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Here are the top stories on GadgetMatch this week.

1. MediaTek’s new G-series chips are made for gaming

MediaTek has always played second-fiddle to Qualcomm but the company wants to change that. Their strategy? Build a product that can take on the competition head-on.

That’s what their new G-series processor hopes to achieve. And it’s promising. The Helio G90 and G90T are designed for gaming on the go and work alongside MediaTek’s HyperEngine technology that ensures fine-tuning for best possible performance.

They’ve even gone as far as to say that it outperforms Snapdragon 855 in both network and display latency.  We’re excited to see if these new chips can really hold up those bold claims.

2. Black Shark 2 Pro in your area 

There seems to be a lot of focus on mobile gaming lately and Xiaomi is right in the thick of things.

Continuing their smartphone gaming line is the Black Shark 2 Pro.  It’s the next phone to take advantage of the Snapdragon 855 Plus chip. Helping keep the heat down is a multi-layer liquid cooling system.

It’s equipped with an AMOLED display with a 240Hz touch report rate and will be available in two colors: Shadow Black and Icicle Gray.

There are also two configurations. One with 12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and another with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

3. Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab S6

They might be behind by a considerable margin but Samsung isn’t ready to drop out of the tablet race.

Announced just a week before the launch of the Galaxy S10 is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6. The company says it’s made for creativity and productivity.

Powered by the Snapdragon 855 chip you can pair it with a Book Cover Keyboard to instantly launch DeX for a desktop experience perfect for getting things done.

It will ship with an S Pen that magnetically attaches to the tablet. With it comes a feature called Air Action which lets you take photos, videos, and scroll through content even when the tablet is not within your arms’ reach. Pretty neat.

Perhaps will see some iteration of that on the Galaxy Note 10.

4. New look Android Auto

Android Auto has a fresh new look but it’s not just a face lift. The new update carries a fresh app launcher where you can find all your favorite apps with fewer taps.

There are also Google Assistant badges that update you of your schedule, give you a weather report, or read the latest news all while you’re driving.

A big part of Android Auto is its ease of navigation. Whether it be Google Maps or Waze you can still find the fastest route to your destination through voice commands.

Visibility and UI presentation is important if you’re just going to glance over the menu while driving. This is why the refreshed Android Auto has been redesigned for easier reading and has a new dark theme so it doesn’t get too bright at night.

Drive safe!

5. Sony’s air conditioner that you can wear

Scorching heat is a problem and Sony has a solution. They call it Reon Pocket – it’s a soap-sized air-conditioning that you can wear.

It took only two days to crowdfund so we guess you can say getting it off the ground was a breeze.

The air-conditioning device will fit inside a built-in pocket at the back of a customized white undershirt. With a few taps on the companion app you’ll be able to lower your body temperature during summer or raise it when it gets colder. Sony says they are working on making this automatic in the future.

It can last up to 24 hours on a single charge and takes about two hours to charge from zero to 100 percent via a USB-C port.

Sony hasn’t figured out how women can benefit from this technology without sacrificing style for comfort. The special undershirt it comes with only comes in men’s sizes, for now.


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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realme 9i Hands-On

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The realme 9i is the “little brother” in the realme 9 series. And while it doesn’t pack the same punch as its pro siblings – the realme 9 Pro and realme 9 pro+ – there’s enough here for anyone who just needs a reliable daily smartphone.

Here’s a quick look at the specs before we dive in deeper: 

Performance

  • 6.6-inch IPS LCD display with 90Hz refresh rate 
  • Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G processor
  • 6GB RAM with Dynamic RAM expansion feature up to 5GB 
  • 128GB Internal Storage 
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • 33W Dart Charge tech

Cameras

  • 50MP main camera
  • 2MP macro lens
  • 2MP depth lens
  • 16MP selfie shooter

Here are some samples for your appreciation.

Neat, simple, and elegant

The realme 9i is pretty understated in the looks department. The variant we got comes in blue and depending on how the light hits, you’ll see some lines to accentuate its back.

As for button and port placements, at the bottom you’ll find the usuas: speaker grille, USB-C  port, and 3.5mm jack. 

On the right side is the power button/fingerprint scanner. 

And on the left hand side are the two, tiny volume buttons. 

Overall, the realme 9i  looks neat. Simple yet elegant. The camera stands out, obviously. But you can say that for most phones these days. It’s light for its size and appearance. It’s already easy to hold as is, but it’s even easier if you’re the phone-case-and-pop-up socket type of person.

General usage

Switching from one app to the other, or going back to the home screen for that matter is seamless and fast. There’s no trouble opening or loading apps so far. 

The apps load from where I last left it, provided I haven’t closed all apps, cleared RAM, or optimized phone usage.

Media consumption and gaming

We enjoyed more than our fair share of watching sports highlights  on the realme 9i. It pays to have a great-performing phone to not miss any action. We didn’t have any problems watching on YouTube at the highest resolution settings and at 60 fps. 

Same is true for other types of content. The viewing experience was likewise seamless.

The speaker is really loud and complements the video. You don’t have to put it on max volume although it’s still of the best quality when put to max. It doesn’t break.

Playing Mobile Legends with friends and relatives on this phone is perfect even if it’s “only” a mid-level phone. The game’s graphics settings were set on default when opening from the phone. I tinkered it to HD mode with a high refresh rate and “Ultra” graphics, and it didn’t have problems throughout the game like lagging when I played.

Battery life

On full standby in power saving mode without having to connect it to Wi-Fi or turn on mobile data, the phone consumes just about 5 to 10 percent of its battery power in one whole day.

When charging, it takes less than an hour to charge from 30 percent to full with its 33W fast charging.

Solid as usual

realme 9i

 

The “i” variants in realme’s numbered series phones have consistently been steady performers and the realme 9i is no different. It’s not gonna wow you with raw specs, but the overall package and performance makes it worthwhile.

The realme 9i retails for PhP 11,990. Buy it here.

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vivo X80 Pro Unboxing and Review

vivo’s best smartphone just got even better!

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The vivo X70 Pro+ was launched just several months ago. However, we’re already having a follow-up!

Unlike the X50, X60, and X70 series, the X80 series only consists of two models this time around.

Namely the X80 and X80 Pro — with the latter being vivo’s latest flagship smartphone.

But what makes it different from its predecessor? And what makes the successor a lot more exciting?

Watch our vivo X80 Pro Unboxing and Review now to find out more!

 

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Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro Unboxing and First Impressions

Premium, smart timepiece

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Watch GT 3 Pro

Huawei has been giving us the best choices for stylish timepieces to help us reach our health and fitness goals. And they’re taking the stage again with their new flagship smartwatch — the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro. 

Now let’s take a closer look at this device and check what Huawei has in store for us this time. 

Unboxing

The GT 3 Pro comes in this sleek black box with the name of the device in gold. Through the box, we also get to know that it is powered by HarmonyOS. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

Lifting the cover, you’re immediately greeted by the GT 3 Pro Titanium Edition looking classy beside a gold Huawei logo. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

Pulling the tab on the right, you’ll see a smaller enclosure. Opening it up, you’ll see some paperwork, a USB-C cable and a wireless charging cradle. 

 

Watch GT 3 Pro

Now here’s the GT 3 Pro taken out of the box. Looks premium, doesn’t it? 

Watch GT 3 Pro

By examining the watch strap, you can easily tell that it’s made of genuine high-quality leather. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

The Huawei branding is not seen on the strap. It’s instead engraved on the buckle. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

Also unlike the previous GT 2 Pro that has the usual double crown design, the GT 3 Pro has a watch crown and a button. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

The rotating crown serves as its power button and scroll and zoom wheel. Rotating it feels smooth without much resistance. But it does have haptic feedback, mimicking a mechanical feel. 

Powering it up, you’re notified to get the Huawei Health app and pair it with your phone. 

 

Once paired, you can tinker with the settings and apply customizations based on your preference and liking. 

First impressions 

What I immediately liked with the GT 3 Pro is how classy it looks. And despite it being a big smartwatch compared to what I usually use, it feels light on my wrist. 

I also can’t help but admire how clean and clear it looks with its 1.43-inch AMOLED display and sapphire glass lens. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

 

Its body, on the other hand, is made of titanium and it has a ceramic back case to complete the premium package. 

Using it for a few days, it looks like this timepiece will definitely level up my expectations for smartwatches. But I have yet to fully explore and experience everything about the GT 3 Pro that I’ll share on my hands-on review so don’t forget to also check that out. 

Pricing and availability 

The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro retails for PhP 16,999 and is available in Titanium and Ceramic Edition. 

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