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Motorola announces Moto G6, G6 Play, and G6 Plus with 18:9 displays, Android Oreo

The latest midrange phones to beat

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Meet the new Moto G6 family, Motorola’s latest trio of midrange smartphones. Each comes with its own strengths, but they have a number of similarities.

Each G6 phone has Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with no skin on top, a display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, front LED flash, water-repellent coating, and fingerprint reader. They also share a common design that’s starting to get old since every Motorola phone has had the same shape.


Moto G6

The regular Moto G6 comes with a 5.7-inch Full HD+ display and Snapdragon 450 processor which easily puts it in the same league as lower-midrange phones. It’ll have up to 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. There’s a microSD card slot just in case you need more space.

A dual rear setup is onboard with a 12- and 5-megapixel combo and bright f/1.8 lens. It records video up to 1080p at 60 frames per second. An 8-megapixel front camera takes care of selfie needs.

With a 3000mAh battery and 15W TurboCharger bundled in the box, you can quickly charge the phone and it’ll last (most likely) the whole day.

It uses Gorilla Glass 3 for both of its front and back with similar curves we first saw on the Moto X4. The same goes for the G6 Plus variant.

Pricing starts at EUR 250.

Moto G6 Plus

The Moto G6 Plus gets the best features in the series. It has the biggest display with a 5.9-inch IPS LCD sporting a Full HD+ resolution. It also has a more powerful Snapdragon 630 processor with up to 6GB of memory and up to 128GB of expandable storage.

Camera-wise, the G6 Plus features dual rear cameras as well — a 12- and 5-megapixel combo with a large 1.4µm pixel size and f/1.7 aperture. It has Dual Pixel autofocus for quick focus times and support for 4K video recording. As for selfies, there’s an 8-megapixel front camera complete with beauty mode and filters.

The Plus model has a slightly larger battery than the regular variant with its 3200mAh capacity. Fast charging is also a feature of the Plus using the included 15W TurboPower charger and USB-C cable.

Pricing starts at EUR 300.

Moto G6 Play

Lastly, we have the G6 Play — the G6 phone with the biggest battery at 4000mAh packed into a body sporting a 5.7-inch display. Motorola claims it can last up to 36 hours on a single charge which is pretty impressive. The large battery phone is also bundled with a 15W TurboPower charger just like its siblings.

The Play version is all about longetivity, so its specifications are not the best in class but still capable. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 430 processor with 3GB of memory and 32GB of expandable storage.

There are no dual cameras here but the single 13-megapixel rear shooter should be enough for quick snaps, while the 8-megapixel selfie camera is on par with the more expensive models.

Its price is only EUR 200.

All of the new Moto G6 phones are going to be available in markets where Motorola is present, except for the Moto G6 Plus which will skip North America.

SEE ALSO: Motorola Moto X4 Review: Beautiful and fragile

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Apple updates MacBook Pro line-up with tweaked keyboard and 8-core chip

The fastest Mac notebook ever

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Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch) | GadgetMatch

Apple‘s popular line of pro notebooks is getting more powerful with Intel’s new 8th and 9th-gen Core chips. Other laptop manufacturers already announced their latest models featuring the new processors and Apple doesn’t want to get left behind.

For the first time ever, consumers can get a MacBook Pro with an 8-core processor which is two times faster than an older quad-core MacBook Pro and has 40 percent better performance than the previous 6-core MacBook Pro.


The MacBook Pro refresh for mid-2019 greatly benefits the 15-model with Touch Bar. The base model now has a 6-core i7 processor and its high-end sibling has an 8-core i9 processor. If you wish, it can be configured to an even more powerful 8-core i9 chip which can turbo boost up to 5.0GHz. This is now what Apple calls “the fastest Mac notebook ever.”

Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch) | Image credit: Apple

The 13-inch Touch Bar models also get a processor refresh with the base model now equipped with a faster 8th-gen quad-core i5. It can also be upgraded to a quad-core i7 with a turbo boost of up to 4.7GHz.

Apart from the new processors, the rest of the MacBook Pro specs remain unchanged. However, the Cupertino company opted to use a new material for its keyboard which should reduce issues. It’s still the same third-generation butterfly keyboard design from previous models though.

The refreshed MacBook Pro 15-inch models start at US$ 2,399 in the US or SG$ 3,499 in Singapore, while the smaller 13-models start at US$1,799 or SG$ 2,599.

SEE ALSO: Apple might increase the iPhone’s price by 14 percent

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Samsung is getting a Game of Thrones-themed phone

The Galaxy Fold is getting more premium

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Image source: Caviar

Today, a foldable smartphone is one of the most exclusive things you can own. Despite the recent wave of launch announcements, the foldable smartphone is still a rare sight. Notably, Samsung delayed its own Galaxy Fold after new flaws popped up before launch. No one knows when (or if) the foldable smartphone will take off. As it is, the revolutionary form factor is only a premium purchase.

Despite the hitches, Samsung is making the Galaxy Fold even more premium. Russian luxury smartphone maker Caviar is taking the foldable smartphone on a trip to Westeros. Much like the golden Galaxy Note 9, Caviar’s Galaxy Fold draws inspiration from the recently concluded Game of Thrones HBO series and the unreleased Winds of Winter book.


Because of the foldability, the customized phone is shaped like a book. The front panel is stylized “into a cover of the long-awaited book.” Both the front and rear panels flaunt an exquisite bas-relief featuring the series’ dragons and Westeros’ house crests. As always, the phone’s extravagant details shine with a layer of pure gold. Likewise, the Galaxy Fold locks with a gold clasp when folded. Outside of the gold bas-relief, the rear panel also features a detailed map of Westeros.

Image source: Caviar

Specs-wise, the Caviar-led design touts the same hardware as Samsung’s main driver. The Galaxy Fold comes with a Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor, 12GB of RAM, and 512GB of internal storage. It also features a quad rear camera setup and a dual front-facing camera combo. It comes with a 4380mAh battery.

Currently, Samsung has not announced a new launch date. Previously, Samsung announced an April launch date. As such, Caviar cannot announce a definite launch yet. However, the luxury brand has promised a simultaneous launch date with Samsung.

Caviar’s Galaxy Fold Game of Thrones Edition sells for a bank-breaking US$ 8,200. Additionally, Caviar is selling “cheaper” carbon and leather variants — selling at US$ 5,870 and US$ 6,180, respectively. At the very least, Caviar is offering free worldwide shipping for all purchases. Hopefully, it also comes with a free “Rains of Castamere” ringtone.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 gets a luxury treatment with 1kg pure gold plate

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Playdate is a handheld gaming system with a crank

Yes, an actual crank

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If you’re bored of the current gaming console landscape or are simply waiting for the next-gen PlayStation to come out, there’s this new handheld system that might keep you a little busy.

From a company named Panic, which is known for developing the popular game Firewatch, comes the Playdate. It may seem like a simple gaming system at first, but look to its right and you’ll see its defining feature: a crank.


The developer says that some titles will use this analog controller exclusively, while some won’t at all (which, to me, sorta defeats the purpose of placing that game on this console). Everything will be played on its monochrome screen with no backlighting.

You can see it in action here:

The spin here is that the Playdate will come with a subscription of 12 games — delivered to you once a week for 12 weeks. It’s part of the initial cost of US$ 149, but there’s no word yet if there’ll be subscriptions after that and how much they’ll cost.

Each game will be a surprise, which may or not be a good thing. Spending this much on an unproven console — and possibly more for succeeding subscriptions — could end up becoming a costly risk.

Orders will be accepted later this year, while actual shipping will happen in early 2020. For now, you can sign up through the official website to receive updates on its progress.

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