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Samsung muscles into midrange market with Galaxy A5, A7 smartphones

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Midrange phones are growing in popularity these days, as more and more consumers are looking for better and feature-rich devices to upgrade to.

In the Philippines, the midrange is where the excitement is now, and it’s about to get more crowded, with the local unveiling of two additions to Samsung’s upper-midrange Galaxy A series of smartphones.

Sporting sleek glass-and-metal builds with sheets of ever-so-slightly curved Gorilla Glass on top of their front and back panels, the new Galaxy A5 and A7 offer a premium experience with the price to match: P19,990 ($430) for the Galaxy A5; P22,990 ($490) for the larger and more capable Galaxy A7.

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Samsung Galaxy A5 (right), Galaxy A7 (left)

Not including the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, and Note 5, these are the best-looking smartphones the Korean phone maker has on offer in the Philippines today.

And like Samsung’s higher-end devices, both come with a physical home button that also functions as a fingerprint scanner, fast-charging capabilities (the batteries can be cycled from 0 to 100 percent in about 100 minutes), and rear-facing cameras that allow more light to pass through.

Here’s a bunch of photos taken with the Galaxy A7’s 13-megapixel rear camera.

Samsung also included the convenience of microSD expansion (up to 128GB). An octa-core Exynos processor powers the Samsung phones, though opting for the A7 gets you more RAM, with 3GB to run your apps in.

As for the display, you’re looking at a 5.2-inch screen with full-HD resolution on the Galaxy A5, a 5.5-incher on the A7. Both use AMOLED technology for brighter colors and deeper blacks and less power consumption.

Samsung’s Galaxy A5 and A7 are now available in various retail locations across the Philippines. If you’re willing to pay a premium for more advanced phones that are gorgeous to look at, they might be worth the money.

Alternatively, you could get last year’s Galaxy S6 for much less than its price at launch, which, frankly, is a better, albeit a tad more expensive, option.

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UK will allow Huawei to build 5G network

With a few exceptions

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Huawei and “banning” have become so synonymous today. Every headline practically begs the question: Who will ban Huawei next? When will Huawei catch a break?

To those following the entire saga, Huawei is already on the cusp of a much-needed breakthrough. Several countries are still on the fence regarding the Chinese company. The international outlook isn’t as bleak as the American one makes it seem.

Today, one of those ambivalent countries has made a decision. After meeting with the country’s National Security Council, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has allowed Huawei into its 5G network industry. The development comes after Brussels has reportedly made the same decision as well. (Belgium has not issued an official statement regarding its decision yet.)

Regardless of the initiating country, Johnson’s decision is conclusive. Like a stack of dominos, the world’s 5G industry is falling into place, in favor of Huawei. Naturally, no one wants to feel left out. “We want world-class connectivity as soon as possible,” British Digital Secretary Nicky Morgan said.

“But this must not be at the expense of our national security,” he continued. Despite the favorable decision, the UK remains vigilant regarding potential cybersecurity risks. Though allowed in the country, Huawei cannot touch the country’s “most sensitive networks.” These will likely include networks that specialize in transferring official information.

Previously, the country was on an on-and-off relationship with the Chinese company. For some moments, the UK considered a favorable decision from the get-go. For others, you noticed their warier side. Regardless, Huawei has landed a significant blow against America’s crusade against Huawei integration.

The US is still adamantly warning nations against adopting Huawei, encouraging them to implement bans just as they did. The country has even threatened to disconnect from countries that allow Huawei in. With the UK’s decision, will the US keep enforcing its iron fist against Huawei’s technology?

SEE ALSO: UK Prime Minister caught using a Huawei P20

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Samsung Airdresser is a smart personal dry-cleaning closet

It can clean, deodorize, and straighten your clothes

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My desire to live a luxurious, connected life awakened when Samsung showcased the Airdresser. It’s a closet that will keep your clothes cleaned and straightened, without having to go to a dry cleaner.

Samsung’s Airdresser utilizes powerful air and steam through various technology to refresh and sanitize your clothes. Beginning with JetSteam, the Airdresser blasts steam through its Air hangers. Then, it sanitizes your clothes, effectively killing allergens, germs, and viruses.

It also uses its Deodorizing Filter function to get rid of any odor and unpleasant smells building up. Fret not, even if the Airdresser is a cabinet, it has Self Clean technology which cleans its interior, using a combination of heat, air, and steam.

The Airdresser prolongs your clothes’ lifespan, as well. Through HeatPump Drying, the cabinet cools down your clothes to dry it gently and quickly — reducing heat damage and shrinkage. The AirDresser then smooth out creases without using an iron through its Wrinkle Care System.

It dehumidifies, too, drawing air to remove moisture so your clothes are protected while smelling fresh. More importantly, the Airdresser isn’t limited to clothes. Its technology is built to handle towels, coats, wraps, shawls, and even fur! It’s definitely going to make anyone’s life easier.

Samsung has launched the Airdresser globally, but it’s expected to be available on select markets like UK and Russia. It will retail for GBP 1999.

SEE MORE: Being connected isn’t what makes a smart home a dream home

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Nokia 2.3 has AI on a budget

Another competitive budget offering from Nokia

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Nokia is continuing to make a stride in the Philippines by offering competitive budget and midrange smartphones at an attractive price. Now, it is bringing another budget device to the country — the Nokia 2.3.

The third iteration of the popular Nokia 2 series is now available in the country starting January 25. Each purchase comes with a free Bluetooth speaker and a case.

The best part about this phone is the price. At PhP 5,990, Nokia 2.3 is an affordable proposition to other budget devices from Chinese tech companies.

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Nokia’s budget device does not skimp on features even with its low asking price. Unlike other budget devices, it features a metal unibody design that makes it feel premium compared to others.

In the camera department, the phone features dual rear cameras consisting of 13MP and 2MP setup. It also features an immersive 6.2-inch HD screen with a waterdrop notch that house the selfie camera.

Nokia is touting two-day battery life with a 4,000mAh battery packed inside.

However, what makes Nokia 2.3 a standout in the sea of budget devices is its guaranteed two years of OS updates. The phone will receive an update to Android 10 later this year. Besides, this phone is part of Android One, so expect smooth and solid performance from its stock-like OS.

The Nokia 2.3 is available on all Nokia physical stores nationwide. Buyers may also head to Nokia’s Lazada, Shopee, MemoXpress, and ArgoMall online store.

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