iPhone 5 Announced: Thinner, Lighter, Faster.

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After all the rumours and painfully long waits, Apple has finally launched their latest flagship, the iPhone 5, during the September 12 event scheduled earlier. The released product met with a number of leaks and rumours, even the design. However, the iPhone wasn’t the only star of the show. Apple also took the opportunity to unveil new versions of its iPod lineup, the Nano, Shuffle, and of course the Touch.
The latest iPhone 5 comes with an all new processor, the A6. Apple quotes it to be two times faster than the A5X on the new iPad, paired with a quad cored graphics chip. Apple did not disclose clock speeds and core numbers, but many believe it to be an overclocked dual core chip, with the latest Arm 15 architecture, beating Samsung and Qualcomm to releasing Krait.

The biggest talk however is the new 4 inch screen of the iPhone 5, upgraded from 3.5 inches from every previous iPhone. The resolution has also been bumped up to retain Retina status, and is now a 1130 x 640 display with an almost 16:9 ratio. Older apps will be letterboxed until they are updated to support the new display ratio. There will now be 5 rows of icons to accommodate the new real estate.

A long with that, a few other features will surely whet Apple fan boys. The front camera is now  Facetime HD, capable of 720p recording. The back camera, surprisingly, has not been changed from the iPhone 4S, with only software improvements made to enhance photo taking. Apple also took the chance to unveil new headphones, dubbed EarPort. Apple also unveiled the much leaked new charging and data transfer port, Lightning. It’s a new 8 pin dock, trimmed down from the 30 pin original from 9 years back. Pricing starts at $199 for 16GB model

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As for the iPod, the Touch is now 4″ with the A6 cpu, and it’s all new design is 6mm thin with a fully colourful aluminium backing. Now you have a variety of colours for the iPod touch. Pricing is $299 for the 32GB and $399 for the 64GB model.

The new iPod Nano comes with an all new 2.5″ touch display with home button and the Lightning port, but it doesn’t run on iOS. The new shuffle is essentially the same as the previous model except for more colour options.

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HTC One V Review

2012 is the year of the quad – core smartphones , dubbed “superphones” . All the OEM’s are moving with new flagships and their own respective series. Samsung with their Galaxy and the S3 at its helm, and LG’s Optimus series. HTC had a shaky year last year, with the Sensation line failing to ward of all the die – hard S2 fans. This year, they’re looking to mimic what they did in 2010 with the Desire, which won the hearts of everyone. This year is the year of the ONE , and HTC ‘s got 3 very capable Ones to do that job. The One X is their flagship superphone, followed by the dual – core One S, which still tugs along as fast as that Quad Core brother, with better battery life. That leaves us with the third , and youngest member of the One family , the ONE V. A single core , 5Mp sporting phone running on the latest Android with Sense 4 on top, and a RM999 price tag, where exactly does the One V fit in today’s power hungry crowd? Will it be the new benchmark for sub-RM1000 phones? Can Ice Cream Sandwich be enough to justify this guy? Read on to find out our verdict of the HTC One V .

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[Official] Maxis One Club Promo : The New iPad from only RM699!

Maxis are really pushing their One Club membership for their power users. After unveiling their new iPad plans, they have released this promotion for One Members. The plan is exclusive to One Club members who sign up for 12GB plan over 24 months for RM108/month. That’s RM300 less than Maxis’ normal offering for normal customers. Additionally , you also get a few eBooks free from the exclusive Maxis App. The offer is only valid until 30 June 2012 so make sure you sign up fast.

Check here to see if you’re eligible for One membership.  Keep it locked to CrackTech.

NOKIA LUMIA 900 NOW ON MAXIS FROM RM959

 

Excited about the 4.3” Nokia Lumia 900 powered by a 1.4GHz processor with 8MP rear Carl Zeiss optics camera? You can now get it from Maxis from only RM959 when you sign up for a rate plan plus a data plan that is tied to a contract. Sign up for 1GB, 3GB or 6GB of data for up to 24 months and you can get the phone at a subsidized price; you’ll even get a free Nokia Universal Portable USB Charger (worth RM109) for free with every purchase.

 

Maxis’ rate plan starts from RM30 a month (Value First) but if you’re a heavy user, you can always pick other Value Plus Plans (Value Plus 50/80/150/250/500) that comes with cheaper call and SMS rates. Visit Maxis for more information.

Meanwhile for all you Apple fans out there, it looks like Maxis has some iPad related news to announce on 22 June 2012. It’s teasing on its front page about the new iPad and we’re hoping that they could start offering the new iPad with a data plan and of course, a subsidized price. There are existing iPad data plans from Maxisalready of course, but these are just plans without any contract so you can buy your own iPhone and register with Maxis for its internet services. Will the new iOS 6 announcement intrigue you to buy a new iPad from Maxis?

[Official]Nokia introduces Asha 305, 306 & 311

Nokia has recently introduced a trio of entry level devices that aim to bring touch screen phones to the masses. The new models – Asha 305, Asha 306 & Asha 311 features a 3.0″ touchscreen display with lightweight body under 100g.

The top of the line model, the Asha 311 features a capacitive and scratch-resistant touch screen display, 1GHz processor, 3.2MP Camera, EDGE/3G HSPA/WiFi Support and 256MB of on board storage that’s expandable via microSD. It comes with a variety of colours – Dark Grey, Rose Red, Blue, Brown & Sand White.

Next is the Asha 305 & Asha 306 which is rather similar. Both comes with a 3.0″ resistive touch screen display, 2MP camera, GPRS/EDGE connectivity and 64MB of on board storage that’s also expandable with microSD. Colour options available include Silver White, Red, Mid Blue & Dark Grey. What sets both of them apart is that the Asha 305 comes with easy swap dual-sim feature which lets you switch between telco SIMs seamlessly. The Asha 306 in addition also comes with WLAN support for faster access where internet is available.

All 3 comes with a Nokia BL-4U 1,100mAh battery. In terms of software bundling, Nokia is also including 40 EA Games for Free which include titles Tetris, Bejeweled, Need for Speed The Run & FIFA 2012. Since the intended users are cost conscious, Nokia has included Nokia Browser 2.0 which helps to reduce internet browsing cost with data compression up to 90%. This is somewhat similar to Opera Mini’s mobile browser.

In terms of pricing, the Asha 305 & 306 is priced under USD$100, while the higher end Asha 311 is priced at US$120.

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Nokia Asha 306

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Nokia Lumia 900 spotted at Nokia Centres. Coming Soon?

Despite launching the Lumia 800 , Nokia hasn’t raked in big sales because everyone is awaiting their flasghip model , the Lumia 900. While Nokia has not made any official announcements of its availability and pricing, the Lumia was spotted in several Nokia Stores sporting the “Coming Soon” sign.A blogger at Amanz has even said that there’s a working unit the Nokia Store Bukit Tinggi in Klang.

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[Official] Maxis Unveils Samsung Galaxy S3 from RM999

Maxis Offers S3 from RM900 during promo period

As we reported yesterday, the leaksturn out to be true. The banner was legit and today Maxis has unveiled their rates and plans on contract.

They also have a special promo running from 31 May – 3 June 2012 . The Nature – Inspired phone will be available from as low as RM900 with a 3GB data plan for a 24 month contract. The promo is only available at all their Maxis outlets.

Maxis’ plans are not too far off from its competitors in terms of pricing. The S3 is available on 12 , 18 or 24 month contracts and bundled with the usual 1GB or 3GB data plan. This is on top of your existing Value Plus 30 ( or above) postpaid plan.As reported earlier , they are indeed offering their LOKER service with their S3 . Altogether , you get 75GB of cloud storage ( incl. 50GB dropbox) on the spot. Here’s a summary of the plans offered.

12 Months – RM1799 ( 1GB)

RM1699 (3GB)

18 Months – RM1699 (1GB)

RM1599 (3GB)

24 Months – RM1599 ( 1GB)

RM900**(3GB)

Maxis has not mentioned the price of the 24 month S3 after its promo period is over. It’s likely they will update their Android Page

with pricing . We will definitely let you once we get word on it. Stay tuned for more news on tech in malaysia and all over the world.