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Honor announces Honor Play 4 series with a temperature sensor

Coming first to China

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Temperature guns are now a part of our daily toolkits. Since the start of the pandemic, establishments have started using temperature checks as a rudimentary COVID-19 check. Regardless of its accuracy, the useful and swift tool can detect other fever-inducing diseases in individuals. Naturally, the next step is to make the tool available for the general public.

One of the first smartphones to do so, the recently announced Honor Play 4 Pro will come with a built-in temperature sensor. According to Honor’s Weibo account, the smartphone can detect temperatures between -20 degree Celsius and 100 degrees Celsius, more than enough to detect a potential fever. Further, Honor demonstrated its use to measure temperatures on foreheads and wrists. The temperature sensor only needs to go close to the intended target, rather than touching it directly.

As for its other features, the Honor Play 4 Pro is a capable daily driver. The 6.57-inch smartphone sports a Kirin 990 octa-core chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and an Android 10 build with Google Play Services. On its rear panel, it carries a 40-megapixel wide + 8-megapixel telephoto dual rear camera setup. On the flipside, it has a 32-megapixel wide + 8-megapixel ultrawide selfie shooter setup. The smartphone grabs its power from a non-removable 4200mAh battery, compatible with 40W fast charging.

The Honor Play 4 Pro also has a little sibling, the Honor Play 4. The larger 6.81-inch smartphone has a MediaTek MT6873 octa-core chipset, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of expandable internal storage. Behind, it carries a 64-megapixel wide + 8-megapixel ultrawide + 2-megapixel macro + 2-megapixel depth quad camera setup. It also has a single 16-megapixel selfie shooter. For power, it has a 4300mAh battery, compatible with 22.5W fast charging.

The Honor Play 4 sells for CNY 1,799 (approximately US$ 253). The Honor Play 4 Pro will retail for CNY 2,899 (approximately US$ 408). If you want the Honor Play 4 Pro with the temperature sensor, it will set you back by CNY 2,999 (approximately US$ 422). All three variants will launch in China first. There is no word whether the smartphone duo will launch internationally.

SEE ALSO: Honor X10 is a flagship phone with 5G and pop-up camera

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PlayStation Plus might be getting more games

To compete with Xbox Game Pass

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Subscription gaming is taking off. Instead of buying individual games, a few companies have created subscription packages which include free games for the duration of one subscription. The concept has been around for a long time, but the gaming world is seeing improved packages across the board. According to a new report, PlayStation is building an improved version of its PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now subscriptions.

According to a source from Bloomberg, an upcoming subscription system — currently codenamed Spartacus — will offer subscribers access to a library of classic and new games. The package already sounds suspiciously close to what PlayStation already offers, but the unannounced version will apparently compete with the Xbox Game Pass.

Much like what was reported, the Xbox Game Pass offers subscribers a host of amazing games including the critically acclaimed Forza Horizon 5. Though both PlayStation Plus and Now have widely liked games, they usually don’t offer recently released games. PlayStation and Xbox regularly release console exclusives, so a PlayStation version is certainly a welcome sight.

Besides newer games, PlayStation also does not have backwards compatibility. Owners aren’t able to play older games from previous consoles. An improved subscription can finally introduce the sought-after feature to modern consoles.

The new subscription is expected to make its debut in the first half of 2022. With its debut, PlayStation might phase out PlayStation Now.

SEE ALSO: A long-time PlayStation fanboy switches to the Xbox Series X

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Nokia created a new Nokia 3310 but it’s just cake

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After years of languishing in the darkness, Nokia has ascended back into the spotlight as a staple of the smartphone industry. That happened five years ago. HMD Global, the current owner of Nokia’s products, has a lot to be thankful for. And what’s a better way to celebrate a milestone anniversary than with a cake? To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Nokia’s new era, the company has partnered with renowned cake sculptor Michelle Wibowo.

The cake is designed after none other than the iconic Nokia 3310. Though it’s the newer version of the classic phone, the cake looks hyper-realistic. It looks as great as the actual phone. However, it was made with chocolate sponge and vanilla buttercream. The casing, on the other hand, is made with a hand-painted sugar shell casing.

Of course, Nokia has since launched a flurry of other phones since then. But the brand is especially indebted to the Nokia 3310 as one of the early devices that catapulted it to the top of the tech world in the early 2000s. The classic Nokia 3310 was launched in September 2000.

Michelle Wibowo is a famous cake sculptor known around the world. She has created works of art like the Hogwarts Castle and lifelike depictions of popular figures like Queen Elizabeth II. The hyper-realistic Nokia 3310 cake certainly echoes the past trend of creating everyday items with cake.

SEE ALSO: Nokia E3101: The wireless earbuds for everyone

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Qualcomm officially launches Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Coming first late 2021

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A few days ago, Qualcomm officially confirmed a coming name change for its ubiquitous Snapdragon chipset series. Of course, though Qualcomm already announced the change, the company did not reveal the new naming scheme. Now, the mystery is gone. Welcome, the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

Sporting a new coat of paint, the chipset touts an improved 5G modem, the X65 5G. According to the company, the modem can reportedly reach 10Gbps in download speeds. It can also connect to the emerging Wi-Fi 6 standard, allowing up to 3.6Gbps in download speeds. The upper limit won’t mean much in today’s still-young 5G global network. However, it does mean much for the chipset’s longevity.

In the camera department, the chipset sports an 18-bit processor which can supposedly process 4,000 times more data than its predecessor. It can support up to three 36-megapixel cameras simultaneously. It can shoot up to 8K HDR footage at 30 frames per second, UHD footage at 120 frames per second, or slow-mo 720p videos at 960 frames per second.

Qualcomm didn’t specifically indicate how much the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 differs from the Snapdragon 888 in the performance department. However, it will once again focus on the future of AI. Features that use AI will reportedly get a boost going forward.

According to the company, the first smartphones with the chipset will launch sometime by the end of the year. As expected, more smartphones will come out next year in 2022.

SEE ALSO: Upcoming Snapdragon chipset scores 1000000 on AnTuTu

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