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ASUS ZenFone 5 scores 90 on DxOMark

Not bad for the company’s first entry

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While waiting for OnePlus to reveal the DxOMark score of its newest flagship phone (spoiler: It hasn’t been disclosed yet), we instead got the numbers of another recently launched phone: the ASUS ZenFone 5.

The ZenFone 5 is the company’s latest shot at dominating the midrange market; and it’s been a great attempt so far. This handset offers a great set of specs, a screen that is on par with the competition, and the return of ASUS’ now-signature dual-camera setup owning an additional ultra-wide-angle lens.

So, how good are these cameras? Imaging authority DxOMark awarded them an overall score of 90. While that may not seem as amazing as the 95+ numbers we’ve been seeing more of lately, there’s some weight behind the ZenFone 5’s rating.

If you look at the complete mobile ranking of DxOMark, the ZenFone 5 is one of the few midrange smartphones that hit the 90 mark. It’s also one of the most affordable phones in this group, making it a great camera phone for the price.

Looking a little closer, the ZenFone 5 has a score of 93 in the photo department and a respectable 86 in video. DxOMark praises the cameras’ dynamic range and accurate white balance, but says that the images suffer from noise and loss of detail in certain situations.

Our own review of the ZenFone 5 gave credit to its cameras’ ability to scan environments using artificial intelligence. Photos during our tests had good color balance and a sweet level of clarity. The biggest downside we experienced was the slow autofocusing in dimly lit spots.

It’s interesting to note that this is ASUS’ first showing on DxOMark, and a great one at that. If the Taiwanese company can maintain this pace for its upcoming flagships, they’ll be serious camera-centric contenders in this market segment.

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OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition: Price and availability in the Philippines

The most expensive OnePlus phone, yet

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Shortly after its international debut, the most expensive OnePlus phone is (surprisingly) already on its way to the Philippines.

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is now available for pre-order online through Argomall. It’s priced at PhP 39,990, which is slightly higher than its US$ 699 retail price in the US.

Compared to the regular OnePlus 6T, the McLaren Edition comes with 10GB of memory, 256GB of storage, and the latest Warp Charge technology that can fill up half of the phone’s battery in just 20 minutes.

Also, the special edition phone features a carbon fiber pattern, orange accents, and the McLaren logo on the back.

There’s no exact shipping date for the phone, but it’s already listed on Argomall’s website.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition introduces Warp Charge, 10GB RAM

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Philippine telcos are now required to unlock phones after lock-in period

Finally, a pro-consumer measure

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The Philippines’ Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has ordered the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and telcos for the mandatory unlocking of phones and devices after the subscriber’s lock-in period.

The policy is based on the Memorandum Order 004, Series of 2018 issued by DICT on December 14.

According to the memo, subscribers who have completed their contract and have no outstanding obligations can demand telcos to unlock their phones or devices. The process must also be done conveniently and should be shouldered by the service providers.

The NTC is now tasked to draft the Memorandum Circular for the memo’s appropriate rules and regulations and conduct consultations and hearings with affected parties.

There’s no exact date of implementation, but with order already announced to the public, Filipinos will soon have freedom for their network-locked phones given that they have already fulfilled their contract.

Source: DICT

SEE ALSO: Mislatel confirmed as Philippines’ new telco

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Huawei Nova 4 press renders leak before official announcement

It’s the era of holed phones

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Samsung already announced their new midrange phone that has a hole in the screen. This is the newest display trend after the notch, and Huawei is next in line to present their own. The launch of the Nova 4 is scheduled for next week, but official-looking renders have already leaked online.

The renders further confirm some of the early reports about the Nova 4. The most obvious one is the position of the hole in the display for the front camera, which is expected to be a 25-megapixel sensor. This approach is supposedly less intrusive than having a notch. The Nova 4 will also have a triple-camera setup on the rear that’s strikingly similar to the P20 Pro’s; however, the sensors will not be same.

Rumors suggest that Huawei will have two Nova 4 variants. Both will have the Kirin 970 processor (same on the Nova 3), 8GB of memory, and 128GB of storage. They will also feature the same 16-megapixel monochrome and 2-megapixel depth sensors.

The difference between the two variants is in the main camera. The more expensive one will have a 48-megapixel Sony sensor, while the cheaper variant is stuck with a 20-megapixel sensor. Aside from that, the two variants will be practically identical.

Huawei will announce the Nova 4 on December 17 in China. Based on the leaked renders, it’ll come in a basic black color with red, blue, and white-pink gradient options.

Source: DroidShout

SEE ALSO: Huawei P30 will have a notch and curved display

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