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OnePlus 7T Pro launches with incremental upgrades

Is the regular 7T a better option?

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The OnePlus 7T was launched just a couple of weeks ago. The T-series is supposed to have incremental upgrades, however, OnePlus decided to break the routine and offered quite a lot of improvements. Now, the company has launched the OnePlus 7T Pro at a special event in London and it has left us wondering, what’s new?

The 7T Pro comes with very similar internals as the 7T, meaning it offers a tiny bit of improvement over the 7 Pro. Just like the 7T, it has a Snapdragon 855 Plus processor with 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage in the base variant.

On the front is a 6.67-inch Quad HD+ curved OLED display. Instead of a notch, the front camera has been packed into a sliding pop-up module. Obviously, the display refreshes at 90Hz, offering a smoother experience while scrolling or gaming.

The rear gets a triple camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary camera, a 16-megapixel wide-angle sensor, and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens. Unlike the 7T, the array is vertically located in the centre. A new software-based macro mode has been added for better close-up pictures.

For authentication, an in-display fingerprint scanner is available along with the option of face unlock. Backing these internals is a 4085mAh battery that supports 30T Warp Charge. OnePlus claims the new technology is 23 percent faster than previous offerings.

Like all OnePlus phones, it ships with OxygenOS out-of-the-box. The company also announced its working on a new real-time translation feature that can be used during video calls. The feature is still under development and a timeline hasn’t been revealed yet.

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The company has partnered with PUBG to optimise the game for better gameplay experience. Also, a special McLaren Edition will also be available and it’ll come with 12GB RAM and an orange carbon fibre design.

The OnePlus 7T is priced at £549 (US$ 680) while the OnePlus 7T Pro costs £699 (US$ 866). The McLaren Edition of the phone will retail for £799 (US$ 990).

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Black Shark 2 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

It’s finally here!

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It’s finally here! The much anticipated Black Shark 2 and Black Shark 2 Pro are finally in the Philippines.

First announced back in July, the Black Shark 2 is a much anticipated gaming smartphone. Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus.

The device also comes with an AMOLED display with a 240Hz touch report rate. However, is that the display still retains a 60Hz refresh rate that lags behind its major competitor — the ASUS ROG Phone 2 — which has a display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The display’s response speed was reduced to 34.7 ms, promising faster response times during high pressure gameplay.

Price and availability

The Black Shark 2 comes in three variants: 6GB/128GB (PhP 22,990), 8GB/128GB (23,990), and 12GB/256GB (PhP 28,990).

Meanwhile, the Black Shark 2 Pro comes in two variants: 8GB/128GB (PhP 27,990), and 12GB/256GB (PhP 33,490).

The phones will be available in select Mi Stores: SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, and SM Mall of Asia starting December 13.

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Resident Evil 3 gets its remake, available Q2 2020

Remade into horror and glory

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PlayStation saved the best announcement as its second to the last for its final State of Play. One of the most popular survival horror franchises gets another remake since its release 20 years ago. Capcom wants to take everyone back to Raccoon City in its full, high definition glory in Resident Evil 3.

Revisit the story of Jill Valentine as you venture through the virus-infected city in this modern remake. Avid followers of the multitude of Resident Evil games will enjoy the improved visuals while enjoying the same style of shoulder-perspective gameplay. Capcom programmed the entire remake on their own RE Engine, the engine responsible for Devil May Cry 5.

Apart from that, Capcom also announced Resident Evil: Project Resistance – a 4v1 multiplayer mode within Resident Evil 3. It features similar gameplay to that of Resident Evil 2, as players turn into survivors at the mercy of a Mastermind. Early talks suggested that it would be a separate title, but will now be part of the Resident Evil 3 remake.

The game will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the PC on April 3, 2020. PlayStation is already taking in pre-orders for the game as early as now.

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China is banning all American technology

Over 30 million devices to be replaced

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For most of the year, we’ve heard of the American government banning Chinese products on their soil. It has always been the US making its moves against China. For its part, China has found itself on the defensive for most of the time. However, the tides are finally turning.

According to a new report, China is planning to ban all American technology from its government offices. The new ban mirrors the US government’s ban on Chinese technology. The Chinese government has issued a three-year deadline for offices to comply.

Based on estimates, Chinese government offices must replace up to 30 million items in three years. Even if it is an estimate, the figure is no joke, especially with the tense relationship between two of the world’s biggest technology manufacturers. China depends on American technology, as much as American depends on China.

Given both sides’ bans on the other, China must find a way to rely on its own technology or on other sponsors. If anything, China’s increased reliance on its own products will intensify its local companies, especially Huawei.

Besides finding better alternatives to its products, the government’s loss is a company’s gain. Chinese companies — like Huawei, Lenovo, and OPPO — can fill in the void for the government.

What does this mean for the world? Similar to the government’s predicament now, Huawei is trying to find permanent alternatives to its American components. If successful, Chinese products will be entirely made in China, rather than being a balanced blend of differently sourced components.

SEE ALSO: Mobile users in China have to undergo mandatory face scan

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