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Asus Zenfone Selfie Unboxing

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Take a good photo whether you’re using the front-facing or the rear-camera with the Asus Zenfone Selfie.

We take this new Zenfone right out of the box and show you a little bit of what its 13 megapixel front-facing camera can do.

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Apple iPhone rumor roundup: 5 models in 2020, no ports in 2021

No plans yet for anything that folds

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Whether you’re an Apple fanboy or not, you’re pretty much aware that the iPhone X changed the whole iPhone landscape since 2017 — and it’s one of the biggest leaks in iPhone history. Now, leaksters and analysts are back to share more information about the upcoming 2020 (and even 2021) iPhones.

Disclaimer: Everything you see here are just leaks and rumors and nothing has been confirmed yet.

Five new iPhone models in 2020

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The first 2020 iPhone is the iPhone SE 2 or the iPhone 9 (whichever sounds best). It’s basically an upgraded version of the iPhone 8 with a bumped up chipset and 3GB RAM. It will still have a 4.7-inch LCD display, Touch ID through the home button, and still a single rear camera.

There will be two variants of the  iPhone 12: first is the 5.4-inch and the second is a bigger 6.1-inch. Both feature OLED displays, ditching the lackluster 6.1-inch Liquid Retina Display of the iPhone XR and 11.

Finally, the last two variants are the flagships: the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. As reported months ago, the new models might feature a ProMotion Display with a faster 120Hz refresh rate. Another prominent leakster tweeted that Apple is currently discussing it with Samsung and LG. The 12 Pro reportedly has a bigger 6.1-inch display over the former 5.8-inch display. Meanwhile, the latter model might have a bigger 6.7-inch display (as opposed to 6.5 inches), which will become the biggest iPhone to date.

Navy Blue color option

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Tipped by Max Weinbach to EverythingApplePro’s YouTube Video, there’s a leaked new color option that might replace the existing Midnight Green colorway of the iPhone 11 Pro series.

If you’re unaware, Weinbach has a good reputation considering he leaked the green iPhone 11 and iOS 13 features that actually came true.

Beefier internals with 5G Support

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Now that the Qualcomm and Apple feud has been cleared, Ming-Chi Kuo, a renowned source for iPhone leaks, stated that the four iPhone models (except the lower-end model) will have support for 5G connectivity. An insider also said that Qualcomm and Apple are currently discussing how to integrate the Qualcomm X55 chips to Apple’s upcoming A14 Bionic chipset.

However, it’s still unclear whether these iPhones will support a sub-6 5G technology or mmWave. Just a heads up, sub-6 5G covers a larger area but delivers slower 5G speeds, while mmWave technology gives faster speeds but in a smaller scale. Whichever 5G technology it is, we desire that these new iPhones should have 5G support all the way.

It’s also rumored that two of the highest models might feature a higher RAM capacity of 6GB. Meanwhile, the lower models might stick to 4GB RAM just like the iPhone 11 Pro series.

Refreshed design and Face ID System

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Fans know that Apple refreshes their phone design every three years. Kuo has also strengthened the claim that a major design overhaul is going to happen next year. Apple might ditch the curved stainless steel frame in favor of the iPhone 4s-like frame with a flatter, more refined edges. Don’t worry, it’s still gonna be sandwiched by 2/2.5D glass.

When the iPhone X came out, notches took the smartphone world by storm. This year’s iPhones might finally have a faster Face ID recognition system thanks to an improved TrueDepth System. Although no reports say whether the new iPhones will have a smaller notch or a complete fullscreen display, the flat metal frame may somehow serve as a hint that they might finally put the Face ID into the bezels (perhaps a miniaturized version of the large iPad Pros).

Improved cameras + new ToF 3D sensor

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The iPhone 11 Pro Series currently have three cameras. This time, it’s more likely that they will implement a longer 10x telephoto zoom, plus stabilization for the existing ultra-wide camera sensor through Sensor-shift technology.

It’s also rumored that ToF (Time of Flight) 3D cameras might come to the 2020 flagship models, making it a quad rear camera setup. It will be used to further enhance the AR experience. Knowing Apple, they might also come up with a better, more seamless 3D image scanning app that can send data to a 3D printer straight from the iPhone.

No ports for the highest-end iPhone in 2021

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Other than the rumored 2020 iPhone lineup, the highest-end iPhone in 2021 (yes, one step higher than the current high-end iPhones) might totally eliminate ports, which reminds us of the Vivo APEX 2019 and Meizu Zero.

It will also likely have a fullscreen display without a notch. Front camera/s and Face ID sensors might become smaller and will either be under the display or between the bezels, plus a Touch ID comeback which will also be found beneath the display.

As wireless charging speeds are getting faster, Apple might be able to meet the required standards and the cancelled AirPower might once again see the light of day in 2021. This also means they might ship it together with the latest AirPods Pro as wired earphones don’t make sense anymore. One thing is for sure, these iPhones will cost as much as your two kidneys.

2021 iPhone SE 2 Plus

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As claimed by Kuo, other than the highest-end iPhone, they will launch another SE 2 follow-up, but this time with a major redesign. Instead of sticking with the aging 4.7-inch iPhone design language, they will implement either a 5.5 or 6.1-inch fullscreen display without the Touch ID. It will instead have a smaller notch for the front camera/s and a side-mounted Touch ID, exactly on the power button itself.

Apple might also launch iPhones twice a year starting in 2021. “Budget” iPhones will be launched in the first half of the year, while the flagship models will be released in the second half, September like the usual.

Myths debunked

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As we all know, Apple implements a certain tech feature when it works seamlessly and fully functional. Unfortunately, the foldable iPhone that is rumored to come in 2021 is less likely gonna happen. Apple might just need more time to learn from the Galaxy Fold fiasco.

Other than that, USB-C might never be seen on any iPhone. The rumor started when the new iPad Pros got shipped with the latest port, suggesting Apple will equip it on the newer phone refresh. We now know Apple is leaning towards a more technologically advanced approach with portless connectivity.

More rumors await

2020 hasn’t even started yet we gathered all these rumors just months after the iPhone 11 release. Will these rumors prove to be true just like what happened with the leaked triple camera setup? Or are we just expecting too much from Apple as Android smartphones are continuously evolving?


We’ll update this article with every new leak and/or rumor on the Apple iPhone 2020

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Leak reveals a mint green Huawei P40

Coming from Evan Blass

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Since the P20 series, Huawei has led the market in iconic colors. Who can forget the P20’s Twilight version? Or the P30’s Breathing Crystal version? Say what you will about Huawei as a company; at least their colors are on point.

As you can expect, Huawei will likely up the ante again in the upcoming P40 series. With all eyes on the next flagships, what colors can expect this time around?

In a recent tweet, infamous leaker Evan Blass has revealed one of the colors for this year’s new offerings. The leak reveals a mint green smartphone armed with a larger multi-lens rear camera setup. Besides the camera, the rear doesn’t reveal anything much. On the sides, you’ll find the traditional power button and volume rocker combination.

More interestingly, Blass did not reveal the phone’s model. However, the leak’s timeliness suggests the P40 series. Further, he also leaked an all-new variant for the series this year — a new ceramic version.

With the grapevine slowly churning, Huawei is set to unleash a new flagship in the next few months. For now, we should expect the P40 series sometime around March.

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24 Hours in Jakarta

Captured through the awesome camera of the Galaxy A71

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When I hear Indonesia, Bali always comes to mind. Although I’ve never been there, I know it’s a dream destination for many because of its beaches, peaks, parks, temples, and terraces. It’s an escape out of the polluted and crowded cityscape.

Two hours away from Bali is the country’s capital, Jakarta. Its dense city structure further proves that it has been on a massive urban sprawl. Honestly, I had no idea where to go and what to do — but the internet exists for a reason. The only Indo things I’m aware of are mi goreng, nasi goreng, beef rendang, MONAS, Alfa Mart. That’s about it.

I flew all the way to Jakarta for Samsung’s Awesome Live Event with BLACKPINK where they introduced the Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71. The day after the event, I finally had the phone on hand and tested its “awesome camera”, including the new ultra-wide lens.

Cozy stay

Capturing the hotel view outside was the first thing I did with the phone. Not the best window view I had but the greenery added an ethereal escape against the sharp, tall slabs of concrete.

Going out of the room gives me another view. That large structure is the Tennis Indoor Senayan where Samsung held its live event. It’s also one of the venues of the 18th Asian Games and other K-Pop concerts. Seeing it from afar and up close made me realize how lucky I am.

Before heading out, I tried the hotel’s breakfast buffet. So far, so good. There was enough variety that I enjoyed eating. I spoiled myself by having more than five plates. Here’s a photo of the sweet food, for the wandering souls out there.

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII)

I decided to go to Taman Mini Indonesia Indah as it’s located far from the skyline of Jakarta. Despite what the name suggests, this place isn’t “mini”. This museum is just one among the many parks you can see inside the TMII premises.

With limited time, I decided to push through — and I’m glad I did. It made me realize how similar Indonesians and Filipinos are, not just when it comes to appearance but also language. There are Bahasa and Tagalog words that both share the same meaning such as “selamat”, “datuk”, “kolintang”, “pintu”, “balik”, “lima”, “pula”, “kanan”, “anak”, and more. It’s truly fascinating.

These traditional art pieces show how rich and diverse Indonesia’s culture is. Some were hand-drawn, sculpted, weaved, or even painted, like the batik. They even have their own version of puppets called wayang.

After the three-story museum tour, I headed to a mini temple to rest and relax. Those who were caught off-guard by the claustrophobic dim spaces of the museum can enjoy the majestic pond outside.

National Monument (MONAS)

As mentioned earlier, I knew about MONAS. It’s Indonesia’s National Monument — and that’s because the city-building game I’m playing introduced me to it. I downloaded the landmark mod which made me recognize it’s one of Indonesia’s sought-after landmarks.

It’s erected right in the center of Jakarta. According to locals, you can see all of Jakarta if you go up — pretty much like a drone. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to do that because of the flaming hot weather.

Kota Tua

If you weren’t aware, Indonesia was colonized by the Dutch empire. Batavia was the old-day Jakarta. Thus, the “Old Batavia” they’re calling can be found here in Kota Tua.

What you see above is the Fatahillah Square which is the historical center of the old town. Beside it, there are museums pertaining to wayang, fine arts and ceramics, and even Jakarta’s history. During my visit, they were all closed.

If you are too lazy to walk around, there are these colorful bicycles you can rent.

The establishments here look nothing like modern-day Jakarta. A lot of cities saved much of their history through preservation of old buildings and Kota Tua is no exception.

After strolling for almost half an hour, I had my late lunch. Indonesian cuisine is known to be spicy. I teared up eating authentic mi goreng — its spice level is way too high for comfort. I love eating spicy food as long as they’re tolerable. Thankfully, Thai iced tea I ordered saved my tongue from burning.

I went to the night market early so I witnessed how vendors cooked their food before it got crowded. There are martabak and lumpia stalls although I didn’t get to try them.

The sun was setting so I hurried to see other establishments. There were a lot of shops that offer local kopi and indomie, while other stalls were selling phone cases and designer imitations. I didn’t find any souvenir shops around, although that might be because I was there before most shops opened.

Malls galore

Jakarta’s malls aren’t the biggest but they have exclusive shop offerings, like Plaza Senayan. It was surprising to see a bakery and a popular coffee shop inside the department store. It’s not something I’m used to, and I found it odd considering they were selling all sorts of cosmetic products within the vicinity.

I wasn’t too happy with the food choices at Plaza Senayan so I went to another mall near the hotel called FX Sudirman. I only had a few hours left before I had to leave so might as well enjoy what I can have.

As a Libra, being indecisive is part of my whole being. I roamed around and there were better food choices but I got tired so I chose to eat at an American burger joint instead. The Salted Egg Cheese Burger was good although the salted egg flavor was barely there.

When I went out I was greeted by these roller skaters going back and forth the sidewalk.

3-Star Airport (?)

I was surprised that the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is only a 3-star airport. It’s not as fancy as Singapore’s Changi, but it’s clean, organized, and the architecture is modern and striking. My flight departed at midnight, so you can see how quiet and less crowded it gets off-peak hours.

Unlike other airports that offer 24-hour services, most shops and restaurants after immigration were already closed by the time I got there.

Too little time for a huge city

Moments before boarding the plane, I somehow wished I could’ve stayed longer. It would’ve also been more “awesome” if I met locals around. It’s hard to imagine how I managed to compress what I wanted to see in just 24 hours. It may not be long before they transfer the city capital crown to East Kalimantan in Borneo, so I’m hoping I can come back before that happens with a more well-thought out itinerary.

All photos were taken using the Samsung Galaxy A71.

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