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Less than a year after the launch of the ZenFone 4 series, we already have a successor to ASUS’ popular ZenFone lineup.

As the base model ZenFone 5 starts rolling out across the globe, we take a closer look at what you can expect out of the box. This unboxing, however, is a little bit out of the ordinary as ASUS sent us a special box.

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Apple iPhone XR Unboxing and Hands-on

Did Apple skimp on this one?

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You’re probably not expecting this video to drop until Friday, but here it is! We have the iPhone XR early.

In this video, we find out if there are accessories Apple left out to make this phone more affordable, and if its display and camera are subpar compared to its more expensive brothers.

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Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 675 chip is based on 11nm process

A gaming-based chipset

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Qualcomm introduced a new member of its Snapdragon family. After having the Snapdragon 670 chipset, there’s now the Snapdragon 675. The improvement is little because the predecessor is still fresh, but the new one comes with better CPU cores and slightly updated features.

The Snapdragon 675 is a midrange chipset with eight cores: two performance-focused cores clocked at 2.0 GHz and six efficient cores running at 1.78 GHz.

The most prominent update for the Snapdragon 675 is its two Kyro 460 cores. They’re built around ARM’s Cortex-A76 cores, which are originally designed for flagship devices. Actually, the first major chipset to feature this is Huawei’s Kirin 980.

Apart from the new cores, the Snapdragon 675 remains pretty similar to its predecessor with the Spectra 250 ISP and an Adreno 612 GPU. But, that doesn’t mean there are no further improvements.

The chipset’s Adreno 612 GPU comes with gaming optimizations for Unity, Unreal, Messiah, and NeoX. It also supports popular tools and APIs such as Vulkan, OpenGL 3.2, OpenCL, and Snapdragon profiler. Basically, it’s got enhancement similar to GPU Turbo.

Of course, the camera capabilities have been updated as well to support triple cameras up to 16 megapixels, or 25 megapixels if there’s only one sensor. It has a new multi-core AI Engine which promises an improvement of up to 50 percent.

Quick Charge 4+ is also available on the Snapdragon 675 if the phone manufacturer decides to implement the latest fast charging technology from Qualcomm.

The chipset is manufactured on Samsung’s new 11LPP manufacturing node, which is a mix of 14nm and 10nm nodes as a cost-effective solution.

The Snapdragon 675 is expected to be available in consumer devices by early 2019.

Source: Qualcomm
Via: AnandTech

SEE ALSO: Wi-Fi 6 is coming and older generations get simpler version numbers

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Nokia 6.1 Plus hands-on: A compelling midranger

The benefits of Android One

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HMD Global continues trying to lift the Nokia phone brand to where it was before. While they’re still far from being on top again, the current Nokia phones are quite compelling. The latest we have is the Nokia 6.1 Plus, which is practically the Nokia X6 we first heard of in China.

This is Nokia’s first notched phone. While that doesn’t necessarily make it any better, this is a stepping stone for Nokia as they embrace the popular design choice for modern bezel-less devices.

Is the Nokia 6.1 Plus any good? Here’s what I have to say.

It’s got a 5.8-inch Full HD+ display

With a tall 19:9 aspect ratio

The notch houses the front camera, earpiece, and sensors

Thankfully, the notch is pretty small

The chin gives the phones a bit of a balance

It also shows the Nokia logo

There’s a hybrid card tray on the left…

You have to choose between a second SIM or microSD card

… while on the right are the physical buttons

One for power and another for the volume

On top are the audio port and noise-canceling microphone

There are also some antenna lines all around

It’s rocking a USB-C port! 👌

Beside it is the loudspeaker and main microphone

The back is a slab of smooth glass

Like the Nokia 7 Plus but with a different material

The fingerprint reader sits below the camera module

Easily for the index finger

Android One assures you with the latest updates

Quite a lot of other printed words, as well

It owns a common design

Design-wise, there’s not much to talk about. The look and feel of the Nokia 6.1 Plus are not that different from its competitors. It’s got the same aesthetic of the ASUS ZenFone 5 with an aluminum frame sandwiched by curved glass. Nokia claims to use Gorilla Glass 3 to make theirs stronger and scratch-resistant.

The display of the phone measures 5.8 inches, so it’s more pocketable than most smartphones today. It also has a tall aspect ratio of 19:9 which makes it easier to hold in one hand. The Full HD+ resolution is sharp at this size and there’s nothing to complain about the overall quality of the phone’s display.

The notch might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but to be fair to Nokia, this is their first attempt. There are other Nokia phones without a notch that consumers can buy if they dislike it. The cutout is not as obtrusive as the iPhone’s, but there are no complicated sensors for facial recognition. Good thing the rear fingerprint reader is accurate and fast.

Overall, the Nokia 6.1 Plus stays true to the notion of Nokia’s build quality. The design is nowhere near iconic, but you’re not paying much for the phone either.

Performance is smooth as butter

The smooth operation of Android that we come to expect from Nokia phones is also present on the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The handset is powered by a Snapdragon 636 processor paired with 4GB of memory and 64GB of expandable storage. It’s a pretty standard midrange setup that’s able to perform smoothly even with a number of apps running in the background.

I didn’t encounter any hiccups or notice any lag during my time with the phone, but I can say that it loads apps slightly slower than on flagship phones. Of course, there’s no bloatware that hogs resources since the phone is under the Android One program, and it’ll have consistent updates for up to three years.

I wouldn’t say that the Nokia 6.1 Plus is ideal for gaming, but it can handle popular titles. The Adreno 509 GPU that comes with the chipset is more than capable of rendering medium to high-quality graphics depending on the game’s demand. My staple Asphalt 9: Legends racing game runs fine, but it’s definitely not the smoothest I’ve seen.

The camera is more than okay

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is equipped with dual rear shooters and a single wide-angle selfie camera. The main sensor at the back is 16 megapixels accompanied by a 5-megapixel depth sensor. There’s also a dual-tone LED flash to help in taking photos in the dark. For selfies, it’s got a 16-megapixel sensor.

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Even without Zeiss branding on its cameras, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is able to take decent photos using both the front and rear cameras. They’re not the most appealing stills, but they’ll do good for social media. You can apply bokeh effects with the rear cameras, but it’s a bit cumbersome to use.

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If you want to stick to Nokia, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is a convincing choice among its midrange lineup. It’s not as impressive as the Nokia 7 Plus we loved before, but it’s cheaper and smaller. For PhP 15,990 (US$ 300) in the Philippines and MYR 1,149 in Malaysia (US$ 280), it’s a pretty good deal. It’s an even better deal in India for just INR 15,999 or roughly US$ 215.

The phone offers pure Android software with timely updates, a sturdy build, and good performance. It’s an all-around device, but don’t expect it to be an ideal phone for everyone.

SEE ALSO: Nokia 3.1 review: Back to Android One’s beginnings

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