If you’re thinking of finally putting your old phone to rest, then Samsung’s latest flagship devices will probably tickle your fancy. The South Korean tech giant has recently released the Galaxy S8 and S8+, and yes, they’re looking sharp!

The S8 and the S8+ boast of infinity display, the latest iteration of the familiar curved screens you’ve experienced with older Samsung models. This new technology does away with bezels (the edges of your screen), giving you an uninterrupted view of that crisp 2960x1440 resolution display which assures quality visuals and graphics.

Both phones sport 12-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization for sharp captures even in motion. It also comes with interesting modes, including pro mode, panorama, slow motion, hyperlapse, and food mode. The rear camera goes for 8MP and has wide selfie technology.

Another first for Samsung is the introduction of Bixby, their newest personal assistant which is set to go head-to-head with Apple’s Siri, Windows’ Cortana, and Google’s Assistant. Bixby doesn’t only answer your questions, but can also assist you with editing photos, sending files, and basically any task you need your phone to do.




Interested? Best start budgeting for these babies, as the Samsung Galaxy S8 is priced at P39,990, while the and S8+ is at P49,990. Both phones come in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Coral Blue, Arctic Silver, and Maple Gold, and are up for pre-order from April 17 to 29. Local release is scheduled on May 5.

Looking for something else that’ll suit your tastes? Here are a few more that are just about to be released locally:

LG G6

Price: $650 (approximately P32,598.80, although no official Philippine pricing yet)

Status: Released in South Korea, awaiting official announcement of local release

The LG G6 was announced earlier this year, and is yet to be officially launched locally, but you’d probably be willing to wait because it combines sexiness and sturdiness in one efficient device. While it doesn’t have the curved edges of Samsung, LG’s flagship has very slim bezels around its 5.7-inch Dolby Vision™ display, which promises users a Quad HD+ experience. Developers have made it easier for the G6 to be held and manipulated with one hand so that people on-the-go (like you) can easily multi-task. It also comes with a dual 13-megapixel camera with a 125-degree wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel front camera with gesture shot. Oh, and did we mention that it’s water resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes?

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Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom

Price: to be announced during the unveiling on April 3

Status: Up for pre-order at zenfone3zoomph.com

ASUS has continued to reinvent their devices, and this time, they’re coming out with an ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom with a whopping 5000mAh battery that won’t get you reaching for your powerbank anytime soon. It also comes with a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens rear camera that has a Sony® IMX362 sensor and a 2.3 optical zoom for high-quality shots of far-away subjects. It’s touted to be the thinnest and lightest 5.5-inch phone with the best battery to date, and will be coming out in Navy Black, Glacier Silver, and Rose Gold.

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus

Price: to be announced locally

Status: to be announced locally

Huawei has been forging its reputation as the master of camera phones, and their latest flagship devices, the Huawei P10 and the P10 Plus, seem to prove that they aren’t about to relinquish that that title any time soon. Both sport cameras co-engineered by photography industry pillar Leica: a dual 20-megapixel monochrome + 12-megapixel RGB rear camera with dual tone flash, an and an 8-megapixel front camera with automatic focus.

Sources: Samsung, CNN Philippines, The Verge

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