The Huawei Mate X3 is skinny but hefty

Thinnest foldable



Huawei Mate X3

Huawei keeps outdoing itself in terms of hardware design. Their latest foldable — the Huawei Mate X3 — is a testament to that. It achieves the dream of foldables which is to feel like a regular smartphone when folded but get the benefits of a tablet when unfolded.

Skinny body, hefty specs

In case you’re curious, here are the official measurements of the Mate X3: 11.08mm while folded, 5.3mm while unfolded. It tips the scales at only 239g.

The hinge is made of aviation-grade aluminium alloy. It’s ultra light, ultra thin, extra durable, and long lasting. The entire unfolding and folding process is optimised with a high-precision cam-drive system.

The HUAWEI Mate X3 is equipped with a 6.4-inch 3D OLED exterior screen and a 7.85-inch foldable OLED internal screen. Both screens supporting ultra-high resolution and 426 PPI pixel density. The exterior screen is made from the tough and reliable Kunlun Glass.

Huawei Mate X3

Huawei also promises their signature Ultra Vision XMage technology to the Mate X3 to produce stunning images. Hardware-wise, it is equipped with a 50MP Ultra Vision main camera, a 13MP ultrawide angle camera, and a 12MP Periscope telephoto camera, which supports 5x optical zoom.

Inside the slim frame is a 4,800mAh battery. That’s plenty for something at this size. It supports 66W wired HUAWEI SuperCharge, 50W wireless HUAWEI SuperCharge, and 7.5W Wireless Reverse Charging. It also has 12GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage.

Price and availability

The Huawei Mate X3 retails for PhP 109,999 and comes in black Feather-Sand Glass version and dark green Vegan leather. Pre-order period is from May 12-25 where users can get the HUAWEI Watch G3 worth PhP 12,999 for free. It is available through offline and online Huawei Stores, authorized retail outlets, and leading e-commerce sites.

It’s also available through installment payments via Home Credit for up to 18 months and participating credit cards for 24 months with 0% interest.

Trade-in is also available for both Huawei and non-Huawei smartphones. Huawei smartphones get a PhP 8,000 add-on voucher, while non-Huawei smartphones get up to PhP 7,000. This promo is available in selected stores nationwide.

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Ubisoft Forward: Free trials, discounts on titles, drops

Tune in on June 13



Ubisoft Forward

Viewers will get the chance to secure items from different games when they tune in to this year’s edition of Ubisoft Forward on June 13.

They will simply have to watch the livestream on Ubisoft’s Twitch and YouTube channels, or through one of Ubisoft’s official co-streamers.

Here are the items up for grabs:

  • Watch for 15 minutes: “Slumbering Ikran” Na’vi Weapon Trinket from Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora
  • Watch for 20 minutes: “Base Camp Duffel” from Riders Republic
  • Watch for 30 minutes: “Eugene” Raven Skin from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Watch for 45 minutes: “Oasis Initiate of Alamut Dye” from Assassin’s Creed Mirage

Ubisoft Forward will begin at 1:00 a.m. Philippine time, after a 15-minute pre-show. The main event will then be followed by a post-show for a deeper dive into some of the showcased games.

The stream will showcase an exclusive look at upcoming games like Assassin’s Creed Mirage, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, The Crew Motorfest, Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, and more.

Discounts, free trials

In celebration of the event, Ubisoft is also offering a free trial for its subscription service, Ubisoft+.

Players who sign up for Ubisoft+ Multi-Access will receive a free seven-day trial subscription, granting them access to the Ubisoft+ library on PC through Ubisoft Connect, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One.

From June 8 to 21, the Ubisoft Store is also offering major discounts on selected titles:

  • 70% off: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Complete Edition
  • 75% off: Anno 1800
  • 33% off: The Settlers: New Allies

There will also be an additional 20% off discount when players use the code UBISOFT20 upon checkout.

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Going cashless? GCash now accepted in Europe

United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Italy



Thinking of going cashless on you next trip to Europe? GCash can offer just that, as the mobile wallet app is now accepted in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Italy.

The cross-border payment service is part of the e-wallet’s strengthened partnership with Alipay+, offering users a seamless and secure payment experience without the need for money changers and carrying to much actual cash on your pockets.

Among the popular merchants that will be accepting GCash from now on are:

  • Harrods
  • Liberty London
  • Harvey Nichols
  • Printemps
  • Müller
  • dm-drogerie markt
  • itTaxi
  • IVS Group

To pay using GCash at these establishments, travelers will simply have to look for the Alipay+ logo at the checkout.

Open the GCash app, select the QR or PayQR button, scan the merchant’s QR code, or tap “Pay Abroad with Alipay+” to have a generated QR.

Finally, check the amount, and tap Pay to see the receipt.

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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth coming early 2024

Second of the Remake trilogy



Final Fantasy VII Rebirth

Square Enix has released a new trailer for Final Fantasy VII Rebirth to excite gamers even more for its 2024 release in Asia on PlayStation 5.

The Summer Game Fest 2023 trailer previewed the title’s gameplay. It also showed story elements and its expansive world that players can look forward to experiencing starting in “early 2024.”

Thanks to Square Enix’s previous easter eggs, it can be expected that there will be new characters with more action outside of Midgar.  This mimics the feeling players of the original game. The world opened up following the events that transpired in Midgar.

The trailer also showcased new combat mechanics. Characters like Yuffie and Red XXIII were seen doing team-up attacks. Our main girls Tifa and Aerith were also shown doing the same.

Though yet to get an exact release date and price, the second entry to the Final Fantasy VII remake project is already anticipated by many. Oh and something that caught people’s eyes — the end of the trailer says Rebirth will have two (2) discs. 

It will continue the story in Final Fantasy VII Remake, which has earned tremendous praise from players and critics globally.

The first of the remake trilogy garnered more than 20 perfect scores. It also became the highest-selling digital release on PlayStation in Square Enix’s history.

Watch the trailer.

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