Honor supposedly unveiling Honor V40 on January 12

First smartphone after liberating from Huawei



Samsung isn’t the only brand aiming for an explosive start to 2021. Spotted in a new leak, recently liberated brand Honor will reportedly launch its first independent flagship soon, too. If true, prepare to say hi to the Honor V40 series on January 12.

According to Weibo leaker Digital King, the Chinese brand booked the date after getting the new series through network access certification recently. According to the same source, the series will come compatible with 66W fast charging.

If that wasn’t enough, a new poster also made the rounds on Weibo, confirming the opening of Honor V40 preorders that started today. According to the poster, the Honor V40 will sport a curved edge display, shoving the microSD/SIM card slot to the bottom of the phone. It supposedly has a theme named “Breaking the Cocoon,” referencing the brand’s recent emancipation.

Late last year, Honor broke off from its main company, Huawei. After years as a “sister company,” the Chinese brand finally established its own brand. Now, the upcoming Honor V40 is the first smartphone under the independent branding.

According to Huawei Central, the upcoming flagship series will sport a MediaTek Dimensity 1000 chipset, a smoother 120Hz display, and a 50-megapixel main camera.

SEE ALSO: Honor unveils its latest fitness tracker, Band 6


Xiaomi releases budget Redmi 12C: Price, availability

Starts at just PhP 5,499



Redmi 12C

Companies continue to redefine what a “budget” smartphone can be capable of, offering customers more for an affordable price point. Xiaomi unveiled its newest entry-level, the Redmi 12C which comes with bigger storage, a larger screen, and better performance.

The phone comes in four colors — Graphite Grey, Ocean Blue, Mint Green, and Lavender Purple. There are three storage and memory capacities:

  • 3GB+32GB: PhP 5,499
  • 4GB+64GB: PhP 6,499
  • 4GB+128GB: PhP 7,499

The Redmi 12C is now available at authorized Xiaomi stores, as well as online via Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok. A free Mi Compact Bluetooth Speaker 2 (worth PhP 599) also awaits purchases until March 31.

At the same time, early birds are also urged to get the 6GB+128GB version for the discounted rate of PhP 8,599, from PhP 8,999, until March 31. This particular model is only available through Xiaomi’s e-commerce platforms and comes with a free Redmi Buds 3.

Better experience

The Redmi 12C is powered by a MediaTek Helio G85 processor and offers smoother usage for daily tasks, along with faster app starts. The phone also has a fingerprint sensor and a 5,000mAh battery for all-day use.

The screen is a larger 6.71-inch HD+ display in a 20.6:9 aspect ratio, which is all part of the stylish flat edge design.

Capture moments

As far as its cameras are concerned, the Redmi 12C comes with a 50MP main camera capable of both HDR and Night Mode. It can film 1080p videos in the standard 30fps.

Complementing this is a simple 5MP selfie camera.

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vivo V27 series 5G now available for preorder; price revealed

The Aura Portrait Master



vivo V27

vivo’s highly-touted Aura Light — a ring light that effectively replaces the regular flash on the rear of smartphones — on its vivo V27 series 5G made quite the impression from the get-go.

The wait is over for those intrigued about it, as preorders for the latest devices are now available via vivo’s online store.

The series comes in two variants — the vivo V27e which retails for PhP 16,999, and the vivo V27 5G which is priced at PhP 24,999.

Simple, elegant design

Veering away from the matte finish that has become more common in midrange phones, vivo opted for a polished gem-like design for the vivo V27 series.

Both are equipped with 120Hz FHD+ AMOLED screens. The 7.36mm 3D curved screen on the V27 5G is the thinnest yet for a V series phone. Meanwhile, the V27e has a 7.7mm thickness.

There are three colorway choices:

  • Color-changing Emerald Green
  • Lavender Purple
  • Glory Black (specifically for the V27e, which is said to shimmer at night)

Innovative, powerful cameras

As previously mentioned, the vivo V27 series has a f/1.9 IMX766V 50MP ultra-sensing main camera.

This is supported by EIS+OIS dual ultra-stabilization for sharp and high-quality shots even when moving or at night.

The Aura Portrait Algorithm paves the way for impressive image and video-processing yet on a vivo smartphone for its category.

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Are Roblox, MLBB, Call of Duty, Genshin Impact on AppGallery?

Huawei’s App Library gets deeper



Is it on Huawei AppGallery

This is the question we get asked most when people are curious about a Huawei smartphone. 

It’s no secret to anyone the challenges that Huawei faces.  But they’ve done a wonderful job beefing up their own library of apps. The essentials are there. And now, we’re happy to report that they also added these apps for your mobile gaming pleasure. 

These are: Roblox, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Call of Duty: Mobile, and Genshin Impact. 

Here’s how easy it is to download these apps through the Huawei AppGallery.



Roblox describes itself as “the ultimate virtual universe that lets you create, share experiences with friends”. 

It appears to be very popular with kids. And some K-Pop groups have even launched partnerships with the game during their mini album releases.

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang or simply Mobile Legends is a game many of you should be familiar with, especially if you live in Southeast Asia. 

It’s become the de facto MOBA game for many in the region. So much so that huge tournaments have been held over the past few years.

Call of Duty: Mobile

Call of Duty is already a popular franchise on its own. It also found huge success in Asia with its mobile version. 

Call of Duty is no stranger to seasonal content as even their flagship titles operate in the same manner year after year. This is likely why players keep coming back. 

Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact took the world by storm when it first launched in 2020. The anime-like art style along with the engaging gameplay and story made it a huge hit. 

HoYoverse continues to provide fresh content to this day, expanding the already vast world in the game. 

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