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Huawei is working on its own secret non-Android OS

In case Google pulls out

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Throughout the past year, Huawei has constantly collided with the American government. Even now, tensions are still escalating. Based on numerous reports, the American government is working on a global ban against Huawei’s technology.

However, while the government is figuring out other countries, Huawei is already partially banned on US soil. Federal officials are currently banned from using Huawei’s products. Before, the government also temporarily banned American companies from doing business with Huawei. The year hasn’t been kind for the company.

Amidst all this strife, Huawei is developing a backup plan. In case things go south, the company is gathering a bunch of secondary sources for its components. However, they have been incredibly mum about their plans. Previously, pure speculation fueled Huawei’s potential future.

Thankfully, Huawei has finally confirmed one of its backup plans — its own operating system. In an interview with German publication Die Welt, Huawei CEO Richard Yu has announced the company’s development of a non-Android OS.

Still, Yu has stated Huawei’s preference for Google and Microsoft’s ecosystems. Currently, Huawei’s phones run on Android. However, given today’s political uncertainty, the company will switch to its own system in “extenuating circumstances.” Further, Huawei has confirmed the system’s compatibility with other devices, apart from phones.

Sadly, Yu has not revealed further details about this system — how it will run, whether it will launch regardless. If anything, Yu’s announcement reveals the company’s tenacity despite pressure from the US government. It won’t be a surprise if Huawei is also developing other backup plans in the background.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: Almost too much

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Lenovo unveils new IdeaPad laptops for its Summer Sale

A laptop for anything you need, as we adjust to the new normal

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Lenovo is gearing up for a summer from the comfort of your home. As we prepare for a new normal, they want to provide devices that will bring the performance necessary to keep us going. Whether you’re studying, working from home, or a content creator, Lenovo has an IdeaPad waiting for you.

Flex for the best

As part of their Lenovo Summer Sale, they’re launching a new range of IdeaPad laptops suited for work and creativity. First up in the lineup is the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5, a 2-in-1 laptop bundled with the Digital Pen. This device fits best with creative professionals looking for more portability and power into one. You can get this device with either a 10th generation Intel processor, or an AMD Ryzen 4000 series processor.

The IdeaPad Flex 5 comes with a FHD touchscreen display that supports 10-point Multi-touch. Creators will enjoy bringing their art on a more digital platform without having to purchase separate hardware for them. When you’re not using it for illustrators, you can flex it all the way into a mini-theater set-up. You can enjoy all of these starting at PHP 42,995. For those who strictly need a work device, the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook is available starting at PHP 31,995.

Slim and ready for productivity

The second device on the lineup is the new Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5, suited for the modern professional. It also comes with your choice of a 10th-generation Intel processor or an AMD Ryzen 4000 series procesor inside and up to 16GB of RAM, as well. With these hardware inside, expect great performance when you’re focused on your day-to-day work tasks or school work. It even supports fast charging through a USB-C port to get you back on track when you run out of battery.

It also comes with its own camera shutter if you ever need some privacy while working. Also, apart from Fast Charging, you can even connect an external display through the USB-C port as it supports DisplayPort capabilities. Maximize your work peripherals thanks to a wide selection of ports and an SD card reader. You can get all of these starting at PhP 49,995. If you’re on a tight budget and in need of a school laptop, there’s the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 Chromebook for PhP 13,995.

If you’re planning to avail any of these between June 1-30, 2020, you will receive a bundle of cool gifts with your laptop. You will earn over PhP 20,000-worth of gifts such as a Herschel backpack, a Lenovo 65W Travel Adapater, and a subscription to Microsoft Office Home & Student.

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Lenovo unveils improved Yoga C & S Series laptops and bundles

Now AI-enhanced for better, smarter, and more portable performance

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Lenovo wants us to maximize our productivity even during these summer days. In order for us to do that, they’re bringing their updated range of 2-in-1 convertibles that won’t break the bank and provide great performance. These devices are perfect for those working from home, especially those with a more creative side.

First off, the company is launching their upgraded Yoga C series 2-in-1 laptops designed for the creative minds. These premium laptops now provide the latest hardware and performance fit for the (soon-to-be) on-the-go creative professionals. All models sport the latest 10th-generation Intel processors, with the Lenovo Yoga C940 coming with the Digital Pen. Enjoy a little bit of privacy with the webcam shutter, while having longer screen time for your work.

Next on the list is their improved Yoga S series of laptops, now with upgraded hardware to bolster performance. The Yoga S series of laptops also come with the 10th-generation Intel processors inside, along with up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage. Enjoy fantastic visuals with Dolby Vision + HDR powering the 13.3-inch FHD display for streaming videos and curating photos. This lineup of devices fits well for professionals looking for a solid and long lasting work laptop.

As part of the Lenovo Summer Sale, you will receive these fantastic gifts when you purchase of these laptops between June 1-30, 2020. Gifts include Herschel backpacks, a laptop power bank, the Lenovo Yoga mouse, a Lenovo B210 backpack, and the Lenovo Tab E7. You will also receive a subscription to Microsoft Office Home & Student with every purchase.

Below are the prices for the Lenovo Yoga C and S series laptops:

  • Lenovo Yoga C Series: C640 (starting at PhP 54,995), C740 (starting at PhP 59,995), C940 (starting at PhP 89,995)
  • Lenovo Yoga S Series: S730 (starting at PhP 54,995), S740 (starting at PhP 66,995), S940 (starting at PhP 119,995)

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Redmi Earbuds S are the most affordable TWS offering

The price is unbelievable

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In India, Xiaomi’s Redmi division looks after the affordable segment while Mi-branded products are for the premium segment. On the side, POCO is now an independent brand. Continuing with the new strategy, Redmi today announced the launch of their new TWS earbuds, the Redmi Earbuds S.

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 were announced in the country but they are far from affordable. To bridge this gap, the Redmi Earbuds S has been unveiled. It’s worth noting that they are the same as the Redmi AirDots S, which were launched in China earlier.

The Earbuds have 7.2mm drivers and are IPX4-rated for water resistance. The individual buds weigh only about 4.5g each. The company’s marketing has focused on how good their bass is, but we’ll be able to confirm that in our review later.

For connectivity, it leverages SBC codec, a commonly used protocol via Bluetooth. However, a low-latency mode has also been added to aide gaming. The earbuds are said to deliver four hours of playback on a single charge and the case can extend this to 12 hours.

The Earbuds S also has a physical button on either side to control media playback or skip tracks. The gaming mode can be triggered by pressing the function key thrice.

The Redmi Earbuds S will cost INR 1,799 (US$ 23) and will go on sale starting May 27 via Mi.com and Amazon.

These earbuds are an entry-level option for someone who’s looking for a pair of TWS earbuds. Instead of rich features, the point of this product is to offer an affordable option to the end-user.

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