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Nokia makes comeback with lame Android phone

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The only thing lamer is the phone’s name: Nokia 6.

To get you up to speed: Microsoft has given its Nokia-branding rights to Finnish company HMD Global. While this doesn’t mean the original Nokia group is completely back, we’re at least seeing smartphones from the legendary brand minus the dying Windows Phone operating system.

The first of which are the Nokia 150 and its dual-SIM variant launched last month. Affordable and highly durable, the pair of feature phones are perfect throwbacks to the legacy of Nokia. Now, we have the Finnish company’s latest attempt at its own Android handset, and it’s as plain as it gets.

As a midrange device, the Nokia 6 puts together a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset and 4GB of memory under a 5.5-inch Full HD display. Users get 64GB of storage to store all their photos taken with the 16- and 8-megapixel rear and front cameras.

The only thing really going for it is the mildly curved Gorilla Glass display on top of the full-aluminum body. That and Android 7.0 Nougat as its operating system, but every newly launched Android handset should have the aging OS by now.

And here’s the most bitter news: The Nokia 6 is limited to the Chinese market and might not see an international launch. If you happen to live there, you can soon purchase the phone at JD.com for CNY 1,699 or almost $250 — when exactly, we’re not sure yet.

With that price, you can’t complain too much about the specs and quality you’re getting; however, competing brands ASUS, Xiaomi, Honor, OPPO, and Vivo beat HMD to this segment, and already have midrange phones with class-defining features, such as extra-long battery life and outrageous dual cameras. The Nokia 6 only has its name to ride on at the moment.

All we can hope for are more Android smartphones to be released in the first half of 2017. Mobile World Congress (MWC) — where HMD Global plans to unveil some Nokia-branded products — will begin in less than two months.

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Source: HMD Global, Nokia

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OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition: Price and availability in the Philippines

The most expensive OnePlus phone, yet

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Shortly after its international debut, the most expensive OnePlus phone is (surprisingly) already on its way to the Philippines.

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is now available for pre-order online through Argomall. It’s priced at PhP 39,990, which is slightly higher than its US$ 699 retail price in the US.

Compared to the regular OnePlus 6T, the McLaren Edition comes with 10GB of memory, 256GB of storage, and the latest Warp Charge technology that can fill up half of the phone’s battery in just 20 minutes.

Also, the special edition phone features a carbon fiber pattern, orange accents, and the McLaren logo on the back.

There’s no exact shipping date for the phone, but it’s already listed on Argomall’s website.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition introduces Warp Charge, 10GB RAM

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Philippine telcos are now required to unlock phones after lock-in period

Finally, a pro-consumer measure

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The Philippines’ Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has ordered the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and telcos for the mandatory unlocking of phones and devices after the subscriber’s lock-in period.

The policy is based on the Memorandum Order 004, Series of 2018 issued by DICT on December 14.

According to the memo, subscribers who have completed their contract and have no outstanding obligations can demand telcos to unlock their phones or devices. The process must also be done conveniently and should be shouldered by the service providers.

The NTC is now tasked to draft the Memorandum Circular for the memo’s appropriate rules and regulations and conduct consultations and hearings with affected parties.

There’s no exact date of implementation, but with order already announced to the public, Filipinos will soon have freedom for their network-locked phones given that they have already fulfilled their contract.

Source: DICT

SEE ALSO: Mislatel confirmed as Philippines’ new telco

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Huawei Nova 4 press renders leak before official announcement

It’s the era of holed phones

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Samsung already announced their new midrange phone that has a hole in the screen. This is the newest display trend after the notch, and Huawei is next in line to present their own. The launch of the Nova 4 is scheduled for next week, but official-looking renders have already leaked online.

The renders further confirm some of the early reports about the Nova 4. The most obvious one is the position of the hole in the display for the front camera, which is expected to be a 25-megapixel sensor. This approach is supposedly less intrusive than having a notch. The Nova 4 will also have a triple-camera setup on the rear that’s strikingly similar to the P20 Pro’s; however, the sensors will not be same.

Rumors suggest that Huawei will have two Nova 4 variants. Both will have the Kirin 970 processor (same on the Nova 3), 8GB of memory, and 128GB of storage. They will also feature the same 16-megapixel monochrome and 2-megapixel depth sensors.

The difference between the two variants is in the main camera. The more expensive one will have a 48-megapixel Sony sensor, while the cheaper variant is stuck with a 20-megapixel sensor. Aside from that, the two variants will be practically identical.

Huawei will announce the Nova 4 on December 17 in China. Based on the leaked renders, it’ll come in a basic black color with red, blue, and white-pink gradient options.

Source: DroidShout

SEE ALSO: Huawei P30 will have a notch and curved display

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