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Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL: Price and availability in Singapore

Pixel experience for less!

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Google Pixel 3a | GadgetMatch

This year’s Google I/O is all about building a more helpful Google for everyone. Completing that picture is the immediate arrival of a more affordable, helpful Pixel lineup in 13 launch markets.

Just like with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, one of the first countries to get the new Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL is Singapore.

At first glance, the Pixel 3a is indistinguishable from its premium counterpart. They look and feel identical even if the build quality is different: the Pixel 3 is made of glass, while the Pixel 3a is polycarbonate.

Inside, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 670 processor. So, even if the midrange Pixels have the same main camera system as the premiums, you’ll notice a difference in power-intensive tasks like photo processing.

Other flagship features which are left out are wireless charging and water resistance. Both the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, however, come with an 18W charging adapter that promises a 25% charge in 15 minutes. Coincidentally, they come with a 3.5mm headphone jack and have slightly bigger batteries at 3000mAh and 3700mAh, respectively.

The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are now available for purchase on the Google Store for SG$ 659 and SG$ 779 in only two colors: Just Black and Clearly White. Singapore residents also get a free Google Home Mini upon check out.

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Rumor: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite price in the Philippines

Definitely an affordable Galaxy Note!

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Looks like Samsung Philippines will be on a launch spree. Rumor has it the Galaxy A71 might go on sale in February. One Matchketeer tipped us on what the pricing for that phone will be, now another one slid in our DMs to tell us the possible pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite.

We’re told the price for the Galaxy Note 10 Lite is PhP 29,990 (US$ 591), and it’s expected to go on sale in Samsung’s offline and online channels.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite product page on Samsung Philippines’ website | GadgetMatch

It’s still unsure when the Galaxy Note 10 Lite will officially drop in the Philippines. However, the product page for the Galaxy Note 10 Lite is already up, which means it’s really coming soon. If this price is true, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite might sell like hotcakes to those who’ve always wanted a Galaxy Note! For now, we can just wait for Samsung to reveal the exact price and availability for the much-awaited device.

An affordable Galaxy Note

The Galaxy Note 10 Lite sports a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus Infinity-O Display. It’s powered by a 10nm 64-bit Octa-core processor, most likely Exynos 8895, and carries a 4,500mAh battery. It’s running Android 10 and One UI 2.0, with either 6 or 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

It also features three 12-megapixel camera lenses on its rear for ultra-wide, wide-angle, and telephoto, and a 32-megapixel selfie shooter. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite will still run Samsung’s ecosystem of apps like Samsung Pay, Samsung Health, and Samsung Knox. It will be available in three colors: Aura Glow, Aura Black, and Aura Red.

SEE MORE: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite Hands-on | Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite: Every bit the Note we know and love

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Rumor: Samsung Galaxy A71 price in the Philippines

That price is sweet!

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When Samsung showcased the Galaxy A51 and A71, it was only a matter of time before it went on sale. As Samsung is preparing for its Unpacked event, it looks like the Galaxy A71 will make some noise too.

GadgetMatch was tipped by a Matchketeer from a reputable store in the Philippines. Expectedly, the Galaxy A71 will go on sale in February, priced at PhP 22,990 (US$ 451). Surprisingly, it follows its predecessor’s launch price.

As per Samsung Philippines’ website, the Galaxy A71 will be available soon in Samsung’s store, Abenson, Anson’s, Globe Telecom, Smart Communications, and Lazada.

Screenshot on Samsung Philippines’ website | GadgetMatch

Furthermore, pre-order for the Galaxy A71 is expected to start on February 5 when Samsung hosts the Awesome Concert at BGC Ampitheater. The event will feature the finalists from Samsung’s #danceAwesome challenge contest on TikTok through Samsung Members app.

Following BLACKPINK’s appearance in Jakarta where Samsung showcased the Galaxy A51 and A71, it looks like Samsung Philippines is going after the same direction. The Galaxy A71 might launch locally and start pre-order during the Awesome event!

Awesome screen, awesome camera, long-lasting battery life

Samsung’s Galaxy A71 is much-awaited, thanks to its promising awesome screen, awesome camera, and long-lasting battery life. It sports a 6.7-inch FHD Super AMOLED Display, packed with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM with 128GB of internal storage, expandable through a microSD card slot.

The Galaxy A71 will feature Samsung’s ISOCELL Bright Sensor on its 64-megapixel main camera. It’s also paired with three other cameras: a 5-megapixel depth sensor, another 5-megapixel macro camera, and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens. For its front-facing camera, it has a 32-megapixel selfie shooter.

Powering the smartphone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 SoC. It will carry a 4500mAh battery, with support for 25W fast charging. Additionally, you get Samsung staples like Bixby, Samsung Health, and Samsung Knox. The Samsung Galaxy A71 will come in three colors: Prism Crush Black, Silver, and Blue.

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Huawei launches sleek, career-starting Matebook D 15″

For those getting started

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We often get asked for recommendations on a capable laptop but one that fits the budget for most people who are just getting started with their careers. Budget constraints make it a tough question but it appears Huawei has an answer with the Matebook D 15″.

Entry-level laptops do exist, but rarely do they come in the form factor and look that you get with the huawei matebook d 15″. As the name suggests, it has a 15.6-inch 16:9 IPS LCD 1080p display with an 87 percent screen-to-body ratio. That display is also TUV Rheinland certified for low blue light emission making it easy on the eyes.

Speaking of being easy on the eyes, one look and you would think this laptop is beyond your budget. It’s very reminiscent of a certain expensive line of laptops from another brand.

Like those laptops, its power button also has a fingerprint sensor. This makes authentication and turning the device on a seamless single motion. It also has this nifty features that’s almost a requirement with laptop these days — a recessing webcam. It sits alongside the function keys and the camera stays hidden when not in use.

Powered by AMD Ryzen

inside the Huawei Matebook D 15 is powered by the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor along with up to 8gb of ram. That means this laptop has enough juice to run multiple apps at the same time like a browser with multiple tabs open, spreadsheets, word documents. There’s also the AMD Radeon Vega 8 for graphics support, perfect for your photo editing projects.

You can get things done with several apps running in the background without worrying that the laptop will slow down or heat up. The laptop includes a new version of the Huawei Shark Fin fan for better cooling. For storage, the Matebook D 15″ may be configured with a combination of SSD and hard disk options.

To juice it up, the laptop comes with a 65W USB-C charger. If you also own a Huawei smartphone, you can charge it using this power bring. It’s smart enough to know when to stop drawing power to avoid overcharging.

Other than the obvious USB-C port you also get one USB-A 3.0 port, two USB-A 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The laptop has two digital speakers and integrated digital microphones if you don’t have a device to plug in that jack.

Speaking of having a Huawei phone, the Matebook D 15″ comes with Huawei Share. The feature lets you sync your phone screen to the laptop and lends you access to all the phone’s apps and functions without needing to touch your phone. Neat!

Pricing and availability

The Huawei Matebook D 15″ comes in Space Grey . It retails for PhP 37,990. Pre-order period is from February 8 to 14, 2020. Those who pre-order will also get a hold of PhP 9,990 worth of freebies including a Huawei T3 8″ tablet, a Huawei Bluetooth mouse, and a Huawei backpack.

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