Samsung Galaxy A34 5G: Price, availability in the Philippines

Still an awesome midranger?



Galaxy A34

Samsung maintains its dominance in the midrange segment, bringing the Samsung Galaxy A34 5G.

The Galaxy A34 comes with a familiar look with a resemblance to the Samsung Galaxy S23 series. With this upgrade, Samsung aims to have a premium vibe and near-flagship performance at an accessible price. It now has a matte-like back panel with a prism pattern.

Awesome screen

Upfront, it has a 6.6-inch FHD+ Infinity-U display with a Super AMOLED screen. It also uses a balanced 19.5:9 aspect ratio with a 120Hz refresh rate apt for social media scrolling.

With 1000 nits of brightness and a vision booster, it’s now easier to watch and scroll under direct sunlight.

Awesome camera

Samsung takes it up a notch when it comes to photography and videography, equipping the Galaxy A34 5G with a 48-megapixel OIS f/1.8 main camera. It’s supported by an 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide camera and a 5-megapixel macro f/2.4 lens.

Its selfie shooter, found on the notch, houses a 13-megapixel f/2.2 lens.

Long-lasting battery life

With a better MediaTek Dimensity 1080, the Galaxy A34 5G delivers a 17% increase in CPU and a 14% increase in GPU. It also promises super-fast 5G connectivity and a 5000mAh battery capable of 25W fast charging.

The Galaxy A34 can get up to 52% battery on a 30-minute charge, and an 82-minute charging time for a fully-charged battery.

Awesome experience

True to its tagline, the Galaxy A34 delivers an awesome experience with more features Galaxy A is known for. From a design made with eco-friendly and recycled materials, on-point software and hardware security, a Dolby Atmos audio, and an IP67 rating for peace of mind.

It runs on One UI 5.1 and guarantees 4 times of OS updates and 5 years of security updates.

Price and availability

The Galaxy A34 5G starts at PhP 19,990 for the 128GB variant and PhP 21,990 for the 256GB variant. It comes in two colors: Awesome Violet and Awesome Black. Later this year, Samsung promises to bring the Awesome Lime colorway.


OPPO Find X6 Pro now official

In China!



The best that OPPO has to offer in the traditional slab form factor is here. The OPPO Find X6 Pro has officially launched but it’s only available in China.

You might feel even more down about that last detail when you see what this phone is packing. Its rear camera array, on paper, is easily one of the best right now.

Triple 50 cameras

Like its contemporaries (the Xiaomi 13 Pro and vivo X90 Pro), it sports a 1-inch Sony IMX989 sensor. It’s accompanied by a 65mm periscope lens and a 15mm ultrawide angle lens. All three have 50MP.

OPPO and Hasselblad continue their partnership on this flagship as the Find X6 Pro also has the Hasselblad Color Calibration.

For selfie enthusiasts, this one sports a 32MP f/2.4 front-facing camera.

Flagship through and through

Like most Android flagships, this one sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 with RAM that goes up to 16GB and UFS 4.0 storage that goes up to 512GB.

Supporting these major features is a 5,000mAh battery with support for 100W fast wired charging and 50W wireless charging. Yes, it’s the SuperVOOC tech we’ve come to know and love.

Eye candy display

Naturally, the display is also top-of-the-line. It has a 6.82-inch LTPO3 AMOLED Display with Dolby Vision, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, and up to 800 nits of peak brightness.

It’s also tough, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2. Speaking of protection, the Find X6 Pro has an IP68 rating which means it is dust and water-resistant.

Price and availability

As mentioned earlier, the OPPO Find X6 Pro is only available in China with no immediate plans of being available elsewhere.

It retails at CNY 5,999 for the 12/256GB variant, CNY 6,499 for the 16/256GB unit, and CNY 6,999 for the larger 16/512GB model.

Meanwhile, the OPPO Find X6 (12/256GB) retails for CNY 4,499.

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Netflix is working on a cloud gaming platform

Plus over 40 games



Cloud gaming is one of gaming’s greatest enigmas. On paper, the technology should have made it big. However, a lot of the biggest players have fallen off and abandoned their cloud gaming projects. Now, eager to make a valiant push towards gaming, Netflix is working on its own cloud gaming platform.

Netflix’s push towards gaming is long and storied. For a while now, the platform offers games for all of its subscribers. Though some are themed content to match the platform’s shows, a good bunch are notable titles that have thrived outside of Netflix such as Spiritfarer. Even then, the platform is still making other strides.

As mentioned by TechCrunch, Netflix is actively working on a cloud gaming platform to brings its titles to wherever a user has the app. The company has not noted how it will offer the service or which games will come with it. However, it is also planning a major expansion this year.

In the same report, Netflix has promised over 40 titles to expand its gaming platform. The titles range from rogue-lites to city builders. The company is going all-in on offering a wide range of genres to cater to most gamers on mobile devices.

SEE ALSO: Netflix Philippines drops prices

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Microsoft is planning an Xbox store for mobile

Dependent on the Activision Blizzard deal



Even outside of its main console, Microsoft and Xbox has become quite a powerhouse in the world of gaming. The Xbox Game Pass offers a wealth of gaming titles for the price of a manageable monthly subscription. Now, Microsoft’s slate of platforms is growing once again. The company officially has plans to open a store on mobile devices.

According to the Financial Times, Microsoft is currently planning to open a game store for both Android and iOS. With a store coming to mobile, the company can start offering its services on all major screen sizes used today.

It will take a while to launch the store, though. Microsoft is hinging the store’s launch on the successful acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Very early last year, the former announced that it was acquiring the latter. However, world governments have prevented the deal from going through, citing claims of anti-competition. More than a year later, the deal still hasn’t officially concluded.

Because of the number of mobile games offered by Activision Blizzard, Microsoft is likely relying on the library to buoy the store amid the availability of other mobile stores. That said, the company still has a good library of titles on its own. Offering an alternative to the Play Store and the App Store is a welcome addition to the tech space.

SEE ALSO: Xbox wireless controller gets a new green color

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