realme 7i price and availability in the Philippines

A few upgrades from the realme 6i



realme 7i

The realme 7i was first announced in India and the successor to the realme 6i has now made its way to the Philippines.

This latest from realme features upgrades over the realme 6i in three major areas: processor, display, and cameras.

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Processor MediaTek Helio G80 Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
Display 60Hz screen refresh rate 90Hz screen refresh rate
Cameras 48MP wide angle

8MP ultra-wide angle

8MP macro

2MP depth

64MP wide

8MP ultra-wide

2MP monochrome

2MP depth sensor


The camera part is debatable depending on what you usually photograph. They also have very distinct design differences. The realme 6i featured multiple stripes on its back while the realme 7i has a more solid gradient look.

Elsewhere on the phone is a 16MP selfie camera, 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging, and a rear fingerprint sensor. The realme 6i was also available in multiple configurations: 3GB + 64GB and 4GB +128GB while the realme 7i is taking straight all the way up to 8GB+128GB.

It does have three card slots: two for SIM cards and one MicroSD to expand storage up to 256GB.

Pricing and availability

The realme 7i  in the Philippines comes in two colors: Polar Blue and Aurora Green. It retails for PhP 11,990.

Online Early Bird Sale:
12MN, October 22.
Exclusive on LazMall and Shopee
PhP 1,000 discount on the realme 7i

Offline Availability:
Available in stores nationwide starting October 24
October 24 and 25 — In-store purchasers get a free realme Band worth PhP 1,390

It’s also available via:
HOME CREDIT – 0% 6-month Home Credit plan only.
CREDIT CARD – 0% 6-months on major credit cards


India’s new SMS regulation creates havoc for banks, essential services

SMS deliveries have been down for days



Indian telecom service providers started implementing the second phase of a new SMS regulation, disrupting essential services like OTP (one-time passwords), bank updates, and e-commerce messages. This is an industry-wide issue affecting everything, including India’s identity verification program called Aadhaar and the Coronavirus vaccination portal called CoWIN.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recently issued a guideline that mandated verifying every SMS and its content before delivery. The process is technically called scrubbing and was implemented on March 8, 2021. As a result, unverified and unregistered SMS messages were blocked by telcos.

TRAI says that scrubbing helps reduce spam or misleading messages that pretend to be from a financial institution. The process helps in differentiating between promotional and transactional messages. To control fraud, a blockchain-based solution is used by telcos to check every SMS’ header and content. If the source isn’t registered, the message won’t go through.

Telcos say that they simply followed the upgrade regulations and that telemarketers and companies are yet to join the formal registration process. Unfortunately, neither the telcos nor the banks have issued a statement to address public outrage.

Every transaction done by a credit or debit card is authenticated on the spot via a preset PIN or SMS OTP in India. For online transactions, a vast majority of users rely on OTPs, and these just aren’t getting delivered. Even SMS updates about a transaction aren’t able to go through. Telcos pushed back and pinned the blame on companies and their lax adoption, which have failed to comply with regulatory standards.

According to BloombergQuint, Axis Bank, one of India’s largest private banks, can deliver only 25 to 30 percent of the total messages. In the meantime, users are suggested to rely on alternative authentication services like Verified by Visa.

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Huawei P50 will launch with HarmonyOS out of the box

Bye Android



Because of the ongoing American ban, Huawei is rapidly plummeting down the ranks. Though the company is already struggling to replace multiple components across the board, everything started with the loss of Google. Fortunately, they are already developing an Android alternative called HarmonyOS. However, the supposedly independent operating system is still nowhere to be found. Reportedly, its time has come. According to a Weibo source, the Huawei P50 series will come with HarmonyOS out of the box.

In the now-deleted source (captured by GSMArena), Huawei has already completed the second beta testing phase of its upcoming HarmonyOS and is readying for its third phase. Further, a final release is impending. According to the source, the upcoming P50 series will already come with the system from the get-go.

For existing Huawei users, though, the HarmonyOS beta is already available for anyone who wants to opt in. Naturally, doing so might not be the best decision yet, especially since it’s still in beta. Further, the ecosystem is still building itself into a thriving one.

Despite the software’s continuous development, it hasn’t been free from controversy. According to past rumors, HarmonyOS is apparently still based on Android’s software, specifically AOSP. If it’s true by the final release, the company hasn’t strayed away from its Android roots.

The Huawei P50 series is set to launch sometime this month.

SEE ALSO: Huawei P50 series still coming in March

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Huawei Mate 40 Pro now available with Smart postpaid plans

Starting at PhP 2,899 per month



Huawei’s latest flagship, the Mate 40 Pro, can now be had on Smart’s Signature postpaid plans. For as low as PhP 2,899 per month, you can have the latest and the greatest from Huawei plus all the perks from Smart.

The perks include 15GB of data with rollover, unlimited texts and calls to all networks, and free 150 minutes of calls to local PLDT numbers. You will need to pay a PhP 9,800 one-time cashout.

If you want to make the most out of your device plan, apply now until March 31 to get a free, exclusive ring light case worth PhP 3,999. Physical store applications will net you a free wireless table lamp worth PhP 2,499 from March 12 to April 30.

Freebies for Huawei devices

Now is the best time also to check out Smart’s postpaid plans for Huawei devices. Every Huawei P40 Pro+, Nova series, and Y series postpaid plans now come with freebies worth up to PhP 20,990. You can grab this amazing deal only at Smart stores nationwide until March 31, 2021.

To know more about this offer, visit Smart’s website today.

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