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Nokia 7.2 officially launches in the Philippines

Another solid phone from Nokia

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First announced at IFA 2019 and is actually a recipient of GadgetMatch’s Best of IFA award — the Nokia 7.2 has officially launched in the Philippines.

The phone is a follow-up from one of our favorites from 2018. It continues HMD Global’s tradition of building excellent, affordable, premium smartphones.

Veering away from the usual aluminum unibody in favor of a polymer composite, the Nokia 7.2 maintains durability while keeping the weight down to make room for a larger battery.

Cameras in focus

The phone is headlined by a 48MP camera sensor along with two other lenses: one that’s 8MP f/2.2 ultra wide and one that’s a 5MP depth sensor. Nokia developed new camera software to go along with the usual Zeiss hardware. This makes for photos with stunning image quality.

Up front there’s a 20MP f/2 selfie camera that’s also courtesy of ZEISS optics.

It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC which might look underpowered on paper compared to other phones in this category. It does have 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Rounding things off is a 3,500mAh battery.

It does have some “legacy” features like a microSD card slot that supports up to 512GB of extra storage and a 3.5mm audio jack. A big thing that the phone has going for it is that it runs the pure version of Android. Out of the box you’ll get Android 9 Pie but the phone is already in line to get the Android 10 update.

Pricing and availability

The Nokia 7.2 will retail for PhP 15,990 (US$ 309). The Charcoal Black option will be available on October 19. The Cyan Green option will be available in late October.

Early buyers who will troop to participating Nokia mobile stores in the country will get a chance to take home two (2) units of the Nokia 7.2 if they make their purchase between 10AM to 10:30AM.

Nokia 2720 and Nokia 110 also launched

Also launched in the Philippines are the Nokia 2720 and the Nokia 110.

The Nokia 2720 is a flip phone that’s a smartphone and feature phone hybrid. It will retail for PhP 4,790 (US$ 93) available in late October.

Meanwhile, the Nokia 110 is a classic feature phone that has FM and some games to keep you preoccupied for a little while. It will retail for PhP 1,290 (US$ 25) available in Ocean Blue, Black, and Pink starting October 19.

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Black Shark 2 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

It’s finally here!

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It’s finally here! The much anticipated Black Shark 2 and Black Shark 2 Pro are finally in the Philippines.

First announced back in July, the Black Shark 2 is a much anticipated gaming smartphone. Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus.

The device also comes with an AMOLED display with a 240Hz touch report rate. However, is that the display still retains a 60Hz refresh rate that lags behind its major competitor — the ASUS ROG Phone 2 — which has a display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The display’s response speed was reduced to 34.7 ms, promising faster response times during high pressure gameplay.

Price and availability

The Black Shark 2 comes in three variants: 6GB/128GB (PhP 22,990), 8GB/128GB (23,990), and 12GB/256GB (PhP 28,990).

Meanwhile, the Black Shark 2 Pro comes in two variants: 8GB/128GB (PhP 27,990), and 12GB/256GB (PhP 33,490).

The phones will be available in select Mi Stores: SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, and SM Mall of Asia starting December 13.

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Resident Evil 3 gets its remake, available Q2 2020

Remade into horror and glory

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PlayStation saved the best announcement as its second to the last for its final State of Play. One of the most popular survival horror franchises gets another remake since its release 20 years ago. Capcom wants to take everyone back to Raccoon City in its full, high definition glory in Resident Evil 3.

Revisit the story of Jill Valentine as you venture through the virus-infected city in this modern remake. Avid followers of the multitude of Resident Evil games will enjoy the improved visuals while enjoying the same style of shoulder-perspective gameplay. Capcom programmed the entire remake on their own RE Engine, the engine responsible for Devil May Cry 5.

Apart from that, Capcom also announced Resident Evil: Project Resistance – a 4v1 multiplayer mode within Resident Evil 3. It features similar gameplay to that of Resident Evil 2, as players turn into survivors at the mercy of a Mastermind. Early talks suggested that it would be a separate title, but will now be part of the Resident Evil 3 remake.

The game will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the PC on April 3, 2020. PlayStation is already taking in pre-orders for the game as early as now.

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China is banning all American technology

Over 30 million devices to be replaced

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For most of the year, we’ve heard of the American government banning Chinese products on their soil. It has always been the US making its moves against China. For its part, China has found itself on the defensive for most of the time. However, the tides are finally turning.

According to a new report, China is planning to ban all American technology from its government offices. The new ban mirrors the US government’s ban on Chinese technology. The Chinese government has issued a three-year deadline for offices to comply.

Based on estimates, Chinese government offices must replace up to 30 million items in three years. Even if it is an estimate, the figure is no joke, especially with the tense relationship between two of the world’s biggest technology manufacturers. China depends on American technology, as much as American depends on China.

Given both sides’ bans on the other, China must find a way to rely on its own technology or on other sponsors. If anything, China’s increased reliance on its own products will intensify its local companies, especially Huawei.

Besides finding better alternatives to its products, the government’s loss is a company’s gain. Chinese companies — like Huawei, Lenovo, and OPPO — can fill in the void for the government.

What does this mean for the world? Similar to the government’s predicament now, Huawei is trying to find permanent alternatives to its American components. If successful, Chinese products will be entirely made in China, rather than being a balanced blend of differently sourced components.

SEE ALSO: Mobile users in China have to undergo mandatory face scan

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