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Dell launches first AMD laptop in over 10 years

Two laptops. Both with RTX 30.

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It was only a matter of time. AMD has been making plenty of headway in powering gaming laptops. Not to be outdone by other manufacturers, Dell launches two AMD-powered laptops — the Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition R5 and the Dell G15 Ryzen Edition.

Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition R5

The Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition R5 combines visuals, performance and sleek design. It has one of the fastest displays on a 15-inch notebook with up to QHD 240Hz or FHD 360Hz panels.

It comes in up to AMD Ryzen 5000 H-Series Mobile Processors and NVIDIA® GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptop GPUs. It also has a user-upgradeable 3200Mhz DDR4 memory for the first time on an Alienware 15-inch notebook. And, it’s the first Alienware notebook finished with the new Silky-Smooth High Endurance paint formula engineered for increased stain-resistance and premium surface feel.

The Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition R5 also has a feature called Dark Core which darkens the interior shade of the laptop to minimize distractions.

Dell G15 Ryzen Edition

This may not have the Alienware branding but the gaming experience will still feel nearly out of this world. The Dell G15 Ryzen Edition comes in up to AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptop GPUs and user-upgradeable 3200Mhz DDR4 memory. That’s plenty of power under the hood.

Need more power? It has “Game Shift” which is a functional key unique to G Series which instantly cranks up cooling performance for intense gaming sessions. It also comes with an Alienware-inspired thermal design to maximise airflow for optimal cooling and heat dissipation.

It also has a new sleeker look with its two-sided, narrow-bezel screen and uses low VOC waterborne paint. It’s available in 120Hz or 165Hz panels, with a 360Hz display coming later this spring; all featuring low-blue-light display hardware.

In addition to the Dell G15 Ryzen Edition, a new Dell G15 with 10th Gen Intel Core processors will also become available in Singapore.

New Dell Gaming monitors

Launching alongside the two new gaming laptops are Dell’s gaming monitors. Here’s what you’re getting:

Dell 25 Gaming Monitor (S2522HG) — Has 240Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. Ideal for aspiring competitive gamers where every frame counts. Its Fast IPS technology provides consistency and clarity at all angles. It also features both NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible certification and AMD FreeSync Premium technology for smooth, stutter-free visuals.

Dell 27 and 32 Curved Gaming Monitors (S2722DGM and S3222DGM) — QHD resolution with 165Hz refresh rate and 2ms response time. Supports AMD FreeSync Premium or Premium Pro.

Dell 34 Curved Gaming Monitor (S3422DWG) — Also supports AMD FreeSync Premium or Premium Pro. Shows life-like visuals on its expansive curved WQHD 34-inch display with support for VESA DisplayHDR 400 and 90% DCI-P3 colour coverage. Has a 144Hz refresh rate.

Pricing and availability

All products will be available for purchase online at dell.com.sg and at Dell exclusive stores in Funan Mall, NEX and Plaza Singapura. Pricing details have yet to be announced. Availability are as follows:

  • Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition R5 — early May 2021
  • Dell G15 Ryzen Edition — early May 2021
  • Dell G15 with 10th Gen Intel Core processors — mid-April 2021
  • Dell 25 Gaming Monitor (S2522HG) — end-June 2021
  • Dell 27 Curved Gaming Monitors (S2722DGM) — end-June 2021
  • Dell 32 Curved Gaming Monitors (S3222DGM — end-June 2021
  • Dell 34 Curved Gaming Monitor (S3422DWG) — end-June 2021

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PlayStation VR 2 could be 4K with gaze-tracking tech

Hope they have enough stocks…

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Excited for the PlayStation VR 2? A fresh leak regarding foveated virtual reality headset points to the next-gen accessory being a compelling head-mounted display — and far more impressive than the predecessor. Sony has been teasing the launch for quite some time and even left many breadcrumbs for enthusiasts.

However, the report today isn’t official. According to Upload VR, Sony recently shared more details of the next-gen PlayStation VR with the company’s partners. Topping the list of details is a 4,000 x 2,040-pixel resolution, which gives it a stunning total of 8.16 million pixels.

In terms of rendering, it will work smarter by utilizing foveated rendering. That means that anything in the users’ peripheral vision that isn’t being looked at directly will be rendered in lower quality. The new technology will help save computing resources, delivering a better experience.

A single USB-C connection to the front of the PS5 is expected to power the unit. Another welcome touch is inside-out tracking. Now that Sony is ditching the PS Move controllers, the headset’s onboard cameras will be used to track the position of the new orb-shaped controllers instead.

The accessory seems like a perfect companion for the PlayStation 5 and is well equipped to compete. Although, the supply of PlayStation 5 has been severely hit, and the Japanese giant is expecting delays to go well into 2022. The company hasn’t even given us a release date yet — we know only that we won’t be seeing it by the end of 2021.

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Ubisoft will focus on delivering a more free-to-play experience

A business decision to boost their popular franchises

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Have you ever wanted to play Assassin’s Creed for free if you’re new to it? Or, any popular franchise from Ubisoft for that matter? Well, they’ve been talking about it and their latest “announcement” will shed some light on it.

In a recent earnings call, Ubisoft CFO Frederick Duguet noted a couple of things about their beloved “triple-A/AAA” franchises. He mentioned that their strategy of releasing three to four premium titles each year isn’t a proper indicator of company value. Furthermore, he even said that the company earns more from in-game purchases on free-to-play titles.

Moving forward, he said that Ubisoft will focus on widening the audience for their existing titles by “making them free at the entry level.” In essence, the company could possibly offer newer games within those franchises as “free-to-play.” However, it doesn’t mean that they won’t produce single-purchase premium titles.

It’s a good thing to note that they’ve already done this for their latest Tom Clancy’s The Division title, Heartland. Who knows, maybe the next Assassin’s Creed or Watch Dogs title could follow suit.

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The realme 8 dares to be more

You’re in for a treat

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realme has been bringing in the big guns with their smartphone releases. But, it doesn’t come unwarranted when they’ve been stacking good specs instead of just gaming features. They get it: you want to do more than just play games with their phone line-up. Which is why, they released the realme 8 series.

The realme 8 is pretty much the little bro of the realme 8 Pro. It’s got most of the bells and whistles without the big bro powers. So, how does the realme still stack up to be the best all-around smartphone out there for you?

realme 8

Stunning looks that might fool you

The realme 8 has a 6.5-inch AMOLED display with 180Hz Touch Sampling rate. If touch sampling rate isn’t a metric you’re familiar with, it’s your display’s responsiveness to touch. Refresh rate is a whole different metric; it measures how well your display renders frames per second. Both are tangent features of the display. So, they’re different but, equally as important for gaming on your phone.

If you like strutting in style with your phone, the realme 8 teeters into keeping it flashy yet low-key. The phone features a reflective panel with “DARE TO LEAP” across its logo corner. Plus, realme sticks to classy colors with either Cyber Silver or Cyber Black available for the realme 8.

realme 8

The feelsgoodman specs

Let’s cut to the chase. The realme 8 is a great phone. The phone is decked out with an MTK Helio G95 octa-core processor, which pretty much grants the phone its unapologetic great performance. Whether I was browsing social media, binge-watching videos, or playing games, this phone didn’t stutter once.

realme 8

The phone delivers on buttery-smooth graphics. And, games like League of Legends: Wild Rift, Mobile Legend: Bang Bang, PUBG Mobile, and Sky run smoothly on the realme 8. But, are we really meant to be surprised by that? With the phone’s 8G RAM and 128G internal storage, lags just don’t exist in the same sentence. On top of all that, it manages to stay lightweight. The realme 8 weighs only 177g which is pretty impressive with all the features it packs.

realme 8

Battery can take a beating

Yes, it’s almost criminal. The realme 8 comes with a 30W Dart Charge brick. Which ideally charges the phone up to 50 percent within a matter of 26 minutes. I know what you’re thinking. This sounds too good to be true. Well, unlike the stacked disappointments of the past year, the realme 8 pulls through. It went from zero to 20 percent within 10 minutes which is pretty quick.

realme 8

With a 5,000mAh battery inside, the realme 8 can survive well over a day. It came in handy when I’d accidentally left it out uncharged overnight and still used it the next day. But, I’m guessing it would have been a whole different story had I thrown it into ungodly playing and binge-watching hours.

After a full day of gameplay, binge-watching, podcasts, music, and social media shenanigans, the phone gets close to 15 percent at the end of the day. This is impressive with most phones tossed my way with charging alerts by the tail end of my day.

So, if you’re like me, this phone is pretty reliable. It can take a beating and then some. And, when it does need charging, it won’t take long before you get enough juice in to use it again. It’s good to note that it also supports 15W PD charge, lending versatility on its side.

realme 8

Not just a gaming phone

The realme 8 is decked out with all the features you want from a gaming phone but rounds it all out with amazing smartphone features. So, calling this a gaming phone doesn’t feel fair considering it does well even outside the gaming-perfect specs.

One feature that often gets left out with your typical gaming-centric phone, would be the camera. As for this phone, it’s got an AI Quad camera setup. It’s got a 64MP wide-angle lens, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP macro lens, and a second 2MP depth sensor. On the front, the realme 8 has a 16MP shooter with panorama capabilities.

Panorama on the realme 8

Low lighting is just the bane of every mobile phone photography’s existence. If lighting isn’t on your side, most phones will struggle. The realme 8 is sadly not an exception. But, when the sun’s on your side, the photos are pretty good.

The macro looks decent. Just make sure you flood the room with good lighting!

 

The night mode is good too! Stable hands for this mode is key.

The bokeh mode and wide shots on the phone are detailed. Recording videos doesn’t skimp on the 4k experience which is good too. Overall, the phone delivers on all fronts including its camera features. But if you’re looking for big bro camera stats, you should check out the realme 8 Pro.

realme 8

Is this your GadgetMatch?

The realme 8 ticks all the boxes of a quality smartphone. Its got great performance across the board takes really great pictures, has a smooth and responsive display, and lasts for quite some time. And, even if you run out of battery life, its Dart Charge won’t have you away for long.

Overall, this smartphone offers a daring deal. It gives you everything you need and want–and then some more. And, with its PhP 13,990 price tag, it’s the smartphone to beat. Better yet, you can avail of the PhP 1,000 worth of discount on the realme 8 during the flash sale on Lazada starting May 12!

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