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OPPO Reno7 series: Price and availability in the Philippines

How much and how to get it

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The Reno7 series is finally in the Philippines! After enjoying some exclusivity in other countries, the new series has launched in the country for an appealing price. With its debut in the bag, here’s what you can expect from the OPPO Reno7 series, how much you need to shell out, and where you can get the smartphones.

The series comes in two flavors: the Reno7 5G and the Reno7 Z 5G. While the former touts a Dimensity 900 5G chipset, the latter comes with a Snapdragon 695 5G processor. Both come with 8GB of RAM. The regular version comes with 256GB of internal storage, but the Z version comes with 128GB of storage.

For their cameras, the Reno7 5G has a triple rear camera combo consisting of a main 64-megapixel sensor, a 118-degree ultrawide-angle sensor, and a macro sensor. It also has a 32-megapixel selfie shooter.

Meanwhile, the Reno7 Z 5G also comes with a triple rear camera combo: 64-megapixel main camera + 2-megapixel macro + 2-megapixel depth. It has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter.

While both come with a 4500mAh battery, the Reno7 has 65W SuperVOOC charging, while the Reno7 Z has 33W SuperVOOC charging.

Price and availability

Users can start preordering the series starting on March 18. The OPPO Reno7 — coming in Startrails Blue and Starry Black– will sell for PhP 26,999. The Reno7 Z — Rainbow Spectrum and Cosmic Black — coming in retails for PhP 19,999.

Those who preorder through authorized OPPO stores can get a free Q9 Pro Smartwatch. Meanwhile, those who order on the series’ launch on March 18, on Shopee Super Brand Day on March 22 to 23, and on Lazada’s Birthday Sale from March 26 to 27 will get a free Q11 Smartwatch.

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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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Galaxy S23 series will debut Gorilla Glass Victus 2

Another confirmed spec

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Only a short while before the launch of the next flagship series, Samsung has kept its secrets under wraps. Compared to how other brands released devices over the past few months, the South Korean smartphone maker isn’t spoiling anything about the Galaxy S23 series. However, the flagship’s components are a different story. Following other third-party confirmations, Corning has confirmed that the Galaxy S23 series will pioneer the Gorilla Glass Victus 2.

Late last year, Corning revealed the next generation of Gorilla Glass Victus. The stronger material can reportedly survive higher drops on concrete. At the time, the company did not confirm which smartphone is getting the new material first. However, given the original Victus’ history with the Galaxy S22 series, everyone was already guessing the upcoming flagship series.

Today, Corning has officially announced the debut for February’s flagship series. Though the announcement does not name the Galaxy S23 series directly, it refers to the “next generation of Galaxy flagship smartphones.” There’s hardly any surprise as to what the “next generation” refers to.

Samsung is currently scheduled to host its first Galaxy Unpacked event early next month. Ahead of the launch, Qualcomm has also announced that the entire series will come with Snapdragon chipsets exclusively.

SEE ALSO: Galaxy S23 series will reportedly have higher prices

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