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Second-generation Nokia 6 (2018) arrives with slimmer bezels and midrange specs

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Nokia released several Android smartphones in 2017, but it was the Nokia 6 that started it all for the revitalized brand. A year has passed, and we’re now looking at the successor to that pioneering device.

Although much has been leaked about the second-generation Nokia 6 (2018), it’s only today we have official specifications and images from the phone’s launch in China. The leaks were quite close to the actual product, so we aren’t seeing many surprises here.

The new Nokia 6 is still a midrange handset through and through, primarily because of its use of a midrange Snapdragon 630 processor with 4GB of memory and up to 64GB of expandable storage. What separates it from the pack, however, is the 6000-series aluminum body for improved durability without too much heft.

Its biggest upgrade comes in the form of thinner bezels, but these aren’t as slim as what we’ve come to expect of newer smartphones. While the fingerprint scanner was relocated to the back, the 5.5-inch 1080p screen has the traditional 16:9 ratio found on older devices. This means you won’t experience black bars on the side while playing YouTube or Netflix videos.

Single camera setups still cover the rear and front — 16- and 8-megapixel snappers, respectively. These won’t provide you with any special depth effect tricks or optical zooming, but the Bothie mode (which lets you shoot with both cameras at the same time) was ported over from the flagship Nokia 8.

 

Users will be glad to know that there’s a USB-C port on board with support for fast charging. On the other hand, you’re forced to use Android 7.1.1 Nougat until Nokia begins rolling out 8.0 Oreo. An adequate 3000mAh battery should provide more than a day of battery life.

As for audio, two microphones are in place for Nokia’s spatial audio technology, but the stereo speaker setup is no more, leaving you with a single loudspeaker for enjoying content.

A price of CNY 1,499 (US$ 230) for the 32GB storage variant and CNY 1,699 (US$ 260) for the 64GB storage version make the new Nokia 6 an attractive offer. Two colors are available: black and silver.

SEE ALSO: Nokia 3310 will soon have 4G connectivity

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

Turn your phone into jewelry

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The Galaxy Note 9 is not a cheap smartphone, especially the 512GB variant that will set you back US$ 1,249. It arrived with a Gorilla Glass 5 body, but what if they covered it in gold instead?

Russia-based luxury smartphone company Caviar decided that the Note 9’s glass body is not flashy enough, so they customized one and added 1 kilogram of pure gold.

Mind you, this is actual gold, and not just a simple paint job. Look at the images below:

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Fine Gold Edition is still a typical Galaxy Note 9 inside but with Caviar’s custom gold plate on its back.

It starts at RUB 3,870,000 or almost US$ 60,000! You can buy 60 units of the regular Galaxy Note 9 with this money, and that’s just for the 128GB variant. If you wish to get the one with 512GB of storage and 8GB of memory, you’ll have to add another US$ 1,000.

Check out Caviar’s website if you’re interested.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 hands-on: All about the S Pen?

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ASUS ROG Zephyrus S is the slimmest gaming laptop available today

But doesn’t compromise performance

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Alongside the 17-inch ROG Scar II, ASUS has announced a new ROG device that they claim to be world’s slimmest gaming laptop. The ROG Zephyrus from last year was already thin by gaming laptop standards, but the new ROG Zephyrus S is 12 percent thinner with updated specs.

The ROG Zephyrus S (GX531) still has the look and feel of the original Zephyrus but it’s now only 14.95 to 15.75mm thick. Those numbers might not sound as sexy as other super-slim notebooks, but the Zephyrus S has desktop-grade gaming performance with either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q or GTX 1060 GPU inside its chassis.

Powering the Zephyrus S is the six-core Intel Core i7-8750H processor with up to 24GB DDR4 memory. Storage options are from 256GB to 1TB M.2 NVMe SSDs.

The laptop’s display is a 15.6-inch 1080p panel with a 144Hz refresh rate, 3ms response time, and 100 percent sRGB coverage. It’s definitely not the sharpest laptop display, but it’s one of the fastest for smooth gameplay. The display has a thin-bezel design as well, so the footprint of the laptop is just a bit bigger than your typical 14-inch notebook.

ASUS uses their Active Aerodynamic System (same as with other Zephyrus laptops) which opens a vent at the bottom of the laptop when the lid is lifted, and the vent stretches across the entire back of the body. This improves airflow by 22 percent over a conventional design as per ASUS.

Another distinct trait of the Zephyrus S is the keyboard. It’s still on the front of the device, which helps with cooling, but it might not be everybody’s cup of tea. The keys have 1.2mm of travel, N-key rollover, and RGB lighting via Aura Sync over four zones.

As for I/O, it has two USB-C ports (Gen1 and Gen2), two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, HDMI 2.0 at the back, and a headphone jack.

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S (GX531) will become available starting September in the US and in October for the UK and Asia. Pricing starts at US$ 2,099 for the GTX 1060 model, while the higher-end GTX 1070 is priced at US$ 2,199.

SEE ALSO: ASUS’ new ROG Strix Scar II is world’s most compact 17-inch gaming laptop

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ASUS’ new ROG Strix Scar II is world’s most compact 17-inch gaming laptop

Thanks to its super-slim bezels!

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After going hands on with the ROG Strix Scar II and reviewing the Hero II in full, we wondered what else could be done to improve this second-generation lineup. Well, it looks like ASUS just gave us the answer.

Discreetly launched today, the new 17.3-inch ROG Strix Scar II (model name GL704) is the most compact gaming laptop of its kind, according to ASUS. It’s basically a supersized variant of the already-available 15.6-inch version but with an even badder screen.

It may be worth the wait, because the color-accurate 17.3-inch 1080p display is able to fit into a chassis designed for 15.7-inch panels, effectively providing it a width of less than 400mm thanks to the slim bezels.

The wide keyboard and Aura Sync RGB lighting make a return, along with the fast 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time of the display.

In terms of specs, it can go up to an Intel Core i7-8750H processor with 16GB of memory and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics chip. A 256GB SSD plus 1TB SSHD combo maintains the speed and fluidity of the system.

It’ll be available by the end of September in official ROG stores. Pricing begins at US$ 1,699.

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