Electric kick scooters (EKS) are flocking the streets more than ever. The advent of a personal mobility solution has caught the attention of commuters looking for an alternative form of transportation.
Presently, there is a myriad of electric kick scooters you can find. Several of which are costly to one’s pocket. We’ve driven some EKS in the past and recently, we’ve discovered a new gem unbeknownst to many.
Meet the CyberSoul X3 Pro — an electric kick scooter from CyberSoul, a young transport brand focused on safe, eco-friendly, and effective mobility.
Oh, it’s new! The shape of your body, it’s blue~
The CyberSoul X3 Pro, which we’ll call X3 Pro for brevity, looks like your typical electric kick scooter. The resemblance is uncanny to most EKS found on the streets.
What sets it apart are the intricate details and thoughtful design to make it functional. And of course, a user experience that’s enjoyable when going in on a ride.
Forgive me for the dust and dirt that you’ll find in the visuals. I’ve been using the X3 Pro for more than a month and even though I’ve been cleaning it regularly, I accidentally took photos and videos outdoors when it rained torrentially.
Granted, the dust, dirt, and wet deck and wheels are inevitable. And it’s something we’ll be talking about later on.
Locked me out and threw a feast
Out of the box, you’ll find the X3 Pro unfolded. It weighs 16.9kg, so lifting the electric kick scooter would be a piece of cake — if you’re a lifter, that is.
The material’s made of aluminum alloy — a strong yet light component commonly used in aeronautics.
The stem is easy to grip, and you can lock it firmly on a special hook to ensure it stays in its position when folded.
Upfront, you can find the shackle with two locking systems. The inner one automatically locks when you raise the stem, while the other one is a folding shackle familiar to most electric kick scooters.
This type of shackle needs extra pressure for both locking and unlocking the scooter’s stem. Frankly, I always find it difficult to apply pressure on the shackle since it requires strength from your fingers.
Though it’s hard and extremely tight, the process gave me peace of mind knowing that my electric kick scooter is firmly functional and secure.
Nonetheless, there’s a stand on its left side so you can park it while you fold and unfold, or just when you need to step away from your EKS for a moment.
Devil’s in the details, babe
The CyberSoul X3 Pro comes with a striking design adorned with intricate details that are both astonishing and bothersome. For one, the engraved style in its wheels and deck accumulate dust and dirt that are grueling to remove.
Unlike the Lenovo M2 Electric Scooter I test drove early this year, the X3 Pro uses a pair of tubeless tires. It’s the same tire you commonly see on automobiles.
A good thing about tubeless tires is that they’re more heavy-duty, and can keep up with your electric kick scooter’s performance. Tubeless tires are also puncture-resistant so you won’t have to worry about debris puncturing your beloved wheels.
It’s also undoubtedly stronger and can handle heavier load — both the deck and the tires. The X3 Pro has a maximum load of 120kg, so trust that it can carry you wherever you want to go.
The only con I would think about having a tubeless tire is how it can be a pain to have it repaired if it became flat or it badly needs to be changed.
But it shouldn’t be a big deal if you love riding on bicycles, scooters, and motorbikes. Or if you own one. The amount of love and care you’ll tend to those babies will be the same if you have the X3 Pro.
On its back, you can find the X3 Pro sporting a tail light that activates whenever you use the brakes. Speaking of brakes, the X3 Pro uses a double-brake system: an electronic brake on the front wheel and a disc brake on its rear.
Easy as knowing all the words to your old favorite song
Since we’re talking about brakes, the brake lever can be found upfront, situated on the left side of the handlebar. There’s also a headlight — which lights up decently when used in a dark alley.
Further, there’s a bell that I rarely use because I end up sounding like an ice cream delivery guy. But it’s loud enough to warrant attention from commuters and people on the sidewalk.
In the middle, you can find the multi-functional power button and the control panel with a simple interface. The display isn’t that legible under extreme sunlight, so you might need to cover it up when you want to preview the panel. Or you can just find a shaded area.
You can also just download the CyberSoul app and connect the X3 Pro through Bluetooth. The app houses important information such as your total mileage, its battery state, a light switch just in case you don’t want to press the button, and an option to lock your scooter for security.
Just a heads-up, having the X3 Pro locked via the app doesn’t mean the EKS will be immovable. You can still move it and let its wheels roll, but you won’t be able to speed up and use the throttle. So, consider having a chain and padlock for security.
On the right side, you can find the hook that lets you lock the handlebar when folded and the throttle that lets you navigate the electric kick scooter.
Unlike other EKS, the X3 Pro doesn’t use gears. Rather, it has two speed modes to choose from: Relaxing mode and Sports mode. Relaxing mode limits the speed up to 5km/h only, perfect for strolling.
If you want to move faster, you just need to double press the power button to switch modes. Riding while in Sports mode increases the maximum speed up to 25 km/h.
Devils roll the dice, angels roll their eyes
Riding the X3 Pro was blissful and liberating. The electric kick scooter felt durable, safe, and stable every time I step on it. Its deck is larger than the decks from previous electric kick scooters I’ve used before.
Surprisingly, it feels lighter when I was riding it. It was easy steering the handlebar, which I deem essential when navigating curves, slopes, and uneven roads. The performance is impeccable and smooth, thanks to its 300W motor power (which has a maximum output of 600W).
To fully test the electric kick scooter’s capabilities, I went around my village where there are 40- to 60-degree slopes, along with uneven, cracked, and bumpy roads.
It’s the perfect spot for my test drives and I did it gracefully even when the roads are wet caused by torrential rains.
I’ve been an adventurous soul and despite the warnings that electric kick scooters shouldn’t be used on a slippery road, I still did it anyway.
The tubeless tires made a screeching noise, or what I call ‘the sounds of horror’ since the roads were too slippery for the wheels to handle. Despite that, I went downhill on a 40-degree slope.
We were flyin’, but we’d never get far
Riding down like a daredevil, the maximum speed went beyond 25 km/h — capping at 28 km/h. This made the lights flash a warning sign of overspeeding. But I still ignored it. At that time, I was the only one on the road and there were no pedestrians on sight.
But going uphill is another story. With a maximum of 24-degree incline, the X3 Pro struggled driving upwards. Its velocity deteriorated the higher I went — from 23 km/h on a 20-30 degree slope to 19 km/h as I move higher. Then, it alternated between 14 to 15 km/h while I was moving up around 50- to 60-degree slope.
If you didn’t build any momentum, the max velocity would play between 10 km/h to 11 km/h. Riders were laughing at how slow I’ve been going up when they pass by me, and some were even worried if the EKS’s motor can handle the drive.
Move to me like I’m a Motown beat
Moving forward, you need to find a sweet spot when using the throttle. Pressing hard would result in the electric kick scooter speeding up uncontrollably.
When you’re speeding up, especially on a flat surface, removing the pressure on the throttle won’t slow you down. However, putting light pressure on the brake lever would signal the brakes that you’re about to slow down.
Just don’t hit the brake suddenly lest you’ll slip up and possibly crash on a wall. It’s common sense for most motorists, but if you’re a beginner, consider this a heads-up.
On another note, your brake lever is your friend on a downhill ride. The electric kick scooter automatically speeds up when it detects movement on a downward slope, so you don’t need to use the throttle anymore. All you have to do is find the sweet spot for the brake as you slow down sliding on a slope.
Can I go where you go?
I had the CyberSoul X3 Pro for more than a month now, and it has been an excellent companion for short-distance trips. Whether it’s picking up an order at the entrance of our subdivision, or going on a stroll to visit neighborhood cafes.
But for what it’s worth, the X3 Pro can be your solution to the never-ending traffic and unstable transportation system. That is if you live in third-world countries.
Surprisingly, major roads have been adding designated bicycle lanes. The government has regulated electric kick scooters, too, as personal transportation for the average commuter.
My office is situated seven to eight kilometers away. A back-and-forth trip can accumulate a 16-kilometer range — still enough since the X3 Pro has a total range of 55km on a single charge. I’ve never fully drained the battery; the closest I get was having it down to 12 percent in which I realized I need to charge it.
You can fully amp up its juice by charging it for seven hours. I find that a bit slow for an electric kick scooter with only a 12,000mAh battery since most EKS has more. Nonetheless, the X3 Pro doesn’t have a lot of functions to tinker with or background processes that might drain the battery quickly.
It’s still a win for some, especially when you can last two days or more without constantly having your rideable plugged near a wall socket.
Take the long way home
Aside from having an aerospace-graded material, there’s also one feature that the CyberSoul X3 Pro gives me peace of mind: an IP rating.
With an IP55 rating for dust and water protection, the X3 Pro can handle the usual dust, dirt, mud, and drizzle of rain. But not enough to ride offroad and during heavy rains.
Of course, it’s ‘kwazy’ to even do that. The right thing to do is wait under a roof to protect you and your electric kick scooter. Case in point: motorists hiding under a footbridge during a sudden barrage of rain.
Having an IP rating gives comfort and security that the circuitry inside your rideable won’t unexpectedly shut down because it drizzled one day when you’re out riding on the streets.
Is this your GadgetMatch?
What I like the most about the CyberSoul X3 Pro is how it exudes an all-arounder vibe. It’s simple, easy to operate, functional, and a bit snazzy. The experience is dedicated to commuters who don’t want to use their last brain cells trying to figure out how to drive from one point to another. Which is remarkable, honestly. Especially for simpletons like yours truly.
It could very well be my GadgetMatch. And anyone who needs a personal mobility solution because they just need to take the matter of transportation into their very own hands. Or feet.
Of course, there are other options to choose from since we all have different needs and lifestyles. But whatever you choose, make sure you wear a decent helmet. And don’t forget to keep your eyes on the road. Lastly, drive safely.
The CyberSoul X3 Pro retails for PhP 26,990. In the Philippines, it’s distributed by Xiaomi Zone — a global authorized reseller available in Lazada.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 Review: 3 months of love and commitment
Finally held in my hands the popular phone in K-dramas
Being used to large phones for so long, can the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 live up to my expectations?
Through the wise words “I want to take up the challenge” of LE SSERAFIM’s Huh Yunjin in their The World Is My Oyster intro track, I dared to make the Galaxy Z Flip4 my main phone not just for two weeks, not even a month, but for three long months.
Fearless — that’s the first quality that goes into my mind when I see people who rock foldables.
Seeing the littlest population of Samsung Flips in a crowd full of the ever-popular iPhones alongside gargantuan Android slabs felt like they dared to let go of the already good things on a phone just for the sake of portability and compactness.
But when I actually held the Galaxy Z Flip4 for the first time, I understood what it meant. The ability to fold your large phone in half is a massive challenge in technology and engineering. Just like its niche market, Samsung was fearless and dared to defy the odds.
Much like its predecessor, the Galaxy Z Flip4 is rated to last up to 200,000 folds — which translates to about five years of continuous wear and tear. That’s more than enough before you actually upgrade to a newer flip (or switch back to a regular smartphone). And by that time, I’m pretty sure Samsung has already managed to create more refined foldables, or maybe even a rollable.
When I close the phone, it always gives me that sudden kick of nostalgia of the old flippy clamshell phones from the early millennium.
When unfolded, it felt light and right in the hands.
With its responsive side-mounted fingerprint scanner, you can quickly unlock the phone without ever-worrying about removing your masks.
But if you’re coming from an iPhone and got accustomed to FaceID, the Galaxy Z Flip4 still includes a Face Unlock feature. Quite unsure though if it’s already fool-proof.
Do you think I’m fragile? Maybe I am, but the Galaxy Z Flip4’s display isn’t. With its revolutionary and improved Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) material and an added layer of plastic, folding and unfolding the phone won’t feel as fragile as it seems.
But don’t let the “flimsy-looking” display fool you. The screen of Galaxy Z Flip4 is surprisingly bright indoors even if brightness level is just around 10% to 15%.
While I never held last year’s Galaxy Z Flip3, the Galaxy Z Flip4 is said to have slimmer bezels. Not that it’s a reason for existing Flip3 users to upgrade.
Now that we’ve started to unfold the Galaxy Z Flip4, I can already hear most of you ranting about its crease. But during the course of time that I used it, I really had little to no issues about the crease that annoys a lot of you.
It is there but most of the time, it did not distract me. The closest explanation I can say are the notches on the iPhone — which also bugged a lot of people but not a dealbreaker when you’re actually using the phone.
The crease will obviously show if you use the phone parallel to a direct source of light or just outdoors. But in most scenarios, I wasn’t worried — even if I’m a huge dark mode user.
The Good Parts
Much like one of my favorite B-sides by LE SSERAFIM, the Galaxy Z Flip4 naturally has its good parts.
Content-friendly + Entertainment-ready
With its lightweight form factor, the Galaxy Z Flip4 is ideal for viewing and consuming entertainment. Holding the phone one-handed never felt like a burden. Unlike my iPhone of (almost) the same size with the same exact display size, the Galaxy Z Flip4 is just on the taller side of aspect ratio at 22:9 (versus 19.5:9).
The speakers may not be the loudest among all phones, but its bass and clarity are decent enough when you play music or watch movies in an environment where there’s less noise. And yes, it’s still ideal for your concert sessions (while showering, duh).
As aspect ratio was previously mentioned, one thing I love about the Galaxy Z Flip4 is watching K-Drama content. It makes more sense since Samsung is heavily investing the Galaxy Z Flips not just via BTS and the Bora Purple colorway, but also through South Korean dramas. No wonder why a lot of fans and viewers have been envious to own this phone over anything else.
From titles such as Weak Hero Class 1, Cheer Up, and even Bad Prosecutor, all the way to 21:9 K-Pop music videos like NewJeans’ Hype Boy and IVE’s Love Dive, I enjoyed watching them using the narrow Dynamic AMOLED 2x display of the Galaxy Z Flip4. And even if the content is the regular 16:9, you will still love watching cropped-in content as it looks more immersive.
You made me boost up
Looks can really be deceiving. Despite the Galaxy Z Flip4 being compact, its power-packed with a flagship-grade Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset.
Paired with a sufficient 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM plus a speedy UFS 3.1 storage ranging from 128GB to 512GB, you won’t feel little using this phone no matter what tasks you run.
For instance, I was able to play Asphalt 9: Legends with ease. My gameplay was smooth and very responsive.
The same thing can be said when I played my new favorite game similar to the one I play on my PC: Bus Simulator Ultimate.
However, if you’re a huge Genshin Impact player, don’t get too much of your hopes up.
When I opened its graphics settings, the default graphics mode is at medium. While it shows the gameplay will be “smooth”, the game is still very graphics-demanding. The complicated form factor of the Galaxy Z Flip4 and its unconventional cooling system might not be able to hold up if you choose to ramp up the game settings to High.
Unlike other Samsung phones with their trio (and even quadruple) set of camera sensors, the Galaxy Z Flip4 features a pair of rear cameras.
While its 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera was literally unchanged, the 12MP f/1.8 regular wide camera has an overall bigger and better sensor (1/2.55″ vs 1/1.76″).
Surprisingly, despite not having the best camera hardware, photos taken with the Galaxy Z Flip4 turned out satisfying — at least to my preferences. Take a look at the samples below for you to judge.
Daylight shots look astonishing whether you use the regular lens, ultra-wide, or even its 2x digital zoom…
AI sometimes overdoes saturation but that can be turned off depending on your preference. Personally, I just tone it down a little bit.
Food shots always looked appetizing and mouth-watering…
Heck! Night mode even saves you in situations where there is little to no light.
Concerned about portraits?
Samsung did a good job when it comes to foreground and background segmentation for that bokehlicious goodness.
And here’s a random mirror selfie just because the Bora Purple Galaxy Z Flip4 complements my Nike Waffle One in the Coconut Milk Crimson colorway #NotSponsored
Aside from its ultra-wide sensor, the 10MP f/2.4 punch-hole selfie camera of the Galaxy Z Flip4 was also unchanged. But this is one reason why you shouldn’t judge a phone just by looking at hardware specs.
Personally, I don’t like taking selfies. More so if the phone applies a significant amount of beautification. Fortunately, Samsung takes natural-looking selfies. And with Flex Mode, taking selfies was a breeze.
It was more enjoyable than conventional as you can take them hands-free! You just need to fold the phone at a certain angle. After that, you can show your palm or use a voice command like saying “cheese” — or “kimchi” if you’re a proud Koreaboo like I am.
The punch-hole camera also has an ultra-wide mode meant for duo/bestie selfies, #CoupleGoals selfies, and groufies.
If you prefer taking “clearer” selfies, you can still use Flex Mode with an extra step for you to toggle: that’s turning on the Cover Mode.
From there, you can use any of the wide and even ultra-wide cameras and frame yourself using its 1.9-inch Super AMOLED Cover Display — but now with the addition of Portrait Mode which the Z Flip3 can’t do.
It even works at night…
And just an extra, I used the Galaxy Z Flip4 to take a photo of my half-body #KOTD (Kicks of the Day)
Five-year software support
Usually, Android smartphones only get three years of software updates. That’s one of the main reasons why I can’t last long with Android and keep getting back to iPhones.
But with the Galaxy Z Flip4, Samsung promised users that they will continue to support it for five years. This comes with four major Android OS updates. Considering the phone is rated to last five years, it goes hand-in-hand with its software support. It’s just up to the user if they can keep the Flip4 unhinged after those years.
Just like me and any other products out there, the Galaxy Z Flip4 is far from being perfect.
If you’re not familiar with such metaphorical term, it just means a misleading and impossible to reach hope or goal.
The same can be said with the battery life of the Galaxy Z Flip4. Even though the battery capacity was bumped up from Flip3’s 3300mAh to now 3700mAh and a more power-efficient 4nm processor, I can’t say its promised battery life is enough for a single-charge use case.
Case in point: After fully-charging the phone around five in the morning, the phone went dead at around 2:30 in the afternoon. That’s not even more than half a day of use.
The breakdown of my usage during that time are as follows:
- 3 hours of Facebook and Messenger
- 2 hours on Apple Music
- 1 hour of video playback on YouTube
- 45 minutes of Twitter
- 21 minutes of gaming
And just as a usage bonus, I was able to play a 10-minute 4K YouTube video plus a 3-minute Netflix title from 3% before it died down to 0%.
Another instance was when I went out for a work meeting. I unplugged the phone around 6AM. But because I wanted to continue using it as my laptop’s hotspot (and maximize its 5G capabilities), I needed to charge it around 3PM. The results weren’t very different from my first usage.
Luckily, the Power Saving Mode saves the day. The obvious compromises would be the dimming of its already-bright display. Aside from that, 120Hz will be turned off in favor of a slower 60Hz refresh rate. Lastly, you can’t use 5G and will just be limited to 4G LTE. This shouldn’t be a dealbreaker to most people who don’t rely on super-fast data connection.
The result? The phone’s standby duration lasted for more than 15 hours with a screen on time of around nine hours. That’s double the amount of what you can have without power saving turned on. You just have to deal with its compromises.
Super fast charging?
In this new generation of smartphones, bundling a charger out of the box is now considered a luxury more than a necessity. And we all know Samsung followed the footsteps of Apple towards a “sustainable future” 🤧
I’m not much different. Even though Samsung provided me this review unit, they also didn’t give me any of their Super Fast Charger adapter nor cable. They promised though that using their 25W Fast Charge adapter can charge the phone to 50% in thirty minutes.
Still, I used the fastest 100W charger I own — one with a USB-C port capable of a maximum output of 40W. That’s more than enough as the Galaxy Z Flip4 can only reach max 25W fast charging.
BTW, that’s something the Galaxy Z Flip3 doesn’t possess as its limited to just 15W of wired charging. Even wireless charging support was leveled up from 10W to 15W.
Here are the results of “Super Fast Charging” the Galaxy Z Flip4 using a third-party charger and high-speed USB-C to USB-C cable.
Regular (daytime) charging:
- 5 minutes = 4%
- 10 minutes = 14%
- 15 minutes = 20%
- 20 minutes = 31%
- 30 minutes = 43%
- 45 minutes = 67%
- 60 minutes = 85%
- 1 hr 5 minutes = 90%
- 1 hr 21 minutes = 100%
- 5 minutes = 4%
- 10 minutes = 11%
- 15 minutes = 16%
- 20 minutes = 22%
- 30 minutes = 37%
- 45 minutes = 48%
- 60 minutes = 55%
- 1 hour 15 minutes = 61%
- 1 hour 30 minutes = 68%
- 1 hour 45 minutes = 74%
- 2 hours = 82%
- 2 hours 30 minutes = 96%
- 2 hours 38 minutes = 100%
Inconsistent 5G and Wi-Fi hotspot
Again, I know it’s not a huge dealbreaker to most. But for someone like me who relies on more than 100mbps internet speeds when working outdoors, this is one cause for concern.
I’m unsure if it’s only limited to my unit but during my time with it, 5G speeds were inconsistent. I’ve used the same 5G sim on a different phone but it displayed consistent speeds all throughout. Another thing was that, mobile hotspot keeps disconnecting – whether I switch the hotspot settings from 5GHz down to a slower 2.4GHz.
If I’m not alone in this issue, I’m hoping Samsung will address it through a future software update.
Is this your GadgetMatch?
Months after its release, the base model of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 still starts at PhP 58,990 / SG$ 1398 / US$ 249.99 with four default color options: Bora Purple, Pink Gold, Blue, and Graphite.
If you want to get more extra, you can pre-order a customized Galaxy Z Flip4 Bespoke Edition. You have 75 color combinations to choose from. Unfortunately, it’s not available in the Philippines.
Even though I was never able to use the Galaxy Z Flip3 a year ago, I can tell that Samsung has addressed all the concerns users have experienced with their past Flip. Aside from aesthetic changes, such as thinner and more durable hinge design plus slimmer bezels, the hardware improvements are there too. The Galaxy Z Flip4 is a pure refinement of what was already a great piece of hardware.
Still, that doesn’t mean Z Flip3 users have to upgrade to the latest one. Give Samsung a little more time to make their innovation more mature before you buy one of their foldable offerings.
I used to deny that I’m part of the Gen Z population. However, as the Galaxy Z Flip4 is meant towards the Gen Z line, I can attest that it’s a quirkly-looking phone that’s fun to use. Not to mention, it’s a head-turner when I open and flip the phone out in the crowd.
Disregarding all the “impurities” that these phone has, I still recommend it for those who are looking for or want to switch to a foldable without breaking the bank. After all, I’ve listed more good parts in this review write-up.
Being able to pack a lot of punch in such a compact and precisely-crafted piece of engineering marvel makes this phone stand out from the crowd. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 is a worthy recipient of The GadgetMatch Seal of Approval.
Xiaomi 12T Pro review: Potential flagship killer
With the variety of banger smartphones being released, it’s been somewhat difficult for brands to make a statement with just pure specs.
But when Xiaomi unveiled their prices during their 12T Series launch, the cheer and applause from the crowd just brought me back in time. The time when Xiaomi ruled the scene of bang-for-the-buck devices as they offered top class specs at very affordable prices.
Yes my friends, the Xiaomi 12T Pro could just be among those devices.
Let me explain why I think that might be the case.
Specs and performance
Let’s not beat around the bush — the specs of the Xiaomi 12T Pro is confidently top notch. This runs on the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal Storage. Which means, there’s not much more you could ask for when it comes to its hardware specifications.
This is already packing one of the fastest chipsets that’s currently available in the market. And with our experience, it truly does bring about just as what we expect from it.
I’ve made a ton of video reels on this doing heavy video editing for social media. Not once did I feel that the phone slowed me down. It simply breezed through most of what I did like it was nothing.
And with specs like these, I’m sure there are already a lot of people who have their eyes set on this for gaming.
For that, I’d say this also doesn’t disappoint. Maxed graphics and FPS settings on Call of Duty: Mobile wasn’t a problem for the 12T Pro. In fact you can probably max most games on this and still get decently fast frame rates.
This did feel a bit warmer on the hands than I expected but nothing that I think would cause an issue unless you’re really pushing the phone to the limit.
200MP Main Camera
We’re still pretty new to seeing phones with over a hundred megapixels in camera resolution and here’s Xiaomi giving us double that number. 200MP for its main camera, 8MP for its ultrawide and a 2MP macro on its rear plus a 20MP camera on its front.
That’s looking really impressive if you are judging it on paper. But how does it actually hold up in real world use?
With the main camera, it’s easily recognizable that this is a decent performer. The new ISOCELL MP1 sensor on this was actually able to capture a night event where I was struggling to get decent lighting.
It’s able to get awesome results under challenging scenarios and even better in well lit environments.
But if you were to ask me if the huge amount of megapixels actually make a difference, my answer to that is yes but it’s not as significant as I hoped it would be.
This would probably win over others in terms of resolution but overall, if I were pixel peeping, I would still slightly prefer the quality of images coming from something like the Sony IMX sensor.
However, the margin does get bigger if we compare the zooming capabilities from a phone that has a dedicated telephoto camera. The digital zoom from the 12T Pro, despite looking respectable, still would not match images coming from a true telephoto camera.
Ultrawide shots from the 8MP sensor also do get decent photos but obviously, there is a sizable difference between this and the main camera.
The 20MP selfie camera does also perform okay but nothing really outstanding. Just like most phones, in poor lighting, shots also look grainy and won’t look very good.
Design and build quality
Interestingly, as most recent smartphone releases have been looking similar, Xiaomi still goes on in pursuing their own design.
The Xiaomi 12T Pro has a very smooth and curved back panel with a square cut out for the main camera and two round ones for the ultrawide and the macro. Some might think this looks kind of bland but I prefer calling it looking professional.
If you’re used to holding high-end phones, having this on your hands, you’ll right away notice that this doesn’t quite have the same feel. You’ll feel a mixture of glass and some parts of the frame that feels plastic. As a whole I think most people won’t really notice this as it still feels substantially solid.
I did immediately notice that it feels a bit thicker compared to the Xiaomi 12 Pro measuring 8.2mm thick while the 12T Pro being 8.6mm.
But this does have an IP53 dust and water resistance this time so that’s a big plus for added peace of mind.
Display and Speakers
Xiaomi went with a flat display panel on the 12T Pro which, to be honest, is something that I prefer more when it comes to usability.
It may not look as sophisticated as curved displays but at least it feels easier to navigate with less chances of input error.
Measuring 6.67 inches, it doesn’t require much effort to reach each side. Given that I don’t have very large hands, I think most people would find this screen size to be ideal.
This is an AMOLED panel with Dolby Vision and HDR10+ certifications plus a 120Hz refresh rate so this display also looks vibrant and feels really fluid to use.
Combine the display with its stereo speaker setup and we have ourselves a well rounded media consumption device.
This pair of speakers are tuned by Harman Kardon and they sound pretty great as well. They have enough thickness to make the dialogue from the movie you’re watching cut through the mixture of sound effects.
Battery and Charging Performance
Flagship phones often run on smaller batteries with fast charging capabilities. This is a bit different on the 12T Pro which ships out with a large 5000mAh battery and a fast 120W charger.
In my charging test, I was able to get the 12T Pro from 10 percent to full in about 42 minutes. This may not be the fastest charging speed around right now, but it’s still incredibly fast. We’re still able to get fully juiced up even if we’ve just plugged it in before heading out for the day.
And for a phone of this calibre, battery performance is observably good. The 12T Pro averaged me a day and a half on normal use on mostly cellular data connection. Quite different from the usual single day battery life of most flagships.
Is the Xiaomi 12T Pro your GadgetMatch?
With so many phones to choose from, the Xiaomi 12T Pro might not be the best in the market.
But for the relatively impressive set of hardware this packs combined with its price, this easily climbs to the top of the list when choosing a smartphone that truly resonates ‘bang for the buck’.
Offered at PhP 37,999, you’re already getting serious performance, an excellent display, highly capable cameras and hyperfast charging.
In my opinion, these are qualities it requires for people to consider this as another flagship killer.
You can get the Xiaomi 12T Pro in Silver, Blue and Black from Lazada, Shopee, official Xiaomi stories and authorized resellers.
Why you should upgrade to the Dyson V15
Smart and powerful
Are you someone who gets excited over vacuum cleaners? Why hello there and welcome to adulthood. Vacuuming is definitely one of the most satisfying chores at home. The results are instant and seeing all the gunk you were able to remove from your floors and furniture is always so rewarding. This is why I can be quite particular about my vacuums. I need one that makes the task easier and a lot more interesting — like the new Dyson V15 Detect Absolute.
Dyson’s latest release in the floor care department is arguably the most intelligent and powerful cordless vacuum in the market today. The suction has improved and is now at 240 Air Watts. Thanks to a Piezo Sensor, the V15’s screen will also tell you the kind of particles it’s picking up in your home grouped by size. This is something that people will allergies will definitely be thankful for. However, the numbers aren’t just there as a party trick or merely for information. There’s a practical use for it. As the V15 detects – pun intended – the particles, it also adjusts the suction accordingly. Detection is done up to 15,000 times per second. This allows for the adjustment of the suction power on Auto Mode to be quick and intuitive. Now that’s nifty.
The right accessories and attachments for your Dyson V15
The V15 Detect also comes with a whole slew of attachments and accessories. Admittedly, seeing the range of tools and thinking of all the things you can do with them are two of the things that really get me excited when getting a new vacuum. I love how you get multi-use pieces as well as task-specific ones.
The Digital Motorbar or the V15’s main cleaning head now comes with an anti-tangle comb that clears hair from the brush bar. This is something I longed for vacuums to have as detangling hair from brushes and rollers isn’t something to look forward to. It’s no gimmick either. My hair’s been getting longer and I shed almost as much as our corgi. We tested it here at home and it actually works.
The V15 — both models — come with the Laser Slim Fluffy Cleaner Head which is perfect for seeing microdust and things you may just miss on hard floors. The Hair Screw Tool is the upgrade of the Mini Motorized Tool. It has the power of its predecessor and the anti-tangle technology of the Digital Motorbar. It’s perfect for cleaning upholstery, mattresses, and even in your car.
You also get attachments that were available in previous models like the Crevice Tool for those narrow, hard to reach places, Combination Tool, Mini Soft Dusting Brush, and the Stubborn Dirt Brush. The vacuum still comes with a wall mount where your charger can go through, ensuring tidier storage.
The HEPA model comes with a built-in dusting and crevice tool that hides inside the wand when not in use. It seems like a minor addition but makes it much easier to switch from full vacuum to handheld. Extra attachments like the Low-Reach Adaptor makes cleaning under beds and sofas a breeze and the Fabric and Mattress tool for your in-home cleaning. This frees up your Hair Screw Tool for your car.
But what I’m really looking forward to is the launch of the Dyson Pet Groom tool here in the Philippines. Set to arrive in early 2023, this piece is a game changer for pet owners. Living with a corgi means having to deal with shedding all year round. We also have to hoover every single day or else we’ll be dealing with fur tumbleweeds throughout our flat which gather more dust and allergens. The new Pet Groom Tool is a brush that you can attach to the main body of your V15. With 364 bristles angled at 35°, you’re able to remove loose fur and dander from your pet. Without hurting them, of course.
Filtering microdust with the Dyson V15
Dyson vacuums have always been pretty idiot-proof. It’s a piece of technology that marries form and substance — looking great while packing a lot of power for a cordless vacuum. I’ve always loved how Dyson vacuums don’t use bags. Clearing the bin is easy — hold it over the bin and pull the side handle down. Less waste makes it kinder to the environment.
The V15 also comes with 5-stages of advanced filtration, capturing 99.99% of particles as small as 0.3 microns. You’re not only cleaning your home but the air around you as well. There’s no need to keep buying filters and produce more waste because all you have to do is regularly take off the filter, place it under running water to clean, let it dry overnight and put it back. This works for both the regular and HEPA filters.
Sure, the V15 is a tad heavier if you compare it to the Omniglide and the V12 slim. However, it’s is a more powerful machine and runs longer. At 60 minutes, I’m able to deep clean most of our two-bedroom home. I’ve owned the V11 Absolute Extra Pro (a bigger V11 released in Germany) since 2019 and I’d say there’s not much difference in weight. I’ve enjoyed the power I got from V11 and always regarded it as my favorite vacuum, thinking that it’s hard to top its suction power as far as cordless vacuums go without making it too heavy. I was actually surprised that the V15 was able to achieve just that.
What’s left to improve?
While I’m absolutely smitten by the V15, here’s what I would love to see in the next upgrades. A laser on the Digital Motorbar would be great so that we can also see microdust and hair that tends to blend with the color of our carpets.
Some people online have complained about the lack of a trigger lock. This means you have to keep your finger on the trigger to keep the vacuum running. I think this is more of a question of preference. I don’t mind having a trigger lock as an option but I rarely used it in my older vacuums. For those who really think it can be an issue for them, the V12 does come with a start and stop button instead of a trigger.
The V15 Detect Absolute comes in two variants — V15 Detect Absolute and V15 Detect Absolute HEPA. The main difference is the filter and the colors. The former is in sprayed yellow and nickel and the latter is in a combination of sprayed gold and iron with the HEPA filter coming in a lovely shade of aqua.
The V15 Detect Absolute HEPA variant retails for PhP54,900 and comes with two extra tools (Fabric and Mattress tool and Low-Reach Adaptor) as well as its hidden dusting and crevice tool inside the wand.
The V15 Detect Absolute, meanwhile, is slightly cheaper at PhP50,900. Both models are now available at Dyson stores in the Philippines as well as their official online stores on Lazada and Shopee.
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