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RIM to Manufacture BlackBerry Smartphones in Malaysia

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Research In Motion (RIM), maker of BlackBerry devices, announced that it will manufacture a portfolio of BlackBerry smartphones in Malaysia starting July 2011. No details have been supplied on which models will be manufactured at the Penang plant.

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YTL Communications collaborates with UQ Communications of Japan to spearhead WiMAX2 development

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YTL Communications, which has the reputation of being the world’s first operator with a fully converged 4G network, recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Japan’s leading WiMAX broadband service provider, UQ Communications.

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BlackBerry PlayBook official launch, book yours now!

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Maxis is officially launching the BlackBerry PlayBook this Saturday. Reserve a unit now to get an invite to the exclusive launch. Get a unit for as low as RM990 with a 3G data plan (if you’re an existing Maxis BIS user). At RM1,599 RRP (sans plan), puts the 16GB is in a pretty attractive price bracket.

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P1 and China Mobile Sign MoU to Promote TD-LTE Adoption

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Puan Chan Cheong, Group Managing Director and Group CEO of Green Packet Berhad; Huang Yuhong, Deputy General Manager of China Mobile Research Institute; YB Dato’ Joseph Salang Gandum, Deputy Minister of Information, Communications and Culture Malaysia; His Excellency Chen Dehai, Charge D’Affaires of the People’s Republic of China Embassy; Michael Lai, CEO of P1

China Mobile and Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd (“P1”), signed a technology cooperation agreement today, to spearhead the adoption of TD-LTE technology in Malaysia and South-East Asia. P1 is Malaysia’s first and leading 4G telecommunications company with the country’s widest WiMAX coverage.

The collaborative arrangement has several principal goals. Firstly, to promote TD-LTE as a global standard in general, and early adoption in South-East Asia. Secondly to promote Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI) throughout South-East Asia, and last but not least, to kick-off the deployment of TD-LTE in Malaysia.

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P1 4G Set to Sign TD-LTE MoU with China Mobile

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Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (“P1”), Malaysia’s first and leading 4G telecommunications company with the country’s widest WiMAX coverage, is set to sign a memorandum of understanding with China Mobile later today, the world’s largest mobile operator, to spearhead the movement of TD-LTE (Long Term Evolution) in Malaysia and South East Asia.

YB Datuk Joseph Salang, Deputy Minister of Information, Communications and Culture Malaysia, His Excellency Chen Dehai, Charge D’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Malaysia, senior representatives from China Mobile and P1 will be present at the signing ceremony.

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Samsung GALAXY S II unleashed & reviewed: Slim, sexy, speed demon

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The race for smartphone supremacy is undoubtedly a fierce one. Manufacturers are scrambling to throw everything they’ve got to hungry, demanding consumers in a market that’s growing and getting more sophisticated by the day. People want faster, slimmer, smarter, sexier and more powerful mobile devices. And they want it now. If there’s one thing not lacking for consumers, though, is choice. We’ve got Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Symbian, WebOS-powered flurry of devices to choose from.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence is also one of the world’s fastest growing mobile phone brands. Its flagship Android smartphone, Samsung GALAXY S was a worldwide success, selling a record 14 million units globally since its debut last year. This year, begins a new journey for smartphones as more powerful dual-core processors and multi-core GPUs roll out into the market. While not the first (beaten to the punch by LG Optimus 2x), Samsung has finally released its new superphone, – the Samsung GALAXY S II, first seen at the Mobile World Congress in February this year. Purportedly the fastest Android phone ever released. Established online tech media all over have sung praises of this revolutionary successor to the Samsung GALAXY S, even calling it “the best Android smartphone yet, but more importantly, it might just be the best smartphone to date.” That, my techie friends, is quite a compliment. Samsung, obviously, have done something right. Response to the GALAXY S II has been phenomenal, garnering over 3 million pre-orders, and selling 1 million units within a month.

And now, its arrival in Malaysia looms. I’m one of the privileged few in Malaysia to have been given the opportunity to toy around with the S II for several weeks. While it would be premature to say that it’s the best Android smartphone the world has today, one thing’s for sure, Samsung has certainly made a kick-ass phone. And a sexy one at that. Read on.

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First impressions: HTC Flyer

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HTC pushes out its first tablet product into the market with a pocketable 7-inch, aluminium encased unibody tablet running a tweaked version of Android v2.3 Gingerbread, sweetened by HTC Sense. I had the opportunity to play with it briefly during last week’s media launch at Sky Bar, Traders Hotel. Read on for my first impressions on this nifty device.

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HTC Flyer Media Launch

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Taiwan’s HTC Corporation, the world’s fourth largest phone maker, launched its first-ever tablet product – HTC Flyer, to members of the media last Friday. The event was held at the picturesque Sky Bar @ Traders Hotel, where HTC also signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Maxis Berhad that will allow Maxis to continue to be the first telco in Malaysia to exclusively offer existing and up-and-coming HTC smart devices to their customers. While the HTC Flyer took most of the limelight, HTC also launched the new HTC Desire S smartphone.

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YES 4G demos live speed test on NTV7’s The Breakfast Show

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YTL Comm‘s CEO Wing K. Lee went on NTV7’s The Breakfast Show to put the YES 4G network to the test on live TV.

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Toshiba tablet coming soon

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Toshiba has made known that their Tablet (yes, the one previewed at CES 2011), aptly named Toshiba Tablet (ahem) will be coming soon. Powered by the top-of-the-line NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, the capacitative multitouch 10.1″ tablet comes with a high resolution backlit display supporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 (16:10 ratio).