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Samsung Galaxy J2 DTV Launched, First Samsung Digital TV Smartphone

September 15, 2016
Not to lose out on the mobile digital TV wars, Samsung has launched its own DTV-enabled smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy J2 DTV. The J2 DTV, the little phone that could, features a 4.7-inch qHD IPS display (not to be confused with QHD), a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, a 5MP shooter, 8GB of onboard storage, and a 2000mAh battery. Most of all, you'll be able to watch TV when you're anywhere, especially on traffic, everywhere digital TV signals are available.

Samsung Galaxy J2 DTV Launched, First Samsung Digital TV Smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy J2 DTV isn't much by any means - don't expect it to run stuff, but with a retail price of PHP 6,990, it's on the competitive range of other DTV-enabled devices. it's available at Samsung Experience Stores and authorized partner outlets nationwide.

Samsung Galaxy J2 DTV Specifications

OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
Processor: 1.3GHz quad-core processor
Memory: 1GB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 128GB
Display: 4.7-inch qHD IPS display,
Camera: 5MP rear camera w/ AF, LED flash; 2MP front-facing camera
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; WiFi, WiFi hotspot; Bluetooth v4.1
SIM: Dual microSIM
Battery: 2000mAh battery, removable
Dimensions: 136.5 x 69 x 8.4mm, 130g
Price: PHP 6,990

Starmobile UP Sense Launched, 5" Marshmallow Device with Fingerprint Sensor

September 13, 2016
Local mobile company Starmobile recently announced the Starmobile UP Sense, a 5-inch Android Marshmallow device that highlights a fingerprint scanner. Aside from the said feature, the specifications are entry-level: a 1.3GHz MT6580 quad-core processor, Mali-400MP GPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, and an 8MP camera. It also carries a 2500mAh Li-ion battery and HSPA+ connectivity.

Starmobile UP Sense Launched, 5" Marshmallow Device with Fingerprint Sensor

The Starmobile UP Sense will be available in Starmobile concept stores, kiosks, and authorized resellers next week at PHP 4,290 nationwide.

Starmobile UP Sense Specifications

OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Processor: 1.3GHz quad-core MT6580 processor, Mali-400MP GPU
Memory: 1GB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 32GB
Display: 5-inch 2.5D Curved HD IPS display, 1280x720 screen resolution, 294ppi
Camera: 8MP rear camera w/ AF, LED Flash; 2MP front-facing camera
Connectivity: Up to 3G HSPA+; WiFi, WiFi Hotspot; Bluetooth; GPS w/ A-GPS
Battery: 2500mAh Li-Po battery
Dimensions 143x70.5x8 mm, 145g
Features: Fingerprint sensor
Price: PHP 4,290

D-Link Unveils SMB Networking Products Line, Offers Solutions from Storage to Surveillance

September 12, 2016
Electronics provider D-Link unveiled a range of devices that address end-to-end small and medium business networking needs, from products that include wireless networking, security, surveillance, storage, and network management.

Jacky Chang, President, D-Link International

What D-Link's SMB product line basically offers, without going too much into specifics, is a complete setup of your business networking-side. Say, you're running a small hotel, and you need wireless internet connectivity across all rooms, you can avail switches, routers, and WiFi range extenders so that your employees and guests will have connectivity everywhere. D-Link's solutions even goes as connecting security cameras to your own cloud - imagine watching the goings-on at the hotel lobby, corridors, and employee-only areas with your smartphone. What's good about this is—we'll go a few sentences back for this one—D-Link offers it all in one package.


Aside from SMB solutions, D-Link also presented home solutions, such as high-quality routers, and WiFi range extenders designed for small and big residences. We're pretty sure that most of us have WiFi dead spots in our homes, so I'm particularly glad with the company's DAP-1320 N300 WiFi Range Extender.

And as an aside, D-Link also showcased their award-winning, tri-band MU-MIMO router, the DIR-895L, which basically looks like a 8-legged spider, but carries so much power it has its own dual-core processor onboard.

D-Link DIR-895L
The DIR-895L MU-MIMO Router

D-Link's SMB networking solutions are already available in the Philippines on a per-order basis via the company's local distributors Bridge Distributions Inc., and Uplink Information System Inc.

PlayStation Pro and PlayStation Slim Announced, Starts at $299

September 11, 2016
Sony Entertainment recently announced two PlayStation models at their PlayStation 4 Pro event: The PlayStation 4 Pro, and the slimmer PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation 4 Slim will be replacing the original PlayStation 4 (as stocks deplete), and will be available later this month. Pricing will start at $299 at most regions, so that would be around PHP 14,000 when converted.

PlayStation Pro and PlayStation Slim Announced, Starts at $299
PlayStation 4 Pro

The PlayStation 4 Pro meanwhile will start shipping on November 10, starting at $399—roughly around PHP 20,000. The device, which was previously codenamed Neo, highlights better specifications—such as 4K video support, and AMD's Polaris architecture—and was designed with the hardcore gamer in mind. It wasn't designed to replace current PS4 units, but is said to be sold alongside them.

One thing unsaid in the announcement but should be mentioned nonetheless is that 1st generation PS4 units should get a significant price cut to make way for these newer models. Perhaps it could be your time to own one, given that the holiday season is fast approaching.

LG V20 Announced, Android 7.0 Nougat, Dual Cameras, HiFi DAC Onboard

September 09, 2016
The much anticipated LG V20 have finally been announced, and it is what we were expecting—a much improved LG V10, and a far cry from what was the LG G5 (which, in its defense, was a great proof of concept, but was received rather coldly by the market).

LG V20 Announced, Android 7.0 Nougat, Dual Cameras, HiFi DAC Onboard

Going head-to-head with the upcoming Apple iPhone 7, the LG V20 boasts Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, and bears semblance to the LG G5 when it comes to specs on paper: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, a 5.7-inch dual screen Quantum Display, 4GB RAM, 32GB and 64GB onboard storage configurations, and triple cameras (16MP + 8MP dual rear cameras, 5MP front-facing camera). It's also touted as an audiophile's smartphone, as it carries the ESS SABRE ES9218 Quad DAC, and offers support to Hi-Fi DAC audio up to 192kHz/24bit. This should significantly enhance a user's listening experience.

Design-wise, the LG V20 isn't anything special, and instead looks very discreet and generic. It uses a combination of both lightweight aluminum and silicon-based materials, reportedly found in aircrafts, sailboats, and helmets. It's also going to also have some drop resistance up to four feet, since it's IL-STD 810G Transit Drop Test-certified.

LG however wasn't able to disclose further details on the V20's global release date, aside from saying that South Korea will get first dibs this month, followed by other regions in the weeks to come.

LG V20 Specifications

OS: Android 7.0 Nougat, LG UX 5.0+
Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Processor
Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, 64GB UFS onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 2TB
Display: 5.7-inch QHD IPS Quantum Display (2560 x 1440 / 513ppi); secondary IPS Quantum Display,160 x 1040, 513ppi
Camera: 16MP with F1.8 Aperture OIS (Standard Angle) and 8MP with F2.4 Aperture (Wide Angle) rer cameras; 5MP front-facing camera with F1.9 Aperture (Wide Angle)
Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA
Connectivity: X12 LTE (up to 600 Mbps LTE Category 12 with 3x Carrier Aggregation); Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac; USB Type-C; Bluetooth 4.2 BLE; NFC
Battery: 3200mAh battery, removable
Dimensions: 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6mm
Colors: Titan, Silver, Pink
Others: Hi-Fi Video Recording / Steady Record 2.0 / HD Audio Recorder / Studio Mode / High AOP Mic / Second Screen / 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / In Apps / B&O Collaboration / Finger Print Scanner / Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0

WD Gold 10TB Hard Drives Now Available, Features HelioSeal Technology

September 08, 2016
WD
Storage leader Western Digital recently announced its 10TB WD Gold datacenter hard drives. Designed for enterprises, the device features HelioSeal® helium-technology for high capacity, power efficient storage for datacenter environments.


WD Gold hard drives were designed for a broad range of applications – including SME servers and storage, and rack-mount datacenter servers and storage enclosures. It also features an optimized design over the existing WD drives that helps reduce TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) of servers and storage systems through an 8 percent operating power reduction while delivering 25 percent more capacity. This benefits IT administrators challenged with keeping up with growing storage demands on limited budgets.

WD Gold 10TB Features

•Improved power efficiency – HelioSeal Technology delivers lower power with an increase in capacity. Power efficiency (watts/TB) during operation is improved up to 26 percent over the WD Gold 8TB drive.
•Better performance – Up to 21 percent sequential performance improvement over WD Gold 8TB datacenter drives &#8226
•High reliability – WD Gold drives incorporate best-of-breed design, manufacturing and test processes to achieve one of the highest reliability ratings in the industry – 2.5 million hours MTBF (8TB and 10TB offerings)
•Dedicated Premium Support Line– Western Digital offers a 24/7 premium support line for WD Gold drive customers and can be reached at U.S.: (855) 559-3733; International: +80055593733.

WD Gold 10TB hard drives are now available at Iontech Technologies Inc. and Ubertech Technologies Inc. You can also visit www.wd.com for more information.

Globe Issues Statement on Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall

September 07, 2016
With Samsung's global recall of its newest Galaxy Note 7 flagship (due to exploding batteries), the local communications provider Globe Telecom issued a statement that proactively acts on the issue, adding that they may opt to swap it "with another preferred device based on availability." Read the official statement below:

Globe Issues Statement on Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall

In light of the official announcement by Samsung to voluntarily replace the Galaxy Note7 of its customers, Globe is closely coordinating with Samsung for specific guidance on the detailed replacement process.

We will facilitate the replacement of your device with a new Note7 as soon as Samsung is able to provide the replacement units. If you do not wish to wait, you may opt to replace your Note7 with another preferred device based on availability.

We will get in touch with you directly via SMS or our official social channels within the next 3 days to know your preference for device replacement. Be assured that we will make this process as easy and convenient for you as possible.

Your safety is important to us. For our customers who continue to use the Note 7 please take the necessary precautions. Use only the original battery charger that came with the unit.

Globe Corporate Communications

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 pullout comes after two devices exploded in South Korea after battery issues.

ASUS Zenfone 3 Series Officially Launched, Starts at PHP 8,995

August 14, 2016
Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer ASUS launched today the ASUS Zenfone 3 Series in the Philippines, with the event being graced by the ASUS CEO himself, Jerry Shen.

ASUS Zenfone 3 Series Officially Launched, Starts at PHP 8,995

While everyone who's following the device launches knows what the Zenfone 3 and its other variants are capable of doing, locals are now more interested in the pricing. It was announced during the event (with an NDA to boot), and here it is.

ASUS Zenfone 3 Variant Prices

ASUS Zenfone 3 5.2" variant: PHP 16,995
ASUS Zenfone 3 5.5" variant: PHP 18,995
ASUS Zenfone 3 Deluxe: PHP 34,995
ASUS Zenfone 3 Deluxe Special Edition: PHP 44,995
ASUS Zenfone 3 Ultra: PHP 32,995
ASUS Zenfone 3 Max: PHP 8,995
ASUS Zenfone 3 Laser: PHP 11,995

The surprising thing here is the announcement of the Laser and the Max, since these weren't included in the brief or display. Another thing here is that the prices of their devices are around Samsung territory, and some customers may find the new prices bitter. Other ASUS devices present in the event are the Zenbook Flip, the Transformer 3, and the Transformer 3 Pro.

The Zenfone 3 series launched earlier this year in other regions around Asia and the west.

Availability-wise, the Zenfone 3 series do not have any disclosed dates. Stay tuned for further updates.
 
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