After numerous rumors, leaks, and speculations, ASUS has finally unveiled the newest iteration of its popular Zenfone lineup, the ASUS Zenfone 5.
Note: All photos in this article are of a pre-production Zenfone 5 unit.

An All New Design

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Sporting an all new design, the Zenfone 5 now has a 6.2-inch FHD+ Full Screen display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and in a 5.5-inch body, resulting to an astonishing 90% screen-to-body ratio. According to ASUS, this display is also optimized for the upcoming Android P which can take advantage of the form factor. It can smartly turn itself on/off, adjust its color temperature, and stay bright as long as you’re looking at it.

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The glass at the back is reminiscent of the Zenfone 3, which was a really beautiful device for its time, except that it looks more seamless with the sticker gone. The dual camera module is now placed in a vertical position.

A More Efficient and Smarter Device

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Under the hood is the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor that offers 40% improved performance when compared to the Snapdragon 630, boasts of a special feature called Neural Processing Engine. This helps the CPU in performing tasks that are related to AI learning by allocating them to the most suited portions of the chip. The end result – improved performance and efficiency.

The Zenfone 5 has up to 6GB of RAM, and up to 64GB of storage, which should be enough, even for those who are heavy multi-taskers. It also supports microSD cards of up to 2TB capacity.

Powerful Imaging

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For imaging, the device is equipped with dual rear cameras composed of a 12MP RGB sensor complimented by an 8MP sensor with a 120° wide-angle lens. The main camera features Night HDR, OIS, EIS, PDAF, 4K Video Recording and RAW file support. For selfies, there’s an 8MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture.

The Zenfone 5’s main camera is able to recognize 16 different scenes, and is then able to adjust the every single element such as color and saturation to make each shot look better. It’s also able to learn from its user based on the choices that they make and apply the corresponding adjustments to the camera for succeeding captures.

Runs on a New Version of ZenUI

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The device runs on the new ZenUI 5 which introduces Facial Recognition, along with a bunch of new features. To the delight of music lovers, the device is fitted with dual speakers along with a smart amp, Hi-Res audio and DTS Headphone: X support, and a new AudioWizard app with customizable profiles.

Smart, Even in Charging

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Powering the Zenfone 5 is a 3,300mAh battery with ASUS BoostMaster fast charging, and a new Smart Charging feature that lets the phone learn from the user’s charging patterns, and can then vary the charging speed accordingly. For example, it will apply a slower charge after 11:00 PM, since it knows that you’re usually sleeping at that time. On the other hand, it will apply a faster charge during daytime, since it knows that you need to use it as soon as possible.

This device isn’t just a phone, but more of a device that learns and adapts to its user. The presence of AI Technology in almost every aspect – from the screen, to the camera, and even the battery, not only made smarter, but also more personal.

Pricing and Availability

The ASUS Zenfone 5 will retail for <insert price>, and will be available starting <insert availability date> at ASUS concept stores, kiosks, retail partners, and in Lazada. It’s also available via Home Credit’s 6-month installment plan at 0% interest.

ASUS Zenfone 5 Specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor with ASUS AI Boost
  • 4GB/6GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB of storage expandable via microSD card (Up to 2TB)
  • 6.2-inch FHD+ 19:9 IPS display with 2.5D Gorilla Glass, 90% Screen-to-Body Ratio, AI Display
  • 12MP + 8MP rear cameras, Sony IMX363, f/1.8
  • Night HDR, OIS, EIS, PDAF, 4K Video Recording, RAW File Support
  • 8MP front camera, f/2.0, 120° wide-angle lens
  • Fingerprint scanner, Face Recognition
  • Dual Speakers with Smart Amp, Noise Cancellation, Hi-Res Audio and DTS Headphone: X support
  • ZenUI 5.0 on top of Android Oreo
  • 3,300mAh battery with ASUS BoostMaster Fast Charging and Smart Charging

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Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.

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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