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Qualcomm launches Snapdragon Wear 3100 for wearables

What you should know about Qualcomm’s latest chip for wearables

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After two years, Qualcomm has finally unveiled a new chip for wearables and it’s looking like the future.

Snapdragon Wear 3100, announced earlier today in San Francisco, is “designed to allow consumers to enjoy the beauty of a fashion watch with the power of a smartwatch, the battery life of a sports watch with the richness of a smartwatch, and the utility of an analog watch with the flexibility of a smartwatch.” Just how does it attempt to do all that? Well…

It’s built for smartwatches

Snapdragon Wear 3100 features new architecture that boasts high-performance quad-core A7 processors. In so many words, expect this chip to be highly efficient for your next smartwatch experience. Which brings me to the next point:

It will stretch your battery power

Designed specifically for wearables, Wear 3100 adds four to twelve hours of active use (compared to the previous Wear 2100) and can bring you a total of 1.5 to 2.5 days of battery time.

There are new smartwatch modes

For those who like stylish but capable smartwatches, Wear 3100 offers a new Enhanced Ambient Mode with smooth second-hand movement and brighter colors. This new chip allows for 20 times less power when animating that second hand, something most watch faces have omitted because it drains battery power. There’s also a Dedicated Sports Experiences mode for the adrenaline junkies which promises 15 hours of continuous GPS and heart rate monitoring, and a Traditional Watch Mode with a week-long battery capability.

More Wear 3100 smartwatches are coming!

Montblanc has announced that the Summit 2, coming out in October, will be powered by this new chip. According to Qualcomm, this luxury watch brand together with Fossil Group and Louis Vuitton are the first Wear 3100 customers, so expect smarter smartwatches from those brands soon.

Because different manufacturers will have different smartwatch implementations when it comes to Wear 3100 devices, it’s a little too early to tell which watches to look out for. One thing’s for sure, though: Qualcomm stepped up the wearables game and now the ball has left their court.

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Nokia 2.2, 2.1, and 1 are on massive discounts this Christmas

Freebies are also up for grabs

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Christmas season is the perfect time to buy ourselves and our loved ones a brand new smartphone. While some of us have cash to burn for a brand new flagship, most of us would be content with a budget or midrange phone. Those looking for a budget phone as their next purchase should look no futher than Nokia.

Nokia Philippines is offering three of their budget phones with a massive discount in time for the holiday seasons. These are the budget phones on discounts along with freebies in tow:

  • Nokia 2.2 — from PhP 5,990 to PhP 5,490 + free Bluetooth speaker
  • Nokia 2.1 — from PhP 5,990 to PhP 3,990 + free 16GB SD card
  • Nokia 1 — from PhP 4,290 to PhP 2,990

These discounted phones are available on all Nokia concept stores, kiosks, and authorized dealers nationwide. Or, get them at Nokia’s Argomall, Lazada, MemoXpress, and Shopee online store.

New color option for Nokia 7.2

Along with these exciting offers, Nokia is also bringing a new color option for the recently-launched Nokia 7.2: Cyan Green. It will be available on all stores nationwide starting November 27.

Nokia 7.2 launched in the Philippines last month. Its headlining feature is a 48MP camera sensor along with two other lenses: one that’s 8MP f/2.2 ultra wide and one that’s a 5MP depth sensor. Plus, it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor. Rounding things off is a 3,500mAh battery.

SEE ALSO: Nokia 7.2 review: Quality above all

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MG is the official mobility partner of 30th Southeast Asian Games

A special partnership for the company

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MG or Morris Garages has signed an agreement with the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) and Mediapro Asia to be the official mobility partner of the 30th SEA Games and the 10th ASEAN Para Games.

There will be 80 MG vehicles to feature the 30th SEA Games logo and these will be used to transport athletes and teams to and from games. These special edition MG 30th SEA Games edition vehicles will be scattered and seen in various parts of the country during the much-awaited, multi-sport biennial event.

The full lineup of MG vehicles including the MG 5 sedan, the RX5 SUV, the ZS Crossover SUV, and the MG 6 Fastback Sedan will be featured during the entirety of the 30th SEA Games.

This partnership is part of MG wanting to channel youthful energy as well as celebrate the pursuit of excellence. According to the company, the same values that drive MG forward: discipline, honesty, innovation, hard work, character, and fun are mirrored in each and every SEA Games athlete.

MG Philippines President & CEO Atty. Alberto B. Arcilla, says: “To be part of the 30th Southeast Asian games—an edition that features so many milestones and firsts—is a distinct honor for us at MG Philippines. As the Official Mobility Partner of the 30th SEA Games, we are grateful to provide meaningful assistance to all local and international athletes and teams by equipping them with safe, comfortable, and stylish rides for the duration of the games.”

 

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Redmi K30 could have a 120Hz display, 60MP camera

Another premium offering is on its way

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The rumor mills are overclocking and suggest Redmi could have a surprise for all of us. At the Xiaomi Developer Conference (MIDC), Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun confirmed that the Redmi K30 5G will launch in December.

According to strings in MIUI 11’s code, Redmi K30 will reportedly feature a 120Hz display, a feature that has been limited to flagship phones for now. XDA-Developers has spotted the mention in MIUI 11 nightly builds of an upcoming Xiaomi smartphone codenamed “Phoenix”, which is tipped to debut as the Redmi K30.

The code also suggests it’ll have a dual-camera punch-hole cutout and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The final major feature spotted was confirmation that the device supports Sony’s IMX686 camera sensor

Redmi has successfully turned itself into a separate brand this year and they’ve been experimenting with new waters. Earlier, the brand was restricted to the affordable segment and had ancillary revenue sources like ads to offer aggressive pricing.

This slightly changed with the launch of the Redmi K20 series. Targeted as a premium offering, it came with midrange specifications and a competitive price. Realme has followed the same path with its recently launched Realme X2 Pro.

Similar to the Redmi K20, the soon-to-launch Redmi K30 is also expected to be powered by Snapdragon 700 processor. Details about the beefier Redmi K30 Pro are scarce at the moment but rumors indicate it could be powered by a flagship processor.

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