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Honor is a brand that’s known for its bang for the buck smartphones. An e-brand under the Huawei Group ”Honor, my world” it was specifically created to cater to the needs of the tech-savvy, through devices that boast elegant and premium design, capable specs, and competitive pricing. It looks like Honor is about to kick-off its 2019 calendar with a product launch. Specifically, new info points at the launch of the Honor 10 Lite, a mid-range device aimed to rival the likes of the OPPO F9 and Vivo V11. The Honor 10 Lite uses a Dewdrop FullView Display, which utilizes a very small notch to house the front camera, which in turn gives you more screen, and room for your content. The back panel uses a gradient finish, which according to Honor, symbolizes youth, energy, and contributes to a more natural design. So what exactly does this phone bring to…

PLDT, is ushering in a new era of home broadband with the new PLDT Home Google Wifi Plans, which lets you enjoy Unli Fibr in every room and device starting at only PhP2,299 per month. The new plans come with Unli Fibr along with three Google Wifi Points, which can be placed at strategic locations around your home, allowing your family to take advantage of PLDT’s fastest Unli Fibr connection for their online activities. These plans also come with a free landline with unlimited calls to Smart, TnT and Sun. With PLDT Home Google Wifi Plans, you can also eliminate dead spots in your home – those corners where Wi-Fi signals can’t get through, which is a common problem in houses with thick walls and multiple levels. Using mesh networking technology, PLDT Home Google Wifi Plans allow you to enjoy fast and seamless Unli Fibr around your home with speeds…

Realme is proud to kick-off 2019 with a special treat! With a goal of reaching more consumers, the brand has decided to expand the availability of its products to more than 1000 stores nationwide! Now available in more than 10 dealer stores present across the country, Realme aims to provide Filipinos with value for money products, such as the Realme C1, which was well-received in both physical and online channels. Realme Partner Stores Realme products are now available offline stores nationwide, including MemoXpress, Intogadgets, Fone Style, Boma Telecom, Fonetwist, Techknow, Tech101, Galleon Enterprises Telecom, Aerophone, Electronico, Cybertech and Wiltelcom. Currently at more than 150+ stores, the expansion will continue for the month of January to reach nationwide availability. “We feel the demand and clamor of our customers to see Realme in their nearby malls. This motivates us to expand to more stores nationwide and deliver the value of Realme to more Filipinos.” – Realme Philippines Chief…

The OPPO F9 has had huge success, thanks to its gorgeous design and unbelievably good specs, marked by a very competitive price. Now, the tech brand has announced that the device will soon be available in a new color, Jade Green. It’s a tribute to the Philippines’ natural beauty that’s sought by the world, from its white-sand beaches, clear waters, and rainforests. The OPPO F9 features a 6.3-inch TFT-LTPS panel with a resolution of 2340×1080 pixels, or FHD+. At the helm is an octa-core Helio P60 processor, along with 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage, expandable with a microSD card. It runs ColorOS 5.2 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo, and packs a 3,400mAh battery with VOOC Flash Charge Technology. For imaging, the phone houses a dual rear camera system – a 16MP main sensor coupled with a 2MP depth sensor. With its AI Scene Detection feature, the device can intelligently determine…

As our yearly tradition, we’re recognizing what we think are the gadgets who made their marks this year – These are products which showcase innovation, the most well-rounded in their class, the best value for money – a Tech Newsmaker. Not only that, we’ll also be giving recognition to the brands who have shown consistency, passion, and commitment to giving their customers quality products at the best prices possible. Brands, who can accept faults, and act on them with a sense of responsibility, and brands which are attentive to the needs of their community. Accessory Brand of the Year – Tronsmart We’ve been using a lot of accessories for our gadgets, and among the numerous brands, Tronsmart stood out with products that are packed with innovative features, simplistic design, good build quality, and bolstered with very competitive pricing. Gaming Peripheral of the Year – ROG Strix Flare We’ve tested quite a…

The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 has had huge success, thanks to a combination of good specs and competitive pricing. Recently though, the company launched its successor, which offers a new design, plus a number of nifty upgrades. At PhP14,995, the new ZenFone Max Pro M2 might just be the spark plug that the company needs to get back at the competition. Specifications Properly Designed The ZenFone Max Pro M2 benefits from a makeover – a new and more curvy design that makes it easier to hold with one hand. It sticks to a glossy finish at the back. The camera module slightly protrudes, worrisome when you’re not using a case. You’ll be thinking, the glass covering the lens might suffer from scratches. Up front, ASUS looks back at the design of the ZenFone 5, and puts the notch back in the equation. By this time, well, we all just…

Smart Wifi has recently signed a partnership with Google, with an aim of bringing free, fast, and reliable Internet connectivity to more Filipinos. Powered by Smart Wifi’s nationwide infrastructure, the partnership aims to give more citizens access to connectivity, as the number of its Wifi hubs throughout the country increases. “All our efforts are driven primarily by our mission to provide universal access to information.” – David Shapiro, Google Next Billion Users Chief Business Officer To date, over 63% of Filipinos are said to have access to the Internet, and the partnership aims to see growth in these numbers for the Philippines to become a global player. As one of the most active social media users in the world, access to free Wi-Fi in the Philippines is deemed critical to the overall climate of the global economy. A study by the World Bank even indicates that GDP growth may be…

Huawei has recently announced a new mid-range device. The P Smart (2019) carries the same front as the Mate 20, while having the rear design as the P20 Series and the Honor 8X. The rest of the specs are pretty much what you’d expect in a mid-range device from the company. It has a 6.21-inch FHD+ display, and is powered by a Kirin 710 along with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. At the back of the device is a 13MP shooter, accompanied by a 2MP depth sensor. This is complimented by an 8MP front camera. It runs on Huawei’s EMUI 9 on top of Android Pie, and packs a 3,400mAh battery. For now, the P Smart is set to be sold in European markets for €250 (or around PhP15,000). Specifications Source

Honor has just announced its latest high-end smartphone, the View 20, which gets rid of the notch in favor of a punch hole for its 25MP front camera. Perhaps a sign of what the next generation of smartphones will look like. The Honor V20 sports a 6.4-inch 1080p display, and is powered by a Kirin 980 processor, along with up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage. It runs on EMUI and packs a 4,000mAh battery support for SuperCharge technology. The back of the device boasts a gradient finish with a V accent, which changes color depending on the viewing angle. Another notable feature of this phone is its 48MP rear snapper paired with a 3D TOF Sensing camera that allows for 3D body shaping, and supposedly improves how you look on your whole body shots. To put icing on the cake, it also comes with the…

Gone are the days when movies were only confined to the four corners of the cinema. These days, technology has made a huge leap that you can already enjoy watching your favorite movies in the highest quality available right at the comfort of your living room. Of course, it means you’ll have to have the best TV for the job. A Partnership made in TV heaven That’s why tech and entertainment giants LG and Netflix have recently come together for the ultimate viewing experience. All you have to do is turn on your LG OLED TV, and pick your favorite show or movie from Netflix’s wide array of selections. Through this partnership, four of LG’s OLED TVs have been named as official Netflix Recommended TVs. To be one, a TV has to meet the following criteria – fast app launch, a dedicated Netflix button, a Netflix icon in the TV’s…

We all thought ASUS was about done with 2018 with the recent launch of the ZenFone Max Pro M2. Turns out, they aren’t. The Tech Giant has thrown in another surprise just before the year ends, its first ever Android Go smartphone, the ZenFone Live L1. Specs-wise, the this version of the ZenFone Live L1 is identical to the first variant. You get a 5.5-inch HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, a quad-core Snapdragon 425, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 13MP rear camera, and a 3,000mAh battery.. The main difference is that this one doesn’t come with ZenUI installed. Instead, it runs on Android Oreo Go Edition. Android Go is specifically designed for lower-end devices, and allows for up to 30% faster start-ups. It’s also made to maximize the performance of smartphones with 512GB to 1GB of RAM, offering a better experience for entry-level users. The range…

As a way of saying thanks to its fans, influencers, and media partners, MSI, a leading brand in gaming hardware, held a special year-end gathering at the Gariath Concepts office in Eastwood in Quezon City. The event was hosted by gamer and streamer Een Mercado, who gracefully welcomed everyone with her opening remarks. This was followed by a number of presentations from both representatives from MSI for both Gaming Notebooks and Desktops. William Villanueva, Notebook Marketing Specialist, and Ruemer Santillan, Desktop Platform System Marketing Specialist both talked about the brand’s achievements in 2018, what’s in store for 2019, and thanked everyone for their support. The gaming knowledge of the attendees were also tested, as a quiz bee contest was also held. Among the numerous teams, it was the team of Project Xandata who fought the best, emerged victorious and received premium items from MSI. A raffle was also conducted, wherein several…

Now, you’ll have more reasons to leave your credit cards at home, because all you’ll need to shop online and even pay onsite for the remainder of 2018, is the PayMaya app. Now, you’ll even get a cashback with every PayMaya QR transaction! Until December 31, 2018, you can get as much as 100% cashback on all your in-store purchases using PayMaya QR at partner merchants nationwide. (To view the list of PayMaya QR-enabled merchants, click here.) What this means is you can buy your Christmas gifts from the SM Store, Robinsons Department Store, and your Noche Buena grocery at various PayMaya QR-enabled supermarkets, and get rewarded with up to PhP1,000 for every use of PayMaya QR for your payment! For a minimum amount of PhP100 spent using PayMaya QR, you can get a cashback ranging from 1%, 10% and a 100% of the total amount purchased.  The cashback amount…

With more and more foreign brands entering the smartphone industry, it has indeed become a challenge for local brands to adapt and keep up with the changing environment. Those who can, are the ones who will win. One common strategy that these foreign companies have is by on-ground investments. Not only have they disrupted trade, distribution and pricing, but also the on-ground retail environment with branding and massive promotions. These smartphone companies with a global strategy and affiliations are able to control costs more effectively, making it a challenge for local supply chains to keep up with the efficiency and scale. Lastly, foreign smartphone companies have changed the environment with technological capabilities. Take system updates for example. Without a global network to ensure that smartphones run with the latest software, the risk of obsolescence is further increased. Cloudfone’s Global Alliance & Strategic Edge With an understanding that foreign smartphone brands…

As a way of saying thanks to its continuing success in the Philippines, Realme is treating its fans to another sale in Lazada for the entire day today, December 19, 2018, where you can get the Realme C1 for only PhP5,490! Customers can also visit the Realme Facebook Page and follow the instructions to get a code, which they can show to any of the following MemoXpress branches. This will allow them to purchase the C1 for the same discounted price. This offer is available until December 31, 2018. MemoXpress Branches offering Realme C1 SM North Edsa SM San Lazaro Robinsons Place Antipolo SM Mall of Asia SM Sucat Robinsons Place Ermita SM Megamall SM Sangandaan Fairview Terraces SM Fairview SM Angono Glorietta SM Marikina SM BF Paranaque Trinoma SM Valenzuela SM Muntinlupa Festival Mall Alabang SM Southmall SM Waltermart Munoz Cash & Carry SM Cubao SM Las Pinas Sta.…

Looking for some great gift ideas this Christmas? you’ll probably want to drop by a Vivo kiosk or concept store, because they’re offering a couple of their devices at more affordable prices as part of their Holiday Deals promo – The Vivo Y91i and Y85! The Vivo Y91i with a 6.22-inch Halo FullView display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor, and dual rear cameras is now priced at PhP7,999 (from PhP8,499). Vivo Y91i Specifications On the other hand, the Vivo Y85 with its 6.22-inch HD+ display, Helio P22 octa-core processor, and dual rear cameras is now priced at ony PhP10,999 (PhP11,999). Vivo Y85 Specifications

After the long wait, the latest iteration of Xiaomi’s near bezel-less smartphone, the Mi Mix 3 is set to be available in authorized Mi Stores in the Philippines starting December 19. On the same day, pre-orders will also be accepted via Lazada, in preparation for its December 21 sale. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is the culmination of the company’s continuous push for innovative features combined with flagship level specifications. It boasts a 6.39-inch Samsung AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution, and runs on no less than the Snapdragon 845 processor, along with up to 10GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage. Perhaps the most interesting feature of this phone, is its front camera, which utilizes a magnetic sliding mechanism. There are no motors here, so you’ll have to manually slide it up and down to show and hide the optics. Additionally, the slider can also be used for answering…

Following the success of its Christmas Comes Early sale, Digital Walker, one of the largest retailer of gadgets and accessories in the Philippines, is ushering in a bigger and even better sale event this year – The Digital Walker Madness Sale! From December 16 to 30, 2018, drop by the newly opened Santolan Town Plaza from 11AM to 10PM and get up to 90% off on products from various brands such as MOTOROLA, MARSHALL, UAG, FUSE CHICKEN and SCOSCHE! Get your fix of gadgets from powerbanks, car mounts, Bluetooth headsets and speakers, dash cams, and a whole lot more! Here are a few deals to get you started: Entrance is absolutely free, so come and shop at Digital Walker’s Madness Sale and you might just find the perfect gifts for your friends and loved ones this season, at extremely affordable prices of course!