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iQOO launches iQOO 7

Featuring Snapdragon 888

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Amid the celebrations during CES 2021, iQOO has continued its warpath across the gaming smartphone segment. In China, the vivo sub-brand has launched the iQOO 7 in China.

Under the hood, the iQOO 7 will sport the new Snapdragon 888 chipset, making the gaming-centric smartphone one of the first to carry the flagship processor. It will have up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage.

Outside, the 6.62-inch AMOLED screen puts out images in FHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. More incredibly, the display is supposedly capable of 1000Hz sampling rate, according to iQOO. The super smooth rate will drastically improve performance for gaming.

In other specs, the iQOO 7 carries a triple rear camera setup: 48-megapixel main shooter + 13-megapixel ultrawide sensor + 13-megapixel telephoto sensor. On the front, the smartphone has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter.

For software, it will have vivo’s Origin OS. Finally, it will have a 4000mAh battery, separated into two 2000mAh batteries side-by-side. With the configuration, the smartphone is compatible with 120W fast charging. Supposedly, the smartphone can charge from 0 to full in just 15 minutes.

For now, the iQOO 7 will launch first in China. It is available in black, light blue, and a BMW-sponsored white version. It will start at CNY 3,798 (approximately US$ 587) and will go up to CNY 4,198 (approximately US$ 648).

SEE ALSO: iQOO promises gaming phone with 120W fast charging this August

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vivo Y76 5G to be more affordable by July

PhP 2,000 off

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Starting July 1, the vivo Y76 5G will have a discounted price of PhP 14,999 from PhP 16,999, making the vlogging smartphone even more affordable for customers.

For a refresher, the Y76 was released in January. It is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor and has a 6.58-inch FHD+ (2408×1080) IPS LCD display.

It comes with an ultra-slim design at just 7.79mm thick while weighing just 175 grams. The phone has a 4,100mAh battery with support for 44W flash charging.

A vlogger’s phone

Meant to help creators produce better content, the phone packs flagship-level camera specs and features.

There’s a 50MP main camera, 2MP macro, and 2MP bokeh on the rear, and a 16MP selfie camera.

The Y76 has a Dual-View Video feature which allows users to use both the front and rear camera at the same time when filming.

The phone is capable of recording slow-mos, time-lapses, and taking double-exposure photos.

Other features include AI Face Beauty Algorithm and Smart Softlight Band to enhance selfie captures.

PhP 2,000 off 

The PhP 2,000 price slash will take effect starting on July 1, 2022. 

The vivo Y76 5G is available at all vivo stores and kiosks nationwide, vivo’s official E-store, and official Shopee and Lazada stores.

 

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vivo X80 Pro with ZEISS: Capturing the city life

Noteworthy smartphone cameras

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City life. It takes its toll on you. But it also has its charms. And one way to really enjoy its hustle and bustle is to have a companion to capture everything it has to offer.

Thankfully, there’s the vivo X80 Pro. It’s the company’s latest and greatest for many reasons.
Chief of which is its outstanding cameras sprinkled with ZEISS Natural Color goodness.

vivo and ZEISS

vivo’s camera-performance has been flying under the radar over the years. But with this ZEISS partnership, they’re now ready to soar.

All the lenses on the X80 Pro have ZEISS patented T Star coating. It helps reduce reflections when taking photos of lights at night.

Photos are already sharp as is but the ZEISS Super Night Camera takes things even further. You also get ZEISS Portraits for stylized shots.

And it’s not just photos. Zeiss makes its mark on videos too. With the ZEISS Cinematic Video Bokeh feature, you can shoot in a cinematic aspect ratio… While also applying depth of field.

Working in tandem to produce these still and moving images are the ZEISS 50MP Ultra-Sensing GNV Sensor as well as the V1+ Chip. The sensor keeps things steady even if your hands are shaky. And the V1 Plus Chip is vivo’s own creation — a product of years of research and development to achieve the absolute best in mobile imaging technology.

Capturing city life

Okay, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s pullback for a bit and show you all the cameras equipped on the vivo X80 Pro.

  • 50MP Zeiss Ultra-Sensing GNV sensor
  • 48MP Ultra wide angle lens
  • 8MP Periscope lens, 5x optical zoom
  • 12MP Gimbal Portrait camera

They say the best camera is the one you can always carry with you. And this combination from vivo is about as good and as extensive as it can get.

Combined with the Camera Panning feature working in the background we can get stunning running shots.

It’s a great way to document the start to your day. After that quick run, it’s time to freshen up and grab a bite. Sharing your breakfast on socials is still a thing, right? Flex all you want. You deserve it.

And while you’re at it. Might as well flex yourself too using the 32MP selfie shooter.

Videos are all the rage these days and if you want to take social sharing to another level, do it in motion.

SEE ALSO: GadgetSnaps: vivo X80 Pro in The Fort

Premium flagship

Now, capturing isn’t all the vivo x80 Pro is good for. It is, after all, a flagship smartphone. The specs speak for themselves:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • 12+4GB RAM
  • 256GB Storage
  • 4,700mAh

It’s one thing to see it on paper, but the overall performance checks out too. Your usual social browsing, chatting, and jumping between apps is an absolute breeze.

And watching your favorite shows and videos is just flat-out great. The vivo X80 Pro has dual speakers making for a fantastic entertainment experience.

The 6.78-inch AMOLED display is a treat to the eyes. And it has a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, meaning it goes from 1Hz to 120Hz depending on what you’re doing.

This helps conserve the 4,700mAh battery which should last you quite a bit in a day. And if not, you can quickly top up as it supports wired 80W Flash Charge as well as 50W wireless Flash Charge.

As far as its looks are concerned it has a glass back with matte coating and some hints of glitter. Fittingly called Cosmic Black, the look is a straight up classic.

Superb shooter, all around partner

vivo has for itself quite a banger of a smartphone with the X80 Pro. It is literally everything you can ask for from a smartphone camera/ Delivering photos and videos that are vivid, sharp, and captivating while performing like every bit the flagship that it is.

The vivo X80 Pro retails for PhP 59,999. And the vivo X80 series is now available:


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and vivo Philippines.

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realme GT 2 Pro review: GT Master Edition mastered

A bold step for realme

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Since coming into the Philippine smartphone market in 2018, realme has focused on the midrange and budget segments. With this focus came considerable success. The company posted number one sales on multiple occasions. Now, they’re extending their reach, flying close to the premium territory with the realme GT 2 Pro. Question is, is it worth taking a look at considering the stiff competition in this stratosphere? 

Based strictly on the merits of this phone, the short answer is yes. However, there’s more to the smartphone market than simply what a phone can do. But let’s start with that anyway. 

General performance

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Powering the realme GT 2 Pro is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. Already, with that information, you know that it’s ready to tussle with the heavyweights. Flanking that is 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. On paper, looking good so far. But what about in actual usage?

Well, it performs every bit as good as any other 8 Gen 1 equipped device. It also helps that the realme UI based on Android running on it makes your entire experience relatively smooth. 

Apps stay running in the background even after a prolonged period of inactivity. It learns which apps you regularly use and devote RAM and processing power accordingly. Daily activities like browsing socials, checking emails and messages, and whatever else you regularly do on your phone simply just works. And that’s a hallmark of a good device. 

The 5,000mAh battery normally lasts more than a day on regular use. It also has support for 65W fast charging which realme says will get you from zero to 100% in 33 minutes. We never let the phone drop to zero and would normally charge at around 20% left. Using a 65W wired charger, it does juice up quickly — right around the 30 minute mark. Unfortunately, it does not support wireless charging.

Mobile gaming

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realme has its fair share of mobile gaming focused devices. So, it comes as no surprise that the realme GT 2 Pro, while not being marketed as such, still performs admirably in this department. 

Granted, we didn’t really do plenty of mobile gaming on the phone. Just some occasional sessions of Call of Duty: Mobile here and there, and a couple of afternoons testing its graphical capability by playing Genshin Impact.

A Stainless Steel Vapor Cooling System kept the device humming despite extended hours of playing the demanding game from MiHoyo/Hoyoverse. It never, at any point, felt too hot to hold. 

Media consumption

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It has a 2K AMOLED Flat Display with LTPO 2.0 Technology that measures at 6.7 inches. That last detail is a little surprising considering the overall footprint of the device. It certainly didn’t feel that humongous but the display is, indeed, great for consuming content. 

Watching your favorite shows, YouTubers, TikToks, and what-have-you is an overall enjoyable experience. The speakers are about what you expect from a flagship. It can get loud. And while the sound doesn’t exactly feel rich, it also isn’t distorted when you turn it up to max. 

Worthwhile cameras

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The realme GT 2 Pro has a triple camera setup. You get the following: 

  • 50 MP, f/1.8, 24mm (wide), 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, multi-directional PDAF, OIS
  • 50 MP, f/2.2, 15mm, 150˚ (ultrawide), 1/2.76″, 0.64µm
  • 3 MP, f/3.3, 20mm (microscope), AF, 40x magnification

It performs just about as well as you’d expect. Detail retention is top-notch and color reproduction is just right. The software post-processing isn’t doing too much. Just enough to make photos look extra appealing without going ham on saturation. 

 

It has a 32MP selfie shooter which is alright in daylight and is a hit or miss at night. 

All told, the cameras are good enough to carry around and capture worthwhile memories for your own enjoyment or for posting on social media. 

Unique back material 

realme’s efforts to be more sustainable is well noted. For this smartphone, specifically, they used the industry’s first bio-based polymer design inspired by the concept of paper art. The exterior of the realme GT 2 Pro Master Edition is made of sustainable Sabic bio-based materials extracted from renewable raw materials. The company says these “can reduce carbon emissions by up to 63% per kilogram and can reduce potential fossil feedstock consumption by up to 35%.”

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Collaborating once more with industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa, the back of the realme GT 2 Pro will remind you of their midranger – the realme GT Master Edition. In fact, it very much feels like a direct upgrade of the phone. 

The back is nice to hold and look at. And unlike most flagship phones, you won’t feel the need to cover it with the significantly less premium material case included in the packaging. 

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The usual stuff are found at the bottom: speaker grille, USB-C port, and SIM Card tray slot.

The power button is on the right side while the volume rockers sit on the left. Pretty standard stuff.

Is the realme GT 2 Pro your GadgetMatch? 

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Smartphones are more than just the thing we use daily to connect with our friends, loved ones, and the rest of the world. The reality is, they’re also a status symbol. And if you’re spending quite a hefty amount of money for a premium product, you wouldn’t want the people asking you what your phone is to go “huh?” when you tell them the brand name. 

The realme GT 2 Pro is a fantastic phone, no doubt. But realme, as a brand, has its work cutout for itself if it truly wants to compete in the premium flagship space.

Based solely on its technical merits, though, the realme GT 2 Pro is worth every penny. The general performance is undeniably flagship-grade, the back material is unique and premium, and the cameras are pretty good. Retailing for PhP 34,990 (around US$ 640 at the time of writing), the phone is definitely good value-for-money. 

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