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Motorola officially launches new Moto E5 phones for the budget-conscious

Three new Motorola phones!

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Apart from the Moto G6 family, Motorola also launched their new generation of budget-oriented Moto E phones. But even if it’s positioned below the Moto G, the Moto E now borrows the design of the midrange lineup. And like the Moto G, the new Moto E comes in three versions with various differences.

Let’s tackle their similarities first. All three new Moto E5 phones are going to be available in their respective markets in the coming months with Android Oreo and a hidden fingerprint reader (disguising as a Moto logo) on their backs. They all have a water-repellent coating, but that doesn’t mean liquids cannot get into the phone.

Moto E5

The base model of the Moto E5 already features a large 4000mAh battery and 5.7-inch 18:9 HD+ display. It has a Snapdragon 425 processor with 2GB of memory and 16GB of expandable storage.

Camera-wise, there’s a single 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel selfie camera with its own LED flash.

Pricing is at EUR 150 only. It’ll be available in Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific.

Moto E5 Plus

The Moto E5 Plus comes with a larger battery at a whopping 5000mAh capacity and a bigger 6-inch 18:9 HD+ display — the biggest so far in the series. As for the processing power of the phone, it has a modest Snapdragon 425 processor with 3GB of memory and 32GB of expandable storage.

It still has a single rear shooter with a 12-megapixel sensor and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. Each of the cameras has its own LED flash to help in low-light environments.

The phone is priced at EUR 170 and it’s coming to Europe, Americas, and Asia Pacific.

Moto E5 Play

For those who prefer a more compact budget phone, there’s the Moto E5 Play. The Play is basically a smaller variant of the base Moto E5 with the same processor (or a Snapdragon 427 in some regions), memory, and storage configuration.

The smaller 5.2-inch display comes with a standard 16:9 aspect ratio. Of course, it also has a smaller battery at just 2800mAh but it’s user-replaceable.

Basic 8-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors are used for its rear and front cameras, respectively. Again, each camera has its own LED flash.

There’s still no price for the E5 Play, but it’s only going to be available in North America.

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

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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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