Shortly after its announcement at MWC 2018 in Barcelona, ASUS Philippines has finally announced the launch date of its most anticipated Zenfone 5 series, happening on April 14, 2018!

For its local launch, ASUS goes #Backto5 as a welcoming gesture to a range of photograpghy-centric devices. The new Zenfone 5 smartphones offer a combination of premium design and cutting-edge mobile photography with AI technology.

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Heading the pack is the Zenfone 5Z  with its 6.2-inch display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and 90% screen-to-body ratio packed in a 5.5-inch frame, delivering a more cinematic experience for viewing any content without compromising comfort and ease of use.

It’s also the first Zenfone to feature the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform with AIE, along with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The phone also benefits from Qualcomm’s X20 modem, delivering jaw-dropping speeds, along with Bluetooth 5 for use with low-power wireless headphones.

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The Zenfone 5 features a beautifully crafted design, complimented by a dual camera system, and a Snapdragon 636 processor delivering the performance you’ll need while being power efficient, thanks to the exclusive ASUS AI Boost feature which can optimize the device for games and other demanding tasks.

The device uses a dual-camera system that intelligently adapts to the scene, and learns at the same time to deliver high quality photos with every shot, thanks to a Sony IMX363 sensor complimented by a secondary shooter with a 120° wide-angle lens. It also features four-axis OIS, and AI assisted camera features such as AI Scene Detection, AI Photo Learning, Real-Time Portrait and Beautification.

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The Zenfone 5Q features the word’s first true-quad camera system – a main and wide-angle shooter in both the front and rear. Unlike on other smartphones, each camera works independently for wefies, selfies, landscape shots, portraits or group shots, giving you the utmost flexibility when taking your photos.

Its 6-inch FHD+ display also has an 18:9 aspect ratio combined with ultra-slim bezels, giving you a larger viewing area while still being pocket-friendly with a 5.5-inch frame. Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, giving you performance and power-efficiency in a well-balanced combination.

The Zenfone 5Q also packs a 3,300mAh battery, and features NFC, a triple slot tray, rapid face unlock, and fingerprint security, for an experience like no other. For our full review of this device, click here.


Full specs, pricing, online reservation and bundled freebies will be announced in the coming days. For the latest updates, you may check out the ASUS Philippines Facebook Page and the ZenTalk Philippines Forum.





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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.

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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 

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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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