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vivo presents its 1st foldable phone — the X Fold

April 18, 2022 4:05 p.m.

vivo recently unveiled its first foldable phone, vivo X Fold, a premium device built for efficiency, convenience and exciting new user experiences. 

vivo X Fold is a superior foldable smartphone that integrates a multitude of industry-leading technologies and fully outperforms previous foldable products in terms of screen crease optimization and hinge durability.

Boasting a series of innovations in display technology, chip performance, battery life and camera system, vivo X Fold ushers in a new era of foldable devices. In addition to vivo X Fold, the flagship lineup includes X Note, a large display smartphone designed for the high-end market. Expanding its product portfolio, vivo also launched its first flagship tablet vivo Pad.

vivo X Note boasts a large 7-inch display with a golden aspect ratio of 21:10, excellent for productivity.

vivo X Note is enhanced with superior security features such as remote SIM card lock, 3D Ultrasonic Large Fingerprint Sensor and Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit (SPU) chipset-level security protection to effectively guard user privacy and security.

Also, with dedicated mobile office features and the ZEISS Camera System, vivo X Note redefines large-screen business flagship smartphones by putting together business functionality, exceptional camera system, flagship performance and design embedded with traditional Chinese design elements.

vivo’s first flagship tablet, vivo Pad, was also announced at the launch event.

An upgrade from its predecessor, vivo Pad boasts flagship specs with a fully optimized operating system for large-screen products and features tailored for various user scenarios like office use and educational purposes to provide a more refined user experience.

Multi-Dimensional Hinge Enables vivo X Fold to Withstand Over 300,000 Bends

A key component in foldable smartphones, the hinge directly impacts the overall performance of foldable phones.

The multi-dimensional hinge in vivo X Fold is durable and reliable, and can withstand 300,000 bends, according to a TÜV Rheinland test, where the crease control remains excellent after testing.

For average users who fold the device 80 times a day, vivo X Fold can function properly for 10 years.

The vivo X Fold hinge is made up of 174 parts made, and using sixfold aerospace-grade materials such as zirconium alloys and FS53 Aviation-level High Strength Steel, allowing for robust performance in smoothness, strength and shock resistance.

vivo X Fold uses a floating medium plate design to optimize the screen crease. When the phone opens, the floating medium plate ascends, lifts the crease in the center of the screen and makes the screen flatter.

When the phone folds, the floating medium plate descends, providing ample space for the screen to bend, while providing protection and durability for the device.

In addition, vivo X Fold also adopts ultra-resilient Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG) in a unique staggered structure, and sports a waterdrop-shaped hinge structure at the smallest bend radius of 2.3mm (folding left and right) in the industry.

The combination of multiple technologies ensures the crease remains narrow and straight over time, and eliminates the common issue of bulging.

vivo X Fold Boasts Excellent Inner and Outer Screens

As a flagship foldable smartphone, vivo X Fold harnesses top display technology in both inner and outer screens.

The 8.03-inch inner foldable screen is one of the industry’s largest screens, delivering tablet-like viewing and operating experiences, ideal for work and productivity.

The 6.53-inch slightly curved outer screen with an aspect ratio of 21:9 is the largest in the industry, offering the user an option to seamlessly use the device as a conventional smartphone when folded.

Owing to the exceptional screen quality, vivo X Fold is the world’s first smartphone to obtain DisplayMate A+ level certification for 19 performance items, proving the top-notch quality of its display capabilities.

Unlike conventional smartphones, a foldable phone requires higher color and display consistency on both screens as the device needs to switch between screens.

Both inner and outer screens on vivo X Fold support a 120Hz refresh rate and use E5 luminescent material. Paired with the company’s self-developed color calibration schemes, the screens can achieve higher brightness, smoothness and color consistency.

The device solves the issue of visual inconsistency in previous foldable screens, resulting in more visual coherence and smoothness when switching between the two screens.

The inner screen with LTPO adaptive refresh rate guarantees a satisfactory display effect and excellent power control.

In addition, vivo X Fold is the world’s first foldable phone with 3D Ultrasonic Dual Fingerprint Sensors on both screens.

The device breaks away from the commonly used side button unlock, and supports unlocking functions on both screens, notably enhancing both convenience and security.

The 3D Ultrasonic Dual Fingerprint Sensors on vivo X Fold achieve nearly 100% 3D information recognition accuracy, and 38.7% unlock speed boost over traditional photoelectric fingerprint sensors. vivo X Note, announced alongside vivo X Fold, has an Ultrasonic Large Fingerprint Sensor featuring a fingerprint recognition area 11.1 times larger than single-point photoelectric fingerprint sensors, which leads to faster and more accurate unlock.

Top-of-the-Line Flagship Performance

vivo X Fold is built to deliver the ultimate performance and versatility.

The device is powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 with customized SPU built using 4nm MEP process.

The new flagship chipset offers 10% CPU performance improvement and 30% GPU rendering speed increase compared to the previous-generation Snapdragon 888 processor, scoring past 1 million points in AnTuTu.

Paired with a UFS3.1 flash memory and enhanced LPDDR5 RAM, vivo X Fold offers cutting-edge speed. vivo X Fold is also equipped with the company’s self-developed Triple Performance Engine, which ensures the device run smoother, more stable, and saves more power.

vivo X Fold holds a 4600mAh large-capacity battery within its slim design, which can support 20.55 hours of continuous calling, 12 hours of video conferencing and 8 hours of massive multiplayer game.

Additionally, vivo X Fold also comes with 66W dual-cell FlashCharge that can charge the device from 0% to 50% in 17 minutes.

Furthermore, the device also supports 50W wireless FlashCharge, a first in a foldable phone, that can charge the battery from 0% to 10% in 5 minutes and to 100% in 53 minutes, for fast and convenient charging. At the same time, vivo X Fold also supports 10W wireless reverse charging.

vivo X Note is powered by the flagship chipset Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 with customized SPU and the company’s V1 imaging chip.

With the help of both chips, the device reduces power consumption and has greatly improved visual capabilities, including photography and frame interpolation for gaming.

Hardware-Level Reinforced Protection Redefines Efficient Business Experiences

To deliver more efficient business experiences and comprehensive user privacy protection, vivo X Fold supports hardware-level reinforced protection.

For the first time, full-featured security design is used with the customized SPU in Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 at the hardware level, and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SPU is adapted for full-featured design at the software level. In addition, vivo X Fold also ensures operation security at chip, core, framework and application levels through the Thousand Mirror security architecture.

In terms of software, vivo X Fold is paired with Origin OS Ocean system, providing local storage, private browsing, backend protection features, and better interactive user experiences. vivo also unveiled the Thousand Mirror trust engine that ensures overall privacy protection in all scenarios.

This engine is able to do comprehensive analysis and computation on the chip, core, system and application layers, integrate key security indicators, provide trusted security judgment, and safeguard user, device, and data access.

Other features like remote SIM card lock, smart privacy protection, Unlock before Shutting Down and Password Coffer help fully protect user privacy at the application level.

To better meet business needs, vivo X Fold supports multi-angle hover, hover video calling, hover video watching, hover motion and hover input at 60° to 120°. 

Combined with more efficient multitasking modes such as split-screen and small window, its features can help free hands and improve productivity. Lastly, vivo X Fold also offers a one-stop office solution, with a series of new features like Amber Scan, and Quantum Kit, making office work easier for its users.

Flagship ZEISS Optics Highlights Exceptional Imaging Performance

In addition to fully satisfying user needs with flagship specs and powerful processing, vivo X Fold also provides industry-leading professional smartphone photography capabilities. With ZEISS Optics and ZEISS T*Coating on the entire series, vivo X Fold has improved overall lens performance, effectively addressing light dispersion issues with strong anti-glare capabilities, maximizing the performance of high-resolution sensors and helping users capture photos with better light and shadow effects.

vivo X Fold has added several new shooting methods by building off the nature of foldable phones. The device can display the photo preview on both screens at the same time, allowing the subject to see a preview before taking the photo to adjust posture and expression, thereby making it easier for the user to take photos.

Moreover, with the waist-level viewfinder (WLVF), rear selfie camera and Hover Photography Mode, vivo X Fold brings a unique and interesting experiences to consumers.

Last but not least, vivo X Fold is equipped with ZEISS Quad Camera setup in full focal length range, a rarity among flagship smartphones, to meet user needs in all photography scenarios.

With ZEISS Portrait Effects like ZEISS Natural Color, ZEISS Superb Night Camera and ZEISS Superb Portrait, vivo X Fold can take clear and authentic shots, up close or far away. With an AI Group Portrait feature, the device can also optimize subjects’ faces for taking group photos of up to 30 people, ensuring that the group photo is presented in the best quality.

vivo X Note is equipped with the flagship Samsung GN1 Sensor to deliver additional excellent shooting experiences. Due to the excellent performance of the company’s V1 imaging chip, the phone delivers superior power efficiency in video scenarios and supports Real-Time Extreme Night Vision and Super Night Video.

Exquisite Design, Craftsmanship and Processes Inspired by the “Circle-Square” Design Philosophy

vivo X Fold’s design concept was inspired by the Chinese concept of “Round Sky and Square Earth”, in which the circle and square element bring forward traditional beliefs and architectural practices of Ancient China.

By incorporating both square and circle elements with Continuous Curved Glass, the materials and texture highlight the majestic nature of the vivo X Fold design. Other design features, such as the colored mute button, matte frame, dual-tone splicing and embossed texture processes, are utilized in vivo X Fold to create superb visual aesthetic and high quality touch for its users.

vivo X Fold comes in two colors, Mountain Blue and Parasol Tree Gray; and vivo X Note comes in three colors, Mountain Blue, Earth Gray and Night Black.

While ensuring top flagship performance, the ultimate thin design of vivo X Note leverages its large size to divide the weight of the whole machine, thus delivering refinement and high-quality feel.

vivo Pad runs a fully-optimized Origin OS HD operating system and includes various application scenarios such as “sharing screens among multiple platforms”, “Origin Notes” and “children’s education” to optimize its performance to give users a convenient and professional experience.

Weighing only 489g and measuring 6.55mm in thickness, the device is sturdy and durable, perfect for users who are constantly on the go. With an 11-inch 2.5K 120Hz ultra-vision display and four-channel large-amplitude ultra-linear speakers, vivo Pad is optimized for superb audiovisual experiences, gaming and entertainment.

vivo X Fold is priced at RMB 8,999 and RMB 9,999 for the 12GB+256GB and 12GB+512GB editions, respectively.

X Note is priced at RMB 5,999, RMB 6,499 and RMB 6,999 for the 8GB+256GB, 12BG+256GB and 12GB+512GB editions, respectively.

 vivo Pad is priced at RMB 2,499 and RMB 2,999 for the 8GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB editions, respectively.

vivo X Fold, X Note and vivo Pad are only available in mainland China.

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Globe offers affordable, longer roaming services as Japan reopens doors, S. Korea resumes tourist visa application

June 17, 2022 8:22 p.m.

Prepare your passports and get ready for the reopening of international travel! As you explore the world, no need to worry about connectivity overseas as Globe Roaming has the right data packs for you, whether for a 3-day or 30-day stay.

Japan is now accepting travelers from the Philippines, which is among the 98 “blue” countries whose travelers are no longer required to get tested or quarantined for COVID-19 upon arrival. For those traveling to Japan, Globe is currently offering 5G services through SoftBank.

You can also start applying for a short-term tourist visa to visit your favorite K-pop paradise, South Korea, where Globe is offering 4G and 5G roaming services through SK Telecom and KT Corp.

“The world is gradually opening up two years since the pandemic put travel on hold. More Filipinos are now opting to spend more time in other countries to make up for lost time in terms of travel, and they will be on the lookout for the safest and most convenient way to stay connected. As they explore the world once again, Globe will be with them and deliver data roaming that’s within their reach, even for longer travel periods,” said Coco Domingo, Vice President, Globe Postpaid and International Business.

As Filipinos prepare to maximize their trips abroad, Globe has introduced discounted data roaming called Roam Surf Longer Stay.  You can now enjoy more gigabytes for more days while spending less.

Simply choose from 3, 5, 7, 15 or 30-day offers which come with 3GB up to 20GB data, and get up to 50% off (vs the daily Roam Surf rate).

To avail of Roam Surf Longer Stay, simply dial *143# and press the call button. And then do the following steps::

●        For Postpaid, choose Roaming & Intl > Roaming > Data Promos

If you’re a Postpaid subscriber, it is best to subscribe to a Globe data roaming pack a few hours prior to your departure from the Philippines. Note, however, that if you wish to use Roam Surf 399, no prior registration is required. You just need to turn on your mobile data and data roaming upon landing at your country of destination.

●        For Prepaid, choose MyAccount > Roaming & Intl > Roaming > Data Promos

●        For TM, choose Roam > Data Roaming Promos

You should already be subscribed before turning on mobile data and data roaming on your phone in a foreign country.

This easy-to-use roaming service not only becomes more affordable the longer you are abroad but is also very convenient.  You can safely connect from your phone without lugging around another device such as a pocket WiFi or buying a local SIM.

“Roam Surf Longer Stay is meant for cross-country travels as it is currently available in over 70 countries worldwide. Longer Stay promos also give you bigger savings the longer you use it,” Domingo said.

Globe is all set to provide connectivity requirements of Filipino tourists with the expected surge in global travel.  Despite strict travel restrictions during the height of the global health crisis, Globe accelerated its roaming rollout, particularly 5G, to more countries in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe as part of its commitment to deliver a #1stWorldNetwork.

This innovative service is part of Globe’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which highlight the roles of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development under SDG No. 9.

To learn more about Globe, visit www.globe.com.ph. For more info on Roam Surf Longer Stay, visit https://glbe.co/PostpaidRSLS (for Postpaid) or https://glbe.co/RSLongerStay (for Prepaid).

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Keep your passwords secure with Google; celebrate World Password Day on May 5

May 2, 2022 9:42 p.m.

Much of our lives now revolve around the internet. This means having different accounts in different social media platforms, applications, and websites. With this, it is only imperative to have strong passwords to ensure security.

Strong passwords help prevent personal information and files from being compromised. Ideally, they need to be long and complex with at least 12 characters, made up of a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

Passwords must exclude personal information that others may easily know, like birthdays or names of pets.

It should also be unique for every account so others remain safe when one gets compromised. For added protection, activating 2-Step Verification is also one way to get extra security.

Creating different passwords and trying to remember all them can be hard, that’s why it’s important to use a password manager.

With Google Password Manager, not only can you easily generate strong passwords, you can save, manage and keep them secure across multiple accounts.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Google Password Manager makes it simple to generate strong, unique passwords for all your online accounts when you’re using Chrome browser, on Android and Chrome on iOS.
  1. Google Password Manager helps remember all your saved passwords. You will only need to remember your Google account password – the only password you’ll ever need to remember – and let Google Password Manager take care of the rest. It autofills your secure password every time you visit a site or sign in with your Google account logged in.
  1. Google checks 1 billion passwords for breaches, daily. Google Password Manager will notify you in real-time about unsafe or stolen passwords, and help you fix them in a single tap. If you get an alert from Chrome saying that a password and username combination that you use has been published on the internet as a result of a data leak on a third party website or app, all you need to do is tap “Check passwords” and follow the prompts to change your password for each compromised site.
  1. Using a password manager can help reduce the hassle of remembering, resetting, or worrying about passwords. Often, you can run a Password Checkup anytime to tell you if any of your passwords have been compromised in a third-party breach; being reused across different sites; or should be strengthened. You can quickly update any weak or compromised accounts with stronger passwords using Google Password Manager.
  1. To free people from having to manually enter passwords into the password manager, Google introduced the Password Import feature in 2021, which allows you to easily upload up to 3,000 passwords at a time from various third party sites into Google Password Manager. You can also ​​store up to 10,000 passwords in your Google Account. Once you’ve imported your passwords, you can run a password checkup to how strong those passwords are, in one go.

This World Password Day (May 5) and beyond, remember to always keep your accounts secure. As passwords remain a part of our digital lives, take advantage of tools like Google Password Manager to make it easier to keep yourselves secure online as well.

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LG Monitor Madness on 5.5 Lazada Live

May 2, 2022 9:36 p.m.

As working from home and hybrid work setups are becoming the norm, the requirement for high-performance monitors that provide eye comfort increases exponentially.

To meet this need, LG focuses its 5.5 Lazada grand celebration into the different monitor lineups they offer.

The goal is to help more individuals get access to new monitors that improve productivity and offer stunning picture quality.

The 5.5 Lazada grand celebration will be hosted by LG brand ambassador Luis Manzano together with Arri of Shoppertainment and Kyra Tan of LG Electronics, Product Manager for IT Monitor.

For the duration of the promo, select LG products in Lazada will have a 10% discount and free shipping. Special bundles will also be sold off and 500 Peso vouchers will be given away. The Lazada Live event will focus on 4 monitors that LG offers, each of which have their own unique strengths that will help consumers.

The LG Ultragear 32-inch Full HD Gaming Monitor offers high performance whether you’re a professional gamer or a hobbyist. An ultra-fast speed of 165Hz allows gamers to see the next frame quickly and makes the image appear smooth.

You can respond quickly to opponents and aim at targets easily.

The regular price of the 32” Ultragear is P20,199, but just for 5.5, it has a special price of P18,179. Each purchase also includes a P500 voucher. 

LG 24-inch Full HD Monitor is a cost-efficient upgrade to increase your productivity at home. It provides true color with wide angles.

Its IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology highlights the performance of liquid crystal displays. Response times are shortened, color reproduction is improved, and users can view the screen at virtually any angle.

This is one of LG’s most affordable monitors with an SRP of P8,399. With the 10% promo, the price is just P7,559 and also includes a P200 voucher for free shipping. 

LG Ultrawide 34-inch Full HD IPS Monitor gives you all the space you need to multitask effectively.

The 21:9 UltraWide Full HD display with a resolution of 2560×1080 offers more screen space compared to 16:9 Full HD resolution displays.

The extra room allows you to keep multiple windows open and reduce the need to flip back and forth between them.

The original price is P19,899, but will be down to P17,909 for the duration of the promo period.

It also includes free shipping and a P500 voucher.LG 22-inch Full HD Monitor is another affordable monitor if you want to upgrade.

This is actually one of the freshest sizes this 2022 in LG’s monitor line-up. It offers 1080p Full HD resolution that delivers brilliant images that pop with vibrant details.

You can mount it on a wall or use an ergonomic stand to help you get a comfortable fit. The 22-inch monitor will have a special price of P6,999 for the 5.5 grand celebration.

As a special treat to viewers, LG will also be raffling off four monitors during the event. LG monitor models 22MP410-B.APH, 24MP400-B.APH, 32GN500-B.APH, and 34WP500-B.APH will be given away through the course of the grand celebration.

Don’t miss out on your chance to win! Catch Lazada’s 5.5 grand celebration on Thursday, May 5, 11AM both on Lazada Live and Facebook Live.  

You can visit lg.com/ph for more information. You can purchase LG monitors from authorized retailers or in LG’s flagship online stores in Lazada and Shopee. 

LG is a Big Winner at This Year’s Red Dot and CES 2022 Innovation Awards

LG Electronics has taken home 25 honors from this year’s Red Dot Award, continuing its success at the prestigious annual design awards program.

Among the company’s impressive haul were three Best of the Best accolades for the LG washer and dryer with an upgradability option, a new LG lifestyle OLED TV and the LG DualUp Monitor Ergo.

LG PuriCare AeroTower air purifier and the LG tiiun were recognized in the Innovative Product category.

Other LG products honored at this year’s awards include the LG One:Quick Flex all-in-one display solution, LG UltraGearTM gaming laptop, LG OLED evo Gallery Edition and other OLED evo TV models, all lauded for their aesthetically pleasing and user-centric designs.

The Red Dot Award is one of the most prestigious competitions for product design, communication design and design concepts, with the distinctive Red Dot winner logo seen as a respected mark of quality around the world.

This year, approximately 7,800 products were submitted for the jury’s consideration.

Meanwhile, LG Electronics also swept up a grand collection of CES® awards at the 2022 event across its home appliance, home entertainment and business solutions categories.

In all, LG tallied approximately 150 awards and accolades from various publications covering the first-ever physical/virtual hybrid CES event.

Among the top honors earned were 24 CES Innovation Awards and the 2022 CES Editor’s Choice awards from USA TODAY’s consumer product reviews division, Reviewed.

LG was recognized as the most-awarded brand by USA TODAY/Reviewed with LG’s OLED evo C2 Series, PuriCare™ AeroTower, DualUp Monitor, Soundbar S95QR and Washer and Dryer Pair earning recognition based on four key criteria: innovation, technology, design and value.

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