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Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro makes its debut with notch and affordable price

First notched phone in the Redmi lineup

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Just as planned, the Redmi 6 Pro launched today with all the features that were teased last week. But the info we have now is a lot more complete.

That’s because we now know how much the smartphone costs. It’ll have a starting price of CNY 999 (US$ 155) for the 3GB memory with 32GB storage variant. For 4GB of memory and 32GB of storage, you have to pay CNY 1,199 (US$ 185), while CNY 1,299 (US$ 200) is the asking price for 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage.

No matter which model you choose, you’re getting a great deal. As pointed out before, the Redmi 6 Pro comes with a processor previously found on more expensive midrange phones — the Snapdragon 625 — and the 4000mAh battery capacity is generous for this price range.

However, what will catch your attention most is the camera notch on top of the 5.84-inch 1080p display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. This marks the first appearance of a screen cutout in the Redmi lineup. It makes the phone look more trendy, although we wonder how long this design will last since pop-up cameras may be the next big thing.

The selfie camera itself is of the usual variety: 5 megapixels with artificial intelligence (AI) for better portrait and beauty modes, plus unlocking the unit using your face. On the back, we have a dual-camera system consisting of 12- and 5-megapixel image sensors — also with AI to enhance your photos.

Sadly, the Redmi 6 Pro settles for an older micro-USB port and no fast charging support. On the bright side, there’s a triple-card slot for housing two SIM cards and a microSD card at the same time, as well as a 3.5mm audio port and infrared blaster.

Best of all, there are five colors to choose from: red, black, blue, gold, and pink. The Redmi 6 Pro will be available as early as tomorrow, but that’s only in China. We’ll have to wait for international rollout info.

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Canva adds new features for presentations on the go

Responsive presentations anytime, anywhere

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Having a well-designed document goes a long way in engaging your audience. That’s where Canva comes in, simplifying the creation of well-thought documents, posters, and more. Now, Canva is adding more features which would delight presenters on the go.

Canva is adding three new features for mobile presentations on the go. The first feature is responsive presentation — users can now create presentations on their laptops and view it on their mobile devices. Presentations adapt to different screens, so the days of fussing over the right screen size is over. Plus, user can edit and view presentations made with Canva anywhere, anytime.

The second feature is presentations playlist, which would suit well for team presentations. With this feature, teams can create accessible spaces for collaboration through shared folders. This feature also builds a single coherent event with transitional slides introducing each speaker.

Finally, the third feature is live Q&A, which Canva will add soon to its mobile apps. Audiences may soon participate in from any device and have the option to send in questions anonymously. This should enable a more dynamic and engaging presentation with audiences.

With over a thousand designer-made templates, 50 million premium images and videos, Canva makes it easier to create beautiful documents, posters, and graphic materials. It is available on the web, on Android, and iOS devices. Users can sign up today for a free tier, with a premium tier also available to unlock more features.

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ROG Phone 2 Ultimate Edition: Price in the Philippines

Available in two bundles!

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ASUS ROG has one more hurrah before the year (and the decade!) closes. The company is bringing to the Philippines the ROG Phone 2 Ultimate Edition.

The phone is everything you already know about the ROG Phone 2 but has nearly overkill RAM and storage — 12GB and 1TB, respectively. It was announced months ago that it will be available for purchase at PhP 59,995. This time around, you can pre-order it with a few more goodies.

Two Ultimate bundles

The first bundle is called the Overdrive Gaming 2.0. With it you’ll get the ROG Phone 2 Ultimate Edition along with the ROG Kunai Gamepad, the Lighting Armor Case, and an ROG Exclusive Jacket for PhP 64,995.

The second bundle is called Wear Victory 2.0. Here the phone will come with the ROG Exclusive Jacket without any additional costs.

Pre-order period is from December 7 to December 13. Itching to get your hands on these? Go ahead and fill up the pre-order form. For more details and mechanics visit the ASUS ROG Facebook Page.

SEE ALSO: ROG Phone 2 review: Mobile gaming on steroids

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Huawei’s Nova 6 5G apparently has the best selfie camera

Thanks to the dual-camera setup

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Benchmarks are often skewed because they fail to judge real-life experience. However, they do help us understand the nitty-gritty of a gadget and establish results in an empirical manner.

DxOMark has published its camera test results for the Huawei Nova 6 5G, and it turns out this phone tops the selfie charts. Huawei introduced the Nova 6 5G in China today with dual shooters on the front in a punch-hole design, similar to the Honor V30.

The phone achieved a score of 100 while the Galaxy Note 10 5G comes second as it managed to score 99 points. This has officially given it the top spot for selfies amongst its competitors.

The phone sports a 32-megapixel primary selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. In addition, you’ll also find an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens with an f/2.2 aperture. DxOMark tested phone’s front cameras with over 1,500 test images and more than 2 hours of video footage.

According to the test results, this setup can provide good exposure in pretty much all conditions. It also managed to capture wide dynamic range, and white balance was also spot on.

The tests were carried out in a controlled environment and also in natural settings outdoors. DxOMark maintains that all default settings were used.

All in all, the test proves that the Nova 6 5G has a capable selfie camera setup, as marketed by Huawei as well. For now, the phone is restricted to the Chinese market and we should be seeing a global roll-out in the coming months.

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