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The POCO X3 GT is now official

A midranger you should consider?

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POCO has released a new phone and it’s a midranger that might just deserve your attention. Here, we’ll show you a quick glimpse of it by unboxing the POCO X3 GT!

Paper work and accessories

Presenting you the box, a beautiful black top cover with yellow text. underneath the cover is a yellow container.

POCO X3 GT

Opening the box, we have a smaller box with contents. We have the warranty card, quick start guide, and the safety information. We also have the sim ejector tool and a bonus phone case, which is a standard with android devices nowadays. Surprisingly, we also found some POCO branded stickers included. One of the stickers even has the words “everything you need, nothing you don’t” on it – real edgy, POCO!

Underneath the phone, we have two last contents. First, we have the USB Type-C charging cable. And in 2021, fast charging is also a must and the new 67w charger fits perfectly with the demands of the customers.

But wait, there’s one thing missing… the earphones! The earphones became an essential part of phone packages and this one was quite a disappointment. But to face reality, we are transitioning to a wireless system, but we’ll see if the sacrifice was worth it.

POCO X3 GT

We have the phone itself wrapped in a plastic-matte material. On the front of the cover we have the highlight specs shown featuring the MediaTek Dimenstiy 1100 SoC, support for 67W Turbo Charging for its 5,000mAh battery, a 120Hz screen refresh rate, and the 64MP main shooter.

Unwrapping the plastic shows the device itself, the new “Stargaze Black” color. Black with a gradient effect, accompanied with a glitter design making it look like a piece of the galaxy. Visually, the color is really beautiful and the camera design also looks nice.

POCO X3 GT

The front of the phone shows the huge 6.6″ FHD+ DotDisplay, with the punch-hole selfie camera at the top center.

On right side of the device we have the volume up and down rocker, and the sleep/wake button integrated with the fingerprint scanner as well.

On the top of the device we have a speaker, microphones, and an IR blaster. The bottom will show you the charging port and microphones. Heading on to the back we have the 64MP triple camera setup.

On the left side, we have the dual sim card slot, unfortunately, no SD card slot this time.

At the bottom are the USB-C port and speaker grille.

POCO X3 GT

Pricing and availability

The POCO X3 GT will be available on July 28, 2021 and is available in three colorways, the Stargaze Black, Wave Blue, and Cloud White. It will come in two variants: The 8GB+128GB variant will retail at PhP 15,990 while the 8GB+256GB will be sold at PhP 17,990 exclusively via Lazada.

Both will be available for purchase at an early bird price of PhP 14,990 and PhP 15,990 respectively on August 3 for the Global Open Sale and the August 10 for the Local Sale.

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Galaxy S22 Ultra will look like a Galaxy Note phone

Based on a new render

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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 Digit.in 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.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 review: Do-It-All device

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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.

SEE ALSO: Huawei wants to help scale-up startups in Asia Pacific

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Xiaomi blacklists “Samsung” and other terms from its phones

But there’s a reason why

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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.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi 11T series focuses on mobile filmmaking

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