Get ready for some Android 4.2 goodness as CyanogenMod team brings CM10.1 to the Samsung Galaxy S2 – I9100. CM10.1 landed on the I9100G earlier as its TI-OMAP chipsets made it much easier to port. The Exynos chipset in I9100 made the task much more difficult. But with CyanogenMod team’s perseverance, passion and kindness, I9100 users now get to enjoy Android 4.2 as well.
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.
Since getting my Galaxy S2 back from repairs about a week ago, I thought I would give it a few days on Stock Samsung Touchwiz before I flashed CM9 or CM10 onto it but that never happened. I did not even last a day. Before 24 hours were up, my phone was back on JellyBean aka CM10 and there was no turning back. At the time of writing, the CM10 for Galaxy S2 I9100 is more or less good enough to be used as your daily driver. However, that is not to say that it is without bugs,
some most of which can be blamed on Samsung not releasing their codes or adequate references/sample codes. If you happen to visit the Galaxy S2 I9100 CM10 thread over at XDA-Developers, the one thing that you surely would have noticed is that one of the most common bug that people are talking about are RIL crashes (aside from all the other nonsense like “Oh no. My phone is bootloop after flashing Siyah”).
After slightly more than 3 weeks of torturous waiting, my Galaxy S2 has been revived from its non-phone state. Rejoice!
Total damage: RM295
Breakdown of charges – RM250 for 3G radio revival + RM45 for USB port replacement
DiGi has recently done a price revision and reduction for its Galaxy S3, dropping the price from an original RM2199 to RM1999. This RM200 drop also applies to its device bundles as a 2 year RM48 contract now lists the device as RM1449 as opposed to the RM1649 previously. Its 2 year RM88 contract now lets you have the phone for RM1099, again, down RM200 from RM1299 previously. Better yet, its 2 year RM88 contract also provides RM20 discount per month for the whole 2 years as well as a RM5 discount per month for the first 6 months if you register for auto billing.
The Galaxy S3 comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) 4.0.4 currently with an upgrade to Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1 that has begun in certain countries and will certainly hit Malaysia sooner rather than later. With the power of 4 CPUs and 1GB of RAM backing the impressive 4.8″ Super AMOLED display, this is still one of the best phones in the market currently.
If you’ve been holding off your purchase with DiGi, maybe the time is ripe for you to get your Galaxy S3 now! (Darn, if only I wasn’t currently tied to a contract…)
P.S. My guess is that Samsung Malaysia and/or DiGi dropped the price in anticipation of iPhone 5 reaching Malaysian shores soon and its hoping that a lower price would entice more customers to choose a Galaxy S3 right now.