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4 ways the Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime trumps its rivals

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We’ve already listed and reviewed the very best smartphones below $300, and we proudly stand by our selection. Now, all of a sudden, a certain Xiaomi landed in our office, and it’s shaking up the budget-friendly segment just like its predecessors.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime

Before we review the $133 Redmi 4 Prime, let’s list down exactly why you should be excited about it, and how it eclipses similarly priced phones from rival brands.

It has such a large battery in a compact body

This 5-inch phone is as long and wide as a Google Pixel, but it manages to carry a generous 4100mAh battery in a profile that’s less than 9mm — 8.9mm to be precise. For comparison, the Google phone has only 2770mAh in capacity inside a frame that’s 8.5mm thick.

Another interesting comparison is the ASUS ZenFone 3 Max. While it also has a 4100mAh battery and similar dimensions, the rest of the specifications, such as the processor and display resolution, don’t match up to Xiaomi’s offering.

Performance goes far beyond its price point

Now that we’ve touched on the Redmi 4 Prime’s specs, let’s look at what’s found inside.

With Qualcomm’s formidable Snapdragon 625 chipset, 3GB of memory, and 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution on board, we wouldn’t blame you if you matched these numbers with a more expensive smartphone.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime

It’s Xiaomi’s way of selling millions of phones in a matter of seconds; it’s no wonder the company claims to make no money out of its smartphone business.

More premium than you’d expect

Something has to be sacrificed in order to maintain the low price, right? Wrong! There’s more to the Redmi 4 Prime than you think.

For one, it has an all-metal build, and not any of that half-assed soft metal either. And then there’s the super-sensitive fingerprint sensor at the back — we tried it out for ourselves and it’s definitely fast. Finally, and most importantly, the handset looks stunning when held up close, as if it were twice the price it’s actually sold for.

MIUI 8 is now a highly mature Android skin

Xiaomi’s controversial user interface has always been labelled an Apple iOS copycat, but MIUI is finally turning into a fully matured variation of the traditional Android interface.

Based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest version of MIUI has all the same app-optimized and battery-saving tricks of the operating system it’s built on, and there are so many nifty settings baked into it for greater ease of use.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime

The new app manager and dual-user Second Space feature, to name a couple, make multitasking a piece of cake.

Bonus: It’s readily available

We’re currently working on our review, but if you’re already convinced, you may head over to GearBest.com for some fine deals on the Redmi 4 Prime, as well as its lower-end variants, the regular Redmi 4 and 4A.

(Note: The Redmi 4 Prime is officially called the Redmi 4, same as the standard model. You can learn how to differentiate the two in our launch story.)

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How to incorporate “Classic Blue” in your daily life

It doesn’t have to look sad and boring

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Pantone has just announced Classic Blue as the Color of the Year 2020. After two bold colors (Ultra Violet and Living Coral) from the past two years, Pantone is starting a new decade with a color we’re all familiar with.

My initial reaction was disgust; this color reminded me of the boring days I spent working within office cubicles. Moreover, it’s a depressing color to look at, hence the reason why we use the idiom “feeling blue” to express our sadness. But Classic Blue isn’t all bad since it’s a color that represents trust, security, and stability — something we badly need in the year to come.

To fully embrace the new color of the year, here are ways to incorporate Classic Blue in your everyday life.

Go for an all-blue ensemble

Debenhams Royal Blue Diamond Straight Fit Trousers, Burberry BE4286F Sunglasses, Mango Man Slim Fit Cotton Chambray Shirt, adidas performance Runfalcon Shoes, OnePlus 7T Glacier Blue, Mango Pleated Ruffle Dress, Kimberley Faux Stone Drop Earring, Swarovski Impulsep: Bracelet Slake Mont/Oth M, Agnes B Classique Logo Crossbody Bag, NOSE Print Platform Sandals

Just because it’s “Classic Blue,” it doesn’t mean you only have to stick with one hue. I’m sure there are a lot of blue pieces in your wardrobe. Now’s the time to pull out that navy or washed-out denim jacket and/or jeans. If you don’t have any blue pieces, it’s time to re-evaluate your life. Shop pieces of clothing, footwear, and other accessories in different shades of blue. There are blue smartphones, too, so don’t forget to use them. For instance, Try using a OnePlus 7T in Glacier Blue to rock your Classic Blue #OOTD.

Cover the neutrals in classic blue

Uniq Lino AirPods Case, 40mm Delft Blue Sport Band for Apple Watch, Mujjo Leather Wallet Case for iPhone 11 Pro in Monaco Blue

If you’re a basic person who enjoys using Apple’s minimalist products, try sprucing it up with blue accessories. Dress your AirPods case, change your watch strap, and use a leather wallet case — all in this beautiful, classic blue.

Dress all your essentials in blue

American Tourister Ellen Spinner Luggage, DAVIDOFF Cool Water Intense Man Eau de Parfum 125ml, ASUS VivoBook S15 in Cobalt Blue, Sony WH-X900BN, Maserati GT Eco Solar Drive Chronograph Watch, Mossimo Men’s Wallets, Samsonite Red Crotel Backpack, Cortefiel Geometric Print Socks, Hydro Flask 32 oz. Tumbler

Don’t just stop at wearing and dressing up your accessories in blue. Make all your life essentials and everyday items come in this color! I know, I know. It’s overwhelming to use the same color in everything. To prevent yourself from looking like a sad person, pair these blue essentials with complementary colors such as earth tones ranging from brown and khaki to warmer colors like a vibrant red and orange.

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Snapdragon 865 Hands-on: Top 5 Features

5G for all, 200MP, 8K, and more.

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As we lean towards the second decade of the millennium, Qualcomm is ready to ship out their next flagship chipset.

Snapdragon has been running most devices people use today. Snapdragon 865 (together with the midrange 765) are two of Qualcomm’s chipset offerings for 2020. They offer more than incremental performance boosts.

Watch more to know the top 5 promising features of the new chipset.

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24 hours in Mövenpick with the Honor 9X

I didn’t want to leave

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I know you must feel strange to be hearing back from me writing another travel article when last time I tried, I preemptively said that I was horrible at writing about my adventures. Well, you guys might have to deal with reading my silly little travel psychobabble again because I went to Cebu for a weekend and I brought the Honor 9X with me.

Feeling beachy

Okay, this is technically not fair since Cebu is like home to me at this point. I luckily grew up visiting Cebu a lot. My older siblings were born there, so that’s not much of a surprise. On this trip though, my parents opted out of staying in a hotel in the middle of the bustling city. We decided to stay by the beach at Mövenpick. We have never been to Mövenpick before. So, it was going to be pretty interesting to explore the place.

The view was stunning. I didn’t even know what to capture first. It was that gorgeous. When we arrived, the staff were lovely enough to let us roam the area despite not having checked in yet. Mövenpick is pretty. The moment you get dropped off at the lobby, the place instantly assaults your senses with everything beach. It smells, sounds, and feels like you’re at the beach. 

That’s obviously because a few steps farther, you’re already at the beach. The place is well designed to have the ocean breeze flow from the bayfront to the resort lobby. It’s open-spaced.

No such thing as fasting at breakfast

This is the only photo of food I managed to snag before inhaling it. I’m not going to apologize for being a little hangry considering I hadn’t had a meal for hours and I stayed up all night. This is Mövenpick’s poached egg breakfast. Was it good? Yes. I mean, look at it. How could it not be?

I think off the bat, that how the food tasted may have shifted a little considering I was zoning out because of the view. It’s really pretty and honestly, it testing my writing skills (if I have any) to try and find more synonyms to great, pretty, and lovely. 

Dinner at the Ibiza

No, I didn’t take a pill in Ibiza. And yes I know, nobody asked. Mövenpick has this by-the-bay restaurant and bar called the Ibiza. They have live music and good food so if you’ve booked a room, this is the place to be at night. There’s food, an amazing view, and live music. Is there anything more I could have asked for? No. It was perfect.

The Ibiza is open in the morning too. If you want to have your breakfast there, you can soak in the early morning ocean breeze while eating.

Here come excuses

Alright, I didn’t take many photos while in Cebu, at least, not as many as I would like to. I wanted to savor every stunning moment there. I haven’t been back in ages and I’ve barely spent time at the beach. Not to mention, I rarely get to see my little nephew. 

I guess as much as this article is about bringing the Honor 9X with me to show off how the phone is capable of capturing every lovely moment of your travels, it’s good to sometimes be in the moment. It isn’t on the Honor 9X for uncaptured moments. It’s totally on me for leaving it in my bag. Having said that, I think it was good to have eased off bringing the phone along every single second of the trip. I’m more than happy to have lived those quiet undocumented moments.

I’m not saying you should drop taking pictures altogether. It’s nice to have documented moments of a trip especially when it’s somewhere stunning. It’s nice to have something to look back on and to remind us of good times. I suppose it’s just nice to sometimes wean off of being so obsessive with what you can capture and instead, be in the moment.

All photos are taken with the Honor 9X

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