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Chinese brand Vivo gears up to sell smartphones in PH

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Not too many people in the Philippines have heard about Vivo, a Chinese OEM that, like Huawei and OPPO, is aggressively expanding to markets outside of its native China, where it ranks among the country’s top-selling smartphone brands. However, that might soon change now that the company is apparently gearing up to sell its phones locally.

Vivo has shown increased activity on its local Facebook page lately, and in its latest post, it announced the arrival of the Vivo Y51 with the caption “experience speed like no other,” which is interesting because on paper, the Y51 isn’t particularly speedy. It does offer fast mobile data across 4G LTE networks — but then again, support for the fastest wireless data standard available is common among today’s smartphones.

Vivo Y51

The Y51 isn’t new either, as the phone has been widely available in select markets since January for 12,000 Indian rupees, or roughly Php8,000.

Vivo’s current lineup of affordable devices aside, what it has in store in the future, however, may be of interest to local consumers; the Chinese brand is slated to unveil the V3 and V3 Max smartphones in India on April 5.

The latter has been spotted at China’s TENAA (China’s equivalent to the FCC) carrying a 5.5-inch, full-resolution display, an octa-core processor, and 3GB of RAM. Considering the modest specifications, it wouldn’t be surprising to see it come with an equally modest price. We’ll be in India next week to cover the Vivo launch event, so expect to hear more about the V3 and V3 Max then.

Vivo operates in seven countries, including China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and the Philippines, and is known for pioneering the Quad HD era of mobile devices, having introduced the first smartphone with a resolution of 1,440 x 2,560 pixels in 2013. Its current flagship, the Vivo Xplay5, boasts 6GB of RAM — another industry first — plus an AMOLED screen that’s curved on both sides, similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

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Foldable iPad coming in 2024, report says

With a carbon fiber kickstand

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Only a few things are as mythical as Apple’s first foldable device. For years, Apple has reportedly worked on foldable technology in hopes of eventually releasing an iPhone or an iPad with the form factor. Now, years later, more and more reports are revealing optimistic developments for the company’s first set of foldable devices.

According to a new one from Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will likely release the first foldable iPad sometime in 2024. With the new device, the company hopes to revamp the iPad lineup, releasing a more varied mix to boost shipments.

Additionally, Kuo states that the device will come with a carbon fiber kickstand. Besides offering a unique form factor for the lineup, the kickstand’s material will also decrease the device’s weight, making for a lighter iPad.

It’s still some time away from now. Even if Kuo hit the nail on the head with this report, Apple can still change plans between now and 2024. Besides an iPad, the company is also reportedly working on a foldable iPhone to take on Samsung’s dominance in the industry. However, like the enigmatic iPad, not much is known about the foldable iPhone. Given the increasing abundance of reports about the foldable lineup, we will likely learn more as the year progresses.

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It’s easier to get a PlayStation 5 now, Sony says

More supplies worldwide

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Still struggling to get a new PlayStation 5? If dwindling console stocks are keeping you down, Sony has announced a reprieve for queue waiters. The company promised that supply for the console will greatly increase ahead of the PlayStation VR2’s launch in February.

Since the console’s launch back in 2020, scalpers and bots have persistently plagued the industry, taking supplies away from most gamers. Over the years, the impact of supply problems gradually dissipated. Today, it’s easier to buy a PlayStation 5, but supply can still be an issue in some parts of the world.

During CES 2023, Sony initially hinted that PlayStation 5 stocks should increase even more this year. Now, Sony is making it even more official. Today, the company officially posted that it’s easier to find one in retailers globally.

For users hunting for the console in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe, Sony recommends going to the official PlayStation store to buy one.

To promote the increased supply, Sony has also released a new promotional video for the PlayStation 5’s exclusives set to imitate a news show.

Only a month into the year, 2023 is already looking to be a great year for the platform. Later in February, Sony is set to launch the new PlayStation VR2. The console will also host a flurry of notable exclusives including Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Assassin’s Creed Mirage, and Street Fighter 6.

SEE ALSO: PlayStation launches ‘The Year of Play’ campaign

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Netflix confirms One Piece adaptation coming this year

Plus a new poster

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Netflix continues its huge gamble on anime adaptations. Over the past several years, the platform produced a couple of live-action versions of classic anime shows. To the company’s dismay, neither of the adaptations were received well. Still, the gamble continues to truck on. Netflix has confirmed that the upcoming One Piece adaptation is coming this year.

The live-action adaptation isn’t exactly new. Netflix first announced the title back in 2020 but offered only a few developments concerning the show’s production. Now, we have a release window and a poster.

To be fair, the new poster doesn’t show much except for Luffy’s back. A wider shot shows a bit more including the rears of all the Straw Hat Pirates and a shot of the Thousand Sunny in the distance.

Likewise, Netflix has not shared what the synopsis of the One Piece adaptation will be. Historically, the platform’s live-action adaptations start from the very beginning, taking viewers on a compressed tour through the original anime show’s plot.

That said, the company has a long uphill climb to legitimize its live-action anime adaptations. Despite featuring Willem Dafoe as Ryuk, Netflix’s previous Death Note adaptation quickly receded into a forgettable title. Additionally, Cowboy Bebop was canceled after only one season.

SEE ALSO: Netflix Southeast Asia movies to watch

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