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ASUS ZenFone 3 unboxing

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As many of you know, we’re only a few short weeks away from seeing ASUS’ signature smartphone series hit the streets in many parts of the world.

As of this month, it’s reportedly already available in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. Next up are Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines in August. A ZenFone 3 launch event is expected to take place in India sometime in September. Shipments could be headed to Europe, Japan, and the United States later in the year.

The standard ASUS ZenFone 3 comes in two variants: one, a 5.2-inch model with 3GB of RAM and a 2,650mAh battery; the other, a 5.5-incher with 4GB of RAM and a 3,000mAh battery.  Each variant is identifiable by a unique model number. But regardless of specifications, the outward appearance has been completely redesigned from the ground up — in lieu of a removable plastic back, there’s curved-edge glass on the front and back and a metal frame that holds the assembly in place.

The ZenFone 3 is far less cumbersome and prettier now, arguably more attractive than the bigger and higher-specced and more expensive ZenFone 3 Ultra and Deluxe models. Its design is proof that ASUS, like Xiaomi and OnePlus and so many other Chinese startups, is also capable of building a premium-feeling phone for less.

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More importantly, the ZenFone 3 is a more capable phone than before, housing a new octa-core processor from Qualcomm, as opposed to an Intel chip, which has historically been synonymous with poor heat dissipation and inefficient battery use. We quickly noticed the difference and thanked the heavens ASUS went with a different chip maker this year.

Our immediate takeway from the ASUS ZenFone 3 event was that the Taiwanese manufacturer is well aware of the huge expectations from the public that saw a deluge of quality but affordable smartphones over the past year and a half, hence the guns-blazing approach in 2016. After playing around with the ZenFone 3, we’re convinced ASUS has surpassed its previous feats.

But ASUS doesn’t operate in a vacuum; and more so than ever, the market is seeing brands of all sizes making headlines in the affordable phone segment.

The ASUS ZenFone 3 starts at $249. Check out our unboxing video to see a retail unit in action.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip fails a scratch test

Scored as low as Galaxy Fold

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Today, the average smartphone has a tougher display than it did years ago. You can’t scratch a smartphone display as easily anymore, even without a screen protector.

That said, the arrival of the foldable smartphone sets the industry back by a decade. Because of the flexible display, the current standards don’t necessarily apply. Case in point, last year’s Galaxy Fold kept breaking down in controversial fashion. It was no surprise, though; the first foldable phones were built with plastic.

Now, 2020 has promised an improved generation for the foldable smartphone. Unfortunately, Motorola has proved the year wrong already. Reported previously, the new Motorola razr’s screen failed way before its advertised usage rate.

Recently, Samsung launched the new Galaxy Z Flip. This time, Samsung’s foldable phone advertised a glass screen, instead of the former’s plastic. As expected, eager reviewers subjected the new phone to the fiercest conditions. Like its contemporaries, the new foldable kid on the block failed.

Renowned stress tester JerryRigEverything brought the sharpest knives over the Galaxy Z Flip’s screen. As always, the tester used knives with increasing sharpness.

The Galaxy Z Flip started getting scratches as early as the second level of sharpness. For reference, most smartphones today usually last until level 6. Also, the previous Galaxy Fold and the Motorola razr both got the same low score.

Still, the Galaxy Z Flip’s failure is much more resonant this time around. Before launch, Samsung advertised a more resistant screen for the foldable display, owing to its glass construction.

Unfortunately, the boast might be a marketing ploy. The screen definitely lasted shorter than glass. If anything, it might not consist of 100 percent glass, having a mix of plastic in some way. Most of the time, Samsung has not commented on the surface’s actual composition.

However, in a statement to The Verge, the company clarified that “while the display does bend, it should be handled with care. Also, Galaxy Z Flip has a protective layer on top of the Ultra Thin Glass similar to Galaxy Fold.” If true, the knives were affecting the topmost layer, rather than the glass itself. Regardless, take good care of your Galaxy Z Flip.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Hands-on

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Realme X50 Pro 5G confirmed to have 65W fast charging

Fastest charging technology available right now

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Following the cancellation of MWC 2020, Realme has announced it will launch its next flagship product, the Realme X50 Pro 5G, via an online event.

The Realme X50 Pro 5G will be powered by a Snapdragon 865 processor, 5G support, a Full HD+ display, 12 GB of RAM, 256 GB of internal storage, 65W SuperDart fast charging ability, and the new Android 10-based Realme UI.

Unlike the Realme X50 5G, which comes with a 120Hz IPS LCD display, the Realme X50 Pro 5G will sport an AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Multiple cameras on the back are also certain, but it remains to be seen what image sensors make the cut.

 

At the Snapdragon Tech Summit in December, Realme was one of the notable smartphone makers that confirmed the use of the new generation of 5G chipsets for its upcoming smartphones.

OPPO’s Reno Ace is the only phone to support 65W fast charging today and Realme’s offering will be called SuperDart. Realme’s CMO Xu Qi Chase revealed additional information about the new charging technology over on Weibo, stating that the Realme X50 Pro will use a GaN charger which is more compact, efficient, and generates less heat.

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Globe’s postpaid plan for Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra

Various options to choose from

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It’s not too long now before Samsung’s Galaxy S20 arrives in the Philippines. Smart already put their postpaid plans for the S20 series online. Globe also has postpaid plans put up for the smartphone already. As a matter of fact, you can now pre-order it online on their website.

Globe is bundling the S20 with an attractive call, text, and data packages on their own ThePLAN. ThePLAN’s packages follows:

ThePLAN 599 (PhP 599 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 36,000 PhP 40,800 PhP 52,800
Data 2 GB
Call Unlimited to Globe/TM
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

ThePLAN 799 (PhP 799 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 34,800 PhP 39,600 PhP 51,600
Data 3 GB
Call
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 50 minutes to other networks
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

ThePLAN 999 (PhP 999 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 32,400 PhP 37,200 PhP 49,200
Data 5 GB
Call
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 50 minutes to other networks
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

ThePLAN 1299 (PhP 1,299 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 30,000 PhP 34,800 PhP 46,800
Data 8 GB
Call
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 50 minutes to other networks
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

ThePLAN 1499 (PhP 1,499 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 26,400 PhP 31,200 PhP 43,200
Data 11 GB
Call
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 50 minutes to other networks
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

ThePLAN 1799 (PhP 1,799 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 25,200 PhP 30,000 PhP 42,000
Data 15 GB
Call
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 100 minutes to other networks
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

ThePLAN 1999 (PhP 1,999 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 22,800 PhP 27,600 PhP 39,600
Data 16 GB
Call
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 150 minutes to other networks
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

ThePLAN 2499 (PhP 2,499 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 18,000 PhP 22,800 PhP 34,800
Data 21 GB
Call
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 150 minutes to other networks
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

ThePLAN 2999 (PhP 2,999 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 18,000 PhP 22,800 PhP 34,800
Data 31 GB
Call
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 300 minutes to other networks
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

Premium Plans on offer

Globe also offers its top of the line postpaid plans for the Galaxy S20 series. You can avail it in three tiers of Globe’s ThePREMIUM Plan:

ThePREMIUM 3799 (PhP 3,799 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 4,800 PhP 9,600 PhP 21,600
Data Unlimited every month
Call Unlimited to all networks
Text Unlimited to all networks
Roaming N/A
Consumable Allowance N/A
Rewards Double Globe Rewards points
Freebies N/A

ThePREMIUM 4999 (PhP 4,999 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out None PhP 4,800 PhP 16,800
Data Unlimited every month
Call
  • Unlimited to all networks
  • Unlimited to Globe Duo and landline
Text Unlimited to all networks
Roaming 2 days
Consumable Allowance PhP 1,500
Rewards Double Globe Rewards points
Freebies N/A

ThePREMIUM 7999 (PhP 7,999 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out None
Data Unlimited every month
Call
  • Unlimited to all networks
  • Unlimited to Globe Duo and landline
Text Unlimited to all networks
Roaming 4 days
Consumable Allowance PhP 3,000
Rewards Double Globe Rewards points
Freebies N/A

Requirements

To avail of Globe’s postpaid plans for the Galaxy S20, simply head over to their website during the pre-order period. If you intend to renew your plan instead, you may opt to call them through their hotline for faster processing. You may need some valid documents while applying for a brand new device.

While there is no date yet for the actual launch of the device in the country, expect it to land not later than March. The Galaxy S20 packs powerful hardware along with new camera innovations, so it’s worth waiting for Samsung’s latest flagship.


SEE ALSO:
Samsung Galaxy S20 series price in the Philippines
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip price in the Philippines
Samsung Galaxy Buds+ price in the Philippines

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