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POCO X3 NFC launches with Snapdragon 732G, 120Hz display

The perfect midrange phone?

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After weeks of teasing, POCO has finally unveiled the POCO X3 NFC in China today. It’s the first phone to house a Snapdragon 732G processor and the midrange phone will be going up against OPPO’s Reno and even the OnePlus 8.

The phone has a 6.7-inch LCD display with a 120Hz refresh rate and Full HD+ resolution. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 and gets TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification.

Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 732G processor with Adreno 618 GPU. The phone sports expandable storage via a microSD card and features LiquidCool technology for better performance endurance.

On the rear is a quad camera setup consisting of a 64-megapixel primary sensor, a 13-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel portrait shooter, and a 2-megapixel macro lens. For selfies, a 20-megapixel front camera is located in a punch-hole cut-out.

Backing these internals is a 5160mAh battery with 33W fast charging. The phone ships with MIUI 12 out-of-the-box and features dual stereo speakers.

Pricing and availability

The POCO X3 NFC will come in Shadow Gray and Cobalt Blue. Pricing are as follows:

Europe

6GB+64GB — EUR 229 (US$ 271) / early bird pricing EUR 199 (US$ 235)
6GB+128GB — EUR 269 (US$ 318) / early bird pricing EUR 249m (US$ 294)

It will be available starting September 8 on the official Xiaomi store as well as other popular online shopping stores.

Philippines

6GB+64GB — PhP 10,990
6GB+128GB — PhP 12,990

Will be available starting September 9.

There’s also a special 48-hour deal. The 6GB+64GB vairant will be available exclusively on Shopee at PhP 9,990. Early bird customers will also receive a complimentary POCO mousepad, BlackShark Fun Cooler.

Meanwhile the 6GB+128GB variant will retail for PhP 11,990 with the following freebies: POCO digital pouch and BlackShark Fun Cooler Pro.

SEE ALSO: POCO F2 Pro review: Underrated sequel

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TikTok is suing Trump

Citing violation of free speech and due process

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Late last week, President Donald Trump issued a final directive against TikTok’s Chinese operations in the United States. Starting late Sunday, Apple and Google will forcibly pull the popular platform out of their respective app stores. TikTok doesn’t have much recourse. To stave off the potential shutdown, TikTok is suing Trump.

Reported by The Wall Street Journal, ByteDance filed an eleventh-hour lawsuit against the administration for violating the right to free speech. Further, the company claims the lack of due process in the impending ban.

Over the past two months, Trump fired off a vicious crusade against TikTok. Back in August, his administration issued a deadline for the platform to either leave the country or find an American buyer.

Since then, Oracle has emerged as the winner for TikTok’s US operations. Over the weekend, Trump has also “given the deal [his] blessing,” as reported by Reuters. With the deal, Oracle will create a new corporation, named TikTok Global, for the platform’s US operations. The upcoming company will recruit American directors and a security consultant on the board.

That said, TikTok’s fate is still up in the air. Whereas TikTok’s strategy will delay the ban, Trump’s erratic moves will force the platform to quickly shift to American control. More news will likely surface after the weekend.

SEE ALSO: China would rather shut TikTok down than sell it

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Samsung Galaxy M51 price and availability in the Philippines

Another monster battery phone!

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Samsung’s new beast — the Galaxy M51 — is finally making its way to the Philippines. With an official listed page on the Samsung Philippines website, the arrival of this monster battery phone is imminent.

The Galaxy M51 prides itself with a massive 7000mAh battery that supports 25W fast charging. This new midrange phone sports a 6.67-inch Super AMOLED+ Infinity-O display. On its front, you can find an in-display fingerprint scanner and a punch-hole camera housing a 32-megapixel shooter.

It’s powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 730G processor, equipped with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. For extra storage, it comes with a MicroSD slot up to 512GB.

Meanwhile, its rear features a quad-camera setup: a 64-megapixel primary sensor, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a 5-megapixel macro camera.

Regarding its ports, the Galaxy M51 uses a USB Type-C port and the well-loved 3.5mm audio jack. In line with all other Galaxy-branded phones, it’ll ship with OneUI out-of-the-box and Samsung Knox, Samsung’s multi-layered security feature.

Price and availability

The Samsung Galaxy M51 will retail for PhP 19,990 and will come in two colors: Black and White. It will be exclusively available online starting September 25, 2020, at Samsung’s official online store, eCommerce partners such as Lazada, Shopee, Abenson, and MemoXpress, and telecom companies like Globe and Smart. Early birds can score up to PhP 2,098 worth of freebies from September 25-28, 2020.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy M31: How long does a 6000mAh battery last?

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Instagram is being sued for spying on a user’s camera

Accessed a camera without permission

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The world of social media is rapidly sinking into a period of reckoning. Earlier today, the Trump administration has announced a definitive takedown of TikTok and WeChat starting this Sunday. Apparently, American social media platforms can’t catch a break as well. In the United States, Instagram is being sued for spying on a user’s camera.

Reported by Bloomberg, a New Jersey Instagram user, Brittany Conditi, filed the complaint against the company in a San Francisco court. According to the lawsuit, Instagram accesses an iPhone’s camera even when the app isn’t currently active.

Conditi argues that the practice is deliberate and “lucrative” for the company. Instagram allegedly uses the obtained data for “valuable insights and market research.”

According to Facebook (who owns Instagram), the issue is a bug and does not indicate any deliberate attempts to spy on users. The company has also said that the bug is now patched in the latest version.

Regardless, Facebook and Apple have butted heads in the past. Since the introduction of iOS 14, Apple has upped its efforts to curb any untoward privacy violations from apps. Even without the current allegations, Facebook’s concern (or lack thereof) for privacy is well documented.

Currently, Facebook and Instagram are in a race to catch up with TikTok in the short-form video-sharing trend. Instagram, for one, recently launched Instagram Reels, its own take on TikTok.

SEE ALSO: Facebook is paying users to delete their accounts

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