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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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Honor smartwatch with MediaTek chip may be coming

Even longer battery life?

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Huawei Watch GT | GadgetMatch

It’s no secret that MediaTek chipsets are found in a ton of products, from smartphones to smart speakers and even wireless earphones. Now, it’s possible we’re gonna see new one powering a smartwatch, as well.

I’m referring to the next Honor smartwatch, which has leaked through a Bluetooth SIG certification. It may be the successor or lower-end model of the recently launched Honor Watch.

Not much is mentioned on the document other than it’ll have Bluetooth connectivity and a MediaTek chipset. The latter one is more interesting, since we normally find Qualcomm chips inside wearables.

Like with the Huawei Watch GT, recent smartwatch developments have focused more on battery life than operating system or features. Chances are we might see the same level of attention placed on the upcoming Honor smartwatch.

No launch date or other details have been revealed yet. The Honor Watch is the company’s first true smartwatch and MediaTek does have experience with wearables, so it’ll be interesting to see where they’ll go with this partnership.

Via: GSMArena

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Here’s why the Samsung Galaxy Flex will cost so much

Hint: it has something to do with the screen

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Based on the current rumors, next year’s foldable phones will take the mantle as history’s most expensive smartphones. Currently, Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Flex is already slated to come with price tags above the US$ 2,000 mark. Even without rumors, the revolutionary form factor will easily break banks because of the new screen alone.

Of course, as with all major purchases, we want to know why we’re paying so much. Finally, we have an insider’s look into what’s ticking inside these foldable screens. Via LetsGoDigitalKorean firm CGS-CIMB Research has broken down the list of materials needed to make the Galaxy Flex. For reference, the report also compares the Galaxy Flex’s breakdown with the iPhone XS Max’s and the Galaxy S9+’s.

According to the report, the Galaxy Flex almost completely uses more expensive components than today’s smartphones.

Naturally, the phone’s foldable display takes the cake. The foldable display costs US$ 218.80 per screen. The amount is almost double the price of the iPhone XS Max’s display. It’s also almost thrice the price of the Galaxy S9+’s display.

Image source: CGS-CIMB Research

As for the rest, the Galaxy Flex’s components are a few more dollars more expensive than its comparisons. The comparison only falters in power management. The iPhone XS Max spent almost two dollars more on power management than the Galaxy Flex.

All in all, the Galaxy Flex costs US$ 636.70. This is a huge leap from contemporary flagships. (The iPhone XS Max costs US$ 390.00; the Galaxy S9+ costs US$ 375.80.)

Because of this massive price increase, Samsung can charge more than today’s flat phones. The report estimates a US$ 1,800 SRP. Arguably, a huge chunk of this price will come from the extensive research done to manufacture the product. Regardless, the bank-breaking price tag is still worlds apart from today’s most expensive smartphones.

According to the report, this awful trend will likely continue. In 2022, the industry is expected to ship 24 million foldable phones, compared to next year’s paltry 3.5 million units. Despite the rush in supply, the price will still stay the same, averaging around US$ 1,300 per unit.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy A8s debuts with Infinity-O display

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OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition: Price and availability in the Philippines

The most expensive OnePlus phone, yet

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Shortly after its international debut, the most expensive OnePlus phone is (surprisingly) already on its way to the Philippines.

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is now available for pre-order online through Argomall. It’s priced at PhP 39,990, which is slightly higher than its US$ 699 retail price in the US.

Compared to the regular OnePlus 6T, the McLaren Edition comes with 10GB of memory, 256GB of storage, and the latest Warp Charge technology that can fill up half of the phone’s battery in just 20 minutes.

Also, the special edition phone features a carbon fiber pattern, orange accents, and the McLaren logo on the back.

There’s no exact shipping date for the phone, but it’s already listed on Argomall’s website.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition introduces Warp Charge, 10GB RAM

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