OnePlus 7T launches with a 90Hz display, fresh design

The “pro” everyone should have



Over the years OnePlus has successfully established itself as a premium brand and gone up against veterans like Samsung and Apple. The brand follows a well-established refresh cycle of six months and is back with its T-series offering.

The OnePlus 7 Pro was best known for its smooth display thanks to better refresh rates. Now, OnePlus is bringing this unique offering to the OnePlus 7T. While the T-series is known for incremental changes, the brand is going all-in this time with a new design that consists of a circular ring module for the rear cameras and matte frosted back cover.

It sports a 6.55-inch AMOLED display that refreshes at 90Hz and accompanied by a small water-drop notch on the top. OnePlus claims it can offer up to 1,000 nits of brightness. The screen also comes with HDR10+ support and the blacks are even better.

Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 855+ processor with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The storage module is backed by UFS 3.0 technology for faster transfers and an interrupted usage experience. It also features dual stereo speakers for improved loudness and Dolby Atmos optimization.

On the rear is a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary sensor along with 2x zoom lens and a 16-megapixel wide-angle camera. A special Macro mode has been included for sharp close-up shots and OnePlus’ UltraShot Engine ensures better output in low-light conditions.

Just like every other OnePlus product, the 7T comes with a 3,800mAh battery that supports “30T Warp Charging”. The brand claims it can charge the phone 23 percent faster than its predecessor and accompanied software optimization ensures the phone doesn’t heat up.

Lastly, the phone ships with OxygenOS out-of-the-box that includes hundreds of optimizations for a smooth gaming as well as day-to-day experience. It’s also the first the device to ship with Android 10.

Pricing and availability

The phone will come in Glacier Blue and Frosted Silver color options. The starting variant costs US$ 599. It will be available exclusively in T-Mobile stores and online on October 18.

In India, the phone will retail for INR 37,999. First sale starts September 28 on Amazon.

OnePlus TV Pro pricing

In the event in India, OnePlus also announced pricing for the OnePlus TV Pro. It will retail for INR 99,900 (US$ 1400).


PUBG Mobile has a host of surprise gifts this Diwali

Burst in-game crackers!



Diwali is a very auspicious festival in the Hindu calendar and is comparable to Christmas in India. With the onset of the festive season, everyone is on a shopping spree. Companies are gearing up to send out gifts and streets will be lit up with diyas and lanterns.

The country is also one of the largest markets for PUBG Mobile, and the brand intends to leverage the festive season this year. The game has announced a plethora of in-game offerings as well as physical gifts.

Starting October 19, ‘Diwali Dhamaka Event’ will go live in the game and players need to complete daily missions to collect ‘Diwali Sparklers,’ which can be used to ‘Burst Crackers.’ Bursting these crackers will get you ‘Gift Tokens’ that can be redeemed for exclusive in-game items.

For reference, bursting crackers has been a tradition during Diwali. However, everyone is urged to refrain from bursting actual crackers because it leads to massive air pollution. A virtual celebration is best for everyone.

Progressing up the ladder, there will be three levels and each will offer you up to 25 tokens. Once all the Gift Tokens are collected, players will get a Diwali special in-game item for free. Additionally, few lucky winners will also stand a chance to win physical rewards like TVS Apache Bike, OPPO Phones, gold coins, and more.

In-game offering currently includes a Kurta Pajama Set (traditional clothes worn during Diwali), Cricket Costume, Future Policewoman set, Lobster Set, AWM/M416 gun skins, Crate Coupons, and more. The festivities will be available in-game till November 4.

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Blizzard is banning pro-HK Twitch viewers

Don’t say “Free Hong Kong”



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The war against Chinese favoritism continues. Following a massive controversy a few weeks ago, Blizzard shows that it has not learned its lesson at all. The video game publisher is reportedly banning pro-Hong Kong viewers from its Twitch channel.

Blizzard’s games are particularly popular on the streaming platform. Thousands of streamers play World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Hearthstone on Twitch daily. Naturally, Blizzard has capitalized on this trend. Blizzard’s official Twitch accounts broadcast sanctioned tournaments regularly.

This year, Hearthstone’s official account (PlayHearthstone) broadcasted the Master Tour, an international Hearthstone tournament. The most recent European leg is currently ongoing on the platform. That said, the stream’s chatroom was (and is) a huge minefield. Thousands of viewers typed in pro-Hong Kong messages in chat. The outpouring comes from both Hong Kong supporters and dissenters against Blizzard’s blatant pro-China stance.

However, Blizzard already has Twitch on lockdown. As reported by Dot Esports, anyone who typed “Free Hong Kong” automatically received a 24-hour ban from the chatroom. (Though they can still watch, banned users cannot participate in the chatroom for the allotted time.) Moderators also instantly deleted the “offensive” messages.

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At the very least, Blizzard isn’t using an automated program to control the chat’s speech. Days after a live match, PlayHearthstone rebroadcasted the same match on the channel. Apparently, a rerun did not warrant enough moderation from Blizzard. During the rerun, thousands of pro-Hong Kong messages flashed in the chatroom without deletion or banning. Blizzard is still taking things manually.

Regardless, the company’s recent censorship is another nail in Blizzard’s made-in-China coffin. Previously, Blizzard penalized the winner of a Hearthstone tournament for including pro-Hong Kong protests in his victory speech. After an ambiguous apology note, the company eased on the punishment and reiterated that China was not involved in the decision.

SEE ALSO: Blizzard is taking their other titles to your mobile

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Motorola could launch a foldable Razr phone

Could be announced next month



Remember the iconic Razr phone? Back then, a foldable phone had a different meaning and consisted of a hinge that separated the screen and keyboard. Today, thanks to bendable display technology, our definition of a folding phone have changed completely.

However, the feeling of picking up a call by opening the phone with a flip is unmatchable. And, Motorola may be bringing back all that nostalgia with a new “Razr” branded phone.

The company has sent out invitations to an event on November 13 that will feature a “highly anticipated unveiling of a reinvented icon.” Accompanying the invitation was an animated gif depicting the original Razr phone hinge design.

The Razr reboot has become one of the most anticipated smartphone releases among gadget enthusiasts. Its iconic flip became a cultural icon which made everyone wanted a Motorola flip phone.

There is a possibility the phone could feature a bendable display that opens up vertically. A report by The Wall Street Journal early this year stated that Motorola could be working on a reboot and plans on making a limited number of units. Each could sell for as much as US$ 1,500.

These retro reboots have worked quite well for other brands like HMD Global, who’s popular for launching classic Nokia-branded phones with modern features. Even BlackBerry has been experimenting with its keyboard and launched the Key2 last year.

With Huawei Mate X delayed and Galaxy Fold having its own set of problems, Motorola could have a shot at taking on Huawei and Samsung.

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