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


Xiaomi Mi 11: Price and availability in the Philippines

The flagship for everyone?



One of the first smartphones to sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset officially arrives in the Philippines as Xiaomi launches the Mi 11.

Teased and leaked almost incessantly, the device was first launched in China in late December and released globally early in February 2021.

What are you getting with the Mi 11? First off, it has a sizable 6.81-inch AMOLED screen, outputting images in 1440p and 120Hz. The screen is reportedly a new 10-bit panel with up to 8192 brightness levels and 480Hz touch input rate.

Much like most flagships released so far, this phone has support for 5G — a feature that will likely be norm this year and beyond.

It comes with a triple rear camera setup: 108-megapixel main + 13-megapixel ultra-wide + 5-megapixel telemacro. Xiaomi put a bunch of AI video features for you to play with like Parallel World, Freeze Frame video, and more. The front panel has a top-left punch-hole camera, Xiaomi did not explicitly showcase the front-facing selfie camera’s specs.

It will come with MiUI12 out of the box —  possibly the least bloatware-infested version of the said Android skin.

Xiaomi isn’t including an 18W charger. Instead, it comes with a 55W charger which can juice up the 4,600mAh battery from 0 to 100 percent in 45 minutes.

Pricing and availability

The Xiaomi Mi 11 comes in 8GB+256GB variant with enhanced LPDDR5 3200MHz RAM + UFS 3.1 storage. It will retail at PhP 36,990 starting from March 13, and will be available at Xiaomi official stores on Lazada and Shopee, and offline at Authorized Mi Stores and other official retailers in Philippines.

Mi 11 will come in two color options: Midnight Gray and Horizon Blue. Mi Fans who order during the pre-order period starting March 5 will get additional Xiaomi freebies.

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Future MacBook Pro models will have an HDMI port again

One less dongle to carry



Just a few weeks ago, rumors started spreading that future MacBook Pro models will likely have an SD card reader. It seems like Apple is not  stopping there, as famed tipster Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that future models will feature an HDMI port once again.

The change will be a significant one for Apple. All MacBook Pro models today only feature the USB-C port, so a dongle is necessary for connecting to other devices and peripherals. The inclusion of an HDMI port will also eliminate the need for dongles and will appease power users who require the port for their workflow. HDMI ports are still present on many devices especially on displays, which in some cases only have one or two of these ports.

Aside from the inclusion of an HDMI port, Kuo also predicts that the new MacBook Pro models will be a major redesign, featuring flat edges like those found in the latest iPhone and iPad models. The divisive Touch Bar is also going away on the new models, as per Kuo’s predictions.

Other rumors point to Apple resurrecting the MagSafe connector which is present on older models. However, it is unclear how the company plans to reintroduce the connector. Others are speculating a novel mechanism for wireless charging on the new models should Apple reintroduce MagSafe.

These new MacBook Pro models will come with either a 14-inch or 16-inch display. Both models will also likely sport a much beefier processor than the M1. Apple is expected to launch the new MacBook Pro in the second half of 2021.

h/t: MacRumors

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LG opens up webOS, third-party makers can now use the platform

Android TV has competition




LG has announced that its proprietary operating system, webOS, will now be available for third parties. TV’s manufactured by other brands such as RCA, Ayonz, and Konka will soon ship with WebOS pre-installed.

The South Korean tech giant has announced that the webOS TV platform ecosystem will be licensed to other brands. More than 20 TV manufacturers from around the world have “committed to the webOS partnership, including brands such as RCA, Ayonz and Konka with more partners expected to join in the future”.

Speaking more over the development, Park Hyoung-sei, president of the LG said the platform is one of the easiest ways to access millions of hours of movies and TV shows.

The announcement is considered a milestone because Google’s Android TV has dominated this segment for the longest time. Sony is among the most popular ones to leverage Android TV via its Bravia lineup. In fact, Xiaomi and a plethora of TV makers actually use Android TV underneath their own skin like PatchWall.

LG had kept the OS exclusive for its smart TVs, but the comparatively smaller ecosystem limits it from reaching its full potential. With more partners, the number of TVs with WebOS shall increase, in turn, attracting developers to the platform.

Unfortunately, LG isn’t offering webOS 6.0 to other TV brands, and the licensing is based on the older webOS 5.0 release. Hopefully, this shall change in the coming future with rising interest from more companies.

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