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Xiaomi Mi A2: Price and availability in the Philippines

It’s cheaper in the Philippines!

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Xiaomi‘s latest Android One phone is definitely coming to the Philippines. After launching in Madrid, the Mi A2 is coming to Manila very soon and it’s even cheaper compared to its European pricing.

If you plan to replace your Mi A1 or maybe get a new midrange phone, the Mi A2 should be on your list of options. There will be two versions for the Philippine market: The 4GB+64GB memory and storage configuration is priced at PhP 14,990 while the higher-end 6GB+128GB combo will go for PhP 17,490.

The Xiaomi Mi A2 has a 5.99-inch display, Snapdragon 660 processor, 3000mAh battery, and dual 20- and 12-megapixel rear shooters. It’s basically a Redmi 6X but loaded with pure Android and promised software updates for at least three years.

The exact Philippine availability is yet to be confirmed but rumor has it that it’ll be available by the end of the month or early in August.

UPDATE (08/13/18): The phone is now available at Mi Authorized Stores in TriNoma and SM Megamall at a cheaper price: PhP 13,990 (4GB/64GB). No update yet about the availability of the 6GB/128GB variant.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite: Price and availability details in the Philippines

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UK officially bans Huawei

Effective 2021

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You know about Huawei’s battle with America. For several years, the Trump administration has forced the Chinese company from American businesses with nary a letup. However, for all the company’s troubles in the US, Huawei has faced a more optimistic future in the European continent. Unfortunately, their European respite is coming to an end.

Today, the United Kingdom has officially banned Huawei from its telecommunications industry, according to an official government announcement. However, unlike the US ban, Huawei has a fairly comfortable transition period. The company can remain in business until December 31 this year. Starting January 1, 2021, UK business cannot buy 5G hardware from Huawei anymore.

Additionally, Huawei can still technically stay in the country for several years. However, the company must slowly transition out of the country by 2027.

As noted previously, the UK’s concerns with Huawei stem from national cybersecurity issues brought on by the US. The company is facing similar cybersecurity issues in other territories.

If anything, the generous transition period will likely take up most of 5G’s life cycle before the next generation comes in. Still, Huawei is once again in deep trouble following the latest ban. The company is still experiencing the same hostility in the US.

Of course, Huawei’s consumer products might still make it through the ban. Most of the global bans affect only the company’s 5G hardware. Currently, Huawei is a fairly known brand in the UK as far as consumer devices go.

SEE ALSO: US is calling Huawei, ZTE a national security threat

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OnePlus Nord officially revealed before launch

Carl Pei unveils phone on MKBHD’s channel

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Over the past few weeks, OnePlus hasn’t shied away from teasing its upcoming midrange smartphone, the OnePlus Nord. Highlighted by an incredibly vocal and snarky Instagram account, the OnePlus Nord is poised to debut with a clamor of fanfare. The company is carefully controlling the outflow of information about the new series. That said, what else can the industry possibly leak about the device?

Apparently, with the launch date only a week away, OnePlus has shed most of its secrecies. OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei himself appeared on popular tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee’s channel for an official reveal of the OnePlus Nord.

Specifically, Brownlee interviewed the OnePlus boss about the costs of the upcoming smartphone. In doing so, the YouTuber revealed the official design when it comes out. Further, Pei also revealed a few unapproved prototypes of the midrange series. Though still sharing in the same profile, the prototype looks different enough to be distinguished as its own series.

Based on the reveal, the series will come in two colors: Black and Teal. Speaking of teal, Pei was notably wearing a pair of teal earbuds during the interview as well. Though they weren’t the focus of the video, the teaser also hints at an upcoming launch for the wireless earbuds as well.

OnePlus is officially launching the OnePlus Nord on July 21. However, if you can’t wait for more details about the upcoming series, the company is already leaking details slowly through all of its social media accounts.

SEE ALSO: More OnePlus Nord specs leaked, hints at second midrange phone

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Xiaomi’s 100W fast charging will reported debut next month

According to Weibo report

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Yesterday, OPPO and vivo (specifically, iQOO) announced a new battle in the charging wars. Each brand resurrected their prototypes for fast charging technologies. On the one hand, OPPO teased an official event for 125W fast charging on Wednesday. On the other, vivo’s iQOO promised an August launch date for a 100W fast charging gaming smartphone.

Of course, when these two brands make their respective moves on a new technology, Xiaomi isn’t lagging far behind. Today, Xiaomi’s name was thrown into the ring, albeit without an official announcement.

According to a reputable source on Weibo, Xiaomi has already submitted its 100W fast charging technology to Foxconn’s mass production last June. With devices already in the works, Xiaomi’s fast charging smartphones should reportedly launch in August as well.

Xiaomi’s tech had already debuted before. Last year, the brand threw some shade at OPPO’s fast charging at the time. Whereas OPPO’s device charged at just 50W, Xiaomi’s 100W device charged an empty 4000mAh device in just 17 minutes. Unfortunately, the technology never made it past the trash talking in that year.

With the charging war (possibly literally) heating up, it won’t be long before Xiaomi, OPPO, and vivo all make good on their promises for superior charging technology. We can only hope that they come with appropriate cooling technology to handle all that heat.

SEE ALSO: Snapdragon 875 will support 100W fast charging, report says

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