Smartphones cheaper on normal days over sale days, says study

Study by iPrice group



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Online shopping has been a hit among Filipino consumers. Monthly online sales days like 11.11 and 12.12 drive people to e-commerce sites in hopes of the best deals.

The practice includes trying to score on different smartphones at the most affordable rates. These also include the usual discounts and freebies.

However, a study conducted by iPrice group, an e-commerce aggregator with a database of over 7 million products and 8 million sellers across Southeast Asia, reveals a different story.

Smartphones cheaper on normal days

The study collected price data of smartphones from July 16 to December 31, 2021.

It revealed that from August to December, the cheapest median smartphone price falls on a normal day instead of a sales day, as seen in the table below.

Month Smartphone median price on Sales Day Smartphone median price on a Non-Sales Day
August PhP 18, 694.22 on 8.8 PhP 18, 311.75 (August 3)
September PhP 20, 212.80 on 9.9 PhP 18, 298.42 (September 25)
October PhP 20, 450.18 on 10.10 PhP 19, 085.91 (October 26)
November PhP 18, 345.59 on 11.11 PhP 17, 207.41 (December 17)
December PhP 17, 640.64 on 12.12 PhP 17, 478.11 (December 16)

Prices marked up before sale days

Another interesting tidbit the study revealed is that prices were marked up in the days leading to the actual sale day.

For instance, prices started increasing by September 30, 2021 until it reached a median price of PhP 22,100 on October 2, 2021.

It drops by 8 percent — down to PhP 20,500 during the 10.10 sale, but the median price was 15 percent lower on September 25, 2021 at PhP 18,300.

Similar patterns were observed during the buildups to the 11.11 and 12.12 sales across e-commerce platforms.

December still best month to buy smartphones

According to the average of all median prices, December is still the best month to buy a smartphone.

If shoppers are interested to buy a smartphone during a sales day, then 12.12 would be the most ideal date as the median price is lower.

Aside from that, most Filipino workers have already received their 13th month pay by that period.

As has been the case, the month of December has always been filled with clearance and holiday sales as it is definitely one of the most exciting months in Philippine culture and tradition.

Smartphone prices in PH among highest

Lastly, as iPrice also observed the median prices of smartphones in other Southeast Asian countries, it was discovered that the Philippines had the second highest median price at PhP 19,100, just below Singapore’s PhP 23,400 equivalent.

Indonesia had the cheapest median price for smartphones at PhP 13,000, followed by Thailand (PhP 15,400) and Malaysia (PhP 15,500).

This is quite a bummer given that the Philippines also has one of the lowest wages among the Southeast Asian countries, so scoring the best deals on online purchases and buying smart are definitely musts.


vivo V29 5G Grand Launch in the Philippines

Aura Light 2.0 and more



vivo V29 5G

The vivo V29 5G will officially launch on Monday, September 25 at 7PM in the Philippines. You should check out the vivo V29 5G Grand Launch. You can watch it on this Facebook event page.

We already know that the vivo V29 5G comes with Aura Light 2.0. An improved version of its lighting system first showcased on the vivo V27 5G. Aura Light 2.0 will automatically adjust its color temperature to harmonize with the surroundings.

We also know that it comes on two stunning colors: Milky Way and Starry Purple.

Elsewhere on the phone, you’ll find a 6.78-inch 1.5K AMOLED FHD display. It has up to a 120Hz refresh rate and a pixel density of 452ppi.

The screen is HDR10+ certified and is also 100% DCI-P3, offering users breath-taking details and colors for an astonishing visual experience.

vivo has also worked on the phone’s eye protection features for both its hardware and software. The phone has reduced blue light and screen flickering to ensure safe usage.

If you want to learn the rest of the specs along with other surprises, you should definitely check out the vivo V29 5G Grand Launch.

Price and availability

The vivo V29 5G comes in two storage options. Pricing are as follows: 12GB+256GB is PhP 24,999 while 12GB+512GB is 26,999. It’s available in vivo’s official stores, Lazada, Shopee, and TikTok Shop.

This article is a sponsored press release by vivo Philippines.

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Philippine TV Network introduces AI sportscasters

The first in the country



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It’s happening. While debates continue to rage on about what role Artificial Intelligence or AI should play with its rapid advancement in recent years, a Philippine Television Network jumped the gun and decided to introduce AI sportscasters.

GMA Network, widely considered the second largest broadcasting network in the Philippines, proudly introduced on Saturday, September 23 are MAIA and MARCO — two AI-generated sportscasters. They will be reporting on NCAA Season 99, a collegiate sports association in the country, as well as other local and international sports news. They are expected to appear across the network’s broadcasting and social media platforms.

In their own introduction article, GMA Network said the two were generated by artificial intelligence using Image Generation, Text-to-Speech AI Voice Synthesis/Generation, and Deep Learning Face Animation Technology.

Unfavorable reactions

The Facebook post concerning this news was met with unfavorable reactions in the comments section.

Facebook user Aple Balagtas Bangaysiso commented: “As a communication student, it is very sad. A job of a real person replaced by AI. This is very alarming for media industry. The kind of innovation we never wished.”

Sh1n Boo also left a comment lamenting that “this gives a lot of wrong signals,” and added “I’m a big fan of AI tools but sadly this is very out of touch.”

Another commenter named Paul Emmanuel had this to say:
“There is no urgent need for AI sportscasters nor any caster there are. Why would we need these things when we have lots of skilled people that can do it better than them. I disagree with this.”

Many of the comments on the particular Facebook post shared the same sentiments

Conversations on AI, ChatGPT, and more

Discussions about AI surges when ChatGPT hit a scene. It’s an AI tool that can analyze billions of words and the relationship between them. It uses GPT-3.5, a specific language model created by OpenAI.

It’s been used to generate many things with many different sectors being alarmed of how it will be used. The education sector was one of the first to react, fearing that students will rely more on the tool instead of traditional research and writing methods.

SEE ALSO: ChatGPT Explained

Taking over jobs

Globally, there are many discussions happening in conferences, podcasts, and even informal settings about how AI can take away jobs. The ongoing writer strike has also touched on this matter.

Disney+ has already come under fire recently for admitting that the opening credits for the show Secret Invasion was made with AI. Meanwhile, YouTube channel Corridor Digital, known for their breakdowns, reactions and recreations of CGI effects, came under fire for producing an AI-generated “anime”. On TikTok, there are also several posts of AI-generated song covers of global and K-Pop artists.

Despite all these, Senior Vice President and Head of Integrated News, Regional TV, and Synergy Oliver Victor B. Amoroso notes that their AI sportscaster initiative ” promote[s] inclusivity in our reporting.”

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Dyson V12s Detect Slim Submarine is a versatile vacuum

All-in-one wet-and-dry cordless vacuum cleaner



Dyson V12s Detect Slim Submarine

Dyson continues to impress with their slew of smart appliance products. Joining the portfolio is the all-in-one wet-and-dry cordless vacuum cleaner Dyson V12s Detect Slim Submarine. It has multifunctional and versatile cleaning solutions to remove dust, spills and stains, all-in-one machine.

Dyson Submarine wet roller head

The Dyson Submarine wet roller head has been precision engineered to deliver the right amount of water to effectively remove spills, tough stains, and small dry debris such as food crumbs.

It uses a combination of hydration, absorption and extraction technologies. It delivers a clean finish to hard floors without over saturating. Eight water jets, evenly spaced along the roller, release precisely 18ml water in every minute to wash floors evenly without leaving excess wetness.


The motor-driven microfibre roller removes spills, tough stains and debris. Meanwhile, a durable plate extracts contaminated water from the wet roller and deposits it into a separate waste-water tray for easy emptying.

The 300ml clean water tank covers flooring up to 110m2. A slightly larger 360ml dirty water tank ensures no dirt or debris is transferred back onto the floor. The roller remains saturated with clean water from start to finish.

The Dyson Submarine is designed for effortless maneuvering underneath furniture. This ensured edge to edge cleaning all while the wet roller head picks up debris and spills even in traditionally hard to reach areas.

Optic Fluffy cleaner head

Light that dust up. This illuminating tech will reveal invisible dust and show owners the microscopic particles you can’t normally see on your floor. A blade of light is projected to illuminate particles on floors. The tech was developed on 2021.

Acoustic Dust Sensing

This tech provides reassurance that you have deep cleaned. An LCD screen shows the size and number of particles. It displays real-time scientific proof of a deep clean by counting and measuring microscopic dust particles with a piezo sensor. The sensor automatically increases suction power across different floor types and dust amounts.

Suction Power

Dyson’s Hyperdymium motor delivers 150 air watts of powerful suction. After vacuuming and once the Dyson Submarine wet roller head is attached, power is automatically diverted from the Hyperdymium motor, so there is no vacuum suction. This prevents water from entering the motor and ensures contaminated water and debris is collected in the tray inside the wet roller head.


Dyson’s HEPA filtration system captures 99.99% of particles as small as 0.1 microns, to expel cleaner air. The cyclone technology is efficient at separating dust and dirt from floors and surfaces. Whole machine sealing means this isn’t leaked back into your homes.

Hair Screw Tool

The Dyson V12s Detect Slim Submarine also comes with Dyson’s motor-driven Hair Screw tool to pick up long hair and pet hair with ease. It’s designed to prevent wrapping of hair around the brush bar, the conical brush and angled bristles enable hair to “migrate” down the brush bar easily, sliding off the tip and into the bin.

But it’s not just for those long pieces of debris in your home, The Hair Screw tool has been engineered for deep cleaning. It removes dust from areas where it’s usually invisible, like your mattress or sofa.

Price and availability

The Dyson V12s Detect Slim Submarine cordless vacuum cleaner is available at Dyson Demo Stores across the Philippines at at the recommended retail price of PhP 58,900.

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