TCL 10 5G, 20 SE launches in the Philippines

A midranger and a budget model for everyone



TCL will soon bring their smartphone lineup to the Philippines, starting with the mid-range 10 5G and budget model 20 SE. Consumers can snag these two smartphones starting April 7 on Lazada and official distributors nationwide.

TCL 10 5G: Power on a budget

The more powerful of the two, TCL 10 5G packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G which comes with its own 5G modem for next-gen connectivity. Upon its launch, it will be one of the cheaper smartphones with the aforementioned chipset and a generous 6GB/128GB combo. Plus, there’s more to dig here than its speedy processor. Upfront is a 6.53 inches IPS LCD FHD+ display with support for HDR10.

The cameras are pretty standard for a mid-range of this day and age. On the back is a quad-camera setup with a 64MP wide-angle + 8MP ultra-wide-angle + 5MP macro lens + 2MP depth sensor. Meanwhile, the selfie camera located on the left cut-out is a 16MP wide-angle lens.

The whole body of the device is made of glass, which is rare for the segment. It has the usual USB-C port and a headphone jack too. It also comes with a respectable 4,500 mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. The best part? It comes with a price of PhP 17,990.

TCL 20 SE: Budget device with more power

TCL 20 SE is the one to get for those who wanted more power out of their budget devices. After all, it comes with a 5,000 mAh battery which should give users at least a day’s worth of battery life. It also supports 18W fast charging which is a big plus.

The rest of the specs are quite respectable too, from the 6.82-inch IPS LCD HD+ display to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 processor. Like its more expensive counterpart, it has a quad-camera setup though with a different arrangement. The back camera has a 16MP wide-angle + 5MP ultra-wide-angle + 2MP + macro lens + 2MP depth sensor. Meanwhile, the selfie camera on the teardrop notch is an 8MP wide-angle lens.

TCL does another thing right here by basically bundling a USB-C port and a headphone jack on this device. After all, micro-USB ports still exist on a budget device in this day and age. Dual speakers are a thing on this device so users can binge-listen to their favorite music even without their favorite buds.

The RAM and the storage, however, are a bit on the low side with the default 4GB/64GB combo. However, that seems forgivable considering its retail price of PhP 8,990.


Both the TCL 10 5G and the TCL 20 SE are available to purchase starting April 7 through the official TCL Lazada store page. Consumers can also snag both devices through authorized retail distributors nationwide.


Nothing Ear (2) now available in Singapore: Price, features

Truly authentic sound



Nothing Ear (2)

London-based tech brand Nothing has launched the Ear (2) TWS earbuds in Singapore.

It is priced at SG$ 199 and will initially be available on Limited Edt from March 23. Free tryouts will be available at Challenger stores in Bugis Junction, Vivo City, and Causeway Point.

General sale will commence starting on April 8 at all Nothing partner stores in Singapore, both online and offline, including Lazada and Shopee.

Truly authentic sound

The Hi-Res Audio-certified earbuds feature an 11.6mm custom driver for deep bass and crystal-clear highs. Its LHDC 5.0 codec technology ensures the finest sound details are transmitted at frequencies up to 24 bit/192 kHz.

The Ear (2) is also engineered with Nothing’s best noise cancellation technology yet, achieving up to 40dB of reduction.

With personalized Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and Adaptive Mode, users may also adjust the noise reduction level based on their environments.

The device also has an improved wind-proof and crowd-proof Clear Voice Technology. This complements the three high-definition microphones on each earbud which have an advanced AI noise reduction algorithm that filters out unnecessary noises when answering calls.

Personalize the experience

Additionally, using the Nothing X app, users may also personalize their listening experience by adjusting the equalizer settings in real-time for optimal sound quality.

Dual Connection, on the other hand, allows for easier device switching between listening to music or receiving calls, for instance. The device likewise supports Google Fast Pair and Microsoft Swift Pair.

Seamless controls

The Ear (2) has buttons on each earbud, allowing for easy controls like adjusting volume, skipping to the next track, or switching between noise cancellation modes.

Nothing’s latest offering delivers up to 36 hours of playback on a fully-charged case – with ANC turned off. Using fast charge, it can replenish up to eight hours on a 10-minute charge.

For peace of mind, the earbuds are rated IP54 for water resistance while its transparent case is rated IP55.

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vivo V27 series 5G now available for preorder; price revealed

The Aura Portrait Master



vivo V27

vivo’s highly-touted Aura Light — a ring light that effectively replaces the regular flash on the rear of smartphones — on its vivo V27 series 5G made quite the impression from the get-go.

The wait is over for those intrigued about it, as preorders for the latest devices are now available via vivo’s online store.

The series comes in two variants — the vivo V27e which retails for PhP 16,999, and the vivo V27 5G which is priced at PhP 24,999.

Simple, elegant design

Veering away from the matte finish that has become more common in midrange phones, vivo opted for a polished gem-like design for the vivo V27 series.

Both are equipped with 120Hz FHD+ AMOLED screens. The 7.36mm 3D curved screen on the V27 5G is the thinnest yet for a V series phone. Meanwhile, the V27e has a 7.7mm thickness.

There are three colorway choices:

  • Color-changing Emerald Green
  • Lavender Purple
  • Glory Black (specifically for the V27e, which is said to shimmer at night)

Innovative, powerful cameras

As previously mentioned, the vivo V27 series has a f/1.9 IMX766V 50MP ultra-sensing main camera.

This is supported by EIS+OIS dual ultra-stabilization for sharp and high-quality shots even when moving or at night.

The Aura Portrait Algorithm paves the way for impressive image and video-processing yet on a vivo smartphone for its category.

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Attack on Titan publisher is getting its own manga app



Getting into manga is both tough and accessible for a casual reader. While the popularity of the medium allows titles to promulgate so easily online, readers sometimes have to rely on fan translations and bootleg copies. Kodansha, one of the biggest names in the manga scene, is creating a platform to release official English-translated titles in the United States called K Manga.

In the manga scene, Kodansha is one of the most recognizable publishers, creating modern classics like Attack on Titan and Ghost in the Shell. Naturally, the publisher has a lot of history to bank on.

Starting May, Kodansha will release K Manga, an app which will offer access to both classic and newly released titles. On launch, the service will have around 400 titles available for users. These will include Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail, Blue Lock, and Tokyo Revengers. It will also release new chapters, officially translated in English, first before any other platform.

Right now, the company has not announced how the app will price its library. The announcement mentioned that it will offer select chapters for free, opening the possibility for a paid way to access more chapters.

K Manga will launch on May 10 in the United States.

SEE ALSO: New anime channel Bento launched in the Philippines

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