The new Boracay through the cameras of the Vivo V15 Pro

We took the phone out in the sun



Summer is here and it’s time to go to the beach. The heat in the city is just too much to bear, but getting sunkissed at open seas or by the beach is different.

Among the popular summer destinations in the Philippines, Boracay always sits on top of the list. Vivo invited us to go on a quick vacation to showcase the newly released Vivo V15 Pro. Our main focus here will be the phone’s cameras.

The Vivo V15 Pro is equipped with three rear cameras: a main 48-megapixel camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, the phone has an elevating 32-megapixel camera.

Without further ado, I’ll share my Boracay trip through the lenses of the Vivo V15 Pro.

The Stay

There are a lot of known hotels on the island of Boracay and most of them have close proximity to the beach. During our trip, we were checked in at Henann Regency Resort and Spa which some of you might know as the former Boracay Regency Beach Resort & Spa.

The place is just along the beachfront in the area of Station 2, making it truly accessible to popular points in Boracay. I only had to walk once along the main highway, because I make it a point to stroll along the beach if I have to go from one place to another.

Aside from having direct access to the beach, the resort also features its own outdoor pools. There are times that you just want a quick dip for when there are too many people on the beach. As you can see in the photo above, there’s a McDonald’s within the vicinity. It’s actually a NXTGEN store similar to the one available in McKinley West, Taguig.

The pool is ideal when you want a nice night swim since you can’t do it at the beach at night. If you’re like me, you can also just rest under the umbrellas and enjoy a fruit shake.

The Beach

The main reason you’d want to go to Boracay is to gander at its beautiful beach and crystal-clear waters. This ain’t just your ordinary beach, of course; the fine white sand is the pride of Boracay. 🏖

Here’s a closer look at the perfectly clean and white sands of Boracay. You can tell that a lot of tourists and locals have walked this area with all those footprints.

I’m not a beach person (please don’t judge), but I do love to bathe under the sun. With tall palm trees lined up along the coast, it’s nice to simply lay out a towel and lie down under the shade. 🌴

When the sun starts to set, be sure to have a great vantage point. The silhouette of the boats and people walking, swimming, and having fun is relaxing.

At night, the waters rest but not the people. The colorful lights from the restaurants and stores along the beach illuminate the scene.

Here’s a quick sample using Vivo V15 Pro’s night mode. You can clearly tell that beachgoers are not just here to swim; they also want to enjoy the Boracay nightlife.

The Experience

Apart from enjoying the beach, there are other activities to do while in Boracay. Island hopping is a must, so that’s what we did.

The boats await in this makeshift port, keeping them away from the swimming area.

While shooting some stills, the waves started to become strong which gave me this money shot below. It looks like it was taken from an action camera, right? Keep in mind that the Vivo V15 Pro is not water-resistant; a waterproof pouch is pretty popular in the area, you can easily get one if you want.

One of our destinations is the Puka Shell Beach, a less-crowded beach north of the island. What makes Puka unique is its white sand is mixed with tiny shells. If you want a more solemn beach in Boracay, visit Puka.

There are no big establishments in the area of Puka, but local vendors do sell fruit shakes, light snacks, and souvenir items.

A sunset cruise is also a great boat activity. The view from the beach is already charming, but sailing through the waters of Boracay during sunset is much nicer. A lot of boats that you can meet and socialize with go out in the open during sundown. 🌅

While waiting for the sunset, you can swim and do some water activities. But when the sun is already setting, it’s best to stay on the roof of your boat for a clear view.

Back on the island, the bars and pubs start opening their doors at night. Compared to before, the nightlife on the island has been tamed, but it doesn’t mean it got boring. 🙅‍♂️

If you’re hypersocial, you can join the pub crawl along with other tourists. The group is mostly composed of foreign nationals; great for those who want to make new connections.

A chill evening is also possible. Beachfront restaurants are open to welcome guests craving some good food and wine.

You can also sit by the pool which is what I did. My sunburn is already getting obvious here. 🤭

With that, I’ll end with this photo I took during the sunset cruise.

Everyone was taking sunset photos when I saw a Korean trying to hold the sun on her palm. I tried to pick out the sun instead. 😁

SEE ALSO: Vivo V15 Pro hands-on: A mini NEX?

Full disclosure: Vivo invited GadgetMatch and the rest of the media for an all-expense three-day trip to Boracay. During the trip, I mainly used the Vivo V15 Pro as my daily driver. All of the photos here were taken by me using the V15 Pro.


Realme 3 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

Realme’s best offering yet



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Realme started out to cater to the budget segment, but the now-separate OPPO sub-brand is growing fast. After releasing the Realme 3 Pro in India last month, the Chinese company is now making it widely available in other Asian markets, specifically the Philippines.

The Realme 3 Pro is positioned to battle the uber-popular Redmi Note 7 of Xiaomi by offering better specs for a little extra cash. Basically, the Pro model is based on the regular Realme 3 we’ve reviewed before, but with significant improvements to make it more attractive.

For starters, the Pro is still made of Gorilla Glass 5 in the front and shiny plastic on the back. Its display is slightly larger at 6.3 inches with a higher resolution of Full HD+. It still has a teardrop notch which has a 25-megapixel selfie snapper.

The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 processor paired with up to 6GB of memory and up to 128GB of storage. It runs Android 9 Pie out of the box with ColorOS 6 on top.

In the camera department, the Realme 3 Pro has a main 16-megapixel f/1.7 camera accompanied by a 5-megapixel depth sensor.

Battery-wise, it has a respectable 4045mAh cell that supports the proprietary VOOC 3.0 fast charging tech through its micro-USB port. It promises to go from zero to 50 percent charge in just 30 minutes.

In the Philippines, the Reame 3 Pro will be available in two variants: a 4GB+64GB model priced at PhP 12,990 and a 6GB+128GB version for PhP 14,990. The phone will be sold through Argomall, Realme kiosks, and partner stores nationwide.

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Xiaomi Mi 9 SE: Price and availability in the Philippines

The cheaper flagship-grade Mi 9



Xiaomi Mi 9 SE | Image credit: Xiaomi

Flagship phones generally have the best specs, but manufacturers also offer flagship-grade features at a lower price point. Xiaomi already has the best value smartphones, but they have a new model coming to the Philippine market: the Mi 9 SE.

As part of the Mi 9 series, the Mi 9 SE is Xiaomi’s best offering to the midrange segment. Dubbed a “compact flagship,” it sports a 5.97-inch AMOLED display with a tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a “Dot Drop” notch. Size-wise, the Mi 9 SE is comparable to an old 5.1-inch smartphone.

The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 712 processor paired with fast LPDDR4x memory and UFS 2.1 storage. Like its more premium Mi 9 sibling, the Mi 9 SE also features a holographic rainbow spectrum back and an in-screen fingerprint sensor.

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE | Image credit: Xiaomi

Similar to flagship phones, the Mi 9 SE has a triple camera setup. It has a main 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor, a 13-megapixel ultra wide-angle shooter, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera. For selfies, there’s a 20-megapixel front-facing camera in the screen’s notch.

A 3070mAh battery powers the phone with support for 18W fast charging through its USB-C port.

The variant coming to the Philippines is the 6GB+64GB configuration in black and blue colors for PhP 15,990. It’ll be initially available at the new Mi Authorized Store in Robinsons Place Manila starting May 18, while other stores will have it in stock at a later date.

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OPPO releases a new F11 model that’s cheaper and exclusive online

Aptly called the F11 Online



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OPPO‘s midranger, the F11, comes in different variants: the F11 Pro with its pop-up camera, the special Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition, and the regular F11 without the bells and whistles. Three models are already plenty, but the company decided to add a fourth one.

A new addition to the F11 family is the F11 Online. As its name implies, it’s an online exclusive variant for the Philippine market. No need to go to the stores, because you can get one for just PhP 12,990 on Shopee (link here). It’s cheaper by PhP 3,000 compared to the regular F11 model.

The F11 Online is identical to the regular F11 model with a minor downgrade to make it slightly inexpensive. From 6GB, the F11 Online has only 4GB of memory. Also, it’ll be available in Marble Green color only.

Apart from that, the F11 Online still sports the same Helio P70 processor, 64GB of expandable storage, 48-megapixel f/1.8 main camera, 16-megapixel selfie snapper, and 4020mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 fast charge technology.

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