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ZenFone 2 Laser: Redefining Value

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We partnered with Asus to put a spotlight on the Zenfone 2 Laser. While the ZenFone 5 is still a pretty good bang for your buck phone, the ZenFone 2 Laser is an upgrade in every respect.

And where sub-10K phones are concerned, this phone offers many things its rivals don’t. For example, it is the only smartphone under P10,000 equipped with a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 display That means coins, keys, not even this cutter can scratch your screen.

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Crazy Rich Asians director shot a crazy iPhone movie

All shot on the iPhone XS Max with no equipment!

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Jon M. Chu, the director of Crazy Rich Asians, has just released a short film shot entirely on an iPhone XS Max. Yep, you read that right. A week after Apple unveiled their new flagships, the phone’s video capabilities were put to the test.

In a film shot for Wired, Jon takes the XS Max for a spin and creates this video entitled “Somewhere.” With just the phone in hand, Jon works his magic. “I had literally zero equipment,” he explains, even the final cut had no color correction or post-production.

The short stars Luigi Rosado, a famed dancer who’s got mad B-Boy moves. Competing in the Red Bull BC One World Final B-Boy dance competition this month, Luigi shows that he has definite skills.

One short film later, Jon says he’ll be getting himself the gold iPhone XS Max, no question.

 

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Huawei gives free power banks to Apple fans

This is quite a power move!

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Huawei is mastering the art of throwing shade real quick. It started during the iPhone XS launch when the Chinese company thanked Apple for “keeping things the same.” Now that people lined up to finally get their hands-on on the iPhone XS and XS Max, Huawei made sure they’re also in the scene.

In Singapore, Huawei representatives were seen handing out free power banks to the eager Apple fans who queued up for the new iPhones.

It even included a cheeky message saying “Here’s a power bank. You’ll need it,” before making sure the recipient knows who the power bank was from, “Courtesy of Huawei.”

Previously, it was just Samsung that brazenly took shots at Apple. Their latest ones feature anti-iPhone ads that centered around power and stylus support. Before that, they also released an ad mocking the notch.

Huawei, who made significant headway in the smartphone market in 2018 thanks to their P20 models, wants in on the conversation. It looks like it’s not going stop any time soon as they get ready to launch their latest flagship — the Mate 20 — on October 16 in London.

This is not the first time that other brands rode the iPhone wave. HTC once provided warm drinks to combat the cool weather Apple loyalists had to endure. Other brands have also stepped in before to provide some form of comfort or aid for the brave people who lined up.

SEE ALSO: Singapore’s first iPhone XS buyer goes all out

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Singapore’s first iPhone XS buyer goes all out

He went for the 512GB storage!

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Whenever new iPhones launch, a familiar scene is people lining up in front of Apple Stores long before launch date. The same is true in Singapore where the iPhone XS and XS Max officially became available on Friday, September 21.

We visited the Apple Store in Orchard Road and caught up with the first person to cop the new iPhones. His name is Daniel and he went all out getting two units of gold iPhone XS Max with 512GB of storage. Watch our interview with him.

The same situation is true elsewhere in the world. In countries like the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, and more, lines formed as those who pre-ordered got ready to claim the new iPhones.

This is the first time that the two sizes of iPhones feature the same specs. In years past, there was always a plus model that had more features other than just having a bigger form factor. In 2018, the only difference is the screen size — 5.8 inches for the iPhone XS and 6.5 inches for the iPhone XS Max. Both phones are equipped with the new A12 Bionic processor. Apple says it’s their smallest and most powerful chip to date. Both also sport dual cameras.

The Apple Watch Series 4 also launched today. It’s a significant update to Apple’s primary wearable featuring medical advantages other than the usual improvements. As always, it still is a lifestyle gadget and comes with an array of available looks.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone XS unboxing: Beautiful gold color!

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