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Nubia Red Magic 5S launches with 144Hz display, Snapdragon 865

Designed purely for gaming

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Nubia has announced its latest offering and it pushes the ceiling even further — the Nubia Red Magic 5S. The gaming phone sports 5G connectivity, top-notch processor, and advanced liquid cooling for sustainable performance.

On the front, it has a 6.6-inch AMOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling, and TUV Rheinland certification. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 865 processor with clock speed up to 2.8Ghz and 16GB RAM.

The phone features an updated cooling system called ICE 4.0. It’s backed by a centrifugal fan with a speed of up to 15,000rpm. The air cooling system works in tandem with an L-shaped liquid cooling chamber. The shoulder has buttons for better gaming controls.

On the rear is a triple camera setup that consists of a 64-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. For selfies, the front has an 8-megapixel camera.

Backing these internals is a 4500mAh battery that supports 55W fast charging. For authentication, an in-display fingerprint sensor has been added along with a dedicated connector for Ice Dock. It’ll run on Red Magic OS that’s based on Android 10.

The Nubia Red Magic 5S starts with an 8GB+128GB option, costing CNY 3,799 (US$ 543). This is followed by 12GB+256GB for CNY 4,399 (US$ 628), and 16GB+256GB for CNY 4,999 (US$ 715). There is also a dedicated Ice Dock cooling accessory that’ll be available for CNY 179 (US$ 25).

It’ll be on sale from August 1 in China. Details about its international launch are still unknown.

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ROG Ally greatly improves with new update

Days before official launch

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The ROG Ally has some hefty shoes to fill. Touting an impressive slate of specs, the upcoming handheld console is one of the first true competitors to the dominating Steam Deck. Unfortunately, early reviews revealed a flawed comparison against Valve’s juggernaut of a console. Now, days ahead of its official launch, ASUS is releasing new firmware which drastically improves the console’s performance.

Getting down to the nitty gritty of things, the ROG Ally, in its unpatched version, lacked performance in low-wattage scenarios. Early reviewers found that the console could not keep up with the Steam Deck under such circumstances.

A new update, which started rolling out to early units, started catching up. According to YouTuber Dave2D, the update easily improves the console by 15 to 20 percent better than its initial release. First of all, it brings the ROG Ally almost at par with the Steam Deck in low-wattage scenarios. While the results aren’t as good as the latter device yet, it’s a much better performer compared to the former on day one. ASUS acknowledges that Valve really did its homework in low-wattage scenarios.

More notably, the update dramatically boosts the ROG Ally’s performance in higher wattages. The console is now close behind the Ayaneo 2S, a beefier alternative to the Steam Deck. Before the update, the ROG Ally could barely touch the Steam Deck, let alone the Ayaneo 2S.

ASUS also notes that the update should include improvements for the battery life. The lackluster battery has been a point of contention among all early users.

The ROG Ally is officially launching on June 13 and will start at US$ 699.99.

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Xiaomi reportedly working on a clamshell phone

Says a new rumor

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In recent years, Motorola and Samsung have proved that the clamshell phone is more than just a resurrected fad. Both companies have developed solid lineups capable of becoming daily drivers. Now, others want to get into the market. Following the footsteps of its contemporaries, Xiaomi is reportedly developing a clamshell phone of its own.

Even before the unannounced clamshell phone, Xiaomi has some experience in the foldable market. The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 was quite the impressive powerhouse when it launched last year. The foldable smartphone even bagged the title as the thinnest foldable at the time (before Huawei grabbed the title soon after).

Now, the Chinese company is seemingly tapping into the same lineup for a rumored clamshell phone. According to Weibo leaker Digital Chat Station, the brand is indeed looking at an extremely light version of the vertically folding form factor.

Unfortunately, not much else is known about the upcoming device yet. However, Xiaomi’s supposed entry into the market shouldn’t be a surprise. After all, the brand’s competitors — Huawei and vivo — are already deep inside the clamshell segment. The latter, for example, just released the vivo X Flip, its first device in the vertically folding market. Expect things to heat up in the Chinese foldable market soon.

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Netflix will launch a Queen’s Gambit game in July

Summer lineup is looking strong

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The renaissance of chess is an interesting sight to behold. While there are a few reasons why the sport rose in popularity — such as the emergence of chess content creators on Twitch — there is one show that quickly catapulted chess into the limelight: The Queen’s Gambit. If you’re still a fan of the show, Netflix is launching a chess game based on the popular show.

The Queen’s Gambit Chess is the next step in the platform’s push towards mobile gaming. Back in 2021, Netflix announced its first forays into offering mobile games for its subscribers. Now, every Netflix subscriber has access to a library of games right on their app.

With The Queen’s Gambit Chess, Netflix is going back to its pool of notable franchises to tie into the gaming world. The platform previously did the same with other franchises like Stranger Things.

In the upcoming title, players will immerse themselves in the world of Beth Harmon. They can “take lessons, play puzzles and matches, or compete against friends.”

Netflix has not shown a lot of footage of the game yet. The announcement comes through a short video enumerating the titles it has on slate for this summer. This slate also includes Cut the Rope, Oxenfree, and the upcoming Oxenfree II: Lost Signals.

Queen’s Gambit Chess will launch on July 25.

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