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LG gives us five cameras, Nokia launches a stunning midranger: Weekend Rewind

LG and Nokia kick off a month of phone launches

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1. The LG V40 has five cameras

October is packed with phone launches and kicking it all off is LG. The South Korean company went all in on their latest flagship – the V40 ThinQ.

It has five. Yes, five cameras — two in front and three at the back! The three rear cameras can take photos at the same time for a feature called triple shot. One is in 2x zoom, another is in regular angle, and the third one takes ultra-wide shots.

Additionally, the two cameras in front have one that’s regular and one in ultra-wide. The specs are all flagship-level: Snapdragon 845, 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, 3300mAh battery. Is this enough to take attention away from the likes of Samsung, Apple, and now, even Huawei?

2. The Nokia 7.1 looks gorgeous

HMD Global has its eyes set on the midrange market with the new Nokia 7.1. Speaking of eyes, yours are gonna love this new phone. The Nokia 7.1 looks like a premium phone with a quality build. Specs are as follows: Snapdragon 636, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, 3060mAh battery.

It will come in gloss midnight blue and gloss steel, and will be available in early November.

3. Facebook has been breached

Facebook found a major security issue. The company announced that a security attack has put 50 million user accounts at risk. Facebook has since reset the access tokens of 50 million affected accounts.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg says, “We’re taking it really seriously. I’m glad we found this, but it definitely is an issue that this happened in the first place.”

The company says there’s no need to change passwords because of the action they took. But you can check your security settings to double-check your account’s activities.

4. iPhone XS charging and beauty mode gates

People are bound to find something wrong with the new iPhones and right now, there are two major issues floating around.

First, some phones don’t charge automatically when connected to a Lightning cable. Waking the phone fixed the issue for some users but in others, the problem persists.

Another thing that’s got some people’s gears grinding is the selfie camera. The new iPhones reportedly apply a beauty effect on selfies; this means a smoothing effect is turned on to hide blemishes and marks. The feature was never announced nor is it part of any official press materials. And as of publishing, there’s no way to turn the feature off.

5. Sony’s Fortnite crossplay

Sony has finally decided to play nice. After dealing with backlash for not allowing crossplay on popular battle royale game Fortnite, Sony finally caved announcing recently that PS4 users can now cross-play with Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac, and mobile players. The feature is still in beta and the company plans to ensure the viability of crossplay.

Do you play Fortnite on the PS4? Let us know if you welcome this development with open arms.


Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.

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Samsung Galaxy A52 5G: Redefining gaming phones

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Mobile games are convenient, portable, and efficient. You can play anywhere and any time instead of being tied to your desktop or console. On top of all that, it’s also mostly for free so, despite the memes and childish slap fights, getting a proper gaming phone has been a legitimate hunt for some people.

As the mobile gaming scene gained traction over the years, gaming brands have released top-performing phones with pretty high price tags. So, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are a ton of casual players or hopeful esports pro players who want to get their hands on something more affordable.

Surprise, surprise! There are top-performing phones out there that may not come from the gaming fan service brands but can do just as well. Enter the Galaxy A52 5G.

No fuss, all game buffs

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The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G isn’t marketed as a gaming phone but it features specs suited for people looking for a more affordable and well-rounded phone.

It has a 6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display and sports a 120Hz refresh rate. The phone display is capable of reaching 800 nits of brightness. So, expect this midranger to unapologetically flaunt buttery smooth graphics perfect for stunning playthroughs.

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Under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G sports an octa-core processor, along with 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. That’s more than your storage and processing power than any other mid-range phone. And, more than enough storage for your daily use and play.

If you’re somehow missing out on more space, it also comes with a MicroSD slot that supports up to 1TB of storage. On top of all that, it’s equipped with a 4,500mAh battery, giving you uninterrupted day-to-day use.

Games you can play

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With its processor, the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G can handle more than you’d expect. Samsung brought the big guns for the Galaxy A52 5G with their octa-core processor. With League of Legends: Wild Rift, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and PUBG Mobile as the most played competitive games people play on; it doesn’t stutter or struggle.

The lengths of mobile gaming doesn’t end there. More artsy games like Florence and Sky can be played on the Galaxy A52 5G with ease. And, they look nothing short of stunning.

The Galaxy A52 5G is decked out with 120Hz refresh rate capabilities. So, everything looks buttery smooth and detailed with whatever game you play on it. That’ll come in handy when you’re in the mood for competitive play. If you’re worried about the battery life, you can scrap the plug, in “plug and play” for this one, because the battery manages well with day-to-day gameplay.

Photo perfect?

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One feature that most gaming phones don’t necessarily sell out on is the camera. The Galaxy A52 5G sports a quad-camera system: a 64-megapixel main camera with OIS, a 12-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera with a 123-degree field of view, a 5-megapixel dedicated macro camera, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor.

On its front, it houses a 32-megapixel selfie camera located on a punch-hole cut-out. Check out the samples below:

Main camera

Macro

Zoom 2X, 4X and 10X

Food

Low light

Landscape wide

Panorama

Night mode

Portrait: Cat

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Main Camera: Person with Auto HDR Off

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Not your typical gaming phone

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is a pretty impressive phone. Most gaming phones get away with some features faltering into the sidelines, with gameplay features taking the forefront of the phones’ priorities.

However, with the Galaxy A52 5G, you get the full package of top-performing features people want from a regular phone. From immersive watch time, to quality photos, to playing on your phone, this mid-ranger takes the cake.

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On top of all that, this phone stands out when watching Netflix or listening to podcasts on speaker with Dolby Atmos. Essentially, you get a smooth and responsive display, decent storage, reliable battery life, decent quad-camera set-up, and good audio.

Is the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G your GadgetMatch?

If you’re looking for an affordable gaming phone with all the same bells and whistles you’d look for on a flagship gaming phone, this is it. It delivers all its features without selling itself out as a gaming phone because, we would argue, it’s technically more than just that.

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If this is just what you’re looking for, the Galaxy A52 5G costs PhP 23,990 SRP. The 5G compatibility makes this phone slightly more expensive than its sibling. But, it still costs a fraction of any ungodly RGB-vomiting-rainbow-gamer phone out there.


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ASUS Zenbook 13 OLED UX325: Vibrance and power in portability

Ultraportable and easy on the eyes

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ZenBook 13 OLED

ASUS is known for making their mark by leading with state-of-the-art innovation in everything they do, especially when it comes to laptops.

They consistently stand out in the crowd by rendering powerful performance and stunning visuals through their Zenbook series, and they definitely didn’t pull any punches with their best ultraportable yet –  the ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED UX325. 

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Vivid visuals you’ve never experienced  

As someone who greatly relies on her laptop’s display for creative outputs, I was thrilled when I got my hands on the ZenBook 13 OLED since this has a 13.3-inch FHD OLED HDR NanoEdge Display with 400 nits of brightness. Its 88% screen-to-body ratio and thin bezel design makes work and play very immersive. 

These features are accompanied with a 100 percent cinema-grade DCI-P3 color gamut and Pantone validation, making it tick off all the boxes as to what I would prefer for my multimedia consumption. 

Since most of us are used to LCD displays on most of our laptops, visuals on this OLED display, however, felt more realistic. Clear and detailed even at low brightness. And its color accuracy made it easy for me to assess and review photos that I had to work on.

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A quick research on OLED displays tells us that an OLED display doesn’t use backlight but instead, its millions of LEDs emit its own light. So if an image or a scene in a video to be produced is black, the pixels turn off, resulting in true and deep black and would then turn on  when it needs to produce colors. 

This feature really helps make you feel like you’re watching live scenes in movies and video projects you’re working on with its true black and extreme contrast ratio.

Also after a long and gruelling day at work, eye strain wouldn’t be a concern since the ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED UX325 is certified with TÜV Rheinland’s certification under low blue light reduction standard. This ensures that this display emits 70% less harmful blue light and protects you from visual discomfort and disrupted sleep quality. 

All these features rolled into this laptop’s OLED display definitely improves its image quality, viewing angles and eye comfort while consuming less battery power. 

Power that pushes through  

If you’re someone who usually multitasks or someone who wears multiple hats at work, you’ll definitely have the #PowerOfMore with the ZenBook 13 OLED. You can accomplish more tasks with this laptop as it is powered by the latest 11th Gen Intel Core processor complemented with Iris Xe integrated graphics for superb all-around performance. 

Also under this laptop’s hood is 8GB of DDR4 RAM and 512GB SSD, more than enough for everyday activities like web browsing, video watching and getting some tasks done to work without a hitch. 

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Work light, work smart 

I am a big fan of compact and portable laptops since I like working at different spots. While I can’t frequent my favorite coffee shops and open spaces these days, I’m still able to work in different rooms and areas at home due to the UX325’s ultraportability. 

Measuring only 13.9mm and weighs 1.14kg, it is just a tad bit bigger than your usual notebook. It doesn’t take up much space and is so light that you can just put it in your bag and carry it around when you have to. 

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Though this laptop is light, thin and has narrow bezels, ASUS still managed to put an IR camera positioned at the top part of the screen.

This is very efficient because aside from using it for your day-to-day Zoom meeting or catch-ups, this IR camera also has the technology and large sensor which allows ultrafast face logins with the help of Windows Hello. I was even surprised when I tried to unlock the laptop with the lights turned off, the IR camera was still able to recognize my face in the dark.  

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Versatile battery

I usually work long hours on a day-to-day basis and I have limited power outlets at home so I mostly rely on battery power. The ZenBook 13 OLED UX325 has been very convenient being powered by a big 67Wh lithium polymer battery. 

ASUS claims that this laptop can provide up to 15 hours of battery life but this was proven wrong in a good way. I was actually able to use it for 16 hours for my daily work, a side job and some Netflix series marathon until it reached power-saving mode. Then to fully charge it just takes less than 2 hours. Talk about extreme convenience. 

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All set to connect  

In most ultrathin laptops, they usually sacrifice ports for portability. The ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED UX325 definitely redefines the possibilities without sacrificing connectivity. This is the world’s slimmest laptop with full I/O ports – you’ll find a full-sized HDMI, two Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C ports with support for fast charging and up to 40Gbps data transfer speed, a USB Type-A port, and a microSD card reader on the sides of this laptop’s chassis. 

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If you’re still using wired earphones, you don’t have to fret since ASUS provides a USB Type-C to 3.5mm audio jack adaptor in the package. They also provide a standard USB to LAN adaptor if you’d have to connect to a wired network.  

Also, still adding up to this laptop’s connectivity is the inclusion of Wi-Fi 6. This new generation of Wi-Fi technology gives you access to more Wi-Fi frequency ranges which results in a more stable and faster connection.  

Lift to your liking 

Typing can be pretty wearisome especially if you’ve been working for quite a while. The ZenBook 13 OLED has a precision-engineered ErgoLift hinge which automatically lifts the rear of the laptop as it is opened, tilting the keyboard for a more comfortable typing experience. 

This lift also optimizes ventilation at the bottom part of the laptop while adding resonance to the sound that’s coming from the Harman Kardon down-firing speakers. 

Designed for comfort and convenience  

Despite being compact, the ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED is actually easy to type on. This is thanks to the stunning edge-to-edge ergonomic keyboard and its large chiclet keys with hefty key travel which provides us with that satisfying typing feedback and a more comfortable experience. 

Some people still prefer to have a dedicated number pad on their laptops. To solve the lack of a number pad caused by the small size of the ZenBook’s body, ASUS implemented the innovative NumberPad 2.0 on the UX325. This NumberPad 2.0 is a dual function touchpad with an integrated LED-illuminated numeric keypad. 

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The NumberPad 2.0 can be accessed by pressing on the icon on the upper right side of the touchpad while its brightness can be adjusted through long presses on the icon found on its upper left. With the NumberPad 2.0 activated, the touchpad can still be used as cursor thanks to its integrated software. 

Built to last

Durability has always been a concern for many when deciding on which laptop to purchase. When it comes to this laptop’s toughness however, the ZenBook 13 OLED is tested with the Military Grade MIL-STD-810G U.S. Standard for reliability and durability. These tests consist of different levels of stress examinations to ensure survival in harsh environments.

This includes power-on drop tests and operation at extremes of altitude and temperature. Along with this, the UX325 also endured ASUS’s stress assessment which far exceeds the standards set by the industry. 

Is the ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED UX325 your GadgetMatch? 

It’s amazing how such a compact laptop could handle the demands of my tasks while offering more with its true-to-life colors on visuals, amazing battery life, fast charging, ultraportability and excellent performance. 

So if these features tickle your fancy in a laptop, then your search for Incredible is here with the ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED UX325. Safe to say, this amazing piece of machinery is definitely your Gadgetmatch. 

The ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED UX325 retails for PhP 59,995 and is available in Pine Grey and Lilac mist variants.

More details on The ASUS ZenBOok 13 OLED Ux325 here.


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8 things we like about the Samsung Crystal UHD TU8000

Definitely one of the best value 4K Smart TV around!

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Samsung is known for a lot of things. And in the home theater department, the South Korean giant cemented itself as one of the leading brands.

There are a lot of reasons why. But for starters, the company creates sturdy yet well-designed TVs. It never shies from packing its devices with plenty of smart features. More importantly, there’s a range of lineups that suit your taste, preference, lifestyle, and of course, budget.

Of all its lineup, Samsung’s Crystal UHD TV series is the one that’s worth checking out, if you’re in the market for an affordable Smart TV. And the Crystal UHD TU8000 variant, in my opinion, is one of the best value Smart TV you can get right now. It’s a really sweet package, and here are 8 reasons why.

Easy setup via SmartThings app

Smart TVs are supposed to be smart, and shouldn’t be a gatekeeper between the tech-savvy and everyday consumer. Samsung kept this in mind, so they optimized the TV setup. You can quickly finish it on the TV itself, or you can connect it via SmartThings app, and do everything on your smartphone!

One of the best smart TV system

Samsung’s TV that has 4K HDR, like the Crystal UHD TV series, is powered by Tizen — an open-source operating system developed by Samsung which can be seen on smartwatches, smart TVs, and appliances.

With this system, you can have quick access to popular streaming services. Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Google Play, and even Apple TV — without the need for a dedicated Apple TV box.

Operating systems are often overlooked, but it’s one part of what makes or breaks your watching experience. Samsung’s Tizen made navigation easy, smooth, and functional. It might be due for a look upgrade, but it still gets the job done. It’s perfect for nights when you don’t want to engage your brain and watch telly after a long day at work.

Detailed picture quality

Watching on any Samsung TV is a treat for your eyes, with its sharp and detailed picture quality. It uses an LCD UHD panel technology, so its strength isn’t blowing your mind (and eyes) with vivid colors and a vibrant palette.

Rather, it keeps the visuals interesting by leveling the natural colors. Moreover, you can adjust its picture modes to match your preferences and your room’s lighting condition.

4K and Upscaling

Even though we already have 8K technology, I still enjoyed the 4K HDR capabilities of Samsung’s Crystal UHD TU8000. It was cinematic, immersive, and visually astonishing.

After all, the TV automatically switches to HDR mode whenever you’re watching HDR content, and upscales non-4K videos decently. And if you’re worried about added noise after being upscaled, fret not. The upscaling technology keeps quite a good amount of detail.

Ambient Mode

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The artistic Ambient Mode, which was only exclusive to the high-end QLED range, made its way to the Crystal UHD TV series — and I love it. You can choose what to do with the display when you’re not using your telly. Opt for nice scenery, place images directly from your Samsung phone’s gallery, make it look like a frame — the choice is yours.

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Lastly, the TV operates on lower power mode when in Ambient mode. So it’s not just prettifying your display when not in use, it helps save energy, too.

Stylish, functional, and sturdy

The TU8000 is pretty sturdy despite using plastic on its back panel, bezels, and stand. Nonetheless, it looks stylish whether it’s mounted on a wall or on a TV stand. Its back is designed with cables in mind, allowing you to manage it in an orderly manner to keep your TV neat and clean.

While already looking stylish, the TV never forgot about functionality, too. It has three HDMI ports, two USB ports, an ethernet port, a common interface slot, and an input for composite video and radio-frequency antenna. It definitely suits whatever kind of user you are!

Remote Control

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Surprisingly, I enjoyed the remote control. It’s lightweight, fits my hands with its slim and curvy figure, and easy to navigate with its buttons that are only necessary. It’s also a smart assistant and a voice remote in one, so you can use your voice to search in apps like YouTube and make it function like Bixby, Alexa, or Google Assistant.

Pricing

Samsung Crystal UHD TU8000

The Samsung Crystal UHD TU8000 sits well at an affordable price point. The 43-inch model retails for PhP 27,999 while the 50-inch model costs PhP 33,999. For those who want a larger unit, the 55-inch model retails for PhP 41,999.

Bonus: Soundbar

Frankly, the sound quality isn’t the best when it comes to Samsung’s Crystal UHD TV TU8000. It’s loud and decent, however, having an impressive picture quality should be matched with stellar audio quality.

This is why pairing it with Samsung’s TF-400 Soundbar made the audio-visual experience heavenly, especially the Surround Sound that the soundbar offers. It’s really a match made in heaven, so if you’re considering the Crystal UHD for its 4K HDR capabilities, make sure you pair it with the right soundbar.

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