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GadgetMatch is MWC 2018 Supporting Media Partner

Join the GadgetMatch team as we cover the greatest smartphone show on earth

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Hola from Barcelona.

In just a few days, the year’s largest smartphone show kicks off.

Mobile World Congress has always been one of our favorite events to cover, but this time around, it’s extra special, as GadgetMatch is an MWC 2018 official supporting media partner.

That means you can expect even more content from us across all our platforms, all the news here first, and more importantly our hands-on impressions of all the new devices. This year in Barcelona, GadgetMatch is represented by a team of four, and backed by strategic media partners from Europe and the United States.

Starting today, we will be bringing you stories and videos from all the major launch events. Bookmark GadgetMatch.com/MWC2018 so you don’t miss all the latest announcements.

Our video team is also busy working on several videos including ones featuring announcements from Samsung, ASUS, LG, Huawei, Sony, Moto, and Nokia. Check out our YouTube Channel and Facebook Page starting the 25th.  

In addition, we’re launching a special MWC 2018 Recap Show on Facebook Live featuring many of your favorite YouTubers and tech personalities from around the globe. The daily show starts on February 25th on Facebook, as well.

There’s going to be plenty of behind-the-scenes happenings you don’t want to miss, so don’t forget to like us on Instagram for exclusive clips from the show floor.

And on February 27th, we will be announcing the Best of MWC 2018 winners, and will be handing out 15 medals of excellence to our favorite award winners.

It’s all happening now from the greatest smartphone show on earth!

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GadgetMatch AR Filter: Camera Lens

Our very first AR filter for Instagram Stories!

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One of the recent trends in the smartphone industry is the sudden increase in camera lenses. Just how many do we need, really? Since we don’t have an answer yet, the GadgetMatch team decided to have fun and create an AR filter out of it.

Introducing Camera Lens, our very first AR filter on Instagram Stories. This filter allows you to wear sunglasses made of camera lenses from popular smartphones. You can choose from different brands: Apple, Xiaomi, Samsung, Nokia, OnePlus, and Google.

How to try the filter

First, visit GadgetMatch’s profile (@gadgetmatch) on your Instagram app. Then, click the sparkling smiley icon beside IGTV. Afterward, click the “Camera Lens” featuring Vincenz Lee — one of our producers and the creative behind this filter.

When you finally try it, save the effect, upload it to your story and share it with your friends. Don’t forget to tag GadgetMatch so we can see how much you’re enjoying it!

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Awesome BLACKPINK at Samsung’s event in Indonesia

Truly an Awesome event

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Remember when GadgetMatch went to Samsung’s A Galaxy Event in Thailand where they launched the Galaxy A80? This time, it’s in Indonesia — but with a twist.

This is a special fan meeting for BLINKs who happened to be Samsung users. The live event was held at the Tennis Indoor Stadium in Senayan where the 18th Asian Games and other popular concerts took place.

(L-R) Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa, Rosé, and Lee Jeong Hoon (a Korean artist based in Indonesia)

Upon our arrival, Jennie, Lisa, Rosé, and Jisoo greeted us through the large LED screen talking about Samsung’s new smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy A51 and A71

Those smartphones are the Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71 — their newest midrange offerings. They both have an awesome screen, awesome camera, and long-lasting battery life (which honestly played in everyone’s mind for hours after they played the TVC).

 

Inside the venue, there’s a booth where you can have your photo taken with banners and signage. Another booth lets you write on a black slate using gold, silver, and pink markers. Lastly, you can show off your ‘Awesome’ TikTok dance moves through the dancing booth.

Vincenz, our in-house producer, left a short message after missing out last year’s concert: 사랑해 블랙핑크 ❤️(I love BLACKPINK).

BLINKs were hyped enough to sing several songs including Forever Young.

The screams and chants were intense after BLACKPINK showed themselves on stage.

Awesome girl group, awesome performances

The Awesome Live event lives up to its name as BLACKPINK cover groups from different parts of Southeast Asia showed their awesome performances and remixes.

The choreography of the Filipino cover group Gabriela (with the popular celebrity and K-Pop fan Ella Cruz) was jaw-dropping. Even BP’s main dancer, Lisa, got totally impressed.

 

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After the performances of all cover groups, BLACKPINK gave awards to the respective winners.

They even had a mini interview and quiz session.

It’s sad to say that BLACKPINK’s appearance was short (ㅠㅠ). We were also anticipating a surprise performance but it didn’t happen. Regardless, we were very happy to see all the members.

No BLACKPINK Edition phones, yet

Unlike the last event where Samsung showcased the limited BLACKPINK Edition Galaxy A70 and Galaxy A80, there’s nothing of the same kind — at least for now.

BLACKPINK Edition Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy A80

As not all BLINKs can afford the premium-priced Galaxy A80, we’re hoping that Samsung would deliver a similar product through the Galaxy A51/A71 line.

We just need to wait for a BLACKPINK comeback first before Samsung gives us a BLACKPINK Edition smartphone once more 😉.

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MediaTek challenges GadgetMatch to a Scavenger Hunt

A mystery reward awaits!

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If you’ve been following GadgetMatch, you probably know our popular Scavenger Hunt. But in case you’ve been living under a rock, Scavenger Hunt is a little contest that requires finding clues across our content — YouTube videos and articles — to submit an entry and get a chance to win a giveaway.

This year, Scavenger Hunt is back, but with a twist! Taiwanese company MediaTek challenged GadgetMatch to do a Scavenger Hunt during CES 2020 — an annual trade show featuring products and technology that solves modern problems.

The challenge is to find ten MediaTek-powered products across the show floor. GadgetMatch‘s very own Michael Josh will participate in the challenge and will document his adventures on his own and GadgetMatch‘s Instagram account. Make sure to check our stories!

Should Michael Josh and his team successfully find the ten products, he will unlock a special prize for the audience. MediaTek hasn’t disclosed the mystery reward yet, so let’s all stay tuned!

CES 2020 is happening from January 7 to January 10, 2020.

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