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ASUS ZenFone Max Plus: Price and availability in the Philippines

Did ASUS hit the right spot?

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It was only a matter of time for the ZenFone Max Plus to arrive in the Philippines, and it comes with the details we’ve been waiting for.

Beginning January 14, Filipinos may purchase ASUS’ first near-borderless smartphone for PhP 11,995. That puts it squarely in the entry-level to lower-midrange category filled with other handsets of the same kind.

To the new ZenFone’s credit, it’s not all about the trimmed borders. It also has a dual-camera system at the back, as well as a larger-than-average battery to carry the Max name.

The official launch will happen this Sunday, January 14 at the SM MOA Atrium, but while you wait, you can watch our unboxing and hands-on video below:

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Samsung starts making smartwatches in India

Includes an entire range of 18 smartwatches

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Samsung has launched the Galaxy Watch Active 2 4G Aluminium edition in India. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 has been available in the country for quite some time, but there’s something special about the Aluminium edition.

It’s the first Samsung smartwatch to be built in India. The brand said it has started manufacturing its entire range of 18 smartwatches in India as part of the Make for India program. The company has been making phones in India for years, but wearables were usually imported.

Samsung has a huge production facility in Noida, India. Smartphones are also built for export and the plant can be expanded further depending on demand. Amid the call to avoid foreign goods, Indians are actively looking for options that are made or designed in India.

Coming to the watch, it’s priced at INR 28,490 (US$ 378) and shall be available in Cloud Silver, Aqua Black, and Pink Gold color options.

It sports a 1.4-inch Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass DX+ for protection. The smartwatch is IP68 certified and rated to work at a maximum pressure of up to 5ATM. It runs on Tizen OS with 1.5GB RAM and 4GB internal storage.

Once connected to a phone, it can also access the smartphone camera, videos, and use Wireless PowerShare to transfer data quickly.

It has e-SIM connectivity that enables calls, messages, and notifications on-the-go. Lastly, it’s equipped with a heart-rate sensor, ECG sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, and ambient light sensor.

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LG Velvet UI will roll-out to 6 older phones

Never ditch your existing customers

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LG has announced it’ll be rolling out the new Velvet UI to six older phones.

It further added that the decision was made after considering comments via support channels. The move will further strengthen the brand’s decision to pivot and act as a confidence-building measure for its existing flagship users.

The six phones that shall be getting the new UI are:

  • LG V50 ThinQ
  • LG V50S ThinQ
  • LG V40 ThinQ
  • LG V35 ThinQ
  • LG G8 ThinQ
  • LG G7 ThinQ

LG changed its strategy for the mobile division this year and decided to proceed with a lifestyle-centric lineup. Starting with the Velvet, it revamped the software as well. This marked the company’s move away from traditional V and G-series, creating a new niche of its own.

The company says it’ll constantly monitor user feedback on the Velvet UI to ensure maximum appeal. A few years ago, LG used to go head-on against Samsung’s flagship offerings. Even though the brand made excellent phones, it just couldn’t match Samsung’s hype and always had to settle for the second position.

With declining sales and no operational profitability, the new strategy makes sense. Sony has also changed its outlook and is focusing on doing what it does best — make the best camera phones. Similarly, LG can find itself a sweet-spot in the lifestyle-oriented market.

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The best OnePlus Nord meme will get a free phone

Are you up for the challenge?

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To make the launch of OnePlus Nord even more interesting, the company is leaning into Internet culture. OnePlus’ Carl Pei tweeted that the best OnePlus Nord meme will get a free OnePlus Nord at launch.

Memes are an integral part of the internet culture today and have a fanbase of its own. Using a picture to describe the situation, while adding humor and content, is indeed a very creative task. And, right from Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk to OnePlus’s Carl Pei, all are huge fans of the meme game.

Do you already have a OnePlus Nord meme in backpocket? Time to tweet it out!

OnePlus Nord

OnePlus will be launching a new phone this month and we know it’ll be called Nord. But, all other details about it remain a secret. The phone will mark OnePlus entry in the midrange segment. It has been in the rumor mills for months, often referred to as the OnePlus Z or the OnePlus 8 Lite.

The company has already confirmed it’ll be launching the phone on July 21. Instead of the usual live stream, the brand is also trying out something different and will leverage augmented reality (AR). OnePlus has previously tried this, and the OnePlus 2 launch was a virtual reality (VR) event.

The meme contest is an excellent way of encouraging fans and users to post about the upcoming phone. This gets the brand a lot of indirect attention and thanks to memes, it can better connect with its target audience.

While the rumor mills and leaks are in full swing, we’ll just have to wait and watch. OnePlus has a lot of expectations to meet and its return to the midrange segment opens up a much bigger userbase.

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