ONE market-research company warned early this year that next crop of smartphones could be more expensive. We already saw devices like the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus getting higher suggested retail prices than their predecessors at launch. And it seems that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be in the same boat as well.
THE next iPhone — the Apple iPhone 8, if you prefer, although the naming scheme hasn’t been confirmed yet — isn’t expected to appear until another couple of months. However, the internet sure hasn’t been shy about kicking around design rumors of Apple’s upcoming smartphone.
JUST seven months after the OnePlus 3T’s surprise launch, the sister brand of OPPO and Vivo is back with a new flagship smartphone that the company’s co-founder, Carl Pei, says is now their “fastest-selling device ever.” Meet the OnePlus 5.
HTC is making its way back to the Philippines soon, with the Taiwanese phone maker already making it known that the HTC U11 will be announced locally on July 11. But as we said earlier, the 2017 flagship isn’t the only HTC model that will be introduced next month. In fact, it might not be the first to make the trip.
ASUS has launched the ZenFone AR in its native Taiwan, (officially) revealing the price of the second-ever Tango smartphone, and the first to support Google’s Daydream VR platform. It’s also the first phone to have both. But as many had feared, it won’t come cheap, with the 8GB RAM model going for 24,990 New Taiwan dollars — about $822 or P41,000 — on the Taiwanese market.
LOCALLY branded smartphones are not really assembled in the Philippines. You know that, right? They buy the devices from original design manufacturers or ODMs, which are mostly based in China, and tweak them to their liking, so to speak. But in a first in the Philippines, a local technology company is assembling mobile phones in the country.
OPPO has announced the OPPO A57 (click for complete specs) in the Philippines, providing a more affordable option for those who want a reasonably powerful, selfie-centric phone but can’t stretch their budget to cover the cost of an OPPO F3 or F1s. It also completes the trio of mid-tier devices for the company, at prices separated by just P2,000, or approximately $40.
LENOVO-OWNED Motorola has a new budget smartphone available for purchase in the Philippines through online retailer Lazada. The Moto C (click for complete specs) is about as low-end as they come these days. It’s as cheap as acceptable budget phones come, too, checking in at P3,699 or around $75.
FOR commuters who regularly pass by the busiest thoroughfare in the Philippines, this is probably a welcome respite from the horrible traffic they usually face on the highway: The Department of Information and Communications Technology has formally launched its “free high-speed Wi-Fi on EDSA” project. This is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s promise to provide Filipinos better internet service.
HMD Global, the firm that secured the rights to use the Nokia brand, is back again in the Philippines, this time finally launching the devices that Filipinos are waiting for and not the feature phones that it began selling end of March.
“IS it true that Xiaomi will be back again in the Philippines by February?” We were taken aback. We certainly did not see that message coming. Our friend’s question came out of the blue — and just when we were in the middle of covering CES 2017.
SAMSUNG has been coming out with some really good premium phones in recent years (you can read about the Galaxy S8 here and here). And the Seoul-based company hasn’t eased off the gas pedal on the entry-level market as it continues with its annual release schedule, which includes the phone you see above, the Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime (click for complete specs).
THE OnePlus 5 hype train is in full motion. And as of today, you can add a possible launch date for one of 2017’s most anticipated Android smartphones.
MANY of HTC’s products have long been praised in the international tech community. In fact, the HTC 10 was hailed as one of 2016’s best smartphones by different technology sites. So if there’s one brand we’ve always wanted to come back to the Philippines, it’s HTC. Fortunately, the tech gods are listening; the Taiwanese smartphone maker is set to make a comeback in the country.
HAVING the latest high-end specs doesn’t always guarantee that your smartphone gets to trump older devices with older specs. Case in point: Apple’s almost-two-year-old iPhone 6s has defeated the newly released Samsung Galaxy S8 in a speed test.