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iPad Pro with M1 chip, 5G, Liquid Retina XDR display is here

Knock your socks off!

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The star of Apple’s Springboard event is none other than their all-new iPad Pro. It now sports the groundbreaking M1 chip, supports super fast 5G, and with a stunning Liquid Retina XDR display.

The iPad Pro already felt like a device category all on its own with its unrivaled performance considering its form factor. Apple is upping the ante with the addition of the M1 chip famously known for improving over performance and delivering better power efficiency. It’s like Goku defying limits and rising to the ranks of the gods.

So what’s exactly inside?

Are you ready for this? Other than the aforementioned M1 chip you also have the following: 16-core Apple Neural engine, advanced image signal processor (ISP), a unified, high-bandwidth memory architecture with up to 16GB of memory, 2x faster storage, and up to 2TB capacity. Drooling yet?

It’s the kind of power usually reserved for MacBook Pros but instead you get it in tablet form. In. Sane.

12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR Display will melt your eyes

In a good way. It’s a stunning mini-LED display. That’s over 10,000 LEDs across the entire back of the display for up to 1000 nits of full-screen brightness, 1600 nits of peak brightness, and a 1 million-to-1 contrast ratio. Eye. Melting.

It also has other display tech like ProMotion, True Tone, and P3 wide color support, and support for HDR and Dolby Vision content.

5G on a tablet

Yessir. No, it won’t get you Covid. What it will do is open you to a world of Internet connectivity that’s faster than anything (mobile) you’ve experienced thus far. It supports most 5G bands on any device of its kind including mmwave.

Superior connection

Thunderbolt and USB 4 is now on the iPad Pro. That single USB-C port enables a variety of connections to truly maximize this godsend of a tablet. Thunderbolt supports 10Gbps Ethernet, faster external storage and even higher resolution external displays, including the Pro Display XDR at full 6K resolution.

What else is there?

It has a new video call experience called Center Stage. It uses the 12MP ultra wide front cam that has the TrueDepth camera system. Its large field of view helps the machine learning kick in so as you move around, it’ll keep you centered in the frame.

The Magic Keyboard, which offers a comfortable typing experience with backlit keys, an integrated trackpad, and its floating design, now comes in a gorgeous new White color.

iPadOS 14.5 will be available to iPad customers starting next week. It comes with expanded language support for Apple Pencil features like Scribble and Smart Selection, new emoji, support for the latest gaming controllers, and the ability to share lyrics and see top songs in cities around the world with Apple Music.

Price and availability

The new iPad Pro is available to order beginning Friday, April 30 on apple.com, apple.com/sg, and in the Apple Store app in 31 countries and regions. The iPad Pro will be available in Apple Store locations in the second half of May.

The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available in silver and space gray finishes. iPad Pro is available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB configurations.

11-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi

  • US: US$ 799
  • Singapore: SG$ 1,199

11-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular

  • US: US$ 999
  • Singapore: SG$ 1,419

12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi

  • US: US$ 1,099
  • Singapore: SG$ 1,649

12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular

  • US: US$ 1,299
  • Singapore: SG$ 1,869

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PlayStation VR 2 could be 4K with gaze-tracking tech

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Excited for the PlayStation VR 2? A fresh leak regarding foveated virtual reality headset points to the next-gen accessory being a compelling head-mounted display — and far more impressive than the predecessor. Sony has been teasing the launch for quite some time and even left many breadcrumbs for enthusiasts.

However, the report today isn’t official. According to Upload VR, Sony recently shared more details of the next-gen PlayStation VR with the company’s partners. Topping the list of details is a 4,000 x 2,040-pixel resolution, which gives it a stunning total of 8.16 million pixels.

In terms of rendering, it will work smarter by utilizing foveated rendering. That means that anything in the users’ peripheral vision that isn’t being looked at directly will be rendered in lower quality. The new technology will help save computing resources, delivering a better experience.

A single USB-C connection to the front of the PS5 is expected to power the unit. Another welcome touch is inside-out tracking. Now that Sony is ditching the PS Move controllers, the headset’s onboard cameras will be used to track the position of the new orb-shaped controllers instead.

The accessory seems like a perfect companion for the PlayStation 5 and is well equipped to compete. Although, the supply of PlayStation 5 has been severely hit, and the Japanese giant is expecting delays to go well into 2022. The company hasn’t even given us a release date yet — we know only that we won’t be seeing it by the end of 2021.

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Intel launches 11th-Gen Tiger Lake-H chips, can beat Ryzen 5000

Promises up to 25 percent performance improvement

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Intel released its 11th-Gen Core H-series processors for laptops. Codenamed Tiger Lake-H, it’s an essential launch for the American chipmaker because it can take on AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series.

The company’s portfolio is divided across two segments — 10th-Gen Core H-series (Comet Lake-H) chips for hardcore performance and 11th-Gen Core Tiger Lake chips for on-the-go computing. The new Tiger Lake-H sits in the middle, capturing a wider chunk of the market by creating a balance.

Tiger Lake-H processors leverage Intel’s Willow Cove Core microarchitecture that’s based on a 10nm SuperFin production process. Its unique selling point is a turbo boost up to 5.0Ghz, and a few iterations support manual overclocking controls.

Intel says that the Core i9-11980HK beats AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900HX by anywhere from 11 to 26 percent. It has eight cores (16 threads) and runs at a 2.6 GHz base clock speed at 45W. It can go up to 3.3 GHz at 65W. Across all other processors, Tiger Lake-H promises a 19 percent higher performance per clock than the previous Comet Lake-H.

The company also claimed improved performance across apps, such as 18 percent better “video creation workflow” in Adobe After Effects. Five chips were announced — three 8-core, 16-thread chips, and a pair of 6-core, 12-thread Core i5s. All these chips use Intel’s UHD graphics.

Intel is also claiming it has the world’s fastest single-threaded mobile processor. However, these are just claims at the moment, and real-life performance will be reviewable only after laptop availability.

Following the usual trend, all major OEMs like Lenovo, ASUS, Dell, HP, Acer, MSI, and more shall soon refresh their product lineup to incorporate the new-gen chips.

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realme 8, realme 8 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

Dare to buy

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The latest in realme’s number series — the realme 8 and the realme 8 pro — have now arrived in the Philippines and like usual, they come with discounts at launch.

Before we dive into the pricing details, let’s first take a quick look at the two phones.

Both phones have a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and an in-display fingerprint scanner. The refresh rate is still 60Hz, but there’s support for always-on display. They run on realme UI 2.o based on Android 11 out-of-the-box.

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The pair has a super slim body and an infinite bold design with the AG-Crystal process. Essentially, the back is made of plastic. The rear of the phone has realme’s slogan “dare to leap” engraved and it’s massive.

The realme 8 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 720G processor with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. On the rear is a quad-camera setup consisting of a 108-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel portrait lens.

Backing these internals is a 4500mAh battery with 50W fast charging. realme claims it can charge the full battery in 47 minutes.

On the other hand, the realme 8 sports a MediaTek Helio G95 processor with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The rear gets a 64-megapixel primary camera, while the other three sensors are the same as the Pro variant. Both the phones have a 16-megapixel front camera for selfies. Backing these internals is a 5000mAh battery that supports 30W fast charging.

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Price and availability

The realme 8 Pro retails for PhP 16,990. | Buy from Lazada

Meanwhile, the realme 8 will set you back by PhP 13,990.| Buy from Lazada

There’s a PhP 1,000 worth of discount on Lazada starting May 12 at 12 midnight for both phones.

 

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