Nokia 8 leak reveals true Nokia flagship



Nothing’s official yet, but this is the new Nokia 8 smartphone, the one true flagship of HMD Global.

These leaked images acquired by Venture Beat reveal the new Nokia smartphone in all its glory. While the phone looks eerily like its little brother the Nokia 5, its most interesting addition is the Zeiss branding on its back camera.

Nokia 8

Nokia 8 Leak from Venture Beat

Just last week Nokia announced a partnership with Zeiss, hinting that we’d see the technology in upcoming phones. When we asked whether we’d see the technology in new phones soon, HMD CMO Pekka Rantala refused to divulge details but hinted to GadgetMatch, “There are still numbers before 3 and after 6.”

With a rumored July 31 launch date, the Nokia 8 is most likely going to be that phone, debuting with technology co-engineered with Zeiss which will be a combination of display, lens, software and services.

So how does the Nokia 8 compare with the rest of the Nokia lineup?

According to another report by German tech site WinFuture, while smaller versus the current Nokia 6, the 5.3-inch Nokia 8 will undoubtedly be HMD’s flagship, featuring a higher-resolution display, a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 processor, and two 13-megapixel main cameras.

The phone will initially launch with a 4GB memory / 64GB storage configuration, but may later come with a 6GB / 64GB model. The leaked image reveals a blue phone, but expect it to come in silver and gold models as well.

Since the re-launch of the Nokia brand under HMD Global, fans have been looking forward to a phone that can compete with the likes of the iPhone 7 or the Galaxy S8, but HMD has been laser focused about targeting the more price-conscious midrange segment.

In Barcelona earlier this year James Rutherfoord, Vice President Asia Pacific for HMD, told GadgetMatch his company’s thrust was to stay true to attributes of the Nokia brand, “simplicity, durability, and battery life… and build on that.”

Following the relative success of Nokia’s re-introduction into the tech world we’re pretty excited about their take on a flagship. While the Nokia 8 doesn’t look that different from its midrange sibling, we’re hoping its Zeiss partnership could fuel its competitive push into higher segments.

The Nokia 8 is rumored to debut cheaper than the Galaxy S8, at EUR 589 (approx. US$ 680).

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Zelda sequel Tears of the Kingdom has a release date

Priced at $70



Barely more than a month into the new year, 2023 already looks like a phenomenal year for gamers. A lot of upcoming games are looking like exciting additions to everyone’s to-play list. Though we already knew the title is coming this year, Nintendo officially announced the release date of Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

After revealing a flurry of games, Nintendo capped off their recent Direct with the fresh trailer of the upcoming sequel to Breath of the Wild. As was showcased in previous teasers and trailers, Tears of the Kingdom is a much darker vision set in the same world as Breath of the Wild. Ganon (or what looks like a zombified version of the villain) is back to terrorize Hyrule. This time, however, the iconic villain has a voice!

Plus, Tears of the Kingdom adds a lot of verticality by introducing floating terrain and more aerial movement. While the world looks similar to Breath of the Wild, the sequel still has a lot to show players.

Finally, the trailer caps off with the release date. Tears of the Kingdom will launch on May 12. Preorders have already begun for the title. Additionally, dedicated fans can also get a Collector’s Edition which includes a SteelBook, a poster, an art book, and a pin set. The release also coincides with the launch of a new Amiibo to commemorate the launch.

Priced a bit higher, Tears of the Kingdom will sell for US$ 69.99.

SEE ALSO: Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel trailer breakdown

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Nintendo adds Game Boy titles to Switch Online

And Game Boy Advance



Nintendo Switch Online is the gift that keeps on giving. More than giving players the ability to play online, the subscription service also offers subscribers a gallery of classic games from bygone eras. The feature remains one of the most convenient ways to play old titles from the NES and the N64. Now, the service is adding Game Boy and Game Boy Advance titles.

Announced during the most recent Direct, Nintendo has announced that several titles from the Game Boy and the Game Boy Advance are now playable through the subscription service. While all subscribers will have access to the Game Boy titles, Game Boy Advance titles will come only with Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscriptions.

The starting lineup of Game Boy titles include Tetris, the original Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX and Kirby’s Dream Land. Meanwhile, Game Boy Advance titles will include Super Mario Bros. 3, Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, and WarioWare, Inc: Mega Microgame$. Games included will come with local and online multiplayer, if applicable.

Nintendo will continue to add more titles to the roster throughout the year. Since the Game Boy generation is one of the company’s biggest, expect a ton of announcements as the roster fills up. (We’re still holding out hope for the classic Pokémon games.)

SEE ALSO: Nintendo Switch is now third-bestselling console in history

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Twitter expands character limit to 4,000 characters

But not for everyone



Despite the traditional limitations, the platform’s users have always found a way to express themselves beyond Twitter’s character limits. Whether broken through extensive threads or third-party sites, strict limitations don’t exist anymore. Now, Twitter is essentially getting rid of the character limit by introducing its biggest expansion to date.

Announced today, Twitter will allow users to post tweets with up to 4,000 characters. That’s a gigantic leap from the original 140-character limit and the expanded 280-character limit in 2017. But, of course, some good things come with a price.

Not everyone will have access to the new feature. Currently, only Twitter Blue subscribers in the United States can create tweets of up to 4,000 characters. Besides original tweets, subscribers can also quote tweet with the same expanded limit.

Thankfully, the new feature will not inundate everyone’s feeds with an ocean of text. Any tweets going beyond 280 characters will be cut off with a “show more” prompt.

Through the past few months, the platform has changed a few fundamental elements before Musk took over. Most importantly, Twitter Blue, the platform’s paid subscription service is now much more expansive. Among other things, subscribers now get the coveted blue checkmark attached to their profiles. Now, they also get a massive boost in capabilities when it comes to tweeting.

SEE ALSO: Twitter is teasing an ad-free subscription tier

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