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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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OPPO Reno2 F now available in Nebula Green

More color options for the discerning buyer

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OPPO is investing more and more on its Reno lineup. Last October, it unveiled the Reno2 F in the Philippines, essentially replacing the F series. Now, the phone is available in a new color option: Nebula Green.

Still priced at PhP 19,990 for the 8GB + 128GB configuration, OPPO is offering a PhP 500 discount for its Enco Q1 earphones when you buy this color option. To get the new variant, visit any OPPO stores nationwide or their online stores on Lazada, Shopee, Akulaku, Argomall, Abenson, and MemoXpress.

Pay Day Treats promo

To entice more customers, OPPO is also rolling out their Pay Day Treat promo from November 16 to 17. Buyers of any Reno models or the A9 2020 receive free vouchers from Zomato, Grab, Viu, and iWant.

To know more about the promo, visit their Facebook page or their website.

The OPPO Reno 2F is a more affordable variant of the Reno 2 with a focus on great camera experience. It has a quad-camera setup, a nice 6.5-inch AMOLED display, and a Helio P70 processor. Powering the device is a 4,000 mAh battery with support for VOOC Flash Charge 3.0. Additionally, it has a headphone jack and a MicroSD card slot which are rare finds these days.

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Xiaomi and Realme are Lazada’s best tech brands in 11.11 sale

The competition is getting intense

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The competition between Xiaomi and Realme is heating up. Realme, a relatively new brand in the market, is going toe-to-toe with Xiaomi for value smartphones in the Philippines. And if Lazada’s 11.11 sale is an indicator, the two are competing for the best in the country.

Xiaomi is still king

In the recently held 11.11 sale on Lazada, Xiaomi reigned supreme as the best-selling tech brand in the mobile phone and tablet category. The company’s best-selling products are the Mi Smart Scale and the recently launched Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro.

Both midrange phones are priced competitively while offering quad cameras, decent performance, and huge battery life. In particular, the Redmi Note 8 has a Snapdragon 665 processor, 6.5″ HD display, a 4,500mAh battery, and a quad-camera setup. It is priced at PhP 7,990 for the base 3 + 32GB model.

…but Realme is catching up

However, Xiaomi’s reign might be short-lived if Realme continues its strong, fast growth in the country. It placed no. 2 under the mobile phone and tablet category during its first Lazada 11.11 sale. The company witnessed a 966% growth from its September 9 sale.

Realme 5 took the spot for the best-selling smartphone, with competitive specifications of a Snapdragon 665 Processor, 6.5” HD display, 5,000mAh battery, quad-camera setup, and a price of PhP 7,990.

The Realme 5 makes a good alternative to the Redmi Note 8, which has almost the same specs and pricing. However, Realme 5 takes the edge slightly with bigger battery capacity and higher storage for the base variant at 64GB.

It is no wonder that Xiaomi’s intention behind the Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro is to offer competitive phones that match Realme’s offering. Surely, their rivalry is in full swing in the country. But Realme has a lot to go before beating Xiaomi globally — it’s the “sales volume king” in China’s Singles’ Day sales event.

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Huawei Nova 5T: The phone that lets you be independent

What she needs in life are tools that help her just be who she is

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The modern woman is preoccupied with a lot of things: work, spending quality time with family and friends, learning new skills, self-care, maybe even finding romance. She has a lot going on, so what she needs in life are tools that help her just be who she is.

When it comes to smartphones, the Huawei Nova 5T is a phone she can rely on. With its super fast fingerprint unlock and 8GB of memory, she won’t need to do any more waiting than she already does in her day to day.

Having 128GB of storage, she can take as many photos and videos as she wants. And the flagship Kirin 980 processor assures her that she can do anything she ought to do and multitask like the career woman that she is. No compromises here.

Who says a girl needs an Instagram boyfriend? The 32MP selfie camera on the Huawei Nova 5T lets her take wide-angle and beautiful selfies and outfit shots all on her own, without having to rely on anyone else. And those cameras at the back give her professional-like photos, too. No more boring photos.

The modern woman hustles and stays connected and the Nova 5T can stay on with her for for as long as she needs it to be. When it runs out of juice, it gets up to 50% in just 30 minutes.


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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