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ASUS ZenFone 4 variants and prices get leaked in full

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After a bit of wait, the ASUS ZenFone 4 is launching in Taipei on August 17.

If previous launch dates are taken into account, the ZenFone 4 is delayed by three months, but its new timing could be more strategic than you think.

New release schedule

In the smartphone world, phones are usually released between two important periods, one per half of the year. The first happens between January to April, sandwiched by events like the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and Mobile World Congress (MWC). And the second comes much later, from late August to sometime in October around the time of the IFA trade show in Berlin and iPhone launch.

These launches are planned around the availability of smartphone components like processors (which are also updated yearly), and are carefully timed so as not to overlap with competing brands. A properly timed launch means you get the best components and can hog the media spotlight and public’s attention.

For ASUS, both reasons could have factored into play when determining the ZenFone 4’s new launch and release schedule.

Last year, many of their phones were released many months following their actual launch, long after the buzz around these phones had died down.

Streamlined lineup, but still way too many skews

This time it seems like they’re ready to both launch the ZenFone 4 — a complete lineup in fact — and have these phones hit retail shelves shortly after.

According to the latest reports, the following ZenFone 4 models are to be expected next week: the top-of-the-line ZenFone 4 Pro, ZenFone 4 (two variants — why ASUS?), ZenFone 4 Selfie, and the already announced ZenFone 4 Max.

Higher price points

And here’s rumored pricing for Taiwan:

  • ZenFone 4 Pro — NT$ 18,990 (approx. US$ 629)  
  • ZenFone 4 (S660) — NT$ 13,990 (approx. US$ 463) 
  • ZenFone 4 (S630) — NT$ 10,990 (approx. US$ 363)
  • ZenFone 4 Selfie — NT$ 9,990 (approx. US$ 330)
  • ZenFone 4 Max — NT$5,990 (approx. US$ 198)

If these prices turn out to be accurate, ASUS will continue on what appears to be a global trend of price increases. The upcoming Galaxy Note 8 from Samsung, for example, is expected to be priced in the area of US$ 1,000.

Last year’s entry-level ZenFone 3 debuted in Taipei for NT$ 7,990, while its flagship Deluxe model was priced at NT$ 15,990.

This doesn’t take into consideration higher pricing in markets outside of Taiwan. Last year pricing in India, the Philippines, and even the US were priced significantly higher.

SEE ALSO: ASUS reveals ZenFone 4 and 4 Max ahead of launch

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Unboxing

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The Galaxy S20 Ultra marks the first “Ultra” device made by Samsung. Despite its hefty price tag and similar box content as other S20 models, it’s heavier with specs and features.

Here’s our Galaxy S20 Ultra unboxing.

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A journey to self-love: How to set your financial goals straight

With CIMB Bank’s help

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Image: MJ | GadgetMatch

There was a point in my life when adulting hit me hard: my romantic relationship suddenly ended, which coincided with my resignation from my full-time job of three years. The thing is, I had a plan before everything happened, but life is indeed full of unexpected moments.

I decided to take a rest first to clear my overwhelmed mind. I ended up doing what most young adults like me would do: travelled to different places, went out with friends, volunteered for several causes, and spoiled myself with my favorite things and experiences — everything that involved doing what I love and seizing life’s great moments.

I was busy indulging myself in this idea of “self-love” until I realized that my bank account was draining every single week, and I was close to maxing out my credit card limit. That’s when it hit me: I wasn’t financially prepared to sustain this kind of lifestyle. 

Self-love is more than just showering yourself with pretty things

We all have this idea that “self-love” is about indulging in life’s best comforts, and doing whatever sets our soul on fire. Newsflash: real life is much trickier than these scenarios we see in rom-com films.

For me, I had to take more extra work to do these things I love, while still being able to pay bills. I regretted not being able to save up more and use my money wisely. I eventually found myself living life from paycheck to paycheck, and I realized that this is not the life I wanted to live. I couldn’t fully enjoy life’s moments, since my financial restrictions were always at the back of my mind. 

I have come to understand the real concept of self-love — that it is actually about creating a life that is prepared for whatever life’s challenges throw at us. Instead of treating ourselves to short-lived thrills, it’s much better to manage our finances first so we’re always ready for the next big thing. Being smart with our finances is indeed a great form of self-care. 

Seize life’s moments by being financially fit

CIMB Bank, the “Best Digital Bank” in the Philippines is a great choice for people like me who want to save up for life’s next moments. The best thing about it is I can open an account seamlessly in just 10 minutes — no need to personally enroll in a branch and wait for weeks to secure an account. No wonder they have been recently awarded as the “Fastest Growing Digital Bank” as well.

Through the CIMB Bank PH mobile app (iOS/ Android), managing and accessing my money is also much easier compared to other banks. They offer great perks and services such as transacting with other banks for free, withdrawing in over 25,000 ATM machines nationwide without penalty charges via Visa pay, wave debit card, and not be bothered by maintaining balances.

I can also access my cash 24/7 in just a few taps, and it’s connected to other local payment gateways I frequently use like GCash and dragonpay, so it greatly fits my flexible lifestyle.

True to its commitment to helping Filipinos achieve financial inclusion and freedom, this all-digital, mobile-first bank offers an interest rate of four percent (4%) per annum available all year round, with no restrictions, via its UpSave account offering. It’s the best-in-market savings rate, which makes me save more money without worrying about security. They also offer up to Php 2 million worth of life insurance coverage!

With CIMB Bank, I can track my savings easily and invest my money in experiences that will allow me to feed my passions. When the time comes that life throws more unexpected moments, I know I’m financially secured to handle it. And that is one of the best forms of love I can give to myself.

To know more about CIMB Bank PH, click here.


This feature was produced in collaboration with Her GadgetMatch and CIMB Philippines.


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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Unboxing, Setup, Photos & Q&A

What to expect when you buy the Galaxy Z Flip

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Today is Galaxy Z Flip Day! Thankfully I have fast fingers, and was able to snag one before it ran out online. In this video I pick up in store, unbox and set it up, and answer some of your questions.

This is our Samsung Galaxy Z Flip unboxing.

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