Android 4.4 Kitkat Coming To Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2

Do you feel like your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or Galaxy S3 is outdated and you want to get a new one? This news might make you hold your phone more for a few months or so.  Samsung has announced that the much-awaited Android 4.4 Kitkat update will be coming to your Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 soon!

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According to foreign blog TalkAndroid, the update for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 owner will come this month while Samsung Galaxy S3 owner will get the update in early May. No word yet what kind of changes will it bring to the your phones. Stay tuned.

Cherry Mobile Omega Spectrum Now Available For P4,999

Cherry Mobile’s answer to the MyPhone Rio is now available! Meet the Cherry Mobile Omega Spectrum! The phone has similar specs especially that 5-inch HD screen for an affordable price of P4,999. MyPhone has been making a big buzz about the Rio and Cherry Mobile wants the same attention with the Omega Spectrum. Here is the list of specs.

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Cherry Mobile Omega Spectrum specs:

  • 1.2GHz Quad Core Broadcom BCM 23550 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 5-inch HD IPS LCD display (720 x 1280 pixels)
  • 8 megapixel rear facing camera with flash
  • 2 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB OTG (on the go), Miracast ready
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean
  • SRP: P4,999
  • Status: Available on Cherry Mobile stores, kiosks and retailers

There are some things we still don’t know about the phone like if it has autofocus on the camera, battery or does it run dual 3G. Some differences from the MyPhone Rio are evident. The Cherry Mobile Omega Spectrum is powered by Broadcom’s BCM 23550 processor compared to the Rio’s Mediatek MT 6582M processor. We will try to get both units and compare them on how they fare with Antutu benchmarks and day to day use. Stay tuned.

Globe Offers Samsung Galaxy Forever Plan

Are you a loyal Samsung Galaxy user? Do replace your Galaxy device every year? We have some good news for you! Globe Telecom has  recently launched a unique postpaid plan for Samsung Galaxy users called the Galaxy Forever Plan. It is quite similar to Globe’s iPhone Forever Plan in which a subscriber can own a new Samsung Galaxy flagship every year without waiting for its 24-month contract to finish.

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The Samsung Galaxy S5

A subscriber will get a Samsung Galaxy device after 12 months by renewing their contract and trading in their old Galaxy device and pay for a smaller cash out of the new device or pay the full one time fee if the subscriber wants to retain the old device.

Here are the available Galaxy Forever Plans:

Galaxy Forever Plan 1599

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 with P16,800 cash out
  • 1.5GB GoSurf consumable data
  • Free 6 months Spotify premium
  • Unlimited calls and text to Globe/TM or unlimited texts to all networks

Galaxy Forever Plan 1999

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 with P14,800 cash out
  • 3GB GoSurf consumable data
  • Free 6 months Spotify premium
  • Unlimited calls and texts to Globe/TM or unlimited texts to all networks

Galaxy Forever Plan 2499

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 with 12,800 cash out
  • 5GB GoSurf consumable data
  • Free 6 months Spotify premium
  • Unlimited calls and texts to Globe/TM or unlimited texts to all networks

Subscribers can sign up for the new Galaxy Forever Plan until July 31, 2014. Check out more about the Samsung Galaxy S5 here.

 

Oppo Find 7a Hands On and Initial Impressions

Last week, Oppo has officially landed in the Philippines bringing their latest smartphones. Oppo Philippines unveiled three new  phones during the said event – the Oppo Find 7, Find 7a, and Oppo N1.  We were able to get a short hands on with the Oppo Find 7a and we would like to share our experience with it.

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Oppo Find 7a specs:

  • 2.3 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • Adreno 330 graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory expandable up to 128GB
  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1920 x1080 pixels)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Oppo MaxxAudio sound enhancement
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and dual LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • LTE, WiFi, WiFi Direct, DLNA, WiFi hotspot, NFC, USB OTG (on-the-go)
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,800 mAh battery
  • Android 4.3 Jellybean with ColorOS UI
  • SRP: P22,990

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

The one that we are holding here is the Oppo Find 7a. There is no physical difference between the Find 7a and the Find 7 but when you look further on the specs, the difference is evident. The Find 7a  has slightly toned down specs – a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (c0mpared to Find 7’s Quad HD display), a slightly slower 2.3GHz Quad Core processor, a lesser 2GB RAM, and a smaller 2,800 mAh battery. But these specs are not slouch. In fact, it is in par with current smartphone flagships from Samsung, LG and Sony.

Since we limited time with the phone, we were not able to explore it fully. But we were able to fiddle around with the phone’s UI called the ColorOS. The UI on top of Android look cleaner compared to other UI found on other phones. Icons look better and we are glad it doesn’t look cartoonish. We recommend this phone is you are looking for a fresh looking UI for your smartphone.

Bottomline, the Oppo Find 7a is a best alternative high end smartphone you can buy. It has the same flagship like features like LTE, Full HD display, generous internal memory with expandable option, and a 13 megapixel rear facing camera for less the price. If the Samsung Galaxy S5 is selling for P34,990 (Samsung store price), the Oppo Find 7a is only P22,990. If you want to experiece superb Quad HD display, the Oppo Find 7 is the best phone for you. You just have to shell out extra – P25,990.

Cherry Mobile Festival 2014 Officially Starts, New Phones Announced!

Cherry Mobile has officially started its 2-month event called the Cherry Mobile Festival today. The event will last until June 5, 2014.

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Along with this event is a number of new smartphones being announced. An official poster of new phones have been posted on their Facebook account. Let’s check out some these new phones.

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The Cherry Mobile Garnet is so far one of the most affordable Android smartphone running Android 4.2 Jellybean. It is powered by a 1Ghz dual core processor, 3.5-inch screen and has a 2 megapixel camera for only P1,899.

CMLife2.0

The Cherry Mobile Life 2.0 is the follow up the dual core powered Cherry Mobile Life. The CM Life 2.0 now has a quad core processor, a better 8 megapixel camera but retains the 4-inch screen. This phone is running Android 4.3 Jellybean.

CMAxis

The Cherry Mobile Axis is the most affordable smartphone with NFC. It also has a 4.5 qHD display, quad core processor,and running Android 4.2 Jellybean.

CMUrban

 

The Cherry Mobile Urban is the most affordable smartphone running the latest Android 4.4 Kitkat. It has a quad core processor, 4.5qHD displayand 8 megapixel with autofocus camera.

CMOmegaSpectrum

Just like we’ve said yesterday, the Cherry Mobile Omega Spectrum may be the company’s answer to the MyPhone Rio which was launched recently. The Omega Spectrum is the most affordable smartphone of the bunch with an HD display.

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The Cherry Mobile Omega Aeon, Razor 2.0, and Omega Icon are the most affordable smartphone with HD display that is running Android 4.3 Jellybean.

CMCosmosU

The Cherry Mobile Cosmos U is the most affordable smartphone with an 18 megapixel rear facing camera with BSI and flash. It also has a spacious 16GB internal memory, a quad core processor, a 5-inch HD display with Asahi Dragontrail scratch resistant glass, and running Android 4.2 Jellybean.

CMUltra

Another first from Cherry Mobile. The Cherry Mobile Ultra is the most affordable local smartphone with LTE connectivity. Priced at P8,999 you’ll get the following – quad core processor, 5-inch HD screen, 13 megapixel rear facing camera, and a 5 megapixel front facing camera. The phone is also upgradable to Android 4.4 Kitkat (running Android 4.3 out of the box).

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The Cherry Mobile Equinox Night runs on a faster and better 1.5GHz turbo quad core processor but lacks LTE connectivity present on the CM Ultra.

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The most expensive among the new batch is the Cherry Mobile Omega Infinity. This phone is the company’s new flagship. Specs include – 1.7Ghz Octa-core processor, 5.5-inch Full HD display, 18 megapixel rear facing camera, 8 megapixel front facing camera, a spacious 32GB internal memory, 2GB RAM, 2,700 mAh non removable battery, Miracast ready and running Android 4.2 Jellybean.

So folks, getting a headache with all these new phones? There’s more! Check out this link by clicking here.

Cherry Mobile Omega Spectrum Poster Leaked

Tomorrow will be Cherry Mobile’s big day — Cherry Mobile Fiesta Festival. But another poster of an upcoming phone leaked. Shown below is a photo of another upcoming smartphone called the Cherry Mobile Omega Spectrum.

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The phone has a 5-inch HD screen, 1.3GHz quad core processor, 8 megapixel camera with flash and running Android 4.2 Jellybean. Specs are pretty impressive especially for the price – P4,999.

Based on the specs, we think this is Cherry Mobile’s answer to MyPhone’s Rio which was launched earlier this week. We expect that the company will launch this phone during the said event.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Unboxing and Initial Impressions

Samsung Galaxy S5 is officially out today and we are lucky to be one of the first to own one. Unveiled in February earlier this year, one notable feature  is bein water and dust resistant, a feature present in Sony Xperia Z2. Another additional features are the heart rate monitor and the fingerprint scanner. Before we get excited, let’s unbox it first.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 specs:

  • 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 128GB – WOW!!!
  • 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display (1080 x 1920 pixels) 432 ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • IP67 – water and dust resistant
  • 16 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus, image stabilization and LED flash
  • 2 megapixel rear facing camera
  • LTE, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, DLNA, WIFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Infrared Port
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Nano SIM
  • 2,800 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat

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So what’s inside the box? We have here some manuals, USB, headset, extra earbuds, and adapter. Now let’s get focused with the unit itself.

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We have the white variant here and we do like it. The S5 has less curves, a bit taller and thinner than its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S5.  Samsung has opted to let go of the shiny back cover for a matte dotted design and finish which we really do like.

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S5 (right)

A bigger screen is a big welcome to from 4.95-inches of the S4, the S5 now has a 5.1-inches. It is still the same beautiful screen we’ve seen from the Galaxy S4 only bigger.

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Overall, it is a big improvement when it comes to design alone. Its a good move that Samsung ditched the S4’s shiny back cover in favor for matte finish. We will reserve the Antutu Benchmarks, speed tests, camera and software performance on our full review.