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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Samsung Happy Home upgrades Filipino families’ lifestyle

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 11:15 PM
To create one’s dream home, families want to be able to comfortably lounge around at home, enjoying life’s simple pleasures such as watching TV, munching on comfort food, or listening to good music with the family and friends. These great bonding moments will be made much better with Samsung Consumer Electronics, which makes their new home a luxurious haven for entertainment, fun, and relaxation.

This family experience was showcased during Samsung Happy Home roadshow featuring Samsung’s range of new products, including Television, Home Entertainment Solutions, and Digital Appliances. The provincial roadshow kicked off last September 10 in Abreeza Mall in Davao and will continue in key cities like Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod, Cebu, Pampanga, Naga, and Iloilo throughout the year, letting more families experience and soon upgrade their dream home.

The Samsung Happy Home roadshow aims to show how families can enjoy the many conveniences and the possibilities made possible by Samsung products—all designed to meet the needs of families at every life stage and celebrate with them in every success.  Regardless of family size, age, interest, or location, there’s always a Samsung product that is right for everyone, with every single unit designed to surpass expectations and delight users. 

“With its latest innovative, smart and high quality digital products line-up, Samsung is once again offering a whole new home experience for the Filipino Family. Through this roadshow, we hope to let more Filipinos know how Samsung Television, Home Entertainment Solutions, and Digital Appliances can fit their everyday needs and help enhance their lifestyles,” said Lei-Lani Montemayor, Samsung Product Manager for Washing Machine.

The Samsung Happy Home roadshow showcases a line-up of products that will surely be the best upgrade every Filipino’s home – dream-come-true, smart, innovative, and happier home. 

Upgrading one’s viewing experience at home to match watching a movie at the cinema is now possible with the Samsung SUHD, signifying a true leap forward in technology to offer a superior viewing experience. The Samsung SUHD TV sets the standard with its nano-crystal technology and re-mastering picture quality engine that produce 64 times more color expression than conventional TVs and 2.5 times brighter than conventional UHD TVs. Aside from the SUHD, Samsung LED, Smart, and UHD TVs are also showcased, wherein each highlighted key features, setting a higher level of advancement and functionality, as well as fitting every home.

Home Entertainment Solutions
Another treat from Samsung is the TV’s Curved Soundbar, which has a multi-channel speaker and side speakers that enhance the surround sound and provide more clarity for a better TV experience – capping off the perfect life-like viewing. Meanwhile, Samsung Wireless Audio 360 produces balanced sound in all directions, filling all around the room. Adding to the convenience is the built-in Wi-Fi to control the audio system where one can listen to music all around the house or listen to a different type of music per room.

Washing Machines
The old washing machine may have produced clean clothes but it fails to prevent the washer’s back pains. Level up the washing experience with Samsung Activdualwash, which fused ergonomic design with state-of-the-art technology. The hands-on mom can experience great cleaning power with greater convenience and lesser back pain compared to their older washing machines. Its dedicated built-in sink, washboard, and water jet built right into the washer makes everything within reach, thus making the laundry process less tedious and time-consuming.

Fresh food is a must for every home, but energy efficiency is an equally important concern. Recognizing this, Samsung showcases its new refrigerator line-up, the Samsung RT25, to address this concern. The Samsung RT25 has a digital inverter technology that allows it to have 33% more space while being 46% more energy efficient.*  Truly, Samsung RT25 upgrades Filipino households to store more and achieve their maximum storage space while at the same time saving more money and keeping energy consumption at a minimum.

Smart Ovens
The Samsung Smart Oven will surely meet families’ on-the-go lifestyle as well as their need for healthy food. It has features that make it the all-in-one cooking solution, veering away from the usual only “reheating” feature of microwaves. It has the SLIM FRY Technology that allows oil-free frying and fuss-free frying and grilling. Aside from upgrading the kitchen, cooking skills are about to level up with this appliance.

Being a tropical country, the Philippines’ climate is characterized by relatively high temperature and high atmospheric humidity. Addressing this need, Samsung AR7000 air conditioner features a triangular design enabling quicker, further, and wider cooling. Its digital inverter system will let consumers enjoy a powerful and optimized cooling system, without increasing electricity usage and expense. It also has Virus Doctor and an easy filter to keep the air clean.

Creating one’s dream home doesn’t always mean major overhauls. By adding perfect home pieces and products from Samsung, build the dream home that will be filled with love, togetherness, convenience, and entertainment.

Visit the Samsung Philippines Facebook page ( or follow Samsung via Twitter ( for more information. Full details and product images are available at 

*This is compared to RT2A5HMCT.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies, redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. We are also leading in the Internet of Things space through, among others, our Smart Home and Digital Health initiatives. We employ 319,000 people across 84 countries with annual sales of US $196 billion. To discover more, please visit our official website at and our official blog at 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Davao Microsoft Authorized Reseller Store Opening

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 5:59 AM

Microsoft will be opening its first Authorized Reseller Store in the Mindanao region in Davao City this Saturday, August 1, 2015. The event will be marked with special on-the-day promos and discounts exclusive to those attending the grand opening. Be one of the lucky ones by being there for the early bird promo. The first thirty customers to purchase a Lumia 930, 830, 730, 640 XL and 540 get a FREE Nokia X and their choice between a Coloud speaker, Coloud headphones, or a power bank. The next fifty customers get 1000 PHP discount on their Lumia purchase. Don’t fret, customers who don’t make it to the early bird promo can still get freebies like the Coloud Boom Headphones upon purchase of a Lumia 630, 636, or 532. 

Customers can also get up to 60% discount and freebies on select devices. Purchase these devices in their special opening day prices: *
Lumia 520 only P2, 990 from P5,990
Lumia 625 only P6, 990 from P9,990
Lumia 1020 only P14, 990 from P22,500
Asha 501 only P1, 990 from P4,290 
Asha 502 only P2, 990 from P4,990 
*Valid during opening day only and while stocks last. 

Now customers can rest assured that their Microsoft Lumia devices are 100% authentic and up-to-standard. It’s sure to be an exciting fun-filled grand opening – see you there!

Monday, July 13, 2015

ASUS Republic of Gamers goes On-Tour to showcase the latest gaming devices

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 7:44 PM

Manila, Philippines (10th July, 2015) — ASUS Philippines Republic of Gamers has recently reached out to Filipino gaming communities in the recently concluded Gamers’ Gatherings held in Cebu, Davao, Cagayan De Oro, and Baguio, in which they showcased the latest ROG gaming line-up. Dubbed as ‘ROG on Tour’, the events focused on gaming communities across the Philippines in order to inspire and inform gamers of the new high-end gaming solutions provided and developed by ASUS.

These gatherings mark the ASUS ROG as a brand solely dedicated for gamers, professionals, or simply for those wishing to get the best computing tools for their trade. Whether it’s a notebook, desktop, or even gaming accessories, ROG has it all. Among the products introduced in the gatherings were the ROG G501, G551 and G20.

G501 is powered by the 4th-generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor and the new NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M graphics for an unrivalled gaming experience. This impressive power is supported by ASUS-exclusive Hyper Cool technology with dual independent fans, delivering smooth, stable performance for both gaming and professional content creation.

In addition, G501 has a 15.6-inch FHD (1920x1080) to treat users to incredibly detailed visuals and lifelike colors.

Ultraportable design for gaming on the go

ROG G501 is one of the world’s thinnest gaming laptops, with a height of just 20.6mm. It features a lightweight aluminum construction and weighs just 2.06kg (non-touchscreen). Its modern, elegant design sports red bezel accents and gaming features like a red-backlit keyboard with 1.6mm of key travel for a responsive feel, a numeric keypad, and marked WASD cursor keys.

Exclusive Hyper Cool technology

G501 is also the coolest and quietest gaming laptop on the market, with exclusive Hyper Cool technology built in. This advanced cooling system employs dual fans and copper heat sinks to remove heat efficiently with minimal fan noise. Both processor (CPU) and graphics-processing unit (GPU) are cooled independently based on each component’s demands to ensure maximum efficiency — delivering extremely cool gaming experiences that are both whisper-quiet and silky smooth.

Uncompromised gaming performance and fast content creation

ROG G501 is powered 4th-generation Intel Core i7-4720HQ processor for the smooth, powerful performance required to drive today’s fast-paced games. G501 also features the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics with up to 4GB of GDDR5 video memory for sharp, vivid visuals and smoother in-game animations. The powerful GPU also drives hardcore content-creation, enabling even the most demanding creative to produce any kind of content on the go.

Immersive ASUS SonicMaster audio

G501 features ASUS SonicMaster audio, incorporating ICEpower®, Bang & Olufsen technology, for high-quality sound. ASUS AudioWizard gives users five preset audio modes with settings tailored to suit different game genres.


This new G Series models represent a performance leap over their predecessors, with Intel® Core™ i7 processors and enthusiast-grade NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ graphics for the horsepower to drive today’s games smoothly at their highest settings. The G Series laptops exhibit their visual prowess with wide-angle IPS displays, and provide gamers with Full HD visuals. There’s also Trinity Display output for multi-monitor gaming or multitasking.

The distinctive G Series design features a matte-black brushed-aluminum finish with red diamond-cut edges, and bears an illuminated ROG logo on the lid. The keyboards are designed especially for gamers, and the almost-silent cooling system efficiently removes heat with minimum fan noise.

Enthusiast-grade gaming performance

The new G Series laptop is powered by Intel Core i7 processors for the performance required by the latest gaming titles; while enthusiast-grade NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics with Microsoft DirectX 11 provide sharper visuals and smoother in-game animations. To cope with the amazing power, G Series features an advanced cooling system that efficiently removes heat with minimal fan noise so as not to disrupt the gaming experience.

Audiovisuals that deliver immersive game worlds

The G Series comes in 15- inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) display. The IPS panel have wide 178-degree viewing angles, so color shift is minimized even when viewed from extreme positions in both the horizontal and vertical planes. Gamers are guaranteed accurate, lifelike colors that further enhance their gaming experience. Trinity Display technology enables users to hook their G Series up to three other external displays via HDMI 1.4 or Mini DisplayPort 1 — ideal for multi-monitor gaming and multitasking.

SonicMaster Premium provides rich, crystal-clear high-fidelity audio while ROG AudioWizard features five easy-to-use preset modes with settings tailored to suit different game genres. And since most LAN gamers utilize headsets, G Series laptops incorporate a powerful headphone amplifier that has been fine-tuned by audio specialists in the ASUS Golden Ear team for an even more immersive experience.

ROG-infused design

Aesthetically, the G Series exudes ROG DNA, sporting a premium matte-black brushed-aluminum finish, red diamond-cut edges and an illuminated ROG logo on the lid. In keeping with the ROG theme, the G Series has a seamless one-piece chiclet keyboard and specially-marked WASD keys for easy navigation and gameplay. The backlit keys glow red to make it easy for gamers to read keys in dim environments, and further adds to the ROG mystique.

The G20 is a compact gaming desktop, a stylish gaming PC designed to dominate the small-form-factor gaming desktop segment. The G20 features a compact 12.5-liter case and is powered by a 4th-generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor matched with an NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 745 graphics card for unstoppable gaming and home entertainment. ROG G20 delivers incredible energy efficiency as well, drawing just 10W in Eco Energy mode. On the outside, G20 sports a bold and distinctively-ROG design, with a matte-black finish, aggressive lines, Mayan-inspired markings, and customizable lighting effects. ROG G20 has already received critical acclaim, winning the Best Choice of the Year and Golden Awards at Computex 2014.

The world’s most powerful compact gaming desktop

Despite its compact 12.5-liter size, ROG G20 is designed to be a one-stop gaming and entertainment system and is available in a variety of specifications. ROG G20 can be specced with up to a 4th-generation Intel Core i7 processor for unprecedented levels of gaming and multitasking performance.

The G20 isn’t just powerful, it’s energy-efficient as well. In Eco Energy Mode, its ultra-low power design draws as little as 20W1 at idle – so users can leave the G20 on overnight to download games. It can also function as a home server with Intel Ready Mode technology, drawing only 10W* even when connected to the internet. On top of that, it runs whisper-quiet at just 22dB at idle.

Effective heat management for ultimate stability

ROG engineers designed the G20 with no visible exterior side exhaust vents in order to preserve the neat, clean lines of the chassis. ROG G20 boasts a thermal design that takes advantage of natural convection, with a hidden airflow channel and two internal fans to ensure efficient heat management, making it ideal for marathon gaming sessions.

Designed with gamers in mind

ROG G20 has a 12.5-liter chassis that features a matte-black finish, aggressive lines and Mayan-inspired markings. Customizable lighting effects showcase up to 8 million colors on the front and underside of the chassis, reflecting the feel of the game currently being played to further add to the experience.

ASUS SonicMaster audio takes advantage of a unique mix of audio hardware and tuning software to bring gamers right into the fight. Whether they’re using a headset or external speakers, gunshots ring out, explosions reverberate, and even footsteps become auditory cues. On top of that, ROG AudioWizard sound processing provides ROG desktops with an additional layer of audio enhancement, with up to five customizable modes that can be easily accessed on-the-fly.

The ASUS-exclusive Aegis application provides real-time performance monitoring through a user-friendly interface. Aegis lets users track CPU and memory usage, as well as internet download and upload status. Temperature and voltage thresholds can even be set for the system to maintain and monitor automatically.

ASUS desktops — Most-recommended Windows desktop brand

Innovation, design and reliability are at the heart of all ASUS computers. Winning Readers’ Choice for overall satisfaction for the second year in a row, and for the third successive year in the home category, is proof that ASUS is better at delivering what customers want than rival Windows desktop PC companies. As says: “If you want a Windows desktop PC, ASUS is the best choice”2.

ASUS ROG G501, G551 and G20 are now available in all ASUS Authorized Re-Sellers nationwide.


Intel® Core™ i7-4720HQ
Operating System
DDR3L 1600 MHz 16GB
15.6” AG FHD IPS LED backlight (1920 x 1080)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM
SATA 1TB  2.5' HDD
Optical Drive
DVD Super-Multi / Blu-ray read
Built-in HD camera and array mic
Dimension and Weight
38.2(W) x 25.5(D) x 3.2(H) cm, 2.7 Kg (for 6-cell Battery)

Intel® Core™ i7-4720HQ
Operating System
DDR3L 1600 MHz 12GB
15.6” AG FHD LED backlight (1920 x 1080)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM
SATA 1TB  2.5' HDD
Optical Drive
DVD Super-Multi / Blu-ray read
Built-in HD camera and array mic
Dimension and Weight
383 Wx255 Dx20,6 H mm (Non-touch) / 2,06kg (est.)

Intel® Core™ i7-4790HQ
Operating System
DDR3L 1600 MHz 16GB
Weight and Dimension
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 745
SATA 1TB  2.5' HDD
Optical Drive
DVD Super-Multi / Blu-ray read
Front IO Port
USB 3.0 x 2
Mic Port x 1
Earphone port x 1

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

100 Days Of Zen: The World’s Greatest Photo Collaboration with Robert Jahns, inspired by the ZenFone 2

Posted By: Sarah Jean - 8:17 AM
Manila, Philippines (07 July, 2015— ASUS today announced the launch of 100 Days of Zen – a 100 day long creative initiative led by Instagram sensation Robert Jahns (Nois7). Inspired by Robert’s work and showcasing the incredible photography capabilities of the ZenFone 2, the worldwide initiative encourages everyday artists to create and share an incredible image of their own, based on a series of photos taken on the ZenFone 2. Over the course of initiatives, 100 winners will be announced. A winner will be announced every day for 99 days and Robert will personally pick his favorite as the grand prize winner, who will be invited to join him in a special location to collaborate on a composition as part of the See What Others Can’t See Photo Series.

“Many images I create are built on 2 important elements: collaboration and inspiration. Collaborations are at the heart of my work. And with each piece I create, I’m aiming to make people smile and to inspire them with something that’s incredible, beautiful and new,” says Robert.

“A lot of my work is done on a smartphone – including shooting, editing and creating. I’ve been using the ZenFone 2 professionally for a few months now. With 100 Days of Zen, I’m inviting people from all corners of the world to be inspired by the photos I’ve taken on the ZenFone 2 and to get creative making an incredible image. You can imagine anything with the technology that’s in your reach – just get started.”

How it works
1.      Visit the 100 Days of Zen website at        
2.      Pick an original ZenFone 2 photo taken by Robert from the gallery.
3.      Let your imagination run wild and add your own creative elements to it. Remix, reboot, refilter, or retake, it’s entirely up to you. You are free to use whatever software, applications and materials you choose to make it your own.
4.      Hashtag your creation with #100DaysOfZen and post it on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to be in the running to win your very own ZenFone 2.

Your Chance to Win
Over the course of the initiative100 winners will be announced in total with a different winner selected every day for 99 days and 1 grand prize winner.
Daily Prizes: the 99 winners will have their photo creation showcased on the 100 Days of Zen website. Each of these winners will win their very own ZenFone 2.

Grand Prize: Out of the 99 daily winners, Robert will personally pick his favorite, who will be invited to join him in a special location to collaborate on a composition as part of the See What Others Can’t See Photo Series. 

Erik Hermanson, Head of Marketing - Mobile says, “Robert Jahns is one of Instagram’s most imaginative storytellers and the ZenFone 2’s most inspirational collaborator – we are thrilled with the progress on the See What Others Can’t See Photo Series. His incredible, surreal expressions of life, captured as he’s travelled the globe, are an inspiration. His artistry embodies everything we’ve poured into the ZenFone 2. 100 Days of Zen will be amazing.”

About Robert Jahns (Nois7)
Robert Jahns is a modern artist, noted as one of the world’s 50 Best Instagram photographers to follow. His captivating work and unique approach to photo manipulation deliver unexpected moments that marry people, nature and movement in ways that seem alive, yet surreal, all at once.

Originally from Germany, Robert now works on a global scale and collaborates with other well- known Instagramers, and even international super models like Tyra Banks.

Join his incredible journey here:

About the ZenFone 2 and Robert Jahns' See What Others Can’t See Photo Series

Robert Jahns has joined forces with ASUS to create an exclusive series of 14 breathtaking new images to celebrate the release of ASUS’s flagship smartphone, the ZenFone 2. Collaborating with photographers across the globe from Indonesia, India, France, Italy, USA and beyond, each image is inspired by the ZenFone 2 and captures the brand’s ability to See What Others Can’t See. Fans can view the latest images here:
About the ZenFone 2
The ZenFone 2 delivers a world-leading photography experience and a powerful all-round performance, all while looking luxuriously stylish.
It packs:
      13MP/5MP PixelMaster Camera that captures stunning, high resolution photos with zero shutter lag.
      Industry-leading Low Light mode to capture up to 400% brighter photos at night, or in low-light, without a flash.
      Real Tone flash to ensure warm skin tones and accurate color.
      Backlight (Super HDR) mode to capture vivid, evenly-exposed photos in challenging backlit scenes, ensuring foreground subjects stand out clearly and are free of shadows.
      Selfie Panorama to capture wider angel selfie photos, allowing group shots.
      For those seeking fine-grained control over camera settings like ISO, shutter speed and more, Manual Mode offers users a DSLR-like experience right on their smartphone.
      A gorgeous all-new ergonomic design with a bright 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display.
      A super-fast 2.3GHz 64-bit Intel Atom processor with 4GB RAM and 4G/LTE connectivity.

About ASUS 
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,326 awards in 2014 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2014 was approximately US$14.5 billion.
ASUS Zenfone 2 is now available in all authorized re-sellers nationwide.

Product Name
Zenfone 2
Operating system
Brand-new ASUS ZenUI with Android 5.0 Lollipop
64-bit Intel Atom Z3560 Quad Core Processor (Running at 1.8GHz)
64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 Quad Core Processor (Running at 2.3GHz)
64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 Quad Core Processor (Running at 2.3GHz)
5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 (Full HD), 403ppi IPS Display with Gorilla® Glass 3
Network standards
HSPA+ UL:5.76Mbit/s/DL:42Mbit/s ,
DC-HSPA+ UL:5.76Mbit/s/DL:42Mbit/s
LTE speed: Category 4 maximum:  UL: 50Mbit/s/DL:150Mbit/s
EDGE/GPRS/GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
2100MHz(1)/1900MHz(2)/1800MHz(3)/1700MHz AWS(4)/850MHz(5)/900MHz(8)/ 1800MHz(9)/ 800MHz(18)/ (850MHz)(19)/700MHz(28)
Memory and storage


802.11ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
802.11ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
802.11ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC


3000mAh lithium-polymer with
3000mAh lithium-polymer with
3000mAh lithium-polymer

Optional 18W BoostMaster fast-Charging adapter
18W Adapter withBoostMaster fast-Charging technology
18W Adapter withBoostMaster fast-Charging technology

Boost Master

(Support with 18W Boost Master Adapter)
(Support with 18W Boost Master Adapter)
(Support with 18W Boost Master Adapter)

Hard Bundle Adapter
7W Adapter
18W Boost Master Adapter
18W Boost Master Adapter

Dimension  Weight
152.5 x 77.2 x 3.9mm~10.9mm / 170g

PHP 9,995
PHP 13,995
PHP 14,995

8W BoostMaster adapter is included with the 2.3GHz/4GB ZenFone 2 model only.
ZE500CL Product Specification
Intel Multi-Core Z25601.6 GHz w/ Hyper-Threading technology
Android 5.0, Lollipop
Peak Data Rate
LTE Cat3 DL/UL: 100/50Mbps
RF Band Support
EU & US & APAC: GSM 850/900/1800/1900; UMTS 850/900/1900/2100; LTE 1/2/3/4/5/8/17+7+20
5" 1280 x 720 HD IPS
GFF Touch Panel (Gorilla 3)
148.1 mm x 71.5 mm x 10.9 mm
Typ 155g
Battery Pack & Life
9.5 Wh , 2500mAh, Irremovable polymer battery
eMMC 16G
Micro SD Card Support (Up to 64GB)
Audio jack: Head phone
Micro USB
Single SIM: Micro SIM Connector
Front Camera
2MP Front Camera
Main Camera
8MP Auto-focus Camera
PHP 7,995

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