realme 8 5G is now official in Singapore

A powerful mid-range contender



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The all-new Realme 8 5G with the Supersonic Blue color variant

realme has come up with a phone that will cater to the versatile midrange market. Can the realme 8 5G stand out?

A successor to the realme 7 5G,  the realme 8 5G has a 6.5-inch IPS LCD, 1080p, 90Hz ultra smooth display and it’s fueled by the all-new Dimensity 700 5G processor. It has 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage up to 1TB made possible by a 3-card slot (MicroSD). Additionally, the Realme 8 5G’s RAM is also expandable; courtesy of the newly developed RAM Expansion Technology (DRE) – converting ROM to virtual RAM.

Long live the battery life as the realme 8 5G boasts a 5000mAh battery with 18W quick charge. As the usage of 5G will consume more power, realme introduces smart 5G power saving — it optimizes the settings of your phone depending on your usage and activity. By activating smart 5G power saving, consumers can now enjoy a prolonged usage with no sacrifices made.  It also has a fingerprint scanner on the side, another quick, accurate and convenient way to unlock your phone.

The realme 8 5G comes in the “Supersonic Blue” colorway currently available in Singapore; the “Supersonic Black”(as shown in realme India’s website) is another colorway we hope to be available soon. It’s only 8.5mm thin and 185g so the phone sits comfortably at the palm of your hand.


realme’s triple camera system for the 8 5G is nothing to sneeze on. It has a 48MP high-definition primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, B&W portrait lens f/2.4, and 4cm macro lens f/2.4 as well. With the inclusion of nightscape and the respectable aperture it can capture good low-light photos; in addition to that you also get 5 nightscape filters to enhance your low-light photos. Going to the front we have the 16MP in-display selfie camera with a sizeable f/2.1 aperture along with AI beauty and portrait mode.

For videos, the Realme 8 5G can shoot up to 1080P at 30FPS — leaving out 4K capabilities and the 60FPS option. Your videos will stand up against the competition as it has an amazing color and contrast production and partnered with an impressive HDR. UIS video stabilization is supported by the front and back camera systems.

5G Development

realme will establish seven dedicated 5G Research and Development teams across the globe to provide a seamless and hassle-free 5G experience to its consumers with Southeast Asia, Europe and India as the priority markets.

Operating system

The phone is equipped with Android 11 with realme UI 2.0 on top.

Price and Availability

The realme 8 5G (8 + 128GB) will be available for purchase on May 29, 2021, the retail price is S$399. The Supersonic Blue colorway is available for pre-orders starting on May 20 – May 28, only available on Realme’s flaghsip stores Lazada. The pre-order package includes the Buds Air Pro and a Powerbank (worth SGD208) free with pre-orders (While stocks last).




A Nokia tablet is coming soon

Confirmed for October



Since its resurrection years ago, Nokia has found its footing in the modern smartphone industry. The company has created a niche of smartphones for all markets. Amid their success, they are looking to expand even further. Nokia has confirmed that a Nokia tablet is coming.

Nokia’s official Twitter account posted an account directly confirming the tablet’s launch. The teaser even includes a photo and an official debut date. The included photo shows that the upcoming tablet is roughly more than twice the height of a Nokia 3310. As for the date, the tablet is making its official debut on October 6.

According to past rumors, the tablet will be called the Nokia T20. It will allegedly have a 10.36-inch LCD screen. It will reportedly sport a Unisoc chipset. Though the processor is still a variable at this point, the Nokia T20 has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Given the tablet’s timeframe, it can either come in Android 11 or 12 out of the box.

Of note, this isn’t Nokia’s first foray into the tablet industry. Back in 2015, the company tried to get into the market with the Nokia N1. However, at a notable high for the tablet industry, the N1 never rose above the ranks. With the upcoming Nokia T20, the company wants to try again but with a better history behind it this time.

SEE ALSO: Nokia XR20: Rugged smartphone with 4 years of updates

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Xiaomi blacklists “Samsung” and other terms from its phones [UPDATED]

But there’s a reason why



Throughout the past few years, Chinese smartphones have received a lot of flak for its ties to geopolitical issues. Both Huawei and ZTE have already suffered through bans from the American government. Naturally, Xiaomi is in a similar boat. Unfortunately, because of a new research report, things might get worse before they get better.

According to a report published by the National Cyber Security Centre in Lithuania, Xiaomi’s smartphones automatically download a list of terms that they blacklist. The list includes sketchy terms like “China,” “Taiwan Solidarity Union,” and other geopolitical terms. Obviously, including China-related terms can cause a bit of alarm for users elsewhere. However, the blacklist might have uses outside of the obvious.

Spotted by XDA Developers, Xiaomi uses the list for advertising purposes. Besides the China-related terms, the list also includes its brand rivals like “Samsung” and “ZTE.” It also includes pornography and piracy terms. Most ironically, the list also blocks its own smartphone models. The publication spotted that the blacklist is used solely by the smartphone’s advertising platform. Which does make sense now.

The list is designed to block out ads from competing companies and its own (which makes sense since someone who owns a Xiaomi phone probably doesn’t need to see a Xiaomi ad anymore). Blocking pornographic and piracy-supporting ads also makes sense. The China-related terms remain problematic, but there is no indication that Xiaomi uses the list for anything other than advertising.

Further, Xiaomi should activate the filter manually. The automatic download doesn’t automatically mean that the phone is censored. That said, there is still a possibility that Xiaomi can use the filter for more geopolitical reasons. At the very least, current reports don’t point toward that for now.

Editor’s Note: Xiaomi, on Sept 28, sent GadgetMatch the statement below

“Xiaomi’s devices do not censor communications to or from its users. Xiaomi has never and will never restrict or block any personal behaviors of our smartphone users, such as searching, calling, web browsing or the use of third-party communication software. Xiaomi fully respects and protects the legal rights of all users. Xiaomi complies with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).”

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi 11T series focuses on mobile filmmaking

The article was originally published on September 24, 2021.

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Galaxy S22 Ultra will look like a Galaxy Note phone

Based on a new render



The Galaxy Note series is in a state of limbo. After the rise of the brand’s foldable phones, Samsung toned down on the iconic Note series. The brand hasn’t even launched a new entry yet – if it even is launching one this year. If you’re a fan of the series, there’s still hope. Based on new renders, the upcoming Galaxy S22 Ultra will look remarkably similar to the Galaxy Note series.

Rendered by Steve Hemmerstoffer and based on currently known leaks, the upcoming premium smartphone will reportedly have a built-in dock for the S Pen. Of course, the series had already received stylus support, but the Galaxy S21 series never had a dock for the pen.

Additionally, the renders show a quad rear camera setup much like the previous series. However, the layout does look a bit different from its predecessors. Either way, the upcoming flagship has a hint of familiarity for those more used to the Galaxy Note series.

Unfortunately, the render doesn’t show how the S Pen will look like. For the past few iterations, Samsung did confirm that more optimized S Pens are coming for different devices.

In other details, the renders also show that the headphone jack is here to stay.

Right now, it’s still early to tell if the renders are what the real deal will look like. A lot can still happen between now and the projected launch window in January.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 review: Do-It-All device

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