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vivo V19 series arrives in the Philippines

Two peas in a pod

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vivo has been pretty quiet in the Philippines since the launch of the NEX 3. That changes today with the release of the vivo V19 series composed of a pair of midrangers — the vivo V19 and V19 Neo.

These two are like two peas in a pod. Both sport a 6.44-inch FHD+ SUPER AMOLED display, a quad-camera setup, and 4500mAh of battery capacity. Naturally, both also run vivo’s Funtouch OS 10 that’s based on Android 10.

Both phones also have a headphone jack. Neat! The rear cameras are also the same: 48MP main sensor, 8MP wide-angle, 2MP bokeh, and 2MP macro. However, there are of course some differences.

The vivo V19 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 chip with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The vivo V19 Neo has the same RAM and storage but is instead powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 AIE.

While both phones have the same display tech they hold different cameras. vivo calls it an “Ultra O Screen” because of the punch-hole that holds the selfie shooters.

The v19 Neo looks like an actual “O” with a single 32MP front-facing camera with a bunch of software features such as Super Night Selfie, Portrait Light Effects, and many more AI things.

The v19, on the other hands, has two front-facing shooters. A 32MP main and 8MP wide-angle shooter. As one can expect, it has all the aforementioned software features with an additional Super Wide-angle Selfie (with wide-angle distortion correction for portraits).

Pricing and availability

The vivo V19 Neo will retail for PhP 17, 999. Pre-order period is from June 13-19. It will we be available in all vivo stores starting June 20.

Customers who pre-order the vivo V19 Neo will get a PhP 4,599-worth limited-edition gift of wireless noise cancelling premium earbuds and six months extended phone warranty. The freebie bundle package is exclusively available on vivo flagship stores in Shopee and Lazada until supplies last.

Meanwhile, the vivo V19 is coming soon. We’ll update this page when we get more details.

SEE ALSO: The vivo V19 Neo is the ideal early 2019 midranger (yep, 2019).

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OnePlus 8T pricing and availability in the Philippines

The latest from OnePlus is here!

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Well, that was fast. Digital Walker — the official distributor of OnePlus in the Philippines — is finally selling the recently launched OnePlus 8T in the country.

The official price of the OnePlus 8T in the country is PhP 29,990. Digital Walker is actually doing its buyers a favor since that price is only US$ 617 when converted. In the US, it is much expensive at US$ 749. However, the US variant comes with a 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

Digital Walker is only selling an 8GB + 128GB variant in the country for the meantime though. It is unclear if a higher-end variant will come in the future. Also, it is important to note that only the Luna Silver color option is available in the meantime.

Buyers must head over to Digital Walker’s official online store — HomeOffice — to purchase one. Alternatively, they can click to this link to take them straight to the product page. Due to the supply restrictions, OnePlus 8T is limited in stock, and delivery in the Philippines may occur later in November.

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Apple’s MagSafe charger works on Samsung and Google phones

Specifically the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Pixel 5

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This month, Apple announced the return of the wireless MagSafe system. This time around, the wireless charging solution powers the iPhone 12 series with a convenient snap-to-place method. Of course, as with most of Apple’s products, you don’t really expect it to work with non-Apple device. Fortunately, the historical rule of thumb is wrong. Apparently, Apple’s MagSafe charger works on Samsung and Google phones.

As tested by Max Weinbach, the wireless charger can snap and work on the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Further, YouTuber Aaron Zollo tested the charger on the recently announced Google Pixel 5. Unfortunately, neither test revealed how well the charger does with the devices. However, Weinbach commented that it took some effort to dislodge the charger from the Galaxy Z Fold 2.

Of course, it’s no surprise that the MagSafe charger will work on other Qi-based devices. However, it’s a surprise that Apple’s proprietary accessories are working on non-Apple devices.

Still, if you need an extra wireless charger, at least Apple’s charger can work on your device. That is, if you own both an Apple and Android device.

Now, the only remaining question is whether or not Apple’s other MagSafe accessories will work on non-Apple devices. The other accessories — like an attachable wallet — will come out later this year.

SEE ALSO: iPhone 12 will not come with a free charger and earphones

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Sweden is officially banning Huawei and ZTE

Must rid of brand by 2025

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For years, the American government has waged a lopsided war against Huawei and its 5G infrastructure. However, amidst the country’s Sinophobic sentiments, only two other countries have more reason to ban the Chinese company from its soil — Sweden and Finland. Finally, the situation has changed. Sweden is officially banning Huawei and ZTE.

Why does a Sweden ban make the most sense? Well, the country owns one of Huawei’s biggest competitors in the 5G industry, Ericsson. Meanwhile, the neighboring Finland owns the other biggest 5G rival, Nokia.

Now, the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority has announced the ban for any Huawei- or ZTE-based architecture for the country’s 5G industry. Any networks must divest from the banned brands before 2025. Currently, four networks — without the Chinese companies — are bidding for the privilege of building Sweden’s 5G networks.

With the ban, Sweden is joining the United Kingdom in banning the Chinese companies from future architecture. In other parts of the world, Nokia and Ericsson have already taken over from Huawei and ZTE. Of course, the smartphone industry is already rushing to build 5G-compatible smartphones. Most of 2020’s smartphones tout the compatibility even without stable 5G networks.

Outside of the 5G realm, Huawei is also experiencing a lot of crunch from smartphone component companies pulling their business from the Chinese company.

SEE ALSO: iPhone 12’s 5G feature is useless for most users, analysts say

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