Last August 17 at JAM Online TV, I talked about Samsung's newest metal-clad smartphone, Samsung Galaxy Alpha. It is the first Samsung Galaxy device to sport a metal frame which is a highly requested feature by Samsung fans since all Samsung Galaxy smartphones sport a plastic body. Another device that I featured was a leaked photo of Samsung Galaxy Note 4 from GSM Arena. Just like the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, this device would sport a metal frame and a thin bezel. However, you should just take this news with a pinch of salt. And the last topic for JAM Online TV was the ASUS Zenfone 5. Yep, one of the hottest affordable phones to date and now, it comes with a 16GB variant. Check out JAM Online TV August 17 episode below.



We already think Xiaomi Mi 3's pricing was insane. Well, here's another product from Xiaomi that will shock you again. Mi Power banks rated at 5200mAh and 10200mAh are aggressively priced at P445 and P645 respectively. That pricing are insane. Why? Most power banks that are available in the market with that power are priced at P1,500 and up. The Mi Power banks would definitely better if you could pair it up with your Xiaomi Mi 3 since both has the same silver color and feel. The Xiaomi Mi Power Banks will be available on August 29, 12 PM at Lazada.


Sony has unveiled a new waterproof smartphone today and it brings the highest water and dust certification. Sony Xperia M2 brings you an IP68 certification. What does that mean? Well this phone is more secured against dust and it can survive submersion for more than 1m unlike other water resistant smartphones. The specifications of the phone is very similar to the Sony Xperia M2 except that this phone has a higher certification.

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua Specifications

  • 4.8" IPS LCD qHD display
  • 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 LTE
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB Internal storage with MicroSD card slot
  • 8MP Rear Camera
  • VGA Front Camera
  • IP68 certification
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC
  • 2300mAh Battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat

The price and availability hasn't been announced yet but it is expected to have a price at mid-range category.

It's been a while since we had a raffle here. So today, we'll be having a small raffle here in my blog. We'll be raffling off a Samsung GT-E1272. It's a Dual-Sim flip phone from Samsung ;). Joining this raffle is very easy! All you need to do is to follow the given tasks at Rafflecopter and yes folks, you only need to finish one task to earn an entry!

Terms and Conditions: 

  • Valid only for residents in the Philippines.
  • All entries must be done through the Rafflecopter below. 
  • The winner will be notified via Facebook/Email/Twitter. 
  • You can join the giveaway which starts August 17, 2014 and will end on August 29, 2014 12:00 AM. 
  • The winner must respond to my Tweet/FB message/E-mail within 1 week. 
  • The winner will be announced on August 30 
  • I have the right to make changes on this raffle


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Last week at JAM Online TV, I talked about two new smartphones from Cherry Mobile --Cherry Mobile Pulse and Cherry Mobile Pulse Mini. I also talked about ASUS' affordable tablet that packs an amazing performance. Cherry Mobile Pulse Mini is an affordable dual-core smartphone while the Cherry Mobile Pulse is the most affordable Octa-Core smartphone around while the ASUS Memo Pad 7 ME176CX is one of the first tablets to pack a Quad-Core Intel Atom processor and despite having an affordable price tag, the ASUS Memo Pad 7 can reach a very high score at Antutu. To know more about these devices, check out JAM Online TV August 10 episode below.

There were a lot of leaks of Samsung Galaxy Alpha lately, the metal framed device from Samsung and finally, it has become official today. Samsung Galaxy Alpha's design is a leap from the all-plastic design of Samsung. Yep, Samsung Galaxy Alpha now sports a metal frame with elegant curves and a tactile soft back cover. It is also one of the slimmest Samsung Galaxy device ever at 6.7mm.



Samsung Galaxy Alpha Specifications
  • 4.7" HD (1280x720) Super AMOLED display
  • Samsung Exynos Octa-Core Processor (Quad 1.8GHz + Quad 1.3GHz)
  • 32 GB Internal Storage
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 12MP Rear Camera
  • 2.1MP Front Camera
  • 1860mAh
  • Android 4.4.4 Kitkat
  • Colors: Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver, and Scuba Blue
Samsung Galaxy Alpha sports a smaller display than the Samsung Galaxy S5 and it only has an HD resolution compared to Samsung Galaxy S5's 5.1" display with Full HD resolution. Unfortunately, Samsung Galaxy Alpha doesn't have a MicroSD card slot and the battery is only at 1860mAh which is quite small for its size. No word regarding its price and availability in the Philippines. Maybe, Samsung Galaxy Alpha's design would be the start of metal framed Samsung Galaxy Devices. What do you think? Do you like Samsung Galaxy devices with metal frames?

One of the hottest affordable smartphone today is the ASUS Zenfone 5 which is priced at P6,499. This smartphone sports a Dual-Core Intel Atom processor which acts like a Quad-Core processor and it is even better when it comes to benchmarks than Quad-Core MediaTek processors. There’s a 2GB of RAM, 8GB Internal Storage w/ MicroSD card slot and 8MP of camera. If you find the 8GB Internal Storage not enough then you might be happy with this news because the ASUS Zenfone 5 16GB variant will soon arrive in the Philippines but I was more surprised to know the price of the ASUS Zenfone 16GB variant. You only have to add P500 from its original price for the 16GB variant. Yep, the ASUS Zenfone 5 16GB will be priced at P6,999. Pretty interesting, Huh?
LINE Philippines has recently launched LINE Premium Call in the Philippines. LINE is one of the most popular messaging app available in the Philippines and now they’re offering LINE Premium Call which allows you to call your love ones from abroad at a very low rates. Actually, LINE Premium Call currently provides the lowest price in the Philippines’ popular calling destinations.

Brown and Cony
You can call your friends & relatives in US, Canada, China and UK for as low as ¢1/min. That’s pretty affordable if you ask me. LINE is also commited on improving consistently the quality of their video call, Line-to-Line call and Premium calls.

Jessy Mendiola, Matteo Guidicelli and Joyce Pring

In line with this, LINE Philippines will be giving away 300 LINE Premium call credits coupons to 23 Munchpunch affiliated restaurants in 100 branches from August 14 to September 13. It will also be given out to those people who'll shop at Lazada from August 14 to 23.

Joyce Pring hosted the launch
We have a lot of praises for the Cherry Mobile Tegra Note 7 for achieving a high score at Antutu and for having a great performance on heavy games. To give you a recap, the Cherry Mobile Tegra Note 7 packs a 1.8 GHz Quad-Core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor with 72-core GeForce GPU, 1GB of RAM, 5MP camera, 16GB of storage, and a 7-inch HD IPS display. During the launch, it was announced that there will be an LTE version of Cherry Mobile Tegra Note 7 but the price wasn't announced during that time but today, Cherry Mobile has updated their Android tablets pricelist on their website.


The Cherry Mobile Tegra Note 7 LTE is priced at P13,999. Some people might think that it is too steep but I think, P13,999 is the sweet spot considering the specifications and LTE inside it. But of course, if you don't need LTE, there's the Wi-Fi only version which is just at P9,999.

Source: Cherry Mobile

Thanks Vince Balahan!
Leaks of Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has recently circulated in the internet. It seems that the next generation of Samsung Galaxy Note will combine faux leather and chamfered metal edges. At the back, the pattern look more noticeable and there's the heart rate sensor too beside the camera.



According to rumours, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will pack a 5.7" QHD display (2560x1440) and of course, the S Pen is here to stay. By looking at the picture, it seems that they ditched water resistance for this smartphone by removing the flap below. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is expected to be announced at IFA 2014 next month so stay tune guys ;).

Souce: GSM Arena

Xiaomi has just arrived in the Philippines and it received a very warm welcome because of the very affordable price of their flagship phone, Xiaomi Mi 3. So what’s up with Xiaomi Mi 3? Basically, there’s a flagship specification inside this phone. There’s a Full HD display, 2GB of RAM and there’s a Quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor which can also be found on the LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 but despite having those specifications, the Xiaomi Mi 3 is only priced at P10,600. I know, it’s very interesting.

Design and Construction



The design of the Xiaomi Mi 3 reminds me of the Nokia Lumia 925 although this one is made up of plastic but don’t get me wrong guys because the construction of this smartphone feels good and there are no openings or squeaks on this phone despite having that affordable price tag. The Xiaomi Mi 3 has curve sides which makes it more slippery and harder to hold but since the phone only has a 5” display and the bezels on the sides aren’t that big, Xiaomi Mi 3 would probably fit in your hand.



The buttons were well placed and I was happy to know that the speaker grill of the Xiaomi Mi 3 was placed below the phone. Why am I happy about it? Well, if you place the phone on a flat surface, the surface won’t block the speaker of the phone therefore, the better the audio quality. Speaking of that, the Xiaomi Mi 3 has a great audio quality. At the top is where you can find the sim card slot however, the Xiaomi Mi 3 is still using the mini sim card slot tray. So if you are now using a micro sim, you’ll probably need to buy a new one or just buy a jacket for your micro sim card. For those people who are looking for OTG, yes, Xiaomi Mi 3 support USB OTG.





Display

There’s a 5-inch Full HD display in this Xiaomi and I can say that it was pretty great. Since the display is more elevated and the MIUI icons has a nice flat design with shadows, the icons look elevated from the background and the UI on the phone looks like it’s popping from the display. The color reproduction feels just right on the display too. It isn’t oversaturated and the outdoor visibility was pretty good too. One thing that I didn’t like about it is the large bezels at the top and the bottom of the phone

If you’re using a glove on your work or you’re a biker and you always wear your glove, you don’t have to worry about it anymore because the Xiaomi Mi 3 supports Glove touch. Overall, the display of Xiaomi Mi 3 feels just right and I really like it.

Software and Performance

The Xiaomi Mi 3 uses an Android 4.4 skinned with MIUI. It’s my first time to use MIUI and I was quite impressed with it. It’s very fast and fluid and I have nothing but praises for it. I love the neat icons and its very fluid transitions. Some people might be disappointed because the homescreen of the smartphone is also the app drawer. Yep, there’s no app drawer on the Xiaomi Mi 3 but you could put widgets on the homescreen of the Xiaomi Mi 3’s MIUI. There are also a lot of available themes that is available online.



One feature that some people might like is you can control the performance of the Xiaomi Mi 3. You can adjust the power setting of the Xiaomi Mi 3 to conserve the battery of the smartphone. Speaking of performance, when you set the power setting at high performance, you’ll be able to get a score of 32740 at Antutu. That’s expected on a smartphone powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor but compared to other smartphones at this price range? The Xiaomi Mi 3 is the king.



Almost all of the games that I’ve tried on the Xiaomi Mi 3 worked pretty well. I’ve played Modern Combat 4, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, NBA 2k14 and Edge of Tomorrow on this device and it runs well without lags. Playing heavy games on this device is really a joy thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor inside it.



Battery Life

Despite having a P10,600 price tag, the battery life of the Xiaomi Mi 3 wasn’t compromised. There’s a non-removable 3050mAh battery inside and I was lucky to have the Xiaomi Mi 3 when Typhoon Glenda ravaged Metro Manila because the phone lasted two 2 days without charge at average use. It’s very rare that a flagship smartphone could have a battery life like that at my average use. Mostly, the smartphone would only last a day.

Camera



There’s a 13 Megapixel Rear Camera with Dual-LED Flash on the Xiaomi Mi 3. The camera of the smartphone was great too. The camera of the phone can shoot fast and even at lowlight conditions, the Xiaomi Mi 3 can take really good photos. The colors produced are also great.




One funny thing about the front camera of the Xiaomi Mi 3 is that it predicts the age and the gender of the person who is taking a selfie LOL.



Verdict

My verdict? This is the best smartphone for its price. Xiaomi Mi 3 is almost half the price of the flagships of Sony and Samsung but Xiaomi Mi 3 could match up their flagship smartphones. The minor issues like the mini sim card tray of the Xiaomi Mi 3 isn’t really a deal breaker. The Xiaomi Mi 3 changed the local mobile industry and again, this is the best smartphone for its price. You can now get a Xiaomi Mi 3 at Lazada for only P10,600.

If you want a Xiaomi Mi 3 and you want it on a postpaid plan, then you should look into Smart because they’ll be offering Xiaomi’s affordable flagship smartphone, the Mi 3. If you have no idea why Xiaomi Mi 3 is so hot right now, well, this smartphone has a flagship specifications but it is only price at P10,600 at Lazada. That’s freaking affordable for a smartphone with 5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM, & Android 4.4 Kitkat. And now, Xiaomi Mi 3 is now available for free at Smart Data Plan 999 and it comes with All day surfing, 99 all network texts and 9 minutes all network calls.



This is probably the best smartphone if you'll be getting a Smart Data Plan 999. If you're interested, you can order a Xiaomi Mi 3 here: http://smart.com.ph/mi3.