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Galaxy Fold or Galaxy break? [Weekend Rewind]

Is this just a minor setback?

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Here are the top stories on GadgetMatch this week.

1. Launch of Samsung Galaxy Fold delayed

The Galaxy Fold is breaking. Well, at least the first ones sent to tech reviewers. This major development prompted Samsung to push back the release date of their first foldable smartphone.


What’s the fatal flaw? An all-too delicate protective layer. When tampered or peeled off, the layer breaks the entire screen, rendering the phone unusable.

Samsung quickly issued a statement saying they intend to investigate the matter swiftly. At the very least, the company will issue sterner consumer warnings to leave the protective layer alone.

2. Will the iPhone finally have 3 cameras?

The next iPhones could have a three-camera module based on leaks from an Apple case supplier.

The pictured mold depicts a potential third-party case for the phones. As a result, the photos hint only at the iPhone’s potential exterior. The two photos popped up on both Weibo and Slashleaks.

It’s too early to tell if this is legit but it’ll be exciting to monitor from here on out if we are indeed getting triple-camera iPhones.

3. OnePlus 7 Pro launch date is set

The OnePlus 7 Pro will be unveiled on May 14, 11AM EDT at Pier 94 in New York.

Aside from New York, the OnePlus 7 Pro will also be present in London, UK and Bangalore, India on May 14. This is the first time the brand is doing a global launch that will happen simultaneously across multiple countries.

There have been several leaks already leading up to this point. Regardless, we’re still very excited to bring you news of the unveiling as it happens.

4. New gaming laptops ℅ ROG

ASUS ROG isn’t messing around. They now have three new Zephyrus models complete with the latest GTX Turing graphics and 9th-gen Intel Core processors.

First is the Zephyrus G. It sports the new AMD Ryzen 7-3750H processor and NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti graphics. It also has a 15-inch 120Hz IPS display with narrow bezels. The notebook can support up to 24GB DDR4 memory and up to 512GB SSD. ASUS promises seven hours of battery life (that is, if you’re just browsing the web).

Next is the ROG Zephyrus S. It comes with the latest 9th-gen Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA RTX 2070 graphics. Plus, it has ROG Boost for better performance. It even comes with a GPU switch to save battery life when G-Sync is not needed.

Lastly, there’s the ROG Zephyrus M. It’s a toned-down version with NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti graphics. Since this one doesn’t need much to power its internals, it can be charged through USB-C when needed. It’ll also come with a new 9th-gen Intel Core i7 processor with dual M.2 NVMe SSD slots.

5. Days Gone review

There’s a good chance you’re already playing this game at this moment. But if you haven’t, maybe our review can help you decide.

Days Gone exudes a whole new dimension to developing quality games with an equally good story. The plot drives a lot of the activities that take place within the game, and provides ample time for you to accomplish them.

Check out the full review for more.


Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.

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Unboxing a CUSTOM Apple Watch Series 5

Titanium is a new option

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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!

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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

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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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