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LG G6 Officially Launched in PH for P37,990, Available for Pre-order

April 18, 2017
Announced at the Mobile World Congress just this February, the LG G6 is now officially in Philippine shores. The South Korean company's latest flagship was launched earlier today at a popular mall in Metro Manila.

The LG G6 is a 5.7-inch Android Nougat smartphone that boasts QHD+ resolution, a Snapdragon 821 chipset paired together with an Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB of RAM, and a 3300mAh Quick Charge 3.0-enabled battery. It also comes with a dual 13MP rear camera that of course, captures beautiful images, and can even do bokeh.

LG G6 Officially Launched in PH for P37,990, Available for Pre-order

The LG G6 is available for pre-order until April 30, 2017, and will come with a bonus G Tone Infinim, a LG G6 smartphone case, and an extended one-year LG warranty.

LG G6 Specifications

OS: Android 7.0 Nougat, LGUX 6.0
Processor: 2.4GHz 64-Bit MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor, Adreno 530 GPU
Memory: 4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 256GB
Display: 5.7-inch QHD+ display, 2880x1440 display resolution, Gorilla Glass 5 protection (front and back panels), 564ppi
Camera: 13MP (f/1.8, OIS, 3-axis, PDAF) + 13MP (f/2.4, no AF) rear cameras, dual-tone LED flash; 5MP front-facing wide-angle camera, f/2.2
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; WiFi 802.11 ac, WiFi hotspot, WiFi Direct; Bluetooth 4.2 w/ A2DP, LE, aptX HD; GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS; NFC; USB v3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
SIM: Dual nano-SIM, dual standby
Battery: 3300mAh Li-Po battery, non-removable, w/ Quick Charge 3.0
Features: Fingerprint sensor, IP68 certification, Quad HiFi DAC, Always-On display, Dolby Vision/HDR10 compliant
Dimensions: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm, 163 g
Colors: Astro Black, Mystic White, Ice Platinum
Price: P37,990

HTC One X10 With MediaTek P10, 4000mAh Battery Launched

April 15, 2017
The successor to the One X9,  the HTC One X10 has officially been unveiled in Russia, ending weeks of leaks online. While it's far from the HTC flagships we knew back then, perhaps this is currently what the company can muster for now.

HTC One X10 With MediaTek P10, 4000mAh Battery Launched

The HTC One X10, very reminiscent of the company's earlier M series, boasts a 5.5-inch FHD Super LCD display, a MediaTek Helio P10 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 32GB onboard storage, and will support dual nano-SIMs. There's also a 4000mAh non-removable battery powering up the device that supports fast charging as well. Other expected features, such as the HTC BoomSound, and the Sense UI, are still found in the device.

What we didn't expect though is a pretty standard 16MP f/2.0 rear camera issue with the device, especially when every flagship - even mid-range devices - are being released with dual cameras. We also don't know yet what version of Android it'll ship with (Marshmallow or Nougat).

The HTC One X10 is now available for around $355 (around P18,000). And while discreet launches of HTC devices aren't new news anymore, there's no word yet if the device is going to be available outside of Russia.

Cherry Mobile Desire R8 Silently Enters the Dual Camera Game, Octa-Core Android Nougat for P9,999

April 14, 2017
It's been a while since we wrote about a local mobile smartphone brand, but we were pretty sure that if it's any local brand we're going to write soon about, it's Cherry Mobile. The local company might've halted getting in touch with tech bloggers to get the news out, but we're still listening.

Anyhow, what we're talking about is the Cherry Mobile Desire R8. It's a dual camera Android Nougat smartphone (together with the Cherry Mobile Flare P1 and P1 Plus, which we'll not talk about here) that looks like it's capable of going toe-to-toe with other international dual camera smartphone offerings. It has decent specifications on paper too: a 5.5-inch FHD display, 3GB of RAM, a 1.5GHz octa-Core Mediatek 6750T processor with a Mali T860 GPU, and a 3000mAh battery.

Cherry Mobile Desire R8 Silently Enters the Dual Camera Game, Octa-Core Android Nougat for P9,999

More important than the above are its dual cameras, the main rear camera being a 13MP snapper, while the other one is a 5MP rear backup. Now, we don't know the quality of the device's snaps yet, but we're pretty much sure everyone's holding every dual camera smartphone's outputs to the highest standards, and just sporting a dual camera just to say "look at us, we also have a dual camera smartphone!" isn't going to cut it. However, it should be considered by those strapped for budget, but only after considering other devices at the same price range.

Other features sported by the device are a fingerprint sensor, and USB Type C.

The Cherry Mobile Desire R8 looks like its available at Cherry Mobile stores now at a relatively acceptable pricepoint - P9,999.

Cherry Mobile Desire R8 Specifications

OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Processor: 1.5Ghz Mediatek 6750T octa-core processor, Mali T860 GPU
Memory: 3GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 64GB
Display: 5.5-inch FHD IPS display, 1920x1080 display resolution
Camera: 13MP + 5MP rear cameras with AF, LED flash; 8MP front-facing camera w/ LED flash
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; WiFi 802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.1; GPS w/ A-GPS; USB Type C
SIM: Dual SIM (micro + nano), dual standby
Battery: 3000mAh battery, non-removable
Features: Fingerprint sensor
Price: P9,999

Photo: Teknogadyet

Vivo Still a "Top Five" Global Smartphone Brand After a Roller Coaster Year

April 11, 2017
Chinese smartphone brand Vivo looks like they're having a good year, albeit what they tagged as a "roller coaster year". They've recently announced that they were able to retain their spot in the top five premium global smartphone brands in the world.

Vivo Still a "Top Five" Global Smartphone Brand After a Roller Coaster Year

Now, what does this mean to us ordinary people? It means two things: one, Vivo is consistently producing quality smartphones as many of their customers have found, and; two, Vivo is going to continue its trajectory with outing at par, if not better, smartphones versus its peers. That's a win for us consumers, provided they maintain or make more affordable their current pricing scheme.

Steph Curry would be so proud to be endorsing a winning brand.

Read the full press release below:

[Press Release]

Vivo Mobile Communications Co. Ltd. has once again retained its spot as the top five premium global smartphone brand in the world, a title it has held for five consecutive quarters.

This is according to the latest figures from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, which provides detailed and timely information on total mobile phone and smartphone markets worldwide.

Data from IDC found that 2016 was a roller-coaster year for the smartphone market, with a total of 1.47 billion units sold—the highest year of shipments on record—yet up only 2.3% from the 1.44 billion units shipped in 2015.

For the final quarter of 2016, smartphone shipments showed a 6.9% year-on-year growth, with 428.5 million units shipped worldwide, as compared to 400.7 million units sold in the fourth quarter of 2015.

As for Vivo, the brand shipped a total of 24.7 million smartphones in the holiday quarter, a notable increase from the 12.1 million units shipped in the fourth quarter of 2015.

And, for the full year, Vivo showed a significant 103% increase in units sold, from 38 million shipments in 2015 to a total of 77.3 million smartphones sold in 2016.

IDC disclosed the continued upward shipments were recorded as Vivo expanded to various Southeast Asian markets.

“Majority of shipments continue to be in China, but Vivo has been extremely aggressive with its marketing in a number of countries in Asia as it looks to extend its global reach,” the global market intelligence firm explained.

Also, the firm noted the shift in preference for many consumers, who are choosing more affordable smartphones over the pricey brands, even as Chinese vendors continue to innovate and produce technologically advanced premium-range units.

“The top three Chinese vendors are persistently applying pressure on Samsung within China, thanks to a vast portfolio of affordable, well-built devices—not just low-end but high-end devices, which have proven viable options for consumers looking to save money and upgrade without sacrificing quality,” said Anthony Scarsella, research manager with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.

Also poised to develop one of its biggest markets in the Philippines, Vivo is known globally for its competitive but high-quality premium-range offerings and its first-to-market innovations such as the Vivo X1, one of the slimmest phones in 2012 and the world’s first smartphone to feature a Digital-to-Analog (DAC) converter Hi-Fi chip, and the Vivo X3 in 2013, the first smartphone in the world with a 2K resolution display.

The brand’s flagship phone, the Vivo V5 Plus—the first smartphone to have a 20-megapixel dual front camera—along with other units in the V5 Line, the V5 and the V5 Lite, is predicted to capture the hearts of the selfie-centric phone market, with the Philippines known as a certified hot spot for selfies, and with Filipinos putting a premium on selfie-friendly camera features when purchasing smartphones.

With the brand’s global ambassador, National Basketball Association (NBA) superstar Stephen Curry, the brand is expected to dominate the Philippine selfie-centric market even more.

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the brand’s website at vivoglobal.ph, or check out their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VivoPhil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivophil/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivo_phil) accounts. #

1according to International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker (http://www.idc.com/promo/smartphone-market-share/vendor;jsessionid=7595C1498F4F0FBF496CC767E273121B)

ASUS Zenfone Zoom 3 Launched, Boasts Dual Laser AF Cameras for P23,995

April 09, 2017
It took some time to be announced here, but yes, the ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom is now official in the Philippines.

A successor to the initial Zenfone Zoom last 2015, the Zenfone Zoom 3 takes advantage of its twin Laser AF rear cameras to provide great images, even in nighttime environments. Build-wise, the ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom looks is very well-made, and I won't even blame you if you mistake it for an iPhone 7. It's surprisingly a departure from the initial Zenfone Zoom design language (remember the dedicated camera bump at the back?), or any other Zenfone 3 design language at all. Perhaps the company's R&D found the current dual camera placement the optimal one instead of setting it at the center, a la the LG G6.

ASUS Zenfone Zoom 3 Launched, Boasts Dual Laser AF Cameras for P23,995

ASUS Zenfone Zoom 3 Launched, Boasts Dual Laser AF Cameras for P23,995

As for the hardware, the Zenfone Zoom 3 runs on a Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of RAM, 3 storage configurations (32/64/128GB), and can accommodate up to 256GB in microSD storage.

The ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom is now available at major stores and is priced at a relatively affordable P23,995, almost exactly the same price as the OPPO F3 Plus, save for the five peso difference. It's hard to choose between the two, but ultimately it's the consumer who decides.

ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom Specifications

OS: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, ASUS ZenUI 3.0
Processor: 2.0 GHz octa-core Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 processor, Adreno 506 GPU
Memory: 4 GB RAM, 32/64/128 GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Display: 5.5-inch FHD Super AMOLED display, 1920x1080 display resolution, 401ppi
Camera: Dual 12MP Laser AF rear camera w/ dual-LED flash, OIS, 2.3x Optical Zoom; 13MP front-facing camera
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot; Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE; GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS; USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB OTG
SIM: Hybrid dual nano-SIM, dual stand-by
Features: Fingerprint sensor
Battery: 5000mAh Li-ion battery, non-removable
Dimensions: 154.3 x 77 x 8 mm, 170 g
Colors: Navy Black, Glacier Silver, Rose Gold
Price: P23,995

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro Launched, Built like a Tank with 6GB RAM, 4000mAh Battery

April 08, 2017
If you're looking for a tank-like Android smartphone - and when we say tank we mean something that has 6GB RAM, a 6-inch display, and a 4000mAh battery that still looks beautiful - then look no further because the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro has you covered.

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro Launched, Built like a Tank with 6GB RAM, 4000mAh Battery

Why this smartphone suddenly appears given the current Samsung Galaxy S lineup I don't know, but there must be a certain demographic that such a device appeals to. Perhaps those who just love raw power and not much about features, as evidenced by the device's "as usual" specifications. Or perhaps, this is a straight-up match to other devices within the 6-inch category, such as the OPPO F3 Plus (which recently launched and sold like pancakes).

The above mentioned, don't get me wrong. The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro should be a nice device to have, since it has up-to-date hardware on paper that will run whatever you throw at it. If you have the budget to shred on this and you're looking specifically for a 6-incher, then the C9 Pro is definitely something to consider.

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro is going to be available at Samsung Experience Stores, official retail partners, and online via Lazada starting April 22, 2017. You get a free Level U Pro worth P3,099 when you buy. You may also avail 0% installment up to 24 months (BDO/Citibank Cards only) in Samsung Experience Stores or up to 0% for 12 months for all credit cards nationwide.

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro Specifications

OS: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Processor: Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 653 octa-core processor (4x1.95 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4x1.4 GHz), Adreno 510 GPU
Memory: 6 GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 256GB
Display: 6.0-inch FHD Super AMOLED display, 1080 x 1920 display resolution, 367ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass
Camera: 16MP rear camera, f/1.9, PDAF, dual-LED dual tone flash; 16MP front-facing camera, f/1.9
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot; Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE; GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS/ BDS; NFC; USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
SIM: Dual nano-SIM, dual standy
Battery: 4000mAh Li-ion battery, non-removable
Dimensions: 162.9 x 80.7 x 6.9 mm, 189 g
Colors: Gold, Pink Gold, Black
Price: P27,990

OPPO F3 Plus Sells Over 8,000 Units in PH, Strong Start for New Flagship

April 07, 2017
The groufie revolution has officially begun with the recent three-day tour of OPPO’s flagship dual selfie phone, the F3 Plus. Over 8,000 units were sold in concept and dealer stores nationwide since the debut sale last April 1, marking a new era in mobile photography.

Related: OPPO F3 Plus Specifications and Price in the Philippines

OPPO F3 Plus Sells Over 8,000 Units in PH, Starts Strong for New Flagship

“The F3 Plus was developed to make it easier to take the best group photos during special occasions or those little moments with friends and family,” OPPO Philippines Brand Marketing Manager Stephen Cheng said. “The success of our three-day sale tells us that our newest Selfie Expert answers the growing need for perfect groufies.”

The tour was held simultaneously in SM City Baguio, SM Mall of Asia, SM City Cebu, and GMall Davao. At the Manila leg of the tour, lucky guests were able to catch Gretchen Ho, Ella Cruz, and Ronnie Alonte during the first day of the sale. O-fans in Cebu also got the chance to take groufies with Janine Gutierrez, while those based in Davao were thrilled to join Kris Bernal as she demonstrated the new dual selfie camera phone.

The three-day road show welcomed O-fans with fun-filled activities that allowed them to give the F3 Plus a try. Adding to the 16MP selfie-focused main camera, the 8MP sub-camera showed guests how easy it was to take groufies without a selfie stick through its wide, 120-degree angle design.

O-fans were also able to test the built-in Smart Face Recognition feature which prompted them to switch to “Group Selfie” mode whenever more than three people were detected. OPPO’s Beautify 4.0 photo editing software further made it easy to smoothen out blemishes for flawless results.

Photography enthusiasts in the crowd had their share of excitement after trying out the rear camera. Customized with a Sony IMX398 sensor, the 16MP back camera let O-fans take shots that looked like they were taken by a professional.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Launched, Infinity Display, Iris Scanner in Tow

March 29, 2017
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ - the company's best smartphones yet - has just been officially announced. We've been expecting them to bounce back after the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, and they've delivered wonderfully.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Launched, Best Smartphone Yet

For starters, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ features the Infinity Display, an end-to-end glass screen display that tapers to the sides of the phone. This has been only discussed as a possibility a few years ago, but the South Korean company delivered. Of course, not only is it aesthetics, but the Infinity Display allows users to view images and videos on this device like never before. This has been done on the device's earlier iterations, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7, but wasn't executed as perfectly as the S8's.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ both feature a 12MP Dual Pixel rear camera that boasts faster autofocus, an f/1.7 aperture, and multi-frame technology that allows for blur-less photos even if the subject is moving. The front meanwhile sports an 8MP camera, up from the previous 5MP.

Performance-wise, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ both feature a Samsung Exynos 8895 64-bit 10nm octa-core processor (a world first!), a Mali G71MP20 GPU, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of onboard storage. These together with the devices' 3000mAh and 3500mAh batteres and fast charging features guarantee a continuous media experience right at your fingertips.

And of course, a flagship isn't complete without up-to-date security features. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ both feature an iris scanner (yes, you can unlock your phones with your eyes now), Samsung's Face Recognition technology, and another fingerprint scanner for good measure, located at the back of the device. There's also Bixby, an intelligent virtual assistant the equivalent of Siri.

Other highlights of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the following:

- Bluetooth 5.0
- Heart rate sensor
- Android 7.0 Nougat with TouchWiz

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are available for pre-order starting April 17 to April 29, from the available colors – Midnight Black, Maple Gold, and the new Orchid Gray. These will sell at P39,990 and P45,990 respectively.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Specifications

OS: Android 7.0 Nougat, Touchwiz UI
Processor: Samsung Exynos 8895 64-bit 10nm octa-core processor (2.3GHz x4 + 1.7GHz x4), Mali G71MP20 GPU
Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 256GB
Display: 5.8-inch Quad HD+ display, 2960x1440 display resolution, 570ppi, Gorilla Glass 5 glass display,
Camera: 12MP Dual Pixel rear camera w/ OIS, AF, LED flash, f/1.7 aperture; 8MP front-facing camera, f/1.7 aperture
Connectivity: Up to LTE Cat.16; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot; Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX; GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo, BeiDou; NFC; USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
SIM: Hybrid Dual nano-SIM
Battery: 3000mAh Li-ion battery, non-removable
Features: Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel; Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified); IP68 certification; Iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor; Samsung Bixby, Bixby Vision; fast charging
Dimensions: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm, 155 g
Colors: Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold
Price: P39,990

Samsung Galaxy S8+ Specifications

OS: Android 7.0 Nougat, Touchwiz UI
Processor: Samsung Exynos 8895 64-bit 10nm octa-core processor (2.35GHz x4 + 1.9GHz x4), Mali G71MP20 GPU
Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 256GB
Display: 6.2-inch Quad HD+ display, 2960x1440 display resolution, 529ppi, Gorilla Glass 5 glass display,
Camera: 12MP Dual Pixel rear camera w/ OIS, AF, LED flash, f/1.7 aperture; 8MP front-facing camera, f/1.7 aperture
Connectivity: Up to LTE Cat.16; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot; Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX; GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo, BeiDou; NFC; USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
SIM: Dual nano-SIM
Battery: 3500mAh Li-ion battery, non-removable
Features: Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel; Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified); IP68 certification; Iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor; Samsung Bixby, Bixby Vision; fast charging
Dimensions: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173g
Colors: Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold
Price: P45,990
 
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