MediaTek Worst SoC? We Shouldn't Trademark Easily

MediaTek has been one of the most common SoC used on budget smartphones, this allows the company to capture more share of wallet, making them the seconds biggest semiconductor manufacturer. There are pros and cons, let's me explain more.

In order for MediaTek to tap on this budget phone market, they need to produce cheap chipset in high quantity as the budget/mid-range smartphone growing tremendously especially in India, China, basically in Asia Pacific regions. Thus more smartphones now are more affordable.

I always believe in one thing, "Good things never come cheap, cheap things never are good" With this, the cheap SoC may have limited clock speed on CPU & GPU, poor battery management, out-dated modem but all just works as what a phone should be.

Of course, with all these cut-down specifications, the user experience may not be as favorable for people who demand better processing power and battery efficiency.

With these the public would now "Trademark" all the MediaTek SoC are terrible and not power efficient. It may, but only to a certain model of SoC like Quad-core MT6737 an old 2 - 3 years old that poorly optimized. The Helio P60 and X30 are processors that are very powerful in the mid-range category that good yet affordable price.



The new MediaTek processor like the most recent MediaTek Helio P60 that can be found on the new OPPO F7 & OPPO F9. It s also one of the best mid-range SoC to date. It focused on the quality to price ratio. First, it fabricates on a 12nm process that resulting in more power efficient without compromising its performance.

Speaking performance, the Helio P60 has Quad ARM Cortex-A73 clocked up to 2.0GHz plus Quad ARM Cortex-A53 which also up to 2.0GHz. On top of that, it also has an advanced dedicated module for the up-rising A.I. which can perform deep-learning facial detection, scene recognition and AR. The company called it NeuroPilot.

MediaTek also is the first to have a true dual VoLTE providing dual VoLTE (Voice) and ViLTE (Video) capability.

Based on benchmark tests (Geekbench & AnTuTu), MediaTek Helio P60 showing almost the same with the best Qualcomm Snapdragon 660.

From these facts, I can conclude not all MediaTek SoC are poor in term of performance and power efficiency. MediaTek SoC able to bring great incredible hardware together with an affordable Android smartphone. We shouldn't "Trademark" all MediaTek SoCs are poor.

[REVIEW] OPPO F9 - The Best Midrange Phone ever Made by OPPO

OPPO Malaysia today unveiled its latest F-series smartphone, OPPO F9. Although the OPPO F7 was only 4 months old, the company decided to launch a new model to compete with others mid-range smartphone in the market.

The OPPO F9 received a lot improvement over its predecessor, introduced the first dual-rear camera system in the F-series, tiny notch "Waterdrop" design display and VOOC Flash Charge that only available on their flagship device.

Here I'll be doing a comprehensive review of the OPPO F9 and begin with an unboxing video;



Design



The first thing that caught my eye is the gradient's colors on the rear glass. The unit that I have is the "Twilight Blue" which goes from electric blue to black. Apart from that, it has a sweeping diamond cut-out pattern that only visible on certain angles and lighting.

Although this isn't a flagship phone in term of specs, the built and quality are as good as a flagship. It has a sturdy built but it's a bit slippery if you don't use the given clear TPU case. That's happened to most of glass sandwiched smartphone.



It supports dual 4G VoLTE sim and dedicated microSD card slot for storage expansion without sacrificing the second sim slot.



Below of the device is a single down firing speaker which I find it surprising loud, microphone, microUSB - yes! microUSB in 2018 (more to that later) and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Display



The OPPO F9 sports an almost edge-to-edge 6.3-inch LTPS IPS display with a resolution of 2,280 x 1,080 that translated to 19.5:9 display ratio. It has a tiny notch that accommodates an A.I. powered 25-megapixels camera sensor alongside with other sensors and an earpiece.

OPPO F9 is also the first smartphone protected with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 6 which twice tough and durable than the Gorilla Glass 5.

The color reproduction, brightness and viewing angles are pretty good although it's not color vivid AMOLED panel. With IPS panel, we don't have to worry about display burn-in issue.

Camera



Finally, OPPO has decided to have a dual-rear camera system on their F-series. It equipped with a 16-megapixel sensor plus a 2-megapixels depth-sensing camera to allows better portrait photo taking. 4K video recording is not available and there are no OIS or EIS thus shaky videos are much noticeable.



The selfie camera uses a 25-megapixel Sony sensor that boasts of A.I. beauty and HDR capability. The A.I. algorithms are capable to recognize genders and judge how much beautification is needed.

It may not be the best camera sensors, with the A.I. capability enabled the photo taken was enhanced and automatically tuned to ideal scenery settings. This makes the camera fun to point-and-shoot while giving impressive output.

I was lucky enough to bring along this phone for my holiday in Phuket, Thailand. These are the photo taken by the OPPO F9. Uploaded directly from OPPO F9 to Flickr without any editing or touch-up.



The photos taken are surprisingly good, good details and well-saturated colors especially in the bright light environment. The front camera's HDR is impressively good. It does struggle a bit in low light but it still able to capture decent photos with slightly washed out photos.

Performance

Under the hood is MediaTek latest Helio P60 SoC, an octa-core processor based on 12nm FinFET process and also the company first chipset that has dual APU (Artificial Intelligent Processing Unit). It has a generous 6GB of RAM and 64GB onboard storage.

The Helio P60 may only a midrange processor, the performance test result are surprisingly good and even beat Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 with similar configuration.

It scored impressively 5,728 (multi-core) and 1,498 (single-core) on GeekBench 4. On AnTuTu Benchmark test, the OPPO F9 scored 143,825 points.

OPPO F9 able to handle major of the new mobile game titles like PUBG Mobile, Asphalt 8, Mobile Legends and NFS without any issue like lags or heat.

The speaker of the OPPO F9 is very loud for a single down-firing but it tends to get a little distorted when set to maximum level. 60% - 70% are just perfect.

ColorOS 



OPPO F9 runs on ColorOS 5.2 UI on top of the Android 8.1 out-of-the-box. iOS inspired UI is still present in the skin but added a lot more useful features such as Face Unlock, Swipe Gesture navigation, Twin Apps, Raise to Wake and much more




Authentication can be it with the traditional fingerprint scanning unlock or Face Unlock that surprise me to work even in the total dark although it's doesn't have an infrared camera.

Battery Life & VOOC Flash Charging



The 3,500 mAh battery is more than for a full day usage thanks to the power efficient 12nm Helio P60. Beside that OPPO F9 feature VOOC Flash Charge that supports up to 20W power input. The company claimed a 5 minutes charge will able to give 2 hours of talk time. With the VOOC charger, I able to fully charge the device from 10% to 80% in less than 50 minutes but the charging time take longer to reach from 80% to 100% for safety reason. OPPO has 5 layers of protection and OPPO claimed the World's fastest and safest charging technology.

After a week using it as my daily driver, the battery life is quite good and still left 30-40% battery in the end of the day. Thus I normally only charge the device early in the morning while I'm preparing myself for work.

The OPPO F9 comes in two colors; Twilight Blue and Sunrise Red. It will be available for pre-order starting today till 29th August at the price of RM 1,399. First sales will be on 30th August 2018.


Verdict

OPPO F9 is a beautiful smartphone that gotten the DNA from the OPPO Find X. This is the best midrange phone ever made by OPPO that fit "Cheap phone is getting good and good phone is getting cheap"

Pros:
• Huge and bright display
• Dual 4G VoLTE
• Fast VOOC Flash Charge
• Dedicated microSD card slot

Cons:
• Outdated microUSB
• Limited camera app features (refocus & bokeh adjustment)
• No LED to show notification/charging status

• Design - 9/10
• Built - 9/10
• Display - 9/10
• Performance - 8.5/10
• Camera - 8.5/10
• Battery - 9/10
• Price - 8.5/10

Overall - 8.8

Pre-order

Participating e-commerce
• OPPO Official Store
• Lazada Malaysia
• Shopee
• 11street

Offline
• OPPO Official Concept Stores & Authorised Dealers
• Senheng
• senQ
• Celcom Blue Cube

• Courts

OPPO R17 - 6.4-inch AMOLED Display, In-display Fingerprint Scanner, Dual Aperture Camera & First Snapdragon 670

OPPO released almost the entire specification of their upcoming OPPO R-series, the OPPO R17 on their online store. Based on the online store, the OPPO R17 is expected to unveil on the 17th of August and here are some of the details



The OPPO R17 will be sporting "Waterdrop" notch design that similar to the OPPO F9 that will be announced on the 16th August. It sports a 6.4-inch AMOLED panel with a 91.5% screen-to-body-ratio display.



The front camera is an A.I. driven 25-megapixels camera.



Look like the in-display fingerprint scanner is featured on the new OPPO R17 as well, thus with the AMOLED display panel.



The OPPO R17 has two gradient colors options; Stream Blue and Neon Purple.



There's a rumor that the OPPO R17 will also be equipped with a dual aperture rear camera with f/1.5 and f/2.4 which similar to the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+. The OPPO R17 probably the first device to use Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 mated with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage.

Currently, the website displaying the price of RMB 99,999 which translated to RM 59,408 that is not the truth. The actual price will be unveiled in a couple of days when it goes official.

HUAWEI nova 3i Receive GPU Turbo Update

Good news for those who bought the HUAWEI nova 3i for gaming. HUAWEI has just dropped a software update to enabled the GPU Turbo for the nova 3i.

According to HUAWEI, the GPU Turbo bring improvement up to 60% on graphics performance at the same time reduced up to 30% battery usage. Currently only a few games that supported under GPU Turbo that includes PUBG Mobile and Mobile Legends/



Besides that, it also brings better EMUI user experience and offers more optimized AR and VR with the new update.

Do check out for software update now if you owning a HUAWEI nova 3i.

[OFFICIAL] Xiaomi Mi8 Official Available in Malaysia 16th August 2018 - Priced from RM 1,599

Xiaomi Malaysia just announced their latest flagship Mi 8 will be made available 16th August 2018 and the prices are very attractive.

The Mi 8 has most of the flagship top-tier hardware including, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 6GB/8GB of RAM, 6.21-inch AMOLED Full-Screen Display with a notch, dual 12-megapixels rear cameras, 20-megapixels selfie camera and runs on EMUI 10 with A.I.



The Mi 8 base model with 6GB of RAM and 64GB onboard storage will be priced at only RM 1,599 whereby the 8GB of RAM plus 128GB storage will be priced at RM 1,899. This is a great threat to the most affordable ASUS ZenFone 5z.

The Mi 8 with 6GB will be available on 16th August exclusive on Mi Store on Lazada Malaysia and Shopee Malaysia.