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BlackBerry KEY2 goes official and it’s definitely a phone for keyboard fans

Ain’t it nice to type on an actual keyboard?

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TCL, the current owner of BlackBerry, just announced their latest phone and unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know what it is — the BlackBerry KEY2. The early leaks and rumors about the new BlackBerry phone are true; from pricing to specs, they are correct.

Unsurprisingly, they KEY2 continues the KEYone legacy. It still has a squarish form factor (but not as square as the BlackBerry Passport) with a 4.5-inch IPS display (1080 x 1620 pixels, 3:2 ratio) and iconic physical keyboard, which has become a rarity in today’s smartphone market. It also has a first for a BlackBerry — dual rear cameras.

BlackBerry is finally on board the dual camera wagon with two 12-megapixel rear sensors: one with a regular f/1.8 lens and another with a telephoto f/2.6 lens. Obviously, the secondary sensor is used for optical zooming as well as portrait shots and bokeh features. An 8-megapixel shooter takes care of the selfies.

The body of the phone is made from 7000 Series aluminum with a textured rubber back. Overall, the phone looks sleeker and more refined than the KEYone. Perhaps the removal of the metal forehead gives the KEY2 much-needed elegance as a modern business phone.

Going back to the keyboard, it’s now 20 percent taller for more comfortable and accurate typing. It also has a matte finish and more spacious layout. The spacebar still doubles as a fingerprint reader and the whole keyboard acts as a trackpad which has always been neat. In addition, there’s a new Speed key that enables shortcut commands to open apps, contact info, or access certain functions. Just imagine how productive you can be without even touching the screen.

Inside the phone is a Snapdragon 660 processor with a generous 6GB of memory and up to 128GB of expandable storage. Software-wise, the KEY2 boots Android Oreo out of the box with a promised update to Android P. Of course, monthly security updates are also expected.

The BlackBerry KEY2 will go on sale this June starting at US$ 649 in the US, GBP 579 in the UK, and EUR 649 for the rest of Europe.

SEE ALSO: From Curve, Bold to Priv: 10 of the most memorable BlackBerry devices

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Xiaomi Mi 9 SE: the first Snapdragon 712-powered smartphone

The new Xiaomi midrange star

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Alongside the launch of the Mi 9, Xiaomi unveiled the Mi 9 SE. Like its predecessor, the Mi 9 SE is a step below the main flagship offering, but it’s a star on its own. It borrows the looks of the Mi 9 with some changes to meet its price point.

The Mi 9 SE is the first phone in the world to sport the new Snapdragon 712 chipset, the slightly faster version of the Snapdragon 710. The new processor is paired with 6GB of memory and up to 128GB of internal storage.

Much like the Mi 8 SE from last year, Xiaomi has a strong midrange contender here. It’s also just a bit smaller than Mi 9 with its 5.97-inch AMOLED display with a waterdrop notch.

You might forget that the Mi 9 SE is below than the Mi 9 because Xiaomi still gave it triple rear cameras. It has a main 48-megapixel sensor, a 13-megapixel super wide-angle lens, and an 8-megapixel telephoto shooter.

To top the camera department, it even has a 20-megapixel front camera for taking selfies. Of course, the cameras are powered by AI and has beauty filters to boot.

A 3070mAh battery powers up the Mi 9 SE and it quickly charges through the phone’s USB-C port using an 18W fast charger. The phone has an in-display fingerprint reader as well, just like the expensive phones out there.

The phone will come in shades of blue, violet, and black starting at CNY 1,999 (US$ 300) and will go as high as CNY 2,299 (US$ 340) in China.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Mi 9 beats iPhone XS Max and Galaxy Note 9 on DxOMark

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Samsung Galaxy S10: Price and availability in Singapore

Pre-order now for freebies!

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It won’t be long before Samsung’s newest flagship devices hit the market, and Singapore is one of the first countries to get them.

A few hours after their global launch in San Francisco, the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e have been unveiled in the country today. All three models run on the same high-end 8nm chipset, and a new design that Samsung likes to call Infinity-O Display.

The S10e is the smallest and most affordable of the bunch. It looks a bit different from the usual Samsung flagship as it doesn’t have a curved display. Instead, you get rounded corners and flat but symmetrical bezels all around.

On the back, you only get two cameras: a 12MP wide-angle lens, and a secondary 16MP ultra-wide-angle shooter. The power button of the S10e also doubles as a fingerprint sensor.

The S10 and S10+ share a squarish body similar to the Note series as well as Samsung’s signature curved displays.

For the first time on Samsung phones, there’s an in-display fingerprint reader on both models. Samsung uses ultrasonic, instead of optical, making this the fastest and most accurate under-display fingerprint scanner we’ve used to date.

Both the S10 and S10+ also have three rear cameras; they get an extra 12MP telephoto lens. On the S10+, you also get dual front-facing cameras — one of which is an ultra wide-angle camera — which enables Live Focus for selfies.

All three models also get an upgrade in the battery department: S10e, 3100mAh; S10, 3400mAh; S10+, 4100mAh.

Pre-orders for the Galaxy S10 and S10+ start 12pm of February 22. Users may register with local carriers M1, Singtel, and StarHub, as well as Samsung Store Online, Samsung Experience Stores, Galaxy Studio, Lazada Singapore, and other select stores.

Pre-ordered S10 and S10+ units will come bundled with the Wireless Charger Duo Pad (SG$ 148) in white, and the Galaxy Buds (SG$ 238) in white as well.

The Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10+ will be available in the country starting March 8 and will retail as follows: Galaxy S10e (6GB+ 128GB), SG$ 1,078; Galaxy S10 (8GB + 128GB), SG$ 1,298; Galaxy S10+ (8GB + 128GB), SG$ 1,398; Galaxy S10+ (8GB + 512GB), SG$ 1,798; Galaxy S10+ (12GB + 1TB), SG$ 2,198.

All 128GB configurations will be available in Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green. The 512GB and 1TB models will come in Ceramic White and Ceramic Black.

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Samsung Galaxy S10: Price and availability in the Philippines

10th generation of the Galaxy S flagship

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Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy S10 family earlier today and we now have three new flagship phones to choose from.

The new Galaxy S10 series is composed of the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and the latest addition, the Galaxy S10E. The three phones feature the new Infinity-O Super AMOLED display. They are also powered by Samsung’s very own 8nm processor: the Exynos 9820.

The Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ feature 6.1- and 6.4-inch displays, respectively. Both also have 8GB of memory and 128GB of expandable storage. Camera-wise, the two models come with triple rear cameras, while the Galaxy S10+ has dual front cameras. Samsung is also releasing a limited edition Galaxy S10+ with 1TB of storage and 12GB of memory.

The Galaxy S10E, on the other hand, is pretty pocketable with its 5.8-inch display, 6GB of memory, and 128GB of storage. It only has two rear cameras, but it essentially shares a lot of features with its bigger siblings.

Samsung Galaxy S10E and Galaxy S10+

The Galaxy S10E is the cheapest among the three at PhP 39,990 and it’ll come in Prism White. If you want something more premium, the Galaxy S10 will retail for PhP 49,990 and it’ll be available in Prism White and Prism Black. The bigger Galaxy S10+ will go for PhP 55,990 and it’ll come in both black and white, plus the new Prism Green.

The top-dog limited edition Galaxy S10+ with 1TB storage and 12GB of memory will only be available via pre-order for PhP 89,990. All pre-orders come with their respective freebies worth up to PhP 28,500.

The whole Galaxy S10 family will be available in stores starting March 8. While we wait for the orders to be delivered, check out our hands-on below:

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S10 Hands-on: A refinement of everything

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