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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

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ASUS Zenfone 8 Series: Price and availability in the Philippines

Pre-orders come with a freebie!

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Zenfone 8 Flip

Yes, they’re back for real! After skipping a couple of generations, ASUS is bringing back the Zenfone to the Philippines. They’re bringing over both Zenfone 8 Series phones — the Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip!

Both phones are flagship level being powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor. But they’re pretty different. Here’s a quick look at their specs side by side.

Zenfone 8

Zenfone Flip 8

Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Display 5.9” Samsung AMOLED, 120Hz 6.67” Samsung AMOLED, 90Hz
OS Android 11, Zen UI 8 Android 11, Zen UI 8
Configuration 6GB + 128GB

8GB +128GB

8GB + 256GB

16GB + 256GB

*No storage expansion

8GB +256GB

*Up to 2TB storage expansion via MicroSD

Battery 4,000mAh 5,000mAh
Cameras 64MP Sony IMX686

12MP Ultra-wide

12MP front-facing

64MP Sony IMX686

12MP Ultra-wide

8MP telephoto

*Flip camera module

The Zenfone 8 is unique in that it offers flagship capabilities in a compact body. The phone has a 5.9″ display Samsung AMOLED display. For comparison, the closest thing to it overall is the iPhone 12 mini which has a 5.4″ display.

Watch our Zenfone 8 review

 

Meanwhile, the Zenfone 8 Flip is ASUS sticking to their guns and offering something unique in the flagship segment. As the name suggests, this has the Flip camera module. So when taking selfies, you’re essentially using the best cameras on the phone that’s typically only on the rear for every other flagship.

Read our Zenfone 8 Flip Unboxing and First Impressions

Zenfone 8 Flip

Price and availability

The ASUS Zenfone 8 Series is available for pre-order starting May 14, 2021 at official ASUS Concept Stores,
accredited online and offline shops. Successful pre-orders will get a free Rhinoshield Solidsuit Hardcase and a JBL Go 3.

Pricing are as follows:

  • ASUS Zenfone 8 Flip, 8GB + 256GB, Galactic Black and Glacier Silver — PhP 39,995
  • Zenfone 8, 16GB + 256GB, Obsidian Black — PhP 39,995
  • Zenfone 8, 8GB +128GB, Obsidian Black and Horizon Silver — PhP 34,995
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MSI laptops up for huge discounts in May

You get a free gaming bag on some models too

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MSI is starting May with a big bang thanks to an exclusive sale and promo for select laptops. From May 1 to June 13, customers can get big savings of up to PhP 17,005 and even score a free gaming backpack on purchase of select MSI laptops.

Participating in the promo are MSI’s selection of gaming laptops: GL75, GF63, and GF65 Thin. MSI is also including the Modern 14, a laptop geared for professionals and creatives.

Save up on MSI’s gaming laptops

Customers can save up to PhP 17,005 and get a free gaming bag on every purchase of the GL75. The gaming laptop is one of the best value out there, coming with respectable specs to get gamers going. Inside, there is a 10th-generation Intel Core i7 processor coupled with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti. It also comes with a 17.3 FHD IPS display with 144Hz refresh rate. Of course, this won’t be an MSI laptop without the cooler boost 5 and red backlit SteelSeries keyboard.

Meanwhile, the ever dependable GF63 series can be had with up to PhP 14,005 off their prices. The savings stack up from the cheap to expensive models:

  • 868PH (15.6-inch 144Hz FHD IPS display; Intel Core i7-10750H + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti; 8 GB RAM; 256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD) — from PhP 69,995 to PhP 59,250 with free gaming backpack
  • 869PH / 1269LA (15.6-inch 144Hz FHD IPS display; Intel Core i7-10750H + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti; 8 GB RAM; 512 GB SSD) — from PhP 69,995 to PhP 58,250 with free gaming backpack
  • 843PH / 1099LA (15.6-inch 144Hz FHD display; Intel Core i5-10300H + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti; 8 GB RAM; 512 GB SSD) — from PhP 61,995 to PhP 47,990 with free gaming backpack
  • 896PH (15.6-inch 144Hz FHD display; Intel Core i5-10300H + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti; 8 GB RAM; 256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD) — from PhP 61,995 to PhP 48,990 with free gaming backpack
  • 1083PH (15.6-inch 144Hz FHD display; Intel Core i5-10300H + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti; 8 GB RAM; 1 TB HDD) — from PhP 48,995 to PhP 43,995

Free MSI gaming bags are also up for grabs with every purchase of the GF65 Thin, the award-winning gaming laptop that packs the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 series graphics card.

MSI Modern 14: laptop for the professionals

Finally, professionals can take home a dependable laptop for their daily tasks at lower price thanks to the new low price of PhP 35,995 with the MSI Modern 14. This laptop is an all AMD laptop, featuring the latest Ryzen 5 4500U with Radeon integrated graphics. It also comes with a 14-inch FHD display and a respectable 8 GB of RAM topped by 512 GB of SSD storage.

To know more about MSI’s latest promo, visit their website today.

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realme 8, realme 8 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

Dare to buy

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realme 8 pro

The latest in realme’s number series — the realme 8 and the realme 8 pro — have now arrived in the Philippines and like usual, they come with discounts at launch.

Before we dive into the pricing details, let’s first take a quick look at the two phones.

Both phones have a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and an in-display fingerprint scanner. The refresh rate is still 60Hz, but there’s support for always-on display. They run on realme UI 2.o based on Android 11 out-of-the-box.

realme 8 pro

The pair has a super slim body and an infinite bold design with the AG-Crystal process. Essentially, the back is made of plastic. The rear of the phone has realme’s slogan “dare to leap” engraved and it’s massive.

The realme 8 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 720G processor with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. On the rear is a quad-camera setup consisting of a 108-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel portrait lens.

Backing these internals is a 4500mAh battery with 50W fast charging. realme claims it can charge the full battery in 47 minutes.

On the other hand, the realme 8 sports a MediaTek Helio G95 processor with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The rear gets a 64-megapixel primary camera, while the other three sensors are the same as the Pro variant. Both the phones have a 16-megapixel front camera for selfies. Backing these internals is a 5000mAh battery that supports 30W fast charging.

realme 8

Price and availability

The realme 8 Pro retails for PhP 16,990. | Buy from Lazada

Meanwhile, the realme 8 will set you back by PhP 13,990.| Buy from Lazada

There’s a PhP 1,000 worth of discount on Lazada starting May 12 at 12 midnight for both phones.

 

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