realme 8 5G is now official in Singapore

A powerful mid-range contender



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The all-new Realme 8 5G with the Supersonic Blue color variant

realme has come up with a phone that will cater to the versatile midrange market. Can the realme 8 5G stand out?

A successor to the realme 7 5G,  the realme 8 5G has a 6.5-inch IPS LCD, 1080p, 90Hz ultra smooth display and it’s fueled by the all-new Dimensity 700 5G processor. It has 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage up to 1TB made possible by a 3-card slot (MicroSD). Additionally, the Realme 8 5G’s RAM is also expandable; courtesy of the newly developed RAM Expansion Technology (DRE) – converting ROM to virtual RAM.

Long live the battery life as the realme 8 5G boasts a 5000mAh battery with 18W quick charge. As the usage of 5G will consume more power, realme introduces smart 5G power saving — it optimizes the settings of your phone depending on your usage and activity. By activating smart 5G power saving, consumers can now enjoy a prolonged usage with no sacrifices made.  It also has a fingerprint scanner on the side, another quick, accurate and convenient way to unlock your phone.

The realme 8 5G comes in the “Supersonic Blue” colorway currently available in Singapore; the “Supersonic Black”(as shown in realme India’s website) is another colorway we hope to be available soon. It’s only 8.5mm thin and 185g so the phone sits comfortably at the palm of your hand.


realme’s triple camera system for the 8 5G is nothing to sneeze on. It has a 48MP high-definition primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, B&W portrait lens f/2.4, and 4cm macro lens f/2.4 as well. With the inclusion of nightscape and the respectable aperture it can capture good low-light photos; in addition to that you also get 5 nightscape filters to enhance your low-light photos. Going to the front we have the 16MP in-display selfie camera with a sizeable f/2.1 aperture along with AI beauty and portrait mode.

For videos, the Realme 8 5G can shoot up to 1080P at 30FPS — leaving out 4K capabilities and the 60FPS option. Your videos will stand up against the competition as it has an amazing color and contrast production and partnered with an impressive HDR. UIS video stabilization is supported by the front and back camera systems.

5G Development

realme will establish seven dedicated 5G Research and Development teams across the globe to provide a seamless and hassle-free 5G experience to its consumers with Southeast Asia, Europe and India as the priority markets.

Operating system

The phone is equipped with Android 11 with realme UI 2.0 on top.

Price and Availability

The realme 8 5G (8 + 128GB) will be available for purchase on May 29, 2021, the retail price is S$399. The Supersonic Blue colorway is available for pre-orders starting on May 20 – May 28, only available on Realme’s flaghsip stores Lazada. The pre-order package includes the Buds Air Pro and a Powerbank (worth SGD208) free with pre-orders (While stocks last).




Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1

And Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 1



The second half of this year’s smartphones are coming. Naturally, each smartphone needs a capable processor to make itself more special among today’s crop of devices. Signaling the start of the next slate of devices, Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1.

A lot of current lineups have already launched for the year. However, we’re still missing some of the more premium offerings today. The new Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 will power the next generation for the year. And, according to Qualcomm, the chipset will deliver 10 percent faster CPU and GPU performance. It will also use 15 percent less power, squeezing out an extra hour of usage.

The chipset will focus more on performance. Even if the smartphone heats up from all the gaming, the processor can keep up with delivering sustained performance.

Though the list of confirmed devices is still a bit sparse today, companies have already promised to use the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1. These include Honor, iQOO, Lenovo, Motorola, OnePlus, OPPO, realme, vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE. As expected, gaming brands are also signing up like ASUS’s Republic of Gamers and Black Shark.

Ironically, that’s not even the gaming processor, according to Qualcomm. The company also released the Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 1, which reportedly touts a 20 percent boost to GPU performance. Honor, OPPO, and Xiaomi are already making phones with the chipset.

SEE ALSO: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 beats Apple A15 Bionic in early tests

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Netflix is losing a lot of long-term subscribers

People are switching



The Netflix revolution was indeed televised. However, after enjoying years of success as the streaming platform of choice, a lot of users are now leaving Netflix for greener pastures. Over the past few months, the company has struggled to patch its failures. A recently released data report does confirm that the platform has a right to worry. More and more long-term subscribers are reportedly cutting their subscriptions short.

According to The Information, around 13 percent of Netflix cancelers in the past quarter are from accounts that have been with the platform for over three years. The data, which was reportedly obtained from Antenna, pegs cancelations at around 3.6 million Americans, a big increase from the 2.5 million of the past five quarters.

Though 13 percent isn’t exactly a giant figure, it’s still a blow to Netflix’s empire. While streaming platform rightly focus on gaining new subscribers, losing the loyalty of long-term users isn’t something to shrug off.

Since announcing lost expectations, Netflix announced ways to save on costs and retain its subscribers. Other methods include canceling projects, opening a games division, and potentially charging users more for account sharing. Naturally, not every plan hits users the same way.

In the meantime, other platforms — like Disney+, HBO, and Hulu — are attracting more users with more varied and exclusive content. Regardless, Netflix is skidding down a slope. Only time will tell whether its latest strategies will stave off more losses.

SEE ALSO: Netflix is experimenting with livestreaming content

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IFA 2022 gets greenlit for in-person event

A stunning return



The COVID-19 pandemic has rightly locked the tech industry into a standstill. It was vastly unsafe to congregate in groups for fear of contracting the virus. However, with vaccines and better healthcare, the world is slowly going back to normal. Events which were once canceled are now returning to the big stage. Joining that roster, IFA 2022 has now received the greenlight for an official event this year.

It’s been two years since the last IFA event. While 2020 was the height of the pandemic, the event’s organizers also canceled a return last year amid the resurgence of other variants. Now, all obstacles are gone.

IFA Berlin has officially confirmed that IFA 2022 will take place between September 2 through 6. Super-early-bird tickets are already available for EUR 35 if you happen to be in the area.

More importantly, the organizers are also confirming that two-thirds of the event’s exhibitors are going back to the event for presentations. Likewise, retail groups will make a return to Berlin.

Berlin isn’t the only major event making a return this year. Computex has also announced an in-person event this year between May 24 to 27. Likewise, MWC 2022 happened earlier this year, spotlighting major players in the industry.

SEE ALSO: GadgetMatch Awards: Best of IFA 2019

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