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OPPO Find X2 series now official with ‘Ultra Vision’

The motorized camera module is gone

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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.

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CES 2021 will still push through with an in-person event

Will implement a lot of safety measures

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So far, CES 2020 is the only massive tech trade show to escape the ongoing coronavirus pandemic unscathed. Soon after the first show of the year, other similar events — like MWC 2020 — started dropping out for fear of spreading the virus further. Some migrated to online avenues. Some are still pushing through but with severely limited attendance.

With more than half a year to go before the next event, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced that CES 2021 will continue its years-long tradition of holding an in-person event for the trade showcase. Besides the in-person event, CES 2021 will also branch out into more digital spaces, allowing more livestreaming to broadcast the latest technologies for a wider reach. Though the announcement is only making the rounds now (via The Verge), the CTA has already made and publicized the decision on May 7 through the convention’s website.

This is, of course, a huge deal for the public events industry all over the world. All eyes are on CES 2021 as a safety barometer for the future of public spaces. Though some events are still continuing as normal this year, CES 2021 will likely usher in a new era with new health tools, the “new normal,” and, hopefully, a cure. Who knows what will happen at that point in time?

CES 2021 will still implement public health measure to limit the spread of disease during the show. The CTA is already pondering on various methods like social distancing, temperature scans, mask wearing, contactless payments, and sanitization stations.

Amidst all the potential safety measures in place, we’re seeing the “new normal” in action. For sure, CES 2021 will showcase huge breakthroughs in the tech industry, as it did this year. The annual event will take place from January 6 to 9 next year.

SEE ALSO: IFA 2020 to adopt an ‘innovative’ form of conferencing

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PLDT Home extends Speedboost and Double Data offers

Until June 30

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When people were forced to stay at and work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PLDT stepped in to make sure Internet access was sufficient (debatable, we know). The speedboost they promised for the duration of the lockdown has now been extended.

The nationwide speedboost supposedly gave everyone a minimum of 25 Mbps. If you felt this boost, congratulations! You get to experience it for a little while longer.

If you’d rather go prepaid that options is on offer as well. You can get the PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid at just PhP 995 which comes with free 10GB worth of data valid for seven days and enjoy twice more data for all sites and apps.

If that doesn’t quite cut it for you there are other PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid options:

  • FamLoad package: FamLoad 199 now has 24GB of data for seven days
  • FamLoad 599 comes with 80GB of data for 15 days
  • FamLoad 999 has 130GB of data for 30 days
  • FamLoad 1499 gives you a whopping 200GB of data for 30 days.

To find out more, you can always visit the PLDT Website. Just cross your fingers that it never gets hacked like their Twitter account.

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Nickelodeon Pixel Town: Another game to play while on lockdown

They’ve got adorable pixel art!

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Nickelodeon is serving up a new mobile game for us: Nickelodeon Pixel Town. A mobile game we can all sink our teeth into as we try to cope with everything that 2020 has been throwing at us so far.
So, what is it exactly? Nickelodeon Pixel Town is a city building game. The name of the game is building your own Nickelodeon city where you can collect characters, costumes, iconic buildings, and items from different Nickelodeon series. The most charming bit? It’s all drawn in highly stylistic retro pixel art.

For your city inhabitants, you get to collect characters from SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Invader Zim, CatDog, The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom, Rugrats, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Avatar: The Legend of Korra, Rocko’s Modern Life, Hey Arnold! and The Wild Thornberrys.

Honestly, if you don’t have a Switch and have been gritting your teeth through the lockdown while people have been playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons, this is a decent mobile game to bring back some nostalgia. Because with all the hellish news lately, don’t we all just want to curl up into a ball and go back to a time when times seemed so much simpler? Not any better of a place and time perse, sure. But, just a time when we were too young to know any better.

Want to give this game a go?

Nickelodeon has an official launch celebration for the Pixel Town.  You can use the code PIXELTOWNHL to redeem 500 Gems for free! To redeem it, you can go to their website, click redemption, and fill up the necessary info.

If you want to build up a reason to disconnect and play like me, you can. The freebies are valid until 30 June 2020, 11:59PM (GMT+8). That’s a pretty good amount of time to be rally up enough pent up emotions to need some time away to hop back fiercer. Nickelodeon Pixel Town is available in Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia on Google Play and Apple App Store.

SEE ALSO: 10 offline free-to-play mobile games

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