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LeEco’s flagship Le Pro 3 has beastly specs

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LeEco might not ring bells outside of China, but it’s gradually becoming a force in India, and soon, the rest of the world. Headliners like the new flagship Le Pro 3 show how serious the brand has become with smartphones. With the loaded specifications of the latest model, we can’t help but welcome the handset wholeheartedly.

What makes the Le Pro 3 special are the two chips inside: Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 821 processor and a total of 6GB of RAM. Both specs, which are still quite rare in smartphones nowadays, will skyrocket the handset to the top of pure performance charts. Its closest rivals for the crown would be the recently released Le Max 2 and the OnePlus 3 we unboxed a couple of months ago.

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For the sake of comparison, let’s bring in the Le Max 2, which is LeEco’s other flagship device. While it has the same 6GB of RAM and just a slightly slower Snapdragon 820 processor, its 5.7-inch Quad HD display is way better than the 5.5-inch Full HD screen of the Le Pro 3. The Le Max 2 also has a better 21-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, whereas the Le Pro 3 settles for 16 megapixels and no stabilization. It’s clear that the larger sibling specializes more in viewing and producing multimedia content.

Less specs-obsessed consumers will be glad to know that the Le Pro 3 isn’t all about numbers. The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based handset is covered in an all-metal body with a thickness of only 7.5mm — impressive when you consider the generous 4070mAh battery. At the back you’ll find a fingerprint scanner for quick logins, and there’s a USB Type-C port supporting QuickCharge 2.0 to make the phone go from zero to 50 percent in 30 minutes. As for those seeking a 3.5mm audio jack: This phone doesn’t have it.

Pricing is largely dependent on the configuration you’re getting: 4GB RAM with 32GB storage costs CNY 1799 ($270); 6GB RAM with 64GB storage costs CNY 1999 ($300). Then we have the more expensive Zhang Yimou Edition units: 4GB RAM with 64GB storage costs CNY 2499 ($375); and 6GB RAM with 128GB storage goes for CNY 2999 ($450). The color options are rose gold, plain gold, silver, and gray, but it looks like only China will be seeing these choices for the time being.

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Source: GSMArena

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Foldable iPad coming in 2024, report says

With a carbon fiber kickstand

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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

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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.

SEE ALSO: PlayStation launches ‘The Year of Play’ campaign

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Netflix confirms One Piece adaptation coming this year

Plus a new poster

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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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