More affordable ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite gets announced



The ZenFone 4 family has a new member, which got silently listed on ASUS Philippines’ website. It’s almost like a tradition for a manufacturer to release cheaper variants of their existing phones, and that’s what this model is all about.

The new ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite has a lot in common with the other ZenFone 4 Selfie phone in terms of design and dimensions. They both share the same body, but with slightly different specifications.

For the Lite, we have a pretty basic smartphone with a 5.5-inch display (the resolution is unspecified as of writing) topped with a curved 2.5D glass and fingerprint reader below it. It has 13-megapixel sensors for both the front and rear cameras, and each is accompanied by its own LED flash.

What makes the phone a “Lite” version is the use a lower-tier chipset. Instead of having the same Snapdragon 430 processor of the regular variant, we have a Snapdragon 425. Memory and storage are also downgraded to just 2GB and 32GB/16GB, respectively.

The battery capacity is still at 3000mAh like its sibling, and Android 7.0 Nougat with the latest ZenUI 4.0 runs on the device.

Interestingly, the product page of the ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite also names the phone as ZenFone Live. Perhaps ASUS just went on with the “Lite” name to keep everyone in the same Selfie book. Pricing is PhP 7,995 or roughly US$ 155.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro Unboxing and Review

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OPPO Find X2 series launch happening on March 6

It won’t be just one phone



Originally expected to happen on the now cancelled Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020 in Barcelona, the much anticipated launch of the OPPO Find X2 is happening on March 6.

The event will still happen in Barcelona but the will be a livestream only event scheduled at 10:30AM CET/Barcelona Time (4:30AM EST/ 5:30PM PH time).

Based on  previous leaks, the OPPO Find X2 will sport a borderless waterfall screen. OPPO has showcased the display in the past. The screen extends the display beyond the confines of the front panel. On the other side of the fence, Huawei has also teased a similarly borderless display before.

As for other predictions, the smartphone will reportedly feature the Snapdragon 865 and the 65W Super VOOC fast charging.

According to our sources, the launch will reveal a series — the OPPO Find X2 and the OPPO Find X2 Pro.


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New leak reveals a much, much more expensive AirPods Pro

Costs as much as a midrange phone



Recently, the rumor mill reignited discussions over an upcoming AirPods launch in the midrange segment. Supposedly, the mid-2020 device will sell for more than a pair of regular AirPods but less than a premium pair of AirPods Pro.

Surprisingly, the rumors are still going. This time, Target, the American superstore chain, has apparently readied its inventory system for an unannounced AirPods product, according to a leak from tech YouTuber Jon Prosser.

The product — named the Apple AirPods (X Generation) — will retail for a staggering US$ 399.99. For reference, the AirPods Pro sells for only $249.99. Given the heightened price, the AirPods (X Generation) is likely a pair of headphones worthy of the price, especially since the AirPods Pro is already the top-of-the-line product for earbuds.

According to a follow-up from Apple Insider, Target employees explained that reserving inventory slots for upcoming products, especially regarding pricing information. However, the official name will likely change on launch.

Additionally, Presser has also asked Apple for a potential launch date. According to another tweet, Apple is still undecided whether to hold an event in March.

Still, with a pair of wireless over-ear headphones, Apple will be ready to take on a market populated by its subsidiary brand Beats and competing brands like Bose, Sony, and JBL. We’re dreading the potential charging case, though.

SEE ALSO: Apple lets you personalize your AirPods case

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Samsung temporarily shuts down infected Galaxy Z Flip factory

Coronavirus strikes again



The coronavirus epidemic is burning through the technology industry, leaving a trail of delays and shortages in its wake. So far, the virus has already torched Apple’s China-based manufacturers and the entire MWC 2020 event.

For the immediate future, the global epidemic can add Samsung to its list of victims. Previously, the South Korean company saved itself from the crisis, owing to its geographical roots. Unfortunately, if you turn into world news today, the virus has already made its way to South Korea.

In the city of Gumi, one of Samsung’s factory workers has contracted the disease, forcing the company to shut down the entire plant, according to a South Korean news outlet. The entire factory will open again on February 24. Additionally, the infected employee’s floor will remain shut down until February 25.

As for the workers themselves, Samsung has urged those who worked with the employee to put themselves in quarantine and undergo tests for potential infection. The company has also asked all employees to limit travel when possible, conducting business only through video calls.

Of course, Samsung has a tight hold on the South Korea business sector. The closure of just one factory probably won’t affect the company’s supply too much.

The affected Gumi factory specializes in Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Flip production. If anything, the temporary closure will only slow the foldable phone down partially. Regardless, it’s not a good look for Samsung, especially if the virus continues to spread across the country.


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