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Honor welcomes 5G with the Honor View30 series

The series is dual-mode

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Honor has its eyes on both the present and the future as they launch the Honor View30 and Honor View30 Pro. The series is the company’s first dual-mode 5G smartphones.

Powering the phones is the latest Kirin 990 chipset — a processor made specifically for ushering in the 5G era.

SuperSensing cameras

The Honor View30 Pro series sports a “SuperSensing” triple-camera setup with the three cameras vertically aligned. The three cameras are as follows: 40MP Sony IMX600 main camera, a 12MP super wide angle camera with Cine-lens and an 8MP telephoto camera.

The Honor View30 sports an almost identical setup with only the wide angle camera being the difference. It’s 8MP instead of 12MP.

In front, you get its dual-lens cameras: a 32MP AI Selfie Camera and an 8MP wide angle selfie camera. These sit on a punch-hole type setup located on the upper left corner of the device’s display.

Gaming and more

If mobile gaming is your thing, you’ll be happy to know that the Honor View30 series is equipped with GPU Turbo and Kirin Gaming+ 2.0 for an enhanced and smoother gaming experience.

Both smartphones support Honor Supercharge which gets your device from 52 percent in just 30 minutes. The Pro version has an extra oomf as it supports Super Wireless Charge for even more convenience.

An IoT ecosystem

Just like its sibling Huawei, Honor is making a push into the whole Internet of Things approach. Taking advantage of Huawei’s ecosystem, the Honor View30 series can serve as a hub for everything else that’s coming in the company’s vision for a smarter way of living.

Like the Huawei Mate 30 series, it’s likely that you’ll have to go through other means if you wish to have the Google Mobile Services on the Honor View30 series. The phone is currently only available in China.

Part of its IoT strategy is launching other devices like the Honor MagicWatch2 and the Honor MagicBook series.

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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

Always has been

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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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