News

This is our first look at the new Motorola Razr

Leaked by Evan Blass

Published

on

Image source: Evan Blass

Who says foldable smartphones can’t look amazing? For months, the foldable smartphone has always limited itself to just one main form factor: two slabs stuck together with a hinge. Outside of a few wacky patents and concepts, the infant industry doesn’t offer as much variety yet.

That said, the former king of foldable phones, Motorola, is unveiling a reimagining of its old classic soon. Even before the birth of the current foldable phone, the smartphone maker has always talked about remaking the iconic Razr clamshell phone from the past. Unfortunately, that’s all it’s ever been: just talk.

Image source: Evan Blass

Finally, we have our first substantial glimpse at the controversial clamshell revival. The infamous leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) has recently posted crystal clear images of the upcoming phone. As expected, the new Razr will have the traditional vertical clamshell fold, rather than today’s horizontal one.

Naturally, the phone isn’t just a blast from the past. Based on the ten leaked images, the clamshell phone will have a full slab layout when unfolded. Curiously, the unfolded slab is not a bezel-less screen. The slab has a sizable notch and a massively protruding chin. (The chin is, of course, a symptom of the folded mode. However, this might turn into a problem in terms of usability.)

Image source: Evan Blass

Folded, the phone has an incredibly tiny screen, much like the past Razr phones. Below the screen, the phone houses a single camera setup with an LED flash — which doubles as a rear and front-facing camera. When folded, the phone looks like a useful selfie shooter. Finally, the home button rests gently below everything.

The interface doesn’t offer much information regarding Motorola’s official software. However, the notification bar notably displays 4G/LTE connectivity. Though a welcome sight, the notification potentially signals the lack of 5G connectivity. At this point, who knows?

At the very least, this is a foldable smartphone we can definitely get behind — finally.

SEE ALSO: Motorola’s long-rumored foldable phone shows up in leaked renders

News

OnePlus 8T pricing and availability in the Philippines

The latest from OnePlus is here!

Published

on

OnePlus 8T

Well, that was fast. Digital Walker — the official distributor of OnePlus in the Philippines — is finally selling the recently launched OnePlus 8T in the country.

The official price of the OnePlus 8T in the country is PhP 29,990. Digital Walker is actually doing its buyers a favor since that price is only US$ 617 when converted. In the US, it is much expensive at US$ 749. However, the US variant comes with a 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

Digital Walker is only selling an 8GB + 128GB variant in the country for the meantime though. It is unclear if a higher-end variant will come in the future. Also, it is important to note that only the Luna Silver color option is available in the meantime.

Buyers must head over to Digital Walker’s official online store — HomeOffice — to purchase one. Alternatively, they can click to this link to take them straight to the product page. Due to the supply restrictions, OnePlus 8T is limited in stock, and delivery in the Philippines may occur later in November.

Watch our OnePlus 8T Review

Continue Reading

Accessories

Apple’s MagSafe charger works on Samsung and Google phones

Specifically the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Pixel 5

Published

on

This month, Apple announced the return of the wireless MagSafe system. This time around, the wireless charging solution powers the iPhone 12 series with a convenient snap-to-place method. Of course, as with most of Apple’s products, you don’t really expect it to work with non-Apple device. Fortunately, the historical rule of thumb is wrong. Apparently, Apple’s MagSafe charger works on Samsung and Google phones.

As tested by Max Weinbach, the wireless charger can snap and work on the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Further, YouTuber Aaron Zollo tested the charger on the recently announced Google Pixel 5. Unfortunately, neither test revealed how well the charger does with the devices. However, Weinbach commented that it took some effort to dislodge the charger from the Galaxy Z Fold 2.

Of course, it’s no surprise that the MagSafe charger will work on other Qi-based devices. However, it’s a surprise that Apple’s proprietary accessories are working on non-Apple devices.

Still, if you need an extra wireless charger, at least Apple’s charger can work on your device. That is, if you own both an Apple and Android device.

Now, the only remaining question is whether or not Apple’s other MagSafe accessories will work on non-Apple devices. The other accessories — like an attachable wallet — will come out later this year.

SEE ALSO: iPhone 12 will not come with a free charger and earphones

Continue Reading

Enterprise

Sweden is officially banning Huawei and ZTE

Must rid of brand by 2025

Published

on

For years, the American government has waged a lopsided war against Huawei and its 5G infrastructure. However, amidst the country’s Sinophobic sentiments, only two other countries have more reason to ban the Chinese company from its soil — Sweden and Finland. Finally, the situation has changed. Sweden is officially banning Huawei and ZTE.

Why does a Sweden ban make the most sense? Well, the country owns one of Huawei’s biggest competitors in the 5G industry, Ericsson. Meanwhile, the neighboring Finland owns the other biggest 5G rival, Nokia.

Now, the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority has announced the ban for any Huawei- or ZTE-based architecture for the country’s 5G industry. Any networks must divest from the banned brands before 2025. Currently, four networks — without the Chinese companies — are bidding for the privilege of building Sweden’s 5G networks.

With the ban, Sweden is joining the United Kingdom in banning the Chinese companies from future architecture. In other parts of the world, Nokia and Ericsson have already taken over from Huawei and ZTE. Of course, the smartphone industry is already rushing to build 5G-compatible smartphones. Most of 2020’s smartphones tout the compatibility even without stable 5G networks.

Outside of the 5G realm, Huawei is also experiencing a lot of crunch from smartphone component companies pulling their business from the Chinese company.

SEE ALSO: iPhone 12’s 5G feature is useless for most users, analysts say

Continue Reading

Trending