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Cherry Mobile announces Flare S6 series with Cherry OS

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Cherry Mobile has launched their new Flare S6 series with three new handsets. From a budget-friendly entry phone to a 2017-level device sporting an 18:9 display — just like the latest Android flagships.

We see the Flare series of Cherry Mobile as their core line of handsets with multiple models to choose from. Now on its sixth generation, we have three different options at three distinct price points.

Flare S6 

At the bottom of the chain is the Flare S6, which is also the cheapest of the bunch. It’s a 5.2-inch HD smartphone running Android 7.0 Nougat skinned with Cherry OS and has a plastic build. It’s powered by a MediaTek MT6737 processor with 2GB of memory and 16GB of expandable storage.

Cherry Mobile Flare S6

Don’t get fooled by its price thinking that it lacks any modern features, because the Flare S6 sports a fingerprint reader on its back and has a reversible USB-C port. Its cameras are also impressive on paper with 13-megapixel sensors on both the rear and front, although the battery capacity is quite low at just 2600mAh.

The Flare S6 is priced at just PhP 3,999 (US$ 80).

Flare S6 Selfie

Cherry Mobile is also in the selfie game with the Flare S6 Selfie. It has identical 16-megapixel sensors on its rear and front cameras, and both have their own LED flash. It also owns a 5.2-inch display, but with Full HD resolution this time, and a metal back panel.

Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Selfie

The phone is powered by a MediaTek MT6750T processor with 3GB of memory and 16GB of storage, which is expandable via a microSD card. The physical home button houses a fingerprint reader and the bottom contains a USB-C port. Android 7.0 Nougat runs on the device, again with Cherry OS, and has a 2600mAh battery.

For the Flare S6 Selfie, the price is PhP 7,999 (US$ 155).

Flare S6 Plus

Last but definitely not the least is Cherry Mobile’s top offering, the Flare S6 Plus. The new phone features a 5.7-inch HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, which the company calls TrueView. The specs are similar to the Selfie, but it has its own upgrades. The processor is still a MediaTek 6750T, but the memory is bumped up to 4GB and storage is larger at 64GB.

Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Plus

Aside from the TrueView display, the Flare S6 Plus is also a quad-camera phone. Both the front and rear have an identical setup of 16-megapixel main and 5-megapixel secondary sensors. The additional lenses allow the phone to shoot stills with artificial bokeh and other effects.

Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Selfie, Flare S6, and Flare S6 Plus

The phone gets a bigger 3000mAh battery which charges through a reversible USB-C port, and has support for Hi-Fi audio through its 3.5mm audio port. The fingerprint reader is located on the back of the phone’s metal body. Android 7.0 Nougat with Cherry OS skin on top runs on the device.

The Flare S6 Plus is priced at PhP 9,999 (US$ 195) with a free VE Monk headset.

SEE ALSO: Cherry Mobile maintains its lead in the Philippines

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Apple iPad explodes inside an Amsterdam store

Three employees treated for minor injuries

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It looks like this exploding gadget trend isn’t ending any time soon.

The latest casualty happened in Amsterdam, Netherlands — inside an official Apple store, no less.

An iPad on display burst because of a leaking battery, causing minor injuries to three employees inside the store. Everyone was subsequently evacuated and the local fire brigade checked the scene for damages.

Fortunately, the three employees suffered only respiratory issues based on the latest report. In addition, there was no actual fire involved.

Apple is still investigating the incident and has yet to release a public statement.

This isn’t the first time Apple is facing problems with exploding products, but these cases are still too rare to cause widespread fear or a recall.

At least the device wasn’t bitten this time.

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Netflix is testing engagement by putting ads between episodes

Netflix, no chill

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How would you feel if, after a long day at work, you were relaxing and catching up on a series you’ve been excited to binge, and it gets interrupted by “But first, check out…” followed by a trailer of another show? If you’re miffed at the thought then you should sip your most calming tea, because that’s exactly what Netflix has started to do.

The streaming big shot has confirmed to Ars Technica that this move is a test to see whether or not inserting these ads would help speed up viewers’ discovery of new titles that they’ll like. Right now, these ads only appear for some people globally, but Netflix did not confirm how long this test will last.

The move has garnered some backlash from users encountering the ads, but Netflix has said that, although they are aware of the “chatter on social channels,” their focus is more on the engagement to these ads and that this is what will determine a wider rollout in the future.

If you find yourself faced with these ads though, apparently you can opt out of these tests. That way, you’ll still be able to Netflix, chill, and binge watch the night (and/or day) away.

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Huawei’s Nova 3 to go on open sale starting August 23

More than 50 million units have been shipped globally

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Just last month, Huawei launched the Nova 3 and 3i in India, and since then the duo has been up for purchase via flash sales in India. The company says the two phones have garnered incredible response globally and more than 50 million units have been shipped as of now.

Huawei has announced that the Nova 3i’s next flash sale will be held on August 21. On the other hand, the more powerful Nova 3 will be available via open sales (not flash) starting August 23, 1 PM. Both phones are exclusively sold on Amazon.in, and Prime members can order the Nova 3 from 12 noon itself.

The Nova 3 is priced at INR 34,999 (US$ 500) and competes against the mighty OnePlus 6. The phone has an edge over the OnePlus counterpart thanks to the beautiful glass backing that has nice color gradients. It features Huawei’s latest processor along with added AI capabilities and a GPU Turbo mode for a more refined gaming experience.

The phone comes with a host of offers including zero fee EMI and screen protection insurance. American Express cardholders are eligible for an instant cashback of INR 3,000, while telecom operator Jio is bundling along 100GB of data worth INR 3,300 along with the phone.

The Nova 3i is a midrange phone that features the same premium glass backing along with a slightly weaker processor. Though, it also houses a host of AI-powered features along with the popular GPU Turbo mode.  The phone is priced at INR 20,990 and competes against the Honor Play, Nokia 7 Plus, and the Mi A2.

The Nova 3i too has many offers bundled along, including an instant five percent discount when purchased via HDFC credit and debit cards. Zero-fee EMI options up to nine months are also available.

The two phones are cheaper siblings of the P20 Pro and feature the same high-end design language along with a suite of smart features thanks to EMUI.

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