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Unique ASUS ZenFone appears out of nowhere

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We’re already aware of the ZenFone 3 Zoom and Google Tango phone ASUS will be announcing at CES 2017 this week, but what the heck is this thing?

Spotted at TENAA (our source for newly certified phones), the mysterious handset going by the model name X00GD has no known official label yet — or even any confirmation if this is part of the upcoming ZenFone 4 family, rather than the current ZenFone 3 line.

All we have right now are these pictures and a bunch of low-end specs.

ASUS X00GD front and back

Most interesting here is the fingerprint scanner found on the physical home button; last we saw this from ASUS was on the ZenFone 3 Ultra. With the massive size of that phone, it made sense to move the sensor from the usual rear-mounted location, but doing so on the smaller 5.2-inch frame of the X00GD might just be for cosmetic reasons.

While that doesn’t help much in terms of functionality, the 4850mAh battery certainly does. It’s quite big for today’s standards, and matches the capacity found in the upcoming ZenFone 3 Zoom. We like how ASUS is taking battery life more seriously after the poor endurance of the ZenFone 2 series.

Ever other specification is run of the mill: a 1280 x 720-pixel resolution, octa-core processor from MediaTek, and a pair of 13- and 8-megapixel rear and front-facing cameras. Memory and storage options vary; there’s 2GB of RAM with 16GB of storage, 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage.

ASUS X00GD sides

Finally, this may be the first ZenFone to come with Android 7.0 Nougat straight out of the box. Colors include rose gold, plain gold, and black.

If we were to take a guess, this would somehow fit into the Max line of ZenFones. Whether it’s for this generation or the next is still the question, but we’ll find out for sure in the next few days.

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Source: TENAA

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Globe hosts its first-ever CONNECT, an online business-matching event

Happening this July 15

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The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every sector of society as it continues to spread worldwide. In the Philippines, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are particularly affected by the pandemic, with more appealing to the government for help. As a way of helping these MSMEs, Globe Telecom is conducting an online business-matching event, CONNECT.

CONNECT is Globe’s initiative to help MSMEs recover and prepare for the world after the pandemic. The event aims to digitize, pivot, and future-proof business in these trying times.  It will connect businesses with renowned investors, suppliers, and potential customers. Participating businesses can gain a lot on the insights that will be shared during the event.

The first CONNECT event will happen this Wednesday, July 15. Interested participants shall watch out for the event on Globe’s myBusiness Facebook page at exactly 3:30pm. Globe has prepared an interesting line-up of activities for its first CONNECT event:

Time Activity
3:30 – 3:45pm Opening Suite:

  • Welcome Remarks (DTI)
3:45 – 4:00pm Keynote Speaker 1:

  • Post-COVID-19 Business Strategies: What Consumer Trends To Expect in Order to Adapt (Patrick Cua, Nielsen Philippines)

4:00 – 4:05pm Q&A
4:05 – 4:20pm

Keynote Speaker 2:

  • Digitization Strategies: What Does “Pivoting to Digital” Really Mean and How Can I Do It? (Geia Lopez, Google Philippines)
4:20 – 4:25pm Q&A
4:25 – 5:30pm Business Matching, Culmination, Raffle

Breakout sessions

For the business matching segment, there will be three breakout sessions where businesses can participate according to their preferences. These sessions will discuss the tools and must-haves that will be useful in helping businesses adapt and transform their supply chain, logistics, and management to a new normal.

Time Sessions
4:35 – 4:50pm Innovations in Retail and e-Commerce with Lazada Philippines Cashless Transactions with GCash Innovations in Digital Marketing with AdSpark
4:50 – 5:05pm Cashless Transactions with GCash Innovations in Logistics with Mober Cashless Transactions with GCash
5:05 – 5:25pm Q&A
5:25 – 5:30pm

Closing

  • Raffle

  • Pitch Event Invitation

  • Press Kit Distribution

Globe will hold these breakout sessions via private Zoom meetings.

Interested participants may register at this link. For more updates on future CONNECT events, follow Globe’s myBusiness Facebook page.

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Google to invest US$10 billion in India over 5-7 years

Tech companies are bullish about India

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alAt its annual Google for India event, Google announced it will be investing INR 75,000 crore (US$ 10 billion) within the next five to seven years. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the investment will be via multiple channels. This includes direct investments, partnerships, and infrastructure.

“Investments will focus on four areas important to India’s digitization,” he said emphasizing on infrastructure.

He added that the recent pandemic has shown the need for technology and the adoption of new digital tools. Google will focus on improving internet access and offer more information in regional languages like Hindi, Tamil, Punjabi, and more.

Secondly, it will focus on building new products and services that will empower India’s businesses. Leveraging AI in the fields of health, education, and agriculture is a priority.

Google added that its Internet Saathi has already helped more than 30 million women across India. It’s an initiative that strives to spread internet awareness.

The tech giant has also increased its focus on India in the last few years since the market is hugely untapped. One of its most successful launches has been Google Pay. It leverages the country’s UPI (Unified Payments Interface) to transfer money instantaneously to friends, businesses, and even online services.

Pichai lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Digital India stating that India has made huge progress.

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iQOO promises gaming phone with 120W fast charging this August

Charges from empty in just 15 minutes

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Earlier today, OPPO teased an upcoming 125W fast charging technology this Wednesday. The teaser is the highest charging capability we’ve heard so far. Though definitely a marvel, it certainly aims to upend vivo’s own punches in the battery war.

Coinciding with OPPO’s new teaser, vivo’s gaming sub-brand, iQOO held a press conference in China for the 120W battery technology that it’s been sitting on for quite a while now. Officially named the Super FlashCharge 120W, the upcoming tech can fill a 4000mAh battery in just 15 minutes, much like vivo’s fast charging presentation last year.

In the 15 minutes it took to charge the phone, the press conference detailed how the new technology could accomplish such a feat. Apparently, the battery is designed differently, allowing the device to charge quickly without overheating the phone.

More surprisingly, iQOO has also declared the technology ready for public release already. According to the press conference, the company will release a gaming smartphone built with the technology in August.

Since its inception, iQOO has always touted revolutionary technologies sold at an attractive price, as told by its first-ever flagship. Its most recent flagship, iQOO 3, boasted 55W fast charging and the quirkiest stress test. For sure, whatever iQOO comes up with in August will mimic this prestigious tradition.

SEE ALSO: Vivo now has its own smartphone sub-brand named iQOO

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