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Last year when Samsung released second editions of its foldable phones, I bought them both — The Galaxy Z Flip and the Galaxy Z Fold2 because I wanted in on the world of foldables.

Of the two, the Z Flip is the phone that excites me more. I love being able to fold it shut and tuck it into my pocket. And even more so the other way around.

Well, the time has come for a new Z Flip and I’m pretty stoked. Today Samsung just unveiled the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G.

Thinner body, larger cover display

The new Z Flip 3 is still roughly the same size as last year’s model. But its feels more flat with straight edges versus last year’s model. The finish also isn’t as glossy, and doesn’t pick up smudges easily.

I really like this new two toned design. Well, two-toned if you get one of these colors: Cream, Lavender or Green. But solid black is nice too. Speaking of colors, if you order on Samsung.com, there are exclusive color offerings: White, Pink and Grey.

This design brings your focus to the cover screen, which I think is the biggest upgrade Samsung’s made to the Galaxy Z Flip3. After all when you have a phone that folds — you want to be able to use it whether it’s closed or open.

At 1.5 inches diagonally it is four times larger than last year.  The display on last year’s Z Flip was tiny. Now, you can fit four lines of text on here with the option to scroll down to see more.

That means more space to read notifications, display widgets – like the music controls or the weather, or pay with Samsung Pay. If you swipe down you can also access controls to adjust brightness or volume.

You can also add Cover Display Art that coordinates with the watch face on the newly announced Galaxy Watch 4.

Z Flip3 cameras

Probably more importantly, it makes it easier to take selfies while the phone is closed. Don’t get me wrong, you can take selfies with the front camera on the original Flip. But with how small the display was,  it doesn’t even show the entire frame.

That’s not a problem anymore with the Galaxy Z Fold3. And now you can also take videos. So, for those vloggers out there, you can do that too on the new Z Flip 3.

The feature is called Quick Shot 2.0 and to activate it, just double press on the power button, which by the way doubles as a fingerprint scanner.

Speaking of cameras, this phone has got the same exact hardware as on the previous model. Here’s a recap:  12MP f/1.8  Dual Pixel wide angle camera and a 12MP f/2.2 Ultra wide angle camera. When you open up the phone you get a 10MP selfie camera.
10MP F/2.4.

While the hardware is the same, with the improved SOC and new software features, I expect photos to be better. Plus you get all the features that came with the Galaxy S21 Series.

Durability

Just like on the Galaxy Z Fold 3, the durability on the Flip 3 has been improved. First off the inner display has a new protective film that’s supposedly 80 percent more durable. And feels smoother to the touch than on the previous model.

The glass on the outside sides of the Galaxy Z Flip3 are both made of Gorilla Glass Victus — the toughest in its class. And the metal frame and hinge are made of a new material Armor Aluminum which is 10 percent stronger. But also a lighter.

And finally, the phone is also now IPX8 water and dust resistant, making both the Flip 3 and the Fold 3 the first in their class to get a water resistance rating.

More improvements

Two more improvements worth noting: The inside display is now a buttery smooth 120Hz It’s still a 6.7 inch Infinity Flex Display (FHD+ AMOLED panel). And you now get stereo speakers via grilles on both sides of USB-C port On the previous model you only got mono audio. So, very practical quality of life improvements over all.

The phone runs off of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 processor, at least here in the US. It has 8GB of ram and  comes in 128 or 256GB Storage Configurations. UFS 3.1. Battery Size is the same 3,300mAh. And nop,  Samsung doesn’t include a charger in the box.

Accessories

As the Flip is targeted at the younger, hipper crowd as well as those more fashion forward, it makes perfect sense that Samsung is also launching a line of cases with the new phone. Including a silicone ring case. And my favorite a strap case.

Price and availability

Of course, the biggest news here is that both Samsung foldables are more affordable than last year. Pricing are as follows:


Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G — BUY here
Galaxy Fold 3 5G — BUY here
Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic — BUY here
Tab S7 FE — BUY here
Galaxy Buds 2– BUY here

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Apple iPhone 13 and 13 mini Unboxing and Hands-on

Which iPhone 13 is your GadgetMatch?

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After we unboxed the Sierra Blue iPhone 13 Pro Max and gold iPhone 13 Pro, it’s time to do the same to these iPhone 13 babies.

Changes with the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini aren’t just about the “odd” camera placement. Other than the new wide camera sensor, there’s a more powerful A15 Bionic Chip, smaller notch, and more.

Watch our iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini Unboxing and Hands-on video now to find out more!

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Huawei nova 8i: Huawei’s awesome SUPER midranger

An awesome midrange comeback

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Midrange smartphones have been the middle ground for people who want the premium of a higher end smartphone but don’t want to burn their pockets. Huawei gives in to this demand and claims the title of midrange king as they dethrone all other midrangers with their new nova 8 series — the nova 8 and nova 8i.

Here, we’ll put the spotlight on the Huawei nova 8i.

Build and design

Inheriting the Huawei P Series’ signature stylish aesthetic, the Huawei nova 8i has a fancy and premium design. It is slim, sleek, and has exquisite curved edges, which makes it really easy to grip.

Checking out its back, you’ll definitely notice the quad camera setup that’s surprisingly not bulky at all. It also has a noticeable resemblance with the Huawei Mate 30. But we’ll talk more about the cameras later on.

What also caught our attention is the gradient finish of this Moonlight Silver variant that we have which is absolutely stunning.

Fantastic display

The Huawei nova 8i has an edgeless 6.67-inch display with ultra-narrow bezels around it. This results in an immersive viewing experience for browsing your social media pages or watching your favorite music videos.

The Huawei nova 8i also sports full HD+ resolution and DCI-P3 color gamut, giving us that rich and vibrant color reproduction. Once again, Huawei taps on Tuv Rheinland for certification on low blue light emittance to ensure eye comfort for long hours of work and play. It also has a natural tone feature which automatically adjusts the colors on the display depending on your surroundings.

Gaming

Just as you would expect from a midrange phone, gaming is also something you can do with the nova 8i. With its 180Hz touch sampling rate, your favorite mobile games feel very responsive, making the gaming experience really enjoyable.

When you’re deep into gaming, the last thing you want is to be interrupted by a call or message. Well, you don’t have to worry about that since the Huawei nova 8i has a gaming assistant. You can enable settings so you won’t be disrupted and you can indulge yourself fully to the game.

But the experience is not the only thing that’s fast with the nova 8i. The 66W Huawei SuperCharge can juice up this phone up to 68 percent in just 20 minutes and can fully charge it in just 38 minutes. You can literally stare at your phone as your battery indicator rises.

Cameras

Here’s where the fun part starts. Cameras: 64MP f/1.9 main, 8MP f/2.4 ultra-wide, 2MP f/2.4 macro, 2MP f/2.4 depth, 16MP f/2.0 selfie.

The nova 8i has a quad camera setup with a 64MP main camera which uses a big 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor. It means its camera sensor has the ability to let in more light. This results to a cleaner image and better low light performance.

And we’re telling you, this sensor is not messing around.

It lets you capture the highest resolution images you could probably ever need. Different from the usual software upscaled images typically seen on an ordinary smartphone. This gives you the capability to zoom in and crop your captured image yet still maintain a tremendous amount of details.

With the powerful cameras that the nova 8i has, you can definitely maximize its features to create your content whether just for leisure, a passion project, or social media content for your business.

EMUI and multitasking

As for its software, the Huawei nova 8i runs on EMUI 11 bringing in a bunch of convenient features that boosts your efficiency. For one, if you’re someone who loves multitasking, the multi-window feature is perfect as it lets you operate multiple apps on your screen.

Speaking of apps, Huawei’s app gallery is loaded with great ones from top shopping apps like Shopee and Lazada, to the most trending ones like TikTok.

And if in case you’re having trouble finding the app for you, Petal Search has got you covered. Just type in the app or whatever it is you’re looking for and Petal Search looks it up for you on different sources making sure you get the absolute best results.

Taking screenshots has never been this easy. You can do so by just swiping down using three fingers.

And for security, a new safe sharing feature has been included on the nova 8i. We now get the option to delete information of your phone and other details before sharing your photos or screenshots.

nova 8i — easy to recommend

Jam packed with features, the nova 8i just enables you to do so much. From capturing great photos and videos to having a seamless gaming and online experience, the nova 8i is an easy phone to recommend. At its price point, it is truly worthy of its crown.

The Huawei nova 8i retails for PhP 13,999. It’s available via online Huawei Store, Lazada, Shopee and Huawei experience stores.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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Apple iPhone 13 Pro Gold: Unboxing and Hands-on

How “gold” smartphones should look like

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Last year, the new gold colorway of the iPhone 12 Pro series got so popular that our gold iPhone 12 Pro unboxing made rounds online and even appeared on YouTube’s trending list.

This year, it might still be someone’s desire — the classic gold slab you’ve been wanting to own.

Lo and behold! Here’s the unboxing and hands-on of the Gold iPhone 13 Pro you don’t want to miss out!

Enjoy that gold goodness now that we’re uploading in 4K.

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