Samsung Galaxy A30, Galaxy A50: Price and availability in the Philippines

The company’s latest contenders



Samsung Galaxy A50 | GadgetMatch

Samsung is keen to keep its top position even in the midrange and budget segment. Shortly after the Galaxy M20, the South Korean company now brings the Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A50 to the Philippines.

Among the two, the Galaxy A30 is pretty modest with its 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display (Full HD+ in resolution) and a small notch. It’s powered by an Exynos 7885 processor with 4GB of memory and 64GB of expandable storage.

It has a 16-megapixel selfie snapper and two rear cameras composed of a 16-megapixel f/1.7 main shooter and a 5-megapixel camera with an ultra wide-angle lens. It also features a rear-mounted fingerprint reader.

Samsung Galaxy A50 in blue and white finish | GadgetMatch

Then there’s the Galaxy A50, which is undeniably a powerful midranger. It features the same AMOLED display as the Galaxy A30’s, but with an on-screen fingerprint reader. It’s powered by a faster Exynos 9610 processor with 6GB of memory and 128GB of expandable storage.

Camera-wise, it’s got three on the back: a main 25-megapixel f/1.7 camera, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle shooter. In front, it has a 25-megapixel camera for selfies.

The two new phones feature glossy rounded bodies which Samsung calls “3D Glasstic.” Inside the phones are large 4000mAh batteries that support fast charging through USB-C. Thankfully, they come with Android 9 Pie out of the box, including Samsung’s new One UI.

Surprisingly, both phones are cheaper than Samsung’s previous releases. The Galaxy A30 is priced at PhP 13,990 and it’ll be available in black or white, while the Galaxy A50 is at PhP 17,990 with black, white, and blue color options

The phones will be available in stores starting March 30, but pre-ordering will start as early as March 16 for the Galaxy A50. Those who will pre-order through stores and online channels will receive a free JBL Go 2 speaker, a mini tripod, and a 10000mAh power bank. Samsung is also throwing in a JBL Go 2 speaker as a freebie for customers who will avail of the Galaxy A30 on March 30 and 31.

SEE ALSO: Samsung wants to double down on affordable phones with the launch of Galaxy A10


Philippines: Huawei ban ‘will have a little impact’ on the country

States the Philippines’ robust cybersecurity measures



Throughout the past few days, the Huawei debacle has devastated companies and consumers across the globe. Everyone is falling for the fear. Huawei’s long-standing suppliers have cut ties with the company. Huawei’s consumers are getting rid of their favored headsets. The wave has swept the whole world.

Naturally, the Philippines isn’t immune. Recently, smartphone retailers and resellers have started refusing Huawei devices from their stores. Local Huawei users can’t easily sell their devices to the second-hand market anymore.

However, an important question still stands. How much will the Huawei ban affect the Philippines?

Of course, the ban originates from Trump’s trade war against China. Among other reasons, the American government cites the company’s inherent cybersecurity risks as the prime motivator. Supposedly, Huawei’s telecommunications hardware can transmit valuable data to the Chinese government. Given the Philippines’ proximity to China, are we also at risk?

According to the Department of Information and Communications Technology, Huawei’s ban “will have a little impact in the Philippine telecommunications industry.” Shared through a Facebook post, the DICT assures users of the country’s robust cybersecurity measures. As of now, the department has not reported any cybersecurity breaches coming from Huawei equipment.

Likewise, shortly after the news broke, local telcos confirmed continued support for Huawei’s devices. According to the DICT, “they will diversify in their present and future procurements of equipment to make their networks more robust and future proof.” The department is also imposing strict rules on local telcos regarding network monitoring. The statement also quickly adds the imposition of the same rules on a potential third telco.

Is the DICT’s statement believable? For now, Huawei’s impact is still marginal at best. Companies and consumers are going on the perceived risk of the future. Right now, Huawei has not announced drastic changes to its products yet. Existing Huawei products still support Google.

Of course, cybersecurity is another issue. The risk will always exist when foreign companies control the telecommunications equipment of another country. At the very least, the DICT isn’t treating the whole debacle as a non-issue. Hopefully, the department’s promises are an optimistic sign for the country’s telecommunications industry.

SEE ALSO: Huawei granted 90-day extension before total ban

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IGTV adds support for horizontal video

No longer exclusive to vertical content



When Instagram’s IGTV platform first launched, it was special for its focus on vertically oriented videos. The reasoning here is that this is how people naturally hold their smartphones, and vertical video recording has become a standard.

Unfortunately, IGTV didn’t exactly fly from the get-go. Even after certain adjustments, such as integrating its system into Instagram itself for better exposure, content creators and casual users couldn’t fully embrace the platform.

In yet another move — possibly the most drastic yet — IGTV will now support landscape videos. This comes as a response to both creators and viewers who want to upload and watch videos in “a more natural way.”

“Ultimately, our vision is to make IGTV a destination for great content no matter how it’s shot so creators can express themselves how they want,” wrote Instagram on its blog.

The blog reminds us that a similar change happened to Instagram in 2015, when you could start uploading photos in non-square formats. IGTV hopes that this transformation will have the same positive effect.

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OPPO K3 introduces pop-up camera to budget segment

Includes midrange specs and fast charging



It’s looking like pop-up cameras are here to stay. After making a splash last year, more and more smartphones have been using this implementation for notch-less displays.

The latest to join the trend is the OPPO K3, a budget smartphone with midrange specifications. Not only does it have a 16-megapixel camera that elevates from the top, it also owns a fast Snapdragon 710 chipset and a 6.5-inch OLED panel with an under-display fingerprint scanner.

That’s fantastic for a phone that retails at CNY 1,599 (US$ 230) for the 6GB+64GB model and CNY 1,899 (US$ 274) for the 8GB+128GB variant.

And the generous features don’t end there. The OPPO K3 also comes with VOOC 3.0 fast charging, a hefty 3765mAh battery, and a 16- plus 2-megapixel dual-camera setup on the back.

The only downsides are the micro-USB port instead of the more preferable USB-C, and the ColorOS 6 skin on top of Android 9 Pie, which purists may say isn’t as feature-packed as other Android skins.

The OPPO K3 is already available in China. International availability, as always, will happen at a later date if we’re lucky.

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