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Singaporean photographer wins #ShotOniPhone challenge

One of ten total winners

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Throughout the years, Apple’s iPhone has been proven as one of the major leaders when it comes to mobile photography. As fans became so loyal to their iPhones, they’ve shown how happy they are with its image processing and quality by using the hashtag #ShotOniPhone, which has become rampant, especially when posting photos on Instagram.

For the same reason, Apple also announced their #ShotOniPhone contest that’s open for everyone. Fans all around the world have participated to submit the best shots they have in their camera roll. Out of all the entries from several countries, winners have been selected by 11 notable judges in the field of photography and photojournalism. Darren Soh, a Singaporean photographer focusing on architectural visuals, talks to GadgetMatch about how honored he is being triumphant in said photo-centric competition.


With him being a proud Singaporean, he loves to show what the country has to offer through concrete slabs and aging rocks. Singapore, believe it or not, has become one of the most popular Asian tourist destinations and for him, the essence of capturing known landmarks such as the Marina Bay Sands and showing it to people is nowhere near as unique and breathtaking as capturing the puddle reflection of a public housing in the heartlands of the city.

Getting specific about his winning entry, he told us the photograph took place in Potong Pasir, a public housing estate well known for its architectural landscape, including “ski-slope roofs” on top of its buildings. Right after the basketball court got cleaned up, the perfect combination of the puddle and the housing’s recognizable outer structure made him grab his phone, experiment with the angles, and shoot as many photos as he could.

In an instantaneous moment, a crow suddenly appeared on the upper-right part of the photograph. Out of all the shots he took, the crow only appeared on one image, making it a picture-perfect shot with great composition and timing. Fair enough, the photo was captured using the iPhone XS Max, which is considered today as one of the most popular camera smartphones for professional mobile photography. It may not be on par with most professional DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, but it got the job done — a perfect fit for this year’s billboards and Apple store backdrops.

Behind his photo conveys a deeper message: “Singapore is a country that is changing so rapidly. We cannot save every old building but we can try our best to photograph them all,” Soh said.

With the continuous growth of the country, paired with the recent technological advancements and innovations, the cityscape and its cultural heritage are getting less preserved and appreciated. Soh’s appreciation for architecture through photographs is one clever way to preserve the time and overall look of Singapore’s dynamic growth and ever-changing skyline.

His entry, along with the other nine selected winners, will be featured on billboards in select cities, Apple retail stores, and across the web.

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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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