Malaysia Surface RT is Now RM450 Cheaper, Starts from RM1099

Surface RT Malaysia Price
Surface RT Malaysia Price
Surface RT Malaysia Price (screenshot taken from Challenger)

Follow the Surface RT price cut in U.S. on July 14, all Surface RT models in Malaysia receives RM450 price cut.

The 32GB Surface RT price was RM1549, now sells for RM1099 (29% discount). The 64GB Surface RT model also get RM450 off, now sells for RM1399 (was RM1849) or 24% discount.

Refer the following table for Surface RT prices before and now:

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Surface RT, Before, Now, Save
32GB, RM 1549, RM 1099, RM 450 (29%)
64GB, RM 1849, RM 1399, RM 450 (24%)
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Note that no discount for Surface RT accessories’ price, such as Touch Cover (RM379), Type Cover (RM409), etc.

You still get Surface RT + Black Touch Cover combo by topping up RM300 (same price) on the Surface RT device price.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft Surface RT Price and Availability in Malaysia

A quick checks at Microsoft Surface RT retail partners, LiewCF notices that Challenger and SNS Network have updated Surface RT tablets to the latest prices, while ThunderMatch and Harvey Norman are still listing the former prices.

The Surface Pro remains the same price: RM2749 (64GB) and RM3049 (128GB).

Surface RT specs

Surface RT tablet is powered by 1.3 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and 2GB RAM. The display is 10.6-inch with 1366×768 resolution. Dual 1.2MP cameras, one USB port, support microSDXC memory card and HD video output. WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. Battery life up to 8 hours and weight 680 grams.

Surface RT runs Windows RT can only run Windows Store apps, it does not support Windows desktop software. Surface RT is pre-installed free Office Home and Student 2013 RT.

Usable space in 32GB Surface RT is 15GB, and 45GB free space in 64GB Surface RT.

Thoughts

We know that Surface RT is poor-selling tablet. This Surface RT price cut might be the preparation for second-generation Surface RT devices. Microsoft is focusing on home-grown hardware now.

Tablet buying decision is not only about the hardware. Every tablet needs a great apps support. As for comparison, Windows Store app has only 80,000 apps, while Google Play app store has 850,000 Android apps and Apple App Store has 900,000 iOS apps. Go figure.

With the price cut, 32GB (15GB free space) Surface RT is now RM400 cheaper than 16GB (14GB free space) iPad with Retina display (RM1499) in Malaysia.

Will you buy Surface RT because it is cheaper now? Or, will you buy a Windows RT tablet?

[Source: Microsoft Surface, Malaysia, via LowYat.net]

Microsoft Surface Pro Now Available in Malaysia

Surface Pro with Type Cover and Surface Pen
Surface Pro with Type Cover and Surface Pen
Surface Pro with Type Cover and Surface Pen

Microsoft Surface Pro Windows 8 Pro tablet is now available in Malaysia for RM2749 (64GB) and RM3049 (128) at participating retail outlets from 7 June 2013 onwards.

Microsoft Surface RT was launched in Malaysia in April 2013. It has pre-installed MS Office Home and Student 2013 RT but only support Windows 8 apps. You cannot install Windows 7 desktop software onto it. On the other hand, Surface Pro runs full version Windows 8 Pro which support all Windows 8 apps as well as Windows desktop software.

“The Surface Pro will be especially appealing to corporations and businesses who are looking for a lightweight, durable, powerful device that is specifically designed with additional enterprise-grade security features, as well as optimized to work with in-house applications they may already have.”, said Carlos Lacerda, Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia.

Surface Pro specs

Surface Pro is a 10.6-inch Full HD touchscreen display (1920×1080 pixels) tablet computer powered by Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB RAM, running Microsoft Windows 8 Pro operating system. Two 720p cameras (front- and rear-facing).

Surface Pro support WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity, as well as full size USB 3.0 port, microSDXC card slot, headset jack, Mini DisplayPort. Weight 2 lbs (907 gram).

A Surface Pen is included allows you to do draw and take notes with your handwriting on the Surface Pro.

Surface Pro price

Surface Pro is available in 64GB and 128GB, the retail prices is RM2749 and RM3049 respectively. Keyboard cover is not included. You can buy touch cover (black, white, cryan, red, magenta) at RM379. Black type cover is RM409.

Where to buy Surface Pro in Malaysia?

Microsoft Surface series can be purchased nationwide from: Challenger Malaysia, Harvey Norman, Thunder Match Technology, SNS Network. Please check the retail locations in the following table:

malaysia surface retail locations
malaysia surface retail locations

LiewCF’s Buying Advice

Take note on the “usable storage space” when you are buying Windows 8 tablet because recovery partition, Windows 8 OS, and pre-installed software could taking up many space. You may also need to consider the additional cost of Microsoft keyboard cover when buying Surface Pro.

More and more different Windows 8 tablet models are available in the market now. I’d suggest you to visit the retailers mentioned and check out the Surface Pro and other Windows 8 tablets before swiping your card.

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Microsoft’s Surface RT to Launch in Malaysia

Surface RT photo
Surface RT photo
Surface RT photo

Microsoft Malaysia has confirmed that Surface RT will be released in Malaysia on 25 April 2013. Free giveaways will be given to the first 300 customers at the launch event.

After months of waiting, Microsoft Surface RT will finally be available in Malaysia from 25 April 2013. It was released in USA on October 26, 2012. Still, Microsoft did not release Surface RT at the Windows 8 launch in Asiac Pacific in December 2012.

“We’re incredibly thrilled that Malaysians will soon be able to experience a new category of devices firsthand, beginning with Surface RT,” said Carlos Lacerda, Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia.

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Surface RT launch event

Surface RT will be launched in Malaysia on the evening of 25 April 2013 (Thursday) at Publika Shopping Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. The first 300 customers at the launch event will receive free giveaways worth at least RM300.

In conjunction with the launch party, Microsoft has some great activities lined up including special appearances by Mizz Nina, DJ Ben of Fly FM and the ELECOLDXHOT dance crew.

Surface RT will also be available through selected stores nationwide from Challenger Malaysia, Harvey Norman, and Thunder Match Technology.

What is Surface RT?

Surface RT is Microsoft branded 10.6-inch tablet running Windows RT operating system (can install Windows Store apps only). It is powered by 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor and 2GB RAM.

Surface RT available in 32GB or 64GB storage capacity, however, up to 16GB used by system software. You can add storage space using the microSDXC card slot. It also includes a full-size USB port.

Office Home & Student 2013 RT (includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote apps) is free and pre-installed for Surface RT.

Dual cameras, both are 1.2 MegaPixel. Battery life is up to 8 hours. Surface RT weight 680g.

SEE ALSO: Everything We Know About the Microsoft’s Surface Tablet for Windows

 

How much?

Microsoft Malaysia hasn’t revealed the official Surface RT price in Ringgit Malaysia yet. However, Surface RT 32GB is USD499 (RM1500)  and USD599 (RM1800) for 64GB version in USA. The optional touch cover cost USD100.

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Visit Surface.com.my for more information.

ASUS FonePad, 7-inch Android Tablet that Make Calls Under $300

ASUS FonePad
ASUS FonePad
ASUS FonePad

At Mobile World Congress 2013 (MWC2013), ASUS has officially announced ASUS FonePad, a 7-inch tablet phone or phonelet. Read on to learn about the specs and price.

ASUS FonePad is powered by Intel Atom Z2420 1.2 GHz processor. The 7-inch display is 1280×800 resolution. 1GB RAM. 8GB/16GB storage, support microSD card up to 32GB. Unlike Nexus 7, FonePad has dual camera: 3MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera.

READ ALSO: Nexus 7 tablet review

FonePad specs is quite similar to Nexus 7, except that FonePad is powered by Intel ATOM processor, has 3MP rear camera, and it is a phone! Don’t confuse FonePad with ASUS PadFone (PadFone 2, PadFone Infinity), which is a smartphone with tablet dock. ASUS also has a cheaper 7-inch tablet (can’t make calls) called MeMO Pad.

ASUS FonePad is available in 2 colors: Titanium Gray and champagne Gold. The retail price start from USD$249 (RM772), available in

LiewCF’s Buying Advice

If you want to have both tablet and a smartphone for under USD$300 (RM1000), ASUS FonePad would be an ideal choice. By the way, get a bluetooth headset too. Covering your face with a tablet to make call looks very stupid.

➤ ASUS FonePad

ASUS TAICHI Convertible, VivoTab Smart Windows 8 Tablet, MeMO Pad Android Tablet (Price & Specs)

Asus Taichi event group photo
Asus Taichi event group photo
(L-R) Li Huai Pin, Country Product Manager of Tablets; Alex Feng, Country Product Manager of Notebooks (credit to Goldfries.com)

In January 2013, ASUS Malaysia launched 3 new products — ASUS TAICHI dual-screen Windows 8 convertible, VivoTab Smart Windows 8 tablet, and MeMO Pad 7-inch Android tablet. Read on to find the the specs, price and my first impressions of the products.

ASUS TAICHI

ASUS Taichi dual-screen ultrabook
ASUS Taichi dual-screen ultrabook

ASUS TAICHI is the world’s first dual-screen Windows 8 convertible. The back-to-back 11.6-inch screens both have 1920×1080 pixels. The back screen is 10 point touch screen, while front screen is not touch-enabled.

Tai Chi is a Chinese system of slow meditative physical exercise for relaxation and balance and health. source

ASUS Taichi button
ASUS Taichi button to switch display modes

With the unique TAICHI button on the keyboard, you can switch ASUS TAICHI in 4 display modes:

  1. Notebook mode — works like notebook, back screen is off.
  2. Tablet mode — close the lid and TAICHI becomes a tablet.
  3. Mirror mode — both screens display the same content.
  4. Dual-screen mode — display different content on each screen, as if the back screen is an external monitor.

There’s also a “screen lock” switch at the side of the notebook to turn off the tablet display.

Frankly, I don’t see how two back-to-back screen would be useful. And that unique feature add weight and size and cost to the notebook. The concept sounds cool but less practical.

Specs

  • Intel Core i5 processor
  • tablet screen: 11.6” Full HD (1920×1080) with 10 point touch
  • notebook screen: 11.6” Full HD (1920×1080)
  • Windows 8
  • Integrated HD Graphics 4000
  • 5M with Auto Focus 1080P Camera on tablet side
  • 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD
  • Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0
  • 32GB Asus Cloud storage for 3 years
  • 1.25 KG weight

ASUS TAICHI 21 price is RM 3,999 in Malaysia.

ASUS VivoTab Smart

ASUS ViVoTab Smart
ASUS ViVoTab Smart Windows 8 tablet

ASUS VivoTab Smart is a 10.1-inch Windows 8 tablet. It is powered by Intel Atom dual-core CPU. Weighing at only 580 gram and 9.7mm thin. VivoTab Smart has a 8MP F/2.2 rear camera for those who like to take photo using a tablet.

ASUS VivoTab Smart does not comes with keyboard dock nor stand. You can complete it with TransBoard wireless keyboard (RM249) and TransSleeve Cover (RM169).

Since there is no sign of Microsoft’s Surface Pro coming to Malaysia, you may consider ASUS VivoTab Smart as a cheaper Windows 8 tablet that support all PC hardware and Windows desktop software.

Specs

  • 10.1-inch (1366×768) 5 point touch display
  • Intel Atom dual-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 64GB storage
  • Support WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) and 3G/LTE
  • 580g
  • 9.5 hours battery life

ASUS VivoTab Smart price in Malaysia is RM 1,799 (WiFi model) and RM 2,099 (WiFi + 3G/LTE model).

ASUS MeMO Pad

ASUS MeMo Pad
ASUS MeMo Pad

ASUS is the manufacturer of the famous Google Nexus 7. MeMO Pad is a cheaper 7-inch Android tablet.

READ ALSO: Nexus 7 tablet review

ASUS MeMO Pad is powered by 1GHz VIA WM8950 CPU and 1GB RAM, running Android Jelly Bean. The 7-inch 10-point multi-touch display has a resolution of 1024×600 pixels. No GPS. Unlike Nexus 7, ASUS MeMO Pad supports SD card expansion up to 32GB. You also receive 5GB of ASUS WebStorage (free for life) with purchase of MeMO Pad.

Specs

  • VIA WM8950 1GHz CPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB/16GB storage with microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • 5GB free ASUS WebStorage
  • 7-inch (1024×600) multi-touch display
  • 1MP front camera
  • weight: 358 g

ASUS MeMO Pad retail price is at RM 499 in Malaysia. It is available in 3 colors: Sugar While, Titanium Gray and Cherry Pink.

➤ Visit ASUS for more information.