Pocophone F1 by Xiaomi leaks before official launch on August 22

A cheap plastic phone with flagship specs



Image screenshot: GSMDome (YouTube)

Xiaomi is set to announce a new smartphone brand in India this month. If Huawei has Honor and OPPO has Realme, then Xiaomi has Poco. The Chinese tech company already has amazingly affordable yet great smartphones available, so what does Poco offer to the table?

According to leaks, we’re going to have an affordable flagship phone named the Pocophone F1. We don’t have on-hand info yet, but GSMDome already has their unboxing video online for a couple of days now. Mind you, the video shows a proper unboxing and not a quick, messy engineering sample that’s not meant for consumers to see. Here’s the unboxing of the phone’s retail packaging:

The Pocophone F1 appears to be the phone that we previously reported on. It’s a plastic-built phone with a 5.99-inch notched IPS LCD and has Xiaomi’s own Face ID-like tech. It also has dual cameras that’ll shoot portrait photos and a fingerprint reader at the back. As for the processor, it’s powered by a Snapdragon 845 with 6GB of memory. Specs-wise, the phone is comparable to expensive flagship phones — even Xiaomi’s very own Mi 8.

As for the pricing, the Pocophone F1 is rumored to be the cheapest smartphone with a Snapdragon 845 chipset. Maybe, it can even beat the Honor Play that also has flagship specs but with Huawei’s own high-end Kirin 970 processor.

We’ll have to wait for the official announcement on August 22. The launch date is already confirmed by Poco’s Twitter page for India. Interestingly, the upcoming device is mentioned as Poco F1, not Pocophone F1.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi will launch a new non-Xiaomi phone soon


Google Drive was down for PLDT users

Service appears to be working now



Google Drive down

Google Drive was not working for PLDT users in the Philippines.

Multiple users in the Philippines have taken to Twitter to express frustration that Google Drive is down. The earliest tweets started at around 7PM (GMT+8). As of writing, the service continues to not work for some people.

Some tweeters have pointed out that the problem is with the Internet Service Provider PLDT. Some have switched to using a different ISP and it has worked for them.

PLDT replying to queries

PLDT has yet to fully acknowledge the problem and have only so far replied to a handful of customers who have tagged them to flag the issue.

As of 4:24AM (GMT+8), the service has returned for some users.

Google Drive is Google’s cloud service that’s also home to its Office Suite of apps including Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. Several people rely on the service both for study and work.

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Mi 11 Lite: Price and availability in the Philippines

Ultra-slim midranger



Mi 11 Lite

The youngest sibling from the Mi 11 series expansion announcement, the Mi 11 Lite, has made its way to the Philippines.

Despite an overall slim footprint, it does sport a 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay with a 90Hz refresh rate and HDR10. It also has a 4,250mAh battery with 33W fast charging.

Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G chip. It’s a chip that’s more than capable of handling most of what you’ll do on a smartphone. Into gaming? Yes, this phone can certainly handle that. It even employs the LiquidCool tech to keep you cool even as the game heats up.

It also has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Yes, this is only the 4G version. No word yet if the 5G one will arrive in the country. Its camera setup are as follows: 64MP f/1.79 Wide. 8MP f/2.2 UWA, 5MP f/2.4 Telemacro, and 16MP selfie camera.

The phone will come in three colors: Boba Black, Bubblegum Blue and Peach Pink.

Price and availability

The Mi 11 Lite will retail for PhP 14,990 and will be available for purchase from Authorized Mi Stores and partner retailers nationwide as well as our official stores in Lazada and Shopee starting April 24.

Watch our Mi 11 Lite Unboxing and Hands-On

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Lenovo unveils new Eyesafe-certified ThinkVision monitors

For those who wish to manage their screen time while working




For those working from home, you often find yourselves glued to your screens for more than eight hours a day. Whether it’s your work laptop or your phone, you proceed to work on your tasks or scroll through social media through a screen. Of course, if you do it for too long, it has the potential to damage your eyesight in the long run. Now, Lenovo unveiled a new set of displays that might just help you address that.

The company has launched its latest ThinkVision monitors that are now Eyesafe-certified. In essence, both monitors come with technologies designed to ease off the harmful blue light emitted from the display. Furthermore, they received a TUV Rheinland Eye Comfort certification to ensure maximum eye comfort and protection.

Also, these two monitors — the ThinkVision T24i-2L and ThinkVision T27h-2L — come with color accurate displays and phone holders on the base.

For the ThinkVision T24i-2L, it comes with a 24-inch FHD display with flexible connectivity options for all kinds of devices. Meanwhile, the ThinkVision T27h-AL comes with a 27-inch QHD display for a much larger workspace.

These monitors are now available for the price of PhP 8,850 (ThinkVision T24i-2L) and PhP 15,499 (ThinkVision T27h-2L). You will find these through Lenovo’s authorized partner sellers.

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