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Mi 8 is official, Nissan Terra arrives in Southeast Asia: Weekend Rewind

With other headlines from LG, Lenovo, and Apple

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Here are this week’s top stories on GadgetMatch.

1. Xiaomi Mi 8 is official

After months of speculation and rumors, Xiaomi’s flagship smartphone is now official and it looks a lot like the iPhone X. The Mi 8 has a notched display, dual cameras in vertical orientation, a Snapdragon 845 processor, and 6GB of memory. There will also be a special variant called the Mi 8 Explorer Edition, but instead of ceramic, it uses a back panel that shows the internal components of the phone. The Mi 8 SE, meanwhile, is a smaller version and is the first to get the Snapdragon 710, a flagship-grade chip for midrange devices at a much cheaper price point.

2. LG quietly unveils the V35 ThinQ

Less than a month since the G7 ThinQ was launched, LG already has a new and better smartphone. If you’re familiar with LG’s recent releases, the V35 ThinQ is pretty much a V30S ThinQ with the internals of the G7 ThinQ. That means we have the best of both: a 6-inch P-OLED panel, 6GB of memory, and a high-end Snapdragon 845 chipset. Confused? Read more about the phone here. 

3. Lenovo’s borderless smartphone gets a launch date

It looks like Lenovo wants to steal Vivo’s thunder by launching its first borderless smartphone a week earlier on June 5. Named the Z5, the phone will sport a high 95 percent screen-to-body ratio. Based on teasers posted the last few weeks, the phone will have very minimal bezels on the top and sides, but will still have a small chin and what seems like a camera on it, most likely for face unlock. Read the full story here.

4. Three cameras and a crack

Now on to Apple news. According to multiple posts on Reddit and Apple support forums, cracks are suddenly appearing on the iPhone X’s camera lens, despite its sapphire glass coating. More interestingly, some cracks seem to appear underneath the glass — raising uncertainty on whether or not external contact caused it. The Cupertino-based company is also rumored to be working on a triple-camera setup for a 2019 iPhone. Besides the obvious benefits for shooting, the triple-camera system might jumpstart Apple CEO Tim Cook’s plans to expand their augmented reality division.

5. Nissan Terra arrives in Southeast Asia

Cars are getting better and smarter these days, much like the devices we hold in our hands. So when we’re not reviewing the latest smartphones, cameras, or laptops, we go for long drives. And that’s exactly what we did earlier this week as the Nissan Terra was officially launched in Southeast Asia.

SEE ALSO: A new iPhone is coming, ASUS is gearing up for a gaming phone

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Unboxing

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The Galaxy S20 Ultra marks the first “Ultra” device made by Samsung. Despite its hefty price tag and similar box content as other S20 models, it’s heavier with specs and features.

Here’s our Galaxy S20 Ultra unboxing.

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A journey to self-love: How to set your financial goals straight

With CIMB Bank’s help

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Image: MJ | GadgetMatch

There was a point in my life when adulting hit me hard: my romantic relationship suddenly ended, which coincided with my resignation from my full-time job of three years. The thing is, I had a plan before everything happened, but life is indeed full of unexpected moments.

I decided to take a rest first to clear my overwhelmed mind. I ended up doing what most young adults like me would do: travelled to different places, went out with friends, volunteered for several causes, and spoiled myself with my favorite things and experiences — everything that involved doing what I love and seizing life’s great moments.

I was busy indulging myself in this idea of “self-love” until I realized that my bank account was draining every single week, and I was close to maxing out my credit card limit. That’s when it hit me: I wasn’t financially prepared to sustain this kind of lifestyle. 

Self-love is more than just showering yourself with pretty things

We all have this idea that “self-love” is about indulging in life’s best comforts, and doing whatever sets our soul on fire. Newsflash: real life is much trickier than these scenarios we see in rom-com films.

For me, I had to take more extra work to do these things I love, while still being able to pay bills. I regretted not being able to save up more and use my money wisely. I eventually found myself living life from paycheck to paycheck, and I realized that this is not the life I wanted to live. I couldn’t fully enjoy life’s moments, since my financial restrictions were always at the back of my mind. 

I have come to understand the real concept of self-love — that it is actually about creating a life that is prepared for whatever life’s challenges throw at us. Instead of treating ourselves to short-lived thrills, it’s much better to manage our finances first so we’re always ready for the next big thing. Being smart with our finances is indeed a great form of self-care. 

Seize life’s moments by being financially fit

CIMB Bank, the “Best Digital Bank” in the Philippines is a great choice for people like me who want to save up for life’s next moments. The best thing about it is I can open an account seamlessly in just 10 minutes — no need to personally enroll in a branch and wait for weeks to secure an account. No wonder they have been recently awarded as the “Fastest Growing Digital Bank” as well.

Through the CIMB Bank PH mobile app (iOS/ Android), managing and accessing my money is also much easier compared to other banks. They offer great perks and services such as transacting with other banks for free, withdrawing in over 25,000 ATM machines nationwide without penalty charges via Visa pay, wave debit card, and not be bothered by maintaining balances.

I can also access my cash 24/7 in just a few taps, and it’s connected to other local payment gateways I frequently use like GCash and dragonpay, so it greatly fits my flexible lifestyle.

True to its commitment to helping Filipinos achieve financial inclusion and freedom, this all-digital, mobile-first bank offers an interest rate of four percent (4%) per annum available all year round, with no restrictions, via its UpSave account offering. It’s the best-in-market savings rate, which makes me save more money without worrying about security. They also offer up to Php 2 million worth of life insurance coverage!

With CIMB Bank, I can track my savings easily and invest my money in experiences that will allow me to feed my passions. When the time comes that life throws more unexpected moments, I know I’m financially secured to handle it. And that is one of the best forms of love I can give to myself.

To know more about CIMB Bank PH, click here.


This feature was produced in collaboration with Her GadgetMatch and CIMB Philippines.


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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Unboxing, Setup, Photos & Q&A

What to expect when you buy the Galaxy Z Flip

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Today is Galaxy Z Flip Day! Thankfully I have fast fingers, and was able to snag one before it ran out online. In this video I pick up in store, unbox and set it up, and answer some of your questions.

This is our Samsung Galaxy Z Flip unboxing.

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