Redmi Note 9, Note 9 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

Power-packed beauty!



Redmi’s popular Note series got an upgrade this year and it’s coming to the Philippines!

Redmi Note 9

The Redmi Note 9 prides itself with a 5020mAh battery capable of 18W fast charging, an immersive Gorilla glass-protected 6.53-inch FHD+ DotDisplay, and a quad-camera setup: 48-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, 2-megapixel macro lens, and 2-megapixel depth sensor. In front, it has a 13-megapixel front camera housed in a punch-hole design.

It’s powered by MediaTek’s Helio G85 (12mn) and runs on MIUI 11 based on Android 10. It’s also backed up by 128GB of internal storage and 4GB RAM!

Redmi Note 9 Pro

Meanwhile, the Redmi Note 9 Pro runs a similar yet slightly better specifications than its base model. This Pro variant boasts with an even better quad-camera setup: 64-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, 5-megapixel macro lens, and 2-megapixel depth sensor.

It’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 720G (8nm), with internals of up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The Redmi Note 9 Pro sports the same 5020mAh battery, but with a speedy 30W fast charge capability.

Moreover, it’s equipped with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both its front and back panels, protecting its 6.67″ FHD+ DotDisplay. Furthermore, it has its fan-favorite features: Side-mounted fingerprint sensor and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Price and availability

The Redmi Note 9 comes in Interstellar Grey, Aurora Blue, and Glacier White. Its suggested retail price is PhP 7,990 for the 3GB/64GB variant and Php 9,990 for the 4GB/128GB variant.

It will be available at the official Xiaomi stores on Shopee starting May 27, 2020, and on Lazada starting June 4, 2020. Xiaomi will offer PhP 500 off on the 3GB/64GB variant during their first day on the e-commerce platforms.

On the other hand, the Redmi Note 9 Pro comes in Interstellar Grey, Tropical Green, and Glacier White. It’s currently offered in two variants: PhP 12,490 for 6GB/64GB and PhP 13,990 for 6GB/128GB. It will be available starting June 4, 2020, at the official Xiaomi Flagship Store on Lazada — offering PhP 500 off on the 6GB/64GB variant on that day only.

SEE ALSO: Redmi Note 9 with quad-cameras, huge 5020mAh battery is now official


Lenovo Legion confirmed to launch on July 22

One of the first phones to have Snapdragon 865 Plus



Between the ROG Phone 3 and the Lenovo Legion, the gaming smartphone wars is turning up the heat. As of late, ASUS’s ROG Phone 3 has made more waves than its Lenovo counterpart. Now, we know a lot about the device’s specifications and potential launch date. Of course, Lenovo will eventually take its turn in the limelight.

Recently, Lenovo has confirmed more details about its gaming phone, the Lenovo Legion. Posted on Weibo, the company is launching the Legion on July 22, at 7:30 p.m. (presumably in China).

Besides the official launch date, the included poster also confirms the device’s chipset. As was also confirmed by Qualcomm earlier, the Lenovo Legion will tout the Snapdragon 865 Plus — one of the first phones to have the new chipset.

Of course, we already know a lot about the Lenovo Legion based on previous rumors. Most notably, the device will have a high-RPM cooling fan, maintaining a good temperature for high-performance gaming. It might also get a side pop-up camera. It will have two USB-C ports; one on the bottom and another on the side, enabling easy charging depending on how you’re using the phone. Finally, it will have a sizable 5050mAh battery.

If you’re a fan of gaming smartphones, July is a perfect month to get a new model. Besides the Lenovo Legion, the ROG Phone 3 is also expected to launch sometime this month.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo Legion 5, Legion Tower 5i coming to Philippines

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Apple: Don’t cover your MacBook webcams

Might damage your screen



Lately, the conversation surround cybersecurity has ramped up. Users are making sure that no one is spying on them through their favorite devices. One of the most popular ways of doing so is placing a cover on a laptop’s built-in webcam. However, Apple has issued an official warning against the obscuring method.

Reported by MacRumors, Apple has posted a new support page on its official website about closing a MacBook with a cover attached. Apparently, doing so can severely damage your screen. The laptop wasn’t designed for such use, Apple says. Further, covering your webcam can affect the different sensors on the device.

In lieu of a physical cover, Apple is asking users to trust the green indicator light instead. According to the page, “the camera is engineered so that it can’t activate without the camera indicator light also turning on.”

Of course, trusting a device’s hardware isn’t always the best option. If absolutely needed, Apple has issued a few criteria for appropriate covers: thinner than 0.1mm (or about the thickness of a piece of printer paper), no adhesive residue, and removing the cover whenever closing the device.

With camera covers becoming all the rage, issuing some safety tips might be the best course of action for the MacBook maker. Certainly, people will still cover their devices despite warnings. And more certainly, people will still remain wary about malicious parties spying on their cameras.

SEE ALSO: Apple will stop using Intel in MacBooks next year

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Samsung starts making smartwatches in India

Includes an entire range of 18 smartwatches



Samsung has launched the Galaxy Watch Active 2 4G Aluminium edition in India. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 has been available in the country for quite some time, but there’s something special about the Aluminium edition.

It’s the first Samsung smartwatch to be built in India. The brand said it has started manufacturing its entire range of 18 smartwatches in India as part of the Make for India program. The company has been making phones in India for years, but wearables were usually imported.

Samsung has a huge production facility in Noida, India. Smartphones are also built for export and the plant can be expanded further depending on demand. Amid the call to avoid foreign goods, Indians are actively looking for options that are made or designed in India.

Coming to the watch, it’s priced at INR 28,490 (US$ 378) and shall be available in Cloud Silver, Aqua Black, and Pink Gold color options.

It sports a 1.4-inch Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass DX+ for protection. The smartwatch is IP68 certified and rated to work at a maximum pressure of up to 5ATM. It runs on Tizen OS with 1.5GB RAM and 4GB internal storage.

Once connected to a phone, it can also access the smartphone camera, videos, and use Wireless PowerShare to transfer data quickly.

It has e-SIM connectivity that enables calls, messages, and notifications on-the-go. Lastly, it’s equipped with a heart-rate sensor, ECG sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, and ambient light sensor.

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