Thursday, August 31, 2017

IFA 2017 : LG V30 Flagship that has it all?

LG Electronics releases the latest iteration of its V Series - LG V30.

Combination of metal and glass, the new LG V30 is designed beautifully but constructed to last.  LG makes use of H-Beam structure, a construction technique  integrate the edge with a metal frame to enhance durability and makes for tensile strength. MIL-STD 810G or meets U.S. Department of Defense requirements for amazing durability. Heat pipe and a cooling pad is present to keep things cool inside. Has IP68 water and dust resistance certification. The front and back Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is curved all the way around the edge which gives it an "EDGIER" look.

LG V30 sports a 6 inch 18:9 QHD+ (2880 x 1440) OLED FullVision Display. This gives a entertainment-grade quality visuals further more the screen said to offers faster response time and so gets minimal afterimages and tearing. This is also attributed to Qualcomm Processor. Second Screen has been removed in place of new Always-on Display (AOD) feature and Floating Bar. Level up more on the visuals and pair it with VR as LG V30 is Google Daydream ready.

Launch your apps and get things done as LG V30 is powered by the latest Snadpragon 835 coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB Internal Storage. There is a V30+ with a 4GB RAM and 128GB setup but same in all aspects (available in limited markets).

LG partnership with close partnership with B&O PLAY. LG V30 gets 32-bit Advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC powered by ESS Technology’s SABRE ES9218P. Two new features are digital filters and sound presets. LG engineers studied the characteristics of popular tones and identified the best combination of sounds to create four optimal pre-programmed settings: enhanced, detailed, live and bass. LG gains another partner- MQA Ltd. that facilitates high resolution audio streaming and is now made available to consumers. LG V30 gets a set of earphones by B&O PLAY, also finely tuned for an optimal listening experience.

Dual Camera is here to stay as LG V30 is equipped with 16MP Standard Angle (F1.6 / 71°) Main Camera as well as a 13MP Wide Angle (F1.9/ 120°). Wide Angle lens said to be improved with two-thirds less edge distortion than in the V20. Crystal Clear Glass now serves protection for cameras which delivers more accurate colors and clearer images than a plastic lens. There is a new  Cine Video mode produces movies like a pro with  Cine Effect and Point Zoom features. Manual Mode gets new level of capability with Graphy letting you set presets such as white balance, shutter speed, aperture and ISO same as images found on Graphy Website. Main camera is supported by Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) and Hybrid Auto Focus. Front Camera is at 5MP Wide Angle (F2.2 / 90°).

LG V30 gets modern connectivity such as LTE-A, WiFi AC, Bluetooth 5.0 BLE and NFC. USB Type-C handles direct connectivity for charging, data and supports peripherals via USB-OTG.
Battery is at 3300mAh and supports Quickcharge 3.0 and Wireless Charging.

The V30 will become available to consumers in South Korea starting on September 21 and will be followed by key markets in North America, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Will come in colorful set in Aurora Black, Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue and Lavender Violet. LG V30+ will have limited availability in selected markets.

I really like the direction of LG for their flagship line. The produce beautifully crafted device but manage to make it solid and built to withstand wear and tear. They packed the LG V30 with FullVision Display, Snapdragon 835, Dual Rear High Resolution Cameras, HiFi Quad  Dac Audio, Future-proof Connectivity and IP68 Rating. They covered everything aspect from built, visuals, performance, optics, sound. Hopefully they manage to win back their customers and improve their after sales service.

LG V30 Specs
Android 7.1.2 Nougat
LG UX 6.0+
6 inch 18:9 QuadHD+  (2880 x 1440) OLED FullVision Display
Qualcomm® Snapdragon 835 Processor
V30: 4GB LPDDR4x RAM / 64GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)
V30+: 4GB LPDDR4x RAM / 128GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)
Rear Dual:
Main Camera 16MP Standard Angle (F1.6 aperture / 71°)
13MP Wide Angle (F1.9 aperture / 120°)
with LED Flash
Crystal Clear Lens
5MP Wide Angle (F2.2 / 90°) Front Camera
LTE-A 4 Band CA / 3G / 2G
Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac
Bluetooth 5.0 BLE
USB Type-C 2.0
32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / HDR10
Daydream / Google Assistant
Voice Recognition / Face Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor
IP68 Water and Dust Resistant / MIL-STD 810G Compliant
Battery: 3,300mAh
Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 Technology / Wireless Charging
Size: 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm
Weight: 158g
Colors: Aurora Black / Cloud Silver / Moroccan Blue / Lavender Violet
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IFA 2017 : Acer unleashes new Predator, Display and Gadgets

Acer unleashes new Predator, Display and Gadgets - Orion 9000, X35 Curved Display, Galea 500 and Cestus 500.

Predator Orion 9000 sports a black-and-silver spacecraft-like exterior accented with customizable RGB lighting. Easy access to interior with side window panel so you could easily change internal setup at a flash. Materials used EMI-certified to keep electromagnetic interference (EMI) levels in check. With handles and wheels, you can take this monster out.

Jeff Lee, General Manager, Stationary Computing, IT Products Business, Acer boast “The Predator Orion 9000 is the most powerful PC we’ve ever made with 4-way graphics and 18-core processors, it is a platform that takes gamers and intense graphic users beyond their dreams.”

To keep things cool Predator Orion 9000 series comes with liquid cooling and Acer’s IceTunnel 2.0. Metal mesh panels on the front and top allow cold air in and the rising hot air of the liquid-cooled CPU out, while up to five (5) 120 mm fans in the front, top, and back channel cool air through the chassis. Airflow is redirected towards the back of the motherboard tray to cool the internal devices while blower-style fans concentrate to keep graphic card cool. Thermal interference is avoided witth PSU self-contained.

Acer raises the bar to support up to 4 Radeon RX Vega cards as well as have the option of two NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080Ti cards in SLI. Intel® Core™ i9 Extreme Edition 18-core processor and up to 128 GB quad-channel DDR4 memory will provide exceptional performance and raw power.

Connectivity includes two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports (one Type-C and one Type-A), eight USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (one Type-C and seven Type-A) and two USB 2.0 ports (Type-A). Three (3) M.2 slots to extend the ability to increase the speed, power and capabilities of the PC, and Four (4) PCIe x16 slots provide ample expansion for video cards.

Well whats a trust desktop without a killer Monitor, Acer X35 featuring Large 35 inch, 21:9 monitor sports an immersive 1800R curve and a brilliant (3440 x 1440) WQHD resolution should give you the immersive visuals for your gaming needs. NVIDIA G-SYNC, Acer HDR Ultra and quantum dot technologies gives it best contrast with high dynamic range. Has broader, more saturated color gamut covering 90 percent of the DCI-P3 color standard, and a luminance range greater than that of traditional monitors. 4 ms response time and high 200 Hz refresh rate ensures smooth gameplay with no tearing. With Predator GameView, eight pre-set display modes to optimize visuals as well as three special game modes or if you can define your own custom profile and program each mode according to your preferences.

Got visuals covered so you might check out new peripherals with new Predator Gadgets - Galea 500 and Cestus 500.

Predator Galea 500 gaming headset gives you the ability to hear and not just see the exact location of elements within the game for more dynamic gaming experience. Acoustic space based on the orientation of the player’s head, convincing the brain that sound is coming from a fixed direction that is made possible with Acer TrueHarmony™ 3D Soundscape technology. Bio-cellulose driver lets the headset deliver clear highs with resounding lows, reproduce vocals and mid-high range notes, while the acoustic cavity helps deliver punchy rhythmic bass. Customizable modes for quick change that will suit what you are playing or watching.

To top it all off, Predator Cestus 500 gaming mouse with 16.8 million RGB color lights, 8 lighting patterns, 5 on-board profile settings, 8 programmable buttons, and a gold-plated USB connector. Wew definitely a little predator on its own. Has unique dual switch design that lets gamers to adjust the click resistance according to the game type.

No details yet on pricing and release so stay tuned....
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IFA 2017 : Samsung Gear Sport, Gear Fit2 Pro and 2nd Generation Gear Icon X.

Berlin, August 30, 2017 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. updates their wearable portfolio with Gear Sport, Gear Fit2 Pro and 2nd Generation Gear Icon X.

Gear Sport, a sleek and versatile fitness-focused smartwatch that is water resistant. Comes in stylish and minimalistic appeal with circular bezel housing a Super AMOLED 1.2 inch display. Designed with military-level-durability, it can handle a wide-range of environments as well as have 5 ATM water resistance. Can be use Control of Samsung IoT-enabled devices through Samsung Connect, Remote for Presentations and pay goods via NFC through Samsung Pay. Features a 300mAh battery and supports wireless charging. Comes in variety of colorful and changeable standard 20mm straps. Available in Blue and Black.

Next is an upgraded GPS sports band with smart features - Gear Fit2 Pro. Gets the new swim and heart rate monitoring capabilities as well as advanced built-in GPS tracking to capture your run or ride with accurate activity tracking. Packs a bigger Super AMOLED curved 1.5 inch display viewing real-time updates and notifications. Features a all-new secure, ergonomic band that is light weight and comfortable to use. Water resistance is also at 5 ATM which would make it more suitable for your active lifestyle whether dry or wet environments. Available in Black and Red.

Finally, the second Generation Gear Icon X cord-free earbuds let you effortlessly listen to your favorite music while actively carrying out your workout and lifestyle. The earbuds gains newest connection to Bixby that simply uses your voice to control your music or your phone without even having it in your hand. Gets an updated design and is now more ergonomic and lightweight plus color options in Black, Gray and Pink. Gear IconX can track your running routines, and also features the standalone Running Coach function. Said to have improved battery life of up to five hours for music streaming or seven hours of standalone music playback.

No Prices and Release as of yet so stay tuned.

Gear Sport Specs
Tizen OS
1.2 inch Circular Super AMOLED Display
360 x 360, 302ppi
Full Color Always On Display
Corning ® Gorilla ® Glass 3
Dual Core 1.0 GHz Processor
4GB Storage
Connectivity: Bluetooth® v4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou
Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Barometer, HRM, Ambient light
Battery: 300mAh
Wireless charging
Durability: 5 ATM water resistance, MIL-STD-810G
Size: 42.9(W) x 44.6 (H) x 11.6 (D) mm
Weight: 50g (without band)
Strap: 20mm
Color: Black, Blue
Compatibility: Samsung Galaxy: Android 4.3 or later
Other Android: Android 4.4 or later
iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, 6s Plus, SE, 5 *iOS 9.0 or later

Gear Fit2 Pro Product Specs
Tizen OS
1.5” Curved Super AMOLED Display
216 x 432, 310 ppi
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
Dual Core 1.0 GHz Processor
4GB Internal Storage
Connectivity: Bluetooth® v4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou
Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Barometer, HRM
Battery: 200mAh
Charge: Pogo type
Durability: 5 ATM water resistance, MIL STD 810G
Size: 25.0(W) x 51.3(H) mm
Weight: 34g (Large), 33g (Small)
Strap Small (Size of the wrist: 125~165mm)
Large (Size of the wrist: 158~205mm)
Color: Black, Red
Compatibility: Samsung Galaxy: Android 4.3 or later
Other Android: Android 4.4 or later
iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, 6s Plus, SE, 5 *iOS 9.0 or later

Gear IconX (2018) Product Specs
4GB (per earbud) Storage
Connectivity: Bluetooth® v 4.2
Sensors: Accelerometer, IR, Capacitive Touch
Speaker: 5.8pi Dynamic Driver
Battery Earbud: 82mAh / Charging Case: 340mAh
Play time: up to 7 hours (Standalone Mode) / up to 5 hours (Bluetooth Mode)
Talk time: up to 4 hours
※ The charging case provides1 extra charge on the go
USB 2.0 & Type-C
Color Black, Gray, Pink
Size Earbud: 18.9 (W) x 21.8 (D) x 22.8(H) mm/ Case: 73.4 (W) x 44.5 (D) x 31.4(H) mm
Weight Earbud: 8.0g per earbud / Case: 54.5g
Compatibility: Android 4.4 or later with RAM 1.5 GB or above
Audio Audio Formats: MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV, WMA (WMA v9)
Audio Codec: Samsung Scalable Codec, SBC
Voice Guide
Languages: English (U.S.), Chinese (China), German (Germany), French (France), Spanish (U.S.), Korean (South Korea), Italian (Italy), Russian (Russia), Japanese (Japan)
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IFA 2017 : Acer unveils latest Windows 8th Generation Intel Laptops and Desktop AIO.

Acer unveils latest Windows 8th Generation Laptops and Desktop AIO.

IFA 2017, Berlein - Acer unviels latest Laptops and AIO powered by 8th Generation Intel Core Processors. Four (4) Laptops - Switch 7, Spin 5, Swift 5 and 7 ; and Aspire S24 All-in-one Desktop.

Lets start with the Aspire S24 AIO desktop that comes in with ultra-slim design (side profile of only 5.97 mm) with champagne-gold accents exuding luxury and elegance. Sports a borderless display at 23.8-inch 178-degree Full HD IPS screen with narrow 2.7 mm bezel provides a 90% screen-to-body ratio.  Powered by a new 8th Generation Intel Core™ processors with  Intel Optane memory for optimized seemless performance. Will pack  up to 256 GB SSD and 2 TB HDD of storage space (vary by market). To compliment its stunning visuals, True Harmony Dolby Audio Premium ensures immersive sound. New innovation is applied by Acer as Aspire S24 as it supports wireless charging for Qi-enabled devices. The Acer Aspire S24 will be available in North America in January 2018 starting at $999; and in EMEA in November 2017 starting at €999.

Next is Switch 7 Black Edition is said to be "the world’s first fanless 2-in-1 notebook" made possible by by Acer’s innovative Dual LiquidLoop fanless cooling technology. Switch 7 is a 2 in 1 device Tablet-Laptop hybrid with detachable keyboard and Acer AutoStand (patented kickstand that can be auto-deployed and auto-retracted). Offers a sharp and vibrant visuals with wide viewing angles through its  large 13.5 inch IPS Display with 2256 x 1504 resolution. Carries an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor but has NVIDIA GeForce® MX150 graphics. Pop out the Acer Stylus by Wacom and create artistic works and design. Secure your files with a personal touch with its optical-based under-glass fingerprint sensor. The Acer Switch 7 Black Edition will be available in North America in December starting at $1,699; and in EMEA also in December starting at €1,999.

If you want thing that is always attached and connected but still convertible then try out their Spin 5. Just Rotate it towardsthe desired angle or position you like  to interchange seamlessly between laptop, tablet, display and tent modes. There are two variants - 13 inch or the 15 inch model. Again 8th Generation Intel Core processors matched with up to 16 GB of DDR4 memory. For 15 inch model, it gets  NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics. Acer TrueHarmony, Dolby Audio Premium technology and two front-facing speakers will deliver immersive audio experience. Said to have 13 hours of battery life. The Acer Spin 5 will be available in North America in September starting at $799; and in EMEA in September with the 13-inch model starting at €899 and the 15-inch model starting at €999.

Swift 5 might be your choice if you want that traditional laptop but still is slick and sophisticated with its magnesium alloy construction yet still light at .97k. Will also carry  8th Generation Intel Core processors. Will feature FHD IPS Display as well as Acer TrueHarmony with Dolby Audio Premium for entertainment-grade experience. Acer Swift 5 will be available in North America in December starting at $999; in EMEA in December starting at €1,099; and in China in November starting at ¥7,499.

Still want a sexier beast? Acer answers your call with Swift 7 at .89cm Thin Form Factor and so gains the "Thinnest Computer in the World". Powerful internals here as you get Intel i7 Core Processor which would be able give you the firepower you need. Always be connected as it has 4G LTE with dedicated sim slot. No word yet on pricing... So stay tune for more updates....
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

IFA 2017 : Acer goes 360-degrees with Holo360, Vision360 and Xtro360.

For IFA 2017, Acer release their 360 devices with Holo360, Vision360 and Xtro360.

Holo360 is a all-in-one 360-degree camera that lets you capture, view and edit your output with its 3 inch Display.  Powered by by the Qualcomm Connected Camera Platform with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor to stitch videos in real-time and also supports  LTE connectivity for sharing your content.  Equipped with Panomorph optics certified by ImmerVision that lets you capture high resolution images with no distortion in 6.9K resolution and videos in 4K.  Runs on Android 7.1 which opens your doors to millions of applications and access social media to push your 360 video to your friends and followers.

Next is Vision 360 is said to be " World First 4K In-Car 360 Camera". Vision360 is mounted on the windshield, aligned with the driver’s eyes and also displays the vehicle’s current speed. Equipped with two ultra-high quality cameras that covers the front and inside of your car. Detects collisions and automatically trigger a recording that includes GPS coordinates that is internally stored and is uploaded to cloud. Vision360 also provides users with on-demand remote viewing and location-tracking from the device for peace-of-mind.

Lastly is the Xtro360 is said to feature a bigger screen. Comesin 360 degree camera but also a standard camera setup. Said to have a advance processor and internal setup of that of Holo360. Supports 360 Livestream and 360 Sound Recording. Though we will still be on the look out for official specs.

So what you think? Holo360 is said to be available in North America in November at $429 bundled with a water-resistant case and  in EMEA in Q4 with prices starting at €349. No word yet for Vision360 and Xtro360.
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Samsung Galaxy Note8 Quick Review Specs Price Philippines

Attended the Philippine launch of Samsung Galaxy Note8! Held a Samsung Music Hall at SM Aura, BGC last August 24, 2017. Finally, the Return of the Note.

Samsung seems to have put all their technologies and design into their latest flagship. Samsung Galaxy Note8 is tall, slim and sexy in aluminum metal plus curved front and back Gorilla glass 5.

Infinity display makes it way to the Galaxy Note 8 that will give you bigger screen  to work with. Sports a 6.3 inch at Quad HD+ Resolution Super AMOLED Display to provide a rich cinematic visuals as well as bigger canvass for  the improved SPen.

Looking inside, we find the latest Exynos 8895 Octa-Core Processor with Mali-G71 GPU that is supported with 6GB LPDDR4 RAM and will come in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. If you need bigger storage then you can use the hybrid sim slot to act as microSD but sacrificing Dual Sim feature. We tested it via Antutu and gain a 175156 score and topped the charts. Well we expected this much to happen.

Samsung Galaxy Note8 Antutu

Dual Rear Camera of Galaxy Note8

Samsung joins the Dual Camera bandwagon as the Galaxy Note 8. Two cameras - one is the main camera with standard angle (focal length 26mm) lens at 12MP at f/1.7 aperture with Dual Pixel Technology while the second one is also at 12MP but f/2.4 with focal length of 52mm which makes it a telephoto lens brings 2x optical zoom. Galaxy Note8  gains new tricks such as the Live Focus to get those smooth bokeh blurred background shots or control what to focus with Dual Capture. Ohh if you are technical, the f/1.7 sensor is same S5K2L2 found on the S8 but no word for the telephoto lens. Optical Image Stabilization for both lenses keeps things steady to avoid camera shake and blur. For your selfies and video chats, 8MP with Samsung S5K3H1 at f/1.7 aperture which guarantee you better outputs even in challenging lighting conditions. Video recording for rear camera is up to UHD while front camera is at QuadHD.

Samsung Galaxy Notte8 Live Focus
4:3 or 18:9

Rear Camera
Well as you can see, outputs turn out better than expected event in harsh lighting conditions. Live Focus feature creates clean smooth bokeh (blur). To maximize its 18:9 screen, you can also take 18:9 outputs. The main camera is just same as S8 but the added telephoto is good for doing portraits with its focal length of 56mm. For wide angle or landscapes, better use the main camera.

What makes it Note,is its SPen. It gets improved with finer tip and more pressure sensitivity. Samsung also introduces new ways to communicate with Live Messages that lets you share customize animated text. Translate Text and Convert foreign currencies at an instant are some other improved SPen functions.

Samsung Live Message
Galaxy Note8 also gets Bixby for which can now be enjoyed by most users with its global release. With Quick Commands, allows you to create a custom voice command to use in place of a sequence of one or more commands. Bixby also understands the way you actually speak, ask questions and make requests. Bixby is unique in that it is an intelligent interface built into the smartphone settings so that you can change phone options.Users can enable Bixby’s voice capabilities by pressing the Bixby button to begin onboarding. You can now activate Bixby by holding the dedicated button or by saying, “Hi, Bixby.” Try it!

IP68 certification for water and dust resiatannt is still present for the Galaxy Note8 as well as goes for its SPen. Other than that, you can also enjoy PC-like experience with Samsung Dex by docking it and project via external display and work with Multiple Apps at the same time. Runs latest Android Nougat 7.1.1

Samsung Grace UI
Samsung Galaxy Note8 plus AKG Speakers
Although we were surprise that it gets a 3300mAh battery only but I guess this can be attributed to space for the SPen and for slimmer profile. Wireless Charging and Quick Charge is present.
Pre-Order starts on Sept 8 and will be offered in Midnight Black and Maple Gold (as of now). I am sure it will be offered by Globe and Smart. Online channels are available the likes of Lazada. Visit nearest Samsung Experience Stores and retailers for demo units and other details. Priced for 49,990.

Samsung Galaxy Note8 PreOrder
Pre-Order is Sept 8 - 17, 2017 by going to any participating stores and accomplish pre-order form and deposit of 2000 Pesos. They can get a refund if they opt out of the pre-order offer. Customer gets exclusive offerings - Free AKG Speakers and 20% off on one (1) selected Galaxy Note8 Accessory.

Our thoughts? Samsung Galaxy Note8 is a solid flagship offering in terms of design, construction and features. Infinity display really compliments the Note as you have more working space or canvass with the use of your SPen. Dual Camera is another great addition to its arsenal as two lenses are better than one plus both lenses have OIS. However we are concern of lesser 3300mAh battery size compared to S8 Plus 3500mAh as the Note8 has bigger screen size and so may leave you less battery life. However, you could always adjust resolution to extend usage. Is the price tag justified? well for me yes as you do get the very best from Samsung with support of the latest features like Bixby, Dex and has IP68 certification. Some say you pay for the brand... well yes you pay for that too as Samsung is Top manufacturer in the world for mobile which give you assurance of quality and even after-service.

Samsung Galaxy Note8
Android 7.1.1 Nougat
6.3 inch Quad HD+ (2960x1440) Super AMOLED Curved Infinity Display
Gorilla Glass 5 Front and Back
Samsung Exynos 8895 CPU / Snapdragon 835(US)
64GB/128GB/256GB Internal Storage
Expandable via microSD
Dual Rear Cameras
Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.7, OIS
Telefoto: 12MP AF, F2.4, OIS
(2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom)
Front Camera: 8MP AF, F1.7
Dual Sim (Hybrid)
4G LTE Cat. 16 / 3G / 2G
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz),
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, Galileo*, Glonass, BeiDou
Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor,
Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor
3.5mm headphone jack
USB-C connectivity
3,300mAh battery.
Fast Charginge (QC 2.0)
Wireless Charging (WPC / PMA)
IP68 certification
Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey and Deep Sea Blue
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Friday, August 25, 2017

Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Quick Review Specs Price Philippines

Look what we have here! The new iteration of the popular Selfie from Asus, Zenfone 4 Selfie!

Zenfone 4 Selfie has now evolved and from bulky and heavy to beautiful crafted and slim companion with metal unibody topped with 2.5D Glass. Actually there are Two - the Selfie and the Selfie Pro but lets concentrate for now on regular Zenfone 4 Selfie.

Comes with a 5.5 inch HD IPS Display that is powered by Snapdragon 430 Octa-Core Processor coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB Internal Storage (at least 52GB available). Again, we have seen this type of hardware and there is no compromise when it comes to performance even for playing games. You have abundance of resources when it comes to memory and storage and so good for multi-tasking and storage of your files.

Two is better than one as it has Dual Front Camera Setup. Main front camera lies on the right side which is a 20MP Omnivision 20880 at f/2.0 aperture is made for highly detailed Selfies while the other lens at 8MP 12mm/120° Wide-Angle with Omnivision 8856 fixed at f/2.4 aperture is best for taking Wefies or capturing those scenic background and view. SelfieMaster App will assist you to that things perfect for your next display picture on social Media. Rear camera won't be left out as it is also highly capable at 16MP, Omnivision 16880 sensor and fixed at f/2.0 aperture. There is a portrait mode to get that bokeh effect. For photography enthusiast, Pro mode is available for adjustable ISO, Shutter Speed, White Balance and Manual Focus. Here are Samples.

Bokeh on 20MP and 8MP Front Camera

Rear Samples
Zenfone 4 Selfie has the regular connectivity features - WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. It is a Dual Sim Dual Standby Handset. LTE Cat4 Data connection is supported for fater internet on the go. MicroUSB 2.0 Port direction connection for charging and data. Oh speaking of charging it does not support fast or quick charge. USB OTG is supported.

Runs on latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat plus the latest ZenUI 4.0. There are less bloatware now and shows little details for settings.

Carries a 3000mAh battery. Will last you half a day of moderate usage. If you are a heavy user then a powerbank will be helpful.

Zenfone 4 Selfie is good upgrade especially those coming from the old Selfie as it has a more dependable internal hardware plus a dual front camera and at high resolution at that. Bokeh is the new trend for Selfies but can also be applied with Wefies. It is also slimmer and light but has stronger built quality. Priced for 13,995 and is now available at your nearest concept stores, retailers and Lazada. Look Here:

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ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie
Android 7.1.1 Nougat
ZenUI 4.0
5.5" 1280 x 720 HD IPS Display
2Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa-Core
64GB Internal Storage
Expandable via MicroSD for up to 128GB
16MP Rear Camera
Omnivision 16880
1.0μm pixel size, f/2.0 aperture
With LED Flash
Front Camera
20MP Standard-Angle
Omnivision 20880
Field of view: 31mm/69°
1.0 μm pixel size, f/2.0 aperture
8MP 12mm/120° Wide-Angle
Omnivision 8856
1.12μm pixel size, f/2.4 aperture
with Selfie Flash
Dual SIM Dual Standby
2G / 3G / 4G Cat4
WIFI 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1
155.66 x 75.9 x 7.85 mm
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Asus Zenfone 4 Max 5.5 Quick Review Specs Price Philippines

At Asus Zenfone 4 Series launch, we got to have a brief hands-on with Asus Zenfone 4 Max.
The Zenfone 4 Max is slim and sexy considering the battery it packs. The 2.5D Glass and Metal Unibody adds a premium element to a budget friendly smartphone offering.

For its Display, it houses a 5.5 inch HD Display. Hey its High Definiation which should be enough for quality viewing pleasure. Paired it with Snapdragon 430 plus Adreno 505 Graphics, 3GB RAM and 32GB (22.5 Available for User) Internal Storage, this hardware setup can handle your apps, games and files at satisfying levels even on high settings.

Asus seems to be keen on taking the photography route as such they equipped their new Zenfone 4s with Dual-Camera setup. For Zenfone 4 Max, the main camera is at 13MP with a Omnivision 13855 Sensor with standard viewangle of 80-degree and aperture size of f/2.0. There is also a 120-degree wide angle camera at 5MP which uses Omnivision 5675 sensor at f/2.2 aperture. For front camera, a high resolution 8MP should do the trick for your selfies and video chats. But wait, we noticed that shutter speed is maxed at 1/3 sec compared to 32 sec shutter speed of the old Zenfone 3 Max. For manual and photography users, this should be a big downgrade as you will not be able to do long exposure shots with the stock camera. Hopefully Asus can bring the feature via software update. On the flip side, Beauty Live App is available for instant beautification.

13MP Rear Camera Output

5MP Wide Output

8MP Front Camera

Camera UI

It is also great to know that Asus has chosen to let go the hybrid sim tray for triple slot for two sim cards and a dedicated microSD slot. Just basic connectivity features here with WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. Supports 4G LTE Cat 4 data connection for fast on-the-go internet. USB-OTG Is supported and Zenfone 4 Max may act as a powerbank with its 5000mAh and  reverse charging feature. With that size of power paired with less power-hunger hardware, it will last you a day or two of moderate use.

Asus ZenUI 4.0

Runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat but still on ZenUI 3.0. There is a promise of an upgrade to ZenUI 4.0 and Android Oreo. PowerMaster App is present to keep things optimized for power efficiency.

Priced for 9,995 Pesos. The Zenfone 4 Max 5.5 with its screen resolution, hardware and bigger battery pack is really set to deliver its promise on nonstop energy. With comparison to the old Zenfone 3 Max, it had to cut back on screen resolution, megapixels, laser AF and 32 Sec Shutter Speed to make way for improvements in design, dual camera setup and added mAh. For power users, Zenfone 4 Max is great choice that can cater to your always-on lifestyle and long usage.
Comes in Black, Gold and Pink colors. Priced for 9,995. So what you think Geeks?

ASUS ZenFone 4 Max 5.5
Android 7.1.1 Nougat
ZenUI 3.0
5.5" 1280 x 720 HD IPS Display
2.5D Glass
1.4Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa-Core
Adreno 505
32GB Internal Storage
Expandable via MicroSD for up to 128GB
Rear Cameras
13MP Main Camera
Omnivision 13855
1.12 μm pixel size
f/2.0 aperture
Field of view: 25mm/80°
5MP Wide Angle Camera
Omnivision 5675
1.12μm pixel size
f/2.2 apertur
Field of view: 18mm/120°
With LED Flash

8MP Front Camera
Omnivision 8856
1.12μm pixel size
f/2.2 aperture
Field of view: 24mm/85°
With LED Selfie  Flash

Dual SIM Dual Standby
2G / 3G / 4G Cat4
WIFI 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1
GPS, AGPS, Glonass, BDS
Micro USB 2.0 (Charging, Data, and OTG)
10W Fast Charging
154 x 76.9 x 8.9 mm
Deepsea Black
Sunlight Gold
Rose Pink
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