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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 price, availability in the Philippines

Now the foldable headliner

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Samsung has switched up the billing of the Flip and Fold lines. After a few of years of being the secondary device, The Galaxy Z Flip4 now headlines Samsung’s August Unpacked event. 

It’s not hard to see why. Of the two devices, it’s the Flip that’s more familiar. It’s a modern throwback, applying the clamshell design from the late 90s and early 2000s to a 2022 smartphone. 

Shooting modes

With it comes some fancy new tech. Being able to be folded halfway means it’s open to new video taking possibilities. This shooting instance now aptly called FlexCam is more refined than ever. 

Folding the Galaxy Z Flip4, while in camera mode, instantly switches to Flex Mode where you have your viewfinder in the upper half and the camera controls on the lower half. 

It’s also now available in more apps. You can shoot directly from the Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook apps and you’ll get the FlexCam interface. Same is true for YouTube. This encourages easier shooting of the now famous short-form videos. Curiously, it left out TikTok which popularized, if not ushered in this new video trend.

The other shooting modes from previous generations are also still here. You have Quick Shot which lets you take selfies using the main camera and the Cover Screen as your viewfinder. Portrait Mode is now also available in this mode.

You can now also take videos with Quick Shot Mode. And if you ever find the need for it, Quick Shot can seamlessly transition to Flex Mode without having to stop the video recording. 

If you’re wondering about the numbers on the cameras, here they are: 

Front

  • 10MP, f/2.4

Rear: 

  • 12MP Ultra Wide, f/2.2
  • 12MP Wide Angle, f/1.8

Under the hood

The Galaxy Z Flip4 isn’t just some fancy lifestyle smartphone that lags in performance. Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip with 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of internal storage. 

The battery also sees a bit of a bump going from the 3,300mAh to 3,700mAh. Together with the new processor, this hopefully solves the Galaxy Z Flip3’s primary pain point which is a rather unsatisfactory battery life. 

It supports Super Fast Charging which can get it from zero percent to 50 percent in around 30 minutes. Provided you’re using at least a 25W adapter which, as you know, is sold separately. 

The phone has an IPX8 water resistance meaning it should be able to go as deep as 1.5 meters of freshwater for up to 30 minutes. Still, we typically don’t recommend taking this for a swim. 

Lastly, it’s running ONE UI 4.1.1 based on Android 12.

Price and availability

The Galaxy Z Flip4 pricing are as follows:

  • 128GB – PHP 58,990
  • 256GB – PHP 62,990
  • 512GB – PHP 69,990

The Galaxy Z Flip4 will come in Bora Purple, Graphite, Pink Gold, and Blue.

Pre-order period is from August 10 to September 1, 2022. Galaxy Z Flip4 pre-orders get the following:

  • FREE Clear Slim Cover worth PHP 1,199.
  • FREE Super Fast Wireless Charger Duo worth PHP 4,599
  • 50% off on the new Galaxy Buds2 Pro
  • 30% off on the new Galaxy Watch5 Series
  • 1 Year FULL PROTECTION Screen & Device worth PHP 9,499 with Samsung Care+.

Pre-order here

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Google to provide 39,000 certificate scholarships for Filipinos

Providing help for the disadvantaged

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Google Certificates

Google announced that it will provide 39,000 Google Career Certificate scholarships to equip Filipino students and jobseekers with job-ready skills to help them land opportunities in high-demand industries.

The suite of flexible online training programs shall be made available by Google via Coursera.org. The certificates are built and taught by Google, designed specifically for learners of all backgrounds to enhance their digital skills.

In the Philippines, Google will continue to partner and collaborate with the likes of the Globe Group and government stakeholders including the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to distribute the scholarships.

For the qualification, everyone aged 18 and above with no previous degree or experience are eligible to join.

This is in part of Google’s efforts to create learning and economic opportunities specifically for those in underserved communities, including low-income and vocational students and even college drop-outs.

 

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Huawei releases FreeBuds Pro 2 in the Philippines

With ANC 2.0 technology

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FreeBuds Pro 2

Huawei has released its latest TWS Bluetooth earbuds — the FreeBuds Pro 2 — in the Philippines.

The FreeBuds Pro 2 will retail for PhP 9,999 via Huawei’s Shopee and Lazada shops, online stores, authorized retail outlets.

The device will be available in Silver Blue, Ceramic White, and Silver Frost, with an installment payment option.

ANC 2.0: Creating a quiet world

The latest earbuds feature an adaptive active noise cancellation (ANC) technology, along with the original integrated call noise cancellation to enable users to dynamically listen to their preferred music or content.

This intelligent ANC 2.0 takes what noise cancellation is capable of even further, as the FreeBuds Pro 2 can accurately identify and judge the external sound field environment with changes.

For instance, when a user is in the subway, the noise cancellation effects deepen and reduces severe low-frequency noise. In contrast, when in coffee shops, the ANC intelligently adapts. In any case, the earbuds keep users immersed to whatever they’re listening to.

On top of this innovative technology, the FreeBuds Pro 2 has up to 30 hours of playback time, thanks to its 580mAh charging case. Boosted by its 11mm driver, the earbuds is also rated IP 54 for splash, water, and dust resistance.

 

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airasia early Christmas treat: Flights, hotels get huge discounts

Only on the airasia Super App

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airasia

As an early Christmas treat, airasia is going on a huge sale from September 28 to 30 for flight and hotel packages exclusively on its Super App.

During the period, customers may enjoy up to 50 percent off on hotels with the promo code SUPERHOTEL – with a minimum spend of PhP 2,000.

There will be discounted rates for hotel and flight packages from over 700 global carriers. App users may also book flights to Coron, Siargao, Puerto Princesa, and Camiguin via Sunlight Air until September 30 at up to 20 percent off (capped at PhP 1,650) for travel dates up to May 30, 2023.

For flight and hotel bundles, airasia is also offering 17 percent off via SNAP, with travel period valid from September 28 up to March 25 next year.

Even selected activities on the app, such as hiking to Mt. Daraitan, will get a price slash.

The airasia Super App can be downloaded via Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

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