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OnePlus 8T launches, is ‘Ultra Fast and Ultra Smooth’

Speedy charging and buttery-smooth screen

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OnePlus has this almost cult-like following (in the best way possible). That community came together because they’re into devices that offer premium performance for less. The OnePlus 8T is a flagship through and through and while it’s certainly pricier than from when OnePlus started, it does feel more like “OnePlus” versus their recent flagship offerings.

Made official today after appearing in numerous leaks, the OnePlus 8T’s focus is a speedy and smooth experience.

Ultra Fast

How fast can your phone juice up? Probably pretty fast, but it’s not “a day’s power in 15 minutes” fast. That’s the promise of the Warp Charge 65. The 65W is promising lasting power for less than the duration of an anime episode.

It also uses twin-charging tech so you can completely fill-up the 4500mAh battery in only 39 minutes. Astonishing.

Ultra Smooth

Our time together with our smartphones is mostly spent interacting with the display. So it’s only right that it feels smooth, fast, and responsive. Apart, of course, from being absolutely a joy to behold — all 6.55-inches of it.

That display is 120Hz Fluid AMOLED. If you’ve been keeping up with the tech trends you’d know what this entails — smooth, fast, and responsive. It also earned an A+ rating from DisplayMate.

Ultra Power

They didn’t really call it Ultra in the keynote but we’re trying to stay consistent here. Inside the OnePlus 8T is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G SoC.

That’s the best that Qualcomm has to offer at the moment. It’s also present in all the major Android flagships that have come out of the 2nd half of 2020… if you’re still able to keep track of the dates, that is.

That means you’re getting the same chip that promises a superior gaming experience, an intuitive AI, and dual-mode NSA + SA 5G and Wi-Fi 6 support for faster, more reliable data speeds.

Ul… Okay Cameras

The quad-camera system that sits on the upper-left back side of the device has a lot more in common with midrangers than flagships today.

The main camera is 48MP and is flanked by a 16MP Ultra Wide Angle camera, a 5MP macro lens, and a 2MP monochrome camera. Up front is a 16MP selfie shooter.

It’s a tad uninspiring on paper but of course we’ll have to take our own samples to judge for ourselves.

Steady Design

OnePlus phones look stylish and understated. The same is true for the OnePlus 8T. It’s available in two colors: Aquamarine Green and Lunar Silver.

The Aquamarine Green evokes the look of a glossy glass back without being an extreme fingerprint magnet. The Lunar Silver, meanwhile, has a matte-frosted finish.

A new UI

ONE UI… err… OxygenOS 11 is the biggest redesign yet and it’s been divisive. The changes might feel jarring to long-time fans of the vanilla flavor infused in the overall breathability of the OxygenOS.

It now more closely resembles ONE UI, which isn’t exactly a bad thing now with the strides that Samsung has made on its own Android skin.

The important things to take note of are that this is the first non-pixel phone to get Android 11 straight out of the box, and the overall smooth and free-flowing feeling of the OxygenOS of old will be retained.

OnePlus Buds Z

Also launched during the event is the OnePlus Buds Z — another TWS offering from OnePlus. They’re equipped with 10mm dynamic drivers all to deliver a more than satisfactory sound.

It claims to provide up to 20 hours of playback time with a 10-minute top-up lending you three hours of untethered listening.

The OnePlus Buds Z comes on white and has a polished seashell pattern. There are three silicone sizes for the eartips so you can find the right fit. It’s also IP55 rated which means it can withstand sweat so you can use it for your workout sessions.

Pricing and availability

OnePlus 8T

  • Aquamarine Green with 8GB RAM and 128GB ROM is priced at SG$ 899.
  • Lunar Silver with 12GB RAM and 256GB ROM, and is priced at SG$ 1,099.
  • The phone will be available for exclusive pre-order on Lazada from October 17 to 23. 2020. Customers will receive a OnePlus 8T Bumper case (worth SG$ 39.90) through the pre-order.
  • The phone will be available across Singapore starting October 24 2020, at OnePlus Lazada and Shopee online flagship store.

OnePlus Buds Z

  • The OnePlus Buds Z comes in White and is priced at S$99. It will be available starting November 2020.

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Xiaomi blacklists “Samsung” and other terms from its phones

But there’s a reason why

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Throughout the past few years, Chinese smartphones have received a lot of flak for its ties to geopolitical issues. Both Huawei and ZTE have already suffered through bans from the American government. Naturally, Xiaomi is in a similar boat. Unfortunately, because of a new research report, things might get worse before they get better.

According to a report published by the National Cyber Security Centre in Lithuania, Xiaomi’s smartphones automatically download a list of terms that they blacklist. The list includes sketchy terms like “China,” “Taiwan Solidarity Union,” and other geopolitical terms. Obviously, including China-related terms can cause a bit of alarm for users elsewhere. However, the blacklist might have uses outside of the obvious.

Spotted by XDA Developers, Xiaomi uses the list for advertising purposes. Besides the China-related terms, the list also includes its brand rivals like “Samsung” and “ZTE.” It also includes pornography and piracy terms. Most ironically, the list also blocks its own smartphone models. The publication spotted that the blacklist is used solely by the smartphone’s advertising platform. Which does make sense now.

The list is designed to block out ads from competing companies and its own (which makes sense since someone who owns a Xiaomi phone probably doesn’t need to see a Xiaomi ad anymore). Blocking pornographic and piracy-supporting ads also makes sense. The China-related terms remain problematic, but there is no indication that Xiaomi uses the list for anything other than advertising.

Further, Xiaomi should activate the filter manually. The automatic download doesn’t automatically mean that the phone is censored. That said, there is still a possibility that Xiaomi can use the filter for more geopolitical reasons. At the very least, current reports don’t point toward that for now.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi 11T series focuses on mobile filmmaking

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Xiaomi brings the Mi TV P1 to the Philippines

4K UHD Android TV for your viewing pleasure

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Mi TV P1

Xiaomi truly has it all for you. Not only do they have a wide range of smartphones and devices, they also want to take over your living room with the Mi TV P1.

The Mi TV P1 is a 4K Android TV. It has all the bells and whistles that we’ve come to expect from 4K TVs. Other than being 4K UHD, the display has a 60Hz refresh rate with a 178°(H)/178°(V) viewing angle. It also supports Dolby Vision and HDR10+.

On their website, it comes in four sizes — 32″, 43″, 50″ and 55″ making it a pretty accessible TV set for any household.

You can’t have a good display with subpar sound. For audio, the Mi TV P1 has a speaker sound output of 10 W + 10 W with support for Dolby Audio and DTS-HD. Looks good on paper but we’ve yet to experience how it actually sounds.

For connectivity, it has the following: Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 2.4GHz/5GHz, three (3) HDMI ports — one of which is eARC for a soundbar connection, two (2) USB ports, Composite In (AV), Ethernet Port, CI Slot, Optical Digital Audio Out, and 3.5mm headphone jack.

Powering the device is a MediaTek 9611 chip with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage for all the TV apps.

The specs are a little different for the 32″ version. It has less ports and a lower resolution but still a good TV nevertheless.

As mentioned earlier, it has the Android TV interface that should be fairly easy to navigate. This means it’s also compatible with Google Assistant and it’ll be receptive to voice commands. It also has a 360 bluetooth remote so you don’t necessarily have to point it to the TV for it to work. There are also dedicated buttons for Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

Price and availability

The Mi TV P1 will be available starting September 30, 2021. Pricing are as follows:

  • 55″ — PhP 24,990
  • 50″ — PhP 22,990
  • 43″ — PhP 18,990
  • 32″ — PhP 10,990

The Mi TV P1 Series can also be availed on a special early bird price with freebies from September 30 until October 1. Those who will purchase the 32” and 43” variants will get a free Redmi soundbar or PhP 8,990 and PhP 16,990 respectively.

A Mi Soundbar for the 50” and 55” variants will serve as freebies with price cuts at PhP 20,990 and PhP 22,990, respectively.

These offers will be available exclusively on Xiaomi Authorized Stores and in Xiaomi official stores on Shopee and Lazada.

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Xiaomi Pad 5 now in the Philippines

New tablet to consider

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Xiaomi Pad 5

Unfazed by the recent release of the new base iPad and iPad mini, Xiaomi is bringing over a tablet challenger to the Philippines — the Xiaomi Pad 5.

Meant for work, school, and then play, the Xiaomi Pad 5 is an all around tablet. You’re getting an 11-inch WQHD+ 120Hz display so you’ll definitely enjoy tapping on this slate. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 processor for all your work and play needs.

Taking work even further, you can pair it with the Xiaomi Smart Pen. Its 4096 pressure sensitivity and 240Hz touch sampling rate hopes to emulate a natural writing experience.

Here’s a rundown of the specs:

  • Display — 11″ WQHD+ 120Hz
  • Processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 860, Adreno 640 GPU
  • Audio — Quad speakers, Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res Audio
  • Configurations — 6GB+128GB, 6GB+256GB
  • Battery and Charging — 8720mAh, 22.5W wired charging
  • Included accessory — Xiaomi Smart Pen1
  • Colors — Cosmic Gray, Pearl White

Pricing and availability

The Xiaomi Pad 5 will be available on Xiaomi Authorized Stores starting October 1. Pricing are as follows:

  • 6GB+128GB — PhP 14,990
  • 6GB+256GB — PhP 19,990

A limited early bird price of PhP 14,990 and a free Xiaomi Smart Pen for the 6GB+128GB variant will be offered exclusively on Xiaomi Official Global Store via Lazada on September 24 only.

 

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