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Black Shark launches the Black Shark 3 series

Featuring actual shoulder buttons

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As March finally gets underway, the mobile gaming race is reaching its boiling point. For the past few weeks, various brands have challenged each other for AnTuTu scoring supremacy. Hype is, of course, only one ingredient of a smartphone launch. You need an actual smartphone, too. Finally, we’re seeing one gaming phone for real.

Today, Black Shark has launched the Black Shark 3 series: a pair of powerhouses consisting of the Black Shark 3 and the Black Shark 3 Pro.

As expected, the top-of-the-line series will feature the Snapdragon 865 chipset, complete with 5G connectivity and a new liquid cooling system. The duo will also come with 8GB to 12GB of RAM, a triple rear camera (64-megapixel main + 13-megapixel ultra-wide + 5-megapixel depth) combination. Both have also resurrected the 3.5 audio port.

As for differences, the regular Black Shark 3 offers a 128GB or 256GB option for internal storage. It packs in a 6.67-inch FHD+ screen and a 4720mAh battery.

Meanwhile, the Black Shark 3 Pro offers LPDDR5 memory for the 12GB of RAM option. It only offers one option for internal storage: 256GB. However, compared to its sibling, the premium smartphone packs in a gigantic 5000mAh battery, compatible for 65W fast charging. Supposedly, the battery charges from empty to full in just 38 minutes.

Also, the Black Shark 3 Pro comes with pop-up trigger buttons, like those you see in gaming controllers. The new feature hammers in the mobile gaming feel of the new series. According to Black Shark, the triggers can last at least 300,000 clicks without any breakages.

For now, the Black Shark 3 series will launch exclusively in China. The regular variant comes in Lightning Black, Armor Gray, or Star Silver. It will start at CNY 3,499 starting March 6. Meanwhile, the premium variant comes in Phantom Black or Armor Gray. It will start at CNY 4,699 starting March 17.

SEE ALSO: Black Shark 2 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

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Third-party case hints bigger and thicker iPhone 14 Pro Max cameras

The upgraded 48MP camera might actually be the real deal

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Last 2019, we were at a tech convention in Hong Kong. To our surprise, there was an AirPods Pro case being displayed even if the AirPods Pro was non-existent back then. Just weeks after the event, the AirPods Pro got officially revealed.

Early AirPods Pro case during Global Sources 2019 at AsiaWorld Expo in Hong Kong

Fast forward this 2022, as I was randomly scrolling through an online shopping app, I’ve noticed one thing: the China-based store is already selling phone cases for the iPhone 14 series. While I’m using an iPhone 13 Pro Max just recently, nothing stops my curiosity from buying a less than a dollar silicone case for the next-gen iPhone.

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We are just one month away from Apple revealing the next iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro series. Although CAD renders have already been leaked last March, I’m still curious enough to know what will be the changes — at least externally or through the case I bought.

 

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After five days, I finally received the case for the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro Max. The labels and the QR code even direct to an iPhone 14 Pro Max model.

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And just like what the leaks have suggested, the iPhone 14 Pro Max might really feature an even bigger camera cutout.

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The best demonstration would be fitting my iPhone 13 Pro Max inside the newly-bought silicone case. It fitted just right but not as snug as it should. Maybe this suggests that there will really be some reduction in bezels. But I digress.

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Not only that, the camera bump is obviously thicker. I tried comparing it to a similar silicone case for the 13 Pro Max and the protrusion on the case’s camera bump is not as evident as the one on the “iPhone 14 Pro Max” case.

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For the sides, there are barely any changes except for the placement of the power button which is a little bit lower than last year’s positioning.

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Volume buttons and the mute switch for the iPhone 14 Pro Max still look exactly like they are all in the same position as the older iPhone.

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While we should take this with a grain of salt, you should expect that you wouldn’t be able to use your iPhone 13 Pro Max cases if you’re planning to upgrade to an iPhone 14 Pro Max next month.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 14 + 15 Rumor Roundup

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Xiaomi introduces the MIX Fold 2 as the thinnest foldable yet

The first foldable with LEICA imaging system

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If motorola wants to rival Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip4 with the all-new moto razr 2022, Xiaomi steps it up even further with the MIX Fold 2 — just announced a day after the launch of its direct contender, the Galaxy Z Fold4.

The thinnest foldable (yet)

Measuring at just 5.4mm when unfolded and 11.2mm at its thickest point it, the Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 might just be the thinnest foldable yet. For context, the Galaxy Z Fold4 measures around 6.3mm when it’s open and 15.8mm when closed. The trick though is that the Xiaomi foldable is just one gram lighter than its Samsung counterpart.

That being said, it has a design that’s sleek and elegant to the touch. There’s the Gorilla Glass Victus glass protection in front. Meanwhile, the inside display has Schott’s UTG flexible glass.

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Xiaomi also has its own hinge design with a teadrop-like inward curvature that makes less display creases and no visible hinge gaps. Along with the use of carbon fiber instead of steel, display improvements, and custom hinge mechanism processes, Xiaomi is able to achieve a slimmer device unparalleled to other existing foldables in the market today.

Consistent audiovisual experience

The Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 pioneers its 8.02-inch 2K+ Eco² OLED LTPO 2.0 display. For those unaware, it’s a new type of OLED display that’s thinner and eliminates the use of polarizer — which results to an overall brighter screen.

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When folded shut, the MIX Fold 2 has a 6.56-inch Full HD+ AMOLED cover display with a proper 21:9 aspect ratio. That’s 0.4-inches bigger than last year’s 6.52-inch-touting Mi Mix Fold.

Again for stark comparison, the Galaxy Z Fold4 has smaller displays at 6.2 and a 7.6-inches respectively. This explains why they have the same weight despite the MIX Fold 2 being so thin.

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Both displays have 120Hz refresh rates, an 8,000,000:1 contrast ratio, plus support for HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and DCI-P3 wide color gamut. Lastly, it has dual stereo speakers tuned by harman/kardon with Dolby Atmos support as well as Hi-Res Audio and Hi-Res Audio Wireless Certification.

The ultimate powerhouse

Just like any 2022 flagship, the MIX Fold 2 is equipped with Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset coupled with a 12GB LPDDR5 memory plus options between 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage configurations. For faster internet speeds, it supports both 5G connectivity as well as the new Wi-Fi 6 standard.

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For better cooling and heat dissipation, Xiaomi has supplied the MIX Fold 2 a Vapor Cooling chamber based on boron nitride white graphene. This improves the phone’s thermal conductivity by 33%.

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It also has a slightly bigger battery than the Z Fold4 at 4500mAh — but a downgrade from Mi Mix Fold’s 5020mAh, though. Still, it supports fast 67W turbo charging with a full-charge taking just around 40 minutes. Xiaomi says the MIX Fold 2 can last for up to 1.15 days. Unfortunately, no wireless charging functionality was indicated.

LEICA superiority

The flagship foldable experience would not be complete without a great set of cameras. The Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 rocks a 50MP f/1.8 Sony IMX766 main image sensor with a 7P lens, sensor size of 1/1.56-inches, and pixel size of 2.0μm.

That’s the same sensor used in recent devices like the ASUS Zenfone 9, Nothing Phone (1), ROG Phone 6 series, and the OnePlus 10T.

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Other than that, it also rocks a 13MP f/2.4 ultra-wide angle lens with a 123-degree viewing angle. Lastly, an 8MP f/2.6 2x telephoto zoom lens. As some of you are wondering, it only has a single 20MP front camera at the cover display. The inner display still doesn’t have its own front camera.

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To make it a whole lot better, Xiaomi has also incorporated their new LEICA partnership with lens coatings as well as new software features that made its debut on the Xiaomi 12S Ultra a while back.

Pricing and Availability

The Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 is available in two colorways: Moon Shadow Black and Star Gold.

It’s currently on-sale in China with the following prices and configuration:

  • 12GB + 256GB = CNY 8999 (US$ 1333 / S$ 1834 / ₱74,180 )
  • 12GB + 512GB = CNY 9999 (US$ 1481 / S$ 2038 / ₱82,424 )
  • 12GB + 1TB = CNY 11,999 (US$ 1777 / S$ 2445 / ₱98,910 )

This shows that the MIX Fold 2 is a lot cheaper than the Galaxy Z Fold4 both in China (CNY 13,999 / 14,999 / 16,999) as well as outside the Mainland (US$ 1999 / S$ 2398 / ₱98,990).

And just like last year, it’s only currently available in China with no word about global availability.

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motorola finally unveils the all-new moto razr 2022

The world’s first 144Hz foldable smartphone

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Just a day after Samsung launched the Galaxy Z Flip4, motorola (or rather Lenovo) has already announced the new moto razr 2022 in China — which was supposed to be launched earlier last 2nd of August.

A cleaner, bolder look

For the past two iterations of the modern and foldable moto razr, they’ve stuck with the classic moto razr V3‘s aesthetic from almost two decades ago. In this year’s moto razr, that’s not the case anymore.

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Gone is that big chin from the moto razr and moto razr 5G. Instead, we’re getting a cleaner foldable just like any clamshell phone we’ve had for a while. motorola says this new look strikes balance in sophistication and elegance.

More durable hinge

With motorola’s precise and seamless craftsmanship, they’re able to create the third-generation of the moto razr.

Unlike other foldables with obvious hinge gaps, they started the “zero-gap hinge” design to make the screen flatter with less visible crease as possible. This year, they’re keeping the same technology with an improved inner arc radius of just 3.5mm plus six layers of protection.

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There are also 122 custom-built tiny parts to make the hinge more refined when opening and closing. The hinge is also made of 7000 Series aluminum and a customized super tough steel mesh for durability.

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For better feel and protection when folded, the front glass has Corning Gorilla Glass while the back cover is made up of AG Glass with a silky, velvet-like texture.

First 144Hz foldable

By removing that old chin, motorola has also ultimately bumped its inner display for maximized usability and screen real estate.

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The new screen is 6.7-inch Full HD+ pOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate — making it the first foldable to do so. It also has HDR10+ and 1 Billion color support, as well as DC dimming and Double SGS certification for low blue-light emission.

As you can also see, the old notch was gone from the past two generations. It was then replaced by a punch-hole cutout just like how Samsung did it with the Galaxy Z Flip line.

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To make the entertainment experience fuller, the moto razr 2022 features stereo speakers that support Dolby Atmos, RichTap technology for better haptic feedback, and a three-mic array with motorola’s noise cancellation algorithm.

Improved cover display

The cover display size of the moto razr 2022 still measures at 2.7-inches with a gOLED panel.

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With the new hinge design, the moto razr 2022 can be used when half-folded. There’s standing mode where you can use and multitask two apps at the same time. There’s also the ambience mode that can serve as a mini bedside clock. Lastly, there’s tripod mode for taking gesture selfies or a timelapse.

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Other than new watch faces and additional app support, you can even use both displays simultaneously when shooting stills and footages. That’s a nice touch if you want your companion to see what you’re recording (or maybe get accidentally exposed if one is being silently recorded).

Small in size, but not in performance

Another big improvement in the newest moto razr is none other than the use of a flagship-grade processor, the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1. For the record, the two moto razr predecessors were launched with midrange-grade Snapdragon chipsets.

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The moto razr 2022 is being offered in three configurations: an 8GB + either a 128GB or 256GB configuration or a lone 12GB + 512GB model. Battery is 200mAh shorter than its Samsung counterpart with a 3500mAh battery capacity. The moto razr 2022 also supports 33W fast charging out of the box.

Two is better than one

To make way for two cameras, Motorola (or Lenovo) has decided to push the camera modules at the far left part instead of the usual center positioning.

This gives us a 50MP f/1.88 wide (main) camera equipped with omnidirectional PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus) and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) for those sharp and jerk-free video recordings. It also has a sensor size of 1/2.55-inches and a pixel size of 2.0μm.

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The other one is a 13MP ultra-wide camera with a 121-degree Field of View (FoV) and aperture of f/2.2. Also, the punch-hole cutout inside houses a 32MP f/2.45 selfie camera with a pixel size of 1.4μm.

Pricing and Availability

Starting this August 11, the moto razr 2022 is currently available for pre-orders in China with a base price of CNY 5,999. 256GB and 512GB options are priced CNY 6,499 and CNY 7,299 respectively.

This makes it the more affordable foldable than the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 being sold at CNY 8,499 in China for a base 256GB variant.

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The official global prices of the same configuration is more expensive at US$ 1099.98 / S$ 1,498 / ₱62,990 (vs moto razr 2022’s US$ 962 / S$ 1324 / ₱53,572). But with taxes and shipping, Chinese smartphones will still come at a price if you buy them directly from the Mainland.

Pricing and availability in other regions have yet to follow. For now, we have to wait if motorola (or Lenovo) will launch the moto razr 2022 outside China.

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