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OnePlus 5T is everything we expected it to be

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Thanks to some teasers and “accidental” leaks — plus clear similarities to the already-launched OPPO R11s — the OnePlus 5T’s announcement didn’t surprise us that much, but this is still a notable upgrade over the OnePlus 5 released earlier this year.

The clearest difference is the switch to a larger 6-inch 1080p AMOLED display without adding much to the phone’s dimensions. Because it uses a slimmer 18:9 screen ratio, the handset looks taller now and has shorter bezels on both the bottom and top.

This also means that the fingerprint scanner had to be moved to the back. Like all other phones with this new design, facial recognition is one of the available security features. But unlike several new handsets, the audio port is still around.

Its dual-camera setup at the back (with 20- and 16-megapixel sensors) looks like its predecessor’s, but the implementation is slightly different. The secondary sensor has a brighter f/1.7 aperture and Intelligent Pixel Technology to combine four pixels into one for greater clarity.

There wasn’t any mention of optical zoom like on the OnePlus 5, and electronic image stabilization was chosen over its optical counterpart. A 16-megapixel image sensor handles selfies in front.

Like any OnePlus smartphone, flagship-level specs are in tow: a high-end Snapdragon 835 processor, 6/8GB of memory, 64/128GB of storage, and a 3300mAh battery. As usual, the company’s blazing fast Dash Charge is on board. It’s still on Android Nougat with Oreo coming in beta form by the end of the year.

Those don’t sound so special after all the premium smartphones we’ve been seeing lately, but if you take the prices of US$ 499 (EUR 499, GBP 449, INR 32,999) for the 64GB storage variant and US$ 559 (EUR 559, GBP 499, INR 37,999) for the 128GB storage model into consideration, this is yet another swell deal from OnePlus.

As announced before the official unveiling, the OnePlus 5T will become available in North America and Europe beginning November 21. Those in India will also get a chance to purchase a unit on November 21 through a flash sale, and China won’t have too wait much longer with their December 1 sale date.

SEE ALSO: OPPO R11s hands-on and photo comparisons

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Huawei pledges $2 billion to secure cybersecurity of hardware

It starts in Britain for now

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Throughout the past few weeks, Sinophobia has reached an all-time high. Various countries have started banning Chinese telecommunications companies from taking over their technology market. Huawei and ZTE have faced tremendous adversity while expanding their 5G operations. Of note, the US, the UK, and Australia have stopped Huawei’s 5G plans before they could start.

It was only a matter of time before Huawei responds. Now, the company has finally promised to solve these crucial cybersecurity issues. In Britain, Huawei has met with government officials regarding their ban. Like the rest of the Western world, Britain criticized Huawei’s technology as potential backdoors for Chinese espionage.

Both parties have agreed to a compromise. To alleviate Britain’s fears, Huawei will pledge US$ 2 billion for cybersecurity. The company will then attempt to solve whatever Britain found in cybersecurity investigations.

While the United Kingdom is more forgiving, other countries are still very wary. After the initial lineup of banning countries, Japan has joined the conversation. The country is working to ban both Huawei and ZTE from 5G development as well. With that, Japan will be the first Asian country to ban both companies. Western fears are now invading the East.

At the other end of the world, Huawei is also facing another crisis. The company’s chief finance officer, Meng Wanzhou, was recently arrested for allegedly violating embargo regulations. According to Huawei, their retaliation plans in Britain were made before the arrest. Thus, the arrest is another separate battle that awaits the company after issues of cybersecurity.

Huawei is in a world of pain. Despite offering amazing products, the company can’t find any traction in hardware development. Geopolitical fears have and will continue to bog down the company throughout the rise of 5G networking.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 20 Pro: When beauty meets technology

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Crash Team Racing remaster announced for multiple consoles

Move over, Mario Kart. There’s a new racing game in town!

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Yes, you read that right! PlayStation’s lovable bandicoot returns to the race track for another hard-hitting, kart-smashing racing game! Announced earlier during The Game Awards 2018, Sony Interactive and Activision will release a remaster of Crash Team Racing (CTR) for major consoles next year.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled will feature the same elements and gameplay from the 1999 original, worked from the ground up. Beenox, the studio behind Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 spearheaded the HD remaster, retaining the core game modes the original CTR provided. The game will feature the main cast of Crash and Coco Bandicoot, Dr. Neo Cortex, Tiny Tiger, N. Gin, Dingodile, Polar, and Pura. Not only that, but the remastered CTR will also feature both offline and online play, something that deviates from the original.

The announcement came from a segment during The Game Awards 2018 in Los Angeles. A Crash Bandicoot mascot unveiled the trailer by presenting a crate that contained a trophy inside that you can find in the original CTR. This confirmed rumors from earlier this week.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled will come out on June 21, 2019 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Next year marks Crash Team Racing‘s 20th anniversary, and what a way to celebrate it through the remaster.

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Apple now sells 18W USB-C fast charger and clear iPhone XR case

More expensive than the ordinary, of course

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Apple has a couple of interesting new items available for iPhone owners out there.

After the month-long delay, the iPhone XR finally gets an official case. For the first time ever, Apple now offers a clear protective case. Instead of leather or silicone, you can protect your colorful iPhone XR with an optically clear polycarbonate and flexible TPU case.

It’ll be probably one of the most expensive TPU cases you’ll ever purchase for US$ 39. With its expensive price tag, hopefully, it won’t turn yellow over time like other cheap third-party clear cases.

18W USB-C Power Adapter | Image credit: Apple

Those who have been wanting a fast charger for their iPhones can finally get one without spending too much. The early solution wasn’t specifically designed for iPhones and it’s not cheap either.

Thankfully, Apple is now selling an 18W USB-C Power Adapter. Although, you’ll still have to purchase a USB-C to Lightning cable separately. The new iPhone fast charger is priced at US$ 29, while the USB-C cable is an additional US$ 19.

It’ll cost you US$ 48 to charge an iPhone faster, which should come out of the box like with flagship Android phones. Keep in mind that you should be using an iPhone 8 or later model.

The new 18W fast charger and clear case for the iPhone XR are now listed on Apple’s online store.

SEE ALSO: Apple gives away iPhone XR to everyone on The Ellen Show

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