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Power Mac Center’s iconic midnight launch makes a comeback

For iPhone 14

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Power Mac Center brings back its iconic midnight launch to welcome the iPhone 14 in the Philippines. The premium reseller for everything Apple delivered huge deals and freebies for early bird stoppers.

At midnight of October 14, the main party took place at Power Mac Center in Greenbelt 3. Simultaneously, branches in Robinsons Magnolia, Eastwood, SM Aura Premiere, and The Loop in UP Town Center opened at 12:01 AM.

Customers who got the first dibs on the latest iPhone were able to take home up to PhP 28,000 worth of premium accessories from partner brands such as Adam Elements, Anker, Belkin, PanzerGlass, Ventev, Aukey, Cygnett, Itskins, Laut, OtterBox, Before Anything Else, Catalyst, JTLegend, QDos, STM, and UAG.

A star-studded affair

Power Mac Center truly delivered an iconic launch, with top celebrities gracing the countdown. Headlining the event were Popstar Princess Sarah Geronimo, and rising OPM stars Zack Tabudlo and Paolo Sandejas.

Celebrities Vanessa and Daniel Matsunaga, athletes Jeron Teng and Kim Kianna Dy, drag queens Precious Paula Nicole and Pura Luka Vega, and content creators Marj Maroket and Katt Valdez joined the midnight launch.

TV Personalities Ai dela Cruz and Sam YG hosted the event, which was also live-streamed on an LED screen in other open stores.

Get the new iPhone

Power Mac Center has also partnered with major banks and credit card providers, together with emerging FinTech players, to offer the widest payment options for customers to choose from. There are cash and straight payment available with exclusive offers, and easy installment terms for up to 24 months.

The new iPhone 14 family is now available in all Power Mac Center and The Loop stores nationwide, with a starting price of PhP 61,990. For more details, follow Power Mac Center’s official Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube accounts.

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Samsung 12.12 mega sale: Up to 50% off on Galaxy phones

Free tablet included in one bundle

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Heads up, last-minute Christmas shoppers! Samsung’s upcoming Holiday Mega Sale is your perfect chance to score deals on Galaxy smartphones.

This coming 12.12 on both Shopee and Lazada, Samsung will be making their wide range of devices even more affordable with discounts of up to 50% off from December 12 to 14, 2022.

What’s better is that these will come with freebie bundles, so what better way to take advantage of the opportunity and check out before the clock strikes December 25!

Here are what customers can get from Samsung’s exclusive Galaxy deals:

  • Free Galaxy Watch5 40mm with Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra 5G or Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
  • Free Galaxy Watch4 40mm with Galaxy Tab S8 5G or Galaxy Tab S8 Wi-Fi
  • Free Laneige Perfect Renew Youth Trial Kit with Galaxy S21 FE 5G
  • Free card slot cover with the Galaxy A04 or A04e

For the flagship Galaxy S22 series and selected Z Fold or Flip models, Samsung will be giving away the following:

  • Free Galaxy Tab A8 WiFi with Galaxy S22 Ultra
  • Free Galaxy Tab A7 Lite with Galaxy S22+ / S22 / S21 FE / Z Fold3 / Z Flip3

Additionally, Samsung has these exclusive offers only via Shopee:

  • 15% off voucher capped at PhP 1,000 for every PhP 1,000 minimum spend
  • 0% interest for 3 months via SPayLater for Galaxy Z Fold4, Flip4, S22 series, Watch5 series, Buds2 Pro, A13 5G, A23 5G, and A04s
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Canon officially brings the EOS R6 Mark II to the Philippines

Taking hybrid to the next level

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Canon Philippines has finally launched the follow-up to their much-beloved hybrid full-frame camera EOS R6 from two years ago, the EOS R6 Mark II.

The union of systems

The Canon EOS R6 Mark II is a mirrorless camera featuring a 24.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor. Paired with the DIGIC X processor, it promises better quality photos with reduced noise. Speaking of noise, the camera can reach an ISO of up to 102,400 and low-light sensitivity below EV -6.5.

If you’re concerned about display when shooting, the EOS R6 Mark II offers a fully-articulating 3″ LCD with touchscreen that enables you to shoot in various angles, whether overhead or low down.

Not a fan of screen shooting? The EOS R6 Mark II has a 0.5″ OLED EVF (Electronic View Finder). With 3.69-million dots and a refresh rate of up to 119.88 fps, it’s as great as how you look at Optical View Finders found on DSLRs.

If you’re shooting a lot of action, Canon has the improved Dual Pixel AF CMOS II system with an outstanding AF zones of 1,053 and approximately 100% AF coverage.

Other than that, there’s the EOS iTR AF X (Intelligent Tracking & Recognition Autofocus) that can now track horses, trains, and airplanes aside from people, animals, and other vehicles. There’s even Deep Learning-based Subject Tracking and Auto Subject Detection as well for better tracking. This also makes an 80% faster AF performance than its EOS R6 predecessor.

For burst mode shots, you can shoot 12fps under Mechanical Shutter and 40fps with Quiet Mode support under Electronic Shutter. That’s very ideal for concerts and wildlife shoots.

If you’re that serious in videography, the EOS R6 Mark II not only offers the usual 4K/60p video recording, it also supports a jaw-dropping 6K/60p with 10-bit RAW HDMI out. And if you’re a sucker for slow motion, this hybrid camera can also shoot slo-mo Full HD at 180p.

Worried about shaky footages? Canon combines three image-stabilizing systems in one with Coordinated Control. That’s the fusion of 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilizer (IS), Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS), and Movie Digital IS. There’s even the Canon Log 3 if you prefer flat-looking shooting profiles that allows you to be versatile in color grading.

Much like iPhone’s Cinematic Mode, the EOS R6 Mark II can seamlessly change focus points regardless if one tries to change the focal length through Focus Breathing Correction. You can even select several focusing speeds to match the effect and speed of the subject.

Durability-wise, the Canon EOS R6 Mark II is rated to last up to 400,000 cycles. That’s more than enough for the continuous use and abuse of the hybrid mirrorless camera compared to conventional bodies of the same kind. And if you shoot under harsh weather conditions, its body is made from a durable magnesium alloy chassis that’s also dust and drip-resistant.

Other notable feature is the Dual Card Recording which allows simultaneous recording on both SD cards. That’s one 4K/60p shooting and FHD/180p on the other or just record footages and stills all at once. Lastly, the R6 Mark II uses the specialized set of RF and RF-S lenses just like any other mirrorless cameras of Canon.

A true 6ame ChangeR

Canon Philippines has finally held an in-person event ever since the launch of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III — which I attended before the pandemic lockdown happened in the country.

We were welcomed by Canon PH’s several ambassadors on the board. They were also able to use the EOS R6 Mark II for two weeks all before the launch event took place. Those include Ian Celis together with his daughter, Eyah Celis under Ian Celis Productions based in Antipolo, Rizal.

During the small talk, Ian Celis showed us a reel showcasing his work using the EOS R6 Mark II. He even mentioned that his favorite feature has got to be Focus Breathing Correction and the FHD/180p slo-mo feature very ideal for wedding footages. Meanwhile, Eyah talked about how the camera’s lightweight body was able to help her shoot extreme lengths despite her slimness and petiteness during a marathon event.

Another in the ambassador lineup were Pat Dy and Chissai Bautista of Team Pat Dy. It started when they showed us Chissai’s interview on the large projection. As a wedding shooter, she told everyone that wedding events are always fast-paced.

But with the fast and precise AF system of the Canon EOS R6 Mark II, she expounded that she was able to quickly grasp the situation around and shoot fast-moving subjects blurry-free. That’s also possible thanks to the very lightweight body of the mirrorless camera.

More so, Pat Dy has explained and showed us how the EOS R6 Mark II is a true game-changer. From its lightweight body, one-handed camera use thanks to better camera controls and ergonomics, and more about how it’s a true “hybrid” by having the ability to shoot great stills and footages all at once are just some of the great feats of Canon’s newest mirrorless camera.

Before the wrap up, Pat even did a live demo of how he shoots wedding portraits under controlled-environment situations such as a movie theater with one source of light and a diffuser. Remarkably, we have witnessed how the EOS R6 Mark II greatly-performed without compromises despite such shooting condition.

Pricing and availability

The Canon EOS R6 Mark II will be available in the Philippines starting as early as January 2023. The body only configuration will cost you PhP 179,998. There’s also a bundled RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM configuration that retails for PhP 199,998.

Other than that, Canon has also introduced a new RF 135mm f/1.8 L IS USM being sold at PhP 160,998 as well as a lighter external flash unit Speedlite EL-5 for PhP 30,998.

If you pre-order the EOS R6 Mark II from December 3 to January 16, you’ll get added perks like a free 128GB SD Card, additional 2 years warranty aside from the usual 1-year warranty, and a special PhP 25,000-worth Creator’s Access Membership that includes:

  • Free Membership Fee
  • Priority Service
  • While-you-wait service
  • Four (4) working days of expedited service
  • Free external cleaning
  • Service unit
  • Lens loan for three (3) months
  • Show/Event Support
  • Printing Services with discounted rates
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Xiaomi Christmas Sales comes with discounts, freebies

Xiaomi 12 series included

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Xiaomi is welcoming the upcoming holiday season by offering customers markdown prices for its smartphones across all ranges, as well as freebies bundled with selected models.

The Xiaomi Christmas Sale will last until January 1, 2023, and customers have the chance to get the following free items for every purchase of a participating phone:

Free Redmi 9A:

Free Xiaomi Vacuum Flask:

Free phone case, tripod selfie stick, Xiaomi medal

  • Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G (12GB+256GB): PhP 27,999
  • Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G (8GB+256GB): PhP 25,999

A handful of all-around smartphones and tablets will also sell at discounted prices throughout the promo period:

  • Xiaomi 11T 5G (8GB+256GB): PhP 20,999
  • Xiaomi 11T Lite 5G NE (8GB+256GB): PhP 18,999
  • Xiaomi 11T Lite 5G NE (8GB+128GB): PhP 16,999
  • Redmi Note 11S (8GB+128GB): PhP 12,999
  • Redmi Note 11S (6GB+128GB): PhP 11,999
  • Redmi Note 11 (8GB+128GB): PhP 9,999
  • Redmi Note 10 Pro: starts at PhP 12,999
  • Redmi 10: starts at PhP 7,799
  • Redmi Pad: starts at PhP 13,999

On top of that, a handful of wearables, including different Xiaomi and Redmi earbuds, watches, and smart bands will also get markdown prices:

  • Xiaomi Buds 3T Pro: PhP 6,999
  • Xiaomi Buds 3: PhP 4,999
  • Redmi Buds 4: PhP 2,499
  • Xiaomi Watch S1: PhP 10,999
  • Xiaomi Watch S1 Active: PhP 8,999
  • Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro: PhP 4,599
  • Xiaomi Smart Band 7: PhP 2,499

Redmi A1 launched

Meanwhile, Xiaomi has also released its newest budget smartphone in the Redmi A1.

This phone has a 6.52-inch HD+ display, 8MP dual cameras, a 5MP selfie camera, and a 5,000mAh battery. The affordable new device is a perfect Christmas gift for students as it is capable of executing daily tasks.

The Redmi A1 will retail for just PhP 4,499 and will come with a free Mi Portable Bluetooth Speaker until New Year’s Day.

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