Huawei Nova 7i pricing and availability in the Philippines

Can it match the success of previous Nova phones?



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


Samsung Galaxy M51 price and availability in the Philippines

Another monster battery phone!



Samsung’s new beast — the Galaxy M51 — is finally making its way to the Philippines. With an official listed page on the Samsung Philippines website, the arrival of this monster battery phone is imminent.

The Galaxy M51 prides itself with a massive 7000mAh battery that supports 25W fast charging. This new midrange phone sports a 6.67-inch Super AMOLED+ Infinity-O display. On its front, you can find an in-display fingerprint scanner and a punch-hole camera housing a 32-megapixel shooter.

It’s powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 730G processor, equipped with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. For extra storage, it comes with a MicroSD slot up to 512GB.

Meanwhile, its rear features a quad-camera setup: a 64-megapixel primary sensor, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a 5-megapixel macro camera.

Regarding its ports, the Galaxy M51 uses a USB Type-C port and the well-loved 3.5mm audio jack. In line with all other Galaxy-branded phones, it’ll ship with OneUI out-of-the-box and Samsung Knox, Samsung’s multi-layered security feature.

Price and availability

The Samsung Galaxy M51 will retail for PhP 19,990 and will come in two colors: Black and White. It will be exclusively available online starting September 25, 2020, at Samsung’s official online store, eCommerce partners such as Lazada, Shopee, Abenson, and MemoXpress, and telecom companies like Globe and Smart. Early birds can score up to PhP 2,098 worth of freebies from September 25-28, 2020.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy M31: How long does a 6000mAh battery last?

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Instagram is being sued for spying on a user’s camera

Accessed a camera without permission



The world of social media is rapidly sinking into a period of reckoning. Earlier today, the Trump administration has announced a definitive takedown of TikTok and WeChat starting this Sunday. Apparently, American social media platforms can’t catch a break as well. In the United States, Instagram is being sued for spying on a user’s camera.

Reported by Bloomberg, a New Jersey Instagram user, Brittany Conditi, filed the complaint against the company in a San Francisco court. According to the lawsuit, Instagram accesses an iPhone’s camera even when the app isn’t currently active.

Conditi argues that the practice is deliberate and “lucrative” for the company. Instagram allegedly uses the obtained data for “valuable insights and market research.”

According to Facebook (who owns Instagram), the issue is a bug and does not indicate any deliberate attempts to spy on users. The company has also said that the bug is now patched in the latest version.

Regardless, Facebook and Apple have butted heads in the past. Since the introduction of iOS 14, Apple has upped its efforts to curb any untoward privacy violations from apps. Even without the current allegations, Facebook’s concern (or lack thereof) for privacy is well documented.

Currently, Facebook and Instagram are in a race to catch up with TikTok in the short-form video-sharing trend. Instagram, for one, recently launched Instagram Reels, its own take on TikTok.

SEE ALSO: Facebook is paying users to delete their accounts

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TikTok and WeChat will be banned from app stores in the US

So, did the Oracle deal go through?



After months of escalating, the US Commerce Department has announced it’ll ban business transactions with TikTok and WeChat. The two apps are owned by Chinese giants ByteDance and Tencent, respectively.

Practically, you won’t be able to directly download the app via stores like Play Store and App Store. Furthermore, companies are also barred from hosting these apps in the US. Essentially, the user won’t be able to download the app from third-party websites that are hosted in the US.

It also blocks US companies from providing services through WeChat “for the purpose of transferring funds or processing payments within the U.S.”

However, it remains unclear whether the announcement means the Oracle-TikTok deal won’t be going through. The Trump administration wanted ByteDance to sell its local TikTok operations to an American company.

In the last few months, multiple American giants like Walmart, Twitter, and Microsoft were interested in getting their piece of TikTok. But things haven’t moved smoothly and the Chinese government isn’t keen on handing over TikTok’s algorithm to an American company.

While Oracle has been chosen for a deal with ByteDance, the latter continues to maintain that the ongoing process isn’t an acquisition and Oracle shall be a technology partner. This is in stark contrast to what President Trump envisions as a business takeover.

The app ban could be a tactic to pressure the Chinese, but we can’t be certain of that right now. Going by the latest statements, it’s clear that the administration wants to completely block user’s access to these apps and is willing to go the extra mile.

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