vivo V21, V21e now official in the Philippines

One with 5G, and another without



vivo has a new pair of mid-rangers to offer. The vivo V21 series is now officially in the Philippines. It consists of the vivo V21 5G and the vivo V21e 4G.

Being in the same series, the two phones share plenty of the same characteristics. Both have a 6.44-inch display and will naturally run Android 11 with vivo’s own Funtouch 11.1 UI.

vivo V21 5G

They also have a nearly identical camera setup. Both phones have an 8MP f/2.2 120˚ ultra-wide angle camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 44MP selfie camera. The difference lies in the main shooter. The vivo V21 has 64MP f/1.8 lens while the vivo V21e has a 64MP f/1.9. Very tiny detail, but a little different, nevertheless.

In terms of video, both can shoot 4K at 30FPS but the vivo S21 has the advantage with its Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).

Coming to more similarities, the vivo V21 and V21e have a 4,000mAh battery with support for 33W charging. vivo claims that gets you up to 66 percent in just 30 minutes.

vivo V21e

The V21 has an interesting RAM situation. Apart from the 8GB on board RAM, users can also upgrade their RAM to add 3GB more to handle more strenuous tasks like video streaming. For storage it has 128GB. For the V21e, it’s the standard 8GB + 128GB combo.

Another key difference is the color availability. The vivo V21 has a rather louder look with it being available in Dusk Blue or Sunset Dazzle. Meanwile, the vivo V21e comes in either Roman Black or Diamond Flare.

Price and availability

The V21 5G is priced at PhP 23,999, while the V21e 4G at PhP 17,999. Pre-orders period is June 1 to 4. Availability of the V21 series in all vivo stores nationwide, as well as Lazada and Shopee sites, will be on June 5.

The V21 5G is bundled with a premium-grade Bluetooth speaker, plus a 6-month screen warranty, collectively valued at PhP 4,999. Meanwhile, the V21e 4G comes bundled with Bluetooth-enabled TWS Earbuds, and 6 months screen warranty, for a total freebie value of PhP 3,499.


Nokia created a new Nokia 3310 but it’s just cake

Always has been



After years of languishing in the darkness, Nokia has ascended back into the spotlight as a staple of the smartphone industry. That happened five years ago. HMD Global, the current owner of Nokia’s products, has a lot to be thankful for. And what’s a better way to celebrate a milestone anniversary than with a cake? To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Nokia’s new era, the company has partnered with renowned cake sculptor Michelle Wibowo.

The cake is designed after none other than the iconic Nokia 3310. Though it’s the newer version of the classic phone, the cake looks hyper-realistic. It looks as great as the actual phone. However, it was made with chocolate sponge and vanilla buttercream. The casing, on the other hand, is made with a hand-painted sugar shell casing.

Of course, Nokia has since launched a flurry of other phones since then. But the brand is especially indebted to the Nokia 3310 as one of the early devices that catapulted it to the top of the tech world in the early 2000s. The classic Nokia 3310 was launched in September 2000.

Michelle Wibowo is a famous cake sculptor known around the world. She has created works of art like the Hogwarts Castle and lifelike depictions of popular figures like Queen Elizabeth II. The hyper-realistic Nokia 3310 cake certainly echoes the past trend of creating everyday items with cake.

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Qualcomm officially launches Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Coming first late 2021



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.

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Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO

Successors named



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.

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