Sony updates their midrange lineup with the Xperia 10 II

No Plus version anymore



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Other than the Xperia 1 II and Xperia Pro, Sony also refreshed their midrange lineup with the new Xperia 10 II. As opposed to last year’s Xperia 10, they ditched the Plus version this time.

Same form factor with some caveats

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Sony’s newest midrange smartphone doesn’t have the latest midrange chipset from Snapdragon. Instead of having the 765 chipset, you’ll get the 665 instead which doesn’t support 5G. Thus, still relying on 4G support. RAM is still limited to 4GB just like last year’s Xperia 10.

The onboard storage is still limited to 128GB. However, expect storage expandability with microSD (which uses a shared SIM slot just like the old Xperia 10 series).

Still new, nonetheless

Unlike the Xperia 10 with plastic back and frame, it’s now sandwiched with two Gorilla Glass 6 for added durability. Another added layer of protection is the inclusion of IP65/68 rating — something the old midranger doesn’t have. For security, it still relies on the side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

It might still have a 6-inch Full HD+ display, but Sony has decided to replace last year’s IPS LCD to OLED panel. Paired with BRAVIA technology, it now produces deeper blacks and vibrant colors. The 21:9 CinemaWide ratio is still there for a cinematic audiovisual experience.

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Say goodbye to the centered dual-camera setup. Just like its flagship sibling, you’ll get a triple-camera system placed on the upper left corner. Other than the 12-megapixel main shooter, there are two 8-megapixel cameras for zoom and super-wide shooting. The telephoto lens is capable of two times optical zoom. You can still record 4K videos in 30p. Meanwhile, the selfie camera remains with an 8-megapixel sensor.

Battery capacity is rated at 3600mAh from Xperia 10’s 2870mAh battery — which even beats the Xperia 10 Plus’ 3000mAh juice. There’s also the Xperia Adaptive Charging which helps prolong the phone’s battery life.

Just like the Xperia 1 II, it has an audio jack and runs Android 10 out of the box.

Pricing and Availability

The Xperia 10 II with 4GB and 128GB configuration will retail at EUR 320 (approximately US$ 347). It only comes in black and white color options.

According to a French press release, it will be available by “spring” (around March) but Dutch and Bulgarian press releases suggest “end of spring”, which is around May.

Update as of 05/04/2020: It has already launched in Taiwan and the phone is now available for pre-order in Europe. It’ll cost £319 in the UK and for €369 around Europe, directly translating to around US$ 400.


Samsung, BTS will launch a custom Galaxy S20

Coming next month



Celebrity endorsements are part and parcel of the smartphone lifecycle. Most companies have constantly leveraged local talent to promote their products. However, a lucky few have found more internationally known celebrities to brandish new devices. Amidst this ubiquitous strategy, Samsung and LG have a distinct advantage: a gallery of Korean idol groups right at their doorstep. For example, Samsung has already created BLACKPINK-themed Galaxy smartphones last year.

Recently, Samsung recruited BTS for this year’s Galaxy S20 series. At the time, the partnership was just for brand ambassadorship, creating promos with the “Captured #withGalaxy S20 Series.” Now, Samsung and BTS are taking it a step further.

In the last few days, Samsung’s Twitter account teased BTS-themed promos with a single date: July 9. The promos are very likely hinting at a BTS-themed device coming next month.

Thanks to Max Weinbach, we finally have a clearer idea of what the upcoming device is. Sent by one of his sources, the upcoming device is a Galaxy S20 variant in vibrant Mirror Purple, marking the BTS theme. Additionally, Samsung is also launching BTS-themed Galaxy Buds+ in the same Mirror Purple color. Both devices will come in custom BTS packaging.

At least for the phone, there isn’t any change internally. It’s still the same Galaxy S20 series. At the very least, the custom variant will arrive in the base Galaxy S20 model.

As the leak confirms, the upcoming device will launch on July 9 in South Korea. Pre-orders will start soon. However, there is no word yet whether the device will come to other countries.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 might now be in mass production

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CES 2021 will still push through with an in-person event

Will implement a lot of safety measures



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So far, CES 2020 is the only massive tech trade show to escape the ongoing coronavirus pandemic unscathed. Soon after the first show of the year, other similar events — like MWC 2020 — started dropping out for fear of spreading the virus further. Some migrated to online avenues. Some are still pushing through but with severely limited attendance.

With more than half a year to go before the next event, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced that CES 2021 will continue its years-long tradition of holding an in-person event for the trade showcase. Besides the in-person event, CES 2021 will also branch out into more digital spaces, allowing more livestreaming to broadcast the latest technologies for a wider reach. Though the announcement is only making the rounds now (via The Verge), the CTA has already made and publicized the decision on May 7 through the convention’s website.

This is, of course, a huge deal for the public events industry all over the world. All eyes are on CES 2021 as a safety barometer for the future of public spaces. Though some events are still continuing as normal this year, CES 2021 will likely usher in a new era with new health tools, the “new normal,” and, hopefully, a cure. Who knows what will happen at that point in time?

CES 2021 will still implement public health measure to limit the spread of disease during the show. The CTA is already pondering on various methods like social distancing, temperature scans, mask wearing, contactless payments, and sanitization stations.

Amidst all the potential safety measures in place, we’re seeing the “new normal” in action. For sure, CES 2021 will showcase huge breakthroughs in the tech industry, as it did this year. The annual event will take place from January 6 to 9 next year.

SEE ALSO: IFA 2020 to adopt an ‘innovative’ form of conferencing

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PLDT Home extends Speedboost and Double Data offers

Until June 30



When people were forced to stay at and work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PLDT stepped in to make sure Internet access was sufficient (debatable, we know). The speedboost they promised for the duration of the lockdown has now been extended.

The nationwide speedboost supposedly gave everyone a minimum of 25 Mbps. If you felt this boost, congratulations! You get to experience it for a little while longer.

If you’d rather go prepaid that options is on offer as well. You can get the PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid at just PhP 995 which comes with free 10GB worth of data valid for seven days and enjoy twice more data for all sites and apps.

If that doesn’t quite cut it for you there are other PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid options:

  • FamLoad package: FamLoad 199 now has 24GB of data for seven days
  • FamLoad 599 comes with 80GB of data for 15 days
  • FamLoad 999 has 130GB of data for 30 days
  • FamLoad 1499 gives you a whopping 200GB of data for 30 days.

To find out more, you can always visit the PLDT Website. Just cross your fingers that it never gets hacked like their Twitter account.

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