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Vivo X20 Plus UD with under-display fingerprint reader is now official

Kickstarting a new trend for 2018

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The phone showcased during CES 2018

We first saw Vivo’s phone with an under-display fingerprint reader a couple of weeks ago at CES 2018 as a demo phone. It didn’t take too long for the Chinese company to officially announce the device, and it’s now known as the X20 Plus UD.

The Vivo X20 Plus UD is the world’s first smartphone to ship with a fingerprint scanner built under its display. The handset’s physical design and specifications are identical to the commercially available Vivo X20 Plus in China, albeit with a under-display reader — hence the “UD” moniker.

It’s got a 6.43-inch near-borderless display which has a Full HD+ resolution (2160 x 1080 pixels). The Clear ID 9500 fingerprint sensor from Synaptics is neatly tucked near the bottom edge where phones usually had their fingerprint readers. It has an AMOLED panel as a requirement for the sensor to work.

As for the rest of the specifications, we have a Snapdragon 660 processor onboard with 4GB of memory and a whopping 128GB of internal storage. If that ain’t enough, a hybrid microSD card slot is always ready for action.

Keeping in with the trend, the X20 Plus UD also has two rear cameras — the main one having а 12-megapixel sensor and a f/1.8 lens, while the secondary has 5 megapixels. It comes with a 12-megapixel front camera for taking selfies.

The battery capacity of the phone is pretty hefty at 3905mAh which is more than enough to power it through the whole day and charges through USB-C. And since it’s from Vivo, the phone has a built-in ES9318 DAC for Hi-Fi audio — something the company is known for ever since.

Vivo pointed out that screen protectors will not get in the way of the under-display reader as long as they don’t exceed a certain thickness; otherwise, they would affect the reflection of light from the OLED panel and confuse the sensor. The phone will come with a layer of film that works out of the box to save buyers the time of finding a compatible one.

The phone will officially be available starting February 1 with a price tag of CNY 3,598 (US$ 565) in China. There are no available color options aside from black with golden rims around the display and cameras on the back.

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realme X50 Pro 5G now official in the Philippines

The 5G phone for you?

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After making its mark in the budget and midrange categories, realme is looking to shakeup the premium category with the arrival of the realme X50 Pro 5G in the Philippines.

Delivering a competitive 5G flagship experience with realme X50 Pro 5G

The realme X50 Pro 5G is realme’s first flagship 5G offering and among the first to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G processor. It comes shipped with 5D Stereoscopic Ice Cooling Pro technology to optimize the smartphone’s performance.

It comes with a 4200mAh dual-cell battery, the first-ever used with the new 65W SuperDart Flash Charge which takes the phone from 0% to 100% in just 35 minutes. At the same time, the phone can be charged while the screen is on and being used for greater convenience.

The realme X50 Pro 5G features the 64MP Hawk Eye quad camera set-up on the rear. These are a 64MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide angle lens, a 12MP zoom lens, and a 2MP B/W depth lens.

A stunning display

The phone comes with an ultra-large 6.44-inch Samsung Super AMOLED display with up to 92% screen to-body ratio. It also supports HDR10+, the 100% DCI-P3 color gamut and sunlight display, reaching a maximum brightness of 1000nits and peak contrast ratio of 2000000:1. Meanwhile, the brand new E3 luminescent material reduces blue light by 37.5% and power consumption by 5%.

Its 90Hz refresh rate display increases frame rates by 50% compared to ordinary smartphone displays while its 180Hz sampling rate which improves the touchscreen sensitivity and smoothness when playing games.

With SuperAMOLED display, the phone boasts in-display fingerprint recognition function, adapts the Goodix’s new generation of fingerprint unlocking model, and only requires an average of 0.27s to unlock the phone.

Price and availability

The realme X50 Pro 5G is currently only available via Smart Signature Plan. There’s a one time cash out of PhP 6,900 then a total monthly payment of PhP 1,899 (PhP 1,499 for the plan with PhP 400 monthly amortization). It will be available online and on in-stores starting December 11.

There’s a pre-order promo from December 3-10. Those who will avail the plan will get a free realme Watch worth PhP 3,990.

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realme Watch S now official

All the smartwatch bells and whistles for less

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realme’s wearables keep getting better. Adding to their growing portfolio is the realme Watch S.

Like any smartwatch worth its salt, the Watch S has a slew of monitoring features. It carries the top-level sensor from Goodix, which supports 24-hour uninterrupted and real-time heart rate monitoring.

It can track your sleep pattern and habits. It also has SPO2 meter for monitoring blood-oxygen levels — a key feature in a world dealing with pandemic.

The Watch S can receive nearly all app notifications including calls, SMS and third-party app messages. It can also remotely control the music player on the smartphone as well as  function as a remote for phone cameras.

Naturally, you can customize its look with a slew of watch face options to match your every look. It promises up to 15 days of battery life and can be fully juiced-up using the bundled charges in just two (2) hours.

Pricing and availability

The realme Watch S retails for PhP 4,990. However, it can be had for PhP 3,990 on Lazada and Shopee starting December 3, 7PM and at the 12.12 Super Brand Day Sale.

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realme Buds Air Pro now in the Philippines

Affordable TWS earbuds with ANC

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realme’s commitment to expanding its AIoT lineup is on full display with the announcement of the realme Buds Air Pro in the Philippines.

realme says it reduces noise by 35dB due to the dual microphone setup and the customized S1 noise cancellation chip. It also has Transparency mode that lets you hear ambient sound in one click. It also supports Bluetooth 5.0.

These earbuds sport a 10mm driver for Dynamic Bass Boost (DBB). This means you’re getting a deep, rich base sound with these earbuds. As for playback, you get a total of 25 hours with the charging case.

It also offers low latency of 94ms in Gaming mode for perfect sync between video and audio while playing games or watching movies.

Controls are as follows:

  • Double-tap: Play/pause music playback | Answer a call
  • Triple-tap: Go to next song
  • Press and hold one side: End call
  • Press and hold both sides: Enter/Exit Gaming Mode

Pricing and availability

The realme Buds Air Pro retails for PhP 4,990. However, it can be had for PhP 3,990 on Lazada and Shopee starting December 3, 7PM and at the 12.12 Super Brand Day Sale.

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