New details about a low cost Sony smartphone called the Xperia Miro have emerged ahead of an estimated release window of September.

The Xperia Miro looks like it will be the most affordable of Sony`s current Android-based range, with specifications to match its unassuming price point. It may not directly compete with Nokia, Cherry Mobile or DTC price-wise, but Sony believes that it’s their way of claiming a chunk of budget smartphone market share that Samsung and HTC significantly have.

xperia-miro-gallery-01-940x5291On the outside it looks to be a rather handsome handset, with a slim body coloured white and a decent sized touchscreen display measuring 3.5 inches across the diagonal on the front.

If you dig beneath the surface you will find an 800MHz single core processor doing all the hard work, while there is also 4GB of internal storage space on offer.

On the rear is a five megapixel camera with a dedicated LED flash, which is a nice touch for what looks to be a budget smartphone option.

You even get a secondary camera around the front to allow you to make video calls to friends who have phones with similar capabilities.

Perhaps the most impressive feature of the Xperia Miro is not found in its hardware, but is instead related to its software.

You get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich preinstalled on this phone, complete with Sony`s own modified interface to bring it in line with other Xperia-brand phones. There is still no word though if 2012 Xperia phones are going to be officially upgradable to Jelly Bean this year.

The reason that this is significant is because many other entry level devices like this opt to use an older version of Android, with version 2.3 being the iteration of choice for many manufacturers.

This means that finding Android 4.0 on offer at all is a nice touch. Quite how smoothly this will run with just an 800MHz processor remains to be seen, but Sony must be fairly confident that this will work out OK if it has chosen to specify the Xperia Miro in such a way during development.

Ever since Sony split from its previous manufacturing partner Ericsson in the mobile market, it has been trotting out a number of very impressive Android smartphones.

The flagship Xperia S has shown that it can cope at the upper end of the market without necessarily trying to go toe to toe with superphones like the Samsung Galaxy S3 or the HTC One X.

Meanwhile it has offered more affordable handsets like the Xperia U, which is a rung above the new Xperia Miro when it comes to hardware.

The only Xperia handset which is going to be cheaper than the Miro is the dinky Tipo, which boasts a 3.2 inch touchscreen display and about half the storage of this upcoming device, but still has an 800MHz processor so that it can run Android 4.0.

xperia-miro-gallery-02-940x5291A few years ago the prospect of getting a 3.2-3.5 inch phone would have impressed most people, since this was the pinnacle of screen technology at the time. However, sizes have increased ever upwards and now even a four inch display is considered to be relatively conservative. Apple`s consistent use of screen sizes, with 3.5 inch displays for the iPhone range and 9.7 inch panels for its tablets like the iPad 2, is expected to alter in the autumn when the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini arrive.

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Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

The Gadget Pilipinas Team was given access to a press briefing with Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director from From Software and a bit of hands-on gameplay. Here’s our take on the hands-on gameplay and the insights from the press interview. We also  figured a listicle is in order to rundown why this game will match the hype surrounding it.

Here’s our Top 5 reasons why “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” is to die for.

1) The game is Tenchu-inspired

sk8lqukaqalhq2mrzkqd 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forIf you’ve played any of the Tenchu games in previous game consoles, you know that the use of the grappling hook to set-up a one-slash-stealth kills from above is a hallmark of the series. Zipping to rooftops and treetops will be the go-to move in this game to get rid of sentries. And yes, those ever-so glorious decapitations and dismemberments with the stealth kill are present.

2) Casual or hardcore can play

sn1rmqcvrwomyuttaoyq 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forFrom Software is notorious for challenging games and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is no exception. However, Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director of From Software, revealed that he himself is a casual gamer and has made it clear that the game should be accessible to beginners and experienced players alike.

3) Upgradeable prosthetic arm

jjn6e6ivua5u142iukql 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat prosthetic arm that Sekiro has isn’t just for looks. It can launch a grappling hook and is upgradeable too. No details were revealed but its good to know that a skill-tree based system is in place. Think Horizon Zero Dawn or Spiderman on the way skill and gadgets are upgraded. Tech upgrades set in feudal Japan? What’s not to like?

4) Play the style that suits you

jo1pi5md3myj0pxynz9p 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forStealth like Tenchu or head-on like Dark Souls? It’s up to you. What’s clear is that you can’t use stealth for the whole campaign since the game wasn’t designed that way. Stealth can be used to thin enemy numbers and to preserve your health before confronting the big boss. The mix of stealth and hack and slash is always a good mix to change-up the pace and should suit any gameplay style.

5) Single-player only campaign can last 20 to 30 hours 

ocxemodvr6oa72argpyo 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat’s the length of the campaign as per Miyazaki. The game is focused-solely on the single-player experience. No more wayward players who can just jump-in and help or derail your campaign. From Software also focused on the story-telling. Given that no resources were spent in developing the multiplayer aspect, expect the campaign to take it up a notch.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be released on March 22, 2019 on PC, Xbox One and the Playstation 4.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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Heads-up, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) players. The PES game you’re playing on your phone is going to get a major upgrade.

For starters, the visuals will get a major overhaul and will be using Unreal Engine 4 – the same graphics engine used in triple A games for consoles and PCs. With the use of Unreal Engine 4, PES will be inching closer to how it looks versus its console port. It

Next, over 3,000 new animations, improved player AI with every playstyle accounted for, and realistic ball movements has been optimized for fans to enjoy the ultimate soccer game.

And lastly, 10 new league licenses from Europe, South America and Asia have been added, including Japan’s J. League.

The best part? Despite these updates,  Winning Eleven 2019 is still free-to-play (with in-game purchases).

PES 2019 promises to give a life-like behavior of the beautiful game and should take competitive mobile sports gaming to new heights.

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More about the game and new features, here.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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