Top 10 most Googled phones in the Philippines for 2017



Before 2017 ends, let’s look back at what trended online this year. Google released its Year in Search and there are some interesting lists to read, including this one.

It’s been a year of borderless displays for us, but what about the actual searches of online users? In the Philippines, Google was able to list down the most searched phones, and they are:

10th — Nokia 3310

Claiming the tenth spot is the reincarnation of a Nokia classic. While we didn’t necessarily see the Nokia 3310 out in the streets back like when it was hugely popular, the new version surely captured the curiosity of people.

SEE ALSO: This is what using a Nokia 3310 in 2017 is like

9th — OPPO F3

Up next is OPPO’s phone with dual front cameras. Mainly marketed for selfies and group selfies, the OPPO F3 did pretty well online just like its siblings which are also on this list.

SEE ALSO: OPPO F3 review and selfie comparisons

8th — Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime

Samsung’s budget phone for the masses took the eighth place. With its modest specs and trusted household name, Filipinos got intrigued by what it offers.

SEE ALSO: 24 Hours in Singapore with the Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime

7th — Nokia 6

Nokia 6 was the first Android phone of Nokia at the helm of HMD Global. It first launched in China before making its way to the global market and satisfied the cravings of consumers for a true Android-powered phone from Nokia.

SEE ALSO: Nokia’s new 3310 and smartphones come to the Philippines

6th — Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro

With a youthful campaign and the talented Liza Soberano as its endorser, Samsung’s midrange phone did pique the interest of loyal fans. It also proved itself to be a popular successor to

the Galaxy J7 Prime.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro Review: Looks good, feels good

5th — OPPO F1s

OPPO F1s back

The OPPO F1s was launched back in 2016, but its popularity lasted long enough to make it one of the top searches for phones even in 2017. This phone is one of the early devices that brought the selfie game to the next level.

SEE ALSO: OPPO F1s review

4th — OPPO F5

The recently launched OPPO F5 (the successor of the F3 and F1s) with its AI selfie feature and near-borderless display beat its predecessors’ popularity on online searches.

SEE ALSO: OPPO F5 hands-on: A nearly borderless selfie phone

3rd — Huawei Nova 2i

Securing the third spot and the most searched among midrange phones is the Huawei Nova 2i. With its balanced specs-to-price ratio, the Nova 2i offers plenty against the competition.

SEE ALSO: Photography with the Huawei Nova 2i: Behind the scenes

2nd — Apple iPhone 8

Apple’s latest smartphones come as no surprise on the second to the top spot. The minor refreshes of last year’s iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus are only bested by…

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Review

1st — Apple iPhone X

Yes, the iPhone X. The OLED-touting premium phone from Apple is the most searched phone in the Philippines in 2017.  Even though the phone came late in the year, it managed to skyrocket to the top.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone X Review: Is it worth the hype?

Based on the top searches, you can see how Filipinos look for devices which are currently up on the market. For the budget-conscious, they go for trusted names; midrange is a choice of which near-borderless phone suits you; and for the premium segment, Apple is on the top of their minds.

SEE ALSO: 10 smartphones with huge batteries (2017 Edition)


Nokia 6.1 Plus is here to spice up the midrange segment

The first Nokia-branded phone to sport a notch



2018 is undoubtedly the year of midrange phones. While we’ve seen some amazing innovation coming in this year like the in-display fingerprint scanner and moving camera module, they have been limited to the top-tier for now.

The actual innovation has been happening in the midrange segment where we’ve seen companies launch new phones every few months, and for the first time, there have been no compromises. Right from the design to the processor, everything is becoming near perfect. Thanks to initiatives like the Android One program, we are also assured that these phones will last you at least two years.

Joining the bandwagon, we now have HMD Global’s Nokia 6.1 Plus. The phone was launched a few months back in China and is also called the Nokia X6. For the global markets, HMD Global already has a streamlined product lineup that includes the Nokia 6.1 and Nokia 5.1.

The phone has been launched in India today and retails for INR 15,999 (US$ 230). It will be exclusively available for purchase via Flipkart and Nokia Online Store starting August 30.

It has a 5.8-inch Full HD+ display and is the first Nokia-branded phone to sport a notch. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 636 SoC along with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. Storage is expandable via a microSD card and it supports a hybrid SIM setup.

On the rear, the Nokia 6.1 Plus houses a 16- and 5-megapixel dual-camera arrangement that supports AI-powered portrait mode and automatic scene recognition. The front has a 16-megapixel snapper that is Face Unlock-compatible. The back of the phone also has a fingerprint scanner for authentication and 3060mAh battery that supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0.

Continuing HMD Global’s strategy, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is also a part of the Android One program and ships with Android 8.1 Oreo, without any bloatware.

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OPPO India launches the F9 Pro with a unique notch

Redefining the trend



OPPO has been increasing its focus on the Indian market in the last few quarters and has already brought its flagship Find X to the country. In a bid to establish itself as a long-term player, the brand has also started a new sub-brand called Realme to capture the budget segment.

The company today announced the launch of the OPPO F9 Pro in India; the device will be succeeding the F7 that was launched in March. To avoid any confusion, OPPO has also launched this phone in other markets like the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam where it’s called the F9.

The design on this phone is further refined and has glass backing that creates a color gradient along with different patterns that vary according to the configuration. The notch on this phone is a lot smaller than what we’re currently seeing in the industry and is similar to a tiny “water-drop.”

This is also the first time OPPO’s F-series phone will have a rear dual-camera setup. The phone has a 16- and 2-megapixel setup that has AI-backed features like beautification and portrait mode. The front camera is a massive 25-megapixel shooter that has advanced AI-powered face enhancement and auto scene recognition features.

It’s controlled by a MediaTek Helio P60 chipset and comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Another highlight of the phone is its battery, rated at 3500mAh, which supports VOOC Flash Charge that can get you two hours of usage with just five minutes of charging.

The phone runs on ColorOS 5.2 that is OPPO’s skin based on Android 8.0 Oreo, and is available in Sunrise Red, Twilight Blue, and Starry Purple. It’s priced at INR 23,990 (US$ 345) and will be exclusively available for purchase via Flipkart.

A cheaper non-Pro F9 is available as well for INR 19,990 (US$ 285). It comes with less memory at 4GB and a lower-resolution 16-megapixel front camera.

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God of War’s New Game Plus mode is here

It’s time for another play through, boy!



A New Game Plus (NG+) mode for PlayStation 4’s God of War is here. This means whatever weapons, items, and armor you amassed during your first go round, you can take with you if you wish to go on another adventure with Kratos and Atreus.

The NG+ mode also lets you pick a different difficulty setting from the one you first played with. So whether you feel like taking on a tougher challenge or just breezing through the story mode, you can do so. The choice is yours.

Other new content include a new shield skin when you start a NG+ as well as new types of armor you can forge for the father and son duo. The additions also include new challenges like Realm Tears while on a time limit and a variety of new attack patterns for draugrs, witches, and other foes you’ll meet along the way.

Updates not just for God of War NG+ mode

If you’re still in the middle of your first run, don’t worry, the creators of God of War didn’t forget about us. There’s now a button that easily lets you transfer enchantments making it easier to go from one armor to another. There are also some bug fixes and quality-of-life improvements like keeping Kratos safe at all times during parry attacks and improved consistency with how enemy attacks can be parried.

If you’ve completed the game at least once, the update also lets you skip cinematic scenes whether you’re on NG+ or not.

God of War for the PS4 first came out in April 2018 and received glowing reviews from various media outlets. Many of whom even said it’s an early candidate for Game of the Year. It takes the franchise’s main character Kratos into Norse mythology years after he tore through the Greek gods.

SEE MORE: God of War: A must-play for 2018

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