Cherry Mobile teases second Android One phone

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Cherry Mobile updated its Facebook cover photo Monday to a front-and-back image of what may very well be the company’s second-generation Android One smartphone. The photo suggests a release sometime in August. For the uninitiated, Android One represents Google’s plan to bring the latest Android software to emerging markets like the Philippines through low-cost devices, though it hasn’t worked out well for the American search giant. [frame src=”https://www.revu.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Cherry-Mobile-Android-One-phone.jpg” target=”_self” width=”620″ height=”412″ alt=”Premium WordPress Themes” align=”center” prettyphoto=”false”] Cherry Mobile’s new cover photo That’s not to say the Cherry Mobile One, and the MyPhone Uno, for that matter, aren’t good options for cash-strapped …

Lenovo Vibe Shot announced in PH, costs P16,999

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Back in March, Lenovo introduced the Vibe Shot at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. As the name suggests, it’s a camera phone designed to replace your old point-and-shoot, because, among other things, you can’t count on that brick of a camera to post your good eats on Instagram. Now it’s heading to local shores, and it will be available first through Lazada Philippines’ website and mobile app starting July 31. From the back the Vibe Shot looks deceivingly like a camera, too — and an attractive one at that — with its lightweight aluminum frame, 16-megapixel sensor, six-piece modular lens, and …

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Review: Meizu M2 Note

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As expected, the Meizu M2 Note went on sale on Lazada Philippines four days ago. (It’s still available, as of this posting, for P6,990.) Out of curiosity, I decided to purchase one on the first day of sale, and Lazada delivered the unit in a bubble-wrapped cocoon to my address Thursday morning, probably because I happen to live just an hour away from the company’s warehouse in Metro Manila.

Xiaomi Mi 4i vs. Meizu M2 Note: tale of the tape

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Now that both the Meizu M2 Note and Xiaomi Mi 4i have been officially priced and confirmed to be heading to Philippine shores soon, pitting them against one another on paper to determine which Android smartphone offers more bang for your money should be a little easier. In one corner you have the M2 Note, a big-screen, octa-core phone with few compromises. In the other corner you have the Mi 4i, which despite being a slightly watered-down version of Xiaomi’s outgoing flagship phone, combines great hardware and software with an attractive price tag. [frame src=”https://www.revu.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Xiaomi-Mi-4i-vs-Meizu-M2-Note.jpg” target=”_self” width=”620″ height=”412″ alt=”Premium WordPress …

P6,999 Meizu M2 Note appears on Lazada PH

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(UPDATE, July 21: It’s official. Novo7 Tech will sell the Meizu M2 Note for P6,999 on July 22 on Lazada Philippines.) Remember last month when reports emerged that the Meizu M2 Note is coming to the Philippines sometime in July? Well, it’s likely coming real soon, if the grapevine is to be believed and a recent listing of a P6,999 M2 Note on Lazada Philippines is anything to go by. Local tech blog Yugatech says a Lazada-exclusive sale on July 22 is all but guaranteed. [frame src=”https://www.revu.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Meizu-M2-Note-Lazada.jpg” target=”_self” width=”620″ height=”412″ alt=”Premium WordPress Themes” align=”center” prettyphoto=”false”] After the sale period, the M2 …

OPPO PH teases Mirror 5 smartphone

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Judging from a recent Facebook post by OPPO Philippines, another Android smartphone is about to hit the market soon, and it could very well be the OPPO Mirror 5, which debuted this month. The press renders reveal a boxy exterior, with innards held together by a metallic frame and a reinforced internal structure. But perhaps the most attractive aspect of the phone’s design can be found around the back, where the reflective, diamond-like pattern we saw on the OPPO R1x makes a return. The most attractive aspect of the Mirror 5’s design can be found around the back, where the diamond-like pattern …

Motorola re-enters PH market, Moto X, Moto G, Moto E in tow

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Hoping to bounce back from a lengthy period of dormancy, Motorola Mobility formally announced its re-entry into the Philippine market yesterday, which coincided with the local launch of 3 Motorola smartphones that are slated for release in the near future. I’m referring to the Moto X (2014), Moto G (2014), and Moto E (2015), which are expected to show up in stores by the end of July. (Sorry, Nexus fans. It looks like a local release is currently out of the question for the Nexus 6.) The Moto X (2014), Moto G (2014), and Moto E (2015), which are expected …

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10 things you should know about DOST’s free WiFi project

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There’s hope for a connected Philippines yet. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) held a press conference today to discuss the upcoming rollout of its P1.4-billion public WiFi project and to clarify certain aspects of the landmark service that will connect millions of Filipinos to the Internet at no cost. The internet is now a vital component of every day, be it in public or at home. This has spawned a competitive industry of internet companies trying to provide the best deals for customers. Although there are those who prefer using an office cell signal booster to get the …

What does DOST’s 50MB of free Internet get you?

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Image via The Verge Earlier this week, reports surfaced that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has already begun installing Internet access points in the Quezon City Circle. This is in anticipation of a P1.4-billion project that plans to deploy 7,000 public WiFi hotspots across the Philippines before the end of 2015. Its initial rollout is slated on July 24, and according to DOST, it will offer free Internet access to anyone with a WiFi-capable device, albeit with certain restrictions — chief of which is a 50MB daily data cap. You can’t use it to download stuff from torrent sites, …

Xiaomi Mi 4i headed to the Philippines this July

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(UPDATE: It’s happening, folks. I just received an invite to the Xiaomi Mi 4i launch event on July 20.) The days of teasing are essentially over: Xiaomi’s mid-tier variant of its current flagship phone, the Mi 4i, is headed to the Philippines this July. This has been confirmed by no less than the company’s local Facebook page. And if what’s happening in India is anything to go by, the phone may not even be the subject of a flash sale when it becomes available through online and offline stores. [frame src=”https://www.revu.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Mi-Philippines-Facebook.jpg” target=”_self” width=”620″ height=”412″ alt=”Premium WordPress Themes” align=”center” prettyphoto=”false”] Similar to …

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 tipped to feature 4GB RAM

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If the latest word from tech blog SamMobile is to be believed, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is shaping up to be a real contender in the high-end smartphone segment. According to a source familiar with the matter, the next Samsung flagship will reportedly include a whopping 4GB of LP-DDR4 RAM attached to the company’s own Exynos 7422 processor. There are phones with 4GB of RAM already on the market, of course, so it shouldn’t surprise you at all that Samsung is planning to bring the Galaxy Note line up to speed with the latest in smartphone technology. It is said …

Apple had 92% of all smartphone profits in Q1 2015

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Speaking to investment firm Canaccord Genuity, The Wall Street Journal recently reported that among the top eight smartphone vendors in the world, U.S.-based tech giant Apple took in 92 percent of industry profits in the first quarter of 2015, up 65 percent from the same period a year earlier. Apple took in 92 percent of smartphone profits in the first quarter of 2015, up 65 percent from the same period a year earlier. Apple’s fiercest rival, Samsung, placed a far second with 15 percent of the total operating income. (It’s worth noting that the combined percentages exceed 100 percent because some companies …

Now available on Lazada: Meizu MX5

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Heads up, Android fans: Meizu’s newest affordable flagship phone, the MX5, has been spotted on Lazada Philippines’ website for P16,999, which is quite reasonable given its launch price of 1,799 yuan (roughly P13,000) in China. Announced in Beijing last month, the MX5 aims to compete with the likes of the Apple iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S6, and LG G4, with uncompromising performance and quality that are hard to come by in the mid-priced segment. The Android Lollipop phone features a 7.6mm-thick, brushed-finish metal body reminiscent of the iPhone 6 and a fingerprint sensor that doubles as a physical home button. The …

Hello (again), Moto: 3 things Motorola must do in PH

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Earlier this week, a couple of tech blogs reported receiving invites from Motorola Mobility, indicating that the Lenovo-owned electronics manufacturer is looking to make another comeback in the local market after years of near-total absence that allowed other phone manufacturers to flourish. If that is indeed the case, then this is pretty big news, particularly for people who want to get their hands on the Moto-made Nexus 6 and Moto 360 smartwatch, not to mention those who already own Moto devices. Because even though there’s no guarantee Motorola will honor the warranties of imported devices, the company is all but …

ASUS Zenfone 2 hacked to run Windows 7, because why not?

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Remember the ASUS Zenfone 2? Yes, the affordable flagship smartphone that had everyone talking months ago, and perhaps even until today. Well, it turns out the device can be hacked to run Windows 7 — and run it well enough to be potentially useful for those in need of a truly pocketable computer, or those who simply want to impress their peers. With most devices using Windows 10, it is impressive that there is one that can still run Windows 7 (thanks to the Window 10 automatic update). If you are interested in finding out more about the end of …

And the top 5 phone brands in Southeast Asia are…

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Research firm IDC has posted a new report about smartphone shipments in Southeast Asia in the first quarter of 2015, along with a list of the top 5 brands in the region. IDC’s findings reveal that Samsung, Apple, ASUS, OPPO, and Huawei shipped the most number of phones, with the Korean electronics giant accounting for 23 percent of the market on 5.5 million units sold. IDC’s findings reveal that Samsung, Apple, ASUS, OPPO, and Huawei shipped the most number of phones in Southeast Asia. Apple came in second with a 7.5 percent share on 1.8 million sales, while ASUS, OPPO, …

Starmobile Up Neo: big screen, small price

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Starmobile today announced a new big-screen phone as part of its push in the low-to-midrange segment. The Starmobile Up Neo is the latest addition to the company’s Up series and sports a 5.3-inch, high-res display to go along with a nice metallic frame and a textured back cover. The overall look is reminiscent of the Starmobile Knight Luxe, but with a larger screen real estate that has its share of pros and cons. The overall look is reminiscent of Starmobile’s recently released Knight Luxe, but with a larger screen real estate that has its share of pros and cons. To …

SALE ALERT: OPPO reduces price of Find 7a to P17K

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OPPO Philippines has announced a month-long sale for 4 of its existing smartphones. Throughout the month July, you can get the OPPO Joy Plus, Neo 3, Mirror 3, and powerhouse Find 7a at discounted prices across all OPPO stores and partner retailers nationwide. The sale lasts until July 31, 2015. [frame src=”https://www.revu.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/OPPO-Philippines-sale.jpg” target=”_self” width=”620″ height=”412″ alt=”Premium WordPress Themes” align=”center” prettyphoto=”false”] You’ll find the full roster of discounted products in the list below. OPPO Joy Plus — P3,990 (from P4,990) OPPO Neo 3 — P5,990 (from P6,990) OPPO Mirror 3 — P9,990 (from P10,990) OPPO Find 7a — P16,990 (from P21,990) …

Globe’s free Facebook offer now comes w/photo, video browsing

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Pretty much everyone is on Facebook now, and chances are, you use it a lot to keep in touch with your family and friends, share pictures, pass on news, and so on. Which makes Globe Telecom’s latest announcement all the more timely and important. Globe and TM subscribers can now get free and full access to Facebook on Web, mobile, and app without data charges. As of today, subscribers to any GoSurf data plan can get free and full access to Facebook on Web, mobile, and app (Android and iOS) sans data charges. They don’t even need to purchase any additional data plan …