28 November, 2011



Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Philippines Price, Specs, Quick Demo Video, In the Flesh Photos!

Posted: 28 Nov 2011 04:18 AM PST

Last Friday, at the Smart-PLDT Jump Store in SM Megamall, I was able to play with a demo unit of Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. (TP Friends, feel free to visit the store if you want to experience some of the latest gadgets out in the Philippines today.)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is the smaller brother of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Aside from the obvious difference in display size, the two tablets share largely the same technical specifications; 1 GHz dual core processor, 3.15 MP autofocus camera with flash, 720p HD video recorder, Android 3.1 Honeycomb operating system, 16GB of storage, and Wifi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity support.

Here's how the tablet looks like in the flesh:

Interestingly, even though Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 has a smaller display, its price tag is actually very close to that of its bigger brother, which is around Php 30,000. I guess it's because portability in itself can be considered a main selling point. Being smaller, Tab 8.9 is just easier to carry around.

Wondering how Android Honeycomb user interface looks like on Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9? Here's my quick demo video of the tablet (Again, pardon the incessant shaking. I've never been good at taking videos or photos, for that matter. Please bear with me.):

I'll see if I can secure a review unit from Samsung Philippines to play with it for at least a couple weeks so I can give my full review.

In the meantime, here are the complete technical specifications of Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9:

TechPinas Tablet Technical Specs Table (TTabTST)
Name Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
Type Tablet
Price Category High-End
Dimensions230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm
Weight 447 grams
Available Colors Black Frame, Metallic Edging, White Back Cover
Operating System Android 3.1 Honeycomb
Display 8.9 inches (~170 ppi pixel density) 800 x 1280 pixels PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, ULP GeForce GPU, Tegra 2 T20 chipset
Camera 3.15 MegaPixel, 2048x1536 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, 2 MegaPixel camera in front
Video Capture HD 720p
Audio and Video Playback MP4/DivX/Xvid/H.264/H.263 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/OGG player
Ports 3.5 mm audio jack, microUSB
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, optional 3G HSDPA 21 Mbps
Memory 16/32/64 GB storage options, 1GB RAM
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Three Axis Gyroscope
Battery Li-Po 6000 mAh
Uptime TBA
Value-Added Features SNS Integration, Social Hub, Google Services Suite
Announcement March 2011 internationally
Availability November 2011 in the Philippines
Price Around Php 30,000 for the 16GB 3G version

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EastWest Bank Gives Away Mercedes Benz S300, 1 Million Pesos Cash Among Other Prizes Via Dream Big, Win Big Raffle Promo!

Posted: 28 Nov 2011 01:43 AM PST

I look at the list of Grand Prizes for EastWest Bank's on-going Dream Big, Win Big raffle promo and I can't help but, well, drool.

There's Mercedes Benz C180 Avantgarde,

Mercedes Benz S300,

1 Bedroom Unit at The Beaufort complete with Parking Space,

and Php 700,000 and Php 1,000,0000 in cold cash!

As expected of one of the leading banks in the Philippines, EastWest Bank clearly wants to give nothing but the best to its loyal depositors! I mean, if these HOT prizes aren't enough to motivate you to join this promo, I don't know what else will.

I personally want to win either The Beaufort condo or the Php 1,000,000 cash prize. Why the condo? Well, it's in a prime location. The Fort has obviously become one of the most important business districts in the Philippines and it's always nice to have residence there. Plus, you get that free parking lot. Totally neat, eh? No need to tell you why I like the Php 1M prize; Cash is always good.

But of course, if I get picked to take home the Mercedes Benz C180 Avantgarde or the Mercedes Benz S300, who am I to say no?! All boys love cars!

Oh, and for those who are wondering, EastWest Bank's Dream Big, Win Big Promo is open to all Checking Account and Savings Account (CASA) with aggregated increments of PHP 50,000.00 month-to-date average daily balance (MTD ADB) are qualified to join. And as an added bonus, EastWest Bank's loyal CASA depositors will also be given an additional point for every Php 50,000 outstanding aggregated MTD ADB -- giving them a higher chance of taking home a prize. Depositors who meet these requirements get one (1) raffle ticket, which will be valid for monthly draws where a lot of gadgets will be given away as well as for Grand Draw, to be held on April 13, 2012, with the above-mentioned prizes. "

So what are you waiting for?! Join NOW!

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