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Top 5 things to expect from Computex 2017

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Now that GadgetMatch has confirmed its full participation at Computex 2017, we’re rounding up the biggest announcements we’re expecting at the multi-day tech convention in Taipei, Taiwan.

The event will run from March 30 to June 3, but you can anticipate most of the major news to pop up right before the start until midway through the official dates. Although there’ll be hundreds of brands at the showcase — from the major players to the most obscure startups — these expected launches should be the highlights.

Please don’t hold us accountable if we get a few (or all) of these wrong:

No next-generation ZenFone from ASUS

Despite rumors saying there’ll be a new generation of ZenFones to be announced during Computex, we’ve learned that only the ZenFone AR will be given the spotlight. Yes, it’s the same ASUS smartphone with augmented reality tech we got our hands on at CES last January, but this upcoming announcement will be for its regional pricing and availability.

Having a new ZenFone lineup this soon wouldn’t make much sense either. The ZenFone Live just came out, the ZenFone 3 Zoom is still reaching consumer hands, and the ZenFone AR (which is based on the ZenFone 3 design language) needs to build its own steam. Instead, expect ASUS to show off refreshed notebooks from its Republic of Gamers (ROG) and ZenBook lines like in earlier shows.

More on AMD’s Vega graphics cards

AMD has been feeding us leaks of its next-generation graphics cards bit by bit for the past few months, but with nothing more than possible specs to look at. We might be seeing something tangible at Computex with working units of the manufacturer’s high-end Vega line of GPUs. AMD better hurry, because NVIDIA has been eating up the hardcore gamer segment for a while now.

Another refresh from Acer?

Taipei may be Acer’s home turf, but the Taiwanese company already launched several of its Swift- and Predator-branded notebooks in New York last April. The Swift 1 and Triton 300, in particular, were the showstoppers Acer needed, but that leaves us with the question: What do they have left for Computex?

Notably absent from [email protected] was an update to the Swift 7, still the world’s thinnest laptop. This could experience a refresh. At the same time, we wouldn’t be surprised if Acer uses Computex as a springboard for IFA Berlin in September; IFA 2016, if you recall, became the stage for the humongous Predator 21 X.

Gigabyte and MSI turn up the RGB

Computex has traditionally been known as the breeding ground for PC components and accessories, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see local brands Gigabyte and MSI introduce several new motherboards and graphics cards to keep up. RGB lighting is still considered cool, so expect the pair and all blatant copycats to dish out all the colorful LEDs they can muster.

A possible bombshell from Intel

As surprising as it may be, the biggest announcement could come from Intel. Leaks have shown the chip specialist planning to release its most groundbreaking processor series to date, the Core i9 line. It’s been discussed ever since the first Core i7 launched in 2008, and now we may finally expect something concrete at Computex.

Based on a leaked presentation, the Core i9 series could see a processor with as many as 12 cores and another with as few as only six (still more than any present Core i7). This may seem like overkill considering how great Core i7 processors have been, but the extra compute power will be vital once 8K video and graphics rendering become the norm.

SEE ALSO: GadgetMatch is an official media partner of Computex 2017

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New LG monitors to make your brand stand out

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LG is offering innovative marketing solutions for businesses’ brands to stand out as they have released new display monitors during the 2022 LG Reconnect event.

They range from rotatable monitors, all-in-one conferencing solutions, a high-tech transparent display, and even a giant 136-inch LED setup.

Displays for attention-catching ads

There’s the LSAC025, a 54-inch bezel-free HDR video wall display that is perfect for digital marketing. Advertisements will be even more attention-catching in train stations, malls, and more, with the monitor’s better colors and brightness.

An upgrade to usual LCD displays, the LSAC series uses an innovative cable-less signal transmission technology.

If that’s not enough, there’s the massive 136-inch Full HD LAEC series which comes with an embedded system controller and built-in speaker. It comes with three HDMI ports and is LG One:Quick Share compatible for seamless wireless connectivity.

LG Transparent OLED

Another impressive addition is the Transparent OLED, a 55-inch FHD display that is about 38 percent clearer than usual LCD transparent displays.

Ideal for galleries, the display comes with a protective tempered glass and transparent bezels. It has self-lighting pixels to allow for vivid colors and high contrast ratio. It also looks really cool, as owning it makes it look like you’re inside superheroes’ headquarters.

XE4F-M Outdoor displays

For graphics such as movie posters, drive-thru menus, or information at transport stations that need to be seen well in the outdoors or well-lit places, LG has the XE4F-M series which has a 49-inch and 55-inch high-brightness outdoor displays.

The vertical displays with a wide-viewing angle of 178 degrees have a powerful brightness capacity of 4,000nits, and come with anti-reflection coating for content to be seen even under direct sunlight.

They are also protected from harmful elements outdoors with an IP56 dust and water resistance rating.

Hospitality displays

For hotels, the new 55-inch Pro:Centric Hospitality UHD TVs will enhance the overall experiences of travelers.

The premium smart hotel TVs boast LG’s new NanoCell technology and also have the Pro:Centric Hotel Management Solution, providing both hotel operators and guests an interactive solution for the hospitality industry.

New 4K UHD displays

LG Monitors

Not to be left behind, offices will also enjoy LG’s new all-in-one video conferencing solutions as they have unveiled the 55-inch One:Quick Works and 43-inch One:Quick Flex. The displays come with movable stands which allow them to be rotated horizontally or vertically to suit presentations and other content better.

The One:Quick Works features an 4K Ultra HD display, built-in 4K camera and microphone, and In-Cell Touch for annotations and quick access to apps or programs on screen. It even supports AMD Radeon Vega graphics.

Meanwhile, the slightly smaller One:Quick Flex likewise has up to a 4K display and has a 2K camera and built-in microphone.

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ASUS, ROG announce Cool for School 2022 promo

Bundles worth up to PhP 23,000+

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As the Philippines is targeting to have 100 percent of schools back to face-to-face classes by late 2022, it’s best to invest in high-performing laptops and smartphones that can stand the test of time.

Luckily, ASUS and ROG Philippines are going on a Cool for School back-to-school promo to offer families exciting discounts and bundle deals on their range of devices, including the following:

These laptops are all powered by up to the latest 12th Gen Intel Core or AMD Ryzen 5000 processors and NVIDIA RTX graphics that will benefit students not only for academic purposes such as editing and content creation but also when they’re productive breaks such as entertainment and gaming. It’s all about the balance, after all.

There will be over 40 models going on sale, bundled with freebies worth up to PhP 23,315. For instance, you can score a free Type-C Portable SSD for every purchase of a Zephyrus laptop, while buying a Vivobook can get you Birkenstock vouchers and an Epson printer.

Buy an ROG FLOW or TUF gaming laptop and get a wireless gaming headset and ROG hoodie or 1,000 Steam credits, respectively. You can also get as much as PhP 7,000 off with every purchase of an ROG gaming phone.

The promo will last until August 31, 2022, available in ASUS Concept Stores and authorized partners both offline and online. Visit this link for more information about the Cool for School promo.

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New GeForce RTX, Esports PCs launched in the Philippines

Ultimate performance for gamers, creators

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The next wave of GeForce RTX and Esports PCs have finally arrived in the Philippines.

These computers are powered by the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs to deliver the ultimate experience for both gamers and creators when it comes to graphics.

They will be available via the NVIDIA GeForce online stores on Shopee and Lazada, as well as all retail branches of PC Express and PCWorx, categorized into the following:

  • “Overachievers”: GeForce Esports PCs with GeForce RTX 2060 GPUs
  • “Competitive Player”: GeForce RTX PCs with GeForce RTX 3060 GPUs
  • “Total Domination”: GeForce RTX PCs with GeForce RTX 3080 GPUs

GeForce RTX PCs will feature NVIDIA’s second-generation RTX platform – its most advanced yet – that has AI and ray-tracing technologies.

NVIDIA DLSS is the only AI-powered super-resolution technology used in 200 games and applications to boost performance by up to two times. Ray tracing simulates how light behaves to produce realistic and immersive graphics.

Meanwhile, GeForce Esports PCs offer gamers the highest frame rates and lowest system latencies in games that need high-performing PCs such as Call of Duty: Warzone, Fortnite, and Rainbow Six Siege.

The PCs use NVIDIA Reflex, that has a suite of new technologies, including providing faster target acquisitions and responses.

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