News

Xiaomi teases Redmi 4 budget phone ahead of launch

Published

on

If you thought Xiaomi had put all its cards on table, what with all the devices it announced this year, including an all-screen concept phone you can actually buy, you thought wrong. The Chinese manufacturer is slated to launch another handset that could tighten its grip at the top of the smartphone market.

A recent consumer study found out that the technology company has lost touch with the Chinese masses, conceding its top-dog status to OPPO and Vivo throughout the third quarter of 2016. Xiaomi’s upcoming budget smartphone, the Redmi 4, aims to rekindle excitement in and outside its fan base. The phone will launch on November 4th, possibly alongside a less capable and less expensive variant called the Redmi 4A.

A teaser image posted on Weibo, China’s answer to Twitter, didn’t reveal much other than that Xiaomi is planning to announce a handset with a display glass that curves toward a metal frame. Previous leaks paint a picture of a midrange phone with a “perfect for one-handed usage” screen size.

xiaomi-redmi-4-teaser

Xiaomi posted the Redmi 4’s teaser image on Weibo

The Redmi 4 is tipped to have a 5-inch, full-resolution display and the same octa-core Qualcomm processor that powers the ASUS ZenFone 3. Its rumored specs may include 3GB of RAM; 32GB of expandable storage; 13- and 5-megapixel rear and front cameras; and a 4,100mAh battery.

The Redmi 4A, meanwhile, is said to be of the same size but takes things down a notch with less pixels on the screen, less processing power, less storage, and less battery life.

News

Essential Phone is down to only $250, making it a steal of a deal

Cheaper than most midrange phones

Published

on

When we first reviewed the Essential Phone, it cost US$ 700. When we reviewed it again, it retailed for US$ 500. Now, it’s down to a mouthwatering US$ 250 on Amazon’s Prime Day sale!

That’s an unbelievable price for a phone that has flagship-grade specs from last year, along with impeccable build quality thanks to the combination of titanium and ceramic.

This phone receives great software support, too. It’s currently part of the Android P Beta program and it even gets monthly security patches before Google’s own Pixel phones at times.

When we reviewed it as a US$ 500 device, we already called it the best deal you can get at that price point. Bringing it down to US$ 250 is just cheating.

Andy Rubin, Essential’s founder, fully endorses the major discount:

Sure, the Essential Phone isn’t perfect — the cameras are sub-par and it lacks certain essentials — but you really can’t complain for such value. It’s safe to say it’s the best smartphone deal you can snatch today, if you can order fast enough through Amazon, that is.

With no follow-up in sight, it’s a safe bet to go for this without any immediate buyer’s remorse. If anything, you get a premium 2017 flagship for the price of a typical midrange phone.

Continue Reading

Gaming

Singtel introduces PVP eSports Championship

The telco’s next step in the world of gaming

Published

on

Singaporean telco giant Singtel has announced its latest eSports initiative, the PVP eSports Championship. It will be a multi-title regional eSports league from October 5 to 7, 2018 with a prize pool of US$ 300,000. For executives, the tournament is part of their efforts towards gaming within the Asia-Pacific region.

The tournament is done in partnership with industry players Razer, MET, Garena, and Blizzard. It will feature the popular PC game Dota 2 and Garena’s popular mobile game Arena of Valor. The Singapore leg of Blizzard’s global tour will also feature their popular game Hearthstone during the tournament.

Teams from Australia, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines will compete in local qualifiers organized by Singtel. The winning teams will then move on to the Grand Finals in Singapore, where they will compete against professional teams from North America, Europe, and China. The tournament also serves as Singtel’s opportunity to scout for Singapore’s own eSports team, which they wish to sponsor for future competitions.

Singtel hopes that the tournament builds upon current gaming initiatives from telcos like Globe in the Philippines and Telkomsel in Indonesia. Singtel CEO Arthur Lang recognizes the power of mobile gaming within the region, with smartphones being the main gaming device. “Telcos have every right to play in the growing gaming ecosystem,” Lang said in a statement.

To know more about the upcoming tournament and how to get there, you can visit its official website or MET’s official post. Singtel will provide details on streaming services for the tournament in the future.

Continue Reading

News

Samsung will launch three S10 variants, report says

Will have a feature that Apple doesn’t have yet

Published

on

If you’ve followed the tech industry closely, you would have noticed a troubling trend. Someone is always copying someone else. Features are almost always shared between brands. Hence, we have ubiquitous notches, dual cameras, and AI features.

As such, it comes as no surprise that Samsung might copy Apple’s lineup next year.

Renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reported that Samsung will adopt Apple’s three-model lineup from this year. (Despite Kuo’s infamy with Apple, he has recently opened his repertoire up to other brands.)

Previously, multiple rumors suggest that Apple’s 2018 lineup consists of three phones for different markets. This includes 5.8-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.5-inch models. More succinctly, these three models will fit into traditional market classifications: affordable, regular, and premium.

Likewise, Samsung might launch the same structure next year. Already, rumors have speculated on the features that will grace the Galaxy S10 and S10+.

For example, the premium Galaxy S10+ will likely pack in five cameras, including a rear triple-camera system. This year’s premium iPhone offering may also feature Apple’s take on the triple-camera system introduced by Huawei.

Additionally, Kuo reports that Samsung will introduce a more accurate ultrasonic, under-screen fingerprint reader for next year. Amid rumors that Samsung is copying Apple, this is a new feature that has not graced Apple’s phones yet.

Regardless of the new features, the company has traditionally released two models anyway. Arguably, the more surprising part of Kuo’s report is the lower-end Galaxy model. Samsung has usually relegated their midrange and budget models to other lineups.

If Samsung does copy Apple’s three-models strategy, it adds another page to the “Samsung is copying Apple” saga. Regardless, Samsung will announce their new Galaxy lineup early next year at MWC 2019. Prior to that, the company will launch the highly awaited Galaxy Note 9 at this year’s Unpacked event happening in a few weeks’ time.

SEE ALSO: Galaxy S9 is Samsung’s least popular phone since the Galaxy S3

Continue Reading

Trending