Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE starts preorders this August

Starting in the United States



Earlier this year, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Tab S7 FE. As with every Fan Edition so far, the new model reinvigorates the original Galaxy Tab S7, but packing in respectable specs for today in an affordable package. It combines the best of the Tab S7 and Tab S7+. At the time, no one knew when or how much the Galaxy Tab S7 FE will retail for. Now, we know.

The new tablet series will start selling and shipping out this month with more variants coming out through September. The Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G will come in Mystic Black and will start selling on August 5 for US$ 669. Users can grab it from, AT&T, and Verizon. More retailers and networks will carry the device soon after.

Meanwhile, the Wi-Fi variant will start its preorders on August 5 but will start shipping out in September. The 5G-less model will retail for only US$ 529.99. It will come in Mystic Black, Mystic Silver, Mystic Green, and Mystic Pink.

The 12.4-inch tablet will sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G (5G) or the SM7325 (Wi-Fi). Both variants will come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage (expandable by up to 1TB through a microSD). The series has an 8-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front camera combination. It comes with a 10090mAh fast-charging battery. Both ship with an included S Pen.

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#LuxuryTech: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 Thom Browne Edition Unboxing

Ultra-rare foldable for $4000



Even though the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 has exclusive colors, it comes with an additional price — but it doesn’t stop there!—

The Korean giant also sold the ultra-rare Galaxy Z Fold5 Thom Browne Edition for a whopping KRW 4.29 Million (or just about US$ 4000).

Will you even believe that it got sold out in Korea that Michael Josh had to outsource one from a Hong Kong retailer?

In this episode of #LuxuryTech where tech meets fashion, Michael Josh unboxes the sophisticated Thom Browne Edition of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5!

ICYMI: Their last collaboration with the fashion brand was the Galaxy Z Fold3 Thom Browne Edition in a cleaner, white finish. 

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HUAWEI Mate X5 silently rolled out in China

What the Mate X3 should’ve been like in the first place




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Just a week after the HUAWEI Mate 60 series’ surprise launch, the Chinese brand has surprised us again and silently rolled out the Mate X5.

In HUAWEI’s typical calendar of events, the Mate X series is being refreshed at least two years apart. However, the gap between the announcement of the Mate X3 and Mate X5 is just five months.

HUAWEI Mate X3 (2023)

Most of us would question the company’s uncanny decision, but maybe this is hinting us that we should expect more surprises — especially now that other phone brands decide to rival the upcoming iPhone 15 launch by barraging us their new devices

Mate X3 Revamped

Even though there’s a big gap in number, the HUAWEI Mate X5 isn’t much of a massive Mate upgrade. And just like any Chinese brand, skipping number “4” is a must — or the company might just get unlucky.

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The HUAWEI Mate X5’s thinnest point is still at 11.08mm — making it one of the slimmest foldables. Still, the HONOR Magic V2 owns the crown for being the world’s current thinnest foldable at just 9.9mm.

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Display tech hasn’t changed, too: still that 6.4-inch screen outside and an OLED display that unfolds onto a 7.85-inch screen when unfolded. Other display feats from the Mate X3 also remain such as the resolution, supported color space and calibration, 426ppi pixel density, 1440Hz PWM Dimming, among others.

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Battery capacities are similar as well: a 5060mAh Silicon-carbon battery for both variants. This was only reserved last time for the Mate X3 Collector’s Edition as the regular (and global) version of the Mate X3 only ships with the smaller 4800mAh Li-Po battery.

Charging? Still capped at 66W for wired, 50W for wireless, and 7.5W using reverse wireless charging.

IPX8 rating also remains for that extra protection against splashes and water immersion.

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While the camera bump design may look (ever so slightly) different, its triple camera setup with XMAGE imaging system are all the same: 50MP f/1.8 main (wide) lens, 13MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, and an 8MP f/3.4 periscope telephoto lens that optically zooms in up to 5x. The outer and inner selfie cameras remain similar nonetheless: 8MP f/2.2 to be precise.

So with all these similarities, are there even any changes at all?

Five changes in five months

They didn’t market it this way but I noticed five noticeable changes in the new HUAWEI Mate X5 (in contrast with the Mate X3).

1. Change of heart

The most obvious change is found within the very heart of the HUAWEI Mate X5.

Again, while it was never stated in their official website, it’s very evident that this sudden launch means to replace the powerful Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset of the Mate X3 with a very limiting 4G connection and upgrade it to a chip with better benefits, especially in the data connection segment.

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As it already made its debut in the newest Mate 60 series, it would be a huge miss not to use it on their latest foldable. Thus, the Mate X5 was a Mate X3 reborn — now with 5G support.

This would greatly benefit its loyal Chinese fanbase as the nation heavily relies on fast 5G connectivity not just for the internet but for other private and public services as well. Moreover, for the continuous usage and expansion of HUAWEI’s promising satellite communication technology.

2. Two phone models, two different configurations

As expected, the Mate X5 comes with the usual 12GB RAM. But unlike the Mate X3, it has double the base memory option at 16GB.

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Meanwhile, the Mate X5 Collector’s Edition is only limited to 16GB RAM but has an extra 1TB storage option other than the 512GB variant (which is limited to the regular model).

If you’re still worried about filling up a 1TB-worth of disk space, it can still be expanded with up to 256GB of NM (Nano Memory) card.

3. Different inner displays

While the display sizes weren’t different, the two Mate X5 models actually use different display tech in their foldable display.

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The Mate X5 Collector’s Edition has an adaptive 1 to 120Hz LTPO display while the regular Mate X5 12GB version has ditched that adaptive refresh rate feature — which is a bummer when you want to squeeze in more battery life. The product site even says it can achieve up to 1800 nits of brightness.

4. Even tougher glass

The Collector’s Edition is equipped with HUAWEI’s new glass protection technology called “Xuanwu Kunlun Glass” that’s essentially a lot stronger than the regular Kunlun Glass of the regular Mate X3 and X5. It promises an enhanced scratch resistance of up to 300% as well as a 100% drop resistance improvement from its counterpart.

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While we may not know how tougher it is than the world-famous Gorilla Glass Victus 2 by Corning, HUAWEI is proud to say that the Xuanwu Kunlun Glass bags the title of having the world’s first Swiss SGS gold standard 5-star scratch-resistant and drop-resistant certification.

We’ll just leave the drop tests to the torture-loving TechTubers you have in mind.

5. Five new shades

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Just like its older sibling, the HUAWEI Mate X5 is still being offered in five different colors with two familiar finishes — albeit in different names and shades.

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Feather Sand White and Feather Sand Black still remain but a new shade has joined the club: there’s now the Feather Sand Gold in (obviously) a cleaner-looking, more refined feather-sanded finish. For comparison, the Mate X3’s Dawn Gold colorway has a leather-textured back.

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Speaking of, the leather-textured color options are now replaced by Aoyama (Green Mountain) Dai and Phantom Purple which both replaces the Mate X3’s Qingshandai and Dawn Gold colorways like aforementioned.

Pricing and availability

The HUAWEI Mate X5 is available for pre-orders in China starting on September 9, 2023 (Saturday) at around 10:08AM.

There are a total of five different configurations to choose from:

  • Mate X5 (regular)
    • 12GB+256GB = CNY 12,999 (US$ 1786 / EUR 1676 / GBP 1439 / SG$ 2434 / PhP 101,584 / INR 148,516)
    • 12GB+512GB = CNY 13,999 (US$ 1924 / EUR 1805 / GBP 1550 / SG$ 2622 / PhP 109,399 / INR 159,941)
    • 16GB+512GB = CNY 14,999 (US$ 2061 / EUR 1934 / GBP 1661 / SG$ 2809 / PhP 117,213 / INR 171,367)
  • Mate X5 Collector’s Edition
    • 16GB+512GB = CNY 15,999 (US$ 2198 / EUR 2063 / GBP 1771 / SG$ 2434 / PhP 125,028 / INR 182,792)
    • 16GB+1TB = CNY 16,999 (US$ 2336 / EUR 2192 / GBP 1882 / SG$ 3183 / PhP 132,843 / INR 194,217)

The pre-ordered Mate X5 units are promised to be shipped before September 24, 2023 (Sunday).

There’s no word on global availability for now. But with the recent news of HUAWEI confirming that the Mate 60 and 60 Pro will not come to international markets with the thought of its new 5G Kirin chipset most likely says the same for the rest of the line.

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DOOGEE enters the Philippines with T Series tablets

T10, T10s, and T30 Pro



DOOGEE Philippines

DOOGEE may be a familiar brand to hardcore tech enthusiasts. But for casual followers, the brand may sound completely new. DOOGEE is now officially entering the Philippines, the company has been around for a while. They hope to bring their brand of smart devices to the country.

To announce their landing on the Philippine shores, the company introduced three new budget-friendly tablets: The T10, T10s and T30 Pro.

Doogee T10

10.1″ IPS LCD Display
Unisoc T606 (12 nm)
128GB Storage, microSD support
13MP main, 8MP front cameras
8,300mAh Battery
18W wired charging
Android 12
Promo Price: PhP 8,399
SRP: PhP 9,499

Doogee T10s

10.1″ IPS LCD Display
Unisoc T606 (12 nm)
128GB Storage, microSD support
8MP main, 5MP front cameras
6,600mAh Battery
Android 13
Promo Price: PhP 7,399
SRP: PhP 8,499

Doogee T30 Pro

11″ IPS LCD Display
Mediatek MT8781 Helio G99 (6nm)
256GB Storage, microSD support
20MP, 2MP rear, 8MP front cameras
8,580mAh Battery
18W wired charging
Android 12
Promo Price: PhP 13,499
SRP: PhP 16,599

Surprised about the pricing? DOOGEE’s philosophy is to make technology accessible to all and they’re bringing that mentality to the Philippines. Their goal is to bring as many feature-rich products to as many people as possible.

The company has been around for 10 years. They’re mostly known for high-end rugged smartphones and tablets. For more information, follow DOOGEE Philippines on their Facebook, Instagram, and Tiktok accounts.

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