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Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro launches in the Philippines

Pricing and availability here

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Everyone is anticipating Samsung’s big flagship announcement at MWC, but the tech giant still has all its markets covered. The Galaxy J2 Pro, their newest entry-level smartphone, has been popping up in Asian markets. Now, it’s finally come to Philippine shores.

The Galaxy J2 Pro is a budget device powered by a Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor with 1.5GB of memory and 16GB of expandable storage. It runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and sports a 5-inch qHD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 960 x 540.

This handset is equipped with an 8-megapixel shooter on the back and a 5-megapixel selfie cam. The phone is Bluetooth-capable and has two micro-SIM card slots. It uses a micro-USB port for charging and has a removable 2600mAh battery (something you don’t see a lot these days). There’s a physical home button up front, but there is no fingerprint reader on the device.

The Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro is available in the Philippines starting today for PhP 7,490.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro is now available in Singapore

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Samsung patents the world’s first all-screen fingerprint sensor

Features a waterdrop-notched phone

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Within the past year, the tech industry has successfully developed a working in-screen fingerprint sensor. However, like conventional fingerprint readers, the technology works only in select areas. For example, Vivo’s fingerprint sensor lies cozily on the bottom-center portion of the screen.

Despite all the hype, the current technology is still a far cry from 100 percent screen integration. This can drastically change within the near future.

Following supporting rumors, Samsung has confirmed progressive steps towards the technology’s development. Last week, the Korean company patented two versions of the in-screen fingerprint sensor.

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In the first one, the sensor remains largely similar to today’s current sensors. It works only on one portion of the screen. In this case, it lies front and center, a bit above the usual. As far as differences go, the technology uses Samsung’s old smartphone design — thick bezels like the Galaxy S4. Potentially, this conventional form will be an exclusive for the company’s midrange phones.

On the other hand, the second patent includes a more advanced version of the feature. Unlike the previous one, this version uses the entire screen. Further, it utilizes a separate processor to increase accuracy and convenience. The patented sensor scans fingerprints thrice and increases screen brightness after access.

Another surprising aspect of the second patent lies in the portrayed device. Instead of a traditional Galaxy smartphone, the patent uses a bezel-less smartphone with a small waterdrop notch. At the least, this points to a future release within the next few years.

Curiously, the second patent runs slightly counter to Samsung’s latest plans. Recently, the company revealed full-screen sensor integration for the future. Among other things, they promised to eliminate the notch going forward. The new patent, instead, points to a notched phone.

If anything, both reports indicate a new form factor coming in the next few months. We’ll just have to wait and see.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy A7 hands-on review: Beyond the cameras

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Vivo Y81i arrives in Philippines with price

One of Vivo’s budget-friendly offers

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After a quiet debut in Malaysia, the Vivo Y81i has made its way — in a subtle fashion, too — to the Philippines with an affordable price.

Retailing for PhP 7,999, Y81i enters the market as one of Vivo’s more budget-friendly smartphones. For comparison, the older Y81 is priced at PhP 9,999.

This is close to the Malaysian pricing, making it competitive in both Southeast Asian countries.

Again, it’s similar to the Y81, but is equipped with less-desirable specifications to keep the price down, such as the MediaTek MT6761 processor, 2GB of memory, and 16GB of storage for the Y81i.

On the bright side, it still comes with a notched 6.22-inch 720p display, 13- and 5-megapixel rear and front cameras, and 3260mAh battery.

The only serious exclusion is the fingerprint scanner, but there’s facial recognition to make up for it.

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Does the Google Pixel 3 XL scratch too easily?

Here’s how to remove them

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Within the past month, Google has consistently made headlines. Everyone is talking about Google’s new smartphones — the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. At the time, the media’s speculative talk painted an optimistic picture of the eventual launch. True to the hype, the Pixel 3 duo opened to much fanfare.

Now, with the launch in the rear-view mirror, the Pixel 3 is finally getting its fair share of criticism. Naturally, critics are putting the smartphone through all sorts of stress tests. Besides performance benchmarks, these include hardware durability tests. More famously, YouTube channel JerryRigEverything specializes in destroying smartphones.

As per his usual regimen, the YouTuber tried to damage the Pixel 3 XL’s front and rear panels. The results are both surprising and disappointing.

On a positive note, the smartphone’s Gorilla Glass 5 withstood all damage. The scratch test proved Corning’s ironclad claims in the past. At the very least, the Pixel 3 XL is safe from substantial damage.

However, JerryRigEverything discovered a more surprising revelation. The Pixel 3 XL’s back is remarkably prone to scratches. Upon scratching the surface, a sturdy key left clearly visible marks on the smooth exterior. Unlike the Gorilla Glass front, the rear is partially made with just frosted glass. Sadly, the video concluded without offering any solutions. Seemingly, the scars came with permanence.

Fortunately, another YouTuber, Erica Griffin, debunked JerryRigEverything’s claims. After confirming the aesthetic flaw, Griffin showed what the scratches really are and how to remove them. Instead of deep scratches, the scarring is actually just residue of the key. Afterwards, Griffin washed the blemishes with water, soap, and a toothbrush. The method completely erased all traces of the scars.

Indeed, the rear is more prone to scratches. However, if you find yourself with a horridly scratched rear, there is an easy way to clean your phone without taking it in for repairs. Just don’t try scratching your phone deliberately.

SEE ALSO: Google Pixel 3 XL Unboxing

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