NEO Marks its 10th Year Anniversary in the computing systems industry yesterday. The celebration was held at the Shangri La hotel, Edsa.

Neo is a distributor of computer hardware parts and it began its operation when its partner, Philippine Long Distance and Telecommunications Company (PLDT), told them to create a computing system that they can bundle with their internet services. 

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NEO Founder Jason Cheng tells us the story on how the company began its operation.

NEO Started in 2003 and its goal is to provide a computing system to each Filipinos. They have been successful with it since most people would prefer to buy NEO because of its affordable price. I can remember that there are lots of students using NEO laptops for their school.

According to Jason Cheng, Founder of NEO:

“We are committed to building the Neo brand in the Philippines and better serve our customers by demonstrating continuous product enhancements and developments and improved after-sales service. We’ve also enhanced our channel partner program through marketing support. To date, we are celebrating a decade of partnership with six trusted retailers in the country, and the list of partners continues to grow.”

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The is how they came up with the name NEO for their brand name. They got it from Keanu Reeves’ movie “The Matrix”.
(this is just a rumored story and has not proven to be a fact)

Here is a brief timeline of NEO since 2003

NEO Omnipad

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In line with their celebration of their 10th Anniversary, NEO launched its new product line, the NEO Omnipad. The Onmipad is a tablet running on Android platform. The reason why they launch this is to provide each Filipinos a tablet which they can use every day.

Here is a glimpse of the Omnipad

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NEO has two models of the Omnipad: the NEO Omnipad M71-3G and NEO Omnipad R72. Both devices are running on Android 4.1 Jellybean, but they have distinct features from each other.

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NEO Officer Ferdie Tang shows the Neo Omnipads

NEO Omnipad M71-3G

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The Omnipad M71-3G is an Android tablet with an analog TV, which allows users to watch their favorite free-to-air channels even without cellular or network access. In addition, the Omnipad can act as a GPS receiver, specifically used for vehicle navigation.

It offers standard Bluetooth, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity with a 1.2 GHz Dual Core processor and 7” OMNIBright 1024×768 display. It has both front (0.3MP) and rear (2MP) cameras.

The M71-3G can also be used for calls and texts, supporting 3G, GSM-based cellular networks, with dual-SIM registration. It has built-in 1GB memory, 8GB internal storage and a Micro-SD slot, which is expandable up to 32GB.

SRP: Php 6,999

 

NEO Omnipad R72

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The NEO Omnipad R72 features an RK2926 Cortex A9 processor, Android Jellybean 4.1 Operating System, a 512 MB memory, along with a 4 GB flash storage (expandable to 32 GB micro SD capacity), a 7-inch multi-touch LCD screen, Wi-Fi connectivity, back and front cameras, and a 3000 mAh battery.

SRP: Php 3,999

Why did NEO produced Android even though there are already a lot of players in the market?

Mr. Jason Cheng said that adding another local brand in the manufacture and marketing of tablets is beneficial to the industry and the country. The entry of the Omnipad would tap a growing market of tablet users in the Philippines.

“We are elated and excited at achieving this milestone after ten years in the business,” said Jason Cheng, Founder, Neo Manufacturing and Services, Inc. “Entering the mobile hardware market, particularly tablets, should allow us to reach and serve a broader mass of users.

Above all, having a tablet under our local brand not only gives us pride and prestige but also an opportunity for us to support our rising economy.

More and more people are using tablets for communications, Internet access for business, research, social networking, gaming, and even entertainment, such as watching movies or listening to music. It is not a fancy gadget for the niche market, it’s slowly becoming a necessary tool for everyone.”

Jason Cheng, Founder of NEO

NEO Care

Probably this the the best thing that I heard from NEO yesterday how they have improved their after sales service – NEO Care. NEO Care was launched in 2008 and they have been improving it ever since. Mr. Cheng admitted that they have experienced complaints in the but they assured that those things will not happen anymore because NEO learned a lot from their experience, and continuously improve NEO care every year.

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NEO Product Manager Clarisse Ibañez explains how NEO Care works

NEO offers a first-of-its-kind warranty merchandise arrangement with customers for the Omnipad. The customer just needs to call 1-800-10-5311671 (531-1671 for Greater Metro Manila area) if they need technical support. A NEO Technical Expert will identify and troubleshoot if there are problems with the unit. Afterwards, a pick-up schedule will be agreed upon by both the NEO Technical Expert and the customer. Within seven working days from the day of pick-up, a replacement/repaired unit will be sent to the customer.

This is the only warranty service agreement of its kind in the country, owing to NEO’s confidence in the Omnipad’s state-of-the-art and quality features.

NEO also has tie-ups with service centers outside Metro Manila to cater their customers across the country.

I’d say congratulations to NEO for their 10 years of providing affordable computing systems. They are one of the reason why computing systems are now more affordable and can be available for everyone. Providing the products mentioned

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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

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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.

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