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Monday, April 22, 2019

Huawei Y7 Pro 2019: A balance between Price point and hardware Specs

The newest addition to the Huawei Y Series, Y7 Pro 2019 boasts of features that are present and or lacking from its competitors in entry level segment and price bracket. At 9,990 pesos, Y7 Pro 2019 sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core SoC and Adreno 506 GPU with Vulkan support. Thus, gives Y7 Pro 2019 multi-core performance at battery efficiency and graphics convenient delivery and reliable performance. Y7 Pro has an expandable storage of up to 512GB via microSD card slot and 32GB internal storage.

Huawei Y7 Pro 2019 with vivid LCD rendition

Security and Accessibility
Y7 Pro 2019 features Face Unlock 2.0, a quick and easy to unlock devices using the artificial intelligence and the 16MP front camera, authenticating the identity of the user and unlock the device quickly, it lacks the biometrics feature such as fingerprint scanning though which are present in other competitor though, but the accuracy of the Face unlock can suffice and finger scan is a feature that others can live without.

Aesthetics and Experience
The Y7 Pro 2019 greets you with a 6.26-inch Dewdrop display with a togglable pearl-shaped notch (Huawei’s smallest notches to date) situated in the middle of the device providing a wider and more vivid visual experience. When held horizontally, Y7 Pro 2019’s back resembles a compact digital camera sending an impression that it can offer the acceptable smartphone photography experience at entry level class.

Huawei Y7 Pro 2019 resembles a Digital Camera with dual camera layout.

Feel and Ergonomics
Colors available in Aurora Blue and Midnight Black onto its ceramic back plate, which is secured seamlessly onto the metallic, matte mid-frame popular come on to the youth and stylish lifestyle, its back plate has a polycarbonate coating which provides better durability and scratch resistance. An Eye Protection Mode that automatically adjusts the colors of the display and reduces the intensity of the blue light, a TÜV Rheinland certified safety feature.

Huawei Y7 Pro 2019 bottom view near to Huawei Logo, speaker vents and micro USB port

Mobile Photography Experience
It’s 13+2MP rear dual cameras can recognize 22 different categories of objects through AI processing helping the user to capture great images at ‘Auto Mode’, this is the default setting upon launching rear camera but let’s you choose more Camera modes when one decides to use personal preference.

Aperture Mode’ when you want to capture portrait images with user-dependent aperture level scroll vertical bar.

In the samples shots below, AI assist is ONn but the photos are not that so vivid using the rear camera but a little tweak using filters or mobile editing software could enhance the photo experience. But for me still an acceptable output from a camera sensor at this entry level class.

Huawei Y7 Pro 2019 Rear Camera Mode, No filter, No editing, more samples

Beauty Mode’ gets handy with level settings at your perusal and eye judgement
Video mode’  capture motion pictures up to FHD 1080p 1920 x 1080 resolution
AR Lens mode’ lets you select between menus of preset Effects and Backgrounds for your own liking and preference to be automatically embedded in your photo or video.
Watermark Mode’ automatically adds preset necessary marks on your photo or video which adds details and info on your picture such as time, location, weather, your mood and activity.
Panorama Mode’ fits well in landscapes or outdoor photography, just follow the instructions carefully to get the best panorama shot.

Huawei Y7 Pro 2019 Rear Camera Panorama Mode, No filter, Cropped, Low light

Filter Mode’ is changeable using the vertical scroll bar and other presets such as Sentimental, impact, ND, Valencia, Blue, Halo Nostalgia and Dawn.
Pro Mode’ gives you freedom on capturing your subject with additional camera settings such as metering, ISO, Shutter Sped, Aperture value, Focus mode and White Balance settings, pretty much the same settings in most mirrorless camera and DSLRs but you got to deal with the big difference of performance especially the lens and sensor used.
HDR mode’ when enabled provides ore dynamic captured image, AI assisted processing basically combining three images into one for improved color vibrancy.

Huawei Y7 Pro 2019 Rear Camera HDR enabled, No filter, No editing ~4PM

Good Food’ suitable for Food photos adding more richer colours.

Huawei Y7 Pro 2019 Rear Camera Good food setting enabled, No filter, cropped

Document Scan’ ability to capture document providing straightening option for later formatting.

To help you keep your selfie sessions seamless, Y7 Pro 2019 has an easy hands-free shooting that can be enabled through the Gesture Control and Smile Detection.

Battery Life
Y7 Pro 2019 is powered by a 4000mAh battery that supports 5V/2A charging, similarly at par with the top-of-the-line smartphones in the market. Y7 Pro 2019 is expected to retain at least 80 percent of its full capacity even after 700 recharges. Y7 Pro 2019 can help you manage your battery intensive applications with just one tap through intelligent battery management system and EMUI 8.2.

Huawei Y7 Pro 2019 with vivid LCD, showing more LCD space

Finally, Huawei Y7 Pro 2019 is conceived to beat expectations for the entry-level class, it has the balanced of features, hardware and its price point. Though there are features that are on our ‘must have’ list, but these same features can be on our ‘Can live without’ list such as higher version Android 9 Pie, gyroscope sensor for highly demanding apps and biometrics access scanning. As I said the balance  within Y7 Pro is there at its price point, it boasts of features where users can bank on such as 16MP Selfie Camera (very food performence by the way), Vibrant pearl-shaped notched, Reliable Face recognition and stretched battery life.


Thursday, April 18, 2019

ASUS ZenFone Live L1: For the Young people and Young-at-heart

Eyeing for a smartphone that can keep up your lifestyle either you belong to the young crowd or young at heart? The good thing with ASUS or any smartphone brand in general, they build smartphones with user’s “needs” in mind, thus, ASUZ ZenFone Live L1 is an output with their research and development. In its category, Zenfone Live L1 sports a bigger screen, longer battery life, hands free security access, 13MP Camera and a triple-slot sim-memory tray supporting up to 2TB microSD.

ASUS ZenFone Live L1 Top View

Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 Mobile platform, ZenFone 5 is responsive at user’s demand and expected graphics rendering. Priced at 5,995 Pesos for the 2GB/16GB variant and 4,995 Pesos for the Android Go variant 1GB/16GB.

5.5 Inches Full View 18:9 Display in 5 Inches Body
A bigger and brighter 5.5 inches full view 18:9 display almost ditching the bezel frame allowing more screen size. Aside from being lightweight, it provides better gripping. Eyes off from your TV or laptop as the 18:9 display provides wider, cleared and brighter movie viewing experience on the go.

ASUS ZenFone Live L1 showing the Power and Volume Buttons

13MP Rear Camera
Up to F2.0 wide aperture and phase-detection autofocus gives the users the full control to capture what’s attracts the eyes into an image saved to Live L1. Multiple Camera modes and filters such as Beauty, Panorama and Time Lapse modes enable new perspective in your daily imaging consumption.

ASUS ZenFone Live L1 Back View showing the 13MP Camera and LED flash

ASUS ZenFone Live L1 Camera Portrait Mode: Sample Straight out of Camera shots

In portrait mode, you are adding depth to how your subject appear on the photo against the other essential characters in the frame. To compare with more higher category ASUS portrait mode features, ASUS ZenFone Live L1 doesn't have user adjustment on the deepness of the subject. I'm talking about ASUS Zenfone 5 where there's setting of how the user wants the deepness should render in the photo. Check this ASUS Zenfone review for more details.

More No Filter or no edit camera samples from ASUS Zenfone Live L1

One Tray Stowing three modules hardware feature
Well this hardware design is somewhat efficient and clean, where you seat your external memory (up to 2TB microSD) and two Sims into one spacious tray for a clean hardware topography but this just means when you want to try to eject your external memory, it also means downtime for your SIMs since all of them will be unseated from the phone. But I think this drawback is something that everyone can live with.

ASUS ZenFone Live L1 showing its Upper Half body Features

ZenUI 5 Intelligent Feature
What leads from these group of features is Face detect or Unlock. What more gives convenience when you can unlock your phone or launch a feature hands free. Zenfone Live L1 lets you unlock your device quickly, safely with great resources up to hundred millions of face images for recognition correctness. Also applicable to unlock App and launch them when correct face is validated.

Final Say, ASUS ZenFone Live L1 is available in the following variants:
  • ZenFone Live L1 in 2GB/16GB priced at 5,995 Pesos
  • ZenFone Live L1 Android Go in 1GB/16GB priced at 4,995 Pesos
at its price level, the ZenFone Live L1 is up by a notch from competitors with features that are considerably targeted to the youth ages starting from 18 to 24 years old. In fact its very affordable with above mid range Camera features such as Time Lapse or stop motion videos and Portrait mode. Build wise, a 5.5 inches full view display in a 5 inch body is something to consider, very light to carry and fits well with your palm grips.


Monday, April 15, 2019

2019 Hair and Nails Fashion Show CEBU Edition

The 2019 Hair and Nails Fashion Show CEBU Edition is set on April 24, 2019 at Bai Hotel Cebu organized for everyone who appreciates beauty and artistry. It's a Wednesday of beauty and talent with beauty brands such as  Blue Sky Nail Polish products and in cooperation with HMB trading and Magic Keratin Plus. Salon Owners, Hair Stylist and Nail Experts can  take advantage of this one-of-a-kind event that's happening at the Queen City of the South.

Catch also Beauty and Style advocate Fanny Serrano to grace the Hair and Nails Fashion Show. For the attendees, there will be workshops and training related to Hair and Nails where certificates are at stake. Contact Pinky Colina at 0922-837-5282 or 0908 652 5768 for inquiries. See you!

2019 Hair and Nails Fashion Show CEBU Edition posted at Cebu Events Blog