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OPPO going after 5G, IoT with new central hub in Malaysia

Promises smart devices, “intelligent connectivity”

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OPPO is positioning itself as more than a smartphone maker. The company kicked off this initiative when they introduced the OPPO AR Glasses in China and is now further strengthened by the introduction of more smart devices at their new Asia Pacific Hub located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

With the region accouting for 50 percent of the company’s global smartphone sales, it makes sense for its new central hub to be in the rising tech space of the region. This move is also part of OPPO’s “Think Globally, Act Locally” strategy — a move that many other companies have also been slowly adopting.

The company says its investing over US$ 7 billion to its research and development initiatives that involve 5G, 6G, AI, AR, and big data. A huge amount of resources will be poured into developing both software and hardware to go beyond the Internet of Things (IoT) and into “Intelligent Connectivity.”

Speaking of 5G, the company has already made it known that the OPPO Reno3 Pro will be equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765. That’s Qualcomm’s latest chip that comes with 5G integration.

The company also promised that its next flagship will also feature the more powerful Snapdragon 865 which also has support for 5G. The company’s primary 5G partner is telecommunications company Maxis.

New devices launched

To further show their commitment to 5G, OPPO launched the OPPO 5G CPE T1. It’s a connection hub built for both the home and the office. Equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem, it is one of OPPO’s first devices that will help shore up its 5G efforts.

Also announced during the event is the OPPO Enco Free true wireless headphones. This, alongside the OPPO Enco Q1, means the company is broadening its product portfolio way beyond smartphones which is what they have been primarily known for in recent years.

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Study: Smartphones least affordable in Philippines, Vietnam

About two months’ worth of salary

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With inflation rates skyrocketing everywhere lately, consumers wonder how much spending power has been generally affected.

Well, a recent iPrice study, “Highly Connected, But Highly Priced: Smartphones Out of Reach for Many in SEA”, revealed that when it comes to smartphone affordability, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia lag behind considerably.

The study took into account the salaries of workers in the three countries, and found out that mid-range smartphones cost twice an employee’s monthly salary on average.

In the same countries, high-end smartphones come as expensive investments, as they cost anywhere between about three to six times the monthly average salary of workers.

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And as if adding insult to injury, the prices of phones top brands like Apple, OPPO, vivo, and Samsung are generally higher in the Philippines and Indonesia compared to other countries in the region.

This leads to consumers opting for postpaid plans from telecom providers, capitalizing on the free device in exchange of a two-year lock-in period.

The finding is a stark contrast to the same smartphones’ affordability in Singapore and Malaysia. In those two peninsular countries, phones cost only about a third of an employee’s monthly average salary.

The main takeaway from the study is: average monthly salaries do not only differ from one ASEAN country to another; for some reason, products and services in countries with less spending power also cost more. Life is unfair, isn’t it?

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God of War: Ragnarok price and availability

Comes in 4 editions

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After it was revealed earlier on the PlayStation Blog that God of War: Ragnarok’s release date will be on November 9, 2022, people are naturally curious to know how the price tags for the sequel to the 2018 game.

Luckily, we have all the details for you. God of War: Ragnarok will come in Standard Edition, Launch Edition, Collector’s Edition, and the premium Jotnar Edition.

Watch this unboxing to see what each Edition has to offer:

Of course, the pricier the edition you pre-order starting on July 15, the more extra premium items you’ll be able to enjoy with the full copy of the game.

For now, here are the prices for the physical and digital packages of the game for Singapore, Philippines, and Malaysia:

Singapore

Physical

  • Standard Physical Edition (PS5): SG$ 97.90
  • Standard Physical Edition (PS4): SG$ 79.90
  • Collector’s Edition: SG$ 279
  • Jötnar Edition: SG$ 359

Digital

  • Standard Digital Edition (PS5): SG$ 97.90
  • Standard Digital Edition (PS4): SG$ 79.90
  • Digital Deluxe Edition: SG$ 109

Philippines

Physical

  • Standard Physical Edition (PS5):PHP 3,490
  • Standard Physical Edition (PS4): PHP 2,990
  • Collector’s Edition: PHP 9,990
  • Jötnar Edition: PHP 12,990

Digital

  • Standard Digital Edition (PS5): PHP 3,490
  • Standard Digital Edition (PS4): PHP 2,990
  • Digital Deluxe Edition: SG$ 109

Malaysia

Physical

  • Standard Physical Edition (PS5): MYR 299
  • Standard Physical Edition (PS4): MYR 249
  • Collector’s Edition: MYR 839
  • Jötnar Edition: MYR 1,099

Digital

  • Standard Digital Edition (PS5): MYR 299
  • Standard Digital Edition (PS4): MYR 249
  • Digital Deluxe Edition: MYR 339
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Call of Duty Mobile: Garena Masters II, Wild Dogs new gameplay announced

Major updates from Garena

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The largest Call of Duty: Mobile (CODM) tournament in Southeast Asia is back.

Garena has announced the return of Garena Masters II – Redemption, wherein 16 teams from Singapore, Philippines, and Malaysia will battle it out for a US$ 25,000 prize pool and championship title. 

There will be nine teams from the Philippines, three teams from Singapore and Malaysia, and four finalists from the CODM Garena Masters to compete in the new battlegrounds.

Fans and CODM players also stand a chance to win in-game items when they tune in to matches. 

New gameplay for Wild Dogs

Garena also introduced an immersive new game play experience for its latest season, Wild Dogs.

There will be new maps, weapons, rewards, and modes, and players can also travel back in time to ancient Egypt, endure challenges, and compete to find the fallen spy satellite.

CODM is one of the largest FPS games in history, with over 200 million active players to date.

The popular mobile game also won Best Mobile Game back in The Games Awards 2019 and Mobile Game of the Year in the 16th British Academy Games Awards.

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