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Maine Mendoza is Vivo's newest ambassador

May 25, 2019 - 1:10 PM

For Vivo and Maine Mendoza, success comes from overcoming challenges

Sony Philippines confirms continued support for Xperia owners

May 23, 2019 - 12:49 PM

'Sony is committed to continuing customer support operations,' the company says

XZ2. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Sony phones exit Philippines, other countries

May 23, 2019 - 11:21 AM

(UPDATED) Xperia phones will be focusing on Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Europe

XPERIA XZ. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

What to do if you have a Huawei phone

May 21, 2019 - 5:28 PM

Here's all you need to know if you own a Huawei phone

HUAWEI P30. Photo from Huawei

Google versus Huawei hits millions of smartphone users

May 20, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Here's what the US trade ban and Google's subsequent rescinding of Huawei's Android license will mean for hundreds of millions of smartphone users who own a Huawei device

GOOGLE VS HUAWEI. File photo of Google logo bu Josh Edelson/AFP. File photo of Huawei logo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Google suspends Huawei’s Android license – report

May 20, 2019 - 8:15 AM

(UPDATED) Future Huawei devices will reportedly lose access to Google Play Store, YouTube, Gmail, Chrome and other Google services

Photo from Shutterstock

Realme 3 Pro with Snapdragon 710 launched for P12,990

May 17, 2019 - 5:28 PM

It's an attractive price for a phone with last year's Snapdragon 710 chip

REALME 3 PRO. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

New Smart postpaid plans offer 'prioritized network experience'

May 16, 2019 - 11:44 PM

(UPDATED) What happens to other subscribers though that don't subscribe to the new plans?

Samsung Galaxy A70: Price, specs, features in the Philippines

May 16, 2019 - 4:58 PM

It competes with the Xiaomi Mi 9 and the Vivo V15 Pro

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE: Price, specs, features in the Philippines

May 15, 2019 - 3:12 PM

The Mi 9 SE is priced at P16,000 – cheaper by P7,000 than the standard Mi 9

Vivo V15 Pro review: Vivo's best tech makes its case in a field of cheaper options

May 10, 2019 - 4:03 PM

It's a sensibly-priced tech showcase that's facing intense competition from cheaper models

Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Samsung's cheapest A-series phone priced at P6,990

May 08, 2019 - 6:20 PM

The Galaxy A10 is set to compete with the equally priced Realme 3, the OPPO A5s, and the P7,990 Xiaomi Redmi Note 7

GALAXY A10. Photo from Samsung

OPPO A5s: Price, specs, features in the Philippines

May 08, 2019 - 5:28 PM

The phone is priced at P6,990

Google bucks soaring smartphone prices with $399 Pixel 3a

May 08, 2019 - 6:16 AM

Google gets into the midrange market

A new Google Pixel 3a phone (C) is displayed during the Google I/O conference at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California on May 7, 2019. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

OPPO offers cheapest F11 at P12,990

May 07, 2019 - 3:59 PM

It’s pretty much the same as the standard F11 but cheaper by P3,000 and with 2GB less RAM

Photo from OPPO

Midrange Realme 3 Pro to launch May 17

May 07, 2019 - 3:27 PM

Realme takes a crack at the midrange market

Photos from Realme

Huawei jumps ahead of Apple in tough smartphone market – IDC

May 02, 2019 - 10:39 AM

The global smartphone market for Q1 2019 declines 6.6% from the same period in 2018, the 6th consecutive quarter of decline, says the International Data Corporation

Shutterstock photo

OPPO F11: Price, specs, features

Apr 23, 2019 - 4:15 PM

It's P3,000 cheaper than the 'Pro' version, whose main difference is its notch-free screen

Photo from OPPO

Samsung delays launch of folding Galaxy smartphone

Apr 23, 2019 - 10:21 AM

Samsung says it decided to put off this week's planned release of the Fold after some reviews 'showed us how the device needs further improvements'

GALAXY FOLD DELAYS. Samsung senior vice president of product marketing Justin Denison speaks on stage about the new foldable phone during the Samsung Unpacked product launch event in San Francisco, California on February 20, 2019. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Samsung to inspect Galaxy Fold phones after reviewer complaints

Apr 18, 2019 - 2:49 PM

Is Samsung facing another huge hardware issue?

FOLD. Samsung Senior Vice President of Product Marketing, Justin Denison, speaks during the Samsung Unpacked product launch event in San Francisco, California on February 20, 2019. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Street, landscape, or night photography? The Vivo V15 Pro lets you do all that

Apr 17, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The V15 Pro is now available in the Philippines

Phones of Q1 2019 from least to most expensive

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:44 PM

Here are some of your options from the last quarter if you're looking for a new phone

World's first 5G phone released in South Korea

Apr 05, 2019 - 4:19 PM

South Korea's 3 mobile carriers – SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus – hold launch events across Seoul for the Galaxy S10 5G, whose base version costs 1.39 million won, or $1,200

SAMSUNG'S 5G PHONE. The day's first Korea Telecom 5G customers receive a Samsung Galaxy S10 5G phone at a KT launch event in Seoul on April 5, 2019. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP, GCash, GrabPay, PayMaya: Who’s leading the mobile payments war in PH?

Apr 02, 2019 - 12:51 PM

Take a close look at how the competition is playing out so far

Huawei P30 Lite: pricing, specs, and pre-order dates

Apr 01, 2019 - 7:24 PM

Check out Huawei's upcoming smartphone offering, with a roundup of the pricing, specifications and when you can pre-order the P30 Lite

Xiaomi Mi 9: specs, features, price in the Philippines

Apr 01, 2019 - 6:39 PM

The pricing for the Xiaomi Mi 9 starts at P22,990

Photo from Xiaomi

Huawei P30, P30 Pro prices in the Philippines announced

Mar 27, 2019 - 12:35 AM

(UPDATED) The P30 Pro is the new DxoMark champion with an overall score of 119, beating previous record-holders Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, and older Huawei flagships P20 Pro, and Mate 20 Pro

HUAWEI P30. All photos from Huawei

Nokia 7 Plus devices sent user data to a Chinese server – report

Mar 23, 2019 - 11:57 AM

HMD Global admits China-specific software found its way to Nokia 7 Plus phones meant for other markets

NOKIA 7 PLUS. Photo from Nokia

Vivo launches new flagship phone V15 Pro

Mar 23, 2019 - 10:36 AM

Groundbreaking new camera features and a powerful processor are just some of the things Vivo fans can look forward to in the new V15 Pro

The new Vivo V15 Pro's AI Triple Camera lets you take professional photos with your smartphone

Mar 22, 2019 - 4:20 PM

This all-in-one device packs game-changing Elevating Front Camera, In-Display Fingerprint Scanning, and powerful AI Triple Camera

World’s first 5G phone to launch April 5 in South Korea – reports

Mar 22, 2019 - 9:18 AM

South Korea may be the first to have a commercially available 5G phone, just days apart from US Verizon's April 11 launch for its Motorola Z3 with 5G attachment

GALAXY S10 5G. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Vivo V15 series with 32MP pop-up front camera launched: specs, price

Mar 21, 2019 - 1:48 PM

The V15 is priced at 17,999 while the V15Pro is priced at P23,999

VIVO V15. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 launched in Philippines: price, specs

Mar 20, 2019 - 3:39 PM

Pricing for the Redmi Note 7 starts at P7,990. The Redmi Note 7 Pro, meanwhile, isn't coming to the Philippines.

Huawei P30: Expected specifications and pricing

Mar 20, 2019 - 1:32 PM

Here's a list of expected specifications and pricing for Huawei's upcoming phone, based on reports

WATCH: Is this the first user-made Samsung Galaxy Fold hands-on video?

Mar 20, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The video shows a slight crease running in the middle

Screenshot from YouTube/phoneoftime

Realme 3 budget phone priced at P6,990

Mar 19, 2019 - 10:24 PM

Solid specs at a low price plus a very good-looking design

Image from Realme

Huawei prepared own OS in case of Android, Windows ban

Mar 15, 2019 - 11:18 AM

'We have prepared our own operating system. Should it ever happen that we can no longer use these systems, we would be prepared,' says Huawei executive Richard Yu

YU. Richard Yu, CEO of the Huawei consumer business group, attends a press conference and launch of new 5G Huawei products at the Huawei Beijing Executive Briefing Centre in Beijing on January 24, 2019. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Samsung A30 priced at P13,990, arrives March 30

Mar 14, 2019 - 3:54 PM

The slightly pricier A50 variant comes in at P17,990

GALAXY A30. Photo from Samsung

What Vivo is coming up with in March 2019

Mar 12, 2019 - 1:34 PM

Global smartphone brand Vivo teases a new smartphone that will soon be available in the Philippines

Samsung Galaxy M20 budget phone lands in Philippines for P10,990

Mar 06, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Samsung is gearing up against the budget phones from China

M20. Photo from Samsung

Upcoming Vivo smartphones’ exciting features to turn up the perfect shot

Mar 02, 2019 - 7:42 AM

Vivo has elevated the standard in smartphones a notch higher with pioneering and state-of-the-art optics technology

IN PHOTOS: The Huawei Mate X

Feb 27, 2019 - 7:53 AM

Take a closer look at Huawei's new star

All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Sony flagship Xperia 1 highlights 4 new device offerings

Feb 25, 2019 - 7:51 PM

The Xperia 1 is reportedly the world’s first phone to sport a 6.5-inch 4K OLED display

XPERIA 1. Sony's latest premium smartphone is here. All images from Sony.

LG joins 5G race with V50 ThinQ 5G

Feb 25, 2019 - 6:44 AM

LG also introduces the G8 ThinQ touting gesture-based navigation

Screenshot from LG product page

Nokia 9 Pureview with 5 lenses now official

Feb 25, 2019 - 12:58 AM

The star of the show is the Nokia 9 Pureview which comes with a whopping 5 lenses

NOKIA 9 PUREVIEW. Photo from Nokia

Huawei’s foldable 5G-ready Mate X available mid-2019

Feb 24, 2019 - 10:53 PM

The device costs €2299, which is about P131,500

HUAWEI MATE X. Screenshot from livestream

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G arrives in May 2019

Feb 24, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Along with the 5G version of the Mi Mix 3, we have news on Xiaomi's Mi 9 and one of its 'internet of things' offerings, an LED smart bulb

OPPO 5G phone arrival in Philippines dependent on infrastructure, telco talks

Feb 24, 2019 - 7:06 PM

In Switzerland, Singapore, and Australia, OPPO's 5G phone is expected to arrive in the 2nd quarter of 2019

5G PHONE. OPPO shows a non-commercial model of their first 5G phone.Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

OPPO showcases 10x optical zoom camera system

Feb 23, 2019 - 11:36 PM

The cameras are 'ready for mass production,' OPPO says

Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

First impressions: Samsung Galaxy S10

Feb 21, 2019 - 10:35 PM

There’s definitely plenty to 'unpack' from Samsung’s 10th S-line flagship