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ASUS ZenFone 3 Max hands-on

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Launched alongside the ASUS ZenFone 3 Laser in Vietnam, the ZenFone 3 Max is yet another budget phone with a rather attractive calling card. This time around, the promise is a battery that lasts for days, with the option to charge another mobile device using the Max’s reverse charging mode.

And with a 4,100mAh cell, it would be fooling to bet against the new Max—even though we haven’t put a retail unit through its paces yet.

The ZenFone 3 Max has also been redesigned from the ground up for 2016, so the removable plastic back of last year’s Max is no longer part of the equation. Ditto for the bulk and unnecessary length that undermined the original’s appeal to the average consumer. Metal (or a similar material) wraps the front, back, and sides of the phone.

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ASUS ZenFone Max (left) and ZenFone 3 Max (right)

It must be said, however, the ZenFone 3 Max, despite the contrast in outward appearance, feels more like an update than an upgrade. And that’s largely due to the reduced battery capacity (from 5,000mAh), which should impact usage time significantly.

Without a bigger-than-big battery, the ZenFone 3 Max doesn’t have anything that makes it stand out like last year’s model. Sure, on paper, the fingerprint reader on the back of the device is a nice addition, but it doesn’t work as well as it should. The rest of the specs are either mild improvements or holdovers from the previous year, depending on what you’re looking at.

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The phone is priced at the equivalent of $200, and will likely be available sometime in August. At that price, we’d rather fork out a bit more for the ZenFone 3 or ZenFone 3 Laser—either one is a nicer alternative than this phone. The Flash Plus 2 is also a worthy alternative; it may cost less, too.

For more about the ASUS ZenFone 3 Max, checkout the video embedded on this post, if you haven’t already.

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The ZenFone 3 Max (right) has on-screen buttons, while the ZenFone 3 Laser (left) makes use of capacitive ones

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The ZenFone 3 Max (left) has a squarish fingerprint reader

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Hands-on

Samsung isn’t giving up just yet

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It’s been a year since the first foldable of Samsung was released. Fast forward today, we have another foldable on the track.

Say hello to the Galaxy Z Flip! Unlike the Galaxy Fold that turns into a tablet, this one is so compact, it can even fit inside your coin purse.

Head on to the video above to know more or click the link here.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Hands-On

Unpacked features just for you

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2020 is a year where Samsung is taking a leap of faith by getting out of its comfort zone. The Galaxy S20 may look like last year’s Galaxy S10, but it offers double the power and features than its predecessor.

But does that mean the prices also doubled? Find out more by watching the video above or through this link if you can’t access it.

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PH3 wireless headphones is a wearable Filipino pride

A limited-edition offering that gives back

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Electronics manufacturer H-Audio has been providing quality products to its market when it comes to audio solutions. While they have a select lineup of offerings, it caters to different types of users.

What we have here is the PH3 that screams Filipino pride as soon as you put it on. Read on and find out if it performs as good as it looks.

It has a straightforward design

Red and blue stripes signify colors from the Philippine flag

Three stars and a sun on each earcup

Can’t get any more Filipino than this

Solid build quality

Headband has a good flex to it

Clasps comfortably on the head

Doesn’t come off easily

Comfortable ear cups

Earmuffs are made of memory foam

What I personally like about the PH3 when it comes to design is how it has a minimalistic kind of approach with just the three stars, sun, and stripes of red and blue. Apart from these Philippine flag-inspired colors, everything else is white. Sure, it might require extra effort to keep it clean, but it’s just something that works aesthetically.

Build quality feels durable and not flimsy which is what I look for next to sound quality. This is made possible by using stainless steel for the headband support and hard plastic for the rest — making it light, but tough.

It has a nice fit around the ears and wearing it for extended periods of time was still comfortable thanks to its memory foam earmuffs. I’ve used it a couple of times while running on the treadmill and the earcups remained snug and in place.

All-around performer

When it comes to sound quality, let’s get to the point — the PH3 delivers. It’s got warm and distinct mids, decent highs, and impressive lows. The overall sound is what you’d expect of closed-back headphones and leans on the muffled side of the sound spectrum.

Active Noise Cancellation option

One thing I noticed, though, is that sound leaks a little to the outside world so you might want to keep that in mind when you’re in an elevator with other people or something.

Connection via Bluetooth was easy and automatically pairs to the phone each time the headphones is turned on. That alone is a big check for me.

Micro-USB port for charging

The company says it has up to 20 hours of battery life. While I was not able to continuously use it, the headphones lasted me about five days with ANC off and mainly using it for music at the gym, walking around the neighborhood, or even just at home.

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H-Audio’s PH3 is a reliable pair of cans with minimal drawbacks. It might require extra care to keep it clean and sound leak at full volume might be an issue for a select few. Looking past those, however, you have a good set of headphones that not only performs well but also looks attractive with its touch of a local theme.

Additionally, its features like wireless connectivity and Active Noise Cancellation make operations easier and add to the overall music-listening experience.

Priced at PhP 7,480, proceeds will go to platforms to raise funds and help the underprivileged Filipino youth. The PH3 is available in select The Loop by Power Mac Center branches, Urban Gadgets, and The Listening Room. For more list of stores carrying their products, visit their Facebook page.

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