OnePlus went super premium with its latest flagship phone: the OnePlus 7 Pro. With all the latest tech packed into one device, OnePlus is not aiming to become a flagship killer anymore. The company’s new goal is to become one of the big names in the premium segment.
Right off the bat, the OnePlus 7 Pro is not your usual OnePlus phone with just the high-end essentials. The “Pro” in its name is more than just extra memory or storage.
First, it has the “most advanced smartphone display” featuring a 6.67-inch curved Fluid AMOLED display with a QHD+ resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. On top of that, the screen also supports both HDR10 and HDR10+ standard.
With all these screen technologies, the OnePlus 7 Pro is able to earn DisplayMate’s highest A+ rating. Additionally, the phone sports a stereo dual-speaker system tuned by Dolby with an amplifier for better sound quality.
Under the hood, the OnePlus 7 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 855 processor, a must-have among flagship phones this 2019. What will set the OnePlus 7 Pro apart is its memory option of up to 12GB, which is more than enough to run even a desktop PC smoothly. It also has liquid cooling to keep the phone’s temperature in check.
A first for OnePlus is the triple camera system on the back of the phone. The OnePlus 7 Pro has a main 48-megapixel main camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and OIS, and a 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle shooter. These cameras are aided by a three-pronged autofocus system like PDAF, CAF, and Laser to ensure it knows where to focus even in low light.
As for taking selfies, OnePlus copied from the textbooks of OPPO and Vivo. Using a motorized pop-up module, OnePlus is able to hide a 20-megapixel f/2.0 camera. This means the phone has no notch that takes away precious pixels in the display.
If you’re particular about a phone’s DxOMark score, you’ll be glad to know that the OnePlus 7 is able to get a total score of 111. It’s just a point shy of Huawei’s P30 Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G.
The phone’s hardware draws power from a massive 4000mAh battery. Not only that, but it also has the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition’s Warp Charge 30 which will fill up the OnePlus 7 Pro’s battery up to almost half in just 20 minutes.
On the software side of things, an updated Oxygen OS (still based on Android 9 Pie) with extra features like a screen recorder and Zen Mode, Oxygen OS’ take on the Do Not Disturb Mode, runs out of the box. The phone has improved haptic vibration as well with multiple levels of feedback making it ideal for gaming, and a faster in-display fingerprint scanner.
The OnePlus 7 Pro is the company’s most premium phone to date and most expensive, too. The phone will be available on May 17 in Almond, Nebula Blue, and Mirror Gray colors through OnePlus.com starting at US$ 669 for the 6GB+128GB variant. The 8GB+256GB model will go for US$ 699, while the top-dog 12GB+256GB version is at US$ 749.
God of War Ragnarok is Sony’s best-selling exclusive
Based only on its first week
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.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) November 23, 2022
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.
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Netflix is working on its first PC game
It’s a AAA title
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.
TikTok is now under investigation by the European Union
For transferring data to China
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.
NEW: The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, confirms that #TikTok’s data transfers are under investigation & object of several ongoing proceedings.
— Brendan Carr (@BrendanCarrFCC) November 22, 2022
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.
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