Xiaomi 12 gets 4K discount for Valentine’s Day Sale

Tech gifts to remember



Take advantage of Valentine’s Day with the Xiaomi ‘Mi Amor’ sale which lets customers save up to PhP 4,000 when they purchase from authorized offline stores.

Setting itself apart from other brands, Xiaomi has also made the promotion available until March 31.

Headlining the list of participating devices is the flagship Xiaomi 12, which will retail for just PhP 35,999 (PhP 4,000 off) during the period.

Made available late in 2021, the Xiaomi 12 features a 6.28-inch 120Hz HDR10+ display, a 50MP triple camera setup, and a 32MP selfie camera.

It is powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, runs on the Android 12-based MIUI 13 OS, and has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

The high-end phone also supports 67W fast charging which charges the phone to full in just about 39 minutes.

For more affordable options, the mid-range Redmi Note 10 Pro (PhP 2,000 off), Redmi Note 11S (PhP 1,000 off), and budget Redmi A1 (free Mi Bluetooth speaker) will all get discounts or freebies as well.

Redmi Note 10 Pro

PhP 12,999 for 8GB+256GB; PhP 11,999 for 8GB+128GB

  • MIUI 13 based on Android 11 (upgradeable up ton Android 12)
  • Snapdragon 732G
  • 6.67-inch (1,080 x 2,400) 120Hz HDR10 display
  • 108MP main camera; quad camera setup
  • 16MP selfie camera
  • 33W fast charging

Redmi Note 11S

PhP 11,999 for 8GB+128GB; PhP 10,999 for 6GB+128GB

  • MIUI 13 based on Android 11
  • Mediatek Helio G96
  • 6.43-inch (1,080 x 2,400) 90Hz display
  • 108MP main camera; quad camera setup
  • 16MP selfie camera
  • 33W fast charging

Redmi A1

PhP 4,499 for 2GB+32GB; comes with free Mi compact Bluetooth speaker

  • MIUI 12 based on Android 12 (Go edition)
  • Mediatek Helio A22
  • 6.52-inch (720 x 1,600) IPS LCD display
  • 8MP main camera; 5MP selfie camera
  • 5,000mAh battery

Redmi Smart Band 2 announced

Meanwhile, the newly-released Redmi Smart Band 2 wearable will also retail for only PhP 1,499.


vivo V27 series: Credit card, Home Credit availability

Light installment plans



The vivo V27 series is the latest from vivo in the Philippines. It’s a smartphone series that features a light ring on its camera module instead of the usual flash. The series is comprised of the vivo V27e and the vivo V27 5G. Both are available both via credit card payment and through Home Credit.

Credit Card

You can earn rewards when you purchase either of the vivo V27 phones via credit card. The lowest payment schemes are:

  • vivo V27e — PhP 708.29 on a 24-month installment with zero percent interest.
  • vivo V27 5G — PhP 1,041.63 on a 24-month installment also with zero percent interest.

Home Credit

vivo and Home Credit Philippines partnered to offer flexible payment terms and low monthly installment rates. Installment plans are available in 9, 12 and 18-month options.

  • vivo V27e — 10% initial downpayment with zero interest rate. The 18-month plan costs PhP 877 per month.
  • vivo V27 5G — Also a 10% initial downpayment. The 18-month plan costs PhP 1,289 per month.

 vivo V27 — #AuraPortraitMaster

vivo calls the light ring on the vivo V27 series’ camera module the Aura Light. The vivo V27 series has a f/1.9 IMX766V 50MP ultra-sensing main camera. This is supported by EIS+OIS dual ultra-stabilization for sharp and high-quality shots even when moving or at night. The Aura Portrait Algorithm paves the way for impressive image and video-processing yet on a vivo smartphone for its category.

Both are equipped with 120Hz FHD+ AMOLED screens. The 7.36mm 3D curved screen on the V27 5G is the thinnest yet for a V series phone. Meanwhile, the V27e has a 7.7mm thickness.

There are three colorway choices:

  • Color-changing Emerald Green
  • Lavender Purple
  • Glory Black (specifically for the V27e, which is said to shimmer at night)

SEE ALSO: Vibe Check: vivo V27 5G

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Maya summer deals: Cashbacks, discounts, instant credit

Make the most out of digital banking



Maya is offering subscribers many ways to save this summer season by using the digital bank app.

Those who have not downloaded Maya yet will get a free Maya Card when they open an account and deposit PhP 1,000.

For cash ins and bank transfers, Maya helps people get rid of transaction fees and enjoy cashbacks.

Customers who cash in via InstaPay will get up to PhP 25 cashback. Those who use Maya Center, meanwhile, get a full cashback on their 1% cash in fee, capped at PhP 150. 

There’s also no cash in fee for linked banks and over-the-counter transactions up to PhP 8,000.

Need to pay for something but do not have enough funds at the moment? Maya may also be used to get instant credit of up to PhP 18,000 for eligible users.

Throughout summer, users should also be on the lookout for these exclusive deals:

  • Zalora: 20% off discount for new users, 18% off for existing users on purchases using Maya; 15% off on Michaela Bags
  • Robinsons Malls: Up to PhP 200 cashback using Maya QR, minimum spend PhP 1,000
  • SM Store: Raffle entry for every cash in or Maya QR scan-to-pay; prizes are PhP 3,000 Maya credits, Apple Airpods Pro 2, Apple iPhone 14
  • Boozy: PhP 150 off sitewide using promo code MAYA150 upon checkout
  • Airpaz: 3% discount on flight and hotel bookings using Maya, minimum spend PhP 1,600
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Free Steam code awaits MSI RTX 40 series purchases

Review and get free codes too



MSI recently unveiled its latest set of laptops that are up the date with the latest 13th Gen Intel Core HX processors and RTX 40 series graphics.

These include the following models:

  • Stealth 16
  • Katana 15
  • Cyborg 15
  • Raider GE78 HX
  • Titan GT77 HX

Such Intel Core HX processors with 24 cores deliver up to 5.6GHz of processing speed, a big jump which shall be felt by users when it comes to gaming performance, creative applications, and programs requiring the heavy workload.

In the graphics department, the NVIDIA RTX 40 series cards are more efficient and feature Ada Lovelace architecture to take gaming to the next level.

Early bird, review bonuses

To spice things up, MSI is offering US$ 50 Steam wallet codes for customers who will pre-order any of the participating 2023 MSI RTX 40 series models until April 30.

Likewise, customers who post a review of any of the eligible models will also receive a free US$ 50 Steam wallet code as part of the Shout Out for MSI program.

Redemption will be until May 14. To check the full mechanics, click here.

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