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The new iPhone SE now official

Most rumors were on point

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A lot of people waited, and now it’s finally here. Apple has officially launched the iPhone SE 2 and for the most part, the rumors and leaks were true.

Newer parts in an old body

First up, the design. It does follow the look of the iPhone 8 with a 4.7-inch Retina HD Display. So yes, there’s Touch ID but it’s now second-generation. There’s no Face ID but Apple put a new depth system so you can still take portrait shots with the selfie camera.

Speaking of the camera, on the rear, there’s only one. It’s a 12-megapixel wide angle shooter. But it has optical image stabilization (OIS) and focus pixels. It can shoot 4K videos up to 60FPS with extended dynamic range up to 30FPS. In a nutshell, it’s just as good as the iPhone 11, just missing the ultra-wide angle and telephoto lenses.

Just like the iPhone 11, the iPhone SE 2 is powered by the A13 Bionic Chip. Other features include support for wireless and fast charging, WiFi 6, stereo recording. It’s also a dual sim phone with support for eSims. For splash and dust resistance, it has an IP67 rating.

Pricing and availability

The iPhone SE 2 will come in three colors: white, black, and (PRODUCT)RED. It will be available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage variants.

The rumor on pricing is also spot on. The iPhone SE 2 starts at US$ 399 — the same price of the first iPhone SE at launch. Pre-order will begin on April 17, Friday and will be widely available starting April 24.

In Singapore, pricing starts at SG$ 649 and will be available through Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers. In the Philippines, it will start at PhP 26, 490.

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OnePlus 8T pricing and availability in the Philippines

The latest from OnePlus is here!

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OnePlus 8T

Well, that was fast. Digital Walker — the official distributor of OnePlus in the Philippines — is finally selling the recently launched OnePlus 8T in the country.

The official price of the OnePlus 8T in the country is PhP 29,990. Digital Walker is actually doing its buyers a favor since that price is only US$ 617 when converted. In the US, it is much expensive at US$ 749. However, the US variant comes with a 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

Digital Walker is only selling an 8GB + 128GB variant in the country for the meantime though. It is unclear if a higher-end variant will come in the future. Also, it is important to note that only the Luna Silver color option is available in the meantime.

Buyers must head over to Digital Walker’s official online store — HomeOffice — to purchase one. Alternatively, they can click to this link to take them straight to the product page. Due to the supply restrictions, OnePlus 8T is limited in stock, and delivery in the Philippines may occur later in November.

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Apple’s MagSafe charger works on Samsung and Google phones

Specifically the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Pixel 5

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This month, Apple announced the return of the wireless MagSafe system. This time around, the wireless charging solution powers the iPhone 12 series with a convenient snap-to-place method. Of course, as with most of Apple’s products, you don’t really expect it to work with non-Apple device. Fortunately, the historical rule of thumb is wrong. Apparently, Apple’s MagSafe charger works on Samsung and Google phones.

As tested by Max Weinbach, the wireless charger can snap and work on the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Further, YouTuber Aaron Zollo tested the charger on the recently announced Google Pixel 5. Unfortunately, neither test revealed how well the charger does with the devices. However, Weinbach commented that it took some effort to dislodge the charger from the Galaxy Z Fold 2.

Of course, it’s no surprise that the MagSafe charger will work on other Qi-based devices. However, it’s a surprise that Apple’s proprietary accessories are working on non-Apple devices.

Still, if you need an extra wireless charger, at least Apple’s charger can work on your device. That is, if you own both an Apple and Android device.

Now, the only remaining question is whether or not Apple’s other MagSafe accessories will work on non-Apple devices. The other accessories — like an attachable wallet — will come out later this year.

SEE ALSO: iPhone 12 will not come with a free charger and earphones

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Sweden is officially banning Huawei and ZTE

Must rid of brand by 2025

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For years, the American government has waged a lopsided war against Huawei and its 5G infrastructure. However, amidst the country’s Sinophobic sentiments, only two other countries have more reason to ban the Chinese company from its soil — Sweden and Finland. Finally, the situation has changed. Sweden is officially banning Huawei and ZTE.

Why does a Sweden ban make the most sense? Well, the country owns one of Huawei’s biggest competitors in the 5G industry, Ericsson. Meanwhile, the neighboring Finland owns the other biggest 5G rival, Nokia.

Now, the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority has announced the ban for any Huawei- or ZTE-based architecture for the country’s 5G industry. Any networks must divest from the banned brands before 2025. Currently, four networks — without the Chinese companies — are bidding for the privilege of building Sweden’s 5G networks.

With the ban, Sweden is joining the United Kingdom in banning the Chinese companies from future architecture. In other parts of the world, Nokia and Ericsson have already taken over from Huawei and ZTE. Of course, the smartphone industry is already rushing to build 5G-compatible smartphones. Most of 2020’s smartphones tout the compatibility even without stable 5G networks.

Outside of the 5G realm, Huawei is also experiencing a lot of crunch from smartphone component companies pulling their business from the Chinese company.

SEE ALSO: iPhone 12’s 5G feature is useless for most users, analysts say

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