Just a few days ago, OPPO officially launched its newest mid-range contender. And from what it offers, this phone’s shaping up to be their best one yet.

The F9 has a 6.3-inch display with Full HD+ resolution. Perhaps one of the most noticeable changes is the re-designed notch, which is now in a shape of a water drop, and smaller.

OPPO has also added a diamond-like pattern to the glossy rear panel, which responds beautifully when hit by light from the right angle. There are also new color options. The one we have here is in Sunrise Red, but you can also get it in Twilight Blue, and soon, in Starry Purple.

OPPO F9 Unboxing 9 770x433 - OPPO F9 Unboxing and First ImpressionsThe volume rocker is located on the left side of the device, along with the triple slot tray, while the power button is on the opposite.

The F9 runs on the same Helio P60 processor on the F7, but now with 6GB of RAM, and a 64GB of storage, expandable with a microSD card.

OPPO F9 Unboxing 3 770x433 - OPPO F9 Unboxing and First ImpressionsAnother notable change in the F9 is it’s AI-assisted dual rear camera system, composed of a 16MP main sensor, and now paired with a secondary 2MP sensor for depth sensing. The 25MP selfie camera still features AI-assisted beautification.

OPPO F9 Unboxing 1 770x433 - OPPO F9 Unboxing and First ImpressionsThe device runs on ColorOS 5.2, which still offers the nifty goodies such as face unlock and clone apps. There’s also a new feature called Smart Bar, which lets you reply to messages, transfer files, and more, all while playing a game or watching a video. The UI looks more polished, and livelier than before. It’s also very responsive, and fluid as far as navigation is concerned.

The F9 houses a slightly larger 3,500mAh battery compared to the F7, and now has something that’s not commonly found on the company’s mid-range devices, VOOC Flash Charge. OPPO claims that this fast-charging tech can give you 2 hours of talktime with just 5 minutes of charging. Is that just marketing stuff? We’ll see.

That’s it for our unboxing of the OPPO F9. Do stay tuned to Gadget Pilipinas for our full review.

 

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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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