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OPPO Reno6 series launches in the Philippines

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We’ve always been… amazed(?) at how fast the OPPO Reno line keeps churning out smartphones. It was only about three to four months ago when we welcomed the Reno5 line and now, the OPPO Reno6 series is coming to our lives.

Indulge us on this quick anecdote. A friend of GadgetMatch recently saw the massive online promotion of the OPPO Reno6 series. Said friend just bought the OPPO Reno4 and wasn’t thrilled about the news. That’s how fast the Reno line launches phones.

But, see, the differences are pretty incremental. If you’re coming from Reno4 or Reno5, you should be fine. If you have something that’s a little older — whether it’s an older Reno or some other brand that launched alongside it — you might be curious what you’re getting with the Reno6 series.

The series comprises two smartphones: The OPPO Reno6 5G and the OPPO Reno6 Z 5G.  Let’s start with the series’ namesake.

OPPO Reno6 5G

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The OPPO Reno6 5G is an upper midranger whose flatedge design is reminiscent of the iPhone. It’s pretty light at 182g and should be comfortable to hold for most people.

Inside, it’s powered by ​​the MediaTek MT6877 Dimensity 900 5G (6 nm) processor. It has 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and has a 4,300mAh battery with support for SuperVOOC 2.0 fast charging 65W.

It has a nifty trick of letting you expand your RAM by up to 5GB. That is, of course, given you have enough storage space available to repurpose those gigabytes. Just search RAM Expansion on the Settings menu to look it up.

For the cameras you have a 64MP wide angle sensor that’s capable of shooting 4K/30fps video or 1080p/30fps and 1080p/60fps video. Flanking the main sensor are the 8MP ultrawide lens and a 2MP macro lens. Up front, there’s a 32MP selfie camera.

It has a 6.4” AMOLED Display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The screen refresh rate goes up to 90Hz.

OPPO Reno6 Z 5G

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This one’s a little less specced out but still very much capable. It’s slightly smaller and lighter weighing in at 173g. It has a 6.4” AMOLED display with only a standard 60Hz refresh rate.

It isn’t completely underpowered with its  MediaTek MT6853 Dimensity 800U 5G (7 nm) chip which is supported by 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The 4,310mAh battery supports 30W fast charging.

The camera setup is pretty similar with a trifecta of 64MP wide, 8MP ultrawide, and 2MP macro lenses. It also shares the same 32MP front-facing camera.

ColorOS goodness

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Both smartphones run the Android 11 based ColorOS 11.1. It’s one of the best things about the OPPO smartphones over the last year and a half. ColorOS has made strides to become a lot cleaner and more feature packed.

There’s a slew of customization options like choosing the contrast in Dark Mode, changing the shapes of the icons, and picking your own UI color scheme.

You also get mobile gaming features like the Game Assistant that lets you toggle different between different modes of play. It also gives you control on whether to shut notifications out completely or have them come in discreetly.

You also have the usual filters, beautification, and portrait modes on the camera app like A.I. Color Portrait and the host of new video-centric features.

Price and availability 

The OPPO Reno6 5G will be available in Aurora and Stellar Black. It will retail for PhP 26,999. The OPPO Reno6 Z 5G is available in the same colorways but will retail for PhP 19,999. 

Both phones will be available in OPPO Concept stores as well as the company’s e-commerce partners Lazada and Shopee.

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Netflix is losing a lot of long-term subscribers

People are switching

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The Netflix revolution was indeed televised. However, after enjoying years of success as the streaming platform of choice, a lot of users are now leaving Netflix for greener pastures. Over the past few months, the company has struggled to patch its failures. A recently released data report does confirm that the platform has a right to worry. More and more long-term subscribers are reportedly cutting their subscriptions short.

According to The Information, around 13 percent of Netflix cancelers in the past quarter are from accounts that have been with the platform for over three years. The data, which was reportedly obtained from Antenna, pegs cancelations at around 3.6 million Americans, a big increase from the 2.5 million of the past five quarters.

Though 13 percent isn’t exactly a giant figure, it’s still a blow to Netflix’s empire. While streaming platform rightly focus on gaining new subscribers, losing the loyalty of long-term users isn’t something to shrug off.

Since announcing lost expectations, Netflix announced ways to save on costs and retain its subscribers. Other methods include canceling projects, opening a games division, and potentially charging users more for account sharing. Naturally, not every plan hits users the same way.

In the meantime, other platforms — like Disney+, HBO, and Hulu — are attracting more users with more varied and exclusive content. Regardless, Netflix is skidding down a slope. Only time will tell whether its latest strategies will stave off more losses.

SEE ALSO: Netflix is experimenting with livestreaming content

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IFA 2022 gets greenlit for in-person event

A stunning return

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The COVID-19 pandemic has rightly locked the tech industry into a standstill. It was vastly unsafe to congregate in groups for fear of contracting the virus. However, with vaccines and better healthcare, the world is slowly going back to normal. Events which were once canceled are now returning to the big stage. Joining that roster, IFA 2022 has now received the greenlight for an official event this year.

It’s been two years since the last IFA event. While 2020 was the height of the pandemic, the event’s organizers also canceled a return last year amid the resurgence of other variants. Now, all obstacles are gone.

IFA Berlin has officially confirmed that IFA 2022 will take place between September 2 through 6. Super-early-bird tickets are already available for EUR 35 if you happen to be in the area.

More importantly, the organizers are also confirming that two-thirds of the event’s exhibitors are going back to the event for presentations. Likewise, retail groups will make a return to Berlin.

Berlin isn’t the only major event making a return this year. Computex has also announced an in-person event this year between May 24 to 27. Likewise, MWC 2022 happened earlier this year, spotlighting major players in the industry.

SEE ALSO: GadgetMatch Awards: Best of IFA 2019

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Honor teases Honor 70 series launching soon

Two giant cameras

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It’s flagship time! After some wait, Honor is unveiling its next flagship series by the end of the month. Ahead of the launch, the company also released some teaser images for the upcoming device. Dubbed the Honor 70 series, the new flagship aims to dazzle a sleek-looking rear and a behemoth of a camera setup.

At first glance, the most apparent aspect of the Honor 70 series is its two huge peepers. The phone’s rear seemingly has two camera modules placed beside each other. While the main lens is reportedly a 54-megapixel sensor, not much was revealed about the other shooters.

Also apparent is the diamond stylings of the rear panel. Likewise, the rear looks like it has curved edges for a handier grip. Honor is digging in deeper to develop a more premium look for its fans.

Unfortunately, the previews don’t spoil what the front panel looks like. The company wants to keep some secrets to itself before the launch on May 30.

Though the previews don’t reveal as much, the series will likely come in various models: a regular, a Pro, and a Pro+ variant. In other rumors, the series might also use a combination of different chipsets depending on variant: the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, the Dimensity 8100, and the Dimensity 9000.

With freeing itself from Huawei, Honor has pushed for a comeback. Its previous flagships and smartphones tell as much. Once the Honor 70 series launches on May 30, the Chinese company has the potential to wow more fans.

SEE ALSO: Honor 50 review: Comeback is real?

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