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Apple iPad Pro 2018: Price and availability in the Philippines

Can get pricey real quick

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It’s been only a few hours since the grand Apple event ended, but we’re already seeing prices for the new products in every region.

What we’re looking at here are the prices for the new iPad Pro in the Philippines. There are two sizes with four storage options and two connectivity configurations each.

First up is the 11-inch Wi-Fi-only model:

  • 64GB — PhP 51,990
  • 256GB — PhP 61,490
  • 512GB — PhP 73,990
  • 1TB — PhP 98,990

For the 11-inch Wi-Fi+Cellular, we have:

  • 64GB — PhP 61,490
  • 256GB — PhP 70,990
  • 512GB — PhP 83,490
  • 1TB — PhP 108,490

These prices are for the Wi-Fi-only 12.9-inch iPad Pro:

  • 64GB — PhP 64,490
  • 256GB — PhP 73,990
  • 512GB — PhP 86,490
  • 1TB — PhP 111,490

And finally, for the 12.9-inch Wi-Fi+Cellular version:

  • 64GB — PhP 73,990
  • 256GB — PhP 83,490
  • 512GB — PhP 95,990
  • 1TB — PhP 120,990

There are only two color options for both sizes, namely silver or space gray. The new iPad Pro will become available in the Philippines beginning November. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a case or the updated Pencil.

This year’s iPad Pro has a lot going for it, including the edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display, Face ID feature using the TrueDepth camera, Apple’s super-fast A12X Bionic chip, and at long last, a versatile USB-C port instead of Apple’s proprietary Lightning port.

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Samsung will re-evaluate fake Supreme partnership after criticism

They incited the ire of the hypebeasts

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Recently, Samsung China committed a public relations boo-boo. After launching the Galaxy A8s, the Chinese branch announced a future partnership with Supreme, the popular lifestyle brand. Unfortunately, the partnership was not with the original Supreme brand. Rather, the partnered party is Supreme Italia, a knock-off brand based in Italy. At the time, Supreme NYC (the original) and Samsung China knew about Supreme Italia’s status. Regardless, Samsung China still went for the deal.

Now, the company is re-evaluating the partnership once again. According to Samsung leaker Ice Universe, Samsung China issued a statement about the partnership. Translated from the original Mandarin, Samsung said: “Recently, Samsung Electronics announced at the Galaxy A8s conference that it will cooperate with Supreme Italia in the Chinese market. We are currently re-evaluating this cooperation, and we deeply regret the inconvenience caused.”

Based on the original Weibo post, Samsung China received a significant amount of criticism for the snappy decision. Further, it didn’t help that Leo Lau, Samsung China’s digital marketing manager, defended the controversial decision.

Despite not having rights in the country, Supreme maintains a healthy following in China. However, because of the lack of selling rights, Chinese Supreme fans resorted to off-brands like Supreme Italia.

However, it doesn’t excuse Samsung China. With the decision, the Chinese branch has been assaulted by criticisms from both Supreme fans and Samsung’s higher brass. Regardless, the company has a lot of brand equity to lose by being associated with a knock-off brand. With a re-evaluation, the brand is working to restoring some lost credibility.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Flex might cost more than $2,500

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Huawei midrange phones will soon have 20W SuperCharge

Another flagship feature for midrange phones

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Smartphones nowadays are not just about displays, performance, or cameras. Ultra-premium phones already have the capability to quickly fill up their batteries in just 30 minutes, just like the OPPO Find X Lamborghini Edition.

Huawei‘s new Mate 20 Pro with SuperCharge 2.0 technology also has incredible fast charging speeds (70 percent in 30 minutes) using its own 40W charger. But, what about midrange phones?

Image credit: ChargeLab

If this leaked document is real, it appears Huawei is already working on putting SuperCharge technology on its upcoming midrange phones.

According to the leaked information, the fast charger uses a charging protocol that produces half of the Mate 20 Pro charger’s power. So, instead of charging at 10V/4A with a 40W charger, the upcoming standard applies 10V/2A with a 20W charger. Also, it’ll have the reversible USB-C as its interface.

Huawei is expected to announce its new charging technology in 2019, but there’s no exact timeframe for now. There are rumors about plans to introduce it along with the P30 series, which should go official as early as the first quarter.

The charging tech could also be used by Huawei’s sub-brand Honor, so there’s a chance that it’ll be available on more affordable phones, as well.

Source: ChargerLab

SEE ALSO: Huawei pledges $2 billion to secure cybersecurity of hardware

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Samsung to supply Apple with cheaper OLED panels in 2019 — report

Will Apple lower their price as well?

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It’s no secret that despite the war fans are raging, Samsung and Apple are good business buddies. There’s a piece of Samsung in your iPhone X, XS, or XS Max — the display. The Korean company is the sole supplier of OLED panels for the current iPhones and they have a solution to keep the cost down.

The gorgeous displays of OLED-touting iPhones take a good chunk of the overall production cost and they drive the product’s price high. To address this, Samsung is reportedly offering a more affordable option by incorporating the so-called Y-Octa panels with in-cell touch technology.

Cheaper doesn’t mean worse, because this technology is used by Samsung on the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9 phones which have one of the best mobile displays in the market today. It’ll allow Apple to design a thinner, lighter, and hopefully cheaper iPhones in 2019.

According to inside sources, the Y-Octa panels were already offered by Samsung for the production of this year’s iPhones, although Apple wasn’t quite happy about it, yet.

Could this mean iPhone prices will drop next year? It’s a long shot, but we do hope so.

SEE ALSO: Galaxy Note 10’s screen is larger than iPhone XS Max’s, leaks say

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