OPPO R17 Pro goes official with triple rear cameras, in-display fingerprint scanner

It even has SuperVOOC charging technology!



OPPO is on a roll lately with new devices almost every month. After the flagship Find X and the midrange F9 phones, here now comes the R17 Pro which will fill in the gap. It comes with the newest hardware for the upper-midrange segment plus all the design trends from other 2018 smartphones.

The OPPO R17 Pro sports a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution and the waterdrop-style notch. It’s topped with the latest Gorilla Glass 6 and has an impressive 91.5 percent screen-to-body ratio, according to OPPO. Also, there’s an in-display fingerprint reader beneath the display for unlocking the device.

The phone packs a Snapdragon 710 processor with a whopping 8GB of memory and 128GB of internal storage. Unfortunately, it’s got no microSD card support for expanding storage capacity.

The camera department is pretty intriguing with a 25-megapixel front camera and three cameras at the back — a first for OPPO. We first saw three rear cameras on the Huawei P20 Pro, but the R17 Pro’s setup is different. It has a main 12-megapixel sensor with variable f/1.5 to f/2.4 aperture lens like on the Samsung Galaxy S9+, a secondary 20-megapixel unit, and a 3D TOF depth sensor.

Usually, 3D TOF depth sensors are used for accurate facial recognition. But, OPPO says that they’ll use it for 3D photo capturing and to connect the phone to the TV as a game console. We have to see that in action before we draw conclusions.

The phone owns two 1850mAh batteries for a combined capacity of 3700mAh. Why is that? The R17 Pro has 50W SuperVOOC charging technology enabled which debuted with the Find X Lamborghini Edition. It promises a 40 percent charge in 10 minutes with the bundled fast charger.

As for the software, it’s got Android 8.1 Oreo that’s heavily skinned by the company’s own ColorOS 5.1.

Like other Chinese-made phones lately, the R17 Pro comes with a gradient color glass back. It’s priced at CNY 4,299 (US$ 625) and it’ll start selling by mid-October in China. International availability is yet to the announced.

SEE ALSO: OPPO R17 unveiled with tiny notch and under-display fingerprint reader


Xiaomi’s 200W charger is coming next year

Production starts June



Xiaomi is reportedly gearing up for the mass production of its 200W HyperCharge next year. This week, the charging wars heated up with iQOO’s rumored 160W charging solution coming out for the iQOO 8. Though the rumor was impressive, Xiaomi’s 200W wired charging solution, which was revealed earlier this year, was always looming in the shadows.

Back in May, the Chinese company official unveiled the charging solution, touting a charge time of just eight minutes for a 4000mAh battery. The solution also boasted a 120W wireless charging compatibility to boot. Naturally, as with most new technologies announced, it takes a while before the company can safely release it for the public. True enough, some reports warned that the blazing fast solution actually degraded batteries.

However, according to Chinese publication MyDrivers, Xiaomi is ready to unleash it to the public. The company is reportedly aiming for production to start as early as June 2022. It will supposedly pair up with Xiaomi’s most premium model next year, the Mi 12 Ultra.

For years, Chinese companies have worked on creating the best charging solutions for consumers. Though most new ones are just experiments at this point, some are already coming out for the market. Besides the impressive 160W charger from iQOO, Samsung is also reportedly working on a much-needed fast charger for next year’s flagships.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi unveils 200W fast charging technology, calls it HyperCharge

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Trials of Mana now available on mobile

Mobile gamers might want to try this!



Since its release in 1995, the Trials of Mana has come a long way. From the 16-bit era to the mobile gaming platform, this game is rich in history spanning 26 years. Now, the 3D remake of the JRPG classic Trials of Mana is now available on mobile.

The mobile version of the game includes many features, including new touch controls,  adjustable graphics settings and cloud save capabilities. Players can also receive two pieces of starting gear to help jumpstart their quest. The starting items are the Rabite Adornment and Silktail Adornment. 

Originally released in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 3 in 1995, Trials of Mana is a remake of the third entry in the classic Mana series. The game features a selectable main cast  with upgradable classes and over 300 different abilities to learn as they discover a world of secrets and mysteries. The series’ action battle system will put players to the test as they encounter enemies. The game was received well by its release on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Steam platforms.

Price and Availability

Trials of Mana is available on iOS and Android devices via the App Store or Google Play Store. The game is priced at US$ 23.99. 

SEE ALSO: Trials of Mana review: A nice glow up


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Horizon Zero Dawn’s Aloy is coming to Genshin Impact

Will be available for all players… eventually




Turns out the PlayStation and Genshin Impact collaboration goes beyond PlayStation 5 specific updates. Aloy from the PlayStation game Horizon Zero Dawn will be a playable character on Genshin Impact.

Aloy — a five-star character — will be playable for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 players via in-game mail when Version 2.1 drops. The character can then be played on any platform thanks to the cross-save feature after being claimed from the PS5 or PS4.

Not a PlayStation player? Fret not. Aloy, will arrive to all players who have reached Adventure Rank 20 on Version 2.2. Her weapon, unfortunately, is a PlayStation exclusive.

Version 2.1 and Version 2.2 will also bring other updates that MiHoyo promised to release in detail shortly. Version 2.1 is coming on October 13, 2021 while version 2.2 will arrive on November 24, 2021. Could these also be clues on when the Horizon Zero Dawn sequel will release? We’ll have to wait and see.

Genshin Impact is a free-to-play open-world action RPG that brings players to the world of Teyvat. The player takes on the role of the mysterious “Traveler,” who sets off on a journey to discover the fate of their lost sibling.

Horizon Zero Dawn was a PlayStation exclusive game that launched in 2017. It received plenty of critical and commercial success. Its sequel — Horizon Forbidden West — is set to arrive in late 2021.

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