If you’ve been keeping tabs on recent smartphone releases at all, you might have heard about the Flash Plus 2, a budget smartphone sequel from the brand formerly known as Alcatel. The phone was launched just a week ago, and now, it’s gearing up for a Philippine release through Lazada. And just like the Flash phone before it, the Plus 2 will go on sale exclusively online, where its fanbase continues to grow.
As for the device itself, it’s mostly what you would expect from brands like Xiaomi, Meizu, and, more recently, Huawei — it apes a few design and engineering choices of more premium models and offers good specs while maintaining a remarkably low price point. It’s the result of a formula we’ve seen many times before from this part of the world, mostly from the likes of local companies like Cherry Mobile and MyPhone, but it’s nonetheless impressive that a device with a lot to offer doesn’t cost a lot of money.
Chief among its attractions is a midrange Helio P10 processor from MediaTek, which comes with 4G LTE connectivity and either 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage or 3GB of RAM and 32GB of memory. The front of the device sports a physical home button that acts as a fingerprint scanner and looks identical to Samsung’s. Just above it is a 5.5-inch display that works at full resolution.
The back is partly made of metal rather than painted plastic, which may sound a bit confusing given the marketing speak used to describe this supposedly very “metal” phone. It’s removable, too, giving you access to the fixed 3,000mAh battery with fast-charging tech. The Flash Plus 2 also features 13- and 5-megapixel rear and selfie cameras, both paired with wide-angle lenses and LED flash units.
The Flash Plus 2 will be available on May 31, starting at P6,990 in the Philippines, or $160 in other countries where it will be sold.
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Corning unveils tougher Gorilla Glass Victus 2
Can survive 1m drops on concrete
Smartphones are getting stronger. Because of ever-growing technology, smartphones today can more easily withstand bumps, dings, and accidents. Besides the intricate labyrinth of chips inside, it’s also important to look at the screen. In the next evolution of screen durability, Corning has unveiled next year’s Gorilla Glass Victus 2, featuring more protection against the most common smartphone accident.
If you’re out and about, there’s a good chance that you’re holding your phone in your hand. All it takes is either a miscalculation or slippery hands to send your phone tumbling onto the unforgiving concrete. According to Corning, “over 30 percent of the drops [smartphones] were having were on concrete, more than any other surface.”
Building on its predecessor’s formula, the Gorilla Glass Victus 2 can now survive drops from one meter on concrete. Plus, much like the original Victus, this version can withstand drops from two meters on smoother asphalt. The new material also compensates for larger and heavier form factors.
Now, the big question: Does it matter? Though it might seem insignificant, more durability on rougher surfaces means more protection in real-life scenarios. In the real world, not everything is as smooth as concrete. More often than not, smartphones will fall onto uneven surfaces. Even a single tiny bump can spell disaster for the hardiest of screens.
Corning has not confirmed which smartphones will get the new glass yet. However, the company hints that it’s coming to a flagship in the coming months. Given the timing (and the specs of the previous generation), it’s not difficult to assume that next year’s Galaxy S23 series will get the Victus 2 first.
Xiaomi, Huawei, MediaTek, iQOO postpone December launches
Because of a political figure’s passing
Though almost all major smartphone launches have already happened this year, some brands reserve December to close the year with a bang. Unfortunately, if you were waiting for one of the final launches this year, you might be in for a longer wait. Xiaomi, Huawei, MediaTek, and iQOO have all postponed their major launches in December.
It’s not a strange coincidence between four brands, of course. Jiang Zemin, the former General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, recently passed away at 96 years old. Though the four announcement did not mention the death as a reason for the postponement, the coincidence of all four at the same time does heavily point to it.
Regardless of the reason, the four scheduled launches will now happen at a later time. None of the four brands have decided on new dates yet.
Xiaomi was supposed to launch the Xiaomi 13 series and MIUI 14. Huawei was scheduled to unveil smartwatches with housing for TWS earbuds. MediaTek — both through new smartphones and its own launch — was going to reveal the new Dimensity 8200. Finally, iQOO was scheduled for the launch of the iQOO 11 series and the iQOO Neo7 SE.
If you were on the lookout for any of these launches, you’ll have to wait a little bit longer.
Replay! Apple Music launches new year-end experience
2022 Top Charts revealed
So, what have you been listening to an Apple Music in 2022? The redesigned Apple Music Replay experience will let you know what you’ve bopping to this year.
Apple Music Replay recaps what users listened to the past year. But new in 2022 is a year-end experience complete with expanded listening insights and new functionality. This includes a personalized highlight reel.
Users can discover their top songs, top albums, top artists, top genres, and more. Superfans can even discover whether they are in the top 100 listeners of their favourite artist or genre.
Apple Music listeners can continue checking Replay until December 31 and once the new year begins, keep listening on Apple Music to explore and share new 2023 insights each week.
All insights on Replay are optimized for sharing on socials or on any messaging platform.
How Apple Music Replay Works
Visit replay.music.apple.com and log in with the same Apple ID used for Apple Music. Play highlights or scroll through the page for more detailed insights. A truncated version of the site is available all year or as soon as a user is eligible.1
How to See Listening Stats
- Listen to enough music to qualify. Gauge qualification with a personalised progress bar on the Replay website. Both playlist and insights eligibility happens with the same listening threshold.
- Once a user is eligible for Replay, they can visit replay.music.apple.com.
- Explore listening stats, listen on the site, and share.
Replay is localised in 39 languages for all 169 countries and regions where Apple Music is available.
Top Charts 2022
Apple Music also revealed its year-end charts, spotlighting 2022’s top songs, top Shazams, top fitness songs, and most-read lyrics. Apple also shared a list of the most Shazamed K-Pop songs in 2022.
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