OPPO Find X2 series now official with ‘Ultra Vision’

The motorized camera module is gone



Two years after its predecessor’s launch, OPPO’s newest flagship, the OPPO Find X2 and Find X2 Pro, is now finally official.

That’s quite an unusual gap between two flagships especially with how crazy the smartphone releases have been over the past couple of years. A lot of things happened in those two years. OPPO made strides in two key areas and those are present in the Find X2 Pro.

Ultra Vision Screen2

A trend in 2020 smartphones is a display with higher refresh rates. We first saw this on the OnePlus 7 Pro with its 90Hz display back in 2019 then the ASUS ROG Phone 2 upped the ante to 120Hz.

On OPPO’s phones, they first showed off a 90Hz display panel with the Reno Ace followed by the Reno3. Reno, by the way, is kind of what filled the gap when we couldn’t find X2 in 2019. More on this later on.

The Find X2 Pro is equipped with what OPPO is calling the 120Hz Ultra Vision Screen2. Fancy name with some fancy features. Other than the higher refresh rate, it also has a 240Hz touch sampling rate which you’ll experience more of when you’re playing games. Particular the first-person-shooter types where there’s a premium on speed and accuracy.

With this new display, OPPO is also promising better color accuracy, video interpolation of up to 60/120 FPS. HDR Video Enhancement and all that jazz.

Ultra Vision Camera System

Another thing that was introduced in the Reno line is the 10x Hybrid Zoom technology on its cameras. You can actually trace its origins from MWC 2017 where the company showcased a 5x zoom tech.

Equipped on the Find X2 Pro is the second generation 10x Hybrid Zoom with support up to 60x digital zoom. Part of improvement includes Ultra Night Mode 3.0 which also supports the zoom capabilities.

Going in with more detail on the cameras, this is the phone’s setup: 48MP (Main camera, Sony IMX689) + 48MP (ultra-wide-angle camera, Sony IMX586) + 13MP (Periscope Telephoto Camera) combination.

If you recall, the Find X actually had a motorized camera.

It was a time when there was a huge emphasis on screen-to-body ratio, and the motorized camera was OPPO’s solution. Fast-forward two years later and the company has abandoned this idea (for now, at least), in favor of a unibody build and a punch-hole 32MP selfie camera.

Yes, this is a flagship

That unibody build actually makes the phone feel really sturdy. The OPPO Find X2 Pro has a nice heft to it that really makes you feel like you’re holding a premium phone.

Inside, the phone is undeniably a 2020 flagship. Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage. Both the Find X2 and the Find X2 Pro support 5G.

It’s 4260mAh battery can be juiced up through OPPO’s signature SuperVOOC 2.0 Flash Charge that has up to 65W of charging power. The company says this can fully charge the device in just 38 minutes.

On paper, the Find X2 Pro has more in common with the Reno series than its original predecessor. But that also means it’s equipped with everything OPPO innovated over the last two years.

How it stacks up with the rest of the premium flagships out there is something you’ll have to wait to find out on our full review.


realme Smart TV and Watch S Pro is coming to the Philippines

Buy it first during the Shopee 3.3 Mega Shopping Sale



realme is launching two new products in the Philippines — the realme Smart TV and Watch S Pro. Both products will spearhead the realme Tech Life, which is the brand’s growing portfolio of smart devices.

The exact launch of these products will happen on March 2 via live stream on realme’s Facebook page and YouTube channels. The realme Smart TV and Watch S Pro will then go on sale at Shopee’s 3.3 Mega Shopping Sale. Both will also have a special introductory price during the sale event.

Launched last year, the realme Smart TV comes in two sizes: a 32-inch and 42-inch model. The lower-end model has an HD resolution while the other has full HD, but both have LED panels for their displays. Both models also come with a MediaTek processor, a 24W speaker, and Android TV out of the box. It has a retail price of INR 14,999 for the 32-inch and INR 23,999 for the 42-inch. Converted, these prices translate to approximately PhP 10,000 and PhP 16,000, respectively.

Meanwhile, the realme Watch S Pro has a 1.39 AMOLED round display and a 450mAh battery rated for 14 days. It can track up to 15 different workout modes, and measures steps, heart rate, sleep, and even blood oxygen levels. In India, it retails at INR 9,990 so its price in the Philippines could hover at PhP 7,000.

Discounts for Shopee 3.3 Mega Shopping Sale

It’s not only the realme Smart TV and Watch S Pro that will see a special price during the Shopee 3.3 Mega Shopping Sale. The popular mid-range devices — realme 7 Pro and 7 — snag a special one-time price of PhP 13,990 and PhP 11,990, respectively. Discounts are also up for grabs with the realme 7i: PhP 10,990 for the 8GB/128GB and PhP 6,990 for the 4GB/64GB.

realme Buds Q true wireless earbuds will also be discounted to a price of PhP 855. Finally, the first-generation realme Watch will be available to buy at PhP 2,790.

Buyers can get first dibs on these devices along with the new products starting March 3 exclusively at realme’s official Shopee store page. For more updates, follow realme Philippines’ official Facebook and Instagram accounts.

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FF7 series launches new PS5 update, mobile battle royale

Featuring a new mission with Yuffie



Today, PlayStation held a State of Play showcase for its upcoming games for both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5. Though the showcase was filled with new sneak peeks from all sorts of games, the now-iconic Final Fantasy VII took center stage and blew everyone away. Not content with last year’s remake, Square Enix will once again improve the original FF7 game for the PlayStation 5 and add a new DLC to go with it.

It’s a remake’s remake

Saving the best for last, 2021’s first State of Play unveiled a (literally) new look at the PlayStation 5’s version of the Final Fantasy VII Remake — titled Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade.

Most importantly, the version will add in massive technical and graphical upgrades for the remade game. Intergrade will have better lighting, for example, to take advantage of the new console’s new hardware. While the remake is already graphically stunning, the new version will make the game practically cinematic in feel.

Besides the graphics upgrade, Intergrade will also add new difficulty settings. Players can now access the classic turn-based controls even on normal mode. The version will also add in a photo mode, which will naturally flex the PlayStation 5’s hardware capabilities along with it.

Finally, Intergrade will launch a new story featuring the oft-overlooked character Yuffie Kisaragi. Her story will take her on her own adventure with a new male character Sonon Kusakabe. Yuffie and Sonon are on a plan to infiltrate Shinra.

For current PlayStation 4 owners of Final Fantasy VII Remake, a free upgrade will bring the update’s technical improvements to the PlayStation 5. However, Intergrade itself (meaning, the additional content) will come with a separate price. Intergrade will cost US$ 70 as a whole.

A prequel battle royale

If Intergrade isn’t enough to satiate your FF7 needs, Square Enix is also launching a mobile battle royale game set thirty years before the events of Final Fantasy VII. More than a simple mobile shooter, Final Fantasy 7: The First Soldier will feature the series’ popular tray of magic spells and summons (including Chocobos). According to the teaser video, players will participate in the Shinra Electric Company’s Soldier program, explaining the need for a battle royale.

Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier is coming to Android and iOS sometime this year.

A FF7 compilation

Finally, Square Enix also announced a massive mobile compilation — Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis — featuring all the smaller games and stories set in the game’s timeline including Advent Children, Before Crisis, Crisis Core, and Dirge of Cerebrus.

Though the developer describes it as a “chapter-structured single player game,” the teaser trailer doesn’t reveal how the compilation will weave through the entire series seamlessly. The game will reportedly feature all the stories from the series, while introducing new, unexplored elements.

Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis is coming to Android and iOS sometime in 2022.

SEE ALSO: Final Fantasy VII Remake review: A fresh experience of a timeless tale

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Sophos and Qualcomm are teaming up to secure 5G PCs

AI-enabled protection against cyberattacks



Sophos, a British cybersecurity company, has announced that it will provide its Intercept X software for 5G PCs powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon compute platforms. Called the Intercept X, it’s an endpoint protection suite that helps prevent malicious code deployment such as ransomware.

“The combination of Sophos Intercept X with Snapdragon compute platforms will provide users next-generation security through an always-on, always-connected PC environment,” the companies said in a statement.

The sophisticated software is capable of protecting advanced systems and endpoints via deep learning AI capabilities. The system can inspect and scrutinize files from hundreds of millions of samples to identify and neutralize threats that haven’t been seen before.

In case of a ransomware attack, Intercept X can detect and block foreign encryption processes to protect the device and data. It’ll also use Connected Standby technology to constantly communicate with other Snapdragon-powered devices so that unknown processes are limited and data won’t be compromised when the PC goes offline.

Since Qualcomm’s platform is designed for portable computing, Intercept X shall use AI acceleration through the Qualcomm AI Engine to optimize the device’s performance and ensure minimal battery loss.

Lastly, it’ll be able to harness hardware-level root of trust to ascertain device and cryptographic integrity. According to the firm, the Snapdragon processor series — used to power light, 5G PCs — will come in useful in combating security blackspots as the software will leverage connected standby functions.

“Now, in addition to enabling always on, always connected PC experiences, our 5G-enabled Snapdragon compute platforms bring next-generation security innovation rooted in our advanced AI and 5G connectivity capabilities,” said Miguel Nunes, senior director Product Management, Qualcomm.

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