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We know you know Huawei for its best-of-class mobile phones. Its marriage with Leica has been on a tear the last few years, putting its top-spec camera alongside and even surpassing the flagship phones of its Korean and American rivals. But did you know that Huawei is also making a dent in another category? IDC (International Data Corporation), a Chinese owned company which provides market data information on technology, has just released its Q1 2019 market reading on the wearables category and shows that Huawei ranks first for growth in the said period with a whopping 282.2%. This propelled the Huawei’s rank from outside the top 5 from the same period a year ago to third. This is a huge accomplishment considering this is a category that shows no signs of slowing down in the foreseeable future. In the wrist-worn device market where you’ll find smartwatches and fitness trackers, Huawei…

So, what’s a newcomer to do to make a dent in the smartphone space in CES 2019? If you’re HiSense, how about putting in a 48 megapixel camera? The Chinese government-owned company recently unveiled the HiSense U30 which houses a 48MP rear camera. Next to it is a 5MP depth sensor and a fingerprint reader. The selfie snapper is no slouch either as it boasts 20MP and sits at the upper-left corner of the device. Interestingly, the selfie camera looks punched through the screen where it is located. It looks like a huge black dot on the screen, as opposed to notches that do not overlap the screen from the bezel or frame. That’s not all. For those who are after the latest and greatest, then you’d be happy to know that the HiSense U30 touts latest Snapdragon 675 chipset. The phone, launching in March this year, will go with Android…

Let’s face it. You’ve always wanted a Playstation 4. You’ve held off your purchase for a couple of reasons but mostly because you’ve wanted that price to go down just a tad more, especially for those much coveted game bundles. And now, that price drop is upon us. Check out Sony’s offering below and what we think about these bundles. If you’ve never owned a PS4 and have been scouring the online marketplace for second-hand PS4s, I urge you to strongly consider the HITS bundle which has The Last of Us Remastered, Detroit: Become Human and this year’s Game of Year Winner, God of War. For a price point of less than P15,000, it gets within everyone’s budget for a playstation. But if you’re a baller, it’s a no brainer. The PS4 NBA 2K19 bundle should be the one to get for every fan of the NBA that would like…

Tetris Effect. That’s a game most didn’t see coming to the PS4 in this age of 4K HDR gaming. But if the 1.7M views in its E3 reveal and the handful of E3 awards are any indication, the new take on this classic means that this will be a sleeper hit. As one who played Tetris in its various iterations from Sega Mega Drive to the “Brick Game” in the 90s, I felt that Tetris has been relegated to the puzzle games of yore, never again to be played in the modern console era. But with creative visionaries that combine music and puzzle games, it was just a matter of time before a Tetris game is reborn for the next generation of gamers. And now it’s almost here. In just 2 days, Tetris Effect will be launching in the country and it’ll be for those of us, casual and hardcore gamers…

ESGS 2018 brought to us pleasant surprises most of which were homegrown. Still, no game convention is complete without having game developers talk about the games they are about to launch. On Day 2, we were fortunate to have two of the top minds of Left Alive – Producer Shinji Hashimoto and Director Toshifumi Nabeshim to share us their thoughts about Square Enix’s upcoming shooter for the Playstation 4 and Windows PC. To the uninitiated, Front Mission is a collection of video games and other related content rooted in turn-based strategy. Its main attraction are the giant robots called “Wanzers”. These are anthropomorphic building-sized robots with shoulder mounted long-range canons that resemble a tank. Although these robots have the firepower and toughness of a tank, they don’t move like one. The Wanzers have the ability to “skate” on the ground, which makes for a fast-paced, third-person shooter. The upcoming offering,…

Are basketball sims just too real nowadays that you’d wish you could play over-the-top arcade-style, gravity defying bobble-heads that satirizes your favorite stars? Well, 2K just announced today the official launch of NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 and its got Karl-Anthony Towns, Jayson Tatum, future hall of famer Kevin Garnett and the legendary Julius “Dr. J” Erving on the cover. And yes, as the cover shows, this one’s going to be basketball at its most outrageous. From the press release: Manila, Philippines, October 16, 2018 — 2K today announced the official launch of NBA 2K Playgrounds 2. This all-new two-on-two arcade basketball game from developer Saber Interactive and 2K is now available worldwide on the PlayStation®4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™ and Windows PC for PHP 1,650. NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 features tons of ways to play on your own, with friends or against the world. Playgrounds Championship mode introduces a worldwide…

When one mentions 2K, “sports-simulation” comes to mind. And if basketball is your go to sport, the NBA 2K series is the gold standard. The tight gameplay, fluidity of animations and authenticity are unrivaled in the basketball video game space. This of course, narrows down NBA 2K to a smaller market of ballers who appreciate the finer details of realistic basketball play. For us casual gamers who follow the NBA, know the difference of the pick and roll from the pick and pop, and would like to give this a shot, is it worth the money? To answer that, I played NBA 2K19s story-mode and Exhibition Games for a few hours and here’s why I think its more than just a pick-up game. Hands down, it’s the most authentic NBA simulation out there 2K knows this is its main strength and it shows. And as an NBA fan, I surely…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPZ5r1HmtN4&t=7s Tokyo Game Show just sent us the official count of attendees for this year’s event. Close to 300 thousand attendees over 4 days walked through the 8 halls of Makuhari Messe. This record showing is not just good for the Japan gaming scene but for gaming in general since it reversed the dip in attendance from last year. Though public attendance has the lion’s share on the numbers,  the growing E-sports scene, as well as the higher number of developers that attended the event, helped push attendance numbers. Here’s hoping that TGS 2019 will smash attendance records once again. 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.

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW5nJDiaWf4 Here’s our Top 5 reasons why “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” is to die for. 1) The game is Tenchu-inspired If 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 From…

Blood, mud and steel. That’s what both Jason Connell, Creative and Art Director, and Ryuhei Katari, Producer from Sucker Punch Productions emphasized as the three things that underpin the attention to detail of the studio’s first foray in the samurai genre. It’s an unexpected albeit pleasant departure from the creators of Rayman and the inFamous series. If previous games were fantastical and over-the-top, Ghost of Tsushima promises realism, due in large part of the insights gained by the Sucker Team from immersing themselves in the location, the tradition and even the religion. Ghost of Tsushima is heavily inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s classic samurai films, where authenticity rules.  Anyone familiar to Kurosawa’s films will feel right at home with this game. That aggressive jōdan-no-kamae stance showcased in the duel is accurately depicted – as it should be since the team mo-capped sword-fighting experts. The team also spent a few weeks in…

If the line on the demo is any indication, Biohazard RE: 2 is one of the most popular games in TGS 2018. It’s one of those games that, regardless of the time of day, the queue to the booth just won’t go shorter than 60 minutes. We decided to hold off trying our luck on the demo, maybe tomorrow’s line would be shorter. Demo or no demo, it’s still worth mentioning that the game, even in pictures is just a sight to behold. CAPCOM gave us access to screenshots of the game, and my goodness, what a fresh  coat of paint the game has over the 1998 Playstation and Nintendo 64 classic. Check them out and drool. And, this just in, here’s the story trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuAM-b7m3iw 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…

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…

So you’re a baller and on the fence on whether to buy a PS4? Read up. In case you’ve been hiding under a rock or just too busy playing ball, just 3 days ago, NBA 2K19 officially launched in the Philippines. If the length of the queue in video game retailers is any indication, it’s still as popular as ever. With big off season moves such as The King going purple and gold, it’s one more reason to get on the hype train for one of the best rated basketball games ever. And yes, there’s a bundle for that:Sony has just released the Playstation 4 NBA 2K19 Bundle and it includes the following: PlayStation®4 console (Jet Black 500GB), one DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller, Blu-ray DiscTM version of the PS4TM title NBA 2K19, A2 size poster featuring two-time NBA All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo (aka the “Greek Freak”) provided at shop front A premium…

I can see a taxi up ahead on my lane backing up. His white reverse lights beaming and signaling my unconscious to stop since if I don’t, its going to end badly. The buffoon was already committed to the Skyway ramp, about 10 feet on the incline. So I stopped, and just as I had surmised, the taxi was backing-up since it did not intend to go up the Skyway to begin with. The traffic poles on the left side of our lane that served as markers were dislodged by the taxi’s rear as it reversed to exit the ramp. I gave him the time and space he needed to make the dastardly maneuver. The traffic poles scattered on the middle-lane of the SLEX prompting the cars to stop on its tracks. The traffic enforcer stationed near the ramp saw him and was already pointing his accusing finger at the…

Huawei recently announced GPU Turbo and if it seems at first that the “turbo” designation means blazingly fast performance we can’t blame you. but, you’ll have to temper those expectations for now.   The touted new bump in performance did not show a considerable  boost in performance in the limited trial that was done. Still, Huawei is riding this tech development and is now upping the ante with “CPU Turbo” – which we’ll find in  the Kirin 970-powered Honor Note 10. Switching on  CPU Turbo is said to raise the clock speeds  and free up RAM. Like anything that needs some overclocking or boosting, it needs a way to keep temperatures to rise –  which is where “The Nine” – the Honor Note 10s featured cooling system. We all know that having a cooling system enables overclocking capabilities  but how about the power drain? Well, there’s a massive 5,000mAh battery which means power…

Moto-heads, you might want to check this out. A new  Motorola One is in the pipeline as revealed online along with TENAA renders. The TENAA leak notes a notched 6.18-inch display with 1080 x 2246 pixel resolution and a slender 19:9 aspect ratio. The chipset is purportedly a Snapdragon 636  and uses 3, 4 or 6GB of RAM paired with 32, 64 and 128GB of internal storage, respectively. microSD card expansion is possible as well. The Motorola One is going for a premium feel  with a  glass back and is lined-up with 16MP + 5MP sensors while the front snapper has 12MP. All these is juiced by a 2,820 mAh battery. All these should be confirmed if the Chicago event on August 2 touches on the Motorola One. Source (in Chinese) via

Dubai-based technology lifestyle brand, Promate is one of those rare companies that make products with a lot of sense. Their selections usually combine ubiquitous functions into one. Wireless earphones with a powerbank as its case: check. Android tablet with a built-in projector: check. USB-C multi-port hub with ports for 4K HDMI, micro SD Card, Aux-in, Ethernet and three USB-3 ports: check. So its not too farfetched for Promate to churn out another product that makes us go, “why not?”. Its latest offering is right up it’s multifunctional DNA:  the Bonsai-Q – a wireless stereo speaker with Qi-charger and LED lamp. The overall aesthetic and the name of the product itself is inspired by the Japanese art form of making small trees that mimic the shape and scale of full size trees. Naming it “Bonsai” did help me make sense of what it is. However, if called anything else, one might…

LG has launched a budget friendly smartphone named the X2. It’s powered by a quad-core Snapdragon SoC, and has a 5-inch HD display,  2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. There’s an 8MP camera on the back, and a 5MP selfie snapper on the front. It measures 144.8×71.9×8.2mm and weighs 152g. The X2 runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat and tucks in a 2,500mAh battery. The LG X2 has just been launched in Korea, where it carries a price tag of KRW 198,000 ($175 or Php 9,300). You can say it’s the faster and more updated version of the LG Stylus 2 but with lesser camera oomph. So, you think the X2 marks the entry level spot for LG? Source