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ASUS is working on a ZenFone Mini

Small is the way to go

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For years, smartphones have grown larger and larger. Our pants pockets can’t even keep up. Perhaps fed up with the unbridled growth, some smartphone makers are deciding to turn it down a notch, releasing or planning smaller smartphones for the future. For example, Apple has recently launched two phones of a smaller form factor: the iPhone SE (2020) and the iPhone 12 mini. Also as a way to refurbish its smartphone business, ASUS is working on a ZenFone Mini, following the small smartphone trend.

According to DigiTimes, the company is working on the smaller form factor for a release this year, potentially going after the iPhone 12 mini’s market share. Last year, ASUS reportedly shipped less smartphone shipments than expected. Naturally, it’s figuring out a way to bounce back from the dip.

Unfortunately, the report did not spoil or hint at any of the potential phone’s specs. Regardless, creating a smaller ZenFone Mini is a good way to expand the company’s lineup. Currently, ASUS still has a flourishing flagship lineup. Most recently, the company passed an upcoming ROG Phone 5 through China’s certification agencies.

Speaking of the ROG Phone 5, the same report hints that the gaming phone will come between March and April. It will come with a bigger price tag compared to the previous ROG Phone 3.

SEE ALSO: ROG Phone 3, ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition price in the Philippines

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Apple launches new PRODUCT(RED) iPhone 13 models

And Apple Watch Series 7

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Besides the iconic black variant, the red variant is one of the most popular color options for an iPhone. The now-ubiquitous (PRODUCT)RED version is more than just a sleek option, though. Apple’s partnership with (RED) has always been about raising awareness for HIV and AIDS. Now, 15 years later, Apple wants to continue the fight further with new PRODUCT(RED) products.

This holiday season, Apple is launching red variants of the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 mini. Outside of the iPhone lineup, the company is also introducing a PRODUCT(RED) variant of the Apple Watch Series 7. The wearable will also get six new watch faces with the PRODUCT(RED) theme. It also gets a few red strap options for more customization: Braided Solo Loop, Sport Band, and Sport Loop straps.

From now until the end of the year, Apple is donating a portion of the proceeds from the variants to the Global Fund’s COVID-19 Response. According to the initiative, combating COVID-19 will help the Global Fund redirect its efforts to fight AIDS.

Also, from December 6 to the end of the year, Apple is donating US$ 1 to the Global Fund for every purchase made with Apple Pay through Apple.com, the Apple Store app, and actual Apple Stores.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 13 mini Review: STILL My Favorite!

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Uncovering Secrets of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3!

What makes their displays so special aside from being folded?

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What makes both the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 special aside from their folding displays? If we’ll take a closer look at their displays on a more “cellular” level, we’ll be able to fully appreciate the display technology beneath them.

Say hello to Samsung’s Eco2 OLED™ (yes, Eco-squared), their newest display tech with a unique Diamond Pixel structure. Using a device called ‘Loupe’, we can tell you why the new display is different among other devices!

Find out more about Samsung’s new OLED display by clicking this link right here.

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Qualcomm officially launches Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Coming first late 2021

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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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