Gadget Reviews Roundup: February 2020
It’s a new month tomorrow, so it’s time for another roundup of the gadgets we reviewed last month. We have the HP Spectre x360 13 (2020), Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, and Realme X50 5G, to name a few. Check out our Gadget Reviews Roundup for the month of February.
There’s plenty to like about the new HP Spectre x360 13 2020. There are the premium build and the attractive yet useful 2-in-1 design, high-resolution OLED touch display, great performance, long battery life, and the inclusion of a pen and dongle. However, it’s not for everyone.
The price tag is a bit steep, starting at PHP 79,990. But I think it’s reasonable considering the benefits mentioned above. If you’re on the hunt for a laptop that is powerful enough to aid you in productivity and looks good at the same time, this is the one to get.
So, do we think that the Galaxy A71 is a decent upgrade from its predecessor, the A70? Yes, absolutely. It retains the same screen size as the A70 but has leveled up in several aspects, such as its chipset, RAM, and overall look.
The panel is bright and offers vivid colors, performance is pretty smooth, the battery life is impressive, and it produces decent photos with both the rear and front cameras. With its price tag of PHP 22,990, you might want to consider this competent mid-range smartphone in your options.
While it still lacks a few things to stand at the very top of the true wireless segment, notably active noise-canceling, it’s still a great product nonetheless — especially when you consider that Samsung hasn’t hiked up the price. The original Galaxy Buds launched at PHP6,990, and guess what, the Galaxy Buds+ is also priced at PHP6,990.
The Huawei Y7p is a pretty decent smartphone that sits right between the entry-level and the mid-range segment. For its price tag of PHP 9,990, you get a visually-pleasing smartphone, triple-rear cameras that produce good images, a sufficient battery life, and a reasonably competent performance. However, the Y7p has one big issue that isn’t easy to ignore, and that would be its lack of Google Mobile Services. Sure, there are ways to work around that issue and Huawei, after all, does have HMS, it’s still an issue that’s quite cumbersome to deal with.
Despite being midrange, the Realme X50 5G features a 6.57-inch 120Hz display, very capable rear cameras, and premium construction. Overall, it’s a well-rounded device with only a few weak points.
The only question left is the price. While we did see third-party sellers on Lazada list the device for PHP 22k to 25k, the official price is yet to be announced. If Realme Philippines does release it for around that price range with Google apps, then the X50 5G would sit in the premium mid-range category, which is what it exactly is. If you’re looking for a device with near-flagship performance and 5G connectivity that doesn’t break the bank, then the Realme X50 5G will not disappoint.