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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.

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After the sale period, the M2 Note will reportedly sell for P7,490 in Novo7 Tech stores. Recall that the Android Lollipop phone sports a 5.5-inch, full-HD display backed by an LTE-capable, octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM and up to 32GB of built-in storage. The version that will be sold here maxes out at 16GB, though it is expandable through the use of a microSD card. If you want a refresher on other key specifications, I’ve listed them below.

The Meizu M2 Note is coming real soon, if the grapevine is to be believed and a recent listing on Lazada Philippines is anything to go by.

Meizu M2 Note specs (Price in the Philippines: P6,999):
* Dual SIM with LTE support
* 1.3GHz 64-bit, octa-core MediaTek MT6753 CPU
* Mali-T720 MP3 GPU
* 2GB RAM
* 16GB/32GB internal storage
* microSD card slot (up to 128GB)
* 5.5-inch IGZO display (1,080 x 1,920 resolution)
* 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash
* 5-megapixel front camera
* 3,100mAh battery
* Android Lollipop 5.1

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Meizu M2 Note unboxing video

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 we saw on the R1x makes a return.

The front of the device flaunts a 5-inch IPS display with qHD resolution and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. Inside, you’ll find a quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. On the software side, the Mirror 5 comes preloaded with Android Lollipop 5.1, making it one of two handsets in OPPO’s portfolio that runs the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system.

OPPO Philippines remains mum on a local release, but I expect the Mirror 5 to launch next month. It should retail for somewhere north of P10,000 considering its predecessor, the Mirror 3, is currently priced at P9,990.

OPPO has been listed as one of the top 5 smartphone brands in Southeast Asia, according to a previous report by research firm IDC.

OPPO Mirror 5 specs:
* Dual SIM
* Quad-core processor
* 2GB RAM
* 16GB internal storage
* microSD expansion
* 5-inch IPS display (540 x 960 resolution)
* 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
* 5-megapixel front camera
* 2,420mAh battery
* Color OS 2.1 based on Android Lollipop 5.1

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OPPO Mirror 5 preview from our YouTube channel

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 to show up in the Philippines by the end of July.

As far as specifications go, the Moto X, the most expensive of the bunch, packs a 5.2-inch AMOLED display with 1080p resolution and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor fitted with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of non-expandable storage.

The Moto G takes aim at the mid-range segment and comes with a 5-inch, 720p IPS display and a quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM, while the entry-level Moto E has a 4.5-inch IPS display and an LTE-capable, quad-core processor. All 3 devices are already running Android Lollipop.

As for pricing, the Moto X, Moto G, and Moto E can be had for P16,999, P8,499, and P6,999, respectively. But I wouldn’t be too quick to drop money on either Moto X or Moto G, as enticing as they are. According to The Verge, Motorola will in all likelihood introduce updates to the Moto X and Moto G lines on July 28, so you’re probably better off waiting if you’re interested.

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Moto X (2014) specs (Price in the Philippines: P16,999):
* LTE
* 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU
* Adreno 330 GPU
* 2GB RAM
* 16GB internal storage
* 5.2-inch AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 (1,080 x 1,920 resolution)
* 13-megapixel rear camera with flash
* 2-megapixel front camera
* 2,300mAh battery
* Android Lollipop 5.0

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Moto G (2014) specs (Price in the Philippines: P8,499):
* 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU
* Adreno 305 GPU
* 1GB RAM
* 8GB internal storage
* microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
* 5-inch IPS display (720 x 1,280 resolution)
* 8-megapixel rear camera with flash
* 2-megapixel front camera
* 2,070mAh battery
* Android Lollipop 5.0

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Moto E (2015) specs (Price in the Philippines: P6,999):
* LTE
* 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 CPU
* Adreno 306 GPU
* 1GB RAM
* 8GB internal storage
* microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
* 4.5-inch IPS display (540 x 960 resolution)
* 5-megapixel rear camera with flash
* VGA front camera
* 2,390mAh battery
* Android Lollipop 5.0

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Moto Maker for the Moto X 

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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 best out of their wifi coverage, there are also those who rely more on cell phone data plans rather than hot spots because it is believed that it might not be safe.

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

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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, either, which is probably a good thing if we’re to avoid sluggish connections. (You know what I’m talking about.)

But just what can you do with 50MB of Internet traffic? A lot, apparently. I recently put Globe Tattoo’s online data calculator through its paces and found that you can actually get a lot of things done with just 50MB of data. Here’s what I came up with when I played around with the numbers:

* 100 social-media posts with photo
* 12 4-minute digital song downloads
* 170 website views
* 170 60-second, non-HD YouTube clips
* 1,400 emails (text only)
* 170 emails with document attachments
* 3 standard-sized app downloads

I put Globe Tattoo’s online data calculator through its paces and found that you can get a lot of things done with 50MB of data.

Keep in mind that each line represents 50MB of traffic, and that these figures are only estimates. As such, they may not accurately reflect real-world usage.

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.

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Similar to most of Xiaomi’s Android offerings, the Mi 4i is a low-cost smartphone whose centerpiece is a second-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor backed by 2GB of RAM and an LTE modem for faster mobile connections. Its 5-inch, full-HD IPS display should make for an enjoyable gaming and movie-wataching experience.

The Mi 4i is headed to the Philippines this July, and it may not even be the subject of a flash sale when it becomes available through online and offline stores.

Unfortunately, its plastic unibody exterior leaves out a couple of Android essentials, namely a microSD card slot and a removable back cover.

The Mi 4i currently retails for Rs. 12,990 in India, where it made its debut. That’s around P9,300, so it may be safe to say that the phone won’t break the P10,000 price barrier.

Specs of the Xiaomi Mi 4i:
* Dual SIM with LTE support
* 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core CPU
* Adreno 405 GPU
* 2GB RAM
* 16GB non-expandable storage
* 5-inch IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass (1,080 x 1,920 resolution)
* 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash
* 5-megapixel front camera
* 3,120mAh battery
* Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Xiaomi Mi 4i review from Android Authority’s YouTube channel

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 that LP-DDR4 RAM brings improved multitasking capabilities and consumes less power than previous-generation memory modules. That’s good to hear, especially considering the many multitasking options available on previous Galaxy Note models.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will reportedly feature 4GB of LP-DDR4 RAM, which brings improved multitasking capabilities and consumes less power than previous-generation memory modules.

Previously, SamMobile reported that the next Galaxy Note will sport a 5.67-inch Super AMOLED screen with Quad HD resolution and will follow in the Galaxy S6’s footsteps by moving away from the Note 4’s plastic back, opting instead for a glass rear panel. Wireless charging is also said to be included in the package.

Samsung has yet to confirm a launch date for the Galaxy Note 5, but rumors suggest that the company will unveil the handset alongside a curved variant as early as August to preempt the release of the new iPhones.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 leaked renders courtesy of Steve Hemmerstoffer

Apple had 92% of all smartphone profits in Q1 2015

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Speaking to investment firm Canaccord GenuityThe 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 actually lost money from making mobile devices.)

What was even more striking was that Apple only accounted for less than a fifth of unit sales in the said period, as Android OEMs continued to dominate the smartphone market in that regard and competition among handsets running Google’s mobile operating system reached a new stratosphere, with the number of companies manufacturing smartphones now estimated to be about 1,000.

The report went on to say that the disparity in profits was the result of iPhones selling for a much higher price than their Android contemporaries, which are mostly aimed at a budget-conscious crowd, and Apple’s favorable business position as the only brand that makes smartphones running Apple software.

As you probably know, iOS and Android are two of the most successful smartphone operating systems today. To wit: The latest IDC report estimates that handsets running iOS or Android account for 96 percent of units shipped in the first quarter of 2015.

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First look at iPhone 6S casing and internals courtesy of CNET

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 phone’s 5.5-inch AMOLED display delivers a resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels. Inside, you’re getting MediaTek’s latest MT6795 processor, which is clocked at 2.2GHz and is equipped with eight CPU cores, 3GB of RAM, and up to 64GB of non-expandable storage. The unit sold by Lazada’s reseller maxes out at 16GB, so this is something to keep in mind moving forward.

The Meizu MX5 features a 7.6mm-thick, brushed-finish metal body, a fingerprint sensor, a 5.5-inch, 1,080 x 1,920 AMOLED display, and MediaTek’s latest MT6795 processor.

The other possible point of contention is the absence of warranty protection from the importer. This is a smartphone we’re talking about here, so do proceed with caution. As for the rest of the key specs, the MX5 is fitted with 20- and 5-megapixel rear and front cameras and a 3,150mAh non-removable battery.

Specs of the Meizu MX5 (Unofficial price in the Philippines: P16,999):
* Dual SIM with LTE support
* Fingerprint sensor
* 2.2GHz MediaTek MT6795 octa-core CPU
* PowerVR G6200 MP4 GPU
* 3GB RAM
* 16GB internal storage
* 5.5-inch AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 (1,080 x 1,920 resolution)
* 20-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash
* 5-megapixel front camera
* 3,150mAh battery
* Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Meizu M2 Note unboxing video