Moto G6, E5, E5 Plus: Prices and availability in the Philippines

All affordably priced



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Motorola has launched a trio of Android Oreo-powered smartphones in the Philippines: the Moto G6, Moto E5, and Moto E5 Plus.

All there were released earlier this year, and the Moto G6 in particular has impressed us with its solid build quality and overall performance.

As the most high-end of the three, the Moto G6 comes with a glass body and a 5.7-inch 1080p display. A Snapdragon 450 powers the device along with a 3000mAh battery and up to 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. A dual-camera setup headlines the rear.


Moto E5

The Moto E5 isn’t as powerful as the G6 — settling for a Snapdragon 425 processor and only 2GB of memory and 16GB of storage — but its battery is much larger at 4000mAh. Its screen resolution is only 720p, even though it’s also 5.7 inches in size, and there’s only one camera on the back. Its fingerprint scanner is found on the Moto logo.

Moto E5 Plus

If all that sounds a little underwhelming, you may prefer the Moto E5 Plus. It owns a larger 6-inch 1080p display with a monstrous 5000mAh battery, as well as 3GB of memory and 32GB of storage. Unfortunately, only one shooter resides on the rear panel, and its processor is the same low-powered Snapdragon 425. Its fingerprint reader is also on the Moto logo.

The Moto E5 and E5 Plus are available starting August 3 and are priced at PhP 7,999 and PhP 9,999, respectively. The former is available in gray or gold, while the latter only comes in gray.

Lastly, the Moto G6 retails for PhP 14,499 and can be bought starting August 10. Its sole color option is deep indigo.


ROG Ally greatly improves with new update

Days before official launch



The ROG Ally has some hefty shoes to fill. Touting an impressive slate of specs, the upcoming handheld console is one of the first true competitors to the dominating Steam Deck. Unfortunately, early reviews revealed a flawed comparison against Valve’s juggernaut of a console. Now, days ahead of its official launch, ASUS is releasing new firmware which drastically improves the console’s performance.

Getting down to the nitty gritty of things, the ROG Ally, in its unpatched version, lacked performance in low-wattage scenarios. Early reviewers found that the console could not keep up with the Steam Deck under such circumstances.

A new update, which started rolling out to early units, started catching up. According to YouTuber Dave2D, the update easily improves the console by 15 to 20 percent better than its initial release. First of all, it brings the ROG Ally almost at par with the Steam Deck in low-wattage scenarios. While the results aren’t as good as the latter device yet, it’s a much better performer compared to the former on day one. ASUS acknowledges that Valve really did its homework in low-wattage scenarios.

More notably, the update dramatically boosts the ROG Ally’s performance in higher wattages. The console is now close behind the Ayaneo 2S, a beefier alternative to the Steam Deck. Before the update, the ROG Ally could barely touch the Steam Deck, let alone the Ayaneo 2S.

ASUS also notes that the update should include improvements for the battery life. The lackluster battery has been a point of contention among all early users.

The ROG Ally is officially launching on June 13 and will start at US$ 699.99.

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Xiaomi reportedly working on a clamshell phone

Says a new rumor



In recent years, Motorola and Samsung have proved that the clamshell phone is more than just a resurrected fad. Both companies have developed solid lineups capable of becoming daily drivers. Now, others want to get into the market. Following the footsteps of its contemporaries, Xiaomi is reportedly developing a clamshell phone of its own.

Even before the unannounced clamshell phone, Xiaomi has some experience in the foldable market. The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 was quite the impressive powerhouse when it launched last year. The foldable smartphone even bagged the title as the thinnest foldable at the time (before Huawei grabbed the title soon after).

Now, the Chinese company is seemingly tapping into the same lineup for a rumored clamshell phone. According to Weibo leaker Digital Chat Station, the brand is indeed looking at an extremely light version of the vertically folding form factor.

Unfortunately, not much else is known about the upcoming device yet. However, Xiaomi’s supposed entry into the market shouldn’t be a surprise. After all, the brand’s competitors — Huawei and vivo — are already deep inside the clamshell segment. The latter, for example, just released the vivo X Flip, its first device in the vertically folding market. Expect things to heat up in the Chinese foldable market soon.

SEE ALSO: The vivo X Flip is the company’s first vertical-folding smartphone

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Netflix will launch a Queen’s Gambit game in July

Summer lineup is looking strong



The renaissance of chess is an interesting sight to behold. While there are a few reasons why the sport rose in popularity — such as the emergence of chess content creators on Twitch — there is one show that quickly catapulted chess into the limelight: The Queen’s Gambit. If you’re still a fan of the show, Netflix is launching a chess game based on the popular show.

The Queen’s Gambit Chess is the next step in the platform’s push towards mobile gaming. Back in 2021, Netflix announced its first forays into offering mobile games for its subscribers. Now, every Netflix subscriber has access to a library of games right on their app.

With The Queen’s Gambit Chess, Netflix is going back to its pool of notable franchises to tie into the gaming world. The platform previously did the same with other franchises like Stranger Things.

In the upcoming title, players will immerse themselves in the world of Beth Harmon. They can “take lessons, play puzzles and matches, or compete against friends.”

Netflix has not shown a lot of footage of the game yet. The announcement comes through a short video enumerating the titles it has on slate for this summer. This slate also includes Cut the Rope, Oxenfree, and the upcoming Oxenfree II: Lost Signals.

Queen’s Gambit Chess will launch on July 25.

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