ROG Phone 2 Strix Edition launches alongside a bunch of promos

Product launch + promos



ASUS’ Republic of Gamers is having a blast this last week of February. From product announcements to promos, you don’t want to miss checking out what ROG Philippines has in store for its customers.

ROG Phone 2 Strix Edition

ROG has officially launched the much-anticipated ROG Phone 2 Strix Edition last February 22. This gaming phone is a variant of the ROG Phone 2. ROG Phone 2 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor, a 120Hz display, and a monstrous 6,000 mAh battery. The Strix Edition is a slightly cheaper variant featuring an 8GB RAM + 128GB storage configuration.

ROG Phone 2 Strix Edition is now available on these concept stores nationwide. It retails at PhP 34,995. While that might seem inadequate for a gaming phone, ROG is also bundling in the Aero Case and the AeroActive Cooler II for free.

Welcome to the Big Leagues Promo

You can now also buy a ROG laptop with a bundled gaming monitor. This promo launched last February 22 bundles select laptops with a gaming monitor for the ultimate gaming experience. Participating laptops include:

  • Zephyrus S GX531GX — free ASUS VA326H worth PhP 23,560
  • Zephyrus S GX531GW — free ASUS VG278Q worth PhP 16,200
  • Zephyrus S GX701GV — free ASUS VG258Q worth PhP 15,800
  • Strix Scar II — free ASUS 248Q worth PhP 15,910

Do note that the promo is available until stocks last. The promo is available on all ROG and ASUS concept stores nationwide.

Catch ROG at a booth on SM North EDSA’s Gamefest 2020

You can also visit ROG’s booth at the upcoming Gamefest 2020 this February 28 to March 1 at 4/F The Annex, SM North EDSA. ROG and TUF Gaming laptops will be available for everyone to try at the booth. ROG will also hold mini-tournaments for players of DOTA 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and Tekken 7. Winners of the mini-tournaments will take home exclusive ROG merchandise.

On top of that, ROG will hold a promo for select laptops on those days. Buyers can either take home an ASUS gaming monitor or score big discounts on participating laptops. Plus, participating laptops come bundled with a gift certificate from Sperry.

Here are the laptops on promo:

Model Original Price Event Promo Price Event Cash Price Bundled Sperry GC
FX705GM-EV113T PhP 76,995 PhP 66,995 PhP 61,995 PhP 3,000
FX705GE-EV107T PhP 76,995 PhP 61,995 PhP 56,995 PhP 3,000
FX505GM-ES055T PhP 74,995 PhP 64,995 PhP 59,995 PhP 3,000
FX505GM-ES053T PhP 64,995 PhP 54,995 PhP 49,995 PhP 3,000
FX503VM-E4200T PhP 54,995 PhP 44,995 PhP 39,995 PhP 3,000
FX503VM-E4050T PhP 54,995 PhP 44,995 PhP 39,995 PhP 3,000


Model Original Price Bundled Monitor Bundled Sperry GC
GX531GX-ES005T PhP 189,995 VA326H PhP 5,000
GX531GW-ES006T PhP 149,995 VG278Q PhP 5,000
GX701GV-ES004T PhP 139,995 VG258QR PhP 5,000
GL704GW-ES006T PhP 134,995 VG248QG PhP 5,000
GL504GW-ES013T PhP 129,995 VG248QG PhP 5,000

You can visit ASUS ROG Philippines’ Facebook, Twitter, or their website to know more about exciting announcements and promos.


Smart increases mobile data for postpaid plan subscribers

Stay connected for longer



Staying connected with loves ones is important especially during these difficult times. Internet access is crucial more than ever as more people turn to online services to carry out important tasks.

Recognizing the need for people to stay connected, Smart is now rolling out additional data to its postpaid plans subscribers. The increase in data ranges from 2.5GB to 60GB depending on a subscriber’s plan.  The data increase is effective within a 30-day period.

Here are the respective data increase for each postpaid plans:

Plans Data Increase
Smart Signature SIM-only
Lite 2.5 GB
S 10 GB
M 20 GB
L 30 GB
XL 60 GB
Smart Signature with Device
S 5 GB
M 10 GB
L 15 GB
XL 30 GB
Other Smart postpaid plans
Below plan 999 2.5 GB
Plan 999 to 1999 5 GB
Plan 2000 and up 10 GB

Smart is also treating its new subscribers with a one-time data increase:

Smart Signature SIM-only
S 5 GB
M 10 GB
L 15 GB
XL 30 GB
Smart Signature with Device
S 2.5 GB
M 5 GB
L 7.5 GB
XL 15 GB

Aside from giving out bonus data to its postpaid subscribers, Smart has also extended its deadline for payment for 30 days. Plus, there’s a special 30-day e-load discount available at its online store. A 5% discount is available for PhP 200 to PhP 300 load, while a 10% discount is available for PhP 100 load. The discounts will run from March 17 until April 14.

For more offers and announcements from Smart, visit their Facebook page.

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Samsung’s great discounts still on despite COVID-19

Snag some great deals on Samsung’s latest devices



Singapore’s IT Show 2020 is officially postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, that will not stop Samsung from showcasing great deals to its customers. This March, the company is giving away various freebies and discounts on some of its products.

Discounts and vouchers

Customers can either get the 2019 flagship Galaxy S10 at SG$ 400 off, or grab the SG$ 400 voucher for every purchase of Galaxy Fold. Also, they can receive a 20% discount on select phone covers when they purchase any phone from the Galaxy S20, S10 and Note 10 series at Samsung’s online or concept store nationwide.

Those looking for their next smartwatch or earbuds may want to look at Samsung’s line of wearables. Up to 50% off can be had on all of Samsung’s wearables, including the Galaxy Watch Active 2 and Galaxy Buds.

Freebies up for grabs

Those purchasing the latest and the greatest Galaxy tablet will receive awesome freebies from Samsung. For every purchase of Galaxy Tab S6, customers will receive a Galaxy Buds worth SG$ 238. Meanwhile, those who opted for the less-powerful but still capable Galaxy Tab S5e will get a black book cover worth SG$ 98.

Upcoming flash deals

These upcoming weeks, Samsung is holding a flash deal for those eyeing the flagship Galaxy S20, S10, and Note 10 series. By purchasing any of these devices on Samsung’s online store, they can get the following:

  • 14 – 15 March: a pair of Galaxy Buds at SG$ 118 (SG$ 238 retail price)
  • 21 – 22 March: Galaxy Watch 42mm LTE at SG$ 308 (SG$ 548 retail price)
  • 28 – 29 March: Galaxy Tab S5e 64GB WiFi at SG$ 418 (SG$ 598 retail price)

Those grabbing the deals may head over to Samsung’s online store, concept stores, or select retailers until 29 March 2020. To know more about Samsung’s latest promo, visit their website for more information.

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As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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This is the best time to buy the Galaxy S20

Good things come to those who wait



When is the best time to buy the Samsung Galaxy S20? Most might say that it’s right after its release. Whether we admit it or not, being one of the first to own the latest tech is always a good feeling. But there’s also a benefit to waiting it out a little longer.

A new product insight from iPrice indicates being patient could help you net the Galaxy S20 for less. iPrice researched the best time to buy the Galaxy S20. The research took into account the price drop of Galaxy flagships over the year, starting from the S8 up until the recent S10. They looked into two different time periods after a flagship’s release to determine its price.

Six-month outlook

If you can’t wait any longer than a year, then you should wait for six months to pass after the Galaxy S20 has been released. The research from iPrice found that the price of Galaxy flagships may drop by 21% after six months. As such, you may get a better deal buying the S20 six months from now than on March 6.

How will a 21% price drop compare across S20 variants?

  • Galaxy S20 — from PhP 49,990 to PhP 39,492
  • Galaxy S20+ — from PhP 55,990 to PhP 44,232
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra — from PhP 69,990 to PhP 55,292

One-year outlook

Here’s where it gets interesting. Galaxy S10’s price dropped by 45% after a year, while Galaxy S8 and S9’s price dropped by 30%. The research estimates that the price drop of Galaxy S20 may fall between 30-45%.

Even when you factor in the much conservative 30% price drop, you still get big savings with PhP 34,993 than today’s price of PhP 49,990 for S20. For S20+, you get PhP 39,193. Finally, for the Galaxy S20 Ultra, the price drops to PhP 48,993.

If you’re looking to save, it is best to wait some months before buying a brand-new Galaxy S20. Prices do fluctuate, so the final price after a few months maybe higher or lower than the estimates. As a general advice, it is better for you to wait before buying a brand-new device to weather out the demand and any issues that may appear after release.

See also: Galaxy S20 price and availability in the Philippines


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