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Nokia 8’s camera performance underwhelms at DxOMark

What happened to Zeiss optics?

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We’ve gotten used to premium smartphones scoring above the 90 mark on DxOMark’s camera quality tests, so it’s a bit of a surprise to see Nokia’s current flagship handset score way below expectations.

With a score of 68, the Nokia 8 falls into the lower level of DxOMark’s mobile rankings.

For comparison, most of the new flagship phones — including the Pixel 2, iPhone X, Galaxy Note 8, and Mate 10 Pro — have scored 94 or more points.

Here’s the breakdown:

DxOMark claims the Nokia 8 does enough to produce decent photos, but they’re nowhere near good enough to compete against the best of other brands.

The test results reveal that the three 13-megapixel cameras (one in front and two at the back) didn’t do well enough in all lighting conditions and had a tough time staying consistent during autofocusing and exposure readings.

That’s quite disappointing, considering that the Nokia 8’s cameras were created in partnership with Zeiss, which was also involved in the production of Nokia’s class-leading cameraphones of the past.

All is not lost for Nokia, however. These scores only paint a fraction of the picture, and the company’s next killer flagship is set to arrive soon.

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You can now play Xbox games on an iPhone

Only for Xbox Series X and Xbox One

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Earlier this year, Samsung announced a blockbuster partnership with Microsoft. Starting with the Note 20 series, Samsung users can start streaming Xbox games from the cloud right on their phone. The partnership marks a landmark move for the future of cloud gaming. Now, you can now play Xbox games on an iPhone and an iPad.

As part of its ongoing cloud gaming initiatives, Microsoft launched a new Xbox app for the App Store. The new app comes with a remote play feature, reminiscent of the PlayStation’s own take on the functionality. With the feature, you can play your Xbox games on an iPhone and an iPad.

Of note, however, the feature does not connect directly to Microsoft’s xCloud project. Meaning, you can only link to games that you own on your Xbox One or Xbox Series X. That said, you can stream games from the aforementioned Xbox models, not any from Microsoft’s older models.

With the new app, you can also control your Xbox remotely from your phone. Again, it’s much like what Sony already offers.

The new app comes right in time for the upcoming Xbox Series X and Series S. With the app, Microsoft is expanding their gaming ecosystem extensively. Amidst the rise of next-generation gaming, cloud gaming is making a compelling case for the future.

SEE ALSO: Xbox Series X confirms a November launch date

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Apple Watch SE keeps overheating in South Korea

Malfunctioning screens and burn spots

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When you own a smartwatch, you often want timely notifications on your wrist. That said, expertly timed notifications are often just tiny vibrations or tiny beeps. However, a smartwatch burning your wrist is a bit much. Unfortunately, Apple Watch users are ending up with scorch marks on their arms. In South Korea, the Apple Watch SE keeps overheating and malfunctioning.

As documented in a Reddit post, there are already six individual cases of the Apple Watch SE overheating. In all cases, the smartwatch ended up with a yellow patch on the screen, likely where the overheating happened. In four cases, the watch overheated while the user was asleep. Luckily, Apple has not disputed these claims, offering the users either refunds or replacement products.

According to the post, the yellow spot is “above the display connectors” and “far from the battery.” At this point, there is no documented risk of the device blowing up, at least.

Affected devices are all from the Apple Watch SE 40mm series of devices. These include both GPS and cellular. They also include Silver, Space Gray, and Nike Edition variants.

Apple has not released any breakdown information on the Apple Watch SE about the incidents yet. Unofficial breakdowns have not revealed the problem as well.

The company launched the Apple Watch SE last month. The new series brings Apple’s wearable experience to a more budget-conscious market. That said, you might want to stay away from the affected devices above for now.

SEE ALSO: Apple Watch Series 6 vs Watch SE: Unboxing and Buyer’s Guide

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Xiaomi announced an upcoming 80W wireless charger

Charges 4000mAh battery in 19 minutes

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There is a new charging war brewing. After a hotly contested race for wired charging supremacy, the rise of wireless charging has brought a new field to work on. Trying to jump ahead of the curve, Xiaomi announced an upcoming 80W wireless charger.

On their official YouTube page, Xiaomi posted a video testing the upcoming technology on the Mi 10 Pro. According to the video, the charging solution can fill the Mi 10 Pro’s 4000mAh battery up to 50 percent in just eight minutes. Further, the battery reaches 100 percent in 19 minutes.

Currently, the company sports only a 50W wireless charging solution. On its own, the solution can fill up the Mi 10 Ultra’s 4500mAh battery in 40 minutes. Relatively, Xiaomi’s upcoming solution is a drastic improvement.

In terms of competitors, OPPO has already announced their own 65W wireless charging solution. The wireless charging war is truly heating up. Wired charging, on the other hand, has already advanced to 125W charging. As expected, OPPO, vivo, and Xiaomi are leaders in the wired charging battle.

Of course, Xiaomi has not announced when the upcoming charging solution will eventually launch. The company and its competitors often announce their charging improvements as opening salvos before releasing compatible devices officially.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Philippines Smartphone Price List

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