Philippines

Nokia 8.1 review: What took you so long?

Solid but feels dated

Published

on

There’s a Filipino song called “Bakit ngayon ka lang?”. Loosely translated, it means “what took you so long?”. The song talks about a missed romantic opportunity — of someone else coming along while you’re already committed to another. That’s almost exactly how I feel about the Nokia 8.1.

The phone — known in other markets as the Nokia 7X — was first announced in December 2018. A full seven months later, it arrived in the Philippines. And a lot has happened in those seven months.

Performance on par with midrangers today

Before I proceed, let’s get some of the specs talk out of the way. The device is powered by the Snapdragon 710 SoC along with 6GB of RAM with 128GB of internal storage which is expandable via a microSD card. That’s not bad. At all. It’s even near-flagship territory… in 2018.

One thing about the Nokia 8.1 though that will never feel dated is its OS. The phone is part of Google’s Android One program which means this is running Stock Android. If you like it vanilla — like a lot of purists do — then this is one of the phones that offer that clean experience. Right now it’s still on Android P, but if you’re feeling adventurous, you can side load Android Q beta as it is a partner device for Android’s developer preview.

Google cards are quite useful

The chip together with vanilla Android makes for a smooth and snappy experience. Most of the time I’m either just browsing or working on my phone and doing so on the Nokia 8.1 one was a very pleasant experience.

I have said this countless times but in case you’re new here, I don’t really play mobile games. The only time I ever really do so is when I have to test phones. On the Nokia 8.1 I only played Honkai Impact 3, which is a pretty graphics heavy game. The phone had zero trouble running the game and it looked especially stunning on the phone’s 6.18-inch PureDisplay screen (which we’ll get to shortly).

This means the phone will likely have zero problems running some of the most played games today like PUBG and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. If you play these games with this phone and don’t get that Chicken Dinner or that MVP, then you only have yourself to blame.

A display sent from the heavens

The PureDisplay screen technology is really pulling its own weight. When Nokia said this phone offers a higher contrast ratio and sharper output, it felt like it was even underselling it. The screen is vibrant and the colors and images look sharp all without looking too saturated.

It doesn’t have any of that crazy 90hz or 120hz display that we’ll find on 2019 flagships, but dare I say, the Nokia 8.1 probably has the best display in its price point.

I hid that notch eventually

I’ve often found myself happily watching on this phone while slowly being sucked into the YouTube rabbit hole. Speaking of watching videos on this display, I opted to turn the notch off altogether. The notch still looks like the one present on the iPhone X which came out in 2017. It’s 2019 and personally, I’d rather have a full bezel than be bothered looking at that kind of a notch.

Watching vertical FanCams is great on this thing

That said audio on this thing is far from perfect but it’s passable. The sound it produces isn’t as full as I hope to hear from phones when in speaker mode, but you can remedy all that by plugging in headphones because our good friend jack is still present on this device. Listening on wireless earbuds also offer a nice experience.

The build screams premium

One of the first things I noticed about the Nokia 8.1 is its build. The body is built with 6000-series aluminum with an all-glass back. And it feels pretty darn expensive. So much so that I was wondering why it didn’t come with any case in the packaging.

At first I was really hesitant to bring this around due to the lack of a case, but over time, my hands have grown accustomed to the glass finish. And I feel blessed every single time I touch it. There’s something about the build in finish that just screams premium.

The fingerprint sensor is at the back. And it feels like a blessing every time I touch this thing

It’s not fragile at all though. Being the clumsy oaf that I am, I may have accidentally dropped this phone twice already. The phone sustained zero scratches and zero damages. This is one tough cookie.

Pretty darn good cameras

I have to come clean and say I never really had too many chances to take photos during the testing phase. I’ve mostly just been at my desk or in a conference room which aren’t really ideal for taking photos.

The second lens acts as a depth sensor

So for samples I just took some quick shots around my place using the ZEISS-powered 12- and 13-megapixel dual-cameras. Hopefully I find some time to get a life outside of work for the next review. If you know a girl looking for a date, feel free to hit me up. I don’t bite… unless? Anyway, check out the samples below.

Quick note, features like Pro mode and Bokeh are also present on the 20MP front-facing camera.

Is the Nokia 8.1 your GadgetMatch?

And so, here we are. I’ve had nothing but mostly nice things to say about the Nokia 8.1. For a phone that was launched in late 2018, it can still square up with several midrangers in 2019. But the price, therein lies the rub.

At PhP 19,999, it’s not crazy expensive. It’s just that for a few thousand pesos less, there are actually better options. It’s hard to justify this purchase when  phones like the Realme 3 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 9T exist — both of which came within the seven months that the Nokia 8.1 was nowhere to be found on the archipelago.

Calling the folks at Nokia to bring their phones to the Philippines faster next time

Sure, those don’t have the build that the Nokia 8.1 has but the Realme 3 Pro offers much of the same performance for a more affordable price. And the Xiaomi Mi 9T actually feels like a 2019 phone with its triple-camera setup and a pop-up camera that makes way for an actual full screen display.

If you’re a Nokia stan — and I know there’s a lot of you out there — I can’t fault you for wanting this device. I get it. It’s pretty nice. But it’s really just a little too late. Timing is everything. Both in love and in smartphone releases.

*plays “Bakit ngayon ka lang?

Gaming

Legion 5, Legion 5 Pro, Legion 7 launches in the Philippines

Unleash gaming savagery

Published

on

Lenovo Legion has a lineup of three new gaming machines that definitely deserve your attention. These are the Legion 5, Legion 5 Pro, and Legion 7.

The new arsenal embraces innovation by providing better resolution displays, AI-bolstered thermal cooling, and framerate customization, and the power to completely immerse gamers or face difficult tasks at ease with the AMD Ryzen 5000 H-series Mobile Processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 Series GPUs. Users can work hard during the day and play harder at night with the savage performances

AMD Ryzen 5000 H-series Mobile Processors

The new Legion 5, Legion 5 Pro, and Legion 7 are among the first notebooks equipped with the AMD Ryzen 5000 H series Mobile Processors. These are the only processors in the world to have 8 high-performance cores suited for ultrathin gaming notebooks. Powered by AMD’s new Zen 3 Core Architecture and the world’s most advanced x86 chip technology, the processors combine incredible efficiency, elite performance, and long-lasting battery life that will keep gamers playing more for years to come.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 Series GPUs

Accompanying the AMD Ryzen 5000 H-series Mobile Processors are the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 Series GPUs developed to bring the ultimate gaming performance. These graphics cards are jam-packed with new internals such as the award-winning NVIDIA Ampere architecture, 3rd Generation Ray Tracing Cores, 2nd Generation Tensor Cores, and streaming multiprocessors to give gamers and content creators the most realistic graphics ever along with cutting-edge AI to fine-tune art to the smallest detail. They also feature NVIDIA DLSS 2.0 Technology that also uses AI to accelerate the laptop’s performance when playing games. Booting up Cyberpunk 2077 with DLSS Technology, for example, boosts performance by up to 60 percent.

Smarter Technology by Lenovo

The Legion 5, Legion 5 Pro, and Legion 7 come with the Lenovo Legion AI Engine that currently supports the top-16 AAA games and enables them to be played as smoothly as ever. The engine combines the best-in-class hardware, software, and machine learning to overclock PC performance. Upon booting up a game, the Legion AI Engine automatically detects and routs the most-ideal Thermal Design Power (TDP) settings to the CPU and GPU to achieve the maximum frames per second (FPS) in games. It also uses machine learning in other games to continuously tune gaming performance for maximum results.

The new Legion lineup also utilizes AI in the Coldfront 3.0 thermal management system to keep the temperature inside cooler as gaming action heats up. Coldfront 3.0 packs an intelligent intake system that allows for an increased airflow of up to 18 percent as compared to the last generation by using turbo-charged dual-fans and quad-channel exhausts with vapor chamber technology. Together with the help of efficient thermal conduction materials, Coldfront 3.0 moves huge volumes of air through components to dissipate heat rapidly and allows for optimized performance and all-day mobility with long-lasting battery life.

The world’s first 16” QHD gaming notebooks

Both the Legion 5 Pro and Legion 7 are the first gaming laptops in the world to come out with 16” Quad High Definition (QHD) displays, allowing them to have a taller and clearer (2560 x 1600 resolution) 16:10 aspect ratio. Combined with up to a 165Hz refresh rate, 100 percent sRGB, and 500 nits of brightness, gamers are treated to a cinematic-like experience that also assists in competitive games. The larger display raises a gamer’s sightlines and provides a better field of view, so they’ll detect enemies faster. Moreover, both displays of the Legion 5 Pro and Legion 7 have 3ms response times and can come out VESA DisplayHDR 400 Certified and with Dolby Vision  and NVIDIA G-SYNC support.

Nahimic Audio

The new Legion lineup’s Harman speakers are now optimized with Nahimic Audio. Designed for gamers, Nahimic gives a competitive edge with 360-degree audio and features such as Night Mode with smart volume reduction, and Sound Tracker that visually points out a sound’s source and direction in a game. Nahimic Audio also enables crystal-clear video calls with its background noise suppression feature, and it also comes with Sound Sharing that allows the streaming of audio from a PC to two different headsets without the need for audio adapters.

Reinforced Support

Lenovo’s upgraded Vantage software is also bringing the speed in the Legion 5, Legion 5 Pro, and Legion 7. They now come with the Vantage Smart Performance Services solution that reduces PC downtime by scanning, detecting, and removing traces of spyware, malware, and adware. Gamers can also use the new solution to significantly reduce lag and latency issues while playing online multiplayer games through its ability to fix network and access issues.

Aiding the Lenovo Vantage in enabling seamless play among the new devices is their 3-Year Premium Care warranty service that’s bundled together with the notebooks upon purchase. The service consists of solutions that provide an advanced and tailored level of care that reduces downtime, increases efficiency, and keeps customers moving. Included among the offerings that users of Premium Care can enjoy are a 24/7 direct hotline to Specialized Senior Technicians, comprehensive hardware and software support, and an Annual PC Health Check.

Pricing, availability, and promo

From the week of April 30 and onwards, gamers can get their hands on the Legion 5 Pro that has a starting price of PHP 84,995. The notebook is available in Storm Grey and comes bundled with a free Legion Recon Gaming backpack (PHP 2,995) upon purchase.

The Stingray White and Phantom Blue Legion 5, on the other hand, will be available within the quarter with a starting price of PHP 74,995, while the Legion 7 in Storm Grey is expected to hit local stores in the early first half of 2021 and will start at PHP 139,995. Both notebooks will also be bundled with a free Legion Recon Gaming backpack.

To celebrate the arrival of its new gaming lineup, Lenovo is holding its Legion Ultimate Upgrade Promo. From May 7 to May 31, 2021, customers who purchase participating products are entitled to a Legion Upgrade Pass that can have up to PHP 66,995 worth of gaming freebies.

Every purchase is eligible for one Upgrade Pass and to claim, customers must visit legion.lenovo.com/promotions and provide purchase details.

Customers will then receive a promo code equivalent to their Upgrade Pass, and this will randomly select the Upgrade Pass color that they’ll get. The colors and their corresponding freebies are as follows:

  • White Upgrade Pass – Legion Pilipinas Jacket
  • Bronze Upgrade Pass – One of the following: Legion H300 Headset, Legion M600 Gaming Mouse, Legion K300 Gaming Keyboard, or Legion H600 Headset
  • Silver Pass – One of the following: Lenovo G25-10 Gaming Monitor, Legion Y25-25 Gaming Monitor, or Lenovo Q27q-10 Monitor
  • Gold Pass – Either Legion 5 or Legion Phone Duel 1

For the full mechanics of the Legion Ultimate Upgrade Promo and the complete list of participating products, visit legionphpromos.com. Customers can also submit their promo codes to Lenovo through the same link.

Lenovo Legion’s new lineup of gaming notebooks are available at official Lenovo Legion stores and Lenovo Authorized Resellers nationwide. Visit lenovo.com/ph/en/where-to-buyto get in touch with the nearest store. The devices are also available online through the Lenovo Legion Flagship Store at Lazada.


This is a press release from Lenovo Legion Philippines

Continue Reading

Deals

Huawei devices up to 50% off on Shopee’s 5.5 sale!

Grab’em now!

Published

on

You know the drill, right? It’s that time of the month again when we’re peppered with sales and discounts so we can put a band-aid on our pandemic worries via retail therapy. Huawei, in particular, is offering some of its devices up to 50% off on Shopee TODAY.

Huawei is also giving free vouchers worth PhP 100 off no minimum requirement, PhP 500 off minimum 3000 purchase, and PhP 1000 off minimum PhP 5000 purchase.

Here’s the entire list of products with the discounted prices. Click on the price to buy straight from Shopee!

GadgetMatch recommends:

Freebuds Pro — PhP 6,699
GT2 Pro — PhP 10,699
Watch Fit — PhP 4,999
Freebuds 4i — PhP 3,590
Band 6 — PhP 2,590
Opple Lamp — PhP 1,699

Everything else:

Band 4e Active — PhP 699
Scale — PhP 1,399
Freebuds 3 — PhP 5,690
Mate 40 Pro — PhP 49,899
Mate 30 — PhP 23,999
Mate 30 Pro — PhP 32,999
MatePad — PhP 16,899
MatePad Pro — PhP 28,899
Nova 7i — PhP 11,899
Nova 5T — PhP 11,999
T10 WiFi — PhP 6,549
T10S — PhP 11,899
T10S 2+32 — PhP 10,999
Y5 Lite — PhP 3,049
Y7A — PhP 7,499

Continue Reading

Deals

GadgetMatch Finds: What’s in our cart for the 5.5 sale

Add to cart!

Published

on

Illustration by Kris Blanco

There’s definitely something to get excited about the start of May, and it’s the monthly sale from Lazada and Shopee. However, fussing about what things to buy can be a chore. So, it would be indeed helpful if there is a list of things (particularly gadgets — of course!) that one can find at bargain prices during the monthly 5.5 sale.

Without further ado, here’s our unique picks that we think you should be adding to cart this 5.5:

GADGETS

Illustration by Kris Blanco

Laptops

1. Teclast X6 Pro

If you’re looking for a budget Windows convertible that looks and plays the part of a Microsoft Surface, then the Teclast X6 Pro might be the GadgetMatch for you. Be mindful though, as this one has an outdated Intel processor. However, the outdated processor is redeemed by features such as high-res display, 256 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM, plus plenty of ports for whatever peripherals you want to connect.

Buy now: Lazada | Shopee

2. Machenike F117-V65

Machenike is one of those gaming brands that sound too good to be true. However, they have also been delivering the goods at prices that rival its competitors. Machenike’s F117-V, for example, features the not-too-shabby Intel Core i7-10750H processor coupled with a powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti. To round that out, it has a roomy 512 GB SSD storage, a metal shell, and even a backlit RGB keyboard.

Buy now: Lazada | Shopee

3. ThinkPad X1 Nano

There’s a lot to like about the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano. First, it comes in a lightweight package that even rivals the MacBook Air. Second, it delivers with its capable performance, 16:10 display, and a respectable battery life. Finally, it has the legendary ThinkPad branding — expect a good keyboard plus solid build all around.

Buy now: Lazada

Smartphones

1. Sony Xperia 5 II

Sony continues to churn out capable smartphones that stand out among the crowd. One of these smartphones is the Xperia 5 II, which is basically the smaller and cheaper version of its flagship 1 II. It inherited all the goods that made the 1 II a great performer and packaged them all in a much compact body. The result? You still get the signature Sony-branded camera setup and apps, along with that unique 21:9 display.

Buy now: Lazada | Shopee

2. Nokia 5.4

This Nokia midrange smartphone is down to a low price for a limited time, so make sure to get it now before it’s gone. It also a good deal, considering that the Nokia 5.4 comes with a capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor. Plus, it even has a respectable 128 GB of storage. The display is big too, which means that it is perfect for extended hours of streaming and light gaming.

Buy now: Lazada | Shopee

3. Infinix Hot 10

Infinix has been making a splash for more-than-capable smartphones offered at mouthwatering prices. The Hot 10 is a good example of this. It comes with a capable MediaTek Helio G70 processor, 128 GB of storage coupled with 4 GB of RAM, and triple cameras for snapping photos in between gaming session and browsing.

Buy now:  Lazada | Shopee


ACCESSORIES & PERIPHERALS

1. 18cm Moon Lamp

Can’t go outside to see the moon? Make it your lamp instead with this nice little fixture that’ll play the part of your lovely night light.

Buy now: Lazada | Shopee

2. Tylex X-E02 Extension

Extension cords can be a pain. Just ask anyone who is plugging an EU-made charger into a US plug. Thankfully, this universal extension cord exist. With a length of up to two meters, it should be long enough for most users especially those who love charging multiple devices at once. It even has dedicated USB-A ports which is perfect for those who like to do away with power adapters.

Buy now: Lazada | Shopee

3. Zomei Q11 Tripod

Taking your content creating to the next level? A tripod is a must! This is a tough one too as it’s made with aluminum but doesn’t come with the usually steep prices of tripods of this caliber.

Buy now: Lazada | Shopee


LIFESTYLE ESSENTIALS

1. YORK Fitness Dumbbell

Wanting to get that summer body look? This dumbbell set can help you achieve that goal. It comes in various plates for a total of 20 kilograms, which is more than enough for a beginner. However, this dumbbell set is also for the seasoned weightlifters who wanted to their own gym in the comforts of their own home. As a bonus, this comes with a longbar so you can perform exercises such as deadlifts and bench presses.

Buy now on Lazada | Shopee

2. Xiaomi Mi Body Composition Scale

For those who wanted to get a broad picture of their health, the Xiaomi Mi Body Composition Scale is more than enough to get you started on tracking the important metrics. This one touts tracking 13 different health metrics such as weight, BMI, muscle mass, and more. Powering the scale is four sets of AAA batteries for easy operation. It also connects via Bluetooth, and you will need the companion Mi Health which is readily available on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Buy now on Lazada | Shopee

3. Eiderfinch Yoga Mat

Into yoga? The Eiderfinch Yoga Mat is a good option to those looking for a yoga mat. It is extra thick, lightweight, and portable — excellent for lugging this one around the house. This mat, like all others, has a double-sided non-slip surface so you can do all your asanas without a hitch.

Buy now on Lazada | Shopee


GEEK CULTURE

1. Attack on Titan Costume Green Cloak

If you want to scream out loud that you’re a weeb that’s crazy about Attack on Titan, this is the way to go. Flaunt this whenever even if there’s no costume party or whatever. Be proud! Just don’t go screaming Sasageyo! randomly.

Buy now: Lazada | Shopee

2. Attack on Titan Necklace Pendants

For something more low-key and can match pretty much whatever you wear, you can go with these pendants. You can go with one that has the Survey Corps’ emblem or something even deeper with the key to Eren’s basement.

Buy now: Lazada (1), Lazada (2) | Shopee

3. Attack on Titan LED Night Light

This one’s something for your room. Why not let Captain Levi be your light in the dark (or whoever your favorite character is). It’s a nice fixture that you’ll surely love.

Buy now: Lazada | Shopee

Continue Reading

Trending