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OnePlus 3T comes to the Philippines

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The OnePlus 3’s successor, the OnePlus 3T, has officially arrived in the Philippines through Digital Walker.

The tech goodies store says the 3T will sell for PhP 24,990 (roughly $500) with a one-year official local warranty. The opening promo is a six-month zero-percent installment on all major credit cards, and to sweeten the deal, the first few buyers will get a free ZAGG Invisible Shield screen protector.

The upgraded flagship killer will be out in selected Digital Walker stores starting March 25, 2017. There’s also a PhP 1,000 discount if you pay in cash. Here are the stores that will have the OnePlus 3T on launch day: Rockwell, Estancia Mall, Eastwood City Mall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Aura, Robinsons Magnolia, Shangri-La Plaza, TriNoma, Abreeza Mall Davao, and Ayala Center Cebu.

The unit on sale is the 64GB gray variant. Digital Walker says they are working on bringing over other variants to Philippine shores in the future.

The OnePlus 3T is the surprisingly swift follow-up to the OnePlus 3. A phone with internals that rival those of top-tier flagship smartphones from the likes of Samsung, Apple, Google, and more, but at two-thirds of the cost.

The two are absolutely identical at first glance, but check out the table below for a better appreciation of their differences:

Specs OnePlus 3 OnePlus 3T
Processor Snapdragon 820 Snapdragon 821
Battery 3000mAh 3400mAh
Front-facing Camera 8MP 16MP

The more significant changes are the processor and battery capacity — definitely welcome additions for an incremental upgrade. The OnePlus 3T also has two nano-SIM card slots.

You’ll probably get Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, but the Android 7.0 Nougat update is already available. The phone has been available in the US and Europe since November 2016.

What do you say, OnePlus 3 users? Will you pick this up or just wait for the OnePlus 4?

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Huawei will bring Android Oreo to 9 Honor phones

Sweet news for Honor fans

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Huawei’s sub-brand Honor announced some sweet news today regarding Android 8.0 Oreo. The Chinese tech giant promised to bring the latest Android version to nine Honor phones.

Android Oreo will be available for models with the EMUI 8.0 skin which we first saw and experienced on the Huawei Mate 10 series. If you own any of the following devices, you’re in luck:

  • Honor 7X
  • Honor 8
  • Honor V8
  • Honor Note 8
  • Honor 8 Lite
  • Honor 9
  • Honor 9 Lite
  • Honor V9
  • Honor V10

Since these devices have different specs, the official announcement from Huawei’s forum clarifies that certain phones may not receive some of the EMUI 8.0 features. The aforementioned handsets will still undergo beta testing for the software update.

There’s no exact rollout date yet, but it should be available in the next few months. At least for now, we know Huawei is committed to bringing Oreo to their latest Honor devices.

This announcement comes after Xiaomi unveiled their promise to bring MIUI 9 to 40 Xiaomi devices.

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Integral Memory announces world’s first 512GB microSD card

When you want more space

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How much storage do you need for your Android device? Most phones nowadays start at 32GB of internal storage and go up to 256GB depending on the configuration. But, what if that’s not enough? If your phone supports storage expansion via microSD card, this might satisfy your need for more bytes.

UK-based Integral Memory just announced the world’s first 512GB microSDXC card. We’ve reached the point where our phones have more storage than our slim notebooks.

The tiny memory card is fully compatible with Android smartphones and tablets. It’s guaranteed to avoid bottlenecks, especially when used with apps, unlike other cheap memory cards in the market. It’s not only for phones though, it’s also for digital cameras, action cameras, drones, camcorders, and PCs that accept microSDXC cards.

With this large storage, what’s the catch? Unfortunately, it’s the speed. The 512GB microSDXC card only meets the Video Class 10 standard for Full HD recording. To be specific, the card has a V10, UHS-I Class 1 specification and can handle transfer speeds up to 80MB/s. This means high bit rate 4K video recording might be challenging for the card.

The 512GB microSDXC card will be available some time in February 2018. No pricing info yet, but the full specifications of the card is available on Integral Memory’s website.

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Ulefone Power 3 Max will have biggest phone battery at 13000mAh

New meaning of ‘Max’ in phone batteries

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Our smartphones nowadays can last the whole day before asking for a recharge. But, what if you have a phone that has four times the capacity of the average battery? If ASUS claims the ZenFone Max Plus to be the “Battery King,” is this new phone from Ulefone a “Battery God”?

The Ulefone Power 3 Max will have the biggest phone battery to date — 13000mAh to be exact! It’s more than twice the capacity of the non-Max variant in the Ulefone Power 3 series with 6080mAh, which is already available on GearBest.

Not much has been disclosed about the Power 3 Max, but we can expect it to be similar to the Power 3 with just a bigger battery. It’s expected to have a Full HD+ 18:9 display, MediaTek Helio P23 processor, quad-camera setup, and the latest Android Oreo software.

You probably haven’t heard of Ulefone because it’s mostly available in China. In the Philippines, a lot of smartphone users actually own a rebranded Ulefone handset from local brands.

So, will the Power 3 Max find its way to other parts of the world? We’ll have to wait and see.

Source: GizmoChina

SEE ALSO: 10 smartphones with huge batteries (2017 Edition)

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