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Zenfone Max Unboxing & Initial Impressions

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38 days of standby time and the ability to power another smartphone — the monster battery of the Asus Zenfone Max hasn’t been a secret for a while now.

The Taiwanese company itself teased the phone several times last year, first at a press event in India in August, and then later at the IFA Consumer tech show in Berlin last September.  

We saw it again at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas last January, shortly before it began rolling out around the globe, and finally, last week it arrived at the GadgetMatch lab.

Box

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Like all the other Zenfones, the Zenfone Max ships in the familiar matte white rectangular pull-out box with the name and phone printed on the cover. Highlighted on the right side are the specs unique to the phone.

Removing the cover reveals the phone wrapped in a protective plastic seal. Underneath you pull up a door-like carton cover to see the User Guide and Warranty Card pamphlets.

Tucked in their mini compartments are a standard micro USB cable, a 5V 1A USB wall adapter, earphones and extra buds.

Unique to the Zenfone Max package is an OTG cable (micro USB to USB) that converts the phone into a powerbank when you connect it to another phone using any standard micro USB cable.

Look and Feel

Up front, the Zenfone Max is identical to every other Zenfone variant – the earpiece, ASUS logo, and front-facing 5MP camera up top, capacitive buttons and signature concentric circle design at the bottom.

Flip the phone over and you’ll notice subtle changes in its design language. The Zenfone Max has a less pronounced curved back, making the phone feel thinner than the Zenfone 2, Selfie, and Laser, albeit still considerably hefty.

When it was previewed, the phone had a removable back plate with a rubbery matte finish, but thankfully Asus opted for a textured leather-like back that not only makes the phone less slippery, but also improves its overall aesthetic. Completing the look is the light gold plastic band that frames the sides of the phone.

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The micro SD card and dual micro SIM card slots are tucked underneath the rugged cover, as well as the non-removable 5,000 mAh battery.

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Also on the back of the phone are the 13MP PixelMaster camera flanked by a dual tone LED flash, and sensor for the laser autofocus. Below the Zenfone branding are the speaker grilles.

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The only physical buttons on the device are its volume rocker and the power button on the right hand side of the device. The headphone jack is located on top of the device, while the micro USB port and microphone are on its bottom.

Software

Out of the box, the Zenfone Max runs Android 5.0.2 skinned with Zen UI, ASUS’ implementation of Android. It’s not our favorite implementation of Android, but its not that bad either. We like all the customization options, but also think the phone could do away with the bloatware.

Overall the Zenfone Max feels more premium than the other Zenfones like the Selfie and Laser, and at P8,495 in the Philippines and Rs. 9699 in India (approx $185) not only do you get a good-looking phone but also a powerbank to charge your less powerful phone if need be, all for under $200.

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realme 8 5G Unboxing and First Impressions

Midrange game changer?

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Game-changer. It’s a bold adjective to use, especially when you’re describing a smartphone that’s situated in a competitive midrange segment. But realme has always dared to leap, and they’re doing exactly that with the realme 8 5G.

They’re calling it a 5G game-changer. It will require more extensive testing to determine whether that’s true or not, but for the meantime, here are our first impressions of realme’s newest offering.

But first, a quick rundown of the specifications for this device.

Display 6.5-inch IPS LCD display, 90 hZ 1080p
Processor MediaTek MT6833 Dimensity 700 5G (7nm)
RAM + ROM 128 GB ROM/8GB RAM
Cameras 48MP primary camera (wide)
2MP macro camera
2MP depth sensor
Battery 5000 mAh

 

The phone comes in realme’s signature yellow box. No surprises there.

Taking out the lid, you’re greeted by a short note from the brand. Nice touch!

Going through the rest of the box, you’ll find your usual set of manuals, a charging cable, and your charging brick. Realme also included a case for free out of the box. Good stuff!

It makes a good first impression, but can it last?

Out of the box, the first thing you notice is how pretty the device is. Without touching it, you’d think it was made out of glass. But in reality, they used plastic for this device. The radiant light effect is definitely a nice touch.

Outside of the fingerprint smudges you’ll definitely be leaving on the back, you’d want to rock this phone without a case.

The realme 8 5G uses a curved back for added ergonomics. The phone is well-built, and it doesn’t feel cheap even if plastic was realme’s material of choice.

That extra feeling of sturdiness matters, especially in a competitive midrange market. First impressions can make or break whether you get a smartphone or not. In this case, realme passed with flying colors. Early indications suggest that realme has a winner with the 8 5G.

That’s all we have on realme’s newest midrange offering for now. We’ll be testing the device to see whether the realme 8 5G can truly #CaptureInfinitePossibilitiesWith5G.

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Huawei MatePad 2021 Unboxing and First Impressions

The device for people on the go!

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Huawei has updated its primary tablet the Huawei Matepad. Come and join me as we unbox the new Huawei MatePad 2021.

Unboxing

Starting off, we have the box. A clean and simple look, but definitely pleasing! The front of the box shows us the branding and the name of the device.

A Huawei logo on the upper left corner, the AppGallery on the lower right, and on the lower left, the screen size of the device.

The box also has an interesting texture, only on the top cover though.

Opening the box, we have the device itself wrapped in fine paper and a pull tab to assist you when lifting the device out of the box.

Underneath the device, you are presented with two boxes. One box for the charging brick…

and the second containing the paperwork, USB Type-C cable, a 3.5mm headphone jack adaptor, and a warranty card.

Only the larger box is removable so be careful not to rip out the smaller box. Behind the larger box is the sim ejector tool, be sure to keep it safe!

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Removing the paper, we now see the simple but gorgeous Huawei MatePad in the “Midnight Grey” colorway. Be sure to remove the sticker — it’s optional but I suggest that you do.

The device itself is lightweight and easy to carry around, as a slim device it’s very easy to place it in a bag and you will have no problem carrying it around all day.

Starting off at the front, you will see the 10.4-inch screen with the camera at the top. Referring to the format at the back of the device, the front-facing camera is placed at the top.

On the left side of the device, you will be able to find the speakers along with the sleep/wake button. The right side shows you another pair of speakers and a charging port.

The top shows 4 microphones with the volume up and down button at the very left.

Heading over to the back you’ll be able to see the single-shooter camera, the Huawei branding, and an indication of their partnership with Harman/Kardon. The camera is accompanied by a flash and a microphone.

Specs

  • Display: 10.4-inch 2000×1200 IPS, 225 PPI
  • Processor: Huawei Kirin 820 series
  • Memory: RAM – 4GB, ROM – 128GB
  • Camera: 8MP front, 8MP rear
  • Battery: 7250mAh

Final thoughts

Finally, now we have unboxed the new Huawei MatePad. With this, the device itself feels good to the touch and is a good size for a tablet. Additionally, the “Midnight Grey” colorway of the MatePad is a great choice, it doesn’t collect fingerprints easily and the device is lightweight so you don’t have to worry when taking it with you anywhere.

The initial setup of the new MatePad was fast and easy, there are pre-loaded apps that are ready to use. Although I’m not sure if it’s just me or the apps change from time to time when you open the designated folders of the pre-loaded apps. For media consumption, the experience was good. Although the YouTube app was not the same as the ones we see on our devices, it works well as it should.

The screen looks good so far with the 2000×1200 IPS display, trying a few videos and films, the quality was great. Additionally, the speakers are a huge boost to the volume — loud but good quality. The MatePad also doesn’t have a 3m5mm headphone jack, luckily, they provided an adaptor. The MatePad is looking good so far, stay tuned for the next article as we are going deep and we’ll be having a full review of the Huawei MatePad 2021.

 

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vivo X60 with Zeiss Unboxing, First Impressions

Are you excited to snap away with the vivo x60?

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vivo stays on their seat with the A-listers when it comes to camera smartphones as they unveil the vivo X60 Series with their new branding partnership with Zeiss.

Today, we’re unboxing the vivo X60.

It comes in this matte glittery box with the Zeiss branding. Lifting the lid, we get to see the frosted and textured plastic bump case, simple sim tray ejector tool, a USB-C to USB-A cable. accompanied by the fast-charging 33W FlashCharge adapter.

There’s also a pair of 3.55 earphones with extra ear tips in different sizes that goes with the USB-C to 3.5mm dongle.

Now, we put the spotlight on the main event, the vivo X60.

The vivo X60 gets your attention with its glass gradient finish. You might even catch yourself just marveling at it. Up front, you’ll be greeted with its 6.56-inch AMOLED display:

  • 6.56” AMOLED
  • 2376 x 1080 Full HD+
  • 120 Hz Refresh Rate
  • HDR10+
  • 398 PPI Density

With its smooth and satisfying 120Hz refresh rate. It’s perfect for your daily web activities or occasional gaming. In defiance of its light and sleek design, the vivo X60 comes with groundbreaking power.

Here’s a look at the specs:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
  • Adreno 650
  • 128GB / 256GB UFS 3.1 Storage
  • 8GB / 12GB RAM
  • 4300mAh Battery
  • Funtouch OS 11.1

It can easily be your partner for multitasking on a daily basis. It also boasts of a 4300mAh battery that’s just enough for a day of browsing and scrolling on your social media pages.

But let’s put the focus on this phone’s best feature — its wide array of cutting-edge cameras as vivo forges its branding partnership with Zeiss.

  • 48MP f/1.8 Main (Wide)
  • 13MP f/2.46 Telephoto
  • 13MP f/2.2 Ultra-wide
  • 32MP f/2.5 Selfie camera
  • 2x Optical Zoom
  • Zeiss Optics

With the Zeiss partnership, you’ll definitely get to take stunning photos. Are you excited to snap away with the vivo x60?


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and vivo Philippines.

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