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Samsung acquires license to supply phone screens to Huawei

One off Huawei’s list

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Earlier this month, Huawei unveiled its last hurrah to the current Kirin generation, the Mate 40 series. Unfortunately, with the current state of geopolitics, the Chinese company can no longer access any America-dependent components it needs for devices. With the ban firmly in place, Huawei’s devices are in jeopardy of fading into oblivion. That said, foreign companies are also struggling to obtain licenses to keep Huawei as a valued client. Recently, Samsung has reportedly acquired such a license to supply phone screens for Huawei.

According to Reuters, Samsung Display’s bid for a license came through successfully, allowing the South Korean company to ship components to the Chinese company. The license potentially fills Huawei’s gaps in the supply chain.

In general, Huawei is with good company. Samsung Display currently ships screens to Samsung’s devices and Apple’s iPhones. Unfortunately, the report did not confirm which types of screens will fall under the list of permissible components for Huawei. Besides standard screens, the company also makes benchmark-topping OLED screens for smartphones.

Though Samsung already has the go-ahead, other companies have also applied for similar licenses from the US government. However, only a handful of companies have successfully received their licenses. With only a few trickling through, Huawei is still in a rough spot, lacking essential components for future smartphones and other devices.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 40 Pro Unboxing and Review: Last of its Kind

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iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are discounted at Beyond the Box

Available only while stocks last

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With the launch of the iPhone 12 series, last year’s iPhone 11 Pro are 11 Pro Max are taking a backseat to give away for the latest Apple flagships. These phones, however, remain to be solid, well-built flagships. Thanks to a promo by Beyond the Box, you can now get the iPhone 11 Pro or Pro Max at a discounted rate.

If you purchase the iPhone 11 Pro or Pro Max with cash or through a 3-6 months 0% installment, you can get a PhP 15,00 discount on the total purchase. The discount applies to all three variants of the phones: 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB.

Doing the math, the discounted prices for the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are as follow:

iPhone 11 Pro

  • 64GB — PhP 53,990 (SRP: PhP 68,990)
  • 256GB — PhP 63,990 (SRP: PhP 78,990)
  • 512GB — PhP 76,990 (SRP: PhP 91,990)

iPhone 11 Pro Max

  • 64GB — PhP 60,990 (SRP: PhP 75,990)
  • 256GB — PhP 69,990 (SRP: PhP 84,990)
  • 512GB — PhP 82,990 (SRP: PhP 97,990)

You may also avail of a PhP 10,000 discount for both phones when you pay via 12, 24, or 36 months at 0% installment. Beyond the Box supports BPI, HSBC, Citibank, Metrobank, BDO, Unionbank, Eastwest, PNB, RCBC, and Security Bank for the installment options.

It is worth mentioning that the promo is valid while stocks last. So if you think that this is your time to snag an iPhone, head over to these participating stores now:

  • Century City Mall
  • Virra Mall
  • Forbestown
  • Market Market
  • Lucky Chinatown Mall
  • Resorts World Manila
  • Southwoods
  • Uptown Mall Piazza
  • Robinson’s Manila
  • Robinson’s Galleria
  • SM Baguio
  • Fairview Terraces
  • Veranza
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realme X3 SuperZoom and 7 receives price discounts this November 27

There will also be flash sales for realme narzo 20 and realme 7 Pro

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realme continues to offer exclusive discounts and promos for select smartphones in time for the holiday season. Now, it is discounting two of its popular smartphones — realme X3 SuperZoom and realme 7.

Customers may get the realme X3 SuperZoom (12GB/256GB) at PhP 22,990, down PhP 2,000 from its usual PhP 24,990 price tag. Meanwhile, the realme 7 (8GB/128GB) receives a PhP 1,000 discount for a limited-time price of PhP 13,990.

Freebies are also in tow for the purchases of both phones. realme is throwing in a realme Watch worth PhP 3,990 for free with the purchase of the X3 SuperZoom. Meanwhile, a neck pillow is up for grabs with the realme 7.

Real Yellow Online Sale

This November 27, realme is also discounting select smartphones by up to 34% on Lazada as part of the Real Yellow Online Sale. One of these smartphones includes the recently launched realme Narzo 20 at PhP 7,490. Further, there will also be a PhP 1,500 discount for the 8GB/128GB variant of both the realme 7 and 7 Pro.

Customers may avail of the discounted smartphones on all physical stores and kiosks nationwide. They may also purchase it on realme’s Lazada and Shopee store.

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vivo Y1s launches with Helio P35, 13-megapixel camera

Another silent launch by vivo

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vivo has been silently launching new phones this year, and it has managed to grab a significant chunk of the market. Today the brand launched the vivo Y1s in India, a market where affordable phones have maximum demand.

The vivo Y1s will be going up against the Redmi 9A, Realme C11, and Realme C3. Alongside, Vivo V20 Pro is teased to launch in India soon. The company has confirmed that the phone will launch in the country but hasn’t given an exact date.

Coming back to the vivo Y1s, it sports a 6.2-inch HD+ LCD with a water-drop notch. Powering the phone is a MediaTek Helio P35 MT6765 SoC paired with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. There’s also a microSD card slot for storage expansion.

On the rear is a 13-megapixel camera, while the front comes with a 5-megapixel selfie snapper. The phone has added software features like beauty mode, portrait mode, and slo-mo.

Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery, but fast charging details haven’t been revealed. The phone has been listed on vivo’s website, but the pricing still isn’t official. However, Mahesh Telecom, a Mumbai-based retailer, confirmed Gadgtes360 that the phone would cost INR 7,990 (US$ 110).

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