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Motorola is launching the razr 5G on October 2

Starts at US$ 1,199

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Last year, Motorola resurrected the clamshell phone, locking up with the ongoing foldable trend. However, despite the inarguable nostalgia factor, the Motorola razr launched to tepid reception. Thankfully, Motorola stuck to its guns and improved even after the initial launch. This year, for example, the company officially announced the Motorola razr 5G, an upgrade over the first device. Now, we finally know when the razr 5G is coming. Motorola is launching the razr 5G on October 2.

As confirmed to us today, Motorola is launching the 5G-ready device very soon. Unlocked devices will ship out starting on October 2. They will also start retailing at US$ 1,199.

Meanwhile, US telco customers can get huge discounts for the new device. For example, new AT&T customers can bag US$ 700 off a new razr 5G by switching their numbers over to AT&T. Existing customers can get at least US$ 300 off by upgrading their devices. New T-Mobile customers can also get half off (and 24 monthly bill credits) by activating a new line.

Untethered customers can already grab the new smartphone for US$ 200 off through Motorola.com and Amazon.com.

Under the hood, the Motorola razr 5G sports the new Snapdragon 765G chipset, bringing 5G compatibility. It has a new 48-megapixel rear camera and a 20-megapixel selfie shooter.

Besides the hardware, the smartphone has an updated design, making it more convenient for one-handed use. For software, Motorola is bringing several quality-of-life changes for more convenience. Finally, Motorola upped the battery to 2800mAh.

SEE ALSO: Motorola is launching a new 5G midranger

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Lenovo Legion Phone Duel price and availability in the Philippines

Gift for yourself this holiday season?

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Legion Phone Duel

Lenovo has joined the mobile gaming fray with the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel. You can now grab this gaming smartphone in the Philippines.

It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragong 865 Plus SoC — the best in the business at the moment. It also comes with up to 16GB LPDRR5 RAM and a 512GB UFS 3.1 internal storage. It has a 6.65-inch AMOLED display with 144Hz refresh rate with a 240Hz sampling rate that should bode well for all your mobile gaming needs.

The Legion Phone Duel supports 90W Turbo Power Charging. This can take you from 0 to 50 percent in just 10 minutes and straight up to 100 percent in only half an hour. You can charge the phone on either USB-C ports. Yes, there are two. One in the usual bottom of the phone, the other on its side — a perfect spot for charging while you’re gaming.

Read our Lenovo Legion Phone Duel review for a more comprehensive look at the phone.

Pricing and availability

The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel comes in only two variants. Color, configuration, and pricing are as follows:

  • Blazing Blue — (12GB+256GB) — PhP 39,995
  • Vengeance Red — (16GB+512GB) — PhP 49,995
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Mate 40 Pro is now the world’s smartest smartphone

Nabs top spot in AI benchmarks

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Besides the inclusion of 5G, another key feature in modern phones is AI compatibility. Smartphone makers are packing in the smartest chipsets inside daily drivers today. Already, the current state of AI powers more improved cameras and assistant features. That said, AI benchmarks are now more important than ever. Now, after a new test, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro is now the world’s smartest smartphone, nabbing the top spot in AI benchmarks.

On AI Benchmark, the Mate 40 Pro scored 216.6 on the rankings. Notably, the second placer — the Xiaomi Redmi K30 Ultra — scores only 135.3 on the same scale. The third placer — the iQOO Z1 — scored a similar 133.0 score. Both second and third place smartphones are considerably lesser than the new winner.

The Redmi K30 Ultra and the iQOO Z1 both sport the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chipset. On the other hand, the Mate 30 Pro comes with the new Kirin 9000 processor.

Though the Kirin 9000 is impressive, Huawei has already announced the termination of the Kirin lineup as we know it. Because of ongoing American regulations, the company has no more access to necessary components for the chipset. As a result, they are in a mad dash to either compensate for lost components or find alternative suppliers.

SEE ALSO: Samsung overtakes Huawei as the world’s top phone seller

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Galaxy S21 series will launch in several colors, leak says

Including gray, pink, and violet

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After the first Galaxy S21 leaks recently, more details have suddenly popped out of nowhere. Of course, with the reportedly early launch date, it’s not surprising. The Galaxy S21 will apparently debut earlier than usual this time around. Now, here’s one more detail for the hype train. According to a new leak, the Samsung Galaxy S21 series will launch in several colors.

According to notable leaker Ross Young, the following colors are already “100%” confirmed. The starter Galaxy S21 launches in Gray, Pink, Violet, and White. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S21+ launches in just Black and Silver. Finally, the leading Galaxy S21 Ultra comes in Black, Silver, and Violet.

The color scheme strikes similar to the recently launched iPhone 12 series. Specifically, the starting model will come in more colorful variants. The premium variants, however, ship in more premium colors.

If your favorite color isn’t listed, I wouldn’t lose hope yet. Usually, Samsung releases more colors after the initial launch. For example, the company recently launched BTS variants for the Galaxy S20 series.

Besides the listed colors, the leaker also confirmed the lineup’s production lines in Brazil, Indonesia, and Vietnam. With that data already “confirmed,” it’s likely that Samsung’s schedule is well on its way to completion. If the previous reports are true, the Galaxy S21 series will debut sometime in early January.

SEE ALSO: This is what the Galaxy S21 might look like

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