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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…

No, it’s not TP-Link’s newest wireless router. We can’t blame you for thinking that since the brand is a household name when it comes to  networking hardware. Apparently, TP-Link does phones too and the Neffos N1 is actually the Chinese company’s latest flagship phone which was just launched in Malaysia for RM 1,099 (give or take Php 14,600). That price point gets you a handset with the following specs: Mediatek’s Helio P25 chipset with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage 5.5″ IPS LCD Full HD resolution Two 12 MP cameras at the rear which it claims can do the bokeh effect Wifi support by TP-Link (who else?) with dual band smart antenna technology 3,260mAh battery capacity with fast charging. The look reminds us of previous generations’ notchless design. The specs are decent for the price point, especially having that premium performance Octa Core chip at the helm. However, the mid-range…

The fight for that precious real estate on your wrist is more exciting than ever with smartwatches and fitness trackers leading the card. Smartwatches have become like your ordinary all-you-can eat buffet. You pay a hefty price for what seems to look like stuff you want but in reality you just consume a pint-sized portion. Some smartwatches are like phones that can make and take calls, but none really take advantage of since connection is a hit or miss affair. On the flipside, you have fitness trackers which are like your freshly made garden salad. It counts as a meal but it kind of leaves you wanting for more.  Fitness trackers are  glorified versions of pedometers that can do what it’s supposed to effectively (count steps) but can’t seem to deliver other stuff that you wish it had, like being able to respond quickly to messages.  It’s on two extremes…

Everyone wants a piece of the “Plus” pie, so it’s no surprise that the HTC Desire 12 low-end phone is having a bigger sibling, the HTC Desire Plus. The Plus variant will increase its’ screen by 8.9% (from 5.5″ to 5.99″) while keeping its 720 x 1440px resolution (268 ppi). The cameras also get a do-over. A single 13MP camera is housed at the back which claims to have tech that will allow for quality low-light performance while an 8MP camera does the snapping duties at the front. HTC Desire Plus also moves over to the Qualcomm family, arming itself with an octa-core Snapdragon 450.  The  entry-level plus variant will have 32GB of internal flash memory, with approximately 23.5GB being available to users, whereas a microSD card should also be part of the package. The said handset will measure in at 158.24 x 76.54 x 8.39mm and weight 155.01g making it a light phone for…

Thanks to a  tip from leakster LlabTooFer, we now know more a great deal about the HTC U12, codenamed “Imagine”. The handset will be fueled by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest chipset – the Snapdragon 845. Dual main cameras from Sony (12mp +16mp) is a bump up – megapixels wise versus other handset snappers. The 3420mah battery means it can grind with the up-sized flagships like the Samsung S9+. IP68  makes it resistant to dust, dirt and sand and are resistant to submersion up to a maximum depth of 1.5m underwater for up to thirty minutes. As for the release date, LlabToofer also tipped that we should be getting our hands on it in April. Source

You are home alone, at the dead of night and you hear a child laughing, what do you do? You either a) stop whatever you’re doing and look at the direction of the laughter b) get a frying pan and get ready to swing at anything that moves PUBG style  or, c) call your neighborhood arbularyo for a paranormal reading? If you own an Amazon Echo or Dot then its safe to say, its none of the above. The intelligent personal assistant, which is capable of voice interaction and can provide music playback, to-do-lists, and even control smart devices has reportedly been creeping out its owners by laughing like a kid ghost unprompted. Maybe it just decided it wanted to have some fun when you least expect it. Jimmy Kimmel even featured his own Echo speaker, telling his audience that the Alexa laugh “sometimes happens just after I take off my…

In a head-scratching video, Xiaomi teased its Mi Mix 2s  with no product shown. Instead, we are shown two hands  that at first, would come across as an unorthodox way of counting fingers. I wouldn’t have guessed what the gestures meant myself if not for the numbers “8, 4 and 5” that pop on the screen repeatedly. The video is in Chinese but with the help of our friends from the technorati, the video asks: “how fast is your Snapdragon 845?” This question is actually a challenge to the flagship handsets of the bigger brands namely the Sony Xperia XZ2, Sony Xperia XZ2, the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+and the Asus Zenfone 5z that carry the same Snapdragon 845 SoC.  The Mi Mix 2s looks to be a contender with a reported 6.01″OLED screen, Sony IMX363 sensor, 8 GB RAM and 256 storage. Last year’s model, the Mi Mix 2, has been…

After seeing Samsung J4 and J8 in benchmarks, Samsung is once again expanding its foothold on the mid-range segment with the J6.  This affordable J series handset sports an Exynos 7870 chipset, runs Android Oreo and includes 3GB of RAM. It has a 1.6 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU and should have at most a 1080p panel. No word yet on pricing and availability. But, it’s safe to say that since Samsung J series phones are usually priced competitively, prices should fall  between P4,000 to 12,000. Source

Save for the premium line-up of Samsung, Apple and Microsoft, attempts at making inroads in the tablet space are few far and between. Which is why news on the launch of the Huawei MediaPad M5 is a breath of fresh air, especially for Android-based tablets. Huawei is on-trend as it releases the tablet in two sizes: 8.4″ and 10.8″. Both screens feature In-panel switching technology with 2,560 x 1600 pixel resolution. And a first for tablets, the MediaPad M5 uses 2.5D glass which means the screen bleeds to the edges over a little, skimming the sides of its metal unibody for additional protection and premium feel. The main difference between the two models, besides the battery and screen size is the inclusion of a keyboard and Harman Kardon speakers to the 10.8″ model. The smaller model only includes stereo speakers. The MediaPad M5 runs on Android 8.0 and is powered…