01 February, 2012



Samsung Galaxy S Advance Philippines Captured on Video! Android 2.3.6, Confirmed!

Posted: 01 Feb 2012 09:09 AM PST

TechPinas Exclusive!

Since the Philippines is getting Samsung Galaxy S Advance GT-I9070 ahead of Europe and even the United States, I figured I might as well share more in-the-flesh photos and post a quick hands-on video of the gorgeous handset.

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SGSA in the TechPinas Hideout! Live! Thanks, Samsung!

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samsung galaxy s advance
From this angle, we can clearly see that the scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass screen of SGSA is curved. It's a cool design feature SGSA shares with its more expensive sibling, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Like what I shared in the previous post, Samsung Galaxy S Advance runs Android Gingerbread with its Dual Core ARM Cortex-A9 U8500 chipset processor. Some key features include a 4-inch 480 x 800 pixels SuperAMOLED display, 5 MegaPixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, 720p video recorder, 768 RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microUSB 2.0 port, microSD card slot supporting up to 32GB, and a Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery. As for connectivity, the phone supports Wifi, Bluetooth and 3G HSDPA up to 14.4 Mbps.

The hands-on video confirms that Samsung Galaxy S Advance runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread OS. This specific version of the operating system supposedly comes with faster boot time, support for 3G connectivity speed increase, and several other security and performance improvements. Note that Samsung has yet to confirm if SGSA will receive ICS firmware update.

Again, Samsung Galaxy S Advance GT-I9070 is set to arrive in the Philippines within this February with an official SRP of Php 22,990. It will be available at all authorized Samsung retailers nationwide.

Samsung Galaxy S Advance GT-I9070 Philippines Price Php 22,990, Specs, Features, In the Flesh!

Posted: 01 Feb 2012 03:34 AM PST

TechPinas Exclusive!

This is as fresh as fresh gets!

Officially announced by Samsung just a few hours ago and rumored to be unveiled in Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, Spain happening by the end of February, Samsung Galaxy S Advance I9070 had already found its way to our humble TechPinas Hideout in Manila, Philippines!

Let me tell you, the beauty of this handset can only be matched by how solid it feels in the hand. Samsung has clearly outdone itself yet again with the design and construction of this device. I mean, just look at it:

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samsung galaxy s advance, samsung galaxy s advance i9070

Flaunting a curved Gorilla Glass touchscreen (just like the more expensive Samsung Galaxy Nexus) and a metallic rim, Samsung Galaxy S Advance is a joy both to behold and hold.

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But this phone is definitely not all looks no substance. A true member of Samsung's elite S-line, S Advance runs the latest version of Android Gingerbread OS, Android 2.3.6, with its Dual Core 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor and 768 GB of RAM. Multimedia features are also covered; You get a 5 MegaPixel camera with autofocus lens and LED flash, a High-Definition 720p video recorder, and a whole range of connectivity options including Wifi, Bluetooth and 3G HSDPA.

Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation told TechPinas that Samsung Galaxy S Advance should hit store shelves across the country within this month. The official suggested retail price is Php 22,990, making it a high-midrange, borderline high-end release.

More about this smartphone on TP soon. But to wrap up this particular entry in true TechPinas fashion, here are the complete specifications of Samsung Galaxy S Advance GT-I9070:

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Samsung Galaxy S Advance GT-I9070
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category High-End
Dimensions123.2 x 63 x 9.7 mm
Weight 120 grams
Available Colors Black, White
Operating System Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread
Display 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density), 480 x 800 pixels, Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor 1 GHz Dual Core Cortex-A9 NovaThor U8500 Chipset
Camera 5 MegaPixels, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, 1.3 MegaPixels front camera
Video Capture HD 720p 30 frames per second
Audio and Video Playback MP4/DivX/WMV/H.264/H.263/MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, HS, HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
Internal Storage 8 or 16 GB, expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyroscope
Battery Li-Ion 1500 mAh
Uptime 700 hours of Standby, 8 hours of Talktime (to be confirmed)
Value-Added Features Curved Corning Gorilla Glass Screen, SNS integration, Google Services Suite, TouchWiz UI
Announcement In the Philippines: February 2012
Availability February 2012
Price Official SRP: Php 22,990

Samsung Galaxy Y Duos S6102 Philippines : In the Flesh Photos, Initial Impressions, Complete Specifications!

Posted: 01 Feb 2012 12:03 AM PST

TechPinas Exclusive!

It has finally made it to our TP Hideout.

Here's what Samsung Galaxy Y Duos looks like in the flesh, TP Friends:

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samsung galaxy y duos

Samsung Galaxy Y Duos - as its very name suggests - is the Dual SIM Dual Standby version of the Yuletide best-seller teen-favorite Android-powered, Samsung Galaxy Y.

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So let me share my first impressions of the handset:

1. Just looking at its name, it's easy to imagine that this phone would look exactly like Samsung Galaxy Y. But actually, it doesn't. In fact, it dons a different design altogether. Duos is a tad bigger, has thicker metallic accents and as such, is slightly heavier. I'll post a design comparison entry with lots of photos to prove this soon.

2. The two SIM card slots of Duos are behind the battery so you'd have to turn off the phone and remove the back cover should you want to swap SIM cards.

3. Duos' screen is 0.15-inch wider diagonally than that of the single-SIM version. The display quality is just the same though. Both have 240 x 320 pixels resolution and only shows 256K colors.

4. Both Samsung Galaxy Y and Samsung Galaxy Y Duos run Android Gingerbread operating system with an 832 MHz processor so you get almost similar performance. When it comes to multitasking though, Duos should be a tad better as it has more RAM.

5. Being a Dual SIM phone, Duos has a SIM Card Manager in the Android Settings which lets you activate or deactivate SIMs, choose which SIM to use for your Data Service as well as opt to receive incoming calls via other SIM card while using data service.

That's it for now, TP Friends. Stay tuned for our full review.

Samsung Galaxy Y Duos is out now in the Philippines via authorized Samsung retail outlets. The official suggested retail price is Php 8,990.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Samsung Galaxy Y Duos GT-S6102
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen), Dual SIM Dual Standby
Price Category Midrange
Dimensions109.8 x 60 x 12 mm
Weight 109 grams
Available Colors various
Operating System Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Display 3.14 inches (~127 ppi pixel density), 240 x 320 pixels, TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
Processor 832 MHz Single Core Processor
Camera 3.15 MegaPixels, 2048x1536 pixels, fixed focus and no LED flash
Video Capture QVGA 24 frames per second
Audio and Video Playback MP4/H.264/H.263 player MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
Ports microUSB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wifi Hotspot, DLNA Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, 3G HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
Network 2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 3G Network: HSDPA 900 / 2100
Memory 512 MB ROM, 384 MB RAM, expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB, ships with 2GB card
Sensors Accelerometer, Proximity
Battery 1300 mAh
Uptime Standby of up to 250 hour, Talk time of 180 up to minutes (to be confirmed)
Value-Added Features Samsung TouchWiz UI, Google Services Suite, SNS Integration, Social Hub
Announcement December 2011
Availability Q1 2012
Price Official SRP: Php 8,990