16GB internal storage options (with support for 64GB microSD cards) and 1GB of RAM as well as the same 4000mAh battery.
The Galaxy Tab 3 will be available in both WiFi-only and WiFi+3G variants. The WiFi-only variant will be available globally from May, while the 3G version will roll out in June. Pricing details for both, however, were not revealed.
About 2 weeks back, Samsung quietly rolled out its latest Galaxy Note device – Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 to Samsung Malaysia outlets as well as to Senheng stores nationwide. You can buy it outright for RM1,699 at the stores, but if you were hoping to purchase the Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet along with a data plan, check out Celcom’s bundle – Celcom is now offering the Galaxy Note 8.0 with its data plan and pay per use voice rate from as low as RM1,088.
Available with a 12- or 24-months contract, you can sign up for a Celcom First Data Lite, Basic or Advance plan with data volume of up to 6GB. The plans are as shown below:
Visit Celcom for more information.
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