It’s impressively fast and looks astonishingly manly. These things pretty much sum up my first impressions. Don’t get me wrong about the last one – being ‘manly’ isn’t exactly a bad thing! But before I tell you my reasons for saying such, allow me to show you some unboxing photo highlights!

The first true octa-core smartphone offered by a local company looks amazing! It’s light, sexy and got the “curves” to wow. Its design somehow reminds me of the O+ Imagine sans the all-glass enclosure.

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The local Z2’s sleep wake button can be found on its right side, while its volume rockers are on its left. The phone has 2 microphones – one can be found beside the 3.5mm headphone jack on top of the device and the other one is located just beside the microUSB port at the bottom.

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The 5″ Full HD screen of Z2 is absolutely stunning. It’s in fact one of the clearest and sharpest screens I’ve seen in the local mobile smartphone scene. Below its screen are 3 capacitive buttons. It takes practice to get used to touching the right button correctly because the left and right buttons are a bit too distant from the home button.

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Design-wise, the Cosmos Z2 is unlike other devices that Cherry Mobile released. Cherry has raised its bar in terms of choosing smartphone designs.
Atop its screen are the whopping 8mp front-facing camera and sensors. The former can directly compete with the recently announced Starmobile Muse, which the company dubbed as the selfie-phone.

Its 18mp rear facing camera (w/ BSI, AF with LED Flash) can be seen at the back.

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The phone has very thin bezels, but I find it very comfortable to hold. If you’ve got big hands, your thumb can reach the edges of the 5″ screen. That’s generally good because this means that you can operate this phone with just one hand despite.

Let’s get into the performance department. Cosmos Z2 is undeniably fast thanks to its true octa-core processor. Couple this with a 2gb RAM and you’re left of with a phone that’s built to let you enjoy your resources-heavy games like Modern Combat 4, Real Racing 3 and Real Boxing. There are just tons of games that I really wish to try on this phone!

Just for comparison, Cosmos Z2 can go head to head with the recently announced, Starmobile Octa. Both got the same true octa core processor but are also different in some areas. I just can’t wait to compare the two once we post our definitive review of Cosmos Z2 and Octa.

Cosmos Z2 is now available for PhP12,999.

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

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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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