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Nubia Red Magic Mars remains as AnTuTu’s fastest Android phone

Faster phones have yet to be tested

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While we wait for new phones to be announced in the first quarter of 2019, we’ll have to stick to last year’s devices in determining which of them is the fastest — at least based on their benchmark scores on AnTuTu.

ZTE’s Nubia Red Magic Mars ended 2018 with a bang by positioning itself on top of the AnTuTu chart. Since there are no new phones posing a threat to its place, it’s still the fastest Android phone in the market with a score of 320,000.

The January 2019 update of AnTuTu’s ranking is not that different from last month’s. Red Magic Mars’ score is still a leap ahead of Huawei’s Mate 20 which sits in second place with 308,000. It’s followed by the Honor V20 with 306,000.

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Placing fourth is Huawei’s humungous Mate 20 X with 304,000, followed by another Honor phone, the Magic 2, at 301,000.

Cutting the consecutive listing of sister companies Huawei and Honor phones is Xiaomi’s Black Shark Helo with a score of 299,000. In seventh place is Huawei (again) with the Mate 20 Pro.

The OnePlus 6T remains in the eighth spot with 296,000. The Vivo NEX S and the ASUS ROG Phone are neck-and-neck at 295,000 giving them the ninth and tenth place, respectively.

Based on this updated ranking, the Snapdragon 845 of the Nubia Red Magic Mars remains ahead of the Kirin 980 found on all of the Huawei and Honor phones on the list. The rest of the phones are also powered by the Snapdragon 845, but they seem to lack optimization to get high numbers.

We’re expecting a few Snapdragon 855-powered phones to come out in the coming weeks which will definitely shake things up.

Via: Weibo

SEE ALSO: Snapdragon 855’s official AnTuTu benchmark score beats the competition

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Apple ready to launch a lot of devices in next 12 months

Including iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Watches

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Apple is obviously releasing new devices later this year. As is tradition, the company is readying for the launch of the next flagship series, the iPhone 14. However, it looks like the iPhone 14 series isn’t the only thing Apple is preparing for. According to a new report, the company is set to launch a plethora of products between now and early 2023.

As reported by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple has a lot of surprises for its fans. Besides the four upcoming models of the iPhone 14 series, the company will also launch “three Apple Watch variations, several Macs with M2 and M3 chips, the company’s first mixed-reality headset, low-end and high-end iPads, updated AirPods Pro earbuds, a fresh HomePod and an upgraded Apple TV.”

Previously, Apple was rumored to upgrade its iPad lineup, starting with a base iPad compatible with USB-C. With geopolitical pressure potentially forcing the company to completely shift to USB-C, a good number of new devices makes sense — that is, if USB-C is truly coming soon.

Besides that, the company has also teased an absurd number of changes and new features coming to iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS Ventura. It looks like an intensive refresh of software. A good set of software will naturally complement a similarly impressive set of hardware coming soon.

SEE ALSO: iOS 16: Best New Features

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Samsung has Starbucks-themed cases for coffee lovers

Exclusive to South Korea

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Since the company is from the country, Samsung offers a lot of exclusives in South Korea. Previously, the company sold a Pokémon-themed exclusive edition of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 in — you guessed it — South Korea. Now, it has another set of exclusives. This time, it’s for coffee lovers. Samsung is now selling a Starbucks-themed cases for the Galaxy S22 series and the Galaxy Buds 2.

The smartphone cases are pretty straightforward. Sporting the coffee company’s iconic green, the Galaxy S22 and S22+ cases have either a patch with the Starbucks logo or a tagline that says, “Count Stars in Your Galaxy.”

Meanwhile, the Galaxy S22 Ultra features a more iconic case with a strap at the back. One variant has the iconic green-and-white color combination with a patch of a bear wearing a Starbucks apron. The other one has the strap designed as a Starbucks receipt.

While the smartphone cases are nifty on their own, the charging case for the Galaxy Buds 2 are on a league of their own. One model is a minimalist green with the Starbucks patch. The other, however, looks like a coffee mug with aesthetic latte art inside and a Starbucks logo at its side.

As with the previously mentioned Pokémon-themed products, the Starbucks-themed set is exclusive to South Korea and will be limited while supplies last.

SEE ALSO: Samsung unveils a Pokémon Edition of Galaxy Z Flip 3

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Netflix confirms ads are coming later this year

In a cheaper subscription tier

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Netflix is currently in a bind. As the platform’s rivals grow, Netflix has started shrinking and losing subscribers. The company has also started pondering on alternative strategies to maintain its grip on the streaming world. One of the most recent ideas involves the introduction of a cheaper, ad-supported subscription tier. Now, after much strategizing, Netflix has all but confirmed its addition later this year.

During the recent Cannes Lion advertising festival (via The Hollywood Reporter), Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos confirmed that the platform is indeed adding a cheaper option for subscribers by the end of the year. While the platform was initially averse to including ads, Sarandos has stated that some subscribers actually don’t mind ads in return for a cheaper price per month.

Prior to an official announcement, Netflix has not announced how much the new subscription will cost on launch. Likewise, they haven’t confirmed whether the tier will come to all countries and territories where Netflix is present.

If anything, Netflix isn’t alone or the first in adding an ad-supported subscription tier. Hulu, for example, already offers such a tier. Hulu’s partner streaming platform, Disney+, is also considering adding a similar tier later this year.

Besides adding the ad-supported tier, Netflix is also pumping up its presence in the gaming world. They are also considering another payment system meant for users who share their passwords to non-subscribers.

SEE ALSO: Netflix is losing a lot of long-term subscribers

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