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ROG Phone 6D Ultimate now in the Philippines

Dare to be ultimate

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The ROG Phone 6D Ultimate is now official in the Philippines. It happened on the “Dare to Be Ultimate Digital Launch” livestream on ROG Philippines’ Facebook page.

Ultimate performance

It’s no secret by now that the ROG Phone 6D Ultimate will be powered by the flagship Dimensity 9000+ chipset with HyperEngine 5.0 gaming technologies to deliver the most powerful performance for users.

The phones under the newest series will have up to 16GB of DDR5X RAM and up to 512GB storage, while housing a massive 6,000mAh battery. The display will be an AMOLED HDR+ screen with up to a 165Hz refresh rate.

As previously reported, the device also features the revolutionary GameCool 6 cooling system that sports the AeroActive Portal, boosting the phone’s overall thermal efficiency by 20 percent.

Among other features are its AirTrigger 6 ultrasonic sensors and GameFX audio system.

The phone has a massive 6,000mAh battery with support for 65W fast charging for a full-charge in just 42 minutes. Both the standard and Ultimate variants come with 16GB LPDDR5X memory while the latter has a 512GB UFS3.1 memory.

The camera package is likewise tremendous, as they house a 50MP main camera with Sony IMX766 sensor in the rear along with a 13MP ultrawide-angle and a 12MP selfie camera in front.

There’s also an ROG Phone 6 Batman Edition. The package comes with a Batman Aero case, a Batman SIM Tray ejector tool, and a Bat signal LED projector.

Price and availability

The ROG Phone 6D Ultimate is now available for pre-order for PhP 69,995 with an AeroActive Cooler 6 bundled out-of-box. Meanwhile, the ROG Phone 6 Batman Edition will retail for PhP 62,995

You can now pre-order at select participating ASUS/ROG Concept Stores and multi-brand dealer stores. Head on to this link to check out participating stores and mechanics for pre-order: http://ph.rog.gg/ROGPhone6DUltimateBUY

 

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Google introduces encrypted group chats

Using RCS

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It’s easy to send messages from one Apple device to another through iMessage. However, for all the system’s pomp and circumstance, iMessage ignores the entire Android population, leaving an entire swath of the smartphone-using world without accessibility and end-to-end security. For months, Google has tried convincing Apple to switch messaging systems and work together. Now, in a new push to bring equality, Google has launched its own RCS group chatting system with end-to-end encryption.

Rolling out in open beta during the next few weeks, the new system will allow Android users to chat with a group of other Android users. Using RCS technology, messaging is free, secure, and easy to use.

For accessibility, users can send high-quality media, react using emojis, and see any typing in real time. It works much like other messaging services these days. One advantage, however, is that the new feature will come automatically with Google Messages, an app already baked into a lot of Android devices. Users might not need to download another app — and that also plays into security.

Speaking of security, end-to-end encryption will ensure that only the users can see what the conversation is about. Neither the user’s network nor Google itself can snoop in and gather data.

Unfortunately, the system does have a massive caveat: It won’t work between Android to Apple conversations. Because Apple uses a different system, it’s currently impossible for cross-platform conversations to have the same level of security and convenience.

In the feature’s announcement, Google even calls Apple’s texting “stuck in the 1990s,” renewing its call to get Apple to convert. The company then names several global companies who have already switched to RCS messaging, including Globe.

SEE ALSO: Google is bringing its VPN to PC and Mac

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Netflix might ask more users to watch films before they premiere

An exclusive group

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Watching a movie before it comes out thrusts viewers into an exclusive sweet spot beyond normal moviegoers. Not everyone gets into this club, though. Usually, the privilege of an advanced screening goes to people involved in the moviemaking industry. However, with the current zeitgeist revolving around streaming services like Netflix, it’s easier to catch a movie before anyone else can.

Offering more users a chance to enter this club, Netflix is expanding its pool of preview viewers starting next year. First reported by Wall Street Journal, the platform will reportedly include tens of thousands of viewers — a gigantic climb from its current base of around 2,000 users.

Members of this group will have access to unreleased movies and series over a period of six months. After which, users will answer surveys to help Netflix determine which movies are worth seeing or skipping. It works like a focus group but automated by Netflix’s system.

If the program does expand next year, the company has not confirmed how it will do so or who is eligible to join. If anything, they have been asking subscribers their interest in taking part in the program.

Focus groups and advanced screenings are a common part of Netflix’s content cycle. Besides asking users for feedback before releasing content, the platform also releases content in other formats prior to a streaming launch. For example, the upcoming sequel to Knives Out, Glass Onion, premiered in select theaters for a week before its streaming release on December 23.

SEE ALSO: IN PHOTOS: Dubbing with Netflix, HIT Productions

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Infinix debuts powerful ZERO 5G 2023

Impressive upgrades, better capabilities

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Infinix ZERO 5G 2023

Infinix is welcoming December in a massive way, debuting the powerful ZERO 5G 2023 which comes with impressive upgrades and improved storage capabilities.

The smartphone will be among the first devices to house a MediaTek Dimensity 1080 6nm 5G chipset for up to 2.6Hz of maximum power, while its 5,000mAh battery supports 33W Fast Charge technology.

There is an 8GB RAM plus 5GB of extended RAM for mobile gamers to enjoy, while the phone’s storage is set at 256GB.

The display is likewise off the charts, through a 6.78-inch FHD screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz sample rate.

Among the device’s features are Clever 5G mode for battery optimization and Auto-Switch Refresh Rate mode.

When it comes to the camera package, the Infinix ZERO 5G 2023 has a 50MP AI camera, 2 MP depth camera, and 2MP micro camera in its triple camera setup on the rear.

There are Super Night Mode and Night Filter features so that low light captures are no problem. There’s also Film Mode for simpler and more efficient video editing of up to 960fps clips.

Pricing, availability

The ZERO 5G 2023’s availability will vary depending on the region. For now, its price starts at US$ 239 and there will be three color options to choose from: Pearly White, Coral Orange, and Submariner Black. 

Be sure to bookmark this link to stay up to date on Infinix’s latest mid-ranger.

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