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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Announced, Takes Mobile Entertainment to the Next Level

March 09, 2017
Samsung recently launched the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 at MWC 2017. It features a 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, AKG by HARMAN-tuned speakers, and is optimized for portable gaming.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Announced, Takes Mobile Entertainment to the Next Level

No pricing has been disclosed yet, but it's pretty much guaranteed to arrive here in the Philippines because the local Samsung outfit announced it via their media agency.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Specifications

OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Quad Core 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz
Memory: 4GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 256GB
Display: 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display, Super AMOLED QXGA, 2048x1536 display resolution
Camera: 13MP rear camera with AF, LED flash; 5MP front-facing camera
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct; Bluetooth 4.2; GPS w/ GLONASS, BEIDOU, GALILEO; USB 3.1 Type-C
Battery: 6000mAh battery
Features: Fingerprint sensor
Dimensions: 237.3 x 169.0 x 6.0mm, 434g
Price: TBA










OPPO A39 Gets P1,000 Off for Summer

March 07, 2017
The OPPO A39 was just released this January, yet it just got P1,000 off as a special for summer, bringing it down to P9,990. “Summer is just around the corner and it’s going to be that time of the year for those fun adventure shots. We always want our pictures to be upload-ready the moment we take them and this is what the A39 does to our photos,” said OPPO Brand Marketing Manager Stephen Cheng.

OPPO A39 Gets P1,000 Off Discount

You can get the discounted OPPO A39 at OPPO Stores nationwide this month.

OPPO A39 Specifications

OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop, ColorOS UI
Processor: 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MTK6750 CPU, Mali T-860 GPU
Memory: 3GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 256GB
Display: 5.2-inch HD IPS display, 1280*720 display resolution, 282 ppi, 2.5D curved glass, Gorilla Glass 4
Camera: 13MP Sony IMX258 PDAF rear camera w/ AF and LED flash, f/2.2; 5MP front-facing camera, f/2.4
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi Hotspot; Bluetooth 4.0; GPS; microUSB 2.0, USB OTG
SIM: Dual nano SIM
Battery: 2900mAh non-removable battery
Dimensions: 149.1x72.9x7.65mm, 147g
Color: Gold, Rose Gold
Price: PHP 9,990

Arsenal Devices Launches Three VR-Ready Smartphones, Leads with Arsenal VR One

March 07, 2017
New local smartphone brand Arsenal Devices recently launched three VR-ready Android phones, led by the Arsenal VR One (the other two being the Arsenal Power One and the Arsenal Deca One).

The Arsenal VR One is a beautiful slate smartphone featuring a metallic frame, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and VR-optimized content delivery - it is, after all, their selling point. Other than these, it features dated specifications, such as a 1.3.GHz MT6753 octa-core CPU, and suprising 2800mAh non-removable battery. It also comes with a Google Cardboard-type box called the Arsenal Card VR.

Arsenal Launches Three VR-Ready Android Devices, Leads with Arsenal VR One

The Arsenal Power One is the tank of the trio. It carries a 5000mAh battery, and while not a new gimmick, is still something that some users value. It features a 5.5-inch display, 4GB of RAM, a USB Type-C port, and will run Android 7.0 Nougat.

The Arsenal Deca One - the one that seems to be the actual flagship of Arsenal Devices - meantime is still in prototype. When it comes out, it will run MediaTek's Helio X20 processor, boast a 5.7-inch QHD display (yes, you read that right), and a 3400mAh battery with fast charging support.

Currently, only the Arsenal VR One is available of the three. You can find it online at www.one2shop.com, or at MemoXpress branches starting this month, for a whopping P11,990. The other two devices do not have any prices and availability disclosed, but if the Arsenal VR One is any indication, these might easily hit past the P15,000 mark or more.

Arsenal VR One Specifications

OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Arsenal UI
Processor: 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6753 octa-core CPU
Memory: 3GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 64GB
Display: 5.2-inch JDI LTPS FHD display, 423ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Camera: 13MP rear camera w/ AF, LED flash; 8MP front-facing camera
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi hotspot; Bluetooth 4.0 w/ BLE; GPS w/ A-GPS
SIM: Dual nanoSIM
Battery: 2800mAh battery, non-removable
Features: Fingerprint sensor, Dirac HD Sound
Color: Pitch Black, Metallic Silver
Price: P11,990

Arsenal Power One Specifications

OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Processor: 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6750T octa-core processor, Mali-T860 MP2 GPU
Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 128GB
Display: 5.5-inch FHD IPS display, 1080x1920 display resolution, 401ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, AS coating
Camera: 16MP Samsung 3P3 rear camera w/ AF, Spectrum LED flash; 8MP front-facing camera w/ IR
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi hotspot; Bluetooth 4.0 w/ BLE; GPS, A-GPS w/ GLONASS; USB 3.0 Type C, USB OTG
SIM: Dual SIM
Battery: 5000mAh battery, non-removable
Features: Fingerprint sensor
Color: Ceramic White
Price: TBA

Arsenal Deca One Specifications

OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Processor: 2.0GHz MediaTek Helio X20 MT6797 deca-core CPU, Mali-T880 MP4 GPU
Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 128GB
Display: 5.7-inch QHD AMOLED display, 2560x1440 display resolution, 515 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 2.5D Glass, AS coating
Camera: 16MP Samsung 3P3 rear camera w/ PDAF, Spectrum LED flash, f/2.0; 8MP front-facing camera, f/2.4, Wide Angle lens
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi hotspot; Bluetooth 4.0; GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS; USB 3.0 Type C, USB OTG
SIM: Hybrid dual SIM
Battery: 3400mAh Li-Po battery, non-removable
Features: Fingerprint sensor, , NXP Smart PA audio, fast charging
Color: Space Gray
Price: TBA

Lenovo K6 Note Launched Locally, Snapdragon 430 with 4GB RAM in Tow

March 03, 2017
After recently launching the Moto M, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Lenovo also unveiled locally the Lenovo K6 Note, a followup to last year's warmly received Lenovo K5 Note. The device features an all-metal unibody design paired with a 5.5-inch FHD display, a Snapdragon 430 SoC, and 4GB RAM. This mid-ranger should be sufficient for a casual smartphone user's needs, from gaming to photos to multimedia, especially with its 4000mAh battery.

Lenovo K6 Note Launched Locally, Snapdragon 430 with 4GB RAM in Tow

The Lenovo K6 Note willl be available for P11,999 at Lenovo Stores and authorized partner outlets nationwide. It comes in dark gray, gold, and silver colors, and will come with a free Bluetooth headset. You can also avail of a 6-month, zero interest financing via credit cards or the Flexi Finance option at selected outlets.

Lenovo K6 Note Specifications

OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Processor: 1.4GHz 64-Bit Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor, Adreno 505 GPU
Memory: 4GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 256GB (uses SIM slot 2)
Display: 5.5-nch FHD IPS display, 1920 x 1080 display resolution, Gorilla Glass 4, 401 ppi, 2.5D Curved Glass
Camera: 16MP rear camera w/ PDAF, dual tone LED flash; 8MP front-facing camera
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi hotspot; Bluetooth 4.2 w/ A2DP, LE; GPS w/ A-GPS
SIM: Hybrid dual nano SIM, dual standby
Battery: 4000mAh Li-ion battery, non-removable
Features: Fingerprint sensor, Dolby ATMOS-ready
Dimensions: 151 x 76 x 8.4 mm, 169 g
Colors: Dark Gray, Gold, Silver
Price: P11,999

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.
 
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