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OPPO A94 launches in Singapore

With a really eye-catching back design

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Coming off the heels of its OPPO Find X3 Pro announcement, OPPO wastes no time in launching another smartphone but one that’s aimed at right around the midrange segment — the OPPO A94.

Eye-catching

The first that will catch your eye about the OPPO A94 is its colorful back design. The company is aptly calling it the Flowing Light Design concept. The color appears to change depending on the angle you’re looking at and how light is hitting it. It’s available in two variants — Fluid Black and Fantastic Purple.

Flashy camera features

The flashy exterior is complimented by a quad-camera setup: 48MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, and 2MP mono camera. It also has a 32MP selfie shooter.

Naturally, there’s more to the cameras than the megapixel numbers. The OPPO A94 also carries camera features first introduced introduced on the OPPO Reno5. These are the AI Color Portrait Video, Monochrome Video, Dual-View Video, Dynamic Bokeh, Night Flare Portrait, among others.

Display, performance, and battery

The OPPO A94 has a 6.43-inch hole-punch AMOLED display. It also unlocks via the In-Display fingerprint 3.0 scanner. It’s also home to plenty of features that are eye-friendly.

Powering the device is a MediaTek Helio P95 Octa-core processor with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Supporting these is a 4310mAh battery with 30W VOOC Flash charge.

With these combination of specs, OPPO says the OPPO A94 is also suited for your mobile gaming needs. It has a Game Focus mode to make sure your mobile play time isn’t interrupted.

Price and availability

Early bird sale of OPPO A94 is from March 21-28. All early bird purchases from OPPO online Lazada Flagship store will get a free OPPO Enco W11 earbuds valued at SG$79. The early bird sale gift is exclusively for purchases on OPPO online Lazada Flagship store only.

OPPO A94 will be officially on sale starting March 27 in Singapore for SG $429 at the OPPO concept store, OPPO online Lazada and Shopee Flagship stores, and authorized resellers islandwide.

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Canalys: vivo rises to 4th in global smartphone shipments

First time since the company was established

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Market analyst firm Canalys reports that vivo ranked fourth in global smartphone shipments for the first time in history since the company was established in 2009.

With a market share of 10 percent, the Chinese smartphone brand placed fourth behind Samsung, Apple, and Xiaomi in the third quarter of 2021.

Previous quarterly numbers from Canalys indicated that vivo remained among the top five in global smartphone shipments in the past four quarters.The company also topped China’s smartphone market in the second quarter of 2021, according to IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, maintaining strong growth momentum.

Championing a “local mindset” and putting value to its understanding of local culture and management, vivo continues to expand to more markets worldwide and accelerate its globalization.

As of now, vivo has branched out its sales network across more than 50 countries and regions, and is loved by more than 400 million users worldwide.

In the Philippines alone, vivo took over as the top smartphone vendor with a 21 percent market share during the second quarter of 2020, an impressive rise of 18 percentage points from the previous year, also per a Canalys report.

It has maintained a strong presence in the country with the introduction of top-of-the-line yet affordable smartphones. As of the second quarter of 2021, vivo holds an 18.2 percent market share.

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OPPO is developing its own chipsets

Following Google’s footsteps

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Are the golden days of Snapdragon ending? A few smartphone makers have dedicated considerable resources to creating their own in-house chips. Doing so will considerably reduce their reliance on the current dominators of the semiconductor industry like Qualcomm and MediaTek. Much like its contemporaries, OPPO is reportedly developing its own flagship processors.

First reported by Nikkei, OPPO is planning to release its first chipsets sometime in 2023 or 2024. The chips will come with the brand’s flagship devices. They will rely on TSMC’s advanced 3nm process.

Naturally, the report doesn’t indicate which smartphones will eventually come with the chipsets. However, a promised flagship does indicate good things to come.

The report coincidentally follows the recent Google Pixel 6 launch. Much like what OPPO is promising, the Pixel 6 sports Google’s first in-house chipset called the Tensor. Apple’s M1 chipset lineup is also an attempt to reduce the brand’s reliance on other component makers.

When Google announced the Tensor, Qualcomm publicly stated that the efforts towards in-house chipsets won’t hamper its dominance in the industry. The company has other clients after all. Then again, with more companies following Google, the top chipset maker might finally feel the crunch. OPPO is still one of the world’s top smartphone brands, especially after the rapid descent of Huawei.

SEE ALSO: OPPO set to launch its first tablet next year

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The Pixel Pass is official, will bundle the Pixel 6 with Google services

As cheap as $45 per month

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A bit before Google officially launched the Pixel 6 series, a leak revealed an upcoming subscription package called the Pixel Pass. The then-unannounced package bundles the new Pixel 6 with a host of Google products. Since the Pixel 6 series is now official, the Pixel Pass is now official, too. Here’s what the subscription plan will offer.

Announced with the Pixel 6 series, the Pixel Pass offers either a Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro and Google’s other paid services like 200GB of Google One storage, Google Play Pass, YouTube Premium, and YouTube Music Premium, and Preferred Care coverage.

The regular Pixel 6 will sell for US$ 45 per month, and the Pixel 6 Pro will sell for US$ 55 per month. Google Fi subscribers can also save an additional US$ 5 from the price tag. Subscribers will pay for their chosen phones over two years. Regardless of which phone, the Pixel 6 will be unlocked. If you do the math, the package can actually save you money, compared to paying for the phone directly.

Additionally, the Pixel Pass will offer users the opportunity to upgrade to another Pixel phone after the initial two-year period. However, if subscribers cancel anytime during the subscription, they have to pay for the phone’s remaining non-discounted value.

The new subscription package introduces a new way to get a Pixel phone, similar to how Apple created the iPhone Upgrade Program. Unfortunately for those outside the country, the package is currently exclusive to the United States for now.

SEE ALSO: Here are new Pixel 6 features you should definitely try

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