OPPO Reno8 series now official in Singapore

Unparalleled portrait shooting capabilities



The OPPO Reno8 series smartphones — the Reno8 5G and Reno8 Pro 5G — are now official in Singapore.

Billed as the “Portrait Expert”, both variants feature Dual Sony flagship sensors and several AI-enhanced imaging features such as Ultra Night Video and Night Portrait that look to make them the undisputed portrait shooting smartphone in their segment.

Revolutionary imaging capabilities

Putting premium on lowlight photography, the Reno8 series have upgraded cameras to offer an even more optimized shooting experience for that particular aspect, compared to the previous Reno7.

The Reno8 series phones sport two of Sony’s flagship dual sensors:

  • IMX709 for the front camera
  • IMX766 for the rear camera

The 32MP IMX709 in particular supports AutoFocus for the front camera for the first time, enabling 2x zoom for selfies. Both sensors allow more light intake and better brightness while getting the benefit of advanced technologies that all lead to better focus, speed, accuracy, and stability.

Thanks to the combination of the MariSilicon X and Sony dual sensors, 4K Ultra Night Video and 4K Ultra HDR Video are also made possible on the Pro.

Other photography and videography modes and functions users can expect from the two new devices include:

  • Night Portrait
  • AI Portrait Retouching
  • Portrait Mode
  • Hyperlapse
  • 960fps AI Slow-Motion

Powerful, durable

As the Reno8 series serves more uses than just mobile photography and videography, the Pro is powered by a Dimensity 8100-MAX 5G chipset and has OPPO’s MariSilicon X imaging NPU. It has a 6.7-inch ultra-clear HDR10+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate.

Not to be outdone, the Reno8 has a Dimensity 1300 processor and 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Both have advanced cooling systems to ensure a seamless performance at all times.

Users can definitely utilize the phones for gaming too, with features such as 1000Hz Ultra Touch Response and 90Hz high-refresh mode for PUBG Mobile.

Both house 4,500mAh batteries with support 80W SUPERVOOC charging and OPPO’s Battery Health Engine which intelligently controls the charging current and voltage so users can expect a better lifespan.

Design-wise, the phones sport a unique streamlined unibody design; the common standalone camera “bump” has been eliminated, while a 75-degree micro-arc transition to the camera area has been created to make them look more stunning.

Pricing, availability, exclusive offers

For more information on the pricing and availabilities of the Reno8 series across OPPO’s online and physical stores, as well as gifts and offers, check the details below.

OPPO Reno8 5G

Retail price: SG$ 799

  • Available starting August 23: Amazon, Lazada, Qoo10, Shopee, TikTok, partner stores
  • Available starting August 27: M1, Singtel, Starhub stores
  • Purchases made between August 23 to 30: Free Enco Air2 Pro earbuds and 12 months screen protection plan

OPPO Reno8 Pro 5G

Retail price: SG$ 1,099

  • Available for preorder from August 23 to September 5: Amazon, Lazada, Qoo10, Shopee, TikTok, partner stores before September 6 official start of sales
  • 30 sets to be available for pre-sale exclusively on OPPO Lazada Super Brand Day on August 23
  • Available starting September 10: M1, Singtel, Starhub stores
  • Purchases made, including preorder and pre-sale, until September 30: Free Enco Air2 Pro earbuds and 12 months screen protection plan


Xiaomi introduces Redmi 12 to the Philippines

Starts at PhP 6,999



Redmi 12

Xiaomi has officially unveiled the Redmi 12, its latest entry-level smartphone, to the Philippine market.

The sleek budget phone features a 6.79-inch FHD+ 90Hz DotDisplay as part of its 8.17mm thick body which also sports a premium glass back and an infinite camera design.

The screen has Adaptive Sync, and is able to display a 2460 x 1080 resolution — the largest in the Redmi series so far. Moreover, the display is SGS Low Blue Light certified and has a Reading mode 3.0 feature to avoid eye strains.

The device is powered by a MediaTek Helio G88 processor and has up to 8GB RAM and up to 256GB storage. It also houses a 5,000mAh battery that supports 18W of fast-charging.

For its camera package, the Redmi 12 has a 50MP main camera, joined by an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 2MP macro lens. In front is an 8MP selfie camera.

Price and availability

The Redmi 12 can be snagged for the low early bird price of only PhP 6,999 for the 8GB+128GB model, PhP 1,000 off its original SRP, from September 20 to 29 via Xiaomi’s Lazada store.

The 8GB+256GB variant, on the other hand, is priced at PhP 8,999 and is available on both Lazada and Shopee, on and TikTok starting September 30th.

From September 29 onwards, customers may opt for a 0% interest, 6-month installment plan via Home Credit.


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China accuses the United States of hacking into Huawei

Since 2009



For years, the American government hounded Chinese companies for allegedly giving China an easy backdoor into the United States. The allegations don’t normally happen from the other way around, though. Today is different. The Chinese government has accused the United States of hacking into Huawei servers since 2009.

It’s an uncommon turn of events. In a Weibo post (via Nikkei Asia), China’s Ministry of State Security claimed that it discovered evidence of American hackers breaking into Chinese servers.

According to the post, the U.S. government’s Office of Tailored Access Operations used spyware to access Huawei’s servers since 2009. The spyware involved was called Second Date, a piece of spyware that was, according to the Chinese post, “developed by the U.S. National Security Agency.”

The spyware was partially discovered by Qihoo 360, an agency investigating American-led hacking attacks against China. The mere discovery, however, does not include explicit references to Huawei as a target.

China’s retaliation against the United States is slowly ramping up. Recently, the Chinese government started banning its officials from using iPhones for work. A wider ban might even be in the works.

For the United States, the American government is also investigating Huawei once again. After the surprising launch of the Mate 60 series, the government is interested to see how the Chinese company can still make smartphones without American technology.

SEE ALSO: Analyst: Qualcomm will fall as Huawei rises again

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Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord now available for pre-order

To release on October 26




Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord will launch on October 26 with pre-orders now available on the PlayStation and Meta Quest stores, as revealed during the PlayStation State of Play.

Players may get a first look at the title’s PlayStation VR2 gameplay and features through its newly-released trailer:

The game lets players team up with up to three more allies as they take on a variety of missions, solving puzzles and trapping ghosts to stop the March of the Malevolent.

Under solo mode, players can also take on the Ghost Lord with the help of a ghostly companion.

Thanks to PlayStation VR2’s capabilities, fans can step into the role of a ghostbuster while enjoying 4K HDR graphics, eye tracking for accurate navigation and interaction, both headset and haptic feedback, and adaptive triggers.

Price, availability

Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord is available for pre-order via the PlayStation Store with a limited-time 10% discount at just US$ 31.49 for the base game and US$ 49.49 for the Full Containment Edition.

The Full Containment Edition is also available for pre-order on the Meta Quest Store for a limited time at US$ 49.99.


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