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Qualcomm launches the Snapdragon 870

Minor upgrade to the Snapdragon 865 series

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Qualcomm’s lineup is getting packed. Late last month, the company launched the Snapdragon 888 processor, potentially ending last year’s Snapdragon 865 series. Apparently, it’s not done with last year’s series yet. Today, Qualcomm launched the Snapdragon 870, a minor upgrade to the Snapdragon 865 and the Snapdragon 865 Plus.

Unlike the bombastic promise of the Snapdragon 888, the new Snapdragon 870 practically carries the same specs as the Snapdragon 865 series. However, it clocks in just a bit faster than last year’s series. While the Snapdragon 865 clocks in at only 2.84GHz, the new chipset clocks in at 3.2GHz. Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 865 Plus lags just a bit behind at 3.1GHz.

Given the identical specs, the Snapdragon 870 ekes out more life from last year’s processors. Though the Snapdragon 888 will certainly adorn this year’s top flagships, it will support flagship-tier smartphones that don’t want that extra oomph.

Unfortunately, Qualcomm’s lineup will surely get more confusing this year. Just remember: The Snapdragon 888 is for top-tier flagships (for now) and the Snapdragon 870 is for almost-top-tier flagships. Plus, since the company skipped quite a bit in the numbering system, Qualcomm can definitely develop more flagship-level processors between the Snapdragon 870 and the Snapdragon 888.

Soon after the announcement, Motorola confirms the first smartphone which will carry the new processor. The upcoming Edge S will launch on January 26.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm acquires Nuvia and Apple’s ex-chief architect

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Xiaomi releases budget Redmi 12C: Price, availability

Starts at just PhP 5,499

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Redmi 12C

Companies continue to redefine what a “budget” smartphone can be capable of, offering customers more for an affordable price point. Xiaomi unveiled its newest entry-level, the Redmi 12C which comes with bigger storage, a larger screen, and better performance.

The phone comes in four colors — Graphite Grey, Ocean Blue, Mint Green, and Lavender Purple. There are three storage and memory capacities:

  • 3GB+32GB: PhP 5,499
  • 4GB+64GB: PhP 6,499
  • 4GB+128GB: PhP 7,499

The Redmi 12C is now available at authorized Xiaomi stores, as well as online via Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok. A free Mi Compact Bluetooth Speaker 2 (worth PhP 599) also awaits purchases until March 31.

At the same time, early birds are also urged to get the 6GB+128GB version for the discounted rate of PhP 8,599, from PhP 8,999, until March 31. This particular model is only available through Xiaomi’s e-commerce platforms and comes with a free Redmi Buds 3.

Better experience

The Redmi 12C is powered by a MediaTek Helio G85 processor and offers smoother usage for daily tasks, along with faster app starts. The phone also has a fingerprint sensor and a 5,000mAh battery for all-day use.

The screen is a larger 6.71-inch HD+ display in a 20.6:9 aspect ratio, which is all part of the stylish flat edge design.

Capture moments

As far as its cameras are concerned, the Redmi 12C comes with a 50MP main camera capable of both HDR and Night Mode. It can film 1080p videos in the standard 30fps.

Complementing this is a simple 5MP selfie camera.

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vivo V27 series 5G now available for preorder; price revealed

The Aura Portrait Master

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vivo V27

vivo’s highly-touted Aura Light — a ring light that effectively replaces the regular flash on the rear of smartphones — on its vivo V27 series 5G made quite the impression from the get-go.

The wait is over for those intrigued about it, as preorders for the latest devices are now available via vivo’s online store.

The series comes in two variants — the vivo V27e which retails for PhP 16,999, and the vivo V27 5G which is priced at PhP 24,999.

Simple, elegant design

Veering away from the matte finish that has become more common in midrange phones, vivo opted for a polished gem-like design for the vivo V27 series.

Both are equipped with 120Hz FHD+ AMOLED screens. The 7.36mm 3D curved screen on the V27 5G is the thinnest yet for a V series phone. Meanwhile, the V27e has a 7.7mm thickness.

There are three colorway choices:

  • Color-changing Emerald Green
  • Lavender Purple
  • Glory Black (specifically for the V27e, which is said to shimmer at night)

Innovative, powerful cameras

As previously mentioned, the vivo V27 series has a f/1.9 IMX766V 50MP ultra-sensing main camera.

This is supported by EIS+OIS dual ultra-stabilization for sharp and high-quality shots even when moving or at night.

The Aura Portrait Algorithm paves the way for impressive image and video-processing yet on a vivo smartphone for its category.

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Are Roblox, MLBB, Call of Duty, Genshin Impact on AppGallery?

Huawei’s App Library gets deeper

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Is it on Huawei AppGallery

This is the question we get asked most when people are curious about a Huawei smartphone. 

It’s no secret to anyone the challenges that Huawei faces.  But they’ve done a wonderful job beefing up their own library of apps. The essentials are there. And now, we’re happy to report that they also added these apps for your mobile gaming pleasure. 

These are: Roblox, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Call of Duty: Mobile, and Genshin Impact. 

Here’s how easy it is to download these apps through the Huawei AppGallery.

WATCH HOW TO DOWNLOAD HERE.

Roblox

Roblox describes itself as “the ultimate virtual universe that lets you create, share experiences with friends”. 

It appears to be very popular with kids. And some K-Pop groups have even launched partnerships with the game during their mini album releases.

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang or simply Mobile Legends is a game many of you should be familiar with, especially if you live in Southeast Asia. 

It’s become the de facto MOBA game for many in the region. So much so that huge tournaments have been held over the past few years.

Call of Duty: Mobile

Call of Duty is already a popular franchise on its own. It also found huge success in Asia with its mobile version. 

Call of Duty is no stranger to seasonal content as even their flagship titles operate in the same manner year after year. This is likely why players keep coming back. 

Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact took the world by storm when it first launched in 2020. The anime-like art style along with the engaging gameplay and story made it a huge hit. 

HoYoverse continues to provide fresh content to this day, expanding the already vast world in the game. 

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