OnePlus Nord CE now available in the Philippines

OnePLus’ new mid-range phone is ready to perform



OnePlus Nord CE

OnePlus has always given us impressive devices, sometimes, even known as a flagship killer. They offer flagship specs for a lower price and who wouldn’t want that? The first edition of the Nord was announced last June 2020. Now comes the OnePlus Nord CE which stands for “Core Edition”.

The Nord CE has a height of 159.2mm, width of 73.5mm, and it weighs at 170g. So this phone is light and ready to roll out of the box, just like that. Making this phone sit right at your hand without any disturbance.

Moving on the the front of the device we have a hole punch camera at the upper left, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and lastly, a selfie camera. Speaking of display, the Nord CE is equipped with a 6.43-inch 2400 x 1080 pixels 410 ppi Fluid AMOLED display.

Did I mention that it has a 90Hz refresh rate? This phone has a great screen on paper, but lets wait for a review to see the real thing. Anyway, the 90Hz refresh rate goes back to 60Hz whenever the screen is idle or while watching videos.  It’s a great feature to have for those who take care of their batteries. And for its price, this phone has a really good screen. The screen is also protected by Gorilla Glass.


Lets talk about what the camera has to offer. The main camera is a 64mp with an aperture of f/1.79. Then we have the ultra-wide camera at 8mp with an aperture of f/2.25. Last, but not the least, the mono lens at 2mp with an aperture of f/2.4.

It can record videos up to 4K video at 30fps and 1080p video at 30/60 fps. The zoom capabilities of this phone is 0.6x – 10x. The camera also has features of Nightscape, UltraShot HDR, Portrait, Panorama, Pro mode, Smart scene recognition, and Filters,

OnePlus Nord CE

Moving on to the front, we have a 16mp selfie camera with a Sony IMX471 sensor, with an aperture of ƒ/2.45. Additionally, the Nord CE also has a 3.5mm headphone jack, also with a USB Type-C charging port.
The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G and its GPU courtesy of the Adreno 619. The software is Oxygen OS based on Android 11.

Price and Availability

The OnePlus Nord CE, it has 3 official colorways, the “Blue Void”, “Charcoal Ink”, and the “Silver Ray”.  Upon checking the stores, the Charcoal Ink and Blue Void are only available.

The price of the phone is 128GB at PhP 16,990 and 256GB at PhP 19,990.

You can buy the OnePlus Nord CE today at the following stores:


Galaxy S22 Ultra will look like a Galaxy Note phone

Based on a new render



The Galaxy Note series is in a state of limbo. After the rise of the brand’s foldable phones, Samsung toned down on the iconic Note series. The brand hasn’t even launched a new entry yet – if it even is launching one this year. If you’re a fan of the series, there’s still hope. Based on new renders, the upcoming Galaxy S22 Ultra will look remarkably similar to the Galaxy Note series.

Rendered by Steve Hemmerstoffer and based on currently known leaks, the upcoming premium smartphone will reportedly have a built-in dock for the S Pen. Of course, the series had already received stylus support, but the Galaxy S21 series never had a dock for the pen.

Additionally, the renders show a quad rear camera setup much like the previous series. However, the layout does look a bit different from its predecessors. Either way, the upcoming flagship has a hint of familiarity for those more used to the Galaxy Note series.

Unfortunately, the render doesn’t show how the S Pen will look like. For the past few iterations, Samsung did confirm that more optimized S Pens are coming for different devices.

In other details, the renders also show that the headphone jack is here to stay.

Right now, it’s still early to tell if the renders are what the real deal will look like. A lot can still happen between now and the projected launch window in January.

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US drops charges against Huawei heir Meng Wanzhou

Allowed to return to China



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Is the Huawei saga finally reaching its conclusion? For years, the American government has hounded the Chinese company for its ties to its respective country’s government. The administration then issued several bans, forcing Huawei to either find alternatives or give up its business. To the company’s dismay, Huawei has already suffered intensive damage. Now, amid their victory, the United States is throwing the company a bone by dropping its charges against Huawei heir Meng Wanzhou.

Back in 2018, Canadian authorities arrested the daughter of Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei. Meng, who is also Huawei’s chief finance officer, was indicted with charges related to an illegal trade deal in Iran. Since then, the company’s heir found herself stuck in a limbo between house arrest and potential extradition to the United States.

Her chapter in the ongoing Huawei struggle is apparently over. In the United States, Meng pleaded not guilty to the government’s charges and agreed to take responsibility for her role in the deal. For their part, the government has dropped the charges in an apparent agreement with the CFO. Meng was allowed to return home to China.

Though Meng Wanzhou is off the leash, Huawei still has an uphill battle because of the said deal. Further, the company is still fighting against bans from the American government. Huawei has already fallen off the ranks in terms of success in the smartphone realm.

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Xiaomi blacklists “Samsung” and other terms from its phones

But there’s a reason why



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.

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