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OnePlus 5 Unboxing: Almost too familiar

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From high expectations to a few missed goals, the OnePlus 5 is as polarizing as its predecessors. While we’re still working on our full review, let’s see what the inside of its box looks like.

Beyond its familiar looks, the OnePlus 5’s packaging stands out, from the signature charging cable to the much-appreciated letter of gratitude from the company’s co-founder.

Our full review is currently in the works, so we must ask: What would you like to know about this sweetly priced flagship? Tell us in the comments section!

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 5 vs OPPO R11: Side-by-side Comparison

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Sony Xperia 1 II camera phone now available for pre-order

The flagship phone is quite late to the game

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In February, Sony announced its new flagship Xperia 1 II phone which features advanced camera features incorporated from industry-leading Sony Alpha lineup of cameras. The market is currently ruled by Google’s Pixel phones and every other brand has been trying to catch up.

The phone was supposed to be unveiled at MWC 2020, but the tradeshow’s cancellation prompted Sony to opt for an online-only launch. Now, the brand has disclosed its price and availability details. The Xperia 1 II will be up for pre-order from June 1 with a price of US$ 1,200. That’s US$ 200 more than its predecessor’s launch price. In Europe, it’ll go for €1,199.

If you pre-order the phone before June 28, a free pair of Sony WF-1000XM3 true wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation shall be bundled along. Shipments in the US shall start from July 24 via Sony’s authorized retailers and will be compatible with Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, and MetroPCS networks. Keep in mind, the phone will not have 5G support in the US.

However, it seems Sony is targeting a niche segment of users who care about photography and videography on the go. LG has also followed a similar strategy recently by giving up on appealing the mass audience and carving a new category. For Sony, this isn’t a very difficult task since the brand is known for its audiovisual legacy.

To begin with, the phone has a triple-lens camera incorporating Sony Alpha technology and  ZEISS optics that are specially calibrated with 3D iToF. Best-in-class autofocus technology will let the camera churn out 20 fps burst shooting with 60 times per second AF/AE calculations and real-time Eye AF for humans and animals. For videography, Cinematography Pro can record in multiple frame rates and offer more manual controls for autofocus and white balance.

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Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite: Price and availability in the Philippines

A more affordable Mi Note 10

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You heard it right! The Lite version of Xiaomi’s Mi Note 10 is coming to the Philippines.

Unlike its bigger sibling, the Mi Note 10 Lite sports a 64MP wide-angle camera. Other than the main Sony IMX686 sensor, it also features an 8MP ultra-wide lens with a 120º field of view, 5MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro camera. Overall, you’ll get a quad rear-camera setup.

Instead of the usual punch-hole camera cutout, you’ll get a dot drop notch that houses its 16MP AI selfie camera. A special camera feature called “Vlog mode” lets you choose from eight vlog templates. You can then create easy and creative vlog content in minutes with this feature.

The processor is still the Snapdragon 730G chipset — which also powers the bigger Mi Note 10. You’ll also get a high-capacity 5,260mAh battery that supports 30W fast charging out of the box and promises a full charge in just 64 minutes. Xiaomi says it one single charge can last for up to two days.

With the phone’s design, it’s sandwiched by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 front and back. It features an epic 3D Curved 6.47-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display for that fullscreen experience. For security, it has an under-display fingerprint reader.

Pricing and availability

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite will launch in the Philippines first at Xiaomi’s official Lazada flagship store on June 4, 2020. The 64GB/6GB RAM configuration will retail at PhP 16,990 while the 128GB/8GB RAM variant will be sold at PhP 18,990. The phone will soon roll out at Authorized Mi Stores and offline Xiaomi retailers. It will be available in three stunning colors: Nebula Purple, Glacier White, and Midnight Black.

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Redmi Note 9, Note 9 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

Power-packed beauty!

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Redmi’s popular Note series got an upgrade this year and it’s coming to the Philippines!

Redmi Note 9

The Redmi Note 9 prides itself with a 5020mAh battery capable of 18W fast charging, an immersive Gorilla glass-protected 6.53-inch FHD+ DotDisplay, and a quad-camera setup: 48-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, 2-megapixel macro lens, and 2-megapixel depth sensor. In front, it has a 13-megapixel front camera housed in a punch-hole design.

It’s powered by MediaTek’s Helio G85 (12mn) and runs on MIUI 11 based on Android 10. It’s also backed up by 128GB of internal storage and 4GB RAM!

Redmi Note 9 Pro

Meanwhile, the Redmi Note 9 Pro runs a similar yet slightly better specifications than its base model. This Pro variant boasts with an even better quad-camera setup: 64-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, 5-megapixel macro lens, and 2-megapixel depth sensor.

It’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 720G (8nm), with internals of up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The Redmi Note 9 Pro sports the same 5020mAh battery, but with a speedy 30W fast charge capability.

Moreover, it’s equipped with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both its front and back panels, protecting its 6.67″ FHD+ DotDisplay. Furthermore, it has its fan-favorite features: Side-mounted fingerprint sensor and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Price and availability

The Redmi Note 9 comes in Interstellar Grey, Aurora Blue, and Glacier White. Its suggested retail price is PhP 7,990 for the 3GB/64GB variant and Php 9,990 for the 4GB/128GB variant.

It will be available at the official Xiaomi stores on Shopee starting May 27, 2020, and on Lazada starting June 4, 2020. Xiaomi will offer PhP 500 off on the 3GB/64GB variant during their first day on the e-commerce platforms.

On the other hand, the Redmi Note 9 Pro comes in Interstellar Grey, Tropical Green, and Glacier White. It’s currently offered in two variants: PhP 12,490 for 6GB/64GB and PhP 13,990 for 6GB/128GB. It will be available starting June 4, 2020, at the official Xiaomi Flagship Store on Lazada — offering PhP 500 off on the 6GB/64GB variant on that day only.

SEE ALSO: Redmi Note 9 with quad-cameras, huge 5020mAh battery is now official

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