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Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016) is a cheap Android phone with LTE

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Samsung is currently enjoying a renaissance in the premium smartphone segment, but that doesn’t mean it has forgotten about the bargain basement from where most manufacturers get their volume orders and market share. Enter the Samsung Galaxy J1 refresh for 2016.

It’s a slightly bigger and more powerful than last year’s model (4.5 inches and quad-core internals compared to 4.3 inches and dual-core on the 2015 edition), as you would expect, but the big idea behind this small-ish handset remains the same: disrupt the market with a cheap Samsung smartphone that covers the basics and then some.


Having said that, don’t expect to find an octa-core processor, a fingerprint sensor, or a metal chassis anywhere on the J1’s feature set.

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This Samsung sticks to the formula set by its predecessor closely, with its 4.5-inch AMOLED display, 5- and 2-megapixel main and secondary cameras, and quad-core chip with 1GB of RAM and LTE integration — a first for the product line — for faster mobile Internet speeds.

Granted, LTE connectivity isn’t widely available on budget models to this day, making the J1 more appealing to first-time smartphone buyers who are looking to subscribe to streaming services such as Netflix and Spotify.

Samsung’s Galaxy J1 is now available in select markets like Singapore and the Philippines, retailing for 208 Singapore dollars (roughly $150) and P5,449 ($120), respectively.

Samsung, as you probably know, is the poster child for much-desired Android gear, what with its sustained focus on product innovation, especially in the high end. The J1 doesn’t fit that vision — but perhaps it doesn’t need to. Maybe the Korean OEM is hoping that if it builds something cheap enough, customers will come.

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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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