Xiaomi Watch S1 series: Price and availability in the Philippines

Affordable and stylish fitness gear



Xiaomi’s latest smartwatch lineup — the Xiaomi Watch S1 series — has just arrived in the Philippines.

For different lifestyles

Designed for the modern professional, the all-new Xiaomi Watch S1 exudes a premium appeal. It dons a classic design together with sapphire glass and a stainless-steel frame housing a 1.43-inch AMOLED display.

It comes with a leather strap available in Blue, Black, or Brown. If leather isn’t your thing, there’s a fluororubber strap option in Silver or Black.

Xiaomi Watch S1

Meanwhile, the Xiaomi Watch S1 Active offers maximum comfort to accompany fitness enthusiasts. Sporting the same 1.43-inch AMOLED display, the smartwatch used a metal bezel to offer lightweight durability.

More importantly, the watch frame comes in three color options: Moon White, Space Black, and Ocean Blue. Its straps are available in six colors: Moon White, Space Black, Ocean Blue, Yellow, Green, and Orange.

Regardless of the model, the smartwatch lineup uses Bluetooth 5.2 for its connectivity and a dual-band 4-system GPS technology. Both smartwatches can power 12 days of typical usage and up to 24 days when using the battery-saver mode.

Xiaomi Watch S1 Active

Fitness modes

Both the Xiaomi Watch S1 and S1 Active help in your health and fitness journey. The lineup comes with a total of 117 fitness modes, including 19 professional modes. Both smartwatches can detect walking and running either outdoors or on a treadmill. Further, it’s compatible with Strava and even Apple Health apps.

Moreover, both smartwatches come with enhanced health-tracking features including SpO2 blood oxygen saturation tracking, female health monitoring, and improved sleep monitoring.

Price and availability

The Xiaomi Watch S1 will retail at PhP 10,999 while the Xiaomi Watch S1 Active will be available for PhP 8,999.

Xiaomi Watch S1 Active

Get discounts and freebies on Xiaomi’s official online stores from March 24 to 25 on Shopee and March 27 to 28 on Lazada. The Xiaomi Watch S1 will be available at an early bride price of PhP 9,999 and will come with a free Mi Body Composition Scale 2 (worth PhP 1,499).

Meanwhile, the Xiaomi Watch S1 Active can be purchased at a discounted price of PhP 7,499 and will come with a free Xiaomi Sports Fanny Pack.


vivo V27e price, availability, features

Get to know the smaller sibling



vivo V27e

The recently-released vivo V27 series is looking to take the midrange scene by storm with the phones’ new ring light that complements their respective camera packages.

And while the higher end vivo V27 5G has received most of the attention, its smaller sibling — the vivo V27e — does not want to be left out, proving to be a worthy option for its segment.

It’s powered by a Helio G99 processor and has up to 256GB of internal storage. The base memory is 8GB plus additional 8GB extended RAM, thanks to vivo’s Extended RAM 3.0. The phone’s 4,600mAh battery supports 66W FastCharge.

The screen is a 6.62-inch AMOLED display with an upgraded 120Hz refresh rate. It comes in handy for gaming or playing high-resolution videos.

Handy mid-range shooter

The main selling point of the vivo V27e is its f/1.8 64MP ultra-sensing main shooter. It’s part of a triple camera setup along with the f/2.4 2MP macro and f/2.4 2MP depth. Up front is a 32MP selfie camera.

The main lens has hybrid EIS and OIS dual ultra-stabilization feature for steady captures and recordings. It’s beneficial for TikTok and reels, as well as vlogs. Night shots are likewise more vivid and detailed with the Aura Portrait algorithm — a vivo-exclusive innovation.

Speaking of which, the phone has a vlog movie 3.0 feature guides the user with vlogging tips and built-in film templates, frames, and stickers.

The vivo V27e is priced at PhP 16,999 and is available online via vivo’s official website, Lazada, Shopee, TikTok, and offline at any vivo store nationwide.

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Honkai: Star Rail to launch on April 26

All aboard the Astral Express



Honkai: Star Rail

HoYoverse has announced April 26 as the official release date of upcoming space fantasy RPG Honkai: Star Rail.

The brand-new title will be available on the Epic Games Store, PC, Android, and iOS. The PlayStation version is currently under development.

Honkai: Star Rail takes gamers to a journey of the unknown. It has fantasy elements, myths, and legends integrated into a space sci-fi story. It will adapt an intuitive turn-based combat system as players explore a vast universe filled with cultures, landscape, and scenery.

The main storyline revolves around protagonist Stellaron, who travels the galaxy from the Herta Space Station to know the truth behind the Cancer of All Worlds.

Players will eventually encounter Jarilo-VI, where numerous dangers and conflicts are frozen beneath the snow, and silkpunk flagship Xianzhou Luofu where immortality gets introduced.

To get everyone ready, the Boarding Preparation Special Program is available to watch below.

The informative video aids players on how to make the most out of Star Rail Passes and Stellar Jade, as well as behind the scenes stories of the game.

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HomePod 2nd Gen, HomePod mini now in Singapore

Arriving on April 6




Apple is making the HomePod (2nd generation) and HomePod mini available in Singapore starting April 6. Every purchase comes with a free six-month subscription to Apple Music.

Customers can order as early as March 30 via Apple Singapore store and Apple Store app. The HomePod will retail for SG$ 429 while the HomePod mini which comes in five colors will be priced at SG$ 139.

The HomePod has a custom-engineered high-excursion woofer with a 20mm driver and a built-in bass-EQ mic. It also has a beamforming array of five tweeters around the base. These work together for a powerful 360-degree audio experience.

The speaker has an adaptive feature called room sensing technology. With it, the device recognizes sound reflections from nearby surfaces to determine if it is placed near a wall. It then adapts the sound in real-time.

For those wanting an even better setup, using two or more HomePod or HomePod mini speakers simultaneously may be done using AirPlay. Stereo pair may also be done to separate the left and right channels on two devices. This makes for a cinematic experience when connected to an Apple TV 4K.

The speakers are compatible to use with the latest iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices, and all usual commands for seamless connectivity and integration are doable to let users personalize the experience hands-free.

SEE ALSO: Why is Apple Music Classical a big deal?

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