Cherry Mobile Flare S4 Plus Unboxing



A premium budget smartphone? That’s what the Flare S4 Plus is trying to be. Here’s our unboxing of the latest from Cherry Mobile.

If you’re into phablets, Cherry Mobile also has something for you. With the same processor as the Flare 4 and Flare S4, the 5.5-inch Flare S4 Plus one ups its little brothers with 3GB of RAM and better cameras, 16 megapixels on its rear and 8 megapixels up front. At P7,999 the Flare S4 Plus also supports LTE connectivity. You can use it as a dual SIM phone, or swap out one SIM for a microSD card.


Huawei P50 Pro, P50 Pocket opens to international market

Here’s how much



Years since the first one, the Huawei P series is still one of the most paramount lineups in the Chinese smartphone maker’s gallery. Despite the drop off caused by still-ongoing geopolitical issues, Huawei maintains a steady influx of smartphones for the series. Most notably, the recent Huawei P50 series infused a breath of new life for the company, spearheaded by a clamshell phone, the P50 Pocket, released a few weeks ago. Now, you can finally grab the new devices for yourself.

Today, Huawei has opened the P50 Pro and the P50 Pocket for an international audience.

As the name suggests, the P50 Pro is a more premium version of the regular model — headlined by a slightly larger 6.6-inch 120Hz screen, up to 12GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of internal storage. Check out more specs here.

Meanwhile, the P50 Pocket is a horizontal clamshell phone, taking on Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip3 and Moto’s Razr. With a sizable 6.9-inch screen, the foldable device comes with Snapdragon 888, up to 12GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of internal storage. Check it out here.

As expected, both smartphones came with a staggered release, launching first in China before others. But, of course, Huawei can’t keep these devices under a limited release forever. In the first phase of the international rollout, both will launch in key markets from Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Latin America.

The P50 Pro will retail for EUR 1,199. Meanwhile, the P50 Pocket (8GB/256GB) will come in two variants. The starting model will retail for EUR 1,299. Finally, the P50 Pocket Premium Edition (12GB/512GB) will retail for EUR 1,599.

SEE ALSO: The Huawei P50 is coming to the Philippines

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Redmi Note 11 series officially launches

Featuring 4 devices



Redmi Note 11 series

Xiaomi just announced the Redmi Note 11 series. It’s a massive line that has four smartphones. These are the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G, Redmi Note 11 Pro, Redmi Note 11S and Redmi Note 11. The series promises upgrades across the board from cameras, performance, and charging speeds.

Flagship-level camera setup

Each member of the Redmi Note 11 series is equipped with sensors that won’t leave you wanting in the camera department. The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G, Redmi Note 11 Pro, and Redmi Note 11 feature 108MP primary sensors.

Specifically, they are using the Samsung HM2 with a 1/1.52″ sensor size. It leverages 9-in-1 pixel binning technology as well as dual native ISO to deliver incredible images with higher dynamic range and colour performance, with excellent results even in dim light.

AMOLED goodness

Members of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 series’ screen sizes vary. But they all have FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay featuring DCI-P3 wide color gamut. There’s also 1200nits brightness. And last but certainly not the least, a 120Hz screen refresh rate with a 360Hz touch sampling rate. Impressive numbers, especially for the Redmi Note line.

The series is powered by more than capable Snapdragon and MediaTek chipsets. These are able to handle any task from the most basic like social media browsing, to the most demanding like playing games and multitasking.

Here’s a quick look at the specs.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G

Redmi Note 11 Pro

Redmi Note 11S

Redmi Note 11



6.67” FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay




Rear camera

108MP main camera

8MP ultra-wide camera

2MP macro camera

108MP main camera

8MP ultra-wide camera

2MP macro camera

2MP depth camera

50MP main camera

8MP ultra-wide camera

2MP macro camera

2MP depth camera

Front camera

16MP in-display front camera

13MP in-display  front camera

Dimension & Weight

164.19mm x 76.1mm x 8.12mm


159.87mm x 73.87mm x 8.09mm



Snapdragon 695

MediaTek Helio G96

Snapdragon 680



UFS 2.2


Dual speakers

3.5mm headphone jack


Side fingerprint sensor

AI Face Unlock


5,000mAh (typ) battery

Supports 67W wired turbo charging

5,000mAh (typ) battery

Supports 33W wired Pro fast charging


SIM 1 + Hybrid (SIM or MicroSD)


IR blaster

Dual SIM + MicroSD


IR blaster


6GB+64GB, 6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB

4GB+64GB, 4GB+128GB, 6GB+128GB

Available colors

(Depends on region)

Graphite Gray,

Polar White, Atlantic Blue

Graphite Gray,

Polar White, Star Blue

Graphite Gray,

Twilight Blue, Pearl White

Graphite Gray,

Twilight Blue, Star Blue

Pricing and availability details to follow.

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Nvidia planning to drop Arm acquisition plans

Initially set for US$ 40 billion



In the wake of the blockbuster Microsoft acquisition of Activision Blizzard, a major deal from 2020 has suddenly fallen apart. Nvidia is reportedly backing down from its acquisition of chip designer Arm.

Back in 2020, the GPU maker was reportedly set to purchase Arm for a whopping US$ 40 billion. The deal, which has since never materialized, was supposed to involve a mixture of shares and straight cash. Nvidia planned to take the company from current owner SoftBank.

However, as is apparent now, the acquisition plan is now a no-go. Initially reported by Bloomberg, Nvidia is planning to drop the deal. Sources inside the company no longer expect any form of buyout talks to materialize further.

For their part, SoftBank is now preparing to open Arm for an IPO in the future, obviously aiming for a future with the same helmsman.

Several parties are likely satisfied that the deal is not pushing through. Some, including the American government, planned to stop the acquisition to prevent anti-competition. China has also expressed disdain towards the proposed plan. Arm, a British business, falling to Nvidia, an American company, will certainly cause problems for Chinese companies looking for a grip on the semiconductor market, according to Chinese pundits at the time.

Though it’s not a huge household name, Arm is an influential force in the semiconductor realm, designing chips for several devices.

SEE ALSO: Why the NVIDIA-Arm deal is unlikely to get approval from China

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