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Sony PlayStation 4 Pro and Slim first look and pricing for Southeast Asia

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Motorola Moto G 5G Plus first look

Beautiful, bewitching, and bedazzling in Blue

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Motorola returns to the Philippines, bringing its crowd-favorite clamshell phone and the Moto G 5G Plus, a midrange phone that hopefully reinvents the mid-tier segment.

The new midrange contender presents itself as an affordable 5G smartphone. Right now, there are a lot of questions to answer. Can it potentially shake the competition? What other advantages does it have?

However, we haven’t had the handset for a long period. Hence, we’re going to do a quick rundown first.

Beautiful, bedazzling, and bewitching in Blue

Blue, truly is the warmest color. When Pantone announced Classic Blue as 2020’s color of the year, it was expected that most smartphones will release a similar color, or at least close to its shade and hue.

Motorola did the same with the Moto G 5G Plus, albeit more stunning and enchanting. Rather than following the muted, serious-like color of the year, this phone came in a shade of blue brimming with boldness called Surfing Blue. What a babe!

This striking color reminisces our happy, summer days basking under scorching sunlight, watching surfers play along the waves from the deep blue ocean.

It’s undeniable this handset is visibly made of plastic. You can see and feel it through its plastic coat. But all can be forgiven since Motorola used a textured finish underneath its plastic back.

It looks flamboyant. Refreshing in a sea of bland, plastic-bodied smartphones. There are curved edges cornering a shiny, reflective coat, and a subtle gradient varying on certain angles.

Near the middle of the back, you can find Motorola’s imprinted insignia. Thankfully, it didn’t ruin the embellishments.

For its camera setup, the Moto G 5G Plus dons four lenses on its rear. It didn’t come with a bulky bump, and it adorned its cameras cohesively, enclosed in a square setup while maintaining the textured aesthetic.

Smart, simple, and efficient

The Moto G 5G Plus is decked with efficiency on both its left and right sides. There’s a side-mounted fingerprint scanner that doubles as a power button and a shorter but responsive volume rockers on the right. Meanwhile, the left side carries a dedicated button for Google Assistant and a SIM card slot.

The bottom, on the other hand, carries fan-favorite features together with its speaker grilles: a headphone jack and a USB-C port.

Moving to its front, the phone sports a 6.7-inch LCD display, which is quite vibrant and stunning even when it’s not using the popular AMOLED panel.

On its upper left, you can find two punch-hole cameras housing its front-facing camera system: a 16-megapixel main sensor and an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens.

But let’s forget about it for a moment and let’s appreciate how clean the interface is.

Motorola used Google’s stock Android system while running Android 10, with only the Moto app installed for all your Moto stuff — Display settings, personalization, tips, and the like.

It also uses a 90Hz refresh rate, offering a buttery smooth experience while enjoying a simple, efficient interface.

5G, 5G, 5G

Motorola parades the Moto G 5G Plus as one of the most affordable 5G smartphones in the market. It’s not just affordable, it also prides itself on power, speed, and longevity.

The device supposedly runs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765 processor with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. It’s powered by a 5,000mAh battery capable of up to 20W fast charging via TurboPower. More importantly, it can handle 5G connectivity. Although, we haven’t had the chance to test it.

Consider me impressed… or not?

The Moto G 5G Plus looks promising — both on paper and upon the first meeting. It’s just like taking someone on a first date, everything can be quite impressive. But there are still layers we need to discover, and that’s what we’re going to do next in our upcoming review.

For now, the striking color is captivating. Additionally, the 5G connectivity coupled with a long-lasting battery and enough power is a solid promise for consumers. When done right, this can totally shake the competition and join the likes of Xiaomi, Samsung, Huawei, and realme.

The 8GB RAM variant of the Moto G 5G plus will retail at PHP 16,990 in December 2020.

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This LG Face Mask has a Built-In Air Purifier!

Something we all need in this pandemic

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LG may not have revealed a new smartphone during IFA 2020, but they announced a revolutionary device.

Meet the LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier — a mask that has a built-in air purifier into it. ‘PuriCare’ is LG’s special line for their air and water purifiers. The mask is battery-powered and charges via USB-C to keep it running. It also has fans and even HEPA filters to filter out pesky

Although this isn’t approved yet for commercial use, we’re still hoping that regular consumers would be able to have one of their own — especially that the COVID-19 crisis is far from ending.

You can find more about LG’s mask here.

 

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The new $399 Apple iPhone SE

iPhone 8 body, iPhone 11 internals

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After several rumors, Apple has finally unveiled the iPhone SE 2 — or simply called the iPhone SE.

Just like its 2016 predecessor, it’s an old iPhone with newer internals. You get the same display, design, security system, and even the single rear camera setup. What’s exciting about it? It has Apple’s latest tech including the A13 Bionic Chipset which promises blazing-fast performance.

Best of all? You can get these features at a much cheaper price of USD 399.

Know more about the new iPhone SE here.

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