OPPO is set to announce a new budget smartphone, but it looks like somebody already pulled the curtains. A new member of its A-series is listed on the company’s regional websites in Malaysia and Pakistan.
The OPPO A71 is the name of the phone, and it has a 5.2-inch HD display and a clean-looking unibody. The rear doesn’t show any visible antenna lines.
The handset is powered by a MediaTek MT6750 processor with the Mali-T860 MP2 GPU. It comes with an ample 3GB of memory and 16GB of internal storage. For mobile photography, it has a 13-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash and 5-megapixel selfie camera. It’s quite unusual to see the front-facing camera to have this low a number of pixels from OPPO, but the famed beauty mode is still available.
Battery capacity is rated at 3000mAh and we have LTE connectivity with dual-SIM card slots. The phone runs Android Nougat with OPPO’s custom UI called ColorOS 3.1 on top.
It’s currently available for purchase in Malaysia with a price tag of MYR 858 (US$ 202). Black and gold color options are available for the A71.
The phone is also set to be available soon in other Asian countries including the Philippines.
Update: The A71 has been launched earlier today in the Philippines with a price of PhP 8,990 for both offline and online retailers. It’ll be available beginning tomorrow, September 8.
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OPPO x Shiseido special edition Starry Purple F9 box set is here
… and we want it!
In a partnership that likely more girls will appreciate, Chinese smartphone brand OPPO has teamed up with Japanese beauty company Shiseido to release a special boxed edition of the Starry Purple F9.
The special set features Shiseido’s Primrose Sun lipstick.
Also included is a voucher for a Shiseido makeup service.
Of course, there’s a Starry Purple OPPO F9 inside. Yes, that’s OPPO’s latest smartphone offering, but in a later-released special color — and what a pretty color, too! Watch the unboxing of the special edition here:
The good news? The special set retails for the same price as a normal OPPO F9, which means you get way more value from a prettier box and phone if you opt for this version.
The bad news? It’s only available in Malaysia via Lazada for MYR 1,399 so tough luck for those aching for this special set from other parts of the world.
Alcatel makes comeback in Malaysia with 3 budget smartphones
Including an Android Go smartphone
Alcatel has returned to Malaysian shores — this time with three smartphones that won’t break your bank.
This new lineup by Alcatel includes the Alcatel 5V, Alcatel 3L, and the Alcatel 1, all of which are actually below MYR 1,000. All three phones sport FullView displays, with only the 5V featuring a notch above its display. Both the 5V and the 3L have an HD+ display resolution while the Alcatel 1 has a 960 x 480 screen. You will be getting more display with the 5V at 6.2 inches, while the 3L and Alcatel 1’s screens measure at 5.5 and 5 inches, respectively.
The processing power of these phones differ according to their price tag, although they are all MediaTek chipsets. The 5V is powered by an MT6762 processor with 3GB of RAM and the 3L is running on an MT6739 chip with 2GB of RAM. The entry-level Alcatel 1 is an Android Go smartphone which comes with a modest 1GB of RAM. It does, however, run on the same processor as the 3L.
The Alcatel 5V features a 12MP + 2MP dual rear camera setup which is equipped with AI scene recognition, plus an 8MP selfie shooter. The 3L comes with a standard 13MP/5MP rear and front camera package. Both the 5V and 3L have a Face Unlock feature which isn’t by any means secure, but comes in handy. The Alcatel 1 in this aspect sports only a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP selfie camera which is a far cry even by today’s entry-level standards. On the plus side, all phones come with Android Oreo out of the box.
They come in contrasting battery sizes, as well. The top-tier 5V packs a 4000mAh battery, with the 3L and 1 carrying 3000mAh and 2000mAh batteries, respectively. Only the Alcatel 5V features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, plus an all-glass body design.
Alcatel’s latest lineup is now available at all authorized retail stores nationwide. The 5V is priced at MYR 898, the 3L at MYR 498, and the Alcatel 1 at MYR 298.
Honor Play Player Edition debuts in Malaysia
For fans of PUBG
Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has launched the gamer-targeted Honor Play Player Edition in Malaysia.
The Player Edition unveiling comes just a month after the launch of the standard edition Honor Play. Design-wise, this phone remains the same with the exception of a more futuristic look on its shell from its circuit board-like lines. The black variant in particular looks a tad more sleek due to its red accents around the camera and the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
This phone will set you back MYR 1,299, but don’t you worry. You’re not paying an extra MYR 50 just for a different design, because Honor is throwing in a couple of mobile gaming goodies to enhance your gaming experience. An Ipega 9087 smartphone gaming controller will be included with the Player Edition, alongside some PUBG stickers if you’re a fan.
The specs sheet, however, remains the same throughout the device. Like the standard edition, the Honor Play sports a 6.3-inch display on the front in Full HD+ resolution. Under the hood lies a slightly aged but still powerful Kirin 970 processor plus 4GB of RAM. Unfortunately, there is no extra horsepower or a bump in RAM for the Player Edition although it is centered around gaming. The phone carries 64GB of expandable storage.
The Player Edition features GPU Turbo, a feature seen in many of Huawei smartphones that helps optimize gameplay and battery at the same time. Speaking of which, the phone packs a larger than average 3750mAh battery which is charged via USB-C. Cameras still remain an important aspect of every smartphone, with this handset featuring a 16MP + 2MP dual rear camera setup and a 16MP selfie snapper.
The Honor Play Player Edition is now available at Honor’s online store on hihonor.com and Shopee.
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