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MyPhone My31 Unboxing

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MyPhone brings back its Pinoy phone branding with the MyPhone My31. This is our unboxing.

A few years ago, MyPhone was known for making phones with the map of the Philippines plastered on the back of their smartphones and they are finally bringing it back.

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Mi 11 Lite: Price and availability in the Philippines

Ultra-slim midranger

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Mi 11 Lite

The youngest sibling from the Mi 11 series expansion announcement, the Mi 11 Lite, has made its way to the Philippines.

Despite an overall slim footprint, it does sport a 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay with a 90Hz refresh rate and HDR10. It also has a 4,250mAh battery with 33W fast charging.

Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G chip. It’s a chip that’s more than capable of handling most of what you’ll do on a smartphone. Into gaming? Yes, this phone can certainly handle that. It even employs the LiquidCool tech to keep you cool even as the game heats up.

It also has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Yes, this is only the 4G version. No word yet if the 5G one will arrive in the country. Its camera setup are as follows: 64MP f/1.79 Wide. 8MP f/2.2 UWA, 5MP f/2.4 Telemacro, and 16MP selfie camera.

The phone will come in three colors: Boba Black, Bubblegum Blue and Peach Pink.

Price and availability

The Mi 11 Lite will retail for PhP 14,990 and will be available for purchase from Authorized Mi Stores and partner retailers nationwide as well as our official stores in Lazada and Shopee starting April 24.

Watch our Mi 11 Lite Unboxing and Hands-On

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Infinix launches Hot 10S, Hot 10S NFC

For ‘ultimate entertainment’

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Infinix Hot 10S

Infinix just launched a pair of smartphones that should cater to most people’s basic smartphone needs. These are the Infinix Hot 10S and Hot 10S NFC.

There’s not a lot of differences between the two so let’s jump right in and identify them. The Hot 10S has a 6,000mAh battery while the Hot 10S NFC is rocking one that’s 5,000mAh. The Hot 10S also has more configuration options. These are: 4GB+64GB, 6GB+64GB, 4GB+128GB, and 6GB+128GB. Meanwhile the Hot 10S NFC only has 4GB+64GB and 4GB+128GB.

Other than the aforementioned, the two Infinix phones share pretty much the same specs and features. These include a 6.82 HD+ display with 90Hz refresh rate, a MediaTek Helio G85 chip, as well as a fingerprint scanner.

On the camera department, they both have an 8MP selfie shooter. On the back are the following: 48MP, 2MP, and AI lens.

Both phones are running Android 11 with XOS 7.6 on top. This UI is the latest from Infinix and brings refreshed icons and live wallpapers. It also features Game Zone — a game manager so you get the most of your phone for your mobile gaming. Lastly, it also has X-Proof that obscures your screen so others can’t go snooping around what you’re doing.

Price and availability

The Infinix Hot 10S and Hot 10S NFC will come in the following colors: Black, Morandi Green, Heart of Ocean, and Purple. They will be available in Indonesia starting May 12 and will rollout in other countries soon after. The Infinix Hot 10S starts at US$ 130, while the Infinix Hot 10S NFC starts at US$ 120.


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Huawei loses its dominance in the smartphone market

It’s not even in the top five

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In the first half of 2020, Huawei was the world’s largest smartphone maker. It shipped more units than Apple and Samsung. Fast forward one year, the Chinese giant isn’t even in the top five spots, and its future looks grim.

According to Strategy Analytics Q1 2021 quarterly report, smartphone shipments increased by a whopping 24 percent YoY. More than 340 million units were shipped, and the top five vendors captured 76 percent of the market.

Samsung is the numero uno now and holds a 23 percent share, followed by Apple at 17 percent and Xiaomi at 15 percent. OPPO and vivo also made it to the top five due to their well-oiled supply chains and market reach. Three out of five top phone makers in the world are now Chinese.

But we’re missing Huawei. It was added to a blacklist by the US government, barring it from transacting with American counterparts. This meant that it couldn’t use Google Mobile Services (an integral package of Android that makes Play Services possible), ARM-powered processors, and other essential components.

The ban derailed its global expansion plans, and all dealt a massive blow to its 5G investment. Due to the ban, it sold off the Honor brand that looked after the affordable smartphone segment. It’s now an independent company that has no ties with Huawei or its group companies.

Honor played a pivotal role in raking in numbers for Huawei. Being a budget-friendly brand, it had massive distribution channels in the developing markets of India, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and more. With the sub-brand now gone, Huawei relies completely on its in-house portfolio.

Huawei still makes phones but is severely hit due to the sanctions. The company has kickstarted the development of its own Android alternative, but bridging the semiconductor gap will be difficult in the short term. Although, it’s worth noting that Huawei’s yearly revenue for 2020 still grew by a measly 3.8 percent thanks to local Chinese demand and stop-gap measures like AppGallery.

Read Also: Huawei ban could persist under Biden administration

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