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OPPO patents a smartphone screen within a smartphone screen

Is this the strangest one yet?

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Recently, an unexpected leaker supposedly revealed OPPO’s next form factor — a strange peekaboo camera. The leaked smartphone revealed a unique pop-up camera, popping up from only one corner. Coupled with leaked renders from a separate source, the rumored smartphone carries a substantial amount of believability. Compared to other form factors today, OPPO’s device is one of the strangest designs we’ve seen.

Surprisingly, OPPO has outdone itself weeks after the first device’s leak. Spotted by LetsGoDigital, the company has recently patented a new design that blows away anything available in the market today.


Filed on January 29, the patent depicts an “electronic device with display panel.” Simply put, the device will carry a secondary screen hidden by a sliding system, similar to its pop-up camera system. Like other patents, OPPO’s latest blueprints has multiple possibilities. (In this case, two.)

The first iteration hides the secondary screen in the device’s top surface. Naturally, the secondary screen will be thinner and smaller than the main screen.

Meanwhile, the second iteration operates like other sliding devices available in the market. Rather than a top sliding mechanism, this variant hides the second screen on the left side. However, in the past, the left-sliding smartphone carried a separate keyboard, instead of a secondary screen.

Both iterations will place the front-facing camera and the usual sensors on the top bezel. Naturally, the secondary screen will introduce new sets of functionalities to the smartphone ecosystem. Unfortunately, the design’s advantages aren’t apparent yet. Luckily, the patent is still exactly what it is — a patent. OPPO might not even push through with the patent in the future. Still, the company’s patents are indicative of their bolder efforts.

Besides the stranger sidelines, OPPO will release the much-awaited Reno soon.

SEE ALSO: OPPO F11 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

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ASUS unleashes new ROG Strix with GTX Turing graphics, enhanced RGB lighting

RGB lighting is truly a thing

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ASUS ROG Strix G | GadgetMatch

ASUS is making it rain with newly announced gaming laptops sporting the new processors and graphics from Intel and NVIDIA.

Two of the newest ROG laptops are the Strix Scar III and Strix Hero III. Like their predecessors, both flagship ROG Strix models are nearly identical in design and specs.


What’s new on the Strix Scar III and Strix Hero III are the faster 240Hz/3ms display for the 15-inch variant and 144Hz/3ms display for the 17-inch model. This easily meets the requirements for professional-grade esports gaming.

Not only that, the new 9th-gen Intel processors paired with NVIDIA GTX graphics will be able to give the power gamers need. The redesigned chassis also helps in the cooling system with increased airflow, plus they now have a wrap-around RGB light. Gamers will be able to display their AuraSync lights to the surrounding environment.

ASUS ROG Strix Scar III and Strix Hero III | Image credit: ASUS

To make the Strix Scar III and Strix Hero III unique in the sea of gaming laptops, ASUS is introducing what they call the Keystone. The Keystone is pretty much like a USB key that saves your gaming profiles with preset light and audio effects. Also, it’s a key for unlocking another new feature called Shadow Drive, an encrypted hidden partition for personal file storage.

If the Strix Scar III and Strix Hero III models are too much, you could choose to have the newest member of the ROG family: the Strix G. ASUS is promoting the newest model in the Strix lineup to be streamlined design with a focus on performance and only the essentials.

ASUS ROG Strix G | GadgetMatch

That doesn’t mean the Strix G will be a boring gaming laptop though, as it also comes with the new wrap-around RGB bar that extends to the sides.

Of course, the Strix G is not just about RGB. It’s powered by the latest Intel 9th-gen processors with the new GTX Turing graphics from NVIDIA. Users can choose between a GTX 1650 or GTX 1660 Ti, and 15.6- or 17.3-inch panels with up to a 120Hz refresh rate.

Pricing and availability details of the new ROG Strix gaming laptops are yet to be disclosed by ASUS.

SEE ALSO: ASUS PA34V is a curved monitor for professionals

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OnePlus 7 Pro will officially launch on May 14

Here’s what we know so far

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OnePlus’ upcoming flagship smartphone has its official launch date set, and it’ll be the company’s biggest event to date.

The OnePlus 7 Pro (yes, Pro!) will be unveiled on May 14, 11AM EDT at Pier 94 in New York. In addition — and this is the first time the brand is doing it — the global launch will happen simultaneously in other countries.


Aside from New York, the OnePlus 7 Pro will also be present in London, UK and Bangalore, India on May 14. China’s event will transpire on May 16 in Beijing.

Like before, fans may purchase tickets at OnePlus.com to watch the show live. The sale for US$ 20 early bird tickets begins on April 25 at 11AM EDT. Those who attend get the chance to try out the OnePlus 7 Pro at the venue.

With this setup, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau hopes that as many people as possible will witness the grand unveiling. “Community is at the heart of everything that we do,” he said.

Fortunately, for those who can’t attend, OnePlus will have a livestream hosted on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. GadgetMatch will also be present at the event to post up-to-the-minute updates. Stay tuned!

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Lenovo upgrades Legion Y740, Y540, and Y7000p, adds L340 and Y7000

Come with newest CPUs and GPUs

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Lenovo Legion Y740 15-inch

Now that Intel and NVIDIA have newer, better chipsets to offer, manufacturers like Lenovo are taking advantage with their own upgrades to existing laptops.

Three notebooks from Lenovo’s Legion gaming sub-brand are the first to see improved performance. These are the Legion Y740, Y540, and Y7000p. In addition, Lenovo is introducing the Legion Y7000 and IdeaPad L340 Gaming as worthy alternatives.


The most powerful of this set is the Legion Y740, which comes in 15- and 17-inch options. It can be equipped with up to a 9th-gen Intel Core i7 and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, as well as a 144Hz 1080p display with G-Sync. Alternatively, you may opt for the more affordable yet still capable GeForce GTX 1660 Ti if medium-high graphics settings on AAA games is enough.

Lenovo Legion Y540 17-inch

Next up are the Legion Y540 and freshly released IdeaPad L340 Gaming. Both offer 15- and 17-inch versions and prices targeted at the more budget-conscious. Interestingly, the Legion Y540 may still power up to a 9th-gen Intel Core i7 and GeForce RTX 2060, while the IdeaPad L340 Gaming settles for a 9th-gen Intel Core i7 and GeForce GTX 1650 to keep the cost down — although you can add Intel Optane memory for an added boost.

Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming 17-inch

Finally, we have the Legion Y7000p and its new sibling the Y7000. Both models can go up to a 9th-gen Intel Core i7 and GeForce RTX 2060, with the choice of a lower-end GeForce GTX 1660 Ti or GTX 1650 as well. While the two laptops have an aluminum design, it’s the latter that flaunts a 15-inch 144Hz 1080p display — perfect for fast-paced gaming.

Lenovo Legion Y7000p

Pricing and availability go like this:

  • Legion Y740 17-inch starts at US$ 1,669
  • Legion Y740 15-inch starts at US$ 1,609
  • Legion Y540 17-inch starts at US$ 1,269
  • Legion Y540 15-inch starts at US$ 1,209
  • Legion Y7000p 15-inch starts at US$ 1,199
  • IdeaPad L340 Gaming 17-inch starts at US$ 919
  • IdeaPad L340 Gaming 15-inch starts at US$ 869

All are available beginning late May 2019, except the 17-inch Legion Y540 which will come out in June 2019. There are no prices or dates for the 15-inch Legion Y7000 just yet.

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