Smartphones

OnePlus 9 series will come with a free charger

Confirmed by Pete Lau

Published

on

Chargers have turned into rarer commodities over the past few months. Back in October, Apple made the controversial decision to remove its free charging adapters from the iPhone’s packaging. Unfortunately, other companies have decided to follow suit. Now, it’s an essential talking point to determine whether a company will retain or get rid of their own chargers. Fortunately, OnePlus has confirmed that they are not getting rid of free chargers for the OnePlus 9 series.

Straight from the horse’s mouth, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has confirmed that the upcoming series will come with chargers straight from the box. The free charger is a welcome surprise since other companies have already gotten rid of the peripheral.

Besides the charger, the flagship series will launch with a new Hasselblad partnership, as confirmed by OnePlus yesterday. The flagship series will debut on March 23.

This time around, OnePlus is focusing on smartphone photography. The series is getting a Sony IMX789 sensor which will improve the device’s photography capabilities across the board.

As the launch nears, more details will certainly come out. So far, we haven’t heard of the phone’s chipset yet. If you’re itching for more details, the OnePlus 9 series is coming very soon.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 9 series will launch on March 23

First Look

realme GT Master Edition: Unboxing and First Impressions

Does it remind you of a suitcase?

Published

on

realme GT Master Edition

realme has a new phone — the realme GT Master Edition — and we’re gonna take it out of the box. We’ll also tell you what we initially think because these are the only things we’re allowed to do. For now.

The company is using all their favorite buzzwords again to generate… well… buzz for the phone. Words like disruptive, game changer, flagship experience — the works. It gets too hypey, but that’s what you gotta do to standout in an industry dominated by the likes of Apple and Samsung. I digress.

Take a look at the realme GT Master Edition specs before we proceed with the unboxing:

  • Display — 6.43″ AMOLED, 120Hz refresh rate
  • Processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G
  • RAM — 8GB + up to 5GB DRE (Dynamic RAM Extension)
  • Storage — 128GB and 256GB
  • Battery — 4,300mAh, Dual-cell design, 65W SuperDart charging
  • Rear Cameras — 64MP f/1.8 main camera, 8MP f/2.3 119° ultra-wide lens, 2MP f/2.4 macro lens
  • Selfie Camera — 32MP
  • OS — Android 11, realme UI 2.0
  • Color Options — Voyager Grey, Daybreak Blue

It came in this cool tiny travel suitcase. It’ll be a recurring theme.

realme GT Master Edition

Opening it reveals two boxes safely tucked in between foams for shock absorption.

realme GT Master Edition

The left box, as you can see, is just black with the trademark yellow realme logo. On the right side is the box of the actual phone itself.

The left box is filled with different realme items.

Some stickers, keychains, and more.

It also has printed pictures of shots taken using the realme GT Master Edition.

Now, onto the main event — the box of the phone itself.

realme GT Master Edition

Opening the box, you’ll see this warm welcoming message.

realme GT Master Edition

Inside this, you’ll find the usual documentation — warranty, manual, all that good stuff.

Lift that and you’ll be greeted by the realme GT Master Edition.

realme GT Master Edition

Wrapped in plastic with an indicator of where the in-display fingerprint sensor is located.

Lift that layer where the phones and you’ll find the plasticky case.

realme GT Master Edition

It looks exactly like the back of the phone except it’s a shade lighter and doesn’t feel quite as good.

Underneath it is the USB Type-C cable.

realme GT Master Edition

And as you may have gleaned from the photo above, the SIM tray ejector tool lies under it.

 

 

realme GT Master Edition

When you life the case, you’ll see the 65W SuperDart power brick.

realme GT Master Edition

That’s it for everything inside the box. Now let’s look at the phone.

Here’s a good look at the back of the realme GT Master Edition.

realme GT Master Edition

As mentioned earlier, the whole suitcase and travel thing is the main theme of this phone’s design. The horizontal grids were meant to replicate the look of a suitcase to trigger the thought of travel. It’s kind of cruel given the general travel restrictions still imposed on us because of the pandemic. But maybe that’s just me.

Signed by Naoto Fukasawa.

realme GT Master Edition

Responsible for the design is Naoto Fukasawa. He even signed the thing on the back. It’s a puzzling move to say the least. I’m fairly certain 90 percent of the people who will end up purchasing this phone will have zero idea who Fukasawa is. But congrats, you have his autograph now!

Fukasawa is a Japanese industrial designer. He is most known for his works with retail company MUJI. Now, I’m sure a lot of you will be familiar with MUJI. Even then, I don’t think the idea of a renowned designer’s signature being on your phone’s back is something you’ll find thrilling or enticing.

realme continues to make these wild choices for back designs. It’s brave and bold which is in keeping with their whole approach. Personally, these aren’t things I find appealing. Then again, an oldie like me is likely not their target market. I just wanted to get that off my chest.

Looks aside, that back feels great

realme says it’s called the concave vegan leather — the first of its kind in the smartphone industry. I’m not gonna pretend to understand the whole process so here’s an excerpt from realme’s infosheet explaining the thing:

“realme has adopted a more challenging way – the polymer material is turned into an initial three-dimensional shape through the injection molding process, and then use the hot pressing process to synthesize the vegan leather with the substrate, and finally achieve the integrated concave vegan leather shape.

Did you get that? Basically, all of that was needed to achieve the uneven finish with the feel of leather. It’s a lot to take in but all you need to know is that it feels great to touch and isn’t slippery at all.

Bottom: Speaker grille, USB-C port, and suprise — 3.5mm headphone jack.

realme GT Master Edition

Button placements are your usual. Power button on the right side and the volume buttons as well as the SIM card tray on the left side.

Here’s the realme GT Master Edition with the case on.

realme GT Master Edition

It mimics the look of concave vegan leather but feels nowhere near it. I cannot, in good conscience, recommend using this case if you want to preserve that leather feeling. Really wish realme came up with vegan leather case too.

The phone’s wallpaper looks like a pavement.

realme GT Master Edition

Points for consistency, I guess? It’s running Android 11 with a coat of realme UI 2.0. If you’re an OPPO user, this UI going to feel familiar. It’s almost like ColorOS which isn’t a bad thing. The whole UI feels clean and easy to navigate.

What’s surprising are the overwhelming number of apps pre-installed. Sure, you have ones that you’ll likely install like Facebook, Messenger, and Netflix. But for every one of those useful apps, there’s a couple more that’s just flat out bloatware. There are also incessant notifications about apps you can download from their App Market. I know “disrupting” is their thing but maybe not like this?

Cameras to die for?

realme GT Master Edition

realme made a big deal about the back design and just as much as they did, they also said the cameras on this thing are fantastic. Hence, the inclusion of printed photos taken with it in this special unboxing package. We have no samples to show you just yet. We’ll take a step outside, observing health and safety protocols of course, to see if we can come up with stunning images ourselves.

The realme GT Master Edition (that’s a mouthful) is a decently-sized smartphone with concave vegan leather for its back that feels absolutely fantastic. It has an overall clean UI that’s bogged down a little bit by bloatware. We’ll explore its performance and camera prowess in the review. By that time, we’ll also know how its price so watch out for it.

Continue Reading

News

iPhone 13 pre-orders in Singapore begin today

Published

on

Are you ready? Pre-orders for the iPhone 13 lineup begin today in Singapore! Specifically, it starts at 8PM.

Apple’s latest and greatest set of iPhones are coming to Singapore and you can secure one for yourself by heading to the Apple Singapore website. This year’s lineup is pretty much an iteration of last year’s. That means we get upgrades for all four models: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

New to this pair of iPhones is the A15 Bionic chip which, you already know, boosts the performance of the iPhone. You’re also getting Cinematic Mode which automatically adds background blur to your videos. It does this through an algorithm. It’s the first of its kind on smartphones.

Read more on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini.

iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max

This year’s pair of Pro iPhones are even more Pro than ever. It shares the same A15 Bionic chip as the other iPhone 13s, but it boosts performance thanks to a different, more powerful GPU. You also get the ability to shoot in Apple ProRes format. A boon for professional mobile filmmakers.

Read more on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Pricing

The iPhone 13 starts at SG$ 1,299. Meanwhile, the iPhone 13 mini starts at SG $ 1,149.

The iPhone 13 Pro starts at SG$ 1649 (SG$ 69 a month for 24 months) and SG$ 1799 (SG$ 75 a month/24 months) for the iPhone 13 Pro Max variant. The base storage still starts at 128GB but goes all the way to 1TB — also a first on any iPhone.

Continue Reading

Smartphones

95 percent of iPhone users have serious FOMO

Only 44 percent for Android users

Published

on

How long can you go without your phone? Most of us are already so attached to our phones that we can’t imagine a few hours — let alone an entire day — without them. However, even if nomophobia or FOMO is already a fact of life, we’re still curious how much of an addict we all are. A new study has hinted at just how much we can’t be separated from our beloved smartphones.

According to a study from MoneySuperMarket, we’re all already a victim of nomophobia (a simplification of “no-mobile-phone-phobia”), or the anxiety associated with being separated from our phones. A separate study reports that 53 percent of people have the anxiety in some form or other.

Going more in depth into the phenomenon, the study separates iOS users from Android users. And Apple users took the cake. After an hour, a whopping 95 percent of iOS users — with 27 percent experiencing “serious anxiety” — already have nomophobia. Meanwhile, only 44 percent of Android users — and 7 percent of users getting serious attacks — suffered from it.

The study took 1,600 volunteers and ran them through three tests. Firstly, the Time Test separates users from their phones and sees how long they can last. iOS users lasted only 42 minutes on average, while Samsung, the closest Android brand, lasted 126 minutes.

The second test, a selfie counter, measured how much users took selfies in a year. Apple users took 1,467 selfies, while Samsung, once again the second-place brand, took only 763 selfies.

Finally, the Movie Test. The report measured how many times users checked their phone during a movie, a pet peeve for some audience members. iPhone users checked their phones 19 times during a movie, while Android users checked their phones only 9.6 times.

It’s hard to know why there’s a distinct separation of FOMO between the two. However, the report speculates that those who paid more for their phones have a stronger sense of attachment for them. Regardless, you might want to keep an eye out for iPhone users while on an Netflix and chill date.

SEE ALSO: Android 12 comes with added privacy features, almost like Apple

Continue Reading

Trending