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It looks like we won’t have to wait long before the mid-range segment can get a taste of 5G, as an alleged internal document has recently surfaced online, revealing the new Snapdragon 675, which supposedly comes with a 5G modem. According to the document, the Snapdragon 675 will be built on a 7nm process, just like the 855. It’ll be an octa-core chip which uses a 1+1+6 configuration, with clock speeds expected to be at 2.9GHz, 2.4GHz and 1.8GHz respectively. That’s most likely 2 high-performance cores, and 6 high-efficiency cores. It will come with the Adreno 620 GPU which is clocked slightly lower at 750MHz, compared to 825MHz of the Adreno 618 on the Snapdragon 730. There’ll also be a dedicated NPU that will take care of AI-related operations, clocked at 1GHz. The Snapdragon 735 is also equipped with the same Spectra 350 ISP on the 730, which enables 4K…

Huawei’s EMUI is perhaps one of the most feature-packed we’ve used. But let’s admit it, the design is starting to get a bit old. To simply put it, the OS is in dire need of a makeover. Recently, a list of devices that will supposedly be getting the newest version of its own take on Android, EMUI 9.1 has surfaced.  49 devices to be exact. The new update is said to bring notable changes in the design elements, a new file system, and improved performance in general. It’s not yet confirmed as to when the actual roll out will start, but we probably won’t have to wait very long. Source

I’ve had a joking thought about it a few weeks ago. “Is Samsung filling in everything from the A10 to the A90?” and guess what, they’ve actually just launched the Galaxy A40s and A60 in China. The Galaxy A40s is basically a re-branded Galaxy M30. It has a 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U display, and an Exynos 7904 processor backed by 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The device houses three rear shooters – a 13MP main camera, a 5MP depth sensor, and a 5MP wide-angle snapper. Up front is a 16MP sensor. It packs a massive 5,000mAh battery with 15W fast-charging support and runs on Android Pie out of the box.   The Galaxy A60 on the other hand, sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ LCD Infinity-O display, giving the device a screen-to-body ratio of 91%. The punch hole houses a 32MP front snapper. Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon…

Less than a month after its unveiling in Paris, the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro have finally made their debut in the Philippines, along with the more affordable P30 Lite. Huawei’s P30 series combine the company’s latest innovations – the powerful Kirin 980 makes its way to both the P30 and P30 Pro, while the P30 Lite boasts the capable Kirin 710 mid-range chip. The new P-Series devices are also equipped with improved optics. The P30 Pro to be specific, can do a stunning 50X digital zoom. Both the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro sport a new design with a gorgeous gradient finish, and pack FHD+ OLED displays. Thanks to Acoustic Display Technology, the screen can now be used as an earpiece.  As for screen sizes, you get 6.1-inches on the P30, and 6.47-inches on the P30 Pro. Huawei has also equipped both devices with an in-display fingerprint scanner, which…

For Huawei, today’s launch event wasn’t all about the new P30  series, but were also filled with some suprises. One of which is that they’re bringing the Matebook 13 to the Philippines. The Matebook 13’s display uses a IPS Panel, and has a resolution of 2160 x 1440 pixels. Under the hood, There’s an Intel Core i5  8265U or a Core i7 8565U processor, along with 8GB of LPDDR3 2133MHz RAM and a 256GB or 512GB SSD. You also get a 41.8Wh battery which gives up to 10 hours of video playback. You get a two-in-one power button and touch fingerprint sensor, along with 2 USB C ports, one for charging and data, and the other can be used as a DisplayPort. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack. The device also boasts Huawei Share OneHop, which lets you easily transfer files from a Huawei Smartphone to the Huawei Matebook at…

Apart from the P30 series smartphones, Huawei has also announced that the Active Edition of its innovative Watch GT is also coming to the Philippines. The Huawei Watch GT Active Edition sports a 1.39-inch AMOLED HD color touchscreen with a resolution of 454 x 454 pixels. With its dual chipset and smart power-saving architecture, the watch can intelligently switch from performance to efficiency modes depending on the user’s activity. It also offers up to an astonishing two weeks of battery life with normal use and boasts 5ATM water resistance. The device features 24-hour heart-rate monitoring and TruSleep 2.0, which involves monitoring your sleep quality, and offering over 200 suggestions for improvement of sleep quality, plus personalized sleep services using real-time heart rate monitoring, sleep breathing and big data analysis, all for improving your health. The Active Edition introduces Triathlon Mode, which offers three types of workout: open water swimming, outdoor…

With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy A80, the Korean tech giant aims to break boundaries in just about every aspect – from the stylish look, to new processors that deliver unprecedented performance in the mid-range category, and of course, cameras that are not just capable of taking high quality photos, but are also intelligent in a number of ways. Today, we had a chance to test out the phone’s gaming capabilities, and perform a number of initial benchmarks. Let’s have a look. Specifications The Galaxy A80 runs on the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 7150, which leaves us very curious as to how this new chip performs compared to the likes of the Snapdragon 660, or even the 675. It also has a generous 8GB of RAM, which should ease up your multi-tasking woes, guaranteed. Note: Before we proceed, please note that the tests below were done on Engineering samples of…

We’ve seen how so many brands attempted to break barriers to achieve  some by a motorized popup camera, and some with a sliding mechanism. Samsung, on the other hand, has done the same with its punch hole solution. But they aren’t stopping there. The Korean Tech Giant has now created a device which does not only have a camera that pops-up, but also rotates! Meet the Samsung Galaxy A80. The Galaxy A80 is the first to have the company’s New Infinity Display. To be exact, 6.7-inches of real estate for your content at FHD+ resolution, plus an on-screen fingerprint scanner. Under the hood is an undisclosed octa-core processor (presumably an Exynos variant), along with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Samsung has opted to remove the microSD card slot for this model – perhaps a design limitation. They’ve also gotten rid of the headphone jack, which is uncommon in…

Earlier today, Samsung gave us a sneak peak at the devices that they will be showcasing at the Galaxy A Event tomorrow, here in Bangkok, Thailand. One of them is the Samsung Galaxy A70, a device that’s designed to cater to the needs of the emerging generation who want to connect, capture and share life as it happens, in the creative and collaborative ways. Both stylish and capable, the phone boasts a prism effect which shows various gradient colors depending on where the light is coming from. The Galaxy A70 sports a large 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-U display with FHD+ resolution and is powered by a yet to be disclosed octa-core processor, backed by 6GB of RAM and a generous 128GB of storage expandable with a microSD card. For optics, the device is equipped with an enhanced triple rear camera system – composed of a 32MP main sensor with f/1.9…

EDIFIER is known for producing some great-sounding and value for money speakers and headphones, and with the launch of its concept store in SM Megamall, consumers now have a one-stop shop to experience the brand’s lineup of products hands-on. Today, we’re checking out a pair of Bluetooth Headphones from the brand, the W855BT. These sport a very classy and formal look, and are equipped with features made to help you enjoy good quality sound while still being able to answer calls,  without the nuances of a dangling wire. Specifications Design and Build Quality Out of the box, the W855BT does distinguish itself from your typical cans with its brown and black accents. The classy and at the same time, elegant look makes it something you can confidently bring just about anywhere. While it boasts mainly of plastic construction, the W855BT doesn’t feel flimsy at all. Both the headband and the…

With the launch of the F11 Pro, OPPO is once again out to seek domination in the mid-range segment amidst a very intense competition. Their formula? bringing more premium features such as a rising front-camera, more powerful hardware, and an all-new look, combined with an attractive price tag. The question is, will it work? we spent some time with the F11 Pro, to find out. Design and Build Quality OPPO has decided to rework the design of its newest F-series device, which seems to be inspired by the more premium Find X. The variant that we have for review is called Thunder Black, which uses a three-gradient glossy finish for a premium look and feel. They even changed the layout of the branding at the back, which is a good move. Because its camera is now hidden away in a motorized mechanism, you’ll have the entire 6.5-inch screen to work…

Along with the launch of the new Huawei P30 and P30 Pro, there’s some additional good news for those who want to purchase the company’s newest flagships! On April 13, 2019, you can visit the Huawei Concept Stores in SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM Cebu, or SM Davao to trade-in your current smartphone for up to PhP30,000+ off on the P30 or P30 Pro. A third-party agent will have your phone checked and assessed for its appraised value, which will be subtracted from the SRP of the new device. In addition, all consumers will also get PhP6,000 additional discount. For a list of smartphones that are eligible for the trade-in promo, click here. The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro are priced at PhP36,990 and PhP50,990 respectively.

It’s that time of the year again when you harvest the rewards of your efforts. All those sleepless nights studying for that exam, all of those nerve-wracking defenses, every bit of hardship and trial comes down to this moment. Of course, what better way to congratulate you for your perseverance, than a companion that you can use for the next chapter of your life, whether that’s moving up to college, or landing that dream job of yours. You need something reliable, something that can handle everything you’ll throw at it, and something that’ll be with you every step of the way. Here are 4 reasons why the Honor 8C is one of the best gifts you can get for this momentous occasion: Premium Looks You deserve a smartphone that looks good and is built well for that fast-paced environment – something you can proudly whiff out wherever you go. The…

Huawei is making things a little more special for the pre-order promo of its P30 and P30 Pro smartphones! Only for tomorrow, April 6, 2019, the first 40 customers who will successfully pre-order a P30 or P30 Pro from the Huawei Experience Store in SM Megamall will also receive another freebie on top of the Huawei Watch GT – A Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite! To make a successful pre-order, customers will be required to make an initial deposit of PhP20,000. The free MediaPad M5 Lite can be claimed on April 6, while the P30 or P30 Pro and Huawei Watch GT can be claimed on April 13. So be prepared to be fast and first, and grab this special offer, only for tomorrow! The Huawei P30 (PhP36,990) and P30 Pro (PhP50,990)  are at the pinnacle of the brand’s innovations, powered by the Kirin 980, and equipped with a triple and…

For its time, the Vivo V11 was one of those phones that really set the standard in the mid-range category. For a proper price, it offered great performance, impressive optics, and even features that at the time, were rarely present in devices at its category, such as Dual Engine Fast Charging and an In-Display Fingerprint Sensor. Now, the company has announced a price drop for this awesome device. From its original SRP of PhP19,999, you can now get your own Vivo V11 for only PhP16,999! The Vivo V11 features a lovely color fusion design, which makes use of a gradient that spans across the back panel. It sports a 6.41-inch FHD+ Halo FullView display, and is powered by a Snapdragon 660 AIE octa-core processor, backed by 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The device is equipped with AI-Assisted dual rear cameras composed of a 12MP main sensor coupled with…

Earlier today, Samsung held its very first fitness experience event at Pretty Huge Obstacles in BGC, wherein it showcased its latest lineup of wearable devices, designed for those who want a reliable partner for keeping track of their physical activities, sleep, and even stress levels, as well as for listening to their favorite jams on-the-go. Galaxy Buds Precision-tuned  by AKG, these wireless earbuds are ergonomically designed using lightweight materials, and combine superb sound quality with seamless connectivity for compatible devices. The Galaxy Buds also boasts adaptive dual microphone technology, which allows it to switch between the outer and inner mics. There’s also the Quick Ambient mode, which lets you hear your surroundings without having to remove the device. Using Wireless Power Share, you can charge the Galaxy Buds just by placing it at the back of your Samsung Galaxy S10. It offers up to 6 hours of music playback and…

ASUS is giving more consumers a chance to experience the capabilities of the Battery King, the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 by offering it at a special discounted price at Shopee’s 4.4 Summer Bazaar! You’ve read that right! for the duration of the sale, the 4GB + 64GB variant of the ZenFone Max Pro M2 can be yours for only PhP10,499! That’s almost PhP2,500 off the original SRP! To give you a refresher, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 sports a 6.3″ FHD+ display, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE octa-core processor. It also boasts AI-assisted dual rear cameras, runs on stock Android 8.1 Oreo, and packs a 5,000mAh battery. Sale starts at 2:00 PM today, so be prepared to click fast! Specifications Check out our full review by clicking here.