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Xiaomi’s Redmi Go arrives in Philippines with price

Plus a pre-order freebie

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While we wait for the highly anticipated Redmi Note 7 to go global, Xiaomi’s Redmi Go is making its way to more countries after a quiet launch yesterday.

Its next stop: the Philippines. From January 31 to February 3, you can pre-order the Redmi Go at Xiaomi’s official Lazada page. It retails for PhP 3,990, which is for the model with 1GB of memory and 8GB of expandable storage.

The first 200 customers to pre-order are entitled to a free pair of Mi In-Ear Headphones Basic. Starting February 4, the Redmi Go will go on with its regular sale.

Here’s a quick recap of its other specifications: an entry-level Snapdragon 425 processor, 5-inch 720p screen, 8- and 5-megapixel rear and front cameras, and a 3000mAh battery.

These specs may seem weak, but they’re perfectly sufficient for the phone’s implementation of Android Go, a stripped-down version of the popular operating system.

The Redmi Go is officially one of the cheapest Android handsets you can buy anywhere. You could spend a little more for a full Android experience, but this certainly does the trick as a secondary handset or initial entry into the world of smartphones.

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Xiaomi’s upcoming Mi 9 is powered by Snapdragon 855

This is going to be a powerful phone

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Earlier today, Xiaomi teased us by showing the Mi 9 in its new gradient finish. The Chinese tech company is not done in giving us information about its upcoming flagship phone, though. Wang Xiang, Xiaomi’s Senior VP, announced on Twitter that the Mi 9 will sport Qualcomm’s latest chipset.

The Snapdragon 855 processor will be a hit among premium Android smartphones this year, and the Mi 9 will be among the first to have it. This is the fruit of Xiaomi’s first R&D center in the US, according to Wang Xiang.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Snapdragon 855, it’s currently the most powerful chip from Qualcomm. It’s an octa-core processor built on 7nm technology and has a clock speed of up to 2.84GHz. It promises a 45 percent increase in CPU performance and 20 percent faster graphics compared to its predecessor.

Qualcomm’s chip is also 5G-ready, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the Mi 9 will have a 5G modem when it launches. Besides, 5G is not readily available for consumers to enjoy at the moment.

Aside from proudly announcing the Mi 9’s processor, Xiaomi’s Senior VP posted the AnTuTu Benchmark score of the Mi 9. With a score of above 380,000, it’s currently the fastest Android smartphone we know of based on AnTuTu. Previously, ZTE’s Nubia Red Magic Mars held the title, while the early Snapdragon 855 reference device scored 362,110 points.

Xiaomi will launch the phone first in China on February 20 before its international debut on February 24 at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Mi 9 official teasers show triple cameras and gradient finish

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Energizer’s Power Max P18K Pop smartphone has 18000mAh battery

Is this a phone or a power bank?

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Image credit: Energizer (via GSMArena)

When we first heard about the soon-to-be-announced Energizer phones, we were a bit disappointed that they don’t live up to the brand’s core legacy: long-lasting batteries. But, France’s Avenir Telecom is finally giving us the Energizer phone we want: the Power Max P18K Pop.

Energizer’s upcoming phone might be a mouthful, but at least you’ll be glad to know that the “P18K” in its name stands for the massive 18000mAh battery. Phones nowadays have around 3000mAh inside, so that’ll make Energizer’s six times more generous.

To supply power to this huge battery, the phone supports 18W quick charging with USB-C Power Delivery 2.0. Of course, you can use it as a power bank to charge other phones and accessories. To be honest, this phone has twice the capacity of the power bank I bring around.

Specs-wise, the phone practically has the same hardware as the U620S Pop we previously featured. To house the much larger battery though, the thickness grew to 18mm from 10.3mm. It’ll also have a pop-up selfie camera with dual 16- and 2-megapixel sensors. On the back, it’ll have three more 12-, 5-, and 2-megapixel cameras.

Screen size is at 6.2 inches with a Full HD+ resolution, but no cutout or notch. It’s powered by MediaTek’s Helio P70 paired with 6GB of memory and 128GB of expandable storage.

According to GSMArena, the phone will be available by June. Pricing is unknown, although the phone will be present at MWC 2019. A total of 26 new Energizer phones will be unveiled during the convention.

SEE ALSO: Energizer smartphones will have pop-up dual selfie cameras

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Canon EOS RP is company’s cheaper and smaller full-frame mirrorless camera

The second model in the series

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After the first EOS R last year, Canon has a new full-frame mirrorless camera — the EOS RP. It’s positioned below the EOS R, yet it happens to be Canon’s smallest full-frame camera. It’s also cheaper, which means it’s aimed for the mass market.

For starters, the EOS RP has a 26.2-megapixel full-frame sensor, only a slight step down from the 30.3-megapixel sensor of the EOS R. It still features the same ISO range of 100 to 25600, DIGIC 8 image processor, and Dual Pixel CMOS AF. Of course, the camera uses the new RF-mount system.

To make the EOS RP cheaper and smaller, Canon had to cut down some features like the continuous shooting speed to 5fps (from 8fps of the EOS R) and 4,779 autofocus points (EOS R has 5,655).

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Both the 0.39-inch OLED EVF and 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen LCD have fewer pixels at 2.36 and 1.04 million dots, respectively.

The EOS RP can only shoot 4K at 25fps with 120Mb/s bitrate and 8-bit color depth. It also doesn’t support Canon Log for professional color grading. It only has one SD card slot as well, so you’ll need high capacity memory cards when shooting non-stop.

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Size-wise, this is where the EOS RP shines. It measures 132.5 x 85 x 70mm and weighs 485g with a battery and card already. This makes the EOS RP significantly smaller than the EOS R and even entry-level Canon DSLR cameras.

Other features of the EOS RP include focus peaking, 8.3-megapixel still photo capture when recording in 4K, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, stereo microphones, water and dust resistance, 250-shot battery life, and USB-C charging.

Despite some of the shortcomings of the EOS RP, its price is a pretty sweet deal. It’ll be available by the end of the month starting at US$ 1,299 for the body-only package, but it’ll come with an EG-E1 extension grip and an EF-mount adapter in the box. It’ll also come bundled with a 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens for US$ 1,699 or with a 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens for US$ 2,199.

SEE ALSO: Canon unveils EOS R, its first full-frame mirrorless camera

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