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Nokia 7.2 officially launches in the Philippines

Another solid phone from Nokia

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First announced at IFA 2019 and is actually a recipient of GadgetMatch’s Best of IFA award — the Nokia 7.2 has officially launched in the Philippines.

The phone is a follow-up from one of our favorites from 2018. It continues HMD Global’s tradition of building excellent, affordable, premium smartphones.

Veering away from the usual aluminum unibody in favor of a polymer composite, the Nokia 7.2 maintains durability while keeping the weight down to make room for a larger battery.

Cameras in focus

The phone is headlined by a 48MP camera sensor along with two other lenses: one that’s 8MP f/2.2 ultra wide and one that’s a 5MP depth sensor. Nokia developed new camera software to go along with the usual Zeiss hardware. This makes for photos with stunning image quality.

Up front there’s a 20MP f/2 selfie camera that’s also courtesy of ZEISS optics.

It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC which might look underpowered on paper compared to other phones in this category. It does have 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Rounding things off is a 3,500mAh battery.

It does have some “legacy” features like a microSD card slot that supports up to 512GB of extra storage and a 3.5mm audio jack. A big thing that the phone has going for it is that it runs the pure version of Android. Out of the box you’ll get Android 9 Pie but the phone is already in line to get the Android 10 update.

Pricing and availability

The Nokia 7.2 will retail for PhP 15,990 (US$ 309). The Charcoal Black option will be available on October 19. The Cyan Green option will be available in late October.

Early buyers who will troop to participating Nokia mobile stores in the country will get a chance to take home two (2) units of the Nokia 7.2 if they make their purchase between 10AM to 10:30AM.

Nokia 2720 and Nokia 110 also launched

Also launched in the Philippines are the Nokia 2720 and the Nokia 110.

The Nokia 2720 is a flip phone that’s a smartphone and feature phone hybrid. It will retail for PhP 4,790 (US$ 93) available in late October.

Meanwhile, the Nokia 110 is a classic feature phone that has FM and some games to keep you preoccupied for a little while. It will retail for PhP 1,290 (US$ 25) available in Ocean Blue, Black, and Pink starting October 19.

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realme X50 Pro 5G now official in the Philippines

The 5G phone for you?

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After making its mark in the budget and midrange categories, realme is looking to shakeup the premium category with the arrival of the realme X50 Pro 5G in the Philippines.

Delivering a competitive 5G flagship experience with realme X50 Pro 5G

The realme X50 Pro 5G is realme’s first flagship 5G offering and among the first to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G processor. It comes shipped with 5D Stereoscopic Ice Cooling Pro technology to optimize the smartphone’s performance.

It comes with a 4200mAh dual-cell battery, the first-ever used with the new 65W SuperDart Flash Charge which takes the phone from 0% to 100% in just 35 minutes. At the same time, the phone can be charged while the screen is on and being used for greater convenience.

The realme X50 Pro 5G features the 64MP Hawk Eye quad camera set-up on the rear. These are a 64MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide angle lens, a 12MP zoom lens, and a 2MP B/W depth lens.

A stunning display

The phone comes with an ultra-large 6.44-inch Samsung Super AMOLED display with up to 92% screen to-body ratio. It also supports HDR10+, the 100% DCI-P3 color gamut and sunlight display, reaching a maximum brightness of 1000nits and peak contrast ratio of 2000000:1. Meanwhile, the brand new E3 luminescent material reduces blue light by 37.5% and power consumption by 5%.

Its 90Hz refresh rate display increases frame rates by 50% compared to ordinary smartphone displays while its 180Hz sampling rate which improves the touchscreen sensitivity and smoothness when playing games.

With SuperAMOLED display, the phone boasts in-display fingerprint recognition function, adapts the Goodix’s new generation of fingerprint unlocking model, and only requires an average of 0.27s to unlock the phone.

Price and availability

The realme X50 Pro 5G is currently only available via Smart Signature Plan. There’s a one time cash out of PhP 6,900 then a total monthly payment of PhP 1,899 (PhP 1,499 for the plan with PhP 400 monthly amortization). It will be available online and on in-stores starting December 11.

There’s a pre-order promo from December 3-10. Those who will avail the plan will get a free realme Watch worth PhP 3,990.

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realme Watch S now official

All the smartwatch bells and whistles for less

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realme’s wearables keep getting better. Adding to their growing portfolio is the realme Watch S.

Like any smartwatch worth its salt, the Watch S has a slew of monitoring features. It carries the top-level sensor from Goodix, which supports 24-hour uninterrupted and real-time heart rate monitoring.

It can track your sleep pattern and habits. It also has SPO2 meter for monitoring blood-oxygen levels — a key feature in a world dealing with pandemic.

The Watch S can receive nearly all app notifications including calls, SMS and third-party app messages. It can also remotely control the music player on the smartphone as well as  function as a remote for phone cameras.

Naturally, you can customize its look with a slew of watch face options to match your every look. It promises up to 15 days of battery life and can be fully juiced-up using the bundled charges in just two (2) hours.

Pricing and availability

The realme Watch S retails for PhP 4,990. However, it can be had for PhP 3,990 on Lazada and Shopee starting December 3, 7PM and at the 12.12 Super Brand Day Sale.

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realme Buds Air Pro now in the Philippines

Affordable TWS earbuds with ANC

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realme’s commitment to expanding its AIoT lineup is on full display with the announcement of the realme Buds Air Pro in the Philippines.

realme says it reduces noise by 35dB due to the dual microphone setup and the customized S1 noise cancellation chip. It also has Transparency mode that lets you hear ambient sound in one click. It also supports Bluetooth 5.0.

These earbuds sport a 10mm driver for Dynamic Bass Boost (DBB). This means you’re getting a deep, rich base sound with these earbuds. As for playback, you get a total of 25 hours with the charging case.

It also offers low latency of 94ms in Gaming mode for perfect sync between video and audio while playing games or watching movies.

Controls are as follows:

  • Double-tap: Play/pause music playback | Answer a call
  • Triple-tap: Go to next song
  • Press and hold one side: End call
  • Press and hold both sides: Enter/Exit Gaming Mode

Pricing and availability

The realme Buds Air Pro retails for PhP 4,990. However, it can be had for PhP 3,990 on Lazada and Shopee starting December 3, 7PM and at the 12.12 Super Brand Day Sale.

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