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vivo X50 series, TWS earphones Neo price in the Philippines

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The vivo X50 series consists of three phones globally but in the Philippines, initially at least, the company is only launching the vivo X50 and the vivo X50 Pro. The series’ highlight is its new Gimbal Camera System — another innovation by vivo.

Gimbal Camera System

Gimbals are primarily used for stabilization. By adding what they call the Gimbal Camera System, vivo says they’ve unlocked the capability to take clear photos and videos while in motion. This applies, they claim, even at night.

Here’s how it works: the gimbal module, which was modeled from a full-size professional gimbal, moves in the opposite direction of shaking motion to provide stability. It also widens the rotation angle and anti-shake area — wider than the usual smartphone stabilization methods — to produce super clear images.

There’s a gimbal radar that lets users know when the frame is stable. It appears as an on-screen animated ball that reflects the gimbal’s movement. This works in concert with vivo’s motion-deblur algorithm, customized sensors and continuous focus tracking to improve the clarity even more.

If that seemed like it’s a lot to take in, that’s because it is. For our part, we’re excited how it actually works both in demo and in the real world.

Watch our vivo X50 Pro review to find out more.

Pricing and availability

Pricing  are as follows:

  • vivo X50 Pro — PhP 39,999
  • vivo X50 — PhP 25,999
  • TWS Neo — PhP 4,999

Pre-order period is from August 22-28. Those who pre-order the X50 Pro online will receive a free JBL GO 2 Speaker along with a six-month warranty. While, online pre-orders of the X50 will also come with a six-month warranty and a powerbank.

Offline pre-orders of the X50 will come with a JBL Go 2 Bluetooth speaker and six months extended warranty, a powerbank, and PhP 1,000 off on the TWS Neo earphones. Select outlets will also add in an exclusively X50 fit silicone Comfy case.

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Tesla plans to make a US$ 25K autonomous electric car soon

Elon Musk is extremely optimistic

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At its Battery Day event, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company intends to launch an affordable electric car within three years. The aimed price is around US$ 25,000 — a radically low price for an electric vehicle. The future car hasn’t received a name yet, but rumors suggest it could be Tesla Model C, where C stands for compact.

The announcement was made after Musk reviewed Tesla’s battery development and manufacturing. He is confident that these factors shall help the company offer cut-throat pricing and make the cutting-edge technology available to the masses.

However, the most interesting feature of the car will be its autonomous capability. Sensors and other onboard equipment are expensive and it remains to be seen whether Tesla is able to fulfill its promise.

Musk revealed a new battery design that incorporates a larger and more efficient cell. The new technology is dubbed “tabless” and is said to increase density by five times, offering 16 percent more range. But the technology announced is likely to take years to implement.

The cost of electric cars has consistently dropped in the last few years and Tesla is relying on this trend to hype up its future products. According to The Verge, Prices have already fallen from a lofty US$ 1,100/kWh just ten years ago to about US$ 156/kWh in 2019.

Altough, this isn’t the first time Musk has announced an affordable EV. The Model 3 was initially touted to cost US$ 35,000 but the base option starts at US$ 37,990 while the Performance variant goes for US$ 54,990.

Ultimately, Tesla hopes to make 20 million vehicles a year, Musk said

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Facebook took down pro-China, pro-Duterte accounts

Reportedly China-sponsored and inauthentic accounts

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With the American presidential elections fast approaching, Facebook is taking an active approach against potential election interference. For one, the social media platform is moderating its content more stringently for misinformation. Now, erring accounts are on the chopping block. Today, Facebook took down pro-China, pro-Duterte accounts in the Philippines.

If you’re worried about a potential violation of the right to free speech, the platform claims that the ban affects “inauthentic Chinese accounts,” according to a new security report. In a list containing more than 200 accounts, most were potentially interfering in Asian and American politics. Facebook also included more than 40 pages, nine groups, and more than 20 Instagram accounts.

Most of the accounts were based in the Philippines, commenting (and supporting) China’s claims on the West Philippine Sea and President Rodrigo Duterte’s actions. They also criticized Rappler. Posts were in English, Filipino, and Chinese.

On the flip side, the smaller chunk of suspended accounts is in the United States, showing support for both Democrats and Republicans.

Whereas the American-based accounts have only around 3,000 followers, the Philippines-based accounts have amassed more than 376,000 followers at the time of suspension. Meanwhile, the implicated groups drew in more than 60,000 followers. The accounts spent US$ 60 on ad spending in Chinese yuan. They also spent a whopping US$ 1,100 in Philippine peso.

Undoubtedly, Facebook is taking a more active approach against political interference. It marks a renewed approach compared to its efforts in 2016. Back then, the platform received a lot of flak for affecting the elections in both the United States and in Southeast Asia.

SEE ALSO: Facebook is paying users to delete their accounts

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OnePlus 8T will have a 120Hz screen

Confirmed by CEO Pete Lau

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Most smartphone brands today are building their own 120Hz smartphone screens. OnePlus is no different. According to OnePlus CEO Pete Lau, the upcoming OnePlus 8T will have a 120Hz screen.

In an exclusive interview with TechRadar, Lau confirmed a flurry of specifications in the upcoming smartphone. Highlighting the new confirmation list, the OnePlus 8T will carry a 6.5-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate.

Previously, OnePlus started introducing its 120Hz displays in the OnePlus 8 series earlier this year. At the time, the display aced several tests on DisplayMate’s benchmarking services.

However, the buttery smooth screen found its niche exclusively in the brand’s Pro variants. The OnePlus 8T marks the first non-Pro OnePlus smartphone with a 120Hz screen.

According to Lau, the OnePlus 8T will also have a 2.5D flexible panel, besides the 120Hz display. Accordingly, the smartphone is reportedly offer better brightness and “the highest color accuracy possible across the industry.”

Besides the display, Lau did not confirm any more details about the smartphone. According to previous leaks, the smartphone will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus processor. It will also have a quad (48-megapixel + 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel + 2-megapixel) rear camera combination.

Despite the lack of confirmed details, OnePlus has already confirmed an October 14 launch date for the OnePlus 8T. It won’t take long now.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 8T renders hint at major design change

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