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.
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Huawei Mobile Cloud will have free storage for some users
5GB free for users in APAC
In an attempt to get more people to use Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), Huawei is offering a treat for users in Asia Pacific.
Some time in the middle of November, HMS users located in the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand will be the first in the region to enjoy free 5GB storage of Huawei Mobile Cloud. You’ll just need to login using a Huawei ID.
In addition, Huawei and Honor users can enjoy one month of 50GB Mobile Cloud storage at a massive discounted price from today until December 31, 2019.
|Countries||Original Price per month||Discounted|
|Philippines||PhP 49.00||PhP 1.00|
|Singapore||SG$ 1.28||SG$ 0.10|
|Thailand||THB 35.00||THB 1.00|
|Malaysia||MYR 3.90||MYR 0.10|
Exclusive deals for Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro users
Those who already own or who plan to own Huawei’s latest smartphones — the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 pro are entitled to three months of free 50GB Huawei Mobile Cloud storage along with two years warranty and free screen replacement from Huawei HiCare.
They’re also incentivizing users who will download the Huawei Member Center app from the AppGallery. Users from the mentioned countries can redeem free Huawei Points and Lazada shopping vouchers available on the app. This will be available by the end of November 2019.
|Countries||Huawei Points||Lazada Vouchers||Trip.com Vouchers|
|Philippines||PhP 1200||PhP 500||N/A|
|Singapore||SG$ 30||SG$ 12||Up to SG$ 20 off|
|Thailand||THB 850||THB 300||Up to THB 250 off|
|Malaysia||MYR 100||MYR 40||Up to MYR 30 off|
First ever Mobile Legends championship is here
Prizes worth US$ 250,000 are up for grabs
“Gaming” is a very diverse word today. We now have the option to game on a console, PC, laptops, and smartphones. And in the last year, mobile gaming has been the most trending segment thanks to pure multiplayer games like PUBG and Fortnite.
Game developers have more room for improvement because phones are getting extremely powerful. One such game that’s trending right now is Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.
The game’s developer Moonton has announced MLBB World Championship, also called “M1”. It’ll be held from November 15 to 17 at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The championship will have 16 professional MLBB teams from 14 countries, competing to win a US$ 250,000 total prize pool. Out of the 16, 8 teams will be directly selected and 8 will go through the qualification rounds.
Qualifier rounds will be held for teams from Brazil, Cambodia, Japan, Thailand and Laos, Russia, Turkey, Vietnam, and the US.
You can visit and experience the championship live by purchasing tickets which are already up for sale.
Huawei Nova 5T: ‘Fashionable’ and powerful
Same chip as the P30 Pro
The next #NovaStar has arrived. Huawei just launched the Nova 5T — a midrange phone that they say is fashion-focused while still packing some power.
The phone features a glass back design and will come in three colors: Midsummer Purple, Crush Blue and Black.
Nova 5T has flagship specs for a midrange phone
In terms of its display, the phone has a 6.26 inch FHD LCD display with a punch hole at the top left of the display. The punch hole houses the 32MP front-facing camera. Meanwhile, there are quad cameras on the back — consisting of a 48MP main camera with an f/1.8 aperture wide-angle lens, a 16MP ultra-wide angle camera, a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor.
A side-mounted fingerprint sensor is included for secure unlocking.
Powering the device is the Kirin 980 processor. This chip can also be found on Huawei’s flagships like the Huawei P30 Pro and the Mate 20 Pro. Memory is generous with 8GB of RAM, and onboard storage is more than enough with 128GB.
It has a 3,750 mAh battery that can be topped up with a 22.5W SuperCharge fast charging technology.
Pricing and Availability
In Singapore, the Huawei nova 5T will go on sale starting September 14. Pricing will be announced September 5. Meanwhile, in Malaysia, the phone will be available in stores on September 7 and will retail for MYR 1,599. In the Philippines, the phone will retail for PhP 18,990.
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