ANOTHER January, another CES done. And once again, this year’s edition of the biggest consumer-electronic show gave us a look at what’s out there in the world of technology and what’s about to come. 2017 is even memorable as CES celebrates its 50th anniversary.
IT’S the final call at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. It’s been weird and at the same time brilliant. We’ve seen some memorable tech over the past week, and we’re very much looking forward to the day some of the products arrive in Philippine stores. Or maybe they won’t — because it’s totally plausible that most of the devices we’ve covered won’t make the trip to this side of the planet.
IT’S been 10 years since Steve Jobs introduced the original iPhone. Yes, it has been that long. Today, the iPhone remains Apple’s most important product and its biggest cash cow, though it hasn’t been smooth-sailing for the Cupertino-based tech firm lately.
THERE’S a new OPPO smartphone on the Philippine market, this time carrying a more affordable price tag than the one that came with the P12,990 ($262) OPPO F1s. In keeping with that comparison, we like to think of it as a smaller, cheaper version of the F1s sans a fingerprint sensor and the 16-megapixel front camera that made us do a double take.
WHAT do you know? Just when we were not looking at the Philippine market because of all the CES 2017-related news coming our way, Huawei has rolled two new smartphones to local stores, the Huawei Mate 9 (click for complete specs) and the Huawei GR5 2017, also known as the Honor 6x (click for full specs).
BEHOLD, the world’s first laptop with three (yes, three!) screens! This future case of technological wizardry comes courtesy of Razer — which, if you haven’t heard, is essentially the Apple of the PC gaming community.
AND when we say “the rest of the world,” we meant outside Xiaomi’s native China. Because while we had initially thought that the company joining CES for the first time meant an announcement of a concrete roadmap for its entry to the U.S., it turned out that we had thought wrong.
IT’S early in the new year, which means the internet is again rife with rumors about the possible design, specs, features, and whatnot of the next Samsung Galaxy flagship. We’ve heard quite an earful about how different (and how important) the Samsung Galaxy S8 would be compared to its predecessors, but so far we haven’t seen anything in the wild to confirm or support those claims. Until now.
YOU have to give it to brands that just don’t give up no matter how many times they have been knocked down. Think Nokia. And this time, think BlackBerry. It seems that TCL, the Chinese electronics company that inked a deal with BlackBerry Limited to make smartphones under the BlackBerry brand, is hell-bent on reviving the once-iconic name.
ASUS just finished taking the wraps off of the ZenFone 3 Zoom and the ZenFone AR during its press event at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, and there’s admittedly a lot to unpack after all the hoopla.
IT’S finally official. The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (click for complete specs), which had been the subject of rumors since December, got its time in the limelight at the Zennovation event at CES 2017. And it looks better than the ZenFone Zoom, which we saw at CES 2015 in Las Vegas.
JUST how much space can a thumb drive accommodate before it is maxed out? Kingston set out to find the answer and came up with 2 terabytes (not a typo).
IT’S inevitable. With more and more smartphone companies riding the dual-camera wave, we’re also bound to see more, cheaper handsets with two rear cameras to go on sale. Honor, a sub-brand of China’s Huawei, will do exactly just that with its plan to release the Honor 6x (click for complete specs and prices) outside its home turf.
SO it’s true: The ZenFone 3 Zoom may not be the only ASUS smartphone that will make an appearance at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, after all. Another device called the ASUS ZenFone AR will reportedly be launched at the annual tech show.
SELFIE-CENTRIC smartphones have carved a niche for themselves in 2016, and the trend is likely to continue this year. Vivo’s opening salvo is the V5 Plus, which is slated to debut in India on January 23. The Chinese OEM has sent invites to the Indian media, telling them to save the date for “the biggest selfie camera revolution.”
THE NBA app for Android and iOS has improved dramatically over the previous months. In fact, it’s one of our favorite streaming apps across both ecosystems because it’s reliable and the interface is uncomplicated and easy to navigate. And because ever since we cut the cord on cable and went all-in on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and the like, it’s been our go-to app for watching NBA broadcasts.
THE Apple iPhone may be designed in the U.S., but most of the units that you see on the market are manufactured in China. Only a small percentage of them are assembled in Brazil. However, a recent report by Times of India, if true, could bring the number of countries making the device to three.
IN the battle for smartphone and tablet sales this holiday season, one company ruled them all. Just like last year, Apple was the best-selling brand worldwide from December 19 to 25, getting 44 percent of all device activations during the period. Meaning if you bought a gadget for yourself or your loved ones at the time, chances were it was probably made by Apple.
WE’VE seen a few ostentatious smartphones firsthand — iPhones encased in gaudy gold casings and Vertu handsets made of titanium immediately come to mind. None of them, however, have been scorned by the internet quite like this Forbidden City-themed item from China, which appropriately costs a king’s ransom. To a fault, obviously.