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Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus now official with 18:9 displays

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Finally, Xiaomi officially announced its latest budget devices. As the year nears its end, we finally have decent near-borderless phones which don’t break the bank.

The Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus bring the 18:9 display trend to Xiaomi’s budget line of smartphones. While they’re not as edge-to-edge as the Mi Mix 2, near-borderless displays are much welcomed to the Redmi line. The phones also have an aluminum body making them feel premium despite being affordable.

The main differences between the two are their display size and battery. The Redmi 5 has a 5.7-inch HD+ display and a 3300mAh battery, while the Plus has a bigger and sharper 5.99-inch Full HD+ display and 4000mAh unit.

Specs-wise, both have the latest midrange internals Xiaomi could throw in. The Redmi 5 has a Snapdragon 450 processor with up to 3GB of memory and 32GB of storage. On the other hand, the Redmi 5 Plus packs the good old Snapdragon 625 with up to 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage.

As for their cameras, both have a single 12-megapixel rear sensor and a 5-megapixel selfie shooter with LED flashes of their own. Xiaomi also has their own beautification mode for portrait shooting called Beautify 3.0.

The Redmi 5 starts at CNY 799 (US$ 120) for the cheapest 2GB/16GB model while the 3GB/32GB model goes for CNY 899 (US$ 135). The Redmi 5 Plus starts at CNY 999 (US$ 150) for the base 3GB/32GB model, with the top-of-the-line 4GB/64GB variant selling for CNY 1299 (US$ 180).

The new Xiaomi phones have only been announced for China and will be available on December 12. Official availability outside China will definitely follow soon.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Mi A1 users can now sign up for Android Oreo beta testing

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OnePlus officially announces a merger with OPPO

It took them 5+ years to admit that…

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OnePlus has finally made its merger with OPPO public a long time after closely working with the Chinese company. However, Pete Lau, CEO, claims that the brand will continue to operate independently.

For the unaware, OnePlus is an OPPO subsidiary, but the two smartphone manufacturers work independently. In the future, despite the “integration” between the two brands, OnePlus and OPPO will continue to operate separately. The news doesn’t come as a massive shock given that Lau took on a role with OPPO last year in overseeing strategy for both brands.

Last year, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau took up the Senior Vice President position at OPLUS, which wholly owns OPPO and has a majority stake in OnePlus. The company also has a small stake in realme, which targets the affordable segment.

All these brands are part of Guangdong-based conglomerate BBK Electronics, which also owns vivo and iQoo. Lau indicated the move would allow them to deliver faster and more stable software updates to users, something that has certainly been one of the criticisms of OnePlus in recent years.

In the official blogpost, Lau mentioned that the company had seen a positive impact by integrating the two companies’ teams. The company has confirmed to MySmartPrice that smartphones from the brand will continue to run OxygenOS custom user interface based on Android. The shared resources and talent will not only help OnePlus to scale its business but will also help in cutting down costs due to scaling.

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Huawei FreeBuds 4i and Band 6 are now available at Globe Postpaid

You can grab them too at 0917 Lifestyle Store!

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Fan of Huawei’s latest wearables? Globe subscribers can now choose the best plans for the Huawei FreeBuds 4i and Band 6, or get these wearables with freebies on Globe’s online and 0917 Lifestyle Store.

Postpaid plans: Devices that match each other

These latest wearables are available now on Globe’s postpaid plans as free bundles to Huawei’s smartphones. If you are availing the Huawei Y7A, you can get the Band 6 at GPlan 999. With that plan, you are only cashing out PhP 500 and even better, getting a free thermos worth PhP 899. And as for the Huawei FreeBuds 4i, you can get it at GPlan 1499 with a nova 7i and free FreeBuds 4i clear case worth PhP 599.

Globe also has a smartphone and tablet bundle plan for those who wanted it. With GPlan 1499, postpaid subscribers can get a Huawei nova 7i to go along with a MatePad T 8 for a PhP 1,200 cashout.

Available also on 0917 Lifestyle Store and Globe Online Shop

Both of Huawei’s wearables can also be had at 0917 Lifestyle Store. There’s even a free thermos bundled with the FreeBuds 4i or the Band 6 for every purchase.

You may also snag these two at Globe Online Shop. As a bonus, there are freebies to go with every purchase too:

  • FreeBuds 4i — PhP 3,599 with a free protective case
  • Band 6 — PhP 2,599 with a free Bluetooth speaker
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realme launches Watch 2 Pro, TechLife Robot Vacuum

While teasing more devices

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This hardly comes as a surprise anymore as every brand is coming out with their slew of smart devices. realme is, likewise, venturing outside the smartphone arena as they launch the realme Watch 2 Pro and realme TechLife Robot Vacuum.

realme AIoT

The company is transitioning from their 1+4+N strategy to the 1+5+T strategy. Still tells the normal everyday person nothing at first glance but realme explains it as:

1 — smartphone, as realme’s smartphones are at the center of its AIoT ecosystem
5 — key categories for realme’s AIoT products. These include the True Wireless Stereo (TWS), Wearables, TV, laptops, and tablets.
T — stands for TechLife. This is realme’s open partner platform. It aims to support innovative and dynamic AIoT startups through the sharing of realme’s own sales channels.

TechLife focuses on three product categories: Smart Entertainment (TV boxes, projectors, speakers and game accessories), Smart Care (vacuum robots, air purifiers and body fat scales), Smart Connect (smart sockets, smart light bulbs and cameras)

After announcing the realme GT to take care of “1”, realme is covering “5” with the realme Watch 2 Pro, and the “T” with the Techlife Robot Vacuum.

realme Watch 2 Pro

If you follow tech news a lot, you know how this goes. The realme Watch 2 Pro is supposed to be your partner for an active and healthy lifestyle.

It comes with a variety of monitoring features. These are an accurate GPS system, an Sp02 monitor for blood oxygen tracking, and a heart rate monitor. For an active lifestyle, it comes with 90 sports modes.

It’s also larger than its predecessor. It has a 1.75-inch (4.4cm) display with 600 nits of peak brightness. It’s also again promising up to 14 days of power with its 390mAh battery. You’re also offered over 100 different watch faces so it’ll never feel old.

realme TechLife Robot Vacuum

This device is kicking off realme’s whole TechLife line. It has the LiDAR Smart Mapping and Navigation System, the same state-of-the-art technology used in the navigation systems of modern electric vehicles and aircraft. Sounds overkill for a vacuum but if you want your space spic and span you wanna make sure the vacuum can get to all areas that it should.

The realme TechLife Robot Vacuum has a super-high suction and mopping power of 3000Pa. This means it’s capable of cleaning large amounts of high-density garbage while keeping noise levels as low as 55dB on quiet mode.

It also features a 5200mAh battery, a 600ml dust bin and a 300ml smart electronic water tank, ensuring that users do not have to constantly charge and empty the vacuum during cleaning.

It’s designed to fit into any home with a maximum height of just above 10cm. It has a sleek and classy design with the top cover of the device made from an impact resistant tempered glass.

More TechLife products coming

realme also teased a media-focused realme Pad tablet and their first laptop — the realme Book.

Price and availability

The realme watch 2 Pro will be available starting June 16 for EUR 74.99. The basic realme watch 2 retails for EUR 54.99.

The realme TechLife Robot Vacuum price and availability details to follow.

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