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What to expect from Apple’s March 21 announcement

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Apple may be in hot water with the feds, but that doesn’t mean the California-based tech giant is slamming the breaks on its product release cycle in lieu of its legal battle with U.S. authorities. Apple today sent out invites to a press event at 10 a.m. (Pacific time) on March 21 at its Cupertino campus.

“Let us loop you in,” the invite simply says. If we didn’t know any better, we’d say it’s a nod to Apple’s Infinite Loop campus.

The products to be announced, in usual Apple fashion, remain a mystery, though recent reports point to a successor of the 9.7-inch iPad and a new 4-inch iPhone packing the same internals as the iPhone 6s.

Dubbed the iPhone SE, it will likely replace the iPhone 5s (and, possibly, iPhone 6) as Apple’s lowest-priced smartphone. Why? Because Apple, now more than ever, desperately needs a serious midrange option if it wants to grow its business in emerging economies, where price is too often the deciding factor.

More Apple Watch bands and materials are also expected to take the stage, in addition to a new software update for the company’s smartwatch. We may also see the release announcement for an iTunes update and iOS 9.3, which is currently in beta testing.

You can watch Apple’s March 21 keynote live on your Apple products, or by heading to Apple’s dedicated event page here using Safari or Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.

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The OnePlus 8T is coming on October 14

‘Ultra Stops At Nothing’

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We knew it was coming and now we know exactly when. OnePlus has announced that the OnePlus 8T will be revealed on October 14.

It comes with the tagline: Ultra Stops At Nothing. We don’t know yet what that exactly means but we’re very much looking forward to finding out.

In the meantime, here’s everything we know so far about the OnePlus 8T based on previous rumors, leaks, and reports:

Android Central reported that the upcoming phone will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+. This chipset brings improvement on the CPU and GPU front compared to the Snapdragon 865, so users can expect better performance on the OnePlus 8T.

Furthermore, the phone will gain a 120Hz panel, which is a huge jump over OnePlus 8’s 90Hz panel. The size of OnePlus 8T’s display is pegged at 6.55-inch.

Android Central also claims that the phone is getting a quad-camera setup in the form of 48MP primary + 16MP wide-angle +5MP macro + 2MP portrait lens setup.  They also claim that the primary camera is getting a better imaging sensor this time around.

Meanwhile, the folks at XDA-Developers found the render hidden in the Settings app. From the looks of it, OnePlus 8T is set to ditch the curved display upfront. However, OnePlus is retaining the display cut-out housing the single selfie camera.  As a matter of fact, not much has changed from the OnePlus 8 itself.

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Could we be getting a Sony Xperia Play 2?

Why did they cancel it?

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Xperia Play

Sony never launched a successor to the Xperia Play. However, we’re in for a shot of nostalgia. User JerryYin shared a few pictures of an Xperia Play 2 prototype with the XDA Developers team. According to him, the unit is a prototype and he has put it up for sale on a Chinese marketplace.

The Xperia Play was a gaming phone running Android and was released in 2011. Back then, the company was called Sony Ericcson. Unlike today’s all-touch phones, it featured a D-pad, two touchpads as a joystick, and PlayStation buttons. Today, the design looks relatable to a Nintendo Switch.

Gaming phones have taken over the market and every brand is trying to offer maximum gaming-oriented features. Pretty much all of them have also created dedicated gaming phones to cater to the rapidly growing demand. But, did you know gaming phones aren’t a new concept and have existed for a decade?

It also sports a 3D button that suggests the company considered porting 3D technology. Back then, 3D movies and games were available on the PS3 and the glass-free application has been seen on Nintendo 3DS as well as HTC Evo 3D.

The authenticity of the phone cannot be verified right now, hence these pictures should be taken with a pinch of salt. It’s possible that this may be a fake, but the amount of detail visible helps in building some confidence.

If we consider the Nintendo Switch sales, it can be assumed that this form factor hasn’t gone out of fashion. When the Xperia Play was launched, mobile gaming was in a nascent stage and limited to smaller games like Angry Birds. The development of larger games with new genres like battle royale has widely increased the capability of mobile gaming.

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realme launches narzo 20 Pro with Helio G95, 65W fast charging

Xiaomi should be worried

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realme started the narzo series earlier this year and it’s all set to launch a successor. The narzo 20 series consists of the narzo 20A, narzo 20, and narzo 20 Pro. These phones are made for the affordable segment and will be directly competing against the Redmi Note 9 series and POCO X2.

The phone features a reflective design that creates a multi-layer downward arrow pattern. Continuing realme’s design language, it features a vertical quad-camera setup with the narzo branding in focus. The fingerprint scanner is located on the side.

On the front is a 6.5-inch LCD display with Full HD+ resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass protection, and a punch-hole cut-out for the front camera.

Powering the phone is an octa-core MediaTek Helio G95 processor with Mali-G76 MC4 GPU. Storage is expandable via a dedicated microSD card slot. It has a new carbon fiber cooling system that ensures consistent performance during extended usage.

The rear features a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front is a 16-megapixel camera for selfies. The software supports night filters, AI enhancement, and improved low-light performance.

Backing these internal is a 4500mAh battery that supports 65W fast charging. realme claims it can fully charge the battery in 38 minutes. Lastly, the phone ships with realme IU out-of-the-box.

The narzo 20 Pro costs INR 14,999 for 6GB+64GB and INR 16,999 for 8GB+128GB. It’ll be available in Black Ninja and White Knight color options and shall go on sale from September 25 via Flipkart, realme.com, and offline stores.

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