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While we haven’t heard of an iPhone SE follow-up this April 2021, Apple has released a new colorway that already captured the hearts of many.

It’s still the same iPhone 12 with a vibrant display, powerful A14 Bionic chip, and a great pair of wide and ultra-wide cameras. But is the purple iPhone 12 something you wanna buy over other color shades?

Here’s our unboxing of the Purple iPhone 12 with a new Amethyst Silicone case — and you’ll learn how to create your own purple cocktail too!

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Xiaomi 11T Series launches in the Philippines

A trifecta of Xiaomi smartphone goodness

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The Xiaomi 11T Series has finally made it way to the Philippines. This set is the Xiaomi 11 family consisting of the Xiaomi 11T Pro, Xiaomi 11T, and the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE. Those with a “T” are promising content creation goodness on a flagship package, while the Lite one is bringing flagship power in a tiny package.

We’ve covered the specs and features in this article. We’ll post excerpt of which towards the and of this pricing article. Now, we’re going to make this quick and jump straight to what you came here for.

Pricing and availability

Xiaomi 11T Pro

  • 8GB+256GB — PhP 27,990
  • 12GB+256GB — PhP 29,990

Xiaomi 11T

  • 8GB+128GB — PhP 21,990
  • 8GB+256GB — PhP 24,990

The Xiaomi 11T Pro and Xiaomi 11T come in three colors with a brushed finish: Meteorite Gray, Moonlight White, and Celestial Blue.

You can also pre-order the Xiaomi 11T Pro and Xiaomi 11T in Authorized Xiaomi Stores from October 24 to 29 and get a Mi Robot Vacuum and Mi Recyclable Eco Bag worth PhP 10,000.

Xiaomi Philippines will also have an open sale on October 30, 2021 where buyers of the Xiaomi 11T and Xiaomi 11T Pro will get a free Xiaomi 11T Series Edition Bluetooth Speaker worth PhP 3,250.

Freebies also await those who pre-order the Xiaomi 11T and Xiaomi 11T Pro in Xiaomi’s online stores. For every purchase of the Xiaomi 11T on the Xiaomi Shopee Global Store from October 24 to 29, buyers of the Xiaomi 11T Pro will get a free Mi Watch and Wireless Earphone 2 Basic. Those who decide to get the Xiaomi 11T will also be getting a Mi Watch Lite and Wireless Earphone 2 Basic.

An open sale will also be happening starting October 30 where every purchase of the Xiaomi 11T and Xiaomi 11T Pro will entitle buyers to a free Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic.

Meanwhile, the Official Xiaomi Philippines Shopee store will also be including a free Mi Robot Vacuum  and eco bag with every purchase of the Xiaomi 11T.

Each purchase of the device comes with a 1+1 year limited warranty and free screen replacement within six months.

Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE

  • 6GB+128GB — PhP 16,990
  • 8GB+128GB — PhP 18,990
  • 8GB+256GB — PhP 20,990

Pre-orders of the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE on the Xiaomi Shopee Global Store from October 24 to 29 will also include a free Mi Watch Lite.

On the Open Sale on October 30, buyers will be receiving a Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic for free.

Xiaomi 11T Pro

the Xiaomi 11T Pro is the first smartphone to ship with Xiaomi’s 120W Hypercharge Technology. The company says it can juice fully juice up the phone’s 5,000mAh battery from zero to 100 percent in only 17 minutes.

That means you’ll have more time to spend creating with its triple rear camera setup. That’s a pro-grade 108MP wide angle lens, a 5MP 2x telemacro lens, and an 8MP 120° ultra-wide angle lens.

The pro-grade lens will do a lot of the heavy lifting in the “Cinemagic” department but it won’t be without help. Aiding it is the Xiaomi 11T Pro’s computational filmography capabilities. These enable features like AI Cinema modes, 8K recording and HDR10+. Xiaomi says this lets the phone take videos with the same smart ISO technology found in digital cameras.

As this is a flagship smartphone, the rest of it is pretty par for the course for a 2021 premium phone. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor with the following configuration options: 8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB, and 12GB+512GB.

The Xiaomi 11T Pro has a 6.67’’ FHD+ 120Hz AMOLED flat display. And the display comes with the usual flagship bells and whistles: TrueColor, Dolby Vision and HDR10+.

Xiaomi 11T

The Xiaomi 11T shares many similarities with the Pro variant. In fact, they’re almost indistinguishable at first glance. But the devil, of course, is always in the details.

Here’s everything that’s the same:

  • 6.67’’ FHD+ 120Hz AMOLED flat display
  • Triple camera setup: 108MP wide angle + 5MP 2x telemacro + 8MP 120° ultra-wide
  • 5000mAh battery

Here’s everything that’s different:

  • Mediatek Dimensity 1200-Ultra SOC
  • 8GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB configurations
  • 67W Wired Charging

Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE

If you’re not after the absolute best that Xiaomi has to offer but still want something competent, here’s the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE.

It has a 6.55” AMOLED DotDisplay with all that TrueColor and Dolby Vision goodness and a 90Hz refresh rate. Despite the size, it’s pretty lightweight weighing at only 158g.

The Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G chip and comes in the following configurations: 6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB, and 8GB+256GB. Its 4,250mAh battery supports 33W fast charging.

Lastly, it’s also packing a triple camera setup: 64MP wide, 8MP ultra-wide, and 5MP telemacro. There’s a 20MP front-facing camera for selfie takers.

It’s worth noting that Xiaomi promised three Android Upgrades and four security patches for this set of smartphones.

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Canalys: vivo rises to 4th in global smartphone shipments

First time since the company was established

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Market analyst firm Canalys reports that vivo ranked fourth in global smartphone shipments for the first time in history since the company was established in 2009.

With a market share of 10 percent, the Chinese smartphone brand placed fourth behind Samsung, Apple, and Xiaomi in the third quarter of 2021.

Previous quarterly numbers from Canalys indicated that vivo remained among the top five in global smartphone shipments in the past four quarters.The company also topped China’s smartphone market in the second quarter of 2021, according to IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, maintaining strong growth momentum.

Championing a “local mindset” and putting value to its understanding of local culture and management, vivo continues to expand to more markets worldwide and accelerate its globalization.

As of now, vivo has branched out its sales network across more than 50 countries and regions, and is loved by more than 400 million users worldwide.

In the Philippines alone, vivo took over as the top smartphone vendor with a 21 percent market share during the second quarter of 2020, an impressive rise of 18 percentage points from the previous year, also per a Canalys report.

It has maintained a strong presence in the country with the introduction of top-of-the-line yet affordable smartphones. As of the second quarter of 2021, vivo holds an 18.2 percent market share.

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OPPO is developing its own chipsets

Following Google’s footsteps

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Are the golden days of Snapdragon ending? A few smartphone makers have dedicated considerable resources to creating their own in-house chips. Doing so will considerably reduce their reliance on the current dominators of the semiconductor industry like Qualcomm and MediaTek. Much like its contemporaries, OPPO is reportedly developing its own flagship processors.

First reported by Nikkei, OPPO is planning to release its first chipsets sometime in 2023 or 2024. The chips will come with the brand’s flagship devices. They will rely on TSMC’s advanced 3nm process.

Naturally, the report doesn’t indicate which smartphones will eventually come with the chipsets. However, a promised flagship does indicate good things to come.

The report coincidentally follows the recent Google Pixel 6 launch. Much like what OPPO is promising, the Pixel 6 sports Google’s first in-house chipset called the Tensor. Apple’s M1 chipset lineup is also an attempt to reduce the brand’s reliance on other component makers.

When Google announced the Tensor, Qualcomm publicly stated that the efforts towards in-house chipsets won’t hamper its dominance in the industry. The company has other clients after all. Then again, with more companies following Google, the top chipset maker might finally feel the crunch. OPPO is still one of the world’s top smartphone brands, especially after the rapid descent of Huawei.

SEE ALSO: OPPO set to launch its first tablet next year

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