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ASUS ZenFone 6’s Flip Camera survives abuse, phone passes durability test

ASUS’ new phone is built like a tank

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Image credit: JerryRigEverything (via YouTube)

To achieve a true bezel-less display with no notch or any cutouts, manufacturers have been really creative. Most have resorted to the use of motors for a pop-up mechanism. ASUS, on the other hand, crafted something different with the new ZenFone 6 and its Flip Camera. It’s impressive, but is it durable?

When we first saw the Flip Camera of ASUS’ new flagship phone, we knew that it poses more concerns than pop-up cameras. However, ASUS has already thought about this and the durability tests of the JerryRigEverything channel on YouTube proves it.

Like many other phones that passed by the table of Zack from JerryRigEverything, the ZenFone 6 underwent abuse. Of course, the Flip Camera of the phone is the main focus. Check it for yourself:

After Zack pushed and pulled the flipping camera, tied random stuff to it, twisted its hinge, and banged it against the table, the ZenFone 6 camera module still worked like a charm. It’s worth noting that the motor of the Flip Camera drives into high gear when it senses a drop. That should keep the camera’s neck from breaking due to a strong impact.

As per ASUS, the ZenFone 6’s camera is rated to last for 100 flips a day in three years. If you don’t take a selfie often, then the Flip Camera will last longer in your care.

Additionally, the whole phone is built to last. It has a relatively standard scratch-resistant glass on both the front and back, an all-metal design that can take a beating, and the phone’s body will not bend in your pocket.

SEE ALSO: ASUS Zenfone 6 Unboxing and Hands-on

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Black Shark 2 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

It’s finally here!

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It’s finally here! The much anticipated Black Shark 2 and Black Shark 2 Pro are finally in the Philippines.

First announced back in July, the Black Shark 2 is a much anticipated gaming smartphone. Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus.

The device also comes with an AMOLED display with a 240Hz touch report rate. However, is that the display still retains a 60Hz refresh rate that lags behind its major competitor — the ASUS ROG Phone 2 — which has a display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The display’s response speed was reduced to 34.7 ms, promising faster response times during high pressure gameplay.

Price and availability

The Black Shark 2 comes in three variants: 6GB/128GB (PhP 22,990), 8GB/128GB (23,990), and 12GB/256GB (PhP 28,990).

Meanwhile, the Black Shark 2 Pro comes in two variants: 8GB/128GB (PhP 27,990), and 12GB/256GB (PhP 33,490).

The phones will be available in select Mi Stores: SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, and SM Mall of Asia starting December 13.

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Resident Evil 3 gets its remake, available Q2 2020

Remade into horror and glory

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PlayStation saved the best announcement as its second to the last for its final State of Play. One of the most popular survival horror franchises gets another remake since its release 20 years ago. Capcom wants to take everyone back to Raccoon City in its full, high definition glory in Resident Evil 3.

Revisit the story of Jill Valentine as you venture through the virus-infected city in this modern remake. Avid followers of the multitude of Resident Evil games will enjoy the improved visuals while enjoying the same style of shoulder-perspective gameplay. Capcom programmed the entire remake on their own RE Engine, the engine responsible for Devil May Cry 5.

Apart from that, Capcom also announced Resident Evil: Project Resistance – a 4v1 multiplayer mode within Resident Evil 3. It features similar gameplay to that of Resident Evil 2, as players turn into survivors at the mercy of a Mastermind. Early talks suggested that it would be a separate title, but will now be part of the Resident Evil 3 remake.

The game will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the PC on April 3, 2020. PlayStation is already taking in pre-orders for the game as early as now.

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China is banning all American technology

Over 30 million devices to be replaced

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For most of the year, we’ve heard of the American government banning Chinese products on their soil. It has always been the US making its moves against China. For its part, China has found itself on the defensive for most of the time. However, the tides are finally turning.

According to a new report, China is planning to ban all American technology from its government offices. The new ban mirrors the US government’s ban on Chinese technology. The Chinese government has issued a three-year deadline for offices to comply.

Based on estimates, Chinese government offices must replace up to 30 million items in three years. Even if it is an estimate, the figure is no joke, especially with the tense relationship between two of the world’s biggest technology manufacturers. China depends on American technology, as much as American depends on China.

Given both sides’ bans on the other, China must find a way to rely on its own technology or on other sponsors. If anything, China’s increased reliance on its own products will intensify its local companies, especially Huawei.

Besides finding better alternatives to its products, the government’s loss is a company’s gain. Chinese companies — like Huawei, Lenovo, and OPPO — can fill in the void for the government.

What does this mean for the world? Similar to the government’s predicament now, Huawei is trying to find permanent alternatives to its American components. If successful, Chinese products will be entirely made in China, rather than being a balanced blend of differently sourced components.

SEE ALSO: Mobile users in China have to undergo mandatory face scan

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