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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 to unveil an all-screen phone

It’ll be more than just a prototype

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With Xiaomi and OPPO showing off next-gen “waterfall” displays, Huawei too aims to be at the forefront of innovation. It’s already expected to join the foldable smartphone party with the official launch of the Mate X later this month, but that’s not all, an all-screen phone might be on the horizon.

A tweet from Jeb Su contains a teaser from Huawei showing an illustration of such a phone. The image says that the beleaguered Chinese manufacturer will announce such a device on October 17 in Paris, France.

Some companies have patents on similar tech, while others have even shown what such a concept would look like. If the following tweet is accurate, however, Huawei will actually unveil a commercial product next week.

We wouldn’t be entirely surprised if this latest device it has up its sleeve launched exclusively in China. The teaser image doesn’t give anything away, but we can expect it to house a waterfall display (like the Mate 30 Pro, but without a notch) on the front.

Earlier this year, Huawei rival Oppo demoed a concept, although the Chinese vendor hasn’t committed to an actual launch date.

Huawei’s press event is scheduled for next Thursday in Paris, according to the tweet above, or just two days after Google will launch its highly-anticipated Pixel 4.

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Samsung Galaxy A20s and A10s is now in the Philippines

Decent phones for an affordable price

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The competition in the budget segment is intense. Responding to Chinese manufacturers, Samsung Philippines stepped up its game and launched the revamped Galaxy A series. With no signs of stopping, the company recently launched the Galaxy A20s and A10s. These two devices cater towards millennials who love taking selfies and photos.

Galaxy A20s specs and features

The Galaxy A20s consist of triple rear cameras in a 13MP + 8MP + 5MP setup. The secondary 8MP camera has ultra-wide-angle lens that captures up to a 120-degree field-of-view. This makes it ideal for group photo ops since more people can fit in a single frame. Meanwhile, the tertiary 5MP camera is a depth sensor that aids in portrait shots. For selfies, the phone has an 8MP front camera.

Moving to the display, the Galaxy A20s is equipped with a 6.5-inch HD+ LCD display with a V-notch housing the front camera.

Storage and memory is on the conservative side with 4GB / 64GB as the only option. However, storage is expandable for up to 1TB with a MicroSD card.

Powering the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450. Power users can get a full day usage with 4,000mAh battery inside the Galaxy A20s. Should the device needs topping up, Samsung equipped a 15W fast charging in the box.

Galaxy A10s specs and features

The Galaxy A10s is a cheaper alternative to the Galaxy A20s. It has dual rear cameras in a 13MP + 2MP sensor. The 2MP secondary camera is a depth sensor for portrait shots. Selfies are handled by a 8MP front camera.

The Galaxy A10s has a 6.2-inch LCD display with a V-notch for the front camera.

To keep the costs down, Samsung put 2GB of RAM on this device. Storage is also limited with only 32GB built-in. Fortunately, it is expendable for up to 1TB with a MicroSD card.

Unlike its pricier counterpart, the Galaxy A10s features a MediaTek Helio P22 processor. However, it still keeps the 4,000mAh battery for a full day usage. Sadly though, fast charging is absent.

Pricing and availability

The Galaxy A20s comes with a price of PhP 9,990 while the Galaxy A10s comes at PhP 6,990. Both devices come in a choice of black or green.

Both devices are available at all Samsung retail stores and authorized dealers nationwide. To know more about these devices, visit Samsung Philippines’ official website.

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Epic Games just destroyed Fortnite with a literal black hole

There’s an in-game reason, though (maybe)

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Are you currently wondering if (and why) Fortnite is down? If you’re trying to play the world’s biggest battle royale game, you’ll drop in on a strange sight — a black hole. To answer your first question, the game is currently down. However, Fortnite’s curious status is not because of server maintenance or a glitch. Instead, Epic Games has purposely shut its most profitable game down for the day.

Hours ago, Fortnite ended its tenth competitive season. Like most online multiplayer games today, Fortnite creates months-long periods — called Seasons — wherein gamers can rank up and subsequently gain prizes at the end of the period. However, unlike most games, Fortnite holds in-game events that significantly change the gameplay experience. For example, one of the earliest in-game events was a meteor that destroyed part of Fortnite’s map.

That said, Fortnite’s tenth season ended in a literal black hole that sucked up the entire map. Currently, the game will not start in the same lobby or map. Instead, the game only drops gamers into a front-seat view of the black hole. Fortnite is down. (Epic Games has also shut down the game’s official channels.)

For what it’s worth, the game is still churning out “some” content for viewers. Throughout its existence, the black hole has been broadcasting strange numbers for people patient enough to watch. The first set of numbers — 11, 146, 15, 62 — led viewers to a beach full of crabs when put into Google Maps. It’s a direct reference to crab raves, a meme popularized by the game’s popular Twitch streamers. Since then, the black hole released more numbers — 87, 14, 106, 2, 150. Currently, the new set doesn’t mean anything.

Further, gamers can also input the infamous Konami Code — Up, Up, Down, Down, B/O, A/X, Start/Enter — to access a Galaga minigame featuring a pizza and enemy burgers.

For now, Fortnite fans are stuck with this until Epic Games releases a more definitive conclusion. Most likely, the black hole will usher in a new era for the popular game. This might include an entirely new map or new gameplay elements.

Regardless, Fornite’s black hole is a huge gamble on Epic Games’ part. The developer has purposely shut down its biggest revenue stream for an event. It’s currently unheard of for an industry that values maximum efficiency.

SEE ALSO: Sony finally opens cross-play for Fortnite for the PS4

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