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ASUS Zenfone 8 Series now official

Featuring the Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip

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ASUS is diversifying the Zenfone line by giving people two distinct options in the Zenfone 8 series — the base Zenfone 8 and the Zenfone 8 Flip. 

Both phones are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor. Right off the bat, you’re promised flagship performance, 5G connectivity, some reliable gaming performance, and all that jazz.

However, the most impressive thing about these two devices may be in how targeted they are. ASUS is sticking to their thing by insisting on a Flip camera module, but they’re also offering something else for a segment that they feel is underserved with the base Zenfone 8.

Zenfone 8 

Zenfone 8

The goal for the Zenfone 8 is clear — offer a compact flagship smartphone. While there are compact phones out there, it’s really only the iPhone 12 mini that can be considered flagship-level. But that phone suffered from a dismal battery life as many reviewers have pointed out.

To remedy this, ASUS put a 4,000mAh battery on the Zenfone 8. But how compact is it?

The Samsung AMOLED display on the phone measures at 5.9 inches. Only a few decimals larger than the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini. Also, a far cry from the at least 6.4 inches we see on most flagships today.

That display also supports HDR10+, has a 120Hz refresh rate, a 240Hz touch sampling rate, and is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 6. Neat. It has a tiny hole that houses the 12MP front-facing camera.

Speaking of cameras, no crazy flip-module here. Likely to maximize the space on the relatively tiny body. But ASUS didn’t skimp on the specs as the main camera uses the 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor here paired with an 8MP telephoto lens.

It is available in multiple configurations: 6GB + 128GB, 8GB +128GB, 8GB + 256GB, and 16GB + 256GB but there’s no way to expand the internal storage.


Watch our Zenfone 8 review


Zenfone 8 Flip 

As the name suggests, this is the more party-friendly Zenfone. It features the Flip-up camera module first seen on the ZenFone 6. It has a similar set of cameras as the Zenfone 8, but are positioned alongside each other — that’s 64MP main, 12MP ultra-wide, and 8MP telephoto.

The Flip can sustain up to 300,000 flips which may not sound a lot but ASUS insists that it is. It also doesn’t just go all the way flipped up or down. You can control the angle at which the camera flips.

The display is also Samsung AMOLED but this one lands on the big screen category coming in at 6.67 inches. Instead of 120Hz though, this has a 90Hz refresh rate with a 200Hz touch sampling rate.

By virtue of having a larger body, it also has a larger battery capacity at 5,000mAh. This one comes in only one configuration — 8GB +256GB with support for up to 2TB of storage expansion via MicroSD.

Both Zenfones share the same video shooting capabilties. These are 8K and 4K video recording, Motion Tracking video, Time Lapse, Slow Mo, and more.

Here’s a quick look at the specs side by side.

Zenfone 8

Zenfone Flip 8

Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Display 5.9” Samsung AMOLED, 120Hz 6.67” Samsung AMOLED, 90Hz
OS Android 11, Zen UI 8 Android 11, Zen UI 8
Configuration 6GB + 128GB

8GB +128GB

8GB + 256GB

16GB + 256GB

*No storage expansion

8GB +256GB

*Up to 2TB storage expansion via MicroSD

Battery 4,000mAh 5,000mAh
Cameras 64MP Sony IMX686

12MP Ultra-wide

12MP front-facing

64MP Sony IMX686

12MP Ultra-wide

8MP telephoto

*Flip camera module

 

Pricing and availability details to follow.

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Nokia G20 now official, promises 3-day battery life

In the budget segment

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Nokia G20

Nokia has been focused on releasing budget line phones that offer good value. After announcing the Nokia G10, the company has now unveiled the Nokia G20.

The Nokia G20 features a 6.5-inch teardrop display — plenty of real estate for all sorts of things that you do with your smartphone like watching videos, browsing social, and playing games.

Running Vanilla Android, it comes with Android 11 straight out of the box and promises three years of early and consistent security updates and two years of software upgrades. The three-day battery life promise comes from both having vanilla Android as well as a 5,050mAh battery.

For unlocking, it has both a side fingerprint sensor and face unlock options. It also has a USB-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Heading over to the cameras. The Nokia G20 sports a 48MP main shooter flanked by 2MP macro and 2MP depth shooters. For selfies, there’s an 8MP front facing camera.

Price and availability

The Nokia G20 retails for US$ 199. It will be available starting June 28 on nokia.com/phones, in the 4GB+128GB dual SIM variant. Storage is expandable up to 512GB via a MicroSD card slot. It also comes in two colors: Shimmering Night and Cool Glacier.

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Lenovo Go accessories are specially made for remote workplaces

Adjusting to the new normal

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Remote working has become a routine now, and companies are increasingly adopting a hybrid work culture. Work-from-home is just one of them, and many are opting for a nomadic life that’s not too far away from the city but far enough from the usual. Lenovo Go-branded accessories are specially designed to fit this hybrid culture.

The broad portfolio of purpose-built PC accessories is conceived to address common productivity pain points such as multitasking on several devices, low battery anxiety, or bad audio quality during calls.

Lenovo Go

The Lenovo Go Wireless Multi-Device Mouse lets you pair up to three devices and connect them effortlessly with a single button. If you’re looking for something different, the Wireless Vertical Mouse offers an optimized angle and curvature that mimicks a natural handshake position. Its accuracy is up to 2400 dots per inch (DPI) and includes six programmable buttons.

There’s also a USB-C Wireless Charging Kit that can charge any 13 to 14-inch laptop. All you need to do is lay the 65W mat and connect the receiver to one of the USB-C ports. The moment you place your laptop on the desk, it’s ready to charge. The Wireless Mobile Power Bank has a capacity of 10,000mAh and can simultaneously charge up to 30W of devices, one via wireless Qi and two via USB-C.

There’s also a Wired Speakerphone that eliminates headset pressure and delivers top-notch sound. It contains two microphones for beamforming and far-field pickup to improve voice clarity.  In case you’re looking for something that’s audio-focused, the Wired ANC Headset and Wireless ANC Headset offer maximum options in terms of connectivity. The latter also supports USB-C connections and dual pairing. Lastly, an In-ear option is also available, which also supports ANC (Active Noise Cancellation).

Tech Accessories Organizer is also available with compression-molded compartments and splash-proof zippers to keep care of all your accessories.

Price and Availability

Lenovo Go Wireless Multi-Device Mouse July 2021 €49 (US$ 58)
Lenovo Go USB-C Wireless Mouse July 2021 €36 (US$ 43)
Lenovo Go Wireless Vertical Mouse Aug 2021 €49 (US$ 59)
Lenovo Go Wireless Split Keyboard Oct 2021 €89 (US$ 106)
Lenovo Go Wireless Numeric Keypad Oct 2021 €49 (US$ 59)
Lenovo Go USB-C Laptop Power Bank (20,000 mAh) July 2021 €80 (US$ 95)
Lenovo Go Wireless Mobile Power Bank (10,000 mAh) Jan 2022 €69 (US$ 82)
Lenovo Go Wireless Charging Kit Oct 2021 €139 (US$ 154)
Lenovo Go Wired ANC Headset Nov 2021 €99 (US$ 120)
Lenovo Go Wireless ANC Headset Nov 2021 €159 (US$ 190)
Lenovo Go ANC In-ear Headphones Nov 2021 €79 (US$ 95)
Lenovo Go Wired Speakerphone Oct 2021 €99 (US$ 120)
Lenovo Go Tech Accessories Organizer Sep 2021 €45 (US$ 54)
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DITO rebranded Globe At Home modem seller arrested

The scammer was caught via a sting operation

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Some time last week, there were reports of Globe At Home modems being sold as rebranded DITO modems. Globe then issued a warning and worked with the Philippine National Police to pin down the suspect.

On June 23, 2021, Globe announced that the suspect has been captured. According to the police report, the suspect named Marlou de Paz was captured in a sting operation in Pala-Pala, Brgy. Sampaloc Dasmarinas Cavite. The 33-year old De Paz is under investigation for violating RA 8484, or the Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998.

De Paz was caught illegally selling “openline DITO modems” on various Facebook community groups for Cavite-based residents. In his post, he stated that any telco operator’s SIM may be used for the unit to function. The post also openly claimed that the modems are the Tozed “S10g Home Prepaid WiFi device.”

Globe is currently the only authorized distributor of these Tozed S10G modems in the Philippines. The telco is taking the necessary steps in ensuring that its customers are well-protected from illegal activities concerning its products and devices.

 

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