Sunday, June 29, 2014

Another shipment of Mi 3 phones and 5,200mAh Mi Power Banks incoming

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Another shipment of Xiaomi Mi 3 — the most affordable smartphone with Full HD and Snapdragon 800 in the country — is coming next Thursday, July 3 at mi.com/my. 7,000 sets of Mi 3 (RM769) and 10,000 units of 5200 mAh Mi Power Bank (RM25) will be available from 12 noon on the day but whether you’ll get one is a whole different story altogether. Take note it is happening on a Thursday and not a Tuesday this time around. If this is your first time, you can refer to the Buyer’s Guide to get a better idea on what to expect on sales day. Good luck!
If you’re looking for something more affordable and with dual-SIMs, Xiaomi will be bringing in the Redmi 1S and Redmi Note to Malaysia next month. The Redmi 1S which is priced at RM419 will be going on sale on 8th July while its bigger 5.5″ Redmi Note will be released later on 22nd July with the price tag of RM509.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Xiaomi Malaysia reveals Redmi 1S and Redmi Note price. Going on sale next month

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Xiaomi will be selling 2 more smart phones in Malaysia with the Redmi 1S and the Redmi Note. The Redmi series offers impressive value and is able to support dual-SIM cards. The 4.7″ Redmi 1S will be priced at RM419 and will be going on sale on the 8th July. Its larger 5.5″ Redmi Note is priced at RM509 and will be available later on 22nd July. The sale is happening on their official mi.com/my online store at 12PM.
For those planning of buying the Redmi Note, hope you guessed the price correctly as Xiaomi is giving F-Codes for a better chance of securing a unit on sales day.

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U Mobile starts pre-booking for Huawei Ascend P7. Extra freebies for early bird orders

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The ultra-slim 6.5mm Huawei Ascend P7 is now available for pre-booking on U Mobile. For the first 100 users that pre-book for U Mobile plan bundling, they are giving the first 100 orders a free Huawei Power Bank and a free Huawei Wireless modem that are worth RM199 each. While the official bundled pricing and plan offer isn’t revealed yet, you can place your pre-booking (strangely is mentioned as pre-order) on VMall.my. Outright, the Huawei Ascend P7 is priced at RM1,499.
The offer is valid to those who subscribe to U Mobile on credit card and is applicable at selected U Stores. According to the T&C, the 4 selected outlets are Berjaya Times Square, Penang, Johor Bahru and Melaka. You can get the full terms and conditions after the break.
To pre-order yours, head over to the special U Mobile promo page at VMall.my.

Monday, June 23, 2014

2014 Honda Jazz on trailer in Malaysia

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It looks like the new 2014 Honda Jazz has landed on our shores – reader Rozaimi sighted this trailer near the Bukit Jelutong toll carrying two units of the B-segment hatch.
They’re completely covered up with a white cloth but we’re think no other hatchback of that shape and size would be sharing a trailer with a shipment of Honda City, agreed?
The Jazz’s Malaysian launch will happen some time this year, following the Thailand launch which saw multiple variants launched from RM55k. Listings on oto.my have suggested a few launch dates from July to September – a pretty wide spectrum, but dealers have been known to be wrong thanks to the principal giving out conservative dates to play it safe. We’re predicting a third quarter 2014 launch for this one.
The 2014 Honda Jazz’s drivetrain should be similar to our Honda City‘s, comprising a 120 PS/145 Nm 1.5 litre SOHC i-VTEC four-cylinder motor and a CVT automatic transmission. The Thailand spec car starts off with an S spec with a 5-speed manual transmission for the baseline RM55k price, and this goes up to RM59k for the entry level S CVT variant, rising to RM75k for the range-topping Jazz SV+ CVT.
Equipment highlights include a seven-inch touch-screen audio system with HDMI support, Siri Eyes Free Mode for iPhones (4S and above), touch-panel auto air-con, steering audio/phone controls and keyless entry/push start. On the safety front, top-spec cars get ABS, EBD, VSA, six airbags and a reverse camera. The Jazz will get the Ultra Seats feature that the previous generation was known for too, of course.
For Malaysia, oto.my classifieds listings have so far indicated an RM75k price, which is pretty much equal to the current locally assembled Honda Jazz 1.5 Petrol’s RM74,800 retail price. This leads us to believe the Honda Jazz will be launched right away as a CKD car, which makes sense given the massive investments that Honda Malaysia have been putting into their Alor Gajah plant.
A Honda Jazz Hybrid will probably come later, powered by a 110 PS/134 Nm 1.5 litre i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle engine paired to a 29.5 PS/160 Nm electric motor built into a seven-speed twin-clutch ‘box.
One key benefit of this new hybrid system over the previous generation Jazz Hybrid’s system is the fact that it can run in pure electric mode and automatically switches between EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive depending on driving conditions. Moving off from a stand still is done in EV mode.
We’ll come back to you with more information on the 2014 Honda Jazz as soon as we have it, so stay tuned. In the meanwhile, you can read more about the specs and prices of the current Honda Jazz at CarBase.my including owner reviews from existing Honda Jazz owners.
Thai-market Honda Jazz


JDM Honda Fit Hybrid at Honda’s new Yorii plant
 

The BlackBerry Z3 is coming to Malaysia ??


The BlackBerry Z3 that was initially developed specifically for the Indonesian market is coming to Malaysia based on the information we’ve gathered. BlackBerry Malaysia have scheduled for a media event on June 24 and a quick check in the SIRIM database revealed that the device has already been certified for use in Malaysia. We’ll be at the BlackBerry event next week to give you more details.
Announced at MWC 2014, the Z3 is a 5-inch full touch device made affordable. Selling for 2,199,000 Indonesian Rupiah (about RM621) in Indonesia, you can expect the device to be sold cheaper here in Malaysia as we don’t have heavy tariffs on electronics like Indonesia do.
Detailed specs include qHD (960×540) resolution display pushing 220ppi, a dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8230 processor with 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board storage. There’s a rather large — considering the price point — 2,500mAh battery along with micro USB and micro HDMI ports as standard. If you need more storage, the Z3 also comes with a microSD card expansion slot that support cards up to 32GB.
For taking pictures, there’s a 5MP rear camera that can do full HD 1080p video while the front you get a 1.1MP shooter that can do HD 720p videos. Being developed to meet a certain price range, the Z3 lacked LTE but you get WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.

DiGi offers rebate to Mi 3 buyers that have yet to receive their orders

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DiGi was the first telco in Malaysia to offer the Xiaomi Mi 3 on both postpaid and prepaid bundles. When the Mi 3 was launched locally, it went on sale at RM889. Just recently Xiaomi had reduced the price of its hot-selling smart phone to RM769.
It is understood there are cusomters who have ordered their Mi 3 through DiGi and have yet to receive their device. Some are getting irate to find their new purchase had just dropped in price even before receiving them. To address this issue, the folks at DiGi had sent an email to its Mi 3 buyers that they will be offering additional RM110 rebate which will go into their 2nd bill. So far there’s no word on its stock delivery but DiGi assures that they are working hard to get it delivered soon.
UPDATE: According to DiGi, the device will be shipped on 30th June, which is 3 days after its original shipment date.

Free Secret Recipe Cake from Samsung Mobile Malaysia

Freebie from Samsung Mobile again!!! This round is Secret Recipe Cake. Yeah, I love to eat Secret Recipe cheese cake. But too bad that it is not available for nationwide this time. Only selected Secret Recipe branches will have this promotion. So do check out Samsung Galaxy Life app for the exact participating outlets. Be sure to be there at tomorrow 24 June 2014 (from 5pm to 8pm). Note – while stocks lasts. So hurry up…
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Xiaomi Redmi Note gets certified by SIRIM. Official sales coming soon

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Apart from the Redmi 1S, Xiaomi is also preparing to release another smart phone in Malaysia. After Redmi 1S’s appearance, another Xiaomi model gets listed today which bears the model 2013121. This is the high-spec version of its 5.5″ Redmi Note.
Announced about 3 months ago, the Redmi Note comes in 2 versions – a high-spec model featuring MediaTek’s 1.7GHz Octa-Core processor with 2GB of RAM and a low-spec version which runs on a 1.4GHz Octa-Core unit that’s mated to 1GB of RAM. The rest of the specs for both models are identical with the front 5.5″ IPS display doing 1280×720 pixels resolution, 13MP main with 5MP front facing camera, 8GB of on-board storage and a large 3,200mAh capacity battery. There’s also an expandable microSD and Dual-SIM slots which one supports 3G while the other with 2G.
In China, the high-spec RedMi note is sold at 999 Yuan (about RM520) while the lows-spec unit is priced at 799 Yuan (about RM415). The Redmi Note was a hot seller in China with 100,000 units sold out in just 34 minutes.
Since Xiaomi priced their products similarly in all markets, expect the Redmi Note to be priced about RM520-550 when it goes on sale officially. Just a few days ago we’ve seen some grey-importers selling the same model at RM599. So with the Redmi Note coming into the picture, Xiaomi will be having a full range of entry, mid-tier and high-spec models available with competitive pricing. The high-end Mi 3 smart phone is now revised to just RM769 while its entry level Redmi 1S is expected to be priced around RM420.
Check out the Redmi Note listing in SIRIM’s database after the break.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Samsung? It's Xiaomi time now



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After introducing the Mi 3 smart phone, Xiaomi will be selling its 4.7″ Redmi 1S model in Malaysia this month for less than RM500. Apart from this budget model, Xiaomi also has plans to offer its bigger 5.5″ Redmi Note which was just announced a few months ago.
If you can’t wait, a couple of grey importers have started selling the Redmi Note at only RM599 for the high-spec model. That’s not too bad considering it costs for 999 Yuan in China which is about RM515 when converted directly. The only thing you need to take note is that these are AP sets and they are not officially covered by Xiaomi’s official service centres. However the respective retailers are offering their own local warranty of 2 years.
The specs for the Redmi Note include a larger 5.5″ HD 720p display and you have a choice of 1.7GHz Octa-Core MediaTek processor with 2GB of RAM or a lower spec variant of a 1.4GHz Octa-Core processor with 1GB of RAM. It gets 8GB of expandable on-board storage with support up to 32GB microSD card. It gets a 13MP f/2.2 main camera and a front facing 5MP unit. With its large 3,200mAh capacity battery, the Redmi Note weighs 199 grams and is 9.45mm thick
When the Xiaomi Redmi Note went on sale in China, it sold 100,000 units in just 34 minutes. No prize guessing where most of them got transferred to.

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