We all knew they were coming, and now it’s official: Sony’s new and improved PlayStation 4 Pro and PlayStation 4 Slim are here. We had the privilege of taking a closer look at the consoles during the launch in Hong Kong, and we even have the full price list for Southeast Asia.
PlayStation 4 Pro
As you can tell by the moniker, the Pro version of the PlayStation 4 has more power than the original – enough, actually, to provide 4K resolution gaming and an improved VR experience once PlayStation VR is released on October 13, 2016. This is made possible through an upgraded processor and graphics chip, so you can also expect smoother frame rates for graphics-intensive games. Of course, this means you need an Ultra HD television to output the higher resolution, but Sony guarantees that support for Full HD 1080p TV sets won’t be left behind.
Sony has placed priority on the hard disk as well, which now comes with 1TB of storage out of the box. This should give you enough space to accommodate all the games, videos, and demos you can handle. In addition, if you’re a fan of streaming services, the PlayStation 4 Pro is capable of 4K video playback from services like YouTube and Netflix. Oh, and about 4K Blu-ray playback; no, none of the PS4 units available today can or will support it. Sony claims that the feature simply isn’t important yet.
Unfortunately, no fresh set of colors has been announced. You’re going to have to settle for the traditional black look for the Pro. Pricing in Southeast Asia is as follows: SGD 599 for Singapore, MYR 1,799 for Malaysia, THB 16,990 for Thailand, and PHP 22,900 for the Philippines. Out of the four countries, only Singapore has a confirmed release date of November 10, 2016.
In case you’re wondering about the rest of the world, the United States will receive the PlayStation 4 Pro in November, 2016 with a price tag of USD 399. Hong Kong will have it for HKD 3,180, while the Taiwan and Korea retail prices will be NTD 12,980 and KRW 498,000, respectively.
PlayStation 4 Slim
Like previous Sony consoles, the PlayStation 4 is getting a trimmed-down version. There’s really not much to talk about, other than the fact that the PS4 Slim takes up significantly less space than the original PS4. If you want to get technical, the newer model is 30 percent smaller, 16 percent lighter, and consumes 28 percent less energy than its predecessor. The rest of the specs are pretty much the same as before, and there are two storage options to choose from: 1TB and 500GB.
Prices and release dates for Southeast Asia are a little tricky, so try to follow us on this one: SGD 449 (500GB) and SGD 499 (1TB) for Singapore with a September 17 launch; MYR 1,349 (500GB) and MYR 1,499 (1TB) for Malaysia with a mid-October launch; THB 12,990 (500GB) and THB 13,990 (1TB) for Thailand with an October 1 launch; finally, PHP 17,300 (500GB) and PHP 18,900 (1TB) for the Philippines with a September 24 launch.
It’ll be even more affordable in the U.S., where consumers can purchase the unit for only USD 299 starting on September 15, 2016. Fans in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Korea will be excited to find out that the PlayStation 4 Slim will be available beginning tomorrow, September 9, way ahead of everyone else.
Bundles and Peripherals for the Philippine Market
In other news, we have a list of new PlayStation 4 bundles and peripherals to be released in the Philippines. The PlayStation 4 Slim NBA 2K17 bundle pack will come out on September 24, 2016 with a sticker price of PHP 18,990, while the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare bundle will be released on November 4, 2016 and priced at PHP 20,490.
There’s a slightly updated DualShock 4 controller to look forward to. It now enables light from the light bar to emit in different colors to signify visual cues in games, and allows USB communication so you don’t have to rely solely on the wireless Bluetooth connection to play. It’ll retail at PHP 2,495 and come out on September 24, same as the NBA 2K17 bundle.
Next is the redesigned PlayStation Camera, which is only different in form and how it adjusts. The more attractive PS Camera will cost PHP 2,990 and will be released sometime in October 2016. Finally, we have the vertical stand specifically modeled for the PS4 Slim and Pro. It’s translucent, has a release date of October 24, 2016, and is priced at PHP 1,399.
What about the original PS4?
Sony says that the old PlayStation 4 will still be on sale, since the new models simply complement it. However, the company isn’t setting any updated prices, and is leaving that to distributors to figure out. In that case, you’re better off going to your favorite store or online shop to ask for the best deal available.
The good news is that all PlayStation 4 versions (old, Slim, and Pro) will be receiving a software update allowing HDR gaming soon. This feature makes all your games look prettier, thanks to a wider range of colors, shadows, and highlights. Again, an HDR-compatible TV is needed for it to work, so we suggest you start saving up to take advantage of the new capabilities.
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OnePlus Open Unboxing & First Look
Is this your next best foldable?
Meet the OnePlus Open, the company’s very first foldable device.
Undeniably, it’s also the twin sister of OPPO’s latest foldable, the Find N3 — just exclusive to China.
But with the OnePlus Open being open (pun intended) to regions outside its hometown such as Europe and the US, will this become the next best foldable that you can buy?
In this video we’re doing a quick unboxing to give you a glimpse of the OnePlus Open.
4 reasons to check out the Huawei Watch GT 4
When fashion meets fitness
Huawei introduces the Huawei Watch GT 4, unveiling a new look and feel to its smartwatch. It blends style and smart connectivity, but of course, there’s more to a smartwatch than its appearance.
Lo and behold, here are four reasons to check out Huawei’s new smartwatch.
1. Refined design
Huawei puts fashion at its core, turning a fine smartwatch like the Huawei Watch GT 4 into a smart timepiece. The 46mm variant prides itself with a distinctive geometric design, using an octagon watch body. It is inspired by the diamond cut and chiselled exterior found in performance cars, pushing a classic look that matches any strap you prefer.
There’s also the 41mm variant, embodying a pendant design. It achieves the perfect balance between sleekness and sophistication.
Both smartwatches feature a stunning AMOLED screen with ultra-thin bezels, giving more space to the data that matter.
2. Live a smart, connected life
What’s a smartwatch if it can’t stay connected, right? The Huawei Watch GT 4 pushes smart connectivity inside a fashionable timepiece.
It brings seamless integration between the smartwatch and the connected smartphone. Yes, it works beyond non-Huawei smartphones. As long as you’re using smartphones running Android 6.0 and iOS 9.0 or later, you can enjoy the wonders of this timepiece.
It also comes with improved app multitasking management, allowing users to continue getting updates from the background running app while accessing information from the watch face.
Luckily, it offers up to 14 days of battery life on the 46mm and 7 days on the 41mm. You don’t have to worry about charging your smartwatch every single day.
3. Better health monitoring
The Huawei Watch GT 4 uses HUAWEI TruSleep 3.0 sleep monitoring technology, which monitors sleep stages, real-time heart rate, sleep breathing, and assesses sleep quality.
Furthermore, it’s equipped with a newly upgraded TruSeen 5.5+ heart rate monitoring technology, leveraging the power of AI algorithms to provide accurate heart rate readings.
It also introduces Pulse Wave Arrythmia Analysis to help users better understand their heart health through a comprehensive cardiac health management.
There’s also a lung function assessment, respiratory check, and cycle tracking as part of its 24/7 health monitoring.
4. A companion for staying active
The Huawei Watch GT 4 promotes staying active and being fit.
It comes with 200+ free fitness courses with personalized scientific training plans. It intelligently adjusts based on real-time feedback to optimize progress.
Moreover, it has over 100 diverse sports modes, and introduces 19 new professional sports mode. It covers indoor and outdoor activities such as walking, running, cycling, swimming, and more.
For those who want to manage their weight, the smartwatch has an app called Stay Fit which aids in scientific calorie management.
And if developing healthy habits is your thing, the Huawei Watch GT 4 has an upgraded Activity Rings serving as visual target.
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