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12.12 sale: Ultimate tech guide

The last sale of the year is here

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There’s one more reason to celebrate the holidays. This December 12, Lazada and Shopee is holding another much-awaited sale event — the aptly-named 12.12 sale. During the sale, you can score discounted devices and exciting freebies from most tech brands.

Without further ado, here are the best tech deals that you can score during the 12.12 sale:

We will update this list once in a while. From time to time, refresh this page to see more products on discount. (Last updated: December 11, 2020)

ASUS

Shopee

  • ExpertBook B9 (14-inch FHD; Intel Core i5-10210U or i7-10510U; 1TB SSD) — PhP 147,995 (Initial price: PhP 149,995) with free sleeve + Micro HDMI to RJ45 dongle
  • ExpertBook B9 (14-inch FHD; Intel Core i5-10210U; 16GB / 512GB SSD) — PhP 117,995 (Initial price: PhP 119,995) with free sleeve + Micro HDMI to RJ45 dongle
  • Zen AIO 24 (23.8-inch touch FHD; Intel Core i7-8750H + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050; 16GB / 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 98,995 (Initial price: PhP 99,995)  with free wireless keyboard and mouse
  • Business Desktop D6 (Intel Core i7-8700 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660; 8GB / 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 78,995 (Initial price: PhP 79,995) with free keyboard and mouse
  • ExpertBook P5 (14-inch FHD; Intel Core i5-8265U + NVIDIA GeForce MX130; 8GB / 512GB SSD) — PhP 71,995 (Initial price: PhP 72,995) with free ASUS Nereus backpack
  • P2540 Business Laptop (Intel Core i7-8565U + NVIDIA GeForce MX110; 8GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 58,995 (Initial price: PhP 59,995) with free ASUS Nereus backpack
  • P1440 Business Laptop (14-inch FHD; Intel Core i7-10510U; 8GB / 512GB SSD) — PhP 55,995 (Initial price: PhP 56,495) with free ASUS Nereus backpack
  • P1440 Business Laptop (14-inch FHD; Intel Core i7-8565U; 8GB / 512GB SSD) — PhP 54,095 (Initial price: PhP 54,595) with free ASUS Nereus backpack
  • Business Desktop D3 (Intel Core i7-8700; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 52,995 (Initial price: PhP 53,995) with free keyboard and mouse
  • Chromebook Flip C436 (14-inch touch FHD; Intel Core i7-10510U; 16GB / 128GB eMMC) — PhP 48,995 with free ASUS Nereus backpack
  • Business Desktop D5 (Intel Core i7-8700; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 48,065 (Initial price: PhP 49,065) with free keyboard and mouse
  • Chromebook Flip C434 (14-inch touch FHD; Intel Core i5-8200Y; 8GB / 64GB eMMC) — PhP 48,995 with free ASUS Nereus backpack
  • P1440 Business Laptop (14-inch FHD; Intel Core i5-8265U; 8GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 46,995 (Initial price: PhP 47,995) with free ASUS Nereus backpack
  • Business Desktop D3 (Intel Core i3-9400; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 40,995 (Initial price: PhP 41,995) with free keyboard and mouse
  • Business Desktop D3 (Intel Core i3-8400; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 40,995 (Initial price: PhP 41,995) with free keyboard and mouse
  • P1440 Business Laptop (14-inch FHD; Intel Core i3-8145U; 8GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 38,995 (Initial price: PhP 39,995) with free ASUS Nereus backpack
  • Business Desktop D5 (Intel Core i3-8100; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 35,995 (Initial price: PhP 36,995) with free keyboard and mouse
  • AIO 22 (21.5–inch touch FHD; Intel Core i3-8130U; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 33,995 (Initial price: PhP 34,995)  with free keyboard and mouse
  • Business Desktop D3 (Intel Core i3-9100; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 33,995 (Initial price: PhP 34,995) with free wireless keyboard and mouse
  • AIO V161 (15.6-inch touch HD; Intel Celeron N4000; 4GB / 128GB SSD) — PhP 28,995 (Initial price: PhP 29,995)  with free keyboard and mouse

The first 30 buyers on the Shopee store from Nov. 25 to Dec. 31 will also get an ASUS Wifi Router (RT-AC1300UHP) worth PhP 4,250.

Huawei

Huawei Store

  • MateBook X Pro — PhP 77,999 (Initial price: PhP 119,990)
  • Mate 30 Pro — PhP 34,399 (Initial price: PhP 42,990) with free FreeBuds 3
  • MateBook D15 — PhP 30,999 (Initial price: PhP 35,999) with free Christmas gift package
  • P30 Pro — PhP 28,699 (Initial price: PhP 40,990)
  • Mate 30 — PhP 24,799 (Initial price: PhP 30,990) with free FreeBuds 3
  • P30 — PhP 18,899 (Initial price: PhP 26,990)
  • MatePad — PhP 16,699 (Initial price: PhP 20,990) with free gift bundle
  • Nova 5T — PhP 12,999 (Initial price: PhP 15,990) with free night light and colorful speaker
  • Nova 7i — PhP 12,499 (Initial price: PhP 13,999) with free night light
  • Watch GT 2 Pro — PhP 11,990 with free Christmas gift package and Band 4e
  • Y9S — PhP 10,799 (Initial price: PhP 11,990) with free thermos
  • Y7a — PhP 8,999 with free Huawei Band 4
  • Y8P — PhP 8,799 (Initial price: PhP 12,999) with free thermos
  • Watch GT 2 (46mm, Classic Edition) — PhP 8,399 (Initial price: PhP 13,990)
  • FreeBuds Pro — PhP 7,999 with free Christmas gift package and Band 4e
  • Y7P — PhP 7,999 (Initial price: PhP 8,999)
  • Watch GT 2 (46mm, Elegant Edition) — PhP 6,999 (Initial price: PhP 13,990)
  • MatePad T 10-inch WiFi — PhP 6,999 with free colorful speaker
  • Watch GT 2 (46mm, Sport Edition) — PhP 6,599 (Initial price: PhP 10,990)
  • Y7 — PhP 5,999 (Initial price: PhP 6,499)
  • FreeBuds 3 — PhP 5,399 (Initial price: PhP 8,999)
  • Watch GT 2 (42mm, Sports Edition) — PhP 4,999(Initial price: PhP 9,990)
  • Watch Fit — PhP 4,699 (Initial price: PhP 4,999) with free night light
  • MatePad T 8-inch — PhP 5,699 (Initial price: PhP 5,999) with free night light
  • Y5 Lite — PhP 2,999 (Initial price: PhP 3,990) with free portable fan
  • Band 4e Active — PhP 699 (Initial price: PhP 1,399)

Huawei Store exclusive prizes

Customers with a Huawei store account have a chance to play a spin game from December 1 to 14. Prizes up for grabs include a Huawei Mate 30, a PhP 1000 voucher, a PhP 500 voucher, and a PhP 100 voucher.

Lazada

  • Mate 30 Pro — PhP 34,399 (Initial price: PhP 50,990) with free Huawei FreeBuds 3
  • P30 Pro — PhP 28,999 (Initial price: PhP 50,990)
  • Mate 30PhP 24,799 (Initial price: PhP 34,990) with free Huawei FreeBuds 3
  • P30 — PhP 20,999 (Initial price: PhP 36,990)
  • MatePad — PhP 16,999 (Initial price: PhP 20,990) with free gift bundle
  • Nova 7i — PhP 12,499 (Initial price: PhP 13,990) with free night light
  • Watch GT 2 Pro — PhP 11,990
  • Y9S — PhP 10,799 (Initial price: PhP 13,990) with free thermos
  • Y7a — PhP 8,999 with free Huawei Band 4
  • Y8P — PhP 8,799 (Initial price: PhP 12,999) with free thermos
  • Y7P — PhP 7,999 (Initial price: PhP 9,990)
  • FreeBuds Pro — PhP 7,990 (Initial price: PhP 9,999) with free entertainment package
  • MatePad T 10-inch — PhP 6,999 with free colorful speaker
  • Watch GT 2 (46mm, Sports Edition) — PhP 6,599 (Initial price: PhP 10,990)
  • FreeBuds 3 — PhP 5,399 (Initial price: PhP 8,990)
  • Y7 2019PhP 5,999 (Initial price: PhP 6,990)
  • MatePad T 8-inch — PhP 5,699 (Initial price: PhP 5,990) with free night light
  • Watch GT 2 (42mm, Classic Edition) — PhP 4,999 (Initial price: PhP 9,999)
  • Watch Fit — PhP 4,699 (Initial price: PhP 4,999) with night light
  • Y5 Lite — PhP 3,099 (Initial price: PhP 5,490) with free portable fan
  • Band 4e Active — PhP 799 (Initial price: PhP 1,399)

Shopee

  • MateBook X Pro — PhP 77,599 (Initial price: PhP 119,990)
  • Mate 30 Pro — PhP 33,367 (Initial price: PhP 42,990) with free FreeBuds 3
  • MateBook D15 — PhP 30,999 (Initial price: PhP 35,999) with free Christmas gift package
  • P30 Pro — PhP 27,838 (Initial price: PhP 40,990)
  • Mate 30 — PhP 24,055 (Initial price: PhP 30,990) with free FreeBuds 3
  • P30 — PhP 18,332 (Initial price: PhP 26,990)
  • MatePad — PhP 16,699 (Initial price: PhP 20,990) with free gift bundle
  • Nova 5T — PhP 12,999 (Initial price: PhP 12,990) with free night light and colorful speaker
  • Nova 7i — PhP 12,499 (Initial price: PhP 12,999) with free night light
  • Watch GT 2 Pro — PhP 11,990 with free Huawei Band 4e
  • Y9S — PhP 10,475 (Initial price: PhP 11,990) with free thermos
  • Y7a — PhP 8,999 with free Huawei Band 4
  • Y8P — PhP 8,632 (Initial price: PhP 8,999) with free thermos
  • Watch GT 2 (46mm, Classic Edition) — PhP 8,147 (Initial price: PhP 13,990)
  • FreeBuds Pro — PhP 7,999 with free Christmas gift package and Band 4e
  • Y7P — PhP 7,759 (Initial price: PhP 8,999)
  • MatePad T 10-inch — PhP 6,789 with free colorful speaker
  • Watch GT 2 (46mm, Sport Edition) — PhP 6,401 (Initial price: PhP 10,990)
  • Y7 — PhP 5,999 (Initial price: PhP 6,499)
  • FreeBuds 3 — PhP 5,237 (Initial price: PhP 8,999)
  • Watch GT 2 (42mm, Sports Edition) — PhP 4,849 (Initial price: PhP 9,990)
  • Watch Fit — PhP 4,588 (Initial price: PhP 4,999) with free night light
  • MatePad T 8-inch — PhP 5,699 (Initial price: PhP 5,999) with free night light
  • Y5 Lite — PhP 2,999 (Initial price: PhP 3,990) with free portable fan
  • Band 4e Active — PhP 678 (Initial price: PhP 1,399)
  • Mini Speaker CM510 — PhP 1 (Initial price: PhP 990) (available only on Shopee’s flash sale)

Infinix

Shopee

  • Infinix Zero 8 (8GB/128GB) — PhP 10,990 (Initial price: PhP 12,990)
  • Infinix S5 Pro (6GB/128GB) — PhP 6,490 (Initial price: PhP 7,490)
  • Infinix Note 7 Lite (4GB/128GB) — PhP 5,990 (Initial price: PhP 6,990)
  • Infinix Hot 10 — PhP 5,490 (12 mn to 2 am); PhP 5,990 (Initial price: PhP 6,990)
  • Infinix Hot 9 Play (2GB/32GB) — PhP 3,990 (Initial price: PhP 4,490)
  • Infinix Smart 5 (2GB/32GB) — PhP 3,790 (Initial price: PhP 3,990)

realme

Lazada

Shopee

  • realme 7 Pro — PhP 15,990 (Initial price: PhP 17,990)
  • realme 7 (8GB/128GB) — flash sale price: PhP 12,079 (Initial price: PhP 14,990)
  • realme 7i (8GB/128GB) — PhP 9,990 (Initial price: PhP 11,990)
  • realme 7i (4GB/128GB) — PhP 7,990 (Initial price: PhP 9,990)
  • Buds Air — PhP 2,390 (Initial price: PhP 3,990)
  • Buds Q — PhP 969 (Initial price: PhP 1,490)

Customers can also enjoy free shipping with minimum PhP 0 spend, 20% cashback, and PhP 1 deals during Shopee’s 12.12 sale.

vivo

Lazada and Shopee

  • V20 SE — PhP 13,999 (Initial price: PhP 15,999)
  • V19 Neo — PhP 12,999 (Initial price: PhP 17,999)
  • S1 Pro — PhP 11,999 (Initial price: PhP 15,999)
  • Y19 — PhP 9,499 (Initial price: PhP 10,999)
  • Y15 — PhP 6,999 (Initial price: PhP 9,999)
  • Y12 — PhP 5,999 (Initial price: PhP 7,999)
  • Y11 — PhP 5,999 (Initial price: PhP 6,499)
  • Y91C — PhP 4,899 (Initial price: PhP 6,499)

Shopee-exclusive vouchers

  • VIVOE300 — save PhP 300 upon checkout (12 mn to 2 am only)
  • VIVOF300 — save PhP 300 upon checkout (9 pm to 12 mn only)
  • VIVOC100 PhP 100 off on minimum purchase of PhP 4,000 (all day)
  • VIVOG300 — PhP 300 off on minimum purchase of PhP 9,999 (all day)

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Lenovo unveils new Eyesafe-certified ThinkVision monitors

For those who wish to manage their screen time while working

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For those working from home, you often find yourselves glued to your screens for more than eight hours a day. Whether it’s your work laptop or your phone, you proceed to work on your tasks or scroll through social media through a screen. Of course, if you do it for too long, it has the potential to damage your eyesight in the long run. Now, Lenovo unveiled a new set of displays that might just help you address that.

The company has launched its latest ThinkVision monitors that are now Eyesafe-certified. In essence, both monitors come with technologies designed to ease off the harmful blue light emitted from the display. Furthermore, they received a TUV Rheinland Eye Comfort certification to ensure maximum eye comfort and protection.

Also, these two monitors — the ThinkVision T24i-2L and ThinkVision T27h-2L — come with color accurate displays and phone holders on the base.

For the ThinkVision T24i-2L, it comes with a 24-inch FHD display with flexible connectivity options for all kinds of devices. Meanwhile, the ThinkVision T27h-AL comes with a 27-inch QHD display for a much larger workspace.

These monitors are now available for the price of PhP 8,850 (ThinkVision T24i-2L) and PhP 15,499 (ThinkVision T27h-2L). You will find these through Lenovo’s authorized partner sellers.

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All new iMac with M1 chip, 4.5K Retina display now official

Long overdue update!

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The iMac has remained largely untouched for what felt like forever. Now, the curse appears to have been lifted as Apple finally introduces the new iMac that’s powered by the M1 chip and has a 4.5K Retina display.

What’s up with the M1 chip?

Well, it’s only Apple’s latest and greatest chip for their MacOS machines. It brings forth a leap in power, performance, and efficiency previously unheard of in MacBooks and iMacs of the past. Some performance improvements include a faster more fluid overall feel, no slowdown despite opening hundreds of tabs on Safari, smoother image editing, and a better Apple Arcade experience.

For a full breakdown of the performance improvement, watch this M1 MacBook Air review.

That display tho

24 inches. 4.5K Retina. 11.3 million pixels. P3 wide color gamut and over a billion colors. 500 nits of brightness. Put them all together and what you get is a computer display that will be a blessing to your eyes.

Apple is promising vivid and brilliant images with a color temperature that adjusts to your environment thanks to True Tone tech. Sweet.

OMG those colors

This one’s a nice callback to the iMacs of old that didn’t shy away from a splash of color. From a singular choice of Silver (which is still available, by the way), Apple is now also giving us the following color options: Green, Yellow, Orange, Pink, Purple, and Blue.

Could a PRODUCT (RED) option be in the horizon? We don’t know yet, but we also wouldn’t completely rule it out.

Cameras, mics, and speakers

You’ll likely attend a few more video conferences as we navigate this new normal setup most of us are in. You’ll be happy to know that the all new iMac now has a 1080p FaceTime HD Camera. FINALLY.

Supporting the brand spanking new HD camera is what Apple claims to be a studio-quality three-microphone array and six-speaker sound system with Dolby Atmos.

What else is here?

You get two Thunderbolt ports for fast data transfers and support for up to 6K displays. The 8-core iMac models have two more USB-C ports.

TouchID also comes to the iMac with the color-matching Magic Keyboard. The Magic Mouse and Magic TrackPad are also available in colors that match the iMac. You can also buy more than one and mix the colors up. You do you.

Price and availability

The new 24-inch iMac is available to order beginning Friday, April 30. It will begin arriving to customers and be available in select Apple Store locations and through Apple Authorized Resellers beginning in the second half of May.

Available on apple.com, apple.com/sg, and in the Apple Store app

iMac with 7-core GPU is available in green, pink, blue, and silver. It features an 8-core CPU, 8GB of unified memory, 256GB SSD, two Thunderbolt ports, Magic Keyboard, and Magic Mouse.

  • US: Starts at US$ 1,299 and US$1,249 for education
  • Singapore: Starts at SG$ 1,849 and SG$ 1,779 for education

iMac with 8-core GPU is available in green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, and silver. It features an 8-core CPU, 8GB of unified memory, 256GB SSD, two Thunderbolt ports, two additional USB 3 ports, Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, Magic Mouse, and Ethernet.

  • US: Starts at US$ 1,499 and US$1,399 for education
  • Singapore: Starts at SG$ 2,149 and SG$ 2,009 for education
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The global chip shortage could last till 2023

Put your plans for a PC build on hold!

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The Coronavirus pandemic prompted everybody to leave the “normal” behind and adopt a completely new lifestyle. With everyone moving to the work-from-home model, the demand for new computers, phones, and other gadgets skyrocketed, bringing another crisis to our doorstep — global chip shortage.

The world’s largest chipmaker TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), announced its quarterly results this week, posting a profit of almost US$ 5 billion. This marks a 19 percent rise in profit when compared to the previous quarter. The announcement is good news for the investors, but it also highlights how long the shortage will continue.

TSMC CEO C.C. Wei said that the company hopes to offer more capacity and meet the demand by 2023. That’s two years away. And that’s after gearing up to spend a whopping US$ 100 billion in the next three years to ramp up production.

American chipmaker Intel has been plagued with production issues for the last few years and recently disclosed that it would spend US$ 20 billion to set up two new facilities in Arizona, US. However, these production sites take time to come up and can’t be just switched on in a few months.

Things aren’t looking good

Even Nvidia isn’t very optimistic about a recovery from the chip shortage anytime soon. “Overall demand remains very strong and continues to exceed supply while our channel inventories remain quite lean,” the company said in its press release. “We expect demand to continue to exceed supply for much of this year.”

Nvidia also has a brand new challenge — the demand for GPUs has skyrocketed ever since Bitcoin, and other cryptocurrencies started their bullish run in 2020. Cryptocurrency evangelists are constantly on the lookout for new gear, further amplifying the chip shortage.

The current state of component availability looks grim, affecting everything from the availability of new graphics cards to processors to next-gen PlayStations and Xboxes. The ripple effects of the shortage are being felt by every technology company, including giants like Apple.

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