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If you’re still wondering whether your Huawei device is getting EMUI 9.1, here’s some very interesting news – Huawei has just unveiled its update roadmap, which lists down the devices that will get the update, as well as the month when the update will arrive for a particular device. The Mate 20 series and the P20 lite will the first to get it this month, while the rest of the P20 series, along with devices such as the Nova 3i, P30 Lite, the Mate 10 and Mate 9 series, and even a number of Y-Series phones are set to receive the update next month. Another good news is that the update will also be available for the P10 and P10 Plus this August. The rollout may be gradual, so some devices might receive the update earlier in the month than others. We haven’t received it on our Mate 20 Pro just…

At long last, the much-anticipated Xiaomi Mi 9T has made its official debut in the Philippines today, giving consumers another bang for the buck choice in the mid-range category. The Mi 9T sports a 6.39-inch AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution, and is powered by a Snapdragon 730, backed by 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. It runs on MIUI 10 and packs a 4,000mAh battery with 18W fast-charging support. For imaging, the device boasts a 48MP + 8MP + 13MP triple rear camera system with AI features. It also has a 20MP front snapper. Specifications Pricing and Pre-Order You can pre-order the Xiaomi Mi 9T from June 24 (12 noon) to June 30, 2019 at Xiaomi’s official store in Lazada and in Mi Authorized Stores. It will initially come in Carbon Black and will retail for Php 15,990 for 6GB+64GB, and Php 17,990 for 6GB+128GB. It will initially…

A new EMUI 9.1 update is reportedly set to arrive for the Huawei Mate 20 Series some time before June ends, and for Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20 X users, the update will also include Moon Mode. Yes, you’ve read that right. That popular feature on the P30 Pro that lets you take fantastic shots of the moon will be coming to the two devices mentioned above.  It uses AI to take close up shots of the moon without the need for a tripod. To use this feature simply zoom in at least 4x on the moon, and the AI will automatically recognize it and apply the best settings for ISO, exposure, focus and more. Now, users of these devices will be able to show better moon shots in social media, though not as close. Source Via

Getting the most out of your powerful PC means you’ll need to have a corresponding display that can harness its capabilities. The MSI Optix MAG321CQR is built exactly for that purpose, to let you experience your games the way the developers have intended them to be experienced – smooth, fluid, eye-candy, mind-blowing. Specifications Design Up front, you get a  32-inch 1800R curved VA panel with a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels or WQHD, which makes not only your games, but also your movies, photos, and even websites look more engaging. Unlike other monitors we’ve looked at, this one only has the Power button on lower right section. The monitor uses minimal bezels on three sides, except for the chin, which bears the MSI logo.  At the back, you get a set of ports that should cover every connection you might have – 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, 1 DisplayPort…

Apart from the three new Nova devices, HUAWEI also unveiled a new tablet at its most recent launch event.  The MediaPad M6 comes in two variants, 8.4 and 10.8-inches. Both variants are equipped with LCD displays with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. Under the hood is a Kirin 980, along with 4GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of storage. They run on EMUI 9.1 on top of Android 9.1 Pie. For imaging, both also sport a 13MP rear camera, and an 8MP front snapper. The larger variant has a 7,500mAh battery, while the smaller one houses a 6,100mAh power pack. Other features include a headphone jack, and a USB-C port. HUAWEI also introduced a keyboard case for extra productivity. The Huawei MediaPad M6 10.8-inch variant is priced at CNY 2,299 (PhP17,214) for a 4GB/64GB Wi-Fi only model, and CNY 3,499 (PhP26,199) for a 4GB/128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular…

Lazada has recently launched its newest campaign with the title “Go Where Your Hearts Beat.” an brand idea that marks a new chapter for SEA’s leading eCommerce platform. Starting things off is a series of films that take you through the journey of three individuals, whose stories show that following your heart’s desires no matter how big or small, can open up a lot of possibilities. https://youtu.be/rXuDNdzNRuw Go Where Your Heart Beats was first unveiled in March, with a goal of accelerating the region’s progress through commerce and technology. This marks Lazada’s first refresh in a span of five years. “As this region’s eCommerce pioneer, we first introduced Lazada in South East Asia to provide effortless shopping online. Seven years on, we are the eCommerce leader that aims to serve 300 million customers by 2030. We are elevating the role of Lazada beyond just a transactional shopping platform, to a…

These days, it’s so easy to purchase any app you want on the Google Play store when you pay using your mobile device. No need for a credit card, as you can charge your purchases on Google Play to your Smart or TNT prepaid or postpaid account. To make things even more exciting, you’ll get PhP50 load or cash back when you pay for your very first purchase on Google Play (minimum of PhP50 purchase) or any Google-affiliated app by charging it to your Smart or TNT prepaid or postpaid account! Prepaid users can get the PhP50 immediately, while postpaid users will get it on their next bill. All you have to do is follow these steps: Choose an app to purchase on the Google Play store. When asked for the payment method, select Smart Communications. Click “Buy” or “Purchase” to proceed  with the transaction. You should receive an SMS confirming…

HONOR, a leading brand on smartphones, is ending the month with an exciting sale for two of its devices – the Honor Play and the HONOR 10 Lite starting on June 28, 2019. Level up your selfie game with the Honor 10 Lite’s 24MP front camera. It’s also equipped with dual 13MP + 2MP rear shooters, a Kirin 710 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage housed in a sleek and stylish shell. It’s available in Midnight Black and Sky Blue and is now priced PhP7,990. HONOR Play on the other hand, is the perfect companion for gamers who need absolute no-compromise performance. This phone is powered by no less than a flagship-grade Kirin 970 octa-core processor with GPU Turbo, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. For imaging, it boasts a16MP + 2MP AI-assisted dual rear camera system, and a 16MP front shooter. From its original price…

After all the rumors and speculations, HUAWEI has finally lifted the curtain off the newest iteration of its Nova series. Say hello to the HUAWEI Nova 5 Pro, Nova 5, and Nova 5i. Nova 5 Pro Leading the pack is the Nova 5 Pro, which sports a 6.39″ OLED display with FHD+ resolution. Under the hood, you get no less than a Kirin 980, backed by 8GB of RAM and either 128GB/256GB of storage. For imaging, the phone boasts four rear shooters – a 48MP main camera, a 16MP wide-angle camera, a 2MP depth camera, and another 2MP dedicated macro camera. Up front is a 32MP snapper. The Nova 5 Pro packs a 4,000mAh battery with support for 40W fast-charging. Nova 5 The Nova 5 shares most of the Pro’s key specifications, including the display, RAM, cameras and battery capacity. The only big difference is that it runs on the…

With only a day to go before the launch of the much-anticipated HUAWEI Nova 5, a teaser has surfaced online, and showcases which seems to be the SoC that will power the device – presumably the Kirin 810. The upcoming 7nm chip is rumored to have 8-cores, and will most likely have a dedicated core for AI functions. The Kirin 810 will most likely have a new GPU as well. Everything makes sense, as the Kirin 710 has been running the show for a while now, and is definitely in need of a replacement. Another teaser also gives a hint that the new device supports 40W fast-charging technology. Well, it will only be a matter of time before the actual unveiling. As always, we’ll keep you posted!  Source

In order to give more customers a chance to experience a levelled-up lifestyle, Vivo has recently announced a price reduction for the V15, bringing the phone’s price from PhP17,999 to PhP15,999. This also includes the Blossom Pink variant. The Vivo V15 sports a 6.43-inch SuperAMOLED Ultra FullView display, and is powered by a Helio P70 processor, along with  6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage, expandable with a microSD card. At the back of the device is a trio of AI-assisted shooters – a 12MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide angle camera, and a 5MP depth sensor.  The V15 can shoot fantastic low-light photos, thanks to AI Super Night Mode. Up front, an elevating mechanism houses the 32MP front snapper that’s capable of AI-augmented beautification. The phone runs on Funtouch OS 9 on top of Android 9 Pie, and packs a 4,000mAh battery with Dual-Engine Fast-Charging. The Vivo V15 comes…

Today, we’re doing a quick specs comparison between two entry-level smartphones. On one side is the realme C2, a phone that improves on its predecessor and aims to have the same if not a higher degree of success. On the other is the most affordable of Samsung’s Galaxy A-Series, the Galaxy A10. Both devices were announced early this year, are at the PhP6,000 to PhP7,000 price range, and offer seemingly decent specs for their cost. Do note that whatever we choose here would be our personal preference. In the end you have to evaluate which device fits your needs more. This is also a no deep-dive comparison, so we’ll just be plainly comparing the specs. Specifications Realme C2 Samsung Galaxy A10 Display Size 6.1, HD+, IPS LCD 6.2″, HD+, IPS LCD Display Resolution 720 x 1560 720 x 1520 Screen-to-Body Ratio 80.30% 80.07% Pixel Density 282ppi 271ppi Screen Protection Gorilla…

Vivo is beefing up its Y-Series lineup once more, with the announcement of the Y12, a sub $200 smartphone that boasts a triple camera system, and a hefty battery for long hours of use. The Y12 sports a 6.35-inch Halo FullView display with HD+ resolution, and is powered by a Helio P22 processor. You get 3GB/ 4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of storage, expandable via a microSD card slot. The device houses a trio of rear shooters – 13MP (main), 8MP (super-wide), and 2MP (depth). Up front is an 8MP camera. It runs on Android 9 with Funtouch OS 9 on top and packs a 5,000mAh battery. The Vivo Y12 comes in two colors – Aqua Blue and Burgundy Red. It retails in India for INR 12,490 or PhP9,250. Source

Update: We have updated the list of devices, thanks to another source. Though its future with Google and Android is still hanging in the balance, HUAWEI has announced a list of devices that are certain to receive EMUI 10 builds based on Android Q. Huawei P30 Pro Huawei P30 Huawei Mate 20 Huawei Mate 20 Pro Huawei PORSCHE DESIGN Mate 20 RS Huawei P30 lite Huawei P smart 2019 Huawei P smart+ 2019 Huawei P smart Z Huawei Mate 20 X Huawei Mate 20 X (5G) Huawei P20 Pro Huawei P20 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Huawei PORSCHE DESIGN Mate 10 Huawei Mate 10 The list includes the current flagships the P30 and P30 Pro, along with the current Mate devices, and last-generation flagships the P20 and P20 Pro. There are also reports that the Honor 20 Lite, Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro will be getting the update as well.…

Xiaomi’s co-founder, Lei Jun made an announcement on his Weibo account about a new series of devices that will be launched tomorrow at 10:00 am. Google Translate: Lei has a problem Find the most laughable people in the world and experience the millet _ _ self-timer In addition to the Mona Lisa, it is him: smirk boy @GavinThomas Use Xiaomi _ _ self-timer to shoot a world-famous smile Millet mobile phone brand new series, see you at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning! Forward guess the new product name, pump a new product The two devices are believed to be the new Xiaomi Mi CC9 and CC9e. The former boasts a flip camera module, similar to the ZenFone 6, and is expected to use a 48MP main sensor, an ultrawide shooter, and a telephoto camera as well. It’s rumored to run on a Snapdragon 730. The Xiaomi CC9e on the other hand,…

After the ASUS Launch Event in Taiwan for Computex 2019, we and a few other media friends were given some time to talk to some of the top hats from ASUS, and were given the opportunity to ask them questions about where the company was headed, and about the products that they’ve launched and are planning to launch. I was joined by John Nieves of Unbox.ph, BossMac Suba of Back2Gaming and Leo Bien Durana of TechPorn, three of the biggest authorities when it comes to tech reviews in the Philippines. We were joined by Jackie Hsu, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of ASUS’ Worldwide Sales for the Open Platform Business Group, Albert Chang, General Manager for Motherboard and Server Business Unit, Sharon Pan, Division Director of Product Marketing Division, Motherboard Business Unit, James Lee, Deputy Division Director, Product Management Division, Display Business Unit. We asked them three questions -…

In an era of fast-paced gaming, most gamers would want smooth and fluid visuals. Personally, my 144Hz monitor is doing well, but Samsung wants to take it up a notch, and unleashed a curved gaming monitor that not only has G-Sync, but also boasts a stunning 240Hz refresh rate! The CRG5 (C27RG5) is a 27-inch gaming monitor that uses a VA panel with 1500R curvature, with FHD resolution, and 240Hz refresh rate, thanks to Samsung’s RapidCurve Technology, eliminating screen lag time and displaying ultra-smooth images for a more immersive experience. The monitor has also been validated by the folks at NVIDIA, which means it meet the requirements for G-SYNC compatibility, and delivers smooth, tear-free, low-latency gameplay whatever the scene may be, at Full HD resolution. Thanks to its 3000:1 contrast ratio, the monitor can also deliver deeper blacks, and its curved VA panel makes for a cinematic wide viewing angle.…

Vivo released a teaser on its Weibo page, regarding what the hero product/technology that it will be showcasing at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, and from the looks of it, it might not just be its first 5G smartphone, but also a new fast-charging technology. Rumor has it that Vivo’s 120W super fast charging technology can fully juice up a phone with a 4,000mAh battery in a stunning 13mins. That is just crazy. In fact, a brand manager for Vivo IQOO claims 50% in 5 minutes. To date, Vivo’s fastest charging tech only boasts 44W, and while there are no further details available, we can expect to see it in action, whether in a prototype device, or in the company’s first 5G smartphone. Source