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Unboxing the OPPO Find X2 Pro Automobili Lamborghini Edition

Looking grand and fancy!

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Sleek, classy, and powerful — these are the words I think of whenever I see Lamborghini. The Italian luxury carmaker has always been associated with grandeur and power. It has etched itself as a desirable experience one can dream of. You can even call it a beauty and a beast; evident in their supercars, SUVs, and e-bikes.

Brimming with such finesse, no wonder it partnered with OPPO’s finest phone which similarly carries the same epitome: a beauty and a beast.

Back in 2018, OPPO and Lamborghini already collaborated. The OPPO Find X Lamborghini Edition — worth almost US$ 2000 — was a remarkable luxury device. In 2020, OPPO brings the same lavish experience albeit more sophisticated.

An exquisite unboxing

Before we start, let’s call the OPPO Find X2 Pro Lamborghini Edition as Find X2 Pro Lambo. This luxurious handset came in a sexy, black paper bag.

Both OPPO and Lamborghini’s symbols were embossed in striking gold color, shining reflectively. Lamborghini’s signature patterns were embellished to present an exquisite and noble look.

The posh and upscale weight possessed by the ornate box was conspicuous all throughout. First, its design was reminiscent of Lamborghini’s distinct scissor doors.

You can open the box outwards like you’re about to enter your own Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster — the inspiration for this special edition phone. In essence, it felt like a regal experience.

Of course, the Find X2 Pro Lambo edition came in a protective case, but I took it out to marvel at its magnificence standing out against my black coat. In certain angles, it reveals subtle patterns that make it look dapper.

But let’s forget about the phone for a while, and let’s proceed to see what else is inside the box.

The marriage of aesthetic and performance

Inside the thick layer where the phone sat houses the manuals written in a bunch of black papers, a premium-looking warranty card with stamped insignias, and a SIM ejector tool.

At the deep-end of the box, you can find the elegantly-designed accessories. If there’s one thing I can commend OPPO about, it’s the meticulous presentation of an opulent device. Those who will attempt to do special edition boxes can learn a thing or two from how OPPO and Lamborghini did it.

It’s complete with accessories produced cohesively, conveying the marriage of performance and aesthetics. Lamborghini’s design language was written all over these peripherals, how can you not love it?

There’s a SuperVOOC 2.0 charger, a golden braided USB-C to USB-A cable (and a shorter, black one), a car charger, an exclusive phone case, and OPPO’s true wireless earphones — the OPPO Enco Free.

Hey there, handsome!

The Find X2 Pro Lambo edition has a unique and stunning exterior. It’s composed of a four-layer overlaid carbon-fiber texture similar to the Aventador SVJ Roadster, coated with a forged glass revealing simulated patterns and curves you’ll definitely love.

Compared to the original Find X2 Pro (which we associated with Hermès), the Lambo edition fashioned a hexagonal, edgy camera module in lieu of the rounded frame. It also stuck to the Lamborghini branding, applying gold and metallic accents to the phone and its accessories.

What I loved the most is the golden braided cable. It’s similar to my favorite cable from the HP Spectre X360 13, which looks suave!

The beauty to your beast

Naturally, a luxurious, special edition phone should come with an exclusive case to make its users feel special. Gratefully, OPPO packed a hand-stitched two-toned case: black carbon fiber and a metallic copper leather exuding a certain oomph when you glide your fingers.

This phone will suit your style if your aesthetic is a mix between black and varying shades of leather brown. Par exemple, this fancy phone complemented my faux leather brown organizer and Louis Vuitton vacation bag.

Moving to its front, the Find X2 Pro Lambo edition runs a custom Lamborghini Color OS 7.1 theme. This handset brims with the same power and performance.

It still has the same 6.7-inch OLED display with HDR10+ support and 120Hz refresh rate. The same processor, memory configuration, and battery capable of OPPO’s proprietary 65W fast charging support — which you can enjoy on the Find X2 Pro — are also housed in the Lambo edition.

A splendid, special edition experience

Certainly, the partnership between OPPO and Lamborghini is a fine example of special edition phones done right. It offers the lavish experience every Lamborghini car owner and fan can delight on, at a staggering price.

The OPPO Find X2 Pro Automobili Lamborghini Edition retails for CNY 13,000 (US$ 1,900 / PhP 92,000). For a luxury special edition phone, the price tag isn’t something that Lambo owners worry about. However, the phone is only available in China.

Meanwhile, the Find X2 Pro retails for CNY 7,000 (PhP 65,990). In the Philippines, telco providers offer the handset as part of their postpaid plans.

SEE ALSO: OPPO Find X2 Pro Unboxing and ReviewFind X2 Pro review: OPPO’s finest

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Caviar is selling an iPhone 12 designed after Apple’s very-first device

Piece of history!

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For most of us, our first-ever Apple device is the iconic iPod. However, Apple’s history goes far beyond the once-ubiquitous portable music player. Back then, the company designed the world’s very-first personal computers, starting with the Apple I in 1977. Now, the iPhone 12 is unofficially honoring that historic tradition with an official third-party variant. Caviar is selling an iPhone 12 designed after Apple’s very-first device.

As you might expect by now, Russian tech maker Caviar has started selling custom, luxury variants of the upcoming iPhone 12 series. Back in August, the company advertised a gold iPhone 12 selling for US$ 23,380. Though it’s not made from gold, Caviar’s iPhone 12 Apple I collection still promises something special for willing customers.

First of all, the phone’s wooden case carries a “glossy titanium screen,” heavily inspired by the original Apple I’s design. The “screen” displays code ending in the historic “Hello, World” message from computing history. Below the screen, you’ll find titanium buttons spelling out “COMPUTER.” And below that, Caviar is installing a piece of the Apple I’s original motherboard right on the phone’s rear. (Yes, it belongs in a museum!)

Rounding off this piece of history, the Apple I edition sports the roughly engraved label “Apple,” another mark from the original computer.

Naturally, the museum-worthy iPhone 12 Pro variant comes in an extremely limited supply. Caviar is selling only nine units of the collection, starting at US$ 9,990 and going up to US$ 11,150. Meanwhile, Caviar is also selling a limited, 49-unit run of a smaller Apple 1 Light (sporting a tinier piece of the motherboard), starting at US$ 4,990.

SEE ALSO: Caviar just launched a US$ 67,00 pair of AirPods Pro

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Samsung isn’t done working on Galaxy M phones for 2020

At least two more models coming this year

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Despite the chaotic uncertainty of 2020, one thing remains constant: the remarkable persistence of Samsung’s Galaxy M series. Though the smartphone industry suffered numerous delays this year, the South Korean company has constantly outed new Galaxy M models throughout the past few months. According to a report, Samsung isn’t done working on Galaxy M phones for 2020.

Exclusively reported by SamMobile, Samsung is still working to launch at least two Galaxy M models before the end of the year. Carrying the model numbers SM-M425F and SM-M127F, the two smartphones will reportedly turn up as the Galaxy M42 and the Galaxy M12s.

Of the two, the Galaxy M42 has the more storied career. Last year, Samsung released the Galaxy M40, a capable budget-friendly driver with a triple rear camera combination. This year, the company certified a 6800mAh whopper, the supposed battery of the potential Galaxy M41. However, despite the certification, Samsung didn’t utter as much as a peep of the alleged Galaxy M40 sequel. If the leak holds true, the company is moving up production a bit further by making the Galaxy M42 before the Galaxy M41.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy M12s has a stranger story. Last year’s Galaxy M10 marked one of the earliest entries for the Galaxy M series. This year, a follow-up — the Galaxy M11 — sported a massive 5000mAh battery. Who knows what the Galaxy M12s might hold?

Beside the ubiquitous Galaxy S and Note series, Samsung has constantly rounded out its smartphone offerings with a healthy lineup of midrange and budget-friendly models. With a thriving Galaxy M series, the company can offer its iconic Samsung experience to a wider audience.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Philippines Smartphone Price List

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vivo Y20i price and availability in the Philippines

Affordable gaming phone?

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vivo y20i

There’s a new affordable phone in town! Chinese smartphone company vivo officially unveiled the vivo Y20i.

It’s a sleek, entry-level smartphone that lets you play in style. It comes in a lightweight design, coated in stylish colors: Nebula Blue and Dawn White.

The vivo Y20i is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, and 5000mAh battery. It sports a large 6.51-inch IPS LCD display, making this budget phone perfect for your gaming needs.

Aside from looking chic and powerful, the vivo Y20i is equipped with an AI Dual Camera setup: a 13-megapixel primary shooter and a 2-megapixel bokeh lens. It’s also loaded with midrange-like features such as a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, FaceView unlock, and AI Portrait technology.

Pricing and availability

The vivo Y20i will be available on October 3, retailing for PhP 7,499 (US$ 155). Customers can pre-order the Android 10-ready smartphone through vivo’s concept stores, exhibits, kiosks, and multi-brand stores nationwide. For online orders, head through vivo’s official Shopee store and Lazada store.

Pre-order starts on September 28, 2020, until October 2, 2020. There’s a downpayment needed to pre-order: PhP 500 downpayment or online purchases and PhP 300 for in-store purchases. Freebies include premium headphones and an adorable “little V” USB night-light.

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