Thursday, September 12, 2019

Samsung Galaxy Fold gets September 18 Launch in Singapore

Look what we have here Geeks! The New Samsung Galaxy Fold!

My friend sent me this as he was really excited to get hold of the new Samsung Galaxy Fold!

The New Galaxy Fold is envision to provide a new mobile experience with mobility and multi-tasking featuring a transformative design where it is a fusion of smartphone and tablet features. When closed, you get essential smartphone needs on its 4.6” HD+ Super AMOLED Display and when opened, you get an immersive entertainment by watching videos, playings games, and more, on its 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display.

To match it unique form-factor and design, Samsung also work on a unique foldable UX, versatile camera and premium performance. Transforms how you capture, share, and edit mobile content with App Continuity - capture shot while it's portable as a smartphone and view it on a wider display for best editing like you do on a tablet. My friend told me that there is a line between the two screen but it was not noticeable and not bothersome while he was using the device. He was really excited when he was trying it out for the first time.

Powering the device is a powerful Snapdragon 855 7nm Octa-Core Processor matched with 12GB RAM and 512GB Internal Storage UFS 3.0. This internal setup should guarantee a smooth android experience whatever apps and games you will run.

Camera capabilities is also not a push over with primary Triple Camera that is also found on the S10 and S10 - 12MP Wide-angle f1.5 - f/2.4 Camera; 12MP Telephoto f2.4 Camera; and 16MP Ultra Wide f2.2 Camera. As for the front, it holds Dual camera setup of 10MP Selfie f2.2 Camera and an 8MP RGB Depth f1.8 Camera. There is also a camera on the cover which is also same as at 10MP. Definitely this incredible device will take extraordinary photo and video outputs that can be readily edit and shared to please anyone that looks at your content.

Complete set of advance connectivity from wireless to direct connections. It comes with WiFi ax HE80 MIMO 1024QAM, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, and will come in 4G and 5G models (market dependent). Will be making use of USB Type-C for its data and charging. Features fingerprint and facial recognition security. Carries a 4380mAh battery that supports fast charging for wired and wireless as well as wireless share.

My friend is in Singapore and accordingly the device is to be launch there in Sept 18, 2019 in Cosmos Black and Space Silver for 3,088 SGD. 5G-ready models will be launch in select countries. No word yet if it will be release for the Philippine Market.

Samsung Galaxy Fold Specs:
Main Display:
7.3 inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED Display (4.2:3) Infinity Flex Display, 2152x1536
Cover Display:
4.6 inch HD+ Super AMOLED Display (21:9), 1680x720
Internal Hardware
Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.78 GHz Kryo 485) Processor
Adreno 640 GPU
512GB Internal Storage UFS 3.0
Rear Cameras:
12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 27mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6", 1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), 1.0µm
Supported with LED Flash

Selfie Cameras:
Cover Camera:
10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1.22µm
Dual Front Camera:
10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1.22µm
8 MP, f/1.9, 24mm (wide), 1.22µm, RGB depth sensor
LTE model: Enhanced 2X2 MIMO, 6CA, LAA, LTE Cat.18
5G model: Non-Standalone (NSA), Sub6
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n/ ac/ ax HE80 MIMO, 1024QAM
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou
USB-Type C Port
BatteryLTE model: 4380mAh (typical) dual battery
5G model: 4235mAh (typical) dual battery
Fast Charging compatible on wired and wireless
Wireless PowerShare
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Monday, September 9, 2019

Vewd x Realtek Partnership for better Android TV-based chipsets

Vewd, the world’s largest independent provider of OTT software, today announced partnership with Realtek, one of the world’s leading semiconductor vendors, and will pre-integrate Vewd’s signature smart TV technology and essential modules with their Android TV-based chipsets. These include Vewd Core, the leading independent HTML5 SDK for connected TV devices, and essential Core modules, including the hybrid TV module, standalone media player, and Freeview Play support module.

More than 80% of the world’s Android TV-based smart TVs already ship comes with Vewd software. World-class support for key hybrid TV technologies, including HbbTV 2, make Vewd Core the perfect complement to Android TV.

“Vewd and Android TV together give manufacturers a compelling go-to-market proposition,” said Realtek’s Vice President and Spokesman, Yee-Wei Huang.  “By pre-integrating Vewd’s technology with our Android TV chipsets, we give manufacturers a complete turnkey solution to cover their smart TV needs. With HbbTV in Europe, hybrid TV offerings will become critical for smart TVs over the coming years – Vewd ensures we’re ready today with the industry’s most robust solution.”

Vewd is one of the leading enablers of hybrid TV. Vewd’s implementation of HbbTV 2.0.1 has been named “Best Multiscreen HbbTV Service” by the HbbTV Association. Vewd was one of the key partners powering the first launch of an ATSC 3.0-based service in the U.S. in 2018.

“Ever since we helped complete the world's first Android TV many years ago, we’ve constantly expanded our capabilities and ambitions for Android TV,” said Aneesh Rajaram, CEO, Vewd. “We’re proud to collaborate with Realtek to significantly reduce a manufacturer’s time-to-market and eliminate costly Capex from one-off integration projects, making it a surefire win for manufacturers adopting Android TV.”
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OPPO Set to Unveil the All-New A9 and A5 2020, Made for Pure Entertainment

Get ready Geeks! Oppo is set to launch Oppo A9 2020 and A5 2020! Oppo’s latest offering features top-grade photography,  audio and gaming capabilities as well as long-lasting battery in a eye-catching design. Oppo A Series will offer much to the highly competitive Philippine Smartphone Market.

If you should know OPPO is now the leading smartphone brand in the country in terms of market share at 28% in Q2 of 2019 according to Canalys report.

The new OPPO A Series offers more possibilities for Filipinos in achieving their fullest potential - An all-around entertainment smartphone. Promising a full-entertainment experience, the A9 2020 sports a 6.5-inch HD+ 1600 x 720 pixels display and packs Quad Cameras, Dolby Atmos Dual Stereo Speakers, 8GB RAM with up to 128GB internal storage that is powered by Snapdragon 665 processor, and a large 5000mAh Battery. 

The smartphone’s Quad Camera setup satisfies users’ needs for all shooting angles and  scenarios - with 48MP as a primary camera with f/1.79 aperture; an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.25 aperture; a 2MP depth sensor f/2.4 aperture and a 2MP macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture. It has an Ultra Night Mode 2.0, Ultra-Wide photography, and a whole range of Artistic Portrait Modes. Shooting video is also better with 4K video - clearer videos with more vivid colors and less latency combined with Video Stability technology things are more stable and so more professional video output.

As for the A5 2020, comes with specifications that suit users looking for a smartphone that meet their basic smartphone needs with similar Quad Camera Setup plus 8MP Front Camera, 4GB RAM with up to 128GB internal storage, and with the same Snapdragon 665 chipset and 5,000mAh Ultra Battery.

The OPPO A Series Philippine launch is set on September 19, 2019. Additionally, to top celebration off for the upgraded A series, OPPO will be unveiling the first ever endorser for the best-selling A series who perfectly embodies the all-new A series offering. Now who could that be? Hmmm…

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Sibol National Training Pool Showcases Skills And Talents At Combine Event

Sixty-seven (67) players from the Sibol Training Pool participated in a Combine event held at Ayala Malls Circuit Makati last 29-31 August. The event served as the athletes' strongest bid in trying to qualify for the National Team, with everyone hoping to be part of the final 27 that will be announced on 11 September.

The managers and coaches prepared training matches and sessions for their athletes in the three-day event. This was also an opportunity to try compositions that were not possible before for some team games. Players were also brought to the stage to test their performances when placed under the spotlight.

All the game results in the Combine are analyzed and recorded, and each would help in how the players are being evaluated. It is important to note that some of the games in the pool have already been doing these in the weeks leading to the event.

The training pool who participated is composed of those who were either directly invited or have advanced through the national qualifiers. The prestige at stake is high because this is the first time that esports will be a medaled event in a multisport competition. Because of this, everyone eligible participated except for the ten (10) invited Dota 2 players who withdrew because of other commitments and to focus on the upcoming Dota Pro Circuit.

Ramon Suzara, COO of Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), "This is a first that esports will be a medal event in the Southeast Asian Games. I am hoping that out of the six events, we can get six gold medals,"

High expectations, the responsibility now falls into the hands of the managers and coaches. Because of different games, the heads will have different metrics and criteria to grade the performance of their respective athletes. Like Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, for example, communication and teamwork are vital traits and are given importance. For a single-player game like Tekken 7, on the other hand, player skill and competence are given more weight.

The evaluation currently is on its final stages. From the pool of 77 players, a trimmed-down 27-player roster is set to be revealed on 11 September. That number is broken down to seven (7) each for the team games (Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and Arena of Valor), and two individuals each for the other games (Tekken 7, Hearthstone, StarCraft II).

For more information about Sibol, head over to the Sibol Esports Facebook page ( Additional updates on the team and more information can be found on the official website and on the other social media pages (Twitter, Instagram) @SIBOLesports.

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ASUS’ I am ProArtist Global Campaign

Asus invites content creators to submit original digital images or film clips for I Am ProArtist Campaign to win prizes like color-accurate ProArt displays and powerful Asus mini PCs and laptops!

ASUS’ I am ProArtist campaign, a worldwide contest that invites content creators to submit their best original 2D or 3D digital artwork or film clip for a chance to win ASUS ProArt products. Prizes include ProArt Display PA32UC, PA27AC, PA24AC, ProArt Station PA90, ProArt StudioBook Pro 17, and Mini PC PB60G.

The contest begins runs globally until September 30, 2019. Full details of the campaign is available at the website >

Inspiration can ignite at any time and content creators just need a trusted, professional platform that matches the way they work and gives them the power to realize their creative vision. Keeping this in mind, Asus ProArt platform is built to remove creative barriers and deliver the immense performance professionals need to support the creative process and bring their creativity to life.

With ProArt brand promise, Asus believe everyone can be a ProArtist - about being proud of individuality, persistent in seeking perfection and strong-spirited in chosen fields of excellence. To celebrate the wellspring of creativity empowered by ProArt, ASUS want content creators of all abilities to produce an original artwork and share its story with I am ProArtist campaign.

Enter the I Am ProArtist global challenge
All adults aged 18 or more are eligible to participate in the competition, and is permitted to submit one entry in each of the three activity categories – True Color, Pixel Perfection and Mighty Mini. The fundamental design requirements of each activity category are as follows:

  • True Color (2D graphic design): Submit an original 2D picture or design in JPEG or PNG format. The resolution should be 2560 x 1440, and the maximum acceptable file size is 5MB.
  • Pixel Perfection (film production): Submit an original film clip in MP4 format. The maximum acceptable running time 20 seconds, and the maximum acceptable file size is 50MB.
  • Mighty Mini (3D design): Submit an original 3D-design work in JPEG or PNG format. The resolution should be 2560 x 1440, and the maximum acceptable file size is 5MB.

Entrants must also include a story with each submission. This story should summarize the background or design inspiration behind the original creation.

One winner for each activity category will be chosen based on votes ‘likes’ from the public and creativity assessment by ASUS, with each aspect carrying 50%. Public votes are important, so entrants are encouraged to share their entry on social media – using the hashtag #IamProArtist.  There will also be Lucky draw.

ASUS ProArt products can be purchased from physical and online stores. Please check the table below for the suggested retail prices:

ProArt PA32UC Monitor
PHP 139,000.00
ProArt PA27AC Monitor
PHP 53,600.00
ProArt PA24AC Monitor
PHP 30,000.00

Pricing may differ for ASUS MiniPC configurations as well as for PA90 and PB60G. Do check with the ASUS for Business Page or contact ASUS Commercial Sales Team below.
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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro Philippine Release

Geeks! Get ready for the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro! The new bang-for-buck flagship by Xiaomi! Set to be release later Sep 9, 2019!

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro is the global version of the Redmi K20 Pro (released for the Chinese Market). Features stellar design and up-to-date hardware that can match smartphones twice its price. Comes in beautiful black and white (128GB model), gradient blue and red color choices in 64GB and 128GB models.

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

Sports a notch-less all-screen 6.39 inch AMOLED FHD+ Display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Look closer and you will find In-screen fingerprint unlock feature. Powering the device is Snapdragon 855 Octa-Core Processor matched with Adreno 640 GPU that is keep cooled with custom cooling design making use of graphite and copper for optimum performance. Memory is at 6GB RAM making sure for flawless execution of applications and games.

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro Cameras
For its camera, AI Rear Triple Camera setup wit its 48MP Sony IMX586 F1.8 13MP F2.4 S5K3L6 wide angle and 8MP F2.4 OV8856 telephoto lens supported with Single-toned Flash. Surprise! There is a high resolution 20MP pop-up selfie camera at ƒ/2.2 aperture with ambient bulb and sapphire glass cover. Surely you get best camera outputs from any perspective and view.

Comes with advance wireless and future-proof direct connectivity with its WiFi ac/Bluetooth 5.0/ GPS/ NFC plus 4G LTE Connectivity as well as USB Type-C Port. Gets 3.5mm headphone jack supporting HiFi sound quality and Hi-Res Audio certified with Qualcomm TrueWireless™ Stereo Plus and AAC/LDAC/aptX/aptX-HD/aptX-adaptive support. This is a Dual-Sim-Dual Standby Smartphone.

Runs on MIUI 10 base on Android 9.0 Pie with Game Turbo 2.0. Carries a 4000mAh lithium-ion polymer battery supporting 27W charging.

It will be available later. Sep 9, 2019 with 64GB (18,990) and 128GB Model (20,490) (both at 6GB RAM). Lazada will carry both see below:

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

You can also check with Xiaomi Concept Stores.

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro Specs:
MIUI 10 Android 9.0 Pie Base with Game Turbo 2.0
6.39 inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080) 19.5:9 Super AMOLED Display
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 2.84 Octa-Core Processor
Adreno 640 GPU
64GB/128GB UFS 2.1 Storage
Rear Cameras
48MP Sony IMX586 F1.8
13MP F2.4 S5K3L6 wide angle lens
8MP F2.4 OV8856 telephoto lens
20MP F2.2 Front camera
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS: L1+L5 | Galileo: E1+E5a | GLONASS: G1 | Beidou: B1
FM Radio
3.5mm audio port
USB 2.0 Type-C
In-Screen Fingerprint scanner
4,000mAh battery with 27W fast charging
156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8mm
191 g
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