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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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Here are the leaked specs of the Pixel 4a

This is almost everything

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Image source: Ishan Agarwal / Twitter

In less than 24 hours, Google will officially announce the Pixel 4a, a midrange variant on the current Pixel generation. However, ahead of the launch, numerous leaks from numerous sources have already uncovered the secrets of the delayed smartphone. There is almost no mystery left as far as the Pixel 4a is concerned. Here are the leaked specs of the Pixel 4a.

Leaked by leaker prodigy Ishan Agarwal, the Pixel 4a will have a 5.81-inch FHD+ OLED screen with a 19.5:9 ratio and an always-on display. As expected, the front panel will have a punch-hole camera on the top-left corner.

Inside, the smartphone will sport a Snapdragon 730G chipset, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage. It will have a 12.2-megapixel, f/1.7 dual pixel rear camera with OIS. Meanwhile, the front-facing punch-hole camera is an 8-megapixel, f/2 selfie shooter. It can take videos of up to 4K resolution (30fps) or 1080p resolution (120fps).

In other specs, it will come with a Titan M Security Module for protection. For power, it has a 3140mAh battery, a slight bump from what was expected in previous rumors.

Image source: Ishan Agarwal / Twitter

Besides the almost-complete list of specs, Agarwal also leaked a few press renders of the smartphone. It looks just as expected: simple, sleek, smooth.

As for availability, the Pixel 4a has an interesting launch date, according to the leaks. Coming first to the US, the UK, Ireland, Germany, Australia, Japan and Canada, the Pixel 4a 5G will launch with the Pixel 5 this fall for US$ 499. Now, we don’t have any details about the Pixel 5 series yet. If the leaks are correct, the next generation is coming soon as well.

SEE ALSO: There could be a Pixel 4a variant with 5G

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Caviar is selling a US$ 23,380 iPhone 12 Pro

First confirmed iPhone 12 price range

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Image source: Caviar

To be absolutely clear, Apple has not officially announced the iPhone 12 series yet. Regardless, Russian smartphone maker Caviar is selling a US$ 23,380 iPhone 12 Pro already. With an official preorder page already up, we have our very first confirmed price range for the upcoming iPhone series. And, oh boy, it’s more than painful.

Of course, Caviar isn’t your ordinary smartphone maker. The Russian company customizes and creates luxury versions of the existing iPhone series. A US$ 23,380 is par for the course. This particular iPhone 12 Pro is “completely made of gold.” If that’s not enough, it also comes with eight brilliant diamonds and “Russian national style” decals. The luxurious phone looks phenomenally premium. Further, if you want to fully spec your iPhone 12, Caviar can go up to the 512GB iPhone 12 Pro Max for US$ 24,540.

If you somehow don’t have an extra US$ 20,000 lying around for a new iPhone, Caviar also sells a much cheaper python leather design for only US$ 4,290. That’s the cheapest variant for the Russian phone maker. You can also grab models in crocodile leather, titanium, and carbon fiber for varying prices.

Naturally, regardless of what you think about their prices, Apple won’t sell the iPhone 12 for that much. The company is expected to unveil the new series either in September or October. According to a confirmed investor report, the iPhone 12 is delayed by a few weeks.

SEE ALSO: iPhone 12 series will allow 4K video recording up to 240fps

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Best Budget Smartphones in the Philippines below P10,000

August 2020 Edition

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Welcome to GadgetMatch’s list of the best smartphones priced below PhP 10,000! Each month, we update our selection with the budget-friendly phones we believe are most deserving of your hard-earned savings.

Even though the spotlight has been on high-end smartphones this entire year, there have been a few surprisingly good entry-level handsets coming out lately, as well. So good, in fact, that we had to reassess our entire list.

Here they are in no particular order:

Redmi 9 (PhP 6,490)

Probably the best compromise if you want a capable budget phone but don’t necessarily want to be near the top-end of the budget spectrum. You’ll have to settle for using Lite apps to not feel any slow down, but other than that, this thing works and is built well.

HANDS-ON: Redmi 9

Redmi Note 9 (9,990)

This is a routine appearance for the Redmi Note line. Xiaomi continues to lord over the budget segment by offering fairly capable smartphones at such an affordable price.

Review: Redmi Note 9

Realme 6i (PhP 9,990)

Realme finally releases a budget phone with a USB-C port! That aside, everything here is standard Realme — which is great. Its cameras leave much to be desired but what this is a budget phone after all. It does pretty well everywhere else — can game, handle your usual daily things, and has an impressive battery life.

READ: Realme6i 

Samsung Galaxy A20s (PhP 9,990)

There was a time when we couldn’t, in good conscience, recommend a Samsung phone in the budget segment. That’s now a thing of the past with Samsung’s Galaxy A series. The line is more streamlined and more competent than the J-series that once held its place.

READ: Samsung Galaxy A20s

OPPO A5s (PhP 6,990)

The OPPO A5s perhaps is best looked at as a transition device more than anything else. It does what you expect out of budget smartphones. It’s good to have “for now” but you might look elsewhere for a more reliable daily driver.

REVIEW: OPPO A5s

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