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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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Qualcomm officially launches Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Coming first late 2021

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A few days ago, Qualcomm officially confirmed a coming name change for its ubiquitous Snapdragon chipset series. Of course, though Qualcomm already announced the change, the company did not reveal the new naming scheme. Now, the mystery is gone. Welcome, the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

Sporting a new coat of paint, the chipset touts an improved 5G modem, the X65 5G. According to the company, the modem can reportedly reach 10Gbps in download speeds. It can also connect to the emerging Wi-Fi 6 standard, allowing up to 3.6Gbps in download speeds. The upper limit won’t mean much in today’s still-young 5G global network. However, it does mean much for the chipset’s longevity.

In the camera department, the chipset sports an 18-bit processor which can supposedly process 4,000 times more data than its predecessor. It can support up to three 36-megapixel cameras simultaneously. It can shoot up to 8K HDR footage at 30 frames per second, UHD footage at 120 frames per second, or slow-mo 720p videos at 960 frames per second.

Qualcomm didn’t specifically indicate how much the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 differs from the Snapdragon 888 in the performance department. However, it will once again focus on the future of AI. Features that use AI will reportedly get a boost going forward.

According to the company, the first smartphones with the chipset will launch sometime by the end of the year. As expected, more smartphones will come out next year in 2022.

SEE ALSO: Upcoming Snapdragon chipset scores 1000000 on AnTuTu

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Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO

Successors named

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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey has been as much of a staple for the social media network as Mark Zuckerberg has for Facebook. However, as followers of Apple and Microsoft can attest to, long-standing figureheads of tech can change in an instant. Twitter is suddenly undergoing just that sort of shakeup. In a surprise announcement, Dorsey has announced that he is stepping down as Twitter CEO.

On-brand for his eccentric personality, Dorsey tweeted out the internal email detailing his resignation from his post. According to the email, Dorsey now feels that it is time to transition the company from a “founder-led” system to something potentially greater. He, along with other members of the board, has already appointed successors for his position.

First, now-former Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal will serve as the company’s CEO effective immediately. Agarwal was formerly an engineer with Twitter but has since led the company through several key decisions beside Dorsey.

Secondly, Bret Taylor, a member of Twitter’s board, will eventually serve as the new chairman. Dorsey will still serve the rest of this term until around May. Between now and the end of his term, Dorsey will help both new leaders transition into their new positions.

Though Dorsey’s announcement has a sense of intensity, this isn’t the first time that the Twitter founder exited his position. Back in 2008, he left his post for a time before returning to helm the company again in 2015. Only time will tell whether this current resignation will stick and what role he will transition into now. Regardless, it’s a new era for Twitter.

SEE ALSO: Twitter rolls out soft block feature for everyone

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Dimensity 9000 will reportedly cost double its predecessor

Same with Snapdragon, reportedly

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The end of the year often means the latest generation of smartphone chipsets. Qualcomm and MediaTek, two of the world’s top chipset makers, launch the latest flagship series that will power the following year’s slate of smartphones. Qualcomm already teased a rebranding with their upcoming launch. Now, we have a few more details about MediaTek’s recently launched Dimensity 9000.

Recently, MediaTek launched its next flagship chipset series. The Dimensity 9000 promises impressive performance that can allegedly topple its predecessor’s performance, the Dimensity 1200. However, a promise like that can come with its drawbacks.

Via GizChina, the Dimensity 9000 will reportedly cost double of its predecessor. Though the report does not give actual specifics, it is likely that a more expensive price tag for the processor also comes with an increase in price for the flagship smartphones that it will come with. Next year’s smartphones might come a lot costlier because of the chipset.

If anything, the report also states that the upcoming Snapdragon flagship chipset will also have a higher price tag when it launches soon. As such, most flagships might indeed have higher price tags next year.

Both chipsets have not made their ways to an actual smartphone yet. However, the Snapdragon and Dimensity series do have the most ubiquitous brands for a chipset. If the report does come to pass, we might have to bid our wallets adieu next year.

SEE ALSO: MediaTek announces new Dimensity 9000 chipset

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