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Apple Marina Bay Sands opens in Singapore

Experience starts on September 10

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Apple’s third, most ambitious retail project sits on the waters of Marina Bay, like a lustrous sphere glimmering from the reflection of captivating scenery.

A first-of-its-kind, the Apple Marina Bay Sands promises a spectacular shopping experience situated at one of Singapore’s iconic locations.

Inspired by the Pantheon — an architectural wonder — in Rome, the sphere has an oculus located at the apex, allowing rays of light to fill the all-glass dome.

The interiors are comprised of 114 pieces of glass with 10 narrow vertical mullions for a self-supporting structure. Meanwhile, the glasses are lined with custom baffles. It’s uniquely shaped to counter sun angles, yielding a nighttime lighting effect. Trees line up inside the dome, providing extra shade.

Those who will visit the store can explore curated Apple products and accessories, receive personal technical support, or simply delight in the astonishing sight of Marina Bay.

Meanwhile, Apple Marina Bay Sands has The Forum, centered around a video wall. Its purpose is to serve as the stage for Today at Apple sessions featuring artists, musicians, and creators from Singapore.

On the other hand, Apple engineered its first underwater Boardroom, located on the lower level of the store. Entrepreneurs and developers interested in receiving training and advice can meet with Apple team members.

Store opening on September 10

The Apple Marina Bay Sands holds a 148-person team, collectively speaking over 23 languages. Together, they will open the store and welcome visitors for the first time on Thursday, September 10 at 10 AM SGT.

To ensure the health and well-being of everyone, the store will implement a rigorous health measure for both employees and visitors. This includes a mask requirement, temperature checks, and social distancing.

Moreover, visits to Apple Marina Bay Sands on Thursday will be by appointment via apple.com/sg/marinabaysands. Reservations are non-transferable and admit one person only. Apple Marina Bay Sands can only hold a limited capacity, so guests might wait before experiencing the store.

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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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