Finally, the Zenfone 5 is upon us.

Today, at Mobile World Congress 2018, ASUS announced 3 new versions of the Zenfone 5: Zenfone 5, Zenfone 5 Lite (or Zenfone 5Q) and the Zenfone 5z.  All the new devices are powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, which is a perfect fit for the phones’ core features. The new Zenfones also feature displays with fairly wider aspect ratio – 19:9. And we’re not even scratching the surface yet.

The new Zenfones are packed with the necessary features that can take on their biggest competitors. Their focus on AI (not just in photography), photo, performance and the quirky Zenimoji make us really feel that they are are stepping in the right direction.

Let’s zero in to the Zenfone 5z!

The more premium Zenfone 5z, which retails for 475 Euro, comes as the greatest shocker in the line-up. Armed with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, it is – as of this writing – the most affordable smartphone with such SoC. I got the chance to quickly interview ASUS Marketing and PR Head, Anvey Factora, and he admitted that he was shocked when Jerry Shen announced its retail price on the lavish stage at MWC 2018.

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Zenfone 5z features a 6.2-inch display with a 90% screen-to-body ratio. Thanks to its 19:9 aspect ratio, similar to its younger siblings, the Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5q or Lite. Phones with bigger screen real estate making it a perfect tool for watching videos and playing mobile games.

Want to know more about the Zenfone 5? Check this out!

Performance-wise,Zenfone 5z is compensated with a 6GB RAM and 64GB internal memory. Riding along the processor is an AIE (artificial intelligence engine), which features a 3rd generation AI platform that includes Hexagon 685 Vector DSP, Adreno 630 Graphics and Kyro 385 CPU.

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ASUS excels a lot in photography, and they made sure that this feature is not left out. The new Zenfone 5z sports the latest flagship Sony IMX363 sensor with large 1.4µm pixels, an f/1.8 aperture lens, 120° wide-angle secondary camera, four-axis optical image stabilization (OIS) and AI-enhanced camera features. Apart from being able to detect subject, which then automatically picks up the right preset, it also has AI Photo Learning and Real-time Beautification, a staple feature among the previous line-up of Zenfone.

And it does not end there, as they also announced a feature, which the Apple iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9 already have – Zenimoji. (Video Courtesy: Monica Pinter and ASUS)

While this feature may seem similar to Galaxy S9’s AR Emoji and Apple’s Animoji, Zenfone 5’s Zenimoji detects eye movements and may be used during livestream. The latter is a rehashed version of previous Zenfone’s live face enhancement features.

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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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