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Moto-heads, you might want to check this out. A new  Motorola One is in the pipeline as revealed online along with TENAA renders. The TENAA leak notes a notched 6.18-inch display with 1080 x 2246 pixel resolution and a slender 19:9 aspect ratio. The chipset is purportedly a Snapdragon 636  and uses 3, 4 or 6GB of RAM paired with 32, 64 and 128GB of internal storage, respectively. microSD card expansion is possible as well. The Motorola One is going for a premium feel  with a  glass back and is lined-up with 16MP + 5MP sensors while the front snapper has 12MP. All these is juiced by a 2,820 mAh battery. All these should be confirmed if the Chicago event on August 2 touches on the Motorola One. Source (in Chinese) via

Dubai-based technology lifestyle brand, Promate is one of those rare companies that make products with a lot of sense. Their selections usually combine ubiquitous functions into one. Wireless earphones with a powerbank as its case: check. Android tablet with a built-in projector: check. USB-C multi-port hub with ports for 4K HDMI, micro SD Card, Aux-in, Ethernet and three USB-3 ports: check. So its not too farfetched for Promate to churn out another product that makes us go, “why not?”. Its latest offering is right up it’s multifunctional DNA:  the Bonsai-Q – a wireless stereo speaker with Qi-charger and LED lamp. The overall aesthetic and the name of the product itself is inspired by the Japanese art form of making small trees that mimic the shape and scale of full size trees. Naming it “Bonsai” did help me make sense of what it is. However, if called anything else, one might…

LG has launched a budget friendly smartphone named the X2. It’s powered by a quad-core Snapdragon SoC, and has a 5-inch HD display,  2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. There’s an 8MP camera on the back, and a 5MP selfie snapper on the front. It measures 144.8×71.9×8.2mm and weighs 152g. The X2 runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat and tucks in a 2,500mAh battery. The LG X2 has just been launched in Korea, where it carries a price tag of KRW 198,000 ($175 or Php 9,300). You can say it’s the faster and more updated version of the LG Stylus 2 but with lesser camera oomph. So, you think the X2 marks the entry level spot for LG? Source

Qualcomm has already made its intentions to creep into the x86 PC realm pretty clear. Windows on ARM is already happening, with some devices, like the ASUS “Primus” even in production stages. A newly unearthed Qualcomm job posting, for an engineer now sheds some light on just how serious Microsoft is looking into ARM. Apparently, the Redmond giant is already busy testing Qualcomm chips for a wide range of devices, ranging from the pretty apparent ultra-portables and tablets, all the way to AR, VR and even desktop PC offerings. This development does make a lot of sense, given that Qualcomm also seems to be doubling-down on its ARM lineup for Windows use. Besides the Snapdragon 835, originally used for early development work, there is now a Snapdragon 850- a more powerful variant of the SD835, as well as the Snapdragon 1000. The latter seems to be particularly interesting, since it is…

Xiaomi and Vocaloid are collaborating once again in releasing a Hatsune Miku phone after last year’s Redmi Note 4X . The Mi 6X Hatsune Miku Edition is in turquoise color with the virtual idol engraved at the back, Limited only to 5,000 units, the retail box includes a 10,000 mAh power bank, a translucent case with a colored Hatsune Miku and a gift card. The Mi 6X runs MIUI 9.5 and comes with exclusive themes that any fan of the vocaloid will love. The internals are no different from the regular Xiaomi Mi 6X – Snapdragon 660 with octa-core CPU, dual 12 MP + 20 MP camera and a 5.99” Full HD+ display with 6GB ram and 64GB storage. The price of the Hatsune Miku edition package is CNY2,099 or about Php 16,858. The phone is already available for pre-order in China, and should be out by July 10. No news yet…

The Nokia 5.1 Plus  has been spotted in Chinese certification agency, TENAA, and revealed some of the device’s key specs. The Nokia 5.1 Plus will have an octa-core processor clocked at 2.0 GHz, possibly a MediaTek Helio P-series or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600-series. It will also come in 3GB, 4GB and 6GB RAM variants, with an 32GB or 64GB of storage. With the “plus” moniker, it’s no surprise that it’s going to have a huge 5.86-inch display with with 720 x 1520 HD+ resolution. And, yes, with a notched design. As for the cameras, there’s the 13MP main camera and an 8MP selfie shooter. It will run on a  3,000mAh battery. Excited with the Nokia 5.1 Plus? Let’s see if it’ll be made available in PH. Source

The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro, that first Redmi phone to sport a notch has just posted sample shots of its snapper.  So let’s see how its 12MP + 5MP f/2.2 aperture rear cameras with AI, PDAF focus, and LED flash do in the photos: With photos like these, the CNY 999 (~Php 8,195) for the base 3GB/32GB model sure is going to be on everyone’s radar when it hits our shores.  No news yet on when it will be out locally but as we’ve seen from the photos, the quality of the photos from the lower tiered phones is catching up quite nicely with the more expensive flagship phones of major brands. Source

Android tablets? Who wants them? How about we throw in  LTE with it? Xiaomi apparently sees a market hence, the Mi Pad 4,  The said tablet comes with a Snapdragon 660 chipset, LTE support and a price tag that’ll make anyone consider purchasing it. The Mi Pad 4 measures 8-inches and is light, just weighing 0.76-pounds.  Inside this metallic tablet is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660  with 3GB of LPDDR4x RAM, 32GB of eMMC 5.1 storage, microSD expansion, a 1,920 x 1,200 IPS display and more. This bare bones configuration starts at 1,499 yuan (P8,963) An extra 300 yuan (about P2,500), will give you  4GB of RAM and double the storage. But if you want to get the most bang for your buck, just add another 100 yuan (P815) and you’ll get the LTE + GPS version. At 1,499 yuan or about P12,330, the Mi Pad 4 is one of the most affordable…

Sony just launched its latest flagship, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium and as expected, it’s got bleeding edge tech. For starters, the screen has the highest ppi (pixels per inch) ever on a phone. The advertised 765 pixels per inch trumps any rival phone’s screen. It also boasts of a 3840 x 2160 resolution officially making this a 4K capable phone. Bring in other technologies from their television line like X-Reality and Triluminos while using a  16:9 ratio and you can see why, on paper, this phone can be like a small, portable 4K TV. Aside from the 4K screen, the other main feature are the dual cameras which integrate tech from its Cybershot line.  The main camera has a  19 MP 1/2.3” Exmor RS sensor, f/1.8 lens, and 1.22μm pixel. The secondary camera is a 12 MP 1/2.3” monochrome unit that boosts low-light performance. The lens is f/1.6, while the…

Fitbit, one of the most recognizable names in fitness wearable has just launched the Fitbit Versa – the company’s latest smartwatch entry last April 19.  And, I must say, it was no ordinary product launch.  Upon entering Kerry Sports Manila – the country’s largest indoor lifestyle and leisure club housed in Shangri-La the Fort – I was asked if I wanted to get join a workout and if so, recommended that I get a pre-charged Versa. Since they gave us a heads-up about the possibility of an open workout, I arrived in my workout clothes. Yes, you can say that I’m a fitness fanatic. Half of the indoor basketball court was tattered with yoga mats while the other half was where Fitbit gathered us to officially unveil the Versa.  Alex Healy, Fitbit’s Head of Product Marketing for Asia Pacific and Louis Lye, Fitbit Regional Director for Southeast Asia, Hongkong and…

A few days ago, Xiaomi smartphone codenamed Mi 6X surfaced in TENAA. Rumor has it that the said phone is expected to be launched as Xiaomi Mi A2.   Well, a leak just surfaced that also confirms a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio. An Octa-core Snapdragon 626 chipset clocked at 2.2GHZ powers the handset while running Android Oreo 8.1. 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage comes standard but is expandable. The leak also reveals a dual camera setup using  f/2.0 20 MP and f/1.8 8 MP sensors , accompanied by an LED flash. The selfie cam, on the other hand sports a 20 MP snapper. The fingerprint scanner will be placed on the rear panel. Battery-wise, a the Xiaomi Mi A2 will be using a 2910 mAh battery which is a tad smaller in capacity compared to the previous model. Source

Looking for a laptop with the essentials down pat with a full-sized keyboard? Samsung’s three new Windows laptops, the Samsung Notebook 5 and Notebook 3 models might be for you. Both models have a practical build owing to its humble specifications. The Notebook 3 comes with three variants, the first one has a 14″ 720p display while the other two have identical 15.6″ screens with 720p or 1080p resolutions. While their screens are as basic as it can get, the metal body, full-sized keyboard, anti-glare panels, and the option on getting 7th or 8th gen Intel processors give the Notebook 3 and 5 Series’ bump up the value proposition quite a bit. Check out the images and spec sheet of the Samsung Notebook 3 and 5 Series below:     Samsung Notebook 5     Samsung Notebook 3 The Samsung Notebook 3 and 5 will be available first in Korea (in…

Got one of those Samsung flagship phones?  Well, you’d be pleased that Samsung toyed with the Always On Display (AOD) so that you have more excuses to look at that gorgeous screen. While you could always add any image to your Always On Display while displaying the date, time and any notifications,  Samsung thought they’ll make it more awesome by enabling you to install GIFs. Version 3.2.26.4 of the app enables you to set any GIF to  your AOD by opening the GIF in the Gallery app and selecting the overflow menu (…), then tapping “Set as Always on Display image”.  However, GIFs do come in various lengths and if the application detects that what you’ve picked is too long, it’ll prompt you to trim it down. Also, the GIFs only animate once upon locking the display. It then locks to one frame after the GIF cycle is done. The…

The latest Motorola device has just gone through the FCC (Federal Communications Commission in the U.S.). First reported by Nashville Chatter Class, the FCC filing unravels details about Motorola’s midrange handset. The Moto Z3 Play will run with Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 and will be  available in 4GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB models. A 3,000 mAh battery fuels the handsets 6.1-inch display as well, which fits in the current-generation Moto Z chassis. Moto Z2 Play (2017) The dimensions of the Z3 are identical to the Moto Z2 Play so if you are eager to know how it would look like then it shouldn’t be far off its predecessor. The Moto Z3’s snappers are comprised of 12MP + 8MP dual sensors while the front camera gets 5MP. Will it be arriving in our shores? We’re not there yet but the the SKUs list that the phone will arrive in Verizon, North American, Brazilian,…

Vivo is adding 2 new phones in its mid-range family. A TENAA listing confirms 2 variants, a  Y71 and Y71A with some details. With the help of other industry sources filling in the rest of the gaps, we can now come up with a more concrete build of the rumored phone. The Y71 sports a classic notch-less design on its 5.99-inch, 1440 x 720pixel panel. A metal unibody (please be metal), measuring 155.87 x 75.74 x 7.8 mm and weighing in at 150 grams encases the handset with no fingerprint reader on both sides. There’s a 3.5mm audio jack and a USB port. Under the hood, you’ll find a Snapdragon 425 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage and for its snappers, a 13MP main camera and a 5MP selfie. A respectable 3,285 mAh battery will power the Vivo Y71 and it will most likely run on Android 8.0…

Were you one of those born in the age of clamshell phones? Do you miss how the phones of yesteryears were more pocketable because they folded in half?  Well, Huawei shares the same sentiment with its latest move on patenting a foldable display. The patent was filed with WIPO on September 19 last year and was just published a few days ago. The patent illustrates how the display folds in half and how, upon opening,  reveals a flat seamless single-panel screen on top while showing how its  accordion-like folding mechanism unfurls under the screen. We’ve seen this one before, albeit with a cover display screen. The race to the foldable phone has officially begun. Source

Xiaomi just revealed photos of its brand ambassador, Kris Wu, holding the  flagship Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s. And, looking at just the photos, one can see that the selfie cam is nowhere to be found. So where is it then? The thick bottom bezel, which the the endorser is cleverly hiding from the way he holds it should be where the camera is. This will make it look like its predecessor, the Mi Mix 2.    Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s goes notch-less. As for the specs, chipset-wise, it’s up there with most flagships with its Snapdragon 845. Photo leaks also confirm the 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. The Xiaomi Mi Mix2 will be officially unveiled on March 27 in China. No news yet on pricing but given the sticker price  of its predecessor, it should be at the P25,000 to P30,000 range.  Source

Wait, what the heck is MIUI 9.5? It’s Xiaomi’s heavily customized user-interface based on the Android Nougat 7.0. Granted it’s coming from a 2-year old operating system, still we give props to Xiaomi for putting these on over 30 of its devices including discontinued ones such as the Xiaomi Mi Mi3 launched in 2013. The update is going to beef-up security updates, a New Notification Shade feature for Bundles Notifications and Quick Reply. Here’s the full list of Xiaomi devices, as posted on the MIUI forums: Late March     Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (all versions)     Xiaomi Mi Max • Xiaomi Redmi 3S • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime • Xiaomi Redmi 4A Early April     Xiaomi Redmi Y1 • Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite • Xiaomi Redmi 5A • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5     Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro • Xiaomi Redmi 5 • Xiaomi Mi…