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OPPO Find X3 Pro Unboxing and First Impressions

OPPO’s latest flagship looks fancy

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OPPO’s quest to break into the premium flagship segment continues in what might just be their best flagship to date — the OPPO Find X3 Pro. Here, we’ll take a look at what’s in the box and share our initial thoughts after using the device for a few days.

This is the a special reviewer’s box. It’s pretty large.

Over at the bottom is a pull tab housing some extra goodies.

First thing out of the pull tab slot is this event invite.

Next is this nice and clean, white-grayish case.

OPPO was generous enough to include one more case. It’s in this carbon fiber-like look but actually feels like regular plastic.

Onto the main box! Lifting the cover reveals actual retail box but it’s slotted in an odd way.

Here’s another look. The surface also has this prism effect which ties in nicely to the #AwakenColour tagline

We’re jumping straight into the retail box which reveals another case. This time it’s black.

The warranty card looks especially premium.

Now that part that you’re here for. The OPPO Find X3 Pro!

Here’s a better look. The variant we have has this glossy finish. Yes, it’s a fingerprint magnet.

Also, rejoice as this flagship comes with a charger out of the box. All that VOOC goodness for you to take advantage of.

First Impressions

On paper, the OPPO Find X3 Pro certainly seems like the flagship that can tussle with the best of the best. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC so that guarantees you the best performance right now. That also means the phone has 5G connectivity — par for the course on today’s flagships.

The 6.7-inch AMOLED display also screams premium packing in a 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, and 1300 nits of brightness. The cameras — 50MP wide-angle lens, a 13MP telephoto camera, and a 3MP macro sensor — don’t look like much on paper. But it’s being complemented by OPPO’s computational photography.

It even has this nice little gimmick called Microscope mode that takes these super macro shots. Take it real close to a fabric and you get something like the photo below.

The rest of the photos also look pretty good. Here are some shots for your appreciation.

Focus on people

Night Mode

The unit we had prior to launch doesn’t have the latest software yet, but even then, the experience has been pretty fascinating. ColorOS 11.2 is smooth and snappy and the phone feels great on hand despite falling more into the big phone category.

Battery life was pretty impressive as well, with the phone lasting a good day and a half on moderate usage. There’s plenty more to parse and test so watch out for our full review!

SEE ALSO: OPPO Find X3 Pro: Price and availability in Singapore

 

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NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… First Impressions

Yes, that’s really the game’s name

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NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… which I shall refer to henceforth as NieR Replicant, is a game I didn’t expect to play but everyone else’s hands were full so here we are. As my first title in the NieR franchise,  I honestly have trouble condensing the experience to a single theme so what I’ll do is just list down everything I liked about the game so far.

But first, what is NieR Replicant?

NieR Replicant ver. 1.22474487139… is a remastered version of NieR Replicant first released in 2010 in Japan. It’s a prequel to the 2017 hit NieR: Automata. 

You play the role of a protective brother who’s trying to find a cure for his sister. Aiding you in this quest is Grimoire Weiss — a sentient magical floating book who is probably the most entertaining thing about the game.

That covers the general idea. Now, onto the things I liked.

The music

This was the very first thing I noticed especially after going through the opening battle tutorial sequence. There’s just something about the music in this game that takes me back to the JRPGs from the late 90s to early 2000s.

It’s exactly the kind of music that plays in my head when I dream of being whisked away to a different reality. It’s especially true since the one we’re in right now feels like a really dark timeline. I digress.

All the levels and areas I’ve played so far had music that completely matched the look and feel of that particular area. There’s always a feeling of adventure when entering a new town and there’s also a feeling of constant threat in dungeon-type areas. Everything’s just really spot on.

The voice acting, especially Grimoire Weiss

I didn’t play the original game but learned that it didn’t have voice overs back then. I wouldn’t exactly classify the added voice over as spectacular but it uniquely appeals to my taste at the moment.

(Editor’s Note: It was very nicely pointed out to us that the original game had voice overs, just not for NPC dialogues. But all the voice overs for re-recorded for this remastered version).

If you’ve ever seen any dubbed Anime before, that’s the vibe you’ll get from the voice acting — which fits the art style of the game perfectly. The intonation, delivery, and just overall feel gives off a nice mix of earnest but also campy vibe.

This may not appeal to everyone but a great foil to everything I mentioned about voice acting is the performance of Liam O’Brien (Gaara in Naruto, Lloyd Aspland in Code Geass) as Grimoire Weiss. Unlike every other character that feels too absorbed in the world, Weiss (or Weissy as some characters fondly call him) seems self-aware without appearing too detached from the world.

Oftentimes, he’ll call out what a drag some quests feel like. His banter with the protagonist definitely distracts from what can sometimes be mind-numbing side quests. He just is a huge plus in the entertainment value of the game.

The combat 

The combat in this game is the right amount of flashy without being too simplistic. You have the usual light and heavy attacks coupled with blocks, parries, dodges, along with magic and ranged attacks that are just oh, so, satisfying.

There’s enough variety here to keep you on your toes. And sure, while you may get away with some level of button mashing, the combat offers a decent amount of depth to make it feel rewarding to not just button mash.

NieR Replicant

The changing perspectives

While I haven’t really played NieR: Automata, I’ve seen plenty of reviews and gameplay videos to know how the gameplay shifts from a traditional action RPG type to something that resembles games from the past.

In certain sections of the game, it’ll shift to a top view where you’re moving around an area dodging and taking down enemies. Some sections will also turn the game into some type of 2D platformer. It’s a nice change of pace every time these changes kick-in and it ties in nicely to the nostalgic vibe of the music.

Everything else

I’m still on the fence about the game’s story. It has, so far in my playthrough, tackled themes of loss and grief and given the current state of our world and my immediate environment, that’s not exactly the kind of escapism I look for. Perhaps, I’ll have my thoughts more fleshed out once I finish the game.

The character models, though remastered, do feel like they are from a different time. Personally, I don’t think that’s a bad thing but this might be off-putting to new players who’ve been spoiled by the graphics and art style of more recent games.

Should you play NieR Replicant?

To sum up my experience so far, I think NieR Replicant is a good mix of that late 90s to early 2000s JRPG vibe but with a touch of modern action RPG gameplay. I think it’s also a good entry point to the NieR franchise. Playing this so far already has me looking forward to playing NieR: Automata. 

If what I described so far is totally your jam, then you should definitely snag a copy right now.

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Pre-order/purchase the digital version of the game before May 31, 2021 on the PlayStation Store, or pre-order/purchase the first-run physical version to receive the early purchase bonus download code for NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…

  • PS4 Dynamic Theme
  • Avatar Set
  • Mini Soundtrack

Pre-Order Links: Singapore | Malaysia | Indonesia | Thailand

Physical Version Pre-Order Bonus: Tarot card of “The Fool” with the Protagonist (young) as motif.

Xbox One Digital version

Pre-order the Xbox One digital version and receive the Mini Soundtrack

Steam Digital Version

Pre-order the Steam digital version and receive the Mini Soundtrack and a wallpaper collection for PC.

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… will be available on April 22, 2021 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam (PC).

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OPPO A94 Unboxing and First Impressions

This one’s a looker

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OPPO A94

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, smartphone launches have been relentless for a while now. Not even a month after debuting their latest flagship, the Find X3 Pro, OPPO is at it again. This time, with the midranger OPPO A94.

The particular box we received came in this treasure box. It should be familiar to Mobile Legends players.

There are plenty of other goodies inside, but we’re here for the OPPO A94.

This seems to be the color OPPO is going with for most of their smartphone releases for 2021.

Flip the box over and you’ll see the name of the phone with some highlight features.

It’s not really clear in the photo but those features are: Dual View Video, AI Color Portrait Video, and 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0.

We’re skipping right ahead to opening the box

Gorgeous, right? OPPO calls it the Flowing Light Design. Here’s another look.

The official name of color variants are Fluid Black and Fantastic Purple. This particular variant is the fantastic purple, but depending on how light hits it, it looks more like teal with splashes of purple.

Here’s the rest of what’s inside the box

OPPO A94

There are earphones, a USB-C cable and the power adapter. Not seen in photo is the SIM-tray ejector tool and the usual documentation: warranty and user guide.

Here’s a closer look at the power brick just because

The OPPO A94 has a quad camera setup

OPPO A94

Here are the numbers: 48MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, and 2MP mono camera. It also has a 32MP selfie shooter. More than the specs, it’s also home to plenty of OPPO features also found in the Reno line. These are AI Color Portrait Video, Monochrome Video, Dual-View Video, Dynamic Bokeh, Night Flare Portrait, among others.

Here’s what it looks like after boot up

OPPO A94

It’s running ColorOS 11 on top of Android 11. It’s easily one of the better Android skins right now. OPPO has taken a lot of inspiration from OnePlus’ OxygenOS to make sure the UI is able to breathe while adding their own unique customization tools.

A smartphone for gaming

While the design of the phone is loud, it’s not necessarily gaming loud. However, the OPPO A94 is equipped to tackle some of the most popular titles today, most notably Mobile Legends: Bang bang. Powering the device is a MediaTek Helio P95 Octa-core chip which is tuned for faster app start-up but also gaming-centric things like responsive on-screen touches and less lag.

It’s also home to OPPO’s  Game Assistant that has features like Game Focus Mode. You can choose to block out all notifications or have them appear like a ticker on your screen in a non-obstructive manner.

Best OPPO A-series phone so far?

All early indications suggest the OPPO A94 is a pretty darn solid midranger. It’s heavy on performance and comes in a flashly look. Those are two pretty strong qualities but the smartphone is also more than serviceable in other departments like thumbing like crazy through your social media feeds or catching up with people dear to you via chat apps.

It’s already out in Singapore but in the Philippines, you can look forward to its launch on March 26.

 

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Samsung Galaxy A52 5G and A72 First Impressions

Awesome midrangers

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Samsung’s new 2021 A Series is official. Are the new A52, A52 5G and A72 strong contenders in the midrange space? And how are they improved over last year’s models.

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