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Infinix ZERO X Pro: Reaching for the stars

Infinix’s best phone yet

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Infinix has been carving their own space in the budget category. Little did we know, it was only a precursor to their most eye-popping offering to date — the Infinix ZERO X Pro.

When we first posted the specs of this smartphone, it garnered plenty of attention. And for good reason. It looks good on paper.

  • Display — 6.67” AMOLED, 120Hz, 700 nits
  • Processor + OS — Helio G95, Android 11, XOS 7.6
  • RAM + Storage — Up to 8GB + 256GB
  • Battery and charging — 4,500mAh, 45W wired fast charging
  • Rear cameras — 108MP f/1.8 main, 8MP f/3.4 periscope, 8MP f/2.3 ultra-wide angle
  • Front camera – 16MP

What’s even more surprising is that all of these specs can be had at only PhP 14,990. On paper alone, it looks like it should be priced a little bit higher.

That’s all well and good, but what is it like to actually use the device? That’s what we’re gonna find out.

First of, here’s everything you get inside the box

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There’s of course the phone, a USB-C cable to go along with the 45W power brick. And lastly, the pretty thick smartphone case.

Starry night back 

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That’s not really what they call it but the back of this phone has a galactic feel to it. As if mimicking the vastness of space and all the stars that surround it. It’s quite premium looking at first glance, but the initial appeal wore off quickly for this writer.

It’s also very reflective and that made it a little challenging to shoot the device at certain angles. Just take a look at this shot below.

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Overall, it shouldn’t be much of a concern for most people. And my personal recommendation is to use it with the case for peace of mind. It’s going to feel a little different, but that extra layer of protection is always welcome.

Wide but not hefty 

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The Infinix ZERO X Pro also feels pretty wide on your hand, even without the case on. Despite that, it doesn’t have the heft one would normally expect from a phone of this size. That’s likely due to the plastic used for its overall build.

It doesn’t feel cheap, but it doesn’t feel premium either. It occupies a comfortable space between those extremes.

The power and volume buttons are all aligned at the right side of the phone. It’s a thoughtful decision given the phone’s size. It did lead to a few instances of me pressing the volume down button instead of the power button at first try. But that’s only because most of the phones I’ve used recently only have the power button on the right and the volume buttons or rockers on the left.

XOS needs further optimization

Infinix ZERO X Pro

Can’t quite put my finger on it, but despite its 120Hz refresh rate feature, something about the entire scrolling and swiping experience just doesn’t feel smooth. Infinix has some work to do in improving the overall performance of XOS if it’s truly serious about duking it out in the lower midrange category.

Other issues I encountered include the pretty slow fingerprint scanner. I wasn’t expecting anything instantaneous, but this certainly has the slowest unlock time of any phone I’ve tried in the last year or so in this price range.

The overall aesthetic of the XOS also leans more towards a gamer-y side. I personally don’t mind, but this may not be to the liking of some people.

Pretty decent for gaming

Infinix ZERO X Pro

Continuing the gaming talk, the Infinix ZERO X Pro with its XOS has a dedicated Gaming App called Game Zone. You can add all the games installed and when you launch the games from here, the phone will concentrate all its processing power in optimizing the games.

You also have the usual options of blocking calls and notifications like most other Gaming Apps of this nature.

Onto the gaming experience itself, I only really played DQ Dai: A Hero’s Bonds on this thing. It’s an auto battle mobile game tie-in with the Dragon Quest: Adventures of Dai animé that was first released in the early 90s and that got a remake in 2020. It was an unexpected rush of nostalgia for me. I digress.

I played for a while going through the entire tutorial section of the game. It took a little over an hour to complete, cutscenes and all. The game looked great and I didn’t experience any lags or noticeable hiccups while playing. The phone also naturally heated up a little but not to a point where it was uncomfortable to hold.

Big screen for media consumption

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Momo Hirai is the moment

This phone’s user will have field day consuming media on its 6.67-inch screen. The colors come out great and the screen really grabs your attention.

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Baby beast Son Chaeyoung’s “supernatural attraction” part is everything

I streamed “The Feels” by TWICE on this phone quite a few times because it was just such a joy to behold. The speakers need a little more punch and base, but it should be good enough for most people.

Infinix ZERO X Pro

Thanks to it being relatively lightweight despite its width, mindlessly scrolling on social media didn’t result in a tired hand. It’s especially nice on instagram because it’s just really nice to see lovely images on a screen this big with colors that pop.

Zoomtastic cameras

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The main draw of the phone is its set of cameras. You have a 108MP sensor along with the capability to zoom up to 60X. While I’m never really one to take too many pictures on my phone, I found the experience on the Infinix ZERO X Pro rather enjoyable.  Below are some snaps I took while we shot the images for this review.

Food pics are appetizing. 

This was our second lunch 😂

The zoom is crazy, just don’t be a creep about it. 

Sunset in the city looks great.

The ultra wide angle lens isn’t too shabby as well.

Here’s a trio of selfies for you to scrutinize.

Regular > With Beautification > Portrait with Beautification

Overall, I think the cameras performed pretty great considering how much you’re shelling out for it. I wish I had the chance to try astrophotography but there was just no opportunity to do so during my time with the phone.

Is the Infinix ZERO X Pro your GadgetMatch?

Infinix ZERO X Pro

I guess you can say Infinix is stepping out of their comfort zone by moving a few steps away from the budget segment with the Infinix ZERO X Pro. That said, it’s a pretty decent offering for their first time venturing out into the wild.

If you’re coming from another brand, is it compelling enough to switch? Perhaps if you’re upgrading from budget to lower midrange then yes. But if you’re already toiling in the lower midrange area and just looking to upgrade, there might be better options for you.

Infinix ZERO X Pro

I can comfortably say that this is the best phone Infinix has come out with, all things considered. If you’re an Infinix user looking to upgrade while staying with the family, this is a nice choice.

Infinix tried to reach for the stars with the Infinix ZERO X Pro. They didn’t quite get to their destination, but this is about as good a first attempt as any.

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Kena: Bridge of Spirits isn’t for everybody

And, that’s fine

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Kena: Bridge of Spirits is an action-adventure third-person video game. The game is developed and produced by Ember Lab. In the game, you play as Kena. She’s a young spirit guide who uses her magical abilities to help people pass on into the spirit world.

The game is stunning and deep dives into spiritual aspects like emotional entanglement with the physical word after passing away.

In case you don’t have a working pair of eyes

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a gorgeous game. Stunning yet scuffed at times, this game is nothing short of eye-candy. The background details and character design is just *chef’s kiss*. But, big butt (Editor’s Note: Not sure if this is a typo but we’ve decided to keep it as is), by the way, this aesthetic might not be to some people’s liking. Hear me out: this game looks and feels like you’re playing through a Disney Pixar movie. And, honestly, that might not be for everyone.

On the scuffed end of things, you’ll find that some things glitch through objects and terrain. But, to that, I think it adds to its charm. The silliness is often welcome and strangely expected in the whole gaming sense. This isn’t the first scuffed game to come across a gamer’s life and it won’t be the last. I think each game has its improvements and patches to develop and incorporate and the glitches make the whole experience memorable and meme-able.

The crutch everyone won’t shut up about

This game is weirdly forgettable for people who’ve played a lot of third-person action adventures. Why? Well, this isn’t the first of its kind. Kena: Bridge of Spirits takes from many games before it and blends its inspirations together pretty nicely without overcomplicating its mechanics.

I would say though, that this can be what I personally found to be endearing with Kena. It unapologetically makes for a good entry-level action-adventure game for people who might not normally gravitate to games like it. With its beautiful visuals and memorable take on grievances, Kena pulls at sentimental heartstrings without the stupidly complicated skill building of most other action adventures out there.

Don’t hate the game

Nor, the player. The game is simple. That can be refreshing for some players or just boring to some. Which, I’ll say now, to each their own. Most games under the same category are far more convoluted and complex. So, if that’s something you like, this isn’t for you. And that’s totally fine.

Most of the game plays on collecting cute Rot along the way. And, on top of the usual skill building, most rewards you’ll find in hidden spots are either more Rot or hats for them. It doesn’t really require that much mental gymnastics to play this game. You can play to relax and just enjoy the journey. Which, for me, is great! Kena: Bridge of Spirits is the perfect game for when you want to play with family watching. I’m sure it’ll feel like a movie to them.

Is this your GAME Match?

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a game worth trying no matter how familiar you are with video games in the same category. The barrier of entry is super friendly and simplistic so, you won’t need that much video game experience to immerse in the story. Plus, you can customize the game for when you want more of a challenge.

I do have to say though, that this game might fight to keep your interest at times but, it sure can lure you back in. As for me, I was happy to play this game. It was challenging at times and, it might not be the best one on my list. But, it gets honorary points for being simple, gorgeous, and family-friendly.

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Apple Watch Series 7: In-Depth Fitness Review

For fitness buffs and starters alike

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In our previous video, Michael Josh did an unboxing of the new Apple Watch Series 7 in Starlight. He even became NY’s next top model as the Apple Watch can also be your next best fashion piece.

This time around, we go all-out to show you the fitness benefits of using the latest Apple Watch.

While an incremental update and lack of new sensors mean little, the longer battery life, faster charging, and larger display of the Apple Watch Series 7 mean it’s even better than before.

Here’s our in-depth fitness review of the new Apple Watch Series 7.

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realme Book review: Done right the first time around

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The pandemic has brought about major changes on how we depend on our gadgets. We stay glued to our smartphones for hours to stay connected. Most of us also continue with our work from home setup, causing the demand for laptops to continue to rise and opening the market to new players. 

realme tries to steal the scene as they make their laptop debut with the realme Book, aimed at competing at the midrange level where many brands have already made their mark. 

Let’s check out if the realme Book can be a great contender in the laptop arena. 

Familiar yet better  

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Having a first look at the realme Book, the similarity of its design is undeniable with the MacBook though I don’t really think it’s a bad thing. Its sleek and stylish minimalist design actually makes me feel like I’m using a premium laptop. 

Compared to its smartphones that have those flashy labels, realme veered away from that with their first laptop as they kept the label subtle and you can barely see the “Dare to Leap” mark on one of its rubber feet. 

Its 14-inch sleek aluminum alloy body with matte finish really feels solid and has little or no flex on its slim chassis.

If you’re someone who likes to work in different corners of your home or at al fresco shops, the realme book can easily fit in your bag with its 14.9mm width and 1.38kg weight. When working on a flat surface, the rubber feet on the back actually help the laptop stay stable. 

In terms of port options, you get one USB-A port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and two Type-C ports, one being a Thunderbolt 4 for the core i5 variant.

realme Book

The USB port was a bit too tight that it required me to exert effort to pull out my USB device. Also, this laptop lacks an SD card slot and HDMI port. It doesn’t bother me that much but it may be a deal-breaker for other users. 

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Top-Notch Display 

One thing that the realme Book can really boast about is its display. As full HD display is common in laptops from its competition, the realme Book takes it up a notch with its 2K Ultra-HD screen with 2160 x 1440 pixel resolution delivering stellar image quality with sharp detail. 

The realme Book also packs in 100 percent sRGB wide color gamut that enables true-to-life visuals and a peak brightness of 400 nits which maintains high quality image even under direct sunlight. 

What also sets it apart from other laptops is its 3:2 aspect ratio, giving you more vertical room compared to most laptops that are either 16:10 or 16:9. This feature is an advantage when it comes to your productivity especially if you usually work on documents, spreadsheets or social media content for work. 

However, this becomes a disadvantage when you’re watching videos since you’ll have wider black bars at the top and bottom of the screen due to movies and series being usually formatted with 16:9 ratio.  

Another impressive feature of this laptop is that realme was able to fit its web camera on its narrow bezels, unlike Huawei that had to sacrifice a good camera angle with their Matebook’s hidden camera placed on its keyboard. 

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Comfortable for work 

Speaking of the keyboard, typing on the realme Book is satisfying thanks to its 1.3mm key travel and the sound of its clicks is just right for my preference.

The keyboard also comes with a 3-mode backlit option which you can activate and adjust by pressing the F7 key. This is convenient especially when you have to work or use the laptop for a while during the night. It is also interesting since this is a feature that you barely get to experience on laptops at this price. 

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Compared to other laptops, the trackpad on the realme Book is pretty huge but doesn’t get in the way of typing. It is also very responsive to the touch and works precisely with all gestures and clicks. 

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And similar to the Huawei Matebook devices, it also has a fingerprint-sensor embedded power button to boot it up which is actually a handy feature to have in a laptop. 

Power Performance 

As for breezing through tasks, the realme Book is highly capable to give you the best experience being powered by the 11th Gen Intel Core processor. Paired with this is the Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics, 8GB DDR4 memory and 512GB PCIe SSD storage. 

Aside from writing and creating social media content, I sometimes do photo and basic video editing for my side hustles. With the power combo under this laptop’s hood, it didn’t come as a surprise that the realme Book actually handled my tasks smoothly. 

Even with games such as Valorant, I was able to play it at 2K resolution at high settings and it didn’t feel laggy at all. Of course, if you’d want a faster frame rate, you can always lower down your settings to improve your gaming experience. 

realme Book

I also noticed that while playing games, the laptop didn’t feel heated up at all. I checked via HWMOnitor and its temperature was just hovering a little over 60 degrees. This is actually cool for its slim body. I guess we can attribute this to its efficient cooling system with dual 8mm heat pipes and high speed, high airflow fans.

Quick juice up 

When working, I usually take short breaks in between major tasks to refresh my mind. So it’s actually enough for me that the realme Book’s 54 Wh battery can support up to 9 hours of work and leisure, keeping me powered and connected.

And once the battery already ran out, the 65W fast charger got me to a 50 percent charge in just 30 minutes so I was able to conveniently continue with whatever I’m doing.

It’s also a plus that the charger of the realme Book is small and just slightly heavier than a smartphone charger so it’s an easy carry in the bag. It also has the same USB-C cable used to charge our smartphones so you won’t have to carry another charger for your smartphone when traveling. 

Immersive speakers  

For a laptop this slim, I was quite surprised that the sound coming from its down-firing Harman speakers is considerably loud and well defined. 

When I tried listening to my playlists, I did notice that while it did not have as much bass as I would have preferred, it does sound fuller compared to others. When it comes to binging series and playing games, the speakers did a great job of simulating space that sounds pleasant and immersive. I guess I can say, it does sound better than many of the laptops I’ve tried.

Is the realme Book your GadgetMatch? 

As a new player in the laptop market, the realme Book makes a pretty great attempt at laptops and definitely challenges competing and more established brands. 

Sure this laptop may not be perfect but realme has brought their expertise in creating attractive smartphones to this laptop that definitely looks premium for its price. Also with its 2K Ultra-HD display, sleek and sturdy aluminum build, premium design, powerful performance and immersive audio, this laptop is definitely a solid deal for its price. 

The realme Book is available in Real Grey and Real Blue colors and retails at PhP 37,990 for the i3 variant and PhP 47,990 for the i5 variant.

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