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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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Google Drive was down for PLDT users

Service appears to be working now

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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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Mi 11 Lite: Price and availability in the Philippines

Ultra-slim midranger

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Mi 11 Lite

The youngest sibling from the Mi 11 series expansion announcement, the Mi 11 Lite, has made its way to the Philippines.

Despite an overall slim footprint, it does sport a 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay with a 90Hz refresh rate and HDR10. It also has a 4,250mAh battery with 33W fast charging.

Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G chip. It’s a chip that’s more than capable of handling most of what you’ll do on a smartphone. Into gaming? Yes, this phone can certainly handle that. It even employs the LiquidCool tech to keep you cool even as the game heats up.

It also has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Yes, this is only the 4G version. No word yet if the 5G one will arrive in the country. Its camera setup are as follows: 64MP f/1.79 Wide. 8MP f/2.2 UWA, 5MP f/2.4 Telemacro, and 16MP selfie camera.

The phone will come in three colors: Boba Black, Bubblegum Blue and Peach Pink.

Price and availability

The Mi 11 Lite will retail for PhP 14,990 and will be available for purchase from Authorized Mi Stores and partner retailers nationwide as well as our official stores in Lazada and Shopee starting April 24.

Watch our Mi 11 Lite Unboxing and Hands-On

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Lenovo unveils new Eyesafe-certified ThinkVision monitors

For those who wish to manage their screen time while working

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For those working from home, you often find yourselves glued to your screens for more than eight hours a day. Whether it’s your work laptop or your phone, you proceed to work on your tasks or scroll through social media through a screen. Of course, if you do it for too long, it has the potential to damage your eyesight in the long run. Now, Lenovo unveiled a new set of displays that might just help you address that.

The company has launched its latest ThinkVision monitors that are now Eyesafe-certified. In essence, both monitors come with technologies designed to ease off the harmful blue light emitted from the display. Furthermore, they received a TUV Rheinland Eye Comfort certification to ensure maximum eye comfort and protection.

Also, these two monitors — the ThinkVision T24i-2L and ThinkVision T27h-2L — come with color accurate displays and phone holders on the base.

For the ThinkVision T24i-2L, it comes with a 24-inch FHD display with flexible connectivity options for all kinds of devices. Meanwhile, the ThinkVision T27h-AL comes with a 27-inch QHD display for a much larger workspace.

These monitors are now available for the price of PhP 8,850 (ThinkVision T24i-2L) and PhP 15,499 (ThinkVision T27h-2L). You will find these through Lenovo’s authorized partner sellers.

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