Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Bluboo S8 Review Budget 18:9 Full View Smartphone Specs Price Philippines

Here is our review of Bluboo S8! Budget 5.7 inch 18:9 Smartphone

Bluboo S8
We are welcomed with a black box labelled with Bluboo and S8 branding. Opening it up, we are presented with the Bluboo S8 unit then an envelope containing manuals, tpu case, and tempered glass. Inside also is also found charger,usb cable but NO headset here although you do get an USB Type-C Adapter to 3.5mm jack.

Bluboo S8 Package
The Bluboo S8 design aesthetics clearly mimics that of samsung latest flagship. Elegant curves, slim profile and good built. It was a surprise when supposed S9 renders were leaked out and turn out to be similar to Bluboo S8. Anyways moving on, at the top lies the hybrid sim/microsd tray while on the either side is found the volume rocker and power button. At the bottom part is the USB-Type C port, speaker and mic. This all is housed in a body made in ZN-Ti Alloy for durability. Back features a CD effect that creates unique design accent.

Bluboo S8 Top and Bottom

Bluboo S8 Sides

The 5.7 inch Full Display at 18:9 HD+ resolution protected with 2.5 Curved gorilla Glass 4 gives wide, rich viewing pleasures that is fit for entertainment and games. It is also brighter and good sunlit legibility.

Bluboo S8
Powering the device is Mediatek MT6750T Octa-Core Processor matched with 3GB RAM and 32GB Internal Storage (with at leasst 24GB available for uuser disposal). Antutu Benchmark has a rating of 41445 which is good enough for seemless android experience. We tested NBA 2K18 but we found frame drops at high settings and so it would be advisable medium for heavy games. As for online games, ML, AOV and the runs fine at default settings.

Bluboo S8 Benchmark, Internals, Sensors

Bluboo S8 Camera
As for camera, it features dual rear camera with 13MP Sony IMX135 Exmor f/2.0 aperture RS plus 3MP. Front Camera is at 8MP but is software interpollated. Basic Camera modes and effects are available like Slow-Mo, Timelapse, Panorama as well as Video. For Selfies, there is a FaceCute Feature that adds stickers and beautification. Here are samples:

Sadly, Bluboo fails to use properly the Sony IMX sensor and camera algorhythms are flawed and such rear outputs lacks proper exposure. Front camera takes better photos.

Bluboo S8 Camera UI
Runs on Android 7.0 topped with 360UI that offers gesture controls, Anti-Theft and other management controls. Since it is Mediatek, Miravision technology has been employed.

360 UI
For connectivity, Bluboo S8 covers the regular set from WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. Eventhough it is USB-Type C, USB OTG is NOT Supported. Connection of headset is also via same USB port so can't listen while you charge. Bummer. Sensors are also lacking as gyroscope is absent thereby not supporting Augmented Reality feature and games. Does have Fingerprint sensor but sometimes it fails to recognize so make sure you wipe it clean.

Comes with 3450mAh Battery. Battery life is just good considering its modest specifications that willlast you a day of moderate use but if you are a gamer, better get powerbank for good measure. Charging takes 2 and a half hours.

At a price of 7,499, Bluboo S8 is worth considering for its 18:9 Full View Display, Mediatek MT6750T Processor. However, the majordownside of Bluboo S8 is its camera. Hopefully BluBoo Philippines will do an update to make use of the camera sensor.

Come in Blue and Black color options and is available at Lazada Philippines.


Bluboo S8 Specs:
Android 7.0 Nougat
5.7 inch 18:9 HD+ IPS 2.5D Curved Gorilla Glass 4 (282ppi)
1.5GHz Mediatek MT6750T Octa-core CPU
Mali-T860 GPU
32GB Internal storage 
Expandable up to 256GB microsd card via hybrid slot
13MP Sony IMX 135 f/2.0 Aperture+ 3MP Dual Rear Camera
w/ Dual LED Flash
8MP Front Camera
Dual Hybrid Nano Sim
4G LTE Cat 6
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
Fingerprint scanner
USB Type-C
3,450 mAh Li-Polymer battery, 
Fast Charging
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Friday, January 26, 2018

Oppo A83 Now Official Price Specs Philippines

Oppo Philippines official launches their new A83 smartphone!

The new Oppo A83 Smartphone features a wide entertainment class displayat 5.7 inch with 18:9 HD+ (1440 x 720 px) resolution IPS LCD. Housed in slim and curved design for beauty and grip.

Under the hood, it is equipped with Mediatek MT6763T Helio P23 Octa-Core Processor matched with Mali-G71-MP2 Graphics. Memory is at 3GB RAM and 32GB Internal Storage. You can expand additional storage via MicroSD up to 256GB.

For its optics, it features a 13MP Rear camera with F/2.2 aperture supported with LED Flash. Front camera is at 8MP f/2.2 aperture that also features AI Beauty Tech and Facial Recognition for more secure locking system.

There is No Fingerprint Sensor!!! Guess this is where Oppo had cut back to make the A83 affordable.

As for connectivity, it does have the regular WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. USB-OTG is also supported. Oppo A83 gets two sim card slots and dedicated storage slot.

Oppo A83 runs on Android 7.1 Nougat with Color OS 3.2 on top.

Carries 3180mAH battery which should give you enough battery life to last you the day of moderate use.

Priced at 9,990 which is a steal considering it screen size, updated processor, and decent set of features.

Oppo A83 Specs:
Android 7.1 Nougat
Color OS 3.2
5.7 inch HD+ IPS LCD Display
Octa-Core Processor
Mediatek MT6763T
Mali G71-MP2 Graphics
32GB Internal Storage
Expandable via MicroSD Card Slot (Dedicated)
13MP f/2.2 Aperture Rear Camera
with LED Flash
8MP f/2.2 aperture Front Camera
Dual Nano SIM, Dual Standby (dedicated slots)
4G / 3G / 2G
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 2.4GHz/5GHz
Bluetooth 4.2
3180mAH Battery
Dimension: 150.5mm h x 73.1mm w x 7.7mm t
Weight: 143g
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Evolution of Asus Battery King - Zenfone Max Series


Each year we have witnessed the evolution of ASUS' best-selling smartphone series, the ZenFone Max. Known for long battery life, the ZenFone Max series has always been the best choice for long usage and gaming.

This 2018, the ZenFone Max gets another upgrade, further cementing its dominance as the Battery King. But first, let's return to the past and take a look at all the innovations the ZenFone Max series have brought to us through the years.

See your world with ultimate energy - 5000mAh large battery with powerbank feature via reverse charging.

 ZenFone Max’s sleek frame secretes a monster battery — a 5000mAh cell custom-crafted from lithium-polymer to pack the maximum energy into the compact body! Turns into a power bank, allowing you to draw from its incredibly 5000mAh battery to charge other devices.

Comes with 4100mAh large battery with Powerbank feature plus added Fingerprint scanner.

ZenFone 3 Max’s rear fingerprint sensor is perfectly positioned for the way you hold your phone. It unlocks ZenFone 3 Max in a snap, and also does more. Swipe your fingertip down across the sensor to summon the selfie camera, and then tap with your tip to take a picture: it’s like a second shutter button, right where you need it.

You work all day, and play all night. Does your smartphone keep up? ZenFone 3 will last through the whole work day and long into your playtime. Work hard and play harder — with ZenFone 3 Max always at your side.

With 5000mAh intelligent battery with Powerbank feature, fingerprint scanner and Dual Cameras.

ZenFone 4 Max features an advanced dual-camera system designed to take your mobile photography to new heights. Its 13MP main camera is equipped with wide F2.0 aperture lens to capture clearer photos. The 120° wide-angle camera on ZenFone 4 Max has a 200% larger field of view than standard smartphone cameras, so you can fit more scenery and people in the frame for dramatic photos and videos that capture a true sense of place.

ZenFone 4 Max features a suite of intelligent power management technologies that work in concert to optimize battery life, ensure safety and long-term performance, provide reverse-charging capability, and more. By turning on the double battery lifespan feature, it means your device can fully charge (to 100%) and discharge (to 0%) up to 500 times in a 25°C environment, and the loss of battery capacity will be reduced by half.

The first ASUS smartphone with 18:9 display, large battery and facial recognition technology.

The ASUS ZenFone Max Plus represents the evolution of the entire ZenFone Max series. We’ve included all the well-loved features of the ZenFone Max series, and incorporated the latest mobile technologies into one device, while keeping the features and affordable price range.
Long battery life with intelligent power management

The ASUS ZenFone Max Plus would not be a Max series smartphone without long battery life; as a result, a large 4130mAh battery powers the heart of the device. Smart power management is handled by ASUS PowerMaster, with features that enable the battery to last twice it’s lifespan, making sure your ZenFone Max Plus will serve you well into the future.The ZenFone Max Plus also comes with ASUS’ Power-Safe Technology, with a 12-point safety-check running in real-time to keep you and the battery safe from harm.

The ZenFone Max Plus’ Full View FHD+ 18:9 display allows for a wider view, while still allowing users with small hands to grip the phone securely. The new display is perfect for web browsing, multi-window, and watching videos.

By using a full view display and an ultraslim bezel, we’ve made the 5.7-inch ZenFone Max Plus as small as most standard 5.2-inch phones. It’s the ultimate ergonomic design that not only lets you see more, but is much less bulky and more comfortable to hold.

Biometric security – Fingerprint unlock and facial recognition technology
Adding a whole new level of security for ZenFone users, the ZenFone Max Plus is also the first smartphone from ASUS to incorporate facial recognition technology, aside from the fingerprint scanner. It’s also one of the only phones in its price range to have facial unlock technology!

To ensure that the ASUS ZenFone Max Plus can only be unlocked by its owner, ASUS has included algorithms for background depth, motion and skin tone detection, and can detect if the phone is being unlocked using a photo by detecting pixel, moiré effects and unnatural reflections.

Facial recognition can be used to unlock your phone, view notifications from the lockscreen without having to unlock the phone.

While not world-firsts, the ZenFone Max Plus is the first to combine all these useful features into an affordable package that makes it the ideal smartphone for those who love to travel or simply not want to charge their phones for long periods.

The ZenFone Max Plus is also available on Home Credit for 6 months on 0% interest.

Check out our Impression of Zenfone Max Plus...
Here > Spotted Asus Zenfone Max Plus (M1)

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Power Mac Center On iPhone Battery Servicing

In light of Apple’s official communication regarding the chemical aging issue of batteries on older iPhone units, Power Mac Center, being an Authorized Service Provider, is committed to provide efficient and professional service through a strict set of protocols, which consists of the following:

  • Devices must undergo diagnosis to check the battery condition and other internal and external physical/accidental damage or unauthorized modification that may or may not be visible to the naked eye.

  • If such issues are found, the iPhone will be ineligible for the battery replacement.

  • If, during the diagnosis, we also find other hardware issues, our Apple Certified Engineer will recommend a part/unit replacement accordingly.

  • Customers may or may not proceed with the recommendation, but if they decide to pull out, they have to settle the diagnostic fee if the unit is out or void of warranty. The battery replacement fee is Php1,500 for eligible units out of warranty, inclusive of labor. This price may change due to importation costs and without prior notice.

These are Apple’s current and official procedures that their partner service centers should comply and follow.

iPhone Models Qualified for Servicing: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.

Services with Power Mac Center are done by Apple-certified Engineers ensuring quality of work and original parts used.

Power Mac Center is committed to providing Filipinos the complete Apple experience. Since its announcement on battery servicing two weeks ago, they have successfully replaced the iPhone batteries of over 150 satisfied customers.

Should there be further questions, free to contact the AppleCare Hotline.
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Legion of Champions Series II is Back! More Teams More Fun

Seems Gaming Scene is really busy this year.... After Galaxy Battles, here is another one.

Legion of Champions
PHILIPPINES, JANUARY 19, 2018Lenovo, the world’s leading PC manufacturer, announced that it will once again host “Legion of Champions Series II” (LoC) (formerly League of Champions), a major gaming competition in Asia. In collaboration with Intel, the second edition of this gaming battle is expected to bring even more excitement to the regional gaming scene with three new markets joining the championship. Teams from eight markets (Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam) will compete in their local finals, and the winning teams will gather in Bangkok, Thailand, later this month for the ultimate showdown. 

Michael Ngan, Lenovo Philippines Country General Manager said: “E-sports and gaming are not only burgeoning, but gaining popularity beyond gamers to a more general audience. For gaming fans, e-sports competitions are the Olympic Games of the 21st century. As a leader in technological innovation supporting this trend, we want to continue building top-notch gaming experiences for enthusiast players not only through our product offerings but also through providing a platform to nurture these gamers and grow the community. Lenovo is delighted to host the Legion of Champions Series II, a first-of-its-kind regional competition involving eight markets.” 

George Chacko, Director of Global Account for Lenovo, Intel Asia Pacific and Japan said: “We are very excited to once again be part of the “Legion of Champions” tournament. Along with the rapid growth of the vibrant and passionate gaming community in Asia, we are also seeing increased expectations for better and faster processors to support and deliver amazing gaming performance. At Intel, we’re committed to supporting the gaming needs of the eSports community by helping them perform their best through our innovative technologies, and delivering the ultimate gaming experience.”

In the country, recruitment activities for LoC teams kick-started in November 2017, in partnership with Garena PH. A total of 565 gamers and 113 teams went through 7 elimination rounds. The in-market finals, which was held last December 9, 2017, saw talented gamers in the Philippines battle it out. The last team left standing – Wargods Redlyt – will be representing the Philippines in the finals. 

Wargods Redlyt
 Edrian “WG DoeDoii RL” Brancia from Redlyt said, “Gaming has become such a huge and vibrant community in Asia. This is possible only because of the support from brands like Lenovo, who provides us with a platform to realize our potential as gamers. I am looking forward to meeting fellow gamers in the region at the finals.” 

Kevin Joseph “WG Persona RL” Ramos added, “I was very impressed with the quality and scale of last year’s tournament and I’m thrilled to hear that it will be even bigger this year. I am honored to get this opportunity to meet other top-notch gamers in the region.”

Wargods Redlyt will attend LoC 2018 held in Bangkok between 26 and 28 January 2018. For more information on LoC 2018, please visit https://legionlenovo.com/loc2018/

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Galaxy Battles II: Emerging Worlds Kicks Off this Weekend

Gamer Geeks! Will You be attending the Biggest Gaming Event to happen in the country?!!!

The most anticipated DOTA 2 (Defense of the Ancients) tournament from Fallout Gaming & Purpose Win Entertainment Limited (PWEL), Galaxy Battles II: Emerging Worlds. After a memorable start last year in Shenzen, China, Galaxy Battles makes its way to the Philippines for a special tournament many are looking at as a major step in legitimizing esports. Takes place this coming weekend at the largest indoor stadium in the world, Philippine Arena, in Bulacan. From January 19th – 21st, 2018, globally recognized teams will go head-to-head for a prize pool of USD 500,000.00!

Kicks off this Friday with the following Upper Bracket matches:

TNC Pro Team vs. Team Spirit
Infamous vs. VGJ Thunder
Evil Geniuses vs. TBA (Wild Card Winner)
Red Bull OG vs. Pain Gaming 

Tickets for Galaxy Battles II: Emerging Worlds can be purchased at all SM Ticketworld outlets nationwide. The tickets start at PHP 7,000.00 for VIP seating, with General Admission starting at PHP 2,000.00 for Upperdeck seats

VIP and Premium 3-Day Pass holders are entitled to a number of privileges, including carpark access, free seating in their designated areas, and access to an Exclusive Meet and Greet with their favorite teams. 

In addition, Attendees can enjoy a special “Barkada” Package, entitles patrons to redeem one (1) free ticket for every two (2) tickets purchased of the same tier. And as a thank you to fans showing their support, they can avail a 30% discounts on all tickets using the Promo Code: GALAXY30.

Getting to Philippine Arena for Galaxy Battles II: Emerging Worlds. From Friday to Sunday, fans can enjoy a special P2P bus service at designated pick-up points in SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, and SM City North EDSA. Patrons just have to proceed to the bus terminal and look for the buses with the Galaxy Battles 2018 Logo

For Refunds, There are a variety of options, depending on the purchase method.

Unredeemed Tickets: Kindly request for a refund at customercare@smtickets.com and attach the ‘claim ticket’ voucher.
Redeemed Tickets: Simply return the actual tickets to the branch where they were first purchased. 

Refunds are not available at SM Department Stores or Business Centers.
Refunds are ONLY available at SM Cinema Branches.
Tickets can only be refunded at the SM Cinema Branch they were purchased from. 
For Cash Transactions: Kindly proceed to the SM Mall of Asia Arena Box Office to surrender the ticket.
For Card Transactions:  Kindly surrender the actual ticket to the branch it was purchased from. 

Refunds for card transactions may take 10 – 15 working days.
Three (3) working days may be required for refunds to take place.
Refunds are only applicable for tickets purchased before January 07th, 2018, 11:59 PM.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 and A8 Plus 2018 Now Available Price Specs Philippines

Samsung newest Galaxy A8 2018 and A8 Plus 2018 is now officially available!

Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus 2018 and Galaxy A8 2018
Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus 2018 and Galaxy A8 2018
The new class of Galaxy A8 2018 features slim,sexy and curvy design that is elegant and stylish at the same time. Infinity display has now been adapted at FullHD+ resolution at 18.5:9 ratio for the Super AMOLED 5.6 inch of Galaxy A8 2018 and 6 inch of Galaxy A8 Plus 2018 providing a  stunning cinematic visual experience fit for entertainment.

Infinity Super AMOLED Display
Under the hood, both carries Samsung's own Exynos 7885 Octa-Core Processor with Mali-G71 GPU. For storage and memory, A8 2018 will have a 4GB RAM and 32GB Internal Storage while A8 Plus 2018 will have a 6GB RAM and 64GB Internal Storage. You can expand their storage via MicroSD slot.

Dual Front Camera
For Camera, Samsung focuses upfront as they carry Dual Front Camera - 16MP FF f/1.9 + 8MP f/1.9 front cameras. Rear camera has not been left out with at 16MP with f/1.7 aperture, 1.12㎛ pixels, 1/2.8” sensor rear camera. Live Focus, Beauty Modes and Stickers are also added as a bonus.

The New A8 2018 series is now IP68 Water and Dust Resistant which should be good measure when using your phone by the pool or doing active sports. Need assistance? Well Bixby is present to help you with your schedule, searches and among things as it learns your behavior and preferences. Personalized security with either Fingerprint Scanner or Facial Recognition to keep other people from snooping through your phone.

Makes use of latest connectivity such as category 11 LTE and upgraded WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. Direct connection is now via USB-Type C which makes fast charging and data transfers possible.
Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 will carry a 3000mAh Battery while Galaxy A8 Plus 2018 will have a 3500mAh Battery.

It is Now Available for purchase with Lazada Philippines and I believe other Samsung Concept stores will start selling these two smartphones at 26,990 for Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 and 32,990 for Galaxy A8 Plus 2018. Gold and Black Models are first color choices. For Limited Time offer you get a Free Capcase 5000mAh Powerbank!

Look Here:

Samsung Galaxy A8 2018

Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus 2018

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) Specs:
Android 7.1.1 Nougat
5.6 inch FullHD+ 18.5:9 ratio (2220×1080px) Super AMOLED Infinity Display
Exynos 7885 Octa-core (2.2GHz Dual + 1.6GHz Hexa) processor
Mali-G71 GPU
32GB internal storage
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
16MP PDAF f/1.7 Aperture, 1.12㎛ pixels, 1/2.8” sensor rear camera
with LED flash
16MP FF f/1.9 + 8MP f/1.9 front cameras
LTE Cat. 11 4G / 3G / 2G
SIM 1 + SIM 2 + MicroSD
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, VHT80, 256QAM
Bluetooth 5.0, ANT+
USB Type-C
3,000mAh battery
Fast Charging
IP68 water and dust rating
149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4 mm

Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) Specs:
Android 7.1.1 Nougat
6 inch FullHD+ 18.5:9 ratio (2220×1080px) Super AMOLED Infinity Display
Octa-core (2.2GHz Dual + 1.6GHz Hexa) Processor
Exynos 7885
Mali-G71 GPU
64GB Internal storage
Expandable via microSD up to 256GB
16MP PDAF f/1.7 Aperture, 1.12㎛ pixels, 1/2.8” sensor rear camera
with LED flash
16MP FF f/1.9 + 8MP f/1.9 front cameras
LTE Cat. 11 4G / 3G / 2G
SIM 1 + SIM 2 + MicroSD
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, VHT80, 256QAM
Bluetooth 5.0, ANT+
USB Type-C
3,500mAh Battery
Fast Charging
IP68 water and dust rating
159.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm
191 g

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Lenovo Tab 4 7 Now Available Price Specs Philippines

Lenovo Tab 4 7 inch budget tablet is now out!

Lenovo Tab 4 7

Lenovo Tab 4 sports a 7 inch WSVG (1024 x 600 px) IPS Display housed in a slim and light profile at 0.35" / 8.8mm thick and 0.56 lbs / 254 grams with textured back.

Lenovo Tab 4 7 Display

Powering the device is a Mediatek MT8167D which is apparently new in the market. It is matched with 1GB RAM and 16GB Internal Storage. Graphics is handled by PowerVR GE8300. Storage can be expandable via MicroSD up to 128GB.

Lenovo Tab 4 7 Camera

The tablet has the necessary connections like WiFi and Bluetooth. Direct connection via MicroUSB. 3.5mm Audio Jack for sound as well as Front-Facing speakers.

Just basic low resolution here for photos and video at 2MP rear and front camera.

Carries a 3450 mAh Li-ion Polymer which should give enough battery life.

Spotted via Villman and retails for 5,299 Pesos.

Lenovo Tab 4 7 Villman

Wait a minute... Spotted also via Lazada but retails for 4,199 only.

There is also a 3G Model Lenovo Tab 4 7 Essential that has a MediaTek MT8735D processor and simslot. Pricedat 5,299 Pesos! Look here:

Lenovo Tab 4 7 inch Specs:
Android 7.0 Nougat
7 inch 1024 x 600 WSVGA IPS Display
1.3GHz Quad-Core Mediatek MT8167D Processor
PowerVR GE8300 GPU
16GB Internal Storage
Expandable via MicroSD up to 64GB.
2MP Rear Camera
2MP Front Camera
3450mAh Battery

Lenovo Tab 4 7 inch 3G Specs:
Android 7.0 Nougat
7 inch 1024 x 600 WSVGA IPS Display
1.5GHz Quad-Core MediaTek MT8735D Processor
PowerVR GE8300 GPU
16GB Internal Storage
Expandable via MicroSD up to 64GB.
2MP Rear Camera
2MP Front Camera
3450mAh Battery
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