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OPPO has been wildly focused on promoting and marketing their current premium product, the OPPO R17 Pro. Feedback has been generally good about their latest product, and we can’t be really too quick to judge whether it’s priced correctly or not. There are, however, some things that are certain about R17 Pro: it’s made with premium materials and it has features that can definitely compete toe-to-toe with other flagship smartphones. This comparison focuses on one of the most celebrated features of the R17 Pro, the ability to take stunning gorgeous night shots; and what better way to see how it really performs than comparing it to another equally premium smartphone that also excels in that department, the Huawei Mate 20. Check out the photos we took below and see how both phones shine in terms of using this mode: I noticed that while both phones ace their respective performance in…

While most Filipino consumers think that Night Photography using a smartphone is dominated by another brand other than OPPO, our recent shots in a posh location in BGC proves otherwise. Using our OPPO R17 Pro, the shots we took gave us an impression that even a phone that’s not as pricier as the Mate20 and Mate20 Pro series can definitely take night photography to a whole new level. Debuted first in the Philippines last November 7, the OPPO R17 Pro is the latest smartphone in the R-series that is made available to Filipinos. One of its major features is the ability to take low light and night shots using its rear camera with an impressive set of specifications (12MP f/1.5, f/2.4 + 20MP f/2.6 + TOF 3D Stereo). You can check out our first impressions on this link. While we are in the subject of Night Photography, it is at…

Steam Autumn Sale has begun, and this only means that it’s time to add new games in your collection. Check your wishlist, and visit the product pages of the ones you’d like to buy! Like most of you, we mostly buy games that are on sale; and this could be the best time of the end of the year to spend some video game money. Speaking of video game money, what we usually do is we stack some Freenet points by using the Freenet app and eventually buy PhP50 and PhP100 Steam credits via rewards. We’ve been a long-term Freenet user, so we got all the points by visiting participating websites and doing fun app-activities. This gave us all we need to purchase PhP700 worth of Steam credits. PhP700 may not be enough though, and this is where our PayMaya account comes in. We’ve got PhP1,400 balance, which basically gives…

We are at the time when it is now more difficult to choose the right flagship smartphone for us. During the heydays of Apple, the iPhone was the only aspirational product by a lot of consumers. For someone who has been writing about technology and gadgets, I am still inside the ecosystem established by Apple that entails a lot of effort to get out off. While I’m enjoying my time with Apple portable devices, I am ecstatically in love with the benefits I get from Android on my Huawei Mate 20 Pro. The device where Google’s Android is installed offers a lot of features that make the overall experience unique from Apple. The phone’s enhanced cameras co-engineered by Leica shows superiority among the competition. Its screen is the best we’ve seen from the company and the performance is undeniably better than our expectations. The big question remains though – which…

Here’s something that you are probably waiting for this upcoming November 11. Lazada and OPPO will be holding an exclusive one-day sale of their popular smartphones. Apart from the current SRP of their smartphones that are being sold now at Lazada, an 11% discount will be deducted this November 11 during Lazada’s annual shopping festival. Product Name Current SRP Launch Price Freebies OPPO F3 Plus Christmas Bundle 12,990.00 23,990.00 Bluetooth Speaker, Headset, rockspace waterproof case (worth 1,900) OPPO F3 Christmas Bundle 9,490.00 16,990.00 Bluetooth Speaker, Headset, rockspace powerbank (worth 1,900) OPPO F1s Upgrade Christmas Bundle 7,990.00 13,990.00 Globe Sim, Selfie Stick, Tripod (worth 500) OPPO A57 Christmas Bundle 6,990.00 11,990.00 Globe Sim, Selfie Stick, Tripod (worth 500) OPPO F5 Youth Christmas Bundle 8,990.00 12,990.00 Bluetooth Speaker, rockspace waist bag, Selfie Stick (worth 1,500) OPPO F7 64GB Christmas Bundle 14,990.00 17,990.00 Selfie Stick, magic music lamp, Globe Sim (worth 1255) OPPO…

We expected this to happen when OPPO’s former PR Manager left his post last month to join Realme. After months of speculation, Realme’s action to put up Philippine-region Facebook page cemented its confirmation that they are coming to the country. There isn’t much to see on the new regional page as they are still preparing their first salvo of promotion in the Philippines. We had to switch our region to Thailand for us to have an idea of what to expect from Realme Philippines once they have established themselves in the Philippines. You can also do this by following the instructions here. Thailand’s market is pretty similar with the Philippines. It isn’t a remote idea for their marketing team to pattern their PR and digital strategy in Thailand to our country. Their first phone to launch in the Philippines is Realme 2 Pro Whether or not they are going to…

There was an idea of bringing together the best things about the Republic of Gamers and mobile gaming. The former is known for its superiority in producing gaming laptops, peripherals, pre-built PCs and parts. The latter is a technology with a full-fledged ecosystem. However, Republic of Gamers is foremost a community than a product; it’s the reason why it’s called ‘republic’ in the first place. As a standalone gaming brand of ASUS, it built itself a nation of gamers, agnostic to any type of gaming device. When ROG eventually announced a gaming smartphone, it cemented its authority in the market as a benchmark of a gaming brand. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECDtX1Xsz4s When I got my ROG Phone a few weeks ago, it threw me back to the time I was in Taiwan for Computex 2018. We all had an idea then that the phone will be announced in a separate ROG press embargo…

The Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro are powerful smartphones. Synthetic benchmarks usually are within the range of 240,000 – 270,000. For the trained eye, these levels are lower than usual high-end smartphones; and for a next-generation chipset such as Kirin 980, we expected it to score beyond 300,000 on Antutu. Just recently, we discovered that both units have its Performance Mode disabled at default. This means that both synthetic benchmark and actual performance are limited to save on battery.  As usual, we are after maximizing our units for us to see how well it can perform at maximum settings. So, in order for us to fully maximize our experience, we did the following things: Enter “Settings” Click on “Battery” Toggle “Performance Mode” on Performance Mode is now activated In order to show you the difference between having this mode on and off, here are synthetic benchmark results for…

Huawei Mate 20 Pro is more than just a performance and gaming powerhouse. It also features a wealth of features that prove to be the next smartphone camera of photography enthusiasts and professionals. While it won’t replace your professional camera, Huawei made it sure that the phone would be enough for you to take during holidays. First, let me show you the camera technologies this phone has: Rear Cameras Front Cameras I took the Huawei Mate 20 Pro to Nueva Ecija during the holidays. Nueva Ecija is the rice granary of the Philippines, but it’s also home to our house in Cabanatuan where you’ll find my dad’s garden. He spends most of his time in the garden when he’s not at work, and while I was there, I took the time to appreciate its beauty. Let me take you to some of the moments I captured using the Huawei Mate…

The smartphone revolution is upon us. While brands present us with plenty of impressive choices of flagship smartphones, we take note of a few amazing ones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Apple iPhone XS Max. However, consumers have started to take into account the benefits they can get than just having a slab of metal that they can use to take their next Instagram photo. For instance, Samsung Galaxy Note 9’s features are leaps beyond when directly compared to the bigger yet more expensive Apple iPhone XS Max. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvLSuAoy8R4 For a hardcore Android user, Samsung’s latest Note is bliss. It packs all the bells and whistles a Note has and features that only a powerful flagship smartphone possesses. It always sets a barometer that’s worthy of emulation; no wonder why other brands always look up to this smartphone as something they aim to beat. Design There are…

“Fortune favors the bold.” For the uninitiated, or less initiated, yet brave enough to purchase an Honor 8X, the famous quote above will make sense. Honor 8X offers a variety of amazing things that are usually found on flagship devices. Honor Play got our thoughts and feelings initiated with its top-notch performance that can rival a fairly pricier Pocofone F1. Honor 8X, on the other hand, provides uncompromised performance and design, which we have tackled deeply on this link. For a moment, let us zip away from its core specifications and zero onto its big and immersive 6.5-inch full view display. It covers up to 91% of its front panel, which widens the playing field and content real estate of the user. The moment you turn this device on, you’ll instantly notice how big its screen is, and the wealth of experience ready for you, and the plethora of stories…

While we all anticipated the announcement of the new iPad Pro, the features it now carries just reshaped the tablet competition. The new iPads – both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch – have transformed itself to a tablet version of its phone counterpart, the iPhone XS. Everything about it now makes it a worthy companion to content creators and even mobile gamers. While the tablet scene isn’t as exciting as the smartphone competition, the new iPads may just enliven it again with its slew of exciting new features. The 2018 iPad Pros sports a Liquid Retina Display with ProMotion technology. The latter isn’t exactly new, but the positive remarks about its performance on previous line-up that has such feature makes it impossible for Apple to not bring it to new iPad generations. The A12X Bionic chip on the new iPads makes it 2x faster the previous iPad Pro. I just couldn’t imagine how…

I never lost hope of Cherry Mobile. Like most of the brand’s fans, I remain to stay hopeful because of Cherry Mobile’s dedication to bringing products that value what the Filipinos want. Things have been tough for Cherry Mobile lately due to its international competitor’s aggressive approach to marketing their products. However, despite this, the company’s resolve to be dominant in the market remain strong and unshaken. Every year, we are treated with a new hero flagship device from the local company, and our verdict isn’t consistently good. Their first dabble on 18:9 display last year received mixed reviews, but we thought that it was a good start by the company and it was a direction they needed to be in. A year later, we have the Flare S7 Plus – the most premium and probably the best Cherry Mobile phone we have reviewed yet. There’s too much to talk…

A few months ago, we went to Taiwan to witness the launch of ROG Phone along with slew of ASUS’ new products.  Back then, I didn’t realize that ASUS will officially bring it to the Philippines and let Filipinos buy the most sought-after gaming smartphone in the market. 3 months later, during ESGS 2018, I found myself staring at this box I received for our unboxing and review. There’s no better way to do this but to quickly tell you what’s inside the box. Like you, I just couldn’t contain myself from getting everything out and finally use the ROG Phone. Check out my unboxing experience with Emman of the ASUS ROG Phone. Its retail box is unlike anything we’ve seen. Its hexagonal look just doesn’t remind of anything we’ve unboxed before. As this one is part of the ROG line of products, I couldn’t help but notice the signature mayan…

ESGS is upon us, and what better way to kick things off than a gaming brand to announce new products for gaming console and mobile gaming device owners. If you own a PS4, Switch or the upcoming ASUS ROG Phone, then you would be happy to check out these new products. HyperX Cloud for PS4 Yup, you see that Playstation logo on this HyperX product. It might just be the 1st Playstation Interactive Entertainment licensed HyperX headphone, and it looks amazing. It almost shares the same look of the HyperX Cloud II with its aluminum frame and detachable noise-canceling microphone for in-game chat. Headphone Specifications Driver: Dynamic, 53mm with neodymium magnets Type: Circumaural, Closed back Frequency Response: 15Hz–25,000 Hz Impedance: 41 Ω Sound pressure level: 95dBSPL/mW at 1kHz T.H.D.: < 2% Weight: 325g Weight w/ mic: 337g Cable length and type: Headset (1.3m) Connection: Headset – 3.5mm plug (4 pole) …

Philips and AOC have been in the Philippines for quite some time now, and have proven themselves to be worthy of their position in the display and monitors industry. Though their rank dropped to #3 from #2 last year, Philips and AOC confirmed that their global shipments from 2017-2018 didn’t include devices other than displays and monitors. During a press launch at Shangri La Hotel in Mandaluyong, Philips and AOC announced new consumer monitors and display solutions. The products range from 4K HDR display to 1ms 144hz panel for PC and console gaming at crazy affordable prices. Philips kicked everything off with the announcement of their latest 43-inch display  (436M6VBRAB) that supports 4K and True HDR. It also features an unprecedented Ambiglow technology that brings users to a different kind of immersive experience. Here’s a quick rundown of the new monitor’s features: Superb video quality DTS Home theater surround sound…

Huawei always has this history of pricing their premium smartphones way more affordable than the prices in other countries. Huawei seems to be continuing this trend with the prices of Huawei Mate 20 and Huawei Mate 20 Pro, but we didn’t expect the prices to be this low. Based on our computation with the launch SRP as the basis, the Mate 20 4GB variant should be around PhP49,778.92 without tax, and the Mate 20 6GB variant should be around PhP52,894. As for the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the price should be around PhP65,354 without tax. Then, earlier this morning, we saw this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8YESpx3w98&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0XjkKNWvzZG_UX3QlwXbCtO_Jxo3ms87SL_7mv4uoci1tpnbbg31OB18I There you have it! Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s price (PhP49,990) is the best one we’ve seen as it has the best bang for the buck premium smartphone. It almost has all of the premium smartphone features, plus the unprecedented reverse charging technology, and its price put…