Microsoft has just announced the successor to its popular 2-in-1 device, the Surface Book. Called the Surface Book 2, the new iteration offers users desktop class processing power, the flexibility of a tablet, and the mobility of a laptop all in one device.

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The Surface Book 2 comes in 2 screen sizes: a 13.5-inch and 15-inch variant at 3000 x 2000 and 3240 x 2160 pixels respectively. Both come with multi-touch, and support for Surface Pen and Surface Dial.

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It also comes with 2 USB 3.1 ports, a USB Type C Port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a card reader, and 2 Surface Connect Ports.

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The 13.5-inch variant is powered by either a 7th Gen i5-7300U or an 8th Gen i7-8650U processor, along with 8GB/16GB of RAM, while the 15-inch variant also houses the same i7 Processor coupled with 16GB of RAM. Storage options can go from a 256GB to a 1TB SSD.

Where these devices shine even more however, is in the graphics department. The inclusion of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and 1060 discrete GPUs ensure that the Surface Book 2 is capable of 1080p gaming, and is VR Ready.

For imaging, both the 5MP front camera and the 8MP rear camera are capable of 1080p Full HD video recording. The front camera in particular, is also equipped with infrared capability for Windows Hello, which lets you sign in to your device via facial recognition.

Other features include front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium, Dual Mics, and Dolby Atmos for Headphones.

The Surface Book 2 is priced starting at $1,999 for the 13.5-inch variant with 8GB/256GB of RAM and storage, along with a GTX 1050 GPU. The 15-inch variant is priced starting at $2,499 for 16GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a GTX 1060 6GB GPU.

Microsoft Surface Book 2 Specs:

  • Intel Core i5-7300U dual-core processor/ Intel Core i7-8650U quad-core processor
  • 8GB/16GB of LPDDR3 1866MHz RAM (13.5-inches), 16GB of RAM (15-inches)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM/NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM
  • 13.5-inch PixelSense Display (3000 x 2000), 15-inch PixelSense Display (3240 x 2160)
  • 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB SSD
  • 8MP Rear Camera
  • 5MP Front Camera
  • Dual Microphones, Dual Front-Firing Speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
  • Dolby Audio for Headphones
  • Windows 10 Pro Creators Update 64 bit
  • Ports: 2 x USB 3.1 Ports, 1 x USB-C, 1 x 3.5mm Headphone Jack, 2 x Surface Connect Ports, Card Reader.

Sources: Anandtech, Microsoft

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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.

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