Geeks, we bet you've noticed this: The closer we are to the holidays, the more gadgets land on local shores. It's one of those unofficial trends that happen at the tail-end of every year (together with the increase in invites to holiday sales and shindigs) that signal the arrival of the "Ber" months. In other words, our skinny wallets now have a big fat bull's eye on it.
Tech brands might not officially admit it, but the evidence is pretty clear, especially when it comes to smartphones. In the past two months, we've seen the number of handsets available here in the Philippines increase as fast as the number of boners produced by these sexy GIFs. Okay, maybe not as much. But you get the drift.
We're not complaining though—we actually welcome it! More phones = more choices and chances for us to make the most out of our meager budgets. So, if you're on the look-out for a new handset to buy as a gift to your jowa/inaanak/friend/boss (kiss-ass much?)/yourself, here are eight of the newest arrivals locally (read: they were launched here within the last two months)!
May you still have a good chunk of your Christmas bonus after.
Together with the Lumia 830, the 730 is among the latest spawns of Nokia's new line. A quad-core Windows Phone handset, it's a good starting point for those who want nothing to do with the annoying Android vs. iOS debate.
Hardware highlights: 4.7-inch 720p HD touchscreen, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB capacity with microSD slot, 6.7-megapixel rear camera (5-megapixel secondary), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, 2,220mAh battery
Yours for: P11,990
GIONEE GPAD G5
With sharp corners and strong lines, the Android KitKat-flavored GPad G5 certainly pulls of the modern look. It can attract those who subscribe to the "Bigger is better" concept as its 5.5-inch display also makes it a true phablet. The GPad G5 is also the only one locally-available phone we know with—get this—six processor cores! Hexa-core, bro!
Hardware highlights: 5.5-inch 720p HD touchscreen, 1.5GHz hexa-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB capacity with microSD slot, 8-megapixel rear camera (2-megapixel secondary), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, 2,400mAh battery
Yours for: P9,499
"Black what?" This was our first reaction upon hearing about this gadget. Blackview, a Hong Kong-based gadget brand, began selling phones here only last month. We were skeptical at first but when we saw the Arrow's impressive specs-list, we were like, "Ang gara, men!"
Hardware highlights: 5-inch Full-HD touchscreen, 1.7GHz octa-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB capacity with microSD slot, 18-megapixel rear camera (8-megapixel secondary), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, 2,100mAh battery
Yours for: P11,999
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