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ZH&K Mobile Launches Zeus & Venus Octa-core Smartphones, Starts at P6,199

Local mobile brand ZH&K Mobile have existed at least a year in the already saturated local mobile industry, but have yet to make their presence felt until recently. The company has decided to add a whole slew of entry-level and mid-range smartphones to their roster, including the affordable Zeus & Venus octa-core smartphones.

ZH&K Mobile Launch

ZH&K Mobile Venus

ZH&K Mobile Venus Specifications Price P6,199

The Venus is one of the weirder phones we've seen as of late, mainly because it top and bottom areas terminate with a rather sharp curve (I can't recall a smartphone with a design similar to this, but I digress). It sports a 4.7-inch display (most likely qHD for the price), a 1GB RAM + 16GB ROM combination, a 2.0GHz octa-core processor, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 2000mAh battery for P6,199 (SRP). An issue we're seeing here is that the smartphone may choke given the 1GB RAM / 2.0GHz octa-core processor configuration. Then again, unless you're going to use this on something really heavy, your daily use for it would probably be fine.

ZH&K Mobile Zeus

ZH&K Mobile Zeus Specs Price P6,299 ZH&K Mobile Zeus Specs Price P6,299

The Zeus most probably is the current flagship device of ZH&K Mobile, and could be so because it's P100 more expensive than the previously stated Venus. Design-wise, the Zeus looks like your typical 5-inch slate smartphone, with three soft-touch buttons on the front, and a matte plastic rear. It shares almost the same specifications with the Venus except with the display, which is now bumped to 5-inches. It's available for P6,299 (SRP).

Both the Venus and the Zeus have very competitive pricepoints, but at the same time might suffer from consumer confidence issues as they're a relatively new brand entering a relatively new segment of the local mobile market. For reference, the most affordable octa-core smartphone locally is the SKK Mobile Phoenix X1 at P5,499.

Lenovo VIBE X2 Launched, Dual-SIM 4G LTE MT6595M Octa-Core for P18,999

Lenovo Philippines recently launched the Lenovo VIBE X2, a high-end Android 4.4 KitKat device that features "layers" - a three-tone paint scheme that allows its "users to express their multi-faceted lifestyles." This design was achieved through robotic precision and expert hand craftmanship. The overall build resembles the latest Xperia Z design language, sans the additional buttons and ports on the sides.

Lenovo VIBE X2 Launched, Dual-SIM 4G LTE MT6595M Octa-Core for P18,999

Cutting-edge design aside, the Lenovo VIBE X2 comes with a Mediatek MT6595M true octa-core processor clocked at 2.0GHz, a 5-inch Full HD IPS display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection, and a 2300mAh battery. The Lenovo VIBE X2 is also among the few dual SIM smartphones that is able to support 4G LTE connectivity, thanks to the MT6595M SoC onboard.

The Lenovo VIBE X2 is being pushed as a multimedia one-stop shop thanks to its two high-definition cameras (13-megapixel rear camera with BSI & Anti-Lens Distortion feature + 5-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera) for photos, its sizeable 32GB internal storage for storing a lot of digital content, and its pre-installed Lenovo DOit apps.

The Lenovo VIBE X2 is available at all Lenovo Mobile partner stores and authorized resellers for P18,999 (SRP) and comes in white, gold, red, and dark grey.

Lenovo VIBE X2 Specifications

OS: Android 4.4 KitKat
Processor: 2.0GHz MT6595M True8Core octa-core processor, PowerVR G600 GPU
Memory: 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, no microSD card slot
Display: 5-inch Full HD IPS display, 1920x1080 resolution, 441 ppi, Gorilla Glass 3, 5-point multitouch
Camera: 13-megapixel rear camera with Anti-Lens Distortion, AF, BSI, LED flash; 5-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera; Supports 1080p video recording
Connectivity: 3G HSPA+, 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, WiFi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS w/ A-GPS support, Wireless Display
SIM: Dual SIM (1 micro + 1 nano)
Battery: 2300mAh Li-Po battery, non-removable
Dimensions: 140.2 x 68.6 x 7.3 mm, 120 g
Colors: White, Gold Red, Dark Grey
Price: P18,999

ESGS 2014 Happening on Nov. 15-16, Features DOTA 2, LOL Tournaments

One of the biggest gaming events of the year, ESGS 2014 (e-Sports and Gaming Summit), will be happening this November 15 and 16 at the SMX Convention Center at the Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. The 2 day event will host 9 massive global MOBA and console titles such as DOTA 2, League of Legends, and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 in a brutal two-day competition to find out the gaming kings and queens locally.

ESGS 2014 SMX Convention Center Pasay City November 15 - 16

List of ESGS 2014 tournaments

ESGS 2014 List of Tournaments

ESGS 2014 will be hosted and is organized by the country's gaming bigwigs, such as the Mineski Pro Gaming League, the Electronics Sports League, Asia Soft, Garena, and Pinoy Versus, and are sponsored by gaming mainstays MSI, Monster, and Samsung, among others.

ESGS 2014 Ticket Prices

Ticket prices start at P150 each per day (available while supplies last) and are available now at SM Ticketnet and SM Cinema outlets nearest you. If you'll recall, the SMX Convention Center is notorious for limiting the entrants to gaming events.

Xiaomi Philippines Opens Exclusive Service Center, Features 2-Hour Repairs

If you're sporting a Mi smartphone, you'll be glad to know that Xiaomi Philippines recently opened a dedicated service center in Greenhills San, Juan.

Located at One Kennedy Place, Club Filipino Drive, Gerenhills, the Mi Exclusive Service Center aims to provide top-notch service and support to users of Mi smartphones and accessories region-wide. This world-class service features a 2-hour repair period (when possible) by certified Mi technicians.

Mi Service Center Philippines Address Telephone Number Store Schedule

“We are ready with parts of Mi products in stock as well as highly-trained staff ready to assist. Our goal is for customers to have their products repaired within 2 hours,” said Steve Vickers, Xiaomi General Manager for Southeast Asia. “Depending on the situation, we can also have their devices replaced.”

Mi Service Center Philippines Address Telephone Number Store Schedule

The Mi Exclusive Service Center also features a fantastic in-store design worthy of being called world-class. Aside from being a service center, the venue will also showcase Mi accessories, Mi Bunnies (the company's cuddly mascot), and works created by Mi fans.

Address: 2nd Floor, One Kennedy Place, Club Filipino Drive, Greenhills, San Juan
Contact Number: +63 2 5315993
Store Schedule: 10AM to 7PM, Mondays to Saturdays except Public Holidays

Lenovo Introduces A606 and S856, LTE Smartphones Starting at P9,499

Chinese smartphone maker recently introduced two new LTE-capable smartphones in the Philippines, namely the A606 and the S856. These devices are targeted to "consumers who are always on the go and always in dire need of an internet connection especially a fast one", says Lenovo Philippines' Country Manager Michael Ngan.

The Lenovo A606 is the brand's mid-range LTE smartphone, packing a 5-inch display, a 1.3GHz MT6582 quad-core processor, a gig of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel rear/2-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 2000mAh battery. However, it only accomodates only 1 SIM.

Lenovo A606 Specs Price Philippines

The Lenovo S856 meanwhile is the phablet of the duo, sporting a 5.5-inch Wide HD display. It touts a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, a 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel rear/1.6-megapixel front-facing camera, a dual-SIM capability, and a 2500mAh Li-ion battery. Design-wise, the S856 bears similarities the company's S-Series design language, with a clean, laser-etched, scratch-resistant polycarbonate shell with only the Lenovo logo at the rear plus the camera standing out.

Lenovo S856 Specs Price Philippines

Both devices run Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box and feature Lenovo's DOit apps, including the SYNCit and SHAREit apps.

The Lenovo A606 and S856 are now available for P9,499 and P13,999 (SRP) respectively, and are availabe through Lenovo authorized resellers nationwide.

Nokia Lumia 730, Lumia 830 Released, Starts at P11,990

Among the last of the Nokia Lumia smartphones - the Nokia Lumia 730 and the Lumia 830 - have finally arrived in the Philippines.

Nokia Lumia 730 Quad-core Windows Phone P11,990 SRP
Nokia Lumia 730

The Lumia 730, touted as a mid-range, premium Windows Phone, boasts a sleek design, a dual-SIM capability, and a wide-angle front-facing camera, great for selfies or video calls. The Lumia 830, on the other hand, is Nokia's affordable flagship that features a premium design, PureView imaging, and integrated Microsoft services. It also boasts wireless charging technology, Optical Image Stabilization on Zeiss Optics, and the SensorCore - a built-in tracking mechanism that's a perfect partner for health and exercise apps such as the Bing Health and the Adidas miCoach.

Nokia Lumia 830 Quad-core Windows Phone P18,990 SRP
Nokia Lumia 830

Specs-wise, the Lumia 730 sports a 4.7-inch HD OLED display, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, a 6.7-megapixel rear camera + 5-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera, an 8GB internal storage, and a 2200mAh Li-ion battery. The flagship Lumia 830 on the other hand comes equipped with a 5-inch Clear Black HD IPS display, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, a 10-megapixel PureView Zeiss Optics rear camera, a 16GB internal storage, and a removable 2200mAh Li-ion battery.

The Nokia Lumia 730 and the Lumia 830 are available for P11,990 and P18,990 (SRP) respectively.

Sale Alert: ZTE Grand X2 L Now Available for P1,999

There are those rare days where you find genuine deals. Case in point: Chinese mobile manufacturer ZTE will be offering their ZTE Grand X2 L for an impossible P1,999. This device was formerly priced at P11,990 (former SRP).

The ZTE Grand X2 L sports a 5.5-inch qHD display, an MT6582 quad-core CPU, a 1GB RAM, and a dual SIM feature. It's still a capable device sufficient of performing daily tasks plus gaming, especially on its huge real estate.

Sale Alert: ZTE Grand X2 L Now Available for P1,999

The device will be available tomorrow, October 28, 2014, from 2 PM to 6 PM, only at the following ZTE kiosks: SM City Fairview, SM North EDSA Annex, SM Southmall, SM Sta. Mesa, Tutuban Mall, and GMall, Davao.

ZTE Grand X2 L Specifications

OS: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Processor: 1.3GHz MT6582 quad-core CPU, PowerVR SGX544 GPU
Memory: 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage, microSD expandable up to 32GB
Display: 5.5-inch qHD IPS display, 960x540 resolution, 200ppi
Connectivity: HSPA+, 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS w/ A-GPS
Camera: 5-megapixel rear camera w/ AF, LED flash, front-facing VGA camera
SIM: Dual-SIM, dual standby
Battery: 3200mAh Li-ion battery

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Officially Launched in the Philippines, Retails for P37,990

Samsung Philippines have officially launched the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 at the SM Mall of Asia Activity Center this past weekend. This comes right after the international launch of the device, which have been warmly received worldwide.

Announced at Berlin, Germany earlier this year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the South Korean company's fourth iteration of its hugely popular phablet line. The device features a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED Quad High Definition display, an ultra-fast Exynos 5433 octa-core processor (1.9GHz quad + 1.3GHz quad), a Mali-T760 GPU, a 16-megapixel high definition camera, a 3220mAh Li-ion battery, and a more accurate S-Pen. Design-wise, the Galaxy Note 4 evolves from the faux leather-stitched back panel, now featuring a no-stitch faux leather feel. The whole of the device doesn't even feel a phablet, since the bezels on the display are thin and one can manage it using one hand.

Expanding on the items mentioned above, among the highly-touted features of the Note 4 includes:

Maximization of the Multi Window feature thanks to the device's 5.7-inch QHD display
The rear camera featuring a Smart OIS that adjusts for camera shake and dark environments, while the front-facing camera offers wide angle shots for "selfies"
Fast Charging battery feature and Ultra Power Saving Mode
Improved fingerprint scanner
A UV scanner, the first in a mobile device
A more accurate and intuitive S-Pen, filled with action commands such as Smart Select

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is now available in the country starting at P37,990 (SRP). It's also being offered by carriers Globe and Smart under contract-only plans.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Specifications

OS: Android 4.4.4 KitKat
Processor: Exynos 5433 (SM-N910C) processor, 1.9GHz + 1.3GHz octa-core CPU, Mali-T760 GPU
Memory: 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, microSD expandable up to 128GB
Display: 5.7-inch Super AMOLED Quad High Definition display, 2560x1440 resolution, 515 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 10-point multitouch
Camera: 16-megapixel rear camera with Smart OIS, AF, LED flash; 3.7-megapixel front-facing camera with 120-degree wide-angle feature
Connectivity: 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE) : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz, 3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz, 4G (LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps) or 4G (LTE Cat 6 300/50Mbps); Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot; Bluetooth
v4.1, A2DP, EDR, LE; NFC; IR blaster; microUSB v2.0 (MHL 3), USB Host, USB On-the-go; GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
SIM: Micro SIM
Battery: 3220mAh Li-ion battery
Dimensions: 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm (6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 in), 176 g
Features: Fingerprint sensor, UV sensor, SpO2 sensor, S-Pen, heart rate monitor, air gestures, 50 GB Dropbox storage, ANT+ support
Colors: Frosted white, charcoal black, bronze gold, blossom pink

Xiaomi to Open First Pop-up Store at SM Megamall

Good news Mi fans! Xiaomi Philippines will soon open its first ever pop-up store in the country. It will be located at the upper ground area of SM Megamall Building B from October 23 to October 29, 2014 only. Pop-up stores are fashionable at the moment since they allow customers to physically interact with a brand at the same time letting the brand test the waters of opening a physical store.

Related: Xiaomi Redmi 1S Review

During this limited time, customers will - aside from being able to buy the Mi 3 for P10,599 and the Redmi 1S for P5,599 - be able to demo said handsets, shop for cool accessories (these may include cases, Piston headphones, and Xiaomi powerbanks), and participate in fun activities.

So if you're looking forward to your next flagship phone at a very affordable price, you should visit this pop-up store this week.

Cherry Mobile Excalibur Unveiled, Another Budget Octa-core for P6,999

Cherry Angel - one of the top retailers of Cherry Mobile devices - recently shared via its Facebook page latest octa-core smartphone, the Cherry Mobile Excalibur. Named after a legendary medieval European sword, the Excalibur boasts - on top of the octa-core processor - a 5-inch HD IPS display, an 8-megapixel Sony BSI camera, Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, and dual-SIM connectivity. However, as powerful as it may sound, the device sports a mediocre 1980mAh battery. Experience dictates that such a battery rating will only last around 6 or 7 hours, if not less.

Cherry Mobile Excalibur Unveiled, Another Budget Octa-core for P6,999

Cherry Mobile Excalibur Unveiled, Another Budget Octa-core for P6,999

Design-wise, the Cherry Mobile Excalibur is reminiscent of a Huawei smartphone, with its slate form and sharp corners. Among the value-added highlights of the device is its tap-to-wake feature, popularized by the LG G2.

The Cherry Mobile Excalibur is priced at P6,999 9 (SRP), similar with the also recently released octa-core from the same company the Cherry Mobile Pulse.

Cherry Mobile Excalibur Unveiled, Another Budget Octa-core for P6,999

Cherry Mobile Excalibur Specifications

OS: Android 4.4.4 KitKat
Processor: 1.4GHz MT6592 octa-core processor, Mali-450MP4 GPU
Memory: 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, microSD expandable up to 32GB
Display: 5-inch HD IPS display, 1280x720p
Camera: 8-megapixel Sony rear camera w/ BSI, AF, LED flash, 5-megapixel front-facing camera
Connectivity: 3G/HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS w/ A-GPS
SIM: Dual SIM, dual standby
Battery: 1980mAh Li-ion battery
Price: P6,999