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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3: Price, availability in the Philippines

Bringing Flip phones closer to more people

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Flip phones have always been cool and fun. With the Galaxy Z Flip3, Samsung is also making it more functional.

Cool and fun 

The satisfaction of shutting a flip phone close, it appears, will never go away. That will always be cool. What makes the Galaxy Z Flip3 even cooler and more fun are its variety of color options and case accessories.

It will come in Cream, Green, Lavender, and Phantom Black and is now in this more distinct design with the larger Cover display that now measures 1.9” appearing as a horizontal strip on the phone alongside the rear cameras.

The accessories are plentiful. Different variations and designs of straps and ring covers will help in the whole personalization process.

Functional

Samsung boasts that one in every five selfies taken using the Flip was done while in flex mode — the one where the phone is folded halfway through. They think it’s an encouraging number for a use-case that’s still in its infancy stage.

They’re doubling down on this by introducing more ways to take snaps on the Galaxy Z Flip3 with the help of its Cover display.

Located adjacent to the Cover display are the rear cameras: 12MP f/1.8 Wide and 12MP f/2.2 Ultra-wide. You can take a shot and have the cover display function as a viewfinder whether the Galaxy Z Flip3 is open or shut.

Keep it open and flip the Galaxy Z Flip3 and you’ll be greeted by the 10MP f/2.4 front camera.

The cover display also does more now. You can still preview messages but now you can also be a spot to make quick settings adjustments, pay with Samsung Pay, and add widgets like music apps.

In Flex mode, supported apps will also auto adjust to your layout bringing controls to one part of the screen, and the content to the other.

The Galaxy Z Flip3 on paper

The Galaxy Z Flip3 5G, or many flip phones for that matter, has never been about that processing power. It’s about blending style and function. But it’s still pretty capable with all its possible use-cases. Here are the specs:

  • Main Display — 6.7” FHD+ Dynamic Amoled 2X Infinity Flex Display
  • Cover Display — 1.9” Super AMOLED Display
  • Weight — 183g
  • Cameras:
    • 12MP f/1.8 Wide (Rear)
    • 12MP f/2.2 Ultra-wide (Rear)
    • 10MP f/2.4 (Front)
  • Processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
  • SIM — One (1) NanoSIM, One (1) eSIM
  • RAM — 8GB
  • Storage — 128GB and 256GB (Both are UFS 3.1)
  • Battery — 3,300mAh
  • Authentication — Pattern, Pin, Password, Fingerprint sensor (side), Face recognition

Pricing and availability

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G comes in four colors: Cream, Green, Lavender, and Phantom Black. The 128GB version is priced at PhP 52,990 while the 256GB version will retail for PhP 56,990. 

Pre-order period is from August 19 to September 21, 2021 in Samsung Experience stores and authorized retailers. Pre-orders also get freebies worth PhP 27,440. These include: PhP 5,000 e-voucher Galaxy Buds Pro worth PhP 9,990, 25W Travel Adapter worth PhP 949, 50 percent off on select cases, and one (1) year free Samsung Care+ coverage worth PhP 9,499.

The device will be available on samsung.com/ph starting September 22, 2021.


Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G — BUY here
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iPhone 13 Pro, Pro Max now support Apple ProRes video

Launching with iOS 15.1

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Smartphone cameras have progressed far beyond mere selfies and Instagram shots. Our phones can now take professional shots with the snap of a finger. In fact, some brands have even committed to taking Hollywood-caliber films with known directors and actors. Taking it to the next level, Apple is making it easier for filmmakers to do so by making ProRes video available for the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max.

Apple hasn’t been shy about the creative capabilities of the iPhone’s two Pro models. The company previously promised ProRes support back in September during the new series’ launch. Finally, Apple is launching the feature with the iOS 15.1 update released recently.

Apple ProRes video is commonly known as the video format friendlier for video editing. The format makes editing easier on Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro X. It minimizes video compression and maintains image quality. Apple first launched the format back in 2007, but the format has slowly eked its way to more devices throughout the years.

Currently, ProRes is dependent on Apple’s new A15 Bionic chipset. As such, older iPhone models won’t get the format.

The feature is currently shipping out with the recent iOS 15.1 update. If you’re trying to get the feature, make sure you have the update installed first.

SEE ALSO: iPhone 13 Pro Max vs iPhone 12 Pro Max: Camera Shootout

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Honor 50 and Honor 50 Lite launch globally

With Google Mobile Services (GMS)

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Honor’s bounce back smartphones since parting ways with Huawei is something we’re keeping an eye on. Today, they just launched the Honor 50 and Honor 50 Lite — both still with traces of its Huawei lineage but with Google Mobile Services.

This new pair of smartphones hasn’t strayed too far from Huawei. But operating independently from the company blacklisted in the USA means gaining access to what Huawei lost — Google Mobile Services or GMS.

Honor 50

The Honor 50 is recognizing the growing trend of short-form videos. With this in mind, they put a 32MP front-facing camera with a 90-degree viewing angle so you can shoot for TikTok, Reels, or YouTube Shorts.

On the back, meanwhile, you’ll find the 108MP main camera flanked by an 8MP ultra-wide angle camera as well as throwaway additions 2MP depth, and 2MP macro cameras.

It has a 6.57-inch, 75-degree curved AMOLED screen that supports 120Hz refresh rate. If you’re into mobile gaming, it also has a 300Hz touch sampling rate so remain competitive. Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778 5G chip with a Turbo X GPU, again for high performance and lag-less mobile play.

It comes with a 4,300mAh battery with support for 66W Honor SuperCharge technology for fast wired charging. You can go from zero to 70 percent in just 20 minutes, claims Honor.

The phone runs on Android 11 but with Magic UI 4.2 on top for its own unique Android flavor.

Honor 50 Lite

The Honor 50 Lite shares much of the same features. Some key differences are its 6.67-inch FullView display and the 64MP main camera.

Pricing and availability

The Honor 50 comes in Frost Crystal, Emerald Green, or Midnight Black. There’s also the special HONOR Code edition. Honor describes it as “an innovative colorway incorporating the “HONOR” logo across the back cover.”

Pricing are as follows:

  • 6GB+128GB — EUR 529 (around US$ 614)
  • 8GB+256GB — EUR 599 (around US$ 695)

Meanwhile, the Lite version comes in just the 6GB+128GB variant and retails for EUR 299 (around US$ 347).

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Players finally meet as HoYo FEST kicks off in SEA this November

It’s a grand meetup!

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miHoYo, the global interactive entertainment developer and publisher behind hit multiplayer games such as Honkai Impact 3rd, Tears of Themis, and Genshin Impact, announced that HoYo FEST is coming to Southeast Asia this November.

The interactive festival shall be held in six countries: Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

The annual celebration will allow for fellow players to finally convene and meet each other off their screens and in real life, allowing for an opportunity to relive memorable, happy, and touching moments in the game together.

Gaming world-themed cafés

All HoYo FEST-related events will be held at collaboration cafés themed after Honkai Impact 3rd, Tears of Themis, and Genshin Impact between November 5 and December 14.

These specific cafés will offer special set menus on dine-in, takeout, and delivery options. Ordering via takeout and delivery also gives customers an additional printed tote bag and cup sleeve.

The interiors will be furnished in the styles of Honkai Impact 3rd, Tears of Themis, and Genshin Impact in order, which is accompanied by photography zones.

That way, fans and players will be able to enjoy exquisite foods and immerse themselves in a real-life feel of the game worlds while bonding with new friends they’ve only previously met in-game.

Mystery gifts and exciting merchandise

Ordering collaboration combos or spending a certain amount of money at a café also entitles guests to an exciting mystery gift box.

The pop-up stores found only at specific cafés will also sell a variety of exclusive Honkai Impact 3rd, Tears of Themis, and Genshin Impact merchandise, to be distributed only by the staff of the collaboration cafés.

Preparations for the celebration are underway, so Captains, Travelers, and Attorneys should brace themselves for upcoming surprises.

Festival Schedule

  • Honkai Impact 3rd: November 5 to November 16
  • Tears of Themis: November 19 to November 30
  • Genshin Impact: December 3 to December 14

Collaboration Cafés

  • Singapore: Aniplus Cafe
  • Malaysia: my Burger Lab
  • Thailand: NANA Coffee Roasters Ari
  • Philippines: Moon Rabbit Café + Restaurant
  • Indonesia: Warung Koffie Batavia
  • Vietnam: To Be Announced

For more event details and pandemic precautions, please visit the miHoYo official website: https://mhy.link/686SLBA6.

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