Ever since Apple’s controversial removal of their free peripherals, everyone wondered when other brands would follow suit. True enough, other brands, despite their persistent mocking of Apple’s decision, have also planned on removing their charging adapters. So far, Samsung has received most of the rumors ahead of the Galaxy S21’s launch on January 14. Today, days before that date, the Galaxy S21’s leaked packaging more than confirms that the Galaxy S21 launches with no free chargers.
Leaked by WinFuture, the leak reveals two different packages for the series, specifically for the Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21 Plus. Most notably, both boxes are just as thin as the iPhone 12’s current box: thin and sleek. The boxes obviously cannot hold much besides the phone and a wire.
Additionally, the images also come with a “What’s in the box” promo. The listed peripherals do not include a charger or a pair of wired earphones. Both packages come with only a Quick Start Guide, a USB-C cable, and an ejection pin for SIM cards.
If you’re still holding out some hope for a free charger, the Galaxy S21 Ultra box is still missing from the leak. There is still a sliver of hope that the priciest Galaxy S21 variant will receive free peripherals in the box.
Back in October, Apple removed the free charger supposedly for environmental reasons. Some speculated on budget-saving tactics, though. With Samsung’s impending removal, who knows what the Korean company will claim on January 14?
Redmi 9T: Price and availability in the Philippines
Power on a budget
Xiaomi is officially launching the Redmi 9T in the Philippines. This entry level smartphone that’s a POCO M3 dead-ringer promises to power you unlike any other in its price segment.
The display is 6.53 inches with a FHD+ resolution and Gorilla Glass 3. Xiaomi even put a thought on the user’s viewing experience, with the phone having a TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light certification. It also has a Widevine L1 certification for streaming Netflix episodes and movies in full HD and above.
On the performance front, Redmi 9T packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662. This chipset delivers capable performance without sipping too much energy thanks to its 11nm fabrication process. Backed by a large 6,000 mAh battery, users can last a day and a half without needing to charge.
But if users really need to charge, they can surely rely on the in-box 22.5W charger for quick top-ups. By default, the Redmi 9T comes with 18W fast charging support and reverse wired charging capabilities.
Xiaomi also touts the improved 48MP quad-camera setup on the Redmi 9T. The 48MP wide-angle primary camera is backed by an 8Mp ultra-wide-angle camera for better landscape and group shots. It also has a 2MP depth and 2Mp macro camera for better close-up shots and bokeh.
For videography, Xiaomi added a movie frame feature to give videos a more cinematic look and feel. The timelapse feature also improves on the Redmi 9T with support for custom speeds and duration. Combined with microSD expandable storage for up to 512GB, users shouldn’t run out of space even when taking lots of videos or downloading games.
Price and availability
Redmi 9T will be available in 4GB + 64GB atPhP 6,990. Meanwhile, the 6GB + 128GB version will be available at PhP 7,990.
Both of Redmi 9T’s versions will be on sale at the Xiaomi Philippines Flagship Store on on Lazada and Shopee on January 29, 2021. There will be a special offering of PhP500 off for the 4+64GB variant for 24 hours.
The new Redmi 9T will also be available with exclusive freebies at Authorized Mi Stores and resellers only during the official sale.
Sony finally launched the Xperia PRO for videographers
Priced at US$ 2,499
The world needs more videography phones. Though smartphone photography is already at an all-time high, we still need more devices dedicated to videographers. Most recently, only Apple and Samsung have truly pushed for such a phone, creating their own movies with only a phone. Now, after almost a year’s wait, Sony has finally launched the Xperia PRO.
Revealed around the time of last year’s canceled MWC 2020, the Xperia PRO uses the same camera combination as the Xperia 1 II: a triple 12-megapixel rear camera with ZEISS optics. On its own, the smartphone can capture videos at 4K resolution and at 30p.
However, you can also use the phone as an external screen for a HDMI-compatible camera. Connected to another device, the Xperia PRO is a handy tool for photographers and videographers, allowing users to adjust brightness, zoom in, and compose shots directly from the phone’s screen.
Additionally, it is compatible with 5G mmWave and Sub-6GHz technology. Besides creating videos on its own, the smartphone can also broadcast high-definition videos live.
Under the hood, the phone sports a Snapdragon 865 5G chipset, 12GB of RAM, and 512GB of expandable internal storage. While, as mentioned above, it was announced almost a year ago, the Xperia PRO is now available for purchase in the United States. It will retail for US$ 2,499.99 through Sony.com but will also come through major telcos in the country.
Xiaomi patents a slide-display phone
Slide up for a selfie
Who’s up for another wacky smartphone idea? Because of the advent of foldable smartphones, every smartphone maker wants to try new form factors as experiments. Though the company already has a few tricks up its sleeve, Xiaomi is again experimenting with a new design, this time with a slide-display phone.
Spotted by LetsGoDigital, Xiaomi filed the patent for the smartphone design sometime in October 2020. The design itself is reminiscent of old slide phones of the past generation. Remember holding a brick phone and sliding it up with a finger to reveal the rear camera? Yeah, exactly like that.
Xiaomi’s slide-display phone is an edge-to-edge slab phone in its default state, albeit with one side flowing down into the rear panel. However, as indicated in the patent, the phone’s chassis extends around two centimeters from the top to reveal the front-facing camera. Unlike the old slide phones, you don’t need to use your finger. The extendable camera can be triggered using a tap command or even voice commands.
Naturally, since the patent is still, woefully, a patent, no one knows when the slide-display phone will finally make it into the real world. Over the years, Xiaomi has also patented other radical designs which have never made it past the patent stage.
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