Dual-Camera Smartphones You Can Buy Under Php 10K (Q3 2017)

Dual rear camera-toting handsets on the cheap. Dual-camera smartphones – whether with dual back snappers or dual selfie shooters – are part of every handset manufacturer’s catalog nowadays. Once dismissed as a passing fad, these once-upon-a-time oddities are now part of the mainstream – and for good reason too. Two camera sensors are better than […]

Leaked: Google Pixel 2 XL Render

18:9 aspect ratio is all the rage nowadays. Tech blog Android Police has dibs on an early render showcasing Google‘s upcoming Pixel 2 XL handset. The Google Pixel 2 XL‘s design (if this a reliable leak) looks very similar to the current Pixel XL, except that it’ll be sporting a wide 18:9 aspect ratio for […]

DOOGEE Mix Headed to the Philippines via Lucky HR

A 5.5-inch bezel-less handset similar to Xiaomi’s Mi Mix Lucky HR (Lucky Mobile), a local tech retailer, has announced on their Facebook page that they will be stocking the bezel-less DOOGEE Mix soon. The DOOGEE Mix is probably the cheapest “bezel-less” handset in the market right now, featuring a powerful Helio P25 processor, plenty of […]

AnTuTu’s Global Top 10 Best Performance Smartphones for May 2017

Based on their benchmarks, which include both Android and iOS devices It’s AnTuTu Benchmark fun time here at Unbox. Here are a few notes from AnTuTu before we jump into the meat of the post: 1. Scores: These are average scores, not the highest scores. 2. Period of data gathering: From May 1, 2017 to May […]

Vivo Is First To Have An Under-display Fingerprint Scanner

The tech allows manufacturers to integrate fingerprint scanners under displays Vivo has managed to beat many of its rivals in showing off a fingerprint scanner embedded under a display panel. While Xiaomi managed a somewhat similar feat in its Mi 5s, Vivo gets first dibs on the tech made possible by Qualcomm. The ultrasonic tech […]

Huawei Is #1 In China For Q1 2017: IDC

Followed by Oppo and Vivo Huawei is currently the top dog in China according to research firm IDC. The report meshes nicely with the findings of Canalys, which puts the Chinese company at #1, followed by domestic rivals Oppo and Vivo.  Huawei delivered strong results with a shipment of 20.8 million, up 25.5% from a […]

Andy Rubin Unveils His First Flagship, the Essential Phone

The Father of Android throws his hat into the ring Andy Rubin, co-founder of Android Inc., has jumped into the smartphone manufacturing fray with his new company, Essential. Yesterday, the company unveiled their first smartphone, the flagship-specced PH-1, or the “Essential Phone” as mainstream media would have it. The Essential Phone seems blockier and wider […]

What is LTE-Advanced (LTE-A)? A Quick and Dirty Primer

LTE-A is crazy fast and reliable, and it’s now here in the Philippines. TL;DR: LTE-A wireless technology is the next step of 4G LTE, providing significantly faster, more robust and reliable connectivity than its predecessor. Most modern flagship handsets and certain mid-high mid-range smartphones have LTE-A support. With Smart having rolled out Long Term Evolution […]

CD-R King Outs a Pair of Budget Bluetooth Fitness Trackers

Sub-1K pricing, for the fitness enthusiast on a budget “We’ve got it all for you!” remarked that somewhat-catchy department store commercial. CD-R King, the local monarch of budget gizmos, would do well to appropriate that slogan for himself, at the rate his empire is growing. Yes, indeed, the King has it all for you (tech-wise) […]

Lenovo Is Closing Down ZUK Mobile

Will merge it with the company ZUK Mobile was supposed to be Lenovo’s answer to rival Huawei’s Honor lineup, a sub brand created to leverage on high-spec, internet only sales marketing tactic that had propelled their rival Xiaomi to (brief) stardom many moons ago. But after several phones and lukewarm sales, it looks like Lenovo’s […]

Huawei Dethrones OPPO To Become Top Brand In China For Q1 2017

What a roller coaster ride this has been While the leader boards for smartphone brands have been pretty predictable in the Philippines and other parts of the world, it’s been quite a battle in China, the world’s biggest smartphone market. OPPO has been making huge gains in their home country in the past few months, […]

Facebook Introduces Its New 360 Cameras

The Newest Members of the Surround 360 Family Unbox Editor-In-Chief, Carlo Ople, was at San Jose, California to experience Facebook’s developer conference, Facebook F8, first hand. While there was certainly a lot of learnings to be had about how the world’s social media platform of choice is changing the landscape of the digital game, it […]