THIS just in: The Samsung upper-midrange phone with 6GB of RAM — launched only in markets like China and India — is coming to the Philippines. Yes, the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (click for complete specs) will be introduced to the local market on April 6, about a week after the Korean giant launches the Samsung Galaxy S8 in New York.
YOU’VE been waiting for this, we know. Ever since HMD Global announced last year that the first Nokia phones running Android would be launched in 2017, we’ve been asked countless times about the devices’ launch in the Philippines. Now, with representatives from the company that got the rights to use the Nokia brand finally giving a statement about it, we can say this for certain: It’s sooner than you think it is.
OPPO has had a history of making front-facing cameras seem far more important and useful than their back-facing counterparts, so it’s really not at all surprising to see its latest effort, the OPPO F3 Plus (click for complete specs), make use of a two-camera setup for selfies, as opposed to anything else.
DID you hear about Apple announcing a bunch of new products recently? You didn’t? We can’t blame you; we almost didn’t, either. And it’s not like you missed a lot of exciting new toys, er, gadgets (sorry, iPad). Unless, of course, you’ve been pining for a gasp-out-loud red iPhone from Apple.
SOMETIMES, we wake up to an ordinary — or worse, a slow-news — day. Other times, we get days like today, when Apple drops a bomb on us without any warning. In this case, the bomb is a red variant of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, officially called the Apple iPhone 7 (Product)Red Special Edition.
AFTER flirting with the local market through a distributorship sometime ago (curiously enough, it didn’t work out as planned for either party), Meizu is now officially in the Philippines, flush with new firepower in the Meizu M5 (click for complete specs) and the Meizu M5s (click for full specs).
APPARENTLY, Huawei isn’t done with the P10 lineup, as the Shenzhen-headquartered OEM unveiled a new addition to its signature smartphone series. But before you get any ideas, we’re talking about a well-priced offering — about half the cost of the P10 — that cuts a few corners in the Huawei P10 Lite (click for complete specs).
WE’RE only a couple of weeks away from Samsung launching the next Galaxy S handset at its annual Unpacked event in New York March 29th. And weeks after that, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will launch in the Philippines.
WE don’t imagine plenty of people losing sleep over the thought of an Apple iPhone running Android — we certainly haven’t lost a wink over it. But if you’ve ever wondered how it would look, or what it would take to make it happen, then read on.
GLOBE Telecom or Smart Communications? Which of the two telcos delivered on their promise of better internet from November 2016 to January 2017?
WE put Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus through the wringer last year, and though dozens of premium rivals have been introduced since then, the current-gen iPhone remains one of the most valued and sought-after phones in the industry. We’d even argue that its esteem has only grown with time, even whilst the likes of LG and Huawei have armed their new signature devices to the hilt, and are gearing up for a strong showing this flagship season.
WE’VE reviewed the P19,990 Vivo V5 Plus, and it left us seriously impressed, particularly when it comes to taking bokeh-laced photos with its dual-lens cameras. And Vivo isn’t done with selfie phones yet, outing the Vivo V5 Lite last month and offering budget- and selfie-conscious folks a cheaper solution to stepping their game up on social media.
THE leaks started several days ago, when images of local ads starring South Korean star G-Dragon for the new OPPO F3 and F3 Plus surfaced online and spread like wildfire among international news outlets. Sought for comment on earlier reports, OPPO Philippines simply told us to wait for an official announcement. And so we waited.
THE LG G6 made the rounds online and on social media after its announcement at MWC [Mobile World Congress] 2017, and soon enough, you might be able to officially snag one in the Philippines. We assume this because the LG G5 (click for complete specs), the outgoing G series flagship, is currently available on Lazada Philippines for P22,995 ($457) — down from its launch price of P34,990 ($696) a year ago.
WE’VE had UnionBank of the Philippines’ EON card since 2013 because we needed it to get our salary from Yahoo. Obviously, we haven’t used it since we left the company because we didn’t even know that a lot of features have been added to it. Well, not until we came across a story that says the bank has introduced selfie banking.
THE Philippines has seen a good number of decent midrange phones come through the door as of late. Lenovo is looking to add the recently launched Lenovo K6 Note (click for complete specs) to the list, which comprises the OPPO F1s, Vivo V5, Vivo V5 Lite, and Huawei GR5 2017 (aka Honor 6x), among others.
IT’S D-Day. Almost two months after the official unveiling in its native Japan, the Nintendo Switch is finally ready to be scooped up in stores worldwide. Yes, including the Philippines.