Last July 24, HP announced 3 new Slate devices that will definitely shake mobile and creative landscape in the Philippines. The line-up, which is composed of 2 Slates and an All-in-One Desktop (also part of the Slate series), are all powered by Android Jellybean.

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HP Slate 7

Powered by Android Jellybean 4.1, the HP Slate 7 is the most compact and the most affordable among the 3 products that HP launched. It is running on Dual Core 1.6Ghz ARM processor (ARM A9 Dual Core 1.6Ghz), 1GB of RAM and 8GB internal memory. Yes, it isn’t really supercharged compared to other 7-inch tabs out there. But, it can definitely handle or even execute your favorite 3-D games and memory-heavy applications, albeit rather quite slowly compared to the 1st Gen Nexus 7.

HP Slate 7 Philippines

It’s 7″ wide view angle LCD capacitive screen has a resolution of 1024 x 600. You can also take photos and videos with its 3mp rear and VGA front facing cameras. And of course, it has Beats Audio™ with stereo speakers 3.5mm headphone-out/microphone-in combo – it’s most celebrated premium feature.

HP Slate 7 Philippines

It is also, in my opinion, the most aesthetically pleasing among the 3 devices because of its sleek metallic design with polished stainless steel edge accents. It is available in red and silver, perfect for chic professionals who are looking for Android tablets.

HP Slate 7 Philippines

Specs:

  • OS: Android 4.1
  • Display: 7″ capacitive multutouch display with 1024 x 600 resolution
  • Processor: ARM A9 Dual Core 1.6Ghz
  • Memory (RAM and Internal): 1GB RAM, 8GB eMMC, Micro SD expandable (up to 32GB)
  • Camera: 3mp rear and VGA front
  • Other Features: Beats Audio™ and HP Native Android Print (InOS Print)

Perhaps, the most noteworthy information about HP Slate 7 is its retail price as it only costs PhP7,990. At such price, the HP Slate 7 is one of the most affordable branded tablets around.

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HP Slatebook x2

The Slate 10 X2 is like the Android variant of the X2 line. It has a 2-in-design, which allows you to use it as a tablet or a notebook. With its design – similar with Asus Pad Infinity sans the phone – you can easily switch from tablet to notebook in a jiffy by simply attaching the tablet to the magnetic hinge of the keyboard dock. The latter, by the way, has a battery that acts as a power extension of the tablet.

HP Slatebook X2 Philippines

Powered by Android 4.2, the Slate 10 2x has a vast software ecosystem, thanks to the applications available at Play Store. It also comes pre-installed with Kingsoft Office, which enables you to edit your Word, Excel or Powerpoint files on the fly.

HP Slatebook X2 Philippines

HP Slatebook X2 Philippines

Unlike the Split X2 and Envy X2, the Slatebook X2 is assembled with a Nvidia Tegra 4 processor with quad core 1.8Ghz CPU and 2GB ram. You can also enjoy your games and media – saved on its 16gb, expandable up to 64gb – on its stunning full HD Diagonal LED-backlit Touchscreen with 1920×1200 resolution. You can also take photos and videos – full HD using its rear camera; 720p using its front camera. And of course, it also Beats Audio™ with stereo speakers 3.5mm headphone-out/microphone-in combo.

HP Slatebook X2 Philippines

Specs:

  • OS: Android 4.2.2
  • Display: 10″ IPS LCD capacitive multutouch display with 1900 x 1200 resolution
  • Processor: Nvidia Tegra 4 processor with quad core 1.8Ghz CPU
  • Memory (RAM and Internal): 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, Micro SD expandable (up to 64GB)
  • Camera: can shoot 1080p videos on rear and 720p on VGA front
  • Other Features: Beats Audio™ and HP Native Android Print (InOS Print)

The Slatebook X2 is available for only PhP25,990 in your choice of Snow White or Smoke Silver.

HP Slate 21 All-In-One

This is HP’s response to the thriving demand of Android as a creative workstation. To complete the desktop feel, HP packaged this Android device with a keyboard and mouse.

HP Slate 21 AIO

Installed with Android 4.2, the HP Slate 21 ticks impressively because of its Nvidia Tegra 4 processor with quad core 1.9Ghz CPU and 1GB ram. It has an 8gb internal memory, which you can effectively increase by putting in a MicroSD card up to 64gb. At such specs, this device is perfect for playing games – ditch the racing games please, it just wouldn’t work well as the device doesn’t have an accelerometer and gyroscope.

HP Slate 21 AIO

The 21-inch touchscreen is IPS, but due to it humongous size, the pixels-per-inch falls short at probably less than 110 (ppi) – slighty defeating the purpose of making it a creative/content workstations especially if users are into media editing, photography and arts.

HP Slate 21 AIO

The device can also connect with your existing devices and mirror your Windows/Mac OS through its pre-installed (free) Splashtop 2. The said app is sold at the Play Store for more than PhP380.00.

HP Slate 21 AIO

This device is quite affordable though at PhP19,990.

Impressions

The price of Slate 7 is definitely a shocker… in a very positive sense. It gained a lot of positive reactions from my Twitter followers actually. I mostly got reactions like “wow”, “that’s nice” and “not bad”. I’m hoping to be able to test this device soon.

The 21inch AIO is quite different. I’ve got high hopes with the device, but I honestly think that it would be best for HP to offer this device with more accessories for productivity. Filipinos may not be ready for a 21-inch Android desktop, but some may find it really interesting.

Slatebook X2is kinda cool as well. HP could have at least priced it much lower because its competitor, Asus Infinity Pad, is priced just a few notches higher.

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Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

The Gadget Pilipinas Team was given access to a press briefing with Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director from From Software and a bit of hands-on gameplay. Here’s our take on the hands-on gameplay and the insights from the press interview. We also  figured a listicle is in order to rundown why this game will match the hype surrounding it.

Here’s our Top 5 reasons why “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” is to die for.

1) The game is Tenchu-inspired

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2) Casual or hardcore can play

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3) Upgradeable prosthetic arm

jjn6e6ivua5u142iukql 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat prosthetic arm that Sekiro has isn’t just for looks. It can launch a grappling hook and is upgradeable too. No details were revealed but its good to know that a skill-tree based system is in place. Think Horizon Zero Dawn or Spiderman on the way skill and gadgets are upgraded. Tech upgrades set in feudal Japan? What’s not to like?

4) Play the style that suits you

jo1pi5md3myj0pxynz9p 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forStealth like Tenchu or head-on like Dark Souls? It’s up to you. What’s clear is that you can’t use stealth for the whole campaign since the game wasn’t designed that way. Stealth can be used to thin enemy numbers and to preserve your health before confronting the big boss. The mix of stealth and hack and slash is always a good mix to change-up the pace and should suit any gameplay style.

5) Single-player only campaign can last 20 to 30 hours 

ocxemodvr6oa72argpyo 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat’s the length of the campaign as per Miyazaki. The game is focused-solely on the single-player experience. No more wayward players who can just jump-in and help or derail your campaign. From Software also focused on the story-telling. Given that no resources were spent in developing the multiplayer aspect, expect the campaign to take it up a notch.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be released on March 22, 2019 on PC, Xbox One and the Playstation 4.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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Heads-up, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) players. The PES game you’re playing on your phone is going to get a major upgrade.

For starters, the visuals will get a major overhaul and will be using Unreal Engine 4 – the same graphics engine used in triple A games for consoles and PCs. With the use of Unreal Engine 4, PES will be inching closer to how it looks versus its console port. It

Next, over 3,000 new animations, improved player AI with every playstyle accounted for, and realistic ball movements has been optimized for fans to enjoy the ultimate soccer game.

And lastly, 10 new league licenses from Europe, South America and Asia have been added, including Japan’s J. League.

The best part? Despite these updates,  Winning Eleven 2019 is still free-to-play (with in-game purchases).

PES 2019 promises to give a life-like behavior of the beautiful game and should take competitive mobile sports gaming to new heights.

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More about the game and new features, here.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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