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LG Brings Award-winning Twin Wash to the Philippines

June 29, 2016
We're cutting our regular Android broadcast to make way for washing machine news - yes, washing machines.

LG Brings Award-winning Twin Wash to the Philippines

LG Philippines announced the entry to the local market their revolutionary LG Twin Wash. What makes it so is that it's the first in the world to house two washing machines in one hull - one heavy duty type for heavy clothes, and another smaller machine for garments that need delicate treatment. What's good about this setup is that consumers can purchase the mini-washer separately as another washing machine, so current owners of LG washers can enjoy the benefit of the Twin Wash concept at the fraction of the cost. Unfortunately, like the smart appliance boom of 2014, the LG Twin Wash doesn't feature Android.

The LG Twin Wash is now available at major appliance centers and partner outlets nationwide. You can also visit LG's website at lg.com/ph for more details.

OPPO A37 Announced, Available in July for PHP 8,990

June 28, 2016
Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo launched the newest member of its budget line recently, the A37. What the device's manufacturer emphasizes - aside from its gorgeous iPhone-esque design - is its front and back cameras, which both have 1/4-inch and 1/3.-inch sensors respectively. Hardware-wise, it runs on a Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB of RAM, and - get this - is microSD expandable up to 128GB.

OPPO A37 Announced, Available in July for PHP 8,990

The Oppo A37 will hit the Philippines on July 1st for a price of PHP 8,990.

Oppo A37 Specifications

OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop, Color OS 3.0
Processor: 1.2GHz quad-core MSM 8916 Snapdragon 410 processor, Adreno 306 GPU
Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 128GB
Display: 5-inch HD IPS display, 1280x720 display resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Camera: 8-megapixel rear camera w/ AF, LED flash, f/2.0; 5-megapixel front-facing camera, FF
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi hotspot; Bluetooth 4.0 w/ A2DP; GPS w/ A-GPS; microUSb 2.0
SIM: Dual nano SIM
Battery: 2630mAh Li-ion battery
Dimensions:143.1x71x7.68 mm, 136 g
Color: Gold, Rose Gold
Price: PHP 8,990

Samsung Galaxy Note7 Specs Leaked, Rumored Iris Scanner, IP68 Rating in Tow

June 26, 2016
With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 just around the corner - August 2nd to be exact - there's bound to be leaks here and there, and none other than renowned leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) did it. In a series of tweets earlier today, Blass "confirmed" that the next note iteration will be called the Samsung Galaxy Note7 (and not Galaxy Note 6, to align with the S7 branding. Also note that according the leaks, the naming convention would be that there's no space between the Note and the 7, making it Note7), and will sport the following specifications:

Samsung Galaxy Note7 Specs Leaked, Rumored Iris Scanner, IP68 Rating in Tow

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Specifications (Rumored)

Memory: TBA RAM, 64GB onboard storage, microSD expandable TBA capacity
Display: 5.7-inch QHD sAMOLED display,  2560×1440 screen resolution, 515ppi
Camera: 12-megapixell DualPixel rear camera w/ AF, dual LED flash; 5-megapixel front-facing camera
Features: IP68 water and dust-resistant rated
Colors: Black, silver, blue

With Blass's track record on leaking device info months prior to launching, it's pretty safe to say that we should be seeing an iris scanner soon enough.

Infinix Note 2 X600 Now Available at Lazada for PHP 5,999

June 25, 2016
Lazada during an intimate meet announced that the Infinix Note 2 X600 will be available regularly at their online store after being announced a few months back. The Note 2 X600 is your typical concurrent octa-core Android smartphone, but with a 6-inch display, plus the fact that it looks good with its brushed metal back.





The Infinix Note 2 X600 will be available in Lazada for PHP 5,999

Infinix Note 2 X600 Specifications

OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow, XUI skin
Processor: 1.3 GHz 64-bit MT6753 octa-core processor, Mali T720 GPU
Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 64GB
Display: 6 Inch HD IPS 1280 x 720 resolution at 245 ppi
Camera: 13-megapixel rear camera w/ Samsung ISOCELL sensor, PDAF, LED flash; 5-megapixel front-facing camera, BSI
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi hotspot; Bluetooth; GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS
SIM: Dual SIM, hybrid setup
Battery: 4,000 mAh Li-ion battery, Quick Charge feature
Dimensions: 159.5 x 82.5 x 9.3 mm, 194 g
Price: PHP 5,999

Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 2016 Introduced, Designed with the Philippines in Mind

June 24, 2016
Samsung Philippines announced the availability of the newest Samsung J 2016 series devices, the Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7. The difference between the old and the new models, aside from the minor specs bump, are the new Signal Max and Ultra Data Saving technologies. Signal Max is an RF technology that enables you to have signal where network signal virtually isn't available. That means being able to make calls when you're hiking. Ultra Data Saving meanwhile compresses all your data consumption by up to 50%, allowing you to maximize your mobile internet and not fear hitting your usage cap.

Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 2016 Introduced, Designed with the Philippines in Mind

Specs-wise, the Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 highlights a 13-megapixel f/1.9 camera, quad-core and octa-core processors, dual SIM capabilities, Android Marshmallow, and 3100mAh and 3300mAh batteries respectively.

The Galaxy J5 and J7 (2016) are now available at Samsung Experience Stores and authorized dealers nationwide for only P11,990 and P14,990 and will come with a free 32GB Sandisk microSD card.

Samsung Galaxy J5 Specifications

OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 1.2GHz quad-core, Adreno 306 GPU
Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 128GB
Display: 5.2-inch HD display, 1280x720 display resolution, 282 ppi
Camera: 13-megapixel rear camera, f/1.9, LED flash, AF; 5-megapixel front-facing camera w/ LED flash, Wide Angle Selfie
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; WiFi 802 b/g/n, WiFi hotspot; Bluetooth v4.1; GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS; NFC; microUSB 2.0 w/ USB OTG
SIM: Dual micro SIM
Battery: 3100mAh Li-ion battery

Samsung Galaxy J7 Specifications

OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Processor: Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7870 1.6GHz octa-core processor, Mali T-830 GPU
Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 128GB
Display: 5.5-inch HD display, 1280x720 display resolution, 267 ppi
Camera: 13-megapixel rear camera, f/1.9, LED flash, AF; 5-megapixel front-facing camera w/ LED flash,
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; WiFi 802 b/g/n, WiFi hotspot; Bluetooth v4.1; GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS; NFC; microUSB 2.0 w/ USB OTG
SIM: Dual micro SIM
Battery: 3300mAh Li-ion battery

SKK Trans4M Click Announced, 10-inch Android Tablet with Bluetooth Keyboard for Only PHP 3,999

June 22, 2016
Local budget electronics provider SKK announced on its Facebook page the SKK Trans4M Click, a 10-inch Android tablet that's bundled with a Bluetooth keyboard, and with an interesting price tag—PHP 3,999


What separates the Trans4M Click from the others is that it's being marketed as an on-the-go productivity laptop replacement for a relatively low price. What's more is, there's truth to that, since a few app downloads here and there and you can start working on spreadsheets and Powerpoint presentations. It even has a trackpad on its Bluetooth keyboard and dual SIM slots for maximum connectivity.

Unfortunately, the device operates on dated hardware and software (a quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, and Android 4.4 KitKat), but considering everything that comes with it for that sweet price tag, we find it acceptable. If you're going to take one home, just check and double check if everything's working correctly.

The SKK Trans4M Click is now rolling out to SKK stores and kiosks, and is available in black.

SKK Trans4M Click Specifications

OS: Android 4.4 KitKat
Processor: 1.3GHz quad-core processor
Memory: 1GB RAM, 16 GB onboard storage, microSD expandable
Display: 10-inch HD IPS display,1280 x 720 display resolution, 147ppi
Camera: 8-megapixel rear camera; 5-megapixel front-facing camera
Connectivity: WiFi; Bluetooth; Others TBA
SIM: Dual SIM, dual standby
Battery: 4000mAh Li-ion battery, non-removable
Color: Black
Price: PHP 3,999

LG X Series Gets Four New Additions: X Power, X Mach, X Style, X Max

June 17, 2016
In stark contrast to LG's modular attempt with the LG G5, the company recently unveiled a new set of devices under its X series: the X Power, X Mach, X Style, and X Max. LG says these devices—on top of the previously released X Cam and X Screen—will "have a unique feature which is matched to a specific user need or interest, such as greater battery capacity, faster processor, more sophisticated styling or a larger display." It's a new spin on releasing tiered devices, and it's not impossible to see other smartphone companies follow suit.

LG X Series Gets Four New Additions: X Power, X Mach, X Style, X Max

For the devices itself, the LG X Power will specialize in battery life, carrying 4100mAh under a thin 7.9mm body, while also featuring fast charging technology. The X Mach looks like it's going to be the most expensive among the four since it will be the fastest, sporting a 1.8GHz processor with a QHD IPS display. The X Style meanwhile will be the most elegant, while the X Max will be primed for media consumption since it has the largest display among the four.

There's not much info yet with regards to these devices, so stay tuned.

The Wait is Over, Pokémon Go to be Released this July

June 16, 2016
Pokémon fans all over the world are probably echoing the same thought I'm having right now: "Finally!"

Pokémon Go to be Released this July

Nintendo has confirmed at E3 2016 that they'll be releasing Pokémon Go sometime next month. While the smartphone version will be free on iOS and Android devices, the device that will enable players to play the game without taking out their phone will sell at USD 34.99—a price to pay if you want to be a Pokémon Master.

The game works using AR technology—something that already existed a few years ago (this author vividly remembers it because of the iButterfly App sometime back)—and will allow you to search for Pokémon wherever you are, provided you're connected to data. Pokémon Go's mechanics aren't that clear yet, but Nintendo has hinted that it may probably have connectivity to upcoming Pokémon games, though it's yet to be established.
 
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