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Vivo V5 Plus is launching this month [Updated!]

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Even when the spotlight was on the V5 during its launch last November, Vivo wouldn’t stop teasing fans about the higher-end V5 Plus. No specs or pricing are available yet, but we at least know now when it’s launching. [Update: Specs have been leaked!]

Vivo’s invitation to the launch advises Indian media to make themselves available on January 23. The card comes with two aperture symbols, signifying a dual-camera setup on the V5 Plus.

Vivo V5 Plus invite

This feature will clearly be found on the front of the phone, making it even better than the single, 20-megapixel selfie camera of the simpler V5. Like its OPPO F1s sibling, shots of your mug are going to be the specialty once again.

How exactly the front-facing cameras will work is still a mystery; making it like the zooming shooters of the LG G5 or Apple iPhone 7 Plus would be pointless, but a Huawei P9 implementation might make this phone perfect for vanity.

For a better idea of what to expect, check out our hands-on review of the V5 and how it compares to the OPPO F1s, and get a more in-depth look at Vivo’s latest phone (for now) in our unboxing video.

Update: Southeast Asia will be part of this month’s rollout. The Philippines will see its launch even earlier — January 21, to be specific.

Update #2: We now have leaked specs for the V5 Plus, courtesy of Android Pure.

Vivo V5 Plus leak

As you can see from the official-looking marketing material, the V5 Plus will have dual 20- and 8-megapixel front cameras, along with a 5.5-inch Full HD display and 4GB of memory with 64GB of storage. Those should make this V5 worthy of its “Plus.”

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OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition: Price and availability in the Philippines

The most expensive OnePlus phone, yet

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Shortly after its international debut, the most expensive OnePlus phone is (surprisingly) already on its way to the Philippines.

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is now available for pre-order online through Argomall. It’s priced at PhP 39,990, which is slightly higher than its US$ 699 retail price in the US.

Compared to the regular OnePlus 6T, the McLaren Edition comes with 10GB of memory, 256GB of storage, and the latest Warp Charge technology that can fill up half of the phone’s battery in just 20 minutes.

Also, the special edition phone features a carbon fiber pattern, orange accents, and the McLaren logo on the back.

There’s no exact shipping date for the phone, but it’s already listed on Argomall’s website.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition introduces Warp Charge, 10GB RAM

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Philippine telcos are now required to unlock phones after lock-in period

Finally, a pro-consumer measure

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The Philippines’ Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has ordered the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and telcos for the mandatory unlocking of phones and devices after the subscriber’s lock-in period.

The policy is based on the Memorandum Order 004, Series of 2018 issued by DICT on December 14.

According to the memo, subscribers who have completed their contract and have no outstanding obligations can demand telcos to unlock their phones or devices. The process must also be done conveniently and should be shouldered by the service providers.

The NTC is now tasked to draft the Memorandum Circular for the memo’s appropriate rules and regulations and conduct consultations and hearings with affected parties.

There’s no exact date of implementation, but with order already announced to the public, Filipinos will soon have freedom for their network-locked phones given that they have already fulfilled their contract.

Source: DICT

SEE ALSO: Mislatel confirmed as Philippines’ new telco

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Huawei Nova 4 press renders leak before official announcement

It’s the era of holed phones

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Samsung already announced their new midrange phone that has a hole in the screen. This is the newest display trend after the notch, and Huawei is next in line to present their own. The launch of the Nova 4 is scheduled for next week, but official-looking renders have already leaked online.

The renders further confirm some of the early reports about the Nova 4. The most obvious one is the position of the hole in the display for the front camera, which is expected to be a 25-megapixel sensor. This approach is supposedly less intrusive than having a notch. The Nova 4 will also have a triple-camera setup on the rear that’s strikingly similar to the P20 Pro’s; however, the sensors will not be same.

Rumors suggest that Huawei will have two Nova 4 variants. Both will have the Kirin 970 processor (same on the Nova 3), 8GB of memory, and 128GB of storage. They will also feature the same 16-megapixel monochrome and 2-megapixel depth sensors.

The difference between the two variants is in the main camera. The more expensive one will have a 48-megapixel Sony sensor, while the cheaper variant is stuck with a 20-megapixel sensor. Aside from that, the two variants will be practically identical.

Huawei will announce the Nova 4 on December 17 in China. Based on the leaked renders, it’ll come in a basic black color with red, blue, and white-pink gradient options.

Source: DroidShout

SEE ALSO: Huawei P30 will have a notch and curved display

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