Thursday, January 31, 2013

BlackBerry Z10 unveiled: Full touch phone running on BB10 OS

Overview
 
Research in Motion (RIM), the creator of BlackBerry devices, has just released their newest smartphones running on the newest BB10 OS: the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10. Z10 is a full-touch smartphone, while the Q10 is reminiscent of former BlackBerry phones, as it has a QWERTY keyboard. We'll talk about Z10 in this article.

Specifications

The BlackBerry Z10 is RIM's answer to the full-touch trend. It packs a 4.2" WXGA capacitive touchscreen with a 768 x 1280 pixels resolution (355 ppi) and 16M colors, a powerful Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon 1.5 GHz dual-core Krait processor, Adreno 225 GPU, 16GB internal storage (expandable with a memory card up to 32GB), and, 2GB of RAM.

On the camera side, it has an 8MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, that is capable of recording 1080p resolution videos at 30fps. A 2MP camera is on the front that is capable of recording 720p videos also at 30fps.

Other specs include: accelerometer, gyro, compass, and proximity sensors, 3G/LTE/Bluetooth/WiFi/NFC connectivity, A-GPS, micro-USB (2.0) port, JAVA MIDP 2.1, and Blackberry Maps.

Special features include: 
  • BlackBerry Hub (much like an organizer)
  • BlackBerry Keyboard, for "effortless typing experience"
  • BBM screen share, a video chat feature that lets you show photos and your browser, and review documents together while talking face to face; and
  • Camera with Time Shift Mode, for taking the perfect shot
Of course, it will run on BlackBerry 10 OS, and, will be powered by a 1800 mAh battery.

Learn more about the BlackBerry Z10 at the official site.

Here's a video about Z10:


Pricing and Availability

According to GSMArena, it will cost about €440 or approximately PHP 24,250! It will be expected to go on shelves soon.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Starmobile Energy: 4-inch 1GHz Android ICS phone for PHP5,690 only!

Local mobile company Starmobile has just added a new Android smartphone that will join Astra, Bright, and Crystal in the lineup. I'm talking about the Starmobile Energy, a 4" smartphone that boasts a 1GHz processor, a long-lasting 2,200 mAh battery, and runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, all for an affordable price of PHP 5,690 only! Another budget phone that's sure worth a try.

Starmobile Energy (click to enlarge)

The Starmobile Energy has the following specs:
  • 4.0" TFT capacitive touchscreen
    • 800 x 480 pixels resolution
  • Mediatek MT6575 1GHz single-core processor
  • GPU: Adreno 200
  • 4GB ROM, expandable with a microSD card (up to 32GB)
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8MP rear camera  with LED flash
  • VGA front camera
  • 3G/WiFi/Bluetooth connectivity
  • WiFi tethering
  • Mobile TV
  • GPS and micro-USB 2.0
  • motion and proximity sensor
  • dual-sim/dual standby
  • Dimensions: 126 x 63.5 x 12.22mm
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 2,200 mAh Li-ion battery
    • 290 hours standby
    • 8.8 hours talktime
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Overall, it's a nice budget phone that has decent specs from rising local mobile company Starmobile. I've read from Ilonggo Tech Blog that it's a rebranded phone (originally an i-mobile i-style Q4) which is usual (like Cherry Mobile and MyPhone). But hey, you get a nice phone with a large display, a powerful processor, a long-lasting battery, dual-sim dual standby capability, as well as mobile TV, for only PHP 5,690. That's already a handsome deal! 

If you have this device, please don't forget to share your experience below. Thank you!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Acer Iconia Tab A110 now available: quad-core goodness for PHP12,499!

Good news everyone! Acer Philippines has just announced the availability of the Acer Iconia Tab A110 (currently Acer's cheapest tablet) in local gadget stores nationwide for PHP 12,499 only! Such a nice deal for a quad-core Android tablet from a reputable brand.


The Acer Iconia Tab A110 packs the following specs:
  • 7" TFT capacitive touchscreen, 600 x 1024 pixels, 170 ppi
    • 256K colors, 10-point multitouch
  • Nvidia Tegra 3 T30L 1GHz quad-core processor
  • GPU: ULP GeForce
  • 8GB internal memory, expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card
  • 1GB RAM
  • 2MP rear camera
    • 1600 x 1200 pixels, 720p @30fps
  • Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, compass
  • Bluetooth (3.0)/WiFi connectivity
  • A-GPS and GLONASS
  • microUSB 2.0
  • Android 4.1 Jellybean
  • 3420 mAh Li-Po battery
    • 270h standby
It will be available in two colors: black and white.

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Overall, it's a nice tab from Acer. You get nice specs for a handsome price of PHP 12,499. But can this beat tablet offerings from local brands, as well as cheap China tabs flooding the market?

If you have this device, please don't forget to share your experience using it. Thank you!

SPECS SOURCE: GSMARENA
IMAGE SOURCE: ACER PHILIPPINES

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Alcatel One Touch Inspire 2: 4" 1GHz Android phone on Jellybean

There's the Glory 2 (S'Pop), the Sapphire 2 (X'Pop), and of course, what's left is the Inspire 2 (M'Pop)! (By the way, about the Pop phones: X'Pop is for Extra large, M'Pop is for Medium, and S'Pop is for small.) Inspire 2 is a big leap to the disappointing Inspire 991D.


The Alcatel One Touch Inspire 2 sports a 4.0" WVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen that has 480 x 800 pixel resolution and 16M colors, a Mediatek MT6575 1GHz single-core processor, 4GB ROM (1.4GB user memory, expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card), and, a 512MB RAM.

It has the same 5MP AF rear camera with Sapphire 2 but without the LED flash, which is capable of recording 720p videos at 30fps (frames per second). A VGA camera is at the front for your video chats.


Other specs include: 3G/WiFi/Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, Proximity/Light/Gravity sensors, A-GPS, micro-USB (2.0) port, FM Radio, and HD Voice.

It will be powered by a 1400 mAh battery, which should have been bigger because of the large screen. It will also run on Android 4.1 Jellybean just like his siblings.

There are lots of colors to choose from: black, aubergine, cherry red, ocean blue, slate, hot pink, tangerine, turquoise, apple green, and pure white.

Alcatel Mobile Philippines hasn't announced it yet on Facebook so no pricing and exact availability date info yet.

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Alcatel One Touch Inspire 2 (M'Pop) is a nice upgrade from the somewhat disappointing specs of Inspire 991D. What's just missing is the dual-sim function, which Alcatel hasn't added to their newly-released models. Would you buy this one in case? Tell us by commenting below.

UPDATE: It is dual-sim! The US version is the one with only a single sim.

PRICE: PHP 4,990 (5/7/2013)

Alcatel One Touch Sapphire 2: a 4.5" qHD dual-core powered Android phone

Along with the Alcatel One Touch Glory 2 (S'Pop), the Scribe HD, and the Ultra Idol, two more phones from the original One Touch Pop series are set to arrive here, the One Touch X'Pop and the M'Pop, which will be locally called One Touch Sapphire 2 and One Touch Inspire 2, respectively. We'll talk about the Sapphire 2 in this article.


The Alcatel One Touch Sapphire 2 (known internationally as Alcatel One Touch X'Pop), the successor of the Alcatel One Touch 995 Sapphire, packs a 4.5" qHD TFT capacitive touchscreen that has 540 x 960 pixels resolution and 16M colors (so expect a crisp and vivid display),  a powerful Mediatek MT6577 1GHz dual-core processor, 4GB ROM (1GB user memory, expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card, and, a 512MB RAM.

On the photography department, Sapphire 2 has a 5MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, that is capable of recording 720p videos at 30fps, and a VGA front camera for your video chatting needs.

It has the usual 3G, WiFi, and Bluetooth (4.0) connectivity, as well as proximity, light, and gravity sensors. A-GPS, FM Radio, HD Voice and Noise Cancellation features are also present.

Battery capacity is at 1800 mAh. It will be running on Android 4.1 Jellybean OS, which is good. It will come on a lot of colors: black, aubergine, cherry red, ocean blue, slate, hot pink, tangerine, turquoise, apple green, and pure white.

The Alcatel One Touch Sapphire 2 is priced at PHP 6,990 and is available now on major gadget stores nationwide.


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Nice specs for a nice looking phone. Good job Alcatel! Sapphire gets a new look with this successor.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Ainol Novo 7 Venus: Quad-core 7-inch HD tablet for PHP 5,700!

Chinese electronics manufacturer Ainol has just unveiled a new 7-inch tablet that is so affordable yet high-specced, the Ainol Novo 7 Venus.  It's a quad-core powered 7" HD tablet that costs as low as PHP 5,700 only! And it's running on Jellybean!
Here are the specs of Ainol Novo 7 Venus:
  • 7" IPS HD capacitive touchscreen, 1280 x 800 resolution
  • ATM7029 1.5GHz quad-core processor
  • Mali-400 GPU
  • 1GB RAM 
  • 16GB internal storage (expandable up to 32GB TF card)
  • 2MP rear camera, VGA front camera
  • G-Sensor
  • WiFi connectivity\
  • mini-HDMI
  • supports external 3G dongle
  • 4000 mAh battery
  • Android 4.1 Jellybean
Yet another affordable 7" Android tablet from Ainol, which has a good reputation with the industry for making affordable yet quality tablets. I think this is a good buy for someone wanting to buy a nice tablet with good specs yet won't hurt your pockets.

It's $139.90 (about PHP 5,700) here at Ainol Novo online store (though I'm not sure if this store is a good place to buy online) and $145.99 at the Ainol Store. But it's better if Novo 7 Tech (a local reseller of Ainol tabs) or Gameline would bring it here in the country.

Alcatel One Touch Glory 2 coming soon

Yes, you're reading it right! Glory's successor is coming here in the country, along with One Touch Scribe HD and Idol Ultra in the form of the recently unveiled Alcatel One Touch SPop. It will be called locally as the Alcatel One Touch Glory 2, as it looks like an upgrade of the bestsellling Glory (918N).
 Here are the specs of the One Touch Glory 2:
  • 3.5" HVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen, 320 x 480 pixels(165 ppi)
  • 1GHz Mediatek MT6575 processor
  • 4GB ROM (2GB user memory, expandable up to 32GB w/ a microSD card
  • 512MB RAM
  • 3.2 MP rear camera with autofocus
  • VGA front camera
  • 115 x 61.2 x 12.2mm
  • G-sensor, proximity and light sensor
  • Bluetooth 4.0/WiFi/3G connectivity
  • A-GPS
  • micro-USB 2.0
  • stereo FM radio
  • Android 4.1 Jellybean
  • 1400 mAh battery
    • 254H standby (2G), 350H (3G)
    • 5H taktime (2G) 6H (3G)
    • 3H 40 min charging time
Quite a nice upgrade to the old Glory which has a small 3.2" HVGA TFT screen, a slow 650 MHz processor, and a low user memory. Unfortunately, Glory 2 is not dual sim, and still has the same camera. But what's good is that it has a faster processor, bigger screen (but the same resolution), a bigger 2GB user memory, VGA front camera for video chats, and a bigger battery of course (as it has a bigger screen). And it will be running on 4.1 Jellybean compared to Glory which is on Gingerbread.

Alcatel Mobile Philippines has not announced it yet but I'm quite sure it will be available soon as it appeared on the Alcatel One Touch Philippines website. Of course no pricing yet but I'm hoping that it will come on an affordable price.

It may come to Sun Cellular's Postpaid plan too, just like most Alcatel phones.

It will come on black, aubergine, cherry red, ocean blue, slate, hot pink, tangerine, turquoise, green apple, and pure white colors.

UPDATE:  The Alcatel One Touch Glory 2 is dual-sim. It's now available at Sun Cellular for Plan 350. I hope they sell the unlocked version too.

Thanks sofie for the info.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Google takes office in the Philippines

Search engine giant Google has just opened its local office here, specifically in Makati, as announced at an event in Taguig earlier. This is to enhance online services for the country, which has 33 milIion internet users. tt will be headed by Narciso Reyes, as the country manager.
It's a good news for people on the look for a new job as well. As they're opening their office here, they are now in search for employees that will be part of the local arm. Of course, anyone wants to be a part of CNN and Fortune's No. 1 of the best companies to work for.

Alcatel One Touch Scribe HD, Idol Ultra, and SPop (Glory 2) are coming to the Philippines

Even though Alcatel Mobile Philippines FB page hasn't announced it yet, I'm sure these 3 new recently unveiled smartphones are coming to the Philippine shores. I'm talking about the One Touch Scribe HD, One Touch Idol Ultra, and the One Touch SPop (Glory 2), which were announced by French company Alcatel at the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2013, and are now shown at Alcatel One Touch Philippines website.
First off is Alcatel's first 5" HD smartphone, the One Touch Scribe HD, it packs a 5" IPS HD LCD capacitive touchscreen (720 x 1280 pixels, 294 ppi) with oleophobic coating for protection, a powerful 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 4GB internal memory which can be expanded through a memory card, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera with LED flash, and a front VGA camera. It will run on Android 4.1 Jellybean. Battery capacity is  at 2,500 mAh which can deliver longer usage.


It will be available in flash red, flash yellow, pure white and black colors.
Next is the Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra, which is currently the thinnest smartphone in the market at 6.45mm thin! It packs a 4.65" HD AMOLED capacitive scratch-resistant touchscreen (1280 x 720 pixels), a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 16GB internal memory (13.3GB user memory, no card slot), 1GB of RAM, a powerful 8MP rear camera with LED flash, and a 1.3MP front camera. It will also run on Android 4.1 Jellybean. Battery capacity is at 1820 mAh.


Package includes the battery, a slim MOU charger, a slim micro-USB cable, a USB adaptor and earphones (no 3.5mm head jack due to its slimness), and the quick user guide.

It will be available in flash yellow, red, and black. 
 
Lastly, the Alcatel One Touch SPop or the One Touch Glory 2 (the local iteration and the successor of Glory) , is the last member of the Pop series. It packs a 3.5" HVGA capacitive touchscreen (320 x 480 pixels, 165 ppi), 1GHz processor, 4GB ROM (2GB user memory, expandable with a memory card), 512MB RAM, and a 3.2MP camera as well as a VGA front camera. It will run also on Android 4.1 Jellybean. Battery capacity is at 1400mAh.

It will be available in cherry red, pure white, and black colors.

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This is a good lineup for Alcatel One Touch Philippines, and I'm sure fans would be delighted, especially for the Idol Ultra and the Scribe HD. But I hope the other Pop phones would make it here also.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Cherry Mobile Cruize unveiled

Chery Mobile has just unveiled an XXXL treat for consumers, the Cherry Mobile Cruize. It's a 5.2 -inch ICS phone powered by a 1GHz processor. And it's very very affordable for a price of PHP 4,499 only!!


 Here are the specs of the Cherry Mobile Cruize:
  • 5.2" capacitive touchscreen
  • 1GHz processor
  • 4GB internal memory
    • expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card
  • 5MP rear camera with flash
  • VGA front camera
  • WiFi/3G/Bluetooth connectivity
  • GPS
  • 2500 mAh battery
  • Android 4.0 ICS
  • Price: PHP 4,499
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I can say that it's another bang-for-the-buck 'phablet' from Cherry Mobile! You have a large 5.2 inch screen that's perfect for watching movies, a powerful enough 1GHz processor that should be able to handle tasks like games and apps well, a sufficient 4GB internal memory that can be expanded with a memory card, 5MP camera that could snap nice looking photos well, and, a VGA front camera for your video chat needs. 

What's more good is that it has a 2500 mAh battery which means longer use. It has the same battery with the Lenovo P700 and P700i which can last for 2-3 days for slight usage, but the Cruize's larger screen may compensate for these. But overall, these are all nice specs on a measly price.

IMAGE SOURCE: CHERRY MOBILE FB PAGE

Friday, January 18, 2013

Megaupload takes a new form: Mega to go live by January 19

As we all remember, the popular file hosting site Megaupload was taken down by the US Department of Justice because of copyright infringement (onlne piracy). Tons of music and movie files, games, and programs were all free to download, which is illegal.

Its founder, Kim Dotcom, wants to relive the site again in a new form. He announced through Twitter his new project, a site called Mega, that will go live by January 19. It goes the same way like Megaupload, you can store your files and share them in a single click.   Also, based on the screenshot, a free account will offer 50GB storage.  

a screenshot of the file hosting site Mega, as posted by Kim Dotcom on Twitter
You can check out the full screenshot HERE
Visit the MEGA site HERE.

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Megaupload on its new form. What do you think?

SOURCE: Yahoo!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Temple Run now available for iOS and Android

Good news everyone! Temple Run, one of the most popular mobile games ever has just got its sequel released! Imangi Studios, together with FuzzyCube Software has just released Temple Run 2 for iPhone and iPad, (and now Android).


The sequel has the usual gameplay but with a new environment, new actions (you're going to ride a zipline) and many more. And of course, it's free!

Hopefully, it will be available for Android also (although no info about that yet). By the way, you can watch the gameplay trailer here:


UPDATE: The Android version is now available at Google Play!

IMAGE SOURCE: PHONEARENA

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Skullcandy NBA collection now out

Skullcandy Philippines has just announced the availability of a new collection in the country, the NBA collection, which is now available in 100 retail stores.



The company has partnered with NBA to make licensed earphones and headphones carrying the logo of six famous NBA teams as well as superstar players. Here's the press release:

Skullcandy Philippines unveils the arrival of the NBA line

(Manila, Phillipines, 14 January 2013) The most anticipated Skullcandy NBA collection is finally here, as it the line now available in over 100 retail stores in the country.

Skullcandy, a high-growth performance lifestyle brand, collaborated with the NBA to offer officially licensed headphones, showcasing the names and team logos of six of today’s hottest NBA players - Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo, and Dwyane Wade. Meanwhile, the NBA earphone line features the logos of prolific teams with the LA Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, NY Knicks, and Miami Heat.

Skullcandy Philippines proudly carries the NBA Player series for the HESH headphones, and the NBA Team series Ink’d earphones with an eye on Filipinos’ love for both music and basketball.

Get your game on with the NBA Hesh’s banging 50mm speaker drivers for some high-powered audio goodness. It comes with an in-line Mic1 control to keep your phone and playlist close at hand, every time.

The Ink’d earphones are back and they’re better than ever with their Supreme Sound capabilities. Expect nothing but a full range of attacking bass, natural vocals, and precision highs in its all-new version.

From its massive international success and reception, Anil Menghjarani, President of Rains International, Skullcandy’s exclusive local distributor, only expects the same level of reaction from the Filipino NBA fans. “We’re so happy that we’ve finally brought the NBA collection to the Philippines. A lot of our partner stores have been waiting for this since last year due to the numerous requests they get from our NBA fans. The country is bursting with the NBA spirit; we even flood the social networking sites every time the season is on.”

Menghjarani is confident that this line will be one of its fastest moving products, especially with a brand new look and a more powerful performance brought by the Skullcandy Supreme Sound feature.
You can checkout Skullcandy products at the following stores: Astrovision, Bratpack, DC, Gadgets in Style, Mobile 1, Ambassador Appliance Inc. , A Shop, R.O.X., Robinson's Department Store Ermita and Galleria, Tribu and online store Zalora.

If you have any inquiries, you may ask them via Facebook: Skullcandy PH by Rains or at Twitter: @SkullcandyPH

Monday, January 14, 2013

ASUS MeMo Pad unveiled: 7-inch Android tablet at $149 only

Taiwanese electronics manufacturer ASUS has just unveiled their newest 7" Android tablet that's very affordable: the ASUS MeMo Pad, which costs only $149!

ASUS MeMo PAD (GSMArena.com)

The ASUS MeMo Pad packs a 7" capacitive touchscreen with 1024 x 600 resolution, a 1GHz Cortex A-9 CPU, a GPU of Mali-400, 8/16GB of internal storage that is expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card, and, a gig of RAM. For the camera, it has a 1MP front camera. Battery capacity is at 4325 mAh. 

It will be running on Android 4.1 Jellybean.

MeMo Pad will hit the shelves by April and will be launched in the US. I hope it will reach the Philippine shores too.

SOURCE: GSMARENA

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Samsung Galaxy SII Plus announced

Korean electronics giant Samsung has just announced a new phone on the International CES 2013, the Samsung Galaxy SII Plus, an updated version of the bestselling Samsung Galaxy SII.


The Samsung Galaxy SII Plus has the following specs:
  • 4.3" Super AMOLED WVGA capacitive touchscreen
  • dual core 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 processor
  • 8GB internal storage (expandable up to 64GB)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash
    • 1080p video recording @ 30fps
  • 2MP front camera
  • WiFi/Bluetooth/3G/NFC (optional)* connectivity
  • Android 4.1 Jellybean
  • exterior build: hyperglazed plastic 
  • 1650 mAh battery
It will be available in chic white and dark blue colors.

Samsung has not revealed the pricing and availability date yet. 

Also, users of the original Samsung Galaxy SII will get a Jellybean update.

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*there are two variants: one with NFC and one without NFC

SOURCE: GSMARENA

Cherry Mobile Fusion Ice and Cherry Mobile Superion TV unveiled

Local mobile company Cherry Mobile has just announced two new tablets that will join the company's expanding Android tabs lineup, the Cherry Mobile Fusion Ice and the Cherry Mobile Superion TV.


The Cherry Mobile Fusion Ice packs a 7" HD LCD capacitive screen (5 point multitouch),  1GHz processor, and a VGA front camera.

UPDATE: Here's the full specs:
  • 7" HD LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • 1GHz processor
  • 8GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB)
  • 512MB RAM
  • VGA front camera
  • WiFi connectivity
  • accelerometer
  • micro-USB port
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 3000 mAh battery
Fusion Ice is at a very affordable price of PHP 3,699 and will be available in black and white colors

On the other hand, the Cherry Mobile Superion TV also sports a 7" screen, 1GHz processor, and a VGA front camera, but has features such as call & text that enables you to use your tablet like a phone (single SIM only, just like Superion Plus Duo), and TV function, which can let you watch your favorite shows on free TV channels right on your tablet.

UPDATE: Here's the full specs: 
  • 7" HD LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • 1GHz processor
  • 4GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB)
  • 512MB RAM
  • VGA front camera
  • Bluetooth/WiFi connectivity
  • accelerometer and light sensor
  • micro-USB port
  • SIngle SIM
  • mobile TV
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 3200 mAh battery
Superion TV is priced at PHP 5,999 and will be available in black color.

Lenovo announces IdeaPhone S890, S720, A800 and A690

Along with the Lenovo Ideapad K900, Chinese company Lenovo has also unveiled four more Android phones at the CES 2013: the IdeaPhone S890, IdeaPhone S720, IdeaPhone A800, and the IdeaPhone A690.
Lenovo IdeaPhone S890

On the lead is the Lenovo IdeaPhone S890 which packs a 5" qHD capacitive touchscreen and an 8MP camera with flash, and is 9.3mm thick and weighs 176g. It will run on the latest Android OS, 4.2 Jellybean.
Lenovo IdeaPhone S720
The Lenovo IdeaPhone S720, on the other hand, sports a 4.5" ICD LPS qHD capacitive screen, a dual-core MTK processor, 8MP main camera, as well as a 1MP front camera. It will run on Android 4.0 ICS, and will be powered by a 2,000 mAh battery. Also, S720 is 9.9mm thick.
Lenovo IdeaPhone A800
Lenovo IdeaPhone A800, an entry level phone has a 4.5" FWVGA capacitive screen, a 1.2GHz dual core processor, and will be powered by a 2,000 mAh battery. It will also run on Android 4.0 ICS.
Lenovo IdeaPhone A690
Lastly, the IdeaPhone A690, also an entry level phone under the budget A-series as with the A800, packs a 4" WVGA screen and a single-core 1GHz processor. It will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

All of this devices will be available in China first of course, and the rest follows. I'm sure Philippines will be getting it to. No pricing as of this time yet.

IMAGE SOURCE: GSMARENA

Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator: 1TB monster flash drive

1TB is not unusual for a hard drive these days, but for a flash drive? Very unusual. And yes, Kingston made that possible with their recently unveiled DataTraveler HyperX Predator, which has a very large capacity of 1TB for a small flash drive!

Kingston did not mention the price of the 1TB version, but if you're OK with the 512GB version, it costs only $1750 or roughly PHP 71,000!

Here's the press release from their official site:
Kingston Digital Ships Its Fastest, World’s Largest-Capacity USB 3.0 Flash Drive
  • DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 will be Available Up to 1TB
  • Data Transfer Speeds up to 240MB/s Read, 160MB/s Write
  • Certified SuperSpeed USB 3.0
Kingston Digital Ships Its Fastest, World’s Largest-Capacity USB 3.0 Flash Drive2013 International CES Las Vegas, NV and Fountain Valley, CA -- January 7, 2013 -- Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the DataTraveler® HyperX® Predator 3.0 USB Flash drive. DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 is the world's largest-capacity USB 3.0 Flash drive as it will be available in a 1TB capacity later in Q1. It is shipping now in 512GB capacity. DT HyperX Predator 3.0 is the fastest USB 3.0 Flash drive in the Kingston® family, with speeds of up to 240MB/s read and 160MB/s write. It has also achieved SuperSpeed USB 3.0 certification.
"Our new DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 allows users to store their entire digital world on a portable USB 3.0 Flash drive," said Andrew Ewing, Flash memory business manager, Kingston. "The large capacity and fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds allow users to save time as they can access, edit and transfer applications or files such as HD movies directly from the drive without any performance lag."
DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 is compliant with next-generation USB 3.0 specifications and is optimized for newer PCs with USB 3.0 ports. Users who work with large video or graphics files, or gamers who like to travel with their entire library will appreciate the drive's speed and capacity. The casing is made of zinc alloy metal for superior quality, shock resistance and high-end design. DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 ships with a custom Kingston key ring and a HyperX valet keychain. It is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 for efficient data transfer rates.
DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 USB Flash drive is part of the HyperX Predator family, which represents the highest-performance products offered from Kingston HyperX. The drive is backed by a five-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.
For more information visit www.kingston.com.
Kingston is celebrating 25 years in the memory industry. The company was founded on October 17, 1987, and has grown to become the largest third-party memory manufacturer in the world. Watch the 25th anniversary video and see more information including a timeline of Kingston's history. In addition, HyperX memory is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The first HyperX high-performance memory module was released in November 2002.
Compatibility Table
Operating SystemUSB 3.0USB 2.0
Windows® 8YesYes
Windows® 7 (SP1)YesYes
Windows Vista® (SP1, SP2)YesYes
Windows XP (SP3)YesYes
Mac OS X v.10.6.x +YesYes
Linux v. 2.6.x+YesYes

Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0
Part NumberCapacity and Features
DTHXP30/512GBDataTraveler HyperX Predator USB 512GB
DTHXP30/1TDataTraveler HyperX Predator USB 1TB









Kingston HyperX Predator 3.0 Features and Specifications:
  • Highest capacities: uncompromised data storage to carry your digital world on a portable USB drive
  • Highest performance: unparalleled speeds to save time while transferring content rich data
  • Zinc alloy metal casing: resilient protection for data in a cutting-edge design
  • HyperX valet keychain: exclusive accessory for a stylish twist to portable storage
  • Guaranteed: five-year warranty and free technical support for added peace of mind
  • Speed1
    • USB 3.0: 240MB/s read and 160MB/s write
    • USB 2.0: 30MB/s read and 30MB/s write
  • Backwards compatible with USB 2.0
  • Capacities2: 512GB, 1TB (later Q1)
  • Dimensions:
    • without key ring: 2.8346" x 1.0606" x 0.8268" (72mm x 26.94mm x 21mm)
    • with key ring: 3.4854" x 1.0606" x 0.8268" (88.53mm x 26.94mm x 21mm)
  • Operating Temperature: 32°F to 140°F (0°C to 60°C)
  • Storage Temperature: -4°F to 185°F (-20°C to 85°C)
  • USB 3.03: latest USB standard guarantees backwards compatibility with USB 2.0