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ASUS ZenFone 6 goes all out with Snapdragon 855 and new Flip Camera

A different approach to avoid the notch

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ASUS‘ entry to the 2019 smartphone game may be a little late this year, but the Taiwanese company made sure that it’ll be worth it. True to their new “Defy ordinary” tagline, ASUS’ new smartphone is unlike anything we’ve seen before.

First and foremost, the ZenFone 6 is now ASUS’ main flagship phone. The ZenFone lineup started as a modest budget lineup from 2014 and it took five generations for it to become ASUS’ primary high-end phone — no need for “Z” or “Deluxe” monikers.


Since the ZenFone 6 is now a full-blooded premium smartphone, it has all the bell and whistles you’d expect from a 2019 flagship phone with a few extra surprises. For starters, it has an All-Screen NanoEdge display that’s free of any notch or hole-punch for the front-facing camera. The phone features a 6.4-inch IPS panel with a Full HD+ resolution, topped with Gorilla Glass 6.

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Inside, the phone is rocking a Snapdragon 855 chip paired with up to 8GB of memory and up to 256GB of storage using UFS 2.1. In order to keep up with the phone’s speed, ASUS has once again redesigned ZenUI (now called ZenUI 6) and it’s almost like pure Android. Additionally, ASUS has promised to bring Android Q when it launches later this year and even Android R in the future.

Perhaps the most important aspect of the ZenFone 6 is its cameras. In order to get rid of any display cutouts, ASUS resorted to a new and rather unique motorized Flip Camera. With this approach, the ZenFone 6’s main camera is also its selfie shooter.

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ASUS’ Flip Camera houses a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor with an f/1.79 aperture and 6p lens. It’s accompanied by a secondary 13-megapixel ultra wide-angle shooter with real-time distortion correction, dual-LED flash, and laser AF system.

With the main camera acting as the front camera at the same, the ZenFone 6 is practically the ultimate selfie phone.

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The device stays true to the traits of a ZenFone including the large 5000mAh battery — one of the biggest we’ve seen in a flagship-specced phone. ASUS has no special fast charging tech, but the ZenFone 6 supports the universally available Quick Charge 4.0 standard through USB-C.

The rest of the phone’s features include stereo speakers with dual NXP amplifiers, 3.5mm headphone jack with Hi-Res Audio output, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and Face Unlock.

The ZenFone 6 will be shipping in Europe on May 25 starting at EUR 499 or roughly US$ 560 for the base variant with 6GB of memory and 64GB of storage. The 6GB+128GB configuration will go for EUR 559 (US$ 625), while the top 8GB+256GB model is priced at EUR 599 (US$ 670). It will only be available in four Asian markets: Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and India.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ZenFone Max (M2) Hands-on: Still a great budget contender

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Lenovo launches new generation ThinkPads, ThinkVision displays

Up your business game with these new devices

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Business professionals have to stay on top of their game while at work. Whether it’s in the office or in coffee shops, a professional’s business skills has to be coupled with a performance-driving machine. For Lenovo, their next generation ThinkPad and ThinkVision devices hope to provide the level of efficiency and portability for modern-day businesses.

Lenovo Philippines launched five new ThinkPad devices for the Philippine business market. The next generation ThinkPad brings the company’s longstanding premium features and performance.


The new Lenovo T490 spearheads the lineup, with an 8th-gen Intel processor and an optional NVIDIA MX250 graphics card. This device also has a high memory capacity that expands up to 48GB of RAM to couple with a solid state drive up to 512GB.

All other ThinkPad devices contain features on portability and enhanced performance. The Lenovo X390 is a lightweight device packed with a battery that lasts for 18 hours and charges fast through its Rapid Charge feature.

Meanwhile, the Lenovo L390 features a 13.3-inch touchscreen display for a more interactive experience with complex data sets. Finally, the entry level Lenovo E490 and E490s feature performance boosting features like Intel Optane memory and an optional AMD Radeon 540X graphics card.

New ThinkVision displays

Lenovo did not stop there as they’ve also announced their new ThinkVision displays in the ThinkVision M14 and S24e-10. The Lenovo ThinkVision M14 is a portable monitor that will serve as a secondary display on the go. The Lenovo ThinkVision S24e-10, meanwhile is 1080p FHD display that will deliver clear, crisp image quality fit for business presentations.

The new Lenovo ThinkPads start at PhP 43,990 (US$ 864), with the Lenovo 7490 starting at PhP 73,990 (US$ 1453). Meanwhile, the Lenovo ThinkVision displays start at PhP 8,990 (US$ 177) for the ThinkVision S24e-10 and PhP 13,990 (US$ 275) for the ThinkVision M14.

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Budget Android One Nokia 2.2 arrives in PH

Most affordable stock Android phone

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The Philippine market is welcoming a new budget contender with the Nokia 2.2. Best of all, this one comes with stock Android.

The Nokia 2.2 has a 5.71-inch LCD display with an HD+ resolution. A small notch houses the front camera and the back is made of plastic but designed to look like glass.


The phone is equipped with a quad-core MediaTek A22 processor and storage is expandable thanks to a microSD card slot. It has a 3000mAh battery that supports 5W charging and even has a 3.5mm headphone jack.

On the rear is a 13-megapixel single lens camera while the front has a 5-megapixel selfie shooter. A new low-light image fusion mode captures multiple pictures in dark surroundings to generate a better picture with less noise and improved sharpness. Other standard features include HDR, Colorize, and Beautify.

The Nokia 2.2 will retail for PHP 5,990 (US$ 118) and will be available in all Authorized Nokia Mobile reseller, official Nokia stores and kiosks nationwide.

Nokia 3.2 also coming to PH

Another Android One phone coming to the Philippines is the Nokia 3.2. It’s a slight step-up from the 2.2 featuring a Qualcomm Snadragon 420 processor along with 3GM of RAM and 32GB of storage that’s expandable up to 400GB thanks to a microSD card slot.

It has a 13MP rear camera along with a 5MP selfie shooter. The device looks like it’ll have plenty of juice with its 4000mAh battery. It also has a plastic body with the same glass-like design found on the Nokia 2.2.

The Nokia 3.2 will retail for PHP PHP 7,990 (US$ 157) exclusively at Shopee with a PHP 1,000 (US$ 20) discount voucher.

Both phones will be available for purchase starting July 19, 2019.

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Nokia 8.1 launches in the Philippines

Better late than never

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First announced back in December 2018, the Nokia 8.1 finally makes its way to the Philippines.

The smartphone also known as Nokia 7X in certain markets is part of the Android One program. This means the phone will run a stock Android OS out of the box.


Powering this device is the Snapdragon 710 SoC along with 4GB of RAM with 64GB of internal storage that’s expandable via a microSD card. It has a 6.18-inch Full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18.7:9 aspect ratio. The brand has emphasized its PureDisplay screen technology that offers a higher contrast ratio and sharper output along with HDR10 support. Backing these internals is a 3500mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging.

The phone ZEISS-powered 12- and 13-megapixel dual-cameras while the front has a single 20-megapixel selfie shooter. It has a very premium all-glass back. The body is built with 6000-series aluminum that has dual tone color coating.

Pricing and availability

The Nokia 8.1 will retail for PHP 19,999 (US$ 393) exclusively at Lazada starting July 19, 2019. It will come in a glamorous limited-edition Iron Steel color variant. The first 700 buyers will also get a free Philippine Airlines (PAL) travel voucher worth PHP1,000 and an extra special treatment CARE card for after sales support with VIP services.

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