(UPDATE, May 16, 2016: Globe Telecom is now offering the iPhone SE for P1,499 per month (Plan 1299 plus a P200 monthly fee for 24 months). Plan 1299 comes with 3GB monthly data allowance, unlimited texts to all networks and free calls to Globe or TM numbers.)
In case you haven’t heard yet, there’s a new iPhone in town, and it’s available on retail in the Philippines. Apple’s newer and smaller iPhone, the iPhone SE, can now be purchased from the local online Apple Store.
But although the iPhone SE’s 4-inch screen and rehashed design from three generations ago may lead you to think it’s far cheaper than the next better iPhone out there, this is hardly the case in the Philippines.
The base model of the SE officially sells for P23,590 locally, whereas the same unit costs $400 (around P18,650) in the U.S. There’s an even wider pricing discrepancy for the top-end variant of the smaller iPhone. Those markups are a drag, especially since the SE is meant to appeal to those who don’t want to spend too much money on new technology.
That the latest iPhone costs more in a tough and price-sensitive market like the Philippines flies in the face of logic. But unless Apple decides to rethink its pricing strategy outside its home turf, we can only wait and see how consumers respond to it.
Which brings us to today’s topic: Where else could you get the iPhone SE in the Philippines, possibly at a cheaper cost?
Telecom giant Smart Communications will begin selling the SE from May 26th under still-undisclosed data plans.
Matching the SE with a data plan can subsidize the full cost of the handset in exchange for a two-year contract. If you don’t mind having a long-term relationship with one carrier and losing the benefits of an unlocked smartphone, you can register your interest by visiting this page.
Smart’s rival, Globe Telecom, has yet to reveal retail plans for the SE, though our source says to expect an announcement “soon.”
Authorized Apple resellers Power Mac Center and Beyond the Box remain mum on how much the iPhone SE will cost when it hits their retail locations, but expect pricing to be similar to that of the local Apple Store.
Lazada’s Philippine website lists both 16GB and 64GB models, but pricing varies from seller to seller. P24,000 is the lowest price we’ve seen for the 16GB iPhone SE.
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Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Galaxy S10+ vs Galaxy S10E: What are the differences?
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Samsung has launched three new flagship phones: the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10E. With three new models to choose from, it might be difficult to choose which Galaxy S10 is the one for you.
To help with this, we took the liberty to show you the differences between the three. Which of the Galaxy S10 models will be your GadgetMatch?
Starting with the screen, the three Galaxy S10 models sport Super AMOLED displays in different sizes. The Galaxy S10E is the smallest among the bunch with a 5.8-inch display. It’s followed by the regular Galaxy S10 with its 6.1-inch display and, of course, the Galaxy S10+ with its large 6.4-inch panel.
It’s also worth noting that the Galaxy S10E has a completely flat display, while the other two Galaxy S10 variants have the curved panels we’ve come to expect from Samsung.
All three models don’t sport a notch, but they do have holes on the upper-right corner for their front cameras. The Galaxy S10E and Galaxy S10 have a perfectly rounded hole-punch camera, while Galaxy S10+ has a pill-shaped cutout since it has two front-facing cameras.
Despite the size differences of the phones, all models are powered by a flagship processor. Depending on where you are, the Galaxy S10 family will sport either a Snapdragon 855 or an Exynos 9820.
Memory and storage configuration will also vary depending on the region. The lowest possible memory available is 6GB and it can go as high 12GB. As for storage, it starts at 128GB and will reach up to 1TB. The 12GB+1TB combo will be exclusively available for the Galaxy S10+.
Another significant difference between the Galaxy S10 phones is battery capacity. The Galaxy S10E has a modest 3100mAh battery, the Galaxy S10 owns a pretty standard 3400mAh battery, and the Galaxy S10+, being the biggest of the three, comes with a huge 4100mAh battery.
All three variants support fast charging using wired or wireless chargers. They can also do reverse wireless charging (which Samsung calls Wireless PowerShare) to charge other devices using the Qi wireless standard.
Lastly, both the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ feature the new ultrasonic in-display fingerprint reader, which is definitely faster than any of the in-display fingerprint readers we’ve tried before. The Galaxy S10E has a more conventional side-mounted fingerprint reader that’s still accurate and fast, but not as advanced.
The Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10+ are the first among the Galaxy S lineup to have triple rear cameras. The setup is composed of a main 12-megapixel Dual Pixel and Dual Aperture camera, a 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle, and a 12-megapixel telephoto with 2x optical zoom.
Since the Galaxy S10E is priced lower, it only has two of the three rear cameras of its more expensive siblings: the main Dual Pixel camera and the ultra wide-angle shooter.
The situation in the front is quite different, though. Both the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10E have a single selfie camera, while the Galaxy S10+ gets an extra depth sensor for a more precise bokeh effect or Live Focus.
Pricing and colors
The cheapest model is the Galaxy S10E which starts at US$ 750. The regular Galaxy S10 will set you back US$ 900, while the bigger Galaxy S10+ is priced at US$ 1,000.
All three models will come in Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, and Prism Blue. In addition, the Galaxy S10E will be available in Canary Yellow, as well. The Galaxy S10+ also has premium Ceramic Black and Ceramic White variants, but these are only available for the high-tier configurations.
Colors option may vary per region, so not all colors will be available in all markets.
Get to know more about the latest Galaxy S10 series by watching our hands-on video:
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Each phone is equipped with a number of cameras so you know what that means: IG photo test!
In our Her GadgetMatch video, we check out what’s so cool about the new Samsung phones and test what the cameras can do. Spoiler: They do a lot!
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