The octa-core race is really on! The giant local mobile phone company, Cherry Mobile, recently launched its first true octa-core device, Cosmos Z2.

Cherry Mobile Cosmos Z2

The follow-up to last year’s Cosmos Z is on fire with its 1.7Ghz Media-Tek octa-core processor. According to Cherry Mobile’s product and sales manager, Lonson Alejandrino, the device’s processor is part of Mediatek’s latest chipset MT6592. During the launch, Alejandrino showed a video from Mediatek which shows a definitive performance benchmark of the said chipset. Check out the video below:

By true octa-cora, this means that the Cosmos Z2 has eight cores that are working simultaneously to optimally run resource-heavy applications and demanding games. According to Alejandrino, “We wanted to exceed all our competitive smartphones in the market. The Cosmos series is one of our most promising lines yet – looking back, we became the first and we remain to be the only local brand with phones with Super AMOLED Technology. And being our first octa-core smartphone, the Cosmos Z2 deserves to lead this line of products”.

Cherry Mobile Cosmos Z2

Cosmos Z2’s edge isn’t just all about its processer. In fact, it has more features up its sleeve: it has full HD IPS OGS Display (with Dragon Trail protection), 2gb RAM, slim and solid build, preinstalled with EFXpress video editor, 18mp AF BSI rear camera with flash, 8mp front-facing camera and can shoot videos up to 30fps and has HEVC video encoding capability. Oh and before I forget, this device is ready for an OTA upgrade to Kitkat in March 2014.

Cherry Mobile Cosmos Z2

 

It is very early to give my impressions about this device, but one thing’s for sure: I’m excited to test this out. I already ordered a device from Cherry Mobile. Yes, I am buying one for keeps; and I hope that this won’t turn into a regrettable decision.

Cherry Mobile Cosmos Z2

Cherry Mobile Cosmos Z2 Specifications:

  • Jellybean 4.2 (OTB), Upgradable to Android 4.4 Kitkat
  • MT6592 1.7Ghz Octa-Core
  • 5″ FHD IPS OGS Touch Panel (Dragon Trail Scratch Resistant)
  • Mali450-MP GPU
  • 16gb Internal Memory (Expandable up to 32gb)
  • 2gb RAM
  • Wireless Dual Band (2.4Ghz/5Ghz), Miracast compatible
  • Dual Sim
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900; UMTS 900/2100
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 18mp Rear Facing Camera BSI, AF with LED Flash
  • 8mp Front Facing
  • 2,000mAh Battery
  • Can shoot 1080p video, 30fps (HEV/H.265/H.264) with ClearMotion and Blur Free Technology

What are you thoughts, guys?

Cosmos Z2 is now available at SM North Edsa for only PhP12,999.

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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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