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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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POCO M2 Pro launching soon, specs listed on Geekbench

Launching on July 7

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File photo: POCO X2

POCO India has started teasing the launch of its next phone and it’s scheduled for July 7. However, even this phone — the POCO M2 Pro — couldn’t hide through the internet and its specs have popped up on the benchmarking tool, Geekbench.

Company teasers have already shown-off a quad-camera setup but we’re yet to know the nitty-gritty. The model listed on Geekbench is powered by a Snapdragon 720 SoC alongside 6GB of RAM. The phone shall ship with Android 10 out-of-the-box. The company has already confirmed it’ll support 33W fast charging.

According to the rumor mill, the POCO M2 Pro shall have a quad-camera setup on the rear. It’ll consist of a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor, a 5-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.

This will be the first phone in the M-series and will play an essential role in framing the brand’s presence in the Indian market. So far, POCO has launched only two phones in India since its debut. However, at the beginning of this year, POCO parted ways from Xiaomi to operate as an independent brand.

Xiaomi already leads the market while OPPO and vivo have an extremely strong on0-ground presence. Samsung too has a considerable chunk due to its revered brand perception. Realme has consistently shown radical growth and it’s going after Xiaomi with all its might.

With an increasingly competitive market like this, POCO has a lot to accomplish. Currently, the brand only has the POCO X2 on sale.

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Last of Us Part II has a Limited Edition PS4 Pro

It looks sleek

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It’s a curious time to be offered a PS4 Pro what with the PS5 being months away from launch. That said, this one’s a Last of US II PS4 Pro — one of the most awaited sequels of the current generation.

The PS4 Pro in question also happens to look pretty damn sleek with only Ellie’s tattoo as the major discernible design along with the game’s title. Ellie, by the way, is now the lead in this PS4 Classic’s sequel.

The Last of Us Part II continues the story of zombie apocalypse survivors Joel and Ellie. Set five years after the events of the last game, Ellie is all grown up and set to embark on a revenge tour against aggressors still unintroduced.

Going back, launching alongside the PS4 Pro are the Limited Edition DualShock 4 controller and a Limited Edition Wireless Headset — everything pictured on top of this article in case you missed it.

Pricing are as follows:

PH SG MY TH ID VN
PS4 Pro Limited Edition Console

 

PhP 23,990 SGD 599 N/A THB 14,990 IDR 6,999,000 VND 11,490,000
DUALSHOCK4 Limited Edition

 

PhP 3,490 SGD 84.90 MYR 279 THB 2,090 IDR 899,000 VND 1,590,000
Wireless Headset Limited Edition

 

PhP 5,980 SGD 149 MYR 449 THB 3,490 IDR 1,590,000 VND 2,490,000

The Last of Us Part II PS4 Pro will come with the game and the DualShock 4 controller. The Limited Edition DualShock 4 and Wireless Headset will also be sold separately. All items will be available when the game launches on June 19, 2020.

SEE ALSO: The Last of Us Part II Southeast Asia pricing and availability

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The Last of Us Part II official pricing and availability

Plenty of editions to choose from

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The hotly anticipated game The Last of Us Part II is finally here and we now have official pricing and availability.

The Last of Us Part II continues the story of zombie apocalypse survivors Joel and Ellie. Set five years after the events of the last game, Ellie is all grown up and set to embark on a revenge tour against aggressors still unintroduced.

The game will come in several editions most notable of which is the Ellie edition. The standard edition which gives you a physical copy of the game will retail as follows:

  • Philippines — PhP 2,990
  • Singapore — SG$ 79.90
  • Malaysia — MYR 239
  • Indonesia — IDR 829,000
  • Thailand — THB 1,890
  • Vietnam — VND 1,390,000

There’s also a Digital Deluxe Edition which will net you the following: PS4 Dynamic Theme, Set of 6 PSN Avatars, Digital Soundtrack, Digital Mini ArtBook from DarkHorse.

Here’s a list of the price and what you’re getting for each one.

Special Edition

PhP 4,399 | SG$ 114.90 | MYR 249 | IDR 1,199,000 | THB 2,590 | VND 1,890,000

  • Steel Book case with full game
  • 48-page Mini Art Book from Dark Horse

Collector’s Edition

PhP 10,599 | SG$ 269.90 | MYR 839 | IDR 2,899,000 | THB 6,690 | VND 4,790,000

  • Steel Book case with full game
  • 12″ Ellie statue
  • 48-page Mini Art Book from Dark Horse
  • Replica of Ellie’s Bracelet
  • Lithograph Art Print and Thank You Letter
  • Set of 5 Stickers
  • Set of 6 Enamel Pins

Ellie Edition

PhP 13,899 | SG$ 359.90 | MYR 1,099 | IDR 3,799,000 | THB 8,990 | VND 6,190,000

  • Steel Book case with full game
  • 12″ Ellie statue
  • 48-page Mini Art Book from Dark Horse
  • Replica of Ellie’s Backpack
  • Replica of Ellie’s Bracelet
  • The Last of Us II Logo Patch
  • 7″ Vinyl Record featuring music from the original soundtrack
  • Lithograph Art Print and Thank You Letter
  • Set of 5 Stickers
  • Set of 6 Enamel Pins

Pre-order starts May 4, 2020 with the official launch of the game on June 19, 2020. All pre-orders will come with a limited edition The Last of Us Part II T-shirt featuring Ellie’s tattoo printed on the back, while stocks last. Click here to find out where to pre-order.

SEE ALSO: New release dates for The Last of Us II, Ghost of Tsushima

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