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Samsung Experience stores ready to safely welcome customers

Will follow health and safety protocols

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Much like other businesses, Samsung Experience stores were forced to stop operating due to the coronavirus pandemic. As the Philippines slowly tried to revive its economy, the experience stores are opening their doors once more while following safety and health protocols.

Samsung Philippines adheres to the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases. To keep consumers and employees safe, health and safety protocols are strictly followed – limiting the number of its customers to only 50 percent, mandatory use of masks, and frequent cleaning in all stores.

Here’s a rundown of how Samsung is complying with the rules and providing all of us a safe shopping experience.

Unique QR health declaration codes

These are installed at every entrance of Samsung Experience Stores to promote a safe and contactless contact tracing process. After completing the health declaration form, customers are greeted by Samsung Experience Store personnel, wearing face masks and face shields in the stores at all times. Health and safety precaution guidelines are also distributed inside the stores.

Product demonstrations are done side-by-side instead of face-to-face

This is also done while keeping the required safe distance of one (1) meter to make sure everyone is socially-distanced. Smart Switch self-help guides and leaflets are also issued to customers to minimize prolonged interaction in the store.

Store personnel always disinfect the display units

They do the same for frequently visited areas of the store after every customer interaction.

Acrylic sneeze shields are installed in cashier counters

This serves as a protective barrier between employees and customers. They are installed in all Samsung Experience stores.

Live Shop Assist

If you’re still not convinced there’s still Samsung’s Live Shop Assist as well as the Customer Service Hotline. Both methods connect you to a Samsung Product expert to help with your shopping needs while minimizing physical interactions in the stores.

You’ll find a list of the nearest Samsung Experience store near you here.

 

 

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ASUS Zenfone 8 Series: Price and availability in the Philippines

Pre-orders come with a freebie!

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Zenfone 8 Flip

Yes, they’re back for real! After skipping a couple of generations, ASUS is bringing back the Zenfone to the Philippines. They’re bringing over both Zenfone 8 Series phones — the Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip!

Both phones are flagship level being powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor. But they’re pretty different. Here’s a quick look at their specs side by side.

Zenfone 8

Zenfone Flip 8

Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Display 5.9” Samsung AMOLED, 120Hz 6.67” Samsung AMOLED, 90Hz
OS Android 11, Zen UI 8 Android 11, Zen UI 8
Configuration 6GB + 128GB

8GB +128GB

8GB + 256GB

16GB + 256GB

*No storage expansion

8GB +256GB

*Up to 2TB storage expansion via MicroSD

Battery 4,000mAh 5,000mAh
Cameras 64MP Sony IMX686

12MP Ultra-wide

12MP front-facing

64MP Sony IMX686

12MP Ultra-wide

8MP telephoto

*Flip camera module

The Zenfone 8 is unique in that it offers flagship capabilities in a compact body. The phone has a 5.9″ display Samsung AMOLED display. For comparison, the closest thing to it overall is the iPhone 12 mini which has a 5.4″ display.

Watch our Zenfone 8 review

 

Meanwhile, the Zenfone 8 Flip is ASUS sticking to their guns and offering something unique in the flagship segment. As the name suggests, this has the Flip camera module. So when taking selfies, you’re essentially using the best cameras on the phone that’s typically only on the rear for every other flagship.

Read our Zenfone 8 Flip Unboxing and First Impressions

Zenfone 8 Flip

Price and availability

The ASUS Zenfone 8 Series is available for pre-order starting May 14, 2021 at official ASUS Concept Stores,
accredited online and offline shops. Successful pre-orders will get a free Rhinoshield Solidsuit Hardcase and a JBL Go 3.

Pricing are as follows:

  • ASUS Zenfone 8 Flip, 8GB + 256GB, Galactic Black and Glacier Silver — PhP 39,995
  • Zenfone 8, 16GB + 256GB, Obsidian Black — PhP 39,995
  • Zenfone 8, 8GB +128GB, Obsidian Black and Horizon Silver — PhP 34,995
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MSI laptops up for huge discounts in May

You get a free gaming bag on some models too

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MSI is starting May with a big bang thanks to an exclusive sale and promo for select laptops. From May 1 to June 13, customers can get big savings of up to PhP 17,005 and even score a free gaming backpack on purchase of select MSI laptops.

Participating in the promo are MSI’s selection of gaming laptops: GL75, GF63, and GF65 Thin. MSI is also including the Modern 14, a laptop geared for professionals and creatives.

Save up on MSI’s gaming laptops

Customers can save up to PhP 17,005 and get a free gaming bag on every purchase of the GL75. The gaming laptop is one of the best value out there, coming with respectable specs to get gamers going. Inside, there is a 10th-generation Intel Core i7 processor coupled with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti. It also comes with a 17.3 FHD IPS display with 144Hz refresh rate. Of course, this won’t be an MSI laptop without the cooler boost 5 and red backlit SteelSeries keyboard.

Meanwhile, the ever dependable GF63 series can be had with up to PhP 14,005 off their prices. The savings stack up from the cheap to expensive models:

  • 868PH (15.6-inch 144Hz FHD IPS display; Intel Core i7-10750H + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti; 8 GB RAM; 256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD) — from PhP 69,995 to PhP 59,250 with free gaming backpack
  • 869PH / 1269LA (15.6-inch 144Hz FHD IPS display; Intel Core i7-10750H + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti; 8 GB RAM; 512 GB SSD) — from PhP 69,995 to PhP 58,250 with free gaming backpack
  • 843PH / 1099LA (15.6-inch 144Hz FHD display; Intel Core i5-10300H + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti; 8 GB RAM; 512 GB SSD) — from PhP 61,995 to PhP 47,990 with free gaming backpack
  • 896PH (15.6-inch 144Hz FHD display; Intel Core i5-10300H + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti; 8 GB RAM; 256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD) — from PhP 61,995 to PhP 48,990 with free gaming backpack
  • 1083PH (15.6-inch 144Hz FHD display; Intel Core i5-10300H + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti; 8 GB RAM; 1 TB HDD) — from PhP 48,995 to PhP 43,995

Free MSI gaming bags are also up for grabs with every purchase of the GF65 Thin, the award-winning gaming laptop that packs the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 series graphics card.

MSI Modern 14: laptop for the professionals

Finally, professionals can take home a dependable laptop for their daily tasks at lower price thanks to the new low price of PhP 35,995 with the MSI Modern 14. This laptop is an all AMD laptop, featuring the latest Ryzen 5 4500U with Radeon integrated graphics. It also comes with a 14-inch FHD display and a respectable 8 GB of RAM topped by 512 GB of SSD storage.

To know more about MSI’s latest promo, visit their website today.

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realme 8, realme 8 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

Dare to buy

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realme 8 pro

The latest in realme’s number series — the realme 8 and the realme 8 pro — have now arrived in the Philippines and like usual, they come with discounts at launch.

Before we dive into the pricing details, let’s first take a quick look at the two phones.

Both phones have a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and an in-display fingerprint scanner. The refresh rate is still 60Hz, but there’s support for always-on display. They run on realme UI 2.o based on Android 11 out-of-the-box.

realme 8 pro

The pair has a super slim body and an infinite bold design with the AG-Crystal process. Essentially, the back is made of plastic. The rear of the phone has realme’s slogan “dare to leap” engraved and it’s massive.

The realme 8 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 720G processor with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. On the rear is a quad-camera setup consisting of a 108-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel portrait lens.

Backing these internals is a 4500mAh battery with 50W fast charging. realme claims it can charge the full battery in 47 minutes.

On the other hand, the realme 8 sports a MediaTek Helio G95 processor with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The rear gets a 64-megapixel primary camera, while the other three sensors are the same as the Pro variant. Both the phones have a 16-megapixel front camera for selfies. Backing these internals is a 5000mAh battery that supports 30W fast charging.

realme 8

Price and availability

The realme 8 Pro retails for PhP 16,990. | Buy from Lazada

Meanwhile, the realme 8 will set you back by PhP 13,990.| Buy from Lazada

There’s a PhP 1,000 worth of discount on Lazada starting May 12 at 12 midnight for both phones.

 

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