iPhone 5’s battery sucks! My Cherry Mobile Cosmos X‘s battery barely lasts a day with 3G on! As we all live in a time when we use our phones more than our pens, having to hear the unapologetic low-batt tune can sometimes ruin our day. Well, this isn’t going to be too much a pressure if you have a powerbank that can charge your phone for 3 times. Ladies and gentlemen, here’s my review of the Kingmax 8,000 mAh external battery.

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Build

This powerbank is obviously big, but it can definitely fit your pocket. If you only own 1 phone, you wouldn’t mind putting this in your other side pocket. (The question – does it heat up too much – will be answered later.) It may be as big as another phone, but you’ve got to understand that its quite-bulky build is caused by the 8,000 mAh external battery pack inside its durable and lightweight aluminium alloy fine casing.

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The powerbank looks really good. It’s something that you won’t mind carrying with your phone. If there’s an aspect of its design that failed to impress me, that would be the 4LED power indicators. They should have used a dot, rather than a diamond indicator-design.

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It may be made of metal, but it does not heat up to much. Thus, you don’t need to worry if you think that it could burn your legs if you put it on your side pocket while charging a phone. I seldom do the latter though as I usually just put the powerbank in my bag, and simultaneously charge my devices on the go.

Function

Yes, you can charge more than 2 devices simultaneously with this powerbank. This is definitely a bonus if you own 2 phones with “sucky” batteries. This gives more confidence and security if you worry on losing your phones’ juice during calamities.

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During my tests, my fully charged Kingmax powerbank juiced up the following devices to 100% per cycle:

  • iPhone 5 – 3 times
  • Cherry Mobile Cosmos X – 3 times
  • Nexus 7 (2013) – 2 times
  • O+ 8.16 – 2 times
  • iPad Mini – 1.5 times

Fully charging the powerbank takes a while though. In my experience, I was able to charge it to 100% after 8 hours. This isn’t to much of a burden as this can be done before going to bed.

Verdict

If you’re mobile and if you don’t usually have an access to power outlets for 12 hours, the Kingmax 8,000mAh powerbank is definitely a great help. It isn’t something that you’d like to use if you’re concerned about mobility and if you don’t want to carry around a slab of battery. If this powerbank isn’t for you, then I suggest that you use Phonesuit Flex.

Priced at PhP1,999, it isn’t exactly the cheapeast powerbanks around. But don’t get me wrong – this device is finely made and it exudes good quality and noteworthy design. Unlike other powerbanks, this one remains to be capable of charging my devices the way it used to be since I got it 2 months ago.

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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of GadgetPilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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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

sn1rmqcvrwomyuttaoyq 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forFrom Software is notorious for challenging games and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is no exception. However, Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director of From Software, revealed that he himself is a casual gamer and has made it clear that the game should be accessible to beginners and experienced players alike.

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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