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Samsung W2017 is the flip phone of your dreams

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As cool as it was to see a modern, Android-powered clamshell phone from Samsung last August, the Galaxy Folder 2 didn’t exactly impress outside of its throwback design. Things are a little different now with the launch of the high-end W2017, which is the hottest flippy phone you can probably buy soon.

Emphasis on probably, because you’d have to reside in China or have one shipped to get a hold of the W2017. Yes, it’s currently exclusive to the Chinese market, but that isn’t even the worst part.


Although the exact price hasn’t been confirmed yet, you might have to fork over CNY 20,000, which converts to nearly $3,000. Wowza!

Samsung W2017 angles

The Samsung W2017 in gold

If that sounds totally outrageous to you, we’d understand, but this isn’t the first out-of-this-world pricing we’ve seen from Samsung. Its predecessor, the aptly named W2016, cost a whopping CNY 9,999 — half as much, but still excessively premium.

So, how does the W2017 justify its price tag? First of all, it has a two 4.2-inch Full HD AMOLED screens — one on each side of the handset’s cover. The outer display has Samsung’s Always On feature, meaning it can constantly stay on to alert you of notifications without significantly draining the battery.

Beneath everything is Qualcomm’s high-powered Snapdragon 820 processor (the same found in Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S7), an ample 4GB of memory, and 64GB of internal storage that you can expand using a microSD card.

For shooting photos and videos, you have a 12-megapixel camera at the back and 5-megapixel shooter on the inside for vanity. The former is more special, as it has a bright f/1.9 aperture for fast shots under poor lighting conditions, as well as 4K resolution video recording.

Samsung W2017 gold and black

Gold and black models of the Samsung W2017

The only knock against it is the unremarkable 2300mAh battery, so good luck lasting more than a day with both displays sapping power at the same time. But if the price is something you can manage, ordering a fitting power bank shouldn’t be much trouble.

Luckily, there’s also fast charging to fill up the W2017 in a jiffy, plus a fingerprint scanner that supports Samsung Pay, in case you’re into high-tech payment methods.

While there’s no Galaxy branding to its name, the W2017 does indeed have Android 6.0 Marshmallow as its operating system. We’re guessing the moniker doesn’t matter much to Sammy anymore, since the Galaxy TabPro S convertible has the title sans Android.

And before we forget, it’ll come in two colors: black or gold. Choose wisely!

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Source: SamMobile

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iPad Pro will bring back tablet photography, according to leak

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Not too long ago, tablets terrorized concerts and recitals worldwide. Giddy concertgoers and excited moms used these gigantic devices to record whatever was happening on the stage. Do you remember having your view blocked by one of these things? If you do, you’ll love Apple’s latest leak.

Posted by renowned leaker Sonny Dickson, the leak supposedly depicts an upcoming iPad Pro model. Notably, despite the regular version’s appearance, the premium tablet was absent from Apple’s latest event. Apparently, Apple is still hiding the device up its sleeves.


If the leak holds true, the new iPad Pro will follow in the iPhone 11’s controversial footsteps. Like the smartphone, the tablet will carry the same square camera setup. As you might expect, the setup also houses three cameras. Strangely, the leaked iPad doesn’t have a glass cover for the camera setup.

Image source: Sonny Dickson

Regardless, given this setup, the iPad Pro will likely focus on camera performance. For reference, the newly announced 7th-generation iPad still has a lackluster 8-megapixel rear camera. If true, the upcoming iPad Pro is a huge departure from its predecessors. Apple wants to resurrect tablet photography once again.

According to the leak, the upcoming model will launch sometime in October. Of course, leaks are leaks. Apple is likely hiding some features until the official announcement.

Still, who wants to bring back tablet photography again?

SEE ALSO: Apple: New iPad Pro is ‘tighter than previous generations’

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Chevrolet PH offers new Colorado Trail Boss

A new Boss steps into the pickup segment

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Chevrolet Philippines, through The Covenant Car Company, Inc., introduces the new Boss in the pickup segment — the Colorado Trail Boss.

Just like the Colorado High Country Storm that we took for a spin, the new Trail Boss is a tweaked out variant with mostly exterior changes that cater to fans of blacked out, all-rugged look.


This means getting rid of its chrome trims and replacing them with black accents. A black front grille with black bowtie badge now adds that stealthy appeal. The 18-inch alloy wheels also sport the same color and a Colorado decal and Trail Boss badge are stamped on the tailgate. And rounding up the additions to this variant is a unique tactical sport bar.

Apart from those, the Trail Boss is basically the 4×2 LT variant of the company in the Philippines. It’s powered by a capable 2.8-liter Duramax VG Turbo engine that outputs 200 horsepower and 500Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed AT. Water wading is at 800mm, payload capacity at one ton, and towing capacity is up to three tons.

Other highlights include Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and electric power steering. Meanwhile, safety is in check with its Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Limited Slip Differential, and Engine Immobilizer.

On top of those, it’s backed up by the Chevrolet Complete Care Program which includes a special five-year warranty coverage, three-year bumper to bumper warranty, plus a two-year warranty on the powertrain or 100,000km.

The new Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss is now available in all authorized Chevrolet dealerships in the country. It is priced at PhP 1,368,888.

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Mi TV 4X series with 4K screen now available

Now ships with Android 9.0

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Xiaomi unveiled today the Mi TV 4X series.  This includes three sizes: 43 inches, 50 inches, and 65 inches. All of them come with a 4K HDR 10-bit panel. The 65-inch Mi TV 4X is the biggest Xiaomi TV in India yet and features a premium metal finish.

Xiaomi claims its Ultra Bright panel is the brightest they’ve ever shipped. It also features Wide Colour Gamut (WCG) and RealityFlow, which is backed by MEMC technology to ensure smooth refresh rates. This makes it ideal for console gaming.


Feature-rich Mi TVs

Both, the 43-inch and 50-inch models come with 20W speakers, Dolby Audio and DTS-HD support. The three TVs also feature Xiaomi’s new image processing engine, called the Vivid Picture Engine.

The TVs ship pre-loaded with Xiaomi’s PatchWall 2.0 OS, built on top of Android TV 9.0. You can switch between the two interfaces to use other streaming apps like Netflix, Prime Video, and more.

The 65-inch option is priced at INR 64,999 (US$ 908) and will be available via Flipkart and Mi.com. The 50-inch and 43-inch variants are priced at INR 29,999 (US$ 419) and INR 24,999 (US$ 350), respectively. They go on sale from September 29.

Not just smartphone makers

Xiaomi is popular for its smartphones that are packed to the brim with features but come with an affordable price tag. It has dominated the market in India consistently, however, phones aren’t the only products to have disrupted the market.

Mi TVs have been a hit in the country and the brand intends to rule this segment as well. The demand for an affordable “smart” TV is high and with improving internet connectivity, India is among the most content-hungry markets in the world.

A few days back, Moto and Flipkart launched a new lineup of TVs in India. Even OnePlus is expected to launch a 55-inch TV on September 26.

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