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Is LG’s G8X the G8 ThinQ’s successor?

The G8X is expected to be revealed at IFA 2019

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Months after unveiling the LG G8 ThinQ at MWC 2019, LG is expected to release another flagship phone in the form of the LG G8X. New leaks detail many changes to expect from this new flagship over its predecessor.

The front of G8X, depicting the smaller notch. | Photo by Pricebaba.com

Leaks and renders of the G8X point to a refined design over the G8 ThinQ. In front, the notch is much smaller. Unfortunately, this also means that one of the headline features of the G8 ThinQ could be gone: vein recognition and touchless controls. This unique feature is made possible through the sensors on the phone’s notch. With the notch’s size reduced to a waterdrop, the G8X might not include it anymore.

Another feature from the G8 ThinQ that is hitting the chopping block with the G8X’s release is the Crystal Sound OLED display. Basically, the display vibrates to produce sounds normally made by speakers during phone calls. The G8X, on the other hand, is set to feature a regular earpiece.

On the bright side, the G8X is expected to gain an in-display fingerprint sensor which was absent from the G8 ThinQ. Also, the processor would get a hefty upgrade in the form of the new Snapdragon 855 or the beefier Snapdragon 855+.

The G8X is also expected to feature a 6.2 inch display with a QHD resolution, a single camera on the front, dual rear cameras featuring standard and wide-angle lens, and a Google Assistant button on the side. The device will also have a headphone jack which is increasingly vanishing in most smartphones.

There is a headphone jack in the bottom. | Photo by Pricebaba.com

All of G8X’s specs is expected to be revealed at the upcoming IFA 2019 which will held in Berlin, Germany.

LG’s move to release another flagship is likely its strategy to boost its profits. The company is having a hard time selling its smartphones against the likes of Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo. It remains to be seen if the G8X would up the ante for LG and would prove to be a compelling flagship after all.

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Samsung, BTS will launch a custom Galaxy S20

Coming next month

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Celebrity endorsements are part and parcel of the smartphone lifecycle. Most companies have constantly leveraged local talent to promote their products. However, a lucky few have found more internationally known celebrities to brandish new devices. Amidst this ubiquitous strategy, Samsung and LG have a distinct advantage: a gallery of Korean idol groups right at their doorstep. For example, Samsung has already created BLACKPINK-themed Galaxy smartphones last year.

Recently, Samsung recruited BTS for this year’s Galaxy S20 series. At the time, the partnership was just for brand ambassadorship, creating promos with the “Captured #withGalaxy S20 Series.” Now, Samsung and BTS are taking it a step further.

In the last few days, Samsung’s Twitter account teased BTS-themed promos with a single date: July 9. The promos are very likely hinting at a BTS-themed device coming next month.

Thanks to Max Weinbach, we finally have a clearer idea of what the upcoming device is. Sent by one of his sources, the upcoming device is a Galaxy S20 variant in vibrant Mirror Purple, marking the BTS theme. Additionally, Samsung is also launching BTS-themed Galaxy Buds+ in the same Mirror Purple color. Both devices will come in custom BTS packaging.

At least for the phone, there isn’t any change internally. It’s still the same Galaxy S20 series. At the very least, the custom variant will arrive in the base Galaxy S20 model.

As the leak confirms, the upcoming device will launch on July 9 in South Korea. Pre-orders will start soon. However, there is no word yet whether the device will come to other countries.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 might now be in mass production

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CES 2021 will still push through with an in-person event

Will implement a lot of safety measures

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So far, CES 2020 is the only massive tech trade show to escape the ongoing coronavirus pandemic unscathed. Soon after the first show of the year, other similar events — like MWC 2020 — started dropping out for fear of spreading the virus further. Some migrated to online avenues. Some are still pushing through but with severely limited attendance.

With more than half a year to go before the next event, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced that CES 2021 will continue its years-long tradition of holding an in-person event for the trade showcase. Besides the in-person event, CES 2021 will also branch out into more digital spaces, allowing more livestreaming to broadcast the latest technologies for a wider reach. Though the announcement is only making the rounds now (via The Verge), the CTA has already made and publicized the decision on May 7 through the convention’s website.

This is, of course, a huge deal for the public events industry all over the world. All eyes are on CES 2021 as a safety barometer for the future of public spaces. Though some events are still continuing as normal this year, CES 2021 will likely usher in a new era with new health tools, the “new normal,” and, hopefully, a cure. Who knows what will happen at that point in time?

CES 2021 will still implement public health measure to limit the spread of disease during the show. The CTA is already pondering on various methods like social distancing, temperature scans, mask wearing, contactless payments, and sanitization stations.

Amidst all the potential safety measures in place, we’re seeing the “new normal” in action. For sure, CES 2021 will showcase huge breakthroughs in the tech industry, as it did this year. The annual event will take place from January 6 to 9 next year.

SEE ALSO: IFA 2020 to adopt an ‘innovative’ form of conferencing

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PLDT Home extends Speedboost and Double Data offers

Until June 30

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When people were forced to stay at and work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PLDT stepped in to make sure Internet access was sufficient (debatable, we know). The speedboost they promised for the duration of the lockdown has now been extended.

The nationwide speedboost supposedly gave everyone a minimum of 25 Mbps. If you felt this boost, congratulations! You get to experience it for a little while longer.

If you’d rather go prepaid that options is on offer as well. You can get the PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid at just PhP 995 which comes with free 10GB worth of data valid for seven days and enjoy twice more data for all sites and apps.

If that doesn’t quite cut it for you there are other PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid options:

  • FamLoad package: FamLoad 199 now has 24GB of data for seven days
  • FamLoad 599 comes with 80GB of data for 15 days
  • FamLoad 999 has 130GB of data for 30 days
  • FamLoad 1499 gives you a whopping 200GB of data for 30 days.

To find out more, you can always visit the PLDT Website. Just cross your fingers that it never gets hacked like their Twitter account.

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