OPPO F3 Plus Unboxing



OPPO is taking its “selfie expert” claim seriously, and it shows in its latest offering that we’re unboxing, the OPPO F3 Plus.

The Chinese smartphone company’s new phone is headlined by its dual-camera, but it’s not where you’d normally find dual-cameras. Instead of the back, the dual-shooter is in front.

The first one is a 16-megapixel camera with a 1/3.1-inch sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, while the other one is an 8-megapixel wide-angle shooter. If you’re crazy about selfies, then there’s probably a lot to like about this new phone.

OPPO promised that with this phone, you’ll be able to take good photos anytime, anywhere.

It also comes with low-temperature fast charging care of OPPO’s VOOC tech. The OPPO F3 Plus comes in black and gold, and retails for PhP 23,990. You can preorder the phone now at


OPPO A71 (2018) Hands-on: Same design, faster processor

Sacrifices were made to put in a Snapdragon processor



You might ask why are we writing about the same phone we already wrote about six months ago. I assure you, this is not the same device. There are more similarities than differences though, so that’s what we’ll talk about in this hands-on review of the new OPPO A71 (2018).

First impression: It’s practically the same phone

If you have the old A71 and you place it beside the new A71 (2018), there’s virtually no physical differences. The position of the ports are the same, the placement of buttons are the same, the dimensions are the same — everything is the same. Is that a good or a bad thing? For me, it’s good because there are benefits to having the same body of an older phone. Besides, last year’s A71 is just a few months old.

One of the advantages of the A71 (2018) having the same body is the chance of having more cases available for it. You can just buy or use a case for the old A71 and it’ll fit the new one perfectly. (Just like how the iPhone 6 accessories work for iPhone 6S and the iPhone 7 with the iPhone 8.) Also, there’s no reason for OPPO to add a little premium for a new design, making the phone cheaper than it could be.

Being labeled as a 2018 phone might disappoint some since the phone doesn’t sport an 18:9 aspect ratio; it still has a 5.2-inch HD display with a 16:9 ratio. It’s a budget phone, so I won’t take this against OPPO. Good news is, the display is pretty sharp and can get really bright. This makes it usable even when under direct sunlight.

One of the advantages of getting an OPPO phone is the triple-card slot which is ideal for users who have two SIM cards and their very own microSD card. You can put all three at the same time, unlike with hybrid solutions of other manufacturers. The Android version on board is still Nougat but it’s now topped with ColorOS 3.2 versus 3.1 from the older model.

What are the differences between the 2017 vs 2018 variant?

Both A71s look the same on the outside, but the specifications are quite different from each other. The main difference between the two is their processors. The older model has a MediaTek MT6750 which is the go-to processor of OPPO last year before they shifted to Helio P23, the latest from MediaTek that’s found on the F5 series. As an upgrade, the 2018 variant gets a Snapdragon 425 processor which is really efficient and practically replaces the popular Snapdragon 625 on more expensive phones.

The 2018 model has a better processor but, unfortunately, has lower memory — 2GB versus 3GB. The storage remains the same at 16GB and the dedicated microSD card slot, again, is available when the user needs additional space.

Does the lower memory affect the overall performance of the phone? Not really. I used the old A71 last year and using the new A71 doesn’t feel significantly better. In terms of speed, the A71 (2018) loads apps faster and doesn’t lag at all. When multiple apps are open though, switching between them takes a couple of seconds. That’s probably where the bottleneck is due to lower memory, but it’s nothing to worry about unless you’re a power user who has a lot of apps running at the same time.

Does it take better photos?

Not much has changed in the camera department. A 13-megapixel sensor still acts as the primary shooter at the back along with an LED flash, while a 5-megapixel front-facing camera takes care of selfies. What’s new is the AI selfie feature which we first saw on the F5. According to OPPO, their AI for selfies takes the most suitable beautify effect for the subject.

Here are some samples using the rear and front cameras:

Both the rear and front cameras take decent pictures. They’re not bad, but also not too great. At least I can say that for its price range, it’s one of those with better cameras. I’m just still not convinced with the AI selfie, but they work well with women more often.

Is it worth the upgrade?

If you have the old OPPO A71, there’s no need to get the new version since it’s just an incremental update. I see the OPPO A71 (2018) to be more suited for those looking to have a new phone that takes good selfies and just works well for everyday use.

It even has a more affordable price of just PhP 7,990 (US$ 155) at launch in the Philippines.

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Huawei P20 Lite leaks in full unboxing video

More than a week before the actual launch!



With more than a week to go before the big Huawei launch in Paris, rumors and speculations circulate on what handsets the Chinese phone brand could be announcing.

At least for one of the three devices allegedly being released, we need not speculate any further. A full unboxing of the Huawei P20 Lite has been posted by an Italian tech blog and it leaves little to the imagination. Watch below:

From the looks of it, Huawei’s release, or at least one of them, will indeed have a notch. Also according to, the Huawei P20 Lite is powered by a Kirin 659 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It has a dual-camera setup on the back with 16- and 20-megapixel shooters, plus a 16-megapixel shooter up front.

Of course, nothing is for certain at this point, although the video above can be pretty convincing. As for the two other rumored Huawei handsets, we’d have to wait until March 27.

 ALSO: Huawei P20 series will come in multiple fascinating colors with gradient

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Vivo V9 will launch on March 22 in the Philippines

Sooner than expected



The Vivo V9 has been subjected to multiple leaks — from both independent outlets and the company itself. But as fun as early previews are, there’s nothing like watching an actual launch. For the Philippines, it’s happening sooner than expected.

Vivo Philippines has sent out invites for the March 22 unveiling of the upcoming V9. This is several days earlier than what was previously rumored.

The V9 is the successor to the V7 series that came out last year. Different this time is the higher screen-to-body ratio with a noticeable notch on top, as well as an impressive 24-megapixel selfie shooter and a pair of cameras on the back.

While this isn’t an innovative as the concept phone we saw at MWC 2018, it does ride on the full-screen trend we’ve been seeing a lot of lately. How the V9 will take advantage of the larger real estate is the question we want answered during the official unveiling.

With OPPO getting ready to release the F7 and Huawei prepping for a grand launch, Vivo will have some tough competition ahead.

Here’s an advertisement from Vivo Indonesia to get you excited:

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