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MyPhone My31 Unboxing

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MyPhone brings back its Pinoy phone branding with the MyPhone My31. This is our unboxing.

A few years ago, MyPhone was known for making phones with the map of the Philippines plastered on the back of their smartphones and they are finally bringing it back.

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Snapdragon 750G brings 5G and HDR gaming for midrange phones

Coming to smartphones later this year

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This year, Qualcomm has ferociously pushed for more 5G-capable chipsets across the board. Indeed, the entire chipmaking industry is outing more 5G hardware for next-generation smartphones. Now, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series is expanding once again. The new Snapdragon 750G brings 5G and HDR gaming for midrange phones.

First of all, the Snapdragon 750G is compatible for both mmWave and Sub-6 GHz technologies. The feature ensures true 5G compatibility across the globe. Besides connectivity, the feature boasts seamless online gameplay for gamers. Besides the 5G features, the chip has WiFi 6 compatibility.

That said, the chipset also sports HDR gaming compatibility. Snapdragon 750G comes with Qualcomm’s Adreno 619 GPU, rendering graphics 10 percent faster than the Snapdragon 730G.

Supplemented with the Kryo 570 CPU, it comes with Qualcomm’s 5th-generation AI engine, bringing better smart features for smartphones. The feature reportedly performs 20 percent faster than the Snapdragon 730G.

In other specifications, the chipset can support up to a dual (32-megapixel + 16-megapixel) camera setup. Smartphone displays can go up to 120Hz in refresh rate.

Finally, the chipset comes with better battery efficiency — up to 20 percent better — than its predecessor. Quick Charge 4+ charges devices to 50 percent in just 15 minutes.

Currently, Qualcomm has not announced any brands or models that will ship with the Snapdragon 750G. However, the company expects the unknown smartphones to ship sometime later this year.

SEE ALSO: Apple’s A14 chip is slower than Snapdragon 865

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The OnePlus 8T is coming on October 14

‘Ultra Stops At Nothing’

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File photo: OnePlus 8 Pro

We knew it was coming and now we know exactly when. OnePlus has announced that the OnePlus 8T will be revealed on October 14.

It comes with the tagline: Ultra Stops At Nothing. We don’t know yet what that exactly means but we’re very much looking forward to finding out.

In the meantime, here’s everything we know so far about the OnePlus 8T based on previous rumors, leaks, and reports:

Android Central reported that the upcoming phone will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+. This chipset brings improvement on the CPU and GPU front compared to the Snapdragon 865, so users can expect better performance on the OnePlus 8T.

Furthermore, the phone will gain a 120Hz panel, which is a huge jump over OnePlus 8’s 90Hz panel. The size of OnePlus 8T’s display is pegged at 6.55-inch.

Android Central also claims that the phone is getting a quad-camera setup in the form of 48MP primary + 16MP wide-angle +5MP macro + 2MP portrait lens setup.  They also claim that the primary camera is getting a better imaging sensor this time around.

Meanwhile, the folks at XDA-Developers found the render hidden in the Settings app. From the looks of it, OnePlus 8T is set to ditch the curved display upfront. However, OnePlus is retaining the display cut-out housing the single selfie camera.  As a matter of fact, not much has changed from the OnePlus 8 itself.

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Could we be getting a Sony Xperia Play 2?

Why did they cancel it?

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Xperia Play

Sony never launched a successor to the Xperia Play. However, we’re in for a shot of nostalgia. User JerryYin shared a few pictures of an Xperia Play 2 prototype with the XDA Developers team. According to him, the unit is a prototype and he has put it up for sale on a Chinese marketplace.

The Xperia Play was a gaming phone running Android and was released in 2011. Back then, the company was called Sony Ericcson. Unlike today’s all-touch phones, it featured a D-pad, two touchpads as a joystick, and PlayStation buttons. Today, the design looks relatable to a Nintendo Switch.

Gaming phones have taken over the market and every brand is trying to offer maximum gaming-oriented features. Pretty much all of them have also created dedicated gaming phones to cater to the rapidly growing demand. But, did you know gaming phones aren’t a new concept and have existed for a decade?

It also sports a 3D button that suggests the company considered porting 3D technology. Back then, 3D movies and games were available on the PS3 and the glass-free application has been seen on Nintendo 3DS as well as HTC Evo 3D.

The authenticity of the phone cannot be verified right now, hence these pictures should be taken with a pinch of salt. It’s possible that this may be a fake, but the amount of detail visible helps in building some confidence.

If we consider the Nintendo Switch sales, it can be assumed that this form factor hasn’t gone out of fashion. When the Xperia Play was launched, mobile gaming was in a nascent stage and limited to smaller games like Angry Birds. The development of larger games with new genres like battle royale has widely increased the capability of mobile gaming.

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