ASUS Zenfone 3 Deluxe: All Metal Smartphone

by Edsel Thadeus O. Lorete / //

ASUS, after its top selling Zenfone 2 series in 2015, unleashed more high-end Zenfone 3 smartphones in the Philippines. It is a big shoot up from the relatively mass priced Zenfone 2 smartphones which enjoyed a tremendous mass following last year. 

Leading the ASUS mobile phone pack is Zenfone 3 Deluxe. Dubbed the world’s first smartphone made purely of metal (with invisible antenna design), the new Deluxe’s upgrades with a beautiful aluminum alloy unibody with 4.2mm edge, giving out that sheer shine in your hands, more than enough to make heads turn while in use. Rear surface elevates from the typically visible antenna lines originally sported for Apple’s iPhone 6 smartphone. 

Deluxe’s 5.7 inch screen settles with standard Full High Definition (HD /1920 by 1080p) with high contrast Super AMOLED display value. It is like your flat screen HD TV placed in one beatifully compact smartphone, with richer colors gamut of over 100% NTSC. It is a perfect phone to screen upgrade for those HD movies you have been meaning to watch even when on foot, inside the cruising bus to Bicol. 

Deluxe’s bezel is certainly ultra thinner, sexier for lack of a better word. Just to be precise, Zenfone 3 Deluxe sports a “79% screen-to-body ratio for a maximized HD display in a compact package”. Engine performance is stellar. Deluxe is the world’s first smartphone to use new Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 processor with Adreno™ 530 GPU. Phone integrates X12 LTE modem for reliable connectivity. More than everything, and you can expect a swift jump in phone performance, is Deluxe’s 6GB RAM and 256GB ROM. It is great for managing multiple apps, particularly for gaming and video conferencing on say a public Wi-Fi. Performance improves further with a post-paid broadband. 

Imaging, be it for selfies and landscapes, raises the bar of DSLR photography with the ZenFone 3 Deluxe. Phone ships with a powerful 23MP camera that feature’s Sony’s IMX318 image sensor, including large f/2.0-aperture lens, and four-axis optical image stabilization (OIS) for high-resolution, blur-free, and low-noise photos in almost any lighting condition. 
Professional photography features, and this should make you think twice bringing a bulky DSLR for coverages, further improves with Deluxe’s three-axis electronic image stabilization (EIS). 

Feature was designed to keep those 4K UHD videos steady. Autofocus elevates with ASUS TriTech autofocus system. Technology allows smartphone to automatically select second-generation laser, render phase-detection or render continuous autofocus for accurate and near-instant 0.03-second focusing and subject-tracking. ASUS PixelMaster 3.0, which is another in-house designed photography feature ASUS designed for ZenFone series, ensure shot images and videos remain stunningly vivid even in locations with poor lighting conditions.

Security ups with ZenFone 3 Deluxe’s new built-in fingerprint sensor. It is positioned on the phone’s rear point for easier finger access, unlocking phone in a fraction of a second. Charging advances with ASUS quick charging options, basically reducing battery’s recharge time, and while phone’s flashdrive drive upgrades with reversible C-port, making it easier to battery charge while driving.

ZenFone 3 Deluxe re-defines audio sound standard with amazing five magnet speakers, making sound more theatrically surround. If that does not work for you, ASUS invites you to mix your desired sound pitch with NXP smart amplifier for louder, more defined digital sound without damaging speakers. Headphones, particularly third part branded headsets, will get better sound quality. ASUS has included for Deluxe Hi-ReAudio (HRA), a sound technology capable of proviing “four-times-better sound quality than CDs”. Fine tuned ZenEar S earphones is auto bundled with ZenFone 3 Deluxe which has a value of PHP 2,995.

The ASUS Zenfone 3 Deluxe is a beautiful high-end market pitching smartphone detailed for maximum multitasking performance, providing features that perfectly enhances your merging lifestyle and business needs of modern and wireless digital community in the Philippines.

“The highly anticipated ZenFone 3 series has become a global sensation after its debut at Computex this year,” said ASUS CEO Jerry Shen. “We deeply appreciate the loyalty and continued support from all our dealers, media partners and consumers in the Philippines.” added by Jerry Shen. 

Here is the complete specs for the ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe:

Accepted network: GSM / HSPA / LTE

Body design:  156.4 x 77.4 x 7.5 mm (6.16 x 3.05 x 0.30 in)

Weight: 170 g (6.00 oz)

SIM Type: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM/ Micro-SIM, dual stand-by with dual active)

Display: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors /Size 5.7 inches (~74.0% screen-to-body ratio)

Screen resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels (~386 ppi pixel density) / Corning Gorilla Glass 4 – Asus ZenUI 3.1

Operating System: OS Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)

Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820

Processor:  Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 /CPU Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo)

Quad-core (2×2.4 GHz Kryo & 2×2.0 GHz Kryo)/ GPU Adreno 530

Flashdrive:  microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) / Internal 64/128/256 GB, 4/6 GB RAM

Cmera:   Primary 23 MP (f/2.0, laser/phase detection autofocus, OIS (4-axis), dual-LED (dual tone) flash) and secondary camera / Features 1/2.6″ sensor size, 1 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama / Video 2160p@30fps / Secondary 8 MP, f/2.0, 1080p

  – 24-bit/192kHz audio

New FEATURES: Sensors Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass /Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM

Browser: HTML5

Battery:  Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery (permanent)
Available device color variants: Glacier Silver, Titanium Gray, and Shimmer Gold

Epson gives back to charity Bahay Tuluyan Home for Girls *

As part of its annual activities, Epson Philippines encourages its own employees to take part in CSR initiatives. Among these CSR efforts was the special activity held in Bahay Tuluyan Home for the Girls last 16 July 2016. Through exciting games and activities, Epson employees joined in on the fun, spread good spirits and put smiles on the faces of girls aged from 2 to 17 years old.

As part of their outreach efforts, the Epson team also donated sacks of rice, personal hygiene products, a 40” LED TV and an Epson L120 ink tank system printer that Bahay Tuluyan Home for the Girls wholeheartedly received.

“Epson Philippines also gives importance to making a deep impact through long-term initiatives that are focused on helping groups that aid the youth and champion education”, shared Ms. Beth Alcantara, Department Head of HR and Admin, Epson Philippines.

“We are constantly in search of ways and means to provide support for various groups in the Philippines similar to Epson Philippines’ Gift of Brightness Program which is done in partnership with the Department of Education to provide Epson printers and projectors to public schools to help address the shortage of educational resources particularly in poverty-stricken areas in the Philippines”, Ms. Beth Alcantara further added.

“Epson Philippines is positive that through specific efforts such as the recent CSR activity for the Bahay Tuluyan Home for the Girls, we can be an instrument of change in the country”, concluded Ms. Alcantara.

Bahay Tuluyan Home for the Girls is a non-government organization that provides programs dedicated to help prevent and respond to abuse and the exploitation of children in the Philippines. The organization actively delivers social services in different communities in the Philippines such as Manila, Laguna and the Quezon province.

What is Epson?

Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, smart glasses, sensing systems and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 67,000 employees in 90 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.

About Epson Southeast Asia

Since 1982, Epson has developed a strong presence across major markets in Southeast Asia. Led by the regional headquarters, Epson Singapore Pte Ltd., Epson Southeast Asia spans an extensive network of 10 countries, and is responsible for delivering and supporting Epson’s cutting-edge consumer and business digital imaging products to the customers of these markets through its comprehensive infrastructure of over 360 service outlets, 10 Epson solution centres and 8 manufacturing facilities.

What is Epson Philippines?

Epson’s corporate presence in the Philippines commenced in 1998. It grew rapidly into a billion peso company in a span of a few years from its establishment due to its client-oriented approach in its business management style by its dedicated and innovative staff members and officers. Epson Philippines has an extensive network of 77 Authorized Service Centers nationwide with more than 200 dealers and more than 800 shops across the Country. For more details, please visit our website ( or our Facebook page (

For product inquiries and technical support, please contact Epson Customer Care at: Metro Manila: (02) 441-9030; Toll Free: 1-800-1069-37766 (PLDT), 1-800-3-0037766 (DIGITEL) or visit the Epson Customer Care website:
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ASUS Zenfone 3 ULTRA: Bigger phablet choice for the business minded, socially connected multitasker

by Edsel Thadeus O. Lorete /

In Feature: ASUS ZenFone 3 ULTRA

Designed to be a smartphone and a computing tablet, the ULTRA features a 6.8-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display with a 95% NTSC color gamut for rich, vibrant images that works outdoors, in environments with harsh lighting. It is made possible with Tru2Life+, “a video-enhancement technology harnessing a high-end 4K UHD TV-grade image processor to optimize every pixel in each frame before it is displayed, resulting in superior contrast and clarity”. 

 It is a promising feature that is expected to enhance mobile video viewing for anyone who loves to enoy feature content while on foot, enduring slow traffic while driving from Quezon City to Makati City. 
Audio expands with detail, a perfect watching feature films rendered in 4K, sporting NXP amplifier for its two five magnet stereo speakers. It enhances sound with theatric detail, keeping you glued to details normal headsets without noise reduction factors can properly sense. NXP’s user friendly features extend to protecting your phone’s speakers from damage. Certified headsets can expect more taking ULTRA’s High-Res Audio (HRA). 

Sound technology provides up to four-times-better sound quality than CDs. Surround upgrades further, and this is great for anyone intending phablet for gaming or take video chatting with new Google Duo, engages with device’s virtual 7.1-channel surround-sound with DTS Headphone:X™. Adding up these exquisite digital screen, sound and processing features. ULTRA retains the Zenfone 3 Deluxe’s “finely-tuned” ZenEar S kit set earphones. 

Body design is to die for, particularly people prefer a slim yet bigger screen phablet type smartphones. ZenFone 3 Ultra projects with its elegantly slim and full-metal unibody chassis without the visible antenna lines. Ultra sports a 79% screen-to-body ratio. It actually maximizes ULTRA’s viewing area while still minimizing phablet’s overall size and weight. 

Shooting outdoors explores with high precision DSLR features. Phablets fronts high-resolution 23MP camera with that in-house bred TriTech autofocus system. Engine processing is stellar. The ASUS ZenFone 3 runs with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor with Adreno 510 graphics and up to 4GB of RAM. Putting these engine specs together ensures glitch free performance for anyone mixing several applications while browsing and making calls wirelessly. Security beefs up with the inclussion with a built in fingerprint sensor. 

It can be programmed to your fingerprint’s unique screen footprint, keeping it more safe from third party intrusion. Technology is designed to fingerprint unlock phone in a fraction of second, and visibly without delays for emergency calls. Detailed for lengthy wireless usage, the new ASUS ZenFone 3 ULTRA ships with a high-capacity 4600mAh battery. Charging is beneficial with ULTRA’s quick charge 3.0 that allows you to charge one hour of 3G talking time. Power design lets you even charge other devices with ULTRA’s 1.5A power bank output. Bigger, fast processing and reliably a multitasking phablet for the business mindset active millenial mixing businesee, social networking and entertainment.  

Here is the complete technical specs of the ASUS ZenFone 3 ULTRA:

Accepted Network: GSM / HSPA / LTE

Status Available. Released 2016, August

Body size:  Dimensions 186.4 x 93.9 x 6.8 mm (7.34 x 3.70 x 0.27 in) /Weight 233 g (8.22 oz)

SIM Design: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM/ Micro-SIM with dual stand-by)

Display quality:  IPS LCD (capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors) / Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~324 ppi pixel density)

Phone size: 6.8 inches (~72.8% screen-to-body ratio)

Screen resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels (~324 ppi pixel de

Screen glass: Corning Gorilla Glass 4 / – Asus ZenUI 3.0

Operating system:  Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)

Chipset:  Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652

CPU:  Octa-core (4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4×1.4 GHz Cortex-A53)/ GPU Adreno 510

Flashdrive: microSD (can take up to 256 GB (SIM 2 slot)

Internal spec: 32/64/128 GB, 3/4 GB RAM

Camera:  Primary 23 MP (f/2.0, laser/phase detection autofocus, OIS (4-axis), dual-LED (dual tone) flash) and selfie camera 8 MP, f/2.0, 1080p

Other camera features: Features 1/2.6″ sensor size, 1 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama / Video 1080p@30fps

Blaster: Dual (loud) built in speakers

Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE


Radio type: FM radio
USB v2.0, Type-C 

New features integrated: 

Sensors for Ffngerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, and compas

Browser type: HTML5

Battery: Li-Ion 4600 mAh battery (non-removable)

Talk time:  up to 34 hrs

Color variants:  Glacier Silver, Titanium Gray, Metallic Pink

ASUS ZenFone 3 (5.5/5.2 inch): Re-defining the digital selfie, photography smartphone with fingerprint security

by Edsel Thadeus O. Lorete / /
In feature: ASUS ZenFone 3 (Available in 5.5 or 5.2 inch screen variant)

For a 5.5-inch smartphone, the ASUS Zenfone 3 advances with that premium quality design on the previous Zenfones. Topping with a noticeably clearer 1080P full HD screen, the ZenFone 3 advances with a Super IPS+ display with up to 500cd/m2 brightness. It is the perfect travel phone you can depend watching those really topping American TV serials, including gaming.

Zenfone 3’s body gets that narrower bezel signature, making it more handy on grip, and practically beautiful from eyesight’s view. Design delivers a respectable 77.3% screen-to-body ratio, basically maximizing viewing area in a slim and compact body. Phone’s front and rear make are entirely scratch proof. It means that even if you put phone inside your pocket it will not get scratches when in contact with other solid materials. Screen is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 “with 2.5D contoured edges that gently curve to make the sides of the phone completely smooth”.

The ZenFone 3 ‘s rear 16MP camera gets upgraded tritech autofocus ASUS designed for this evice. Feature is handy since it can automatically selects between second-generation laser, phase-detection and continuous auto focus to achieve precise focus in just 0.03 seconds. It ensures images taken from camera are relatively sharp in any condition.  

Processing engine upgrades with new Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625 octa-core processor. Tech reviewers will tell you it is the first Snapdragon 600 Series processor with 14nm FinFET process technology. It cuts down 35% of phone’s power consumption. Inset feature includes integrated X9 LTE modem. 

Juggling two sims? That is not a problem either! The ASUS ZenFone 3 sports a dual 3G+4G sim design 3G+4G that stands out with Wi-Fi connectivity. It means it can fast connect, allowing you to get on line faster than previous devices with quad core specifications. Feature includes PC-grade graphics and up to 4GB RAM, which is enough ensuring you are buying a totally glitch free LTE smartphone. 

The ZenFone 3 advances with a built-in fingerprint sensor. It is located at rear end of phone, which is relatively within your finger’s reach, allowing phone to unlock in a fraction of a second. While you can always use the number coded option, fingerprint scanner prevents anyone from just opening your phone without your fingerprint signature. 

The ASUS Zenfore 3 might well be the mid range devices among the three other Z3N smartphones. It is built for heavy multitasking, prolonged video or image shoots and watching movies without even about battery consumption.

Here is the complete specs of the ASUS Zenfone 3:
 Network compatibility: GSM / HSPA / LTE

Phone body:  152.6 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm (6.01 x 3.05 x 0.30 in)
Weight:  155 g (5.47 oz)

SIM Design: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM/ Micro-SIM with  dual stand-by)

Screen /Display: Super IPS+ capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size size: Available in  5.5 or 5.2 inch screen (~70.6% screen-to-body ratio)

Screen Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)

Screen material: Corning Gorilla Glass 3

 In house program: Asus ZenUI 3.0

Applicable OS:  Android OS,v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)

Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625

CPU design: Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 / GPU Adreno 506

Flashdrive type:  MicroSD (can take up to 256 GB (with 2 SIM slots)

Internal space: 32 GB, 3 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM

Camera design: Main Camera 16 MP and selfie camera  (f/2.0, laser/phase detection autofocus, OIS (4-axis), dual-LED (dual tone flash) and selfie camera 8MP (cMWE8 MP, F/2.0 / Full HD 1080P)

 Relevant Features: Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR

Video Type: Plays 1080p videos at 30frames per second
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones

Loudspeaker Yes
New Features: 

Sensors for fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM

Browser HTML5

Batter: Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery (non-removable)
Color choices: MISC Colors Sapphire Black, Moonlight White, Shimmer Gold

AIA is “World’s #1 MDRT Company” for second consecutive year

Look who is gaining momentum again for 2016!

MDRT is the standard of excellence in the global life insurance and financial services industry In a media announcement, AIA Group Limited, parent company of Philam Life, proudly revealed that it is the only company in the world to have achieved the largest number of Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) members for two consecutive years. 

MDRT is internationally recognised as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services business. Its members are required to generate a certain level of premium, commission, and income, and demonstrate exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and exceptional client service.

As of this month, a total of 5,687 AIA agents and agency leaders were registered as MDRT members, representing an increase of over 47 per cent in members of this elite group from 2015. “This record-breaking result truly demonstrates the successful delivery of our Premier Agency strategy in driving growth in activity and productivity across the whole of our agency force,” said Joe Cheng, CEO of Group Agency Distribution of AIA Group. 

“Our Premier Agency strategy places particular focus on the quality of our agents, spanning from the recruitment process to training and professional development. We also invest significantly in technology to help our agents improve the means by which they serve our customers through our innovative digital platforms. Our commitment to our Premier Agents not only allows us to provide high quality and professional service to meet the growing needs of our customers throughout the region, it also underpins the sustainability and quality of our growth.”

Launched in 2010, AIA’s Premier Agency strategy has been supporting agents with industry-leading technology. The Group’s interactive Point of Sale (iPoS) system is now well established as the principal sales tool for agents across AIA’s markets. This interactive technology allows AIA to enhance customer experience, reduce turnaround times, and increase agent efficiency and productivity. 

Embedding iPoS in the company’s second-generation interactive Mobile Office (iMO) platform enables AIA’s agents and agency leaders to manage all of their activities, from recruitment and lead generation to the face-to-face sales process and training, efficiently on one single mobile device. 
AIA’s commitment and investment to having the highest quality agency force has 

contributed to the company’s excellent performance in the years since its IPO in 2010. AIA’sagency channel delivered 29 per cent growth in the company’s Value of New Business (VONB) during the first six months ended 31 May 2016, a period in which AIA achieved a record result in its overall VONB growth.

We are delighted to be Number One in the world in MDRT for the second consecutive year and I congratulate every one of our agents who helped to make this outstanding result possible. Looking ahead, we will continue to strive to ensure we have the highest quality agency force as we help our customers around Asia-Pacific to lead longer, healthier, betterlives,” said Joe Cheng

Emulating the success of its parent company, AIA’s Philippine subsidiary Philam Life likewise continued to add a growing number of its financial advisers to the MDRT roster. Notable are Estela Belen and Grace Acuin, who are members of the Top of the Table (ToT). These are outstanding members who have achieved more than six times the performance of a regular MDRT member.

With strong support from the AIA group, Philam Life launched a number of innovative initiatives including Philam Vitality, a science-backed wellness programme, and Genesis, a first-of-its-kind agency office facility in the Philippines, enabling Philam Life to equip and empower existing and aspiring financial advisors to become the next generation agency leaders and MDRT members

“We are committed to helping our financial advisors and leaders to develop a long-term and successful career by providing them with world class training, industry-leading technology, and innovative financial solutions. Together we will take Philam Life to the next level with increasing number of MDRT members from the Philippines,” said Philam Life CEO Ariel G. Cantos.
What is Philam Life?

The Philippine American Life and General Insurance Company (Philam Life) is the country’s premier life insurance company. Established on 21 June 1947, Philam Life has earned the trust of customers for its financial strength, strong brand name, and ability to deliver on its promises Philam Life has PHP236.4 billion in total assets as of 31 December 2015 and has delivered timely payouts of over PHP10 billion in education benefits (2004-2015) and over PHP131 billion in insurance benefits (1950-2015), while serving close to 600,000 individual policyholders and over 2 million insured group members. 
Philam Life understands the real life needs of its customers and provides the right plans and the right solutions including life protection, health insurance, savings, education, retirement, investment, group and credit life insurance. It also offers bancassurance and fund management products and services through its subsidiaries –BPI Philam Life Assurance Company (BPI-Philam) and Philam Asset Management Inc. (PAMI). Philam Life is a member of AIA Group Limited, the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance

Schneider Electric details new cooling solution products

In Feature: InRow DX * 

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation, today introduced the second generation of the InRow DX (direct expansion) 600mm as the latest addition to the InRow product line, expanding Schneider Electric’s vast cooling portfolio to meet the evolving cooling needs of an ever-changing data center environment. 

Providing the high density cooling data center managers need to maintain critical facility temperatures, the InRow DX features lowered energy costs, enhanced controls, and a new user interface as the most efficient system of its class. 
This second generation release significantly improves cooling efficiency by reducing power consumption while also increasing capacity. 

Capable of high-density cooling up to 42kW with a 4000 SCFM max airflow in a small 600mm-wide footprint, Schneider Electric’s InRow DX solution provides the highest partial-load energy savings in the industry, cutting energy consumption by 50 percent over first generation technology. This savings is enabled by the use of new brushless variable speed scroll compressors and EC fans, making the new InRow DX 600mm the most efficient system of its class.
Pay as you Grow

The InRow DX design closely couples cooling with the IT heat load, preventing hot air recirculation, while improving cooling predictability and allowing for a pay as you grow environment. Available in self-contained, fluid-cooled, and air-cooled configurations with or without humidity control, these products meet the diverse requirements for closet, server room, and data center cooling. 
Active Flow Control

The addition of Active Flow Control, which measures air pressure inside the containment system and automatically adjusts fan speed to match the exact airflow of the IT equipment, increases precision and efficiency. With an improved user-friendly design, the InRow DX also features an intuitive 4.3-inch color touch screen display and network card, to provide fast, easy access to data and increased visibility into cooling system performance. 

“Being a tropical country, the sweltering heat during our summers can impose huge temperature stress on our data centers,” said Leonardo “Doy” Santos, IT Business Head of Schneider Electric IT Philippines. “It takes more energy than usual to maintain optimal performing temperatures, so the latest generation of InRow direct expansion cooling puts efficiency and cost savings at the forefront for users, delivering the greatest partial-load energy savings available in a small but powerful system.”

The InRow DX 600mm is now available for purchase worldwide. For more information on Schneider Electric’s InRow product line, please visit the Schneider Electric InRow Direct Expansion web page.  

What is Schneider Electric?
Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of ~€27 billion in FY2015, our 160,000+ employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. 

From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On.
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OPPO takes third top selling smartphone spot in the Philippines, launches next “selfie expert” smartphone 

by Edsel Thadeus O. Lorete / /

In Preview: OPPO F1s (Selfie Expert)

It had to be big! That is what rising smartphone brand OPPO did launching its brightest mainstream smartphone camera. Crisp, fast shooting and definitely Full High Definition (HD) for your next travel videos, the new OPPOF1s might well be the king of the selfie handsets you should buy for your next day-to-day gadget.

But first let us explore what this self-proclaimed “selfie-expert” can really do to get all those selfies charmingly working to your day to day social networking needs. Retaining the beautifully engineered full and thinner and smoothly round metal framing originally introduced in the first F1, which is still a top gadget seller in the Philippines. Talking selfie as the F1s prominent feature, this firmly handheld intended 5.5 inch screen device raises the bar with a 16-megapixel front camera. 

The required megapixel for publication normally settles with 5-megapixel (up), which means your getting four times the DSLR camera value for a handset built camera. It is ready to shoot HD crisp images, including videos that is more easy visualizing even on a fluctuating bandwidth reach. It means you get more details, particulary for the eyes, skin color and form – making it more realistic for people conducting business with a handful of business partners taking meeting time from their multitasking handsets. 

Rear camera settles with an equally vivid but lower 13-megapixel camera. We have tested either camers on foot, indoor and outdoors, and what we have is both camera’s ability to adapt through natural colors, including brightness which you can pinch for extra clarity. It is like the eye squinting to get a fairer perspective of a moving subject wearing colorful clothing. 
Shooting is noticeably faster, none of the grab lags that forces camera to miss shoot moods, particularly for actions shots like a fashion show, a marathon. Camera actively settles where it is being closely aimed, getting you perfect facial expressions for digital stills. It is meticulous in handling details not just for impression but for colors, including depth of field, which is not easy getting for a smartphone. 

The OPPOF1s settles with an MT6750 octa-core processor, which is standard for smartphones intended for heavy multitasking. What is great this engine, when we were testing camera for HD videos, is that it is compatible with program demand for heavy interaction. It means that whether you are using four apps, and even while adding two more third party social networking apps, which normally eats up a phone’s computing capacity, the phone’s factory widgets retains normal functionality without lags. 

Feature is helpful  for people using camera for publication, sending images for e-mail deployment. Facebook, including Twitter and Instagram, works smoothly even when taking images for uploads. Videos, depending on your bandwidth take daily, will take a minute more to stream. RAM ups with 3-gigabytes of space, adding flexy pointers for apps competing for processing time with your phone’s factory apps. It works with NBA2k16 rather efficiently, no visible lags in between 3-pointer shoots. It means that if you are habitually shifting apps the OPPOF1s will not dissappoint you. 

The phone can slow down with less RAM space eventually. It is a normal phasing for Android devices that you can overhaul initially equally programming management. The F1s is not a music player intended device. It does play crisp HD classified music files, even with Blutooth speakers sound quality would stream out theatric HD. 

OPPO kit for F1s include  standard flip cover and glass protection (which you would not need since phone sports Gorilla Glass 4). The F1, for those using a variety of telco sims, ships with a dual micro and regular sim tray. Battery is 3075 mAh, fast charges fairly in 60 minutes. The battery is non-removable.   

“It’s amazing how the F1s lets you capture selfies the way you want them to look,” said OPPO Brand Marketing Manager for the Philippines Stephen Cheng during the F1s launch at Pico de Loro, Batangas last August 11. “We wanted to offer a phone that gives selfie lovers a satisfying photo experience, and I think the new model does just that.”

Adding to its sheer power, the F1s runs on the latest version of OPPO’s ColorOS, a proprietary Android skin. While the camera itself is an impressive piece of hardware, OPPO F1s’ built-in Beautify 4.0 software allows users to readily tweak their photos on the fly. Screen management is easy. Finger screen touch is mooth, again no ages when managing two or more service complimenting apps. 

The OPPOF1s will start pre-selling from August 11 to 18, no specifics which telco the OPPOF1s is supporting. 
Installment purchase is honored, but you can exclusively do this through International finance company Home Credit, which is reportedly offering the F1s via an affordable six-month installment plan for as low as P2,165 at zero percent interest. 

“Home Credit aims to bring smiles to many Filipino customers as we offer the newest OPPO F1S at very affordable installments,” said Home Credit Philippines’ Head of Sales, Adam Bernasek. “We are thrilled to be partnering with OPPO once again, and we look forward to helping even more Filipinos avail of the best selfie phone in the market.” 

OPPO partnered with Home Credit earlier this year to offer the F1 at zero percent installments. 
Initial specifications

* 5.5 inch Full HD Gorilla Glass 4 Screen

* 16-Megapixel Front Selfie Camera

* 13-Megapixel Rear Camera (with improved professional camera sensor features)

* Processor: MT6750 Octa-Core Processor

* Improved Battery: 3075 (non-removable internal battery)

* Body comes in Gold or Rose variant