Another month, another new Reno phone from OPPO. Okay, fine, they don’t literally release one monthly but it sure feels like it. What we have here is the OPPO Reno6 Z 5G. On paper, it isn’t too different from the OPPO Reno5 Z 5G.
Take a look:
|Reno5 Z 5G||Reno6 Z 5G|
|Display||6.43” Super AMOLED||6.4” AMOLED|
|Processor||MediaTek MT6853 Dimensity 800U 5G (7 nm)||MediaTek MT6853 Dimensity 800U 5G (7 nm)|
|OS||Android 11, ColorOS 11.1||Android 11, ColorOS 11.1|
|Weight||173 g (6.10 oz)||173 g (6.10 oz)|
|RAM + Storage||8GB + 128GB||8GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass||Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
They’re practically the same smartphone. The difference, of course, is the camera hardware.
|Reno5 Z 5G||Reno6 Z 5G|
OPPO’s push in their marketing for the OPPO Reno6 series is about having #EveryEmotionInPortrait. And while that’s more about the video features, to us, portrait photography has always been about capturing still portraits that evoke some type of mood. So we did just that.
Initially, we only wanted to take a few shots with the default Portrait mode and put it through a post-processing app like Lightroom or VSCO to achieve our #PortraitGoals. However, after toggling through the different filters and effects, we figured this is indeed the magic of the OPPO Reno6 series — to be able to shoot stunning images even if you have little to no post-processing knowledge. Here’s how some of the shots came out.
Coffee by the window
This was the first shot. It was a gloomy, rainy day but the default portrait mode produced an image with still lively colors. It didn’t capture what we were hoping for and that’s when we figured perhaps we should see how it’ll come out with a different filter.
We went with B&W (black and white) and were floored by the result. Black and white really captured the general mood of the weather that day and the way our model posed — sipping on coffee while looking out the window — communicated the longing feeling we generally get when it isn’t bright and sunny outside.
Close-up, straight into the camera
Here, we tried three sets of effects/filters: the regular portrait, B&W, and Paris. Gotta admit, we might have fallen in love a little bit too much with the B&W filter. There’s just something about it that really hits differently.
However, our top pick for this set is the one with the Paris filter. The near-monochromatic, golden-brown filter over the image just has more personality over the other two shots.
Working at the café
This one’s my personal favorite. It almost looks like one of those stock images you see when you randomly search “girl in café” on the Internet. I can imagine it as the first shot in an opening scene of a romantic drama where the main character, unbeknownst to him/her, lays eyes on a person that’ll play a significant role in a few chapters of their lives.
It’s a bonus that it works in color and in black and white.
For this next shot, we stepped outside the café and tried a wider-angle perspective. The shots are okay but aren’t the best of the bunch. I chalk this up to now being sure how I wanted the model to pose. So, we tried something different.
The pose above is more dynamic and has more of an identity and attitude. The default portrait version is more straightforward but using the A.I. Color Portrait filter to really separate the subject from the background makes it stand out more.
It’s a fun feature but something we have to warn might feel overused. It takes the right kind of pose, look, and feel to really bring out the best of the A.I. Color Portrait. We feel it’s not something that should be used arbitrarily in nearly all images. See the samples below:
It is kind of cool, but it won’t always match the mood you’re going for. But that’s just us. If you want to have fun with it, then you do you.
Here’s a fun neat trick that, honestly, some of you may have already known but we’re sharing anyway. This first shot you see above was taken with the phone right side up. It’s nice and all, sure. But if you flip the phone upside down as you take the shot, you end up with something more intimate and striking. The cool thing is you don’t have to rotate the image after taking it. The OPPO Reno6 Z 5G understands your intention in taking the shot.
It’s the same method used to take this photo below.
Mind drifting to alternate universes.
— Rodneil M. Quiteles (@rodneilquiteles) July 22, 2021
What else can you do with the Reno6 Z 5G?
Pretty much everything else, too, really. As mentioned earlier, it isn’t too different from the OPPO Reno5 Z in terms of specs. And that’s not entirely a bad thing.
It’s a capable midranger that can be your daily companion whether you’re just browsing social media, flipping through messaging apps, sending work emails, or watching Netflix.
As listed above, it runs on Android 11 with Color OS 11.1 so you get all the OS benefits that range from the clean user interface, FlexDrop that lets you have a floating screen to multitask, Three Finger Translate which is a quick way to translate text on your screen, and various customizations that make the device truly feel like it’s your own.
You also get the usual features for gaming like Game Space for quickly launching your mobile games, and the Game Assistant with all its benefits like shutting off notifications to help you focus on winning.
One thing that I noticed with our particular review unit though is that it’s connection to WiFi seemed to falter often. It was a little stressful at first but it wasn’t an issue that persisted.
The OPPO Reno6 Z 5G retails for PhP 19,999 and will be available in OPPO Concept Stores as well as their e-commerce partners Lazada and Shopee. It’ll be available alongside the OPPO Reno6 5G which retails for PhP 26,999.
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The vivo X70 Pro+ was launched just several months ago. However, we’re already having a follow-up!
Namely the X80 and X80 Pro — with the latter being vivo’s latest flagship smartphone.
But what makes it different from its predecessor? And what makes the successor a lot more exciting?
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Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro Unboxing and First Impressions
Premium, smart timepiece
Huawei has been giving us the best choices for stylish timepieces to help us reach our health and fitness goals. And they’re taking the stage again with their new flagship smartwatch — the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro.
Now let’s take a closer look at this device and check what Huawei has in store for us this time.
The GT 3 Pro comes in this sleek black box with the name of the device in gold. Through the box, we also get to know that it is powered by HarmonyOS.
Lifting the cover, you’re immediately greeted by the GT 3 Pro Titanium Edition looking classy beside a gold Huawei logo.
Pulling the tab on the right, you’ll see a smaller enclosure. Opening it up, you’ll see some paperwork, a USB-C cable and a wireless charging cradle.
Now here’s the GT 3 Pro taken out of the box. Looks premium, doesn’t it?
By examining the watch strap, you can easily tell that it’s made of genuine high-quality leather.
The Huawei branding is not seen on the strap. It’s instead engraved on the buckle.
Also unlike the previous GT 2 Pro that has the usual double crown design, the GT 3 Pro has a watch crown and a button.
The rotating crown serves as its power button and scroll and zoom wheel. Rotating it feels smooth without much resistance. But it does have haptic feedback, mimicking a mechanical feel.
Powering it up, you’re notified to get the Huawei Health app and pair it with your phone.
Once paired, you can tinker with the settings and apply customizations based on your preference and liking.
What I immediately liked with the GT 3 Pro is how classy it looks. And despite it being a big smartwatch compared to what I usually use, it feels light on my wrist.
I also can’t help but admire how clean and clear it looks with its 1.43-inch AMOLED display and sapphire glass lens.
Its body, on the other hand, is made of titanium and it has a ceramic back case to complete the premium package.
Using it for a few days, it looks like this timepiece will definitely level up my expectations for smartwatches. But I have yet to fully explore and experience everything about the GT 3 Pro that I’ll share on my hands-on review so don’t forget to also check that out.
Pricing and availability
The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro retails for PhP 16,999 and is available in Titanium and Ceramic Edition.
Huawei Watch Fit 2 Unboxing and First Impressions
Manage your health, stay entertained and keep track of time
Today, we’re taking a look at the new Huawei Watch Fit 2. So, let’s get right to it!
Here we have the box which displays the color of the Watch Fit 2 inside. No tools are required to open this box as we are getting plastic pull tabs to unseal the device.
Opening the box, we are immediately greeted by the watch.But let’s set that aside for now.
Here we have a usb charging cable, some warranty paperwork and the user manual. And that’s about it. Here’s everything you will find inside the box.
Moving on to the watch itself, a bigger 1.74-inch full view AMOLED display is what we’re getting. Oh, it’s also being powered by Huawei’s very own Harmony OS.
The body does feel robust with its polymeric fiber material while still keeping a stylish look. The straps are made of soft silicon and are easily interchangeable with their quick release system.
Now, to check out its internal features, we need to first pair it with our phone.
I did have some slight trouble pairing it with mine but an update of the Huawei Health app did fix this issue. So, just be sure to download the latest version to avoid any inconvenience.
Now that we’re paired we can really see how sharp and vibrant the AMOLED screen is And playing with it for a while, I can’t help but notice the buttery smooth user interface.
It’s very easy to change watch faces, switch to different workout modes, and even load your own music in its internal storage.
We can now also playback music independently or listen to the audio fitness coach through its internal speakers.
With all these features, the Huawei Watch Fit 2 has you covered when it comes to functionality you would need in a fitness smartwatch.
Manage your health, stay entertained and keep track of time — the Huawei Watch Fit 2 could just be your GadgetMatch.
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