Celcom Offers Sony Xperia Tablet Z From RM1438 With Celcom First Data Plans

Sony Xperia Tablet Z will be officially launched in Malaysia on 19th June 2013 but Celcom gets ahead of everyone by offering the world’s thinnest and lightest water resistant tablet from as low as RM1,438 bundled with Celcom First Data plans starting today (15th June 2013).

Celcom offers Sony Xperia Tablet Z from as low as RM1438

Sony Xperia Tablet Z launch at Celcom outlets

The Sony Xperia Tablet Z will be available today ONLY at the following 5 selected Celcom outlets :-

  • Blue Cube @ Iconic, Sunway
  • Blue Cube @ Pavilion
  • Blue Cube @ The Gardens
  • CXP @ eCurve PJ
  • CXP, Kuchai Enterpreneur Park @ Kuchai Lama

The tablet will then be available nationwide on 19th June 2013.

Celcom bundle Sony Xperia Tablet Z with First Data plans

Exclusively at Celcom launch today, lucky customers will stand a chance to enjoy an additional discount of up to RM500 so Sony Xperia Tablet Z could be yours for just RM938! Besides, Celcom is giving away NFC Bluetooth speakers worth RM199 too. Head over to the launch today and you could be one of the proud owners of this latest tablet from Sony and walk away with freebies.

Celcom First Bundle

Sony Xperia Tablet Z is bundled with Celcom First Data plans in either 12 months or 24 months contract. All 3 First Data plans include pay-per-use voice at 15 sen/min for voice and video calls, 10 sen/SMS and 20 sen/MMS to all networks and may be used when SIM card is inserted into a voice compatible smartphone, as the call function is not supported on the Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

Data and pay-per-use voice bundle allows you to switch the SIM card between the tablet and your smartphone. The SIM card can go into the tablet when you need to use only data; Whereas you can insert the same SIM card into a smartphone when you need to make calls.

Celcom First Data plans come with pay-per-use voice

World’s thinnest and lightest water resistant tablet

Inside Sony Xperia Tablet Z, there’s a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB of storage expandable with microSD and powered by a 6,000mAh battery. The latest Snapdragon asynchronous processor offers breathtaking speed and jaw-dropping graphics, giving you powerful computing but without lightning-speed battery drain.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z is the world's thinnest and lightest water resistant tablet

On the exterior, Sony Xperia Tablet Z has a 10.1″ TFT screen that gives you a Full HD 1920×1200 pixels resolution display. The brilliant Reality Display is powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, which enhances the clarity and richness of every image. It’s amazing how Sony is able to make it the world’s thinnest (6.9mm) and lightest (495g) tablet in the market despite having all these advanced features. Not to mention the tablet supports the 4G LTE network in our country too!

Sony Xperia Tablet Z is water-resistant and dust proof

In summary, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z boasts a myriad of amazing features:

  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), 1.5GHz Quad Core Processor – Super fast performance on the fastest network.
  • 10.1″ HD Reality Display (1920×1200px resolution, pixel density 224ppi) – Large enough screen for you to enjoy all your favourite movies and series in wide view.
  • 8.1MP Rear Camera, 2.2MP Front Camera – High resolution picture-taking and full HD video shooting ensures you don’t miss a second.
  • Water-resistant (IPX5/7 rating) and Dust-proof (IP5X rating) – Bring it wherever you go without worries of getting it wet.
  • NFC Enabled – Share pictures, documents and more in a whole new way.
  • 4G LTE Compatible – Experience the tablet on the fastest network.
Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Why choose Celcom First?

  • Bring your tablet experience to the next level with the best network.
  • It’s Malaysia’s fastest network with the widest coverage.
  • You can enjoy the best plans and rates with Celcom First.
  • Celcom customers always get to be the first to enjoy the most exclusive privileges.
  • Celcom’s many accolades have resulted in various industry awards such as Broadband Service Provider of the Year and Mobile Service Provider of the Year by Frost & Sullivan.

For more information of the device or the bundled plans, head over to Celcom’s Xperia Tablet Z page. Better still, get to your nearest Blue Cube today to test it out for yourself.

Nokia Lumia 920 & 820 Are On Sale Now In Malaysia

Nokia held a preview session for Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 in Malaysia and I had the chance to experience these 2 latest Nokia smartphones running Windows Phone 8 operating system.

The new Nokia LUmia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 will be retailing for RM1,999 and RM1,599 respectively at Nokia Store nationwide starting today. While these 2 phones may arrive just in time for Christmas and New Year, the accessories such as wireless charging plate will only be available in January 2013. Anyway, local mobile operators Digi and Celcom will carry the phones while Maxis is expecting to join soon and they all will announce their pricing separately.Nokia Lumia 920 & Nokia Lumia 820 Preview Session
Nokia Lumia 920 & Nokia Lumia 820 Preview Session

It’s not surprising the Nokia Lumia 920 sold out in many countries during its launch. Physically, it is a beauty with rounded edges, a smooth glass finishing and seamless polycarbonate body. It boasts a 4.5” PureMotion HD+ display with ClearBlack technology and is the world’s brightest, fastest and most sensitive touchscreen. It also comes with Nokia’s signature PureView imaging technology and Carl Zeiss optics for the ultimate smartphone camera experience. With Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and a revolutionary floating lens built in taking a clear picture and video is so easy, even in low light conditions and holding it with one hand.

Side by side: Nokia Lumia 800, 820 & 920
Side by side: Nokia Lumia 800, Nokia Lumia 820 & Nokia Lumia 920

The inner beauty of Nokia Lumia 920
The inner beauty of Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 920 feature highlights

  • Running the latest Windows Phone 8 OS
  • Dual-core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 8.7 megapixels camera with PureView technology on a Carl Zeiss lens
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 4.5″ PureMotion HD+ display
  • Augmented reality location searching with Nokia City Lens
  • Wireless charging built-in
  • Compatible with LTE spectrum in Malaysia

Side by side: Nokia Lumia 820 & Nokia Lumia 800
Side by side: Nokia Lumia 820 & Nokia Lumia 800

On the other hand, Nokia Lumia 820 is a fashionable mid-range smartphone that delivers high-end performance in a compact design. The compact design of the Nokia Lumia 820 makes it a delight to behold. It comes with a fast 1.5 GHz dual-core SnapDragon S4 processor, with a sensitive 4.3″ OLED ClearBlack display. Its interchangeable back covers give you flexibility to match the phone colour and back cover with wireless charging feature is available separately too.Nokia Lumia 820 with original back cover (middle) & back cover with wireless charging feature (right)
Nokia Lumia 820 with original back cover (middle) & back cover with wireless charging feature (right)

Nokia Lumia 820 feature highlights

  • Running the latest Windows Phone 8 OS
  • Dual-core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 8.0 megapixels camera with Carl Zeiss lens
  • 4.3” ClearBlack display
  • Interchangeable back covers
  • micro-SD card slot built-in for expandable storage
  • Augmented reality location searching with Nokia City Lens
  • Optional wireless charging back cover available
  • Compatible with LTE spectrum in Malaysia

Wireless Charging

Both the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 make life hassle-free with wireless charging capabilities. The inductive Qi technology built into the Nokia Lumia 920 means you can forget worrying about messy and tangled wires. Simply pop your Lumia device onto a wireless charging pad and it charges. The Nokia Lumia 820 allows wireless charging through its interchangeable shell designs, giving you maximum flexibility while you enjoy the freedom to personalize your device.Nokia Lumia 920 is charging via Nokia Wireless Charging Plate
Nokia Lumia 920 is charging via Nokia Wireless Charging Plate

Nokia Exclusive Features

The Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 provide quality photos and videos, therefore on Windows Phone 8 Nokia integrated some cool features into its camera. Nokia Smart Shoot allows you to shoot multiple photos with a single click and create the perfect snap shot customized to your liking. Cinemagraph feature turns your Nokia Lumia device into a little editing suite, allowing you to edit images, put on amazing filters and create fun GIF images with moving objects or people.

Besides, the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 come with Nokia City Lens, which provides an augmented reality overlay view of buildings, and instantly highlights places of interest. You just point your camera at a specific street while walking around town, and get access to information about restaurants, shops, hotels and much more! It basically turns sight into the next interface for searching the world around you, allowing you to see the world using your smartphone instead of having to perform web searches.

Nokia Lumia Accessories

Nokia Wireless Charging Pillow by Fatboy and Nokia Wireless Charging Plate provide easy charging for your devices, simply place your Lumia device on the pillow or plate to charge it up, without the hassle of messy wires.

The JBL PlayUp Portable Wireless Speaker and JBL PowerUp Wireless Charging Speakers are the perfect complements to your Lumia device. Both of them comes with their eye-popping colours and incredible, clear sound quality. The JBL PowerUp speaker is also the world’s first wireless charging docking station speaker. Simply connect your device via NFC, then place it on the speaker to charge it up.Nokia Wireless Charging Pillow by Fatboy.
Nokia Wireless Charging Pillow by Fatboy.

JBL PlayUp Portable Speaker for Nokia
JBL PlayUp Portable Speaker for Nokia

JBL PowerUP Wireless Charging Speaker for Nokia
JBL PowerUP Wireless Charging Speaker for Nokia

WeChat 5.1 Launched & New Games Introduced

Last week, WeChat officially release its latest 5.1 version for iOS and Android in Malaysia, and I was invited to the launch event. WeChat 5.1 packs a few new features including social games that the user can challenge their friends.

As one of the leading social communication apps in China, WeChat is gaining tremendous growth in South-East Asia as well. In Malaysia, WeChat has gained 90% of smart phone penetration in recent years and was in the Top 10 Google Trends of 2013.

WeChat 5.1 & New Games Announcement

With this new release of WeChat 5.1, WeChat is aiming to enhance the users’ social life with the introduction of 4 new social games, a new camera app (StoryCam), and the ability to host up to 100 friends (previously max. 40) in a single chat room. All these new features are of course free of charge and are currently available in iOS and Android. Furthermore, we were informed that a new thrilling speed racing game, Wreckless Racer, will be available in the app very soon.

WeChat 5.1 can host up to 100 people in one single chat room
WeChat 5.1 can host up to 100 people in one single chat room
New Games in WeChat 5.1
Download all the free games under Discover > Games

  • Pencil Pilot – a simple scrolling shooter game.
  • Gunz Dash – Choose your favorite hero and embark on an exciting adventure in a fantasy universe. Speed through worlds and collect coins for a high score in this thrilling 2D animated, endless running game.
  • Craz3 Match – An easy-to-play but addictive game! Line up animals of the same kind for spectacular effects and move on to the next level.
  • 2Day’s Match – A brand new casual puzzle game. Match two tiles of the same kind to clear them.

WeChat Pencil Pilot Game
WeChat Pencil Pilot Game
WeChat Gunz Dash Game
WeChat Gunz Dash Game
WeChat Craz3 Match Game
WeChat Craz3 Match Game
WeChat 2Day's Match Game
WeChat 2Day’s Match Game

Besides these additive games, WeChat 5.1 also comes with a new camera app called StoryCam. Users can add text as description into the photo with this exclusive app. Festival watermarks, filters and real-time location based information are available in the app so the user can further personalize and share any moment.

WeChat StoryCam App

WeChat is not stopping here, now the app has more new features that make connecting even more enjoyable such as :-

  • Edit ‘Favorite Messages’ – Save your favorite text and voice messages, photos and videos to ‘Favorite Messages’. It’s the first cloud-based storage service on mobile social communication apps so the user can view and share again anytime.
  • Register with Email Address – Users have more choices to connect with WeChat now. Just register with a valid email address to start chatting with friends.
  • Gmail Contact Integration – Link to Google account, find out who else is using WeChat and add them to the friends list.

Now I would say WeChat has become a more complete messaging app that not only lets you text and chat but also have more fun sharing pictures and playing games.