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Top 10 most Googled phones in the Philippines for 2017

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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)

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Qualcomm is testing a new chip series for Android Go phones

Coming soon to budget phones near you!

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Since the birth of the smartphone industry, processors have always fought in an unending arms race. It’s all about power. In this industry, the fastest processor wins.

Recently, the industry properly established market segmentation. Now, processors have leaders in flagship, midrange, and budget segments. However, the industry was still in the arms race, regardless of segmentation.

Despite this trend, Qualcomm has announced a surprising decision. Instead of pursuing the fastest, the chip maker will instead focus on the bottom of the barrel.

Currently, the Snapdragon 200 series populates the company’s entry-level market. However, fiercer competition has edged out the series in this segment. Right now, MediaTek has captured more entry-level phones than Qualcomm.

With this, Qualcomm is testing a new series outside of the iconic Snapdragon lineup. The Qualcomm QM215 will focus on smartphones within the Android Go program. As such, the new chip will offer incredibly budget-friendly options for consumers.

According to a German source, the planned product is a 1.3GHz quad-core chipset, coupled with a 650MHz GPU. Prototype devices are touting LCD screens (1440 x 720 resolution), up to 2GB of LPDDR3 memory, and up to 16GB of internal storage. According to the same source, a “well-known smartphone maker” is already developing a device with the new chip. Likewise, component makers have already created fingerprint readers tailored for the chip. With its currently rumored specs, the chipset matches performance from the Snapdragon 400 series.

Right now, the product is likely in its early stages. The Qualcomm QM215 might even ultimately add to the Snapdragon 200 series after all. If anything, expect a lot more movement from Qualcomm in the entry-level market in the future.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx is first-ever 7nm chip in a PC

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Huawei P30 series will officially be revealed on March 26

In Paris once again

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On March 26, Huawei plans to “rewrite the rules.”

That’s because that’ll be the date for the flagship P30’s launch, which is happening exactly one year after the Huawei P20’s unveiling. Paris, France will once again be the venue.

Here’s the short teaser being spread on social media:

Little is known about the P30 and what it’s going to offer. Early leaks say that the Pro model might have four cameras on the rear as an upgrade to the predecessor’s three.

Other reports suggest that the P30 lineup will sport a notch with a curved display, similar to what the Mate 20 Pro has. All we can say for sure is that the primary P30 variants will utilize the high-end Kirin 980 chipset.

With Mobile World Congress happening soon, it’ll be up to Huawei to sustain the smartphone market’s hype come March.

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Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy M30 phone will have triple rear cameras

The third phone in the series

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After launching the Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 budget phones in India last month, Samsung will announce another model in the Galaxy M series — the Galaxy M30.

When Samsung posted the Galaxy M30 teaser online, they didn’t share any hardware details aside from its 6.4-inch Infinity U Display. Since the Galaxy M30 will be upgraded to a Super AMOLED panel, it’ll definitely cost more than the other Galaxy M phones.

Based on the image posted by Samsung, the Galaxy M30 will have a waterdrop notch on the display and triple rear cameras. It’ll also have a rear-mounted fingerprint reader. Overall, it has a similar design to the rest of the Galaxy M phones.

Rumor has it that it’ll sport an Exynos 7904 processor with up to 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage. A 5000mAh battery is also expected to power the device for a whole day.

As for the cameras, it could have a 16-megapixel selfie snapper. At the back, the triple shooters might be composed of a main 13-megapixel sensor accompanied by two 5-megapixel sensors.

All are rumors for now, except for the display. Everything will be confirmed on February 27, the official launch date of the Galaxy M30. The phone will be sold exclusively through Amazon India at launch.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy M20 hands-on: Give the users what they want

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