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11,000 people lined up for $50 iPhones and discounted Apple products

200 stocks can’t accommodate 11,000 buyers

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It’s not every day that you can get Apple devices for such a cheap price. If you happened to be in Malaysia during the weekend, you might have witnessed the chaos a sale event did inside a mall. What was up for grabs? Just US$ 50 iPhones.

As reported by The Verge, a Malaysian Apple reseller was supposed to have a warehouse sale over the weekend but had to cancel it due to the overwhelming crowd that lined up for the sale.


The retailer, Switch, planned to sell excess stocks of (mostly display units) iPhones and other Apple devices. As usual, there was only a limited number of discounted units: 10 units of iPhone 5s for US$ 50, and only one unit each of the 16GB iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi) for US$ 77, 2011 MacBook Air (64GB) for US$ 128, and a 24-inch iMac for US$ 255. They were selling a total of 200 sale items including iPhone models 5s to 7, iPad minis and Pros, Apple TVs, MacBooks, iMacs, and iPod Touches.

Of course, these kinds of events attract buyers, especially those who are into massive discounts, even though the available products are relatively old. Interested buyers lined up at least 19 hours before store opening and the line (or maybe lines) circled the complex before reaching the parking lot. An estimate of 11,000 people wanted to get their chance of purchasing discounted Apple devices. To accommodate the early birds (those who can actually buy the stocks), the retailer handed out queue tickets. But when they opened, a lot of people still wanted to get in and avail of the items.

To the store’s credit, they did post the price and number of units available online ahead of the sale, although that didn’t prevent people’s high expectations. Despite the event being canceled, the retailer still offers discounts on new MacBooks and iPhone Xs.

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OPPO launches an Avengers-themed F11 Pro

Currently limited to Malaysia

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Last month, OPPO launched the F11 Pro. The new smartphone flaunts an improved 48-megapixel pop-up camera worthy of its price. Given the company’s recent canning of the R series, the F11 Pro shows a lot of promise for the brand’s smartphone future. OPPO still has its sights set on market domination.

However, the smartphone’s recent release offers another timely opportunity for the brand. In just one to two weeks, the year’s most awaited movie, Avengers: Endgame, will open in theaters around the globe. As always, a new Marvel flick is a prime branding opportunity for a lot of companies. Like others, OPPO is capitalizing on the blockbuster opening.


In Malaysia, OPPO has announced the launch of a limited-edition variant for the F11 Pro. The Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition sports a snazzy blue back with a red Avengers logo. The variant launched with a promotional video interspersed with shots from the movie’s trailers. Unfortunately, the video does not include the edition’s specifications or bundled accessories.

Very likely, the variant will carry the same specs as the regular F11 Pro. However, given the promotion, the device will likely come with Marvel-themed accessories.

Currently, OPPO is the only one offering an Avengers-themed device. However, more devices might pop up as we draw closer to the opening date. Last year, OnePlus and Acer both released limited editions of their own devices to promote Avengers: Infinity War.

The OPPO F11 Pro carries a Helio P70 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. The battery clocks in a capacity of 4000mAh. However, the Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition will likely carry a more premium price tag.

SEE ALSO: OPPO F11 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

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There’s a BLACKPINK edition of the Samsung Galaxy A70

Must-have for Blinks!

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Blinks are going to want to get a hold of this. Tucked away on the side of the Samsung Galaxy A event held at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand was a BLACKPINK edition of the Samsung Galaxy A70.

The full package consists of a case, a charging stand, and signed photocards of the popular K-Pop girl group. The full package will set you back around US$ 96.


If you don’t have that much cash to burn, you can opt for the individual packages. The A70 case plus photocards package cost US$ 40 while the charging stand and photocards package is priced at US$ 56.

The case will also automatically activate a BLACKPINK theme similar to how the Marvel cases work on the Samsung Galaxy S10+.

If you want to get your hands on these, you’re gonna have to get ’em in Southeast Asia. The Galaxy A70 BLACKPINK edition will be available in May only in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

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Huawei is already working on Mate 30 series

Confirms September launch

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This week, Huawei finally unveiled the P30 series. The sequel to last year’s successful flagship series has launched the world’s first Leica quad camera. Like last year, Huawei promises another hype-filled year.

Without catching their breath, Huawei has started the hype train for the upcoming Mate 30 series. In a press event in Malaysia, a Huawei official has teased the premium series. According to the official, the company is already testing the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro internally.


Likewise, the official revealed the series’ eventual launch — sometime in September or October. Last year, the Mate 20 launched in October. An October launch for the P30 series makes sense.

As for hardware, Huawei has not revealed any substantial information about the series. However, some rumors have speculated on an improved Kirin 985 chipset. Similarly, Huawei will likely install a 5G modem into the series.

Besides the Mate 30 series, Huawei has also unveiled the foldable Mate X. The company has introduced a lot of amazing features for the year. Based on existing rumors, Huawei will keep the hype going until the end of the year.

SEE ALSO: Huawei announced smart eyewear that looks like, well, eyewear

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