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Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro Review: Twice the power, still affordable

But is it worth the hype?

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The year is far from over and neither are phone manufacturers from releasing smartphones. Although Mi 9T Pro isn’t the newest smartphone release from Xiaomi, it’s one of the most talked about smartphones around and is still the flagship killer to, well, kill.

If you previously read our Xiaomi Mi 9T review, you’d know by now that I’m exactly an Android user. I loved the Mi 9T Pro’s smaller sibling however because of its camera prowess and seamless experience despite its cheap price tag.

Now that I have the more powerful Mi 9T Pro on hand, I took it out on adventures the past few weeks to see whether it can actually live up to its flagship killer title.

Same design, different vibe

If you compare the Mi 9T and Mi 9T Pro side-by-side, it’ll be difficult to tell them apart. The symmetry is there. I like the Carbon Black option for its stealth while the Glacier Blue option is striking, in a good way. Although I’m not a fan of flashy design and colors, I love how there are subtle gradations flowing from both sides.

The red power button is still there, giving it a touch of contrast against its blue metallic body.

Speaker grilles, microphone, USB-C port, and SIM card slot below.

The Mi 9T Pro has a Gorilla Glass 5 back. It’s not the newest generation of Corning’s technology but it’s good enough to protect the phone from accidental scratches. The Mi 9T had none, which was a drawback for a smartphone with a glass back. I loved flaunting its back that I decided not to use the included black case. It’s still good as new and has not acquired any scratches. It feels right in my hand and doesn’t slip easily.

Same screen size, different display

Even Suzy looks confused with the differences in AMOLED and Super AMOLED

Xiaomi’s Mi 9T wowed me before because of its 6.4-inch AMOLED display. It’s an excellent panel, for such a cheap phone, with great viewing angles and contrast.

The Mi 9T Pro still packs a similar 6.4-inch display, but with a Super AMOLED display technology. Watching videos even outdoors is a great experience because it’s brighter and overall a better panel.

The Super AMOLED display is drop-dead gorgeous, so is Yoohyeon

I love its fullscreen display. Not having a notch or punch-hole camera makes a difference for me especially when watching videos. Color calibration is accurate and vibrant, making visuals pop.

Watching TWICE’s Feel Special in 4K made me miss Mina more #GetWellSoonMina

There are only a handful of smartphones with 4K resolution — and it’s not the basis of having a great display. It may not be the best display on a smartphone, but the Mi 9T Pro still delivers excellent entertainment experience even with its Full HD+ display. It’s also more power efficient than the AMOLED display found on the Mi 9T.

Flagship performance at half the price

The Mi 9T was already a great smartphone with the Snapdragon 730, but Xiaomi made the Mi 9T Pro even better. This phone is  equipped with a flagship Snapdragon 855 chipset — something you can only find on more expensive smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and OnePlus 7 Pro.

The Mi 9T Pro feels snappier than the Mi 9T — something I noticed immediately. Opening apps, the animation — they all feel faster. The experience is oh-so fluid and smooth. I can now play my favorite Asphalt 9 game at the highest settings that I couldn’t do (or even install) on the Mi 9T before.

Just like the Mi 9T, it also has 6GB of memory, so switching between apps is seamless.

Having a 3.5mm audio jack feels special (pun intended)

A lot of “Pro” products don’t seem like they meet expectations of actual pro users. If you’re the type of person who prefers the traditional way of listening to music, this phone has a 3.5mm jack — something you don’t see in many smartphones these days.

While I can always connect a wireless pair of headphones, the good ol’ audio jack is still very handy in a lot of scenarios. I find it useful when playing music in parties that don’t have wireless speakers. Some people still use wired microphones for audio recording as it’s more reliable. Some monopods require wired cables for you to control shutter releases.

Battery life is outstanding

I’m not proud of it but I’m *that* power user. I fiddle around with my phone and browse my social media feed every five to ten minutes. When I’m bored, I watch videos on YouTube or at least two episodes of a series I’m following on Netflix at around 75% brightness. I also play graphics-intensive games every now and then. Despite all of this, the Mi 9T Pro’s battery lasts me my entire day.

Fast charging just got faster

The Mi 9T already has a USB-C port and an 18W fast charger right out of the box — but the Mi 9T Pro ships with a faster 27W charger with Quick Charge 4+ technology.

It takes around 35 minutes to charge the phone from 0% to 50%. It reached 100% after around an hour and 30 minutes. That’s fast for a smartphone with a 4000 mAh battery.

Modern problems require modern solutions, except for these two

The Mi 9T Pro still features an in-display fingerprint scanner and it works most of the time. Not that I’m complaining, but it will never be as fast as a traditional scanner. A side-mounted scanner is always my alternative pick over this type of reader.

I thought there will be at least a difference when it comes to Face Unlock but it still performs sluggish. I would rather use the fingerprint scanner instead of the inconvenience of swiping and waiting for the camera to pop-up. Face unlock isn’t even as secure as it just relies on camera recognition.

The pop-up camera itself performs well

Don’t get me wrong, the pop-up camera is not bad, well at least in taking selfies. It captures decent selfies even when beauty mode is completely turned off.

I like how the selfies don’t look as saturated as other selfie shooters, which gives it a nice touch in persuading your crush to give you a chance to date you.

People who have shorter arms wouldn’t have a problem as the selfie camera is wide enough to accommodate four (or more) people in the frame — just like how a lot of you accommodate people that will never be a part of your life.

Same triple camera setup, but now snappier

You get the same triple camera setup as the Mi 9T that I loved: 48MP f/1.8 wide, 8MP f/2.4 telephoto, and 13MP f/2.4 ultrawide.

There’s a small difference though: the Mi 9T Pro has laser autofocus. This might not sound like much but taking photos with the Mi 9T Pro felt snappier and photos turn out sharper. It’s an understated but very important improvement.

Unlike with the Mi 9T, I didn’t experience errors while using the Mi 9T Pro’s camera

The camera does well with food subjects

But it’s honestly even better with the telephoto lens

Night Mode works really well

But sometimes, it doesn’t do photos justice

The highlights in the neon signs were dimmed after turning on the Night Mode, which made the shots worse.

Using Night Mode on the telephoto lens is great, too

I really love how it captured the filament in these two light bulbs and produced the right amount of shadows and blur in the background.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

The maxed-out 128GB/6GB configuration of the Mi 9T Pro is priced at PhP 20,490, while the 64GB/6GB configuration currently retails at PhP 18,990 — which is just a PhP 1,500 difference from Mi 9T’s 128GB/6GB.

A lot of people have been calling the Mi 9T Pro as 2019’s true flagship killer, not just because of its top of the line specs but also because of its affordable price tag.

If you want to have a powerful smartphone with a bright display, snappy cameras, and unparalleled software experience without spending that much, the Mi 9T Pro is for you. If you don’t need the faster chipset and just want an overall great device, then go for the Mi 9T.

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Globe’s postpaid plan for Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra

Various options to choose from

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It’s not too long now before Samsung’s Galaxy S20 arrives in the Philippines. Smart already put their postpaid plans for the S20 series online. Globe also has postpaid plans put up for the smartphone already. As a matter of fact, you can now pre-order it online on their website.

Globe is bundling the S20 with an attractive call, text, and data packages on their own ThePLAN. ThePLAN’s packages follows:

ThePLAN 599 (PhP 599 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 36,000 PhP 40,800 PhP 52,800
Data 2 GB
Call Unlimited to Globe/TM
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

ThePLAN 799 (PhP 799 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 34,800 PhP 39,600 PhP 51,600
Data 3 GB
Call
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 50 minutes to other networks
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

ThePLAN 999 (PhP 999 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 32,400 PhP 37,200 PhP 49,200
Data 5 GB
Call
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 50 minutes to other networks
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

ThePLAN 1299 (PhP 1,299 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 30,000 PhP 34,800 PhP 46,800
Data 8 GB
Call
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 50 minutes to other networks
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

ThePLAN 1499 (PhP 1,499 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 26,400 PhP 31,200 PhP 43,200
Data 11 GB
Call
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 50 minutes to other networks
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

ThePLAN 1799 (PhP 1,799 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 25,200 PhP 30,000 PhP 42,000
Data 15 GB
Call
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 100 minutes to other networks
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

ThePLAN 1999 (PhP 1,999 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 22,800 PhP 27,600 PhP 39,600
Data 16 GB
Call
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 150 minutes to other networks
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

ThePLAN 2499 (PhP 2,499 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 18,000 PhP 22,800 PhP 34,800
Data 21 GB
Call
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 150 minutes to other networks
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

ThePLAN 2999 (PhP 2,999 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 18,000 PhP 22,800 PhP 34,800
Data 31 GB
Call
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 300 minutes to other networks
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

Premium Plans on offer

Globe also offers its top of the line postpaid plans for the Galaxy S20 series. You can avail it in three tiers of Globe’s ThePREMIUM Plan:

ThePREMIUM 3799 (PhP 3,799 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 4,800 PhP 9,600 PhP 21,600
Data Unlimited every month
Call Unlimited to all networks
Text Unlimited to all networks
Roaming N/A
Consumable Allowance N/A
Rewards Double Globe Rewards points
Freebies N/A

ThePREMIUM 4999 (PhP 4,999 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out None PhP 4,800 PhP 16,800
Data Unlimited every month
Call
  • Unlimited to all networks
  • Unlimited to Globe Duo and landline
Text Unlimited to all networks
Roaming 2 days
Consumable Allowance PhP 1,500
Rewards Double Globe Rewards points
Freebies N/A

ThePREMIUM 7999 (PhP 7,999 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out None
Data Unlimited every month
Call
  • Unlimited to all networks
  • Unlimited to Globe Duo and landline
Text Unlimited to all networks
Roaming 4 days
Consumable Allowance PhP 3,000
Rewards Double Globe Rewards points
Freebies N/A

Requirements

To avail of Globe’s postpaid plans for the Galaxy S20, simply head over to their website during the pre-order period. If you intend to renew your plan instead, you may opt to call them through their hotline for faster processing. You may need some valid documents while applying for a brand new device.

While there is no date yet for the actual launch of the device in the country, expect it to land not later than March. The Galaxy S20 packs powerful hardware along with new camera innovations, so it’s worth waiting for Samsung’s latest flagship.


SEE ALSO:
Samsung Galaxy S20 series price in the Philippines
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip price in the Philippines
Samsung Galaxy Buds+ price in the Philippines

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Samsung Philippines Smartphone Price List

Which Samsung smartphone is your GadgetMatch?

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Here are the latest prices of Samsung smartphones in the Philippines. We listed the devices according to their category.

Last update: February 14, 2020

Premium (PhP 30,000 and up)

Upper-Midrange (PhP 20,000 to PhP 30,000)

Lower-Midrange (PhP 10,000 to PhP 20,000)

Budget (PhP 10,000 and below)

  • Samsung Galaxy A20s — PhP 9,990
  • Samsung Galaxy A20PhP 8,990
  • Samsung Galaxy A10s — PhP 6,990
  • Samsung Galaxy M20 — PhP 6,990
  • Samsung Galaxy A10 — PhP 5,990

You may also check out our Best Smartphones guides. We shortlisted our chosen premium, upper-midrange, lower-midrange, and budget handsets to help you find your next smartphone.

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Google’s cyberpeace campaign aims to educate the youth on cyber safety

Teaching the youth on digital responsibility

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Photo by Paweł Czerwiński

The Internet has touched many aspects of society in the modern era. More so, it has revolutionized the way people interact with each other. With the Internet becoming more accessible than before, more people are depending on it to make their lives easier.

However, easier Internet access also introduces some challenges to society. For the youth, one of the challenges to Internet access is ensuring safety from malicious sites. It facilitates instant communication — a key avenue for cyberbullying and harassment.

Google and the Teach Peace, Build Peace movement are aware of the rising cases in cyberbullying and harassment. That is why they partnered together to launch the “Cyberpeace: Creating a peaceful internet together” campaign. The campaign aims to educate safety etiquette and responsibility on cyberspace to the youth.

Teaching peace together

With the campaign, Google will mobilize YouTube vloggers, teachers, employees, and volunteers to various public and private high schools across the Philippines. They will teach high school students on using the Internet in a more responsible and safer way. Google’s Be Internet Awesome will serve as the curriculum for these educational teach-ins.

Google’s curriculum will tackle key issues in cyber safety. It will focus on online reputation, critical thinking to fight scams and misinformation, privacy and security, cyberbullying, and reporting inappropriate online behaviors. Plus, it will also tackle catfishing and cancel culture — specific issues arising from social media.

It launched on February 11 with San Francisco High School in Quezon City as the pilot school. The campaign will proceed to other high schools in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Janine Vela teaching kids at San Francisco High School in Quezon City.

“Through the Cyberpeace campaign, we hope not to only help Filipino families stay safer online but provide a springboard for a shared, nationwide commitment to a more peaceful internet, at the heart of a vibrant digital economy for all Filipinos,” said Bernadette Nacario, country director of Google Philippines.

Cultivating a peaceful cyberspace

The need to educate the youth on digital citizenship is important as the Philippines has the highest number of households using digital technologies. The total figure tallies at 71 percent. Meanwhile, 85 percent of the family surveyed in the Philippines worry about their child being exposed to inappropriate content online.

Google’s campaign answers the need for educating youth about cyber safety and digital responsibility. It goes along with other tools from the company such as 2-step verification, Family Link, SafeSearch, and YouTube Kids.

At the end of day, however, it is best for families to teach their child about proper and safe browsing. Proper education goes a long way in ensuring responsible and informed digital citizens. After all, the Internet is a powerful resource that entails great responsibility to those who use it.

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