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ASUS ROG Phone: Price and availability in the Philippines

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We waited quite a while for this, but we finally have the ROG Phone pricing in the Philippines!

This smartphone packed with features for mobile gaming enthusiasts was first announced at Computex 2018 but information on the device has been pretty scarce up until a few weeks ago. Luckily, we were able to get some time with the device back in June.


Since then, we’ve been itching for more. With news of it topping the AnTuTu benchmark for Android following the US pricing reports, it was only a matter of time until it hit Philippine shores. But first, let’s see the box and what’s in it!

The ROG Phone’s box looks like it came straight out of outer space

Here’s a look at the side where you’ll see a heavy stamp of the ROG design.

Opening the toblerone-like box reveals the ROG Phone, AeroActive Cooler, USB-C cable, and power brick

In case you forgot, the ROG Phone has a 6-inch AMOLED display with HDR and a 90Hz refresh rate. It’s rocking the Snapdragon 845 chip along with 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of internal storage.

Squeezing the phone on the lower half activates game mode which optimizes the device for an immersive and uninterrupted gaming experience.

ROG Phone Philippine pricing

Getting the ROG Phone will net you a few other things, including an AeroActive Cooler (PhP 3,395), hard case (PhP 2,495), and ROG Phone jacket (PhP 1,700). Here are the prices: The 8GB+512GB variant retails for PhP 61,995 and the 8GB+128GB model retails for PhP 49,995.

But of course, what makes the ROG Phone a truly gamer-centric device are the additional accessories, namely the Mobile Desktop Dock, WiGig Display Dock, TwinView Dock, Gamevise controller, professional dock, and ROG Phone suitcase.

Getting the ROG Phone along with the full suite of accessories will set you back a lot: PhP 120,465 for the 512GB storage model and PhP 108,465 for the 128GB version.

But if you’re one of the first ten to pre-order from October 28 to November 8, you only have to pay PhP 102,990 or PhP 90,990, respectively.

What do you think of these prices? Will you cop the ROG Phone? Let us know in the comments below!

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Qualcomm announces a 5G variant of the Snapdragon 8cx

In partnership with Lenovo

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5G on smartphones is already established by multiple manufacturers, but how about laptops? Qualcomm and Lenovo collaborated together to push next-generation connectivity on notebooks.

Last year’s Snapdragon 8cx chip has been upgraded this year to have 5G connectivity and it’s aptly called the Snapdragon 8cx 5G. While current laptops can have cellular connectivity, it’s not as efficient as Qualcomm’s solution. Essentially, notebooks running on Snapdragon 8cx 5G chip is always connected to the internet just like a smartphone, but without the compromise in battery life.


5G means super-fast speed which will enable Snapdragon 8cx 5G devices to load online files like it’s from local storage. Also, 8K streaming and AR/VR applications will connect seamlessly.

Since Qualcomm’s new 5G SoC is based on its previous version, it still has the key features including multi-gigabit connectivity and multi-day battery life with support for enterprise applications and security. The 5G modem used here is Qualcomm’s own Snapdragon X55 5G. 5G is not yet widely available, but the chip also sports Category 22 LTE with peak speeds of up to 2.5Gbps.

The chip is yet to come to purchasable consumer devices, but we expect it to become available first with Lenovo. Qualcomm promises to showcase more in early 2020 or when 5G is already accessible globally.

SEE ALSO: Snapdragon 855’s official AnTuTu benchmark score beats the competition

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AMD announces faster 12-core Ryzen chips

Coming in July

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The processing war is starting up again. Fresh out of the oven, AMD has announced a variety of new chips for launch this year. In a recent press conference, Dr. Lisa Su, AMD’s chief executive, presented the company’s future — 12 cores and 7 nanometers.

First up, the 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X CPU will boast a boost clock of 4.6GHz and a base clock of 3.8GHz. It will also sport 70MB of cache memory. Notably, AMD’s new chip will go up against Intel’s Core i9-9920X. Su demonstrated her chip’s performance against Intel’s driver. In comparison, the Ryzen 9 3900X performs more efficiently and cooler than Intel’s chip. Most impressively, AMD’s chip will retail for only US$ 499, a far cry from Intel’s US$ 1,199 price tag.


Likewise, the 8-core Ryzen 7 3700X touts the same improved efficiency. According to Su, the new chip will have a boost clock of 4.4GHz and a base clock of 3.6GHz. It will churn out 15 percent better efficiency than its predecessors. It will also produce only 65 watts of heat when active. The Ryzen 7 3700X will retail for only US$ 329, compared to its rivalling Intel Core i7-9700K’s US$ 385 price tag.

For more power, the Ryzen 7 3800K boasts more performance. Demonstrated on stage, the chip can play modern games remarkably well: 34 percent higher frame rate on League of Legends and Counter Strike: Global Offensive; 22 percent higher on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds; 21 percent faster on Overwatch; 15 percent faster on Dota 2; and, 14 percent faster on GTA V. Similarly, it performs 37 percent faster on multi-threaded tasks. It will retail for US$ 399, compared to the Intel Core i9-990K’s US$ 484 price tag.

Besides the iconic Ryzen series, AMD also teased a new initiative: the Navi architecture. Unlike the company’s other offerings, the Navi team will build chips based on the new 7nm architecture. According to Su, the new architecture will ship with the upcoming Radeon RX 5000 series. Compared to Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2070, the upcoming Navi chips will tout higher clock speeds and more efficient power usage. AMD is motivated to do everything better with the Navi architecture.

Unfortunately, AMD has not released a lot of details surrounding the upcoming chip. AMD is delaying a more detailed launch for June’s E3 show. However, the company has confirmed an appropriate July 7 release date for the new 7nm chips.

SEE ALSO: AMD reveals next-generation 7nm graphics card

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ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 receives global Android Pie update

More features coming up

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The ZenFone Max Pro M1, which had been a mainstay on our Best Smartphones list, is officially seeing its Android 9 Pie update roll out internationally.

This comes a little over a year after the phone’s original launch. According to ASUS’ official online forum, the update is targeting model ZB602KL, which is the international unit. The update’s version number is 16.2017.1905.053.


The update is about 1.5GB in size and can be accessed by checking the System Updates option under System in the main settings menu. ASUS says that the update’s push is happening in batches, so it may take longer for some users to receive it.

The hefty update includes all the features that are bundled with Android Pie, along with the latest security patch from ASUS and some bug fixes.

Last month, only the Indian version of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 could be updated to Android Pie.

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