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iQOO launches its first monstrous flagship at attractive price

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Last month, Vivo launched a promising sub-brand, iQOO. Breaking away from its parent company’s targets, iQOO will aim for a more premium market. Initially, the brand launched without unveiling any hints of its future lineup. iQOO was an empty brand for weeks.

Eventually, rumor mills started speculating on the company’s first phone. The most prominent rumor featured a foldable phone, curiously featuring iQOO’s only known graphic. Based on the available information (or lack thereof), iQOO’s phones fervently remained in the dark.

Now, almost a month after the brand’s launch, iQOO has finally launched its first phone. Simply named the iQOO, the brand’s first offering lives up to its premium hype. The self-titled debut is a monstrous gaming phone for only a fraction of its expected price.

The iQOO comes with a 6.41-inch OLED with an under-display fingerprint scanner. Within its sleek body, the phone sports a high-end Snapdragon 855 processor, up to 12GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of internal storage. For less power-heavy users, the phone’s lowest variant has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

From the most premium to the lowest-specced variant, the iQOO offers a surprising amount of capability in today’s heavy-hitting standards.

Additionally, this gaming phone will have a vapor chamber, offering liquid cooling for gaming purposes. With performance-enhancing software inside, the phone will have 30 percent faster startup time and 70 percent improved frame rate in games.

For shooting, the iQOO carries a triple rear camera setup. The combination includes a primary 12-megapixel dual-pixel shooter, a 13-megapixel wide-angle shooter with Sony’s IMX263 sensor, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.

For power, the iQOO has a sizable 4000mAh battery. Further, the phone supports 44W fast-charging capabilities. From an empty tank, the battery will fully charge in just 45 minutes. The lowest variant will come with only 22.5W charging, which isn’t too shabby either.

The iQOO will come in either Electric Blue or Lava Orange. The cheapest variant will cost CNY 2,998 (or around US$ 447). An 8GB RAM variant will start at CNY 3,298 (or around US$ 491). Finally, the most premium variant will cost CNY 4,298 (or around US$ 640). The phone’s first sale will start on March 6.

SEE ALSO: Vivo V15 Pro is a midrange phone trying to redefine mobile photography

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Phone case by castAway doubles as a secondary display

Any phone can fold!

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Folding displays have been the highlight of 2019 thanks to the Samsung Galaxy Fold, Huawei Mate X, and Motorola razr. From a use-case scenario, a small phone can be converted into a tablet that offers a bigger screen.

However, folding phones aren’t a new concept. A range of phones have been made that incorporate a secondary display. If the Surface Duo got your attention, this phone case is made for you.

castAway is a second screen for your smartphone that the creator’s claim will fit 95 percent of smartphones, giving you the dual-screen experience for less than US$ 200.

If the implementation looks familiar, that’s because we’ve sort of seen this before from LG with their Dual Screen handsets — the LG V50 ThinQ and the LG G8X ThinQ.

The small variant, the castAway One runs at 5.8-inches while a larger castAway One Plus 6.3-inch variant supports larger devices. Across both size categories, the case supports either iPhone or Samsung devices at launch. That’s not all though.

The case itself is like a very small Chrome OS tablet and is powered by a 1.5GHz ARM-based processor with 4GB RAM and 32GB of storage. You’ll be able to hold it like a book, turn it to a landscape orientation, and even close it up fully.

That comes complete with USB-C horizontal and vertical ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and an EMR stylus. The castAway case battery is comparable to a smartphone battery too, allowing standalone use.

 

The castAway case supports all Apple iPhone’s since the 6. Supported Samsung phones include the S7, S8, S8+, S9, S9+, S10, S10+, Note 7, Note 8, Note 9, and Note 10.

For early adopters of the case, the prices start out at US$ 129 for the smaller castAway One. Just US$ 10 more nets buyers the larger castAway One Plus. Shipping will start in May 2020, if everything moves forward smoothly.

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Samsung reveals Galaxy Note 10+ Star Wars Special Edition

Embrace the dark side

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Samsung and Star Wars have always had the “galaxy” in common and now these two worlds are colliding with the South Korean company’s announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Star Wars Special Edition.

The collaboration ties directly with the upcoming film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker which will hit theaters on December 20. The Galaxy Note 10+ Star Wars Special Edition does feature a Skywalker, but it’s one that does not carry that name.

The phone’s design has Kylo Ren all over it. Kylo Ren is the son of Han Solo and Leia Skywalker. He’s also the most prominent user of the dark side of the force in the most recent movies on the film franchise.

The device is all black with some red accents. Also in red is the accompanying S Pen, mimicking the color of the light saber that Kylo Ren carries around. On its back is the Samsung logo as well the logo of the First Order which is essentially the new army inspired by the Galactic Empire.

The special edition smartphone will come in a bundle that includes Galaxy Buds that is also all black with red accents. Also included is a special edition leather case that shows Kylo Ren and a metal badge that acts as a collector’s item.

Pricing and Availability

According to Samsung’s release, The Galaxy Note 10+ Star Wars Special Edition unlocked by Samsung version will be available only in limited quantities and will retail for US$ 1299.99 staring December in USA.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ Review

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Philips Hue is now available in the Philippines

With starter kits included

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Philips Hue has been around since 2012. Just two years ago, we listed Philips Hue under must-have devices for a smarter home. Now, they officially launched it in the Philippines.

In case you missed it, the Philips Hue system is not just about “smart bulbs”, it’s also a connected lighting system for your home — strips, spots, lamps, and controls all included. With the excellence of developers, there are more than 700 third-party apps designed for the Hue.

The Philips Hue is responsible for switching light controls and changing colors within the reach of your fingertips. You can personalize and choose from the spectrum of 16 million colors in order to change your interior’s ambiance. It also has a feature that increases the brightness when you wake up in the day.

Other than that, there are also light scenes such as Tropical Twilight or Tokyo Lights, or even a customized scene based on your liking. The light activity can even depend on the music, video, and games you are playing — especially that it has an integration on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. Best of all, you can control it through voice commands with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana, and Nest. It’s also compatible with other smart-home platforms such as Samsung SmartThings, Bosch, and Logitech.

Price and availability

The Hue White ambiance Starter Kit includes a Philips Hue White Ambiance Bulb, bridge, and wireless dimmer switch.

Meanwhile, the Hue White and Color Ambiance Kit includes three white and color ambiance bulbs, plus a bridge.

Here are the official prices:

Starter Kits

  • Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Kit — PhP 10,390
  • Philips Hue White Ambiance Kit — PhP 7,490

Bulbs

  • Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Bulb — PhP 2,990
  • Philips Hue White Ambiance Bulb — PhP 1,790

Controls

  • Philips Hue bridge — PhP 3,690
  • Philips Hue wireless dimmer switch — PhP 1,290
  • Philips Hue Motion sensor — PhP 2,690

You can get the Philips Hue in select Power Mac Centers, Switch, iStore, Nifty, Urban Gadgets, Infomax Glorietta, Abenson Global City, and online at the Philips Lighting Official Store on Lazada.

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