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Moto is back in the Philippines with full lineup

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Moto Philippines Launch

We’ve waited patiently, and now we got it: Moto is back in the Philippines, bringing along its modular Moto Z (with Moto Mods) flagships, midrange Moto G series, and entry-level Moto E Power.

Making the announcement all the more special is the introduction of power couple James Reid and Nadine Lustre as the brand’s new local ambassadors. Commonly referred to as JaDine, the tandem is expected to inject some youthful charm into the Lenovo-owned company.

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It was just two weeks ago when we first got word of Moto’s intent of coming back. The teaser, which was posted on the company’s Facebook page, subtly hinted at the pending launch of the Moto Z and G4 series. Now, we have all the important details.

Moto Z and friends

First, the top-end Moto Z. It’s going to cost PhP 33,999 and will come bundled with a Moto Style Shell, so users can experience the modularity right away. The price may seem a little steep, but you must consider the specs it comes with, which include a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, and 4GB of memory with 64GB of built-in storage in a frame that’s — get this — only 5.2mm thick.

Moto Z front

Moto Z

The slightly thicker yet more affordable Moto Z Play tagged along in the cross-country journey. Its pocket-friendly PhP 22,999 is a lot easier to swallow, but you’ll have to play with a more midrange-like chipset, specifically a 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display, Snapdragon 625 processor, and 3GB of RAM with 32GB of expandable storage.

To get a better idea of how the Moto Mods work, it’s best to watch our first-look video below:

These are the retail prices of the Moto Mods: PhP 699 for the Moto Style Shell (Herringbone Nylon or Crimson Nylon), PhP 999 for the Moto Style Shell (Black Leather), PhP 4,999 for the Incipio offGRID Power Pack, PhP 5,499 for the JBL SoundBoost Speaker Mod, PhP 14,099 for the Hasselblad True Zoom, and PhP 14,999 for the Moto Insta-Share Projector.

Everything related to the Moto Z is already available at selected MemoXpress and Silicon Valley shops in SM North EDSA, Megamall, and Mall of Asia. An online shop will also be set up on Lazada Philippines.

Moto Z Play back

Moto Z Play

Midrange Moto G

You don’t have to look too far down if you want something a little more ordinary. The three Moto G handsets represent Lenovo’s middle-class segment, and have no access to the fancy Moto Mods. What’s interesting is that the most powerful of the trio, the Moto G4 Plus, is the only one you can buy without network carrier restrictions; the G4 Play and G Turbo Edition are exclusive to Smart Communications and Globe Telecom, respectively.

Dish out a total of PhP 13,999, and the Moto G4 Plus is yours. It’s not going to wow you with extraordinary internals, but that’s what you’d expect at this price range; it has a middling Snapdragon 617 chip and standard 5.5-inch Full HD LCD screen.

Moto G4 Plus

Moto G4 Plus

The other two don’t offer anything better in terms of performance. You can acquire the 5-inch, Snapdragon 410-powered Moto G4 Play for free through Smart’s SurfPlus Plan 999, while the 5-inch Moto G Turbo Edition has a faster Snapdragon 615 on board and can be gotten without any additional cost on Globe’s MyLifeStyle Plan 799.

Truly entry-level Moto E Power

Moto labels the E Power as “more than meets the eye,” but the only thing worth writing about is the 3500mAh battery capacity. Coupled with the 5-inch HD display and battery-efficient MediaTek processor, it’s possible to push the phone beyond a day of usage on a single charge. In addition, the battery can be swapped for a spare one if you’re desperate.

Moto E Power

Moto E Power

But that’s not all

Lenovo and Moto really went all out with their launch earlier this evening. On top of showing off their sassy endorsers, the unified company is offering a special deal from October 21 to 23. Anyone who buys a Moto Z or Z Play in the aforementioned MemoXpress, Silicon Valley, and Lazada stores will also get a free JBL SoundBoost Speaker Mod. We assume the bundled Moto Style Shell is still included, because it would be too cruel to leave it out.

Globe extends the early holiday spirit with a few special deals of its own. Under its PhP 2,399 plan, you get the Moto Z with the Hasselblad Mod, while the PhP 2,299 plan nets you the Moto Z with the JBL and Incipio Mods, and the PhP 1,499 plan gives you just the JBL Speaker Mod with the Moto Z.

Let’s hope that this time, Moto will stick around long enough for Filipinos to invest in its modular smartphones.

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Google might launch a budget Pixel 3 variant

Leaked images show return of headphone jack

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To most Android users, the Google Pixel is still a rare handset, limited by price and geographical availability. Thankfully, a new rumor hints at a change to this exclusivity. Based on a leak, Google might launch a budget Pixel 3 variant in the near future.

Reported by Russian blog Rozetked, the so-called Google Pixel 3 Lite offers a new experience compared to its bigger variants. From a design standpoint, the phone will share the same looks as the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. However, unlike the earlier launches, the Lite will return the sorely missed headphone jack. The feature was unceremoniously ditched in this year’s Pixels.

Image source: Rozetked

Featuring a bezel-less display, the Pixel 3 Lite supposedly carries a 5.56-inch IPS screen, churning out images at 2220 x 1080 resolution. Inside, the phone will carry a midrange Snapdragon 670 octa-core processor, Adreno 615, 4GB of RAM, and a paltry 32GB of internal storage.

Additionally, it will have a 12-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front camera combination. According to Rozetked, the leaked phone’s cameras share the same quality as the regular Pixel 3’s. Underneath everything, the Pixel 3 Lite runs on a merely manageable 2915mAh battery.

Finally, the phone is expected to ship with a price tag hovering around US$ 400 to US$ 500. The Pixel 3 Lite, codenamed Sargo, will accompany another undisclosed phone, codenamed Bonito. Supposedly, the second phone will carry a faster Snapdragon 710 processor.

Of course, this phone still remains in unconfirmed territory. The leak is substantial; however, take everything with a grain of salt for now. For one, the leaked images don’t have Google’s correct logo yet. If anything, the possible budget phone mimics Apple’s current release schedule, a sign that it could still happen.

SEE ALSO: Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Hands-on

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Qualcomm allegedly ordered a smear campaign against Apple

The two have beef against each other

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Over the past two years, Facebook has been at the forefront of cybersecurity concerns. In 2016, the company allowed Russian intelligence to run rampant on the social media network. Though relatively subdued, the revelation revealed the company’s role in politics. Later, in 2018, the company was accused of mismanaging user data with Cambridge Analytica. Supposedly, the data influenced the US elections in 2016, as well as other political events around the globe.

Amid these controversies, a lone PR firm, Definers Public Affairs, has controversially managed the social media network’s failed redemption arc. Borrowing from Republican political campaigns, the firm infuses public relations with political strategies. This includes smear campaigns against a client’s rivals. Notably, Facebook hired the firm to take on George Soros, among others.

However, a key event in this timeline hints at a third player skulking in the shadows. Recently, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg allegedly ordered his executives to ditch Apple’s iPhones for Android. Prior to this, Apple threw shade at Facebook’s sketchy ethics, emphasizing the value of privacy. Later, conservative websites, including the Definers-affiliated NTK Network, lambasted the former for similarly detestable practices. The news reeked of Definers’ involvement.

True enough, Tim Miller, Definers owner, confirmed that his firm did work on Apple. However, Facebook isn’t to blame. According to a New York Times exposé about Facebook, a third tech company is responsible for the firm’s handiwork against Apple.

After the exposé’s release, Business Insider and NBC News have claimed the mysterious tech company’s identity — Qualcomm. The company in question is no stranger to Apple. Apple supposedly owes Qualcomm some US$ 7 billion in royalties, prompting legal action between the two.

According to Business Insider, Miller approached the publication with story ideas that are “damaging to Apple and positive for Qualcomm.” Meanwhile, in NBC News, a former NTK Network employee directly named Qualcomm as the mystery client.

Adding fuel to the fire, Definers and Qualcomm have refused to comment on the issue in both news reports.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 675 chip is based on 11nm process

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These Xiaomi phones have officially received permanent price cuts

In time for the holiday season!

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Just this week Xiaomi announced that a few of its products were receiving a price hike, these include the Redmi 6A, Redmi 6, Mi LED TV 4C Pro, Mi LED TV 4A Pro, and the 10,000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i. The company said a depreciating rupee had consistently increased acquisition costs and hence was forced to bring in a price hike.

Today, Xiaomi signaled a price cut for a few of its Redmi phones. These include two options of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, two variants of the Mi A2, and the Redmi Y2 4GB.

All the listed phones have received a flat price drop of INR 1,000 (US$ 14). The Redmi Note 5 Pro 4GB is available for INR 13,999 (US$ 195), instead of INR 14,999 (US$ 208). Similarly, the 6GB option is now available for INR 15,999 (US$ 223), instead of INR 16,999 (US$ 236).

The Mi A2 64GB is available for INR 15,999 (US$ 223) while the 128GB option costs INR 18,999 (US$ 264). Lastly, the Redmi Y2 4GB now costs INR 11,999 (US$ 167). These new prices are already effective across all sales platforms.

All the above devices have been launched this year and the Redmi Note 5 Pro has been a best-seller. When combined, these devices have contributed in making Xiaomi the top smartphone brand in India and even widen its lead over Samsung.

The company had long back announced its intention of keeping profits under control. The company never intends to cross more than a five percent profit margin on any hardware product, and in case it does, the sum will be given back to the “Mi Fans.”

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