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Meizu launches 15 line in celebration of their 15th year

A total of three smartphone releases!

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After 15 years in the business, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Meizu launches the Meizu 15 line to celebrate. According to Ard Boudeling, Head of Global Marketing for Meizu, the Meizu 15-series is “how we shape the future.”

Three phones make up Meizu’s newest roster: The Meizu 15 Lite, Meizu 15, and Meizu 15 Plus. All three devices come in a symmetrical steel-aluminum body for a more premium look and feel. And no, there are no notches. Here’s a quick rundown:

Meizu 15 Lite

The Meizu 15 Lite is powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor with 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. It features a Full HD display and bezels at 1.175mm with a fingerprint scanner in front. There’s a 13-megapixel shooter on the rear and 20-megapixel selfie shooter. This device will retail for roughly around US$ 270.

Meizu 15

This device is equipped with a dual-cam setup on its back that features a 12- and 20-megapixel combo with one wide-angle shooter and a telephoto lens. Of course, there’s also a 20-megapixel front-facing camera. The Meizu 15 is powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor with 4GB of RAM and 3000mAh of battery capacity. It will retail for US$ 400 for the standard 64GB variant and US$ 445 for the deluxe 128GB version.

Meizu 15 Plus

The Meizu 15 Plus sports a larger 5.95-inch AMOLED display and is powered by a Samsung Exynos 8895 processor with a 3500mAh battery. This phone is equipped with the same cameras that the Meizu 15 has. It also has two storage versions and will retail at US$ 475 for the standard version and US$ 525 deluxe version.

They all run on the newest Flyme 7 OS with AI built into the cameras.

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership

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Grab Philippines and GCash have finally struck a partnership deal that will make payments on the superapp even easier and more convenient.

Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.

Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.

The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.

Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.

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Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders

Or the upcoming Galaxy Book

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The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.

If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.

Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.

The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.

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Apple halts development of in-house chip

Broadcom is still in

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Apple is currently on a quest to reduce its reliance on third-party components for its devices. For the most part, the company is successful in doing so. Apple Silicon is already an important part of the brand’s identity — with work on more in-house components ongoing. Now, Apple is reportedly pausing development on one of its upcoming chips.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will delay the development of its in-house connectivity chip. In the meantime, the brand will keep relying on Broadcom for the same components, going into the iPhone 15 series.

To be clear, the paused component only deals with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple is still developing its in-house modem for 5G connectivity — according to outside reports, at least. While the Broadcom deal will still continue, Qualcomm might still get the axe after Apple develops its replacement chip.

Given the positive response to Apple Silicon, building more in-house components might ultimately work well for the brand. If anything, the company can rest easier by controlling how one of its components is produced.

Besides Apple, other brands are also developing their in-house chipsets to rival component makers like Qualcomm. Google, for instance, is doing relatively well with the Tensor lineup. Additionally, though the upcoming series will rely on Qualcomm, Samsung is currently working to bring the Exynos lineup to match current standards.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye Pro Max, hello Ultra

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