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ASUS ZenFone 3 now has a launch date

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ZenFone fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief because the ASUS ZenFone 3 now has a debut date set a few weeks from today.

According to the company’s countdown page, ASUS has scheduled the Zenvolution event on May 30 at Computex in Taiwan (yes, in its home turf), though for those who are not covering the announcement, it can be viewed live online at 2:00 p.m. Central time.

Another thing worth noting is the Intel branding on the countdown site, which suggests the event, as usual, will feature a slew of products powered by the chip maker. What remains to be seen, however, is whether the ZenFone 3 will be one of those items that benefits from Intel’s mobile efforts.

But in light of Intel’s recent exit from the mobile industry, we wouldn’t bet on seeing an Atom-based ZenFone 3 at Computex 2016. At this point, Qualcomm chipsets are more likely to be found inside the signature phone.

Previous reports reveal the ZenFone 3’s specs rundown to consist of up to an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor with 3GB of RAM and up to a 5.9-inch full-resolution screen.

ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe leak

Interestingly, reports of a ZenFone 3 variant running Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 820 chip are less prevalent, giving rise to speculation that ASUS will be focusing more heavily on the mid-market this year.

A page on the Red Dot website, which has since been deleted, described the ZenFone 3 as having “2.5D glass on both front and back sides” and “a curved aluminum frame,” indicating the next-gen smartphone would have a more upscale appearance than previous designs.

A USB-Type C port and a battery that supports fast charging, plus a fingerprint scanner and front-facing flash, are reportedly included in the mix as well.

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OnePlus 9 series could arrive sooner than expected

Two Nord phones are also coming soon

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The OnePlus 8T series was recently announced and we’re already hearing about its successor. Popularly dubbed as the OnePlus 9 series, it could launch within the next six months. While this is its regular product cycle, the next launch could be sooner than we expect.

According to Android Central, the company hasn’t decided on a launch date yet but it should be around mid-March. Two years ago, OnePlus used to launch in May, which was then shifted to April. Now, we could see another early launch.

There’s no word on the phone’s internals yet, but we can safely assume it’ll have Qualcomm’s next flagship processor. Called the Snapdragon 875, it’s expected to launch in December and shall be found in next year’s flagships.

The OnePlus 9 isn’t the only phone that’s coming early though. Samsung usually launches its S-series flagship in February, but this could change soon with a launch in January.

OnePlus is also expected to launch two new phones under the Nord branding. Rumor mills suggest they’re named the Nord N10 5G and N100.

It’s also worth noting that Xiaomi has cornered OnePlus in the Indian market. The Mi 10T series has very aggressive pricing, directly under-cutting OnePlus’s lastest offering.

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Acer launches 3 new TravelMate laptops for enterprise use

Comes with military-grade design

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Alongside a host of upgrades to its existing lineup, Acer announced three new laptops in the TravelMate series. TravelMate laptops are not available for retail purchase and can only be purchased by businesses or enterprises via the commercial channel.

Hence, these laptops are designed to keep purely work in mind and are supposed to be power houses. This includes TravelMate Spin P4, a convertible touchscreen notebook; TravelMate P4, a powerful machine with a traditional build; and TravelMate P2, a durable notebook with tonnes of ports.

The laptops are powered by 11th Gen Intel processor and Iris X graphics or NVIDIA GeForce MX350 dedicated GPU. They can sport up to 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, and longer battery life. Acer claims the Spin P4 and P4 can last up to 15 hours on a single charge while the P2 clocks in 13. The former duo takes just an hour to charge the battery by 80 percent.

Being the fancier laptop, the Spin P4 gets Gorilla Glass protection and 360 hinge convertible design. The Spin P4 also gets MIL-STD-810G certification, which means it can endure rugged usage. The keyboard is spill proof and the corners are shock absorbent.

The Spin P4 and P4 are light weight and weigh around 1.5kg. The P2 is slightly heavy at 1.6kg. All three laptops support WiFi 6 and 4G LTE compatibility via an eSIM. On the port section, a Thunderbolt 4 port is included along with the standard selection of USB-C, USB 3.0, and more.

Lastly, the laptops are secured by the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 with an anti-tampering chip. Additionally, it has support for Windows Hello, built-in webcam covers, and a fingerprint reader for authentication.

Pricing and Availability

The TravelMate P2 (TMP214-53) will be available in North America in March 2021 starting at US$ 799.99; in EMEA in November starting at 759 EUR ; and in China in October, starting at CNY 4,999.

The TravelMate P4 (TMP414-51) will be available in North America in December starting at US$ 899.99; in EMEA in November starting at 899 EUR ; and in China in October, starting at CNY 5,999.

The TravelMate Spin P4 (TMP414RN-51) will be available in North America in December starting at USD 999.99; in EMEA in November starting at 999 EUR ; and in China in October, starting at CNY 6,999.

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Ubisoft lays down post-launch plans for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Comes with a Season Pass with two major expansions and an exclusive quest

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla

While the game hasn’t been released yet, Ubisoft already has big plans for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla post launch. Set to release on November 10, Valhalla takes you back to England’s Dark Ages as Eivor. The game offers exciting new features as you forge alliances to establish your Viking kingdom.

Now, Ubisoft bares its plans for all of its Assassin’s Creed players a month into picking up Valhalla. This new string of exciting content includes a Season Pass and frequent seasonal content. Through this Season Pass, players will discover new territories and stories surrounding the lore of Valhalla.

The Season Pass comes with two major expansions, the Wrath of the Druids and The Siege of Paris. In The Wrath of the Druids, players unravel the mysteries of ancient Ireland. Most of the worlds here consist of haunted forests and Gaelic kingdoms.

In The Siege of Paris, players relive the most ambitious battle in Viking history. You will take part in a prolonged siege of Frankia through Paris and the River Seine. In the end, what awaits players are secrets to unfold and alliances to forge.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will launch on November 10 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. It will also be available for the PlayStation 5 when the console comes out on November 12.

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