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Huawei Mate 50 series is going global

The international tour starts now

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Earlier this month, Huawei debuted its new flagship series, the Mate 50. However, China naturally got first dibs before the rest of the world. Now, after a month of being exclusive, the Mate 50 series is going global. Huawei has officially announced the international release of the flagship series.

As a refresher, the series will come in two variants: the regular Mate 50 and the Mate 50 Pro. Both will come with Kunlun Glass, a screen which consists of 10 quadrillion nanocrystals and can withstand tall drops. It also uses an elegant Cloud de Paris embossing design, merging form with function.

The regular Mate 50 will sport a 6.7-inch OLED screen with 90Hz refresh rate. On the other hand, the Mate 50 Pro will have a slightly larger 6.74-inch OLED screen that tops off at 120Hz refresh rate.

Under the hood, both models will come with the new Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor. They also come with Adreno 730 and the 7th-gen Qualcomm AI engine. While the regular model comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, the Mate 50 Pro comes with 512GB of storage.

The Mate 50 series has a triple rear camera setup. The regular version comes with a 50-megapixel main + 13-megapixel ultra-wide + 12-megapixel telephoto combination. Meanwhile, the Pro has a 50-megapixel main + 13-megapixel ultra-wide + 64-megapixel telephoto combination. Both will have a 13-megapiel selfie shooter.

While the Mate 50 has a 4460mAh battery, the Mate 50 Pro comes with a larger 4700mAh battery. Both are compatible with Huawei’s wired and wireless SuperCharge.

The Mate 50 Pro (8GB + 256 GB) will be available in Black and Silver, retailing for EUR 1299. Meanwhile, a Leather Orange model with vegan leather retails for EUR 1399.

SEE ALSO: Huawei resurrects ‘Mate’ with the Mate 50 series in China

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iQOO 11 with ‘monster performance’ launches worldwide

Sleek gaming phone

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iQOO 11

iQOO, independent sub-brand of vivo, is doubling down on its performance-centric approach. Similar to the iQOO 9T, the brand spanking new iQOO 11 5G has honed in on providing the best performance on a flagship smartphone.

Monster power

Powering the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, making it one of the first smartphones in the world to sport the new chipset. The processor is promising to deliver peak CPU and GPU performance while still being power efficient.

Supporting the chip is 16GB of RAM(Expandable, +8GB) with 256GB of internal storage. To keep things humming it has a 5,000mAh battery along with support for 120W FlashCharge.

It’s also running Android 13 with FunTouch OS 13 Global on top.

Smooth screen

Gaming isn’t as fun on a subpar screen, that’s why the iQOO 11 5G has a 6.78-inch 2K E6 AMOLED display. It supports up to 144Hz refresh rate which is perfect for a smooth, fast, and responsive gameplay.

The phone should also look great while out and about under the bright sun as it reaches up to 1800 nits of brightness. It also  has a dual stereo speaker for good audio to complement what you see. It also has a Qualcomm Snapdragon Sound Certification.

Capable cameras

Photography isn’t too much of a focus but this phone is still packing a decent set.

  • 50MP f/1.88 GN5 Ultra-Sensing main camera
  • 8MP f/2.2 Ultra wide-angle camera
  • 13MP f/2.46 Telephoto and Portait camera
  • 16MP f/2.45 Selfie camera

It’s also capable of taking 4K Super Night Video along with plenty other camera features. These include Zero-Shutter-Lag Motion Snapshot, Night camera panning, Pure Night View, and more.

Availability

The iQOO 11 5G comes in two color variants: Alpha which is in black and has a glass back, and Legend which is made of vegan leather and comes in the striking BMW Motorsport design.

iQOO 11 will be launched in Indonesia and Malaysia on December 8, 2022, and will be available for purchase following the announcement.

The device will be launched in Thailand and available for purchase on December 15, 2022.

It will be launched in India on January 10, 2023, and will be available for purchase starting from January 13, 2023.

Price will vary per region. You may check with your local retailers.

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Dimensity 8200 brings flagship specs to midrange

Phones coming later this month

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At the start of the month, several Chinese brands postponed their much-awaited launches in light of the passing of a political figure in China. Naturally, these brands are scrambling to find new dates for their new products. Now is finally time for one of them to emerge from the shadows. MediaTek has launched the new Dimensity 8200.

Built for higher-end smartphones, the Dimensity 8200 offers flagship-level performance for cheaper price tags. Inside, the chipset sports four Arm Cortex-A78 cores going up to 3.1GHz, while supported by a Mali-G610 GPU. It also has an AI processing unit for more intelligent tasks.

Improving gaming performance, the chipset comes with a HyperEngine 6.0 system. Complemented with Intelligent Display Sync 2.0, smartphones with the chipset automatically adjusts refresh rate and framerate to accommodate gaming based on the game. It can also support 120Hz WQHD+ and 180Hz Full HD+ displays.

For cameras, the Dimensity 8200 features the Imagiq 785 ISP, a processor capable of supporting up to 320-megapixel photos. It can shoot 14-bit HDR videos using three cameras simultaneously. The AI processing unit can also reduce noise in low-light conditions.

Naturally, the new chipset can support sub-6GHz 5G and Wi-Fi 6E connections. It also has Bluetooth LE Audio technology to support clear audio using wireless setups.

Currently, MediaTek has not announced any smartphones which will carry the chipset. However, the brand promises new phones coming later this month.

SEE ALSO: Dimensity 1080 improves MediaTek’s 5G lineup

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vivo all set with Big 12.12 Holiday deals

Featuring the Y, T, V, and X series!

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vivo has been going all out with their deals. Sure, the Christmas Giveaway Festival is still ongoing. But on top of that, there’s the vivo Big 12.12 Holiday deals.

There’s a wide variety of vivo smartphones available in this promo. The Y, T, V, and X series phones are all present making sure there’s an option for every budget.

The Y series is the most budget friendly of the bunch. The T series, meanwhile, offers a little more extra value, especially on the performance side. The V series is firmly in the midrange segment with notable imaging improvements. But if you want the best of the best, you should go after the X series.

WATCH: Have a vivo Christmas!


Here’s everything on offer:

Model

Original SRP 12.12 Promo Price

12.12 Freebies

vivo Y16 (4GB + 128GB) PHP 8,999 PHP 8,799 DITO SIMCARD + TWS Voguard
Y22s (8GB+128GB) PHP 12,999 PHP 12,899 DITO SIMCARD + TWS Voguard
vivo Y35 PHP 14,999 PHP 14,599 DITO SIM CARD + TWS Voguard
vivo V25e PHP 17,999 PHP 17,599 DITO SIMCARD + TWS Voguard
vivo V25 PHP 23,999 PHP 23,599 DITO SIMCARD + 2n1 Clock Speaker + BT Neckband
vivo V25 Pro PHP 29,999 PHP 29,599 DITO SIMCARD +vivo Tumbler + football TWS
vivo X80 PHP 45,999 PHP 39,999 DITO SIMCARD + Voguard TWS + Clock Speaker

Other than the items listed, there are more vivo smartphones and accessories that you can check via vivo’s official website, Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok Shop:

Watch out for the 12.12 Mega Camp Sale, 12.5 and 12.30 Shopee Payday Sale, and Tech Thursdays for the month of December. 

For users who follow vivo’s official store on Shopee, you can enjoy an extra PHP 20 off with no minimum spend. There is also a PHP 80 off for VIP members, 200 off for Silver VIPs, and PHP 300 off for Gold VIPs. 

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