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AMD has announced that it will be supplying Cyzone’s newest I-cafe in Vietnam with Ryzen CPUs, giving Cyzone best price/performance and long term platform stability, and further strengthening Cyzone’s position as one of the leaders in the Vietnam I-Café market.

Photo: Cyzone

Cyzone has a long history in the PC market in Vietnam with the company being set up in 2004. They have 2 i-cafes with over 800 PCs currently, including the Dang Van Ngu branch and the brand new Vo Thi Sau branch which is being equipped with AMD’s latest Ryzen 3 and Ryzen 5 CPUs that were launched to great success in 2017. Cyzone are actively involved in the gaming community and were recently crowned Vietnam champions at the Overwatch SEA Tournament and went on to represent their country at the group stage of the World Cup 2017 Overwatch tournament in Sydney, Australia.

AMD Ryzen CPUs were launched in 2017 and saw the return of AMD to the high performance CPU space. The revolutionary Zen architecture, developed over 4 years saw huge uplifts in performance of the AMD CPU core and large gains in efficiency. With the highly competitive AM4 platform offering stability and CPU upgradability until 2020, the Ryzen family of CPUs offer an ideal solution for I-cafes, system builders and those looking to build their own PCs. AMD’s Channel Sales Director for ASEAN, Mr Ryan Sim commented that “collaborating with partners is central to AMD and we are delighted to be working with Cyzone on this project to bring high performance computing to as many as possible”. He also expressed that there were ongoing plans to continue the resurgence of AMD and “improve the adoption of AMD Ryzen CPUs throughout the region”, with a range of partners in the PC industry.

The owner of Cyzone, Vu Thanh Cong, has a passion for IT hardware and has been a long time user of AMD processor, noting that “AMD always inspired us – the real IT component hardware enthusiasts”. Vu Thanh Cong considered many factors when choosing the platform to use in their brand new Vo Thi Sau branch with over 500 systems installed. However, after looking at the available options he concluded that “Ryzen is a very suitable choice meeting not only price/performance requirements, but also investment cost criteria”, with the advantage of platform stability giving the reassurance that “For the long term, there is upgrade possibilities at a competitive cost”.

Aside from the product performance and suitability for his I-café’s, Vu Thanh Cong was excited to see how the “Ryzen launch provided users reasonable choices and made the PC market excited again with renewed competition helping to accelerate performance/price/innovations. It brings a lot of benefits to the end user”.

AMD continues to support the gaming market in ASEAN and with Ryzen and Radeon products offering excellent solutions for many customers it expects that this growth will continue as more products are brought to market in 2018 and beyond.

The biggest names in showbusiness are proud ambassadors of Vivo

Before the introduction of local brand endorsers, NBA superstar Stephen Curry signed up as Vivo’s biggest ambassador September of 2016. Locally, Vivo Philippines welcomed dancer, model, and actor McCoy De Leon and one of the top lifestyle blogger in the Philippines Verniece Enciso two months later in November.

Mccoy De Leon and Verniece Enciso with Vivo Brand Driector Annie Lim, Vice President Hazel Bascon and CEO Ted Shone [Photo: VivoPhil]
In September 2017, during the grand launch of the Vivo V7+, Vivo introduced their newest brand endorsers headlined by show-business royalty in the Philippines to date: Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. The other brand endorsers are Maymay Entrata, Pinoy Big Brother Season 7 Big Winner and teen queen star Barbie Forteza, Heartthrobs Inigo Pascual and Tony Labrusca and Soul Supreme turned Vivo Family member KZ Tandingan. Boyband PH are also one of the brand’s most influential endorsers composed of Joao Constancia, Niel Murillo, Tristan Ramirez, Russell Reyes, Ford Valencia. The Voice Kids runners-up Sassa Dagdag and Darren Espanto, Pinoy Big Brother alumna Maris Racal, Kisses Delavin, and Loisa Andalio, Instagram sweetheart Sue Ramirez, singer-song writer TJ Monterde, child star turned telenovela star Andrea Brillantes, The Voice alumnus Jason Dy, Star-struck Kids discovery Paul Salas, comical, rising star Chiena Filomino, model Kira Balinger, and sexy DJ Ashley Rivera were also unveiled as influencers late last year during the V7+ unveiling. For the year of 2017, Vivo accumulated 27 local endorsers.

Inigo Pascual takes a selfie with other Vivo endorsers and Vivo executives during the grand launch of the Vivo V7+ at the Marriott Grand Hotel [Photo: VivoPhil]
Marketing Strategy with Vivo

With the famous names included in its Vivo Family, Vivo has a surefire spot in positive brand presence.  Vivo has dominated the smartphone limelight for some time now and with the impressive names in the Vivo Family, the brand should very well expect a meteoric rise to greater heights. As such, Vivo leveraged on this benefit by launching several events involving their endorsers.

One of the most successful is Popssss, an online music program that is part of the roster of shows of ABS-CBN’s One Music PH. Popssss, powered by Vivo Philippines, featured fresh and seasoned talents in the local music scene. Popssss, which launched in February of 2017, featured former child star and now soap opera star and recording artist Alexa Ilacad in its successful pilot episode with Vivo endorser Inigo Pascual hosting the program.

Tony Labrusca shares a selfie with Inigo Pascual during an episode of Popsss [Photo: VivoPhil]
Another one of the biggest collaboration work Vivo Philippines entered into was the Mega Fashion Week in October 2017 with Mega Magazine. As co-sponsor of the event, Vivo bagged the spotlight for some of its brand endorsers in the glitzy fashion affair. Part of the pre-event gala of the Mega Fashion Week was Verniece Enciso, fashion and lifestyle blogger. At the launch night, Vivo as co-sponsor presented a MEGA Fashion Film on Vivo Family headliner and Mega Magazine cover girl Kathryn Bernardo. The trendy opening party, with the biggest names in the fashion industry in attendance, plus a reunion of the MakingMEGA stars will all be captured using no less than the Vivo V7+ clearer-selfie, perfect shot smartphone. At the Fashion Show event in October 28, Vivo endorser Kisses Delavin will be gracing the MEGA Fashion Week catwalk.

Kisses Delavin was one of the headliners during the Vivo sponsored Mega Fashion Week [Photo: Vivo Phil]
A fun, lighthearted online show is the Vivo Exclusive episodes where Vivo influencers were asked to do fun challenges. Darren Espanto’s marshmallow challenge, which earned 96,000 views, involved Darren fitting as much marshmallow in his mouth while Boyband PH reveal each other’s secrets in Vivo Exclusive’s Name Drop episode. McCoy De Leon answered “kilig” questions “fished” from a fish bowl to the delight of fans which garnered 76,000 views to date.

Lastly, fans were thrilled with Inigo Pascual’s successful Para Saýo Thanksgiving Concert in December 1, 2017 at the Music Museum while McCoy De Leon and on-screen partner Elisse Joson had a mini concert cum album launch November 25, 2017 at the SM Skydome.

Mcclisse concert at SM Skydome [Photo: VivoPhil]
Inigo Pascual Concert at Music Museum with Maris Racal and KZ Tandingan [Photo: VivoPhil]
For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website or check out their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.

Vivo is a global brand known for its selfie-centric smartphones which represents the brand’s mission of empowering self-expression of the next generation. It features the most advanced technologies, not only to the cameras but to all aspects, from photo shooting to display, helping media-savvy and social media devoted consumers to capture and enjoy their most significant moments. In the Philippines, Vivo places third in the most popular smartphone brand with at least 1.1 million users and 5,200 stores an counting nationwide. On a global scale, there are already about 200 million Vivo users in 2017. Vivo attributes its success to its innovative spirit and topnotch marketing strategy. With all these facts in place, it is no wonder that a lot of today’s most stylish local celebrities chose to support Vivo.

A leak of the Moto E5 had just popped up. From the leaked image, it seems that it still has the design language of its predecessor. If this leak is legit, you may not be getting a bezel-less Moto E5 this year. It has the same 16:9 aspect ratio display and according to the leaked image, it seems that the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the rear as well.

Photo: GizChina

Judging from Moto E4’s launch mid-year in 2017, there could be a fair bit of time before the announcement of its successor. As for the specs, the Moto E5 would most probably have a large battery and a MediaTek chip successor to its previous model as well. There are also rumors of two more variants of the device launching this time around. They’ll be allegedly named Moto E5 Plus and Moto E5 Play. As for the price, we can expect something in the region of $120 – $150 for the base model.

Source: GizChina

For any Chinese smartphone enthusiast out there, Meizu is a well-known brand. Since the early days of the Chinese market of handsets, the Chinese company has always been there. The last years were not the better for the company that faced a decline in its sales number resulting in a loss of market presence.

However, the Chinese company unveiled today to announce some of its plans for 2018 as well as publicly share a summary containing its overall performance during the last year. The event was held in Beijing, and according to the info shared, Meizu is putting all effort to make a comeback during this year with a rebuilt brand’s image and a new design language.

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The company also disclosed that one of its main focus will be put on the high-end market. However, for this, the manufacturer plans to totally reinvent its high-grade smartphone’s line partnering with Qualcomm and Samsung for sporting their respective Chipsets. We already saw Meizu looking with a smiling face to Qualcomm by the end of 2017, apparently, the partnership between the two will keep advancing this year.

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In what concerns to Samsung, Meizu already had an intense love story with the South Korean manufacturer in the past, this affair resulted in high-end smartphones, namely “Pro” variants of Meizu flagships sporting Exynos chipsets. According to reports and leaks, both manufacturers will sign another deal this year, with the upcoming Meizu M6S carrying under the hood an Exynos 7872.

Furthermore, the Meizu Executive Yang Zhe took the opportunity to tease the company’s upcoming smartphone Meizu 15 Plus. The very first 2018 Meizu’s flagship will feature a 6.0-inch LCD3 display with a resolution of 2160x1080p which results in an 18:9 aspect ratio. The device will have its horsepower ensured by the Qualcomm’s Octa-Core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex A72 and Adreno 510. The device will carry 6GB of RAM ensuring the best of multi-tasking, while storage will differ between two variants of 64GB and 128GB respectively.

Photo: GizChina

And lastly, reports indicate that the company was able to ship only 20 million of devices during the last year, however, the total revenue surpassed 20 billion of Yuan what is considered profitable. The new focus on the high-end segment seems to be a reflection of Meizu President’s focus on making quality high-end smartphones.

The company is also aiming to keep the mid-range carriage running smoothly, but their focus will be put towards the flagship segment, which lacked in 2017.

Source: GizChina

Xiaomi’s Mi Max 3 specs and possible pricing has leaked by a post on Weibo. Judging from the specs, the Mi Max 3 will still have some slight similarities to its predecessor, the Mi Max 2.

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The Max 3 will almost have the same dimensions as the Max 2 with the only the 7-inch full screen display as the difference, allowing for an aspect ratio of 18:9. This means that there will be no capacitive navigation, only screen navigation.

Photo: GizChina

According to the leaked post on Weibo, the Mi Max 3 will be equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 635 processor and two memory options, 3GB/64GB and 4GB/128GB. A 5MP front camera and a 12MP rear camera is also reported along with a large 5500mAh battery. The leak hints at a price tag of 1699 Yuan, which is roughly $265. The leak also corroborates to an earlier report regarding the Max 3. Although the reported specs seem to hold credence, the same report also claimed that the Max 3 will have a dual camera setup as well.

Looks like we’ll just have to wait and see if this leak is true when the Mi Max 3 is expected to be revealed sometime at the end of the 2nd quarter.

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In an interview with CNET, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has confirmed the purported list of smartphones arriving in 2018 with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 and the rumor of OnePlus 6’s launch this June.

“There’s no other choice,” Lau says, referring to the company’s decision to use the Snapdragon 845 for its newest phone. The OnePlus 6 is scheduled to launch late in the second quarter, which ends on June 30. He hadn’t confirmed the OnePlus 6’s name yet, but it’s pretty logical that it might end up being called that way.

Photo: OnePlus 5T

Lau is also uncertain if OnePlus will launch a second version, like a 6T, in 2018. But given what they have done in the past two years, you could assume that there is a possibility.

Lau also shared that OnePlus is open to partnering up with US carriers for sales of its handsets. “If the right opportunity and right timing come along, we’ll be very happy to experiment,” Lau said, but declined to give any details as to when a deal might be happening.

Source | Via

The new SteelSeries Rival 600 is designed to eliminate a common problem for gamers: keeping track of the cursor in mid-air. Sometimes, when a player lifts their mouse off the mat and places it back down, the cursor can jump and skitter across the screen. The Rival 600 compensates for this with a dual-sensor system and 1-to-1 tracking system called TrueMove 3+ that monitors how high the mouse is lifted, making sure the cursor stays in the same place when it’s put back down.

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The Rival 600 also has customizable interior weights, which users can add or remove to get the desired heaviness they’re most comfortable with. There are eight 4g weights inside, so the mouse can be changed to weigh between 96 grams and 128 grams.

Photo: SteelSeries
Photo: SteelSeries

The mouse also has a 12,000 CPI, 350 IPS optical sensor, which is the same as the Rival 310 and Sensei 310 models. Rounding off the specs are a soft-touch finish, silicone grips, and a reinforced trigger system. There’s even a built-in processor for saving custom lighting effects, sensitivity settings, and button remapping. Right now, the Rival 600 is available in the USA for $79.99 at Amazon. Stay tuned for more updates on the Rival 600 and its release date here in the Philippines.

Source: The Verge

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It seems like gaming accessory manufacturers have been scrambling to release their own takes on the “wirelessly charging mouse pad” concept that was started by Logitech’s Powerplay mouse pad last June. At CES 2018, various takes on the concept from Mad Catz and Corsair were seen. Now, it’s time for Razer to take as shot at it with its new HyperFlux technology.

The company is starting off with one pair of products, the Razer Mamba HyperFlux mouse and the Razer Firefly HyperFlux mouse pad, both of which are just updated versions of existing Razer products, complete with the Razer Chroma lighting.

Photo: Razer

The Mamba HyperFlux doesn’t have a battery on board, unlike the original Mamba wireless mouse. It’s powered entirely by the included Firefly HyperFlux mouse pad instead, giving you a wireless mouse without the extra weight of a battery. The mouse pad does still need to be plugged into your computer though. You’ll also be able to directly connect the Mamba HyperFlux through a Micro USB cable so that you can still use it when you’re away from your Firefly HyperFlux pad.

Obviously, the HyperFlux technology is proprietary to Razer. And like the other versions of the technology from Mad Catz and Logitech, each can only be used with the specific company’s products and don’t support other wireless charging standards, like Qi.

The Razer Mamba HyperFlux and Firefly HyperFlux will be sold in a bundle together for $249.99 sometime in the first quarter of 2018.

Source: The Verge

At CES 2018, SanDisk showed off a prototype of what is supposed to be the world’s smallest 1TB USB-C flash drive.

SanDisk’s slimmed-down prototype is far smaller than Kingston’s 2TB DataTraveler Ultimate GT. In addition, the SanDisk prototype fully embraces USB-C, instead of the old USB 3.0. That means you’ll be able to use it to directly transfer storage to Android phones and computers.

Photo: The Verge

With no price or release date announced, for now, this drive is just a prototype. Considering a full-sized 1TB USB-C SSD already costs around $350, it’s less likely that SanDisk’s prototype will be affordable should it become available right now.

Source: The Verge

PC gaming today makes the leap to a giant screen, with NVIDIA’s introduction of big format gaming displays, or BFGDs™.

Created in conjunction with NVIDIA hardware partners Acer, ASUS and HP, BFGDs integrate a high-end 65-inch, 4K 120Hz HDR display with NVIDIA® G-SYNC® technology together with NVIDIA SHIELD™, the world’s most advanced streaming device. The combination delivers a buttery-
smooth gaming experience and your favourite media streaming applications — all on a giant screen.



At the heart of BFGDs is the latest G-SYNC HDR technology that synchronises the display’s 120Hz refresh rate to that of the game at every moment in time. This G-SYNC Variable Refresh Rate technology delivers a highly responsive, smooth, tear-free, immersive gaming experience unmatched by any display of this size.

Additionally, the 4K HDR display features a full-array direct backlight, 1,000-nit peak luminance and DCI-P3 color gamut for the ultimate in visual quality.

Ultra-Low Latency Gaming


Nothing is more important to gamers than responsive gameplay. G-SYNC technology brings the ultra-low latency found in G-SYNC desktop gaming monitors to the BFGD when gaming directly on the PC, Android™, another console or using NVIDIA GameStream™ technology from a desktop or laptop gaming PC.

Big Screen Streaming

The integration of the Android TV™-based SHIELD into BFGDs allows gamers to easily switch between gaming and other forms of entertainment. The bundled SHIELD remote and game controller allow for easy navigation and access to all of the world’s biggest streaming apps, including Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube™, and Hulu.

With support for the Google Assistant, the entire experience can be controlled simply by using your voice. G-SYNC HDR technology also supports video playback at native framerates, including popular 23.976, 24 and 25 FPS formats. This matches the screen’s refresh rate to the video source’s actual frame rate, eliminating interpolation and presenting the video content as it was intended to be viewed by the director.

Availability and Pricing
BFGDs are available for hands-on demos at CES at the NVIDIA gaming suite and ASUS ROG showcase room at the Wynn Las Vegas by appointment only, and in the HP booth at the Pepcom and Showstoppers press events on Monday and Tuesday evening, respectively. General availability is expected this summer when pricing and further specifications will be announced.

For more information on G-SYNC, you can visit this link.  For more information on SHIELD,  you can visit their official site here.

NVIDIA has released a new Geforce 390.65 WHQL Game Ready Driver for Fortnite Battle Royale. The driver also supports NVIDIA’s newest GeForce Experience beta feature, Freestyle.

Aside from optimizing performance of your games with NVIDIA graphics cards, an important aspect of NVIDIA Game Ready drivers is that at they are often used as a delivery mechanism to add new features for GeForce users. This Game Ready driver adds ShadowPlay Highlights support for Fortnite Battle Royale as well as support for the initial beta version of NVIDIA Freestyle.

Fortnite Battle Royale Gets ShadowPlay Highlights

ShadowPlay Highlights automatically captures your greatest gaming achievements in video and screenshot.  Integrated directly with the game, it knows precisely when that magic moment will happen – whether a boss fight or killing spree – and automatically records it using ShadowPlay technology. ShadowPlay Highlights is now supported in Fortnite Battle Royale. Additionally, this driver adds ShadowPlay Highlights support for Crossout and Elex.

NVIDIA Freestyle: New GeForce Experience Feature to Customise Your Games

The latest feature for GeForce Experience, NVIDIA Freestyle, allows you to apply post-processing filters to your games while you play. Right from the in-game overlay, you can change the look and mood of your game with tweaks to color or saturation, or apply dramatic post-process filters.

At launch there are a total of 15 filters with 38 different settings (some filters have multiple settings). They include:

  • Black and White
  • Colour
  • Colourblind
  • Contrast
  • Details
  • Exposure
  • Half Tone
  • Mood
  • Night Mode
  • Retro
  • Sepia
  • Vignette
  • Depth of Field
  • Special FX
  • Adjustments

Freestyle lets you be more creative with your games. For example, you can create a retro war-themed filter for your favorite FPS or enhance colour and contrast to make a game look more photorealistic. Freestyle’s more serious uses include a colourblind mode that makes it easier of colourblind gamers to differentiate between colours. Gamers can even use night mode, which reduces blue colour so users can sleep better after a night of gaming.

We’ve integrated Freestyle at the driver level for seamless compatibility with games. We’re releasing the Freestyle game filters beta with support for over 100 game titles.

You can download the new GeForce Game Ready 390.65 WHQL drivers through GeForce Experience.

UBTECH Robotics, a global leader in intelligent humanoid robots, recently announced its latest offering, the Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper Robot by UBTECH, is now available in retail stores and online. Featuring augmented reality (AR) capabilities, voice command, facial recognition, and sentry patrolling, the interactive robot allows users to control their own personal Stormtrooper and interact like never before. To see the Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper Robot by UBTECH in action, visit their Facebook video here.

Features of the Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper Robot by UBTECH include:

  • First and Third Person AR (Augmented Reality) App Modes: Protect the First Order against the Resistance in your own room, issuing direct verbal orders, and launch attacks via the app interface in first and third person views for immersive interactive app play.
  • Voice Commands: Speak directly to your Stormtrooper to interact in new ways.
  • Facial Recognition: Create a database of up to three faces using the facial biometrics feature for customized interactions. Note that the Stormtrooper Robot does not connect to the internet and lives within a closed network.
  • Sentry Patrolling: Order your Stormtrooper to patrol the designated area to detect and respond to intruders.
  • Connect via secured WiFi on an encrypted platform: Platform encrypted to meet at least the minimum Advanced Encryption Standard of 128 bits and no data or personal information is saved to the robot or the companion app.

The Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper Robot by UBTECH retails for P 24,999.00  and is available for purchase at Toykingdom (MOA, Megamall, Makati, Aura, North Edsa, PCWorx Metro Manila Branches, Toy’s R Us (Galleria & Nuvali Solenad 3) & Hobbes & Landes BGC

For more information on UBTECH and its complete line of robots, please visit You can also check out their Instagram and Facebook as well.

Insta360 has revealed an upgraded version of its 360-degree Nano camera that attaches to iPhones, called the Nano S. The big change here is an upgrade to 4K video recording and 20MP stills. The Nano S has the same physical form as its predecessor and connects to your iPhone’s Lightning port.

Once you’ve recorded something, users can edit the 360-degree videos and photos for sharing through Insta360’s Nano S app. There’s integrated support for 360-degree live-streaming on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter (through Periscope). For other social media platforms like Snapchat, Whatsapp, and Instagram, the Nano S is able to convert 360-degree content into more publishable forms like customizable pan-arounds.

Photo: Insta360

The camera converts the iPhone into a real-time 360-degree camera viewfinder. The Nano S syncs with the iPhone’s gyroscope, but can also be used on its own. The device also allows users to reframe the best parts of their 360-degree video in a standard rectangular frame after shooting. Users can go back and select the particular shots by maneuvering their phone in real time to explore the 360-degree clip.

There are also new features including a 360-degree video chat and a MultiView function that allows users to show different angles of a scene at the same time through live broadcast or chat.

Users can also make 360-degree video calls to anyone, even if the person being called doesn’t have a Nano S camera. To place one, you just generate a link in the Nano S app and send it to the person you want to call. When they open the link, they’ll be able to see a 360-degree view of your environment.

The Nano S is $239, comes in black or silver, and is available from the Insta360 store and Amazon globally. The camera is reasonably priced, given that other 360-degree cameras like the Samsung Gear costs $230, while the more sturdy 360-degree camera from GoPro, called Fusion, is $699.

Source: Insta360

Intel has announced a new series of 8th generation Core processors with AMD Radeon RX Vega M graphics. This is a collaboration between Intel’s CPU division and AMD’s graphics division.

This new series of processors are designed for use within integrated systems, such as AIOs, notebooks, and NUCs.

The processor consists of three parts, the Intel Core Kaby Lake-G series CPU, the AMD GPU and 4GB HBM2 VRAM. The GPU and VRAM communicate over something called Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge or EMIB, a high-speed interface designed specifically for this processor. The GPU and VRAM then communicate with the CPU over an x8 PCIe 3.0 interface within the processor. All of this is packed into a 1.7mm thick chip and that is less than the width of a credit card. This results in a motherboard design that can be much smaller as no longer the CPU, GPU, and VRAM need to be spread across.

This series includes five individual parts, including the i7-8809G, i7-8709G, i7-8706G, i7-8705G and the i5-8305G. The clock speeds vary but all are four core, eight thread parts with 8MB cache (except the i5, which has 6MB) and dual channel memory support up 2400MHz. The top two models (8809G and 8709G) have the faster Radeon RX Vega M GH graphics and the other three have the Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics. Apart from the discrete graphics, the processor still includes Intel HD Graphics 630. The top of the line 8809G part has fully unlocked CPU, GPU, and VRAM for overclocking. Only the 8706G supports Intel vPro technology.

Between the GH and GL graphics, the GH has 24 CU, 1536 stream processors, 1063MHz base clock, 1190MHz boost clock, 204.8GB/s memory bandwidth and 3.7 TFLOPs of performance while the GL has 20 CU, 1280 stream processors, 931MHz base clock, 1011MHz boost clock, 179.2GB/s memory bandwidth and 2.6 TFLOPs of performance. Both have 4GB HBM2 memory. They are meant to compete with NVIDIA 1060 Max-Q and 1050 graphics, respectively, and beat them in benchmark scores as well. The GH models have a TDP of 100W and the GL models have a TDP of 65W.

Intel also announced its most powerful and VR capable NUC in two variants, the NUC8i7HVK and NUC8i7HNK. The former is based on the i7-8809G model and the latter on i7-8705G model. Dell and HP have also announced new 2 in 1 notebooks based on these processors. We will see more products with this processor series later this year. It will definitely be interesting to see what the future will look like when two giants, Intel and AMD, collaborate to create something that pushes technology forward.

Source: Intel

ASUS has recently revealed their impressive line-up of devices at CES 2018. They will focus on their new laptops and PCs for the year 2018.
Photo: Asus
Photo: ASUS

ASUS had recently announced the ZenBook 13 UX331UAL. It keeps the same thin bezel design of last year’s Zenbook 3, along with quad-core Core i7 U series processors, 16 GB of RAM, and up to 1 TB of PCIe storage, but drops the weight even further to just 2.17 lbs / 0.98 kg, thanks to the smaller display. As with the ZenBook 3, it also supports Windows Hello, although it looks like it’s IR camera based, rather than the fingerprint reader of the 3. ASUS will be selling the ZenBook 13 in two colors: Rose Gold and Deep Dive Blue.

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Laptop X507
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ZenBook is their premium Ultrabook lineup, but they are also announcing the ASUS Laptop X507. The X507 features a 7th generation Core i7, along with NVIDIA GeForce MX110 graphics. ASUS calls it a slim-bezel NanoEdge Full HD Display, and the bezels are thinner than its predecessors, offering a more compact body.

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Vivo AiO V272
Photo: ASUS

Another new consumer product being announced is the Vivo AiO V272, which features a 27-inch IPS multitouch display, and 100% sRGB gamut coverage. It features an 8th generation Core i7 processor, and NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU. ASUS improves the SonicMaster audio with bass-reflex speakers that should provide better dynamic range.

Vivo AiO V222

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V222 model features a “frameless” 22-inch full HD display, which gives a very clean and seamless look compared to the V272. It also features bass-reflex speakers and is available in both black and white models.

ASUS has not announced the specifications and pricing as of yet, but all of these devices are expected to be available in the first half of 2018.

Source: ASUS

Republic of Gamers (ROG), the gaming division of Asus, has figured out a problem that has been annoying gamers for ages, the monitor bezels that ruin the prospect of total immersion you should get from a three-monitor setup. Their solution, you might ask? It involves the use of lenses and light refraction by a new product of Asus ROG called the Bezel-free Kit. This new product was just unveiled recently at CES 2018.

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The setup involves vertical lenses and mounts that attach to your gaming monitors at 130-degree angles. The lenses help blend the display image and then refract the light to make it bend in a way that feels natural from one monitor edge to another. The whole effect makes it seem as if you’re using one giant curved display. It doesn’t rely on special software, an external or internal power supply, or any other Asus-specific add-on, suggesting you could use this with any monitors seemingly of the same size. An Asus spokesperson has confirmed to The Verge, a popular tech blog site, that the kit will work with a wide variety of ‘thin’ bezel designs, but advised that the monitors have to be the same size for the best possible display output.

Photo: Asus

Asus ROG doesn’t having pricing or availability info yet, but the company says the product will be coming out in 2018. While it’s solving a specific problem not many customers have, it’s a big deal for those that do use three-monitor setups and want total immersion with their games. It does seem like a worthy investment to take your gaming monitor setup experience to the next level.

Source: The Verge

ASUS recently announced AiMesh, an innovative and breakthrough feature upgrade for ASUS routers that allows users to easily create a flexible and powerful whole-home Wi-Fi system using any compatible ASUS models.

AiMesh overcomes many of the limitations found in alternative off-the-shelf whole-home Wi-Fi systems, such as mesh-networking systems. Although these systems can be convenient all-in-one solutions, they are often only available in fixed bundles, with a limited choice of Wi-Fi speeds, hardware features and upgrade paths. With AiMesh, users can create a completely flexible whole-home Wi-Fi system tailored to their needs, while continuing to enjoy all the functions of each individual ASUS router, such as extreme Wi-Fi performance and exclusive advanced networking features. AiMesh also offers convenient central management and control via either the ASUS Router mobile app or the ASUSWRT web interface.

Enabling AiMesh on a compatible ASUS router just requires an easy — and completely free — firmware update that allows it to be added to any AiMesh network, so users can mix and match models according to their budget and/or needs, and make good use of their old router when they upgrade.

AiMesh is an unbeatable solution for discerning users looking for the ultimate whole-home Wi-Fi system, adding yet another dimension to the award-winning family of fast and reliable ASUS routers.

Unrivaled Flexibility

Most modular mesh systems are limited to a single SSID, whereas AiMesh offers seamless roaming with either a single SSID for the entire AiMesh coverage area, or alternatively with separate SSIDs for each frequency band. This allows increased flexibility, for example by allowing them to dedicate the 5GHz band to gaming devices or a smart TV.

Unlike off-the-shelf mesh systems with a fixed feature set, AiMesh is designed to give users unrivaled flexibility, allowing them to tailor the functions of their whole-home Wi-Fi system to suit their individual needs. AiMesh-enabled routers retain all their original networking features and capabilities — including ASUS AiProtection, Adaptive QoS, Parental Controls and more — so users have no need to compromise their individual networking preferences. Additionally, the features of the primary router are shared with the entire AiMesh network, regardless of the models used.

Setup and management is flexible too, with the choice of using either the intuitive ASUS Router App, or the powerful and easy-to-use ASUSWRT web interface from a PC or laptop. All settings and preferences are centrally controlled and synced to all routers in the AiMesh network.

Full Coverage and Powerful Performance

Off-the-shelf mesh networking and router-to-repeater systems are often more focused on improving overall coverage than on delivering raw performance, leading to frustration for those users who demand both full coverage and extreme Wi-Fi speeds.

ASUS routers are widely acclaimed for their high performance and outstanding reliability, and with AiMesh users can harness their power to create an unbeatable Wi-Fi system. In actual laboratory tests using the latest dual-band ASUS RT-AC86U router we measured Wi-Fi speeds that were 5.5X faster than a router from a dual-band, tri-hub mesh system.

All ASUS routers have specially designed and optimized antennas that ensure the best signal coverage and stability, making them capable of delivering powerful signals to even the most remote parts of the home.

Combining AiMesh with the superb coverage and extreme performance of ASUS routers means users can finally enjoy a network that can easily handle demanding tasks like 4K UHD video streaming and gaming, even in the remotest corners of their home or garden.

Compatible Routers

ASUS AiMesh is a free update for selected ASUS routers, and is available worldwide. Currently supported routers in the Philippines are RT-AC68U, RT-AC86U, and RT-AC88U. ROG Rapture GT-AC5300, ASUS Blue Cave, and ASUS Lyra Series routers will be ready later in 2018. For updates to this list, please check AiMesh website.

ASUS Routers are available in the following retail stores nationwide:

Octagon, Complink, JDM Computer Center, PC QuickBuys, PC Worx, PC Hub, Thinking Tools, Villman, Gigahertz, NUTECH,and Davao Futurebright Enterprises.

For more details on AiMesh and compatilbility listing visit them on their ASUS AiMesh website.

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