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Apart from the three features phones, HMD Global also launched two new smartphones at this year’s IFA. Both exude excellent craftsmanship, quality and attention to detail that’s inspired by Nordic design that the brand is known for. Both are also crafted from a polymer composite that’s twice as strong as polycarbonate but is lighter than Aluminium. Nokia 6.2 The Nokia 6.2 is the first in the Nokia 6 lineup to sport a triple camera system, along with the new PureDisplay technology that allows it to deliver an immersive viewing experience. It’s equipped with a dedicated Pixelworks visual processor that upscales video content to HDR Quality in real-time, delivering higher contrast and improved dynamic range. All content is displayed on a 6.3-inch Waterdrop PureDisplay screen protected by Gorilla Glass 3, boasting HDR10 support for Amazon and 500 nits of brightness. Under the hood is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, backed by up…

Before there was Android, Nokia features phones were the you’re not cool if you don’t have one thing. Remember when the trend was to change the color of the backlight? picture messages? how about composing your own ringtone? Oh, and did I forget to mention flip phones? Well, HMD Global is bringing in old school back at this year’s IFA, and has unveiled three new Nokia feature phones which aren’t just built well, but are more functional than ever. Nokia 110 Despite all the technology that we have right now, there are people who actually prefer a more simple device to communicate. Something that has long battery life, and simply fits perfectly in their pocket. More than a phone, the Nokia 110 comes in three colors, and is also a music player that supports up to a 32GB microSD card. It has an FM radio, your favorite game, Snake, can…

While the OnePlus 7 Pro certainly grabs more of the limelight, thanks to its premium and elegant look combined with powerful flagship hardware, its price isn’t clearly for everyone. Luckily, there’s the OnePlus 7, a seemingly great option that you could go to (at least on paper) that gives you most of what the Pro has, in a less fancy and more traditional style. Is it able to deliver the same premium experience as the Pro for a portion of its price? let’s find out. Specifications Display 6.41″ Optic AMOLED FHD+ Processor Snapdragon 855 RAM 8GB Storage 256GB Rear Camera 48MP + 5MP Front Camera 16MP OS Android 9 + Oxygen OS 9.5.8 Battery 3,700mAh Dash Charge Technology USB-C Interface 4K/60fps Video Recording Dedicated Night Mode In-Display Fingerprint Scanner Design The OnePlus 7’s 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED display shows good brightness levels and vivid colors that add liveliness for basically whatever…

Following up on the success of the Mi 9T, Xiaomi has finally announced the official arrival of its flagship counterpart, the Mi 9T Pro, boasting a list notable upgrades to its mid-range sibling. The Mi 9T Pro sports a bezel-less design with a stunning 6.39″ AMOLED FHD+ display. Under the hood, it rocks a Snapdragon 855, backed by 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. It’s equipped with an 8-layer graphite-stack and bi-directional cooling system for maintaining optimal performance, and Game Turbo 2.0 which increases touch response rate to 180Hz, and optimizes display, sound, and network for an immersive gaming experience. For optics, the Mi 9T Pro packs a trio of rear shooters – a 48MP main sensor, along with a 13MP ultra-wide angle camera, and an 8MP telephoto lens. It features steady handheld night photography, motion tracking, and 4K 60fps video recording. The 20MP front camera is…

While your basic PayMaya account already opens up a ton of possibilities, upgrading your account to unlock additional features really has its perks, especially when it’s technically FREE. By upgrading their accounts, PayMaya users can unlock key features of the app such as: Sending money to friends for FREE; Withdrawing cash from any Bancnet-powered ATMs in the country; Higher transaction limit of P100,000 a month; Access to the virtual card, which can be used for online shopping; Share and earn from referral codes (up to P5,000 when they refer 100 friends) Exclusive promos, bigger cashback rewards, and early access to some of the new features being rolled out to users in the coming month PayMaya was the first to introduce a video-based upgrade process to verify the identity of customers, and has been looking for more innovative processes, features, and services, so that Filipinos can easily access digital financial services. Now, users who want to upgrade their accounts only need…

In line with its upcoming 9.9 Big Discovery Sale, E-Commerce platform Lazada happily shared information about its newest offerings, as well as a number of new features that it will introduce in order to deliver better services to its customers. Lazada’s New Pre-Sale Solution Lazada’s new pre-sale feature gives loyal shoppers a head start and more time to lock in their purchases. Just order the item by placing a 10% non-refundable deposit, and settle the balance within the validity period. After which, they can then sit back and relax as they wait for their order to arrive at their doorstep. Note that this feature is only available for select items. With this feature, shoppers can secure products offered at great discounts well ahead of the sales day. Convenient Bills Payment Now, customers can pay their Meralco, Maynilad, Manila Water, Albay Power & Energy, Davao Light, VECO, Metropolitan Cebu Water and…

Xiaomi has just announced a price drop for one of its most popular mid-rangers, the Mi 9T, which now retails for PhP15,490 for the 6GB + 64GB version, and PhP17,490 for the 6GB + 128GB version. The Xiaomi Mi 9T was a favorite among fans, thanks to its very competitive price point, and an impressive spec sheet that gives it so much value for money. It boasts a 6.39″ AMOLED display, and runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 – one of the most powerful mid-range processors to date. It packs 6GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of storage. It’s also equipped with a triple rear camera system with features like AI Scene Detection, 10X Digital Zoom, AI Studio Lighting, Night Mode and more. Its 20MP front camera is housed in a motorized popup module, which also activates and retracts when using face unlock. It runs on MIUI 10 and…

Today, we’re trying out the new ASUS Zephyrus G, or should we say, one of the more affordable models in the Zephyrus lineup. While the look is certainly minimalistic for a gaming laptop, it does keep a deadly combination of a Ryzen 7 3750H and a GTX 1660Ti under the hood. Apart from the usual benchmarks, we’ll also throw in a number of games from different genres, so we can see how this gaming laptop fares, and how good is its thermal management. Specifications Processor AMD Ryzen 7 3750H Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti 6GB GDDR6 VRAM RAM 16GB DDR4 2400MHz (Up to 32GB) Storage 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x 2 SSD Display 15.6″ Non-Glare FHD vIPS-level Panel, 120Hz Keyboard Backlit Chiclet Keyboard, N Key Rollover Audio 2 x 1W Speakers with Smart AMP Technology Array Microphones Interface 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C with DisplayPort 1.4 3…

Ideal for those who want to jumpstart their gaming experience, ASUS’ TUF Gaming Series focuses on durability combined with good performance and nifty features at competitive pricing. Recently, ASUS has announced the arrival of the newest member of the lineup – The FX505DV. It’s a gaming laptop powered by a combination of an AMD Ryzen 7 processor and an NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX graphics card, a first. The FX505DV has a 15.5-inch FHD NanoEdge display with 6.5mm thin bezels, 120Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time for smooth and fluid movements. Under the hood is an AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, backed by the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, 8GB of DDR4 RAM and a combination of a 512GB SSD, and a 1TB HDD for storage. Built with durability in mind, the laptop has also passed MIL-STD-810G tests, which means you can be confident that it will withstand daily use, endure accidental knocks,…

First seen at COMPUTEX 2019, ASUS’ newest VivoBooks – the S14 and S15 are set to arrive in the Philippines, offering a well —specced, well-built, and stylish companion for productivity and entertainment. The VivoBook S14 and S15 boast a bold and unique design with five youthful hues, combined with a sleek and detailed metallic look that adds to the premium feel. Both utilize a four-sided NanoEdge display (14″ and 15.6″ at FHD resolution), delivering a Screen-to-Body ratio of up to 88%, and the ErgoLift hinge that slightly raises the backlit keyboard for a more comfortable typing experience. Under the hood, you get up to an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, along with up to 16GB of RAM and a 512GB PCIe SSD (S14) or with an added 1TB HDD (S15)  for storage. Both boast an NVIDIA GeForce MX 250 for graphics, and Wi-Fi 5 capability for seamless connectivity. For…

If you’re looking to get new monitor to liven up that gaming and productivity setup, now’s a great time, as ASUS has announced its newest promo named “Fast-Track Your Holidays” for select VG series monitors. From September 1 to 30, 2019, every purchase of select VG Series monitors from select ROG Concept Stores will come with a random ASUS Cerberus Gaming Gear. Here’s a list of participating ROG Concept Stores ROG SM Megamall ROG SM North EDSA ROG Gilmore ROG SM Mall of Asia ROG SM City Cebu ROG SM City Davao Purchase any of the following VG Series Monitors to get a random ASUS Gear! ASUS VG248QG – 24”, 1ms, 144Hz, G-Sync Compatible (PhP14,230) ASUS VG258QR – 25”, 0.5ms, 165Hz, G-Sync Compatible (PhP16,500) ASUS VG278QR – 27”, 0.5ms, 165Hz, G-Sync Compatible (PhP17,680) The random item that you will get will range from any of the following ASUS gaming gear…

Vivo has been teasing the arrival of a new smartphone on its Facebook page, and has recently confirmed that it is indeed the S1, a mid-range device powered by a Helio P65 processor, boasts three rear shooters, and a high-capacity battery for longevity. The S1 has a 6.38-inch Super AMOLED Halo FullView display with Full HD resolution, and comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It runs on Vivo’s Funtouch OS 9 on top of Android Pie, and packs a 4,500mAh battery with fast-charging. For optics, you get a 16MP (Wide) + 8MP (Ultrawide) + 2MP (Depth) triple rear camera setup, along with a 32MP front shooter.  Other features include an Always-On display, Bluetooth 5, an in-display fingerprint scanner. The Vivo S1 will retail for PhP14,999 and can be pre-ordered from August 30 to September 6. Those who will pre-order will get a FREE JBL Go 2 Bluetooth…

Yesterday, HONOR Philippines conducted a small media gathering session to talk about its plans for the Philippine market. The brand has received quite the warm welcome in the country, thanks to its portfolio of value-for-money devices like the HONOR Play. More than just having the proper hardware, another huge aspect of the entire user experience is the software. HONOR gave a quick briefing about HarmonyOS, and the role that it will play in the company’s ecosystem of devices, and how it caters to the 5G era. HarmonyOS uses a microkernel design that sort of compartmentalizes the different services, the more critical ones separated from the rest. This makes it less prone to attacks. It also delivers a more optimized way of prioritizing tasks by precise resource scheduling, real-time load analysis and forecasting. The new OS also aims to bring a more seamless experience across all devices, and with HUAWEI ARK…

Predator, a brand known for its innovative gaming products, has achieved another milestone by winning the prestigious Red Dot Brand Award, a first for a gaming brand. The Red Dot Brand Award jury evaluates the entries based on the vision and value that brands want to bring, how these are communicated through marketing strategies, and what sets them apart from the competition.  The Predator brand calls on gamers to “Summon Your Strength” and conquer new worlds. To support this brand spirit, Acer has created a comprehensive portfolio of gaming PCs, displays and accessories., hosted and participated in eSports tournaments. The brand has also collaborated with schools and the government in setting up gaming centers in which gamers can train and hone their skills. Acer, Predator’s mother brand received the 2019 Red Dot Awards for Product Design for its Swift 5 and 7 notebooks, Acer Chromebook 715, Acer Chromebook 11, aiSage…

Today marks another milestone for Huawei, as it celebrated the arrival of the newest addition to its Nova series, a device that’s designed to be both innovative and stylish. Meet the Huawei Nova 5T. Nova 5T sports a 6.26-inch display with FHD+ resolution, and a punch hole design to house the front camera. At the helm is a flagship-grade Kirin 980, along with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. For optics, the device packs four rear shooters – 48MP Main, 16MP Ultrawide, 2MP Macro, and another 2MP sensor for depth sensing. It boasts features such as AIS Super Night Mode which allows you to take gorgeous looking night shots, handheld, and Super AI HDR+. Up front is a 32MP AI-assisted snapper. Nova 5T runs on Android Pie, with Huawei’s EMUI 9.1 on top and packs a 3,750mAh battery with support for 22.5W Huawei  SuperCharge Technology. Other features include Bluetooth…

Apart from the Reno2 series, OPPO had one more surprise just before ending its recent launch event in India, a new product – specifically, a Wireless Noise Canceling Headset that goes by the name of Enco Q1. Enco Q1 uses a neckband design, and features Hybrid Noise Canceling technology. It boasts 15 hours of playback when Noise Cancelling is enabled, and can deliver up to 5 hours worth of use with 15 mins. of charging time. Other features include IPX4 waterproofing, a quick-pairing feature, and Bluetooth 5.0 OPPO Enco Q1 is priced at INR 7,990 or PhP5,824.50.

OPPO has just unveiled the second iterations of its Reno series smartphones in its launch event in India. This time, it’s not just one, not two, but three devices. Say hello to the Reno2, Reno 2Z, and Reno 2F, all made to deliver the perfect mix of style and performance. Reno2 Powered by a Snapdragon 730G, the Reno2 is built for those who demand great performance in resource-intensive tasks such as gaming and multi-tasking. All content is shown in a 6.55-inch AMOLED display with 500 nits of brightness indoor, and 800 nits when outdoor. It comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. For optics, the Reno 2 packs four shooters – a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor, 13MP telephoto, 8MP wide-angle, and a 2MP depth sensor. This setup is capable of 5x hybrid zoom, and 20x digital zoom which can also be used for video recording. There’s also OIS,…

First, a teaser, and now, actual photos of the upcoming realme XT have surface online, revealing most of the phone’s design elements. The device’s specifications have also been spotted in another photo confirming that it’s going to be another mid-range contender. According to the leaked photo, the realme XT will have a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display, possibly at FHD+ resolution. Under the hood, it will run on a Snapdragon 712 AIE, along with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage. It will also have the HyperBoost 2.0 feature for better overall gaming performance, touch response time, and frame stability while gaming. It will run on ColorOS 6 and will boast 20W VOOC 3.0 flash charge. I’m sure you’ve seen it now. For optics, it will use a 64MP Samsung ISOCELL GW1 sensor for its main rear camera, along with three other shooters, possibly one for ultra wide…