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The Essential Phone is semi-modular, fast, and pricey

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It’s such a weird name, but I guess we really have to call it the Essential Phone.

The Verge broke the news earlier today that Android founder Andy Rubin revealed the phone he’s been hyping since March. Again, it’s called the Essential Phone, and it unsurprisingly runs on Google’s Android operating system.



There are five things you must know.

One: It’s a high-end smartphone designed to compete against the iPhone and Pixel. A top-shelf Snapdragon 835 processor, a combination of ceramic and titanium materials, and a Mi Mix-like bezel-hating face do that. It also costs $699, which puts it above the cheapest Pixel and iPhone, but below the Galaxy S8.

Two: The Essential Phone (ugh) is semi-modular, meaning you can attach accessories like a 360-degree camera on the back for added functionality. It’s an implementation similar to what Lenovo has been doing with its Moto Z series. How practical it’ll be in real-world usage is still questionable.

Three: There’s an awkwardly placed front-facing camera at the top of the phone, and it splits the notification bar in half. The company explains that the top-center of your phone is rarely filled up, making it non-essential (haha) in the first place.

Four: There’s no headphone port. Shucks. It’ll ship with a dongle (yay), though.

Five: The smartphone (I refuse to write its name again) makes use of a dual-camera setup similar to Huawei’s implementation with the P10; one image sensor is monochrome, while the other has every other color. This leads to richer photos with greater focus on details.

No demo, release date, or hands-on videos have been published yet. All we know is it’ll be shipping in the US first, and it’s expensive for a newcomer.

SEE ALSO: Mystery phone might upstage Samsung Galaxy S8

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Sony’s A7R IV has a massive 61MP sensor

Still king of full-frame mirrorless cameras

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After hearing of a Sony Alpha event, we at GadgetMatch crossed our fingers hoping for the A7S III. That’s a much-awaited update on their S-series full-frame mirrorless cameras specifically made for taking videos. The event though, was for the Sony A7R IV. And while it’s not what we were waiting for, it still has so much going for it.

For one, it’s world’s first 61-megapixel 35mm full-frame sensor. That’s a huge step-up from its predecessor’s 42.4-megapixel sensor. Sony’s samples during the presentation showcases how you don’t lose detail even when you zoom in on the images thanks to its massive sensor.


You don’t lose detail even after zooming in

It also has a 15-stop dynamic range, five-axis optical in-body image stabilization, as well as 10FPS shooting with continuous autofocus as well as real-time eye-tracking for every shot. Something new that video-makers might find really useful is the addition of the real-time eye AF to video recording.

Speaking of video, the A7R IV is capable of 4K recording with S-Log 2/3, HDR for professional editing. Still with video-makers in mind, the A7R IV comes with a new system that captures digital audio signal. With this, Sony introduced two accessories to take advantage of this new tech — a digital audio shotgun mic and an XLR mic adapter kit. The accessories cost US$ 350 and $600 respectively.

As for the camera itself, the A7R IV will retail for US$ 3,500 body-only and will be available in September 2019.

With Canon and Nikon launching their own full-frame mirrorless cameras namely the EOS R and the E6 and E7, this was a serious flex on Sony’s part. The company is letting the world know that they continue to hold the crown as king of full-frame mirrorless shooters.

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Lenovo launches new generation ThinkPads, ThinkVision displays

Up your business game with these new devices

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Business professionals have to stay on top of their game while at work. Whether it’s in the office or in coffee shops, a professional’s business skills has to be coupled with a performance-driving machine. For Lenovo, their next generation ThinkPad and ThinkVision devices hope to provide the level of efficiency and portability for modern-day businesses.

Lenovo Philippines launched five new ThinkPad devices for the Philippine business market. The next generation ThinkPad brings the company’s longstanding premium features and performance.


The new Lenovo T490 spearheads the lineup, with an 8th-gen Intel processor and an optional NVIDIA MX250 graphics card. This device also has a high memory capacity that expands up to 48GB of RAM to couple with a solid state drive up to 512GB.

All other ThinkPad devices contain features on portability and enhanced performance. The Lenovo X390 is a lightweight device packed with a battery that lasts for 18 hours and charges fast through its Rapid Charge feature.

Meanwhile, the Lenovo L390 features a 13.3-inch touchscreen display for a more interactive experience with complex data sets. Finally, the entry level Lenovo E490 and E490s feature performance boosting features like Intel Optane memory and an optional AMD Radeon 540X graphics card.

New ThinkVision displays

Lenovo did not stop there as they’ve also announced their new ThinkVision displays in the ThinkVision M14 and S24e-10. The Lenovo ThinkVision M14 is a portable monitor that will serve as a secondary display on the go. The Lenovo ThinkVision S24e-10, meanwhile is 1080p FHD display that will deliver clear, crisp image quality fit for business presentations.

The new Lenovo ThinkPads start at PhP 43,990 (US$ 864), with the Lenovo 7490 starting at PhP 73,990 (US$ 1453). Meanwhile, the Lenovo ThinkVision displays start at PhP 8,990 (US$ 177) for the ThinkVision S24e-10 and PhP 13,990 (US$ 275) for the ThinkVision M14.

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Budget Android One Nokia 2.2 arrives in PH

Most affordable stock Android phone

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The Philippine market is welcoming a new budget contender with the Nokia 2.2. Best of all, this one comes with stock Android.

The Nokia 2.2 has a 5.71-inch LCD display with an HD+ resolution. A small notch houses the front camera and the back is made of plastic but designed to look like glass.


The phone is equipped with a quad-core MediaTek A22 processor and storage is expandable thanks to a microSD card slot. It has a 3000mAh battery that supports 5W charging and even has a 3.5mm headphone jack.

On the rear is a 13-megapixel single lens camera while the front has a 5-megapixel selfie shooter. A new low-light image fusion mode captures multiple pictures in dark surroundings to generate a better picture with less noise and improved sharpness. Other standard features include HDR, Colorize, and Beautify.

The Nokia 2.2 will retail for PHP 5,990 (US$ 118) and will be available in all Authorized Nokia Mobile reseller, official Nokia stores and kiosks nationwide.

Nokia 3.2 also coming to PH

Another Android One phone coming to the Philippines is the Nokia 3.2. It’s a slight step-up from the 2.2 featuring a Qualcomm Snadragon 420 processor along with 3GM of RAM and 32GB of storage that’s expandable up to 400GB thanks to a microSD card slot.

It has a 13MP rear camera along with a 5MP selfie shooter. The device looks like it’ll have plenty of juice with its 4000mAh battery. It also has a plastic body with the same glass-like design found on the Nokia 2.2.

The Nokia 3.2 will retail for PHP PHP 7,990 (US$ 157) exclusively at Shopee with a PHP 1,000 (US$ 20) discount voucher.

Both phones will be available for purchase starting July 19, 2019.

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