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Buying an Android Phone in the Philippines

I’ve been an iPhone user for a while now. Been a while since I’ve purchased an Android mobile phone. I’ve decided to find a replacement for the old Sony Xperia smartphones I’ve been using. For starters, the smartphone needs to run on Android Marshmallow (6.x), has dual-SIM support, a fingerprint sensor and has a Bluetooth 4.x chip that has support for peripheral mode Android apps.

It also needs to support all the LTE frequency bands that are currently being used by the local telcos in the Philippines. In doing some research, I found out that in the Philippines, telcos use LTE Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 28 and 41.

After searching for available Android smartphones, I’ve decided to buy an Asus Zenfone 3 Max (ZC553KL model).

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S arrives in the Philippines

I’ve noticed that the Android based Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S, which is an incremental upgrade of the Xperia S, is now available locally. The Xperia Arc S is almost the same as its predecessor.

The couple of differences I see are the bump up in processor speed (from 1Ghz to 1.4Ghz) and the increase in data speeds (from 7Gbps to 14Gbps). All other specs have remained the same as the previous Xperia Arc.

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Xperia Pro, Xperia Neo V and other Sony Ericsson Android phones

Sony Ericsson had a slow start introducing Android mobile phones in the local Philippine market. But now their making up for it. Several Android Gingerbread bearing mobile phones are now available in the local market just in time for the holiday season shopping.

The newest Sony Ericsson Android mobile phones like the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro, Xperia Neo V, Xperia Play, Xperia Ray, Xperia Live w/ Walkman and Xperia Active should now be found in mobile phone shops in Metro Manila.

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Dual SIM 3G Android phone only Php6,499 on June 30

Cherry Mobile Orbit is going to be on sale on June 30 for only Php6,499 (a 50% discount) at Cherry Mobile stores. The Cherry Mobile Orbit is a dual SIM Android phone that is available locally. The Orbit’s unique feature is that it supports 3.5G data speeds. Other specs include GPS, HVGA capacitive screen, Wifi, bluetooth, FM radio, a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with flash and quadband GSM.

The sale is limited to one unit per customer only.

HTC Sensation Android phone now in the Philippines

I found out that the HTC Sensation mobile phone has now finally available in the Philippines. The dual-core Android phone from HTC is priced at about Php 28,000+. The HTC Sensation comes with Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread already installed.

The HTC Sensation is equipped with a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor and a dedicated 3D graphics chip. The HTC Sensation is currently the Android mobile phone with the highest screen pixel resolution at 540×960 on a 4.3-inch S-LCD mult-touch display with Gorilla glass. It has proximity, gyro and accelerometer sensors.

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Samsung Galaxy S II now on pre-order at Globe Telecoms

With the impending release of Samsung’s dual core Galaxy S II Android phone, Globe Telecoms has started to accept pre-orders. The Samsung Galaxy S II will be available from Globe for free with My SuperSurf Plan 3799. But during the pre-order period, Globe Telecoms is offering the Samsung Galaxy S II for free with My SuperSurf Plan 2499.

The Samsung Galaxy S II is among the newest dual-core powered Android phones that will be available in the Philippines.  It is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and runs on Android version 2.3.

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Sony Ericsson W8 Android phone now in the Phillippines

How would you like to a Walkman and Android touch screen phone rolled into one for just about Php8,000+? This is the latest Sony Ericsson Android phone that has become available in the Philippines. In terms of specs it is identical to the Sony Ericsson X8 mobile phone except two things. The Sony Ericsson W8 has a Walkman Music player software installed.

The other is that it has the distinctive orange color and looks of a Walkman device. The other features include a 3-inch 320×480 pixel display, GPS, bluetooth, Wifi, 3G, EDGE, stereo FM radio. It also comes with Android 2.1 aka Eclair also installed as the Android OS.

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HTC Sensation, HTC Wildfire S Android phones Philippine price

HTC has officially released the HTC Sensation and HTC Wildfire S in the Philippines. Both mobile phones run the Android mobile phone operating system.

The HTC Sensation will be available at Smart Communications and authorized retailers by mid June at a suggested retail price of Php 31,990 . The HTC Wildfire S is now available in three stunning shades of ‘Bloom Pink’, ‘Silver White’ and ‘Dark Gray’ at Smart Communications and authorized retailers at a suggested retail price of PhP 15,500.

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