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DITO Telecom shares surge as Globe, PLDT earns PH President’s ire

Shares surge by up to 11%

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Last July 27, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivered the penultimate State of the Nation address which contains the usual threats and tirades against companies and individuals. Two of those that received the president’s ire are Globe and PLDT — the Philippines’ biggest telco players. One of the unintended effects of the call-out, it seems, is a surge in interest for DITO Telecom — an up-and-coming telco that has a controversial background.

DITO Telecom had its shares surge last July 28. This comes a day after President Duterte threatened to close down its biggest rivals, PLDT and Globe. The company surged to 11% while its rivals fell 3%.

The surge is a clear indication that companies are wary of the chilling effects that a single threat from the government can do. This month, ABS-CBN — one of the biggest broadcasting networks in the country — shut down operations as Congress refused to renew its license to broadcast. Before its shutdown, President Duterte made pronouncements that their license won’t be renewed.

With Globe and PLDT earning the ire of the president, it doesn’t seem too far-fetched to think that the government may force its hand against these telcos. After all, it has demonstrated in the past that it has the resolve to make good of the president’s pronouncements. Congress may repeat its actions and investigate, or pass laws to the detriment of these two telcos.

Globe Telecom CEO Ernest Cu earlier responded to the Philippine President saying they understand the demand for better service and they are doing their part to deliver.

A telco with a controversial background

DITO Telecom getting a boost from the president’s threat is not surprising.  Last 2018, the Philippine government chose the company as the third provisional player. Back then, the company was known as Mislatel Communications. Many critics pointed out that there was a conflict of interest with the selection of the telco. After all, the current owner of the telecom — Dennis Uy — is the biggest contributor to the president’s campaign trail last 2016.

Critics also pointed out the telco’s link to state-run China Telecom. Allegations of a possible security risk popped up since state-run Chinese companies are known for colluding with the Chinese government.

Still, DITO Telecom is setting its sights for a nationwide launch this 2021. With or without the president’s threat, it is up to PLDT and Globe to improve their services. After all, the telecom promises a more affordable price for high-speed Internet.

Source: Reuters

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Mi 11 Lite: Price and availability in the Philippines

Ultra-slim midranger

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Mi 11 Lite

The youngest sibling from the Mi 11 series expansion announcement, the Mi 11 Lite, has made its way to the Philippines.

Despite an overall slim footprint, it does sport a 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay with a 90Hz refresh rate and HDR10. It also has a 4,250mAh battery with 33W fast charging.

Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G chip. It’s a chip that’s more than capable of handling most of what you’ll do on a smartphone. Into gaming? Yes, this phone can certainly handle that. It even employs the LiquidCool tech to keep you cool even as the game heats up.

It also has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Yes, this is only the 4G version. No word yet if the 5G one will arrive in the country. Its camera setup are as follows: 64MP f/1.79 Wide. 8MP f/2.2 UWA, 5MP f/2.4 Telemacro, and 16MP selfie camera.

The phone will come in three colors: Boba Black, Bubblegum Blue and Peach Pink.

Price and availability

The Mi 11 Lite will retail for PhP 14,990 and will be available for purchase from Authorized Mi Stores and partner retailers nationwide as well as our official stores in Lazada and Shopee starting April 24.

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Lenovo unveils new Eyesafe-certified ThinkVision monitors

For those who wish to manage their screen time while working

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For those working from home, you often find yourselves glued to your screens for more than eight hours a day. Whether it’s your work laptop or your phone, you proceed to work on your tasks or scroll through social media through a screen. Of course, if you do it for too long, it has the potential to damage your eyesight in the long run. Now, Lenovo unveiled a new set of displays that might just help you address that.

The company has launched its latest ThinkVision monitors that are now Eyesafe-certified. In essence, both monitors come with technologies designed to ease off the harmful blue light emitted from the display. Furthermore, they received a TUV Rheinland Eye Comfort certification to ensure maximum eye comfort and protection.

Also, these two monitors — the ThinkVision T24i-2L and ThinkVision T27h-2L — come with color accurate displays and phone holders on the base.

For the ThinkVision T24i-2L, it comes with a 24-inch FHD display with flexible connectivity options for all kinds of devices. Meanwhile, the ThinkVision T27h-AL comes with a 27-inch QHD display for a much larger workspace.

These monitors are now available for the price of PhP 8,850 (ThinkVision T24i-2L) and PhP 15,499 (ThinkVision T27h-2L). You will find these through Lenovo’s authorized partner sellers.

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Infinix launches Hot 10S, Hot 10S NFC

For ‘ultimate entertainment’

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Infinix Hot 10S

Infinix just launched a pair of smartphones that should cater to most people’s basic smartphone needs. These are the Infinix Hot 10S and Hot 10S NFC.

There’s not a lot of differences between the two so let’s jump right in and identify them. The Hot 10S has a 6,000mAh battery while the Hot 10S NFC is rocking one that’s 5,000mAh. The Hot 10S also has more configuration options. These are: 4GB+64GB, 6GB+64GB, 4GB+128GB, and 6GB+128GB. Meanwhile the Hot 10S NFC only has 4GB+64GB and 4GB+128GB.

Other than the aforementioned, the two Infinix phones share pretty much the same specs and features. These include a 6.82 HD+ display with 90Hz refresh rate, a MediaTek Helio G85 chip, as well as a fingerprint scanner.

On the camera department, they both have an 8MP selfie shooter. On the back are the following: 48MP, 2MP, and AI lens.

Both phones are running Android 11 with XOS 7.6 on top. This UI is the latest from Infinix and brings refreshed icons and live wallpapers. It also features Game Zone — a game manager so you get the most of your phone for your mobile gaming. Lastly, it also has X-Proof that obscures your screen so others can’t go snooping around what you’re doing.

Price and availability

The Infinix Hot 10S and Hot 10S NFC will come in the following colors: Black, Morandi Green, Heart of Ocean, and Purple. They will be available in Indonesia starting May 12 and will rollout in other countries soon after. The Infinix Hot 10S starts at US$ 130, while the Infinix Hot 10S NFC starts at US$ 120.


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