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Xiaomi Mi 5s and 5s Plus set to challenge iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

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Another Xiaomi launch, another pair of Apple clones. This isn’t to say the Chinese brand’s newest flagships aren’t any good; in fact, the Xiaomi Mi 5s and 5s Plus are up there with the very best, and they don’t cost a fortune.

Despite having a little “s” attached to their names, the pair of smartphones are significant upgrades over the original Mi 5 launched last February. Back then, we compared Xiaomi’s flagship at that time to the Samsung Galaxy S7. Now, the similarities are closer to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Even the promotional image below screams copycat.

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Compare the Xiaomi Mi 5s promotional image above with the iPhone 7’s below

The signs are all there: a completely metal unibody construction for both the 5.15-inch Mi 5s and 5.7-inch Mi 5s Plus, the usual iPhone-like MIUI Android interface, and some features taken straight out of Apple’s playbook. Let’s look into them now.

The highest-end Mi 5s, which is the 4GB RAM with 128GB internal storage configuration, has a pressure-sensitive display, similar to what Apple applied on its last two iPhone generations. It’s definitely a bonus if you want expanded interactivity with your apps’ options, but if it goes down the same path as the iPhones, then third-party support might be limited for a while. Huawei did it first on Android with its Mate S handset last year, yet there has barely been any backing from software developers since then.

What’s unique to the Mi 5s — and this isn’t even available on the larger Mi 5s Plus — is the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner powered by Qualcomm’s Sense ID. It may sound needless with regular sensors already being blazing fast, but this type is a lot more secure thanks to its added accuracy, plus it can work through wet hands and may be placed under the handset’s glass panel. We had a chance to try it ourselves and we must say, it really is the best fingerprint-scanning technology out there, and we’re glad Xiaomi finally managed to incorporate it.

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The specs are expected of a newly launched flagship: We have Qualcomm’s best processor in the Snapdragon 821, a 12-megapixel shooter at the back with a 4-megapixel one up front, and an acceptable 3200mAh battery capacity.

The 4GB memory with 128GB storage model we mentioned earlier will retail at RMB 2299 (almost $345), and the 3GB memory with 64GB storage version will go for RMB 1999 (slightly above $299). Colors offered are silver, gray, gold, and rose gold, with availability beginning on September 29 in China.

Surprisingly, the Mi 5s Plus doesn’t just lack the high-tech fingerprint scanner of its smaller sibling (although, there’s a regular one at the back), it also doesn’t offer a pressure-sensitive display. Instead, the 5.7-inch phablet opts for a 13-megapixel dual-camera setup, very similar to Huawei’s implementation on the P9; one image sensor captures in monochrome, while the other in full color. Image detail will be a lot sharper thanks to the combined effort of two lenses, which is far better than Xiaomi’s previous attempt.

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Other advantages of the Mi 5s Plus are the larger 3800mAh battery, bigger display (it maxes out at 1920 x 1080 pixels like the more compact Mi 5s, though), and the choice of having 6GB of RAM. The processor is the same as the chip found in the Mi 5s, and both phones have Quick Charge 3.0-enabled USB Type-C ports. As you can tell, the Plus variant may not be as innovative as the Mi 5s, but it definitely has more multimedia muscle in its circuits.

Its cheapest configuration, which has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, costs as much as the top-end Mi 5s at RMB 2299 ($345). The model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage isn’t much of a jump in price, and seems like a more worthwhile purchase; you can buy one for only RMB 2599 ($390). Colors options and availability are the same as that of the Mi 5s.

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OPPO Find X2 Pro now comes in Green Vegan Leather

OPPO’s finest in a new skin

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OPPO Find X2 Pro Green Leather

OPPO’s finest is back but in a new skin. The OPPO Find X2 Pro Green Vegan Leather Edition is now official and it’s coming to Singapore.

That isn’t just any kind of leather. With an IP68-rating, it’s splash, dust, and waterproof. OPPO says the new color variant takes inspiration from the concept of “healing.” The company believes it is a soothing and refreshing color that exudes comfort.

The complete the look, the phone also includes a custom-made vegan leather built-in middle frame. It uses environmentally-friendly materials along with a unique three-layer leather stitching technology.

OPPO’s finest

The OPPO Find X2 Pro is the culmination of OPPO’s innovations over the years. Here’s an excerpt from our review:

“The Find X2 Pro delivered in every aspect, especially in those that are most important to us. Just by holding the phone, you can tell that OPPO spent a lot of time refining the product. The Find X2 Pro has one of the best spec sheets found on smartphones this year as well.”

Pricing and availability

The OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G Green Vegan Leather Edition is priced at SG$ 1,699 (US$ 1237), and will be available from this Saturday, September 26, 2020, at Singtel, Starhub and M1 stores, OPPO’s Shopee and Lazada Flagship Store, and at all OPPO Concept Stores.

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The OPPO A53 launches in Singapore

A new budget phone?

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OPPO is strengthening its lower-midrange/near-budget lineup with the addition of the OPPO A53. The phone which first launched in India is now coming to Singapore.

The OPPO A53 features a 6.5-inch HD+ Neo Display with 90Hz screen refresh rate and up to 120Hz touch sampling rate.

Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 SoC with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It’s expandable up to 256GB via a MicoSD. The MicroSD card slot sits right next to the dual-sim card slots. It has a 5000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charge.

Coming to the cameras, up front situated inside a punch hole is the 16MP front-facing camera. It has all the AI Beautification features we’ve come to expect from OPPO smartphones.

On the rear is a triple camera setup. There’s 13MP main camera, a 2MP depth sensor, and another 2MP camera for macro photography. Again, it’s peppered with the usual AI and camera features found on OPPO units.

Pricing and availability

The OPPO A53 will retail in Singapore for SG$ 329 (US$ 240) and will come in Electric Black and Fancy Blue. It will be available beginning Saturday, September 26 on OPPO’s Shopee and Lazada stores, OPPO Concept Store, and authorized retailers in Singapore.

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Stunning cyberpunk game Ghostrunner out soon

Hack, slash, and dash through a cyberpunk dystopian landscape!

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If you haven’t had enough of some good-good cyberpunk games on the waiting list, you’re in luck. One More Level, 3D Realms, and Slipgate Ironworks have developed a first-person parkour action game called Ghostrunner. The game was revealed at Gamescon with co-publishers All in! Games and 505 Games encouraging players to apply for the game’s private beta.

Ghostrunner seems to be scratching the cyberpunk itch with players being able to explore a stunning cyberpunk dystopian city. The game lets players swiftly take down enemies with their katanas, show off death-defying acrobatic abilities, and hack into the network of the city with some help from the Architect.

Ghostrunner features NVIDIA RTX Ray Tracing which offers stunningly immersive visuals usually reserved for AAA studios. Not only that, the game features sick synthwave soundtracks by the acclaimed Daniel Deluxe to dash and slash to.

 

Ghostrunner will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC for SG$ 40.00 / THB 899.00 / MYR 99.00 / IDR 345,000 / VDN 733,000 / PhP 1,619 on October 28. It will come to Nintendo Switch on October 27.

PlayStation Plus subscribers and all PC players can enjoy 20% off when pre-ordering Ghostrunner. Meanwhile, Xbox One players can hack into 10% off when pre-ordering the game. If you pre-order Ghostrunner, you’ll be get special perks of getting two katanas with one being exclusively designed for each launch platform and won’t be available when the game launches.

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