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In the ring we have two phones from opposite ends of the smartphone world: one is Apple’s newly announced iPhone SE and the other Google’s Pixel 3a from last year.

Both sell for the exact same price. Both are intended to disrupt the trend of rising phone costs. Both pose the same question: Do you really need to buy a thousand-dollar smartphone?

At the end of the day you decide which one is for you, and most likely it will boil down whether you prefer iOS or Android.

Perhaps the more important point to be made here is that these phones don’t cost US$ 1,000 — they are sub-US$ 400. And that’s just fine. No — that’s not just fine. That’s great! We need more competitors in this space.

So if you’re in the market for an smartphone today and don’t want to spend a lot of money, these two are definitely the best phones to consider.

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realme offers huge discounts at Lazada’s midyear sale

Up to 41% off on select products

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Looking forward to buying realme’s newest devices? You might want to check out their Lazada store on July 15. realme is participating in Lazada’s midyear sale, where buyers can snag their favorite devices with 41% off their retail prices.

Students and work-at-home professionals can buy realme devices at their lowest price from 12am – 2am. Various smartphones are on discount during that period. Some of the smartphones to watch out for include the newly-launched realme 6 and X3 SuperZoom. Completing the smartphone discounts are a bunch of accessories on offer too.

Smartphones

  • realme 5 (4 + 128GB) — from PhP 9,990 to PhP 7,990
  • realme XT (8 + 128GB) — from PhP 16,990 to PhP 13,210
  • realme C2 (2 + 32GB) — from PhP 4,990 to PhP 4,590
  • realme C3 (3 + 32GB) — from PhP 5,990 to PhP 5,490
  • realme 5i (3 + 64GB) — from PhP 6,990 to PhP 6,590
  • realme 6i
    • (3 + 64GB) — from PhP 7,990 to PhP 7,390
    • (4 + 128GB) — from PhP 9,990 PhP 9,390
  • realme 6
    • (4 + 128GB) — from PhP 11,990 to PhP 11,490
    • (8 + 128GB) — from PhP 13,990 to PhP 13,490
  • realme 6 Pro (8 + 128GB) — from PhP 16,990 to PhP 16,590
  • realme X3 SuperZoom (12 + 256GB) — from PhP 24,990 to PhP 24,790

Accessories

  • realme Buds 2 — from PhP 690 PhP 590
  • realme Buds Air — from PhP 3,990 to PhP 2,790
  • realme Band — from PhP 1,390 to PhP 990
  • realme Buds Air Neo — from PhP 1,990 to PhP 1,590
  • realme Powerbank — from PhP 1,690 to PhP 990
  • realme Powerbank 2 — from PhP 1,190 to PhP 990
  • realme Adventure Backpack — from PhP 1,490 to PhP 1,190

Whole-day sale

Those who might miss out on the brand’s mega offer sale may still avail of discounts the rest day sale happening on July 15. realme is offering up to 10% discounts on select smartphones and accessories. Plus, it is also discounting the newly-launched realme Watch for PhP 1,000.

Smartphones

  • realme C2 (2 + 32GB) — from PhP 4,990 to PhP 4,790
  • realme C3 (3 + 32GB) — from PhP 5,990 to PhP 5,690
  • realme 5i
    • (3 + 32GB) — from PhP 6,490 to PhP 6,290
    • (3 + 64GB) — from PhP 6,990 to PhP 6,790
  • realme 6i
    • (3 + 64GB) — from PhP 7,990 to PhP 7,690
    • (4 + 128GB) — from PhP 9,990 to PhP 9,690
  • realme 6
    • (4 + 128GB) — from PhP 11,990 to PhP 11,790
    • (8 + 128GB) — from PhP 13,990 to PhP 13,790
  • realme 6 Pro (8 + 128GB) — from PhP 16,990 to PhP 16,790

Accessories

  • realme Buds 2 — from PhP 690 PhP 620
  • realme Buds Air — from PhP 3,990 to PhP 3,590
  • realme Band — from PhP 1,390 to PhP 1,250
  • realme Buds Air Neo — from PhP 1,990 to PhP 1,790
  • realme Powerbank 2 — from PhP 1,690 to PhP 1,520
  • realme Powerbank — from PhP 1,190 to PhP 1,070
  • realme Adventure Backpack — from PhP 1,490 to PhP 1,340
  • realme Watch – -from PhP 3,990 to PhP 2,990

Buyers may snag these great devices and accessories by heading to realme’s Lazada page. For more updates, visit their Facebook and Twitter, and Instagram page.

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iQOO promises gaming phone with 120W fast charging this August

Charges from empty in just 15 minutes

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Image source: iQOO / Weibo

Earlier today, OPPO teased an upcoming 125W fast charging technology this Wednesday. The teaser is the highest charging capability we’ve heard so far. Though definitely a marvel, it certainly aims to upend vivo’s own punches in the battery war.

Coinciding with OPPO’s new teaser, vivo’s gaming sub-brand, iQOO held a press conference in China for the 120W battery technology that it’s been sitting on for quite a while now. Officially named the Super FlashCharge 120W, the upcoming tech can fill a 4000mAh battery in just 15 minutes, much like vivo’s fast charging presentation last year.

In the 15 minutes it took to charge the phone, the press conference detailed how the new technology could accomplish such a feat. Apparently, the battery is designed differently, allowing the device to charge quickly without overheating the phone.

More surprisingly, iQOO has also declared the technology ready for public release already. According to the press conference, the company will release a gaming smartphone built with the technology in August.

Since its inception, iQOO has always touted revolutionary technologies sold at an attractive price, as told by its first-ever flagship. Its most recent flagship, iQOO 3, boasted 55W fast charging and the quirkiest stress test. For sure, whatever iQOO comes up with in August will mimic this prestigious tradition.

SEE ALSO: Vivo now has its own smartphone sub-brand named iQOO

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OPPO teases 125W fast charging, the fastest to date

Going up against vivo’s iQOO

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Image source: OPPO / Weibo

Don’t you just hate it when you forget to charge your phone overnight? Thanks to new battery technologies, charging might soon become a thing of the past. Most recently, the upcoming Snapdragon 875 chipset will supposedly support 100W fast charging, a huge improvement over current standards.

Of course, this isn’t the first time that an impressive charging standard has made its debut. Last year, Xiaomi and vivo previewed an upcoming prototype for 100W and 120W fast charging technologies, respectively. However, the prototypes debuted with no definite launch date.

Today, OPPO’s own fast-charging technology has made another appearance. Posted on its official Weibo account, OPPO teased a new all-time high: 125W fast charging. Though it’s only 5W higher than vivo’s past prototype, 125W isn’t something to scoff at. vivo’s 120W charging demonstration filled an empty 4000mAh battery in just 13 minutes. OPPO’s 125W technology will likely push this even further.

Besides the teaser, OPPO also posted a definitive date: July 15. The company will likely reveal more details in a few days. Hopefully, the impending presentation will also reveal when the technology will finally make its way to a public release.

Apparently, OPPO saw it fit to launch a huge salvo in the battery wars today. vivo’s gaming sub-brand, iQOO, held a revelatory press conference for the 120W fast charging. While OPPO is still sitting on its 125W charging tech, iQOO is already gearing up for a release as soon as August.

SEE ALSO: Unboxing the OPPO Find X2 Pro Automobili Lamborghini Edition

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