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9.7-inch iPad Pro Unboxing

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The new 9.7-inch iPad Pro is, in all fronts, the most impressive iPad ever built. It’s got a new A9X processor that Apple says is more powerful than most PCs, the camera of the iPhone 6S, which apart from offering better autofocus and low-light performance, can also shoot 4K video, and a new anti-reflective display with TrueTone technology that adapts color temperature based on its surroundings.

This is our unboxing of the legitimate offspring of the bigger iPad Pro and the iPad Air 2.

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Samsung expands tablet lineup with the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+

Slates for both productivity and creativity

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Tablets seem like an afterthought but Samsung continues to make them so they’re probably still appealing to the general public. With that comes Samsung’s new pair of tablets — the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+. 

So what’s new with this pair? For one, both are 5G-capable like plenty of devices coming out this year.

Everything else is par for the course when it comes to Samsung Galaxy Tablets. It has a flagship-level processor, an improved S Pen that functions the same way as the Galaxy Note 20 series, and an optional, sold separately Book Cover Keyboard for that ultimate productivity.

But it’s not all for work.

The 11” and 12.4” displays with a 120Hz refresh rate is perfect for immersive viewing and smooth gaming.

These tablets also make it easier to work across multiple devices. When there’s no Wi-Fi network in sight, you can use Auto Hotspot to automatically tether other Galaxy devices to your 5G- enabled tablet. And with Nearby Share, you can effortlessly transmit files to nearby contacts.

Here’s a quick look at the specs.

Galaxy Tab S7 Galaxy Tab S7+
Display 11”

2560×1600(WQXGA) LTPS TFT, up to 120Hz

12.4”

2800×1752(WQXGA+) Super AMOLED,

up to 120Hz

Processor 7 nm 64-bit Octa-Core Processor *3.09 GHz(Maximum Clock Speed) + 2.4 GHz + 1.8 GHz
RAM and Storage 6GB + 128GB / 8GB +256GB, microSD up to 1TB
Cameras [Rear] 13MP (Main) + 5MP (Ultra Wide) + Flash

[Front] 8MP

Sound Quad Speakers sound by AKG, Dolby Atmos
Ports and Connectivity Type C USB 3.2 Gen 1 (DP Out)

5G, LTE, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax), Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v 5.0

Sensors Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro, Light,

Fingerprint, Hall Sensor

Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro, Light,

FOD, Hall Sensor

Battery 8,000mAh (45W Super Fast Charging) 10,090mAh (45W Super Fast Charging)
Authentication Fingerprint with Side Key Fingerprint On Display

Pricing and availability 

In the US, the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ will be available beginning this Fall 2020, starting at US$ 649.99 for Galaxy Tab S7 and US$ 849.99 for Galaxy Tab S7+. Both devices will be available in Mystic Black, Mystic Silver and Mystic Bronze.

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Huawei Launches new MatePad and Huawei Sound X in PH

More devices for the new normal at home

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We’re probably going to be stuck home for the foreseeable future, so it’s best if we’re surrounded by things that can be helpful in our daily new normal. With that in mind, Huawei just launched two new devices — the new Huawei MatePad and Huawei Sound X.

Huawei MatePad

It’s a 10.4-inch slate with an 84 percent screen-to-body ratio. That’s plenty of space for whatever you can imagine to use a tablet for — productivity, binge-watching, gaming, etc. You name it, it’ll feel immersive on that display.

Helping with that immersive feeling is the quad-channel Harman Kardon speakers with Histen 6.0 3D stereo. If that sounded foreign to you, what it essentially promises is a deep bass and a crisp sound.

Powering the device is a Kirin 810 chip. It should be powerful enough to support most tablet activities. These include the aforementioned streaming of shows, switching between apps, and you know, the usual.

It also has an e-book mode if you simply want to shut everything out and spend some quality time with an equally quality reading material.

Lastly, it’s compatible with the M Pencil. If you’re into the arts, you can channel your creativity with this tool.

Huawei Sound X

It’s the first-ever dual-subwoofer Hi-Fi speaker, co-designed with French audio brand Devialet with premium hardware, a stylish exterior, and next-level software. Devialet is a global audio brand known for its High-Fidelity products.

It’s not a smart speaker in the way that there’s a voice assistant integrated like the Google Home or the Amazon Echo, but it does have some ‘smart’ qualities.

For instance, it will work seamlessly with your Huawei P40 series phone. Gently tapping your phone against the Sound X transmits audio to the speaker.

The audio, Huawei says, is lossless and low-latency and can be tweaked thanks to a proprietary EMUI 10.1 multi-device control panel. Think of like Huawei’s own version of Apple’s AirPlay.

Another thing that Huawei is proud of about the Sound X is how compact it is compared to other speakers that promise to deliver the same level of hi-end audio. It’s able to deliver 60W of bass despite being relatively smaller than other speakers with the same capability.

Pricing and availability

The Huawei MatePad will retail for PhP 20,990 (US$ 425). But Huawei has a limited time offer for this device. Between July 31 and August 2, 2020, consumers who buy the Huawei MatePad in that limited period gets a freebie package worth PhP 8,171 which includes :

  • M Pencil (Php 4,990)
  • MatePad Flip cover (Php 990)
  • 15GB Cloud storage for 1 year (Php 388)
  • Huawei Video TVB 3 months membership (Php 540)
  • Huawei Video Mango TV 1 month membership (Php 99)
  • Booky Prime Membership for 3 months (Php 597)
  • Viu Premium Subscription for 3 months (Php 297)
  • Pesoloan Php 150 Cashback
  • Gcash Php 70 Voucher
  • Paymaya Php 50 Voucher

Acting quick is the key to acquiring this incredible MatePad bundle, as the promo is strictly on a first come, first serve basis.

Meanwhile, the Huawei Sound X will retail for PhP 19,990 (US$ 405) and will be available starting July 31, 2020.

The MatePad promo and Sound X will be available on Lazada, Shopee and select retail partners.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite arrives in the Philippines

New tablet option!

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

If you’re looking for a tablet that comes with a pen, then you might want to turn your attention to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite.

The tablet has a 10.4” WUXGA+ display with dual speakers by Dolby Atmos and sound by AKG. This allows for an immersive viewing and listening experience in one compact companion.

Inside it’s powered by the Exynos 911 with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage that’s expandable up to 1TB via a microSD card. It also has 7040mAh of battery. It’s running Android 10, naturally with One UI 2.0 on top as well as everything else you can expect from a Samsung mobile device.

It has a nifty Samsung Kids feature for access to age-appropriate and family-friendly materials. So, if you’re a parent, you can rest easy should you choose to let your child handle the tablet.

Pricing and availability

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is now available for purchase. It comes in Oxford Gray and Angora Blue and retails for PhP 26,990 (US$ 545). It comes with a Free Book Cover and the aforementioned S-Pen both in the box. You also get free 4 months of YouTube Premium.

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