Vivo launches V7+ in the Philippines

Chinese smartphone manufacturer has officially announce their newest flagship smartphone in the Philippines, the V7+. As expected, the V7+ sports a bezel-less screen, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, a 16MP OV16880 f2.0 rear camera w/ LED flash and a very large 24MP front camera with Moonlight Glow.

Vivo V7+ will retail at Php 17,990 and will be in stores by the end of the month. You also pre-order the phone at Vivo’s Lazada store and from Vivo stores/kiosks and authorized dealer starting tomorrow today September 21 until September 29.

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Apple;

Apple today announced a new generation of iPhone: iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The new iPhone features a new glass and aluminum design in three beautiful colors made out of the most durable glass ever in a smartphone, Retina HD displays and A11 Bionic chip, and is designed for the ultimate augmented reality experience. The world’s most popular camera gets even better with single and dual cameras featuring Portrait Lighting on iPhone 8 Plus, and wireless charging brings a powerful new capability to iPhone. Both devices will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, September 15 in more than 25 countries and territories, and in stores beginning Friday, September 22.

The design still looks the same but most of the changes are made under the hood.

  • Glass and aluminum materials
  • Retina HD displays
  • A11 Bionic chip
  • iPhone 8 improved 12-megapixel camera
  • iPhone 8 Plus features dual 12-megapixel cameras
  • Wireless charging
  • Augmented Reality

iPhone X

Apple;

Apple today announced iPhone X, the future of the smartphone, in a gorgeous all-glass design with a beautiful 5.8-inch Super Retina display, A11 Bionic chip, wireless charging and an improved rear camera with dual optical image stabilization. iPhone X delivers an innovative and secure new way for customers to unlock, authenticate and pay using Face ID, enabled by the new TrueDepth camera. iPhone X will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, October 27 in more than 55 countries and territories, and in stores beginning Friday, November 3.

That $999 price tag will surely turn off potential buyers, though it’s just $69 higher than the Note 8.

Apple Special Event

Apple;

Join us here September 12 at 10 a.m. PDT to watch the keynote, the first-ever event at the Steve Jobs Theater.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s Facial Recognition unlocks using a Selfie

Mel Tajon, confirms that the unit that he used is a demo unit at Best Buy, which bring us to this question; which facial technology will consumer get with their $900+ Note 8, crappy version or a good one?

Also my take away in this video is that the Note 8’s display is so good that it mimic’s real life. 🙂

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Now Official

Extra;

Here are the specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note8;

  • 6.3-inch SuperAMOLED display, squared-corner, resolution 1440 x 2960 in 18.5:9 aspect ratio, @521ppi
  • Processor: Exynos 8895 Soc, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Android 7.1.1
  • Internal storage: 64GB with a microSD expansion slot up to 256 GB
  • USB-C port
  • Camera Rear: Dual Camera
    • Wide-angle: 12MP AF Dual Pixel(F1.7), OIS
    • Telephoto: 12MP AF(F2.4), OIS
  • Front: 8MP AF(F1.7)
  • NFC, MST
  • LTE Cat. 16
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM
  • Bluetooth® v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor
  • IP68 Dust and Water Resistance
  • S-Pen
  • Bixby Virtual assistant
  • Dimension: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm
  • Weight: 195g
  • Battery: fast-charging 3300mAh battery, supports wired and wireless charging
  • Color: Midnight Black and Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Deep Sea Blue

The Note 8 will be available in three colors; Midnight Black and Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Deep Sea Blue. The phone will be available in stores beginning September 15, 2017, and Samsung is already accepting pre-orders today, August 24, 2017. An unlocked Galaxy Note8 will be available for $929.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 refurbished batteries get recalled due to overheating concerns

Brian Heater, writing for TechCrunch;

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall for refurbished Galaxy Note 4 batteries. While the news has undeniable echoes of last year’s massive Note 7 disaster, this time out, the fault appears to fall at the feet of potentially counterfeited batteries supplied by FedEx.

Not the news that Samsung needs, since they are about to announce Note 8, specially after what happened with the Note 7.

Here’s the specs of the Samsung Note 8

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Here’s the rumored Note 8’s specs;

  • 6.3-inch SuperAMOLED display, squared-corner, resolution 1440 x 2960 in 18.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Processor: Exynos 8895 Soc, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Internal storage: 64GB with a microSD expansion slot
  • USB-C port
  • Dual-rear camera: 12-megapixel sensors (optically stabilized);
    • Primary camera wide-angle with f1.7 aperture with dual-pixel autofocus
    • Telephoto lens with f2.4, 2x optical zoom
  • Front camera: 8-MP with f1.7 autofocus lens
  • Dimensions: 162.5mm x 74.6mm x 8.5mm
  • Battery: fast-charging 3300mAh battery, supports wired and wireless charging
  • Color: Midnight Black and Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Deep Sea Blue
  • Price: €1,000 or around $1,200 (USD)

Huawei outs selfie-centric nova 2 and nova 2 Plus

Carl Lamiel, writing for Yugatech;

Huawei Nova 2 specs:
5-inch Full HD LTPS IPS display @ 1920 x 1080
2.36GHz Octa-Core HiSilicon Kirin 659
Mali-T830 MP2
4GB RAM
64GB internal storage
expandable up to 256GB via microSD (uses SIM2)
Dual 12 + 8 MP f/1.8 rear cameras with LED Flash
20MP front camera
4G LTE
Dual SIM (hybrid), Dual Standby
24-bit audio
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS, A-GPS
USB Type-C
Fingerprint Scanner
Huawei EMUI 5.1 (Android 7 Nougat)
Li-Po 2950 mAh battery (non-removable)
142.2 x 68.9 x 6.9 mm
143g

Huawei Nova 2 Plus specs:
5.5-inch Full HD LTPS IPS display @ 1920 x 1080
2.36GHz Octa-Core HiSilicon Kirin 659
Mali-T830 MP2
4GB RAM
128GB internal storage
expandable up to 256GB via microSD (uses SIM2)
Dual 12 + 8 MP f/1.8 rear cameras with LED Flash
20MP front camera
4G LTE
Dual SIM (hybrid), Dual Standby
24-bit audio
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS, A-GPS
USB Type-C
Fingerprint Scanner
Huawei EMUI 5.1 (Android 7 Nougat)
Li-Po 3340 mAh battery (nova 2 Plus)
153.9 x 74.9 x 6.9 mm
169g

Both the Huawei nova 2 and nova 2 Plus will be available in China starting June 16th in five different colors — Aurora Blue, Grass Green, Streamer Gold, Obsidian Black, and Rose Gold — sporting CNY2,500 (roughly Php18,200 before taxes) and CNY2,900 (around Php21,100 before other fees) price tags, respectively.

Apple Introduces iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition

Apple;

Apple® today announced iPhone® 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition in a vibrant red aluminum finish, in recognition of more than 10 years of partnership between Apple and (RED). This gives customers an unprecedented way to contribute to the Global Fund and bring the world a step closer to an AIDS-free generation. The special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone will be available to order online worldwide and in stores beginning Friday, March 24.

Here are other RED iPhone 7 and 7 Plus photos that Apple released.

Calling these RED iPhone an eye candy will be the most appropriate description.

  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition will be available in 128GB and 256GB models starting at $749 (US) from Apple.com and Apple Stores, and from Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers (prices may vary). The special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone joins iPhone 7 finishes in jet black, black, silver, gold and rose gold.
  • Both special edition models are available worldwide beginning Friday, March 24, and start shipping to customers by the end of March in the US and more than 40 countries and regions, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the UK and United Arab Emirates. Brazil, Chile, Colombia, India, Turkey and other countries will follow in April.

This is the Samsung Galaxy S8

This is pretty much the best way to be in the news, specially today is the last day of 2017 Mobile World Congress.

The image perfectly match the purported S8 phone in the leaked video the other day.

We still have 28 more days before the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2017 – Unbox Your Phone, which will be held in New York this 29th of March. By that time, the only thing that Samsung will need to do is to just make every leaked information about the phone official.

Xiaomi announces Mi5c

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  • 5.15 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, , 16M colors, 1080 x 1920 resolution @428ppi, 550-nit brightness
  • MIUI 8
  • Android 7.1 (Nougat)
  • Xiaomi Surge S1, octa-core 64-bit processor (2.2GHz quad-core A53 + 1.4GHz quad-core A53)
  • Mali-T860MP4 GPU
  • 64GB storage
  • 3GB RAM
  • Rear camera: 12 MP, f/2.2, 27mm, phase detection autofocus, LED flash, 1080p@30fps video
  • Front camera: 8 MP, f/2.2, 27mm, 1080p
  • Network: GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • Dual SIM (Nano-SIM)
  • 3.5mm jack
  • Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.1 A2DP
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • Sensors: fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • Dimensions: 144.4mm x 69.7mm x 7.1 mm
  • Weight: 132 g
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2860 mAh Li-Ion charging battery
  • Colors: Black, Gold, Rose Gold

The phone is based on the company’s old Mi5 smartphone that they announced last year. The phone will be sold China with a price tag of RMB 1,499.

LG G6 Now Official

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You can checkout the full specs of the LG G6 below;

  • 5.7-inch QHD+ FullVision display with 18:9 aspect ratio, 2,880 x 1,440 resolution, 564ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Android 7 Nougat with LGUX 6.0
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Processor
  • 32-bit Quad-DAC audio
  • Dual 13 MP rear camera, f/1.8 (100°) wide-angle lens
  • 5 MP front camera, f/2.2 (100°) wide-angle lens
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB/64 GB storage expandable up to 2 TB via microSD
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • LTE-A 3 Band CA
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, NFC
  • IP68 Dust and Water resistance
  • Dolby Vision
  • USB Type-C 3.1
  • Dimenion: 148.9mm x 71.9mm x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 163g
  • Color: Platinum, Black, White
  • 3300mAh Li-On battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

LG will announce the pricing and availability locally.

Blackberry and TCL officially unveil KeyOne, the phone formerly known as Blackberry Mercury

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BB KeyOne Specs;

  • 4.5 inch scratch-resistant display 1620 x 1080 screen resolution at 433 ppi and 3:2 aspect ratio
  • Android OS – 7.1 Nougat
  • Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core 2.0 GHz
  • 64-bit Adreno 506, 650MHz GPU
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 32 GB Flash expandable up to 2 TB via microSD
  • USB Type-C
  • Smart Keyboard
  • 12MP rear camera with dual tone LED flash, 4K video recording at 30 fps
  • 8MP front camera 1.125um pixel size,1080p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • LTE, HSPA+, Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • FM Radio receiver
  • Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy (LE) and EDR
  • NFC, GPS-GLONASS
  • Sensor: Magnetometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient light, Hall Effect
  • Dimension: 149.3 mm x 72.5 mm x 9.4 mm
  • Weight: 180g
  • 3,505 mAh (non-removable) Lithium Ion battery

The Blackberry KeyOne will initially be available in North America (US and Canada) this April for $549.

Samsung reportedly plans refurbished Galaxy Note7 with smaller battery

Evan Blass, writing for Venture Beat;

In a surprising report out of South Korea today (via XDA), Han Kyung claims that Samsung has plans to re-release recalled units of the ill-fated Galaxy Note7 as refurbished handsets, complete with lower-capacity batteries. After utilizing a reported 200,000 returned phones for testing, Samsung apparently still has over 2.5 million left in inventory.

Instead of the stock 3500mAh battery, which was determined to be the primary cause of the malfunctioning devices, Samsung will reportedly equip the handsets with packs in the 3000mAh to 3200mAh range.

The keyword here is Emerging Markets, here’s hoping that the refurbished Note 7 will not have the same problem.

Hugo Barra to leave Xiaomi for the clean air of Silicon Valley

Nivedita Bhattacharjee, reporting for Tech in Asia;

Hugo Barra, arguably the most public face of Chinese electronics company Xiaomi, is quitting after three and half years at the company. Hugo was vice president of Xiaomi’s international business.

The comments on the articles suggests that he was fired but the company and Hugo would make it look like he left the company in good terms.

We may never know the real reason why he left, unless of course Hugo disclose it himself.

Samsung Electronics Announces Cause of Galaxy Note7 Incidents in Press Conference

Samsung;

Following several months of in-depth investigations, Samsung Electronics today announced the cause of the Note7 incidents and measures to prevent a recurrence during a press conference held in Seoul, Korea. DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics, shared detailed results of the investigation and expressed his sincere apology and gratitude to Galaxy Note7 customers, mobile operators, retail and distribution partners and business partners for their patience and continued support.

It’s basically what Anna Shedletsky of Instrumental Inc., published two months ago.