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Redmi 9 now official in the Philippines

Jam-packed with features

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Alongside the launch of POCO F2 Pro in the Philippines is the launch of an entry-level smartphone from Xiaomi. The Redmi 9 is now officially available in the country, and it comes with a competitive price tag despite its jam-packed specs.

The Redmi 9 is a big upgrade over its predecessor. It now has a quad-camera setup that allows for more versatility. The main camera is a 13MP wide-angle camera. There’s also an 8MP ultra-wide-angle + 5MP macro camera which should allow for better landscape and close-up shots. Rounding up the camera setup is a 2MP depth sensor.

On the display front, users can expect a bigger and better screen. The display is now 6.53 inches and the resolution is bumped to full HD. The waterdrop notch is here to stay, housing the device’s 8Mp selfie camera.

Redmi 9 vastly improves on the performance front too. There’s a new MediaTek Helio G80 processor powering the device. Xiaomi claims the device has a 207% improved performance over its predecessor. MIUI 12 based on Android 10 is available out of the box. To top it all off, there’s a 5,020 mAh battery inside with support for 18W fast charging.

Plus, there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack, IR blaster, NFC, and dual SIM + microSD card support on this device. Redmi 9 is really jam-packed with features for an entry-level smartphone.

 Pricing and availability

The best part about the Redmi 9? It starts at PhP 6,990 for the 3 / 32GB variant. There’s also a 4 / 64GB variant that retails at PhP 7,490. It is now available on Xiaomi’s official online store at Shopee starting June 16. Customers can grab the device in a variety of colors: Carbon Grey, Ocean Green, Sunset Purple.

There’s also a one-day flash sale happening on Shopee. Customers can snag the Redmi 9 3 /32GB variant at PhP 500 off or PhP 6,490 only for June 16.

Redmi 9 will retail on other sales channels starting from June 30. It will be also available for purchase at the Xiaomi Official Store on Lazada from July 7, 2020 with a special one-day price of PhP 6,490 (PhP 500 off) for the 3GB+32GB variant.

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Xiaomi working on Mi Band with 360-degree display

Wraps around your wrist

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Xiaomi is enjoying quite a nice year so far. Recently, the Chinese company became the second largest smartphone maker in the world. Of course, besides its evidently popular smartphones, the company is also blooming with its slate of other devices including the successful Mi Bands. And, if this new leak comes to pass, Xiaomi isn’t done improving its other products. According to a new leak, Xiaomi is developing a new Mi Band with a 360-degree display.

Leaked on Weibo, a recent company presentation supposedly hints that the device — called the Mi Band X — is coming in the future. As the description implies, the wearable will not use the traditional screen + band system used by most wearable bands today.

Instead, the entire band is a flexible display. It won’t clasp with a buckle or notches either. It will reportedly use a magnetic system to fix itself on the user’s wrist. Though the description sounds complex, the leak states that the device will still be light and usable for a fitness band.

This isn’t the first wearable with a larger and more flexible display, though. Years ago, ZTE’s Nubia released the Nubia Alpha touted an elongated screen packed with smartphone-like features. At the time, it claimed to be the largest screen ever for a wearable. A 360-degree screen can easily upend this claim.

The leak does not indicate if or when the Mi Band X is coming. It doesn’t indicate how much the device will sell for either. However, if the Nubia Alpha’s EUR 449 price tag is anything to go by, the Mi Band X won’t be a cheap one, especially compared to other Mi Bands.

SEE ALSO: Redmi Note 10 Pro and Mi Band 6 are now in the Philippines

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Google is developing a Switch to Android app for iPhone users

Making it easier to switch

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Switching between mobile operating systems is one of the most tedious tasks for smartphone users. The task’s difficulty is often a big reason why Apple and Android users stick to their own lanes. To help ease this for switching users, Google is reportedly developing a Switch to Android app for iOS users.

Reported by 9to5Google, an upcoming APK supposedly reveals the existence of such an app. The unannounced app will help iOS users move their data to their new Android devices.

Data transfer apps have existed for quite some time now. Usually, smartphone makers have their own branded transfer apps. This is the first time that Google has its own app for the purpose. Currently (and without the aforementioned transfer apps), iOS owners have to back up their info on Google Drive (or elsewhere) then download them again on the new phone.

Compared to the current way to do it, the app’s data hints at more transferrable data between devices. The app can supposedly transfer messages and apps. Given how different iOS and Android operates, it’ll be interesting to know how Google transfers these data.

Currently, Google has not revealed when or if the Switch to Android app is coming. However, Apple already has a Move to iOS app, making it easier for those switchers to move. Google’s own take on the app has been a long time coming.

SEE ALSO: Cybersecurity updates for Google Chrome

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No OnePlus 9T or 9T Pro, rumor says

Probably because of the chip shortage

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The past 12 months have been weird for the smartphone industry. Last year, Apple removed the free chargers from its new iPhone boxes, sparking a concerning trend throughout the entire smartphone industry. Recently, Samsung’s TM Roh confirmed that a Galaxy Note isn’t coming this year. Now, there’s a rumor swirling around that OnePlus will not launch a OnePlus 9T or a OnePlus 9T Pro.

Explicitly leaked through a tweet, Max Jambor states that OnePlus will not launch the premium models of its current flagship lineup this year. Instead, the company will focus on the standard OnePlus 9 models this year.

Traditionally, OnePlus has a two-in-one release schedule every year, launching a standard flagship model earlier in the year and a premium slate later on. The schedule follows the same setup that Samsung uses for the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note series.

It’s a strange coincidence that both Samsung and (potentially) OnePlus are foregoing their premium models this year. Both companies could be feeling the effects of the ongoing chip shortage that’s affecting the world right now. Without chips, smartphone makers won’t have an easy time making their devices.

Besides Samsung and OnePlus, Apple is reportedly cutting out its iPhone 12 mini and its successors — albeit replacing the model with a larger one. Consoles are also experiencing the crunch, experiencing shortages across the globe.

Though the current OnePlus report is still a rumor, current events do lend some credence to the sudden disappearance of the OnePlus 9T and 9T Pro this year.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus teases OnePlus Nord 2 on Instagram

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