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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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Lenovo unveils five new value-for-money gaming monitors

Complete with game-ready features suitable for any budget range

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Whether you’re working from home or playing games online, you need a good monitor to supplement. With the right set of features in your monitor, you can take your gameplay to the next level. However, a ton of these monitors designed for competitive play are pretty expensive. Fortunately, Lenovo Legion has a new lineup of monitors that address that.

This new lineup of gaming monitors from Lenovo bring game-ready features suited for all kinds of players. In particular, these monitors bring high refresh rates along with display technologies for smoother gameplay. From 144Hz to 240Hz, with either NVIDIA G-SYNC and AMD’s FreeSync support, these will surely bring the immersive gaming experience for everyone.

These monitors are now available in Lenovo Legion concept stores and authorized resellers nationwide. Below are the SRPs for these new gaming monitors:

Monitor Model Features SRP
Lenovo Gaming G25-10 24.5” FHD, 144Hz, G-SYNC Compatible PhP 9,995
Lenovo Gaming G27-20 27” FHD, 144Hz, G-SYNC Compatible PhP 11,995
Lenovo Gaming G27q-20 27” QHD, 165Hz, G-SYNC Compatible PhP 15,995
Lenovo Gaming G34w-10 34” WQHD, 144Hz, FreeSync Premium PhP 23,995
Lenovo Legion Y25-25 24.5” FHD, 240Hz, G-SYNC & FreeSync Premium PhP 15,995

 

SEE ALSO: Which Lenovo monitor best suits the typical gamer?

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realme 7 now retails for PhP 11,990

A popular midranger made much more affordable

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realme is treating customers to another surprise this March. The popular midrange device, realme 7, is now available at a much lower price of PhP 11,990.

Formerly retailing at PhP 13,990, realme 7 is much more affordable with its lower starting price for the 8GB/128GB variant. Its lower starting price also makes it a much tempting option for students and professionals looking to upgrade their devices. Plus, it also fits well on the growing realme ecosystem composed of wearables, earbuds, and other smart products.

As for that price, customers are getting capable performance thanks to the MediaTek Helio G95 processor. Paired with a 5,000 mAh battery, one can enjoy non-stop gaming, streaming, and browsing without experiencing major lags and hiccups. The 6.5-inch full HD+ LCD display with a 90Hz refresh rate complements that with a fluid and immersive viewing experience.

It also underwent TÜV Rheinland Smartphone Reliability Verification, which is one of the first smartphones to do so. As such, users can enjoy peace of mind knowing that the realme 7 underwent several tests for durability and reliability.

realme 7 can be had at a much lower price on Lazada, Shopee, physical stores, and authorized resellers starting this March. For more updates and promos, visit and follow realme Philippines on Facebook and Instagram.

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Framework laptop has a fully customizable and easily repairable parts

Bucking the trend of modern laptops

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Most manufacturers today are bent on making their laptops thinner and lighter. However, that trend comes with an unfortunate development: making laptops much harder to upgrade or repair. Soldered parts, for instance, discourage users from undertaking do-it-yourself (DIY) repairs to further extend a laptop’s lifespan.

To buck this trend, a San Francisco-based Framework recently launched a laptop that aims to be “upgraded, customized, and repaired in ways that no other notebook can.” The laptop features fully customizable and modular parts that users can repair and upgrade accordingly.

A laptop like no other

Base specifications of the laptop include a 13.5-inch 2K screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio, a 1080P webcam, and a 55Wh battery. A choice of 11th-gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, and up to 4TB of NVMe SSD storage is configurable too.

As for the operating system, the laptop can come with Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, or Linux.

Almost everything on this laptop is fully upgradeable, from its internal to external components. Users can easily upgrade or swap the storage, memory card, WiFi card, battery, and even the motherboard. The same goes for the screen, screen bezel, keyboard, and even ports.

Upgrading the ports themselves is a unique proposition, making use of an expansion system users for a quick and easy swap to a USB-C, USB-A HDMI, DisplayPort, or microSD card reader.

Users may scan the laptop part’s QR code which will take them to the Framework Marketplace where they can easily find replacements. The marketplace will eventually feature parts from third-party manufacturers so users can have more options in the future.

The most impressive part here is that Framework manages to cram all these upgradeable parts into one slick profile. The startup boasts an impressive weight of under 1.35 kilograms all thanks to the use of aluminum for the chassis.

Framework will also offer a DIY laptop kit to enthusiasts. The kit will include individual modules and a screwdriver so users can easily assemble the laptop themselves.

Availability

Fortunately, it won’t be a long wait for interested users to get their hands on the Framework laptop. The startup is targeting a summer release, with pre-orders coming this spring. There is no word on the price yet. However, the founder says that the laptop’s price would be “comparable to other well-reviewed notebooks.”

The premise of Framework is indeed unique, rethinking what a laptop should be. Modern laptops today are becoming more and more locked down, which is a far cry from the laptops of yesteryears. Should this laptop find success, it could send a message to every manufacturer that upgradeability and repairability don’t have to suffer in the pursuit of thinner and lighter laptops.

Via: The Verge

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