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ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 gets official price

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About that 5.5-inch ASUS ZenFone 3 Max that got us all excited last month: It now has an official price, which was revealed during the phone’s recent launch in India.

That and the release date were the only pieces of information missing, so there’s no more guessing this time around. Although there’s no mention of availability beyond India, we do know the 5.5-inch ZenFone 3 Max variant will cost INR 17,999, which is close to $270.

 

ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5

This version fits right in between the ZenFone 3 Laser and original ZenFone 3

While it may seem a little expensive, you have to consider its feature set first. As mentioned in our previous article, this smartphone is a mashup of the smaller 5.2-inch ZenFone 3 Max and 5.5-inch ZenFone 3 Laser, mixing the battery of the former with the camera capabilities of the latter.

This naturally places the larger Max above the two lower-end handsets, but still below the original ZenFone 3. For comparison, the 5.2-inch Max costs PhP 8,995 ($183), the Laser is PhP 11,995 ($244), and the plain 5.2-inch ZenFone 3 retails for PhP 16,995 ($346). The 5.5-inch Max would cost around PhP 13,250 ($270) if it lands in the Philippines.

So, what do you get out of it? A Full HD display, Qualcomm’s lower-end Snapdragon 430 processor, 32GB of native storage (expandable via microSD), and 3GB of RAM, but the amount of memory might increase or decrease depending on where you purchase the handset.

ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 colors

You have four colors to choose from

The bigger story lies in the battery capacity and cameras: a generous 4100mAh capacity for the former, and a pair of 16- and 8-megapixel cameras for the back and front, respectively. The primary shooter is assisted by both laser and phase detection autofocus.

Does the pricing announcement taper our fondness for the 5.5-inch ZenFone 3 Max? Not really. It just happens to be the most expensive ZenFone Max to date, and it’s priced as much as last year’s powerful ZenFone 2; hence, we can’t get that false sense of “empowering luxury” out of our heads.

We still hope more countries will receive the larger ZenFone 3 Max. It would help broaden the number of quality choices at this price point; the OPPO F1s, Vivo V3 Max, Moto G4 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime are all waiting.

Source: GSMArena

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Vivo NEX S pop-up camera goes under the knife in durability test

There’s only one way to find out…

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As a tech enthusiast, some of the cringiest videos you can find on web are those from JerryRigEverything’s channel. YouTuber Zack Nelson scratches, burns, and bends the hottest phones on the planet for both our entertainment and to see just how durable these gadgets are.

His latest victim is the NEX S, which is Vivo’s most premium and innovative smartphone to date. Not only does it have an in-display fingerprint reader and some of the thinnest bezels around, it also owns a pop-up camera that discreetly hides when not needed.

While many applauded Vivo for the pioneering feature, others were skeptical of its durability after long-term use. It’s only been a month since the NEX series launched, so we can’t say for certain how well it’ll hold up, but we have JerryRigEverything to speed up the process for us.

In this video, we see the NEX S and its pop-up camera go under the knife — as well as through flames and a pair of hands that try their hardest to bend the phone.

See the torture test for yourself and try your best not to cringe:

Overall, the NEX S escaped the session well enough, proving that its build quality can keep up with the best of them. We can now say for certain that Vivo took physical endurance seriously when crafting its latest high-end device, and that it can take a beating in worst-case scenarios (at the beginning at least).

If you want to see the Vivo NEX taken care of in better hands, you can watch our unboxing and hands-on video below:

 

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Genki finally gives us Bluetooth audio support for the Nintendo Switch

It’s about time!

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When I first bought a Switch, I knew I was getting the best-possible mobile gaming experience available today. However, my high hopes suddenly went downhill once I realized there’s no way of connecting my favorite Bluetooth headphones.

That’s right: Despite being designed for gaming on the go, the Switch has no way of accepting any form of Bluetooth audio — a feature that’s been present on smartphones and other gaming consoles for ages.

If you want sound outside of the built-in stereo speakers, you’d have to connect your headphones or portable speaker to the 3.5mm port. That’s not too bad, but it goes against the truly wireless era smartphones and mobile gadgets are (forcefully) ushering us into.

This is where Genki comes in. It’s a straightforward dongle that plugs into the USB-C port of the Switch and enables you to connect any Bluetooth audio device to the Nintendo console.

What’s great is that Genki draws minimal power from the console and can even provide sound to two devices at once thanks to the power of Bluetooth 5.0.

This is a simple solution to a problem Nintendo should’ve addressed long time ago. The Switch has been available for over a year now, and no first-party accessories have been released to add Bluetooth support.

It’s currently being funded on Kickstarter with only four days left to reach it’s US$ 30,000 goal. Clearly, people are seeing the need for Genki, since it has already amassed nearly US$ 400,000 as of writing!

There’s still time to pledge, but the cheapest US$ 29 deal is already gone and the US$ 49 Day One Edition is also no longer available. The estimated delivery date is October 2018.

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Huawei P20 Lite and Nova 2i are now priced cheaper in the Philippines

To make way for new Huawei midrange phones

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Huawei is set to unveil new smartphones in the coming weeks as competitive midrange offerings. In the Philippines, we already know that upcoming Nova 3i is going to be priced just below PhP 16,000, which is the same as the slightly older P20 Lite model. To make way for the new phone (or phones), Huawei just slashed the retail prices of two of their best-selling midrangers.

Effective immediately, the Huawei P20 Lite is now only PhP 13,990 which is two thousand pesos below its original price. Since the P20 Lite is now cheaper, the Huawei Nova 2i gets another price cut to just PhP 11,990.

Both phones sport Kirin 659 processors, Full HD+ displays with tall aspect ratios, dual rear cameras, and rear fingerprint readers. Design-wise, the P20 Lite looks a lot its P20 sibling with a notched display and glass back, while the Nova 2i features a metal unibody.

If you wanna know more about the P20 Lite, we have a video review that you can watch below:

We also have one for the Nova 2i:

SEE ALSO: Huawei Nova 3i pre-order details and price in the Philippines

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