A couple of weeks ago, we reviewed the impressive Cherry Mobile W900 LTE. While carefully scrutinizing the first local LTE phone, we received another equally interesting phone from Cherry, the Rave 2.0

You are lucky, for tonight, you will not just see our unboxing photos and read our first impressions about this device. We will also give this phone away! Hold your horse though, dnd don’t you dare scroll down immediately because you will most the juice or reasons why you should be excited to win this smartphone!

Unboxing

There’s nothing too special to see inside the retail box of Cherry Mobile Rave 2.0. The star isn’t the box and its contents so that can easily be forgiven. There’s no free microSD card, case or even a screen protector. Here are the things you can find inside the box:

  • Cherry Mobile Rave 2.0
  • Charger
  • 2400mAh battery
  • 3.5mm headphones
  • Manual and Warranty Documents

Unboxing Photos

Hardware Specifications

  • Display: 5.3″ IPS qHD (540 x 960)
  • SoC: MediaTek 6589 1.2Ghz quad-core CPU, with PowerVR SGX 544M GPU
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Internal Storate: 4GB (expandable up to 32gb via microSD slot)
  • Main/Rear camera: 13 megapixel with AF and LED flash
  • Secondary/Front camera: 5 megapixel
  • Connectivity: dual-sim (dual standby 3G, HSPA+), Wifi b/g/n, NFC, Bluetoot 2.1
  • Battery: 2400mAh
  • Software: Android Jellybean 4.2.1

First Impressions

The 2nd iteration of Rave is significantly better than its predecessor. It’s really a huge step up – you will probably remember that Rave 1.0 only had 256mb RAM and 1Ghz single-core Snapdragon S1 processor.

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The new Rave is much bigger too than the 1st one. The old one only has 3.5″ screen, while the new one has a whopping 5.3″ IPS qHD display. We’re astounded with its screen quality, and judging from its spectacular viewing angles, Rave 2.0 indeed has an IPS display. We really look forward on posting our review pretty soon!

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As for its looks, Rave 2.0’s body is made of semi-matte material. The body’s design extends to its sides, giving the phone a uniform and minimalist look. Off the bat, Rave 2.0’s design reminds me of the first Flare; although Rave 2.0 is much bigger.

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The new Rave is now categorized as a mid-range phablet. It is imperative for a phone in such a category to have buttons strategically placed on finger-accessible areas. Rave 2.0 did not disappoint us on this aspect. The sleep/wake button is conveniently placed on the phone’s right-hand side, while the volume rockers are on its left. All ports can be found on the top-portion of the device. Its well-lit capacitive buttons are just below its 5.3″ display respectively, while its 5mp secondary camera and sensors are beside its earpiece.

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The smartphone is packed with 13mp camera with autofocus. It’s partnered with an LED flash. We still have yet to test its photo and video capturing capabilities. So far, we are more impressed with the videos rather then the photos we took.

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Another thing that makes this phone even more interesting is its NFC-capability feature. This has an NFC chip embedded on its cover. You can practically pair your NFC accessories like the BS-1, which Cherry Mobile sells. If W900 LTE is #LTEngBayan, we would like to confidently call this as #NFCngBayan.

During our initial tests, its UI and processing power are somewhat expected for a 5.3″ phone with a MTK6589 processor. It’s fast, but lags a bit on graphics-heavy games like Modern Combat 4 and Real Racing 3. We’ll post video on our review soon. UI looks good, but I honestly think that the lockscreen needs more improvement.

Did you know that Cherry Mobile recently partnered with Celltick so they can install Start lockscreen technology across their complete range of devices?

We are excited to review this product. There are lots of things to cover and share with you guys, so you better watch out for it soon. And to make things a little more exciting for all of you and to celebrate my birthday, we are going to raffle off a Cherry Mobile Rave 2.0 on March 23, 2014! You may now cast your entries below until March 22, and we shall announce the winner on the 23rd!

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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of GadgetPilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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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.

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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