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Nokia commits to making more affordable phones

After receiving US$ 100 million in funding

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Across the history of smartphones, no other brand has experienced as many twists and turns as Nokia has. From pioneering mobile communication, the company is now spearheading a renaissance in the midrange and affordable segments. From the sheer number of new models that they’ve released, Nokia is reaping the success of its efforts.

Now, Nokia is ready to take it a few steps further. HMD Global, the current home of Nokia phones, has raised US$ 100 million in investor funding, headed by Geneva-based VC firm Ginko Ventures.

According to HMD Global CEO Florian Seiche, the company will use the newly obtained funds to “script the next chapter of Nokia phones.” With a fresh wallet to tap into, Nokia can now engage in aggressive expansion to reclaim the dominance that it enjoyed in years past.

Besides a heaping of new models, Nokia hopes to scale its operations past the second year of its rebirth. With its first year in the bag, the company has proven that Nokia phones are still in demand.

Additionally, the additional funding has pushed the company’s valuation well past US$ 1 billion. The milestone gives Nokia the prestigious “unicorn” title. In the entrepreneurial world, a unicorn is a startup company valued at more than US$ 1 billion.

Throughout its first year, Nokia has already shipped more than 70 million phones worldwide. The brand’s unbridled popularity has gained favor with the lower midrange segment. Currently, the brand heads Google’s Android One program, an initiative to close the gap between lower-end hardware and Google’s updated software.

Already, Nokia’s expansive efforts are rocking the industry. Just recently, the brand has announced and launched hard-hitters like the Nokia 7 Plus and the notched X6.

SEE ALSO: Nokia Philippines Smartphone Price List

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Huawei expands to Kids tech scene with tablet, smartwatch

Give the gift of technology!

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Huawei enters the space for kids’ devices, bringing the Huawei MatePad T 8 Kids Edition and Huawei Watch Kids 4 Pro.

A tablet made for kids

The Huawei MatePad T 8 Kids Edition is a tablet-dream-come-true for children aged three to eight. It offers what kids find playful on top of the usual tablet features. There’s a Kids case, stylus pen, and Kids Corner pre-loaded with age-appropriate content.

Its case uses an environmentally safe silicone consisting of a blue shell and cute green grips for protection and convenience. It has a bright blue stylus  attached for allowing kids to write, draw, and navigate the tablet. It makes for an interactive experience.

Both the case and the stylus meet the European Standards on the Safety of Toys. They also passed the Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

The tablet also comes with lots of safety features to ensure peace of mind for parents. Through Kids Corner, you can peruse a child’s usage record and check the apps used and other viewable content. More importantly, it has a built-in color adjustment module for multi-layered eye protection. There’s also a gravity sensor to prompt the user in adjusting their posture.

Huawei partnered with BabyBus and Azoomee. This means a free three-month membership to Baby Panda World and a free one-year membership to Azoomee through the Huawei MatePad T 8 Kids Edition. Like other Huawei devices, it comes with AppGallery and Petal Search.

Watch for tiny wrists

Huawei has also ventured into the smartwatch scene with the Huawei Watch Kids 4 Pro. It aims to be a unique watch that accompanies kids while keeping them safe and healthy.

The watch includes features from Huawei’s self-developed positioning services — which helps parents track their kids’ location accurately every 120 seconds. It also comes with a privacy framework designed with reference to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, enabling strict data encryption and privacy protection.

The watch is equipped with a 5-megapixel front camera. It supports voice calls and even HD video calls using Huawei MeeTime. Furthermore, it’s equipped with a 5ATm water-resistant design, handling up to 50 meters of submersion. It comes with relevant apps and tracking for exercise — most of which are also found in Huawei’s smartwatch lineup for adults.

Price and availability

The Huawei MatePad T 8 Kids Edition retails at PhP 8,999. Freebies worth PhP 8,996 pesos await when you purchase starting September 24 until October 1, 2021, via Huawei’s online store. The bundle includes the pen (PhP 499), cover (PhP 999), Baby Panda (PhP 759), Lamp (PhP 2,499), 3-month VIP subscription to Baby Bus App (PhP 450), and a 12-month VIP subscription to Azoomee (PhP 3,790).

Meanwhile, the price and availability of the Huawei Watch Kids 4 Pro have yet to be announced.

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Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G now in Singapore

A slight edge over its predecessor

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Samsung has quickly followed up the Galaxy A52 5G that was launched just months ago with the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G. These minor upgrades always drives us nuts, but it’s one of brands’ ways of making sure they always have something fresh to offer.

Let’s get down to the meat of it. You’re not going to find plenty of differences between the two. To be exact, in terms of components, the upgrade is primarily in the performance department. The Galaxy A52 5G sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G chip with the Adreno 619 GPU. The Galaxy A52s 5G has been bumped up to the Snapdragon 778G and Adreno 642L GPU. Other than these two components, the rest of the phones are practically interchangeable.

Here’s a quick look at the Galaxy A52s 5G’s specs:

  • Display — 6.5″ FHD+ Super AMOLED, 120Hz
  • OS — Android, ONE UI
  • RAM and Storage — 8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB, supports microSD external storage up to 1TB
  • Processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G, Adreno 642L GPU
  • Battery — 4,500mAh
  • Rear Cameras — 64MP f/1.8 main, 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, 5MP f/2.4 macro, 5MP f/2.4 depth
  • Front Camera – 32MP f/2.2

It’s every bit everything you’ve come to expect from the pretty excellent Galaxy A series. You have your usual sensors for security like Face Unlock and Fingreprint recognition. It also still has an IP67 rating giving you a little bit of piece of mind in wet and dusty scenarios.

Pricing and availability

The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G is currently available in Singapore through various telecommunication providers. These are M1, Singtel, and Starhub. It’s also available at Samsung Online StoreSamsung Experience Stores, and Samsung Official Stores in Lazada and Shopee.

Pricing are as follows:

  • 8GB+128GB — SG$ 548
  • 8GB+128GB — SG$ 548

From September 18 to October 10, consumers who purchase the Galaxy A52s 5G via telecommunication providers (M1, Singtel and StarHub) and Samsung Online Store can also enjoy SG$ 30 off their purchase of Galaxy Buds2.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy A52 5G: Redefining gaming phones

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AirPods 3 is still coming later this year

Already in production

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Annual tech events are often huge platforms for upcoming products. For example, Apple’s bigger launch event, usually held in the third quarter of the year, packs in the latest iPhones and other accessories. However, amid the latest devices launched last year, Apple has surprisingly left the vastly rumored AirPods 3 out of the equation. Despite the notable lack, the company is still gearing up for a launch for the wearable later this year.

According to a report from Digitimes (via Tech Radar), the upcoming AirPods 3 has already entered production. Apple is still preparing for a launch before the year ends. Unfortunately, the report does not confirm any other details for the wearable.

A new AirPods has been rumored since last year. However, the first rumors pegged the launch for the first half of this year. That timeframe, as we know now, has come to pass without so much as a peep about the AirPods 3.

Since then, additional reports revealed more details about the wearable. For example, the upcoming generation will supposedly have an in-ear design and carry a more attractive price tag. In fact, a leaked photo even adds more fuel to the fire. Still, without an actual launch, it’s hard to confirm whether the details are correct or not. Thankfully, we have a few months to confirm them.

SEE ALSO: Third generation AirPods leaked in photo

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