Firstly, I would like to apologize for not updating my blog for a while. There has been some work related stress and issues that left me a little demotivated to blog. I still keep up with the latest news from AndroidPolice, GSMArena and AndroidCentral. There have been some Android 4.2 issues which affects Nexus device owners (since they are the only ones who have Android 4.2 currently) but they have been covered by many sites so I didn’t feel much need to repeat them here except to say that you probably do not want to upgrade to Android 4.2 yet or be prepared to factory reset after you do. Anyways, I’ll probably do a round up later this week but we’re here to talk about the experience and story of a CM Exynos device maintainer.
LG Nexus 4’s release saw the low priced device selling out from the Google Play Stores around the world in under an hour across all countries. This happened in Australia, UK and even the US. The low price of USD349 for the 16GB and hype before the release probably drove up demands to unprecedented levels. However, aside from the Google Play Store, prices were rumored to have been quoted much higher.
As the LG Nexus 4 approaches release in the US, here in Malaysia, we are waiting anxiously to see when and what prices will this beast come with. Today’s short roundup contains some news and some rumors for Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. If you’re among the citizens of these countries and are interested on getting your hands on a LG Nexus 4, stay tuned!
Ready for more Nexus rumors? This time, a little more localized news for Malaysia though. Rumor has it, the LG Nexus 4 will cost about RM2099. Yes. RM2099 or USD685.
This could be for the 16GB but it also could be the STARTING price for 8GB. If it is indeed for the 8GB (which goes for USD299 on Google Play Store), this makes the Malaysian pricing more than double the price available in US. This is seriously absurd.
Personally, I do hope that LG gets some sense and price it more reasonably. I hope it comes at about equivalent prices, RM900-RM1050, and personally wouldn’t mind paying RM1200-RM1300 for it (which is already a RM300-RM400 or USD98-USD130 increase!) as I will get local warranty. But if it does actually come at RM2099, I’ll be taking a long hard look at getting someone to carry it back from US for me. A 50% discount over local prices will be much, much appreciated.
What do you think? Do you think buying a phone at 50% discount is worth the no warranty?
While waiting for Sony Mobile to officially bring in the Xperia TX into Malaysia, BrandStar Mobile City (better known as directd on Lelong.com.my and Facebook) has brought the phone into Malaysia with a 24-month AP warranty. Pricing for this phone stands at RM1525 while its sibling, the Xperia T (main difference is the non-removable but slightly bigger battery) is going for RM1599. Keep in mind that Sony Mobile will not be bringing the Xperia T into Malaysia and will only bring in the Xperia TX. Hence, if you want the Xperia T, you are limited to only the AP version. Both phones ship with ICS out of the box with a JB update promised in Q1 of 2013.