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Lenovo to announce Moto G4, modular Moto Z in Philippines soon?

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Will Lenovo soon release its current selection of Moto phones to the Philippines — a market it has so far shown very little, if any, enthusiasm for until recently? If the company’s social media posts this week are any indication, the answer is pretty obvious.

Moto PH posted this teaser on Facebook Tuesday, hinting at the arrival of at least two sort-of-new smartphones, the Moto G4 or G4 Plus and the modular Moto Z.

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Moto PH recently posted this teaser on Facebook

We are yet to hear back from a Lenovo/Moto spokesperson, so we can’t confirm how many and which devices the company intends to announce locally. It would make sense to bring in the $150 G4 Play as well since it’s one of the most affordable of the latest Moto bunch. We wouldn’t rule out the Moto E3 and E3 Power either for the same reason.

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Between the G4, G4 Plus, and Z phones, however, we are most excited to hear about the latter’s local availability. And we’re not saying that because of its unique ability to magnetically — or should we say magically? — attach itself to a real camera with zoom lens, or a battery case, among other accessories.

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Moto Z

We think Lenovo’s modular approach to accessorizing is the way to go, and the add-ons on offer at launch don’t sound gimmicky like those of another popular modular handset. We’re not looking at you, Project Ara. You are dead to us. It helps (a lot) that the Moto Z is among the thinnest smartphones around, coming in at just 5.2mm thick, and that it’s using the same powerful processor inside the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (U.S. version), LG G5, and OnePlus 3.

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The Moto G4 has a midrange Snapdragon chip, 2GB of RAM, and a 13-megapixel camera, while the G4 Plus steps up to more RAM and more megapixels on the rear-facing shooter. Android Marshmallow is the software of choice on the Moto G4, G4 Plus, and Z. The phones all sport a 5.5-inch display at full resolution.

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Moto G4

Off-contract prices in the U.S. start at $200 for the Moto G4, $250 for the Moto G4 Play, $700 for the flagship Moto Z. The phones are now available stateside through various retailers. One can only hope the prices in the Philippines aren’t much higher than in the U.S.

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TNC Predator, Afreeca Freecs Fatal win Predator League APAC 2019

For Dota 2 and PUBG, respectively

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After three long days of battle in Bangkok, Thailand from February 15 to 17, two champions have emerged from the two featured games of the Predator League in Asia Pacific 2019.

For Dota 2, it’s TNC Predator from the Philippines; and for PUBG, the champ is none other than Afreeca Freecs Fatal from South Korea.

Their winnings come from a prize pool worth US$ 250,000. Each champion receives US$ 75,000 for their efforts, while the runners-up split the remaining pot.

The grand event concluded after over 3,500 competing teams from 16 countries were eventually reduced to only 26 groups in Bangkok for the finals.

This was the Predator League’s second event in the APAC region. In 2018, it was held in Indonesia. Next year’s event will take place in the Philippines.

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Fujifilm X-T30 is a lightweight 4K mirrorless camera

Cheaper version of the X-T3

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After Canon‘s announcement of the new EOS RP, it’s now Fujifilm‘s turn to present their latest offering: the X-T30. Fuji’s new mirrorless interchangeable camera is the successor to 2017’s X-T20.

The X-T30 is positioned to be a cheaper variant of the flagship X-T3 camera, but they actually share many common features and specs. It’s got a compact and lightweight body at just 383g which looks similar to the premium model, but with some minor changes at the back. It’s got a focus joystick instead of a d-pad, but retains the touchscreen.

Speaking of, it’s a 2-way tilting LCD panel with 1.04 million dots. The EVF, on the other hand, is a 2.36-million-dot OLED color viewfinder with a near 100 percent coverage area.

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Inside the camera is a 26.1-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 160 to 12800, which is expandable up to 51200, and backed by an X-Processor 4. With this, the X-T30 can shoot 30fps at 1.25x crop and 20fps without a crop using the electronic shutter. If you wish to use the mechanical shutter, the speed will be reduced to 8fps.

It has a hybrid AF system with 100 percent phase-detect AF, face detection, and eye tracking. Autofocus is also improved even in low-light. Focusing can be selected either through the touchscreen or joystick.

When it comes to video, the camera can shoot 4K at 30fps and up to 120fps when downscaled to 1080p. It’s capable of 10-bit recording and 4:2:2 DCI 4K video through the HDMI port. Fujifilm’s Film Simulation modes are also available.

The Fujifilm X-T30 will be available in March starting at US$ 899 for the body only. It’ll go up to US$ 999 when bundled with an XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens, or US$ 1,299 when bundled with an 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens.

SEE ALSO: Fujifilm Instax SQ20 hands-on: How good is it?

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LG V50 ThinQ will be company’s first 5G smartphone

Arriving right before MWC 2019

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We have yet another leak ahead of LG’s press conference happening right before Mobile World Congress 2019. This time, it’s for the company’s first 5G smartphone, the V50 ThinQ.

It comes in the form of a tweet by Evan Blass, who also spilled the beans on LG’s upcoming G8 ThinQ flagship a few days ago.

This confirms that the 5G smartphone LG will be showing off at MWC in Barcelona, Spain is the V50 ThinQ. Previously, we knew of such a handset coming on February 24, but we didn’t know what branding it would go under.

The leak, however, points to exclusivity with US carrier Sprint. It might also be a limited partnership, but we can more or less confirm that the V50 ThinQ will carry a Snapdragon 855 chipset in order to handle 5G signals.

In addition, we can see an extra camera on the front and back as compared to the G8 ThinQ’s setup. Sadly, it seems like the wide notch is sticking around.

Surprisingly, the V50 ThinQ is launching less than five months after the V40 ThinQ’s release. LG may be prioritizing its 5G rollout and needs an existing series to lay it on.

We’ll learn more once LG takes the stage on February 24 to reveal all its new devices, which might also include a foldable phone.

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