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September 25, 2017

5 Fast Ways to Test/ Drain Your Asus Zenfone 4 Max Power

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A monster in battery lifespan, the Zenfone 4 Max gives a good use of smartphones’ mobility, providing its users more mobile phone experience, including leisure, fun, work, and productivity.

At this age of fast-moving phase of work and changing environment, mobile phone users not only need features and functions in enjoying life and broadening productivity at work but also the capability of being able to provide the need of being on more than 24 hours, a longer number of hours and usage of the gadget. It is one of the features that Zenfone Max model is known for and for the Zenfone 4 Max battery is not an issue.

Zenfone 4 Max is more likely of a 24/7 all around employee that works for you. It is one unstoppable gadget that works with you throughout the day, overnight and round the clock.

To give me more insight about the power that the Zenfone 4 Max can offer I manage to do some five (5) fast ways to test the capability of its battery, the fastest way to drain this Asus device.


  • 1. Continuously download graphics heavy games. So whether it is a MMORPG, ORPG or simply a game will definitely give you device a fast decline of its battery charge. The more it is using its wifi capability in transferring/ gathering data it uses most of its energy. Of course, after downloading the game there’s also the testing part where you will have to open the game and play it. The opening of the game itself drains it also really fast. On my first day of using the devices which makes me download different apps and games to be used, I was able to use 75% of its battery. 

  • 2. Photo shoot and video shoot, are also some of the gadget’s functions that eats up most of its battery power. A whole day of picture taking and video capturing using indoor uses around 50% to 60% of its battery. Still giving more battery life for the user that can be used a day more.
  • 3. Do a marathon of your favorites or series online. In my case, I did watch some of animated series of Attack on Titans 2, Boruto, and One Piece. Though I was only able to do this half of the day and perhaps it depends on the surge of the data and the device’s use of the wifi, I was able to use its battery’s energy of up to 30%.
  • 4. Video record your company’s workshop and other activities. Which I did just to test the Zenfone 4 Max power and capability. The continuous on and off video coverage of the workshop leads to drain energy of up to 75%. Unfortunately, its internal memory was all used up and we weren’t able to cover the entire day of workshop.

  • 5. Mix of downloading of games, vlogging, food photography, time lapse shoot, music and internet browsing in a day leaves you of 15% battery energy. But that 15% can still give more than a half day of use. So around 85% of battery use by doing all in a day.




So these are what we did to test the power capability of the new ASUS Zenfone 4 Max. So with the wifi thing, the downloading and game playing it will really depend on the connection the slower the connection the more it will eat up with the device’s battery.











So, was the ASUS Zenfone 4 Max a real deal when it comes to its battery span? Well for a blogger who always covers event, does photography and also vlogging, the Zenfone 4 Max is a device to have and use. Remember the main purpose was to test/ drain the battery and use up its energy. It was intentional so what’s more if it was not intended, the devices may give me a battery life span of up to four (4) to five (5) days with just a normal activity.


For the specifications and features, it is ASUS what more will you ask.

Finish/ Color : Deepsea Black, Sunlight Gold, Rose Pink
Capacity : Internal storage - eMCP 16GB/ 32GB/ 64GB
MicroSD card - Supports up to 256GB
Weight and Dimensions : 76.9mm (3.03 inches) x 154mm (6.06 inches) x 8.9mm (0.35 inches)
181 grams (6.38 ounces)
Display : 5.5-inch IPS display
Bluelight filter for eye care
10-finger capacitive touch
Processor : CPU – Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa-core processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 Quad-core processor
GPU – Adreno 505 (S430)
Adreno 308 (S425)
Memory : 2GB / 3GB / 4GB
Main Camera : 13 megapixels
F2.0 aperture
Focal length 25mm
80 degrees field of view
Electronic Image Stabilization for shake-free videos
LED flash
Up to 0.03 seconds phase detection auto-focus
PixelMaster 4.0 camera modes:
Auto mode with low light and HDR Pro features (default)
Pro
Beauty
Super Resolution (64 megapixels)
GIF Animation
Panorama
Time Lapse with power saving mode
Wide Angle Camera : 120 degrees wide angle fits more scenery and people in the frame
Focal length 12mm
Video Recording : Full HD at 30 fps video recording
Electronic Image Stabilization for shake-free videos
Take still photo while recording video
120 degrees wide angle video
Front Camera : 8 megapixels
F2.2 aperture
Focal length 24mm
85 degrees field of view
Softlight LED flash
PixelMaster 4.0 camera modes;
Beauty (default)
140 degrees Selfie Panorama
Auto mode with low light and HDR Pro features
GIF Animation
Audio : Speaker - Loud speaker
PMIC integrated Auto CODEC
PMIC internal amplifier
Mic - Dual internal mic with ASUS Noise Reduction
Technology
VoLTE supported (varies by region)
FM Receiver - FM radio
Wireless Technology : WLAN 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1
Wi-Fi direct
Navigation : GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDS
SIM Cards : Triple Slots:
Slot 1: 2G/ 3G/ 4G Nano SIM Card
Slot 2: 2G/ 3G/ 4G Nano SIM Card
Dual SIM dual standby
Both SIM card slots support 3G WCDMA / 4G LTE network band. But only
one SIM card can connect to 3G WCDMA / 4G LTE service at a time.
Slot 3: Supports up to 256GB MicroSD card
Network Standard : GSM, WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, FDD-LTE, TDD-LTE
Data rate LTE Cat4: UL 50 / DL 150 Mbps
DC-HSPA+: UL 5.76 / DL 42 Mbps
WW version FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20)
(IN/ID version) TD-LTE (Band 40)
WCDMA (Bands 1, 5 8)
EDGE/ GPRS/ GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz)
TW version FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 26, 28)
(TW/JP/HK/ TD-LTE (Bands 38, 41)
SG/PH/US/BR/ WCDMA (Bands 1, 2, , 5, 6, 8, 19)
CO/PE/CL EDGE/GPRS/GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz)
ASUS phone 4G/LTE band compatibility varies by region, please check
compatibility with local carriers.
Sensor : Fingerprint, Accelerator, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Ambient
light sensor
Battery : 5000mAh (non-removable)
2x faster reverse charging (1A)
Up to 46 days 4G standby
Up to 40 hours 3G Talk time
Up to 22 hours video playback
Up to 26 hours Wi-Fi web browsing
Power Adapter : Output – 5V 2A 10W
Operating System : Android 7 with new ASUS ZenUI

To give you more details and information about ASUS products visit www.asus.com

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September 10, 2017

Converge Engaged by AXA Life for their Internet Needs

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Converege, today's leading pure end-to-end fiber optic Internet provider Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. just recently engaged by AXA Life Philippines, Inc. as its prime Internet service partner. Providing the solutions that the company needs.

Alan Smyth, Group Head – Corporate Sales at Converge ICT Solutions, Inc., said AXA Life subscribed to Converge ICT’s 100Mbps dedicated Internet offering for AXA Life’s headquarters. The insurance firm also chose the iBiz fiber broadband plan for its branches, mainly in Luzon.

He said AXA Life, one of the country’s largest and fastest-rising insurance companies, first looked at the traditional DSL-type of Internet connections. “Since we don’t have DSL, we offered our fiber-optic broadband connectivity instead. It turned out to be better for them. Now, they are able to enjoy higher bandwidth compared to what they used to pay for.”

Also, with Converge ICT’s pure fiber Internet, Smyth said AXA Life agents became more productive. A lot of them use AXA-developed Web applications to do everything online, including uploading of contracts. This made signing up a new customer become even faster.

Smyth added that when AXA Life saw how Converge ICT’s network looked like they were impressed even if the company hasn’t expanded yet nationwide. “They saw that we have a more modern network that is able to meet their requirements.”

Just like any connection, Smyth admitted that there may be possible glitches. But if and when they do happen, Converge ICT guarantees that they are resolved faster. “We have a dedicated account manager and a support and restoration team made up of tech personnel that will provide support to AXA Life,” Smyth adds.

Grace Uy, Chief Financial Officer of Converge ICT, for her part, gave credit to Converge ICT’s modern network and affordable yet competitive rates. “But in this age, it’s not just about the speed and rates but also about the best customer experience. These are the most likely reasons why AXA Life chose Converge ICT.”

Jesus Romero, Chief Operating Officer of Converge ICT, echoed that customer experience has always been Converge ICT’s key business proposition. “We have always provided the best customer experience. From selling to the first customer engagement, to implementation and after-sales, we always try to make the customer happy. I hope others will see this, how we can support their digital engagement, their connectivity requirements and challenges. We will constantly look at ways how to make them as flexible as possible,” Romero declares.

As for AXA Life Philippines Chief Information Officer Ivan Buenaventura, they engaged Converge ICT to see if the company can offer them an improved Internet experience. “We had a very expensive and non-flexible Internet connection for the last 5 years. It was pretty stable but we tried Converge ICT to see how they can help make our Internet experience better.”

He also cited Converge ICT’s after-sales service capability as a distinct advantage aside from cost efficiency. “They respond directly and promptly to solve our issues in less than a day. They were well rounded, had good coverage, and very stable. Of course, the fast connectivity and outstanding after sales support are well appreciated,” he commented.

Converge ICT is fairly new in the game but still, AXA Life went with Converge ICT as the company’s primary Internet provider, according to Buenaventura. “There’s Converge and there are the old ones, but our users doesn’t know that. It’s really more for redundancy especially during connection outages.”

He relates that during the first week going live, they had a major regional outage. But Buenaventura found Converge ICT’s responsiveness as very good. “We were provided constant updates as to what happened and they resolved it in less than a day. Since then, we did not experience any big outages anymore.”

Buenaventura also expressed satisfaction that he is even willing to make Converge ICT the primary Internet provider for the AXA Regional Shared Services Center located in Makati. And he is willing to partner with Converge ICT for the connectivity needs of AXA Life branches nationwide. “Right now, it’s just the Luzon area. Eventually, if Converge ICT covers Visayas and Mindanao, I would definitely tap them as my primary Internet provider.”

Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. started in 1992 and already has a congressional franchise. The company has many Tier 1 international peering partners to ensure fast and reliable connectivity and also partnered with top domestic peering partners such as PLDT and Globe. It currently has the 3rd largest Internet backbone in the country to help further improve the Internet experience of Filipinos.

For more details about Converge ICT, Inc. and its Internet offerings, visit www.convergeict.com.


July 12, 2017

Zenfone AR Launched after the Hackathon Event of ASUS

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Late this June, one of the leading brands in the smartphone industry unveils another interesting features that will enhance our use of mobile phones. ASUS Philippines finally launched its latest smartphone – the much-awaited and game-changing Zenfone AR.

Symbolizing a new dawn for mobile and smartphone technology, the Zenfone AR is actually the world’s first 5.7-inch smartphone that is Google Tango-enabled and Daydream-ready, allowing users to experience both mobile virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies.



Tango is a set of sensors and computer-vision software by Google that enables smartphone augmented reality. Tango technologies add three key capabilities — Tango motion tracking, Tango depth perception, and Tango area learning — to enable smartphone augmented reality to create unique AR user experiences, such as AR gaming, AR utilities, and indoor navigation[[1] Coming soon to select locations][1].

Daydream is Google's platform for high-quality, mobile virtual reality and supports Daydream VR apps. Paired with the Daydream View headset and controller, ZenFone AR allows users explore new worlds, kick back in their personal VR cinema, and play games that put them at the center of action. ZenFone AR was developed in close cooperation with Google to deliver the best AR and VR experiences.

Furthermore, ZenFone AR is the thinnest and lightest Tango-enabled device. This breakthrough in size and weight is made possible by the innovative ASUS TriCam™ system — a  three-camera system consisting of a 23MP PixelMaster 3.0 main camera, a motion-tracking camera, and a depth-sensing camera that meet Tango specifications. Unlike three-camera systems in other devices, the design of the ASUS TriCam system clusters its array of cameras to reduce their footprint within the phone, enabling the entire phone to be thinner and lighter.






Making this smartphone a powerhouse like no other, the ZenFone AR features a powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 processor that is optimized for Tango, and is the world's first smartphone with 8GB of RAM. The ZenFone AR also includes 128 GB of fast UFS 2.0 storage, enabling users to store a large library of apps, games, videos, photos, and music, and open them quickly. ZenFone AR's powerful performance and innovative camera work in conjunction with Tango technology to enable smooth and compelling smartphone AR experiences. A beautiful, 5.7-inch WQHD Super AMOLED display and a new five-magnet speaker makes Daydream’s virtual reality apps, games, and videos more immersive and entertaining. Android™ 7.0 ‘Nougat’ lets users get the most out of ZenFone AR with new multitasking features and other enhancements that deliver a great mobile experience.

The Powerful ASUS Zenfone AR TriCam system for Tango experiences

ZenFone AR uses an ASUS TriCam system consisting of three rear cameras — a motion-tracking camera, depth-sensing camera, and high-resolution 23MP PixelMaster 3.0 camera — which provide input to Tango, enabling smartphone augmented reality experiences for users. The motion-tracking camera lets ZenFone AR keep track of its location as it moves through three-dimensional space. The depth-sensing camera lets ZenFone AR determine its distance from objects by projecting an infrared (IR) laser and measuring the amount of time it takes for IR light to bounce off objects and return to the phone. The 23 MP PixelMaster 3.0 camera features a Sony IMX 318 image sensor to vividly capture the environment as a backdrop for AR experiences.

AR is a rapidly growing area of mobile technology, and one that consumers are extremely excited about. ASUS and Google have partnered with well-known industry-leading companies, such as Megaworld (Property and Real Estate), DevCon (IT), as well as Kooapps and GDAP (Gaming), in order for individuals from all walks of life to experience smartphone AR. Tango also provides developers with the ability to deliver consistent AR experiences across devices and helps users easily discover a wide range of new apps, such as exciting games, home decor utilities, and apps that provide new ways to explore. To date, the ecosystem has growing quickly and there are plenty of apps on Google Play[[2] Tango apps on Google Play: http://get.google.com/tango/apps/][2] that are Tango enabled.


Experience Daydream by Google Through Zenfone AR

The expansive 5.7-inch display of ZenFone AR makes it ideal for VR apps and games when used with Daydream View, immersing users in incredible VR worlds that appear detailed and lifelike in WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution. Super AMOLED technology enables deep blacks and high contrast, further enhancing image quality and 3D effects.

With ZenFone AR and Daydream View, users can explore new and fictional worlds with apps like Street View and Fantastic Beasts, kick back in a personal VR cinema with YouTube, Netflix, Hulu and HBO, and get in the game with Gunjack 2, LEGO® BrickHeadz, Need for Speed, and more.

However, no word has been said about Daydream View’s local release as of yet.

Impressive audio, inside and out

In addition to video, high-quality audio is an important component of immersive AR and VR experiences. To fulfill this demand, ZenFone AR comes with ASUS SonicMaster 3.0 technology. A five-magnet speaker driven by a powerful NXP smart amplifier delivers clear, expansive sound that can be played at high volumes without distortion. ZenFone AR can also output certified High-Resolution Audio (HRA) to compatible devices at 24-bit/192kHz — or 4X CD-quality. DTS Headphone:X™ provides virtual 7.1-channel surround sound for immersive entertainment experiences.

Cutting-edge hardware for unrivaled AR and VR performance

ZenFone AR is designed with the latest, top-of-the-line components to provide high-quality AR and VR experiences. This cutting-edge hardware also makes ZenFone AR one of the most powerful smartphones available. ZenFone AR features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor that has been specially optimized for AR operations. ASUS worked closely with Qualcomm Technologies and Google engineers to help develop methods for efficiently distributing computer-vision workloads, as well as rapidly processing movement and positioning instructions with Tango to deliver smooth, immersive, and compelling AR experiences. It also features the desktop-class Qualcomm Adreno 530 graphics-processing unit (GPU) to deliver supercharged graphics performance and handle the graphical demands of Tango and Daydream applications with ease.

Thin and light metallic design

ZenFone AR packages its advanced technology in a beautifully minimalist, light, and compact design. A precision-milled metal frame and slim, 4.6 mm edge provides a luxurious look that is further enhanced by stainless-steel accents around the camera. These accents also help protect the camera lens from scratches. ZenFone AR has an ergonomic curved shape with a 4.6 mm edge and a tactile, leather-patterned rear surface that feels great in the hand.



ASUS PixelMaster 3.0 — Capture reality, fast and steady

ZenFone AR also features an advanced camera that takes beautiful, high-resolution photos and videos in almost any lighting condition. It has an ASUS PixelMaster 3.0 camera that uses the world's highest resolution camera sensor (Sony IMX318) and the ASUS TriTech autofocus system. Other key camera features include:

●Four-axis optical image stabilization (OIS) photo and three-axis electronic image stabilization (EIS) video stabilization — Enables sharp photos and shake-free videos.
●0.03-second ASUS TriTech™ System — exclusive TriTech autofocus technology is the ultimate integration of phase-detection autofocus, laser autofocus and subject-tracking autofocus, the result is perfectly focus and sharp image every time – day on night, indoor or out.
●Super Resolution mode — Creates ultra-high resolution, 92MP photos by capturing and combining four native 23MP photos to create a single image with exceptional clarity, greater detail, and less noise.
●RAW file support — ZenFone AR offers photographers the freedom to shoot and store compositions in RAW format. RAW files save the full data of the photo captured by the camera’s sensor and are ideal for enhancement with editing software, where users are able to uncover fine details in areas of shadow, or recover overexposed areas in the highlights, with much lower loss of image quality when compared to editing JPEG image files.
●High-resolution 4K UHD video recording — Captures ultra-detailed and sharp videos.
●Professional manual creative controls — Gives keen photographers control over advanced camera settings, like white balance, exposure value (EV), ISO sensitivity, shutter speed, and focus. This makes ZenFone AR a powerful tool for learning the fundamental skills of photography and allows users to shoot scenes with many different creative interpretations.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

Tune into ASUS Philippines’ social media pages for more information on local pricing and availability.










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