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Infinix launches the midrange ZERO 8 in the Philippines

Available on November 11 at a low price of PhP 11,990

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Infinix is boosting its lineup in the Philippines with the launch of ZERO 8. Announced last August, Infinix ZERO 8 is a competitive midrange with attractive specs to boot in an affordable package.

An attractive package all-around

Under the hood of the Infinix ZERO 8 is a MediaTek Helio G90T. It is a decent processor, capable of handling most apps and even some intensive tasks with ease. The brand also touts a built-in cooling system inside. There is 8GB of RAM for faster performance, and 128GB of internal storage for keeping large files.

Its camera also punches weight with other smartphones of its class. The rear boasts a quad-camera setup, headlined by the 64MP primary wide-angle lens utilizing the latest Sony IMX686 sensor. Accompanying the primary camera is an 8GB ultra-wide-angle lens, 2MP depth sensor, and another 2MP depth sensor.

Upfront, there are two selfie cameras housed on a display cut-out. These two cameras are 48MP wide-angle lens + 8MP ultra-wide-lens for much flexible selfie options.

In terms of display, Infinix Hot 8 has a 6.85-inch full HD display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Thanks to its 4,500mAh battery, the phone can last a full day of usage even when used intensively. The 33Wh Super Quick Charge ensures fast top-ups, charging up to 70% in just 30 minutes.

Pricing and availability

The best part about the Infinix Hot 8, however, is its price. Unlike other midrange phones of the same spec, this one comes at an affordable price of PhP 12,990. Furthermore, the phone is priced at only PhP 11,990 on November 11 at Lazada. It comes in two colors: black diamond and silver diamond.

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Globe says 80% of Metro Manila now with 5G outdoor coverage

Are you getting 5G coverage?

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Are you covered? Globe’s bid to widen 5G coverage in the Philippines seems to be going well. In their latest release, the telecommunications company claims that 80% of Metro Manila how has 5G outdoor coverage.

Bonifacio Global City, Makati and Ortigas Commercial Business Districts (CBDs) are nearing completion with coverage of 97%, 95% and 97% respectively.

Meanwhile, San Juan (91%), Pateros (91%), Mandaluyong (86%), Makati (84%), Caloocan (84%), Manila (83%), Marikina (83%), Pasig (81%), and Quezon City are among the top nine cities with the most 5G outdoor coverage.

Globe is spending around PhP 70 billion in 2021 to continue to improve and widen the 5G coverage in the country. The company hopes to install 2,000 new cell towers and will increase its fiber rollouts to connect more Filipino homes.

In Southern parts of the country, some major cities are also ramping up 5G coverage. Cebu is currently at 61% coverage while Davao is with 60% coverage.

SEE ALSO: 5G Explained

Validated by Ookla

Internet speed test leader Ookla indicated in its latest consistency report that Globe’s latest moves have resulted in better all, SMS and data experience to its customers all over the country in recent weeks.

According to Ookla, Globe’s regional mobile Consistency Score  improved from the previous quarter in 16 out of 17 regions, registering increases as high as 10 PPTs (percentage points), with Consistency Scores ranging from 39% and 65% in Q4 2020. Ookla®’s quarterly data shows that Globe’s overall Consistency Score in Q4 2020 improved to 60.82% from Q3’s 56.83%.

Mobile Consistency Score measures the number of incidences (viewed as a percentage) of a provider’s samples equal or exceeds both a download threshold of 5 Mbps and an upload threshold of 1 Mbps.

Want to test it for yourself? You can upgrade to a Globe 5G SIM. SIM change is free at any Globe Stores and customers will retain their old number. For security reasons, customers are advised to upgrade their SIM only at the Globe Store.

There’s now also a good number of 5G smartphones for you to choose from ranging from premium flagship to midrange level.

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realme smartphones and wearables are discounted this January

PhP 3,000 discount for the realme 6 Pro

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realme is kicking off the new year by discounting some of its smartphones and wearables. For a limited time, buyers may snag the realme C12, 6 Pro, Buds Q, Buds Air Neo, and more at discounted prices on Lazada and Shopee

All-day discounts are available on Lazada on January 25, 27, and 30. For Shopee users, they should watch out for all-day discounts happening exclusively on January 30.

Buyers may snag the latest entry-level smartphone — the realme C12 — at a discounted price of PhP 5,490. Meanwhile, budget-conscious gamers may get the realme 6 Pro at a price of PhP 13,990. This represents a total of PhP 3,000 discount from its original price.

Two wearables from realme are also getting price discounts. The realme Buds Q is getting a PhP 400 discount, lowering its price to PhP 1,090. The realme Buds Air gets the same treatment with a PhP 700 discount, bringing down the price to PhP 1,290.

Shopee users should also watch out for flash sales happening this January 25 and 27. More devices from realme are getting discounts this January, so visit their Lazada or Shopee store page now.

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Shopee launches ShopeePay Cashless Festival

Exclusive prices for ShopeePay users

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Shopping on Shopee? You may want to take advantage of ShopeePay — Shopee’s integrated mobile wallet. From January 21 to 28, ShopeePay users may enjoy free shipping, win exclusive rewards, and claim vouchers as part of the first ShopeePay Cashless Festival.

Free shipping and cashback

Users who activate their ShopeePay for the first time during the festival period can get a free shipping voucher with no minimum spend. Those who spend a minimum of PhP 149 will also receive a free shipping voucher daily.

Select shops on categories such as personal gadgets, home essentials, and sports will also offer 20% coin cashback on purchases.

Users can also look forward to 15% cashback capped at 120 coins when they pay their bills with a minimum of PhP 800. That cashback percent bumps to 20% with a cap on 160 coins for January 28.

Deals for all

There will also be various deals exclusively for ShopeePay users. They may enjoy PhP 1 deals, up to 50% off on e-vouchers, and up to 15% coins cashback capped at 160 coins.

Deals on mobile load will also be available during the festival. Users can enjoy Php 10 discount on PhP 100 load/data for the whole week. More deals will be exclusively available from January 25 to 28 such as PhP 10 load/data for PhP 6, PhP 15 load/data for PhP 9, and PhP 20 load/data for PhP 12.

Cash prizes to be given away

Users may also win PhP 10,000 just by topping up PhP 300 or transferring PhP 1 to their wallet balance. Coins and vouchers are also up for grabs for every user.

Meanwhile, lucky participants of the Play & Win ShopeePay edition can score a cash prize of PhP 20,000 just by playing on weekdays from 5 to 6:30 PM. Finally, successful callers on Wowowin’s Tutok to Win will receive ShopeePay credits worth PhP 5,000 each on top of the usual cash prize of  PhP 20,000.

More deals and vouchers await users this January. Visit this link to know more about ShopeePay and start reaping the benefits of the integrated mobile wallet.

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