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TCL 10 series is an affordable offering with quad-cameras

There’s also a midrange option with 5G

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TCL unveils today the  TCL 10 series that consists of the TCL 10 5G, TCL 10 Pro, and TCL 10L. Instead of going after the flagship segment, the company is positioning the products as an affordable offering.

TCL is like HMD Global, it goes slow, but has some formidable products. The company was also authorized to make BlackBerry-branded phones. However, lately, we’ve seen them focus on their original brand name that’s quite famous in the television segment.

Starting with the TCL 10 5G, it has a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with a punch-hole cut-out. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 765G processor with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. For authentication, a physical fingerprint scanner has been included on the back.

On the rear is a quad-camera setup consisting of a 64MP primary camera, an 8MP wide-angle lens, along with unspecified 5MP and 2MP lenses. On the front is a 16-megapixel selfie shooter located in a punch-hole cut-out.

Backing these internals is a 4500mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0. The phone ships with Android 10 out-of-the-box. It’ll be available in Chrome Blue and Mercury Grey color options.

The TCL 10 Pro, on the other hand, has a 6.5-inch OLED display with Full HD+ resolution but a tiny water-drop notch. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 675 processor with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. Unlike the 5G option, this one sports an in-display fingerprint scanner.

It has the same camera setup as the TCL 10 5G on the rear, but a 24-megapixel selfie camera. It also gets the same battery setup that can deliver 4500mAh of power along with Quick Charge 3.0 support.

Lastly, the TCL 10L has the same display as the TCL 10 5G, but is powered by a Snapdragon 665 processor. It comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB internal storage configuration. It has a 4000mAh battery, but there’s no mention of fast charging.

On the rear is a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. It’ll be available in Arctic White and Mariana Blue color options.

Pricing and availability

The TCL 10 Pro will retail for US$ 449.99 while the TCL 10L will sell for US$ 249.99. Both will be sold online at Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart.

Each device will come in one color option at launch: The 10 Pro will come in Ember Gray and 10L will come in Mariana Blue. Both phones will be coming to Canada later this summer. More details to come closer to Canada’s launch.

Pricing and availability for the TCL 10 5G have yet to be released.

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Black Shark 4: Price and availability in the Philippines

For mobile gamers

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Black Shark 4

The gaming-focused smartphone Black Shark 4 has found its way to the Philippines.

The Black Shark 4 has a 6.7-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate, 720Hz multi-finger touch sampling rate, and SGS eye protection-certified pressure-sensitive screen. Black Shark has boasted of 111 percent DCI-P3 color gamut and a peak brightness of 1300 nits.

It’s powered by a Snapdragon 870 processor with up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. Backing these internals is a 4500mAh battery with 120W fast charging. It’s got dual stereo speakers, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a liquid cooling system, as well as two USB-C ports.

As for cameras, it has a 48MP main shooter, 8MP ultra-wide angle lens, 5MP macro lens, and a 20MP selfie shooter. The phone ships with JOYUI 12.5 based on Android 11 with plenty of gaming-centric features.

Price and availability

The Black Shark 4 will come in two colors: Mirror Black and Pale Grey. It will be available in these configurations: 8GB+128GB, 12GB+128GB, and 12GB+256GB.

The gaming smartphone will officially launch on April 28. You can watch here. Exact pricing will be released during launch day. Interested buyers can pre-order starting April 28 at Black Shark Philippines’ Shopee store. 

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Tales of ARISE releases on Sept 9

Collector Edition also announced

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Tales of ARISE

The long-running Tales series (25 years now!) has a new title coming! Tales of ARISE will be released in Southeast Asia on September 9, 2021.

Here’s the release date trailer to get you hyped.

What is Tales of ARISE?

The game will follow the story of Rena — the star that has been ruling the Dahna planet with an iron fist for the past 300 years. Renans have been depleting Dahna of its natural resources, enslaving most of the planet’s population in order to do so.

This tale follows the fight to free Dahnans of their fate and will be experienced through the eyes of Alphen, an iron-masked Dahnan fighting to free his people, and Shionne, a girl from Rena, who’s on the run from her countrymen. They will be joined through their journey by characters like Rinwell and Law that will help them in their fight for freedom.

Southeast Asia Game Editions

Tales of ARISE

All pre-orders and Day-1 retail package version will receive a new costume for Alphen and Shionne, as well as outfits accessories and new cooking recipes and ingredients.

  • Tales of Arise retail package version is only available for the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 in Southeast Asia.
  • The package version includes pre-order digital bonus only for the first production. The number of initial production is limited and will end as soon as it runs out.

Digital Platforms

On Digital platforms, a Deluxe and an Ultimate edition will be available. The Deluxe edition will have the following items:

  • Premium Item Pack, containing gold, cooking items and Boosts
  • Premium Costume Pack, including 8 full costumes and 6 accessories
  • Premium Travel Pack, allowing for better cooking and crafting abilities as well as discounts in shops

The Ultimate Edition will have all the content from the Deluxe Edition as well as new costumes for the characters including special costumes in collaboration with other BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment games.

Tales of ARISE

A physical Collector Edition will be available and include the same content as the Ultimate Edition, along with an exclusive figurine, a Steelbook, an Artbook and the game’s Soundtrack. This edition can be purchased at participating retailers in Southeast Asia.

A special Hootle Edition will be available exclusively and in limited quantities on the BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Asia store at a later date. This edition will include, in addition to the base game, a metal case, an Artbook, the Soundtrack, a 15 cm Hootle plush along with 4 accessories, Hootle DLC for the game as well as stickers and 3 art prints.

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Google Drive was down for PLDT users

Service appears to be working now

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Google Drive down

Google Drive was not working for PLDT users in the Philippines.

Multiple users in the Philippines have taken to Twitter to express frustration that Google Drive is down. The earliest tweets started at around 7PM (GMT+8). As of writing, the service continues to not work for some people.

Some tweeters have pointed out that the problem is with the Internet Service Provider PLDT. Some have switched to using a different ISP and it has worked for them.

PLDT replying to queries

PLDT has yet to fully acknowledge the problem and have only so far replied to a handful of customers who have tagged them to flag the issue.

As of 4:24AM (GMT+8), the service has returned for some users.

Google Drive is Google’s cloud service that’s also home to its Office Suite of apps including Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. Several people rely on the service both for study and work.

 
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