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OPPO Reno2, Reno2 F price in the Philippines

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It’s only been months since the OPPO Reno was launched but the company didn’t waste time following it up with the release of the OPPO Reno2 series.

The series consists of the Reno2 and Reno2 F — both geared towards content creation.

Reno2: Building on the foundation of the first Reno

The Reno2 is equipped with pretty much the same set of cameras as the Reno, and then some.

The rear has a quad-camera setup. consisting of a 48MP main camera, an 8MP wide angle lens, a 13MP telephoto lens, and a 2MP mono lens, supported by 5x Hybrid Zoom and up to 20x digital zoom and the Ultra Wide Angle lens.

But perhaps the most impressive new thing about the Reno2 is its Ultra Steady Mode feature. It’s designed to guarantee stable and smooth videos despite extremely shaky situations.

The series is equipped with Optical Image Stabilization and a 60 FPS frame rate to compensate for those shaky shots and enhance image stabilization, fluency, and overall image quality.

Inside the phone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G flanked by the Adreno 615 graphics card. More than enough for most of the things you do on your phone. It also has 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage.

The huge 4000 mAh battery, dynamic 6.5″ AMOLED display, efficient processor, and optimized Color OS 6 all work together to deliver a full-day of heavy use. When you run out of juice, OPPO’s VOOC charging will get you up to 50% in just 30 minutes.

Reno2 F brings more of the same features. It is instead powered by a Mediatek Helio P70 SoC with 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage.

Pricing and availability

The Reno2 series comes in colorways inspired by nature: options for Reno2 are Sunset Pink and Luminous Black, while Sky White and Lake Green for Reno2 F.

The new OPPO Reno2 will retail at PhP 28,990 with Muse Bluetooth Speaker worth PhP 2,499 as a freebie.

Pre-order period is from October 18 to 24, and will be officially available nationwide on October 25 in OPPO concept stores, authorized dealers, and online via Lazada, Shopee, Akulaku, Argomall, Abenson and Memoxpress.

The Reno2 series will also be available in partner operators Globe and Smart. For Globe, the Reno2 will be available on Plan 1,799 online and offline with no cash out starting October 24, while for Smart, the Reno2 will be available on Smart Signature Plan M 1,499 with PhP 7,500 cash out starting November 8.

SEE ALSO: OPPO Reno2 review | OPPO Reno2, Reno2 Z in Singapore

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Poco X2 is coming in February

The wait is almost over

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The long wait is now almost over. POCO India just revealed that the next Pocophone will launch on February 4, 2020.

Announced in a tweet, the next phone will be called POCO X2 and, according to the company, will make you go “Bruh, it’s Smooth AF.”

Why smooth? It’s likely referring to a high screen refresh rate — a feature that was introduced in 2019 by the likes of OnePlus and ASUS and will likely come to several phones in 2020. It’s possible the POCO X2 will have up to a 120hz screen refresh rate.

The phone’s dedicated website also highlighted the cameras, a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, liquid cooling, and fast charging. If the POCO X2 will carry on the “flagship killer” tag that the Pocophone F1 carried, then it wouldn’t be a stretch to think that it will carry the latest Qualcomm SoC.

There’s still a lot that we don’t know, but we don’t have to wait too long to find out!

SEE ALSO: POCO is now officially an independent brand

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India now the world’s second-largest smartphone market

It finally surpassed the US

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With a population of 1.3 billion, India is the second-most populated country in the world. The total number of population in India presents an opportunity for tech companies willing to break ground with their products. The proliferation of tech brands in the country testifies to the Indians’ demand for new tech products — particularly, smartphones.

Over the years, the smartphone market in India grew significantly. According to the latest statistics from Counterpoint Research, India finally surpassed the US to become the second-largest smartphone market in the world.

India’s growth remained while smartphone shipments remained flat globally.

The total smartphone shipment in India reached 158 million in 2019 with a 7% year-on-year growth.  The bulk of this shipment came from Indian buyers looking for midrange smartphones with flagship capabilities. These buyers, as the research notes, are buying these devices as their first or second smartphone.

Photo lifted from Counterpoint Research

Xiaomi leads the way

Chinese tech companies saw a strong surge in India and drove the majority of smartphone shipments. Xiaomi, in particular, leads the pack with 28% of smartphones shipped coming from the company. The company now has to prioritize the Indian market, as the market finally became its largest last 2019.

Samsung (24%), Vivo (16%), and OPPO (9%) also did well last 2019. Interestingly, Realme’s growth in India has been staggering — from 3% in 2018 to 10% in 2019, the company registered a 255% year-on-year growth.

Other companies like ASUS and OnePlus also grew significantly on an annual basis. ASUS registered a 67% growth while OnePlus at 29% growth.

While budget devices remain popular among Indians, the market for midrange and flagship devices is also growing. One company to benefit from this growth is Apple, wherein the lowered entry price of iPhone 11 compared to iPhone XR made it a hit among Indians with deep pockets.

Feature phones are declining

While the Indian smartphone market grew significantly, the market for feature phones dropped significantly. The market saw a steep 38% year-on-year decline during the last quarter of 2019. Counterpoint Research blames this to a slow down in shipments from a leading feature phone maker, Reliance Jio.

Surely, the Indian smartphone continues to be a competitive market for most tech companies. The growing adoption of smartphones in India means that there is no slowing down for its market. Perhaps, there will come a time when smartphone shipments in India may even surpass that of China’s.

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Motorola razr: “Bumps and lumps” are normal, according to Motorola

Take good care of your razr

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After all the hype, are we ready to give foldable smartphones a chance? Logic says: proceed with caution. The pioneering phones have proven themselves less than durable. For example, even after two iterations, the Samsung Galaxy Fold still had inherent flaws (which the company admitted to).

Now, the industry’s newest addition — the refreshed Motorola razr — is going through similar speed bumps. However, according to Motorola, there’s nothing to worry about.

Today, Motorola USA released a support video on their official YouTube page. The video issues several reminders on how to take care of the foldable phone. Most are self-evident, such as staying away from sharp objects and screen protectors. One, however, is a strange addition.

“Screen is made to bend; bumps and lumps are normal,” the addition said.

Undoubtedly, “bumps and lumps” don’t usually apply to smartphones — if it’s working correctly, at least. To call it “normal” is strange. What does it even mean? When do bumps and lumps occur?

If the Galaxy Fold is any indication, the flexible screen deforms after bending over and over. The plastic can pop like a broken screen protector. That said, it’s strange to see how Motorola’s own deformations are normal.

If Motorola is downplaying the flaw, is the new razr actually better than most foldable smartphones? Unfortunately, despite the downplaying, “bumps and lumps” are still undesirable for some users. Will this impact the Motorola razr negatively? Possibly.

SEE ALSO: New leak reveals Motorola phone with a stylus

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