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‘Metal’ smartphone Flash Plus 2 costs P6,990 in PH, exclusively available online through Lazada

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If you’ve been keeping tabs on recent smartphone releases at all, you might have heard about the Flash Plus 2, a budget smartphone sequel from the brand formerly known as Alcatel. The phone was launched just a week ago, and now, it’s gearing up for a Philippine release through Lazada. And just like the Flash phone before it, the Plus 2 will go on sale exclusively online, where its fanbase continues to grow.

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As for the device itself, it’s mostly what you would expect from brands like Xiaomi, Meizu, and, more recently, Huawei — it apes a few design and engineering choices of more premium models and offers good specs while maintaining a remarkably low price point. It’s the result of a formula we’ve seen many times before from this part of the world, mostly from the likes of local companies like Cherry Mobile and MyPhone, but it’s nonetheless impressive that a device with a lot to offer doesn’t cost a lot of money.


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Chief among its attractions is a midrange Helio P10 processor from MediaTek, which comes with 4G LTE connectivity and either 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage or 3GB of RAM and 32GB of memory. The front of the device sports a physical home button that acts as a fingerprint scanner and looks identical to Samsung’s. Just above it is a 5.5-inch display that works at full resolution.

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The back is partly made of metal rather than painted plastic, which may sound a bit confusing given the marketing speak used to describe this supposedly very “metal” phone. It’s removable, too, giving you access to the fixed 3,000mAh battery with fast-charging tech. The Flash Plus 2 also features 13- and 5-megapixel rear and selfie cameras, both paired with wide-angle lenses and LED flash units.

The Flash Plus 2 will be available on May 31, starting at P6,990 in the Philippines, or $160 in other countries where it will be sold.

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Gaming

NVIDIA GeForce Now will bring PC games to Android devices

Taking on Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud

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Cloud gaming is a recent trend in the industry which aims to revolutionize gaming in the future. In the past few years, industry giants have launched their own cloud gaming platforms: Google announced Stadia, while Microsoft announced xCloud. Soon, they will be joined by NVIDIA with its own GeForce Now which will be available to Android devices soon.

GeForce Now is NVIDIA’s cloud gaming platform that has been in beta for PC, Mac, and NVIDIA Shield TVs. With this recent announcement, GeForce Now will finally come to Android devices. More people will be able to play AAA PC games from their Android devices, regardless of specs. NVIDIA’s platform also has the advantage of streaming PC gaming titles from Steam, UPlay, and other digital stores. In comparison, titles available to Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud is more limited.


NVIDIA is improving the GeForce Now — as such, the platform will remain in beta phase for the foreseeable future. It is free for everyone to try. Those willing will need a compatible Bluetooth gamepad, since some games are unplayable through touch controls alone.

There is no exact date when the GeForce Now will be available to the public. There are also no details yet as to how much the platform will cost as of the moment.

NVIDIA’s GeForce Now is part of the industry’s push towards cloud gaming. Cloud gaming works by streaming a whole game through the internet so people can play their favorite games anytime, anywhere. However, it remains to be seen if people will welcome the technology with open arms — after all, it requires a fast and stable internet connection.

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Xiaomi launches Android One powered Mi A3

A clutter-free user experience

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Xiaomi has launched a wide-range of phones this year in an attempt to cover every price bracket. While it has indisputable supremacy in the entry-level bracket, the brand is also slowly catching up on the premium side.

So far, all phones launched by Xiaomi are backed by MIUI. The A-series however, aims to offer a stock Android experience. Partnering with Google for Android One, the device is guaranteed to receive timely security and feature updates.


First announced in Spain, Xiaomi has now unveiled the Mi A3 in India and is available in White, Blue, and Grey. It’ll take on the Realme 5 series, Vivo Z1 Pro, and Samsung Galaxy M40. With this new phone, Xiaomi will improve upon the shortcomings of the Mi A2.

The headphone jack is making a comeback and the design has been drastically improved. The front has a 6-inch HD+ AMOLED display and it also houses the fingerprint sensor. The front and back are protected by Gorilla Glass 5 and splash resistant coating.

Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 665 processor with 4GB or 6GB of RAM and expandable storage. The rear has a triple camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary camera, 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. While the front gets a 32-megapixel selfie shooter with support for face unlock.

Backing these internals is a 4,000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging. Software enhancements in the UI are non-existent because the phone ships with pure Android out-of-the-box.

It’ll be available in two configurations — 4GB+64GB costing INR 12,999 and 6GB+128GB costing INR 15,999. Sale starts from xx September via Mi.com and other offline channel partners. There’s a INR 1,000 if users purchase using an HDFC Bank credit or debit card.

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Entertainment

Spider-Man could be out of the MCU, #SaveSpiderMan trends

Fans are blaming Sony

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Spider-Man’s future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is looking bleak.

A report by Deadline says that Sony and Marvel failed to come to terms on a deal. Marvel reportedly offered an even 50/50 split on co-financing future films involving the wall-crawler. The deal could extend to the larger Spider-Man universe that Sony also intended on building and that, perhaps, was when the company started to become protective.


The report says Sony just “did not want to share its largest franchise.” For its part, Sony has rebounded nicely from the mess that was the two Amazing Spider-Man movies. In 2018 they released the Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4 game as well as the animated flick Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Both were massive hits critically and commercially.

It’s a puzzling move on Sony’s part considering how much life the MCU has breathe into the character. Tom Holland, the actor who plays Spider-Man in the MCU is still under contract to do two more films. Director of Spider-Man: Far From Home Jon Watts, likewise, is still under contract but if this stalemate between Sony and Marvel persists, we might be looking at a vastly different live-action Spidey.

If you’ve seen the latest Spidey film, you also know that it ended on a massive cliffhanger so this new turn of events is major bummer for fans.

#SaveSpiderMan trends on Twitter

Following the news, fans of Spidey in the MCU couldn’t help but voice out their disappointment and displeasure with Sony. #SaveSpiderMan quickly trended on Twitter with fans pointing out how Sony is ruining the character.

Clearly, Spidey fans aren’t pleased. Here’s to hoping Sony will listen to this outcry because right now, this is literally everyone…

 

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