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Nokia goes all-in on more Android One phones

HMD Global confirms

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More than two years ago, Nokia started its comeback story. After selling out to Microsoft, the former market leader resurrected its properties under a new direction. Now, after setting up shop anew, Nokia is one of recent history’s success stories.

With success in the bag, Nokia has set its sights towards the future. In a recent interview with Neowin, Vijay Thangavelu, HMD Global’s country manager for Malaysia and Myanmar, described the company’s plans for future success.

Among others, Nokia’s plan includes a stronger dedication to its current market. Notably, the company earned back a lot of respect because of its current feature phone lineup. Rather than attack the lucrative premium phone market, Nokia injected a lot of volume into the budget-friendly market. The company created affordable but memorable feature phones across the two years.

Spotting this key strength, Nokia will reinforce this lineup in the future. “Our smartphones in the Android One family offer a high-quality software experience designed by Google,” Thangavelu said. “At this point in time, we are confident that the Android One programme will continue delivering the best user experience on a Nokia smartphone.”

Powered by Google, the Android One program punctually delivers the latest Android software experience to participating phones. Over time, the program has become synonymous with the vanilla Android experience. Throughout its recent success, Nokia has partnered with Android One frequently. Given Thangavelu’s statement, Nokia will still go all-in on more Android One phones in the future.

Unfortunately, Thangavelu declines to comment on other potential developments. When asked about the recent PureView acquisition and the penta-camera phone, he asks everyone to just “stay tuned.”

Regardless, his statements have shed some optimistic light on Nokia’s future. Prepare for more of Nokia’s Android Ones in the future.

SEE ALSO: Android 9 Pie finally available for Nokia 8 Sirocco

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POCO M2 Pro launching soon, specs listed on Geekbench

Launching on July 7

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File photo: POCO X2

POCO India has started teasing the launch of its next phone and it’s scheduled for July 7. However, even this phone — the POCO M2 Pro — couldn’t hide through the internet and its specs have popped up on the benchmarking tool, Geekbench.

Company teasers have already shown-off a quad-camera setup but we’re yet to know the nitty-gritty. The model listed on Geekbench is powered by a Snapdragon 720 SoC alongside 6GB of RAM. The phone shall ship with Android 10 out-of-the-box. The company has already confirmed it’ll support 33W fast charging.

According to the rumor mill, the POCO M2 Pro shall have a quad-camera setup on the rear. It’ll consist of a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor, a 5-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.

This will be the first phone in the M-series and will play an essential role in framing the brand’s presence in the Indian market. So far, POCO has launched only two phones in India since its debut. However, at the beginning of this year, POCO parted ways from Xiaomi to operate as an independent brand.

Xiaomi already leads the market while OPPO and vivo have an extremely strong on0-ground presence. Samsung too has a considerable chunk due to its revered brand perception. Realme has consistently shown radical growth and it’s going after Xiaomi with all its might.

With an increasingly competitive market like this, POCO has a lot to accomplish. Currently, the brand only has the POCO X2 on sale.

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Last of Us Part II has a Limited Edition PS4 Pro

It looks sleek

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It’s a curious time to be offered a PS4 Pro what with the PS5 being months away from launch. That said, this one’s a Last of US II PS4 Pro — one of the most awaited sequels of the current generation.

The PS4 Pro in question also happens to look pretty damn sleek with only Ellie’s tattoo as the major discernible design along with the game’s title. Ellie, by the way, is now the lead in this PS4 Classic’s sequel.

The Last of Us Part II continues the story of zombie apocalypse survivors Joel and Ellie. Set five years after the events of the last game, Ellie is all grown up and set to embark on a revenge tour against aggressors still unintroduced.

Going back, launching alongside the PS4 Pro are the Limited Edition DualShock 4 controller and a Limited Edition Wireless Headset — everything pictured on top of this article in case you missed it.

Pricing are as follows:

PH SG MY TH ID VN
PS4 Pro Limited Edition Console

 

PhP 23,990 SGD 599 N/A THB 14,990 IDR 6,999,000 VND 11,490,000
DUALSHOCK4 Limited Edition

 

PhP 3,490 SGD 84.90 MYR 279 THB 2,090 IDR 899,000 VND 1,590,000
Wireless Headset Limited Edition

 

PhP 5,980 SGD 149 MYR 449 THB 3,490 IDR 1,590,000 VND 2,490,000

The Last of Us Part II PS4 Pro will come with the game and the DualShock 4 controller. The Limited Edition DualShock 4 and Wireless Headset will also be sold separately. All items will be available when the game launches on June 19, 2020.

SEE ALSO: The Last of Us Part II Southeast Asia pricing and availability

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The Last of Us Part II official pricing and availability

Plenty of editions to choose from

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The hotly anticipated game The Last of Us Part II is finally here and we now have official pricing and availability.

The Last of Us Part II continues the story of zombie apocalypse survivors Joel and Ellie. Set five years after the events of the last game, Ellie is all grown up and set to embark on a revenge tour against aggressors still unintroduced.

The game will come in several editions most notable of which is the Ellie edition. The standard edition which gives you a physical copy of the game will retail as follows:

  • Philippines — PhP 2,990
  • Singapore — SG$ 79.90
  • Malaysia — MYR 239
  • Indonesia — IDR 829,000
  • Thailand — THB 1,890
  • Vietnam — VND 1,390,000

There’s also a Digital Deluxe Edition which will net you the following: PS4 Dynamic Theme, Set of 6 PSN Avatars, Digital Soundtrack, Digital Mini ArtBook from DarkHorse.

Here’s a list of the price and what you’re getting for each one.

Special Edition

PhP 4,399 | SG$ 114.90 | MYR 249 | IDR 1,199,000 | THB 2,590 | VND 1,890,000

  • Steel Book case with full game
  • 48-page Mini Art Book from Dark Horse

Collector’s Edition

PhP 10,599 | SG$ 269.90 | MYR 839 | IDR 2,899,000 | THB 6,690 | VND 4,790,000

  • Steel Book case with full game
  • 12″ Ellie statue
  • 48-page Mini Art Book from Dark Horse
  • Replica of Ellie’s Bracelet
  • Lithograph Art Print and Thank You Letter
  • Set of 5 Stickers
  • Set of 6 Enamel Pins

Ellie Edition

PhP 13,899 | SG$ 359.90 | MYR 1,099 | IDR 3,799,000 | THB 8,990 | VND 6,190,000

  • Steel Book case with full game
  • 12″ Ellie statue
  • 48-page Mini Art Book from Dark Horse
  • Replica of Ellie’s Backpack
  • Replica of Ellie’s Bracelet
  • The Last of Us II Logo Patch
  • 7″ Vinyl Record featuring music from the original soundtrack
  • Lithograph Art Print and Thank You Letter
  • Set of 5 Stickers
  • Set of 6 Enamel Pins

Pre-order starts May 4, 2020 with the official launch of the game on June 19, 2020. All pre-orders will come with a limited edition The Last of Us Part II T-shirt featuring Ellie’s tattoo printed on the back, while stocks last. Click here to find out where to pre-order.

SEE ALSO: New release dates for The Last of Us II, Ghost of Tsushima

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