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HONOR X9a 5G: Price, availability in the Philippines

eXtra vision, eXtra power

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HONOR X9a

HONOR delivers a superior display experience with the release of the new HONOR X9a 5G in the Philippines.

The 5G-ready phone is powered by the latest Snapdragon 695 processor and runs on the Android 12-based Magic UI 6.1 OS. It also has an anti-aging engine that minimizes performance degradation over time.

Price and availability

Only the 8GB+256GB configuration will be available in the Philippines for PhP 16,990. Customers may choose between the Titanium Silver and Emerald Green color options.

Pre-order period is from January 20 to February 3, 2023. Those who pre-order get a Free HONOR Earbuds X3 Lite worth PhP 3,999.

Visit any HONOR Kiosk and Partner Stores near you or check out HONOR’s official stores below:

eXtra vision, eXtra power

Coming with ultra-slim bezels and a 93% screen-to-body ratio, the brand’s latest mid-ranger has an all-around 6.67-inch OLED (2,400 x 1,080) curved display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 300Hz touch sampling rate, along with an AI technology which prevents mistouches.

The screen also features an industry-leading 1920Hz PWM dimming technology that reduces screen flickering to prevent eye fatigue from prolonged use.

As far as its camera setup is concerned, the X9a boasts of a triple camera system bannered by a 64MP ultra-clear main camera, 5MP wide-angle, and 2MP macro.

Running out of power wouldn’t be a problem either, as the device houses a 5,100mAh battery which supports up to two days of use, while a mere 30-minute charge is enough to extend its video streaming time by about 12.5 hours.

The X9a was first released in Malaysia last January 4, along with a more affordable option, the HONOR X7a.

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership

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GCash Grab

Grab Philippines and GCash have finally struck a partnership deal that will make payments on the superapp even easier and more convenient.

Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.

Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.

The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.

Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.

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Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders

Or the upcoming Galaxy Book

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The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.

If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.

Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.

The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.

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Apple halts development of in-house chip

Broadcom is still in

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Apple is currently on a quest to reduce its reliance on third-party components for its devices. For the most part, the company is successful in doing so. Apple Silicon is already an important part of the brand’s identity — with work on more in-house components ongoing. Now, Apple is reportedly pausing development on one of its upcoming chips.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will delay the development of its in-house connectivity chip. In the meantime, the brand will keep relying on Broadcom for the same components, going into the iPhone 15 series.

To be clear, the paused component only deals with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple is still developing its in-house modem for 5G connectivity — according to outside reports, at least. While the Broadcom deal will still continue, Qualcomm might still get the axe after Apple develops its replacement chip.

Given the positive response to Apple Silicon, building more in-house components might ultimately work well for the brand. If anything, the company can rest easier by controlling how one of its components is produced.

Besides Apple, other brands are also developing their in-house chipsets to rival component makers like Qualcomm. Google, for instance, is doing relatively well with the Tensor lineup. Additionally, though the upcoming series will rely on Qualcomm, Samsung is currently working to bring the Exynos lineup to match current standards.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye Pro Max, hello Ultra

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