Honor V10 brings best of Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro together



Huawei split its large flagship into two smartphones, the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, with both having their own unique characteristics to set themselves apart. But what if you want a mix of both? That’s where the Honor V10 comes in.

As part of Huawei’s online-only sub-brand, the Honor V10 takes the best of each handset while lowering its own price considerably — well, at least for the Chinese market.

It has a near-borderless 6-inch 1080p display, but instead of placing the fingerprint scanner on the back, it manages to squeeze the sensor into the thin bottom bezel.

To our delight, the Honor V10 uses Huawei’s top-of-the-line Kirin 970 chipset with up to 6GB of memory and up to 128GB of storage which you can expand using a microSD card.

While there’s no waterproofing, you do get a 3.5mm audio port with the Honor V10. The battery capacity is also smaller at 3750mAh, but that’s still a lot by flagship standards.

Looking good thus far, so what’s the compromise? For this Honor, there’s no Leica branding like on all the recent Huawei flagships. You’re instead treated to a 20- and 16-megapixel dual-camera setup on the rear with a 13-megapixel selfie camera.

How much of a downgrade that is will be decided by real-world camera comparisons. The good news is that the Honor V10 ships with Android 8.0 Oreo skinned with Huawei’s EMUI 8.0 interface. That’s updated software not a lot of smartphones from China offer.

And for the best part: Its retail price starts at CNY 2,699 for the 4GB memory variant with 64GB of storage. That’s only US$ 410 with the current conversion rates!

Choosing the variant with 6GB of memory would cost you CNY 2,999 (US$ 455). For 6GB of memory and a more generous storage capacity of 128GB, you’d have to pay CNY 3,499 (US$ 530).

Availability is currently exclusive to China. Pre-orders are already being accepted, with the official sales starting on December 5. Gold, blue, black, and red are the colors of choice.

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Xiaomi reportedly working on a clamshell phone

Says a new rumor



In recent years, Motorola and Samsung have proved that the clamshell phone is more than just a resurrected fad. Both companies have developed solid lineups capable of becoming daily drivers. Now, others want to get into the market. Following the footsteps of its contemporaries, Xiaomi is reportedly developing a clamshell phone of its own.

Even before the unannounced clamshell phone, Xiaomi has some experience in the foldable market. The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 was quite the impressive powerhouse when it launched last year. The foldable smartphone even bagged the title as the thinnest foldable at the time (before Huawei grabbed the title soon after).

Now, the Chinese company is seemingly tapping into the same lineup for a rumored clamshell phone. According to Weibo leaker Digital Chat Station, the brand is indeed looking at an extremely light version of the vertically folding form factor.

Unfortunately, not much else is known about the upcoming device yet. However, Xiaomi’s supposed entry into the market shouldn’t be a surprise. After all, the brand’s competitors — Huawei and vivo — are already deep inside the clamshell segment. The latter, for example, just released the vivo X Flip, its first device in the vertically folding market. Expect things to heat up in the Chinese foldable market soon.

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Netflix will launch a Queen’s Gambit game in July

Summer lineup is looking strong



The renaissance of chess is an interesting sight to behold. While there are a few reasons why the sport rose in popularity — such as the emergence of chess content creators on Twitch — there is one show that quickly catapulted chess into the limelight: The Queen’s Gambit. If you’re still a fan of the show, Netflix is launching a chess game based on the popular show.

The Queen’s Gambit Chess is the next step in the platform’s push towards mobile gaming. Back in 2021, Netflix announced its first forays into offering mobile games for its subscribers. Now, every Netflix subscriber has access to a library of games right on their app.

With The Queen’s Gambit Chess, Netflix is going back to its pool of notable franchises to tie into the gaming world. The platform previously did the same with other franchises like Stranger Things.

In the upcoming title, players will immerse themselves in the world of Beth Harmon. They can “take lessons, play puzzles and matches, or compete against friends.”

Netflix has not shown a lot of footage of the game yet. The announcement comes through a short video enumerating the titles it has on slate for this summer. This slate also includes Cut the Rope, Oxenfree, and the upcoming Oxenfree II: Lost Signals.

Queen’s Gambit Chess will launch on July 25.

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Diablo IV is Blizzard’s fastest selling game ever

Only a day after official launch



Technically speaking, Diablo IV only just launched yesterday. However, you won’t hear much about its official launch today because a lot of players already started their early journey to hell days ago. Now, amid the palpable success of the title’s early access period, Diablo IV has already claimed the title of Blizzard’s fastest selling game of all time — only a day after launch.

Since the start of the earlier beta periods, the role-playing game easily ramped up the hype for its official launch. According to the betas then, Diablo IV took the tried-and-tested formula of the previous titles and added a modern patina to the franchise. It looked like something that both seasoned veterans and new fans can get behind.

Now, Diablo IV is officially available for anyone to play. Officially, the title launched on June 6. However, those who purchased a Digital Deluxe or Ultimate Edition received early access to play the title starting June 1.

The early access period has seemingly paid off. On Twitter, Blizzard has confirmed that the title is officially the studio’s fastest selling title of all time. Given the hype around the title, it’s no surprise, but it’s still quite an achievement.

Diablo IV is out now for the PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One. It will start at US$ 69.99. The Digital Deluxe Edition, which retails for US$ 89.99, will give players additional cosmetics, mounts, and access to the Seasonal Battle Pass. Meanwhile, the Ultimate Edition, selling for US$ 99.99, gives players an extra emote and an accelerated Battle Pass.

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