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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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Tales of ARISE releases on Sept 9

Collector Edition also announced

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Tales of ARISE

The long-running Tales series (25 years now!) has a new title coming! Tales of ARISE will be released in Southeast Asia on September 9, 2021.

Here’s the release date trailer to get you hyped.

What is Tales of ARISE?

The game will follow the story of Rena — the star that has been ruling the Dahna planet with an iron fist for the past 300 years. Renans have been depleting Dahna of its natural resources, enslaving most of the planet’s population in order to do so.

This tale follows the fight to free Dahnans of their fate and will be experienced through the eyes of Alphen, an iron-masked Dahnan fighting to free his people, and Shionne, a girl from Rena, who’s on the run from her countrymen. They will be joined through their journey by characters like Rinwell and Law that will help them in their fight for freedom.

Southeast Asia Game Editions

Tales of ARISE

All pre-orders and Day-1 retail package version will receive a new costume for Alphen and Shionne, as well as outfits accessories and new cooking recipes and ingredients.

  • Tales of Arise retail package version is only available for the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 in Southeast Asia.
  • The package version includes pre-order digital bonus only for the first production. The number of initial production is limited and will end as soon as it runs out.

Digital Platforms

On Digital platforms, a Deluxe and an Ultimate edition will be available. The Deluxe edition will have the following items:

  • Premium Item Pack, containing gold, cooking items and Boosts
  • Premium Costume Pack, including 8 full costumes and 6 accessories
  • Premium Travel Pack, allowing for better cooking and crafting abilities as well as discounts in shops

The Ultimate Edition will have all the content from the Deluxe Edition as well as new costumes for the characters including special costumes in collaboration with other BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment games.

Tales of ARISE

A physical Collector Edition will be available and include the same content as the Ultimate Edition, along with an exclusive figurine, a Steelbook, an Artbook and the game’s Soundtrack. This edition can be purchased at participating retailers in Southeast Asia.

A special Hootle Edition will be available exclusively and in limited quantities on the BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Asia store at a later date. This edition will include, in addition to the base game, a metal case, an Artbook, the Soundtrack, a 15 cm Hootle plush along with 4 accessories, Hootle DLC for the game as well as stickers and 3 art prints.

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Google Drive was down for PLDT users

Service appears to be working now

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Google Drive down

Google Drive was not working for PLDT users in the Philippines.

Multiple users in the Philippines have taken to Twitter to express frustration that Google Drive is down. The earliest tweets started at around 7PM (GMT+8). As of writing, the service continues to not work for some people.

Some tweeters have pointed out that the problem is with the Internet Service Provider PLDT. Some have switched to using a different ISP and it has worked for them.

PLDT replying to queries

PLDT has yet to fully acknowledge the problem and have only so far replied to a handful of customers who have tagged them to flag the issue.

As of 4:24AM (GMT+8), the service has returned for some users.

Google Drive is Google’s cloud service that’s also home to its Office Suite of apps including Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. Several people rely on the service both for study and work.

 
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Mi 11 Lite: Price and availability in the Philippines

Ultra-slim midranger

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Mi 11 Lite

The youngest sibling from the Mi 11 series expansion announcement, the Mi 11 Lite, has made its way to the Philippines.

Despite an overall slim footprint, it does sport a 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay with a 90Hz refresh rate and HDR10. It also has a 4,250mAh battery with 33W fast charging.

Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G chip. It’s a chip that’s more than capable of handling most of what you’ll do on a smartphone. Into gaming? Yes, this phone can certainly handle that. It even employs the LiquidCool tech to keep you cool even as the game heats up.

It also has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Yes, this is only the 4G version. No word yet if the 5G one will arrive in the country. Its camera setup are as follows: 64MP f/1.79 Wide. 8MP f/2.2 UWA, 5MP f/2.4 Telemacro, and 16MP selfie camera.

The phone will come in three colors: Boba Black, Bubblegum Blue and Peach Pink.

Price and availability

The Mi 11 Lite will retail for PhP 14,990 and will be available for purchase from Authorized Mi Stores and partner retailers nationwide as well as our official stores in Lazada and Shopee starting April 24.

Watch our Mi 11 Lite Unboxing and Hands-On

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