OPPO Reno8 series: Price and availability in the Philippines

Reno keeps on Reno-ing



OPPO Reno8

The OPPO Reno8 series has landed in the Philippines and it finally gets pricing. Although, it’s a different pair of phones compared to the ones launched in Singapore. Instead of the Reno8 Pro and Reno8, the Pearl of the Orient Seas is getting the Reno8 and Reno8 Z. This does seem expected as it follows the pattern of recent Reno releases in the country.

Price and availability

The OPPO Reno8 retails for PhP 27,999 while the Reno8 Z is priced at 19,999. Pre-order period is from September 1-8. Customers who pre-order will get an OPPO Enco Buds for FREE.

Focus on ‘imaging’

The Reno8 series maintains the line’s focus — which is to produce quality photos and videos. The Reno8, in particular sports standout Sony lenses. The IMX766 for the rear camera and the IMX709 for the front camera.

It also has plenty of photography and videography modes and functions. These are: Night Portrait, AI Portrait Retouching, Portrait Mode, Hyperlapse, and 960fps AI Slow-Motion.

The Reno8 Z, meanwhile, also packs a heavy-hitting 64MP main camera as well as the usual portrait and camera features found on the Reno line.

Middy performance and 5G

OPPO Reno8 Z

OPPO Reno8 Z

Both phones support 5G which you likely won’t miss as OPPO is hellbent on adding the 5G tag on the devices’ name.

Other than that, you can expect both the Reno8 and Reno8 Z to be in the thick of things in terms of performance in the midrange category. The Reno8 has a Dimensity 1300 processor and 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Meanwhile, the Reno8 Z sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 chipset and also has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display.

Other devices launched

The official launch of the Reno8 series in the Philippines was accompanied by other devices as well. These are the OPPO Pad Air, Enco Air2 Pro, and EncoX 2.

The OPPO Pad Air is OPPO’s first tablet to officially be on sale in the Philippines. It has a 10.36-inch LDC display and is powered by the Snapdragon 680 4G chipset. You also get 4GB of RAM and 64GB of memory with a 7,100mAh battery. It retails for PhP 13,999.

The Enco Air2 Pro and EncoX 2 are TWS earbuds with the latter being the more premium offering. They are priced at PhP 3,499 and PhP 7,999 respectively.


TikTok, Tencent linked to sexually violent ads on Facebook

Ads continue to run on platform



Facebook has an ad problem. After spending years on the platform, you might have noticed a plethora of misplaced ads occasionally peppered on your feed. Though most users cringe at how the algorithm can uncannily show appropriate ads right after talking about a certain topic, a series of more off-putting, offensive, and disturbing ads is making the rounds on the social media platform. Now, following a deep dive, a report has found that ByteDance and Tencent are affiliated with the phenomenon.

What are these Facebook ads? In a report from Forbes’s Emily Baker-White, several web novel companies are advertising erotic content on the platform. However, more than just erotica, these ads promote sexual, violence, rape, and self-harm. Some are even using images of popular personalities without their permission.

A particularly egregious example involves a photo of a crying woman in the shower with the caption: “his personal cum bucket.” A few others are more up front about harming women to get sex.

Others depict scenes from Twilight and Star Wars, despite not being affiliated at all with the titles. Several companies and personalities contacted by Forbes confirmed that they did not give these novel apps any permission to use their likeness.

As for the deep dive, a good number of these companies were previously backed by either ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, or Tencent, one of the biggest Chinese companies in the world. While ByteDance has claimed that the apps don’t reflect their values, these ads continue to proliferate around the platform. Tencent has likewise denied any involvement with the campaigns.

It’s also worth nothing that the apps aren’t limited to just China. One app, called Pinky Novel, operates from the Philippines and is spreading similarly troubling ads everywhere, including one that says, “Raped by Mr. CEO.”

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Apple has been raided in South Korea

For alleged anti-market practices



The troubles for Apple will continue. After spending a length of time fighting investigations all over the world for alleged anti-competition practices, the company’s offices in South Korea have been raided by authorities to further the investigation in the country.

Covered by Foss Patents (via MacRumors), the Korea Fair Trade Commission conducted a raid on the offices at the break of dawn. Authorities reportedly staged the raid after a developer complained of an unfair commission rate. According to the complaint, developers are paying more than 30 percent commission for having their apps on the App Store.

For a rougher breakdown, Apple still charges 30 percent. However, the commission includes VAT, which spikes the total fees paid above 30 percent. In contrast, Google’s 30 percent commission policy does not include VAT, which makes for a lower fee for developers.

With the number of apps on the App Store, Apple is making significant bank by skimming a bit more on commissions. That is, if the allegations prove true, of course. Right now, the company is still under investigation. But, if anything, a dawn raid isn’t a good sign for the iPhone maker.

Apple isn’t the only one in hot water, though. Google is also facing a similar controversy in South Korea. However, instead of the Korea Fair Trade Commission, the Kora Communications Commission is pushing for more parity between Google and Apple.

SEE ALSO: South Korea investigating Apple and Google for app payments

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Android users can react to SMS messages from iPhones soon

While simultaneously annoying iPhone users



One of the most unexpected small developments this year is the war of the green bubble. For a while now, Apple has kept Android users inside a green text bubble. If an Android user texts an iOS user, an iPhone conveniently lets its user know that someone is texting them from — gasp — an Android phone. Now, Google, in the next step of its crusade against the green bubble, is running a similar experiment of its own.

Recently, as spotted by Reddit user u/Jabjab345 (via GSMArena), Google is testing a new feature for Android users. In a beta version, users can start reacting to SMS messages from an iPhone. Of course, much like how it is from the other way around, there is a little hiccup.

In most web-based messaging services, reactions are often tiny bubbles attached to one corner of the message. However, since iOS and Android use different systems, it doesn’t work that way between the two platforms. Instead, if an iOS user reacts to an Android user’s message, users get a separate message with the emoji reaction. Now (or after the beta, at least), Android will treat iOS in the same way, sending iOS users a separate message for reactions.

Right now, the feature is still in beta. However, an implementation is par for the course. Previously, Google threw some shade at Apple for not adopting the system that the former uses. In retaliation, Tim Cook recently told a user to just buy their mom an iPhone if texting was such an issue.

SEE ALSO: Apple on adopting Android’s features: Just ‘buy your mom an iPhone’

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