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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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Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO

Successors named

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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey has been as much of a staple for the social media network as Mark Zuckerberg has for Facebook. However, as followers of Apple and Microsoft can attest to, long-standing figureheads of tech can change in an instant. Twitter is suddenly undergoing just that sort of shakeup. In a surprise announcement, Dorsey has announced that he is stepping down as Twitter CEO.

On-brand for his eccentric personality, Dorsey tweeted out the internal email detailing his resignation from his post. According to the email, Dorsey now feels that it is time to transition the company from a “founder-led” system to something potentially greater. He, along with other members of the board, has already appointed successors for his position.

First, now-former Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal will serve as the company’s CEO effective immediately. Agarwal was formerly an engineer with Twitter but has since led the company through several key decisions beside Dorsey.

Secondly, Bret Taylor, a member of Twitter’s board, will eventually serve as the new chairman. Dorsey will still serve the rest of this term until around May. Between now and the end of his term, Dorsey will help both new leaders transition into their new positions.

Though Dorsey’s announcement has a sense of intensity, this isn’t the first time that the Twitter founder exited his position. Back in 2008, he left his post for a time before returning to helm the company again in 2015. Only time will tell whether this current resignation will stick and what role he will transition into now. Regardless, it’s a new era for Twitter.

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Dimensity 9000 will reportedly cost double its predecessor

Same with Snapdragon, reportedly

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The end of the year often means the latest generation of smartphone chipsets. Qualcomm and MediaTek, two of the world’s top chipset makers, launch the latest flagship series that will power the following year’s slate of smartphones. Qualcomm already teased a rebranding with their upcoming launch. Now, we have a few more details about MediaTek’s recently launched Dimensity 9000.

Recently, MediaTek launched its next flagship chipset series. The Dimensity 9000 promises impressive performance that can allegedly topple its predecessor’s performance, the Dimensity 1200. However, a promise like that can come with its drawbacks.

Via GizChina, the Dimensity 9000 will reportedly cost double of its predecessor. Though the report does not give actual specifics, it is likely that a more expensive price tag for the processor also comes with an increase in price for the flagship smartphones that it will come with. Next year’s smartphones might come a lot costlier because of the chipset.

If anything, the report also states that the upcoming Snapdragon flagship chipset will also have a higher price tag when it launches soon. As such, most flagships might indeed have higher price tags next year.

Both chipsets have not made their ways to an actual smartphone yet. However, the Snapdragon and Dimensity series do have the most ubiquitous brands for a chipset. If the report does come to pass, we might have to bid our wallets adieu next year.

SEE ALSO: MediaTek announces new Dimensity 9000 chipset

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All MediaTek processors found with vulnerabilities

Thankfully patched now

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Technology is imperfect. Though the tech world has a plethora of revolutionary features, it also has a handful of vulnerabilities that malicious parties can exploit with gusto. And, as long as that world keeps advancing, weaknesses will always be found. In a new report, a whopping 37 percent of all smartphones was found with a critical vulnerability.

Reported by Check Point Research, MediaTek’s processors apparently have a vulnerability embedded into their AI and audio components. Currently, MediaTek is one of the most popular processor brands in the world. The company’s lineup, including the Dimensity series, is found in around 37 percent of smartphones and devices around the world.

In their report, Check Point Research tried to reverse-engineer the processor’s audio components. Because of its architecture, a hacker can create a custom message that can access the feature remotely. As such, victimized devices can eavesdrop on their users without them knowing.

By the time that Check Point Research published the report, MediaTek already patched the vulnerability out from its current lineup. It was fixed in October and will be officially reported in the company’s December newsletter.

Of course, it all depends on whether users will keep their devices updated with the latest software releases. If you want to prevent your phones from getting victimized, always keep them updated with security updates pushed by your respective brand.

SEE ALSO: MediaTek Pentonic 2000 will power flagship 8K 120Hz TVs

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