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The Xiaomi Redmi 7A was spotted on TENAA through its model numbers. It detailed some of the specifications of the new phone from Xiaomi along with its design. Listed with the model numbers M1903C3EC and M1903C3EE, the Redmi 7A is said to be powered by an octa-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz. It is also listed to come in three memory configurations – 2GB/16GB, 3GB/32GB, and 4GB/64GB with expansion of up to 256GB via microSD card. It will have a 5.45-inch display with a 1440×720 resolution. Its camera setup features a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera. The Redmi 7A will run on Android Pie and most likely MIUI 10. The new Xiaomi Redmi phone has a 3900mAh battery to fuel the phone. The Redmi 7A will come in a wide variety of colors namely Black, Red, Blue, Pink, White, Green, Purple, and Gray. Source

After being revealed that the Xiaomi’s sister brand was going to reveal the Redmi K20, its alleged specs have been leaked on Twitter. The phone was dubbed the ‘Demon King’ when the AnTuTu score of the phone was posted on Chinese micro-blogging site, Weibo by the Redmi manager. https://twitter.com/harshp2510/status/1129109901895057408 The phone is said to feature a 6.39-inch OLED display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio with a 1080p+ resolution. It is also reported to have a 20MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture. While the main rear camera is a 48MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture and 1.6-micron sized pixels. Along with the main camera is a 13MP shooter with f/2.4 aperture and an 8MP shooter with f/2.4. These are expected to be ultra-wide and telephoto cameras, respectively. Under the hood, it supposedly has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 CPU and an Adreno 640 GPU. The amount of RAM on board wasn’t detailed but it…

The OPPO K3 is scheduled to be launched on May 23 but was seen as an official listing on the company’s website. The listing confirmed and revealed its design and some of its specs It looks like a toned down OPPO F11 Pro with its pop-up selfie camera and stylish back with a dual camera setup. Albeit, the K3 has a simpler design and doesn’t have the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The K3 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 as confirmed from the listing. They also confirm that it will have a 16MP front shooter, a 6.5-inch AMOLED display, and an in-display fingerprint reader. The K3 will also come with LPDDR4X RAM, UFS 2.1 storage, and Game Boost 2.0. It will come in three colors – White, Green, and Blue. Source 

After being leaked last week, the Vivo Y3 is now official! The Y3 has a 6.35-inch LCD display with 1544×720 resolution and an aspect ratio of 19.3:9. This gives the smartphone a screen-to-body ratio of 89%. Under the hood, the Y3 has a MediaTek Helio P35 SoC with 4GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage that can be expanded. The latest Vivo phone has a triple rear camera setup with a 13MP main with f/2.2 aperture, 8MP wide-angle with f/2.2 aperture, and a 2MP depth-sensing camera with f/2.4 aperture. While in the waterdrop-shaped notch is its 16MP camera. On the rear is its fingerprint scanner but it also includes facial recognition, AI-based digital assistant Jovi, Easy Mode, and an esports mode called, Game Cube. It also has a 3.5mm headphone jack and runs on Android Pie-based Funtouch OS 9 out of the box. A massive 5000mAh battery powers the Y3…

A video of the OPPO Vice President, Brian Shen, has just surfaced on the Chinese social media site, Weibo. In the video, Shen showed how impressive the 60x zoom is on the Reno 10x Zoom. The video begins from a wide shot with the building hardly visible. As the video plays we actually see the building at about 2x zoom. What was most impressive about it all was that even at 60x zoom, the details on the building was still clear enough to read. Sure there was quite a lot amount of noise on the footage, but not too much that the details are unclear. One can only wonder if we will get to see this impressive smartphone in the Philippines. We would definitely wouldn’t mind testing the 60x zoom for ourselves. Source

Google has suspended business operations with Huawei, according to a report. In addition, it was also reported that chipmakers including Qualcomm, Intel, Xilinx, and Broadcom have also joined the suspension. The suspension is to comply with the trade blacklist made by the US Commerce Department that includes the Chinese company, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. Google, through the official Twitter of Android, has since clarified that existing Huawei devices will still have services like Google Play and security from Google Play Protect to continue functioning. https://twitter.com/Android/status/1130313848332988421 Future Huawei devices, however,  will continue to have access to the version of the Android operating system through the open source license, Android Open Source Project. But the suspension means that Google will stop providing access, technical support, and collaboration involving proprietary apps and services to the Chinese company. What does that mean? Well, this means that Google apps like Gmail, Youtube, and Chrome that…

The OnePlus 7 Pro despite having been announced yesterday has already been put through a thorough durability test by Zack from the Youtube channel JerryRigEverything. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLmiWPHPqhU The Gorilla Glass display was the first to be tested and as expected scratches were visible at level 6 on the Mohs hardness scale. Even deeper grooves showed at level 7. Like the display, the pop-up front camera is protected by glass too and won’t easily be scratched. Although, the area around it is plastic and prone to scratching. Not that getting scratches there will affect your photos though. They also showed that the sides, SIM card tray, volume rocker, power button, and alert slider are all metal, not that it’s surprising but the test to prove this was uncomfortable to listen and watch. The back of the phone, being Gorilla Glass 5, won’t scratch easily. While the OnePlus logo and wordmark are both…

After DxOMark teased the camera of the OnePlus 7 Pro, the device has finally been launched. The new phone from OnePlus marks up at an overall score of 111 just one point shy of the Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. Based on the photos from GSMArena, it shows a wide dynamic range that preserves both highlights and shadow details. This is expected given its high score in DxOMark. Their shots in sunny conditions also show beautiful color reproduction with neutral white balance and strong saturation. The camera also does well in controlling the noise, especially in brighter lit scenes. But according to the report, the same can’t be said in lower light with noise being more noticeable in dark parts. The OnePlus 7 Pro rivals both the Galaxy S10 5G and P30 Pro in the Portrait mode department. The photos show relatively accurate subject masking, a natural…

Ahead of the release of the ASUS ZenFone 6, the company, through its website confirmed some specs of the new Zenfone which is set to be unveiled this week. The company shared an image on Twitter that confirms some features like a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 powering the device. Along with this, the ZenFone 6 will have a Notification LED, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and what looks like a USB-C port next to the headphone jack. The photo also confirms a triple SIM slot and a smart key right above the volume rocker on the right side of the phone. More details were also shared on Instagram from an ASUS executive through morse code. The code, when converted, confirms a dual camera setup with a 48MP main and a 13MP secondary shooter, along with a 5000mAh battery. Their initial announcement also revealed a full-screen display which is reported to have…

Following the  launch of its first phones for its Reno series, the Reno, Reno 10x zoom, and Reno 5G, OPPO seems to be gearing up for for a more budget-friendly option, the Reno Z, which was briefly listed on the China Telecom website. The leak included renders, specs, and pricing information. The affordable Reno phone will feature a 6.4-inch FHD+ display with a waterdrop notch that holds its 32MP selfie cam. While its display also has a built-in fingerprint reader. It’ll have a dual camera set up at the back with a 48MP main camera partnered with a 5MP depth sensor. The phone is reported to be powered by a Helio P90 along with 6GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. This is rounded out with a 3950mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 for 20W fast charging. The Reno Z is said to come in Star Purple, Extreme Night Black, Coral Orange,…

Realme, amidst the release of the Realme 3 and Realme 3 Pro, shows love for its older devices as the company announced the update schedule for Android Pie beta and Color OS 6 for their other devices in June. The first of smartphone that will receive the Android Pie beta update is set to be the Realme 2 Pro which is scheduled to arrive by May 15, while the Realme 1 and Realme U1 will get it on June 5. Lastly, the Realme 2 and Realme C1 will receive the update on June 15. According to the company, the transition period from beta to final build should take 15 to 20 days. Some features that the Color OS 6 will bring include a Digital Wellbeing feature and Hyper Boost 2.0. While the Realme 3 Pro will receive camera improvements to its Chroma Boost and Nightscape modes and improvements to the…

Ahead of the supposed announcement, images of the DJI Osmo action camera has surfaced on the web. The company was rumored to be working on a camera that will compete against GoPro. Based on the images, it looks like the DJI Osmo action camera will take on a similar design as most action cameras. It also looks like the camera will have a display on the front and back. The earlier will surely be handy for selfies. One noticeable thing about the action camera though is the lens that looks pretty big. Big enough to make it protrude from the body. The DJI Osmo action camera is rumored to have a ½.3-inch 12 MP CMOS sensor from Sony, an H2 image processor, and a shutter speed of 1/8000-120s. It is also expected to shoot 4K video at 60fps, HDR, and have support for automatic time-lapse. The company is expected to…

PLDT Chairman and CEO Manny V. Pangilinan got the attention of the Filipino netizens when he tweeted his test and reveal of the speed of the 5G network of Smart. He did so through a 5G Huawei device. https://twitter.com/iamMVP/status/1125727037899960320 Before we get into the device, we must address the elephant in the room. The speedtest of Smart 5G from MVP. The test, in what we can only assume, in the CBD of Makati showed blazing hot speeds that exceeded 400Mbps. https://twitter.com/iamMVP/status/1125987653059432448 Along with a teaser of the 5G speeds, we also see the first 5G device from Huawei which we can assume to be the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G. The Huawei Mate 20 X 5G is rumored to have a massive 7.2-inch AMOLED display with 2244×1080 resolution, and isreported to be powered by a Kirin 980 octa-core processor partnered with a Mali-G76 MP10 GPU. Both the new 5G Huawei…

The Redmi Note 7 has seen quite the variety of durability tests including being stomped on by people and being used as a chopping board in cutting fruits. But as the ultimate test for their new phone, Redmi sent the Redmi Note 7 to space to take pictures at an altitude of 31,714m before falling back down. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3Cz0IERXYM The phone has the title of being the first Xiaomi mobile device that went to the stratosphere. It survived up to 2KPA atmospheric pressure and up to -58 degrees Celsius (with an internal temperature of 4 degrees Celsius) in a truly impressive feat of durability. The Redmi Note 7 found its way back into the ground as the balloon popped. It not only survived the trip to space and back, but it also took pretty beautiful photos of the curvature of the Earth as well as looked to have found its way…

Following leaks of the two colors of the upcoming OnePlus 7 Pro, a third color has surfaced in renders that look pretty official. This third color is reportedly called Almond and looks to be a lighter gold color. The design is pretty much the same as other previous leaks have shown. A full-screen display, a pop-up camera module, and a triple-rear camera setup. The OnePlus 7 Pro is expected to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and has been confirmed to have UFS 3.0 storage and an HDR10+ certified display. Many are speculating that the display will have a 90Hz refresh rate. It is also rumored to have up to 12GB of RAM, a 6.7-inch curved AMOLED display, and a 48MP main rear camera. The company has confirmed a 3x zoom lens in the rear as well. As far as an IP rating, both the 7 and the 7 Pro aren’t…

The latest ZenFone, the ASUS ZenFone 6 now has a launch date, May 16, 2019, at 8 PM GMT+2 in Valencia, Spain (around May 17 at 4 AM, GMT+8 Philippine Time)! https://twitter.com/ASUS/status/1123920067605876737 The company officially announced the ZenFone 6 on Twitter with the prominent phrase of Defy Ordinary on the photo. In addition, the photo teases a full-screen display with the top of the phone clearly having no notch which also gives it a bezel-less display. With other phone brands like Vivo and OPPO showing their own implementation of the full-screen display, we’re interested to see how ASUS joins the full-screen display smartphone party. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv9Uh6WFwvC/ Possible camera samples from the latest ZenFone 6 were spotted from the Head of Global Marketing Operations at ASUS, Marcel Campos on his Instagram. Since early April he has been posting stunning photos with the hashtag #ZenFoneX. Unless the company is releasing another phone along…

Realme will be bringing the Realme 3 Pro to the Philippines on May 17, following its announcement in India last month. The latest midrange smartphone from the company follows its predecessor, the very popular Realme 3. The Realme 3 Pro is designed specifically with gaming in mind, with a 10nm process-built Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 AIE processor partnered with an Adreno 616 GPU, and backed by up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. The device boasts a 25MP front camera with 4-in-1 pixel synthesis feature, and a 16MP main rear shooter that uses the Sony IMX519 image sensor augmented by a 5MP depth sensor. It features an optimized Chroma Boost and Nightscape Mode and the newest Realme camera feature, Ultra HD mode. Powering the smartphone is a massive 4045mAh battery with support for VOOC 3.0 flash charge and 20W charging. The Philippines is the third country to…

The Iron Man MK50 Robot toy by UBTech has hit the Philippine shores, through their partnership with Quantum Mobile Gears! UBTech is best-known for their humanoid robots such as Walker, Alpha 15, Lunx, and Cruzr, and the JIMU Robot line of robots designed to support STEM education. While Quantum Mobile Gears is the licensed distributor of Transmart Philippines, Pyxis, Cherry Mobile accessories, Belkin, among others. The MK50 is the 50th suit of Iron Man and has more notably made an appearance in the Avengers: Infinity War. It was the Nano-technology suit that Tony Stark used throughout the film to combat Thanos and his minions. Through the free companion app for iOS and Android, the robot from UBTech gives you the ability to: Complete augmented reality missions as Tony Stark. Build your arsenal of nanotech weaponry and battle against enemy drones inspired by villains like Chitauri and Ebony Maw. Customize the…