Nokia’s first Android smartphones set to debut in 2017

Nokia Android smartphone
THE dream of a proper Android phone from Nokia lives on. The storied phone maker will return to the smartphone market in early 2017 under a company called HMD Global, which acquired the exclusive rights to use the Nokia brand on phones and tablets for the next 10 years.

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Lenovo Phab 2, Phab 2 Plus, Phab 2 Pro launched in PH

Lenovo Phab 2, Phab 2 Plus, and Phab 2 Pro
THE Philippines’ big-screen phone market just got bigger with Lenovo’s latest Phab lineup. The company today announced the Phab 2, Phab 2 Plus, and Phab 2 Pro for the local market, all three aiming to ride the people’s seemingly insatiable addiction to smartphones with monster displays.

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Vivo V5 now official in PH, takes on OPPO’s F1s

Vivo V5 vs OPPO F1s
REMEMBER that selfie phone Vivo launched in India about a week ago? The one with the 20-megapixel front camera? Well, it’s finally official in the Philippines, with the release slated for November 26, 2016. And with a P12,990 suggested retail price, it seems to be gunning for the similarly priced OPPO F1s’ place in the local market.

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10 smartphones in PH with batteries above 4,000mAh

Smartphone battery by PricePony
TODAY’s smartphones are monsters compared with what they were a few years ago. They take photos that can rival those shot with point-and-shoot cameras. Their screens are so sharp — maybe even sharper than that of your TV — thanks to the number of pixels crammed into them. Internal storage is huger than ever — the highest being 256GB, a capacity that is even bigger than many of today’s laptops’ memory. Processing power has gone through the roof. But battery life? That aspect hasn’t changed much, what a pity.

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The Cherry Mobile Defender is built for tough love

Cherry Mobile Defender
THE Cherry Mobile Defender (click for complete specs) is the company’s first truly rugged smartphone featuring a metal frame and rubberized plastic bumpers. The battery is fixed into the assembly, and all ports are covered with rubber flaps to seal the body. It doesn’t look off-kilter to us — which is not what we expected when we first heard about it. (The list of fairly attractive rugged phones gets thin after Samsung’s Galaxy Active series.)

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The 10 most popular guys in video-game history

The 10 most popular guys in gaming
REMEMBER the first time you held a joystick or a control pad? Remember the first video-game character you played? Chances are, that protagonist has had a great impact on your life as a gamer. So this week, with news of Super Mario Run coming to mobile in December, we’re paying homage to the guys who have punched, kicked, jumped, fired, rolled, slashed, and stomped their way into making the video-game industry what it is today. The gaming world would have been lost without them.

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Infinix Hot 4 Pro, Hot S, Note 3 Pro budget smartphones released in PH

Infinix Note 3 Pro
YOU may not have heard about Infinix yet, but the Hong Kong-based smartphone brand is certainly well aware of the Filipinos’ appetite for devices in the “good but cheap” category. It’s common knowledge in the Philipppines that price has been, is, and will, in the foreseeable future, be king.

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Apple iPhone 7 Plus review: King of big phones

Apple iPhone 7 Plus
IT’S New iPhone Day in the Philippines! Apple’s Plus-sized iPhone has historically been one of the best phones money can buy, and now it’s back for another encore. And if you’re still on the fence about whether the iPhone 7 Plus is the right smartphone for the job, you’ve come to the right place — as long as you can afford it.

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LTE speed in PH improves, but still one of world’s slowest — report

Huawei P9 Plus
WIRELESS-COVERAGE mapping company OpenSignal’s latest State of LTE report is out. The good news? Data taken between July to September 2016 showed that average download 4G connection speed in the Philippines increased from 6Mbps in the fourth quarter of 2015 to 7.27Mbps this time. The bad news? We still lagged behind most other countries in the world.

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OPPO F1s review: Beyond selfies

OPPO F1s
TODAY, OPPO Philippines is launching a limited gray version of the OPPO F1s (click for complete specs) to coincide with the company’s official announcement of Alden Richards as an endorser. Almost three months after its gold and rose-gold variants were first released on the local market for P13,990, is the smartphone — now costing P12,990 — still worth considering? Read on.

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Cherry Mobile Flare 5 review: incremental improvements

Cherry Mobile Flare 5 (black) and Cherry Mobile Flare 4 (white)
CHERRY Mobile, the leading mobile brand in the Philippines, unveiled six new Flare smartphones last month. Devices, it hopes, will carry the Flare label past the “5 million phones sold” mark in 2016. Much of that burden falls on the Cherry Mobile Flare 5, the cheapest of the bunch. Priced at P5,499 — a tad higher than the Flare 4 (pictured in the background above) that cost P4,999 at launch — it falls into the company’s most profitable demographic whose tastes are often ultimately swayed by price.

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Smart iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus registration page is up

Apple iPhone 7 Plus
NOVEMBER is around the corner, and you know what that means for Apple fans for the past three years: A new iPhone is about to be launched in the Philippines. True enough, Smart Communications just put up their registration page for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, coincidentally on the day Apple announced a new MacBook Pro. You can register your interest on this page.

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Xiaomi Mi MIX, the future of smartphones, is here

Xiaomi Mi MIX by Engadget
XIAOMI dropped a bomb on us at the launch of the Mi Note 2 (click for full specs): It announced the Xiaomi Mi MIX, a concept product that could very well be the smartphone of your dreams. Except that unlike other concept devices which you won’t find in stores at any time soon, it will already be available starting November 4.

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