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Vivo V15 series with 32MP 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

Samsung Galaxy S10: Key specs, new features

Feb 21, 2019 - 9:53 AM

Here are the new features that last year's S9 didn't have

S10. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler

Samsung Galaxy S10: Price, availability details

Feb 21, 2019 - 7:24 AM

The entry-level variant S10e is priced at P39,990 while a 1TB version of the S10+ propels the series' pricing to a new high

IN-DISPLAY SCANNER. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler

Samsung launches the Galaxy Fold and its first 5G handset

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:18 AM

Samsung's foldable and a 5G S10 are now official

FOLD. Seeking to rev up demand in the slumping smartphone market, Samsung on Wednesday unveiled a folding handset, becoming the first major manufacturer to offer the feature. Photo by Josh Edelson / AFP

Samsung Galaxy S10: Expected price, specs

Feb 20, 2019 - 11:29 AM

A 'budget' version is being added to the mix

The week in phones: Xiaomi Mi 9 teaser, LG OLED speaker, 'China Red' iPhone XS

Feb 17, 2019 - 4:37 PM

The Xiaomi Mi 9 reportedly features a 48 megapixel primary sensor and an iridescent back

MI 9. Official Xiaomi photo

The week in phones: OPPO's Find X successor, Nokia penta-lens, WiFi 6 phones

Feb 10, 2019 - 9:08 AM

The new OPPO is reportedly called the Find Z, likely the brand's first 5G phone

Photo from OPPO

Emerging economies catching up in smartphone adoption – survey

Feb 06, 2019 - 1:48 PM

South Korea still leads smartphone adoption at 95% of the population, with India among the lowest at 24% among the countries surveyed

Once red-hot smartphone market sees cooler trend

Feb 03, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The smartphone remains a must-have device, but sales are slowing down

IPHONE X. Shutterstock photo

The week in phones: an 18,000 mAh Energizer phone, a port-less Meizu, S10 leak

Feb 02, 2019 - 1:54 PM

Energizer announces that it will reveal a smartphone with an 18,000 mAh battery at Mobile World Congress 2019

Phone photo from Energizer

FaceTime bug lets callers eavesdrop as Apple promises fix this week

Jan 29, 2019 - 1:29 PM

(UPDATED) Apple has temporarily disabled Group Facetime, presumably to fix the issue, though it did not specify any actual reason behind their move

The week in phones: Vivo Apex 2019, Xiaomi foldable, Huawei and LG 5G

Jan 27, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Expect plenty of foldable and 5G devices to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress this year

APEX 2019. Photo from Vivo

Apple will again launch a trio of iPhones later this year – report

Jan 14, 2019 - 2:20 PM

The successor of the XS Max will reportedly sport 3 rear cameras

Next Samsung flagship to be unveiled February 20

Jan 14, 2019 - 1:26 PM

Three variants of the S10 are expected and possibly, Samsung's foldable Galaxy X phone

Screenshot from Samsung

Facebook's presence can't be completely removed on select Android phones – report

Jan 11, 2019 - 2:26 PM

Facebook is among the numerous app developers to have deals with phonemakers to put pre-installed placeholder app 'stubs' on users' phones

Belgium reviews smartphone use by troops to counter spying – media

Dec 29, 2018 - 8:54 PM

A review is underway of all Belgian military and troops operating in Baltic states, including those bordering Russia, should no longer be allowed to use their smartphones in 'certain regions and circumstances,' news agency Belga says

Worry over kids' excessive smartphone use is more justified than ever before

Dec 27, 2018 - 10:00 AM

New research found brain changes among kids using screens more than 7 hours a day and lower cognitive skills among those using screens more than two hours a day

SMARTPHONE WOES. Sleep deprivation among teens spiked after 2012 – just as smartphone use became common. GCapture/

8 important developments in the smartphone world in 2018

Dec 24, 2018 - 5:00 AM

We round up some of the biggest and most talked about headlines in smartphones this year

How wireless recharging works – and how it doesn’t, yet

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:38 AM

Ever wondered how wireless charging plates transmitted power to a device?

WIRELESS CHARGING. Photo from Samsung

Lenovo announces first phone with 12GB of RAM

Dec 19, 2018 - 11:55 AM

The Z5 Pro GT sets a new RAM record for phones, topping the like of the OPPO Find X and Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, both with 10GB of RAM

How the world's top smartphone brands fared in 2018

Dec 15, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Here we assess the world's 5 biggest phone makers of 2018 – Samsung, Huawei, Apple, Xiaomi, and OPPO, according to International Data Corporation's Q3 2018 sales figures

Huawei's Honor View 20 to feature 48MP camera

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Nokia's PureView 808 and Lumia 1020 phones, released in 2012 and 2013, respectively, have finally been topped

Photo from Honor/Twitter

'Russian Google' unveils first smartphone

Dec 06, 2018 - 10:56 AM

While the design was created by Yandex, the phone is made in China

YANDEX. Russian internet giant Yandex on December 5, 2018 launched its first ever smartphone, ending several weeks of suspense for tech fans over the highly anticipated launch. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: Peak Infinity Display

Dec 04, 2018 - 11:55 AM

The Note 9 will likely be the last to sport this design before the S10 introduces a new form in early 2019

All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Realme enters Philippine market with entry-level C1 phone

Nov 29, 2018 - 5:59 PM

The Realme C1 is priced at P5,990 and will arrive 'this Christmas season'

C1. Realme's 1st phone in the Philippines is the entry-level C1. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

[OPINYON] Ang maging manunulat sa panahon ng smarter-than-user smartphone

Nov 27, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Wala na yatang nakaaalala na ang buwan ng Nobyembre ay Reading Month – kung paanong wala na ring nakakaalala kung paano magbasa nang marubdob, lalo na sa kagubatan ng social media

Never without their smartphones: a global revolution

Nov 18, 2018 - 4:00 PM

This year, the number of smartphone users in the world is expected to pass 3 billion

This picture taken on November 12, 2018 shows job seekers looking at their smartphones while searching for employment during a jobs fair in Seoul. - Women often struggle to find a foothold in South Korea's male-dominated corporate culture and a series of firms have now been caught allegedly using sexist recruitment targets to keep it that way. Despite its economic and technological advances the South remains a patriarchal society, and has one of the world's thickest glass ceilings for women. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

After conquering the world, smartphone faces uncertain future

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Even as top makers like Apple and Samsung unveil new handsets with new features and improved performance, smartphone sales have flattened with most major markets largely saturated

Smartphones raising a mentally fragile generation

Nov 13, 2018 - 1:26 PM

San Diego State University psychology professor Jean Twenge sees smartphones and social media as raising an unhappy, compliant generation of teens and adults

JEAN TWENGE. San Diego State University psychology professor Jean Twenge poses in San Diego, California, on September 17, 2018. Photo by Julie Charpentrat/AFP

Samsung's foldable phone to cost $1,770, slated for March 2019 – report

Nov 13, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The device will be called the Galaxy F, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency

Xiaomi bringing Mi 8 Lite, Mi 8 Pro to PH

Nov 09, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Both Xiaomi's Mi 8 Lite and Mi 8 Pro will go on sale on Lazada and Shopee on November 11, with Mi Authorized Stores to have them soon after

Xiaomi debuts in London with Mi 8 Pro

Nov 09, 2018 - 7:37 AM

Xiaomi also announces that it will open an official Mi Store in London on November 18

Photo from Xiaomi