Samsung Malaysia has finally launched the Galaxy Note 2 – a highly anticipated device – in Malaysia in a press only event last night. Following from this event, it has been announced that the Galaxy Note 2 will be available for purchase starting October 19th, a week from now.
The Recommended Retail Price (RRP) is set at RM2299 and this is for the 16GB version. There is no news on when (or if) the 32GB and 64GB versions will be available at this moment. As Galaxy S3’s RRP is RM1999, the Galaxy Note 2 is priced at only RM300 more. This small difference may help to boost Galaxy Note 2’s sale as the Galaxy Note 2 is essentially an enlarged version of the Galaxy S3. For RM300 more, you get a faster CPU, twice the amount of RAM, a bigger non-PenTile screen, a bigger battery, a stylus and comes with Android JellyBean (JB) pre-installed. Sounds like a good upgrade for RM300 to me.
Another question asked by many is whether phone package bundles from local telecommunication companies such as DiGi, Maxis and Celcom would be available from the start. SoyaCincau tweeted some expected prices from the companies but as of the time of writing, only DiGi has publicize their pricing and it is available for pre-order with shipments starting Oct 19th.
The prices are as follows:
RM1799 for a 2 year RM48 contract (Total = RM2951)
RM1599 for a 2 year RM68 contract (Total = RM3231)
RM1399 for a 2 year RM88 contract (Total = RM3511)
*All of the above contract plans are eligible for a RM5 x 6 months rebate if you sign up for Auto-Billing.
Online pre-ordering and pre-ordering at certain DiGi centers are available starting today.
As can be seen from the price listings above, the best bet is probably to get the RM48 plan for 2 years as it provides the lowest ownership cost.
You can also get AP sets as I have mentioned in my earlier post. The current price for an AP set is RM1999 which does not include delivery charges (RM10-RM12 typically). If you are paying via credit card, do add a 3% service charge on top of the price.
Any one getting one as soon as it is launched?