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Gadgets and Gears Up to 80% Off at MacPower Sale

October 10, 2017
Gadgets and Gears Up to 80% Off at MacPower Sale

Local distributor of international gadgets and gear MacPower is holding a sale at the F1 Hotel in BGC. Products that are on sale are the following:

Belkin
Manfrotto
Runtastic
MBQuart
BoomPods
Rhinoshield
National Geographic
Trendwoo
Grain Audio
Obooly
UNU
Felix
Ozzie
Pinlo
Woodford

You can also get a 10% cashback when you use GCash to pay during the sale - and that's on top of the up to 80% discount (you can download the GCash App on iTunes and Google Play for free).

Visit their Facebook Page at facebook.com/MacpowerPH to learn more.

ESGS 2017 Happening this October 27-29

October 08, 2017
ESGS 2017 Happening this October 27-29

One of the hottest gaming conventions in Asia is once again at our doorsteps, and it's called the Electronic Sports and Gaming Summit. This is the time where all kinds of gamers, tech enthusiasts from every scene, and cosplayers of all ages go to play.

So what should you expect at ESGS 2017?

- Over 50 games to be showcased
- Multiple tech and gaming companies from the local and international scene
- Gaming demos
- Gaming tournaments
- Cosplay competitions
- Exclusive ESGS merchandise
- Freebies

ESGS 2017 is happening this October 27-29, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Ticket prices are as follows:

Oct. 27 - P170
Oct. 28/29 - P210

Visit the official website at www.esgs.ph for more details.

Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL Officially Unveiled

October 06, 2017
Two of the most anticipated smartphone this quarter has been officially unveiled, the Google Pixel 2 and its larger sibling the Pixel 2 XL. The successor to the original Pixel, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL offer almost identical specifications, the only major difference being is the latter's 6-inch display.

Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL Officially Unveiled

For starters, the Google Pixel 2 sports a Snapdragon 835 chipset, a 4GB RAM + 64GB onboard storage combo, and a single 12.2 MP shooter that dominated the mobile photography landscape so much even before its launch—it beat every smartphone in DxOMark’s camera benchmark charts and shot straight to the top, followed behind by Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 and Apple's iPhone 8 Plus. That and so much more considering it even doesn't sport the now commo dual camera setup.

Display-wise, the Google Pixel 2 also sports an 18:9 display ratio, going Full HD on a 5-inch screen. This is complemented with 2 front firing speakers (think HTC One), an always-on display (think of the LG V10/V20), and the Active Edge technology which allows you to bring up Google Assistant, enabling you to set meetings, take photos, or call other apps after configuration.

Other points of interest is the smartphone's unconventional design factor—something that makes it instantly recognizable from miles away, a fast charging feature, a fingerprint sensor, and a missing—yes, missing—3.5mm headphone jack, just like the newer iPhone models (thanks, Apple!).

Good thing is the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be available through official channels in the Philippines, but official availability dates are yet to be announced. Pre-order prices start at USD 649 for the Google Pixel 2 (about PHP 33,000), and USD 849 for the Google Pixel 2 XL (around PHP 43,000).

Google Pixel 2 Specifications

OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
Processor: Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor, Adreno 540 GPU
Memory: 4GB RAM, up 64/128GB onboard storage, no microSD card slot
Display: 5-inch FHD AMOLED display, 1920x1080 display resolution, 441 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, Always-on display
Camera: 12.2 MP Dual Pixel rear camera w/ PDAF, LAF, dual LED flash, f/1.8, OIS; 8 MP front-facing camera, f/2.4, 1/3.2" sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi Direct, WiFi Hotspot; GPS, w/ A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO; USB 3.1 Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; NFC
SIM: Nano-SIM, eSIM
Security: Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
Features: IP67 certification
Battery: 2700mAh Li-ion battery, non-removable
Dimensions: 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm, 143 g
Colors: Kinda Blue, Just Black, Clearly White
Price: USD 649 (about PHP 33,000)

Google Pixel 2 XL Specifications

OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
Processor:
Memory: 4GB RAM, up 64/128GB onboard storage, no microSD card slot
Display: 6-inch P-OLED display, 1440 x 2880 display resolution, 538 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, Always-on display
Camera: 12.2 MP Dual Pixel rear camera w/ PDAF, LAF, dual LED flash, f/1.8, OIS; 8 MP front-facing camera, f/2.4, 1/3.2" sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi Direct, WiFi Hotspot; GPS, w/ A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO; USB 3.1 Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; NFC
SIM: Nano-SIM, eSIM
Security: Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
Features: IP67 certification
Battery: 3520mAh Li-ion battery, non-removable
Dimensions: 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm, 175 g
Colors: Just Black, Black & White
Price: USD 849 (around PHP 43,000)

Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Plus Boasts 18:9 Display, Quad Cameras

October 05, 2017
Cherry Mobile seems to be going back in the game by introducing the Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Plus, a 5.7-inch Android smartphone that features an 18:9 display ratio and quad cameras (two at the front, two at the back). And being a Flare device, we're pretty sure it's going to be budget - how affordable we don't know yet.

Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Plus Boasts 18:9 Display, Quad Cameras

Hardware-wise, it's rumored to feature a MediaTek octa-core chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of onboard storage, and 20MP+5MP dual cameras on both the front and rear of the device.

We don't know much about the Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Plus yet, but it's reportedly launching this October 12. Hopefully this will be priced under PHP 10k.

ASUS ROG Premium Care Gives Your Gaming Laptop VIP Treatment

October 04, 2017
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ASUS ROG Premium Care Gives Your Gaming Laptop VIP Treatment

If you have a ROG series laptop or an FX series notebook, then you're in luck. ASUS recently rolled out a program called "ROG Premium Care" which offers free diagnosis and preventive maintenance from an ASUS technical expert from selected Authorized Service Partner (ASP). But as with all good things, there's a catch (which you shouldn't worry about if you sourced your ROG legitimately):

1) ROG/FX product must have a 24-month warranty
2) Purchased through authorized local resellers
3) Warranty not void due to customer-induced damage
4) Serial number (SN) verified through the ASUS System Database

As long as your ROG or FX product has these for qualifications, then you're going to get care from ASUS nationwide. That's right - nationwide.

Your qualified ROG or FX notebook will undergo the following VIP treatment:

Step 1: Over-All System Diagnosis
Step 2: Thermal Compound Re-pasting
Step 3: Fan / Air Vent cleaning
Step 4: Memory “golden pins” cleaning
Step 5: Keyboard Cleaning
Step 6: Cosmetics Part Cleaning
Step 7: LCD Cleaning
Step 8: Recommendations
Step 9: Final Over-All System Check-Up

Imagine doing that yourself or asking someone from shady shops in Gilmore to do this for you. No, actually don't imagine it. Let ASUS do it for you.

The ASUS ROG Premium Care program will start rolling out at ASUS Authorized Service Partners this November 2017.

Cloudfone NEXT Infinity Pro: Local 18:9 Smartphone with Dual Front Cameras

October 04, 2017
Local mobile brand Cloudfone surely is picking up its slack from the past few years by announcing the Cloudfone NEXT Infinity Pro. Like all hot devices this quarter, the NEXT Infinity Pro will carry an 18:9 display ratio, plus dual front-facing cameras.

Cloudfone NEXT Infinity Pro: Local 18:9 Smartphone with Dual Front Cameras

While we're unsure of the specifications yet, local tech blog Tech Patrol did a comprehensive specs sheet and, based on it, the device is pretty impressive to say the least. It will feature a Snapdragon and Adreno CPU/GPU combo, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of onboard storage (with another dedicated microSD slot expandable up to 128GB), and a 3000mAh battery, which we wish supports fast charging.

Pricing-wise, we're hoping that the Cloudfone NEXT Infinity Pro doesn't exceed the PHP 12,000 mark since it's going to be a difficult split between the Vivo V7+, the OPPO F5, and the Cherry Mobile S6. That way it would still be an attractive choice to undecided customers deciding between all the similarly-priced 18:9 smartphones.

Cloudfone NEXT Infinity Pro Specifications

OS: Android 7.1 Nougat
Processor: 1.4GHz octa-core MSM8937 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, Adreno 505 GPU
Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 128GB
Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 IPS display, 1440×720 display resolution, 282 ppi, 2.5D curved glass
Camera: 16MP rear camera w/ PDAF, LED Flash; 20MP + 8MP dual front-facing cameras w/ flash
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Hotspot; Bluetooth 4.2; GPS w/ A-GPS; USB OTG
SIM: Dual SIM, dual standby
Security: Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
Battery: 3000mAh Li-Po battery, non-removable
Dimensions: 152.3 x 72.8 x 8.4 mm, 164g
Price: TBA

[Source: Tech Patrol]

Nokia 8 Officially Launched in PH, Listed at PHP 29,990

October 03, 2017
After much excitement, HMD's Nokia 8 has finally landed in Philippine shores. If you'll recall, the device was announced earlier this August.

Nokia 8 Officially Launched in PH, Listed at PHP 29,990

The Nokia 8 boasts three world firsts: 1) the first smartphone from HMD Global to feature a ZEISS Optics collaboration on its camera; 2) the first smartphone to support Dual Sight camera technology that allows both front and back cameras to simultaneously broadcast videos or images natively to social platforms such as Facebook and YouTube, and; 3) the first smartphone to support Nokia's OZO Audio, bringing you a immersive 360° audio experience to your videos.

Hardware-wise, the Nokia 8 sports a Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of onboard storage (with up to 256GB external storage support). It also has a 3090mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support, NFC, and IP54 certification (splash-resistant certification). All of these are paired with a 5.3-inch QHD display, making the Nokia 8 a portable media flagship.

The Nokia 8 is now available at major partner outlets starting at PHP 29,990.

Nokia 8 Specifications

OS: Android Nougat 7.1.1
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8998 processor (4* 2.45GHz Qualcomm® Kryo™ + 4* 1.8GHz Kryo)
Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 256GB
Display: 5.3-inch QHD IPS display, 2560 x 1440 display resolution, Gorilla Glass 5, 2.5D Glass
Camera: 13MP (Colour + OIS) + 13MP (Mono) dual cameras, 1.12um, f/2.0, 76.9˚, PDAF, IR range finder, dual tone flash with ZEISS Optics; 13MP PDAF front-facing camera, 1.12um, f/2.0, 78.4˚, display flash
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi (MIMO), WiFi Direct, WiFi Hotspot; Bluetooth 5.0; GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS; NFC; ANT+
SIM: Dual SIM
Security: Fingerprint scanner
Battery: 3090mAh battery, Quick Charge 3.0 support
Dimensions: 151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9mm, 160 g
Colors: Matte Blue, Glossy Copper, Matte Gray, Glossy
Price: P36,000+ (estimate)

Firefly Mobile X626 is a Deca-core Android Under PHP 10k

October 01, 2017
If you're looking for a performer smartphone but are on a budget, then you should probably be looking at the Firefly Mobile X626. For starters it features a 5.5-inch FHD display wrapped in a full metal aluminum unibody. On top of the display is a Helio X20 deca-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 21MP rear shooter. It looks like it's also primed for long hours of gaming because it's equipped with a 3000mAh battery and Quick Charge 3.0.

Firefly Mobile X626 is a Deca-core Android Under PHP 10k

Other points of note is the device's rear-mounted fingerprints scanner, Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, an IR blaster (remote control on your smartphone), and a USB-C port. The downside of the smartphone though is that it doesn't have a 3.5mm audio jack. Rather, it offers a USB-C to 3.5mm audio jack adapter - a little inconvenient, but it's what works. It also has no expandable storage slot (boo!).

There's also another variant of the smartphone called the X622, with the only difference being that it sports 3GB of RAM and a lower 16MP rear camera.

Firefly Mobile X626 Specifications

OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Processor: 2.3GHz MediaTek MT6797 Helio X20 deca-core processor, Mali T880 GPU
Memory: 4GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage, no microSD card slot
Display: 5.5-inch IPS OGS FHD display, 1920 x 1080 display resolution, 10-point multi-touch, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Camera: 21MP rear camera w/ AF, LED flash; 8MP front-facing camera
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi Hotspot; Bluetooth 4.1 w./A2DP, LE; GPS w/ A-GPS; USB-C, USB OTG; IR remote
SIM: Dual nano-SIM
Security: Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
Features: CDLA Lossless Audio, Dolby Atmos Speakers
Battery: 3000mAh Li-Po battery, Quick Charge 3.0
Dimensions: 151.1 x 74.2 x 7.5 mm, 153 g
Colors: Champagne Gold, Rose Gold
Price: PHP 7,999
 
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