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Sony confirms Philippine launch for Xperia X, Xperia XA, and Xperia XA Ultra

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We may not have heard much from Sony’s latest Xperia lineup from this archipelago, but that doesn’t mean the company has decided to give the Philippine audience the same cold shoulder it has given to fans in the United States. After announcing the Xperia X, Xperia XA, and Xperia XA Ultra earlier this year, Sony has revealed to GadgetMatch that it plans to launch the said phones in the Philippines on June 14, three weeks from today. No word yet on the possibility of the Snapdragon 820-based Xperia X Performance seeing a local release. Sorry, Android power users.

For the uninitiated, the Xperia X series is Sony’s midrange play, aimed at consumers who’d rather not spend $600 or $700 on the latest technology but are willing to spend more money for more features. If anything, the Xperia X signals a shift in focus away from the more affluent user base Sony has been catering to for the longest time. And that’s important to note, because the midrange is shaping up to be the most important battleground for smartphone makers, and it’s where many of them are expected to get their volume from.

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Sony Xperia X

Among the trio, the Xperia X is the most beefed-out device, carrying a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor with 3GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage, with room for more via a microSD expansion slot. It’s also the only model with a fingerprint reader, which is unfortunate, considering phones retailing for as low as $200 have the security feature built into their hardware. Other specs include a 5-inch, full-resolution display, a 23-megapixel rear camera, a 2,620mAh fixed battery, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

The Xperia XA and XA Ultra share a similar system-on-a-chip in the MediaTek Helio P10, but vary in just about every other spec. The Xperia XA Ultra, as you may have gathered, offers more RAM (3GB compared to the XA’s 2GB) and more in the way of screen real estate and resolution (6 inches and 1080p as opposed to 5 inches and 720p on the XA).

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Sony Xperia XA

In any case, you’ll be missing out on waterproofing — a signature feature of some Xperia models — regardless of which model you settle for; of the Xperia X bunch, only the X Performance (which, again, likely won’t go on sale in the Philippines) is not afraid to get wet.

The Xperia X and Xperia XA cost £500 (roughly P34,000) and £240 (P16,500) in Europe, respectively. The Xperia XA Ultra hasn’t been priced yet, but expect it to fetch a much higher price than the latter.

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Corning unveils tougher Gorilla Glass Victus 2

Can survive 1m drops on concrete

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Smartphones are getting stronger. Because of ever-growing technology, smartphones today can more easily withstand bumps, dings, and accidents. Besides the intricate labyrinth of chips inside, it’s also important to look at the screen. In the next evolution of screen durability, Corning has unveiled next year’s Gorilla Glass Victus 2, featuring more protection against the most common smartphone accident.

If you’re out and about, there’s a good chance that you’re holding your phone in your hand. All it takes is either a miscalculation or slippery hands to send your phone tumbling onto the unforgiving concrete. According to Corning, “over 30 percent of the drops [smartphones] were having were on concrete, more than any other surface.”

Building on its predecessor’s formula, the Gorilla Glass Victus 2 can now survive drops from one meter on concrete. Plus, much like the original Victus, this version can withstand drops from two meters on smoother asphalt. The new material also compensates for larger and heavier form factors.

Now, the big question: Does it matter? Though it might seem insignificant, more durability on rougher surfaces means more protection in real-life scenarios. In the real world, not everything is as smooth as concrete. More often than not, smartphones will fall onto uneven surfaces. Even a single tiny bump can spell disaster for the hardiest of screens.

Corning has not confirmed which smartphones will get the new glass yet. However, the company hints that it’s coming to a flagship in the coming months. Given the timing (and the specs of the previous generation), it’s not difficult to assume that next year’s Galaxy S23 series will get the Victus 2 first.

SEE ALSO: Corning’s new Gorilla Glass Victus can survive a 2 meter drop

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Xiaomi, Huawei, MediaTek, iQOO postpone December launches

Because of a political figure’s passing

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Though almost all major smartphone launches have already happened this year, some brands reserve December to close the year with a bang. Unfortunately, if you were waiting for one of the final launches this year, you might be in for a longer wait. Xiaomi, Huawei, MediaTek, and iQOO have all postponed their major launches in December.

It’s not a strange coincidence between four brands, of course. Jiang Zemin, the former General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, recently passed away at 96 years old. Though the four announcement did not mention the death as a reason for the postponement, the coincidence of all four at the same time does heavily point to it.

Regardless of the reason, the four scheduled launches will now happen at a later time. None of the four brands have decided on new dates yet.

Xiaomi was supposed to launch the Xiaomi 13 series and MIUI 14. Huawei was scheduled to unveil smartwatches with housing for TWS earbuds. MediaTek — both through new smartphones and its own launch — was going to reveal the new Dimensity 8200. Finally, iQOO was scheduled for the launch of the iQOO 11 series and the iQOO Neo7 SE.

If you were on the lookout for any of these launches, you’ll have to wait a little bit longer.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi 12T Pro review: Potential flagship killer

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Replay! Apple Music launches new year-end experience

2022 Top Charts revealed

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So, what have you been listening to an Apple Music in 2022? The redesigned Apple Music Replay experience will let you know what you’ve bopping to this year.

Apple Music Replay recaps what users listened to the past year. But new in 2022 is a year-end experience complete with expanded listening insights and new functionality. This includes a personalized highlight reel.

Users can discover their top songs, top albums, top artists, top genres, and more. Superfans can even discover whether they are in the top 100 listeners of their favourite artist or genre.

Apple Music listeners can continue checking Replay until December 31 and once the new year begins, keep listening on Apple Music to explore and share new 2023 insights each week.

All insights on Replay are optimized for sharing on socials or on any messaging platform.

How Apple Music Replay Works

Visit replay.music.apple.com and log in with the same Apple ID used for Apple Music. Play highlights or scroll through the page for more detailed insights. A truncated version of the site is available all year or as soon as a user is eligible.1

How to See Listening Stats

  1. Listen to enough music to qualify. Gauge qualification with a personalised progress bar on the Replay website. Both playlist and insights eligibility happens with the same listening threshold.
  2. Once a user is eligible for Replay, they can visit replay.music.apple.com.
  3. Explore listening stats, listen on the site, and share.

Replay is localised in 39 languages for all 169 countries and regions where Apple Music is available.

Top Charts 2022

Apple Music also revealed its year-end charts, spotlighting 2022’s top songs, top Shazams, top fitness songs, and most-read lyrics. Apple also shared a list of the most Shazamed K-Pop songs in 2022.

Top Songs of 2022: Singapore

1 The Kid LAROI, Justin Bieber – STAY
2 Troye Sivan – Angel Baby
3 Justin Bieber – Ghost
4 Shivers – Ed Sheeran
5 Harry Styles – As It Was
6 Adele – Easy On Me
7 WeiBird – Red Scarf (“Till We Meet Again” Movie Theme Song)
8 Glass Animals – Heat Waves
9 Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits
10 Elton John, Dua Lipa – Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)
11 Joji – Glimpse of Us
12 OneRepublic – I Ain’t Worried
13 GAYLE – abcdefu
14 Ed Sheeran – Perfect
15 Zhang Yuan – 嘉宾
16 Baby Lullaby Academy – Brahm’s Lullaby
17 Charlie Puth – Light Switch
18 The Weeknd, Ariana Grande – Save Your Tears (Remix)
19 IVE – LOVE DIVE
20 Charlie Puth, Jung Kook – Left and Right
21 BLACKPINK – Pink Venom
22 Jack Harlow, Lil Nas X – INDUSTRY BABY
23 Marshmello, Jonas Brothers – Leave Before You Love Me
24 Renran – 飞鸟和蝉
25 Jamie Miller – Here’s Your Perfect
 

Top Shazamed Songs of 2022: Singapore

1 Troye Sivan – Angel Baby
2 Stephen Sanchez – Until I Found You
4 Ed Sheeran – Shivers
5 Glass Animals – Heat Waves
6 OneRepublic – I Ain’t Worried
7 Justin Bieber – Ghost
8 Elton John & Dua Lipa – Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)
9 Harry Styles – As It Was
10 WeiBird – Red Scarf (“Till We Meet Again” Movie Theme Song)
11 Nicky Youre & Dazy – Sunroof
12 Marshmello & Jonas Brothers – Leave Before You Love Me
13 Tate McRae – she’s all i wanna be
15 Jaymes Young – Infinity
16 Zhang Yuan – 嘉宾
17 Ruth B. – Dandelions
3 JIN – Yours
14 V – Christmas Tree
18 Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits
19 The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber – STAY
20 Joji – Glimpse of Us
21 TREASURE – DARARI
22 Pink Sweat$ – At My Worst
23 Chris Brown – Under The Influence
24 Elley Duhé – MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
25 Renran – 飞鸟和蝉

Singapore: Top K-Pop Songs Shazamed

1 TREASURE – DARARI
2 ENHYPEN – Polaroid Love
3 LISA – MONEY
4 BTS – Moon
5 Jessi – ZOOM
6 B.I & Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em – BTBT (feat. DeVita)
7 TWICE – The Feels
8 IVE – ELEVEN
9 BTS – Epiphany
10 IVE – After LIKE
11 BLACKPINK – Pink Venom
12 Jung Kook – Stay Alive (Prod. by SUGA of BTS)
13 BTS – Awake
14 IVE – LOVE DIVE
15 PSY – That That (prod. & feat. SUGA of BTS)
16 BTS – Dynamite
17 CHUNG HA – Killing Me
18 BIGBANG – Still Life
19 TAEYEON – INVU
20 BTS – Filter
21 GOT the beat – Step Back
22 BTS – Butter
23 BTS – Permission to Dance
24 BLACKPINK – Lovesick Girls
25 TWICE – SCIENTIST
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