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10 best picks from the first Authorized Mi Store in the Philippines

We’re ready for Mi!

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I visited the first-ever, much-awaited Authorized Mi Store in the Philippines!

Xiaomi’s presence in the Philippine is not new, and even if they disappeared before, parallel importers didn’t let Xiaomi fans down. Now that they’re officially back on Philippine soil with a physical store where you can personally check out their offering, it’s time to make a Xiaomi shopping list!

Based on the item list and what we saw at the Mi Store in TriNoma, here are our top picks, aside from Xiaomi smartphones:

Amazfit Pace

The Amazfit Pace is Xiaomi’s best-looking wearable. It’s a full-featured smartwatch that runs on a custom version of Android, but not specifically Android Wear. It has a circular display, a heart rate sensor, GPS, and it’s water- and dust-resistant. You can also put your own tunes on the smartwatch so you can listen on the go via Bluetooth earphones.

Price: PhP 6,200

Mi 2-in-1 USB-C/Micro-USB cable

This is the cheapest on the list, but it’s also one of the most useful. With a 2-in-1 cable that has both USB-C and micro-USB connectors, you only have to carry one cable for charging your mobile devices. It’s a helpful accessory for those who are still transitioning to the new USB-C standard.

Price: PhP 149

Mi Box 2

Here’s a good tip: You don’t have to buy a new TV just to make it “smart” because set-top boxes like the Mi Box 2 will give your big old TV the upgrade it deserves. The Mi Box 2 runs Android TV and connects via HDMI. With this, you’ll be able to cast the contents of your phone to your TV, run apps like Netflix and YouTube, and even play games in your living room.

Price: PhP 3,490

Mi Electric Scooter

The Mi Electric Scooter is a personal favorite. Just look at how beautiful and modern it is! It’s perfect for short trips around your village, or a quick visit to a nearby friend’s place. It can last for up to 30 kilometers on a single charge, so you can always rely on it. It also folds, making it truly portable.

Price: PhP 18,850

Mi Minimalist Urban Backpack

Xiaomi is not all about electronics; they also have apparel and bags. Among the bags available in the store, the Minimalist Urban Backpack caught my eye with its simple exterior, but organized interior. It has all the pockets you need for your gadgets, glasses, documents, and pens.

Price: PhP 1,399

Mi Notebook Air 13.3 Fingerprint Edition

Xiaomi just recently ventured into laptops, and their latest release is officially here. If you’re looking for a Windows laptop that has the latest specs and a beautiful industrial design, the Mi Notebook Air 13.3 is a great option. It even supports Windows Hello with its built-in fingerprint reader. It’s powered by an Intel Core i5 processor with a dedicated NVIDIA MX150 graphics, and has a 256GB SSD with 8GB memory.

Price: PhP 43,500

Mi Power bank 2C 20000mAh

Xiaomi’s power banks have been known to be some of the best in the market. They’re good-looking, high-quality, and affordable accessories — just like this 20000mAh power bank, which is sold for less than a thousand pesos. It even has two USB ports and Quick Charge 3.0.

Price: PhP 995

MiJia Robot Vacuum

If you want to start creating a smart home, I suggest you include a robot vacuum in your early purchases. This particular one is a fully autonomous robot designed for cleaning floors.

Price: PhP 15,490

Mi Router 3

Are you still using a basic wireless router from your internet service provider? If so, you’re due for an upgrade! Xiaomi’s router will be able to help you get better Wi-Fi coverage in your home without the hefty price tag.

Price: PhP 1,190

Mi TV 4

Last, but definitely not the least, is the Mi TV 4. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the mainstream TVs in the market, you should check this out. The Mi TV 4 comes in two sizes: 49 and 55 inches. Both have 4K resolution with support for HDR content. It’s also a smart TV so you can enjoy apps right out of the box.

Price: PhP 35,990 (49-inch), PhP 42,990 (55-inch)

The first Authorized Mi Store in the Philippines is located on the fourth floor of TriNoma Mall in Quezon City.

SEE ALSO: Here’s everything the Authorized Mi Store in the Philippines sells

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Smart now offers iPhone XS, XS Max on GigaX postpaid plans

Get the latest iPhones with a postpaid line

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The new iPhones are already set to become available in the Philippines, and Smart has just unveiled their postpaid plans and pricing for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. If you’re planning on getting a new line or renewing your contract, you might want to check Smart’s GigaX postpaid plans.

Smart is primarily offering the iPhone XS (64GB) for PhP 3,299 per month which includes GigaX Plan 1499 and the PhP 1,800 monthly installment for the phone. If you want the bigger iPhone XS Max (64GB), you’ll have to shell out PhP 3,599 every month which also includes GigaX Plan 1499 and PhP 2,100 monthly amortization.

The GigaX Plan 1499 includes 5GB of mobile data with 10GB additional allocation exclusively for video streaming, 60 minutes of voice calls, and unlimited texts to all networks. It also comes with a standard 24-month contract.

The new iPhones are also available on other GigaX plans with their corresponding cash-outs:

Smart is offering the new iPhones at a special price for existing subscribers, although it wasn’t specified on the website.

You may visit Smart’s landing page for the iPhone XS to know more about the plans and avail of a subscription.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone XS, XS Max, XR: Prices and availability in the Philippines

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Apple iPhone XS, XS Max now available on Globe postpaid

They don’t come cheap

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After posting the pre-order and availability dates, Globe finally unveiled the list of postpaid plans for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. If you’re planning on getting a new line or renewing your contract, you might want to check the offers for the new iPhones.

Apple’s latest iPhones will officially become available in the Philippines later this month. Apart from getting an unlocked version, consumers can also avail of a postpaid plan from Globe.

The telco offers both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max in all of their ThePLAN lines. You can get it with the cheapest ThePLAN 599 but with minimal allocations or get the abundant ThePLAN 2499.

Here is a table of the cash-out per plan:

According to Globe, their main plan for the iPhone XS will cost PhP 3,499 per month. This is with ThePLAN 1799 plus the PhP 1,700 monthly amortization for the phone.

The line includes unlimited texts to all networks, unlimited calls to Globe and TM, and 11GB of data. It also comes with freebies like six-month subscriptions to Amazon Prime Video and DisneyLife, and a Spotify Premium subscription for three months with additional 1GB data.

Existing subscribers may also avail of the PhP 2,400 discount if they’ll recontract with ThePLAN 1799 and up.

You may visit Globe’s website (link here) for more details and plan application. Pre-order starts on October 19, while store availability is on October 26.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone XS, XS Max, XR: Prices and availability in the Philippines

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Buy a Pixel 3 on Verizon and get another one for free

Verizon’s BOGO deal is the best so far

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After all the leaks, the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are now official. Both come with bigger screens, better cameras, and sadly, higher prices. If you want to get them at a more reasonable price, you could check out Verizon’s offer in the US.

For a limited time, you can buy one Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL through Verizon with monthly device payments for 24 months, and get a Pixel 3 (64GB) for free.

It’s basically a buy one, get one deal for the base model. If you wish to get a better variant, you can use the US$ 799.99 credit to get any other Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL model.

Of course, there’s a catch to these deals. Verizon wants you to add a new line to one of your Pixel 3 phones. Seems like a pretty fair deal, right? Pre-orders are now open through Verizon’s website.

The Pixel 3 phones are available in Clearly White, Just Black, and Not Pink colors. The Pixel 3 starts at US$ 33.33 per month for 24 months on Verizon device payment (US$ 799.99 retail price), while the Pixel 3 XL starts at US$ 38.74 per month for 24 months (US$ 929.99 retail price).

SEE ALSO: Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Hands-on

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