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Lenovo drops a full suite of smart devices

Everything from smartphones to robot vacuums

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There’s a bunch of launches after the long dead-silence during the lockdown and Lenovo is joining in by going ham on the new releases. Honestly, it feels like being back in school when every teacher seemed to coyly schedule all their project and exam due dates on the same god-forsaken day. Take it easy, guys. I’d love to have a cozy smart home and a tech upgrade but we all just need to get through this month’s rent first.

That aside, strap up, boys and girls because boy does Lenovo have a line-up for you. They’re coming in with new models for their smartphone line-up and a fresh new range of smart home devices for their summer campaign: The Lenovo Summer Sale.

Lenovo K5 Play and K5 Pro

The Lenovo K5 Play has a 5.7-in IPS LCD screen with a 720 x 1440 resolution.  The K5 Play is powered by a Snapdragon 430 Octa-core chipset with up to 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. It features a dual rear camera (13MP F/2.2 and 2MP) and an 8MP F/2.0 front camera.

As for the Lenovo K5 Pro counterpart, its IPS LCD measures 5.99-in with a 1080 x 2160 resolution. The K5 Pro has a Snapdragon 636 Octa-core chipset with up to 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. It also features the same dual-camera set-up in the front and back (16MP and 5MP) with an added front camera flash.

The Lenovo K5 Play retails at PhP 3,990 and the K5 Pro retails at PhP 5,990.

Lenovo S5 Pro

The Lenovo S5 Pro has a 6.2-in IPS LCD screen with a 1080 x 2246 resolution. The S5 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 636 Octa-core coupled with Adreno 509 graphics card and up to 6GB RAM and up to 128GB internal storage. The S5 Pro has two sets of cameras on both front and back. For the rear camera, it’s decked out with a 20MP F/2.6 and 12MP F/1.8 combo while the front has a 20MP F/2.2 and 8MP dual camera set-up. The S5 Pro has features like a rear-mounted fingerprint reader and an infrared camera face unlock for added security.

The Lenovo S5 Pro has a starting price of PhP 7,495.

For the first time ever in the Philippines, Lenovo is releasing several smart home devices designed to make any place feel more like home. Here are Lenovo’s newly launched Smart Home devices:

Lenovo Smart Tabs

Need a good line-up of smart tabs? Lenovo has a few to choose from: the Lenovo Smart Tab M8, M10 HD, and M10 FHD Plus. The tablets perform tasks through voice commands wherever you decide to set yours up and come with dual front-facing speakers and dual microphones powered by Dolby Atmos. There’s a Lenovo Smart Tab variant that comes with a built-in kickstand for ease of use at the price of PhP 4,990.

The Lenovo Smart Tab M8 has a price tag of PhP 8,490. The Smart Tab M10 HD costs PhP 9,990. And, The Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus costs PhP 13,990.

2-in-1 Laptop/Tablet hybrid

Lenovo is bringing nine new variants of the popular D330 2-in-1 device. The D330 can be used as either tablet or laptop with its slick hybrid design. It is powered by an Intel Pentium Silver N5000 processor and has the recent Windows 10 operating system.

Lenovo Robot Vacuum Cleaner T1, T1 Pro, E1

Robot Vacuum Cleaner T1

Done with doing the housework after weeks in the lockdown? Let these little guys do the sweeping for you. All variants come with an Automatic Dirt Disposal that spontaneously empties dust bins for quick and easy cleaning. They all can also be controlled and customized through both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

The Lenovo Robot Vacuum Cleaner T1 costs PhP 19,995; T1 Pro — PhP 24,995; and E1 — PhP 9,995.

If you think the line-up of new releases is over, you’d be just like me: wrong. Lenovo added new accessories to complement all the other gadgets they have available.

HE08 Neckband Headset, HD100 Wireless Headset, HT 28 TWS Buds

Lenovo’s HE08 Neckband Headset, HD 100 Wireless Headset, and HT28 TWS Buds can playback sound at farther ranges and transmit sound faster with its Bluetooth 5.0 support. Lenovo boasts its battery life with their HT28 TWS Buds lasting six hours of playtime. The buds are also waterproof so you can stay in to avoid catching the virus and sing to dramatic music in the shower.

Lenovo’s HE08 Neckband Headset is priced at PhP 1,495; HD 100 Wireless Headset — PhP 1,995; and HT28 TWS Buds — PhP 2,495.

Lenovo Smartwatch S2

The Smartwatch S2 can track motion speed, heart rate, sleep, and workouts with a customizable Sports Mode. It’s powered by the Nordic 5283 processor and is able to easily withstand day-to-day use with its zinc allow frame, tempered glass display, and 3ATM water resistance.

The Lenovo Smartwatch S2 costs PhP 2,995.

Lenovo 14,000mAh USB-C Laptop Powerbank

Designed with modern professionals in mind, Lenovo developed this powerbank to keep you uninterrupted while on-the-go. This portable powerhouse provides 48Wh battery life mobile workstations and has two integrated USB-A ports and one USB-C port.

The Lenovo 14,000mAh USB-C Laptop Powerbank is priced at PhP 4,995.

All the products listed above are available in Lenovo partner stores nationwide and online through the Lenovo Mobile Flagship Store on Lazada.

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LinkedIn sued for spying on users

Caught by iOS 14

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Apple’s iOS 14 has done a lot of snitching lately. Recently, the new operating system discovered several apps copying content from an iPhone’s clipboard. Some culprits, like TikTok, have patched out the flaw and promised more security-conscious decisions in the future. However, the brouhaha has undoubtedly caused a breach in trust for a lot of consumers.

Particularly, an iPhone user in New York has decided to sue LinkedIn, one of the implicated companies. According to the complaint obtained by Reuters, Adam Bauer, the plaintiff, is suing the company for reading and obtaining information from his iPhone. Further, he claims that LinkedIn is also tapping into other devices, besides his iPhone.

Normally, user-filed complaints end up as a quirky way to obtain money from an allegedly erring company. However, Bauer’s case underscores a huge controversy pervading the app world today. Certainly, apps should not have unauthorized access to a user’s information regardless of purpose. If anything, the controversy is a call for companies to instate more trustworthy practices in their products.

Prior to Bauer’s complaint, LinkedIn has already promised to patch out the security flaw in an update. Naturally, it isn’t enough for some users. The complaint also emphasizes the global perspective that the implicated companies are only sorry because they got caught.

Bauer’s case is still ongoing so no one knows how it will affect the company and the world, if any.

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Nokia 2 series might get an even bigger battery, based on leak

Going past a 4000mAh batttery

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Before the advent of smartphones, Nokia’s batteries were a sight to behold. The nostalgic brick phones lasted for days on a single charge. It’s still quite a feat, especially since most smartphones can’t live a day on a single charge alone these days. Today, Nokia is still blazing away at phenomenal batteries on its newer phones.

Throughout the past few years, HMD Global has always touted a marvelous two-day battery life for its Nokia 2 series. The budget lineup has traditionally carried a 4000mAh battery across its different iterations. Only the very first Nokia 2 had a slightly larger battery at 4100mAh.

In an FCC filing spotted by Android Authority, the Nokia 2 series is once again breaking the 4000mAh limit. According to the filing, an unnamed Nokia phone will carry a huge 4380mAh battery. For connectivity, the phone will not have 5G compatibility, topping off at just LTE. Though unnamed, the model likely points to the next generation in the Nokia 2 lineup, the Nokia 2.4.

Earlier this year, HMD Global launched the Nokia 2.3, one of the rare budget-friendly smartphones touting AI capabilities. Much like its predecessors, the Nokia 2.3 carried the 4000mAh battery. It retails for PhP 5,990.

Whatever this unnamed Nokia phone is, it will likely sell for around the same price range. Given the filing, it might also launch very soon.

SEE ALSO: Budget Android One Nokia 2.2 arrives in PH

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More OnePlus Nord specs leaked, hints at second midrange phone

Is there a cheaper OnePlus Nord?

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OnePlus is more than excited for its impending midrange launch. Since the very first leaks, the company has hyped up an incoming revolution for its lineup. The OnePlus Nord already promises a lot of surprises for every OnePlus fan, given the amount of information coming out. Now, like clockwork, another leak adds more information about the upcoming release.

Spotted on benchmarking website GeekBench, an unnamed OnePlus phone — the OnePlus AC2003 — recently updated its specs on the database. According to the latest entry, the model will carry a 1.8GHz Qualcomm octa-core processor, likely pertaining to the expected Snapdragon 765G. Further, it will have a whopping 12GB of RAM inside. It’s quite a big spec to pack into a midrange phone. However, given what we know about OnePlus’s plans so far, this unnamed model is likely the OnePlus Nord.

Strangely, the OnePlus AC2003 isn’t the only unnamed OnePlus model on the database. Also posted recently, OnePlus is also working on what it calls the OnePlus BE2028. A tad bit lesser than the previous model, the OnePlus BE2028 will pack in a 1.71GHz Qualcomm octa-core chipset and just 6GB of RAM. For now, no one knows what this unnamed model is.

Whatever it is, the OnePlus BE2028 looks like it will sell cheaper than the OnePlus Nord.  Could it be another variant of the Nord? Or could it be an unannounced OnePlus phone also coming soon? In any case, it won’t be long before OnePlus reveals the truth about the two midrange phones. The OnePlus Nord is set to launch on July 21.

SEE ALSO: The best OnePlus Nord meme will get a free phone

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