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Huawei loses yet another US retailer in Best Buy

It’s not looking good for the Chinese brand

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Huawei is experiencing one more blow as it tries to expand its reaches into the US smartphone market. In the latest unfortunate event, reports say that Best Buy will no longer sell the Chinese company’s phones.

CNET‘s sources claim that the halting of sales will transpire in the “next few weeks” and that it was Best Buy itself that made the decision. The reasons for this are still unknown, but Huawei had no choice but to comply with the drastic move.

Being blocked from selling through US-based network carriers last month was already viewed as a turning point in Huawei’s expansion efforts; not seeing them in Best Buy’s own physical stores will create an even bigger dent. How these two incidents connect is another mystery that’s currently left unsolved.

It’s a shame really. Huawei has consistently owned a large piece of the worldwide smartphone market share, placing them in the top three with Samsung and Apple for a while now, and that’s without much traction in the US — imagine how much bigger the Chinese company could be with an additional market as large as that.

That’s probably what the US government fears: that Huawei will invade North American soil and create either political or commercial disruption, something US officials have already warned their own citizens about. They went as far as telling consumers to boycott Huawei products altogether.

On the bright side, US customers craving for Huawei products can still buy them through Amazon and Newegg’s online shops.

Whether or not there’s a looming threat from China-based products, it’s an undeniable fact that Huawei makes fantastic smartphones. We’ve given all their recent flagship smartphones — specifically the Mate 10 Pro, Mate 10, and P10 series — glowing reviews. Having such a formidable force keeps the likes of Samsung and Apple on their toes.

In the meantime, Huawei is not being fazed by the distraction and will continue with the company’s flagship launch in Paris, France next week. There we’ll see the premium P20 series, a few days after witnessing the silent launch of the midrange P20 Lite (or Nova 3E if you live in China).

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OnePlus officially announces a merger with OPPO

It took them 5+ years to admit that…

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OnePlus has finally made its merger with OPPO public a long time after closely working with the Chinese company. However, Pete Lau, CEO, claims that the brand will continue to operate independently.

For the unaware, OnePlus is an OPPO subsidiary, but the two smartphone manufacturers work independently. In the future, despite the “integration” between the two brands, OnePlus and OPPO will continue to operate separately. The news doesn’t come as a massive shock given that Lau took on a role with OPPO last year in overseeing strategy for both brands.

Last year, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau took up the Senior Vice President position at OPLUS, which wholly owns OPPO and has a majority stake in OnePlus. The company also has a small stake in realme, which targets the affordable segment.

All these brands are part of Guangdong-based conglomerate BBK Electronics, which also owns vivo and iQoo. Lau indicated the move would allow them to deliver faster and more stable software updates to users, something that has certainly been one of the criticisms of OnePlus in recent years.

In the official blogpost, Lau mentioned that the company had seen a positive impact by integrating the two companies’ teams. The company has confirmed to MySmartPrice that smartphones from the brand will continue to run OxygenOS custom user interface based on Android. The shared resources and talent will not only help OnePlus to scale its business but will also help in cutting down costs due to scaling.

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Huawei FreeBuds 4i and Band 6 are now available at Globe Postpaid

You can grab them too at 0917 Lifestyle Store!

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Fan of Huawei’s latest wearables? Globe subscribers can now choose the best plans for the Huawei FreeBuds 4i and Band 6, or get these wearables with freebies on Globe’s online and 0917 Lifestyle Store.

Postpaid plans: Devices that match each other

These latest wearables are available now on Globe’s postpaid plans as free bundles to Huawei’s smartphones. If you are availing the Huawei Y7A, you can get the Band 6 at GPlan 999. With that plan, you are only cashing out PhP 500 and even better, getting a free thermos worth PhP 899. And as for the Huawei FreeBuds 4i, you can get it at GPlan 1499 with a nova 7i and free FreeBuds 4i clear case worth PhP 599.

Globe also has a smartphone and tablet bundle plan for those who wanted it. With GPlan 1499, postpaid subscribers can get a Huawei nova 7i to go along with a MatePad T 8 for a PhP 1,200 cashout.

Available also on 0917 Lifestyle Store and Globe Online Shop

Both of Huawei’s wearables can also be had at 0917 Lifestyle Store. There’s even a free thermos bundled with the FreeBuds 4i or the Band 6 for every purchase.

You may also snag these two at Globe Online Shop. As a bonus, there are freebies to go with every purchase too:

  • FreeBuds 4i — PhP 3,599 with a free protective case
  • Band 6 — PhP 2,599 with a free Bluetooth speaker
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realme launches Watch 2 Pro, TechLife Robot Vacuum

While teasing more devices

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This hardly comes as a surprise anymore as every brand is coming out with their slew of smart devices. realme is, likewise, venturing outside the smartphone arena as they launch the realme Watch 2 Pro and realme TechLife Robot Vacuum.

realme AIoT

The company is transitioning from their 1+4+N strategy to the 1+5+T strategy. Still tells the normal everyday person nothing at first glance but realme explains it as:

1 — smartphone, as realme’s smartphones are at the center of its AIoT ecosystem
5 — key categories for realme’s AIoT products. These include the True Wireless Stereo (TWS), Wearables, TV, laptops, and tablets.
T — stands for TechLife. This is realme’s open partner platform. It aims to support innovative and dynamic AIoT startups through the sharing of realme’s own sales channels.

TechLife focuses on three product categories: Smart Entertainment (TV boxes, projectors, speakers and game accessories), Smart Care (vacuum robots, air purifiers and body fat scales), Smart Connect (smart sockets, smart light bulbs and cameras)

After announcing the realme GT to take care of “1”, realme is covering “5” with the realme Watch 2 Pro, and the “T” with the Techlife Robot Vacuum.

realme Watch 2 Pro

If you follow tech news a lot, you know how this goes. The realme Watch 2 Pro is supposed to be your partner for an active and healthy lifestyle.

It comes with a variety of monitoring features. These are an accurate GPS system, an Sp02 monitor for blood oxygen tracking, and a heart rate monitor. For an active lifestyle, it comes with 90 sports modes.

It’s also larger than its predecessor. It has a 1.75-inch (4.4cm) display with 600 nits of peak brightness. It’s also again promising up to 14 days of power with its 390mAh battery. You’re also offered over 100 different watch faces so it’ll never feel old.

realme TechLife Robot Vacuum

This device is kicking off realme’s whole TechLife line. It has the LiDAR Smart Mapping and Navigation System, the same state-of-the-art technology used in the navigation systems of modern electric vehicles and aircraft. Sounds overkill for a vacuum but if you want your space spic and span you wanna make sure the vacuum can get to all areas that it should.

The realme TechLife Robot Vacuum has a super-high suction and mopping power of 3000Pa. This means it’s capable of cleaning large amounts of high-density garbage while keeping noise levels as low as 55dB on quiet mode.

It also features a 5200mAh battery, a 600ml dust bin and a 300ml smart electronic water tank, ensuring that users do not have to constantly charge and empty the vacuum during cleaning.

It’s designed to fit into any home with a maximum height of just above 10cm. It has a sleek and classy design with the top cover of the device made from an impact resistant tempered glass.

More TechLife products coming

realme also teased a media-focused realme Pad tablet and their first laptop — the realme Book.

Price and availability

The realme watch 2 Pro will be available starting June 16 for EUR 74.99. The basic realme watch 2 retails for EUR 54.99.

The realme TechLife Robot Vacuum price and availability details to follow.

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