We almost lost track of time when we received the supposed 2nd iteration of the GT3 Astroid, the GT5 Astroid Plus. Suddenly, we’re going to review yet another Gingerbread device in the time when all people talk about Ice Cream Sandwich and Key Lime Pie. And then, it struck us – the GT5 Astroid Plus may have been using the old Android OS, but it performs and behaves just like the other Android phones we’ve reviewed – expensive or inexpensive.

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The FORM

DTC GT5 Astroid Plus look is not exactly different. You’ll notice that GT5 is like a Galaxy Nexus because of its 3 capacitive buttons located at the bottom. At the top, you will see the 3.5 mm headphone jack and the micro USB port while the power button is located at the right side. The volume rockers are located at the left side and you’ll see the 2 megapixel camera and the speakers at the back. There is no built-in flash so you will have to bring a halogen lamp when taking pictures in low-light environment.

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You will also notice that the screen is just made from plastic but it just makes sense for a phone less than 3,000 bucks. Pictures look better on its 3.5″ Capacitive display (hVGA) compared to the GT3 Astroid. Just for your reference, its screen is bigger compared to the non-Android DTC GT2 but has the same screen size with the DTC GT3 Astroid. Everything from the outside feature is basically made from hard plastic.

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UNDER THE HOOD

The DTC GT5 Astroid Plus offers  the usual features of a phone Android Gingerbread!  The GT5 has a MTK6515 processor and clocked at 1 Ghz and has a 256 MB of RAM. It’s way below the norm – 512mb – but it’s just fine for a Gingerbread device. It would have been a lot better if put it 512mb RAM though.

The DTC GT5 Astroid Plus scored 1451 on Quadrant. That’s quite a letdown as it’s even slower than the Nexus S and 300% slower than the HTC One X. But, this does not mean that it’s bad and not worth your money. Remember, this phone is positioned as one of the cheapest locally branded Android phones out there.

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I felt like it would not be complete in testing this phone out without playing any games.Unfortunately, the accelerometer of this phone is wonky. Playing Temple Run 2 was pointless. But we assume that this is a hardware bug and hopefully they update this as soon as possible. We have already contacted DTC Mobile regarding this issue.

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The GT5 also has a 2 megapixel camera, which make it useful to capture your profile picture for Facebook or to capture your dinner using Instagram.

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The lack of 3G does have a negative point for this smartphone however, if you are always using WiFi, then this should not be a big issue.

The VERDICT

Well, the GT5 Astroid Plus offers a variety of good features: 2 megapixel camera, decent quality, Dual Sim/Dual Standby, Capacitive Touchscreen — with a reasonable price of Php 2,998.00. Sure, its OS, no 3G and the accelerometer issue we had are quite annoying. But given its SRP, such shortcomings are forgivable. This is an entry-level Android device, positioned for those who wish to try the OS and the experience it offers to those who have a tight budget. Besides, as most smartphones are really underutilized, I bet that you wouldn’t minding owning this one if you’re going to use it primarily for texting and calling.

From the scale of 1 to 10 – 10 being the highest – we are giving it a 5.5.

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Check out the Full Specifications here:

  • Band: Dual Band: 900 / 1800Mhz
  • CPU: MTK6515 1GHz
  • OS: Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread)
  • SIM: Dual SIM/Dual Stanby
  • ROM/RAM: 512mb /256mb
  • Display: 3.5 inch HVGA LCD 320×480 (capacitive)
  • Camera: Main Camera: 2 megapixels
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth version 2
  • FM Radio: FM 88 – 108Mhz
  • GPRS/WAP: GPRS Class 12 / WAP
  • WIFI: 802.11b/g
  • GPS with A-GPS: A-GPS
  • Sensor: Light sensor / Proximity sensor
  • Media protocol: MP3/AMR/MIDI/WMA/AAC/MP4/MPEG4/H.264
  • Micro SD: 32GB
  • Charger: 5 micro pin USB Charger
  • Earphone:3.5mm jack Earphone
  • USB Cable:5 micro pin USB Cable
  • Battery:1500mAh

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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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