W900 LTE is the country’s first LTE device launched by a local mobile phone company. While most Filipinos are slowly embracing LTE, the aforementioned foray Cherry Mobile bravely got into is undeniably a great display of their forward-looking approach to bring low-cost LTE devices to Filipinos. In the process, this brave step made them as the 2013 IT Company of Year by Cyberpress Philippines.

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Design

As mentioned in my unboxing a month ago, W900 LTE feels wider and bigger compared to Flare 2x and Flare HD. Its familiar minimalist slate build does not really stand out, but that does not actually matter much for a phone that promises more on the performance and connection departments.

I personally love its black and brush gold color-tones. You can find all the ports and switches on its elegantly-designed side bezel. On top, you will find the standard 3.5mm jack and sleep/wake button. The microUSB port is placed on the right side, while the volume rockers sit on its left.

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Cherry Mobile generously included 2 microphones for noise cancellation purposes. The phone also has 2 cameras (12mp and a megapixel-undefined HD camera), which I will discuss further later.

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Screen

Perhaps, one of the kickers of this phone is its Corning Gorilla Glass 4.3-inch HD OGS display. It is easier to read small texts on this phone. The level of saturation is also magnificent. Colors pop out and I didn’t have any problems looking at it even at extreme viewing angles. This is very likely the reason why this phone is part of Cherry Mobile’s mid-tier devices.

Check out some sample photos of the screen:

Performance

The device is powered by a 1.5Ghz Dual-Core Processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960A SoC). This SoC is the same thing you will find on Lumia 820 and Xperia V. Qualcomm promisedthat this type of processor is optimized for improved CPU and GPU performance without sacrificing power consumption.

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We recently spoke with Mantosh Malhotra of Qualcomm and he hailed the great overall performance of W900 LTE (or the Xolo LT900 in other countries). I, for one, can attest to what he said based on my experience. This phone beats the commonly assumed thought that quad core phones are better than dual core phones. As a matter of fact, games like Modern Combat 4 and Real Racing 3 pretty well on this device. Thanks to its 1GB RAM and Adreno 225 GPU.

Here are obligatory benchmark results for your reference:

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Connectivity

W900’s crowning glory is its compatibility to LTE connection. This feature sets it apart from other local brands in the Philippines. During my speed tests, the phone got download speed up to 20.15Mbps and upload speed up to 6.26Mbps on Smart LTE. Having a locally released phone with speeds up to more than 20Mbps is surely an experience to behold.

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The review unit I got though as an annoying issue: I always need to restart the phone each time I lose LTE connection. That’s really annoying, and I asked Cherry Mobile if this issue is specific to the phone I got or a consistent issue that they’ve been receiving. Fortunately, my issue is only specific to the device I received.

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Apart from LTE connectivity, both SIM slots are compatible to GSM 850/900/1800/1900 2G signals and HSDPA 2100 HSDPA signals. Call quality is excellent, and I never also got any issues on sending SMS.

Battery Life

While MSM8960A promises efficient power consumption and great performance, W900’s 1810mAh battery only managed to power up the phone for less than 5 hours with LTE on at moderate to heavy usage. Perhaps, the best way to boost its battery life is use a Snapdragon-exclusive battery optimizer application, BatteryGuru.

Snapdragon BatteryGuru

BatteryGuru is a battery life saver app that extends battery performance and improves overall user experience by intelligently making changes that optimize device functionality in phones with Snapdragon mobile processors. Let it initially run for 2 days, and it will intelligently optimize your cellphone’s battery life and automatically turn off its features based on your usage data. This is truly impressive, but it would have been better had Cherry Mobile put a battery with at least 2200mAh.

Camera

The device has an autofocus 12mp BSI rear camera. I was able to take good pictures with especially the subjects in good lighting environment.

Meanwhile, it’s HD front facing camera takes mediocre photos. It does not have autofocus, so expect to retake some of your selfie shots if you decide to use this phone’s front camera. Check out the sample photos below:

Verdict

I personally consider W900 LTE a successful step by the country’s biggest local mobile phone company. This does not just give Cherry Mobile bragging rights as they first local mobile phone company to release an LTE device, but also opens Filipinos to a bigger opportunity to own low-cost LTE devices in the future.

W900 LTE is a little pricey though as some competing international brands that offer LTE devices have prices between PhP10,400 to PhP12,400. It’s worth considering though, but I wonder what’s next after W900 LTE. Are we going to get an Omega or Flare with LTE flavors?

 

 

 

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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

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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