Motorola Moto G5S and G5S Plus launch in the Philippines



Motorola‘s presence in the Philippines lives on. The Lenovo-owned company brings in their new smartphones and opens more concept stores across the country.

With the local launch of the Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus, the company brought its latest budget and midrange offerings to the Philippine market. Both share a lot in common, but the latter has more to offer than its non-Plus sibling.

Moto G5S

The Moto G5S has the essentials of an Android phone: a crisp 5.2-inch Full HD display, all-metal body, long-lasting 3000mAh battery, and pure Android version. The battery even supports TurboPower fast-charging, which provides five hours of battery life in just 15 minutes, according to Motorola.

Camera-wise, it has a 16-megapixel rear camera with phase-detection autofocus and a wide-angle 5-megapixel selfie camera with its own LED flash. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 430 processor with 4GB of memory and 32GB of storage.

Moto G5S Plus

If you want more, the Moto G5S Plus offers a bigger 5.5-inch display, faster Snapdragon 625 processor, and dual rear cameras. There are two 13-megapixel sensors on the back, giving it the features you’d expect from a dual-camera phone. But aside from depth-sensing and background blur, the Moto G5S Plus can also apply a selective black-and-white effect after taking the shot.

The Plus variant also has a premium all-metal body, 3000mAh battery with TurboPower, and pure Android software (with a few Motorola apps, of course).

The Moto G5S Plus with dual rear cameras compared to Moto G5S

Both models are treated with water-repellent nano-coating, have dual nano-SIM card slots, a fingerprint reader for security, and run Android 7.1 Nougat with a promised update to Oreo in the coming months.

The Moto G5S is priced at PhP 10,999 and will be available starting October 20, while the Moto G5S Plus has a price tag of PhP 14,999 and will be on sale by October 10. Both phones are heading to Motorola stores nationwide, and online via their official store on Lazada.

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Flagship Mi Store opens in the Philippines with Redmi 5 Plus in tow

Bigger and better than the first one



Last month, Xiaomi officially came back to the Philippines with the opening of its first authorized store in TriNoma, Quezon City. That store was not the most spacious site, so there’s a need for a bigger store to accommodate all the Xiaomi fans.

A bigger and better Authorized Mi Store opened today in SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. Xiaomi labels the newly opened store as its Philippine flagship. The opening was even attended by Xiaomi representatives, marking how truly official this new flagship is.

Spotted in the new Mi Store is the Redmi 5 Plus (or the Redmi Note 5 in India) priced at just PhP 9,990. The locally available variant has 4GB of memory and 64GB storage, the same one we recently reviewed.

Here are some pictures from inside the store:

From small gadgets to huge smart TVs, there are a lot of Xiaomi items available at the flagship Mi Store. It’s located at the fourth floor of SM Megamall, near Cyberzone.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi 5 Note) Review

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Huawei P20 Lite leaks in full unboxing video

More than a week before the actual launch!



With more than a week to go before the big Huawei launch in Paris, rumors and speculations circulate on what handsets the Chinese phone brand could be announcing.

At least for one of the three devices allegedly being released, we need not speculate any further. A full unboxing of the Huawei P20 Lite has been posted by an Italian tech blog and it leaves little to the imagination. Watch below:

From the looks of it, Huawei’s release, or at least one of them, will indeed have a notch. Also according to, the Huawei P20 Lite is powered by a Kirin 659 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It has a dual-camera setup on the back with 16- and 20-megapixel shooters, plus a 16-megapixel shooter up front.

Of course, nothing is for certain at this point, although the video above can be pretty convincing. As for the two other rumored Huawei handsets, we’d have to wait until March 27.

 ALSO: Huawei P20 series will come in multiple fascinating colors with gradient

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Vivo V9 will launch on March 22 in the Philippines

Sooner than expected



The Vivo V9 has been subjected to multiple leaks — from both independent outlets and the company itself. But as fun as early previews are, there’s nothing like watching an actual launch. For the Philippines, it’s happening sooner than expected.

Vivo Philippines has sent out invites for the March 22 unveiling of the upcoming V9. This is several days earlier than what was previously rumored.

The V9 is the successor to the V7 series that came out last year. Different this time is the higher screen-to-body ratio with a noticeable notch on top, as well as an impressive 24-megapixel selfie shooter and a pair of cameras on the back.

While this isn’t an innovative as the concept phone we saw at MWC 2018, it does ride on the full-screen trend we’ve been seeing a lot of lately. How the V9 will take advantage of the larger real estate is the question we want answered during the official unveiling.

With OPPO getting ready to release the F7 and Huawei prepping for a grand launch, Vivo will have some tough competition ahead.

Here’s an advertisement from Vivo Indonesia to get you excited:

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