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Where GadgetMatch has been in 2017

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GadgetMatch has been around the globe in 2017 to give you the freshest gadget news. Here are the highlights.

CES 2017

The Consumer Electronics Show was held in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States during the first weeks of the new year. As one of the biggest trade shows of consumer-oriented devices in the world, CES always has a diverse range of gadgets on the show floor.

One of the popular devices to come out during the show was the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom and the ZenFone AR, plus ASUS took the floor to showcase the ZenBook 3 Deluxe. We also saw interesting products including this high-tech boxer brief and Toyota’s futuristic-looking concept vehicle.

And who can forget the crazy incident about the stolen Razer prototypes?

Check out our full coverage of CES 2017 here.

MWC 2017

After CES, we flew to Barcelona, Spain for the Mobile World Congress where a lot of new smartphones and related products were launched.

We started with the latest attempt of BlackBerry to re-introduce smartphones with physical QWERTY keyboards in the form of the BlackBerry KEYone. LG then announced the LG G6 as its first borderless smartphone and the first to ever have a tall 18:9 aspect ratio on phones.

Huawei took the spotlight with the launch of the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus which made the Leica-branded dual camera system even more popular among consumers and mobile photography enthusiasts. Samsung showcased their new tablets running either Android or a full version of Windows 10 on the MWC floor, too.

The launches didn’t stop there. Nokia came back to the global phone market with three Android phones and the rebirth of the 3310. Sony announced their new flagship Xperia XZ Premium with a 4K HDR display — a first on mobile.

OPPO was present in Barcelona, but they didn’t announce a new phone. The Chinese company took the opportunity to showcase a technology they’ve been working on: 5x dual camera zoom. Unfortunately, the year is already closing and we haven’t seen the technology applied to any OPPO device.

More about our MWC 2017 coverage in Barcelona here.

Samsung Galaxy S8 launch in New York

Samsung’s first Unpacked event in New York this year was all about the Galaxy S8 and its immersive Infinity Display. It came with a number of accessories like a new fast-wireless pad and the introduction of Samsung DeX, which turns the phone into a desktop computer.

We asked our fellow YouTubers present during the event in NYC about their thoughts on the new Galaxy smartphone. We covered what you can do with the Galaxy S8’s camera.

LG InnoFest 2017

We then went to Korea, specifically in Jeju Island, for LG InnoFest. This event was dedicated to LG’s household products such as the premium LG Signature lineup.

There were all sorts of connected appliances in InnoFest, including OLED TVs, InstaView refrigerators, levitating speakers, TwinWash washing machines, robot vacuums, and cutesy control bots to manage everything in your smart home.

Computex 2017

The whole GadgetMatch team flew to Taipei, Taiwan for Computex as an official media partner. Computex is Asia’s premier technology show with a handful of known Taipei-based manufacturers like ASUS, Acer, MSI, and Gigabyte.

ASUS announced another premium notebook called the ZenBook Flip S. This convertible is the thinnest around and is pretty light. They also unveiled the ROG Zephyrus which is a fairly thin (by gaming laptop standards) notebook with a GTX 1080 chip at its graphics core and a 120Hz G-Sync display.

Acer introduced the Nitro 5 gaming laptop but theirs is more budget-friendly. Speaking of budget, we also saw the Spin 1 convertible which has a lot to offer despite its affordable price tag.

Intel announced its newest Core i9 processors for next-generation desktop computers with up to 18 cores and 36 threads of processing power. And lastly, there were these cute devices which ruled the showroom floor.

Read more everything what happened during Computex 2017 here.

Google I/O 2017

During the middle of the year, the annual Google I/O was held in Mountain View, California to showcase what the company is up to and how well they’re doing, especially with Android.

Everything about Android 8.0 Oreo, Android Go, Google Photos, Google Assistant, and Google Home were tackled on stage. Check out our quick event recap video above to get you up to speed.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launch

We were back in New York for another Unpacked event of Samsung. This time, the company redeemed itself from the battery fiasco last year with a refined and all-around better Galaxy Note 8.

As always, we covered everything about the new Galaxy Note 8 on our hands-on may it be written or in a pleasing video. Since it’s a Note, the S Pen is the highlight of the product. Check out our review and watch other YouTubers’ reaction about the phone while you’re at it.

IFA 2017

Another major annual event called Internationale Funkausstellung, or more commonly referred as IFA, happened in Berlin. It’s one of the oldest industrial exhibitions in Germany and the biggest in Europe.

The LG V30 was unveiled ahead of everything else in the event with its big borderless display and complete multimedia capabilities. But, it wasn’t the only phone that came out in IFA. Sony announced their new Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact flagship phones along with the Xperia XA1 Plus midranger. The Moto X4 showed up with its beautiful glass body.

Lenovo was present with their Star Wars-themed Yoga notebook and the Jedi Challenges augmented reality game bundle, while Acer showed the impressive Switch 7 Black Edition, massive Predator Orion 9000 gaming PC, and super-slim AiO Aspire S24.

Cameras and drone were on the IFA floor. DJI unveiled a couple of new and improved drones for consumers and professionals, while Sony launched its new ultra-compact camera with 960fps video capture. After the Note 8, Samsung announced their new wearables in IFA to complement it and appeal to the sporty crowd.

Read more of our IFA 2017 coverage here.

Apple iPhone 8 launch in Singapore

One of the first markets to have the new iPhone 8 was Singapore. We flew to the city-state and unboxed both the regular and Plus variant along with their new accessories!

Sadly, the iPhone X didn’t hit the shelves on the same date. All of our iPhone 8 content is available here.

Made by Google 2017

It was now Google’s turn to wow everyone with their new Pixel and Home devices. We were only expecting two new Google Pixel phones, but there was a lot to cover and all of them were proudly labeled as Made by Google.

Apart from the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google expanded their hardware portfolio with the Pixel Buds which have real-time language translations ala Star Trek. We also got a cuter Google Home Mini and a bigger Home Max. Then there’s the controversial Google Clip pocket camera with machine learning capabilities. Let’s not forget about the premium Pixelbook running Chrome OS and better Daydream View for virtual reality.

We’ve got everything covered in this written recap, and you can read more here.

Huawei Mate 10 launch

We love going to Europe, so GadgetMatch flew back for the Huawei Mate 10 launch in Munich, Germany.

We saw two flagship phones during the launch namely the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. It’s quite interesting how Huawei made the external differences between the two quite distinguishable unlike with the P10 series.

We already have a review of the Mate 10 up for your pleasure.

Apple iPhone X release in Singapore

Apple was able to deliver iPhone X stocks on schedule and it was time to head to Singapore again.

The iPhone X is the most expensive iPhone and non-special edition phone on the market. Whether you’re okay with the notch or not, you’ll appreciate the true borderless design of the iPhone X.

We’ve been to many places across the globe this year and the list would’ve been even longer if we included everything.

SEE ALSO: GadgetMatch Awards: Best products of 2017

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Hands-On

realme 9i Hands-On

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The realme 9i is the “little brother” in the realme 9 series. And while it doesn’t pack the same punch as its pro siblings – the realme 9 Pro and realme 9 pro+ – there’s enough here for anyone who just needs a reliable daily smartphone.

Here’s a quick look at the specs before we dive in deeper: 

Performance

  • 6.6-inch IPS LCD display with 90Hz refresh rate 
  • Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G processor
  • 6GB RAM with Dynamic RAM expansion feature up to 5GB 
  • 128GB Internal Storage 
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • 33W Dart Charge tech

Cameras

  • 50MP main camera
  • 2MP macro lens
  • 2MP depth lens
  • 16MP selfie shooter

Here are some samples for your appreciation.

Neat, simple, and elegant

The realme 9i is pretty understated in the looks department. The variant we got comes in blue and depending on how the light hits, you’ll see some lines to accentuate its back.

As for button and port placements, at the bottom you’ll find the usuas: speaker grille, USB-C  port, and 3.5mm jack. 

On the right side is the power button/fingerprint scanner. 

And on the left hand side are the two, tiny volume buttons. 

Overall, the realme 9i  looks neat. Simple yet elegant. The camera stands out, obviously. But you can say that for most phones these days. It’s light for its size and appearance. It’s already easy to hold as is, but it’s even easier if you’re the phone-case-and-pop-up socket type of person.

General usage

Switching from one app to the other, or going back to the home screen for that matter is seamless and fast. There’s no trouble opening or loading apps so far. 

The apps load from where I last left it, provided I haven’t closed all apps, cleared RAM, or optimized phone usage.

Media consumption and gaming

We enjoyed more than our fair share of watching sports highlights  on the realme 9i. It pays to have a great-performing phone to not miss any action. We didn’t have any problems watching on YouTube at the highest resolution settings and at 60 fps. 

Same is true for other types of content. The viewing experience was likewise seamless.

The speaker is really loud and complements the video. You don’t have to put it on max volume although it’s still of the best quality when put to max. It doesn’t break.

Playing Mobile Legends with friends and relatives on this phone is perfect even if it’s “only” a mid-level phone. The game’s graphics settings were set on default when opening from the phone. I tinkered it to HD mode with a high refresh rate and “Ultra” graphics, and it didn’t have problems throughout the game like lagging when I played.

Battery life

On full standby in power saving mode without having to connect it to Wi-Fi or turn on mobile data, the phone consumes just about 5 to 10 percent of its battery power in one whole day.

When charging, it takes less than an hour to charge from 30 percent to full with its 33W fast charging.

Solid as usual

realme 9i

 

The “i” variants in realme’s numbered series phones have consistently been steady performers and the realme 9i is no different. It’s not gonna wow you with raw specs, but the overall package and performance makes it worthwhile.

The realme 9i retails for PhP 11,990. Buy it here.

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vivo X80 Pro Unboxing and Review

vivo’s best smartphone just got even better!

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The vivo X70 Pro+ was launched just several months ago. However, we’re already having a follow-up!

Unlike the X50, X60, and X70 series, the X80 series only consists of two models this time around.

Namely the X80 and X80 Pro — with the latter being vivo’s latest flagship smartphone.

But what makes it different from its predecessor? And what makes the successor a lot more exciting?

Watch our vivo X80 Pro Unboxing and Review now to find out more!

 

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Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro Unboxing and First Impressions

Premium, smart timepiece

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Watch GT 3 Pro

Huawei has been giving us the best choices for stylish timepieces to help us reach our health and fitness goals. And they’re taking the stage again with their new flagship smartwatch — the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro. 

Now let’s take a closer look at this device and check what Huawei has in store for us this time. 

Unboxing

The GT 3 Pro comes in this sleek black box with the name of the device in gold. Through the box, we also get to know that it is powered by HarmonyOS. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

Lifting the cover, you’re immediately greeted by the GT 3 Pro Titanium Edition looking classy beside a gold Huawei logo. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

Pulling the tab on the right, you’ll see a smaller enclosure. Opening it up, you’ll see some paperwork, a USB-C cable and a wireless charging cradle. 

 

Watch GT 3 Pro

Now here’s the GT 3 Pro taken out of the box. Looks premium, doesn’t it? 

Watch GT 3 Pro

By examining the watch strap, you can easily tell that it’s made of genuine high-quality leather. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

The Huawei branding is not seen on the strap. It’s instead engraved on the buckle. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

Also unlike the previous GT 2 Pro that has the usual double crown design, the GT 3 Pro has a watch crown and a button. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

The rotating crown serves as its power button and scroll and zoom wheel. Rotating it feels smooth without much resistance. But it does have haptic feedback, mimicking a mechanical feel. 

Powering it up, you’re notified to get the Huawei Health app and pair it with your phone. 

 

Once paired, you can tinker with the settings and apply customizations based on your preference and liking. 

First impressions 

What I immediately liked with the GT 3 Pro is how classy it looks. And despite it being a big smartwatch compared to what I usually use, it feels light on my wrist. 

I also can’t help but admire how clean and clear it looks with its 1.43-inch AMOLED display and sapphire glass lens. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

 

Its body, on the other hand, is made of titanium and it has a ceramic back case to complete the premium package. 

Using it for a few days, it looks like this timepiece will definitely level up my expectations for smartwatches. But I have yet to fully explore and experience everything about the GT 3 Pro that I’ll share on my hands-on review so don’t forget to also check that out. 

Pricing and availability 

The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro retails for PhP 16,999 and is available in Titanium and Ceramic Edition. 

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