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Globe vs Smart: Huawei P20 and P20 Pro postpaid plans

One carrier offers it cheaper

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Alongside the Philippine launch of the new Huawei P20 series, local carriers released their postpaid plans for the P20 and P20 Pro. If you’re looking to avail of the new Huawei devices through a monthly plan, here’s a comparison to help you decide.

For this comparison, we’re going to use Globe’s ThePLAN 1999 and Smart’s GigaX Plan 1999.


Globe’s offering includes unlimited texts to all networks in the Philippines and also unlimited calls, but only within their network (meaning you can call any Globe or TM number for as long as you like). When it comes to data allowance, Globe is pretty generous with 16GB of mobile data (they should be since this is a costly plan already) with an additional 1GB for the free three-month Spotify Premium subscription.

Smart’s plan has 70 minutes of voice calls that you can use every month to call any Philippine mobile number and PLDT landline. Texting is not an issue since the plan offers unlimited SMS to all networks as well. As for mobile data — GigaX Plan’s supposedly strongest suit — it looks like it’s lacking compared to Globe’s similar monthly plan. You’ll get only 7GB of open data allowance (you can use this for any internet-related activity) and another 10GB solely for video streaming. That gives you a total of 17GB of mobile data, but a chunk of it is exclusive for video services only.

Now that we know the inclusions of the plans, let’s break down the cost.

Huawei P20

Globe
Smart
Plan ThePLAN 1999 GigaX Plan 1999
Calls Unlimited to Globe/TM 70 minutes to all networks
Texts Unlimited to all networks Unlimited to all networks
Data 16GB 7GB + 10GB for video streaming
Freebies Spotify Premium for 3 months w/ additional 1GB allowance Discounted calls to Smart/TNT at PhP 4 per minute
Device Fee PhP 3,600 PhP 12,000
Initial Cashout PhP 5,599 PhP 13,999
Contract Period 24 months 24 months
Total Cost PhP 51,576 PhP 59,976

 

For the Huawei P20, you can get it really cheap through Globe’s ThePLAN 1999 for just PhP 3,600. That brings the initial cashout fee to PhP 5,599 (PhP 1,999 + PhP 3,600) which includes the first monthly payment and the one-time device fee. A standard 24-month contract will be in effect, so that means you’ll be shelling out a total of PhP 51,576 for the whole duration of the lock-in period.

If you’re getting the P20 through Smart, you’ll have to pay a bit more at first with its PhP 12,000 cashout. Good thing you can also avail of it through a monthly installment of just PhP 500 that’ll be on top of your plan, which will drive it up to PhP 2,499 per month. All in all, you’ll be spending PhP 59,976 after completing the 24-month contract.

Huawei P20 Pro

Globe
Smart
Plan ThePLAN 1999 GigaX Plan 1999
Calls Unlimited to Globe/TM 70 minutes to all networks
Texts Unlimited to all networks Unlimited to all networks
Data 16GB 7GB + 10GB for video streaming
Freebies Spotify Premium for 3 months w/ additional 1GB allowance Discounted calls to Smart/TNT at PhP 4 per minute
Device Fee PhP 14,400 PhP 19,200
Initial Cashout PhP 16,399 PhP 21,199
Contract Period 24 months 24 months
Total Cost PhP 62,376 PhP 67,176

 

If you want the best phone Huawei has to offer, the P20 Pro is just a few thousand pesos more expensive. Again, Globe’s device fee is cheaper for only PhP 14,400 which means the initial cashout will be PhP 16,399. Smart is asking for a PhP 19,200 one-time payment of the phone or you can add PhP 800 to your monthly fee making it PhP 2,799 per month. Both are still under a 24-month contract with a total cost of PhP 62,376 for Globe and PhP 67,176 for Smart.

Other postpaid plans are also available which you can check out on Globe’s (P20, P20 Pro) and Smart’s (P20, P20 Pro) website.

The Huawei P20 has a retail price of PhP 34,990 if you’ll get it unlocked while the Huawei P20 Pro is priced at PhP 44,990.

SEE ALSO: Huawei reclaims top spot on DxOMark with P20 Pro

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Pocophone F1 now made more affordable in the Philippines

The cheapest 2018 flagship

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Are you still holding back from buying a Pocophone F1? Now is a better time to get one because Xiaomi is offering the sole Pocophone model at a more affordable price point.

The Pocophone F1 is now priced starting at PhP 14,990 for the 6GB+64GB variant. The slightly better version with 128GB storage is at PhP 16,990. The new prices will be effective starting April 16 on Lazada and Mi Authorized Stores in the Philippines.


For those who are unfamiliar, the Pocophone F1 is a truly affordable flagship phone with a Snapdragon 845 processor, liquid-cooling technology, AI-powered cameras, and a pretty large 4000mAh quick-charging battery.

If you’re quick to read this, the Pocophone F1 is currently on a flash sale today, April 15, on Lazada for just PhP 14,590. Stocks will be limited, so be sure to check out immediately.

You may watch our review with Xiaomi’s sub-brand flagship phone to know more about it:

SEE ALSO: Pocophone F1’s cameras are as good as iPhone 8’s on DxOMark

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Lenovo offers the most affordable GTX 1050-equipped laptop

Good for gaming and editing

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If you’re looking for a new laptop that can handle demanding tasks, you might want to take advantage of Lenovo‘s offer for the IdeaPad 330. For just under forty thousand pesos, you could have your own 15-inch laptop with discrete graphics and fast processor.

Lenovo is marketing the decently specced IdeaPad 330 for casual gamers or individuals looking for a powerful laptop that can do video and photo editing with ease. The laptop mainly features an Intel Core i5-8300H processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics. Basically, Lenovo’s notebook has more than enough power than a conventional notebook in its price range.


Completing the specs sheet are the 15.6-inch Full HD display, 4GB DDR4 memory, and 1TB of storage. The laptop is also equipped with a plethora of ports including HDMI, full-size USB, and SD card reader.

You may get the Lenovo IdeaPad 330 for PhP 39,995 exclusively at the Legion Concept Store in SM North EDSA. Keep in mind that this is a limited offer until March 31, 2019. The laptop retails for PhP 47,495 in other stores, so you’re getting a pretty good discount during the promo period.

To make the deal even better, Lenovo is throwing in PhP 9,000 worth of freebies. This includes a JBL Clip 2, a Lenovo backpack, and Lenovo Accidental Daming Protection (ADP) on top of the 2-year warranty.

We already got our hands on one late last year. You may read our thoughts on the IdeaPad 330 here.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo Legion is sticking to PC gaming for now

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8 great games to buy at the Steam Lunar New Year Sale

Get lucky this year by playing some critically acclaimed games

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Lunar New Year is upon us, and all around the world communities are celebrating the Year of the Pig. Steam is no different. The sale may have started a few days ago, but it’ll be running until the 12th, so there’s still time to take advantage of what it has to offer.

This year, goodies come in the form of tokens in a virtual ang pao or red envelope. The initial number you get is based on previous spending on Steam, but buying games during this period nets you more tokens, which you then exchange for neat little profile changes, a badge, and even additional discounts.


Here are some ideas on what to spend it all on:

Celeste (25% off)

US$ 19.99 / US$ 14.99

You’ve probably already heard about Celeste, the award-winning game from small-time developer Matt Makes Games. If you haven’t already had the chance to play this challenging and heartfelt platformer, now’s the time to get it. It won Best Independent Game and Games for Impact at the recent Game Awards, and was the only indie in the running for Game of the Year alongside juggernauts like God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2. It’s definitely something special.

A Hat in Time (45% off) 

US$ 29.99 / US$ 16.49

The self-styled “cute-as-heck” 3D platforming game may be coming to the Nintendo Switch soon, but those eager to experience it earlier have a 45 percent discount to look forward to this sale. Recently reaching the milestone of one million copies sold across multiple platforms, Gears for Breakfast’s tale about a time-travelling, hat-stitching girl is a charming ode to N64 and GameCube classics.

Slime Rancher (50% off)

US$ 19.99 / US$ 9.99

The surprise simulation adventure hit is now 50 percent off, and for the price of around US$ 10, you too can experience what it’s like to be a plucky young farmer raising slime out in space. Originally launched in Early Access in 2016, Monomi Park has kept updates coming for the full release, with a free DLC released last December and regular events throughout the year. Plus, it’s rated “Overwhelmingly Positive” on Steam from more than 20,000 reviews.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (34% off)

US$ 49.99 / US$ 32.99

The sequel to 2015’s Pillars of Eternity is now 34 percent off. A story-rich RPG, it was recently nominated for Best Storytelling and PC Game of the Year in the 2018 Golden Joystick Awards, and was in the running for Best Role-Playing Game at the Game Awards, as well. Battles are flashy and tactical, and the game boasts top-notch voice acting full of familiar names. You don’t need to have played the first Pillars to enjoy this one, but if you do want to experience it first, a bundle containing both games is also on sale.

Undertale (60% off)

US$ 9.99 / US$ 3.99

Who hasn’t heard of Undertale? As THE indie game of 2015, the critically acclaimed pixel RPG presents you with a unique premise: the ability to choose whether or not you defeat the monsters you encounter. With a Japanese translation and Switch release last year, as well as the surprise free release of followup Delta Rune, you can say Undertale is back — but really, it never left. Anyone interested in diving in can enjoy a 60 percent discount

Subnautica (30% off)

US$ 24.99 / US$ 17.49

The open-sea exploration game was originally released for Early Access five years ago, but has since grown into a behemoth in the single-player survival game scene. The winner of PC Game of the Year and Breakthrough Award at the Golden Joystick Awards, it takes traditional open-world mechanics and takes it to new depths, inspiring fresh new awes and terrors.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (50% off)

US$ 29.99 / US$ 14.99

Ninja Theory’s first self-published independent game made waves with its nuanced and thoughtful depiction of an individual’s struggles with mental health. This paired with its folklore and mythology-inspired setting, action-adventure gameplay, and stunning landscapes won it numerous accolades from the Game Awards, the Independent Game Developers’ Association, and more.

Cuphead (20% off)

US$ 19.99 / US$ 15.99

Prepare to rage. Cuphead is a difficult and sometimes frustrating run-and-gun shooter with no mercy for those who can’t adapt to attack patterns, but for those up for a challenge, it’s a godsend. From the incredible 2D retro cartoon art direction to the precision of controls, Cuphead’s award-winning game design is a masterclass in wrapping everything up into a neat package.

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