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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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Samsung reveals Galaxy Note 10+ Star Wars Special Edition

Embrace the dark side

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Samsung and Star Wars have always had the “galaxy” in common and now these two worlds are colliding with the South Korean company’s announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Star Wars Special Edition.

The collaboration ties directly with the upcoming film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker which will hit theaters on December 20. The Galaxy Note 10+ Star Wars Special Edition does feature a Skywalker, but it’s one that does not carry that name.

The phone’s design has Kylo Ren all over it. Kylo Ren is the son of Han Solo and Leia Skywalker. He’s also the most prominent user of the dark side of the force in the most recent movies on the film franchise.

The device is all black with some red accents. Also in red is the accompanying S Pen, mimicking the color of the light saber that Kylo Ren carries around. On its back is the Samsung logo as well the logo of the First Order which is essentially the new army inspired by the Galactic Empire.

The special edition smartphone will come in a bundle that includes Galaxy Buds that is also all black with red accents. Also included is a special edition leather case that shows Kylo Ren and a metal badge that acts as a collector’s item.

Pricing and Availability

According to Samsung’s release, The Galaxy Note 10+ Star Wars Special Edition unlocked by Samsung version will be available only in limited quantities and will retail for US$ 1299.99 staring December in USA.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ Review

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Philips Hue is now available in the Philippines

With starter kits included

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Philips Hue has been around since 2012. Just two years ago, we listed Philips Hue under must-have devices for a smarter home. Now, they officially launched it in the Philippines.

In case you missed it, the Philips Hue system is not just about “smart bulbs”, it’s also a connected lighting system for your home — strips, spots, lamps, and controls all included. With the excellence of developers, there are more than 700 third-party apps designed for the Hue.

The Philips Hue is responsible for switching light controls and changing colors within the reach of your fingertips. You can personalize and choose from the spectrum of 16 million colors in order to change your interior’s ambiance. It also has a feature that increases the brightness when you wake up in the day.

Other than that, there are also light scenes such as Tropical Twilight or Tokyo Lights, or even a customized scene based on your liking. The light activity can even depend on the music, video, and games you are playing — especially that it has an integration on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. Best of all, you can control it through voice commands with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana, and Nest. It’s also compatible with other smart-home platforms such as Samsung SmartThings, Bosch, and Logitech.

Price and availability

The Hue White ambiance Starter Kit includes a Philips Hue White Ambiance Bulb, bridge, and wireless dimmer switch.

Meanwhile, the Hue White and Color Ambiance Kit includes three white and color ambiance bulbs, plus a bridge.

Here are the official prices:

Starter Kits

  • Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Kit — PhP 10,390
  • Philips Hue White Ambiance Kit — PhP 7,490

Bulbs

  • Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Bulb — PhP 2,990
  • Philips Hue White Ambiance Bulb — PhP 1,790

Controls

  • Philips Hue bridge — PhP 3,690
  • Philips Hue wireless dimmer switch — PhP 1,290
  • Philips Hue Motion sensor — PhP 2,690

You can get the Philips Hue in select Power Mac Centers, Switch, iStore, Nifty, Urban Gadgets, Infomax Glorietta, Abenson Global City, and online at the Philips Lighting Official Store on Lazada.

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TikTok will launch a Spotify competitor

Will release in December

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For quite a while now, TikTok has captured the short-form social media landscape. Whereas the past had the incredibly popular Vine, the world now has ByteDance’s equally popular platform. However, unlike Vine, TikTok looks like it’s here to stay. And, because of TikTok’s success, ByteDance can already expand beyond its niche.

Reportedly, ByteDance is currently negotiating content deals with major music labels including Sony Music, Universal Music, and Warner Music. The deal supposedly relates to an upcoming, still-unnamed music streaming service. The developer is already amassing a workable cache of songs to include.

Besides the music content, the service will also include a smaller short video archive. The short videos will play over the interface while users search for more music. Additionally, users can sync the music to the videos.

According to the same report, ByteDance will launch the service as early as next month. It will come out first in smaller markets — like India and Indonesia — before a wider worldwide release.

Of course, the service’s popularity is still in question. TikTok is currently considered a security threat in the US.

As for price, the service will cost less than the world’s most popular option, Spotify. However, this alleged price compares Spotify’s current US price of US$ 10. (As such, this doesn’t mean much since Spotify costs less depending on region and package.)

SEE ALSO: Spotify extends free trial to 3 months

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