OnePlus Pad, their first tablet, is out now

Comes with accessories



OnePlus Pad

OnePlus has slowly but surely building out its device portfolio. The latest to join the ranks is the OnePlus Pad. It’s the company’s first ever tablet and promises to bring everything you can ask for in a tablet.

11-inch green machine

The OnePlus Pad has an 11.61-inch display with what they say is an industry first 7:5 screen aspect ratio. Refresh rate hits highs of 144Hz which bodes well for a smooth experience as its the part of the tablet you’ll interface with the most. Your attention will be on it a lot too since the 6.7mm bezel won’t be distracting at all.

The bezel house a tiny 8MP selfie camera. The tablet also has a centered (when in landscape) that’s 13MP and can shoot in 4K.

If you’re thinking of using this for your binge-watching pleasure, you’ll be pleased to know that it is equipped with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. Both are boons for an extremely satisfying audio-visual experience.

It’s coming in only a single colorway, for now at least, and it’s called Halo Green. OnePlus says this was made with their “self developed Star Orbit metal craft.” Whatever that means. It has round edges that should make it easy to hold. One look and the device does evoke a well-made vibe to it.

Dimensity inside

Powering the OnePlus Pad is the Mediatek Dimensity 9000. It’s a tried and tested SoC that also powers some of our favorite devices. The list includes the OPPO Find X5 Pro Dimensity Edition, vivo X80, and Xiaomi 12T to name a few.

RAM and Storage is 8GB and 128GB, respectively. There’s no card slot to expand storage and that may be a bummer for some.

It has a 9510mAh battery and has support for 67W SuperVOOC wired charging. OnePlus says it can get to a full charge in only 80 minutes.

One feature that OnePlus proudly highlights is called Imperceptive Connection. The OnePlus Pad will instantly connect to your paired OnePlus smartphone. The feature allows cross screen functions as well as shared notifications and cellular data. The feature works within a 5-meter radius.

Price and availability

The OnePlus Pad retails for US$ 128 is now available for pre-order in the US and Canada at It will officially go on sale on the website starting on May 8, with other retailer availability scheduled for late May 2023.

OnePlus Stylo

OnePlus Stylo

Its accessories are sold separately. These are the OnePlus Magnetic Keyboard (US$ 149), OnePlus Stylo (US$ 99), and OnePlus Folio Case (US$ 39).

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Fans created an amazing remake of Final Fantasy IX

It’s the best game you won’t be able to play



Remakes are popular in the world of gaming these days. Three Japanese studios — Square Enix, Capcom, and Konami — all have released or upcoming remakes of their popular titles. However, the most impressive remake right now comes from somewhere other than these three giants. A group of fans have successfully recreated Final Fantasy IX with modern graphics.

Initially released way back in 2000, Final Fantasy IX remains one of the most endearing entries in the decades-long franchise. It was released for the original PlayStation. Of course, because of the hardware limitations back then, the original game looks dated.

Now, more than two decades after the original game’s release, a team of over fifty fans worked hard since 2021 to create a short demo of Final Fantasy IX using modern technology. The team does have a storied resume, though. It included individuals with experience from big companies like Sony, Blizzard, Riot Games, and Sucker Punch.

Unfortunately, if you want to play the remade game, you’re out of luck. The Memoria Project, as the collective is known, has no intentions of releasing a finished game — unless Square Enix gives them explicit permission to do so. Given how accurate the project is to the original game, copyright infringement is a legitimate concern.

As such, all fans have right now is a 25-minute gameplay video showcasing the opening Alexandria section of the game. It’s an impressive showcase, though. If you were a fan of the original, check out the video.

SEE ALSO: Final Fantasy XVI PS5 Bundle announced

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Diablo IV will get two expansions

Hell is expanding



In today’s gaming landscape, live-service games often come with a veneer of controversy. While the format ensures content continuously pouring through the gate, a lot of players equate it to the plagued world of microtransactions. Eager to break out of the stereotype, the newly released Diablo IV, itself a live-service game, is already promising a wealth of content coming in the future — including two expansion packs.

In an interview with Kinda Funny Games on YouTube, the franchise’s general manager Rod Fergusson has confirmed that the newly released entry in the popular series is getting at least two expansions down the line. With the live-service format, the studio can focus on polishing the content, rather than rushing them through the gate, according to Fergusson.

Though the expansions are already confirmed, neither Fergusson nor Blizzard have confirmed where the expansions will take players next. Both expansions will include unnamed narrative storylines, rather than focusing on introducing new mechanics.

Also, it will likely take a while before either expansion is announced. After all, Diablo IV just released a few days ago. Plus, the developers are working on putting out the first season of the title’s battle pass.

Two expansions are quite impressive for the new title. Both Diablo II and Diablo III only had one expansion.

SEE ALSO: Diablo IV is Blizzard’s fastest selling game ever

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Instagram is building an AI chatbot

Follows TikTok in doing so



Do you need an AI chatbot to hold a conversation? Instagram seems to think so. As the world rapidly experiments with developments in AI technology, the platform is reportedly working on a chatbot for its users.

According to Alessandro Paluzzi, a reverse engineer who usually digs up future plans for popular apps, Instagram is working on the AI chatbot feature for a future iteration of the app. Much like other chatbots out in the market today, Instagram’s unnamed bot will enable users to interact with it in casually flowing conversation.

The screenshots obtained by the engineer read that it “answers questions, gives advice.” Additionally, it helps users “find the best way to express [themselves] … [through] writing messages.” From a usability standpoint, the feature can help users craft replies to direct messages. They can also bring the bot into human-to-human conversations by mentioning the bot in the conversation.

To add to the quirkiness, Instagram will supposedly add 30 different personalities to the chatbot. Users can pick and choose which one they like the best. The sneak peek does not reveal any personalities included in the feature. (We’re hoping for a snarky one that judges and critiques posts.)

The feature has no timetable as to its release. However, since TikTok already released its own chatbot for testing, it should stand that Instagram’s feature will come out soon.

SEE ALSO: Instagram is creating a Twitter competitor

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