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Samsung reveals a Special BLACKPINK Edition of the Galaxy A80

BLINKs definitely NEED this

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Remember when Samsung launched the BLACKPINK Edition of the Galaxy A70 during the A event in Bangkok last April? Well, Samsung Thailand has launched another Special BLACKPINK Edition phone, this time with the Galaxy A80.

If you are still unaware, Galaxy A80 is Samsung’s top-of-the-line smartphone from the A-series with a rotating camera mechanism. As a result, the phone has the 6.7″ New Infinity Super AMOLED Display, a step-up from the Galaxy S10 series‘ punch-hole displays which BLACKPINK has also featured in their ‘Kill This Love’ music video.

Internals are still the same as the regular one though: A set of triple cameras, octa-core Snapdragon 730G chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 3700 mAh battery, and 4G LTE support. It also runs Android 9.0 out of the box.

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The Special BLACKPINK Edition comes with a special box that resembles pretty much like a BLACKPINK album cover.

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The charging stand comes first: When you plug your Galaxy A80 on it, it automatically changes into BLACKPINK wallpapers.

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Putting the phone case changes the UI, something the fancy LED cover case from the S10 series can’t do. It even features a strap with text engravings, plus the signature of your bias at the back.

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Just like any other K-Pop album, it also features a random photo card — something BLINKs would keep forever (young 🎵).

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The base price of the Galaxy A80 starts at THB 21,990 (US$ 719). Meanwhile, the Special BLACKPINK Edition box would cost you an additional THB 3,990 (US$ 130). Pre-orders for the Galaxy A80 and the BLACKPINK kit will start from the 5th of July until the 14th.

 

Other than the special kit, Samsung will also place pre-orders for a Limited Edition BLACKPINK Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Watch Active from July 12 to 14, same as BLACKPINK’s comeback tour in Bangkok.

It wasn’t mentioned if this will be released in countries other than Thailand, but we’re hoping Samsung will hear us BLINKs from other parts of the world.

Editor’s Note: We have received confirmation that the Samsung Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK Edition will indeed hit other markets in Southeast Asia. The Philippines included.

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Password-less logins: OPPO joins FIDO Alliance

Advancing authentication standards

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OPPO announced that is has joined the FIDO Alliance, an open industry association that develops authentication standards to reduce reliance on passwords worldwide.

As a part of the alliance, OPPO will support the development and implementation of the latest FIDO standards for password-less logins by utilizing cryptography and the protocols defined by the association itself.

The smartphone brand will actively use FIDO standards on its smart devices. They will work with FIDO’s other affiliates to provide users a faster but more secure sign-in experience across their devices. 

Launched publicly in 2013, the Alliance was founded by renowned global companies such as PayPal, Lenovo, NokNok Labs, Validity Sensors, Infineon, and Agnitio.

The first deployment of FIDO authentication happened in 2014, involving the Samsung Galaxy S5. Users were allowed to login and shop online with just a swipe of a finger wherever PayPal is accepted.

The Alliance’s latest authentication specification, FIDO2, provides a secure and convenient technical framework supported by companies including Google, Microsoft, and Qualcomm.

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Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G now in the Philippines

Peak performance, smooth gameplay

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Infinix is combining the mobile gaming experience with 5G connectivity and a powerful camera with the official release of the Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G in the Philippines.

It will be available in two colors: Force Black and Snow Fall starting on September 27 in outlets nationwide, as well as Infinix’s online stores in Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok for PhP 12,499.

From September 27 to 29, the device will also get a discount at PhP 10,299 exclusively on Lazada and PhP 11,499 from September 30 in the three online stores.

Peak mobile gaming performance

Powered by an octa-core Dimensity 810 5G processor, the mid-range gaming smartphone boasts of a 13GB Super RAM (8GB RAM + 5GB extended) and a 128GB storage.

The phone has a 5,000mAh battery with support for 33W fast charge, while the brand’s Monster Gaming Kit software further elevates the experience.

Impressive visuals

The Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G has a 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED (2400 x 1080) display with a 60Hz refresh rate.

The phone’s camera setup likewise stunning, with a 108MP main shooter making up the triple camera package at the back. In front is a 16MP selfie camera with dual flash.

Both front and rear cameras are capable of recording 1440p videos at 30fps. Other features include a side fingerprint sensor and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.

To avail of the Lazada 10 percent discount, simply follow these steps:

  • Go to LazMall
  • Click on LazMall Voucher
  • Collect the 10 percent voucher
  • Go to Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G and click Buy Now. The voucher will automatically apply.
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Spider-Man: Miles Morales is getting a PC port

Coming later this fall

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After the first one got a much-awaited port, it was only a matter of time before a second webslinger pops up on PC. Enjoying a much shorter lead time than the first game, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is officially getting a PC port later this year.

Earlier this year, Sony released the official port for the first game, Marvel’s Spider-Man, featuring Peter Parker as the titular superhero. At the time, Insomniac and Nixxes Software (the studio behind the port) only had perfunctory plans to bring Miles Morales along for the PC ride.

In practically no time at all, Sony has announced the official coming of the second game through its own teaser trailer. Though the trailer does not end with a release date, it will launch sometime in the fall of this year.

In terms of ports, Sony has found massive success in bringing its formerly exclusive games to more markets. Now, PC players can finally get access to critically acclaimed title from consoles. In Spider-Man’s case, various modders have already created a thriving community for the first game. One such segment involves replacing Peter’s model with other characters like Stan Lee.

Will Miles Morales get the same hype and fanfare? Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales continues the story started by Peter Parker. After being bitten by a radioactive spider, Miles sets off on his own adventure with electrifying powers.

If you can’t wait for the PC port, the game is still available for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

SEE ALSO: Spider-Man things you can watch right now

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