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OnePlus Nord 2 reportedly explodes in India

Isolated incident?

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Since the ill-fated Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the smartphone world has been a lot warier about exploding devices. Whenever a smartphone explodes, both companies and consumers worry if we’re seeing another controversy. That said, most incidents never really manifested into anything larger. Now, another incident is rearing its head. A new OnePlus Nord 2 supposedly exploded in India.

In a tweet captured by Reddit, an Indian OnePlus user, Ankur Sharma, detailed an incident involving a five-day old Nord 2. His wife reportedly took the smartphone in her sling while cycling. While outdoors, the phone exploded and started smoking. His wife then got into an accident because of the explosion. The tweet also includes a photo of the destroyed phone.

However, the tweet has since been deleted, sparking issues about whether the claim was true. According to the comments on the Reddit thread, the user could have exaggerated the or outright falsified the incident. A theory speculates that the phone’s explosion happened after the biking accident and is actually due to the accident’s trauma on the phone. A more outlandish theory states that OnePlus supposedly paid the couple to remove the tweet and prevent it from escalating further.

True or not, the claim does generate publicity for OnePlus’ new Nord phone, the Nord 2. The company launched the Nord series last year, invigorating their midrange lineup. A year after the announcement, OnePlus added more devices, ultimately resulting in today’s OnePlus Nord 2.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus teases OnePlus Nord 2 on Instagram

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OPPO 6.6 Mega Sale: Get discounts, freebies

Brighten up the rainy season

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OPPO is set to brighten up the rainy season with its 6.6 Mega Sale on both Lazada and Shopee.

Customers stand to get discounts, vouchers, special freebies, and bundle deals from June 6 to 8 when they purchase participating OPPO smartphones.

Included are the following devices:

  • A16 4GB
  • A17k
  • A17
  • A55
  • A76
  • A95
  • Reno6 Z
  • Reno 6 5G
  • Reno8 T

On Lazada, customers can get up to a 10% cashback, capped at PhP 1,000. A 100% cashback raffle will also reward six lucky winners on both e-commerce apps.

6.6 freebie shower

On 6.6 itself, OPPO will offer buyers various freebies for its smartphones:

  • A16k: Free Bluetooth speaker
  • A16 4GB: Free memory card
  • A55: Free memory card
  • A76: Free remote-controlled selfie stick
  • Reno8 T series: Free Neon Island desk pad
  • Reno 6 series: Free Bluetooth speaker, selfie stick

Meanwhile, the first 12 buyers of OPPO’s latest foldable, the Find Flip N2, will get a free OPPO Enco Air3 and OPPO Watch Free.

Rainy bundles

The budget OPPO A series will also be part of bundle deals from June 6 to 8.

With OPPO Band:

  • A16k: PhP 6,099
  • A16 4GB: PhP 7,599
  • A55: PhP 8,599

With Enco Buds2:

  • A16k: PhP 6,299
  • A16 4GB: PhP 7,799
  • A55: PhP 8,799

In-app discounts, vouchers

Lastly, shoppers should be on the lookout for further discounts and vouchers during the sale period.

Lazada and Shopee both offer free shipping for a PhP 500 minimum spend, as well as PhP 1,000 livestream vouchers for a PhP 4,999 minimum spend.

Lazada will also have a Lazada Bonus for an extra 10% off, capped at PhP 1,000. On the other hand, Shopee will give out 15% off Shopee Mall vouchers capped at PhP 1,000.

Both apps also allow installment at 0% interest rates for OPPO’s smartphones.

 

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moto razr+ Hands-on: Flip Phone Done Right!

Or moto razr 40 ultra globally

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moto razr

Meet the newest moto razr+ — or moto razr 40 ultra globally. It has all the flagship-grade hardware in a thin and compact form.

But its biggest upgrade has got to be its new full-on cover screen — and it might just be the best one yet!

Can’t wait to see how the new razr looks and feels?

Here’s our hands-on with the new moto razr+.

If you haven’t kept track of the record, motorola released two razr flip phones globally. Those are the motorola razr back in 2019, and the motorola razr 5G in 2020.

motorola (or Lenovo) then skipped the year 2021 and brought us the motorola razr 2022 — only to be sold exclusively to China.

Fast track to 2023, motorola is coming back with a whole new flip phone for the international markets! Say hello to the 2023 motorola razr family

 

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Say hello to the 2023 motorola razr family

motorola razr+ and razr

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motorola razr+ 2023

motorola refuses to lose its foothold in the flip phones department. Doubling down on their fashion-meets-function blend, the company announces the 2023 motorola razr family, consisting of the razr+ and the razr.

In other markets the razr+ will be called razr 40 ultra, while the razr will be called razr 40. For brevity, we’ll stick to razr+ and razr. The two are flip phones with differences that are immediately noticeable, and others that are under the hood.

motorola razr+

Many raved about the external display of the OPPO Find N2 Flip because it is much larger than the one on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4. motorola appears to have been monitoring the conversations as it equipping the razr+ with a 3.6” pOLED external display. And it’s not just big. You can do more with it.

Panels

Custom panels allow users to prioritize what matters most. Swipe left or right to easily access games, Google News, weather, contacts, Spotify, and view notifications at a glance. There’s also an Apps panel gives you access to apps like Google Maps or Google Wallet.

Customization

Users can choose from a variety of live wallpaper designs and a range of Moto clock styles. Customize and arrange the panels on their Home screen, dragging and dropping so they’re arranged to fit the needs of every razr user.

Game

There are Motorola and GameSnacks that work perfectly on the external display. Play through mysterious lands in Golf Adventures, help a feline friend escape to freedom in Tiger Run, or find your way to the finish in Marble Mayhem.

Dedicated Spotify Panel

Spotify users can control playback from the device’s external display. Without unfolding the device, users can tap to continue listening where they left off or start playing something brand new.

Content buddy

Many have opted to go the Flip phone route because of it’s natural ability to be your solo-content-creator-tool. The motorola razr+ takes things up a notch with its 12MP, f/1.5 aperture main camera sensor using Instant Dual Pixel PDAF. It’s faster and more accurately captures the scene in any lighting condition.

There’s also a 13MP ultrawide + macrovision lens to give you versatility in the things you can capture. Lastly, there’s a 32MP camera for selfies and video calls.

Flagship-grade specs

The motorola razr+ is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor. Not quite the latest Snapdragon chip, but it is absolutely no slouch in performance and power efficiency. It’s accompanied by 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

When fully opened, you’re greeted by the 6.9-inch FHD+ pOLED display with up to 165Hz refresh rate. It also supports HDR10+ and has up to 360Hz touch sampling rate when in game mode.

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motorola razr 2023

The base motorola razr doesn’t share the same massive external display. But it is still every bit the Flip phone that its ‘plus’ sibling is.

The 1.5-inch OLED external display is capable of Quick Capture, Gesture Capture, Auto Smile Capture, and more features for self-capturing. Unfolded, it’s also a 6.9-inch smartphone powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 processor. It also has 8GB of RAM with 128GB of internal storage.

Price and availability

In the US, the motorola razr+ 2023 will be available for pre-order on motorola.com and through select carriers and retailers on June 16.

The device will be available for sale at AT&T, T-Mobile, Spectrum Mobile, Google Fi Wireless and Optimum Mobile, as well as universally unlocked at Best Buy, Amazon.com and Motorola.com starting June 23 with a suggested retail price of US $999.99.

Canada, the new motorola razr+ 2023 will be available for pre-order through motorola.ca on June 16 (MSRP: $1,299.99). Starting June 23, the device will be available for sale at Motorola.ca and through select carriers and national retailers.

The motorola razr 40 ultra will be on sale in Europe with a starting MSRP of EUR 1,199.99 as of June 1. The device will roll out to selected markets across Latin America and Asia in the following weeks.

In North America, the new motorola razr will be available in the coming months.

The motorola razr 40 will roll out to selected markets across Europe, Latin America and Asia. Specific pricing and availability information to follow.

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