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OPPO, Vivo make noise at MWC Shanghai: Weekend Rewind

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Here are the top stories on GadgetMatch this week.

1. OPPO’s Under-Screen Camera tech is promising 

After being teased on Twitter, we finally got our first glimpse of OPPO’s under-display camera tech at MWC Shanghai.

They’re calling it the Under-Screen Camera or USC. The prototype at the venue was barely a phone but it showcased the future of what full-screen devices can be.

OPPO pulled this off by using a highly transparent material on top of where the camera module is placed. The camera module itself had to have a larger aperture, a bigger sensor, and greater pixel size.

They then paired that hardware with a set of algorithms in the service of providing images that they say is “on par with mainstream devices.”

OPPO didn’t say when USC will hit a retail unit but promised that it will come in the near future.

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2. Vivo makes strides in fast-charging, 5G, and AR 

Vivo may have solved everyone’s phone-charging woes with their latest tech — the Super FlashCharge 120W.

The tech promises to fully charge a phone with a 4000 mAh battery in just 13 minutes. That’s insanely fast.

By comparison, most fast charging technologies that are available in the market today deliver around 10 percent charge in five minutes, while a 100 percent-charged battery will take about an hour.

The company also showcased the various tech they have around 5G which include cloud gaming, 5G screen mirroring, instant file transfers, and many others.

They also showcased an AR device. Aside from being able to play games, it also has this nifty feature where it can tell you a product’s details by looking at it. They showed it off in a store-like setting and it makes you feel exactly like Iron Man with how the info was displayed on the AR device.

3. Huawei launches Mate 20 X 5G

Despite facing a ban by the US government, Huawei continues to go strong in other markets and now they’ve launched their first commercial 5G smartphone — the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G.

The Mate 20 X was launched alongside the rest of the Mate 20 series and was initially billed as a gaming smartphone with its massive display and huge battery capacity (4200mAh).

It’s now equipped with the world’s first 7nm 5G multi-mode chipset Balong 5000. This allows the user to experience high-speed connections no matter the infrastructure maturity of their mobile network operator.

4. Bill Gates admits greatest mistake is Microsoft losing to Android

In a talk with venture capital company Village Global, Bill Gates owned up to not being able to take Microsoft to mobile the way Google did with Android.

Gates said “the greatest mistake ever is whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is. That was a natural thing for Microsoft to win.”

This comes as a surprise as many credit former CEO Steve Ballmer as the one who didn’t see the future in touchscreen devices. Microsoft eventually launched Windows Mobile but it didn’t have the app support that iOS and Android enjoyed and thus ultimately failed.

5. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite makes your wizarding dreams come true

Niantic — the same company that gave us Pokemon Go — is back it. This time though, they’re asking us to put down our pokeballs and pick-up wands!

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is also a location-based game that uses augmented reality. In the game you get to choose a profession, cast spells, and anything else a wizard does.

If you’re not sure where to start, we put together a beginner’s guide so you know how to properly use your wand.


Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.

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Why the IdeaPad is an ideal partner

For getting started and more

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Lenovo IdeaPad

Every good thing we have today began with an idea. But it didn’t end as just being that.

When you’re in the late stages of college or university education or perhaps about to enter the workforce, this is the time when you’re full of youthful energy and a desire to make a dent in the world.

It’s also around this time that you’re bursting at the seams with ideas on what you want to do, and what you want to contribute to society. You might also be looking for a tool that can help you bring these ideas to life.

It’s a critical time in your life and you may not have the resources for multiple tools. So if you’re putting all your eggs in one basket — or in this case one gadget — let it be something that’s powerful, versatile, and can match all your needs.

Here’s an idea: Perhaps you should get a Lenovo IdeaPad! We think you should choose the new IdeaPad Slim 5/5i or IdeaPad Flex 5/5i. Read on to know why.

The processing power you need 

The IdeaPad Slim 5/5i and Flex 5/5i are equipped with fresh Intel or AMD Ryzen processors to go along with configurations of up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 1TB of SSD internal storage. That means all the computing power and speed you would need to last you for a few years.

Whether you’re dealing with tons of documents, endless pages of spreadsheets, and slide after slide of presentations, an IdeaPad will have you more than covered.

A workhorse like you deserves a partner that can more than keep up. These IdeaPads come with batteries that can stay with you for over 10 hours. Whether you’re making things happen at home or lugging it around for necessary remote work, it’s a device that has enough juice for a day.

Tools that keep you going

If you’re working with videos and images, the IdeaPad Slim 5/5i and Flex 5/5i will surely help in bringing your ideas to life. The only limit is your imagination.

It’s peppered with ports to unlock the multimedia mage in you. IdeaPads typically have a USB-C port, two USB 3.1 ports, a DisplayPort, an SD card reader, and an audio jack. You’re also equipped with competent connectivity (WiFi 5, Bluetooth 4.2). That’s everything you need to work your magic.

If you’re really deep into the arts, the IdeaPad Flex 5/5i comes with a stylus to give your creativity even more flexibility. Flip it however you like and whatever form you’re comfortable with. This is a gadget line that won’t leave you wanting.

A worthy partner

Life is already difficult enough as it is. Make it easier on yourself by choosing a partner that will help you achieve your goals. A partner that can stay with you through the grind and enable you to do things you probably didn’t think you’re capable of.

You need a partner that you can just let loose on without fear that it will give up on you at a crucial moment. This is what Lenovo IdeaPads are built for. They’re designed to provide you better opportunities, greater connectivity, and the ability to transcend limitations with its smarter technology and solutions that unlock your potential when turning ideas into reality.

The IdeaPad Slim 5/5i and Flex 5/5i are pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019 and come bundled with Lenovo’s 3-Year Premium Care warranty upon purchase. This top-notch service provides customers with direct access to Lenovo engineers. They can guide you on basic troubleshooting and do an annual PC Health Check, as well as on-site repairs if absolutely necessary.

Don’t let yourself be held back by machines that fall short of the greatness you wish to achieve. With a Lenovo IdeaPad, you’re equipped with the necessary tools to make it big. Once you have one, all you really need is an idea to build on.


Contact any Lenovo authorized reseller to get your hands on an IdeaPad: http://lenovoph.com/authorizedresellers

This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Lenovo Philippines.

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How to get NBA League Pass with your telco provider

There are two package options

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NBA action is in full swing. In fact, it has been since August when the season restarted following a shut down that was caused by the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic. As of writing, we’re in the thick of the Conference Finals series. If you want to catch all the action, here’s how you can get NBA League Pass through different telecomm providers in the Philippines.

It’s now easier than ever to get access to the games legally. All of Smart, PLDT, and Globe are offering the same price packages.

PhP 85 — Watch any three games of your choice
PhP 485 — 30-day pass for all games including live and on-demand

Here’s how to get the subscription for each provider.

Smart Postpaid and Prepaid
(Also works with TNT and SUN Postpaid)

  • Download the NBA app (iOS / Android /APKPure)
  • On the app, click on the icon at the top-right corner
  • Click sign-in
  • A banner on top of the page will appear for Smart, Sun and TNT subscribers
  • Click ‘Get Started’
  • Enter mobile number for verification and a one-time PIN which will be sent to your mobile number
  • Choose your provider: Smart, TNT or Sun.
  • Choose your NBA League Pass Package (3-game or 30-days) and enter mobile number
  • Confirm your payment by entering the one-time PIN sent to your mobile number
  • Click NBA logo and start watching

PLDT Home

  • Go to pldthome.com/nbaleaguepass
  • Select your preferred package
  • The amount will be added to your next bill
  • PLDT will give a voucher
  • Download and sign-in to the NBA app
  • Enter the voucher in the promotion code field
  • Click NBA logo and start watching

Globe

  • Open the GCash app
  • Go to Buy Load
  • Look for the PayTV tab
  • Choose your preferred package. (Note: The chosen package is valid for 90 days).
  • Confirm payment
  • Open the NBA app and enjoy!

As mentioned earlier, we’re no in the Conference Finals with four teams remaining. Dueling in the West are the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets. Meanwhile in the East, it’s a battle between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics.

A new NBA champion will likely be crowned in the next 30 days so now is the best time to subscribe!

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Apple Watch Series 6 vs Watch SE: Unboxing and Buyer’s Guide

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There’s a new Apple Watch iteration every year — although this year, we have two new models to unbox. Other than that, we also have the newest one-piece bands called ‘Solo Loop’ — both in silicon and braided.

Although Apple completely removed the charging brick out from the usual packaging, they packed several new features on the Watch Series 6 including the new blood oxygen sensor and Always-On Altimeter. Meanwhile, the Watch SE is meant for people who’d want to experience Apple’s wearable without having to spend too much.

Between these two, which of them is your GadgetMatch? Or are you struggling to choose one?

You can head over to our latest Apple Watch Series 6 vs Apple Watch SE Unboxing and Buyer’s Guide right here to find out more.

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