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Pocophone F1 launches in Southeast Asia

It’s ready to slay flagships!

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The Pocophone F1 is now officially available in Southeast Asia but variants vary depending on the market.

The Southeast Asian launch was held in Indonesia wherein Xiaomi claims to be ranked second among smartphone manufacturers. Pocophone Global Head Alvin Tse said phones that will be sold in Indonesia are also made in the country.

Price and availability

The variants that will come to Indonesia are 6GB RAM with 64GB storage which will retail for IDR 4,499,000 and the 6GB with 128GB storage which will retail for IDR 4,999,000. They will be available for purchase first on Lazada and will come in either Steel Blue or Graphite Black.

Indonesia will also get the Armoured Edition which uses Kevlar instead of polycarbonate material. The Armoured Edition will retail for IDR 5,199,000.

Malaysia will offer the Pocophone F1 in Steel Blue and Graphite Black, as well. The 6GB/64GB variant will retail for MYR 1,237 while the 6GB/128GB variant will sell for MYR 1,428. However, prices will increase to MYR 1,299 and MYR 1,499 respectively from September 10 onwards due to the implementation of the Sales and Services Tax (SST).

Singapore will offer the same versions and will be available at Authorized Mi Stores and Lazada. The 6GB/64GB variant will retail for SG$ 449 while the 6GB/128GB variant is priced at SG$ 499. Both come in Steel Blue and Graphite Black.

The Philippines will offer the same variants as Malaysia and Singapore’s. Pricing and availability information are here.

Limited Armoured Edition

Asked why the Armoured Edition isn’t coming to all markets at launch, Tse said that as a small team they “need to pick their battles.” However, he did add that “nothing is set in stone” and that they will “listen to the market.”

If certain markets demand more of the Armoured Edition Pocophone F1, they won’t hesitate to bring it to said market. He said they are placing their confidence in “what the majority wants.”

Xiaomi’s new venture introduced a smartphone that highlights the essentials for power users while keeping the cost to a minimum. Tse said the company’s mission is to provide users with a product that gives them access to top-of-the-line technology today without driving up the price.

For a more detailed look you can read or watch our review.

If that’s not enough, we also have a live unboxing.

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Spotify Premium Mini launches, removes ads with limited downloads

Can be billed through your carrier

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Spotify Premium Mini

It’s now cheaper to get rid of those Spotify ads. Sure, the voice overs sound good but it just ruins the mood when your jamming to your favorite tracks only be interrupted. Spotify Premium Mini is here for all of us.

What you’re getting with Spotify Premium Mini

Ad-free individual music listening on mobile with unlimited skips — Listeners can access over 70 million music tracks and over 2.9 million podcast titles on the world’s largest audio streaming service

Download and play up to 30 songs offline on one mobile device — This allows a user to be on-the-go and stay connected to their favorite artists and creators without the need to connect to WiFi or tap into their mobile data.

Flexibility at its best –– Whether it’s for a morning exercise or simply seeking a motivational podcast to kick start the week, users have the option to immediately subscribe for just a day or a week at any given moment.

Hassle-free and seamless payment methods — Beyond the credit card option, users can choose to make payment through Carrier Billing or via digital wallets (GCash, PayMaya in the Philippines)

Better together — Premium Mini Listeners also have the ability to tune in to the same playlist or podcast with up to five friends via Group Session in beta.

How to sign-up?

  1. Download Spotify’s mobile app or head over to Spotify’s website on desktop.
  2. Click the ‘Premium’ section at the top right of the website or at the bottom right of the Spotify app.
  3. Choose ‘Get Mini’ and choose ‘daily’ or ‘weekly’ plan. This is a prepaid offering.
  4. Choose payment methods
  5. Register or log in to the Spotify account.
  6. Users can start enjoying Spotify’s Premium Mini experience for the day or week.

Here are the the rates:

Philippines — PhP 7/day and PhP 26/week
Malaysya — MYR 1/day and MYR 3.90/week

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Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut coming to PS5, PS4

On August 20!

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Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut

Ghost of Tsushima closed the chapter on the PlayStation 4 era in a grand fashion. Now, the game is getting a Director’s Cut.

Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut will come to both the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 will arrive in August 20, 2021. This new version will feature graphic improvements, PS5-specific features, and most importantly new content featuring Iki Island.

Iki Island

According to the PlayStation blog, the neighboring island of Iki was also invaded at the same period Tsushima was. The additional story will have Jin Sakai travel to the island to investigate rumors of a Mongol presence.

This new content, along with corresponding Trophies to unlock, is available for both PS5 and PS4.

PS5 improvements

The PS5 version addresses plenty of requests from fans of the game as well as a few other noteworthy ones.

  • Lyp sync for Japanese voice over
  • Haptic Feedback and adaptive triggers
  • 3D audio enhancements
  • Drastically improved loading times
  • 4K 60fps

Other new updates will also come to those who previously purchased Ghost of Tsushima

Will my saves be transferred?

Yes. Ghost of Tsushima PS4 save files can be transferred. New players will be able to access the Iki Island content in the beginning of Act 2 after making your way to the Toyotama region.

Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut

Pre-orders and upgrades

Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut will launch on August 20. Pricing are as follows:

PS5 — SG$ 97.90 / PhP3,490 / US$ 69.99 / MYR 299 / IDR 1,029,000 / THB 2,290
PS4 — SG$ 79.90 / PhP2,990 / US$ 59.99/ MYR 249 / IDR 879,000 / THB 1,990

Inclusions are: Digital mini soundtrack with tracks from the original Ghost of Tsushima, Two new songs from Iki Island, a digital art book featuring a selection of art from Ghost of Tsushima, and 10 new pieces of Iki Island concept art.

For Ghost of Tsushima owners

You can pre-order an upgrade to Director’s Cut on PS4 for SG$ 26.90 / MYR 89 / IDR 289,000 / THB690 /US$ 19.99 for PS4. This upgrade will become available starting on August 20.

If you bought Director’s Cut PS4, you’ll be able to upgrade to Director’s Cut PS5 at any time for SG$18 / US$ 9.99 / MYR50 / IDR150,000 / THB300

You can also upgrade directly (from original Ghost of Tsushima PS4) to Director’s Cut on PS5 for SG$ 40.90 / US$ 29.99 / MYR 129 / IDR 439,000 / THB 990

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LEGO just made an adidas Superstar LEGO edition

The iconic sneaker in LEGO brick form

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We didn’t see this crossover coming, but here it is. The LEGO group has launched their own little spin on the adidas Superstar — part of the adidas Originals line.

It’s a buildable LEGO brick model that also maybe counts as part of your sneaker collection. The LEGO Superstar sneaker in adult sizing features a classic white and black leather construction

Just like the real thing, this LEGO version includes the iconic adidas Originals Superstar sneaker graphics, shell toe shape, trefoil logo and serrated 3 stripes mark.

The model measures over 12 cm high, 27 cm long and 9 cm wide and with a display stand and plaque. It was made for adidas diehard collectors as well as LEGO fans. You also get to choose whether you want the right or left shoe. And if you feel like splurging, might as well get a pair.

The set includes 17 extra LEGO elements so you can choose to build either the right-foot or left-foot sneaker. For extra realism, it even has shoelaces and comes in an authentic shoe box.

#RebuiltByOriginals

LEGO also tapped six creatives to give their own take on the adidas Superstar LEGO Edition. Each one put their own spin on the LEGO Edition sneaker and are encouraging you to do the same.

You can check out what sneakerheads Aida Kiraya (@afrokickz), Tom Yoo (@tommyoo23), Hanna Helsøe (@helsoe), Leta Sobierajski (@sobierajski), Nicolai Sclater (@ornamentalconifer) and Coffee Boy (@178kz_boy) came up with here.

Price and availability

The LEGO adidas Originals Superstar 10282 model launches on July 1st and will be exclusively available at LEGO Certified Stores, adidas Original Pavilion, Brand Centre Sunway Pyramid and adidas Malaysia Online.

It will then be available at LEGO Official Store on Lazada, Shopee, as well as major retailers and department stores in Malaysia in September.

The recommended retail price is MYR 449.90.

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