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Xiaomi 12 Pro review: Flagship in almost every aspect 

Great all around



To claim to be a master at something is a very bold assertion. It’s setting the bar tremendously high that, if you don’t meet expectations, could mean a devastating embarrassment.

But that seems to be a challenge Xiaomi is willing to take on. The company does have a decent track record of offering outstanding flagships year after year. This time, they’re giving the tagline “Master Every Scene” to their front-runner, the Xiaomi 12 Pro. 

And from my experience with it the past few weeks, their claim could just hold true.

In this review, allow me to share with you my thoughts and you be the judge — is it a disaster or does it earn the title of master?

Classy and snazzy design that blends with the display 

Xiaomi 12 Pro

Refined best describes this phone. It’s the type of look that a modern gentleman could show off as. It feels like something that would easily go along with a suit. This gray color has a frosted finish and is delightfully not a smudge magnet.

Xiaomi 12 Pro

Looking at the Xiaomi 12 Pro in your hands, the display will immediately catch your attention. We are looking at a 1440p, AMOLED DotDisplay that measures 6.73 inches with a refresh rate of 120Hz.

As a person who is concerned about a phone’s size, this one does seem tall. But the sides of its display seamlessly curves towards the back, keeping it still comfortable to hold. So, one handed use isn’t that big of a chore.

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On top is where the speaker grille is located along with the IR blaster. While at the bottom is where the SIM tray is, along with the USB-C port and another speaker grille.

Did I mention that the display looks fantastic? Well, I would be surprised if it isn’t. Rated at a whopping one billion colors and offering both Dolby Vision and HDR10+ rating, our eyes are in for a treat. Everything is tack sharp at a pixel density of 522ppi. 

Seemingly color accurate, I even managed to use this as my reference when editing photos from my laptop. To which simply I assume, if it looks good here, I probably got it right.

Upgraded cameras

Xiaomi 12 Pro

The camera department is probably one that has gotten the biggest improvement from their previous generation of flagships. On the back of the Xiaomi 12 Pro is a triple camera setup. All of which are 50MP shooters and on the front is a 32MP selfie camera. That being said, I am very pleased to say that all of them perform really well.

Xiaomi 12 Pro

Sporting the new Sony IMX707 sensor on the main camera, even uninteresting and poorly composed shots could easily live on Pinterest. With rich colors and fine detail, photos look lively even without any post processing.


Taking photos outdoors, it is very noticeable that the camera’s dynamic range is commendable. On my landscape shots, even extremely blown out images of the sky get captured remarkably well without effort. It’s really good that whenever I see the HDR icon kick in, I feel confident that the shot will always be well exposed.

And what’s even better is that, shifting between different cameras, the differences between each aren’t very noticeable.

As we were looking at condo units this week, I had a great coverage of different perspectives of the units we looked at, all thanks to its main and ultrawide camera. Both performed really well even in unideal environments.

Although we consider the ultrawide camera to be a great landscape shooter, it is, however, a fixed focus camera. So doing funny wide angle close ups is not something you could do.

Then again, if portraits are your thing, you’ll also be pleased by the performance of the telephoto camera. At an equivalent focal length of 48mm, this produces great compressed depth of field for portraits. And true to that assumption, photos taken in this mode look flattering and pleasant and at a high resolution.

Selfies are also not lagging behind. The 32MP selfie camera also takes decent photos in most lighting conditions.

Performance you can brag about

Xiaomi 12 Pro

Of course this wouldn’t be a flagship phone if it isn’t a good performer. Under the hood are the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset with 12GB of RAM packed with 256GB of storage.

Having one of the best performing chipsets right now, the Xiaomi 12 Pro is one of the fastest phones around. It’s no surprise that this will run mostly anything excellently. Not once did I feel any sort of discernable slowdown on any app I use daily. Everything was just fluid as the phone just felt more than capable of handling the normal use with ease.

I did try out a few games namely Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds, Call of Duty: Mobile and Genshin Impact. All of which performed just as I had expected them to, which is superb.

Even without having to tweak anything on its Game Turbo app, everything was already running smoothly at their highest settings.

On paper, this is something that we anticipated. But what varies from different phones is its cooling performance. While we didn’t do any hardcore benchmarks, I am amazed that it also doesn’t get too hot in real world tests. Of course, with the exception of playing Genshin Impact as this gets most phones heated when maxed out on 60FPS mode.

Acceptable sound quality

As mentioned earlier in this review, this has two speaker ports. This is to make way for the dual Harman/Kardon tuned speaker setup.

To my ears it does sound okay but I could probably say that this isn’t a feature I would boast about. Most phones I’ve tried that offer something similar are either better or more or less equal.

It lacked mostly on the lower frequencies and thickness but far from what we would consider bad sounding.

Having had the chance to use the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE, I could say the 12 Pro sounds pretty close if not a tad better than the previous.

Charged in just a few minutes

Xiaomi 12 Pro

Powering this phone is a 4,600 mAh battery. And if I had to pick, this might be what I could point as the most ‘average’ aspect of this phone. It does play around the ballpark of where other flagships are, but the performance isn’t a stand out. I found myself having a low battery notification nearly every night before the day ended. 

Charging with the 120W charger on the other hand was blazing fast. For this test, I had to check every few minutes if it was already full. Otherwise I won’t be able to monitor if charging was already done.

Surely, there won’t be a need for you to even bother charging this overnight. In our test, a quick ten minute charge from ten percent juices it up to 36 percent. While the whole process took 41 minutes from 10 percent to full.

Is the Xiaomi 12 Pro your GadgetMatch?

Xiaomi 12 Pro

In all aspects, the Xiaomi 12 Pro definitely belongs in the flagship game. It’s a fast performer for mobile gamers. It packs a variety of great cameras for photography enthusiasts. And it’s a content consumer’s dream for its stunning display.

But let’s face it. When buying a flagship, Xiaomi probably isn’t the brand that would be a top-of-mind. And being mostly a refinement of what’s already available doesn’t help it lure in potential buyers.

Without a really strong selling point, I wouldn’t be surprised if this one gets buried under the names of market leaders.

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How I just wish there was really something here that we haven’t seen elsewhere. But for what it’s worth, it’s a great all around flagship phone and it’s surely a banger.

The Xiaomi 12 Pro is available in Gray, Blue and Purple color variants with 12GB RAM and 256GB of storage for PhP 48,999.


Redmi 12 review: Just the basics

Decent-performing, nothing exceptional



Redmi 12

The ever-worsening local economy and inflation rate makes us think from time to time if we will have to settle for less — not by choice but by necessity.

When it comes to smartphones, opting for an entry-level device might still be worth it, as their overall quality and suite of features have improved throughout the years to accommodate users.

Still, that depends on what you’re getting — which then depends on how much time you spend on your phone and how heavy you use it.

Xiaomi recently released the budget Redmi 12 which, on paper, can give customers a reliable budget option. But is it still worth it when put to the test?

First, here’s a quick overview of its specs and features:

  • MediaTek Helio G88 processor
  • Up to 8GB RAM, up to 256GB internal storage
  • MIUI 14 based on Android 13
  • 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast-charging
  • 6.79-inch FHD+ DotDisplay, 90Hz
  • 50MP main camera, triple-camera rear
  • 8MP selfie camera
  • IP53 dust and splash resistance
  • Side fingerprint sensor

Watch our Redmi 12 unboxing.


New budget phone alert! #Redmi12

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Don’t expect it to be 100% smooth

When we first turned this device on, it took a little while for everything to get configured and finished, which is quite expected from a phone in the budget segment.

It’s decent everywhere else. Physically, the phone has a good feel to it when held. The interface looks neat and non-confusing. The screen has ample brightness and good colors to watch videos on your desired streaming apps.

You can switch from one app to the other, browse casually, and take photos or videos without experiencing major issues, but still, don’t expect everything to be smooth.

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For instance, the product does say being able to watch videos at up to a 2460 x 1080 resolution, but I recommended sticking to basic full HD as the playback becomes glitchy and delayed when a higher resolution is selected.

Moreover, try to avoid having several apps open. As this is a phone marketed to the Gen Z audience, it’s tempting to use it and have a ton of social media apps open in one go, from Facebook to TikTok to Instagram to X.

Naturally, there will be links that lead to external apps from time to time, like clicking an ad that leads to Shopee or Lazada, but just do your best to keep the usage as low as possible.

For productivity? It depends

It’s best to keep it simple when using the Redmi 12 for tasks. Besides, there are tablets and laptops if you really want to be “productive.”

Granted, it can handle light tasks such as typing on Google Docs or editing a photo on a free app, but if you are going to open a video editing app and piece together high-quality videos with captions and add music or audio, it will take a toll on the phone.

If anything, it’s good that the phone still kept usual features such as a 3.5mm jock for listening to important audio, and a hybrid slot for extra storage.

Gen Z-tailored cameras

As expected, the Redmi 12’s camera setup includes a 50MP f/1.8 main shooter along with an 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera for the staple 0.5 selfies nowadays. There’s also a 2MP f/2.4 macro camera which works well to capture details up-close. In front is an 8MP f/2.1 selfie camera.

There’s a 50MP mode to take higher-quality photos with the main camera, although that will consume higher storage space.

The key here is to match the phone with sufficient lighting. It’s not ideal when used indoors; the captures simply lack brightness, sharpness, and vibrance and the results become noisier.

On the positive side, you can take this outdoors to get okay-quality shots at parks, malls, and everywhere else where the lighting is fine.

Do note that you will need to be extra steady when taking photos as it takes a little time to record what’s on the viewfinder. It does not work well in capturing moving subjects as well when zoomed in.

The macro lens, on the other hand, is hit or miss depending on the subject.

At the very least, 0.5 lens still work well in taking good landscapes or sceneries. The night mode feature also allows for more light to come in for your outdoor photos in low-light conditions.

You can also shoot full HD videos at standard 30fps, for your next TikTok or IG reels upload.

Take it easy on gaming

Redmi 12 | Wild Rift

Oftentimes, people expect much from entry-level devices when it comes to gaming. Surprisingly, the Redmi 12 performed decently on space fantasy RPG Honkai: Star Rail and 5v5 mobile MOBA Wild Rift, provided that you put the settings to low or medium.

Funny enough, the loading screen for Honkai: Star Rail, which is set to the best quality, took a while to finish and was laggish just as expected, but after that, you’re all good. Just keep in mind to give this phone an ample amount of rest after.

Also, since this is just a budget phone, you will have to come up with your own “gaming” or “do not disturb” mode. That’s either setting the phone to flight mode and connecting it to Wi-Fi instead of data, or disallowing all other apps from running in the background. Basically, it’s every little thing that saves up RAM space while you’re gaming.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

As mentioned, getting a device that suits you still ultimately depends on your needs and preferences.

If you just want a good everyday perform to work so you can communicate and entertain yourself while stuck in traffic or during your free time, the Redmi 12 is a decent choice.

But if you need a high-performing device without having to break the bank. Well,  just have more patience and save up, because there are better lower mid-range choices waiting for you.

If you’re really in an “I-need-a-phone-now” predicament, it doesn’t hurt considering the Redmi 12. But we have put everything on this review to make you think twice.

The Redmi 12 starts at PhP 7,999.

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Apple iPhone 15 Pro + 15 Pro Max Review: Huge Leap Forward

There’s more than just the Titanium Design



As you may already know, Apple has released their Pro-level iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max flagships.

A lot of you say they don’t look very different from their predecessors last year — but there’s more than meets the eye.

Aside from the new colors and a tougher Titanium Design, there are hardware and software features you’ll exclusively find on the iPhone 15 Pro series.

Curious to know what the hype is all about?

Here’s our very, VERY in-depth review of the new iPhone 15 and 15 Pro Max!

P.S: This is currently our second longest review video in our YouTube channel!

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OPPO A98 5G review: A+ for all-around experience

A strong contender in its category




The OPPO A98 5G has a very promising spec sheet. With that, you may be wondering if those figures actually translate into real-life use. After rocking the device for nearly two weeks, here’s an in-depth review of the OPPO’s newest midranger.

Before anything else, watch this unboxing

A Beauty that glows differently

The visual upgrade of OPPO A98 5G from its predecessor is very clear, so much so that the difference glows. The new design of the handset feels very refreshing to look at. Personally, I think the vertical pill-shaped camera module combined with the fingerprint and smudge-proof back panel look and feel more premium. Despite being made of plastic, the phone doesn’t look and feel cheap at all.

The handset I got is in Dreamy Blue. The blue shade changes when light casts on it, projecting a subtle glow that comes in the shades of purple, pink, and sometimes, orange. However, if you don’t feel like this color suits you, you can opt for the Cool Black variant of OPPO A98 5G, which leans more on simplicity and elegance.

The front of the phone also looks great with a single camera punch hole in the center. The bezels are also thin, pushing the screen ratio to 91.4%.

It may be light but hold it tight!

Despite having huge hands, I am certainly not a huge fan of big phones. Using the OPPO A98 5G was not a difficult experience for me. Although, I have a minor issue with the phone’s edges.

Don’t get me wrong, I love its trendy flat edges and one can argue that I am just nitpicking. But personally, I think this phone is not the easiest to hold because of its sharp edges. And because it’s also light at 192 grams, there’s a feeling that it might slip off my hands if I’m not gripping it tight enough. Don’t worry though, because its free jelly case solved the issue for me.

On the contrary, the OPPO A98 5G’s weight did not cause me any wrist strain even when I used it for an extended period of time. When it comes to the size, there are (a very few) times when I thought I would reach a part of the screen or a button easier if it’s not this big or tall but hey, the extra screen real estate definitely makes up for those not-so-important thoughts.

A screen that displays joy

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Speaking of screen, the OPPO A98 5G sports a 6.72 inches FHD+ LTPS LCD display. While this isn’t technically that much of an upgrade from last year’s OPPO A96, the Chinese phone manufacturer still found a way to make it better by packing it with a 120Hz screen refresh rate, providing a smoother overall experience.

This is also power efficient as the screen refresh rate adapts and adjusts to whatever activity you are doing. For instance, you’ll get 30Hz while reading, 60Hz for watching videos, 90Hz while gaming, and 120Hz for scrolling on social media. These numbers translate to real-life use as I really enjoyed the smooth scrolling and I didn’t feel like it was draining my battery that much.

Glows for a day or two?

It’s not a secret that even on its midrange tiers, OPPO takes battery and charging seriously. OPPO A98 5G is not an exception with its 5,000mAh battery that juices up with the 67W SUPERVOOC charging technology. OPPO says it will only take 18 minutes to charge the phone to 50% and 44 minutes to fully charge it.

While I didn’t get that exact same time, I still managed to go from 20% to 100% in only 46 minutes. That’s pretty impressive for a midrange phone.

Depending on how heavy your phone use is, the OPPO A98 5G can really hold up to your lifestyle. I’m not really a heavy user so the phone lasted me for two days at most, still having a few percent left before I fuel it up again. Note that I am not into games but more of a social media scroller Gen Z.

It’s also worth noting that OPPO’s exclusive Battery Health Engine technology is present in the OPPO A98 5G. According to OPPO, this technology doubles the battery’s lifespan to four years or more by carefully monitoring your phone’s charging cycle to keep the battery in top shape.

Just powerful enough

Flipping the sheet around, the OPPO A98 5G is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 and comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage out of the box. The RAM can also be artificially expanded up to 16GB with OPPO’s RAM expansion feature. The storage can also be maximized to 1TB with the use of an external SD card.

Basic tasks like social media browsing wouldn’t shake the OPPO A98 5G, so to speak. It handles a lot of apps with definitive ease. In addition, it can also multitask just fine. Well, almost all of the time. I said “almost” because while switching apps back and forth is not a problem, I seldom find certain apps launching back from the start after re-opening them from the recent apps drawer. 

Mobile gaming

Delving into the gaming realm, I will be honest. I am not really into gaming but for this review, I did play Asphalt 9 and Roblox consistently. I also asked my cousin to play his favorite mobile games — Call of Duty Mobile and Genshin Impact.

Surprisingly, the OPPO A98 5G handles gaming really well. I played Asphalt 9 and Roblox in the highest graphics quality setting and I am genuinely amazed that I did not experience any lag or frame drop at all. As for Call of Duty Mobile and Genshin Impact, I also observed similar performance as long as the graphics quality is set to medium or low settings. Dialing the graphics quality to its maximum setting resulted in a few frame drops and faster increase in the smartphone’s temperature.

As for the device’s temperature, the OPPO A98 5G gets warm when used heavily for a longer period of time but it’s not warm enough to cause discomfort in your hands. A few minutes rest for the phone is all it takes for it to cool down. 

It’s loud. But it can get louder!

My love for music and the music industry (Taylor Swift) were satisfied with how the OPPO A98 5G’s dual stereo speakers perform. Sure, the bass is not flagship level but the sound it produces is loud enough to fill a whole room with music. And if your surroundings are not as peaceful as you’d like, OPPO’s ultra volume mode will let the speaker surpass the usual 100% sound level and go as far as 200% for louder sound. 

Classic OPPO camera

Cameras affect a lot of people’s purchasing decisions when it comes to smartphones. The OPPO A98 5G boasts its 64MP main camera, accompanied by its 2MP depth camera and a 2MP micro lens that could go up to 40X of microscope zoom. On the front lies a 32MP selfie camera.

The good news about OPPO A98 5G’s cameras is that they deliver classic OPPO photography. The cameras are indeed better than its predecessor.

It produces sharper and vivid images.

The extra HD setting that processes the photo to be 108MP is glorious.

The microscope photography is mind-blowing.

Night mode works just fine.

And the selfies are clear and crisp.

The video recording, however, is not that impressive. Sure, it’s usable but it’s nothing jaw-dropping. Limited to 1080p at 30FPS and EIS only available at 720p, it’s kind of underwhelming to see this kind of video quality at its price range. 

A love-hate relationship

The latest member of the OPPO’s A series runs on Android 13 topped with ColorOS 13.1. The good thing about OPPO’s software is it’s really packed with features that will give its users more convenience. Take the background stream for example. This feature allows you to play YouTube videos as audio in the background without having to pay for a premium subscription. 

The downside though is the UI still looks messy for me. Booting up the phone for the first time will give you a welcome to lots of bloatware apps. Fortunately, they can be uninstalled with a few taps. 

Is this your GadgetMatch?

In conclusion, the OPPO A98 5G has certainly made a mark in the midrange smartphone segment. With its eye-catching design, impressive display, and powerful battery life, it offers a well-rounded experience for a lot of users.

The device’s ability to deliver smooth performance and handle gaming well are really worth considering. The camera system, although not perfect, still captures quality photos and offers intriguing microscope zoom capabilities.

With its competitive pricing, I can say that the OPPO A98 5G is a strong contender in its category, earning an A+ for its overall offering and total upgrade from its predecessor.

The OPPO A98 5G is priced PhP 18,999 and is available for pre-order until September 21st. The handset can also be purchased on Shopee and Lazada.

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