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Cherry Mobile announces Flare S6 series with Cherry OS

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Cherry Mobile has launched their new Flare S6 series with three new handsets. From a budget-friendly entry phone to a 2017-level device sporting an 18:9 display — just like the latest Android flagships.

We see the Flare series of Cherry Mobile as their core line of handsets with multiple models to choose from. Now on its sixth generation, we have three different options at three distinct price points.

Flare S6 

At the bottom of the chain is the Flare S6, which is also the cheapest of the bunch. It’s a 5.2-inch HD smartphone running Android 7.0 Nougat skinned with Cherry OS and has a plastic build. It’s powered by a MediaTek MT6737 processor with 2GB of memory and 16GB of expandable storage.

Cherry Mobile Flare S6

Don’t get fooled by its price thinking that it lacks any modern features, because the Flare S6 sports a fingerprint reader on its back and has a reversible USB-C port. Its cameras are also impressive on paper with 13-megapixel sensors on both the rear and front, although the battery capacity is quite low at just 2600mAh.

The Flare S6 is priced at just PhP 3,999 (US$ 80).

Flare S6 Selfie

Cherry Mobile is also in the selfie game with the Flare S6 Selfie. It has identical 16-megapixel sensors on its rear and front cameras, and both have their own LED flash. It also owns a 5.2-inch display, but with Full HD resolution this time, and a metal back panel.

Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Selfie

The phone is powered by a MediaTek MT6750T processor with 3GB of memory and 16GB of storage, which is expandable via a microSD card. The physical home button houses a fingerprint reader and the bottom contains a USB-C port. Android 7.0 Nougat runs on the device, again with Cherry OS, and has a 2600mAh battery.

For the Flare S6 Selfie, the price is PhP 7,999 (US$ 155).

Flare S6 Plus

Last but definitely not the least is Cherry Mobile’s top offering, the Flare S6 Plus. The new phone features a 5.7-inch HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, which the company calls TrueView. The specs are similar to the Selfie, but it has its own upgrades. The processor is still a MediaTek 6750T, but the memory is bumped up to 4GB and storage is larger at 64GB.

Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Plus

Aside from the TrueView display, the Flare S6 Plus is also a quad-camera phone. Both the front and rear have an identical setup of 16-megapixel main and 5-megapixel secondary sensors. The additional lenses allow the phone to shoot stills with artificial bokeh and other effects.

Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Selfie, Flare S6, and Flare S6 Plus

The phone gets a bigger 3000mAh battery which charges through a reversible USB-C port, and has support for Hi-Fi audio through its 3.5mm audio port. The fingerprint reader is located on the back of the phone’s metal body. Android 7.0 Nougat with Cherry OS skin on top runs on the device.

The Flare S6 Plus is priced at PhP 9,999 (US$ 195) with a free VE Monk headset.

SEE ALSO: Cherry Mobile maintains its lead in the Philippines

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Ulefone X with its notch is launching at MWC 2018

An iPhone X with Android instead

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The iPhone X clones keep on coming.

Ulefone is the latest entry in the copycat trend with its aptly named Ulefone X. It has the near-borderless look and trendy notch on top, but of course, it runs on Android instead.

The company itself already posted a first look video of its upcoming phone on the official YouTube channel:

This video reveals some other interesting points. One: The Ulefone X runs on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo version. Two: Its overbearing notch and rounded corners manage to cover up some of the notifications and clock up top. Three: The rear dual-camera layout continues to copy the iPhone X’s design.

Not much else is known about the Ulefone X, except it’ll certainly be affordable with possibly entry-level specifications.

We won’t have to wait much longer to see more of it; Ulefone says they’ll be present at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain from February 26 to March 1.

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Google confirms Android Oreo (Go edition) and Android One phones are coming to MWC 2018

Possibly as cheap as $50

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Mobile World Congress is just around the corner, and although it’s certain to be a flagship smartphone fest, we wonder: Will there be any budget-friendly phones at the event?

Google, in its latest blog entry, confirms that we’ll indeed see partner brands launching products for two price-conscious Android platforms, namely Android One and Android Oreo (Go edition).

For the uninitiated, Android One is a pure take on the Android operating system designed for handsets outside of the Pixel lineup. They’re significantly more affordable than Google’s flagship devices, and they receive software updates much quicker than most products in the market.

Android Oreo (Go edition), on the other hand, is destined to be another pure version of Android, but with lighter built-in apps and a greater focus on saving mobile data. With prices going as low as US$ 50, smartphones on this system are geared toward budget-conscious consumers without deep pockets.

The next question is: Which brands will launch Android One and Android Oreo (Go edition) phones during MWC 2018?

Based on recent rumors, Nokia seems to be leading the charge on both fronts. A rumored Nokia 7 Plus looks to be the company’s first Android One phone, which also comes with the slimmer 18:9 screen ratio that’s becoming more common recently, while the Nokia 1 would likely be the headlining Android Oreo (Go edition) handset we’ll see in Barcelona, Spain next week.

These two gadgets (and whatever else we’ll see at the show) will be a breath of fresh air in the sea of high-priced devices from the likes of Samsung, ASUS, and Sony. With the way things are shaping up so far, we’re bound to have offerings from all price segments.

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Next-gen Fossil smartwatches arrive in Philippines

There are hybrid smartwatches, too!

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When it comes to merging tech and fashion, trust watchmaker Fossil to have a knack of hitting that sweet spot. Their newest line of smart and hybrid watches are no exception.

First teased at the Baselworld 2017 watch conference in Switzerland and later at the IFA tech show in Berlin, the company is bringing its new lineup of watches to the Philippines this month.

The Q Venture and Q Explorist are Android Wear 2.0-powered smartwatches and the first from the brand to feature the new first full-round touchscreen, which may not sound like a big deal unless you’re familiar with the Android Wear “flat tire” — an incomplete circle that’s peeved many early adapters.

If smartwatches are not your cup of tea, there’s also the Q Commuter Hybrid with smartwatch-like features including activity tacking, music control, and syncing with your smartphone’s clock — all without a touchscreen display or having to charge your watch daily.

Fossil Q Venture and Q Explorist watches are available at Fossil boutiques and start at PhP 13,910. Fossil Q Commuter watches start at PhP 9,150.

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