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

The company’s latest contenders

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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

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Lenovo launches new generation ThinkPads, ThinkVision displays

Up your business game with these new devices

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Business professionals have to stay on top of their game while at work. Whether it’s in the office or in coffee shops, a professional’s business skills has to be coupled with a performance-driving machine. For Lenovo, their next generation ThinkPad and ThinkVision devices hope to provide the level of efficiency and portability for modern-day businesses.

Lenovo Philippines launched five new ThinkPad devices for the Philippine business market. The next generation ThinkPad brings the company’s longstanding premium features and performance.


The new Lenovo T490 spearheads the lineup, with an 8th-gen Intel processor and an optional NVIDIA MX250 graphics card. This device also has a high memory capacity that expands up to 48GB of RAM to couple with a solid state drive up to 512GB.

All other ThinkPad devices contain features on portability and enhanced performance. The Lenovo X390 is a lightweight device packed with a battery that lasts for 18 hours and charges fast through its Rapid Charge feature.

Meanwhile, the Lenovo L390 features a 13.3-inch touchscreen display for a more interactive experience with complex data sets. Finally, the entry level Lenovo E490 and E490s feature performance boosting features like Intel Optane memory and an optional AMD Radeon 540X graphics card.

New ThinkVision displays

Lenovo did not stop there as they’ve also announced their new ThinkVision displays in the ThinkVision M14 and S24e-10. The Lenovo ThinkVision M14 is a portable monitor that will serve as a secondary display on the go. The Lenovo ThinkVision S24e-10, meanwhile is 1080p FHD display that will deliver clear, crisp image quality fit for business presentations.

The new Lenovo ThinkPads start at PhP 43,990 (US$ 864), with the Lenovo 7490 starting at PhP 73,990 (US$ 1453). Meanwhile, the Lenovo ThinkVision displays start at PhP 8,990 (US$ 177) for the ThinkVision S24e-10 and PhP 13,990 (US$ 275) for the ThinkVision M14.

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Budget Android One Nokia 2.2 arrives in PH

Most affordable stock Android phone

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The Philippine market is welcoming a new budget contender with the Nokia 2.2. Best of all, this one comes with stock Android.

The Nokia 2.2 has a 5.71-inch LCD display with an HD+ resolution. A small notch houses the front camera and the back is made of plastic but designed to look like glass.


The phone is equipped with a quad-core MediaTek A22 processor and storage is expandable thanks to a microSD card slot. It has a 3000mAh battery that supports 5W charging and even has a 3.5mm headphone jack.

On the rear is a 13-megapixel single lens camera while the front has a 5-megapixel selfie shooter. A new low-light image fusion mode captures multiple pictures in dark surroundings to generate a better picture with less noise and improved sharpness. Other standard features include HDR, Colorize, and Beautify.

The Nokia 2.2 will retail for PHP 5,990 (US$ 118) and will be available in all Authorized Nokia Mobile reseller, official Nokia stores and kiosks nationwide.

Nokia 3.2 also coming to PH

Another Android One phone coming to the Philippines is the Nokia 3.2. It’s a slight step-up from the 2.2 featuring a Qualcomm Snadragon 420 processor along with 3GM of RAM and 32GB of storage that’s expandable up to 400GB thanks to a microSD card slot.

It has a 13MP rear camera along with a 5MP selfie shooter. The device looks like it’ll have plenty of juice with its 4000mAh battery. It also has a plastic body with the same glass-like design found on the Nokia 2.2.

The Nokia 3.2 will retail for PHP PHP 7,990 (US$ 157) exclusively at Shopee with a PHP 1,000 (US$ 20) discount voucher.

Both phones will be available for purchase starting July 19, 2019.

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Nokia 8.1 launches in the Philippines

Better late than never

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First announced back in December 2018, the Nokia 8.1 finally makes its way to the Philippines.

The smartphone also known as Nokia 7X in certain markets is part of the Android One program. This means the phone will run a stock Android OS out of the box.


Powering this device is the Snapdragon 710 SoC along with 4GB of RAM with 64GB of internal storage that’s expandable via a microSD card. It has a 6.18-inch Full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18.7:9 aspect ratio. The brand has emphasized its PureDisplay screen technology that offers a higher contrast ratio and sharper output along with HDR10 support. Backing these internals is a 3500mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging.

The phone ZEISS-powered 12- and 13-megapixel dual-cameras while the front has a single 20-megapixel selfie shooter. It has a very premium all-glass back. The body is built with 6000-series aluminum that has dual tone color coating.

Pricing and availability

The Nokia 8.1 will retail for PHP 19,999 (US$ 393) exclusively at Lazada starting July 19, 2019. It will come in a glamorous limited-edition Iron Steel color variant. The first 700 buyers will also get a free Philippine Airlines (PAL) travel voucher worth PHP1,000 and an extra special treatment CARE card for after sales support with VIP services.

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