The Find X is still finding its way to international markets, but that won’t stop OPPO from teasing a new phone. It’s only been four months since the official announcement of the F7 and it’s already time to anticipate the OPPO F9.
OPPO Malaysia just posted a dramatic teaser image on Twitter showing a waterfall with a notch (seems pretty weird) and a message “The breaking new vision. F9 is coming.” The post even has a philosophical question in its caption saying “A drop of rain falls on the leaf will shine they say, but how if it falls on the screen?” and “Get ready to welcome the OPPO F9 with new waterdrop screen, a breaking new vision experience for you!”
Whatever OPPO is trying to say or show is indeed puzzling. What on earth is a “waterdrop screen” and could this mean the F9 will have an IP rating against liquid? Also, the outline of the F9 and waterfall shows a smaller notch compared to the F7’s. It appears that the F9 will have a small cutout for the front camera just like with the Essential Phone.
To further confirm that the teaser is not a just slip, OPPO Malaysia posted two similar teasers a few hours after the first one:
— OPPO Malaysia (@OPPOMalaysia) July 30, 2018
A water-resistant midrange OPPO phone could be in the works, but let’s wait for further announcements before we get our hopes up. 🤞
Huawei Nova 5T: ‘Fashionable’ and powerful
Same chip as the P30 Pro
The next #NovaStar has arrived. Huawei just launched the Nova 5T — a midrange phone that they say is fashion-focused while still packing some power.
The phone features a glass back design and will come in three colors: Midsummer Purple, Crush Blue and Black.
Nova 5T has flagship specs for a midrange phone
In terms of its display, the phone has a 6.26 inch FHD LCD display with a punch hole at the top left of the display. The punch hole houses the 32MP front-facing camera. Meanwhile, there are quad cameras on the back — consisting of a 48MP main camera with an f/1.8 aperture wide-angle lens, a 16MP ultra-wide angle camera, a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor.
A side-mounted fingerprint sensor is included for secure unlocking.
Powering the device is the Kirin 980 processor. This chip can also be found on Huawei’s flagships like the Huawei P30 Pro and the Mate 20 Pro. Memory is generous with 8GB of RAM, and onboard storage is more than enough with 128GB.
It has a 3,750 mAh battery that can be topped up with a 22.5W SuperCharge fast charging technology.
Pricing and Availability
In Singapore, the Huawei nova 5T will go on sale starting September 14. Pricing will be announced September 5. Meanwhile, in Malaysia, the phone will be available in stores on September 7 and will retail for MYR 1,599. In the Philippines, the phone will retail for PhP 18,990.
Razer holds first ever SEA Games bootcamp for esports teams
Held in partnership with one of the best eSports teams in the world
Preparations for the upcoming 2019 Southeast Asian Games are underway, especially with eSports now added to the competition. Razer, the official eSports partner for the SEA Games has an idea on how to make preparations more interesting. The global gaming lifestyle brand wants to bring esports teams from all participating countries to train them by learning from the best players in the world.
Razer officially rolls out the Razer SEA Games eSports Bootcamp, a two-day training camp for eSports teams participating in the Dota 2 tournament for the SEA Games. The bootcamp will feature a series of mentorship sessions and practice games for all the competing teams from Singapore (Team X) , Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia (PG.Barracx), and the Philippines (Sibol). With the inclusion of eSports in this year’s SEA Games, Razer’s Global Sports Director David Tse hopes to “bring eSports to the next level.”
To guide these teams to success, Razer taps upon a global eSports powerhouse in the Evil Geniuses. EG’s Dota 2 coach, Sam “Bulba” Sosale will mentor the five participating teams to compete at the highest level for the upcoming tournament.
“Evil Geniuses is excited to help some of the best players in Southeast Asia prepare for it,” Sosale said. As of writing, members of the EG’s Dota 2 team are competing in the Upper Bracket semifinal round of The International 9 in Shanghai.
The Razer SEA Games eSports Bootcamp will run from September 2 to 3, 2019 in Singapore. As a treat, Evil Geniuses is hosting their first ever meet-and-greet in Southeast Asia on September 1. Fans will have a chance to get up close with members from EG’s Dota 2 team: Arteezy, SumaiL and s4, along with Bulba. Fans will also get a chance to win signed jerseys from their favorite players.
Buy the Samsung Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK edition now
You better hurry!
BLINKs, it’s officially here — the Samsung Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK Edition is now available for purchase.
The BLACKPINK edition package comes with the Galaxy A80 smartphone in either Angel Gold or Phantom Black along with the BLACKPINK case, charging stand, a photocard, and a mesh pouch for PHP 34,990 (US$ 685). The separate BlackPink Edition package is valued at PHP 5,999 (US$ 118) but buying online now will net you the package for free.
There’s also a free Nanofixit Screen Protection with 1 year screen cracking insurance warranty of up to PHP 5,000 (US$ 98) as well as a free Klook Voucher worth PHP 1,000 (US$ 20). This specific package is only currently available on July 14 via online purchase.
As an additional offer, you can trade in your old your old smartphone or tablet for the Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK Edition for some discounts as well as an additional PHP 4,000 (US$ 78) token.
Availability in other Southeast Asian countries
A similar package is available in Malaysia for MYR 2,499 (US$ 607.58). However, they have an additional color option which is ghost white and instead of the Nanofixit Screen Protection, the package comes with a Samsung Galaxy Fit worth MYR 369 (US$ 85). This package is only available to the first 1,000 buyers.
In Singapore, the package only includes the Galaxy A80 along with the BlackPink case, charging stand, and photocard. The suggested retail price is SG$ 898 US$ 662). The BLACKPINK merchandise is valued at SG$ 188 (US$ 139).
The Samsung Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK edition was first announced in Bangkok, Thailand and also goes on sale today starting at THB 21,990 (US$ 719). During the launch, we also saw the Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Watch in BlackPink edition.
Samsung Galaxy A80
The Galaxy A80 sports a set of triple cameras, octa-core Snapdragon 730G chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 3700 mAh battery, and 4G LTE support. It also runs Android 9.0 out of the box.
This is Samsung’s unique answer to the “notch problem” with its rotating camera mechanism. It was announced early in April but didn’t hit certain markets right away.
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