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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 Galaxy View 2 goes official, a 17-inch tablet with TV features

A portable TV and a really huge tablet

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Samsung Galaxy View 2 | Image credit: AT&T

As expected, the leaked Galaxy View 2 we saw a few days ago is now an official product. As the successor to 2015’s original one, Samsung’s second-generation tablet-slash-TV is still a bizarre product.

Out of the box, the Galaxy View 2 is a 17.3-inch Android tablet with a kickstand. It’s a mobile TV hybrid that features AT&T’s DirecTV Now and other streaming services. Currently, it’s exclusively available through the US telco. Basically, Samsung’s huge tablet will allow AT&T customers to enjoy watching on a portable 17-inch screen.


Specs-wise, the Galaxy View 2 is powered by a mid-tier Exynos 7884 chip with 3GB of memory and 64GB of expandable storage. It also has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and Dolby Atmos audio for an enhanced listening experience. Surprisingly, it packs a large 12000mAh battery, so you don’t have to keep it plugged in for days.

Essentially an AT&T device, it comes with built-in LTE with support for calling features like NumberSync. Apart from being a TV, this tablet can also be used for cellular voice and video calls.

If you live in the US and can see the practicality of the Galaxy View 2, AT&T is offering it for US$ 37/month on a 20-month installment plan or a total of US$ 740. It’ll be available starting April 26.

SEE ALSO: Samsung delays the Galaxy Fold’s launch

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Huawei is offering promotional battery replacements for select older devices

An opportunity for cheap repairs

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro | GadgetMatch

If you have an older Huawei phone or tablet lying around with a busted or aging battery, you might want to take advantage of this offer. Huawei Philippines will have a “Battery Replacement Event” for one month.

From April 27 to May 27, Huawei users can have their devices’ batteries replaced for only PhP 799 at all Huawei Authorized Service Centers nationwide. You can check the nearest one in your area through this directory.


However, the promotional battery replacement is only applicable to these selected models:

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 10
  • Huawei Mate 9
  • Huawei P10 Plus
  • Huawei P10
  • Huawei P9
  • Huawei Nova 3i
  • Huawei Nova 2i
  • Huawei Y6 2018
  • Huawei MediaPad T1

Of course, the program has certain terms and conditions. Most notably, a customer’s device is entitled to only one battery replacement. Also, the battery replacement fee will not cover any other issues that the device might have. You can know more about the battery replacement event here.

SEE ALSO: Huawei reveals smartphones receiving EMUI 9.1

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Samsung Galaxy View 2 leaked renders show upcoming humongous tablet

Samsung’s next bizarre device

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Leaked Samsung Galaxy View 2 renders from SamMobile

While Samsung is holding back the release of the Galaxy Fold to the market, there’s another Galaxy device in the making that’ll surely pique the interest of fans. Remember the Galaxy View? Few may know about it, but Samsung is giving it another shot.

The Galaxy View from 2015 is getting a successor dubbed the Galaxy View 2. SamMobile has obtained official renders of the upcoming device which give us an early look into the TV-style tablet.


Based on the leaked renders, the second-generation Galaxy View doesn’t differ too much from the original. Of course, Samsung has to give it extra polishes and improvements to make it a deserving successor.

According to the available information, the Galaxy View 2 will have a huge display at 17.5 inches with a presumed 16:9 aspect ratio. That may seem massive but it’s actually smaller compared to the 18.4-inch panel of the first Galaxy View. The surrounding bezels have been trimmed down as well.

The rear of the Galaxy View 2, which is practically its stand, has been redesigned. The integrated handle and kickstand appear to have been replaced by a simpler hinge and a circular hole in the middle. When closed and placed on a table, the huge tablet is angled at 30 degrees, making it ideal for quick typing.

Specs-wise, the tablet is rumored to have a midrange processor, specifically the Exynos 7885, paired with just 3GB of memory. Storage is unclear, but sources say it’s likely at 64GB.

The Galaxy View 2 is headed to AT&T in the United States. The launch date and pricing information are yet to be announced.

SEE ALSO: Samsung delays the Galaxy Fold’s launch

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