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Future iPhones may have glove-friendly touchscreens

A much-needed feature!

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iPhones revolutionized how we interacted with a touchscreen phone and eliminated the need for a stylus. Now, Apple could be looking at another potential opportunity that’ll make using a phone far easier. Future iPhones may soon come with glove-friendly displays.

A newly filed patent, first spotted by AppleInsider, suggests Apple is working on glove touch detection technology. A stylus or your finger is considered to be a conductive surface as electrons can freely pass through. These electrons are detected on the surface of the screen, and a touch action is performed.

A glove adds a non-conductive layer between your finger and the screen, breaking the basic circuit. The new technology enhances touch detection by relying on special datasets that set new parameters. If the touchscreen registers a tap that corresponds with defined values for a covered finger, then it will switch into a “glove mode” automatically.

“The predetermined criteria are satisfied in response to detecting a slope of a signal density that corresponds to a gloved finger touching the panel and lifting off from the panel,” says Apple, “without re-approaching the panel within a predetermined period of time.”

When you’re not wearing a glove, the phone can understand that it’s being used on “bare finger mode” and adjusts touch sensitivity accordingly. The feature will be exceedingly helpful for users in temperate or tundra regions, where sub-zero weather is normal.

You can already buy gloves with conductive patches or fabric, but it still feels artificial and finicky. The patent could eliminate this and, in turn, offer smarter display panels that are resilient to extreme weather and usage conditions.

Although, it’s impossible to say when the feature will be available to everyone. Companies file thousands of patents every year, and not all of the promising technology actually makes it to the assembly line. It’s also unlikely that we’ll see the new feature with the iPhone 13 because it’s expected to launch in September, and no company can go from a patent to commercial production in such a short span of time.

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Redmi Note 10 Pro and Mi Band 6 are now in the Philippines

Discounts are up for grabs on select Xiaomi devices too!

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Xiaomi’s annual Mi fan Festival is kicking into high gear with the launch of two new devices in the Philippines. Alongside the launch, customers can also avail of exclusive deals and tickets to a digital concert happening this May.

Two of the new devices coming to the Philippines soon include the Redmi Note 10 Pro and Mi Band 6. The Redmi Note 10 Pro launched just March — its primary highlight being the 108MP wide-angle camera. The newly-launched wearable Mi Band 6, which has a bigger display than its predecessors, is also seeing an early release in the country.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro is available in two variants: an 8GB/128GB variant for PhP 13,590 and a 6GB/128GB variant for PhP 12,590. Meanwhile, the Mi Band 6 now retails for PhP 1,990.

Discounts on the Mi Fan Festival

Along with the launch of two new devices, Xiaomi is also discounting a few of its smartphones as part of the annual Mi Fan Festival which runs from April 6 to May 9. These include the following:

  • Redmi Note 9 Pro (4GB/64GB) — PhP 10,990 (SRP: PhP 11,990)
  • Redmi Note 9S (4GB/64GB) — PhP 9,490 (SRP: PhP 11,990)
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro (6GB/128GB) — PhP 9,990 (SRP: PhP 10,990)
  • Redmi Note 9S (6GB/128GB) — PhP 10,490 (SRP: PhP 12,990)

The purchase of the aforementioned devices will also score buyers two tickets to the Melody with Mi digital concert. The digital concert premieres on May 23, 8 pm. For more tickets, buyers may avail of any variant of the Redmi Note 10 Pro and get three tickets for the concert. Meanwhile, purchases above PhP 25,000 will not only include tickets but also access to the exclusive Meet & Greet and After Party.

Non-discounted devices with included two tickets are also available on every purchase of the following: Redmi Note 10 (4GB/64GB), Redmi Note 10 (6GB/128GB), Redmi 9T (4GB/64GB), Redmi 9T (6GB/128GB), and Redmi 9A (2GB/32GB).

More discounts on Xiaomi’s Lazada and Shopee store

For those who are more into online shopping, Xiaomi is also offering discounts for select smartphones. One can enjoy up to 40% discount from April 6-11 exclusively on Lazada and Shopee.

  • Redmi Note 9S (6GB/128GB) — PhP 10,490 (SRP: PhP 11,490)
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro (6GB/128GB) — PhP 9,990 (SRP: PhP 10,990)
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro (4GB/64GB) — PhP 8,490 (SRP: PhP 9,990)
  • Redmi Note 10 (4GB/64GB) — PhP 7,990 (SRP: PhP 8,490)
  • Redmi Note 9S (4GB/64GB) — PhP 7,490 (SRP: PhP 10,490)
  • Redmi 9A (2GB/32GB) — PhP 3,990 (SRP: PhP 4,690)

Redmi Note 10 Pro Mi Fan Festival Special Edition

To celebrate the annual fan festival, Xiaomi will be selling a special version of the Redmi Note 10 Pro.The MFF Special Edition comes in a package with a cosmic-inspired design and contains postcards and stickers as a special treat for Mi fans out there. Meanwhile, the device comes in a Gradient Bronze variant  which has a natural metallic luster.

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ROG Phone 5 series: Price, availability in the Philippines

You’ll be happy with the accessories!

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ROG Phone 5

Unboxings and reviews are up concerning the ROG Phone 5 series. Today, we finally get the last piece of the puzzle — price and availability details and the Philippines.

Quick recap before we dive right into the details on why you clicked here in the first place. The ROG Phone 5 series is composed of three smartphones: the ROG Phone 5, ROG Phone 5 Pro, and ROG Phone 5 Ultimate.
All three members of the ROG Phone 5 series have in common — they’re all spec monsters. They are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 with Qualcomm Game Quick Touch that gives up to a 20 percent increase in touch responsiveness and lower latency. There’s also a 35 percent increase in GPU performance and 25 percent in CPU performance. These are numbers based on ASUS ROG’s tests.

A performance display

The series has a 6.78” Samsung AMOLED display. For the refresh rate, it’s a whopping 144Hz and has a touch sampling rate of 300Hz. That’s super smooth and ultra-low touch latency.

The screen is also made with the toughest Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. It also has an always-on HDR tech that improves non-HDR visuals.

Battery king

The ROG Phone has always been a long-lasting device. That remains true with the ROG Phone 5. It has a 6,000mAh battery but now, ROG also made a few tweaks so it saves energy when it needs to.

Other improvements include an upgraded GameCool5 system and a new performance manager on Armoury Crate.

New to ROG Phone 5 Pro and Ultimate — ROG Vision

Do you remember the AniMe Matrix on the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14? The ROG Phone 5 Pro and Ultimate have something like that. It’s called the ROG Vision.

It functions similarly in that it gives another layer of personalization through an extra display at the back of the phone but this one isn’t built with mini-LED lights.

The ROG Phone 5 Pro features a color ROG Vision display, while the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate has a monochrome version.

Price and availability

ROG Phone 5

The ROG Phone 5 Classic at 16GB/256GB will be available in the Philippines in Phantom Black starting April 10, 2021 at PhP 49,995. First owners will also get a special set bundle, which includes the ROG Kunai Gamepad as well as the ROG Akira Oversized Tee. Its Storm White variant will arrive within May 2021.

The ROG Phone 5 Classic at 8GB/128GB will be available starting April 10, 2021 in Phantom Black at PhP 39,995. The Storm White version will follow within May 2021.

ROG Phone 5 Pro

The ROG Phone 5 Pro edition Phantom Black at 16GB/512GB will hit the market at PhP 54,995. Both will feature the highly customizable ROG Vision and additional rear trigger buttons.

ROG Phone 5 Ultimate

The ROG Phone 5 Ultimate edition in Phantom White at 18GB/512GB is priced at PhP 59,995 and will be complete with a Special Gift Box.

Accessories

The ROG Kunai Gamepad will arrive in April 2021 at PhP 6,995 and the ROG Lighting Armor Case 5 in May 2021 at PhP 2,495.

All ROG Phone 5 phones will be complete with the AeroActive Cooler 5 and will also sport 1-year Global Warranty. The warranty will be available for the ROG Phone accessories as well. Complete details can also be checked through this link: http://bit.ly/ROGPhone_WTB

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ROG Phone 5 series: Price and availability in Singapore

AeroActive Cooler 5 is free if you pre-order

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Looking to snag yourself a fine piece of mobile gaming console that also happens to be a smartphone? The ROG Phone 5 Series is now available in Singapore.

But first, here’s a quick look at what this new set of gaming smartphones is all about. The ROG Phone 5 series is composed of three smartphones: the ROG Phone 5, ROG Phone 5 Pro, and ROG Phone 5 Ultimate.

All three members of the ROG Phone 5 series have in common — they’re all spec monsters. They are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 with Qualcomm Game Quick Touch that gives up to a 20 percent increase in touch responsiveness and lower latency. There’s also a 35 percent increase in GPU performance and 25 percent in CPU performance. These are numbers based on ASUS ROG’s tests.

A performance display

The series has a 6.78” Samsung AMOLED display. For the refresh rate, it’s a whopping 144Hz and has a touch sampling rate of 300Hz. That’s super smooth and ultra-low touch latency.

The screen is also made with the toughest Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. It also has an always-on HDR tech that improves non-HDR visuals.

Battery king

The ROG Phone has always been a long-lasting device. That remains true with the ROG Phone 5. It has a 6,000mAh battery but now, ROG also made a few tweaks so it saves energy when it needs to.

Other improvements include an upgraded GameCool5 system and a new performance manager on Armoury Crate.

New to ROG Phone 5 Pro and Ultimate — ROG Vision

Do you remember the AniMe Matrix on the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14? The ROG Phone 5 Pro and Ultimate have something like that. It’s called the ROG Vision.

It functions similarly in that it gives another layer of personalization through an extra display at the back of the phone but this one isn’t built with mini-LED lights.

The ROG Phone 5 Pro features a color ROG Vision display, while the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate has a monochrome version.

Price and availability

The ROG Phone 5 is available for pre-order until April 22 for SG$ 1,499. All pre-orders will come with a free AeroActive Cooler 5 (SG$ 69). It will be available on the ASUS Online Store, ROG Experience Store Bugis and selected authorized retailers starting April 30.

The ROG Phone 5 Pro will retail for SG$ 1,699 and the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate will retail for SG$ 1,799. Availability and bundle details to be announced.

h/t: Geek Culture


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