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Moto is back in the Philippines with full lineup

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Moto Philippines Launch

We’ve waited patiently, and now we got it: Moto is back in the Philippines, bringing along its modular Moto Z (with Moto Mods) flagships, midrange Moto G series, and entry-level Moto E Power.

Making the announcement all the more special is the introduction of power couple James Reid and Nadine Lustre as the brand’s new local ambassadors. Commonly referred to as JaDine, the tandem is expected to inject some youthful charm into the Lenovo-owned company.

Moto Philippines Launch JaDine

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It was just two weeks ago when we first got word of Moto’s intent of coming back. The teaser, which was posted on the company’s Facebook page, subtly hinted at the pending launch of the Moto Z and G4 series. Now, we have all the important details.

Moto Z and friends

First, the top-end Moto Z. It’s going to cost PhP 33,999 and will come bundled with a Moto Style Shell, so users can experience the modularity right away. The price may seem a little steep, but you must consider the specs it comes with, which include a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, and 4GB of memory with 64GB of built-in storage in a frame that’s — get this — only 5.2mm thick.

Moto Z front

Moto Z

The slightly thicker yet more affordable Moto Z Play tagged along in the cross-country journey. Its pocket-friendly PhP 22,999 is a lot easier to swallow, but you’ll have to play with a more midrange-like chipset, specifically a 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display, Snapdragon 625 processor, and 3GB of RAM with 32GB of expandable storage.

To get a better idea of how the Moto Mods work, it’s best to watch our first-look video below:

These are the retail prices of the Moto Mods: PhP 699 for the Moto Style Shell (Herringbone Nylon or Crimson Nylon), PhP 999 for the Moto Style Shell (Black Leather), PhP 4,999 for the Incipio offGRID Power Pack, PhP 5,499 for the JBL SoundBoost Speaker Mod, PhP 14,099 for the Hasselblad True Zoom, and PhP 14,999 for the Moto Insta-Share Projector.

Everything related to the Moto Z is already available at selected MemoXpress and Silicon Valley shops in SM North EDSA, Megamall, and Mall of Asia. An online shop will also be set up on Lazada Philippines.

Moto Z Play back

Moto Z Play

Midrange Moto G

You don’t have to look too far down if you want something a little more ordinary. The three Moto G handsets represent Lenovo’s middle-class segment, and have no access to the fancy Moto Mods. What’s interesting is that the most powerful of the trio, the Moto G4 Plus, is the only one you can buy without network carrier restrictions; the G4 Play and G Turbo Edition are exclusive to Smart Communications and Globe Telecom, respectively.

Dish out a total of PhP 13,999, and the Moto G4 Plus is yours. It’s not going to wow you with extraordinary internals, but that’s what you’d expect at this price range; it has a middling Snapdragon 617 chip and standard 5.5-inch Full HD LCD screen.

Moto G4 Plus

Moto G4 Plus

The other two don’t offer anything better in terms of performance. You can acquire the 5-inch, Snapdragon 410-powered Moto G4 Play for free through Smart’s SurfPlus Plan 999, while the 5-inch Moto G Turbo Edition has a faster Snapdragon 615 on board and can be gotten without any additional cost on Globe’s MyLifeStyle Plan 799.

Truly entry-level Moto E Power

Moto labels the E Power as “more than meets the eye,” but the only thing worth writing about is the 3500mAh battery capacity. Coupled with the 5-inch HD display and battery-efficient MediaTek processor, it’s possible to push the phone beyond a day of usage on a single charge. In addition, the battery can be swapped for a spare one if you’re desperate.

Moto E Power

Moto E Power

But that’s not all

Lenovo and Moto really went all out with their launch earlier this evening. On top of showing off their sassy endorsers, the unified company is offering a special deal from October 21 to 23. Anyone who buys a Moto Z or Z Play in the aforementioned MemoXpress, Silicon Valley, and Lazada stores will also get a free JBL SoundBoost Speaker Mod. We assume the bundled Moto Style Shell is still included, because it would be too cruel to leave it out.

Globe extends the early holiday spirit with a few special deals of its own. Under its PhP 2,399 plan, you get the Moto Z with the Hasselblad Mod, while the PhP 2,299 plan nets you the Moto Z with the JBL and Incipio Mods, and the PhP 1,499 plan gives you just the JBL Speaker Mod with the Moto Z.

Let’s hope that this time, Moto will stick around long enough for Filipinos to invest in its modular smartphones.

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Remote work grows in popularity amid Covid-19 outbreak

Is remote work the future of workplace?

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Covid-19 outbreak shows no sign of stopping. As such, most companies are now turning to remote work arrangement for its employees. An insight from LinkedIn shows an increase on people searching for tips related to remote work in January.

According to the latest statistics from LinkedIn insights, remote work has been steadily increasing since March 2018. To be exact, searches for “remote work” grew by 2.6 times from that period until February of this year.

However, what is interesting here is the sudden spike from January to February. This is not surprising given the spread of Covid-19 in recent months. What’s more interesting here are the key region drivers. Singapore, Hong Kong, and mainland China are behind the increase in the searches. These regions are hard-hit by the virus, and companies have to resort to remote work for their employees.

Making remote work, work

LinkedIn’s insight also found that there had been a rise in employers searching for tips to manage their remote workforce. As a matter of fact, the two of the trending searches in LinkedIn are “communicating in virtual meetings” and “managing remote teams”. The company expects the demand for remote work to increase over the years as it becomes ubiquitous.

The role of technology in driving remote work is undeniable. Messaging and communication apps drive instant communication behind team members. Storing and sending important stuff is possible through cloud storage and email. And of course, better smartphones and laptops enable access to productivity apps for a streamlined remote workflow.

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Apple will open its first store in India next year

Online store to launch this year

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Apple is planning to open its first retail store in India next year, CEO Tim Cook confirmed during the company’s annual shareholder meeting in Cupertino, California. The electronics giant will also open an online store in India this year, he added.

“We needed to get approval from the government to go in there ourselves,” said Cook on Wednesday, answering a question from a shareholder. He added that the company doesn’t want “somebody else to run the brand” for it.

“We wouldn’t be a very good partner in retail,” Cook added. “We like to do things our way.”

India’s laws prohibit Apple from directly selling, hence it has to rely on a range of “resellers”. This means the company isn’t directly selling to the end-user and relying on a third party. Not only does this affect the overall experience but it also makes the product more expensive.

The move comes just over six months after the Indian government relaxed local sourcing norms for single-brand retailers in the country. With demand for Apple products slowing in China — even before the outbreak of Coronavirus — the firm is hoping it can spur growth in other developing markets like India.

Experts have often accused Apple of neglecting India as a serious market. But, the tides are changing. The iPhone SE was a monumental success in developing markets and Apple is expected to launch a successor soon. Even the iPhone XR has received a phenomenal response in the country.

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This is the best time to buy the Galaxy S20

Good things come to those who wait

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When is the best time to buy the Samsung Galaxy S20? Most might say that it’s right after its release. Whether we admit it or not, being one of the first to own the latest tech is always a good feeling. But there’s also a benefit to waiting it out a little longer.

A new product insight from iPrice indicates being patient could help you net the Galaxy S20 for less. Partnering with Samsung Philippines, iPrice researched the best time to buy the Galaxy S20. The research took into account the price drop of Galaxy flagships over the year, starting from the S8 up until the recent S10. They looked into two different time periods after a flagship’s release to determine its price.

Six-month outlook

If you can’t wait any longer than a year, then you should wait for six months to pass after the Galaxy S20 has been released. The research from iPrice found that the price of Galaxy flagships may drop by 21% after six months. As such, you may get a better deal buying the S20 six months from now than on March 6.

How will a 21% price drop compare across S20 variants?

  • Galaxy S20 — from PhP 49,990 to PhP 39,492
  • Galaxy S20+ — from PhP 55,990 to PhP 44,232
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra — from PhP 69,990 to PhP 55,292

One-year outlook

Here’s where it gets interesting. Galaxy S10’s price dropped by 45% after a year, while Galaxy S8 and S9’s price dropped by 30%. The research estimates that the price drop of Galaxy S20 may fall between 30-45%.

Even when you factor in the much conservative 30% price drop, you still get big savings with PhP 34,993 than today’s price of PhP 49,990 for S20. For S20+, you get PhP 39,193. Finally, for the Galaxy S20 Ultra, the price drops to PhP 48,993.

If you’re looking to save, it is best to wait some months before buying a brand-new Galaxy S20. Prices do fluctuate, so the final price after a few months maybe higher or lower than the estimates. As a general advice, it is better for you to wait before buying a brand-new device to weather out the demand and any issues that may appear after release.

See also: Galaxy S20 price and availability in the Philippines

 

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