With over 37,000 units sold on the first day, the current sales of OPPO F7 somehow tell us about consumer preference and need for a smartphone. Looking at what OPPO F7 can do in terms of performance and photography, it proved itself to be a worthy purchase in its category. OPPO F7 2 640x359 - What's to like about OPPO F7's Mediatek Helio P60 SoC?

Behind its shiny metal-clad body, the OPPO F7 is lifeless without Mediatek’s Helio P60 SoC, which stocks all of the necessary components to power it up so users can do wonders with it. MediaTek has come a long way in improving its SoC. It was 2 years ago when they announced Helio P10, which sports 28nm chip. Fast forward to 2018, the latest Helio P60 now sports 12nm chip but packed with more future-proof features.

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At the core of the Helio P60 is an octa-core processor, which are focused on managing and balancing performance. The processors are buffed with 2 microarchitectures: (4-core) A73, which is in charge of high-resolution gaming, 4K video playback, and graphics rendering; and, (4-core) A53, which is focused on web browsing, social media chat and small tasks. If you compare this with last year’s Helio P23, all its cores are A53 microarchitectures, which basically tells us how the Helio P60 is a much upgraded SoC. Conversely, with P60 inside OPPO F7, it is technically 2x more powerful than phones with Helio P23 (like A83 and F5).

What makes P60 more interesting is its dual-core NeuroPilot APU or artificial intelligence processing unit. This makes OPPO’s latest local flagship more interesting compared to its previous iterations. This is rarely seen on a midrange device, but OPPO decided to jack this inside the OPPO F7 to supposedly put more value to their product. We thought that OPPO did an amazing job with the OPPO F7 based on our review.

What does NeuroPilot do in OPPO F7? Here’s quick video, and you probably you didn’t know this if you just purchased an OPPO F7 out of whim.

2 words: Artificial Intelligence.

In a statement given by TL Lee, General Manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Communication business unit, “…P60 brings consumers flagship features such as AI functions, fluid gaming experience, and smart camera functionality. With the power of P60 at its core, OPPO F7 gives consumers access to an incredible device with brand new user experience at a very competitive price.”

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“OPPo F7 has proven itself as a top performer with its price range, and the performance it delivers defies the expectation of customers today. With the advance A.I. Technology embedded, powering the most demanding applications such as gaming, high defition video playback and even multi-tasking between apps makes it the ideal smartphone partner for everyday use,” said Garrick Hung, OPPO Philippines Vice President for Operations.

Thermal management is another game-changing feature of Helio P60 with CorePilot 4.0. What it does is it dissipates thermal heat even when the processor is put under heavy loads such as playing 4K videos or playing games with demanding high graphics. Here’s a quick demo.

What does the future hold for MediaTek and OPPO?

As consumers demand more in terms of performance and photography, phone and chipset companies like OPPO and MediaTek would need to come up with the best blend or mix of products. The OPPO F7 is a solid example of a well-mixed product, equipped with essential features for consumers. Yes, the hype is still on OPPO F7, but my optimistic mind is telling me to get more excited with the OPPO F9 next year. Will we be seeing it with a decacore 10nm chip like X30, or a budget-version made specification for super midrange products?

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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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