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Coocaa debuts its affordable TV lineup in the Philippines

You don’t need to sell your kidneys to buy one

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Looking at beautiful flatscreen televisions before made us cripple, mainly because of their hefty price tags. But now, owning one wouldn’t hurt your pockets nor bank accounts as the rise of various TV brands have paved way for cheaper TVs, thus becoming accessible to almost everyone.

You may not have heard of this brand before, but Coocaa is a Chinese company based in Shenzhen and has been making TVs for a while now. That’s not all, because Skyworth is their parent company, which is an established TV brand in the US alongside HiSense and TCL.


Coocaa won several Red Dot design awards and is immensely popular in Southeast Asia, mainly in Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand, thanks to their quality TV panels at much cheaper prices. Although buying cheaper TVs has its compromises, Coocaa’s products are “Made in Japan” so quality-wise, they are indeed reliable.

Coocaa T55, acclaimed by Red Dot Design for its sleek design

With their Philippine debut, they have partnered with Lazada pre-orders starting on March 18, Monday. With that in mind, Coocaa’s Grand Launch Flash Sale will start from 12AM up until 2AM. The cheapest TV you can buy is the basic 32-inch LED TV (32W4) for as low as PhP 6,990, which also has USB Plug-and-Play capabilities to play your photos, videos, and music.

The highlight is their 40-inch Full HD Smart TV (40S3N) that has a built-in Netflix app with a dedicated remote control button meant for people who love watching their favorite series and flicks on a larger screen. This model retails for PhP 12,990, but if it’s still too much for you, they will sell it for just PhP 9,990. Other affordable offerings from the Innovate lineup include the 32-inch HD Smart TV (32S3N) that will sell for just PhP 8,490, and the bigger 43-inch Full HD Smart TV (43S3N) that has a discounted price of PhP 14,990.

There’s also the Explore lineup running Android 8.0 with Google Assistant right out of the box. The 40-inch Full HD Smart LED TV (40S5G) will sell for PhP 12,990, while the bigger and high resolution-packed 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (50S5G) sells for PhP 19,990 with free replacements for one year. After the 2-hour sale period, discounted prices will go back to their respective retail prices so hurry before the stocks run out.

Dedicated Google Assistant button on Coocaa’s TV remote

Worrying about after-sales service? Coocaa guarantees buyers that they have more than 150 service centers nationwide. Beside that, there’s also an extended warranty period on their TVs upon purchase. It looks like buying a Coocaa TV is a great deal at the moment.

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Modified Land Rover Discovery has an entire lab for malaria research

Bringing the lab straight to the field

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Car brands have been coming up with ways to fit more baggage inside a vehicle — be it groceries, full-size suitcases, or even surfboards. Those are all good and impressive, but this special vehicle from Land Rover just upped the ante. An entire research laboratory is now mobile thanks to the modified Discovery. Not only that, this lab on wheels is helping beat malaria.

Addressing the current malaria situation in Africa, the Mobile Malaria Project was conceived as a trans-African journey to work closely with smaller research groups. Through the mobile genetic sequencing laboratory tucked inside the mid-size SUV, they aim to extract and sequence parasite and mosquito DNA. In other words, they’re bringing the lab research directly to the field this time.


Embarking on this journey of Discovery (pun intended) are three researchers from Oxford University. They will be driving through different countries in Africa, gathering needed research and educating groups with limited resources along the way.

Packing all the lab equipment needed onto the luxury SUV was no easy feat, either. The team needed a small freezer to keep test supplies cool, a reliable power source to run said freezer 24/7, and storage space. These were successfully installed in the vehicle but some things (like the two rear seats) were needed to be taken out.

 

Additionally, the scientifically pimped-out Discovery was installed with awnings to cover the sides of the car. This way, researchers will be able to work around the vehicle while the hot African sun is above them or even when rainstorms are passing.

It’s a very interesting project with a very promising goal in mind. If you want to know more and get into the details, you may visit their page.

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OPPO Reno teaser creatively shows how they make their phones

Complete with dragons and shrinking lens

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Screenshot from teaser | Image credit: OPPO/Weibo

OPPO is set to have a new phone dubbed the Reno. It was the mystery phone that was demoed at MWC 2019 showcasing the impressive 10x lossless zoom. We were able to get our hands on one, but it was merely a prototype; it didn’t even have a final design.

While we wait for OPPO to unveil its new phone, we are presented with a teaser showing how Reno is created in the factories. Well, it’s not an actual factory video but a creative short ad showing the features of the phone.


The video was uploaded on OPPO’s Weibo page, but it’s also on YouTube courtesy of Sparrows News:

Exaggeration might be the word to describe the approach of the teaser, but it’s fun to watch anyway. Also, it gives us clues what to expect from Reno, including a 10x telephoto lens, a Snapdragon 855 processor, and a gorgeous display (probably AMOLED).

Rumor has it that Reno will come in both LTE and 5G variants. There are also talks about a “lite” version using a Snapdragon 710 chip and an uber-expensive Lamborghini Edition.

OPPO’s upcoming flagship phone will be announced on April 10. We’ll know more about it during the launch and it’s expected to be as premium as the Find X.

SEE ALSO: OPPO’s upcoming flagship stops by AnTuTu, confirms Snapdragon 855 chip

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Samsung Galaxy A70 offers extra-tall screen, long-lasting battery

Plus Samsung’s fastest charging

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On top of the well-received Galaxy S10 series, Samsung has been pushing midrange smartphones non-stop. We’ve been seeing a barrage of A- and M-series phones, with the former getting yet another member in its lineup.

Samsung’s newest upper-midrange phone is the Galaxy A70, and it comes with a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with an extra-tall 20:9 aspect ratio; that’s close to what Sony offers with its latest Xperia line. As a bonus, the A70 has an under-display fingerprint scanner.


You’ll find a U-shaped notch on top which houses the generous 32-megapixel selfie camera. Equally plenty is the 32-megapixel rear camera that’s complemented by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide shooter and 5-megapixel depth sensor.

Since this is a rather large phone, Samsung equipped it with a 4500mAh battery that supports 25W fast charging — the fastest on any Galaxy phone to date. It’s not confirmed, however, which Exynos chipset the A70 comes with.

We also don’t have the pricing and availability yet for each configuration (ranging from 6GB to 8GB memory and 128GB storage), but there’ll be at least four colors to choose from: white, blue, black, and coral. They’ll appear on the 3D Glasstic back that’s become popular on the brand’s recent handsets.

Rumor has it that the Galaxy A70 will be officially unveiled along with a higher-end Galaxy A smartphone during an April 10 event. GadgetMatch will be present to confirm all this info and more. Stay tuned!

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