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Lenovo Legion gaming phone could have a side pop-up camera

The best gaming phone for streamers?

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Lenovo’s Legion lineup has been limited to gaming laptops since inception. However, rumors at the beginning of 2020 suggested the brand could expand to the rapidly evolving gaming phone segment. ASUS, Xiaomi, and many more brands have already released specialized gaming phones and the category has trended for a long time now.

Folks over at XDA Developers have massively leaked pretty much everything about Lenovo’s upcoming gaming phone. The phone has been teased on Weibo for quite some time and the recent leak gives us a more detailed look.

Via XDA Developers

The most striking feature of the phone is a side pop-up camera that has been in high demand from streamers. A conventional camera placement gets covered while gaming and this feature would let streamers provide a perfect frame while gaming. The leak also suggests the front camera could be coupled with a soft flash for better lighting.

The pop-up slide module shall have a 20-megapixel selfie camera. On the rear, we can see a dual-camera setup consisting of a 64-megapixel primary sensor and a 16-megapixel wide-angle lens.

The USB-C port is located on the left side of the phone along with one on the bottom. It will also have a dual-cell battery, providing 5000mAh of power when combined. Additionally, Lenovo has teased 90W fast charging technology.

It’s expected to have a Full HD+ display with a 144Hz refresh rate and a 270Hz touch sampling rate. While memory configurations remain unknown, it shall leverage LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.0 storage. As previously teased by Lenovo, the phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 865 SoC.

The phone will allegedly house a 3D cooling tower structure with dual heat pipe partitions for long-lasting cooling. Lastly, it’ll sport positive stereo sound via full symmetrical 65mm dual speakers and dual 0.6mm amp speaker system.

The price or availability details of the phone remain a mystery right now.

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ICYMI: The World University Cyber League 2020 has begun

The best gamers from the brightest in the region duke it out for gaming supremacy

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Tencent Sports wanted to up the competition a little bit more in Southeast Asia, following Esports’ rapid rise in the region. Obviously, the best option for that is to hold a tournament to bring in the best of the best for some healthy competition. With the help of Mineski Global, they’ve done exactly just that, and are now on their final stages of the entire tournament.

The World University Cyber League 2020 started last June 28, and featured players from four markets in Southeast Asia. This time around, these players don’t come from established teams and franchises from their home countries. Instead, they are university-sponsored students, as they compete for a prize pool of over US$ 5,000. The Philippines host the SEA qualifiers, through Mineski Global’s Philippine division and its Youth Esports Program.

Students from the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand are competing across three different games. The roster of games Tencent prepared include popular mobile games like Clash Royale and PUBG Mobile, and an Esports classic in League of Legends.

Qualifiers will end on July 9, with the best teams moving to the WUCL Finals from July 10-15. To know more about the WUCL, you may visit their official website.

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KFC announces its own gaming console with a built-in chicken cooker

Might be a gag

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It’s fair to say that the console wars have begun. Over the past few months, Sony and Microsoft have launched amazing, hype-inducing tidbits at the adoring audience of gamers. With both consoles finally getting their individual chances at the spotlight, are you getting the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X?

Strangely enough, a surprise contender wants to join the next-generation conversation. Earlier last month, KFC Gaming (yes, it’s real) released a teaser video for an upcoming branded console, the KFConsole.

The console is shaped like a KFC chicken bucket, complete with red and white underlights. Sitting close to the bottom, it has the standard disc slot and a power button. Inside, the console sports a “Zinger processor chip clocked at 11GHz.” It has cross platform compatibility and 4K/120fps support.

However, the console’s biggest feature goes beyond gaming. Most of the console’s front is a “chicken chamber,” obviously for cooking chicken. It gives another meaning to an overheating gaming machine.

The short teaser video ends with a probably launch date: November 12, 2020.

Now, if you’re hoping to grab your own gaming bucket, the console is likely an elaborate gag. Though the company has not confirmed the console’s legitimacy, it’s unlikely that a modern gaming console can have a huge “chicken chamber.” Next-generation consoles are already huge without an oven in them.

That said, KFC has released very-real gaming-related campaigns in the past. Very recently, the company launched an official island on the popular island simulator, Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Who knows? They might actually launch something on November 12.

If they do, they are in good company. In the past, Razer has also done a similar off-brand prank to promote a toaster. However, because of universal demand, the gaming company eventually made a real toaster. KFC might fall into the same trend. We definitely wouldn’t say no to our very own chicken chamber.

SEE ALSO: Sony announces huge list of games for the PS5

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Microsoft to hold a big Xbox event on July 23

Time to showcase the console’s new games

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Last month, Sony hosted the most eventful games showcase for the PlayStation 5. Besides a game for everyone, the event finally unveiled the mysterious console in all its glory. Naturally, all the hype is on the PlayStation 5. To those intently following the console wars, the inherent question is what Microsoft has up its sleeve for the Xbox Series X.

Now, Microsoft has confirmed that it is taking the same route as the PlayStation 5. Specifically, the company will hold a similar games showcase on July 23. The event will likely feature all the current projects from the Xbox Games Studios. This includes the new Halo Infinity, a potential return to Fable, Psychonauts 2, and Gears of War.

Of course, as with the PlayStation event, we weren’t really expecting anything. However, the event probably has a few tricks up its sleeve. If anything, it will also showcase the console itself. Though we already know what it looks like, Microsoft can still reveal a few more details about the upcoming console, especially if it hopes to upend the hype generated by the PlayStation 5.

Recently, a leak hinted at a more affordable console in the series. Given that the PlayStation 5 will also have a Digital Edition, the Xbox Series X might go the same route.

The series will likely launch sometime during the holiday season.

SEE ALSO: Will PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X games be more expensive?

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