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ZTE faces ban from using Qualcomm, Android on their phones

War against Chinese products continues

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Caught with their hands in the wrong cookie jar, ZTE is now facing US sanctions that might ultimately alter their phones in the future.

Since the souring of US-China relations, the Chinese telco brand has maintained a tenuous relationship with the American government. Over the past few months, lawmakers have threatened to ban Huawei and ZTE over issues of national security.

Now, a new ban is stopping US companies from selling their hardware and software to ZTE.

The American government implemented the legal blockade as further punishment for ZTE’s violations against US policy on trading with Iran. As with China, Iran is not in good standing with the US. Both US and non-US companies are mostly forbidden from shipping US goods to Iran.

Last year, ZTE pleaded guilty to offenses against this policy. As a result, the US imposed fines and mandatory sackings of the key players in the conspiracy. However, the company has failed to comply with the sanctions in full, keeping most of the involved employees on their payroll.

In retaliation, the US imposed the trade ban for US companies. Also, the British government has issued warnings to their telco industry against using any of ZTE’s services.

The ban threatens to cut off ZTE’s supply chain, which relies heavily on US hardware. ZTE’s current lineup uses parts from Qualcomm, Google, and Dolby.

When fully implemented, the ban will prevent ZTE from using Qualcomm’s mobile processors and even Google’s licenses for Android. It will create a gap that ZTE needs to fill with non-US alternatives.

While they can surely find Chinese alternatives for parts, ZTE will have trouble in maintaining their foothold in the industry. The telco landscape notoriously recognizes the superiority of branded products like Qualcomm and Google over lesser-known alternatives.

Currently, ZTE is already negotiating with partners over the future of their smartphones. In the meantime, ZTE’s future remains unclear.

SEE ALSO: ZTE’s new concept phone has two notches

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Nokia 2.2, 2.1, and 1 are on massive discounts this Christmas

Freebies are also up for grabs

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Christmas season is the perfect time to buy ourselves and our loved ones a brand new smartphone. While some of us have cash to burn for a brand new flagship, most of us would be content with a budget or midrange phone. Those looking for a budget phone as their next purchase should look no futher than Nokia.

Nokia Philippines is offering three of their budget phones with a massive discount in time for the holiday seasons. These are the budget phones on discounts along with freebies in tow:

  • Nokia 2.2 — from PhP 5,990 to PhP 5,490 + free Bluetooth speaker
  • Nokia 2.1 — from PhP 5,990 to PhP 3,990 + free 16GB SD card
  • Nokia 1 — from PhP 4,290 to PhP 2,990

These discounted phones are available on all Nokia concept stores, kiosks, and authorized dealers nationwide. Or, get them at Nokia’s Argomall, Lazada, MemoXpress, and Shopee online store.

New color option for Nokia 7.2

Along with these exciting offers, Nokia is also bringing a new color option for the recently-launched Nokia 7.2: Cyan Green. It will be available on all stores nationwide starting November 27.

Nokia 7.2 launched in the Philippines last month. Its headlining feature is a 48MP camera sensor along with two other lenses: one that’s 8MP f/2.2 ultra wide and one that’s a 5MP depth sensor. Plus, it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor. Rounding things off is a 3,500mAh battery.

SEE ALSO: Nokia 7.2 review: Quality above all

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MG is the official mobility partner of 30th Southeast Asian Games

A special partnership for the company

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MG or Morris Garages has signed an agreement with the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) and Mediapro Asia to be the official mobility partner of the 30th SEA Games and the 10th ASEAN Para Games.

There will be 80 MG vehicles to feature the 30th SEA Games logo and these will be used to transport athletes and teams to and from games. These special edition MG 30th SEA Games edition vehicles will be scattered and seen in various parts of the country during the much-awaited, multi-sport biennial event.

The full lineup of MG vehicles including the MG 5 sedan, the RX5 SUV, the ZS Crossover SUV, and the MG 6 Fastback Sedan will be featured during the entirety of the 30th SEA Games.

This partnership is part of MG wanting to channel youthful energy as well as celebrate the pursuit of excellence. According to the company, the same values that drive MG forward: discipline, honesty, innovation, hard work, character, and fun are mirrored in each and every SEA Games athlete.

MG Philippines President & CEO Atty. Alberto B. Arcilla, says: “To be part of the 30th Southeast Asian games—an edition that features so many milestones and firsts—is a distinct honor for us at MG Philippines. As the Official Mobility Partner of the 30th SEA Games, we are grateful to provide meaningful assistance to all local and international athletes and teams by equipping them with safe, comfortable, and stylish rides for the duration of the games.”

 

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Redmi K30 could have a 120Hz display, 60MP camera

Another premium offering is on its way

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The rumor mills are overclocking and suggest Redmi could have a surprise for all of us. At the Xiaomi Developer Conference (MIDC), Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun confirmed that the Redmi K30 5G will launch in December.

According to strings in MIUI 11’s code, Redmi K30 will reportedly feature a 120Hz display, a feature that has been limited to flagship phones for now. XDA-Developers has spotted the mention in MIUI 11 nightly builds of an upcoming Xiaomi smartphone codenamed “Phoenix”, which is tipped to debut as the Redmi K30.

The code also suggests it’ll have a dual-camera punch-hole cutout and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The final major feature spotted was confirmation that the device supports Sony’s IMX686 camera sensor

Redmi has successfully turned itself into a separate brand this year and they’ve been experimenting with new waters. Earlier, the brand was restricted to the affordable segment and had ancillary revenue sources like ads to offer aggressive pricing.

This slightly changed with the launch of the Redmi K20 series. Targeted as a premium offering, it came with midrange specifications and a competitive price. Realme has followed the same path with its recently launched Realme X2 Pro.

Similar to the Redmi K20, the soon-to-launch Redmi K30 is also expected to be powered by Snapdragon 700 processor. Details about the beefier Redmi K30 Pro are scarce at the moment but rumors indicate it could be powered by a flagship processor.

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