We had our first quick glimpse at the yet to be officially announced, ASUS Zenfone Max Plus (M1). It sports an 18:9 Full View Display, dual cameras, and a whopping 4130mAh battery.

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This time around, the new M1 almost has the same size of the Zenfone 4 Max ZC520KL, but with a significantly wider and bigger screen. The previous Zenfone 4 only has a 5.2-inch screen with HD resolution; while the new M1 has a 5.7-inch screen with 1080 x 2160 resolution. This makes the M1 the first smartphone by ASUS with 18:9 ratio. Despite the 18:9 feature, we noticed that there’s a significant bezel below the screen. Whether or not it serves a purpose remains to be known once it becomes official.

Another notable feature of the M1 is its improved dual cameras: 16mp (f/2.0, 35mm) + 8mp (17mm, no AF).  Secondary front facing camera seems to be improved too: 8mp (f/2.0, 25mm).

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The M1 will not have a Qualcomm processor this time though. It features a familiar SoC – Mediatek MT6750T – to power everything up. It has an 1.5GHz Octa-core processor with Mali-T860MP2 with 4GB RAM. This is the same processor that powers up the OPPO F3.

ASUS Philippines has not yet given us complete information, but having checked their official website, this phone is impressive on paper. Expect teasers this December 2017 about the M1 as the phone will likely to be available this January 2018 at sub-PhP12,000 pricepoint.

ASUS Zenfone Max M1 Specifications:

  • 1.5GHz Octa-core Mediatek MT6750T
  • ARM Mali-T860 Processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • Main cameras: 16mp (f/2.0 35mm; 8mp (17mm, no AF)
  • Front Camera: 8mp (f/2.0, 25mm)
  • Intenral Storage 32gb/64gb
  • Expandable up to 256gb
  • Dual SIM, Dual 4G (Both SIM card slots support 3G WCDMA / 4G LTE network band. But only one SIM card can connect to 4G LTE service at a time.)
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • Uses Micro USB
  • 4130mAh battery
  • Price: TBA

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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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