Fast Forward: Apple is launching new iPhones, Xiaomi will unveil the Mi Mix 3

Apple and Xiaomi will share the spotlight this September



Curious about what to expect in the tech and pop culture world? Here’s a quick roundup of upcoming events and launches happening in September!

Three new Apple iPhones

Don’t buy a new iPhone just yet! Apple is expected to announce its latest batch of iPhones this September. The new iPhones are likely to be unveiled sometime in the second week and there will be three models to choose from.

Upcoming iPhone colors | Image credit: 9to5mac

We’re expecting an upgraded iPhone X with a 5.8-inch OLED display, a new high-end iPhone with a bigger 6.5-inch OLED display, and a cheaper model with a 6.1-inch LCD. Two of the new iPhones might even come with dual-SIM card slots in select regions.

Not only that, the cheaper model will have multiple colorful variants in gray, white, blue, red, and orange. No specific names for each yet, but rumors point to an aluminum frame as well. It could be an iPhone 5c reborn but in aluminum.

UPDATE: Apple will officially announce new iPhones on September 12

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is coming

Right after Apple’s launch, it’ll be Xiaomi’s turn to impress. After giving its flagship Mi Mix series minimal upgrades five months ago, it’s now time for a real change. According to early leaks, the Mi Mix 3 will join the ranks of the Vivo NEX and OPPO Find X in the screen-to-body ratio battle.

Alleged Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 teaser | Image credit: Android Pure

When is the Mi Mix 3 coming? Well, inside info and leaks from China are saying there is a September 15 launch. If the rumors are to be believed, Xiaomi’s new full-screen flagship will sport a retractable front camera to remove the display chin.

We’ll just have to wait and see to confirm, but knowing that Apple and Xiaomi are having back-to-back events got us excited.

UPDATE: Xiaomi made a full tease of the Mi Mix 3 and its October launch

Pocophone F1 will go on sale in Southeast Asia

After having its launch in Southeast Asia, the Pocophone F1 will soon be available for consumers to buy. India got first dibs on the Xiaomi-made budget-friendly flagship phone, and it’ll soon be in the hands of consumers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines.

Pocophone F1 | GadgetMatch

In true Xiaomi fashion, the Pocophone F1 will be pretty limited and available first through online channels like Lazada. Store availability will come after, but we’re not sure how many units will be available for purchase.

Spider-Man for PS4 will be released

Enough with phones; let’s have some love for gaming consoles. The upcoming Spider-Man game, which is coming exclusively to the PS4, is on its way in September.

Limited Edition Spider-Man Sony PS4 Pro

To make it even more special, a Limited Edition Spider-Man PS4 Pro bundle will be available on the same day as the game’s release. The bundle will include the game, a customized PlayStation 4 Pro in red with a large Spider-Man logo, and a red DualShock 4 controller.

Mark your calendars for September 7 to get the game and limited edition PS4 Pro bundle on time.

Fast Forward is our roundup of upcoming news, launches, and events. It’s a monthly feature to give our readers a heads-up on what is happening in the tech realm. It’s sometimes difficult to keep track of the calendar, so we do it for you.


Xiaomi Mi 9 Hands-On: 2019 Flagship Killer?




Top of the line specs, amazing cameras, and high-speed wireless charging. MWC hasn’t even officially started yet, so it might be premature to say this but has Xiaomi just unveiled the 2019 flagship killer?

We recently got to spend time with Xiaomi’s latest flagship and this is our hands-on video.

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Samsung Galaxy M20 hands-on: Give the users what they want

Awakening of the sleeping giant



Samsung has been the smartphone market leader for half a decade now, and its flagship phones continue to be an inspiration for everyone. However, while the brand is dominating in developed markets, it has taken a massive beating in the developing ones.

Thanks to players like Xiaomi, the South Korean brand has consistently lost market share in countries like India. Samsung slowly prepared itself to change strategy by the end of last year and intends to go hard in 2019. It announced the new Galaxy M-series lineup of phones in the budget segment and the M10 and M20 are the first ones to roll off the shelf.

The M20 has been launched in India for INR 10,990 (US$ 154) and comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The option with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage costs INR 12,990 (US$ 182). The phone goes up against the Redmi 6 Pro, Realme U1, and even the Mi A2.

To start with, Samsung has opted to go with a basic design, consisting of a plastic body that is curved at the edges and is pretty glossy. The phone is extremely comfortable to hold, and the build quality is top-notch. Even the buttons are very tactile and bezels are smaller.

On the front is a 6.3-inch TFT display with a Full HD resolution and small water-drop style notch on the top. This is the first Samsung phone to feature a notch, and the display quality is surprisingly good. The color production is vivid and satisfying, while the viewing angles are perfect. It is easily visible even under direct sunlight.

For authentication, a fingerprint scanner is located on the rear and it is fast enough. You also have the option of face unlock and it works quickly in well-lit conditions. It has dual-SIM support and there’s a separate slot for microSD card, as well.

Powering the phone is an octa-core Exynos 7904 processor, which is considered to be on par with the Snapdragon 636. It is a very power-efficient processor with more emphasis on the cameras. Day-to-day tasks are handled smoothly and games like PUBG are playable with low graphics.

It has a dual-camera setup on the rear, consisting of a 13-megapixel primary shooter and a 5-megapixel wide-angle sensor. The pictures clicked during daytime are decently saturated but lack sharpness. Even focus tends to get slow in low-light conditions. The wide-angle lens works best in bright surroundings only and is a very handy tool. For selfies, it has an 8-megapixel shooter with built-in beauty enhancements.

It ships with Samsung Experience 9.5 out of the box and is actually well optimized. There is barely any lag and the UI offers a plethora of customizations and features. The company announced that the Android Pie update will be landing soon. Lastly, it has a massive 5000mAh battery that’ll get you through two days of usage.

Xiaomi has been successful because it offers users a balanced product that suits everyone’s needs. With the M20, Samsung goes down the same road. While the recently announced A-series phones were for photography enthusiasts, the M20 is good enough for everything.

The M20 is no disruptor, but an indication that Samsung is gearing up. And as a generation-one product, it’s performing fairly well.

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Fujifilm Instax SQ20 hands-on: How good is it?

Trying out the new Motion Mode on doggies!



Fujifilm’s sequel to their first ever digital/analog hybrid is here and it’s looking better than ever. The Instax SQ20 is one classy-looking instant camera but what can it do? With a set of built-in filters and new features like the Motion Mode, it looks like a promising device.

I finally try it out, with help from some doggies, on our hands-on video.

The SQ20 retails for US$ 199 in the US, PhP 12,999 in the Philippines, and SG$ 299 in Singapore.

In case you’re having trouble viewing, watch HERE.

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