News

ROG Phone 3, ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition price in the Philippines

Get your game on!

Published

on

ASUS ROG hasn’t been quiet about this at all and now it’s finally official. The ROG Phone 3 and ROG Phone 3 Strix edition are in the Philippines!

You all know how it is, right? ROG has done quite a fantastic job in the mobile gaming phone category and has lorded over the “Best Gaming Smartphone” award for the past two years. They’ve shown no signs of relinquishing that crown this year with the ROG Phone 3.

Watch our ROG Phone 3 review to see exactly what I’m talking about.

 

Pricing and availability

The ROG Phone 3 will be available starting August 22 and will come in three variants. Here’s a quick guide:

MODEL SPECIFICATIONS SRP HARD BUNDLE ITEMS
ROG Phone 3 Classic Edition S865+/16G RAM/512GB Storage PhP 54,995 Aero Case/AeroActive Cooler 3/ Type C to 3.5mm Audio Jack dongle
ROG Phone 3 Classic Edition S865+/12G RAM/512G Storage PhP 49,995 Aero Case/ AeroActive Cooler 3/ Type C to 3.5mm Audio Jack dongle
ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition S865/8G RAM/256G Storage PhP 39,995 Aero Case/ AeroActive Cooler 3/ Type C to 3.5mm Audio Jack dongle

 

All models come with the 144hz AMOLED HDR display, the AirTrigger 3, Stereo Speakers with GameFX, Three camera layout, and 6,000 mAH battery. All will also be 5G compatible with local networks.

Early purchases come bundled with an exclusive ROG Special Hoodie as well as the ROG Phone Bag, from participating ASUS and ROG accredited stores only. You may check out this link for more information. This special set will be on top of the already-bundled Aero Case, AeroActive Cooler 3, and Type C to 3.5mm Audio Jack dongle.

ROG Phone 3 Accessories

As for the accessories, stay tuned to the ROG website and social media pages to keep updated on its local availability. However, for those looking for the ROG Phone 2 Champion’s Super Pack, the full set will be available via ROG Concept Stores in Gilmore, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM City Cebu, and the ROG Official Shopee Store for PhP 29,995.00 – near 50% off from the original PHP 59,965 SRP. The ROG Phone 2 Champions’ Super Pack will still be complete with the following items:

ACCESSORY STORE SRP
Lighting Armor Case PhP 2,495.00
ROG Kunai Gamepad PhP 6,995.00
Twinview Dock II PhP 14,995.00
Mobile Desktop Dock Revised PhP 10,995.00
ROG Phone Bag PhP 2,495.00
ASUS WiGig Display Dock PhP 13,995.00
ROG Suitcase PhP 7,995.00

If you’re curious about the backwards compatibility, ROG was kind enough to share this chart for your reference.

SEE ALSO: ROG Phone 3 has a super-secret 160Hz mode

Enterprise

Xiaomi blacklists “Samsung” and other terms from its phones

But there’s a reason why

Published

on

Throughout the past few years, Chinese smartphones have received a lot of flak for its ties to geopolitical issues. Both Huawei and ZTE have already suffered through bans from the American government. Naturally, Xiaomi is in a similar boat. Unfortunately, because of a new research report, things might get worse before they get better.

According to a report published by the National Cyber Security Centre in Lithuania, Xiaomi’s smartphones automatically download a list of terms that they blacklist. The list includes sketchy terms like “China,” “Taiwan Solidarity Union,” and other geopolitical terms. Obviously, including China-related terms can cause a bit of alarm for users elsewhere. However, the blacklist might have uses outside of the obvious.

Spotted by XDA Developers, Xiaomi uses the list for advertising purposes. Besides the China-related terms, the list also includes its brand rivals like “Samsung” and “ZTE.” It also includes pornography and piracy terms. Most ironically, the list also blocks its own smartphone models. The publication spotted that the blacklist is used solely by the smartphone’s advertising platform. Which does make sense now.

The list is designed to block out ads from competing companies and its own (which makes sense since someone who owns a Xiaomi phone probably doesn’t need to see a Xiaomi ad anymore). Blocking pornographic and piracy-supporting ads also makes sense. The China-related terms remain problematic, but there is no indication that Xiaomi uses the list for anything other than advertising.

Further, Xiaomi should activate the filter manually. The automatic download doesn’t automatically mean that the phone is censored. That said, there is still a possibility that Xiaomi can use the filter for more geopolitical reasons. At the very least, current reports don’t point toward that for now.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi 11T series focuses on mobile filmmaking

Continue Reading

News

Xiaomi brings the Mi TV P1 to the Philippines

4K UHD Android TV for your viewing pleasure

Published

on

Mi TV P1

Xiaomi truly has it all for you. Not only do they have a wide range of smartphones and devices, they also want to take over your living room with the Mi TV P1.

The Mi TV P1 is a 4K Android TV. It has all the bells and whistles that we’ve come to expect from 4K TVs. Other than being 4K UHD, the display has a 60Hz refresh rate with a 178°(H)/178°(V) viewing angle. It also supports Dolby Vision and HDR10+.

On their website, it comes in four sizes — 32″, 43″, 50″ and 55″ making it a pretty accessible TV set for any household.

You can’t have a good display with subpar sound. For audio, the Mi TV P1 has a speaker sound output of 10 W + 10 W with support for Dolby Audio and DTS-HD. Looks good on paper but we’ve yet to experience how it actually sounds.

For connectivity, it has the following: Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 2.4GHz/5GHz, three (3) HDMI ports — one of which is eARC for a soundbar connection, two (2) USB ports, Composite In (AV), Ethernet Port, CI Slot, Optical Digital Audio Out, and 3.5mm headphone jack.

Powering the device is a MediaTek 9611 chip with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage for all the TV apps.

The specs are a little different for the 32″ version. It has less ports and a lower resolution but still a good TV nevertheless.

As mentioned earlier, it has the Android TV interface that should be fairly easy to navigate. This means it’s also compatible with Google Assistant and it’ll be receptive to voice commands. It also has a 360 bluetooth remote so you don’t necessarily have to point it to the TV for it to work. There are also dedicated buttons for Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

Price and availability

The Mi TV P1 will be available starting September 30, 2021. Pricing are as follows:

  • 55″ — PhP 24,990
  • 50″ — PhP 22,990
  • 43″ — PhP 18,990
  • 32″ — PhP 10,990

The Mi TV P1 Series can also be availed on a special early bird price with freebies from September 30 until October 1. Those who will purchase the 32” and 43” variants will get a free Redmi soundbar or PhP 8,990 and PhP 16,990 respectively.

A Mi Soundbar for the 50” and 55” variants will serve as freebies with price cuts at PhP 20,990 and PhP 22,990, respectively.

These offers will be available exclusively on Xiaomi Authorized Stores and in Xiaomi official stores on Shopee and Lazada.

Continue Reading

News

Xiaomi Pad 5 now in the Philippines

New tablet to consider

Published

on

Xiaomi Pad 5

Unfazed by the recent release of the new base iPad and iPad mini, Xiaomi is bringing over a tablet challenger to the Philippines — the Xiaomi Pad 5.

Meant for work, school, and then play, the Xiaomi Pad 5 is an all around tablet. You’re getting an 11-inch WQHD+ 120Hz display so you’ll definitely enjoy tapping on this slate. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 processor for all your work and play needs.

Taking work even further, you can pair it with the Xiaomi Smart Pen. Its 4096 pressure sensitivity and 240Hz touch sampling rate hopes to emulate a natural writing experience.

Here’s a rundown of the specs:

  • Display — 11″ WQHD+ 120Hz
  • Processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 860, Adreno 640 GPU
  • Audio — Quad speakers, Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res Audio
  • Configurations — 6GB+128GB, 6GB+256GB
  • Battery and Charging — 8720mAh, 22.5W wired charging
  • Included accessory — Xiaomi Smart Pen1
  • Colors — Cosmic Gray, Pearl White

Pricing and availability

The Xiaomi Pad 5 will be available on Xiaomi Authorized Stores starting October 1. Pricing are as follows:

  • 6GB+128GB — PhP 14,990
  • 6GB+256GB — PhP 19,990

A limited early bird price of PhP 14,990 and a free Xiaomi Smart Pen for the 6GB+128GB variant will be offered exclusively on Xiaomi Official Global Store via Lazada on September 24 only.

 

Continue Reading

Trending