ZTE Nubia Red Magic Mars tops AnTuTu latest Top 10 chart

Lots of Huawei phones on the list



Nubia Red Magic Mars | Image credit: Nubia

Which Android phone is the most powerful? It’s quite hard to tell because each of us has preferences, but benchmark apps like AnTuTu can rank them objectively.

Based on the average score of all the phones that were tested using the AnTuTu Benchmark v7 app this December, the Nubia Red Magic Mars from ZTE is the leading Android phone with a score over 320,000. Not far behind in second place is the Huawei Mate 20 with a score of 309,000.

The newly announced Honor V20 in China is already making its mark on the third spot with 305,000 points. In the fourth and fifth spots are the Mate 20 X and the Mate 20 Pro with individual scores of 304,000 and 302,000, respectively.

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Honor and Xiaomi are neck-and-neck with the Magic 2 and Black Shark Helo closely following each other with 300,000 points. Below the 300,000 threshold is the OnePlus 6T followed by the first Black Shark phone and ZTE Nubia X.

It seems like Huawei’s own Kirin 980 chipset is powering a number of the powerful Android phones right now, but it’s still no match for the Snapdragon 845 processor and the extensive cooling system of the new Red Magic Mars.

For those unfamiliar with AnTuTu, it’s a benchmark app that tests a phone’s CPU and GPU performance, user experience, and memory speeds. The scores don’t necessarily reflect real-world experience; though, it’s one of the ways to put the phones to the test.

Keep in mind that the previous chart dated September 2018 has the ROG Phone on top with a score of almost 300,000; however, it’s nowhere to be found here. Maybe there aren’t a lot of users running AnTuTu on ROG Phones? The full report is available for reading through the source link below, although it’s in Chinese.

Source: AnTuTu (Chinese)

SEE ALSO: ASUS ROG Phone tops AnTuTu benchmark for Android in September 2018


PlayStation Plus might be getting more games

To compete with Xbox Game Pass



Subscription gaming is taking off. Instead of buying individual games, a few companies have created subscription packages which include free games for the duration of one subscription. The concept has been around for a long time, but the gaming world is seeing improved packages across the board. According to a new report, PlayStation is building an improved version of its PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now subscriptions.

According to a source from Bloomberg, an upcoming subscription system — currently codenamed Spartacus — will offer subscribers access to a library of classic and new games. The package already sounds suspiciously close to what PlayStation already offers, but the unannounced version will apparently compete with the Xbox Game Pass.

Much like what was reported, the Xbox Game Pass offers subscribers a host of amazing games including the critically acclaimed Forza Horizon 5. Though both PlayStation Plus and Now have widely liked games, they usually don’t offer recently released games. PlayStation and Xbox regularly release console exclusives, so a PlayStation version is certainly a welcome sight.

Besides newer games, PlayStation also does not have backwards compatibility. Owners aren’t able to play older games from previous consoles. An improved subscription can finally introduce the sought-after feature to modern consoles.

The new subscription is expected to make its debut in the first half of 2022. With its debut, PlayStation might phase out PlayStation Now.

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Nokia created a new Nokia 3310 but it’s just cake

Always has been



After years of languishing in the darkness, Nokia has ascended back into the spotlight as a staple of the smartphone industry. That happened five years ago. HMD Global, the current owner of Nokia’s products, has a lot to be thankful for. And what’s a better way to celebrate a milestone anniversary than with a cake? To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Nokia’s new era, the company has partnered with renowned cake sculptor Michelle Wibowo.

The cake is designed after none other than the iconic Nokia 3310. Though it’s the newer version of the classic phone, the cake looks hyper-realistic. It looks as great as the actual phone. However, it was made with chocolate sponge and vanilla buttercream. The casing, on the other hand, is made with a hand-painted sugar shell casing.

Of course, Nokia has since launched a flurry of other phones since then. But the brand is especially indebted to the Nokia 3310 as one of the early devices that catapulted it to the top of the tech world in the early 2000s. The classic Nokia 3310 was launched in September 2000.

Michelle Wibowo is a famous cake sculptor known around the world. She has created works of art like the Hogwarts Castle and lifelike depictions of popular figures like Queen Elizabeth II. The hyper-realistic Nokia 3310 cake certainly echoes the past trend of creating everyday items with cake.

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Qualcomm officially launches Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Coming first late 2021



A few days ago, Qualcomm officially confirmed a coming name change for its ubiquitous Snapdragon chipset series. Of course, though Qualcomm already announced the change, the company did not reveal the new naming scheme. Now, the mystery is gone. Welcome, the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

Sporting a new coat of paint, the chipset touts an improved 5G modem, the X65 5G. According to the company, the modem can reportedly reach 10Gbps in download speeds. It can also connect to the emerging Wi-Fi 6 standard, allowing up to 3.6Gbps in download speeds. The upper limit won’t mean much in today’s still-young 5G global network. However, it does mean much for the chipset’s longevity.

In the camera department, the chipset sports an 18-bit processor which can supposedly process 4,000 times more data than its predecessor. It can support up to three 36-megapixel cameras simultaneously. It can shoot up to 8K HDR footage at 30 frames per second, UHD footage at 120 frames per second, or slow-mo 720p videos at 960 frames per second.

Qualcomm didn’t specifically indicate how much the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 differs from the Snapdragon 888 in the performance department. However, it will once again focus on the future of AI. Features that use AI will reportedly get a boost going forward.

According to the company, the first smartphones with the chipset will launch sometime by the end of the year. As expected, more smartphones will come out next year in 2022.

SEE ALSO: Upcoming Snapdragon chipset scores 1000000 on AnTuTu

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