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LG G6 Unveiled at MWC 2017, Boasts Full Vision Display and Google Assistant

February 26, 2017
South Korean mobile giant LG recently announced at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona their latest flagship device, the LG G6. Presented by Juno Cho, President of Mobile Communications Company, LG Electronics, the device's highlights are of course, a new set of world firsts.

The new LG G6 will feature the following set of firsts:

Google Assistant - the LG G6 is the first non-Google Pixel device that will feature said virtual assistant
UX 6.0 - LG's latest proprietary Android launcher
FullVision Display - a new display aspect ratio, that being 18:9 (or 2:1) aspect ratio. It is longer and more narrow than the standard 16:9 aspect ratio implemented today
Dolby Vision & HDR10 support - the LG G6 is the first device to support both new video formats in mobile. While there are relatively few title available on both formats, it's good to know that the LG G6 would be multimedia future-proof for a few years to come

LG G6 Unveiled at MWC 2017, Boasts Full Vision Display and Google Assistant

While the LG G6 carries features and looks from its predecessors (namely the LG G5 and the LG V20), it's notably the first to employ - after a few generations - a unibody case, a departure from their previous outings that enabled customers to remove their device's battery. The face of the LG G6 is almost all-screen - highlighted during the keynote that phones need bigger displays without being bigger phones.

Aside from the above, the LG G6 will come out with Android Nougat 7.0 out of the box, and will run on the Snapdragon 821 SoC, paired with 4GB RAM, 32/64GB onboard storage variants, and up to 2TB microSD support. It'll also boast a 5.7-inch QHD+ display (running the 18.9 aspect ratio on FullVision), and 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC for enhanced mobile audio playback. With these alone, you have a sense of guarantee that this device is a portable media powerhouse.

Photography-wise, you won't hear any fancy Carl Zeiss lens here, but instead dual 13PM rear cameras - one for wide-angle shots with 125° lens and f/2.4 aperture, and the other for regular shots with 71° lens and OIS 2.0. The front meanwhile houses a 5MP front-facing wide-angle camera with 100° lens and f/2.2 aperture.

What's a powerhouse without a powerful battery and durability? The LG G6 sports a 3300mAh non-removable battery that features Quick Charge 3.0. It also has IP68 certification, meaning it can survive dust and water submersion for a certain period of time.

Other minor features that are worth mentioning are its LTE-A 3 Band CA support and NFC capability.

Pricing and availability weren't disclosed by LG during the Barcelona keynote. We're expecting this to develop a few days or weeks after the initial salvo of new device launches.

LG G6 Specifications

OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC
Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, 32GB/64GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 2TB
Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision® Display, 2880 x 1440 display resolution, 564 ppi
Camera: 13MP Rear Dual Wide (F2.4 / 125°) camera, 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8 / 71°); 5MP front-facing wide camera (F2.2 / 100°)
Connectivity: LTE-A 3 Band CA; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi hotspot; Bluetooth 4.2 BLE; NFC; USB Type-C 2.0
SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Battery: 3300mAh battery, non-removable; Quick Charge 3.0
Features: Fingerprint sensor, IP 68 certification, UX 6.0, Dolby Vision, HDR10, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC
Colors: Ice Platinum, Mystic White, Astro Black
Dimensions: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm, 163g
Price: TBA

Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime Launched, Lets You Experience Premium for Less

February 26, 2017
Samsung recently added to its budget line the Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime, a budget smartphone made with a premium feel in mind.

Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime Launched, Lets You Experience Premium for Less

For starters, it brings to the table a complete Samsung experience, by delivering a full Samsung Galaxy look, complete with a 5-inch qHD display; the display isn't so large as to dilute display resolution. It should look HD at least in ordinary angles. It also boasts an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP camera with front flash -- you don't always hear front flash on a budget smartphone.

Other specifications include a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM paired together with 8GB onboard storage (3.3GB of which is the only usable portion), with up to 256GB microSD card support. You also get to enjoy 4G LTE connectivity and a dual SIM capability.

To sum it up, the Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime brings about the basic Samsung Galaxy experience at an affordable P5,990 and is available at Samsung Experience Stores and authorized Samsung dealers nationwide.

Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime Specifications

OS: Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Processor: 1.4GHz Mediatek MT6737T quad-core CPU, Mali-T720MP2 GPU
Memory: 1.5 GB RAM, 8 GB onboard storage, microSD support up to 256GB
Display: 5-inch qHD PLS TFT display, 960x540 display resolution, 220 ppi
Camera: 8MP rear camera w/ AF, LED flash, f/2.2; 5MP front-facing camera, f/2.2, LED flash
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot; Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE; GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS; microUSB v2.0, USB OTG
SIM: Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)
Battery: 2600mAh removable battery
Colors: Black, Gold, Silver, Pink
Dimensions: 144.8 x 72.1 x 8.9 mm, 160 g
Price: P5,990

Vivo Launches the V5 Lite, A Premium Midrange Selfie Smartphone

February 26, 2017
Hot off the heels of the V5 Plus is Vivo’s newest phone offering for people who want a selfie-centric smartphone without breaking the bank: the Vivo V5 Lite.

The 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen outputs a 720 x 1280 resolution at around 267 pixels per inch, enough to make colors vivid with no noticeable pixelation. Under the hood, the unit has an unnamed octa-core processor, 32GB of upgradeable storage, and 3GB of RAM. The phone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Vivo’s Funtouch OS 3.0 on top.

Vivo Launches the V5 Lite, A Premium Midrange Selfie Smartphone

At the back, the device features a 13MP f/2.2 shooter and a standard LED flash. The star of the show is the phone’s front camera: a 16MP, f/2.0 1080p device that is actually the highest pixel level for its price class.

The LED flash of the front camera has softlight technology that mimics softer white light used by professional photography studios For post processing, the V5 Lite has a built in beauty mode that actually detects your gender, giving females softer skin tone and males a more masculine jawline without looking like the subject put on too much makeup.

To round out the features, the V5 Lite has LTE capability so you can upload your selfies quickly to make the most out of your memorable photo. The V5 Lite retails for P9,990 and comes in gold and rose gold.

Vivo V5 Lite Specifications

OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Funtouch OS 3.0
Processor: 64-bit octa-core CPU
Memory: 3GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 256GB
Display: 5.5-inch HD display, 1280x720 display resolution, 267 ppi
Camera: 13MP rear camera w/ AF, LED flash, f/2.2; 16MP front-facing camera w/ soft ligh flash, f/2.0, Face Beauty Mode 6.0
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi hotspot; Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP; GPS w/ A-GPS; microUSB 2.0, USB OTG
SIM: Dual Nano SIM + micro SIM, dual standby
Battery: 3000mAh Li-ion non-removable battery
SRP: P9,990

OPPO to Unveil 5x Smartphone Camera Technology at 2017 Mobile World Congress

February 26, 2017
We know OPPO locally as the Chinese brand that cares about their devices being able to spit out word-class images at a fraction of the cost of other established international brands, and perhaps that's among the reasons that they're announcing a "breakthrough technology" for smartphone cameras this 2017 Mobile World Congress (MWC).

OPPO to Unveil 5x Smartphone Photography Technology at MWC

The new technology they're going to announce is called "5x", will enable OPPO’s smartphone cameras to capture images with unprecedented clarity. There are no specifics yet on how they're going to achieve this—is it a software algorithm, or a hardware development?—but it's exciting to learn more.

According to OPPO'S Vice President and Managing Director of International Mobile Business Sky Li. “OPPO’s relentless pursuit of perfection without compromise has given birth to a remarkable technological breakthrough that will change how the world perceives smartphone photography.”

We chose MWC to unveil the ‘5x’ technology in the belief that we can inspire the industry to aim higher, and continue to create pioneering products that give amazing experiences for consumers,” he added.

The 2017 Mobile World Congress will be happening at Barcelona, Spain on February 27-March 2.

Attention Uber Users: Change Your Passwords Now, Cloudflare's Data has Leaked

February 25, 2017
Web
Attention Uber Users: Change Your Passwords Now, Cloudflare's Data has Leaked

A recent software bug discovery in web company Cloudflare have caused supposed-to-be-secure data to leak over the internet since September 17, 2016. Dubbed Cloudbleed, the far-reaching bug may have affected up to 5.5 million websites, including popular ones such as Uber and Fitbit. According to a Github post:

Between 2016-09-22 - 2017-02-18 passwords, private messages, API keys, and other sensitive data were leaked by Cloudflare to random requesters. Data was cached by search engines, and may have been collected by random adversaries over the past few months.

Requests to sites with the HTML rewrite features enabled triggered a pointer math bug. Once the bug was triggered the response would include data from ANY other Cloudflare proxy customer that happened to be in memory at the time. Meaning a request for a page with one of those features could include data from Uber or one of the many other customers that didn't use those features. So the potential impact is every single one of the sites using Cloudflare's proxy services (including HTTP & HTTPS proxy).

The greatest period of impact was from February 13 and February 18 with around 1 in every 3,300,000 HTTP requests through Cloudflare potentially resulting in memory leakage (that’s about 0.00003% of requests), potential of 100k-200k paged with private data leaked every day.

So what should you do? Change your passwords now, especially if you're an Uber or Fitbit user, or if the site you have an account at uses Cloudflare. Go to https://github.com/pirate/sites-using-cloudflare/blob/master/README.md to check the list of websites affected. We suggest using password managers such as 1Password (where applicable) or employing random password generators found freely online.

Source: Github

Moto M Launched, Metallic Unibody Midranger with Dolby Atmos Speakers Priced at P14,999

February 24, 2017
Moto PH recently announced locally the Moto M, a 5.5-inch Android 6.0  smartphone that boasts "power and metallic glory" at a mid-range price.

One of the key highlights of the Moto M is its gorrgeous full-metal unibody that accentuates premium - you won't think it's at its price point at first glance. It even rings bells to Huawei's recent flagship releases, though we think it's just a coincidence, since you can only do so much designing to be unique at this point in time. 


Other selling points would be its 5.5-inch FHD display, paired with Dolby Atmos speakers, ensuring a quality yet portable multimedia time on the device. Another one is its 16MP and 8MP rear and front cameras, featuring Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) dual LED flash, automatically adjusting skin tones for consistent and vibrant colors. Meanwhile, minor features that are worth mentioning is its fingerprint sensor, located at the rear of the device, and its splash resistance, meaning you can use it under a mild drizzle, or just by the poolside (this doesn't mean you should take it underwater though; it has no IP certification).


The gold variant of the Moto M is now available for P14,999 at Moto Stores, select MemoXpress and Silicon Valley outlets, and at lazada.com.ph. A dark gray version will be available soon at the 2nd week of March this year.

Moto M Specifications

OS: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Processor: 2.2Ghz Helio P15 octa-core CPU, Mali-T860MP2 GPU
Memory: 4GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 128GB
Display: 5.5-inch FHD IPS display, 1920x1080 display resolution, 401 ppi
Camera: 16MP rear camera w/ PDAF, dual CCT LED flash, ZSL, f/2.0; 8MP front-facing camera, beautification mode
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, WiFi hotspot; Bluetooth 4.1, A2DP, LE; GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS; USB-C, USB OTG
SIM: Dual nanoSIM
Battery: 3050mAh Li-Po battery, non-removable
Features: Dolby Atmos speakers, fingerprint sensor, splash resistance
Dimensions: 151.35x75.35x7.85mm, 165g
Price: P14,999

Vivo V5 Plus Officially Launched, Boasts World's First Dual Front Camera

January 22, 2017
Stephen Curry's going to be happy to learn that the much-speculated Vivo V5 Plus has been officially launched in the Philippines.

Vivo V5 Plus Officially Launched, Boasts World's First Dual Front Camera

The Vivo V5 Plus, aside from its powerful specs on paper, takes the cake for being the world-first in dual front camera technology. It simultaneously runs a 20 MP Sony IMX376 and a lesser 8 MP camera—both at the front—to give you high definition selfies—even selfies featuring the bokeh effect.

Dual front-facing cameras aside, the  Vivo V5 Plus comes with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of onboard storage, and operates on the Android Marshmallow-based Funtouch 3.0 OS. It also boasts a sizeable 5.5-inch display with Gorilla Glass 5, and fingerprint unlock. It's pretty snappy from the limited time we were able to try it out for what it's worth.

Vivo V5 Plus Officially Launched, Boasts World's First Dual Front Camera

Looks-wise, the device is nothing special, as most of the devices last year and early this year follow the same slate, 2.5D curved format, meaning it has lots of lookalikes, save for its curved antenna band up top, which is pretty unique.

Vivo Philippines is now accepting pre-orders for the Vivo V5 Plus for a whopping PHP 19,990—with lots of freebies to boot, including a Vivo mascot speaker.

Vivo V5 Plus Specifications

OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Funtouch OS 3.0
Processor: 2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, Adreno 506 GPU
Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 256GB
Display: 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display, 1920 x 1080 display resolution, 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 5, 401 ppi
Camera: 16 MP rear camera w/ autofocus, LED flash, PDAF, f/2.0; 20 MP Sony IMX376 + 8 MP front-facing camera, f/2.0
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot; 3G HSPA+; LTE Cat6; Bluetooth v4.0 w/ A2DP; GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS; microUSB 2.0, USB OTG
SIM: Hybrid dual nano-SIM, SIM slot 2 for microSD card
Battery: 3160mAh Li-ion battery, non-removable
Features: Front fingerprint scanner
Dimensions: 152.6 x 74 x 7.3 mm, 158.6 g
Colors: Gold, Gray
Price: PHP 19,990

Samsung Galaxy A 2017 Series Unveiled, IP68 Certification in Tow

January 22, 2017
The Samsung Galaxy A5 and A7 2017 series have been officially launched at the Bonifacio High Street area in Taguig. The event was graced by the smartphone series's latest ambassador, Miss International 2016 Kylie Versoza.

Samsung Galaxy A 2017 Series Unveiled, IP68 Certification in Tow

The Samsung Galaxy A5 and A7 2017 features a 5.2-inch and a 5.7-inch display respectively. Both devices carry 3GB of RAM, NFC, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Samsung Galaxy A 2017 Series Unveiled, IP68 Certification in Tow

The Samsung Galaxy A 2017 series's star features aside from looking good is its IP68 certification, meaning it has a certain resistance to dust and being submerged in water up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 meters. On top of this, both devices will come with 16MP front and rear cameras, 32GB onboard storage, dual SIM capabilities, and USB Type C.

The Samsung Galaxy A5 and A7 2017 is available at retail for PHP 19,990 and PHP 23,990 respectively.

Samsung Galaxy A5 Specifications

OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Processor: 1.9GHZ Exynos 7880 Octa octa-core processor, Mali-T830MP2 GPU
Memory: 3GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 256GB
Display: 5.2-inch Full HD IPS display, 1920x1080 display resolution, Gorilla Glass
Camera: 16 MP rear camera with AF, LED flash, f/1.9; 16 MP front-facing camera, f/1.9
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot; Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE; GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS/ BDS; NFC; USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
SIM: Dual nano-SIM
Battery: 3000mAh non-removable Li-ion battery
Colors: Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist and Peach Cloud
Dimensions: 146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm, 157 g
Price: PHP 19,990

Samsung Galaxy A7 Specifications

OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Processor: 1.9GHZ Exynos 7880 Octa octa-core processor, Mali-T830MP2 GPU
Memory: 3GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 256GB
Display: 5.7-inch Full HD IPS display, 1920x1080 display resolution, Gorilla Glass, 386 ppi
Camera: 16 MP rear camera with AF, LED flash, f/1.9; 16 MP front-facing camera, f/1.9
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot; Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE; GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS/ BDS; NFC; USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
SIM: Dual nano-SIM
Battery: 3600mAh non-removable Li-ion battery
Colors: Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist and Peach Cloud
Dimensions: 156.8 x 77.6 x 7.9 mmT
Price: PHP 23,990
 
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