Nexus 7 Malaysian Launch Liveblog

 
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ASUS Malaysia is hosting a media event today to launch the Nexus 7 here in Malaysia. Want in on the scoop live? Our new website, CrackTech.net ,will be liveblogging it, so tune in on time! The event starts at Friday , 21 September 3PM ( GMT + 8 Malaysian Time ). Also, please comment on what questions you may have for ASUS , and we’ll ask them for you . Please visit the new site here http://cracktech.net/2012/09/21/nexus-7-malaysian-launch-liveblog/ where the liveblog is happening.

 

ASUS Teases Nexus 7 Launch in Malaysia, event on September 21

 

 

Tons of Malaysians have been anxiously waiting for the much hyped Jelly Bean tablet, the ASUS and Google Nexus 7 . We ourselves coudn’t stand the wait and imported a unit from the US. ASUS have sent us a media invite to attend the launch event of the Nexus 7 , happening on the September 21st , 3PM. The event will be liveblogged on the new CrackTech website here, so please remember to tune in to the new website. So, mark those calendars folks. Of course, CrackTech will be there liveblogging the event live, and livetweeting it so be sure to tune in on time! Our very own Chief Editor Vishnuu Panickar and Co-Chief Editor Kumaran Ganesh will on liveblog duty. Just a recap of the specs, the Nexus 7 runs on an NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU with 1GB of RAM and a 7 – inch IPS HD display – hence the name. We expect the tablet to do exceptionally well here, penetrating the below RM1000 price of a tablet, especially with no Kindle to compete with here.

Remember guys, the event will be live on the new website here.

 

How to Buy a Nexus 7 in Malaysia

 

 

Ever since Google launched the Nexus 7 in Google I/O 2012, every Malaysian has been searching high and low for a way to purchase the Nexus 7 , and for a reasonable price at that. Because of that I’ve tried my best to search through the internet and all the online stores to try and find possible ways for us to get our hands on Google’s latest and greatest.

IP-Mart

IPMart has been one of the fastest local resellers to offer the Nexus 7 , priced at RM949 for the 8GB version and RM1149 for the 16GB version. Yes , this might be RM300 more than the RRP price from the Play Store, but its the only option that ships fast and the only store locally selling it. I have gotten confirmation from Google Malaysia that they have no immediate plans to release the Nexus 7 here yet, so this may be a viable option. You have an option to pay either by Bank In, Credit Card , PayPal or even Cash On Delivery ( select States). Click here for more details.

Negri Electronics

Negri Electronics is well known for offering all the latest devices the fastest and they ship internationally – including Malaysia! The 8Gb version is RM780 and the 16GB model is RM1000 . It is slightly cheaper than IPMart, but when you take into account the shipping costs and delivery time, it comes up to the same. More info here.

Google Play Store

This is the cheapest but hardest option, as it requires you to ship to a US address, and have your friend ship it to you. You have the advantage of buying it with the RRP price of $199 / @249 but it’s quite troublesome to find a friend who is willing to go through the trouble to ship it to you. You will also have to get your friend in the US to purhase it for you, as the Play Store website isn’t accessible from Malaysia.

I hope these options certainly help you to get your hands on the much coveted Nexus 7 . We ourselves are working on purchasing one and we’ll definitely review the device when we get it. Stay tuned.

 

[RUMOURS] iPad Mini to Have Minimal Side Bezel, Separate Volume Buttons, LTE

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Rumors say the iPad Mini is coming. Batten down the hatches, board up the windows, and all that hyperbole, because the cheap tablet space is about to go off. Information about the device is still scarce, particularly alongside rumblings of the iPhone 5, but a new tidbit out of 9to5Mac suggests the iPad Mini could arrive with a small bezel along the sides, separate volume buttons, and a mic on the back. Basically, even more than the iPad is right now, a large iPhone.

Apparently, as the thinking goes, a 7-inch tablet with a small bezel is typically held from behind (think of Kindle Fire, Nexus 7, PlayBook) when it’s in portrait mode, and gripped on the sides when in landscape. With this in mind, and assuming all consumers follow this train of thought, no accidental touches will be registered when in portrait mode, unless someone grips it — like gripping a book — from the sides.

9to5Mac goes on to speculate on other factors from previously leaked shells and cases. There will be a front facing camera for video conference, though there might not be a rear camera to keep costs down. In addition, the iPad Mini may come with an LTE option, which would give it a leg up over the Fire and Nexus 7.

Price is still a point of contention, as is when the device will launch. Reports have said we could expect an announcement on September 12, with a launch later that month or in early October. An early launch would give the company time to heighten awareness of the product, and align the iPad Mini to go up against the competition.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 goes 5.5-inch and quad-core in August

 

If you thought the Samsung Galaxy Note  was big, wait until you get a load of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 — it’s set to be even bigger than the ginormous current model.

The Note 2 is reported to be a 5.5-inch slab of a phone, a slight but potentially noticeable size increase over the current version’s 5.3-inch screen. Korean publication MK News reports the Note 2 will take a bow in August.

The tech world descends on Berlin at the end of next month for gadget industry bunfight IFA. The Note debuted there last year, so we’re expecting Samsung’s sequel to take a bow at this year’s event alongside the rest of this year’s big-name new kit.

The larger Note is expected to pack a quad-core processor. It’s also set for a bump to a 12-megapixel camera, or even a 13-megapixel job. The current Note sports an 8-megapixel snapper.

The Note 2 and will hopefully show off Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the next generation of Android software for phones and tablets. Jelly Bean makes its debut on the Google Nexus 7 later this month, but there’s little word on when it’ll show up on other devices.

We’ll bring you the first news and previews from Berlin, including a look at the Galaxy Note 2 when it emerges. As for when you can get your hands on the new Note, it’s likely to arrive in October ahead of the Christmas rush.

The Note was the first oversized phone to poke the boundary between phone and tablet.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean source code added to AOSP, OEM’s and devs get cracking

Finally the moment all devs at XDA and OEMS alike have been waiting for, Android 4.1 Source Code. Android Open Source Project ( AOSP ) lead Jean – Baptiste Queru has announced that Google have dropped the code today. The initial release covers the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus, with the Nexus S and Motorola Xoom sources to be released soon. As always, renowned custom rom makers like CyanogenMOD can finally get started on Cyanogenmod 10. Hit the link to find out more about the details and find out how you can get started on your very own AOSP project.