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LG G7 ThinQ now official with notched FullVision display, Snapdragon 845

The company’s new and refined flagship phone

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It’s finally official. The newest premium phone from LG has been unwrapped and it’s everything we knew it would be. Is there something about the LG G7 ThinQ that would excite consumers anew?

Getting straight to the point, the LG G7 ThinQ doesn’t look any different from other new (and upcoming) Android phones with its notched screen. It’s got a 6.1-inch FullVision HDR display with a QHD+ resolution. LG claims it can reach 1,000 nits of brightness thanks to its RGBW panel that covers 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut similar to what professionals use. The company also included some of its TV technologies with screen modes on the G7 ThinQ to make it more exciting.

LG G7 ThinQ meets the LG G6

The design of the G7 ThinQ is a refinement of the G6’s and V30’s. It’s still made mostly of glass with an aluminum frame rounded corners. It’s also water and dust resistant like before. The back is undeniably similar to the V30’s but the dual rear cameras are positioned vertically.

Speaking of, the dual camera setup is still a combination of a regular f/1.6 shooter and an ultra-wide angle with an f/1.9 aperture. Both rear cameras have 16-megapixel sensors, so either camera can shoot quality photos even in low light. For selfies, an 8-megapixel f/1.9 front-facing camera is neatly hidden in the notch.

Since it’s a ThinQ-branded phone, artificial intelligence is definitely on board. LG’s AI Cam first debuted on the V30S ThinQ and is now improved on the G7 ThinQ with the ability to identify 19 different objects and provide color filters, accordingly. Portrait mode is also available with the help of the secondary rear camera.

LG G7 ThinQ can take a dip in fresh water

The rest of the specifications of the G7 ThinQ are similar to other 2018 premium phones in the market. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. Thankfully, the G7 ThinQ is rocking the latest processor and doesn’t have the same fate of the G6 that launched with an old chipset.

The device’s 3000mAh battery might not be impressive for a large phone, but at least it supports wireless charging. A Hi-Fi Quad DAC is also present along with a new BoomBox down-firing loudspeaker for high-quality audio on the go. It’s worth noting that unlike last year, both wireless charging and Quad DAC features will be available to all regional variants.

The LG G7 ThinQ will be available in Aurora Black, Moroccan Blue, Platinum Gray, and Raspberry Rose.

SEE ALSO: LG G7 ThinQ Hands-on: Ticks off all the boxes

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Apple reportedly delays mixed-reality headset once again

Not a big delay, though

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Mercifully, “metaverse” lost Oxford’s word of the year award to “goblin mode”. Despite all of Meta’s claims, the stylized term for its version of virtual reality has not taken off. Just so, Meta’s competitors are still holding out on their entries to the virtual reality realm. Hit by delays in the past already, Apple is once again delaying its much-awaited mixed-reality headset.

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the unannounced headset is coming sometime in the second half of 2023. Previously, the device was pegged for a second quarter launch. It’s not a drastic delay, but it’s another speed bump for the enigmatic device.

If anything, Apple’s issues are now stemming from the software side. As such, Kuo expects that the individual components for the headset will still come relatively on time in the second quarter. The report remains unsure if the planned reveal in January is still a go, though.

Further, the headset’s shipments will reportedly be less than previously expected. Neither Kuo nor Apple have commented on why a reduced shipment is currently planned.

That said, Apple hasn’t really commented on the coming of its mixed-reality headset. All information comes from leaks and reports from external sources. However, from what we’ve heard, Apple is promising a lot from its headset, including the ability to pay handsfree using only their eyes.

SEE ALSO: Apple’s AR headset will let users pay with their eyes

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OnePlus is building its own mechanical keyboard

To celebrate its 9th anniversary

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It’s OnePlus’s 9th anniversary. For almost the entirety of December, the smartphone brand is holding a plethora of events for its fans. Naturally, one of those events involves new products coming to OnePlus. Teased officially, the company has revealed what’s coming: a mechanical keyboard.

Besides smartphones, OnePlus also has a wider lineup of other devices like smartwatches and earbuds. That said, a mechanical keyboard is an all-new department for the company.

Based on the small landing page for the keyboard, OnePlus is creating the device with Keychron, a notable brand for the segment. Unfortunately, the page does not reveal much more about the keyboard. If anything, Keychron’s involvement confirms that the company means business.

As with most mechanical keyboards these days, users can customize the upcoming device’s keycaps. With that, another mystery is whether the brand will sell custom keycaps of their own, or users can buy their own.

Thankfully, interested users don’t have to wait long. OnePlus is scheduled to launch the new keyboard on December 15, right in the middle of its grand celebration for its 9th anniversary.

Since its inception, OnePlus has moved from flagship killer to selling flagships itself to now expanding beyond just simple flagships. Now, the brand is looking beyond.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus officially teases Nord Watch

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Xbox will raise prices of new titles next year

Will soon cost US$ 69.99

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New video games are expensive. Since the launch of the PlayStation 5, stores have been charging US$ 69.99 for every new release. On the flip side, Microsoft has kept its own slate of titles at the usual US$ 59.99 price point. However, that’s about to change next year. The company is raising the prices of first-party Xbox titles to US$ 69.99 next year.

In a recent statement (via The Verge), Microsoft has announced that new next-gen titles coming from Xbox Game Studios next year will face a price hike to reflect their “the content, scale, and technical complexity.” The announcement specifically names Forza Motorsport, Redfall, and Starfield (incidentally, one of the most anticipated titles next year) as part of this starting slate.

Prior to today’s status quo, new titles always sold for US$ 59.99. By itself, the old price tag is already hefty. However, it was one that was eventually accepted, especially after increasingly longer playthrough times.

Now, however, players are once again in a renewed state of justifying the expensive prices of new games. Titles are US$ 10 more expensive these days. Plus, special editions, which are becoming more common, have even higher price points.

If anything, Microsoft has waited until after the holidays before hiking prices up. If you were looking at a new title for your Xbox Series X/S, the holidays might be the best time to grab it. Or, as always, you can pay the monthly price of an Xbox Game Pass to access a trove of titles including new ones.

SEE ALSO: Xbox outsells the PlayStation for the first in 11 years

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