New Moto G with 4G LTE and MicroSD Card Slot, No Dual SIM Capacity

Moto G with 4G LTE
Moto G with 4G LTE
Moto G with 4G LTE

When Moto G launched in earlier in February 2014, I said that it is a ‘Value for Money’ Android smartphone start from RM698 (8GB).

Moto G had set a new hardware specs for budget smartphone. It was a good buy that I recommended to everyone. Apparently, Moto G is the best selling smartphone in Motorola’s history.

Few months passed, Moto G’s specs and price are no longer competitive. We already have many new smartphone models under RM800.

Moto G with 4G LTE

In July 2014, Motorola is working with Brightstar again and introducing Moto G with 4G LTE in Malaysia.

The new model includes two missing features in Moto G — 4G LTE and memory expansion slot (support up to 32GB).

However, Moto G with 4G LTE does NOT support Dual SIM and no 16GB model (in Malaysia).

Moto G 4G LTE specs

Besides what have mentioned above, Moto G with 4G LTE specs remain the same as Moto G (3G). Here’s the Moto G with 4G LTE specs:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 @ 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Memory: 8GB, support microSD memory card up to 32GB
  • weight: 143 gram
  • 4.5 ” 720p HD, 329 ppi, gorilla glass 3, water-repellent coating
  • 2070 mAh battery (up to 24 hours)
  • Single SIM, 4G LTE
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 5MP rear camera with 720p video capture
  • 1.3MP front camera with 720p HD video capture
  • Dimension: 65.9mm x 129.9 x 6.0–11.6mm

Moto G with 4G LTE price in Malaysia is RM799 (8GB), available in Black and White.

Thought

Moto G with 4G LTE adds 4G and microSD card slot, but removes Dual SIM capacity. It is an affordable 4G smartphone at RM799.

The question is, how important is 4G LTE speed for you?

Personally, I do not online stream videos on smartphone, 3G or 4G speed does not matter for me. Plus, 4G network coverage is still limited in Malaysia and mobile data quota is expensive.

I would rather use the same money to buy a 3G smartphone with more storage space and better phone specs. Or, you can save money and buy the now cheaper Moto G 3G (RM618) on Lazada.

Brightstar

[LiewCF Buying Guide] iPad Air or iPad Mini 2? Specs and Prices Compared

iPadAir-iPadMini

iPad Air and iPad mini 2

Struggling about buying iPad Air or iPad mini 2? In this article, I compared iPad Air and iPad mini 2 specs and prices and tell you the secret to choose your best iPad.

Compare iPad Air vs. iPad mini 2 specs

For tablet weight, 9.7-inch iPad Air is 138 gram heavier than 7.9-inch iPad mini 2 (331 gram) with the same 7.5mm depth.

100+ gram does not seem heavy but it would make a different when you are holding it for a long time.

Retina display is one of the most requested feature for iPad mini. Now both iPad Air and iPad mini 2 have the same Retina display resolution (2048 x 1536 pixels).

Due to smaller display size, iPad mini 2 has higher pixels per inch (ppi) at 326 than iPad Air (264 ppi). However, you won’t notice the different in their PPI, both are great, trust me.

New A7 64-bit processor is used in both iPad Air and iPad mini 2. It is a great upgrade for iPad mini (A5 to A7) and a step upgrade for iPad (A6X to A7). Every benchmark result shows A7 processor performance is a lot better than previous processors.

Faster processor means shorter battery life, correct? Not in this case. iPad Air and iPad mini 2 still keep the famous 10 hours battery life.

So, should you buy iPad Air or iPad mini 2?

iPad Air and iPad mini 2 specs are same in many ways – both iPads are retina display, same processor, same cameras, same battery life…

The only major different is the display size – 9.7 inch vs. 7.9 inch.

iPad Air’s bigger display is ideal for watching movies with your partner. iPad Air – lightweight & long battery life – could be your ultrabook replacement if you feel comfortable of using iOS productivity apps for work.

For those who prefer a smaller device that can be hold by one hand for a longer time (read news, books, comics, etc), iPad mini 2 is your ideal tablet. It is easier to keep iPad mini 2 too – throw it in any bag and you are ready to go.

Compare iPad Air vs. iPad mini 2 price

iPad Air and iPad mini 2 price compare
iPad Air and iPad mini 2 price compare

iPad Air is RM320 to RM330 more expensive than iPad mini 2. See the table above for iPad Air vs. iPad mini 2 price.

Malaysia iPad Air price

Here is the official Malaysia iPad Air price list:

  • iPad Air WiFi 16GB – RM 1,599
  • iPad Air WiFi 32GB – RM 1,929
  • iPad Air WiFi 64GB – RM 2,249
  • iPad Air WiFi 128GB – RM 2,579
  • iPad Air WiFi+Cellular (4G LTE) 16GB – RM 2,029
  • iPAd Air WiFi+Cellular (4G LTE) 32GB – RM 2,349
  • iPad Air WiFi+Cellular (4G LTE) 64GB – RM 2,679
  • iPad Air WiFi+Cellular (4G LTE) 128GB – RM 2,999

iPad Air is RM150 to RM230 more expensive than iPad Retina’s launch price.

The price different between iPad Air WiFi vs. iPad Air 4G LTE is around RM 420, similar to iPad Retina.

Malaysia iPad mini 2 price

Here is the official Malaysia iPad mini Retina display (iPad mini 2) price list:

  • iPad mini 2 WiFi 16GB – RM 1,279
  • iPad mini 2 WiFi 32GB – RM 1,599
  • iPad mini 2 WiFi 64GB – RM 1,929
  • iPad mini 2 WiFi 128GB – RM 2,249
  • iPad mini 2 WiFi+Cellular (4G LTE) 16GB – RM 1,699
  • iPad mini 2 WiFi+Cellular (4G LTE) 32GB – RM 2,029
  • iPad mini 2 WiFi+Cellular (4G LTE) 64GB – RM 2,349
  • iPad mini 2 WiFi+Cellular (4G LTE) 128GB – RM 2,679

iPad mini 2 WiFi 16GB is RM330 more expensive than iPad mini WiFi 16GB. The latter is the only iPad mini 1st generation model available now on Apple Store Malaysia.

Cheapest iPads in the World!

Though iPad Air and iPad mini 2 are both more expensive than previous generation, but Malaysia’s new iPads are one of the cheapest in the world! The price is matching to the Apple USA price!

Availability in Malaysia

iPad Air and iPad mini Retina Display (iPad mini 2) are available without contract at all local Apple resellers, such as Machines, Mac City, Switch and SenQ.

Local telcos – Maxis, DiGi, Celcom – are also offer iPad Air WiFi+4G and iPad mini 2 WiFi+4G with data plan contracts.

Thought

In a nutshell, it really depends on your personal usage and preference. Would you prefer a bigger or smaller tablet?

Instead of struggling in front your computer, why don’t you visit nearest Apple resellers and try both iPad Air and iPad mini 2 to find out which one you like most?

No matter you buy iPad Air and iPad mini 2, they are good for the next few years – thanks to 64-bit processor, good build, iOS updates, and good battery life.

You won’t be wrong buying either one. However, you are advised to buy at least 32GB model. 16GB won’t be enough for your many iPad apps, photos and videos.

So, are you iPad Air or iPad mini 2?

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 10.1 (LTE) with Intel Inside

Intel Inside Samsung GALAXY TAB 3 10.1 LTE Tablet in Malaysia
Intel Inside Samsung GALAXY TAB 3 10.1 LTE Tablet in Malaysia
Intel Inside Samsung GALAXY TAB 3 10.1 LTE Tablet in Malaysia

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 LTE version has been released in Malaysia on October 2, 2013. The tablet computer is powered by Intel Atom Z2560 processor (“Clover Trail+”) and Intel’s 4G LTE solutions.

Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 LTE version uses Intel XMM 7160 4G LTE solution, while GALAXY Tab 10.1 3G version Intel XMM 6262 3G modem.

[Tweet “Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 10.1 LTE is powered by Intel processor”]

Intel Atom Z2560 processor

Intel Atom Z2560 is dual-core 1.6GHz processor build on 32-nanometer process technology. With Intel Hyper Threading technology, it supports 4 simultaneous application threads for better multitasking.

Build-in Intel Graphics Media Accelerator supports 3D games, 1080p HD video and 1920×1200 display. It also includes dynamic frequency scaling for power efficiency.

When compared to previous-generation Intel Atom Z2460 processor, Intel says:

“Intel Atom Z2560 provides 2x computer performance and 3x graphic capabilities.”

Intel 4G LTE chip

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 10.1 also uses Intel XMM 7160 4G LTE modem, one of “the world’s smallest and lowest power multimode-multiband LTE solutions” in market today.

The 4G LTE modem supports 15 LTE bands simultaneously, and highly configurable RF architecture with envelope tracking and antenna tuning, that enable global LTE roaming and extended battery life in single SKU.

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 10.1 (LTE) photo gallery

GALAXY Tab 3 10.1 LTE Specs at a glance

  • Processor: Intel Atom Z2560 (“Clover Trail+”) Dual Core 1.6GHz
  • OS: Android 4.2
  • Display: 10.1-inch, 1280×800 pixels
  • Memory: 1GB
  • Storage: 16/32GB
  • Camera: 3MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera
  • Connectors: earjack, MicroSD memory card slot (up to 64GB), SIM slot, micro USB port
  • Networks: 2G, 4G, 4G (800/860/900/1800/2100/2600), WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4 + 5GHz, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth, MHL
  • Battery: 6,800mAh

Price and Availability

Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 LTE is already available in Malaysia. Recommended retail price for 3G model is RM1299; GALAXY Tab 10.1 (LTE) is RM1599.

Giveaway

I am giving away a small door gift I received at the Intel & Samsung event. Unlock the widget below to win it!
[sociallocker]

Colourful Intel tablets
Colourful Intel tablets! LIKE this pic on Facebook to WIN!

Jeng! Jeng! It is Intel tablet (candy)! Very colourful pills!

How to win?

  1. Like LiewCF Facebook Page
  2. Like or Comment on this Facebook picture
  3. Good luck!

[/sociallocker]

Here’s DiGi 4G LTE Plans and Coverage

DiGi 4G LTE banner

DiGi 4G LTE banner

At last, DiGi 4G LTE network is now available in limited areas in Klang Valley for all customers who subscribe to specific “DiGi Broadband and Tablet Plans with 4G LTE”. Read on to learn about the DiGi 4G LTE plans and coverage areas.

Tell me about DiGi 4G LTE plans

DiGi 4G LTE is not an automatic upgrade for customers. DiGi customers need to change their SIM cards to DiGinet+SIMs at selected DiGi Stores to activate 4G LTE service.

Only customers who subscribe to DiGi Broadband and Tablet postpaid plans with 6GB Internet quota and above (paying RM89/month and above) receives free 4G LTE service.

Customers with DiGi Broadband and Tablet plans with less than 6GB data quota do not receive free DiGi 4G LTE service. They will need to subscribe addtional DiGi 4G LTE On Demand 1GB Internet quota for RM8 per day or RM30 per month (Yes, RM30/month for 1GB data) to enjoy super fast wireless broadband in DiGi 4G LTE coverage area.

DiGi 4G for iPhone and other smartphones?

Sadly, just like Celcom 4G, DiGi 4G is data only at launch. It does not support smartphone nor iPhone 5.

DiGi 4G LTE coverage area

The first DiGi 4G LTE coverage areas, or “DiGi 4G LTE Zones” as they named it, is limited to a few areas in Klang Valley. Check out below DiGi 4G LTE coverage maps (click to enlarge) to see if you are lucky enough:

Thoughts

Disappointed that no free & auto network switching to DiGi 4G LTE network for all existing broadband customers. DiGi not only ask customer to pay for data quota, but now also ask customer pay for 4G speed. Not good.

Plus, DiGi 4G LTE coverage areas are very limited. In fact, it is only a few roads in Klang Valley. If you purchased DiGi 4G On Demand, make sure you stand where you are and do not walk outside the limited coverage area.

What do you think about DiGi 4G LTE? Do you think paying for higher speed is fair?

Full List of Maxis 4G LTE Coverage Areas: Klang Valley, Penang, Johor, Sabah, Sarawak

Maxis 4G LTE
Maxis 4G LTE
Maxis 4G LTE

6 months after launching on 1st January 2013, Maxis 4G LTE network has now doubled coverage and expanded to cover areas in Penang, Johor, Sabah, and Sarawak. Maxis is also the first to offer 4G LTE services in East Malaysia.

According to Nasution Mohamed, Maxis’ Joint Chief Operating Officier, Maxis 4G LTE network now serving more than 130,000 customers in Malaysia.

Here is the list of current Maxis 4G LTE coverage areas:

Klang Valley

  • Bangsar, Mont Kiara, Desa Park,
  • Cyberjaya
  • Seapark, Dataran Prima, Tropicana
  • Petaling Jaya Section 13, 14, 17, 19, SS2
  • Sunway, Kampung Tunku, SS2, SS3
  • Taman Desa, Pantai Dalam, Old Klang Road
  • Ampang Hilir, Kelab Darul Ehsan
  • Bukit Rahman Putra
  • Golden Triangle, Bukit Bintang, Pudu, Kampung Baharu, KLCC, Taman U Thant
  • Jalan Barat, Bukit Jalil, Bukit Jalil Golf & Country Club
  • Kampung Sri Puchong, Puchong Perdana, Taman Puchong Prima, Mawar, Taman Puchong Perdana, Puchong Utama, Taman Perindustrian Pusat Bandar Puchong, Section 2 Taman Perindustrian Puchong Utama, Kampung Baru Puchong, Taman Saujana Puchong, Wawasan Puchong, Bandar Kinrara 1, Bandar Kinrara 3, Bandar Kinrara 4, Bandar Puteri
  • Taman Kinrara 2, Taman Kinrara 3, Taman Kinrara 4
  • Mahameru, PWTC, Putra Bus Station, Sentul Selatan, Police Station Sentul, Sentul, Semarak, Datok Keramat, Kampung Baharu, Hospital Kuala Lumpur
  • Overseas Union Garden, Taman Yarl, Taman Sri Petaling, Taman Goodwood, Taman Pagar Ruyung, Kuchai Entrepreneur Park, Taman Salak Selatan, Taman Gembira, Taman United, Taman Serangkai, Taman Bukit Indah, Desa Petaling
  • PJS2, PJS3, PJS5, PJS6, PJS7 Petaling Jaya, Taman Desa Mentari, Taman Desaria, Taman Medan Baru
  • Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI), Bandar Utama, Mutiara Damansara, Damansara Utama
  • Pusat Bandar Damansara, Taman SA, Jalan Semantan, SPRINT Highway, Taman Duta, Bukit Damansara, Damansara Heights
  • Section 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Kota Damansara, Taman Sains Selangor, PJU5, Dataran Sunway, Section 12 Sunway Damansara
  • SS14, SS15, SS16, SS17, SS18 Subang Jaya
  • Sungai Besi, Jalan Chan Sow Lin, Taman Ikan Emas, Salak Selatan, Bandar Sri Permaisuri, Bandar Tun Razak
  • Taman Kepong, Bandar Manjalara, Kepong Baru Tambahan, Taman Sri Bintang, Taman Segambut, Taman Sri Sinar, Taman Petaling, Taman Sri Segambut
  • Taman Selayang Baru, Taman Sri Murni, Jalan Batu Cave, Taman Beringin 2, Taman Wahyu, Jinjang Utara, Taman Mutiara, Taman Sri Delima, Taman Bamboo, Selayang Pandang
  • Taman Sg Besi, Kampung Baru Salak Selatan, Taman Sri Budiman, Taman Salak Selatan, Taman Connaught, Taman Mutiara Timur, Cheras
  • Taman Sungai Besi, Taman Mulia, Kampung Baru Salak Selatan, Bukit Sri Petaling, Taman Sri Budiman, Taman Connaught,Taman Mutiara Timur Cheras
  • Taman Megah (SS23, SS24, SS26), Kelana Jaya
  • Universiti Malaya, Taman Bukit Pantai, Section 11, 12, 16 Petaling Jaya, Kampung Kerinchi
  • USJ6, USJ 3, USJ 4, USJ 5, USJ 9, USJ 11, USJ 12, USJ 13

Penang

  • Maxis Centre, Jalan Todak 4, Bandar Sunway
  • Maxis I-Centre, Northam Hotel, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Gurney Plaza Auto-City, Bukit Tengah
  • Politeknik Seberang Prai, Taman Pauh, Taman Pauh Jaya, Taman Nagasari, Jalan Baru
  • Pulau Tikus, Jalan Burma, Jalan Cantonment, Jalan Kelawei, Jalan Birch
  • Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Jalan Permatang Pauh, Kampung Pertama

Johor Bahru, Johor

  • Taman Nesa, Kg Poh Che Leng, Jalan Shahbandar 8, Danga Bay Commercial area, Maxis I-Centre, Taman Tasek, Jalan Kolam, Jalan Strait View, Maxis Taman Molek, Taman Molek, Taman Saujana, Desa Perwira

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

  • One Borneo, Bangunan KPD, Jalan Kilang, Balai Polis Likas, Lorong P. Haba, Liwen Court, Jalan Maktab Gaya, Mahkamah Negeri, Jabatan Kastam, Wisma Sabah

Kuching, Sarawak

  • Jalan Patingan, SK Encik Buyong, SK Merpati, Jalan Simpor, Borneo Hotel, Salvation Army, Mirama Cinema, Jalan Padungan, Jalan Manggis, Dewan Masonic, SM Chung Hua No.3, Dewan Masyarakat, Jalan Stampin, Jalan Kedandi, SM Patrick

Visit Maxis 4G LTE page for more updates and information.