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Cherry Mobile announces Flare S7 series with three new smartphones

Cherry Mobile joins the notched display trend

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It’s been a year since Cherry Mobile released the Flare S6 phones, and it’s time to introduce the successors. To keep their number one position in the Philippines, the smartphone brand unveiled three smartphones under the new Flare S7 Series.

Despite being budget devices, all of the Flare S7 phones come with four cameras on board (two in front and two at the back), rear fingerprint readers, and reversible USB-C ports.

The base Flare S7 model sports a 5.5-inch 18:9 display with a resolution of 1440 x 720. It’s powered by the newly announced MediaTek MT6739 processor with up to 3GB of memory and 16GB of expandable storage.

The camera department is handled by two pairs of 13- and 2-megapixel shooters on each side of the phone. Battery capacity is modest at 2400mAh (removable) and it charges through a USB-C port.

The Flare S7 Deluxe has a bigger HD+ display that measures 5.85 inches with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a notch. It’s powered by the same MediaTek MT6739 processor paired with 3GB of memory and 16GB of expandable storage.

Camera-wise, it has two pairs of 13- and 2-megapixel sensors, as well. It also has a removable battery with a 2800mAh capacity and USB-C port for charging.

The best of the bunch is the Flare S7 Plus which has a notched 6.18-inch Full HD+ display topped with Gorilla Glass 3. Design-wise, the Plus has a premium build with a metal frame and a glass back. The Plus variant uses a Helio P60 processor with 4GB of memory and 64GB of expandable storage.

There’s a pair of 16- and 5-megapixel sensors at the back of the phone, while the front has another 16-megapixel shooter paired with an IR sensor. This enables Face ID-like features and FlareMoji.

A sizable 3050mAh (non-removable) battery keeps the phone on and it fully supports wireless charging using the Qi standard. Fast charging through USB-C is also available.

Prices of the new Cherry Mobile devices are as follows:

  • Flare S7 (2GB) — PhP 4,599
  • Flare S7 (3GB) — PhP 4,999
  • Flare S7 Deluxe — PhP 5,999
  • Flare S7 Plus — PhP 11,999

Pre-order is available from October 1 until 11. Interested buyers will get exclusive freebies like Bluetooth speakers and wireless charger during the pre-order period. The phones will be available in stores starting October 12.

SEE ALSO: Cherry Mobile, Samsung remain on top of the Philippine smartphone market

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Here’s why the Samsung Galaxy Flex will cost so much

Hint: it has something to do with the screen

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Based on the current rumors, next year’s foldable phones will take the mantle as history’s most expensive smartphones. Currently, Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Flex is already slated to come with price tags above the US$ 2,000 mark. Even without rumors, the revolutionary form factor will easily break banks because of the new screen alone.

Of course, as with all major purchases, we want to know why we’re paying so much. Finally, we have an insider’s look into what’s ticking inside these foldable screens. Via LetsGoDigitalKorean firm CGS-CIMB Research has broken down the list of materials needed to make the Galaxy Flex. For reference, the report also compares the Galaxy Flex’s breakdown with the iPhone XS Max’s and the Galaxy S9+’s.

According to the report, the Galaxy Flex almost completely uses more expensive components than today’s smartphones.

Naturally, the phone’s foldable display takes the cake. The foldable display costs US$ 218.80 per screen. The amount is almost double the price of the iPhone XS Max’s display. It’s also almost thrice the price of the Galaxy S9+’s display.

Image source: CGS-CIMB Research

As for the rest, the Galaxy Flex’s components are a few more dollars more expensive than its comparisons. The comparison only falters in power management. The iPhone XS Max spent almost two dollars more on power management than the Galaxy Flex.

All in all, the Galaxy Flex costs US$ 636.70. This is a huge leap from contemporary flagships. (The iPhone XS Max costs US$ 390.00; the Galaxy S9+ costs US$ 375.80.)

Because of this massive price increase, Samsung can charge more than today’s flat phones. The report estimates a US$ 1,800 SRP. Arguably, a huge chunk of this price will come from the extensive research done to manufacture the product. Regardless, the bank-breaking price tag is still worlds apart from today’s most expensive smartphones.

According to the report, this awful trend will likely continue. In 2022, the industry is expected to ship 24 million foldable phones, compared to next year’s paltry 3.5 million units. Despite the rush in supply, the price will still stay the same, averaging around US$ 1,300 per unit.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy A8s debuts with Infinity-O display

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OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition: Price and availability in the Philippines

The most expensive OnePlus phone, yet

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Shortly after its international debut, the most expensive OnePlus phone is (surprisingly) already on its way to the Philippines.

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is now available for pre-order online through Argomall. It’s priced at PhP 39,990, which is slightly higher than its US$ 699 retail price in the US.

Compared to the regular OnePlus 6T, the McLaren Edition comes with 10GB of memory, 256GB of storage, and the latest Warp Charge technology that can fill up half of the phone’s battery in just 20 minutes.

Also, the special edition phone features a carbon fiber pattern, orange accents, and the McLaren logo on the back.

There’s no exact shipping date for the phone, but it’s already listed on Argomall’s website.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition introduces Warp Charge, 10GB RAM

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Philippine telcos are now required to unlock phones after lock-in period

Finally, a pro-consumer measure

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The Philippines’ Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has ordered the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and telcos for the mandatory unlocking of phones and devices after the subscriber’s lock-in period.

The policy is based on the Memorandum Order 004, Series of 2018 issued by DICT on December 14.

According to the memo, subscribers who have completed their contract and have no outstanding obligations can demand telcos to unlock their phones or devices. The process must also be done conveniently and should be shouldered by the service providers.

The NTC is now tasked to draft the Memorandum Circular for the memo’s appropriate rules and regulations and conduct consultations and hearings with affected parties.

There’s no exact date of implementation, but with order already announced to the public, Filipinos will soon have freedom for their network-locked phones given that they have already fulfilled their contract.

Source: DICT

SEE ALSO: Mislatel confirmed as Philippines’ new telco

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