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Nokia launches a new series of smartphones

Namely the X-series, G-series, and C-series

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Nokia just launched six new smartphones with very distinct leveling and value propositions. These are the Nokia X20, Nokia X10, Nokia G20, Nokia G10, Nokia C10, and Nokia C20.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what each series is for according to the company:

  • X-series: Nokia X20 and Nokia X10 — refined quality and experiences that you will love, with extra durability.
  • G-series: Nokia G20 and Nokia G10 — innovative features in a reassuringly secure package, supported by longest battery life yet.
  • C-series: Nokia C10 and Nokia C20 — smartphone essentials you’ll want to keep for many years thanks to their signature durability.

They even shared this chart to better give us an idea on the distinctions between the three.

Now for the details.

Nokia X-series

The company is tagging these as midrangers that punch a little above their category. Both the Nokia X20 and Nokia X10 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G chip and is running Android 11 straight out of the box.

The phones also share the same 6.67″ FHD punch-hole display.Just like previous Nokia midrangers, the cameras are still powered by ZEISS optics with a friendly helping of AI solutions.

The Nokia X20 has this camera setup: 64MP main, 5MP ultra-wide, 2MP depth, and 2MP macro. The selfie camera is at 32MP. It’s supported by a 4470mAh battery and comes in 6GB+128GB and 8GB+128GB configurations. Storage is expandable up to 512GB via a MicroSD card slot.

Nokia X-series | Nokia X20

Meanwhile, the Nokia X10 has this camera setup: 48MP main, 5MP ultra-wide, 2MP depth, and 2MP macro. The selfie camera is at 8MP. It also has a 4470mAh battery but it comes in more configurations: 6GB+64GB, 6GB+128GB, and 4GB+128GB. Like the X20, storage expandable up to 512GB via a MicroSD card slot.

Nokia X-series | Nokia X10

Nokia G-series

The G-series strips the features down to the basics while still maintaining a reliable performance and generally pleasing experience. In this series are the Nokia G20 and Nokia G10.

The Nokia G20 specs are as follows:

Nokia G-Series | Nokia G20

  • 6.5″ HD+ display
  • Mediatek G35 SoC
  • Cameras: 48MP main, 5MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5050mAh
  • Configuration: 6GB+128GB | Expandable up to 512GB via MicroSD slot

The Nokia G10 specs are as follows:

Nokia G-Series | Nokia G10

  • 6.5″ HD+ display
  • Mediatek G25 SoC
  • Cameras: 13MP main, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5050mAh
  • Configuration: 3GB+32GB, 4GB+64GB | Expandable up to 512GB via MicroSD slot

Nokia C-series

The Nokia C-series has the signature toughness and durability of legacy Nokia phones while still offering the most basic of a smartphone experience. They also run on Android 11 (Go edition).

The Nokia C20 specs are as follows:

  • 6.5″ HD+ display
  • SC9863a Oct-core up to 1.6Ghz
  • Cameras: 5MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3000mAh
  • Configuration: 1GB+16GB, 2GB+32GB | Expandable up to 256GB via MicroSD slot

The Nokia C10 specs are as follows:

Nokia C-Series | Nokia C10

  • 6.5″ HD+ display
  • Unisoc SC7331e Quad Core 1.3GHz
  • Cameras: 5MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3000mAh
  • Configuration: 1GB+16GB, 2GB+32GB | Expandable up to 256GB via MicroSD slot

All these new Nokia phones will run vanilla Android. That means fast and consistent software updates for the foreseeable future.

Pricing and availability details to follow.

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God of War Ragnarok is Sony’s best-selling exclusive

Based only on its first week

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November is a great month for gamers. Because of a few major titles coming out, there are a lot of ways to scratch that gaming itch. A lot of players are happy. None more so than Sony right now. Only a few weeks since its release, God of War Ragnarok has broken Sony’s record for fastest-selling first-party title launch.

Officially confirmed by Sony through its Twitter account, God of War Ragnarok has sold 5.1 million copies only through its first week. With such an impressive showing, the title rushes past Sony’s acclaimed gallery of heavy hitters like Marvel’s Spider-Man, The Last of Us Part II, and even the title’s 2018 predecessor. That’s not a list of who’s who to shrug off.

Additionally, the sequel is now the best-selling title in its franchise. The series has come a long way since its roots in Greek mythology. Mere weeks since the release, it is already in the conversation for several Game of the Year awards alongside other heavy hitters like Elden Ring.

Not without reason, of course. From our review of the title, the sequel to 2018’s classic is a narrative masterpiece in its own right, deserving of its spot in the oeuvre of Sony’s greatest hits.

SEE ALSO: God of War Ragnarok Review

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Netflix is working on its first PC game

It’s a AAA title

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Though off to a relatively slow start, Netflix is now a gaming company as well. As of late, the platform included a variety of mobile games in its catalog of content. Every Netflix subscriber can play any of the games. Now, Netflix is working on something else entirely: a game for the PC.

Spotted by Mobilegamer.biz, Netflix has recently posted new job openings for a game director, an art director, and a technical director. All three listings describe a “brand-new AAA PC game” as a project. One listing even describes “one of Netflix’s first generation of internally developed original games.”

Currently, Netflix taps into other game studios to produce titles for them. Aside from a few independent developers, the platform even partnered with Ubisoft for mobile titles. (One of which will be based on the Assassin’s Creed franchise.)

With the listings in place, the company is expanding its efforts to developing its own titles. Right now, the unnamed project doesn’t feature a lot of details. While the project is still looking for a creative director, it’s likely that the plot isn’t finalized either.

Throughout the past year, the company has bled for subscribers. Since then, they have tried various strategies, including potential punishments for account sharing and cheaper subscription tiers.

SEE ALSO: Netflix will now let you kick people from your account

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TikTok is now under investigation by the European Union

For transferring data to China

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TikTok has now found its way under the microscope of the European Union. The collective is now investigating the platform for allegedly shipping off its citizens’ data to Chinese servers.

In a letter shared by FCC commissioner Brendan Carr (via Engadget), the current president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has confirmed ongoing investigations concerning TikTok in several countries in the European Union.

For one, Ireland is currently investigating how the platform transfers data to China and how it processes the data of minors. The Netherlands is also investigating the same data transfers and TikTok’s advertising towards minors.

For a while now, the European Union has persistently investigated various tech companies to review their compliance with the continent’s General Data Protection Regulation, which presents a stricter view on data privacy. Various companies have already found themselves on the receiving end of penalties brought down by EU courts.

An investigation on TikTok has been a long time coming. For years, the United States has doggedly hounded TikTok for the same violation of shipping user data to Chinese servers. The company continues to face threats of a ban on foreign soil.

Though an investigation in Europe is just another fight the company must face, it’s nothing to shrug off. Lately, the European Union’s ruling on charging standards is forcing Apple to finally ship their devices with USB-C, instead of the proprietary Lightning cable. The Union, especially when completely united across all the included countries, can very well make an impact on the tech industry.

SEE ALSO: TikTok, Tencent linked to sexually violent ads on Facebook

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