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ASUS ZenFone 7 series with improved Flip Camera now official

All flagship specs

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While everyone seems to be stepping away from moving camera modules, ASUS is doubling down on them. The company introduced the Flip Camera on the ZenFone 6 and it improves the feature on the ASUS ZenFone 7 series.

Yes, series. There are two ZenFones this year — the ZenFone 7 Pro and the ZenFone 7. We’ll show you the difference between the two later on but here’s a rundown of what you can expect from the new ZenFone flagship.

Flip Camera in service of an All display screen 

This was the trend not too long ago. Phone makers were putting pop-up cameras on their phones to deliver an all-screen experience. But it had to go in 2020 in favor of other components and to pull down production cost.

ASUS, though, zigs while everyone else zags. The triple lens on the Flip Camera is headlined by a 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor, a 12MP ultrawide lens, and a 3X telephoto zoom lens.

The Flip Camera is much improved. There’s a new motor module for better weight endurance. The moving part itself is made with what ASUS is calling Liquid Metal. It’s a material that’s light but tough. And they also have an angle sensor so the Flip knows what it’s pointing to at all times.

That screen is also one of the best in the business on paper. It’s a 6.67-inch Samsung AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It’s a 20:9 ratio and goes up to 700nits for outdoor brightness. It also supports HDR 10+.

Top-of-the-line specs

Like its sister phone the ROG Phone 3, the ASUS ZenFone 7 series is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus and 865 SoCs. That means the phones also support 5G. And while this isn’t a gaming phone per se, it can surely hold its own when playing popular titles like PUBG, Mobile Legends, and Call of Duty. 

Complimenting the processor are the 8GB LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage. Rounding up the specs talk is a 5000mAh battery with support for 30W fast charging.

A clean Android experience

While it has a Zen UI 7 skin on top, it comes pretty close to the vanilla Android 10 experience that many users prefer. The changes that ZenFone made are focused on performance optimizations like new sound control, better battery management, and new display features.

On the hardware side the power-button is multi-functional and they’re calling it the All-in-one smart key. It’s a power button, capacitive fingerprint reader, and Smart Key.

A single press behaves as usual but you can customize what it does when you press twice or when you press and hold. This can be anything from triggering a voice assistant to switching certain features on/off like bluetooth, flashlight, and many more.

ASUS also brought over Game Genie from the ROG Phone 3 to help manage your notifications and your hardware while you game.

The differences between the Pro and non pro variants

Unlike most other phone series, there’s not a lot that’s setting the ASUS 7 Pro apart from the ASUS 7. This means, no matter which one you opt for, you will get a flagship experience.

The ZenFone 7 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC while the ZenFone 7 is powered by the Snapdragon 865 SoC. They have the same camera setup except the main and telephoto lenses of the non pro variant don’t have OIS or optical image stabilization.

Lastly, the two phones have different RAM and ROM configurations:

  • ZenFone 7 Pro — 8GB + 256GB
  • Zenfone 7 — 6GB/8GB +128GB

Pricing and availability 

The ASUS Zenfone 7 series will come in two colors: Aurora Black and Pastel White. It’s currently only available in Taiwan but will be released globally at a later date. Pricing are as follows:

  • ZenFone 7 Pro : NT$ 27990 (US$ 954) 
  • ZenFone 7 : Starts at NT$  21999 (US$ 954)

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Mi 11 Lite: Price and availability in the Philippines

Ultra-slim midranger

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Mi 11 Lite

The youngest sibling from the Mi 11 series expansion announcement, the Mi 11 Lite, has made its way to the Philippines.

Despite an overall slim footprint, it does sport a 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay with a 90Hz refresh rate and HDR10. It also has a 4,250mAh battery with 33W fast charging.

Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G chip. It’s a chip that’s more than capable of handling most of what you’ll do on a smartphone. Into gaming? Yes, this phone can certainly handle that. It even employs the LiquidCool tech to keep you cool even as the game heats up.

It also has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Yes, this is only the 4G version. No word yet if the 5G one will arrive in the country. Its camera setup are as follows: 64MP f/1.79 Wide. 8MP f/2.2 UWA, 5MP f/2.4 Telemacro, and 16MP selfie camera.

The phone will come in three colors: Boba Black, Bubblegum Blue and Peach Pink.

Price and availability

The Mi 11 Lite will retail for PhP 14,990 and will be available for purchase from Authorized Mi Stores and partner retailers nationwide as well as our official stores in Lazada and Shopee starting April 24.

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Lenovo unveils new Eyesafe-certified ThinkVision monitors

For those who wish to manage their screen time while working

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For those working from home, you often find yourselves glued to your screens for more than eight hours a day. Whether it’s your work laptop or your phone, you proceed to work on your tasks or scroll through social media through a screen. Of course, if you do it for too long, it has the potential to damage your eyesight in the long run. Now, Lenovo unveiled a new set of displays that might just help you address that.

The company has launched its latest ThinkVision monitors that are now Eyesafe-certified. In essence, both monitors come with technologies designed to ease off the harmful blue light emitted from the display. Furthermore, they received a TUV Rheinland Eye Comfort certification to ensure maximum eye comfort and protection.

Also, these two monitors — the ThinkVision T24i-2L and ThinkVision T27h-2L — come with color accurate displays and phone holders on the base.

For the ThinkVision T24i-2L, it comes with a 24-inch FHD display with flexible connectivity options for all kinds of devices. Meanwhile, the ThinkVision T27h-AL comes with a 27-inch QHD display for a much larger workspace.

These monitors are now available for the price of PhP 8,850 (ThinkVision T24i-2L) and PhP 15,499 (ThinkVision T27h-2L). You will find these through Lenovo’s authorized partner sellers.

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Infinix launches Hot 10S, Hot 10S NFC

For ‘ultimate entertainment’

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Infinix Hot 10S

Infinix just launched a pair of smartphones that should cater to most people’s basic smartphone needs. These are the Infinix Hot 10S and Hot 10S NFC.

There’s not a lot of differences between the two so let’s jump right in and identify them. The Hot 10S has a 6,000mAh battery while the Hot 10S NFC is rocking one that’s 5,000mAh. The Hot 10S also has more configuration options. These are: 4GB+64GB, 6GB+64GB, 4GB+128GB, and 6GB+128GB. Meanwhile the Hot 10S NFC only has 4GB+64GB and 4GB+128GB.

Other than the aforementioned, the two Infinix phones share pretty much the same specs and features. These include a 6.82 HD+ display with 90Hz refresh rate, a MediaTek Helio G85 chip, as well as a fingerprint scanner.

On the camera department, they both have an 8MP selfie shooter. On the back are the following: 48MP, 2MP, and AI lens.

Both phones are running Android 11 with XOS 7.6 on top. This UI is the latest from Infinix and brings refreshed icons and live wallpapers. It also features Game Zone — a game manager so you get the most of your phone for your mobile gaming. Lastly, it also has X-Proof that obscures your screen so others can’t go snooping around what you’re doing.

Price and availability

The Infinix Hot 10S and Hot 10S NFC will come in the following colors: Black, Morandi Green, Heart of Ocean, and Purple. They will be available in Indonesia starting May 12 and will rollout in other countries soon after. The Infinix Hot 10S starts at US$ 130, while the Infinix Hot 10S NFC starts at US$ 120.


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