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ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe unboxing

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It may be late to the market, but the ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe is finally starting to trickle out, with Asia being the next stop for the Taiwanese manufacturer’s most premium — and most expensive — smartphone yet.

ASUS certainly took its sweet time releasing this one, and it shows: The Deluxe is luxe from the inside out and beyond the hardware. Its box alone is likely to elicit “oohs” before it’s even opened, enough to give the impression that what’s inside is valuable. (To be perfectly clear, it is; the $700 5.7-inch Deluxe costs as much as an iPhone 7 Plus or a Pixel XL.)

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Our 5.7-inch Deluxe in gold came in this sturdy navy blue box. The box features a magnetic flap that keeps it closed and holds the package together.

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The inside of the box reveals a fancy interior (accentuated by ASUS’ concentric-circle detailing, of course); it is broken up into compartments with the unit up top, and the accessories and documentation stored underneath. There’s a pull-out tab for the hidden compartment.

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The bundled charger (and Type-C cable) outputs at up to 9 volts and supports fast charging. We’ll reserve our judgment for the review, but so far we’ve been able to consistently get back to a full charge in a little over an hour.

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The white-and-silver wired earphones are housed in a plastic casing. It comes with three sets of additional earbud attachments, so you’re more likely to find one that fits snug in your ear. We like them. A lot. Apart from the phone (duh!), they’re the highlight of this unboxing. We haven’t tested them thoroughly yet so we can’t be sure of their quality. Check back in the coming days.

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The branded SIM eject tool is the same one you’ll find bundled with other ZenFone models released this year.

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First impressions

By now, you must be wondering: “So, what about the handset?” Well, there’s certainly a lot to like about the the ZenFone 3 Deluxe. It’s lightning fast — absolutely the most powerful and responsive ZenFone we’ve used thus far, bar none; the AMOLED display is lovely and incredibly crisp; and the cameras take vibrant, detailed images.

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Everything seems to be in order here. But, as you know, some phones — especially the most expensive ones — deserve a deeper dive than others. And we’ll be sure to take that plunge in the days to come. By then, we’ll be sure to arrive at a definitive conclusion as to whether or not this phone is worth the wait and high price of admission.

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Samsung might launch a 512GB Galaxy Note 9 in Korea and China

It might launch elsewhere

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In less than two months, Samsung will launch the much-awaited Galaxy Note 9. The rumor mill has already churned out potential detail after potential detail. To add to the mire, another report has revealed a launch detail that will upset you. Unless you live in China or Korea, that is.

In a recent tweet, infamous Samsung leaker Ice Universe has stated that Samsung’s premium phablet will come in a gigantic 512GB variant. What’s the catch? The whopping variant will launch only in the brand’s home country South Korea and China.

On the other hand, some speculators believe that the variant might also launch in other markets (except Europe).

Regardless, one thing’s for sure: Both Korea and China continuously pop up across all rumors involving the 512GB variant. If the rumors prove true, those two territories will surely get the huge variant.

Currently, Samsung’s wide slate of phones go up to only 256GB. Thankfully, Samsung remains one of the few flagship phone brands to offer microSD expansion up to 2TB.

The potential 512GB Galaxy Note 9 will push Samsung’s boundaries even further. Additionally, since the Note 8 had the feature, microSD expansion on the Note 9 remains plausible.

Besides the internal storage, the Galaxy Note 9 will potentially rock the industry-leading Snapdragon 845 processor and its Exynos equivalent. Also, it might also carry up to 8GB of RAM. As always, it will sport the latest S Pen.

Whatever specs that the Note 9 will eventually rock, Samsung will reveal all during their annual Unpacked event on August 9.

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OPPO Find X will have the highest screen-to-body ratio in smartphones

Even higher than the Vivo NEX!

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Image from Twitter: @VenyaGeskin1

OPPO is all set to announce their latest smartphone. We’re only a day away from the official unveiling of the Chinese company’s newest device, but OPPO just can’t hide its excitement about the phone’s main feature.

The OPPO Find X will be announced at The Louvre in Paris, France on June 19. The location alone already signals that it’ll be grand and that OPPO wants to make a mark in the European market. The Find X should be a premium device in order for the company to entice more international consumers just like what Huawei is doing in the EU region. What does the Find X have that others don’t? A true borderless display.

Just like the NEX phones from Vivo, the Find X will have a high screen-to-body ratio. OPPO teases that it has the highest at 93.8 percent which beats the Vivo NEX’s 91.24 percent. The company even calls it a “Futuristic Flagship phone” and we’re already excited to see (and confirm) it in person.

The phone is expected to have the latest Snapdragon 845 processor, great cameras, and speedy VOOC charging technology.

Via: Twitter (@bang_gogo_)

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NEX is now, E3 2018 was a blast: Weekend Rewind

The future looks exciting!

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Here are this week’s top stories on GadgetMatch.

1. NEX is now!

Launched alongside the World Cup 2018, Vivo nearly hit a hat trick by announcing two variants of the Vivo NEX. The Chinese company’s all-screen smartphone with an in-display fingerprint scanner is finally here in midrange and flagship forms. The midrange variant is powered by a Snapdragon 710 with 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage while the flagship is running on a Snapdragon 845 with 8GB RAM and up to 256GB of storage.

Speaking of the World Cup, here are four apps you can download to keep tabs on this major football tournament.

2. Samsung Galaxy S9 overtakes iPhone X in sales

X doesn’t mark the spot for the iPhone as the Samsung Galaxy S9 nabs the crown as best-selling smartphone according to the latest report from Counterpoint Research. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ captured a global market of 2.6 percent each against the iPhone X’s 2.3 percent. The report is dominated by Apple and Samsung phones but Xiaomi managed to crack the list with the Xiaomi Redmi 5A and Redmi 5 Plus

3. Xbox came out with a bang!

Microsoft arguably had the best conference at E3 2018 as their Xbox briefing was absolutely jam-packed: 50 games, 18 exclusives, 15 world premieres to be exact. Exclusives include Forza Horizon 4Halo Infinite, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Also part of the announcement are Fallout 76, Kingdom Hearts 3, Devil May Cry 5, Jump Force, and Cyberpunk 2077.

4. PlayStation still king

Sony didn’t blow the competition out of the water but they still had plenty of interesting titles to keep E3 2018 attendees hooked. The company revealed new gameplay footage for previously announced titles like Marvel’s Spider-Man and Ghost of Tsushima, and also announced the remake of classic horror RPG Resident Evil 2. However, most people were buzzing over the trailer and gameplay footage for the Last of Us 2.

5. Nintendo looked to smash

Not to be outdone, Nintendo announced two major titles for the Nintendo Switch. Battle royale game Fortnite is finally coming and that alone could play a major role for the Switch’s growth, but they didn’t stop there. Every character to ever appear in Super Smash Bros. alongside new ones will make their way to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The characters are unlockable instead of being downloadable content. It doesn’t get any more ultimate than that.


Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.

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