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Moto is back in the Philippines with full lineup

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Moto Philippines Launch

We’ve waited patiently, and now we got it: Moto is back in the Philippines, bringing along its modular Moto Z (with Moto Mods) flagships, midrange Moto G series, and entry-level Moto E Power.

Making the announcement all the more special is the introduction of power couple James Reid and Nadine Lustre as the brand’s new local ambassadors. Commonly referred to as JaDine, the tandem is expected to inject some youthful charm into the Lenovo-owned company.


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It was just two weeks ago when we first got word of Moto’s intent of coming back. The teaser, which was posted on the company’s Facebook page, subtly hinted at the pending launch of the Moto Z and G4 series. Now, we have all the important details.

Moto Z and friends

First, the top-end Moto Z. It’s going to cost PhP 33,999 and will come bundled with a Moto Style Shell, so users can experience the modularity right away. The price may seem a little steep, but you must consider the specs it comes with, which include a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, and 4GB of memory with 64GB of built-in storage in a frame that’s — get this — only 5.2mm thick.

Moto Z front

Moto Z

The slightly thicker yet more affordable Moto Z Play tagged along in the cross-country journey. Its pocket-friendly PhP 22,999 is a lot easier to swallow, but you’ll have to play with a more midrange-like chipset, specifically a 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display, Snapdragon 625 processor, and 3GB of RAM with 32GB of expandable storage.

To get a better idea of how the Moto Mods work, it’s best to watch our first-look video below:

These are the retail prices of the Moto Mods: PhP 699 for the Moto Style Shell (Herringbone Nylon or Crimson Nylon), PhP 999 for the Moto Style Shell (Black Leather), PhP 4,999 for the Incipio offGRID Power Pack, PhP 5,499 for the JBL SoundBoost Speaker Mod, PhP 14,099 for the Hasselblad True Zoom, and PhP 14,999 for the Moto Insta-Share Projector.

Everything related to the Moto Z is already available at selected MemoXpress and Silicon Valley shops in SM North EDSA, Megamall, and Mall of Asia. An online shop will also be set up on Lazada Philippines.

Moto Z Play back

Moto Z Play

Midrange Moto G

You don’t have to look too far down if you want something a little more ordinary. The three Moto G handsets represent Lenovo’s middle-class segment, and have no access to the fancy Moto Mods. What’s interesting is that the most powerful of the trio, the Moto G4 Plus, is the only one you can buy without network carrier restrictions; the G4 Play and G Turbo Edition are exclusive to Smart Communications and Globe Telecom, respectively.

Dish out a total of PhP 13,999, and the Moto G4 Plus is yours. It’s not going to wow you with extraordinary internals, but that’s what you’d expect at this price range; it has a middling Snapdragon 617 chip and standard 5.5-inch Full HD LCD screen.

Moto G4 Plus

Moto G4 Plus

The other two don’t offer anything better in terms of performance. You can acquire the 5-inch, Snapdragon 410-powered Moto G4 Play for free through Smart’s SurfPlus Plan 999, while the 5-inch Moto G Turbo Edition has a faster Snapdragon 615 on board and can be gotten without any additional cost on Globe’s MyLifeStyle Plan 799.

Truly entry-level Moto E Power

Moto labels the E Power as “more than meets the eye,” but the only thing worth writing about is the 3500mAh battery capacity. Coupled with the 5-inch HD display and battery-efficient MediaTek processor, it’s possible to push the phone beyond a day of usage on a single charge. In addition, the battery can be swapped for a spare one if you’re desperate.

Moto E Power

Moto E Power

But that’s not all

Lenovo and Moto really went all out with their launch earlier this evening. On top of showing off their sassy endorsers, the unified company is offering a special deal from October 21 to 23. Anyone who buys a Moto Z or Z Play in the aforementioned MemoXpress, Silicon Valley, and Lazada stores will also get a free JBL SoundBoost Speaker Mod. We assume the bundled Moto Style Shell is still included, because it would be too cruel to leave it out.

Globe extends the early holiday spirit with a few special deals of its own. Under its PhP 2,399 plan, you get the Moto Z with the Hasselblad Mod, while the PhP 2,299 plan nets you the Moto Z with the JBL and Incipio Mods, and the PhP 1,499 plan gives you just the JBL Speaker Mod with the Moto Z.

Let’s hope that this time, Moto will stick around long enough for Filipinos to invest in its modular smartphones.

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Qualcomm announces 5G variant of the Snapdragon 8cx

In partnership with Lenovo

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5G on smartphones is already established by multiple manufacturers, but how about laptops? Qualcomm and Lenovo collaborated to push next-generation connectivity on notebooks.

Last year’s Snapdragon 8cx chip has been upgraded this year to have 5G connectivity and it’s aptly called the Snapdragon 8cx 5G. While current laptops can have cellular connectivity, it’s not as efficient as Qualcomm’s solution. Essentially, notebooks running on Snapdragon’s 8cx 5G chip are always connected to the internet just like a smartphone, but without the compromise in battery life.


5G means super-fast speeds which will enable Snapdragon 8cx 5G devices to load online files like it’s from local storage. Also, 8K streaming and AR/VR applications will connect seamlessly.

Since Qualcomm’s new 5G SoC is based on its previous version, it still has the key features including multi-gigabit connectivity and multi-day battery life with support for enterprise applications and security. The 5G modem used here is Qualcomm’s own Snapdragon X55 5G. 5G is not yet widely available, but the chip also sports Category 22 LTE with peak speeds of up to 2.5Gbps.

The chip is yet to come to purchasable consumer devices, but we expect it to become available first with Lenovo. Qualcomm promises to showcase more in early 2020 or when 5G is already accessible globally.

SEE ALSO: Snapdragon 855’s official AnTuTu benchmark score beats the competition

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AMD announces faster 12-core Ryzen chips

Coming in July

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The processing war is starting up again. Fresh out of the oven, AMD has announced a variety of new chips for launch this year. In a recent press conference, Dr. Lisa Su, AMD’s chief executive, presented the company’s future — 12 cores and 7 nanometers.

First up, the 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X CPU will boast a boost clock of 4.6GHz and a base clock of 3.8GHz. It will also sport 70MB of cache memory. Notably, AMD’s new chip will go up against Intel’s Core i9-9920X. Su demonstrated her chip’s performance against Intel’s driver. In comparison, the Ryzen 9 3900X performs more efficiently and cooler than Intel’s chip. Most impressively, AMD’s chip will retail for only US$ 499, a far cry from Intel’s US$ 1,199 price tag.


Likewise, the 8-core Ryzen 7 3700X touts the same improved efficiency. According to Su, the new chip will have a boost clock of 4.4GHz and a base clock of 3.6GHz. It will churn out 15 percent better efficiency than its predecessors. It will also produce only 65 watts of heat when active. The Ryzen 7 3700X will retail for only US$ 329, compared to its rivalling Intel Core i7-9700K’s US$ 385 price tag.

For more power, the Ryzen 7 3800K boasts more performance. Demonstrated on stage, the chip can play modern games remarkably well: 34 percent higher frame rate on League of Legends and Counter Strike: Global Offensive; 22 percent higher on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds; 21 percent faster on Overwatch; 15 percent faster on Dota 2; and, 14 percent faster on GTA V. Similarly, it performs 37 percent faster on multi-threaded tasks. It will retail for US$ 399, compared to the Intel Core i9-990K’s US$ 484 price tag.

Besides the iconic Ryzen series, AMD also teased a new initiative: the Navi architecture. Unlike the company’s other offerings, the Navi team will build chips based on the new 7nm architecture. According to Su, the new architecture will ship with the upcoming Radeon RX 5000 series. Compared to Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2070, the upcoming Navi chips will tout higher clock speeds and more efficient power usage. AMD is motivated to do everything better with the Navi architecture.

Unfortunately, AMD has not released a lot of details surrounding the upcoming chip. AMD is delaying a more detailed launch for June’s E3 show. However, the company has confirmed an appropriate July 7 release date for the new 7nm chips.

SEE ALSO: AMD reveals next-generation 7nm graphics card

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ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 receives global Android Pie update

More features coming up

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The ZenFone Max Pro M1, which had been a mainstay on our Best Smartphones list, is officially seeing its Android 9 Pie update roll out internationally.

This comes a little over a year after the phone’s original launch. According to ASUS’ official online forum, the update is targeting model ZB602KL, which is the international unit. The update’s version number is 16.2017.1905.053.


The update is about 1.5GB in size and can be accessed by checking the System Updates option under System in the main settings menu. ASUS says that the update’s push is happening in batches, so it may take longer for some users to receive it.

The hefty update includes all the features that are bundled with Android Pie, along with the latest security patch from ASUS and some bug fixes.

Last month, only the Indian version of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 could be updated to Android Pie.

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