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ASUS rolls out Android 9 Pie for the ZenFone 5Z flagship globally

Took them long enough

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After prioritizing its main midrange offering, ASUS is now giving attention to their flagship phone. Owners of the ZenFone 5Z can finally rejoice because Android Pie is now being served.

ASUS has started the rollout of Google’s latest version of Android for the ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL). ZenUI customizations are still painted on top of Android, but the interface is now cleaner and pretty close to stock.


It should bring all the core new features of Pie, including app slices, Digital Wellbeing, Adaptive Battery, notification channels, and more.

The Pie update also pushes the build number up to 90.10.138.175 and includes the December security patch.

As always, the over-the-air update is going around in batches, so not all users will get it immediately. Those who want to flash it manually may head to the ZenTalk website and download the update for their respective SKU models (WW and RU).

Source: ZenTalk

SEE ALSO: ASUS ZenFone 5Z Review: More powerful but not exactly better

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The Range Rover Evoque is a luxury SUV to beat

Making driving so much easier

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Coventry Motors Corporation, the sole authorized importer and distributor of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles in the Philippines, introduced the All-New Range Rover Evoque. This is Land Rover’s luxury SUV blended with sweet looks and packed with safety tech.

The British car manufacturer takes craftsmanship to the next level with how details all have a purpose to make the Evoque as pleasing to the eye as possible. There’s a sense of familiarity when you first look at the SUV. But at the same time, things are somewhat different — better kind of different.


Up front, sports slim LED headlamps instantly grab your attention. There are prominent wheel arches that shelter its 20-inch wheels and now stands taller while being capable of wading through high waters.

It’s not only taller, but it also has wider and longer dimensions

According to the company, the Evoque now as a new chassis that makes the body stiffer and, in turn, offer that signature Range Rover ride comfort.

With a longer wheelbase, there’s now more room inside for passengers and luggage. The seats are dressed in two-tone Perforated Windsor leather for the top variants and come with 16-way seat controls.

The interior is described as minimalistic and straightforward luxury cabin designed to be more intuitive during drives. Its main hub is a 10-inch touchscreen system connected to a Meridian sound system for an immersive and detailed audio experience.

Land Rover says the Evoque is now smarter than previous models thanks to an updated software sitting behind its infotainment system. The basic idea is to be able to offer class and comfort for modern city living but still able to go off the paved road with its all-terrain characteristics.

This is achieved through the same Terrain Response technology seen on the full-size Range Rover that automatically detects the surface being driven on and adjusts how it acts accordingly.

It’s also complete with Hill Descent Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Lane Keep Assist that all contribute to help you when driving gets a little bit trickier.

The tech features don’t stop there. Introducing as a segment-first is the ClearSight Rear-View that transforms the rear-view mirror into an HD video screen in case passengers and bulky items block the view of the driver for the rear.

To top it off, the Evoque is also introducing the world’s first ClearSight Ground View technology. In a nutshell, it makes the hood or bonnet invisible by projecting camera imagery onto the upper touchscreen to show the driver a 180-degree view under the front of the vehicle. This, along with its 360-degree surround camera, should come in handy when you literally find yourself in a tight spot!

While we’re on the subject of firsts, the Evoque is the first in its segment to offer a Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) option. It runs on an efficient 48V mild-hybrid powertrain which is designed to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy with no plug-in charging required.

Pricing for the four variants in the Philippines are as follows:

  • SE 2.0 Diesel – PhP 5,090,000
  • R-Dynamic HSE 2.0 Diesel – PhP 5,490,000
  • R-Dynamic HSE 2.0 Petrol – PhP 5,590,000
  • R-Dynamic HSE MHEV 2.0 Petrol – PhP 6,190,000

If you want something more exclusive, the Evoque is also available in Black Limited Edition on the three R-Dynamic models, for an additional PhP 100,000.

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Google Pixel 4 spotted in the wild, new camera layout confirmed

It seems like the rumors are true

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Just last week, the company has confirmed the rear panel design of the soon-to-be-official Pixel 4. Over the years, leaks have been spoiling the launch events of Google, so they simply acknowledged what’s been floating on the internet.

This time around though, we have an actual Pixel 4 in the flesh. Google‘s upcoming flagship phone has been spotted by a 9to5Google tipster being used in public. While the images are quite low in quality, they further confirm the existence of the square camera module on the back of the new Pixel device.


The spy shots of the Pixel 4 don’t provide any extra info aside from the position of the secondary microphone on top. The phone is clearly sitting in a fabric case, too. It appears to be similar to the official cases by Google for the current Pixel lineup, no surprises there.

Image credit: 9to5Google

Additionally, according to 9to5Google‘s source, the device was spotted in London. There are no available images of the phone’s front, but the tipster confirmed that the rumored “forehead” of the Pixel 4 is real and it’s quite large. It’s expected to house two front-facing cameras, just like the Pixel 3 models.

Seeing an unannounced Pixel device doesn’t come as a shock. This ain’t the first time a Google product was leaked prior to its launch. We’re expecting to see more Pixel 4 leaks in the coming weeks or months until it goes official later this year.

SEE ALSO: Google provides official preview of Pixel 4

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Huawei’s foldable phone is delayed to make sure it won’t be like Samsung’s

Learning from the failures of others

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Huawei is still in hot waters because of the US trade ban, but that doesn’t mean things aren’t moving forward for the company. Back in February, the Chinese tech giant announced its foldable phone: the Mate X. The folding smartphone is initially scheduled to become available before the end of June; however, Huawei has a new release date.

The latest news about Huawei’s foldable phone comes from CNBC. According to a Huawei spokesperson, the company will launch the Mate X in September which is three months later than the initial plan.


The reason for the delay stems from Samsung‘s Galaxy Fold fiasco. The spokesperson said that Huawei is doing extra hardware tests and compatibility trials with carriers around the world. The company is also working with developers to make sure their apps will take advantage of the foldable phone’s form factor.

Huawei Mate X | GadgetMatch

It’s not surprising that Huawei is being cautious about releasing the Mate X half-baked after Samsung failed to pioneer the foldable phone market with multiple issues, especially regarding the display.

As you know, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold screen started to malfunction and break when tested by reviewers. Samsung eventually canceled the pre-orders for the phone and promised to fix things first.

When everything is set, Huawei will roll out the Mate X globally, focusing on markets where 5G is and will be available soon. The foldable 5G phone is set to go on sale for EUR 2,299 or roughly US$ 2,580, although there’s no update if Huawei will adjust the pricing after the delay.

SEE ALSO: Huawei’s foldable phone is delayed to make sure it won’t end up like Samsung’s

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