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Starmobile Play Five is a really affordable Marshmallow phone

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Starmobile Play Five

A little flabbergasted by all the overpriced phones coming out lately? Philippines-based Starmobile has something called the Play Five, and it costs over $600 less than an “entry-level” Google Pixel.

Not that we’d compare the Play Five to a premium handset, but it goes to show how you can buy a complete smartphone for only $35, or PhP 1,790 in the brand’s native Philippine market.

As part of Starmobile’s fifth anniversary in the business, the phone’s biggest claim to fame is its inclusion of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which several manufacturers still fail to offer despite there being an even newer 7.0 Nougat available for over three months already.

Starmobile Play Five

Starmobile Play Five in red

Other than that, there isn’t much else to write about, but you can’t really complain, since this is targeted towards first-time smartphone users and those who need a backup phone.

If you must know, there’s a quad-core processor on board, along with a low-resolution 4-inch display and a pair of 5- and 2-megapixel rear and front-facing cameras.

The only major drawback that could hamper usability is the 4GB of internal storage. This means you won’t have a lot of space for apps, but you can slide in a microSD card (32GB at most) if you must store more data.

Although there’s no 4G LTE connectivity, its HSPA+ data speeds should suffice, and you have slots for two SIM cards to work at the same time.

The Play Five will be available beginning on the last week of November in three distinct colors: red, black, and white.

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WIKO 10 smartphone introduced to the Philippines

French brand joins entry-level segment

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French brand WIKO is entering the Philippine market and challenging competitors, introducing the WIKO 10 smartphone in the country.

Operating on Android 12, the entry-level WIKO 10 will have identical specs and features like most counterpart devices in its segment.

First off, it is powered by a Helio G37 chipset and a 5,000mAH battery that support for 22.5W WIKO SuperCharge and wireless reverse charging which powers smaller devices like a smart band or wireless headsets.

With 4GB of memory and 128GB storage, the phone may also be used for gaming, given that it has a multi-stage overheating current control mechanism incorporated.

The display is a 6.74-inch (1600 x 720) large full-screen LCD with an aspect ratio of 20:9. 

When it comes to the camera setup, the smartphone has a triple camera setup at the back bannered by a 50MP main shooter (F1.8) that has a Smart HDR feature. In front is an 8MP selfie camera.

Other features include:

  • Dual SIM
  • microSD slot
  • 4G LTE
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Fingerprint scanner

WIKO Buds 10 also released

Alongside the phone’s launch, WIKO has also announced the WIKO Buds 10, a pair of wireless earbuds with Bluetooth 5.2 technology that offers up to 30 hours of usage with its charging case.

The earbuds have a 12mm dynamic driver to deliver high-quality audio with deep bass. It also has environmental noise cancellation. What sets this pair apart from the others is its built-in dual mics for voice capturing.

Pricing, availability

The WIKO 10 will be available in three colors: Klein Blue, Silver, and Black. It will retail for PhP 8,990 on Shopee, Lazada, and authorized WIKO stores and kiosks.

The WIKO Buds 10, meanwhile, will be sold for PhP 1,499.

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Password-less logins: OPPO joins FIDO Alliance

Advancing authentication standards

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OPPO Find X5 Pro

OPPO announced that is has joined the FIDO Alliance, an open industry association that develops authentication standards to reduce reliance on passwords worldwide.

As a part of the alliance, OPPO will support the development and implementation of the latest FIDO standards for password-less logins by utilizing cryptography and the protocols defined by the association itself.

The smartphone brand will actively use FIDO standards on its smart devices. They will work with FIDO’s other affiliates to provide users a faster but more secure sign-in experience across their devices. 

Launched publicly in 2013, the Alliance was founded by renowned global companies such as PayPal, Lenovo, NokNok Labs, Validity Sensors, Infineon, and Agnitio.

The first deployment of FIDO authentication happened in 2014, involving the Samsung Galaxy S5. Users were allowed to login and shop online with just a swipe of a finger wherever PayPal is accepted.

The Alliance’s latest authentication specification, FIDO2, provides a secure and convenient technical framework supported by companies including Google, Microsoft, and Qualcomm.

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Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G now in the Philippines

Peak performance, smooth gameplay

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Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G

Infinix is combining the mobile gaming experience with 5G connectivity and a powerful camera with the official release of the Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G in the Philippines.

It will be available in two colors: Force Black and Snow Fall starting on September 27 in outlets nationwide, as well as Infinix’s online stores in Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok for PhP 12,499.

From September 27 to 29, the device will also get a discount at PhP 10,299 exclusively on Lazada and PhP 11,499 from September 30 in the three online stores.

Peak mobile gaming performance

Powered by an octa-core Dimensity 810 5G processor, the mid-range gaming smartphone boasts of a 13GB Super RAM (8GB RAM + 5GB extended) and a 128GB storage.

The phone has a 5,000mAh battery with support for 33W fast charge, while the brand’s Monster Gaming Kit software further elevates the experience.

Impressive visuals

The Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G has a 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED (2400 x 1080) display with a 60Hz refresh rate.

The phone’s camera setup likewise stunning, with a 108MP main shooter making up the triple camera package at the back. In front is a 16MP selfie camera with dual flash.

Both front and rear cameras are capable of recording 1440p videos at 30fps. Other features include a side fingerprint sensor and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.

To avail of the Lazada 10 percent discount, simply follow these steps:

  • Go to LazMall
  • Click on LazMall Voucher
  • Collect the 10 percent voucher
  • Go to Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G and click Buy Now. The voucher will automatically apply.
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