vivo V25 Series: Price and availability in the Philippines




vivo is unrelenting in the imaging department as they release another set of photo-centric smartphones. The vivo V25 Series is now official in the Philippines.

The series is composed of three phones: the vivo V25 Pro, V25, and V25e. All three feature color-changing designs as well as features that are geared towards helping you capture captivating images.

Pricing and availability

The vivo V25 and vivo V25e will be available via vivo’s official online stores nationwide starting September 24, 2022, while the vivo V25 Pro can be purchased online starting October 1, 2022.

The vivo V25 Pro retails for PhP 29,999. Meanwhile, the vivo V25 and vivo V25e are priced at PhP 23,999 and PhP 17,999 respectively. Pre-order is now ongoing for all three.

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Enhanced Night photography

Many smartphone makers seem to be doubling down on being able to take good photos at night. That’s why low-light shooting capabilities are a focus even on the vivo V25 series. This is most true on the top-offering for this series — the vivo V25 Pro.

The aforementioned smartphone offers a 64MP OIS Ultra-Sensing rear camera with extreme night vision, an 8MP Super Wide-Angle camera, and a 2MP Super Macro camera. What about selfies? It has a 32MP Eye AF Selfie camera + Eye Autofocus.

Meanwhile, both the vivo V25 and the vivo V25e also have the 64MP OIS Ultra-Sensing rear camera that offers O+E Stabilization System. So, you’re still getting quality imaging on the main camera.

Check out the samples in our vivo V25 and V25 Pro: First 24 Hours video.

Color changing design

The vivo V25 Series is also available in eye-catching designs. Called “Photochromic 2.0”, its a back design that gives the smartphones a unique look. The color changes, depending on how the light hits it. You’ll definitely want to use a clear case to show these off.

The vivo V25 Pro comes in Surfing Blue (Photochromatic 2.0 enabled) and Starlight Black, while the vivo V25 and V25e are available in Sunrise Gold (Photochromatic 2.0 enabled) and Diamond Black.

Performance and battery life

The vivo V25 Pro carries the extended RAM 3.0 feature which boasts a 12GB + 256GB+1TB memory expansion storage and is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1300. It’s accompanied by a 4,830mAh battery for all-day use. It also supports 66W Fast charge that can take you from from zero to 40 percent in 15 minutes and up to 71 percent in 30 minutes.

The vivo V25 and the vivo V25e, both have 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM capacity. They are equipped with the MediaTek Dimensity 900 and MediaTek Helio G99 chipsets respectively. Both sport a 4,500mAh battery with support for 44W Fast Charge. It promises to go from zero to around 60 percent in just 30 minutes.

WATCH: vivo V25 Series Unboxing and First Look


Instagram will start to put ads on a user’s profile

And on the Explore page



Ads are everywhere. Several platforms are testing where and how much they can put without raising a lot of fuss from their users. On a few occasions, a platform can cross the line, prompting a wave of reprisals. Instagram, for example, backtracked on a controversial decision to pump out more recommended posts and ads after massive backlash. Despite the recency of the controversy, Instagram is back again with another ad-fueled decision: ads on user profiles.

This week, Meta announced that two more types of ads are coming to Instagram. The first type is a natural extension of what the platform already has. Instead of hiding video ads deep within the Explore section, these short videos will start popping up right on the section’s landing page. Since the section already has ads, it might not be as intrusive, especially when compared to the second type.

Besides a new spot in the Explore feed, Instagram is also adding ads to a user’s profile. Likely to a lot of users’ dismay, it is what it says on the tin. Offering some consolation, the platform won’t spoil a profile’s grid with an ad. Instead, when a user clicks on a post on the profile, the vertical feed, which usually shows a timeline of the profile’s content, will contain spots for ads.

Instagram has not officially confirmed which users will get the feature. However, the company is currently testing it for select creators. It also assures users that it will come only on public profiles, not private individuals.

SEE ALSO: You can snooze recommended posts on Instagram

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YouTube might ask users to pay to watch in 4K

In testing phase



Despite offering a mostly free service, YouTube is finding new ways to monetize parts of its platform. Now, ads are a lot more prevalent while watching videos. A less popular way is gating some features behind the platform’s YouTube Premium banner. YouTube is trying it once again, though. The platform is currently testing whether to keep 4K viewing behind a paywall.

With the capabilities of displays today, YouTube and its creators can offer content in stunning 4K resolution. Though not everyone can enjoy the feature, 4K viewing was a welcome one.

However, as spotted by some users on social media (via TechCrunch), the video-sharing site is reportedly making the viewing option exclusive for Premium users. The company has not officially announced any change yet. However, YouTube’s other accounts on Twitter replied to some concerned users on the site, citing an “experiment” to test what works for Premium and non-Premium users.

The company is still gathering responses to the experiment. However, if the initial social media response is any indication, a good chunk of YouTube’s users isn’t pleased with having to pay more to enjoy high-quality content.

Currently, YouTube Premium comes at US$ 11.99 per month for interested customers. The paid subscription offers ad-free viewing and offline viewing. If the company sees some progress with the experiment, they might ad 4K viewing to Premium’s mix.

SEE ALSO: YouTube has quietly launched a Podcasts hub

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Xiaomi 12T series now official

The brand’s latest flagship



Xiaomi 12T Pro

Xiaomi announced the global launch of its latest smartphones: The Xiaomi 12T and Xiaomi 12T Pro.

The pair is set to rival other phones in the flagship category. The Xiaomi 12T Pro is powered by an SM8475 Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (4nm) processor. Meanwhile the standard 12T houses a Dimensity 8100-Ultra (5nm) chipset.

Both phones have a 5,000mAh battery and support Xiaomi’s 120W HyperCharge which can promise 100 percent charging in just 19 minutes, and 13.5 hours of screen-on time.

The 12T Pro has up to 12GB RAM for seamless performance, on top of a 256GB internal memory while the 12T isn’t that far behind with an 8GB RAM and the same storage capacity.

The devices also have a 6.67-inch AMOLED HDR10+ screen which comes with a 120Hz refresh rate and supports Dolby Vision and AdaptiveSync. In addition, the Pro model has an IP53 dust and splash resistance rating.

Exceptional smartphone photography

When it comes to photography, the 12T Pro features a pro-grade 200MP camera which has a large 1/1.22-inch sensor. It is capable of filming 8K videos and 4K at up to 60fps.

The 12T has a 108MP main shooter that can also record 4K videos and standard HD clips in 60fps.

With Xiaomi’s ProCut and Ultra burst, as well as advanced AI algorithms, smartphone photography will definitely be taken to the next level. Both devices likewise have 20MP selfie cameras.

Price and availability

In Singapore, the Xiaomi 12T Pro starts at SG$ 1,099 while the Xiaomi 12T retails for SG$749.

Pricing and availability details in the Philippines have yet to be revealed.

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