The battle for supremacy in the mid-range market is fiercer than ever. As such, companies continue to push the limits of devices by combining innovative features with more powerful hardware.

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Huawei Nova 2i Unboxing and First Look

Here’s your first look at the Huawei Nova 2i, which Huawei Philippines have been teasing in the past weeks. Last week, we blogged about the hints, which Huawei have been showing us through the series of GIFs and micro videos they posted on their Facebook page. Embargoes have finally been lifted, and we at Gadget


Today, we officially welcome the Huawei Nova 2i to the Philippine market. A device of firsts for the brand, it sports a gorgeous 18:9 FullView display along with something you don’t see very often in other smartphones, four cameras.

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What separates the Nova 2i from most other devices, are its four cameras. 16MP+2MP at the rear, and a 13MP+2MP setup at the front, the 2MP sensor is mainly used for the depth of field (or Bokeh) effect.

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The Nova 2i sports a 5.9-inch display at FHD+ resolution, housed in a 5.5-inch body, giving you more room for content with minimal impact on handling. Under the hood is a Kirin 659 octa-core processor clocked, 4GB of RAM, and 64 GB of storage with microSD card support. It runs on EMUI 5.1 on top of Android 7.0 Nougat, and packs a 3,340mAh battery.

The Huawei Nova 2i comes in Black, Blue and Gold variants, and is now available at Huawei concept stores and authorized retailers for PhP14,990. It’s also available via Home Credit at 0% interest for 6 months without the need for a credit card.

Customers who will buy a Nova 2i today (October 21) from any of the stores listed below will also get a FREE JBL Flip 3 Speaker (Limited stocks only).

  • HUAWEI Nova First Sales Roadshow, Main Mall Atrium, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
  • HUAWEI Nova First Sales Exhibit, 4th Floor Cyberzone Annex SM North EDSA, Quezon City
  • HUAWEI Concept Store, 2nd Floor Cyberzone, SM Bacolod, Bacolod City
  • HUAWEI Concept Store, 3rd Floor Ayala Cebu, Cebu City
  • HUAWEI Nova First Sales Exhibit , Gate 3, Ground Floor, SM Cebu, Cebu City
  • HUAWEI Concept Store, 2nd Floor Cyberzone, SM City Davao, Davao City

As Huawei’s Early Christmas present to its fans, every purchase of a NOVA 2i from October 21 to November 18, 2017 in participating stores will also come with a FREE speaker worth PhP2,990. To know more about this promo, click here.

You may check out our full review here.

Huawei Nova 2i Specs:

  • 2.36GHz Kirin 659 octa-core processor
  • 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage expandable via microSD card (Up to 256GB)
  • 5.9-inch 18:9 FHD+ FullView display, 409ppi
  • 16MP+2MP Rear Cameras, Depth of Field Effect
  • 13MP+2MP Front Cameras, Smart Selfie Toning flash
  • Dual SIM, 3G, LTE
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Micro USB Interface
  • 3,340mAh battery
  • EMUI 5.1 on top of Android 7.0 Nougat








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Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.

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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

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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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