Fast Forward: All eyes on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Plus a few auto news



Curious about what to expect in the tech world? Here’s a quick roundup of upcoming events and launches happening in August!

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch 

Samsung’s flagship for the second half of 2019 is upon us. We’ve already gotten a glimpse of the device and also know that we’re also saying goodbye to the headphone jack. One thing that’s not going away though is the S Pen. The Note 9 added some new functionalities including controlling the phone through the bundled stylus. We’re waiting to see if Note 10 brings more new features to the S Pen.

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The Note 10 is also expected to sport the Samsung Exynos 9825 processor — a step-up from the Exynos 9820 that power the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10e. We expect to see more improvements and we’re bringing you all the updates so make sure to keep it locked in on GadgetMatch.

Realme’s 64MP camera phone launching in India

There’s no stopping Realme. After making a splash in the budget department, the company appears to be ready to punch above its weight. The company is set to launch a phone featuring a 64MP camera — something that’s unheard of for smartphones to this day.

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There’s no word yet on what the phone’s name will be, what are its other specs, nor when is it going to be available exactly. However, Realme’s CEO did call it a “premium killer,” so it might be squaring against the likes of the Redmi K20 Pro/Xiaomi Mi 9T as one of the most affordable flagships in the market.

Redmi also launching their own 64MP camera phone

Not to be outdone, Redmi is looking to jump the gun on the announcement of a 64MP camera phone. They’re expected to launch one day ahead of Realme and Samsung. If there’s any brand that can steal other people’s thunder, it’s definitely Xiaomi’s Redmi. They’ve consistently offered devices with top-of-the-line specs at a much lower cost than their contemporaries and this upcoming phone might just be another addition to that list.

Instax mini LiPlay Launch

Instant cameras continue to draw the attention of people and FujiFilm is very much aware of that. This August, the company is launching the Instax mini LiPlay in the Philippines.

It’s by far the smallest and lightest in its series making it the perfect travel companion. It also very much feels like a modern gadget with its use of micro-USB for charging. Its battery can last up to 100 printed photos. Photos are also saved onto a microSD card so you can keep on shooting until your memory card is full!

New Ford Everest 

One of Ford’s best is getting an update. A new Ford Everest is coming to the Philippines this August and we’re excited to see everything new that it has to offer. Maybe we’ll even get a chance to go on another road trip on it.

Mystery Mercedes-Benz is coming

Here’s a release that we’re a bit in the dark on. All we know is that a new Mercedes-Benz is coming and that’s enough to get us all hyped. Stay tuned to our auto news as we all find out together what this new ride is.

Fast Forward is our roundup of upcoming news, launches, and events. It’s a monthly feature to give our readers a heads-up on what is happening in the tech realm. It’s sometimes difficult to keep track of the calendar, so we do it for you.


Unboxing a CUSTOM Apple Watch Series 5

Titanium is a new option



This is our Apple Watch Series 5 Unboxing and Hands-On.

For the first time, you can customize Apple Watch Studio, pick your case, and your dream band before you check-out. Apart from the usual aluminum and stainless steel, this year ceramic is back, and titanium is a new option.

In this video, we unboxed a custom Apple Watch. I chose a 44mm Apple Watch with a stainless steel with a Milanese loop. Go over the new features in Series 5 and WatchOS 6.

More from Apple: iPhone 11 | iPhone 11 Pro | Apple Watch Series 5 | iPad 7th Gen

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iPhone 11 Unboxing: Purple, Midnight Green or Space Gray?

Fresh new iPhones!



This is our iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max Unboxing.

Not sure which color to get? We help you out in this video by unboxing the Purple iPhone 11, and both the Space Grey and Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pros.

More from Apple: iPhone 11 | iPhone 11 Pro | Apple Watch Series 5 | iPad 7th Gen

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OPPO A9 2020 Hands-On: Massive and Playful

For every kind of junkie



OPPO recently streamlined its smartphone lineup. From Find and Reno, OPPO introduces us to the newest A series. On paper, it seems the A-series is a combination of the F-series and former A-series. Sitting in a sweet spot between an affordable price range and incredible performance, the OPPO A9 2020 is shaping up to be a contender in a sea of smartphones fighting for the crown in the midrange category.

With Xiaomi and Huawei firmly in the lead, can OPPO put up a fight just like it did with its F series? Let’s find out in this Hands-On!

Starting with looks, the OPPO A9 2020 gives in to a premium-like design

It has a dedicated fingerprint scanner and a quad-camera setup on its rear

You can find the power button here…

…While the left side houses the volume keys and sim card slot

Its top is clear, but its bottom shows-off its speakers, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB-C port

It has a 6.5″ IPS LCD screen with a waterdrop notch for the front camera

The OPPO A9 2020 prides itself with its new design that took inspiration from its R-series. In addition, OPPO focused on the phone’s display, reinforcing its IPS LCD screen with a Toughened Corning Gorilla Glass 3+.

Moreover, its screen has new features such as the Sunlight Screen which allows you to adjust the contrast so you can read the screen, even under strong direct light. It also has a Blue Shield which filters out blue light, relieving your eyes from fatigue and strain and protecting your eyesight.

Going big and definitely not going home

Sporting a Snapdragon 665 chipset along with an 8GB RAM, 128GB storage (which you can expand up to 256GB of external memory), the A9 2020 really joined the battle of offering power to midrange devices. OPPO decides to make everything flashy and… big.

For instance, it boasts a humongous 5000mAh battery that can last you throughout the day. Furthermore, it’s capable of reverse wireless charging (through OTG) so your friends can rely on you when their phones run out of battery.

Gamers will find delight with the A9 2020. Thanks to Game Boost 2.0, OPPO’s accelerator technology aims to resolve latency, reduce touchscreen lag, and optimizing energy consumption to avoid overheating.

OPPO decided to up their game for entertainment junkies, too! Packed with Dual Stereo Speakers and Dolby Atmos sound effects, expect a superb, immersive audio experience.

Smarter, smoother

The A9 2020 runs on ColorOS 6 based on Android 9.0. Now, its interface is cleaner and smoother. Icons look cute with their subtle gradient tones.

It also comes with smart functions like Smart Assistant, Riding Mode — which lets you remain uninterrupted by notifications and incoming calls — and a Music party app which lets multiple phones connect in the same LAN through a Wi-Fi hotspot for synchronized listening.

Navigating the phone is now easier with a single hand, too. Through Gesture Navigation, you can return to the home screen, check out recent tasks, switch pages and applications by just swiping up, left, and right.

Cameras for all angles and scenarios

The OPPO A9 2020 shows off its highly versatile camera setup. It has a 48-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel portrait lens, and a 2-megapixel mono lens on its rear.

On its front is a 16-megapixel camera with AI Beautification technology which automatically identifies your skin tone, age, gender, and skin color for customized beautification, giving you a pretty yet make-up free look.

More features include artistic portrait styles, ultra night mode, and 4K video shooting. More sample photos here:

Is the OPPO A9 2020 your GadgetMatch?

If you’re into massive and chunky smartphones with a solid build, the OPPO A9 2020 might be a good match. It offers power and performance for gamers and entertainment junkies, and its smartphone has a versatile camera setup to appease your needs. While there may be Xiaomi and Huawei leading the midrange category, OPPO definitely cooked up a powerful yet affordable phone that can go toe-to-toe with its rivals.

The OPPO A9 2020 is available in two colors: Space Purple and Marine Green. Its retail price is PhP 15,990 and will be available for pre-order starting September 20 until September 27 in Lazada, and through OPPO stores, authorized dealers, and e-commerce partner sites like Shopee, Akulaku, and Argomall on September 28.

For those who want to avail through Home Credit, customers can pre-order the A9 2020 starting September 20 with flexible payment terms of six and nine months with a guaranteed zero percent interest.

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