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Huawei Y6P highlights Huawei’s new budget line

Includes another phone and a tablet

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Huawei has continued to make strides in the software and app availability ever since the unfortunate US ban imposed in 2019. Perhaps there’s no better way to experience it than their low-risk new budget line headlined by the Huawei Y6P.

Huawei Y6P

The Huawei Y6P is a 6.3-inch device powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762R) SoC with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Pretty much what we should expect from a budget phone in 2020. It’s also home to a 5,000mAh battery which should help with the increasingly media-centric consumption of consumers today.

By the way, the storage is expandable via a microSD card slot which sits right next to the dual nano SIM card trays.

It has a triple camera setup consisting of 13MP (f/1.8) + 5MP (f/2.2) + 2MP (f/2.4) — a combo that should allow you to shoot various scenarios like low-light, wide angle, and with bokeh effect. For selfies, this one’s equipped with an 8MP front-facing camera.

It’ll come in three colors: Midnight Black, Emerald Green, and Phantom Purple.

Huawei Y5P

The Huawei Y5P — with its 5.45-inch display — should cater to people who don’t necessarily want a bigger display and value one-handed operation. It shares the same SoC as the Huawei Y6P with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage which again is expandable via microSD card slot — a necessity for that onboard storage capacity.

For cameras it has an HDR-capable 8MP main shooter and a 5MP one for selfies.

It’s available in three colors: Midnight Black, Phantom Blue, and Mint Green.

Huawei MatePad T8

Rounding up the budget-friendly lineup is the Huawei MatePad T8. If you’re bored in the house, bored in the house, bored, this should help tide you over. Packaged primarily as an entertainment device, this tablet with an 8-inch display has an 80 percent screen-to-body ratio should provide good viewing angles.

AppGallery for all three

As per usual, these come with the AppGallery. Some of the apps that Huawei is highlighting include Viu — which is home to fantastic K-Dramas, and iFlix.

You also have access to popular apps like Facebook, Viber, and gaming ones like Plants vs Zombies and Candy Crush Mania. There’s plenty more you can explore on the AppGallery, just… look around.

Pricing and availability

Huawei Y6P — PhP 5,990
Huawei Y5P — PhP 4,490
Huawei MatePad T — PhP 5,990

Pre-order period is from May 22 to May 31. Freebies include a premium Bluetooth headset, Huawei 15GB Cloud Storage for 12 months, and a VIU premium access for three months. Huawei partnered with Lazada, Shopee, MemoXpress, Abenson, Bluelite, Silicon Valley and Aerophone for more purchase convenience.

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Jordan Brand launches first store in Manila

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Hoop-heads now have a new store they can frequent — with proper social distancing protocols, of course — as  Jordan Brand announces the launch of its first store in the Manila, Philippines.

The store is located in Bonifacio Global City and will open its doors starting December 3, 2020. The Manila Jordan Brand Store introduces a new retail design concept inspired by Michael Jordan’s legacy authentically grounded in basketball culture.

The design aesthetic across the store’s 4,500 square feet is rooted in the game and community of basketball. It leads with a design palette that is authentically connected to the heart and soul of the brand. The new store will be home to the best from Jordan Brand in terms of products, premium product services and experiences.

To help highlight the vibrant Filipino culture and flavor throughout the store, art from some of Manila’s most exciting artists will be showcased throughout the space. Veejay Villafranca, Jaime Pacena, Raxenne Maniquiz, AJ Dimarucot bring together the local voice and basketball street elements from the nation’s true obsession  through their art.

The store also boasts the largest assortment for Jordan apparel across men’s, women’s and kids in South East Asia. Consumers can access exclusive features like one-on-one styling services or  ‘Custom 23’ to customize Jordan products to help curate their on and off-court looks.

At launch, designs from eight globally acclaimed artists will be used to customize laces, dubraes, aglets and tees.

A special rooftop court

The rooftop of the store features a basketball court with a stunning mural designed by renowned NYC artist Kimou Meyer (@groteskito). Through the design, Kimou captures the energy and ethos of the Jordan Brand by showcasing two figures intertwined in a 1:1 game. The space will be used for community games, events, activations, clinics, and special guest appearances.

Exclusively for the launch of the first Jordan store, 150 pairs of the limited Air Jordan 4 Retro ‘Manila’ edition will drop starting December 3.

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From zero to export, here’s how India ramped up PPE making

US and China are its biggest trade partners

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With a 1.3 billion population, India is a highly dense country. The imposition of a sudden lockdown meant critical equipment like PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), masks, and other medical equipment were in low supply. Due to the global outbreak, imports were also difficult to find since the demand was too high.

The initial cases of Coronavirus were detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in November 2019. While the outbreak was limited initially, it gradually spread across China, followed by other countries, and reached a critical stage in March.

Many countries implemented a strict lockdown to curb the spread of the virus. While these curfews helped reduce the spread of the virus, it also handicapped industries because the normal flow of goods and production was adversely affected. Adding to this, developing countries were worse hit because their healthcare system is weak and under-equipped.

India rising to the occasion

However, India was able to find a home-grown solution. The country went on to start exporting Coronavirus goods within a few months. California-based financing company Drip Capital released a detailed report that gives us an insight into India’s production response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The report considered 14 categories of medical-related products that were shipped between January and July of 2020. The data is directly compiled from India’s Directorate-General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). These categories include textiles, disinfectants, test kits, soap, rubber, gloves, footwear, and other medical equipment.

In a nutshell, the industry clocked a growth of US$ 150 million when compared to the same period last year. The country was in a lockdown state for almost two months. PPE demand among medical workers, contact tracers, and other essential workers was extremely high. The textile category alone contributed to the growth of US$ 40 million, followed by test kits at US$ 26 million, disinfectants at US$ 28 million, and soap at US$ 12 million.

PPE production in full swing

What’s even more interesting is, India had zero domestic manufacturing capacity for PPEs in January. A few restrictions were placed on exports in January due to a shortage of inventory, and a complete ban was placed in March. The government released massive tenders to encourage domestic production, and the country was making 700,000 to 800,000 PPE kits a day by June.

Once domestic demand was fulfilled, the government opened up exports, and a milestone was reached in October when India delivered 1.8 million N95 masks to the US. The effect is quite easily visible as the country exported goods worth US$ 539 million in the first seven months of 2020.

In comparison, India exported goods worth US$ 532 million in the whole of 2019. Hence it’s safe to assume this year’s exports shall be almost twice that of last year.

70 percent of all exported goods originated from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka. On the other hand, India’s top trade partners were spread across the globe. The US single-handedly imported goods worth US$ 98 million, followed by China at US$ 37 million, Germany at US$ 30 million, and the Netherlands at US$ 22 million.

Indian goods were in high demand in smaller countries like the UAE, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Hong Kong. A natural edge that Indian goods have is their pricing. Being a developing economy with a substantial population engaged in agriculture and textile, PPE was a perfect commodity that helped grow small scale industries.

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iPhone 12 series coming to Smart, Globe via Postpaid plans

The latest handset made more accessible!

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Merry holidays! The most-awaited iPhone 12 series is coming to the Philippines officially via postpaid offerings from Smart and Globe.

Both telcos teased their subscribers through an announcement posted on their social media platforms.

In a tweet, Smart confirmed the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available soon with Smart Signature Plans. We can only assume that it will still be available in Plan S 999 with a huge one-time cashout.

For Globe, the iPhone 12 series will be offered via ThePlan and ThePLATINUM PLAN. We’re also expecting Globe to offer the handset as low as ThePlan 999 albeit with a huge one-time cashout same as Smart.

Currently, the price for the latest iPhones start from PhP 43,990 for the iPhone 12 Mini (64GB); PhP 49,990 for the iPhone 12 (64GB); PhP 62,990 for the iPhone 12 Pro (128GB); and PhP 68,990 for the iPhone 12 Pro Max (128GB). For the full price list, check here.

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