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Nokia X71 is HMD Global’s first smartphone with a hole-punch display

Quite an unusual model name

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HMD Global has a new Nokia smartphone and it delivers a couple of firsts for the company. The phone is called the Nokia X71. It’s the first Nokia phone with hole-punch display and the first X-series to be available outside China.

The Nokia X71 might have a peculiar name, but it’s no different from other midrange phones in the market today. It’s got a 6.39-inch Full HD+ display with a claimed 93 percent screen-to-body ratio and a hole for a 16-megapixel selfie camera.

A Snapdragon 660 processor is at the core of the phone with 6GB of memory and 128GB of expandable storage. Of course, the phone is part of the Android One program (like any other Nokia phones) and it runs Android 9 Pie out of the box.

Image credit: Nokia/HMD Global

Camera-wise, the Nokia X71 has three on the back. The main shooter is a 48-megapixel sensor and it’s accompanied by an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. All three have Zeiss branding.

The phone uses a more traditional fingerprint sensor at the back, plus it still has a 3.5mm headphone jack. It also sports a respectable 3500mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging.

Image credit: Nokia/HMD Global

For now, the Nokia X71 is meant for the Taiwanese market. It’ll be sold starting April 30 for NT$ 11,900 or roughly US$ 385. Rumor has it that it’ll be rebranded as the Nokia 8.1 Plus outside Taiwan.

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Netflix confirms One Piece adaptation coming this year

Plus a new poster

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Netflix continues its huge gamble on anime adaptations. Over the past several years, the platform produced a couple of live-action versions of classic anime shows. To the company’s dismay, neither of the adaptations were received well. Still, the gamble continues to truck on. Netflix has confirmed that the upcoming One Piece adaptation is coming this year.

The live-action adaptation isn’t exactly new. Netflix first announced the title back in 2020 but offered only a few developments concerning the show’s production. Now, we have a release window and a poster.

To be fair, the new poster doesn’t show much except for Luffy’s back. A wider shot shows a bit more including the rears of all the Straw Hat Pirates and a shot of the Thousand Sunny in the distance.

Likewise, Netflix has not shared what the synopsis of the One Piece adaptation will be. Historically, the platform’s live-action adaptations start from the very beginning, taking viewers on a compressed tour through the original anime show’s plot.

That said, the company has a long uphill climb to legitimize its live-action anime adaptations. Despite featuring Willem Dafoe as Ryuk, Netflix’s previous Death Note adaptation quickly receded into a forgettable title. Additionally, Cowboy Bebop was canceled after only one season.

SEE ALSO: Netflix Southeast Asia movies to watch

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership

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Grab Philippines and GCash have finally struck a partnership deal that will make payments on the superapp even easier and more convenient.

Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.

Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.

The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.

Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.

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Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders

Or the upcoming Galaxy Book

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The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.

If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.

Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.

The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.

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