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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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Qualcomm officially launches Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Coming first late 2021

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A few days ago, Qualcomm officially confirmed a coming name change for its ubiquitous Snapdragon chipset series. Of course, though Qualcomm already announced the change, the company did not reveal the new naming scheme. Now, the mystery is gone. Welcome, the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

Sporting a new coat of paint, the chipset touts an improved 5G modem, the X65 5G. According to the company, the modem can reportedly reach 10Gbps in download speeds. It can also connect to the emerging Wi-Fi 6 standard, allowing up to 3.6Gbps in download speeds. The upper limit won’t mean much in today’s still-young 5G global network. However, it does mean much for the chipset’s longevity.

In the camera department, the chipset sports an 18-bit processor which can supposedly process 4,000 times more data than its predecessor. It can support up to three 36-megapixel cameras simultaneously. It can shoot up to 8K HDR footage at 30 frames per second, UHD footage at 120 frames per second, or slow-mo 720p videos at 960 frames per second.

Qualcomm didn’t specifically indicate how much the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 differs from the Snapdragon 888 in the performance department. However, it will once again focus on the future of AI. Features that use AI will reportedly get a boost going forward.

According to the company, the first smartphones with the chipset will launch sometime by the end of the year. As expected, more smartphones will come out next year in 2022.

SEE ALSO: Upcoming Snapdragon chipset scores 1000000 on AnTuTu

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Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO

Successors named

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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey has been as much of a staple for the social media network as Mark Zuckerberg has for Facebook. However, as followers of Apple and Microsoft can attest to, long-standing figureheads of tech can change in an instant. Twitter is suddenly undergoing just that sort of shakeup. In a surprise announcement, Dorsey has announced that he is stepping down as Twitter CEO.

On-brand for his eccentric personality, Dorsey tweeted out the internal email detailing his resignation from his post. According to the email, Dorsey now feels that it is time to transition the company from a “founder-led” system to something potentially greater. He, along with other members of the board, has already appointed successors for his position.

First, now-former Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal will serve as the company’s CEO effective immediately. Agarwal was formerly an engineer with Twitter but has since led the company through several key decisions beside Dorsey.

Secondly, Bret Taylor, a member of Twitter’s board, will eventually serve as the new chairman. Dorsey will still serve the rest of this term until around May. Between now and the end of his term, Dorsey will help both new leaders transition into their new positions.

Though Dorsey’s announcement has a sense of intensity, this isn’t the first time that the Twitter founder exited his position. Back in 2008, he left his post for a time before returning to helm the company again in 2015. Only time will tell whether this current resignation will stick and what role he will transition into now. Regardless, it’s a new era for Twitter.

SEE ALSO: Twitter rolls out soft block feature for everyone

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Dimensity 9000 will reportedly cost double its predecessor

Same with Snapdragon, reportedly

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The end of the year often means the latest generation of smartphone chipsets. Qualcomm and MediaTek, two of the world’s top chipset makers, launch the latest flagship series that will power the following year’s slate of smartphones. Qualcomm already teased a rebranding with their upcoming launch. Now, we have a few more details about MediaTek’s recently launched Dimensity 9000.

Recently, MediaTek launched its next flagship chipset series. The Dimensity 9000 promises impressive performance that can allegedly topple its predecessor’s performance, the Dimensity 1200. However, a promise like that can come with its drawbacks.

Via GizChina, the Dimensity 9000 will reportedly cost double of its predecessor. Though the report does not give actual specifics, it is likely that a more expensive price tag for the processor also comes with an increase in price for the flagship smartphones that it will come with. Next year’s smartphones might come a lot costlier because of the chipset.

If anything, the report also states that the upcoming Snapdragon flagship chipset will also have a higher price tag when it launches soon. As such, most flagships might indeed have higher price tags next year.

Both chipsets have not made their ways to an actual smartphone yet. However, the Snapdragon and Dimensity series do have the most ubiquitous brands for a chipset. If the report does come to pass, we might have to bid our wallets adieu next year.

SEE ALSO: MediaTek announces new Dimensity 9000 chipset

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