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Zenfone 5z’s retail box is similar to what we’ve seen from Zenfone 5.  Pun aside, it’s full of zen; and it tries to be as simple as it can be. Information about the device can be read at the back, and it’s up to you if you want to spend some time reading some tech jargons that most people don’t care about. Upon opening the box you will find yet another smaller box, which contains a SIM ejector tool that you will likely lose, manual that you might not read and a silicon case you might not use because you want to flaunt the all-new design of the Zenfone 5z. You will later realize that you definitely need it when your phone gets its first major ding. Moving on to the inner box, which – obviously I’m having a difficult time opening, you will find a few more items: there…

Today at Computex Taipei 2018, ASUS announced a new batch of ultrabooks with the latest iterations of Vivobook S15 and S14. This year, they refreshed the series with vibrang colors and uncompromised performance. The new ultrabooks are available in bold color-blocking designs, with five vibrant color options. Similar to last year’s iteration, the new Vivobook laptops feature Ergolift hinge, which makes it look sleek, bold and comfortable to hold when typing. It also has 3-sided Nanodisplay, which expands the visual workstation and entertainment viewing area. Armed with up to 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and MX150 discrete graphics, the new laptops are designed to have uncompromised performance without sacrificing beauty and style. FULL SPECIFICATIONS VivoBook S15 and VivoBook S14 Processor 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 8550U Processor 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 8250U Processor Operating system Windows 10 Home Display For S15: 15.6” FHD (1980 x 1080) NanoEdge display For…

We went to Japan a couple of weeks ago. Of course, like we usually do whenever we travel, we brought with us two of the best flagship smartphones in the market nowadays – the Huawei P20 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S9. Huawei P20 Pro is the highest rated smartphone when it comes to camera quality based on DxO Mark. This is followed by Samsung Galaxy S9! We snapped some photos using the 2 smartphones in various settings and checked which ones produced the best output. We are not professional photographers, but having reviewed tons of smartphones in the past, we’ve grown to understand which photo produced the right contrast, saturation, vibrance, color accuracy, etc. If you’re looking to buy one of these 2 products, we highly encourage you to take this quiz to help identify the kind of photo output you prefer. Now that you’re done with the quiz, why…

If you value gaming so much on both desktop or mobile, you wouldn’t mind spending for the right accessories to keep your level high or perform at your best in-game. If you’re into playing games, which heavily invests in sound design like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, PUBG Mobile, Fortnite or even State of Decay 2, having the right headphone or earphone is just as important as having the best graphics card. This is basically Plextone, a Shenzhen-based company that offers budget audio solutions, is offering with their latest wired in-ear earbuds, G30. We’ve used in-ear earbuds in the past, but you’d be surprised how Plextone designed this with gamers in mind. In terms of design, Plextone G30 features a spheroidal in-ear foam, which lets you use it for long hours without feeling any pain. I confirm that this works as I’ve been using this for more than a week now. Ear horns…

Choosing the right keyboard for gaming has been very tricky. We tried various keyboards in the past, and we never came across with something that really got us inclined to use as a primary keyboard until we got the HyperX Alloy Elite RGB Mechanical Keyboard. It isn’t a perfect keyboard, just to get things straight from the get-go, but the amazing things we experienced while using it make it one of the favorite keyboards we used this year. For a full-sized keyboard, it got itself a plethora of aesthetic and functional features: solid steel frame, overpowering and highly prominent RGB lights, additional media keys and Chery MX Red (quiet type) switches. Check out our video below, which highlights all the salient features of the keyboard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhtHTnJvQDE Build The keyboard dons a full solid steel frame, which makes it one of the keyboards with the best build in the market. Obviously,…

With over 37,000 units sold on the first day, the current sales of OPPO F7 somehow tell us about consumer preference and need for a smartphone. Looking at what OPPO F7 can do in terms of performance and photography, it proved itself to be a worthy purchase in its category.  Behind its shiny metal-clad body, the OPPO F7 is lifeless without Mediatek’s Helio P60 SoC, which stocks all of the necessary components to power it up so users can do wonders with it. MediaTek has come a long way in improving its SoC. It was 2 years ago when they announced Helio P10, which sports 28nm chip. Fast forward to 2018, the latest Helio P60 now sports 12nm chip but packed with more future-proof features. At the core of the Helio P60 is an octa-core processor, which are focused on managing and balancing performance. The processors are buffed with 2…

Starting today, May  8until May 10, FTTH Council Asia-Pacific is holding its 13th FTTH APAC Conference here in Manila.  Telco and digital services leader PLDT is currently hosting the 3-day conference. It is the Philippines’ first time to host the said event. This year, the conference revolves around its central theme “Connecting the business, policy and technology of fiber to everywhere”. It is a fitting theme to focus on especially that the telcos in Asia Pacific region – not just the Philippines – are trying to bring fiber internet connection closer to consumers.  In 2016, PLDT closed the year with 2.5M homes installation. Last 2017, PLDT installed fiber to more than 4 million homes in the country. According to a reliable source, PLDT hopes to install Fibr to over 5M homes this 2018. FTTH (fiber to the home) APAC is an important event for telcos in Asia Pacific as it focuses…

Earlier today, May 8, Sony just announced and detailed their latest lineup of OLED and LED TVs. With their goals of bringing immersive, engaging and cinematic experience to consumers, some TVs in the new lineup feature 4K, HDR, and technologies that bring a complete package of visual and auditory delight. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GajehPK4xPc The new lineup is a good mix of medium to premium range of TVs.  Ushering the diverse lineup is the A8F series, which boasts 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme, 4K High Dynamic Range, OLED display and acoustic surface technology. The processor, which powers the series upscales all video contents to near 4K HDR quality, without sacrificing details and visual fidelity. Its OLED display makes everything even better thanks to deep black and natural color, which only OLED panels can achieve. To complete the feature package, the new series offers Acoustic Surface technology. What is basically does is that the…

Endless Upgrade Possibilities Google Mesh is sold in a fixed bundle. You get 3 hubs, and you can place it anywhere for as long as they are matched and connected. It isn’t exactly bad, to be honest, but things will get a little complicated and expensive when you want to expand or upgrade. Google, Luma or even TP-Link will require you to buy a 3-pack bundle, match and connect them accordingly. With ASUS’ AiMesh, for as long as your supported ASUS router’s firmware is updated, you can just simply setup AiMesh via Network Map or Dashboard. It is as simple as refreshing, waiting for the supported router to search for another AiMesh-supporter router. ASUS AiMesh process is much simpler in a nutshell: combine to create a whole home WiFi system. AI in AiMesh There’s a reason why ASUS is calling this AiMesh. Ai is there for a big reason! AiMesh…

Who would have thought that Huawei would further compete in the budget category with a smartphone tucked with an impressive set of specification and features? This is our unboxing of the Huawei Y6 (2018)! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC2qT_oLya4 At the time of this posting, Huawei has not yet given us the retail price of the Huawei Y6 (2018). Apart from the smartphone, the box includes a charger, a micro USB cable and a SIM ejector tool. Surprisingly, we didn’t see any included earphones, but Huawei confirmed that it’s part of the retail box. Update (April 17, 2018): Huawei just announced that Huawei Y6 (2018) is just PhP5,990! Huawei Y6’s design is similar. For a budget smartphone, this phone does definitely not look like one. It slightly resembles the Huawei Nova 2 Lite, albeit lacks the fingerprint sensor, 3 camera systems, Kirin chipset and a few other hardware stuff. This is perhaps another way…

Dubbed as Huawei Nova 3e in China, this worthy successor to the Nova line or a lighter but still premium version of the P20 is going to be a huge treat to Huawei fans in the Philippines. The device boasts an impressive cast of specifications and features that will delight the fans of the brand and even mobile photography lovers. Let’s go ahead and unbox this P20 Lite! Note though that this is not yet a retail unit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIf7H2Zl-3U I’m not actually sure if this is going to be the retail box once this become available. It isn’t as fancy as the boxes of Nova 2 Lite, Nova 2i and even the previous P10 series. One thing is for sure, they are going to sell this as P20 Lite in the Philippines based on the model number on its box: ANE-LX2J. This is the same model name used in other…

Lights and sound play a vital role in one’s mood. This new trend is everpresent in various lifestyle activities like playing video games, working from home and dining. This is exactly one of the reasons why more and more devices are mixing lights and sound at the core of their features. This is also probably the reason why Hong Kong-based tech lifestyle technology, Havit, made their first LED Bluetooth speaker. LED Bluetooth speakers aren’t actually new. Yell and JBL are among the pioneers in this category, and even Shenzhen-based Olike has also been trying to snatch a piece of attention. Havit’s own LED Bluetooth speaker boasts a unique design, acceptable sound quality and a unique feature that none of its competitors have – 4000mAh power bank. The speaker is made of anodized aluminum, with a texture and overall feel quite similar to Apple’s MacBook series. If you put this beside a MacBook,…