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HUAWEI Watch GT 3 Pro, FIT 2 now available for pre-orders in PH

Part of HUAWEI’s six new product releases

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Watch GT 3 Pro

Pre-orders for the new HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 Pro and WATCH FIT 2 are now available in the Philippines.

The WATCH GT 3 Pro (46 mm Titanium edition and 43 mm Ceramic edition) and WATCH FIT 2 may now be pre-ordered on the following platforms:

The two new smartwatches come as part of HUAWEI’s release of a new-generation products, which also include the Mate Xs 2 foldable smartphone, WATCH D, S-TAG motion sensor, and Band 7.

Redefining the workout experience

With a 1.43-inch AMOLED 466 x 466 HD color display, the WATCH GT 3 Pro comes with the following premium features:

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) analysis
  • Arterial stiffness detection and TruSeen
  • Accurate heart health measurement and blood oxygen monitoring
  • Accurate GPS with built-in dual-band five-system GNSS
  • Sport mode and free-diving mode (up to 30 meters deep)
  • Over 100 workout modes
  • AI Running Coach

Smartwatch for a new generation

Meanwhile, the WATCH FIT 2 combine style and functionality for modern users.

The 1.74-inch AMOLED HD FullView display smartwatch comes with interactive features, such as Tap to Transfer, and a speaker for users to call on the go.

Like the GT 3 Pro, the FIT 2 boasts of intelligent functions to make it an ideal workout companion, with 97 workout modes and the Healthy Living Management function via the Huawei Health App.

Pricing, availability in PH

The WATCH GT 3 Pro will be available from PhP 16,999 while the WATCH FIT 2 will sell starting at PhP 6,499.

Filipino customers will also get a free Huawei FreeBuds 4i and Huawei Strap (worth PhP 5,598) when they place WATCH GT 3 Pro orders and before May 26, 2022.

The WATCH FIT 2 will also come with a free HUAWEI Scale 3 (worth PhP 1,399) from May 27 to 30, 2022.

Meanwhile, the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2, WATCH D, and Band 7 are also coming soon to the Philippines, with more details to follow.

As for Singapore, more details on the official rollout of the six new products will be released at a later date.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro Unboxing and First Impressions

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Nokia announces new accessories, T20 bundle

Four new earbuds and headphones

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Nokia has announced four new accessories to its growing lineup of smartphones and other tech devices.

They are the Nokia Comfort Earbuds Pro, Nokia Clarity Earbuds +, Nokia Wired and Wireless Headphones, and Nokia Go Earbuds 2 Pro.

Both the Clarity Earbuds + (PhP 3,490) and Comfort Earbuds Pro (PhP 2,990) feature Active Noise Cancellation technology and up to 20 hours of playback, making them ideal for workouts and everyday use.

For a more affordable option, the Go Earbuds 2 Pro (PhP 1,790) comes in handy, with low latency mode and sweat- and splash-resistance to boot.

Meanwhile, the foldable wired (PhP 890) and wireless (PhP 1,690) headphones sport big bass for powerful sound. The wireless variant can deliver up to 60 hours of playback.

The four new products will be available exclusively on Shopee until July 11. They may be also purchased in all Nokia mobile official stores and authorized resellers nationwide from late June.

In addition, customers may also avail a limited time bundle starting on July 1: the Nokia T20 tablet will be on sale for only PhP 10,990 — a PhP 2,000 slash from its original price – and shall be bundled with the new Nokia wired headphones.

 

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Stranger Things 4: 4 Big Things To Expect

Every ending has its new beginning, indeed

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Editor’s Note: The story has been updated to reflect new information.


Writing this specific article makes me remember my early days in GadgetMatch where I wrote two special articles about Stranger Things 3 — especially because I’m the biggest fan of the team (been a fan since Season 1).

After almost three years of (patiently) waiting, we’ll finally be able to watch Stranger Things 4 on our screens again!

Vol.1 Special Screening in Cinema 11

Seven days before the actual release of Stranger Things 4: Volume 1, Netflix Philippines invited us for a special screening of its first episode — right at Power Planet Mall’s last cinema booth, Cinema 11 (y’know, Eleven 🥁).

Wear anything “retro”, they say

The littlest set details outside the cinema made me cherish the good ol’ days of the First Season of Stranger Things from 2016. From those bright neon lights, a retro-styled photobooth, an ST4-branded popcorn box, and a soda cup. Even the “swag set” full of ST4 goodies that imitated the look of the spooky creel house, This also reminded me of how the series (as well as the fanbase) expanded entirely until it became a hit globally.

A single photobooth access plus a single swag set for that single Stranger Things fan, please

Although I went there all by myself, I still enjoyed every bit of the screening. To best describe everything, here’s my Instagram Reel roundup of it:

Vol.2 Special Screening at Glorietta 4

While the first special screening was held at Cinema 11, this time it was at Glorietta 4’s Activity Center — and it’s something any Stranger Things fan wouldn’t want to miss.

Other than the Upside Down “4” logo of the mall itself, what’s special is what you’ll find inside.

Going straight to Glorietta 4’s Activity Center shows you a perfect glimpse of Vecna’s Mind Lair. From the walls to the floors, you can tell that it was a spot-on portrayal of the lair. Kudos to the creative team behind this nerve-wracking installment.

And the star of the show is none other than Vecna himself. While it may be creepy for most (especially to non-fans), for me it was an astonishing feat of art installation right at the heart of Glorietta 4.

Vecna-ception? Well, you’re not wrong. The real Vecna showed up in front of us and did the same iconic scene with Max from one of Stranger Things’ most memorable episodes — Vol.1 Chapter 4: Dear Billy.

Fans and influencers alike flaunted their full-blown Stranger Things-inspired outfits which clearly show that the Netflix series has a huge following in the Philippines.

While I didn’t take any selfies with Vecna, the photo of my foot stepping on one of Vecna’s “mind veins” is enough for me to say “I was at Vecna’s Mind Lair and I survived even if I have a lot of sufferings” 🤣

You can watch a virtual tour of Vecna’s Mind Lair by watching my Instagram Reel:

 

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The Vecna mind projection will be available for the public to see at Glorietta 4 until 2nd of July — just a day after the premiere of Stranger Things 4 Vol.2.

4 big things to expect

After watching the first episode of Stranger Things 4: Volume 1 for about an hour and fifteen minutes, there are four things I think we should expect in the series.

1. Out with the old, in with the new?

After the devastating phenomenon that happened in Hawkins last season, several characters have moved into a new town. The Byers, together with El(even) in mind. That also means Will and El have to deal with a new set of people in a seemingly unfamiliar environment.

Other characters have remained in the OG town, though. From the Wheelers, SinclairsDustin, Joe, Robin, and even Max, they have continued with their lives despite being stuck in the same ol’ town. And oh, as the gang turned from kids to teens, do expect some dramatic changes in the way they act — especially after what happened.

P.S: There’s a new school club, too, that’s hilariously fun and cool despite its degrading image to the eyes of many.

2. Familiar and unfamiliar faces

Other than the remaining original cast from Season 1, a new season also means expecting new characters on the block. Apart from new schoolmates, there are also people that might help the initial set of kiddos who have saved Will from the darker underworld a.k.a the Upside Down.

The first few minutes of the episode was also revealed through Stranger Things’ YouTube channel showing how the Hawkins Laboratory had more than 11 Eleven-like superchildren that are being tested and experimented — until everything fell apart because of one superchild that ruined how things work inside the lab.

3. Jim isn’t dead

Jim Hopper’s sudden disappearance after the closing of the Upside Down had a lot of fans shaking their heads. Most (including myself) have speculated that he already died. Well, we can’t afford losing one more main character after the death of Bob from Season 2. Plus, Billy and Alexei just last season.

Fortunately, Jim, in his new haircut, appeared on the official trailer of Stranger Things 4. And just as shown in the first episode of the first volume, his presence can be felt — just from another side of the planet.

4. Another monster to kill

The Demogorgon and Mind Flayer are two of the most wicked supervillains ever existed. Whether that may be in the history of Hawkins or just in the eyes of people.

But the two evil creatures aren’t the end of the gang’s fate. A new town means there’s a new monster, too — namely, Vecna.

As shown at the end of the official trailer, the new horrendous creature is in human form. It can manipulate the mind of the affected individual — even the dimension where s/he’s at. While I won’t be specific about what happened, it sure is a powerful, demonic creature. It can truly make someone disturbingly psychotic and literally broken inside and out.

Biggest season ever with super-sized episodes

After watching the first episode of the first volume, I can say it was a rollercoaster ride of emotions. First it was thrilling, then it became a full-on comedy show. Next thing you know, you’re already mindf*cked with what’s happening. I always say this but still, hands-down to the team behind Stranger Things for making the fourth season more exciting to watch (despite being borderline creepy and horrifying).

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The First Volume of Stranger Things Season 4 was released by Netflix on May 27, 2022 (Friday) with seven episodes. Most episodes are reported to be as long as a full-length film.

On the other hand, Volume 2 with a whopping total of two episodes will be released after two months: exactly July 1st (also a Friday) — just four days before the independence of the United States of America. That makes the series run nine episodes in total.

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PLDT Fast Hub: A taste of (near) 10,000mbps

With the PLDT Fast Hub

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PLDT Fast Hub

Fast and consistently reliable Internet speed has always felt like a pipe dream in the Philippines. But PLDT is doing its best to make it a reality. The latest expansion sees the company bringing up to 10,000mbps to select areas in the county. 

The number seems staggering. To show exactly what it can do, we spent an afternoon at the PLDT Fast Hub. Here’s what the experience was like. 

Close to 10,000mbps 

PLDT Fast Hub

We conducted several OOKLA speed tests and never quite got to exactly 10,000mbps. However, the speeds were consistently around 8,000mbps. That’s still more than any other plan in the Philippines at the moment.

Specific hardware required

PLDT Fast Hub

Naturally, something this fast has to come with its own set of specific hardware. Every household is different, so you’ll need to fill-up this form from PLDT to find out exactly what’s required for your setup. Consequently, your setup will determine the full pricing.

How many devices can it handle? Covering up to around 6,000 square maters thanks to the ASUS ZenWifi and a mesh system, the service can accommodate up to 100 bandwidth-hungry devices at once without struggling. With this, you still have room to connect a few more passive smart devices. 

And that’s exactly what was on display on the Fast Hub.

Multiple devices

PDLT Fast Hub

This was the primary computer connected to the service. We loaded a bunch of sites, which, to be honest, didn’t really put too much strain on the service. Imagine 10 more of these in the household and the connection can still handle it smoothly.

PLDT Fast Hub

Is there a gamer in the family? Having consistent and fast bandwidth is key, especially if you play competitive multiplayer games like Valorant. We tried our hand on a few games and while we ultimately ate dust in the game, the internet connection more than held up.

PLDT Fast Hub

To set the mood while taking these photos, we fired up TWICE’s Hello (Performed by Nayeon, Momo, and Chaeyoung). Music streaming typically doesn’t really eat up too much bandwidth, so you can vibe to whatever your jam is to your heart’s content.

PDLT Fast Hub

Some Playstation 5/console games require you to be online. Inside the fast hub, we ran a few races on Gran Turismo 7. Again, the overall experience was seamless. Would’ve loved to be able to test this on NBA 2K’s Park since that’s the mode we consistently have trouble connecting to. Perhaps another time.

Connected Smart Home

PLDT Fast Hub

Other than the aforementioned devices, the PLDT Fast Hub also featured a bunch of smart lights. We can’t recall the exact number but there were probably over 15 lights setup. All of which responded swiftly  after being issued voice commands via Google Assistant.

There was also a smart vacuum in the room which also responded to voice commands. It didn’t quite do exactly what you told it to, but perhaps that’s more the device than the Internet connection.

They even had this smart mirror in the room. With it you can pull up any workouts on YouTube and follow-along the exercise while the video is playing.

A dream

The PLDT Fast Hub delivered a taste of a dream. In fact, the whole setup likely didn’t even push the connection to the limit. But to know that this is now a possibility in certain locations is encouraging. Hoping it becomes more widely available and accessible soon.

To know if it covers your area, again, you may sign up on this form.

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