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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.

Starmobile Holds 5th Year Anniversary Sale, Price Slash up to PHP 5,500

August 06, 2016
Local smartphone company Starmobile is celebrating their 5th anniversary in the market this August by slashing up to PHP 5,500 off of their top-selling Android devices.

From August to October 2016, you can enjoy discounted prices with the KNIGHT Vision, the KNIGHT Elite, the UP Ultra, the KNIGHT Luxe, and the KNIGHT Spectra nationwide. More details below.

Related: Starmobile KNIGHT Elite Review

Starmobile Holds 5th Year Anniversary Sale, Price Slash up to PHP 5,500

Starmobile Holds 5th Year Anniversary Sale, Price Slash up to PHP 5,500

UP Ultra: from PHP 6,490 to PHP 4,990
KNIGHT Vision: from PHP 9,990 to PHP 4,490
KNIGHT Elite: from  PHP 9,990 to PHP 5,490
KNIGHT Luxe: from PHP 7,690 to PHP 5,490
KNIGHT Spectra: from PHP 14,990 to PHP 9,990

Starmobile's 5th Year Anniversary sale is available at all Starmobile kiosks nationwide.

Samsung Galaxy Note7 Launched, Headlines Iris Scanner, IP68 for PHP 39,990

August 04, 2016
Samsung officially launched the latest iteration in its Note series, the Samsung Galaxy Note7, recently and simultaneously worldwide. If you'll recall, there have been plenty of leaks here and there - accurate most of the time - but nothing beats an official release.

Samsung Galaxy Note7 Launched, Headlines Iris Scanner, IP68 for PHP 39,990

To start from what we already know, the Samsung Galaxy Note7 claims the title for the first smartphone to feature an iris scanner. What this does is essentially similar to fingerprint sensors of recent, but reads your eye instead. It can apparently even distinguish irises between twins. The device also boasts an IP68 rating, which means it can resist dust and water submersion up to 5 feet for 30 minutes.

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge owners will be nothing but familiar with the Note7's design, as reports mention that they essentially feature the same design, with the latter sporting only an S Pen - something that has defined the Note line since its inception.

Hardware-wise, the Note7 boasts the Exynos 8890 Octa, a Mali-T880 MP12 GPU, a 4GB RAM + 64GB onboard storage combination, a 12-megapixe rear shooter, and a 3500mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 is up for pre-order and will be available at Samsung concept stores and all major partner stores nationwide this August 20.

Samsung Galaxy Note7 Specifications

OS: Android OS, v6.0.1 Marshmallow, TouchWiz UI
Processor: Exynos 8890 Octa (4x2.3 GHz + 4x1.6 GHz), Mali-T880 MP12 GPU
Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 256GB
Display: 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display, 1440 x 2560 display resoluution, 518 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Camera: 12-megapixel rear camera w/ PDAF, OIS, LED flash, f/1.7; 5-megapixel front-facing camera, f/1.7,
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi hotspot; MIMO(2x2) 620Mbps; Bluetooth v 4.2 LE, ANT+; USB Type-C; NFC; GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
SIM: Dual Nano SIM, hybrid
Battery: 3500mAh Li-Po battery, non-removable
Dimensions: 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm, 169g
Colors: Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium, Black Onyx
Features: Iris scanner, fingerprint sensor, IP68
Price: PHP 39,990

LG V20 Confirmed to Arrive in September, Will Feature Android 7.0 Nougat

August 02, 2016
The LG G5 might've not made the waves some people expected it should, but the second half of this year's headliner from LG should belong to the LG V20.

The South Korean company not only confirmed that the LG V20 will be landing this coming September, but that the device would also be shipping with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. There were also apparently leaked specifications (in Korean) that describe the V20 as coming with a 5.5-inch FHD display - a drop from its predecessor's 5.7-inch QHD display, a Snapdragon 820, and an Adreno 530 GPU. It'll also have two configurations: 3GB RAM/32GB onboard storage and 4GB RAM/64GB onboard storage variants. Lastly, it would feature a 4000mAh battery paired with USB Type-C.

LG V20 Confirmed to Arrive in September, Will Feature Android 7.0 Nougat

The leaked specifications however have no mention of what made the LG V10 popular - an always-on secondary ticker screen that notifies the user whatever is happening with the device.

Further details are scarce with the V20, but we should probably expect better leaks soon.

Kata Drive Introduced, Tablet Designed for your Car

July 31, 2016
Brand new cars nowadays have a built-in display on its dashboards that serves a myriad of functions, from serving as a map for navigation to touchscreen controls for the car audio. But what if your new car doesn't have a display, or if it's an older car? Kata Philippines has an interesting solution for this: meet the Kata Drive.

Kata Drive Introduced, Tablet Designed for your Car

The Kata Drive is a member of the timeless "is this a smartphone or a tablet?" conundrum, since you can put a SIM on it, do calls with it, and browse the internet with its 6.95-inch display. It even has front and back cameras, so it's really flexible on what you want to do with it.

Hardware-wise, the Kata Drive boasts a MT8321 quad-core processor with a Mali GPU, and has a 3300mAh non-removable battery for juice.

The Kata Drive is available in 1GB/2GB RAM + 8GB/16GB onboard storage configurations, which are now both available for pre-order for PHP 3,999 and PHP 4,699 respectively.

Kata Drive Specifications

OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
Processor: Mediatek MT8321 quad-core processor, Mali GPU
Memory: 1GB/2GB RAM, 8GB/16GB onboard storage, microSD expandable
Display: 6.95-inch IPS display, 1280x800 display resolution
Camera: 8-megapixel rear camera w/ AF, LED flash; 5-megapixel front-facing camera
Connectivity: Up to 3G HSPA+; WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi hotspot; Bluetooth 4.0; GPS w/ A-GPS
SIM: Dual SIM
Battery: 3300mAh Li-ion battery, non-removable
Colors: Gray, Gold
Price: PHP 3,999/PHP 4,699

BlackBerry DTEK50 Launched, Touted as World's Most Secure Smartphone

July 31, 2016
Struggling smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry, once billed as a top brand years ago, recently announced its second Android-powered device, the BlackBerry DTEK50. A seemingly rebadged Alcatel Idol 4, the BlackBerry DTEK50, the company claims, is the world's most secure smartphone. They've done this by having their DTEK software run on the device, checking for potential risks that casual Android users may encounter, such as malware on tainted .apk files.

BlackBerry DTEK50 Launched, Touted as World's Most Secure Smartphone

Previously identified as the BlackBerry Neon, the DTEK50 features a 5.2-inch FHD IPS display, a Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 13-megapixel rear + 8-megapixel front camera configurations, and a 2610mAh battery. It also runs on Android's latest Marshmallow software. The hardware it features are pretty decent for the price, though it doesn't have dual SIM support

The BlackBerry DTEK50 is now up for pre-order for $299 directly from BlackBerry, and will come out on August 8th.

BlackBerry DTEK50 Specifications

OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Processor: Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617 processor, 1.5GHz quad-core + 1.2GHz quad-core, Adreno 405 GPU
Memory: 3 GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 256GB
Display: 5.2-inch FHD IPS display, 1920x1080 diplay resolution, 424 ppi, scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
Camera: 13-megapixel rear camera w/ PDAF, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, f/2.0; 8-megapixel front-facing camera, f/2.2, front-facing flash
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot; Bluetooth 4.2 w/ A2DP, LE, EDR; GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS; NFC; microUSB v2.0
SIM: Single SIM
Battery: 2610mAh Li-ion battery, non-removable
Dimensions: 147 x 72.5 x 7.4 mm, 135g
Price: PHP 14,000 (est.)

Lenovo VIBE K5, VIBE K5 Plus, and VIBE K5 Note Launched, Premium Devices Boasting Multimedia Entertainment

July 28, 2016
Chinese smartphone company Lenovo has been banking on bringing a true multimedia experience on their devices for quite some time now, and it still holds true with their launch of the Lenovo VIBE K5 series in the Philippines.

Comprised of the Lenovo VIBE K5, VIBE K5 Plus, and VIBE K5 Note, the new devices feature Dolby Atmos, 1080p Full HD display, and TheaterMax technology. These all also boast a 13-megapixel shooter, and premium-grade aluminum casing in Platinum Silver and Champagne Gold colors.

Lenovo VIBE K5, VIBE K5 Plus, and VIBE K5 Note Launched, Premium Devices Boasting Multimedia Entertainment
Lenovo VIBE K5 Plus

The Lenovo VIBE K5, VIBE K5 Plus, and VIBE K5 Note sport 2GB and 3GB RAM configurations, with 16GB onboard storage, and microSD support up to 32GB. Additionally, the former two boast octa-core Snapdragon processors, while the latter (K5 VIBE Note) runs on the 64-bit Helio octa-core processor. The K5 VIBE Note also has a fingerprint scanner located at the rear part of the device.

Lenovo VIBE K5, VIBE K5 Plus, and VIBE K5 Note Launched, Premium Devices Boasting Multimedia Entertainment
Lenovo K5 VIBE Note

Lenovo will throw in a bundled AntVR headset, a TheaterMax controlller, a clear case, and a screen guard, with a VIBE K5 Plus and K5 Note purchase, priced at PHP 8,999 AND PHP 11,999 respectively. The base model VIBE K5 on the other hand will come with a free screen guard only at PHP 6,999.

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The Lenovo VIBE K5 series are now available at all authorized Lenovo dealers nationwide.

Lenovo VIBE K5 Plus Specifications

OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor, 1.5GHz octa-core, Adreno 405 GPU
Memory: 2 GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 32GB
Display: 5-inch FHD IPS display, 1920x1080 diplay resolution
Camera: 13-megapixel rear camera w/ AF, LED flash; 5-megapixel front-facing camera, FF
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot; Bluetooth 4.1 w/ LE; GPS w/ A-GPS; microUSB v2.0
SIM: Dual micro SIM
Battery: 2750mAh Li-ion battery, non-removable
Dimensions: 142 x 71 x 8.2 mm, 150g
Colors: Platinum Silver, Champagne Gold
Price: PHP 8,999

Lenovo VIBE K5 Note Specifications

OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
Processor: Helio P10 64-bit octa-core processor (1.8GHz x4 + 1GHz x4, Mali-T860 MP2 GPU
Memory: 3 GB RAM, 16GB/32GB onboard storage configurations, microSD expandable up to 128GB
Display: 5.5-inch FHD IPS display, 1920x1080 diplay resolution, 403 ppi, 178-degree Wide-View display
Camera: 13-megapixel rear camera w/ PDAF, LED flash, 5-piece composite lens; 8-megapixel front-facing camera, FF
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, hotspot; Bluetooth 4.1 w/ LE; GPS w/ A-GPS; microUSB v2.0
SIM: Dual nano SIM
Battery: 3500mAh Li-Po battery, non-removable
Dimensions: 152 x 75.7 x 8.49 mm, 165g
Colors: Platinum Silver, Champagne Gold
Price: PHP 11,999

Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (2016) Announced, 6-inch Screen, 5000mAh Battery in Tow

July 27, 2016
Mobile leader Samsung have announced something literally bigger than their Galaxy Note series, the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro. The A9 Pro features a huge 6-inch display, a 5000mAh battery, and a powerful 16-megapixel camera.

Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (2016) Announced, 6-inch Screen, 5000mAh Battery in Tow

At first glance and hold, the A9 Pro is a chunky piece of good-looking hardware, but it's not as powerful as its flagship cousins. Of course, what the A series brings to the table are a premium feel - chamfered edges and all, plus being a guaranteed entertainment powerhouse, but at a slightly lower price than the Galaxy S series.



The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro will sell for PHP 25,990 and will be available in Samsung stores and authorized partners nationwide.

Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro Specifications

OS: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Processor: 1.8GHz x4 + 1.4GHz x4 Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chipset, Adreno 510 GPU
Memory: 4GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 256GB
Display: 6-inch FHD Super AMOLED display, 1920x1080 display resolution, 367 ppi, Gorilla Glass 4 protection
Camera: 16-megapixel rear camera w/ AF, OIS, LED flash, f/1.9; 8-megapixel front-facing camera, f/1.9
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Hotspot, WiFi Direct; Bluetooth 4.2 w/ A2DP, EDR, LE; GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS; NFC; microUSB 2.0
SIM: Dual nano-SIM, dual standby
Battery: 5000mAh non-removable Li-ion battery
Dimensions: 161.7 x 80.9 x 7.9 mm, 210g
Colors: Gold
Price: PHP 25,990
 
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