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The OPPO Reno Ace Gundam Edition looks amazing

Based on the OG Gundam

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If you thought the OPPO Reno Ace was interesting, this might just make you really want it. Also unveiled during the launch is the OPPO Reno Ace Gundam Edition.

It carries all of the Reno Ace’s specs notably the incredibly fast SuperVOOC 2.0 charging at 65W and the 90Hz panel. It’s also rocking the Snapdragon 855+ SoC along with the quad-camera setup at the back.

The four cameras are as follows: 48MP primary camera, a 13MP telephoto lens with 5x hybrid zoom, an 8MP wide angle lens, and curiously, a 2MP monochrome sensor. There’s a small waterdrop notch for the 16MP front-facing camera.

But of course, the clear difference is the whole Gundam design. This one looks like it’s based off of Mobile Suit Gundam RX-78 which first appeared on the 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam animé series.

That’s the OG Gundam right there.

The press materials already showcase what’s inside the box. And everything has a Gundam theme all over it!

A closer look shows how intricate the details are on this design.

The case is patterned on the Gundam’s shield! How cool is that?

The OPPO Reno Ace Gundam Edition will come in an 8GB RAM and 256GB storage variant and is priced at CNY 3,599 (US$ 505). It will be available starting November 11 and, at least for now, it will only be sold in China.

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership

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Grab Philippines and GCash have finally struck a partnership deal that will make payments on the superapp even easier and more convenient.

Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.

Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.

The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.

Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.

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Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders

Or the upcoming Galaxy Book

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The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.

If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.

Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.

The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.

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Apple halts development of in-house chip

Broadcom is still in

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Apple is currently on a quest to reduce its reliance on third-party components for its devices. For the most part, the company is successful in doing so. Apple Silicon is already an important part of the brand’s identity — with work on more in-house components ongoing. Now, Apple is reportedly pausing development on one of its upcoming chips.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will delay the development of its in-house connectivity chip. In the meantime, the brand will keep relying on Broadcom for the same components, going into the iPhone 15 series.

To be clear, the paused component only deals with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple is still developing its in-house modem for 5G connectivity — according to outside reports, at least. While the Broadcom deal will still continue, Qualcomm might still get the axe after Apple develops its replacement chip.

Given the positive response to Apple Silicon, building more in-house components might ultimately work well for the brand. If anything, the company can rest easier by controlling how one of its components is produced.

Besides Apple, other brands are also developing their in-house chipsets to rival component makers like Qualcomm. Google, for instance, is doing relatively well with the Tensor lineup. Additionally, though the upcoming series will rely on Qualcomm, Samsung is currently working to bring the Exynos lineup to match current standards.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye Pro Max, hello Ultra

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