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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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Huawei MatePad 2021 Unboxing and First Impressions

The device for people on the go!

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Huawei has updated its primary tablet the Huawei Matepad. Come and join me as we unbox the new Huawei MatePad 2021.

Unboxing

Starting off, we have the box. A clean and simple look, but definitely pleasing! The front of the box shows us the branding and the name of the device.

A Huawei logo on the upper left corner, the AppGallery on the lower right, and on the lower left, the screen size of the device.

The box also has an interesting texture, only on the top cover though.

Opening the box, we have the device itself wrapped in fine paper and a pull tab to assist you when lifting the device out of the box.

Underneath the device, you are presented with two boxes. One box for the charging brick…

and the second containing the paperwork, USB Type-C cable, a 3.5mm headphone jack adaptor, and a warranty card.

Only the larger box is removable so be careful not to rip out the smaller box. Behind the larger box is the sim ejector tool, be sure to keep it safe!

Huawei MatePad

Removing the paper, we now see the simple but gorgeous Huawei MatePad in the “Midnight Grey” colorway. Be sure to remove the sticker — it’s optional but I suggest that you do.

The device itself is lightweight and easy to carry around, as a slim device it’s very easy to place it in a bag and you will have no problem carrying it around all day.

Starting off at the front, you will see the 10.4-inch screen with the camera at the top. Referring to the format at the back of the device, the front-facing camera is placed at the top.

On the left side of the device, you will be able to find the speakers along with the sleep/wake button. The right side shows you another pair of speakers and a charging port.

The top shows 4 microphones with the volume up and down button at the very left.

Heading over to the back you’ll be able to see the single-shooter camera, the Huawei branding, and an indication of their partnership with Harman/Kardon. The camera is accompanied by a flash and a microphone.

Specs

  • Display: 10.4-inch 2000×1200 IPS, 225 PPI
  • Processor: Huawei Kirin 820 series
  • Memory: RAM – 4GB, ROM – 128GB
  • Camera: 8MP front, 8MP rear
  • Battery: 7250mAh

Final thoughts

Finally, now we have unboxed the new Huawei MatePad. With this, the device itself feels good to the touch and is a good size for a tablet. Additionally, the “Midnight Grey” colorway of the MatePad is a great choice, it doesn’t collect fingerprints easily and the device is lightweight so you don’t have to worry when taking it with you anywhere.

The initial setup of the new MatePad was fast and easy, there are pre-loaded apps that are ready to use. Although I’m not sure if it’s just me or the apps change from time to time when you open the designated folders of the pre-loaded apps. For media consumption, the experience was good. Although the YouTube app was not the same as the ones we see on our devices, it works well as it should.

The screen looks good so far with the 2000×1200 IPS display, trying a few videos and films, the quality was great. Additionally, the speakers are a huge boost to the volume — loud but good quality. The MatePad also doesn’t have a 3m5mm headphone jack, luckily, they provided an adaptor. The MatePad is looking good so far, stay tuned for the next article as we are going deep and we’ll be having a full review of the Huawei MatePad 2021.

 

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vivo X60 with Zeiss Unboxing, First Impressions

Are you excited to snap away with the vivo x60?

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vivo stays on their seat with the A-listers when it comes to camera smartphones as they unveil the vivo X60 Series with their new branding partnership with Zeiss.

Today, we’re unboxing the vivo X60.

It comes in this matte glittery box with the Zeiss branding. Lifting the lid, we get to see the frosted and textured plastic bump case, simple sim tray ejector tool, a USB-C to USB-A cable. accompanied by the fast-charging 33W FlashCharge adapter.

There’s also a pair of 3.55 earphones with extra ear tips in different sizes that goes with the USB-C to 3.5mm dongle.

Now, we put the spotlight on the main event, the vivo X60.

The vivo X60 gets your attention with its glass gradient finish. You might even catch yourself just marveling at it. Up front, you’ll be greeted with its 6.56-inch AMOLED display:

  • 6.56” AMOLED
  • 2376 x 1080 Full HD+
  • 120 Hz Refresh Rate
  • HDR10+
  • 398 PPI Density

With its smooth and satisfying 120Hz refresh rate. It’s perfect for your daily web activities or occasional gaming. In defiance of its light and sleek design, the vivo X60 comes with groundbreaking power.

Here’s a look at the specs:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
  • Adreno 650
  • 128GB / 256GB UFS 3.1 Storage
  • 8GB / 12GB RAM
  • 4300mAh Battery
  • Funtouch OS 11.1

It can easily be your partner for multitasking on a daily basis. It also boasts of a 4300mAh battery that’s just enough for a day of browsing and scrolling on your social media pages.

But let’s put the focus on this phone’s best feature — its wide array of cutting-edge cameras as vivo forges its branding partnership with Zeiss.

  • 48MP f/1.8 Main (Wide)
  • 13MP f/2.46 Telephoto
  • 13MP f/2.2 Ultra-wide
  • 32MP f/2.5 Selfie camera
  • 2x Optical Zoom
  • Zeiss Optics

With the Zeiss partnership, you’ll definitely get to take stunning photos. Are you excited to snap away with the vivo x60?


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and vivo Philippines.

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ASUS Zenfone 8 Flip Unboxing and First Impressions

It comes with a special case!

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Zenfone 8 Flip

“Oooh what’s in the box?” is what I imagine most of you say whenever a new device comes out. So, for the Zenfone 8 Flip, we’ll show you what you can expect should you decide to cop the latest from ASUS.

This is the box. Pretty standard, with the 8 on top.

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The inside follows the same color and brushed-cement looking finish. 

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I totally just made-up “brushed-cement” but it’s the only thing I can think of to describe the look.

First thing in the packaging is a packet with the SIM tray ejector tool.

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Inside it are the user guide and the special case.

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Underneath the packet is the Zenfone 8 Flip itself. 

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We’re gonna dive straight into the phone. 

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It has quite a glossy glass finish. That means smudges. 

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That’s icky

The power button has a bright blue tint that stands out from the rest of the device. 

Zenfone 8 FlipSitting right on top of it are the volume rockers.

The bottom has the usual USB-C port and speaker grille.

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While the left side has the SIM tray. 

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Here’s a closer look at the Flip camera module. 

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And here it is actually flipped. 

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What’s cool is you control the angle of flipping.
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Here it is with the case on. 

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It has a stopper to keep the module from flipping.

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And the phone knows when it’s on. 

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It’ll give you this prompt if you switch to ‘selfie’ on the camera app with the stopper equipped. 

Zenfone 8 FlipPretty cool, yeah?

This is what the home screen looks like. That wallpaper is actually animated. 

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You also have the a USB-C cable

And a power adapter.

That’s everything inside the box!

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First Impressions 

The ASUS Zenfone Flip 8 has some heft to it. Perhaps that’s to be expected given the Flip camera module. Speaking of, that camera module has a way of making you want to use it. I’m not one for selfies but I took a few for a quick test run along with some other quick snaps.

Selfies

Main camera, HDR off

Ultra-wide, HDR off 

Ultra-wide, auto HDR

Main camera, auto HDR 

Ultra-wide, auto HDR 

Indoors, Main camera 

Indoors, Portrait 

Bright light indoors

Some observations: The post-processing after you take photos does A LOT of work whether or not you have HDR turned on or off. This results in high contrast and sharpened images. On the contrary, using the same camera but with portrait mode, the resulting image looks softer.

This isn’t a good look for the image processing and I can see people opting to use Google Camera instead of the stock one on the phone.

Performance-wise, we haven’t spent a significant amount of time with the device but the whole thing feels snappy and buttery-smooth. So, it’s par for the course for something flagship. The display does look sharp and pleasing to the eyes. It is, after all, Samsung AMOLED.

That’s all we have on the Zenfone 8 Flip for now. Stay tuned for the review.

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Here’s a quick look at the specs of the Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip 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

Pricing and availability details to follow.


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