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Contest: BEST MOMENT WITH DAD; win ZTE Android phones and Genius speakers and headphones

You can win this for you and your dad!
You can win this for you and your dad!

Fathers Day is still several calendar days away but our fine friends from MSI-ECS (ZTE Philippines and Genius) have decided to start the daddy celebrations this early! We are giving away the following prizes:

1. FIRST PRIZE: A pair of ZTE V956 Android smartphones (one for you and one for dad!)
2. SECOND PRIZE: Genius GX-Gaming SW 2.1 Speakers (700 watts)
3. THIRD PRIZE: Genius Gaming Headset and SPi250G Portable Speakers

The contest mechanics:

1. This contest is not a raffle.
2. Upload or email your memorable photo(s) with dad and add a caption. Multiple entries permitted.
2.1 You may upload on Instagram / Twitter but use the hashtag #msiecs_thanksdad.
2.2 If you are going to email, please send to BOTH mgranil (at) msi-ecs dot com dot ph and jayvee.fernandez (at) gmail dot com
3. This contest is open till June 20 2013
4. MSI ECS will upload all the entries to their Facebook page for all to see.
5. **Not a requirement** but you can also follow me: @jayveef (Instagram) and @jayvee (Twitter)
Criteria for winners:

1. 50% number of votes (likes on the photo)
2. 50% decision of ABL

Winners will be announced on June 24 2013.

You may click on the photo above to see the mechanics as well.

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SMART Communications announces availability of Firefox OS smartphones

Firefox OS is here in Manila!

We never expected these to arrive in Philippine shores so fast, but yes, the Firefox OS phones are finally here c/o SMART Communications. Last month, Firefox OS was rumored to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2013 (that’s 2 days ago) and it appears that these rumors are true. The Firefox OS joins the mobile phone OS wars together with Android, BlackBerry 10, iOS, and Windows Phone 8.

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ZTE Grand X v970m sports dual SIM, 4.3″ screen and sells for PHP 9,990

It’s front face nondescript, the ZTE Grand X v970m or simply the “ZTE Grand X” adds serious competition to the growing range of mid-market Android phones with specs ready to take on the demands of current-generation apps and services. Turn the phone around and you’ll see the enigmatic ZTE logo. Surprising as it is, ZTE is upping their game with a stable of new devices catering to more demanding users at affordable prices.

At such an attractive price point of only PHP 9,990.00, the Grand X sits at the “definitely must buy” if you want to maximize your Christmas bonus.

More photos and complete specs after the jump.

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ZTE Light Tab 2 V9A: 7″ Android tablet priced like a mid-range smartphone at PHP 15,490

There’s a reason why Android is relevant — it’s become the ‘new Symbian’ of this decade. It seems like everyone is adopting Google’s platform and ZTE is no stranger in the business. You might have heard of the very first SMART Netphone which was essentially a ZTE Blade unit launched during last year’s Mobile World Congress.

ZTE has cleverly priced the Light Tab 2 V9A at PHP 15,490, the cost of a ‘branded’ mid-range smartphone.

Here are the tech specs:

• Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)
• 1.4 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon, Adreno 205
• 7.0 inches (~170 ppi pixel density), LCD capacitive touchscreen,
• 600 x 1024 pixels
• 4 GB ROM, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB microSD pre-installed, supports up to 32GB
• 3.0 MP Back Camera
• VGA Front Camera
• Video Calling: 12 fps
• GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800/1900MHz
• HSDPA/UMTS 900/2100MHz or 850/1900MHz, HSDPA 14.4MBPS, HSUPA 7.2MBPS
• Built in Dolby Mobile Sound Technology
• 202 x 122 x 12.6 mm, 389 g, Touch-sensitive controls
• 7 hours Talk time
• 300h Standby
• Li-Ion 3400 mAh

If it’s one notable thing, the Light Tab 2 comes with a juiced up battery (because of the larger real estate) and should last longer than most smartphones.