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Here’s how Huawei's Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro are shaping up

Sep 18, 2018 - 3:12 PM

Huawei’s upcoming flagship, the Mate 20, is rumored to have an extremely small teardrop notch and a square camera module.

HUAWEI'S NEW PHONE. There's plenty to tease for the arrival of the Mate 20. Image from Huawei's Twitter.

Updated Apple system takes on smartphone addiction

Sep 13, 2018 - 12:52 PM

Parents will be able to impose time limits on apps from games and news to social media and messaging that children use, and will able to designate "down time" for themselves too

APP LIMITS. Apple's app limitation system combines with its parental controls to provide everyone with a means of controlling their usage, or that of a loved one's obsession with technoloy. Screen shot from WWDC 2018 livestream


U.S. teens prefer remote chats to face-to-face meeting – study

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:28 PM

The last time the same survey was conducted in 2012, meeting face-to-face hit 49%, far ahead of texting's 33%

Photo from Shutterstock


Photo of Nokia phone with 5 rear cameras surfaces

Sep 10, 2018 - 7:05 PM

It’s not clear what all the lenses will actually do

NOKIA. The headquarters of Finnish telecommunication network company Nokia are pictured in Espoo, Finland on April 27, 2017. File photo by Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva/AFP

Samsung to debut new features in mid-range models first – executive

Sep 07, 2018 - 1:36 PM

The company reportedly wants to boost sales of its mid-range devices as sales of flagships slow down

Photo by Alex dela Cruz/Rappler


Executive shows Xiaomi phone with 5G signal

Sep 07, 2018 - 1:23 PM

Xiaomi could be the first to launch a 5G-ready phone

5G-READY. A 5G label appears in the signal indicator of the phone. Photo from Donovan Sung/Twitter


Google event on October 9 expected to star new Pixel phone

Sep 07, 2018 - 11:37 AM

An Android-powered smartwatch may be unveiled as well

GOOGLE. Google's New York office is shown in lower Manhattan on March 5, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP


Google researchers say tech industry has fueled 'attention crisis'

Sep 06, 2018 - 6:18 PM

A paper by Google's own user-experience researchers provides an overall picture of the reasons people feel the need to be in constant contact with their phones

GOOGLE. A man walks past the logo of the US multinational technology company Google during the VivaTech trade fair on May 24, 2018 in Paris. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP


Here's how Google's Pixel 3 phones are shaping up

Sep 01, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Like many 2018 phones, the XL version of the Pixel 3 is expected to carry a notch

PIXEL 2. Photo from Google.


Apple expected to unveil new iPhones at September 12 event

Aug 31, 2018 - 10:53 AM

Three new iPhone models are expected to be revealed

COOK. Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during a product launch event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Xiaomi's Pocophone F1 is now the cheapest Snapdragon 845 phone

Aug 29, 2018 - 3:28 PM

The 64GB variant will retail at P17,990 while the 128GB version will hit stores at P19,990

POCOPHONE F1. Pocophone is Xiaomi's new budget sub-brand featuring phones that are packaged even more affordably than Xiaomi's own value-packed units. Photo from Xiaomi


Duterte shares his struggles with smartphones, Viber

Aug 21, 2018 - 10:46 PM

For the septuagenarian President, the struggle with technology is real

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte congratulates United States of America President-elect Donald Trump through a phone call at Legaspi Suites in Davao City on December 3, 2016. Photo by Richard Madelo/PPD

Blue light from phone screens may gradually cause blindness – study

Aug 13, 2018 - 1:03 PM

Those who want to protect their eyes are advised to avoid staring at their mobile phones or tablets in the dark

First impressions: Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Aug 10, 2018 - 4:43 PM

The new Note tops out at a whopping P75,990 for the 512GB version

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Samsung shows off the Galaxy Note 9

Aug 09, 2018 - 11:30 PM

Its S-Pen now has remote control functions

Taking photos with the reigning Dxomark champ, the Huawei P20 Pro

Aug 09, 2018 - 4:19 PM

Will it be toppled by upcoming flagships from Samsung, Apple and Google in the final stretch of 2018?

FLASHY. The P20 Pro features one of the most striking colors, 'twilight,' seen in 2018 smartphones. All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Samsung Galaxy Note 9 promotional video leaks ahead of launch

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Its storage will be expandable up to 1 terabyte, according to the video

NOTE 9. Days before the reveal, the new Samsung flagship leaks in what appears to be a promotional video. Screenshot from Ben Schoon/Twitter


Upcoming iPhones might not come with headphone dongle – report

Aug 06, 2018 - 12:11 PM

If you're considering using your wired headphones with this year's iPhones, you may need to purchase the dongle separately

IPHONE 7. This file photo taken on September 7, 2016 shows the iPhone 7 is seen on display during an Apple media event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Google sets limit to number of notches on Android P devices

Aug 02, 2018 - 2:22 PM

Notch cutouts can only be placed on the top or bottom side

NOTCH RULES. Google, anticipating possible notch design variations, places stricter rules. Pictured is a Huawei Nova 3i. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler


Huawei tops Apple in tightening smartphone market – IDC

Aug 01, 2018 - 11:48 AM

In the second quarter of 2018, Huawei shipped 54.2 million phones worldwide, second only to Samsung's 71.5 million, and ahead of Apple's 41.3 million, IDC reports

NOVA 3. Huawei's flagship devices launched earlier in the year have seen some excellent reviews, owing to their distinctive design, and industry-leading cameras. The recently launched Nova 3 approximates the flagship P20 series, making high-end technologies more accessible in an increasingly competitive market. Photo from Huawei

Images of alleged upsized iPhone X emerge online

Aug 01, 2018 - 6:28 AM

Alongside it is the 'midrange iPhone' which will reportedly sport a 6.1-inch LCD screen

COOK. Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during a product launch event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Huawei launches quad-camera Nova 3, Nova 3i

Jul 29, 2018 - 3:48 PM

The Nova 3i is now available for P15,990 while the Nova 3 will hit stores soon at the starting price of P25,990

What Android users should know about Google’s fight with the EU

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:04 PM

The European Union's $5 billion anti-trust fine challenges the core of Google's Android licensing model, possibly leading to more expensive Android devices

Image from Samsung


Xiaomi Mi 8 now in the PH for P25,990

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:30 PM

New budget phones, the 6 and 6A, are also announced

Huawei Nova 3i quick review: Its P20-like design is a winner

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:29 PM

The quad-camera-sporting Huawei Nova 3i launches on July 28 at the starting price of P15,990

CURVATURE. The design language of the premium P20 phones trickle to Huawei's new midrange offering, the Nova 3i. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler


IN PHOTOS: A peek inside Huawei’s Shenzhen headquarters

Jul 16, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Check out what we saw in our tour of Huawei’s Shenzhen headquarters, including a peek inside their campus, said to be over 140 hectares large

SHENZHEN TOUR. One of Huawei's buildings at its Ox Horn campus. Photos by Kyle Chua.

Oppo Find X priced at P49,990

Jul 12, 2018 - 5:50 PM

It's a bold step from Oppo, jumping from the budget league to premium territory

FIND X. The cameras pop up from the top portion of the phone, which allowed Oppo to remove the 'notch' as seen on the iPhone X and lots of other Android phones thereafter. It achieved a 93.8% screen-to-body ratio because of this, among the highest today, if not the highest. Photo from Oppo

Huawei P20 review: Holding its own with stellar cameras

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:45 AM

While the P20 doesn’t have the triple-camera setup of the P20 Pro, it’s still capable of shooting high-quality images packed with plenty of detail

Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler


iPhone ownership top indicator of wealth in U.S. in 2016 – researchers

Jul 09, 2018 - 3:24 PM

'Across all years in our data, no individual brand is as predictive of being high-income as owning an Apple iPhone in 2016,' says researchers from the US National Bureau of Economic Research

IPHONE X. The iPhone X is one of the most expensive phones today, with a $999 launch price. Screenshot from Apple website


Shares in China's Xiaomi fall on Hong Kong debut

Jul 09, 2018 - 10:38 AM

Known for their budget phones, the Chinese tech giant stumbles as it debuts in Hong Kong's stock market

COMEBACK. A Xiaomi phone on display in the Philippines where it relaunched in March 2018. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler


Blue, orange, and red iPhones may be coming – report

Jul 06, 2018 - 10:55 AM

Three new iPhones are expected this year: a 6.1-inch entry level model, a 6.5-inch 'plus' version, and an upgraded iPhone X

IPHONE X. The new iPhones coming this year are expected to come at several price points but all of them will be retaining iPhone X design elements. Shutterstock photo


Budget Honor 7 phones arrive, price starts at P5,490

Jul 04, 2018 - 5:49 PM

The Huawei sub-brand's 7S and 7A will retail for P5,490 and 6,990 respectively

HONOR 7A. Photo from Honor


Expect 5G smartphone prototype in early 2019 – Huawei executive

Jul 04, 2018 - 3:01 PM

One design challenge is to keep a 5G phone compact in spite of its 11 antennae compared to 4G phones' 7

NEXT GENERATION. Howy Shu, the senior director and head of 5G New Radio (NR) Wireless Connectivity at Huawei Device Company, shared some of his insights and forecasts of what the technology could bring in the coming years to the media at Shanghai, China last June 27. All photos by Kyle Chua/Rappler


Filipino-owned food delivery app, Delivery Guy, launched

Jun 28, 2018 - 7:37 PM

The new service will take on Singapore's Honestbee and GrabFood, and Germany-based Foodpanda

DELIVERY GUY. The service has a sleek, world-class presentation – a must if it's to compete with global brands. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to be revealed August 9

Jun 28, 2018 - 10:02 AM

Samsung has announced the date for its next 'Unpacked' event

STYLUS. Samsung's S-Pen appears in a gold/yellow color in their teaser for the next Note phone. Screenshot from Samsung/Youtube


Base Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 with 3 GB RAM now in PH for P10,490

Jun 27, 2018 - 5:26 PM

A cheaper version of Xiaomi's budget star comes to the Philippines

REDMI NOTE 5. A cheaper version of Xiaomi's budget phone arrives. Photo from Xiaomi


Customs seizes P75 million worth of fake smartphones, tablets

Jun 25, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The counterfeit goods, including fake iPhones, are found in a warehouse in Sta Cruz, Manila, on June 21

Photo from the Bureau of Customs

Oppo A83 2GB price down to P6,990

Jun 25, 2018 - 3:30 PM

The base version of the A83 gets a price cut of P2,000 a month after its release

A83. The A83 is a budget phone with a nice build. Photo from Oppo


Asus budget phone with 5,000 mAh battery arrives at P9,995

Jun 25, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Asus wants to target mobile gamers with the phone's high battery capacity and midrange Snapdragon 636 chip

MAX PRO. Photo from Asus


Google's augmented reality-based Measure app comes to Android phones

Jun 22, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Measure allows users of compatible phones to take measurements of surfaces and other objects by walking around them

MEASURE. The Measure app at work. Screenshot from Google Play.

Vivo launches flagship with in-display fingerprint scanner for P29,999

Jun 21, 2018 - 10:12 PM

The X21 is the first phone with an in-display fingerprint scanner to be officially available in the Philippines

IN-DISPLAY SCANNER. Vivo's in-display fingerprint scanner has been a source of amazement since it was first shown to the public in January 2018's Consumer Electronics Show. Photo from Vivo


Xiaomi lowers target as it kicks off IPO

Jun 21, 2018 - 3:17 PM

Xiaomi is offering 2.18 billion shares at HK$17-HK$22 apiece, according to Bloomberg News, which now values it at about $53.9-$69.8 billion

XIAOMI. The Xiaomi logo is pictured at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world's biggest mobile fair, on February 28, 2018 in Barcelona. File photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

China's Oppo enters Europe and U.S. phone market with £999 flagship

Jun 20, 2018 - 3:10 PM

The Oppo Find X is their most expensive phone yet, whose price roughly converts to P70,000 in the Philippines

FIND X. The phone with the peculiar name ditches the notch for pop-up cameras in order to make room for a bezel-free screen. Photo from Oppo


Samsung releases budget J6 for P13,990

Jun 19, 2018 - 5:52 PM

The J6 comes with a 5.6-inch HD display, a 1.6GHz octa-core processor, and Dolby Atmos sound technology

BLACK AND GOLD. The budget J6 will come in these two colors. Photo from Samsung


Here are the specs and pricing of the new Nokia 5.1, 3.1, and 2.1

Jun 10, 2018 - 12:07 PM

The Nokia 5.1, Nokia 3.1, and Nokia 2.1 aim to be affordable powerhouses in their own right. Check out the specifications and pricing of each here.

NOKIA 2.1. HMD Global's Nokia 2.1 smartphone. Image from press release.


Cheap but sleek Xiaomi and OnePlus making noise in Europe

Jun 07, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Chinese top-range phones are often around half the price of those made by US and Korean rivals, with fans professing that they're just as elegant, functional and durable


Facebook granted Chinese electronics firms access to user data

Jun 06, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Facebook's data-sharing partnerships with Chinese companies is of significant concern to the US in light of current political situations

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture shows a person posing during a photo session showing the social platform Facebook logo reflected in the pupil of an eye on April 25, 2018, in Paris. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP


Asus unveils the ROG Phone

Jun 04, 2018 - 7:30 PM

It carries an overclocked Snapdragon 845 chip and key design tweaks differentiating it from conventional smartphones

ROG PHONE. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


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