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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Preview

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Samsung will unveil its latest phablet the Galaxy Note 4 at its Unpacked Episode 2 launch event in Berlin, Germany on September 3. In this first GadgetMatch video, we preview the Top 4 best features to look forward to in the Note 4.

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Huawei P20 Lite and Nova 2i are now priced cheaper in the Philippines

To make way for new Huawei midrange phones

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Huawei is set to unveil new smartphones in the coming weeks as competitive midrange offerings. In the Philippines, we already know that upcoming Nova 3i is going to be priced just below PhP 16,000, which is the same as the slightly older P20 Lite model. To make way for the new phone (or phones), Huawei just slashed the retail prices of two of their best-selling midrangers.

Effective immediately, the Huawei P20 Lite is now only PhP 13,990 which is two thousand pesos below its original price. Since the P20 Lite is now cheaper, the Huawei Nova 2i gets another price cut to just PhP 11,990.

Both phones sport Kirin 659 processors, Full HD+ displays with tall aspect ratios, dual rear cameras, and rear fingerprint readers. Design-wise, the P20 Lite looks a lot its P20 sibling with a notched display and glass back, while the Nova 2i features a metal unibody.

If you wanna know more about the P20 Lite, we have a video review that you can watch below:

We also have one for the Nova 2i:

SEE ALSO: Huawei Nova 3i pre-order details and price in the Philippines

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The US finally lifts sanctions over ZTE

They can make phones again!

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If you’ve followed your history classes closely, you’ll know that relations between China and the US have been tenuous throughout the years. As of late, Chinese companies — specifically, ZTE — and the US government have constantly been at loggerheads with each other.

Now, a new chapter is finally trying to close off this volume in the China versus US saga.

Following ZTE’s eventual compliance with trade sanctions, the US government has lifted their indefinite ban over the company’s deals with American businesses. Once again, ZTE is free to obtain the parts essential to their phones from the US.

Previously, the US government initiated the ban in response to ZTE’s violations of trade policies with Iran. For reparation, lawmakers offered to stave off more repressive sanctions if ZTE paid fines and replaced their erring employees.

Despite the offer, ZTE failed to comply with these conditions. As a result, the US had no choice but to ban ZTE from initiating business with any American company. This presented a crippling scenario for the company. ZTE’s phones rely heavily on American components including Qualcomm, the company’s chip supplier.

For months, ZTE has crawled through a terrible limbo of being physically incapable of producing any phones. The company’s employees were left to twiddle their thumbs.

Eventually, President Donald Trump tried to rescue the company, citing lost Chinese jobs because of the job. Unfortunately, his rescue efforts came to no avail.

Now, the US has finally acquiesced to give ZTE another chance. Finally, ZTE took the offer and complied with US demands. The company has changed its board and paid US$ 1.4 billion in fines. Additionally, the company has added a compliance team hired by the US to monitor ZTE’s actions should they violate policies again.

Overall, this entire saga is a symptom of the US’ distrust over the Chinese agenda. Besides ZTE, Huawei, and Xiaomi are also feeling the heat of US tensions. At least, the ZTE brouhaha has ended. For now, at least.

SEE ALSO: ZTE’s new concept phone has two notches

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Xiaomi Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite pricing leaks before launch

We weren’t expecting the Lite version!

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Xiaomi is rumored to announce their new Android One phone later this month, but it seems like they’re not unveiling only one device. Aside from the Mi A2, the fast-growing phone company will also have the Mi A2 Lite.

We already know what to expect from the Mi A2, since it’ll be based on the Mi 6X, but we’re still waiting for pricing details. Thanks to a Polish website, we now have a clue how much the new Android One device will cost. Not only that, they also spilled the beans about the phone’s Lite version.

Xiaomi Mi A2

The Mi A2 is practically a Mi 6X with its 5.99-inch display, Snapdragon 660 processor, up to 6GB of meory, up to 128GB of storage, 3000mAh battery, and dual 20- and 12-megapixel rear shooters. There will be three configurations: the 4GB/32GB model is priced at PLN 1,299 (US$ 350), the 4GB/64GB model will set you back PLN 1,399 (US$ 375), and the highest model with 6GB memory and 128GB storage will cost PLN 1,599 (US$ 430).

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite

Then there’s the Mi A2 Lite with a slightly smaller 5.84-inch display, but this one has a notch. It’ll be powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 4GB of memory and 64GB of expandable storage. It also has dual rear cameras but with a lower megapixel count: 12 and 5 megapixels. Despite having a smaller display though, it’ll have a 4000mAh battery — that’s 1000mAh more than the regular Mi A2.

Of course, the Mi A2 Lite is priced cheaper. According to the leaked information, it’s expected to be available for PLN 1,049 or roughly US$ 280.

Both phones will boot Android 8.1 Oreo without any customization — just a few Xiaomi apps — and a rear fingerprint reader.

We’re hoping to see both phones in Spain in the coming global Xiaomi event so we can confirm the international pricing and availability of the two.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi will launch a new non-Xiaomi phone soon

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