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Honor 8X vs OPPO F9: Head-to-head comparison

Let’s compare the two!

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The Honor 8X is going global very soon! While we wait for the upcoming midranger to reach the international market, let’s compare it against one of its rivals — the OPPO F9.

In this head-to-head comparison, we’re going to take a look at the specs, camera performance, and battery life of the two smartphones.

Specs

Honor 8X
OPPO F9
Display 6.5-inch IPS LCD (1080 x 2340 pixels), 19.5:9 ratio 6.3-inch IPS LCD (1080 x 2340 pixels), 19.5:9 ratio
Processor HiSilicon Kirin 710 MediaTek Helio P60
Graphics Mali-G51 MP4 Mali-G72 MP3
Memory 4GB 6GB
Storage 64GB/128GB 64GB
Rear camera 20MP f/1.8 + 2MP 16MP f/1.8 + 2MP
Front camera 16MP f/2.0 25MP f/2.0
Battery 3750mAh (non-removable) 3500mAh (non-removable)
Other features Rear fingerprint scanner, Face unlock Rear fingerprint scanner, Face unlock
OS Android 8.1 Oreo w/ EMUI 8.2 Android 8.1 Oreo w/ ColorOS 5.2

 

The two phones sport pretty big and tall displays, but the Honor 8X has the larger of the two. Watching videos and playing games will feel more immersive on the Honor 8X’s 6.5-inch display versus on the OPPO F9’s 6.3-inch panel. Although, the notch on the OPPO F9 is less obtrusive and has a better appeal, at least for us.

Both phones are powered by an octa-core processor. The Honor 8X has the new Kirin 710 processor from HiSilicon, while the OPPO F9 is using MediaTek’s popular Helio P60 processor. Both are midrange-class processors and manufactured using the 12nm process, which makes them more efficient and closer to flagship performance. The Honor 8X has an edge with its software-based GPU Turbo on select games.

As for storage, both have 64GB of expandable storage, but the Honor 8X can go up to 128GB. When it comes to memory, the Honor 8X has a standard 4GB memory, while the OPPO F9 already has 6GB of memory. Having more memory is suited for multitasking, but both phones will be able to run smoothly even with multiple apps running in the background.

Like with other Android phones, the Honor 8X and OPPO F9 have their fingerprint reader on the back. This is pretty standard among smartphones today and both can read accurately and quickly.

When it comes to software, both run Android Oreo out of the box but each one has its own skin on top. The Honor 8X has EMUI 8.2, while OPPO has ColorOS 5.2.

Camera

You can find dual rear cameras and crisp selfie shooters on both the Honor 8X and the OPPO F9. Not only that, they’re AI-enabled everytime you take a shot, so it knows what to do to help you take a better photo.

Check out the samples below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a recap, the Honor 8X has a 20-megapixel main shooter paired with a 2-megapixel sensor for bokeh effect. The OPPO F9, on the other hand, has a 16-megapixel f/1.8 main camera plus a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The front-facing camera of the Honor 8X is a 16-megapixel sensor, while the OPPO F9 has an impressive 25-megapixel shooter.

Battery

The Honor 8X has a bigger battery than the OPPO F9’s: 3750mAh versus 3500mAh. The additional 250mAh of the Honor 8X could help the phone last longer, but maybe not that much.

Using a standard 1080p video loop test on both phones, we were able to get 16 hours and 40 minutes on the Honor 8X and 18 hours and 10 minutes on the OPPO F9.

And that’s it! So, which of the two phones is your GadgetMatch?


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Honor.

Apps

Going Cashless: Make payments, transfer funds all on your phone

It’s pretty convenient

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So you’re stuck at home with some extra time on your hands. When you feel like taking a break from all the shows you’ve been watching, perhaps you can make time to figure out how to transition to cashless payments.

We’re dealing with a unique situation right now and cashless transactions is one of the little ways in which we can help with social distancing measures. Not to mention, it’s also pretty convenient.

If you already have a bank account, chances are you’re already using that bank’s mobile app. If not, we encourage you to do so. But we’re not going deep into that. Today, we’re looking at other payment services that will help you go cashless.

GCash

We partnered with GCash a while back for this quick How-To video. But if you don’t feel like watching, the text comes right after.

Before anything else download the app on the App Store, Google Play, or AppGallery.

Step 1. Open the GCash app and enter your mobile number. Tap “Next” to proceed.

Step 2. Fill in the mandatory information. These include your First Name, Last Name, Birthday, Address, Email Address. When you’re done, tap “Next” to proceed

Step 3. Review your information. Gotta make sure everything’s accurate and matches any official ID you have with you. If you have a referral code, input it using the drop down below your information. Afterwards, tap “Next”.

Step 4. Set your Mobile Pin by inputting a 4 digit MPIN. It’s very important that you can easily remember your MPIN. It serves as your password to access your GCash account. You also need it for your future GCash transactions. So yeah, don’t use your birthday or any birthdays of anyone you’re super close with. Protect your MPIN like your life depended on it. Tap “Submit” to move on.

Step 5. You will receive a 6-digit authentication code via SMS in the device authentication page. Enter the code to authenticate your device.

Step 6. Enter your 4-digit GCash MPIN and click ‘Log In’ to enter the app.

Congratulations! You’re now on GCash. There’s a ton that you can do here. This is where I connected my bank account so I’ve been using GCash to move money around my other accounts, transfer money to my family and friends, load up my prepaid sim, and of course the usual in-store transactions. You can also link it to your Lazada account for your online shopping needs.

For more information, visit the GCash Help Center.

PayMaya

PayMaya is very similar to GCash in that they practically let you do the same things. As mentioned earlier, these are making cashless payments, transferring funds, as well as online shopping. Personally, this is the account I used for most of my app subscriptions like Netflix, Spotify, and NBA League Pass.

Again, make sure you have the app. Get it on the App Store, Google Play, or AppGallery.

Step1: Register with your name, email and mobile number​. The mobile number can be with any network you’re currently using.

Step 2: Create a password​. Unlike GCash which uses an MPIN, the PayMaya password is a lot more like the usual passwords you use for your social media accounts. Again, make sure it’s secure and something easy for you to remember.

Step 3: Receive a verification SMS​. Enter this verification number on the app.

Step 4: Click the VIEW CARD button​.

Step 5: Input your address and birthday​.

Step 6: Receive a confirmation that your account has been activated​

PayMaya also has these cashback promos every now and then. That means anything you purchase, a percentage of that goes back to your account. Here’s a quick little video on that.

To find how you can maximize PayMaya just head on over to their Support Page.

GrabPay

Grab has surprisingly expanded its GrabPay services to more than just hailing rides, deliveries, and paying for GrabFood.

You can now also do the following:

  1. Cashless payment for Grab services (GrabCar, GrabFood, GrabExpress, GrabMart)
  2. Buy prepaid load
  3. Pay bills (Cablielink, Cignal TV, Destiny Cable, DFA, Easytrip, Globe, Manila Water, Maynilad, Meralco, Metro Cebu Water, MMDA, NBI, Pag-IBIG Fund, PLDT, Sky Cable, Smart, Smart Bro, SSS, Sun Celular, UNICEF, VECO)
  4. Pay in-store
  5. Pay online
  6. Send money for free (person-to-person and bank transfer)

Registering is pretty straightforward. Download the app on the App Store or Google Play, and then register using your phone number, Facebook account, or Google account.

For more on what else you can do with GrabPay and how they’re expanding, you may visit their Help Page.

You can also use these services to donate towards efforts in fighting COVID-19. For other ways to help check out our Where To Donate article.

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Her story: Shyama Golden

On childhood memories and creating work that make people more involved

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Shyama Golden is a visual artist from Brooklyn, New York. She was born in Texas, but also lived in New Zealand and Sri Lanka, where her family is originally from. These influences didn’t start coming out in her work until she became more distanced from them. “Sometimes you have to be taken out of an environment to realize what was special about it,” she notes.

The huge painting in her living room called Road Trip was inspired by both her Sri Lankan background and growing up in Texas. Central to the painting is a yakka, a demon character in Sri Lankan folklore that performs exorcism rituals to cure people of their ailments. Shyama says the rituals are something that people have been doing for thousands of years, although they are much less common now — almost like a dying art. In a way, she hopes to resurrect that through the piece.

Shyama draws inspiration everywhere — from distant sources, to forgotten artists, to old books, to obscure references — but so much of her work also reflects her own childhood memories.

“Sometimes you have to be taken out of an environment to realize what was special about it.”

Catsquatch is a collaboration between her and her husband. She did a large painting for it, but it’s also a children’s storybook that they wrote together — a story of house cats running away from home, yearning independence.

Her memory of seeing stray cats wandering everywhere while living in Sri Lanka is also evident in a portrait of the younger versions of her mom and her aunt.

The most notable facet of her body of work, however, isn’t their size or the presence of felines, but the number of digital portraits of women of color she’s drawn over the years.

From flat, minimalist digital work as a graphic designer, having the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil has allowed her to create work that still looks like an oil painting but at a much faster pace.

“What the iPad did is allow me to keep my style. It was really helpful to me because over two years I was able to output what used to take me 5-6 years,” says Shyama.

Among the portraits that she’s done, her favorite is the one of Indian author and activist Arundhati Roy for The Atlantic. She says she liked working on it because it tells a story within the portrait, “beyond just the face, it actually has a whole narrative to it.”

She also uses the iPad to do studies and mockups of what she intends to be a physical work. Initially drawn on Procreate using its symmetry feature, The Feminine Mirage uses a custom panel and a mirror to convey myths perpetuated by different social constructs. Although extremely challenging and time-consuming, she enjoys working on pieces that have a presence in the physical world but are still interactive as they make people more involved.

Her story: Shyama Golden

Shyama Golden is a visual artist whose memories of growing up in Texas and Sri Lanka are evident influences in a number of paintings that she's done. Most notable of her body of work, however, are theportraits of women of color she's drawn over the years using the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil. This is her story.

Posted by Her GadgetMatch on Friday, 27 March 2020


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Huawei P40 Pro Unboxing and Complete Hands-On

‘Visionary Photography’

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Everything you need to know about the new Huawei P40 Series. Yep there are 3 phones this year, the P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro+. Yep a pro plus model!

In this video you get a P40 Pro Unboxing, Hands-On, some photo samples, and a camera comparison vs the P30 Pro.

Of course I’ll also answer you questions: What’s new? How is the P40 Pro’s camera vs the P30 Pro, and what’s it like without Google Play Services? And while you’ll have to wait for my full review for a verdict, I’ll try to answer the question, Is it your GadgetMatch?

Watch our Hands-On video.

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