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Galaxy Note 5: BenCab Edition Unboxing

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Samsung supports the arts and to prove it, they partnered with Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) for this Galaxy Note 5 BenCab Limited Edition.

And lucky us, Samsung invited the GadgetMatch team to unbox this Galaxy Note 5 at the Yuchengco Museum which also houses on display some of BenCab’s work to celebrate 50 years of his art.

To find out more about the Galaxy Note 5 BenCab Limited Edition visit zalora.com.ph

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12.12 sale: Ultimate tech guide

The last sale of the year is here

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Last November 11, Lazada and Shopee held its annual sale where tech brands offered discounts to buyers.  This December 12, Lazada is holding another sale — the much-awaited 12.12 sale. Most tech brands will join the annual sale, so we have compiled discounted devices for your convenience:

We will update this list once in a while. From time to time, refresh this page to see more products on discount.

Aftershokz

Lazada

Anker

Lazada

Defunc

Lazada

Honor

Lazada

Shopee-exclusive

  • Band 5 — PhP 1,199 (12:00 to 12:59 AM)
  • Band  5 Sports — PhP 829 (1:00 to 1:59 AM)
  • 7S — PhP 3,679 with free game pad (11:00 to 11:59 AM)
  • Watch Magic — PhP 5,390 (8:00 to 8:59 PM)
  • 8X — PhP 8,279 (5:00 to 5:59 PM)
  • 20 Lite — PhP 9,999 with free Bluetooth speaker (12:00 to 12:59 PM)

Huawei

Marshall

Lazada

Oppo

Lazada

Shopee

Realme

Lazada

  • C2 2020 (2 / 32GB) — PhP 3,990 from PhP 4,990; PhP 3,940
  • 3 (3 / 32GB) — PhP 5,890 from PhP 6,490; PhP 5,490 (12:00 – 2:00 AM, black only)
  • 3 Pro (4 / 128GB) — PhP 10,990 from PhP 14,990
  • 5 (3 / 32GB) — PhP 5,990 from PhP 6,990; PhP 5,890 (12:00 – 2:00 AM)
  • 5 (3 / 64GB) — PhP 7,590 from PhP 7,990; PhP 7,490 (12:00 – 2:00 AM)
  • 5 (4 / 128GB) — PhP 9,390 from PhP 9,990; PhP 9,290 (12:00 – 2:00 AM)
  • 5 Pro (4 / 128GB) — PhP 11,490 from PhP 11,990; PhP 11,290 (12:00 – 2:00 AM)
  • 5 Pro (8 / 128GB)PhP 12,690 from PhP 12,990; PhP 12,490 (12:00 – 2:00 AM)
  • XT (8 / 128GB) — PhP 16,990 from PhP 15,990; PhP 15,490 (12:00 – 2:00 AM)

Urbanears

Lazada

Xiaomi

Lazada

  • Mijia Electric Air Pump — PhP 1,850 from PhP 2,199
  • Mi Dash Cam Pro — PhP 2,329 from PhP 2,756
  • Redmi Note 8 (3 / 32GB) PhP 7,590 from PhP 7,990
  • Mi 8 (6 / 64GB) — PhP 9,990 from PhP 25,990

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Vivo V17 launches with quad-cameras and Snapdragon 675

But is it better than Xiaomi or Realme’s offering?

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Vivo’s V-series has been a top-seller for a few years and the brand has positioned it perfectly in the midrange segment. The brand unveiled the phone in India today and it’ll be going up against the Redmi Note 8 Pro, Realme XT, and Nokia 7.2.

The phone’s unique selling point is its quad-camera setup on the rear, a punch-hole camera on the front, and 4500mAh battery. It’s elder sibling — the Vivo V17 Pro, has already been launched in the Philippines and we expect it to come to India soon.

On the front is a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with better screen-to-body ratio thanks to a punch-hole cutout. Other additions include a blue-light filter and a wide color gamut.

Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 675 processor with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. Similar to other phones in the segment, it also gets a microSD card slot and dual SIM support.

The rear sports a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary lens, an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The punch-hole cutout houses a 32-megapixel selfie camera. Night mode is now supported on the front as well as the rear and other additions include AR stickers and portrait mode.

Backing these internals is a 4500mAh battery with Vivo’s proprietary dual-engine fast charge technology. For gaming, a dedicated mode has been provided that optimises the system and controls heating.

The phone is priced at INR 22,990 (US$ 320) and will be available for purchase from December 17 via all major online as well as offline retailers.

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OnePlus 8 Lite could be a midranger with a punch-hole camera

It’ll come at an affordable price

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OnePlus 8 Lite could be in the works if we are to believe a few leaked renders. The CAD-based renders of the OnePlus 8 Lite have been leaked by popular leakster OnLeaks and suggest the company could launch a more affordable offering soon.

We expect the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro to launch in Q2 2020 and they could be accompanied by the 8 Lite. It can be a substitute for Samsung’s S10e, a smaller phone that doesn’t cost as much as the flagships.

The OnePlus 8 Lite appears to be a serious deviation from the typical OnePlus design, moving the camera bump back to the corner. The phone doesn’t have any headphone jack but it comes with a USB-C port and a speaker grille. But, it may have an under-screen fingerprint scanner, translating into an OLED display.

When it comes to the internal specs, it’s not clear exactly how it might differentiate itself from the standard offering.

OnePlus is now a well-established brand and controls quite a huge chunk of the premium market in countries like India. Within a short span of time, it has managed to challenge Samsung’s status quo and sometimes even Apple.

The brand has been focused on making premium flagships for a few years and recently also expanded to TVs. OnePlus X was the first and last midrange phone from OnePlus and the top management has been quite vocal about not going down the path again.

However, changing times require changing strategies. The S10e has received a phenomenal response and a midrange price will make it easier for users to purchase the phone.

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