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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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OPPO launches an Avengers-themed F11 Pro

Currently limited to Malaysia

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Last month, OPPO launched the F11 Pro. The new smartphone flaunts an improved 48-megapixel pop-up camera worthy of its price. Given the company’s recent canning of the R series, the F11 Pro shows a lot of promise for the brand’s smartphone future. OPPO still has its sights set on market domination.

However, the smartphone’s recent release offers another timely opportunity for the brand. In just one to two weeks, the year’s most awaited movie, Avengers: Endgame, will open in theaters around the globe. As always, a new Marvel flick is a prime branding opportunity for a lot of companies. Like others, OPPO is capitalizing on the blockbuster opening.


In Malaysia, OPPO has announced the launch of a limited-edition variant for the F11 Pro. The Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition sports a snazzy blue back with a red Avengers logo. The variant launched with a promotional video interspersed with shots from the movie’s trailers. Unfortunately, the video does not include the edition’s specifications or bundled accessories.

Very likely, the variant will carry the same specs as the regular F11 Pro. However, given the promotion, the device will likely come with Marvel-themed accessories.

Currently, OPPO is the only one offering an Avengers-themed device. However, more devices might pop up as we draw closer to the opening date. Last year, OnePlus and Acer both released limited editions of their own devices to promote Avengers: Infinity War.

The OPPO F11 Pro carries a Helio P70 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. The battery clocks in a capacity of 4000mAh. However, the Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition will likely carry a more premium price tag.

SEE ALSO: OPPO F11 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

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There’s a BLACKPINK edition of the Samsung Galaxy A70

Must-have for Blinks!

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Blinks are going to want to get a hold of this. Tucked away on the side of the Samsung Galaxy A event held at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand was a BLACKPINK edition of the Samsung Galaxy A70.

The full package consists of a case, a charging stand, and signed photocards of the popular K-Pop girl group. The full package will set you back around US$ 96.


If you don’t have that much cash to burn, you can opt for the individual packages. The A70 case plus photocards package cost US$ 40 while the charging stand and photocards package is priced at US$ 56.

The case will also automatically activate a BLACKPINK theme similar to how the Marvel cases work on the Samsung Galaxy S10+.

If you want to get your hands on these, you’re gonna have to get ’em in Southeast Asia. The Galaxy A70 BLACKPINK edition will be available in May only in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

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Huawei is already working on Mate 30 series

Confirms September launch

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This week, Huawei finally unveiled the P30 series. The sequel to last year’s successful flagship series has launched the world’s first Leica quad camera. Like last year, Huawei promises another hype-filled year.

Without catching their breath, Huawei has started the hype train for the upcoming Mate 30 series. In a press event in Malaysia, a Huawei official has teased the premium series. According to the official, the company is already testing the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro internally.


Likewise, the official revealed the series’ eventual launch — sometime in September or October. Last year, the Mate 20 launched in October. An October launch for the P30 series makes sense.

As for hardware, Huawei has not revealed any substantial information about the series. However, some rumors have speculated on an improved Kirin 985 chipset. Similarly, Huawei will likely install a 5G modem into the series.

Besides the Mate 30 series, Huawei has also unveiled the foldable Mate X. The company has introduced a lot of amazing features for the year. Based on existing rumors, Huawei will keep the hype going until the end of the year.

SEE ALSO: Huawei announced smart eyewear that looks like, well, eyewear

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