OPPO faked its benchmark scores, too

Benchmark-gate is real



The decline of the benchmark continues. Earlier last month, Huawei faked several of its benchmark scores for marketing purposes. Inadvertently, the company’s move invalidated the integrity of the benchmark score.

This time, Tech2, an Indian publication, conducted an independent and unfunded series of tests for smartphones. Being independent, the tests avoided any corporate bias that a funded test might have. For example, an OPPO-sponsored test might inflate scores on an OPPO smartphone.

Tech2 conducted the tests from its own prerogative. As you might expect, the test revealed the ghastly truth plaguing the tech industry today. Some smartphone brands are secretly inflating their numbers to look good on the market.

Unlike Huawei’s tests from before, these tests exercised more rigor. Instead of relying on readily available benchmark tests on the Play Store, Tech2 used their own custom and undetectable test. Strangely enough, both OPPO and Huawei still detected the benchmark test.

Image source: Tech2

The results are staggering. The OPPO Find X, the Realme 1, and the Realme 2 have all faked their scores. At the very least, their fakery isn’t as absurd as Huawei’s. (Huawei advertised a benchmark score that doubled the phone’s actual performance rating.)

Still, OPPO’s actions are undoubtedly blatant. In today’s benchmark-reliant market, falsifying claims is a huge red flag.

Image source: Tech2

On a brighter note, the test also revealed the truthfulness of other brands. Besides Huawei and OPPO, the test presented the results of the Nokia 7 Plus, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, Pocophone F1, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and OnePlus 6. Thankfully, none of these phones faked their results.

Regardless, Huawei and OPPO send a cautionary tale towards today’s market — benchmark-gate is real. Rely on benchmarks at your own peril.

SEE ALSO: A new OPPO Find X could be the first phone with 10GB of RAM


Google Drive was down for PLDT users

Service appears to be working now



Google Drive down

Google Drive was not working for PLDT users in the Philippines.

Multiple users in the Philippines have taken to Twitter to express frustration that Google Drive is down. The earliest tweets started at around 7PM (GMT+8). As of writing, the service continues to not work for some people.

Some tweeters have pointed out that the problem is with the Internet Service Provider PLDT. Some have switched to using a different ISP and it has worked for them.

PLDT replying to queries

PLDT has yet to fully acknowledge the problem and have only so far replied to a handful of customers who have tagged them to flag the issue.

As of 4:24AM (GMT+8), the service has returned for some users.

Google Drive is Google’s cloud service that’s also home to its Office Suite of apps including Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. Several people rely on the service both for study and work.

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Mi 11 Lite: Price and availability in the Philippines

Ultra-slim midranger



Mi 11 Lite

The youngest sibling from the Mi 11 series expansion announcement, the Mi 11 Lite, has made its way to the Philippines.

Despite an overall slim footprint, it does sport a 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay with a 90Hz refresh rate and HDR10. It also has a 4,250mAh battery with 33W fast charging.

Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G chip. It’s a chip that’s more than capable of handling most of what you’ll do on a smartphone. Into gaming? Yes, this phone can certainly handle that. It even employs the LiquidCool tech to keep you cool even as the game heats up.

It also has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Yes, this is only the 4G version. No word yet if the 5G one will arrive in the country. Its camera setup are as follows: 64MP f/1.79 Wide. 8MP f/2.2 UWA, 5MP f/2.4 Telemacro, and 16MP selfie camera.

The phone will come in three colors: Boba Black, Bubblegum Blue and Peach Pink.

Price and availability

The Mi 11 Lite will retail for PhP 14,990 and will be available for purchase from Authorized Mi Stores and partner retailers nationwide as well as our official stores in Lazada and Shopee starting April 24.

Watch our Mi 11 Lite Unboxing and Hands-On

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Lenovo unveils new Eyesafe-certified ThinkVision monitors

For those who wish to manage their screen time while working




For those working from home, you often find yourselves glued to your screens for more than eight hours a day. Whether it’s your work laptop or your phone, you proceed to work on your tasks or scroll through social media through a screen. Of course, if you do it for too long, it has the potential to damage your eyesight in the long run. Now, Lenovo unveiled a new set of displays that might just help you address that.

The company has launched its latest ThinkVision monitors that are now Eyesafe-certified. In essence, both monitors come with technologies designed to ease off the harmful blue light emitted from the display. Furthermore, they received a TUV Rheinland Eye Comfort certification to ensure maximum eye comfort and protection.

Also, these two monitors — the ThinkVision T24i-2L and ThinkVision T27h-2L — come with color accurate displays and phone holders on the base.

For the ThinkVision T24i-2L, it comes with a 24-inch FHD display with flexible connectivity options for all kinds of devices. Meanwhile, the ThinkVision T27h-AL comes with a 27-inch QHD display for a much larger workspace.

These monitors are now available for the price of PhP 8,850 (ThinkVision T24i-2L) and PhP 15,499 (ThinkVision T27h-2L). You will find these through Lenovo’s authorized partner sellers.

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