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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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Esports added to the official sports for the 2019 SEA Games

First done during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta

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The Philippines will be hosting the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) next year, featuring 56 sports in total. The Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PSGOC) gave the go-signal for the list of sports that southeast Asian countries will participate in. Across the more popular sports such as basketball and volleyball, one sport will be making its debut coming off its stint in the 2018 Asian Games.

As confirmed by numerous media outlets, esports will be an official sport for the SEA Games next year. The sport belongs under Category 3, which is dedicated mostly to regional sports or sports making their first appearance in the event. It’s in the same category as sports like arnis and jiu-jitsu, and the PSGOC will be awarding medals.

Esports made a mark in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia as a demonstration sport. Its success became one of the primary reasons for its inclusion in this year’s lineup for the SEA Games. To further strengthen the efforts, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan recently visited Manila to meet up with PSGOC Chairman Emeritus Alan Cayetano. Both the PSGOC and Razer hope to elevate the status of competitive esports in lieu of its inclusion in the 2022 Asian Games in Huangzou, China.

The PSGOC recently finished an ocular inspection of the competition venues in Clark, Pampanga. On Friday, the group will host the 11 participating countries, through their chefs de mission for the One Year Countdown Celebration. The celebration will kick off a series of activities and gatherings leading up to the opening of the 30th SEA Games in November 2019.

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Razer Game Store hits Malaysia and the Philippines this weekend

In time for Singles’ Day

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Remember that partnership between Lazada and Razer to bring a new region-centric digital game store to Southeast Asia? Well, it’s finally making its way to Malaysia and the Philippines.

We first reported about this back in April when the Razer Game Store arrived in Singapore. An expansion for the rest of the region was promised then, but we’re only seeing it come to fruition now.

Beginning November 11, which happens to be Singles’ Day and the start of Lazada’s major 11.11 sale, anyone with access to the online store in Malaysia and the Philippines can purchase from a wide selection of PC games.

This adds to the aforementioned Singapore store, as well as the one offered for Thailand, bringing the total in the region to four. Teaming up with Lazada means there are multiple ways to purchase the titles, minus the hassle of exchange rates and uncertainty with authenticity.

To celebrate, numerous games will be discounted up to 90 percent off. You can find the Malaysian and Philippine Razer Game Stores here and here, respectively.

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Apple iPhone XR available for pre-order on October 19

Get ready!

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We’re finally on the cusp of getting a more affordable iPhone. All six colors of the iPhone XR will be available for pre-order starting October 19, 12:01 am (GMT+8) on apple.com/sg and the Apple Store app.

The iPhone XR was launched alongside the iPhone XS and XS Max last month, offering the same flagship features as its high-end brothers have but with a few differences here and there.

The same A12 Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine — one of the most powerful chipsets found in a smartphone today — powers the iPhone XR. It allows for better gaming and camera performance, a more immersive AR experience, and more efficient processing resulting in longer battery life compared to previous generations.

Instead of OLED, the iPhone XR’s display will be LCD — a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display — the most advanced of its kind according to Apple. It’s also an all-glass phone that supports wireless charging, and is wrapped with aluminum around the edges instead of stainless steel. The body is water-resistant with a rating of IP67, and is safe from everyday spills including coffee, tea, and beer. Liquid damage is not covered under Apple’s warranty, however.

In the camera department, the iPhone XR sports the same wide-angle lens found on the iPhone XS and XS Max, but doesn’t come with the 2x telephoto zoom lens. You can still achieve that bokeh effect through Portrait Mode, thanks to internal improvements to the ISP, Neural Engine, and software algorithms. In front, the notch that houses the latest TrueDepth camera system also enables Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting, plus Face ID for security and authentication.

In Singapore, the iPhone XR will be available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage models in black, white, blue, yellow, coral, and (PRODUCT)RED starting at SG$ 1,229 (US$ 892) beginning Friday, October 26 at 8:00 am.

It will also be available in more than 50 countries and territories on the same date, including Malaysia, India, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Other countries in Southeast Asia like Cambodia, Myanmar, and Vietnam will get the iPhone XR starting November 2.

Through Apple GiveBack, customers can trade in their eligible device for an Apple Store Gift Card or a refund of up to SG$ 850 on their purchase. Trade-in values will vary based on the condition and model of your smartphone.

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