Realme will update all phones to Android 9 Pie starting May

In preparation for Android Q



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While Android Q is brewing, phone manufacturers are trying to catch up with Android 9 Pie. OPPO‘s sub-brand, Realme, is making sure they have updated all their devices before the next major version of Android gets released.

The company has been on a roll lately in the budget segment with the Realme 3 and Realme 3 Pro (both already have Pie by the way), but they aren’t forgetting their older releases. Good news for Realme fans and phone owners, the company has announced its plans to bring Android Pie beta starting this month.

Through a forum post, Realme unveiled that last year’s Realme 2 Pro is first in line for the beta testing on May 15. It’ll be followed by the Realme 1 (the company’s first phone) and the Realme U1 on June 5. The budget-oriented Realme 2 and Realme C1 will get the beta software by June 15.

Quite a tight schedule for Realme to deliver, but they also promise to have the final build 15 to 20 days after the beta testing. If things will go well, Realme could rollout Pie as early as next month.

The Android Pie update for Realme phones will come with Color OS 6 on top, which will feature the customizations by Realme (or maybe OPPO?). The company also mentioned that it’ll have a stock recovery tool to aid when problems arise during the testing period.

Regarding Android Q, Realme also answered a few key questions about Realme 3 Pro’s participation in its beta testing. For now, Realme doesn’t know if older phones will get Android Q as well.

SEE ALSO: Here’s why OPPO created a new brand called Realme


Sony Xperia 1 II coming to Singapore

Monster of a smartphone camera hitting us later in the year



The world’s first smartphone with up to 20FPS AF/AE tracking burst — the Sony Xperia 1 II — is coming to Singapore.

Some of the more notable improvements from its predecessor are as follows: new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chip, support for 5G, and a single storage option of 256GB.

However, the headlining features are its camera capabilities. Specifically the following:

  • 20FPS burst shooting with 60 times per second AF/AE3 calculations from Sony’s Alpha interchangeable lens cameras.
  • Creator mode and cinema recording function Cinematography Pro “powered by CineAlta” from Sony’s professional solutions business division
  • X1 for mobile based on technology from BRAVIA TV

The camera system is still a triple 12-megapixel setup but it now has larger sensors and ZEISS optics. The cameras are also calibrated by ZEISS and the lens have a special ZEISS T anti-reflective coating on them. Optical zoom is one-step further with three times magnification instead of two.

It has a 6.5-inch 4K OLED Display with a cinematic 21:9 Aspect Ratio and is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

Availablity in Singapore

The Xperia 1 II in Black, Purple and White will be available in Singapore in Q4 of 2020 at Sony StoresSony Store Online, and the Sony flagship store on Lazada. Price information will be available at a later date while a registration of interest can be done at this link.

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OPPO Enco W31 now official

With ‘Environment Noise Cancellation’



OPPO just announced the pricing and availability of one more TWS headphones option — the OPPO Enco W31.

It has dual microphones that enables the Environment Noise Cancellation feature. OPPO says it shuts out the noise enough so you can focus on whatever you need to focus on, free from any noise distractions.

For sound quality, it has a bass and balance mode for what they say is “high-definition sound quality and rhythmic bass for lifelike audio.” It has tap and touch controls and supports a voice assistant.

It promises up to 15 hours of music playback and up to 12 hours of call time with the charging case. Fully charging the earphones will take only 2.5 hours. It also has an IP54 rating for dust and water resistance.

The OPPO Enco W31 retails for PhP 2990 (US$ 61) and is available for purchase on all open OPPO concept and online stores, official dealers, as well as Shopee and Lazada.

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HP P22H rotating monitor now official in the Philippines

It can rotate to 90-degrees



HP is bringing its P22H monitor to the Philippines. It’s targeted towards business professionals and has features some noteworthy specs that are worth looking at, especially for those buying a secondary monitor for their remote work setup.

The HP P22H monitor has a 21.5-inch display with 1920×1080 resolution. Colors and details pop out more, allowing for a comfortable viewing experience. Plus, it has a three-sided micro-edge bezel to ensure that documents and contents stand out.

There’s also a plethora of ports available on the monitor. It comes with the standard HDMI and DisplayPort connector. Professionals who need to connect older devices may also do so with a VGA connector.

The stand out feature for this monitor though is its viewing configuration. HP P22H allows up to 100mm of adjustable height for optimal viewing. It can also swivel and tilt up to various degrees. Finally, professionals can pivot the whole monitor to 90 degrees — perfect for viewing long documents and spreadsheets.

HP’s newest business monitor is now available on Lazada for PhP 8,440 (US$ 170). All monitor purchases come with a standard three-year warranty for the buyers’ peace of mind.

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