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OPPO F3 Red Edition Announced, Launching August 12

August 04, 2017
If you're still not content with the basic champagne gold and matte black OPPO F3 variants, then you're in for a treat. The Chinese company is releasing another iteration, this time in metallic red.

OPPO F3 Red Edition Announced, Launching August 12

Recall that a few months ago we shared a special red version of the OPPO R9s. I guess this is OPPO Philippines' answer to that demand.

Of course, the special red version will still sport the same affordable price tag at PHP 15,990.

OPPO F3 Specifications

OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow, ColorOS 3.1 UI
Processor: 1.5GHz Octa-core Mediatek MT6750T, Mali T860 GPU
Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 128GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Display: 5.5-inch FHD In-Cell display, 1920x1080 display resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Camera: 13MP rear camera w/ PDAF, LED flash; 16MP + 8MP 120-degree wide-angle front-facing cameras
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi hotspot; Bluetooth 4.1; GPS w/ A-GPS
SIM: Hybrid dual nano SIM
Battery: 3200mAh non-removable battery
Dimensions: 75.2 x 153.3 x 73 mm, 153 g
Features: Fingerprint sensor
Price: P15,990

ASUS Zenfone 4 Series to Launch this August

August 01, 2017
It's been a while since we've heard from ASUS and their smartphones, but they're finally unveiling their newest lineup this August 19.

Leading the pack would be the ASUS Zenfone 4 and its ambassador, Korean superstar Gong Yoo. Other devices rumored to be also unveiled are the Zenfone 4 Max, Zenfone 4 Selfie, Zenfone 4 Pro, and the Zenfone 4V. It's expected that their flagship would come equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660.

ASUS Zenfone 4 Series to Launch this August

Design-wise, the Zenfone 4 still carries much of the metallic Zenfone 3 look, but now with the much needed dual cameras that will update the company's whole lineup to competition.

Though we're not crazy about the Korean ambassador, we're excited to hear from ASUS a few weeks from now.

Moto Z2 Play Launched, Moddable Smartphone for under PHP 30,000

July 25, 2017
If you're still considering a smartphone that can instantly transform to say, a dedicated cameraphone or a portable sound system, look no further than the Moto Z2 Play.


Specs-wise, the Moto Z2 Play features a 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 626 processor, an Adreno 506 GPU, and 3GB/32GB or 4GB/64GB RAM and onboard storage configurations. You also get a stock 12MP rear camera with PDAF, Laser AF, dual-tone flash, and a f/1.7 aperture, and a 5MP front-facing camera.via 4 copper pins located at its rear, and are sold separately from the device. It's really interesting since the Moto Z lineup were the only smartphone series that were able to continue adopting moddable parts (discounting the LG G5, which was a spectacular failure on the Korean company's part).


Specs-wise, the Moto Z2 Play features a 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 626 processor, an Adreno 506 GPU, and 3GB/32GB or 4GB/64GB RAM and onboard storage configurations. You also get a stock 12MP rear camera with PDAF, Laser AF, dual-tone flash, and a f/1.7 aperture, and a 5MP front-facing camera. Lastly, it features USB-C, and a non-removable 3000mAh battery.

The Moto Z2 Play is available at major SM Cyberzones, major Motorola retailers nationwide, and via online shopping site Lazada. It'll be available for PHP 24,999. Not too shabby for a moddable smartphone.

Moto Z2 Play Specifications

OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Processor: 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm MSM8953-Pro Snapdragon 626 processor, Adreno 506 GPU
Memory: 3GB/32GB or 4GB/64GB RAM and onboard storage configurations, microSD expandable up to 256GB
Display: 5.5-inch Super AMOLED Full HD display, 1080x1920 display resolution, 401 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Camera: 12MP rear camera w/ PDAF, Laser AF, f/1.7, dual-tone LED flash; 5MP front-facing camera, f/2.2, dual-tone LED flash
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot; Bluetooth 4.2 w/ A2DP, EDR, LE; GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS; NFC; 3.1, USB Type-C, USB OTG
SIM: Dual nano SIM, dual standby
Features: Moto Mod
Security: Fingerprint sensor, front-mounted
Battery: 3000mAH Li-ion battery, non-removable
Dimensions: 156.2 x 76.2 x 6mm, 145 g
Colors: Lunar Gray, Fine Gold, Nimbus Blue
Price: P24,999

ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom Review: Great Dual Cameras with a Long Battery Life

July 16, 2017
The original Zenfone Zoom got great reception back when it was launched: For the first time, we have a dedicated cameraphone that didn't go over the PHP 30k barrier. It looked the look too, reminding you of the unfortunate Nokia Lumia 1020. Too bad the Zenfone 2 took all the spotlight back then; the Zenfone Zoom didn't take off as much as its more affordable siblings.

And naturally, ASUS of course provided a followup to this cameraphone, in the form of the Zenfone 3 Zoom. The Zenfone 3 Zoom in a nutshell is a hipper version of its predecessor, equipped with dual rear cameras while looking sexy in black aluminum. It's still priced at almost the same price point, but does its performance and build justify its price? Let's find out in this review.

Design

The ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom is a real looker, lifting a design language similar to contemporary devices such as the iPhone 7. In fact, it was mistaken for one while we were using it on our review phase.


The front sports a 5.5-inch display, a 13MP front-facing camera, a notification LED, a few sensors, and the usual earpiece placement. Right below the display is ASUS's trademark haptic buttons. All of these are wrapped in Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

The rear meanwhile carries the device's dual 12MP camera - just almost flush with the body, providing a very minimal bump, the Laser AF module and the dual tone flash right below it, and a strategically placed fingerprint sensor. There's also an antenna line aesthetic going on here, akin to the iPhone 7, adding a more premium look.


Wrapping up the placements are the volume rockers and the power button at the right side of the device, the hybrid SIM port on the left side, and the USB Type-C port, the device mic, and the external mono speaker at the bottom.


Let me just say that the Zenfone 3 Zoom is one of the most slippery smartphones I've held in a while. It's due to the metallic finish and thin profile that will make it slip out of your hand. Never have I been so careful as of late while handling this device - and we're serious about that.

Display

The ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom boasts a 5.5-inch FHD Super AMOLED display at a 1920x1080 display resolution and 401 ppi. It's capable of producing well-saturated, vibrant colors, with good viewing angles to boot.


As expected, the display reproduces warm, well-saturated images - just the right amount of reds, greens, and blues to reflect reality onscreen. The device's Super AMOLED display is also able to produce deep blacks. This is especially noticeable on black wallpapers; it looks you're looking at a single piece of display up front.


The ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom boasts multiple display features, such as touch gestures, themes, screen temperature adjustments, and a glove mode. Discussing the temperature adjustments, you'll be able to adjust your display temperature to Super Color, Bluelight Filter, Standard, and Customized. Although it's a welcome addition, there's nothing special since other temperatures look boring and to be honest, is quite useless. Of course almost everyone, if not all will be using the Super Color temperature option.


The ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, with the ASUS ZenUI sitting on top. The company's UI have virtually remained unchanged since its first outing, though it's not necessarily a good or a bad thing. Consistency is definitely a plus, but it doesn't help that along with the UI is a boatload of unwanted bloatware, such as chat apps, taskers, community alerts, and whatnot. On a minor note, don't get us wrong: We sincerely appreciate the company's zealousness to keep every single one of its customers in the loop with their community alerts.

Other UI elements, such as the keyboard and option tabs remain mostly the same.

Performance

The ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom sports a 2.0GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core CPU, paired with an Adreno 506 GPU, and 4GB of RAM. This combination of hardware usually guarantees for a fast device performance - and it is with the Zenfone 3 Zoom.

Benchmark-wise, the ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom scores 63036, just right for a device of this range. Its performance otherwise was fantastic on an experience-level. If not for the built-in ZenUI and ZenApps bloating up the smartphone, the experience would be so much better.

Here's the other benchmark scores we took:

3DMark Slingshot Extreme: 466
3DMark IceStorm Extreme: 8164
Geekbench Single-core Score: 847
Geekbench Multi-core Score: 4250

Just to throw it in there, there's no NFC on this device, which is unfortunate, but not a dealbreaker.

Audio and Video

The ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom's Full High Definition Super AMOLED display will be able to satisfy your video consumption needs, so long as you play the right conten (meaning you should play videos rated at 1080p as well). As mentioned previously, the device's display is able to reproduce vibrant colors and nice viewing angles to boot. Here's two 1080p showcase videos I found on YouTube:


See the clarity?

Audio-wise, the Zenfone 3 Zoom comes equipped with an NXP Smart AMP that enhances the smartphone's sound output - which is also adjustable the Audio Wizard app. Yep, you can adjust the output to specific audio scenarios (movie, gaming, music, etc.), and even adjust it manually. Combine these assets all together and you have a pocket machine can keep you entertained for hours.

Gaming

With a Snapdragon 625 and 4GB RAM onboard, you'll be able to run heavy games on the ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom definitely. One game we tested was an online RPG called Crusaders of Light, and boy did it operate smoothly, albeit the PC-quality graphics packed on a small screen. Another was N.O.V.A. Legacy - an offshoot of the original N.O.V.A. from Google Play - which also played smoothly.



One thing though is that playing for long periods of time will make the Zenfone 3 Zoom heat up to uncomfortable levels, so you either should let it cool down, or have very heat-resistant hands.

Camera

The crowning glory of the ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom is its camera. It has dual 12MP that independently function from each other. One sensor is the Sony IMX362, supporting the 4-axis OIS + 3-axis EIS and 4K video recording, while the other one is a Samsung 3M3, that supports the 2.3x optical zoom, and up to 12x digital zoom. Both sensors deploy different kinds of autofocus technology as well, such as Laser AF, Dual Pixel PDAF, and Contrast Detect AF.


Images reproduced by the Zenfone 3 Zoom are mostly temperature-accurate and detailed (up to the 2.3x optical zoom), but those captured at the 12x digital zoom were already very grainy. To be fair, digital zoom really behaves this way, and the device's maximum digital zoom is almost equivalent to an interpolated 8MP default zoom of a cheap Chinese mid-ranger.

Here's some sample photos from the device:

1) Here's a panorama


2) Notice the focus shift in between these two similar photos


3) Look for Ann Mateo


4) Normal zoom, 1.5x zoom, and 2.3x zoom




And here's some more shots:


Optical zoom is accessible by just tapping the "2.3x zoom" button just right beside the main snapper button. Meanwhile, you can enter manual mode by tapping that huge "M" button also beside the main snapper - which photography enthusiasts would definitely appreciate.


There are also other standard and non-standard offerings for the camera, such as GIFs, panoramas, filters, Depth of Field, Time Lapse, and HDR.

Battery

As thin as it is, the ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom boasts a 5000mAh battery that can last you easily a whole day of moderate use: data connectivity, browsing, light boughts of gaming. It also charges as long as you'd expect it, which is more or less three hours. It could've been faster if only the device supported Quick Charge 3.0.

Verdict

The ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom is a device that brings you all the basics, but multiplies it a few times. Good design? Here's a better design. Fantastic camera? Here's two, one with optical zoom even. Long-lived battery? Here's 5000mAh for both casual and power users. And the list goes on and on. What ASUS did here is not to throw in a fancy gimmick (that admittedly everyone loves to ride on, just for the sake of, under the guise of innovation), but improve on something that already works, and make it even better.


There's not much more to say about the ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom aside that it delivers to expectations. I'd go as far as saying that it's the most affordable pocketknife of the smartphone industry. Lastly, it's definitely something to consider even in this age of "hyperphones" that bring lots of features that only a few will really ever use.

The ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom is priced at at PHP 23,995 and comes in Navy Black, Glacier Silver, and Rose Gold colors. You can get one at ASUS stores and major retailers nationwide.

ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL) Specifications

OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow w/ Zen UI 3.0
Processor: 2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core CPU, Adreno 506 GPU
Memory: 4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB/128GB internl storage variations, microSD expandable up to 2TB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Display: 5.5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, 1920 x 1080 display resolution
Camera: Dual 12MP laser AF rear camera (2.3x optical zoom) w/ dual-LED flash, EIS, OIS; 13-megapixel front-facing camera
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE support; WiFi 802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.2; GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDSS; USB-C, USB OTG
SIM: Hybrid dual SIM
Security: Fingerprint scanner
Battery: 5000mAh Li-ion battery, non-removable
Dimensions: 154.3 x 77 x 7.99 mm, 170 g
Colors: Navy Black, Glacier Silver, Rose Gold
Price: P23,990

Limited Edition Sarah Geronimo OPPO F3 Smartphone Announced

July 15, 2017
OPPO Philippines is celebrating Sarah Geronimo's 2nd year as an endorser, so what better way to commemorate this milestone than to dedicate a smartphone realease!

Limited Edition Sarah Geronimo OPPO F3 Smartphone Announced

A special version of the OPPO F3, dubbed as the Sarah Geronimo Limited Edition F3 smartphone, will be released in limited quantities these coming weeks. What sets it apart from your basic OPPO F3 smartphone is that it has the celebrity's signature at the back of the phone, plus a limited edition packaging which screams of premium.

"The OPPO F3 Sarah Geronimo Limited Edition is a result of our successful collaboration with Sarah Geronimo. This paved the way to our strong No.2 position in the market today and this smartphone is our gesture to support her efforts and provide a rare opportunity for a celebrity to be an icon on a smartphone,” said Stephen Cheng, OPPO Philippines Brand Marketing Manager.

So if you're a die-hard Sarah Geronimo fan, then this release is worth getting.

The limited edition Sarah Geronimo OPPO F3 edition is available for PHP 15,990.

OPPO F3 Specifications

OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow, ColorOS 3.1 UI
Processor: 1.5GHz Octa-core Mediatek MT6750T, Mali T860 GPU
Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 128GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Display: 5.5-inch FHD In-Cell display, 1920x1080 display resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Camera: 13MP rear camera w/ PDAF, LED flash; 16MP + 8MP 120-degree wide-angle front-facing cameras
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi hotspot; Bluetooth 4.1; GPS w/ A-GPS
SIM: Hybrid dual nano SIM
Battery: 3200mAh non-removable battery
Dimensions: 75.2 x 153.3 x 73 mm, 153 g
Features: Fingerprint sensor
Price: P15,990

Watch Spiderman: Homecoming for Free with OPPO Philippines

July 08, 2017
Want to watch Spiderman: Homecoming for free? You're in luck! OPPO Philippines is doing a giveaway where you can win two tickets (for you and a buddy) just by filling in a few details!


Fans of OPPO Philippines Facebook page simply needs to visit http://bit.ly/OPPOSpidey to enter the contest to earn raffle entries. Participants can join until 11:59PM of July 11, 2017 and winners will be announced by the following day, July 12, 2017.

Before watching, you should also experience the OPPO F3 Black Edition’s sleek metal and gorgeous matte black body, together with its dual selfie camera that lets you capture wide selfies to a larger area. The 16MP front camera with beautification 4.0 allows the best natural looking selfies even at night thanks to its screen flash feature. All these on a 5.5” Full HD JDI screen, 4GB of RAM for multitasking and ample 64GB storage for heavy data users.

The OPPO F3 Black Edition is available nationwide at all OPPO stores and partner outlets for P15,990 (limited-time offer).

OPPO F3 Black Edition Specifications

OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow, ColorOS 3.1 UI
Processor: 1.5GHz Octa-core Mediatek MT6750T, Mali T860 GPU
Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 128GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Display: 5.5-inch FHD In-Cell display, 1920x1080 display resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Camera: 13MP rear camera w/ PDAF, LED flash; 16MP + 8MP 120-degree wide-angle front-facing cameras
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi hotspot; Bluetooth 4.1; GPS w/ A-GPS
SIM: Hybrid dual nano SIM
Battery: 3200mAh non-removable battery
Dimensions: 75.2 x 153.3 x 73 mm, 153 g
Features: Fingerprint sensor
Price: P15,990 (limited time offer)

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro Officially Launched, Full Metal Body with 13MP Camera

July 04, 2017
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro Officially Launched, Full Metal Body with 13MP Camera
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro ambassador Liza Soberano with Samsung executives

Samsung has launched its latest mid-ranger for 2017, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro. What makes this stand out from other mid-range releases is its curved design, akin to the curves in the company's Edge flagships (but not too defined), and its full metal body. Other highlights include its 13MP camera with a f/1.7 aperture, and a Night Mode - which the company claims can capture stills even in "the darkest environments."

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro

Specs-wise, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro features a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 7870 processor, a 3600mAh non-removable battery, and feature Android 7.0 Nougat.

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro is now available for P15,990.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro Specifications

OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Processor: 1.6GHz Exynos 7870 octa-core processor, Mali-T830 GPU
Memory: 3GB of RAM, 32GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 256GB
Display: 5.5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display; 1920×1080 resolution
Camera: 13MP rear camera, f/1.7, AF, LED flash; 13MP front-facing camera, f/1.9, LED flash
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; WiFi, WiFi hotspot; Bluetooth 4.0; GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS
SIM: Dual SIM, dual standby
Security: Fingerprint scanner
Battery: 3600mAh non-removable battery
Price: Black, Gold, and Silver Blue

ASUS Zenfone AR to Launch June 24, Features Tango, Daydream

June 18, 2017
Taiwanese smartphone maker ASUS sets its eyes to launch the newest member of its Zenfone series, the ASUS Zenfone AR, right after a hackathon event in Manila this coming June 24.

ASUS Zenfone AR to Launch June 24, Features Tango, Daydream

The ASUS Zenfone AR is the company's first Tango- and Daydream-capable smartphone. Tango and Daydream are technologies that allows you to experience augmented reality (aka virtual reality) via a set of sensors, and a couple of equipment, like a VR headset. The technology doesn't offer much practical use, except for maybe letting you preview what an area of your house would look like if you place a new furniture, or anything to this effect. Leisure-wise, you'd have lots going on with Tango, such as superimposing objects to areas on your smartphone's display.

The ASUS Zenfone AR from what it looks like is the company's most premium phone to date. It doesn't follow the standard Zenfone 3 front (it has a physical home button), and has a leather rear paired with a metal frame that further accentuates the premium feel. It also has that unsightly rear camera that houses all the imaging power of the device, plus the essence of what a Tango device is.

There's no price disclosed yet for the Zenfone AR, but it should be revealed on the June 24 event.

ASUS Zenfone AR Specifications

OS: Android 7.0 Nougat, ZenUI 3.0
Processor: 2.3GHz quad-core MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 processor, Adreno 530 GPU
Memory: 6GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 256GB
Display: 5.7-inch Super AMOLED QHD display, 1440x2560 display resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Camera: 23 MP rear camera w/ PDAF, LED flash, f/2.0, OIS (4-axis), 3x zoom, depth & motion tracking sensors; 8 MP front-facing camera
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot; Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE; GPS, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
SIM: Hybrid dual nano SIM
Features: Fingerprint sensor
Battery: 3300mAh Li-ion battery, non-removable
Dimensions: 158.7 x 77.7 x 9 mm, 170 g
Colors: Black
 
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