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Honor Band 5 and Mi Band 4 are two of the hottest watch bands in the market today. With their ultra-lightweight build, impressive list of features and superb pricing, we are not surprised that these watchbands are getting the amount of attention they deserve. Today, we’re taking a look at the features of both watch bands. Our methodology revolves around checking the features of each device and give our feedback and recommendation so you can have an informed purchase should you plan to get one soon. Build: Honor Band is lighter by  .6 grams. This is totally negligible, and this isn’t something that you’d consider checking out when buying a watchband. The strap of Honor Band 5 is textured and has a more traditional clasp, which gives it a more masculine look.  (Recommendation: Get Honor Band if you want a more to have a watchband with a watch clasp.) Display:…

I can never think of another smartphone this year that can topple what the ROG Phone 2 can do. For starters, it is a smartphone that’s made specifically for gaming; but more than that, it is a smartphone that is built for gamers. There’s a difference, and allow me to explain everything with this review of the ASUS ROG Phone 2. A Smartphone Built For Gamers The ROG Phone 2 got through various iterations before full production. I posted a video about it a few months back, and boy was I surprised with the many iteration journeys it had before it finally went on sale this October 2019. It will take several words for me to describe the ROG Phone 2, but let me save you some time by giving you a summary. Every bit of this gaming phone’s physical aspects has a function associated to it. From the placement…

Time to get your Star Wars fix way before the EPISODE IX by getting either a Galactic Empire or Rebel Alliance-themed Yoga 920 TODAY! We were just informed by a very reliable source that Lenovo is currently selling their Star Wars-themed Yoga 920 from PhP139,995 down to Ph64,000+. According to the exclusive sale happening right now at SM Appliance, consumers who will pay in cash for a Lenovo 920 will only have to shell out PhP63, 495. Consumers who will opt to purchase via 0% installment will have to pay a little extra – PhP69,000 (PhP5,750 x 12 mos). Nice. If you’re crazy to know the specs of the variant they are selling, check out the table we got from Lenovo’s site: Processor Up to 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 U processor Operating System Windows 10 Home Display 13.9″ UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS touchscreen Graphics Integrated Intel® HD Graphics Camera…

It wasn’t too long ago when we posted our reviews of Realme 5 Pro and Realme 5. According to my colleague, Emman Tortoza, “Realme 5 Pro is the most feature-packed and well-rounded smartphone the brand has ever released.” Its 4K video recording and versatile set of cameras make it a worthy camera smartphone. Grant Soriano, our review specialist, said that Realme 5 “proves to be a worthwhile contender in the sub 10k market.” The arsenal it offers make it a king in its price segment. Today, as we take a look at Realme XT. In the spectrum of the new Realme products, XT stands above the Realme 5 Pro. In a nutshell, it is relatively faster and has better set of cameras. If Realme 5 Pro wowed you with the sample photos we took, this will even blow you away. Specs Realme 5 Realme 5 Pro Realme XT Processor Snapdragon…

Huawei is under attack. Huawei is fighting back. Huawei just wants to make good technology work for everyone. Regardless of your interpretation of the grand scheme of things about Huawei, there is one thing that’s certain about them – their technology posts a huge threat among its competitors. It didn’t take long for the company to surface as a major player in the industry, and based on how they play their cards, it’s obvious that they are quite intimidating. The Elephant in the Room Enter Huawei Mate30 Pro, a follow up to last year’s successful product line-up, which introduced a lot of groundbreaking features. The new phone boasts all the best and powerful things that Huawei could ever put on their smartphone, but it lacked one significant feature that was feared to be a major dealbreaker for consumers, and that is not having Google Playstore at boot. The issue isn’t…

The Largest iCafe Network in Asia is going to hold a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Esport competition with prizes worth $20,000 or PhP1M from the regional finals in January 2020. Following the increase of new GeForce-certified iCafes in Asia to 1,000, NVIDIA-owned esports competition, GeForce Cup Pacific is going to hold a competition open for participants across Australia, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, South Korea and Vietnam. GeForce Cup Pacific is the successor to the popular GeForce Xtreme Tournament (GEXT). This year, the said competition is sponsored by Colorful and will be supported by AOC, Kingston, NZXT and Thermaltake. The competition also takes inspiration from the recent launch of GeForce RTX 20-series GPUs. In a statement by Raymond Teh, vice president of sales and marketing for APAC at NVIDIA, “GeForce Cup Pacific will take regional gamers to another level. The tournament will be streamed live to…

Less than a month since Apple’s launch of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, telecommunications giant, Smart Communications announced that they will soon start accepting pre-orders. In a post by Smart Communications on Facebook last October 2, the pre-order period starts on October 18, 2019. At the time of this posting, Smart has not yet announced any details yet, but since Smart Signature’s logo is in the key visual they posted on Facebook, we can only assume what they have in store for us this month. https://www.facebook.com/SmartCommunications/photos/a.377239847310/10157724562302311/?type=3&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARCwX3W9QF67izKz0u0r4t8OWQ85-ctO2xqqmzAWatIaAQqc5WE7dxDjraGNi749kO9WaTC32YQEK8KySgLTLQeS5uRLn_FQLlvTYfmx90ryGN7jCn3JCvN4tPbRXZLMCcF4XjGe2la9X4PC51nuGB0p8zNBV4uDF1FyaSTWjbKfcHihM9onyfbIrszIR-4J_TCbN1g_Cb9cB3b8AIxCKqGGZgdRLE47ult6P1Vxgh7CmYy8kRnuLRtQBzB_6-Pp0qEnf9nj_Bed9uX0kpQFX_xnWt8hqIv2mZC8f0xW8W9GG4q3Rjg6RDgOLE4aW9rIre99gNJmXSRkh7qBdckl&__tn__=-R Right now, there are 2 versions of Smart Signature – Signature Plans and Signature Device Plans. We believe that Smart will offer customised Device Plans for iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. We believe that Smart will give consumers 2 options under their customised plan: (1) One Time Cash out under a plan category; (2) Downpayment + Monthly Device Fee (+ Plan).…

Elegance and stability. In celebration of Cherry Mobile’s 10th year anniversary, the country’s technology company partnered with one of the most distinguished artists and businesswoman, Heart Evangelista-Escudero for a limited line of products. The Love Marie Collection is composed of 5 designed masterpieces that reflect Heart’s creativity, passion for art, classic beauty and style. From premium smartphone to fitness watch, the collection promises impressive line of products that transcends both Heart’s persona and Cherry Mobile’s passion to bring technology to every Filipino home. During the launch, Heart said, “I’m so thrilled to have worked with Cherry Mobile and be part of their family as they celebrate their 10th year anniversary. As a proud I am impressed on how they have remained on top despite the tough competition in the mobile phone industry. Cherry Mobile is continuously providing of products that aree value for money and fit every Filipino lifestyle. I…

Two of the the most sought-after smartphones this year are Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note 10+. I easily managed to ditch our Apple iPhone XS Max because the two phones offer better features that suit my needs as a businessman and blogger. In one of my speaking engagements, I classified smartphones as INPUT – objects that allow me to be productive in either my business or hobbies. As CEO of Blip Media, I use the smartphone during meetings, presentations, reading and responding to emails. A smartphone is a feature-packed accessory; an essential part of my everyday carry as a businessman. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to perform my duties as someone who has a vital role in our corporation. As a blogger and content creator, smartphones allow me to cover events and document my travels. You’ve probably seen some of my short travel videos, which I took…

It has been my annual tradition to review Samsung Galaxy Note. This year is extra special because I got to attend Unpacked in New York City, and experienced the phone before anyone else. 2 weeks after using my retail unit, I believe that I have more than enough details to say about how this phone performs, and how it positions itself in the competition. If you’re used to seeing new phones being unboxed, my experience with the Galaxy Note 10+ was almost devoid of anything special except for the actual unit. While the rest of the items inside are essential, what I was really anticipating right away was the unit. Anyway, you get the following inside the box: Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (12GB RAM + 128GB Internal Storage) Premium AKG Type C earphones Type C to Type C cable Super Fast Charger Extra S-Pen tips and remover Micro-USB to Type…

In 9 months since Realme set up shop in the Philippines, they introduced  impressive line up of smartphones. Whether it is budget or premium midrange, Realme is often seen by consumers – including ourselves – as pricing catalyst in the industry. Yesterday, we received an email invitation to attend the official launch of Realme and Realme 5 Pro. We posted a few contents about it like our first impressions and unboxing videos. Official launch is scheduled this October 3. We expect the 2 new devices to be launched, but we wouldn’t mind seeing more from Realme. The new devices offer quad rear cameras and run with highly capable chipsets. At the time of this writing, Realme hasn’t officially disclosed the prices of the said devices.

Remember Cherry Roam? Their product is our go-to Travel Wifi solution whenever we go outside the country. In fact, we’ve featured it during our coverage of CES, Unpacked in San Francisco and New York City. Today, Cherry Mobile launched the new Flare A1, which is a fusion of a budget smartphone and Cherry Roam. With Flare A1, consumers can easily enjoy the benefit of having a smartphone with a built-in Cherry Roam SIM. As a 2-in-1 device, Cherry Roam lets users to use the smartphone in Asian destinations. As a travel wifi, you can share your connection up to 4 devices. Just in case you want to load it, all you have to do is to simply go to Cherry Roam, and register the Flare A1 as your device. You can then load it using credit card or even your PayPal account. Cherry Mobile Flare A1 Specs Display: FWVGA+ 18:9…

Two of the best flagship phones have finally been revealed. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is already officially out in most countries and the Huawei Mate30 series will soon be available this October. Today, with these two feature powerhouses of smartphones together. We take a look at what they offer on the table, and share our thoughts before you make your big ticket purchase. For what it’s worth, we don’t recommend buying an iPhone 11 Pro Max in a reseller if you’re based in the Philippines. While Apple’s warranty is international, it is always worth checking the serial and visit this site to see the coverage of warranty of the phone being sold. Alternatively, you can wait for telcos like Smart in the Philippines to start selling it or simply buy in Apple Japan where the series is sold much cheaper than US, Taiwan, Germany and Singapore. Anyway, if you take…

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max leaves the room. Don’t get me wrong. I already pre-ordered the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max because I know that it offers a few things on the table that neither Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and the new Huawei Mate30 Pro can – taking a SLOFIE. Kidding aside, I cannot wait try out the iPhone 11 Pro Max soon. Today, I got treated with Mate30 Pro’s Antutu score, and it’s wild. It is unfair to compare Mate30 Pro with iPhone 11 Pro Max in terms of overall performance as I still don’t have my iPhone 11 Pro Max with me. What I can only show is compare my Mate30 Pro’s score with the published Antutu rating of the latter based on this site. PRODUCT NAME Apple A13 Bionic (7 nm+) HiSilicon Kirin 990 (7 nm+) Antutu Bechmark 462,098 469,031 It’s a very close match, but Mate30…

Who said that Google cannot be installed on Huawei Mate30 or Mate30 Pro? I have tried several Google Installers from a lot of sites. These installers, which were made specifically for Xiaomi or Meizu, didn’t work for my Huawei Mate30 Pro as there are probably signature or device mismatch. The applications are compilations of specific dependencies that are required to be able to run Google Services on smartphones like Huawei Mate 30 series. Unfortunately with the latter, Google Services are not pre-installed because of circumstances brought about by the ongoing trade “war” between US and China. According to Huawei in a media discussion we attended in Munich last week, Huawei wants to use Google Services, but installing this in their latest flagship product while in the remaining days of the 90 day ban-reprieve, will still have unfortunate repercussions in the future. Whether or not the ban is ultimately lifted, the…

Huawei Mate30 Pro is a powerhouse of a smartphone. Apart from having the most advanced chipset, it also houses the best set of cameras that are built for both mobile photography and videography. We visited some of the landmarks and tourist spots in Munich to take some sample photos and videos. I used Huawei Mate30 Pro during our stroll, and we’d like to share them with you. For your better, I have listed below the full camera specifications of both smartphones. The unit I used during my stroll was the Huawei Mate30 Pro. Camera Huawei Mate 30 Huawei Mate 30 Pro Front camera 24M f/2.0 32MP, 2x Depth Sensor Rear camera 40MP, f/1.8 40MP, f/1.6 8MP, f/2.4 8MP, f/2.4 16MP, f/2.2 40MP, f/1.8 3D TOF Camera The new quad-camera system of the Mate 30 Pro (see above) allow consumers to take stunning cameras that rival high-end ones. In the…

Huawei’s ecosystem has been constantly growing over the years. WIth the advent of Huawei’s new intelligent and connected devices, applications are vital to bring and enrich the experience for consumers. https://youtu.be/BMd7ZX-eXY4?t=7226 For many years now, the availability of apps for Huawei devices are growing via Huawei Mobile Services. In fact, according to Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Technologies Consumer Business Group, the AppGallery alone was downloaded for over 180 billion times in over 170 countries. Huawei’s fully open ecosystem has attracted more than 1 million developers around the world. Since the ecosystem is open for developers, Huawei made sure that all the dev kits are available for developers to make their apps compatible with the core Huawei Mobile services. In fact, at the time of this writing, over 45,000 applications have been integrated with HMS Core and available for consumers to download and use across Huawei’s diverse portfolio of products. The…

Huawei Mate 30 series is now official and was unveiled at Messe, Munich. The series was announced and introduced by Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Technologies Consumer Business Group. The new series embodies a more minimalist yet iconic design, with aesthetic cues emanating from a Leica camera; and features a brand new OLED display which extends up to almost 90-degrees on the side of the device. These, however, are just some of the new features that Yu announced on stage. Huawei Mate 30 series has, based on specifications, the best camera set in the industry that will delight both photography and videography enthusiasts and professionals. On stage, Richard Yu said, “The HUAWEI Mate 30 Series unleashes the full potential of the smartphone. Designed to stand out, it challenges convention while delivering an unrivalled user experience. The era of 5G is an opportunity to rethink smartphone technology and the HUAWEI Mate 30…