Not long after its unveiling at the company’s Unpacked event, Samsung’s newest flagship, the Galaxy Note 9 officially makes its debut in the Philippines.

Built with enhanced usability in mind, the Galaxy Note 9 offers the same premium design language as the Note 8, now in a more symmetrical and less curvy form factor, complimented by a 6.4-inch QHD+ SuperAMOLED display. The PH variant will have an Exynos 9810 processor, along with up to 8GB of RAM.

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Samsung’s taking it a notch higher with storage capacity, as the Galaxy Note 9 comes in two configurations, 128GB, and 512GB. Yes, you’ve read that right. Combine that with a 512GB microSD card, and you’ll have 1TB of storage in your pocket. Thanks to a 4,000mAh power cell, the Note 9 sports the largest battery in the entire series. Samsung claims it as a 1-day battery. But we’ll see.

Of course, what is a Note device without S-Pen improvements? well, I’d say they did a beautiful job with it. The Note 9’s S-Pen is connected to the phone via Bluetooth. It has its own battery, which can be charged by simply putting it back to the phone. Don’t worry, charging time is less than a minute, and the S-Pen will work with its usual functions even with no charge.

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The new and enhanced S-Pen can now be used to open the Camera app, take photos, navigate your gallery, control your music playback, your presentations, and more. All with a few taps of the S-Pen button.

note 9 1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Launches in PH!Samsung didn’t skip on the imaging department as well, as the Note 9 features dual 12MP rear cameras with Dual Pixel PDAF, and Dual Aperture, 2x Optical Zoom, OIS, and auto scene detection, which can optimize the camera for up to 20 scenes. Selfies will be even more fun, with up to 54 AR Emojis.

Want a full-pledged desktop experience? Samsung DeX is now built into the Note 9. Which means all you’ll need is a USB-C to HDMI adapter, and an external monitor. No need for so many accessories. For the ultimate listening experience, the Note 9 has been equipped with stereo speakers tuned by AKG, the loudest for a Note device.

note 9 covers - Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Launches in PH!Samsung also announced a variety of new covers for the Note 9, letting you add a bit of personal touch to your device, while also keeping it protected.

Pre-Order, Pricing and Availability

The Galaxy Note 9 will be available later this August, and will retail for PhP55,990 for the 6GB/128GB variant (Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, Metallic Copper), and PhP75,990 for the 8GB + 512GB variant (Ocean Blue, Pearl Yellow).

Pre-order yours from August 11 to 19 and get up to PhP17,800 worth of freebies. Those who will pre-order the 512GB variant will get a FREE 2018 Samsung 32-inch Smart TV with a 2-year warranty, while those who will pre-order the 128GB variant can choose from several Samsung Products – A Gear Fit2 Pro, Gear IconX or Galaxy Tab A 7-inches.

All pre-orders will also come with NanoFixit Screen Protection with one-year insurance. of up to PhP10,000. You’ll also get an addition 10% discount upon purchase of special add-ons, like the new Samsung Galaxy Watch or Samsung Galaxy Tab S4. For more information, click here.

ProcessorExynos 9810 (Octa-Core)
Storage128GB/512GB (Expandable)
Display6.4" QHD+ Super AMOLED
Rear Camera12MP (f/1.5, f/2.4) + 12MP (f/2.4)
Front Camera8MP (f/1.7)
OSAndroid 8.1 + Samsung Experience UI 9.5
Battery4,000mAh (Fast-Charging, Wireless Charging)
Other FeaturesDual Pixel PDAF
2x Optical Zoom
Up to 10x Digital Zoom
Bluetooth-Powered S-Pen
Samsung DeX

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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 

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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