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Cherry Mobile G1 (Android One) Unboxing

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Cherry Mobile G1

Roughly around two weeks before it hits the market, we got our hands on an Android One phone made by local manufacturer – the Cherry Mobile G1.

The first thing that will catch your attention is its price. The G1 retails for P5,999 (roughly around $130). Competitively priced, the G1 is very much in line with Google’s mission for the Android One initiative.


The phone has two micro-slim slots, one of which supports LTE/4G. It’s also the first Android One phone with 64-bit processor for better computing power.

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Realme X launches with pop-up selfie cam, better processor

Should Xiaomi be worried?

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Realme has been aggressive in launching new phones since its inception last year and is directly competing against Xiaomi. The brand has been teasing the launch of Realme X for quite some time and has finally launched it in India.

The phone has a premium design with curved edges and a glass-like plastic back panel. On the front is a 6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display and the notch has been replaced by a pop-up camera. The brand says it has a screen-to-body ratio of 91 percent and features Gorilla Glass protection.


Powering the Realme X is an octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset along with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage in the base variant. Expandable storage isn’t available, but the headphone jack has been retained. It runs on ColorOS 6 out of the box and features Dolby Atmos enhancement for better music output.

The rear sports a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor paired along with a 5-megapixel secondary camera. The front gets a 16-megapixel selfie shooter and Realme claims the pop-up takes just 0.74 seconds to completely slide out. The camera software comes with Chroma Boost, Nightscape, and a redesigned portrait mode to optimize pictures perfectly. Other standard features include beauty mode and AI-based picture improvement.

Backing these internals is a 3765mAh battery that supports VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 technology for faster charging.

The phone was first unveiled in China a couple of months back and shall be going up against Xiaomi’s soon-to-launch Redmi K20 Pro. Realme has also announced a special Spider-Man: Far From Home limited edition phone that features a unique design and user-interface, it’ll cost INR 20,999.

Lastly, the company will also be offering the Naoto Fukasawa collection with Garlic and Onion finishes that come in 8GB RAM + 128GB storage configuration at a price tag of INR 19,999.

The standard 4GB+128GB configuration costs INR 16,999 and the 8GB+128GB option is priced at INR 19,999. Sale starts from July via Flipkart and Realme online store.

 

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Are these Xiaomi Mi A3 specs accurate?

It shares many similarities with the Mi CC9e

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Xiaomi Mi A3 | Photo by Winfuture.de

Xiaomi has started teasing the successor to their A-Series — phones that are part of Google’s Android One program. So it was only a matter of time before we get more insight on what to expect about the new phone.

A report by Winfuture.de shows that the Mi A3 will borrow a lot from the design of the Mi CC9. It’s the Xiaomi’s line of phones that are a result from them acquiring selfie specialist Meitu back in 2018.


The Mi A3 is set to have a glass back which is a departure from the metal builds of its predecessors. For the display, the Mi A3 is set to feature a 6.0-inch AMOLED FHD+ display with a teardrop notch. The move to AMOLED display is new for the Mi A series, since both the Mi A1, A2, and A2 Lite all featured an LCD display.

Mi CC9e with a Headphone Jack?

Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor. It’s an improvement over the Snapdragon 660 equipped on the Mi A2. The new processor is paired with 4GB of RAM, and an option of 64GB or 128GB storage. Storage is expandable via a MicroSD slot.

The biggest improvement this year is in the camera department. Three rear cameras will be present on the Mi A3. The primary snapper is a 48 megapixels along with an 8-megapixel and a 2-megapixel camera. Meanwhile the front-facing camera has 32 megapixels.

The Mi CC9e shares many similarities with the Mi A3 | Photo by Ayano Tominaga

The phone is also tipped to have a 4,000 mAh battery. It will likely come with an optical fingerprint scanner, and a USB-C port for fast charging support. Interestingly, the Mi A3 may also have a 3.5mm headphone jack. It’s something that the Mi A2 didn’t have. Interestingly, the headphone jack is also not present on the Mi CC9e — the phone it shares the most similarities with.

The Mi A3, along with the rumored Mi A3 Lite, is set to be released globally by Xiaomi later this year. It will come in a variety of colors, including blue, gray, and white. Pricing is undetermined yet.

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Buy the Samsung Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK edition now

You better hurry!

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BLINKs, it’s officially here — the Samsung Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK Edition is now available for purchase.

The BLACKPINK edition package comes with the Galaxy A80 smartphone in either Angel Gold or Phantom Black along with the BLACKPINK case, charging stand, a photocard, and a mesh pouch for PHP 34,990 (US$ 685). The separate BlackPink Edition package is valued at PHP 5,999 (US$ 118) but buying online now will net you the package for free.


There’s also a free Nanofixit Screen Protection with 1 year screen cracking insurance warranty of up to PHP 5,000 (US$ 98) as well as a free Klook Voucher worth PHP 1,000 (US$ 20). This specific package is only currently available on July 14 via online purchase.

As an additional offer, you can trade in your old your old smartphone or tablet for the Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK Edition for some discounts as well as an additional PHP 4,000 (US$ 78) token.

Availability in other Southeast Asian countries

A similar package is available in Malaysia for MYR 2,499 (US$ 607.58). However, they have an additional color option which is ghost white and instead of the Nanofixit Screen Protection, the package comes with a Samsung Galaxy Fit worth MYR 369 (US$ 85). This package is only available to the first 1,000 buyers.

In Singapore, the package only includes the Galaxy A80 along with the BlackPink case, charging stand, and photocard. The suggested retail price is SG$ 898 US$ 662). The BLACKPINK merchandise is valued at SG$ 188 (US$ 139).

The Samsung Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK edition was first announced in Bangkok, Thailand and also goes on sale today starting at THB 21,990 (US$ 719). During the launch, we also saw the Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Watch in BlackPink edition.

Samsung Galaxy A80

The Samsung Galaxy A80 was first launched in April, also in Bangkok, Thailand along with the Samsung Galaxy A70 which at the time already had a BLACKPINK Edition.

The Galaxy A80 sports 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.

This is Samsung’s unique answer to the “notch problem” with its rotating camera mechanism. It was announced early in April but didn’t hit certain markets right away.

SEE ALSO: GadgetMatch in BLACKPINK’s area thanks to A Galaxy Event

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