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13.4% jump in phone WiFi use in Philippines in first week of lockdown – OpenSignal

Apr 03, 2020 - 7:07 PM

OpenSignal notices a 'large week-on-week jump in Time on Wifi in the Philippines' on the third week of March, beginning March 16. This is around the time Luzon was placed under enhanced community quarantine.

Apple to launch new entry-level 'iPhone SE' model – reports

Apr 03, 2020 - 3:50 PM

It's been speculated an iPhone SE announcement is coming sooner rather than later

APPLE. In this file photo taken on September 10, 2019 the Apple logo is projected on a screen before the start of a product launch event at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Global smartphone shipments in February down nearly 40% from last year – analyst firm

Mar 23, 2020 - 1:20 PM

Global sales of smatphones in February 2020 are down 38% compared to last year, and 39% compared to January 2020, the month before the coronavirus spread more vigorously in countries beyond China

SMARTPHONE SALES. Phone sales decline as a result of the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Angelo Gonzales/Rappler


Keeping your phones clean in the time of the coronavirus

Mar 12, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Should you be concerned about your germ-ridden phones?

Here's how much a flagship phone's price could decline after a year – report

Feb 27, 2020 - 1:20 PM

Online shopping aggregator iPrice takes a look at price decline rates for Samsung's S phones

GET IT CHEAPER. The price of Samsung's newest flagship phone will drop by 30% within just 6 months after release, an independent research on price trends predicts

New Huawei Mate Xs foldable to be launched globally

Feb 25, 2020 - 7:48 AM

Huawei's foldable receives build improvements and a new processor

All photos from Huawei


Here’s why you don’t really need that new phone right now

Feb 20, 2020 - 1:36 PM

Here's why you may want to adopt an 'I don’t really need that new phone right now' mindset in your daily life

Smartphone voting stirs interest – and security fears

Feb 16, 2020 - 11:02 AM

Rising interest in electronic voting heightens concerns among security experts who fear these systems are vulnerable to hacking and manipulation that could undermine confidence in election results

Unboxing: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

Feb 16, 2020 - 8:58 AM

The Z Flip looks and feels amazing

SAMSUNG Z FLIP. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

First impressions: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Feb 12, 2020 - 8:03 PM

We get a nice bump-up in specs, especially with the 100x zoom, but its 5G-readiness, even if it's disabled at launch, gives it some edge

S20 ULTRA. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Prices in the Philippines: Samsung S20, S20 Plus, S20 Ultra, Z Flip, Buds+

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:56 AM

Prices start at P49,990 for the S20 line

S20 PLUS. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Samsung launches its second foldable, the Galaxy Z Flip

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:00 AM

Samsung's second foldable boasts new bendable glass, moving away from the Fold's plastic screen

Z FLIP. Samsung showcases their new foldable at Samsung Unpacked 2020. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


WATCH: Samsung launches all-new S20 phones

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:00 AM

Check out Samsung's new flagship here in this short video

S20 PLUS. The Plus version has a 6.7-inch screen and a time-of-flight camera for image depth, which isn't found in the base S20. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Samsung S20 sets pace for 5G tech but some regions get 4G-only variants

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:00 AM

While 5G networks still have to find their legs, Samsung offers some future-proofing with the first phone that offers compatibility with both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G

S20 ULTRA. Other than 5G-readiness, the range-topping S20 Ultra also boasts a 100X Space Zoom camera. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Specs comparison: S20 vs. S20 Plus vs. S20 Ultra

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:00 AM

Check out how each S20 variant measures up with one another

S20. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


IN PHOTOS: Samsung Galaxy S20

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:00 AM

The boxy, black camera housing looks to become the line's distinctive design feature

All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Buyer’s guide: January 2020 phones

Feb 10, 2020 - 4:51 PM

If a new premium flagship is what you’re after, you might have to wait a little longer

Huawei flagship is first commercially available 5G phone in the Philippines

Feb 06, 2020 - 8:19 PM

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G is now available via Globe

KIRIN 990 5G. The chip powers the Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G. Photo from Huawei


Cheapest Note 10 variant lands in the Philippines

Feb 06, 2020 - 5:56 PM

It's priced at P29,990, and will be available starting February 14

Samsung S20 name, appearance confirmed in product page leak

Feb 05, 2020 - 1:33 PM

Also leaked is an S20 case with LED lights that can display symbols and a countdown when taking photos

'S20 Ultra,' 'Z Flip': Expected specs, features for rumored, new Samsung flagships

Jan 30, 2020 - 4:46 PM

The S line will reportedly add an 'ultra' model while a new foldable will also be launching

NEW FLIP. Samsung's launching a new foldable called the Flip Z, according to rumor, with a new leak from Evan Blass showing the purported device. Photo from Evan Blass/Twitter


LIST: Samsung, Huawei, OPPO, and Xiaomi flagship phones for 2020

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:30 AM

120Hz screens, 5G-readiness, 12GB RAM – check out what the decade's first batch of flagships is looking to offer

GALAXY S10. Last year's Samsung Galaxy S10 was the first Samsung to carry 5G functionality. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Local election in U.S. to allow voting via smartphones

Jan 23, 2020 - 4:08 PM

Experts object: 'There is a firm consensus in the cybersecurity community that mobile voting on a smartphone is a really stupid idea'


Japan to develop app detecting forged residence cards for foreigners

Jan 09, 2020 - 8:37 AM

Forged residence cards are often used to get jobs other than those permitted by the type of visa held or to remain in the country beyond the permitted period

This picture taken on October 9, 2019 shows a man walking through the streets of the Tokyo suburb of Shinjuku. - The Japan Rugby World Cup is being held in the country from September 20 to November 2. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

Samsung guns for wider market with cheaper Note 10, S10 models

Jan 06, 2020 - 1:32 PM

The Note 10 Lite and S10 Lite may give midrange buyers some pause if priced correctly

NOTE 10 LITE. Photo from Samsung


9 best flagship smartphones of 2019

Dec 21, 2019 - 2:32 PM

From the iPhone 11 to the Galaxy Note 10, here are our picks for the best flagships of the year

IPHONE 11. Photo by Gelo Gonzales


4 top smartphones from P20,000 to P35,000 in 2019

Dec 21, 2019 - 11:11 AM

Here are the best alternatives to premium flagships this year

V17 PRO. Photo from Vivo


8 best smartphones under P20,000 in 2019

Dec 21, 2019 - 11:11 AM

From the OPPO Reno2 F to the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE, here are our picks for the best smartphones under P20,000

RENO2 F. Photo from OPPO


5 best smartphones from P10,000 to P15,000 in 2019

Dec 20, 2019 - 10:09 PM

From the Realme 5 Pro to the Redmi Note 8 Pro, here are our picks for the best phones in this price range

5 best smartphones under P10,000 in 2019

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:05 PM

From the OPPO A5s to Samsung Galaxy A20s, here are our picks for the budget phones of the year

Unboxing: Samsung Galaxy Fold

Dec 03, 2019 - 6:46 PM

Get a closer look at Samsung's most advanced mobile device yet


Vivo S1 Pro smartphone launch encourages youth to “explore your style”

Nov 29, 2019 - 3:39 PM

The Vivo S1 Pro will be available at all authorized Vivo outlets nationwide starting November 30

The Vivo S1 Pro is for those young and defining their style

Nov 22, 2019 - 3:54 PM

Combining unique phone design, stunning camera features, with in-display fingerprint scanning technology, S1 Pro is tailored specifically for the fashionable and youthful audience

Smart offers Samsung Galaxy Fold in PH via limited pre-order until December 1

Nov 20, 2019 - 1:11 PM

The innovative smartphone is a breakthrough in mobile design

Impressions: Samsung Galaxy Fold

Nov 14, 2019 - 6:58 PM

Here are our thoughts on the soon-to-be-released foldable smartphone from Samsung

SAMSUNG GALAXY FOLD. All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Powerful technology and luxury come together in the Vivo NEX 3

Nov 08, 2019 - 9:00 PM

With innovations anchored on future technologies and trend-setting design, the Vivo NEX 3 is on its way to becoming a symbol of luxurious innovation

11 mobile phones to check out during Lazada’s 11.11 electronics sale

Nov 06, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Need a new phone? Here’s a list of discounted ones.

Filipinos look into a “future beyond edges” as Vivo launches NEX 3 smartphone

Nov 04, 2019 - 11:07 AM

The Vivo NEX 3 will be available on November 9, 2019, at all authorized Vivo outlets nationwide

Unboxing: iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max

Nov 01, 2019 - 8:46 PM

Apple's latest iPhones have arrived. We unbox them here!

IPHONE 11. The new Iphones are now available in the Philippines


Smartphone sales see modest rebound after 2-year slump – survey

Nov 01, 2019 - 10:20 AM

Strong pricing competition, larger screens, and 5G connectivity are said to be among reasons for the recovery

SMARTPHONES. Samsung phones on display during the Samsung Unpacked event on February 20, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP


Samsung building a new foldable phone

Oct 30, 2019 - 7:47 PM

Samsung's developing a folding phone using a clamshell-type fold, making it reminiscent of flip phones

SAMSUNG'S CLAMSHELL FOLDABLE. In a teaser video, Samsung shows the possibilities for a foldable clamshell-type smartphone. Screenshot from YouTube video

Huawei Mate 30: Specs, features, and price in the Philippines

Oct 29, 2019 - 7:09 PM

It retails for P34,990

MATE 30. Photo from Huawei website


Vivo NEX 3: Go beyond the present with the future of smartphone technology

Oct 29, 2019 - 12:22 PM

Breakthrough design, premier photo-shooting, boosted connectivity, and more – check out Vivo's latest flagship smartphone

Shoot beyond limits with Vivo V17 Pro's six cameras

Oct 28, 2019 - 12:56 PM

The phone also has Pose Master and a Super Night Mode features

Huawei Mate 30 Pro: Specs, features, and price in the Philippines

Oct 25, 2019 - 8:23 PM

Learn more about the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, including pricing and available colors here

HUAWEI'S MATE 30 PRO The Mate 30 Pro's colors and material choices are shown at the Mate 30 event, Thursday, September 19. Screenshot from Huawei/YouTube

WATCH: The first 11 Globe subscribers to get their iPhone 11

Oct 25, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Check out the moment when these subscribers got their new iPhones

Photo by Angelo Gonzales

IN PHOTOS: Globe's iPhone 11 launch

Oct 25, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Check out the happenings at Globe's iPhone 11 launch

Photo by Angelo Gonzales


Samsung confirms Galaxy Fold coming to the Philippines

Oct 22, 2019 - 3:42 PM

After a global delay, the novel foldable is coming to the Philippines 'soon,' the company says

GALAXY FOLD. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


OPPO Reno2: Specs, features, price in the Philippines

Oct 18, 2019 - 4:40 PM

The Reno2 series arrives in the Philippines headlined by a premium midrange unit priced at P28,990

All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Unboxing: Samsung Galaxy A50s

Oct 16, 2019 - 5:41 PM

We unbox Samsung's refreshed A50 with an improved processor and main camera