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Vivo V5 Plus becomes official earlier than expected

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Vivo doesn’t seem to mind exposing everything about the V5 Plus before its official launch later this week. Case in point: The new phone is now listed on Vivo’s official website, revealing all of the handset’s features.

Clearly, the V5 Plus’ strong suit is its dual-front-facing cameras, consisting of one 20-megapixel sensor and another 8-megapixel unit. Combined, the two cameras produce sharp selfies with creamy backgrounds similar to what standalone cameras can do. You can also readjust the focus area after the shot has been taken.

Vivo V5 Plus

Vivo chooses to concentrate on the selfie cams for its marketing push, but the 16-megapixel rear camera should be fine too, especially since a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and 4GB of memory ensure a speedy interface.

Users will also have lots of digital rooms for photos and videos, thanks to 64GB of storage which can be extended using a microSD card. Viewing your handywork can be done on the phone’s Gorilla Glass-protected, 5.5-inch Full HD display. Below that, you’ll find the same fast-acting fingerprint scanner Vivo is known for on top of the home button.

More importantly — and this is what the plain V5 lacksthere’s fast charging available with the V5 Plus’ 3160mAh battery. On the downside, you’ll still have to deal with an aging Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system, instead of the more feature-packed 7.0 Nougat.

Vivo V5 Plus

As you can tell, the V5 Plus beats the regular V5 in most aspects, despite looking nearly identical on the outside. If you’re after better cameras, a sharper display, and a more efficient chipset, nothing should hold you back from choosing the Plus variant.

All that’s missing is the price, which we’ll find out once it hits the Philippines and India on January 21 and 23, respectively. Based on Malaysia’s pre-order price of MYR 1,799, it should hover around $400.

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership

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Grab Philippines and GCash have finally struck a partnership deal that will make payments on the superapp even easier and more convenient.

Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.

Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.

The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.

Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.

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Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders

Or the upcoming Galaxy Book

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The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.

If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.

Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.

The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.

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Apple halts development of in-house chip

Broadcom is still in

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Apple is currently on a quest to reduce its reliance on third-party components for its devices. For the most part, the company is successful in doing so. Apple Silicon is already an important part of the brand’s identity — with work on more in-house components ongoing. Now, Apple is reportedly pausing development on one of its upcoming chips.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will delay the development of its in-house connectivity chip. In the meantime, the brand will keep relying on Broadcom for the same components, going into the iPhone 15 series.

To be clear, the paused component only deals with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple is still developing its in-house modem for 5G connectivity — according to outside reports, at least. While the Broadcom deal will still continue, Qualcomm might still get the axe after Apple develops its replacement chip.

Given the positive response to Apple Silicon, building more in-house components might ultimately work well for the brand. If anything, the company can rest easier by controlling how one of its components is produced.

Besides Apple, other brands are also developing their in-house chipsets to rival component makers like Qualcomm. Google, for instance, is doing relatively well with the Tensor lineup. Additionally, though the upcoming series will rely on Qualcomm, Samsung is currently working to bring the Exynos lineup to match current standards.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye Pro Max, hello Ultra

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