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Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro Unboxing and First Impressions

It looks hella good

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Huawei has been making smartwatches for about five years now. Crazy, right? It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long.That half-a-decade of experience is coming together in a timepiece that looks and actually is smart — the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro.

You might have seen the actual watch itself already as it had already been announced two months ago ahead of the Huawei Mate 40 series launch. Today, we’re showing you what’s inside the box and giving you a bit of a closer look at the device.

It comes in this unassuming black packaging with the name of the device in shiny gold.

The box looks unkempt here but that happens in shipping sometimes. Don’t let that distract you from the fact that the packaging looks premium AF.

Taking out the top cover, right away you’re greeted by the Watch GT 2 Pro next to a gold Huawei logo.

Lift the pull tab on the right and you’ll see an enclosure on the right side of the box.

Lift the enclosure and you’ll see the USB-C charging cable and the circular charging cradle. 

You’ll also see some paperwork. Those are the user guide and warranty card. 

Would it have been cooler if these were also in black? Impractical. But cool.

Here’s a closer look at the box with the other inclusions out of the way.

Here’s the Watch GT 2 Pro out of the box. 

You have double strap retainers to hold the thing down firmly. 

On the other side of the strap, written discretely is the device’s name. 

Much like the rest of the Watch GT series, this has a double crown design. 

The top crown is the power button while the bottom crown is a customizable function button.

Power it up and you’ll be asked to get the Huawei Health app and pair right away. 

You’ll get more customization options when you pair it with a Huawei phone, but it works with other smartphones too. 

Paired with iPhone. Heh.

Here’s what it looks like on its side. 

And this is what it looks like when worn. 

First impressions 

The first thing that really jumps out at you is how clean and minimalistic the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro looks. There’s no external bezel to mimic the look of traditional timepieces. All you get is this clean look that lets you focus on the 1.39-inch circular AMOLED display.

That may not seem like much, but believe me, it’s so huge looking at it the way you normally would look at a wristwatch. The display is made of scratch resistant sapphire glass. Huawei’s fine print claims it’s much, much tougher than the regular glass found on most other watches — smart or otherwise.

It also has a ceramic back and titanium backing to complete that premium feel. And I don’t say premium lightly. This thing looks and feels expensive.

Watch GT 2 Pro

The smartwatch is being marketed with the #PowerOnYourWrist hashtag in the Philippines. Power here, I’d like to think, relates more to how certain prominent people hold a higher stature and wider influence. That’s what it feels like to have the watch on your wrist — like you should command attention.

Anyway, that’s all we have for now. If you have any questions about its features, feel free to send it over through our Facebook Page or Twitter account and we’ll gladly try to answer those as we review the device.

Pricing and availability

The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro will retail for PhP 11,999 and each purchase is bundled with selected freebies.

November 7-12

November 13-19

  • Freebuds 3i in Huawei Online Store, concept stores, and dealer stores nationwide

November 20-26

  • Huawei Band 4e in Huawei concept and dealer stores nationwide

Cameras

Sony releases lightest, next-generation AF camera lens

The FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II

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FE 70-200mm

Sony Electronics announced the newest lens in their G Master lineup: the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II, which takes autofocus (AF) to the most advanced level yet.

The camera lens is poised to deliver an extraordinary combination of resolution and bokeh, as well as unequalled AF performance in the company’s G Master design.

In a nutshell, the advanced features include:

  • Constant F2.8 70-200 mm telephoto zoom
  • Fast, precise and quiet autofocus (AF) continuous AF tracking capabilities
  • Advanced features for video creators
  • World’s lightest 200 mm large-aperture telephoto zoom lens (approximately 29% lighter than the previous model)
  • Up to approximately 4 times faster AF, with focus tracking while zooming improved by approximately 30% when compared to the previous model
  • Professional-level control and reliability

Designed to perfectly pair with Sony’s E-mount camera bodies, the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II is also the lightest F2.8 70-200 mm zoom in the world to allow for more control amongst photographers.

New levels of performance

The new FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II delivers outstanding image quality with high resolution and clarity throughout its zoom range, thanks to its two aspherical lens elements which focus on precision.

The FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II effectively controls distance-related aberration variations to ensure outstanding resolution throughout the image area.

To avoid color bleeding while reducing chromatic aberration significantly, the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II also employs two extra-low dispersion (ED) spherical glass elements and two Super ED spherical glass elements.

Meanwhile, an ED aspherical element, which is a first in the Alpha system lens is driven to simultaneously suppress chromatic and spherical aberration, and other common issues in telephoto lenses.

Smooth, beautiful bokeh shots

With its large F2.8 maximum aperture and a newly developed 11-blade circular aperture unit, smooth and beautiful bokeh is made seamless.

The lens’ advanced optical design including XA elements thoroughly cancels out the unwanted “onion ring” effect, further enhancing the bokeh.

The FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II also offers excellent close-up performance with deep bokeh. The minimum focusing distance is 15.7 inches (0.4 meters) at 70 mm and 32.3 inches (0.82 meters) at 200 mm. Maximum magnification achieves 0.3x.

Users may even want to pair the new lens with a high-performance 1.4x or 2.0x teleconverter to extend the lens’ focal length to 400 mm at an F5.6 aperture, all while maintaining its G Master quality.

Sony’s original Nano AR Coating II, meanwhile, comes in play to avoid any unwanted flare and ghosting in tricky lighting conditions as it produces a uniform anti-reflection coating on the surface of the lens.

In addition, the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II’s optical design also effectively suppresses internal reflections to improve clarity.

Industry-leading autofocus

The FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II’s state-of-the-art lens technology brings out the best in the advanced camera body it is paired with.

The new lens uses four Sony-original extreme dynamic (XD) Linear Motors for extraordinary fast and precise AF, making it up to approximately 4 times faster and focus tracking improved by 30 percent when compared to the previous model.

When paired with Sony’s flagship Alpha 1, the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II is capable of high-speed continuous shooting at up to 30 fps.

Fast-moving subjects aren’t a problem too, even in videos, as the lens offers smooth AF to lock and focus on such objects. The AF tracking is also available even when using teleconverters.

Advanced features for video

With its maximum aperture of F2.8 combined with its impressive AF performance and versatile controls, the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II is an exceptional choice for video too.

The new lens was designed to dramatically reduce focus breathing, focus shift, and axis shift when zooming so that there is minimal unwanted image movement and angle of view variations.

For easy video-use operation, the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II features independent control rings for focus, zoom, and aperture (iris), allowing precise manual operation. The aperture ring also has a click ON/OFF switch.

Additionally, Sony’s Linear Response MF ensures a responsive, low-lag manual focus control, while the lens hood features an opening that allows convenient operation of circular polarizing filters or variable ND filters for more creativity.

Designed for professionals

The FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II is the world’s lightest F2.8 telephoto zoom lens and is approximately 29 percent lighter than previous model, weighing just under 37 oz (1,045g).

Aside from being lightweight, the lens is designed to offer professionals ideal balance without much front-heaviness, ensuring the center of gravity falls directly above the tripod mount.

The new lens includes focus functions such as the Full-time DMF, natural and linear manual focus response and a focus-range limiter switch primarily supports professional needs.

The FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II also includes three customizable focus hold buttons placed 90 degrees apart for easy access and convenient control when shooting in horizontal, vertical, or just about any angle.

Easy control switches

The lens features a click ON/OFF switch and an iris lock switch for quick and flexible aperture control.

The aperture ring click stops can be turned ON to provide more emphasis to shooting stills, or OFF for smooth and silent aperture control filming.

In addition, the zoom ring torque is optimized and now includes image stabilization with MODE 3 for moving subjects.

Durable in tough environments

The FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II is designed to be reliable in even the most challenging environments.

It features dust and moisture resistance equal to the FE 400 mm F2.8 GM OSS and FE 600 mm F4 GM OSS, based on initial feedback from professionals.

The front lens element features a fluorine coating that repels water, oil, and other contaminants, while making it easier to wipe off any contaminants or fingerprints that do become attached to the lens surface.

Pricing and availability

In Singapore, The FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II will be available at selected retail shops and online shops from November 2021  For a full list of specs and information,

In the Philippines, it’ll be available soon.

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Enterprise

Converge Business powers SMEs, conglomerates through business connectivity

Along with data transport and other ICT solutions

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Converge ICT Solutions Inc., officially marks its advent in the B2B sector through Converge Business. It’s an umbrella brand for all business connectivity, data transport, and other ICT solutions.

The fiber-optic service provider has already been serving a growing number of business clients, particularly in small-to-medium enterprises. However, the company aims to take it up a notch — expanding its coverage to SME, Enterprise, and Wholesale segments. Moreover, Converge sets its sights on providing services to conglomerates and large enterprises.

Impactful solutions

Converge Business aims to accelerate digital transformation among businesses through various solutions. Divided through different segments, the venture hopes to address the market needs properly.

For instance, Small-to-medium enterprises will benefit the most with Converge’s flexiBiz Day and flexiBiz Peak, providing high-speed Internet connectivity during peak hours.

For larger corporations, Converge Business has an Enterprise segment offering connectivity services at a competitive price. Such examples are Dedicated Internet Access – Time of Day, Dedicated Internet Access – Upload, and Cloud connectivity. These solutions offer premium fiber for high-performance and private data connectivity.

More importantly, businesses have the flexibility when it comes to their bandwidth usage, hosting and uploading requirements, and during the delivery of information over a secured shared network.

Better customer experience

Converge Business proudly ensures a better customer experience, having the lowest trouble index in the market at just one percent. Further, Converge is equipped with in-house capabilities that promise quality service delivery through their value chain — from network engineering, installation, sales, and customer support.

“As the lifeline of many during this pandemic, we want to help the hundreds of thriving businesses in the Philippines to embrace digitalization and its benefits,” said Dennis Anthony H. Uy, Converge Co-founder and CEO.

“Converge Business is here to provide enterprises with superior, relevant, and impactful ICT solutions that will drive great results for every business segment. We want to empower individuals and businesses to become more agile to stand above in these unprecedented times,” Uy added.

For inquiries or more information, email [email protected](dot)com for your MSME needs, and [email protected](dot)com for Corporate and Enterprise.

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Gaming

Nintendo Switch OLED: Pricing in the Philippines

For those looking to buy one or decided to switch to one

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If you’re looking for a sign to get something nice for yourself, here’s something worth considering. Starting October 8, you can now get your hands on the new Nintendo Switch OLED model in the Philippines. Announced back in July, the OLED model comes with some decent upgrades to Nintendo’s current generation of handheld consoles.

As the name implies, this Nintendo Switch comes with a wider 7-inch OLED display for more vibrant imagery. Apart from this, it comes with a wider stand at the back for better support when placed on stable surfaces. Other new features in the OLED model include an Ethernet port, 64GB of storage, and wider audio.

Currently, the Nintendo Switch OLED model is available in Datablitz, iTech, and GameOne as bundles. Bundles prices range from PhP 23,595 to PhP 24,995.

SEE ALSO: Is the Nintendo Switch (OLED) worth the upgrade?

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