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Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL: Price and availability in Singapore

Pixel experience for less!

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This year’s Google I/O is all about building a more helpful Google for everyone. Completing that picture is the immediate arrival of a more affordable, helpful Pixel lineup in 13 launch markets.

Just like with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, one of the first countries to get the new Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL is Singapore.

At first glance, the Pixel 3a is indistinguishable from its premium counterpart. They look and feel identical even if the build quality is different: the Pixel 3 is made of glass, while the Pixel 3a is polycarbonate.

Inside, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 670 processor. So, even if the midrange Pixels have the same main camera system as the premiums, you’ll notice a difference in power-intensive tasks like photo processing.

Other flagship features which are left out are wireless charging and water resistance. Both the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, however, come with an 18W charging adapter that promises a 25% charge in 15 minutes. Coincidentally, they come with a 3.5mm headphone jack and have slightly bigger batteries at 3000mAh and 3700mAh, respectively.

The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are now available for purchase on the Google Store for SG$ 659 and SG$ 779 in only two colors: Just Black and Clearly White. Singapore residents also get a free Google Home Mini upon check out.

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MG is the official mobility partner of 30th Southeast Asian Games

A special partnership for the company

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MG or Morris Garages has signed an agreement with the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) and Mediapro Asia to be the official mobility partner of the 30th SEA Games and the 10th ASEAN Para Games.

There will be 80 MG vehicles to feature the 30th SEA Games logo and these will be used to transport athletes and teams to and from games. These special edition MG 30th SEA Games edition vehicles will be scattered and seen in various parts of the country during the much-awaited, multi-sport biennial event.

The full lineup of MG vehicles including the MG 5 sedan, the RX5 SUV, the ZS Crossover SUV, and the MG 6 Fastback Sedan will be featured during the entirety of the 30th SEA Games.

This partnership is part of MG wanting to channel youthful energy as well as celebrate the pursuit of excellence. According to the company, the same values that drive MG forward: discipline, honesty, innovation, hard work, character, and fun are mirrored in each and every SEA Games athlete.

MG Philippines President & CEO Atty. Alberto B. Arcilla, says: “To be part of the 30th Southeast Asian games—an edition that features so many milestones and firsts—is a distinct honor for us at MG Philippines. As the Official Mobility Partner of the 30th SEA Games, we are grateful to provide meaningful assistance to all local and international athletes and teams by equipping them with safe, comfortable, and stylish rides for the duration of the games.”

 

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Redmi K30 could have a 120Hz display, 60MP camera

Another premium offering is on its way

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The rumor mills are overclocking and suggest Redmi could have a surprise for all of us. At the Xiaomi Developer Conference (MIDC), Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun confirmed that the Redmi K30 5G will launch in December.

According to strings in MIUI 11’s code, Redmi K30 will reportedly feature a 120Hz display, a feature that has been limited to flagship phones for now. XDA-Developers has spotted the mention in MIUI 11 nightly builds of an upcoming Xiaomi smartphone codenamed “Phoenix”, which is tipped to debut as the Redmi K30.

The code also suggests it’ll have a dual-camera punch-hole cutout and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The final major feature spotted was confirmation that the device supports Sony’s IMX686 camera sensor

Redmi has successfully turned itself into a separate brand this year and they’ve been experimenting with new waters. Earlier, the brand was restricted to the affordable segment and had ancillary revenue sources like ads to offer aggressive pricing.

This slightly changed with the launch of the Redmi K20 series. Targeted as a premium offering, it came with midrange specifications and a competitive price. Realme has followed the same path with its recently launched Realme X2 Pro.

Similar to the Redmi K20, the soon-to-launch Redmi K30 is also expected to be powered by Snapdragon 700 processor. Details about the beefier Redmi K30 Pro are scarce at the moment but rumors indicate it could be powered by a flagship processor.

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Huawei gets some of its suppliers back

It’s finally starting

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For Huawei watchers, the critical question is “when.” When will the US stop bullying China’s biggest smartphone brand? When will we see an Android-based Huawei flagship again? When will we see an end to the Chinese-American trade war?

Today, we finally get an answer to one of these questions. Particularly, the US government has started to roll out application responses to operating license requests. Since the government has announced a total ban against Huawei’s operation in the States, American companies have applied for exceptions to the rule. Besides Huawei’s continued survival, an operating license will ensure the continued business of a valued customer. Unfortunately, nothing was heard about the applications for a while.

Now, the government has finally started responding to several applications. According to reports, “roughly 300 license requests” have been processed. The figure estimates around half of the total applications received by the US government. Further, half of the responded requests are approvals.

Unfortunately, both sides remain mum regarding which companies received an approval. If anything, further reports have hinted at priority for the semiconductor industry. However, both hardware and software industries already have responses.

Neither Huawei nor Google have commented. For now, we don’t know if the approvals include the most awaited one, Google’s Android OS.

At the very least, we are finally seeing progress on Trump’s crackdown against Huawei. Additionally, the government has also granted a new three-month extension on Huawei’s operating license in the US.

SEE ALSO: Huawei’s foldable Mate X is finally on sale

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