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5 products from Next@Acer event that caught our attention

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Acer, if you haven’t heard, recently held its Next@Acer event in New York City, where it showed off a bunch of new laptops, PCs, and mobile devices that are slated to hit stores.

With a flurry of possibly desirable consumer products in its arsenal — from a Windows 10 convertible with a liquid-cooling system to a super-durable Chromebook to a smartphone with a 5,000mAh battery — Taiwan’s Acer indeed seems hell-bent on clawing out of the hole it has dug for itself in the wake of the PC’s decline.

And from what we’ve seen and heard during the event (Acer provided a live-steaming video feed from the show floor), the company could be headed in the right direction on the road back to the big leagues.

That said, here are five upcoming Acer products that have caught our fancy the most.

Acer Liquid Zest Plus

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If you can get past the awkward naming convention — to which many other phone makers are guilty of — Acer’s 5.5-inch Liquid Zest Plus might be a decent choice for road warriors who prefer the convenience of a massive 5,000mAh cell, rather than carrying around a portable charger or extra battery.

Even more impressive is that the device includes fast charging over a wired charger and a 13-megapixel rear camera that combines three autofocus technologies: laser, contrast detection, and phase detection. The Liquid Zest Plus also has a sub-$250 price tag, bringing it within the reach of mainstream users.

Acer Switch Alpha 12

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The Alpha 12 is a hybrid-tablet-slash-Surface-rival that comes with a keyboard dock and a built-in kickstand for use as a laptop. Unlike similar machines, however, it packs liquid cooling into a fan-less design to keep its sixth-generation Intel Skylake processor running cool.

The tablet is slated for release sometime in June. The base model starts at $599 (P28,000), though the price doesn’t cover the magnetic keyboard attachment. Pricing for the latter has yet to be announced.

Acer Aspire S 13

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Measuring just 14.5mm at its widest point and weighing 3 pounds, the S 13 is yet again proof that notebooks could be made thinner and lighter than ever before.

Sure, it’s not as attractive as the latest HP Spectre, nor does it have copper accents — the S 13 is, in fact, a boring white slab with moderately sized bezels. But it also has a starting price that’s hard to ignore for a notebook this portable: $699 (P33,000).

Couple that with a 13-inch 1080p matte display — touch optional — a sixth-gen Intel Core i series CPU, up to 8GB of RAM and 512MB of SSD storage, USB 3.1 Type-C and USB 3.0 ports, and battery life that lasts up to 13 hours, and you’ve got a rather compelling package.

Acer Chromebook 14 for Work

Acer Chromebook 14 for Work

Acer is the world’s leading manufacturer of Chromebooks — machines that run Google’s Chrome OS — having been a big supporter of the category over the years, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it would go to great lengths to create a rugged Chromebook that can survive the elements and impact from a 4-foot drop onto a hard surface.

Like other Acer laptops on this list, the Chromebook 14 for Work is powered by the latest Intel Skylake processors that allow for faster speeds and improved graphics performance while maintaining decent battery life. It will be available next month with a $349 (P16,500) starting price.

Acer Predator 17X

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The Acer Predator 17X joins a very short list of gaming laptops built for high-end VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. This behemoth of a not-so-easily-portable VR rig — it weighs in at 10 pounds and is about as thick as powerful laptops get — carries a desktop-class Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 graphics card so you can be certain it will play games in virtual reality nicely, something we can’t say about many machines priced beneath it.

That brings us to the price, which is, as you’d expect, cringe-inducing: The Predator 17X will sell for $2,799 (P130,000) when it goes on sale in June in the U.S.

But pricing aside, a laptop with this kind of feature set will only appeal to a very niche audience — in this case, VR developers who’d be willing to spend thousands of dollars to work from anywhere without lugging around a bulky desktop computer.

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MG Philippines makes owning British heritage vehicles a reality for all first car owners

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Choosing your first car can be a daunting process. You might have a lot of questions: “What type of car should I get? What car brand should I go for? How do I get my money’s worth?” These are all valid questions. Good thing MG Philippines is around to offer a straight-up solution for today’s hip, young blood in search of their first car.

British heritage auto brand MG wants the Philippine market to “Be Excited” as it introduces its first wave of vehicles in the Philippines, which are sure to appeal to the needs of modern Filipinos looking to own their first ride. The lineup from MG Philippines consistently offers vehicles that flaunt a fresh style, modern driving aids, and creature comforts — all at very competitive prices.

MG ZS

First in the lineup is the MG ZS crossover SUV which is aimed at those who demand versatility in their rides, without compromising on vehicle features and breaking the bank. On the outside, the MG ZS is a looker with its London Eye headlamps, Stardust grille, and 17-inch alloy wheels that beg to be noticed.

Bells and whistles include a push start/stop button, as well as a multi-function steering wheel with cruise control. The vehicle also sports an 8-inch LCD infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay so you can stay connected to your device and access media, all while keeping your hands on the wheel. Cruising on the outskirts of the city? Simply roll the Stargazer panoramic sun roof back for a breath of fresh air.

The MG ZS also comes standard with Collision Protection technology and curtain airbags for added safety. Other advanced safety features include an Anti-lock Brake System, Cornering Brake Control, Electronic Brake Assist, Electronic Brake Distribution, Hill Start Assist, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and Traction Control System.

In terms of power, it has a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated engine that produces 114HP and 140Nm of torque. The MG ZS comes in three variants with the following prices:

  • MT “Style” – PhP 818,888 introductory price
  • AT “Style” – PhP 868,888 introductory price
  • AT “Alpha” – PhP 998,888 introductory price

MG 6

If you’re looking for a sporty-looking ride that doesn’t let down on performance, the MG 6 fastback sedan is your best bet from the lineup. It has a longer, taller, and wider body than others in its segment and exudes an authoritative stance thanks to its 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels, sporty body lines, and a confident-looking fascia.

The interior is equipped with sporty, two-tone black and red seats, dash, and door panels. There’s also a flat-bottomed steering wheel — a clear nod to the brand’s racing heritage. Simply looking at its interior makes your heart beat faster with excitement.

It’s not all about the looks for the MG 6. Under the hood resides a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine which produces 162HP and 250Nm of torque. MacPherson struts up front and blade-type multi-link rear suspension also give you the edge with sharp handling and a smooth-sailing ride. Pricing for the two variants with 7-speed transmission are as follows:

  • AT “Alpha” – PhP 1,068,888 introductory price
  • AT “Trophy” – PhP 1,188,888 introductory price

MG RX5

Your routine might require you to need a daily vehicle that can capably ferry you to and from work, but you might also want it to be versatile enough to take on road trips on weekends. For this, consider the MG RX5. This compact SUV embodies power and class while also being versatile enough to bring on trips outside the metro.

The RX5’s elegant dashboard and door inserts are finished in high-grade materials while the cabin has ample legroom and headroom to fit the entire gang comfortably. You can also haul larger cargo thanks to its 60/40 split-fold function.

Expect a comfortable ride with the RX5, since it is been equipped with an enhanced MacPherson up front, with a rear multi-link suspension system. This ensures you and your passengers are comfortable throughout every ride. That one friend who always sleeps through trips is sure to appreciate this feature.

Additional features include keyless entry, push start/stop button, cruise control, and an electronic parking brake with autohold function for easier and safer driving.

The MG RX5 comes equipped with a 7-speed double-clutch automatic transmission and is available in two models.

  • MT “Core” – PhP 1,058,888
  • AT “Style” – PhP 1,228,888

That’s not all!

MG knows that pretty much everything is connected nowadays through our smartphones. Hence, the company is currently producing an accompanying app to closely monitor its car’s running stats and allow online booking of service appointments. No more waiting in line at the service center! They are also gearing up to opening 16 new dealerships to better accommodate its customers all over the country.

With these offerings, MG Philippines aims to deliver quality vehicles to the Philippine market, while giving them unparalleled service and outstanding value for their hard-earned cash.

So, after reading what MG Philippines has to offer, have you found your match?

Visit the MG pop-up store this month, and get up close and personal with the latest vehicles from MG Philippines. See the following dates and locations:

  • November 15 to 18, 2018 — SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds (2018 Auto Focus Pre-Christmas Test Drive Festival)
  • November 20 to December 20, 2018 — SM City Cebu
  • November 29 to December 5, 2018 — SM Megamall

Please visit www.mgmotor.com.ph for more info. Follow MG Philippines on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and MG Philippines.

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Vivo V11: Flagship look on a midrange phone

It’s super eye-catching!

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The Vivo V11 is a definite looker!

It’s the company’s first attempt at being playful with colors. With the V11, Vivo released the Starry Night and Nebula variants.

Instead of one solid color, you get this design that’s not simply a gradient but has a few sparkly details at the bottom end, making it look snazzier than your average phone.

It’s already pretty flashy on its own

So it looks great no matter who’s holding it

The notch is also significantly smaller, giving you this sense that you have more to look at

This makes the 6.41-inch Halo FullView display a sight to behold


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Vivo Philippines.

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Samsung’s display folds, Trese anime coming to Netflix: Weekend Rewind

Lots of new things coming soon!

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Here are this week’s top stories on GadgetMatch.

1. Samsung’s Infinity Flex is here

Five years since showcasing the Youm Flexible display, Samsung finally unveiled a prototype of its foldable smartphone. Called the Infinity Flex, it looks like a thicker phone when folded but expands to a 7.3-inch display. An actual product could come in Spring 2019.

Android has already announced support for folding devices while Huawei and LG are also developing their own versions of a foldable phone.

However, a smaller Chinese company, Rouyu Technology, has already beaten them all to the punch when they unveiled the world’s first foldable smartphone. The 7.8-inch phone touts a Snapdragon 8150, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of internal storage. It will feature a 20MP and 16MP rear camera combination, and retail for CNY 8,999.

2. Nokia’s five-camera phone

The multiple smartphone camera setup is slowly becoming a thing and Nokia is jumping right in. The company has decided to do everyone else better by coming up with a phone with five rear cameras.

As expected, leaks and renders have already made their rounds on the internet because well, it’s the internet. We expect the cameras to include a telephoto lens, a wide-angle lens, and a depth-sensing camera.

As for other specifications, the Nokia 9 will supposedly carry an 18:9 screen, a Snapdragon 845 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and 4150mAh battery capacity.

3. Get active with the Fossil Sport

If you’re all about being active, you might want to take a good look at the Fossil Sport. It’s one of the first smartwatches to run Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon Wear 3100 which brings new features like better ambient mode and longer battery life.

Available in 41mm and 43mm sizes, its casing is now made of aluminum and nylon instead of stainless steel and it will retail for US$ 255.

4. Ragnarok M: Eternal Love

Ragnarok Online is officially back! Ragnarok M: Eternal Love is a mobile version of the hit MMORPG and it’s a lot like the original, from the job classes, to the nostalgic sights and monsters. It’s free to play on both Android and iOS so you can invite all your friends.

You’ll have to make sure your phone has the space for it, though. It’s over 1GB through Google Play, but the unpacked content leads to 5GB. Fortunately, through Marvin’s findings, the app only consumes an average of 12MB per hour. Not bad.

5. Trese, Pacific Rim anime coming to Netflix

If there’s something strange in the Philippine neighborhood, you call Alexandra Trese. The popular comic book is coming to Netflix and will be helmed by none other than Jay Oliva (Wonder Woman, Legend of Korra).

Other new anime titles coming to Netflix are the sci-fi film franchise Pacific Rim, Netflix’s original series Altered Carbon, Cagaster of an Insect Cage, and Yasuke. Anime lovers have plenty of binge-watching to look forward to!


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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