NEO is known in bringing the most affordable computing systems closer to the Filipinos, and last July 26, they launched two of their newest products – the Omnipad M71-3G and Omnipad R72. We were able to secure a review unit of the R72 and used it for a couple of weeks to test its capabilities. Here’s a roundup of what we have to say about the R72.

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Omnipad R72 Full Specifications

Processor RK2926 Cortex A9
Speed 1.0 GHz Single Core
Operating System Anroid  4.1 Jellybean
Memory 512 MB RAM
Storage 4GB Flash (expandable up to 32 GB
Screen 7-inches 800×400 LCD
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Camera 2.0MP Rear / 0.3MP Front
Battery 3000 mAh
Dimension 190.7 x 115.9 x 9.6mm
Weight 450 g

 

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Omnipad R72 Unboxing and Review

The box contains the following:

  • Omnipad R72 Tablet
  • Headset
  • Micro USB Cable
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Card

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The front camera is located at the top right corner.
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Right Side: Volume Buttons, Charging Port, Micro USB Port, Headset Port, Power/Sleep Button. You will see all the physical buttond on this side. Nothing’s on top, bottom, or left side.

Although the box of the R72 is quite bulky, the packaging is really good. The colors of NEO is really standing out. You will see the photo of the unit in front of the box and the full specifications at the back of it. All the accessories inside the box are well sealed in a single packaging.

Impressions

The features and specifications of the R72 may not appeal appeal and entice tech savvy consumers; but this is a good choice for first time tablet buyers.

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Icons of the Omnipad R72 is quite large. Probably because of its resolution.

The Omnipad R72 is not really designed for gaming, so please do not expect that you will be able to play your favorite games like Real Racing 3, NBA 2K13 and Sine Mora. On a consumer’s point of view, when it comes to a budget friendly tablet like the R72, this could be their best bet.

It is pre installed with Kingsoft Office wherein you can view, edit documents (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and save it. It can be a good alternative to netbooks. USB OTG keyboard works on this device, and it almost felt like I was using a laptop. In fact, I have written two of my previous articles in this device.

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Camera

The Omnipad R72 is equipped with a 2.oMP rear camera and 0.3MP front camera. The camera performed satisfactorily when used in bright lights. It didn’t fare well when I took photos on semi-low light environment as expected. Since it is not designed for taking high resolution photos, I think the main function of the camera is taking photo notes for documentation purposes and video chats.

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Benchmark Scores

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The Omnipad R72 Benchmark Scores. Quadrant: 2276 | Antutu: 4748

Battery Life is comparable to other tablets. Since it is running on Stock Anroid software, it does not have any other bloatwares running on the background. For a normal use (web browsing, facebook, twitter, document viewing), the tablet’s power could last up to more than a day. Surprisingly it lasted for more than 2 days at 30% remaining on the battery.

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NEO Care

The Omnipad R72 has a warranty called – NEO Care. With NEO Care, 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.

Verdict

As mentioned earlier, the gaming capability is not that impressive. That’s expected from a low-end tablet like the R72. Productivity wise, the Omnipad R72 can deliver at respectable quality. At the price of Php3,999, I guess this entry level tablet might be worth buying.

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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

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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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