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A cheaper Google Pixel could be in the works

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One of the biggest knocks against the Google Pixel and PIxel XL were their high, iPhone-level prices and lack of waterproofing. Both of those faults may change in the next generation of Pixel phones.

With the launch of the Pixel only four months behind us, it’s far too early to confirm any rumors about Google’s next batch of handsets. But if 9to5Google’s sources are anything to go by, we already some good news to share.

SEE ALSO: Google’s Pixel strategy is doing exceedingly well, at a cost

For one, Google is reportedly working on a Pixel 2B, which could be referring to a lower-priced phone equipped with weaker hardware. The source claims it will be much cheaper than the upcoming flagship Pixel 2 (and maybe Pixel 2XL?) and “aimed at different markets.”

Android One, which has been missing in action lately, instantly springs to mind. It was considered to be the more affordable alternative to Google’s now-discontinued Nexus series, and was targeted at price-conscious markets that wanted a pure Android option. The Pixel 2B might continue that legacy and make Google-manufactured phones more accessible.

SEE ALSO: Forget about Pixel and Nexus, where’s Android One?

Going back to the Pixel 2, Google’s priorities for its upcoming flagship phone include even better low-light photography and the addition of legitimate water and dust resistance. Those should actually be expected, since the former is what the current Pixel prides itself in most and the latter is what’s most in need. The only setback is that it might exceed the original Pixel’s $650 price tag.

Every other detail is sketchy at the moment, especially the information about which chipset Google will employ on its next Pixel phones. Qualcomm, Intel, and MediaTek have all been tapped to help power the phones, but nothing is certain this early in the development stage.

SEE ALSO: Google Pixel got the ‘little brother, big brother’ tandem right

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Source: 9to5Google

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Mi 10T series now official with 144Hz display, Snapdragon 865

Taking on OnePlus

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Xiaomi is serious about pushing its premium offering and has doubled its efforts this year. The brand has announced the Mi 10T series, which includes the Mi 10T Pro, Mi 10T, and Mi 10T Lite.

Xiaomi is also leveraging its position in developing markets like India and aggressively pushing its top-end offering. Previously, Xiaomi tried its luck via the niche MIX series, but couldn’t make a considerable dent in a market led by Samsung and Apple.

Mi 10T Pro

Starting with the Mi 10T Pro, it has a 6.7-inch Full HD+ display with a 144Hz refresh rate. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 865 processor with 5G connectivity and 8GB RAM. The phone is wrapped in Gorilla Glass 5, has splash resistance, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

On the rear is a triple camera setup consisting of a 108-megapixel primary sensor, a 13-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel macro lens. For selfies, a 20-megapixel front camera is located in a punch-hole cut-out. The 108-megapixel sensor is known for long exposure pictures, time burst, as well as dual-mode.

Backing these internals is a 5000mAh battery with 33W fast charging. It ships with MIUI out-of-the-box. It’ll be available in Cosmic Black, Lunar Silver, and Aurora Blue color options.

Mi 10T

On the other hand, the Mi 10T gets the same display and processor as the Mi 10T Pro. However, it has a 6GB RAM option. On the rear is a triple camera setup that includes a 64-megapixel primary sensor, a 13-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel macro lens. On the front is the same 20-megapixel selfie camera.

The design is also similar and houses a 5000mAh battery. Clearly, the Mi 10T is an ideal phone according to the specifications and users have the option to go for the Mi 10T Pro if they’re looking for a better and more powerful camera. It’ll be available in Cosmic Black and Lunar Silver color options.

Mi 10T Lite

Lastly, the Mi 10T Lite gets a 6.7-inch Full HD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 750G processor, coupled along with 6GB RAM.

It gets a quad-camera setup that includes a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Lastly, the phone is powered by a slightly smaller 4820mAh battery with 33W fast charging. It’ll be available in Atlantic Blue, Pearl Gray, Rose Gold Beach color options.

If it looks familiar, that’s because it’s like just the POCO X3 NFC rebranded.

Pricing and availability

Mi 10T Pro

  • 8GB+128GB — EUR 599
  • 8GB+256GB — EUR 649

Mi 10T

  • 6GB+128GB — EUR 499
  • 8GB+128GB — EUR 549

Mi 10T Lite

  • 6GB+64GB — EUR 279
  • 6GB+128GB — EUR 329

SEE ALSO: Mi Watch launches | Xiaomi launches Mi Smart Speaker, Mi Band 5, soap dispenser

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Here’s a better look at Scarlet Nexus

The new story trailer dropped at Tokyo Game Show 2020

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In case you haven’t been paying attention, Bandai Namco will release this bad-ass looking Action RPG for the next-gen consoles (also coming to current-gen). Scarlet Nexus dropped a story trailer at Tokyo Game Show 2020 and it only confirms what we already know — this game is a visual spectacle.

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The premise of the game is much, much clearer now. New on this trailer is the reveal of Kasane. Kasane is an orphan who lost her parents in a raid from the Others when she was a child.

Adopted by the powerful Randall Family, she became one of the most promising elements of the OSF after being scouted at 12 years old. Now an elite soldier with superb fighting skills, Kasane masters the power of psychokinesis in combination with her sharpened throwing knives.

Kasane joins Yuito Sumeragi as a playable character with her own skills and story.

We still don’t know exactly when the game will drop. We do know it will come to the Xbox Series X and S, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, XBox One, and Steam/PC.

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: New story trailer, new podcast series

Ubisoft is making sure you’re hyped about their upcoming game

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Ubisoft hasn’t been remiss in hyping up its upcoming AAA game — Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. As a lead-up to the game’s release on November 10, the company has released Eivor’s (main character) story trailer and a podcast to keep us hooked.

The story trailer offers players a new glimpse of Eivor, a fierce Viking raider torn between their duty to their brother Sigurd and a personal quest for glory. Driven from Norway by endless wars and dwindling resources, Eivor’s clan must secure a future among the kingdoms of England.

During their journey, Eivor will come across the Hidden Ones, and face powerful figures including Saxon kings and the warmongering sons of Ragnar Lothbrok, as well as a mysterious, growing threat that could determine England’s destiny”.

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Echoes of Valhalla

As mentioned earlier, there’s also a new podcast that you can sink your ears into. It’s a podcast documentary called Echoes of Valhalla, that unveils the historical background of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. 

You can listen to the podcast on Spotify.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will take you back to the era of the Vikings, battling through the harsh Dark Ages of England. You play as Evior, a powerful Viking warrior and leader tasked with keeping his entire clan alive as they brave through broken kingdoms.

The game will launch on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Store on PC. It will launch on the PlayStation 5 when the console launches.

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