Computers

Microsoft to unveil Lumia 950, 950XL and Surface Pro 4

Published

on

This year’s arrival of Windows 10 brings with it a great promise, a universal operating system that will run across all devices in the Windows ecosystem, plus every other device that Microsoft builds.

Theoretically one operating system means a seamless computing experience across devices, and one shared app store.

When the rollout is complete, Windows 10 will run on Windows-powered smartphones, tablets, and computers, as well as the X-Box One gaming console and Microsoft’s upcoming augmented reality headset HoloLens.

Last August’s release of Windows 10 already brought the new OS to tablet, notebook, and desktop computers. On October 6th, in New York, Microsoft is set to unveil the first smartphones to run Windows 10, and later this November Windows 10 will come to the X-Box One. 

GadgetMatch will be in New York to bring you live updates from “Windows 10 Devices” event. Here’s what to expect:

Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL

lumia-950-evleaks

Leaked Lumia 950 product photo (@evleaks)

It’s been a while since Microsoft announced a flagship smartphone. In fact, the last Lumia flagship, the Lumia 930, was released in early 2014 prior to Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s smartphone business. The long wait can be attributed to the impending arrival of Windows 10 (on smartphones it will be referred to as Windows 10 Mobile).

Like most other top smartphone manufacturers this year, Microsoft’s upcoming flagship is reportedly coming in two sizes…a 5.2-inch standard model, the Lumia 950, and a 5.7-inch phablet variant the Lumia 950XL.

The phones will come with top of the line specs including Quad HD screens, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 20 megapixel cameras with Zeiss lenses, USB Type-C connectors, and Qi wireless charging.

The Lumia 950 will be powered by a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, while the 950XL the more powerful Snapdragon 810, and 3000mAh and 3300mAh batteries respectively.

Both phones will run Windows 10, and as promised, transform into PCs once connected to an external monitor and bluetooth keyboard. Expect them to also support Hello, a Windows 10 feature that allows users to log-onto their devices using facial recognition.

The larger Lumia 950 XL is also expected to support the Surface Pen stylus allowing it to go head-to-head with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 phablet.

microsoft-surface-pro-3

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Microsoft File Photo)

Surface Pro 4

It’s been a big year for convertible tablet/notebook devices. Just a month back Apple announced its  12-inch iPad Pro that comes with an optional keyboard dock and stylus (the Apple Pencil), Google is also set to release a similar device called the Pixel C. But the mother of this form factor is Microsoft’s Surface Pro – now going on its 4th update.

There are fewer leaks pertaining to the 12-inch Surface Pro 4, but the new hybrid device is expected to have a better display, possibly 4K or 5K, and an improved Surface Pen. There are also rumors suggesting that Microsoft is also planning a larger 14-inch variant.

The Surface Pro 4 will run Windows 10 and will probably run on Intel’s Core M Broadwell processors (unlike last year’s Core i5 and i7 variants) with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage.

Microsoft Band 2

microsoft-band

Microsoft Band (Microsoft File Photo)

In case you didn’t know, Microsoft also makes a wearable fitness tracker.

While it’s first attempt wasn’t hugely successful, expect its second try to be better. The Microsoft Band 2 will have a curved display that wraps around your wrist, and will be redesigned to fit more comfortably.

The Band 2 should also run on a variant of Windows 10, and will most likely be also compatible with Android and iOS smartphones.

[irp posts=”7256" name=”Microsoft Surface Studio is the all-in-one PC of our dreams”]

Computers

12.12 sale: Ultimate tech guide

The last sale of the year is here

Published

on

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

  • Trekz Titanium Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones — PhP 3,378 from PhP 4,590 (Lazada)

Anker

  • PowerCore Select 20000mAh — PhP 1,720 from PhP 2,695 (Lazada)

ASUS

  • Laptop X407 — PhP 16,857 from PhP 17,995
  • VivoBook X407 — PhP 24,335 from PhP 26,995
  • VivoBook X540 — PhP 26,072 from PhP 28,995
  • VivoBook 14 X412FJ — PhP 30,079 from PhP 32,995
  • VivoBook 14 X412FL — PhP 39,191 from PhP 42,995

Defunc

  • Headphone Go — PhP 300 from PhP 490 (Lazada)

Honor

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

  • Band 3 — PhP 996 from PhP 2,490 (Lazada, Shopee)
  • Watch GT 1 — PhP 4,995 from 9,990 (Lazada, Shopee)
  • MediaPad T3 — PhP 5,221 from PhP 5,790 (Lazada, Shopee)
  • Y Max — PhP 6,495 from PhP 15,990 (Lazada, Shopee)
  • FreeBuds 3 — PhP 6,990 from PhP 8,990 (Lazada, Shopee)
  • M3 Lite — PhP 9,221 from PhP 13, 490 (Lazada, Shopee)
  • Nova 3 — PhP 9,495 from PhP 18,990 (Lazada, Shopee)
  • Watch GT 2 — PhP 9,990 with tumbler, wireless earphones, Anytime Fitness card, and PhP 300 coupon; free Php 500 coupon when purchased with P30, P30 Pro, Mate 20 Pro and Nova 5T (Lazada, Shopee)
  • Mate 20 Pro — PhP 19,794 from PhP 32,990 (Lazada, Shopee)

Joyroom

  • DM203 5,000 mAh Powerbank — PhP 390 from PhP 990
  • D-M129 10,000 mAh Powerbank — PhP 390 from PhP 990
  • Ear Hook Bluetooth Headset — PhP 590 from PhP 990
  • D-M129 20,000 mAh Powerbank — PhP 690 from PhP 1,490
  • Dual Battery Sports Bluetooth Headset — PhP 790 from PhP 1,490
  • D-M205 10,000 mAh Multi-function Powerbank — PhP 990 from PhP 1,490
  • D-M223 10,000 mAh Powerbank — PhP 990 from PhP 1,490
  • Sports Earphones — PhP 890 from PhP 1,690
  • Unilateral Wireless Earbuds with Charging Box — PhP 690 from PhP 1,290
  • TWS Bilateral Wireless Earbuds — PhP 1,390 from PhP 1,890

Marshall

  • Stockwell II + Major III Bluetooth — PhP 15,990 from PhP 24,880 (Lazada)

Nokia

  • Nokia 8.1 — PhP 16,990 from PhP 19,990 with free Bluetooth earbuds (Lazada)
  • Nokia 3.2 — PhP 6,990 from PhP 7,990 with free Bluetooth speaker (Lazada)

Oppo

Lazada

Shopee

Realme

Lazada-exclusive

  • 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)

Samsung

  • J2 Prime — PhP 2,495 from PhP 4,990
  • J6 Plus — PhP 3,995 from PhP 7,990
  • A50 — PhP 7,995 from PhP 15,990
  • Tab 10.5 — PhP 11,995 from PhP 23,990
  • A9 (2018) — PhP 13,495 from PhP 26,990
  • Tab S2 8.0 — PhP 13,974 from PhP 22,990
  • S9 — PhP 22,194 from PhP 36,990
  • Note 9 — PhP 23,994 from PhP 39,990

Urbanears

  • Ralis Speaker + Jakan — PhP 11,990 from PhP 18,990 (Lazada)

Xiaomi

Lazada-exclusive

Win a trip to the GRAMMY Awards

By purchasing items in Lazada from December 12-14, one gets a chance to win a free trip to Los Angeles for the 62nd GRAMMY Awards. Simply purchase an item with Mastercard from Lazada’s  “Music is My Fashion” page. Upon checkout, type the code “ROADTOGRAMMYS” and click submit.

Continue Reading

Cameras

Select ASUS laptops come with free Instax cameras

Get a free Instax Mini 9, SQ6 or Mini LiPlay

Published

on

Christmas season is the time for creating memories. What better way to capture these memories than with an instant camera?

Instax partnered with ASUS this Christmas to give away free Instax cameras for every purchase of select ASUS laptops. Buyers also get to enjoy bundled freebies along with their free cameras. 

Bundled Instax cameras are the Instax Mini 9 worth PhP 3,999; Square SQ6 worth PhP 7,999; and Mini LiPlay worth PhP 9,999. The Instax Mini 9 is one of the best-selling products in the lineup, while the Instax Square SQ6 is the first analog camera that uses a square film format. Meanwhile, the Instax LiPlay is can convert recorded sounds into a QR code for sharing. They are available with these ASUS laptops:

Zenbook laptops

  • Duo / Pro Duo — Instax Mini LiPlay + ASUS 30th premium freebies + Nereus bag
  • Pro 14/15 — Instax Mini LiPlay + Nereus bag
  • S — Instax Square SQ6 + laptop sleeve
  • Flip 13 / 14 / 15 — Instax Square SQ6 + laptop sleeve
  • 13 / 14 / 15 — Instax Square SQ6 + laptop sleeve

VivoBook laptops

  • S13/ S14/ S15 — Instax Mini 9 + Nereus bag
  • Flip 14 / 14 / 15 — Instax Mini 9 + Nereus bag
  • 14 / 15 — Instax Mini 9 + Nereus bag

Others

  • X series (Intel Core models) — Instax Mini 9 + Nereus bag

To claim the Instax camera and the freebies, buyers must log on to ASUS’ promo redemption site and provide the necessary information. After confirmation, they must pick the freebies at ASUS Philippines headquarters.

Promo runs from November 18 to December 31. It is applicable to all participating ASUS concept stores nationwide and via the official ASUS Philippines digital store. For more information, visit their website or their Facebook page.

Continue Reading

Computers

Dell’s new innovation keeps your monitor and CPU together

Saving space in the work place

Published

on

Dell prides itself in being the leader of innovation for the modern computer. Such innovation allows for better and more efficient work spaces in offices. And with their latest innovation, the company hopes to expand the work space by simply cutting the technology down.

The company introduces the Dell OptiPlex 7070 and OptiPlex 7070 Ultra, a desktop machine that cuts all the space in the work place. This desktop computer, coined as a “zero-footprint” computer houses the CPU within the monitor. Dell designed the OptiPlex 7070 to conserve space while you’re working in the office.

It features a relatively compact and flexible design while retaining potential areas for upgrading. The monitor stand houses the components of your PC — including the CPU, RAM, and storage to reduce the space taken up compared to a separate computer unit. According to the company, users can upgrade either the PC or the display — whichever fits their needs more.

In terms of hardware, Dell promises to offer the OptiPlex 7070 with up to an Intel core i7 vPro processor, 64GB or RAM, and 1TB worth of SSD storage. Additionally, users can avail up to 2TB of added storage through an internal HDD flexible for multiple users.

The Dell OptiPlex 7070 is now available, starting at Php 53,500.

 

Continue Reading

Trending