realme C15: Price and availability in the Philippines

A powerful budget smartphone under PhP 7K



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Just days after the Indian launch, realme officially launches the C15 in the Philippines.

One among the firsts

The realme C15 is the first 6,000mAh-equipped smartphone that made its way in the Philippines. With an 18W fast charging technology, it can charge quickly through its microUSB port — especially with the bundled 9V/2A fast charger.

It also features an OTG reverse charging that can charge up other devices in need. It’s expected to run 57 days on standby mode, 60 hours of music playback with Spotify, 28 hours worth of YouTube videos, all-day Instagram, and even ten hours of gaming with PUBG.

Just like the realme C11, it runs on MediaTek Helio G35 processor but now comes in either 3GB or 4GB RAM options. There’s also a larger 64GB base storage with the ability to expand up to 256GB through microSD card slot that sits beside its dual nano SIM card slots.

Display is also similar. It has a 720p IPS LCD display that measures at 6.5-inches with 20:9 aspect ratio. It has a Mini-drop notch that houses an 8-megapixel AI front camera for clearer selfies.

Flipping the phone reveals a newer geometric gradient design — which they claim as a first on their phones. It’s a trapezoid that divides its back into three areas that all shine in varying angles when hit by light. It’s also textured which adds a better holding grip and makes it less prone to fingerprint smudges.

Other than that, it’s also the first C-series smartphone from realme that packs a quad-rear camera setup. The trendy square camera cutout houses its 13-megapixel f/2.2 AI wide camera that’s meant for your usual day-to-night scenarios. You can also get more fun and quirky with its 8-megapixel Ultra-Wide lens with a wider 109-degree FoV (Field of View). The two extra lens at the back are 2-megapixel f/2.4 B/W and retro sensors, both responsible for delivering better black and white and portrait shots altogether.

Other than the usual PIN and Face Unlock options, it now has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner (which the realme C11 lacks) for better security. It runs on the latest version of Android 10 with the realme UI skin — a close experience to stock Android. There are also built-in software apps and optimizations that make it run faster and last longer.

Pricing and Availability

The realme C15 is available in either Seagull Silver or Marine Blue color variants. The 3GB/64GB configuration is now available for purchase today (August 20) via Lazada at just PhP 6,490. If you’re willing to spend PhP 500 more, there’s another 4GB/64GB variant that retails for PhP 6,990. They will start selling the latter variant on August 21 (Friday) both online and offline stores nationwide.

A special artsy box awaits you

The realme C15 comes with an artsy doodle box designed by Vince Ricohermoso — a fan/artist who decorated his conventional realme C2 box with doodles and won in the #realmedoodlechallenge.

The doodle art is designed by Vince Ricohermoso, who’s also a realme fan

If you’re a die-hard realme fan who wants to collect a product packaging that you will never want to throw away, you can get this online-exclusive PH Squad Edition Box together with a 3GB/64GB-configured realme C15 for the same price at PhP 6,490 with only 1,000 units available. It will also be available today (August 20) through realme’s Lazada shop.

If you can’t get one today, they will have another batch through the realme Super Brand Day on August 28 (Friday).

SEE ALSO: realme C15 review: A realme C11 on steroids


PUBG Mobile is making a comeback as Battlegrounds Mobile India

Will be exclusive to India



Battlegrounds Mobile

After an excruciating wait, it’s official — PUBG Mobile is coming back to India. But this time, it’ll have a new name: Battlegrounds Mobile India with some added features, and an India-centric focus.

Krafton, the game’s developer, has announced it’ll be launching the Battlegrounds Mobile India soon. The game will bring an AAA-rated multiplayer experience alongside exclusive in-game events, tournaments, and leagues. While a launch date isn’t available, Krafton did confirm that pre-registration will be opened up soon.

The game will be free-to-play and incorporate the same battle royale concept that made it popular. Although, little detail is available about maps, guns, vehicles, and the plot (if there is any) of the game.

Furthermore, the game’s developer said that it would comply with all local laws and compliances. This includes data localization — storage of data within Indian borders. The announcement has cheered millions of players in the country who’ve been waiting for an alternative ever since the primary game was barred.

Why PUBG had to go

In mid-2020, India and China were involved in a fatal border skirmish that left many casualties on both sides. Following the conflict, India took a stringent anti-China stance and banned a host of apps that were developed or backed by Chinese companies. TikTok, owned by ByteDance, was among the first to come under the hammer.

PUBG Mobile was also included in the ban because Chinese giant Tencent was a distribution partner of the game. Following the ban, Krafton quickly removed Tencent from the agreement and announced plans to launch a new game independent of any Chinese influence.

Indian developers rode the hype wave, and many TikTok clones were touted as the next big thing. On the same lines, nCore Studios tried to bridge the gap by launching FAU-G, but it was a colossal failure. In fact, it still doesn’t have a battle royale mode, so it’s safe to assume Call of Duty: Mobile is the only practical alternative left for users right now.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE leaks, will enter production in July

And could launch in August



Galaxy S21 FE

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is reported to be in the works, and its production may start sometime in July. It will be an upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, which was launched last year.

According to @DSCCRoss on Twitter, the Galaxy S21 FE will enter production in July, just a month before its expected launch. The Galaxy S21 FE will likely be part of Samsung’s Unpacked event in August, where it usually also launches foldable phones. A noted analyst of DisplaySearch backs his claim.


The phone is said to come in four color options: gray, light green, light violet, and white. The predecessor also had colorful options, so it’s not surprising to see the palette selection here.

In terms of design, it will look like the Galaxy S21 based on leaked renders. It will feature a punch-hole display and three rear cameras. Rumors have also suggested that it’ll have a “glastic” construction. It consists of a polycarbonate construction that feels like glass. The Note 10 Lite sported a similar design too.

In terms of specs, Galaxy S21 FE is said to feature a 6.4-inch AMOLED display, and it will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 or Exynos 2100 processor. In line with all Galaxy-branded phones, it’ll run on OneUI out-of-the-box.

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TikTok, Reels clone YouTube Shorts launches in the US

Everyone wants a piece of the pie




YouTube unveiled its short-video-making tool called Shorts last year, but it was in beta and limited to India. Shorts is now available to all creators in the US after testing them with select creators.

The initial release was quite hasty as it was supposed to bridge the vacuum left by TikTok’s ban in India. However, Instagram was much faster and well prepared to take on the challenge, dominating the turf over many local apps like Chingari, Roposo, and MX TakaTak.

YouTube is also adding a dedicated space in the bottom tab by replacing the explore button. In India, YouTube Shorts has a dedicated space on the top bar of the app. YouTube also displays Shorts in the home feed of the app after around 2-3 videos.

The goal is to incorporate a short video format in the existing app. While watching a “short”, users can tap on the music option to hear the full song via YouTube. Soon, the feature also will work the other way: From a YouTube music video, you will be able to click a “create” button right from the video to make your own Short.

Shorts will expand

The video platform’s music team has signed licensing agreements to use snippets of millions of songs from over 250 labels and publishers. It plans to expand Shorts to more markets later this year but it hasn’t specified which ones.

Ahead of the US launch, a bunch of new features has been added as well. There’s now an option to record 60-second clips in addition to the 15-second option. But users will not be able to add music from the YouTube library to 60-second Shorts. There are also new filters and effects in the YouTube Shorts camera.

In its most recent earnings report, YouTube confirmed that Shorts were generating 6.5 billion daily views, a substantial uptick over the 3.5 billion daily views that the feature was generating in late January.

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