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Why Filipinos might still opt for a ‘safe’ Samsung Galaxy Note 7

In Business, Phones by Alora Uy GuerreroLeave a Comment

IT was like a scene from a horror movie for tech enthusiasts. Every few hours starting end of August, we heard of a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 exploding until finally, the world’s largest smartphone vendor announced a global recall of its new flagship mobile device. Billions of dollars got wiped off the company’s market value; tech shares in other firms were sold to raise cash; Note 7s were banned from flights; recall processes got bungled, particularly in the U.S.; the arch-rival’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were launched… It was as if Samsung couldn’t catch a lucky break.

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Xiaomi’s Mi 5s, Mi 5s Plus offer ‘best’ specs at low prices

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LAUNCH a device whose specs can match or outdo the competition and offer it at a much lower price. That’s classic Xiaomi. And that’s how the Chinese company played the game again today, as it introduced two new flagship smartphones that cost as low as 1,999 yuan ($300 or P14,500). It’s a move abandoned by ASUS, which now offers its traditionally affordable ZenFone devices at a higher price.

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Being a first adopter doesn’t always suck: Our case with Smart and Globe

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BEING an early adopter can have its downsides and its share of negative consequences. It can be soul-crushing when a Kickstarter project fails miserably. In rare cases, it can even leave you with a fire hazard that is the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

But being first has its own advantages, too. And some of those perks can be worth the risk of inconveniences in the long run. My Revü Philippines partner Alora Uy Guerrero and I have had the luck of the draw on our side on two separate occasions, both involving the Philippines’ largest telecom operators. Allow us to expound.

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