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Huawei Mate 9 Unboxing

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If BIG phones are your thing, one of the best phones you can buy today is the Mate 9 from Huawei.

Apart from a fantastic camera and battery that lasts two days on a single charge, the Mate 9 uses machine learning technology so it stays fast and optimized based on how you use it.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves… this, after all, is our unboxing video.

In a follow-up video, we will verify Huawei’s claims, but for now, if the phone is anything like the Mate 9’s unboxing experience, then we’ve already got a winner.

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Smart now offers iPhone XS, XS Max on GigaX postpaid plans

Get the latest iPhones with a postpaid line

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The new iPhones are already set to become available in the Philippines, and Smart has just unveiled their postpaid plans and pricing for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. If you’re planning on getting a new line or renewing your contract, you might want to check Smart’s GigaX postpaid plans.

Smart is primarily offering the iPhone XS (64GB) for PhP 3,299 per month which includes GigaX Plan 1499 and the PhP 1,800 monthly installment for the phone. If you want the bigger iPhone XS Max (64GB), you’ll have to shell out PhP 3,599 every month which also includes GigaX Plan 1499 and PhP 2,100 monthly amortization.

The GigaX Plan 1499 includes 5GB of mobile data with 10GB additional allocation exclusively for video streaming, 60 minutes of voice calls, and unlimited texts to all networks. It also comes with a standard 24-month contract.

The new iPhones are also available on other GigaX plans with their corresponding cash-outs:

Smart is offering the new iPhones at a special price for existing subscribers, although it wasn’t specified on the website.

You may visit Smart’s landing page for the iPhone XS to know more about the plans and avail of a subscription.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone XS, XS Max, XR: Prices and availability in the Philippines

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Apple iPhone XS, XS Max now available on Globe postpaid

They don’t come cheap

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After posting the pre-order and availability dates, Globe finally unveiled the list of postpaid plans for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. If you’re planning on getting a new line or renewing your contract, you might want to check the offers for the new iPhones.

Apple’s latest iPhones will officially become available in the Philippines later this month. Apart from getting an unlocked version, consumers can also avail of a postpaid plan from Globe.

The telco offers both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max in all of their ThePLAN lines. You can get it with the cheapest ThePLAN 599 but with minimal allocations or get the abundant ThePLAN 2499.

Here is a table of the cash-out per plan:

According to Globe, their main plan for the iPhone XS will cost PhP 3,499 per month. This is with ThePLAN 1799 plus the PhP 1,700 monthly amortization for the phone.

The line includes unlimited texts to all networks, unlimited calls to Globe and TM, and 11GB of data. It also comes with freebies like six-month subscriptions to Amazon Prime Video and DisneyLife, and a Spotify Premium subscription for three months with additional 1GB data.

Existing subscribers may also avail of the PhP 2,400 discount if they’ll recontract with ThePLAN 1799 and up.

You may visit Globe’s website (link here) for more details and plan application. Pre-order starts on October 19, while store availability is on October 26.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone XS, XS Max, XR: Prices and availability in the Philippines

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Sony confirms Android Pie rollout schedule

Updates coming in October to March

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Months after launch, the coveted Android Pie is still the rarest operating system out in the wild. With Android’s notoriety, the new operating system’s incredibly low distribution rates don’t come as a surprise. Currently, only the top smartphones have tasted a piece of Pie. Even then, new adopters are only slowly trickling in.

Surprisingly, Sony has accelerated their upgrade schedules, leaving other brands trailing in the dust. Already, the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are receiving Android Pie updates. Meanwhile, the new XZ3 comes with the operating system fresh out of the box.

Today, the company has announced further updates to the old schedule. Within the next few weeks, Sony’s older models will receive the new update. Starting October 26, Android Pie will roll out to the XZ Premium, the XZ1, and the XZ1 Compact. Meanwhile, the XZ2 Premium can enjoy the new operating system starting November 7.

Additionally, the XA2, the XA2 Ultra, and the XA2 Plus will get Android Pie on March 4.

Notably, the announced phones are older than Android Pie’s current lineup. This is the most concrete schedule that Android has enjoyed. While other brands have promised future updates, not many have fulfilled their end of the bargain.

That said, expect the same dismal adoption rates in the future. Even now, the preceding Android Oreo still hasn’t taken over a sizable share of the smartphone market. While Sony’s announcement is a step up, can we expect other brands to step up as well?

SEE ALSO: Sony unveils Xperia XZ3 with best-possible specs and features

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