Here are the top stories on GadgetMatch this week.
1. Samsung Galaxy A80’s rotating camera feels
Some minds were understandably blown when Samsung first showcased the rotating camera of the Samsung Galaxy A80.
While we’ve seen the rotating camera module before, this is the first time that it’s implemented like this: with a motor that pops up and rotates automatically and to make sure you get all the display real estate you could possibly ask for.
It’s a novel idea and helps push the pop-up camera solution forward. The Galaxy A80 still needs to answer a lot of questions but for now, it’s just nice that it exists.
If the rotating camera isn’t your thing, you can opt for the Galaxy A70 which offers much of the same things that the Galaxy A80 does just without the rotating camera.
— Rodneil M. Quiteles (@rodneilquiteles) April 11, 2019
If you want to kick things up a notch, you may even get the BLACKPINK edition. It comes with a case, a charging stand, and signed photocards of the K-Pop girl group that seems to be on almost everyone’s radar right now.
2. OPPO Reno’s pop-up camera is unusual
There’s really no other way to describe it. That titled pop-up camera on the OPPO Reno is unusual. However, the real story is the 10x zoom the rear camera is packing.
It comes in two flavors: a 10x Zoom Edition that owns a high-end Snapdragon 855 chip and 6.6-inch 1080p OLED display, and a regular version that forgoes the 10x zoom but retains decent specs in the 6.4-inch 1080p OLED display and midrange Snapdragon 710 chipset. Both sport the tilted pop-up camera.
3. OnePlus 7 Pro design leaks
Leaks suggest OnePlus is giving us a notch-less and hole-less display with the OnePlus 7. It’s also possible that we’ll get Pro and non-pro models with the former equipped with 5G capabilities.
Based on the images, the OnePlus 7 Pro has a 6.67-inch Super Optic AMOLED display which curves to the side just like Samsung Galaxy phones. It will also have the latest Snapdragon 855 chipset along with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
This design, along with earlier leaks, all but confirm that the OnePlus 7 will have a pop-up camera — unless the company decides to just skip the selfie camera altogether. Whatever the case, we hope it’s not as unusual as the ideas OPPO has been having lately.
4. Acer’s Predator Orion powered up
Acer’s well-received Predator Orion 5000 just got even better with some of the best hardware you can find on any gamer-centric desktop PC to date.
The new Orion 5000 (model name PO5-605S) can now accommodate up to a 9th-generation Intel Core i9-9900K processor with a Z390 chipset and GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card. That’s a seriously powerful combo, especially since the CPU can be overclocked thanks to Cooler Master’s liquid cooling system.
There’s no pricing or release date as of writing. However, if you have your eyes on this beast, we suggest you start saving up as early as right now.
5. You can now ditch your cringy PSN name
You can now finally change your DarkWarrior1214 PSN name to ladiesman217 or whatever you want it to be.
Previously exclusive to beta testers, all PSN users now have the ability to change their username to anything they want; the first time is free, while any succeeding update would cost you US$ 9.99. PlayStation Plus subscribers have it better with a US$ 4.99 fee.
The cool thing is you’re allowed to go back to your old name anytime you wish and no one else can claim it. To avoid confusion among your online friends, you could place your old name beside the newer one for 30 days.
Have you decided what your new PSN name will be? This writer might really go for ladiesman217. 👀
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PlayStation gift ideas for 2022: The best of the best
God of War: Ragnarök tops the list
Gamers, rejoice! The Christmas season is finally here. That means it’s also the perfect time to secure PlayStation titles and peripherals to boost the gaming experience. Here are some of the best gift ideas for gamers on both PS4 and PS5:
This collection retails for PhP 2,490 and includes both critically acclaimed single player adventures, UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End and UNCHARTED: The Lost Legacy.
Dive into complex history from the point of view of thieves Nathan Drake and Chloe Frazer. Its PlayStation 5 option is remastered with improved visuals and framerate.
Already widely considered as the game of the year, Santa Monica Studio’s sequel to the 2018 God of War features Kratos and Atreus going on a mythic journey across nine realms together before Ragnarök arrives.
Kratos will use his weapons like the Leviathan Axe and Blades of Chaos as he puts everything on the line to fight for family while facing fearsome enemies from Norse gods to wild beasts.
God of War: Ragnarök is priced at PhP 3,490 for PS5 and PhP 2,990 for PS4.
From Sony comes an action RPG wherein Aloy braves the Forbidden West, a frontier that conceals mysterious threats.
The adventure will take gamers to a far-future, post-apocalyptic world of Horizon where land is dying and vicious storms keep ravaging what’s left of humanity.
That said, it will be up to Aloy to uncover the secrets, forge alliances, and defeat the enemy to prevail.
Horizon Forbidden West is available at PhP 3,490 for PS5 and PhP 2,990 for PS4.
For those into racing, Gran Turismo 7 brings together the very best of the Real Driving Simulator.
The game reintroduces GT Simulation Mode, on top of the head-to-head GT Sport Mode, GT Campaign, Arcade, and Driving School.
With over 420 cars available at Brand Central and the Used Car Dealership from day one and over 90 track routes including classics, Gran Turismo 7 promises both unparalleled detail and experience.
You can purchase the game for PhP 3,490 for PS5 and PhP 2,990 for PS4.
The multi-awarded game gets a PlayStation 5 treatment. Protagonist Joel smuggles 14-year-old Ellie out of a military quarantine zone, which jumpstarts a brutal cross-country journey.
This package includes The Last of Us single-player story and celebrated prequel chapter, Left Behind, which explores the events that changed the lives of Ellie and her best friend Riley forever.
The Last of Us Part I costs PhP 3,490 as well.
As for accessories, you should get your hands on the DualSense Wireless Controller for PS5 which now comes in new colors. The controllers are now available in Midnight Black, Cosmic Red, Starlight Blue, Galactic Purple, and Nova Pink, as well as Gray Camouflage.
It is available in all PlayStation authorized dealers starting at PhP 3,990.
Speaking of those colors, one can now customize their console itself with the PS5 Console Covers which are priced at PhP 3,090.
To complete the immersive gaming experience, the PULSE 3D Wireless Headset delivers with PS5 system’s Tempest 3D AudioTech and comes with dual noise-cancelling microphones.
It is available for PhP 5,590 in Midnight Black and Gray Camouflage.
5 realme travel essentials for holiday vacation
Upgrade your holiday trips
For some, Christmas season isn’t only about gift-giving or bonding with friends and family; it’s also about going on holiday trips as they make the most out of the long break.
That’s where these five realme gadgets come in handy, giving your vacation trip a colorful upgrade.
The brand’s recently-launched flagship comes equipped with a Helio G99 processor, has a 6.4-inch 90Hz super AMOLED display, and a 5,000mAh battery with support for 33W SUPERVOOC charge.
The device runs on Android 12 and realme UI 3.0, and has 8GB RAM and up to 256GB storage.
Capturing memories is a breeze too, with its 50MP main camera and 16MP selfie camera.
Available in Clash White and Rush Black, the realme 10 retails for:
- PhP 12,999 for the 8GB+128GB
- PhP 14,999 for the 8GB+256GB
Music is a must for long road trips, so one should complement the listening experience with a fitting pair of wireless earbuds.
The realme Buds T100 feature 10mm dynamic bass driver, 88ms super low latency, and a total playback time of up to 28 hours.
The accessory has AI Environmental Noise Cancellation (ENC). It is rated IPX5 for water resistance.
Whether looking for another reliable smartphone or just a spare phone, the realme C33 should do the trick.
It has a 6.5-inch HD+ LCD display, 5,000mAh battery to keep you company for long hours, and a 50MP camera.
It’s priced at only PhP 7,499 so now is the perfect time to get your hands on this budget device.
For those traveling with kids or simply want to avoid boredom, the realme Pad X (6GB+128GB) can definitely keep you entertained.
Powered by up to a Snapdragon 695 5G processor and coming with a 10.95-inch 2K FullView display and Dolby Atmos quad speakers, the tablet provides an immersive viewing experience on the go.
The Pad X comes with a stylish 7.1mm Ultra Slim design. It is available in the Glacier Blue and Glowing Grey colorways.
The base price is just PhP 15,999 or if you want to opt for the 5G variant, the cost is PhP 24,999.
realme Watch 3
Lastly, the realme Watch 3 will help one burn those Noche Buena and Media Noche calories with ease.
The wearable boasts clear Bluetooth calling, all-day health monitoring, and over 110 sports modes. These can be accessed through its 1.8-inch bright display.
The realme Watch 3 retails for only PhP 3,499, one of the best fitness companions for this price point.
Make moments tangible with Instax Square Link
Time to print those core memories!
Life looks pretty in squares — that’s how Instagram shaped our favorite moments in the past decade.
With every core memory uploaded in our social media feed for the world to see, there’s still something poignant about keeping a hard copy of your favorite moments. It feels nostalgic to be reminded of the good things in your life.
That’s what the Instax Square Link delivers. The newest instant printer comes in square, as compared to its previous siblings in the instax link lineup.
The sweet spot
The previous instant printers come in the usual mini film prints, and a wide, rectangular one. Having a square format provides a sweet spot for instant prints since it’s neither too big nor small.
Even the design of the device itself looks almost square, albeit taller. It sports the usual big button in its center that powers up the device, while there’s a smaller circle on its top-left part for linking the device to your smartphone.
It’s still as straightforward as it gets, whether you’re already familiar with previous instax printers or not. You simply click the big button until it lights up, link it to your smartphone and confirm the serial number found on the bottom side of the device, and do all the magic inside the app — which you can download via App Store or Play Store.
New device, new features
The instax Square Link carries all the good things from the previous instax printers through its dedicated app.
You can still make personalized stickers, continuously print your best moments with just a press of a button, and collage and edit your photos in frames. They’re pretty much the same features you can find on the instax Link WIDE and instax mini Link 2.
However, instax introduced new features that make printing more exciting. Now, instax takes AR to a new level by allowing users to print with personalized AR effects, accessible using a QR code.
It also included a feature where you can chat with a friend or loved one and have the conversation printed as text bubbles to add a more personal touch for those who are in long-distance relationships.
Printing your favorite moments
While the new features are a much-welcome addition, I still stick to what Instax is good about. At its core, it’s still printing your favorite moments and of course, sharing them with the people you love.
Back then, I would print my photos and keep them to myself — inside photobooks and boxes that would never see the light of day unless I’m feeling nostalgic.
Being surrounded by new people encouraged me to be more giving, rather than just being selfish with my memories. And instead of constantly seeking validation and sharing my favorite moments with the world, I now love the idea of being intimate and sharing my core memories with only a handful of people.
Is this your GadgetMatch?
The Instax Square Link is still an instant printer like its siblings. If square formats are your thing, this is easily your GadgetMatch. For wide, rectangular prints, there’s the instax Link WIDE.
And if the original, mini-sized film prints are what you’re after, you can never go wrong with the instax mini Link 2. Whatever formats you want, there’s an instax for you.
The instax Square Link comes in Ash White and Midnight Green. It’s available in all authorized Fujifilm instax dealers nationwide and Fujifilm’s online flagship stores.
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