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Motorola Moto G5S and G5S Plus launch in the Philippines

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Motorola‘s presence in the Philippines lives on. The Lenovo-owned company brings in their new smartphones and opens more concept stores across the country.

With the local launch of the Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus, the company brought its latest budget and midrange offerings to the Philippine market. Both share a lot in common, but the latter has more to offer than its non-Plus sibling.


Moto G5S

The Moto G5S has the essentials of an Android phone: a crisp 5.2-inch Full HD display, all-metal body, long-lasting 3000mAh battery, and pure Android version. The battery even supports TurboPower fast-charging, which provides five hours of battery life in just 15 minutes, according to Motorola.

Camera-wise, it has a 16-megapixel rear camera with phase-detection autofocus and a wide-angle 5-megapixel selfie camera with its own LED flash. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 430 processor with 4GB of memory and 32GB of storage.

Moto G5S Plus

If you want more, the Moto G5S Plus offers a bigger 5.5-inch display, faster Snapdragon 625 processor, and dual rear cameras. There are two 13-megapixel sensors on the back, giving it the features you’d expect from a dual-camera phone. But aside from depth-sensing and background blur, the Moto G5S Plus can also apply a selective black-and-white effect after taking the shot.

The Plus variant also has a premium all-metal body, 3000mAh battery with TurboPower, and pure Android software (with a few Motorola apps, of course).

The Moto G5S Plus with dual rear cameras compared to Moto G5S

Both models are treated with water-repellent nano-coating, have dual nano-SIM card slots, a fingerprint reader for security, and run Android 7.1 Nougat with a promised update to Oreo in the coming months.

The Moto G5S is priced at PhP 10,999 and will be available starting October 20, while the Moto G5S Plus has a price tag of PhP 14,999 and will be on sale by October 10. Both phones are heading to Motorola stores nationwide, and online via their official store on Lazada.

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Xiaomi Mi AirDots Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

The AirPods competitor from Xiaomi

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Xiaomi‘s awaited Apple AirPods copycat has landed in the Philippines. The AirDots Pro was initially introduced earlier this year and you can finally get your own pair of wireless Bluetooth earphones.

There’s no denying that the Xiaomi’s AirDots Pro strongly resembles Apple’s AirPods. Even their names are quite similar; however, the AirDots Pro doesn’t have the same premium price of Apple’s accessory.


The AirDots Pro is a pair of wireless earphones that has a Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity, noise-canceling microphones, and touch controls. According to Xiaomi, battery life is up to four hours, while the charging case offers an extra 10 hours. Both Android and iOS are supported by the AirDots Pro.

Through Mi Authorized Stores in the Philippines, the AirDots Pro retails for PhP 3,490. It’s slightly pricier than its launch price in China, but at least you don’t have to ship it anymore. Also, it’s way cheaper than the AirPods.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Mi 9 SE: Price and availability in the Philippines

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Rock Space formally launches in the Philippines, brings plenty of accessories

More accessories to choose from

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There’s a new brand that just entered the Philippine market and it’s Rock Space. You might have seen Rock Space as a freebie for OPPO phones, but the company has already expanded to be a full-fledged digital life brand that’ll cater to the ever-growing fast-paced lifestyle of modern and trendy Filipinos.

Rock Space has been around since 2009, so they’re not a new entry to the competitive accessories market. With a decade of presence in the market, the company already has a number of accessories that’ll suit almost anyone. Not only that, but Rock Space is also backed up by recognition from international product design awards.


One of the main products Rock Space is offering in the Philippines is the new EB 70 True Wireless Stereo Earphones. It’s a pair of Bluetooth 5.0-equipped wireless earphones with Hi-Fi speakers and a Digital Signal Processor for clearer sound transmission.

It has a promised continuous battery life of 4 hours, and up to 17 hours using the carrying case that also doubles as a battery pack and a charger. It has a retail price of PhP 3,999.

Rock Space also has power banks in different sizes and capacities. Take the Rock Space P66 for example. It’s a compact 10000mAh power bank with an LED display. It’s priced at PhP 1,299.

Additionally, Rock Space sells phone cables for both iPhone and Android devices, wireless chargers, fast-charging bricks, earphones, and even accessories for your car that can wirelessly charge your phone while you drive.

Also, they cut and apply their own screen protectors for various phone models. They use a special cutting machine that accurately cut the screen protector and they’ll install it for you.

Rock Space is now available in kiosks and partner stores nationwide. Those who prefer to shop online, they are also selling on Lazada and Shopee. Moreover, you can check out Rock Space products at OPPO concept stores.

SEE ALSO: Singaporean designer brand UNIQ brings its stylish accessories to the Philippines

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ASUS ZenFone 6’s Flip Camera survives abuse, phone passes durability test

ASUS’ new phone is built like a tank

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Image credit: JerryRigEverything (via YouTube)

To achieve a true bezel-less display with no notch or any cutouts, manufacturers have been really creative. Most have resorted to the use of motors for a pop-up mechanism. ASUS, on the other hand, crafted something different with the new ZenFone 6 and its Flip Camera. It’s impressive, but is it durable?

When we first saw the Flip Camera of ASUS’ new flagship phone, we knew that it poses more concerns than pop-up cameras. However, ASUS has already thought about this and the durability tests of the JerryRigEverything channel on YouTube proves it.


Like many other phones that passed by the table of Zack from JerryRigEverything, the ZenFone 6 underwent abuse. Of course, the Flip Camera of the phone is the main focus. Check it for yourself:

After Zack pushed and pulled the flipping camera, tied random stuff to it, twisted its hinge, and banged it against the table, the ZenFone 6 camera module still worked like a charm. It’s worth noting that the motor of the Flip Camera drives into high gear when it senses a drop. That should keep the camera’s neck from breaking due to a strong impact.

As per ASUS, the ZenFone 6’s camera is rated to last for 100 flips a day in three years. If you don’t take a selfie often, then the Flip Camera will last longer in your care.

Additionally, the whole phone is built to last. It has a relatively standard scratch-resistant glass on both the front and back, an all-metal design that can take a beating, and the phone’s body will not bend in your pocket.

SEE ALSO: ASUS Zenfone 6 Unboxing and Hands-on

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