In the wake of the company’s upcoming Moto G6 series launch, Lenovo-owned Motorola on Monday announced a permanent price cut on the Moto G5S. The midrange smartphone has received a discount of INR 5,000 (US$ 76) and is now available for its new official price of INR 9,999 (US$ 152). The smartphone can be purchased across Moto Hubs, Amazon.in, and offline retail partners in Fine Gold, Lunar Grey, and Oxford Blue color variants.
The updated lineup will likely include the Moto G6, Moto G6 Play, and Moto G6 Plus, and these phones can be expected to make their way to India soon enough. Going back to the Moto G5S, the phone was launched as a special version of the Moto G5 and sports a metal body design with a chunky build that makes it quite solid and firm.
The Moto G5S currently runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat and is expected to receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update soon. It features a 5.2-inch Full HD IPS LCD with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and comes with Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
In terms of performance, the Moto G5S is powered by a Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded via a microSD card. For photography, there is a 16-megapixel rear camera with PDAF along with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and LED flash.
However, the phone may look a little outdated now compared to its competition as it doesn’t sport an 18:9 display and is yet to receive Android Oreo.
Even though the price drop is only now official, the phone was available at the lower price for quite some time now. Flipkart, which is not one of the authorized sellers for this phone, sells it for an even lower price.
Essential Phone gets cheaper and comes with a bunch of accessories
One of the best Cyber Monday deals around!
The Essential PH-1 or more commonly known as the Essential Phone has been around for quite some time and despite the challenges its maker faced, the phone was able to live up to its promise. Since its launch, the device went from premium to nearly a budget-priced phone. The latest deal for the phone is now up as part of the post-Thanksgiving celebration.
Available on Cyber Monday in the US, the Essential Phone is now priced at just US$ 329 and it gets better because the company is throwing in a few extra accessories: the 360 Camera with a protective case and their own Earphones|HD. If you want to get more accessories from Essential’s online store, they are also offering a 10 percent discount for the whole week.
Even though the phone is priced similar to most midrange devices populating the market, the Essential Phone is last year’s flagship-grade device that has a powerful processor, edge-to-edge display, and superb build quality. On top of that, it even comes with the latest Android 9 Pie software already with regular security updates that other manufacturers can’t deliver right away.
If you’re unsure about the Essential Phone, you could check out our hands-on with it back when it was still a premium-priced phone:
We also took the phone around as a daily driver in our full review here.
PLDT offers faster DSL and fiber plans for the holiday season
Exclusive promos before the year ends
Just when the Philippine finally got their third major player, the country’s largest service provider PLDT is offering a limited-time holiday promo for new applicants and existing landline subscribers.
Until December 31, both the Home Fibr and Home DSL plans are getting the speed boost they need to entice users, starting from the cheapest available Plan 1299 with an advertised speed of up to 5Mbps.
Here are the upgraded Home Fibr plans posted on PLDT’s website:
- Home Fibr Plan 1299 —
- Home Fibr Plan 1699 —
- Home Fibr Plan 1899 —
- Home Fibr Plan 2899 — 50Mbps
If fiber connection is not available in the area, PLDT is also offering the following Home DSL plans:
- Home DSL Plan 1299 —
- Home DSL Plan 1699 —
- Home DSL Plan 2899 — 20Mbps
Among the listed plans, Plan 1899 offers the best upgrade value for fiber with faster speeds of up to 25Mbps, while Plan 1699 for DSL is now boosted to 15Mbps which is three times faster than before.
All of the plans come with a landline and unlimited internet bandwidth. Also, installation and activation fees are waived plus there’s no cash-out.
Keep in mind that terms and conditions apply including a 24-month lock-in period for Home DSL plans and a longer 36-month lock-in period for Home Fibr plans.
Applications can be processed online through the PLDT Home website. Interested applicants can also visit PLDT Home booths, sales and service centers, hotline, and Smart/Sun stores.
Source: PLDT Home
Spotify re-introduces PhP 9 three-month Premium subscription offer
For first-time paid users
Still using free Spotify? Now is the best time to jump to the Premium side because Spotify is bringing back its limited-time holiday offer. If you’re a former Premium user, Spotify also wants to welcome you back.
Until the end of year, free Spotify users can avail of the Premium subscription for just PhP 9. The promo subscription will last three months, so you’ll be able to enjoy it even after the holidays.
Spotify Premium offers on-demand access to millions of songs and thousands of playlists available for high-quality streaming. Additionally, paying users can also listen to podcasts and the best part is everything is ad-free.
As mentioned earlier, Spotify also has a pretty good offer for existing users. If you canceled your Premium account before October 16, you may avail three months of Premium subscription for the price of one or just PhP 129.
Eligible users can grab the holiday offer through spotify.com/premium.
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