Samsung Reveals its Newest Phones, Brand Ambassadors, and the Bribery Scandal

Samsung Reveals its Newest Phones, Brand Ambassadors, and the Bribery Scandal
It seems like Samsung is having a glamorous tough-time this year.

Last January 20, 2017, an expectant crowd witnessed the grand reveal of Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone – the Galaxy A Series (2017) at the Bonifacio Global City, the epicenter of action. The brand’s latest release was introduced through a unique water and lights spectacle, as well as the bold entrance of Samsung’s newest brand ambassador, Kylie Verzosa, the reigning Ms. International 2016.

It was topped off with world-class dance group GForce’s fiery performance that made a splash on the stage’s pool of water. It was an innovative display running on high-octane energy and a lot of attitude – a perfect way to introduce the Galaxy A Series (2017), the smartphone with attitude.

Samsung Galaxy A5 Gold (SRP Php19,990) and Galaxy A7 Blue (SRP Php23,990)
Samsung Galaxy A5 Gold (SRP Php19,990) and Galaxy A7 Blue (SRP Php23,990)

As evening fell, a large stage on Bonifacio High Street came to life with a water curtain. Later on, the screen flashed a countdown, with emphasis on the numbers 5 and 7. As the audience stood mesmerized by the dazzling light and water play, the water display revealed the star of the show – the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) smartphones.

For the next moments, winning features of the Galaxy A Series (2017) phones; such as its water and dust resistance as well as its high-resolution camera; were flashed on screen, enthralling the audience right before brand ambassador Kylie Verzosa and dance group GForce took to the stage.

With the freedom to make the most out of any situation, the event showcased just how the Galaxy A Series (2017) lets you make the most out of life’s experiences, thanks to its IP68 dust and water resistance and 16MP front and rear cameras that truly capture priceless moments.

Samsung Reveals its Newest Phones, Brand Ambassadors, and the Bribery Scandal
Newest Samsung Galaxy is water and dust resistance. But are these phones going to explode too?

The Galaxy A7 (2017) will come in 3 colors – Gold Sand, Black Sky, and the new Blue Mist – and it has a 5.7 inch Super AMOLED screen, while the Galaxy A5 (2017) will have 2 colors – Gold Sand and Black Sky – and it has a 5.2 inch screen. Both, however, will come equipped with trademark premium features, plus a few new ones as well.

Similar to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, both the Galaxy A5 (2017) and the Galaxy A7 (2017) have an IP68 certification for water and dust resistance. This means that the phones can withstand being submerged in up to 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes.

Samsung Reveals its Newest Phones, Brand Ambassadors, and the Bribery Scandal

The phones also come with a large 16MP high-resolution front and rear cameras that can beautifully capture images, even in low-light conditions with its F1.9 aperture. They also boast of 32GB internal storage, expandable up to 256GB, for all those photos and videos to keep. Ultra flexible with a dual socket for 2 SIM cardsand amicroSD, the phones also come with fast-charging and long-lasting batteries for hours of active use. A reversible USB Type-C port makes for easy connectivity and hassle-free charging. The powerful performance is encased in a metal frame and 3D glass back that stays true to Samsung’s premium and seamless design.

Given all these top-notch features and premium design, one would expect a heavy price tag. However, the Samsung Galaxy A Series (2017) smartphones are a complete steal, with the Galaxy A5 (2017) retailing at P19,990 SRP, and the Galaxy A7 (2017) at P23,990 SRP, making each one a top-of-the-line smartphone within reach.

Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime with actress Liza Soberano as its brand ambassador

And two days ago (15th of February) Samsung Philippines also launched its another mobile unit - the Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime with actress Liza Soberano as its brand ambassador.

As the latest addition to Samsung’s line-up of quality smartphones, the Galaxy J2 Prime is designed for those who want to treat themselves to a much-needed upgrade, while also keeping in check with great value for money. The Galaxy J2 Prime is the ideal device as you begin your journey to success, capturing the highlights that you would like to share with your family and friends.

Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime - Gold (SRP Php 5,990)
Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime - Gold (SRP Php 5,990)

More than just a smartphone, the Galaxy J2 Prime is an excellent companion on your road to prime with features that suit your needs. Samsung brings in the Galaxy J2 Prime as a premium choice for those looking for an upgrade, while staying smart within a budget. It comes with an 8MP+5MP camera with front flash so you can better capture your daily milestones — whether it’s about trying out that restaurant you’ve been dying to go to, or about the new outfit you got — that you can easily share on social media. Thanks to the front flash, you’re always looking bright and photo-ready at any time of the day.

It also boasts of a large 5” qHD TFT screen that allows you to easily view your top picks, so you can fully enjoy browsing through your favorite social media sites, watching your must-not-miss shows, or playing games.

Built to withstand the demands of daily life, the Galaxy J2 Prime is equipped with a 2,600mAH battery and an Ultra-Power Saving feature to ensure no down time as you go through your day.

This model will be available to all Samsung Experience Stores and authorized Samsung dealers starting February 18, 2017.

But a day this unit becomes available in the market, a shocking news was hit me this morning as I was browsing my Facebook feed for business news.

Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong was arrested

Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong was arrested and held at a detention center Friday morning on suspicion that the electronics maker's de facto leader gave 43 billion won ($37.5 million) to a friend of South Korean President Park Geun-hye to help smooth his succession at the company. Source here: Asian Nikkei

Then on noontime today, this news comes in...

Samsung Electronics' stock price dropped

Samsung Electronics' stock price on Friday morning started 1.20% lower at 1.878 million won from the previous closing day -- the first drop in three days -- as investors worry about the company's prospects after Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong was arrested the same day over his alleged role in a corruption scandal.
Source: Asian Nikkei

Last year, Samsung got a global catastrophe when their Galaxy Note 7 are gone exploding leading to their huge loss.

Samsung continues to search for the cause of its explosion

Source: Asian Nikkei

This is a sad and very disappointing start of the year for Samsung Electronics. Would there will be more scandal in spite of their very aggressive marketing campaigns?

Am just here watching and will keep eyeing on its news.

Blair Villanueva proud ASUS and Huawei user
Your Belle here is a proud ASUS and Huawei user  

Are you using a Samsung smartphones? How is your experience?

xoxo, Blair

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  1. i always love samsung phone, but the price is quite pricey for me nowadays.

    1. Same here, so when my iPhone 5 was damaged, I've bought my ASUS Zenfone, and now also using Huawei P9 (a gift from Huawei)

  2. I like the water and dust resistant feature on the new Samsung phone. There are so many different brands of smartphones to choose from these days.

    1. Yeah those features are quite impressive. However am still skeptical with its battery life.

      If it will explode again or not.

  3. Good job Samsung but pretty sad news about the scandal. Was a Samsung user but now devoted whole heartedly to Apple. Haha

  4. SAMSUNG here in India is also a powerhouse in smartphone segment. Great to see that you are a part of such amazing launches.

    1. Thanks! But I would be more happier if Samsung will send me a smartphone as a gift, LOL

  5. i am now a huawei user... i gave up on samsung a few years ago after my phone went in and out of the workshop so many times in a year

    1. How's your Huawei experience? Am so enjoying and loving my Huawei P9 I felt truly blessed, hahaha so handy and could capture very lovely photos and HD videos!

  6. I used to have Samsung but it didn't last that long, so I switched to HTC One M8. Really enjoyed the dancing performance!

    1. Yeah, actually that's what I like too! Well, unless Samsung will give ma a phone, then I would be gladly accept it wholeheartedly, hehehe


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