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Motorola announces Moto G6, G6 Play, and G6 Plus with 18:9 displays, Android Oreo

The latest midrange phones to beat

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Meet the new Moto G6 family, Motorola’s latest trio of midrange smartphones. Each comes with its own strengths, but they have a number of similarities.

Each G6 phone has Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with no skin on top, a display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, front LED flash, water-repellent coating, and fingerprint reader. They also share a common design that’s starting to get old since every Motorola phone has had the same shape.

Moto G6

The regular Moto G6 comes with a 5.7-inch Full HD+ display and Snapdragon 450 processor which easily puts it in the same league as lower-midrange phones. It’ll have up to 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. There’s a microSD card slot just in case you need more space.

A dual rear setup is onboard with a 12- and 5-megapixel combo and bright f/1.8 lens. It records video up to 1080p at 60 frames per second. An 8-megapixel front camera takes care of selfie needs.

With a 3000mAh battery and 15W TurboCharger bundled in the box, you can quickly charge the phone and it’ll last (most likely) the whole day.

It uses Gorilla Glass 3 for both of its front and back with similar curves we first saw on the Moto X4. The same goes for the G6 Plus variant.

Pricing starts at EUR 250.

Moto G6 Plus

The Moto G6 Plus gets the best features in the series. It has the biggest display with a 5.9-inch IPS LCD sporting a Full HD+ resolution. It also has a more powerful Snapdragon 630 processor with up to 6GB of memory and up to 128GB of expandable storage.

Camera-wise, the G6 Plus features dual rear cameras as well — a 12- and 5-megapixel combo with a large 1.4µm pixel size and f/1.7 aperture. It has Dual Pixel autofocus for quick focus times and support for 4K video recording. As for selfies, there’s an 8-megapixel front camera complete with beauty mode and filters.

The Plus model has a slightly larger battery than the regular variant with its 3200mAh capacity. Fast charging is also a feature of the Plus using the included 15W TurboPower charger and USB-C cable.

Pricing starts at EUR 300.

Moto G6 Play

Lastly, we have the G6 Play — the G6 phone with the biggest battery at 4000mAh packed into a body sporting a 5.7-inch display. Motorola claims it can last up to 36 hours on a single charge which is pretty impressive. The large battery phone is also bundled with a 15W TurboPower charger just like its siblings.

The Play version is all about longetivity, so its specifications are not the best in class but still capable. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 430 processor with 3GB of memory and 32GB of expandable storage.

There are no dual cameras here but the single 13-megapixel rear shooter should be enough for quick snaps, while the 8-megapixel selfie camera is on par with the more expensive models.

Its price is only EUR 200.

All of the new Moto G6 phones are going to be available in markets where Motorola is present, except for the Moto G6 Plus which will skip North America.

SEE ALSO: Motorola Moto X4 Review: Beautiful and fragile

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OnePlus 6 price and availability in the Philippines

Not that competitive anymore?

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After a successful launch in London and introducing a sweet Avengers Edition in India, the OnePlus 6 is now making its way to the Philippines.

Pricing is as follow: The 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant is priced at PhP 30,990, while the 8GB + 128GB version goes for PhP 33,990. Both will have identical specifications other than those key numbers.

For comparison, the first variant costs US$ 529 (PhP 27,850) in the US and the latter has a price tag of US$ 579 (PhP 30,480). The markup isn’t that bad considering this is an imported product, but this signals the first time a OnePlus phone has a starting price over PhP 30,000 in the Philippines.

But it’s not all bad news, because there are some freebies involved. While not specified how to qualify, the first customers will be entitled to the following bonuses: a Baseus MVP USB-C Cable, Motorola Buds Earphones, and PhP 1,000 voucher at Digital Walker. Like before, everyone gets an official warranty lasting 18 months.

Digital Walker, the official distributor of OnePlus products in the Philippines, says that they’ll have the 256GB storage variant in the coming weeks, too. And you’ll also be glad to know that the Mirror Black color variant will be available from the very start.

As of now, there’s no exact availability date yet. Digital Walker currently has a page where you can show your interest for the OnePlus 6, meaning you’ll get updates as soon as dates are set.

What we do know is which Digital Walker branches it’ll be available in at launch: SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA, Estancia Mall, Gateway Mall, and Ayala Cebu.

Now, how about bringing over the OnePlus Bullets Wireless earphones to the Philippines as well, Digital Walker?

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Apple’s new ‘free’ iCloud upgrades are designed to get more of your money

Read the fine print

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Every year, storage solutions grow faster than we can fill them. Despite the industry’s steadfast progress, cloud storage is still woefully catching up. Sadly, for some brands, progress hovers precariously out of reach.

Particularly, Apple’s latest efforts focuses more on sales rather than the actual product. Besides 5GB of free cloud storage, Apple now offers one month of free upgrades to more substantial storage plans.

For Apple users, the free 5GB of iCloud storage is part and parcel of every iPhone package. However, every smartphone photographer can tell you that five gigabytes pale in comparison to what everyday usage is like now.

Most users deplete this within a few months (if not, weeks). To increase this, Apple usually offers 50GB, 200GB, and 2TB upgrades on monthly subscription prices. Easily outclassed by their rivals, these upgrades don’t find much of an audience even from the most hardcore of users.

Now, Apple is offering free one-month trials for these upgrades. When users deplete their 5GB allocation, a new pop-up notifies users that they are entitled for a month of more iCloud storage.

However, this enticing offer hides a dastardly trap for unsuspecting subscribers. As with most online subscriptions, Apple will not automatically opt you out when your free month expires. After you finish the month, Apple will charge its users the regular rates for these upgrades.

Regardless, the internet has entertained this scheme for as long as online subscriptions have existed. The system hopes that users are either too ignorant to notice the fine print or too reliant on the upgrade to back out.

While internet-savvy users can detect the ploy immediately, Apple’s massive reach ensures that even casual users will receive the offer.

Unfortunately for Apple, competing cloud services still edge out iCloud handily. Most notably, Google Photos offers unlimited storage on the cloud for free.

Also, iCloud remains one of the weakest names in cyber security. Just a few years ago, hackers breached and obtained extremely sensitive material from the iCloud accounts of famous Hollywood celebrities.

SEE ALSO: What’s the difference between RAM and internal storage?

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Samsung launches new devices and faces old problems: Weekend Rewind

Samsung has their work cut out for them

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Here are this week’s top stories on GadgetMatch.

1. Samsung faces legal trouble, while the iPhone X enjoys the top spot

Six years after Samsung was first found liable for infringing on five iPhone patents in its own smartphone designs, they are now ordered by a California jury to pay US$ 539 million in damages to Apple. CNET reports that the infringements in question occurred on Samsung phones sold in 2010 and 2011. All this comes after a March 2018 report says that the iPhone X remains the best-selling smartphone in the world, while Samsung’s new flagships the Galaxy S9 and S9+ share the no. 5 and 6 spots. Samsung sure has their work cut out for them.

2. Samsung announces new phones around Asia

We’re still a few months away until we see Samsung’s new premium flagship, but there’s no stopping the Korean company from announcing phones for other budget segments. New Galaxies launched this week around Asia, including the Galaxy S Light in China, Galaxy A6+ in the Philippines, and the Galaxy J6, J8, A6, and A6+ in India.

3. HTC unveils notchless U12+

HTC has a new flagship and while it packs top of the line specs, it’s unique in so many ways for a phone launched in 2018. Instead of carrying a notch, it sports a 6-inch Quad HD+ screen with an 18:9 ratio. It comes in Ceramic Black, Flame Red, and a color called Translucent Blue, which allows users to see the inner workings of the phone through the translucent back panel. Read more about the phone here.

4. Essential is up for sale?

According to reports, Essential is canceling the Essential Phone 2, and is now focusing its efforts on an undisclosed home tech product. Essential also reportedly enlisted the help of the Credit Suisse Group to find potential buyers for the whole company, including its entire library of patents (which houses the Essential Phone), and the company’s engineering team. Read the report here.

5. Acer launches new laptops and desktop PCs

It was Acer’s big week as they announced a slew of products at their annual Global Press Conference in New York. There’s the powerful Predator Orion 5000, gaming laptop beast Predator Helios 500, affordable Acer Nitro 50, and lightweight 15-inch Swift 5. There’s also a Special Edition Predator Helios 300 in white and it’s gorgeous.


Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.

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