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The realme narzo 30A brings limitless gaming potential

Fast and long lasting, just how I like my gaming phones

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Not too long ago, realme launched their own lineup of gaming smartphones dubbed as the “narzo.” These phones weren’t simply built to be gaming powerhouses, but they possess a good amount of power. To top it all off, they even come at such great value that it’s a viable option for anyone’s first smartphone.

Now, they’re back with yet another device under the narzo line: the realme narzo 30A. They say it brings some form of limitless gaming power suited for the casual mobile gamer. If you’re not really into mobile gaming, it is supposedly a great all-around device, as well. In essence, it’s a phone that shows no bounds to how you can use it.

Let’s take a look at what’s in store for the realme narzo 30A.

New box, who this?

So, right off the bat, the realme narzo 30A now comes in a brand new box style. I guess gone are the days that we see the realme yellow-coated box for the narzo brand. Instead, we get a nice blue box with “narzo” in rather large letters. It’s a change that I am a little surprised about, considering the company has always donned the yellow box.

Another change they implemented with the box is that, well it just slides through the top or bottom ends now. Honestly, if they wanted to have a device with supposedly limitless power, this box alone subtly sold it. Inside, however, is pretty standard stuff: the device, documentation, SIM ejector tool, and charger.

Everything pretty much checks out, but I think they missed out on giving this its own silicon case. Let’s face it, much like any phone, you will drop this one a considerable amount too. It really helps to have that layer of extra protection to your phone, you know?

The phone itself is thick and shines on its own

The moment I pulled it out, I immediately noted just how thick it is. It’s the kind of thicc that makes it look like a small brick. Although, it isn’t quite as heavy as one, but just holding it alone makes you think there’s a ton of stuff they put in here. But, this wasn’t the only thing that stood out.

When you turn it to the rear side, it follows a pretty standard setup. First, it has the dual lens camera at the top left side of the phone in a square formation. Then, the fingerprint sensor rests roughly in the middle of the phone. What stands out is everything below these: the Diagonal Stripe design piece. It’s different in the sense that it doesn’t cover everything; that it actually demands your attention.

In terms of color options, the realme narzo 30A comes in two: Laser Blue and Laser Black. The unit I opened up came in Laser Black, which I’m not gonna lie is a sexy, subtle color option. Along with the Diagonal Stripe design piece, it just looks pristine in its own little way. If the Laser Blue catches your eye though, that’s all good! 

Everything under the hood

Let’s get to the meat of the phone, shall we? Inside the realme narzo 30A is a Helio G85 CPU, specifically designed for a smooth gaming experience. Also, it comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for all your games and files. All of these are powered by a 6000mAh battery, which also probably explains why it’s thicc.

realme Narzo 30A

Upon initial setup, I found the device quick and responsive while moving through realme UI 1.0. Apps run quite fast, while scrolling through social media was a breeze to do. I managed to download some competitive and casual mobile games, and so far, so good. Plus, I managed to do all of these with the battery still above 70 percent — for the most part.

Early GadgetMatch? Let’s see first.

So far, the device is showing flashes of its limitless gaming power and rocks a cool design. It poses great performance for casual use and gaming, plus it lasts relatively long while still at a full charge. From the unboxing experience to just using the phone initially, the phone screams “limitless” in its own right.

Early on, my gripe for the phone isn’t so much on the device itself but more of what it comes with. Sure, the new box style is a welcome change and all, but it would have been nice to include a silicon case in there. Other than that, I don’t have any initial worries for the phone.

Whether or not the device will continue to hold up to the limitless potential remains to be seen. From throwing multiple applications all at once to playing for much longer hours, let’s see how the realme narzo 30A stacks up.

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vivo X60 Hands-On: vivo X Zeiss team up for mobile photography

Redefining power and photography

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vivo X60

Now that we’re at an age of portability with a purpose, we definitely want to own a smartphone that can provide everything that we want and need, so we don’t have to rely on any other gadgets. That’s what the vivo X60 aims to be.

One of the features we usually look for in a smartphone is if its cameras are top notch. With that in mind, vivo made sure that they can contend against the best of the best as they comeback with the vivo X60 series — among these is the vivo X60.

With the X60, vivo co-engineers their cameras with high-end lens manufacturer Zeiss, making us experience Zeiss’ cutting edge imaging technology through our phones and making X60’s photography function more powerful than ever.

Specs and performance

Providing us so much in the camera department, vivo also ticks all the boxes when it comes to amazing specs:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor
  • 6.56” AMOLED display
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • 12GB+3GB RAM
  • 256GB internal storage

Expect lag free browsing of your social media content and your favorite mobile games, even the very demanding Genshin Impact.

With so many things that you want to do with your smartphone, the vivo X60 is packed with a 4300mAh battery. This gives you more than enough power for a day of media streaming, social media browsing and some games on the side.

It even comes with a 33W flash charger that lets you juice up your phone back to a hundred percent in just a little over an hour.

As for the software, the vivo X60 runs Funtouch OS 11.1 based on Android 11 which has to be one of the most efficient skins from vivo yet.  It’s a very simplistic skin which feels close to vanilla Android but with visual improvements to enhance that vivo experience.

Stunning display

Despite its 6.56” display, the X60 is still ebay to grip thanks to it being slim at only 7.44mm and light at 176g.

Its AG glass back definitely grabs your attention with its gradient finish. Shifting its colors depending on how the light hits it, the shimmer blue design we have in our hands is absolutely gorgeous.

As we’ve touched on the 6.56” display of the vivo X60 earlier, do not be deceived as this is not your ordinary display. This is a 120Hz LTM AMOLED display and it boasts an HDR 10+ certification. This means you can expect details on the shadow side and lighter side of images that you won’t normally see on an average smartphone.

So surely, it would be your perfect companion for streaming films, documentaries, and TV series. LTM technology lets you enjoy clear visuals even with bright sunlight.

Now let’s talk about the star of the show, the camera with Zeiss optics.

Smartphone companies partner with camera or lens manufacturers to enhance their camera systems. And vivo pulled off a great move in partnering with Zeiss, making its superb technology present on all of vivo X60’s cameras.

Fantastic camera features

There’s the 48MP main camera, 13MP telephoto camera, and a 13MP ultra wide angle camera. And up front, you have the 32MP selfie camera.

With all these, you can take remarkable photos in whichever mode you choose. Your photos will look like it came straight out of a DSLR or a mirrorless camera with your main shooter.

Landscape views look amazing on the X60’s ultra wide mode, and your photos still look sharp and detailed with the telephoto lens.

The vivo X60 also has the Zeiss biotar portrait style, giving your portrait photos that iconic bokeh look. The portrait lens also has an equivalent 50mm focal length which is a staple for photographers to take great portraits.

As for its super panorama mode, shots are so seamless that you wouldn’t see any stitches.

Video taking

Now when it comes to taking videos, its main camera has optical image stabilization (OIS) making your video shots really smooth and steady. The vivo X60 has ultra stabilization which combines OIS and EIS.

But what happens when the lights are out and you only have your surround light to keep you lit? That’s what really puts the vivo X60 on the pedestal — its outstanding low light capability.

With vivo’s updated AI noise reduction algorithm, you can take stunning photos even at night. With its HDR super Night Portrait Mode, you can still stay in the spotlight and shine even in darkness.

Even if it’s pitch black outside, the vivo 60 can still make it seem like it’s daytime, giving us photos with good light and clear details, thanks to its Extreme Night Vision 2.0.

The X60 also lets you shoot in long exposure mode, giving you the chance to capture light streaks without worrying about too many settings.

The vivo X60 surely puts the wonder in wonderful with its outstanding cameras. It even takes things a few notches higher among smartphone contenders with its amazing display and performance, with a competitive base flagship pricing.

Pricing and availability

vivo X60, 12GB+3GB RAM/ 256GB Storage — PhP 34,999. Available in vivo Official Stores, Lazada, and Shopee.


This feature is a partnership between GadgetMatch and vivo Philippines.

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SCARLET NEXUS First Impressions: Technological dystopia

BANDAI NAMCO’s take on an anime-style, cyberpunk RPG

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SCARLET NEXUS

I knew BANDAI NAMCO mostly from their incredible work on classic games like PAC-MAN and TEKKEN. In fact, I grew up playing their games quite a lot, whether with family members or with some friends. To this day, they’re still producing a decent amount of games across both current and next-generation consoles and the PC.

This time around, they’ve ventured into an action RPG mixed with a little bit of “brain punk” as they described it. They called this game, “SCARLET NEXUS, and it’s set for release for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and the PC. Now, I gave the demo a shot to see just how everything will turn out.

Short, sweet, and action-filled

In total, the entire demo took about 30 minutes to finish, which for a demo isn’t that long. At the start, you even get to choose which main protagonist you want to roll with, for a good reason too. Apart from the same tutorial section, you actually get to play a different main stage design. I honestly thought it would be the same all throughout.

Character selection screen for SCARLET NEXUS

Regardless, gameplay immediately picks up after a short tutorial session, and I found myself just having a blast. Honestly, the controls are pretty easy to understand and master after a few combat sequences so the learning curve isn’t steep. Plus, part of the combat mechanics includes the SAS, which grants access to additional attacks and abilities.

SCARLET NEXUS

It’s a gameplay style I’ve come accustomed to with other RPGs in the last few years. Even for a short demo, action looks quite fast-paced and reaction-heavy on some occasions. Also, you can add onto that a bit of exploration with the vast level design, so combat feels more loose and exciting to mess around with.

Visuals suited for the time

If you’re planning to get the version for the PC or  next-gen consoles, the design for the demo is amazing. I have to give credit to BANDAI NAMCO for integrating some apt lighting fixtures in Kasane’s demo level, further emphasizing the technological wasteland in the background. Although, I think that this will also be present in the PS4 and Xbox One versions but not as prominent.

Also, like I mentioned before, the demo levels are quite vast, which also aids in the exploration aspect. I noticed that they scatter some items across the whole level, ranging from healing items to items that aid in combat. In some instances, these items were well-hidden in some of the nooks and crannies of the level.

Of course, it isn’t just in the overworld visuals that I’m amazed at, but even in some of the cutscenes in between combat and exploration. The cartoony, comic book-style animations mixed in with some techno-punk were nice touches. I could feel that there was a lot of love given just to this department alone.

Worth all the waiting?

If I could sum up my initial impressions on SCARLET NEXUS, it’s an RPG that I truly enjoyed even for 30 minutes. Honestly, the biggest culprit for this goes to the gameplay mechanics that feels so great to execute, and you take a short time learning everything. Packed with some incredible visual design, I think this game has potential to be a favorite for this year.

SCARLET NEXUS

One of the things I am looking forward to later on is the storylines we’ll be working with. The demo doesn’t really touch on plot points that you could do mental gymnastics with. Although, it does reveal that you play with different NPCs instead of taking on the enemies all by yourself. Nonetheless, I feel that it’s something worth diving into when the full game comes out.

SCARLET NEXUS will be available on June 25.

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moto G stylus 5G Hands-on

The last of its kind?

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The moto G stylus was launched just last year. This time, Motorola has unveiled the moto G stylus 5G.

From the name itself, it now has 5G support — that’s thanks to the new Snapdragon 480G processor.

It may be look like a lower model number on paper, but this one promises better specs.

But is it enough for you to buy one? Watch our moto G stylus 5G hands-on video now.

 

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