Tech Round Up: January and February

It has only been half of the first quarter of the year and there seems to be no signs of decline in the mobile realm.  Let’s take a look at the products that made the headlines from the beginning of the year up until this day.

Realme 5i

realme 5i

Living up to its brand’s tagline “Dare to Leap”, Realme launched the Realme 5i.   Realme 5i boasts of its new Ultra Wide-Quad AI Camera, a powerful Octa-core Snapdragon 665 AIE processor and a mighty 5000mAh battery capacity that supports reverse charging.  With a stunning, splash-resistant design and a 3-card slot feature, Realme didn’t fail to focus on what users really need. The Realme 5i, another powerful yet affordable phone from Realme.

Realme Buds Air

realme buds air

Another trendy release from Realme is their very own Realme BudsAir.  Noticeably, its physical features are quite identical to the Airpods. The Realme BudsAir offers a true wireless experience at a very affordable price.  Its amazing features include an R1 chip on each bud that enables the earbuds to have a super low latency - very minimal delay. It comes with a wireless charging case, open-up auto connection, touch controls, and its unique feature -- the Gaming Mode.  Game on!



Oppo is definitely not abandoning the F-series, as they release the new OPPO F15. This device is packed with the best F series features.  The OPPO F15 allows you to flaunt everything that is beautiful.  It sports a 48MP ultra wide-angle quad camera for sharper and more detailed images.  It has EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) for a shake-free filming experience. With its irresistible sleek and lightweight design, you wouldn’t have second thoughts of flaunting it your way.

Huawei Matebook D15 

matebook d15

This powerful yet affordable laptop from Huawei makes life and work easier. Thanks to Huawei Share, even without internet connection, a simple tap of your smartphone to the laptop transforms the devices into one powerful device - your phone’s screen appears on the laptop so you can easily drag and drop files between devices,  edit files while messaging colleagues using the same keyboard! It is powered by the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor for faster and more powerful performance.  Other features include an AMD Radeon Vega 8 for GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD plus 1TB HDD. The Huawei Matebook D15’s metallic design actually weighs at 1.53kg only.   It is portable, well built and sturdy. Perfect for work and play, anytime, anywhere.

Huawei Y9s

Huawei just keeps on going.  A month after the release of the Huawei Y6s comes another launch - the Huawei Y9s.  Noticeably the pop up camera that allowed the device to sport a 6.59” Ultra Full View Display without the notch.  Users will enjoy a wider, brighter, clearer and more immersive viewing experience. The Huawei Y9s comes in two colors: Midnight Black and Breathing Crystal that seemingly changes its color/shade with light. With good looks and display, beautiful aesthetic, quick and reliable biometrics, and overall build quality and feel, the Huawei Y9s should definitely be on your list.

Huawei Y7p


Another new model from Huawei is the Y7p.  Priced only at P9,990.00, the Huawei Y7p features a 6.39-inch HD+ display with a punch-hole for its 8 Megapixel selfie camera. Its triple rear cameras are composed of a 48MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide camera, and 2MP portrait camera. It’s powered by a Kirin 710F chipset with 4GB of RAM, 4000mAh battery, and 64GB of expandable storage. It’s a dual SIM smartphone with 4G LTE connectivity, a fingerprint scanner, and a face unlock feature. Huawei Y7p comes in Midnight Black and Aurora Blue. 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

z flip

It wasn’t too long ago when Samsung caught our attention with their Galaxy Fold.  Very recently, Samsung enchanted us once again with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip - reminiscent of the mid-90’s.  It features a 6.7-inch revolutionary flexible AMOLED display that bends around the horizontal axis so users can actually just fold it and easily slip it on one’s pocket.  The phone is equipped with Snapdragon 855+ with 8GB and 256GB storage. It has a 10MP selfie camera and a dual-camera setup on the back, two 12MP sensors (wide + ultra-wide angle). So, fold it, flip it or stand it - the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip phone gives a whole new experience in taking photos and videos.

Samsung Galaxy S20/S20+/Ultra

 s20 ultra

Samsung released their new Galaxy S20 series with a camera that will definitely change the way we take photographs. The Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra are very much similar.  The difference lies in the camera. It begins with a 64 megapixel camera of the S20 to a monstrous 108 megapixel camera of the S20 Ultra! The S20 Ultra is further equipped with a 40 megapixel front facing camera.  It features an 8K Video Snap and 5G that totally changes mobile photography experience.  The Samsung Galaxy S20 series is available for Pre-Order and will be sold in stores on March 6.

Huawei Mate XS 

xs plus

It was last year at MWC when we first got a glimpse of the Huawei Mate X.  Just recently, the Huawei Mate XS emerged triumphantly with additional features that includes Kirin 990 5G chipset.  The Huawei Mate XS comes with a “quad-layer” screen and with a re-designed hinge, it boasts a display that is stronger, sturdier and with smoother “folding” experience.  Another upgrade is its ability to show up to three apps simultaneously.