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OPPO Reno6 series to launch in more markets soon

Coming to the Philippines as well as India

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The OPPO Reno6 series was unveiled in China in May, but many focus markets of southeast Asia are yet to get it. The specifications of the non-China option could vary slightly, but the good news is, we won’t have to wait a lot.

The brand is teasing the launch on social networking sites and gearing up for a blockbuster launch. India is expected to get the Reno6 and Reno6 Pro, while it is confirmed that the Philippines shall get Reno6 Z and Reno6 5G.

OPPO hasn’t been a part of the high-end premium smartphone space for quite some time, with the last flagship being the OPPO Find X2 in early 2020. Instead, it’s now focusing on the mid-range segment, which has far more demand in developing countries.

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It has created a microsite on Flipkart in India, and sales are expected to be omnichannel. The two phones are confirmed to feature a MediaTek processor, and color options shall include Black and Blue. The teaser page has published an OPPO Reno 6 Pro render, showing off the back camera design and color finish. It looks identical to the Chinese option.

Based on the teaser, Oppo Reno 6 Pro+ will not be launching alongside the other two phones in the OPPO Reno 6 series. It may presumably launch at a later date. OPPO has increased its focus on the cameras, and the Reno lineup is infamous for clicking vibrant, influencer-like pictures.

The Reno6 Pro includes a 6.5-inch AMOLED screen, Dimensity 1200 SoC, 4500mAh battery, and a quad-rear camera setup. There’s a 64-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel depth shooter.

On the other hand, the Reno6 gets a slightly smaller AMOLED screen, Dimensity 900 processor, 4300mAh battery, and a triple rear camera setup. It misses out on the depth sensor. Both the phones house a 32-megapixel selfie shooter that’s located in a punch-hole cut-out.

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership

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Grab Philippines and GCash have finally struck a partnership deal that will make payments on the superapp even easier and more convenient.

Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.

Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.

The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.

Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.

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Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders

Or the upcoming Galaxy Book

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The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.

If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.

Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.

The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.

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Apple halts development of in-house chip

Broadcom is still in

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Apple is currently on a quest to reduce its reliance on third-party components for its devices. For the most part, the company is successful in doing so. Apple Silicon is already an important part of the brand’s identity — with work on more in-house components ongoing. Now, Apple is reportedly pausing development on one of its upcoming chips.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will delay the development of its in-house connectivity chip. In the meantime, the brand will keep relying on Broadcom for the same components, going into the iPhone 15 series.

To be clear, the paused component only deals with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple is still developing its in-house modem for 5G connectivity — according to outside reports, at least. While the Broadcom deal will still continue, Qualcomm might still get the axe after Apple develops its replacement chip.

Given the positive response to Apple Silicon, building more in-house components might ultimately work well for the brand. If anything, the company can rest easier by controlling how one of its components is produced.

Besides Apple, other brands are also developing their in-house chipsets to rival component makers like Qualcomm. Google, for instance, is doing relatively well with the Tensor lineup. Additionally, though the upcoming series will rely on Qualcomm, Samsung is currently working to bring the Exynos lineup to match current standards.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye Pro Max, hello Ultra

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