We’re still waiting for GPU turbo to hit our Nova 3, but despite this, we wanted to know how our favorite mobile games perform on this latest midrange flagship device of Huawei.

Nova 3 PUBG Mobile 7 770x432 - Nova 3 PUBG Mobile Benchmark Results at Highest SettingAs a midranger positioned for mobile gaming, Nova 3 is loaded with spectacular hardware specs, which can rival Huawei P20 and P20 Pro.  It is superior to Honor Play on paper, and we can’t wait to compare both soon. The major advantage of Honor Play at the moment is gaming performance since it’s the first among the Kirin-powered devices by Huawei/Honor to have GPU Turbo. GPU Turbo update for Nova 3 is expected to arrive sometime this month. So, expect us to come up with another article about PUBG Mobile’s performance by September 2018.

Nova 3 PUBG Mobile 12 770x432 - Nova 3 PUBG Mobile Benchmark Results at Highest SettingNow, let’s get on to the actual gaming performance. For this gaming performance review, we used our preferred gaming benchmark tool GameBench. Using this tool, we can monitor spot slow-downs that impact on perceived fluidity and touch-responsiveness. We are also able to monitor and assess the amount of power drain.

Note that the results posted below will form part of our full gaming review of Nova 3. More benchmark results of games like NBA 2K18, Pocket City, Arena of Valor and Asphalt 9.

PUBG Mobile Benchmark (Highest Setting)

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It is playable. We played the game for multiple times with this setting and proved that the game is playable albeit with 28 median fps.  With 28 fps as midpoint of observed framerate while playing PUBG, this is still considered playable by most standards. Occasional frame rate drops occurred during our tests, but are not detrimental to the gameplay experience.

Note that PUBG Mobile eats a lot of resources and consumes power juice. Surprisingly, when playing at the highest HDR setting, the FPS the game reached was higher compared to just playing the game at its highest setting. Apparently, enabling HDR in-game makes it perform better in Nova 3.

In terms of memory consumption, while max FPS is higher when HDR is enabled, the game required more memory than usual. During our test, the game in highest HDR setting consumed about 1087 memory. This is 73mb more compared to when we played the game at the highest setting.

How about battery drain? Highest HDR setting ate about 367mA of power juice, while highest setting consumed 405mA. Given these circumstances, battery drain is 10% and 11% per hour respectively.

How much data is PUBG Mobile consuming?

If you’re playing this game and you are subscribed to limited data connection, do note that this game consumes around 4MB download and 4.5MB upload. This means that if you’ve got a total 1GB data allocation per day, 1 full round of PUBG mobile will deduct around 8.5MB to 10MB of your total data allocation. This is pretty hefty for a mobile game, which requires network connectivity, in my opinion.

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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

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2) Casual or hardcore can play

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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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