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Huawei Nova 7i pricing and availability in the Philippines

Can it match the success of previous Nova phones?

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The Huawei Nova 7i officially launches in the Philippines. It was first announced in Paris, France as the Huawei P40 Lite.

The Nova 7i features a quad-camera system highlighted by a 48MP camera and flanked by an 8MP ultra wide angle lens, a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP bokeh lens. One of the main camera features is a support for handheld night mode. Speaking of cameras, housed in punch-hole is the 16MP camera — a notable difference from the 24MP camera of the P40 Lite which looks exactly the same as the Nova 7i.

It’s powered by a Kirin 810 chipset along with a 4200mAh with super for 40W Huawei SuperCharge. It can take your phone from zero to 70 percent in just 30 minutes. There’s 8GB of RAM with 128GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card.

As for apps, there’s a good number that you can download on the Huawei AppGallery. It’s still noticeably missing staple ones like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram but you can get those by using the PhoneClone app to transfer them from your old phone.

Pricing and availability

The Huawei Nova 7i will come in three colors: Midnight Black, Sakura Pink, and Crush Green. It will be available PhP 13,990.

Pre-order period is between March 12 to 18. Interested buyers need to deposit PhP 500 to reserve the device. First 100 who will pre-order will get freebies worth PhP 8,669. The freebies are Freebuds lite, a Huawei band, and more.

Huawei Band 4 Pro

The company also announced the Huawei Band 4 Pro. It has the usual smartband features like heart rate tracking, Huawei’s TruSleep sleep tracking, as well as aid you in different workouts.

It will be available in Graphite Black, Cinnabar Red, and Pink Gold. It will retail for PhP 2,990. Pre-order period is from March 10-16 with a CM510 bluetooth speaker available through Lazada and Shopee.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Nova 7i: Singapore pricing and availability

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This is what the Nothing phone (1) looks like

And when it might launch

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Since the inception of the company, Nothing has drummed up consistent hype for its products. The ear (1) carried a notable air of mystery before its launch. Now, all eyes are on the company’s next launch, its first smartphone called the Nothing phone (1). As the supposed launch window approaches, more and more details are coming out for the device. With a new report now, we know what the phone (1) might look like and when it will launch.

The first nugget comes straight from Carl Pei’s mouth. Speaking to Wallpaper, Pei and Tom Howard, Nothing’s head of design, both confirmed that the device will have a transparent rear. The company is reportedly proud of the different components inside the phone, especially the camera and wireless charging coil.

To show off the hardware, Nothing placed a transparent rear, showcasing something that users don’t usually see. It’s a design philosophy that the company has followed since the ear (1).

On the unconfirmed side of things, the phone (1) will supposedly launch on July 21, according to German publication AllroundPC. However, the publication doesn’t confirm whether the date pertains to the launch or the start of sales.

Other sources have also speculated that the phone will use the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 for its processor. If anything, Pei and Howard have both confirmed that the device will have a Qualcomm chipset.

SEE ALSO: Carl Pei confirms Nothing phone (1) is coming this year

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iPhone 14 series reportedly delayed by China lockdowns

One model is lagging behind

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The iPhone 14 series is coming this year. However, if you’re eagerly waiting for the next major entry from Apple, you might have to wait a little longer. Ongoing lockdowns in China have reportedly delayed the development of the unannounced lineup.

As first reported by Nikkei Asia, Apple is asking its manufacturers to pick up the pace in the development process. Currently, China, especially Shanghai, are getting stricter with COVID-19 policies to control any potential resurgences of the virus. Naturally, that means more lockdowns, potentially affecting Apple’s partners in the country.

According to the report, the iPhone 14 series, which supposedly has four models, is currently in the engineering verification testing (EVT) stage. During this process, the manufacturer figures out the mechanical parts needed for the manufacturing process. They also figure out how much the process will cost for Apple.

Unfortunately, one of the four variants is taking longer in this stage. Apple uses different manufacturers per model, a good way to diversify the portfolio. The delayed model is handled by a manufacturer in Shanghai, one of the most affected by the recent lockdowns.

As such, the model is three weeks behind the normal schedule. The EVT stage normally concludes by the end of June. If a model misses the deadline, the delay might have implications for the launch of the final product and the supply down the line.

Apple usually launched the next iPhone series around fall of every year.

SEE ALSO: Apple reveals WWDC22 lineup

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The Sims 4 now has customizable pronouns for Sims

Available in English now

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Still the most popular simulation game today, The Sims 4 thrives on allowing players full freedom to customize their experience in the virtual world. Sims can ideally become whatever the player wants them to be. However, amid the game’s inherent freedom, it lacks an arguably important feature in today’s inclusive climate: customizable pronouns. Well, it did. In a new update, users can now do so.

Starting today, players can fully customize their Sim’s pronouns on the Create a Sim interface. They can choose between he/him, she/her, they/them, and fully customized ones. The interface is accessible at any time through the Create a Sim menu with any Sim– not just while creating a new Sim.

Besides the three multiple choice options, players can also create their own mixes of pronouns on the interface. They can customize the subjective, objective, possessive dependent, possessive independent, and reflexive forms of the pronouns they wish to use. (If this sounds too complicated without an English teacher, the game offers a guide and some examples to help players along the way.)

Adding customizable pronouns is a big step in the right direction for inclusivity in an immersive simulation game. However, the update is only available for those playing The Sims 4 in English for now. Naturally, other non-English languages approach pronouns in different ways. Developers at EA and Maxis want to get the system perfect before rolling it out to other users.

SEE ALSO: Electronic Arts is reportedly putting its company up for sale

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