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Xiaomi Mi 4i Announced, Rocks Snapdragon 615 Octa-core for P9,100

Affordable electronics manufacturer Xiaomi recently unveiled one of their latest smartphones, the Xiaomi Mi 4i at a dedicated event in New Delhi, India. As opposed to other manufacturers that add a suffix to a more premium version of a smartphone, the Mi 4i, it seems is the more affordable version of the Mi 4.

Xiaomi Mi 4i Announced, Rocks Snapdragon 615 Octa-core for P9,100

The Mi 4i rocks a Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor clocked in at 4x1.7GHz and 4x1.1GHz (in place of the Mi 4's Snapdragon 801) paired with an Adreno 405 GPU, 2GB RAM + 16GB internal storage, a 5-inch FHD OGS IPS display, a 13-megapixel f/2.0 main shooter, dual 4G SIM connectivity support, and a sizeable 3120mAh battery. Software-wise, the Mi 4i runs on MIUI 6, which in turn is based on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

What's most impressive about the Xiaomi Mi 4i however is its pricing scheme. It was announced at Rs 12,999, which is more or less around PHP 9,100 upon direct conversion, or USD 205.

There were no disclosed information regarding international release dates of the device. Locally, we only have the Redmi 2 made available recently.

Xiaomi Mi 4i Specifications

OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop, MIUI 6
Processor: Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor (4x1.7GHz + 4x1.1GHz), Adreno 405 GPU
Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, no microSD card slot
Display: 5-inch FHD OGS IPS display, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 441 ppi, Sunlight Display feature
Connectivity: 3G, 4G LTE; Wi-Fi MU-MIMO 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot; Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP; GPS with A-GPS support, GLONASS; microUSB v2.0, USB Host
Camera: 13-megapixel rear camera w AF, dual tone LED flash
SIM: Dual micro-SIM w/ 4G support
Battery: 3120mAh battery, non-removable
Dimensions: 138.1 x 69.6 x 7.8 mm, 130 g

ASUS Introduces 10050mAh Powerbank for PHP 920, Other Capacities to be Available

If you think the Zenfone 2's 3000mAh battery will still fall short on you, you'll be glad to know that they've recently announced the ZenPower - a 10050mAh powerbank that will complement your device.

ASUS ZenPower 10050mAh Powerbank

It was revealed during the Zenfone 2 SEA launch that the ZenPower 10050mAh will sell at IDR 269,000, which is equivalent to more or less PHP 920. We're assuming this is the company's answer to Xiaomi's 10400mAh Mi powerbank, a direct competitor.

It wasn't disclosed how much the ZenPower will sell locally, but an ASUS representative has confirmed that it will arrive some time in May. Additionally, ASUS will also introduce the following ZenPower variants in the following months: ZenPower 5600, the thinnest powerbank in the ZenPower line; ZenPower 20000, which has a direct DC port and a flip out plug; and the ZenPower 25600, a dual USB port powerbank (can charge 2 devices at the same time), the biggest in capacity in the ZenPower line. These other powerbanks are still unannounced and have no formal pricing yet.

ASUS previously outed the ZenPower 9600 as a Taiwan-exclusive.

ASUS Zenfone 2 Officially Announced for Southeast Asia, Still No Confirmed Model for PH

Jakarta, Indonesia - It's official: the ASUS Zenfone 2 is going to the Philippines. This comes after the company's successive Zenfone 2 launches across most of Asia. ASUS CEO Jerry Shen led the occassion.


While most of the details of the Zenfone 2 have been shared in the internet multiple times over, what the local community is waiting for is what variant is going to launch locally and at what price point - which unfortunately remains unknown as of this writing. In Indonesia however, we have confirmed the Zenfone 2 prices (in IDR):


ASUS Zenfone 2 ZE550ML (1.8GHz Z3560 / 2GB RAM / 16GB MLC storage) - IDR 2,699,000 / PHP 9,699
ASUS Zenfone 2 ZE551ML 5.5" FHD  (1.8GHz Z3560 / 2GB RAM / 16GB MLC storage) - IDR 2,999,000 / PHP 10,799
ASUS Zenfone 2 ZE551ML 5.5" FHD  (2.3 GHz Z3560 / 2GB RAM / 32GB MLC storage) - IDR 3,999,000 / PHP 14,299
ASUS Zenfone 2 ZE551ML 5.5" FHD  (2.3GHz Z3560 / 2GB RAM / 64GB MLC storage) - IDR 4,499,000 / PHP 16,099

Device-wise, among the main features of the ASUS Zenfone 2 is its world-first 4GB RAM - allowing you to do more in-device activities at the same time - and its next generation PixeMaster 2.0 main camera, which the company claims to capture better images and offer a wider range of capture options, such as Super HDR. There

The ASUS Zenfone 2 is a Red Dot Award Winner 2014 in design  and also won the iF Design Award of 2014.


ASUS also announced accessories for its Zenfone 2, such as the View Flip cover,  the ZenEar and ZenEar S headphones, the 10050 mAh ZenPower powerbank, and the Lolliflash and Zenflash flash augmentations.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 to Launch April 28, Will Sell for P5,999

Good news, local Xiaomi fans: Xiaomi Philippines have announced that the Redmi 2 will soon be selling in the Philippines - this April 28 to be exact - for P5,999.

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 takes off from the original Redmi 1S, with a moderate specs bump to boot, like a 4G dual SIM + dual standby capability, a better Snapdragon 410 processor, and a thinner  and lighter profile at  9.4mm and 133g respectively. More choice specifications below:


Xiaomi Redmi 2 Specifications

OS: Android 4.4 KitKat, MIUI 6 launcher
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor, Adreno 306 GPU
Memory: 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, microSD expandable up to 32GB
Display: 4.7-inch HD display, 1280x720 resolution, 312 ppi, AGC Dragontrail Glass
Camera: 8-megapixel rear camera w/ AF, BSI, and LED flash, f/2.2; 2-megapixel front-facing camera w/ BSI and 720p video recording
Connectivity: 4G LTE; WiFi, WiFi hotspot; Bluetooth 4.0; GPS w/ A-GPS; microUSB 2.0, USB OTG
SIM: Dual SIM
Battery: 220mAh Li-ion battery, removable
Dimensions: 9.4mm thin, 133 g

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 will be available at select online channels. Visit Xiaomi Philippines' official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/miphilippines for more information.

Breaking: LG G4 Leaked, Features Interchangeable Leather Rear

South Korean electronics company LG, in a few weeks time, will unveil its new flagship, the LG G4. However, whatever announcement they may have might've been spoiled by a massive leak as discovered by world-renowned leaker Evan Blass. It turns out that an unfinished dedicated microsite for the new smartphone was set up within the G4 teaser page - whooops.

The page, which was already removed as of this writing, bares all of the specifications of the upcoming device as well as official renders, including some that shows the G4's customizable interchangeable leather rears.

Specs-wise, we see the LG G4 sport a 5.5-inch IPS Quantum Display at 2560x1440 resolution, a 16-megapixel rear camera with a f1.8 aperture, a huge removable 3000mAh battery, and after all that, it still has room for a microSD card slot.






The leak failed to mention anything more about the G4, specifically the official pricing and the release date. However, all eyes will be on LG this April 28 when it holds its press event in New York.

(PHOTOS VIA BGR)

5 Things You Need to Know About the ASUS Zenfone 2

Everyone's excited to learn more about the much-awaited ASUS Zenfone 2, especially now that the official local release is imminent. So we whipped up quick list of what to expect on the ASUS Zenfone 2's local launching.

1. There are going to be multiple variants of the ASUS Zenfone 2

Like its predecessor, the ASUS Zenfone 2 will be having 2 variants, namely the ZE500CL and the ZE551ML, the latter of which has its own three sub-variants (of a lower specification). However, all of the variants may not be released locally due to market factors. Fret not: The Zenfone colors you love, such as the shiny red and gun metal colors, will still be available.

ASUS Zenfone 2 Specifications Philippines

(IMAGE VIA PHONEDOG)

2. It's going to be announced this April 21 at Jakarta, Indonesia

The SEA (Southeast Asia) release of the ASUS Zenfone 2 is going to be held at Jakarta, Indonesia. Much like the announcement at CES 2015, at Taiwan, and in India, the announcement on Indonesia may reveal points of interest, such as the official Philippine SRP, and what variants will be released on what time period - though we've heard that two will officially launch in May.

3. Official pricing may not exceed P15,000

Similarly with the first batch of Zenfones, the official SRP may send shockwaves across the local smartphone market, and is deemed to be expected by many. We were there when the first trio of Zenfones were announced, and were very elated to learn of the relatively low SRP. An ASUS executive previously revealed that the aggressive pricing was put in place partly to combat Xiaomi's surge in popularity.

Industry pundits are looking at the ZE500CL to be around the P7,000 - P8,000 mark, while the 2GB ZE551ML may start at P10,000. And to clarify, these are just estimates. At this point, your guess is as good as ours.

5 Things You Need to Know About the ASUS Zenfone 2

4. Its predecessors, the ASUS Zenfones 4, 5 and 6, will eventually be discontinued

As popular as these devices are, they will be discontinued being sold locally. Word is that the local ASUS unit is just waiting for stores to sell out their remaining devices, and that they won't replenish. These may get cheaper along the way (if a Zenfone 5 will hit the sub 4-grand mark, I'll instantly get one), and you may always buy these from local online stores anyway, which brings us to the last point...

5. It's already being sold locally by online retailers

As always, online stores such as the popular Widget City got ahead of the local official release via importing, and is already carrying the device, specifically the ZE550ML variant (HD display only, not slated for Philippine release). If you can't wait for the official launch a few weeks away now, better check these online stores out.

These said, we can't wait to get our hands on the ASUS Zenfone 2. And we might be able to in a few weeks. Watch out for the review.

Limited Edition Batman Arkham Knight PS4 Units to Hit Shelves on June 23, 2015

If you haven't bought a PS4 yet,  June's about the right time to get one, especially if you're a Batman fan. Sony Entertainment Hong Kong Limited will be releasing - in a limited quantity - a specally designed steel gray PS4 with a custom Batman: Arkham Knight faceplate,  a matching DUALSHOCK 4 controller to boot, and the Batman: Arkham Knight game, this June 23, 2015.


Batman: Arkham Knight itself, however, still have no details, such as pre-order bundles, or the local suggested retail price. We're predicting that the standard edition will be announced at the P2,499 mark, and the PS4 bundle itself at P23,495.

Batman: Arkham Knight is set a year after Joker's death from Arkham City, with the main plot being all the other criminals, like Two Face and Penguin, uniting to kill Batman. The game itself is said to be five times larger than the open map environment of Arkham City - which is huge, to say the least.

ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi Officially Launched, Intel Core M 5Y10 Variant Starts at P39,990

PC and smartphone manufacturer ASUS recently introduced the ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi in the Philippines at an intimate event held at Skye in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

The ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi, earlier introduced in June 2014 at Computex, is among the slimmest 2-in-1 convertibles in the world, and are deemed superior than other convertibles such as the Microsoft Surface and the Lenovo Yoga series. It runs Windows 8.1 (upgradeable to Windows 10) and uses the new Intel Core M chip - one of the first machines to come equipped with it in fact - that's designed for convertibles.

ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi Officially Launched, Intel Core M 5Y10 Variant Starts at P39,990

One of the major selling points of the T300 Chi is its gorgeous and thin design. It has a wireless neodymium magnetic removable Bluetooth keyboard - that docks on and off on demand, and is apparently thinner than Apple's MacBook Air (by a slim 0.5mm margin). It also has an all-aluminum diamond-cut unibody, making the premium convertible feel all the better.

Specs-wise, the T300 Chi sports a 12.5-inch 1080p IPS Full HD display, 4GB of RAM (up to 8GB), a 128GB SSD, and a Core M 5Y71 processor clocked at 1.2GHz. It weights 1.43 kgs, and measures 317.8 x 191.6 x 7.6 ~ 16.5 mm. Perfomance on paper should be between an i3 and an i5, but performance should be sufficient enough to handle casual graphics-intensive games.

ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi Officially Launched, Intel Core M 5Y10 Variant Starts at P39,990

Also launched alongside the T300 Chi is the ASUS ROG G551 gaming laptop featuring an Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor, a 15.6-inch FHD display, 16GB of RAM + NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM, a 1TB HDD storage, and weighs in at 2.7 kgs.

The ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi is now available for P46,995 for the 5Y71 variant, and P39,995 for the 5Y10 variant. The ASUS ROG G551 on the other hand is available for P69,995.

Manila International Auto Show 2015 Starts Today

For 11 straight years in a row, the highly successful Manila International Auto Show is once again opening its doors today to the public at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Manila International Auto Show 2015 Starts Today

The annual event will showcase international Western and Asian auto brands such as BMW, Subaru, Mini, Mazda, Volkswagen, Foton, Tata, Kia, Mitsubishi, and BYD. Both Chevrolet and Ford are also billed to introduce their 2015 Trailblazer and Everest models respectively. As usual, there will also be driving exhibitions, parts and accessories selling, and all those classic and racing car and motorcycle exhibits. According to Worldbex, there are a total of 130 exhibitors taking part in this year's MIAS.
The 2015 Ford Mustang
Other highlights of MIAS 2015 include the following:

Mazda 2
Ford Mustang
Subaru Outback
Mini Countryman
BMW X4
Volkswagen Golf GTI
Foton 4×4 Thunder Ironman
Tata Xenon
Mitsubishi Strada
Kia Sportage
BYD Qin

The Manila International Auto Show 2015 will run from April 9 - 12, 2015, from 10 AM to 10 PM. Entrance fee is P100 for regular patrons and P80 for Senior Citizens.

Marshall Outs Acton, Woburn Premium Speakers, Starts at P15,950

International audio brand Marshall recently announced the availability of the Marshall Acton and the Marshall Woburn in the Philippines. The announcement was led by Sanya Smith, daughter of local legendary rock icon Pepe Smith, at Beyond the Box Century City Mall.

Marshall Acton Woburn Mode EQ Headphones Launch Sanya Smith

The Marshall Acton is a compact active stereo speaker that has that classic 1960's look, all the while sporting modern features and technologies such as Bluetooth connectivity and Hi-Fi performance. Design-wise, the Acton comes with a shiny front grill (with the timeless Marshall logo) and is wrapped in perhaps what's faux leather, and is available in black and cream. It measures at 265 x 160 x 150mm and weighs 3 kg.

Marshall Acton Philippines

Expanding on the innards, the Acton carries a 4-inch woofer, three Class D amplifiers (1xw25w, 2x8w), and two 3/4-inch tweeters. Frequency range is at 50Hz to 20kHz, which is awesome to say the least. There's also three control knobs for bass, midrange, and treble, allowing you for fine tuning of your music.

The Marshall Woburn, the larger of the two, meanwhile features bigger equipment, namely two 5 1/4-inch woofers, two 1-inch tweeters with Ferrofluid cooling, three Class D amplifiers (2x20w, 1x50w), and can deliver a frequency range of 35Hz to 22KHz. Essentially, the Woburn is a bigger and better Acton, weighing in at 8 kg and measuring at 400 x 308 x 200mm. It also comes in black and cream faux leather.

Marshall Woburn Philippines

Also introduced during the event were the Marshall Mode and Mode EQ in-ear headphones. These feature customized drivers that produce high definition sound, paired with a unique in-ear design to deliver maximum comfort. The main difference between the Mode and the Mode EQ is that the EQ comes with a two-step switch that allows you to customize the audio you're hearing: EQ1

Marshall EQ Headphones Philippines

The Marshall Acton and Woburn are now available for P15,950 and P28,500 respectively and are available at most major resellers such as Astroplus, Astrovision, Beyond the Box, iStore, Digital Hub, and Digital Walker.