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Moto G6 series leak shows 18:9 displays and dual rear cameras

All still have pure Android!

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Aside from the Moto X5, there are more leaked promo images of upcoming Motorola phones for 2018. The company’s lower-midrange lineup will get a refresh in the form of the Moto G6 series.

The Moto G6 series will have three members: Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus, and Moto G6 Play. All three come in similar designs with 3D glass on the back but sport different specs.

The regular Moto G6 will have a 5.7-inch 18:9 display with a Full HD+ resolution. It’ll be powered by a Snapdragon 450 processor with either 3GB or 4GB of memory and 32GB or 64GB of storage. Dual rear cameras are present on the phone with 12- and 5-megapixel sensors, and it also has a high-resolution 16-megapixel selfie camera. It’s got a modest 3000mAh battery on board.

The Moto G6 Plus, on the other hand, is a bigger variant with a 5.93-inch display. It’s got the same resolution and camera setup, but has more power with a Snapdragon 630 processor and 6GB of memory. Battery capacity has a slight bump to 3200mAh for the G6 Plus.

The most basic and practical in the series is the Moto G6 Play. It has a large 4000mAh battery to power up a 5.7-inch HD display. The processor, memory, and storage configurations are still unknown, but they’ll likely be lower than the other two to make ends meet.

All models will have fingerprint readers either on the front or at the back.

The Moto G6 will come in black, silver, and rose gold for roughly US$ 240. The G6 Plus will have Deep Indigo, Nimbus, and Dark Lake — quite unusual names for phone colors — with an estimated price of US$ 330. The G6 Play will be in dark charcoal, gold, and deep blue.

Official announcement is pegged next month during the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona.

Source: Droidlife

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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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