Honor Note 10 is a massive phone with high-end specs

More tablet than smartphone?



One of the cringiest tech words I had to write back in the day was “phablet,” which is a combination of “phone” and “tablet.” It couldn’t be avoided, though; massive phones were all the rage a few years ago and there was no better way to describe them. Their hype died down after a while, but the legacy lives on in phones like the Honor Note 10.

Honor’s newest smartphone is a notch-less 6.95-inch beast (practically seven inches) with top-grade specs to match. We’re looking at the same Kirin 970 processor found on the Honor 10 and Huawei’s P20 series, with up to 8GB of memory and 128GB of storage.

Even better: It comes with a 5000mAh battery that supports SuperCharge tech. That pretty much places the Honor Note 10 in tablet territory, but the slim dimensions (7.65mm in thickness) suggest that it’s still pocketable.

For cameras, we have a dual setup on the back consisting of 24- and 16-megapixel sensors, while the front has 13 megapixels at its disposal. Since the panel is AMOLED, photos are sure to look amazing on this phone.

The press materials imply that liquid cooling is available within the frame. This would help keep the GPU Turbo feature in check. In addition, there’s something called CPU Turbo on the Honor Note 10, although little info is available on it at the moment. Together, they should push overall performance while maintaining battery efficiency.

As a fresh device, it’ll naturally come with Huawei’s EMUI 8.2 skin on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. On the outside, Midnight Black and Phantom Blue are the available color options.

The Honor Note 10 can already be purchased in China for CNY 2,799 (US$ 410) for the 6GB memory with 64GB storage variant, CNY 3,199 (US$ 470) for the 6GB+128GB model, and CNY 3,599 (US$ 528) for the top-tier 8GB+128GB version.


Foldable iPad coming in 2024, report says

With a carbon fiber kickstand



Only a few things are as mythical as Apple’s first foldable device. For years, Apple has reportedly worked on foldable technology in hopes of eventually releasing an iPhone or an iPad with the form factor. Now, years later, more and more reports are revealing optimistic developments for the company’s first set of foldable devices.

According to a new one from Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will likely release the first foldable iPad sometime in 2024. With the new device, the company hopes to revamp the iPad lineup, releasing a more varied mix to boost shipments.

Additionally, Kuo states that the device will come with a carbon fiber kickstand. Besides offering a unique form factor for the lineup, the kickstand’s material will also decrease the device’s weight, making for a lighter iPad.

It’s still some time away from now. Even if Kuo hit the nail on the head with this report, Apple can still change plans between now and 2024. Besides an iPad, the company is also reportedly working on a foldable iPhone to take on Samsung’s dominance in the industry. However, like the enigmatic iPad, not much is known about the foldable iPhone. Given the increasing abundance of reports about the foldable lineup, we will likely learn more as the year progresses.

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It’s easier to get a PlayStation 5 now, Sony says

More supplies worldwide



Still struggling to get a new PlayStation 5? If dwindling console stocks are keeping you down, Sony has announced a reprieve for queue waiters. The company promised that supply for the console will greatly increase ahead of the PlayStation VR2’s launch in February.

Since the console’s launch back in 2020, scalpers and bots have persistently plagued the industry, taking supplies away from most gamers. Over the years, the impact of supply problems gradually dissipated. Today, it’s easier to buy a PlayStation 5, but supply can still be an issue in some parts of the world.

During CES 2023, Sony initially hinted that PlayStation 5 stocks should increase even more this year. Now, Sony is making it even more official. Today, the company officially posted that it’s easier to find one in retailers globally.

For users hunting for the console in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe, Sony recommends going to the official PlayStation store to buy one.

To promote the increased supply, Sony has also released a new promotional video for the PlayStation 5’s exclusives set to imitate a news show.

Only a month into the year, 2023 is already looking to be a great year for the platform. Later in February, Sony is set to launch the new PlayStation VR2. The console will also host a flurry of notable exclusives including Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Assassin’s Creed Mirage, and Street Fighter 6.

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Netflix confirms One Piece adaptation coming this year

Plus a new poster



Netflix continues its huge gamble on anime adaptations. Over the past several years, the platform produced a couple of live-action versions of classic anime shows. To the company’s dismay, neither of the adaptations were received well. Still, the gamble continues to truck on. Netflix has confirmed that the upcoming One Piece adaptation is coming this year.

The live-action adaptation isn’t exactly new. Netflix first announced the title back in 2020 but offered only a few developments concerning the show’s production. Now, we have a release window and a poster.

To be fair, the new poster doesn’t show much except for Luffy’s back. A wider shot shows a bit more including the rears of all the Straw Hat Pirates and a shot of the Thousand Sunny in the distance.

Likewise, Netflix has not shared what the synopsis of the One Piece adaptation will be. Historically, the platform’s live-action adaptations start from the very beginning, taking viewers on a compressed tour through the original anime show’s plot.

That said, the company has a long uphill climb to legitimize its live-action anime adaptations. Despite featuring Willem Dafoe as Ryuk, Netflix’s previous Death Note adaptation quickly receded into a forgettable title. Additionally, Cowboy Bebop was canceled after only one season.

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