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LG G7 ThinQ now official with notched FullVision display, Snapdragon 845

The company’s new and refined flagship phone

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It’s finally official. The newest premium phone from LG has been unwrapped and it’s everything we knew it would be. Is there something about the LG G7 ThinQ that would excite consumers anew?

Getting straight to the point, the LG G7 ThinQ doesn’t look any different from other new (and upcoming) Android phones with its notched screen. It’s got a 6.1-inch FullVision HDR display with a QHD+ resolution. LG claims it can reach 1,000 nits of brightness thanks to its RGBW panel that covers 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut similar to what professionals use. The company also included some of its TV technologies with screen modes on the G7 ThinQ to make it more exciting.

LG G7 ThinQ meets the LG G6

The design of the G7 ThinQ is a refinement of the G6’s and V30’s. It’s still made mostly of glass with an aluminum frame rounded corners. It’s also water and dust resistant like before. The back is undeniably similar to the V30’s but the dual rear cameras are positioned vertically.

Speaking of, the dual camera setup is still a combination of a regular f/1.6 shooter and an ultra-wide angle with an f/1.9 aperture. Both rear cameras have 16-megapixel sensors, so either camera can shoot quality photos even in low light. For selfies, an 8-megapixel f/1.9 front-facing camera is neatly hidden in the notch.

Since it’s a ThinQ-branded phone, artificial intelligence is definitely on board. LG’s AI Cam first debuted on the V30S ThinQ and is now improved on the G7 ThinQ with the ability to identify 19 different objects and provide color filters, accordingly. Portrait mode is also available with the help of the secondary rear camera.

LG G7 ThinQ can take a dip in fresh water

The rest of the specifications of the G7 ThinQ are similar to other 2018 premium phones in the market. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. Thankfully, the G7 ThinQ is rocking the latest processor and doesn’t have the same fate of the G6 that launched with an old chipset.

The device’s 3000mAh battery might not be impressive for a large phone, but at least it supports wireless charging. A Hi-Fi Quad DAC is also present along with a new BoomBox down-firing loudspeaker for high-quality audio on the go. It’s worth noting that unlike last year, both wireless charging and Quad DAC features will be available to all regional variants.

The LG G7 ThinQ will be available in Aurora Black, Moroccan Blue, Platinum Gray, and Raspberry Rose.

SEE ALSO: LG G7 ThinQ Hands-on: Ticks off all the boxes

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Samsung reveals Galaxy Note 10+ Star Wars Special Edition

Embrace the dark side

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Samsung and Star Wars have always had the “galaxy” in common and now these two worlds are colliding with the South Korean company’s announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Star Wars Special Edition.

The collaboration ties directly with the upcoming film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker which will hit theaters on December 20. The Galaxy Note 10+ Star Wars Special Edition does feature a Skywalker, but it’s one that does not carry that name.

The phone’s design has Kylo Ren all over it. Kylo Ren is the son of Han Solo and Leia Skywalker. He’s also the most prominent user of the dark side of the force in the most recent movies on the film franchise.

The device is all black with some red accents. Also in red is the accompanying S Pen, mimicking the color of the light saber that Kylo Ren carries around. On its back is the Samsung logo as well the logo of the First Order which is essentially the new army inspired by the Galactic Empire.

The special edition smartphone will come in a bundle that includes Galaxy Buds that is also all black with red accents. Also included is a special edition leather case that shows Kylo Ren and a metal badge that acts as a collector’s item.

Pricing and Availability

According to Samsung’s release, The Galaxy Note 10+ Star Wars Special Edition unlocked by Samsung version will be available only in limited quantities and will retail for US$ 1299.99 staring December in USA.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ Review

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Philips Hue is now available in the Philippines

With starter kits included

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Philips Hue has been around since 2012. Just two years ago, we listed Philips Hue under must-have devices for a smarter home. Now, they officially launched it in the Philippines.

In case you missed it, the Philips Hue system is not just about “smart bulbs”, it’s also a connected lighting system for your home — strips, spots, lamps, and controls all included. With the excellence of developers, there are more than 700 third-party apps designed for the Hue.

The Philips Hue is responsible for switching light controls and changing colors within the reach of your fingertips. You can personalize and choose from the spectrum of 16 million colors in order to change your interior’s ambiance. It also has a feature that increases the brightness when you wake up in the day.

Other than that, there are also light scenes such as Tropical Twilight or Tokyo Lights, or even a customized scene based on your liking. The light activity can even depend on the music, video, and games you are playing — especially that it has an integration on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. Best of all, you can control it through voice commands with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana, and Nest. It’s also compatible with other smart-home platforms such as Samsung SmartThings, Bosch, and Logitech.

Price and availability

The Hue White ambiance Starter Kit includes a Philips Hue White Ambiance Bulb, bridge, and wireless dimmer switch.

Meanwhile, the Hue White and Color Ambiance Kit includes three white and color ambiance bulbs, plus a bridge.

Here are the official prices:

Starter Kits

  • Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Kit — PhP 10,390
  • Philips Hue White Ambiance Kit — PhP 7,490

Bulbs

  • Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Bulb — PhP 2,990
  • Philips Hue White Ambiance Bulb — PhP 1,790

Controls

  • Philips Hue bridge — PhP 3,690
  • Philips Hue wireless dimmer switch — PhP 1,290
  • Philips Hue Motion sensor — PhP 2,690

You can get the Philips Hue in select Power Mac Centers, Switch, iStore, Nifty, Urban Gadgets, Infomax Glorietta, Abenson Global City, and online at the Philips Lighting Official Store on Lazada.

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TikTok will launch a Spotify competitor

Will release in December

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For quite a while now, TikTok has captured the short-form social media landscape. Whereas the past had the incredibly popular Vine, the world now has ByteDance’s equally popular platform. However, unlike Vine, TikTok looks like it’s here to stay. And, because of TikTok’s success, ByteDance can already expand beyond its niche.

Reportedly, ByteDance is currently negotiating content deals with major music labels including Sony Music, Universal Music, and Warner Music. The deal supposedly relates to an upcoming, still-unnamed music streaming service. The developer is already amassing a workable cache of songs to include.

Besides the music content, the service will also include a smaller short video archive. The short videos will play over the interface while users search for more music. Additionally, users can sync the music to the videos.

According to the same report, ByteDance will launch the service as early as next month. It will come out first in smaller markets — like India and Indonesia — before a wider worldwide release.

Of course, the service’s popularity is still in question. TikTok is currently considered a security threat in the US.

As for price, the service will cost less than the world’s most popular option, Spotify. However, this alleged price compares Spotify’s current US price of US$ 10. (As such, this doesn’t mean much since Spotify costs less depending on region and package.)

SEE ALSO: Spotify extends free trial to 3 months

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