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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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Flagship night imaging specs: vivo V25 series

Night Portrait Master

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When it comes to smartphones in the flagship midrange segment, competition boils down to impressive specs and features that stand out. This is what vivo’s latest V25 series seeks to do, super-packing its night photography features.

There will be three new phones in the series: the vivo V25 Pro, the standard V25, and the V25e – which shall all try to woo customers by offering cut-above-the-rest night imaging capabilities for their respective price points.

Of course, the premium option is the vivo V25 Pro, which comes with Super Night Algorithms.

At the center of this is the device’s 64MP OIS Ultra-Sensing camera, which is complemented by an 8MP wide-angle and 2MP macro at the back, and a 32MP front camera.

In a nutshell, here are the vivo V25 Pro’s advanced features when it comes to night photography:

  • Real-Time Extreme Night Vision: The camera previews how bright the image is in real-time
  • Extreme Night: User is able to adjust exposure and brightness during preview mode
  • Photochromic 2.0 Technology: Allows the device to change into aesthetic colors when it catches sunlight or UV light

The V25 Pro’s main camera supports 18 modes, including Slow Motion, Time Lapse, Pro Sports, and Dual View, to name a few, while the selfie camera has 12 different modes.

Efficient, powerful

The V25 Pro will be powered by Dimensity 1300 processor. It comes with a 12GB RAM plus 8GB extended RAM, as well as a 256GB storage capacity.

The phone has a 4,730mAh battery with support for 66W Flash Charge, allowing a full charge in just an hour.

The device also has a 6.56-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with up to a 120Hz refresh rate and maximum brightness of 1,300 nits.

When it comes to connectivity, the 5G-ready phone also supports the latest Bluetooth 5.2 feature.

V25, V25e also released

Not to be left out, the standard V25 and the more budget-friendly V25e options likewise have specs and features close to those of the Pro variant.

Both devices also deliver on the series’ promise to take photos and film in dim conditions without the challenge. Below are what to expect from each:

V25

  • Dimensity 900 processor
  • Up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage
  • 4,500mAh battery with 44W Fast Charge
  • 6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, 90Hz refresh rate
  • 64MP + 8MP wide-angle + 2MP macro rear triple-camera
  • 50MP selfie camera
  • 5G, Bluetooth 5.2, Type-C

V25e

  • Helio G99 processor
  • Up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage
  • 4,390mAh battery with 44W Fast Charge
  • 6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, 90Hz refresh rate
  • 64MP OIS + 2MP bokeh + 2MP macro rear triple-camera
  • 32MP selfie camera
  • 5G, Bluetooth 5.2, Type-C

Pricing, availability

There will be two color options for all three phones in the V25 series:

  • V25 Pro: Surfing Blue and Starlight Black
  • V25: Diamond Black and Sunrise Gold
  • V25e: Diamond Black and Sunrise Gold

The vivo V25 will retail for PhP 29,999. On the other hand, the vivo v25 and vivo V25e are priced at PhP 23,999 and PhP 17,999, respectively.

All three phones are available via vivo’s official website, Shopee, Lazada, and all physical stores and kiosks nationwide.

SEE ALSO:
vivo V25 is a Night Portrait Master
vivo V25 vs V23 5G: Camera Shootout

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Pixel 7 design officially teased, price leaked

A week before the debut

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A week before the next flagship’s launch, Google wants to make sure that there are absolutely no secrets going into the debut of the Pixel 7. Throughout the past few months, the company sprinkled bits and pieces about the upcoming smartphone series, slowly revealing its spec sheet even before the official launch. Now, one of the final teasers has revealed the smartphone from top to bottom.

In a new video simply called “The Design of Google Pixel 7 Pro,” Google has shown how all three color options will look like. Viewers will also see how the design differs from the Pixel 6 series.

Presumably different from the regular Pixel 7, the Pro model has a metal camera island stretching across the rear panel. It will also have a glossy metal frame covering its entire side. As for the colors, the smartphone will come in Obsidian (or black), Snow (or white), and Hazel (or light green).

Besides the design, the flagship series has popped up regularly through leaks and official teasers. If all the leaks are right, it will come with the new Tensor G2 chipset, up to 256GB of RAM, and almost the same camera combination as the Pixel 6 series.

Further, in a new report recently (via Brandon Lee), the Pixel 7 reportedly popped up on Amazon for a brief second, revealing the series’ price tags. It will retain the same price as its predecessor. The regular model costs US$ 599. Meanwhile, the Pixel 7 Pro costs US$ 899. No word on a price drop for the Pixel 6 series, though.

SEE ALSO: Early Pixel 7 leak reveal the same Pixel 6 design

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Price drop: realme C11, C30

Only via Shopee and Lazada Payday Sales

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The already affordable realme C11 and C30 2021 phones have just become even cheaper with the brand offering up to PhP 500 discounts for both models during the Shopee and Lazada Payday sales.

The realme C11 2021 can be purchased for just PhP 4,599 (from 4,999), while the two realme C30 variants will go for PhP 4,999 (from the 5,499) for the 2GB+32GB and PhP 5,999 (from 6,499) for the 4GB+64GB.

For those unacquainted, here’s a quick preview of the two budget phones’ specs and features:

realme C11 2021

  • Octa-core processor
  • 6.5-inch HD+ display
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • 8MP (f/2.0) main camera
  • 5MP selfie camera
  • realme UI Go (based on Android 11)

realme C30

  • Unisoc T612 processor
  • 6.5-inch HD+ display
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • 8MP (f/2.0) main camera
  • 5MP selfie camera
  • realme UI Go (based on Android 12)

For those seeking slightly better specs, the rest of realme’s C-series lineup – including the C21-Y, C25Y, and C21 – will also get generous price cuts.

The C21-Y (4GB+64GB) will retail for PhP 5,679. The C25Y (4GB+64GB), which boasts a 50MP main camera and the Helio G35-powered C21 (3GB+32GB) also get PhP 800 off and PhP 1,000 off discounts, respectively.

Shopee’s end-of-the-month sale lasts from September 28 to 30 while Lazada’s version will be a one-day sale only on the 30th.

 

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